Here is the ninth installment in my vlog series. Enjoy!
I put on a khaki dress, my light brown caged heels and loaded my ipod with a new playlist this morning and struted.
Struted to the subway station, struted down the subway platform, almost started wining on the subway car to one song, struted off the streetcar and all the way to my desk. Love how new music makes me happy
Christina Aguilera – Not Myself Tonight
Taio Cruz ft. Ludacris – Break Your Heart (Remix)
3OH!3 ft. Ke$ha – My First Kiss
Aaron Fresh – Spending All My Time
Tiesto ft. Tegan and Sara – Feel It In My Bones
Jason Derulo – Riding Solo
Aaron Fresh – Dirty Girl (this one has a beat that made me want to wine up on it)
3OH!3 – Touchin On My
Christina Aguilera ft. Nicki Minaj – Woohoo
B.O.B ft. Hayley Williams – Airplanes
Jay-Z ft. Mr. Hudson – Young Forever
Shawn Desman – Shiver
David Guetta ft. Kid Cudi – Memories
John Brown – Imma Love You Right
Dirty Money ft. Rick Ross & T.I – Hello Good Morning
LaRoux – Bulletproof
Kardinall ft. Akon – Body Bounce
Katy Perry ft. Snoop Dogg – California Gurls
B.O.B ft. Bruno Mars – Nothing On You
Alicia Keys – Un-Thinkable
Jason Derulo – In My Head
After a twitter convo with @NU_Fit about agave nectar and how it is potentially not as healthy as I thought I decided to do some internet research.
John Kohler author of www.living-foods.com, writes:
“According to my research, there are three major producers of agave syrup. Some of these companies also have other divisions that make Tequila. For the most part, agave syrup is produced in the Guadalajara region in Mexico. There are those within the industry who I have spoken to at various trade shows who say that some of the agave syrup is “watered down” with corn syrup in Mexico before it is exported to the USA. Why is this done? Most likely because Agave Syrup is expensive, and corn syrup is cheap.”
Alright so Agave potentially made with corn syrup. Yikes. Next reason to avoid.
Agave has an “unusually high concentration of fructose (90%) compared to the small amount of glucose (10%). Research suggests that fructose actually promotes disease more readily than glucose. This is because glucose is metabolized by every cell in the body, and fructose must be metabolized by the liver.”
After studying bio-energetics in my PT course this weekend I can understand why glucose in carbs is better for the body in terms of ATP production (energy). Ok so Agave high in fructose. Another good reason to avoid.
There is a ton more research to sift through but I was ok with 1. potentially contains corn syrup and 2. high in fructose vs. glucose to make my mind up.
Ok so what alternatives do I use to sweeten things or when I have a sweet craving.
1. Fruits & Dried Fruits
2. Stevia Leaves
3. Raw Honey. I like this option because it’s a whole food and I can buy it organically!
I had no idea what BPA stood for before researching this blog. All I knew is that it was a trendy saying that was required when buying a new water bottle. I know I need water bottles that do not have the compound but I couldn’t explain to someone else why.
Here’s what I found in my internet travels…
BPA stands forBisphenol A. Not a chemistry major. Neither am I. In layman’s term… It is a building block of several important plastics and plastic additives.
“Concerns about the use of bisphenol A in consumer products were regularly reported in the news media in 2008 after several governments issued reports questioning its safety, and some retailers have removed products containing it from their shelves.” – Wikipedia
It has been studied and potentially linked to obesity, neurological diseases, thyroid dysfunction and cancer. Most studies are fairly new or currently ongoing. Which means argumentative by many.
Alright in my mind. BPA Potentially harmful. Might as well avoid it. Done.
Ensure both aluminum and plastic water bottles in your collection are sans BPA and thank the water bottle manufacturer’s for just eliminating something that could potentially be or is harmful to our well being.
My favourite are Camelbak and Lululemon’s!
I just got back from a week long vacation with my boyfriend in Aruba. It was bliss, decadence in sun and sand and very much needed.
As I am training for upcoming fitness competitions I didn’t want to completely slack off but I didn’t want to overtrain as my body really needed a break.
Morning Workouts Are My Secret. Not so big of a secret…
I would let myself wake up with the sun and put on running gear. I’m not a big runner so this was hard for me to get going in the muggy heat. But I ran the length of the boardwalk. Ps. It wasn’t that long. But worked up a nice sweat. I worked out 4 times other than running. Got legs, back, arms and shoulders in.
I’m sure this is probably universal for most resorts gyms due to the heat and humidity. I found that most of the weight equipment was rusted so seat backs couldn’t be adjusted. Thank goodness they were pretty much set for those with longer legs. If I had shorter limbs I’d be in trouble. All the free weights were rubber but I swear swollen from the heat and heavier then they should be. Which is technically a good thing. So glad I brought my gloves too because the bars on the dumbbells were so badly rusted I didn’t want to infect my hands.
At home I love morning workouts. They get you up and give you energy for the day. In Aruba I loved being able to shower after getting all sweaty in the heat and get on with my lazy day of working on my tan.