Food

A Week In Review

HELLO Beautiful Friday! How are you doing friends? How was your week? No small talk needed, so let us jump right into today's post before I kick off the weekend and disconnect. After working a little too much last weekend, it is time to step away from the devices. Happy Friday friends! XO

My Weekly Reminder...I love this quote! Thanks Leslie for posting this on Tuesday! I have spent this week worrying too much about my social media numbers and it ends up being annoying and exhausting. There is so much more to life and happiness! So YES, I am looking forward to time away from my devices this weekend. To enjoy the tangible things in life that bring me joy! 

Week Of Workouts...There has been lots of running involved over the past couple of weeks, which has me thinking about signing up for a race. It has been way too long and I am itching for something to help me stay motivated with a goal in site. I am even thinking about triathlons again too...HA! I am not sure what has gotten into me, but I am kind of excited about it! 

The weather on the east coast has been cold and snowy, so any sort of running outside is not safe. I do not mind the treadmill as long as I have some good shows to watch. It is usually my time to either catch up on the news of watch the Food Network. And to beat the boredom on the step mill, I always bring my book. 

  • Sunday - 45-minute run + Strength Training (Legs + Triceps)
  • Monday - 45-minute on the Step Mill + Strength Training (Chest + Shoulders + Core)
  • Tuesday - 6-mile treadmill run + 25-minute outdoor walk with Lucy (the sun was out WAHOO!)
  • Wednesday - 45-minute on the Step Mill + Strength Training (Back + Core)
  • Thursday - 90-minute walk with Lucy
  • Friday - TBD
  • Saturday - OFF

Favorite Eats Of The Week...I forgot how good and easy preparing spaghetti squash is and I finally roasted it on Sunday when I was stuck inside ALL day because of ice. It is a great substitute to pasta. I can do without pasta, but bread...heck no! Crispy Italian bread slathered in butter and dipped in sauce...DELICIOUS! I had that meal 2 nights in a row and it just hits the spot on cold winter nights and leaves me feeling satisfied without the bloat. 

How did I prepare my spaghetti squash:

  • Cut in half + take out the seeds + drizzle in olive oil and salt;
  • Place flat side down on a baking shee;
  • Roast for 50-60 minutes at 400 degrees! Shred out the insides or eat straight out of the half!

Sweet Breakfast Bowl - Eggs + Fruit + Nut Butter

More BIG Beautiful Salads (except this time it's not in Tupperware)

Spaghetti Squash Bowls - Mom's Meat Sauce and Crispy Bread

Recent Reads...I LOVE to read and it is the best way for me to SLOW DOWN at the end of the day! I start working every morning between 6:45 AM - 7:15 AM, so I am pretty tired at night. Disconnecting earlier from all of my devices and reading instead of watching TV in bed, has definitely made a huge difference. Since I have made this change into my nightly ritual, I have been flying through books! These 2 are great reads to help you unwind at the end of busy day!

  • A Dog's Purpose - Funny, sad, heart-warming, and so TRUE, this book is for dog lovers!
  • Eligible - The modern day version of "Jane Austen" this book was so much fun to read! 

I am ready for the weekend and hoping the sun will stay out and grace us with her presence! Enjoy friends and see you next week!

What is the best thing you ate this week?

What was the last good book you read?

    Building A Beautiful SALAD

    Snow days make for the perfect days to tackle the "To Do List" that you have been ignoring for long periods of time. It is good to hunker down with lots of coffee and get it done. Even though my taxes are staring straight at me as I work away, I am still going to ignore that task and instead talk about FOOD! Food is fun...Food is good...And food fuels this lifestyle! This weeks obsession is SALADS. Instead of consuming all the sweet potatoes, I have been eating lots of BIG, flavorful, and nourishing salads for lunch and with dinner. It is all about that crunch and using whatever leftovers are around to make these beautiful meals. 

    A couple of things you should know about my salad creations:

    Building A Beautiful Salad
    • I always eat my lunch salads out of a Tupperware container...Why? Because I like to mix all the ingredients together...Shake it up...And then let it marinade for a little bit before I devour it!
    • I always add leftovers from the night before! Whatever is leftover from dinner or hanging out in the fridge goes into my salads. I hate wasting food!
    • LOTS of CRUNCH! I love texture and when it comes to my salads, the more crunch the better. It is just like my obession with crunchy nut butters!
    Building A Beautiful Salad

    Here is how I build my SALADS:

    Building A Beautiful Salad
    • Protein: Chicken, tuna fish, salmon, fried eggs, or roasted chickpeas are my usual go tos! Adding a protein is a MUST when making a beautiful salad. Make sure that you are getting all the great benefits of proteins, because they are so important for our bodies, especially if you live a active lifestyle!
    • Fats: Diced avocado, leftover guacamole, goat cheese, or a heaping handful of mixed nuts are my favorites to add to a salad. Adding fats to your salads are key to helping you stay satiated. 
    • Fruit: Pick one of your favorites and add it for some natural sweetness! As of lately, I like to dice up an opal apple for added crunch. Minneola and moro oranges are really good additions right now for that much-needed Vitamin C. 
    • LOTS of Vegetables: Tomatoes, Carrots, Cucumber, Peppers, Red Onion, and a mix of greens are always in my salads. Sometimes I like to add roasted broccoli and cauliflower. You can never go wrong with adding any vegetable to a salad...so load it UP friends!
    • Dressing: Typically I do a balsamic and olive oil combo, but thanks to my friend PAM, she introduced me to Bolthouse Farms yogurt dressings and they are FABULOUS! A nice way to switch things up and try something new. 

    That is it my friends! Now go have fun and be creative with your salad creations and remember you can always keep it simple, healthy, nourishing, and FUN. Salads can be a side dish or a meal and are always a good decision. You just need to know how to build the right one to keep your belly happy and satisfied. Let me know how it goes! XOXO

    Do you eat your salads out of Tupperware?

    What do you put in your salad for that extra CRUNCH?

    Food TALK

    I LOVE food! I LOVE to talk about food! I really LOVE to eat food! I can put it back like a champ! But, like most women in today's society, I have had my own battles with food and some days still do. A woman's relationship with food is complicated, as we are emotional beings, and we are freaking hard on ourselves. We are all different, with different needs, and different goals when it comes to health and fitness, so figuring out what works with us for food is hard. Food can be complicated and frustrating! 

    I had a slip up this past weekend! I had one of those nights after being out with friends, that the chips, cheese, and ice cream did not stand a chance. I woke up the next day and felt like garbage. Well of course I did...who the hell eats that much like that? In the past, I would beat myself up about this. I would restrict what I ate through the week. I would bust my ass at the gym to forget about what happened. But honestly...that kind of mind frame SUCKS! Here is how I approached this moment instead:

    • SHIT happens...It is called life and we all make mistakes! Recognize it...Own It...Learn from it;
    • I took the day off from training and enjoyed the rainy day and was uber productive;
    • I talked about it...Wrote about it in my journal...And just let it be...It is what it is;
    • I recognized why it happened...boys + emotions + not eating enough = recipe for disaster;
    • MOVE FORWARD and have a good week of workouts and foods that make me feel GOOD!

    Banana Peach Protein Nut Butter Green Smoothie

    Food Is GOOD

    Greek Yogurt With Nut Butter And Cherry Chocolate Granola

    Honey Crisp Apple With Nut Butter

    Food Is GOOD

    Open Faced Chicken Breast Sandwich With Cole Slow And Tomatoes

    Food Is GOOD

    Roast Sweet Potato With Chickpea Salad With Mixed Greens And Avocado

    Food Is GOOD

    TACOS TACOS and MORE TACOS (I had 2x plates of this...YES)

    Food Is GOOD

    It is not easy to open up about these sort of topics, but I know I am not alone! I am not ashamed of my stories. These experiences are part of who I am. It is part of my journey. It is part of me healing. And the best part of sharing is knowing that I am only getting better, smarter, stronger, and more beautiful inside and out. 

    It was so wonderful this week to have read the below blogs to remind me to not be so hard on myself. To enjoy life and FOOD more often! To just inspire me! Again, friends, this is a place for us to be REAL...to share our stories...and most importantly to SUPPORT each other. This is a beautiful and safe community! ENJOY!

    Have a beautiful weekend friends! XOXO

    Currently...ENERGIZED

    Watch out friends I am ENERGIZED and I am ready to rock n' roll! I am not sure if it is Mercury Retrograde, the Full Moon, the beautiful weather, but the ideas have been flowing. I have been writing them down in my journal, my planner, and on post-it notes, so I don't forget them. I am ready to share...inspire...and take my writing and my personal journey to the next level with all of you. So this is what you will start reading about moving forward:

    Inspiring Women...I have met many beautiful, inspiring, and passionate women on social media and it is time that I share their stories with all of you! They are entrepreneurs, foodies, teachers, influencers, and friends. These are women whose stories have resonated with me on both a personal and professional level. They work hard. They are fearless. They #dreamBIG. Even though I have not met a lot of these women in person, I communicate with them on a weekly basis. They are my virtual support system. And I hope that you will find them as inspiring as I do!

    My OH So Single Life...I am excited to start writing about being single and why I am single and what my dating past was like! Dating is FREAKING hard these days. It is frustrating, comical, and totally confusing. It is time to put the Carrie Bradshaw hat on and share my stories along with some of my girlfriend's stories because we can honestly not make some of this stuff up! Just like many other topics in my life, I am ready to share the good and the bad with you on my past relationships, because I KNOW that I am not the only one who has gone through them. This space is a place where we support each other. We inspire each other. We GROW together! 

    Letting Go Of My Past..It feels good to let go of the past! This is a slow process for me, because as you know letting go of old stuff takes time and it is one of the reasons why I hired a Life Coach because I needed help. My past can hold me back, from truly being able to move forward with personal and professional  It is HARD as shit to let go! I am letting go of people, old habits, and rules that no longer serve me. I will not be taken advantage of. I will not be treated poorly or be used. I will not take on jobs that do not resonate with me. Do you know how amazing it feels to say these things out loud? AMAZING!

    Letting Go Of My Past

    Eye Opening Experiences...There were a few incidents this summer and even ones from years ago that were definitely a slap in the face for me. They are going to be hard for me to talk about, but that is okay because I have learned from them. They are only making me a better person, so even though they were hard to recognize and admit too, they are helping me grow! I want to share these, so others can learn and know that life is not perfect. We make mistakes. We learn from our mistakes. We move FORWARD from them! 

    Nantucket Island

    How I am Working On Being The Best Version of ME...Working on yourself is also hard! No one said life was easy. I have acknowledged and said it out loud as to what I need to work on. I am owning my shit. I am reading. I am leaning on friends. I am talking to my Life Coach. I am doing all the right things and moving in the right direction to be the BEST version of ME so that I can help others and inspire others to find their true authentic self! 

    Food...Because admit it, we all like to look at what other people are eating! As you know, I like food and I am really good at eating it! Food makes me happy. It keeps me fueled for my training and for my busy schedule. Food is fun and food is DELICIOUS! So food is going to be making a comeback because I like sharing and creating my creations with all you. 

    Breakfast of Champions

    What topic are you most excited to read about?

    How are YOU currently feeling?

    EverlyWell #OwnYourHealth

    Have you missed me? I know you have, just tell me YES! I will eventually get back into a more regular blogging schedule. Life is just BUSY! So for right now, I am just doing what I can, when I can, all while making sure I enjoy this beautiful summer and have FUN, but also continue to grow, build, and dream BIG! These summer days on Nantucket are quickly disappearing and I just wish I could slow it down...But we know we can't so let us dive into today's blog post...

     

    I recently was asked to review EverlyWell by the FitApproach Team. EverlyWell provides convenient at home testing. Testing that is ordered by you. And it provides results that you can understand. When you live 30 miles out at sea on an island, this kind of service is definitely convenient for me, so I was excited to give it a try. I have never taken a food sensitivity test, but as I have gotten older and become more aware of my body and what it needs, I have noticed what foods do and do not align with my tummy. So I was intrigued to learn if I was accurate on what foods I knew were not good for this belly!

    So this is how it works: 

    • You can order whatever test you'd like. They offer: Women's Hormones and Fertility, Heart Health, Metabolism, Sleep and Stress, Metals and Toxins, and Food Sensitivity;
    • Once you order your test online, your box is delivered to your doorstep;
    • The tests are taken at home, on your time;
    • After you take the test, you send it back (FREE shipping) and then you wait for your results;
    • Your results are then sent your inbox! They are easy to understand and use!

    Like I mentioned above, I took the Food Sensitivity Test. This test is different from food allergies because a food allergy is an immediate and life-threatening reaction to a specific food. A food sensitivity may cause various physical symptoms over a period of time, and your level of sensitivity can change over time. 

    I received my results very quickly via email and yes it was honestly VERY easy to understand! The email explains your results and when you click to view your results you are again given another explanation as to how to understand the results.

    These graphics are great and I like how all the foods are nicely divided into different groups and there is NO WAY that you cannot decipher whether or not you are sensitive to that food. Dairy was the first group that popped up and I was not surprised by my results. I used to drink milk all the time, as well as yogurt, and cottage cheese. But now, cottage cheese and yogurt are instant bloating for me! I am okay with milk if it is just in my coffee. I miss having yogurt and cottage cheese, for that extra protein, but that bloating...definitely not worth it! Oh well, I am just happy that nuts were not an issue...ALLELUJAH! 

    This was honestly a great experience! I have no complaints or concerns about this product. If you are looking for an affordable way to do at home testing, I would definitely recommend EverlyWell. You can use the code YOURBESTFOODS and get 15% off your kit. So give it a try if you have been questioning why certain foods are making you feel a little wishy-washy! 

    Have you ever had a Food Sensitivity Test?

    What is one food that you are sensitive too?