6 Tips That Will Change the Way You Lose Weight

A lot of people ask me what I do to prepare for photo shoots and events to feel confident and look my best. I've never been shy about sharing my short-term exercise and nutrition habits before big occasions. But let's get one thing straight. The rest of the year, I practice a balanced approach to health and fitness. I treat my body with love and respect by eating mainly whole, unprocessed foods and staying active. The week before a shoot is just a little umph to give my abs a bit more definition. So don't expect any crash diet secrets here. Hello! Do you even know me? Life is too short to go without chocolate, wine, or Mexican food so I

5 effortless ways to stay healthy through the holidays featured

5 Effortless Ways to Stay Healthy During the Holidays

The poor holiday season gets such a bad rap from the fitness industry.  Between warnings of holiday weight gain and pressure to not give in to temptation, it's no wonder so many people find themselves either completely stressed out trying to stay "on track" or ditching their health and fitness goals for a month of bloat and guilt. The holidays should be exciting and fun. A time where you can dedicate more time to friends and family, enjoy your moms famous pies, and drink champagne while laughing until you cry with your besties. NOT a season to turn down party invites because it may ruin your "diet" or an excuse to eat every sweet in sight. If you've been in

Apple Pie Protein Donuts featured

Apple Pie Protein Donuts

Pumpkin rightfully holds a lot of the spotlight this time of year. However, I think it's about time to give it's close running-mate a little bit of the stage. If we're being honest, I would choose an apple crisp or pie over pumpkin any day! Oh yes, I said it. Come for me pumpkin police! I love the tangy and sweet taste of apple. I also love the crisp texture of raw and the soft, gooey texture of baked apples. Unfortunately, eating apple crisp on a regular basis would make me feel sluggish, bloated, and give me crazy blood sugar crashes. That doesn't mean I'm not enjoying the decadent taste of baked apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and buttery almonds.  Instead,

Oozing Dark Chocolate Raspberry Mug Cake featured

Oozing Dark Chocolate Raspberry Mug Cake

The best part of October? Well other than it being my birthday month, the excuse to eat more chocolate (and cake... or chocolate cake)! Unfortunately, most store-bought Halloween treats are filled with artificial ingredients, tons of extra sugar, and trans fats up the wazoo! Homemade Snickers bars are great - if you have two extra hours to spare to food process and an extra paycheck to buy all the necessary ingredients. Stop the discrimination! I believe busy girls should also be able to enjoy healthier homemade sweets too. So, I came up with a delicious and healthy Halloween (or anytime) dessert recipe that only looks like it took lots of effort! It’s blood, no guts, no brains, no raspberry topping!!

#pumpkineverything protein muffins

#Pumpkineverything Protein Muffins

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,