Catch up

Heyy I haven’t posted in a while, just thought I would check in! It’s actually been a pretty hectic past few weeks, and now it’s finally dying down(hopefully).Yes it’s been pretty stressful with school, but I also noticed I seem to be in a better mood these days! I guess sometimes you just have to charge through the day with a positive attitude and hope you make it out alive ^_^

I hope you’re all having a lovely weekend. It’s been so sunny and warm here… I smell spring coming!

I am so excited for the change in season. The days are getting longer aka it’s not pitch black by four. The birds are chirping, and its perfect weather for running,badminton, maybe some outdoor yoga? Oh and the sunsets are even prettier than usual!

Speaking of which I finally went running(in like two weeks oops) with my running buddy who lives down the street.It was quite glorious to move my legs,bath in the sun, and work my lungs. A tad nervous for the Sun Run marathon coming up in a few months. I have not been getting as much training as I would’ve hoped in this year. Hopefully I’m more fit than I was a year ago..

And spring time calls for salad season and detox smoothies yay.I’ve been cuddling with these as a side to my tv watching.

Big spinach salad with cucumber,celery,red pepper,shredded carrot,raisins,almonds dressed in homemade vegan honey dijon dressing.

Big spinach salad with cucumber,celery,red pepper,shredded carrot,raisins,almonds dressed in homemade vegan honey dijon dressing.

Drinking up yo greens.

Drinking up yo greens.

fennel

I tried this new funky vegetable today.When you open the base of the fennel with your knife, you see a giant bulb highly resembling an onion. It smells nothing like onion though! It’s kind of has a minty-zingy-lemongrass-fresh taste/scent.  The shoots coming out of the base resemble celery sticks with fuzzy leaves at the top that look like fresh dill. Weird hybrid.Fennel has a great range of antioxidants and phytonutrients, including anethole, found in it’s volatile oil. In animal studies, anethole seems to reduce inflammation and the volatile oil is great at protecting the liver. Our livers are responsible for processing/cleaning out toxic waste and fats. It’s also a great source of fibre and vitamin C.

(research source:whfoods.com)

Or this.

oatmeal

Life sounds pretty good to me.

And I’m also 110% obsessed with coconut yogurt! I got a few from Superstore, 25% off! Coconut yogurt is made from organic coconut meat and fermented to make yogurt.

coconut-yogurt

I’ve also been trying to study at the library more. Seee balancing not procrastinating and getting things done with laziness and down time equals a happy me.

And this long weekend, I’ve been shutting myself out..kind of. Sort of just turning off social media and catching up on some good old brain wrecking television.Is anyone else into Revenge? I’m a sucker for shows wrapped up in drama and beautiful people.

I’ve also been spending some time with my family including cousins, over Chinese New Year. Happy Year of the Ram! All the goat and lamb pics have been giving me the cutey feels.

Like check out this cute poster from Yyoga

goat

I don’t know sometimes social media is fun and all and taking ten minutes to instagram your food, but sometimes it’s nice just to put the camera/phone/device down and enjoy the moment.Be present with the people you are with and make more meaningful conversations than “hey what filter should I use?”. Plus hey the food is getting cold.

So yeah, that’s basically what I’ve been up to. Definitely happier these days. And very grateful for it. I try not to take them for granted, since not everyday is filled with brightness(though I try to look at the glass half full;)

And if you celebrate Chinese New Years, you know the perks of it. Free cash for your piggy banks! What are you spending it on first? Or are you saving it? Hehe I’m spending it on a much needed massage session. 110% being judged by my mom.

Happy weekends,

xo Naomi

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