Three Choices I Make To Be Healthy

Happy Weekend!

Ahhh.  Weekend. #cat #meme

I’m so glad the weekend is here and I’m ready to enjoy it…Here’s some tips I follow by to keep myself healthy over the weekend, because, well you know, we tend to let loose a little on the weekends (AKA eat crap and forget to plan to exercise).

Now these tips are my own personal tips I use for myself to stay healthy. I am in no way saying you should do what I do.

Listen to your body, be authentic, and make healthy choices that fit your lifestyle!

Healthy Choices

Plans for the weekend include:

  • Eat Healthy
  • Run a long run b/w 7-10 miles
  • Have a Leg Day
  • Watch Spiderman 2
  • Journal
  • Coaching Call with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition
  • Study for school and finish up Module 11
  • Make Peanutbutter Chocolate Chip Blondies with the 2 ripe plantains I have
  • CLEAN

Have a Happy & Healthy Weekend and make sure to drink plenty of water in this heat!

Questions:

  • Do you eat your greens? What’s your favorite green vegetable?
  • Do you keep junk in your house?
  • Do you plan your workouts ahead of time like me?

XO Audrey


Disclosure: Consult with your physician before following any new diet plans or nutrition/health advice.

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My Top Favorite Whole Grains

Hey Y’all! I’m excited about this post…been working on it for a while and wanted to share it so much!

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So…today’s topic is Grains. Do you eat them? Do you like them? Why do you eat them?

Well, I’m going to answer a few of those questions from my point of view…let me know what you think about grains down in the comments below and don’t forget to list a few of your favorites!

top 4 fave whole grains

Q&A

Do I eat grains?

Yes, as a matter of fact I do! Now, I can’t say that grains are for everyone…but if you feel like you can eat grains, then by all means, I support you!

 

Do I like grains?

I think some people force themselves to eat oatmeal and rice, thinking that they HAVE to in order to be healthy…and my thoughts on that, DON’T eat them if you don’t LIKE them. The end. But yes, I absolutely love grains and cook with them all the time!

Why do I eat Grains?

I eat whole grains because:

  • A good source of complex carbohydrates (which are better for you and provide you with sustained energy)
  • Whole grains contain bran & fiber (which helps keep your colon moving!)
  • Whole grains are a natural source of valuable antioxidants, as well as vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B6), vitamin E, magnesium, iron and phytochemicals which, working together, help reduce the risk of some cancers.

Those are just the top 3 reasons!

How should I cook my grains?

Well, I do know that grains needs to be soaked. Soak your grains, sprouts, and nuts! I will usually soak rice for about 1-8 hours before cooking it to release the phytic acid. Phytic acid binds with other nutrients and inhibits the absorption of those nutrients! Such as; zinc, calcium

One more thing on grains, okay?

Chew! When you’re eating, you should always chew, chew, and chew! Don’t halfway chew and swallow…grains need to be chewed rather well. There are enzymes located in the mouth that are only released when you chew and the salivary amylase (that’s in YOUR mouth) is needed to digest grains and carbohydrates…so the more you chew, the better your grains will digest! We need to be considerate of our digestive system! Plus, a quick fact: Chewing increases your energy! Ha, very interesting, right?

Here are some meals I’ve made with these grains!

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Basmati rice with asparagus and baked salmon with a delicious glaze on top

red quinoa

Red Quinoa (I prefer it more than white, but white is still as good!), ground turkey, broccoli, sweet potato

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Red Quinoa, Asparagus, Chicken

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Protein Oats

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Overnight Chocolate Oats

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Fish, Broccoli, sweet potato, sautéed veggies, and Basmati Rice with black beans

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Black rice, chicken, and roasted rosemary potatoes

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Black rice is under all that delicious sautéed purple cabbage, sweet potato, and beans.

Questions:

  • Do you eat grains?
  • What is your favorite grain?
  • What’s your favorite meal to make with grains?

I’m Baaaackk

Hey there blog readers…

Okay, so I took a long break from blogging. Why? I had no inspiration. I had nothing to write about and if I did, I didn’t really have any motivation to write.

I’m not one to sit here and write about my entire day because I find that a teensy-weensy boring…so I just closed everything up for a while until I felt that spark ignite again.

Some interesting things that’s happened since the last time I wrote:

I graduated…

me and lance graduation

I PR’d (5K) and came in 2nd place overall female! I had a time of 25:07. I was so close to getting under 25 minutes. Next time!

I went to my first ever golf tournament (LOVE IT! And want to go to more!)

Except…I got soaked so bad by the rain…and I was wearing all white. That did not turn out well for me by the end of the day. Sad smile

I finalllllly went to Brio Tuscan Grille and lemme say, that place is rockin’. Hoping to go again. It would be a great place for a date!

And I’ve been running! Like a crazy girl!

You runners, if you don’t already know, the more training you do in the hot heat of the summer, the better you are as a runner in the FALL! So keep up the running. Your pace may slow down a bit, but that’s normal.

I have a couple of other things to put on the blog, but I’ll let ya know that in another post!

And I hope I can gain back your blog reading. It’s entirely my fault for not writing. I promise more recipes and workouts!!!

Stay fit and healthy!

XOXO Audrey