How I completely changed my relationship with food and fitness

In the past year I’ve completely changed my perspective on food and fitness – I’ve learned to love healthy eating and crave exercise, and I feel so much better mentally, physically, and spiritually because of it. Keep reading to see how I shifted my outlook on wellness and what I’ve learned in the past year.

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How learning to cook made me happier + healthier

It wasn’t until my last few years in college that I realized I knew pretty much nothing about cooking. I grew up in a wonderful and loving household, but neither my mom nor my dad (nor either of my stepparents) would ever really cook on a regular basis. We had a lot of takeout and store-bought foods and simpler meals like pasta with tomato sauce, so I never had anyone who taught me the ins and outs of cooking – how to make a meal out of random ingredients in the fridge, how to use healthier substitutes, or how many store-bought items you could make from scratch…

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How I overcame my sugar addiction, and how you can, too!

Oh, Halloween. One of my very favorite holidays when I was a kid. Why, you ask? Was it the costumes? The scary movies? The changing of the seasons? (Well, sort of – I am from LA after all!) Nope – it was the candy that was my absolute favorite part of Halloween. A holiday where I got to walk around my neighborhood and get free candy?! That was better than Christmas for me. Because I. love. sugar.

I’ll take sugar in almost any form, but I LOVE candy. I love it so much that I would make myself sick – I remember one year when I was younger where I ate so much candy after Halloween that I my body literally rejected it all and I got really sick because I had had too much – whoops. I was, and have been all my life, addicted to sugar…

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Why I love CBD for sleep, stress, and anxiety!

So far on this blog, I’ve mentioned a lot of mental strategies to deal with anxiety. But, as we know, anxiety can have a lot of physical effects as well as mental effects. For me, one of the most difficult physical symptoms of anxiety that I struggle with is trouble sleeping. It’s like the moment I lay down to sleep, my mind decides it has to both a) run through every single event of my day and analyze everything I said and did and what other people said and did and b) start thinking about everything I have to do tomorrow/this week/this year, what my five-year plan should be, what I need to pack for that next trip, what I need to get next time I go to CVS, and…you see where this is going. My mind just seems to explode with thoughts at bed time, making it difficult for me to sleep even when I’m tired…

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5 tricks to help you drink more water daily!

I feel like one of the most common #wellnessgoals everyone has is to drink more water. We hear endlessly about the benefits of drinking enough water – everything from weight loss, to increased energy, to preventing headaches and other body pain. We KNOW that drinking water is good for us, so why can’t we get ourselves to drink as much as we should?!

Probably because water can be pretty boring and it’s easy to forget to drink it when we’re busy (or if we just LOVE coffee so we can’t fathom drinking anything but that). But since we know there are SO many benefits of drinking water, and since the side effects of not drinking enough water can be pretty damaging in our day-to-day lives, I wanted to list some hacks that have worked for me over the years in helping me reach my water intake goals…

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