Post Thanksgiving

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! With so much to be thankful for there really should be several Thanksgivings per year! Due to a shorter shopping season it truly seemed like Black friday stole the spot light. I remember the says when only a handful of places were open on Thanksgiving…. this year my local mall was open at 8pm. I guess thats just enough time to eat and dash.

Or on the same day….

A Good Reason To Smile :D

Just Smile

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A Good Reason To Smile :D

I was inspired to write this post after my brother told me about a group he joined on campus called Project Hello Stranger. The group runs multiple events with the simple purpose of working towards a happier, more friendly campus. My brother was telling me the other day about an event run by Project Hello Stranger where he and his fellow members were handing out yellow balloons on which they had drawn all sorts of smiling faces. The point of this event? Simply to make strangers on campus smile.

After hearing about such an event I wanted to look into what some of the benefits of smiling are, and more specifically, if smiling has any affect on our productivity. I didn’t have to look very far to find that the simple act of smiling may be used to release powerful neurochemicals, and can in turn have a positive affect on…

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No time to workout?

To make up for the napping and snacking

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As I mentioned in an earlier post, I have been getting quite economical with my workouts lately. A couple of minutes here and there can really add up!

One of my favourite times to sneak in a little physical activity is first thing in the morning. Somedays, it’s as simple as a one-minute plank, other times I’ll work out for 10-15 minutes. I find that if I work out early in the morning, when I’m not fully awake, I can trick myself into doing it. By the time I’m finished working out, I’m awake and ready to start the day.

Here’s one of my favourite morning workouts, and it takes only 15 minutes to do:

An added bonus of doing this specific workout in the morning- your abs will (probably) look more defined than if you workout your core later in the day.

This routine is great anytime of…

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Chocolatey Pretzel Peanut Butter Bars

How I’ll procrastinate tonight~

Oh, Courtney

The weather has been heating up and Summer is about to smack us all in the face. I’ve been living in the Bay Area now for about 6 months and we were so excited to find our house, that we forgot to ask if there was air conditioning. As you can probably guess… I don’t have air conditioning. We didn’t think it would be a big deal, as Northern California is usually cooler than Southern California, right? Wrong. It’s been in the 80’s the past few days and we’re pretty much melting in our own house. I don’t know about you guys, but I don’t think Summer is the time for heavy cakes and warm pies anyway… it’s the time for quick snacks! Anything that keeps my oven turned off is definitely a treat I enjoy in the Summer.

I decided to make a good ol’ peanut butter bar, but…

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The Ancient Art of Napping

winter = hibernate

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ImageThats right, we could all take a helpful hint from our canine and feline friends: Napping, and more specifically the cat nap, could be the secret to increasing your productivity. 

The National Sleep Foundation (Yes there is such a thing) says that adults need between 7 and 9 hours of sleep each night, but goes on to say that napping may reduce the number of hours you need a night. The site also identifies different times of napping, of which it would seem that a planned nap may be the best when you know your productivity may be suffering as a result of feeling tired. 

The National Sleep Foundation goes on to say that a short nap, being between 20 and 30 minutes long, may be best to enhance your alertness, citing studies performed by NASA on military pilots. 

So go right ahead, take that nap in the middle of…

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My new found LOVE. Soooo hooked on this drink!!! Image

“Our Enlightened™ line of GT’s Kombucha is a new interpretation of an ancient elixir. It has a lighter and smoother personality than our original formula with the same high nutritional value that you expect from us. With a unique blend of proprietary probiotics and powerful antioxidants, each bottle is designed to nourish your body from the inside out”

What ya get

  • Serving Size 8 fl oz.
  • Servings Per Container 2
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories 75
  • Calories from Fat 30
  • % Daily Value*
  • Total Fat 3g 5%
  • Trans Fat 0g
  • Cholesterol 0mg 0%
  • Sodium 10mg 1%
  • Total Carbohydrate 8g (2%)
  • Sugar 4g
  • Protein 2g 4%
  • Additional Nutrients(per bottle)
  • Omega-3 (Alpha-Linolenic Acid) 4200 mg
  • Omega-6 (Linoleic Acid) 1400 mg
  • Probiotic Content
  • Bacillus coagulans GBI-30 6086: 1 billion organisms
  • S. Boulardii: 1 billion organisms
  • Antioxidants and Organic Acids
  • EGCG 100mg
  • Glucuronic Acid 10mg
  • L(+) Lactic Acid 25mg
  • Acetic Acid 30 mg

Chia Seeds 

This drink is taking to the next level with the addition of chia seeds. Considered a “super seed” (Dr. Oz)  they deliver the maximum amount of nutrients with minimum calories. The nutritional benefits of chia include fiber, omega fatty acids, calcium, antioxidants and even protein!

Find out more about chia seeds

Vitamin Selection

Selecting Vitamins/supplements can be extremely overwhelming. The countless choices from essentially the same thing. From childhood I remember my mom has being a big fan of natural medicine/healthy dieting and what not. She was juicing before it became the IT thing. Thankfully the organic/green ideas have really taken off and great quality products are readily available (vs the sketchy “pharmacy” in the cut). 

I currently have to take supplements for a Vitamin D deficiency (from the sunnnnn which I love and miss with our short days wah/but even in the summer I still have low levels which indicate a absorption and retention issue) and Low B12 Levels. More detailed info on VitD and B12 can be found at the links below. Many people suffer from these deficiency either seasonly or chronically- nice to know I’m not just lazy and its actually medically related low energy!

Below are some of the brands I trust, and things I look for. 

I get picky because I don’t need any help getting a healthy dose of toxins, allergens and what not. If I’m going to to make the effort it should be supported by smart decisions. I definitely always pick allergy free foods and supplements/ with a gluten intolerance and a major carb addiction it can be very difficult to do at all times. I’ve spoken with multiple doctors and healthcare professionals who say the most important thing is replenishing the vitamins and not so much the exact kind. So I stick with Natural or “Dietary Supplements” blah blah 

Brands I trust:

  1. Carlson
  2. MegaFoods  >> check out there website for more info!

What I look for: 

  1. Certified Vegan (except for my Omega (always from deep cold water fish))
  2. Organic/Natural Ingredients
  3. Soy Free
  4. Gluten Free
  5. Dairy Free 
  6. Non GMO

Overall this is my personal preference and a major step in my “overhaul”. 

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