среда, 2 ноября 2016 г.

YUMMY!!! Happy Birthday to me!

YUMMY!!! Happy Birthday to me!

YUMMY!!! Happy Birthday to me!

Tuesday is my thirty-something birthday and I wanted to make something fun for myself. A little happiness in a jar for my happy day please! These are great because I know that in no way during the week could I make a cake for myself. I can just put the lid on these beauties and store in the fridge until my day. (okay so we all ate one tonight but there is still 4 left...)

I have seen these fun little cupcakes baked right in the jar over at Babble and had to give it a try myself. {My birthday was the perfect excuse} It's an awesome tutorial but I wanted to make mine on a smaller scale and simplify the mess a little.

I did make mine a little different and wanted to share with you all what worked for me.

1)Mix a white cake mix as directed. Separate into as many bowls as you want colors. (now that I think about it you could just mix the batter and food coloring up in the baggie and save a bowl mess)

2) Place each color of batter into individual gallon baggies. Cut a corner of the baggie off.

3)Using the baggie you just filled with caked batter, layer to fill each 1/2 pint jar halfway full of cake batter. If you fill it more than that, it will bake over and out of the jar.

4) Place on a baking sheet and bake at 325 for 45 or so minutes until your knife comes out clean.

5)Scoop the top of the cupcake off to make room for the icing.

(it was a fun surprise to see how beautiful it was inside)

YUMMY!!! Happy Birthday to me! {Taidy Original} Come Together Kids Homespun With Love {Little Lucy Lu} This week I'm sharing..... Whats more fun than water balloons? Water balloons on your shoes!! Supplies Needed: Water balloons and flip flops. I found both at Target. Total cost $3.50 Wait there is one more thing.. You need a matching hair bow to match your shoes, right?!

Original article and pictures take http://runwithglitter.blogspot.com/2011/07 site

вторник, 1 ноября 2016 г.

Your Cheat Sheet to the Most Popular Styles of Yoga

Your Cheat Sheet to the Most Popular Styles of Yoga

Your Cheat Sheet to the Most Popular Styles of Yoga

Yoga is effective on many facts on human body. Thanks for the great post and clean graphic

I’m a vinyasa girl myself but this is such wonderful info for anyone who is considering yoga and feeling overwhelmed to their options. I’ll be sure to share this one!!

A very comprehensive page on yoga ! The graphics are superb and easy to understand.

The first time I ever went into a yoga studio, I remember looking at the line-up of classes and thinking, whaaa?! There were so many different styles of yoga listed. How did I know which one was best for me? Best for beginners? Best for those looking for a more spiritual experience? A less spiritual experience? Those with alignment issues? Those who want to build strength, relax or get sweaty?

So. Many. Questions!

Back then, I had to just Google and try different styles of yoga to find my workout jam, but man, oh, man do I wish I had this infographic from Fairmont back then. It would have saved me a lot of …awkwardness. I still remember one of my first classes involving a lot of chanting, cat/cow and panting and me being totally and absolutely out of my element.

This infographic breaks down the most popular styles of yoga including ashtanga, bikram, vinyasa and yin. It looks at the differences between each style, including who it is most suitable for, the health benefits, its history and what to expect from a class. If you’re new to yoga, it’s worth saving to reference again and again!

What are your favorite styles of yoga? I’m so a vinyasa and restorative girl. \u2014Jenn

Original article and pictures take http://fitbottomedgirls.com/2016/07/140474 site

понедельник, 31 октября 2016 г.

You might not want to eat pizza ever again after reading this post. At least, I don't, that's for sure!

You might not want to eat pizza ever again after reading this post. At least, I don't, that's for sure!

You might not want to eat pizza ever again after reading this post. At least, I don't, that's for sure!

I FINALLY started my diet plan today. I meant to start it weeks ago, but I realize, as a new mom, what used to take me 5 minutes to complete now takes about an hour! Ha!

Before starting this official transformation diet plan, I had been following a simple, premade diet plan that you can find here. I used this plan from delivery to 6 weeks postpartum since I was supposed to begin THIS plan at that time. But I ended up staying on this premade plan for another two weeks-till today! So happy to be off of that and onto a plan that I specifically made for MYSELF!

My postpartum diet plan will consist of 6 meals per day, but to keep things simple, I separated the \"snacks\", though they are also considered \"meals\" in this plan.

I am so happy to announce that I've began writing my postpartum diet & fitness ebook!

In my new ebook, I will be highlighting a full one month diet plan, based on my postpartum diet as well as including my entire postpartum workout plan to transform your body! Be on the lookout for it towards the end of May.

My postpartum workout plan begins tomorrow!! I am absolutely excited and nervous all at the same time. It's been almost two months since I've been in a gym! You may ask why I didn't start working out at 6 weeks after being given the clear and that's because I still had a bit of healing to do \"down there\" due to some complications that are now resolved. I did do some walking around two weeks postpartum, however! I cannot wait to get back to the heavy lifting and intense cardio HIIT sessions.

I will also be including home workout sessions for those days when I just cannot make it to the gym. Those will be included in the ebook as well!

My diet & fitness plan is tailored to help you to reach these goals:

*Tight up flabby skin from pregnancy

*Burn fat

*Build Muscle

*Blast Cellulite

Right now, I will be honest-my skin is a bit loose, I have some cellulite on my lower body, and I lack muscle tone and I jiggle. I cannot wait to transform my body and to share my journey along the way!

Here is a daily sample of my clean eating postpartum diet plan & what I'm eating today:


1/2 cup oats


6 oz grilled chicken breast or 6oz grilled pork tenderloin

Handful of almonds or 1 tbsp almond butter

2 filets baked tilapia or 6oz grilled steak

Fresh carrot sticks with 2 tbsp hummus

General rules:


Here is a printable for you to click, save, and print to keep with you!

You might not want to eat pizza ever again after reading this post. At least, I don't, that's for sure!

Original article and pictures take http://fitmommydiaries.blogspot.com/2014/03 site

You know, one thing I love about my yoga practice that I never considered until I started writing this was how much more aware I am of my body now.

You know, one thing I love about my yoga practice that I never considered until I started writing this was how much more aware I am of my body now.

You know, one thing I love about my yoga practice that I never considered until I started writing this was how much more aware I am of my body now.

Since I spent the last couple of posts in the beginner yoga series talking about how having an open and strong lower body can help relieve back pain (read them here and here), I decided, why not share how you can actually have a strong back? Today, I’m sharing 5 beginner yoga poses for a strong back.

You know, one thing I love about my yoga practice that I never considered until I started writing this was how much more aware I am of my body now.

The first time I did a back strengthening routine, my whole back was so sore the day after, I thought I broke something! Then I realized, it was just the regular muscle soreness you get after working out a muscle group that’s been ignored for a while.

But let’s be real, how often do you think about the muscles in your back? I know I didn’t, at least not actively, before yoga. Strength was all about those arms, legs and abs. But the back is the second half of the core that often gets ignored. A strong core is very essential in any yoga practice. Having a strong core supports your upper body in backbends, aids in floating in arm balances and helps to maintain good posture in standing poses. So, let’s jump right in, remember to hold each pose for 3 to 5 slow breaths.

Sphinx Pose | Salamba Bhujangasana

How To: Begin by lying face down on your mat. Bring your palms forward and place them directly under your shoulders. Using your back muscles, push the floor away slightly, while lifting your head and chest. Slowly place your forearms on the floor, one at a time, with your elbows now directly under your shoulders. Relax your shoulders and legs, while pulling your chest forward. To come out, slowly lower your chest to the floor, and return to a lying position with your arms by your sides.

Benefits: Strengthens the backs. Stretches the back and ab muscles.

Cobra Twist | Parivrtta Bhujangasana

How To: Begin by lying face down on your mat. Bring your palms to rest on the floor directly below your shoulders, while also resting your chin on the floor. Using your back muscles, slowly lift your upper body from the mat, and press the floor away. Come up as far as comfortable, don’t worry about having straight arms. Shift your right hand inward to rest on the floor in front of your midline. Twisting to the left, reach your left arm back to rest on the inside of your left thigh, and look over your left shoulder. To come out, turn your body back to face forward, place both palms on the floor and slowly lower your whole body back to the mat.

Benefits: Strengthens the upper back, shoulders and core muscles. Stretched the chest, abs and shoulders.

Seated Forward Fold | Paschimottanasana

How To: Begin in a seated position with your legs stretched out in front of you. On an inhale, reach your arms strongly up towards the ceiling, to lengthen your spine. On an exhale, hinge forward at your hips, slide you’re the middle and index finger of both hands on the inside of your big toes and grab your big toes. On another inhale, lengthen your spine and create a flat back, then slowly draw your chest towards your legs on your exhale. Once you’ve reached as far as is comfortable, let your head hang, but do no strain your head towards the legs. All reaching should be done from the chest. To come out, inhale your upper body up with your arms reaching up towards the ceiling. Exhale and drop your hands to return to sitting.

Benefits: Stretches the hamstrings and lower back mucles.

Snake Pose | Sarpasana

How To: Begin by lying face down on your mat. Rest your chin on the floor and interlace your fingers behind you. On an inhale, reach your arms strongly towards the back wall, while lifting your chest and head with your back muscles. Keep your hands lifted from your body, and your shoulders relaxed down your back and away from your ears. Keep your neck relaxed, with your gaze straight ahead. To come out, slowly lower your upper body to the mat, and release your arms to the sides.

Benefits: Strengthens and increases flexibility in the lower back and muscles along the spine. Stretches the chest, abs and shoulders.

Half Locust | Ardha Salabhasana

How To: Begin by lying face down on your mat. Rest your chin on the floor and interlace your fingers under your body. On an inhale, activate the muscles in your lower back to lift your left leg. Make sure your left hip stays level with the right hip. To come out, slowly lower your leg on an exhale.

Benefits: Strengthens the lower back, hamstrings and glutes.

There you have it, 5 beginner yoga poses for a strong back. Don’t let your back muscles become the forgotten child of your core!

Let’s Chat: Have you tried any of these poses before? What are your thoughts? Leave a comment.

Original article and pictures take http://socialhermit.me/socialhermit/5-beginner-yoga-poses-strong-back site

пятница, 28 октября 2016 г.

Yoga and Metabolism Myths and Truths

Yoga and Metabolism Myths and Truths
Yoga and Metabolism Myths and Truths

In the world of fitness, there are tons of ways to get moving, sweating, and burning calories. Unfortunately, it can sometimes feel like an overwhelming task to find a workout that is not only good for the body, but for the spirit and mind as well. Yoga is a great way to shape muscles and allow the mind to relax -but can it really burn calories and increase the rate of your metabolism?
Spirit and Strength: Yoga Then and Now
Yoga is a combination of mental, spiritual, and physical practices aimed at strengthening the union between body and mind. Some of the earliest accounts of yoga date back more than 5,000 years, with practice in the East focused on the mental and spiritual aspects. It has only recently been introduced into Western culture with an increased emphasis on the physical practice.
The term yoga, derived from the Sanskrit word for “yoking,”is associated with uniting the mind, spirit, and body into one. It is based on breath control, meditation, and specific physical postures aimed at promoting overall health and relaxation. With yoga, we begin to melt away stress, release tension, and increase bliss. While conventional exercise guidelines are helpful for day-to-day functionality, in yoga there’s often a greater connection between the body and mind. This awareness and attention to each and every movement helps yogis create lean muscle and lose excess weight.
The idea that yoga is used only as a stress reliever is a prevalent myth, but flowing from pose to pose can also boost metabolism, helping to burn more calories throughout the day. Read on to learn how to tap into yoga’s many benefits, including the ability to rev up calorie burn.
Stoking the Fire: Metabolism and Why It’s Important
Metabolism is a biochemical process that occurs in all organisms: The body converts what we eat and drink into energy. The actual rate of metabolism depends on several factors including age, gender, and physical activity, which means we each have a unique metabolic rate. It’s important for metabolism to run quickly for the body to function optimally. Physical activity is a key factor for metabolic functioning. When the body begins to sweat, it kicks the endocrine (glandular) system in gear. This system helps regulate many organ functions in the body, including metabolism and digestion. A jumpstarted metabolism means the body will burn energy (or calories) more rapidly, facilitating weight loss.
Yoga’s Influence on Metabolism
Despite common misconceptions, yoga can be great way to increase metabolism. No matter what the activity, increasing movement can increase the metabolic rate. By improving digestion and circulation, and creating lean muscle mass, yoga is an all-encompassing way to help increase your metabolic rate.
Because the majority of the digestive tract is located in the abdomen, yoga exercises that focus on the core help the organs function properly. Think planks, boat position, or bringing knee into chest. Twisting poses help wring out the digestive track and detoxify the organs. Try twisted chair or revolved triangle.
When the body has poor circulation and is not receiving clean blood at a healthy rate, all of the organs are affected because they aren’t provided with enough oxygen and nutrients. When the circulatory system isn’t functioning properly, metabolism slows down. Deep and slow breathing during yoga can improve circulation by allowing arteries to open up and release pressure, increasing the blood flow and helping white blood cells circulate to the organs more quickly. Try inhaling and exhaling once per movement to increase heat in the body, and then slow it down by holding certain positions for five to ten breaths. At the end of your practice during meditation, try to breathe in for five counts, exhale for five counts, and pause with no air in your lungs for five counts. Repeat five times.
When practicing yoga, the body automatically targets large muscle groups and recruits smaller muscles to help achieve each position. Yoga tests strength, balance, and flexibility, challenging the body in a multitude of ways so it’s working as one unit. When multiple muscle groups work in conjunction, muscle starts to increase in size and density. The more muscle we build, the more calories we burn. The more calories burned, the more the metabolic rate increases to burn those calories.
Yoga Sequence to Rev Up Metabolism
When practicing yoga, try not to think about the picture of the pose, but instead focus on how the body feels in each position. Be sure to move slowly, and with control. Keep the muscles relaxed by releasing tension with each exhale. Practice often to increase balance, flexibility, and strength not only for your body, but also for your mind. Try to hold each pose for one breath per movement to challenge your metabolic rate. Feel stronger with each inhale and sink deeper into the position with each exhale. Explore. Relax. Release. Use your yoga practice as a moving mediation. Think of it as time for you to be in the present moment and do nothing but feel yourself, your body, and your mind.
A typical sun salutation is a great way for the body to get moving, and increase sweat, breathing, and metabolism.
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Tips to Stay in Tip-Top Yoga Shape
Always consult with a doctor before starting a new exercise routine.
Make sure to eat something light prior to working out -approximately one to two hours before. Replenish the body with something healthy after each workout.
Stay hydrated with roughly nine to 13 cups of water throughout the day.
Make sure all exercises are completed slowly and with controlled movement. Avoid moving too fast or rushing through a workout. It’s easy to think that the faster we move, the faster the time goes by. But most injuries happen because we push or force ourselves too much or too quickly.
When it comes to form, make sure to stack joints one on top of the other. For example, keep knees above ankles, shoulders above hips in a lunge. Keep the spine neutral at all times (for most people this means the tailbone is slightly dropped, the shoulders glide back and down, and the body “lifts”through the crown of the head, with the core active and tight).
Remember it’s important to breathe throughout the workout. Avoid holding the breath at any point.
Try to challenge yourself every time you hit the mat!
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Original article and pictures take http://www.fix.com/blog/yoga-and-metabolism site

четверг, 27 октября 2016 г.

Work Out Wins With New Balance

Work Out Wins With New Balance

Work Out Wins With New Balance

I've heard variety is key to staying motivated to work out. Totally believe it to.Getting out of my normal routine and heading to the local high school field was fun and different. Plus it was such perfect weather this weekend, who wouldn't have wanted to be outside?It was fun to kind of make up a routine while I was there (will post below). Since I've been doing crossfit, I've realized how easy it is to put together your own workout. Lots of rounds and basic moves will get you better than almost anything else.For this workout, I was wearing my New Balance Neutral 890v3 shoes recently sent to me for a review. I'm always excited to try out a new pair and this was no different. New BalanceI was a little intimidated by their heft …[Read more...]

Source.So Victoria's Secret for teens...I'm on it. I meant to write this a few days ago but time got away from me and I still wanted to weigh in.I kind of think people are freaking out way too much on this. First of all, Victoria's Secret has said that the line, \"Bright, Young Things\", is targeted to college-age girls.Some parents are upset because they think high school/tween girls just want to emulate college girls so the supposed demographic target doesn't matter.But Victoria's Secret is nothing new. I remember girls buying VS bras in middle school -- many moons before this line came out. I, of course, was in awe of those girls because I had no idea whose mother would go out and buy that for them. But, my puberty years were also really …[Read more...]

Last night I remembered why I love people so much. People have more strength than you think they do. People are good if you give them the benefit of the doubt.Even when they've messed up. A lot.Even when they've been mean. Even when they've done nearly unforgivable things.Last night at the Back on My Feet Birthday Fundraising Dinner, I sat next to a father of three, a former stock broker, a veteran of the United States military.Somehow they all ended up homeless - or nearly - addicted to drugs and alcohol.Last night with Larry, Carol, Marvin, George, Matt, Sam, MeBut then they decided to do something better.And every day it's a battle. Everyday, you have to say no again.Every day, you have to get out of bed and face the world …[Read more...]

If I'm in a pinch and need a quick fix for a snack or meal, Naked \"Green Machine\" smoothies are a regular go-to. They have more fruit than veggies and while I'd prefer the opposite, I still know I'm filling up on something good for my body.Until this week, I hadn't really tried any other Naked flavors. Boy, was I missing out! The first thing I do when choosing a drink is check the ingredient list. If water, sugar or an artificial flavor is first on the list, that drink is out.Not a problem with Naked. Their first ingedient is always the fruit itself. I was asked to try Mighty Mango and Strawberry Banana. Happily, I obliged.Mighty Mango Mango is one of my all-time favorite flavors of anything and the Naked smoothie did not disappoint.The …[Read more...]

*Thanks Wil for the screen shot!I was so excited yesterday when I got an email from Huffington Post Live asking me to appear on their daily show. I've been wanting to do a segment for awhile and this was the first time I was actually available when they got in touch!While I had intended to do a segment for political stuff (work props!), they asked me to join them for a piece called \"Hate the Tradition: The Anti-Bride\" after they saw my blog post on why I don't want a wedding. I'm definitely NOT an anti-bride but I am doing things very untraditionally. Ladies are definitely up for this fun topic. I was on with two other ladies, Annie -- who was engaged and married within weeks and Summer, a wedding planner from Georgia.The show …[Read more...]

Wearing Reebok wide strap top, sublite trainers and track jacket If you are like me, you've got a park somewhere near your house with all kinds of weird looking exercise equipment.What do you do with it? It looks out of place. I never used to use it. But since my workouts have become less conventional, I decided to take advantage of park.I performed Saturday's workout in my new Reebok Sub-lite 1.0 trainer shoes -- which I absolutely love. I've been fortunate enough to receive multiple pairs of shoes from Reebok but these are by far my favorites. It started withe pretty coral color but I soon found out they were comfortable and a great level for both Crossfit and typical strength and cross-training.One of my favorite moves is the simple …[Read more...]

Doing Open WOD 13.2 last weekSo...as you know, I'm signed up for the Reebok Crossfit Open this year. It's just for fun and team camaraderie and my box, Trident Crossfit.But even still, the pressure is on. I mean, like I am checking the Reebok Games website on Wednesday nights at 8pm on the dot (that's when they announce the WOD for the week) because I know I'll be doing it the next morning at 6am.I'm always a little nervous. Plus, someone is watching and judging you, unlike in normal workouts where you are really just doing your own thing.Julie Fouche demonstrating 13.3 When I checked the workout for WOD 13.3, I was not excited. Here's what I saw:12 minute AMRAP of: 150 Wall balls 90 Double-unders 30 Muscle-upsOn the Crossfit …[Read more...]

My friend Katie and I at a wedding in the Dominican Republic. I'll be the same size at my wedding as I was at that one!One of the most popular posts my blog has ever seen is \"Wedding Crash Diet Tips,\" written as a guest post by my friend Michelle, who, like many brides, lost weight for her wedding day.I've considered it. I mean, I'd love to look amazing for those photos. I'd love to fit into a smaller size and rock my bikini without being slightly self-conscious (I mean, is that even possible?)But, I'm not going to lose weight for the big day. The truth is, I'm okay with the way I am right now. This is the way I've been since I met my fiance and it's likely the way I'll stay (hopefully) for most of my life.Real girl = me last month. So it …[Read more...]

Arturo looking awesome doing a bad ass muscle up!I've been doing Crossfit for about a year now. I first heard about the sport back in 2008 but didn't pay much attention -- thinking it was just another version of P90X. Wrong. After I started crossfitting, I fell in love with the sport and it's been cool meeting others who totally understand that love.One of those people is my fiance's friend, Arturo. We've actually never met in person but I have seen his crossfit awesomeness on Facebook and was intrigued by the fact that he became a Crossfit coach and competitor. I knew I had to interview this guy and so...I did! Check out the powerful and inspiring things Arturo has to say about crossfit and life!Interview with a Crossfit JunkieName: …[Read more...]

So, Rock n' Roll half marathon -- we met again. I did not conquer all this year but I have never regretted a race. Despite feeling achy and slow during this 13.1, I still enjoyed being in the midst of it all.After completing Crossfit Open WOD 13.2 on Thursday morning, I didn't think I'd still be hurting from it on Saturday morning. WRONG. After six+ rounds of push presses and deadlifts, my shoulders and arms were killer. Just achy and irritating the entire race. I kept trying to shake them out but to no avail.Amy and I met Maggie at 6am to head to the metro and on to the race. It was already mass craziness when we arrived about 6:45. I wasn't able to meet up with Back on My Feet like planned but luckily ran into a few folks along the …[Read more...]

Rocking yesterday's Shamrock Marathon!!Today's post is dedicated to my sister, Lindsey, who yesterday ran a 3:13 marathon -- crushing her PR by 11 minutes after having worked extremely hard over the last three months to master training to get her to this moment.Who knew a new mom could go this fast? She ran her first race -- a half marathon with me -- after having my nephew, Marshall (now 9 months), and said it felt extremely slow. (Well, let's be honest, it was actually a 1:46 half-marathon but...)Even though Lindsey is probably naturally faster in some ways, it doesn't mean she didn't have to work very hard to get her to this moment.We're talking:Scary speed work 20-mile stroller runs 6am runs in literally 0 …[Read more...]

I didn't get the chance yet to fill you in a bit more about my time at South by Southwest (SXSW) last week. It was...in a word, awesome.I'd been hearing about this conference for YEARS and never knew if I'd have the chance to go. Thankfully, I got the chance this year and spent five days digging into the tech/social media community in a way I never had before.I was also super excited to meet up with some \"strangers from the Internet\" -- or actually, \"friends from the Internet.\" During the health and fitness meet up, sponsored by SELF Magazine, I was excited to meet Liz (I Heart Vegetables), Rachel (The House Always Wins) and Shalama (Views From Here and Black Girls Run)!We chatted and then decided to go eat lunch together as well. All great …[Read more...]

It's been forever since I did a book post but I wanted to share with you what I've been reading in the past few months. I love sharing my favorites with you because reading is such a passion of mine. Passing on the gems to new people makes me happy :)I'm pretty good at finding books I know I will like and rarely come across a read I can't stand. I enjoyed all of these in their own, though some more than others. I don't usually read funny books, like the first one by Ellen, but it was a beach read and I enjoyed it. 1. Seriously, I'm Kidding by Ellen DeGeneresWho doesn't love Ellen? I'm pretty sure everyone thinks she's awesome and the same goes in this book. If you aren't into humor writing, this may not be your thing. I definitely …[Read more...]

Photo from last year's DC Rock n' Roll Half-Marathon\"You can't convince a marathon you've trained; if you haven't, it will reveal your lie, and harshly.\" -- Recovering addict who found runningThis weekend, I'm slated to run my second DC Rock n' Roll Half-Marathon.I suck at training for half-marathons. Meaning...I don't train for half-marathons. My mind goes, you're going to work hard and spend time training for a measly 13.1 miles? That is not to make half-marathons sound short (they aren't!) but after conquering the 26.2 many times, it's such a drastic difference.So...every time I run a half-marathon, I act like it's no big deal. I'm just running for fun, I say. Then, we cross the starting line and all of the sudden I'm like, \"Oh I totally …[Read more...]

I'm feeling pretty down this week. Blogging is not coming to me like it normally does. I've been out of town, my schedule is off, life seems to be speeding by, I think too much. I will have a recap of South by Southwest hopefully tomorrow but just didn't have it in me to get it together yet. Sometimes everything seems like so much effort -- effort I just haven't had yet. I almost skipped the gym this morning -- I didn't even care that it would make me feel better. Thankfully, I got myself there and yes, I felt my spirits lifted. Like many others have written lately, my life is not always as great as it may sometimes seem on this blog. Of course I talk about all the positive stuff, I use this blog to stay positive, to …[Read more...]

It's so hard to even begin to sum up my time at the South by Southwest conference in Austin, Texas this week. It was by far the best conference I've ever been too -- and I feel like I barely got as much out of it as I wanted to.It's an overwhelming situation -- so many amazing panels, discussions, subjects and people. I was immediately energized just reading through the book of panels. I felt like I was learning and inspired just being in the atmosphere.I know how fortunate I am to have a job that allows me the opportunity to attend this amazing conference. Of course, @Heritage was already represented on the Facebook Austin wall, where I attended a special brunch on Saturday morning:I arrived Friday and dashed to catch at least one panel …[Read more...]

Hi all, I’m Gabby and I’m excited to take over Ericka’s blog today while she is out of town! Ericka and I met at FitBloggin where we were roomies and had a ton of fun talking blogging, crossfit, and making videos. Anyways, let me tell you a little about myself. I’m a 24 year old relatively newlywed who lives in Richmond, VA -I’m a professional recipe developer and food photographer for a gluten-free magazine, an avid Crossfitter, and lover of all things gluten-free/paleo and I blog about all of it over at Gabby’s Gluten-Free. At the beginning of the year, I decided to embark on a Whole30 (strict paleo) challenge with a few people from my gym as an effort to clean up my diet (I’m mostly paleo anyways) after holiday splurging …[Read more...]

*Not me (duh), someone much stronger but...good pic, right?I wasn't going to do a run down of yesterday's 13.1 Crossfit Games Open WOD but since I've been thinking about it all day, I really want to.And, by the way, if you had told me two years ago that I'd have no problem watching several hours worth of Crossfit competition at a time, I would have told you were crazy.Today, I watched two of the top Crossfit male athletes complete 13.1, as well as Julie Fouche and my partner at yesterday morning's WOD at Trident. Here's what it is:Workout 13.1 17 minute AMRAP of: 40 Burpees 30 Snatch, 75 / 45 lbs 30 Burpees 30 Snatch, 135 / 75 lbs 20 Burpees 30 Snatch, 165 / 100 lbs 10 burpees Max rep Snatch, 210 / 120 lbs By the way, …[Read more...]

The art of balance -- it ain't easy!Remember when I told you about those delicious bars that tasted like fudge and chocolate chip cookie dough? Yeah, they were called Balance Bars and I really love them! Speaking of, I'm out of stock and need to get some more! Anyway, the folks at Balance Bar had a great idea. They wanted to do a Twitter Chat centered around Daylight Savings -- when it seems like we get an extra hour each day. I LOVE spring daylight savings because it does make the day feel longer -- and hopefully you can get a little more done. But, how do you balance it? How do you balance a busy life in general? It's about timing, health, nutrition, your career, your social life -- balancing can be a tough act! We're …[Read more...]

The closer I come to being a mother, the more I worry about how careful I'll have to be if I have daughters. I've no doubt there are some negative sentences ideas just programmed into me -- things I say without even realizing (given my history and recovery with EDs). I'd caution any mother...even the LITTLE things can be a BIG deal.I think many women don't realize when they are making deep, lasting impressions on their daughters. This isn't about my Mom, though I did experience some of the things on the list. After years of reading, studying and dealing with EDs (an the grand experience of being a little girl!), I've learned about some of the things women do that can really harm their daughters thinking regarding body image and food. (This …[Read more...]

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I didn't have anything but a selfie -- sorry! :)Run: 9 miles in 1:28Temp: 35 degreesClothes: Old Navy pants, Mizuno shoes, Brooks shirt, Lululemon sports bra Yesterday I went out for a good, old-fashioned run. No watches, no goal, just some music and my legs!It was pretty cold -- about 35 degrees (cold to me!) but luckily, I've really learned how to dress for the temps this year. I think I've run outside more this winter than any other.Thirty-five degrees means a long-sleeved shirt, topped by a short sleeved shirt, long pants, gloves and something to cover your ears. Perfect!My stomach wasn't feeling so great (thanks PMS), but I knew I could get through this and feel better. The truth is, I didn't really have a great run. I didn't really …[Read more...]

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Happy Friday everyone!I've got a couple of random things to share today so stay with me! First of all, I am re-sharing the post I wrote last year -- a tribute to Andrew Breitbart. Today is the anniversary of his death. He was only 43 when he died -- and an inspiration and friend to many. Please take a moment to read it if you knew of him.Started my day off at Back on My Feet. I've been SUCH a baby with the cold lately but I had to get out there. Can't wait for warm weather! Speaking of which...their annual Blue & Green Birthday Bash is coming up! If you are in the area, I hope you will consider attending this fabulous dinner!Five Posts I Loved This WeekCrossfit Myths by Just a Colorado Gal Interview with Kris Carr by Bex Life Escape and …[Read more...]

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среда, 26 октября 2016 г.

With gochujang popping up on every other Pinterest recipe and hot food trends list 2016 seems to be the year of Korean food.

With gochujang popping up on every other Pinterest recipe and hot food trends list 2016 seems to be the year of Korean food.

With gochujang popping up on every other Pinterest recipe and hot food trends list 2016 seems to be the year of Korean food.

Feeling a little low for not having tasted any of these.

Fantastic pictures!

That beautiful temptation, my favorite is the Chimaek , congratulations!

Yummie! Haven’t tried any of those yet as I haven’t been to Korea but when I go I’ll definitely make sure to try as much as I can.

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With gochujang popping up on every other Pinterest recipe and hot food trends list 2016 seems to be the year of Korean food.

I’d love to go to South Korea to learn that Korean food is more than kimchi and all you can eat barbecue and I was thrilled to receive this guest post about what to eat in South Korea.

Spicy, savory, and delicious, from the traditional to Western-influenced cuisine, South Korea has a wide variety of cuisine for the adventurous traveler. The following are 30 delectable South Korean taste combinations to whet your appetite.


Translated literally as “mixed rice”and originally called goldongban, this dish was traditionally eaten on the eve of the lunar new year. A colorful blend of vegetables, sesame oil, gochujang, sesame seeds, soy sauce, fried egg are mixed together with rice and make a perfect comfort food.

READ: Chinese New Year Food: 23 Dishes You Must Try


This seaweed rice roll is filled with a colorful array of fresh ingredients, such as vegetables, beef, crab meat, and/or tuna, depending on your taste. They are evenly sliced up, just like sushi, and make for a small, yet filling meal.


The thought of Korean barbecue immediately excites the appetite. Thinly sliced beef is marinated with garlic, sugar, sesame oil, garlic, and pepper, then barbecued for a tender, mouth-watering dish.


Generally prepared at a customer’s table, these short ribs are first marinated in soy sauce seasoned with garlic and sugar, then thinly sliced and cooked over an open flame.

This fast cooking method sears the flavors of the marinade into the meat, while making the meat moist and melt-in-your-mouth tender.

Nakji Bokkeum -Stir Fried Octopus

Chop up a dead octopus -the live ones you can use for another main dish, then stir fry with onions, carrots, scallions, and a gochujang (red pepper paste) marinade seasoned with garlic, soy sauce, and salt.

The results are a wonderful blend of spice that makes this one of the best comfort Korean food.


An interestingly flavorful alternative to stir fry, Julienned vegetables are lightly cooked and flavored with sugar and soy sauce and, then served on with starched sweet potato noodles.

Kimchi Jigae

When you think of South Korea, kimchi is one of the first things that comes to mind, simply because it is staple in so many different dishes.

Fermented and seasoned cabbage is pickled in the same way that sauerkraut is. Variations of fish and shrimp are generally added and seasoned to taste. Add in rice and you have a comforting soup blend.

LEARN: How to Make Kimchi


This classic street food goes back to the royal court of the Joseon Dynasty (1460). Made from a soft rice cake (pasta) and fish cakes, topped with a sweet, yet spicy gochujang.


Continuing with the pancake theme, this Korean relative of the Western pancake is a blend of pancake meets wonderfully filled sweet bread. One edge this has over its western cousin is ultra-sweet flavor combination of honey, brown sugar, cinnamon, and small pieces of peanut cooked on a griddle.


Rumored to have been brought to Korea by the Mongolians back in the 14th century, these dumplings are filled with a delectable combination of finely minced meat, ginger, green onions, garlic, and tofu. Served with a side of kimchi, and a soy sauce, vinegar, and chili blend.

Soondubu Jjigae

High quality tofu is gently added to an intensely hot broth composed of gochujang and garlic paste. This is then simmered with a variety of combinations consisting of meat and/or seafood and vegetables.


This Korean food cold noodle dish starts with handmade noodles made from buckwheat, but there can be varieties of flours and starches used. These are either served by mixing them with a healthy portion of gochujang (Bibim Naengmyeon) or added to an icy broth with light vegetables and meat or seafood (Mool Naengmyeon).


Similar to a standard Western stew, this is generally made with vegetables, meat or seafood, and seasoned with saeujeot (salted and fermented shrimp), gochujang, doenjang (soybean paste), and soy sauce.


Known as “hangover stew”for its obvious properties as a morning after concoction, it is made of dried napa cabbage, vegetables, and meat in a hearty beef broth that is slow simmered for an appetizing stew.


Fried chicken has become a South Korean food staple in recent years. Especially fried chicken that has been spiced to South Korea’s hot chili paste standards. Add that to a mug of beer and this combination is known as Chimaek.


Eaten since the 19th century, this blood sausage variation is a popular street food. Boiled or steamed pig or cow intestines are stuffed with a flavorful combination of spices, rice, and noodles. It is especially delicious when combined to make a soup.


This unique and sweet dessert is the perfect treat on a hot summer day. Made of condensed milk, red beans, shaved ice and topped with fresh fruit, you will be surprised at the refreshing combination energizes on exhausting summer afternoons.

Sangyeopsal -Pork Strips

This traditionally common grilled pork belly meat is prepared sans marinade or rub. Simply seasoned with salt and pepper, mixed in sesame seed oil, and then wrapped in lettuce with slices of garlic, grilled slices of onion, kimchi, and green onions.

Hobakjuk -Pumpkin Porridge

This popular traditional breakfast and comfort food is made from steamed pumpkin, glutened rice (prepared by soaking in water), and rice dumplings, which add just the right amount of texture.


Another comfort food (with a little bit of a tangy kick), this soup starts with seasoned-to-taste brisket, oxtails, and a blend of salt, ground black pepper, red pepper, chopped spring onions, and minced garlic. The mixture is then slow-simmered for 8-10 hours to create a creamy, savory soup.

Samgyetang -Ginseng Chicken Soup

Made of chicken, garlic, scallions, Korean ginseng, jujube (Korean red dates), and spices, this meaty and creamy soup has a savory taste and incredible aftertaste.

Sannakji -Live Octopus

These small, raw still moving octopi are cut up smaller and served while the tentacles are still squirming around on the plate. The taste is very chewy and you will want to make sure the suction cups on the tentacles do not get stuck. Not only would that be awkward, but highly uncomfortable.


Seasoned pig’s feet (trotters) are seasoned with ginger, soy sauce, and black taffy, then simmered to steaming perfection for a tender and mouth-watering taste treat.


Documentation of this crab condiment has been found as far back as the 17th century. It is prepared by marinating raw crab in a soy sauce with a chili pepper powdered base, then fermenting for six hours.

After fermentation, it is quickly boiled with a combination of sesame oil, sugar, finely sliced scallions, ginger, fresh red chili pepper, and garlic.

Andong jjimdak -Steamed Chicken

Chicken is steamed at a high heat in a soy sauce base with sweet potatoes, sugar, vegetables, Cheongyang gochu, and noodles to create a sweet a delicious sweet and spicy combination.


Korean food is well known for using all parts of the animal in its cuisine. Gamjatang uses a pig’s backbone as its main flavoring ingredient, made with rice and a salty broth of potatoes, sesame seeds, onions, and other veggies. The soup is a warm and filling meal for a cold day.


This pancake-like side dish is more savory than sweet. Originally a Korean royal court cuisine, it is made with sliced meats, poultry, seafood, and vegetables mixed with flour batter or coated with egg batter and pan-fried in oil.


These salty flavored pancakes are made from a combination of mung beans, kimchi, and green onions. They are served with vinaigrette dipping sauce.

Daeji Bulgogi

This popular staple of Korean barbecue will have your mouth watering as it’s being prepared. Pork belly is thinly sliced, then marinated in a red chili pepper paste and spiced with garlic and ginger. After being barbecued, it is gently wrapped in a lettuce leaf and served with rice.


Traditionally known as a soup to ease the stomach when sick, rice is cooked until it becomes scorched, crisp, and sticks to the bottom of the pot. In its crispy rice state, this makes a crunchy and tasty snack.

Have you had the pleasure of sampling any of these South Korean dishes? What is your favourite traditional Korean food?

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