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brkfstschmrkfst:

Various plants (in no particular order) that you can regrow from the food you already have! Woot! Way to reuse and recycle! I constantly have green onions and celery growing. (And potatoes/sweet potatoes but that just because they decided to do that in my pantry) Do you guys regrow any of your food?

Apples- http://www.ehow.com/how_2135774_grow-apple-seeds.html

Tomatoes- http://www.ehow.com/how_5581958_grow-tomatoes-fresh-tomato-seeds.html

Potatoes/Sweet Potatoes- http://www.gardenguides.com/117543-plant-cuttings-potatoes.html

Green Onions- http://www.17apart.com/2012/02/how-to-grow-green-onions-indefinitely.html
http://tipnut.com/nifty-food-plants/

Leeks- same technique as green onions

Carrot Tops- http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/children-in-the-garden/grow-carrot-tops.htm

Pineapple- http://www.rickswoodshopcreations.com/Pineapple/pineapple.htm

Romaine Lettuce- Same technique as celery

Cabbage- Same technique as celery

Celery- http://www.17apart.com/2012/02/growing-celery-indoors-never-buy-celery.html

Avocado -http://www.thehungrymouse.com/2009/09/09/how-to-grow-an-avocado-tree-from-an-avocado-pit/

Lentils- http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net/2009/02/19/how-to-grow-sprouts/

Pumpkin- http://pinterest.com/pin/98375573080950437/

Ginger- http://www.gardenswag.com/2011/12/5-foods-you-can-grow-from-kitchen-scraps/

Garlic- http://www.gardenswag.com/2011/12/5-foods-you-can-grow-from-kitchen-scraps/

Bonus: Bok Choy - http://www.17apart.com/2012/02/how-to-regrowing-bok-choy.html

(via The Healthy Hybrid - A life in transition)

(via enviousofbumblebees)

Don’t get so caught up in trying to live the “healthiest” and longest life possible that you forget to LIVE.

Staying in good health isn’t an end in and of itself. The PURPOSE of living in a healthier body is the ability to DO more with it. Love more. Play more. Use it for good (or mischief, you little buggers). Getting a fitter body is about more than just HAVING one. You gotta put it to good use.

It’s super easy to fall in love with healthy living: it’s addictive, it’s fun and the benefits are wicked. But if you’re spending more time in the gym than with the people you love or have become so restrictive with your eating that there is no room for spontaneity or JOY, you may want to re-prioritize.

Healthy living = healthier bodies. Healthier bodies = the ability to DO more for longer. Doing more, for longer = the MAIN purpose of healthy living. Don’t forget it.

Cardi-ohhhh Ideas!

Challenged myself to write out as many “do anywhere” cardio exercises as I could think of until the page was full! This is a great start if you’re stuck for exercises to do at home!

I’m sure I forgot a few! Can you think of anything to add? :)

 

DIY Spinach Ice Cubes For Smoothies

Crazy easy, saves time, money AND replaces the need for ice cubes in your smoothies. Love this idea!

My favorite smoothie recipes.

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This is for all the women out there who feel victorious for being hungry all day. I get it. I was there too. Things have changed. And today, I’m sharing my story. Maybe you’ll recognize some similarities with your own. My hope is that it gets your wheels turning.

Let’s start with a comparison. BEFORE & NOW: My views on feeling hungry…

BEFORE:

"I’m starving, but if I make it until 7pm I "win". Gotta get this weight off. I’m in charge of this body, not the other way around. Don’t eat, don’t eat: as long as you’re under 1000 calories for the day, you’re cool. Have some more coffee. (reality: after 7pm, eat everything in sight and feel like an awful person)

NOW:

"If you need me, I’ll be eating the food. I might be able to lose a few pounds, but it’s not a priority. Feeding the bod is. Feeling awesome, but excuse me…nom nom nom."

It’s been YEARS since I was hungry on purpose, and the thought of spending the day feeling victorious for not eating seems foreign to me. I was an under-the-radar yo-yo dieter and my behaviors were linked entirely to my weight. Up, don’t eat. Down, eat everything. If I’d gained weight, the punishment was not eating or eating very little. The triumph was overcoming my body’s physiological needs and ‘winning’ at not eating for a day. It was pretty addictive.

AND… I didn’t know it was messed up. Really, no idea. Every woman I met was on some kind of diet, saying very similar things and feeling very hungry too. Seemed normal. It had no basis in health: I hadn’t learned that veggies were awesome, to eat to fuel my body or to reduce my sugar. I was drinking 3-5 diet cokes a day and thought they were bad ass because they were zero calories. The perfect “victory” food.

Thank fuck that’s over, lol. High five lady. I love the food.

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How To Do A Crow Pose (via Tara Stiles)

Great tips here if you’re struggling! I went from just a few seconds last year to holding it for 45 seconds this week (I really don’t practice often, but this video helped loads).

Give it a try!

We’re all different, and you gotta do YOU.

YOU includes a history that you need to work with to make the best decisions for your body: the way you approach your diet and training needs to work for all of “you”.

Some people are totally amazing at moderation. They can have treats in the house, and eat them when desired, without finishing the whole box or bag. Others might struggle more with it, and having treats in the house is too much pressure for them. They might feel like willpower failures, but the truth is they aren’t. All it means is that in order to make the best decisions for themselves, they might need to be more diligent about controlling their environment. That’s empowerment, not weakness: a former alcoholic who refuses to keep booze in the house isn’t weak, but rather doing what they need to do. The same goes for people who might need to calorie count and those that don’t. Or those that need trainers/buddies to workout and those that don’t (sometimes you’re better off with friends and sometimes, it’s not the best for you). When you employ techniques, sometimes you need to base them on WHO YOU ARE. Not necessarily who you’d like to be. In short, it means keeping them realistic to your current situation.

If you can’t seem to commit to an hour a day, there’s nothing wrong with 20 minutes. If you can’t ever seem to make a morning workout, maybe a different time works best. If you have tried and absolutely HATE broccoli, there’s no need to eat it. There are far too many veggies in the world for broccoli to be the end all be all. Try something else.

I’d love to be the person who can keep treats in the house and never touch them. But I’m not that person. If I buy them, I’ll eat them. If I eat them, I often feel shitty on the inside and my workouts/life suffer for it. I’d also love to be the kind of person who loves going to the gym, but I’m not. At-home workouts are what works best for me, and I focused my energy on making them awesome with tools, research and by making my space conducive to home sweating. I used to feel guilty about this (as a trainer, I suppose it’s weird to hate gyms), but I realized there are loads of people like me who can benefit from at-home training experiences. I simply stick to what I do best and kick as much ass with it as I can.

In addition to your routines, your goals should also reflect your own self-awareness. My example would be the fact that I’m not pursuing goals related to incredible leanness, six packs or getting the lowest body fat percentage possible. For some (especially those competing), these are goals they attribute to success and they work really hard to get there. For me - due to my history- these are goals I attribute to disorder: it can be dangerous for me to focus too heavily on aesthetics or numbers. I don’t feel empowered when I micromanage my diet: I feel out of control. I don’t feel good about measuring my body fat percentage against other people: I feel obsessed. It would be very easy for me to pursue those goals, especially with the support I’d have from MANY awesome people. I even feel as though I “could” do it and keep my body in fairly good health too (or at least try). But because of my history - because of my self-awareness OF that history - I’d be poking a sleeping dragon. It wouldn’t be healthy for me to pursue those goals given my history with body image and food.

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Olde Thompson Spice Rack
Spices are healthy eating kitchen ESSENTIALS!  You need ‘em. Trust me.
Healthy eating takes practice, and eventually gets hella easy. But it’ll be harder to adjust your taste buds to the “clean” side if everything tastes bland. Load up on some of the spicey basics slowly: pick up a new one everytime you’re at the grocery store or get a starter kit (even walmart sells them).
Basic Spices (feel free to add more in the comments)
Basil
Oregano
Rosemary
Paprika
Cayenne
Cinnamon
Bay Leaves
Chili powder
Ground cloves
Ground cumin
Ground ginger
Curry powder
Garlic & onion powder
Tumeric
Dill weed
Nutmeg
Thyme
Vanilla extract
Black pepper
Sea salt
My personal top 6 would be oregano, rosemary, ginger, dill, cinnamon and curry powder, but start where you’re comfortable (or at least with the ones that don’t sound scary to you, lol).
If you’ve got a birthday coming up, it’s not a bad time to ask for a fancy spice rack! Cause that’s what grown up’s do, you know. :) 

Olde Thompson Spice Rack

Spices are healthy eating kitchen ESSENTIALS!  You need ‘em. Trust me.

Healthy eating takes practice, and eventually gets hella easy. But it’ll be harder to adjust your taste buds to the “clean” side if everything tastes bland. Load up on some of the spicey basics slowly: pick up a new one everytime you’re at the grocery store or get a starter kit (even walmart sells them).

Basic Spices (feel free to add more in the comments)

  • Basil
  • Oregano
  • Rosemary
  • Paprika
  • Cayenne
  • Cinnamon
  • Bay Leaves
  • Chili powder
  • Ground cloves
  • Ground cumin
  • Ground ginger
  • Curry powder
  • Garlic & onion powder
  • Tumeric
  • Dill weed
  • Nutmeg
  • Thyme
  • Vanilla extract
  • Black pepper
  • Sea salt

My personal top 6 would be oregano, rosemary, ginger, dill, cinnamon and curry powder, but start where you’re comfortable (or at least with the ones that don’t sound scary to you, lol).

If you’ve got a birthday coming up, it’s not a bad time to ask for a fancy spice rack! Cause that’s what grown up’s do, you know. :) 

Elevated Pushups: Basic, Single Leg, Spiderman

Time to level up? :)

When I first started doing full pushups, it was awesome, but after awhile I wasn’t progressing/getting better at them. I still had a hard time doing more than 20-25 in a row, and I stayed there for a long time.

Once you mastered a move for the first time, you have a few options to get better at it: do more (high volume, like our pushup challenges), do harder modifications, add resistance/weight or plyometrics and be consistent about pushing yourself out of your comfort zone. Elevating my pushups was much harder ( I could do dozens and dozens from the floor, but less than 10 elevated), but within a few workouts, I was already feeling stronger. My burpees got better, my plank time improved, and yes, pushups from the floor felt like recovery.

START SLOW: If you’re used to doing a certain number of reps from the floor, know that your reps will be slightly less. That’s okay! Add in short intervals until you get stronger. If you’re still struggling with pushups from the feet, this may be too advanced.

TIPS

1. Make sure your hands are lined up with your shoulders and take your hands wide. Your eye line should fall in front of your hands (when you look down). You should be able to see a few feet in front of you without straining your neck. 

2. Keep your hips lifted (don’t sag) and engage your core and legs (quads). Keep hips facing the floor at all times (especially for single leg or spiderman modifications).

3. Place chair on a secure surface like a mat or against a wall. The first few times, take a peeksie to make sure your feet are in the middle of the chair seat.

4. Push the floor away from you instead of lifting from it.

Beginners: Flip these around to make them easier! Place your hands on the seat of the chair and feet on the ground. The higher the surface, the easier it is. (Easiest: against a wall on an incline).

Give these a try this week in a few of your workouts!

More options here: Working Your Way to Perfect Pushups…

Smoothies… Mmmmm…

Got a few smoothie questions about blenders and blades breaking due to ice. Unless you have an uber fancy blender, ice can be a killer on your blades (I burned out 3 blenders in my first year making smoothies).

If you like icy consistency but are blowing through blenders, aside from investing in a better one, there are a few tips that can help.

1. Freeze your fruit. Helps save moola & time, but also gives your smoothies that icy consistency without the cubes. (fruit is mostly water afterall).
2. If it’s a watery smoothie, just stick the cubes in there as is. Keeps it cold, and clinks in the glass (if u like things clinky. Fancypants).
3. (as pictured) Use frozen berries in the smoothie (no blending). Same effect as the cubes, but you can eat them with a spoon after. Fun stuff. :)

Above: This “dessert” smoothie was banana, mango, orange, blended with a smidge protein powder, chia seeds, a smidge greek yogurt and topped with frozen blueberries. Delish. :)

Fav smoothie combos?

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Snowed in?

With all the snowstorms that have hit the east coast, many of you are probably dreading having to head out to shovel, but I swear, it can be so much fun (and a sick workout)! Shoveling is insane cardio & total body work: just 20 minutes can leave you breathless, burning and sore for days. Like running or obstacle racing, it’s also a “mission” which can help keep you motivated throughout (starting is a another issue, but once you’ve started, you’ve got to finish!).
 
I used to HATE to shovel, but I found a few ways to make it really fun. Add your own tips below! 

Ideas to make shoveling more awesome than ever… 
1. WICKED TUNES. Duh. Loud and proud, unless it’s too early. Eye of the Tiger works really well. 80’s anthems, hip hop, rock etc… A fun playlist keeps things moving and cuts your time down. Play them from your car or speakers, but try to avoid earphones if you’re shoveling in high traffic areas (too many accidents).

2. RACE A NEIGHBOUR. A LOT of fun AND gets the job done faster! If your neighbour’s snowed in, suggest a friendly wager. If you have kids/multiple helpers, make teams! Losers makes hot chocolate for the winning team. Bam.

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This month is all about the quick tips. It’s enough to drive you crazy! Fitness marketing is at an all time HIGH, and it’s far more confusing than helpful. 
 
Try this, avoid this, use a smaller plate, attach a vibrator to your fork, only eat _____ color foods, lock your fridge, spank yourself with rubber bands, count to ten while you chew, do lunges while vaccuming, put up pictures of larger women on your freezer, hop on one leg while having dinner, don’t eat after this time, only do cardio, don’t do cardio, “trick” your body into _______. 
Ugh. How stressful. And useless. And brain messing-upping. (and c’mon, your body is way to smart to be ‘tricked’. You can’t outclever your bod. Sorry. It’s too freaking amazing at ‘saving you’ from yourself).

My best tip? Avoid the tips. Instead, focus on the basics, not the ‘quick fixes’. There are less of them, they will actually BOOST your health, and you can incorporate them as slowly as you like. Much easier to stick too and far less stressful to figure out.

What are the basics? Eat more veggies. Drink more water. Go to bed on time. MOVE more than you did yesterday or have been moving. Do it.
 
There is no deadline. No race. No finish line. This is your life. You’re just getting better at making it a healthier (possibly longer, more bad ass, more energetic) one. 

Get better at it with practice, and forgive your missteps. Take it one day at a time. Keep doing it until it feels completely normal (happens faster than you think, AND you boost your chances of sticking to it by doing little bits at a time). THEN, after it feels normal, feel free to tweak it where you need to. Once you’re used to moving every day, it’s easier to add to your foundation. And if you screw up or fall off the wagon? Just hop back on. The first step to living a healthier life is BUILDING that foundation. It doesn’t need to be perfect.

All that energy you’re spending trying to find the ‘best way’, is energy you need to do it ‘your way’. And finding YOUR way is what will WORK. There is no ‘best’ way. 

Stop DRIVING YOURSELF CRAZY. Can you eat more veggies today? Yup. Can you move for 10-20 minutes, even if it’s just stairs and a walk? Yup. Can you shut off your computer and get more sleep? Yup.
 
Ahhhh… now doesn’t that feel better?
xo
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