Hi from Minnesota…again!
Yep, I’m back out in the Mid West for work and am completely exhausted from this time change so this is going to be a short, quick and to the point blog post.
Just in case you all forget…the 4th of July is TUESDAY!
I have no idea how this holiday snuck up so fast but what I do know is that I have an absolutely delicious (and festive) fruit salad recipe to share!
Not a fruit salad person? Check out some more healthy, fun, patriotic recipes here & here and this one about healthy hot dog options for your 4th of July BBQ!
I’m so excited to say that after 2 long months of not running I’M BACK!
I’d been testing my shins/calf over the past couple weeks by speed walking and doing run/walk intervals and to my delight didn’t have any pain. I felt pretty confident that after such a long break I may be ready to return to training and wanted to test my theory with a couple short runs then did a 6 miler with my mom and Bryce last weekend and you guys…completely pain free.
Now let’s be honest here because my shins/calf may have felt great but DAMN did I feel out of shape haha! No joke, 2 miles into my run I was out of breath and my legs felt like they weighed 948759 lbs.
Getting back into shape is going to be challenging but I’m determined to come back stronger than ever and focus on a healthy training plan for the Lululemon SeaWheeze half I have coming up in August. Right now my only goal for this race is to run it smart, listen to my body, soak in the beautiful views of Vancouver and have some fun- more on my training plan and everything in the next couple weeks.
Remember when I announced that for the entire month of May I would be eating a gluten free diet? Well, it may not have been perfect but I actually did it!
Going gluten free for a month taught me so much about my body, how to deal with cravings and really opened my eyes to the quality of foods I was eating.
So, as a recap I wanted to share with you all everything I learned from going gluten free for 1 month!
Let’s jump right into it!
1.) I had no idea I was eating so many carbs and so little protein/ healthy fat
I don’t count calories, macros, sugars…etc. So, going gluten free forced me to pay a little more attention to the different types of foods I was eating.
Prior to going gluten free I’d have an egg on some bread for breakfast, some kind of fruity smoothie for a snack, a sandwich/wrap for lunch, a protein bar for a snack then pasta/an open faced sandwich/rice/quinoa for dinner.
I truly can’t believe that the 4th of July is in less than 2 weeks.
Where the heck has this year gone?
Normally, I don’t do much for the 4th since it’s kind of amateur hour here in San Diego with a bunch of drunk tourists getting arrested at the beach. But, this year I have plans. My family has a house on Lake Michigan and it’s been years since we’ve all made the effort to get out there. Last week we pulled the trigger and officially booked tickets!
Buying these tickets got me thinking of all the 4th of July foods and just how terrible most of the meats, appetizers and sides are for you. So, I started brainstorming some healthier options to share on my blog.
I made a healthy, festive, delicious side dish recipe I’m sharing on the blog next week but today I wanted to talk about my favorite 4th of July food…HOT DOGS!
How many times have you woke up in the morning, rushed out the door and forgot to take your vitamins?
Ummm that’s me almost every day.
How many times have you woke up in the morning and forgot to drink a cup of coffee? Uhhh NEVER!
Introducing Vita Cup which provides all the essential vitamins you need to increase your energy and boost your metabolism in a single serve K-cup. GENIUS!
One of my favorite things to eat when dining out is sushi.
Anddd we’re not talking the healthy sushi rolls. I LOVE the tempura rolls, creamy rolls and those insanely delicious baked rolls.
Obviously eating like this all the time isn’t ideal BUT you guys I’ve found a way to basically enjoy fatty sushi rolls in a healthy way!
How you ask?
By simply putting a thin layer of high quality mayonnaise (I like Chosen Foods) onto fish before baking it. The result is a rich, creamy, moist, delicious fish that you can feel good about eating since it’s packed with healthy fats and other nutrients.
Hi from Minnesota!
I’ve been out in the Minneapolis area for the past week for work and you guys…I’m pretty freakin’ impressed with how healthy I’ve been able to be.
Normally when I travel I use it as an excuse to eat whatever I want and skip workouts but for this trip I really wanted to do my best to not completely fall off the rails. It hasn’t been easy- but sitting here not feeling like I gained 9837934 pounds has made it all worth it!
So for a quick post before heading home to San Diego tonight I just wanted to share a few tips for staying healthy while traveling.
1. Take advantage of “first class free” or “first week free” promotions at local gyms/ studios
I pay a ton of money for my yoga membership back home in San Diego so the last thing I want to do while traveling is pay more money just to work out. Noooope. For this trip to Minnesota I took advantage of the fact that Organgetheory Fitness is a franchise and got a free class and also scored a free class at Pure Barre! Not only did I save a ton of money but I also got to do some workouts I don’t normally do while I’m home in San Diego…win/win!
Yes, I know it’s kind of strange to write a race recap for a race I didn’t run BUT my boyfriend, Bryce, and his brother David did run. Bryce is going to make a guest appearance in this post to write his ridiculous race recap.
So grab some coffee and get comfortable because this race recap may just be the craziest thing you’ve ever read and will make you question everything you thought about training/ preparing for a half marathon.
Bryce’s Race Recap:
I have been slaking on my long runs lately, but I had to run because my brother David made us commit to run the race 6 months ago. I had no strategy to speak of for preparing physically. Instead, my race prep started Friday with a dinner that had a lot of noodles. Saturday, we opted for an easy morning poolside yoga class over the more physically demanding yoga-sculpt variety. The poolside class came with a few free drinks so the party accidentally got started early.
10 drinks later we walked next door to the race expo so I could register and we could get our race gear. Next, we went back to the bar and then I went home. Of course, that lead to my being hungover Sunday morning before the race. I woke up when my brother got home from partying just an hour before race time. Yikes.
I am currently OBSESSED with beets.
I’ve been sipping on beet Health-Ade Kombucha, snacking on Trader Joe’s beet chips, throwing beets into salads, smoothies and even now hummus! They just have this delicious earthy flavor I can’t get enough of PLUS they’re so healthy (more on this later).
Let’s back up here…my love affair with beets all started when I stopped running a few weeks ago to let my body start healing from shin splints and a very tight right calf. During my time off from running I really wanted to make a point to eat as many anti-inflammatory foods as possible and through some
research googling I found out that beets are one of the most powerful anti-inflammatory foods out there.
In addition to their anti-inflammatory properties eating beets can also help boost your metabolism, detoxify your body, lower blood pressure, decrease risk for heart disease/ cancer plus so much more.
Taking your first hot yoga class can be intimidating.
I remember being absolutely terrified to take my first class. I didn’t know what to bring, what to expect or what half of the poses were called and my first experience ended up being an absolute disaster.
To get some tips on surviving your first hot yoga class check out this post but I think another part of making your first experience in hot yoga the best it can be is knowing proper hot yoga etiquette. Veteran yogi’s know this etiquette since they practice it multiple times a week but for newbies this whole yoga concept may be completely foreign.