3 Yummy Quinoa Breakfast Recipes | #PSPfit

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I always thought of quinoa as a savory dish. Something to be used as a rice alternative, but this week I tried quinoa for breakfast as an oatmeal alternative and, um… yum! I posted it on my instagram page and got questions about how to make quinoa for breakfast, so let’s talk about why we should be eating more quinoa and how to prepare it for breakfast!

By the way, Quinoa is pronounced: Keen-Wah, if you’re wondering.

For those of us with PCOS, we want to avoid carbs from sweets, white bread, pasta, rice, etc. If we can swap those with carbos that stabilize blood sugar like sprouted grains, brown rice and quinoa it becomes easier to manage our insulin resistance, weight and overall health.

According to this article quinoa is one of only a few plant foods that are considered a complete protein.

Here are three yummy ways to get your quinoa in the morning.

3 Yummy Quinoa Breakfast Recipes

 

My quinoa was simple with toasted coconut, bananas and berries. If you’d like to make it this way, just swap out seasonings from the following recipes and replace them with what you like.

Pumpkin Quinoa Breakfast

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Jennifer Lopez White Leather Jacket – 3 Ways to Wear

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One of the ways I keep a budget friendly wardrobe is by ordering pieces that I can wear often and in different environments. When I can wear something all the time, I get more bang for my buck! This white (faux) leather moto jacket by Jennifer Lopez for Kohl’s is a perfect example of a budget friendly buy. It’s easy to dress up or down and it’s on sale here.

Here are three ways to rock a white leather jacket this spring:

CeCe Olisa Plus Size Princess Kohls White Leather Jacket

CeCe Olisa Plus Size White Leather JacketJacket Jennifer Lopez | Top Here | Jeans Rock & Republic | Shoes Here

$10 off your Kohl’s women’s apparel purchase of $50 or more. Select styles. PROMO CODE PETAL10

The leather and denim combo is probably the most versatile look here. I would totally wear this for date night, brunch, drinks with my girlfriends or even for casual Friday’s at the office.

CeCe Olisa Plus Size Leather Jacket

Jacket Jennifer Lopez | Dress (old) | Shoes Here

$10 off your Kohl’s women’s apparel purchase of $50 or more. Select styles. PROMO CODE PETAL10

Whenever Mr. Man and I have a wedding in cool weather, I’m always stumped to find a jacket that compliments my party dress. This edgy moto style with the soft girly dress does the trick. I just folded it under for a more cropped look and it held easily with this heavier fabric.

CeCe Olisa Plus Size Workout Clothes

Jacket Jennifer Lopez | Gym Top Tek Gear | Leggings Tek Gear | Sneakers Here

$10 off your Kohl’s women’s apparel purchase of $50 or more. Select styles. PROMO CODE PETAL10

My Saturday morning workouts are usually followed by errands. This look is perfect for grabbing coffee, grocery shopping, mani’s/pedi’s and running around NYC

Thank you, Kohl’s for this fun collaboration. All opinions are my own.
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#PSPfit Online Bootcamp Begins April 16th, 2015!

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Have you ever had a task that was so overwhelming you kept ignoring it?

Whether it’s a big pile of laundry, or my taxes; whenever I have big a daunting task, I either avoid it completely or I enlist people to help me get it done. Sometimes its as simple as calling a friend to talk to me while I fold clothes. Sometimes its a little deeper, like hiring a tax professional to guide me towards a (huge!) refund.

In a lot of ways, #PSPfit bootcamp is the perfect combination of a friend to stand with you and a professional to guide you. We are a community of women standing together while we tackle the sometimes overwhelming task of getting healthy. We go through our healthy curves journey with some of the top nutrition and fitness professionals around. We love our bodies to health in a body positive space, we move closer to our goals and we don’t look back!

#PSPfit Bootcamp is:

  • 4 Weeks of Private Plus Size Workout Videos
  • 4 Weeks of Meal Plans & Recipes
  • 4 Weeks of Nutrition Coaching with Abra Pappa
  • 4 Weeks of Fitness Coaching with Jayson Leisenring
  • Weekly Coaching Calls
  • Private Facebook Community of body positive women (they are amazing!!)

#PSPfit Spring Online Bootcamp will run from May 1-May 31, 2015.

Registration for #PSPfit Online bootcamp opens on April 16th, 2015. We’ve got surprise goodies for anyone who joins by April 19th, pre-register to find out more.

Interested in joining #PSPfit? Pre Register Here!

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Jump Around!

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Plus Size Denim Jumper

CeCe Olisa Plus Size JumperPlus Size Jumpers Here & Here | Pink T shirt Here | Shoes Here

Note: My size was sold out, so I bought this in a bigger size and had it taken in at the tailor because I loved it so much!

Clothing really can change your mood.  The minute I put on this jumper, I started feeling… jumpy and happy! First of all jumpers are so much fun to wear, also they’re an easy look to pull off. I just added a fitted t-shirt and some sneakers and I was good to go.

This jumper could also be paired with a bright cardigan over it and in the fall, adding tights and my cognac boots will revamp this easily.

I also felt like this was kind of a vintage looking outfit, so I played around with a faux pin-up bang and up-do with my sisterlocks and I’m happy with how that turned out too (I think my hair is getting longer!)

Would you wear a jumper?

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4 Awesome Bra’s for Busty Girls!

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By now you girls know that I like “the twins” to be well represented at all times, in all outfits.

I’ve spoken about sports bras for big breasts here, so today I thought we could discuss regular bras. I’m a DDD cup and depending on what I’m wearing I wear a different style bra. For me, a bra is like an accessory because certain outfits require a certain a certain bust “look”.

Here are four bras I can’t live without

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CeCe Olisa Plus Size Bras for Busty Girls

Panache Porcelain Viva Tshirt Bra

cece olisa panache bra DDDThis is my everyday bra, it is super comfortable and only has two hooks in the back, which I love. This bra also lasts a long time, so even though it was a price jump for me, it was definitely worth it. You can find this bra here!

I’m wearing this Tshirt bra in this photo:

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Bali Convertible Strapless Bra

cece olisa plus size strapless braI discovered this bra at a random lingerie store on 125th street in Harlem and it changed everything! Finally a strapless bra that didn’t buckle under the weight of “the twins”. This strapless bra is the only one I’ll ever buy and I buy it one cup size smaller than what I normally get. You can find it here!

I’m wearing this strapless bra in this photo

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Cacique Smooth Bust Plunge Bra

CeCe Olisa Lane Bryant Cacique BraI’ve tried on a lot of extended size bras that claim to be “push up”, but this is the only one that gives me the effect I like. The plunge cut makes it easy to wear under low cut dresses and the push effect, well…it’s just hot! You can find it here

I’m wearing the plunge bra in this photo:

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Panache: Tango Balconette Bra

panache-womens-tango-ii-balconette-braI just bought this bra, so I dont have any photos in it yet but I really like it. Its light, but the cut gives you a “mad men” style perkiness, if that makes any sense. You can order it here

 

 

 

 

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“You’ll Find Someone When You Stop Looking” Is Terrible Advice

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When I was single, I was obsessed with getting dating advice from my married friends. I figured their success with coupledom could teach me a thing or two. Now that I’m straddling the single-married line, I see the problem with that point of view: Once you find someone, it’s easy to forget how hard it can be out there.

Advice is often dispensed with a certain forgetfulness. So, before my memory of being single fades, I’m gonna tell it like it really is. The most offensive thing that married people say is: “You’ll find someone when you stop looking.”

This statement is ridiculous. In what other area of life do we apply this kind of logic? Do we find a job when we stop applying? Or a pair of shoes when we stop shopping? If we want to find a loving relationship, how is shutting down the search a wise move?

I’ll admit, before I met my boyfriend, I would “stop looking” a few times a year. I would delete all my online dating profiles, spend nights at the gym, and go to dinner with friends. I would walk around the city wearing big sunglasses and headphones. Unsurprisingly, I wouldn’t meet anyone new. Of course, this was not what I wanted, and I wasn’t doing myself any favors by following this advice.

When people say love will happen when you’re not looking, what they really mean is to relax. One of my worst dating mistakes was being too ready when I was out. I was always looking for that rom-com connection, that instant attraction that would magically turn into love by the end of a song on the dance floor. Most of the time, I probably just ended up looking kind of desperate.

I met my boyfriend at work when I was going through a breakup. So, technically, I wasn’t “on the hunt” at the time our paths crossed. In fact, I didn’t even think of him as a prospect because I was nursing a heartache.

Because he was a coworker, I was super relaxed around him. I wasn’t CeCe the Single Girl, I was just me. And, by the time I decided to flirt with him, I found out he was already attracted to me.

When my married friends weren’t instructing me to stop looking, they were asking if I was making myself available enough. Of course, this piece of advice made me second-guess my not-looking strategy. So, I’d reactivate my dating profile, skip the gym in favor of happy hour, and confidently strut around the city wearing an approachable smile.

When it came to making myself available, my friends weren’t entirely wrong. I did actually meet a few men that way. There was the guy I met in a coffee shop who took my card but never called. And, one guy I dated for a hot minute before he suddenly went MIA. The difficulty of opening yourself is that you face rejection again and again.

Part of my problem was my inclination to reject before I could be rejected. But, when I began to embrace vulnerability, I was more available than ever. Allowing myself to be available without giving up my amazing independence was key. And, that willingness helped to secure my current relationship.

Figuring out how to make my married friends’ advice work for me wasn’t easy, but it can be done. You can be both not looking AND available.

Wedded friends like to tell you to enjoy the single life while smiling adoringly into each other’s eyes. And, it’s time to call BS on this.

Here’s how this advice usually happened to me: I’d share one of my single-girl horror stories, and they’d promise me I actually had it really good. The “till death do us part” bit they’d signed off on? Well, it was just terrible.

But, they couldn’t fool me. I was sure they went home to their partner after their conversation with me and sighed with relief that their single days were a thing of the past.

I get that marriage isn’t rosy all the time, and I believe that being single can be amazing. I’m the first to admit that I wasn’t prepared for the hard work of a relationship when I finally found myself in one. But, focusing on the challenges only tells part of the story.

As they say, hindsight is 20/20. I suppose it’s easy for married folks to look back and see how their dating woes led them to their spouse eventually, and then wrap it all up into little bumper sticker-like advice. But, for those who are trying not to be discouraged by dating, it’s helpful to be allowed to be irritated and frustrated at times. It’s also helpful to know that the advice of married people isn’t the Holy Grail.

So, what cliché dating tips do you get that drive you nuts?

Read more of my articles for Refinery29 here

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