Food Allergy/Intolerances

It seems that everyone is allergic or intolerant to a certain food, but there are so many debates and opinions on this topic that sometimes I think we are just confusing ourselves.

Personally, I know I am lactose intolerant but I still choose to have no self-control and continue to consume dairy products. However, the media, internet, and “doctors” are confusing us with their gluten-free drama and whatever else they decide to scare us with.

I’ve had stomach issues all my life and thought I would have to cut out practically everything just so I wouldn’t feel sick after eating. Turns out that most of my stomach and head aches are not due to what I am eating ( though eating healthier and in moderation is always the way to go) but when and how I’m eating.

My doctor had me write in a food diary and take not about not just what I am consuming but what time, how fast I’m eating, if I am drinking enough water, and what the nutritional value is.

I did this for a few weeks and I realized that I wait way too long to eat so by lunch time, I’m shoving the food down my throat as if I haven’t eaten for days. Anyone else have this problem?

Those stomach aches were from eating too fast and not getting enough of a balanced nutrition. This may not apply to everyone but it’s something to think about. My headaches and just overall “under the weather” feeling was from being chronically dehydrated and I had NO idea! I’m not allergic or intolerant to gluten like I assumed. Now I try to make mental notes to eat slower, manage when I eat so I’m not rushing, and DRINK WATER.

My doctor also explained that I need to watch out for overly processed foods and try to eat as organic/ natural as possible. The added chemicals, and how manufacturers process the food, can cause some digestive sensitivity.

This all seems like a lot of work, doesn’t it?

What are your thoughts?

= )

Stay Strong

– Lyssa

PS. Happy Hump Day! I have a race on Saturday and really nervous that it’s going to be extremely hot. Running in the heat is quite the challenge.



Wow It’s been awhile..

but life happens!

Since my last post, I’ve been busy but I am in a place now that I realize being happy is the most important goal. Money is great, and technically you can’t live without it, but being happy within yourself is something that I think most of us struggle with.

I met one of my close friends a year ago and she has changed my life! She used to be overweight, but then she started running, working out, eating healthier and in turn has become happier, more motivated. She recently finished the Boston Marathon and it was one of those moments that you see in movies… tears, smiles, and a feeling of accomplishment. She ran the marathon last year but we all know what happened. Luckily, she was safe but never got to finish the race and since then she had to battle through all the nightmares, emotions, and just the shock of that tragedy. Her strength and perseverance inspired me to take a hold of my life and set some personal goals.

I’ve been running, even joined a running group during the winter as that’s the hardest time to get motivated to run. I’m certainly not a cold weather person. I’ve completed a ton of races, joined a cross fit gym and I have the goal to run my first half marathon in Boston this October. Sticking to goals can be tough when you are going through a hard time and this past year has been the hardest, but I’m determined to get fit and happier.

Live for yourself, not others. Be Happy!

Stay Strong!

– Lyssa

Introducing Cassey Ho and Blogilates!

“Hi, my name is Cassey Ho and I’m a Pilates Instructor, healthy foodie freak, and the designer of oGorgeous Yoga Bags. You may have suffered through some of my POP Pilates workouts on YouTube.” 

Cassey has some AH- MAZING workouts! They can be pretty tough but you are encouraged to try your best and keep going.

Check out her main website for workout calendars, meal plans, recipes and more at


YouTube Channels at and




Tumblr blog at and Twitter page at


I will be posting some of my favorite work outs from her as well as other Fitness blogger


Get up and have fun!


Be True. Be You.

…That’s what my ring ( picture on the right) says!

I bought myself that ring right before my freshman year of college. I have since graduated and but I feel as though I’ve stayed pretty true to myself. With all those ups and downs life just loves to throw at us,  staying strong can seem impossible. “Keep Moving Forward” as Disney would say.

Stay Strong!