Monday, November 29, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
I breathe a deep thank you every morning to those people and things that have shaped my life. A thanks to my mentors, teachers, friends, supporters, family, acquaintances, to have taught me so much, and whom I continue to learn from everyday. For a warm bed, cozy comforter, in a wonderful apartment, with a sizeable kitchen, IKEA (blood and sweat) furniture and a fantastic roommate. For a body that runs, crunches, dances, spins and twirls. For nourishing food in my fridge, and warm coffee in the morning. For a determination that burns bright inside me, and blatant optimism. For the constant inspiration that the world provides from a myriad of sources. Thank YOU for reading, for commenting, for talking!
I loved and agree 100% with this Wall Street Journal article that compiled psychology research to find:
So let's give thanks!!
a few other T-Giving Musings:
Turkey doesn't have to take center stage:
If I was making Thanksgiving I would start with this list of amazing vegan recipes from LunchBox Bunch. Choosing Raw also has a fantastic sampling of vegan/mostly raw dishes that will make your tofurky run for cover. I also love Well Blog's compliation of vegan recipes from star chefs.
Don't feel guilty about the holidays:
I loved Rachel Berman's advice:
My 'how to eat healthy at the holidays' guide = allow yourself your favorite foods in moderation & listen to your internal hunger cuesFind how to have a Balanced & Healthy Thanksgiving on Rebecca Scritchfield's blog.
and of course don't forget to put yourself first!
Runnin it off?
I'm running the Gobble Gobble Gobble with several fantastic friends thanksgiving morning. This 4 miler is my first race under 13.1 miles, and it's a little nerve-wracking. Oh well, it was named one of the Top 100 New England Races and the race entry goes to Project Soup: New England's first free supper program.
I also decided to do The 15th Annual Don't Do Boston 50K the day before the Boston marathon. Why not, right? It's right in my backyard, and I have a fantastic friend who wants to run it with me! Any ultra experts want to recommend a training plan? It's not much more than 26 miles, but very difficult terrain, so i'm shopping for plans right now.
My life can be totally random:
Nothing says winter like hot boozy drinks right? I may be warming up to one of these, courtesy of Chow
Oh so wise 'There is a lot of love in the silences or in just listening' -Jake Gyllenhaal: i NEED to see Love and other Drugs. Add that to my list of cinematic must-sees including Howl, 127 Hours, and HP7 of course.
That I do: Love Food: Hate Waste
What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?
Friday, November 19, 2010
The societal cost of NOT eating fruits and vegetables: $56.2 billion (grew 9% each year over last 5 years), growing health care cost of treating diet-related diseases To put this in perspective, eight of the states with the lowest fruit and vegetable consumption are also in the top 10 states with the highest obesity rates. William Dietz, M.D., Ph.D., director of CDC's Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity said,
“A diet high in fruits and vegetables helps maintain a healthy weight and
reduces the risk of several serious, chronic diseases. We need to continue
our effort in making the healthy choice the easy choice.”
Fruits and vegetables are cancer fighters, heart protectors, and just plain delicious. And as Joan Salge-Blake RD, always says, “They’ll fill you UP before they fill you OUT.” I'm a self-proclaimed vegetable junkie, and it breaks my little heart to see them left off of other people's plates!
So how can you make the healthy choice and increase your fruit and vegetable consumption? Here are some great tips from the Fruits & vegetables: More Matters Campaign.
- Add strawberries, blueberries, or bananas to your waffles, pancakes, cereal, oatmeal, or toast.
- Top toasted whole-grain bread with peanut butter and sliced bananas
- Add some cooked dry beans to your salad. Or, if you have a sweet tooth, add chopped apples, pears, or raisins.
- Pack a fruit with your lunch.
- Have soup. You can stick with the basics like tomato or vegetable soup or mix up some minestrone or veggie chili to cut winter's chill. When possible, choose soups with less sodium.
- Try eating at least 2 vegetables with dinner
- Snack on vegetables like bell pepper strips and broccoli with hummus
- Stash bags of dried fruit at your desk for a convenient snack.
- Drink a fruit smoothie made with whole fruit, ice cubes, and soy or almond milk
- Canned, dried, and frozen fruits and vegetables are also good options. Look for fruit without added sugar or syrups and vegetables without added salt, butter, or cream sauces.
- Ants on a log isn’t just for kids- put some natural peanut butter on celeries and top with raisins
What's your favorite way to eat your fruits and vegetables?
Monday, November 15, 2010
One of my mentors and role models, Rebecca Scritchfield just launched a new initiative called the Me Movement-a way to help you stay healthy and sane this holiday season. She designed a pledge to commit to positive self care through the hectic holiday season. Of course, I signed up asap. I printed out the pledge I made for myself and put it on my desk. I have never been someone who makes New Years Resolutions. Every year on New Years Day my family pulls out our gigantic calender and looks at all the things we accomplished in the year, while going through photos. We talk about some of the things we have to look forward to, and with a "love, love, rabbit rabbit" start the new year off right. But although I never feel guilty around January 1st, I know the next couple of months are going to be a bit stressful. Change is in the air, and while that is positive, I know it could get taxing. Finals are coming up, I have a funeral to attend, Thanksgiving here in Boston, Home to Wyoming, oh and a little thing called Graduation and DI applications. These are all periods when I could start stress eating, over/underexercising and not listening to what my body, mind and soul needs. I acknowledge that I am a person-pleaser and can be a perfectionist, but need to remember that I can not accomplish these things if I don't take time for myself.
For my health and wellness, I want to put myself first this holiday season. This year will be different. I am going to take care of myself during this busy (sometimes hectic) time. If that means asking for help, saying “no”, or scheduling “down time,” I will do it. I’m done being overcommitted.
- I pledge to remember how good it feels when I’m taking care of myself. And when I feel good, I am able to take better care of those I love.
- I pledge to keep in mind that social situations are about the companionship, as much as the delicious food and drinks. I want to enjoy foods that look and taste good while respecting my body’s “fullness” and “satisfied” signals. I won’t judge myself if I ate “too much” of the holiday foods that don’t come around that often.
- I pledge to stay in tune with what my body needs, whether that’s food, rest, exercise, or sleep.
My well-being is my priority. The goals below reflect the healthiest ways I know how to meet my own needs.
Goal 1: I will dedicate 20 minutes of every day for “me” time. This can not be in front of a screen-I will use this time to read a book for pleasure, collage, or meditate.
Goal 2: I will get 7-8 hours of sleep every night.
Goal 3: I will incorporate more yoga into my workouts, for balance, flexibility and peace of mind.
Signature Elizabeth Jarrard Date 11/11/10
What are you inspired by right now? Are the holidays a stressful time for you? Would you consider signing the pledge and putting yourself first this holiday season?
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Sunday, November 7, 2010
In case you've never been the Liberty Hotel is FANTASTIC. It's going to be a stellar event and I'm so bummed I can't be there. Enter the giveaway here: http://iamguiltless.blogspot.com/2010/11/guiltless-giveaway.html
Have a fantastic week!
Monday, November 1, 2010
November is one of my favorite months and I'm sure this year will exceed expectations! FNCE, my birthday, Thanksgiving, family, it'll be a ride and a half!
And a quote for today:
Do you like Halloween? The dressing up part or the candy bit? Tell me your favorite halloween costume this year!
"What is a bombshell? Its a sexy energy that comes from inside"
-Alessandra Ambrosio Victoria's Secret model
-Alessandra Ambrosio Victoria's Secret model