Self-love

Ho Ho Ommmm: How to Master The Art of Holiday Zen

One more day and the holidays will be officially upon us! (At least for us Americans.) And while I am all about carols, cocoa and Love Actually (*heart eyes*), the holiday season is often more complicated than many of us realize. Ads for diets will bombard us at the same time that we’re being offered seconds of everything at our tables, holiday parties will “demand” that we shell out for…

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Health & Fitness

The Art of Being a Spectator: What Coaching My Partner For the NYC Marathon Taught me

The past few weeks have been a whirlwind! As many of you who know me or follow along on Instagram know, my S.O. ran his first marathon this past Sunday. Not just any marathon (though that would be enough) – the New York City marathon! Just over 52,000 runners and more than 1 million spectators (yes you read that correctly) turned out for the race. And wow, was it spectacular!…

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Health & Fitness

5 Ways To Get Greener Now

Okay I know what you’re thinking – isn’t this a fitness and expat blog?? True, BUT being green is something that we should all be putting top of mind. After all,  we’ve all heard that climate change is happening (and that it’s scary, dementor-esque stuff). In fact, the latest UN Report contains a startling new timeline – one in which really concerning events (such as mass droughts), begin as early as…

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Expat Adventures

7 Things You Need to Know Before Becoming an Expat

My own journey as an expat started unexpectedly. I’ve always longed to live outside of the US, but I’d never seriously pursued it. When my partner got into his dream MBA program, however, I knew I had some big decisions to make. Social media told me that as an expat I could expect all my wanderlust and travel dreams to be fulfilled, while a closer look at the expat forums…

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Gluten Free

Gluten Free Guide: Amsterdam

It’s been just over seven months (!!) since my partner and I moved to Amsterdam. And besides the headaches of setting up a new apartment – contracts in Dutch are no joke! – and the joys of meeting new friends, the best part about living in a new city has undoubtedly been trying all the restaurants possible… in the name of research, that is! Here are my top favorite restaurants…

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Health & Fitness Self-love

Having a Humble Heart: How Humility Is Making Me a Better Trainer

A few weeks ago I was stretching at the end of a fitness style boxing class – I was attending, not teaching – and I was completely lost in la la land. (It happens from time to time, especially after a hard workout.) Suddenly, from the front of the room, I heard the class instructor asking “what muscle are we stretching, the pectoralis major or minor?” It took me a…

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Health & Fitness Self-love

Appetite-Suppressant Candy: The New Trend That Could Be Deadly

Photo: Jameela Jamil via Twitter

By now, most of you will have seen the photo above. It has sparked outrage, and for good reason. Sold by the Flat Tummy Co., these lollipops act to suppress hunger pangs. While these candies claim to be safe, the truth is they may be far from it. In fact, these suckers are dangerous in just about every way possible. Not only do they market themselves to a young and…

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Health & Fitness

Fitness 101: Squats

Squats. Whether you’re picking up your toddler, grabbing groceries from the trunk of your car or droppin’ it like it’s hot (heyyy sexy!), squats are an essential movement pattern that we all do consistently. While most of us think that squats are just for the gym (groan), they’re essential to everyday mobility. Not impressed by my first examples? Think about when you sit down to eat at the dinner table.…

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Gluten Free

Tips For the Traveling Celiac – As Featured in Glutenfeeglobalicious Magazine

A version of this article was originally published in Glutenfreeglobalicious Magazine (May 1 2018 Edition) Travel can be equally exhilarating and stress-inducing. And when it comes to traveling as a celiac, that goes twofold! The question of “will I find food that I like?” suddenly becomes “will I find food that I can safely eat?”. For many of us, it’s a daunting process – especially when you add on foreign…

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Self-love

The Ultimate Guide to Body Positive Bathing Suit Sites

Woooo – it’s almost time to hit the beach!! As you may remember from my post all about building beach body confidence (read it here), one of my summer-prep strategies involves buying bathing suits online. Why suffer terrible lighting and cramped changing rooms when The Lord gave us online shopping?! Right?! RIGHT! That said, some retailers are definitely better than others at encouraging and nourishing body positivity and the “bodyposi”…

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