Well, Nouw, you got me. For I have missed a few days already, I did not realize how difficult this challenge would be! I remembered I needed to blog everyday, but I could not think of anything to write about (hence the spider story...)

This challenge has made me realize the reason I started this blog in the first place. I will continue to blog (just not every day!)

For now, enjoy this picture of toast that looks like a teddy bear <3

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Happy HUMPDAY 🐫

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Happy Weekend! <3


I thought for this post I would share one of my favorite recovery meals with you. Waffles are considered a food group in my diet 😜 and they make for great long run recovery fuel!

For this particular recipe I used Zemas Cocoa Teff Pancake & Waffle Mix and added a scoop of my Vega One Vanilla protein! The best thing about waffles is that you can top them with what ever fruits/granola/nut butter you want!

Not pictured--another waffle & endless amounts of coffee--


Have a great weekend!

xx


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SO,

This may seem like a bit of a silly post to all of you, you may not even read it, but LET ME TELL YOU...

I hate bugs. All bugs. Even ladybugs. I hear they bring good luck, but I'd rather take my chances. Every time I see a bug my heart seems to skip 1,000 beats, I start to feel faint, and usually some sort of inappropriate word flies out of my mouth with no reflex. So today, was a long day. I am exhausted. Getting back into school work after the holiday break is not easy.

FINALLY finished my homework and my reading, and I think to myself "man, a hot shower sounds nice." As the hot water starts to steam up the window and the mirror, I step into the shower, close my eyes and feel the hot, just-the-right-amount-of-hot-that-doesn't-give-me-third-degree-burn-water on my skin. I look to grab the shampoo and WHAT THE F*** is that?! A F***ING spider. I spent about 5 minutes febreezing that little sh*t but he didn't budge. This little dude was fighting for his life. He was hanging from the ceiling by his web (an invisible death trap for all bug-haters), and crawled right back up to the shower head. I sprayed him some more, he'd fall down his web a little, then crawl back up...then, suddenly, I lost him.

What was supposed to be a relaxing, end-of-the-day shower, turned out to be a 10 minute battle with a spider, and about 2 minutes trying to shower as fast as so I could get the hell out of there.

Moral of the story, I hate bugs. I couldn't even use a real picture of a spider here because it gave me chills. So here's a cartoon spider, a happy bug who looks like he wants to be friends.



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Happy February loves!

I thought I would kick off the #nouw30daychallenge by doing a weekly post about someone who inspires me. This week, Abbey D'Agostino. She is an American long distance runner with a heart and smile that is three times the size of the average person. I'm sure many of you watched the Olympic Games and have heard the story of the true sportsmanship between Abbey and Nikki Hamblin. After an unfortunate collision during the 5,000m race, Abbey did something not every athlete would have done, helping her competition, Nikki, get back on her feet, all the while having torn her ACL.

Being a long distance runner myself, this was a truly inspiring story for me. She is well-known across the world as the girl that fell during the Olympics, but to me she is much more than that. Having had surgery and months of physical therapy, Abbey had nothing but good spirits and ambition.

“I want to go about this healing process with a sense of freedom that will benefit my relationship with running and my passion for it."

Anyone who is a runner knows that it is (at least) 90% mental, 10% physical. That's with anything in life. As long as you believe you can do something, you can put in the work and make it happen. Abbey has not taken this injury for granted, she is using it as a way to reconnect with the sport, her passion, running.

"I feel a lot more freedom in respect to it and it’s been an opportunity to align my priorities in a way that ignites my passion for running..."


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I am excited to announce I am going to participate in the Nouw 30 day challenge! I have slacked quite a bit from the day I started my blog, a little over a year ago now, so I am excited to see how this will help me to evolve as a blogger! I have always been passionate about writing, but I have lacked that sense of inspiration..writers block is real people! As you can see, many of my posts are related to healthy foods and running. In addition to writing, I am very passionate about living a healthy lifestyle and running. Running has changed my life in so many ways, without it I would not be who I am today.

The main reason this challenge caught my eye is the chance to travel to London. I used to live in The Netherlands from the years 7-10 of my life. My parents would take me and my 3 siblings on vacation to various places all across Europe, my favorite being London. I have never fell so in love with any other city, and to be able to go back would be a dream come true!

I am more than excited to get the ball rolling on my blog. I am anxious to see how this impacts my life and I hope to inspire others!

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Hi guys!

I had a few requests for my energy ball recipe so here it is!

Ingredients:

1 cup of pumpkin seeds (or any nut of choice)

1 cup of medjool dates (I soaked mine in warm water for about 5-10 minutes to soften)

1 TBSP of coconut oil

1 TBSP of cocoa powder

1 TBSP of hemp protein

1 TBSP of milled chia seeds

dash of sea salt to taste (optional)


Blend all ingredients in a food processor or blender, roll into balls. Enjoy!

Mine made about 10 balls, but depending on the size, that may vary. <3

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For all my runners out there, I'm sure most of you have heard of the newest cookbook "Run Fast Eat Slow" by world class marathoner Shalane Flanagan and chef Elyse Kopecky. For all of you who haven't heard of it, I recommend you go pick yourself up a copy! It's full of recipes for proper fueling as well as training tips. The recipe I started with was these SuperHero Muffins...which were AMAZING. I'm hoping to eventually make my way through the whole book..but there's so many delicious recipes it's going to take me a while ;)

The thing I love most about this book is that it is intended to fuel you for your optimal performance with recipes like these SuperHero Muffins, Can't Beet Me Smoothie, Kale Raddichio Salad With Farro, and for those of you with a sweet tooth; Double Chocolate Teff Cookies :)

If I haven't convinced you yet, check out their website and order a copy!

http://www.runfasteatslow.com/#home


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Recently I have been battling with injury, for the fourth time in a row, and feeling less motivated than ever. Running has always been one of my passions in life, and with out it I wouldn't be where I am today. I recently started reading up on things I can do to prevent as well as aid in recovering my injury.


One of the most important aspects in recovery is nutrition. An article posted by Runners Connect discusses how you can speed up your injury healing by eating certain foods:

Foods rich in vitamin C: (citrus, berries, peppers, broccoli.) Builds new proteins for skin, scar tissue, tendons, ligaments, and blood vessels.

Vitamin A: (carrots, squash, sweet potatoes): Promotes production of white blood cells which fight off infection and viruses.

Omega 3 fatty acids: (salmon, flax seeds, walnuts): Reduce inflammation.

Zinc: (oysters, nuts, seeds, chicken): Will help keep the immune system strong, as well as protection from other viruses.

Protein: (grass fed beef, chicken, and eggs): Protein is essential shortly after the injury occurs for multiple processes. How well the injury heals is determined by how well protein is restored after becoming inured.


I learned a lot from this article: https://runnersconnect.net/running-nutrition-articles/diet-for-injured-runner/

And I recommend giving it a read if you are injured and are at a loss. Even if you are healthy, these foods can help to prevent injuries, keep you healthy, and keep you happy :)


~~~Images top to bottom:

1)When I was healthy and running in sunny myrtle beach

2)Almond crusted salmon, sautéed spinach, sweet potato w/ almond butter

3)Cinnamon roasted butternut squash with coconut oil.

4)Sweet potato/black bean burger, sautéed spinach and diced avocado.


Happy hump day!


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​I'm sure you've heard this over and over, but that means it's probably true!  Skipping breakfast can lead to lack of energy and concentration throughout the day.  It can also help maintain your healthy body weight as well as boost your metabolism.  So if you are trying to lose weight, DON'T SKIP OUT.  


That being said, that doesn't mean eating a chocolate croissant and bacon for breakfast will help you to maintain that healthy body weight.

Above are a few of my usual breakfasts including:

1.  1/4 a cup of rolled oats with a  scoop of plain non-fat greek yogurt, chia seeds, cacao nibs, a chopped dark chocolate sea salt kashi bar, and a TBSP of low-fat peanut butter (always)

2. 1/2 a cup of rolled oats, milled flax seeds, goji berries, half a banana, aaand (can ya guess?) 1 TBSP peanut butter (low-fat)

3. slice of ezekiel cinnamon raisin bread, 1 TBSP ALMOND butter (this time), banana and strawberry slices, & a side of scrambled eggs

4. now this ones complicated ;) This was "on the road" cup of fruit I got at the gas station.  I was actually pretty impressed the fruit was so fresh!


These are just a few examples of how EASY it is to have a healthy, energizing breakfast to start your day!


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We all deserve a reward every once in a while. The key is moderation 😋🔑




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