catching up: march edition

catching up: march edition || Journey for Jessi

I am so sorry to all of my tremendous followers.  I have been no where to be seen on here on Journey for Jessi lately.  For those of you following my Instagram, you know I haven’t been completely missing in action.  You have seen so many tidbits lately that I owe it to you all (and myself) to fill in the pieces. Continue reading

stuffy sleepy and sick

stuffy sleepy and sick || Journey for JessiI admit it.  I was sick last week.  Despite ALL of my precautions and sanitary behavior the week before, like my uptake in vitamin C for example.  I guess it is difficult to fight a college community teeming with infection.  It did not turn out to be the flu, thank goodness, although Wednesday (at my worst) had me worried.  I am feeling way better now, though still runny nose, my lethargy and head congestion are fading.  So how did I beat this week?  Here are my tips to take care of myself while staying on a fitness program.

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ski break

ski break || Journey for JessiLast weekend was a blast!  I went down to Winter Park for the weekend to go skiing–a typical pass time for the Colorado student I have discovered.  It was a nice break to exert some energy on the snowy mountains and be at one with nature and away from the crowded gym and college campus.  I love any type of vacation that involves a physical activity paired with it like skiing, surfing, hiking, biking, etc.  Although I did have a “cheat” weekend, I always made sure to keep everything in balance too.

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buddha teas

buddha teas || Journey for JessiI LOVE tea.  I have it at least 1-2 times a day.  There are so many kinds and amazing flavors to try.  When I discovered Buddha Teas, my tea-loving heart rejoiced!  Because there are so many types and brands of teas available, I like to make my tea time special.  Buddha Tea does just that for me!
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sunday relaxation

sunday relaxation||Journey for JessiI cannot tell you how nice of a Sunday I had–okay well maybe I can.  It was a beautiful day!  Sunny skies, melting snow, warm temperatures…sigh.  It is glorious.  For breakfast, I had half a grapefruit sprinkled with stevia and cantaloupe with ¼ cup cashews (not pictured).  I always pair my fruit with a nut or fat of some sort to prevent drastic blood sugar spikes.  

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behind

behind--journeyforjessiLet me just apologize for being a bad blogger lately.  My October has been filled with all sorts of (vegan) food, festivities, fall, and lots of studying.  I know it is no excuse because blogging does not take that long, especially if I just pop a few recipes online (I have so many to post from Vegan Month). For now, I will do a recap/summary of my October, then I will begin posting recipes again.  I wish I had more workouts to post lately, but unfortunately, I have to admit I have fallen behind on my health and fitness since the summer.  I do not see this as a failure, though, just another opportunity to overcome a challenge. Continue reading

season switch up

Cucumber Ginger Lime Infused Water--Journey for JessiI absolutely love summer and everything about it, right down to the +100° and humid Texas weather.  Summer just makes me crave healthy and fresh foods like infused water (above: cucumber, ginger & lime), raw produce, and salads.  Can you say light and fit foods?  Yummy!  I am such a visual eater, and that aids in “eating the rainbow” to reap all the health benefits from a variety of fruits and veggies. Continue reading

freedom fun

Patriotic Fruit Bowl---Journey for Jessi

I hope everyone had a GREAT Fourth of July!  I know I had an amazing and patriotic day!  I absolutely adore holidays, and I get very wrapped up into the festivities.  Everything I did yesterday had an element of red, white, and blue to it, like my Strawberry, Banana, and Blueberry Fruit Bowl!  Yummy!

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healthy hydration

lemon cucumber infusion waterThe summer heat can seriously dehydrate you, especially in Houston, Texas.  Sure the air may be fully quenched at 99.9% humidity, but that does not mean your body is.  I have never had the problem of disliking the “taste” of water as some people do.  If you ever see me, I always have my water by my side.  It can be plain, with lemon, or a creative infusion of sorts.  Infusing water has been the latest trend it seems, and I have happily hopped on board.  For my birthday, I was gifted a water bottle with an infusion chamber that I have been having much fun with.  I really get creative with the natural flavor pairings I come up with. (See my Raspberry Lemon Water here.) Continue reading

summer mornings

summer mornings--Journey for JessiDespite the fact that summer usually means sleeping in late for most college students, I cannot bear the notion.  Why waste the most beautiful part of the day?  The promise of a fresh start every morning with the whole day ahead of you.  I think my body knows this and that is why I cannot sleep in past 9 am–and that is still pretty late for me.  I average around 7:30 am unless I set an alarm to go for a run.  In Houston, the day heats up pretty quickly, and if I have not hit the pavement before the sun makes its appearance, I am in trouble. Continue reading