Sugar is a sneaky little bitch.
It’s in everything! Bread, pasta, coffee creamer, peanut butter, salad dressings, bacon, frozen meats…seriously EVERYTHING! So unless you’re eating only whole foods you are probably consuming a lot more sugar than you think. Don’t believe me…next time you’re at the store just read a few nutrition labels and you’ll be shocked.
Anyway, let’s get to why I’m doing the 21 Day Sugar Detox aka 21DSD. I eat a pretty balanced diet but over the past few months I’ve been consuming more bread, flavored creamers, crackers, chips, chocolates, frozen foods and processed crap than usual. I’ve noticed changes in my sleep, my skin, my energy levels and have had the craziest drops in blood sugar that make me shaky and panicky if I don’t eat immediately.
One of the most popular New Year’s resolutions is giving up alcohol for the month of January.
Yes, 31 days without a single sip of booze!
I’ve done sober January the past 2 years and fully plan on doing it again this year after a very boozy holiday season. Oops! For me the first couple weeks are easy because you feel like such crap after the holidays but after that things get challenging. Playoff football is on, friends are in town, there’s the long weekend for Martin Luther King…yep temptation starts to creep in!
From my 2 years of sobriety (in January LOL) I have figured out that having other options is incredible helpful. Instead of your nightly glass of wine having a grape flavored kombucha? Out at the bars for the football game with friends order a sparkling water with lime and tell everyone it’s a vodka soda…nobody has to know.
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?!?
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?
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…
Not all nutrition bars are created equal.
Not at all actually!
At this point there are SO MANY different options out there for “healthy” nutrition bars it’s hard to know which ones are actually good for you and which are simply candy bars in disguise.
For this post I decided to do a little taste test/ ingredient review on 5 “healthy” nutrition bars that I’ve seen all over social media lately. I tried multiple flavors of each bar before writing this and randomly chose the flavors I took pictures of. This post is NOT sponsored and all my thoughts are my own.
It’s hard to keep up with all the health trends out there, like: coconut oil, green juices, sensory deprivation tanks, cupping, bullet-proof coffee…etc.
Most of these trends lose their luster pretty quickly but one trend that I don’t see going away anytime soon is kombucha!
I find this fizzy drink absolutely delicious and it also has some pretty impressive health benefits. BUT even I, a self proclaimed health and nutrition fanatic, hadn’t tried kombucha until recently… mostly because I didn’t know WTF it was.
So today I’m breaking down everything you need to know about kombucha. Cheers and go get yourself a bottle of “booch” after this!
If I see one more post on social media about Pumpkin Spice Lattes I’m going to lose it.
#1. I think PSL’s taste disgusting
#2. Did you know a grande PSL has 300+ calories and 50 g of sugar…WHAT!?!
I don’t know about you all but if I’m going to consume 50 g of sugar it better be a giant piece of cake with a glass of white wine!
Instead of fueling your body with crap this fall why not nourish it with something healthy AND delicious? I’ve been obsessed with Golden Milk for awhile and am so excited to finally be able to enjoy this warm, cozy drink now that the temperatures are dropping (kind of).
Golden Milk gets its name from the beautiful golden color of turmeric and is a mixture of milk (I do non-dairy), turmeric, ginger, cinnamon and black pepper. It has a rich, sweet and earthy flavor while boasting some INSANE health benefits!