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a full day

It was another gorgeous morning in Boston, but definitely a little cooler that yesterday – perfect running weather!  I encountered many signs of spring on my run.

Being able to run while it is light out in the morning!  I started as the sun was rising…

The water fountains work again!

And, blooming flowers on trees!

It was a great 7 mile run in the sunshine!  I finished 7.28 miles in 60 minutes.

Then, I dug into breakfast – cereal with fruit and yogurt.

My concoction contained 3 different cereals – Uncle Sam’s, Museli & Granola.

And, instead of yogurt, I tried this drinkable yogurt this week.  It is between a milk and a yogurt.  I enjoyed it.  I liked the change.  I think it is like Kefir, but I am not sure.

Cereal underneath, with granola and banana on top.

With cantaloupe.

Lunch was another salad that I threw together.  It had random flavors, but worked together really well!

Baby spinach with carrots, chickpeas, kaia foods sprouted sunflower seeds, avocado and tangy tahini dressing.

Remember a few days ago when I said I didn’t like to eat carrots raw? Well, I still don’t love them, but they worked ok in my salad today.  I liked having something crunchy paired with the creamy avocado and dressing!  I try to get a variety of colors and veggies into my lunches, so the carrots worked today.

This salad was so easy to throw together – I had chickpeas in the fridge, had chopped up the carrots and pre-washed my spinach over the weekend.  Last night as I was packing my salad, all I did was throw the different components into my bowl.  I topped it with 1/2 an avocado when I was ready to eat lunch.  See – it IS easy to eat your greens and have a well balanced lunch!

With a side of Cheese-y Quackers!

Later on, I snacked on a granola bar and an apple.

Love these Honest Food Bars!  They taste fresh and chewy and REAL!  There ingredient list is small and stuff that you will know, and they are made with almond butter.

Then, dinner was out!  At PICCO (Pizza and Ice Cream Company) in the South End!  It was so warm in Boston today – it reached 90° – that they tables were set up outside.

But, we sat inside!  This is a great restaurant.  It looks like an old fashioned pizza parlor – I loved the atmosphere.  You can see into the kitchen, which is awesome because you can see everything the chefs are making.  It is all made to order.

I started with an Allagash White – it was a beer kind of day.

Then had the Red Pepper, Arugula & Goat Cheese PizzaChopped tomatoes, salsa verde & organic arugula salad tossed with aged Manodori balsamic vinaigrette.

This pizza was awesome!  The crust was crispy, but still chewy on the inside.  There was just enough goat cheese and the arugula was a great touch.  I ate 2.5 pieces – yum.

After dinner, it was time for homemade ice cream!

Brant and I split the ice cream sampler with 3 flavors – Dark Chocolate, Pistachio Chip and Coffee.

So good – rich, creamy and delicious.  The dark chocolate was definitely my favorite, but the others were great as well.

Now, I’m stuffed and it’s time for bed. Good night!

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healthy lap of the week – drinking on the run

Healthy/Fitness Lap of the Week – Drinking on the Run!

With spring in full swing, and the weather getting nicer and warmer each day (knock on wood!), it is important to make sure that you are well hydrated for your workouts.

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Water constitutes about 60% of our body weight and basically sustains life.  Each and every cell in our body needs water to function well, and to provide energy.  The list below contains just a few of the phenomenal things water does for us:

  • Carries nutrients and waste products through the body
  • Acts as a solvent for minerals (i.e., sodium and potassium)
  • Acts as a lubricant and cushion
  • Maintains blood volume
  • Helps the body regulate temperature

The last fact, ‘helps the body regulate temperature’, is extremely important, especially in the warmer weather (and even in a heated gym in the winter).  Your body can overheat more easily because the temperature outside is so much warmer.  You will feel yourself getting thirstier and start sweating more quickly and easily than in the winter months.

Your body produces sweat to help regulate your body’s temperature, but without providing your body with proper hydration, it will cause you to become dehydrated thus increasing your body temp.   Dehydration can cause many things, but some common symptoms include fatigue, weakness and dizziness.  In some servere cases, it can be fatal.

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To prevent hydration, you should drink water every single day!  If you feel thirsty, then your body is trying to tell you that you are on your way to being dehydrated.  Aim to drink before the onset of thirst.  You do not only have to drink water, orange juice and other juices will help as well.  My favorite is coconut water!

During your workouts, try to drink something as well, whether is be water or a sports drink.  Too many liquids will weigh you down, but a few sips here and there will help to replenish what your body is loosing and provide an increase in energy.  Most likely, you will only need to replace your electrolytes if you workout for over 60 minutes, or it is a very hot day.  And, after your workout, make sure to replenish what you have lost.

Water is an integral part of our bodies, so give your body what it needs!