What does my week of food and exercise look like?

A few weeks ago, I decided to make a log my workouts and what I was eating to be more conscious of my patterns. I think it is healthy to be mindful about what we put in our bodies but also not to restrict ourselves to a “diet.” I am posting this so you can see what an average week is like for me, and so you can see I am not on a calorie restrictive diet, just a healthy one. And yes, there is a difference!

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A Simple Salad Flavor Change-Up

Yes, I love salad. But, I also need to change it up every now and then to keep my diet healthy, colorful, and also enjoyable. I took my classic salad recipe and made a quick flavor change-up by adding some refried beans, pico, guacamole, and a few corn chips. This meal was delicious and I hope this gives you some ideas for your healthy meals.

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True and I for the Gap Body Campaign!

This campaign was exceptional for me in more ways than one. I have been a curve model for fifteen years at this point, and you always hope to book, “big campaigns.” But, for most of the curve models who have been in the industry ten+ years, they know that it is only in the recent years that companies like Gap would use women like me as a model. The best part of the whole experience was that I wasn’t selected because I am a “model.” I was selected for the work I have done with Healthy is the new Skinny and creating Natural Model Management.

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Festival Ready with Simply Be UK

I had the best photoshoot with SimplyBe Uk to showcase these new festival styles, available now! This photoshoot was basically 100% me. I loved the whole vibe, the hippie-casual collection, the locations in Joshua Tree, Ca., and the kind and fun English crew! Here are some of the images of me and model, Emma Breschi from the shoot and some BTS!

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Utah State University Lecture Recap

Last week, I gave a lecture at Utah State University for mental health week and it was one of my favorite presentations so far. The students were extremely kind, engaging, and welcoming. I was thrilled to have men join us for this important conversation and to hear their feedback as well. Check out the recap here!

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Striped and Strapless, the Perfect Ruffle One-Piece Swimsuit

How do we battle the crazy photoshopped images we see on social media everyday? We post our real bodies. It is that simple. As I have been discovering some really beautiful swimwear for summer, I have also been leaving my body as is in the photos. Granted, I might smooth a bikini line (full disclosure,) the rest is what my body looks like. And guess what? This swimsuits still look amazing. I hope these posts help you shop for the summer from someone who might have a body type that is closer to your own.

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Syracuse University Recap

I am so grateful to have been asked to speak at Syracuse University! Be Well SU sponsored a lecture for 200 female students to attend. We laughed, we cried, and we made a plan to take action! I will have more information about what we came up with as a group shortly! Next up is Jacksonville State College.

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Happy International Women's Day

Happy International Women’s Day! I am speaking at four universities and colleges this month and I hope to reach as many young women as possible. It is in our best interest as a society to focus on protecting the adolescent female spirit and empowering what will become strong women.

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Show Me Your MuMu... You Got it!

I want to show you some of my favorite beach looks from my recent trip to Cabo! I have a love for swimwear and try to always keep an eye out for cute one-piece suits because I think they can be more difficult to find. Look no further…. This swimsuit is EVERYTHING! I saw it, gasped, and knew it was meant for me.

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My Day 1 of 90: Labor of Love Health Challenge

Today is day 1 of a 90 day health commitment and I am feeling scared. One thing I have learned about my feelings is that they aren’t always accurate. It is okay to feel them, but it is also okay to analyze them. Why am I scared to make this commitment? Well, I worry I won’t complete it, I will let myself down, and I will fail. At this time my conscious mind kicks in and ask: How can I fail if I am working to better my health and my life? I can’t!

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Tuscan White Bean Soup for the Soul

I went searching for a Tuscan bean recipe and found a few online that looked good! I then took the parts I liked and combined them into this beautiful and delicious recipe of my own! I used my vegetable slicer which perfectly cubed all the ingredients and made my life and this soup so much easier. Perfect for our traditional soup and salad lunches at the office.

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Zoodles in Thai Peanut Sauce

Sadly, I have a cold and have been living off my Quinoa and Cauliflower Taco Soup! Thank God I had leftovers in the fridge ready to go. As much as I love soup I was really craving something rich, warm, and cozy to make me feel a little better. These zoodles in Thai Peanut Sauce hit the spot and we are going to add this recipe to repeat list.

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Pesto Salad Pizza

Salad pizza? Yeah girl, and you are going to love it! For real, this is up there with one of my favorite recipes so far! It is perfect for family pizza night, a potluck with friends, or any other kind of gathering with food involved. It is as simple as it seems…. we are going to make our basil pesto first, then our pizza, our salad, and then we are going to put it all together for a party for your tastebuds!

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Mediterranean roasted Sweet Potatoes with Garlic Tahini Sauce

Any French Fry lovers in the house? These roasted potatoes aren’t fries, but they hit the spot with their crispy edges and soft middle. I added some dill, rosemary, garlic, and sea salt which was the perfect savory flavors for these sweet potatoes! I drizzled in a homemade Tahini sauce for a combo dreams are made of!

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Broccoli Pasta Salad Remix

When I made the broccoli pasta recipe, I decided to get creative and do a broccoli pasta remix! I am not afraid of carbs and love them in moderation! That being said, I tried to at least match my carb intake with veggies per meal. Instead of eating an entire bowl of just the pasta, I added some arugula, avocado, sunflower seeds, and a scoop of the broccoli pasta to make this delicious salad!

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Easy Broccoli Pasta Salad Recipe (Perfect for Toddlers)

My daughter True loves a broccoli pasta dish from California Chicken Cafe, a place we eat often. I decided to make a few adjustments to the recipe like adding carrots and micro shopping the broccoli, making it easier for True to eat and digest. This recipe is the perfect side dish for a family get together and compliments salads perfectly.

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