How to Become a Grocery Guru

You know what one of the best feelings in the world is?

Getting EXACTLY what you need.

There are times when our needs are glaringly obvious. Maybe a family’s only car broke down, so they need to purchase another one (and quick!). Or, you’ve probably encountered a time when you’ve been ready to fill out a friend’s birthday card only to realize that you don’t have a pen to write with.

Now when we talk about grocery shopping, that’s a whole ‘nother story…

We need food to live. That’s obvious. But when you stroll through the aisles of the market, your eyes are drawn to those snacks, drinks, and ice creams you WANT but know you don’t NEED. Plus, these extras add unnecessary expenses to your end receipt.

Listen here: we’ve got a few hacks to help you feel like the heavyweight champion of…the supermarket!

Sound glorious enough? If so, check out our tips on how to conquer grocery shopping, especially when you’re on a budget.

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How to Stay In and Stay Healthy

It’s a late Friday night. Samantha is at home watching a movie…

The movie is a super intense thriller. She’s on the edge of her seat!

You know what’s OFF the edge of her seat? Two bags of popcorn, an empty box of chocolate, and two empty soda cans…

In the span of a few hours, Samantha mindlessly ate unhealthy snack after unhealthy snack. The diet she’d been working on maintaining for the past few weeks was going down the drain…

Staying in for a quiet night at the house can either be really healthy or really unhealthy. Today’s blog is your guide to making sure you make the most of your night in—and reign victorious over those greasy, juicy unhealthy cravings.

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5 “Healthy Food” Myths Blocking Your Weight Loss Goals

Let’s say it’s Sunday afternoon. You’re walking through the grocery store looking for some healthy meals and snacks you can prepare for the week.

You’ve decided to get serious about making a lifestyle change, and work hard for the body of your dreams!

You walk down the aisles, shopping list in hand, ready to make those good choices.

You keep in mind all the “healthy food” advertisements you’ve seen popping up on the internet lately and promptly fill up your cart.

The grip on your 6 shopping bags is as strong as ever as you make the super human one-trip-trek from the car to the kitchen.

Then you realize, you didn’t actually look at the the nutrition labels before you bought the food.

You start reading through each of your items and you’re practically speechless at the amount of sugar and fat that’s actually in these supposed “healthy” foods!

You’re not alone in this situation, advertising has a funny way of making not-so-healthy foods appear to have all the right nutrients your body needs.

Warning: These foods may be a shock! But if you’re truly serious about getting in shape, you should definitely continue reading!

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Enjoy Your Night Out WITHOUT Killing Your Diet

It’s Saturday night. The girls want to go out for a night on the town…

You REALLY want to go! You know you’ll have a blast if you do.

There’s just one thing holding you back…

You don’t want to kill your diet.

This was your first week of eating healthy and exercising regularly. You’ve been feeling more energetic than you have in years.

You want to keep that momentum going, but you also know what’s going down on Saturday night. The girls want to hit up a new Mexican restaurant for some chilaquiles, taquitos, tacos, and chips. Plus, your squad ALWAYS tops the night off with a trip to the most popular bakery around.

That could set you back BIG TIME…

Look, no one should have to sacrifice time with their friends just to get healthy. What fun would that be?

There’s a way you can enjoy a night out WITHOUT having to worry about losing your progress!

Want to know the juicy details?

Let’s get to it!

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How to Achieve Self-Love on Your Health Journey

There are many moments in life that make you love yourself.

The moment you get a promotion. The moment your child tells you they love you. The moment you face your fears.

One of the big ones? The moment you decide to make a lifestyle change.

Even if you think to yourself “no way, I’m not where I want to be yet. I’ll love myself when I’m 30 pounds lighter”, you still made the first step.

You decided to love yourself enough to take the leap and make that big change!

As humans, we have this inborn desire to be adored by those around us. We want people to be inspired by us, and to love us for who we are.

Sometimes, ironically, this means wanting to change who you are. Now, in the case of changing yourself to achieve a healthier lifestyle, change is good!

But here’s the secret – the only way it’s going to work, is if you’re making the change for yourself.

Don’t put yourself in a position where you think you can only love who you are after you’ve lost weight or gained muscle. It’s important to learn how to be confident in yourself along the way too!

Here’s some tips on how to block out all the noise, and focus on you, and you alone.

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How to Portion Control Like a Pro

There’s crumbs, popcorn, and cereal in the crevices of Jan’s couch…

Jan loves two things: snacking and television. That’s a scary combination right there…

On a typical Friday night, Jan will turn on Netflix to watch one of her favorite movies. Of course, she’ll munch on a bag of popcorn and a bag of chips.

You probably could guess what’s next…

She gets so invested in the movie that she doesn’t even realize that she’s on her third bag of chips and her third bag of popcorn!

We’d all agree that Jan needs to eat more nutritious snacks. Now stocking your cupboard with healthy snacks 24/7? That’s not easy.

This post is all about portion control—minimizing how much food you eat per serving. But first, a disclaimer…

Portion control does NOT mean Jan should starve herself. Actually, eating plenty of HEALTHY calories, in combination with an active lifestyle, is a great thing!

This is your guide to limiting your indulgences and cravings. It’s about keeping your goals in sight, even if you go out for drinks or splurge on pizza for your cheat day.

So, what do ya say? Let’s get into it!

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How Laughing Improves Your Health

Nothing beats the cathartic release you experience when you let out a long, hearty laugh.

Think about it, when was the last time you let loose and had a good laugh with the people you love?

Hopefully your answer was just the other day, because laughter really is the best medicine when you’re feeling stressed!

Laughing daily has many benefits that not only improve your health, but also your overall sense of self worth.

When you’re laughing, you’re happy. And when you’re happy, you have the motivation to keep striving for greatness – whether that be in fitness, work, or your hobbies!

Laughter is something that briefly rescues us from our troubles and anxieties to give us a breather from the stress of daily life.

So the question is, are you laughing enough?

Here’s some ways laughter will greatly improve your mind and body – and certainly convince you to take a few minutes out of your day to watch that video of a cat falling off the table.

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Why Eating Breakfast Helps You Lose Weight

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!”

How many of you heard your parents’ voices when you read that phrase?

We may have rolled our eyes at the time, but the funny thing about growing up is you start to understand what the adults were talking about back then.

Breakfast really IS the most important meal of the day!

We’ve heard some pretty common excuses for skipping breakfast – such as not having time in the morning or wanting to sleep in longer.

But the most silly of them all, quite frankly, is skipping breakfast in hopes of losing more weight because it’s “less calories” to consume in the day.

Say what!?

The reality is quite the opposite, eating breakfast actually helps you lose weight! And here’s how:

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Your Guide to a Healthy Vacation…Seriously!

Cruise ships. Road trips.

Swimming. Fishing.

Lot’s of food (and good company, too).

Nothing beats summer vacation!

Summer vacation—a chance to unwind and escape the stresses of the world!

But for the health-conscious man or woman, vacation can be scary—especially after making lots of progress in the gym. I mean, what do you think will happen to someone’s diet when they’re around unhealthy food 24/7?

That’s IF you don’t have the tools to fight those vacation temptations…

Don’t fret. We’ve got all the tools you’ll need (and more) to keep your fitness goals in sight, even when you’re out of town. Check out our secrets to a guilt-free vacation—because vacation dieting isn’t THAT scary when you leave prepared!

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