Lifting weights won’t make you look like a bodybuilder

As a trainer, as someone in the gym a lot, and as a bodybuilder myself, I constantly hear the phrase “I don’t want to lift weights because I’m not trying to look like a bodybuilder.” Women, specifically, ask me for workouts that are tough–but not too tough. They fear getting “bulky” and “manly.” These women clients typically describe their ideal body as “toned.” Not all women have this same ideal though. But the one’s whose fears I’m trying to quell with this post usually think muscles are synonymous with men and are for men, and men alone to have. Our…

Finish the year strong

Okay so first off, forgive yourself for all the Christmas cookies you inevitably ate today and stop talking about how you “need” to start a diet. Be gentle with yourself and let your mind and body readjust from the holiday festivities back to normal life. Don’t be in a rush to make New Years Eve plans. Let yourself breath a little. If you don’t have some swanky party to go to for New Years that doesn’t mean your 2019 isn’t about to be insanely successful. Finish out 2018 strong by prioritizing yourself. Think about it, you just spent the past…

5 ways to cope with holiday mood swings

So, you’ve seen the Doctor Oz special on how food dyes can cause mood swingS, you’ve read the Healthline articles detailing all the ways your excess sugar intake during the holidays is making you snap like gingerbread, or maybe you’ve always struggled with seasonal moodiness. Well here are 5 simple ways to help you cope with mood swings throughout the holiday season. 1. Go for a walk– preferably outside! Nature seriously works wonders to sooth a moody soul. Nature walks have been proven to reduce anxiety and lower blood pressure. 2. Ditch the adults. Go play a round of hide…

Take your power back

Inspired by my “quote of the day” app. I’m going to keep this post short and simple. You, and only you, have the power to change anything in your life. In my very first Wellness (Public Health 101) class ever, I learned about the concept of “locus of control.” If you have an internal locus of control your world view sounds like “this happened and I was an active party in it” an external locus of control sounds like: ” this happened TO me.” In other words: A person with an internal locus of control believes that he or she can influence…

Fav sweet treats in NYC 2018

After my trip to NYC today I’m feeling like an authority on baked goods! These are some of my favorites 🙂 1. The Doughnut Plant- any and all donuts! I personally recommend my absolute favorite which is the rose water donut, but it’s seasonal 2. Zarro’s Bakery- cheesecakes and all cakes 3. Magnolia Bakery – cupcakes 4. Haru’s- it’s a Japanese restaurant with some seriously amazing green tea ice cream and homemade dark chocolate brownies 5. Teuscher chocolates- milk chocolate caramels These are some seriously delicious treats! Try them out next time your in CT and don’t forget to tag…

24 things I’ve learned about health

In honor of my birthday coming up (shout out to my fellow December babies) I’ve decided to list 24 things about my health that I’ve learned in 24 years! 1. No one is going to be a bigger advocate for your health THAN YOU! So ask the tough questions, tell doctors your concerns, read nutrition labels before you buy food, give the things you put into (or on i.e. lotion) your body a second thought– they determine how well (or not) it functions. 2. Trust your gut–literally! If you’re having any digestive issues it’s important to PAY ATTENTION. You never…

Reindeer mix recipe

If you haven’t already– you’ve got to check out my homemade eggnog recipes to pair with your reindeer mix! Ingredients: – 1 large bag cheddar popcorn – 1 large bag kettle or sweet popcorn – 3 boxes caramel candies of your choosing (I used Junior Caramels, Sugar Babies, and small salted caramel squares) – 3 boxes chocolate candies on your choosing (I used raisinets, Reese’s pieces, CRUNCH, and Milkduds) – 1 tin cashews/ peanuts or any nuts of your choosing – 1 bag chocolate chips – 1 cup coconut shavings – 1 bag of cookie crumbles (I used chips-ahoy! minis…