Get Moving to Manage Finals Stress

Are finals leaving you feeling beyond stressed and overwhelmed??ย  With the homestretch ahead of us and finals quickly approaching most people’s stress level is through the roof- I know mine is. Instead of using finals week as an excuse to skip the gym- use it as your motivation!! When you get your sweat on you are releasing endorphins that will leave you happier, less stressed, and able to more efficiently study. Try out this great cardio workout in order to combat that stress ๐Ÿ™‚ Start with a 1 mile warmup at a jog pace (5-6 mph) for 1 min run at speed 8-10 mph (depending on how hard you can push yourself) 1 min reduce speed back down to 3.5 mph on a 12% incline repeat for a total of 30 mins 5 min cool down on stationary bike Other things to keep in mind while your stress level is high Automatically we want to reach for something sweet when we feel like we are under pressure. Instead of going for the cookies and candy, try choosing something that actually has nutritional value and will allow you to efficiently study better/ longer. When you eat sugary sweets you aren’t fueling your body, but when you feed it with something that is nutritious you are giving it the energy it needs. Here are some easy snacks to substitute for the candy ๐Ÿ™‚ Apple with peanut butter Greek yogurt topped with your favorite cereal (cinnamon toast crunch, fruit loops, captain crunch) Pretzels with peanut butter or hummus Rice cake with avocado/greek yogurt/ chocolate hazelnut spread half an avocado with saltย  2...

Preparing for Formal

Want to look #onpoint and #bomb at your upcoming sorority formal?? Here are a few easy tips to follow to help you looking and feeling your best ๐Ÿ™‚ A few days prior eliminate processed foods (fried food, soda, processed meats, chips, & sweets) Cut down on sodium intake Don’t drink carbonated beverages Try not to eat as much gluten- swap the sandwich for a salad loaded with veggies and a healthy protein Some things to incorporate: Drink tons of water (preferably with a lemon) Spend just 10 extra minutes at the gym to get that extra sweat in Make sure you get in that full 8 hours of beauty sleep Eat extra veggies and lean protein The day of formal there are a few foods to stay away from to avoid bloating: dairy apples lentils any salty foods broccoli, cabbage and kale (what a bummer lol) There are also certain foods that will help with bloat: cucumbers bananas papaya asparagus yogurt with probiotics (helps with digestion) peppermint and camomile tea All of these tips will leave you feeling #bomb and #onpoint.ย Now you’re ready to kill it on the dance floor ๐Ÿ™‚ xx,...

Create your own happiness

I just attended a very inspirational talk by Dr. Erin Foley at my school- it was about empowering sisterhood. A lot of what she said resinated with me. Here are a few of my favorite points she made: Many people today rely on others to make them happy and I used to put my happiness in the hands of others, but you will truly only be happy when you create it YOURSELF. Start by doing something that invigorates you and cultivates your strengths. Find an activity that interests you and makes you feel alive. Once you find what makes you feel the strongest, you will find yourself in the happiest place in your life. This enlightenment feels like freedom.ย It is key to pay attention at the end of your day to what makes you feel happy or what is making you feel drained.   BE CONFIDENT and trust yourself- each day I want all of you to tell your self three qualities you like about yourself, and go into the day with this mindset. Lift up the people around you, motivating others will in-turn motivate yourself. People may think I’m crazy when they see me at the gym at 7:30 in the morning but thats what makes me happy and at the gym I feel in the zone; Dr. Foley would call this my hot track. Go into tomorrow feeling a little more confident about yourself ๐Ÿ™‚ xx,...

How to stay #fit while dining out

Ever worry that a meal out will totally derail your diet plan or that you won’t be able to find a healthy option? If you look hard enough you can always find something that is relatively healthy. Theres a few things to stick away from when trying to do so: Dishes made with cream or butter sauces Heavy carb dishes (pasta & pizza) Red meat (huge steak with a side of mashed potatoes & gravy – great #cheatday meal tho ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) Caesar salad (just because it has lettuce on it doesn’t mean its healthy, the dressings and croutons add up!) Here are a few things to do: Fish dishes that are broiled or baked Substitute salad dressing for olive oil and vinegar on the side Ask for steamed veggies Skip the bread rolls (order a house salad instead) Ask for sauces on the side If you are having a #cheatday remember to pat down the grease on your pizza (saves 40 cals!!) Remember these easy, helpful next time you’re dinning out ๐Ÿ™‚ xx, FF...

Post weekend blues

Feeling a little down after the weekend? Feeling like you’ve completely went off track and ruined all your progress? Well DON’T!!!ย The weekend is meant to indulge and go off your normal routine – we are college kids after all (so we all probably binge drank and are feeling a little bloated). After parents weekend I had many treatyoself meals, but I enjoyed every bite and had an awesome time with my parents. I am feeling even more motivated to get back to the gym and eat clean. Everything is okay in moderation and you all know I encourage the occasional #cheatday ๐Ÿ™‚ Monday is the day to get back on track- here are a few tips Hydration is key, drink lots of water Eat lots of veggies and lean protein SWEAT- get that heart rate up Sleep- make sure you catch up on all those hours of zzzzz lost this weekend Surround yourself with positive people who will motivate you to stay on track ๐Ÿ™‚   xx,...
Late Night Munchies

Late Night Munchies

Ever find your self uncontrollably snacking at night?? Most people are able to stick pretty closely to their diet up until 8:00 pm-this is when they find themselves starving and are tempted to reach for the nearest thing in sight, which is usually processed, high-calorie, and most likely won’t actually fill you up. Here are a few great snack ideas that are guaranteed to keep you full and won’t derail your diet ๐Ÿ™‚ Rice cake topped with: Peanut butter/ almond butter with sliced bananas One scoop of Greek yogurt with a spoonful of granola ยผ an avocado Greek yogurt (siggis/ fage โ€“ 0% fat) Banana/apple with one serving of peanut butter or almond butter Hummus with sliced veggies 2 hard boiled eggs Also, if you find your self craving chips, pretzels or other processed snacks put them in the 1/4 snack bags. Having them ready on hand will avoid the inevitable downfall of devouring the whole bagย ๐Ÿ™ˆ   xx,...