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Hello! How was your week!! 

Upon waking a little later than usual this morning I popped outside for a run. 

It was beautiful, sunny and a *crisp* 55 degrees outside and I LOVED it! I completed my all time favorite sprint routine:

  • 10 minute warmup (walk)
  • 2 minute jog
  • 45 second sprint
  • 1 minute 15 second walk 
  • Repeat jog/sprint/walk 4 more times
  • 5-10 minute cool down (walk)

I am now drinking my smoothie and waiting for my friend Danielle to arrive so that we can 1. get our nails done and 2. talk about Pretty Little Liars. I’m being serious. 

idec,this show is my life.

Before the festivities, however, I wanted to share some gluten free recipes from around the blog world that have called to me lately: 

Sweet Potato Chocolate Chunk Cookies - From The Fitnessista 

 Cauliflower Hummus - From the blog of a health coach whom I found through my nutrition school :) 

 GF Honey Pumpkin Muffins - From Peanut Butter Fingers 

 Grain Free Sandwich Bread - I am new to this blog but this bread sounds amazing and I am impressed by the ingredients 

 Crock Pot Challenge - Another one from Peanut Butter Fingers. I think I may need a crock pot! ;)

I love any chance to point out some of my favorite blogs. They have served as a huge inspiration to me with both blogging and, simply, my own health journey. 

Ted wishes you a very happy Saturday! 


Just a Suggestion

Happy Sunday!!

It’s cold AKA 60s in LA and I am LOVING IT! I am one of those people who gets very uncomfortable when it’s hot out, especially this time of year. It’s not supposed to be in the 90s in November! (I am still one of those annoying east coast people trying to get used to socal weather). 

*Speaking of the east coast my heart goes out to those affected by the hurricane and snowstorm. I wish I could teleport you all here where you’d be perfectly comfortable in the 60 degree weather. 

This post is focused on CLEANSING.

You have most likely heard a lot about the different kinds of cleanses and their benefits. The trend seems to be getting bigger every day. Juice cleanse, master cleanse, liver flush, salt flush, etc. We hear stories of people curing themselves of awful diseases, feeling wonderful, losing weight and having glowing skin. 

I would like to say: BEWARE. This is just my opinion, of course, but I am not a fan of this cleansing obsession. It can be very dangerous when not done properly and again, in MY OPINION, I don’t think it is necessary most of the time. 

We can gently cleanse our bodies daily through food and exercise.  

By eating well and being good to our bodies everyday (and of course indulging mindfully from time to time) we keep ourselves healthy. The body tends to perform well when given the right fuel, physically and emotionally speaking. We cannot do harmful things 95% of the time and make up for it with a juice cleanse. In my mind that is irresponsible. 

I understand the feeling of wanting to be as healthy as possible, however those of us who have this desire run the risk of causing damage if we try too hard. I am SO one of those people which is why I am writing this post. I want to remind you to be careful. 

I also want to remind you that we are all different. One man’s medicine is another man’s poison. Don’t feel like you “should” do anything extreme just because other healthy people do it. And if you do consider it do not take it lightly or do it impulsively. Do your research and think it over!

A few safe ways to gently detox the body:

  • Drink enough water 
  • Eat lots of veggies! Leafy greens, cabbage, beets, radish, celery, broccoli, you name it
  • Drink Green smoothies and juices 
  • Eat whole grains 
  • Exercise 
  • Do Yoga 
  • Avoid processed food, sugar, dairy and caffeine 

On another note, I am really excited about my new running shoes: 

(The Asics Gel-Kayano)

I have really flat feet and Plantar Fasciitis, so it is important that my shoes provide the proper support. Until recently I had to wear running shoes that looked like this:

(At least in my mind they did) 

They were good for my feet but I was just way too vain to appreciate them. Enter Asics to change my life! 

**Have a wonderful rest of your weekend, friends!!**

Tipsy Tuesday - Part Deux

Hello!

I just got back from a hike during which I nearly melted. Most mornings I hop out of bed and go straight out the door for my workout HOWEVER…

This morning I looked a little more like this:

Sloth animated GIF.

So I took my time heading out and found myself plowing up a mountain at the hottest time of day. Woops. 

I have 2 things to share with you today!

1. A very quick, very simple running tip: If you are starting to get tired and feel the urge to walk try skipping instead. I do this all the time and it feels great. I usually decide on a point to which I will skip (ex. “that lamp post”) before I return to my regular jog. Skipping is great for the body, strengthens the heart and helps to stimulate the lymphatic system. 

2. Kimberly Snyder’s recent article Have A College Body You Can Be Proud Of. I think this tips are useful for anyone, especially those with a tight schedule. 

Until next time! Xo.

Big Week Ahead

Hello, hello. Hope you had a lovely weekend. It was hot here in l.a. and brutal on the east coast, or so I hear. 

Some pictures from the day:

{Pomegranate lemonade green tea-will post recipe soon}

{A big ole’ salad by the pool. Kale, red lettuce, avocado, lemon juice, lentils, scallions, radishes and hemp seeds.}

^ When I was taking this picture my friend gave me a funny look and said, “nice salad”. Whatevaaaa (said in a mass accent)!

I spent nearly the entire weekend in true hermit form; working on music, resumes, website, blog, etc. (Some movie watching may have also snuck its way in). By the time I woke up this morning I was somewhat ready to face the world. I headed quickly out the door for a 40 minute run and returned home to complete some self guided sun salutations. (I still find it very hard to commit to a yoga routine if someone else is not guiding me)!

I must say it is a great feeling to realize that exercise has actually become a hobby for me. While I have always been somewhat physically…lets say…in touch with my body (I used to dance, have always liked yoga, am not clumsy), I was never athletic. The only sports I ever played were cross country running and cross country skiing, both of which I took against my will because my high school required we play at least 1 competitive sport every year. I will never forget coming in last at every single race, both running and skiing. There was in fact one cross country skiing race in which I came in so late that the other teams had already left and the finish line was being taken down as I came through it. I used to literally become physically sick with worry before our weekly 5k running races. 

My pathetic athletic history is a true testament to the power our minds have over our bodies. Running is now therapeutic for me when it once felt like the bane of my existence. A 5k is a cinch! Exercise makes me feel confident and productive rather than lazy and awkward. I now understand why athletics were so important to many of my friends. 

Food, exercise and health are interests that, in a sense, we all share. Despite our circumstances, interests, careers, schedules, etc, sooner or later most of us -hopefully- realize that our well being is important to us. This is why, although film scoring will remain a priority, passion and career, I am starting holistic nutrition school tomorrow. I made the decision to enroll simply because I love learning about the subject of nutrition and because I want to further my ability to inspire others to be healthy.  

I am so looking forward to sharing what I learn in school on this blog and to continue striving to serve as an example. Leading a healthy life can be so very fun!

Have a wonderful night! I’ll be back soon with updates, recipes, etc. <3

Fitness Fashion and Beyond

Good afternoon!

This morning I popped straight to the gym and completed a 5k on the treadmill after warming up. Tuesdays and Thursdays are my “steady state” cardio days and lately I’ve deemed Tuesday my 5k day. It usually takes about 28-30 minutes because I start pretty slow and then speed up from time to time when I get bored. (I try not to sprint as I do sprints on Mondays and do not want to overwork my heart). It feels nice and refreshing to space out and just steadily jog for a while.

When I returned home I made a huge green smoothie using kale, frozen pineapple and strawberries, coconut flakes, coconut milk and brown rice protein powder. I didn’t measure anything, per usual, and it was lovely.

I’d like to share some of my favorite workout accessories, meaning everything to do with fitness aside from the actual exercise. I completely get that some people are straight down to business and throw on whatever they can, get in their workout and go on with their day. For me, fun accessories help me feel excited about returning to the gym (or the mountain or the park) day in and day out. They remind me that fitness is a very important part of my lifestyle.  It helps me tremendously to feel good in what I’m wearing and enjoy the little things like a good protein powder or a new water bottle.

Don’t get me wrong. I don’t go on Lululemon rampages spending hundreds of dollars. In fact, the only Lululemon item I own is a headband, which I never use because it instantly slides right off my head. 

*My favorite pants to workout in are these stretchy black capri “tights” from Old Navy. They fit SO well and are more flattering than any pair of black stretchy pants I’ve ever tried on in higher end activewear stores…and they are only $20! I have a few pairs.

*Lately I’m loving these tanks I found at Target. I guess you’d say I’m on the curvy side (Hips with a capital H), and when tops are too tight or too short they ride up off my hips while I’m running. Very annoying, so I try to choose tops that are a little flowy and on the longer side.

This is a long one…

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