Travel Essentials

As many of you know, I recently took a two week trip around the Southern half of Ireland. Vacations are a time to let loose and have fun, but I've found that my body always experiences a little bit of shock trying to adjust when I come back home. To ease that, I try and keep up with some of my healthy habits, including snack options, self-care and staying active. Take a peek at what I currently consider to be my must have travel essentials!

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Fitness & Weight Loss Myths Busted!

Given the size of the weight loss and fitness industries, it’s no surprise that there’s more than a few falsehoods floating around out there. We all want to look better and feel fitter, which unfortunately means there are plenty of people looking to cash in on this desire - even if it means filling the general space with misrepresentations of the facts. 

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Why I Went Low Carb Paleo

I've never been one to count my carbs. A few years ago, when I started working out with a personal trainer they had me focusing on calories and fat. Not carbs. When I found Paleo, it was never about counting anything. It was about eating nutrient dense food that wasn't made with a bunch of crappy oils or filled with a ton of sugar or made with ingredients that I had to google.

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Total Body Travel Workout [Guest Post: Get Real with Mel]

One of the most important things for me when I go on vacation is to not lose my motivation when it comes to fitness. I make sure to pack my running shoes, walk the city a TON and make time for some quick at home workouts. Sometimes, I even look up local studios to take classes at.

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Barry's Bootcamp with Melanie of Get Real With Mel

Ever since they opened a Barry's Bootcamp here in Chicago, the fitness community has been obsessed. It reminds me of when SoulCycle opened up in Old Town and people peered through the glass anxiously on a daily basis trying to figure out when it was going to open so they could be among the first to cash in on blood, sweat and tears. 

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A One Stop, Paleo Date Night Shop [Snap Kitchen]

One of my resolutions in 2017 was to devote more time to having healthy relationships - with myself, my boyfriend, my body, my family, my friends, etc. I've realized that having some me time is a big part of this, so I've been trying to do more of that. I've also been trying to have date night a bit more frequently with Kyle. Combine this with the fact we are trying really, really hard to stay on budget this year so we can spend more on travel and getting a king size bed (hollaaaa!) and it can get a bit tricky. Enter into the picture Snap Kitchen

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