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

One Year Down…

The month of September marks an important time in my fitness journey. Around this time, one year ago, I committed to giving the Tone It Up lifestyle a try with the Frisky Fall fitness Challenge TIU trainers Karena and Katrina were hosting. I had found TIU through Pinterest a few months prior and had tried some of their workouts during my senior year of college, but it wasn’t until this fitness challenge (and investing money-wise) that I said to myself “Okay, I’m going to do this.” I bought the nutrition plan, printed it all out, put it in a binder and started reading.

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Let’s be real, my main reason for “joining” (when you purchase the nutrition plan, you become a member, which means you obviously get the plan emailed to you, you get subscribed to the Members Only e-newsletters and receive exclusive access into the Tone It Up online community) was my immediate obsession with TIU trainers, Karena and Katrina. Just watch one of their videos and you’ll see how STUNNING they are. Not only that, but they are so down-to-earth, motivating, inspiring, glowing and hilarious. Both women embody everything I strive for in my personal life – from unwavering self-confidence to flawless skin to their overall outlook on living a healthy lifestyle. 

They’re the kind of girls who fill their diets with nutritious, feel-good foods, but are totally okay with treating themselves to a few glasses of champagne or dessert when they crave it. Their workouts are innovative, fun, do-able and NOT boring! They’ve designed their workout and nutrition plan with the average woman in mind – the woman who wants to be healthy and fit but has a million other things going on, too. They really just get it.

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I have to be honest and say that I do not have an extreme physical transformation story to share with you guys, like some of the other amazing women who are a part of TIU. I’ve dropped maybe five pounds, am seeing a little more definition in my arms and a little less flab in my legs, but for me, the main changes have happened in the way that I eat, the way I view fitness and the way I view myself. While I’ve always been a generally healthy eater, I’ve learned so much more about fueling my body properly thanks to K&K. I love to cook now and am always trying out new things in the kitchen, in addition to meal prepping almost every Sunday. I’m finally finding ways of working out that are fun and challenging for me. This last one is still something I’m working on, but these women have created the most amazing community that inspires me to love myself and treat myself well. That’s pretty powerful stuff.

So let’s talk about the nutrition plan.

The educational part of the nutrition plan is what has made the most difference in my healthy lifestyle journey up to this point. K&K teach you about superfoods, best times to eat certain foods, how to balance out your meals, how to eat in a lean, clean and green way and so much more. Not to mention, they’ve probably put a zillion recipes into this thing. Out of all of them that I’ve tried, there’s only been a few that were just okay – the rest have been amazing. Some of my favorites are the Turkey Pumpkin Chili, Blueberry Oat Breakfast Bars, Confetti Kale Salad, Stuffed Bell Peppers, Sweet Potato Cookies, Banana Chia Seed Muffins… my list is endless. Their recipes are so good, and they make you FEEL good.

In this past year of attempting to eat in a more lean, clean and green way (LCG) thanks to Tone It Up, I’ve noticed a huge difference in how what I eat makes me feel. When I eat too many non-nutritious or heavy foods, I absolutely feel how it affects my body. I literally call it a food hangover, because that’s how it feels! I become extremely tired, bloated, uncomfortable, my skin looks dull, I’ve got undereye bags – so hot, right? It’s amazing how even just a day of clean, nutritious eating can make you feel amazing.

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As far as their workouts go, they post FREE (yes, totally free) workout schedules each week, packed with fat-blasting cardio workouts, toning routines, yoga/stretching videos and more.

While I have stopped following these weekly workouts since joining ClassPass (I’m just in a phase where group exercise is what’s working best for me), Tone It Up is the first place I turn to when I want to complete a quick yoga practice before work or just feel like I need some extra toning or a fun HIIT routine. Seeing their smiling faces (and perfect bods) in their workout videos just makes you want to push yourself that much harder.

If you haven’t heard of Tone It Up, or you have but you’re not ready to make a full commitment to the program, I highly recommend checking it out. They’re starting their Fit for Fall Charity Challenge this Monday, where we will all be logging miles to support a charity of choice. I can’t wait to support, simply by getting fit!

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Check out all the info here. Happy Fit For Fall, y’all!