My Eating Tip That Actually Works

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away”

One of the most common questions I get is about my diet. Y’all are interested in what I eat, when I eat it, etc… So! I am finally writing this blog post. I truly hope y’all enjoy it & find it informative!

Anyone who knows me knows how much I genuinely enjoy food. I LOVE to eat and tend to eat a lot… like, most people are surprised at how much I eat! Haha.

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To be honest I don’t really have a ‘diet.’ I am a huge proponent of listening to your body… Whenever I first think I am hungry, I make sure I am actually hungry. I do this by drinking a big glass of water and trying to wait a few minutes to see if I’m still “hungry.” Most of the times I am usually just thirsty or bored… But, if I am still hungry, I EAT!

I think something that makes my eating habits unique is that I do not snack. I eat two big meals a day and that is essentially it. I definitely get all my calories in like this!! So, for example, if I go out to eat for breakfast I will eat a large meal that will (hopefully) keep me full until dinner time (usually!)

My normal day looks something like this:

Wake up around 8, drink a big glass of water and coffee + creamer (I use regular Half & Half). Then I usually go workout (without eating). I LOVE fasted cardio. You feel so thin after! Haha.

Then I eat a really big lunch around 11-12. This usually holds me over until dinner when I eat at 5-6. Now, if I don’t eat dinner until 7:30-8, then I get extremely hangry & usually snack then (cold broccoli, pita+ hummus).

Whenever I write it out like this it seems like a follow an eating schedule… but it is actually just an incredibly natural way of eating for me. I tend to eat reallly big meals, which subsequently keeps me full for a super long time! This helps me unintentionally intermittent fast! Which, if you don’t know what it is basically a pattern of eating that cycles between a period of fasting and non-fasting during a defined period. The way it works is because when your body is digesting food (for about 3 hours after you eat) it is not able to burn fat because your insulin levels are very high + it is putting all it’s energy into digesting your food. This is called the fed state. What intermittent fasting does is keep your body in the fasting state longer to help you burn fat + keep muscle mass. The fasting state does not begin until twelve hours after your last meal. This is why normally we are never in the fasted state (think, you most likely eat at least every 8 hours). Now, I do not intentionally fast, this is just what I have noticed I do regularly over the past year and have recently started to do research on the benefits of intermittent fasting: it can help you live longer, increase concentration, help you lose weight, may reduce the risk of cancer, & simplify your life.

I usually fast from 8 pm until 12 pm the next day without eating which is a 16 hour fasting window! This allows my body to bring its glucose levels back to normal + start burning fat. I especially make sure to have a big window of fasting if I know I am going to be going out for dinner or eating a lot that night.

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I’m not saying this is for everyone, some people have to eat every couple hours for health reasons, but if you are trying to lose weight or just want a change with your diet, maybe give it a shot! If you do, let me know how it goes!

XOXO

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The Scoop: Pure Barre vs. Barre3

If you’ve been following me for a little while, you may know by now that I am a huge barre girl! I love the feeling of working hard, sweating, and doing a full body workout, without the high impact that can come with running, Orange Theory, etc. Now, I know a lot of people who’ve never taken a barre class scoff at it as not being hard or challenging… but, let me just say this, don’t knock it till you try it! I’ve heard NFL players say it’s the hardest thing they’ve ever done!

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For those of you that don’t know anything about barre, it is essentially a mix of elements including pilates, dance, and yoga. Every move is choreographed to high intensity motivating music! You do a lot of isometric movements, meaning you hold a position & contract your muscle, rather than moving your limb. Barre also incorporates a lot of resistance work to build and tone your muscles, rather than heavy weights (the heaviest weight they even offer is 5 lbs — this feels like 1000lbs at some points during class!!!)

So, the question I’ve been getting asked the most is: what is the difference between Pure Barre and Barre3? Let me start by first saying that every studio is different! They are all individually owned + operated so what I have experienced here in Fort Mill, SC may not hold true to wherever you live. But, I think this blog post will give a good breakdown of the similarities and differences!

Some of the obvious differences are that in Pure Barre you have to wear socks while in Barre3 they are optional. The floor in Pure Barre is carpet while Barre3 is hard linoleum.  Pure Barre has a more cozy and homey environment, while Barre3 is aesthetically more bright and airy. Barre3 also offers child care for all you momma’s out there! I know that is a huuge deal breaker for lots of women out there.

In terms of the people, the instructors are super friendly at both places. However, I will say, at Pure Barre you feel like a celebrity your first class; you get a full tour and instructional guide from the instructor. Whereas at Barre3 it’s more casual and less individualized. At Pure Barre, they take the time to learn everyone’s name and compliment or make individualized instruction all during class.  I miss this at Barre3, where it is more of a traditional group fitness class, where they don’t do much-individualized instruction. Barre3, at least at my specific studio seems to have a younger clientele, which I love since I am always the youngest in the class😂

Relating to choreography, I think Pure Barre is a lot more detailed. I could never teach a PB class, just because I am not very rhythmically gifted, but I think I could teach a Barre3 class. B3 uses more traditional exercise movements (eg. squats) that you perform over and over to make an impact on your physique.  Both classes work arms, legs, thighs, shoulders, back, abs… but, I think Pure Barre works your abs/lower back more; there is a longer dedicated period of time for abs. Whereas, in B3 you are supposed to be working your core during the entire class, by always flexing and sucking in your abs! Although this is hard to keep up the whole time 😉

One element that I love about B3 is that it incorporates more elements of yoga, such as relaxation, breathing, spiritual,  and mental focus.  It is amazing to have an hour of your day dedicated completely to re-centering yourself.

Pure Barre, in my opinion, definitely has better music. It is loud, motivating, and more popular well-known songs! Whereas B3 plays more instrumental music with strong beats.

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My first Pure Barre class was over 3 years ago and I remember being sooo sore. My first Barre3 workout was last week and I was also SO DARN SORE. Like, couldn’t sit down on the toilet sore lol. So, I think they are both an amazing workout! It really just depends on your preference for the instructors, the location, and your overall workout style that you prefer. For me, I like rotating to keep things different! Barre3 has been such a good change of pace and honestly, I am just excited to get back into more of a workout routine since graduating college!

I’m sorry if this was a bit rambly.. I just really wanted to give y’all the most information possible! Let me know if you’ve tried both B3 and PB and what you think of each! As always, if you have any questions, feel free to DM me or comment below!

XOXO

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All Time Favorite Sport Jacket

While I am so sad my vacation is over I am SO HAPPY to be getting back into my workout routine. I need to burn off all that ice cream I ate every night last week #weddingbod LOL. I am getting back into things today with a Barre3 class this afternoon and a little cardio before. Okay, so enough about me, let’s get on to this jacket…

So by now, y’all probably can tell that I LOVE a good deal and don’t like to spend a fortune on my clothing! Well, this jacket from Lululemon is a rare exception. It is worth all the pennies!

I splurged on this jacket last summer, after having my eye on it for many months. It is so comfortable, versatile & flattering! I have seriously never found a jacket that hugs in all the right places as much as this one. It enhances any pair of shorts or leggings and really completes an athleisure look. It is perfect to sport on your way to the gym, on a hike, or just running errands around town.

For sizing: Lululemon’s sizing is a bit different… I usually say go 4 sizes bigger than you are in regular clothes. (I am usually a 4, so I  wear an 8 in Lulu) buuut if you want a more snug fit, like this jacket is on me, size down. I am wearing a size 6 in this Define jacket.  I am wearing the “Spray Jacquard White Black” color. I know the sizing is confusing, so if you have any questions at all, feel free to DM me or comment below, I love to answer all of your questions! ALSO, comment below if you want me to post more workout clothes for y’all🖤🖤

XOXO