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College Girl on a Budget: Summer Style :)

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Todays Purchases:

  • Crumbled Gorgonzola Cheese (click to see my latest salad creation this was used in!)
  • Organic Green Tea Lemonade
  • Raw Pecan Halves
  • A mango
  • A Pear
  • Mochi (all natural chocolate ice cream)
  • Organic puppy chews for my Yorkie Locket!
  • A beautiful batch of yellow daisies
  • Aria: protein powder for women (click to see my new review)
  • Organic baby spinach
  • Can of diced and fire roasted tomatoes

Grand Total = $43.02

Being a college girl on summer vacation, I purchased some items that I wouldn’t usually go for. Since I’m out of college for the summer, I have extra time on my hands. What better way to spend it then in the kitchen discovering new meals I can eat when I go back to college in the fall!

There are going to be some kick-butt salads, smoothies and soups that come out of this trip. Come back and see what my creative mind comes up with this weekend 🙂

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Decoding Nutrition!

Decoding Nutrition!

This is an AWESOME little chart I found on Miramountlifestyle.com.
If you do nothing else productive today, take a good long look at this chart.
GET EDUCATED ON WHAT GOES IN YOUR BODY!

Those nutrition labels aren’t there to look pretty.

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EARN your thunder thighs!

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Wall Squat

Lean head, shoulders, lower back, and butt against a wall, with feet about 18 inches in front. Click arrow to see the next step.

Muscles it works: Quadriceps, butt and hamstrings

 

Stair Climber

Stand sideways at the bottom of a staircase. In a scissorlike motion, cross your outer leg to reach the step. Click arrow to see the next step.

Muscles it works: Entire leg

 

Lunge

Stand with hands on hips, legs hip-width apart.

Muscles it works: Hamstrings, butt

 

Ball Squeeze

Sit in a chair, leaning slightly forward, arms at sides, feet flat on the floor. Place a medium-size ball between your legs above your knees, with just enough pressure to hold the ball in place.

Muscles it works: Inner thighs

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If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian.

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“Eating ONE hamburger every day can increase the death rate by 1/3” – Graham Hill

Throughout my many awesome years of health blogging, not to mention my entire 24 years of lifelong vegetarianism; one of the most common questions I get asked is, “Brittany, why would you possibly bother being vegetarian?”

Here are my 3 answers to that question-

Animal Cruelty

Did you know we raise 10 BILLION animals each year for meat? Out of those 10 billion- a majority of them are raised in factory farm conditions that we wouldn’t even consider for our own cats, dogs etc. If you’d like to learn more about this- Google these 3 words: “animal factory cruelty”. Spend ONE minute on Google images, and I guarantee you’ll give vegetarianism another thought.

Environmental

Meat causes more emissions than all transportation combined. Cars, trains, planes, boats- you name it.

Beef production uses 100 times more water then most vegetables do.

Increase in Meat Consumption

We as a society are eating TWICE as much meat as we did in the 50’s. What used to be a small side dish, is now the main course.
With the traditional Western diet, the average American consumes about double the protein her or his body needs.

Additionally, the main source of protein comes from animal products which are high in fat and saturated fat.

 

Stand against animal cruelty, help the environment, allow your body to be healthier, and live a longer life; being vegetarian is AWESOME.

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Jillian Michaels’ advice

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Jillian Michaels is by far one of my biggest fitness inspirations.

Her workout videos are incredible, we share the same dieting ideas (to eat healthy, NOT starve yourself) and to EARN your body though hard work and nutrition.

Jillian is fierce, fabulous, and can terrify you right though the TV. I really feel like she is going to jump through my screen and chew my ear off if I don’t push through one more rep of bicycle crunches!

I’m about to begin week 3 of her 90 day workout video series “Body Revolution”. It’s absolutely incredible.

These tips alove are excellent, I’m honored to post them on my health blog. Take notes everyone!