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Although I’m a strong advocate of running outdoors, I’m not at all opposed to joining a gym (especially when exercising outside or even in your home just isn’t an option). They’re full of all the equipment you want and need, they’re great places to meet new people, and -- let’s face it -- Netflix marathons aside, going to the gym gives you a much better reason to wear those sweats. However, joining a gym can be intimidating -- for some (like me), it can even cause panic and anxiety. Even so, I decided to join a gym this year as part of my physical wellness plan, and my experiences shopping around helped me figure out a few tips for joining a gym that might help you, too.
Raise your hand if you participated in the 108 Sun Salutations during the Spring Equinox this past weekend. If you didn't feel like you were up to it (or, opted not to for physical health reasons such as hip-related problems) or just didn't have time (don't get me started on that, though!), fret not: author and registered yoga teacher Carol Krucoff has put together 108 yoga practices anyone with a minute -- literally, one minute -- can do. Learn more about Carol below, but for now, let's talk about her awesome little guidebook, Yoga Sparks: 108 Easy Practices for Stress Relief in a Minute or Less.
First of all, I love sweet potatoes. My God, do I love sweet potatoes. Second of all, sweet potatoes are packed with carotenoids which, in addition to giving them their orange color, also act as antioxidants that protect cells from damage and help form Vitamin A -- the vitamin important for sprouting new neurons and helping those neurons find each other and form new connections. So, naturally I had to try this Vegetarian Times recipe for sweet potato latkes (which are sort of like pancakes). You can see the entire write up over at Vegetarian Times: Sweet Potato Latkes, but below is my summary (and review).
Looking for a sweet little morning or mid-afternoon pick-me-up without the guilt of a ton of sugar or calories and some serious brain boosting? I highly recommend this chocolate banana milkshake!
Have you watched Hungry for Change yet? A few Saturday nights ago, I had nothing better to do than sit in front of Netflix (sad, I know, but let's stay on topic here). As I flipped through the new releases, a documentary called Hungry for Change caught my eye. I suppose it was the documentary's cover image, a happy chick holding a grocery bag full of whole foods wrapped with a measuring tape, that caught my eye. Because my grocery bags have been looking more and more like that lately (see Can Clean Eating Help Restore Hormonal Balance?), it seemed potentially up my alley. So, what's Hungry for Change all about?
Happy Friday, readers! The holiday season is in full swing, and with all the parties and family gatherings usually comes food. Lots of food. Vegetable and cheese trays are popular staples this time of year. They're convenient, simple to prepare, and affordable to buy if you're short on time! So, I thought now would be a good time to review my favorite brand of gluten-free crackers for those of you who want or need to keep things gluten free for your physical and mental health this season.
Continuing with my efforts to review gluten-free foods for folks who follow GF diets for various physical and mental health reasons (plus, GF foods I have to actually make - like the gluten-free brownies - and not just those I can warm in the microwave - like the gluten-free cinnamon rolls...even though they were delicious!), last week I tried gluten-free cornbread! Now, I've tried a few different gluten-free breads before. I had luck with regular sliced bread (like the Schar Gluten-Free Classic White Bread), but not much luck with hot dog buns (specifically, Ener-G Tapioca Gluten-Free Hot Dog Buns). Fortunately, my experience with this particular GF cornbread was more similar to that of the sliced bread than the hot dog buns!
I spent this past weekend in Asheville, North Carolina. If you've never been, Asheville is an amazing city in North Carolina, part of a four-county metropolitan area and popular for its gorgeous mountains, live music, arts and crafts, locally grown and organic food, historical attractions like the Biltmore Estate and Thomas Wolfe House, and... ...beer. Asheville is home to numerous breweries (such as Highland Brewing Company, French Broad Brewery, and Green Man Brewery - my favorite), and even more pubs. So, when we arrived Friday night, having a drink or three was a given, as was having a delicious vegan meal, so the beau and I headed to Laughing Seed (conveniently located above my favorite pub, Jack of the Wood). We both (yes, both of us - I was so proud of him) ordered a vegan, gluten-free burger and a beer while we waited. Imagine my delight when I saw Dogfish Head's Tweason'ale Gluten-Free Beer on the menu.
When I first started my gluten-lite journey, it was easy to imagine some types of gluten-free foods. For example, fruits and vegetables are gluten free, as are fresh eggs, meat, seeds and nuts, and most dairy products. However, wrapping my brain around other gluten-free versions of certain foods, like breads and pastas, was a different story. I've since discovered that I like some gluten-free bread, I'm not that fond of some kinds of gluten-free hot dog buns, and certain gluten-free pastries are delicious. I'm just now getting around to gluten-free pasta with Road's End Organics Gluten-Free Alfredo Mac & Chreese.
Mmm... It's a nice, lazy kind of afternoon for brunch, isn't it? (Well, it would be if you're reading this at the time of publishing, ha!) If you're looking for a gluten-free food for breakfast or brunch - one that will fill you up as well as satisfy your sweet tooth - might I suggest Udi's Gluten-Free Cinnamon Rolls? That's right! It's time for another review in my ongoing gluten-lite journey!