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I found a Fitness Center in the mountains!!

WOAH!

Just when I thought this road trip up to a small town in Julian couldn’t get any more awesome- I FOUND A FITNESS CENTER IN THE MOUNTAINS!

Julian is a tiny town in the mountains with a population of less then 1,000 people. Needless to say, I was impressed to see their dedication to fitness among such a small community.

My best friend Allie gladly snapped a Picture of Locket and I strutting our muscular poses in front of the fitness center haha. As you can see, Locket seemed more interested in lady bugs and daisies on the ground then treadmills.

If I can find a fitness center in the mountains, YOU can find a gym near you! No excuses, get your butt up and exercise today! If I had brought a pair of tennis shoes with me, you can BET YOUR BOTTOM DOLLAR that I would be kicking some butt on the bicycle in there.

Julian Fitness

… We also found a jail… just incase I tried to steal a shopping cart full of Apple Pecan salad dressing from my last post (They must have known I was coming Hahahah)

Jail fabulous

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Decoding Nutrition!

Decoding Nutrition!

This is an AWESOME little chart I found on Miramountlifestyle.com.
If you do nothing else productive today, take a good long look at this chart.
GET EDUCATED ON WHAT GOES IN YOUR BODY!

Those nutrition labels aren’t there to look pretty.

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Apple Pecan Dressing!

My Best Friend Allie, my puppy Locket and I decided to take a road trip up to Julian today!

If you’ve never been to Cali, Julian is a little tiny adorable town up in the mountains with the CUTEST little shops and restaurants. Upon our adventuring around the town, I almost peed my pants with excitement when we found an all natural section in their town store!

All natural dressings, tons of all natural flavors of home-made honey and jams jams jams galore!  I spent a good 10 minutes with my legs crossed, on the hard wood floor of that 50 year old market, looking through all the various flavors of dressing. From Blackberry Walnut, to Apple Pecan, to Poppyseed- I could have spent tons of money just on salad dressing. Unfortunately I like to keep my money right where I can see it (hanging in my closet), so I had to choose just one.

As you can see, I chose Apple Pecan dressing. I’m so glad I did because I can’t WAIT to get home and create a delicious salad to go along with it.

Apple Pecan Dressing Dressing

 

Trust me, you can absolutely look forward to TONS of Apple Pecan recipes coming your way soon!

 

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Marine Smoothie Explosion!!

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My boyfriend Bryan is in the Marines- and even with his busy schedule,  he still finds time to make smoothies! He texted me this picture of his all natural green smoothie that exploded all over everything, and I couldn’t help but laugh and put it on my health blog.

Don’t forget to close the lids on your blenders everyone!

Be inspired by Bryan’s incredible ability to find time for smoothie making throughout his 11 hour work days in the Marines.

If he can wake up at 5am everyday, and still have time to eat healthy, you can eat healthy too!

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Whole grain veggie flat-bread pizza!

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With the whole grain flat-bread dough, combined with all the delicious veggies on top; this is the perfect healthy go to pizza!

Since the dough isn’t thick, it cuts the calories. I made sure to add an array of my favorite pizza toppings too 🙂

Toppings:
Zucchini
Summer Squash
Sauteed Red peppers
Arugula with lemon vinegerette dressing
Mozerella cheese

YUM!
The flavors go together perfectly, and the flat bread literally melts in your mouth. Delicious summer dinner 🙂

*Note- to make this vegan, just use vegan cheese 🙂

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Dancing with Daddy <3

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My dad is one of my biggest heros. He used to be a ballroom dancing champion, and I get to come along with him when he goes out to dances 🙂

Dancing is a fabulous way to get in some extra exercise. Wether it’s a ballroom dancing class, a Zumba class (which is my love) or even a latin salsa dance- it’s all great cardio!

If you’re looking for something fun to do on a free afternoon, check your local studios for some awesome classes near you.

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Make goals- Plan ahead

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This was TOO awesome not to put on my health blog!

Take a second to sit down, turn your computer monitor off and silence your cell phone.

Write a list of 5 simple things that you can start implementing into your life RIGHT NOW that will make you proud a year from now. This is a great idea for beginners just getting started on their Fitspirational Journeys!

A few things on my list:

  1. Add ONE more serving of fruit to every day as a daily snack
  2. Complete 2-3 runs with my boyfriend by this time next year (Color Run CHECK!)
  3. Make 2-3 health blog posts every day
  4. Start going to bed earlier, ensuring at least 7-8 hours of sleep every night
  5. Make a “goal board” with 20 things I’d like to do in the next year. Cross things off as I do them!

Try it out 🙂 What’s on your list?

 

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OK… one of us is going to have to change!

OK CAN SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME WHERE I CAN GET A PAIR OF THESE LITTLE RUNNING SHOES FOR MY YORKIE LOCKET, BUT IN PINK?!?!!?

I might just die happy if 4 mini XXS pink running shoes showed up at my doorstep for Locket.

I love health & fitness almost as much as I love my yorkie… almost!

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If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian.

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“Eating ONE hamburger every day can increase the death rate by 1/3” – Graham Hill

Throughout my many awesome years of health blogging, not to mention my entire 24 years of lifelong vegetarianism; one of the most common questions I get asked is, “Brittany, why would you possibly bother being vegetarian?”

Here are my 3 answers to that question-

Animal Cruelty

Did you know we raise 10 BILLION animals each year for meat? Out of those 10 billion- a majority of them are raised in factory farm conditions that we wouldn’t even consider for our own cats, dogs etc. If you’d like to learn more about this- Google these 3 words: “animal factory cruelty”. Spend ONE minute on Google images, and I guarantee you’ll give vegetarianism another thought.

Environmental

Meat causes more emissions than all transportation combined. Cars, trains, planes, boats- you name it.

Beef production uses 100 times more water then most vegetables do.

Increase in Meat Consumption

We as a society are eating TWICE as much meat as we did in the 50’s. What used to be a small side dish, is now the main course.
With the traditional Western diet, the average American consumes about double the protein her or his body needs.

Additionally, the main source of protein comes from animal products which are high in fat and saturated fat.

 

Stand against animal cruelty, help the environment, allow your body to be healthier, and live a longer life; being vegetarian is AWESOME.

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Appreciate your fruit- fun vintage fruit fact!

Did you know, back in the day in New York; an ORANGE was a traditional Christmas gift?

Groceries haven’t always been stocked with delicious fruits and veggies as they are now. Oranges were grown in Florida, so it was a really big deal to get one if you lived out of state.

I think we forget how blessed we are to have constant access to nutritious natural foods. That being said, mom if you’re reading this- you better not put an orange in my stocking this Christmas!

however, you can bet I’ll be thanking God for every blessed bite into a juicy piece of fruit.

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P.s On a side note- only 5 months till Christmas!!! (I’m a Christmas fanatic)