Daunting school life

I didn’t forget about this blog, promise.

I’m currently in my last semester of my undergrad studies. While that may seem like I’m busy, that’s not the main reason.

I am an honors student and I am in the process of completing my honors project. In addition to that, I’m also a finalist in the Sales Decathalon, formally known as the National Collegiate Sales Competition.

Did I also mention that I’m taking 15 credit hours (full-time student status right there) while working at least 20 hours a week?

Needless to say, I’m barely maintaining my sanity. If I added in writing this blog, I would surely go off my rocker (if I haven’t indeed already).

All of your love and support would be tremendous as I finish out this semester. Give me another month or so and I’ll be back.

I don’t quit, won’t quit, especially on you. Thank you for everything you’ve done so far. I cherish and appreciate everyone of you!

Stay fit, stay healthy, and most importantly…

Stay energized!

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How do you know you have a food allergy?

Which is it??

Food allergies are all around us. Gluten free, dairy free, nut free, meat free…

I’m only half kidding on the meat free one.

Food allergies are real; 15 million Americans have food allergies. While there is no denying the validity of food allergies, there is some misused labeling happening across the nation.

Some people are claiming to have “food allergies” when that’s not the case. What they could have is an intolerance or a sensitivity.

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Food Allergy vs Food Intolerance

According to the Cleveland Clinic, a food allergy is based on a reaction from the body’s immune system. This means that the body does not recognize an ingredient in the food, which is usually a protein, and the body attacks it, thus affecting organs and potentially creating serious reactions.

An intolerance to a particular type of food is a based on a reaction from the body’s digestive system. Upset stomachs, nausea, cramping, and diarrhea are common symptoms of a food intolerance.

*Food allergies are more serious and severe than a food intolerance*

Food Sensitivity

Going even further, there’s what is called a food sensitivity. Not many studies have been done on food sensitivities, but there is a main difference between a sensitivity, a food allergy, and an intolerance.

A food sensitivity is not an immune reaction, so it’s not an allergy. With most food sensitivities, the body has unpleasant reactions, including nausea or acid reflex, which is similar to a food intolerance.

 

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Photo from: www.two-views.com

However, with a food intolerance, the reactions typically happen the same way every time after eating the food, not periodically or every once in a while, like it does with a sensitivity.

Now, that’s not to say that you have an intolerance to greasy food because it gives you heartburn. It’s because of the greasy food.

This is an area I’ll be learning a lot more about with first hand experience. I believe I have a food intolerance, but am not sure. I plan on getting it checked out within the next week. I’ll keep you all posted.

In the meantime….

Let’s get energized! 🙂

Rock Climbing

I realized I haven’t been writing much, or at all for that matter. I promise I haven’t forgotten. I was trying to soak up as much of my time in Seattle as I could. And, to be honest, it’s exhilarating not being tied to a computer all the time.

I did want to share my rock climbing trip at Exit 38 though.

 

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 Hiking to our climbing location

My experience with rock climbing up to this point in my 22 years of existence has been all indoors. Rock walls and I are pretty tight you could say.

I found a Groupon for a beginner’s rock climbing class with Treks and Tracks. It was an opportunity I couldn’t afford to miss.

Now I’m hooked. The fact that rock climbing is great for cardiovascular health makes me love it all the more.

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Hardest climb we did that day

What’s most addicting though is the feeling you get when you make it to the top. It’s a feeling of accomplishment and encouragement.

“I did this, I can do anything.”

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Made it to the top, twice 🙂

If you haven’t gone rock climbing before, GO. I promise you won’t regret giving it a chance. Plus, the views from the top are spectacular.

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View from the top!

Let’s get energized!

 

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!

Best place to exercise

Happy [late] 4th of July!

I’ve been doing horrible lately on keeping up with posts. Now that I’m interning and living in Seattle, my time is completely filled to the brim with so many things to do.

I’m totally not complaining though.

This past weekend was BEYOND amazing. I went on one of the most beautiful hikes I have ever been on. It might possibly be the [only] hike I have ever gone on, BUT it was still incredible.

For the 4th of July I thought it would be fun to complete the 1.9 mile hike up Rattlesnake Ridge. Fun is an understatement. I’m still blown away by Washington’s beauty.

Words cannot describe. Pictures don’t do it justice. You literally have to see it for yourself.

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View of Rattlesnake Lake from the top

I’ve always felt that the best place to exercise is the great outdoors. Nothing feels better than working your muscles and breathing in the fresh air.

After my hike this past weekend, I’m even more convinced. Nature’s playground is the best playground, and I’m determined now to find some of the most beautiful places on earth and conquer them.

Get outdoors and get ENERGIZED!

 

 

Here’s some more pictures from the hike….

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 Gorgeous views…

 

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…from every angle…

 

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…for miles.

 

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And, of course, a selfie 🙂

 

 

Cross training Seattle style

There’s SO much to do in Seattle. SO much. My brain can’t even handle the amount of information coming through.

INFORMATION OVERLOAD!

I don’t have a car while I’m here, so I’m taking full advantage of the ability to bike everywhere. That’s one of the many wonderful things about the city.

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This was taken at one of my favorite locations I discovered while on a bike ride.

I’ve never been much of a biker before moving out here. I still wouldn’t consider myself a biker, but it’s growing on me, definitely.

This summer I’m trying everything I can. Routines get old fast. Incorporating new things keeps things fresh and exciting. It also helps to keep your motivation up. Who doesn’t need that? I know I do!

I’m challenging myself to bike 50 miles a week. Yes, 50. It’ll be hard, and there will be times I’m way off, but I’m going to try; I need to do more cross training.

 

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Taken from another bike ride

Cross training is extremely useful. It requires you to target different parts of your body, helps prevent injury, and kills boredom. I want to be an all around athlete, so I have to train like one. Biking is one of my weaknesses, which works out great since that’s my main mode of transportation for the summer.

Here’s to cross training and fitness!

Let’s get energized! 🙂

Getting “Fit” with Google

Today is the Google I/O conference. I’m excited because Google should be announcing it’s new app Google Fit.

Google Fit

The app will enable Android users to share health information from the various health and fitness platforms they’ve incorporated into their lives (Nike Fuel Band, etc.).

Apple already announced their health app earlier this year. It’s called Health and looks pretty awesome to tell the truth.

I’m excited to see what Google Fit will look like and do compared with Apple’s Health. I’ve been wanting a Nike Fuel Band (or something) and now I’ll really be wanting something.

This is a great advancement for the health and fitness field. Technology seems to receive negative publicity for numerous things: less social interaction, not staying active, etc.

These apps go to show that technology is a vital aspect for the future of health and fitness.

These apps also may cause me to switch phones!

Let’s get energized!