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Nutrition and Herbal Wellness
Nutrition and Herbal Topics
for the first of the gingerbread ‘baking’, there are gingerbread pancakes, rolled up in a fun new way with nutritious fillings of choice. these were for my kindergarten classes today with a focus on breakfast and how to know one is hungry, and for this tough age group, they went over quite well. genius idea: I ran out of banana for the last couple pancakes and decided to leave them plain, cut and rolled up in the same way for those kiddos that wanted a more cautious tasting experience. this worked out well because I had exactly the amount of plain ones as I did requests for them. inspiration via @gkstories in #littlegreenkitchen.
had a good time and happy to be done with the Holiday Half today! it wasn’t my best ever race but some decent improvements since my last half in September. I’ve simultaneously loved and been a bit missing that I’ve spent the fall in half marathon mode and not racing CIM today but it seems like I’ve been in the hills and valleys with health and running since I ran the marathon there two years ago. today marked a little more forward progress since the upswing that began mid-summer. for now, it’s time for a little seasonal training break, the annual baking of cinnamon rolls and gingerbread cookies, and some quality time in the forest before next year’s running / racing plans begin.
Golden Fire Cider. There’s illness again in the air and this is one of my herbal go-to’s. Find out why (and how) on the blog! Conveniently, it’s also great for my reynaud’s because of that warm circulatory boost. 👌 Additionally, adding another link in bio for a blog post I wrote last year around this time, about nutritional and herbal allies for immune support. Stay well out there!
somehow it wouldn’t be a hometown turkey trot without half of it through the local corn maze, @kariboettcher chattering on to me and every other runner throughout, William being game without any gear and taking part with my mom, and @shannonsnovella convincing me to show up in the first place. thanks friends, it was such fun! 😜😍🥰
nestled in the hills just a few minutes from where I grew up, I’ve been meaning to check out this trail for years but have never remembered. finally went for an exploration today and realized how odd it is to run trails without any trees!
traveling for the thanksgiving holiday today, so wove meal and travel prep into the last three days. - black beans for quick weekday tacos - pumpkin smoothie, - superfuel muesli and pb blueberry energy bars for healthy snacking, - candied spiced hazelnuts for Thanksgiving Salad, - fresh batch of adaptogen herb mix for nervous system support, - pumpkin pie filling and pie pastry to bake later. not pictured: big jar of herbal tea for travel sipping, sourdough bread, and chocolate hummus for snack treats to share. 👌🌱 while managing the holidays with food sensitivities that challenge the normal menu items are less difficult as time goes on, being in someone else’s space and a jumbled daily routine is definitely not. as someone with a sensitive nervous system which also impacts digestion, I try to control what I can, and then just focus on supporting myself through this season—stepping away for more quiet time as needed to balance the socializing, skipping the foods that are bound to cause problems, sticking to my routine as much as possible (hence the lots of prepped snacks!), and less caffeine, a go-to when I’m stressed. how do you take care of yourself, physically or emotionally, in this lovely but challenging season?
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