Things I’m Looking Forward Two

1. Winter Squash

 

Cajun-spiced Butternut Squash Fries anyone?

2. BIG Navel Oranges

Almost-grapefruit-sized juicy delciousness… is your mouth watering like mine is right now?

3. My Sister’s Wedding

4. The day when this cough goes away

5. Dinner

… No picture available, but it’s a Curried Lentil, Barley, and Pumpkin stew. YUM (leftovers from date-night-in with my boyfriend on Friday)

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It’s 7:00 PM on a Sunday evening, I have a couple hours before bed, and I have time to just do whatever I want. My room is organized, the dirty dishes are all getting clean in the dishwasher, and I don’t need to do anything for school for at least another week. I have to say, it’s sort of weird! I feel like there’s something that I should be doing.

I am going to bask in the glory of having time to just chill and simultaneously bring you your 5 Things Thursday: Sunday Edition that I thought I wasn’t going to post for you this week!

This week’s theme is: Five Things Fitness

1) Ever wonder about what’s going on in your body when you’re working out?

This article tells you about some hormonal changes that happen when you work out.

2. Need a Quickie workout?

Check out these 15 minute workouts for those days when you just don’t have any time.

3. Starting (or thinking about starting) to run?

Here’s some helpful beginner advice.

4. Have asthma but still want to run?

These are some tips for managing your runs with asthma.

5. Ever wonder about what trainers eat?

Here are some foods that trainers swear off.

The effects of following my blog. ūüėČ

Ok not really, but isn’t he just the cutest?

And now I leave you with ThIs WeEk In WoRkOuTs:
Su – rest
M – Full Body Circuit Strength 1
Tu – 4.98 mi run @ 9:30/mi pace
W – TRX Circuit Class
Th – Yin Yoga (60 min)
F – Full Body Circuit Strength 2
Sa – Boot Camp class (45 min)

5 Things for Tired People

I am tired. Life is good… busy but good. Unfortunately I feel like I’m getting to the point where I almost shut down during the weekend and only one, say, one thing planned because I want to just have boatloads of free time. It’s sad to think that starting next semester I’ll be even more crazy-busy. But I’m going to choose to blissfully ignore that fact in this moment and create a list of 5 things that require no internet research on my part.

FIVE THINGS (THURSDAY) FOR TIRED PEOPLE

1. Coffee

2. Food

My ability to resist eating continuously until I go to bed is significantly diminished by tiredness

3. Zoning out in front of the TV

4. Chocolate (see #2)

5. Sleep

So I’m pretty tired. Though I have off tomorrow for Veteran’s day! (HORRAY!!!!!)

Tell me something related or unrelated to this post. And GO!

5 Things…

I’ve recently received via mail

OK, so I know that normally¬†I would be showing you guys all the cool stuff I’ve found on the web lately, but¬†instead I’ve decided just to show you things I’ve been eating lately via mail-order. Here goes.

1 :

We're baa-aaack

OK, so probably a lot of you know how awesome coconut butter is by now but for those who don’t: “omgsoawesomeinmymouth” <–what you will be saying when you eat it. Coconut is a good source of medium-chain triglycerides, and they may help ramp up your metabolism slightly. So don’t let the saturated fat scare you away!

Curried Lemon Coconut Sauce

All-mixed-up

On Baked Tofu, Wheatberry, & Stir-fried Vegetables

2 : 

Rice Bran Oil!

I bought! After writing about it in my five things and how it’s high in vitamin E, I decided to actually try it out. It’s a good, neutral-tasting oil that I use for either roasting or stir-frying.

3 :

Hemp "Protein" Powder

Think of this as ground flaxseeds or chia seeds. That’s about what the nutrition is –> not like a protein, protein powder. It’s a fine powder of hemp seeds. It has a nice, nutty flavor. I don’t like hemp milk, but this stuff is delicious! ūüôā

4 :

Sunwarrior Raw and Vegan Protein Powder (Rice) <-- PB for size comparison

This stuff is pretty delicious! I had been using the whey stuff for a while but decided to try out the vegan variety after seeing so many bloggers eating the stuff. I, of course, made my no-bake PB chocolate protein balls:

yum yum yum

The texture was a bit more crumbly and truffle-esque than the whey ones.

Recipe:
1. Combine 3 scoops protein powder, 1/2 cup peanut flour, 1/2 cup oat bran, 3 tbsp nut butter, splash of vanilla in a bowl.
2. Gradually add water until you have a nice doughy mass.
3. Roll mixture into 10-12 balls. Individually wrap – my favorite method is wax paper w/three corners folded over the ball, then the last corner tucked in to form a neat little wrapping.

5 : 

Sunwarrior Warrior Blend Protein Powder

This was for free! I liked Sunwarrior on Facebook, and I got this baby in return :-). Plus, they accidentally sent me two! You can read about the product here.

I don’t feel that I can fairly critique this product considering I got the vanilla and I usually get the chocolate, but, in my opinion, the flavor wasn’t as good as their regular kind. But it still was¬†pretty tasty in…

sunwarrior-pumpkin mixture for oatmeal

and

2 T pumpkin + 1 t flax + 3 t water + 1/2 pack protein + dash baking powder + cinnamon Microwaved for 2 minutes.

Have you enjoyed anything mail-ordered lately? 

Five Things Fall 10.27.11

I knew it was Fall. I really did- I watched September 23rd come and go and I knew it was Fall. But today, on my drive home from work, I discovered Fall. Somehow the trees had changed colors without me realizing! I wonder how long I drove to work without even noticing the colorful trees around me.

Needless to say I’ve been quite busy with the new job. Which, by the way, I love! The days/weeks have been speeding by. Though I suppose that this is the nature of life.

In honor of the glorious season that is Fall (Autumn), I have compiled my Five Things Fall. Please enjoy while your party is reached.

Five Things (Thursday) Fall

1. AhhhCHOOO

Fall marks the start of cold and flu season. Are you ready? Here are the best and worst natural cold and flu remedies

2. Wanna be a superhero?

Too bad. But you can eat super foods. Check out these 5 “convenient” super foods of fall. (Disclaimer: these actually are not all convenient, but they are delicious)

3. Allergies to what?

Apparently as many as HALF of people who have pollen allergies react to certain fruits, vegetables, and herbal teas. If you feel that you fall into this category, apparently cooking your plants can help. Check out the full story here.

4. It’s a bird! No, it’s a plane! No, it’s the CANDY MONSTER!

If you prefer to be… smart (?) with your candy selections this Halloween, here’s a little photo guide to what 100 calories of your favorite candies look like (rather presumptuous of me to assume your favorites will be there. my apologies if they are not but seriously you have no taste) (just kidding)

5. Wanna be younger this fall?

Too bad. But you can eat orange vegetables (i.e., sweet potatoes, pumpkin, carrots) to try and make your DNA age better. Peak it.

And there you have it.

What’s your favorite/least favorite part about fall?

5 Things Thursday 10.13.11 Sleeper’s Edition

Alright, y’all (yes, y’all – no southern accent involved) I made it. After last week’s absence of 5 Things Thursday, I know that you were at a loss for what to do without your weekly dose of random health information, but I’m making it up to you. OK, I’m not –I’m just posting this¬†week’s¬†5 Things on time. So, yay me!

This week I thought that I would focus on something that I didn’t get enough of last night: sleep. 20% of Americans report that they get 6 hours of sleep or less per evening. For me, if I get anything under 7 hours, I’m half-alive most of the day. (Alright, maybe I’m just a little tired and more likely to zone out.)

But seriously, why not read more about how getting more of something that makes us feel good (and many people enjoy) is good for us? AKA – your excuse the next time you’re late to work (or class) (or life).

Let’s get started, shall we?

1. Falling below the recommended 7-8 hours of sleep per night? 

Check out these 3 sleep myths that you may be believing. I’ll give you a hint: it doesn’t matter if you don’t feel tired or “catch up” on weekends.

2. How’s your sleep been lately?

If you answered “Why Megan, it was quite sub-optimal lately,” then you’re in luck. Here’s some tips for getting quality zzzzz’s

3. Want to look younger?

See how sleep can do the trick. No surgery/expensive creams involved.

4. Just incase #2 wasn’t enough for you…

Here’s some more information about how to get a good night’s sleep. (Warning: there are repeats and the two contradict each other in some ways– try and see if you can tell)

5. Developing the purrrfect bedtime routine. 

Hint: there are not necessarily any cats involved.

How much sleep do you get a night?
I get about 7 hours most nights.

Have you noticed sleep’s affect on you/your body?

Learn anything cool this week?

Five Things Friday 9.23.11

First: some news. Well, as you know if you are a frequent reader of this here blog, I recently changed positions within my company. But despite this fact, I had been applying to jobs outside of the company ever since I lost my feeling of job security (via the laying off of half of the staff while in my previous position). I am happy to report that I was offered (and accepted) a position in an organization that I’ve been trying to work for since I graduated college! Yesterday marked the beginning of the end of my current job when I officially put in my two-weeks notice.

Five Things Friday September 23, 2011

1. Living the constantly-stressed-out-American-lifestyle? Then you must have a shortage of time.

Check out these health shortcuts to keep you a healthy-high-functioning-workaholic-machine so that you keep working until you die.

2. Got 20 minutes?

Good. If you use it to exercise, you can help “reverse age-related decline in muscle stem cells.” These cells are what your body uses to create new muscle growth. And studies (in rats) found that all you needed was 20 minutes a day, 6 days a week to triple the number of stem cells produced.

3. Tired of your Extra Virgin Olive Oil?

Yeah, I’m not either. But it’s still cool to try new oils- like one from this list of 6 healthful cooking oils.¬†

4. Somethings can be blamed on “hormones”

But other things cannot.

Here is a slideshow that’ll tell you what’s what.

5. Looking to lower your blood pressure while eating something purple?

Then you’re in luck! A recent study shows that purple potatoes can help lower your blood pressure. The idea is that it has something to do with its antioxidants.

Just watch out for the purple potato monster…

Have you had any major life changes lately?

What’s something cool that you’ve learned recently?