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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Solo Travel for Self Discovery

A few weeks ago I decided to go on a solo vacation. I never thought I would be the person to do this but I didn't even think twice about it when I booked my vacation. 

I have been having major stress in my life and I just realized I needed time on my own. I had a "wtf" moment and I just needed to get out of my situation. I'm sure we have all felt like that a few times in our lives.

I decided to go to Red Mountain Adventure Resort in St. George, Utah. I have been eyeing this place out for years, and instead of going on a weekend trip to Vegas with the girls that would definitely lead to self-saboteury, I thought I would do something healthy where I can go on my own.

I must say, Utah is amazing! It's beautiful, the mountains are spectacular, and the weather is awesome. 

I love the desert and love hot weather so I was in my element. I didn't care that I was sweating down my face, I loved every minute. The heat loves me.

My first night at the resort, I decided to go on a kayak adventure. It was great. I didn't realize I was so good at kayaking on my own. I was the best. I was in a race with everyone else(they didn't know), and I was so fast. I wish we had more time before the sun set because I wasn't ready to be finished.

My second day there was the best. I went hiking for 3 hours at Camel Back mountain and climbed some rocks. I took the best pictures. Back at the resort I went to the pool, hit the gym, then decided to rent a Camaro and drive to Vegas. Yes that's what I do, I fly on the seat of my pants. I hung out at Mon Ami Gabi at the Paris hotel for a few hours, watched the Bellagio fountains, walked around and then drove to the Hard Rock hotel and got a small tattoo at Hart and Huntington. Vegas is like second nature to me. I have been so many times, so I felt safe and at home just walking around. 

I got back to St. George at 3am and passed out. I woke up way too early and decided to eat something which I knew would make me sleepy. And it sure did. I went back to sleep until 10:30am. Thank goodness. I  decided to drive out to Pioneer Parkway and hike by myself. I went on a 2 hour hike, climbed some rocks, ran down some sandy paths and was on my own with no one around except the lizards, rabbits and my deep thoughts. This whole time I tried to forget my problems by keeping busy, but I was forced to face my them because it was just me and nature. It was time.

Pioneer Parkway 

Snow Canyon 

I got back to the resort and I couldn't sit there. I started walking and didn't stop. I went into Snow Canyon State Park and kept going. I actually sang out loud while listening to my music(sorry Mother Nature), and I never do this.

I came to some realizations, some were good and some were things I didn't want to face, but I know it will make me a better and stronger person. I can't keep holding on to hope and how things used to be because that's not what life is about. When you hold on to how things used to be, you will wind up hurt and confused. I don't want that and neither does anyone else. 

I am curious to see how the rest of this year plays out for me. As the hummingbirds and dragonflies float past me and winter arrives again, I will be waiting for joy and happiness to arrive and take me on to a better road in life. 

Always wish for joy and happiness. We all deserve it.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Fitness for a Healthy Mind

It's pretty normal, we all bring part of our stress upon ourselves. 
More than half of us deal with stress that literally keeps us up at night, and 20 percent of people  have already been diagnosed with anxiety or depression.
We find ourselves drained, comparing our successes to Instagram filters, crying to our mothers in the midst of self-proclaimed mid-life crisis and paying an arm and a leg for some halfway decent counseling just to cope with it all.
But, it doesn’t have to be this way.
While it’s okay and necessary to seek professional help, we are often capable of working through things on our own, but we just don’t give ourselves the fighting chance or even try.
Maybe the reason we are constantly reverting to childish behaviours and destructive actions is because we haven’t forced ourselves to dig deep and solve problems on our own.
Because we haven’t forced true self-discovery when sh*t really does hit the fan, we simply regress, forge happiness in a half-full life instead of truly healing.
Lately I have had some major stress in my life and I decided to start sprinting at the Apple Bowl. I haven't been a runner for years, but one day, I woke up with the sun shining through my blinds, and decided I was tired of feeling stressed.
Desperate to cure my stress, I laced up my Nikes, drove to the track, put on my headphones and started running.
I have been doing this 2-3 times per week all summer.
Each system in our bodies is connected; every piece of food that we eat and every movement we make affects us in ways we can’t see. Studies have shown that physical activity is an asset in combating depression and mental illness, although it remains sidelined as a viable option for treatment.
Physical activity can shift your thinking in directions you wouldn’t naturally gravitate toward, which can lead you to conclusions, decisions and revelations all on your own.
Dig deep, find your goals, identify your problems and discover solutions. After all, taking a break from the outside world to focus on yourself might be just what the doctor ordered.

Get outside, go for a run, hike, swim, or do some outdoor yoga to help relax your mind and spirit. I always tell my clients if they just stick with working out and keeping the body healthy, this will probably help 75 percent of their stressors in life. So get out there and move.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Life Is Beautiful

Life is Beautiful

Did you ever really think of these words? What do they mean to you? 

We all take life for granted. We have fancy phones, fancy cars and clothes. We complain about little things that don't really matter and have this attitude that we are entitled to more. We have all been there, whether you think so or not.

We see something beautiful and we think, "wow that's so nice". But did you ever just really look at this beautiful thing you see and REALLY look at it? What does it mean to you? Why did you think it's beautiful?

As I get older, I try to stop and think about the amazing things around me. As I sit here on my patio because I can't seem to sleep, I am looking at this flawless sky and listening to the birds waking up. Even though I can't sleep and work is going to suck, I can't help but think about how amazing it is out here. So quiet, so pristine, so beautiful. 

I am thinking of my life, and even though I am having some issues, things can be much worse. I live in a beautiful condo that I own, with amazing things around me. I can't help but think how lucky I really am because so many people on this beautiful planet that we call home really have nothing. They live on the streets, barely eat and wonder if they will live another day. 

Even though life can be hard at times, we choose to make our lives the way it is. Stop and think about what you have achieved instead of thinking life sucks, because it really doesn't. If you think life sucks, then it will. 

Choose to believe that your life is beautiful, and cherish the beautiful things around you. Stop and look at the flowers on the side of the road, take a minute to soak up the sun, tell the people that mean something to you how much you love them, because you don't want to miss out on a single moment.

Choose life, choose your life. It's beautiful.

Remember one thing, through every dark night there's a bright day ahead ~ Tupac Shakur 

Sunday, July 24, 2016

What Is Love

I must admit I have not been very active on my blog or social media these days. The reason why is because I have had a huge personal life change and haven't had the heart or the energy to write and do the things I love.

I wanted to post something different today. I want to talk about love.

What is love

What is love? Love can mean a million different things. You can love your significant other, you can love your sister, your brother, your best friend. Love can be amazing. 

Love is as critical for your mind and body as oxygen. It's not negotiable. The more connected you are, the healthier you will be both physically and emotionally. The less connected you are, the more you are at risk for depression, self-anger and making poor decisions. 

Love is the best antidepressant out there, and a lot of us feel depressed because we don't feel love or don't love ourselves. 

Choosing to love someone is actually the most beautiful thing about love. Real love is an unconditional commitment to an imperfect person.

It's true. 

When all the butterflies have fluttered away, you will realize you are with someone who is just as imperfect as you. They will come to learn about your insecurities, struggles, quirks and problems, and realize you are just as real as them. 

Then you will realize that real love isn't just euphoric or spontaneous, it's a deliberate choice. A plan to love each other for better or worse. 

You don't choose who you are attracted to, but you definitely choose who you fall in love with and who you stay in love with. 

Real love is like the sun and the moon - it's constant, sure and true. Whenever we feel lost and confused, we can find strength in the love that we have chosen.

Besides, life already offers us plenty of hardships: rejection, job loss, heartache, disappointment, despair, illness, and a host of other problems. We simply can’t abandon ship every time we encounter a storm in our relationships. Real love is about weathering the storms of life together.

Angelique ❤️

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Autoimmune Disease- You Are Not Alone

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Having an autoimmune disease can be a very hard and stressful journey, and It is estimated that approximately 1 in 5 of us suffer from one or more of the 140+ diseases classified as autoimmune in nature. That’s double the number of people who suffer from heart disease, and four times the number of people affected by cancer Even with these numbers, having an autoimmune disease can be very isolating. We feel like we are alone, that no one can understand what we’re going through 

Having been diagnosed with Hashimoto's was a tough pill for me to swallow, but after my two days of feeling sorry for myself, I decided to take action and start the healing process with supplements and an autoimmune paleo diet. As a trainer and nutritionist, this has been helpful for me to help others cope with their diseases and figure out the best strategy for them to take. 

Going out for dinner or social events can be tough because you can't eat a lot of foods that are available, because when you decide to go with an autoimmune paleo diet, you are very limited to what you can eat. I know this first hand with my food allergies over the years, and now I have thrown in an AIP diet in the mix. But I am learning to cope and now it's just not a big deal to me anymore. I am definitely going to stick with AIP because no other diet can boast even close to the enormous numbers of success stories out there of people feeling better and even reversing their diseases.  

It is also helpful to know someone going through something similar, whether dealing with the same autoimmune disease or another type. Someone who actually “gets it”, is so helpful to talk to and to share ideas, to share in success stories, to talk about set-backs, and know how we feel before we say a word. Whether or not this person is a friend, or whether we’ve never met in person is irrelevant.  Nothing can replace this kind of support such as those of us with autoimmune disease face. 

So, how do you find this community? Below are some of my favorite social media and book resources to take a look at.  

Facebook Groups and Pages 
Facebook groups and pages are a great way to meet people from the comfort of our homes. Facebook groups are great communities with many of who are likely to share some similarities with each individual’s situation, and be willing to answer questions or simply show moral support.  Here are active groups and pages which center around the AIP community. 

  • The Paleo Approach Community 
  • Hashimoto's Thyroiditis Support Group 
  • Autoimmune Protocol Diet 
  • The Girlfriends’ Guide to Hashimoto’s 
  • Thyroid Pharmacist, Dr. Izabella Wentz 

Instagram Accounts 
Instagram is a great place to find community, and simply reading the comments on posts can be an amazing source of great people to connect with!   


Here are a few books that I have bought this year that have been helpful for recipes and finding the right supplements. 

  • Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Root Cause by Izabella Wentz, PharmD 
  • The Hashimoto's Cookbook and Action Plan by Karen Frazier 
  • Idiot's Guides – Autoimmune Cookbook by Amari Thomsen 
  • The Autoimmune Solution by Ami Myers 

I hope my resources help you with your journey to health and wellness. I encourage you to reach out and make connections and not go through this on your own because you don't have to! You are not alone. Connect with me if you have any questions on my facebook page, or email