November 17

Today I have had more time than usual to prepare my weekly meals and decided to make a healthy granola bar. The recipe I used is from Brendan Brazier’s book and have provided the picture of them below. Get creative with your own recipes and try making a healthy alternative instead of purchasing manufactured products from the store.

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It’s the final day of the 5-week plan and hope I have helped you along the way as much as you have helped me.

Final Measurements:

Resting HR: 50, 49, 48

Weight: 123

Average mile pace for a 60-minute run: 7:45min/mile

This 5-week program that Christian and I have successfully achieved was very rewarding. I have learned how to cook healthy and efficiently on a college budget. By minimizing eating meals out and spending that money on better groceries and healthier foods is a beneficial trade. I am glad to announce that this will not be the end of my blog. Though our assignment is completed we are only getting started on our blogs. If you haven’t checked out Christian’s blog here is the link! christianuuyy.wordpress.com

Be healthy & live happy!

November 15

Though it hasn’t been easy these past few weeks it has been worth it. I have become more efficient in the kitchen and often times I make extra or double recipes so that when I need a quick meal ready during the week it’s ready to go. Cutting up vegetables at the beginning of the week has been beneficial as well in decreasing prep and cooking time in the kitchen. Tonight I made stuffed peppers for the first time and it may not look the best but it sure tasted delicious.Image

Ingredients:

One large pepper

½ -Cup cooked quinoa (you could also use rice, orzo, or another substitute)

Fresh basil leaves (to taste)

¼ -Cup onion

¼ -Cup zucchini

¼ -Cup tomatoes

¼ -Cup spinach

¼ –Cup tomato sauce 

Wash and cut the top off the pepper and empty the seeds. Sauté the onions, zucchini, tomatoes, and spinach in a large sauce pan over medium-low heat. Add the basil leaves when the vegetables have become tender. Mix the vegetables and quinoa in a bowl and put it inside the pepper. Put a desired amount of tomato sauce on top and then place in the oven at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until the peppers becomes tender.

 

November 9, 2013

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Today I went to Funk’n Waffles with my friends and decided to treat myself to something tasty.  I got a buckwheat waffle with blueberries, bananas, and strawberries. Buckwheat is a healthier alternative to other waffle mixes and is gluten free. It definitely tasted healthy and not as good as a white-mix waffle but it left me feeling better than the alternative would.

November 6, 2013

I can’t believe that it is already the halfway point, what started out like a very slow and unachievable goal has become a reality and looks to be promising.

Halfway Measurements

Resting HR: 56, 61, 54

Weight: 124lbs

Average mile pace for a 60-minute run: 7:45min/mile

If you have joined me in this 5-week journey to a healthier life I hope you are having progress. Though my measurements have not changed significantly, I feel better on a daily basis. I am sleeping better and have more energy. 

November 4, 2013

Smoothies have become a staple in my diet. They are quick to make and easy to take on the go, if you make it right it can be packed with nutrients and encourage a great start to the day. One of my favorite smoothie recipes is strawberry, banana, and blueberry; see picture and recipe below.Image

Ingredients

1 Banana

1-Cup Strawberries

1 to 1½ -Cup Water

1 tsp. Chlorella

1 tsp. Maca

1 tbsp. Ground chia seeds or ground flax seeds

 

Smoothies are a great way to pack nutrients into your diet, start with your favorite fruits and add some beneficial ingredients like chlorella, maca, and ground chia or flax and your smoothie has a great boost.

October 28, 2013

This week has been more challenging than I had anticipated. Getting groceries and preparing meals was very time consuming, though the recipes were simple it took time to go through them and follow the steps. I am happy to say I have had a successful first week of the regime and am adjusting well to the new regime. My favorite recipe this week was the Adzuki Bean Quinoa Sesame Pizza. Image

Unlike a typical white dough crusted pizza that I feel like I could keep eating piece after piece until nothing is left, this pizza is very filling and satisfying. It was delicious and flavorful; I love fresh basil so I put some fresh leaves on the dough beneath the sauce. A benefit of cooking for yourself is that you can alter and change recipes as much or little as you like. This week I encourage you to try a new vegetable or one you don’t typically cook with. Comment and let me know how it turns out!

October 21, 2013

My friend Christian Uy and I began a 5-week healthy diet and lifestyle regime in attempts to improve our own lives and share our experiences through blogs. I encourage you to pick up a healthy habit and keep following us for the next 5 weeks, we feel that blogging will help motivate us to provide you with great information to keep a healthy lifestyle in college. We both have found ourselves getting caught up in college life, the ease of convenient takeout meals, and the lack of time make it tempting to lose the healthy lifestyle that we had before college. Keep checking back these next 5 weeks and check out Christian’s blog at christianuuyy.wordpress.com

The first day of the program I took the following base measurements:

Resting Heart Rate: 67, 65, 65 (First three days)

Weight: 124.5lb

Average Mile Pace for a 60-minute run: 8min/mile

These measurements will be taken again at the halfway point on November 6 and again at the very end.

The meal plan I’m following comes from Brendan Brazier’s book, “Thrive: The Vegan Nutrition Guide to Optimal Performance and Life”. Brazier provides detailed information on nutrition and includes a 12-week meal plan. I am committing myself to incorporate his meal plan and recipes for at least half of my meals each week. 

Not only will I be eating healthy but also exercising daily. My blog is aimed at the dietary component to health rather than focusing on exercise. The typical week for me includes 2 running workouts (50-60minutes including warm-up/workout/cool-down), 4 runs ranging from 50minutes to 60minutes, 1 long-run of 80-95minutes, 2 additional runs of 25minutes, and typically Sunday is a short run of 25-35minutes.