My Month at Bar Method

I go through super obsessive phases with workouts. When I first started running, it's all I did and I did it ALL the time. I'm talking 6-7 days a week, sometimes twice a day. After my knee got too weak for me to run anymore, I switched that obsession over to HIIT workouts to help strengthen my muscles, knee included. Over the past several months, I've started to reevaluate what my fitness goals are. Am I looking for weight loss? Do I want to run long distance again? Will I ever be able to do a pull-up and do I even want to?

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Swirled Almond Butter + Chocolate Bark

PSA in case you forgot like me - Thanksgiving is NEXT WEEK. Anybody else feel like that one snuck up on us? I feel vastly unprepared for the holiday. I usually like trying out new Paleo Thanksgiving recipes to pick which ones I'm going to contribute to the gatherings this year and I just feel like I haven't had the time yet. So if any of you want to help a girl out, feel free to pop a link to some dishes you like in the comments for me!

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Sauce + Sear the Perfect Surf + Turf

Following a paleo diet certainly doesn't mean that you never get to indulge yourself. There are some dishes often seen as luxuries that can still fit into your diet. Although, that doesn't mean you should eat them all the time. Surf and turf is a classic combination that works for anyone living the paleo lifestyle, and you can add some delicious vegetables or salad for some extra vitamins. People often see surf and turf as a difficult dish to accomplish, but it actually couldn't be easier if you know what you're doing. You just need to prepare yourself before you start cooking, so here are my top tips for making it perfectly.

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Transforming Your Diet

You have to understand that the word “diet” doesn’t automatically equate to deprivation or even starvation. Livestrong warns that cutting down on calories to extreme measures</a> is uncalled for and can immediately have a detrimental effect on your health. Possible scenarios may include the chances of increasing the risk of heart disease and sleep loss, among others. After all, the key to modifying your meals for the better is common sense and consistency. 

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Strawberry Milk Rumsicles [Guest Post: Kasumi of miyahara_eats]

I recently bought a popsicle mold set myself, and decided to make a treat for myself with a little alcohol. It was then that I talked to Katie who brought up an opportunity to guest blog for her! Perfect, right? Now my mission was to create something paleo and with alcohol. There are sooo many popsicle recipes out there, but I wanted to feel a connection to mine. I looked back at my childhood and remembered my favorite drink, milk with muddled strawberries. This recipe is based off of that simple treat my mother used to eat.

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Pumpkin Pecan Brownies

It's funny how some things in life never change. In 2015, I wrote about how I started working out in the mornings in an effort to become more of a morning person. I was trying to make it to 7am SWEAT Chicago classes, particularly on Tabata Tuesday.  Here we are almost two years later and I'm still trying to figure out how to make myself workout first thing. The past 3 weeks, I've been easing back into it by none other than 7am SWEAT classes! This morning, I added in a 7am Barre class at Bar Method Chicago and am going to start doing that weekly as well. I can't say I "enjoy" getting up in the AM and being super active, but it's really convenient to already have my workout done by 8am. I'm hoping that if I keep adding in 7am classes every few weeks, my body will just get used to it. Check back in another 2 years and I'll let you know if my plan has worked this time around! 

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Cycling Friendly Cities Around the World

So what if you can have all the benefits of a holiday, but with some extra exercise packed in there? You don’t have to go full-on “action adventure” experience to get this, either. You can take a nice city break to relax for a weekend, but choose a cycle-friendly city to guarantee a little time for breaking a sweat in the midst of your relaxing.

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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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Fruit Ninja: Stealthy Healthy Ways To Meet Your Nutritional Goals

Happy family memories are made in the kitchen and as summer turns to fall and the weather grows grimmer and more foreboding, the role of the kitchen becomes all the more important. We all try to be health conscious and make positive choices when it comes to our diets, but let’s face it, we’re all much more likely to reach for a crisp salad or a kale smoothie in the summer months.  

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