San Diego recap + Friday Faves

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Hiiiii! Happy Friday! How was the week? I’m thankful that it was a short one.. I’m ready for the weekend already. We blasted right back into school, dance, and got to see Nate Bargatze last night. SO hilarious and good.

This weekend will be spent cleaning up the San Diego aftermath, and I’m looking forward to a couple of low-key days. We also start our community detox on Monday! It’s not too late to join in. You can get your kit here (7,14, or 21 days use FITNESSISTA10) and join our closed Facebook group here. Quite a few of us are doing a longer detox, so there will still be friends participating whenever you get your kit.

San Diego recap + Friday Faves

San Diego was the BEST. We enjoyed four days in one of our very favorite places and also enjoyed some new adventures. We experienced LEGOLAND for the first time, took the girls paddle boarding and kayaking (twice because they loved it so much!) and we found out P is not a fan of Melting Pot lol.

We got in on Friday afternoon and decided to spend the afternoon shopping at UTC, and then enjoyed dinner at Seasons 52. We haven’t been to one in years – I keep wishing Tucson will get one! – and it lived up to the fond memories. Of course, the girls loved the mini desserts.

We called it an earlier night, and the next day, we woke up and it was raining. It rarely rains in San Diego, despite June Gloom and

5 High Protein Meal Prep Recipes

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Sharing 5 high-protein meal prep recipes! Some new inspiration if you’re looking to amp up your protein intake.

Hi friends! How are ya? I hope you’re having a lovely morning. We’re coming out the other side of the dance competition straight into dance picture night at the studio (WHEW) and I’m looking forward to getting some work and studying for IHP done today. I’d love to hear about what you have going on!

Today, I want to talk about protein and the importance of healthy meal prep. Personally, I aim to consume 4-5 palm-sized servings of protein each day, considering factors such as my goals, activity level, and body composition. However, I’ve found that hitting this protein goal can be challenging if I haven’t done some advance planning and prepping. I’ve realized that having protein readily available in the fridge makes a significant difference. To make it easier to reach my daily protein target, I now dedicate time each week to chop veggies and prepare some protein staples. This way, I am better prepared to meet my protein needs and build muscle. In addition to protein, it’s important to focus on consuming omega-3 fatty acids, which are beneficial for overall health.

For today’s post, I’m sharing some super easy recipes with great sources of protein if you’re looking for new inspiration! These are meat-based, but here are some plant-based protein ideas for my veggie and vegan friends: tempeh bacon, edamame, black beans, mung bean pasta, sprouted tofu scramble, and lentils in the instant pot.

5 High Protein Meal Prep RecipesI had to use a stock photo because I have a hard time making meat look appetizing… and I think the asparagus is fake?? Taking votes)

5 High Protein Meal Prep Recipes

Whole Chicken in a Crockpot

  • Prep time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 4-6 hours/ 8 hours


  • 1- 3.5-4.5lb whole chicken, giblets removed, patted dry
  • 1 sweet onion, chopped
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste


Place onion in the bottom of a 6 qt crock pot. Add the chicken, breast side down. No liquid is needed as the chicken will make its own juices with the onion and grease from the fat from the chicken skin. Season liberally with salt and pepper. Cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4-6 hours until the internal temperature is 165 at the thickest part of the chicken. Cool completely, remove skin & bones, and shred the chicken or cut whole pieces of thighs, breasts, and wings to store for meals throughout the week.

Premenstrual Syndrome Self-Care

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Sharing tips on premenstrual syndrome self-care and how to have happier and more balanced days leading up to your cycle.

Hi friends! How’s the day going so far? I hope you’re enjoying the morning. I’m going to take a hot yoga class and then catch up on some admin stuff around here.

Today, I wanted to dive into a topic that’s all too familiar to many of us: premenstrual syndrome (PMS). We’ll explore what it is, why it happens, and most importantly, how you can embrace self-care to make your pre-period days happier and healthier.

Premenstrual Syndrome Self-Care

As women, we know that our menstrual cycle can be both a source of empowerment and, at times, a bit of a challenge. The days leading up to our period can often feel like an emotional and physical rollercoaster. You might find yourself wondering, “Is there a way to make this time more comfortable?” The answer is a resounding yes!

PMS is incredibly common, affecting millions of women worldwide. It’s not just about a little moodiness; it can get pretty disruptive and uncomfortable. You might experience mood swings, bloating, irritability, and those delightful cravings for chocolate and chips. Trust me; you’re not alone. At the same time, it’s important to remember that while these symptoms are common, they’re not *normal.* Your body WANTS to be in balance, and there are ways to make your cycle less of an emotional and physical event.

What Is Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)?

PMS is a set of symptoms that typically occurs in the days leading up to your period. It’s like a not-so-pleasant reminder that Aunt Flo is on her way. These symptoms are linked to hormonal fluctuations, primarily involving estrogen and progesterone.

Premenstrual Syndrome Symptoms

Let’s break it down with a quick list of common PMS symptoms:

Mood swings that can make you feel all over the place: elated, melancholy, sad, crying, irritable, anxious, and moody

Tender breasts

Bloating that makes stretchy pants the only enjoyable wardrobe choice

Food cravings that lead to intense love affairs with chocolate, chips, fried foods, and ice cream

ButcherBox Product Review

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Sharing my full review of ButcherBox now that we’ve been using it for over a year. If you’d like to try it out, you can use this link for $50 off. This post isn’t sponsored; just sharing it because we love it!

Hi hi! How’s the morning going so far? I’m off to a Pilates class, have an afternoon filled with coaching calls, and then date night with the Pilot. I hope you have a wonderful day!

Today, I wanted to talk about one of my favorite things that we have delivered to the house: ButcherBox! We’ve been using ButcherBox for a long time, and it makes grocery shopping so much easier. I thought I’d break it down in today’s post if you’re curious about giving it a try!

ButcherBox Product Review

What is ButcherBox?

ButcherBox is a subscription-based meat delivery service that promises to deliver high-quality, humanely-raised meat straight to your doorstep. The service offers a variety of meats, including grass-fed beef, heritage pork, and free-range chicken. They also offer deli meat, cooked options (like the best gluten-free chicken nuggets) and wild-caught shrimp.

The first thing to note about ButcherBox is that all of their meats are ethically sourced and free from antibiotics and hormones. The company partners with small-scale farmers and suppliers who raise their animals in humane conditions and follow strict standards for animal welfare.

The ordering process is straightforward – you can choose from a selection of pre-curated boxes or create your own custom box based on personal preferences. Boxes can be delivered on a monthly or bi-monthly basis, and customers can pause, cancel, or modify their subscription at any time. We typically do the custom box, but add on specials and member deals, like tri tip, extra steaks, and holiday fare, like corned beef for St. Patrick’s Day.

Once you receive your ButcherBox, the meats are vacuum-sealed and packaged in an insulated box with dry ice to ensure freshness during transit. The meats are delivered frozen and can be stored in the freezer until ready to use.

(They have dog treats now, too! Mazer is a huge fan)

Pros and cons of ButcherBox

In terms of the quality of the meat, ButcherBox definitely delivers. The cuts are consistently high-quality, with great flavor and texture. The grass-fed beef, in particular, is noticeably leaner and has a richer taste than conventionally-raised beef. The chicken and pork are also delicious and have a great de

Natural ways to beat afternoon slumps

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Sharing some of my tips for beating afternoon slumps and making it through the day with full energy! Of course, this is not medical advice. If you struggle with low energy, talk to your doctor. If you’re ready for a boost of energy, join us for our Community Detox starting September 11. You can order your kit here with the code FITNESSISTA10 and join our private Facebook group here. 

Hi hi! How are you? How was the weekend? We had the best time in San Diego – I’ll share some pics and adventures in Friday Faves!- and are back in Tucson, ready to tackle the rest of this nice short week. I hope your morning is going well so far!

In today’s post, I wanted to chat a bit about afternoon slumps + some of my tips if you feel a dip in energy mid-afternoon. As always, if you’re feeling unusually tired or not feeling well, reach out to your health care provider.

10 natural ways to beat afternoon slumps

You’re chugging along through your day, checking off tasks and conquering challenges, when suddenly, it hits you – the dreaded afternoon slump. That familiar wave of fatigue washes over you, and your once-productive self seems to have hit a brick wall. But fear not! Before you reach for that extra cup of coffee or a sugary pick-me-up, let’s explore some natural and effective ways to beat those afternoon blues and recharge your energy levels.

1. Power Up with Protein-Packed Snacks:

When the clock strikes 3 PM, it’s easy to succumb to the temptation of sugary snacks. Instead, opt for protein-rich options like a handful of almonds, Greek yogurt, or hummus with carrot sticks. Protein helps stabilize blood sugar levels, keeping your energy steady and preventing those sharp energy crashes.

2. Hydration is Key:

Dehydration can lead to feelings of sluggishness. Keep a water bottle at your desk and sip throughout the day. Add a splash of lemon for a refreshing twist that can invigorate your senses and provide a natural boost.

3. Take a Breath of Fresh Air:

A brisk walk outside or even a few minutes of deep breathing can do wonders for your energy levels. Fresh air and movement stimulate circulation, increase oxygen intake, and help clear your mind – a perfect recipe for renewed focus and vitality.

4. Embrace the Power Nap:

A short power nap (around 20-30 minutes) can be a game-changer. It’s enough time to recharge your batteries without entering a deep sleep cycle, helping you wake up feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the rest of your day.

5. Energize with Essential Oils:

Certain essential oils, like peppermint and citrus blends, are known for their invigorating properties. Dab a drop or two on your wrists with a carrier oil (like jojoba or cocon