What I Eat In A Day! | Gluten & Dairy Free Diet | How To Cook in The Heat When You Don’t Have An AC!!

Hey There!

Today I wanted to share with you what I eat in a day on a gluten and dairy free diet. While what I eat changes a lot each day, I usually have a large breakfast with a medium sized lunch and smaller dinner. I snack throughout the day when I’m hungry – my motto is eat when you’re hungry! I try to just listen to my body, it will usually let you know if it needs food! 🙂

Breakfast

For breakfast I had a homemade veggie scramble with gluten free toast. I love the two brands bellow for my bread and butter, it’s the best I’ve tried since being gluten and dairy free!

To make this scramble I whisk together 3 eggs, pepper, salt and dried dill weed. I then sauté 1/2 an onion, a handful of cleaned and chopped kale, as well as a 1/4 of a yellow squash and zucchini in olive oil.

This is a delicious and very filling breakfast! The dill really flavors the eggs and the mix of textures is yummy! For a healthier option you could substitute corn tortillas for the gluten free bread.

Lunch

For lunch, I usually have some variation of a bowl with protein and veggies every day I work. I have white rice or quinoa with tamari (gluten free soy sauce) under green onions, tomatoes, butter leaf lettuce and smoked trout or shrimp. I find this dish to be absolutely delicious! I’m not a huge sauce or dressing person, but I could see an Italian dressing being good on it if that’s your jam.

Snacks

I snacked on a banana between breakfast and lunch. I also had some strawberry dairy-free yogurt (I like the So-Delicious brand best!) with some Kind Raspberry Granola between lunch and dinner.

Dinner

Did anyone else hear that it was supposed to be the hottest North American summer in recorded history? I was skeptical at first, but it’s starting to really feel like it where I live with 90 degree weather for weeks on end.

If you live in a home without AC and are suffering from the intense heat this summer, I feel your pain! Lately my boyfriend, roommate and I have been using our grill solely to cook dinner, when it’s hottest in the day. Our oven puts off so much heat and it’s unbearable to be in the house after dinner is finished.

The grill we use has a burner on the side that I cooked the noodles and shrimp for the shrimp scampi I made. It’s important when using your grill to cook a full meal, to prep everything you need before hand so you’re not having to run inside while tending to the food. I prepped the asparagus in olive oil, salt and pepper and chopped the hard ends off. I diced some garlic and took the tails of all the shrimp I thawed from the freezer (just run them under cool water in a strainer and they thaw really quick!).

I boiled the noodles first so that the asparagus and shrimp could cook at the same time. I put the cooked noodles aside and sautéed garlic in margarine. As soon as the garlic is fragrant you can add the shrimp. I cooked them with a lid, stirring often. I added a little white wine, salt and a lot of pepper when the shrimp were done cooking. This mixture makes a great light sauce!

The asparagus was cooked straight on the grill. We brushed them with olive oil as they cooked to keep them from drying out. They’re a great side with any pasta dish.

This is the simplest dish to make but it’s one of my all time favorites. And the best part is you don’t have to worry about over-heating in your house because you can cook everything on the grill!

Let me know what your favorite summer meals are in the comments below!

Thank you for reading!

Plan With Me | July Overview + 2 Weeks of Planning! | Erin Condren Life Planner | Vertical

Hey Guys!

I cannot Believe that it’s July already! I have been so busy with work and summer fun that the time has been flying by.

I don’t usually show the monthly overview of my planner so let me know if you want to keep seeing them in the comments below!

I know there are several Etsy shops that sell sticker kits for the overview but I don’t currently decorate with stickers here. I put my work schedule and bills color coded with my Staedtler Triplus Fineliner Pens in this part of my planner.

 

I was expecting happy mail that ended up getting delayed the week before this so I was left with no kit and had to improvise. I used a bunch of scraps leftover from old kits to create this spread and while it’s very simple, I still love the way it turned out!

4th of July 2017’s spread is probably my favorite of the year so far. I was so impressed with this sticker kit from PaisleyPrintsCo I ended up placing another order as soon as I realized what great quality and how cute the design of the stickers were (Haul coming soon!).

I hope everyone had a good 4th!! Thank you for reading!

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5 Holy Grail Fitness Tips | Build Your Booty! | Get Toned! Speed Up Your Metabolism!

Let me just start off by saying I AM NOT A PROFESSIONAL.

A ton of my inspiration and ideas for health and fitness have come from other bloggers and YouTubers on the internet. I figured it wouldn’t hurt to share some of my own health and fitness tips as I am in the best shape I have ever been in right now!

First, a bit about me and my personal goals:

I lift with little to no cardio whatsoever. I have a naturally fast metabolism and a thin, petite figure. Putting on any weight or muscle mass is very challenging for me.  I do believe that it is because of these 5 reasons that I have started seeing real changes in not just the way I look, but the way I feel too.

My goals include all over toning of the body and to build my booty (I also aim to live an overall healthy lifestyle, even when I am not working towards a specific goal)!

1. Tammy Hembrow 8-Week Booty Building Guide
I thought it would be appropriate to discuss this program now since I just finished all 8-weeks. I plan on starting it over from the beginning immediately because I’m able to see results and I can feel myself getting stronger.

These workouts are not easy! While you can adjust the weight you use for each exercise to match your strength, each of the three days is loaded with challenging workouts that leave you sweating and sore.

The diagrams provided with each exercise are very helpful. My favorite part about this program is it’s only 3 days per week so even when I’m super busy and short on time, I still feel accomplished as long as I make it in for those 3 days. On my off days I try to workout other parts of my body like my arms and back. However, I have noticed that the exercises in the booty program are toning not just my bottom half, but my entire body.

 

While my figure hasn’t changed drastically, I can definitely see a difference in my butt as well as my overall strength and tone. Getting in shape and reaching your goals is no easy task! It takes dedication and time. I hope to keep getting stronger and fitter the more I work at it!

2. Women’s Best Protein Powder

I am currently drinking the cookies & cream meal replacement shake right after my workouts. While this shake can be used for weight loss, I basically use it as a bonus protein meal for the day! I chose this shake because it contains weight isolate which means its free of lactose (my stomach is sensitive to dairy). It tastes great and every time you buy one you get a free shaker bottle with it!

3. Healthy Snacking Throughout The Day!

I truly believe in eating many small meals throughout the day as apposed to the typical 3 big meals. I eat my largest meal in the morning and a big lunch with lots of healthy snacks in between. I eat a small dinner most of the time, if any at all.

Some of my favorite things to snack on throughout the day are:

  • Hard boiled eggs – I use organic cage free eggs, I find that they are bigger and peel better than lower grade eggs
  • Smoothies – Almond milk, banana, blueberries, kale, flax seeds and peanut butter is my personal favorite mix
  • Yogurt & granola – I use lactose free yogurt but greek yogurt and dairy yogurts actually have more protein, I just can’t have them! Try any flavored yogurt paired with french vanilla granola! It’s to die for.
  • Banana & almond butter
  • Steamed Kale – I cook mine in olive oil and season it with salt. I like to add in cherry tomatoes for a pop of flavor!

4. Take a Walk After Dinner – Don’t just walk after dinner actually! Walk as much as you can, wherever you can! Walking makes me feel good and while it isn’t an intense workout, it’s a great way to stay active throughout your day! If you have pups, use them as a motivator to take a walk after dinner or in the morning after you have breakfast. Walking after you eat supports healthy digestion and reduces bloat. Your stomach will thank you and so will your dogs!

5. Water! Water! Water! – Water keeps me feeling energized and healthy! I recommend buying a water bottle and keeping track of your daily water intake with it. My water bottle is 30oz so I make sure to drink at least 3 in a day, usually more (about my weight in ounces). Especially when you workout regularly, it is so important to hydrate! If you’re someone who loves to sip on juice or soda, try adding lemon and mint to your water to give it some flavor.

 

Float Your Worries Away! | 5B Floatation | My Thoughts & Experience Floating

Recently I’ve been focusing a lot on my relationship with myself. Maybe it’s just summer in the air, motivating me to step outside my comfort zone and try new things? But boy, let me tell ya, I love the feeling of finding new ways to love myself and take care of my busy mind.

When my friend Parker Morris started 5B Floatation about a year ago I had to give it a try. I did it a couple of times but then got caught up in life and never ended up going in consistently. Since then, I have begun practicing daily mediation (check out my blog post on how guided meditation has changed my life!).

Meditation has been such a huge success in my life, having benefits I could have never anticipated. Since sensory deprivation tanks are sort of the ultimate meditation vessels, it seemed like my new found mind-medicine would pair nicely with a good float.

Floating is a very spa like experience. At 5B floatation, you’re walked through the steps of getting in and out of the tank (rinse off in the shower, enter the tank, shower off with soap after your float). After that you’re left alone in a small, warm, soft room. Essential oils are added to the epsom salt water further relaxing you. Calm music eases you in and out of your float. It’s really a lovely experience.

Once in the tank you are greeted by darkness. It is quiet, still and completely black. Your body’s weight is naturally held up by the epsom salt in the water (a very cool feeling), taking all strain off your muscles and joints. The water has so many benefits for your skin and body and you can feel it after you leave the tank. I went into my float extremely sore from working out and left totally relaxed, no longer sore at all.

At first while floating it was hard for me to relax. There’s something about the tank that encourages your mind to wander. Hallucinate even. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. It can be a little uncomfortable at first, being so alone with your mind dancing around in your head. I found that integrating my daily meditation into the float allowed me to deeply relax and settle in.

I started with counting my breath, one to ten then over again. After that I visualized my body filling up with warm, healing sunlight from head to toe, melting any tension away. Using these tools made me get lost in my float. It was over before I knew it and while the hour long session felt like 10 minutes, I left feeling like I had a hot bath and slept for 12 hours straight.

My soreness was gone, skin glowing, each breath I took even felt deeper. It was like magic.

Not only does floatation allow me to feel a deeper connection with myself and enhance my meditations, it’s a very spa like experience that has so many benefits for your body and health. Floating is recommended for athletes, pregnant women, the injured, the elderly, literally anyone.

I plan on regularly floating from here on out. It is worth every penny, considering the mental and physical benefits. Floatation spas are becoming more common all the time. If you live in Sun Valley, ID I highly recommend checking out 5B Floatation. Anyone who lives elsewhere should be able to find a local float spa near them, especially in the city.

Thank you for reading!

Journal | What Happens When Eden Forgets To Meditate! | Meditation is Powerful

I just woke up.

It’s a beautiful Sunday morning. Blue skies, sun, warm. The birds are literally chirping outside my window. And for some reason i am completely and totally annoyed.

I get up and let my dogs out, say “Hi” to my roomate… Still so irritated.

I was thinking about it a little and realized I hadn’t meditated in 3 days because my parents were in town. I decided to sit down and do my meditation at that very moment and felt I had to journal about the feeling I left the mediation with.

A total reset. I felt happy and calm instantly upon opening my eyes.

I can’t believe that skipping my 10 minutes a day for only 3 days affected my stress and anxiety so much. While no one’s perfect and we cant expect ourselves to never forget, I realize more and more the importance of meditation in my daily life. It helps me to appreciate things more, and lowers my irritation at stupid little things.

It gives me the best feeling knowing that I have a tool to bring me back to center when my heart and mind start to go crazy.

If you’re looking to try out meditation give the Headspace app a try. It’s what I use for guided meditations and I absolutely recommend it for anyone looking to bring some peace of mind to their lives.

I was not paid to write this post! All opinions are my own.

Thank you for reading!