Healthy Workplace.

Newtritionsavvy Snack
Happy Tuesday! I have recently started a new job which requires a little bit of effort in the staying healthy department. Alarm clock goes off at 5:45 AM, roll out of bed about 6:15 shower, get ready and before you know it it’s already 7:15AM! I don’t know about you but there is barely any time in the morning to get ready muchless prep my snacks and lunch for the day. You know what this means?? I  have to plan ahead!! I know, I know this freaks some people out, but if you’re not going to meal plan you at least have to pack some snacks that will make it less of a temptation to dig into the usual suspect treats at work. Water, fruit, fresh Suja juice and a good magazine for my downtime are how I can power through the work day. If you are able to take a walk/run during your lunch hour, I highly recommend it. It’s easy for some  to become sedentary when you are sitting behind a desk or stuck in meetings all day. My solution to you is that you MUST make time. 20 min, 30 min, and hour, whatever you can get in for exercise is better than nothing!
I also look for creative inspiration on instagram. Some of my favorite accounts to follow are:

Follow them on Insta!

@WEWORK : they are a coworking company that builds communities to empower people to do what they love. As we grow throughout the world, creative and healthy work spaces .
@wholefoodsmarket: My favorite grocery store providing sustainable & organic food.
@Suja: I love their juices. Usually I make my own, but if I am in a rush I usually pick this one up as my go to!
@classpass: It’s always inspiring for me to see people working out and being motivated. I think that the more we surround ourselves with like minded people the better we will be. Classpass is great- I highly recommend this as a monthly gym pass.

Learn. Grow. Change.

Kind words

As the last month of the year has arrived, I have enjoyed taking the time to reflect back on this year and write down many great things I have accomplished as well as things I could have done better. I think sometimes we get caught in the cycle of life; work, school, kids, relationships and just the everyday busy that we create for ourselves and we tend to make up excuses as to why we can’t be better or choose to not to. At some point, we have to stop and be grateful and appreciate everyday we were able to wake up and say good morning and serve a purpose. Gratefulness can be anything: thankful to workout, eat, grocery shop, share my opinion, have a job, have a house, and have the opportunity to learn. For me, life is all about progress not perfection. If you are striving it means you are improving and growing to be a better person. Take some time to reflect on the last year and even better get excited for what IS in store for the next one! You are your thoughts, so think GREAT ones. Happy December!

Did you GIVE BACK for Thanksgiving?

Happy Thanksgiving ya’ll! Can’t believe it’s already November muchless Thanksgiving day!! I have had such a great week, preparing recipes and donating some time yesterday at Sacred Heart Community Center. The gym I belong to (FNS), organized a community give back day. While just in time for the holidays we were able to pack boxes for families in San Jose who can not afford a Thanksgiving dinner. The boxes included a turkey, butternut squash, potatoes, corn on the cob, fruit and some breakfast items all given by donation from strangers, Trader Joes and Second Harvest Food bank. The total families fed was around 4,300. WOW! This is amazing. I will say everytime I volunteer it is a real awakening to the fact that it could be any of us at any time that can’t afford the next best thing- including food. To me giving thanks on Thanksgiving is more than just saying what you are thankful for at dinner, but rather taking time out of your busy schedule to help someone in need. When I left yesterday I was completely humbled and thankful that I have a great family, job, my health, and food that will be provided to all of us.

Today I gathered with friends to run the annual  Sillicon Valley Turkey Trot in downtown San Jose. I posted about this race a couple weeks ago, but as a reminder it is for a great cause. Donations go to Second Harvest Food Bank, the Housing Trust of Santa Clara County, and the Children’s Health Initiative of Santa Clara County.  These charities provide families with their most basic needs for “health, hope, and a home.” I ran the 10k with a 58 minute race time. Definitely happy considering the last race I ran I sprained my ankle. And hey, under an hour? I will take it!

Have a great day everyone, give thanks, eat lots and be thankful you have your health most of all! Happy Thanksgiving!