Spreading wellness is my passion and I feel so lucky to have a lot of people reach out with a lot of questions about a lot of things (I could seriously talk about wellness all. day. long...just ask my husband ;) ).
Because of this, I thought it might be helpful to post some of the most commonly asked in the hopes that you'll find something that rings true for you!
I'm always happy to answer (when and if I can!) so keep 'em coming friends!
What is your weekly workout routine?
I alternate cardio and strength training and take Sundays for rest and rejuvenation. A typical week for me would be barre M/W/F and cycle or a run T/Th/Sa. I find this routine to be really challenging yet balancing for my body.
What vitamins or supplements do you take?
I take a women's multi-vitamin, biotin, and a probiotic daily.
How much water should I aim to drink in a day?
Take your weight and divide it by two - that is how much you should be drinking in ounces. For example: if you weight 200 lbs., you should aim to drink 100 oz of water a day.
What's your go-to protein bar?
I really really love Perfect Bars and 22 Days Nutrition bars right now.
What's your go-to protein shake?
For grab-and-go, I love Evolve's protein shakes.
Do you recommend cleansing?
I think juice cleanses can be good on occasion but more-so to kick cravings or jump start a healthy diet than as a rapid weight-loss technique. The honest truth is that there is no quick-fix so anything that comes across that way means boomerang weight-gain immediately following.
Do you snack? If so, what do you normally eat as a snack?
YES! I am a typically a 6-small meal eater so snacking is key for me. My favorites are just a handful of nuts and dried fruit or an apple with nut butter.
What's on the top of your list of things to avoid eating?
This is a tough one because everyone is so different. With a long list of food allergies, my list is likely much different than yours would be. In general, I would say to just be mindful of weird ingredients and sugar in pre-packaged foods - these can make you feel really off/sneak up on you. If I had to choose a second, it would be to avoid anything fried.
What's your favorite "cheat" food?
I love love love my mom's homemade ooey-gooey banana bread. Like so much.
And also Chick-fil-a. :D
Do you ever cook with alternative flours, sugars, etc?
Yes, not always but sometimes! I will occasionally use almond flour or oat flour instead of whole wheat or use coconut sugar instead of cane sugar.
What's the most important piece of advice you can give to someone looking to make changes in their health?
This is always a tough one. The journey to wellness is so so so personal. I would say the most important thing is to find balance in your life - through diet, movement, spiritual practice, relationships, sleep, work...truly everything in your life effects your ability to "be well". It's not an easy thing, but being in-tune enough with your body to find that sweet spot is really the golden ticket to change, growth, and joy.
That's all for now! Leave any other questions you might want answered in the comments below and I'll include them in my next Q&A! xx