Simple & Savvy Swaps
For Real Results
With my fast-paced lifestyle and work commitments, I’m constantly on the go. I am always working to find balance between diet, exercise and relationships, which helps me keep a positive and focused outlook. Here are a few tricks I’ve picked up along the way that I have found helpful and I think you will, too!
Swap Cinnamon in for Sugar
This delicious, low-calorie option can actually lower your blood sugar levels. Artificial sweeteners can also offer a calorie-free option but I try to go for the natural choice whenever possible. Next time you’re looking to sweeten your morning cup of coffee or tea (I also love it on my oatmeal), just remember that spice is nice!
Swap Frozen Fruit in for Frozen Dessert
Ice cream and frozen yogurt can tempt your sweet tooth but might also be a sugar and calorie bomb. It’s ok to give into your cravings from time to time but think about reaching for a handful frozen fruit instead. I let it sit out for about 10 mins before enjoying and it actually tastes like homemade sorbet. This guilt free swap is one of my faves, with no additives and only naturally occurring sugar but all the flavor and texture you desire.
Swap Planks in for Crunches
I don’t always have a lot of time to spend in the gym (and to be honest, that is not my favorite way to stay fit anyway). So, I make sure to employ focused exercises that get the job done quickly and effectively. When it comes to the ab game, traditional crunches and planks are both effective at targeting the abdominal muscles. Planks also activate muscles in the shoulders, glutes and legs – a much more targeted way to tone your body. Bonus points if you can hold it a minute or longer!
Swap An Exercise Ball in for the Office Chair
I have a pretty active life but like everyone, I have tasks that require me to be sedentary. A lot of us spend a large part of our work day sitting. For me, things like preparing for a role, researching topics for my blog or trying to keep up with my never-empty inbox, can leave me feeling like there isn’t enough time in the day to work in fitness. Try swapping your traditional chair with an exercise ball and watch the benefits roll in. It can improve balance, core strength, posture and spinal alignment. Or check out a standing desk option!
Swap Small Goals in for Big Milestones
Ambition is key to accomplishment but I’ve found the fastest way to lose steam and get derailed is when I try to tackle a big project or milestone all at once. Instead, break your big goal down into smaller, more achievable tasks. Not only will you be motivated to keep checking these tasks off your “to do” list but you’re also more likely to achieve steady progress long term without getting overwhelmed. Plan your work and work your plan – you’ve got this!
Swap Kindness in for Negative Thoughts
As you guys know, kindness is one of my guiding passions and I truly believe that even the smallest act of kindness can impact your day. Next time you find yourself slipping into a negative mindset, try complimenting a co-worker or holding the door open for a stranger and see how your mood changes.
Swap Color in for Bleak Shades
With summer just around the corner, it's time to liven things up with a punch of color. Did you know that studies show wearing color can actually boost your confidence and self-esteem? I find that infusing bright shades into my outfit gives me an instant mood upgrade, adding a bounce in my step that stays with me throughout the day. My fiancé Brooks loves when I wear color too so it's a win-win :)
Check out these cute pieces from my line!
Hover 2.0 Run Tank
With a unique typographic mesh detailing on the back
Prelude Signature capri
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A must-have cute cropped pullover sweatshirt
From Cinnamon To Kindness
I hope these simple swaps help motivate you to make small changes for big results on your journey to finding balance. Please read on to the next page in this E-Mag to learn how to create a variety of looks from single items from my new collection!
With Love, Light & Joy,