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So…What am I Supposed to Eat?

When I’m asked for help in regards to nutrition and/or exercise, I have always feared sounding like a know-it-all. Being that way doesn’t feel natural to me. But I also get an overwhelming amount of questions like, “so, what am I supposed to eat?”

Speaking from experience and simply explaining how I do things feels incredibly natural, though. That slight changing of gears (in my mindset & approach) in helping others become the healthiest version of themselves has been huge.

Something I’ve witnessed with folks that are looking to become healthier, lose weight, regain vitality &/or boost energy is….

an overwhelming sense of paralysis due to fear & information overload in regards to food.

What’s good for you? What’s not? But, that website said I shouldn’t eat this? So, should I? Why am I breaking out? Is that my body detoxing? Why am I not losing weight? Do I need to go paleo, vegan, gluten free, dairy free blah, blah, blah, blah? Is low fat good? Or should I limit sugar? What about eating frequently throughout the day? Snacks? Eating late? How much protein do I need? Do I need to buy organic food? What’s the big deal about raw food?

Holy cow.

That’s what I mean. Can you say: Oh-ver-load!

Recent discussions in the food world, especially in healthy-minded communities have reached an all-time high–or at least it seems that way. Perhaps, I’m just more aware of it now because I am completely submerged in this world.

Like ANYTHING else in life. I find that the solution is simple & concise:

Ditch rules. Think: Eat to feel good.

Now, I get that many brains will completely come unwired to that idea. There has to be more to it, many must think. Well, I can break it down a little bit farther for those brains. Here are some things I keep in mind & how I would describe my daily eating choices (I feel the healthiest I’ve ever been in my life)…

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How I do it:

-Loads of: plants, superfoods, alkaline-forming foods

-Look to healthy fats & protein for fuel (limit refined sugar–it’s more of a cheap thrill. Too much promotes internal acidity. FRUIT is not in this category. Eat your fruit!)

-When grocery shopping, think: organic, raw, fresh.

-Drink lots of water. Basically as much as you can stand. Water helps everything in your body operate more optimally.

-Appreciate food again. Get excited to eat GOOD FOR YOU food. Don’t rush everything. Savor the subtle flavors of everything.

You might be thinking….so what about the dietary restrictions?

I find that (life is like this, too) when I focus my energy on all of those good things going into my body, I don’t have room for the extra junk. Thus, foods like processed grains, dairy, junk food, soda, other miscellaneous garbage food don’t find their way into my daily nutrition often because there’s no room for them. Does that make sense?

It’s like overwhelming your body with “positive,” good foods (like you overwhelm your mind with postitive thoughts to stay happy), so much so, that you don’t leave any room for the negative stuff that sucks the life out of you. You see, it’s all connected. It’s not diet is one isolated aspect & mindset is another isolated aspect of you. The same mantras can & do apply to every facet of your well being. Just apply them and life just becomes easier. You become healthier. That fog lifts. You end up looking in the mirror one day and feeling like you are becoming little Jesica again. Young, spry, capable, healthful without a care in the world. Well, maybe that’s just me. But MAN, it’s an incredible feeling–hard to describe really. AND it all starts with how you fuel your body and your mentality going into it.

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Q & A with UltraRunner Emz Eliason of RunEmz.com

So excited to share the wisdom and thoughts of a woman that I truly admire, look up to, and see as a running sister!

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Here are my questions to Emz:

1. You run, a whole bunch. What gets you up in the morning with such tenacity?

I’d say for the most part it is my goals. Even if I don’t have a scheduled race in the near future, I know running for charities is my passion. I always want to know that if I received an opportunity to do a run….that I will be ready [training wise]. The early morning hours are MY time for ME. This may mean I get out of bed at 4:30 but it is always worth it.

2. How is each run different for you?

Although I do all my runs on a treadmill, I do try to make sure that I change it up. Some days I go a little faster, some days I take the incline higher. At least three days a week I try to do my runs without any music or TV. Other days I take it easy & just let the legs go.

3. If you could sum up your approach to running, what would it be?

Just. Freaking. Run.
Who cares about the speed. Get out there.

4. If you could only run in one pair of shoes for the rest of your life…what brand & model?

Love this question. Without a doubt Mizuno Wave Prophecy 3’s.

5. Dream place to run:

New Zealand. Every year we go back to visit family – it reminds me that I do like running outside every now & then. 😜

6. Dream running buddy:

My Instagram friends. Truth. Some of the coolest people ever. I have made some of my closest/dearest friends through social media. I have been fortunate enough to run alongside many of them during one of my 24-hour treadmill runs. As well as having some of them pace me during my trail 100’s. Incredible, inspiring, thoughtful, selfless individuals.

7. Favorite run of your life so far:

Grand Canyon Rim to Rim to Rim run. It was a completely different experience than any ultra I have ever done. No crowds. No cheering. No crew. No run partners. Just me with myself, outside in one of God’s most incredible creations.

8. If you could give nutritional advice to other runners, what would it be?

That quote, “you can’t out train a bad diet”…… It’s the truth. It took me way too long to get this through my thick skull. Running 70-100 miles a week does not give you the right to eat superfluous amounts of crap. I found when I eat bad – I feel like bad. Don’t get me wrong I enjoy carrot cake & pizza with the best of them. And I do ENJOY my treats occasionally. But not daily.

9. Favorite food/meal:

Mexican food. All of it. [sans meat & dairy]. My go to after a long run….Cafe Rio vegetarian salad [tortilla, black beans, all veggies, guacamole, jalapeños, salsa] = my heaven.
My daily staple = vega one vanilla chai protein shake. Holy. Yum.

10. Favorite Athlete:

All the mom’s out there. I know you may call this generic…. But it’s the honest truth. I am so inspired by moms who get up and put in hard amounts of training every day – then rather seamlessly put on their mom, wife and employee hats. It’s incredible to me. I am far more inspired by “average women” than professional female athletes.

11. Your best marital & parenting advice:

Be honest. Express your needs. Communicate. Hang out together. Not a fan of girl’s night or girl’s weekend but I am a huge fan of date night with my man. I choose him every damn day over anything else.

Don’t make your child’s life easy. Teach them how to work hard. Be an example of this.

12. What impression would you hope to leave on those that look up to you?

That I’m not a talented runner. But I put in a lot of work. My parents taught me the value of working hard at a very young age. It has always stuck with me. If you want something. Put in the work. Get after it. Now.

13. Emz’s Life Motto, summed up:

You’ve. Freaking. Got. This.

Train your brain to tell your body you CAN do hard things.

I’ll be sure to keep this post on hand for days when I want an extra dosage of motivation. You ROCK, EMZ!!! Thank you for sharing your thoughts with me 🙂

Be sure to check out Emz’s blog!!

Organic Protein Muffin Recipe

This post contains a recipe for organic, no sugar added, gluten free, dairy free protein muffins.

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In an effort to create a healthy treat that can be eaten quickly and on the go, I played with some ingredients and came up with these organic, gluten free, dairy free, no sugar added, protein muffins that I’m very excited about! I will also suggest how to make a vegan version (without eggs). Having these sitting in the kitchen will help encourage you to reach for a healthy treat versus snacking on junk.

Keep in mind, I did use measuring cups to record which measurements worked, but I also advocate taking a recipe and putting your own spin on it.

Here is what you need:

-A pinch of himalayan sea salt

-1/2 teaspoon organic Vanilla Extract

-3/4 cup of organic Coconut Flour

-1/2 cup Coconut oil or Coconut Butter (might have to pop it in the microwave to melt it enough to mix in)

-1/4 cup of organic Stevia

-1 scoop of Vanilla Raw Protein by Garden of Life

-1 scoop of Marley Coffee Raw Protein by Garden of Life

-2 eggs

-1-2 tablespoons of water (if needed: to make desired consistency)

Optional (to make a festive batch!)

-Add 4 small sweet potatoes to the mixture after they’ve been boiled (for about 5 minutes), chopped and blended. You could also use organic pumpkin! Make sure that if you buy canned pumpkin, it’s in a BPA free can (available at Whole Foods).

-You could also substitute chia seeds for the eggs if you are vegan!

Mixing:

-Combine wet ingredients separately from the dry ingredients, then combine them both together.

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Baking Instructions:

-Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes

-Muffins are tasty warm, or cold!

-Best if stored in the refrigerator after they cool

These muffins are entirely organic, gluten free, dairy free, protein dense and delicious! Using the stevia in place of sugar keeps the sugar content at bay.They make for a perfect snack in between meals. ENJOY!

Liebster Award

Liebster Award

Thank you Kate, from RunWithKate.com for tagging me! The Liebster Award is given to upcoming bloggers who have less than 200 followers.

The meaning: Liebster is German and means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.

Rules for receiving this award:

1. Each person must post 11 things about themselves.

2. Then answer the questions the tagger sent for them, plus create 11 questions for the people they’ve tagged to answer.

3. Choose 11 people and link them in your post.

4. Notify the people you have tagged.

5. No tag backs.

My 11 Things:

1. The tallest I have been measured at is 5’9″.

2. I have been to roughly 40 states.

3. Aquamarine is my favorite color.

4. I prefer gold jewelry over silver.

5. 2012 was a very eventful year: I got my driver’s license at age 24, I graduated college, I got my ears pierced for the first time, and I started this blog.

6. I can’t wait to get my own first dog. I already have dog names picked out (Gator, Jup, Fletcher, Billy Joel, Rocky Balboa, or Trinity) & I’d like it to be a Chocolate or Black Laborador.

7. My first name is spelt with one “s”. Jesica. My computer tells me I’m spelling it incorrectly. Drives me bonkers.

8. Favorite shoes: Rainbow Brand Sandals

9. I love sushi with lots of wasabi and ginger.

10. I love the Rocky movie series–it always pumps me up even when I’m my most relaxed or tired.

11. I think few things are better than smelling freshly ground coffee beans!

Kate’s Questions for Me:

1. Is this your first blog? If not, where did you start?

-This is my first blog. It was created on a whim on a lunch break in between college classes!

2. Where were you born?

-West Palm Beach, FL

3. What’s something you’ve done that you are incredibly proud of?

-Even though I don’t believe it defines me, I am proud that I completed my Bachelor’s Degree and I am proud that I satisfied a childhood dream of being a college athlete.

4. What’s something you got in trouble for in school?

-Texting in class! (high school)

5. What do you like most about yourself right now?

-I like that I always find/make time for exercise and eating nutritiously, despite all the traveling I do.

6. Who is your biggest fan?

-My parents! They are incredibly loving and supportive.

7. What sport do you follow?

-Volleyball & Football

8. Do you have a hidden talent?

-My feet are like a second set of hands because I have long toes 🙂

9. When do you blog?

-Whenever I have time & an internet connection! I have had to blog from my phone lately because I do not have internet available on my laptop.

10. Is there anyone who doesn’t know about your blog that you’ve avoided telling?

-Quite the contrary! I have tried telling people about my blog that might not have any interest. Haha 🙂

11. Name a song that you can’t get enough of at the moment.

-Young Blood by The Naked & Famous

My Questions for You:

1. What gets you up in the morning?

2. Who is your favorite professional athlete?

3. What is your favorite US state?

4. Beach or mountains?

5. Day or night?

6. Favorite item in your refrigerator/pantry?

7. What would your last meal be?

8. When do you feel the most alive (doing what)?

9. Lover or a fighter?

10. Favorite musician/band?

11. Outfit of choice?

11 People–You’ve just been tagged! (Most of you might have way more than 200 followers like the award description explains, but I wanted to send you some love anyways!)

1. Beginners Runner

2. Organic Eater

3. Fit and Forty Something

4. Stina Sohlberg

5. Feed Your Skull

6. Katie Bug

7. RunEmz

8. Flight to Run

9. Boston Bound Brunette

10. What Kelly Said

11. Jen in Training

Thank you to my fellow bloggers for the inspiration!

Excellent Information – Where to Find It

The above pictures are linked to my 3 favorite websites to visit when I want to learn anything fitness or health related. They also sell amazing products on their website such as supplements and natural skin care.

They are the websites of power couple and health gurus Laird Hamilton and Gabrielle Reece. I could go on ALL DAY about how spectacular and impressive these two individuals are, but, instead, I’ll let you go check out their websites and experience it for yourself! Such top-notch information and knowledge should be shared! 🙂