The Basics of Meal Prepping

For most, healthy eating seems daunting. We live very busy lives and from planning out what to eat, to resisting cravings, to taking the time to cook, changing eating habits can become intimidating. I get it! I have rushed mornings, short lunch breaks, desires to eat sweets, and late work nights. I take each Sunday to set myself up for success in these moments. Meal prepping is the key to staying on top of my weekly nutrition. I know what you’re thinking, you don’t have the time, organization, or desire to prep meals! Please only make me say this once, yes you do! It’s about prioritizing, getting into a habit, and planning ahead. And, you don’t have to do this alone. Read More




2-Day Juice Cleanse Review and IMPROVED Gluten-Free & Sugar-Free Oatmeal Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies!

Hello my loves! Happy second Monday! I truly mean it. After a very restful Sunday nights sleep (because, guess what?! I don’t get Sunday night anxiety anymore!), Monday started off with a great 6am workout that included 30 minutes of treadmill sprints/intervals, 4 minutes of squats, and then a total upper body lifting sesh. Feeling sore but oh so good! Worked an inspiring shift at the gym (more to come on this later!), came home to eat some homemade chicken soup and an Envy apple (so delish!) for lunch, and then taught two barre classes last night at the studio. Got up this morning to the stillness of a 5am wake up call to teach an awesome 6am CarmelBarre class. Now, I’m finishing up Read More




How to Train Your Brain to Reach Your Fitness Goals – And Why It’s Key!

You know that feeling you get when your heart sinks, your stomach’s in knots, your breathing becomes short, and your heart rate increases? Most of us associate these feelings with anxiety, or some threat to our survival. I got these feelings when I visited my hometown this week to see my hair stylist, catch up with my mom, and for a lunch meeting. As soon as I drove by the mall of my teen years, heard the familiar noises of birds and fancy cars humming, and saw all the Silicon Valley techies swarm into the local lunch spots my stomach sank. This is not the normal reaction I usually feel when I go home. Home is usually my comfort zone, the place Read More




Gluten-Free and Superfood Packed Black Bean Brownies

When those chocolate-cravings hit, there’s nothing quite as satisfying as biting into a oozy-gooey, rich brownie. That is, until you start to feel that bubble of guilt grow inside of you and it seems like you hindered any fitness progress you’ve made. First off, if you do ever eat a real brownie when you are trying to eat healthy, please do not let this feeling of guilt last for more than a couple of minutes. Instead, forgive yourself, know that you have not completely ruined all progress, and just continue to eat on plan. One of the worst things you can do after indulging a little is let those feelings of failure take over the rest of your diet that Read More