It’s A Little Quiet Around Here

I know I’ve been quiet lately. And that will probably continue through June. Between school and work and hobbies and health coaching and friends, there isn’t much time for blogging. Plus, I’m still trying to figure out what I prefer blogging about. Personally, I don’t like to share much of my own stuff. But that’s what people want to read. I tried blogging about health topics, but those came across as so dogmatic.

Did you notice I started to redesign the look of my blog? But I haven’t finished it. Not sure when that will happen. I get 10 weeks off this summer. I’ll probably finish it then. Or I’ll be too busy traveling. I don’t know what my plans are yet. It’s currently spring break and I don’t feel like I’ve had much of a “break”. But some fun things happened recently.

It’s been hot lately (except for today, which is kind of overcast). I went to the beach the other day, which is basically in my backyard. Gotta layer on that sunscreen.

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Don’t worry. I rubbed it in. No way I’m gonna go to the beach looking like that.

I went to a wedding on Saturday. My boyfriend was a handsome groomsman. There was an open bar and we definitely took advantage of that. Weddings are fun. But I prefer to be at them than to be in them.

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I’ve triedto clean up my diet again recently. I’m back on track with exercising regularly. Needed to get back to eating clean. It’s not easy. I don’t know how people do it. I guess they just have way more will-power than me. But I did make a delicious meal the other night that reminded me that healthy food can also be super tasty.

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Yes, this meal was paleo. But I’ve shied away from being paleo. Too many restrictions and not enough oatmeal. I think I’ll start cutting down on carbs again once I see some results in the gym. My body is super carb-sensitive, but I can handle sweet potatoes and oats.

That’s what’s been going on around here with me lately. Besides studying, writing student case studies, and putting together my UCLA induction program portfolio. Hopefully your life is full of more excitement.

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I Didn’t Forget About You

Don’t worry. I didn’t forget about my blog. I’ve been busy with work, school, and the gym. But luckily, my UCLA classes end this week and don’t start again until April 14th. I’ve been writing case studies and evaluating my teaching practices non-stop for the past 3 weeks.

On top of all that school work, I’ve had my own job to focus on. Report cards came out recently and I’ve had a bunch of IEPs lately. This is the busiest time of year for IEPs. Too much computer time for that meant I had no desire for computer time for blogging. But now I’m down to just 1 IEP left before spring break!!!

Gym time has also been keeping me extremely busy lately. I signed up with a trainer who is really good at holding me accountable. This is what my gym routine looks like.

Monday: Leg day + cardio

Tuesday: Cardio only

Wednesday: Yoga

Thursday: Back, biceps, and abs + cardio

Friday: Rest day

Saturday: Chest, triceps, and shoulders

Sunday: Cardio + abs

Today is Monday, which means I just did some intense leg exercises. Tomorrow is going to hurt. A lot.

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But seriously, I had one of the best workouts ever in the history of my workouts today. Unfortunately I know what’s to come (see bottom picture). I wish I knew how to pee standing up. And don’t get me started on stairs. I live on the 3rd floor. I can’t remember the last time I used the elevator. But I’m guessing I’ll be using it tomorrow.

Have a great week!

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Expo West Recap

I had such a great time at Expo West this past weekend. Unfortunately, I only made it to 2 out of the 3 days. A bad cold kept me home yesterday. Yesterday was also the day that I was planning to go back and take pictures of my favorite booths and vendors. Instead, I will just have to tell you who some of my favorites were without good visuals.

First, I would like to say that nearly every single vendor was amazing. I can’t talk about every single one though because that would take up a lot of my time. So let me just share a few that really stood out to me.

Farmhouse Culture

This company made a kraut fan out of me. My mother always eats kraut on New Years Day (German tradition), and I used to always run out of the house screaming. The kraut she made (I think it was Libby’s from a can) smelled like a combo of stinky feet and rotten eggs. So naturally, I assumed kraut was one of the nastiest foods on the planet. Not so. And Farmhouse Culture has the most amazing kraut, which proves that this stuff is actually quite tasty. I’m not too into sweet stuff, so I was super happy to sample something that wasn’t too high in sugar content. Stumbling across Farmhouse Culture all the way up on the 3rd floor of the Anaheim Convention Center was meant to be. My favorite flavor is Garlic Dill Pickle. But Ginger Beet is awesome too, mostly because it’s hot pink and reminds me of my artsy friend Michelle. I went out and bought some Garlic Dill Pickle kraut at Whole Foods yesterday. I suggest you do too.

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Bucha Live Kombucha

Bucha made my list of favorites because their Torrance headquarters is so close to me, I can ride my bike there. Well, that’s not the only reason I like them. I originally wrote this stuff off as being too sweet for my liking (as all kombucha can be due to added sugar). A few weeks ago, I was in Whole Foods and saw this stuff on sale, 2 for $6. That’s quite a deal if you’re familiar with kombucha. So I bought 2 new-to-me flavors, lemongrass ginger and grapefruit sage. To my surprise, they were not too sweet at all. They were perfect. I had the opportunity to try Bucha’s new yuzu lemon flavor at Expo West. It was great, but I’m still sticking with lemongrass ginger as my favorite flavor of theirs. Blood orange and masala chai are good flavors too. Check them out if you’re into kombucha.

Cappellos Gluten Free

There were so many gluten free companies being represented at Expo West. But none were as great as Cappellos. Cappellos makes a grain-free pasta out of almond flour that’s actually edible. They also make incredible cookie dough. The best thing about them is that they sent me home with a tube of their grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, peanut-free, paleo-friendly, vegan cookie dough. Yum! I can’t wait ’til I’m able to buy this stuff at my local retailer. But for now, I’ll just have to order it online.

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Gnarly Whey

Last summer, my boyfriend and I decided that we were going to start lifting heavy things. This is tough, as injuries can occur. Enter protein powders. My boyfriend chose a disgusting, low-quality whey protein and I went with SunWarrior Blend. While I love SunWarrior, I’m not so sure it’s for extreme muscle recovery. It’s more of a replacement protein for vegans who need more protein in their diets. I was in the market for a stronger protein powder. Gnarly Whey was on my radar through various blogs because it’s a grass-fed whey protein. I heard grass-fed whey is the best. However, Gnarly Whey isn’t easy to find in stores. So I just kept purchasing SunWarrior and my boyfriend kept taking his low-quality whey protein. Meeting the GoGnarly team at Expo West convinced me that I need to do what it takes to get this protein powder. For starters, it’s all natural, grass-fed whey from New Zealand. Plus, the sample I tried tasted great. I’m hooked. Lucky for me, this stuff is quite affordable and is also on sale through the GoGnarly online store right now. I also have to mention that the GoGnarly team has excellent customer service. It was a pleasure meeting them at Expo West.

Steve’s PaleoGoods

It was love at first bite with Steve’s PaleoGoods. I was able to buy some of their product from Liz Wolfe when she was in town for a seminar in the winter of 2013. I bought berky and an original flavor paleo crunch bar. Then, through the foodie pen pal program, I received a tropical flavor paleo crunch bar and tomato balsamic marinade. Every single one of these items was excellent. The only downside was that none of these items was available for purchase in stores in Southern California. Womp womp. They were at Expo West looking for west coast distributors. Hopefully I’ll be able to find this stuff in stores soon. Steve, and the paleogoods team, hooked me up with peach bbq marinade and paleo sirracha sauce until I can find it in stores. Thank you, thank you, thank you!! Steve’s is the best. And I love that a portion of their sales is donated to help at risk youth.

Mineral Fusion

I’m not a girly girl. I’m not super obsessed with make-up and I don’t understand why people waste money on manicures and pedicures. I’d rather paint my own toes for free instead of going to the salon and paying some random woman $30 to do it. I prefer to paint my toes with polishes that are void of harsh ingredients. Lucky for me, Mineral Fusion makes great nail polish colors that are formulated with natural minerals, cruelty-free and vegan. I got my finger nails painted Citrus Cove for free at their Expo West booth. I also got a makeover from one of their makeup artists. I love that all of their products are mineral-based. I can’t wait for Sprouts to have their quarterly 25% off health and beauty sale later this month so I can stock up on Mineral Fusion products.

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Spoonk

I saw these Spoonk mats at Whole Foods a while ago and was intrigued, but never tried them until this past weekend. I actually planned to buy one of their display samples yesterday, but never made it down to Anaheim. I’m going to have to pick up one of these somewhere else. They’re acupressure mats that look silly but truly work to relax you. This is a product that I’m convinced I need.

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There are several other companies that I was turned on to at Expo West. SenzaCare was one of them. They make sonic toothbrushes that are BPA free. SproutWatches was another company whose product I thought was adorable. Eco friendly watches with cute owl designs! Those watches are made for me. I’ll have to remember to put one of those on my Christmas wish list. As far as food products go, I’m now obsessing over InkaChips and Barnana snacks. I’m not sure that either of them is the healthiest choice, but I don’t care. They’re delicious! And, as expected, the new Hail Merry and Theo Chocolate flavors did not disappoint.

I’m already looking forward to attending Expo West in 2015. You can attend too! I had several friends volunteering at product booths. They had to do some work, but they did get in for free. I think it’s well worth it.

Did you go to Expo West?

What were some of your favorite booths?

 

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Want to Get Healthy?

If you want to discover what healthy feels like, do a Whole30. Seriously.

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Here are some benefits I noticed:

  • less/no stomach pain after meals
  • clearer skin
  • thinner face (I got a lot of comments about how thin my face was looking)
  • better mood
  • looser jeans

So if you are looking to improve some things, like say maybe your digestion or weight or skin, try it out.

I actually ended my Whole30 earlier this week even though I said I was going to keep going. I kept dreaming about chocolate. And my boss made my week a living hell so I indulged out of stress. Not cool by the way. Stress leads to chocolate consumption. Chocolate consumption coincidentally made me sick. Actually, I think working with kids and a really awful boss made me sick. I woke up this morning with a major sore throat and minor muscle aches that I know will accelerate during the day. Not looking forward for what’s to come. Especially because I will be at Expo West all weekend. Let’s pray I make it through the day today.

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Only 4 More Days ’til I’m at Expo West

Expo West is this weekend. It will be my first time attending this convention. There are over 2,000 vendors scheduled to be at Expo West. That’s a lot of booths to cover in just 2 days (unless I’m “sick” and can’t go to work on Friday – thinking about it).

Here are just a few of the vendors I’m looking forward to seeing:

Organic India

This company makes the best tea. I am currently obsessing over the tulsi honey chamomile tea, but tulsi cinnamon rose is my all-time favorite one of theirs. They are not exclusively a tea company. They also sell herbs, supplements, and teecino (herbal coffee). I hope there are samples! You can check this company out here.

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Theo Chocolate

My taste buds do a little happy dance every time I eat Theo Chocolate. One of the items on my bucket list is to take a tour of the Theo Chocolate factory in Seattle. It’s the first organic, fair trade chocolate factory in the world. Plus, all their products are ethical, sustainable, soy-free, and non-GMO. And the price is right.Β  Theo is pretty much the only brand of chocolate I consume these days. I really like the 85% pure dark chocolate, but sometimes I indulge and purchase other flavors. Some of my favorites are dark chocolate chili, dark chocolate salted almond, and ECI vanilla nib.

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Seasnax

Seasnax really are strangely addictive. This is the only brand of seaweed snack that I eat and recommend to parents with picky kids. What I like best about them is that they use olive oil instead of industrial oils like canola. I think they might also be the only affordable brand of seaweed snacks that are certified non-GMO. The classic flavor is always a safe choice if you’re feeding a picky child. But my favorite flavor is spicy chipotle. Now I’m craving roasted seaweed. Time to place another order!

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Love Grown Foods

This is another brand I recommend to busy moms who are looking to keep their kids healthy and gluten free while always on the go. Their oatmeal is super delicious and convenient for busy mornings where there’s not much time for breakfast. The real reason I’m super excited to see Love Grown Foods at Expo West is because they’re launching a top secret new product. Plus, they’re super passionate about what they do. In fact, we share the same passion of keeping kids healthy.

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Sunwarrior

Sunwarrior is my protein of choice. I specifically like blending the vanilla warrior blend into my morning smoothies. It’s a vegan protein that everyone can enjoy. The best thing about it is that it contains all essential amino acids (including BCAAs to help you recover from tough workouts), and it’s soy free, gluten free, and non-GMO. I’ve only tried their protein powders, but I’m looking forward to sampling their vitamins and super greens as well.

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Honorable mentions go to:

Hail Merry Snacks (best macaroons and tarts ever!!)

Suja Juice (no other pre-made juice comes close to being this good!!)

Mamma Chia (I recommendΒ  their chia squeezes to kids/families I work with)

Primal Pit Paste (I’ll need this after walking around all day. Plus, who doesn’t want organic armpits?)

Will you be at Natural Products Expo West?

What vendors are you most excited to check out?

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Back to the Gym

I really want to get back to working out on a consistent basis. It hasn’t been a priority lately.

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A new workout plan is in the works. I tested out some moves the other day and now I can’t sit or climb stairs. Leg day. Sheesh! I am out of shape and desperately need to get back into the gym. This is what my plan looks like:

Monday: chest & triceps

Tuesday: cardio & core

Wednesday: off (school stuff – no fun)

Thursday: back & biceps

Friday: off (date night with my man)

Saturday: legs/lower body

Sunday: cardio & core

I’m trying to come up with a playlist. Suggest some songs. I have a $50 iTunes card to spend and it’s all going to workout songs. I’m also trying to clean up my diet. Maybe it’s time to actually use those pins that I’ve pinned to Pinterest.

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No More Dogma

I realize my recent posts have been a bit dogmatic. I apologize for that. It’s annoying and it won’t happen again.

It’s tough to have such strong opinions and keep them to myself. But I’m going to try. I’ll just stand by and quietly drink my juice.

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I don’t have time to do much blogging these days. There are so many things I want to do with this blog, but I just went back to school for my 2nd masters degree. This time in Instruction & Curriculum. Teacher things. Only a fellow teacher would understand. So, on top of taking 3 UCLA classes, I am also headed back to Concordia University for their Spring quarter which begins on Monday. Yippee and yikes!

 

 

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My Blog Has Been Hacked

Someone hacked my blog and put malware on my site. Also, I just realized that most of my anti-dairy post is missing. Bet it was the dairy industry that hacked it. They’re always up to no good.

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Anyways, no new content until it’s all cleared up. It should be cleared up shortly…with security in place so that it doesn’t happen again.

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If It Comes from a Cow, Don’t Drink It

Happy Valentines Day!

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How adorable are cows? Especially with heart-shaped spots on their heads. Perfect for a moo-velous Valentine’s day.

I’m sorry. That was cheesy. Get it…because cheese comes from cows.

Okay, I’ll stop now.

Let’s get serious and talk about why dairy is not so great.

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Betty Crocker is not a Doctor

Watch this video and then throw out all your grains.

What did you learn?

I want to go back to school (yet, again) to become a Naturopathic doctor. I wish my insurance covered naturopathic medicine. It’s a shame it doesn’t. But hopefully that will change soon. I was seeing a great naturopath but was paying for it out of pocket. Bummer. I just couldn’t do it anymore and had to give into my fancy public education system PPO plan and see a general physician. Terrible. I still don’t have clear answers about my digestion. All I know is I have been offered several prescriptions to mask my gallbladder symptoms, lower my cholesterol, and decrease my anxiety. Typical. Those prescriptions have remained unfilled.

Ok, done ranting. Stop eating gluten. Become a naturopath. Do good things. Feel better.

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