Chelsea Crockett

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How to Stay Healthy in College

Sometimes the combination of classes, homework, meetings, jobs, and maintaining a social life can have college students, like myself, forgetting about maintaining a healthy lifestyle. It is hard to find…

Sometimes the combination of classes, homework, meetings, jobs, and maintaining a social life can have college students, like myself, forgetting about maintaining a healthy lifestyle. It is hard to find the time! Developing healthy habits makes it easier for college students to stay healthy both now and in the future. Getting sick just slows us down and makes it harder to keep up with everything! These tips don’t take much time or even much mental energy, so working them into your life isn’t a hassle. Here are the top 4 ways to stay healthy in college.

  1. Drink lots of water. This might be the easiest way to stay healthy. Staying hydrated helps your concentration and keeps you from overeating. It also helps give you more energy! Keep a bottle of water in your backpack at all times.
  2. College students tend to run themselves ragged. I can vouch for that. Stress can cause so many problems with your health, so making time to de-stress (even if it is just watching one episode of a tv show or reading a chapter of a book for fun) gives your mind and body a break from the stress.
  3. Get some sleep. I know “yolo” is a thing, and you want to do everything you possibly can and live life to the fullest, but that isn’t always healthy! Pulling all-nighters to study because you put it off, or hanging out with friends until the wee hours of the morning leads to sleep deprivation. Sleep deprivation leads to headaches, reduced brain function, weight gain, and even sickness. Try and take short naps or get to bed on time as many days as possible.
  4. Wash your hands. Sickness is passed so quickly on college campuses, and washing your hands can be a savior when you can’t afford to miss class because you came down with something. It is such an easy way to prevent tons of illnesses.

Life is better when you show your body some kindness!

XOXO, Chels

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Unhealthy Habits to Cut Out Of Your Life

Many of us are constantly striving to improve our overall well-being. That means cutting out certain bad habits that are keeping you down and setting you back from your goals….

Many of us are constantly striving to improve our overall well-being. That means cutting out certain bad habits that are keeping you down and setting you back from your goals. Here are some things that I am cutting out of my life to stay healthy- both mentally and physically.

  1. Workouts I hate: Not everyone likes certain exercises. A lot of people hate crossfit, and a lot of people love it! Forcing yourself to do workouts/exercises that you dislike discourages you from working out. There are so many ways to exercise out there. Try running. Don’t like running? Try bootcamp classes. Don’t like bootcamp? Keep trying things until you find something you like. You will be much more motivated to stick with it.
  2. Negative self-talk: Stop being mean to yourself and realize that you are enough! You are strong, and you are capable. Start complimenting yourself and celebrating who you are.
  3. Stress: A little stress is healthy, it keeps us accountable and helps us accomplish our goals. But too much stress can compromise our health by causing weight gain, skin problems, physical pain etc. Manage your stress in healthy ways like exercising, having “quiet time”, and taking time to hang out with friends.
  4. Perfectionism: Setting goals is great, but striving for perfectionism is unhealthy. Focus your energy on progress, not perfection!

XOXO, Chels

 

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Tips to Keep Winter Weight Off

Ladies, have you ever heard people say that losing weight is hard, but keeping it off is half the battle? It is so true. Losing weight takes work, and once…

Ladies, have you ever heard people say that losing weight is hard, but keeping it off is half the battle? It is so true. Losing weight takes work, and once you’ve got those pounds off you feel amazing! But, life happens, you get busy (and maybe lazy) and the weight starts creeping back. This is especially true when the cold weather comes and all we want to do is be cozy in our jammies on the couch. Here are 5 tips on how to maintain a healthy weight.

  1. Even a few minutes of exercise makes all the difference: Even if you can only get 15 minutes of exercise in, it is better than nothing. I get it, life is busy! But if I can squeeze in a few minutes of exercise, like jumping jacks and sit-ups while I watch TV, I am still getting my heart rate up and my body moving.
  2. Follow through: If you plan to work out, actually do it! You will feel accomplished and proud of yourself.
  3. Mix things up: I can get stuck in the same exercise routine, and I find myself dreading working out because it is boring. To prevent this, mix up your exercise tactics! Do yoga one day, run the next, and maybe try some Zumba! Keeps things interesting.
  4. Think positive: When you think about working out, or about skipping a workout, focus on how great you will feel afterwards. You know that great tired feeling you get in your muscles and the endorphin high you feel? Focus on that. It will motivate you to get your booty to the gym or out on the trail!
  5. Work out, even when you’re sore: That doesn’t mean go out and run ten miles. It means take a nice walk or do some yoga to work the lactic acid out of your muscles and stretch you out. It will help your muscles recover!

Maintaining your ideal weight isn’t a walk in the park, and it takes work, but you can totally do it, and you will feel so good about yourself!

XOXO, Chels

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How to Feel Awake After a Bad Night’s Sleep

We have all had those nights when we feel like we toss and turn all night and wake up feeling like we never actually fell asleep. There is nothing worse…

We have all had those nights when we feel like we toss and turn all night and wake up feeling like we never actually fell asleep. There is nothing worse than waking up feeling exhausted! I have a feeling I am going to find myself having nights with little sleep during my college career, so I went on a search for ways to recover from a bad night’s sleep or from little sleep. Here are 4 of the best ways to feel more energized and awake after a rough night’s sleep. Just because you slept bad doesn’t mean you have to feel miserable!

  1. Watch out for caffeine: A cup of coffee in the morning is just fine, but try to avoid caffeine in the afternoon. If you drink anything with caffeine in it within 4 hours of bed time it can mess up your sleep.
  2. Drink plenty of H2O: Bad sleep leads to dehydration because you are up longer and are using up your body’s natural reserves. Being dehydrated can lead to you feeling even MORE tired, so keep water handy and drink up.
  3. Get some Vitamin D and take a walk: Getting 15 minutes of sunlight in the a.m. helps reset your body clock and increases your body’s levels of serotonin, which increases your mood and energy! Also, getting a quick walk in will help you reduce your fatigue and wake your body up.
  4. Take a cold shower: This doesn’t sound appealing to me at all! But, cold showers can give you a jolt of energy because the splash of cold increases your breathing and oxygen intake, which increases your heart rate and blood flow, which energizes you!

I know these tips will come in handy the next 4 years of college.

XOXO, Chels

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4 Ways You May Be Slowing Down Your Metabolism

I often hear people say “Man, I wish I had a better metabolism and could eat anything I wanted.” It is true, a fast metabolism is something that a lot…

I often hear people say “Man, I wish I had a better metabolism and could eat anything I wanted.” It is true, a fast metabolism is something that a lot of us wish for. Luckily, it can be achieved! There are a lot of things you do every day unknowingly that are driving your metabolism down, so it is important to drop these habits if you want to improve your metabolism. As we get older our metabolism naturally slows, so it is really important to keep these things in mind!

  1. Sitting all day: When you sit all day it causes your body to turn off at the metabolic level as your circulation slows. Your fat burning enzymes turn off and your blood sugar is used less. Try getting up and walking every hour or so to wake your circulation up. I know this can be hard, being in school or work all day, but walking to class can help wake that circulation up.
  2. Not getting enough snooze time: Not getting enough sleep can cause our metabolism to slow down to conserve energy. Sleep deprivation also increases our cortisol levels, which lowers the hormones that are used to metabolize nutrients.
  3. Drinking too little H2O: Water isn’t the most fun drink to guzzle (I mean, Dr. Pepper tastes pretty much 10x better), but it is the best thing for you. It can speed your metabolism up almost 30% after you drink some down!
  4. Eating at bad times: Your body has a natural rhythm that goes with your sleep and wake cycle, and it has a hard time digesting food at night. People who eat later at night burn less calories than those who eat earlier in the evening, studies prove it! Also, eating light meals during the day and then a big meal at night is not smart.

Staying away from these metabolism-slowing habits helps you kick your calorie-burning power into gear, but you still need to eat healthy and exercise to be as healthy as you can be.

XOXO, Chels

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Exercises That Burn More Calories Than Running

Running is a great way to lose fat and shed pounds! But, not all of us love pounding the pavement. Running can seem like a daunting task, and we can…

Running is a great way to lose fat and shed pounds! But, not all of us love pounding the pavement. Running can seem like a daunting task, and we can definitely dread it. Not everyone was born to be a runner! If you have been trying to shed some pounds but dislike running, then you will want to hear about these next exercises that burn more fat than running.

  1. Jumping jacks: Doing jumping jacks will help burn fat because you are forcing your body to use multiple muscles at once. Increased heart rate + using multiple muscles at the same time = a recipe for fat loss.
  2. Stair climber: This is one of my favorite machines at the gym. This gives you an amazing leg workout and is easier on your joints than running. This machine can give you the same muscle benefits that running can without stressing your joints as much.
  3. Swimming: Swimming may be one of the best forms of cardio there is. You are working muscles all over your body! Because swimming causes you to use so much energy, it is great for burning fat.

Next time you find yourself dreading your run, remember that there are other ways to burn fat! You can get in some great cardio by doing the exercises listed above.

XOXO, Chels

 

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Flat Abs Do’s and Don’ts

The road to flat abs is not an easy one. Sometimes it can feel like you are getting nowhere yet you are trying so hard! Don’t give up, keep the…

The road to flat abs is not an easy one. Sometimes it can feel like you are getting nowhere yet you are trying so hard! Don’t give up, keep the faith and keep going! Here are 3 things to do daily that get rid of belly bloat and sculpt your core to help you on the road to flat abs this summer.

  1. Workout in the A.M.: Starting the day with an ab workout that targets your core muscles helps kick start your metabolism and tones your tummy for the day to come. If you are planning a day on the beach or something tighter fitting, doing an ab workout in the morning can tighten your ab muscles and act like a corset, helping define your waist.
  2. Eat some breakfast: Eating breakfast is key to flat abs. Your first meal of the day kicks your metabolism into gear and prevents you from making bad morning snack decisions (AKA donuts. Mmmmmm.) Eating dairy or salty fatty foods for breakfast can cause bloating, so avoid them if you want a tight tummy! Also, to shrink your tummy and prevent bloating, eat oatmeal.
  3. Bump up your cardio: All exercise is good exercise, but when it comes to shrinking your tummy, interval workouts are the best! High-intensity workouts burn calories the fastest. Try a treadmill interval workout or a sprinting workout to mix things up.

Say hello to summer with these daily flat ab “do’s”!

XOXO, Chels

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Good Carbs Vs. Bad Carbs

When you think of carbs do you automatically think “BAD! DON’T EAT THEM!” If so, then you are not alone. Until recently, I thought all carbs were bad. You will…

When you think of carbs do you automatically think “BAD! DON’T EAT THEM!” If so, then you are not alone. Until recently, I thought all carbs were bad. You will hear diets talk about cutting out carbs or eating less of them. There is actually such a thing as good carbs! Here is a list of good carbs and bad carbs to help you know which are OK to eat and which you should avoid.

Good:

  • Fresh fruits, fresh veggies, beans, peas, whole grains, brown rice, quinoa, pure oats, chia seeds, sunflower seeds, sweet potatoes, potatoes, walnuts, peanuts, almonds.
  • Why are these good? They are high in fiber, they have natural sugars, low insulin levels, they slow digestion, give you energy, keep you full longer, and help with weight loss.

Bad:

  • Fruit juices, soda, cookies, pasteries, cakes, white bread, white crackers, pasta, chocolate and candy, ice cream, frozen yogurt, potato chips, french fries.
  • Why are these bad? The are refined and processed foods, low fiber, they make you hungry faster, have added sugars, high insulin levels, these carbs convert into fat cells, and cause weight gain.

How come so many of the foods on the bad carbs list are my favorite foods?! This list shows us the foods we should be eating and the foods we should be eating in moderation. Just because a food is on the bad carb list doesn’t mean we can’t have it every once in a while! It just means you need to eat more of the good than the bad. 😊 I am going to try to eat more of the good, and less of the bad. Will you join me?

XOXO, Chels

 

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How Long to Wait to Workout After Eating

What and how you eat during the day can make a huge difference in your workout performance. Fueling your body the wrong way can hinder your performance, but also eating…

What and how you eat during the day can make a huge difference in your workout performance. Fueling your body the wrong way can hinder your performance, but also eating too much before exercise can interfere with your workout goals.

When it comes to eating before exercise, timing is everything. No matter the time of day that you exercise, you need to make sure to plan your workout two to 3 hours after your meal. Too much food before a workout will make you feel sluggish and can lead to stomach aches and
digestion problems. Most experts agree that you should eat a small snack about an hour before you workout to fuel your body, such as a little carbs and a little protein. Even if you workout first thing in the morning, eat a small piece of fruit to fuel your body with the nutrients your workout needs.

Exercising can make you feel energized and healthy, but first you have to fuel your body right!

XOXO, Chels

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Don’t Do These Things Before Working Out

When I work out, I want to get the most out of it. I am a busy gal, much like all of you, and the little time I have to…

When I work out, I want to get the most out of it. I am a busy gal, much like all of you, and the little time I have to work out has to be maximized! There are a few things that can limit the effectiveness/how much you get out of your workout, and most of them are done even before you start your exercise routine! Here are 4 things to NEVER do before you work out.

  1. Chug a lot of water at once: Drinking a glass of water before a
    workout is no biggie, it can actually help fuel your run or workout routine! But drinking a lot of water before you hit the gym can actually cause you feel really full and prevent you from having a good workout.water-bottle-fluoride-400x400
  2. Stress out: When yourbody is under stress, it releases a hormone that is a “muscle killer.” It tells your body to store fat, and it breaks down your muscle tissue. So, when you are prepping for a workout, try to leave stress at the door.
  3. Drink a cuppa Joe: It goes with the tip above. Caffeine in coffee can lead to higher levels of stress hormones in your body, which we mentioned above is not good. It can also cause dehydration and rapid heartbeat!
  4. Workout hungry: Not good! Food is fuel, and before you burn calories you actually need to intake some! Now, this doesn’t mean have a heavy meal, a banana or a bowl of cereal is always a good pre-workout snack.

If you want to maximize your workout don’t do these 4 things!

XOXO, Chels

 

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What to Eat for Breakfast to Shed Pounds

Was one of your New Year’s Resolutions to drop a few pounds? If so, then you need to know that you can use your breakfast as a tool to lose…

Was one of your New Year’s Resolutions to drop a few pounds? If so, then you need to know that you can use your breakfast as a tool to lose weight! Here is the perfect breakfast equation to help you start seeing results.

  1. Calories: Aim to consume about 300-350 calories at breakfast.
  2. Carbs: Your breakfast should be 45-50% carbs. Skip sugary foods or foods with enriched white flour, and choose whole grains, fruits, and veggies.DSC_4737
  3. Protein: 15-20% of your breakfast calorie intake should be protein. Getting protein at breakfast is key to keeping you satisfied throughout the morning. Eggs, dairy products, soy milk, protein powder in smoothies, and nuts and seeds are great sources of protein.
  4. Fats: Your breakfast should be about 10-15 grams of fat. This doesn’t mean bacon or cheese, it means nuts and seeds, avocado, and nut butter like peanut or almond butter!
  5. Fiber: ¼ of your daily fiber intake should be in the morning. Berries, apples, pears, greens, and other veggies, nuts and whole grains can help you get to your goals.
  6. Sugars: Use sweeteners like maple syrup, agave and honey in your breakfasts to avoid overdoing the sugar. Also, if you are eating fruits in the morning, they have natural sugars in them.

Isn’t it cool that one way to lose weight is to actually eat? We just have to be smart about what we fuel our body with.

XOXO, Chels

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Sleep and Healthy Skin

If there is one thing I wish I could get more of, it is sleep. Napping is one of my favorite hobbies. Staying up late sounds good at the time,…

If there is one thing I wish I could get more of, it is sleep. Napping is one of my favorite hobbies. Staying up late sounds good at the time, but the next day is sooooo not as fun. Makeup can hide the bags under your eyes, but it can’t disguise your exhaustion! Here are 3 reasons why you should be getting more sleep, for your skin’s sake.

  1. Sped up aging process: When you don’t get enough sleep, your skin suffers. It speeds up the aging process of your skin and makes it dry out faster.
  2. Increased Cortisol levels: Cortisol is a stress hormone, and when you don’t catch enough zzzz’s, it gets all out of whack. Cortisol can also cause acne and trigger some skin conditions like eczema, or it can make your pimples worse!
  3. It changes your growth hormones: Sleep deprivation also causes decreases in growth hormones that help thicken and moisturize your skin. This leads to dehydrated skin and, like we said above, faster signs of aging! Want glowing skin? Then you need those growth hormones!

Moral of the story? Sleep keeps your skin looking better and younger. Getting your beauty rest is so worth it!

XOXO, Chels

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Foods to Eat When You Are Feeling Sick

It’s that time of year again: cold, flu, and low-immune system time. Even people with the healthiest diets can fall victim to sickness. Here are a few foods to help…

It’s that time of year again: cold, flu, and low-immune system time. Even people with the healthiest diets can fall victim to sickness. Here are a few foods to help you recover faster and feel better when you are under the weather.

  1. Liquids: Lots of liquids! You may not feel like eating solid foods, but you need to make sure you are taking in a lot of fluids. Teas like ginger and peppermint tea and ginger ale are great if you have an upset stomach, and hot liquids such as tea with lemon help with a stuffy nose. Green tea with honey also supports your immune system and coats a sore throat.imageservice
  2. Yogurt: Studies have shown that the probiotics in yogurt shorten colds and the flu by almost two days!
  3. Citrus fruits: Oranges, grapefruits, lemons and limes contain flavonoids which increase immune system activity.
  4. Protein: Easily digestible proteins like eggs or yogurt are great for your body when you are sick because protein strengthens your body. These two options are also really easy to make so you don’t have to spend much energy on them.
  5. Glutathione: It is a long word, but it is a powerful antioxidant that fights infection. It is found in watermelon, broccoli, collard greens, kale, and cabbage.

Being sick is the worst, so that is why God gave us foods to help us recover and feel better!

XOXO, Chels

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DIY Post-Holiday Detox

After the major amounts of delicious food I devoured over Thanksgiving and now Christmas, I feel very much like frosty the snowman. Bloated and fluffy. It feels not-so-good. I would…

After the major amounts of delicious food I devoured over Thanksgiving and now Christmas, I feel very much like frosty the snowman. Bloated and fluffy. It feels not-so-good. I would MUCH rather feel tight and toned! I was looking for a way to detox all of the guck I ate over break out of my system and start of the year fresh and healthy, and that is when I found this yummy holiday detox!

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana
  • 1-2 cups of stem-less kale
  • 1 cup apple cider (unsweetened)
  • 1 cup of ice/water
  • Dash of cinnamon1425862737615

Blend all of these ingredients together until the mixture is smooth. If you want a juice-like texture, use water. If you want more of a smoothie-like drink, go for ice. If you want some extra healthy protein, toss in a handful of your favorite nuts before blending! Just an FIY, the drink will naturally separate as it sits, so there may be a layer of foam at the top of the drink after sitting a while. Just stir it up and drink it down!

I’m ready to detox and feel fresh again. Are you?

XOXO, Chels

 

Recipe via: http://pinchofyum.com/holiday-detox-green-apple-smoothie

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Tips to Get to Bed Ontime

Bedtime procrastination is a real thing. Our bodies give us cues to let us know that we are tired and that we should go to sleep, but there are so…

Bedtime procrastination is a real thing. Our bodies give us cues to let us know that we are tired and that we should go to sleep, but there are so many temptations telling us to delay bedtime. We all know we need at least 8 hours of sleep to be healthy, but let’as face it, we have all reached for our phone or the TV remote and have postponed sleep.  Sticking to a sleep schedule can be tough when you are used to procrastinating. Here are a few ways to get into a better sleep routine so that you can be the healthiest you can be.

  1. Establish a bedtime routine: Whether it is reading a book at the same time every night or setting an alarm to remind you when to start heading to bed, setting a regular bedtime routine is the best way to train your mind into recognizing when it is bedtime.4365576
  2. Work out: Exercising about 3 hours before you head to bed can be a great way to induce deep sleep.
  3. Don’t take your problems to bed: Try to go to bed happy (or if not happy, try to not be upset). Easier said than done, I know! Don’t dwell on your problems. They can cause restless sleep! Try journaling your problems or worries before bed to help calm your mind.

Sleep well!

XOXO, Chels

 

 

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Runners: Here is How to Fuel Your Body

Running is one of the best stress relievers, AND it is an awesome way to get in some cardio! I have been running a lot more lately and am really…

Running is one of the best stress relievers, AND it is an awesome way to get in some cardio! I have been running a lot more lately and am really starting to love it. In order to get the most out of your run and be successful, you need to give your body the right fuel. Here are a few fueling tips to help you optimize your runs and fuel your body the right way.

  1. Before your run: Before your run you need to eat foods that are filled with natural sugars that are easy to burn for energy. Bananas are one of these foods! Plus they are a great source of potassium and are delicious. Apples are also an awesome source of natural sugars.866e0349ae5b537d154bb93ba5c67c5c
  2. During your run: If you are doing a long distance run, it is important to continually fuel your body so you do not run out of energy. Starbursts are great for this! They are easy to chew while running and pack a sugar punch.
  3. After your run: Eat some oats! Oats are rich in carbs and high in protein and fiber. Grab a bowl of oatmeal with almond milk and fruit for the perfect recovery snack!

Happy fueling!

XOXO, Chels

 

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