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Why I Switched Supplements (And Why You Should Too)

As I mentioned in my first post (check out my first post under the “About” tab!) I’ve been on a roller coaster fitness journey for about 5 years now. As many people do, I took to Instagram and started following any and all fitness pages. One of the pages I stumbled upon belonged to Nina Baez. Nina is a certified personal trainer and certified nutrition specialist. After (shamelessly) stalking her page I found out she offered workout and nutrition plans and began ordering plans from her. I was so pleased with the results I was seeing I also began taking the sports supplements that she recommended. I purchased plans on and off for about two years and continued to follow Nina on Instagram. A few months ago I saw her post about new supplements she was taking and was immediately compelled to find out why she switched. Nina had always been so informed and well-versed in the other brand of supplements so I thought there had to be a good reason for her to switch and I needed to know why.

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The supplements that Nina had switched to are from a company called Plexus. Plexus is THE health and happiness company. Plexus supplements are plant-based health supplements, so you’re getting everything you need and nothing that you don’t. They offer 16 different products so there is something for everyone no matter what your goals are! Plexus products are gluten free & free of all artificial sweeteners, dyes, and flavors. Their products not only help you with weight loss & fitness but with overall health. Naturally, I was skeptical at first but I trusted Nina and if she was switching to these products I knew I needed to be a part of it too. I joined Nina’s team as an ambassador at the end of April and began taking Plexus May 5th. In just four short weeks my life had officially been changed by Plexus.

I began sharing Plexus with everyone I knew (and even people I didn’t know) because I knew these products were different from anything I had ever tried before. The supplements I had taken prior to starting Plexus were just masking the problems I was having. I would get bloated, gain weight, have insatiable cravings, and any progress I did make was immediately reversed once I stopped taking them. After just a few days on Plexus I noticed increased energy, decreased appetite, less bloating, and less constipation (everyone poops, get over it. If you’re not pooping let me hook you up with some Plexus).  After four weeks, I was visibly leaner, less bloated, and had energy for days!


Here’s how it works:
Plexus repairs your body from the inside out, feeding and replenishing your body’s good bacteria, and working daily to maintain your overall health. Plexus weeds out intestinal yeast and bad microbes, gives your gut a healthy dose of good microbes, provides your gut with healthy prebiotics to promote the growth of healthy microbes and protects your gut with polyphenols. By providing your body with prebiotics and probiotics you’re rebuilding intestinal microflora which results in benefits such as balanced intestinal pH, lowered cholesterol, regulated bowel function, increased metabolism, and mood regulation.

As Hippocrates once said, “All disease begins in the gut,” but it doesn’t have to stay there! I never leave the house without my Plexus supplements, want to try for yourself? Plexus offers a 60-day money back guarantee (but I doubt you’ll need it!) so you can try it risk-free! Check out our summer catalog in the link below and feel free to contact me with any questions!

peace, love, plexus

Plexus Summer 2017 Catalog

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Monday Motivation

Happy Monday! 

I haven’t posted in a little bit but that’s only because I’m working on some cool projects for you guys! I wanted to take a minute on this Monday night to remind you to stay motivated and have a productive week! 

Today was my first day back at work after sustaining an injury and being out for almost a month. The whole time I was out of work I struggled to stay on track. Not being able to exercise took its toll on me, mentally and physically. But today was my new “day 1,” I wore my fitness tracker, packed healthy meals and snacks to last me throughout the day, and walked everywhere; I even walked around my neighborhood for an hour after work! It’s never to late to get back on track, no matter how many setbacks you have the sun will always rise and we will try again. 

Whether today was day 1 or day 500, stay positive, keep working hard and own this week!

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Beat Your In-Between-Meal Munchies

Making the right choice when it comes to snacking in between meals is just as important as the meals themselves.  When hunger strikes here’s what you can do to keep it in check:

Whenever you feel hungry in between meals drink a glass of water before doing anything else. Unfortunately, our brains haven’t gotten this whole hungry vs. thirsty thing figured out; your brain can’t tell the difference between hunger and thirst so if you’re feeling hungry, you could just be thirsty. Drinking plenty of water throughout the day as well as during meals and snacks not only keeps you properly hydrated but helps your brain determine if you’re really hungry or not. So always drink a glass of water first and if, after some time, you’re still hungry opt for a snack high in fiber or protein to keep you full until your next meal. Some of my favorite snacks are fresh fruit and veggies, greek yogurt, almonds, and tuna. Fresh fruit and vegetables like apples, carrots, and peppers are all high in fiber and when paired with a little peanut butter or hummus they create the perfect snack. Another favorite of mine is Starkist Tuna Creations tuna packets. They come in a variety of flavors (some of my favorites are ranch, buffalo, and chipotle) and are an excellent low calorie/high protein snack. High fiber and high protein snacks along with plenty of water help keep you fuller longer and prevent binges between meals.

It’s a common misconception that when trying to lose weight you should eat less. While it’s true that you should use proper portions and stay within a healthy caloric intake, you should eat often to boost your metabolism. Eating every two to three hours prevents your hunger from getting out of control. Once it’s out of control and that feeling of insatiable hunger hits you’re more likely to binge. Having healthy and filling snacks on hand help keep the binges at bay and keep you on track to achieving your goals.

What are your favorite snacks? Leave your answer in the comments!


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What to do if you’re an All-Or-Nothing Nosher

Tonight’s post will be short and sweet (lame pun shamelessly intended).

For me, when it comes to snacking there’s no such thing as moderation. Thanks to the POPSUGAR SnackID Quiz, I’ve learned this classifies me as an All-or-Nothing Nosher. And boy were they right. One of my biggest struggles when it comes to trying to change my eating habits is my “all-or-nothing” mentality. I cut myself off from my favorite “bad” snacks but, when presented with an opportunity to indulge, “moderation” is not in my vocabulary. Enter the all-or-nothing noshing. Suggested serving size? I suggest you keep your opinions to yourselves, Ben & Jerry! But, after inhaling a pint of ice cream, I’m left feeling both physically and mentally defeated. I learned that I need to treat my sweet tooth differently. Instead of completely cutting myself off from some of my favorite indulgences, I need to treat myself (I’m looking at you Tom Haverford!) to them on a more regular basis; that way, when faced with a plate of homemade brownies I won’t feel compelled to eat myself into a brownie coma.

It’s ok to eat some of your favorite things every now and then! Don’t cut yourself off completely because, in my experience, you’re more likely to binge and overindulge thus starting the vicious cycle of binging, feeling like crap, and either quitting altogether or taking your time to get back on track. Look at it like this: if you drop your phone you aren’t going to continue to smash it until it breaks just because you dropped it once; so don’t think that indulging in your favorite snacks every now and then is going to ruin all the hard work you’ve put in. Living a healthy lifestyle is all about balance so drink plenty of water, take the stairs, and eat that piece of office birthday cake.

I hope this has been helpful for you all! Don’t forget to leave your thoughts and questions in the comments!

Happy snacking!



True Life: I’m addicted to Bath & Body Works

I’m Marisa and I’m addicted to Bath & Body Work’s candles. I have to avoid B&BW as much as possible because, if left unsupervised, I will buy a minimum of 6 candles at a time. If you’ve ever shopped at B&BW you know their three-wick candles retail fro $22.50 each when they’re not on sale or running a BOGO promotion. So with such an expensive addiction, I refuse to throw the jars away after I’ve burned the candle down to the bottom. I decided to clean them out, take the label off and turn them into storage containers. IMG_4600

Here’s what to do:

I found the easiest way to get the leftover wax out of the bottom of the jar was to light the candle and let the wax melt a little. Once most of the wax is liquefied, I poured the wax into a plastic bottle. I let the wax sit for about 30 seconds then, with a butter knife, I gently pushed the wax and it should pop up off the bottom in one big piece (if it doesn’t come off in one piece it usually comes off in big chunks and is soft enough to use the butter knife to help lift the rest of the wax).

Once all the wax is cleaned out, I used a BBQ lighter to heat the wick holder and loosen the adhesive used to attach the holder to the jar. I heat the wick holder for approximately 3-5 seconds then used the butter knife to lift and remove it. This requires a little bit more force than removing the wax.

After all the wax and the wick holders are out of the jar, peel off the label and put a little Dawn dishwashing liquid in the jar, fill it with hot water and let it soak for a few minutes.

IMG_4613After the jar has soaked, using a Brillo pad and warm water, scrub the inside of the jar to remove any remaining oils, wax, and adhesive and scrub the bottom of the jar to remove the other label. Once the jar is clean, leave it to air dry.

Now that the jar is dry feel free to fill it with anything you’d like! I keep my jars in the bathroom to store dental floss and Q-tips!



Try it for yourself and leave your reviews or questions in the comments!

Happy recycling!


Until Every Piece Fits

April 2nd is World Autism Day. For those of you who don’t know, I’ve worked with children with autism for the past 3 years. All through college, I could never decide on a career path. I spent the better part of my sophomore and junior years in the registrar office changing my major. I had a hard time committing to one program because I was passionate about so many fields. The one consistency among all my passions was my innate desire to help. To help animals, to help my classmates, to help my family, I felt compelled to help people in any situation in which they were struggling. After some careful consideration, and one painful semester as a biology student, I decided a degree in psychology was what I wanted. After attending several job fairs, I was drawn to the company for which I work now. I started my career as a community instructor in their children’s residential program two weeks after graduation. I spent the next four weeks in various trainings given to prepare me to work with this population. Once my four week training period was over it was time to work as a full-time staff in the house. The program I was hired for was brand new and, at the time I was hired, was still not open. The day my house opened changed my life forever.

We were all anxiously awaiting the arrival of our first resident. She arrived at the house in the early afternoon wearing all pink; pink shirt, pink shorts, pink shoes, and her favorite pink helmet. We were able to walk her into the house and upstairs to her room with no issues. The thick summer air seemed to follow us inside as we made our way to her bedroom at the end of the upstairs hall. There was a nervous energy circulating the room; everyone was a little on edge, not sure what to do or expect. We’d all heard the stories; the aggressions, the compulsions, the intense self-injurious behavior. But no one had really seen it in person so we walked on eggshells around the room and prepared for anything she might (literally) throw our way. She sat slouched on her bed, pieces of her dirty blonde hair sticking out of the holes in her helmet. After some time of talking and unpacking her things, we explained to mom that the helmet had to come off. When the helmet finally came off she stood up and we got our first real look at her. She was a little thing her blonde hair covering a swollen, battered face. Her eyes were so bruised and puffy you could barely see the icy blue of her stare. Her jaw was so inflamed her words got lost trying to find their way out of her mouth. I worked hands on with this student every day for what would be the next two and a half years.

I thought I knew patience, but I was wrong; I thought I knew compassion, but I was wrong; I thought I knew strength and perseverance and communication, but I was wrong. Working with these student’s has opened my eyes to a whole new world. A world where speaking without words happens seamlessly every day, where love without conditions is the basis of every classroom lesson, where hope knows no barrier. Children with autism are different, not less. They are, as Winnie the Pooh so eloquently put it, braver than you believe, stronger than they seem, and smarter than you think. So today, and ever day, I ask you all to Light it up blue for Autism Awareness and support your local schools and families and their efforts to provide the resources our students so desperately need.