Bloglift and Newness Ahead

Hey there!

Umm it's pretty obvious that things are different around these here parts, and I apologize if Fit for the Soul has been driving you batty with all the changes!  Trust me, those changes left me with a less-than-full set of hair.  Well, figuratively, of course. :)

I recently decided to pinch my nose and dive into the deep scary oceans of blog transfer.  The whole process of moving from Wordpress to Squarespace was not as simple as I thought it would be--partly because I still have much learning to do when it comes to computer technology, and partly because there are several things I wish I would have known beforehand in order to avoid jumping to and fro from hurdle to hurdle. 

Please don't get me wrong though.  I am loving a lot of things about Squarespace!  I just have to get used their ways and accept the fact that your name will not be clickable when you leave a comment. Insert BIG HMMPHH.  So please, pleeeaaaaase!  IF YOU HAVE A SITE/BLOG, DO NOT FEEL SHY OR ASHAMED TO ALWAYS LEAVE YOUR LINK "WWW.______.COM" AT THE END OF YOUR COMMENTS!  I truly believe that blogging is a lot about building and finding your own niche of community, and what better way than to make yourself known so others can find your beautiful site?  Also, if you are a new reader then I'd love to check your site as well and I wouldn't be able to do that without your specific URL.

So, would you guys bear with me as I go through these not to earth shattering but still notable changes?  You might still notice little tweaks to my layout, design, and all that good stuff over the next few days, but I promise I am still me and I'm still here to connect with you. 

I don't talk about it much on the blog, but I am a lover of creating art in some shape or form and I have always been a perfectionist when it comes to that subject matter.  Heh, wish I could put that perfectionism to use with other things, like keeping a squeaky clean house, if you know what I mean?  So I constantly find myself having to tweak something about the aesthetics whenever time allows (even if it's 2 min. here and there) and end up second guessing if I love it or hate it.  Hah!  I'm sure some of you can relate.

And with all that said...how do you like the new layout?  Do you have any suggestions? 

Also, I feel content--errr more like very content--with the updated pages on the navigation.  If you have time please check out my about, recipe, and fitness pages.  They are finally organized and much more reader friendly. 

Come to think of it, I guess this bloglift goes right along with the newness that Easter brings, in a sense!

Now with my blog-vanity (new Ellie term) aside...I hope you have a beautiful Easter weekend and may God bless you and your family!  Like I mentioned before, whether or not I know you personally, I often pray for your well being and for blessings to flood into your life.  Wherever you may be in life keep on looking forward because God's best is ahead.  Right there just around the corner. :)

What are some blog transfer experiences you have?  Do you use Squarespace?

How are you going to spend Easter weekend?

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Get Healthy and Lose Weight: How to Get Started on a Plan

Today’s post is all about ideas to help you adopt a healthier lifestyle and slim down while you’re at it!  I was inspired to write this post by two individuals:  a friend who specifically asked me to make a {loose} plan of healthy meals and workouts, and Aimee Song of Song of style.  Ahem, whom I had the pleasure to meet last week, ahem….Say what?!  But more on that at the bottom of the post, hehe.

Anyway, people I know ask me for dietary advice quite often even if I’m not an RD, but I still felt so honored that someone wanted a detailed plan and was willing to put in some hard work!  So pretty much every meal and snack I feature in this post is an idea of what I eat regularly—unless it’s a semi-healthy dish or just plain indulgent—then I always leave some wiggle room and “let loose”, haha.  Most of you know that my philosophy is most definitely not crash dieting, because for most people that can lead to future {extra} weight gain and mental burnout.  Not to mention, it’s a surefire way to get yourself an eating disorder if you’re not careful.  As crude as that sounds it is an heartbreaking problem our world is facing today.

Like I always say, what works for my body might not work as well for yours, but I eat in a manner that is 75% healthy+25% lenient.  This way I can enjoy everything I eat without ever feeling restricted.

 The pictures make it rather self explanatory, but if you’d like more details please feel free to ask!  You can find the strawberries and coconut cream smoothie and cajun mac ‘n cheese recipes on the links.  Of course, I wouldn’t want you to get the impression that I eat like this everyday.  I would say that it’s a great way to start and then taper off into more leniency, kind of like the polenta and nutritional yeast crusted chicken we had last night….Let me tell you though, it was a good one!

Meeting Aimee of Song of Style

Like I mentioned earlier, I got to meet Aimee last Thursday evening!  She was hosting an event at the Beverly Center Ann Taylor store in honor of Kate Hudson’s black dress creation.  I literally drove there last minute because Greg offered to watch Selah and got there 15 min. before the closing.

I am so glad I got there late because the crowds were gone and I had Aimee all to myself.  We surprisingly were able to talk about many things like prayer, blogging, healthy living, and staying in shape.  Since Aimee’s work requires her to stay in shape and slim, she mentioned that she needs to start eating better and exercising.

Thus, I felt inspired to hopefully motivate others to pursue a healthier lifestyle not only for weight loss, but also to live a more fulfilling life.  Meeting Aimee and her sister Dani was such a pleasure, and seeing Aimee’s humility in her field of work is so inspiring!  You don’t see that very often, right?

Have you met bloggers whom you’ve “hoped to run into someday”? 

How do you incorporate healthy meals into your day?  Are you all or nothing, or somewhat lenient?

Which fashion blogs do you love? 

Spring Breakfast Parfait {vegan+gf}

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Some of my best memories with my mom include the most mundane experiences, and I’m sure that to you they don’t mean much…but to me?  They mean the world!

I don’t mean to sound like I’m whining or anything, but it was pretty rare to spend time doing fun things together due to her busy work schedule, so any little memory I could guard inside my heart, I did.

Those experiences which still make me smile to this day were simple--helping her make a month’s worth of kimchi in a huge tub and going to McDonald’s every Saturday after Korean class.  Whenever we went to the McD’s in the central area called Rivadavia (in Argentina) I would always choose a Happy Meal, and after I was done with the burger I proceeded to coax her into buying me either a swirled cone or a parfait!  Back then those parfaits tasted so amazing!  Now that I’m older and wiser I realize that they are laden with sugar, so in honor of thinking of my mom and watching out for my health, I came up with this vegan parfait recipe.

Not only are these perfect for breakfast in the spring, or summer, or winter…hehehe…but they are packed with healthy fats, fiber, protein, and natural sugar.  At first I wasn’t so sure if one serving would fill me up, but I soon realized that it kept me satiated till lunch time.  Delicious, cute, and satisfying?  Sign me up.

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If you’re on the lookout for a fun and easy breakfast recipe, then look no further my friends.  I’m thinking this is also a great alternative for entertaining guests or for a picnic with your loved ones.  Enjoy!

Spring Breakfast Parfait {vegan+gf}

This is a truly easy and customizable recipe.  Instead of coconut milk you may also use soy or almond milk. 

Makes 3 medium or 2 large servings

Ingredients for Quinoa Base

  • 2/3 C dry quinoa
  • 2 1/3 C water
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 tsp allspice (or cinnamon)

Ingredients for Chia Pudding

  • 3/4 C full fat can coconut milk (I use Thai Kitchen)
  • 2 1/2 TBSP chia seeds
  • 3 TBSP pure maple syrup

Fruit Ingredients

  • 1 large banana, sliced in medallions
  • 8-10 medium strawberries, sliced (or other berry)

Directions

  1. Make the quinoa at least an hour ahead of time.  In a medium pot cook the quinoa and water by first simmering it on medium heat.  When it simmers for a little while, bring it down to low heat and cook it slowly—about 25 minutes or until the water is soaked up and quinoa is tender.  Make sure to come back to it every few minutes and stir it a bit.  After it’s done, let it cool down or refrigerate it till ready to be used.
  2. In a small-medium bowl, combine the milk, chia seeds, and syrup.  Whisk it thoroughly and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.  The mixture will be thick and gel-like, like pudding!
  3. If you are using a long glass like I did, start by layering it with about 2 TBSP quinoa.  (If you’re using a bowl the measurements will differ.  Just try to eyeball the measurements as you go, you can’t go wrong. )
  4. Then place a few banana slices and berries.
  5. Top with chia pudding.  Repeat steps 3-5 one more time and garnish the top with berries.  Eat it cold and feel refreshed!

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Just keep in mind that these don’t taste like yogurt. They have their own unique twist and that’s what makes them so fun to eat.  Bon appetit!

What are some of your best memories with your parents?  (or guardians?)

Were you a fan of MCDonald type restaurants as a kid?  What was your go-to meal?

What classic favorites do you wish to recreate with a healthier nutrition profile?

love-ellie