It’s Still Me! Don’t go Anywhere!

Hello all of my wonderful followers,

First of all, thank you so much for your support and for sticking with me through the ups and downs of figuring out my purpose in this crazy business.

I wanted to give you a heads up that I have changed my website name, but IT’S STILL ME!!!!  Please don’t go anywhere!!!

Although my new blog will have an emphasis on Veganism and animal compassion, I will still offer fitness, nutrition, health, Lyme Disease information and positivity.  There is still plenty of good stuff coming your way, without being interested in a vegan lifestyle.

I hope that you will take a moment to check out the new site, layout and offerings.

*Also, I am looking for health, fitness, Lyme, and Vegan bloggers who want to collaborate.  Please contact me if you are interested.

Thank you again for supporting me!!!

<3, April (formerly from Fitness Nutrition and Moor)

The Happy Healin’ Vegan

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Hello everyone,

I hope that you are having the most gorgeous day 🙂  I wanted to share a new, exciting venture that I am going on….

A few months ago I started feeling unsettled.  Although I absolutely love my career and clients, I felt like there was something more that I needed to be doing.  As someone who completely believes that there is a power greater than us (I’ll refer to it as the Universe, but it can be whatever you believe in), I started asking for help.  I journaled, mediated and tried to surrender my career to the Universal energy.  Then one night when I was taking a shower, because all of my answers come to me in the shower, it came to me….

I will become…….The Happy Healin’ Vegan!!!  And just like that I was flooded with purpose, emotions and tears of joy.

You see, two of the worst (and somehow most inspirational) days of my life took place over the previous year:  the day that I was diagnosed with Lyme Disease and the day that I lost my dog (and best friend).  Throughout my Lyme journey I have healed my body with proper nutrition, rest, meditation and a positive outlook.  With healing the grief and sadness of my lost pet, I have realized my true aching to help and rescue animals.  In addition, I have gone back to my vegan roots.  I will never aide in the suffering of another animal after watching my boy struggle to breathe.

I am extremely passionate about spreading my message, helping others heal from illness, and to educate the world about animal cruelty and how we can make a difference.  But I need your help…..

With any new idea, there are so many different ways of approaching it.  And in the world of social media, there are only so many things that you can do at one time.  I would love to hear from you to see what your needs are.  Which do you need help with: fitness, nutrition, healing through food, meditation, becoming more happy, vegan recipes, or anything else?  I am here to help you 🙂  In addition, would you rather that I create a separate website for this cause?

Thank you so much for all of your direction.  I am truly excited to see where this new purpose takes me 🙂

 

Why I Became Vegan (for the final time!)

 

 

Something that has always been a struggle for me is finding a good mix between my diet and my HUGE compassion for animals. I would turn to a vegan diet and then freak out about the lack of protein with my active lifestyle (I have now learned that vegans can absolutely get all of the protein they need).

There were definitely moments and lately, a huge turning point in my life that lead me to kick meat out of my diet for good. Check out what these moments were and “Why I Became Vegan (for the final time!)” in the video below.

 

 

*I would LOVE to hear from you. Have you ever considered a vegan diet? And if you are vegan, what was the turning point for you?

I’d Love to Hear From You!

Hello to all of my wonderful followers.  Thank you so much for taking the time to read my blogs and for subscribing to my site.  I truly appreciate your support.

The thing that I am most passionate about is helping others, and often I don’t know where to start.  I have so much information to share but want to make sure that it is something that interests you.

Will you please take a quick moment out of your day to comment below with what you would like to see more of in the upcoming year:

  • Workouts
  • Health Tips
  • Food/Recipes
  • Lyme Disease and Treatment
  • Body Image and Confidence
  • How to Become More Positive

Or anything that you would like to write in…..

Thank you all so much!!  Have a great day!

Great Trip for All (Even for Health Addicts Like Me!)

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My hubby and I had a little weekend getaway this past week and we stayed at The Westin Desert Willow Villas in Palm Desert.  We have stayed there many times and I have to say that this resort is by far and away my favorite!!!  It is a wonderful escape for all: kids, adults and even for health addicts like me!

Let’s start with activities for the kids!  There are so many things to entertain your little ones and various pools to choose from!  First, there is a small pool that has a volleyball net and basketball hoop so that the whole family can participate in water sports.  There is an adjacent pool that has one of the most epic pool slides I have ever seen (don’t worry, adults are allowed on it too!) and there are slide contests throughout the day.  In addition, there are games for all that are led by the enthusiastic staff members: BINGO by the pool, arts and crafts and even movie night in the water.  And don’t worry Mom and Dad…there are mandatory pool breaks to make sure that your children come out of the water for sunscreen application, hydration and food. 🙂

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Ok adults, I know what you’re thinking.  I don’t have kids (or my kids are at home), and the last thing I want to do is be in the pool with a bunch of loud kids on my vacation.  Well then this next section is for you!  I too enjoy some peace and quiet on my vacation and we were able to enjoy it by the more quiet pool on the upper deck.  Here is the place for us to lounge on our floaties, enjoy poolside service, drink from the poolside bar (under misters, I might add!), and to read on our lounge chairs.  My husband and I even rented a private cabana for the day and spent the day under the shade, fan and by our own refrigerator.  This is the place to be!

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I was extremely nervous about going on vacation and not being able to find anything to eat.  Since my Lyme diagnosis, my diet has become extremely limited so we came prepared with all kinds of food to cook in our kitchen in our villa.  However, we didn’t use any of it (the resort has a food donation program, so it didn’t even go to waste)!  I was so excited to find food that I could eat and not get sick from.  And I could continue to eat clean.  For health addicts like me, The Westin has tons of options to make us happy! 

The first thing that I noticed that I thought was extremely unique was the “Sleep Well Menu” located on our bedside table.  It not only offered all kinds of calming teas but also offered supplements to help you sleep: magnesium and melatonin to name a few.  Who does that?!  The next item that I was delighted with was the Superfoods Rx Menu which was offered for room service, poolside and in the resort restaurant.  It offered all of my favorites: avocado, garlic, broccoli and more.  Every menu has gluten free, vegan and healthy options for the whole family!  As if that weren’t enough to keep this health nut happy, the resort also has a fitness studio, fitness classes, tennis courts, golf and running trails.  Okay, I think I am in Heaven!

 

I absolutely cannot say enough about The Westin Desert Willow Villas.  The staff is extremely accommodating and friendly and they truly have thought of everything.  My one criticism (if I had to find one) is that the bathroom is pretty far away from the pool on the upper deck.  That’s it though.  That’s all I can think of.  🙂

I highly recommend visiting them on your next desert vacation.  I will definitely be back next year…and the year after….and the year after 🙂

 

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My Struggle with Being Perfectly Imperfect

For those of you who have been following my blog for the past year (thank you very much!), this post may look a little familiar to you.  It is something that I wrote last year after struggling from severe body image issues.  As bathing suit season quickly approaches, I find myself feeling this way again and I think it is important to share with you.  Please comment below if you have ever felt this way. I’d love to hear from you.

My Struggle with Being Perfectly Imperfect

It wasn’t until late last year when I realized that I was sick. No, I wasn’t sick in the way that most people would describe sickness. I didn’t have the flu, a cold, strep throat, or cancer. Instead, I was plagued with the sickness of hating my body!

I have had clients say to me that I am “lucky that I have never been fat or had to deal with body image issues” and I have wanted to scream from the rooftop about the years of calorie counting, obsessing and constant working out. They were right, I have never been “fat”, at least not to anyone else’s standards (although I did gain the “freshman fifteen” after graduating from college). However, there have been many times where I would look in the mirror and see a fat person, a person who wasn’t good enough.

I guess it all began in my teen years (let me preface this by saying that I have the most wonderful, supportive and loving parents and none of this was because of them. I completely blame it on the media’s portrayal of what a woman should look and be like). In high school I was a cheerleader and later became a dancer in my college years. I remember even then, at a size 0, thinking that I wasn’t thin enough. I would dance all day and still do crunches during every commercial break to get those “perfect” abs. My stomach was never flat enough, my thighs were never small enough.

My illness was only exasperated into my adult years as I became a personal trainer, got engaged and began planning for my wedding. At this point I was working out twice a day and eating about 500 calories. I would be in a class at the gym, going on my second hour of exercise, and shaking terribly. I had constant headaches and fatigue (not to mention the candida and leaky gut that followed for years to come). I didn’t care. I was going to be “perfect” for my wedding. The day that I got my dress altered the seamstress said to me that I had “the smallest waist she had ever seen” and that she was going to have to take in my Barbie Doll wedding dress even more. At the time, I thought this was the greatest compliment that I had ever heard. Little did I know that my body was crying for help.

The constant body image issues only continued throughout my career. Being a fitness professional can be brutally hard on your ego, especially when comparing yourself to every air-brushed beauty on fitness videos or magazines. There have been times where I haven’t wanted to film a video because I wasn’t skinny enough and crazy enough, there were times where I wouldn’t even buy workout clothes because I wanted to have the “perfect” figure first (are you kidding me?! To buy workout clothes?!). When I didn’t sleep for three weeks before my website photo shoot because I was obsessing over my weight, the carbs that I would eliminate from my diet and how I could make my abs look chiseled, I knew that I had a serious problem! This was when I decided to change my life.

It was finally during the last few months when I realized something (light bulb moment)…..no one is perfect!!! Every flaw of ours makes us unique, special, beautiful and imperfectly you. I am done with feeling like I cannot share my gifts because I’m not what media thinks I should be. Sure, I would love to have a 6 pack, a great butt, a perfect smile, grow a foot taller or erase the bags under my eyes. However, all of my imperfections make me who I am! Can you imagine a world where everyone was cookie cutterly (is that a word?) perfect?! How boring would life be?

So, let’s take a stand! Let’s love ourselves not despite our flaws but for our flaws. No more calorie counting. No more dieting. No more excessive exercise. No more missed opportunities. Let’s workout and eat right to be healthy and happy. Let’s decide that it’s enough to be #perfectlyme!!!