With Less Than a Month Until the Half-Marathon….

… the runs are getting longer, but I’m getting stronger, and it feels good. Really good.

Don’t get me wrong, though – it’s not all fun and games, especially when I have to get up at 6:45am to get in a good run before I become absorbed in my schoolwork, meetings, etc. It’s not fun when I can’t stay out as late as I would like with my friends on the weekend because I have to wake up and run 10+ miles the next morning (I mean, I guess I technically could if I really wanted to, but my body wouldn’t be so happy with me). And it’s especially not fun when I take off my shoes after a long run only to wince in pain at the sores, blisters, and bloody toenails (TMI?).

However, as my steps have turned into strides and my strides have turned into a mile, and my mile has turned into 8, 9, and even 10 miles, I have had ample time to think about this whole running a half marathon thing. Here are three things I’ve come to realize:

1. Anyone can do it. Trust me, I am the opposite of athletic. I played (if you could even call it that) tennis in high school, but that was pretty much the extent of my athleticism. Let’s just say being graceful is not one of my best qualities (case in point: when I sprained my ankle sophomore year after tripping down the stairs. NEVER READ WHILE YOU’RE WALKING, PEOPLE). But here I am, running more than I ever thought I could because it’s something that I want. And when you want something, you have to chase it. Sometimes figuratively. With a half-marathon, literally.

2.  Never underestimate the power of running partners. Even though my friends and I most definitely don’t talk while we’re running (except for occasionally swooning over a ridiculously cute dog we pass on the street), it’s so nice to run next to someone and to vent to someone afterwards about things that the majority of our other friends don’t really want to hear about… like chafing.

3. Although I always knew Boston was a great city, only after running through Beantown has its staggering beauty really struck me. I’ve run through Coolidge Corner, Fenway, BU, Kenmore, and the Boston Commons. I’ve run past hoards of Bostonians in Red Sox hats and Celtics jerseys, past more dogs and babies and taxis and cafés than I can count. I’ve run in the scorching heat and the brisk weather of fall. I’ve run early in the morning and later at night. I’ve run Boston – and I’m itching to keep going.

Stay tuned for more training updates!

Lately on Instagram: back to school edition

To be honest with you, my Instagram account hasn’t been too active lately. Maybe it’s because my days of summery and colorful foods, city adventures, and #internlifestruggles have been replaced with dining hall meals, campus adventures, and #studentlifestruggles. I can’t complain, though, because I’ve been spending time with my wonderful roommates, in class, and running A LOT (less than a month until the 1/2 marathon!). I guess I’ve just been living my life offline for a bit, and it’s been nice.

That being said, I haven’t completely abandoned the Insta-world. Here’s what I’ve been up to lately:

Sometimes, you have to find happiness in the little things, like grocery shopping at Wegmans, AKA food heaven on earth. Look at those beauties.

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My obsession with coconut water continues. Not only is it jam-packed with electrolytes and potassium to help me re-charge after a long run, but it’s delicious and makes me feel like I’m lounging on a beach in some sort of exotic tropical location rather than sitting at a cubicle in the library.

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I’m still obsessed with almond butter – no surprise there.

Screen shot 2014-09-14 at 2.35.51 PMWhoever said dining hall food was tasteless and boring has obviously never gotten creative with the salad bar. And yes, that is tabouli.

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Check out one taste at a time’s instagram for more! And while you’re at it, inspire your snacking with these beautiful smoothie bowls, memory-boosting foods, and organic junk foods.

 

A Taste of Boston’s Local Food Culture at Allandale Farm

“If you see a really beautiful tomato, don’t you want to know where it came from and how it was grown?” asked John Lee when explaining the advantages of eating local.  “People want to have access to their farmer.”

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetLee, who serves as the general manager of Allandale Farm, oversees 30 acres of cultivated land with over a hundred different varieties of vegetables, fruits, and cut flowers sold through their on-sight farmstand, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, Roslindale Farmers’ Market, and wholesale customers. In addition to growing their own produce, Allandale farmers also stock their farmstand with locally produced goods from other food producers in the Brookline region.

Lee has chosen to forgo organic certification due to the arduous process involved and the fact that “knowing where food comes from trumps whether it is organically produced;” however, all Allandale products are grown with organic fertilizer and without the use of chemical herbicides, pesticides, or fungicides.

Although he admits that there is still a considerable amount of food ignorance, Lee does acknowledge that “there has been a huge shift in terms of the way people think about food and what to put on their plate. People are buying things that, twenty years ago, they never would have heard of” like bok choy, kohlrabi, spaghetti squash, and other vegetables in this week’s CSA box.

“It’s not universal, but we’re well on our way. The question, over the next 30 to 40 years, will be how to grow affordable, high-quality food available to everyone.”

To find local farmers who grow and raise foods you love, check out the Local Harvest database as well as Farm2Me, a NYC-based tech startup with a mission to support and sustain local food systems by connecting local food producers with local food consumers.

Enjoy these pics from my visit to the farm and continue take life #onetasteatatime!

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Could You Live Off The Land For an Entire Month?

As one of the first advocates for sustainable agriculture and organic farming, J.I. Rodale once said that “civilizations that get too far from the land are bound to decay.” He was convinced that there was a direct correlation between the declining health of America’s soil and the declining health of the American people. What’s more, he advocated for these things when it was totally not in vogue to think like that.

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I can’t claim to have had any real sustained experience living off the land save for one wonderful weekend in Normandy with my host family picking apples and pears from their garden to make fruit tarts as well as catching shrimp and crabs in the English Channel to cook for dinner (while sporting, I might add, oh-so-fashionable wet suits). Still, I believe there’s something to be said for taking a step back from a world that seems to move at a frighteningly fast pace and realize that perhaps we have strayed too far away from the land. Perhaps we have lost sight of the fact that, at the heart of what it means to be a human being is the very fact that we require nourishment to sustain our lives and that this nourishment comes from the land.

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In our fast-paced world where technology has found its way into everything we do and everywhere we go, this lifestyle, however wonderful and fulfilling it sounds, seems to be a pretty impossible one to achieve while still supporting oneself economically and socially… or so I thought until I read about Jake Bobick, the man who accepted a Rodale News challenge to live off of his vegetable garden (along with the venison and bear meat in his freezer) for the entire month of August. Although he experienced his fair share of challenges and admitted that it is far easier said than done in terms of the cravings (his body is trained to want refined carbs and was forced to modify the way it uses fuel) and inconveniences (meal preparations take a bit longer this way) involved, Bobick admits that “it does feel like I’m detoxing a little bit – and in many ways, I am. I’m looking forward to a new, more efficient me in the next few weeks.”

Granted, Bobick is just doing this for a month and will probably most definitely return to his usual eating habits, but I still applaud him for proving that, although difficult, it’s certainly not impossible to live closer to the land.

xo

eop

To Eat Wheat or Not to Eat Wheat?

Just so everyone is clear, I love wheat. So when I was asked to give up my beloved pasta, pizza, granola, and cereal for a week as an experiment of sorts, I was not so thrilled. I was also skeptical about how healthy it is to completely banish wheat and grains from my diet when I have always been told that whole grains are an integral part of a balanced diet. However, I decided to give it a try because, after reading Wheat Belly by William Davis, MD, I was intrigued by his theory that one of the world’s most popular foods is destructive to weight loss and overall health. So I gave grains the boot.

Check out the article I wrote for Fitbie to learn more about what I liked, what I wished I had done differently, whether or not I experienced wheat withdrawal (AKA waking up in the middle of the night to scarf down a bagel), and whether or not I’m continuing with the wheat-free lifestyle.

Aaaand, if you’re going to try going wheat-free, test out these recipes. Trust me, they’re heavenly.

xo

eop

Early Morning Eats

It’s official: breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. Plus, if you wake up late, breakfast turns into a wonderfully delicious and heavenly thing called BRUNCH. If there were more hours in the day and I could start work/school later, I would have a nice, leisurely breakfast every morning complete with tea and a good book or The New York Times. But, in reality, the first meal of the day is usually cereal or instant oatmeal because, however much I love breakfast, I think I love to sleep a little bit more. 

This summer, however, I have started experimenting more with breakfast foods that are healthy, delicious, and don’t take up lots of time (I’m talking to you omelets, French toast, and pancakes). Some of my favorites have been watermelon (which is actually best digested early in the morning), smoothies (complete with everything from blueberries to bananas to mangos to chia seeds to my new love: almond milk), and LOTS of almond butter, which is weirdly addicting.

Here are pictures of some of the more visually appealing breakfasts from instagram.

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xo

eop