How to Make a Healthy Pumpkin Spice Latte | #PSPfit Recipe

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I always feel so bad starting Fall bootcamp because a #PSPfit commitment means no Halloween candy and no Pumpkin Spiced Lattes… or does it? Today our #PSPfit Nutrition coach, Abra is going to teach us how to make a healthy version of the (in)famous PSL.

p.s. if you want to work with Abra for 30 days, you have 3 days left to register for our online bootcamp (click here to join).

Take it away Abra!


 

Okay, CeCe!! When eating for PCOS I have a few hard and fast rules:

#1 Consume absolutely no foods that contain High Fructose Corn Syrup. HFCS (high fructose corn syrup) is metabolized to fat in your body far more rapidly than any other sugar and is a highly contributing factor to developing insulin resistance.

#2 Stay far far away from chemically laden foods. There is no reason (in my humble opinion) to consume carcinogenic ingredients. I have seen amazing results with my PCOS clients that make a strong commitment to only consume whole, real food as close to it’s natural state as possible. Steer clear of chemicals and preservatives. They do not do your body good!

Flavored coffee drinks are often the source of large amounts of hidden sugars and unsupportive ingredients. It seems more obvious, however, when you are ordering a mocha – chocka – full a sugar – blend it up – top with whip cream – frappuciono – kind of drink, rather than a seemingly innocent pumpkin drink. I mean pumpkin is healthy, isn’t it?

Nope. There’s not even real pumpkin in a pumpkin spice latte!

Food Babe, a blogger who is committed to investigate what’s really in our food, came out with a very controversial PSL report this year. When she approached Starbucks to get a more detailed ingredient list, she was met with much resistance, but luckily she was not deterred and after much prodding was able to get us the full scoop. I mean we should be allowed to know exactly what’s in the food we are eating, shouldn’t we?

In her final report she was able to determine, among other things, that there is HFCS (high fructose corn syrup) within the sweetened condensed milk, and that Starbucks also uses a highly carcinogenic coloring agent, class IV carmel coloring in the PSL.

Of course, I will never present a problem without a solution! Best news ever is that a pumpkin spice latte is the easiest thing to make at home. You will save calories, sugar, yucky franken-food ingredients, AND save yourself a pretty penny! Also, you can add REAL PUMPKIN!

Healthy Pumkpin Spice Latte Clean Eating

I opted to make this version vegan for our dairy free friends (I must point out, I was completely unaware that Starbucks Pumpkin syrup was made with milk, this now explains my belly ache after consuming one.)

Making a homemade pumpkin spice latte is as simple as:

*Brewing delicious strong coffee, (bonus: if you really, really love pumpkin flavor this Pumpkin Spice Coffee is quite delicious)

*Making a “pumpkin milk” (full recipe below)

*Blending and/ or whisking your milk until frothy

*Voila! Pumpkin heaven.

The benefits of adding real pumpkin are many. Pumpkin is a rich source of beta carotene, potassium and zinc. Pumpkin has anti-inflammatory benefits which is a HUGE bonus for our healthy curves journey. So ditch that store bought latte. Whip one of these up. You will never go back. I promise…

Healthy Pumpkin Spice Latte:

Ingredients:

1/2 cup of strong coffee

1 cup of unsweetened almond milk

1/4 cup of pumpkin puree

3/4 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice

stevia (to taste – or you can use 1 tbsp maple syrup)

dark chocolate shaving (optional)

Click Here for step-by-step directions… cheers!

Abra Pappa, owner of NutritiousAmerica.com and the nutrition coach for #PSPfit, has over 10 years experience as a holistic nutrition practitioner. Ultimately her work is about helping women fall in love with glorious wholesome food and adopting mindful, loving, eating practices to achieve optimal health. Follow Abra’s blog here, Follow Abra on Facebook here

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Plus Size Shopping at Bloomingdales: Dressing Room Confidential

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The other weekend I went shopping with my little sister at Bloomingdales, at the request of one of my YouTube subscribers. They have some great plus size fashion for fall… lots of leather detail which I loved.

If you don’t live in NYC, I’ve got links to all of the pieces below!

Which pieces do you like the best? Which do you think I should buy?

Pink Coat: http://bit.ly/1tdaVac

CK Sweater Vest: http://bit.ly/1CYTH2g
CK Quilted Jacket: http://bit.ly/1qrtHDO
CK Faux Leather Print Dress: http://bit.ly/1sm4G2H
CK Ribbed Sweater Dress: http://bit.ly/ZgK285
CK Drape Front Dress: http://bit.ly/1sm5FQt
CK Faux Leather Pleated Skirt: http://bit.ly/1oVmZXf
CK Faux Leather Mixed Media Jacket: http://bit.ly/1yR3tVn
CK Long-Sleeve Blouse: http://bit.ly/ZgL4ks
Michael Kors Faux Leather Sleeve Cardigan: http://bit.ly/1s0B5tK
Michael Kors Studded V Neck Jumpsuit: http://bit.ly/1qrGTIT
Ralph Lauren Faux Leather Front Leggings: http://bit.ly/1oVq3m6
Ralph Lauren Wool Blend Plaid Poncho: http://bit.ly/1qrHwSK
Lysse Denim Skinny Leggings: http://bit.ly/1o218Tf
Vince Camuto Leopard Print Roll Sleeve Top: http://bit.ly/1yR6cOI

Dressing Room Confidential Bloomingdales

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Plus Size Workout Video | Come Get it Bae!

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Once upon a time, I signed up for a few sessions with a pricey personal trainer. Every time I left him I felt sweaty and sore, which was what I wanted, but something felt weird. After a few sessions I finally realized– I wasn’t having fun with him. He was 100% focused on reps and form but 0% focused on the heart of fitness.

For me fitness is about more than results. Its about loving my body and feeling good! When I don’t work out I’m a little more “blah” (is anyone else like that?). Workouts are good, fun workouts are wayyy better.

Anyway, between Robbie and our second #PSPfit trainer Ashley Fettig, I’ve been having a good time moving my body. Ashley and I had a fun session this weekend and we came up with a workout video combining body weight strength training and the choreography from the “Come Get it Bae” video, which is one of my jams right now.

Big girls DO work out… so get up and move with me :-)

Links to my plus size workout clothes are below:

Black Top: Here | Pink Top (similar) Here | Leggings Here | Sneakers Here

If you don’t have a lot of time, this is a nice 3 minute boost for your day… if you have a little more time, you can do the routine as many times as you want… I definitely broke a sweat!

For my international/non-NYC bootcamp babes, we’ll have more fun workout videos so that you can do #PSPfit from home. (Registration ends Friday at 5pm, click here to join!)

One Song Workout Come Get it Bae

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No More Baggy T-Shirts… 9 Cute Plus Size Work Out Tops

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I refuse to work out in a baggy T-shirt… I just can’t do it. Wearing a baggy t-shirt at the gym makes me feel like I’m hiding my body while I work out, but I’m proud of what my body can do at any size, so… what is there to hide?

The plus size gym tops I buy allow me to see my body moving and makes it easier to check form (and progress). My gym tops also have to be long so that I can bend and jump without having to pull my shirt down constantly. I also like colorful clothes because it puts me in a good mood!

CeCe Workout Top

See how sweaty my top is? Your girl was working!

Registration for #PSPfit bootcamp ends in one week and I’ve been getting questions about workout clothes. We already have a list of Plus Size Gym leggings here and Sports Bras for big boobs here, so today I’m giving you 9 cute Plus Size Work Out Tops! Which ones are your favorite?

plus size workout tops

 

1.) Active Bra Tank Here 2.) Rouched Workout Tee Here 3.) Active Bra Tank Blue Here

4.) Nike Plus Size Tee Here 5.) #PSPfit Girly Tee Here 6.) TruDry Flame Print Tank Here

7.) Moving Comfort zip Tee Here 8.) Dri-FIT Tee Here 9.) Interior Bra Tank Here

Shop the post!

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Skinny? Meh. How About Healthy! #PSPfit Online Bootcamp Now Open

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Registration for the #PSPfit Clean Eating & Fitness Bootcamp is officially open! *throws glitter*

We’re spending the 30 days before Thanksgiving focusing on our health and working with a nutrition coach and fitness coach.

You can join #PSPfit from any city/country — if you’ve got internet access you can get healthy with us. You’ll get attention from our nutrition coach online and via phone, plus size workout videos and support from the entire #PSPfit community!

Head over to PSPfit.com For a Full Bootcamp Breakdown

NYC Membership: Register Here

US/International Membership: Register Here

Registration Closes Friday, October 24th @ 5pm Eastern

I want to thank all of you for your kind words after my “weight of loss” post. I’ve been keeping track of my workouts via YouTube and this week I focused on expanding my comfort zone and trying new things. people always say “get out of your comfort zone” but that can be scary and overwhelming. What if we just made our comfort zones a little bit bigger? A larger comfort zone means there are more things we are comfortable doing… Every time I expand my comfort zone a bit, I learn something new about what my body can do… Maybe you can expand your comfort zone a little bit this week and try something new?

 Special congrats to our bootcamp membership winners:

Theresa F. – Auckland, New Zealand

Danika C. – Melbourne, Australia

Emma Z. – Fontana, California

Dana S. – Atlanta, Ga

Bianca A. – Brooklyn, NY

NYC Membership: Register Here

US/International Membership: Register Here

Registration Closes Friday, October 24th @ 5pm Eastern

PSPfit Double iPad Fitness Clean Eating

Got Questions? Read through our FAQ’s … still have questions? email us here.

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Dear CeCe: How do I Start a Successful Blog?

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Dear CeCe!

I love your blog! I really want to start my own blog, but I’m not sure where to start. Do you have any advice for starting successful blog? How to get noticed? How to get people to my site? HELP!

-SD

Hi SD!

I’m flattered that you’d ask me for advice on blogging. In the grand scheme of things, I definitely consider myself a baby blogger, but I have learned a lot the past few years. I am passionate about blogging, I love it and it has become a huge part of my life which is something I didn’t expect.

I’m going to answer some of the questions I get asked most often about blogging here and hopefully this will help you out :-)

How to Start a Successful Blog

How do I start a blog?

When I started my blog I didn’t tell anyone I was doing it. I just kind of started making posts as an online diary for myself so there was no pressure, when people actually started reading and commenting… I was shocked! So… I say just start :-) That’s the only way to get going, go ahead and get that first post written. I know its scary, but there’s no way around it. Things to do before your first post:

  • ask yourself what you want to talk about and who you want to talk to
  • choose a blog name that’s easy to spell/remember
  • decide how often you want to post (I’d say a minimum of once per week)
  • open your blog for free on blogspot or wordpress (I recommend wordpress)

side note: I don’t use CeCeOlisa.com, but I own it because I would hate for someone else to start a site using my name for something random, or worse charge me a ton of money to buy ceceolisa.com from them (it happens!). No matter what your blog is called, you may want to also purchase yourname.com. I purchased my domain name for a few dollars here.

How do I get people to read my blog?

I am grateful everyday for my Plus Size Princesses who hang with me on this site and share my posts. The interesting thing about the internet is that its hard to say how people find different blogs. The one thing I know is that having posts/content is key. My experience is that blogging from the heart is the best way to go. Blog about what you have a passion for, blog about what you love, then people who are passionate about those things can find you.

How do you balance your blog and your full time job?

Between my job, my blog, #PSPfit, my family, friends and Robert… I’m stretched pretty thin. But I love everything I’m doing right now so I make it work. They key to juggling everything for me is scheduling and making lists. I have lists of blog post ideas and things I want to talk to you girls about. I have lists of outfit items I need to track down. Sometimes when I know I’m busy, I’ll write blog posts and auto schedule them to live while I’m at the gym. I make a blog calendar from my list of topics I want to discuss so I know what to work on. I also have days that are off limits, so that I can keep my personal life in tact. Most importantly, I know my limits… I like to put up a new post three times a week, but sometimes that can’t happen and I have to just keep it moving. I know I can’t do everything all the time and I’m 100% okay with that.

How do I get my blog out there/recognized?

Earlier this year, I woke up and one of my blog posts was going viral. It was the craziest thing, but it happened because a few key people and websites picked it up on social media and shared it. So for me social media has been instrumental in getting my work “out there”. When it comes to social media, there are soooo many options. You don’t have to be on all platforms all the time, but just choose the ones that work for you. I’m on twitter, facebook, pinterest and YouTube and that’s more than enough to keep track of (*ahem* you’re following me, right?) Anyway, choose the social media platforms you like and then use them to share your blog posts and links!

Side Note: For tips on how to make the internet work for your blog traffic and following, AwesomelyTechie has everything you need to know and more. I learn from her site every day.

How do I work with brands?

Working with brands is one of the perks of being a blogger. I mostly talk about brands and products that I buy, but every so often I agree to collaborate with a company. I’m typing this post on a light weight Intel 2 in 1 laptop/tablet as we speak (p.s. I’m getting one of these for my parents as an early Christmas gift, they need a new laptop and this one is in the budget). If I wasn’t a blogger I wouldn’t be testing out this awesome computer. So, how does someone start to develop relationships with brands? The more you blog the more brands will reach out to you, but here are a few ways to introduce yourself to a brand:

  • Tweet a brand if you mention them on your blog
  • Make sure your email address is on your site, so brands can contact you
  • Join networks that broker brand/blogger partnerships. I recommend Izea and if you’re interested in collaborating with Intel you can join the intel advocate experience below

How do I work with brands? (part two)

No one asked me this, but I want to keep it 100 with you guys– I know it seems cool to have a brand reach out to you and ask you to blog about their product, but always remember that you don’t have to do anything you don’t want to do. It took me a long time to get comfortable saying no to brands who wanted me to do things I wasn’t comfortable with. At the end of the day its your name and face out there, so be true to yourself. Also, if a brand calls you on the phone and you make an agreement, be sure to recap the agreement in writing via email and ask them to confirm. Two of my rules for working with brands

  • No negative reviews I only write about things I like and I think you girls will like. I also don’t put brands on blast for bad products. That means I’ve had to have a few “but… it doesn’t work” conversations with brands, it was awkward but it kept my integrity in tact
  • No irrelevant collaborations After I started doing #PSPfit, a weight loss pill offered me $$$ to collaborate. It would have been nice to pay a bill or two, but I’m not about that diet pill life, so I told them NOPE

How did you start writing for Refinery29?

I guess you could say “Home Training” got me writing for Refinery29 lol. Manners and being polite is something that my parents instilled into us and even though the internet can feel impersonal sometimes, I still always say thank you, when I can. Earlier this year, Refinery29 mentioned my viral Yoga post on their site, I did some research on how to contact the person who wrote the article about me, then I sent them a thank you note and a few emails later they had offered me a weekly contributor spot on the site. The R29 crew is an amazing group and I learn a lot from them… so I’m happy to be there!

Okay, so those are the questions I get most often, but here a few other thoughts on being a successful blogger:

  • Decide what success means to you. My blog is diary of my life as a Plus Size Princess and that makes me happy. What do you want out of your blog… a place to be creative? a large following? fame? money? There’s no wrong answer, but deciding what’s important to you will help you stay true to yourself
  • Stay in your lane– or create a new one! I started blogging anonymously and I still laugh thinking about how I did fashion posts without putting pictures of myself on my site (who does that???). There are no rules when it comes to blogging, so don’t feel like you have to be like (insert famous blogger here), do it your way!
  • Don’t break the bank! Yes, good equipment makes blogging easier, but take it slow and don’t spend all your money before you even have a post up! My first outfit pictures were taken on my cell phone camera, it was only this year that I upgraded to this Canon DSLR and I got it used! I’m all about blogging on a budget
  • Give yourself time someone once told me that it takes about 5 years for a blog to really “blow up”… I dont know if that’s a fact, but oddly enough, I went viral around my 5 year anniversary

I hope this post was helpful, but if you have additional questions leave them in the comments and I’ll respond there so we all can read them and learn together!

#spon: I’m required to disclose a relationship between my site and Intel This could include Intel providing us w/content, product, access, etc.

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