Getting motivated to run!

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Sometimes I can’t believe this is the view I get on my daily runs in La Jolla, CA. I can’t tell you how important scenery is when you run! Nothing makes me more discouraged than drab surroundings or worse– indoors on a treadmill. Find somewhere to run that inspires you, and motivates you to keep going! If you’re new to running it really helps take your mind off the pain! It also really helps clear your mind, and can transform running into a meditation, and de-stresser!

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A great item to serve at a summer picnic/party! When munching on chips and such, always pair it with a fresh side that supplies vegetables and fruits to make your body feel satisfied earlier! It will help you stop over-munching, and enhances whatever you are eating!

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When I think of summertime these are some of the things that comes to mind:

1. Kids running through the yard and throwing themselves on a wet Slip ‘n Slide.
2. Popsicle juice dripping down little fingers gripping a wooden stick.
3. Loose fitting white dresses that keep you cool in the hot sun.
4. Munching on huge wedges of ice cold watermelon while chillin’ by the pool.

But most of all…

5. Watching the tomato vines in our garden finally blossom and be overrun with juicy heirlooms in a variety of colors and sizes. Rarely are they perfect in shape, but their flavor? Indescribably delicious.

Sure you can buy a plastic tub or jar of pico de gallo at the grocery, but there’s nothing like making it fresh. Big chunks of ripe tomatoes, bite size pieces of red onion, handfuls of chopped cilantro, and zesty lime juice all blended…

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If you have tried switching from supermarket fruits and veggies to FARMERS market fruits and veggies, you know it’s something you can’t take back. Once you make the switch to fresh, locally grown, and unmodified by corporations, the food is sweeter, riper, crunchier, and juicier. However, I have struggled affording food this way as it does come with a higher price tag, especially here in San Diego. I am a huge fan of growing what you can in your own garden! It saves you money, can be done with little space, and it lets you know exactly what goes in what you cook! Even if you live in a small apartment like me, some can be grown in a planter box, or you can even just start with an herb garden!

Open House at Black Sheep Yoga – free yoga!!

An awesome opportunity for my fellow San Diegans to get some free yoga in! The health benefits are incredible, and there is no better post workout feeling of peace of mind than after a yoga sesh!

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If you’re free and available Saturday, 8/18, please join us at Black Sheep Yoga for an open house with free yoga, food, music & fun!! I’m teaching at 12 and 3!! Hope to see you there 🙂

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Get to Know: Fooducate

The benefits of the age of the smartphone are numerous in the health world! There are so many apps out there that can help you make better choices, and this one looks great! I will be downloading it myself right about–now!

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Fooducate is an application that scans the barcode of various grocery items and then tells you the nutritional value and other facts regarding the item. The website claims that there are over 200,000 unique product searches, and you can add additional ones if you come across something not in the database. The application is easy to use, and oftentimes insightful. Perhaps not for those on the grab-and-go, but for those motivated enough to change their diet, this little app can certainly help with making better food choices.

The website is very easy to use and search for products, as seen below:

 

The application is just as user friendly, with a bar code scanner for searching products on the go. Scanned items automatically go on the history tab and you can easily put items on a shopping list.

 

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