It's October, so naturally I'm due for a delicious and super nutritious pumpkin recipe. Oh yes, count me in for this #pumpkineverything time of year! Pumpkin is the obvious superstar of fall. Go into Trader Joe's and you'll see aisle after aisle of pumpkin products - sauces, cereals, snacks, chips, teas, treats, and canned pumpkin itself. So why do we obsess over this special squash? For me, it's its creamy texture, rich taste, and nutrition value. It's the perfect butter alternative in healthy baked goods and flavorful addition to pasta sauces for my zoodles. It's also full of antioxidants vitamin-A, C, E, and radical fighting B-carotene. Not to mention, this fall gift also contains folates, niacin, vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine), thiamin,
Ugh, I hate that word... "dieting." It literally has the word "die" in it! By no means do you need to "die-t" to lose weight. And, sorry to spill the beans, most of those d-word strategies end in the exact opposite - either stalling progress all together or setting you up for weight gain rebound. There are a couple other (more helpful) reasons I don't like the idea of a "diet." It assumes that the changes you're making will be temporary. It usually sets you up on a meal plan that SHOULD only be temporary. It asks you to includes absurd amounts of cardio or exercise in general. It sometimes includes some sort of "meal replacement," supplement, or magic pill.
There's no shortage of glitzy, colorful, meticulous meal prep photos across Pinterest and Instagram. They're beautiful, but they can also be misleading and disheartening. It takes time and a whole lot of money to create that much variety. And, this sort of prep isn't always doable for anyone with a busy schedule and tight budget. Money and time are the two biggest excuses I've heard when it comes to not creating healthier habits. And they may sound perfectly legitimate in your head when you haven't been exposed to other options. Cue my dramatic entrance. I'm not letting you get away with those excuses anymore, sista! I will show you quicker and more affordable ways to prep meals for the week
You may have tried a million times to get on a workout and healthy eating schedule. Try and then give up because 1) working out and planning meals took up too much of your time 2) you felt like you had to remove yourself from your favorite social outings to fit its rigid diet, 3) the workouts were over-complicated or totally boring, 4) the whole idea of changing your habits totally stressed you out. Or maybe you haven't even tried one yet because you already have these expectations set! Taking care of your health shouldn't be tedious, tasteless, binding, or overwhelming. It should be fun, flexible, balanced, and done with other like-minded women after the same goal - to be
Trying to manage a crazy #bossbabe life can be chaotic. I get it. Trust me, I do. As most of you know, I'm not your typical fitness blogger. On top of writing two books and hustling on Life in Spandex, I work a full-time managerial job. Add on errands and maintaining a social life, my schedule is far from relaxed. href="http://lifeinspandex.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/5-Ways-to-center-Your-Mind-and-Reset-Your-body.jpg However, I always strive to put my health first. There's a long-time saying, "health is wealth," and it's so true. I can let my schedule get the best of me at times. Just this past week I tweaked my neck in a workout. I wasn't doing anything crazy, just a simple side plank. Right before it happened, my mind