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How to Jumpstart Your Balanced Lifestyle

Interested in finding balance in your life? Want to know the two things that may be holding you back? Click through now to Extra Balanced to learn about the balanced lifestyle & how you can get there!

Balance, balance, balance – it’s EVERYTHING.

But what do I mean by it?

Having a balanced lifestyle is pretty much like having your shit together.

It involves all facets of life, whether it’s physical, intellectual, occupational, social, or emotional.

You know – that one girl you love, but then also hate, because she effortlessly looks like she’s always having a grand ole time, no troubles in the horizon, head in the clouds kinda vibe?

Except for one thing …

It’s not effortless. IT NEVER IS. & if she swears up & down that it is – she’s probably lying & putting up a facade to seem like she’s naturally perfect.

Snooze – it’s 2018 & it’s time to share, share, share.

SO my job here is to get real & shatter that facade – let’s talk about what it takes to get to a balanced lifestyle …

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NEWNESS In Progress

Hi there, welcome to Extra Balanced!

I’m currently dreaming up some new posts & getting some things organized. You can expect new posts soon!

The ideal posting schedule on the blog is M W F at 7:00 AM each week.

SUPER EXCITED – come check back often!

 

Yours truly,

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Psycho, OCD, Attention to Detail Pays Off

If you're looking to maximize your productivity, know that it pays to pay attention to detail in life - even if you have to resort to being a lil' psycho or OCD about it. Click through to Extra Balanced to find out why so that you can start making those lifestyle changes that get the job done![ a VERY detailed ceiling @ Château de Chenonceau – always pay attention to detail so that shit doesn’t hit the fan ceiling, y’know? ]

Here’s a story for ya – kind of a travel horror story if you will.

DRAMATIC … Just in time for Halloween?

As you guys know, I’m studying abroad in Paris at the mo’ – which means that the fall break ( a.k.a. : the week of Halloween, which the U.S. doesn’t count as a no-school holiday, but Europe does) will involve lots of travel & wanderlust.

Seriously, I’ll be going from place to place & snapping ALL OF IT – come hang!

Thankfully, I don’t have Friday classes this semester – SO I had originally planned to make the most of my free time by going to London earlier than the rest of my girlfriends.

& I definitely wanted to have a few of my own Nancy Drew self-exploration moments, y’know?

If you're looking to maximize your productivity, know that it pays to pay attention to detail in life - even if you have to resort to being a lil' psycho or OCD about it. Click through to Extra Balanced to find out why so that you can start making those lifestyle changes that get the job done![ my very own Nancy Drew moment in the Parisian catacombs ]

Of course, things don’t always go as planned … & when that happens, it sucks beyond belief.

There I was, with my hopefully-under-22-lb suitcase lagging behind me & my Longchamp bag weighing down my shoulder, stepping off the metro after being on it for 16 stops ( yup, I counted – I was that bored ) …

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COMMITMENT ISSUES? Get a Gym Membership!

Do you have commitment issues when it comes to your fitness? Learn about a simple solution & the ULTIMATE problem-solver : a gym membership. Click through to read the full post at Extra Balanced & start taking action for your own balanced lifestyle!

COMMITMENT ISSUES.

Honest to God, we all have them, right???

& it’s fine. Commitment is hard, & it’s something that everyone struggles with at least one time in life, in one form or another – just being real.

The weirdo thing is, I NEVER had commitment issues when it came to working out.

I wasn’t lazy, unmotivated, whatever AT ALL.

What gives?

Like you would 100% have a higher chance of witnessing me snacking on some XXTRA Flamin’ Hot Cheetos & not fully committing to wellness. But ditching me-time with the treadmill & some weights?

NEVER.

Maybe it’s my sheer passion for fitness. Maybe it’s my SNAZZY gym membership.

I feel like it’s the latter – here’s why …

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A Lil’ Update for Y’all from PARIS!

a lil’ update for y’all from PARIS! @ extrabalanced.com

Hi loves – long time no chat!

It’s been SUPER busy-busy these days … BUT I want to keep you guys updated, regardless.

I really try to make it a priority to post at least 2-3 times weekly ( ALL posts up @ 7 AM PST ), but I really couldn’t do it.

& I would really rather spend quality time making quality content, instead of rushing & slapping some random BS post on the blog. It’s just not my thing to do the bare minimum, you know?

Right now, I’m actually writing this from a little wooden desk in my room in Paris, France! I could literally be in Antartica or something & yep, you’d still find me blogging away … 🙂 ( you can keep up with my behind-the-scenes adventures on Snapchat! )

YES, PARIS.

It’s such a dream. I’m constantly pinching myself to remind myself it’s real.

So far, it’s been really incredible. I got here less than a week ago to study abroad this fall, & I’m already dreading the day I leave – HA!

So, this post is pretty different …

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Distract Yourself With Music

Want to have a productive workout, always? Music can be a FUNDAMENTAL factor to a good workout session & getting stuff done. Click through now to Extra Balanced to learn more about how you can step up your productivity game!

Oh gosh.

I can’t even begin to describe how much I LOVEEE music.

It’s entertaining, it’s fun, it’s a confidence booster, it’s a conversation starter, & hell – nothing has ever made me more productive. I totally swear by it when it comes to getting shit done & becoming the best version of yourself.

For me, music = motivation. I like it loud –  HA!

Especially when working out. YES.

But, sometimes music is very much underrated. People don’t usually relate music to productivity because they find that it can be very distracting. However, this just isn’t always the case – it might be a distraction sometimes, but that’s a GOOD thing. Reallyyy & truly.

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Go Organic ASAP … it’s Worth it

Learn why going organic is SO worth it in the long run. Here's a complete explanation of organic vs. conventional foods - easy, simple. Click through now to Extra Balanced to get the full breakdown!

Before I grasped exactly WTF made organic foods so special, I was so, so confused. Seriouslyyy.

I didn’t grow up eating all organic, so I had absolutely no clue.

As soon as I was out in the world, shopping for my own ingredients, I was very much lost :

Why should I pay double the money for foods that literally look the same as the normal, cheaper stuff?

I once totally thought it was a marketing ploy – I mean, we’re never exactly sure what’s ACTUALLY done with our food during the long, LONG process involved before it’s set on the table, lookin’ nice & pretty.

& if you’ve had these same thoughts before, let me walk you through it – I’ll keep things simple!

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Tomatoes : the PERFECT Skinny Food

Tomatoes : they're basically the best food item for a babe on a balanced diet. With ENDLESS health & nutritional benefits, it's really the perfect skinny food. Click through now to Extra Balanced for the full deets!

The tomato. Such a controversial food, no?

I mean, really – IS IT a fruit? Or is it a vegetable?

My theory? It’s totally a fruit – I definitely eat it like one!

I’m talking : light breakfasts, juicy snacks, or a lil’ sweetness in my salad – YES.

Of course, I adore all fruits ( seriously, fruit is SO good – taste-wise & health-wise! ). But, tomatoes are probably one of the healthiest fruit choices out there.

First off, tomatoes are clearly not as sugary as apples or bananas … Seriously, 1 tomato only has 22 calories. You’d prob be burning more calories from slicing & eating the tomato! Or even just taking a huge bite out of it & trying not to make a mess ( been there, done that ). Negative calorie foods are the SHIT.

But, they also have so much more to offer …

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The BEST Hummus ( even better than store-bought )

Seriously, the BEST hummus recipe ( even better than store-bought! ). A versatile, savory snack with a skinny recipe that's ridiculously easy to make. Click through to Extra Balanced to start making your own bomb-ass hummus today!

YES, hummus.

Okay, I know most people have a sweet tooth. Me? I have a salt tooth – savory is totally my thing.

I explain myself like this :

“Eat less sugar … You’re sweet enough already!”

So in order to live a more balanced lifestyle, instead of reaching for chips ( namely : XXTRA Flamin’ Hot Cheetos ), I reach for a delish lil’ tub of hummus – that I made MYSELF!

Whenever I’m at the store, I always find myself wanting to get some … so I decided to just make my own – & I swear it’s BETTER.

Let’s go make some, shall we?

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The Ugly Truth Behind Processed Foods

Always be aware of what you’re putting into your mouth, even if it’s delicious. Click through to the full post at Extra Balanced to learn the ugly truth behind processed foods & find out how to differentiate between highly processed foods & healthier, minimally processed foods.Today I’m throwing it back to a time when I would eat junk food like it wasn’t a huge problem. YIKES! – we’ve all been there, right?

WEIRD because I basically I grew up in a house that almost never had candy, chips, or soda at an arm’s reach.

I think what really makes junky processed foods SO alluring is that they’re easy to eat & packed full of flavor – WAY too much flavor than necessary.

Crazy thing though : While inhaling an entire bag of chips or cookies, I never ever wondered “Oh gosh, I wonder what makes these so damn good?” … Until one day I randomly decided to read past the nutrition facts & glimpse the ingredients label.

MAN, what a totally eye-opening, life-changing moment that was!

Like, curiosity killed the cat?

… NOPE, just my appetite.

Not even being extra ( okay maybe a lil’ – who am I KIDDING ), but just WTF was sodium stearoyl lactylate? High fructose corn syrup? Sorbic acid? Artificial flavors?

These are all ingredients commonly found in highly processed foods – kind of as if we’re eating out of a chem lab instead of a kitchen.

Sketchy, sketchy.

I decided I wasn’t a fan & I wanted to cut down on the unnecessary chemicals going into my body – food should just be food, y’know? & thinking back, these processed foods tasted good for about 2 mins before I ended up feeling sluggish & gross – just not the best version of myself AT ALL.

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