I love you so matcha!

Good morrow everyone! So sorry for the long absence.

Life has a way of throwing things at you when you think
you can’t take anymore.

Then what happens…?

You take it anyway.

Let’s just pretend like nothing happened and I hope you
all still like me!

A question I get asked a lot about is this magical new tea
called matcha. Which of course is just a trendy green tea that has been around
awhile, but it made the face of Instagram and look where we are now!?

Shit is liquid gold.

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What the fuck is matcha anyway?

Matcha is a special form of green tea. Matcha literally
means “powdered tea.” Traditionally, components from the tea leaves get infused
with the hot water and BAM. Green tea.

With matcha, you’re drinking the actual leaves.

In addition to making lit Instagram selfies, matcha offers a
lot of health benefits.

When drinking matcha you are drinking the whole leaves,
making it a more potent source of nutrients than steeped green tea. In addition
to small amounts of vitamins and minerals, matcha is rich in antioxidants
called polyphenols, which have been tied to protect against heart disease and
cancer.

It also contains our favorite drug, caffeine!

You may get three times as much caffeine in matcha than you
would steeped tea. That’s about the amount in a cup of brewed coffee. They say
it creates a “alert calm” rather than a crack head calm.

Matcha can also be incorporated into meals.

Matcha is hot with big time chefs. Not just as a beverage,
but an ingredient in both sweet and savory dishes. Google that shit, its pretty
fuckin’ weird.

BUT BEWARE MATCHA LOVERS

Even organically grown green tea, leaves have been shown to
contain eerie amounts of lead. When traditional green tea is steeped, about 90%
of the lead stays in the leaf, which is discarded. With matcha, since the whole
leaf is consumed, you with ingest more lead.

In conclusion, not even the green stuff is safe anymore.

I love you so matcha!

Good morrow everyone! So sorry for the long absence.

Life has a way of throwing things at you when you think
you can’t take anymore.

Then what happens…?

You take it anyway.

Let’s just pretend like nothing happened and I hope you
all still like me!

A question I get asked a lot about is this magical new tea
called matcha. Which of course is just a trendy green tea that has been around
awhile, but it made the face of Instagram and look where we are now!?

Shit is liquid gold.

image

What the fuck is matcha anyway?

Matcha is a special form of green tea. Matcha literally
means “powdered tea.” Traditionally, components from the tea leaves get infused
with the hot water and BAM. Green tea.

With matcha, you’re drinking the actual leaves.

In addition to making lit Instagram selfies, matcha offers a
lot of health benefits.

When drinking matcha you are drinking the whole leaves,
making it a more potent source of nutrients than steeped green tea. In addition
to small amounts of vitamins and minerals, matcha is rich in antioxidants
called polyphenols, which have been tied to protect against heart disease and
cancer.

It also contains our favorite drug, caffeine!

You may get three times as much caffeine in matcha than you
would steeped tea. That’s about the amount in a cup of brewed coffee. They say
it creates a “alert calm” rather than a crack head calm.

Matcha can also be incorporated into meals.

Matcha is hot with big time chefs. Not just as a beverage,
but an ingredient in both sweet and savory dishes. Google that shit, its pretty
fuckin’ weird.

BUT BEWARE MATCHA LOVERS

Even organically grown green tea, leaves have been shown to
contain eerie amounts of lead. When traditional green tea is steeped, about 90%
of the lead stays in the leaf, which is discarded. With matcha, since the whole
leaf is consumed, you with ingest more lead.

In conclusion, not even the green stuff is safe anymore.

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Booty gains from climbing that towering stair stepper like I was Sacajawea.

Lewis & Clark done fucked up now!

Let Nature Be Your Guide When You Run Outside

Whenever I train for a
race, regardless of the season, I somehow end up logging some miles on the
treadmill. I never really plan on it; it just happens, and only sometimes. I
know some people can’t stand treadmills (in fact your skin may be crawling
right now at the thought), but when life gets in the way a treadmill can feel
like a true godsend. Controlled temperatures and traveling are the two
obstacles I run into the most, and in those situations, I’m more than happy to
log in miles on the dread tread.

Running inside and outside both have their own benefits and
drawbacks, there’s no denying that running outside tends to be more difficult.
Sure, most runners prefer running outside, but they don’t do it because it’s
physically easier – depending on the terrain and conditions, it’s usually much
harder.

Running outside means you have to deal with the weather.
Weather is definitely a challenge only outdoor runner’s experience. If you want
to run outdoors, you have to learn to work with nature and adapt to it. (Easier said than done), personally,
nothing zaps my motivation more than running in the rain, the cold, or both.
When I’m training, sometimes there’s no avoiding it, but poor conditions make
long runs even more difficult, both physically and mentally. Getting yourself
up a hill is hard enough – add some rain and a few more miles ahead of me, and
it seems all the more strenuous.

Running on a treadmill means that you can set the pace and
the incline, which control the difficulty of the run. If you’re running with a
specific time or pace in mind, it’s much easier to guarantee that result on a
treadmill. The great thing about running on a treadmill is that once you set
your speed, you don’t have to think about it anymore. All you have to do is keep that pace.

You also get a predictable terrain on a treadmill, whereas it’s
unpredictable outside. If you run six miles in Central park, well, those are
two very different runs. While yes, you can adjust the incline and speed on the
treadmill, there’s no true replacement for the earth under your feet; the
treadmill just doesn’t have the same impact on your body.

That being said, while the physical demands of running
outside are typically higher, some would argue the mental taxes of a treadmill
make it a tough alternative. Exercising outside has an endless amount of
psychological benefits, and in my experience, it’s more enjoyable because it’s
less repetitive.

There’s room for both
running inside and outside in any training plan or exercise routine. They both
have their benefits. Most runners (me) will say if you are able to run outside,
you should go for it. But if you are in a bind or something is standing in your
way, the best run is the one you actually do.

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You Can’t Afford to be Exercise Bored

It happens to the most committed of us babes.

You may try to start a new workout routine with renewed motivation, always going to the gym six days a week and weirdly enough not hating it. You’re posting gym selfies again, and all your hard work is paying off. You’re sleeping better, jeans fitting better (mm, bring dat booty over here…), and you’re noticing changes (GREAT changes) in your body. But that boredom always eventually hits, like that urge to check up on your awful… awful… ex.

If you’ve been exercising awhile, I’m sure you can relate. One day, all of the sudden, at the gym door there’s a brick wall blocking your way. Your motivation drops off the face of the earth, the mere thought of having to do one more workout makes you bored enough to check up on your Grandmas quilting class’ schedule. This starts to backfire, you start making some bullshit excuses for why it’s totally okay to skip your workout.

And before you know it, your 45, you’ve isolated yourself, everyone at the local pizza delivery joint knows you by your first name and you die.

It’s expected you’ll experience a burnout every now and again; it is possible to stick with your workout plan in the long term without being bored to death. So the next time your exercise motivation is escaping, there are ways to seduce it for good.

Are you the type who goes to the gym and trudges through the same 30 minute treadmill session every single day? (Tried and convicted), it may be your safe space, but be brave! Mix it up! Added variety to your workout can make you more likely to stick to your workout. Monotonous workout routine lead to boredom (I don’t think you needed me to tell you that), and doing the same thing over and over can lead to the dreaded fitness plateau, (gasp). When you repeatedly do the same motion over and over your muscles quickly adapt, causing your progress to come to a screeching halt. Cardio-only gal? Try adding some strength training or power yoga into your routine. Scary I know but like I said, be brave! New stimulating movements will “shock” your muscles, leading to faster results.

Shake things up by adding high-intensity intervals into your usual cardio workout. (Cardio is my safe space). High-intensity interval training, or HIIT, is a training technique that involves alternating intense periods of “all out” effort followed by brief recovery periods.

Sign up for a group exercise class! (This has a bonus effect if you’re a lonely old cave witch such as myself!) Whether its barre, yoga, boot camp or kickboxing (call me!), group classes are a great way to add some variety and fun to your workout routine! You’re less likely to slack off when you’re surrounded by other people.

Believe it or not, workouts don’t have to be a chore. The key to workout consistency is finding an activity that you truly enjoy, whether that’s Zumba, kickboxing (again, just lemme know), yoga, Tai Chi, hula hooping, jump roping – the sky’s the sweaty limit! As long as you are giving your best effort, it’s doing its job. Even if you are just dancing in your apartment to your favorite tunes is better than nothing! (Nobody puts baby in a corner!)

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