First I want to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY MAMA!!!!! My mom is my best friend and the most amazing woman on this planet. I am so very happy today is her day and I LOVE YOU
You know what is one of my biggest pet peeves? When someone is watching what you are eating and make a rude comment such as "ew, how are eating that?" when in fact this may be one of my favorite things to eat! I call it "yucking other peoples yums" I just think it is one of the rudest things a person can do! who knows if that person eating the not so appetizing looking food may have some food allergies, or cannot eat certain foods for say, religious reasons which is why they are eating this way.
This has certainly happened to me in the past, if I am somewhere and need to buy lunch or bring healthy snacks with me, I sometimes get the "why would you bring THAT with you"
Has anyone ever yucked your yum? How did you deal with it?
ok, now lets get onto some delish eats for the day!
Breakfast was anything but Yuck. it twas most definitely Yum
1/2 C oats, chia, cinnamon, 1/2 nanner, berry mix from Trader Joes (pictured below)
With some All natural Smuckers PB
Berry blend from TJ's-I really like this beacuse there are frozen cherries in there! I am used to getting just blueberries or just strawberries. This combo was mucho deliciouso!
I made a smoothie to bring with me to work. I know I wanted to use the Superfood blend from Amazing Grass. I was going to make a berry based smoothie (obv with my new berry blend from Trader Joes) So I chose to use the Berry Superfoods
Berry Green Superfood from Amazing Grass
Berry Berry Good Smoothie
Berry Blend Frozen
Add Mangoes and 1/2 banana
Add 1/2 C almond breeze, AmazingGrass packet and Blend!
This was so frothy and delicious. I will be honest that I have to get more used to this Amazing grass. It does have a bit of a gritty, grassy taste to it that at first I was not so much into, BUT as I kept drinking it, I came to really enjoy it! This was delicious!
Naomi's Berry Berry Smoothie
1/2 C almond breeze
amazing grass packet
Started with an Arnold Thin and LC
Arnold Thin, Lean turkey breast, romaine, tomato, red onion, laughing cow
And some salad on the side drizzled with Balsamic & EVOO
Today was my so called "random workout day" This is the day where I don't have anything set in stone because I am still somewhat sore from my workout on Monday with my Trainer, But I wanted to get around and sweat! I ended up doing
- 23 minutes on the treadmill, ran 2 miles, walked uphill on 10% grade at 3.8 speed for the rest
- Spinning on the bike for 13 minutes
- military presses
- Push ups
- lots of ab work
I have to say this was a great little random workout!
*Do any of you go into the gym with no agenda in mind? Sometimes those can be the best workouts, right??"
Post workout Snack- Again, Anything by Yuck!
Kay's natural Honey Almond Cereal.
Dinner was a boring repeat of my Pumpkin Chili Recipe . It just keeps getting better!
With a dollop of Plain Chobani
with a side salad: Romaine, cuke, tomatoes, brocolli, balsamic glaze
It was a great day! however around 3:30 I was certainly feeling that afternoon slump. Let me first say this. I love coffee, I don't go a day without it, but I try to have just 1-16oz cup a day. (thats a medium at starbucks or a classic medium coffee at any shop) In college I often had those energy drinks to help perk me up during my studies or if I was having a 'slump' After a while when I would drink them, I would get this shaky, anxious feeling and I would actually feel my heart beat much faster. I hated this feeling and cut out energy drinks all together. I also started wondering exactly what I was putting in my body. I saw all these ingredients without knowing anything about the effects they could have. I cut out energy drinks all together, I am not against anyone that uses them to help them with their afternoon slump, but for me personally, cutting them out made me feel so much better
Here is an article from Shape Magazine with some info on energy drinks
This naturally found is typically offered as a dietary supplement, but it's also found in fish and meat. Some sources suggest that you can take up to 3,000 milligrams of this supplement a day, however you should always be weary of consuming high doses. So far, the attitudes towards this acid are inconclusive, yet positive. "Taurine's effective role in energy drinks alone requires more study, as it's usually one of several ingredients that commonly tout a variety of claims, from decreasing to improving concentration, mood and memory," says Marisa Moore, R.D., spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association.
This stimulant has been at the center of heated debates for years. The results are always mixed: Caffeine may protect against ovarian cancer, but it also raises the risk of a miscarriage. A study of energy drinks conducted at the University of Vienna, Austria, found that combining caffeine and taurine improves mental performance of drinkers. That being said, caffeine can become addictive when taken regularly and should be consumed cautiously.
Are They Safe?
Energy drinks contain so many different herbs and supplements that they create a murky broth with unknown effects. Ginseng and ginkgo biloba, which are also common ingredients, can affect other medications you're taking. "Gingko biloba may increase the risk of , which is a real caution for those who take blood thinners or who have a or dental procedure scheduled," says Moore.
The best thing to do is limit your consumption of these drinks, or even better, go au naturel. "If you feel the need for energy to fuel a workout or something during snack time, try a banana, granola bar or other whole grain energy bar," adds Moore.
Do any of you use energy drinks to help you with that afternoon slump, or what are your general thoughts on the topic??
I will leave you all with a pic of the amazing cake we got my mom at JP Licks which is a local Ice cream shop (local to Boston) It is their layered oreo yogurt cake.
Two layers of Oreo yogurt with homemade fudge nestled in the center. Sides are wrapped in crushed Oreos, and Oreo halves top the cake. Yeah, that was nothing to Yuck at either
Alright off to say Goodnight and HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my mom again, and head to bed! Tomorrow morning I will be hitting the gym!
Song that I will be singing in my sleep: Lady Gaga "bad Romance"
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