Delicious Paleo Treats

So for a very long long long time I have been trying different fad diets. I was all over the place! The worst diet I was on was by medifast. I recently tried a week of it and I fainted by the 6th day. I was eating so little calories that I couldn’t walk across the room. I was crying every night and it really messed with my hormone balance..(not a pretty sight). After speaking with a good friend about the Paleo diet I have decided to commit to it. Which is perfect because I’m studying ancient hunter gathers at ASU right now. I have been reading a book called “Nom, Nom, Paleo” which is super funny and has a bunch of awesome recipes. My favorite blog I have found about Paleo is called “PaleOMG”. I love the name and the writer- plus her recipes look so good I want to run to my kitchen and make everything. I wanted to share one of her recipes with you today because I’m eating it for breakfast tomorrow. I can’t wait to try it and I hope you enjoy it too 🙂 I know it says left over from thanksgiving and since its now February I’m a little late on using those left overs so I would just say add some of your favorite fresh fruit to the mix!

I was finally able to get back to Yoga tonight. I’m very excited to devote my year to improving my yoga practice (Hatha tonight). I would like to note that the Paleo diet helped me get through intermediate yoga no problem. O blood type for the win. 😉 




Prep time
8 hours
Total time
8 hours
Serves: 3-4
  • 1½ cups canned coconut milk (about 12 ounces)
  • 1 heaping tablespoon almond butter (or other nut or seed butter)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup or honey
  • ¼ cup chia seeds
  • leftover apple tartlets, roughly chopped
  1. Blend together coconut milk, almond butter, vanilla extract, and maple syrup in a blender.
  2. Place the blended mixture into a resealable large jar then add chia seeds. Seal jar and shake.
  3. Place in refrigerator overnight.
  4. Top with chopped leftover apple tartlets
  5. Eat up. Breakfast is served.



This photo belongs to “PaleOMG” and I claim no ownership.

P.S Go Team USA!!! You’re doing amazing at the Sochi Games!



Cheaters, cheaters! They’re everywhere but not the type you may think! This is to all you diet cheaters! All you kids with your ice cream and your Krispy cremes ! While eating unhealthy everyday is a huge NO! I’m here to tell you that it’s ok to cheat every once in a while.

Take that in.

It’s okay to eat that chicken enchilada. Why? Well it’s easy. It’s because we are human. All that hard work on your work out plan and your healthy eating, you deserve an award. If it needs to be in meal form, I say go for it! One bad meal every once in a while isn’t going to ruin your diet! Just remember not to make it a habit and you will appreciate and look forward to your special reward once a week. Keep up that work out and feel good knowing you’re not going to ruin what you’ve already accomplished! 

Cute to work it!

I love to look good while working out. It makes me work so much harder when I feel confident. You know you love it when you run by a mirror and you see yourself and go “daaayum” . Here are a few gym accessories and clothes that I love and I hope you will love them too. Some are pricey… some are affordable but they are all worth it!

Shoes: You must have a great supportive shoe to run and train in – try these 🙂

This is the Nike Free run +3 . It comes in different colors but this is my favorite. $100.



For training: The Nike Free Advantage , $80.00. These shoes come with a supportive band across the top of your feet so you feel safe no matter how many twists and turns you take.



My favorite sports bra:

From Lululemon, a super supportive sports bra to get you through all your cardio moves, $48.



For bottoms, check out these Nike Pro shorts and running tights. I personally love the tights for most work outs and I love the shorts for any type of intense cardio class. Pants are $65 and shorts are anywhere from $12 to $40. As shown, $30

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For tops, I really encourage people to purchase something thats either dry-fit or absorbs moisture.  They usually go for a little more money than your normal run of the mill shirts. (I find myself wearing A shirts at times). These are good investments if you spend time working out. They save your skin from chaffing too, which is a huge plus for me. The short sleeve is $65 and the long sleeve is $75 both available at



I love these fun shirts! $30



From Lululemon: A sports bra with a shirt! $64



If you’re running outside, leaving the gym, or just getting warmed up, try these jackets out. 

I love Lululemon’s Scuba hoodies! The have a really neat front zipper and the collar comes up around your mouth which is nice when its cold outside. They come in really cute patterns this is one of my favorites! It’s also pink which I am a sucker for! I love the thumb holes too! It’s just a great all around, well made piece. $108 and WORTH IT!



This is my favorite sweater shirt from under armour. Its cute, its fuzzy, and very nice to slip into after a shower or before a work out 😛 $54


Bags: Its great to have something to carry all your gym stuff in . Try these!

Under armour Duffle $45 in white. The Nike Brasilia in pink – $25


Of course, we can’t have a work out with out a cute headband. Both by Under Armour. This is my favorite work out accessory.

Braided head band : $10 , Pack of skinny head bands $12



Last but not least… This is thee coolest thing to take with you to the gym. You can feel safe knowing your personal items can’t be stolen because no one can get into this thing! The Master Lock! $19.00


I’d love to know what you guys like! Just drop a comment 🙂


Fitness 2013

New Years is all about resolutions! Most people make the resolution to go to the gym and lose weight. The only problem is that most people go for a few days and then get over it. This post is to help motivate you to keep up a healthy lifestyle all year round. Remember, its important to get about an hours worth of exercise a day. Whether its walking around a park, hitting the gym, or taking a dance class. If you find yourself bored with the same old gym routine I have some recommendations for you.

I have found a lot of wonderful classes and programs that have kept me active all year round and I hope they can help you too.


I’m a dancer so naturally I like to take ballet classes. They are a great way to really tone your body and sculpt lean and beautiful legs. I like ballet because it doesn’t cause me to bulk up. It promotes great posture, abdominal strength and poise. You are never too old to start ballet or dance. In an adult class , there are beginners of all ages. There isn’t any competitive gossip which is a nice plus. They are all there for the same purpose. You can find an adult ballet class at most local dance studios or recreational centers. 

Cardio Barre

If you enjoy a good sweat and not being able to walk out of the class – this is for you. Haha- I kid about not being able to walk. However, these classes are packed with intense leg and abdominal exercises that can leave you pretty sore.  Cardio Barre takes basics from ballet and turns them into upbeat and fast paced moves. Cardio Barre classes and studios have been popping up all over the place lately. Check one out at a local studio or recreational facility.

Hot Hula

Enter a warm room full of ladies and gents ready to get their dance on. Hot Hula takes its moves from traditional Hula dance and adds cardio exercises. Torch a ton of calories in just an hour and leave the studio completely drenched. This is one of my favorites!

These classes run for around $45.00- $50.00 a month. Some places have unlimited programs where you pay a certain amount ( usually a discounted price) and you can take an unlimited amount of classes a week. Rec Centers usually have an 8 or 12 week class series . Around me ( So Cal ) they usually run for about $75 per series.

Dance themed classes not your thing?? Try these out.


Nothing makes me feel better than attending a kickboxing class. In the period of one hour, you can burn between 800-1000 calories. The classes are usually high paced and a ton of fun. You can check one out at a mixed martial arts gym or at a boxing gym. Plus – who doesn’t love pink boxing gloves?

Pilates and Pilates reformer 

Pilates is a great way to increase strength in all parts of the body. Pilates is conditioning for the body. It promotes flexibility , endurance and muscle strength. Pilates can be done on a mat or on an apparatus called a reformer. The reformer uses resistance to complete exercises. Pilates moves are difficult. You may only be able to perform one move 4 or 5 times during your first few classes. They are hard and you can really feel the work out. Well worth it! Pilates are available at select dance studios, Yoga studios and some have their own studios . Classes are available at recreational centers as well.


Many benefits come from practicing yoga. Yoga is an ancient art form that promotes a healthy body, a peaceful state of mind and flexibility. There are different types of yoga. My favorite is vinyasa. Its a constant flow of different movements . I feel so at peace after these classes. You get a great work out too.

Yoga, Pilates, and Kickboxing classes vary in price depending on where you take them. Most yoga studios offer discount prices to students. These classes can get pricey and if you’re on a budget, I’d suggest finding a class at a recreational center. They usually are the cheapest. Don’t worry though, the teachers are well trained so you wont be wasting money. Many of these classes are offered at 24 hour fitness and other gyms. Many classes are discounted or free with membership. On your way out of the gym next time, grab a class schedule.

Does being in a gym or class setting make you nervous? Like to work out at home? Try these!


I LOVE TurboFire. It is a high intensity kickboxing program created by Chalene Johnson. It’s a 90 day program that comes with resistance bands, a band for stretching, a meal guide, a work out schedule and a measuring tape to track your progress. The great thing about the TurboFire program is HIIT. HIIT or High intensity interval training, is a combination of intense movements that last for 60 seconds. There is a one minute recovery time and then the same combination is repeated. HIIT classes burn up to 600 calories in a 15 minute session. That is of course if you give it 100%. Its awesome to see how much improvement is made physically as you work your way through the classes. HIIT classes are only a few times a week. Other days are HIIT with cardio, strength training, abdominal training and one day of Yoga and stretching. Plus you get a day off. It’s so fun and the music is awesome. Chalene is so upbeat and positive – she makes you feel like you can’t fail. You’ll soon get addicted. It’s great for those who are busy and don’t have time to make it to the gym. 

TurboFire is two payments of $40.00. Let me tell you, I’ve been using it for a year and a half now and I love it – it really works! 

P90X and P90X-2

This program is how I was first introduced to a healthier lifestyle. I learned how to eat to fuel my body and how to sustain intense workouts with out feeling run down after. I was introduced to recovery drinks (which work btw) and of course, intense workouts that have real results. If you don’t fancy a program like TurboFire and would like to really build muscle, stamina and strength, P90X is a great program to try. Tony Horton, the creator of P90X , takes you through, cardio, plyo’s, strength training, yoga, kenpo and stretching. The program comes with great results – but I warn you, Tony can get a little interesting with his comments and after a while they get a little unappealing to the ears, haha. P90X is also a 90 day program . It comes with all 12 DVD’s, a meal guide and a workout schedule.

The prices for P90X and P90X-2 vary because you can add or subtract extras from the program. The basic price for P90X and P90X-2 is around $120.00 which can be made in 3 payments. From there the price goes up if you’d like to add extras. This is a great work out for both men and women.


This program is a tough cookie. It is only 60 days long and is chock full of insane work outs that make you sweat puddles ! No lie, they show it in the commercials! I personally have not tried this particular work out , but my trainer is currently using it. From what I can see she loves it and she looks amazing!! (well she is a PT haha) 

Insanity cost $120.00 which can be made in 3 payments.

TurboFire, P90X, P90X-2 and Insanity are all available on . You can also find a huge network of people all geared towards having a beach body. It’s a great way to stay motivated towards your fitness goals.

Fuel that body!

Naturally, when you workout hard, you have to refuel. I highly recommend a diet rich in protein with lots of fruits and vegetables. Make sure to hydrate with water during your exercises and make sure to get you 64 oz. of water in everyday. Yes that is in addition to the water you drank while working out ;).  It’s always a great idea to add supplements because we don’t always get all the required nutrition that we need. Check out Whole Foods, Sprouts, Mothers Market or Trader Joe’s for great variety of supplements. Usually the staff can help you chose something right for you. It isn’t a bad idea to set up an appointment with your Doctors to see what supplements you need. They always know best. I started drinking Shakeology which is available on . I no longer have to take multivitamins because the shake has it all. They are yummy too! – I will have to do a post on nutrition and fitness ! There is a lot to say. Please remember to refuel – especially if you are working hard. Your body will get so run down if you’re withholding food. Be smart about losing weight. The results will come. Starving is never the answer. Remember! You must eat clean to get lean . No soda, frappuccino’s or fast food!

It took me a few years to learn how to eat clean, to build healthy habits and begin to attain my goals. I suffered with anorexia for 9 years and have finally been able to live a healthy lifestyle. It takes time and effort  but if you’re willing to make the change, you will get to where you want to be! 

I truly hope this gave you some options to try to keep your fitness and health goals (broken record over here!) for the new year! Keep in mind, your goals are attainable and you can do it! I believe in you!! Good luck 🙂


Feel free to ask any questions or request blog posts. While I’m no expert and have just learned from experience, I’m more than happy to give you insight and help you on your path 🙂



Weight Loss and Your Skin!


Weight loss and Your Skin!

While losing weight, I have started to use products to help my skins elasticity and make that ugly cellulite go away. If you’re one of those lucky and rare people with no cellulite, bless you haha, but for the rest of us, I hope this can help you on your journey!   I have tried an array of products and a few have really helped me. I hope they can help you too.

Stuff that works for me: I wear a sports bra anytime I’m not wearing a regular bra. It’s a great idea to wear something very supportive while working out as well – especially if you’re crazy like me and enjoy kick boxing. To help improve the elasticity of my skin,  I started to use Nivea firming lotion which actually reduces the look of stretch marks while firming your skin. I love this stuff! I tried using Palmers Cocoa Butter, but it doesn’t work the same. You can see a difference almost immediately. I’m sure I’ll use this stuff forever. Its also very affordable which is awesome for those on a budget.  A good body exfoliater can work wonders too. Try Bliss fatgirl soap or fatgirlscrub. Bliss also has great cellulite reducing cream called fatgirlslim and fatgirlsleep. Its a great system that works wonders on that pesky cellulite problem. I also tried something called the love handler which is also a Bliss product. The love handler goes all over problem areas like back fat or love handles. While these are a little more expensive, they did help me a ton. They are like little helpers in my quest to get a 6 pack. All of these are available at Another good trick is to get a spray tan. It reduces the look of cellulite and makes you look a lot slimmer. If you can’t afford one, drug stores offer some that are around 8$-12$. Finding a good self tanner in a drug store can be tricky. I’ve tried a bunch of them! A great one I’ve found is L’Oreal Sublime Bronze self tan. It doesn’t make you look orange! You can also pick up some self tanning gloves at ULTA for around 5$ so your hands don’t turn orange. If they do, a great product to use is St.Tropez tan remover for 18$ which is available at Sephora.


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