Healthy Habits

4 Tips to Get More Fit

What if I told you there’s a way to feel more healthy and fit, even with a busy schedule?

It doesn’t come without a cost: you gotta be willing to put in the daily work to get there.

Doing it when you don’t want to. Learning to say no more often. Thinking over your beliefs and thoughts and creating your own point of view and standards that you live by.

Being healthy and fit is not for everyone, and that’s okay.

If you’re content living the life you’re living, where you’re at, what you look like, and what you do on a daily basis – I mean this genuinely: good for you! Keep it rolling my homie!

But if you’re fed up and need a change, I got you with some tips on how to get healthier and more fit… by doing something small each day.

Full disclosure: you’ll only see change if you are willing to put in the daily work and grind it out. No work = no results.

We gotta start somewhere, sooooo let’s rock!

1. Fruit first

It’s not so important as to what time you eat your first meal of the day…

Rather WHAT you eat as your first meal of the day.

When I learned this, I decided to commit to “fruit first” and this small thing has been a game changer for my energy levels, skin, all that!

It can be a piece of fruit, a fruit smoothie (fruit & water only), or a freshly squeezed fruit juice shot / drink.

Fruit first = instant energy + a positive ripple for the rest of my day.

So if you have to choose between a healthy snack and junk food like sugary cereal, breads, bagels for breakfast…

Go with the healthier option! Even if it pains you at first to do so.

You’ll thank yourself later on when you’re feeling more upbeat and energized.

This little switch will make a world of a difference!

2. Intermittent fasting

Intermittent fasting is an effective way to achieve your fitness goals while improving your overall health.

The 16/8 Method

The most popular form of intermittent fasting is known as the 16/8 method and is basic enough for anyone to try and succeed at!

Here is the 16/8 method: Establish an 8 hour window in your day to eat.

In other words, you are technically fasting for 16 hours every day, and restricting your eating to an 8-hour eating window (16/8).

No food is allowed during the fasting period, but you can drink water, coffee, tea and other non-caloric beverages.

Some forms of intermittent fasting allow small amounts of low-calorie food during the fasting period.

I typically eat fruit / drink fruit smoothies in the morning before my eating window begins for more morning energy and to help with any hunger pains.

See more on intermittent fasting > here < like the benefits and what works for me.

3. Move throughout the day

Not just once a day → throughout the day. 5 minute hang session here, a yoga session there, squat burnout before lunch, a mobility session before bed.

Incorporating more movement throughout your day.

Focusing on different areas and different types of movement.

Having fun and moving around. Putting your limbs where they usually aren’t.

“Move it or Lose it”

“Move it or Lose it” aka move your muscles and joints, or they will become weaker, achy, and painful with time and inactivity. If you have weaker, achy, or painful areas now, consider moving them more to help build them up again. Start small and be consistent.

4. Burnout workouts

Now that you plan on moving more throughout the day, throw in some burnout workouts throughout your week if you’re really looking to tone up quick!

A burnout workout goes like this: put on some music with songs in the 3-5 minute range.

For the first song, we’re gonna focus on arms: arm lifts in particular. Lateral raises, arm circles, shoulder presses, swimmers, wings… anything that keeps your arms moving and burning. You want to think non stop arm movement. 10 arm raises to the side, 10 to the front, 10 wings, etc. If it’s burning, it’s working.

Next song, we’ll focus on legs: squats, sidekicks, calf raises, single leg romanian deadlifts, etc.

Next song, you could go back to arms or you could try out another muscle group like glutes, back, chest, or abs!

As a little challenge to work toward:

Go the entire song straight with no breaks / rest. If you can’t yet, amazing! Now we have something to work toward. If you can, then let’s bump up the goal to 2 songs, 3 songs, etc!

Do as many songs as you’d like. My rule of thumb with movement is at least 30 minutes of movement throughout the day along with a daily mile walk or run.

Wrapping Up

If you are looking to tone up, maybe lose some weight, feel healthier, more vibrant, more energized – eating healthier and moving more will help you get there.

Thank you for reading through 4 Tips to Tone Up and Get Fit!

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x Cor

Easy Recipes, Food

Healthy Kitchen 101

Out with the old! Now’s the time to go through your kitchen cabinets and fridge. We’re looking to get rid of anything old or unhealthy. Check your expiration dates and labels. Throw away anything expired and donate anything you won’t use or has whack ingredients that you shouldn’t be eating.

We prefer our labels to include ingredients that are natural. If you can’t pronounce it or don’t know what a certain ingredient is, ya probably shouldn’t be eating it – that’s our point of view! The fewer ingredients the better if you’re going to opt for something with not-so-natural ingredients.

Remember that whole-foods are the way to go!!! So keep those fresh fruits, vegetables, grains, and nuts on hand always.

Easy Healthy Recipes

Quick vegan bowl recipe:

rice, beans, chopped veg, peanuts, spinach (whole-foods) with hummus and tahini (labeled)

Pasta primavera:

1 ingredient pasta noodles with pasta sauce (homemade with whole-foods or labeled), chopped vegetables and spinach (whole-foods), with nutritional yeast (labeled)

Cupcakes:

Bananas and oats (whole-foods) with 1-2 ingredient peanut butter and 1 ingredient maple syrup (labeled)

As you can see, the bulk of these recipes are whole-foods with labeled ingredients assisting with added flavor, texture, and nutrients.

Wrapping Up

If you are looking to be healthy and fit – a huge component of the transformation is your eating lifestyle. What types of food are you eating and are they compounding your results upward or downward?

It’s simple. Purge your space and give your cabinets and fridge a good wipe down. Get prepped to bring in new types of food into your space. Check out Pinterest if you need inspiration.

Here’s a Food Shopping List we made for ya!

And some Easy Recipes to keep on hand for when you need it.


x Corie

Easy Recipes

Quick Plant-Based Pancake Recipe

Back with another hearty and delicious plant-based recipe for you to add to your collection: paaaancakes!

You’ll need a good frying pan, blender, and spatula to get these bad boys made.

Ingredients

oats
nut milk or water
bananas
coconut flour
cinnamon
cocoa powder
strawberries
pure maple syrup

Instructions

Step 1: Pre-heat your pan at low heat and throw some oil on (coconut oil has the best flavor)

Step 2: Blend 1 cup of oats until they’ve turned to powder (mix as needed)

Step 3: Add 1 cup of nut milk or water, 2 bananas, 1 spoon full of coconut flour and cocoa powder, and a dash of cinnamon to your blender

Step 4: Blend until everything is smoothly mixed

Step 5: Pour onto your pre-heated pan and turn to a medium heat

Step 6: Flip your pancakes when they have bubbled on top and are slightly brown at the edges

Step 7: Once your stack of pancakes finish up, pour on some pure maple syrup and top with strawberries (other fruits, nuts, and seeds are great toppings as well – get creative with what you have!)

Step 8: Add 1 hefty scoop of peanut or almond butter

Step 9: ENJOY!

x Corie

Easy Recipes

Stuffed (vegan) Cheesy Sweet Potatoes

This is a fun recipe you can make at home with a few simple ingredients, an oven, and blender!

Ingredients

sweet potatoes
green bean
corn
almond milk
seasonings
lime

Instructions

Step 1: Preheat your oven at 400 degrees. Get out a non-stick pan that will fit your potatoes.

Step 2: Grab a batch of potatoes and cut a few slices about half way through to cook more thoroughly.

Step 3: Once your oven is ready, bake your potatoes for 30 mins.

Step 4: Heat up a non-stick pan on medium heat. Toss your veggies in and cook them for a few minutes to heat them up a bit. Season to your liking.

Step 5: Take your potatoes out after testing softness with a fork. You should be able to easily poke into the potatoes; if you can’t, leave in for another 5 mins and test again- repeat until ready.

Step 6: When the potatoes have cooled some, cut small rectangles into each sweet potato and scoop the mash out into a blender, leaving the skin of the potato to fill. Try to keep the potato skin in tact for an aesthetically pleasing result!

Step 7: Blend up your mash potato with some almond milk and seasonings of your choice. Start light on the milk; the more almond milk you add, the less thick your vegan cheese will be.

Step 8: Fill your potato skins with your cooked veggies and top it all with your vegan cheese! Add seasoning, hot sauce (optional), and lime to your pleasing!

Step 9: Take a picture and send it to me plzzz! Enjoy (-:



Do you like recipes laid out this way? What can I do differently to make things easier for you?!


Eat great. Feel great. Be great.

x Corie