Anddddddd I’m officially off of work for 5 days and am so ready to kick back, relax and enjoy the holiday season with friends and family.
With that being said today also begins my blogging vacation. I won’t be posting until after the holidays (January 3rd) so if you simply can’t wait until then to get your dose of Live Lean Eat Green you can follow me on Instagram, Snapchat (@dlbecker) and Facebook.
I think it’s so important to take time to disconnect from social media, blogs, celebrity gossip websites and really the internet in general. One of my biggest pet peeves is when you are in a room with people you haven’t seen in months and instead of talking and enjoying each other’s company everyone has their heads down on their phones. REALLY PEOPLE?!?
Christmas is in 19 days…are you freaking out yet?
For once in my life I’m actually VERY calm.
The past few years I’ve ended up spending hundreds of dollars buying everyone in my family gifts, gifts for holiday parties, gifts for work events, gifts for friends, gifts for fitness instructors…etc but this year I’m really trying to make the holidays as affordable (but still enjoyable) as possible.
To do that my family and I are doing a “Secret Santa” exchange so I only have to buy 1 nice gift…WIN! My friends and I are not doing gifts and instead are doing “experiences” like meeting up for wine tasting or happy hours…WIN! And for everyone else I’ve picked out 5 gifts (under $25) that I personally own and am OBSESSED with that I think everyone else would enjoy too.
I’m sure you all have seen posts raving about collagen all over social media these days BUT what is it and can it really do all the incredible things it’s suppose to do?
I’ve been holding off doing this post for awhile because I wanted to speak about collagen from my own personal experience. For the past 6 months I’ve been using Vital Protein’s collagen mostly to help with my joints from running, prevent bone loss/ damage from my awful shin splints and decrease my anixety. With all the miracle supplements on the market I never expected to notice a difference from collagen but spolier alter…I fell in love with this supplement and really am a believer in the power of collagen.
But before I get into my personal thoughts/feelings/opinions about collagen let’s start with the basics…
Hello, hello, hello!
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving…I sure did!
My weekend consisted of a very boozy Thanksgiving celebration, 2 absolutely beautiful hikes, a long run, a lot of relaxing, football and tons of pumpkin pie with almond whip cream mmmmmmmmmm.
But now it’s back to reality!
Speaking of reality…
I’m sitting here writing this post honestly just feeling kind of blah after all the holiday excitement. My stomach hurts, I’m bloated, all I want is sweets and a nice nap……bring on the dreaded HOLIDAY HANGOVER.
Too often articles on ‘How to have a healthier Thanksgiving” focus on eliminating things from the holiday; skipping dessert, not drinking wine, only eating protein and veggies, skipping the appetizers…UMMM how about NO!
The holidays should never be about depriving yourself of the things you love!
Personally, I love drinking wine, love having apple crisp and a sliver of pumpkin pie, love eating excessive amounts of cheese before dinner and will probably eat an entire plate of just stuffing… #sorrynotsorry
So before I sign offline for the long weekend I wanted to leave you all with a little food for thought…see what I did there?
Hey Hey Hey!
I can’t believe Thanksgiving is next week…uhhhh where did the time go?
Last year I made a ton of fun Thanksgiving recipes for the blog and I’m sorry guys but the holidays kind of snuck up on me this year…ooops! Don’t worry though I do have one fun Thanksgiving appetizer to share next week that is so delicious and literally takes 2 minutes to throw together.
Today I figured it had been awhile since I’d done a Friday Favorites post and I have discovered some pretty amazing products over the past month. These aren’t just products I’ve had once and liked…these are products that since I’ve tried them they have become weekly necessitates when going to the grocery store…sorry wallet.
I’ve talked a lot about how I’m taking some time to honor my body and cut back on my workouts but what I haven’t touched on is what I’m doing with my food intake.
I’ve done a ton of research (googling) on what to eat to help balance your hormones and consuming enough healthy fats seems to be one of the best things you can do as a natural remedy.
More avocados, almond butter, coconut oil, salmon…. YES PLEASE!
In my attempts to add more healthy fats into my diet I consulted the bible aka Run Fast Eat Slow* the incredible cookbook for athletes by Olympic marathoner Shalane Flanagan & chef Elyse Kopecky and found myself fascinated with their views on healthy fats and their role in keeping the body balanced. Just listen…
Happy Hump Day!
I have some very very exciting news for you all!
I’ve been given the opportunity to raffle off 2 FREE tickets for the Fit Foodie Run 5k in San Diego on Saturday October 22nd. This is a crazy good deal considering right now registration for the 5k is $55. More info below!
Before I talk more about what you get at the Fit Foodie Run I just want to remind people that you don’t have to run a 5k. If you’d prefer to just walk it and enjoy the complementary food and drinks after the race you are more than welcome to do so!
The whole point is just to get active, have fun and eat delicious food!
Does that alarm clock situation look familiar to anyone who has ever tried waking up early to workout?
IT’S SO HARD!
I have always been so envious of those people who can wake up at 4:00 am, hit the gym, shower, get ready and show up to work at 7:30 am energized and ready to start the day. Seriously by 7:30 am these morning exercisers have already been more productive than most people will be in an entire day. #GOALS
I bring this subject up because for the past couple weeks my yoga instructor has been gone on vacation. I usually go to his yoga sculpt classes every Tuesday and Wednesday from 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm which kind of pushes the rest of my weekly workouts to the evening as well. While he was gone Bryce and I decided we were going to try working out in the morning to get it over and make some time to actually do things after work.
You guys, IT WAS LIFE CHANGING!
September has been a crazy month for me. It started with celebrating my dad’s birthday at the Ballast Point beer festival, then my friends at I went to the KAA BOO music festival in Del Mar, then I went out to the Colorado River with my family and tomorrow I have one last event…CRSSD music festival downtown San Diego.
I’m exhausted just typing all that.
With all that going on I have not had much time for blogging and you know what it’s felt great to kind of disconnect, relax and really enjoy myself. BUT after this weekend it’s back to creating content and bringing you all value in every single post.