Hi! I live in the bay area too and I was wondering what are some of your favorite hiking or running trails? Also, thanks for the great inspiration here! :)
Hiking trails are one of the reasons NorCal > SoCal!!! My Bay Area favorites are QuikSilver Park (Almaden), Castle Rock (Saratoga), Rancho (Los Altos), Mission Peak (Fremont), and Uvas Canyon (Morgan Hill). Outside the Bay Area, I like Big Basin, Pinnacles (going next week!), Point Reyes, and of course Yosemite!!! I’m camping at Yosemite in May and backpacking there in August :D
Just met really cute 1 mile runners from University of Wisconsin-Madison here to compete at Stanford. These guys run a 4:00 mile!They run 100 miles a week during the fall and ~70 miles a week during the spring…to train for racing the 1 mile! Also told me to switch up the terrain we run on. Concrete is harsh on the legs…meaning more trail runs to come! Someone asked them if there are any “perks” to being an awesome long distance runner…and the guys were like, “No…we’re too skinny…” not true!! I kind of already like you…
What's your opinion of Fage's 2% Greek Yogurt? It kind of freaks me out when the ingredients say Grade A Pasteurized Skimmed Milk and Cream.. Cream?!
Cream is just milk-fat. When they make milk, they spin out all the fat to make non-fat milk. Then to make 1%, 2%, or whole milk, they add back some of the original fat which is now consolidated in a creamy mixture. I actually really enjoy Fage 2% Greek yogurt because it’s richer, tastier, and less tart then the 0%. However it’s about 50 calories more per serving that the 0% so I usually am turned away from (I don’t like it thatttt much more) purchasing it. I buy it when it’s the only type of sale though! It’s a great substitute for regular ice cream or frozen yogurt though! Try it and see if you prefer the taste or can do without it.
Hi Geraldine! I was wondering if you could advise me with some tasty recipes that are vegetarian! I plan on going on a vegetarian diet/challenge with my friend this summer, but I honestly don't know many filling healthy vegetarian dishes...help please!
Hi! When I was following a vegetarian diet, I got a lot of recipes from Vegetarian Times and got lots of ideas from their 28 Day Veggie Boot Camp, http://www.vegetariantimes.com/vegbootcamp/ . There’s a meal plan and newsletters to help your through the month. Will you be eating eggs? If so, that opens up a lot of options for filling meals. Browse recipes which incorporate:
Hi! I read about 12 hours a day and its not just reading but also memorizing and analyzing information that makes me soooo hungry that I eat anything. I'd be doing this for the next 5 months to prepare for an exam. Could you please, please advise me what are great foods to eat that are good for the brain but would not make me gain weight? :) P.S. I do try to run in the evening before sleeping to help burn some calories. Thank you and more power! I love your tumblr blog!
If you’re going to be studying long hours, break your work into time blocks and eat during those breaks. Don’t nervously snack while you’re studying…you won’t be able to focus and you’ll be eating more than you know. Some things that worked for me while I studied for midterms, finals, mcat, etc. incude:
Setting time goals: Study for 3 hours and then break for a meal.
Walking around every hour.
Drinking a lot of water to refresh your mind.
Stretching breaks (I looked awkward in the library but I pretty much owned that place)
Packing my own lunch and dinner so I wouldn’t have to eat cafeteria or fast food.
Foods that helped me stay satisfied and energized: beans, apples, bananas, Greek yogurts, baby carrots, green tea, non-fat milk
Food I bought during emergencies: Panda Express panda bowls with steamed veggies, Luna bars, ThinkThin bars, Muscle Milk, Subway
The best thing for your brain while you’re studying is…drum roll please…adequate sleep. You’ll memorize and retain information easier and have stronger mental stamina.
Brain foods for the long run: salmon, blueberries, avocado
Great job keeping up with the running during this stressful time. Don’t stop! Even short cardio workouts throughout the week will keep you sharp and motivated.
And most importantly…Don’t stress <3
Gosh…5 months? What are you studying for? Do you live in Korea, Japan, or China?
yogini blogger that I follow describes her overall experience with yoga
surfnrunnr asked: Hi Chick, I just watched your recent yoga video. Definitely alot of “whoaaa” moments. How long have you been doing yoga? and do you do impromptu yoga or know sets of poses? Thanks for sharing and love the music too.
Thanks for asking!!! :)
You know what? I’ve been trying to figure out exactly how long i’ve been doing yoga and teaching it. I’d say four years taking yoga, two years of it teaching, minus some black holes of illness and depression and all around life fuckery.
In college I took one yoga class as a PE credit. It was taught by a 65 year old lady who taught in a pink leotard and tights and played songs like “Reminiscing” and anything on a late sixties easy listening compilation. I spent class trying to blow up her tape deck with my thought vibes. Nevertheless, the yoga didnt do much for me.
For the next 8 years I maybe took a yoga class once or twice at my gym. I enjoyed it, had some nice instructors, but since I also took so many other classes, like step and kickboxing, I never had the time or desire to go to an outside yoga studio.
THEN, in March of 2008, after driving around with a brand new mat in the trunk of my car for 6 months, I signed up for a free week at the same studio my friend went to, because my bootcamp class at my gym had been cancelled. She had been recommending it for over a year, but I was too stubborn to change my routine, which I had DOWN PAT.
After a single class, I never looked back. Between 2008-and summer 2010, I did yoga almost EVERY SINGLE DAY, without fail.
I decided to do the Teacher Training program through my studio almost a year after in Feb 2009. I started teaching in June of 2009 and taught at two different studios from the summer of 09 to summer 2010. I had a pretty crazy schedule at this point. In addition to a demanding full time job, I was teaching ten classes a week or more AND trying to get my own practice in every day. So during the weekdays, my mornings started at 4:30 so I could be out the door by five, to open the studio and be ready to teach the 6am class. On some evenings I wouldnt get home from teaching until 11 at night. I taught five classes over the weekend. I was a crazy girl. So within these two years, I crammed in a shit ton of yoga.
Of course, I couldn’t keep up that pace, so eventually, some health issues I was dealing with took their toll, my marriage fell to pieces, and I got severely depressed and sick and had to quit teaching, stopped working and got a divorce. Two words. Not Fun.
I was no longer practicing regularly and lost a lot of ability which was super frustrating and depressing as well. The rest of 2010 was a wash and I only started feeling like my old self sometime last year. I don’t quite remember exactly how or when it happened, but with the support of my sweetie (who was my guardian angel at this time) I slowly started to come back to life. We spent 6 weeks in the beginning of 2011 in Vermont (where I started this blog over a year ago) and gradually started to feel a little bit better, just a little at a time. After a lwhile, I started going back to the studio to take class, and then several months later, felt strong enough to teach and became a substitute rather than having regularly scheduled classes. If I felt bad, I would have the flexibility to control the amount of classes I taught. I decided not to go back to work and adopted a pretty relaxed schedule. I still got fatigued easily. I still got depressed. But at least this time around I didn’t fall as deep or as hard and I could climb back out with a little help.
By the end of last year, I had a pretty predictable schedule of teaching, taking yoga in SD and then taking some time off to travel with my sweetie. I got my dog Abby and she sucked up much of the free time I used to use for yoga.
We decided to move to Bainbridge Island outside of Seattle in Mid Jan of this year. Since then, I haven’t taken any classes at all, but have been practicing on and off on my own. I have lost some ground. Im not as strong as I used to be and there are some poses that I can no longer do, but at the same time, my body feels good and i’m happy with what it can do. There are also some poses that I could not not do, that I CAN now. So you fluctuate, but never really are better or worse, just different. These days, I may practice 30 mins to an hour or just do 15 minutes here and there. Pretty unstructured and relaxed.
When I used to teach, I used to create my own sequences for an hour class, sometimes an hour 15min class. There’s a basic structure to a yoga class so you get to be creative, but still teach a rounded class. I almost never taught the exact same class twice.
On my own, I wont plan ahead, I’ll just start moving and combine poses that feel good and “flow” well together. I might try a couple different ideas. Once I have a “sequence”, I’ll flow through it a couple of times on both right and left sides and then cool down with some stretches and savasana.
What I recorded is what I would consider a flow sequence. There are some pretty standard series of poses that go well together, so you’ll often see these put together in a class. Different teachers just put a different twist. One of my favorite parts of teaching was building classes and creating playlists to go with them.
BTW, the song in the background is Enigma, Sitting on the Moon. … And I like soft, furry things and cute animals… and there was this one time … at band camp ….
So what to do when you’re too tired after classes to exercise?
First things first…If you want to exercise, you have to get some legit rest! Try to get 7-8 hours of sleep and get to bed by midnight, especially if school starts early.
Exercise in the morning!!! Great idea, let’s do it.
Plan to exercise before dinner so that when you’re done, it’ll be a good time to eat.
Do workouts that you can complete at home like Nike Training App routines. Scour magazines and the internet for “workout without equipment.”
Set really easy goals: I’ll go for a run, but I can take walking breaks…or I’ll bring music on my run to pass the time.
And for those of you playing a spring sport, it’s so brutal to have practice until 5:30 after school and then go home with a ton of homework to do. It’s only going to get worse when AP exams get closer >.< I watch my cousins and brother just collapse after practice, wake up around 8:00pm, eat, and then stay up half the night doing their homework.
Again, get your rest. Bypass the after-practice nap and just have dinner, study, and then sleep.
Make sure you have a healthy lunch so you have sustained energy for practice.
Use your weekends to get some homework done (a little bit goes a long way).
Have a great start of the week people! Please don’t come home like this today…
I’m rooting for you!
PS: thanks Aileen for the George Michael GIF <333 I hope you have a great paper! Sorry about the girls and their smelly sandwiches in the library.
I have so many new ideas for posts (yoga tips, running stretches, checklists…etc.) but for this whole week, every time I come on tumblr to blog, I’ve gotten distracted by:
images of the Doctor Who casts filming in New York! omgod I’m so jealous of everyone who’s meeting Matt Smith around NYC!!!
…Korra. I’m too old for this pro-bending crap, so embarrassing..for the record I did not rush to watch the new episode. I’m finally done following this tag.
Nana by Ai Yawaza (Why did I decide to re-read it…I just got sucked in again)
Wikipaintings.org I love looking at an artist’s body of work chronologically. I did my first abstract painting this last week (not very effectively…) so I had to explore modern art more. Check out Mondrian’s collection of work and how he went from post-impressionsim (sensational landscape paintings), to fauvism (bright saturated colors), to cubism, to squares with black borders, to squares with NO borders…(oh it’s important).
I “like” all these random posts from fan tumblrs and they are probably all like….who is this fitblr lady and what is she doing here doing here…
Link containing videos of Clinton and Obama sharing how they feel about healthier American diets.
Clinton (has a stent to reinforce a weak artery, vegan): I live on beans, legumes, vegetables, fruit…I drink almond milk with fruit and protein powder. It changed my whole metabolism…I wanted to lose a little weight, but I did it for a different reason…I researched that 82% of people since 1986 (with heart disease) who have gone on a plantbased diet have begun to heal themselves; their arterial blockage cleans up, the calcium blockage around their heart breaks up. We now have 25 years of evidence. So I thought, “Well since I need to lose some weight for Chelsea’s wedding, I’ll become part of this experiment. I’ll see if I can become one of those with a self-clearing mechanism.”
Obama (in response to Vegan Activist): I like BBQ. I’m not going to lie. But, the young lady makes a good point and that is: right now our food system is under severe pressure…Americans would actually benefit from a change in diet. I don’t think that that’s something we should legislate, but it’s something we should encourage…The fact that we are actually subsidizing some of these big agribusiness operations that are not necessarily producing healthy food, and that we don’t subsidize farmers selling fruits and vegetables…the fact that we are not doing more to make sure that healthy food are in schools…All these things do not make sense. Just making sure more fruits and vegetables in school lunch programs, that would make an enormous effect in our children’s diet, it would make use healthier in the long run, and it would cut our health care costs.”
Interesting topics to research: heart disease, agribusiness, food policy, improving school lunch programs, plant-based diet and decrease in healthcare costs
Hey! Um. I just want to ask you: Why is MSG (Monosodium Glutamate) bad for you and how does it cause you to gain weight? Is it best to avoid MSG products to maintain a healthy weight? Is it okay to make "MSG foods" as a sometime food? Or are we suppose to make it as a "never-to-eat food" ?
MSG is a chemical flavor enhancer. It’s widely used in Asian restaurants and in processed foods. The average American who eats processed foods will consume about 0.5-1 g of MSG daily. In Japan, it’s oftentimes used as a condiment (next to the salt shaker) and people can eat up to 10g a day! It’s not directly linked to weight gain. However, foods with MSG taste better so you may consume more of it. MSG can cause a lot of side effects including: dizziness, nausea, flushed skin, rashes, and headaches. I flush and get headaches after ingesting MSG so I personally try and avoid it as much as possible. Also, if you have asthma, it can potentially be dangerous since some studies have shown asthma patients to have trouble breathing after consume MSG. Avoiding foods with MSG is a good way to eat clean and to stir yourself away from the worst processed foods. All in all, if you aren’t sensitive to MSG, but like Chinese foods, I would say it’s a “seldom” thing. Think of it this way though…if you find that something containing MSG tastes good, it probably is a load of junk and the MSG is just fooling your tastebuds…A rock could taste delicious with MSG sprinkled on it. It’s been used for 100+ years, it’s not going to kill you, you’re not going to sprout saddlebags anytime soon…it’s just a sure sign that that food is low quality and needs all the flavor enhancement it can get. mmmm rockkk
30bananasaday spammer asks: I just ate 15 bananas for breakfast, and I do this every day. Am I a fruitarian? 30bananasaday.com Go here if you want to have the best health of your life and be beautiful, and energetic. =) It’s free. And simple. But seriously though does that make me a fruitarian? Additional Details: I am actually at a healthy weight and it’s not just bananas, it’s ALL fruit. I don’t eat meat, dairy, or cooked foods, or anything besides fruits and veggies. It’s the healthiest way to live.
Yahoo users answer:
Jim: No, you are a banana nutcase! LOL :)
Mirchi: No, you’re a vegetarian. Sorry to break it to you, but there’s nothing such as a fruitarian. A vegetarian is someone who doesn’t eat meat products ~ meat, seafood included ~ and considering the fact that you only eat fruits and veggies, you’re a vegetarian. But, I wouldn’t recommend eating 15 bananas a day. lol (;
Spunk Nutley: Fruitarian = Not a word. The suffix “arian” can be added to just about anything I suppose, but even if “fruitarian” was a word, then it would sort of imply that is the only thing you eat. There are animals that subsist mainly on fruit, but these animals are herbivores because fruit is plant matter.
Saghoo: no you ain’t if you keep on eating other food stuff also … if you drink 3 bottles of pepsi does it made you pepsican? if you only eat banana you become monkey.lol
ckngbbbl…: I am wondering how big your stomach is or how small the bananas are….Thats a lot of volume for a regular sized stomach.
Dave: I think that you are just considered a fruit.
Joseph:Yes. And if you try to eat anything else for breakfast you will be violently ill
Hobbes: lol I think it means that you REALLY like bananas.
A group of researchers at Northwestern School of Management are studying embodied cognition and found that when undergrads wore a white coat they believed to belong to a doctor, their ability to pay attention significantly increases. But, when they wore the same coat they believed to belong to a painter, there was no effect. They go on to say that people think with more than our brains, but with our bodies too. It’s been long established that people perceive you differently by the way you dress, but they are trying to see how the way you dress affects your basic abilities and your readiness to take on different roles. Since doctors are believed to be good at paying attention and careful, the students acted that way too. Funny quote:
“Clothes invade the body and brain, putting the wearer into a different psychological state, he said. He described his own experience from last Halloween (or maybe it should be called National Enclothed Cognition Day).”
He had decided to dress as a pimp, with a fedora, long coat and cane. “When I entered the room, I glided in,” he said. “I felt a very different presence.”
So I’m just going to go around dressing and pretending I’m Liz Falvey, my awesome modern dance teacher who also teaches yoga. “Try to dance your warm-up!” Or maybe I’ll dress like a Buddhist monk…I may be more mindful of what I do and say. lol like I could be any nicer…jk. (confession: I have to combat my sarcastic nature on my blog).
Anyone take this seriously and down to dress like their fitness/health role model (or Katniss)? omgod cosplay may have a purpose…
What is your opinion on Bird Nest Soup? Do you think its healthy? Is it healthy? Is it high in calories for just one cup? I've looked it up on Google, but there are articles that say its 100 calories for 100g and there are others that say its 345 calories for 100g...
Bird Nest Soup is also the most expensive dish you can buy. My grandma used to buy unprepared Bird Nest for my grandpa to eat throughout his old age and it cost like $1000 USD per kilo. For those of you who are not familiar, true Bird Nest Soup is made from the saliva and bird nest of the clever Cave Swiftlet indigenous to southeast Asia. It is a delicacy centuries old consumed by the Chinese royalty and nobles. It’s supposed to have anti-aging and longevity powers (black hair, good skin, strong immune system, etc.) Well…my grandpa lived until he was 95 without major health problems or balding. I don’t know…I think it’s kind of crazy but if you can afford to eat it, good for you! If not…join the 99%; it’s not a big deal. Not sure about calories since restaurants and people prepare it differently. It’s not a diet food, but more of a superfood. So fascinating though!!