Twenty-Six

Health, Life

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I turned twenty-six years old a few weeks ago. I have much to be thankful for! Here are a few things my twenty-six-year-old self is into these days:

  1. My favorite celebrity, Erin Oprea. She is a #girlboss at her finest and has inspired me to LIVE healthier. Examples: staying active, celebrating a healthy lifestyle, enjoying treats in moderation, taking beet juice shots (!), the occasional tabata (how do you pronounce it though?!) and being realistic in regards to health. Put forth good efforts and don’t beat yourself up for taking a break or having a treat.
  2. Fayetteville, North Carolina! I visited my friend Victoria and her baby daughter for a quick trip. I. LOVED. OUR. TIME. TOGETHER. And, green grass was cool to see as well.
  3. I’m still Maren Morris’s #1 fan. I love her in that new hit song The Middle; and she recently released Rich as a single (IT. IS. A. JAM!) and she’s marrying Ryan Hurd really soon (#GettinMurd, and no I did not make up that hashtag). You go girl, stay beautiful, don’t change, etc.
  4. The Psalms (from the Bible). I’ve been reading a Psalm a day and WOW. There is some really good stuff in the Psalms. The Psalms allow me to reflect on the character of God; he is unchanging in character and his love is unfailing. Also, Psalm 33:6 says, “The Lord merely spoke, and the heavens were created. He breathed the word, and all the stars were born.” (Listen to a related song, So Will I, as recorded to Tori Kelly. SO GOOD on SO MANY LEVELS.)
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HOW TO: Eat Healthy with Minimal Meal Prep Time

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I made this a HOW TO post because I re-watched HOW TO Lose A Guy In 10 Days last night. Talk about a hilarious movie. I think my favorite part is when Andi takes Ben to the Celine Dion concert. Or the part about the Love Fern. Or the pet dog.

Many health nuts would agree that meal prep is a vital part to being healthy. However, some weeks just do not allow for as much meal prep time as other weeks. Here are some tricks and tips I use to stay healthy even when I have minimal meal prep time.

Breakfast: Oatmeal- it’s a lot more substantial than cereal and takes just a few minutes to make. Ideally I eat a few egg whites with mine; to save time I often buy the liquid egg whites and I stir them into the oatmeal. I sometimes eat Greek yogurt or almonds with my oatmeal too for some extra protein and flavor.  Pictured below is overnight oats which takes just a couple minutes longer to make and can last all week. If you can make time, I’d highly recommend overnight oats or baked oats.

Lunch: Turkey sandwich with hummus and one slice of gluten-free bread. Sometimes I will also add avocado or mustard. I always add a lot of turkey and I often will also have cottage cheese.

Dinner: Sauteed kale with spices and whatever leftover meat and veggies I have in the house. I get creative with this depending on what’s in my fridge. I’ve added healthy barbecue sauce, salsa, cheese, an egg… really anything goes with this which makes it something I eat regularly without getting sick of it! Maybe this is embarrassing or maybe this is smart, but I sometimes throw all the ingredients in the frying pan on low and then take a quick shower… it’s ready when I’m done showering.

Bonus Tip: use the freezer! Say you have free time some night or weekend. Why not make a double batch of turkey chili, portion it out and freeze the servings to take out whenever you’re extra busy?!

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(A Lot Of) December Health Tips

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I’m happy to announce that I’m here with our final health tips for 2016!

Before I share the tips, I have a confession to make; something I realized about myself this summer when I was packing my things to move to a new condo.

MY NAME IS SARAH AND I POSSESS HOARDER-LIKE TENDENCIES.

Notice I didn’t say “I AM A HOARDER.” I’m truly not a full-fledged hoarder. However, in some aspects of life I hang on to way too much stuff. (Example: I stopped buying groceries approximately 4 weeks before I moved, and I still had food to move.)

What does my hoarding have to do with the December Health Tips, you ask? Great question! I unintentionally hoarded a whole bunch of tips from the Popsugar article I’ve been referring to throughout the year. So, congratulations, readers! Thanks to my tip-hoarding, here are a whole bunch of health tips that you can work on yet this year and bring with you to the new year!

  • Do squats while brushing your teeth. I am not in this habit, but it’s a decent challenge/idea.
  • Make overnight oats so you have breakfast ready for you in the morning. Oatmeal has GOT to be one of the best breakfasts ever. Overnight oats are super delicious; another good option is baked oatmeal.
  • Schedule an at-home workout. Heck, how about this: schedule ALL of your workouts. Each weekend I plan out the four times I will work out the following week. I find this to be key in fitness. On busy weeks, I have to plan ahead and go to the gym before work. When weeks are less busy, I space out my workouts so I’m not too sore by workout four.
  • Sleep eight hours a night for a week. Challenge accepted. I love beauty sleep. 🙂
  • Take healthy snacks to work. I back this tip 100%. Some snacks I recommend are: granola bars or protein bars (I’ve posted about my bar obsession here, but since then Luna and Cliff have released a few bars with lower sugar so check them out too!); Greek yogurt, an apple with peanut butter, popcorn, or healthy smoothies.
  • Carry a reusable water bottle with you. I do this and I highly recommend it for all! Side note, I need to WASH my reusable water bottle on a much more regular basis. (2017 New Year’s Resolution?)
  • When you are cold, don’t turn up the heat. Instead, do 10 push-ups. I have never thought to do this before but I am going to accept this as a challenge.
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Whenever possible, I get in my first workout on Sunday. That way, I only have to find time for three more workouts for the rest of the week!

I hope some of these tips have inspired you. I know that I will be challenged this month and in 2017 with these!

May your days be merry and bright, and healthy and happy!

Cheers,

SJ

 

November Health Tips

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Friends and family, we have finally made it to November 2016. What a fun-filled-action packed month this is shaping up to be, including the World Series, the presidential election, the CMAs and with Starbucks distributing first green and then red cups!

I am going back to the basics with two health tips this month. I’m continuing with these ideas from the Popsugar article. I’m trying to be realistic when I choose the tips to make sure they’re do-able. (As opposed to 95% of the ideas on Pinterest of all the fancy and heavily detailed recipes, workout routines, crafts, events, etc.)

Tip 1: drink lemon water. The article says to begin your day with lemon water, but I would recommend drinking lemon water any time of the day. When I had a cold this summer, I found lemon water to be unbelievably refreshing. Lemon obviously also adds flavor to water, so adding lemon helps reach your daily water-drinking goals.

Tip 2: make your own salad dressing. I try really hard to keep my meal prep as simple and healthy as possible. Healthy and simple do not always go together and salad dressing is a great example of this! Friends, beware because there are some straight-up bad for you salad dressings and using them will (in my opinion) completely contradict your salad eating efforts. I am aware that there are some truly healthy dressings in grocery stores. However, if you want to be super healthy and keep things simple, you have another option! Use a little olive oil with apple cider vinegar as your dressing and you won’t be disappointed. Another bonus of this clever option is that you just might already have both ingredients in your pantry!

I challenge you to try one or both of these ideas this month!

August Health Tip

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I’m back with the Popsugar Easy Health Resolutions but everything I have to say today will fall under a single topic. Watch how my brain works here:

  • Tip encourages readers to try veganism for a day
  • I associate Carrie Underwood with vegans
  • Carrie Underwood is #goals when it comes to nutrition, health and fitness

Need I say more? Carrie Underwood is a healthy eater, she works out, and she looks amazing! Oh, and she has a fitness line too.

I recently learned that Carrie Underwood actually stopped being a vegan while she was pregnant, and I’m not sure if she has returned to veganism.

As far as exercising, I learned that Carrie is a fan of Tabata which is apparently a form of HIIT.

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Here’s a picture from Carrie’s own Instagram account. I think this picture is perfect because it shows off (1) how fit she is and (2) a swimsuit from her own brand.

July Health Tips

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I have been busy doing very fun things lately (think: weddings and related fun activities/parties/celebrations). I’m still doing my best to prioritize my health. Again this month, I have more health tips from the Popsugar Easy Health Resolutions.

Both tips are food-focused this month. Everybody wants to believe that working out a lot can make you healthy. I believe that nutrition is actually the most important key to health. Here are two nutritional tips that are totally realistic:

Eat brown rice instead of white rice. Restaurant food can be inevitable during busy times. I have to say that Qdoba and Chipotle can be healthy if you are thoughtful and smart when ordering. I order a salad (in a bowl, without the taco shell and without dressing) with chicken, black beans, brown rice, salsa, and vegetables. I order guacamole, too, because I honestly cannot resist.

Eat a serving of fruit daily for a week. Be careful with fruit, though, because fruit can have lots of carbs and sugar. I recommend eating berries as the healthiest option. A frozen banana smoothie is a great option for a weekend pre-workout (note to self, post that recipe). I also love an apple with natural peanut butter as a morning snack. You’re always best off to eat carbs in the morning, so shoot for eating fruit early on in the day.

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I’m resurfacing this Instagram picture (and hashtag) from last year since this post was about food, and because #cutefruit.

April Health Tips

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Spring is a great time to re-focus on health goals, especially when the sun starts shining brighter and longer in the evening (Shout-out to Daylight Savings for that).

Again this month, the tips are from our Supereasy Health Resolutions (via Popsugar). Maybe it’s just me, but I find these pointers to be truly simple, effective things but also difficult things to make into habits!

  1. Turn off electronics 20 minutes before bedtime.
    I rarely have issues sleeping so for that reason I have never challenged myself on this one. In honesty, I probably should quit this habit. There are several articles and always new studies against the overuse of electronics. I absolutely love technology but I know I am someone who needs to scale back.
  2. Measure out food portions before eating.
    I am a big fan of healthy fats (especially avocados and peanut butter) but those calories can add up real fast when I don’t measure. I think it’s a good idea to measure most everything (or at least everything besides vegetables) to keep myself honest.
  3. Walk for 10 minutes, 3 times per week.
    I like this health tip because everybody has a spare 30 minutes per WEEK and I’m thinking the logic of this one would be to step outside and enjoy some fresh air. This tip sounds like a beneficial and do-able goal I want to try.

I, for one, feel challenged by these health tips! Let’s do this!

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