What I Eat in a Day

Okay this is one of my most requested blog posts. I love talking about my journey to a better and healthier me and I think this post is one of the best ways I can show you some of the things I have changed in my diet.

Start of the morning- I usually go on a run in the morning therefore when I get home I start my day with my vitamins.

I take:

A women’s daily vitamin– if you do not take a women’s daily vitamin or a men’s daily vitamin you really need to consider it. Our bodies cannot possibly get the nutrients they need from just what we eat unless you have a super versatile diet.

Probiotic- Probiotics are super important for a healthy gut. I did not know this until about a month ago and it is a complete game changer for myself. I already feel less bloated and less anxious (It is supposedly supposed to help with anxiety).

Biotin- for healthy hair, skin, nails.

Vitamin B-12 (If you are new here, I have hypothyroidism and it is super common to have a vitamin B-12 deficiency with this thyroid condition)

Thyroid Plus- I take this on top of my Synthroid for my thyroid condition and it seems to help a lot.

Capricylic Acid- for a healthy microbiome. Not really sure what this exactly means but my Dr. recommended this because he believes in gut health and I had a test done that showed a lot of unhealthy bacteria in my gut.

*You can shop everything I use by pushing on the products below*

Next, I will have a cup of espresso with 1/2 a cup of almond milk. This is the exact espresso machine I have and it is super affordable and has been a game changer in my morning coffee routine. I usually do 2 shots of espresso using the Starbucks Blonde coffee grains or the Starbucks Espresso roast grains and then I do 1/2 cup of unsweetened almond milk with 2 stevia. Sometimes, I have two coffees if I am feeling extra tired. I also treat myself to whipped cream on top somedays.

After this I try not to eat till 11 am or 12 pm. I follow the under 50 calories rule not counting my vitamins. I know, I know technically this is not intermittent fasting but I do a modified version that works for myself and for my body which in the end I think is all that matters. At 11 or 12 I start my meals by having a scoop of collagen with my daily greens supplement mixed in water with lemon juice. I use the greens from ItWorks. I necessarily do not agree with all of their products but their berry flavored green powder is super good and seems to have pretty good ingredients. Next, I take a tablespoon of coconut oil for gut health and a half of a cup of bone broth for gut health as well. It is recommended to take 3-4 cups of bone broth a day but I prefer 1/2 a cup and it seems to help myself. I recommend trying a little at a time and working up till you feel better.

To start off the day, I usually have one or two of these, I prefer smaller meals so I can snack throughout the day:

  • A vegan protein shake with frozen/fresh berries. I usually use this vegan protein or the Arbonne vanilla vegan protein. I personally prefer the Arbonne one for its flavor but it is a little more costly. I use a ninja blender and add the frozen berries usually 1/2 a cup, 1/2 a cup of fresh berries, a handful of ice, the protein mix, and I blend it this way. If it is a little too thick, I’ll add a splash of unsweetened almond milk but personally I prefer my shakes thick like a smoothie bowl. I then add flax seeds and chia seeds on top. If I have granola, I will put that on top too.
  • Oatmeal with fresh berries, bananas, peanut butter, chia seeds, and flax seeds.
  • Salad with grilled chicken (This sounds blah but I actually LOVE salad so this is one of my fave meals with avocado, tomatoes, and homemade ranch dressing)
  • Vegan Chicken with Cauliflower tots with ketchup. This is a great way to get your veggies in without feeling like you are eating healthy. The tots taste just like tater tots!
  • Bagel with lox salmon and cream cheese (I try to stay away from a ton of gluten but I will have this every once in a while)
  • Homemade Acai Bowl with granola, honey, and fresh fruit and granola on top.

Snacks-

  • I LOVE LOVE LOVE these crispbreads. They are super high in fiber and they taste amazing with avocado spread on top with tomatoes and onion slices.
  • Banana with peanut butter or almond butter (This is my absolute fave).
  • Prunes- I LOVE dried fruit and the fiber in this type of food is amazing.
  • Non-fat Greek Yogurt sweetened with stevia with granola, peanut butter/almond butter, and fruit.
  • Fruit with whipped cream.

Dinner-

I usually try to save most my calories for dinner only because I prefer to enjoy eating with Jarrett and not really feeling like I’m overeating if we have a spontaneous night out or a spontaneous ice cream run. Dinner is usually always different. I always try to make sure if I have a carb like potatoes that I pair it with a vegetable or salad. I try to eat my veggies or salad first as well that way I do not fill up on potatoes and then not eat my veggies.

  • NY strip steak with half of a baked potato with cheese and steamed/sautéed zucchini and yellow squash with tomatoes added. Sometimes, I’ll make a small salad with this as well.
  • Grilled Chicken with small gold potatoes and broccoli
  • Breakfast Casserole
  • Tacos (I usually do not eat tortillas because they are so heavy on my stomach so what I do is I get homemade corn tortilla chips from Albertsons grocery store and make taco nachos or make a taco salad)
  • Lemon Pepper Chicken with sweet potato fries and a salad

If we are out to eat I usually try to go for something grilled. I love Chili’s and Applebees because they have the calories listed which is super important even if you aren’t trying to lose weight. Most Americans over eat and next time you go to a restaurant and look at the calories you can definitely see that the portions are WAY too much. I have so many friends that talk about their experiences overseas and how their portions are so much smaller there. Therefore, if I want a burger and fries or something a little more caloric dense I usually try to half it as soon as it gets to the table. Don’t make it a big deal, just ask for a to go box right away and put half in it and you will be less tempted to over eat. To my surprise, I’m usually full after eating just half and it also causes me to eat slower as there isn’t as much there. I love doing this because it makes me realize that sometimes I just eat to eat because it is there and I’m not really hungry. I also sometimes eat so fast that I do not give my body time to realize what I am doing. Therefore, slowing down and cutting portions is very important.

Dessert-

I love sweets so I usually try to always save room for dessert.

  • Half of a small mini bagel toasted and then I spread on peanut butter blended with honey and broil it in the oven with marsh-mellows on top until they are slightly golden/brown.
  • 1/2 cup or 1 cup of Halo Top ice cream. I do not like chocolate at all so I usually go for flavors like vanilla bean or birthday cake. I usually top it with whipped cream because I love the texture this adds.
  • Sorbet ice cream because its dairy free and lighter on my stomach in my opinion.
  • Yogurt with stevia and fruit.
  • Fruit with whipped cream.

Jarrett hates my sweet tooth, he says I have ruined milkshakes for him because I used to ask for one everyday. “Used to” as in, we decided last week that we are just going to make a certain day out of the week to go so I don’t ask for one the rest of the week. lol.

I truly think everything is about balance. Before Jarrett got home I was super strict on myself and only allowed myself 1-2 cheat meals in week periods but now that he is home I am following the 80/20 rule, eating more, and to my surprise I feel 10x better and my energy seems to be up but that also could because I am just happy to have my husband home lol. However, I am not the most perfect human being at eating clean. Last night, I had 4 slices of pizza. In my defense they were small slices but it is truly about balance. I had a side salad first that way I wasn’t super hungry when the pizza came. J and I split the pizza and it got rid of my pizza cravings while not over indulging or binging later on if I would have told myself I couldn’t have it.

I use MyFitness Pal to track my calories as well. If you have a smart phone, you can download it for free on the app store. I love using this app and I have it connected to my apple watch for when I workout so it adds back the calories I can eat from what I burned and believe me if your not working out to eat more, you are doing it wrong lol. I love this app because it customizes your calorie goals to what you want to accomplish and it gives you recommendations when they think your goals are too much or things like that.

From putting in my goals on MyFitness Pal, it told me for my current weight and height, I should take in about 1360 calories a day. However, since I run in the morning, it usually tells me on the app that I can have 100-200 calories more. Therefore, I end up eating about 1500 calories a day. This is customized to my current weight and height and depending on your height and current weight and your goals, the app can help customize what you need to take in, in a day.

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22 things you might not know about me…

In honor of my 22nd birthday, I am telling you 22 things you might not know about me…

  1. I absolutely hate chocolate and cake.
  2. I have pretty bad anxiety.
  3. One of my pupils is always bigger than the other.
  4. I LOVE to run.
  5. I met the love of my life in the 7th grade.
  6. I got married 10 days before my 18th birthday.
  7. I have a thyroid disorder.
  8. I love to dress cute, but I also enjoy being in an XL tee with a pair of nike shorts.
  9. I have never watched the whole movie of Forrest Gump.
  10. My favorite movie is Sweet Home Alabama.
  11. I have struggled with confidence and self love.
  12. I believe in God and Jesus Christ.
  13. I love the outdoors but I hate the bugs.
  14. I would rather choose to sit indoors when I eat instead of outside.
  15. I love to eat tomatoes with ketchup.
  16. I used to drink ranch as a kid and I’m pretty sure I still would if it was socially acceptable..kidding (kinda).
  17. I never eat fries without ranch.
  18. I can spell Massachusetts without even thinking about it because my school made me learn how to spell all the states in like 3rd grade and I recited it so much it is stuck forever.
  19. I love to go to the beach, however, my favorite part is getting cute and going out to eat that night.
  20. I LOVE math. Math is by far my favorite subject.
  21. I have been sky diving.
  22. I hate noodles that are hot, I will only eat cold pasta. Ex. Pasta salad.

All of my outfits include a clothing item from Chicwish and is linked under each individual photo. Chicwish is one of my favorite clothing boutiques by far and I am never disappointed with what I get. The quality is amazing and the fit is always perfect. I am wearing a size small in everything. I have read multiple reviews to size up in their clothing but I have never had to do that. I would stick to your true size.

This blog post is sponsored by Chicwish but opinions are 100% my own.

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Sale Sale Sale. Is that your favorite word? Mine too.

If you have never heard of the Nordstrom anniversary sale, you are missing out. This is a sale like no other. Instead of discounting last year items like most stores do for their half yearly sales. Nordstrom discounts their NEW fall items!! What?? Yes these are all THIS YEAR items on sale. You will see these pieces on your favorite bloggers this Fall and I want you to be the first of your friends to have these pieces. After August 5th, what isn’t sold out or when the items are restocked, the items go back up to original pricing.

This is one sale you aren’t going to want to miss. It’s one of the biggest sales of the year. It ends August 5th but I promise your favorite pieces will sale out before then.

To shop early, you can apply for the Nordstrom Credit Card. Card Holders get early access on July 12th which is the person you wanna be. You can apply here and get instant approval and your card will be linked to your account to start shopping tomorrow. Everyone else has to wait till July 15th. I waited last year and my fave pieces sold out so fast. I literally only got 2 of the pieces I wanted. One of the items I only got because the nice lady at Nordstrom in Dallas called every Nordstrom that said they had a small left in the top I wanted. Only 4 stores showed they had it, and 3 of the stores said it already sold out before we called. I ended up with a color I didn’t even really like.. Moral of the story, get the dang credit card and pay it off lol. Plus, you get $40 in Nordstrom Cash to spend on your next purchase after your first purchase. Chachingggg! Deals on deals.

Free People Jeans– One of my favorite pair of jeans. I wear a 25 or 26 in these. They are $51.90 After the sale they will be $78.

Lace Leopard Camisole– This BP lace trim camisole is on my MUST have list. I am getting a size small. Sale price is $25.90. After the sale, it will go up to $39.

BLANKNYC suede skirt– This skirt is a Fall must have. I am obsessed. I have one similar from the same brand and I wore it over and over last Fall. The sale price is $64.90 and will go up to $98 after the sale.

Green Cardigan– This cardigan is one of my favess. It is on sale for $45.90 and will go up to $69.

Black Hat– Okay, this will be a Fall staple piece. It is on sale for $58.90 and will go up to $88. HOLY MOLY COME TO MAMA.

Color block cardigan– Madewell is one of my favorite brands. This sweater is on sale for $64.90 and will go up to $98.

Green Sweater– The perfect piece for any outfit. Ordering a size small. On sale for $45.90 and will go up to $69.

Jeans– These jeans will be on me all Fall. Originally $169 and on sale for $112.90! One thing I’m good with spending good money on is a good pair of jeans.

Hat with snakeskin trim– This is one of the cutest pieces for Fall. Originally $59 and on sale for $38.90!

Leopard sneakers– I think these are by far the cutest shoes. A good pair of shoes is worth the $$.

Suede boots– Vince Camuto is my mom’s favorite brand and I can see why! Originally $239.95 and on sale for $159.90.

Leopard Cardigan– I love BP. They always have the cutest items and the best quality. It will be on sale for $45.90 and will go up to $69.

Tory Burch bag– Okay, I have never seen a Tory Burch bag on sale like this. Originally $528 and on sale for $352.90.

Suede Booties– On sale for $99.90 and will go back up to $149.95. My mom’s favorite brand again, Vince Camuto.

Tory Burch Pink Sandals– I NEED these in my life. Originally $228 and on sale for $149.90. I am obsessed.

Jeans– These jeans will be on me all Fall. Originally $169 and on sale for $112.90! One thing I’m good with spending money on is a good pair of jeans.

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Southern Charm x Sierra

Have you ever had that exciting feeling of getting something in the mail and instantly loving it as soon as you open it? That is exactly how I felt getting this package in the mail from Southern Charm Clothing. They have the absolute cutest EVERYTHING. No for real, I do not think I could love a boutique more.

I have never had a boutique collaboration lead to a FaceTime with me. Y’all this was so personal and made me fall in love with the boutique and our partnership 10 x more. They even gave me a background on the store which I LOVED. A couple owns it together and they believe in “building relationships” which was so awesome to hear from the start of us working together. So many times we get lost in the crowd or just do things for our own benefit, and from the start this company made me feel like I was apart of something more. If that isn’t a reason to shop their boutique, then I don’t know what is. I would shop here just because of the customer service, the attitudes, and the hospitality this place has to offer. Message them and see how amazing their staff is!

What makes it even more special is that they are located in the South! So therefore, how could I not love it?? They have the cutest items including this shop buddy love dress that I’m wearing in the first photo, to a casual outfit with denim shorts or a dressier figure flattering dress you could totally dress up or down.

*I am wearing a small in everything and couldn’t be more happier with the fit. The denim shorts are a size 26.*

I paired everything with these wedges and they fit TTS!

You can use code SIERRA20 for 20% off at checkout https://www.southerncharmclothing.com

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MAGNOLIA BOUTIQUE CUTE SUMMER FINDS

Hello Ladies! Have you heard of Magnolia Boutique? It is the cutest little boutique and I am obsessing over these two outfits from them. One is a romper and one is a dress and I'm equally obsessed with both of them. I am wearing a small in both and they both fit great for reference.

The dress is super flattering for all body types. It has a loose fit and a flowy fit that makes it very comfortable and breezy for the New Mexico heat. You will catch me in this dress 24/7 this summer.

The romper is super soft and actually has tiny white polka dots that I did not notice when I picked it out, however, it made me love it so much more. Polka dots are huge for summer and are definitely one of the top trends I have seen. The material is super soft and makes you feel like you are wearing PJs. Another win in my book.

You can shop both of them with the links below. I cannot wait to  see you guys rocking these cute outfits.

 

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This post is sponsored by Magnolia Boutique but opinions are 100% my own.

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