Go-To Meals in the Van

Go-To Meals in the Van

Cooking in the van has been a rollercoaster ride for us. In the fall, we were cooking on electric but were not connected up to the van’s alternator. That means that we were using a lot of energy to cook, but we weren’t getting enough into the van for all that cooking. So there were many days where we had cold meals, ate out, or just snacked all day instead of cooking. Since then, we have hooked the house batteries to the van’s alternator so we are charging significantly more and have had less of a problem with having enough power to cook. We have also switched to cooking on a propane cooktop for most of our meals (we still use the Instant Pot and blender though, so we aren’t completely off electric cooking).

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80 Day Obsession: Phase 2

80 Day Obsession: Phase 2

Days 27-50 have come and gone along with one of my FAVORITE workouts of the whole program: Phase 2 Leg Day. I guess I’ll jump into this 80 Day Obsession update by talking about the workouts, then we’ll discuss nutrition, continuing these workouts on the road, and what I’ve learned.

The workouts in Phase 2 are definitely more complicated than in Phase 1. Phase 1 is where you learn about different moves, how to have proper form, and find your baseline for what weights to use. Phase 2 combines a lot of different moves from Phase 1 together into compound movements to create a longer burn and keep things mentally interesting.

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80 Day Obsession: Phase One Finished

80 Day Obsession: Phase One Finished

Last Sunday, I finished Phase 1 of 80 Day Obsession and moved onto Phase 2 on this past Monday. I wanted to share some thoughts I have on this program as I’ve gone through it for the second time, some of which are specific to the fact that I’m doing this on the road without any gym equipment at my immediate disposal.

First of all, it doesn’t get easier. Not at all. I’m lifting heavier weights than I did the first time around, but the moves themselves are not any easier than they were back in January. I know that I’m working just as hard, sweating just as much, and getting just as good of a workout as I did the first time. I know I’m getting stronger and that I am stronger than I was last time I did these workouts. I have felt so empowered by my ability to continue moving up in weights and bands each week and grow my physical and mental strength. With so many other workouts I’ve done, it is easy to plateau and suddenly have them not work very well anymore, but that has been much easier to avoid with this program and I expect that to hold true.

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Starting 80 Day Obsession Again

Starting 80 Day Obsession Again

Wow, it’s been a while since the last time I did 80 Day Obsession! If you’re not familiar, 80 Day Obsession is a Beachbody workout program that involves a nutrition plan and 80 days of workouts, with each day being unique. Similar to other Beachbody programs, 80 Day Obsession is based around the signature Beachbody color coded portion control containers in quantities set by a calculation using your body weight and fitness goals. A new feature they added in, which I found incredibly helpful the first time around, was the addition of timed eating guidelines. The plan helps you ensure you get the correct food groups at the correct times throughout the day including the correct timing before and after workouts.

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Build Your Own Iced Tea Cocktail Recipe

Build Your Own Iced Tea Cocktail Recipe

I don’t know about you, but this summer has been a hot one! Which means it’s time for some paddle boarding and chilled róse. However, and I know this is something that the entire population of yoga pants and messy bun girls (I am definitely one of those girls!) is going to come at me with pitchforks and torches for, but I’m kind of tired of róse. Now, don’t get me wrong, róse is great! I love róse! But I just feel like I’ve had too much and I need something new to drink. Which is why I decided to create a build your own cocktail bar last Friday night at a family dinner starring peach iced tea.

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Let's Celebrate National Hydration Day!

Let's Celebrate National Hydration Day!

It’s officially summertime! And along with the sunshine, outdoor activities, and warmth comes dehydration. Dehydration can have all sorts of nasty side effects on your body, that’s why it’s so important to drink water regularly! So as a reminder to drink more water every day, especially in summer, we are celebrating National Hydration Day today! Are you hydrated? Maybe not enough? Let’s start this post with a little challenge: grab a glass of water (preferably in a reusable vessel) and try to drink the entire glass before you finish reading this post.

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How I Meal Prep for the Week in 3 Hours

How I Meal Prep for the Week in 3 Hours

Yep, 3 hours. Start to finish cooking 4 meals per day per person for 7 days, that’s 56 meals in 3 hours plus all the dishes! Now, I’m a multitasker, so this works for me; even if you prefer to things one at a time I hope my approach is helpful. When I first started meal prepping like this 6 months ago, it would take my husband and I 6-7 hours together to get everything done. With a few tips and tricks up my sleeve to make things faster and easier I have been able to drastically reduce the time it takes.

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Road Trip Eating Tips: Easy Ways to Eat Healthy and Stay On Track

Road Trip Eating Tips: Easy Ways to Eat Healthy and Stay On Track

Eating healthy when you are out of your normal routine can be tricky. It’s difficult to stick to a plan when you have access to your regular kitchen, grocery store, and refrigerator. So it’s even more challenging to stick to some semblance of healthy eating when you are on the road in your car and staying in hotels; you have maybe a cooler in the car and a mini-fridge in the hotel room. Not exactly ideal for meal prepping.

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The Search for my Favorite Eco-Friendly Yoga Mat

The Search for my Favorite Eco-Friendly Yoga Mat

I have wanted a new yoga mat for about a year now, but I knew when I got one I’d want to really invest and get the right mat for me. I’ve been practicing on a $20 mat from Target that mostly got the job done but I always felt like I was slipping on it. It’s not like I’m doing hot yoga or anything, my hands and feet just get sweaty and cause difficulty  gripping the mat. Over time, I have tried a few options to help with the slipping, but none have really worked as well as just having a more slip-resistant mat. At one point I purchased a mat towel that I would lay on top of the $20 mat to make it a little more slip-resistant. But the downside of a towel is that I then have to carry two things and the towel sometimes gets bunched up or creased during certain moves and I feel like I have to fix it. I’m also that person who has worn grippy socks and Nike Studio Wraps while doing yoga.

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Roasted Red Pepper Cashew Cream Recipe

Roasted Red Pepper Cashew Cream Recipe

Cashew cream is magic. It tends to be a favorite staple of many vegan diets, in fact I first heard of it from a vegan cook, but I don’t think that this gem should be kept a vegan secret! We should shout it from the roof-tops and share it with herbivores and omnivores alike, it’s that good! Not only is it delicious, it has been a great substitute for dairy sauces in my house. In the last few years I’ve found that my digestive system has become much more sensitive, especially to dairy. And while I still eat cheese (that’s too much to ask for!), I have found alternatives to using dairy in other parts of my diet. I use coconut milk instead of creamer, unsweetened vanilla almond milk for cereal (in those rare instances that I eat cereal), unsweetened almond milk for cooking, and coconut cream instead of whipped cream. And I use cashew cream!

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