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MCLV Travel Diary | Packing Health Goodies

I tackled my Summer packing list and my toiletry essentials recently so I wanted to carry on with the MCLV Travel Diary series and talk about my “health” bag.

What does that mean?

Well, in addition to the usual things like toiletries and some serious snacks, my suitcase always has a health bag. If you’ve ever had a trip ruined by your body or your body’s reaction to something, you’ll understand the wisdom of carrying some of these items. Everything from teas to superfood supplements to first aid, these are my happy traveler, good health necessities.

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  • Ginger Tea – Helps with upset stomachs which is good if you have food allergies or get motion sickness
  • Digestive Tea – Please don’t make me explain this one…
  • Sleepy Time Tea – To help me relax during long flights and bad nights
  • Daquil & Nyquil – Just in case
  • Mini First Aid Kit – You never need this. Until you need it. Better to have it, I promise.
  • Dramamine – I’m usually fine on boats, but nothing ruins a day on the water faster than getting sea sick
  • Beano – This can help if you have a sensitive system and are eating new foods
  • Pepto Bismol Tablets – This is another must have when I’m traveling, perfect for those little upset stomachs that sometimes pop up when you’re off your routine
  • Motrin – Great when you’re sore, have a headache, or whatever else pop up
  • Miscellaneous Feminine Products – Because, you never know…
  • Natural Calm – My go to nighttime calming product
  • Kora Organics Noni Glow Skinfood satchets – Superfood supplement packets that you dissolve into water, it’s an easy way to get some nutrients while you’re traveling

What do YOU travel with to make sure you stay healthy and happy? What should I add to my kit?

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Health Hacks

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times. Improving your health isn’t about big changes or huge shifts, it’s about making small updates to your daily routine and developing a sustainable healthy lifestyle.

While watching a documentary or reading a new book that excites you enough to want to make changes is wonderful, you can’t fix everything in a day. The more dramatic your changes, the more likely you are to fall off the wagon and go back to your old, unhealthy ways.

So, with that in mind, here are some small, easy, do-able little health hacks that you can work on tackling. Maybe you start with one a week. Then try to incorporate one a day.

Little changes. Big difference.

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  1. Swap out soda, sugary coffee drinks & juice. You want to get your calories from nutrient-dense foods rather than drinks. Sodas, coffee concoctions, and juice are empty calories that spike your insulin levels and can ruin your whole day by making you want salty, fatty foods and actually make you more tired in the long run. Starting out small, try swapping out one of these drinks a week. Water is the best alternative, but you could try a sparkling water with a dash of juice instead. You’ll get some flavor and bubbles, without the sugar rush. For my coffee-lovers, try it black with some almond milk or even bulletproof coffee if you want a kick.
  2. Add some green tea. Instead of one of your cups of coffee or black tea, have a mug of green tea. Not only is it packed with antioxidants, it also has the amino acid L-theanine, anti-inflammatories, and anti-carcinogenic compounds.
  3. Switch to raw nuts. Nuts and seeds are a great nutrient-dense source of healthy fats and have a place in any healthy diet. However, you don’t want to rely on sugary or salty varieties like honey roasted. Try to switch to raw or activated varieties so that you can reap all the benefits. And pay attention to portion size so you don’t over indulge.
  4. Increase water consumption. Water is good for you. Drink lots of it. It’s that simple. 🙂 If you’re having trouble increasing your daily consumption, try adding lemon wedges and mint leaves for a fun infused water. Can’t seem to remember to drink it? Keep a bottle with you at all times or try setting reminders throughout the day.
  5. Move it move it. Improving your diet is always a good thing, but combining that with movement is even better. Start with a weekly walk. Then increase the frequency. Then maybe try out a home bodyweight workouts or join a gym. Slowly work towards daily movement to keep your body healthy.
  6. Add natural anti-inflammatories. Researchers and doctors have gathered increasing data in recent years that appears to link inflammation with Western diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and various cancers. You can reduce your body’s levels of inflammation by eating natural anti-inflammatories like turmeric, cinnamon, ginger, blueberries, green tea, red peppers, beets, broccoli, olive oil, tomatoes, spinach, garlic, and others.

And my #1 health hack? Don’t give up!! There will be setbacks. Lots of them. But don’t give up after a “bad” meal or an indulgent vacation. Falling off the wagon isn’t the big risk, it’s never getting back up again.

What’s YOUR favorite health hack? What started YOU on your healthy living journey and helped you hold on to your lifestyle?

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Links You’ll Love: Finish 2016 with a BANG!

Welcome back to another Links You’ll Love post as we head into the end of 2016. It’s hard to believe that the year is nearly over, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to give up or let your goals fall by the wayside. It’s time to finish the year on a strong note – Healthy and happy!

Health & Fitness:

Love to follow your favorite healthy living gurus on Instagram? See what a few of them say about their personal food rules over at Women’s Healthy Magazine.

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If you’re a regular reader you know I’m a HUGE fan of turmeric. The benefits are absolutely killer and I can’t recommend adding it to your diet highly enough. Not convinced? Check out my Learn To Love: Turmeric and What I Ate Wednesday: Healthy Living posts. You can also read Mind Body Green’s I Started Drinking Turmeric Tonic Every Day. Here’s What Happened to get inspired!

Don’t have time during the last month of the year for a new workout regime? Try this full body circuit from Shape that you can do multiple times a week!

Need some happy thoughts and smiles? Check this out – 24 Hours with Yoga Girl Rachel Brathen.

Trying to keep your health and fitness on point through the end of the year? Glitter Guide to the rescue! 10 Ways To Stay Healthy During The Holidays.

Fashion & Beauty:

Love that glowy, beach-girl beauty that the Victoria’s Secret Angel’s always have? Check out Elsa Hosk’s Golden Beauty Rules over at Self.

How to Deal this Holiday – Four ways to physically, mentally, & nutritionally decompress post-holiday from The Coveteur.

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Want to spice up your beauty routine for the holidays? Chalkboard Mag has you covered – Inside Felicity Jones’ Red Carpet Beauty Routine.

If you’re going to try some new skin care and beauty products, why not take some recommendations? Women’s Health Mag is rounding them up for you – 6 Beauty Brand Founders Share the Skin-Care Routines That Keep Them Glowing.

New Years Eve can be a fun night to dress up, so why not make it count? Check out Elle’s 28 New Year’s Eve Dresses That Are Made for Partying.

How are YOU finishing 2016 with a bang?

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Links You’ll Love: Summer Health

This week’s Links You’ll Love round-up is focused on some great posts from around the interwebs that will help with creating a healthy, delicious, fashionable Summer this year!

Health & Fitness:

Need to tone up for your next trip? Check out Positive Health Wellness’s 17 Ways To Tone Your Arms Super Fast for some great tips to see change in your upper body.

Turmeric is one of those rockstar spices that I try to include in meals whenever I can. Want to give classic turmeric tea a try? Check out Health Ambition’s Health Benefits of Ginger Turmeric Tea and maybe you’ll be a convert.

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Want to give your morning routine a little boost? Check out this fun YouTube video from LoveSweatFitness that includes everything from skin care to coffee bliss – My Healthy Morning Routine + Messy Bun Tutorial. P.S. That bun is Summer perfection! 🙂

Stuck at a desk all day? Don’t worry – The Balanced Blonde is here to help with your Summer health -! 3 Easy Office Yoga Poses that you can do every day!

Most people I know who love yoga are junkies for the mental aspect – You leave the studio refreshed, inspired, grateful, and energized. It’s downright addicting. I loved reading The Blissful Chef’s Yoga and Weight Gain, an interesting and eye-opening read.

Fashion & Beauty:

Do you love Chrissy Teigen? Yea, me too. And so does the Man Repeller – Why Is the Internet Obsessed With Chrissy Teigen?

Denim is a Spring and Summer staple. And denim-on-denim? An institution! Need some inspiration to get you started? Marie Claire’s Celebrity Denim-on-Denim is a great start!

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What’s this Summer’s trend for men? Apparently, its legs! For Men, Leg Abs Are Very Big This Summer.

Kelly of The Glamorai has amazing travel style and I’ve been using her site as a vacation packing guide of late. Luckily for us, she’s rounding things up for a fabulous Insta*Style post.

When it comes to shopping and my closet, there’s a clear winner in terms of where my money goes – Handbags! I stopped the “quantity over quality” mentality in my mid twenties and started choosing timeless investment pieces. My nieces, or nephews should they wish, are in for a great inheritance! And apparently, I’m not the only one – Study: Women Are Buying Less Clothes, And More Of THIS Accessory.

What’s YOUR favorite tip for a fabulous Summer?

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Health & Nutrition with Ricky Rebel

Did anyone else LOVE hearing about Ricky Rebel’s fitness routine and healthy living suggestions in Fitness with Ricky Rebel?

I want those abs!!

Today he’s back sharing nutrition and health tips and giving us a peek into his day-to-day diet.

Do you have any go-to supplements, protein powders, mixes, superfoods etc that you try to include in your smoothies and meals?

I love VEGA Protein. It’s vegan, has tons of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and it’s delicious. I live on blueberries. My favorite smoothie is a combo of blueberries, bananas, peanut butter or Almond Butter, almond milk, and VEGA Protein. That’s literally my favorite thing to eat of all time. The combination is perfection to me.

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What does a day of eating/drinking look like for you?

I wake up with a green tea and a smoothie. For a snack I eat a GOMacro Bar a delicious bar that is gluten-free and macrobiotic. For lunch I eat a lean protein like fish or chicken with brown rice and black or pinto beans. For a snack I eat a fruit and/or fresh veggies. For dinner I eat a lean meat and a pita bread. If I’m still hungry at night, I will snack on some fruit.

When you’re constantly teaching and performing, you don’t really get “days off” or “cheat days.” How do you approach your diet so that you’re satisfied with your health & nutrition choices, without feeling deprived?

While traveling, I try to scope out healthy food options. If I see a Whole Foods, I get super excited. That means I am in the clear, they’ll have everything I need. If not, I have a great technique of going to restaurants and basically just getting bits and pieces of the meals that they provide on the menu. For instance, I do not get the full plates with the big buns and dressing added on etc. I simply order the turkey patty by itself, slices of avocado, broccoli, etc. I get small pieces of full meals which ensures that I provide myself with proper portion control.

A lot of the reason why some of the restaurants across the country are helping to make people fat is not necessarily because they are offering ONLY unhealthy food. It’s mainly because the portions they give people are usually incredibly big. Our stomachs are the size of our fists. We really do not need all of that food. It’s up to us to take control of what we put in our bodies and do not allow restaurants to decide how much food we should eat.

A lot of people overeat then feel heavy and bloated afterward. Try instead eating smaller portions of food spread out in 2 hour increments throughout the day. You will have a faster metabolism, which will give you a leaner more svelte physique, and you won’t feel the need to gorge on your food when the waiter sets in on the table.

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What does your wind-down routine look like in the evenings?

In the evening, I love to wind down with a cup of hot Ginger Tea. It helps settle my stomach and digest my food so that I have that “I feel skinny” feeling in the morning. I hate to feel bloated.

Need more Rebel in your life? Check out his website and Instagram pages.

And don’t forget to read Fitness with Ricky Rebel and Glam Beauty & Rock n’ Roll Fashion with Ricky Rebel.

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