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Staying Healthy in the Summer Heat

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Today, I asked Andrea, a great friend from my good old days at Butler University, to guest post.  She recently started her healthy-living blog, and I absolutely love it!  I love reading it, and I love being able to talk about blogging, healthy eating, exercises, and how sometimes it’s nice to enjoy just a plain old good glass of wine.  After all, it is all about balance 😉

Andrea shares some great tips for staying active and healthy in the summer heat while keeping up with a busy schedule.

Guest Post:  Staying Healthy in the Summer Heat

Hi everyone!  My name is Andrea and I blog over at www.A-Doctor-In-The-House.com.  Here is a little bit about me:

I am a third year medical student at Indiana University School of Medicine and I am obsessed with all things healthy-living and science of course 🙂

Typical Day Going To Work 🙂

I just started my blog in June and I am loving every bit of it already.  My goal is to share recipes, work-outs, tips for staying healthy, and sciency facts.  Another huge goal for my blog is to meet new people and learn as much as I can about food, fitness, and everything in between!!

I met Tara when we were both in college at Butler University.  I was actually really good friends with her fiancé Brian all through college because we were both headed in similar directions- he was going to dental school and I was off to medical school.

When Tara started her blog, I was hooked from the very start.  I have been an avid reader and I can honestly say that her blog was a huge inspiration for me to start one of my own.  When she asked me to write a guest post, how could I not be thrilled??

Since it’s right in the middle of summer, Tara asked me to blog about how I stay active and healthy all summer long.  I find myself longing for the days when summer was an actual vacation and I could take as many pilates classes as I wanted while grilling out every night.  Unfortunately, I’m stuck in the hospital all day basically every day and so fitting in a healthy life-style is a challenge that I’m still facing.  I learn new tips and tricks all the time and I hope to share them with you!!

Here’s how a busy medical student stays healthy in the heat:

1.  Get outside!

Just being outdoors makes me feel better and gives me energy to make good choices throughout my day.  Summer is the best time to take advantage of long days and warm weather so whenever I can, I get my butt outdoors.  If I don’t have to be at the hospital early, I will run outside in the morning.  Just a quick 3 miles is enough to wake myself up and start the day on a great note.  If I happen to get home early, I will take my workout to a playground!  There is a great park about 1.5 miles from my house- run there, do some push-ups, lunges, and other strength work around the playground, run back- you’ve got a great workout that makes the time fly by!!

Ducks along the canal I like to run on!

2.  Get grilling!

Fire up the grill because it is the most delicious way to prepare healthy food all summer.  Plus- it saves your kitchen from heating up the entire house.  I have made grilled kabobs, Vietnamese marinated beef for spring rolls, and tons of veggies this summer.  You can check out some of my recipes on the Food page of my blog.

3.  Get prepared!

This doesn’t apply to summer exclusively.  I have found that when you live a busy life, the only way to be successful when it comes to staying healthy, is to plan ahead.  I make most of my food for the week on Saturday or Sunday (whichever day I happen to have off from the hospital).  This way, it’s a no-brainer when I am packing my lunch in the dark at 4am.  I have tons and tons of friends who eat out every day and not only does this make me cringe thinking about how much money they spend, but also how many extra calories they would save by making meals at home!

So there you have it! My 3 best tips to stay active and healthy this summer.  I try to remember every day that life is a balance.  You won’t see me pass up too many trips to get frozen yogurt, and trust me- I load it up with all the toppings!  I have to miss my workouts every now and then when I’m studying hard for an upcoming exam.  No one is perfect all the time!  But the fabulous summer weather makes it easier to get moving outdoors and be active.  And don’t forget summer produce!  I’m pretty sure I could eat a whole watermelon by myself!

These are healthy cupcakes with a secret ingredient in the frosting!  Check out the recipe on my blog 🙂

Enjoy your summer day and I hope you go do something fun outside!
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Sweet Snacks

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Hello again from Florida!  Here is a special guest post from Courtney over at Sweet Tooth Sweet Life sharing some delicious summertime treats with all of you today.  Enjoy!

Guest Post:  Sweet Tooth Sweet Life – A Summertime Favorite: Sweet Snacks

Hi everyone! My name is Courtney and I’m the author behind the blog Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life. I’m a 28-year old personal trainer and former elementary school teacher (you can read a bit more about that here if you’d like). I live up in Upstate, NY with my husband and high school sweetheart, Jay, and have lived here all of my life. When I’m not training, you’ll most likely find me blogging, in the kitchen, or spending time with some of my favorite friends and family.

Before anything, let me just go ahead and give a quick shout out– “Thanks so much, Tara, for inviting me to guest post while you’re away! Hopefully you’re having a blast while on vacation on sunny Florida!”

So anyways…let’s talk about summer for a second. I don’t know about you, but I absolutely love summer. Living in Upstate, NY, I don’t have the pleasure of experiencing warm weather year-round, so when it’s here I make sure to soak it up as much as I can.

I love to dine al fresco, enjoy a cool glass of wine on the back deck, and just hang out by the pool with some yummy snacks. Oh yes…I love my snacks. I also have quite the sweet tooth (in case you couldn’t already tell by my blog title) so you can bet that, a majority of the time, there are going to be some deliciously sweet snacks out by the pool.

In case you’re like me and enjoy the occasional sweet snack now and then, here’s a few ideas for you to try for the next time you’re hanging out by the pool…or heading to a barbecue…or doing absolutely nothing at all. 😉

Creamy Fruit Dip

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Sandwiches

Cookies & Cream Cake Mix Cookie Bars

White Chocolate Oreo Cream Squares

Enjoy!! 🙂

Favorite Ways To Be Active In the Summer

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Hello all!

I will arrive in Orlando, FL with my family around noon or 1pm today (if we survive the car ride!)  Because I will not be near a computer for the majority of the week, and summer is coming to an end I asked some blogger friends to write guest posts for me in celebration of summer about their favorite summer recipes or their favorite ways to be active in the summer…or both!

Today, Sam over at Fit for my Fork will be sharing her Top 5 Favorite Ways to be active in the summer.  Enjoy!

Guest Post:  Fit for my Fork Top 5 Ways to Be Active in the Summer

Hello Treble in the Kitchen readers! J My name is Sam and I blog over at Fit for my Fork. I’ve been really busy this summer for a few reasons – firstly, I moved back to Canada after six years in England, and secondly I have been enjoying the beautiful weather by indulging in some of my favourite outdoor activities!

Calgary summers are hot and dry and I love taking advantage of being outside. I’d never want to take a summer holiday while living here!

I was so thrilled when Tara asked me to share my favourite ways to be active during the summer. Here are my top five:

  1. Horseback Riding

This is me and my old horse Freckles. I love exercising with a partner and horseback riding is no different! Even if your companion has four legs instead of two, having another personality around really makes things fun. I love riding in the summer whether it’s schooling outside or going on a trail ride. If you haven’t added horseback riding to your list of fun outside activities, you should definitely give it a shot!

(And always wear a helmet, unlike me in the photo above.)

  1. Hiking

 

Whether it’s just wandering around someplace new or heading out for a few hours on rough terrain, I love to walk in the summer. Dubsy and I did some hiking on our most recent holiday to Crete. It’s a great way to investigate the area you’re staying in and get great views you may not otherwise see! Plus we needed some way to work off all the buffet food we’d scoffed for breakfast…

  1. Working out Outside

 

I took several yoga and pilates classes in this beautiful ‘zen garden’ in Elounda, Crete. It really ignited a passion for working out outside and I have started taking my exercise routines to the deck now that the weather is nice. Portable workouts like ZWOWs, Bodyrock, yoga, and running are just a few examples of things you can do indoors or outdoors, so don’t be afraid to try taking your favourite workout outside. Being in the fresh air makes every workout more invigorating!

  1. Picnics

 

I’m sure you’re thinking picnics involve lots of eating and not much activity, but if you combine your picnic with a nice walk or some swimming, everyone can have fun and enjoy good food in a nice location. Picnics don’t have to take place in parks – you can take your picnic up a mountain, to the beach, on a boat, or just to a place you haven’t been to before. The picture above was taken at a park beside Cardiff Castle in Cardiff, Wales, where Dubsy and I went on a day trip last year. It was someplace I had never been before and the perfect spot for a wander and a picnic.

  1. Boating (Punting, Canoeing, Rowing)

 

I lived in Cambridge for the last two years and when the sun came out everyone flocked to the river to go punting! The only person really doing much activity in this situation is the punter who stands at the back of the boat and uses the pole to push you along. I’m not particularly good at it and usually end up driving us into the bank (the punt above has been purposely moored so the occupants could go to the pub, so it is not an example of my poor punting skills, honest). I also love going canoeing, kayaking, rowing, and in pedal boats. Being out on the water – whether you’re putting in the effort pedalling, punting, or rowing or just hanging out while someone else does the work – is one of my favourite ways to spend a sunny afternoon. Someday I really want to try white water rafting too!

Thanks for letting me share my top five outdoor activities for the summer, Tara! I hope you guys enjoyed my post and I hope even more that it has inspired you to go for a picnic, hire a row boat or maybe go for a horseback ride. In a perfect world, summer would last all year, but since it doesn’t (in most places, anyway), we definitely have to take advantage of the beautiful weather while it lasts.

Hurry up and get outside already! 🙂

Guest Post: Fitting It All In

I am so excited for today’s guest post from the amazing Clare!  I started reading her blog at the beginning of the summer and have been hooked ever since.  I love reading about her career decisions, latest workout tips, and tasty recipes.

I hope you enjoy her guest post and I will see you from London!!!

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Hi Treble In The Kitchen readers! My name is Clare and I blog over at Fitting It All In. The blog is a way for me to share how I stay healthy while living a busy lifestyle, but recently my career path has become a big focus as well. Since Tara is about to leave for her big cruise ship adventure I figured it would be fitting to talk about my crazy  and complicated course as well.

I’m jealous.

I’m jealous of those people that know exactly what they want to do with their lives, choose their college major immediately, find the perfect job out of college and start living their happy “real world” lives with no trouble.

I was actually staying pretty close to that course. I only changed majors once (left architecture to do marketing and graphic design) and got an amazing job opportunity in my hometown that provided tons of growth opportunities. Life was good.

But then I started slowly meandering down another path. I started my blog a few months after graduation as a way to share my new passion for health post-eating disorder. And then as my blog grew, I decided I wanted to become more knowledgeable about nutrition.

That’s when I decided to enroll in the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, which will graduate me as a certified health coach this coming April.

Oh and did I mention that the blog inspired me to start a project with my social media team at work? I guess I like social media now too.

So now I’m stuck. I’m in my rotational program at work that used to be my dream job, but often I’m wishing I could do something else. Now that my hobbies include health, nutrition, and social media I keep thinking that I might be happier if my career were more focused in those areas.

Choosing a new life direction isn’t that easy. Quitting a job is a big deal. It’s terrifying. It means potentially moving. Likely a large pay cut.  A lot of “what ifs”.

I’m still deciding what I’m going to do. I’m looking into all my options and trying to remain open minded, but I’m also trying to follow my heart and embrace adventure.

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I guess sometimes figuring out what we love doesn’t always happen when life says it should. I’m trying not to be jealous and instead enjoy that I’m creating my own story.

Better late than never!