Let’s talk about first impressions. 7 years ago I piled into the back of a honda with my 3 best girlfriends and some random guy I’d never met before (don’t worry, someone in the car knew him–safety first ladies) and sang Katy Perry at the top of my incredibly tone deaf lungs all the way to froyo. 3 weeks later, random (but-to-be-clear-not-at-all-dangerous) male and I were hanging out at my apartment, post-tailgating, pre-football game, and he leaned in, and kissed me. When he pulled away I immediately said, and I quote “That was my first time.”
Raise your hand if you’ve ever done a 30 day challenge and rocked it. I mean you really crushed it. You quit sugar. You worked out like a boss. I’m talking move over Beyonce because girl SLAY. And then day 31 came and if someone were to make a meme of your morning it would say “went to the store to get almond milk…came home with 3 tubs of ice cream and a dozen Krispy Kreme.”
Hi, my name is Shannan and I'm a recovering sugar addict. (Hiiii Shannan.) No but really, welcome to the sugar addiction support group. So glad you're here. Side note: you're in seriously good company. Here's the thing about sugar addiction–it's not just in your head and you don't just "lack willpower."
Paleo! Vegan! Gluten-free! Ever feel like you start diets like Oprah gives away free things? You get a diet! You get a diet! You get a diet! ...like your food "rules" are really ruling you? Here's the thing. You're a grown-A, responsible human being who knows how to be in a committed relationship and still have a good time. Gone are the days of going through diets like flavors-of-the-week.
I once read an article about everything Jen Aniston puts in her morning smoothie and not gonna lie, I wanted to crawl back in bed just thinking about getting out all the ingredients. Making a smoothie can feel a tad overwhelming. What do I even put in it? Do I have to clean the blender by hand afterwards? Can my kids drink it, too? What started out as a good idea suddenly feels like a lot of work…aaand now I’m late. Sound familiar?
Running a 6-minute mile ✔️ Spelunking ✔️ Feeding yourself while caring for tiny people ✔️ No, but really. Whyyy is it so hard to find 3 solid minutes to sit and scarf down something edible? (Waiting for magical unicorns to solve this one for me.) If you fall into the "considering-cookies-for-breakfast" and "how is it already 6pm?!" camp...
What's my morning routine like? Well it starts at 4:30am. I wake up naturally, no alarm, meditate for a few minnn…oh wait, no, sorry I’M LYING. Usually I wake up around 6:15 to a tiny human in my face, sometimes covered in chocolate or treats from who knows where, and requests for chicken nuggets, hot wheel racers or something equally random and usually at least a little bit jarring.
I'm going to level with you. The first time I met a dietitian, the first words out of my mouth were, "What what's that? Ohhhh you mean you're a nutritionist.” The next question I asked? "So do you never eat chocolate then?" Literally laughing as I write this trying to picture myself giving up chocolate for my profession. Yeah NO. Here's the thing though....when most of us picture healthy we think of...
When it's hotter than 🔥🔥🔥 outside and you come across a recipe for iced matcha tea lattes from the ever-talented Lindsay of weeknightbite.com... you do the responsible thing and share that shiz because look.at.it. You're welcome.
I've talked to so many tired moms lately who've asked me in desperation "what's your secret?!" Getting your kids to love kale and get any reaction that's not a stank face to vegetables that aren't french fries is no easy feat, but it doesn't have to be rocket science. With a wee bit of patience and creativity, I'm here to tell you that mama, you've got this!
These easy DIY masks are the perfect cure to your skin blues. These simple face masks made with healing foods from around the kitchen will uncover your skin’s natural glow and leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed. With powerful antioxidants from superfoods like matcha and spirulina and natural rejuvenating oils from pantry favorites like avocado and olive oil, these easy DIY masks are the perfect cure to your skin blues.
In case you haven't heard, Starbucks and Marshawn Lynch teamed up to make a frappacino...and it's kinda awesome. Lynch named it "Beast Mode" after his nickname (of course he did) and he said, and I quote, "I’d drink this before a workout. You could get your buff on with this.” Anyways, it's a delicious drink for a good cause and you should definitely go try it. This is not it, of course, because the Beast Mode Frappacino is a registered trademark of Starbucks, but this is also a delicious drink, and if asked, I would definitely say "I'd drink this." hahahahahaha.
Ah, the elusive smoothie bowl. How we adore thee. From Instagram, on someone else's feed. But guess what? I'm here to tell you that hey! Smoothie bowls don't have to be a figment of your dreams. They're actually quite simple. Check out my fail-proof formula for the perfect smoothie bowl, below. Enjoy! xo.
You know that feeling when you never knew something existed, and then the minute you find out about it, you can't live without it? Meet coconut oil. Fairly certain coconut oil invented that feeling, just saying'. Meet coconut oil: the new beauty product you never knew you couldn't live without.
I'm a visual person. I love looking at beautiful things that inspire me. I like to think I've got pretty good taste--but I am definitely NOT a photographer. That's actually good news for you though, because it means if I can take pretty pictures for Instagram, so can you! This is a realllly simple tutorial (and yes, that is my baby crying in the background, my sister's wedding announcement on the fridge, and holy cow my top knot is falling over...)
1. There's something so satisfying about giving your body exactly what it needs, when it needs it. Our body's innately know to crave and intuitively eat foods with the right nutrients for us, but our modern lifestyles often take over and over time we start tuning that out. The best thing you can do is start with the basics and eat real, whole, unprocessed foods. When I'm cooking my focus is always on the vegetable and protein first, and then adding some healthy fats (like coconut oil or grass-fed butter) for flavor and to make a satisfying, wholesome meal.