WTEW: Lyfe Kitchen

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I met up with a friend last weekend in West Village (for those of you reading out of city or state- it’s an area of Dallas near downtown). My friend had been raving about this place, Lyfe Kitchen, so I could not wait to try it out. I love finding new restuarants that are both healthy and delicious so am very excited to spotlight Lyfe Kitchen on What to Eat Wednesday today. If you live in or around Dallas, you may want to check it out.

The first thing I really liked about this place was all of the options available. If you have Celiac disease and prefer gluten free, they have a whole separate menu for you. Really cool! And same goes for those that eat vegan or vegetarian. I chose off of the Everything menu and it was early so we got to order breakfast. Breakfast foods are my absolute favorite. I usually order some type of egg dish, but this time I branched out a bit.

I ordered the Greek yogurt bowl with blueberries and pomegranate chia seeds, along with a carrot zucchini walnut muffin. Both were fabulous! I had never had any type of carrot or zucchini muffin before so this caught my eye. Wow! I need to start making those if I can find a good recipe. I am not a huge fan of carrot cake, but carrot in a muffin is a different story.

My friend ordered Art’s Oatmeal Start, which was steel-cut oats with dried cranberries, toasted almonds, Greek yogurt, and pure maple syrup. She liked her meal too. It did not disappoint!

Another thing I really liked about Lyfe Kitchen is that they display the calorie and sodium content next to each meal item, as well as what is in the dish below the meal item. This shows honesty in a company. They are not afraid to show you the amount of calories in each dish. You don’t have to count calories (I sure don’t), but sometimes knowing the calorie content of a dish can help you make a more informed decision. Calories add up and can surprise you at times.

I love that Dallas is adding more and more healthy restaurants to the mix! I will be back to Lyfe kitchen in the future for lunch or dinner.

What about you? Have you ever been to Lyfe Kitchen?

Eat well, friends!

My Weakest Link with Healthy Living

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Weaknesses. We all got ’em. And we don’t always like ’em. Am I right?!? So, I talk a lot about healthy living and wellness. It is a wellness blog, after all. But, I also try to make a point that even within healthy living, perfection is NOT the goal.

I think it is important for people to talk about the hard stuff. Let’s take shame out of the equation by opening up and sharing obstacles, barriers, weaknesses, and feelin’ straight up like poo. Yes, I just said poo. I know you feel like it sometimes. I do. Although, do we really know what poo feels like? Probably not. But you get me.

So today with the Dish the Fit link up (thank you The Fit Switch and The Fit Pepper), I am going deep with one of my weakest links with healthy living. Drum roll, please…

STRESS

When I am a little stress cookie, my personality changes. I turn into a little monster. I have a short fuse, feel like the world is crashing down on me, want to be alone, and often eat more than my fair share of sweets. I can easily get into the “all or nothing” mentality during high levels of stress too. Meaning… “Don’t have time for a workout? Fine. I won’t eat healthy either. And add a Root Beer with a side of cookies to that order. Thanks!” Quite frankly, I take a day to not be me. I don’t feel like myself when I am stressed so often cope with ways that are totally outside of who I am.

And you know what? I think it is supposed to happen that way. Eating differently and not having a desire to move are not the issue. They are symptoms. They are my body’s way of telling me… “Hey Bri, you kinda need to do something with this stress. I mean, like, NOW. Deal with it!”

Since I know I turn into a different person when I am stressed out, I see two options to improve this little bad habit of mine. 1) Reduce my stress, especially if I am seeing more of the stress cookie personality than I would like in a given month. We can’t completely eliminate stress, but reducing and managing stress are important. 2) Change the way I feel about stress. Instead of crippling into this different personality, I can take time to truly feel the stress and dissect it. Why am I feeling stressed? What would truly make me feel better? Getting help from someone, changing up a deadline, taking a creativity break, talking it out with someone, etc? Wow, so many options!

Or perhaps a good combo of both options would do me some good. Some things in life are way easier said than done, but are still worth a shot. Again, it’s always about progress and not perfection. I may still have days where the stress cookie shows up. Hopefully I can learn to punch her in the face. But, until then, I know that one day is not going to kill me. Getting up and at ’em that very next day (or in two to three days) is better than giving up the healthy life altogether.

Before I sign off, I have to say one thing… Love yourself, weaknesses and all. That’s way more important than anything else within health and wellness. Loving yourself is the foundation. Moving more, eating right, getting sleep, reducing stress, being financially fit, and all of the above are secondary.

So, now that we are sharing… what about you? What is your weakest link? It’s okay to talk about it. No shame, here!

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Sunday Social: Second to the Last

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I have bittersweet news. This is the second to the last Sunday Social. I have always enjoyed this link up so will be sad to see it go. However, there will be a new link up in November so will look forward to that.

This week has been a busy one where every morning has been a “get up and go” type of morning. I love that today I get a break from that. So grab your beverage and let’s get social this morning…

  1. Favorite month and why. Well, I have two favorite months. I love June because it is my birthday month and I have always enjoyed having a summer birthday. I also love October. The weather is beautiful in Texas in October and it kick starts holiday season.
  2. Favorite holiday and why. Christmas for sure. I know a lot of people pick Christmas as a favorite, but there is a reason for that. I love getting to see family and spend quality time with them. I love all the lights and decorations. I love the spiritual aspects of Christmas. I love the extra time off. I love Christmas movies, music, and shows. Everyone seems happy around Christmas too!
  3. Are you getting the new Iphone 6 or are you more of an Android person? I am undecided at this point. I will have to make a choice in January, but for now I am leaning towards switching over to Android. My boyfriend’s phone plan went from $100 to like $30 by switching providers AND switching phones. I may do the same. That’s a huge chunk of savings each month!
  4. Most thoughtful gift you have ever received from someone. I have a very thoughtful boyfriend so to pick just one is kinda hard. The first time I found out how thoughtful he is was on my 24th birthday. It was our first year of dating and actually had only been together for a few months. He made a scrapbook for me with pictures of all of our little adventures. He hand glued everything and even borrowed some supplies from his crafty sister. It was so cute!
  5. Something you can’t wait to splurge on. A trip to New Zealand. I think 2015 is the year!

What about you? What is your favorite holiday and why?

WTEW: Pure Pink Himalayan Salt

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Before we begin with today’s What to Eat Wednesday, I have to give you a heads up. Today’s topic is not actually food, but is more about what you put on your food. If you are reading the What to Eat Wednesday posts, you are most likely interested in making better health choices so today I have the spotlight on salt. 

Many people I know reach for the salt shaker like its nobody’s business. Others purchase frozen foods or canned soups with plenty of salt added (hello, sodium!). This is not going to be a post about staying away from salt altogether.. I use salt at times. But, this post will hopefully provide you with enough information to make a better choice when purchasing salt for you or your family.

Ever heard of pink Himalayan salt? Unlike regular white table salt, pink Himalayan salt is pure, unprocessed, and straight from the earth. It has many essential minerals, including magnesium and potassium. Himalayans used to call it “white gold”. The 84 natural minerals in pink Himalayan salt exist in colloidal form, which mean they are easily absorbed by our cells.

One other thing I like to point out is that regular table salt has been stripped of any minerals and lacks nutritional value. These salt manufacturers have to add iodine back in. When you buy a pure form of salt, you are saying yes to all the natural minerals found in it. Now, it is still salt so you don’t need to go crazy with it. But, if you want the best form of salt for you and your family, think about making the switch to a pink Himalayan salt.

I read a few health benefits too in regards to this salt so thought I would share a few of my favorites. If you want to read more of the health benefits, you can click here.

  • Reducing muscle cramps (excellent for those of us with active lifestyles)
  • Aids in naturally promoting healthy sleep patterns
  • Promotes kidney and gallbladder health (especially when compared to often chemically-treated table salt)

I don’t salt a lot of foods, but I do add salt when I am making a recipe or baking sweet potato chips. I use this just as I would any other salt, but I tend to use a little less. The flavor is a tad more powerful to me so I don’t quite need as much. A pinch here and there goes a long way! But, if your taste buds are different, use a little more. Consider it an experiment.

You may have to go to a specialty grocery store to find this, but I think more grocery stores are interested in its health benefits so have started carrying it. I found mine at Homegoods of all places and I know I have seen some at Costco too.

Have any of you already made the switch to pink Himalayan salt?

Eat well, my friends!