Life Through A Lens #11- SG Summers

My brunch at Prive was accompanied by this view of downtown Singapore, Orchard Road.

 

This framed picture captures everything I love about Singapore. The view of the Central Business District from the Marina Bay Sands.

 

Wall murals, this one of the durian-shaped Esplanade.

 

More wall murals of the iconic Merlion.

 

Morning coffee with a view of the famous Orchard Road.

 

Currently: obsessed with Singapore sunsets.

 

And the obsession grows.

 

When the sunset makes your house look picture-perfect.

 

The only thing better than a pool day is a pool day with this view.

 

Singapore nightlife down by the Singapore River and Clarke Quay.

 

One of my favorite quotes from one of my favorite Acai places, Haakon Superfoods.

 

And the obsession grows…again.

 

I got to play tourist this past week while showing a friend around Singapore. Henna at the Hindu temple in Chinatown.

 

The coolest most hip little bar, Sugarhall, in downtown Singapore. P.S. All drinks taste better in a coconut (this one was an amazing coconut daiquiri).

 

The Central Business District at night.

 

Decorations in Chinatown.

 

Doesn’t get much better than down to earth, home-style Singaporean food.

 

High school graduation festivities! We spent the day on a yacht partying with some cake and champagne (how classy:).

What I’m Loving- Summer 2017

Happy summer! Here are the things I’ve been loving this summer. I will try to leave as many links down below at the end of this post. And please let me know what you’re loving this summer in the comments below!

I’ve always been the person who would mix and match my bikini sets. My current favorite is my Cotton On Body black bikini top with my Hollister hot pink bottoms. The black looks great with a tan and the pink adds a nice pop of color.
During the summer, I typically don’t like to wear a lot of make-up, but when I do, I always always always use this The Body Shop bronzing gel. It’s very lightweight and adds a nice shimmery glow.
Although I naturally get tanner during the summer months, when I get dressed up for a night out, I love spraying on this Sephora self-tanning body mist. It’s a very fine mist, doesn’t leave streaks and leaves a nice glowy finish.
Although I have been lifting for a while, I’ve never tried crossfit until I watched the documentary, Fittest On Earth. And now that I’ve started, I’m hooked. Your heart rate goes up almost right away and even over the first 2 weeks I felt myself getting much stronger.
I am OBSESSED with everything Kate Spade, and when I saw this coconut cross-body on sale, I had to get it. It’s the perfect size to fit my phone, cards and money, and looks so good with any summery outfit, day or night.
Last summer, my family was constantly on the lookout for good poke restaurants, and this summer we decided to start making it at home, and it’s delicious! To make it healthier, add tons more veggies and swap out white rice for a brown rice.
This is kind of obvious, because it’s summer, but I have been out in the sun every second that the sun is out. I take my book (for summer reading) and try to get through about 20 pages every day. I also (I know this is weird) have been reading old issues of People. I don’t know why, but I’ve been loving it. My mom has always stressed the importance of getting tan, not burnt, so I use the Coppertone Sport on my body and the Neutrogena ultra sheer on my face. I have not gotten burnt at all so far, but I have a deep tan:)
Since I’m counting down the days I have left in Singapore, I’ve been paying extra attention to all the things I may have taken for granted over the last 18 years. Since the weather has been so nice and the sky has been so clear, the sunsets have been absolutely stunning! #nofilter
*Disclaimer: I am of legal drinking age in Singapore (the drinking age is 18).
Tiger beer is the local beer in Singapore, and now that I am 18, I have been loving being able to drink a local drink. Although it may not be the best beer in the world, it gives me such a sense of home.

Links:

Cotton On Body bikini top: http://cottonon.com/AU/p/body/fixed-triangle-bikini-top/9344943171917.html?region=AU#region=AU&start=1

Hollister bikini bottoms: https://www.hollisterco.com/shop/us/swimwear

The Body Shop bronzing gel: https://www.thebodyshop.com/en-us/makeup/bronzer/honey-bronze-tinted-face-gel/p/p000345

Sephora self-tanning mist: http://www.sephora.com/tinted-self-tanning-body-mist-P286510

Fittest On Earth (trailer): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GkRYJp6vVJk

Kate Spade coconut cross-body: https://m.katespade.com/products/breath-of-fresh-air-coconut-drink-crossbody/PXRU6832.html

Coppertone Sport sunscreen: https://www.amazon.com/Coppertone-Sport-Lotion-SPF-Sunscreen-8/dp/B000YJFHXM/ref=sr_1_7_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1499302130&sr=8-7&keywords=coppertone+sunscreen

Neutrogena ultra-sheer dry touch sunscreen: https://www.amazon.com/Neutrogena-Ultra-Dry-Touch-Sunscreen-Lotion/dp/B00CHTZ2MS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1499302006&sr=8-1-spons&keywords=neutrogena+sunscreen&psc=1

Tiger Beer: https://tigerbeer.com.sg/

#fitgirllife: At Home Workout

What’s better than a great workout… a great workout in the comfort of your own home while watching Friends. Whether you’re on the road, stuck in a hotel room or just too lazy to get over to the gym, this at-home workout will have you sweating y0ur butt off!

3 x 15 air squats

5 x 20 (total) high-knees

5 x 20 double skips

3 x 20 (total) lunge pulses

3 x 10 (total) front kicks

4 x 30 second plank

5 x 10 plank butt-ups

3 x 20 (total) fire hydrants

3 x 15 push-up pulses

4 x 20 (total) donkey kicks

3 x 30 reverse crunches

3 x 20 glute bridges

If you try this workout out, make sure to snap a picture and leave it in the comments:) Happy training!

 

Redefining the idea of home

As most of you already know, I was born and raised in Singapore. But that doesn’t mean that I’m Singaporean (in fact, I’m not). I hold an American and Greek passport. Racially speaking, I come from an American, Greek and Japanese passport, but I’ve never lived in any of those places. In Singapore, we don’t own a house, we rent an apartment. We do own a cabin by a lake in northern Japan, but we only stay there a few weeks every summer. My dad’s family lives in the US and my mom’s family lives in Japan. And to top everything off, I’m getting ready to make a move from Singapore to LA to begin college. So with this, well, complicated background, you can imagine how hard it would be to answer the questions, ‘where are you from?’ and ‘where is home?’. In face, it’s more than complicated, it’s nearly impossible. 

Yesterday I was out at the famous Marina Bay Sands shopping with my mom. I’ve always loved the Marina Bay and Central Business District (CBD) of Singapore. While I can say that I’ve been almost everywhere in this small island, for the first time, I stepped outside the first floor of the Sands to stand in a spot I had never stood before. Directly in front of me was a body of water that would eventually turn into the Singapore River. The tall buildings of the CBD towered over the country. The Fullerton Bay Hotel stood with presence right next to the iconic Merlion. If I turned around, the three towers and ‘boat’ of the Marina Bay Sands leaned over me. It was the perfect 360 view of my favorite part of Singapore. There, in that moment, I felt so at home. It was a weird, but really cool feeling. I didn’t quite understand what about that view made me feel so at home, but it did. I quickly began to think more about what a home is and what or where home is for me. 

A home could be a physical house. A home could be the country you were born in. A home could be the place you currently reside. A home could be where your family is from. A home could be where your family lives. A home could be wherever you are with your loved ones. So if all of those things make up a home, where is home for me? I started to think of all the times I had felt at home. I feel at home sitting in the living room with my family in our apartment in Singapore. I feel at home laying out at the beach on a sunny summer day in LA. I feel at home walking through the isles of Greece at night. I feel at home swimming in the lake by my family’s cabin in northern Japan. I feel at home sitting at a small, street-side restaurant in Phuket. I feel at home walking through along the Seine in Paris. So if all of those places and things make me feel at home, that still doesn’t really answer the question, ‘where is home?’. But maybe that’s not a question everybody can answer. Maybe home is not what we have always imagined it to be. You can say that home is where you are from, but then why do I feel at home in the streets of Thailand. You can say that home is where you are with your loved ones, but then why did I feel at home while on a language immersion trip in France without my family. 

For me, home has taken on a meaning of it’s own, and it’s taken me 18 years to realize that. Home is not a place, home is not a thing, and home is not a person. Home is a feeling, a feeling of happiness. Home is the the places, things and people that make you happy. It’s being able to find smiles and laughter within our world. And that may not be an acceptable or understandable answer for most people, but that’s home for me. 

How to throw the BEST luau party

It’s finally finally FINALLY summer, which means time for endless pool parties and celebrations. My birthday just happens to be at the very beginning of summer (may 29th), and this year I also graduated from high school, so there was a lot to celebrate. I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do to celebrate everything in the midst of tons of craziness. Anyone who knows me knows that I’m in love with anything tropical, pineapple, or beach themed, so I thought that a luau party would be the perfect fit. I also decided to have my party during the day because we all want to be super tanned during the summer…don’t we? Are you planning on having a pool party/luau party anytime soon and are looking for some inspiration? Here is exactly what I did to throw mine and how you can plan yours! I’ll also link all the stores I bought from below.

Decorations:

Like I said, I’m obsessed with anything tropical (especially pineapples), so I already had tons of decorations. I used wood pineapple cutouts in multiple colors, a blue pineapple lamp, a “welcome to paradise” sign, and tons and tons of leis. I also had these pastel colored paper streamers that I hung up around a super cute “happy birthday” banner. For the cutlery, I found orange and pink flamingo stirrers from Flying Tiger in Tokyo, as well as some flamingo straws.

Food and Drinks:

Of course my parties have to include lot’s of good food, but since it was brunch, I kept it fairly light. We have cut watermelon and grapes, mini egg frittatas with lot’s of veggies, pasta salad, pineapple grilled chicken and of course funfetti cake (my favorite!!). The pineapple chicken was great and added another tropical layer to the party. To make it: marinate chicken breasts in pineapple juice, soy sauce, garlic, hot sauce and lime, then grill for 3 minutes on each side. For the drinks, we made mojitos and pineapple juice and malibu… and we had a bottle of rose. Tip: If you are having a party by the pool, avoid glass by getting plastic champagne glasses from the dollar store.

Clothing:

Because I knew we were going to be taking lot’s of photos, I chose my outfit very carefully. I ended up going with my black Cotton On bikini top with my hot pink Hollister bottoms. And on top of that I wore my O’Neill high-waisted shorts with a blue-purple Brandy Melville crop top. My friends came dressed similarly with a lot of them wearing cute cover-ups or sun dresses.

Photo Booth:

There was no way my party was happening without a DIY photo booth, so that’s exactly what I did. I found a blank wall by our pool and decked it out. We hung the “happy birthday” banner with the colorful streamers around it. When taking pictures, we put on leis and used the pineapples and other decorations as props. I had also found a blackboard in my room, so I decided to use it. When each of my friends and I took a photo, we used the blackboard to write a word that described us or the way we first met. All of those photos turned out being really cute!

If you’re planning on throwing a party or celebration soon, I highly suggest doing something like this! Here are all the links, and happy celebrating!

My Pinterest Luau Board: https://www.pinterest.com/aimefukada/luauu/

Hollister: https://www.hollisterco.com

Cotton On: http://cottonon.com/US/

Cotton On Body: http://cottonon.com/US/shop-by-brand/cotton-on-body/

Typo: http://cottonon.com/MY/shop-by-brand/typo/

Flying Tiger: https://flyingtiger.com/

O’Neill: http://us.oneill.com/

Brandy Melville: https://www.brandymelvilleusa.com/

Pamper Night Routine

One of my favorite things to do on the weekends is to have a pamper night. With crazy and hectic lives and schedules, sometimes it’s nice to just unplug and #treatyourself. I will link everything I use throughout this routine at the end of this post!

  1. I start by changing into comfy clothes, taking off all my make-up (currently using Garnier’s micellar cleansing water) and washing my face. I also like to “unplug” so I try to stay away from social media for the night.
  2. When I have one of these nights I make sure that I’m pampering the inside of my body just as much as my outside, so I try to make myself a healthy dinner (typically some pasta loaded with veggies and a huge glass of ice lemon water or unsweetened iced tea).
  3. With my dinner, I plop down on the couch and watch a couple episodes of a fun TV show (my go-to’s are Friends, Full/Fuller House, Modern Family and Young & Hungry).
  4. After I’m done eating, I head into the bathroom to get everything set up. I’m a lush fanatic, so I fill up the bath and pop a bath bomb (favorites are intergalactic and sex bomb) and half a bubble bar in. I also light some candles (Bath & Body Works!!) and turn down the lights. Right before I get in, I will put on my first face-mask of the night. While I’m chilling in the bubbles, I put on my favorite YouTubers. If I’m doing this during the holiday season, I’ll have a hot chocolate or a chai tea latte, but other than that I have an iced tea (because I live in the tropics and it’s hot!).
  5. Once I get out of the bath, I put on comfy PJ’s or a fluffy bath robe and take off my face mask and put another on one (I always do a cleansing mask and then a hydrating mask).
  6. I then head to my room and turn on my fairy lights and pineapple lamps and spritz my favorite room scents. If I want something to snack on, I’ll grab some fruit, but other than that I just keep drinking water. I also make sure to keep my skin hydrated, so I wash off my mask, and put lotion all over my face and body.
  7. One thing I really try to do on these nights is to meditate. I found this amazing app called InSight Timer, and it basically walks you through a meditation. I always find that I sleep so much better and feel super calm when I do this.
  8. And then finally, I crawl into bed and watch a little more YouTube before I get a good night of beauty sleep.

 

Links:

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water:https://www.amazon.com/Garnier-SkinActive-Micellar-Cleansing-Waterproof/dp/B017PCGAXQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1495014292&sr=8-1-spons&keywords=garnier+micellar&psc=1

Innis Free Green Tea Face Wash:http://www.innisfreeworld.com/product/productView.do?prdSeq=10607&eventSeq=0&catCd01=UA

My favorite veggie pasta recipe: https://swimeatlove.com/2016/01/03/rocket-pasta-salad-recipe/

Tazo Passion Iced Tea (unsweetened):https://www.amazon.com/Tazo-Filter-Passion-Iced-count/dp/B01EYZ4X40/ref=sr_1_2_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1495014378&sr=8-2&keywords=tazo+passion+tea

Intergalactic Bath Bomb: https://www.lushusa.com/bath/bath-bombs/intergalactic/04031.html

Sex Bomb Bath Bomb: https://www.lushusa.com/bath/bath-bombs/sex-bomb/00157.html

Lush Bubble Bars: http://www.lushusa.com/bath/bubble-bars/

Bath & Body Works Candles: http://www.bathandbodyworks.com/c/home-fragrance/all-candles

Indian Healing Clay (cleansing mask): https://www.amazon.com/Aztec-Secret-Indian-Healing-Cleansing/dp/B0014P8L9W/ref=sr_1_1_s_it?s=beauty&ie=UTF8&qid=1495014393&sr=1-1&keywords=indian+healing+clay

Freeman Beauty Charcoal Mask (cleansing mask): https://www.amazon.com/Freeman-Facial-Charcoal-Black-Polish/dp/B00BZ1QN2C/ref=sr_1_1_s_it?s=beauty&ie=UTF8&qid=1495014496&sr=1-1&keywords=freeman%2Bbeauty%2Bcharcoal&th=1

Lush Coffee Mask/Scrub (hydrating mask): https://www.lushusa.com/face/masks/cup-o%27-coffee/9999905552.html

Aspyn+Parker: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxjZe0qTFXh6jGm54LFWEDw

Zoella: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWRV5AVOlKJR1Flvgt310Cw

Niomi Smart: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChtada9QdvOZOKgEIT-VL7Q

Room Spritz from The Bath Workshop: http://thebathworkshop.com/

Face Lotion: https://www.amazon.com/Curel-JAPAN-Lotion-Moisture-120ml/dp/B001JF68MY/ref=sr_1_15_s_it?s=beauty&ie=UTF8&qid=1495014497&sr=1-15&keywords=curel

Body Lotion: https://www.amazon.com/Jergens-Ultra-Healing-Lotion-Ounce/dp/B0034F9K36/ref=sr_1_2_s_it?s=beauty&ie=UTF8&qid=1495014479&sr=1-2&keywords=jergens

InSight Timer (app): https://insighttimer.com/

 

Mother’s Day Treats

This year, I was struggling to come up with a fun dessert to make for my mom on Mother’s Day. I had already done a flip-flop cake as well as a flower bouquet of cupcakes, and my creative juices weren’t able to come up with something new. After watching a video on The Scran Line (http://www.thescranline.com/baileys-truffle-cupcakes) I was inspired to create a fun flavored cupcake instead of making something that was visually different. I settled on vanilla angel food cupcakes with pink Prosecco buttercream frosting, topped with a Kahlua truffle. I thought it was different, fun, and super delicious…oh and my mom loved it too!

Ingredients:

Angel Food Cupcakes:

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup white flour

6 egg whites

1 tsp. vanilla essence

1/2 tsp. salt

1 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar

Prosecco Buttercream Frosting:

1/2 cup softened, unsalted butter

1 cup powdered/icing sugar

4 tbsp. Prosecco

4 drops red food coloring

Kahlua Truffles:

3/4 cup dark chocolate chips

1 tbsp. Nutella

4 tbsp. Kahlua

To top:

Dark Chocolate shavings

Directions:

  1. Start by making the truffles. Put all the ingredients in a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 40 seconds. Take it out and let it cool for 1 minute, then roll into balls and leave to set in refrigerator.
  2. For the cupcakes, start by sifting half the sugar and flour into a medium bowl. In a large bowl, whip the egg whites, vanilla, salt, cream of tartar and remaining sugar until medium to stiff peaks form.
  3. Gently fold the flour and sugar mixture into the egg whites one spoon full at a time.
  4. Scoop into a lined cupcake tray and bake at 350f for 17 minutes. Once done, set aside to completely cool.
  5. For the frosting, whip the butter on high speed for 90 seconds or until light and fluffy. Slowly add in powdered sugar and Prosecco and continue to whip on medium speed.
  6. To assemble, pipe the frosting on to cooled cupcakes and place one truffle on top. Finish with dark chocolate shavings.

I hope you enjoy this, and happy mother’s day to all you amazing mothers out there!

almost time

I’m sitting here, tick tick tick, counting down the days, hours, minutes and seconds until the moment I walk across the stage to receive my long-awaited diploma. It’s almost here. Ready or not, it will happen. There’s no postponing it, there’s no stopping it. Will it be a sad day, will it be an exciting day? I don’t really know and I won’t know until I’m in the moment. But I do know what it’s like right now. Exactly 3 weeks, 2 days and 20 hours away from walking into the theater in my navy blue cap and gown. It’s scary, it’s sad, it’s exciting, it’s every feeling you could possibly feel. I’m thinking back to my first days where I would cry getting on the bus in the morning to go to school. Now I’m crying thinking about getting on the plane to go to school. Back to my middle school days when I didn’t really care about my grades, but more about having fun. I think of all the fun I’m going to have on my new adventure. I remember my first day of high school, being extremely intimidated by the upper class-men and seniors, and I realize I’m going to be in that exact same place stepping foot onto my college campus as a freshman, again. I reminisce about all the memories I’ve made with my swim team, my second family. It’s only going to get better, and I imagine that I will soon find a new family with my college team. I’m thinking about right now; right now in this very moment. It will go fast, everyone said. Don’t forget to stop and appreciate it every once in a while, they said. I always took that into consideration, but also never fully took it into consideration. It went by so fast. I was just a first grader, then I was just a middle schooler and a freshman and now I’m here, 572 hours before it’s all done. I can only move forward in one way, with no regrets. No regrets for anything, even my mistakes. Because thinking back on it now, out of my lowest of times came my highest of moments. Am I ready to move on? Am I prepared to take on the “real world”? Whatever my answer is doesn’t matter, it’s going to happen. All I can do now is be thankful, thankful for all the people who got me here; friends, teachers, coaches, and family. Thankful for the moments that brought me joy and the times that made me grow as a person. While I don’t feel ready to leave, to move on and start a new journey, it’s going to happen and I am as prepared as I will ever be. 3 weeks, 2 days and 20 hours. Tick tick tick, it’s almost time.

#fitgirllife: Healthy Snacks

One of the things I’m asked a lot is how I snack. People tend to think of snacking as a bad thing; chips, chocolate bars and cookies. However, I think snacking is the key to eating clean. If you cut back your main meal portions, you can fill up with healthy snacks between instead. This keeps you from overeating and from limiting spikes in your sugar level. Snacks don’t have to be unhealthy, in fact there are so many ways that you can make snacking healthy and fun! Here are some of my favorite healthy snacks:

  1. Cuckoo for Coconuts Trail Mix (Trader Joe’s): This trail mix is my current favorite snack. It comes in small snack sized bags, so it’s already portioned for you. It has toasted almonds, coconut praline cashews, coconut dark chocolate cups and toasted coconut. It really satisfies a sweet tooth and is super filling for such a small amount. (https://www.amazon.com/Trader-Joes-Cuckoo-Coconut-Individual/dp/B01N1UFCKN)
  2. Mamma Chia: These chia squeeze drinks come in all sorts of flavors and are super easy to grab on the go. They will fill you up and can even go in place of breakfast (especially if you’re in a rush). (https://www.amazon.com/Mamma-Chia-Squeeze-Vitality-Blackberry/dp/B00DOO7AY8/ref=sr_1_3_s_it?s=grocery&ie=UTF8&qid=1493189084&sr=1-3&keywords=mamma%2Bchia&th=1)
  3. Fresh popcorn: For some reason it took me 17 years to realize that instead of buying super salty popcorn from a box, I can buy a bag of kernels (which is cheaper btw) and pop them myself. My favorite flavorings are coconut oil and a little bit of honey, or chili powder, garlic powder and a little bit of salt. (https://www.amazon.com/Jolly-Time-Yellow-Popcorn-Kernels/dp/B0077USTMM/ref=sr_1_14_s_it?s=grocery&ie=UTF8&qid=1493189159&sr=1-14&keywords=popcorn+kernels)
  4. Peanut butter on… EVERYTHING: Peanut butter is one of those foods that seem to go with literally anything. Carrot sticks, crackers, apple slices, rice crackers, everything! Peanut butter is super filling and also filled with tons of protein, so I usually just have 2 tablespoons of peanut butter with one of the things listed above and I’m set for a good 2 hours. (https://www.amazon.com/Trader-Joes-Unsalted-Unblanched-Peanuts/dp/B00I4FAPPS/ref=sr_1_1_s_it?s=grocery&ie=UTF8&qid=1493189192&sr=1-1&keywords=trader+joe%27s+peanut+butter)
  5. Leftovers: Believe it or not, sometimes leftovers make the best snacks. We usually always have some leftover pasta, chicken, rice or beef, so I just go to the fridge to portion out a little to eat as a snack. You don’t need a big amount, you just need a little to go a long way.

What are your healthy snacks? Comment them down below to share:)

#fitgirllife: Healthy Habits

Throughout my journey to self-love and acceptance, I’ve found that it’s super important to set habits that make it easier to being healthier over, both physically and mentally.

Habit #1: Drink lots and lots of water. I always have a 24 oz. water bottle with me, and make sure to drink around 1 full bottle for each 2 hour swim practice (I swim twice a day). In addition to that, I drink about 3 full bottles (75 oz.) during the school day. During dinner, I drink about 1 glass of water and 1 glass of unsweetened iced tea (currently obsessed with Tazo iced passion tea). One really helpful habit I’ve started to do is to drink about 1/2 cup of water before I eat. This helps to ensure that you don’t overeat. Something I’d do more of if I didn’t swim early in the mornings is to drink 1 full glass of water first thing in the morning. This just makes sure that you replenish the water and electrolytes you lose while asleep. The most useful thing anyone’s ever told me was that water is to your organs what oil is to your bike chains, helps everything fun smoothly.

Habit #2: Prioritize movement. Make sure that you get moving at every single day. That doesn’t mean that you have to go on a long run or spend an hour in the gym, get creative. Whether it’s taking your dog on a walk, take the stairs, or doing a short yoga routine at home, you will feel so much better once you’ve broken a sweat. Find a routine that works for you and fits your schedule. If you’re busy, sneak in 3 five minute workouts during your breaks, if you aren’t feeling too well, do a low intensity yoga routine, just as long as you get moving.

Habit #3: Eat multiple smaller meals throughout the day. For the past 3 years, I’ve been eating about 6 smaller meals throughout the day and I find that I don’t get that sluggish feeling I do when I’m really full and that I have more energy during the day. This is really easy when I’m at school since it works perfectly with my school schedule. My biggest meal is typically dinner (which is right after practice so I’m usually super hungry) and we usually have lots of meat, veggies and rice or pasta. For breakfast my go-to is granola with yoghurt which fills me up after morning practice. During the day I like to snack on cut fruit, peanut butter, pretzels, rice crackers and cut veggies.

Habit #4: Stock up on healthy snacks. When I’m at home for a long period of time doing homework or just sitting watching TV, I never have the energy to make myself a healthy snack, so instead of keeping easy-to-reach bags of chips of cookies around, stock up on healthy rice crackers, natural peanut butter, protein bars or chia drinks that are easy to grab when you have the munchies. If you have a sweet tooth, bake a batch of healthy coconut cookies or chocolate banana muffins for the week to grab whenever you want a sweet treat.

Habit #5: Find time to pamper yourself. My favorite ways to treat myself are to do my nails, put on a face mask (I use the Freeman Beauty masks, Indian Healing Clay and Lush masks), do a deep hair mask or take a bath with a Lush bath bomb. I try to do a combo of about 3 of those every week and I feel that it just rejuvenates me and makes me feel special. About once a month I do a full-out at home spa session where I take a bath, while I have a hair and face mask on watching my favorite shows. Then I get out and use my favorite lotion all over my body and do my nails in my room with candles lit. It’s important to take the time to pamper yourself, especially with such a hectic school or work schedule.

Habit #6: Meditate. This may sound a little hippie-ish, that’s what I thought when someone first told me about this, but it’s totally not! Since I don’t know how to meditate on my own, I found an app that has different types of meditations you can listen to. It’s called InSight Timer and it’s FREE! I use one when I’m going to sleep (sometimes) that lasts for about 18 minutes. I don’t do this every night, but I find that when I do, I sleep so much better.

Challenge yourself to add a new healthy habit to your routine, whether it’s one of these or something you come up with yourself. Your body and mind will thank you!