Taking Control Of Your Health

Today’s healthcare system can be extremely daunting whether you’re looking for a new doctor or dealing with a new diagnosis. This Parents magazine article highlights the eight tips everyone should adopt for themselves and their families.

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UV Safety Month

July is UV safety month. Yet, it seems pretty ironic that a month dedicated to sun protection and awareness is set during summer’s prime time. I mean seriously, most of us are basking on the beach and not worrying about any SPF, right? My latest Elite Daily article uncovers my personal sun addiction and how being a redhead made it even worse. Read more here.

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Elite Daily

It’s been quite some time since my last post, so I apologize for the delay! I’ve been very busy applying for magazine jobs in NYC and learning the ropes of this insider industry. The experience has been frustrating, but nonetheless eye opening. Here’s my recent Elite Daily article that explains how the journalism job hunt is strikingly similar to my childhood acting career. Enjoy 🙂

Two Gainesville Foodies Collaborate On All Things Paleo/Whole30

One of the best parts about adopting a lifestyle change like Paleo is that you’re truly never alone. Even if you don’t have friends and family supporting you, Instagram and other blogging platforms have allowed an entire health community to evolve via the Internet. Finding and connecting with people who share similar interests and aspirations can open up an entire world of motivation and positive vibes. This proved to be true for me when I connected with Gaby– an Instagram star right here in Gainesville who documents her journey with Paleo/Whole30 through @wholefoodblog. Check out our awesome collaboration via Orange & Blue Magazine. 

Taking My Adventures To The (Small) Screen

After much contemplation, I’ve finally decided to do the unthinkable. Yes, you guessed it. A second Instagram. I’m so excited to start this new project, which will combine my health, fitness, food and Paleo tricks/tips/inspiration with my writing passion. Follow me @eat.run.write

**Warning: Posts may cause extreme hunger for awesome food or simply the urge to get off the couch and MOVE! I say, go for it.

Chia Trumps All (seeds)

If you hadn’t heard it by now, chia seeds rock. Packed with omega-3 fatty acids, protein, calcium and fiber, these tiny pellets have antioxidant powers that will keep you satisfied and energized throughout the day. Because chia seeds and chia pudding are Paleo friendly, I decided to take a stab at making this deliciously nutty breakfast/snack/dessert in my own kitchen. Thanks to some tips from fellow blogger and Gator @wholefoodblog (Gaby Nunez), this recipe is my new go-to.

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(Makes roughly 2 servings)

Ingredients:

1 cup Califia Toasted Coconut Almondmilk Blend

3 tbs. chia seeds

1/2 ripened banana

1-2 tbs. cinnamon to taste

** Fruit, nuts, unsweetened coconut or any other toppings of your choice!

Instructions:

1. Combine the milk, chia seeds and cinnamon in a plastic, airtight container. Mix thoroughly.

2. Mash the 1/2 banana in a blender or by hand, making sure there are no chunks left.

3. Add banana to the container. Put the lid on and shake vigorously.

4. Refrigerate overnight.

5. Garnish with your choice of toppings and enjoy!

And always remember, Monday’s are for positive vibes and smiles. Have a great week!

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A Pescetarian’s Paleo Push

Though I hate to admit it, the holiday season is definitely over. With Hanukkah, Christmas and New Years combined, I sure did my share of indulging from sweets like sugar cookies to the warm comforts of my mother’s baked ziti. But a new year means news resolutions, and this year I’ve made it my goal to be a better and healthier version of my self on the inside AND out. I’m already a fitness fanatic, from power yoga to spin classes, thus working out isn’t an obstacle for me. So for this year, I’m striving to adopt the Paleo diet.

Now I know what you’re thinking. Not another craze diet. But before you roll your eyes, it’s helpful to know that Paleo is less of a diet and more of a lifestyle. Eliminating all processed foods that wreak havoc on our bodies, the Paleo regimen focuses on eating how the cavemen did. This includes meat, fish, fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and some healthy fats. Pretty easy, right?

Well, not so fast. Becoming Paleo will be a bit more challenging for me because I’m a vegetarian. Actually, Pescetarian to be exact, so my diet consists of fish, eggs, yogurt, tofu, beans, and of course, healthy grains. Except, not anymore. The Paleo diet strictly prohibits dairy, soy and grains, so long gone are my days of edamame, chickpeas and quinoa. Ouch.

Although I’m anxious and hesitant to begin this new way of eating, I’m excited to see the external and internal benefits it promises. Finding adequate sources of protein will be the most challenging, but I plan on getting creative with as much produce, fish and eggs as possible!

As I ate my final Quest Bar this morning for breakfast, I felt empowered to begin the new year with a healthier outlook on life. Stay tuned for the trials and tribulations of a Pescetarian’s Paleo Push.

Mid-Summer Roundup

With summer nearly halfway over, it’s hard to believe that next month I’ll be entering my final year as a senior at the University of Florida. Though the summer has flown by, and it feels like I just got back from my semester in Israel, there have been some exciting moments.

As an editorial intern at Moment Magazine, I’ve been getting an inside look at how the independent magazine industry runs. From editorial meetings, community outreach and ad sales– I have learned a lot. Not to mention, I’ve also gotten the chance to write some interesting and well-versed pieces for the magazine’s blog. Check out my work on Tel Aviv’s largest Shabbat dinner, Jewish online dating and more, here.

I’ve also become a recent Skimmbassador for my newest obsession, theSkimm. For those of you who haven’t heard, theSkimm is your need-to-know for the day. Filling you in on the latest and most important headlines, you’ll never miss a beat (even in between meetings and coffee breaks). Get the scoop and sign up here.

Finally, check out some of my favorite eats and treats of the summer so far.

 

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