Arugula Salad

Every time I make this salad I seem to get compliments so I thought it would be a good one to share! It’s proven to be a crowd pleaser and can be modified to fit your preference.

The main two things that you’ll need are

• Arugula

&

• Girard’s light champagne dressing (I think this is what makes it so good!)

The toppings that can be used are

  • Mini bell peppers
  • Cucumber
  • Avocado
  • Sliced black olives
  • Artichoke hearts
  • Chicken (try the already cooked balsamic vinegar and rosemary chicken from Trader Joe’s)

I usually add some pepper and a little Tajin on the avocado.

It’s healthy, delicious, and easy to make! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

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Take it from Tori #3

Today’s Topic:

Don’t forget to love yourself first

In life, if you’re lucky, you probably have a hand full of people whom you love and would do just about anything for. It’s important to keep good relationships with those who lift you up and keep your spirits high, but don’t forget to love yourself before anyone else.

And no, I’m not talking about a Justin Bieber song.

I’m talking about your mental health. It’s easy to get caught up in making sure everyone else is happy, making sure your boss is pleased or making sure that your friends are having  fun.

If you have kids, Treat yo’self girl: take a bubble bath, watch your favorite movie, have a glass of wine, do one thing each day to remind yourself that you need to be happy in order to make the kids happy.

If your relationship is taking a lot out of you lately: stake a step back, don’t forget who you are without your significant other. No matter how much you love them you can’t lose yourself in trying to make them happy. Spend a day with a friend you haven’t seen in a while or read a book and enjoy some time alone.

If your work/boss is stressing you out, start looking for other jobs: If you absolutely must keep your job, find ways to make it better. Try to make friends with coworkers or focus on what you love about the job rather than what you hate. Happiness conquers income in so many ways, sometimes the money isn’t worth the stress.

If school just won’t let you catch a break, stay focused: you are doing something great for your future. Take breaks when you can but study hard and follow your dreams.

If your family is asking a lot of you lately, stay calm: remind yourself that it’s out of love. Family drama can be the most stressful because it hurts to fight with the people you care about. Take a deep breath, it will pass. Don’t make rash decisions or say anything you might regret. You will love yourself for it later.

If you’re having a hard time with a friend, say “see you later”: A friend who causes more stress than happiness in your life may not really be the kind of friend you want to keep. If you’re not sure, then try to avoid spending so much time with them for a while and see how your life changes. If you are happier without them, don’t just say “see you later” say “Goodbye!”.

This is YOUR life. You have to do what makes you happy. Of course you should continue to make the people around you happy as well, but absolutely don’t forget about yourself.

 

 

Motivation Monday pt. 12

Happy Monday!! Today I’m going to share another excerpt from The Body Book by Cameron Diaz. This one has to do with aging and I think it’s a great reminder to make sure you treat your body the way it wants to be treated.

“A lot of us fear the idea of aging- getting older, being less mobile, having less energy, and being less of ourselves. But I look at aging like this: getting older is a blessing and a privilege, and if you lay the foundation for a healthy life in your younger years, your older years may very well be some of the best of your life. And the point I’m making is not about keeping up your youthful appearance. This is not about beauty and the aesthetics of our bodies. I want you to feel young, I want you to feel strong.”

XOXO

Motivation Monday Pt. 10

Happy first Monday of March! I’ve decided to make March the month that I get back on track with my health agenda. I’ve been pretty good about working out 4 times a week but I still need to work on staying away from the sweets!

Today I would like to share a quote from The Body Book by Cameron Diaz. This book is really incredible, it’s full of information about hunger, strength and the anatomy of women. I have learned a lot from this book and would definitely recommend it to any other ladies out there who want to improve their overall health.

This book doesn’t just provide information about how to improve your diet, health and appearance, it also gives great little anecdotes about learning to love yourself. To stop comparing yourself to others and shaming your own body. It will make you realize how much work your body does just to keep you alive and functioning every day. So here’s an excerpt that I would like to share with you today:

“Sometimes we imagine ourselves to be something that we’re not- perhaps someone that we wish we were- but when we look into the mirror, we are faced with who we really are. And looking in the mirror doesn’t have to be about vanity. Let the mirror be a friend instead of a judgement. So often we look in the mirror and loathe what we see, but we should remember that the most important thing is to love what you are and be honest about who you are. Make time to stand in front of the mirror and identify all the different beautiful parts of your body that you love. Don’t be shy! It’s just you in the mirror, and you can love your body however you want to love it, without anybody else’s validation or approval. The more you love your body and give it attention, the more connected you will be with it. A little appreciation goes a long way. A lot of appreciation goes a really long way.”

Don’t forget to love yourself! Happy Monday XOXO