Another “Breakfast Scenario” type of video is up on YouTube! Maybe I should start a series of these because it’s no question that I’m a fan of breakfast, especially slow and leisurely breakfasts on peaceful easygoing mornings. Mornings when I can slowly enjoy my caffeine, as oppose to chugging it down.
Who am I kidding, I chug my tea/coffee/latte regardless, and the video above just solidifies that fact. 😹 What can I say, I’m also a fan of hot beverages. ☕
Anyways, this particular video was actually uploaded last Friday, so this is a belated update to the blog, which means you should definitely check it out, and enjoy a comfy, cozy, and healthy breakfast with me. 😉
And, yes, I know you’re eyeing that fluffy, soft Pumpkin Spice Muffin, and yes, I shared the recipeto it. It’s unbelievably healthy, 100% whole grain, and refined sugar free! Let me know if you try my recipe!
Can’t believe the holidays are so close! Are you more stressed or more excited?
☁️ Last Thursday’s 45 minutes of low-intensity cardio, followed by a cloudy day yoga flow that left me feeling fresh and zen. ✨
This practice includes a lot of core work and balance; I just felt like working on those that day. Watch it to get ideas for your own practice! Even though the video is less than 4 minutes, I actually ended up spending 2 hours on yoga that afternoon! Before you think I’m crazy (haha), I did not do yoga non-stop for two hours, and I think I took a 15 minutes break somewhere in between…, but yes, it was more yoga that day than the usual*.
Most of my yoga practice are good, but last Thursday’s practice was especially; everything just went so smoothly. Maybe it was the cloudy weather making me feel more peaceful than usual, or the easy cardio I did beforehand (which was just enough to warm me up, but not intense enough to wear me out before yoga), or just the fact that I was so in the “yoga zone” that day.
*(I do an average of anywhere from 20-40 minutes of yoga everyday, usually 60 minutes of yoga every Tues, Wed, Sat, and Sun.)
Speaking of yoga zone, I know where yoga comes from, but I’m not huge on many of the traditional parts of yoga; the “Ommmmm,” the sharp breathing, and yogic chanting is just not for me. Heck, I’m not even big on meditating (I tried to get into it a couple years back, but it didn’t last long). That being said, I call what I do “yoga” because whenever I turn on music and just flow, I do feel so at peace with myself, and I do feel as if I am actually meditating. Whenever I get in a good flow, I shut the world off, and I don’t think about anything but just inhaling and exhaling. I let my body go and move however it feels.
Maybe what I call yoga isn’t true yoga, but whatever it is, it reminds me that I am a small part of this world, and it makes me feel calm. Those who know me may say that I have a very hyper personality, but whenever I do yoga, I let the zen side of me come out. Also, even though I do not practice very traditional yoga, I still incorporate a lot of yoga into whatever it is that I do, such as: inhaling/exhaling with each move, belly breathing, traditional yoga poses, sun salutations, etc.
I really just see yoga as a way to train my core & flexibility while taking time to just breathe and listen to awesome music. Those are the reasons why I love spending time on the mat. Every yoga flow, no matter how short or long, leaves me feeling even more amazing than before. ✨
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Found the cutest little thing in the garden the other day! A tiny orange bittermelon. 🌞 This little melon may taste bitter, but it will make you feel very sweet! It is a powerhouse of awesome nutrients. Read on to learn about the health & beauty benefits of the most underrated superfood!
Bittermelon sounds like it’d be ugly-looking, but I personally think it is one of the most gorgeous fruits, and yes, it technically is a fruit because they have seeds in them!
Unlike most fruits, however, bittermelon does not taste sweet and, as its name suggest, it is quite bitter. Despite that, bittermelon is a little powerhouse of sweet nutrients. According to Chinese medicine, it helps to control blood sugar by increasing the metabolism of glucose, thereby making it great for those with diabetes and other sugar sensitivities. I personally have a quite a large number of relatives with Type II diabetes, and they regularly eat this melon to help them control their symptoms.
You used to call me on my squash phone…
The only catch is that for first timers, bittermelon will taste incredibly bitter. I remember when I was a kid and tried bittermelon for the first time, I hated it! After all, kids love their sugar. But when I tried it again as an adult for the first time a few years ago, to my surprise, I’ve developed a taste for it!
Bittermelon season lasts all summer and then some: starting from early spring all the way to latefall. A few years ago, my family started growing bittermelon in our own garden, and ever since, I’ve been eating bittermelon the moment spring comes. The nice thing about homegrown bittermelon is that it is not as bitter as store bought because we let the squash ripen on the vine, helping the fruit develop a mild & slight sweet flavor.
As I said, bittermelon is great for those with Type II diabetes, but if you are like me and do not have problems with sugar, bittermelon is still a great addition to your diet!
In general, bittermelon is known for its natural detoxification properties, which applies to: detoxifying the skin for the acne-free glow, the colon and liver for health digestion, weight loss, and even more (read below for a full list). Of course, you have to eat bittermelon regularly to see its benefits, but let me just say, after a few years of consuming bittermelon every spring, summer, and fall, I truly believe in this superfood!
I always feel so amazing after eating some bittermelon, as ironic as its name may sound.It really is the most underrated superfood out there! ✨
Point is, eating bittermelon will not turn you into one bitter melon! 😉 If anything, bittermelon makes you even sweeter, and I mean that figuratively because bittermelon actually reduces blood sugar, haha.
Anyways, read on for a full list of the health & beauty benefits of eating bittermelon that I have personally experienced (including ✨ summer glowy skin ✨) and to find out how I eat and reap the benefits of bittermelon!
I woke up feeling antsy and as if I didn’t put enough work into yesterday’s upper body circuit, so I re-did it this morning! 💪 Although I love starting the day out as a hot mess 😛 , I love the feeling after a morning workout even more.
I type up my workouts in a Word doc, making it easy for me to just copy/paste it, and so I thought I’d share it if anyone’s interested! I come up with my own workouts because I’m really bad at following plans / find them boring because I like doing what I am feeling that day. And because I started this grind maybe 6-7 years ago, I have an idea of what exercises works for me and what doesn’t. Anyways…
This workout is upper body focused, with lots of strength moves and also cardio here and there to get the heart rate up.
Arms, Abs, Cardio
Equipment: bench or chair, 8-10 lb dumbbell, and/or Bow-Tie resistance band
Workout time: 32 minutes
Total time: 50 minutes (including warm up and stretch)
Warm Up: (50 / 10 x 4) x 2 = 8 minutes
Plank Side Tucks
Plank Knee Tucks (basically slow mountain climbers)
Yoga Stretch: 10 minutes
The Upper Body Workout: (50 / 10 x 8) x 4 = 32 minutes
You do each exercise for 50 seconds. Take a 10 second break, and then move onto the next exercise.
Circuit One: repeat the exercises below twice
Regular ol’ Push Ups
Table Top Crunches
Long jumps (or Squat jumps if confined space)
Circuit One: repeat the exercises below twice 3 Dumbell Rows in Plank (L) + Tricep Push Up + 3 DB Rows in Plank (R)
Push Up Burpees
Bow-Tie Band Push-outs (or Dumbbell curls if no band)
Chin-Ups (or Tricep Bench Dips if no bar available)
Optional: 20-30 minute post-workout cardio
I didn’t do the post-workout cardio this time because I worked out first thing today, but the workout still left me hot and sweaty! 💪
The best part about Christmas isn’t even Christmas itself but the days leading up to it, and the worst part of Christmas is when it’s over.
This year, I still haven’t heard enough Christmas music or eaten enough cookies, egg nog, and hot chocolate. Not that I need a reason for any of those things, but it just doesn’t feel right on December 26 and afterwards. 😛
But it’s still Christmas today; the time for family, presents, and feasting, but of course I had to get a stretch in before anything.
Guess I was on the Nice List this year after all!😇 Lots of goodies under the tree. 🎄🎁
Today I did some yoga. Then went on a family walk followed by brunch, where I made Red & Green Coconut Pancakes (colored 100% naturally with spinach), zucchini omelet, tea, and my Christmas Detox Green Juice. In the evening, I went to see some pretty Christmas Lights at the Magical Christmas Light Show in Houston.