The power of the ‘booch’

So, it seems no matter where you turn there is kombucha. There are kombucha bars, grocery stores are putting taps in and even Wal-Mart is carrying bottles of it.

For some, you might be like what is kombucha actually ?!  Well, it’s essentially fermented tea. Which, I know sounds so gross and that is what I always thought too!

Then I got out of my comfort zone and picked up a bottle and just like so many others I was hooked.

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There may be some debate about what health benefits kombucha has, but most makers will tell you that it helps with digestion and inflammation.

This claim comes from the probiotics that are in each glass of ‘booch’. These probiotics give your gut healthy bacteria.

There are many other claims like prevention of liver and heart disease, but of course none of this is proven. As for me since adding some Kombucha to my diet I have noticed the following benefits.

First, I definitely see help with digestion. I have a weak stomach to say the least. I could eat the healthiest meal and if one thing doesn’t agree with me I get stomach pains. On days I drink a glass of Kombucha I don’t have any issues.

I also feel that it gives me a boost of energy. I like to drink a glass in the middle of the day if I start to feel low energy. I have noticed that I will get the perk I need. Plus I love that kombucha has a fizz to it, which I also believe could be beneficial for those who are addicted to Diet Coke ( I used to be guilty of this 😦 ) !!

Now, you may be sold and headed out to the local kombucha bar to get your fix, but there are a few things that I like to pay attention to when I buy mine.

Check the amount of fruit juice. I like to look for ones with as little as possible because then you are just getting an unnecessary sugar fix.

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Also check to make sure there are no artificial sweeteners because again what’s the point of putting artificial stuff in our bodies!

There are a lot of other things that you can look into when purchasing like water filtration and pasteurization. So, I say just do your research before you dive in!

I love trying out different flavors and brands now that I know what to look for and I certainly can not get enough of it!

 

#keepwandering

 

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Vegan Alfredo pasta

So, lately I have been trying to adjust into a plant based diet. It is not always easy, but there are so many recipes out there to help you make vegan meals. Personally, when I eat all plant based I feel amazing and although it maybe hard for you cheese addicts to believe this Alfredo sauce is very satisfying.

Recipe:

1 clove of garlic minced
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 cup raw cauliflower chopped
1/4 cup of veggie broth

Put all of these ingredients in a pan and let simmer until the cauliflower is soft. Then put these ingredients in a blender.

1 1/2 tbsp of nutritional yeast ***
Splash of apple cider vinegar or lemon juice
1 tbsp tahini

Blend these ingredients with the cooked cauliflower and set aside.

Cook spinach, mushrooms and onion in oil in a pan until sauteed.

Cook pasta according to package

Mix pasta, sauteed vegetables, and sauce from the blender.

I like to add red pepper flakes for an extra kick!

Enjoy!!!

***Nutritional yeast is different than active yeast which is used to make bread. The nutritional yeast gives the sauce a cheese taste/texture. Active and nutritional yeast are not interchangeable.

 

100 rides and counting

This week I completed my 100th ride at Zephyr, an indoor cycling studio here in Bozeman. It combines an AMAZING workout in a funky cool setting, and some awesome instructors.

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I started riding at Zephyr in the beginning of January and in about 5 and 1/2 months I cycled my 100th class, so I am pretty impressed with myself! 😉

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I want to use this post of finding a fitness routine that I absolutely love to address body image and how just one place really changed the perspective I had about myself.

I have always struggled with body image. I can remember feeling self-conscious in dance class when I was little. Right there that’s a red flag and can not be healthy. My struggles continued through high school, college, and pretty much until about a month ago.

I have done a lot of unhealthy things to be super skinny, which I know in the long term only had a negative effect on my health.

For those who have been keeping up with my blog also know that about a year and a half ago was when my mental health started to shift and I gained weight. I was really feeling bad about myself. There was a point where I felt that everyone was judging me for how I looked and that was not a good feeling on top of all the stress and anxiety I had.

Both men and women struggle with body image, but how can we build ourselves up and just feel good?

Zephyr, quitting my job, and a super supportive boyfriend helped me, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that’s what you need to find. What I do know is that as soon as I started feeling healthy there was a shift in my entire life.

I am no expert, but I do want to share the changes that I made to start feeling good!

First I really looked at who I surrounded myself with and who’s comments to take to heart. My boyfriend was always there to build me up. Whether it was a “you look great today,” or an “I just want you to be healthy,” hearing  those messages is so helpful. Especially when you are having as much self doubt as I was.

Second, I found something that made me feel healthy and good. That was Zephyr. For you it could be yoga or walking your dog. Really anything that gets you moving, because I believe Elle Woods set it best in ‘Legally Blonde’ “Exercise gives you endorphins, and endorphins make you happy….”

The third thing I did was change my diet. Now, I am not going to tell you to give up ice cream or pizza because I certainly did not! However, I do find myself eating healthier and not having a diet super high in processed sugars has actually helped my anxiety. I used to pop a sugar cookie in my mouth or order sugar filled coffee drinks and it used to give me crazy anxiety and I had some bad crashes. Eating foods with actual nutritional value has improved my mood, and cut back cravings. All going back to just feeling healthy!

Just these three things helped me so much! I could bombard you with more, but nobody wants to read that long 😉 !

Let’s just keep building each other up and here’s to the next 100 rides!

#keepwandering