5 Ways to Improve Your Health if you’re Always Sick

I’ve been skinny all my life. Many would think it’s a blessing, and I guess in some ways it is. I can eat whatever I want and it doesn’t show; I don’t need to workout to fit into society’s “perfect” body type. Basically, I can treat my body horribly and no one would know because on the outside I look the way society says women should look.⁠

However, I’ve been there, and maybe I looked fine on the outside, but it definitely negatively impacted my health. I’ve been knocked down so many times, even if I was working out at the time.⁠

It was so frustrating because most of the times I ran into health-related complications, I lost all of the progress I had made on my fitness journey. This happened year, after year, after year until I started doing these 5 things:⁠

  1. Sleeping more: Most people need 7-9 hours of sleep every night, but most people aren’t getting that! Personally, I can’t function without a minimum of 8 hours of sleep every night. #HatersGonnaHate⁠
  2. Eating less junk food: Honestly, I didn’t even cut it out completely. I simply cut BACK on how frequently and how much junk food I was eating
  3. Increasing healthy foods in my diet: Add spinach to smoothies, walnuts to salads or on top of pancakes, and eat more vegetables!⁠ (The last one has been a struggle because I hate veggies… More on that later.)
  4. Reducing stress: Whether it’s the people in your life or your job, stress isn’t worth the, well, stress! Remove those people from your life, find a different job, or work fewer hours.⁠
  5. Drinking more water: It’s recommended that you drink half of your body weight in ounces of water everyday; if you weigh 120, half of that is 60, so you should aim to drink at least 60 ounces of water throughout the day. Yes, you’ll be running to the bathroom more frequently, but you want to flush your body of those impurities!

    I’ve literally been SO shocked at how much healthier I’ve been just by implementing these 5 steps, and most of them were simply a result of giving myself a little time every day, rather than constantly being on the go!⁠

    Try it out and let me know how it goes!

What to Pack for a Kitchen Overseas

When I move overseas for nine months, I only take a large suitcase, a large carry-on and a personal item. Even with a minimum amount of space, there are certain kitchen items you can’t live without that you’ll want to take with you from home. This is my list of kitchen must-haves overseas:

  • Small blender: I take a hand blender that I use for smoothies, soups, and more. If you only plan on using it for smoothies, you can consider a single-serve blender.
  • Hand towels: I have a set of two nice hand towels that I take every year to make the apartment feel more like home. It’s the little things!
  • Seasonings: If you have favorite seasonings, especially if they’re unique, I recommend packing a bottle of each! For example, I pack Lawry’s seasoned salt, cumin, and red pepper flakes. Upon arrival I purchase more generic herbal seasonings that I’m more flexible about.
  • Recipes: You’ll want to make sure you have an array of your favorite recipes with you overseas, especially if you’re a picky eater like me. Try to pick recipes that call for standard items, and items that you’ll use in multiple recipes. This helps ensure you’ll use them up before you move again!
  • Vitamins: The language barrier can make it difficult to know exactly what you’re buying, so I’d recommend packing any vitamins you take regularly.
  • Reusable water bottle: Not only do I use a reusable water bottle while traveling, I also use it upon arrival for sightseeing, working out, and any time I’m out of the house for several hours.
  • Straw cup: In the apartment, I make sure I’m hydrated by keeping a cup with a straw near me at all times. This makes it even easier and quicker to drink water than a bottle with a screw-on top! Don’t forget to fill the cup with a piece of rolled-up clothing when you pack!

Whether you’re going overseas for a year or 3 years, I hope this list helps you remember your kitchen essentials for your move overseas!

What kitchen items do you pack everywhere you go?

The 5 Easiest Ways to Eat Eggs

If you’re trying to bulk up, eggs are one type of food that should be your new best friend! Bodybuilders may eat as many as 6 eggs in a meal for the calories. They’re packed with proteins, vitamins, and minerals to help you recover and take full advantage of your workouts! Another benefit of eggs is how easily you can cook and eat them in a variety of different ways to avoid getting tired of them. 

The following are probably the quickest ways to prepare eggs:

1. Scrambled

How: Crack a few eggs into a bowl; add a splash of milk, salt and pepper. Wisk, and pour into a fry pan. Add cheese and additional toppings if you wish. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until it isn’t runny.

2. Breakfast sandwich

How: Scramble eggs, and then place inside of a toasted english muffin or bagel. Toppings can be put inside the scramble or on top of the eggs during sandwich assembly.

3. Hard boiled

How: To make hard boiled eggs, fill a pot with water and place eggs (still in their shell) in the pot (make sure they’re covered with water). Bring to a boil. I like to continue boiling my eggs for another 12 minutes. Peel, slice in half long-ways, top with a little salt, and enjoy!

Quick tip: Hard boil your eggs in advance, and slice them in half when you need a quick snack!

4. Deviled

How: Hard boil your eggs; after you slice them in half, empty the yokes into a bowl (they pop out easily if you start to turn them inside out). If there are any eggs that didn’t peel well or broke, add them to the bowl, along with some mayonnaise, mustard, salt, and dried parsley. Stir until smooth and spoon the mixture evenly into the egg whites. Top with paprika and serve!

5. Omelette

How: Crack a few eggs into a bowl, add salt and pepper, wisk, and then pour into a fry pan. Add cheese and other topics to your liking, such as red/green peppers, sausage, spinach, etc. Cook on medium-low heat until set.

 

To squeeze extra eggs into your diet, try eating an omelette or sandwich for breakfast, and then eat deviled or hard boiled eggs as snacks throughout the day!

Consuming eggs on a regular basis will give your body the nutrients and energy it needs to perform at its best and bulk up!

What’s your favorite way to eat eggs? Comment below!

 

Tips to Find the Best Flight Deals

Finding cheap airline tickets can be really overwhelming, and is often a trading game of price vs. layovers until you come to a happy balance between the two. It can be a challenging and stressful process, but these hacks should help you through the process!

  • Use an incognito window: Whenever you sit down to look up flights, your first step should be to open an incognito/private window in your internet browser. This keeps the prices low instead of increasing based on demand.
  • Use a flight search engine: Sites such as Kayak, Skyscanner and Travelocity will search, collect, and compare thousands of flights for you so you can easily see all of your options. My personal favorite is Kayak. Using these sites you can request email alerts when the price for your flight drops, see how the cost has changed recently, find the cheapest days to travel, and whether or not they recommend you purchase the flight.
  • Look 2-3 months in advance: In order to buy the cheapest flights, it’s best to purchase them 2-3 months before your trip. Prices tend to increase the closer you get to your travel date.
  • Search multiple times: Rather than purchasing the first flights you find, look into flights for a few days to see how the prices fluctuate.
  • Try different airports: Some airports (such as PHL) are notoriously known for being expensive, while others are more affordable options. If possible, try looking at flights that fly out of other nearby airports. Make sure you calculate any extra time/travel you may need to invest to get to a potentially farther airport.
  • Look during the weekday: Prices tend to be cheapest during the day in the work week. Take full advantage of that lunch break!
  • Travel on Tuesday or Saturday: Apparently Tuesdays and Saturdays are the cheapest days of the week to travel because there are fewer business travelers on those days. If possible, consider traveling those days!

Using these tips, your balancing skills, and some time, you’re bound to find a flight you’ll be happy with!

What tips do you use to find the best flights?

Space-Saving Packing Tips

It can be tough to fit everything you want to take overseas in your luggage, but these space-saving tips will help you optimize your baggage space!

  • Roll it: If it can be rolled, roll it instead of folding! This saves space in your bags and reduces wrinkles.
  • Fill your shoes, bags, etc.: Optimize the space inside all of your shoes and bags by stuffing them with items! I like to roll up my workout clothes and put them in my shoes. If you have a bag that doesn’t fold up well, fill it with clothing instead!
  • Wear the big stuff: Keep your biggest items out of your bags by wearing them! For example, your chunkiest shoes and your fluffy winter coat would practically take up half your suitcase if you tried to fit them in it! Instead, wear your biggest pair of shoes and wear/carry your big coat, plus additional layers!
  • Go mini: You might want to take a variety of nail polish colors, but they’ll quickly take up a lot of space. Instead, choose a few of your favorite colors and buy them in mini bottles for travel! Try to think of any other items that you won’t need a full container of, and instead invest in a smaller version for your trip.
  • Choose ebooks: Instead of heavy and space-consuming physical books, opt for ebooks! Ebooks can be read on your smartphone, or you can invest in an e-reader if you prefer.
  • Adjust for the weight limit: Checked baggage has a weight limit, but often carry-on and personal items do not. Therefore, I purposely put my heaviest items in my carry-on so that I don’t need to pay extra for an overweight checked bag.
  • Pack universal articles of clothing: Do your best to pack articles of clothing that can be pieced together various ways to create multiple different outfits.

If packing your suitcase feels like doing a puzzle, you’re doing it right! Good luck packing; I hope you have space for all of the essentials!

What space-saving packing tips do you live by? Share them below!

My Initial Reaction to Beachbody On Demand

My New Year’s resolution last year was to workout 5 days a week, unless I was really sick. Like most New Year’s resolutions, I didn’t (completely) stick with it. Instead, I skipped a workout here and there, BUT I was able to continue working out on a regular basis. Most recently, this has primarily been by lifting heavy weights in the gym. I’ve loved seeing my results, but knew I had to start doing cardio as well (I don’t mind cardio, but since I was trying to bulk I knew cardio would speed up my metabolism and probably make it more difficult to bulk). 

Since I’m happier with where my body is now, I decided I could give cardio a try again. I purchased a Beachbody on Demand subscription three days ago, and since then I’ve completed three workouts classified as “intermediate/advanced” (the workouts range from “beginner” to “advanced”).

Despite having been working out regularly for the last 9 months, the Beachbody workouts definitely gave me a good workout! Previously, I used to spend an hour and 15 minutes lifting in the gym, but now I can do lifting, cardio, and endurance all in one workout!

I love that I can get a good workout in, not only at home (in my living room!), but in 30 minutes! 

The workouts flew by, because instead of counting reps myself and focusing solely on song lyrics, the trainers really kept me entertained. They cheer you on constantly, remind you to keep your form, and do countdowns, often with music in the background.

In the future, I’m really looking forward to doing some of the dance workouts and yoga sessions that they also have on Beachbody on Demand, especially on the days I don’t want to workout (plus I’m looking forward to learning some new dance moves)!

Overall, I’m really happy with not only the quality and difficulty of the workouts, but also the variety! Not to mention, Beachbody on Demand is available in a yearly subscription that costs less than a cheap gym membership!

Do you want to workout for 30 minutes a day, in your living room, for less than what you’d pay for a gym membership? Comment below!