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Healthy Living by Emily McCarthyVEGA Shakes /// PURE BARRE /// LULULEMON  /// ON POINTE NUTRITION /// LOM

Healthy is the new way of our household. Thankfully, we have the amazing resource of my sister-in-law, Colleen, who is a Registered Dietician. She is SO knowledgable about eating right all of the time, not just for a diet. I almost wish diets didn’t exist – they seem so fabricated and trendy, leaving people with a false sense of hope when they revert back to their old ways of life. Why can’t we eat well all of the time?  And by all of the time, I really mean most of the time. Of course, we all deserve the occasional cheeseburger or slice of pizza, but everything is good in moderation, right? My husband has been struggling with stomach problems, headaches, sleep deprivation and low energy for years now. It was progressively getting worse and Colleen was able to convince him to take the ALCAT test – a food sensitivity test. Surprise surprise, he suffers from a severe intolerance of Gluten, Cow’s Milk, Spinach and Sunflower (oil)- just to name a few. These were foods that Patrick consumed daily and they were tearing his body up. Who would have thought Spinach? It is TRULY amazing how this test can find out what your body loves/thrives off of and what it truly hates. It’s not just about eating what we think is healthy, but what works best in our body. My parents have also taken the ALCAT test and found out similar results. Both Patrick and my Dad have lost about 15-20 pounds each, just from removing the food from their diet that was harmful to their body. Amazing, right? Colleen is using a new test now which provides even better results. Tempted to take it myself! Speaking of food, I just discovered LOM – Local Organic Moms in Savannah. I signed up to receive a weekly crate of fresh organically grown produce/herbs from a farm right outside of Savannah. We receive our first delivery today and I’m so excited!

I’m also loving the shake mixes from Vega – they have everything you need from multi-vitamins to probiotics. Super yummy too! I toss this in a shaker and hit the road to run errands with Rhett.

On another front, this momma is trying to get her post-baby body back! I have felt completely head over heels for Pure Barre. We have a studio in Savannah and I would seriously go every single day if I could. This is coming from someone who HATES working out – I have never found anything I truly enjoyed and gave me the results I wanted. I love PB because it’s low impact, but very focused toning techniques. It has done wonders for my body and I have to say that I’m in much better shape than before I had little Rhett. For the first year ever, I’ll be proud to put on my bathing suit this summer! If you have a studio near you, just try it! You might become hooked – which is a GOOD THING!

And what would be healthy living without a wardrobe? You know I love some lululemon – have become a bit addicted I have to admit. Not only are their products great quality, the pants are actually sewn to ‘lift’ your bottom and suck you in! They even act as great ‘running about town’ clothes without feeling like a schlub.

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In celebration of the upcoming holiday season, I wanted to share a recipe for Snowball Cookies. My dear friend and fav calligrapher, Bride Whelan, treats us to these every year!

CLICK HERE to download a handy dandy recipe card or follow below!

Enjoy!

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

2 sticks unsalted butter

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 cups ground pecans

2 1/4 cups all purpose flour

1 tsp salt

DIRECTIONS

Cream 2 sticks of butter with 1/2 cup powdered sugar. Add Vanilla, Pecans, Salt and Flour. Mix until blended smooth. Refrigerate dough for at least 2 hours. Using a melon baller, scoop out balls to 1 inch width. Place on parchment paper and bake for 12-14 minutes at 350 degrees. (bottoms should be golden brown). While cooked snowballs are still warm, roll in powdered sugar.

Makes 25-30.

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Wishing everyone a wonderful Labor Day Weekend – hopefully we will be catching a few Savannah blue crab, enjoying some limoncello and catching some rays.

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