Ahh! I apologize for being slightly MIA these past few weeks. Unfortunately, it is going to continue for just another couple of weeks as I finish up my summer class (which proved to be more demanding and fast pace than originally planned) but I promise I will be back! Regardless of the heavy course load, I have made a great effort to get my workouts in early, eat well and stay hydrated.
I am going to share a few tips and tricks that I have used to fit my workouts in, despite having such a busy schedule.
Okay, so I am well aware that fitness and health trends come and go but when I saw the latest, it actually blew my mind. No, not the Fitbit but… EATING BANANA PEELS. When I think of eating a banana, I consider the peel trash… compost at best.
When I saw two articles posted back to back, I knew that I had to take a peek to see just what the new craze was all about. “The One Crazy-Delicious, Weight-Loss Food We Know You’re Not Eating”… They would be right; I usually don’t include banana peels in my daily cuisine. I have never and probably will never munch on a banana peel, let alone cook with it… which led me to the next article… “Five Ways to Cook With Banana Peels.” Including but not limited to: Banana tea, which consists of soaking the peel in hot water before drinking it or blending the peel into a smoothie.
(If you’re interested, or don’t believe me… Check it out)
While banana peels may or may not be the new “weight-loss” food… there are a number of other foods and tricks that you can incorporate into your day to day routine that may encourage weight loss.
This past week, I traveled to the Wild West for the first time. Upon our arrival in Salt Lake City, mountains surrounded us, some snow-capped, others covered with green ground cover. Coming from an initial elevation of just about 800 feet to nearly 8,000 feet, there was a chance that we may feel some of the symptoms of elevation sickness but luckily we adjusted quickly.
We drove, we hiked and we rode horses.
We saw it all… from bison, to elk, to moose (whose plural is still… moose) and the national parks did not disappoint, aside from not seeing a bear on our entire trip.
In college, you are constantly surrounded by questions of what you are majoring in and what you are going to do after college… It is hard to plan at my mere age of 20, what exactly I am going to be doing in 10 years, 20 years or even 50 years. It is overwhelming to say the least.
As times progress, it seems as though it is steadily becoming more and more difficult… first, to get into college. The acceptance rates are dropping, the minimum required GPA, SAT score and number of extracurricular are rapidly growing. Unfortunately, a weekly visit to a nursing home or soup kitchen just won’t cut it anymore… colleges are looking for and demanding more out of their students. It has both its benefits and its downfalls. While it is pushing students out of their comfort zones, forcing them to actively participate in the community and beyond, high school students do not have enough time to do it all.
2 years down, 2 to go. But where did the past two years go? You mean in the same amount of time I will be on my own… for the rest of my life?
The easiest two years have past and the hardest two years lie ahead of me. Some of the hardest decisions have yet to be made while some of the most difficult obstacles have been overcome. Beginning college is a roller coaster, to say the least. Filled with new experiences, people and situations that you have never been faced with before. You are completely independent from your parents, forced to do your own laundry, feed yourself, and wake up on time in the morning. College will teach you lessons that cannot be learned anywhere else.
During your freshman year, you enter a new world where you have the freedom to make your own decisions and for the first time, you are held completely responsible for your actions. Everything is entirely up to you. You probably grow the most during your first year of school… Then, during your second, everyone expects you to know the ropes. They expect you to act more mature and make decisions that will permanently impact your future. I’m not ready to make decisions on what I will be doing in 10 years, 20 years or even 40 years… What if I want to change those decisions? What if I don’t actually want to be a biology major? Eek!
As the semester winds down, many college students, including myself, face great amounts of stress as they prepare for final exams and ending their semester. I often times find myself craving unhealthy food and picking up to-go rather than cooking a nutritious meal because of the time that it takes. Many people pull all nighters in the library and miss out on much needed sleep in hopes of cramming information into their brain at the last minute.
We are all guilty of neglecting our general well being during a time of high stress, regardless of the cause.
Surprisingly, small amounts of stress may actually be good for you.
Sometimes I think that we all need a technology detox to realize just how dependent we are on our cellphones. Rather than seeing things with our own eyes and creating memories in our brains, we seem to prefer to capture events through our camera lens and store the memories on our phones. It is sad to think that rather than enjoying concerts with our own eyes and ears, we are recording them on our phones to replay later and share with friends and family.
In today’s world, we love to take pictures of food (me included)… but why? Instead of taking note of the restaurants surroundings or how great it tasted, we take pictures of our food from every angle.
Take one bite… snap a pic.
Azodicarbonamide… Also known as dough conditioner, this chemical is found in a number of bread products that Americans consume on a daily basis. Better yet, it can be found in yoga mats and shoe soles to add elasticity. It is commonly used to make bread puffier and more able to withstand shipping and storage.
For many, journaling is refreshing and provides an opportunity to write down anything that might be bothering them, stressing them out or something great that happened.
Personally, I am a fan of making to-do lists and writing down ideas that I have for the future. I have a number of journals that were started but have not yet been finished, I have journals for traveling, journals for ranting, and some journals that have not even been touched yet. I recently bought a journal that is smaller than my iPhone so that I can keep it in my purse or backpack and be able to write whenever I am on the go.
“The problem with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score.” –Bill Copeland
Goal setting is a very important aspect to not only developing a fitness or nutrition plan, but to improving your everyday life. Regardless of how big or small your goal may be, goal setting and sufficient scheduling and planning is very important. First and foremost, goals help to ensure that a fitness or nutrition plan is moving in the right direction. They give you focus by providing a mental target.