Paleo Travel Snacks

Hey there friends!  Happy Wednesday!  In leu of doing a What I Ate Wednesday post, I thought since I’m traveling on vacation right now that I would share a video I made of some of my favorite paleo-friendly travel snacks!

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Some of the snacks from the video…

What’s your favorite semi-healthy travel snack?  Any of your favorites on the list?


MIMM: SF Bound!

Hey there friends, happy Monday!!  Hope you all had a marvelous weekend!  Mine went by pretty quickly as we were doing a bit of relaxing & prepping for our vacation.  I’m feeling pretty marvelous today though, so how about we link-up to Katie for some Marvelous in My Monday?!
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Big thanks to Katie at Healthy Diva Life for hosting!  Click on over to see what it’s all about & to see some more marvelous happenings!

Marvelous… 

is going on vacation to San Francisco!!  If you don’t already know, my husband & I are in love with this amazing city… this will be our 4th time visiting!

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View of SF from Alcataz Island…

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Lombard Street

I’m looking forward to seeing a few new sites this time, such as hiking in the redwoods & seeing the bluffs.  It seems there is always something new to explore & so many restaurants to eat my way through! MIMM: SF Bound! vacation travel SF San Francisco MIMM

As you read this, we’ll most likely be on our way… we’re driving to Chicago this morning (about 3 hours) & then flying from there to Oakland, CA & arriving this evening.

I’ll probably be a bit scarce in terms of replies & new posts… I’m not bringing my laptop (purposely to disconnect) with me & will only have my iPhone.  I just want to focus more time on enjoying SF with my amazing husband.  Wishing you all a marvelous week!!

Have you ever been to San Francisco?  If so, what’s your favorite thing to do or see there – or to eat?!

The Week In Fitness #53

Hey there friends!  Happy Sunday!  Time to recap this past week’s fitness with another edition of The Week In Fitness!

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Don’t be surprised, but this past week was FULL of Jazzercise!  I was packing it in & getting my fill before leaving for vacation & starting school.  So much Jazzercise. <3

Monday 8.18.14

2.3 mile walk & Jazzercise

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Tuesday 8.19.14

2.3 mile walk & Jazzercise

Wednesday 8.20.14

Jazzercise (2 classes)

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Thursday 8.21.14

Jazzercise

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Friday 8.22.14

Jazzercise

Saturday 8.23.14

3.2 mile walk & Jazzercise Fusion class

Sunday 8.24.14

rest day & maybe a light walk

Overall, I think it was a pretty great week.  I definitely fit a lot of Jazzercise in!  I love it though & it feels good to be working back towards getting into better shape.  Plus, I’ll have so much less time to go once school starts in another week or so.  Enjoying it while I can!

Miles walked this week: 7.8 Miles

How was your week in fitness?  Did you do something active that you enjoyed?

Making Peace With Yourself

The other day, I crossed a pesky item off my to-do list – cleaning out my closet.  It’s an activity & chore that most people don’t exactly love, & I can definitely see why.  Not only is it tedious to go through everything & decide if you’re keeping it, or donating it, but it’s also… depressing.

I came across so many items that no longer fit… & to be a bit more specific, some items that I can’t even get over my thighs!  Talk about a bummer.  Several of these items were size 4 pants, & small sized shirts… let’s be honest here, I’m no longer any size 4.  I wish I was, but that was in the past.

Actually, thinking back more on it, that was back in around 2008/2009 when I first lost that 50 lbs.  That was roughly 6 years ago, & I was about 27 years old…

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Then.

Well, I’m no longer in my 20′s, and am definitely not a size 4, or even really a small… more like a medium & maybe a size 6 or 8.

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Me now…

It’s hard for me to put all this out there & say that I am not the same size anymore… & to realize that I’ll probably never be a size 4 again.  I felt really bad about myself for a while after cleaning my closet out, but you know what?  I’m not in my 20′s anymore.  I’m not eating the same way I was then.  I eat SO much cleaner & better than I ever did in those years.  When I was smaller, my life was filled with constant calorie counting & always choosing the “diet” version & watching what I ate.  I ate so much fake food & diet food, that it makes me sad thinking about it now.  That body was won by restriction.

Sure, I worked out & thought I was eating right, but I’ve learned SO much more now.  I now what REAL food is & the power of whole foods & proper nutrition in combination with a healthy lifestyle.

I’m trying to make peace with my current body.  This body is fueled more properly, not restricted, & it’s strong!  I can do so much physically & I rarely get sick.  I don’t count every (any) morsel that goes into my mouth these days, I just focus on mostly eating REAL, whole foods with an occasional treat.  I also am sure to get plenty of activity & some strength training in as well.  I know I have more muscles than I had back then!  I could probably kick my former self’s butt.

I’m not trying to throw myself a pity party (at least not anymore), but just trying to say that even when we feel bad about some changes in our bodies, they aren’t always bad.  We age & change over time, that’s life.  I’m trying to embrace my curves since I already love & value the strength & health of my body.

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There is always something good to be found.  It’s time to make peace & treat myself to some new clothes that flatter my strong body & curves.  Healthy comes in all shapes & sizes.

Don’t forget to do something nice for yourself today, you deserve it! xoxo

Everything you’ve been taught about nutrition – is wrong.

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Hey guys!  So… my husband & I had a really interesting conversation in the car the other day.  I was discussing food (as I very frequently tend to do – one of my favorite topics) & my husband turned to me & said,

“so, basically everything you’ve been taught about nutrition is wrong”.

Yep.  BINGO.  I knew I married a smart man!  I think he’s spot on with this.  I don’t just mean in my schooling, but just in general on what all of us are “taught” about nutrition.

We are taught:
  • Low-fat is better.  - NO!!!! Fat is great!!  We NEED fat to function – for our hormones, our brain – fat is essential!
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  • Eating fat will make you fat.  False!  Fat does contain more calories per gram than protein or carbs, but eating fat doesn’t make you fat.  Eating too much of anything can make you fat (especially processed carbs).  Besides, you probably wouldn’t eat as much fat as another macronutrient because fat is much more satiating, meaning you’ll feel satisfied & fuller, with less.
  • You should eat more whole grains. Not Necessarily.  Sure, whole grains are better than simple, processed carbs, but in the end they all turn to sugar (glucose) when they are in your body.  Too many carbs/sugar causes the pancreas to release the hormone insulin, which tries to remove glucose from the blood stream & transfer it to other areas.  When you have too much, it gets stored as fat.  In other words – too many carbs make you fat.  Try to focus on veggies & fruits as main carb sources & when you’re looking to supplement more into your diet, opt for the whole grain over the simple, processed carbs.  Best bet – try & add more healthy fat & protein into your diet.
  • Saturated fat is bad. False.  Saturated fat has been demonized for SO long, but finally, we’re starting to see that SUGAR is actually proving to be more dangerous & lead to heart disease.  Saturated fat has been proven NOT to cause heart disease. Our ancestors ate it without a problem for hundreds of thousands of years, so why are we so afraid of it?  So many nutritious foods contain saturated fat.  HERE are some more reasons why you shouldn’t fear it.
  • Cholesterol is something BAD & you shouldn’t eat whole eggs.  False.  Your body NEEDS cholesterol & even synthesizes its own, as well as absorbs it from certain foods you eat (like eggs).  There is much more to the whole cholesterol story… there are different particle sizes – large, fluffy ones (deemed “good”); and small, dense ones (bad).  When you consume more dietary cholesterol, studies are showing that it’s the large, fluffy (good) particles that are raising, as well as your (good) HDL cholesterol, which is a great thing.  So don’t fear those eggs with your breakfast – they’re one of the most nutritious foods you can eat. #eattheyolk
  • Brown rice is healthier than white.  False.  I actually just learned this recently – white rice is a better choice for you than the brown.  Why?  Well, brown rice contains many anti-nutrients, such as phytates, which can inhibit nutrient absorption.  Sure, brown rice has a bit more nutrients, but if you’re not absorbing them, then what’s the point?  Also, brown rice is more difficult to digest because it still has the bran & germ in tact, making white rice a safer starch.  Obviously, I’m not a huge fan of grains, so I don’t really eat rice, but if I do, I’d go for a bit of the white.
  • Lower calorie is better.  Not necessarily.  Foods that are “diet” or just low in calories usually are not as nutrient dense as some whole foods that may contain more calories, but it doesn’t mean they should be avoided for lesser calorie foods.  It’s important to find a balance & focus on nutritious foods.  In other words, it’s not just a numbers game – stick to whole, real foods & don’t focus as much on the calories.  Real food often doesn’t come in a package with a calorie count on it anyway. Everything youve been taught about nutrition   is wrong. why what you were taught is wrong saturated fat politics nutrition myths health cholesterol Big Food

Did any of these surprise you?  I admit, I was surprised by the white/brown rice one, but it makes sense.  If you’re wondering how I find a lot of my nutrition info – I search online through various articles & studies.  In other words – I do my research.  So, why are we still taught so much wrong nutrition information?  Well, that’s a good question!!!  I’d LOVE to have an actual explanation to that one as well – talk about frustrating!!  Personally, I think it has a lot to do with money & politics… I mean, look at who the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics is sponsored byBig Food companies such as, Mars, Coca-Cola, Pepsi Co, SoyJoy…. ugh.  It’s all about the $$$.

You see, if we were all to suddenly wise-up & ditch our over abundance of sugary, carb & grain loving ways… & just eat real, whole foods as nature intended – where would our economy be?  I think everything would tank!  Think of how much money is invested in making unhealthy foods for us?  And jobs.  Sad.  It’s just really, really sad.

Your thoughts?  Does any of this surprise you?