Wednesday, February 28, 2018

My Training at 46!!

How Bad Are Peanuts, Really?

First KFIT Bootcamp Workout at Hingham Location

Hi, guys!

Hump Day started bright and early for me. I woke up around 3:30 AM and could NOT fall back to sleep. I’ve actually been sleeping really well lately and then… BAM… crappy night of sleep. Ughhhhh. I was totally wired at that hour, and I *think* it was related to hormones (I’ve been keeping a journal), but my random Googling (in the middle of the night) didn’t clear things up. Hopefully, the hormone course that I’m taking in April will help me make sense of it all.

Anyway, by 6:30 AM, I was more than ready for breakfast. I had made overnight oats with vanilla protein powder, chia seeds, and sunflower seeds in an almost-empty Teddie peanut butter jar, so breakfast was waiting for me in the fridge.

After breakfast, I got Quinn and myself ready for the day. After I dropped him off at school, I headed to KFIT for a workout – my first one at the new location!

And, whoa, the workout was no joke: 1.5 mile run with a weighted vest, 100 KB swings, and planks. It’s like Kerrie knows I’m coming when she programs the workout. Haha!

I was especially glad to have some buddies to keep me going!

After class, I refueled with a protein shake mixed with the rest of my iced coffee from the morning and dug into my lunch earlier than usual (haddock, kale, and Chimichurri). When I wake up super early, I find myself eating ALL DAY LONG. Anyone else?

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3 Ways To Use Truvani Turmeric

One of the most unique qualities of our Truvani Daily Turmeric Supplement is that the tablets are uncoated, so you can use them in recipes at home. This is great for people who have difficulty swallowing tablets, or simply don’t like popping pills.

This supplement is REAL FOOD after all. This is just one way that Truvani Turmeric is so remarkable and different from other supplements on the market. Not to mention – the first USDA Certified Organic and Glyphosate Residue Free turmeric on the market! In this new video, I give you three delicious ways to enjoy your Truvani Turmeric… 

 

# 1.  Make a nourishing tea!

Simply pop a turmeric tablet in a mug and pour over it with hot water to instantly make hot turmeric tea. Tea is something that I enjoy daily and is one of my favorite rituals. This tea is great when you are traveling too – the tablets hardly take up any room in your bag and are so easy to drop in hot water at the airport or wherever you are!

Truvani Turmeric Tea

 

Instructions

  1. Heat the water in a pot over medium heat.
  2. Take off the stove and pour 8 ounces into a cup.
  3. Add 1 Truvani Turmeric tablet and let dissolve. Enjoy!

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#2.  Whip it into a smoothie!

Add up to three tablets (per serving) to virtually any of your favorite smoothie recipes. I love adding superfoods like turmeric to my smoothies to get the most nutritional punch that I can. This citrus smoothie is satisfying and almost like a decadent creamy milkshake – but super healthy!

Truvani Citrus Blast Smoothie

 

Ingredients

  • 3 oranges, peeled (choose a variety)
  • 2 frozen bananas, peeled
  • 1 cup chopped papaya, peeled
  • 8 ounces plain yogurt
  • 6 Truvani Turmeric tablets
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Place all of the ingredients in a blender and blend to combine.
  2. To serve, pour 8 ounces into a cup. Enjoy!

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#3. Simmer it into Golden Milk!

This soothing drink is perfect before bedtime. It’s really relaxing and helps to take the edge off. I like to drink my golden milk like a little dessert after dinner and that’s why I add maple syrup to it. You can take out the maple syrup if you want, or use coconut sugar or honey instead – any of those would be equally delicious.  

Truvani Golden Milk (Warm or Iced)

 

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces coconut or almond milk
  • 3 Truvani Turmeric tablets
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1-2 tablespoons maple syrup or raw honey

Instructions

  1. Place all of the ingredients in a small pot over medium low heat.
  2. Gently simmer for 8-10 minutes to combine flavors.
  3. To serve, pour 8 ounces of golden milk into a cup. Enjoy!

Notes

To make Iced Golden Milk, complete directions 1-2. To serve, pour 8 ounces of golden milk into a cup filled with ice.

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Be one of the first to get your hands on this beautiful turmeric supplement…

I’m offering a discount on all orders for a limited time. And, there’s a way to save more…

You can buy just one bottle, but I’m giving you an option to get a deeper discount. When you set up a monthly subscription order, you’ll automatically get a new bottle of Truvani Turmeric every month – so you’ll never run out or have to go online to reorder. Plus – you’re getting the biggest discount available and you’ll be locked in at the discounted price for the life of your subscription. Here’s where you can set up a discount subscription order.

At Truvani, we don’t want to “just” create a turmeric supplement. We want to create a complete line of products with ingredients you can trust. And your support is making this a reality without raising money from outside investors. If you’ve already ordered, I thank you immensely. It means the world to me.

I am literally jumping out of my seat with excitement about the new products we’ve got in the works right now. It’s been a whirlwind, but we aren’t slowing down anytime soon. Stay tuned… you won’t wanna miss what’s coming.

How are you going to enjoy your Truvani Turmeric? Show me on social media with the hashtag #TruvaniLife. I can’t wait to see your photos!

Xo,
Vani


*These statements have not been evaluated by FDA. This product is not intended to “diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.” As with any dietary supplement, you should discuss with your healthcare professional prior to use. If you are breastfeeding, pregnant, or considering pregnancy, you should consult your healthcare professional prior to taking any supplements. Discontinue use and contact your healthcare professional if you experience any side effects or an allergic reaction. Keep out of reach of children.

 

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Midweek Quick Cooking: PB&J Smoothie (and a Contest)

Over To The Dark Side

Y’all know I love a good bedding update! I’ve been on the bright white and neutral bedding band wagon for years. Last year when I discovered my favorite sheets (Target’s Threshold Performance Sheets) I ventured away from all white and got a few cute patterns. Lately I am digging darker, thicker, textured, moodier bedding when I see inspiration photos. Our bedroom is totally bland neutral in the wall, carpet, and bed colors, so the white/lighter bedding felt a bit blah to me in this space. I decided to take a risk with something dark.

I donated one of my duvet covers (I had two, a white one and a linen stripe one) to the Marsh House, and I earned some reward credits from my Pottery Barn card from helping my parents buy new beds. I put those reward credits and a 20% off code to good use and got myself a new D A R K and textured duvet cover!

Navy is one of our house accent colors. It’s classic and a bit nautical and hides stains well. (I’m looking at you, Gus!) So, I had been keeping my eye out for a navy blue duvet cover for a while. I checked Target, West Elm, and Crate and Barrel, along with Pottery Barn, but they didn’t have anything I loved at the time. Then I stumbled upon this Honeycomb textured cover and shams on sale a few weeks ago when Pottery Barn sent out a bedding email. (They know how to get ya!)

MY OTHER RECIPES

(I kind of like how the weight of the fabric + the buttons gives a scalloped edge look! ^)

The duvet matches the Target sheets so well. You can see the true color and texture here without the light shining so brightly. It is very heavy and cozy! (Speaking of sheets, Thomas HATED the flannel ones I bought from Target this winter. Not sure what to do with them since I can no longer return them. At least they were only $25! I might sneak them on a few times a year on the coldest nights.)

To brighten up the bed just a little, I added this Ashley Bird sham I found on clearance. I am also really into tropical florals right now! If I could have all the duvets in the world, I would buy this one and this one too. Our bedroom definitely needed some bright colors. I have been tempted to add an area rug over the blah carpet, but every time I have attempted it with a smaller rug, it just looks bad. Any suggestions?

Another dark blue update: jeans! Remember when I wrote this post? You guys were FULL of recommendations! It seems that the Old Navy Rockstars and the Madewell High Rises were the most recommended picks. I haven’t had a free day to go shopping yet, but I do have a new pair of high-rise jeans! You got a preview of them in this pic from the Luke Bryan concert:

Blog reader Savannah has opened Revive Clothing Boutique, an online store that focuses on American-made denim. Savannah writes: “Revive’s hallmark is American-made denim and the boutique strives to continually offer the best fitting jeans in on-trend silhouettes, at a reasonable price.” The boutique’s focus on American made supports the US economy, fairly paid workers, and a reduced carbon footprint. They also have tops, sweaters, and dresses. (I love this color block cowl neck!) I also love that they feature REAL models of all sizes! The code KATHEATS will get you 15% off anything at Revive!  

Savannah sent me the Just Black Just Basic Ankle Skinny. What I loved about them most was the thick fabric. They are high-rise as promised, and they DO stay up way better than many of my low/mid rise jeans. The color is great as well!

To start my morning off extra cozy once I got out of that bed: eggs, orange, toast, and tea! (I switched to mint tea after my one cup of coffee.)

 

What kind of bedding style do you have?



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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Chimichurri at 6:15 AM

It’s totally normal to make Chimichurri at 6:15 in the morning, right? I thought so. I had planned to make it last night, but the evening got away from me. And, before I knew it, Quinn was in bed and the last thing I wanted to do was wake him up with the sound of our food processor, so I waited until he was awake this morning.

My Chimichurri “recipe” isn’t much of a recipe at all. I just throw everything in the food processor and hope for the best. #notfancy Here are my very approximate measurements:

  • 1 bunch of cilantro
  • 1 bunch of parsley
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2-3 tbsp minced garlic
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • sea salt
  • 2-3 tbsp grated Parmesan
  • 2-3 tbsp sunflower seeds

Ta-da!

The morning flew by, so I grabbed a frozen gluten-free waffle (from Trader Joe’s) and topped it with almond butter mixed with collagen for a quickie breakfast.

Big meeting at the new DTFN office! 🙂

When I got to work, I snacked on a banana.

And lunch was fresh Chimichurri sauce mixed with shredded chicken and greens. Delicious!!

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The Good Ole’ Days When Kids Only Had Type 1 Diabetes…

I really wish this was a headline from The Onion, but alas, it’s not. There was a time not that long ago that diabetes in children meant one thing, and that was autoimmune driven Type 1 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes used to be called “adult onset diabetes.” It’s now “for everyone.” The news article details how a three year old toddler pulled down the DM2 (diabetes mellitus 2)  diagnosis…there are several sections worth noting:

“Doctors reviewed the child’s diet and found the family had poor nutritional habits with uncontrolled calories and fat. Both her weight and body mass index (BMI) were in the top 5 percent of all children her age.”

Although it’s a nice story to tell that carbs and carbs alone are the cause of DM2, it’s not really accurate. Too many calories, which can come from fat OR carbs are clearly the factor here…but it’s worth noting in the above paragraph…the medical staff identified too many calories were being consumed (all fine there) but ONLY mention fat as a problem. I PROMISE you this kid was not overeating butter, bacon, nuts, and eggs. I will bet the farm, to the degree fat IS a factor here, it’s being carried down the pie-hole on the backbone on refined carbs. The hyper-palatable combination of fat and carbs is tough to turn down and is clearly irresistible to kids. This is also interesting:

“Reversal of type 2 diabetes in children is possible by early screening of obese children, early diagnosis, appropriate therapy and lifestyle modification,” Yafi said.

Yes, we can intervene in type 2 diabetes, yes good lifestyle and diet changes can turn this around, but damage has already been done at this point, particularly in a toddler. What epigenetic changes have occurred that will predispose this little girl (and the growing number of kids like her) to everything from neurodegeneration to various forms of cancer? We don’t know and we will not know until the costs, both in human and economic terms, have literally crushed us.

The only thing that may perk up the ears of researchers and the medical community may be some kind of class-action process, not dissimilar to what we saw happen with tobacco. It’s time to get this story and what we do about it right, our kids deserve better than this.



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Our Family Vacation to Gilbert, Arizona

We had such a nice time on our family vacation last week. We rented a house in Gilbert, Arizona with Mal’s family, so we had quite the crew – 8 adults and 4 kids under 4 years old. At times, it felt like a circus with all of our crazy monkeys running around, but it was so much fun, and I know we all enjoyed the quality time together. So many wonderful memories were made in Arizona, and I know we’ll never forget this vacation. That said, I wanted to share some of my favorite highlights from the week.

A+ flights to and from Phoenix – Qman was awesome on both flights (6 and 4.5 hours, respectively). What a difference 1.5 years makes! One thing that especially helped us (besides having an older kid) was setting rules for the plane and making sure that Quinn truly understood them. Our rules for the plane: 1) Stay in your seat; 2) Listen to Mumma and Dada; 3) No tantrums. Then, in the days leading up to the flight to Arizona, we drilled them into his little brain! 😉 Hey, it worked! But, seriously, we went over the rules everyday and then had him repeat them back to us.

Getting Bosa Donuts for breakfast – I heard they were the best donuts in the area, and they didn’t disappoint!

Enjoying some quality family time – We seriously had so much fun with the Haupert clan! 🙂 Quinn loved showing Papi his favorite games on his iPad.

And bedtime was ridiculous – soooo many shenanigans! Haha! 🙂

Visiting the Railroad Park in Scottsdale – What a great place for kids! It’s a big ol’ park with a ride-on railroad, playground, carousel, museum, and more. And, my gosh, it was affordable. I don’t think we spent more than $10 for the three of us!

Hiking Hayden Butte in Tempe – Another great activity for kids! It’s a short hike, but totally worth it for the views!

Arizona sun definitely requires sunblock! Qman loved using his sunstick to apply his own – no fights!

Looking for snakes! 🙂

High-five for a sweet rock collection!

Discovering Bergies Coffee Roast House – What an adorable place! Both inside and out were super cute – and the coffee was delicious too!

Rediscovering my love for running – I went for a few runs during our vacation, and I’m not sure if it was the Arizona weather or what, but I felt really great. My first run back (since injuring myself around the holidays) definitely rekindled my passion for running! 🙂

Wearing: The NEW Launch 5 from Brooks Running 

And, finally, one of the top highlights from vacation…

The most epic rock photo shoot ever – Quinn found a rock that he really liked, so he asked Mal to snap a photo of him with it. The first photo spiraled into an entire photo shoot that Quinn completely orchestrated himself. All of the shots are 100% inspired by his own artistic creativity. Mal and I just stood by and watched things unfold.

Quinn told Mal exactly what to do with his camera. Haha! It was so darn cute!

Questions of the Day

Were you on February vacation last week? Do anything fun?

Any fun vacations coming up? 

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Slow Moving Training: Yoga

Primal Starter: How To Eat Well On Less?

TSA PSA

I had no idea making popcorn on the stovetop was so easy! We recently bought a bag of Arrowhead Mills popcorn and followed the package instructions – 3 tbsp of oil, 3 kernals. When the kernals pop, you add 1/3 cup kernals and cover. Allow them all to pop until the popping slows (just like the microwave variety) and you’re done! Dress up any way you like – melted butter and sea salt, cinnamon and sugar, or smoked paprika (!) I am thinking some homemade kettle corn needs to be in our future!

Me a million years ago with an airplane!

How many of you guys have TSA PreCheck for traveling through airport security? It never occurred to me to apply for it because I heard you had to go to a formal interview (aka hours of time and probably not offered locally). Plus, I don’t travel that much, but after Tina mentioned in a recent post that it only took her a few minutes to apply and she had the interview in her hometown, I decided to look into it.

As it turns out, the whole process was MORE than easy. Here are the steps I took for both Thomas and myself:

  1. Filled out an online application (time = 5 minutes)
  2. Scheduled the “interview” for the following day at 11 and 11:10 am for the both of us at the DMV less than a mile from our house.
  3. Showed up with our passports for the “interview” which was actually just proving identity, signatures, and getting fingerprinted.
  4. Paid $85 each (good for 5 years)

Done and done. It was SO EASY! For some reason I thought the interview was literally someone grilling you with 100 questions (not that I have anything to hide, but still). The fingerprinting process was a breeze, and the lady who helped us was super nice and jokey.

I have heard that sometimes the TSA lines don’t really save you that much time, but the biggest pro to doing this in my opinion is you don’t have to take off/out your shoes, coat, laptop, toiletries, food, Kindle, etc. etc. The whole security process, while important, is such a drag. So I am thrilled to hopefully pass through without the hassle next time.

Oh, and kids under 12 can go with you!

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Someone Hit a Growth Spurt

Good morning, friends! I hope your week is off to a wonderful start! 🙂

My week started bright and early at 4:45 AM. I was up and at ’em for the 5:15 AM class at CrossFit. I hadn’t attended the early-bird class for a couple of weeks now, so I was especially glad to get back to it. My day goes SO MUCH BETTER if it starts with a workout! #fact

The workout at CrossFit was a good one. After a warm-up, we worked on Front Squats and then headed into the WOD, which was two quickie workouts with a 5-minute rest in between. I scaled the OHS to #65, which was a good idea after the Double Unders (and it being 6:00 AM in the morning). I was just not feeling strong. I used a band for the pull-ups and managed to do all 30 of the HSPUs, but they were… ugly. I finished the workout in 16-something.

On the way to and from the gym, I listened to an episode of Revolution Health Radio about “why your brain makes you fat,” and it was super interesting. A lot of us get wrapped up in the whole idea of “calories in versus calories out,” and there is so much MORE to the weight loss story. It’s definitely worth a listen!

When I arrived home, Mal was just packing up his stuff to leave for school and Quinn was still sleeping – and he slept until 6:45 AM! Woohoo! World record! Ha! But, seriously, the kid has been ripping-off sleep lately. On Sunday morning, he woke-up at 6:30 AM, napped from 11:30 – 3:00 PM, went to bed at 7:45 PM, and then woke up at 6:45 AM on Monday morning. Whoa, right? Qman has also eaten quite a bit lately. He ate an entire hot dog in Arizona (his first ever) and then 6 (!!) fish sticks, apple slices, and milk at dinner last night. Mal and I were super impressed. I’m pretty sure the little dude hit a growth spurt!

My post-workout breakfast was a bit of a random mix, but I was craving something savory and filling, so I reheated some leftovers from the fridge. In the mix: Mashed sweet potatoes, Parmesan Roasted Fennel, shredded chicken thighs, and bacon. Not pretty, but delicious and nutritious!

Question of the Day

How do you know that your little one has hit a growth spurt? Any tell-tale signs? 

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