health

Pumpkin everything= totally okay

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First of all, whew, it’s been quite some time since my last post! Kindof due to being extremely busy (college.. Nuff said), plus I keep a personal journal so it’s not like I need this blog as an outlet to ramble (but I mean what else is blogging for right?); but I do love sharing recipe and workout ideas, and of course other random little things that interest me (style, ideas, etc. etc.) so what the heck, why not keep this going? Plus I had a few friends mention my blog to me, and the fact that people I know actually read this motivated me to keep updating😊
Anyways, being November, and living where it gets nice and chilly and definitely feeling like the time of year that it is, not to mention my bath and body works “pumpkin cupcake” hand soap had me craving some good ole pumpkin pie, I decided to get up and make some (lowfat/ vegan of course) pumpkin pancakes this morning before class, nowbut being the responsible college kid that I am, I stayed up way too late (no regrets tho lol), meaning i got up later, thus less time to cook some breakfast!
So I opted for a much quicker& easier but still YUM meal… Pumpkin pie oatmeal. Just kinda threw what I had together, and it turned out delish.

For the “crust” I used quick oats with a little water (less than I would use for regular oatmeal; just enough to get a soft, cookie- like texture) sprinkled with cinnamon and pecan pieces. After sticking that in the microwave for a minute, I spread some plain canned pumpkin on top, drizzled with agave and a generous dash of pumpkin pie spice, and finally topped with a few more pecans.
Definitely hit the spot, and as I said before, I love everything about this time of year (sweaters, bonfires, cuddling up with a good book).. and don’t even get me started on fall food😊 (crisp apples/ tart cider; warm baked goods; berries and nuts; hearty squash; PUMPKIN;…)

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Plank Perfect

I’m SURE I’m not the only one who constantly finds myself wishing I had more time in the day so I could exercise more.
By the time you take into consideration changing into workout clothes, putting off showering/ getting ready until afterwards, not to mention the exercise itself, it often seems that a good chunk of the day has disappeared.
Which is why I’m all about these at- home, multi- tasking exercises; you don’t need a gym membership to crank out push-ups and sit-ups or to get up and run around the block.. Just a little self- discipline is all!;) {and time of course, as I was just saying..}
I’ve recently found myself “too busy” to even squeeze a run here or there, but I have been keeping up with some daily basics; bicycle crunches, leg raises, PLANKS. I’m all about the plank. You feel the burn right away (=see the results soon after), and it’s really not bad if you’re skimming through Pinterest or texting a friend mid- plank ( I use this on chair sits too- keeps your mind off the pain!).
Plus, EVERYBODY can afford 2 minutes out if their day, no matter how busy.
Which brings me to my planking challenge for this upcoming week (after then I may add on, or else continue with this simple challenge for the month).
>>60 second forearm plank
{switch directly; no rest or dropping knees}
>>60 second straight arm plank (is that the correct term? Push-up position, basically!)

Not bad at ALL, but your arms and abs will thank you!:)
Plus, it will get so much easier each day, as your muscles are strengthened.💪
So who’s with me? 2 minutes a day? I think even I can handle that;)

Banana Sushi

Bananas+ Peanut Butter: favorite food right there. Which is saying something, considering the vast array of foods that I love!
I came across the idea for this “breakfast sushi” online (actually I think it was proposed as a fun way to get kids excited about healthy foods…lol!) so I can’t take credit, but it was too cute, had to recreate. Plus, I love an excuse to eat this banana/ peanut butter/ raisin combination… Why not make it look pretty while I’m at it?;)

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Cleanse Recap

Cleanse Recap

Having been vegetarian for 8 years and strictly vegan for a year and a half, it’s no surprise that I like to know that the food I eat to fuel my body is nothing but the best. But it wasn’t until this past summer; the summer after graduating high school, that I delved into the world of Raw veganism & gluten- free.
With a basic knowledge that sugar (as in common refined white sugar) and refined white flour are in fact detrimental to one’s health, I avoided the two, and for the month of August decided to officially go gluten- and sugar- free. Facebook status about it and errthing!;) lol faceboook
I wanted to see if I noticed a difference in my energy/ activity levels, and just if I felt better in general.
It honestly was not hard for me.. I never once felt like I was missing out. In fact, I filled up on fruits and nuts probably 90% of the time, so I basically got to munch on treats everyday! I was able to fill up on the good stuff and have enough energy to make it through long days working two jobs. Starting my busy days off with a big bowl of oatmeal (**there’s a lot of controversy about oats concerning gluten… I don’t suffer from celiac disease so I’m not worried about cross- contamination, so they’re perfectly fine for me and my purposes!), I never felt like I was missing out, and filling up on bananas with peanut butter (bananaS: lol plural)? Sweet, I got to eat my favorite food everyday. Not to mention the delicious salads, homemade falafels, hummus, & black bean burgers to add some variety, or simple nature’s candy: fresh fruit.
Choosing to eat this way, I have felt better than ever. Not only am I energized& renewed from all the nutrients my body needs, but it makes me so happy to know that everything I am putting in my body is so incredibly good for me. I don’t feel sick/ sluggish/ plain nasty after eating anything (let’s be honest, oreos and chips’ll do that to ya!), and I genuinely enjoy preparing (and of course eating!) my meals. Not to mention, I’ve had noticeably clearer, brighter, “fresher- looking” skin, and my already- thick hair has become softer and shinier.
Haha, I am such a plant- based, whole-foods Foodie, gotta love it. This lifestyle is incredible, and I am so blessed to have discovered it so early on in my life!
Something I wanted to add.. yes, I have felt great as I’ve been trying out a gluten- free diet, but I can’t accredit it all to a lack of wheat… I think it’s the increase in fruits, nuts, and vegetables that are making all the difference! I don’t think I’ll become officially gluten- free; at least now… I think barley, whole wheat, etc. are great, especially in moderation and never instead of greens!;) Bleached, refined, “enriched” flour/ products though Yupp, I’ll still be stayin’ away from those! As well as refined white sugar.. that’s a permanent no- go. I won’t be ridiculously strict about it though (i.e. it’s in marinara sauce), but I will by all means continue to stay away from candy, sweetened drinks, etc.!
I know this post consists of a lot of rambling. Some of my posts are more journal- entry- type than others, so bear with me 🙂

A little but is so much more than nothing✳

Quickie little inspirational message before bed:

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What I get from this, is basically don’t spend so much time searching that you miss what’s right in front of you! Simple food for thought; insightful nonetheless!

Anywayz, the reason for the title of this post..
A lot of people (including ya girl!) tend to think that if you do something small you might as well not even do it at all. Like, is it even worth the time/ effort? To relate this to personal health and daily exercise, it is so important to realize that ANYTHING you get up and do is better than nothing, however minor it may seem! A mere push-up > chillen around on Netflix any day.
I try to get in some form of actual exercise (biking, swimming, jogging, running, fast- walking, whatev) everyday just because it boosts my mood& I feel so much better, but if nothing else I make sure I at least do this right before I go to bed!
>11 push-ups (nose to floor)
>11 sets of 10 bicycles
[i do sets of 11 when working out because I like to do a little more than a typical set of 10; go that extra mile!]
Again, this is so simple, and is no substitute for a killer workout, but it’s these basic routines; right before you hop in the shower, right before bed, 1st thing in the morning, that make all the difference!
✨Sweet dreams!💤
But first, knock out a few of these bad boys:)