I have a super important question for you: Who decided it’s cool to be stressed? Somewhere along the line, someone decided that our value is tied to how packed our calendar is.
Here’s an even more super important question: Why do we accept this?
What I wish I could have accepted was that one “bad” meal or one “slip” or one “bad day” doesn’t ruin everything. Just like one “good” meal or one “success” or one “good day” doesn’t make everything better.
I'm hitting you with another post about snacks today.
But this one, my friend, is a little different.
It's an original recipe by yours truly.
Have you ever eaten a meal at a so-called fancy restaurant and been disappointed because you’re pretty sure you could have made it yourself instead of paying $35 for it?
Have you ever turned a package over, read through the ingredients, and scoffed because you could totally make it at home?
And have you ever noticed that you actually feel better when you actually make something yourself?
And one of the easiest ways to make sure that you’re eating and that you’re eating good-for-you food that doesn’t make you feel dizzy, bitchy, or sleepy when you’re at work is to keep emergency supplies stocked at all times.
It’s not hitting up the vending machine. It’s not relying on lunch meeting leftovers. It’s not stealing your coworker’s yogurt from the fridge.
I know it can be hard to get back on track when your healthy habits have taken a back seat.
Whether your job’s got you jumping, vacation’s got you vacant, you went a little crazy at that holiday gathering, or you’ve just gotten a little lazy, it is possible to get back on track.
Here’s a curated collection of some picnic staples (plant-based, of course) that you could waltz in with and munch happily on, knowing you won’t go hungry or resort to eating that suspicious-looking casserole.
What I am here to do is comment on something of far greater importance: the belief that, just because you’re buying something at Whole Foods, it’s good for you or healthy.
Yeah, that health halo we’ve talked about.
Because this smoothie is blue, creamy, and kind of cheesy but in a good way.
Here, my friend, is the Blueberry Cheesecake Smoothie.
When did grabbing a snack at the store become more like wading through an employee handbook?
There are so. many. words. on every box, bag, and bottle.
And why are all those words as confusing as reading your terms of employment? Are they purposefully trying to be ambiguous?
Whether you’re a little short on PTO or even shorter on cash, I’ve got good news: You can bring paradise to work with you.
Sort of. I mean, it won’t be the same as lounging on the beach sipping something refreshing.
But some of the best tropical fruit is in season during the summer. I mean, who hasn’t bitten into a juicy slice of watermelon and been transported somewhere else?
Did you know there’s a huge connection between the health of your gut and the health of your mind?
Turns out, about 95% of your serotonin is produced in the gut. And serotonin is the neurochemical that makes you feel happy.
So we need to nourish our gut to nourish our mind.
Is it important to you to stay lean, reduce your risk of some nasty diseases, keep your bones strong, feel happy, have more energy, and up your odds of living longer?
Then, let’s talk about some easy ways you can move more throughout the day. I’m not even talking about a full-on, sweat-your-ass-off sweat session. I’m talking about small things that add up to make a huge difference.
Your pancake ass will thank me.
Despite what the interwebs will have you believe, dinner does not need to be a five-course gourmet meal.
It doesn’t need to be plated just so or presented on a beautiful, perfectly lit platter complete with flat lay-worthy props.
It doesn’t need to be served on a fancy table complete with placemats, candle sticks, and proper silverware.
You can DIY and make your own snacks, or you can throw together some store bought and/or pre-packaged ingredients to make a yummy snack. Your snack doesn’t have to be perfect, and it definitely doesn’t have to be Instagrammable.
Man, I used to dread lunchtime.
If you’re anything like me, you might have a little lunchtime anxiety as well.
What do I eat? When do I eat? How do I sneak away from my desk undetected?
Always check your labels. Just because a product was once clean don't assume it's always going to be clean.
Formulas change all the time.
All the green smoothies and chia seeds and quinoa, all the HIIT workouts, strength training, and foam rolling in the world won’t do you a damn bit of good if you don’t get that stress under control.
According to the USDA, adults 19 and older (yes, even if you act less than half your age) should be eating five to nine servings of fruits and veggies a day. That’s about 2.5 cups of vegetables and 2 cups of fruit. Every day, people, every day.
If you feel yourself drawn to the green beer, step away.
Read on to learn how to pick a healthier beer and actually remember the festivities.
This one’s my go-to lazy lunch (or dinner) smoothie. Perfect for tossing in the blender when you just don’t want to think about much but still want to feel peachy keen.
Let’s talk about soy, baby. Let’s talk about GMOs. Let’s talk about all the good things and the bad things soy may be.
Please read that last paragraph to the tune of Let’s Talk About Sex by Salt-N-Pepa. (Oh 90s, I miss your musical stylings.)
I recently came across an article on a reputable news site that, frankly, pissed me off.
You've probably seen articles just like it.
Foods that you think are healthy but really aren't.
Holy shit, I’m legit.
I’m super excited to be working with the amazing ladies at GOOD and thought you might enjoy reading my debut article.
I totally used to binge eat cheese. Like three or four sticks of string cheese in a row.
I used to eat cheese sandwiches. Literally, cheese between two slices of bread.
My boyfriend is not plant based. He’s not a vegan. He’s not even vegetarian.
It’s one thing to read studies that use overly complicated concepts, but when you hear the information from a real person (that would be me) in real words, it’s easier to understand. So the focus of today’s post is some of the benefits I have personally experienced.
I’ll be honest with you. A plant-based diet isn’t for everyone. There are times it’s not for me.