February 10, 2014. The day I fell in love. Senior year of college, I discovered the Weight Watchers cake when my best friend’s mom (I love you, Mrs. Klem!) made one for my friend’s 22nd birthday party. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this delicious creation -- it consists of combining a box of cake mix with a diet soda of your choice. By forgoing the eggs and oil, you are creating a lower calorie cake, thus hitting less Weight Watchers points. Although I don’t follow WW, this cake has been a hit among friends and family, and has worked its way into many birthdays and celebrations. For the past six years I have been tweaking the recipe by using different beverages of choice, such as Henry’s Hard Sparkling Soda (desperate times - but also delicious) and on more festive occasions, champagne, because #adulting.Read More
Let’s talk about self-care for a second.
In my yoga classes, I often ask people to think about how many instances per week they dedicate at least an hour of time to themselves. Without the distractions of text messages, email, social media, television, or even other people. An hour to be present with YOU, whatever that may mean.
And now I’ll ask you.Read More
As you may have noticed on some of my instagram posts as of late (here and here), I’ve started to work with the experts at Green Circle Wellness, an integrative and functional medicine clinic in the Chicago Loop. Yes, I’ve been a little cryptic about the whole thing, but I’ve decided to lay it all out on the table for you in this blog post. Here goes nothing...Read More
Air travel sucks… Flying messes with your circadian rhythms as you shift time zones, increases stress hormones, is uncomfortable, and raises your risk of blood clots. It’s also dehydrating and your risk of getting sick from flying is actually pretty high. Because air gets filtered from the front of the plane to the back, your risk is even higher in economy class. The human body just wasn’t designed to be inches away from dozens of other humans, breathing the same air in a metal tube six miles above the surface of the earth.
Here’s how to manage during this holiday season.Read More
Meet Mar Soraparu, or @yogawithmar as many have come to know her. Mar is an incredible yoga teacher, empowerment coach, consultant and beautiful soul - and she is bringing so much wisdom to the Chicago yoga scene. In this interview, she takes us through a day-in-the-life and dishes on her background and path that led her to where she is today.Read More
Feeling haunted by the bowls of candy and treats that pop up everywhere you turn? It may be Halloween, but that doesn’t mean you have to derail your health goals by eating bags and bags of candy because it’s the “one” day a year it doesn’t count. We thought we’d share some tips that are helping us stick to the healthy eating patterns that make us feel our best PLUS a recipe that we’re happy to “indulge” in this time of year.Read More
Meet Alex & Jordan of @ChiTourGuide, a fitness & wellness blog + instagram created by two Chicago girls looking to inspire other women to lead a balanced lifestyle. They aim to show their REAL lives - the good, the bad, and the crazy - to inspire others to live their best life. Get the full scoop on the inspiration behind their blog, their go-to ways to stay fit, and their favorite ways to indulge!Read More
You are enough. You do enough. You have enough.
How can you actively tune into that feeling of abundance, fullness, ENOUGHness (it’s not a word, but you get it). The glorification of being busy is so overrated. Instead of measuring our success by full calendars and fat bank accounts, let’s redefine what it means to be, do, and have enough. We’ve compiled a few tips for doing so in this blog post.Read More
Your home is your sanctuary. It’s where you begin each day and where you celebrate what you’ve accomplished at the end of it. [If you’re like me and often work from home, it’s where you get to spend the middle part of your day too!]
We all know the importance of keeping our homes clean—but are you aware that most of those cleaning products we grew up with are doing more harm than good? Toxic ingredients and impurities frequently found in cleaning products have been linked to cancer, asthma, and reproductive issues.
If we’ve already freaked you out and you’re tearing through the cabinet under the sink to chuck products into the garbage, take a breath. We know it is majorly overwhelming to do a complete overhaul of all those toxic products, so we wanted to bring you our shortlist of brands that you should know. These companies are all about making healthier, happier homes—for the safety and well-being of you and your family.Read More
Today we’re uncovering a revolutionary treatment for chronic pain and muscle stiffness. Delos Wellness, based in Chicago, is changing the face of pain management. By focusing on stretching and relaxing the muscles, their doctors can alleviate pain that drugs, surgery or classic physical therapy can’t fix. Read more about their practice and how it could benefit you.Read More
Welcome to our #FitCityFamily Features Series! We are excited to introduce you to some of the names we love in the health and wellness sphere.
Our featured guests all share our passion for health, fitness, acceptance and affinity for building community. They are movers, shakers, & inspirers. And we think you should know who they are!
First up is our friend Daryn Schwartz, founder and CEO of The Space Between Yoga, Chicago’s newest yoga studio. She’s living out her dream of opening a yoga studio, but we’ll let her dish on all the details…Read More
It is officially the first day of Fall and I am writing this from the Colectivo patio where I am enjoying my almond milk latte with a shot of pumpkin spice and the best pumpkin cranberry muffin in town. Autumn weekends in Chicago, need I say more?
I, similar to most, have an affinity for seasonal things – specifically anything in the realm of pumpkin spice. As soon as LDW hits, I find myself trying to incorporate pumpkin into just about anything I do. Pumpkin coffee orders, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin Rx Bars, pumpkin candles, you name it, I am here for it.
Thankfully, I am blessed to have a sweet friend who shares my same affinity for pumpkin. So much so, in fact, that she has her own blog centered around all things pumpkin. Enter, Maggie Michalczyk, better known as @onceuponapumpkin. For those of you who are not familiar with Maggie, you’ve been missing out.Read More
If you're like many of us, we're willing to guess it took a cup of coffee or two to get you out of bed and ready to kick-start your day. There's just something about the coffee aroma on a weekend morning. How do you take your coffee?
Here’s why you should cut out the milk (yes, even that non-dairy stuff!) and switch to a cleaner creamer.Read More
Multitasking. I’m guilty of it, you’re guilty of it. We’re all guilty of it. Here’s the thing, multitasking can often feel really good, right? We’re getting more things done at once and all of a sudden we’ve freed up hours in our day for… more multitasking! But could this be a detriment to the health of our brain?Read More
Sometimes the best way to get on track if you've been off the wagon for a bit is to go on vacation. I know what you're thinking: who gets back on track while on vacation, but trust me - when everything you need is sitting in front of you - all measured out - it works!Read More
The Wedding Countdown continues! One and a half weeks from today will mark the beginning of the coolest life adventure with the best guy around. I keep pinching myself wondering if it’s all real! Being engaged is such a fairytale. But with all the planning and anticipation of a 15-month engagement, I’m so ready to just be married. Can any of you relate?
Many of you are also engaged (or have sisters, friends, cousins that are wedding prepping as well) and are wondering if I have any tips/tricks I can share (beauty, workouts, diet, stress management, etc). I thought I’d take a moment to quickly jot down some of my best secrets as the Big Day approaches! Here goes…Read More
A few months ago, I opened up regarding the struggles I have faced with my skin. I told you that for the past year or so I have struggled with horribly painful cystic acne. I was shocked by your responses - so many of you have dealt with and are currently dealing with the same thing. I’m so comforted to know that I am not alone.Read More
When you're #almost30, you start thinking about things like wrinkles (fun, right? My 20's babies - you excited!?). But the good news is: I know some 40 y/o's who still look 20... and it's all because they took care of their skin and stayed out of the sun. Here’s what I’m doing to stay young:Read More