By now I’m sure everyone has heard something about the many uses of coconut oil. If you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years, I’m here to welcome to you the world that is coconut oil. To say that I have a slight infatuation with coconut oil would be the understatement of the year. I use it for everything from mixing it in my coffee for a morning boost to it being a main staple in my beauty regimen (works wonders on waterproof makeup). So, I’ve listed all the ways you can incorporate coconut oil in...Read More
So you’ve just hopped on the low carb craze train and for the first week you are feeling great. Tons of energy feeling lean, even lost a few pounds. Then all of that comes to a screeching halt and you are stuck. So where do you go from here? You can scrap the diet and think maybe this isn’t for you or you can try and troubleshoot the problem. Here are a few reasons most people plateau on a low carb diet. 1 – Hidden Carbs Checking ingredient labels is a crucial part of this lifestyle. Ingredients like sugar or sugar substitutes can often raise carb count in things like yogurt and juice. Be sure to always be on the watch for certain brands that may be adding extra sweeteners to their products. 2 – Too Much Protein Is there even such a thing as too much protein? The answer is yes! The purpose of a low carbohydrate diet is to get our bodies to convert from burning carbs for fuel into burning fat for fuel instead by limiting the original fuel source. Protein provides our bodies with the much needed amino acids to repair bones, muscles, organs and blood. However, if more protein is consumed than is needed for cell repair the excess is converted into glycogen to be used as fuel and the unused glycogen is...Read More
Lately I’ve been in a low carb salad rut. For the past couple of weeks my dinners have consisted of some sort of protein (mostly beef) and my usual side salad of romaine and my diy vinagrette dressing. Exciting, I know. Trying to eat as clean as possible while still eating the foods I like has been as interesting journey filled with highs and lows. Like when I used up my last six eggs to make low carb cinnamon cookies that tasted like cardboard or discovering that adding an avocado to my smoothie gives it this amazing creaminess I thought I could only achieve with heavy cream. Cutting dairy out of my diet has been especially hard particularly when it came to salad making. Cheese is the perfect ingredient to tie ingredients together. Oh and it makes me happy! I often topped my salads with crumbled feta of goats cheese. But after realizing that the reason I may was feeling bloated and sluggish half the time was due to too much dairy I had to quit cold turkey because the relationship I had with cheese was non negotiable. So, I’ve been looking for ways to freshen up my salads. I had a salad in the mall food court the other day. It wasn’t that good and way too expensive. While forcing down my expensive sugar laden salad I thought...Read More
Lentil Quinoa Greek Salad Lately, I’ve been looking for high protein plant based meal options. After digging through my cupboard and fridge, I came across two bags of quinoa and lentils I had bought a while ago around the time everybody decided these were the new it grains. While searching the web for recipes and directions on how to cook these I came across a few interesting facts. Like.. Lentils are highly digestible, low in fat, high in protein, folate, phosphorus, fiber and iron Quinoa is packed with protein, gluten-free, a complete protein, and is high in antioxidants I decided I’d like my protein served cold that day, so I made my version of a Greek salad and it was amazing! Perfect thing to cool off during these hot summer days. This is the perfect plant based meal I’ve been looking for. Jam packed with 24 grams of protein per serving, it’s basically a protein shake you can eat and feel good about. I’ve since made this salad a couple of times and have varied the way I eat it. Which really helps me not get stuck in a food rut. Hers is the recipe! Feel free to enjoy this on its own as a snack or add it to a salad if you want a bulkier meal. Ingredients: 1 cup of green Lentils 1 cup of...Read More
HOW TO DRINK MORE WATER Carry a water bottle Make detox Water Water enhancers Herbal Tea Fruit ice cubes Get a 64 ounce bottle Drink a cup of water before each meal Track water intake with your phone Make a daily water schedule Drink coconut water Get a hydra coach water bottle Start a water challenge Add essential oils Make a DIY motivation bottle Add Lemon and water Add cinnamon Drink a glass every two...Read More
Hey, I’m Melissa!
Welcome to my corner of the internet. I wanted a place where I could share my experiences with everything related to health. When it comes to living a healthy life it’s not a one size fits all formula. So I decided to decided to make a space to share everything that has worked and failed for me because what didn’t work for me might be someone’s saving grace.