When to buy organic fruits and vegetables

Living a healthy lifestyle isn’t easy, nor is it cheap. Buying organic fruits and vegetables hike up the grocery bill month after month. What can you do to lower the bill but still eat organic foods?

There are certain fruits and vegetables that are better to buy organic and some that are just fine to buy non-organic. Kristina from Fully Raw shares the secret in her video below. It’s great advice that I’m taking with me to the store!

31 ways to use chia seeds in recipes

31 ways to use chia seeds in recipes

BuzzFeed is amazing. I’m sure many of you are over the whole Facebook quizzes fad (guilty of loving those), but I promise this is not a quiz.

The link I’m sharing with you will change your life. Okay, I’m being dramatic. My day was made when I stumbled upon this wonderful find though.

Check out 31 Healthy and Delicious Ways to Cook with Chia Seeds. There really are some great recipes in the list. I HAVE to try number 11.

Thanks, BuzzFeed, for making my day, yet again. If only you knew how much I enjoy thee…

 

Let’s get energized!

“Nature’s Perfect Food”

Hemp seeds are called “nature’s perfect food.” Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, paleo, or whatever diet is out there, you should be eating hemp seeds. Here are 5 reasons why:

  1. Hemp seeds contain all amino acids, even the essential amino acids our bodies need
  2. The ratio between omega-6 and omega-3 is 3:1, a great balance for optimal health
  3. There are 5 grams of protein in two tablespoons
  4. It is one of the most easily digestible form of protein
  5. Contains vitamin E and many minerals such as calcium, magnesium, iron, and phosphorous

 

pile of hemp seeds

photo credit: www.trulyorganicfoods.com

Isn’t hemp marijuana?

If marijuana came across your mind while reading this, you’re not the first one. When I saw hemp seeds in a recipe I was appalled.

Hemp is of a different species than marijuana. Most importantly, hemp contains very little of THC, the active ingredient that marijuana is known for.

No need to worry about drug tests. Eat up those hemp seeds!

Let’s get energized!

Health and fitness challenge: The journey

So, I promised I would have a picture on Monday. I do have a picture, which was ready for Monday, but time got away from me yesterday to post the picture. I’m a horrible person, I know 😉

It’s Tuesday, time to post that picture now!

Week 1

 

The reason I’m including a picture is to show the progression of each week. I know from past experience that I get frustrated when I don’t see results quickly enough. This time, I want to focus on the progression- no matter how small- instead of how fast it takes. It’s all about the journey, you know.

I honestly don’t have a goal in mind for this challenge. I just want to complete it and see the effects on my mind and body. This will put less stress and pressure on the challenge and won’t take the fun out of it.

I want this experience to be fun. As a society, we put too much unwarranted pressure on ourselves. I’m using this challenge to make positive impacts on my mind and body and learning how to enjoy the journey.

I hope you join me in this journey. You’ll be glad you did when it’s over!

Let’s get energized! 🙂

While I’ve been gone…

Since I’ve been gone

It’s been awhile and I apologize. Last week was finals week for me- I didn’t get much sleep. Plus, my computer died the Monday of finals week. Awesome time to be without a computer…it was a fun week. Ha!

I’ve also been under the weather for literally two weeks. Needless to say, that challenge I posted earlier this month hasn’t been going. At all. When you have stomach problems it’s all you can do to even eat sometimes.

Instead of starting it this week, I’m going to wait to start until Monday. My stomach is coming around, but I don’t want to mess things up.

My plans still include a before and after picture; you can be expecting a picture on Monday!

I also found out I’ll be interning with K2 in Seattle for the summer. I’m thrilled beyond belief! A summer in Seattle? It sounds like a movie! You can expect some awesome posts from me while I’m in Seattle. (And if anyone has any tips or things to do while I’m there, please share!)

seattle

 

photo credit: familyofficesgroup.com

Incredible, edible Egg

Enough about me, I want to talk about eggs!

I recently discovered how amazing hard-boiled eggs are. Don’t judge me- I know what you’re thinking! I went through a phase where I didn’t even like eggs. I’ve gotten over that, so my experience with eggs has been a slow one.

Hard-boiled eggs are a great protein for on-the-go. In fact, eggs in general are very good for you from protein to vitamins to to choline.

eggs

 

photo credit: www.whiskiebusiness.com

The Egg Nutrition Center has a chart that makes it easy to see what you’re getting out of your egg- both the yolk, and the white. It’s definitely worth a look.

I’ll be back to my habitual blogging now. I just hope I get my computer back soon and it’s not going to break me to fix it.

In the mean time, I’ll be eating some eggs 😉

Let’s get energized!

 

Health and fitness challenge

I’m going to be starting a health and fitness challenge today.

It’s called the 30 Day Ev0-lution challenge  2014. It’s from earlier this year, but that doesn’t matter to me. I already do the majority of the challenge on a daily basis, but something about a challenge just makes it all the more fun. It truly gives you something to work for, I feel.

I’m going to post a before and after picture to see how far I’ve come. This is going to be a journey, and I want to capture it and share it with others. I dare you to join me on this journey.

Check out the website for more information. In the meantime, here are the challenges of the four week journey:

Week one

Week 2

Week 3

Week4Let’s get energized!

Fish vs flax oil: what’s better?

Good ‘ole omega-3

If you’ve been around for any time at all in this world, you probably know that fish oil is really good for your health. Fish oil provides omega-3 fatty acids, which our body needs.

There are many different ways to get the omega-3 fatty acids. There’s fish oil, like I’ve said, but there’s also flax oil, which many of you have probably seen in stores.

What’s the difference?

FlaxvFishphoto credit: www.fitsugar.com

Let me break it down for you…

The basics:

  • Flax oil contains omega-3 ALA
  • Fish oil contains 2 omega-3s: EPA and DHA

You now have everything you need to know…well, sorta.

Going further

ALA is one of two essential fatty acids. Essential means that our body cannot make these fatty acids on our own, so we must get them from the food we eat.

ALA and the other essential acid (LA) are needed so that our bodies can create the other omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. It would seem, then, that flax oil would be better because it contains ALA.

And a little further…

If you thought that, you’re right; however, it’s not exactly right.

The problem is that our bodies are not efficient at synthesizing ALA into DHA and EPA. This has lead many to believe that DHA should be an essential fatty acid.

What does that mean in terms of which oil to take?

It’s best to take fish oil! DHA is extremely beneficial to the brain, including a list of other health benefits.

fishoilphoto credit: www.prevention.com

You’ll benefit more from taking fish oil than flax oil because of our bodies’ inefficiency in creating DHA and EPA.

Go off and buy your fish oil now, and LET’S GET ENERGIZED!