Getting Back To It

I have been away for a while….too long I have decided. There have been lots of new things in life keeping be away from using this as a forum for my thoughts and a way to hold myself accountable for healthy living. Here are a few of those things:

  1. Grad School – I began a Master’s program in Theatre Education and that has been eating up a ton of my time! Like so much you wouldn’t believe. My syllabus for the upcoming semester says something like “Remember in Grad School if you think a paper will take two hours it will take four.” This has been more than true for me, as I have been away from academic writing for a long time.  However, I survived my first semester of Dramaturgy and Reseach Methodology with an A. (Luckily, it is a distance class for most of the year so I get to keep doing the exciting theatre education work I already do).
  2. New Relationship/Move – I don’t really ever talk about that on here, but I recently reconnected with someone I kinda sorta knew in college, and real relationships take a focus of time. This also resulted in a move to Annapolis, and in addition to moves being time-consuming, my commute has increased to take up some time.
  3. Work – Always. Because I am part-time I am constantly piecing together different contract work to fill out my income and that can be a time eater.
  4. Injury returning  – My knee had been flaring up a bit with pain, and I thought my autoimmune was back. Spoiler alert: it isn’t, thankfully. But I had been taking it fairly easy workout wise.

Reasons I am excited to be back, even if it is just for me:

  1. Accountability – I need to continue to motive living a healthy life. I’ve been pretty down about my body shape and perceived body image. But as a friend reminded me, “It’s really hard to take someone seriously about feeling fat when they are wearing a size 0”. Touche, dear friend, touche. And I am glad they called me out. So the accountability is not only to making healthy balanced choices, but to being realistic about what is healthy.
  2. Commute effect – There are too many studies about what a long commute means about your health, and I need to work to counterbalance that.
  3. Community – You can’t beat an awesome community of runners, healthy bloggers, etc. I missed the community and am excited to be back.

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Let’s make 2017 awesome!

-Little Red

Can I Have That? Food and Drug Interaction

Today I am excited to share a super helpful resource with you.

If you have read a few of my posts over the years you know that about 2 years ago I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder that had me on medication to keep my hyperthyroidism under control.

As with any prescription medication it came with pages and pages of information.  There were the side effects, instructions on timing, take it with food or without, warnings about the interaction of citrus, etc.  Perhaps the weirdest thing was that I should not eat anything with large amount of iron within 3 hours of taking the medicine… who has ever heard of that before??

To be honest: I hardly ever read all that paperwork.  I get too confused with all the various instructions and jargon.  But that doesn’t mean I don’t have questions.

Welcome this amazing infographic from the folks at blink health.  It brings attention to many of the food and drug interactions we all forget about or conveniently overlook – We’ve all tried to reason that “one glass of wine certainly can’t hurt”.  WRONG.

Take a look at how some common drugs and food pair up:

 

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If anything has taught me the relationship between our food and health it has been my Whole30 journey.  Although I am lucky to be prescription free now, this handy matchup is already pinned to my Health board on Pinterest.

So be sure to keep this somewhere handy, and start reading your perscription paperwork!

Keep it healthy & fierce!

-Little Red

What foods do you head for when you are sick?

Whole30: I Did It!

I know its been a while since I checked in.  My pictures aren’t syncing to my computer and I was trying to solve it so I could include them in posts.  Alas, I’m still working on it.

In the meantime, I have completed my very first Whole30!

And while some of those around me have probably head way more than they ever wanted to about it I kind of want to go around saying this:

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I finished on January 30th and I have to be honest, I’m not sure I ever got to the tiger blood.  I even started to be slightly more irritable.  I’m still not sure if some of that was the stress of getting Grad School apps in addition to other obligations towards the end of the month or what.  The creators of Whole30 recommend extending the program, but I just couldn’t bear that thought.  (Maybe if/when I repeat the program I will consider it).

I felt good about the cleanness of my diet and had achieved some of my goals for the program of clearer skin, getting back to cooking more, and making better choices when it comes to food.

Now, it is on to re-introduction, which is probably the phase of the program that initially drew me to it in the first place.  This allows me to figure out how my body reacts to certain categories of foods that are not compliant on Whole30.

I’ll be sure to keep you updated on how that goes.  Meanwhile I will try to follow the outlined reintroduction schedule and not just go down all the candy bars at the concessions table at work.

Keep it awesome & fierce!

-Little Red

What food did you or would you

Snowzilla Stockup

Snowzilla has come and gone but I was able to brave the storm with some smart stocking up.

After the hot mess of a commute the DC area faced on Wednesday (seriously took me 2 1/2 hours to go 5 miles because of 1 inch of snow), I knew I wouldn’t want to have to go out for anything.  Nope not even walking.

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So on Thursday night after work, possibly the worst time ever I headed to Target to stock up on snowed in essentials. Yep Target, cause somehow I thought it would be less swamped than grocery stores.  This meant a lot of good food to eat so I wasn’t tempted to stray on my Whole30.

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I am an avid and dedicated hot chocolate drinking goodie baking snow person, so I knew this was gonna be hard.  I popped a ton of frozen veggies, berries, salad, and of course toilet paper in my little basket.

Of course it is Target so logically I was easily persuaded that some clearance items were dire snowstorm battling essentials.

Some awesome grey snow boots for $8. (Sorry forgot a picture).  I only have rainboots and those suckers are waterproof but do not guard against frostbite.

Then I found this super cute pj set for only $10! Snowday essentials I assure you. IMG_0286

I spotted these totally awesome dudes, also on clearance, but managed to resist since I own 2 pairs of slippers already.

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Needless to say I fled from this aisle and its allure of chocolatey smelling sugar bombs.

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So I made it back with only a few extra items and have been curled up in my comfy new pjs drinking tea and binge watching West Wing.

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Oh and occasionally checking this new weather app a friend told me was hilarious.  It certainly is truthful and is helping entertain me over 48 hours stuck indoors.  Check it out at What The Forecast.

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Keep it warm & fierce!

-Little Red

What are your essentials for a snowstorm?  Favorite weather app?

 

 

 

Whole30 Days 18-22

I’m beginning to see some more distinct changes from my Whole30.  Clearer skin being the major one.  I usually always have at least 1-2 noticeable zits going on.  While I still am seeing little spots, to the outside eye my skin is clear as it has ever been.  Since this was one of my big reasons for trying Whole30 I am super excited for this result.  Also, super nervous to add things back in though.

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It was really early but wanted to get it right after “beauty sleep”

I’m also beginning to wake up earlier and earlier (not before my alarm, but my alarm is set very early).  However, I am still pulled to nap during the day, which I wasn’t prior to Whole30…interesting.

On a separate note: I’ve never had coconut water before but I found some compliant coconut water and decided to try it as a “treat” after surviving a pre-Snowzilla visit to Trader Joe’s.  EWWWWW.  I love the taste of coconut, but did not care for this one bit.  Way too sweet.

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Coconut water… not for me.

I made it over the 21 day boredom and am sticking strong to the program despite my strong desire to curl up with some hot chocolate with the incoming storm.  Emotional attachment indeed.  Only 8 more days to go here before re-introduction.

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I’ve heard that being prepared for re-introduction is just as important as being prepared for the Whole30, so research will be done while I ride out the storm.

Keep it fresh & fierce.

-Little Red

Coconut water: love or hate? Why are you doing or thinking about a Whole30?