December 1, 2016

Live Well: December

Welcome to the Live Well series provided by my very own sister, Lindsay Wampler. I may be a traveling expat athlete, but I really haven't explored the health and fitness aspects of that world on this website - which is where Lindsay comes in. 

Lindsay is a 28-year-old occupational therapy grad student in Southern California and health and fitness coach. Her family consists of her wonderful husband, Justin, two dogs, and a cat. They both strive to live well through healthy eating and exercising, and I am very thankful that Lindsay is happy to share her expertise with us each month! 

Be sure to check back the first of each month to see what Lindsay's Live Well advice is, and please feel free to share her wisdom with your family and friends!


The time has come to be of good cheer! (Although I believe that is every day of the year!) The sound of Christmas music has entered shopping centers, buildings are decorated with lights and shimmer, and people are wearing jingles! This time of year will always be my favorite!

The warmth in a home during Christmastime is unlike any other time of the year. And I'm not just talking about the warmth from a fireplace. Homes are filled with a special kind of love during the holiday season. The type of love that invites people over just to enjoy a cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows, the type of love that bakes Christmas cookies while singing carols of joy, and the type of love that chooses to wrap presents for dear friends.

May your home be merry and bright this holiday season! And remember..."the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear!" Don't forget to watch Elf!

Beverage Boost

Are there any other eggnog fans out there?!

Eggnog Delight
Serves 1

1/2 c. Eggnog
1/2 c. Coffee
Pinch of Nutmeg

Steam eggnog through an espresso machine, or heat in microwave until warm and stir with whisk back and forth until frothy (~1-2 minutes). Consistency should be very foamy. Once foamy, pour over hot coffee. Top with a pinch of nutmeg. Cheers!

Workout of the Month

Healthy Eating Recipe

Serves 4

4 c. broccoli, cut into bite-size pieces
1/4 c. red onion, thinly sliced
4 strips bacon (or veggie stripples), cut or broken into strips
1/4 c. craisins
1/4 c. sliced almonds
1/2 c. mayonnaise or vegenaise
1/8 c. white sugar
Salt and pepper, if desired

Cook bacon or veggie stripples. Combine mayonnaise or vegenaise with sugar. (Can later season with salt and pepper, if desired). Combine broccoli, onion, bacon, craisins, and almonds in a large bowl. Mix in dressing. (You can also add in lettuce or spinach leaves, if desired.)


Essential Oils Mixology

Who else loves when the smell of fresh pumpkin pie fills your house? Now you can enjoy pumpkin pie with zero guilt!

Pumpkin Pie Spice
3 drops Cinnamon essential oil
2 drops Nutmeg essential oil
2 drops Clove essential oil

Fill home diffuser with distilled water. Add essential oils. Voila!

About the Author

My name is Lindsay and I once was a Swagerty, too, but I now am a Wampler. I am a Christ-lover and am disciplined to live the life of my dreams! I suck at traveling because I am scared to fly, but I love to explore the cities around me and build a home I love to spend time in. I am a wife, mother of fur babies, occupational therapy graduate student, online health and fitness coach, and a sharer of my love for essential oils! I am also a lover of all things Disney!

You can find me on Facebookmy group page, and Instagram or reach me directly through my email at lindsayannwampler[at]gmail[dot]com. I would love to hear from you!

Let us know if you try any variations of these delicious recipes, challenging workouts, or essential oils mixes in the comments below!!!