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Typical Workout Routine

For me, physical health is not about getting those 6-pack abs. It’s about feeling strong and healthy. Working out is honoring your body and it shows what you are capable of. I try to exercise on a regular basis. Running and Yoga are my favorites.

I typically run or do some cardio for at least 40 minutes (5 days a week). I prefer running outside, but when the weather isn’t ideal I will go to the gym.

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I also do some strength training (3 days a week). For this, I lift lighter weights with more reps. This builds lean muscle.

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I try to do core workouts a couple times a week. Yoga is great for your core, my goal is to do Yoga once a week. Other core workouts include: planks, crunches, Russian twists, Pilates, etc.

Since I run a lot, I sometimes ignore my leg muscles. I do squats and lunges frequently, but maybe not as much as I should.

If you have a hard time finding motivation to go to the gym, I suggest finding an exercise/activity you love and focusing more on that. Some people need more excitement, if you are one of those people I recommend activities like rock climbing, crossfit, skateboarding, skiing, etc.

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It’s more important to feel good and healthy. When considering your fitness routine, this should be kept in mind. It’s not something you should obsess over, but it’s also not something you should ignore.

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A Walk in the Morning

For one minute, walk outside, stand there, in silence, look up at the sky, and contemplate how amazing life is. ~ Unknown

 

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Benefits of Veganism

I do not judge anyone that eats meat. I just wanted to get that out-of-the-way first. I believe that going vegan is a personal choice. While it has been a very positive change for me, I understand that it is not feasible for every single person in the world.

There were two main reasons I decided to adopt a vegan lifestyle. The first reason was for my health. The other reason was I felt ethically pulled to veganism. Listed below are positive aspects of “going vegan” (in my opinion).

  1. Health. Research indicates that a healthy diet should be centered around fruits, veggies, and legumes (plant-based). Many doctors recommend reducing red meat intake and recommend cutting out processed food. Before I became vegan, I was sluggish and I had a lot of digestive issues. Now that my diet is plant-based, I have more energy, my skin has improved, and I have little to no digestive problems. Small amounts of lean meats can be healthy for you, but this leads to my next point.
  2. Ethics. To put it simply, I am against the mistreatment of animals. I do not agree with animals being treated as a product. While I know that some farm animals are free-range, industries do not have enough regulations. A company/brand can say that their animals are ethically treated, but there are no safeguards or standards to ensure ethical treatment. I have peace of mind knowing that what I put in my body has no ties to the mistreatment of creatures.
  3. Sustainability. Meat and dairy production uses so much water and energy. I’m not going to list statistics, but it is shocking that one hamburger uses 660 gallons of water. If you are on the path to a more sustainable living or you want to help out the environment, then I strongly recommend reducing your meat and dairy intake.
  4. Positivity. This aspect is hard to prove because it is personal to everyone. I feel more positive and untethered since I have been vegan. I don’t have much of explanation for this, this is just how I feel. I think when you align your values to your actions, then your quality of life improves.

Thanks for reading! I just want to reemphasize that I am not pressuring anyone into veganism, I just simply wanted to share some benefits I have noticed.

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iHerb Review

I’m all about natural products. I’ve heard a lot about iHerb and I was always wanting to try it. I recently ran out of some beauty products and vitamins so I decided to finally browse iHerb. At first, I was a little overwhelmed by the website. There are so many products to choose from! The great thing is their website separates everything into categories and has a search option. It was incredibly easy to navigate through all of the supplements and beauty products.

I was pleased with their selection of products, everything I looked at was natural and cruelty-free. Everything was also reasonably priced. Ordering was simple and I received my purchase in about 3 days. Below are the products I ordered!

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I haven’t used these products for long, but so far I am pleased. They’re fairly basic products. I take l-lysine for inflammation and skin problems and the rest are just beauty and hair products. My order was processed quickly and arrived in the mail shortly. Overall, I enjoyed ordering from iHerb and I plan to order again in the future.

Disclaimer: the featured image is not mine, it is from the iHerb website.

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How To Use Castor Oil

Castor oil is a vegetable oil that comes from pressing the seeds of the Ricinus communis plant. This oil is commonly found in beauty products and pharmaceuticals. I mainly use castor oil for skin care, but my mom says that it can also be used for digestion. Listed below are a few ways I like to use castor oil!

  1. Hair Care/Hair Growth: You can add castor oil to your shampoo and conditioner. I like to make a hair mask with castor oil and leave it in for about 15 minutes and then rinse out. Also, mixing coconut oil and castor oil can improve hair growth. I like to mix the two together and brush it through my eyebrows and eyelashes. If you have curly/coarse hair castor oil is a great way to add moisture.
  2. Makeup Remover: Castor oil easily breaks up makeup. I find it to be gentle on the skin and it removes eye makeup better than a traditional makeup wipe. I recommend thoroughly rinsing off your face afterward though because it might leave a residue.
  3. Other Skin Care Uses: Castor oil can be used on the face or the body. If you have acne prone or oily skin I would use castor oil with caution. I like to mix castor oil in my moisturizers when my skin is dry. Also, if I have dry patches on my knees or elbows I apply castor oil directly.
  4. Digestive Purposes: Castor oil can also be used to alleviate constipation (ew, I know). I personally have never done this, but apparently it is fairly common. Taking 1 tablespoon of castor oil can help ease constipation or stomach pain (takes about 4 hours to take effect).

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Quinoa Patties

Before I went vegan, I loved hamburgers. I know that is something I probably shouldn’t admit to, but it’s true. I have found that veggie burgers and quinoa patties are great alternatives to traditional burgers. It’s really not as complicated as you might think (only a few key ingredients). My recipe is listed below, but I am really bad about measuring out ingredients when I cook so please keep that in mind.

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Recipe: 

1 cup of corn (or 1/2 of a can)

1 cup of black beans (1/2 of a can)

Cooked quinoa (between 1-2 cups)

Seasoning (I used garlic, salt, onion powder, and pepper)

1 Tablespoon of olive oil

Lettuce, tomato, vegan mayo, and bread/tortilla

Preparation: Blend together corn, black beans, quinoa, and spices (I use a ninja blender). You could also use pinto beans if you don’t have black beans on hand. In a medium skillet, heat up olive oil (medium heat) and put a large spoonful of the mixture in the center of the skillet. Wait for one side to become crispy and then flip (approximately 5 minutes). Top with lettuce, tomato, and your favorite condiments.

This recipe makes 3-4 patties and takes about 30 minutes in total. Feel free to add different seasonings and make this recipe your own. Sometimes the patties don’t turn out symmetrical and they might crumble, but they are yummy!

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