Nutrition Wednesday: Fasting

Fasting causes you to crave food and over eat

When I was in high school, my friends and I would “fast” before school dances to look good in our dresses. Some of us took it further than others, but we all thought cutting calories two weeks before a dance would make all of the difference. Unfortunately, we also didn’t know how dangerous these behaviors were. Your body needs glucose (fuel) throughout the day and if it cannot get it from incoming food, it will take it from the proteins in your lean tissues. Continue reading

Breakfast Sandwiches

I’m pretty lazy when it comes to cooking. On weekend mornings I usually try to eat eggs, and eating eggs usually turns into making breakfast sandwiches. They’re just so tasty and easy to make! Oh, and my boyfriend will even help make these.
Breakfast sandwiches make a great morning breakfast that's easy and tasty!I’m telling you, it’s all about the cheese! I have made these so so so many times, but they just don’t taste the same without cheese. Continue reading

Fitness Friday 8/22

So I have finally accepted the fact that I need to take a day off in between each run day (besides Friday/Saturday so I can get in 4 days a week) for my Achilles and shins to survive. I started doing that this week and my Achilles feels great!! My shins also hurt less too. I also have been running 9 minute miles instead of 8 minute miles. It’s a bummer for me, but at least I can run and fairly injury free. I haven’t been doing strength workouts as I’ve had pretty much no time to (school professional development started this week). Nonetheless, here are my workouts for this past week:

Saturday the 16th, at the Wetlands (dirt) my Achilles hurt pretty bad. Same ol’ story people! So anyway, you can see I had to stop the run short and I walked the 10 minutes back to my car. Whomp whomp.

Run on August 16th at the Wetlands Continue reading

Nutrition Wednesday: Weight Loss

weight loss woesThere have been so so so many fad diets over the years and none of them have had big results. Yet, people continue to buy into these fad diets because we want results now. Everything we do in life has turned into activities that give us immediate gratification, and we want that in terms of weight loss too. Well, the pounds didn’t go on in 5 days and they’re sure as heck not coming off in 5 days either. As much as I would love to lose 10 pounds in a week, that just doesn’t happen. Most huge weight losses occurring in short time frames (let’s say 1 to 2 weeks to be on the more extreme side) are just water weight. If a diet sounds too good to be true, it’s because it is (sorry). You need to find an eating pattern that works with your lifestyle or you will never retain the weight loss. That means you shouldn’t cut all of the carbs out of your diet or just eat fruits for three days in a row because no body naturally eats like that. It’s all about balance. Continue reading

Jam Cookies

My brother’s wife makes A-MAZING jam butter cookies! She would send over a dozen or two at a time and my family would devour them in 3.2343543656553 seconds. Being a dessert lover, I obviously asked her for the recipe. I do not like jam in my desserts (like the jam in the middle of danishes and things of that nature), but I love these cookies.

Buttery cookies filled with jams Continue reading

Fitness Friday 8/15

For half of this week my Achilles hurt, and then one of my besties, Maggie, massaged out my calf, and my Achilles felt a lot better! I had a ton of knots. Oh, and the fact that I started taking Tylenol as an anti-inflammatory and ice twice a day is also helping! While massaging out my calf we found a weird bump next to my shin, but it turned out to be a boring cyst or weird vein growth. Anyway, I am going to try to take more days off in between runs to help my Achilles out. I am 99.9% sure this means that I won’t be running today.

Saturday the 9th at the Wetlands (dirt) my Achilles hurt, but it wasn’t unbearable.

my Saturday long run Continue reading

Nutrition Wednesday: Do you Need to Take Supplements?

Are supplements necessary?

On one of my healthy kicks I bought some multi-vitamins to improve my health. Since I’m not really a pill taking person, I used a few and the rest just ended up in the trash when they expired. Half of Americans take some type of supplement, and most of them do not need to. Yes, if you are pregnant or lose to much iron during your period, please take some supplements! Or, if your doctor prescribes supplements for an existing problem (such as not meeting nutrient needs from food, etc.) you should take them. Here are some rules to apply to supplement intake unless otherwise recommended by your doctor: Continue reading

Santa Barbara

I have been wanting to make a trip up to Santa Barbara since 2008. Fortunately, on Sunday I finally got to visit with one of my besties, Aiko. I have had a number of friends go to school there and I was also considering going there too (too expensive though, ya know how it goes). Anyway, it did not disappoint!

One of my friends who went to school there gave us a great list of things to do.

Santa Barbara Itinerary Continue reading