On this blog I like to talk about the big trends going on in the health, fitness and nutrition world.
So far, we’ve discussed the Keto Diet, fats, Bulletproof Coffee, going gluten free, the 21-day sugar detox, collagen, kombucha, vitamins & supplements, how to read a nutrition label and so much more.
I’ve been meaning to write a post on today’s topic, intermittent fasting, for months but simply haven’t had the time to sit down and do the proper research to give you all a well written, informative post.
I’ll be honest the whole concept of intermittent fasting is very foreign to me.
My entire life I was taught to never skip breakfast, specifically to “break the fast” your body goes into while sleeping. I truly thought (and still do think) eating breakfast is one of the most beneficial things you can do to boost your metabolism and set yourself up for a healthy, productive day. However, research is emerging showing that intermittent fasting may actually help speed up your metabolism, prevent against disease, help with fat/weight loss, improve cognitive function and so much more.
We’re about 4 days into October which means it’s FINALLY appropriate to eat all things pumpkin!
Growing up I never liked pumpkin. I hated the texture, thought it tasted disgusting and was always the one eating the apple pie instead of the pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving.
But boyyyy have things changed.
Now I simply can’t get enough pumpkin in my life. I’ve been putting Pumpkin Pie Spice in my coffee every morning, eating Pumpkin Yogurt for dessert, enjoying PaleOMG’s Pumpkin Pie Protein Smoothie for breakfast and can’t wait to go to Trader Joe’s this afternoon to buy more pumpkin products after drooling over A Cup of Kellen’s Favorite Fall Trader Joe’s Finds.
But pumpkin isn’t just a fun, festive, trendy thing to eat during the Fall. It’s also packed with healthy nutrients…let’s discuss…
This post is going to be kind of a buzz kill right before Labor Day Weekend but whatever it’s been on my mind and I wanted to share.
A few weeks ago I was listening to Juli Bauer of PaleOMG’s podcast and she did an episode called Abstainers v. Moderators. The episode was based off an article posted by Popsugar all about these 2 very different approaches to eating and how understanding which one you are can help you have a better relationship with food and help you reach your health/fitness goals.
Before we go any further let’s discuss the difference between an abstainer and moderator. According to the Popsugar article here’s the difference:
You’re a moderator if you:
- Find that occasional indulgence heightens your pleasure and strengthens your resolve
- Get panicky at the thought of “never” getting or doing something
Everyone has been talking about this new Netflix documentary called “What The Health“. I finally took the time to watch it this past weekend and I have so many thoughts I figured I’d just do an entire blog post going over what I agreed and disagreed with in the film.
Before I get started let’s just make things clear- I do not subscribe to any specific diet. I’m not vegan, vegetarian, paleo, whole 30, keto…or whatever other diet there is out there. I do my best to eat REAL, whole foods and in doing so I eat a ton of veggies, healthy fats, meats and guess what sometimes eat 5 slices of pizza and a bowl of real ice cream when I’m feeling really crazy!
That being said, I don’t think there is anything wrong with eating a plant based/vegan diet. It’s not my thing but heck it’s 98459984 times better than the standard american diet that’s filled with sugar, processed foods, booze…etc.
Getting back to the documentary…
I did a little research on “What The Health” before watching it since a lot of these types of films are simply propaganda for a cause. And welppp…”What The Health” is absolutely a biased film about the benefits of a vegan diet.
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!
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!
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.