So my boyfriend (this is relatively new…did you catch on?) read my blog for the first time and I’m so embarasssedddddd >.<! He mentioned it over the phone and I got really chatty and started talking really fast and almost defensive..oh god he’s going to see this and it’s going to be even more embarassing. Ahhhhh! okay I had to vent just a little bit to you guys! I’M SUCH A DORK. he’s going to know. he already knows. he’s going to know about crazy I am about fitness and how hyper-aware I am of food and how I try to be a photographer…oh well. shit how I have to blog more to push this post down so we can all forget about this outburst.
P.S. Tumblr makes me happy. My dashboard is full of art, yummy recipes, news, and uplifting stories! Also, I’m going to try and share a little more about my life on here, and not just pretend to be this omniscient healthy lifestyle writer. I really admire people like Liz who can talk about their fitness goals, their relationships, and their struggles openly.
So I’ve become food obsessed like everyone else in San Francisco…not really because I love food so much, but I’m fascinated with the effort, love, and dedication people have for the food and restaurant that they’ve created.
On Friday, K and I watched Argo at the Kabuki theater (great movie, learned a lot, Ben Affleck is so talented) and ended up having dinner at one of the last open restaurants in Japantown…I don’t even remember it’s name. It was casual…although I spied a Michelin Recommended certificate. I had soba noodles with mountain vegetables (spinach, carrots, and the standard works) and green tea.
Saturday. I had Farley’s housemade granola with soy milk, and half-caf coffee. Really good granola…dried unsweetened cranberries, not clumped together, not too sweet, generous portions of almonds and pecans, toasted to goldeny perfection. (I must admit, I had a bowl of oatmeal just before this…wasn’t planning on getting food!)
Saturday dinner: So I got K to come over (apparently he grumbled to himself unbeknownst to me) after I finished some studying, and I was searching up restaurants open late. We were too late for the “semi-late” ones, but there was this highly-rated and yelp-popular Korean restaurant open until 2 am further down the muni line. What intrigued me about this place was that people were saying it was in someone’s remodeled garage, and the pictures looked sketchy. I wanted to check out the grungy Korean garage joint! But alas, Toyose, was just a shady exterior which opens up to a pretty cute, regular restaurant. I wanted to see cement floors, fold-up chairs, and random family members walking around. I ate a little bit of Japchae yam noodles and kimchi appetizers. This was around 11 pm…K said it was actually pretty bad and is probably only popular with the drunk crowd at 2am…Probably true.
Sunday morning was a win though! We went to Outerlands for brunch (didn’t have to wait long!) which is such a cute, cozy place. My friend calls it “hipster meets comfort food” which is totally on-point. We sipped on lemon ginger apple cider and barley tea. The cider was sooo yummy! (At first, they mistakenly gave me the bourbon spiked cider…) Although I only slept 6ish hours last night, I knew I wanted some of their famed sugary cider so I worked up the energy to do a morning beach/slight incline run! Then we had granola, persimmon, and yogurt. I don’t really eat yogurt anymore. But this is winning combination right here: persimmon + fresh chopped mint leaves + drizzle of honey (I’ll try it with maple syrup on my own). My entree was the avocado winter citrus salad which was delectable! Tri-colored grapefruit and mandarin wedges, blanched almonds, and ripe avocado topped a bed of sharp greens. It was an interesting combination of flavors. I tried some of K’s dutch pancake with spiced apple which was really satisfying too. Yumm… =)
Oh and I had the best muffin of my life today by Peiru, baker of Sweet Aha Bake Shop. She makes SUCH good muffins! All of her goods are vegan and she doesn’t use any fake vegan substitutes. I had her lemon poppy seed muffin last week…omgodz the taste of real lemon was so good. Today, I tried her ginger cinnamon muffin which I fell in love with.
The end of the weekend. Exam week up next…
Oh and I made kale, white bean, butternut squash ragout & overnight oats tonight too. But I used purple kale and it’s too bitter… =/.
I get this question all the time. and honestly I avoid answering it! I’m always waiting until after I see my exam grades, or stalling until a time when I’m feeling particularly on top of things (never) as to validate my position to even give advice! (confusing sentence…but basically I don’t want to say “Yeah, I’m balancing med school and a healthy lifestyle like a pro! B-)”…and then fail an exam…). However…seeing that I’ve been doing good so far and we just finished our Pulmonary exam today, I can legitimately say I’m balancing a healthy lifestyle and being in med school pretty well!
Also, I don’t want people to think I’m super awesome either. Yes, I’m in med school, I care about people, and I exercise regularly. But I’m around peers and role models who push me to grow, improve, and contribute to learning. Honestly, I’ve never been around so many high-functioning people before…everyone is so gosh-darn efficient and learns so fast!
So my next post will be about how I stay healthy!
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haha yes, I can see how that may get tiresome for your brother. That is SO awesome that you guys are doing this together!!! Good luck, and I’m here for you guys :D I always try to post topics relevant to guys too.
I just updated the post with directions! =) SO good and high in protein!
Hi! Coffee has more caffeine than tea which I do not need. Tea also has more antioxidants than coffee. Tea stains your teeth less! Coffee is not “super unhealthy,” especially if you are drinking regular coffee with just some milk/milk alternative. It gets bad like during the holiday season when Starbucks has all these specialty drinks full of whip cream, sugar, syrup, and empty calories. It’s a little worrying that you aren’t getting enough sleep as a freshman in college. My roommate and I sleep 7-8 hours a night in med school. I drink tea, but she doesn’t drink any caffeinated drinks! Figure out why you’re so pressed for time. Did you over-commit this semester? Are you balancing school and play well? Are you productive during the daytime? Is your class schedule messed up with lots of small time gaps? I would say a reliance on caffeine is a negative habit to have, and it’s not a necessary component of productivity. Nor is it the secret to academic success. You’re going to do great!
New Year’s Resolution? Getting enough sleep =)
For me, I drink tea daily. I’ll reuse one teabag for 2-3 refills. I like herbal teas to squash sugar cravings. Tea helps me from snacking and eating late at night. I drink coffee when I need to stay-up late to go out with friends…lol I drink coffee when I need to have fun, not when I need to study!
Do you find that you NEED caffeine?