If you were stranded on a desert island, what one food would you absolutely have to have, no matter what? There's a lot to consider since we're talking about survival here. I'll assume there are coconuts on this island, and having seen Castaway about a hundred times (and being a massive Lost fan), I've … Continue reading 5 Surprising (and Delicious) Ways to Use Avocado
I've had a terrible case of snack attacks this week. Chips, fruits, bagels, yogurt, granola...uh, chocolate covered pretzels. Sure, that's not all terrible but when you're eating almost every hour on the hour, it's time to admit to yourself that things have gotten out hand. Not wanting to slide back into old, unhealthy habits, I … Continue reading Crunchy Summer Rolls with Sweet and Savory Dipping Sauce
"We have to confront ourselves. Do we like what we see in the mirror? And, according to our light, according to our understanding, according to our courage, we will have to say yea or nay — and rise!" "You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody." -Maya Angelou Maya Angelou's poetry always … Continue reading Thankful Thursday: Is This What I Truly Want?
Growing up, I looked west for my weather report. Are the towers covered in fog? Better grab an umbrella. Thirteen years later and I still find myself looking west, searching the skyline for the familiar spires, my weathermen, and forgetting for just a second. Muscle memory I guess. I catch myself peeking at the new … Continue reading Wordless Wednesday: The Weatherman
It's the unofficial start to summer which means cookouts, beach trips, and a food-filled weekend! It can be easy to get caught up in the fun and slip off the health wagon once the summer parties begin. From high-calorie eats at barbecues to boozy afternoons at outdoor beer gardens, you can quickly fall off track … Continue reading 5 Super Easy Ways to Stay Healthy this Memorial Day
I'm gonna live like tomorrow doesn't exist Like it doesn't exist There are times when nothing helps. I had the kind of week where I lost sight of the big picture. Autopilot kicked in and each day bled into the next, with little change in my mood or outlook on some major life changes that … Continue reading Thankful Thursday: Holding On For Tonight
When I began my fitness journey years ago, my main goal was to lose weight. Nothing groundbreaking about that one. How many of us are motivated by the idea of hitting a magic number on the scale? I definitely was. When I took on weight lifting over a year ago, I had no idea how … Continue reading Challenge Yourself to Be Better Today
People inspire you or they drain you- pick them wisely. -Hans F. Hansen You know who I'm talking about. They're the ones you turn to when no one gets what you're trying to say. The ones who have your back when someone screws you over or if you hit hard times. The ones that make … Continue reading Thankful Thursday: The Ones Who Get You
Ladies, it's all about you this week! From diet to pregnancy to oral and mental health, the Office of Women's Health hosts a week filled with events and education initiatives to get women proactive about their well-being. There are many aspects of health to consider when working towards optimal living. Daily pressures coupled with busy … Continue reading 5 Things You Need to Know About Women’s Health
It was our third day in Rome and we were exhausted. And hungry. My mom is a notoriously picky eater. As the group leader, I was unofficially tasked with not only guiding us through the city, but finding affordable, non-touristy places to eat that would make my picky mom and equally picky sister, happy. We … Continue reading Revisiting Rome: Baked Eggplant Parmesan with Homemade Tomato Sauce
Happy Mother's Day to all of the incredible women who inspire with their strength, resilience, creativity, and selflessness every day of the year. Thank you for all that you do in the name of love and family. Wishing you a happy and healthy day filled with delicious treats, hugs, and love!
The alarm went off at 3am. What the hell am I doing up at this hour? Groggy and bleary-eyed, I rolled out of bed and turned my computer on. Ah, this is what happens when you procrastinate, I told myself. I'd let myself go up against a deadline and decided to wake up several hours … Continue reading Thankful Thursday: Why Not Me?
When was the last time you sat down to eat without your phone, tablet or television turned on in front of you? Were you mindful about the foods you ate? How did this impact your health? In our rush to get from one activity to the next, eating often gets pushed back as a task … Continue reading 3 Health Benefits of Mindful Eating
Like St. Patricks Day, Cinco de Mayo is one of those holidays that we take seriously. As in, we find the yummiest food (and not a few drinks) to celebrate another country's culture for the day without really having any idea what the holiday is about. These fiestas aren't always so healthy though. Between the … Continue reading Top 3 Healthy Cinco de Mayo Dishes to Spice Up Your Meatless Monday Fiesta
We fight. We laugh. We gossip. We debate. We love and we live. She taught me the value of sacrifice by example. She paved the way for me so long ago by breaking through language, financial and cultural barriers to get my family the very best that she could. She showed me what it was … Continue reading Thankful Thursday: Mama Who Bore Me
We've all heard about the importance of sleep to our health and well-being at one point or another. It seems that I have someone pleading for me to get more sleep more than once on a daily basis. Oprah, Arianna, Mom...I hear you. But the science behind sleep is a murky world. As much as … Continue reading Lose Sleep and You’ll Lose Your Mind and Health
I have partnered with belVita and Dannon to help promote the belVita and Dannon partnership. I have been compensated for my time commitment to the program, which includes writing about the promotion and product. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments. Be honest with me … Continue reading Dannon Oikos Greek Nonfat Yogurt and belVita Breakfast Biscuits
“Whether we name divine presence synchronicity, serendipity, or graced moment matters little. What matters is the reality that our hearts have been understood. Nothing is as real as a healthy dose of magic which restores our spirits.” -Nancy Long The last line of Long's quote resonates profoundly for me, especially this week. I never gave … Continue reading Thankful Thursday: Serendipitous Moments
10 minutes. That's what it took to put this beautiful salad together. 10. Minutes. Pan-seared asparagus. Doesn't that sound so yummy? I can feel my stomach rumbling already. And then you've got these beautiful golden beets. I've only ever had beets that were boiled or roasted. It was a little scary to go for them … Continue reading Golden Beet and Radish Arugula Salad with Pan-Seared Asparagus + BONUS EARTH DAY SMOOTHIE RECIPE!
I owe Annie of Strong Brees a HUGE hug for nominating me for the Liebster Award! Here it comes Annie: <HUG> Thank you times a million! What I love most about these awards is the opportunity to get to know new bloggers who are doing some pretty awesome things on their sites and to spread … Continue reading Introducing…Me: The Liebster Award
As important as it is to let go of conflict with others by forgiving them, it's just as important for you to let go of the negative self-talk and forgive yourself in the process. Sometimes the reasons we argue stem from some deep seeded inner conflict that causes us to lash out. We hold onto … Continue reading Forgive Yourself Before Anyone Else Today
My dog Gizmo really is a hero. He saves my life each day without even knowing it. And all he asks for in return is for me to toss him his favorite toy and to feed him the food he likes. Oh, and the occasional cuddle. And who wouldn't want to cuddle with this guy? … Continue reading Thankful Thursday: My Dog, the Hero
There are some things that are just meant to go together. Peanut butter and chocolate. Bagels and cream cheese. Yogurt and granola. You get the point. They combine to make a perfect medley of texture and flavor, hitting all the notes that keep you coming back for more. Black beans and sweet potatoes are a … Continue reading Smoky Chipotle Black Bean & Roasted Sweet Potato Tacos
"Criticism always seems to add inspiration to your pursuit of success. Strip away the anger and bias. And use the rest as fuel." -Dan Waldschmidt I'm grateful for the anger this week. That statement might leave some of you confused. How can she be happy that she was angry? Isn't anger bad? … Continue reading Thankful Thursday: Anger Isn’t Always Bad
I am thrilled to welcome back author and breast cancer survivor Patricia Dean-Escoto to talk about her exciting new app for newly diagnosed or recovering breast cancer patients. I hosted Ms. Escoto a year ago during her book tour for Top Ten Superfoods for Preventing Breast Cancer where she shared her nutrition tips for prevention … Continue reading Using Technology to Aid in the Fight Against Breast Cancer
Type "health trackers" into a Google search and you'll get dozens of newly invented devices and apps all engineered to give you an array of options to help track your activity and health-related symptoms over time. Items like Google glass and Samsung's smart watch were once considered so high-tech that they were deemed sci-fi, something … Continue reading The Health Tracker Revolution is Here
"The point of living and of being an optimist is to be foolish enough to believe the best is yet to come." --Peter Ustinov "Our wisdom comes from our experience, and our experience comes from our foolishness." --Sacha Guitry I once was asked how I balance my personal life with my public life. It was … Continue reading Thankful Thursday: Love in Conflict
New York City is damn expensive. This isn't breaking news to anyone really, but I thought I should point that out, given that I write a blog with "NYC" in the title and happen to live in the most expensive city in the US. And that's verified by the way. In a recent report, Manhattan … Continue reading Meatless Monday: Quick & Easy Aloo Gobi
Sometimes you'll put up a good fight and lose. Sometimes you'll hold on really hard and realize there is no choice but to let go. Acceptance is a small, quiet room. -Cheryl Strayed I stood there, in front of the fridge, holding the door wide open, completely lost in thought. I forgot what I was … Continue reading Thankful Thursday: The Word Vomit
Tapping the microphone. Shaking the dust off my favorite pretty apron. Clearing the throat. Ahem. AHEM! Yes, I am still here!! After a very long winter hiatus, I am back on the blog with a brand new recipe for my favorite day: Meatless Monday! And while there isn't a mic, there is a camera. Yes, … Continue reading Light and Creamy Potato Leek Soup with Roasted Cabbage
Level up your life. Wise words from Steve of Nerd Fitness, a crazy awesome website I used to follow religiously for fitness inspiration and tips. (The guy uses Legos to animate his posts for crying out loud!) It's been a long time since I've thought of Steve and his call to level up every aspect … Continue reading Thankful Thursday: Level Up!
Let me begin with an admission: I have never gone to a spinning class. I’ll take it one step further and say that I don’t get on any bikes at all, stationary or not. You’ll usually find me by a squat rack or bench press in the weight room, powerlifting my way through a workout. … Continue reading The Day I Fell in Love with Soul Cycle
Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow." - Mary Anne Radmacher It's impossible to go through life without taking others into consideration. In the wise words of John Donne, 'no man is an island.' As much as … Continue reading Thankful Thursdays: No (Wo)Man is an Island
It's been a year since I sat down to write about my personal experience with disordered eating. I had just come off a miserable attempt at the paleo diet where I lost more than just weight. My inability to distinguish between a healthy awareness of what I was eating and an unhealthy obsession with every … Continue reading Experiencing Orthorexia: One Year Later
So, I'm a day late. But guess what? Expressing gratitude works on Friday just as much as it does on Thursday. Hell, it works any day of the week. You'll still get those happiness points if you stop to say thanks for all the little moments that make life truly special. That said, let's move … Continue reading Thankful Thursdays: It Works on Friday Too
I was this close to not sharing my journal this week. Then I decided to keep it simple. Given how it's the only thing I'm posting these days (yes, I'm perfectly aware that I've been a bit off target with my articles of late), I have no excuse. None. And really, keeping this journal has … Continue reading Thankful Thursday: Keep it Simple
Don't save that red dress for Valentine's day. Flaunt that color today, National Wear Red Day to help raise awareness about women's heart health as part of the National Heart Health initiative by the American Heart Association this month. You may not realize it, but heart disease is not just a problem for men. Take … Continue reading Go Red for Women’s Heart Health
When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened to us. -Helen Keller I think Helen Keller was onto something here. Keller embodied what it meant to overcome hardships as the first deaf-blind person to … Continue reading Thankful Thursday: Another Door Opens
I'm not ashamed to admit that my family and I reaped the benefits of what used to be known as food stamps. My dad worked very hard to pull in what he could while my mom raised all five of us with all of the resources she could find. Eventually we moved past government aid … Continue reading #IStandwiththe47Million Against Cutting SNAP
"It's everything in between we live for." What are you doing with that time? Regretting or doubting the clumsy start of love? Fearing its end? Or celebrating—lavishly—the in-between? I'm not much of an Oprah fan, but occasionally I find some gems in her countless newsletters that make me stop and consider my life from a … Continue reading Thankful Thursdays: The In-Between
For you newcomers to my blog: welcome and bienvenidos! Every Thursday I share at least three things I'm thankful for to keep myself accountable for recognizing the upsides in life, both big and small. Sharing my gratitude journal last year was a cathartic experience. The therapeutic release of expressing gratitude for the good things in … Continue reading Thankful Thursday: Are Your Eyes Open?
Where the heck are those curtains? I thought to myself.I was rushing through a department store one afternoon on my lunch break from work when I received the email.Hello!I’m working with Latina Magazine and for our social media issue, February, we’re reaching out collecting images from Latina bloggers all across the web. We’d love to include … Continue reading How Powerlifting and Latina Magazine Changed My Life
Another late start. Sigh. This has become a bad habit I've developed the last few months. Late to work. Late to the gym. Late to meet up with friends. Late to finalize my plans for New Year's Eve (spent at home because I couldn't make up my mind). Late to pretty much everything. And here … Continue reading Thankful Thursdays: It’s Never Too Late
The big 3-0. Yep, I've finally crossed the threshold of the my twenties and am starting off this new decade with a bit of celebration and a lot of introspection. I never approached my thirtieth birthday with trepidation or angst. In fact, I looked forward to the day that I could bid adieu to the … Continue reading Thankful Thursday: What I’m Thankful for this Week
Yes, I'm still here. I'm on a particularly difficult leg of my journey that's kept me behind closed doors and really, a closed heart. I'm working on it though, and being mindful of the universe and it's messages, I was led to this incredible post by Entheos. Positive thinking and optimism are two goals that … Continue reading How to Get Your Mind Right
It's that time of year again. That's right. Thanksgiving. Our excuse to be major gluttons while watching football games, dodging familial landmines, and sleeping off hangovers in time to catch the early deals on Black Friday. If you've been following my site, you'll note that there's a lot going on in that last statement that … Continue reading Thanksgiving is More than Black Friday
One of the best things about a clean diet is the opportunity to explore new foods that I would have previously turned down because I just didn't know any better. Case in point: cauliflower. I never had any problems with broccoli (what I consider to be cauliflower's cousin) growing up. I remember eating them as … Continue reading 5 New Ways to Cook with Cauliflower
So, this happened. It's hard for me to figure out what's more disgusting about this video. The slurs? The fact that this woman spewed out the foulest language imaginable in front of her two young kids? The ease with which she jumped to racist talk when angry? As the man in the video says, racism … Continue reading Thankful Thursday: Fighting Racism and Misogyny Requires Gratitude and Forgiveness, Not Hate