RoundUp #1

Weekly RoundUp Inspiration

I’m really excited to tell you all about the new weekly feature I’ll be doing on this blog. It is a weekly roundup of a things I have come across and want to share with you all, related to nourishing your body, or inspiring your soul. It might be a great recipe from another person’s blog, an inspiring quote, an inspiration story, a fabulous YouTube channel to follow, a product I love, a lovely song, what book’s I’m reading, etc, etc.

I was originally inspired create this series from Tim Ferris, who you might remember from The 4-Hour Workweek. He sends out a newsletter each week called 5-bullet Friday, where he posts the 5 coolest things he came across each week. Check it out!

I look forward to getting these emails every week from Tim, and thought to myself, “Hey, I should do something like this, but totally health and wellness related! I’m always coming across great information that I want to share with everyone.” And here we are…

I’m really excited about this, and I hope you enjoy it!  I’d love to hear your comments or feedback on these posts. Feel free to comment below.

FB_IMG_14707794409701. The Happy Pear

Where do I even begin to to explain how much I adore these two! They are a “pair” of identical twins from Ireland, and they are doing such amazing things there to bring awareness to healthy lifestyles and vegan food. They are an absolute hoot to watch! (yes I said hoot, and I mean it! haha).

They have great, simple, healthy recipes, and are so passionate about life. It would be really amazing to meet them some day… need to plan a trip to Ireland! I honestly can’t get enough of these two, you’ve got to check them out:

 

Website: https://thehappypear.ie
YouTube: The Happy Pear
Facebook: The Happy Pear
Twitter: @thehappypear
Instagram: @thehappypear
Snapchat: The Happy Pear
Pinterest: The Happy Pear

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2. Juicing

People often ask me which juicer I use at home. When I’m looking to make quick juice to drink right away, I use and love the Breville Ikon Juice Fountain. It is easy to use, works great, and really easy to clean. This is called a centrifugal juicer, and there is more enzyme and nutrient loss as the ingredients are quickly processed and slightly heated. It is relatively inexpensive compared to other brands, and lasts a long time (I’ve been using mine for about 5 years now). *I have included an affiliate link here to buy off Amazon (they have free shipping on orders over $50!)

 

HuromSlowJuicer

For a next level up in juicing, there are the slow, masticating juicers. The most popular one being the Hurom Slow JuicerIt is about double the price of the Breville, but extracts the juice in a slow, gentle way which preserves enzymes and nutrients. I personally do not own one of these juicers, but I have many friends and colleagues who love this juicer. *This is also an affiliate link

 

If I am looking to make cold-pressed juice that will last for a few days without much enzyme loss, I use the Norwalk Juicer. This juicer is quite expensive. It is most commonly used by people who are going through treating cancer, or for people who want to juice in large quantity ahead of time. *this is not an affiliate link

Common Question Asked: Juices vs. Smoothies? Which is best? 

The Answer: They each have their benefits. 

Benefits of Juicing: Fiber has been removed which gives your digestive system a break. Juices have a high concentration of nutrients that are highly absorbable and quickly goes straight to the bloodstream. Because of this, you want to drink juices that are primarily vegetables rather than fruit (fruit will only spike your blood sugar), and you also want to make sure you’re using organic ingredients (you don’t want a flood of pesticides and chemicals going straight to the bloodstream).

Benefits of Smoothies: Full of fiber. The fiber keeps you fuller, longer, and also aids in having healthy digestion. More things can be blended than juiced such as nuts and seeds, avocados, protein sources, etc. The smoothie can act as a full compete meal. 

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3. Motivating Quote

This is a quote that has stuck in my head ever since I first saw it about a year ago. Rather than saying “oh I’ll just start that tomorrow”, think about what your tomorrow-self will think if you started today! You’ll be on day 2! And then the next day, day 3. And so on.

I posted this on my Instagram last week when I made the decision to get back into a regular routine of working out and yoga. Not only as a reminder that my tomorrow-self will thank me, but also as a way to hold myself accountable to start and stick to it by posting it on my social media.

One week later and I’m sticking to it, attending regular Moksha hot yoga classes, and doing home-based workouts. Along with that I’m making sure to drink lots of water, and stick more strictly to a healthy eating plan. I feel great!

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4. Delicious Instagram Account to Follow

I just stumbled across Lindsey Becker’s Instagram account this week, after she liked one of my posts. My mouth was immediately watering looking at all of the delicious dishes she posts, such as her roasted asparagus with pistachio gremolata, grilled watermelon and peach salad, or the gluten free strawberry shortcake breakfast skillets. Mmmmm Yum!

Lindsey is a New York based chef focused on fertility, pregnancy and breastfeeding health, but these dishes could be enjoyed by anyone! If you’re on Instagram, and a serious health foodie like me, check out her page. I can’t wait to try some of these recipes! If you would like to learn more about Lindsey’s background, check out this quick video. As well take a look at Lindsey’s gorgeous website for the full recipes, and tons of information on which food and nutrients are important to support fertility, pregnancy and breastfeeding . 

 

20160809_1754515. What I’m Reading Now

I’ve been eyeing this book for a long time, and finally diving into it. The Five Love Languages  is a book about understanding the different ways in which people communicate love, and how to better communicate and receive love with and from your partner.

I have friends who read this book and highly recommended it… I’ve just started it, so we will see how it goes!

*note: this is an affiliate link

 

Thanks for reading, I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s RoundUp!!

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