• Health,  Life

    My Journey to Health, Part I: College Days and Running Ways

    I’ve come a long way in my journey towards¬†health and well-being, I figured it was time to start sharing my story ūüôā Every¬†day has its new set of challenges, as¬†I continue to learn and grow. But no matter the bumps on the road, the¬†overall progress has been so positive, because I am finally taking my life and OWNING¬†it. Feels amazing.¬†So here it goes… I grew up with a dream to be a Hawkeye, just like my role models – my parents, and run in the Olympics. They never pushed running on me or my four siblings, rather let us come to it on our own. And I think that is…

  • Health

    The Best Coffee Alternative

    I love the taste of coffee, but my body is really sensitive to substances of any kind, including caffeine:/ So there are days when I will treat myself to a hot cup of coffee and deal with the jitters, but I can only handle so much before it starts affecting my sleep! And I need my sleep haha. So I started looking into coffee alternatives and first learned about “herbal coffee”, generally composed of dandelion root and/or chicory root. They are both rich in¬†vitamins and minerals, non-acidic, contain antioxidants, boost your digestive and liver functions, and are supposed to taste similar to coffee. Sounds good right?!¬†So I bought some already¬†ground…

  • Food,  Health

    Juice time!

    I’ve been getting a box of local, organic produced delivered each week from Nature’s Garden Express and I love it. Super reasonably priced, amazing quality and especially convenient. ¬†You can also order a ton of other items, like grass fed beef, local cheese, granola, etc. I primarily use the fruits and veggies to make my own juice and usually have to do so right away so all the produce will fit in my fridge! It’s my new Monday evening routine haha. I rarely follow any specific recipes and instead just use whatever ingredients I have on hand…usually consisting of the following: Leafy greens! Kale, spinach, romaine, and swiss chard (my…