Friday Favorites, Healthy Living, Nutrition Tips

Friday Favorites

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Happy Friday everyone!

I apologize for my lack of blogging the past couple weeks. Life got kind of crazy celebrating my birthday then running my half marathon last weekend.

So since I haven’t had the time to create any new recipes or anything I figured what better time than now to do a little Friday Favorites post.

For the record, this post is not sponsored..these are just products that I am currently obsessed with/ couldn’t live without/ all happen to be food related…shocker.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! I know I’m really looking forward to doing yoga downtown San Diego Saturday morning at the Hard Rock Hotel then RELAXING and working on some new blog content for you all!

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Healthy Living, Nutrition Tips, Quick Tips

The Vitamins & Supplements I Take Every Day!

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Vitamins and supplements can be controversial topics. So, let me just start this post reminding everyone that I am not a doctor. This post is just about what works for me and may work for you too. Please remember to consult with a medical professional before taking any kind of vitamins/ supplements. 

Anyway, I have SO MANY thoughts and opinions about vitamins and supplements this post could easily be 10 pages long. To avoid boring you all to death here’s just a little summarized version:

  • I believe you can get most of the nutrients you need on a daily basis by eating a healthy, balanced diet (unless you have a medical condition preventing this). Since my food can vary from day to day and especially on the weekends I like to take vitamins so when I don’t eat so healthy I’m still getting proper nutrients and my body stays in balance. That being said, DO NOT think you can eat doughnuts, pizza and chips all day, then take vitamins and think you’re meeting your nutritional requirements. Getting nutrients from food should be your main goal and vitamins just there to make up for any deficit. 
  • I think going to your doctor and getting a full blood panel done is one of the most beneficial things you can do. It’s important to know if you are deficient in any area where vitamins could really help. I personally got this done a few months ago before starting my current vitamin/ supplement regimen.

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Fitness, Running Tips

5 Things You Should Do The Week Before A Half Marathon

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On Sunday I will be running my 5th half marathon!

It’s crazy to think I only started racing a little over a year ago and have already completed 4 half marathons and a full marathon. I completely fell in love with the structure running brings to my life and the huge sense of accomplishment you get crossing that finish line knowing all your hard work and dedication has paid off.

Yep, you could say I’m addicted to running.

To prepare for America’s Finest City Half Marathon this weekend I’ve reflected on my previous 4 half marathons and what I did in the weeks leading up to them.

What worked…what didn’t work…what I’m going to do differently this time…etc. and it sparked the idea for this post on 5 things you should do the week before a half.

The week before a half marathon is one of the most important weeks of your entire training schedule. I’ve made a lot of mistakes the week leading into a half that cost me big time come race day…upset stomachs, heavy legs, almost missing the start of a race, running high on DayQuil…etc so here’s some tips to help you run your best half possible!

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Desserts, Food

Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies

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Today is a very special day you guys!

IT’S MY BIRTHDAY!!!

I have to work all day today but am so looking forward to dinner at La Jolla Shores with Bryce this evening then wine, pizza, fish tacos and the beach with my family this weekend. Keeping it nice and low key this year. 

So since it’s my birthday I thought it would be appropriate to share one of my favorite desserts ever and do one of those fun “get to know me” surveys. Thanks Amanda for the survey idea!

Yes I know this recipe is not healthy or very “lean”but hey sometimes you just have to live a little.

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Fitness, My Weekly Workouts, Race Recaps

The San Diego Triple Crown + Weekly Workouts

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I’ve talked about running the Triple Crown a lot on my blog lately but realize I haven’t really explained what the heck it is.

So here we go..

The San Diego Triple Crown is a trio of half marathons: The Carlsbad Half Marathon, La Jolla Half Marathon and then America’s Finest City Half Marathon that all must be completed within the same year.

Back in January I ran my fastest half marathon EVER at Carlsbad then in April surprisingly crushed the La Jolla course so I’m officially Triple Crown eligible along with my mom and Bryce.

You don’t really get anything for completing the Triple Crown besides bragging rights and a special medal but hey I figured 2016 was going to be my big year of running so I might as well go big! Plus there’s nothing like having three specific races in the winter, spring and summer you have to train for to keep you moving.

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Restaurant Reviews, San Diego Spotlight

Fireside by The Patio

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Last Friday I introduced the San Diego Spotlight section on my blog where we talked all about Liberty Station. This week I wanted to stay on the Liberty Station theme and highlight a delicious restaurant that recently opened in the area, Fireside by The Patio. Yep, the same people who do The Patio on Lamont and The Patio on Goldfinch.

Fireside features grilled and wood-fired menu options inspired by the flavors of Argentina, Italy, Mexico, Japan and Thailand. 

There are some vegetarian options on the menu but honestly, if you don’t eat meat this probably isn’t the restaurant for you. The menu is primarily made up of delicious yakitori, pork ribs, steak, bratwursts, burgers, flatbreads…etc. 

Grab your favorite meat eating friends and let’s get into this review.

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Dinner, Food, Lunch

One Meal Two Ways: Salsa Chicken Burritos & Protein Style Tacos

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When I got home from work last night the thermostat in my apartment said it’s 90 degrees.

WHAT!?!?! Calm down San Diego I didn’t realize I was living in a hot yoga studio. 

The last thing I want to do when it’s already that hot is turn on my oven or stand over a hot stove cooking dinner. In fact, I’d honestly probably rather starve.

So to solve this issue I’ve turned to my trusty crockpot! 

Yep, crockpots are not just for hot winter soups. They’re also an absolute life saver in the hot summer months when you don’t want your house turning into a sauna.

To fight the heat Bryce and I have been living off my Salsa Chicken recipe. We’ve used it for burritos, tacos, protein style tacos, salads, scrambled with eggs, plain, burrito bowls…really anything you can add chicken to. So when I was thinking of my third and final recipe to share for my One Meal Two Ways series it was obvious it had to be my Salsa Chicken for a little One Meal 20 Ways action haha.

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Fitness, My Weekly Workouts, Running Tips

Let’s talk about compression socks + Weekly Workouts

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If you don’t run you probably think compression socks look absolutely ridiculous. But to us runners, THEY’RE A FREAKIN’ LIFESAVER!

Until very recently I had no idea what the point of compression socks was. I thought they were just funky looking socks runners wore during races to dress up a little. Uhhh…1000% wrong!

My love affair with compression socks started last year when my shin splints really started flaring up. I did a ton of research on shin splint/ calf pain relief and almost every single Google search I did recommended trying out compression socks. I finally splurged and bought my first pair and have never looked back.

Ever since I started running in compression socks my shins don’y hurt as much, I have no leg cramping AT ALL, muscle fatigue doesn’t phase me and my recovery time had been cut in half.

So yes, let’s talk about how these incredible socks work!

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Restaurant Reviews, San Diego Spotlight, Things To Do

San Diego Spotlight: Liberty Station

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I’m so excited to introduce a new series I’ll be doing on the blog called the San Diego Spotlight. It’s going to be all things San Diego: restaurant reviews, must see attractions, hiking recommendations, upcoming events…etc! Even if you don’t live in San Diego…tuck some of these ideas away if you ever come visit.

To kick things off, the spotlight is on Liberty Station! 

Fun fact…Liberty Station use to be a naval training center! But in recent years this historic part of Point Loma has been transformed into a hot spot for delicious food, craft beer, arts, music, events, history and breathtaking views of downtown San Diego.

There are about 10 million things to do down at Liberty Station and they don’t have to be done all at once but here’s my recommendation for how to spend a day at Liberty Station.

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