Weekly Reads Roundup (3.11.17)

From the best jeans for women to Denver’s hottest coffee shops (said in my best Stefon voice), here’s what I was reading this past week!

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Amethyst Coffee Co (via Zagat)

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Weekly Reads Roundup (3.3.17)

From a Pinterest-approved miracle salad to using artificial intelligence to fight the effects of cyber bullying, here are five of the best reads from this week!

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Glowing Skin Berry Smoothie

 

1. Calling it Quits: How to Stick to Resolutions Big and Small via GOOP

Stout explains that most resolutions centered around giving something up are destined for failure because the psyche is not bound by deadlines and doesn’t work on shortcuts. The process of quitting needs to be a long game, he says, one best approached with self-love as opposed to self-loathing.

2. This Acne Fighting Salad Has over 34,000 Pins on Pinterest via Byrdie

We’re already aware that what we put in our bodies affects our skin as much as the products we put on it. This knowledge often puts us on the defensive—we know to avoid certain aggravators like alcohol and sugar, for example, since they can contribute to acne and dullness.

3. The Empathy Layer via The Verge

Systems designed to foster clicks, likes, retweets, and shares have become global communities of unprecedented scale. But Zuckerberg was left to ask, ‘Are we building the world we all want?’

4. Why Stress is Actually Good For Us—and How to Get Good At It via GOOP

For one, she posits that while we tend to fixate as a culture on flight-or-flight, there are actually three other beneficial and physiologically positive types of stress; and that harnessing stress to work for you is as simple as changing your mindset, i.e. choosing to believe that your body is simply revving up in support.

(☝🏻 this one is super exciting because it features one of my favorite Stanford professors, Kelly McGonigal! I actually used to take yoga classes from her while on campus.)

5. This 75-Year Harvard Study Found the 1 Secret to Leading a Fulfilling Life via Inc

Not how much is in your 401(k). Not how many conferences you spoke at–or keynoted. Not how many blog posts you wrote or how many followers you had or how many tech companies you worked for or how much power you wielded there or how much you vested at each.

No, the biggest predictor of your happiness and fulfillment overall in life is, basically, love.

 

February Travel + The Best Gift Ever (HINT: It’s a Pressure Cooker)

I started writing this post by talking about how February has been the first month in a long time where I haven’t traveled – but then I realized that’s definitely not true. I guess that’s what happens when having a whole month between trips seems like an eternity! Josh and I spent a week in Arizona with my family for the Waste Management Phoenix Open (Not familiar? See here, here, and here.) followed by three days in San Francisco for one of my best friend’s engagement party at The Commissary in the Presidio (AMAZING FOOD AND COCKTAILS) followed by an afterparty at the SF Athletic Club (BATHTUB OF BEER).

And while we had an amazing time on vacation, there’s one thing I received recently that, dare I say it, rivals the trip in terms of my enjoyment… and that thing… is… A PRESSURE COOKER! Yes, a pressure cooker, or more accurately a “Fagor Lux Multicooker” that my dad loves so much that he and my mom bought me one for Valentine’s Day (thanks $99 + free shipping Sur La Table sale!). I’ve used it almost every day since, and sometimes twice a day…

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I mean come on, you can cook risotto in 7min without any stirring?! Plus, soon after I got it, GOOP sent out an email that said I just HAD to have this exact same model of multicooker, so now I’m basically Gwyneth Paltrow…

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Easy Recipes for Sunday Brunch

This year for Lent, Josh and I decided to give up eating at restaurants, and while I won’t get too much into the “whys,” it has been both more and less difficult than I anticipated. The tough part is that I absolutely love the experience of going out to eat, and I’ve realized how often we typically would have hit up our favorite spots – or tried new spots – already in the past week and a half. However, the nice part about it that I’ve been forced to start cooking more (something I love but have been too lazy to do lately with my crazy work schedule). This means that I’m eating more healthfully, since I know exactly what’s going into my food, and am saving a ridiculous amount of money.

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My Black Forest Ham, Muenster, and Sautéed Spinach Crepes 

Like, a lot of money. This month, we’re actually set to spend HALF of what we spent last month. Crazy. And also awesome!

Anyway, we love brunch. If you don’t love brunch, you should. Here are 11 reasons. And another 10 reasons. Plus a whole set of GIFs. But since we’re not currently able to visit our favorite Denver brunch spots, like Linger, Jelly, Snooze, or Root Down, it’s time to get cooking!

For when you’re feeling brunch, but not quite like leaving the house, here are 10 easy, delicious recipes (that are mostly healthy-ish) for you to whip up at home.

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Fitness Philosophies: On Protein, You Doing You, & Workout Motivation a la Taylor Swift

I don’t know about you, but I keep seeing Eat The Bear, a physique, fitness, and crossfit lifestyle supplement company, everywhere on the internet. Even though crossfit/Olympic lifting isn’t in my current workout repertoire thanks to years and years of countless squats and cleans, my fitness/health/wellness loving self must be right in their target audience. (Side note: has anyone tried their products? I’m very curious…)

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What do Taylor Swift’s and my workout routines have in common? Read on to find out!

Seeing articles from ETB on different workouts, smoothie recipes, and proper nutrition got me thinking about my own workout routines and the questions I’m asked most frequently as a former DI Track & Field athlete with a family full of high performing athletes (golf, tennis, football, ballet, etc). Namely, how do I fuel myself and how do I stay motivated, both in the long-term (working out regularly) and in the short-term (during a workout)?

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The Benefits of Fish Oil

Over and over again I’ve been told by doctors, chiropractors, dermatologists, homeopaths, that if you’re looking to take just one supplement per day, you should take fish oil.

Fish oil is exactly what it sounds like – oil derived from the fatty layers of cold water fish – and contains two types of Omega-3s: EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). Your body cannot make either of these which is why consuming them is so important! (For more in-depth information, check out Dr. Weil’s Vitamin Library)

Fish oil can be taken in either capsule or liquid form, as well as of course eating fish such as salmon, tuna, and sardines. Personally, I’ve found that I’m more likely to actually consume my fish oil when it is in liquid form – especially when it’s the Barlean’s Fish Oil with Vitamin D in Mango Peach. My husband will even swallow a spoonful and has even described it to me as “melted Hi-Chews.” Aside from the taste, I also prefer the thicker, creamier texture to the oily texture of typical fish oil supplements. One of my favorite holistic health doctors, Dr. Andrew Weil, suggests taking 700 to 1,000 mg of EPA and 200 to 500 mg of DHA daily, so I’ll take 2 teaspoons in the morning and two in the evening which provides me with 880mg of EPA and 560mg of DHA.

Okay, so now you know what to take, why is fish oil so important? While there are a million different benefits, here are my top three favorites.

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Drool-Worthy Grub Street Diets

Today I somehow came across Leandra Medine’s Grub Street Diet (she’s the magical woman behind Man Repeller) – I honestly have no idea what I was doing or how I found it again – and I was reminded of how interesting it is to see how different people chow down. One, I can pretend that I too can eat out three times per week in New York at fancy restaurants, and two, since that’s just not going to happen, I can at least get ideas for mixing up what I’m cooking at home!

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“I stopped at the Butcher’s Daughter for an egg-and-vegan-cashew-cheese sandwich with guacamole and roasted potatoes.”

I also tend to like the ones that the commenters find “boring” because they’re too healthy since that’s how I try to eat. Moderation people! Anyway, without further ado, here are a few of my other favorite Grub Street Diets.

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Ridiculously Simple and Delicious German Pasta Salad Recipe

For my wedding I received an amazing book of recipes collected from my friends and family (thanks for putting that together, Krista!) and have been super excited to sort through all of the deliciousness. This past weekend for Father’s Day my dad and uncle smoked ribs and I just knew that I needed to bring Krista’s “Nudelsalat” (German Pasta Salad – she’s German). Not only was it so easy to make, but it was also so easy to make gluten and dairy-free for my allergic family members! Despite rushing around and only taking two crappy ingredient pictures, I promise that this is a delicious recipe.

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What They Ate Wednesday: Daily Diets of Ballerinas, Victoria’s Secret Models, and Instagram Stars

National Ballet of Canada Dancers via The Coveteur
National Ballet of Canada Dancers via The Coveteur

With wedding festivities now behind me (pictures soon!) and a Mexican honeymoon less than a month away, it’s time to get back to my normal, healthy routine. But if you’ve ever completely let yourself indulge, no holds barred, you know that this can sometimes be harder said than done. If you’re itching to get back into the clean eating saddle like I am (the hot fudge calzone last night was definitely not that), here’s some fitspiration from some serious healthy living role models…

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ClassPass Review: Fierce45 Denver

I went into Fierce45 expecting a tough, but relaxing Pilates Reformer class and came out feeling like a drill sergeant made me squat for an hour then injected me with glittery happy juice. While I’m not sure exactly what that means, it’s the only way to describe the endorphin rush and shakey muscles that I felt while leaving the studio.

Megaformers at Fierce45

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