How to Deal With Stress

10 Ways to Cope With Stress

Hey there,

Hope you are doing well.

Today, I want to talk about a few ways that can help you cope with stress. Stress is something everyone deals with at some point in their life. It’s certainly not a great feeling, but it can build strength by building skills you need to cope with and adapt to new situations throughout your life.

By using healthy ways to cope and eliminate stress, you can really put what is causing you stress in perspective. Being conscious of your body during times of stress can allow you to take action and be able to alleviate the unnecessary stress. Continue reading “10 Ways to Cope With Stress”

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Fun Fitness Classes to Try in Boston

Before heading off to Turkey, I bought a class pass package of 6, which allows you to try any classes up to two times for a specific studio with a time frame of 2 weeks!

When I bought it, they had a deal for only $30 for the 2 weeks. I only had about a week and a few days to use, so I had to get it all in before I left. This led me to try a new studio every day for 5 days straight!

My body hated me by the end of it, but I sure did step up my endurance and strength by the end of it. I think out of the 6 places I tried, there was only one of them that wasn’t my jam, which did not make it on my list below.

Group exercise classes are great in that they allow you to push harder and motivate you to keep pace with everyone else in the room. When you head to the gym yourself, most often than not, you tend to get lazy and don’t really get a good work out in — if you are anything like me. With these classes, you can guarantee a good workout and great results in no time!

Here are fun classes to try in Boston, in order of my liking:

  1. Turnstyle – South End

This is easily now my favorite place ever. Guys, I am genuinely really excited to go back to this studio. I am so obsessed. I usually don’t like spending money on classes as I believe they are overly priced, but this place has my heart. Since I had a deal with Class Pass, I didn’t feel guilty about spending the money, but regardless, I am hooked and will surely buy a package with Turnstyle.

Turnstyle is a cycling studio with other types of exercises available, such as boot camp. I tried cycling two or three other times at different studios, but never really got into it. I didn’t really feel that it was effective nor did I find it enjoyable. This place has got it figured out! The seats were super comfy and this was a serious sweat inducing work out! It’s of course as effective as you make it. It’s so much fun perhaps due to the music, which is great. When I went, the playlist was Drake, Rihanna and Justin Bieber, which worked out for me perfectly. They have other combinations you can choose from and go to the class that you’d think you’d enjoy the music the most. It’s also a super fun environment. I ended up trying their boot camp class as well and once again the music was SO on point. The genre was hip-hop, which tends to get me going when I want to do an intense workout. It was very motivating and so much fun.

Side note, the class wasn’t easy at all and I was hurting for days, but I guess you guys already might’ve guessed that 🙂 They also have a free class for any friend you refer, so if you decide to try this studio and want to give my name, I would forever be grateful 🙂

2. Burn – South End (2 Locations)

The first location I tried was on Columbus ave, which is a small studio, albeit still a wonderful studio. The first floor is where the exercises are done, and the basement is where they have changing rooms and lockers. They only have one shower and it’s upstairs, which is a bit inconvenient. The class I tried with this studio was a boot camp style class. It was so much fun….or as much fun as a boot camp class can be. It was a full body work out and by the end of it — my whole body was shaking. This one definitely had me in full “mind over matter” mode, but regardless of the mentality part, it seriously was a fun class. The second location is on Boylston Street, right across from the Prudential. This location is bigger and a little nicer. With this studio, I tried a yoga boot-camp style class. By this time, my body couldn’t handle a hard workout as I did 5 days of new classes, so this was perfect for me. It’s effective and not as intense.

3. Swet Studio – South End

This was a really cool studio with a really awesome vibe. This one is located on Tremont Street and close to Turnstyle. They have aerial yoga, rowing and meditation classes. I tried the rowing abs class, which was a nice effective workout without feeling like I was going to die. I’ve never tried rowing before so it was cool to incorporate that into the exercise. I will have to go back to this studio to try their hammock exercises!

4. TITLE Boxing – Newbury Street

Okay, I am also obsessed with this place. It’s a nice little gem on Newbury Street. They have other location and one of them being in Somerville which is fairly new. It is technically a gym, but their kickboxing/boxing classes are the main attraction. They have great music, which on my book is a check plus. It’s also intense, but fun. I tried the kickboxing class and by the end of it, I was punching and kicking so hard that I really impressed myself. This class I think is great for when you want to prove to yourself that you are so much stronger than you think 🙂

5. Barry’s Bootcamp – Financial District

I’m sure many people know of how great Barry’s workouts are, but I didn’t think it would be right if it didn’t make my list. This is one of those classes that you can take to start off a good fitness regime. The classes are intense to say the least, but it pushes you really to your fullest potential — fitness wise. This is great for any levels because it’s really what you make it. You can choose to push yourself as hard or as little as you want. The classes are in sets of two. One group does a set on the treadmill and the other does strength training, then you keep switching. I would suggest this to anyone who has a membership to any gym, but has been stuck in a rut of doing the same thing or not being able to push yourself because you’ve gotten a bit lazy. Barry’s will push you to your limits!

That’s all for my list! Let me know if you try any of them, and always remember:

“You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think, and loved more than you know.”

Thank you for your time.

Ozzy

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Good Vitamins to Take Daily

Best Vitamins for Daily Use

Good morning, good afternoon or good evening people of the internet!

I’ve been taking vitamins for quite some time now, and I thought maybe you’d find some useful information with the ones I am taking. I always like seeing what other people take to see if it would be something that is helpful for what I lack. I try to stick to a healthy diet, but I also know I can’t always get all of my vitamins from one day of eating, so this way it ensures that I get what I really need.

*Disclaimer:  I am not a health care professional and these are vitamins that work for me currently, but please speak with your doctor for your needs.

The following are only vitamins I am taking in the moment, not necessary my all time favorite brands, but I will give you an update when I switch things around. These are still really good options, in my opinion, and have been working for me quite well.

Alright here we go….

1.Collagen by youtheory

Collagen has been increasingly becoming more popular lately and I totally understand why. This one by youtheory is great, you do notice the results of taking them, but the only issue I have with it is that you have to take 6 decent sized pills each time. It says you could take it through out the day, but I know I would forget to take it if I did that, so I try to take it all at once. Collagen is great for hair, skin and nails. This is known to be good for older women/men because as we age, we tend to loose more collagen – a major structural protein in the body. I’m not sure what it is really doing to me as far as the aging process, but I do notice my hair feels thicker when I take this.

2. Triple Strength Fish Oil by GNC

Ever since I learned Fish Oil was good for your skin, I haven’t stopped taking it. Well, I haven’t been as consistent as I would like, but I always try to have this on hand. Fish oil is great for heart, brain, skin, eye and joint health. I like this one because there is no weird aftertaste after you take it.

3. Magnesium by NatureMade

Magnesium is a hidden gem. It is great for calming your anxiety, helps constipation/digestion, helps muscle aches (great for all my gym peeps!), great when taking before sleeping as it aids in calming you, and helps with heart health. If you don’t currently take magnesium supplement, I believe I might’ve just convinced you to do so!

4. B-12 by mykind

I do not eat a lot of meat, so I try to make sure to take a B-12 supplement. For me, it was hard to remind myself to keep taking it so I decided to get the spray form, so I could take it even when I am running late and need to rush out of the house! The taste is fine to me, pretty good I would say, although, I would rather have a neutral flavor.

5. Chewable C by NatureMade

These are a fun way of taking Vitamin C. They are chew-able and taste like oranges. I like to take vitamin C whenever I feel like I am getting slightly sick. Not only does it help with your immune system, but it will also help with your stress. Vitamin C is a power house and I try to always take it when I can.

6. Vitamin D3 5000 IU by 365 Everyday Value (WholeFoods)

Most of us are deficient in vitamin D (although, you should always check with your doctor), and I like taking D3 to support my immune system, bone health/teeth, regulate insulin levels and reduce risk of flu. I’ve linked an alternative brand as Amazon does not have WholeFoods brands, but with the acquisition perhaps they will soon.

7. B Complex by Trader Joes

B complex is a group of 8 vitamin B’s. B vitamins allow your body to transform food into glucose, which aids in digestion and production of energy.  This will also aid with your anxiety and depression. Just a warning, this one will make your pee orange.

Thanks for reading.

xx, Ozzy

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benefits of mindful eating

How to Practice Mindful Eating

Benefits of mindful eating

Self-Care Series #4


Hey Everyone! 

Hope you are having an amazing weekend! Happy Father’s Day to all the amazing fathers out there 🙂 The weather today is perfect in Boston and a great day to enjoy the day with your loved ones!

Can you believe we are at the end of the self-care challenge? Only one more after todays self-care challenge!

If you are feeling up to it or want to catch up with us, here are the series 1- face mask, 2 – self-love meditation and 3 – gratitude.

For this week’s challenge, I want you to join me in eating mindfully. What does that mean? It means, for today and rest of the week, I want you to pay attention to what you are eating. Don’t eat in front of the T.V., in front of your desk at work, looking at your phone or doing anything else. 

I want you to sit at a table by yourself and enjoy your meal. With each bite, I want you to notice the little things about it. For example — what does it smells like, what does the texture feel like, how it feels going in your stomach, etc. Have you ever even noticed what a tomato smells like or how green lettuce can be? Too often, we rush through our meal which tends to lead us to overeating. Another instance that happens quite too often is we don’t notice how a particular food makes us feel and we ignore it. This, then leads us to not notice what our body is telling us about that particular food. It could be that your body is screaming for you to stop eating something that is not making you feel good and you’ve become so immune to it. I don’t want you to take any food groups out of your diet, but I do want you to eat less of things that don’t make you feel your best.

Ditch the over-eating habit….

Did you know by kicking your over-eating habit, you can improve your memory and reduce cognitive impairment? Yep, just by avoiding to feel overly full all the time, you can improve your health in ways that you did not think was affecting you. Why not take preventative care of yourself to avoid diseases such as Alzheimer’s now? Why wait till later? I think that is the best motivation to take care of yourself and your eating habits.

The best thing about mindful eating is you end up eating healthy without really even trying. Your body knows what’s best for you because it truly cares for you — stop ignoring it! Mindful eating allows your body to understand what is being put in it and therefore is able to better process/digest what you eat. Mindful eating also allows you to eliminate stress eating or emotional eating.

Some benefits of mindful eating:

  • Aid in staying at your healthy weight
  • Decrease excessive snacking
  • Stop emotional and overeating
  • Stop fast eating — which can lead to type 2 diabetes
  • Reactivate your hunger “cue”

Your instincts and satiety level know exactly what your body needs to feel nourished and knows exactly when to stop. Our ancestors were really good at this because they didn’t have distractions while eating nor did they have overly-processed options. Over time, we stopped listening to our “cue” and overeating became a habit. Our natural “cue” of eating allows us to eat when hungry and stop when full. Those signals, when ignored, become less active and you are not able to listen to it as much. This in turn, leads us to other types of cues to eat. Whether that is because you are bored, or you want to treat yourself, or a habit of eating exactly at 3pm (or whatever time) that cookie that you are not sure why you wanted it in the first place. The positive thing is you can rewire your brain to know how to stop eating when you are full. It’s pretty cool and it only takes a few practices. Don’t beat yourself up in the process. It’s going to take some time to get into a habit of it. If you are someone that suffers with emotional eating — don’t worry, you can do this! Mindful eating is the best way to get in touch with your soul and your body. 

How to Practice Mindful Eating

I highly encourage everyone to try this because I’m pretty sure all of us have been victims of overeating in front of the T.V. or any other time. Just keep being persistent and keep being mindful of what you eat for each practice. It’s amazing how you can stop when you are fully content and pretty amazing how you stop “craving” the not-so-healthy options. This in any means isn’t a “diet” you should be following. You shouldn’t be doing anything that doesn’t make you happy. This is only a way to nourish your body the right way and to take steps into incorporating self-love practice into your daily routine. 

Here are some steps you can take:

  1. Leave your phone in another room and shut off your T.V. or any other distractions.
  2. Sit at a table and look at your food – notice all the colors.
  3. With each bite, think of one word that you notice about that one bite.
  4. When you’ve reached about 80-90% fullness – get up and do something else. This will allow you to give you sometime to help you differentiate if you need to keep eating or if you are satisfied. More often than not – you are satisfied and don’t need to eat anything else. If you are full then you can get rid of anything else that you didn’t eat or if you are still hungry then listen to your body and do that.
  5. Eat slowly, and chew as much as possible.

By incorporating this into your daily routine, you will notice that you are more mindful in general. Mindful eating doesn’t end at what you put in your body, you start to notice other things about your body and how to do what your body is telling you to do. Like I’ve said, you’re body knows best, and being able to be more in tune with yourself is the most amazing experience.

Alright, guys that is all. If you have any questions or need any help, please let me know

xx, Ozzy

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“You are imperfect permanently and inevitably flawed. And you are BEAUTIFUL.” – Amy Bloom

healthy vegan lemon cookies

Healthy Vegan Lemon Coconut Cookies

Did you hear my girl Taylor Swift is back on Spotify?? I’m currently one of the happiest girls listening to her right this moment. I heard it was something to do with Katy Perry, but don’t really know what’s going on. Let me know if you have any idea why she decided to come back to Spotify!

Anyways, I’m coming at you today with an amazing cookie recipe. This is healthy and could be gluten free! I made my version vegan because it’s just how I roll, but feel free to use eggs. The flax eggs worked really well with this recipe. My sister, niece and nephew loved it! They didn’t even realized it was healthy until I named all the ingredients in it. I love the kick of lemon and coconut in this — such a great combination!

Alright, here is the recipe!

It’s super simple and doesn’t take too much time to put together 🙂

First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Then, get ready the flax egg: for 3 “eggs” you will need 3 tbsp of flax meal and 9 tbsp of water mixed together. Let that sit for 5-10 minutes.

Flax meal egg replacement

Add all the dry ingredients together, then add the lemon zest.

Healthy Lemon Almond Cookies

Next, add the vanilla extract, almond milk and flax eggs.

Healthy lemon vegan cookies

You’re going to use some muscles to mix this up! Mix around until all the ingredients are mixed well. It will take a few minutes to get it to a “wet” mixture. Then, you can roll it into small ball sized pieces and throw it in the oven for 15 minutes! I put almonds on some to experiment with it, but it’s not necessary.

I ran out of parchment paper, so ideally use that if you have it. If not, you can use coconut oil spray to make sure it doesn’t stick.

healthy vegan cookies

Let cool in a drying rack for about 10 minutes. Then enjoy 🙂

Healthy Lemon Coconut Vegan Cookies

 

Here’s the printable version:

Healthy Lemon Coconut Cookies

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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healthy vegan lemon cookies

Ingredients:

  • 3 tbsp flax meal
  • 9 tbsp water
  • 4 cups almond flour
  • 1 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • zest of half lemon
  • 1/3 cup coconut shreds
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of sea salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Put together the flax meal egg (if you are using this, if not skip this step). Mix 3 tbsp flax meal with 9 tbsp water in a bowl.
  3. Mix together all the dry ingredients.
  4. Add lemon zest and vanilla extract.
  5. Mix in flax egg or 3 eggs. Mix together, then add in the almond milk.
  6. Form into a ball and place into oven for 15 minutes.
  7. Cool for 5-10 minutes, then enjoy!

That is all, my friends! Thank you for reading. I hope you guys have an amazing Saturday. I’m off to enjoy mine 🙂

xx, Ozzy

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