Time and time again, when I worked for the Vitamin Shoppe, people would come in and ask for Bragg's. At first I had no clue what it was until my assistant manager educated me on it and directed me to the lovely Google machine I carry in my pocket. Over the last few years I have come to love this form of apples and notice the difference when I am not consuming it.
Vinegar has long been used for many household chores, and in cooking and baking recipes. But this one in particular is much better consumed as a drink. While you can most certainly use Bragg's for a large variety of things from making homemade sauces to baking it into a cake. I want to tell you about the reasons I love apple cider vinegar and why Warrior Eats uses it so often in many of our recipes.
BENEFITS OF CONSUMING APPLE CIDER VINEGAR DAILY
How is all this possible from a little... well... juice? Apple cider vinegar looks brown and quite murky. I have seen people be turned off by this, owing to how that is generally an indication that something is bad, but that isn't the case here. The murky, brownish, floating strands you see floating in your ACV is called "The Mother", and it comes from the fermentation process. To get ACV from apples the process used is the same one for kombucha, and even wine. These are live strains and strands of yeast, probiotics and enzymes that form when going through the fermentation process. Don't be scared to find a really murky one, this is an indication that you have a great bottle of ACV.
So the next time you may be feeling a bit under the weather or maybe you just want to make sure you're good after that 3rd slice of pizza, don't forget to reach for the Bragg's!
Lately I have been asked quite a bit, "Why go back to Texas?" I have so many answers for this. But I think only a few will do.
Austin has become a home to my heart and my soul. I went through a lot of pain there and I went through so much healing there as well. I found myself in this healing and again even more so after diving deeper into my passions of baking and talking about everything I can, related to health. I would never compare my pain to anyone else's, however I would never wish anyone go through the losses that I went through over the last 18 months. Grieving is a terrible, messy process that you come out of beautiful if you harness its energy towards productivity.
Austin captured my soul because it is such a beautiful place full of beautiful people. A few in particular, hold pieces of me no matter where I may be. I remember the lines of their smiles, the pitch of their laughter, and the late night conversations about the universe, life and, love; among other things, such as food of course. Oh yes! And one person in particular, their eyes.... well, they have been the only pair in existence so far to see my soul, watch me grow and help me grow into who I am today. I am so grateful of them, all, but everyone in my life has given me something. Lessons in the end that I continue to enjoy, some of those lessons, day in and day out.
Fireflies! The first time I saw a firefly it was as if I were dreaming. Growing up in the northwest, Boise, ID in particular.... you don't get to see those. It's much like Southerners not knowing what a huckleberry is. They just don't exist! These adorably magical insects are my favorite thing in this world next to a cuddly dog. Their chemistry is fascinating, how they create their own bio-luminescence to attract a mate or fend off predators. They are just one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen and I enjoy them probably far more than one should.
So, Warrior Eats is going to start it's mobile truck in Austin, TX before we make our way to San Francisco. Because comfort, which doesn't stifle, is vital to creating a stress-free environment where you can think and be free to create what your passions are. Mine is food, and food made with natural ingredients and packed full of flavor! The fun part of being a nomad is that when I do start to feel the itch I just pick up and bring my passion with me to another place for a bit, but I will always go back to Austin. Austin is home because it helps me grow, so that I can help you grow too.
With Love and Respect,
Alcohol, we have all had experience with it, crazy nights and stories filled with blank memories and friends filling in the gaps for us. It can be fun, but we know it can also be deadly, or otherwise a life ruiner. But how many of us are aware of the effects alcohol has on the mind and body? I am not speaking of the slurred speech, wonky walking, or even our impaired vision. No, I am speaking of the more lasting damage to cells in the brain and organs in the body.
I have never been against alcohol, in moderation. But after some terrible experiences myself I have nearly given it up completely, only to have a glass of wine now and then. I recently became more intrigued when a few friends of mine mentioned depression and reaching for the bottle when they were stressed or had a hard day. Don't get me wrong, this post is not to rag on anyone and I dearly love my friends. This post came about over the concern and knowing of the damage that consistent or heavy drinking will do to the body. There is no judgment to anyone in this post, let this be known. This is important to me to inform everyone who follows me the consequences of alcohol. I fully believe in moderation. I myself partake in a glass of wine now and then or a nice dry 4-olive martini. But if I am to advise and guide and expand your awareness of health and healthy living, this post must exist.
Since the brain is one of my top favorite areas of the body to study I wanted to start there. This is probably the most common area that people know about as well. I wanted to begin in the brain because the brain is the control center for the ENTIRE body. Without it your nerves wouldn't send signals for pain, or even move your legs, or breathe. Things we think are simple, but are natural reactions the brain has to keep the body safe. The brain houses the chemicals we need to keep a positive and happy mood. When alcohol enters the bloodstream and starts to wander the brain is one of the first stops. You may feel quite swell at first, maybe see that attractive individual across the room and have enough courage to speak up. There goes the neurotransmitters and receptors literally dying off inside your brain. Maybe things go really well and you hit it off, so you have a few more.... back to back to back. Too much alcohol consumption, even in a single night can have major damaging effects. Not being able to remember is your body's way of shutting down to try and protect itself. You have over-done it! Anger, depression and even anxiety can be side effects from a single night of heavy drinking due to the lowering of serotonin in the brain. Much like anything else, it takes time for the body to produce and secrete more to mix with dopamine and possibly oxytocin to boost your mood back up. So when you have that nasty hangover the next day and feel down, it is not just due to dehydration but the lack of the proper chemical balance only your body knows to keep you happy and going.
Among the increasing and incredibly common illnesses rising in our country, is depression. I have experienced this and I still have friends and family members who fight it every day. I understand it fully, but I can tell you that reaching for the bottle after a hard or stressful, even downer of a day may feel like a great choice now, but later you may regret it. Alcohol is a suppressant, and in fact adds to the effects that depression and even anxiety take on the body. If you are already prone to depression, drinking and waking up the next day will worsen the effects. In some adults it lasts much longer than a single day of a hangover. There are factors involved that make its lasting effects different for everyone such as;
As I stated before, memory loss is a huge downfall to nights of heavy drinking or drinking consistently. If you are like a lot of us out there, you are concerned and trying to avoid any degenerative cognitive illness/diseases. I could tell you that cutting out drinking all together is the best route, but let's be honest here....nobody wants to be healthy 100% of the time.
There is a lot more that comes along with heavy drinking, which I am sure we will get into in another post in the near future as we dive deeper into the digestive system.
Enjoy your fun nights. Just be aware, moderate, be safe, and remember the consequences that come with the really really fun nights that you may not remember all of.
Kettlebell swings 5x15
Single leg kickback 5x15 per leg
Leg extensions 5x
Box jumps 3 sets to failure
Okay, as not only a personal trainer but a baker as well, I get asked frequently which is more important; nutrition or exercise? Here's the truth, BOTH. I say this for several reasons; so let's explore these reasons, and ultimately in the end, you will always make your own choices and opinions about the power couple.
I am sure you have heard from gym rats, athletes, and bodybuilders that abs are created in the kitchen. Well, they aren't wrong. As someone who has been all three, and continues to be a couple of these things, I can in fact attest to this. Think about this for a minute, what do you eat daily? Do you workout? How long do you workout? Do you know what your caloric intake should be on a daily basis? Did you know that your body requires a certain amount of calories to function and run properly throughout the day to prevent crash and fatigue? How about the fact that particular health factors such as your blood type can play a big part in your weight gain/loss? These are all questions I have been answering to followers, friends, family and clients over the past 4 years.
**THIS PROGRAM REQUIRES SOME EQUIPMENT AND IS MEANT FOR INTERMEDIATE GYMGOERS/ATHLETES. IN ENGAGING IN THIS ROUTINE YOU DO SO AT YOUR OWN RISK. THIS IS A FREE 4 DAY GYM ROUTINE FROM MISS KAY TO YOU, ENJOY, BE SAFE AND ALWAYS REMEMBER TO USE PROPER FORM.**
Okay, so by now you may have noticed that the nutritional facts in each Warrior Eats recipe are slightly different from how you typically see nutrition information presented. This is not a typo or a mistake. I want to change the way you see your food and macros. To rewire your brain into really seeing food as an advantage, rather than just a pleasure or a tool that's utilized any time your hormones spike.
Generally nutrition facts have the normal: calories, total fat, total carbohydrates, dietary fiber, sugar, etc. Here at Warrior Eats, part of the fun of the food is learning what is in it!
I have been a foodie and, predominately, vegetarian since I was a child. Remember in the opening scenes of Ratatouille where he is explaining how the combination of flavors taste and the fire works are going off around him? That is what eating ANYTHING is like for me. Why? Mindful eating my friends.
You see, as a child I was always being told to eat quicker. I remember thinking, "but I don't want to, I like how this tastes," so I was always the last to finish. I was fine with this. I was often sick with strep or an ear infection as a child, I was also very active and just craved fruits and vegetables. My body hardly ever craved meat and when it did, after ingesting any kind of meat outside of certain pork products it would come right back up. But, as I got older, I began forcing myself to suffer through the pain of vomiting every time. I was always sick, I didn't listen to my body anymore and hardly ate anything that was not processed and packed full of chemicals and empty calories. When I got really sick at 23, all that changed, and then again at 26. I began listening to my body and started mindful eating, or meditative eating.
Okay, I know what you're thinking. "I'm not going to sit in silence with my food.... alone.... like a freak." You don't have to, mindful eating is much more than that. Not to mention some of the wonderful benefits that come with it. Let's explore these benefits, starting with mindful eating!
THE BASICS OF MINDFUL EATING:
Okay you may have noticed I stated to chew a minimum of 25 times. Yes, that's quite a bit, but there are massive benefits to doing so!
Note from the Team.
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