Did you miss me? If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, then you must know that I spent six days at the University of Georgia for a conference about leading a newspaper. This semester, I am going to be the Managing Editor of News for my college paper, The Eagle, so my Editor-in-chief was wonderful enough to send me of to learn all things journalism. And that I did! I have sooo many ideas for the fall that I'm excited to take a crack at, and I am much more confident in my ability to lead the news desk.
While I was there, I felt a little out of place, or that I didn't belong even. I thought that I didn't know too much about journalism because I haven't taken any straight up journalism classes in college. My goal isn't to go straight into the field as a reporter, either, so some of the discussions didn't really seem applicable to me. (It also didn't help that my bio in the binder they gave us was kind of embarrassing... I was the hippie vegan in a room full of hardcore reporters XD.)
However I ultimately put myself out there to have a new experience, which I am pretty proud of. Even one year ago I wouldn't have been able to do that. I got to meet some really friendly, smart people from all over the country and learn from them too. Isn't all of this part of the mission I have with this blog? So I guess I did belong there because that is where my life led me in that period of time, and I came out on the other side as a better person for it.
It was super cool to go to Georgia for the first time, which was also my first experience in the deep South (Florida/Disney doesn't count, at least to me). I managed to find things to eat, obviously (yes, I put canned beans and veggies, boxed soup, and lots of fruit in my suitcase). But there were other options for me! It did involve quite a bit of chips and guac, which wasn't the best choice but it worked. The highlight of eating adventures was dinner at The Grit, a hipster vegetarian/vegan cafe in Athens, where the conference was located. If you're ever in the area, I recommend it highly! (Check out my Instagram for beautiful photos of what I ate! ;) )
It was an exciting week, but it was also a tiring one. We were busy all day, and then I stayed up too late most nights. My regular eating routine (which hasn't been great to begin with) was also way off which didn't help (read: chips and guac). Right now, my goal is to settle into a routine again and rest up before I start my intensive RA training next week and then roll directly into the start of the fall semester. Also, perhaps I would like to start getting myself working out again, but we'll see. I'll take baby steps, and it will happen!
Well now that I got that shpeel out of the way, shall we get caught up on the news?
- I'm not sure how I feel about the idea of nutritional IVs for athletic recovery...
- Now I think 100 percent fruit juice is fine to have occasionally, but I guess the traditional orange juice you find at the grocery store doesn't really meet my quality standards.
- Again: are smoothies actually healthy? I don't know too much about food chemistry yet, but it's interesting that a scientist says blending fruits and veggies destroys the fiber that I have always been told makes smoothies better than juice (because juice removes all the fiber all together.) If you'e cognizant of the ingredients (no ice cream or frozen yogurt!), I think smoothies are a fine choice.
- I hope I'm not encouraging anyone to develop an eating disorder! Apparently, other wellness bloggers are instigating people to develop unhealthy eating habits. Besides cutting out animal products, which I do for ethical reasons in addition to health reasons, I'm all for all the food groups, especially carbs and fat. While there are healthy limits to what we can and should eat, over time I believe we can eat the things we love and get the proper nutrition we need.
- Sometimes it seems like I'm doing so many things, I don't have time to catch my breath, nonetheless get a full night's sleep, and that does nothing for my energy levels. This article explores why people experience burnout.
- Are you awkward like me? Here are 13 questions and 13 more questions you can ask anyone to start a conversation.
- Also: a reminder that the Olympics start on Friday! Check out this prophetic story about this American sprinter to get you pumped up!
- I find this story fascinating! I guess there has to be a limit to human strength and endurance. It's crazy that current track athletes might have met some of these marks already.
- Poor bulldogs; we have bred them into a genetic corner, just so we can have perfect designer dogs. However, this causes them to have a lot of medical problems. I know this is a bit of a stretch and humans have been doing it relatively safely for thousands of years, but can we trust ourselves to breed plants for the perfect traits that we want? What about GMOs?
- Bonus: This.
- This Avocado Pesto Pizza looks as gorgeous as it does delicious!
- I love falafel; how about changing up the flavors with these Mexican Falafel Bites? I bet they would be just fine baked too.
- I am in love with all of the gorgeous, bountiful summer produce I see at the farmers market right now, but I can't wait for sweet potatoes to be in season! Sweet Potato & Cinnamon Breakfast Bread anyone? (Pinned and saved for later XD).
- After a week of crazy eating, I just want to keep it simple and eat all of the produce that is season now. This Summer Reboot Salad fits the bill.
Until Friday friends!