The Diet You Need to Try Right Now (it’s not what you think)

So, guys – I’ve decided to try out a new diet. With 2016 officially upon us, it seems like we’re all resetting our health and fitness goals to finally become the healthiest version of ourselves. But which diet train have I decided to hop on this year? Weight Watchers? Jenny Craig? Slimfast? Nope…

My 2016 will be filled with a lot of champagne!! And a lot of whole, nutritious foods, sweat sessions and self-care routines like bubble baths, lighting candles and curling up with a good book.


Yep, I’m going on The Champagne Diet. 


The last diet I went on was the Special K Diet back in freshman year of high school, where basically all you eat is cereal and snack bars filled with a shit ton of preservatives that don’t even fill you up. I mean, I dropped a few pounds but gained it right back after I got back to eating REAL food. Diets just aren’t for me.

After finishing this book in three days over Christmas vacation, (it’s a great airplane read!) I’m officially obsessed with Cara Alwill Leyba’s approach to living a healthy lifestyle. While I don’t want to spoil the book for you because I highly suggest you pick up a copy if this topic interests you, here are a few key things I took away from The Champagne Diet:

  1. Make your meals an experience. As Cara says “It’s all about cooking a delicious meal while sipping on a glass of wine in an outfit you feel glamorous in, as opposed to heating up a diet pizza in ratty pajamas.” Sure, not EVERY night, but try to do this a few times a week.
  2. The fastest way to be miserable is to compare yourself to other women. The stress over trying to look like someone else will make you fatter – YEP.
  3. Stop doing the *Cheat Day* thing. “By the time you reach that cheat day, you’re so fucking starving that you dive head first into whatever it is you’ve been fantasizing about all week long.” Accurate.  If you have enough willpower to not act in the aforementioned way, more power to you – I simply do not.
  4. Champagne can improve brain function, cardiovascular health, your sex life and your mood – duh. Don’t ask me how, but all the facts are in the book!
  5. Greasy foods and “hair of the dog” actually don’t help your hangover – I know, I know #BaconEggAndCheesePlease? But next time you’ve had one too many Moscow Mules, get it together and start ridding your body of those toxins right away with things like bananas, fresh-squeezed OJ, eggs and lemon water.
  6. Life is too short to surround yourself with anything but the best – whether it’s your job, the people in your life or the environment you live in, you deserve the best.
  7. Do something once a week that lets you be a little girly – whether it’s getting a pedicure, taking a hot yoga class or wearing pumps just because, remember that being a girl is fun!! Cheesy, maybe. But seriously, try it.
  8. “The more you can design a world that is filled with healthy, nutritious foods and calming rituals, the more you will master a sense of calm and balance in your life.” I just love this one.

Who else is ready to “eat, drink and celebrate” their way to a healthy mind and body with me? Happy 2016, babes! xx

Holiday Gift Guide Under $50!

It’s the most wonderful tiiiime of the yearrr! (Yes, I sang that as I wrote it.) December is a time for spiked cider, cozy sweaters, pretty lights, Christmas cookies and, of course, presents! While I think we all know by this point that gifts are not the reason for the season, they’re still fun obviously. It’s funny, but I’ve honestly found over the years that I enjoy giving gifts more now than ever. Sure, we all like to get them too, but I usually kind of know what’s in the cards based on the annual Christmas list I send my mom. There’s really nothing like seeing the smile on a loved one’s face when they get something totally unexpected from you. It’s just an all-around, feel-good feeling.

A rule I tend to go by when gift giving is this: Buy them something they wouldn’t buy themselves. Are you really going to spend $35 on that candle from Anthro you’ve been eyeing or new workout clothes when you already have three perfectly decent pairs of leggings? Probably not. Your friends and family members are probably on that same wave length. So, with that being said, I’m really excited to share this holiday gift guide with you all! Everything is under $50, so you’ll give them something they’ll love without having to break into your beloved savings account. This one’s for the ladies, but maybe if you guys like it I’ll share some ideas for your boyf, dad or brother. Enjoy!

holiday guide

S’Well Water Bottle | Kate Spade ‘Stop & Smell The Roses’ Bangle | Rifle Paper Co. Phone Case | Rewined Rose’ Candle | “I’m Outta Here” Passport Cover | Yay! Champagne Glass | ‘Adult Beverage’ Travel Coffee Mug | ‘Namastay in Bed’ Pillow | Arrow Dish | ‘You Can’t Spin With Us’ Tank

 

Sharing a Lil’ Bday Wisdom

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After a fun weekend of celebrating my 4th 21st birthday (yea, it’s a thing), I can’t help but look back at years past and think about all of the good times and the things I’ve learned. There’s obviously been times in my life that were not so glamorous, but it’s nice to be able to look at where you are in life and say, hey, I’m doing alright. As I continue to grow up, it seems like there’s always something else to learn or to take away. So, to celebrate this special day I’m sharing a little birthday wisdom. Here’s a few things I’ve learned over the years :)

Everyone is “busy.”

We are all busy all the time. It’s impossible not to be. But I’ve learned that there are certain relationships worth making time for, no matter how crazy life gets. If it takes me writing “make plans with so-and-so” on my to-do list for that week, I’ll literally do that. I’ve become very good at keeping in touch with important girlfriends because, at the end of the day, those relationships are a huge part of what makes life worth living, right? Stop making excuses and start reaching out to those people who are most important to you.

If you’re working out to get skinny, you’ll never be satisfied.

I have to reinforce this to myself almost every day, but it’s the truth. I’ve gone from being a cardio bunny to half-assing my workouts at the gym to finally being at the point where I’m truly working out to become stronger and more healthy. Sure, I’d love to attain a model bod eventually but by focusing on the fact that, with each workout, I’m getting more strong and fit, it helps keep me encouraged and motivated.

You’ll never be fully happy in a relationship until you work through your ‘stuff’ first.

We all have things that hold us back in our romantic relationships and until you face those things, you’ll never be truly happy in any relationship – not just that one. You can be in a relationship with the most amazing, perfect-for-you person ever, but if you aren’t content with who you are and what you have going on, you’re always going to feel like something’s missing. Work through that sh*t!!

Having an “all or nothing” mentality when it comes to food is so 2009.

Back in high school I counted every single calorie of every single morsel of food I put in my mouth. In college, I drunk-binged on cheez-its and pizza on the reg. There was no in-between, no balance. If you think this way about food – “I have to eat 100% super healthy” or “Screw it I’ll just eat like shit cause who cares?”, it isn’t a healthy mentality. I’m at a point now where, as much as I’d really love to look like Blake Lively or a Victoria’s Secret model, I still enjoy the foods I love – because who can pass up a good cheese plate or truffle fries, right? I eat clean about 85% of the time but let myself enjoy the foods I love in moderation. Because food = love.

Spending your hard-earned money on experiences, rather than things, is much more rewarding.

Don’t get me wrong, I love splurging on a new pair of shoes or home decor (usually the latter), but I’ve found that spending my money on events, festivals, concerts and traveling is SO much more fulfilling. There’s been quite a few times where I’ve felt like I really can’t spend on anything – whether it’s a material thing or experience – but I think there’s a really fine line between being money-conscious and being overly conservative. You worked for it – go sample a billion wines and eat a ton of cheese at that cool food festival or take a spontaneous weekend trip!! The memories of those experiences will be much more valuable, trust me.

Thank you for reading & sharing my birthday with me! xx