Alysia Caringi

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I’m probably done blogging.

Been a while, hasn’t it? If you couldn’t tell by my previous posts, I don’t really blog anymore. Why not? I suppose life got in the way. I filled my time with other hobbies. Life goes in phases, right? So, I just thought it might be useful to publish this post letting you know that...
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Study – (Un)Qualified Book Review

Unqualified That’s a word that crosses my mind often. Having been hired for a marketing manager position a little less than 2 years ago, with very little workplace marketing experience, I’m constantly questioning myself on a daily basis. I constantly struggle with not feeling qualified to make the decisions I do. Obviously, I had to...
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Pressing Pause

Just stopping by really quickly to leave a note to the world that I’m taking a break from this blog. I began it in hopes of growing a community of like minded humans who want to grow in their faith and health. But then I sort of got distracted. Or maybe disinterested. I tried to...
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The Location Isn’t The Problem

I know, I’m super bad at this blogging thing, now. I talked a big game in that post about pivoting. And then I just didn’t live up to it. I can give you some more excuses but instead I’ll just say this: I’m not making any promises. There is no structure. There is no schedule....
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What Are You More Afraid Of?

A couple weeks ago someone called me brave. What was I doing? Nothing notable…really. At least, that’s what I thought. I went on a date. With a stranger. A stranger I met on the internet. (Can we all just agree that there isn’t a stigma related to that, anymore? That way I can feel like...
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How Do You See It? The Difference Between Success and Failure

You’ve all heard of “Vision Boards”, right? That idea that if you take images of things you want and put it on a board, you’ll get them. I’m sure there’s more to it but that’s the cliff notes version. Have you ever wondered if there’s anything to that? Not that somehow you’ll magically obtain all...
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Savor: Make It Paleo II Book Review and Recipe

Recently, I’ve been in a slump. Well, a food slump…to be more precise. When you cook all of your own meals from scratch and are trying to have time to do other things in your life as well, it’s easy to stick to the same few dishes; quick things like salad, eggs, and stir fry....
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Knowing vs. Believing

“I know, I know” I’m sitting on my kitchen floor cramped between the cabinets and my fridge as I talk to my mom on the phone. I’ve just had a slight meltdown about a project to which I had committed that wasn’t going particularly well at the moment. After spending a good five minutes vividly...
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Study: Time for a Pivot

Two years ago I started this blog with hopes of motivating people to change their lifestyle as I had changed mine. My brain was overflowing with post ideas. I’d spend hours writing and researching each post. I loved it and it was awesome. Then I ran out of ideas. Posts started turning into assignments. But...
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Simplify: Is this real life?

Do you ever wonder if life is a real thing? Like, maybe we’re all just dreaming. Or maybe we’re all living in the matrix. Or maybe we’re all living in the Truman Show. Sometimes when I get a particularly realistic dream, this idea plays out in my head for a few days. Then I forget...
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Study: Start Where You Are

Have you ever gotten a Facebook friend request from someone and been absolutely clueless as to who they are or how you know them? That happened to me today. I searched this woman’s profile looking for some sort of commonality but there was absolutely nothing. I felt like a jerk clicking the obnoxious “Delete This...
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Study: Why Part 2 – Sometimes You Need a Reason

A year and a half ago I started this blog so that I could tell the world that they should be healthier. Four months ago I moved across the country and things got a little crazy. I was living in a new place with new restaurants, new people, a new job, and an all new...
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Study: Omega 3s and a Guest Post

You guys miss me? I know I haven’t been exactly…er….active…on my blog lately. But, I’ve been spending all my time enjoying the summer in colorful Colorado! There have been some other things going on as well, which I’ll post about soon but I just wanted to stop by and let you all know, I’m still...
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Study: Why?

A while ago, I found myself questioning everything I had been working towards. Everything I’d based the past year of my life on was now hanging in the balance between certainty and uncertainty. Completely derailed by three letters. Why? I had just finished telling my sister that I wanted to be able to do ten...
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How to Stay Fit While on Vacation

“We had a fantastic vacation and the food was amazing, I gained at least five pounds.” It seems like this is one of the most common things people say when talking about their vacation. They’ll go on and on about how amazing the food was and then comment about how they may have gotten slightly...
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Simplify: Swanson Health Products 45th Anniversary Giveaway [GIVEAWAY CLOSED]

Do You Take Vitamins or Supplements? Typically, I don’t. I usually try to get my nutrients through the food I eat. For a while I was really against vitamins and supplements. I changed my tune after realizing that sometimes no matter how healthfully you eat, you might still be lacking in some vital nutrients. I...
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Study: Giving Up

There’s one thing I’ve wanted to do since I moved to Denver. Okay, since before I moved to Denver. Well, actually there are a lot of things. But there’s been one specific thing on my mind since I got here. And that’s hiking a 14er. A What? Fourteener. Yeah, I didn’t really know what it...
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Study: Crash the Chatterbox Book Review

Let’s Chat You know that voice in your head constantly? The one always telling you you’re not good enough or that everything you do is dumb? It’d be great if we could get rid of it, right? That’s why I was so intrigued when my favorite pastor, Steven Furtick, released a book called, Crash the...
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Study, Savor, Simplify Part 3

This post is part 3 in a series. If you missed Part 2, Part 1 or the Introduction be sure to read them. It’s the simple things Have you ever worked at something for hours only to find that you could have done it differently and it would have been a million times easier and...
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Study Savor Simplify: Part 2

This post is part 2 in a series. If you missed part 1 or the introduction be sure to read them. “Alysia, do you remember that? …Alysia? Hey. Alysia…do you remember that? Who are you texting?” I look up from my phone only to realize that everyone sitting at my table is staring at me....
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Study, Savor, Simplify: Part 1

“clink, clink, clink” The buckle on my boot rattles as I anxiously squirm around in the blue fold up chair I’m sitting in. I tap my fingers against the chipboard slab of wood smaller than a piece of paper that’s supposed to suffice for a desk. My professor is at the front of the lecture...
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Study Savor Simplify: Introduction

“Is it seriously time for me to get up right now? How is it already the morning. I don’t know if I have the energy to be alive today.” Let me tell you a story about my life two years ago. Every morning my alarm would go off and I would hit the snooze button...
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Savor: Tropical Traditions Coconut Cream Concentrate Giveaway! (Giveaway Closed)

Two weeks ago I embarked on a grand adventure. I packed everything I owned (well, almost everything) into my tiny Ford Focus and drove for what seemed like two days straight. My car sputtered along as I tirelessly steered it through the midwest, across the mundane plain states, all the way to Denver, Colorado. I’m...
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Study: Motivate Yourself to Start Today!

I WANT to get healthy and I know what I need to do, but I just can’t get started. The one thing I overwhelmingly hear from my readers i that they want to be healthy they just can’t seem to get themselves to make the change. That reminds me of one of my favorite verses...
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Guest Post: 5 Steps to Surviving Whole30

Today I have something extra special for you guys! My friend who blogs over at the-loudmouth.com took some time to write up a post for you guys all about surviving a Whole30. You might remember her from that one time I guest posted on her blog. What’s a Whole30? Well, I’ll let her tell you....
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Simplify: Homemade Lip Balm

My Lips Hurt Real Bad! Everyone’s seen Napoleon Dynamite, right? I know my parents have seen it because I told them to watch it shortly after it came out and I still, to this day, get made fun of for liking a movie they though was so stupid. One of my favorite parts is the...
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Study: Lean Body Fat Wallet Book Review

Lean Body Fat Wallet* sounds like something you might like, I’d say go ahead and give it a try. Personally, it just wasn’t my thing. * Denotes an affiliate link. If you purchase the linked product I receive a portion of the profit at no extra cost to you. Thanks for helping support my blog!...
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Savor: Chestnut Crusted Squash Bites Recipe (Paleo, Gluten Free)

Quick Question When you think about becoming healthy (both physically and spiritually) what comes to mind? What’s your biggest problem when it comes to improving your health? Leave a comment and let me know! I want to write more posts about your biggest concerns. Let me help! If you want my posts to get better...
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Study: Lessons from Crossfit (The Last One Might Surprise You!)

The other day, a friend of mine sent me this meme —> …and told me to replace “vegan” with “paleo”…. So, yeah. I try not to talk about Crossfit that often because apparently, crossfitters love to talk about how they do crossfit. But you know what? With the crossfit open in full effect, and having...
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Savor: Shawarma Lamb Meatballs Recipe (paleo, gluten free)

The first time I ever ate lamb was in Germany. If you’ve ever been to Europe, you’ve most assuredly eaten a Doner Kebab. If you haven’t, then you need to go back to Europe to experience that deliciousness. My first night in Germany, we were too afraid of having to speak German to go to...
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Study: Positivity Produces Progress

Have you ever done a handstand? If you have, kudos to you. They’re terrifying. Something about how easily you can fall on your head or face just really kinda freaks me out. Last time I tried a handstand it wasn’t pretty. I was thinking, “I’m not strong enough to do this yet.” “I can barely...
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Savor: Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil Review and Giveaway (GIVEAWAY CLOSED)

On a relatively benign Tuesday morning in 1995, I’m sitting at my desk while a lady at the front of my second grade classroom talks to us about a weird fuzzy brown edible object that resembles a mini bowling ball. She tells us all about how to crack it open to reveal the tender white...
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Savor: Primal Palate’s Fudgy Brownies

When you like eating as much as I do, people start to give you food as gifts. Which was definitely the case this year. For my 26th birthday my dad gave me a huge box of dehydrated foods. Maybe a normal person wouldn’t be into getting a box of dehydrated foods as a gift but...
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Simplify: Four Ways to Make Cooking Easier

I have a secret. And if we’re all being honest…I think it’s probably a secret that most of us have. And those of us who think we don’t have this secret…are most likely lying. Or in denial. You want to know what it is, don’t you? Okay, fine I’ll tell you. Are you sure you...
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What Do You Eat?! Vol. 28 – Zucchini Crust Quiche Recipe

Breakfast Foods Win I’m sorry but there is no better food on the planet than breakfast food. I love breakfast food so much. Eggs, sausage, bacon, hash browns, everything. I honestly can’t think of one breakfast food I dislike. I’m sure there’s something but at this point, I’m pretty much in love with breakfast. I’m...
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Habit Change…It’s Possible. Really!

“I love this cup.” I said through the steam rising out of the fancy tea cup* I had just sipped from. I stared down at the tea leaves floating in the mesh strainer that so neatly fit inside the cup and placed the matching lid on top to complete the look. “Yeah, Jaime got really...
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What Do You Eat?! Vol. 27 – Sea Salt Caramel Dark Chocolate Cups with Roasted Hickory Nuts Recipe (paleo, gluten free)

Remember in elementary school when you had to bring a treat in on your birthday? Then after we would always get to play “Heads Up Seven Up”. Which is obviously the best game of all time. If you aren’t familiar with the game, let me explain. Seven kids would be chosen from the class and...
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Top Five Posts of 2013

Around this time last year, I was nervously pacing around my apartment, having just dialed one of my good friend’s phone numbers. I’m about to tell her something which is making me feel incredibly vulnerable. It rings. I’ve planned out everything I want to say ahead of time. Going over and over it for at...
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Savor: Adventures in Home Coffee Roasting

So Snobby My first experience with coffee that wasn’t from a chain was at a local coffee shop run by a church. I walked into the shop and looked up at the cute chalkboard menu expecting to see your typical coffee shop menu. Vanilla Mocha Latte, Orange Mocha Frappuchino, Pumpkin Spice Peppermint Apple Caffeine Hyper-blast....
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My Beef with New Year’s Resolutions

Ahhh…New Year’s Last January, I’m at Trader Joe’s doing some grocery shopping. I have my shopping down to a science. Why? Because I hate shopping. Well, mostly I just hate shoppers. Always getting in my way when I’m trying to look at things. Or standing too close to me while I’m trying to read the...
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The Problem With Fortified Foods – Guest Post

Another one?! Why do my own work if someone else will do it for me, right? I was lucky enough to be contacted about having a writer from a pretty well known website post on my site. Of course, I said yes and I’m glad I did, because the topic is one I think you’ll...
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What Do You Eat?! Vol. 26 – Christmas Cookies

‘Tis The Season What better way to celebrate Jesus’s birth than by eating tons of junk food, right? I’m serious, this time. Cookies are delicious and sometimes you just gotta give yourself a break and eat them. But that doesn’t mean you have to settle for pre-made store bought dough or store bought cookie mixes....
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The Detroit Marathon – Guest Post

Today I have something really special for you guys. A couple months ago, my mom and my cousin decided to run in the Detroit Marathon. Personally, I don’t ever see a reason to run for that long which is why I asked my cousin to write about his experiences training for and running in the...
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What Do You Eat?! Vol. 25 – Baba Ghanoush

Eggplant What a weird name for this plant. I mean, it’s not an egg, obviously. It tastes nothing like an egg. It doesn’t really look like an egg. Okay, I just looked it up. I guess early forms of this plant were yellow and looked more egg-like. Also in England they’re called Aubergines? Super weird....
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Sleep Easy – How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Catchin’ Some Z’s We can all agree that sleep is pretty important, right? But what do we do when sleeping just…doesn’t come naturally? Anyone else have this problem? It seems like every night, I’ll be super tired but as soon as I get in my bed, my brain is already over sleeping. Then, if I...
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Have A Real Food Thanksgiving

Turkey Day! As far as I’m concerned, Thanksgiving is a holiday that celebrates eating. I mean, what other holiday is centered around having a giant meal with your family? Yeah, you do it at other holidays, too…but that’s not the MAIN focus of the event. And what better way to celebrate everything you have to...
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What Do You Eat?! Vol. 24 – Oatless Oatmeal

Apple Season! Okay, I know apple season is pretty much over but I’m still seeing an abundance of apples in the stores. Lately I’ve been trying to explore other options for breakfast aside from my typical scrambled eggs and veggies. Why? I’m not sure. Because I freaking love scrambled eggs and veggies. I guess I...
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This Is How You Should Be Spending Your Nights

I Used To Be Cool. Back in the day, I used to take pride in functioning on very little sleep. I’m not sure why, but I thought getting less than six hours of sleep a night and going to work the next day and falling asleep at my desk was proof that I could function...
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What Do You Eat?! Vol. 23 – Pure Indian Foods Ghee Review

A What Review? You’ve heard of ghee, right? If you haven’t, don’t feel bad. Me neither. Well, not until recently, that is. So what is it? Ghee is an alternative to butter. Like margarine! Not. Margarine sucks. We hate margarine. And fake oils. Ghee basically starts its life out as butter. Then it’s simmered and...
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Suit Up!

Tricks of the Trade I’ve been feeling pretty tired lately. I’m not sure if it’s the impending winter or the fact that it’s starting to get dark a lot sooner, but when I get home from work…I’m really not into doing anything. at all. It’s not that I don’t love my gym and want to...
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