Expat Adventures

A Survivor’s Guide to the Expat Thanksgiving

Like most things when living abroad, holidays are a mish-mash of emotions. There’s the usual blending of the old with the new, but now it’s paired with scrambling around to find all the necessary items … and a lot of “making do” when the things we think we need are nowhere to be found! Thanksgiving is  no exception. While all of France seems to have moved on toward the winter…

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Gluten Free

Gluten Free Guide: Lunching in London

Shakespeare, the Queen Mummy, Big Ben … of all the things that came to my mind before my trip to London, “ease of gluten-free eating” was not among them. But wow was I in for a pleasant surprise! London is up and coming on the gluten-free scene – from street vendors to completely gluten-free restaurants, this city is happening! While celiac-safe dining still takes some planning, (cue my usual pre-travel…

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Health & Fitness

#NoExcusesNovember

Well folks, we’re officially well-into fall. And toward the end of fall comes holiday season…. Between the sweets, the celebratory meals and the constant festivities, many people end up shrugging their self-care and fitness routines to the side. That’s part of why so many New Year’s resolutions inevitably end up relating to health and fitness e.g. “getting back to the gym” “eating better”. Unfortunately, according to an article by Business…

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Self-love

Why Skinny Is Not a Compliment

Short. Thin. Tall. Fat. We learn the basic description words as kids. But over time – and with a lot of advertising by the diet industry and a ton of not-so-subtle Hollywood brain-washing – we start to associate feelings with these physical attributes. Suddenly looking (or “feeling!”) “fat” becomes dreaded while “you look so skinny today!” receives an enormous smile and an enthused “thank you!” in response. Our value as…

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Health & Fitness

How To Up Your Plank Game

Oh heyyyy plank pose – I see you! Or, more likely, I FEEL you. Abs shaking, shoulders tired, booty wanting to call it a day and lift into downward facing dog. All that challenge equals one heck of a workout though – it’s no wonder planks are the go to workouts of celebrity trainers, pro-athletes, models and more! Unfortunately plank is easy to avoid (Netflix, anyone?) and easy to mess…

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Expat Adventures

When People Talk About Other People

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  • September 24, 2017
Photo by Jeff Sheldon on Unsplash

I’ve been struggling with how to write about the following topic for a while now. Why? Because in writing this I feel like I’m inadvertently participating in the very action described in the title of this piece! That said, I think it’s an important topic, so bear with me and forgive any hypocrisy – I promise it’s a well-meant exception. A few months ago at a dinner with friends, I…

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Health & Fitness Self-love

An Exercise for Every Emotion

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  • September 12, 2017

Emotions happen. And for some of us, these emotions can hit hard. When that happens it’s no surprise that exercise is often the last thing on our minds. But sometimes, a little movement is exactly what we need for whatever it is we’re feeling. That’s why I’ve compiled a list of exercises you can do … whatever your emotional state may be! Scroll down so see what might be a…

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Self-love

The #1 Thing You Should Be Updating This Fall

Ahh Fall. Fresh air – goodbye humidity! – fall fashion and, of course, the much lauded “sweater bod” that many of you have been missing all summer. This year, however, we all need more than a closet update to fit the changing of the seasons – we need a vocab update as well! Read on to see how casual terms could be hijacking your self-esteem without you even knowing it!…

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Health & Fitness

Learn to Love Napping: The importance of Rest Days

While the title of this post may be a smidge – a snore??- too literal, I tend to take rest days very seriously. For many of us, taking time off isn’t something that we’re naturally good at or comfortable with. After all that effort at the gym – and all of the natural feel good hormones we’ve come to expect post-workout! – rest days can be downright challenging. Then again,…

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Health & Fitness

Introduction to Basic Fitness Types

It’s every gym newbies nightmare: opening a list of gym class schedules or training options, only to be faced with a menu of written in an alien language. HITT? LISS? TUT? What’s with all these acronyms anyway?! For some beginners, it’s enough to close the book – literally! – and skip the workout altogether. In this article, we’ll go through some of the most common fitness class types (and their…

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