I Am So Over Everyone Glorifying Lazy Culture

If I see one more tweet like “Binge watching Netflix to avoid all responsibilities!!” I think I’m gonna scream! Why do people glorify these statements? I rather praise someone for making it to the gym after a long and stressful day at work. But I guess that’s not so #relatable…

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It makes me sad to see people wasting hours of their days on mindless things and then later complaining about how stressed they are because of their mile long to-do lists.

I get a lot of questions on how I find the time to workout, cook, have a full time job, blog and be in a relationship. Well I have the answer people…

Utilize your time wisely.

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Sorry to be basic with the quote (yet again) but it’s true! My life shifted when I got off my ass and started using all of my time productively.

Ask yourself-– What are you getting done before work? What about after? Are you wasting your weekends by “recovering” from the stressful week you just had? Do you feel like you have no time for your passions?

These are hard questions to answer, especially after we recognize how much time we are wasting by avoiding all responsibilities.

Personally I do a couple things everyday to optimize my time.

Workout before work

Get it in before the sun comes up! You’ll have one HUGE task checked off your to-do list before you even really begin the day. Stop complaining about waking up early and just do it already.

Prioritize your day

One of the best pieces of advice I ever got was to stop making my to-do list so damn long! I used to just write down everything and try to do it all in one day. Of course I couldn’t do it… who could?! This left me feeling anxious and like I didn’t get anything accomplished. It’s more important for your mental health and productivity to focus on a few things.

Lunch and learn

I try to listen to podcasts during my lunch break. This is a time for me to disconnect from work and learn a thing or two as well. Productivity at it’s finest, ladies.

Get it in after work

The worst thing you can do is come home from work and just plop onto the couch. (Trust me I know it’s tempting.) Use this time to work on your side hustle, spend quality time with your partner, or get the chores done that you’ve been avoiding for a week. I love to plan out my nights so I can resist the urge to fall down the Netflix trap.

Use your weekends wisely

Stress has such a tight grip on all of us, so weekends should be for relaxing! I also set aside time to get ahead of the week. For me, I get some housework done, grocery shop, meal prep and work on the blog. It’s all about finding the balance that works right for you.

 

I hope these tips will help you to find more time in your day for your passions and motivate you to be more productive! Let’s end this trend of glorifying laziness and get productive!

 

ILY,

nutMeg

The Perfect Post Workout Green Smoothie

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I’m super excited to share my favorite post workout smoothie!! I’ve always been a smoothie gal, but now I have perfected my recipe.

First things first, my number one tip for smoothies is from nutritionist, Kelly Leveck (a wellness goddess) of Be Well By Kelly.

The Fab Four: Protein, fat, fiber and greens. 

Notice there is no fruit in the Fab Four. I was shook!!!

I used to make the mistake of cramming my blender full of fruit when making smoothies. I didn’t realize that if you’re consuming that much sugar after a workout, you’re semi missing the point of the protein shake. Adding that much sugar will spike your blood sugar which will cause a crash later. Getting proper protein absorption is so important after a good sweaty sesh!

Funny enough, I don’t really even miss it. It still tastes bomb with less/no fruit, so might as well leave it out!

Anyways onto the recipe:

Post Workout Green Smoothie

  • Handful of spinach
  • 1/2 scoop of green powder
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1 scoop of pea protein powder
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 Tbsp of chia seeds
  • 1-2 Tbsp almond butter
    • *Sometimes I add almond butter as a topping and don’t blend it up

Add everything together and blend away! I usually eat mine with a spoon because it’s sooo thick and creamy!

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Tag me on Instagram @MeganHaidinger if you try this recipe or share your smoothie of the day!

ILY,

nutMeg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-Toxic Blowout in Atlanta

I’ve been getting into non-toxic & organic beauty and body products recently. We should all care just as much about what we put on our bodies as what we put in them. Although it is easier said then done when making the switch…

I decided when I run out of the products I’m currently using I’m going to at least try out a natural version.

As of now, I’ve changed up: my deodorant, some skincare, body lotion and shampoo to more natural options.

When Bilgah, from the Bilgah Moka Salon, reached out to me about coming in for one of her signature sustainable blowouts, I said “oh hell yes!” Totally up my new natural alley.

Before my apt, I did a little research. I found that she uses only non toxic products. And it’s definitely the only sustainable hair spa I’ve ever heard of!

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Imagine a day spa. Soothing music, essential oils diffusing, tea and fresh flowers. I mean, come on, relaxation! So much more intimate then the more well known/commercial blow out places. Bilgah takes the time to customize the experience to your hair as well.

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She walked me through her Neuma hair products and told me about some of her other favorite vegan/organic/non toxic beauty products that she uses at home as well. If there’s anything you want to know in this category, she’s your gal.

I was a little skeptical as to if the products would really clean my hair and hold a good curl.

Bilgah did her thing while I peppered her with questions about her fav essential oils and clean makeup brands. Always learning!

 

I loved the blow out! I mean…you’ve seen the pics! The products definitely did the job and made my hair smell amazing too.

Non toxic & organic products not only hold up but make your hair feel so healthy! Plus, I felt really good about using products I knew were free from chemicals.

If you’re in the Atlanta area you need Bilgah in your life! You can experience her spa-like salon or she can bring her services to you, in home.

Her goal is for everyone that comes in to just relax for an hour and really take that time to #treat themselves! I totally LOVE that mindset, you know I’m obsessed with self care.

If you’re the Atlanta area and want to try a sustainable & non toxic blow out I highly suggest Bilgah Moka Salon!

Use code NUTMEG26 for $15 off your blowout!! You’re gonna love it. Tag me in your pics so I can see how cute your hair turned out.

 

ILY,

nutMeg

 

 

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My Healthy Morning Routine

My morning routine is sacred!

In college I started waking up early so I could have some time before class to relax and restore for the day ahead. This routine really stuck!

I feel so bright and clear minded in the morning, so I take extra time to utilize those moments wisely. I’m pretty good at utilizing my time efficiently, if I do say so myself.

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I know some of you might be thinking, ‘Wow this chick is insane for waking up earlier than necessary!’ But, I like to start my day with the right intentions so the rest of the day will follow suit.

You set the pace and mood for the day in the morning!

On the weekends I let myself sleep in, so I’ll let you in on my week day morning routine.

Here are the deets:

5:45 a.m. My alarm goes off and I groan. Then I get my butt up, brush my teeth, change and drive to my morning workout. Depending on the day that’s spin or weight training.

A good tip is to put out your workout clothes the night before because at 5:45 a.m. there can be so many excuses not to get up and go.

*I usually take Friday’s off or take a walk before work. This past Friday I used my working walk to the grocery store and get some spinach for my smoothie, productivity at it’s finest, ladies!

6:50 a.m. Get back home to shower. During this time I get ready and drink my warm lemon water. All while listening to some bomb podcasts. (I’m obsessed)

7:30 a.m. Food time, best time! I pack my lunch & snacks for the day and refuel with a post workout #Fab4Smoothie (I’ll post my perfected recipe soon) and a coffee.

I also take my supplements! I have them in a little old lady pill jar with the days of the week and all…Don’t judge!!

These are just what I take, so keep that in mind.

Biotin: Healthy hair, skin, nails

Probiotic: All about that gut health, baby!

Multivitamin: Just because you know, I’m so #health

Digestive Enzymes: Help the body break down food properly. Gut health is the key to life!

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I usually eat and chug my coffee while watching some YouTube videos.

7:50 a.m. Time to get a little work done and write out my to-do list for the day.  Hello Type A once again. If I don’t write things down, it’s like they never existed in my memory…So I’m big on lists.

8:10 a.m. Say goodbye to Patrick, who is usually still sleeping in bed, and head off to work!

I’m obsessed with my morning routine because I get so much done before most people are even up! That accomplishment fuels the rest of my day.

What’s your morning routine like?

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ILY,

nutMeg

Choosing Happiness

Everyone always says “happiness is a choice.”

*Eye roll*

Until recently I literally thought these people were off their rockers. They never had to deal with anything in their lives and that’s why they could say that. Basically accusing me of “choosing to be sad!”

 

“I can’t control my feelings.”

“I’m so sad and can’t stop crying.”

“I feel depressed and can’t even imagine what happy feels like right now.”

All things thought by me…probably multiple times along with much worse. One wrong move would send my whole day south.

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Recently, what I’ve come to learn is that what you put out into the world is what you get back. (The universe or something like that?)

Everyday we all have the choice to wake up and decide if we are going to have a good day or a bad one.

Now, I consciously choose to have good days!!

Don’t get me wrong, life ain’t easy, but I do what I can.

 

Instead of feeling sorry for myself, now I think ‘how can I improve this situation?’

Instead of thinking the world has it out for me when I fail, I choose to think of new ways to succeed.

Gone are the days where I have a bad moment and then have a bad rest of the day! Bye, girl!

 

Why waste your life living in a constant state of numbness just waiting for the next mini disaster? I think we all can feel comfortable in negativity sometimes. It’s so much easier to just slip into that depressed state. But that is no way to live a fulfilling life!

Replace your negative self talk with positivity and your life will change.

I choose joy.

Every day I choose to make the best out of the situations thrown at me.

I choose happiness.

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ILY,

nutMeg