There’s just something so nice about a new year and a clean slate. It’s such a great time to review the past year and decide if and how you want to change up your life for the year ahead. Today I spent some time reviewing 2017 in my Passion Planner and then spent some time setting intentions and planning for 2018.
I grew up loving the holidays, as most kids do. My family loved christmas and I always looked forward to decorating our house, baking cookies, and going to see the christmas lights in downtown Austin. I know christmas was always my moms favorite time of year. She loved ugly christmas sweaters, decorating the tree and getting to watch us open presents.
okay so I know i’m a little late to the game on sharing my holiday gift guide, but I mean who really has all of their holiday shopping done already?
I wanted to post this cute little holiday gift guide because I thought it would be a fun way to show you what I’ve been loving and would recommend as gifts. These gifts are perfect for anybody into wellness. I have general health/wellness, cooking/food, and skin care. I could have spent hours linking stuff I want or love, but I kept it short and sweet for the sake of time! So lets get into the gifts:
One of the questions I get asked a lot is “What should I take for lunch?” It can be hard to figure out what to take for lunches if you’re working or a student. Also a lot of people think it’s too time consuming to plan and make lunches to take with them. I thought it would be fun to share a week of lunches so you can see what I ate this week. Some of these lunches were ones I brought to school and others were eaten at home. Hopefully they will give you some inspiration on what to take for lunch!
About two years ago something compelled me to try a brussels sprout. I don’t remember where I was or how they were cooked, but I must have enjoyed it because that led to me buying them at the store and cooking them at home.
The first time I cooked brussels spouts at home I cooked them this way and even though I have pinned a ton of other recipes, I continue to make them this way because I love them so much. The fact that I just said I love brussels sprouts is crazy to me. A food I didn’t try for 23 years of my life because I thought I would hate I now love (I guess it’s never to late?)
One of my favorite posts to read on other blogs are What I Ate Wednesdays. For some reason I just enjoy seeing what other people eat in a day? I would ask “is that just me?” but other people post them so I assume some people are interested in what other people eat.
So here is my What I Ate Wednesday on non-school day:
On non-school weekdays (Tuesday and Thursday) I get to sleep in a little and I then usually spend them studying, and getting stuff done.
Welcome back! I feel like it’s been too long since I posted on here. I wanted to do a nice little life update since a ton has been going on.
So first off within the past month or so I moved down to Galveston to start school at UTMB (University of Texas Medical Branch). I’ll be down here for sixteen months and once the sixteen months are over I will have my Masters of Science in Nutrition and be eligible to sit for the Registered Dietitians exam. I got super lucky that my friend Katy got into the nursing program at UTMB so we could live together. We went down to Galveston after both getting accepted and picked out an apartment we really liked.
So I would have to say that up until just a few weeks ago I led what was far from an intuitive life. I’m a pretty Type A person so I love to have a plan and a schedule. In some areas of my life that’s great- aka school and work. Then in some other areas of my life I thought that was great– aka my nutrition and my workout routine. For the past few years I have been tracking my macros and working out on a consistent basis. If you read my post on hiring a personal trainer you would know I’ve had multiple fitness coaches that gave me a plan for my nutrition and my workout schedule. I loved that because it took the guess-work out of everything. For example I knew what my macronutrients were for the day- so in the morning I could plan out exactly what I was going to eat that day to hit my macros. I also knew which day I was doing what workout, and exactly what my workout would consist of. I think doing that was great for me in the beginning. It taught me how to work out efficiently and how to make sure I’m eating the right amounts of everything. Though in the past few months, I have started shifting towards wanting to learn a more intuitive approach to my nutrition and workouts. So that’s what I’m going to do.
The first time I tried a restaurant here in Austin, Jenna’s Asian Kitchen I got the highly recommended kimchi fried rice with pork belly. It was AMAZING. I had only had kimchi on one other dish before- the kimchi fries at Chilantro. The rice in the kimchi fried rice was crispy with a great tangy flavor from the kimchi and the pork belly was also crispy and soft at the same time. If you’ve read my post on probiotics, you know kimchi is great because it contains lots of good probiotics. So after eating this dish multiple times at Jennas (I get it every time I go). I knew I had to try and recreate the dish at home- but obviously I had to make it healthier (I also have no clue how to make pork belly so chicken was the obvious substitution).
Just a few months ago I saw somebody on Instagram using collagen peptides in a smoothie. I had no clue what they were. I figured they were just another Instagram wellness fad and brushed it off. Then I kept seeing people use them, a ton of people I followed on Instagram were incorporating them into smoothies, baked goods, coffee and more. So that’s when I decided to check out what they were. I googled “collagen peptides” and read a bunch of research and reviews on them. The one I looked at (and ended up purchasing) on Amazon had amazing reviews.