I’ve adjusted my diet the last few weeks, mainly to get a hold of my sugar problem, but also to lose a couple of pounds I put on over the holidays in preparation for summer! One of they key adjustments I made was cutting out all sugar, aside from fruit, and also eating foods that have a low glycemic index (i.e. foods that have minimal impact on your blood sugar – better for your metabolism & ultimately your health). The no sugar thing has been SO tough…that can literally be a blog post all on it’s own! Good news is, it gets better after the first week.
The other major change I made was the types of grains I’m eating. I am still eating grains – for one thing, I can’t live without SOME carbs in my diet, but I also strongly believe in the notion of moderation. I don’t think cutting anything completely out of your diet (outside of sweets & bad fats) is a good thing. However, I’ve been focusing on eating more sprouted grains. I know, you have questions…keep reading!We’re all mostly familiar with whole grains, which are seeds that still have their protective husk because they haven’t been germinated yet. When enough time passes and the seed is ready to grow, whole grains will sprout. Once they sprout, they’re in the early stages of the growth process, and don’t contain the enzymes that were holding back the growth process. Once whole grains sprout, the vitamins, minerals and proteins from the grain become more available & easier for our bodies to process. The carb content of the grain also decreases, amount of fiber increases (almost 3X) and gluten levels are lower.
Some of the sprouted grains I’ve been eating:
Other options I haven’t tried yet include buckwheat, spelt, amaranth, & anything made with a nut flour.
It’s been challenging cutting out things like pita bread (which I love so very much), but other than that, I actually really like how these things taste. Like anything whole wheat, I feel fuller longer, and I don’t get that crash where I’m ravenously hungry in an hour or two. I figure, if I like how it tastes and it has some added health benefits, why not eat it? I’m excited to explore things like buckwheat pancakes & maybe start baking with almond flour. I’ll start experimenting and share some recipes soon!
PS – If you’re also on a health kick, here are some snacks to stock up on!
I’m sure you’ve noticed, but I’m a BIG fan of white sneakers. Basically, I don’t know what I’d do without them. I wear them when I feel like being comfy (which let’s be honest – that’s most days) – and I love that depending on the outfit, I still feel stylish rocking them. The only issue with white sneakers is that they only look good when they’re crisp and clean. Scuffed up, dirty sneakers are not a thing…yeah, I know, wouldn’t it make our lives easier if they were? I’ve got a few hacks to make my sneaks look brand spankin’ new, or at least close enough. Here are three things I regularly do to clean my white sneakers (and keep in mind that sneaks don’t last forever, so if you’re past the 2 year mark, you prob need to pull the trigger on a new pair):
PS – If you’re on the market for new sneakers, check out my roundup of favs!
My entire life, I’ve struggled in finding the right bra. Let’s just say things never started off on the right foot. I blossomed at a young age, and by the 5th grade I had to make the move from training bra to the real deal. At the time, I hated the entire process and the changes my body was going through. I felt like I was the only one struggling to find a bra that I felt comfortable in and gave me the support I needed (real talk – I needed ALL the support I could get). Later on, I realized that these struggles weren’t unique to me, they’re #girlstruggles.
All women have trouble in finding the perfect bra fit…you’re not alone ladies! Here’s how to find the perfect bra for you…
I know I’m not alone when I say that I have a denim obsession (point proven here here and here). I own probably around 10-15 pairs, but truthfully speaking, there are about 5 pairs I rotate between regularly. You can imagine, I wear these 5 pairs of jeans A LOT. There are a couple pairs that I’ve had for 5+ years (my favorite are my J Brand Maria High-Rise – I have 4 pairs of these in different washes). As we all know, denim can be an investment and once you find that favorite pair it’s kind of like the beginning of a long term relationship.
As with all relationships, you have to treat your denim with tender loving care to ensure it lasts as long as possible (or if you’re in it for the long haul, forever! haha). After many trials, and lots of failures, I’ve officially gotten my denim care routine down to a science.
As stated in my Instagram bio – I have a sugar addiction. It’s a real thing…and I’m not denying it. I’ve managed to get it under control by only indulging once in a while, but if it were up to me I’d treat myself to a dessert after lunch & dinner (and maybe in between). I look forward to dessert more than dinner. My trip to a restaurant usually goes something like “I’ll have a salad with grilled chicken, thanks…hmmm and tell me more about your carrot cake”. #thestruggleisreal.
I’ve tried not eating sweets after meals, but I end up caving and binge eating eventually. It’s just not effective. It wasn’t until I discovered “dessert tea” that I found the solution to my sugar problems.
We’ve all been there – a few weeks into January and our motivation to exercise is slowly fizzling out. For those of us in colder climates, it’s even harder to stay on track. Cuddling up on the couch on a cold day is so much easier to do than hauling over to the gym to get your workout in. I’ve been working out regularly for the last 5 years or so, and I still find it hard to stick to my fitness routine! Over the years, I’ve realized that there are a few things that keep me motivated. Hopefully, they work for you too.
I have a love/hate relationship with Ikea. I absolutely love some of their stuff (we actually got our master bathroom vanity from there), but usually the lack of detail/craftsmanship gives away the fact that it’s an Ikea piece. Not that there is anything wrong with that – however, there is something to be said about having a unique piece that is either a one of a kind vintage find or customized. Customizing Ikea pieces can be done, but it usually involves a lot of time that most of us (myself included) are not willing to put in.
This leads me to a little secret I’m about to share with you all…you don’t have to put that much time into making Ikea stuff your own. There are sites out there that exist solely to help you customize Ikea furniture. Yes, this is for real. SPECIFICALLY for Ikea. I’ve rounded up my favorite three “Ikea Hack” sites below (along with an abundance of inspiring photos, of course).
I’m finally back after a long hiatus! December was a hectic month with the holidays, home construction, family visiting and a last minute New Years trip to LA. I’ve never been happier to be home…I’m starting to feel settled for the first time since August.
I hope you all had a great start to the New Year. We spent last week in LA, exploring the town, eating delicious food and enjoying the sunshine with friends (if you follow me in Instagram, you know all about my adventures!). I can’t wait to share the highlights with you – LA guide coming up! I’m still soaking in the fact that it’s 2017 – this year flew by. This photo was taken almost a year ago…craziness.
As with every new year, I try to reflect on how I can be a better person…whether that means taking better care of myself physically & mentally, being a better friend, daughter, sister, girlfriend. I’m not always one for resolutions, but I do think self-reflection is important and the beginning of the year feels like the appropriate time to do it (& obviously other times throughout the year as well!)
After doing some reflecting, I put together a short (but challenging) list of goals for 2017.
We finally made it to our new home! Moved in last week, and it’s glorious. I can’t express how relieved I am to have the move over with – I was a high-stress/anxious mess the last few weeks. I’m finally starting to feel like myself again. Now, that we’re unpacked (almost), we’ll be focusing more on the fun stuff…designing our home, room by room.
Leo and I both have an appreciation for the interiors at Soho House. We’ve been to several clubs around the world, and are impressed time and time again by the beautiful, welcoming spaces they create. Leo discovered that Soho House actually has a book, Eat Drink Nap, all about interiors, along with their tips & tricks on designing awesome spaces. We now have the book sitting on our coffee table, and it’s been quite helpful over the last month as we decided paint colors and started thinking about what furniture we wanted to buy for our new home. The book is jam packed with photographs of the gorgeous Soho Houses around the world, along with tips on how to mix old and new furniture, eBay rules for purchasing vintage items, how to purchase the right sofa, how to grow your own herb garden, where to buy art, recipes from the Soho House chef’s & so much more!
The part of the book I want to share with you today is in the very beginning – how to start a room from scratch. The rules are unbelievably simple…
I’ve done a fair amount of international travel the last few years. I LOVE traveling, but we can all agree that the worst part of it is having to sit on an airplane for extended periods of time. Everything about the experience is less than ideal – the seats, food, the fact that it’s always COLD, the dry air…the list goes on. Bottom line is, it kind of sucks. Luckily, there are products out there that make flying more bearable. You’d be surprised how much small changes can improve your overall travel experience! Shop the products I can’t travel without below.