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.
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!
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.
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.
I started eating oatmeal after I began working out a few years back. I tried oatmeal by itself and it just didn’t have enough flavor for me. Also, It was never filling enough by itself. Usually in the mornings, I want my breakfast to be a one stop shop. By that I mean I want to just make one item and I want that item to fill me up. Once I was introduced to adding protein powder in my oatmeal I was hooked. Normal flavored oatmeal’s come with a ton of sugar, so this was an awesome way to add flavor without the sugar. Not only does adding protein increase the protein content- duh. It also increases satiety and adds flavor (as long as you like the flavor of your protein powder).
After investing in four different personal trainers since I started my fitness journey (four-ish years ago), I wanted to share my experiences with personal trainers and what I think the benefits are of hiring one.
Snacking is a part of my every day routine. I love snacking because it keeps me full between meals and allows me to have a variety of different flavor combinations throughout the day. My snacks have certainly evolved over the years. I remember the days of after school snacks that consisted of either a soda + a cookie or frozen taquitos or hot pockets. Now I make sure to include healthy snacks every day to keep me satisfied throughout the day, get in extra nutrients, and ward off those hangry feelings we all know and hate.
Probiotics have gotten so much hype over the past few years. If you go to the store you’ll see a ton of different options, but should you be including them in your diet?
So first, what are probiotics?