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Healthy Habits | A Starting Point

Making better choices and trying to fill your day-to-day lives with healthy habits is a big part of the message here on Moi Contre La Vie. While I’ve always written about fashion, food, and fitness, the main focus of this blog has shifted from fashion as the primary subject to being more focused on food, fitness, and healthy living.

The questions that I get most are about getting started. Where do I start? What’s your number one tip for beginning a healthier lifestyle? What do you suggest for someone new to the gym?

And these are all great questions!

The key to living a healthy life is realizing that there isn’t a magic pill or a secret path to your goals, it’s all about choices. The small choices you make every day add up. No one choice should make or break you, but you want to aim for making more good choices than bad ones.

So where do you start?


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As I said, a healthy, happy lifestyle is made up of small choices, so every time you make a good choice, you’re taking a step in the right direction.

Here are a few great choices that you can make, to help you get started towards meeting those goals and achieving those dreams!

Sleep – This is going to be at the top of any list. You need sleep – It’ll improve memory and productivity, it’ll improve your dietary choices, it’ll improve your workouts and recovery.

If you have trouble going to sleep, check out these posts for some suggestions: Nighttime Ritual, Tips to Decrease Stress & Help You Sleep, and Confessions of a Former Insomniac.

Water – This is another one that I’m sure is drilled into your head whenever you open a magazine or read a blog post or watch a YouTube video.

And yet, people still don’t drink enough water. I know multiple people who regularly tell me that they just “don’t like water.” Well, I’m sorry, but that’s no excuse. You NEED water, so drink it. You can make spa water by adding fruit and herbs if you want to keep it fun. We keep a jug of cold water in the fridge with a lemon slice and either mint or ginger.

Find what works for you and start drinking!

Move – Beginning a workout routine can be intimidating. Where do you start? What should your goals be? But the reality of it is that you just need to start. My first suggestion is always to start with walking, it’s a great way to get your body moving and gauge where you are fitness-wise. Slowly add longer and more frequent walks and then you can graduate to gym sessions, workout classes, or jogs. It’s all about creating a foundation and building on it slowly but surely.

Goals – Setting goals for yourself is a great way to stay motivated. Try not to make the goals too big or too dramatic – It’s all about baby steps. You’re not going to change your life or become an Ironman over night. It’s about small, sustainable changes. So keep that in mind when you start writing down your goals – Rather than “run a marathon,” maybe it’s “run a 5k.” Rather than “cook every night,” it’s “eat out less often.”

What’s YOUR top healthy living tip?

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Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes

These healthy Thanksgiving recipes will really help you enjoy the holidays to the fullest. There are some delicious options for appetizers and sides, some entrees, and even desserts. All healthy and allergen-friendly, with plenty of vegan, gluten-free, and paleo-friendly options for you to enjoy!

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Appetizers & Sides:


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Do YOU have favorite Thanksgiving recipes you make every year? Or do you like to try new recipes?

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Healthy Habits to Start Now!

Rather than making huge changes and trying to turn things around in a week – Developing a truly healthy routine is about shifting small habits. All the little things add up and are more sustainable than trying to make big, overwhelming changes.

So, without further ado, here’s a list of easy, healthy habits that you can add to your daily or weekly routine TODAY. 🙂

(1) Wear sunscreen. Every day. No matter what. Even if it’s overcast. Even if it’s Winter. Even if you’re not going outside. Wear sunscreen.

(2) Drink water. The more the better. If you can’t make yourself drink it or don’t actually like it, try adding something like these Nuun Hydration Tabs or try coconut water. Increasing your water consumption will improve your skin, help digestion, keep you alert, and even help you sleep. Speaking of…

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(3) Be sure to sleep. Sleep is when your body heals itself and repairs the every day damages we inflict on ourselves. I know it’s hard to put down the phone and it’s hard to de-stress so your mind isn’t spinning, but sleep is non-negotiable. Try starting a relaxing nighttime routine to help ease you into things.

(4) Move it, move it! Working out is great, but even if you don’t have time on a hectic day, at least get in a walk or do 5 minutes of abs on the carpet. Sitting at a desk all day or spending 20 hours chasing kids around is exhausting to be sure, but you still need to give your body a little TLC.

(5) Eat real food. Try to replace some of the processed foods, packaged products, and take-out, with real, whole foods. Don’t overwhelm yourself or try to make huge changes, just slowly start replacing one or two meals a week and slowly increase your real food intake.

What healthy habit are YOU going to add to your routine before 2017 is up?

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MCLV Mange: Healthy Apple Crumble

When Stemilt – A family run fruit farm – Reached out and asked if I was interested in trying their new apple variety, all I could picture was baking a health apple crumble.

The SweeTango is the successor to Honeycrisp apples, and man did they live up to the hype!! Sweet, but tangy, and super crunchy. I had trouble saving enough to play around with some new recipes!

First up, I made a Fall favorite – A healthy twist on a traditional apple crumble.

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{Vegan // Vegetarian // Gluten-Free // Paleo-Friendly}

Healthy Apple Crumble

Apple Ingredients:

  • 4-5 Apples
  • 1 Tsp of Lemon juice
  • 2 Tsp of Maple Syrup
  • 2 Tsp of Cinnamon
  • 3 Tbsp of Water

Crumble Ingredients:

  • 1.5 Cups of almond meal {Any gluten-free flour could work or a combo}
  • 1 Tsp of Cinnamon
  • 1/4 Tsp of Salt
  • 1/4 Cup of Coconut oil
  • 1/4 Cup of Maple Syrup
  • Optional: Add 1/2 cup of chopped nuts for an added crunch

Note: I made two versions of this, one with flour and one with oats, the latter being my usual go-to. And, to my surprise, the boyfriend’s favorite was hands down the one with flour. If you’d prefer to try oats, use 1 cup of oats and 1/2 cup of gluten-free flour.


  • Pre-heat oven to 350
  • In a large mixing bowl toss the chopped apples with lemon juice, maple syrup, cinnamon, and water. Then pour into a greased 9×9 baking pan.
  • Use the now empty cinnamon-y bowl to mix together the flour/oats, cinnamon, salt, coconut oil, maple syrup, and nuts if desired. Mix until the liquids are absorbed and you’ll get a sticky dough-like substance. Pour over the apples, or use your fingers to crumble and drop the topping onto the apples.
  • Bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes until the apples reach your desired texture. If the top of the crumble starts to look too brown, you can cover the pan loosely with a piece of aluminum foil for the final ~10 minutes.

Stay tuned for the next MCLV Mange installment and check out the previous posts from this series here to see what you’ve missed so far.

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August Favorites | Current Healthy Essentials

Here’s a round-up of some of my healthy favorites from this Summer. Some good travel goodies and some new-to-me products I’m loving.

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Turmeric Curcumin Supplements – These supplements promote joint health and offer a healthy, natural alternative to popping your daily anti-inflammatories. The bonus is that turmeric, in addition to being a natural anti-inflammatory, can also help boost your immune and digestive systems. Doesn’t get much more helpful than that!

Peppermint Matcha Green Tea – I love green tea but it can sometimes upset my stomach, so this peppermint match green tea is the perfect solution. Matcha goodness with a yummy mint twist.

Go Raw Zesty Lemon Bar – Go Raw is a great brand so I was psyched to try these new bars from Thrive Market. They’re hearty and tasty, but not super sweet. Pretty close to perfect in my book.

Natural Calm – This magnesium powder is a long-time favorite of mine. I dissolve a spoonful in warm water before starting my nighttime routine and it helps relax my body while also giving me a boost of magnesium and calcium.

Bell Plantation PB2Powdered peanut butter is a gift from the gods! I add it to smoothies, baking, oats – Anything. Check out my Peanut Butter Banana Protein Muffins and you’ll see what I mean! And if you love chocolate you’re in luck – Bell Plantation PB2 Chocolate!

Want to see some of my previous favorites? Healthy Junk Food, Workout Gear, Skin Care Products, Healthy Recipes, and Activewear.

What are YOUR healthy go-to essentials this Summer?

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