My favorite wellness hacks for your everyday life

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As a healthy living blogger, you know I like to live my life in a way that invites and encourages wellness and healthy behaviors as much as I can.

But at the same time, I am not a superhero – I am a busy girl with lots to do so being healthy does sometimes feel harder than it could.

So I thought you might be struggling sometimes too. Wellness is an important thing for all of us (or should be) and I’ll try to make it a bit easier and more accessible in this post.

Here are my favorite wellness “hacks” (but really, it’s just tips) for your everyday life so you can fit more healthy living into your day.

1. If you commute via train or bus, get off a stop or two before yours and walk the rest of the way.

I have been doing this for about a year now and it’s become a habit, it’s not even annoying or like meh, it’s just something I do and it’s my way of fitting a little bit of activity into my regular day.

If you don’t commute via public transit and you drive instead, why not parking a bit farther from your destination and walking the rest of the way? Maybe parking far in the parking lot or a few streets away… anything to get some extra walking steps into your day and get you moving more!

2. Use non-dairy milk instead of cow’s milk

I haven’t used cow’s milk in years. YEARS. And I could never go back to cow’s milk.

Not only it is great for your health to limit your dairy intake (I prefer to keep the dairy I do eat to cheese (sometimes) and yogurt), it’s also healthier overall. If you prefer to drink Soymilk, you can opt for that (learn more here) or if you prefer another non-dairy milk, you can do that.

3. When craving chocolate, make healthy alternatives

I am a chocoholic. I love chocolate. A lot.

A few squares of dark chocolate is sadly not enough for me. I like it too much.

So I’ve had to learn to find ways to satisfy by sweet tooth for chocolate with healthier alternatives that don’t require me to polish an entire block of chocolate.

First, I make a protein shake with chocolate protein powder and cocoa powder to make it super chocolatey. It usually hits the spot, plus the extra protein is filling and satisfying too.

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Chocolate Chia Pudding

If I’m not in the sipping mood, I get some plain greek yogurt and add cocoa powder to that and some stevia and stir it up so it becomes chocolate yogurt. It’s like pudding and it’s freaking delicious.

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Chocolate Coconut Protein Pudding

Here are some other alternatives you can make instead of eating chocolate but that will still satisfy your craving quite well, if not better:

4. I exercise in the very morning as soon as I wake up

Yeah I do that before my brain has the time to come up with excuses not to. I’ve tried hard to be able to work out after work but it just doesn’t happen. Like, ever. I come up with every excuse in the book: too tired, too many people at the gym, it’s rush hour, I’m hungry I’ll do it later, and so on.

When I do it in the morning, I wake up and boom.. I do it. No excuses. Nothing to hold me back. I have no other commitments that early so this is the only thing that’s on the agenda. So it gets done.

That would be all – the simplest and my favorite wellness hacks to get you to be a little bit healthier in your everyday life.

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This conversation is sponsored by Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.

Amazing meals from a Chicago local healthy delivery company, Factor 75

I recently got the pleasure of trying the most delicious meal delivery service from Chicago called Factor 75.

So being a very busy person, I won’t lie – I like convenience. I don’t always have time to cook (read: barely ever) so I like things prepared for me. Living alone, things like this make it easier. But I also don’t like to eat crappy food so it’s not easy to find convenient foods that actually TASTE good and ARE good for you.

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I’m always a bit skeptical of meal delivery because.. I don’t know. It’s hard to tell if it will actually taste good, especially if the meals are healthy. Is it gonna taste like cardboard? Like frozen meals? Or like fresh food?

Well, thankfully – Factor 75 is the freshest meal delivery service I have ever tried.

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And now I know why – they have their own chef making the meals in the morning before shipping it off, and it’s never frozen, all fresh, and all-freaking-delicious.

It’s pretty simple to make it work too, you just pick whatever meals you want to eat and they make it for you and ship it to you to enjoy within 4-5 days of getting the delivery. And since it’s all local, you know they literally just made it and it IS fresh. No crazy shipping across the country.

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Unfortunately, I only have phone pictures and most of these are after I already cooked the food (and sometimes mixed it up already, woops). I was hungry each time and I just did it, and each time after I mixed it up, I remembered I should have taken the pic before. Oh well.

It was just too good.. I couldn’t help myself ;)

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So.. are you curious?

Interested?

You should check them out, totally worth it! —> Factor 75

5 Unexpected Eating Habits That Improve Oral Health

Let’s be honest, most advice you read from dentists is all about telling you what not to do if you want to have healthy teeth.  And for good reason – the unfortunate fact is that many of our favorite eating habits are not great for dental health. But I’m actually here to give you some sneaky tricks and tips that will help you occasionally enjoy your favorite indulgences in a way that mitigates the damage done to your pearly whites.  While these tips don’t give you free reign, they will help you maintain better oral health while you enjoy your favorite treats.

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Giveaway: Now this is pudding made right

This post is sponsored by Kozy Shack® Pudding. All opinions are my own.

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Mmmmmm we all love pudding.

Don’t lie. It’s amazing. It’s comforting. Sweet. Delicious.

I used to love pudding so much – it was one of my favorite things to eat as a child. In Poland, it’s called budyń but it’s basically the same thing – we just make it ourselves (usually from a packet). It always reminded me of warm childhood memories, smiles, delicious sweetness, and other fun kid feelings.

Photography by Kamila Gornia

When I moved to the US, I was amazed that there is pudding that is SO easy to get! No need to make it yourself, just buy a package and you’re good. Crazy! So easy. We had mousse and yogurts in packages in Poland but we didn’t get to the pudding part yet when I left as far as I recall.

So obviously, I was one happy camper.

The thing is though – it’s not that good. Most of this stuff is yucky and filled with artificial ingredients that don’t serve you ANY good except a temporary sugar high. You’re damaging yourself by eating it and it sucks.

Clearly, not happy. No more pudding for this girl.

I actually have seen Kozy Shack a lot in the stores but since I had the belief that all packaged puddings were terrible and filled with yucky ingredients, I didn’t know this product was actually made with wholesome ingredients.

So really, I was grateful to be able to try these. Not only are they delicious, you can feel good eating them.

I tried both the tapioca pudding and the rice pudding. I like both a lot but I like the rice pudding more.

Photography by Kamila Gornia

It’s funny because I usually love to make parfaits and crazy concoctions but honestly this is so good I didn’t need to dress it up and ate it by itself.

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