Thursday, March 15, 2018

What I’m Loving Lately 102

Hi, friends! Happy FRIDAY to you!

This week was so strange with two snow days right smack in the middle of it, so it totally doesn’t feel like Friday today. But, hey, I’m not complaining. I’m more than happy to spend some extra quality time with my boys. Although, we don’t have too many plans this weekend (besides the usual Saturday morning “gym day” and iced coffee/donuts), but, hopefully, that will change!

So, it’s Friday and you know what that means! It’s time for the next edition of What I’m Loving Lately.

Gabe’s inspiring story – Gabe is a professional runner with Brooks as well as a cancer patient. She was first diagnosed with adenoid cystic carcinoma in 2009. At times, she’s been so sick she couldn’t run at all, but she’s gone through periods of remission that allowed her to compete, even winning the 3,000-meter run at US Indoor Nationals in 2014. “Brave Like Gabe” has become the sign-off for Gabe’s story as a cancer patient and professional athlete, and she truly knows what it means to be brave. Read more about her story and how you can celebrate Gabe’s positive spirit and love of running.

Stunning Study Upsets a Big Diet Debate – Favoring whole foods may aid weight control much more than worrying about your diet’s fat-carb balance. Also interesting: “Neither diet group’s success at weight loss could be tied to their genetics or their insulin-response to sugar.”

All Dressed Potato Chips – My gosh, these are some of the tastiest potato chips I have ever eaten. They’re basically all of the best flavors in one chip – barbecue, sour cream and onion, salt and vinegar, and ketchup. The bag doesn’t last more than a few days in our house!

QuickBooks Self-Employed – Since it’s tax season and all, I figured I should give QuickBooks Self-Employed a shout-out since it saved the day once again! I absolutely hate doing our taxes, and it used to take Mal and me ALL day + follow-up days to put all of the different pieces together to give to our CPA. QuickBooks Self-Employed makes it SO EASY for you to track your income and categorize your expenses – it evens connects to your bank accounts and credit cards, so you don’t have to input any data. It also gives you “tasks” to do at the end of the year to make tax time that much easier. This year, we finished our taxes (to be sent to our CPA) in about an hour, which is a HUGE PR for us! If you’re a small business owner, I highly recommend checking it out.

Happy Baby pouches – We’re back on the pouch train! We’re still trying to get veggies into our picky eater’s diet, so we’re giving Qman pouches again. We like the ones from Happy Baby because they’re organic, non-GMO, and made from just fruits and veggies. Quinn likes them because the fruits and veggies are animals and he thinks it’s hilarious!

Stop dieting. Start keeping a food journal. CrossFit coach Stacie Tovar on why it works for her – I love her perspective about keeping a food journal!

Pork tenderloin – Pork tenderloin might just be the easiest thing ever to cook! I like pork, but we rarely ever have it at home. We got some pork tenderloin in our recent Butcher Box and cooking it up was so simple and so delicious – just rub on a spice blend and pop it in the oven for 20-25 minutes. Easy as that and it tasted so incredible! Pork might just become a new household favorite! 🙂

Glass straws – I’ve entered the world of xenoestrogens, so I’m playing a lot more attention to the plastic in my life, including the straws that I use to drink my morning iced coffee. I found some glass straws on Amazon, and I’m loving them. I used to use metal straws back in the day. Do you guys remember that?! I was obsessed. I really liked them and still think they’re a great option, but I was never quite sure if they were truly clean inside. With the glass straws, you can see if they’re clean! They’re made from Pyrex, so it would take a lot to break them – and they’re dishwasher-safe!

“Charlie Bucket” solid chocolate cat – Oh, guys. This is so sad. My mom had to put down her sweet cat “Charlie Bucket” on Monday. My aunt, who makes chocolate, went with her as support, so I wanted to give her Charlie Bucket solid chocolate cat (named after my mom’s cat) a shout out, especially since Easter is right around the corner and maybe there’s a cat lover in your life who would like it in their basket.

Why I don’t post nutrition facts for my recipes – Great post from Kate Scarlata!

Question of the Day

Have you ever tried ” all dressed” potato chips? 

P.S. Local readers: I’ll be helping raise money for breast cancer awareness and modeling in Legacy Place’s 4th Annual Girls Night Out Fashion Show on Thursday, March 22. All proceeds benefit local non-profit the Ellie Fund and the evening is hosted by Lisa Donovan of Kiss108. The fashion show will show off spring collections from stores like Athleta and Ku De Ta Boston plus menu samplings from Studio 3, complimentary glass of bubbly, live DJ, swag bag giveaways and much more! Tickets are available here: www.eventbrite.com/e/girls-night-out-tickets-43955605399

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Primal Starter: Reframing Your Definition of Affluence

Inline_Live-Awesome-645x445-03“Gratitude, with a capital G. The word should resonate as holy (which has the same root as healthy, and means whole), for without it, boredom prevails. With it, you acknowledge and appreciate life’s gifts. This embodiment extends beyond your attitude to become an actual personality trait, a stress management took, an an overall way of life. You live in gratitude because you are here today—appreciative of the lessons and journey of your past, however imperfect—for no other particular reason or caveat. And you remain in gratitude through the daily struggles that give meaning and richness to your life.

Our ancestors devised animism and deities to thank for the bounties in nature. More recently in our history, tribal societies such as the Native Americans and the !Kung Bushmen of southern Africa thank the animal’s spirit for providing sustenance after it has been killed. If daily prayer or weekly services have a place in your life, you may be familiar with similar themes. But don’t overlook other modest ways to show gratitude in your day-to-day life. Giving yourself the luxury of a warm bath, making a phone call to Grandma, or presenting a home-cooked meal to your family all count, too, if your intention is in the right place.

When you practice an attitude of gratitude, you appreciate what you have, not envy what you lack. It means you’re a good steward. You nourish and exercise your body and mind, cherish and respect your spouse, love your dog, keep your home clean and orderly, encourage your children. If you water your garden, you’ll watch it grow….

But don’t take my word for it. Let’s look at the science: University of California, Davis professor Robert Emmons, editor-in-chief of the Journal of Positive Psychology and author of Thanks!: How Practicing Gratitude Can Make You Happier, believes that living in gratitude is the single quickest and most efficient pathway to becoming happier. Yes, Emmons and other leaders in the burgeoning field of positive psychology can actually quantify this stuff, asserting that while familial genetics plays a large role in longevity, researchers have amassed significant data suggesting that up to 75 percent of longevity is related to psychological and behavioral factors. Emmons notes that chronically angry, depressed, or pessimistic people have long been observed to have an increased disease risk and shorter life spans.  However, those who kept a simple ‘gratitude journal’ for three weeks or longer reported better sleep, increased energy, heightened creativity, enthusiasm, determination, and optimism…and an increased desire for exercise. Now that’s something to be grateful for!”

From The Primal Connection, pgs. 68-69

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