A young couple focused on great workouts and feasting well -- all on a low budget (did we mention we're total nerds, too)!

Our Week in New Orleans in Pictures

You might’ve noticed a little bit of an absence in the past week. That’s because we took a trip down to New Orleans (and around the South). 

We started our journey in New Orleans

We started our journey in New Orleans

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The Perfect Diet

The perfect diet: a holy grail we have all been seeking for years. Well, turns out–SPOILER: there isn’t one! The purpose of this post is to encourage you not to listen to zealots, but to science. And even more than that, decide on your goal and then decide how you’re going to tackle your nutrition. We want to see you succeed. 

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3 Health Benefits to Using Protein Powder

Have you ever had an experience where you ate something only to fill your stomach and get you through the day without thinking about getting proper nutrients to your body? Have you been to so many work celebrations, coffee meetings and late-night drinking socials that you ate so much food and still felt hungry after? In today’s fast-paced world where quick and easy meals, mobile food and convenient snacks are all the rage, it is easy to overlook the importance of eating the right food at the right the time. Over time, you start to develop an unhealthy relationship with food that you no longer recognize what it is to be healthy.

Luckily for us, there are food alternatives available that can help us transition and improve our health and well-being. Protein powders have a huge impact to our health and lifestyle. If you are looking for a protein powder that will fit your needs and you want to learn more about their ingredients, be sure to check out Protein Powder Xperts Review for a ton of credible and proven options. There is no better time than now to start taking care of your health. Here are three out of the many health benefits to using protein powder.

  1.   Helps Build Muscles and Improve Metabolism

If you work out constantly and you are a very active person, it is highly recommended that you take protein-enriched foods before and after a workout. A fast and easy way to do this is by drinking protein shakes. Taking protein shakes at least 30 minutes before your workout helps prepare your muscle and improve your strength which also lowers the damage to your muscles during training. On the other hand, drinking protein shakes right after a workout helps your muscle regain all the nutrients for recovery and growth. As your muscles grow, your metabolism increases which help with digestion and burning of fat.

  1.   Fills Your Body with Essential Nutrients Without the Urge to Binge

You do not need to consume lots of junk foods and even convenient foods that will not provide you with essential nutrients to keep your energy levels up. Protein powders are packed with nutrients that you can consume any time of the day. You can make them into protein shakes or even add the powder to your favorite salad. They are easy to prepare and you can bring them wherever you go. It will keep you full and satisfied and you will not feel the urge to pick up a junk food just to fill your stomach.

  1.   Helps You Lose Weight Naturally and Permanently

Losing weight is hard and takes time. If it is easy, everyone will be at their optimum weight and right vitality in one instance. There are a lot of ways to lose weight but not all of them are effective in terms of maintaining an overall healthy lifestyle. The best thing about consuming protein powder is that you know that it’s not the be-all and end-all. Adding protein powder to your healthy routine which includes exercise, proper sleep, mindfulness and eating nutritious food is the best way to maximize its benefits and keep those extra weights off.

Easy Recipes and Workouts for a Healthy New Year

Happy New Year! This is the time to set the tone for the year--to make smart goals, decide on an intention, and kick things off on the right foot. Of course, this isn’t the only time of year to set yourself straight, but it’s a great opportunity. However, this time of year can be daunting–there’s all this pressure on becoming the “new you” and that’s not exactly a straightforward laid-out plan. There could be a thousand possibilities of what to do for fitness or what eating style to go for. 

Let us help you in a small way. We’ve gathered five easy healthy (and delicious) recipes as well as five workouts you can do from the comforts of your home. Not sure what gym to subscribe to? No problem. Start with these home workouts first and then go from there. The recipes listed below range from snacks to meals and are all very simple (it’s rare to find a complicated recipe on our blog–I don’t have the patience for it).

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5 Ways Pilates Can Help Your Health and Wellness

After the holidays, it is quite typical for people to make New Year’s resolutions. Often, these resolutions consist of eating better, weight loss, and working out regularly. You can expect your local gym to be packed with those who are making an effort to slim down after packing on the typical holiday calories. If you are interested in finding a way to maintain your fitness routine without having to deal with an overcrowded gym, you should consider checking out Atlanta Pilates. This article will highlight some of the ways that Pilates can help your health and wellness.
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4 Reasons Why You Should Take Care of Your Teeth

Taking care of your teeth is very important and many do not realize how much it affects their overall health and wellness. When you don’t take care of your mouth by brushing and flossing regularly, plaque and grime can get stuck to your teeth and cause health problems. Your teeth are critical to your health as they help you break down foods so that you can digest them. In addition, having healthy teeth is also a sign that you are taking care of other aspects of your body as well. If you still are not convinced that you should take care of your teeth, this article will identify some of the most important reasons to do so.

  • Avoid gum disease. The longer you go without having your mouth properly cared for, the more likely you are to experience gum disease. Gum disease is when your gums get inflamed and bleed easily when you brush or floss your teeth. To avoid gum disease, floss regularly. If you notice that your gums are bleeding, continue to floss daily for a couple of weeks and you will notice that your gums will get healthier and bleed less over time.
  • Prevent tooth decay. Bacteria build up that is allowed to sit in your mouth comfortably for long periods of time will prove to be detrimental to your health and wellbeing. The longer that the bacteria sits in your mouth, the more likely you are to find that your teeth are breaking down due to the decay that is occurring. The area that is most prone to bacteria build up is between your teeth and at the gum line. Flossing can help you prevent this from happening.
  • Save money. If saving money is important to you, it is critical that you attend your annual teeth cleaning appointments and that you also brush and floss daily. Doing so can help you prevent cavities, bacteria build up, tooth decay, and gum disease. In addition, by caring for your teeth, you are preventing bigger problems from festering in your mouth which can end up being costly. 
  • Helps to reduce health issues. Did you know that missing teeth can be a sign that your health is in trouble? Many do not realize that not taking care of your teeth can lead to other health problems such as but not limited to arthritis, diabetes, oral cancer, and dementia. All of these health problems can severely limit the longevity of your life when it could have easily been prevented by caring for your teeth properly.

There are many reasons as to why people fail to care for their teeth. To learn more about teeth cleaning and other services, be sure to check out stansell dentistry.

3 Ways Planning Your Meals Can Help You Reach Your Fitness Goals

Meal planning is an effective way of keeping track of what you eat and making sure that you are getting all the proper nutrients to stay energized and combat diseases. If you plan your meals, you are less likely to get hungry and your cravings for unhealthy foods will be reduced. On top of it, you get to plan how much money you need to spend on groceries instead of buying expensive meals spontaneously throughout the week. If you are looking to get fit, meal planning is definitely the way to do it. Here are three ways that planning your meals can help you obtain your fitness goals.
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Our Christmas Weekend in Pictures

We had a lovely Christmas weekend including a special Christmas Eve and a wonderful Christmas Day. Thank you to all who made this weekend so delightful!

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The Best Holiday Movie of All Time

And here we are. It’s beautiful Christmas Eve and we arrive at the #1 of the Best Holiday Movies of All Time! The actual best holiday movie of all time. Can you feel the Christmas magic in the air? Can you hear Santa making his way? Have you been stuffing your face with delicious treats? Has holiday music been echoing in your household? Yep, I think you are ready for the ultimate, the best holiday movies of all time! This is for our Top 3 Holiday Movies countdown, so if you missed the first two, check #2 and #3 out here. We have such a special list today with heartfelt tributes and memories. We hope you enjoy. 

Andrew  –  “The Polar Express”

My theme for my #1 is “for children.” It was a classic when I was in elementary school and we would come into school in pajamas and read the book/listen to the audio book in the hallway as a school. Years later, the Tom Hanks iconic adaption would come out and satisfy a new generation.
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Chocolate Chip Meringues

A vivid memory for me as a kid is getting a tin of these fluffy white things (probably from Trader Joes) and delighting to find that they were crunchy, but more importantly–delicious! I’m kind of scared to think back on how many I would eat in one sitting. Yikes. Well, fast forward to today and I now know what they are! Meringues. Beautiful, mind-bending, mouth-watering meringues. That amazing dessert that feels at the same time you’re both eating air and crunching into a godly snack. I’ve never made meringues before. If you would’ve asked me, I thought that the recipe must be really difficult. Let’s face it: I was intimidated! Such a fancy schmancy dessert and who was I to presume to try to do it?

That is, until I saw Skinnytaste’s instagram post of her “Black and White Chocolate Chip Clouds” and realized that maybe the recipe wasn’t over my head. I had a good friend’s cookie bake coming up and I said to myself, “You know what! I’m going to try it!” And I did. And it was a success! I made chocolate chip meringues and I cannot wait to make them again. And guess what? These are a healthy alternative to the normal heavy cookie. Now that I feel comfortable with the recipe, I want to really make them my own. I’m not sure what the hardest part was (the recipe is so easy)–separating the egg whites or waiting for them to be cooked. Yeah, that’s the difficulty level we’re talking here, folks. Just look at the recipe below! 

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