Foods to Eat for Strong Bones

Happy Friday! Are my fellow American readers as excited for a three-day weekend as I am?!

So today I’m talking about the health of something that we all have about 206 of…. bones!

When my great grandfather was still alive, I remember that he fractured his foot while in bed sleeping. His bones were so brittle that just moving around in bed proved to be too much force for them. Like me, I’m sure that most of you have known someone older who has had osteoporosis, but why is awareness of the disease important for young people too?

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Grilled Nectarines with Banana Honey Soft Serve

Last weekend my mother-in-law, hubby, and I were sitting at my kitchen table. We had just finished up a yummy dinner, and all of a sudden, I jumped up.

ME: “Ooooh I have to make dessert now!”

THEM: “But we’re pretty full. Why the rush?”

ME: “Because it’s going to get dark soon!”

THEM: “We’re using the grill for it? We can still grill after the sun goes down.”

ME: “No we can’t, because I have a feeling it’s going to be yummy, and if it gets dark, then I can’t take pictures and blog the recipe!”

Ah yes, bad lighting… classic case of #foodbloggerproblems.

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Hug Your Pooch, it’s National Dog Day!

Hey friends!

So, I wasn’t planning on blogging today, but here I am chatting with you because I found out….

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It’s National Dog Day! 

I know that there are lots of random, silly holidays on every day of the year, but truth be told, I think some of them are fun because 1.) I love any excuse to celebrate, and 2.) I enjoy acknowledging days designated to something near and dear to my heart. And pretty much everyone that knows me knows that I’m obsessed with dogs, especially my own pooch!

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Sweating it Out with Under Armour at IDEA World {Day 3 Recap}

Hi there!

Hope that you all had a fabulous weekend. My mother-in-law has been in town visiting from Jersey, so my weekend was full of showing her a good time in SoCal. More on that later, but today, I’m recapping my third day of the IDEA World Fitness Conference!boat pose

(Yoga posing in front of the convention center, of course.)

My Saturday morning began bright and early with a 4:45 AM wake-up call to get ready for a….

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Fig Honey Chia Smoothie Bowl

Chocolate peanut butter. Strawberry vanilla. Chocolate covered cherry. Basically friends, I’m totally smoothie crazed. And those are a few of my favorite smoothie creation combos.

But sometimes, instead of just making a smoothie to drink in a glass, I like to put my blender to work to make something a bit thicker. I then pour my creation into a bowl and eat it with a spoon, because I’m fancy like that.

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The Highlight of IDEA World’s Blogfest: Jillian Michaels! {Day 2 Recap}

Happy Hump Day everyone!

This week is going by fast for me, partly because I’ve been trying to catch up on work and rest the past few days. I was beat after having a busy schedule, so much fun, and little sleep while at IDEA World! Speaking of which, today I’m recapping day two of the convention. Let’s get to it!

Anaheim Convention Center

My Friday began with a 7 AM bootcamp workout with Caroline and Moe, who are both fitness instructors in Boston. I met both of these women the first day of Blogfest, and immediately thought that they both were super cool. Caroline and I already had been following each other on Twitter, and I recognized her from social media. This seemed to be a theme at IDEA World, which made it even more fun because you’re meeting people you already virtually “know.”

Blogfest bootcamp

The ladies led the group through a cardio/body weight workout that definitely started the day in a sweaty, awesome way! Bootcamp class group shot:

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Afterwards, Cassey Ho, the creator of Blogilates, gave a presentation on turning your blog into a money-making brand. She was witty and relatable, and one takeaway message I got from her lecture was the importance of finding your own voice.  

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Next on the agenda was the highlight of the conference for me: Jillian Michaels speaking right in front of me!! I’ve talked about Jillian on the blog before because I own so many of her DVDs (a review of her Yoga Inferno DVD can be found here) and am a huge fan of her. I was pretty much geeking out when she walked into the room.

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The IDEA World Fitness Convention: My First Time Doing PiYo {Day 1 Recap}

Hi friends! Hope that you all had a fabulous weekend.

It has been quite a whirlwind for me the last bunch of days attending the IDEA World Fitness Convention, which included 12,000 people from over 60 countries! Within IDEA World was Blogfest, a 2-day event specifically for healthy living bloggers. It was hosted by Fit Approach, a company that I’m at ambassador for, along with a lot of great people. Let me tell you, I’m just about to burst from experiencing so much awesomeness at my first ever blogging conference! Let’s dive right into the highlights for me of day 1 of the conference…

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The first morning started bright and early with a yoga session led by San Francisco yoga instructor Stephanie Ring. It was a nice way to begin the conference by stretching and sweating! A shot of the yogi group:

Blogfest yoga group(photo cred to Fit Approach)

Afterwards, we headed to the opening ceremonies for IDEA World, which were full of inspiring stories. I could just feel the excitement and energy of the room from the moment I walked in.

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Tricks for Sneaking in Exercise While Hosting Guests

Hi friends!

Tomorrow I’m heading up to Anaheim for IDEA World and Blogfest! I was getting psyched seeing so many people posting on social media about their travels to the conference today. Anaheim is just a hop, skip, and a jump away from my house, so I’ll be heading up there tomorrow evening. Conference recaps to come on the blog, but in the meantime, you can check me out on Twitter and Instagram to see what I’m up to at IDEA World! :-)

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Speaking of travel, today’s topic is about when people travel to visit you. Living 2,500 miles away from my family, my hubby’s family, and a lot of my friends, I’m happy to have house guests come visit and spend time with me… and since I live in beautiful California and they love me, they like to visit!

When people stay with me, obviously my normal routine gets shaken up. I usually do a lot more relaxing, cooking, baking, eating and drinking. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that – it’s great! – but I do like to make sure that I stay active even when I have loved ones in town. When my father-in-law was in town a couple of weeks ago, I thought about the ways that I keep up my habit of moving often while playing host. Here are the tricks that I use:

Cleansing, Foodie Loves Fitness Style: The Part Time Juice Cleanse

The idea of doing a cleanse to flush toxins and give my body a bit of a rest has always been interesting to me. But the idea of only juicing is not my idea of a fun time.

Every time I’ve tried to do nothing but juice, I find myself hangry with little self-control by late afternoon – not to mention the fact that after several green juices, I’m practically repulsed at the thought of drinking another one. Let’s face it, I’m a foodie and I love to eat! So instead, I’ve tried different kinds of cleanses – ones that involve chewing – like the Vegetarian Times 7-ingredient cleanse (posts on that here and here).

Fresh fruit

I took a cue from that cleanse to come up with my own version of a cleanse last week! Because I’m active and like to work out, I like to feed my muscles. One thing that bugs me about cleanses are their lack of protein, so my cleanse includes high protein vegan sources, like beans and nuts.
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