Expat Adventures

When People Talk About Other People

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  • September 24, 2017
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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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Gluten Free

Gluten Free Guide to Gelato: Torino, Italy Edition

You scream, I scream, we all scream for – gluten free, possibly lactose free, occasionally no sugar added – ice cream! The chant just isn’t as simple as it used to be, is it?! And for those traveling in Italy, ice cream (“gelato”), is one of the many coveted and amazing foods to savor. Unfortunately, for people who are gluten intolerant and celiac, gelato comes with cones… and with cones…

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Health & Fitness

Why I Eat Sugar

At this point, most of us have heard it – repeatedly – throughout our lives: sugar is bad for us. That’s why many trainers and health gurus choose to eliminate or minimize it in their – and their client’s – diets. It’s also why magazines promising to improve our lives via slimmer waistlines dish us up recipes with big doses of guilt and sugar alternatives. It’s clear that sugar –…

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Expat Adventures

Life as a CPT: My Body is Public Property

This weekend I experienced a rude awakening. While out at a party (and while a bit tipsy), I was handed a cigarette… and without thinking… I took a couple of puffs. What can I say? I’m in Europe – smokers are everywhere – and while I’m not one of them, I was feeling free and bold and a little European. That is, until gasps, shocked scoffs and a loud “Ahhh…

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Hello world!

Thanks for stopping by! Rebel Heart Wellness is a place where you can find my professional posts on exercise, nutrition, mindfulness and more, as well as posts about my personal experiences being a gluten free expat traveling the world. I hope you enjoy! xo, Vivian…

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