Ohh Chicago, you have my heart. My absolute favorite place to travel to for good food, it’s so easy to keep it clean and full of nutrition at the same time! I grew up just a little over 2 hours from Chi-Town, so it was a place we traveled to often, for either long weekends or even just for a quick day trip. Gav and I traveled to the city a few weeks ago for my first visit to Northwestern, so we made sure to visit all our faves! And of course, in the spirit of the big game against UofM this weekend, I had to rock my MSU hoodie, GO GREEN!
Gavin ordered this smoothie from a local juice and smoothie shop we like to visit inside the Bay City Market. He loved it and asked if I could start making it for him when we wanted to do a quick easy dinner. The original smoothie was made with peanuts and had no protein source or greens in it. I love this paleo friendly version because it can be used as a meal replacement, it has a good amount of protein, and it includes greens as well.
So lately I’ve been upping my fat intake, especially in the morning. I’m not kidding when I say it has helped me feel SOOOO much better. I no longer get headaches from my blood sugar crashing before lunch and definitely don’t experience that hangry feeling (ya feel me?), I eat so much less, in fact my grocery bills have even started to decrease! Fatty coffees have been making this adjustment so much easier, I treat them as a meal replacement, they’re often my go to breakfast, and not to mention they’re absolutely delicious. During my last trip to Chicago I
Gavin and I are on vacation in Ft. Lauderdale this week! Well, I’m on vacation, Gavin is here for work. Perks on having a guy who travels all the time for his job…I get to go with and get lots of vacations and stay in luxurious hotels all FO FREE. Anyways…I figured this would be the perfect opportunity to talk a little making health conscious decisions while traveling. First stop, where it all all goes downhill: the airport.
Rewind to a little over three years ago. I was going to see a sports medicine doctor in East Lansing at Michigan State University, where I had just finished my degree at and was planning on starting grad school the following year. My entire lower half of my body felt like it was asleep, I had been going to crossfit regularly and was 100 percent certain I hurt my back doing deadlifts, he would send me to a few PT sessions and I would be back to Spartan Crossfit in no time.
Yesterday I was told I was approved to undergo a stem cell transplant at Northwestern University Hospital in Chicago. Overwhelmed, excited, terrified, crushed, defeated, grateful, ecstatic, are all very strange words to put into the same sentence, but try to feel all those emotions at the same exact moment; that’s exactly how I felt the instant I walked out of my first appointment.
This post is completely dedicated to the four women who have changed my outlook on health entirely. The amount they’ve helped me in UNREAL, words can’t even do them justice, sooo read this post and then go check them out, SERIOUSLY, do it, and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
For months I had been going back and fourth about going Paleo, (for the soul purpose I wanted abs, ha, little did I know it was going to become so much more to me than that) but I always doubted myself, “HOW WAS I NEVER GOING TO A ENJOY A DELICIOUS CHEESE BOARD OR CHOCOLATE