Runner’s Euphoria

Last night I went on one of the best runs I have ran in a really long time. Earlier this year, I had trained and participated in the Rock N’ Roll New Orleans Half Marathon. It was amazing! I was really nervous at first due to it being my first really long run. Surprisingly, I did not stop at all and finished at 2hrs 15min and some odd seconds. I felt exhilarated!

Well, summer came along and it was WAAAAY too hot. Fall came around and I was knee deep in three jobs. Also, my running buddy (my 2 year old dog, Rhea), tore her ACL at the river and had to have surgery which strictly prohibited her to run. And here it is, December. The weather has been amazing these last few days and I have finally gotten up the courage to run.

I am a HUGE music nerd and I fully believe that music can defy your mood. It can also project how fast and hard you will train due to its progression. I personally love running to electronic music because it pumps me up and it reminds me of my very fond late night memories of music festivals and music shows. I hate when I go to other sites and their running list consists of top 40 music that has no progression. I need intensity!! These are my go-to tunes to help keep you motivated!!

1. Raise Your Weapon- Deadmau5   I really really like this song to start with. Its so intense! I like to get pumped with the first minute by stretching and as soon as the down beats hit, I start jogging. I also like that this song is 8 minutes, so its easy to already run a mile with just 1 song.

Raise Your Weapon (Madeon Mix) is just as cool and is a remixed version.

2. Come Fly Away ft. Channing- Benny Benassi An amazing song! I love to hula-hoop to this song!

3. Cinema- Skrillex Yes, Amazingly motivating!

4. Its Going Down- Big Gigantic  If you’ve never heard of Big G, get on that! Its a duo who remixes as well as plays live sax!

5. I Can’t Stop- Flux Pavilion  This will help you to keep going!

6. I Feel So Close (Nero Mix)- Calvin Harris A great remix from a summer 2k12 jam

7. Promises (Skrillex Mix)- Nero  I love this one

8. 4am( Adam K & Soha Mix)- Kaskade A good steady pace song

9. I Remember- Deadmau5 and Kaskade  A good steady pace and nice jam

10. Levels (Skrillex Mix)- Avicii  I love the original Levels, but it seems to be too slow for running

11. Silhouettes( Lazy Rich Remix)- Avicii Nice

12. Pursuit of Happiness (Steve Aoki Mix)- Kid Cudi Everyone remembers this song from Project X, but it is epic!

13. Bass Cannon- Flux Pavilion So Much Bass!

14. Breakin’ A Sweat ft. The Doors- Skrillex  God I love The Doors!! So I naturally love this song

15. Lines in Wax ft. Foreign Beggars- Flux Pavilion

16. Science of Fear (The Count AKA Herve Mix)- Temper Trap

17. Original Don- Major Lazer 

18. Pop Culture- Madeon Nice little pop song for your last song.

Ok, that will last you FOREVER!! I love music so much and I find joy in everything about it. Enjoy!

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Repurposing: Leftover Turkey

I have a new obsession. Its repurposing. I’m trying to repurpose everything from food to fabric scraps to unused picture frames…you name it! I decided to repurpose two things that a. I use the most and b. the biggest thing I have used that has no other purpose.

I am repurposing my kitchen scraps and juice pulp and the beloved Thanksgiving turkey to make my very own turkey stock. Let me tell you not only was it so simple to make, it was so delicious. Some added benefits include no added sugar or salt, a heaping amount of vitamins and minerals from the turkey bones, and a cheap endless supply of stock.

What I used:

-1 leftover turkey carcass

-1 4-inch bottom from a celery bunch and 5 tops of the celery (where leaves are) (used for my mom’s stuffing)

– approx. 1 onion from cut up left overs. (used for my mom’s stuffing)

– 1 cup of carrot pulp after juicing

-1 cup of spinach pulp after juicing

-2 sprigs of fresh thyme from my garden

-bunch of parsley stems and leaves from my garden

-2 cloves of whole garlic

-2 corn cobs

-4 quarts of water.

-2 T of distilled vinegar

 

Now you see, I didn’t have to buy a single thing. Everything in this recipe I either had from my garden or it was left overs from Thanksgiving cooking so this recipe was free for me! I also love this because I was able to re-use the turkey carcass and prevent about a plastic bag’s worth of perfectly good food from going into a landfill!

The great thing about this recipe is you can use any type of old bones you want! You can use turkey bones, chicken bones from thighs or a rotisserie chicken, pork bones, or steak bones, OR you can go the vegetarian option and just use left over veggies. I would’ve done this, but I had an entire turkey to do with what I pleased 🙂

It makes me so incredibly happy knowing how easy this recipe is!

Step 1: Gather all ingredients and put them in a crock pot or huge pot. (I used the crock pot, but you can use either) The crock pot option seems to be the easiest because you can just set and forget, but it does take a little longer and I understand not everyone has a crock pot.

Step 2: Pour in COLD water and add 1 or 2 T of vinegar to your mixture. The vinegar helps to release the vitamins and minerals that are found in the bones, so you get extra benefits!

Step 3: Cook the “stock” either in the crock pot for 18-24 hours on medium heat with lid on OR for 4 hours on the stove at a simmer. If you cook on the stove, stir occasionally. This is why I like the crock pot option because you can just set it and forget it and do your daily activities without having to worry if the house will burn down! It will also make your house smell AMAZING!

Step 4: Once your stock has cooked for the allotted time, grab a second pot that will hold the liquid and drain it using a colander to separate the bones and veggie scraps from the broth.

Step 5: Once all of your liquid is in 1 pot, use a cheesecloth to sift out small pieces of fat, veggie debris, etc. so you have a clean broth. Pour your liquid into a clean pot with the cheesecloth rubber-banded around.

 

Doesn’t that look delicious?!

Step 6: Store as best suites you. I poured all of my broth into a plastic baggy and froze into sections for future use. Some people like to freeze in muffin pans to have individual servings. You can do it however you want. Since there are no preservatives in this batch, the stock will only keep for about 5 days in the fridge.

Step 7: Use, use, use, and know that you have just created an all-natural repurposed broth for your family to enjoy guilt-free!

 

I use broth ALL the time. I like to put it in mashed potatoes for extra flavor, in my quinoa, as a soup base, etc. I can’t wait to use this soon!

 

 

Feeling Stuffed After the Holidays? Top Ways to Detox and Feel Great!

Tomorrow marks the end of my family’s Thanksgiving weekend. My dad has an unbelievably weird schedule, so he demanded we have Thanksgiving when he got home, on Friday. That’s fine with us, we thought. Two Thanksgivings?! SURE! Well, 2 Thanksgiving dinners, 1 leftover lunch, and 1 Clemson/Carolina game later, I feel like a hot-air balloon rising to my death! Today I am going to share the easiest and fastest ways to detox, de-bloat, and feel great in a few days following any huge indulgence.

1. Eat a breakfast complete of a variety of fruits and veggies, complex carbs, and nutrition!

Don’t skimp on breakfast the following morning after an indulgence. More importantly DO NOT eat a breakfast full of sugar, fat, oil, or simple carbs. For instance, it wouldn’t be such a great idea to eat a Krispie Kreme Donut, or even a spoonful of peanut butter. Instead, choose a variety of fruits and veggies with a reduced amount of complex carbs. Pretty much, eat CLEAN! The best thing you can do for your body right now is overload on vitamins and minerals, which are found most commonly in fruits and veggies. Here’s a list of some great breakfast ideas the day after a huge meal.

Great Clean Breakfast

Delicious Clean Breakfast!

-100% Whole Grain English muffin topped with all-natural (I like to puree my own) peanut butter and sliced strawberries or banana.

– Glass of Unsweetened Almond, Rice, or Hemp Milk. (Please try to stay away from soy milk as it is now almost 100% Genetically Modified which could potentially be harmful to our bodies as well as being very harmful to the environment).

OR

-Lean Green Smoothie or Juice.

2. Drink, Drink, Drink it down. And no, I do not mean alcohol or soda.

A great way to fight bloat is to drink as much water as humanly possible! Drink at least 64oz (2 Nalgene Bottles) throughout the day. I know what you’re thinking…That’s waaaay too much water for me to consume. Well, you don’t have to drink it all at once! In fact, if you start out your day by drinking 8oz, you could help fight bloat by not eating as much. If you aren’t a fan of water, no fret, you could also drink decaffeinated tea, hot water with lemon, soda water, or you could combine detoxing steps 2 and 3 together and make a “vitamin” water by using cut up cucumbers, blueberries, lemons and letting the fruit soak for about 30 minutes. One of my favorite detox drinks is a combination of 1 oz organic apple cider vinegar and 8 oz of water. It detoxes your body from within by balancing your pH levels.

Homemade Vitamin Water!

3. Eat the Rainbow!

There may be a recommended daily intake of fruits and vegetables, but in my opinion, the more, the better. This is especially important if you want to detox or if you are transitioning to become a vegan or vegetarian. Remember, not all fruits and veggies are equal. Please, for my sake at least, don’t eat your veggies out of a can. Not only are they less nutritious due to added sugar and salt, they also may contain BPA and other harsh contaminates. In order to feel your best, eat a variety of fruits and vegetables throughout the few days of your detox. Try to eat the rainbow and try to go organic! Here’s a list of some of my favorite and MOST nutritious fruits and vegetables.

Eat a Variety!

-Kale- dark leafy green that has more iron per calorie than beef. It also contains a ton of vitamins and minerals!

– Beets- dark purple and delicious! Beets contain phytonutrients and anti-oxidants that help the blood carry and deliver more oxygen. Beets are great detoxifying roots!

– Lemons- Lemons are seriously mother nature’s best friend. Lemons are great for clearing skin and detoxifying from within. Lemons are very alkaline, which helps the body maintain a balanced pH level.

-Garlic- garlic is great for detoxifying the liver and helps filter toxins in the digestive system!

Farmer’s Market: Its Where Its At!

4. Don’t Skimp on Meals.

I know what your thinking…If I skip meals, my body will eat its fat! or If I starve myself, I can lose weight. Nope. Not gonna happen. When you deprive your body of key nutrients, your body holds onto what you do eat more, causing more fat to build up. It also slows down your metabolism. The best thing you can do for your body is just eat clean and eat often. When your body is constantly digesting, it speeds up your metabolism and helps to get rid of toxins faster.

5. Eat less CRAP, eat more FOOD!

Eat Less:

C-Carbonated Drinks

R-Refined Sugar

A- Artificial Sweeteners

P- Processed Junk

Eat More:

F-Fruits and Veggies

O- Organic Lean Proteins

O- Omega 3 Fatty Acids

D- Drink Water

6. Get out and get some fresh air!

Exercise is some of the best medicine out there. When you exercise for at least thirty minutes, your body already revs up its metabolism making it easier to pass toxins through your blood stream and digestive system. Not only is exercise a great way to detox, its also a great stress reliever after all of your family members wreck your house and embarrass the crap out of you for 3 days! Some of my favorite exercises include some basic yoga stretches, running, walking, nature hiking, or biking. Ahh, I can already feel the detox powers now!

Pure Bliss!

These are only a few ways to clean up your body before you have to stuff yourself again for Christmas! If you follow these few tips, you could be feeling great in as little as 3 days and who knows, you could be on your way to being well all the time! There is nothing more important than feeling your best and giving your body what it deserves!