I was a vegan in college for about 2 weeks. It was only 2 weeks because if you’ve gone to college, you know how logistically difficult it can be to eat healthy. Now I love a good vegan recipe! Especially pasta.
It’s (almost) right up there with pizza for me.
The only problem is my diet and lifestyle. Well it’s not really a problem, it’s more of a safety precaution. Eating pasta is difficult for me to eat like I want to because pasta:
A. I don’t receive dairy in abundance well
B. The acidic buildup can be fatal over time (more on that later)
C. The fatigue factor can be too much, especially if I have too much to do that day.
D. The heaviness of too much pasta can have an effect on BMs at times.
I should mention…
You Do NOT need to be a vegan to enjoy vegan dishes. And, while we’re on the subject, you don’t have to be a vegetarian to enjoy vegetarian dishes either (think that through).
I was a vegan for 2 weeks in college and a vegetarian for 10 years stemming from high school. It’s possible that those years had a lot to do with why I’m told I look so young now. I can tell you that I experienced some of the best food of my life.
My point is, for you meat eaters (like I am now, sometimes), I’d like you to be open this vegan recipe I found.
It’s for Vegan Creamy Spicy Sun Dried Tomato Pasta. This particular recipe comes from Amy Le creations and it’s Incredible!
I had it over the weekend and I think you will love it. Try it out and let me know what you think!
While more gyms close around the world (mine is still open for now), I thought it would be fitting to stay on the topic of a good home fitness workout.
I’ve seen friends on social media really getting creative with some of the exercises they’re doing and I love it! One friend of mine did an IG story in her living room and out of nowhere came a barbell, in which she started doing Good Mornings right there on the spot lol.
This is the kind of ingenuity that is being showcased all over right now, and I’m all for it. I look at it as a way for all of us to keep each other inspired and motivated.
This is a home fitness workout by Canadian natural pro bodybuilder and power lifter Jeff Nippard. It further goes into the variety of exercises you can do in your own home with no equipment.
Persevere and Persist
There’s no telling how long we’re gonna be locked out of our second homes, so we might as well make the very best of it from our first homes. Remember, your muscles respond to resistance, so it doesn’t matter how you get it. Just make sure you Get it.
If you’ve never been into home fitness, be patient with yourself. This can be a little weird and awkward in the beginning, but just focus on proper form and consistency. Let those 2 factors determine when/if you go up in resistance.
Please continue to be extremely careful out here in the midst of this Coronavirus pandemic we are in. It can’t last forever, and if we continue to use good judgement, practice social distancing and stay clean and hygienically sound, we WILL get through this.
What are some of your favorite exercises in your home fitness routine?
Thank goodness for a good home workout routine! With gyms closing nationwide to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), a lot of us out here are in disarray. It’s amazing how much the gym becomes a part of your life and you don’t even realize it until you can’t go.
Consequently, this is the reality for the vast majority of us, at least for the time being. But, personally, this has given me some time to reflect on myself and my journey.
Honestly, I used to strictly be a “home fitness guy”. Hell, I even had a blog about home fitness 10 years ago. It’s not that I had a problem going to the gym. I guess I had somewhat of a misunderstanding.
I had a misconception about gym etiquette and the ‘task’ of going to the gym when I could just workout at home. It wasn’t until I actually walked into one and worked out that understood its value (more on that another day).
Nevertheless, here we are….at home….no gym.
Luckily, we are living in a time where information is not that difficult to attain. In this case, the biggest challenge would be finding the home workout routine that best suites your goals.
I was on Youtube searching through a collection of old calisthenics/home workouts and this video by Jeff Cavaliere came up.
Equally important, Jeff Cavalier is a fitness guru in Every true sense of the phrase. This home workout routine gives you everything you need for any kind of split you’re on (upper body, lower body, push-pull).
It’s been a while since I wrote on here, but what better time than now to talk about sickness prevention?
More importantly, just Prevention.
When I was a kid, I often made really questionable choices such as going outside in 12 degree weather with my coat wide open, no hat on, no scarf and a potential death wish (I spent the first part of my life in NY winters).
Cause and Effect
And what would often happen is exactly what you think would happen. A head cold every other month, congestion, stomach sickness and a plethora of other conditions that took away from my goofing off time in school.
Every single time I would get sick, as I would be laying in my bed begging for the reaper to spare my life one more time, I would say….
“I will never do this again!”
“I’m gonna wear my coat, my scarf, my gloves and my boots like mom tells me!”
And sure enough, as soon as I started to feel better again, the cold that I left in November would show up madder than ever in early January. The BS would continue.
I eventually got the point sometime in high school and that would be the end of my self induced head colds that plagued me as a youth.
The point that I’m referring to is Prevention.
If I prepare myself to go into cold harsh conditions the right way, I can prevent illness from invading my body. How I would prepare myself is to layer in a way that would protect me from the elements and put the proper nutrition in my body to have a strong immune system.
Applying these 2 tasks to my winter regimen put me in a state of prevention from illness.
Now Enter The Coronavirus
These are the times that the discipline of health, fitness and wellness gives us a fighting chance against mass illness. One of the pillars of wisdom in wellness is to stay in a state of prevention.
Prevention in the sense of Living the life of someone who wants to Live.
It’s not prevention to have chronic back pain and pop an aspirin everyday so the pain will go away.
It is prevention if you are physically active in some capacity and tend to sore joints and muscles when you feel discomfort through natural means.
Instead of the aspirin, take some vitamins and herbs that are targeted for muscle relaxation.
Take a yoga class from time to time online to keep your body nimble and flexible.
It’s not sickness prevention if you’re taking Pepto Bismol every time you get sick on your stomach.
It is prevention if you avoid foods all together that have trans fat, MSG, heavy oil, too much sugar, artificial additives and sweeteners that unsettle your stomach from first ingestion.
Not a Chore, A Lifestyle
You must change your paradigm to really understand the power of prevention. When you change your paradigm, making better choices for yourself isn’t a chore so much as an investment into yourself.
A good investment brings a return, and the return you get by staying in a state of prevention is peak performance on command. Think about the extra effort do you give in the gym when you go in with no illness or a lag from a poor lunch?
How much more creative are you in the workspace when you had a smoothie instead of that bagel and hot chocolate?
How much more are you able to give to your life when you’ve prepared just by avoiding bad decisions?
So bringing my point back to the Coronavirus, it’s Very important that we stay in a state of sickness prevention.
-Wash your hands after every outside interaction. This would include using hand sanitizer when you don’t have a chance to get to the soap and water.
-If you don’t exercise, please begin to do so to build your immune system. A great exercise for the time and equipment challenged are jumping jacks (trust me, they still work if that’s all you can do)
-Make better decisions with your nutrition so your body has a fighting chance when it has to be strong! Start with the heavyweights (vitamin and nutrient rich green vegetables, fruits for your immune system, plant based protein sources).
I’m going to tell you something you already know.
Prevention does Not stop or catch everything.
However, it gives you a fighting chance in a world full of sickness and disease. If you are the kind of person who gets sick a few times a year, it’s because you’re leaving yourself vulnerable in some capacity.
Whether it’s your inactivity, your malnutrition or your overall sedentary lifestyle, you’ve got to build armor for this thing called Life.
What are some of your methods for sickness prevention?
What are some of your methods for building that armor?