I used to be a milkaholic.. that is, until I tried almond milk. Not only is it absolutely delicious but it is so good for you. For all you lactose fearing – wanna be milk drinkers – this is the answer to your prayers. Personally, I prefer the taste to soy milk. Maybe it’s me but I prefer the slightly nutty flavour. After hearing the disturbances in ladies “cycles” because of soy I also was inclined to test out the almond route.
- 4 1/2 cups Raw Almonds (Pre-soaked in water overnight)
- 18 Pitted Dates
- 12 cups of Water
- 1 tsp of Cinnamon
- a cheesecloth
After soaking almonds over night, strain and measure half 2 1/4 cups of almonds and place in blender. Add 1/2 tsp of cinnamon, 6 cups of water and 9 pitted dates. Blend. Pour over a cheesecloth into a mixing bowl and allow only the juice to seep through. I did this in two parts only because my blender could not handle the amount of ingredients. Place in a jar (or anything with a seal) and put it in le fridge! ta-da! easy peasy.
This batch makes a little over a quart of almond milk. I had enough to fill up a quart jar (see above) and another tiny jar (not pictured)
This recipe I nabbed from Fitsugar off of pinterest – and people, if you do not already have pinterest I urge you to get on the bandwagon because it’s sites like these that inspire you to become more fit and it has a billion and one recipes. Healthy or not, they are all delicious. It also has a ton of workouts. If you’d like, you can follow my boards at www.pinterest.com/anaprildaisy
Textbooks and Jane Austen aside, the only thing I read are health magazines. I know I should probably venture out into the world of books but I love how motivational a good health magazine can be.
If it were not for magazines like Runner’s World, Running, Women’s Health and Best Health I don’t know what I’d do with myself.
What is your most inspirational magazine?
I nabbed these tips off of pinterest. #11 was the reason I started this blog!
- Wear spandex shorts under your regular running shorts so you don’t chafe
- Cotton socks will only lead to blisters; invest in socks designed for running.
- Join your local running club—check with your local running store fitness center and/or recreation department to find one
- Find a committed running partner. It is much harder to skip a run when you have someone else depending on you
- Remember that- It gets easier.
- Accept and appreciate the fact that not every single run can be a good one
- Do not compare yourself to others. Run within yourself and for yourself first.
- Even a bad run is better then no run at all
- If you normally run with music try skipping it and listening to your feet to hear your pace and your gait
- Don’t be discouraged if you don’t experience weight loss immediately
- Start a running blog, to see your progress and set goals
- Hydrate. Make it a habit to drink water throughout the day
- On long runs eat something every hour—whether you feel like it or not
- During longer runs if you don’t like to carry water take some cash in your pocket pouch or a shoe wallet. Run a route where there’s a corner store that you can use as a pit stop to pick up your water and maybe use the bathroom
- To aid recovery the most crucial time to eat and drink is in the hour immediately after you run
- Use Vaseline or BodyGlide wherever things rub. They will help prevent blisters and chafing
- Do not increase your mileage more than 10 percent per week
- If you are prone to shin splints and lower leg pain try running soft trails for your Training runs and save the asphalt for race day
- Do not run two hard days back-to-back
- Ice aches and pains immediately
- Pay attention to your form. Try to run lightly to minimize impact that could lead to injury
- When running don’t forget the bug spray, sunscreen and a hat- BIG TIME!
- Neosporin (or another antibiotic cream) is good for chafed areas
- Make sure you cut your toenails short enough so they don’t jam into your Shoes
- Be careful about running on paths that force you to run consistently on a slant. It’s hard on the hips knees
- Don’t stretch before a run. Warm up by walking briskly or jogging slowly for several minutes
- Do not ice for more than 20 minutes at a time
- For beginners, set mini goals to keep you motivated. (Can be minutes [run 5, walk 10], run between street lights then walk between street lights, run till the next bus stop, until you pass a car on the street)
- Do not use the hot tub after a race. It will increase inflammation and hinder healing
- Be aware of cyclists approaching you from behind and try to keep to the right. Try to pay special attention when running with music
- Run facing traffic.
- Never assume a car sees you
- Doubleknot your shoe laces so they will not come undone when you run
- If you listen to music, put earbuds in that go inside your ear, if you are using the ones that sit in your ear, it will fall out
- Buy yourself some actual running shoes from an actual running store because running in junk “sneakers” will destroy your feet and your legs
- At first keep your runs short and slow to avoid injury and soreness so you do not quit.
- If you are breathing too hard slow down or walk a bit until you feel comfortable again
- Pick your route close to home (out your front door)—the more convenient it is the better chance you will have sticking with it.
- Set realistic short term and long term goals
- Remember Soreness one to two days after a run is normal (delayed onset muscle soreness).
- There’s no shame in walking
- Four laps around the local the high school track equals one mile
- Vary your training routes. This will prevent boredom and prevent your body from getting acclimated
- Push through rough spots by focusing on the sounds of your breath and feet touching the ground
- Do abdominal breathing to get rid of side cramps
- Run on trails if at all possible. It will be easier on your body and you’ll love it
- Dress as if it is 10 degrees warmer than the temperature on the thermometer
- Run early in the morning or later in evening to avoid mid-day heat
- To keep cool in hot weather soak a bandana in cold water wring it out a bit and tie it loosely around your neck
- In the winter dress in layers (coolmax or other technical clothing) and wear a headband over your running hat to cover your ears
Go to http://pinterest.com/pin/245305510924371964/ and click the image to find the original source.
So let me start this blog off right by filling you in about me.
I’m a fourth year university student who is working her rear off trying to get accepted into a law school so I can pursue a career as either a commercial or real estate lawyer. I used to be a beer drinker, and eat whatever I wanted because I was skinny until one day .. I matured. Not so much the beer drinking (although I feel classier when I drink wine – even if it is only dessert and blush wine) but I had a chat with my mother who used to be as skinny as me. She told me “April, come 25 your body is not going to metabolize food like it used to and everything will go to your stomach.” Not my hips like most lucky women. I disregarded our conversation until I started noticing changes in my body. Not so much weight gain, but my muscle and stomach were not as flat as they used to be. I thought to myself “Why wait until I’m 25”. This blog is not about weight loss for myself (although it can be applied), but for me, it’s about my weight prevention. I do not own any of the information I post on this blog unless otherwise stated. I hope you enjoy this blog as it will be the closest thing to a full on, accurate description of me. I’ll have everything on here from fitness, to healthy eating, guilty pleasures, and fashion.