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  • Upping My Breakfast Game

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    Happy Sunday! I was in the process of editing all of my recent food photos (including vacation) when I realized that breakfast needed a post of its own. It's been really good lately! As most of you know, I'm a pretty repetitive breakfast eater and I don't lean towards savory very often when it comes to the first [...]

  • Charlotte Regional Farmers Market: My 6 Favorite Farmers

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    I make an almost weekly Saturday morning trip to the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market where I try to buy the bulk of my meat, eggs, fruits and veggies. I have been visiting this market for over five years now and over the course of that time I have gotten to know and love several of [...]

  • This Week’s Meal Plan + Last Week’s Workouts

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    Hey there. Hope it's been a good weekend. I'll have the weekend recap for you tomorrow but I got it together enough today to put together a meal plan for the week and do all the shopping. I'm excited about 0ur week of meals so I wanted to share the plan with you along with [...]

  • Midweek Whole Foods Haul: Summer Berries, Coconut Aminos, Kombucha and More

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    I'm finally sitting down after a morning of teaching. I taught yoga at 6 a.m., 8:15 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. I haven't done a triple header in a while but it went well! I taught my normal flow but we workshopped forearm balance a bit during a break. After I posted on Monday that I [...]

  • What I Ate In A Day Wednesday + Recent Eats

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    I have really enjoyed reading your responses to yesterday's post about finding a balance between running and cross training activities. Thanks for your positive feedback and for sharing it! Once a week I try to write a "recent eats" post with highlights of what I've been cooking and eating over the last week. Yesterday morning I [...]

  • How to Balance Running with Yoga and Cross Training without Losing Endurance and Speed

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    I received a couple running related questions from readers last week that I thought would make a great blog post. When I started this blog six years ago I was training for the Marine Corps Marathon and mostly focused on running. Over the years my workout mix has evolved to a blend of strength, running [...]

  • What I Bought At Whole Foods + Catching Up

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    Happy Wednesday! As I mentioned in a previous post, I hit the ground running after I got home from Florida. Catching up on work coupled with the final yoga teacher training weekend made for a crazy week. I wasn't able to do my regular weekly grocery shopping trip so meals were thrown together with whatever [...]

  • ALDI Delivered to my Doorstep {Review + Giveaway}

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    I am all about finding ways to streamline my day-to-day routine and to welcome more simplicity into my life. This is why I was thrilled when my favorite budget-friendly grocery store, ALDI, sent me and ALDI Delivered box. (Zoey was excited too. She hopes any delivery that we get is another bag of her "wiggle.") If you're [...]

  • This Week’s Menu Plan + Last Week’s Workouts

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    Happy Sunday! Many of you have mentioned that you'd like to see more menu/meal plans so I decided to sit down this afternoon and actually plan out my week of meals to share with you. Sunday: dinner out with friends Monday: Mexican Quinoa Stuffed Peppers (recipe will be posted soon!) with some sort of side salad [...]

  • Food, Fitness and Feeling Good: Paving Your Own Way and Learning What Works for You

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    Springing forward is crushing me a little bit right now. Coming off of a teacher training weekend and going straight into 5:30 a.m. clients this morning was brutal. I also somehow managed to never get around to having coffee this morning because I was rushing around. By the time I realized it was nearly noon and [...]

  • Recent Eats: How Much Is Too Much?

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    Welcome to Recent Eats, the "how much is too much...SALMON (and tuna)!" edition. I love salmon. We have it at least once a week for dinner and I usually cook enough so that I have leftovers to use as a salad topper. I also default to a can of salmon or tuna as a salad topper if [...]

  • My First Grocery Delivery: Life Made Easier with Postmates

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    I don't know about you guys but the few days leading up to a trip always seem to be jam packed with errands to run and work to wrap up in addition to packing. Before we left for our retreat I was in full out "go mode." In addition to the work, errands and packing, [...]

  • Happy National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day: All of My PB Faves!

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    Did you know that it's National Peanut Butter Lover's Day? This is a day I've been celebrating since back in 2012! I thought it would be fun to do a round up of some of my favorite things peanut butter related. When it comes to plain old peanut butter, I'm a simple girl. I'm looking for two [...]

  • A Look Inside My Fridge + A Costco Run

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    Good morning! The sun is shining but it is cold in Charlotte! The girls love the cold weather. They are voluntarily choosing to stay out in the back yard. They say the colder, the better! Thanks for all of your comments, questions and kind words about my Whole30 recap. As I mentioned, the food shopping [...]

  • My First Whole30: Results, What I Learned, How I Was Challenged and My Advice

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    I completed my first Whole30 one week ago and today I'm ready to share my journey with you including before and after, my overall experience, advice for those thinking of embarking on Whole30 and more. If you're new here and haven't been following along, please read these posts first to get an understanding of why I [...]

  • Feel Good Food on the Go {With an ALDI Giveaway!}

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    This post is sponsored by ALDI. Be sure to read to the end for a gift certificate giveaway! I think I can safely say that most of us around here are living an "on-the-go" lifestyle. Whether you're a student facing long days on campus, a busy mom with little time to make meals for yourself, [...]

  • Trader Joe’s Haul + Whole30 Travel Snacks

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    Good morning. It's a beautiful but cold morning in North Carolina. My morning started early with 5:30 and 6:30 a.m. clients and now I'm blogging from the back seat of my parent's car. They drove up to Charlotte from Florida yesterday and spent the night with us. We are driving to West Virginia today for [...]

  • I’m Doing My First Whole30

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    I've been hinting towards a nutritional clean up for the past few days and I finally have time to sit down and share with you the details. I'm currently on day four of my first Whole30. First, let's quickly go over what Whole30 is for those who are unfamiliar. The Whole30 program was created in [...]

  • 6 Things I Love About Blue Apron + Win A Week of Blue Apron!

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    This post is sponsored by Blue Apron. I am so happy that I was introduced to Blue Apron earlier this year. Although my experience with Blue Apron started as a partnership with the brand, it's become something that I personally use regularly as well. A delivery the week before we moved was a lifesaver in [...]

  • Healthier Holiday Travel Snacking with Orchard Valley Harvest {Giveaway}

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    This post is sponsored by Orchard Valley Harvest. I don't know about you guys but traveling (especially long car trips!) brings out my snacking side. I blame it on boredom and monotony but I can rationalize eating all kinds of snacks when I'm traveling that I would never eat in a typical day. I have [...]

  • 5 Favorite Fall Recipes

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    I am always a little sad to bid farewell to long summer days and all of the amazing fresh summer produce but this year I found myself eagerly welcoming fall. I am loving everything from the cooler days to the stunning foliage to warm and hearty meals. It seems like fall is the season that [...]

  • Warm Brussels Sprout Salad with a Poached Egg

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    Hold on to your hats because I'm about to write something that's going to make you wonder if you're reading the right blog. This fall I am testing out some changes to my diet. I'm swapping smoothies for oatmeal and salads for soup and warm veggies. I know, I know. Totally goes against everything you've [...]

  • Ocean Spray PACt Cranberry Extract Water {Review + Giveaway!}

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    This post is brought to you by Ocean Spray and includes an Amazon gift card giveaway at the end! This may come as a surprise but one of the things that I struggle with most when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle is hydration. In my mind I can think of a million reasons [...]

  • Learning to Cook Like a Pro with Salted

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    For the last 5+ years one of the items on my bucket list has been to take classes at our local culinary school. Not the one-off "Date Night Learn to Cook Italian" kind of special event but a real class where I learned about new techniques, skills, cooking methods, cuisines, etc. Alas, my schedule has [...]

  • Food Lion Frugal Cookoff {Giveaway!}

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    On August 29 I was invited to participate in the Food Lion Frugal Cookoff at the Southern Women's Show. The Southern Women's Show is an annual event here in Charlotte showcasing everything from beauty to fashion to food and much, much more! Over 25,000 women attend this three-day event held at the Charlotte Convention Center. [...]

  • Recent Eats with the Recent Whole Foods Haul

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    Last week I wrote a post about what I bought at Whole Foods for $137. Grocery store haul posts are always so interesting to me because everyone has such a different perspective on food shopping and food budgeting. One thing I notice is that the area where you live seems to make a big impact [...]

  • What I Bought at Whole Foods for $137

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    Hi everyone! Time for another "what I bought at the grocery" round-up. This week was unique because it was Whole Foods only with no farmers market supplementation. I didn't get to go on Saturday because of the cooking competition so I made one big trip on Sunday. We were scraping the bottom of the barrel [...]

  • In My Cart: What I Bought At Trader Joe’s This Week

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    Hello. Today was operation "put on your big girl panties, stop procrastinating and get it done." I tackled everything from finances to bills to taxes to thank you notes. Some of the things had been waking me up at night and looming over my head...it was time to do something about them! And why is [...]

  • My Yoga Dogs + What I Bought at Whole Foods

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    The girls and I had a little photo shoot today. They were feeling super playful and sharing toys in the living room this afternoon. I was cracking up over their open hips. Check them both out in frog pose here! :) I definitely have little yoga dogs on my hands! Can you believe how big [...]

  • Lumi Lunch + National Puppy Day + What I Bought at Whole Foods

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    Good morning! Thanks for two things. First, all of your interest in the KIND bar giveaway. Second, your amazing responses. I know I ask y'all to tell me what you're grateful for regularly when it comes to giveaways but it's only because I think it's such a good "stop, pause, think" activity + I ADORE [...]

  • Figuring Out Fitness & Nutrition: Embracing “You Do You”

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    Hi everyone. Today I am going to talk about a topic that I feel passionate about. I recently received the following email from a reader that both saddened me and motivated me to make this a public discussion. I am almost 18 and have been interested in health and fitness for a few years now. About [...]

  • An Impressive $85 ALDI Haul

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    I have been regularly shopping at ALDI for almost a year now and I remain amazed by the savings there are to be had by shopping there. Last weekend I went to Whole Foods for my weekly grocery shopping and my bill was $185. This week I went to ALDI and my bill was $85. [...]

  • Let’s Talk Bananas + Weekly Workouts

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    I came across a super interesting article today about the best time to eat a banana in its ripening process. I was kind of bummed to learn that the riper they are, the better they are for you and the easier they are to digest. If I am eating a banana straight up or sliced [...]

  • Loving Lately + Luxe Box Winner

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    Happy Friday! Making good on my intention for 2015 to slow down and connect more, my Friday is full of friends! I am all about planning QT with my friends and scheduling meetings make new connections right now. This morning I met a friend for a (KILLER!) workout followed by a coffee date. I met another [...]

  • How to Make Homemade Plain Yogurt

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    Today is a pretty epic day for PBR. It's my dad's first recipe post! I can't even begin to tell you how happy it makes me that he's going to be regularly contributing around here. Let me back up and tell you the story of me + my dad + my love for cooking. My [...]

  • Must Try Smoothie and Salad Combinations

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    Hey, hey! I hope you've all had a great week. I wanted to pop in quickly to share a new smoothie and salad combo that I'm loving this week. The star ingredients of the smoothie are pumpkin, almond butter and chocolate coconut granola. The team at Cascadian Farm sent me two different flavors of their [...]

  • Recent Eats: Half Marathon Hunger

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    My half marathon training plan is officially kicking my ass a little! I'm on week 6 of 11 and this is the halfway rest week in my training plan. After five weeks of increasing intensity, I finally get to take a step back. No speed work or long runs this week. Just lots of easy [...]

  • Reducing Food Waste + Recent Eats

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    This is the time of year where I want to buy ALL of the food at the farmers market. I get so sad about the end of summer produce that I buy too much of it. This was the state of my fridge last week. A little much for one, huh!? I'm happy to report that [...]

  • How My Diet Has Evolved: Protein, Gluten & More

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    Before I started working at Metro in early 2012 I really didn't know a lot about gluten and its effects on the body. All of that quickly changed as I started to get involved in CrossFit and completed my CrossFit Endurance training just a few months after starting the job. At my CrossFit Endurance seminar [...]

  • Silk Almond Coconut Blend: The Perfect Non-Dairy Milk Option

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    When I was in college I ate one of two things for breakfast, a bagel with cream cheese or jelly or Kashi Go Lean Crunch Cereal with vanilla soy milk. While times have certainly changed in regards to my breakfast preferences, one thing that hasn't changed is my love for milk substitutes like soy, almond [...]

  • Farm Fresh to Your Door from Bella Bean Organics

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    Several weeks ago I received an email from North Carolina company Bella Bean Organics. They are a farmer grown and farmer owned GMO-free, organic food delivery service based out of Hillsborough. They work with farms around NC to deliver produce, meats and artisan goods to consumers in NC, SC, VA, DC and Maryland. They've also [...]

  • Recent Eats: So Much Good + Too Much Kale

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    I'm so excited to share this recent eats post with you. I have several new, creative and fun meals to share with you...but also a word of advice (read on for more!). I have been having a great time in the kitchen playing around with summer produce. I feel like I waited so long for [...]

  • Major Trader Joe’s Restock

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    I thought that the week of July 4th would slow down but I was so wrong. It's nuts! I originally planned to spend the week in Florida with my family but thank god I decided to postpone that until later this summer because I am booked solid this week with clients and classes. I have [...]

  • Creating a Healthy & Relaxing Evening Routine: vitafusion Review & Giveaway

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    Before I started my full-time fitness, yoga and writing career, I spent six years working a traditional 9-5 in marketing and advertising. When I had a desk job, my routine was pretty set Monday-Friday. Get up, workout, work, lunch break, work, evening activities, dinner, relax, repeat. My schedule rarely varied and things kind of ran [...]

  • Making It Worth It

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    I tell my clients, students, friends and family all the time that all the hard work that is put into healthy eating and exercise isn't worth it if you can't live a little and splurge here and there. I put this into practice all the time. Take yesterday for example... My day started with pancakes. [...]

  • Simple & Clean Cooking & Eating Lately

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    Hi and happy Wednesday. So I just posted a "Throwback Thursday" photo on Instagram...and then someone pointed out that it's actually Wednesday. Delete. I blame it on 5:30 a.m. clients three days in a row. Thank god for Starbucks reward drinks. Yesterday I treated myself to a venti soy latte. The barista asked me if [...]

  • Recent Eats + My New Favorite Salad Combo

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    Welcome to recent eats: the salad and smoothie edition. I think that our immediate launch into summer here in Charlotte put me in the mood for cold and light food. I'm NOT COMPLAINING though. I will take 90 degree days over 40 degree days ANYTIME. I am a summer girl through and through. Bring on [...]

  • My Six Favorite Hot Teas

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    I love hot tea and typically drink at least two cups each day and some days it's upwards of 4. I credit my mom for this as she was always making tea and offering me a cup when I was growing up. I should have taken a picture of her tea stash when I went [...]

  • 8 Tips for Green Smoothies that Look Pretty and Taste Great

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    It's day 30 of the April Green Smoothie Challenge. We made it! I'll be posting a recap of the last week with an overview of the challenge later this week but for today's post I wanted to give you my tips for making green smoothies that look pretty and taste great. Some of the complaints/struggles [...]