Monthly Archives: January 2013

Rainy Day Cure All: Vitamin D

Yup I said rainy day. Even though it is January. And I live in New York. Apparently Mother Nature is giving us a break from the freezing temperatures of last week. I’ll take it!

However, with the warmer temperatures comes rain, rain, and more rain. A little bit of sunshine and vitamin D would be nice! I have been reading from Christiane Northrup’s Women’s Bodies, Women’s Health text and she stresses the importance of vitamin D for your’ body’s well-being. Vitamin d is needed in order for your body to absorb and use calcium. This is why many calcium supplements also contain vitamin d.¬† According to Dr. Northrup, vitamin D is important for bone health and protects against autoimmune diseases, diabetes, depression, influenza, osteoporosis, and at least 17 different types of cancer. Dr. Northrup recommends 10,000 IU of vitamin D daily. This can be obtained by being in the sun for 15-20 minutes three days a week. However, for people living North of Washington D.C., this can be difficult. For those people, Dr. Northrup suggests going to a tanning booth for 10 minutes a week.

I know that I definitely get my fair share of sunshine during the summer months, but I also wear sunscreen to protect my skin. I am not sure that I could go to a tanning booth-even if it was for a good cause. I have heard too many horror stories about skin cancer. I have also had friends comment on the addictiveness of going to a tanning booth and how wonderful they feel afterwards. I can only think that those UVB rays are allowing their body to produce vitamin D, serving as a mood booster!

Because I do not plan on going to a tanning booth and I don’t think that the sun will be making an appearance any time soon, I will make sure that I am getting my vitamin D through supplements and the food that I eat. The supplement that I am currently taking is actually an immunity booster, Elderberry D3fense, made by Nature’s Sunshine. Each dose provides 2,000 IU of vitamin D. Foods high in vitamin d include: egg yolks, fish, mushrooms, and cod liver oil. I definitely eat plenty of eggs and mushrooms, but I wouldn’t mind eating more fish!

So, now that you know all about vitamin D and why it’s important, here are few other ways to boost your mood on during those dreary winter days:

1. Go for a walk, run, skip-just get moving! Exercise is my favorite mood booster. Just going for a walk with a friend (or my Mom on her lunch break!) makes the day so much brighter. Those endorphins get you every time!

2. Make plans to do something you love. Whether its what you’ll make for dinner or going to a new fitness class, having something to look forward to will take the focus off your not so wonderful mood. And suddenly you will be back to your happy self!

3. Watch this and smile. There is no way that you cannot feel immediately happy and grateful for all that you have. Soon enough, you’ll be on the road to awesome!

What I wish my walk looked like today!

What I wish my walk looked like today!

What do you think about tanning booths?

What is your favorite way to break through the rainy day blahs?

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Life Lately and What I am Loving

Warning: This post is going to be all over the place! In an effort to make this post a bit more organized, I decided to go with a list of what I have been up to lately. Because who doesn’t love a good list?! (Or is that just me and my OCD tendencies?)

Bodeefit

1. Bodeefit Workout Emails. Even if I don’t do every single one of them, their daily appearance in my inbox reminds me that I need to get moving and they inspire me to create my own little mini workouts. A must to break up the winter blahs and get the endorphins flowing! Plus, I love that the workouts are super quick and require little to no equipment!

Perfection!

Perfection!

2. Paleo Banana Bread. This paleo banana bread to be exact. I don’t think that I need to explain-what’s not to love about warm, dense, slightly sweet bread?! The recipe is super easy and I have now made it 3 times! Plus, unlike other Paleo breads that I have tried, the bread rises to the top of my loaf pan! George of Civilized Caveman Cooking Creations also has a Paleo ebook, and it is on sale! Definitely check it out!

3. Draw Something. I may be a little late to the party on this one, but I recently started playing this game and I love it! I find it incredibly amusing to watch my brother try to solve my drawings…like the time he had to guess ‘vegan’ and I redid my drawing at least 5 times! Whoops!

Winning artwork no?!

Winning artwork no?!

4. Challenge Loop. Accomplish goals and be entered to win fitness related food and goodies?! Yes please! I downloaded this app so that I could be a part of the 28 Day Blog Challenge. More on this later!

5. I signed up for my first half marathon! The Wineglass Marathon is a local marathon that I have always been intrigued by, but never thought I’d actually be participating in it! The race doesn’t take place until the Fall, so I have plenty of time for training and will probably be fitting in at least one other half marathon as a ‘practice’ run.

So, my list turned into a bit of link love. I have been fairly busy lately with work and practice, plus fitting in all of the daily to-dos. I have been brainstorming with goals for myself and the blog, so there is more to come!

What have you been loving lately?

What is your favorite App?

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Easy Chicken Soup [A Recipe]

I think the whole world is battle some type of cold, flu, sickness inducing germ. Or maybe just the people in my world. I have been battling a cold, which is hopefully nearing the end of its stay! By the sounds of it, I think I have gotten only a small dose of the germs that have been going around the school that I work at.

Last week all I wanted was chicken soup. And to sleep. Chicken soup always sounds good to me when I am sick. However, I don’t care much for the canned varieties of chicken soup. So I decided to make my own! Thankfully, I had most of the ingredients on hand and it came together in a flash! The warm broth, protein, and vitamin packed veggies were perfect to help fight my stuffy head misery and cold.

Chicken Soup

Chicken and Veggie Soup

Ingredients:

3 large chicken breasts

1 Container of chicken broth (preferably organic and low sodium)

1 Medium onion, chopped

2 Stalks of celery, chopped

2 Cups frozen green beans

3 Large carrots sliced into discs and steamed until soft

1 tsp onion powder

1 tsp garlic powder

Pepper and salt to taste

Method:

1. Place your chicken in a large soup pot. Season with onion powder, garlic powder, and pepper. Cover  and cook for 5-8 minutes. Then add your onion and celery and continue to cook until the chicken is cooked through and the vegetables are softened.

2. Once your chicken is cooked, remove it from the pot, and cut into chunks. Be careful-the chicken will be hot!

3. Put your chopped chicken back into the pot, add your broth, carrots, and green beans. Add salt and pepper to your taste (I like lots of pepper!) and simmer on low.

Note: I also add some roasted cauliflower that I had leftover-feel free to add any of your favorite vegetables!

I told you it was easy!!

How do you stay healthy during this germ season?

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