Keto and A Cat Show!

Last weekend I met with my friend Ileia to discuss this Keto “white powder” she has been doing. Apparently it puts your body directly into ketosis, which is when your body uses fats for energy rather than carbs or stored glucose. On diets such as Atkins, it takes roughly 3 days of extremely low carb to get to this state.

I have always been a believer in a lower carb lifestyle. Not simply for weight loss, but I find when I follow a lower carb diet, I eat so many more veggies and so much less processed shit and sugar.

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I have been doing this for about a week, and have not been as strict as I should. Alcohol is my weakness after all! When I drink an entire scoop in one sitting, it does make me a tad nausious, so I have been doing a half in the morning and a half in the evening. So far I do feel like I have a bit more energy, but nothing crazy. I purchased the one month supply and I will keep you guys posted!

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It tastes amazing! The main ingredient is MCT, according to WebMD:

Medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) are partially man-made fats. The name refers to the way the carbon atoms are arranged in their chemical structure. MCTs are generally made by processing coconut and palm kernel oils in the laboratory. Usual dietary fats, by comparison, are long-chain triglycerides. People use MCTs as medicine.

MCTs are used along with usual medications for treating food absorption disorders including diarrhea, steatorrhea (fat indigestion), celiac disease, liver disease, and digestion problems due to partial surgical removal of the stomach (gastrectomy) or the intestine (short bowel syndrome).

MCTs are also used for “milky urine” (chyluria) and a rare lung condition called chylothorax. Other uses include treatment of gallbladder disease, AIDS, cystic fibrosis, Alzheimer’s disease, and seizures in children.

Athletes sometimes use MCTs for nutritional support during training, as well as for decreasing body fat and increasing lean muscle mass.

MCTs are sometimes used as a source of fat in total parenteral nutrition (TPN). In TPN, all food is delivered intravenously (by IV). This type of feeding is necessary in people whose gastrointestinal (GI) tract is no longer working.

Intravenous MCTs are also given to prevent muscle breakdown in critically ill patients.

How does it work?

MCTs are a fat source for patients who cannot tolerate other types of fats. Researchers also think that these fats produce chemicals in the body that might help fight Alzheimer’s disease.

Will it EVER open????

I don’t know about you guys, but I’m getting really antsy waiting for the new Trader Joe’s to open. Not only do I LOVE that place, but my daughter does too. Kids get a prize when they find “Sassy,” their mascot. AKA their stuffed sasquatch animal they hide in a different location daily. It makes grocery shopping fun for them!

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So close!! The new location is 2 minutes from my house. Here are a few gems I just discovered there:

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YUM!!

So, last weekend I saw an ad for a cat show here in town where they have all kinds of exotic house cats! I’m not a huge cat lady or anything, but my daughter loves kitties so I thought we would check it out!

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We seriously saw the cutest cats! Makenna ALMOST had me talked into adopting one, but I’m still a tad on the fence about it. I mean, I want her to have a childhood pet, but pets are a lot of responsibility, so I want to make sure she’s ready to take on that responsibility and help with feeding and cleaning, and most importantly helping with the litterbox ewww.

This baby was HUGE! Probably the biggest cat I’ve seen!

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He looks evil, but I like that!

Some words of inspiration for your weekend:

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Have a great weekend everyone! Peace & Love, Sami ❤

 

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A 5K and Running With Friends

This past week and a half has been so crazy packed. Last Saturday I ran the Partners In Pain 5K with the Sis in Law. We have done this 3 years in a row now, the first year there was so much snow on the ground, this was by far the nicest weather.

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Yes, I take photos when I run!

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And the finish!

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Who else is over the cold and ready for summer??? …Or at least spring anyway!

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I missed out running with Steph this week due to this race. But I’m a huge believer in running buddies.  It’s one of those things that push you to run on those days you might otherwise convince yourself of some dumb excuse. It’s accountability.

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I met Beto for a couple miles at Franklin Park. I love running here because one lap is exactly 1 mile, so it’s easy to keep track.

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My FAVORITE spaghetti squash recipe of all time!:
This is one of the easiest things to make. First, bake your spaghetti squash. I just throw mine in the oven whole, bake at 375 for an hour. Then cut it in half, scoop out the seeds, and use a fork to get the “noodles” out. Then you simply saute the shrimp in pesto sauce (I added scallops this time too). Then dump the shrimp/pesto mix on top. It’s amazing!!

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A nice little low carb dinner 🙂 And speaking of food, my boss ordered us lunch from Ambrosia out in the valley. I chose the seared ahi Asian salad. Highly highly recommended, it was cooked perfectly and so delicious!

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So, we checked out the Led Zeppelin tribute band last Friday, it was like we were at an original concert! So much fun. My mom got down on some fireball haha

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Love me some Arnold!! Have a fab week everyone ♡

Some Food, Fun, and The Union!!

First off, can somebody PLEASE invent this like NOW!!

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This last week has been so crazy busy, which I love!! Bring it on! So, not sure if you guys have heard of The Union, but it’s a yoga/spin studio that just opened up a new location on the North side across Division from Costco, next to The Onion.

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Last weekend was their grand opening and they had free classes. I have heard so many AMAZING things about this place but don’t get downtown too often… unless I’m eating good food that is. So I signed up for the Saturday 10am yoga and the Sunday 12 o’clock spin. I mean this when I say it, this was unlike any other workout class I have ever taken. The studio is very nice, and everyone there is super friendly and helpful. The studios are lit with black lights, their playlists are on point, and once we got moving in the spin class, they bump it up a notch and turn on the laser lights! The instructor had so much energy, the whole class rides to the beat of the music, and it really is a full body workout! So much fun!

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They keep the yoga room at 80 degrees, and the spin didn’t need any help in that department. Once the class was done the mirrors were so steamed up you couldn’t even see your reflection! I would recommend this to anyone that has some type of baseline fitness level, as it was very intense!

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Also, the click in type of shoes are required, but the rent them out there as well as yoga mats if you need 🙂

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Overall, a great place, I will definitely be back ❤

Well I don’t know about you guys, but there have been so many times where I’m half way to work and I start yelling profanities not only because I forgot my lunch, but also because I know that beautiful meal I spent all morning preparing is about to sit out all day and is going straight to the trash when I get home… UGHHH!!! So I want to share this little trick that has been saving me:

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Keys on top of the lunch, BAMM problem solved! Genius right?! I made spaghetti squash (my obsesh I know) with chicken italian sausage, onion, pepper, no sugar added spaghetti sauce, and a splash of parmesan on top.

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I swear it tastes better than it looks HAHA

I’m loving this weather! There have been a few outdoor runs the last week. Saturday at 8am I met Steph and Melissa for 3 miles from Kendall Yards

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I love this area so much. I literally can’t stand when pessimistic people say they hate Spokane. Whats not to love? We have some of the most natural beauty here!

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Bridge near Gonzaga.

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Spokane Falls are crazy pretty too ❤

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Have a beautiful week everyone!!