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What I Ate Wednesday #281: Beach Time

Happy What I Ate Wednesday. How’s your week going?

I was lucky enough to spend last weekend at the beach with my mom. The funny thing about when I say “going to the beach” is that I actually don’t go on the actual beach very much. Being super-pale and susceptible to passing out in the sun makes me just tons of fun in the sand. I love the beach at night or on an overcast day, but you’d have to pay me (or bribe me with lobster) to put on a swimsuit and, like, frolick at high noon. Sun worship is not my religion.

That said, I love the salty ocean air and am always amazed at how deeply I sleep when I’m near the water. Unless, of course, I’m staying somewhere that’s wicked haunted, as was the case when I spent a weekend on Bald Head Island in 2010. I barely slept a wink because I was up trying to peace-think away whatever the heck was out in the blackness on the other side of the screen door.

Anyway, my family has been going the Jersey Shore since I was a little kid. My mom’s family has actually had their house there since the 1970’s, so even though I only get down there a few days a year, it’s always such a nice treat. The three nights my mom and I spent there over last weekend was incredibly restorative.

When it comes to food, I generally encourage clients to enjoy one treat per day when on vacation. For me, that’s usually an extra drink. Or bacon.

wine al fresco

Since we’re talking food and drink, let’s get to the “what I ate” part of this post. Here’s what Saturday looked like.

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Health Benefits of Watermelon

It may be late August (somehow, some way), but there’s still plenty of time to enjoy summer produce. Watermelon is one of my favorites, whether eaten as is, in a salad, or blended into a drink. I recently wrote a post for Azumio on the health benefits of this hydrating summer fruit. Enjoy!

Watermelon salad

What’s your favorite summer fruit? 

Vacation-Inspired Summer Veggie Scramble

Greetings from the Jersey Shore! My mom and I are enjoying a little getaway, and it seemed like the perfect time to share another Recipe Redux post with you guys because of this month’s theme: Travel-inspired recipes.

I didn’t really get the travel bug until my late 20’s. I blame grad school and playing housecat to a boyfriend who claimed he’d already been everywhere he wanted to go. If I sound bitter, it’s because sometimes thinking about all the trips I want to go on makes me wish I’d taken more advantage of being underemployed and capable of getting by on less sleep.

Ah, well. No time like the present to plot how to make up for lost time. Or, you know, seize the day and not look back.

Anyway. Travel! I’d always wondered if I’d fall in love that way, and I sure did. My first sip of Italy in 2010 was a major game-changer. I just loved everything about their approach to food, and daily espresso for 3 weeks finally cured me of my diet soda addiction (really!).  You’d better believe I got my fill when I returned to Italy last fall—this time by myself. cafe campanille Milan

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Black Garlic Benefits

Good morning and happy Friday! I’m off on an actual weekend getaway with my mom and maybe this little dude.

Eli doorway

Before I go, I thought I’d leave you with some weekend reading. Have I talked about how obsessed I am with black garlic? I can’t get enough, especially lately. This week I even wrote a piece for Fitness about why you should add it to your “must try” list—and what the heck to do with it. Enjoy!

Heading to the movies this weekend? I was interviewed by Self for this story about how Blake Lively gave up all the things to get in shape for The Shallows.

Also, I know it’s still summer, but if you’re doing any back-to-school shopping or planning this weekend, here’s a piece I was quoted in on Health Line about some healthy habits that can benefit your whole family this fall.

Have you tried black garlic? 

Thinking Out Loud: Girl Stuff

Happy Thursday! Hope you’re having a great week. Mine’s been busy, and I’ve got lots of random stuff to share for this week’s link-up.

*First off, I want to say a big thank you to Athleta Flatiron for hosting my Self-Care for Entrepreneurs workshop the other night. I had a great time and also loved Whitney Tucker’s yoga class. It was great to learn about how spacing inhales and exhales can help you power down or energize.

self care august 2016 event

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What I Ate Wednesday #280

Happy What I Ate Wednesday. Hope you’re having a great week! Lots going on over in my little corner of the internet, so I’m gonna side-step the chit-chat and get right into the weekly “what I ate” link-up stuff.

I spend last weekend working at the hospital. I was more than okay being in the cool AC than making ambitious face-melting “I’m going to get out and enjoy the city because it’s summer, damnit” plans. Here’s what I enjoyed on Saturday.  Read More »

PMS Avenger Trail Mix

Yep, I went there. Apologies to my gentleman readers—today’s post centers around a topic I get a lot of questions about from female clients: PMS symptoms—Bloating, mood swings, fatigue, cramps, cravings (especially for sweet and salty food) and other awesomeness. The good news is that eating the foods your body needs throughout different phases of your cycle can make a huge difference. Demystifying cravings and getting a handle on how to respond can help you feel more stable rather than feeling like you’re at the mercy of your hormones.

Though everyone is a little bit different in terms of what they need and how much, some specific nutrients I like to focus on to manage PMS symptoms and keep my clients feeling stable during their period are:

  • Potassium: To ease bloating and cramping
  • Magnesium: To help manage cramps, headache, and irritability and support regular digestion
  • Calcium: To soothe cramps and headaches
  • Protein: To promote satiety and help stabilize blood sugar
  • Fiber: To promote satiety and good digestion

PMS trail mix recipe

In honor of National Trail Mix Day (August 31st), Nuts.com is teaming up with Brittany from Eating Bird Food and hosting a trail mix recipe contest. You can join the party by posting your own trail mix recipe by August 29th. 

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Are You Too Attached To Your Tracker?

Good morning and happy Friday! In yesterday’s post, I was laughing about how my FitBit broke the other day as I was in the middle of writing a story about how to tell you’re too attached to your fitness tracker—and what to do about it. Life is hilarious. Anyway, the story is live now on Fitness, and I wanted to share it with you guys. In today’s age of social media comparathons and data overload, it can be easy to get caught up in numbers, but there’s so much more to health than how many steps you walk or how many calories you burn.

via Shutterstock

Do you have a fitness tracked? Do you ever feel like you’re too attached to it? 

 

Thinking Out Loud: Smoothies, social, and other summer stuff

How did Thursday get here so fast? I feel like I’m packing twice as much stuff into half as much time this week.Not having ALS clinic this week was kind of a blessing, as it gave me some extra time in which to schedule things and get stuff done. I even managed to clean my apartment this week! At least some of it has been fun stuff in addition to work. It’s been, like, the magic week for finally making good on all those plans to make plans for lunch, drinks, and dinner with people. Also a lot of meetings and such. Wonder what that’s about. Mars in Sagittarius maybe?

Some other random stuff:

*I’ve been writing an article about what to do if you’re too dependent on your tracker, and of course my FitBit broke yesterday. Whomp whomp.

*This muggy weather has had me making smoothies for breakfast more often. Smoothies are one of those foods that can help you get in lots of nutrients (and they look so pretty on your social media feed!), but they’re also super-susceptible to the “health halo” effect. In my recent post on Fitness , I talk about some sneaky ways your smoothie might be making it harder to reach your health goals.smoothie bowl with seeds

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What I Ate Wednesday #279: Girls Day

Happy What I Ate Wednesday. How’s your week? I’ve been clicking along with some projects and trying to keep the coffee intake realistic and practicing what I preach about making time for self-care. One thing I struggle with a lot is downtime. It’s so hard for me to just unplug for even a few hours, especially when I’m doing work I love and am really engaged in. As I was writing about last Thursday, though, I’m super-lucky to have some great friends who really get me. A  few weekends ago, I got to spend an afternoon with one of those friends. It was so great to just get out and walk around and catch up. Here’s the “what I ate” part of the day.

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