Eating and Happiness

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In August of last year I decided I was going to become a runner, and I was going to complete a half marathon in May the weekend before graduating with my masters degree. I started off doing interval training, walking and running about four miles every other day. Within a month I got up to running all four miles, and eating absolutely anything I wanted. When you’re burning that much on a daily basis,  you really can. And to be quite honest, that was one of my top motivations for running. I. Love. Eating.

Then within two months I had shin splints, and I’ve been battling them on and off ever since. Due to being extremely flat footed, it’s not looking like I’ll ever be the half-marathon-runner I had hoped to be (doctors were consulted, I promise I’m not just giving up easily), but I will be able to consistently go between 8 – 12 miles a week… in six weeks. Until then, no running.

The worst part of this story is I still love eating! I’ve never been one that can diet, I usually stick to a strict plan for two weeks before having a mental breakdown bag full of cookies and calling it quits. So obviously I can’t be eating everything in sight, but I also can’t diet, which leads me to playing around with a lot of different ideas and recipes that I wouldn’t have considered before.

Like, did you know you could put greens in your smoothie and have it still taste like fruit? Okay, you’re right, you can still kinda taste the greens (I trusted everyone who told me you didn’t taste it at all… they lied.), but you mostly taste the fruit! And I find that the more I dabble in fun new recipes while mixing in my old favorites, the more fun I have, and thus I still enjoy eating even though it’s green!

When it comes down to it, your health and how you feel about yourself is so closely tied to your happiness. We often times “just don’t have time” to eat healthy, and in doing that we are only cheating ourselves. You have enough time in the day to please all of those around you, you just have to start telling yourself that making yourself happy is just as valuable. Ending the day knowing you got a solid workout and ate like a champion nutritionist adds such a bonus, and if you’re anything like me you just need to consistently mix things up to keep yourself interested! And when I say health I don’t mean just working out and eating healthy, I mean putting down your cell phone and the remote, opening up a good book, and calling up a great friend that you haven’t spoken to in a while. Technology is an incredible thing, but you absolutely cannot let it rule (and ruin) your life.

Here’s some things that I’ve tried this week (workouts and recipes) that I found to be fun, useful, and successful in my daily routine. You can also find all of these on my pinterest account.

Your Health by the Numbers 

Meals to Boost Your Mood

Leg Strengthening Workout

Fun Abs and Butt Workout

Total Body, I Don’t-Really-Have-Time-But-Crap-I-Should-Workout Workout

Paleo Food Guide (I’m still trying out the Paleo thing… but I’m liking it!)

Creating a Green Smoothie

Happy Monday!