Healthy Homemade Alternatives For Fast Food Cravings

Whether it’s McDonald’s, Burger King, KFC, Pizza Hut, Wendy’s, Dunkin’ Donuts or Taco Bell, fast food waits around every corner. This can make sticking to a healthy diet tricky and ramp up those fast food cravings to the next level.

Even though many fast food chains have recently tried to make their menus a little healthier, we still know these restaurants are a nightmare for shortening our lives and expanding our dress size!

However, with a little effort, you can make your own version complete with less fat, lower sodium and quite often, an even better taste. So give these recipes a try next time you’re considering ditching your diet and falling into the fast food trap.

 

Breakfast: Homemade Egg McMuffins

home made egg mcmuffins

Nutrition:

  • 237 calories
  • 9 g fat (4.2 g saturated)
  • 492 mg sodium
  • 27 g carbs
  • 8 g fiber
  • 2 g sugar
  • 4 g protein

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

 

This homemade version of the classic egg mcmuffin are a tasty, much lower fat way to satisfy your cravings or even please a crowd. Of course, hosting breakfast for the masses can be difficult when you’re sticking to a hardcore fitness and nutrition regime, but this way you can please everyone with a well known favorite, impress with your kitchen skills and still keep it low on calories!

Ingredients:

  • 12 eggs
  • 12 English muffins
  • ½ lb thickly cut ham
  • ½ pound cheddar cheese

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. Lightly spray a muffin tray with low fat cooking oil
  3. Break one whole egg into each individual muffin opening
  4. Place in the oven and cook for 10-15 minutes
  5. Remove from the oven and assemble your egg mcmuffins by placing one baked egg, one slice of ham and one slice of cheese onto an English muffin.

 

Lunch / Dinner: Pepperoni Pizza

Home made pepperoni pizza

 Nutrition:

  • 298 calories
  • 3 g fat (2 g saturated)
  • 293 mg sodium
  • 8 g carbs
  • 4 g fiber
  • 7 g sugar
  • 6 g protein

Prep Time: 40 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 60 minutes

 

Let’s be honest, everyone loves pizza. It is a favorite for most and for me personally, the thing I crave most. Problem is, only one single slice of Domino’s will cost you 300 calories and let’s be honest, who has the willpower to only have one slice? That’s why this low calorie alternative that packs in protein, calcium and vitamin D from the addition of greek yogurt, is an excellent choice.

Ingredients:

Dough:

  • 2 & ¼ teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ¾ cup warm water
  • 2 & ½ cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt

Topping:

  • 1 cup organic tomato sauce
  • ½ cup part skimmed mozzarella
  • ½ cup pepperoni

Method:

  1. In a small bowl, mix the yeast, sugar and warm water. Leave it to rise for 5-10 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour and salt. Make a well in the center and add the yeast mixture, honey and yogurt. Stir together with a wooden spoon and then knead with your hands until a smooth ball forms, about 2-4 minutes. Place in an oiled bowl and cover with a towel for about 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 450°F. Once dough has rested, roll out to ¼-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface. Cut dough into 6-inch round circles. Gather remaining dough and roll out again to cut out additional circles. You should have 6 rounds.
  4. Place dough rounds on lightly greased baking sheets and top each one with a tablespoon of pizza sauce, a sprinkle of cheese, pepperoni and more cheese. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until crust is crisp around the edges and cheese is bubbly and browned on top.
  5. Serve as an individual pizza or cut into 4 slices each and serve to a crowd.

 

Drink: Chocolate Shake

Healthy Chocolate Shake

Nutrition:

  • 151 calories
  • 5 g fat (2 g saturated)
  • 5 g carbs
  • 4 g fiber
  • 5 g sugar
  • 5 g protein

 

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Total Time:5 minutes

 

Ever craved a thick, creamy glass of chocolatey goodness on a hot day? You’re not alone. This healthy alternative can kill cravings without expanding your waistline. Not to mention, chocolate may be healthier than you think!

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe avocado, sliced and frozen until hard
  • 1/2 large banana, peeled, sliced and frozen until hard
  • 1 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 Tbsp chocolate sauce
  • 1 cup chocolate almond milk

Method:

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Divide between two small glasses.

6 Reasons Why the LUXX Bag Is The Best Travel Companion Ever

By Tommy B.

In other words, don’t uxxeave home without it.

Travel — one of the great pleasures of life that can quickly turn into a nightmare depending on a few key factors such as plane delays, airport pickups and the ultimate disaster:

Forgetting a crucial item at home.

I was on my way to London when the sun had just cracked through the piercing, grey New York City clouds and that’s when it hit me:

My pants seem unusually light.

And then the frantic search for the iPhone began, culminating in mass chaos and anxiety, almost turning around and ultimately – headed overseas without it.

Now, I hope this doesn’t happen to you and since then I’ve implemented a failsafe system to make sure that was a one and done.

I’ve recently had the opportunity to go on multiple trips with the LUXX bag, and I have to say — it’s a rockstar for your trips and is my new favorite travel buddy.

I’ll reveal 7 reasons why I’ll never travel again without it – and why you shouldn’t either.

The LUXX Bag by LIVE WELL 360

The LUXX Bag by LIVE WELL 360

Functionality At A High Level

My favorite part about the bag is how functional it is — you can truly tell the attention to detail that went into creating this from a design perspective.

Nothing’s missed and every time you open it, you’re reminded that there’s no shortage of space.

I’ve never seen so many compartments in a bag — varying in size, from the exact dimensions to slide your iPhone (unless you lost it, like me), a perfect place to put your laptop or a pair of shoes.

There’s no other bag on the market that is this functional, that’s for sure.

I experienced this firsthand when I was on a flight to Cabo and had to do the dreaded overhead compartment search – only this time I found everything quickly and effortlestly without making a mess.

That’s a win.

Built To Weather Any Storm

This thing may look nice, but it’s tough.

Seriously, it’s made with such high quality materials that when I first received the bag, I couldn’t stop playing with it and touching the next level materials used to make it.

I’m a guy; I naturally don’t treat bags very well and tend to throw them around a lot.

This bag, however — could make it through any storm and look quite good during it.

I know this thing is going to last forever and even after 3 intense trips, one which involved hiking in the desert – it looks as if I just opened it.


0F5A9537Looks The Part, In Many Ways

Have you ever had have a really amazing shirt that you absolutely adore, yet only find the right chance to wear it once, or at most – twice a year?

Yeah, that’s what happened when I had someone design a custom denim shirt last year.

It arrived in the mail — I was super excited because we handpicked every little detail of the shirt, down to the collar, the buttons and more.

Then it hit me:

It’s denim; I’m limited as to when and how many times I can wear this.

That’s where the beauty and aesthetic powers of the LUXX bag come to play and ultimately, shine.

I decided on the Royal Blue version as I’ve got so many black colored clothes that I’m 67% certified ninja — and it makes a bold statement whether I’m headed for a weekend getaway or off to yet another fitness seminar.

There’s nothing like a bag that both plays and looks the part, and the LUXX bag will have heads turning for sure.

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Fitness isn’t just a part of my lifestyle, it is my lifestyle.

If you’re reading this, you’re likely to resonate with that statement in some shape, way or form.

On any given day, I’ll be doing anything from strength training to interval training, spinning, yoga, running, hitting an awesome hike — you name it.

Being active makes me feel alive and connected.

Bursts of inspiration to hit a workout happen quite randomly as well as invites from others at the spur of the movement.

This bag allows me to truly be ready for anything while on the move, and never have to tell my buddies:

Sorry, I didn’t bring a change of clothes.

Water bottle compartment? Check.

Yoga mat or jacket holder straps? Check.

Place to put wet, sweaty clothes? Check.

Special area for an extra pair of kicks? Check.

The list goes on and on and if you’re an active person, this will be your new training buddy in a flash.

Next Level Comfort

So it’s durable, looks awesome, highly functional and made for you and I, the fitness person on the run — but is it both easy to use and comfortable?

You bet.

I was delighted with the attention to detail on this bag in the form of comfort and the myriad of options in terms of how you hold it, carry it, strap it across your shoulder and body, etc.

The shoulder strap is beyond comfortable and even with a jam-packed, heavy bag, at no point did it feel uncomfortable or as if I wanted to put it down during my recent cross country excursion.

0F5A9301It’ll Inspire You

Have you ever been inspired by a fitness bag?

Your answer may be yes after using this one.

This bag reminds me every day to stay inspired, to go after what I want and to commit to the things in life that I love.

The lifestyle brand is more than just fitness bags; they’re on a mission to help people achieve their fitness goals (just check out their social media channels). As a student of fitness and examining the things that fill our space, I appreciate being surrounded by positivity.

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So yeah, this thing is pretty cool…even my girlfriend officially has bag envy in a major way.

The great news for me is I know I won’t have to invest in another bag for a very long time, if ever – due to the all the reasons listed above.

As an active person on the move who appreciates style and functionality, I’m all in.

Grab yours. You won’t regret it.

21 Ways To Make Every Day A Masterpiece

By Tommy B.

If you’ve ever sat out to watch a sunrise, you feel the energy of a new day, a new opportunity, and a blank slate.

It’s a reminder that this experience is short and what we did yesterday doesn’t matter — meaning, it mattered yesterday, but today is a new chance.

It’s a new chance to live a life of intention, enthusiasm and moving forward towards our dreams.

In other words, we have an opportunity to craft a masterpiece.

For many, the word masterpiece may trigger them and make them think they shouldn’t be included in the same sentence…nonsense.

We’ve all had those days where we truly moved the needle of our life forward, we connected with others in a deep, vulnerable way and we had an experience that left us laying with our heads on our pillow saying…

Wow, that was awesome.

In this post, I’ll share 21 ways to craft your own masterpiece, every single day.

Have An Epic Attitude

In this timeless work, On The Shortness of Life, Stoic philosopher Seneca spoke about today being the day.

How every single day is our day, a chance to embrace a new experience and live out the life of our dreams.

To me, that means having an amazing attitude, despite our circumstances and truly understanding that yesterday’s events have no real impact on what may happen today.

We all have that friend that has a contagious attitude no matter if we’re stuck in hours of traffic and there’s something special about harnessing that energy.

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Via WGNTV

Wake Up 30 Minutes Earlier

Waking up earlier is my #1 productivity and fulfillment tip for those who are looking to make incremental, yet impactful steps in their life.

It doesn’t matter what you do during this time, as long as it’s important to one person: you.

You may take time to read, write, or simply sit on your couch and contemplate life for a few minutes – as long as you’re intentional, it’s all that matters.

According to this article on the Huffington Post, “One study conducted by The University of Toronto, found that “people who wake up early in the morning are generally happier and have higher satisfaction overall in their lives.”

Get Your Namaste On

Taking anywhere from 3-20 minutes to establish a breathing practice, or yes, meditation will set the tone for the rest of your day to react less out of emotion and having the ability to choose how you see negative events.

Breathing has immense physiological and mental benefits, and there’s no way to do this wrong.

Bonus points for those who “OMMMMM.”

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Via Stephenlifecoach

Complete One High Level Task

Completing one action first thing in the morning is one of the most powerful tools to harness momentum.

For example, writing, editing and shipping this blog post is the task I’m using to create momentum today.

The key word here is: completion.

Don’t start something in the morning unless you’re going to finish it and keep it very simple.

Get Moving!

Energy creates energy and getting moving in the morning will dissolve any negative emotions and get you focused on the present.

It doesn’t matter what you do — a traditional gym training session, a high intensity workout, yoga, pilates, sprinting, hiking, it’s the simple action of blood flow that stimulates your creativity and connection to your physical body.

Craft A Plan

Crafting a plan is essential to having a masterpiece type of day – even if you’re not the planning type.

Knowing what’s on your plate leads to clarity which allows you to easily make decisions and move forward with your life.

One powerful tool to add is to schedule time to “let go” and block out spaces during your day to do whatever you feel like doing, combining the certainty of planning with the addition of spontaneous activity.

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Via HuffingtonPost

Don’t Check Email or Snapchat!

Whatever you do, do not check email in the morning and better yet, keep your phone on airplane mode.

This is likely one of the most essential tools of the day, especially in the morning.

The further you can push this, the more clarity you will have.

Set a minimum time to check email, for me it’s 9:00AM at the earliest when I’m up at 5:00, yet many days it can be 11:00 or 12:00PM by the time I get around to it.

Sid Savara mentions the countless reasons why you shouldn’t check email or social media in the morning in a great article here.

When you start your day with an influx of messages, you lose the ability to control your own thinking and start to react instead of act.

Turn Up Some Music You Love

Listening to music you love will increase your energy and put you in an awesome mood, use your intuition to pick something random and truly listen to the music.

Dance if you feel so inclined.

Use The Power Of Gratitude

One of my favorite quotes of all time is:

Your biggest problem or obstacle is someone’s dream luxury.

Any time you can truly, authentically dig deep and find all the amazing things in your life you can be grateful for, your internal and external state will shift and you will be open to receive more.

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Via Abcnews

Lift Others Up With An Abundance Mentality

Send a few messages, texts, notes, tweets, and handwritten cards, whatever it may be to other people.

Using this as a consistent habit shifts you into a mindset into abundance.

Additionally, we all have “those days” — and we never know what someone else is going through.

Have At Least One Meaningful Conversation

Every single day, have a deep, meaningful conversation with someone in which you both truly connect.

To establish a connection that goes deeper than the surface area, it requires vulnerability and letting your guard down.

That means telling someone how you really feel, unveiling a belief or a challenge and simply being real.

Complete One Action That Scares You

This one’s easy, because we all have extreme resistance on a daily level.

Pushing through this resistance is an amazing feeling and will get you in a powerful state.

This could be anything, to be honest: posting a video on social media, talking to a stranger, trying a new fitness class with your friend — your choice.

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Via Lesserknownfeatsofawesomeness

Laugh, Really Hard

Some of the tips above are somewhat serious; yet embracing humor is essential to not taking yourself too seriously.

Finding the comedic angle in situations, surrounding yourself with others who make you laugh and having a light heartedness about life is crucial to feeling amazing.

Fight Negativity With Love

We can’t control what people say about us and at some point, conflicts will arise.

It may be your roommate, a co-worker, someone gossiping or a fight about politics online (note: don’t engage, please).

When you feel triggered, rise above and fight negativity with love and kindness, you will feel amazing for being in control of your emotions and the other person will soon regret anything that was said, even if they don’t admit it.

Ground

Walking in nature is one of the best ways to connect with the Earth and you in a deep way — walking barefoot in grass for a few minutes have been proven to increase fulfillment and happiness.

Getting a few minutes outside no matter what you do is an essential part of crafting your masterpiece.

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Via Greatist

Eat Food That Nourishes You

We’ve all had those meals that seemed amazing at the time, yet we knew were full of processed food, sugar and a host of other things we don’t want to know about.

And then it hit us: energy slump, digestive issues and negative feelings.

Nourishing our bodies every day with food that makes us feel good and is nutritious is crucial for our mental energy and clarity.

Perform A Random Act Of Kindness

Every day we encounter opportunities to help someone out, yet a lot of times we stop ourselves short because of our own ego, i.e. thinking:

What will they think?

Scratch that and do it anyways!

Maybe you help an elderly person with his or her groceries to the car, maybe you ship someone a book by surprise or smile and compliment a stranger.

Force Yourself To Perform

This one’s different and it’s all about putting you out there.

This can be anything — an important meeting, an interview, filming a video, dancing in public, doing a fitness event, etc.

There is something so powerful about putting yourself out there and showing up to some type of performance, no matter how small or seemingly simple it may be.

Journal Your Emotions

At the end of the day, use a journal to get everything you’re thinking and feeling out of your head onto paper.

This will help you unload the weight off your shoulders and see that most of what you’re feeling isn’t really too important.

By making it real and putting it to paper, you can question each one and reflect on if it’s worth keeping it in your headspace or not.

Create A Shut It Down Time

At around 9PM, I go on Airplane mode on my phone and stop watching TV…it’s not easy, but this will increase the quality of your sleep in a major way.

Training your body to have a time to start the process of recovery and rejuvenation is crucial, which is our next one.

Establish An Evening Ritual

While morning rituals get all the love, an evening ritual is just as important to wind down and let the day go.

Some favorites include a warm bath with candles, getting a self-massage or foam roller, stretching, dimming the lights and reading and a combination of all of these.

Our minds and bodies are extremely habitual and routine based and this will signal to your body…

It’s time.

MindBodyGreen has a fantastic article on 7 things you can do in the evening to create a powerful experience the next day.

What’s Yours?

There you have it…some easy ways to make today or the next day a masterpiece and find more energy, love, connection and fulfillment.

Of course, not every day is going to wind up perfect but the more we will our day with things and people we love, productivity, kindness and energy, the less space there is for all the other stuff.

What’s your favorite from above or do you have one of your own to add?

We’d love to hear – post to comments.

The App that Has Me Looking Forward to My Workouts

Let me set the scene for you: it was Monday night, I was at the gym and I was feeling a bit bored with my regular routine. I contemplated giving up entirely and heading home for the night but instead, I flipped open the app store on my phone to see if I could get inspired with any workout apps. I checked out a couple before stumbling across the Nike Training Club app.

The Nike Training Club app is the workout partner I always wished I had. Consider it your personal trainer of sorts.

The app features many fantastic workouts in a wide range of styles, which means that I can always find something that matches up to my mood and my preferred workout method. The workouts are also categorized by fitness level, which is awesome because I can choose a less intense workout when I’m feeling a bit sapped of energy and a higher intensity workout when I feel like a Workout Goddess.
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The app is also super simple to use.

Once you’ve downloaded it and found the workout you want to do, you simply load it up, choose your music preference and get ready to get sweaty. The app times each of the moves in the workout so you know what to expect and features a helpful video so you have guidance throughout your entire set. You can follow along to the workout in real-time and you can also take a quick look to see which moves are coming up. There is also a helpful guide around the type of equipment that you’ll need for the workouts so you can be sure you’re prepared before you start.

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The built-in community is motivating.

There’s also a really helpful Instagram-style news feed that is completely sports-related. You can get inspired by other training club participants and post your own photos to inspire others. One of the things that is extremely motivating, when it comes to keeping up with regular workouts, is community. Knowing that I can share my goals, my progress pics and other fitness-inspired items, encourages me to want to hit the gym up more often and capture more of those moments.

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It goes where I go.

The best part about the Nike Training Club app is that it’s mobile. I can literally toss my phone, and a pair of headphones, into my gym bag and have really fun workouts wherever I go. As someone who likes to mix it up and keep my workouts from getting boring, this has become my go-to app for workout ideas and inspiration.

What about you? Is there a particular fitness app that you use to motivate and inspire your workouts? Leave them in the comments below!

Your Ultimate Health + Fitness Holiday Gift Guide

We’ve been pouring over the Internet to find the best health and fitness-inspired gifts to help make shopping a breeze for you this holiday season. Our list includes some hidden treasures as well as some much-loved favorites and we know that you’re going to find at least ONE thing on this list for that special someone. Without further ado, we present to you our…

Ultimate Health + Fitness
Holiday Gift Guide

Up first? Well, it wouldn’t be the holidays without stockings being hung by the chimney with care so if you care about your loved ones, these surprises will be sure to delight!

Stocking Stuffer Idea: Experience Life Magazine Gift Subscription

experience-life-magazineGive the gift of health this holiday season with a one-year year subscription to Experience Life, a nationally award-winning health and fitness magazine.

No gimmicks, no hype. Just in-depth and articulate coverage of health, fitness, nutrition, and quality-of-life topics that matter to you.

This is the perfect stocking stuffer as you can put one in the stocking for Christmas and give the subscription as a present that just doesn’t stop giving all year long…

Price: 10 issues for just $15
Where to Get It: Learn more at ExperienceLife.com

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Stocking Stuffer Idea: The KOR Hydration Vessel

Screenshot 2015-12-08 16.06.36We all know that hydration is important but finding that perfect water bottle can be a bit of a nuisance! Enter the KOR hydration vessel. The KOR is your ticket to keeping on top of your fluids no matter where you are.

This 500ml bottle, with an extra-cushioned rubber base, features a flip top lid that twists off for easy cleaning and filling. There is also a safety lock to ensure zero spillage in your LIVE WELL 360 bag and an easy push button cap that also protects the spout from outside germs and particles.

There’s also a surprise in this BPA-free and ergonomically balanced bottle… a custom, motivational stone insert that can be found on the inside cap to help keep you inspired through your fitness journey.

Price: $30
Where to Get It: Right here on LIVEWELL360.com

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Stocking Stuffer Idea: Chia Squeeze from Mamma Chia

Chia_Squeeze_03Want to add a little something to your health nut’s stocking that will be sure to light them up? These Chia Squeeze packets are the perfect stocking stuffer and should be on everyone’s list this holiday season. Squeeze some natural vitality and powerful nutrients into your day!

Our organic chia seeds are infused with delicious fruits and vegetables to create a convenient, fun and tasty snack for active people of all ages.

With Omega-3s, protein, and fiber, Chia Squeeze is a satisfying anytime snack that naturally provides the vitality to power your soul’s purpose.

SPECIAL OFFER FOR THE LIVE WELL 360 COMMUNITY: Take 15% off your order simply by using LIVEWELL15 (expires December 31, 2015).

Price: Varies depending on size of the case
Where to Get It: ShopMammaChia.com

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Stocking Stuffer Idea: Curvy Yoga DVD

Screenshot 2015-12-08 16.03.45Curvy Yoga is designed to meet the needs of students of all shapes, sizes and abilities. This is yoga for people who never thought it was for them, as well as yogis who want some Curvy Yoga at home or on the road.

This DVD includes seven practices on two discs, all of which have been chosen by popular request (who can’t use help with at least one of these on any given day, right?!)

The videos on these DVDs will support all of wonderful you in whatever way you need. You can practice each one on its own, or group some together to create a practice that works for you.

Price: $22
Where to Get It: CurvyYoga.com

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Stocking Stuffer Idea: WTRMLN WTR

cutfruit_hi-resNot only is the name of this product fun to say, it’s delicious, too! If you’ve got someone on your shopping list who is into health, fitness and lifestyle, this is THE perfect stocking stuffer for them (although, to be honest, they may want more than just one bottle after trying it!)

WTRMLN WTR has incredibly amazing health benefits. From the L-Ctrulline for muscle recovery, tons of electrolytes, potassium, Vitamin C and lycopene, you won’t find much missing from this super delicious and hydrating beverage.

So, grab a bottle and add it to the stocking of your health enthusiast and watch them delight in the taste.

Price: $4.99 or $44.99/case
Where to Get It: WTRMLNWTR.com

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Stocking Stuffer Idea: Underarm Deodorant Wipes from Pacifica

Screenshot 2015-12-11 03.10.25While most people wouldn’t think of showering people with gifts for underarms, these deodorant wipes from Pacifica made it onto our list because they are just so gosh darn USEFUL! If you’ve got a fitness enthusiast in your life, they’ll LOVE getting these in their stocking!

Smell fabulous all day long without harsh chemicals. Pacifica’s innovative formula utilizes odor neutralizing ingredients for effective odor control & protection that can last for hours. With coconut milk and essential oils.

Price: $9.00/30 count
Where to Get It: PacificaBeauty.com

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Gift Idea for Him OR Her: Affirmats

IMG_0102Affirmats adds an emotional layer to yoga by wrapping form, function, and a dash of inspiration in PURE LOVE.

It’s simple, life gets crazy and yoga makes us happy. Not only are these mats comfortable and stylish, but gives each of us a little affirmation to get us going through the day.

Celebrating the small victories and reminding yourself to be thankful are just the perks you get from the inspirations while you become the yogi you want to be from a high quality, biodegradable and ergonomically friendly mat to help you master those advanced poses.

Their line of holiday Affirmats are the perfect addition for him or her this holiday season!

Price: $76
Where to Get It: Affirmats.com

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Gift Idea for Him: The BACKPACK from LIVE WELL 360

Screenshot 2015-12-08 22.11.34If you’re looking for an ergonomically balanced and lightweight Backpack for that special guy in your life, look no further than our rugged and stylish Backpack. Our Backpack is a state-of-the-art companion that is tough as nails and carries it all.

Equipped with a uniquely designed oversized main compartment and an array of intuitive pockets, including a separate vented shoe & laundry chamber and a padded laptop compartment, our Backpack is tough enough for your workout and smooth enough for a day at the office.

Our Backpack features a separate shoe and laundry chamber, two exterior front compartments for easy and quick access and a top pocket with key lanyard to keep everything organized. There are also large, dual exterior water bottle and shaker cup pockets, which makes this bag incredibly efficient.

Price: $185
Where to Get It: Right here on LIVEWELL360.com

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Gift Idea for Him OR Her: The Goal Better Bundle from Fitlosophy

img_BundlesLiteEbookFittoolsPedPen1500_1024x1024The goal-getter bundle includes everything you need to give the gift of fitness this holiday season – and kickstart YOUR goals in the new year! Available for a limited time only, this bundle of fit tools features:

  • fitbook lite to KICKSTART healthy weight-loss in 6 weeks
  • fitfuser water bottle to help you #sip8 + sweeten your sips
  • fit tools kit to measure progress toward your goals
  • fitstep pedometer to keep track of those steps daily
  • fitbook red pen to jot down everything in your fitbook lite

Time to set those goals, fitbookers. write it down + make it happen!

Price: $59.95
Where to Get It: GetFitBook.com

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Gift Idea for Her: Work Out Reward 3/4 Legging from Actio926

Screenshot 2015-12-11 03.17.08Rewards come in all sizes. These fave leggings are back in an all new, uber soft, warm moss jersey!

Slide them on after a challenging yoga class, a track work-out or on your way to the store. Strut proudly in this stylish, and cozy legging complete with cargo pocket for your smart phone and keys.

These pants will make the perfect addition to Christmas morning for anyone on your shopping list!

Price: $64
Where to Get It: Actio926.com

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Gift Idea for Her: The CORE from LIVE WELL 360

Screenshot 2015-12-08 22.28.13A medium sized essential that provides inspired form and intuitive function thanks to its solution-oriented sleek design. Even when it’s packed full, it’s still comfortable to carry due to a strap made from soft, seatbelt material and plush back padding.

The CORE features a spacious interior with a large zip pocket to keep essentials organized. The bag has three small interior zip pockets with one fleece-lined pocket to help protect glasses and jewelry. There’s also a separate vented shoe and laundry chamber in the bag with a large, interior water bottle and shaker cup pocket.

The CORE will look FAB under your tree this year for that special woman in your life. Grab one today!

Price: $175
Where to Get It: Right here on LIVEWELL360.com

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Gift Idea for Her: Kym Noir Snake Tight from Splits59

bottoms-kymnoir3-snake-sidecropThese tights are super HOT and are a must-have for any female fitness enthusiast’s wardrobe.

Full-length tight with sleek snake print panels and compressive sheer open hole mesh inserts. Contrast powernet leg opening cuffs, and smooth, chafe-free seams. Hidden waist pocket. Moisture wicking/quick dry fabric. Part of the exclusive SPLITS59 NOIR DE SPORT COLLECTION with signature :59 silicone logo.

These tights are best for running, yoga, crossfit, barre, pilates, spin class or a hard core workout at the gym or wearing them as versatile leggings for a day out running errands (or even a night at the club).

Price: $148
Where to Get It: Splits59.com

My Boyfriend’s Backpack is Better Than Yours

Dear LIVE WELL 360,

The BACKPACK - LIVE WELL 360I wanted to send this little love note in as I thought you might really enjoy the conversation that I had with my boyfriend tonight.

As we headed home from the gym, we chatted about how awesome it is to have gym bags and gear that work really well for our busy lifestyles. My boyfriend has the LUXX, as well as the BACKPACK, and he really seems to enjoy both for their versatility and design.

So, I grilled him about his BACKPACK to understand more about his obsession so that I could relay that information to you! We jokingly called our conversation “reasons that my boyfriend’s backpack is better than yours” because… it is!

1. It’s Well-Engineered

It’s worth mentioning that my boyfriend geeks out big time on well-made products (he’s an engineer!) So, it was no surprise when he said that he loved the BACKPACK because it was really well crafted. He loves when a company thinks about their customer and creates a product that really works. For him, he loved the well-made, heavy duty straps and the material of the bag. It’s solid.

2. Big Enough Without Being Complicated

He loves that the BACKPACK is big enough to hold all of his gear without complicating the bag with endless pockets and compartments. He also loves that the bag is big enough to have a dirty laundry bag. He uses this feature daily as he really hates unpacking and repacking his bag every day. He’d prefer to pack the bag for a week and empty it out when needed.

3. It’s a Lifestyle Bag

Even though he doesn’t love a complicated bag, he appreciates when a company adds the right amount of pockets to a bag to make it useful. With the compartments in the BACKPACK, he has enough space to throw his laptop, cellphone, keys and more in the bag without losing track of his stuff.

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4. The Structure & The Color

While other bags will be able to match the color, few will be able to match the structure of the BACKPACK. The bag is designed to be useful, streamlined and suits either a feminine or masculine frame. The color was also important to him as he prefers toned down neutrals without a lot of flash. This bag delivers all of that and more.

So, all that to say… thank you! We really appreciate your bags and I am fairly certain that I’m going to find a LIVE WELL 360 bag under the tree this year… for me!

xo

Amy in Iowa

 

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Live Well 360 Core Fitness Bag Tips

Live Well 360 Core Fitness Bag Tips

LIVE WELL 360 CORE GYM BAG

Tip 1 – Shoulder Strap

The shoulder strap is reversible… so make sure that whether you are right-handed or left-handed (like me), you wear it so that the adjustor is down low and not on the top of your shoulder.

Make sure to attach the strap in the way that is the most comfortable for you, especially when packed full of your workout gear!

 

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Tip 2 – Water Bottle

The second thing we want to show you about the Core is that we designed it without a water bottle pocket on purpose. That may come as a surprise to some people, but we felt that there is a better solution for this style bag than a bulky pocket that:

  1. may or may not fit the size water bottle that you use, and
  2. would take away from the streamlined look of the bag

Instead of a pocket, clip your SIGG or Nalgene water bottle to the hardware on the bag for easy access. What you do is just slightly release the clip, and attach the loop on a SIGG water bottle to the clasp. Or, if you use a Nalgene, you unscrew the top, wrap it around the strap and then screw the cap on.

If you do not have either of these types of reusable water bottles, there is plenty of room inside the bag or shoe compartment to fit any size bottle.

Stay tuned for more videos, where we show you why the Live Well 360 Core is the anti-duffel bag.

Catch A Sneak Peek: Maximum Comfort and Style Shoulder Strap and Hardware

Catch A Sneak Peek: Maximum Comfort and Style Shoulder Strap and Hardware

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Through research, innovation, and design details, the Live Well 360 Core is different from any other fitness bag that you’ve ever owned. Lets take a closer look at the shoulder strap and hardware

Most fitness bags (aka gym bags, duffel bags, sport bags) have a strap made from a narrow, stiff nylon with hard plastic, molded clips and adjustors. Here are a few things that we have noticed through our own experience, as well as, through input from other fitness enthusiasts, with this type of strap and hardware.

  • The rough, rigid nylon is uncomfortable and digs into your skin almost immediately upon putting the strap of a fully packed bag over your shoulder.
  • The plastic hardware clips are stiff, tedious to work with, and don’t allow the bag to move with your body. At times the bag has a tendency to tug and swing back and forth as you move.
  • The plastic slide adjustor is difficult to move up and down on the rough nylon strap, especially while wearing the bag.

Now let’s take a closer look at the Core

  • The Core has a 2-inch wide strap made from soft, seatbelt webbing, designed for maximum comfort, not to mention style. This ensures that the weight of the bag is evenly distributed across your shoulder (and chest if wearing it across your body).
  • The hardware on the Core is a high quality satin nickel. No plastic here.
  • Since the material on the strap is soft and the slide adjustor is satin nickel, this allows for easy adjustment to fit the strap length to your body while wearing the bag. Yet once the adjustor is set to where you want it, it won’t slip or lose its grip.
  • The satin nickel clips that attach the strap to the bag have a unique swivel head, allowing the bag to rotate depending on how you choose to wear it on your body. The Core will remain snug to your back (or side) and secure.

Can you relate to the experiences and input above? Leave a comment below and fill us in!

Get your Live Well 360 Core on May 4th and be sure to sign up for our newsletter in the sidebar on the right, in order to receive Live Well 360 news, articles… and exclusive VIP deals.

The Best Gym Enabler, Ever (It’s Not What You Think!)

I’ve gone through a lot of gym partners in my day. You know the type… the friend who eagerly signs up for a gym membership with you, only to stop going a few weeks in. Or, the downloadable app that promises to encourage workouts and motivate you, but that you quickly forget even exists.

It wasn’t until this week that I noticed that I had been at the gym nearly every day for a record-breaking two weeks straight and I wasn’t even feeling pressured to go — it had just become a part of my day-to-day routine and I, *gasp*, loved it!

twenty20_dd1aa352-a4c5-4eac-a72b-328b23bad1e9Recognizing this new routine, I began to wonder what was enabling me to get to the gym as often as I was and it dawned on me… it was my gym bag! I know that sounds a bit silly, so let me explain how my gym bag has quickly become the best enabler, ever.

It Carries Everything I Need

In the past, I often had to build in buffer time for the gym. I couldn’t head straight from work to the gym, unless I brought two bags, and even then, I’d always forget something important.

When I sat at my desk thinking about the way the post-work shuffle would look, I’d often talk myself out of going to the gym because it felt too rushed — like I wouldn’t have enough time. Or, if I had to run home to get something I’d forgotten, I’d often end up on my couch watching Netflix, with zero motivation to actually head to the gym. With all of those hurdles, I’d often give up and head home.

With my Luxx bag, I can put everything I need in it for work and the gym, which means I am more apt to go (remember that streak I talked about!) and less apt to forget something.

It Compliments My Lifestyle

Aside from the post-work workout, I was also making excuses for other days of the week, too. For example, if I knew that I was meeting up with friends later in the evening, I wouldn’t sneak in a workout beforehand as lugging all my stuff in multiple bags and dealing with post-workout sweaty clothes felt like a nightmare. Now, I don’t worry about any of that as the Luxx takes care of everything for me.
The bag has this amazing vented laundry and shoe chamber, which means I can throw my stuff into the bag after my workout, get ready (the bag has eleven compartments, which means I’ve got plenty of space to store my toiletries and regular clothes) and head out with my friends.

All that to say, I’ve been LOVING my gym bag and it really has enabled me to get to the gym more often.

In Conclusion…

Who (or what) has been your biggest enabler when it comes to getting into the gym for those workouts? Leave it as a comment below.


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