#FitChicks: Stretch It Out With Trill Yoga

All Images Cosign Magazine

All Images Cosign Magazine

Here in Dallas where we live, it’s not too hard to find a good workout. Everything from cycling to bootcamps are readily available but, the one thing we don’t have (at least I’ve never been) is yoga of the TRILL variety. Lucky for us, the folks at Cosign Magazine were celebrating their anniversary with a weekend full of events and they happened to bring the trill to us.

Image Cosign Magazine

Image Cosign Magazine

Claire Fountain, instructor and founder of Trill Yoga, came to make us WERK here in Dallas. Last Saturday, Chan and I arrived at IQ Haus ready for a cool experience. What we didn’t realize was just how intense the hour long session with Claire would be. After the workout, we were treated to refreshing H2O provided by EarthWater and awesome gift bags courtesy of event sponsor Reebok.

Get a taste of our Trill Yoga experience by checking out 4 of our biggest takeaways below:

 

Trill Yoga is definitely bringing all of the VIBES

Super deep stretches, lots of sweat, and more vinyasas than we can count were highlighted by the ebb and flow of soul-drenched SZA records, H-Town homages, and thumping TrapN’B. Basically, we kind of sort of lost focus more than once simply thanks to the impromptu jam session.

Ladies really do love Yoga

We were right on time when we walked into IQ Haus and were pleasantly surprised to see just how many women showed up and showed out for the city. The room was full! Luckily Chan and I were able to find two spots for our mat in the front corner, but, it was tremendously inspirational to see just how many women got up early that Saturday morning to show some love to their bodies and their minds. Namaste, y’all.

Want more? Head on over to CNKDaily.com  via the link below to peep 2 more reasons we’re grateful for our Trill Yoga/Cosign Experience!


Have you experienced Trill Yoga?  Let us know in the comments below.

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#FitChicks: Mid-Year Check Up

Photo by Ramiro Mendes 

Photo by Ramiro Mendes 

Can you guys believe that we are officially half way through 2017?! The mid-way mark is always a great time to stop and do some reflection, maybe go over the goals you set at the beginning of the year, and make sure you are still on the right track. And, guess what? It is ok if somewhere along that path you faced a detour or two. The key is to not quit, figure out where you may have went wrong, and come up with some new steps to rock your goals because we still have half of the year left!

We too are doing a mid-year check-up this week and making sure that we ( Chan and I) are collectively bringing you the best #FitChicks has to offer! So, this week is a great time to focus in on some of our favorite posts of 2017, just in case you may have missed one or two.

 

What would you like to see more of from our #FitChicks series? What was one of your favorite posts (so far) this year?

XOXO,

Brit & Chan "Fit Chicks"

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#FitChicks: Get Bossy With Emmelie De La Cruz

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Images Emmelie De La Cruz

July is here. W...T...F. It seems like just yesterday we were heading into 2017 and introducing you to our January Boss Chick. Now, as we get into the thick of the summer, we think it's important to highlight some of the women who have helped champion us in these first 6 months. One such woman for Chan, is branding/marketing maven Emmelie De La Cruz.

One thing we both love about our respective platforms is getting the opportunity to interact with people who have established voices in a certain area, because - let's face it - we don't know everything. And it's imperative, at whatever business stage you are in, to recognize when you need help and be open to receiving it from someone who makes it their job to help you better yourself.

Emmelie De La Cruz is a marketing professional who, after 2 layoffs from corporate marketing positions, has found her voice in slanging no-nonsense branding strategy to millennials who are looking to build. This sassy New York native (the title of her last email blast was "Fck all this motivation man…") makes it her business to help push potential into purpose with a dose of, often, tough love.

So, ready to kick off the summer with our July Boss Chick? Of course you are! Take a look at three reasons why Emmelie inspires us in the BOSSiest way possible.

#FitChicks: Best Bathing Suits For Your Body Type

Summer is in full swing and we know if you are anything like us, you are more than ready to start working on your tan, and just getting a little more Vitamin D. The piece of the puzzle that we know most ladies stress about is this: what swimsuits are we rocking this summer? Of course we want something that we can feel comfortable in, but more than that, sometimes you just want something that is going to enhance all of our positive assets. So, we have scoured the e-streets and Instagram pages, turned to the experts, and have found the best bathing suit styles for your body type. Now, hear us when we say there is no rule in picking a bathing suit. If you are comfortable in it then, Girl - DO YOU. But, we wouldn’t be your friends if we didn’t do OUR best to guide you in looking YOUR best. Hopefully, with the picks below, you’ll feel your best too!

If You Want To Hide Your Tummy

Photo by Rowan Chestnut 

Photo by Rowan Chestnut 

If your mid-section isn’t your favorite, try taking the ruched approach to swimwear. Finding a bathing suit that shows a little skin, maybe a flattering V-neck to draw attention away from your stomach and brings the focus in on your legs, arms, and or chest area. Ruffles are a fun and flirty way to take your beach look to another level without showing too much skin.

For Those With A “Sporty” Frame

Photo by Jakob Owens 

Photo by Jakob Owens 

It’s really important to focus in on your selling points which calls for monokinis and any suit that has really bold prints. A trick this body type is that the smaller your suit bottom is the more fuller your butt will look and I know most of us are looking for any trick to make our milkshake bring all of the boys to yard. Milkshake = butt, just in case you didn’t get our strategic Kelis reference.

Hopefully we have all of our bases covered. What are some of the issues that you face when trying to find the perfect swimsuit? Also, what are some of your favorite brands to shop? Let us know in the comment area below.

XOXO,

Brit & Chan "Fit Chicks"

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#FitChicks: 4 Recipes You Have To Try This Summer

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So, it’s June. For those of us who live in warm (read: ridiculously hot) cites two things are imperative from June - August; easy to make foods that require little to no interaction with an oven and options that are both refreshing (because, again, HOT) and healthy. Chan and I both live in Dallas which seems to have it’s very own heat index so, we’re always interested in finding options that will work for us as we battle 100+ degree temps and Saturday BBQ’s.

As we dive into the thick of summer, we thought we’d compile a few fresh and time-friendly options that you can utilize for a quick meal or to shine at the company picnic. We tapped two of our favorite food bloggers, Dixya Bhattarai of FoodPleasureandHealth.com and Bobbi Burleson of bobbiskozykitchen.com to grace us with 4 recipes that we absolutely have to try this summer. While you won’t find any burgers in this bunch, you will find options that will fill you up, are vegetarian-friendly, and even one that will cool AND satisfy your sweet tooth. Wins all around. Are you ready for some fresh eats? Let’s grub!

 

Chopped Kale and Chickpea Salad

Created by: Dixya Bhattarai

Created by: Dixya Bhattarai

It’s a pretty sturdy salad that will hold up well for a couple of days, great for lunch/picnic, and you can easily customize it based on what you have in the fridge. Chopped Kale and Chickpea Salad with Tamarind Vinaigrette is naturally gluten-free/vegan/allergy-friendly but most importantly it is nutritious, delicious, and easy to assemble.
— Dixya

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 cups chopped kale, ribs removed (I used curly kind but lacinto will work too)

  • 1.5 cups garbanzo beans, cooked (you can use the canned variety)

  • 12-15 cherry or grape tomatoes, halved

  • ¼ onion, thinly sliced

  • For the tamarind vinaigrette:

  • ¼ cup olive oil

  • ¼ cup tamarind water (see notes)

  • 1 tablespoon sweetener (honey or maple syrup to keep it vegan)

  • 3 garlic cloves, minced

  • salt, pepper to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a large bowl, add chopped kale, chickpeas, tomatoes, and onion and give it a nice stir.

  2. In a small bowl, whisk olive oil, tamarind water, sweetener, garlic cloves, salt, and pepper. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.

  3. Generously pour it over the kale mix and massage it well. Let it sit in the refrigerator for half an hour or so right before serving. This allows kale to soften a little bit.

NOTES

-For tamarind water: I used generous 2 tablespoon of tamarind pulp + ¼ cup warm water and let it soak for 15 minutes. Then strained the tamarind pulp and only used the tangy tamarind water.

- Depending upon what type of tamarind you use, you may have to adjust accordingly.

Sheet Pan Salmon and Asparagus

  Created by: Bobbi Burleson

 

Created by: Bobbi Burleson

When I am putting together my meal plans there are 3 things that a recipe needs to have. #1 is flavor, who wants to eat it if it doesn’t taste good right? #2 is that it is heathy(ish), hey we all have our pasta days but keeping things in balance is the way to go, and #3 is that it is easy to make. Nobody wants to slave away in the kitchen for an hour (or more) when you have a million other things on your to-do list. That is when recipes like this come into play.
— Bobbbi

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced

  • 1 lemon, juiced and zested

  • 1½ tablespoons plain Greek yogurt

  • 1½ tablespoons Dijon mustard

  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped plus more for garnish

  • Kosher salt

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 2-pound salmon filet

  • 1 pound thin stalk asparagus, ends trimmed

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.

  2. Spread the lemon slices out on the pan.

  3. In a small bowl, mix the lemon juice and zest, Greek yogurt and Dijon mustard together. Season with salt and pepper and 1 the fresh dill.

  4. Place the salmon on the sheet pan and season with salt and pepper. Spread sauce on evenly.

  5. In a large bowl, toss the asparagus and garlic with the olive oil, season with salt and pepper. Scatter the on the baking sheet. Season with more salt and pepper if desired.

  6. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until desired doneness, checking the cook time at the 10-12 minute mark.

  7. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with fresh dill and more lemon if you like.

Are you feeling these easy summer recipes? Anything you’d recommend?  Be sure to let us know! You can find more amazing eats by heading to both Bobbi’s and Dixya’s respective websites via the links above.

XOXO,

Brit & Chan "Fit Chicks"

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#FitChicks: Get Bossy with Susie Gonzales

All Images via MommyAndMozi on Instagram

All Images via MommyAndMozi on Instagram

FIERCE means, being bold and knowing that even though you may not have life, parenting or your relationship all figured out, it’s okay. To be honest, we are all figuring it out. Be FIERCE in own your uncertainty but don’t allow yourself to dwell. Connect with new people, challenge yourself to be more understanding, and walk into a situation and show everyone that YOU got THIS; because you do!
— Susie Gonzales

 

It was in the moment we read this quote that we knew that we had encountered something special, something that could not be kept to ourselves, and something that needed to be shared.  That something or, shall we say, someone is Susie Gonzales.

Susie is an Instagram fashionista that slays the gram with her fashionable mini mosaic. As a self-proclaimed creator she uses her voice, images, and her new blog to let us into her world.

 So, sit back and get ready to get inspired as we shed a light on why Mrs. Gonzales inspires us in the bossiest way possible.

 

She’s New To The Game, But Not To The Hustle

Susie recently launched her blog Mommy and Mozi and even though the title suggests that you would get an overdose of all things parenting related, it is deeper than that. Through her storytelling you are able to connect with her despite of where you are in life and pull valuable lessons that you can either apply now or put in your pocket for later.

 

Her Pictures Are Worth A Thousand Words…Literally

We are definitely fans of people that make you think. Instagram has easily become a place that people turn to to get that boost of confidence for a day of “Let me drop that picture and see how many likes I can get” behavior. No judgement because we’ve all been there. But, how many times do you upload that image and genuinely hope to change a life, change a perspective, or encourage someone to genuinely love themselves? Welp, that’s a regular thing over on MommyandMozi’s Instagram. Don’t enter if you are not truly ready to grow.

 

Her Closet Is GOALS!

If there is one thing that we could change about Susie’s platform it would definitely be the addition of a LikeToKnow.It option because we would literally be screenshotting everything! This fashionista is always dressed to the T. Not only that but her looks are versatile, which makes her that more fierce! It doesn't stop there because little Mosaic will make you want to shout, “get it girl” at your phone!

 

The great thing about this series is that you never really know what or who you are going to get but know that Chan and I are constantly scouring these e-streets to bring you the gems that you may have accidentally let slide right past you. The ladies that we pick for Boss Chicks are from different walks of life and embody a boss mentality in everything they do and that’s why we rock with them!

Connect with Susie

Instagram

Website

 

What’s your definition of a boss?

 

XOXO,

Brit & Chan "Fit Chicks"

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#FitChicks: 4 Fit Moms We Are Crushing On

We absolutely love celebrating women! There isn’t a day that goes by that we are not instantly motivated by someone that we encounter via life, social media, or through a good read via our favorite blogs, magazines, and books. That, for us, is pretty amazing when you think about it. For a lot of people, though, celebrating others isn’t as easy. In a world that constantly tells us to compete, as women we can easily allow jealousy, comparison, and a list of other things to get in the way of actually showing love to those people that are inspiring and motivating us.


Not over here, though.  We stay clapping.

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Image CNK Daily

So this week we want to tip our hats to 6 amazing fit moms that we are crushing on. Being a woman is difficult, being a mom on top of that is just something NOTHING can ever prepare you for. Add creating balance and maintaining your health (mind, body, and soul) too?! You deserve a standing ovation.


Leah Egwuatu ( @fitfoodiele)

She is a faith filled woman, with three little ones, a husband and business partner ( they both run 6 Pack USA), wellness consultant, computer engineer….the list goes on and on. When I first started my blog she was definitely someone that motivated me from afar. Her realistic approach to health and fitness, not emphasizing the whole, “snap back” craze that is going on in our society. That is something worth clapping for.

Wah (@Wahderful)

Spend quality time with my love. Wearing @womensbest #womensbest #womensbestsportswear Music: mercy (Duffy)

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Certified yoga instructor and mommy of one, Wah teaches people at all levels how to incorporate yoga into their lifestyle via her easy to follow video she posts on her instagram account. Even while carrying a freakin tiny human she amazes us with her dedication and her strength. It’s even cuter now seeing her rock her poses with her mini in tow.

These are just a few of our favorite moms that rock! Who are some of your favorite fit moms? Also, what do you guys think about this whole “snap back” craze? We are more so advocates of women having a healthy pregnancy and feeling their best post partum by using nutrition and a safe approach to fitness after giving their bodies the time to heal.

XOXO,

Brit & Chan "Fit Chicks"

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#FitChicks: 10 Gym Bags You Can Use For Everything

We count on our gym bags to do quite a bit. We want them to be lightweight, but we also expect them to hold everything. We love it when they're water-resistant and weather-proof, but they’ve got to look decent too. Once we determine which features are our priority, then comes the matter of wading through the countless options on the market. If you’re already overwhelmed, take a breath: we've gone ahead and done the hard work for you. Gym bag - not the actual workout. That’s your job.

Below, we've rounded up some of our favorite gym bags that range from totally functional to super fashionable. No matter your style or your preferred workout, there's something here for you. Scroll on to find the right gym bag for you.

Battenwear Wet-Dry Bag

Whether you're hitting the beach or logging a few laps at the pool, this wet-dry bag has you (and all your items) covered. Since summer is upon us, I’ll definitely need something to keep water off of our stuff when my mini hits the pool. This may just be an option.


Herschel Supply Metallic Packable Duffle

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If you’re anything like us, you need something that’s going to take up very little room while doing everything you need it to. This duffle isn't just lightweight (because, arm day is a killer) and reflective at night (for those of you who swear by those late night workouts) — it's packable like a mug which means there’s no reason to miss your workout on that vacay. Simply fold it up into its internal pocket and throw it in your carry-on.

Dagne Dover Landon CarryAll

Whether you’re off toan intense crossfit session or headed on a girl's weekend trip, the large Landon Carryall has you covered. This bag is super lightweight bag isand can pretty much adapt to any journey. Our favorite feature handsdown is that it unsnaps at the sides to create more room for any unexpected finds you can’t leave behind. Because, who doesn't shop too much when you are on a trip or who doesn't want to pack up some major layers for your sweat session because we never know what the day may bring post workout.


Puma Alexia Tote Bag

Throw everything you need for the gym AND work into this tote. With a large compartment for a full outfit change, plus an internal laptop sleeve, this Puma bag can handle it all. PLUS, it’s on sale now for $30.00.

Lululemon Essential Mat Carrier

So, what about when you just need something to keep everything together for your yoga class or a pilates party in the park? When carrying a WHOLE bag is way too much, this essential mat carrier will be your BESTIE. While the bag’s strap can accommodate a whole yoga mat, the mini pouch is a perfect way to carry all of your essentials (keys, lip gloss, cards, and ID) without the unecessary hassle of a full duffle.

 

We've got 5 more bags that can take you from the gym to your next weekend getaway here.

What are some of your favorite ways to hit the gym (or that post-workout brunch) in style? Let us know in the comments below!

XOXO,

Brit & Chan "Fit Chicks"

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#FitChicks: Get Bossy With Lauren Bealore

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Can you believe we’re already halfway through May!? HALF WAY!  After bringing you athleisure goodies last week, it’s time to properly ring in a new month by introducing you to our newest Boss Chick.

While our lane typically rests in the sneaker/fitness lifestyle lane (Fit Chicks, duh), there are so many women outside of this niche that we’re excited to introduce you to. One such woman is Lauren Bealore.  The Michigan native is a business and political powerhouse who is both an appointed and elected official with the National League of Conservative Voters and as a City Commissioner.  

Pull up a seat and get the goods on this groundbreaking young lady as we bring you three reason why Lauren inspires us in the bossiest way possible.

#FitChicks: 4 Athleisure Trends That Can Help You Transition Your Summer Look

The cool thing about athleisure is that in the past two years it has been deemed totally acceptable to rock your look all day long even if you have not or have no intention of working out. For girls like us who are not about that heel life and thrive on things that are both easily transitionable and functional, we can only hope and pray that this trend stays around for awhile.

The coolest part being that so many brands are creating lines that are making it easy for even the business professional to sneak into work mode and transition into happy hour (or a post work sweat session) with the simple removal of a staple outerwear piece. With summer and warmer weather fastly approaching, it is essential to be proactive in updating your wardrobe by simply following these four athleisure trends. You can thank us by dropping a comment below and giving us your input! Ok?

Accessorize Your Look

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Image Her Campus

“It only takes one piece to take your athleisure look from gym to street,” says Los Angeles­­–based stylist Rob Zangardi, in his interview with Vogue. “A pair of mirrored sunglasses, a structured leather jacket, a shirt tied around the waist . . . the key is that the piece has a sleek, sporty feel itself. Don’t add a vintage fringed jacket to your Lululemon Wunder Unders or cat-eye sunnies to your zip-up Nike jacket.”

We would also add in the simple addition of a baseball cap or our favorite, denim shirts, can create an entire new look.

Invest In Joggers

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Image Fame Cherry

We both love a great comfy pair of sweats but the heavy material will not fare well in this Texas heat. Why not try out joggers as bottoms when you are not feeling shorts or skirts? They tend to be a lighter weight than the traditional sweats and the elastic in the ankle area allows you to add a little more emphasis to whatever kicks you are rocking, whether they be heels or your favorite sneakers. Focusing on primary colors allows you to be able to mix and match these with a variety of tops that can create a different look depending on your destination. We suggest crops, tanks, and the simple tee. You can either go with solid colors or pairing these joggers with a busy print can add a little bit of spice to your look.

Hopefully, you are a little less overwhelmed about how to use what you already have in your closets to create an athleisure looks that will carry you through the summer season. Do you have any summer faves that you just can’t live without? Let us know below!

XOXO,

Brit & Chan "Fit Chicks"

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#FitChicks: 5 Ways To Beast Your Income Tax Return

Tax season, for us, is usually one big moment when we pull together every piece of paper, e-receipt, expense sheet (read: anything with numbers scribbled on it) and wonder what in the world we did before Turbo Tax.  Whether you prepared your taxes yourself (whoo hoo!), pawned that duty off on an accountant (equally smart, by the way), or convinced your father to take one for the team, here’s something we can all agree on: that return is a gift. Amen? Amen.

In years past, both Chan and I have blown our refunds on ridiculous things, but now, we’re older, wiser, and have experienced that perils of being broke phi broke. But, let’s be honest: We’re just like you. We want to live our best lives.  Not classified by material items, but lives filled with amazing travel opportunities, fleeky 401Ks, paid off credit cards, more financial freedom, and *gasp* a savings account we can hang our sneakers on.  

While there are no super easy answers as to how to make your money grow, with just a little bit of knowledge, planning, and intention, you can make your tax return work for you and your future. So, in an effort to help you (and help ourselves) be accountable for making better adulting decisions, here are 5 ways we’re planning on beasting our tax return.  


Invest In Your Future

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Image Olu Eletu

 

Wanna maximize your tax refund? Invest in human capital. That is, invest in yourself.

You are your biggest income-producing asset. Your expertise, talent, experience, work ethic and your side hustle all offer potential. And, unlike stock market returns and interest rates, you can influence your own rate of return by improving your value either in training or by making the necessary investments to turn that side-hustle into income generation.

Whether you use your tax refund to pay for online training, tuition, an informational conference, membership in a professional organization or business start up costs, it’s an investment that can pay off for years to come.

 

Play The Market

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Image Fabian Blank

Investing is REALLY important.  While both of us are a little intimidated by sticking our money in volatile stocks, we both know that as we get older it’s imperative that we diversify our assets in order to live that life we dream about.  Basically, we’re trying to make sure our 50-year old self is sitting pretty.  According to financial adviser and SoFi’s president of wealth, John Foley, start with the free money - bka: your 401(k).  

“If your company has a 401(k) plan, one thing that is a no-brainer is if they have a matching program. Many companies will match your contribution for a 401(k), sometimes dollar for dollar. If they do match your contributions, that’s basically a guaranteed return. You really should take advantage of that. You can’t just take your tax return and put it in, but make your 401(k) contributions by reducing your paycheck, so if you make a deduction and that will eat into money that you need to live, set your tax return aside to cover those expenses.”

Next up, an IRA (Individual Retirement Account) will be your best bud when it comes time to live your best life.

“If you put $5,500 in an IRA (Individual Retirement Account) starting when you’re 25, and when you get the typical rate of return—about 7%—and continue putting money in for 30 years, you’re going to have over $1 million. If you start when you’re 35, you’re going to have to put more in or you’re going to end up with a lot less. Put a lump sum like a tax return in first just to get started, and then be disciplined and put a little bit in every month after that—then you’re in a great place.”


What are some ways you used your refund (or are planning to use your refund) to better yourself? Let us know in the comments below!

XOXO,

Brit & Chan "Fit Chicks"

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#FitChicks: Get Bossy with Chelsea Williams of That's Chelsea

All Images via Chelsea of That's Chelsea

All Images via Chelsea of That's Chelsea

Oh April! What a pleasure it is to see you again! Lucky for you, a new month means a new lady we are crushing on that inspires us in the bossiest way possible.

When it comes to inspiration, we are always taking to social media and connecting with women that we would probably not have the pleasure to experience if not for the world wide web and this month is no different! With Veg Week upon us, it was only right to introduce you guys to one of our favorite plant-based foodies (and all around wellness blogger), Chelsea of That’s Chelsea.

Get cozy and stay for awhile as we bring you three reasons why you absolutely need a little bit of Chelsea in your world!


She Not Only Talks The Talk, She Also Walks The Walk

Because of the growing popularity in being a vegetarian or vegan there are so many that are, in all actuality, more in line with the term “veganish.” But not Chelsea! She’s committed. After battling Graves Disease, and more recently hypothyroidism, Chelsea has learned that committing to a plant-based diet not only leaves her feeling better but, also helps her to be her own advocate as it relates to managing her conditions. That is what drives her passion to share her journey and the tips she has acquired along the way with the masses. Not only does she talk food but, you can also get help in becoming more knowledgeable about natural hair, becoming more of a minimalist, and enhancing your own spiritual journey.