The Best of October: Budgets, Burgers + Buble

Annnnd, just like that, it’s November. I wish I could skip the whole “OMG time is flying” cheesiness, but you guys. Does anyone please want to tell me when it stopped being August? Thanks.

Much to all of our disbelief, though, it is actually November, which means it’s the last month of first semester! Stress runs rampant, emotions run high, and Michael Buble runs with Emma. 🙂

michael-bubleYes, yes it is that time.

Anyway, it’s been so long since I’ve actually talked on here that I feel like there is so much to catch up on! So what better way than to let you guys know all the fab things that have been going on in these parts lately.

The Nourished Podcast. Okay, this is #1 for good reason. You guys, I have nothing but amazing things to say about this podcast! It’s hosted by Meg and Shawn, who spend the hour chatting about healing and loving yourself from the inside out. I don’t currently follow the Paleo diet, but I have to say that nothing has inspired me to give it a try more. A podcast that I just listened to recently featured a girl with Crohn’s Disease, who had her entire large intestine removed and, since going Paleo, has never felt better. My gluten intolerance plus very-likely-crazy-out-of-whack-hormones have me strongly considering taking the plunge.  It’s hard not to be inspired by them, and they are just so fun to listen to! I’ve actually barely been listening to music on my walks around campus, just because I love what I learn from this podcast so much.

nourished-logoSubscribe here! 

Cooking dinner. This sounds absolutely ridiculous, but bear with me. When I moved away from home for the first time last year, I was living in the dorms with a meal plan – my food was prepared for me, and all I had to do was swipe a card. This year, however, is the first time in my life that I’ve been responsible for my own food and I have epicly failed at it. A busy college lifestyle and general cooking-phobia (I’ve always been that baker gal) means I have seriously struggled to balance budgeting, preparing healthy meals, and time management. At least one of those three always gets thrown out the window, and more often than not it’s been healthy meals.

Case in point: I told my mom a friend was coming over to cook dinner and hang out, and this is what she said to me:

“Don’t make her oatmeal…”

So yeah. Oatmeal for dinner was happening FAR too often, and more and more processed foods were making their way into my diet. But I was sick of feeling like crap, motivated by all my podcast-listening, and have been (slowly) getting it together. Yay me! I made these cranberry chickpea burgers from Ambitious Kitchen yesterday almost entirely out of the contents of my freezer, and they are to. die. for. The best part? The recipe made six, so thats dinner handled for the week. HOLLAH.

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JĀSÖN® skincare products. In my efforts to get rid of ALL the negative things in my life (not possible entirely, but you get where I’m going with this), I am working on transitioning to more natural makeup and skincare. Now, I’m obviously not about to throw away everything I already have (college student budget heeeeey), BUT I am making better choices about what I replace the products I run out of. Lately I have been obsessed with the JĀSÖN® shampoo, conditioner, and deodorant.

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Straight from their website, they:

• Select safe, gentle and effective ingredients

• Rigorously test every formula to ensure safety and efficacy

• Never test on animals

• Constantly innovate and improve.

Yeah, it’s pretty darn good. And infinitely better than the chemicals I was spreading all over my skin beforehand.

Health articles backed by science. Do you want to know what drives me N.U.T.S? Seeing articles plastered all over the internet, in magazines, and the media ordering people do do “these 3 things” to get healthy. I don’t even buy magazines anymore for this reason. Articles telling girls how to “get toned” fall under the same umbrella. I’m sorry, but toning just flat out DOES NOT EXIST. Lift weights and build muscle. The end. Understanding the physiology behind things really gets me going these days. Like just the other day, my roommate was crying while chopping onions, and I just freaking had to know exactly why onions make you cry. So I read this article and was a happy camper. 🙂 My current favourite resource is Sports Fitness Advisor – they explain major concept in simple terms but in a scientific and proven way. LOVE.

(PORTABLE) Snickerdoodle ice cream. My favourite life hack to date:

1. mix a serving of PEScience Snickerdoodle protein with just enough water to make a pudding consistency.

2. freeze overnight.

3. remove from freezer the next morning and enjoy 100% ice cream perfection ~2 hours later.

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On Tuesdays and Thursdays I go to the gym at 6:30am, and then have class from 8-9:30am. I don’t have quite enough time to eat a meal before class / I’d rather pay attention that eat during lecture, so I’ve been looking for a portable snack with a solid amount of protein to help me recover from lifting. I’ve never been able to drink a protein shake (nasty), so when I saw Elle freeze her protein for 5ish minutes I had the lightbulb. And don’t worry, my overnight oats at 10ish are much enjoyed, so there are definitely enough carbs in my world. 🙂 Speaking of which…

CARBS. Yeah. They are 100% necessary. Last week I ran 7 miles, not really a long run for me but the longest I’ve gone in about a month, so a big deal for my legs. Anyway, I woke up so incredibly sore the next morning, which shocked me! I’ve been regularly running 5 miles with the occasional 6 thrown in there, so this shouldn’t been a big deal. And yet I felt like I had been beaten up for a solid 3 days. Later in the week, I realized that I had eaten dramatically less carbs than usual (less running + more lifting makes me crave fats and proteins), so it was clear that my muscles simply did not have enough fuel to recover. So eat them potatoes kids. 🙂

I hope you all have a fantastic week! They weekend may have flown by like it always does, but let’s ROCK THIS MONDAY.

Linking up with Katie for MIMM! 

MiMM

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My Favourite Things About Intuitive Eating.

Goooood mornin’!

It’s a holiday Monday over here, which basically means my usual no-commitments day with my favourite cafe being closed. BOO. 😦

Alas, I will survive. I’ve pretty much just been lazing about for three hours this morning, and after a nap at 8:30am (yeah) I decided that I really didn’t feel like abandoning you guys again! SO for today’s post, I’m joining up with Katie to appreciate some awesome things I’ve discovered since stopping counting calories.


1. Mealtime compulsions. Anyone with even a little bit of a disordered past can usually realize that their thoughts make NO sense, yet can’t break free from them. One of mine was lunch before 12pm. It wasn’t because I was planning on not eating, or because I didn’t want to need a snack, or ANYTHING other than I just didn’t want to have lunch before noon. Welp I worked out at a weird time for me yesterday and had a freaking delicious snack plate on my deck at 11:30 for lunch and the world kept spinning.

2. Work delights. You guys, I have worked in a cafe with freaking delicious food for a year and I’ve barely eaten any of it. Part of it is because it’s pretty unhealthy, but also because there is NO WAY to figure out calories/macros. I’m seriously living up the chai lattes/cookies/yogurt + granola these days because yum. For some reason I still haven’t moved on to hot chocolate and mochas, but I will get there. I’m sure the 30C weather is part of it. 😉

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3. Intuitive exercise. Now that I don’t have X as my TDEE, there is no reason to do A, B and C on the daily/6x per week. Take today: I was planning on going for a run, but given my nap 2 hours waking up that is not going to happen. I know I would feel (even more) sluggish and gross for the rest of the day. Lazy days FTW.

4. Samples. Do you know how much fun it is to say “Wow, I see a free sample of cinnamon coffee cake or peanut butter chocolate cookie, but I don’t really want it.” NONE. Now I just need to remember to have cash with me so I can buy said cookie (from the gods) at the market.

Annnnd, I think my face has collected sufficient oil to seriously need washing ASAP. 😉 See you tomorrow!

Tell me something marvelous about your Monday! 

MIMM: The Little Things (It’s Good To Be Home)

Happy Monday! This is an extra-special Monday for me because it’s my first Monday back at home after a month in Europe! Although it was absolutely fantastic, it was also physically and mentally exhausting. Our flight from Amsterdam to Minneapolis was overbooked, and so we almost didn’t make it on the plane. When the flight attendant told us this, I started crying. I was just so done with travelling and all I wanted was to be home. So, being home these past few days I have been noticing little things left, right and centre that I didn’t appreciate nearly as much before I left. And what better of a Marvelous In My Monday post than one about your whole entire life?! Thanks to the lovely Katie for hosting. 🙂 

 

Yogurt bowls…Holy wow, did I miss these an exorbitant amount! It got to the point where any time I saw yogurt I would grab one and have a makeshift version. The ones in Spain were seriously lackluster (think flavoured yogurt with Special K and unripe peaches), but the ones in Italy made some major improvements. There, I enjoyed plain (runny) yogurt with museli and crisp apples. Although these were nice, there was nothing, and I mean nothing that compared to that yogurt bowl I had my first morning home. Paired with my oh-so-missed homemade latte and it was almost like I had never even left.

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Good books. In Spain I literally had 60 minutes of free time that were more often than not spent napping, and in Italy I was sort of slightly distracted by these little things called the Coliseum and the Roman Forum and the Pantheon and the…you get the idea. The only reading I got to do was on the plane, and get this: When your head is twisted one way and your back another, and there’s a crying baby in front of you and someone kicking your seat from the back, it’s sort of difficult to relax and get lost in a book. Needless to say, I was craving some “me time” with some words and some tea in a major way.

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I got this book from the library after hearing Amanda rave about it, and I am loving it so far! I’m the type of person who loves to get lost in books, so the ones that are set in a totally different world are usually hits with me. (Sidenote: Is it even necessary to hyperlink this girl’s name anymore?! I feel like there is only one Amanda in the blogworld and we all know and love her! 🙂 )

My bed. Words cannot describe how magnificent it has been to sleep in my own bed again, after a month of rock-hard hotel mattresses. Also in that realm is my closet. At one point during my trip, I completely snapped and grabbed everything out of my suitcase and threw it on to the floor. Hangers are a magical thing!

Workouts. There was one week in Spain where I managed three 30 minute circuit-style workouts, but they were a) not remotely even tiring and b) involved no running. Now that I’ve been home I’ve been going to the gym again and that post-workout euphoria is a feeling like no other.

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Of course it has also been absolutely amazing to see my friends and family again. My mom met me in Spain before we flew to Italy, so I only spent two weeks without her, but that hug in Madrid was probably the best I’ve ever had in my life.

There have obviously been a million and one things that I have appreciated in the four days I’ve been home, but these are just some randoms off the top of my head to keep you people entertained.

Also to keep you entertained:

wtfHow true is this though?! 

What is the longest time you’ve ever spent travelling?

Embracing the Idiosyncrasies

If you know me remotely well, it’s no secret that I am a huge English nerd. I’m captain of the Grammar Police, will always choose books over magazines and spend spent way too much time on my English homework. (Although, I’m not going to miss it for the next ~2 months)

Idiosyncrasies is one of my all-time favourite words. And yes, you had better believe I have a list. And while I love the word in itself, I love them in real life, too.

So for this week’s MIMM, I wanted to bring up my most-loved idosyncrasies. In life, friends, myself, they ALL make us who we are and turn our lives into exactly what they should be.

Because, let’s be honest. Not just anyone gets authentic Danish vowels written on their bananas.

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And, you know, I’m pretty much certain that not every high school student gets to go to Monster’s University. 

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And it may not be strange, but a beautiful lunch on a beautiful day is pretty marvelous to me.

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It’s clear to me that I am seriously lucky. We all have our ups and downs, but with the huge natural disaster that just happened in a city close to me, I’ve gotten to thinking. We all spend way too much time obsessing over things that in the grand scheme of things, are 100% irrelevant. So enjoy life please, and embrace all your idiosyncrasies. 🙂

What’s one unique thing about your life that you love? 

Marvelous Mondays + Workout Recovery

On this marvelous Monday, a few things have come to mind, reminding me that even during the toughest times, life is honestly pretty awesome.

The first of which is the wonderful and supportive comments I got on Friday’s post. It’s seriously the most meaningful, heart-warming thing to know that total strangers care enough about my well-being that they take the time to help and offer support. ❤

You know what else is amazing? Being finished with grade eleven. Truthfully, I don’t feel like I’m about to be a senior in high school. I feel like I’m still in grade nine. But the facts are the facts, and next year I’ll be graduating and off to university. So, while I may have no idea how I feel about that and absolutely no idea what to expect, I’m excited. I’m ready to finish off my time in this city, go somewhere new and have all new experiences. But I’m also excited to enjoy this summer and last year with my beautiful friends, who truly mean the world to me.

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And when I need a break from all the reminiscing and serious-ness that is becoming my life, what better way to escape it all than to play Candy Crush? It doesn’t matter that I can’t beat level 30 for the LIFE of me, or that I should be spending the twelve hours a day free time I have studying. Because it’s time to explore the world!

IMG_0482Confession: It was time to explore the world a long time ago. #Latergram.

Two words: Almond butter. I actually didn’t like it at first, but then something magical happened, and I fell in love.

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I highly suggest visiting Heather and Amanda’s blogs to get your almond fix, since I don’t quite have my shi it together with my recipes quite yet. I promise, they’re coming!

And, because I promised, marvelous is my favourite Post Workout Recovery Smoothie!

Ingredients:

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/3 cup frozen pineapple
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 tbsp coconut butter

I’m not giving you directions. That’s just pathetic unnecessary (I hope). 😉

Are you playing Candy Crush?

What’s your favourite thing to have post-workout? 

Enjoy it While it Lasts: MIMM #2

Happy Monday! Today isn’t a real Monday for me since I only have today and tomorrow to go to class, and then exams start. (Yipee.) But believe me, it was still just about impossible to drag myself out of bed this morning. It certainly doesn’t help that it is 100% completely miserable outside. Raining, windy, the whole shabang. And you would think, “Emma, you live in CANADA. It’s always gross out. You’re used to it, so suck it up.” Which is actually totally true, except for the last few weeks have been shorts-weather gorgeous. Making it unfathomable for me to put on anything extra this morning other than my leather jacket. (I use the term ‘jacket’ loosely)

My point is, I had gotten so used to the nice weather that I wasn’t truly enjoying it anymore. I was taking advantage of it. And now that it’s gone, I’m suffering, big time. Don’t get me wrong, I am fully aware that there are MUCH bigger struggles in life than gross weather, but I’m just using it to make a point. I need to make a serious effort to truly appreciate the great things in my life, because they could all be taken away from me tomorrow.

And with that, let’s get into Marvelous in My Monday!

Marvelous is… Being blessed enough to have a mother with the ability to take me to tour my dream university. The weekend after next (!) I will be going to British Columbia to see my cousin and the school I’ve been dying to go to since I entered junior high. Saying I’m excited is the understatement of the century.

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No, I’m not sure I could live here. Too much scenery? (Source.)

Marvelous is… Baking muffins on a rainy afternoon. After spending all day Saturday and most of Sunday morning studying chemistry (joy), the weather headed downhill but my mood kept going right on up. I made these but in muffin form, and they are seriously divine. I’m not planning on going paleo or gluten-free anytime soon, but my mom has an intolerance so I do my best not to tempt her with things she can’t have 🙂

Marvelous is… Running. This may sound bad, but I have a seriously hard time doing any form of exercise before school in the morning. (Read: I don’t.) I literally woke up early every single day last week intending to go for a run and then bailed each time. Pathetic, I know. But I just don’t have a good, effective workout when I’m forcing myself through it. Does anyone? My favourite time is around 10am after a light breakfast and coffee, but clearly that isn’t going to work for the majority of the year. So it looks like after-school gym visits and runs are going to become my new BFF. ANYWAY –  that was a tangent – the past two days being the weekend, I got to go running! I kept it short, 3 miles on Saturday and 4 on Sunday, simply because I haven’t been running as much as I would like and I don’t want to re-injure my knee. (More on that in another post.) Still though, despite the length, those runs were absolutely glorious. crave runs when I don’t get them, and they were exactly what I needed to shake off the stress of finals and get back to being myself.

sea wheeze 2013 colors No, I’m not running SeaWheeze (tear), as I will be in Denmark (poor me, I know.) I was intending on going, as its right after my birthday, but things changed! I’m pretty sure I will be able to get on with my life though, given the circumstances… (Source.)

Marvelous is… Mindless stress relievers. When running’s not enough (yikes), I turn to the trusty iPhone to ease the tension. It seems counterproductive, all that electronic stimulation, but not when you’re playing games like these…

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Marvelous is… Last but not least, my wonderful friends and family! Because I’m a mushball, I can’t go appreciating things like iPhone games and not recognize them. We can keep it short + sweet today though. I love everything they do for me and their wonderful kindness. ❤

Thanks for reading!

What’s marvelous about your Monday?

Do you have guilty pleasure phone games?