National Nutrition Month: Week One!

Happy National Nutrition Month everyone! Smile The theme this year is Savor the Flavor of Eating Right, so in my opinion that means we should try new foods, try new flavor combinations, spices and herbs. Spices and herbs can provide plenty of health benefits… (hello, has anyone heard of how beneficial cinnamon and tumeric are?!) Try it for yourself, try up some new combos and comment below some of the new ones you try, I know I will be participating and trying out some new spicy combinations.

Tuesday: My afternoon consisted of prepping these bran flaxseed muffins for members of the YMCA post-workout. They sound fairly disgusting butttt they were super moist and tasted JUST like carrot cake! All that was needed was a cream cheese frosting Winking smile  My group and I held a nutrition lesson for students from other countries. We handed out the bran muffins, played a nutrition physical activity game, and helped them with their homework. It was crazy actually learning about other cultures and foods that they eat! Very perspective-opening. I was trying to have a conversation with a few of the children and I asked what they were for Halloween and some of the students were like “oh we don’t celebrate that”….awkward! I felt SO embarrassed but then they told me about the holidays that they do celebrate.

Wednesday: I’ve become SO interested in research lately, and I think that’s one thing I’m proud of. I never thought research was interesting, but realizing how science is constantly changing and finding topics that actually pertain and are interesting to me (hello, leucine rich foods and muscle recovery???) really have driven me to do more research in my field. I spent most of my morning doing research on athlete energy needs along with any other handouts I could acquire. The muffins we prepped for the local YMCA were distributed today as members came and went. Something I feel that anyone working with customers/clients/the community need to know: if you do not talk to them, they will not talk to you.

Seriously. So many people walked by my table of goodies and if YOU, the host of a table, do not initiate the interaction, chances are you won’t get any sales/customers/clients. Just an FYI for anyone in that field. Luckily my spunky personality draws them in!

 

20160303_133957722_iOSThursday: Headed down to the preschool to observe, interact, and eat breakfast with the children Smile whole wheat banana muffins, milk, and peaches were the meal of the day. All of the kids were pretending to be monkeys as they consumed their banana muffins. Sometimes I miss being a carefree child with my shirt that said “I’m Not Listening” with Tweety Bird wearing headphones on it, or my bowl haircut and tucked in long sleeve shirts *face palm*. I could tell you right now I was not the cutest girl in class that’s for sure! The day just got busier as I went shopping for some clothes, some things for the apartment, and had to prepare for my counseling hours in the sports department. I printed out some recent research regarding protein consumption, carb intake, fat oxidation, and sleep patterns and how that affects performance/weight loss, so I’m excited to read today! More shopping was done followed by my nighttime cardio session, and then Shawn + I made no bake energy protein balls:

 

1 cup oats

1 scoop Muscle Combat Chocolate Protein Powder

1/3 cup of honey

1/4 cup flaxseed

1/2 cup of peanut butter

* you can add chocolate chips but we didn’t have any sadly!

 

THE most delicious ones I had ever had….I could not stop nibbling!! (don’t tell coach)

So far today I’ve had a few cups of coffee, got my morning cardio done ( 30 minutes of HIIT + 20 minutes of spinning) and now I’m attempting to get dressed so my friend Rachel + I can (surprise!) get coffee. I have a meeting at 11 + counseling this afternoon until 2pm. Luckily Shawn has to head to Dubois this afternoon for Air Force paperwork, so I have the whole afternoon to myself to get some Tabitha time in. Hoepfully that will consist of productivity!

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