Color Me Greens

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Helloooo –

I officially finished 1 of my 3 classes of the semester today! Unfortunately it was my easiest class and I still have 1 paper and 2 finals to go (plus my master’s comprehensive exam), but at least the countdown has begun! Also I have overcome the flu, which is another plus.

Anyway, I don’t have too much time to spare, but I did want to check in. I figured since I’m here, I could share a Juice Bar & Kitchen, “Color Me Greens” menu from Myrtle Ave in Brooklyn (Bushwick). Last time I was visiting friends in the Big Apple I went here, and it was a pretty tasty spot. Fun fact: they have free delivery your order is over $12!

I highly recommend you fine specimen try some of these recipes out when you get a chance. Healthy >>>

 

Zika Virus

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Howdy Hey, Friends ~

Back when I actually had time to spare, I took this online class called “Epidemics – the Dynamics of Infectious Diseases”, which was a very cool learning experience. As I’m sure all of you are aware, we have this nasty virus plaguing some parts of the world called the Zika Virus.

The fine folks who lectured the online class recently released a video to shine some light on the subject. Since they are so awesome, they made a quick youtube video so people not in the class could also be informed. Here I am passing the knowledge along to you. It’s short so please take the time to watch it!

x’s and o’s

Snooze Right

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Hi There ~

I can’t say I personally have any serious sleeping issues, but I know a lot of people that do, and this post is catered to you fine folks. However, I think anyone could benefit from it at least a little bit.

With the increasing popularity of fitbits, sleeping apps and other fancy watch-things, most of the general public is now becoming aware that sleep is a multi-faceted thing. In case you are not aware, when you sleep, your body cycles through five stages over roughly ninety-minute periods:

  • Stage one: Light sleep. Sleep so light you may wake up from it and not even realize you were sleeping.
  • Stage two: Marked by sleep-specific brain waves that last only a few seconds at a time. You realize you were sleeping if woken up.
  • Stage three: Deep sleep that involves long, rhythmic bursts called delta waves.
  • Stage four: Deep sleep, called “slow-wave sleep,” where your brain is the farthest away it will ever travel from conscious thought. When woken during this stage, disorientation and “sleep drunkenness” are experienced.
  • Stage five: REM {rapid eye movement} stage where the brain is as active as it is when awake and where most dreams occur. Hormones are sent out to the body to paralyze itself so arms and legs don’t act out stories in dreams.

Kind of freaky, no? I think so. But when I say freaky, I mean it in a cool way.

Sleep is serious business, and if you’re having severe sleeping problems, it is not something to take lightly. Here are some things you should try and do if you want to successfully catch those zzz’s:

  • Dim lights in your home half an hour before bed
  • Only use your bedroom for sleep and intimacy
  • Keep the TV and computer out of your bedroom
  • Don’t eat fast food {well, don’t do this ever}
  • Lose weight
  • Eat breakfast near a window with natural light in the morning to restart your circadian rhythm
  • Weight train
  • Do yoga
  • Try acupuncture
  • Get a massage
  • Stay on a schedule
  • Work on daily deep breathing exercises, “belly breathing”
  • Look at pictures of sleeping people before bed
  • Don’t put pressure on yourself to sleep
  • Write thoughts down in a notebook (don’t ever make mental “to-do” lists before bed)

That’s all I have on the subject right now. I have to go and carpe some diem – so much for Sunday being the day of rest – rock on my dears!

Morning Steps to Take

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Hiya!

I have a lot of work that still needs to be accomplished today so this will be short, but I wanted to share some information I gathered from this article, touching upon 7-steps to do in order to have a stellar morning.

  1. Have something to look forward to, and think of it the night before.
  2. Manage your mood by doing what makes you happy early in the day. They also say to not check your e-mails first thing.
  3. Eat breakfast!!!
  4. Do something you dread. It’ll make you feel more accomplished.
  5. Send a “thank you” e-mail. Every morning send a friend, family member or co-worker an email to say thanks for something.
  6. Plan how you’ll deal with challenges.
  7. Kiss somebody you love. Apparently, men who kiss their wives before work live 5 years longer, make 20-30 percent more money, and are far less likely to get in a car accident.

That’s all I got for now – enjoy the rest of your Thursday and remember, the weekend is almost here!! xoxox

Ale vs. Lager

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Bonjour – and Happy Friday!

I have come to the realization that I might be a seminar addict, which I think I may just chalk up to the fact that I like to learn and expand my repertoire of knowledge. That works, right? Either way, I’ve been going to my fair share of seminars lately, and I thought I would pass along the wealth I obtained from the one I attended on Wednesday night at this fabulous liquor store in Cranston called Wines & More. Seriously though, this place is badass and I highly recommend you check it out, especially if you like [good] beers. The owner and staff also happen to be grand.

Now, the information!

In case you weren’t aware, there are two branches of beer in the world – Ale and Lager. The differences are best described in the picture below:

As you can see, Ales use warm water with the yeast at the top of the fermentation tank, whereas Lagers use cold water with the yeast at the bottom of the tank. Ales are easier to brew because 1) they take much less time from start to finish, and 2) you can brew them in warmer climates like a closet, where Lagers need to be kept in refrigeration (mo’ money). The yeast in Lagers is apparently more aggressive than those in Ales, and many more “good” Ales exist, despite Lagers making up ~ 90% of the beer population {but that’s mainly because Budweiser and those poopy beers are Lagers}. However, the reason we probably see more microbrews doing Ales over Lagers these days is because they’re cheaper with a quick turn around; economically efficient!

I went into this seminar thinking it was just that… a seminar. So, I was very pleasantly surprised when the lecturer had 10 different beers lined up on his table and informed us that this was also a beer tasting. YES. Not only did I get to learn stuff, but I got to drink beers while doing it. And did I mention that this was free?? Life >>>

Here are the beers I drank:

  1. “Würzburger Pilsner” by Würzburger Hofbräu. LAGER. Yes, this is very German; it reminds me of Beerfest and I’m wondering if this is the kind of beer Farva drowned in. Obviously, brewed in Germany. It is a Pils (short for Pilsner) with an earthy, spicy, herbal taste. 4.9% abv. This type of beer apparently is very hard to make taste good, so hats off to the Germans across the pond because it tasted swell.
  2. “American Pale Ale” by Stoneface. ALE. Stoneface is a new brewery based out of New Hampshire, and after trying this I should probably make the trek up there sometime soon. No British hops were used in the making of this, only the American kind – falconers flight to be exact and it was dry hopped. 5.6% abv.
  3. “Leisure Time” by Jack’s Abby. LAGER. Another local brewery (Massachusetts), Jack’s Abby has been a favorite of my dad’s for a while. They’re super awesome because unlike the rest of the microbrewery population, they only make Lagers, and they are killing it. This beer was a Belgian Whit, but a Lager version. 4.8% abv. With chamomile brewed into it, it really is good for lounging around, and there’s no intense tongue coating/lingering aftertaste like you get with Ales.
  4. “Vitus” by Weihenstephaner. LAGER. Okay, this German beer kicks ass and I am eternally grateful to the fine fellow who ran the seminar and introduced it to me. This is a spicy single-bock ale with vanilla, banana, bubblegum, citrus and clove flavors, and at 7.7% abv this bad boy packs a mighty punch, but doesn’t taste like it’s as potent as it is. {Danger, Will Robinson}. Having won world-class beer awards, you don’t even have to take my word for it. It also happens to be one of the oldest breweries around, having been founded around the year 1000. Basically, you should buy this beer next time you go to the booze store.
  5. “Granola Brown” by Black Hog. ALE. These guys have some really awesome artwork on their cans; I’ve bought “Ginja’ Ninja” by them before strictly for the aesthetics. Another local brewery located in Oxford, Connecticut, this actually tastes like granola and has a mildly viscous texture to it. Brown ales are one of the oldest styles of beer and usually are watery, making this one an outlier. 5.7% abv.
  6. “Kyritzer Mord Und Totschlag” by Klosterbrauerei Neuzelle GmbH. LAGER. Probably I don’t need to tell you this is from Germany, but I should say that the beer name translates to “Murder and Manslaughter”. This is a Schwarzbier style beer, black lager, with a smokey, chocolate flavor and a smooth clean finish. Originally brewed for knights (hence the name) in 1488. 7.2% abv.
  7. “Flower Power” by Ithaca. ALE. An India Pale Ale brewed in New York, this is an English style brewski with pineapple, malt, honey and apricot flavors. Flower Power is hopped/dry-hopped five times throughout the brewing and fermentation process. 7.5% abv.
  8. “Hoponius Union” by Jack’s Abby. LAGER. Jack’s Abby was the first brewery to ever make an India Pale Lager, and this is their brainchild. With a crisp, non-lingering bitterness (65 ibu’s), this is a very session-able beer that is easy to hang out with. 6.7% abv.
  9. “Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock” by Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying. LAGER. Once again, Germany is killing it in the beer department. This type of beer is a Doppelbock, and if you ever wondered why there are goats on the labels, there’s a pun-ny story behind it, but you’ll have to look it up or ask me. These beers were brewed by – and for – Bavarian monks, and dubbed “liquid bread”. This is how they supposedly got nutrients when they were fasting. Considered a world-class beer, it has toffee, raisin, plum and citrus tones. Drink this puppy cold. 6.7% abv.
  10. “Péché Mortel” by Brasserie Dieu du Ciel! ALE. Despite being brewed in Canada, I still love it for it’s French name, Mortal Sin. Even though it’s 9.5% abv, this beer honestly doesn’t taste like beer; it takes like a giant espresso shot. It is an imperial coffee stout that lingers longer, which should probably be savored since it is only released 4 times a year.

Fun Facts: Wheat makes beer cloudy and 100 IBUs is the highest ranking a beer can get for bitterness units.

That’s it for now. Cheers!!

I Can Haz Running Skillz? What?

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WASSUP?!

~ I would like to interrupt my productivity grind with a small dose of procrastination. ~

Mostly, I want to toot my own horn for a hot minute: I ran my first 5k today! Not only was it my first one, but I had an ambitious goal of completing the 3.1 miles in 30 minutes or under, and guess what, I did it. I slayed that mother trucker in 29:44 … take that asthma!

For those interested in the stats – so, me – I came in 39 out of 129 (top 1/3rd of the pack, 30th percentile), placing 5th in my gender/age division (female, 19-29) and was the 15th female to finish. I averaged a pace of 9:34/mile. Mmm-hmm. That whole endorphin rush thing is no joke, folks. I felt (and still feel) pretty damn inflated about it all. The fact that I’m not a runner – especially a distance runner – just adds a bunch of cherries on top. Basically what I’m saying here is if I can do it, so can you. I happen to be a master workout planner so if anyone needs any help mapping out a goal and ways to get there in the realm of fitness, I’m yo’ girl.

You know I’m going to start being a mild 5k fiend now, so here’s a list of upcoming ones in my area”ish” that I have the full intention of doing {as of right now}:

There’s another one I’m running with my Raw Bob’s Team (the peeps I ran with today) sometime in September in Newport, but those are all I have for details right meow. Also, there are TONS more races even throughout teeny tiny Rhode Island, so if none of the above mentioned ones tickle your fancy, check out some more here.

Okay – I have to force myself to get back to work now (yay research), enjoy the rest of your weekend you beautiful souls!