picnic and a hike. I’m 20 now!

For the past couple of years I’ve avoided celebrating my birthday, but this year I had a change of heart. My boyfriend told me that I should be selfish for a day and do what I want. I decided to go hiking, then a picnic, to the mall for shopping, and ended the day with ice cream and waffles and a movie. I had so much fun hiking and some of the path on the trail reminded me of a scene from an anime called Sword Art Online which made me really excited. There was a beautiful spot to have a picnic near the parking lot.

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I’m obsessed with bento boxes and decided that’s what I wanted. I got very sunburnt laying out in the sun, but it felt really nice and I loved it. My boyfriend got me an amazing picnic basket for my birthday and I was happy to get to use it. IMG_7726IMG_7727IMG_7728

Even though I don’t think typically eat sugar I love ice cream and waffles and it’s something that is nice to have to celebrate. I still don’t feel like I’m twenty, it feels just like nineteen so far. This was one of my favorite birthdays. I spent the day doing things that I love with someone that means a lot to me.

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I’m getting re-inspired and I’ve been taking pictures and writing again, so hopefully I’ll start being more active on this blog again x

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no sugar for a week

Sugar has been a big topic lately, with the traditional media covering it and nontraditional media such as youtube talking about it as well. I don’t eat that much sugar as it is, but I found the topic really interesting, so I ended up reading up on it. The recommended amount of sugar for a women is 6 tsp a day and for a man it’s 9 tsp a day, but the average American consumers 17 tsp of sugar a day. There are a lot of negative effects sugar can have on your physical health, but I was more interested on how giving up sugar could improve my mental health. studies have shown that adults have a bigger risk of depression if they consume a lot of sugar. I was just hoping that by the end of the week my mood would improve and I would stop having my afternoon crash.

For me, breakfast was the hardest, since I normally start off my day with a waffle and sugar filled yogurt. Some mornings I woke up wanting my waffles, but this week forced me to try new things for breakfast and I ended up really liking some of them. A rice cake with avocado and egg whites is now one of my go to breakfasts.

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I got sick the day after I started this, so my boyfriend was really sweet and made me a smoothie without sugar. It was actually really good and I had some almonds with it. fullsizeoutput_25a9Lunches and dinners stayed the same with chicken salads and fried rice or sweet potato fries with chicken. fullsizeoutput_25a8

This started as a week challenge, but it’s been two months now and I’ve only had sugar once. This was easier then I thought it would be. A lot of things have been going on in my life recently and it hasn’t been easy dealing with everything at once, but I did find I was mentally doing better and coping a lot better with my current situation then I had dealt with things in the past. I was hoping that giving up sugar would get rid of my mid day crash, but I didn’t think that it would change anything physically. I’ve read a lot about what people eat effecting them more then how much they eat. Basically saying if someone eats 2000 calories of healthy food they are better off then someone who eats 1700 calories of junk food.

Since I didn’t expect my body to change a lot from this I didn’t take any before and after pictures, but after about two weeks I started to notice a big difference. One of the main changes for me was I didn’t bloat as much and it was a lot easier to burn fat at the gym.

I always think most things in moderation is the healthiest way to go and I will continue that. I don’t eat sugar anymore on a day to day basis, but every once in a while I like to have some rice dream with my boyfriend or a waffle.

I hope the post was interesting in some way x

5 Detox Water Recipes and Benefits

fullsizeoutput_381Raspberries, blueberries, and mint:

Instructions: Rinse the blueberries, mint, and raspberries and put them in a container. Pour water in the container and leave it overnight.

 

fullsizeoutput_5f6Cucumber and lemon: This is great for boosting your immune system, keeping you hydrated, and removes harmful toxins from your body. You can add meant to this one if you would like.

Instructions: Cut up the lemon and cumber and add everything to your container. This one does’t need long, I usually let it sit for half an hour and it’s plenty strong.

 

Raspberries, cucumber, and mint: It will boost your metabolism and flush out toxins. Its a great detox water to have if your felling a bit sluggish.

 

fullsizeoutput_4acLemon, blueberry, and raspberry: I recommend this one if you feel like your gonna get sick, or it’s flu season. It has lots of vitamin c

 

Red ApplesApple Detox water: The apple will act as an energy booster, I like to have it around one in the afternoon when I’m starting to slow down. This drink also bust your metabolism and has lots of antioxidents. You can add a pinch of cinnamon if you want, I personally like it plain, but it depends on you preference.

Instructions: Cut 5 thin slices of a sweet apple(you can add more if you want)add water and let sit for at least ten minutes. If you want it to be stronger make it up the night before and leave it in the fridge overnight.

 

Water can get a bit boring sometimes and fruit and herbs can add some flavor when I want something besides water to drink. Their refreshing and perfect for summer. I hope this was helpful x