Random · thoughts

For the love of dogs….

I love dogs. They are man’s best friend and there’s something about them that just makes life complete.

You can have a completely negative view about yourself but no matter what YOU may think, or what you think other’s think – your dog absolutely adores you. He looks at you with adoring eyes and barks at you until you give him attention. I can come home from work feeling absolutely defeated (which doesn’t happen often) and my little rescue dog always lifts my mood.

This may sound silly, but why can’t people be more like dogs? No matter what we think we know about a person – why can’t we just be genuinely happy to see them and make them feel like someone important? Today, I challenge you to go out of your way to compliment someone else. To make their day and make them smile. Wouldn’t you like someone to help make YOU smile? 🙂

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
― Maya Angelou

Dairy Free · Gluten Free · Healthy · Random · Vegan · Vegaterian

The Importance of BCAA’s

 

Short for Branch Chain Amino Acids, these amino’s join forces to give us the best workout recovery tool money can buy. They come in different forms, but powder might just be the most popular because they can come in various flavors. These amino’s are found naturally in foods but especially if you are vegetarian and vegan, you will want to supplement these.

So why take BCAA’S:

  1. MUSCLE RECOVERY
  2. MAINTAIN WORKOUT INTENSITY
  3. AID IN THE BUILDING OF MUSCLE

That soreness that you feel after a workout is totally normal but COMPLETELY uncomfortable. BCAA’s have been linked to easing the the soreness, helping the body push out the build up of lactic acid in the muscles and maintaining the immune system in the process.

I like to refer to myself as a “pure-ist,” meaning I don’t like to use flavored BCAA’s. They are typically sugar free and use artificial sweeteners which have been linked to many health issues (I can speak from experience). I recently started ordering from BulkSupplements and I couldn’t be happier with the product AND the price.

Here is what I recommend – the impact on my training and workouts have been AMAZING. They work with any lifestyle – vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, dairy free.

BCAA 2:1:1 (Branch Chain Amino Acids) Powder (my favorite, can be mixed in water or smoothies!)

Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAA) Capsules

Like I said, the prices and customer service are amazing. Go out and try it. x

Information source: Livestrong.com

 

Inspiration · Random · relationships · thoughts · Travel

A Week Away……and other thoughts.

I just came back from the best vacation I’ve ever had and I can’t help but be completely washed over with a feeling of gratefulness. I truly believe that once you’ve found your person, no one else in the world matters the same way that they do. I’m in love in a way that I have never experienced and I occasionally wonder what I did to deserve it. My boyfriend and I went on a cruise on the MSC Divina to Jamaica, Mexico, Bahamas and Cayman Islands. It was a great learning experience – for travel purposes and each other. I didn’t know it was possible but we managed to become even CLOSER.

Even though I have always had issues with religion and probably always will – I can’t help but always know in my heart that regardless of what religion is right or wrong – there IS a God. I saw a lot of gorgeous views like the one shown above and felt the most amazing love and happiness while on this trip. There is a lot of evil in the world, but with all of the beauty, love, happiness and good that also exists, it’s hard to believe that there isn’t a God and that it all happened by chance.

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Regardless, I am back from vacation feeling refreshed and encouraged to make my mark on this world and to lift others up. I also will continue to make the ones I love feel respected, safe and appreciated. Having this AMAZING partner in crime in my life is both a blessing and a privilege. I look forward to many more adventures and doing life with him.

Hello, Summer!

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xo

More pics to come on my online photo album.

 

 

Dairy Free · Fitness · food · Paleo · Random · Recipes

Breakfast Meal Prep

In my world, Sunday’s are for spiritual rejuvenation, meal prep – and other relaxing things. I decided to change it up a little bit and do a breakfast prep. Judging by how full I’ve been from breakfast this morning after a 6 AM spin class, I think it was a success.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Grab a muffin sheet (like the one pictured to the left). Grease the pan with coconut oil, add one whole egg and one egg white. Top with spinach or any other leafy green you desire, add black pepper and Himalayan salt. Bake for about 15-18 minutes. Keep in the fridge, reheat and enjoy!

I found this idea from the Whole 30 recipe listed on their Instagram page. With that recipe, you put the egg on top of one strip of bacon. My goal has been to cut down on fat and sugar throughout my #cruisecountdown journey [and beyond] so I didn’t add the bacon this time. This made 12 “egg muffins.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is paleo and whole 30 approved  Enjoy! 🙂

x

Dairy Free · Fitness · food · Gluten Free · Healthy · Random

Pre-workout Meal – SO GOOD.

If you love to be active and workout, then you know how important healthy carbs can be. YOU NEED them for energy!

Sunday was leg day. My  breakfast consisted of 2 egg whites, 1 full egg and the oatmeal mixture pictured below. Quite colorful, isn’t it?

1 cup of gluten free plain oats

4 medium sized strawberries

1 tbs of black chia seeds

1 tbs of cacoa nibs

The natural sugar from the strawberries added a nice sweetness. I used the microwave to soften the oats. The frozen strawberries and chia seeds were mixed in. I added the cacao nibs post microwave. You can also use the stove top.

No added sugar, gluten and a dairy free.

Let’s just say that I killed leg day.

 

Enjoy! x

Dairy Free · food · Gluten Free · Healthy · Random · Vegan

Healthy Food of the Day – Coconut Oil

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At 240 calories per ounce, organic coconut oil is still considered one of the most healthy types of oil to be used in cooking as well as other holistic remedies. Coconut oil is great for the hair and skin and is a great replacement for dairy products in cooking and baking. While coconut oil is high in fat, it’s not necessarily a “bad fat.” It is also high in Vitamin E, Vitamin K and Iron. Coconut oil contains antimicrobial and anti fungal properties to help fight and prevent infection.

According to Organic Facts.net, It contains about 50% lauric acid, which helps in actively preventing various heart problems like high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure. Coconut oil does not lead to increase in LDL levels, and it reduces the incidence of injury and damage to arteries and therefore helps in preventing atherosclerosis.  Fortunately, coconut oil can also help with weight loss by increasing the body’s metabolic rate.

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Interested in cooking with coconut oil? Check out this blog about the uses of coconut oil at the Whole Foods Market website.

Thanks for reading 🙂

Sources for this article: Self.com Organic Facts.net