Asia, Getting Lost (Travel), Uncategorized

What to do in Rishikesh, India

Often named “The World Capital of Yoga,” Rishikesh is a yoga-lovers haven set on a sloping hill overlooking the holy Ganges River. Most travelers stay in Rishikesh for month-long stints in order to complete their yoga certifications, but Rishikesh is a place that can be comfortably seen in just three days.
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Healthy Living, Healthy Recipes, Uncategorized

Fresh Lemon Ginger Tea

It’s that time of year again….the weather’s getting colder…and you’ve got a cold. Great. Colds always come at the most inconvenient times, right? Fortunately, some good rest and healthy eating can boost your immune system, but if you’re looking for some immediate relief of a sore throat, or trying to ward off an incoming cold, try this recipe for fresh lemon ginger tea. And if you’re just looking for a tasty tea, no worries, you’ve come to the right place. Continue reading “Fresh Lemon Ginger Tea”

Healthy Living, The Active Life, Travel Tips, Uncategorized

How to Travel and Exercise

You’ve done it before…more than once. You eye an ice cream shop while you’re walking the streets of a new town. You do some advance research and find numerous articles on the “10 best bakeries/donut shops/macaroon shops in ____.” These places all sound soooooo delicious. And why not try them all since you know you won’t have anything like them back home?? With this mindset (which I definitely share), how do you manage eating at all the fun cafes and restaurants while still trying to incorporate fitness into your travel routine? Not all hotels or hostels have gyms, so when you find yourself in a fitness-slump, here’s what to do… Continue reading “How to Travel and Exercise”

Healthy Living, Healthy Recipes, Uncategorized

How To Make Larabar Energy Bars

Both my sister and I share a love for cooking and baking…and experimenting. My sister has to be one of the most creative masterminds when it comes to figuring out what to do with (at times random) ingredients. Last week we decided to whip up some energy bars. We’re big Larabar fans, so we were looking to make a treat that had a similar taste and texture. Larabars are known for being healthy as well as having minimal ingredients – which is awesome. Some of the bars I’ve eaten have only had three ingredients. Seems kinda crazy when most packaged foods have 20+ ingredients (most of them being chemicals) ! So if you are looking for a super delicious raw energy bar, then keep on reading, because these bars are tried and tested, and pass the “super delicious raw energy bar” food test…if there is a test for that.  Continue reading “How To Make Larabar Energy Bars”

Body, Healthy Living, Uncategorized

Best Food and Body Uses For Coconut Oil

Pretty much one of the best ingredients on earth, coconut oil can do almost everything. Seriously. It’s amazing. Below I’ve shared my favorite uses for coconut oil (everything from food uses to body uses) and shared a few suggestions for what to look for in coconut oil and how to use it!
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Healthy Living

Protect Yo’self

Looking for sunscreens these days isn’t hard. But looking for natural sunscreens with limited chemicals can be harder- especially if you are trying to get as much product for your dollars as you can. Often, the more expensive “natural” sunscreens contain significantly less sunscreen than the cheaper, more-chemicals-added popular sunscreens. And when I say “natural,” these sunscreens may claim to be natural when they still contain harmful chemicals. Knowing ingredients and what added chemicals are harmful will be helpful in finding the right sunscreen. Recently I’ve been on the lookout for a more natural sunscreen that doesn’t break the college student’s bank account. While I haven’t found many natural/organic products at Walmart before, I came across this sunscreen brand called Hang Ten. Continue reading “Protect Yo’self”

Healthy Living, Wild Thoughts

The “Follow-Me-I-Don’t-Follow-Back” Social Media Age: Why A Media Disconnection is Necessary

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How many social media sites/apps are you on? Do you specifically make space on your phone just so that you can add the latest social app? After spending time on your social media account, such as Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or Snapchat, do you find yourself feeling angry and jealous rather than happy and positive? Does your follower count stress you out? Do you ration who you follow just so that you don’t have an uneven or “socially unacceptable” ratio of followers-to-following? How much time do you spend per day/week/month on your social media? Have you ever gone out with friends/family and been more involved with checking how many people have liked your latest picture or with making sure your Snapchat is updated so that your friends know you “have a life” rather than paying attention to the people right in front of you? When was the last time you visited your local nature center, or took a walk at the beach or park, or struck up a conversation with the person next to you at the grocery store? When was the last time you took a run without listening to music? Continue reading “The “Follow-Me-I-Don’t-Follow-Back” Social Media Age: Why A Media Disconnection is Necessary”

Healthy Living, The Active Life

Hot Yoga- My First Class and Some Tips for Beginners

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My amateur yogi abilities. I’m always remembering that practice makes perfect and to have fun as I increase my body’s potential.

Yesterday I participated in a hot yoga class for the first time. I was excited yet nervous. The fact that I would be attempting to do yoga in an approximately 100+ degree room was somewhat terrifying. What if I overheated and died? Yes, that was a valid question to me. What if the heat was too much for me and I could barely do the yoga poses? What if I looked stupid?
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Healthy Living, Healthy Recipes

Kale Salad

In an effort to whip up an appetizing and filling lunch before I needed to run some errands, I decided to use fresh ingredients I had at home instead of a prepared package meal. The following recipe is actually very easy to make and satisfies the hunger pains with many essential nutrients. The main ingredient, kale. is an extremely nutrient-packed vegetable- I’m going to write up an entire post just about the benefits of eating/drinking kale so look for it soon!

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Healthy Living, The Active Life

Running Safety

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Running outside is a great way to get some fresh air and clear your mind.

I have a love/hate relationship with running. I continually crave a good run and the effect it has to clear my mind and reduce stress. However, I’ll start running and once I get to a tiring point, I quickly proclaim to myself that I will never, ever run again. Yet, in a few days time I’m back with my running shoes tied and my mind ready to be cleared. The benefits of a good run just keep me coming back for more. Below I feature some tips on running safely outside such as in your neighborhood, city park, etc. so that you can keep yourself focused on improving your personal record.
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