May Days 30 & 31

AllisonMessy || Untouched

It’s the last post of my May Blogging Challenge! Where did the month go? Guys, it’s JUNE. Time continues to fly by at the speed of light. Although, I hafta say, my blogging challenge helped me live more in the day to day. Having to post something for every single day of the month made me much more aware of each individual day. It slowed things down a little bit which was kinda great because normally I’m thinking a week ahead and am all GO GO GO.

I ended the month with a big day at work followed by a day of rest.

I teach a kids cooking class at a nearby middle school and the final event for the kids is a Chopped style cooking competition held at one of the Whole Foods stores I work at.

There were three teams of kids and they got three secret ingredients that they had to make a dish out of. Each team got a cooking coach, someone who works at the store to help/guide them, and the same kitchen equipment (bowls, burner, pans, knives, measuring spoons and cups, etc). They got to shop the store for anything else they needed to make their dish (ala Supermarket Sweep!). And then three judges tasted the dishes and chose a winner! I was so proud of all of the kids- they really know their stuff, man.IngredientsStore ShotCookingWinning Dish 2Judges 2Winning DishI helped out with this event last year- but this year- I was the one running the whole shebang! And it went off without a hitch! Phew! I was stressed about it all week. There were just a lot of moving parts and people involved.Store ExcitementI envisioned it being wicked messy and out of control- I mean, middle schoolers cooking food quickly in the middle of a grocery store… recipe for disaster, right? Wrong! I hammered it into them this year that its so important for chef’s to be neat and have clean kitchens- that they made a big effort to clean as they worked. The store was organized chaos- but definitely not messy. Thank Gahd.

The event went so well, but I definitely breathed a sigh of relief when it was through. It had been living in my brain for so long- it was nice to have it finished. On Sunday I tried to recover from all the stress and just chillaxed. Besides going to spin, I just cooked, laid in the sun, and watched the series finale of Parenthood (too many tears- so sad its through).

Makeup-less Sundays without to do lists or commitments are one of my favorite kind of days. Here’s an untouched selfie to prove it:wpid-20150516_071440.jpgKeep it wicked healthy xoxo

May Day 30: In My Hand

20150529_132343In my hand is a fresh off the press copy of the summer challenge I’m leading at the three Whole Foods Market stores I work at (Tenleytown, Friendship Heights, and Bethesda)! I authored all the content and one of the lovely store artists I work with created the design and layout. I love seeing projects that I envisioned in my head actually come out on paper!

You can pick up a copy and join for free at any of the three stores mentioned above! That’s where you’ll find the booklets that explain everything.

For anyone curious, the challenge is called Gimme 5! It’s a two week challenge that starts on Tuesday, June 2 and runs Tuesday, through June 16. For the challenge, I’m asking participants to aim to accomplish FIVE goals:

  • Drink 8 glasses of water
  • Eat 5 servings of vegetables
  • Consume no artificial sweeteners or anything with added sugar
  • Eat a strong breakfast (well rounded combo of carbs, protein, and healthy fat)
  • Engage in (at least) 30 minutes of activity

I wanted to pick goals that were super doable and that would hopefully end up being lifestyle changes. They’re things that are meant to stick with you even after the challenge is done. There is also a fun little summer survey on the back:20150529_132421Throughout the challenge I’m hosting a couple of cooking classes, organizing some store tastings, doing recipe demos, and offering TWO FREE fitness related events. One is a fun run/walk next Saturday on the capital crescent trail followed by a light breakfast at the Bethesda store. The other is a yoga class with Denise Cavanaugh (one of the best yoga instructors in the city) next Sunday at the Sport&Health location right behind the Tenleytown store followed by some snacks.20150529_132432If you live in the area and want to attend either one of these events, email me at wickedhealthywashingtonian at gmail dot com and I’ll sign you up for them!

I’m really excited to help other people out there work on building healthy lifestyle habits. It’s not about having a “beach body” or anything like that- it’s just about feeling your absolute best. You can also win prizes for participating- but I mean… that’s beside the point 😉

Keep it wicked healthy.

May Days 22-28

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Sleep | In My Fridge | Morning | Sign | Opposites | Feet | Today

I blame the long weekend on me losing my blogging groove! I did a pretty good job of unplugging for Memorial Day and since the work week started back up again, my job has been my main priority because I have a lot going on. Lo siento for being absent-o but I swear I didn’t fall of the face of the earth of anything! Still alive.wpid-20150524_200342.jpgBut real talk- I feel like I had a real weekend for the first time in forever. My best friend Rachel was staying with me and visiting for Memorial Day and it was so awesome to have her here. She’s the kind of friend that you don’t have to rearrange your life for- but you can just live your life and they’re perfectly content bumming right alongside you. So basically, I got to do all the things I would normally do and love to do here in DC- but with a lady friend with me every step of the way. It was fantastic.

I got plenty of much needed sleep.

I spent a significant amount of time out in the sun every single day (I think Rachel and I exclaimed fifty bajillion times how perfect the weather was this past weekend). And I got a decent tan going on! There was urban hiking, stand up paddle boarding, and lots of walking around.wpid-20150525_154634.jpgwpid-20150523_151206.jpgwpid-wp-1432825212383.jpegI went grocery shopping and cooked. Here’s a little peak in my fridge:wpid-20150523_132209.jpg(lots of watermelon, swiss chard, roasted sweet potatoes, dinner leftovers, organic grapes, cooked peas and asparagus, shiitake mushrooms, lots of green stuff in the drawers below, lemons, limes, carrots, chicken thighs, grass fed beef chuck roast, breakfast chicken sausage, prosciutto, Epic jerky, coconut milk, coconut flour, maple water, canned pumpkin and Will’s milk + greek yogurt. plus some other stuff)wpid-20150523_132216.jpg(the door is filled with some Paleochef sauces, all fruit jams, pasture raised eggs for Will, some Tessamae dressings, coconut aminos, fish sauce, Sir Kensington ketchup, apple cider vinegar, old tahini, horseradish, worcestershire, butter from grass fed cows, lime juice, and mustard)

I woke up early and made the most of my mornings.wpid-20150524_100646.jpgwpid-20150524_152443.jpgIt was the best.

And this week- well- the weather has decided to go from perfect to the complete opposite. It’s wicked hot and humid. Helllllllo DC summer. Its like 90 degrees with a 50% chance of late afternoon storms erry single day. Lame. I decided to exercise outside this morning- holy cow. I don’t know why I did that. Yes, lets sprint and jump around in swimming pool humidity. Sounds like a smart idea. But last night- on my way home from work, I saw one of the perks of late spring // early summer storms- a beautiful rainbow!wpid-img_20150527_201222.jpgFor work, I’ve been rocking loose fitted pants (can’t wear shorts at work) + flowy sleeveless blouses all week to survive. Oh, and of course my birks. They’re a must.wpid-20150528_103807.jpgFeet shot!

Denim + neutrals + pale pinks and nudes + pops of bright color is my favorite look this time of year. And its what I’m wearing today!wpid-20150528_104603.jpgAs I said earlier, this week is redonkulously busy with work. I have a big event on Saturday that I’m excited for- but also… I can’t wait for it to be over so that I can breathe more normally. Plus, I have a celebration date with a gal pal (I just aged fifty years with that expression, right?) that Saturday night for Mexican food + seeing Pitch Perfect 2.

But seeing Pitch Perfect 2 would require me to see the OG Pitch Perfect… which believe it or not, I have never seen! Shock! Not on purpose- it just never happened. I don’t have to be at work today until after noon so I took advantage of my free morning and FINALLY watched that movie. How have I never seen it before?! It was thoroughly enjoyable. I love a good cheesy, funny chick flick.wpid-20150528_095108.jpgReally not a fan of that girl projectile vomiting though during I saw the sign. That was a surprise I was not prepared to see while eating breakfast this morning.

Nonetheless, love the Bellas. Anna Kendrick has been a girl crush of mine since Up in the Air (movie with George Clooney from like 2009) and so anything with her featured gets an A+ in my book.

Keep it wicked healthy.

May Day 22: In My Bag

wpid-20150521_175522.jpgI’m not going to lie- I was really excited about the in my bag post. I love seeing what other people have in their bags and having a sneak peak into their life. I don’t care carry a cute bag though, I carry a worn backpack. It’s more practical for me. I’m always walking from here to there and I have to tote around a lot of stuff. It might make me look like a dork- especially when I go out after work- but I don’t care. It’s necessary and it works for me!

Also- on the front of my backpack there is a light up Bruins 2015 pin that I got from my parents.

Usually there’s a laptop, charger, whole foods market apron, and planner in this guy as well- but I was able to leave them at work overnight (which I usually can’t do because I work at a different location almost every day). There was also a banana in my bag yesterday, but I forgot to include it in these pictures!wpid-20150521_180307.jpgHere’s what we got:

  • Umbrella
  • Card holder (debit card, credit card, id, etc.)
  • Two notebooks for work
  • Suncreen
  • Lip gloss
  • Small set of keys- which includes my gym access card!
  • Smart Trip
  • Ponytails
  • Mug and a tea bag (to make once I got to work)
  • Grocery list (why type it into your phone when you can have a real little paper list!)
  • Zip pouch with all my colored pens
  • Water bottle
  • iPod
  • 10 inch chef’s knife (I was doing a demo at work and wanted my knife!)
  • Julienne peeler (I was making zucchini noodles in said demo)
  • Microplane (I needed some zest for the same demo)
  • Blue towel (all of the kitchen supplies were wrapped in it)
  • Umbrella
  • Phone Charger
  • Comb

And USUALLY I can fit my bag with my lunch in my backpack too. I use this wicked tired out whole foods bag…wpid-20150521_181135.jpgAnd yesterday is was filled with a turmeric-saffron-ginger flavored beef stew (made with my homemade bone broth and pureed pumpkin instead of tomatoes) + organic cherries + Jackson’s Honest sweet potato chips (cooked in coconut oil!!!). There was also a little bag of prosciutto in there to go with the chips for a mid-afternoon snack.wpid-20150521_181155.jpgKeep it wicked healthy.

May Day 20: Need

wpid-20150520_075237.jpgPostin’ for yesterday (because I’m a slacker).

Today is rainy and chilly and gloomy.

Yesterday though- it was sunny and bright and perfect outside. I woke up a little tired, but the weather made me so happy and I instantly felt the need to have an acai bowl for breakfast.

I used to eat them more often for breakfast, but now that I’m trying my best to adhere to the aip as possible, they just don’t make sense for me to have. My breakfast these days is usually some sort of homemade breakfast sausage (mix ground turkey thigh with chopped dates and tarragon and s&p… so good) sauteed dark leafy greens with onion (kale, collards, or chard), and roasted sweet potatoes. Yum.

But yesterday, I wanted a big bowl of smooth, fruity goodness. Want isn’t a strong enough word- I needed it. 

So I blended up a frozen acai pack with a 1/2 a frozen banana, 1/2 tbl. collagen, 1/2 cup of coconut water, 2 tbl. of coconut milk, 1/2 cup pureed sweet potato, and 1/4 cup of frozen coconut meat- and I topped it with some shredded coconut and blueberries. I ate a couple of my breakfast sausages on the side for some protein.

Eating as many nutrient dense foods as I can on a regular basis is what gives me the freedom to cave into my craving needs when I want to and not feel guilty about it. I definitely couldn’t eat an acai bowl for breakfast every day nor would it be the healthiest thing for me right now, but it is the healthiest thing for me mentally when I’m reaaaaaally craving it and I let myself have it.

Keep it wicked healthy.

May Day 19: Go

wpid-20150519_092427.jpgI love the freedom of zipping around the city on my bike. Having a bike makes me feel like I can just go wherever whenever I want. My bike also helps me live a life on the go that I love. I can easily get from my apartment to my gym to downtown to meetings and back home again while experiencing the sometimes death defying adventure of sharing the road with a bunch of cars.

This morning, I brought my breakfast with me when I went to the gym so that afterwards I could eat outside. In between bites of sweet potato + blueberries + kale + ground turkey breakfast sausage and scrolls through instagram, I looked over at my bike and felt really lucky to have something so simple that makes such a difference in my life.

Keep it wicked healthy.