Things I Love More Than Food: Hot Showers On Chilly Nights

Disclaimer: this post was written a long time ago and was hidden in the depths of my drafts, haha. Time to see the light of day!

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There is something about a hot steamy shower that makes me really happy. No, not in a weird way, get your head outta the gutter. I’m serious.

I never really stopped to think about this but hot showers really make me feel good. The hot shower embraces my body in a way that nothing else does. It provides the ultimate feeling of warmth and comfort.

Because I lack the feelings of intimacy and comfort from another human being, I crave for comfort, warmth, security, and intimacy in other places. This often translates into craving food. More so than food, it creates the feelings of craving for the behavior of eating which provides the temporary feelings of comfort as well as numbness from the issue at hand.

I’m looking for alternative ways to combat these cravings. Instead of going about in a negative way by implementing “strong willpower” and whatnot which doesn’t work in the long term, I’m looking for positive ways to diffuse these feelings of lacking and get the same reward from elsewhere.

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BodyVega Fish Oil Review + Giveaway (up to 50 winners!!)

This post is sponsored by Body Vega but all opinions are my own.

Body Vega Giveaway

Alrighty, today we are talking Fish Oil. Do you take it as a supplement?

I don’t take a lot of supplements and I go through phases when I take more than other times, but the only supplement that has stayed constant through the phases has been fish oil. It’s the only supplement I actually take on a regular basis.

But it wasn’t always like this. In the beginning, I hated taking it but did it because I “had to.” My mom would make me take it and I seriously despised the gross fishy aftertaste. My burps would smell of fish. Gag. So nasty. No, thank you.

It took me a while to finally find the right supplement for me that didn’t have that aftertaste and when I did, my relationship with Fish Oil changed for the better.

Photography by Kamila Gornia

Now today, I want to introduce to you one of those amazing fish oil companies that has zero yucky aftertaste. But that’s not all that’s great about it (that’s not even their selling point, I guess it’s just important for me, haha).

Body Vega is a new company and they sell their fish oil on Amazon and they have the best customer service, honestly – they are so sweet and you can tell they really just want to make the experience the best. Okay, okay – I’m getting ahead of myself again.

Now what’s so special about this? Here’s what they list on Amazon:

  • #1 cleanest and purest Fish Oil: Sourced From Deep Sea, Cold Water Fish for Maximum Omega-3 Potency. Tested For Over 250 Contaminants, Including Mercury, And Molecularly Distilled For Guaranteed Purity.

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  • 100% Money Back Guarantee: Love It Or Leave It. If, For Whatever Reason, You Don’t Love BodyVega Fish Oil, Just Return The Empty Bottles For A Full No Questions Asked Refund.

  • Top rated supplement company on Amazon: With A 4.9/5 Average Rating, Happy Customers Love BodyVega, And We Love Them! We Follow Up With Every Customer To Make Sure That They Are 100% Satisfied, Giving Us One Of The Highest Levels Of Customer Satisfaction Anywhere. If That Rubs You the Wrong Way, Feel Free To Grab a Bottle From Any Of the Other Brands on Amazon Who See You As Just A Number. If You Are Not 100% Satisfied With Your Purchase For Any Reason, We’ll Replace It Or Refund It, No Questions Asked.

Impressive.

Photography by Kamila Gornia

Personally, I think I found my match in fish heaven. This is the company for me :) (I mean, otherwise I wouldn’t be talking about this right now)

 

Giveaway (up to 50 winners will be chosen!!!)

To make matters BETTER (ha!), Body Vega wants YOU to experience how awesome they are too… for FREE! If you’re one of the winners, that is. It’s super generous of them and it’s SUPER easy to enter. Ready for this?

How to enter:

Simply email BodyVega at sensual@bodyvega.com and in the body of the email simply state why you love Sensual Appeal blog.

Details:

This giveaway is only available to people in the U.S. (because Amazon will only ship to people in the U.S.) Body Vega is doing this giveaway as part of their Amazon launch party. Participants should only apply if they are willing to leave them a review on Amazon after they’ve tried the product for a little while. Their email will not be used for any other marketing or spam purposes!

Body Vega will be emailing winners as they are chosen. This giveaway is open until September 8th!

Good luck!

Photography by Kamila Gornia

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.

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.

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.

If you like them, please tweet or share this post!

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

A day in the life of a busy young professional (with healthy choices)

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BalanceRewards #CollectiveBias

If you’ve been following me for any time so far, you know I am quite the busy girl.

Not only do I have a full time job as a social media strategist at a digital agency in Chicago (which I absolutely love), but I also have my own business where I coach other passion-driven solopreneurs to get their marketing in order (and mindset stuff as well). And can’t forget my darling Sensual Appeal Blog (aka, this right here), where I blog about healthy choices, lifestyle and food.

That’s quite the full plate I have there (no pun intended).

So you can imagine I sometimes get a little scrambled with to-do’s and tasks that I have to do… and for a while, my health fell to the wayside. The truth is, I just now got back on the exercise wagon (like, 2 weeks ago) after months (MONTHS!!) of very sporadic activity (aka, barely anything at all. Not exaggerating).

I’ve come to a point where, although I was doing great with everything work wise, I was starting to feel weighed down, literally and figuratively. I didn’t have a reliant stress-relief schedule (no exercise), I was eating whatever I wanted because I was too busy (or lazy) to cook (lots of delivery and takeout) and I gained some extra weight which caused me to feel even more out of shape. And it’s not even vanity pounds I’m talking about. It’s those pounds that really shouldn’t be there if you want to function at your fullest capacity. And I was feeling the effects of it.

Goal: To get back to being fit again, like I was here! Determined AND healthy.

Goal: To get back to being fit again, like I was here! Determined AND healthy.

So I got my shiz together and I said “no more!” and I’m back on track. Yay. It’s time.

A day in the life of a young busy professional today looks something like this…

I wake up at 5:45am (if it’s a Monday, Weds, or Friday) and go to my gym for a Bootcamp class (which I just signed up for, crazy expensive but it’s just the kick I need to go and get back in the habit of going)

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