10 Fun and Simple Halloween Treats

Hi guys! I know this has been posted just a bit late but I didn’t get a chance to share the delicacies with you yesterday because I was busy. Halloween is just around the corner so I thought I might share with you some fun recipies that you could make at home for Halloween! Make sure you share them and use the hashtag: thrivingpacifica so that I can see all of you spooky creations! Here are the links to the blogs wth the spooky and delicious recipies!

Vegan Caramel Candy Apples

Easy Vegan Nut Butter Cups (Nut free with Sunflower Butter)

Trick-Or-Treat Halloween Surprise Cookies

Vegan and Gluten Free Witch Finger Cookies

Pumpkin Chocolate Muffins

Vegan and Gluten Free Twix

Monster Halloween Candy Bark

Mummy Pretzel Bites

Homemade Candy Bites

I hope you all enjoy these recipies! Lots of love, Kristelle

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5 Quick Tips to Stay Motivated in a Healthier Lifestyle

imageHey guys! None of you have been sending me updates about how you’ve been doing. Have you been following the Healthy Habits Calendar? If not, scroll down to the first post, and you will find it. Anyways, today I have 5 tips on how you can stay motivated when living a healthy lifestyle. Living healthy isn’t easy at first, and a lot of people get turned off by the smallest things or littlest mistake. Don’t let these things get to you! You are capable of making your own decisions and knowing whether that snack is a craving or an actual energy booster. Without further ado, here are today’s tips~

1. Find motivation
To stay motivated, you first need to find your motivation. Do you want to be better at time management? Do you want to perform better in school? Do you want to have confidence in yourself and wear clothes you never thought would look good on you? What is it? Find that motivational spark. The spark that will ignite and grow and allow you to not only reach your goals, but stay motivated the entire time.
2. Be Kind to Yourself
Love your body, embrace, treat it well, and it will reward you with so much more. Don’t call yourself fat, not worth it, stupid, meaningless, just another problem, or careless. If you make a mistake get back up and try again. Don’t sit there and cry, waiting for some miracle to happen when you know you can get back up. What do babies do when they learn to walk? They fall, get up, and try again over and over again. What should we do if we make a mistake in out lifestyle or get a bad grade? Try again! Tell yourself it’s ok. As a matter of fact, I want you to say this phrase 10 times out loud, and send me a video of it! Say, “I am so much more than dust. I am Special. I am Worth it. I can do anything and everything I put my mind to.” Keep telling yourself that until you believe it!
3. Focus
Don’t lose sight of your goals! Always ask yourself, “Why am I doing this? What do I hope to achieve by living this lifestyle?” Constantly remind yourself why you are working out, eating healthy, and trying to have a positive outlook on life. This is why I made you guys make an inspiration board! To help you keep sight of your goals and dreams. If you didn’t already make an inspiration board, go make one for yourself today! It is always good to remember why you’re working out, why you’re more aware of your plate, or why you’re trying to be more kind. Never forget your goals and what you hope to achieve by living a healthy lifestyle. Keep your focus on your goals.
4. Switch up your Routine!
Do a different workout everyday or take a different path when you go running. Don’t let a monotonous routine take over your life, creating no excitement or challenge to your brain. As a matter of fact, living a monotonous lifestyle can actually increase your chances of getting alzheimer’s disease and other mental illnesses! I most definitely do not want to be at risk of losing some of my most precious memories, and I know you all feel the same way too. Don’t just stop at your workouts, play with you plate too! Change your meals a little bit when you’re prepping for the week’s meals and snacks. If you want to have a salad every day, make a different one or change it up a bit so that you’re brain isn’t too accustomed to monotony, and you get to try something new, which makes it an even better bonus!
5. Remain Consistent
I know I just said to play with your routine but you also have to make sure you’re still following the plans you have for reaching your goals. Make sure you are working out everyday but understand the importance of rest day and let your body recover from the challenging moves once or twice a week. It’s typically better to rest once a week if you are working out everyday. It’s not just your workouts that have to be consistent, though. You also need to make sure that you wake up at the same time every morning, no matter what day it it. Fine. It’s the weekend. I get it. You want to “catch up” on sleep, but the only way you can do that is by getting the proper amount of sleep every night. Not less and most definitely not more. Studies have proven that those who get more than eight hours of sleep are actually just as tired and behave like those who are sleep deprived and only get 2-5 hours of sleep. 7-8 is enough, and you need to train your body to get tired at a certain time every night to wake up at the desired time every morning. Consistency is the key to success. Remember that!

I hope these tips have come to be useful to you and that you can stay motivated throughout the rest of the week. Let me know if you ever have any questions!

Lots of love,
Kristelle Chatagneau

Ten Simple Tips For a Healthy Lifestyle

Hey everyone! This week I am sharing 10 tips to starting a healthy lifestyle. It’s hard, yes, but it’s also important to at least try! I’d like you guys to try at least one of these things for a week and let me know how it works out for you! I did not put these in any order of importance, for they are all equally important.
1. Believe in yourself
And why not? Health starts with you, how you view yourself, and how you treat yourself. Don’t be sarcastic or harsh in any way towards yourself, it’ll affect you in the long run. Believe you can and you will. If you really wanted to thrive from the inside out, you would support yourself, and in doing so, you would help yourself in ways you can’t even imagine. Even when the going gets tough, even when it seems like you’re better off with where you are, keep trying! Don’t ever give up on yourself! Believing in your self, believing that you can do the impossible, is the first step to actually achieving that.

2. Set specific goals for yourself
Challenge yourself and keep making goals! Be specific and once you reach that goal, make another one! Don’t compare yourself to other people, the only person you should compete against is yourself. And when you’re making your goals, have the intention of completing them. Ask this question: What good are goals if we don’t make any forward movement towards them to accomplish them?
3. Sleep
Getting enough sleep is ESSENTIAL! Not achieving 7-9 hours of sleep can harm your hormones, and it will actually cause you to gain weight! Sleep is a time to allow your body to heal itself and recover. Your body rebuilds muscle tissue, calms down, and for a full 7-9 hours, your body is detoxing. You know that grimy feeling you have in your mouth or your face? That is all of the toxins, dirt, and unneeded bacteria your body was able to extract in one night! Not only that, but gaining the proper amount of sleep will allow you to be able to focus better in school!

4. Add more greens!
Adding greens to your diet is essential! Leafy greens can help reduce your risk of cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure, and strokes. There are lots of sneaky and interesting ways to sneak greens into your day aside from a salad. You could always make wraps, sandwiches, green smoothies, etc. For those of you who have never heard of adding greens to a smoothie, it is, if done correctly, extremely delicious. The simplest recipe for a green smoothie is this: 1 banana, a handful of greens (I usually use spinach or kale), almond milk (soy if you have a nut allergy), and ice (only if you like them cold). This is a very common and well known recipe and often the base of many other green smoothies. Greens are so beneficial to your health and you will notice a glow from the inside out by consuming more greens!

5. Get moving!
Move all day every day. Yes, pick a workout plan and stick to it, but don’t workout and then sit all day long. Move throughout the day in any way you want. Dance, do yoga, go outside every 2 hours, stand up and do some kind of activity for five minutes, whatever it is, make sure your body is always on the move. Even the busiest student can make time to move in some shape or form! All it takes is the right mindset and motivation to avoid being stagnant for too long. Besides, sitting for more than 8 hours a day increases your chance of heart disease, and other horrible things. Every hour you spend sitting past those first 8 hours is an increase of risk for health. Even if it’s just a few movement, some movement is better than none. It might even be helpful if you were to build a makeshift standing desk! Studies have proven that standing while working actually causes students and adults to become more efficient in their work habits. Plus, standing for at least 8 hours a day for a few days can burn the equivalent average amount of calories of running a marathon! More information plus a table is shown in the link below.

6. Eat balanced meals
This is a bit cliche but all too true. Make sure you are consuming the proper amount of macros. Your meals will supply your body with the energy, strength, and nutrients it needs to stay motivated and to keep moving. Make sure each meal consists of the nutrients your body needs.

7. Tidy up!
I know this may be something that’ll make you all groan about putting things away, but this is a lot more beneficial than you think. Cluttered space creates a cluttered mind which causes cluttered results. Clearing out your room, putting things away, and organizing your room will allow you to be able to focus and perform better. You will have better results in a clean organized environment than when your room is unorganized and cluttered. Make sure your desk is clear while you’re working and have as little distractions around you as possible.

8. Give back
Be kind and have common courtesy. Be generous and smile. Simple things like smiles and compliments can go a long way. If your friend has no lunch or you see some one struggling, go lend a hand. Kindness and helpfulness can make you feel so much better in so many different ways. You will feel so much better about yourself and also about other people. It never hurts to ask someone if they need any kind of help, they’re more than likely to say yes. Helping others and being kind will go back to you and you will end up receiving an even greater reward.

9. Morning Routine
Having a morning routine can be so much more beneficial than you think. It gives yourself instead of waking up, throwing clothes on, skipping breakfast, and leaving the house before you even remember to go to the bathroom. It won’t help you if you start off the day panicked or frustrated. You’ll only start the day off on the wrong foot, and nobody wants to see anybody like that. Making a moment for yourself will allow you to be at peace with yourself and appreciate those little things in life that most people don’t even notice. Having a daily morning routine, whether it be to read a book, do some yoga, go for a walk, or workout, will give you the you-time you need and deserve.

10. Use your time wisely.
Set up boundaries when using social media. Don’t multitask and procrastinate. Focus on what’s most important. It’s ok to go on social media but when your time is up, it’s up. Don’t go to your phone to check what your friend’s latest snapchat story the night before an essay or test. And please don’t push things to a later time, you’ll regret doing that, and you know it. Prioritize and make schedules. Hey! It never hurts to make a to do list, as a matter of fact, it helps you get things done and done quickly. After you’re done with what you’ve gotta do, go ahead and maybe browse social media for ten minutes or whatever time you allow yourself. Just don’t spend the time you could be using for more important things to stalk your celebrity crush or watch the most popular YouTube video.

Kickstarting Thrive!

Hello everyone! It was an absolute joy to see all of you at the meeting today! I would just like to go a little bit more in depth with some of the things we talked about in today’s meeting. So health can mean a lot of different things to people. For some of us, health is what we eat, how we eat, what our bodies look like, having the right kind of body, eating food to build muscle, looking a certain way, etc. In reality, health is nothing more than this: a balance between your body, your, mind, and what you eat. How you see yourself and treat yourself in your mind is one of the hardest things to a healthy lifestyle. I admit that I am sometimes harsh with myself and wish I could work harder, but I know that wishing won’t bring me anywhere. You see? It all starts with motivation and determination. The willingness and desire to change or improve will help you push yourself in ways you never thought were possible! You’ll realize that you’re stronger than what you thought you were. But change can’t happen if you don’t act upon that determination. There are so many different kinds of workouts, and not everyone will like a certain type of workout. Working out should be something we enjoy. If you don’t look forward to working out every day, you better start looking into some different kinds of workouts. Lastly, working out but eating food that is lacking in nutrition is not going to help you. You’ll end up being discouraged and wonder why nothing is happening. This means learning to come up with nutritious alternatives to your meals. Of course, you can indulge every so often, maybe once a week, when you have your YOLO meal (not YOLO Day!). YOLO meals can be anything you want them to be. Just treat yourself and reward yourself for your efforts every once in a while, but don’t do this every day! This is only the beginning of thriving from the inside out. 🙂

Here are some workout recommendations in case you’re not sure what you want to try! (the password for the second calendar is hipsterpumpkin)

Blogilates for Beginners

Blogilates October Calendar

Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred (Youtube)

Billy Boot Camp (Youtube)

C25k (Couch to 5k for you runners 😉 Program to train for a marathon)

Go pick one of these or look for your perfect workout!

First Healthy Habits Calendar!

Hello everybody! Welcome to Thrive! Here is the Healthy Habits Calendar for this month! I know we’re all starting this a bit late but it’s ok. You can catch up since we only really missed a few days. Besides, what matters is that you are willing to make a change in your lifestyle! Be sure to post your healthy habits using the hashtag, #thrivingpacifica so that we know you’re all following the calendar everyday! I look forward to seeing all of your posts!

Love,

Your Thrive Club President- Kristelle Chatagneau

Healthy Habits Calendar Below!

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