January 04

5 Favorite Healthy Living Resources

I think people that don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions are downers. Why would you have beef with people wanting to set awesome goals for themselves and give themselves a fresh start at the beginning of a brand new year? New Year’s is actually my second favorite holiday behind the ultimate best day, Fourth of July. This is likely because I love organizing, goal setting, preparing, and all of the other -ings that match up with my completely Type A personality.

So if one of your New Year’s resolutions, or goals for 2016, is to start eating healthier and being more active, I think that’s awesome. As you know if you’ve read my blog before, one thing I AM a stickler on is not being on a “diet.” I don’t believe in restriction, and I don’t believe in viewing healthy eating and exercising as tasks or some sort of death penalty. Just remember:

  1. Start slow – even one small change per day like drinking sparkling water instead of soda, swapping french fries at lunch for a side salad, or jogging 20 minutes instead of watching Scott beg Kourtney for forgiveness *again* when you get home from work – all adds up.
  2. Give yourself some grace – if your goal is to achieve a healthier lifestyle, it’s a marathon, not a sprint. So if you eat a donut one morning in the break room at work, or skip your workout one day because you have cramps, or sneak a bite of ice cream before bed, don’t sweat it. Just recommit to tomorrow being better. One mistake is not an excuse to go on a junk food binge or not go back to the gym for three weeks – it’s just one mistake, and it’s no big deal.
  3. You don’t have to, you get to – Don’t view attempts at being healthier as an annoyance, an inconvenience, or a frustration. Sorry to be THIS person, but there’s probably someone in a wheelchair that would love the opportunity to try a CrossFit workout for the first time. There’s probably someone facing a 100 lb. weight loss that would love the challenge of just working off a 5-10lb. “holiday weight gain.” Eating healthier and improving your body is a privilege, not some sort of inconvenience to your life to make you have less fun.

With that said, I thought it might be helpful to compile some of my favorite healthy eating & living resources that I turn to on a daily basis.

Here are five of my favorites!

1. Against All Grain Cookbook, by Danielle Walker. Gosh, I am so that loser that just loves a hard copy cookbook to have in the kitchen. Danielle Walker offers a bunch of really easy, great tasting recipes that are free of grains, gluten, processed sugar and dairy. I use this cookbook at least 2X/week. Some of my favorite recipes inside are the roasted butternut squash soup with sausage, slow cooker sesame-orange chicken, and slow cooker chicken tacos. You can buy the book here, or if you don’t have the patience for a hard copy of a cookbook, her website here also offers a ton of recipes.


2. Toneitup.com – Karena & Katrina. **Yes I love, preach, and swear by CrossFit. But I also swear by people doing what works for them and having variety in your fitness routines.** Okay so not going to lie, but this website can be a little much for me sometimes. HOWEVER, Karena and Katrina have easy-to-follow workouts that don’t use any equipment, so you can do them anywhere, anytime. I use their workouts a lot when I’m traveling, or when I want to do a  little something extra from home. I like their HIIT (high intensity interval training) suggestions, like this one.


3. Whole30 Instagram Account – @whole30recipes. Pretty sure I don’t know anyone that doesn’t have Instagram, at least for silent stalking purposes. If you’re unfamiliar, the Whole30 is a 30-day challenge to not eat any grains, gluten, sugar (including natural sweeteners like honey and agave), and dairy. When you follow Whole30, you get access to a ton of recipes that are all gluten, grain, dairy and sugar free. My favorite part is every week, they have a new “guest Instagrammer” that posts recipes all week – so it also introduces you to a bunch of new, clean-eating chefs that often have their own cookbooks, blogs or meal-delivery services.

4. PaleOMG.com, by Juli Bauer. Juli has a few hard copy cookbooks as well, but I really love her website for recipe inspiration ideas. She has a massive archive of recipes that are well organized on her website. A few of my favorites are the chicken enchilada bake, coffee marinated steak fajitas, and 30 minute shrimp stir fry.


5. Etsy Handmade Grocery Lists & Meal Planners. It’s a lot more fun to plan meals and write out grocery lists when you have a cute notepad for it…or at least that’s what inspires me. Planning out your meals for the week and staying organized while grocery shopping is probably the number one most important thing to staying committed to a heather lifestyle. Here are a couple of designs that I love: here, here and here.