WIAW #17: Healthy Favorites

Happy Thanksgiving Eve and welcome to a round up healthy favorites for WIAW.

What I Ate Wednesday

I cannot believe tomorrow is the big day. It feels very strange not to be home in New Jersey right now. This holiday seems to have snuck up on me. I have heard that a lot of snow is predicted, and they are cancelling flight already. Safe travels for anyone headed that way!

I am going to make my pumpkin pie later today and save the rest of my cooking and baking for tomorrow. Fingers crossed I do not have to run out to the store for anything at the last minute! I feel like I always forget the one thing that I cannot do without.

In the spirit of Wednesday,  I am sharing a day of unfiltered eats with you. These posts document everything I ate in a day (typically Tuesdays). All in all, I am very healthy eater, and this is a reflection of how I eat most of the time. I had a few lazy days last week where my dinners were a little haphhazrd, but yesterday was a fairly normal day. I am not a calorie counter or someone who worries too much about the amount I eat. There are simply days where I need more fuel. Needing more food usually coincides with harder workouts.

What I Ate Wednesday Tuesday

Breakfast involved a current favorite of mine. Bring on the same sandwich I have been eating almost every day. I thought of having some oatmeal, but I really wanted my open faced egg sandwhich so I went with it. It consisted of two pastured eggs, a slice of Ezikial toast and a little butter. Hot coffee on the side.

WIAW #17: Healthy Favorites

Two Pastured Eggs, Ezekial Toast & Grass-Fed Butter

The morning flew by as I read blogs, answered emails and caught up with social media. I then decided to pull myself together and head downtown. I had a couple of good leads for health coaching clients so I wanted to drop off some information. I wanted to make sure I got out mid-morning since the traffic can be really crazy mid-day. I grabbed my water, but did not really need a snack.

After getting back home, I changed and went for a short run around our apartment complex. I had a workout planned for later, but the weather was perfect and I felt compelled to get outside. I realized I had eaten breakfast hours earlier and was suddenly starving.

Lunch was in order and I decided on a salad. I have been skipping out on salads lately, and decided I really should have one yesterday. Scott and I bought lots of vegetables at the farmers market on Sunday and I wanted to see them put to good use. Sometimes I get lazy about chopping them all up. Enter a tuna salad on a bed of spinach with avocado, olive oil and apple cider vinegar.

WIAW #17: Healthy Favorites

Crazy shadows while I was snagging a picture on our deck!

Afterwards, I grabbed a few pieces of dark chocolate and a 2nd coffee then I was done.

WIAW #17: Healthy Favorites

I was checking my email and got some exciting news from Williams Sonoma so I had to call my mother right away to share! We chatted for a bit, and then I was back on my computer. More details coming your way about that email shortly.

I then joined Scott in our gym to workout. We usually say we are going to workout together, and then he ends up training me. Since it is how we met (he was my trainer) – I guess it is our gym dynamic. I consider myself lucky to have all of his guidance, but I have had people tell me in the past they would never want to be with a coach or a trainer because they would have to exercise all the time. To each his own I guess! I did not exercise or even move much over the weekend so it felt really good to be back at it.

I enjoyed a small protein shake afterwards…

WIAW #17: Healthy Favorites

Mason jars make everything taste better.

We both hopped back on our computers a bit. I turned on the oven to roast some potatoes around 5:30 and we went for a quick walk. It was already a little chilly outside, but the sky was beautiful.

WIAW #17: Healthy Favorites

Sunset in Austin.

We headed back in and enjoyed a dinner of grass-fed beef, asparagus and Hannah sweet potatoes. Have you ever tried these? I picked them up at Whole Foods the other day and they are totally yummy. I highly recommend them if you see them in your travels. There was also a nice glass of cold white wine.

WIAW #17: Healthy Favorites

I grabbed a few more squares of chocolate, and went to change into my lounge/sleep clothes. I am sipping a cup of tea as I type up this post, and that is all folks!

So there you have it. Another day of eats!

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Question of the Day: What are you looking forward to eating most at Thanksgiving?

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Natural Skincare Finds

I am always on the hunt for natural skincare finds. As someone who loves new products I am always browsing the isles at drugstores and department stores alike. I am curious to see if something else out there might be better than what I am using. Plus, if I have expensive or high end versions I wonder if a drug store equivalent will be as good.

Natural Skincare FInds

Drugstore Shopping

Around 6:00 last night I shut down my computer and decided to head to the grocery store to grab a few items we needed. Word to the wise. NEVER shop the Monday night before Thanksgiving. It was a zoo, and the store was absolutely mobbed. I knew I was in for a rough time when it was struggle to find a parking spot. Not wanting to turn back, I decided to not stress and allow myself to take my time and wander a tad.

Our local food chain has a huge drug store section where I went to pick up a few items. I also thought I would share the items I bought as well as my latest beauty recommendations.

Current Recommendations

My skin has been drier as of late due to the change in seasons. Lip balm helps and I stash them all over the place. They can be found on my desk, in my purse, car and lots of random drawers. This EOS Lip Balm offers a nice amount of smooth moisture and a unique shape. Honeydew flavor for the win. :-)

Natural Skincare FInds

I have always heard that msascara should be replaced every three months or so. This is a religion in all beauty/health magazines. In fact, I have read this advice more times that I can count. Bacteria is at a high risk because of the way the product is applied. I was tempted to buy a new mascara from Sephora last week. However, I decided to give the Physicians Formula brand another try because it was a lot less expensive. This one promised me jumbo lengths. We shall see if that holds true or not.

Natural Skincare Finds

Burt’s Bees is always one of my default lines, and I snagged their facial cleansing wipes for removing make up as well as one of their new lip crayons to try. Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap in Lavender rounded out my haul.

Natural Skincare Finds

I completely ran out of eye maker up remover the other day and was looking for my usual Yes to Carrots eye makeup remover pads, but they were nowhere to be found. Instead, I gave this Earth Science eye makeup remover a try. It was a new brand to me and the consistency is a bit of a thicker gel, but it works really well. Earth Science had a whole slew of other products I may look into trying in the future.

Natural Skincare Finds

Tried & True

I also made the switch to Thai Crystal Deodorant about six months ago and so far so good! It was probably not a good idea to give up “regular” deodorant right before I moved to a hot place like Texas, but that is how I roll apparently. Does it work? Yes, I can report that it does. Of course I need a shower after I work out and such, but that should be mandatory anyway. I had tried many brands like Tom’s and such that were a flat out disaster.

Natural Skincare Finds

Hope you are treating yourself well this Tuesday.

Question of the Day: Any drug store skincare finds as of late?

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Thanksgiving Dinner Music

Hey there! Anyone need ideas for Thanksgiving dinner music? Look no further. We often get so distracted decorating and food shopping that we forget how important it can be to set a relaxing atmosphere on the holidays. These artists all perform music that is purely instrumental. Music is always a nice way to enhance the mood no matter what the occassion may be. There have been studies that have captured results that playing relaxing music while you are eating also improves digestion, relaxation and overall well-being. Some of us are also just not ready to bust out the Chrimstas music just yet!

Thanksgiving Dinner Music (Instrumental)

I have a station on Pandora dedicated to instrumental music which is the perfect background for a day of cooking, socializing and eating during the holidays. These are the artists I have fallen in love with most recently. I wanted to share them with in case you are hosting the festivites on Thursday and need a little inspiration.

Thanksgiving DInner Music (Instrumental)

Let me know if you end up giving any of these artists a listen! The Vitamin String Quartet is very cool because it takes current pop songs and turns them into a more classical sounding piece. It is comforting because you feel like you have already heard it many times before. Similar, but different at the same time. I am listening to Taylor Swift’s “Red” as I type up this post.

Balmorhea is my favorite – hauntingly beautiful. I highly recommend checking it out!

I am off to try out to grab a bit of lunch and try out a new gym. The drive to Lifetime has been way to lengthy so it is time for a place closer by!

Question of the Afternoon: Instrumental music – yes, no, maybe so?

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Farmers Market Adventures

Hello! I hope you enjoyed a nice weekend and/or safe travels depending on where you are headed for Thanksgiving. I am currently thrilled to have some sunshine back in Austin. I spent all day inside on Saturday getting some projects done, and working on our Thanksgiving Menu. The weather was simply dreadful. I cannot motivate myself to go out in a downpour without a very good reason. The strange thing about Texas weather is the way it can be so chaotic. After the terrible storm Saturday the next day brought warm temperatures and blue skies. I am not complaining about this change in events of course. After church, Scott and I decided to take advantage of the beautiful day and head over to our local farmers market.

Farmers Market Adventures

I managed to pick up a handful of items from my grocery list which I considered to be a success. I have discovered with farmers markets that you cannot be too attached to your list. Everything is seasonal and based on local availability.

Scott gets incredibly excited at the farmer’s market and tore ahead of me in a run/sprint to make me laugh. I think this picture is hilarious. Mad selfie skils I tell you.

Farmers Market Adventures

 

Farmers Market Adventures

We wandered around, tried samples, and picked up a variety of produce and meats. We also got a little adventurous and decided to buy duck eggs.

Farmers Market Adventures

The farmers market we usually go to is right by a beautiful lake. At least, we think it is a lake. Any body of water is up for debate in Texas.

Farmers Market Adventures

I think the farmers market can be a huge treasure in terms of the healthy foods you can find at great prices. Plus, it is a perfect little Sunday afternoon adventure too.

Off to go get this Monday started! Linking up with Erin and Katie today. See you this afternoon.

Question of the Morning: Do you ever go to the farmers market?

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Why I Romanian Deadlift

“The dream is free, but the hustle is sold separately.”

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen the post I shared on Friday afternoon after I completed my workout. I have shared before that Scott and I like to take a lot of fun photos and selfies. This was a little post workout celebration because I was feeling stronger. Scott and I had finished a training session in our garage gym to focus on my weightlifting technique.

Why I Romanian Deadlift

Why I Romanian Deadlift

I had been going up in weight on my squats and deadlifts the past few months during my workouts. I was starting to notice when I looked in the mirror that I was shifting to quite a bit. As a result my knee was bothering me and my shoulder was giving me trouble. So I had to regress and take it back to basics a bit. Instead of concentrating on adding more weight I have been perfecting my technique.

The Romanian Deadlift has been a large focus in my training sessions lately. When performed correctly it can build up a lot of strength in your hamstrings and glutes. Plus it will help me transition back into performing a full deadlift which is my ultimate goal.

RDL Technique

Every deadlift is an RDL at the top. A deadlift is picking up from the floor; the RDL is the top movement. You set or begin in Postion 1 (set arches engaged, glutes pressing forward, knees out slightly). The movement from Position 1 to 2 is the actual RDL. Transition 2 to 3 is the deadlift. By learning from the top down I am working each of these positions until I feel I have mastered them each individually.

Next up is position 3. Getting into position for 3. Moving the RDL to be off of blocks and the “up” phase. RDL is the loading. I am using it as a technical progression but once I get back to squatting and deadlifting it will become more of a supporting movement.

Lifing Straps

I have also been using straps in my training which has allowed me to hold more weight. These are great for women because grip in general can be a limiting factor and can potentially hold you back. If you are limited by holding weight then your legs are only getting as much work as your arms can hold.

Why I Romanian Deadlift

In order to grow you always have to willing to take steps back in order to get to the next level. Very true in training and in life!

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday. :-)

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Thanksgiving Menu Recipes

Ready, set, go! Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Hard to believe it is this Thursday! I spent some time yesterday afternoon putting together a menu for our Thanksgiving dinner. Scott and I are staying local so it is just the two of us. I was careful not to go overboard with too many different dishes because there is a limit on how much food two people can eat.

As you will see from my selections below there is still an emphasis on healthy eating choices. There are a lot of traditional dishes that you would always see pop up, but these recipes include cleaner ingredients and emphasize using less sugar and refined white flour. I am not paleo per see, but this menu follows that style of eating. I am pretty sure that they did not have Almond Flour or Coconut Sugar back in the day, but I am going to roll with it.

Thanksgiving Menu Recipes

I present to you The Bikini Experiment Thanksgiving Menu. I am excited to try these recipes out.! I briefly explain the reasons for my selections below. If one of them catches your eye they would be great for any meal during the holiday season. If you are late to the food prep game this year then feel free to whip them up too.

Starter

Thanksgiving Menu RecipesCreamy Paleo Bacon Pumpkin Soup – I love pumpkin soup from Fed and Fit seemed like a tasty variation.

 

 

 

 

Main Course & Sides

Marinated Thanksgiving Turkey – Unique! I appreciated the suggestion for the marinade because it would give a different flavor and taste.

Marinated Thanksgiving Turkey

 

Sweet Potato CasseroleSweet Potato Casserole – I saw this on Sam’s blog last week and it seemed perfect. I love sweet potatoes and my default is to always bake them. I thought this would add a different dimension without overdoing the sweetness.

 

 

Roasted VeggiesRoasted Vegetables – I have heard of the Pioneer Woman and her legendary recipes. Scott requested roasted vegetables and this variation came up on google search. Sold!

 

 

Cranberry SauceCranberry Rosemary SauceMegan’s recipe has includes citrus zest that I always enjoy. It also had far less sugar than many others I saw out there.

 

 

 

PBanana Breadaleo Banana Bread – I like my baking easy and this recipe fit the bill. I have been searching for a Paleo style sandwich bread, but I have not seen anything that calls to me. This looked like a great, but slightly sweeter choice for this go around.

 

 

 

Dessert

Pumpkin PiePaleo Pumpkin Pie  – I have tried a lot of Elana’s grain-free recipes using alternative flours and she has never failed me. Bring on her pumpkin pie!

 

 

Get Some Ice CreamBulletproof Ice Cream – Homemade ice cream from the Bulletproof creator himself, Dave Asprey. His ice cream recipe is no sugar, no sugar, and high in fat which is a lot of what his nutrition plan supports. We are going to make vanilla to compliment the pie.

 

 

Menu on Pintrest

I added all of these links to my Thanksgiving board on Pinterest. Our weekly grocery shopping today will include picking up the ingrdients for all of the recipes above. Surpisingly we already had many of the necessary items. The turkey is already sitting in our freezer. :-)

Thanksgiving Grocery List
  • Coconut Milk
  • Bananas
  • Cranberries
  • Orange
  • Rosemary
  • Lemon
  • Chicken Broth
  • Asparagus
  • Red Pepper
  • Mushrooms
  • Eggplant
  • Butternut Squash

I really prefer recipes that do not have too many exotic ingredients or are overly complicated. Simple is best in my motto!

Question of the Morning: Are you cooking for Thanksgiving? If so, are you prepared?

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