FitFeb| Jess & the Citi

Jess is an educated, multi-talented entrepreneur based in Southern California. She is the perfect person to profile for FitFeb because she’s active, and keeps her pescatarian lifestyle delicious and healthy. Read more about her below!

Instagram & Twitter: jessandtheciti

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Q1: Do you believe in goals or resolutions? What are yours?

A1: I believe every day offers a new opportunity to make it different than the day before. I suppose a year is a big marker, but I prefer to take each day at a time. My goals are to continue to grow Suite J, an online accessories boutique, stay healthy, and work on my patience. I rush too much!
Q2: What are your eating habits? Some are not familiar with the pescatarian lifestyle.

A2: My pescatarian diet consists of fruits. vegetables, nuts, and  select seafood 3 times a week. A pescatarian lifestyle keeps me fit, healthy, and provides my body with proteins necessary for growing & repairing  muscle. My favorite thing to eat is also my favorite to drink! I love to juice vegetables every day with a juice extractor. Juicing gives me energy, keeps my skin glowing, and radiant!
Q3:As long as I’ve followed you on IG, you’ve stay trim and fit. What do you do when you work out? How do you keep fit when you’re super busy and traveling?

A3: Thank you ☺. I kick box for one hour 3 times a week, circuit train twice a week, and walk every day. When I’m traveling, I just walk! I love to wake up early in the morning, explore the city and burn calories!

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Q4: When did you start your business? Tell me about it! 

A4: I started my image consulting business one year ago after stumbling on some interesting research findings in my psychology program. I found that the way we dress correlates with so many human emotions and I wanted to explore that further by working directly with people that cared about improving their appearance, behavior, and communication.

Check out her latest video on juicing!

Jess’s website: www.youtube.com/TheGreenLifeTV

FitFeb| Drea’s Fab Picks for Workout Gear

tumblr_mhj6klpnok1rhmj7wo1_1280If you’re still trying to motivate yourself to get into the gym, maybe the secret isn’t having a trusty workout gal pal or a rigid routine. Maybe it’s all about being excited to get dressed for the gym. Surely, the gym isn’t a fashion show, but that doesn’t mean you can’t look fabulous while working out. Below, I’ve listed my top 6 fab picks that can help motivate you to get in the gym and keep you comfortable while you’re bouncing around toning up your booty and biceps!

  • Tank Tops:
    • Tip: Look for tank tops that will help keep you cool and dry at the gym. John Lewis, $15
  • Sports Bras: 
    • Tip: Invest in sports bras that are fully lined and well-fitted. H&M, $16
  • Yoga Pants:
    • Tip: These are most suitable for general exercise and when you’re doing yoga and/or pilates. Victoria’s Secret, $35
  • Water Bottle:
    • Tip: Purchase a water bottle that’s functional, BPA-free, and fabulous. Target, $16 
  • iPod/MP3 Player:
    • Tip: Download tunes that are upbeat, motivating, and fun to listen to.
  • Fab Footwear:

    • Tip: Of all the items, this is the one you should spend the most time on. Be sure to check prices, functionality, and comfort before purchasing a pair of sneakers for the gym. Nike, $155

As a final tip, I know some of you girls prefer to look presentable when at the gym, and that’s understandable. But, instead of wearing a full face of makeup, I suggest skipping the foundation and powder and only wearing a tinted moisturizer, a few coats of waterproof mascara and a non-tinted lip gloss.

MissDrea is the editor-in-chief of TheRealMissDrea Daily, the #1 online source for all things fabulous and everything in between, updated with daily doses of celebrity new/gossip, fashion/beauty news, videos, interviews, and exclusives and occasional peeks into her “fabulous” life! Connect with her on Twitter: @therealmissdrea and Instagram: @therealmissdrea. 

FitFeb| The Paleo Lifestyle

Katie is one of my Instagram pals (IG name: fit_weinbagel) who I have had the pleasure of following for quite some time. She’s health conscious and super athletic– and I cannot help but be jealous of her glorious view of the Northern Pacific as she heads out for jogs! Most importantly, through sharing her meals, she has greatly educated me on the Paleo diet and its benefits. People are quick to dismiss what they see as trend diets, but for some it is really eating they way that their body most agrees with– and it has become a lifestyle.

Q1: What is the paleo diet? How did you find out about it and decide it was for you?

A1: The paleo lifestyle in a nutshell is just eating real food; this means no processed food!  A good rule of thumb is to shop the perimeter of a grocery store (produce, meat/seafood, and nuts/seeds).  There is controversy over whether or not dairy is “allowed”, though I think a lot of people try to avoid it.  I believe people also try to limit fruit intake.

My coworker introduced me to the paleo lifestyle in 2011.  She brought in “The Paleo Solution” by Robb Wolf and I read it in one evening.  I had always been interested and somewhat conscious of healthy habits, however I believed whole wheat and lowfat foods, among other health fads, were “healthy” prior to reading the book.

Shortly after reading the book, I was diagnosed with Hashimotos, which is an autoimmune disorder.  The body attacks your thyroid, and interestingly enough, gluten protein looks like thyroid when it’s ingested.  This is when I gave up gluten all together and got strict about paleo.  I also have a very sensitive stomach and have to monitor what I eat closely unless I want to suffer with the side effects (bloating, nausea, fatigue, depression, etc).

Q2: I love seeing updates from you for gym workouts and runs. What’s your favorite fitness activity?

A2: Wow, this is a tough question!  Recently I have broadened my workout routine and I don’t know if I can pick just one!  I guess I would have to say I really love the runs I’ve been doing in downtown Portland followed by a weight lifting session in my office gym.  I think running downtown on the waterfront is really refreshing.  If I go to the gym, I love the stair climber because it gets your heart rate up and it stays up even if you’re not climbing very fast.  Of course I also love to end my workouts in the sauna!

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Q3: What does a typical day of paleo eating look like for you?

A3: A typical day of paleo eating for me looks like:

Breakfast: 3 hardboiled eggs and 1/2 an avocado, coffee with half and half (the only dairy I allow myself to eat on a daily basis) and liquid stevia.  Bacon on weekends.

Lunch: Ground meat with steamed veggies

Snack: Handful of nuts (almond or pistachio), and/or roasted veggies

Dinner: Salad

I don’t eat a lot of fruit, but if I’m having a crazy sweet tooth I will eat some and occasionally ice cream (not paleo!).

Green Chicken Curry

Green Chicken Curry

Fish w/veggies

Fish w/veggies

Pork & Salad

Pork & Salad

Bison steak & veggies

Bison steak & veggies

Q4: Are there noticeable differences to your health with this new way of eating?

A4:  I think eating this way has given me a lot more energy, and it has also boosted my mood.  I have read about a lot of people who effortlessly lost weight doing paleo, and I think if it weren’t for Hashimoto’s and my “weird” stomach, the same would have happened to me.  Overall I am so thankful for being introduced to this new way of eating, and it’s so simple.  Just eat real food!

Divine Fitness| FitFeb!

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Hey everyone! January zoomed by before I could even get used to writing “2013” and now it’s February! The month of January seems to naturally lend itself to eating healthy  because people have many regrets after eating over the holidays. I am very excited to  start a new series for this month: FitFeb! It will be focused mostly on fitness.  For this month, I will focus on workouts, workout gear, products, and more. Look forward to lots of guest writers, weight loss stories, and ideas for ways to stay fit! If you have topics or questions you’d like covered, feel free to visit http://www.facebook.com/divinehostess and send me a message.

xo,

Fifi