Category Archives: Alyssa

Oh. Hello Summer. I didn’t see you standing there.

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Holy shit. It’s June. It’s summer, and it’s hot outside. Where did it come from? Am I the only one that didn’t see it coming? Where are all my summer clothes? Do I even fit in them? Why are my legs so white? Did my thighs just rub together? Don’t say “bikini” to me, I’ll hurt you. I’m not ready, I’m seriously not ready.

As I strolled down Queen West this weekend surrounded by out of shape people and blinded by pasty skin – I realized that I’ve screwed up…and by the looks of things I wasn’t alone. I had so much time to get my summer body ready and to at least rub on a fake tan; but I’ll admit I slacked off a bit and then summer punched me in the face. But it’s not too late..it’s never too late.

In the wise words of Britney Spears – “You want a hot body? You want a Bugatti? You want a Maserati? You better work bitch.”

So, here’s a fun little workout that you can do at home, in the park, or anywhere you’ve got a few feet of open space. It’s fast, painful, and effective. Let’s get to work!

Warm-up!

5 minutes skipping (alt – jog on the spot)

25 Jumping Jacks

1 minute of High Knees

1  minute of Butt Kicks

The Good Part

25 Squat Jumps

25 Pushups

25 Jump Lunges

1 Minute – Plank

25 Leg Lift Crunches

25 Hill Climbers

1 Minute Side Plank – 30 seconds each side

25 Elbow to Knee Standing Crunches

25 High Kicks

50 Straight Punches

Repeat!

Don’t forget to stretch and hydrate once you’re done. Good luck!

Alyssa

xoxo

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Coo-coo for Coconut Oil

I’ve been using coconut oil (aggressively) for about a year now, and I still find new ways to reap its benefits.  Here’s my top ten list of uses for coconut oil:

 

  1. To cook eggs (whites for me) in. You won’t regret it.
  2. Cut up sweet potato, rub a bit of coconut oil on it, and bake. Delicious.
  3. To cook my protein pancake. Throw a bit on the pan and pour in the pancake mix (egg whites, oats, blueberries, and cinnamon). Heck, cook anything in it.  It’s healthy, smells amazing, and tastes delicious.
  4. Lip gloss. Yup. Lip gloss.
  5. Use a bit in your hair to smooth it out and style the ends.
  6. Leave-in conditioner. Rub a small amount mostly into the ends of your hair, comb through and leave in for about an hour before washing out. So silky and smooooothe.
  7. Use on the skin as a basic lotion.
  8. Popping popcorn! Instead of butter – coat the bottom of the pot with coconut oil  and add just enough kernels to make a single layer over the bottom of the pot.  Shake the pot up a bit, put over medium heat, cover and pop!
  9. Add a teaspoon to your coffee or tea.
  10.  Use it as a makeup remover, or on a sunburn, or even on your pets. It’s magic. Anything goes. Go crazy and enjoy!

 


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Alyssa

xoxo

Vitamins, and supplements, and proteins, OH MY!

Deciding to live a healthier lifestyle, and actually committing to it can be extremely difficult and overwhelming – especially in the first few months.

Unfortunately, there’s no secret to success, you really just need to want it…bad… like really, really bad. You have to make hard decisions like, do you (a) get wasted with your friends, drunk dial your ex boyfriend 47 times, and then wake up looking and feeling like a hot mess? OR, (b) eat a healthy meal, go to the gym (this is where the cute boys are by the way), and look smoking hot? TOUGH CHOICE.

Although I love drunk dialing my ex, option B is probably the way to go. So, where do you start? Do your research! Drastic changes in your diet or levels of activity can be extremely hard on your body. If you’re really going to do this, I suggest meeting with a certified nutritionist to make sure that you’re not causing your body more harm than good.  A lot of people tend to forget about vitamins, supplements, and proteins that are vital to a healthy lifestyle. The problem is THERE ARE SO MANY OPTIONS and walking into a health food store can sometime make your brain explode. So, I wanted to share some of my favourite things! By this I mean stuff that I now can’t live without and that have become a part of my every day attempt at a healthy lifestyle. I’m no pro but I have tried quite a few things on my long journey. So here’s a list of my personal must-haves:

 

  1. Progressive MultiVitamin for Active Women (there’s also one for men).

Don’t be thrown off by the “for Active Women” part – this multivitamin isn’t specific to those that are training. If you work out a couple of times a week, work long hours, or just have a generally busy lifestyle, you can still take them.  Multivitamins have a ton of benefits – they reduce stress, keep you alert and energized throughout the day, protect your heart, improve your immune system, and help you maintain clear, healthy skin.

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  1. Naka Vital Greens

Greens can be brutal to take. If you add the powdered greens to a shake, not only do they ruin the taste, they also make you feel like you’re eating chalk. Mixing the greens with water = chalk. Adding the greens to juice = chalk! Mixing the greens with your oatmeal = CHALK! You get the point. The powdered greens taste gross and turn things into chalk. So, I found a liquid format that lets me take the greens in a way I’m very familiar with… a shot! The Naka Vital Greens are super easy to take – a shot in the morning (it has a nice minty taste) is all you need…It’s no lemon drop but it provides the full daily dose of veggies your body needs.

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  1. New Chapter Wholemega Whole Fish Oil

This one was a simple choice. Fish oil in a liquid format? No thank you, barf, bye. Fish oil in a capsule? Yes, please. Is it normal for me to love Omega-3? Well I do, I want to marry it.  My favourite is that it improves fat burning, who doesn’t want that? It also reduces the signs of aging and makes your hair soft and shiny. So, I think that’s all I need to say. Oh yeah, and something about boosting brain power, memory, and improving bone health.. blah, blah, blah.

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  1. Digestive Enzymes

Can I marry digestive enzymes too? Is that bigamy? Whatever. I do what I want.  Digestive enzymes are a life saver, no matter what’s on your plate.  Any typical diet can drain our enzyme supply – but you need them to help breakdown foods so that your insides can properly extract and distribute nutrients. Without these the food you eat would just slowly rot inside of you… gross.  I find they also help with bloating, and no one wants to look 3 months pregnant when they’re not. Let me put it this way – take the enzymes with your meals and after about 5 days you’ll be able to schedule your bathroom visits… for the same time every day. Yay! For once being “regular” is good.

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  1. Dymatize Nutrition ISO 100 – Gourmet Chocolate

I choo-choo-choose you, chocolate. I’ve tried dozens of protein powders, and this one is by far the best tasting one. So that, and that reason alone is why it’s on my must-have list. If you are looking for something more natural or that has less calories (they are all very close by the way) then this may not be for you. But boy oh boy does it taste good – and when you’re on a strict meal plan taking this protein feels like cheating… sweet, sweet cheating.

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All of these gems should be able to be found at your local health and nutrition store. If not… Google.

 

xoxo

Alyssa

 

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