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Happy Friday friends! Fridays are the best! I’ll be honest, however, and say that everyday feels like a Friday when you’re a teacher on summer break! Speaking of summer, how do you get fit, get lean, and earn your ideal during summer? I don’t know about you, but I when I’m on a quest to reach a goal, I want to surround myself with people and products to help me meet my goal. As I am quickly learning, being healthy involves making a series of choices on a daily basis; what to eat, whether to exercise or not, how to fill my free time, etc. Continue reading
As a health and fitness blogger, I am sometimes given the opportunity to try new products, review them, and pass out samples to others. My recent product to test out is the Amazing Grass plant-based Protein Superfood. I’ve been a vegetarian since 2012 and feel that for optimal health, we should eat a plant-based diet. I, therefore, was super stoked when I first learned about Amazing Grass!
To be quite honest, this is still something I struggle with from time to time. For example, just the other morning I made myself a plant-based protein smoothie for breakfast, but when I walked into work what did I see… maple donuts! 🍩 I made the right choice and only ate half of one. See… It’s about finding the balance. 😉
To be honest, some things that help me make wiser food choices include:
1) I start every day with a balanced breakfast (preferably I drink a glass of warm lemon water before eating breakfast) 🍋
2) I pack healthy snacks so that I’m not tempted to grab something “junky” 🍏
3) I drink a full glass of water before I reach for a snack (chances are I’m dehydrated, not hungry) 💦
4) I aim for an 80/20 diet (80% plant-based/20% non plant-based) Since becoming a vegetarian 4+ years ago, I have consumed more fruits and veggies than ever before! 🍆
As for the pictures, the one on the right was when I was not following these above principles. I was eating anything and everything that came my way. I was not exercising, sick quite a bit, and felt quite miserable. The picture on the left, however, shows a woman who (for the most part) eats to fuel her body. She doesn’t restrict, but instead asks herself, “Will this fuel me for my busy day ahead / for my long run?” She is healthy, fit, and happy. She still has her “off” days, but she is quick to jump right back on the path of health and wellness.
Please realize I am still a work in progress and am far from perfect. Also, I am not a registered dietician nor nutritionist. My hope is that by sharing my journey I may encourage someone else to make healthier food choices for themselves and/or their family.
Remember friends… Food Matters!
After juicing last week with the hubby and 13 year old daughter, I was more than glad to be back to “normal” food this week. I must say, however, that after juicing for a week, “normal” food tastes so much richer, so much sweeter… and yes, the REAL, plant-based food, not the highly processed junk! Now let’s jump to this week…
Last week our 13 year old daughter came home and said, “I want to juice all next week.” My first reaction was no. But then, after I began to think about it, I thought, “Why not?” She, after all, has seen her father and I juice on a regular basis for years now. She herself has drank her fair share of juices and smoothies, but never has she gone a whole week with juicing only. I finally decided to tell her…
This week was appropriately titled “Increase Intensity” on my Nike Plus Running app half marathon training plan. I increased my workout intensity which got me to a new half marathon personal record… a sub two hour time! Woohoo! Here’s what I ate during this week of increased intensity…
This is my third week of posting my nutrition for the week. To check out my first week’s post go HERE. I have decided to post about my weekly nutrition to 1) keep myself accountable and 2) to have as a resource for others when they ask me, “Where do you find your protein if you are a No Meat Athlete?” If you haven’t done so already, I recommend reading “The Journey to Becoming a No Meat Athlete“. Without any further ado, here’s what I ate this week… Continue reading
This blog post is a follow up to last week’s “Nutrition Week of 01/25 to 01/31“. In last week’s post I shared about my lifestyle as a No Meat Athlete. I also discussed a few of my favorite resources I use while meal planning for a family of four.
Here are the meals from this week:
Since hubby’s stomach does not agree with any kind of peppers or hot spices, I omitted the red chilies and red chili powder that this soup recipe called for. Needless to say, it was missing some kick.
Before making tonight’s dinner, I ran 4 miles on the levee while the 10 & 13 year-old rode their bicycles.
When I tell people that I am a No Meat Athlete, they give me a quizzical look and ask, “But where do you get your protein?” Have you ever seen this comic…
Many of us have been brainwashed to believe that protein is only found in meat and other animal products. The truth of the matter is, however, that protein can be found in many plant-based products as well. Continue reading