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Must Haves for Mind and Body Health

Must Haves for Mind and Body Health

What are my must-haves for overall health?

I will be honest, I have never been one for a daily self care routine.  Or, really any daily routine for that matter.  Why?  Daily routines just never stick for me, and more importantly, I love love trying new things and hate doing things repetitively.  There is only one thing I do each day to promote overall mind and body health and that is set a goal at the beginning of each day that I can accomplish in the following 24 hours.

Of course though, I do have certain go-to products & ways to keep my mind and body health in check.

Today I want to share some of them with you.

Digestive health : OLLY Quick Melt Probiotic Sticks

OLLY Quick Melt Probiotic Sticks are my favorite way to get probiotics in because they are little #portable probiotic sticks that you pour directly onto your tongue and they dissolve quick.  Yes, they taste delicious.  But, more importantly they pack 10 billion live active cultures.  Not only are these probiotics proven to help your digestive system, but your immune system, as well.

Probiotic sticks on the go

Why do I choose OLLY ?  These are portable #HelloCollegeLife  #AlsoDon’tNeedToRefrigerate, tasty, not in pill form, helps digestive system and also helps to maintain overall health.

DEAL: While supplies last you can get a free trial of the same OLLY Quick Melt Probiotic Sticks that I use! Click here. 

RELATED: The Benefits of Breaking Routine

Late night snacking: tea & greek yogurt bowls

For me, late night snacking is a killer.  I am constantly up late at night trying to finish school or blog work and I GET HUNGRY.  However, I have learned over the years that eating late at night is not so hot for my waist line, and also kills my stomach the next day.   The ways that I have learned to satisfy this late night hunger while maintaining my mental and physical health is to turn to a good tea mixed with coconut milk (optional) and/or a protein packed snack.  One of my favorite protein packed snacks is a greek yogurt bowl.  You can find some others in my CollegeFit eBook ($2.50 here).

RELATED: Healthy and Happy Back to School Tips

Mental health: candles, a happy playlist, & a clean room

This one may seem a bit odd, but when my stress is through the roof I like to take a step back, light a candle, put on an uplifting playlist (peep some songs), and spend a few minutes cleaning my room (or just laying down and thinking).

RELATED: Taking a Break: How & Why You Should

Morning pick me up: coffee blended with coconut oil and cinnamon

Don’t knock it before you try it.  That’s all I have to say.  DIY: brew coffee, pour into a blender, add 1 TB coconut oil, a pinch of cinnamon, blend.

Achy muscles: turmeric anything

Turmeric has many anti-inflammatory compounds that help with muscle recovery and preventing injuries.  Here are some simple recipes.   Personally,  I love turmeric tea.

Oily skin: 1 mashed banana  + 1 T honey + few drops lemon juice

This homemade face mask works wonders on oily skin.  Another bonus is that these are 3 ingredients you probably have in your house.  DIY: mix the ingredients together, apply to your face, let sit for about 15 minutes, rinse, and moisturize.


homemade face mask recipe


Dry skin: handful of oats, 1 tsp coconut oil, 1 egg white

Weird, I know, but this easy to make face mask is a serious combatant to dry skin.  In addition to tightening and moisturizing, the texture from the oats provides great exfoliation.

Busy, but hungry morning: toast + (greek yogurt, cinnamon, blueberries) or + (avocado, sriracha)

There comes a morning for everybody when you have zero time but are #hangry.  Whether you overslept your alarm, or just plain don’t have time for breakfast, my go-to is 2 slices of toast with super quick toppings.  My favorite combos are avocado and sriracha (trumor has it, peanut butter added to this is amazing… have you tried that?  Let me know.) or a spread of greek yogurt sprinkled with cinnamon and blueberries.

Now, tell me! What is your go to product or trick for overall health and wellness?

If you are looking to make some changes this upcoming year, be sure to check out my 21 Day Power Up that walks you through how to conquer the most powerful mindset of your life and assist you in reaching yours goals.


PS. Did you catch the deal to receive  a free trial of OLLY Quick-Melt Probiotic Sticks? If so, click the photo below.

olly probiotic sticks on the go

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Healthy and Happy Back to School Tips

Healthy and Happy Back to School Tips

Healthy And Happy College Livin’

Winter break is coming to a close and back to school is quickly approaching.  If you are like me, and the millions of other students in the world you probably made some sort of  ‘live healthier’ ,  ‘get organized’, or other mental and physical health new years goal.   And, good news is that if you start off this next semester on the right track, you will reach those.  That is why I am here today, I want to share with you some of my best tips to help you stay healthy, happy, and focused as the next semester begins.

RELATED: CollegeFit ($2.50) recipes, workouts, and tips to help you successfully balance health and happiness in college

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How to stay healthy in college (& happy, too)!

Make a loose plan at the beginning of the semester.

As soon as you can, figure out when your big exams are and write them down.  Essentially, try to get a bigger picture of the semester ahead so you can plan and decrease the stress of last minute work.

healthy college tip 1


Prep those meals.

Whether it be at the beginning of the week or before each day, MEAL PREP.  Find what works for you and make it a habit.  You can check out CollegeFit for tons of college friendly recipes, and there are some more on my Instagram.  For me, I like to make overnight oats(recipe) before I go to bed the night before for breakfast.  Or, sometimes I’ll make a big egg souffle at the beginning of the week. And, in terms of lunches and dinners, I pick a new protein each week.  Then, I cook it up on the weekend and vary the flavorings and additions per day.

Life prep.

Start fresh each semester: get a nice planner, get some fresh notebooks, clean out your laptop, get some new pens and pencils.  And, do whatever else you need to do to enter this new semester with confidence and preperation.  One thing I love to do is set a few “new semester resolutions”.  For example, this semester I aim to sit closer to the front of the class, get to know my professors, and recap each lecture with a few bullet points right after each class.

Keep a clean space.

I know I sound like your mom right now, but keep your room clean, make your bed and keep you desk clear.  When you have a messy work space first off you waste time trying to find things and cleaning space to work at.  And second off, you are going to be less productive.  It’s very similar to the motto look good, play good.  You need to instill that “I got my shit together attitude” and then you will.

Turn that phone off.

Make a pact right now to turn your phone on silent and not look at it during class.  You will be surprised at how much more information you retain and how much easier finals studying is when you paid full attention during class.  PLUS, you have the rest of the day to use your phone.

no phone in class


Notebook > Laptop

Trust me, as a computer science major, I don’t like to say this, but when you hand write your notes instead of typing them, you will be more engaged and have a better grasp on the material.  In addition, you don’t have the ease of surfing other websites.

That’s all I have for you right now, but I plan to share more tip, recipes, and workouts this semester regularly to help you maintain the healthy and happy college living atmosphere with ease, so STAY TUNED.  Now, go clean your room, buy yourself some fresh new notebooks, and step into that first day of classes with confidence.



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