Summer Sun Soak Up

I recently visited my sister on my spring break and had tons of time in the sun. While my horribly pale skin was anticipating the sun, the last thing I wanted to do was get burned.
I grew up in a very traditional home with chemical cleaners, antibiotics, and anything else that wasn’t necessarily natural.
(Thankfully my mom cooked so I don’t have to add in microwavable and other extremely processed foods!)
However, every summer we coated on the sunscreen because thats what you were supposed to do, right?
Well now that I am on my own and exploring different options to better my health it got me thinking about this topic on the way to the pool one day.
I found an article through Mercola.com that I really enjoy and agree with. This is a very trustworthy site to get natural health news from and I tend to visit it often.

One of my favorite quotes of the article by Dr. Mercola is, “There are many simple lifestyle changes you can make to radically decrease your risk of sunburn, such as choosing your essential fatty acids wisely, increasing your consumption of raw vegetables loaded with skin-protecting antioxidant phytonutrients, and avoiding processed foods and sugars.”

Hope you enjoy this video and hope it helps answer any questions you may have on the topic!

-S

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Run, Yoga, Sun

ImageWinter quarter.

11 weeks. 22 credits. (1) 5 week accelerated class. A part time job. 4.0 GPA.

Like every quarter it starts off slow and easy. It begins to build speed around week 6 and before you know it there are too many things to count. 

Oh I forgot to add moving in week 10 to the mix, while trying to prepare everything to leave for vacation.

At times it was overwhelming, but I wouldn’t trade it for a second. I was able to learn a lot about myself this quarter. 

I learned:

*to let go of the things I can’t control

*I really like to be spontaneous as much as I like to plan things

*I love making vegan, paleo cookies

*Communication really is key

*Having a few good friends are essential

*Whatever you can dream you can make happen

**Oh and I am remarkably good at procrastinating on writing papers

Those are just a few of the things that this quarter taught me. It is weird to think that in a couple of years I will no longer be living my life 11 weeks at a time. However, for now I like it that way. It can be stressful at times, but it can be extremely exhilarating as well.

Now it is time for some run, yoga, sun.Image

There is always the light at the end of the tunnel when the quarter starts and that is break at the end! I decided it was time to get away and catch up with my sister for the week. Just because it is vacation doesn’t mean its time to give workouts a break too. I think it is actually the perfect time to get back into it. Towards the end of the quarter I can let workouts slip with the amount of stuff that needs to get done.

Thankfully I have a great friend that is willing to run with me late at night when I find time to finally fit it in for the day!  

Today I found a great fresh produce place where I picked up some oranges, apples, grapes, cantaloupe, and some greens for good measure. 

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To add to the deliciously sweet fruit, there is a yoga place right across the street that I will take advantage of this week along with some great running trails. 

Break is a time for rest and rejuvenation so you can hit the ground running once week 1 rolls around once again. 

I look forward to using this week to my advantage and really taking everything it has to offer.

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Especially that sweet sweet sun!

-S

Who controls your health?

This video had a very profound effect on me. I have seen the effects of our “health” care system on the people I love most and am not impressed. I think it is great for trauma and do not undermine all the training they go through, but I think it is safe to call it disease care instead of healthcare. Did you know that our healthcare system in America is the number one cause of death? Our “health” care system contributes to more deaths than heart disease or cancer! I think it is extremely important to take your health into your own hands. Besides, who knows your body better than you?

Dekalb Farmer’s Market

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Dekalb Farmer’s Market is one of my favorite places on earth. It is beyond massive and has almost anything you could think of from exotic fruits to a great fish and meat selection. They have a pastry bar and salad bar that they make fresh each day. It does not seem to matter the day of the week or time that you go, it is always packed! I guess that just adds to the experience though. (You get remarkably well at weaving your cart in and out of packed isles!)

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I always come home with a fresh bounty of fruits and vegetables with the occasional choice of fish. It really is quite comical if you can witness me trying to take a weeks worth of groceries from my car inside in just one trip. Every single week though when I get home I am always inspired to make something tasty and nutritious from my new goodies.

This week I decided to make the salmon that I got and lay it over a bed of mixed greens. Image

I baked the salmon in parchment paper in the oven at 400 degrees for probably 15 minutes. I drizzled a very tiny amount of olive oil on it with salt and pepper. I layered it with thinly sliced lemons and a huge heap of fresh dill.

AWESOME combo if I do say so myself!

Once out of the oven I broke it up with a fork and placed it on top of the greens. To top it off a splash of balsamic vinegar was in order. For the salad you can put whatever you like in it. I added some tomato and cucumber as well.

I have had a craving for sweet potato chips too so I made these lovelies. Image

Thinly slice a sweet potato using a mandolin.

Drizzle with olive oil.

Add a dash of salt and pepper.

Coat them all well and then place on a baking sheet at 400 degrees for probably 45 min. Mine were thicker since I didn’t use my mandolin. If you do have very thin slices you might be able to go for less them. Just check on them throughout the process so you know!

Enjoy!

S

[The top two pictures are thanks to google, but the bottom two are mine]