Category Archives: Health

Back to school, back to school…

I graduated with my Master’s Degree four years ago (crazy how time flies!). My degree is in counseling and human development with a concentration in student affairs. Getting this degree was a huge accomplishment and landed me my current job at a university.

I absolutely love my job! I enjoy going to work every day and rarely do I find myself frustrated with it (maybe with the students…but not with my job). I love my boss and the wonderful people that make up our very large department. We spend a lot of time together and we eat a lot! We’re actually having a cookout on Thursday that I’ll miss since I’m taking the day off 😦 Oh well, there will be more throughout the summer.

If you’ve read my blog for any amount of time, you know that I’m passionate about healthy living and nutrition. It has become such a huge part of my life in the past few years and it’s something I decided I wanted to pursue a little bit more.

Working at a university has so many perks. Not only do I get a lot of vacation days, but I also get breaks when the students get breaks for the holiday- like almost two weeks off at Christmas! Another amazing perk is that I can take classes for free.

That’s right, any class on any topic for FREE!

After working here for four years, I finally decided to take advantage of this and I signed up for two online summer classes. The first one started on Monday and so far I’m loving it. However, I forgot how much time it takes to get through a 16 week course in just four weeks. I really should be listening to a lecture right now, not blogging…

I’m not going to lie, I’ve been a little nervous about the classes. I haven’t had to write a paper or take a test or read a textbook in four years! What if I’ve forgotten how to do those things? So far, the assignments for this first class have been easy, but I have a bunch of reading to do and videos to watch. Plus, I’m going to have some projects to start working on…I’m hoping I can still find the time to blog while also getting my schoolwork done.

This first class I’m taking is called Nutrition for Wellness. I knew going into it that I would be learning (and then have to regurgitate) information that I disagree with. See this post about fats to get a sense of what I’m talking about. But I decided that it was a step in the right direction and it will be a great learning experience for me. Fortunately, my professor used to be a powerlifter/bodybuilder, so I think some of his values are in line with mine as far as clean eating goes.

Quick story about the book for class…I kind of forgot that I needed to get it so I went to the bookstore on Thursday to see how much it cost. It was $105 for the used book!!!! That’s insane, and I was definitely not going to pay that much. I immediately went back to my office and looked on Amazon for it…$11! Score!! After I ordered it, it said the estimated delivery date was June 5th…just 3 days before my class would be over. I was so nervous. But luckily, it shipped right away and got here yesterday. Just in time for me to start reading chapter one.

I have my first test on Friday, so I need to get crackin on my reading an assignments! I’ll keep you updated on how it is going. I’ll let you know if I learn anything new 🙂

Happy Leap Day!

Here’s a photo I snapped with my phone of the sky just minutes before it started raining this morning.

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Gorgeous, right?

Unfortunately it is going to rain all day though.

It has officially been four weeks since I started my anti candida diet/cleanse and it is still going great! I’m going to continue learning more about the Paleo diet and try to stick to cutting out sugar and grains for a little bit longer and see how it goes.

This week there is a Paleo Summit going on online. It’s basically a virtual conference where you can hear presentations from experts in the field along with others who disagree with the Paleo diet. It has been fascinating to hear from them and I have learned so much already.

Check it out and register for FREE if you’re interested at http://www.paleosummit.com.

Exciting News! Plus 2 recipes

Like I said the other day, I have a piece of exciting news to share; however, I’m going to make you wait for it!

And no, I AM NOT PREGNANT! 🙂

Before I get to my news, I want to share a little bit more about how I’m feeling on my diet/cleanse. It truly is quite remarkable how much better I feel now that I’m eating more veggies and protein. The thing is, I didn’t know that I was feeling bad

I would get a little bloated at times, especially after eating anything processed or just having a large meal. But the bloating had really died down since I stopped eating wheat (almost a year ago). I still had acne issues every once in awhile, but my face is a whole lot clearer than it used to be. And then there were still times that I’d get mighty cranky, usually after eating processed foods.

During the first few days, I was a little cranky, but that was more because I was mourning the fact that I couldn’t eat potatoes or rice or pasta or fruit! It wasn’t because of the food I was eating. Once I got into the groove of things with the diet and I started experimenting with new recipes, I’ve found myself to have loads of energy and I’m super happy 🙂

Plus, I don’t have any type of cravings whatsoever. Sure I look for something sweet every now and then, but I don’t have to have it all the time. And now, even when I eat something that isn’t technically sweet, it actually tastes sweet to me! Take for instance that just five days into the diet, I made mashed potatoes with milk for my honey and some friends. Naturally I had to taste them to make sure I had enough salt and butter in them. I was shocked to find that they actually tasted sweet to me! Crazy how the overly sweetened foods out there today fool our tastebuds into thinking nothing can be sweet without added sugar.

Doing this candida diet and researching more about the Paleo diet (in an effort to find new recipes), a whole new world of nutrition and healthy eating has opened up to me. I have found so many new blogs and loads of information on what our bodies actually need to be healthy that I don’t have enough time to read it all! It’s amazing to think how much society tries to dictate to us what is healthy instead of us listening to our bodies to decide if that __________(fill in overly processed food here) is what we need.

I’ve been keeping a daily log of everything I’ve been eating and how I feel throughout the day. I’ve been surprised to find that fatty ground beef puts me to sleep, lots of broccoli makes me bloat a little, and eating eggs every morning for breakfast is keeping me nice and full, and energized! Even if you don’t do a diet/cleanse of this type, it really is a great idea to keep track of what you eat and how it makes you feel. You can learn a whole lot about how much food affects you by doing this.

Okay, enough of that talk, onto some fabulous new recipes!

Creamy Spinach and Garlic Coconut Sauce (Makes about a cup)

A milk-free take on Alfredo sauce! 

  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 3/4 cup canned full fat coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup grated parm
  • dash of onion powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Italian seasoning to taste
  • handful of spinach, chopped

1. In a small saucepan, melt the butter and add the garlic. Cook until fragrant.

2. Add the coconut milk and stir to incorporate garlic.

3. Add the seasonings, followed by the parm cheese. Whisk to incorporate. Let simmer for a few minutes, taste and add additional seasonings if need be.

4. Remove pot from heat. Chop your spinach and add, stir to incorporate.

5. Put lid on pot and let the spinach cook a little before serving.

6. Pour over chicken and veggies or stir the chicken into the sauce and then serve.

This was my first time ever tasting or using coconut milk and I’m pretty sure I could have drank it straight out of the can! The creaminess of the coconut milk, along with a touch of sweetness it adds, is reminiscent of cow’s cream so it has the same mouthfeel, but there’s also the added hint of coconut flavor. Look for more recipes using coconut milk in the near future 🙂

Vanilla Almond Milk (makes 4 cups)

A creamy and flavorful alternative to cow’s milk. Perfect for mixing with vanilla protein powder!

  • 2 cups raw almonds*
  • 4 cups cold water
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • stevia to taste

1. Place the two cups of raw almonds in a bowl that has a lid. Add enough water to cover the nuts and put lid on. Place in fridge and let soak overnight or for at least 8 hours.

2. Rinse and drain the almonds when you’re ready to make the milk.

3. Add the soaked almonds to a blender** followed by the four cups of water.

4. Puree the heck out of it! I did mine for at least a minute if not more. It will become quite frothy.

5. Now you need to strain out the almond bits, so there are two ways you can go about doing that. You can pour the milk mixture over a cheesecloth into a bowl and squeeze the milk out. Or you can use a fine mesh strainer and press the milk out with a spatula, which is what I did.

6. After straining out as much milk as possible, pour it back into the blender, and then pour again through the strainer or cheesecloth. I found that I got a lot of extra almond bits by doing this a few times. Plus, it makes a much smoother final product.

7. After you’re done straining it, stir in the vanilla and stevia (I did half of one small packet of Sweet Leaf). Store in mason jars or other airtight containers in the fridge. Shake before drinking. Should stay fresh in the fridge for 2 or 3 days.

*You can use blanched almonds for less leftover almond meal, or you can use the ones with the skin on. I used almonds with the skin on and it turned out fine.

**I tried to make this in my food processor at first, but it was too much liquid. I ended up using my Kitchenaid blender on the liquefy setting and it worked great.

Save the leftover almond puree and roast in the oven at 250 degrees for awhile. It makes great almond meal to use in baked goods!

I just bought almond milk for the first time the other day because I wanted something to replace the cow’s milk I’m not able to drink right now. I got the unsweetened vanilla and it is delicious! However, it has added vitamins, plus other junk to thicken it up. I just don’t think it agreed with me because I was immediately bloated after drinking it. Therefore, I decided to try making my own, which turned out to be quite easy. A little time consuming, but not difficult. I probably won’t be making it weekly, but I could see me making it every once in awhile.

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And now for the exciting news…

I finally got a car!!!!

If you don’t remember, I got into a car accident back in September and totaled my car. We were going to wait a few more months and try to save a little more money to buy me a car, but my honey’s principal offered a deal we couldn’t refuse!

It’s a Corolla and it’s super cute 🙂 It’s quite a bit smaller than an Accord (which I’ve had three of) so that’s going to take some getting used to. But, it’s practically brand new and is going to get excellent gas mileage!!! I only got 23 mpg the other day in my little brother’s V6 Accord, which is terrible especially since gas is now $3.55…Luckily I found someone to carpool with to work a few days a week. It has saved me so much already!

The only bad thing…my honey brought it home on Thursday and then left on Friday for Colorado! We haven’t even gotten the title yet, so we haven’t gotten tags and we haven’t gotten insurance on it. It might another week once my honey gets back before I can start driving it 😦 Oh well! It’s fun to look at in the driveway for right now!

One Month Off

It’s officially been one month since I last posted. And wow, a lot has happened in that month! I have tons to fill you in on, so this post is going to be random, but you’ll get a great recipe at the end 🙂

First of all, going back a month to my birthday (or really, a few days after my birthday since my honey had to work that night). I found an incredible yellow cake with chocolate buttercream frosting recipe made with coconut flour. I halved the recipe, which was just enough for us to eat for a few days. It was actually super close in taste to a traditional yellow cake, so I was very happy with it!

I made my honey take a few pictures and sing me Happy Birthday 🙂

Then Titan wanted in on the cake!

Speaking of Titan, he has finally healed from his wound.

It has been an incredibly long month with him because he just hated being hurt and being limited movement wise. He destroyed 5 different types of cones/collars meant to keep him from licking his stitches. After he ruined the first one, he proceeded to pull out some of his stitches and open the wound back up. That meant we had to take another trip back to the vet to get new stitches and more medicine for him…and a new cone!

Here he is right after the initial stitches. He was so drugged up!

This is the first round of stitches. Sorry if it grosses you out! The noodle-looking thing is called a drain. It helps fluid drain out of the area.

And here is the “cone” that lasted the longest! Isn’t it cute? 🙂

Because he couldn’t run, he wasn’t able to wear himself out during the day. Therefore, he wanted to get up in the middle of the night. This of course threw off his entire schedule and ours. I can’t tell you how many times I was up in the middle of the night out in the freezing cold (and rain and snow sometimes!) with him just walking around because he wasn’t tired!

He’s finally back to his old self and is now free to run around. We ended up getting an invisible fence and that has been super helpful, especially considering he took off after another dog a few weeks ago and I had to chase him through the wooded hill behind our house. I’d say I probably ran a mile and a half trying to figure out where he went! It was less than amusing.

Moving on from the pup, I’ve made lots of changes to my life in the past month.

1. I’ve decided to go shampoo-free! It’s been awesome, but a little gross at times. I started out by just washing my hair every other day, trying to train my hair to not need washing every single day. I had a few really bad hair days, but now it is calming down a bit.

I decided to stop using shampoo for a few reasons. I am going to save a TON of money by not buying shampoo anymore (yes, I was buying semi-expensive Aveeno!), and I’m not going to be exposing myself to harmful chemicals anymore! I simply mix one tablespoon of baking soda with 8 oz of water (shake before each use). I used two old 10 oz jelly jars to store my new shampoo and conditioner in and just put them in the shower where my old stuff used to be. I pour a small amount on my hand and rub it into my hair and I also will pour a little right onto my hair. It definitely doesn’t suds up, and that took some getting used to, but I can definitely feel it in my hair, so I just use my fingers to “wash” my hair the same as I did with shampoo. I rinse it out and will sometimes follow up with a water/apple cider vinegar mixture as well.

To be honest, my hair  is much more manageable and much fuller. My hair has always just sort of laid there and not ever held a style (hence the reason for me keeping it so long!). But now, I can see and feel that it has body to it.

It’s really not hard to do and it is beneficial for many reasons, so I highly recommend trying it. I’ll try to keep you posted about my progress!

2. I’ve changed my eating habits…my honey’s aunt (the holistic nutritionist who has helped me become so much healthier! And gives me free eggs :)) has me on an anti-candida diet.

Now, there are many different versions of this type of diet, and lots of different opinions on what you can and can’t eat. The main focus for me is to eliminate all grains and all sugars (including most fruits and my beloved honey and maple syrup!!!). Mainly I am eating meat and veggies with some nuts and eggs thrown in. A few other things I had to cut out were potatoes and corn (starches), and milk (oh the horror!!!!!).

But don’t worry, I’ve gotten very creative and have come up with lots of great recipes I can have. One I’ll share today and another I’ll share later this week.

I’m on day 11 of the “diet” and I’m feeling great/stellar/stupendous/energetic/fantastic/amazing!! (seriously!) I still have another 18 days to go and I sorely miss my glass of raw milk every day, as well as eating all the fresh fruit I can get my hands on. However, I know that I’m healing my insides (and the rest of my body) by doing this diet/cleanse.

It is actually very similar to the Paleo diet, so in looking up recipes, I found two incredible websites that I want to pass along. The first is called Mark’s Daily Apple. He is the creator of the Primal Blueprint and has incredible information on his blog about healthy eating, the Paleo way. I highly recommend signing up for his newsletter and getting his free ebooks!

The second website I found is PaleOMG, which is a blog by a hilarious girl named Juli. She eats 99% Paleo and is a CrossFit coach. Her recipes are so out of this world that you won’t even notice there aren’t any grains!

If you’re interested in finding out more about candida and the diet, check out Whole Approach. They have a questionnaire you can take, as well as tons of information and recipes (in the forum).

3. I’ve gone back to yoga. I can’t remember the last time I picked up a weight to be honest! For some reason, my body is just tired of doing that, so I’m listening. I still feel incredibly strong, and in some ways stronger than before. Let me tell you, don’t underestimate the power of holding chaturanga to build up your triceps, chest and core!

I found some incredible YouTube channels with some excellent workouts and have been focusing on them. The Power Yoga with Bryan Jones videos are my favorite. Then, for short workouts, I turn to Flexible Warrior Yoga, especially the core one. I also love Tara Stiles, so I typically just search her name and do one of her workouts.

Things are going to be changing very soon though! I start with a new student personal trainer on Monday 🙂 I’m hoping to try out some new stuff with her, especially some CrossFit type workouts, but we’ll see what she has in store for me. I can guarantee it won’t be yoga though!

And finally…

4. I’ve enjoyed more time with the people in my life. Blogging is very time-consuming (especially when you work full-time!). Not only does it take time to put together a post, especially a well-written one with pictures, but reading others’ blogs and commenting on them also takes up a huge amount of time. The best way to get more readers to your blog is to read and comment on others’, so that’s what we bloggers do. I was spending a lot of my “free” time reading about other people’s lives instead of being present in my life.

Part of me absolutely LOVED it! I got to participate in discussions about topics that interest me and I gained a lot of knowledge from other bloggers (not to mention the copious amounts of recipes!! :)). The other part of me though felt like I wasn’t putting enough effort into my own life. Instead of making plans to meet someone for lunch at work, I would be reading other blogs or writing a post of my own. Instead of putting a lot of effort into making my direct-selling business successful, I was taking pictures of recipes I was creating, then editing them, then posting them. And most importantly, instead of spending time on the couch with my honey and my pup, I was commenting on as many blogs as I could just so they’d read my blog and do the same.

I just decided that I’d had enough. As much as I enjoyed sharing recipes and sharing my life, the time I was putting into it wasn’t worth neglecting the rest of my life.

The past four weeks of not blogging and not reading others’ blogs have been great! I found that I’ve been less stressed (except with Titan’s injury!) and I felt more present in my every day life. I’ve been able to reconnect with friends on campus since I have had a lunch date every week for the past month and have a few others scheduled in the next few weeks.

I have also enjoyed a lot more QT with my honey and pup (when they’re awake, that is! :))

I’ve decided to just blog about big events or when I have awesome recipes to share, and to not worry about staying up to date with other blogs right now.

This week will be a little different however. I do plan to post a few times, mostly recipes, but also a piece of exciting news!

The reason for posting today and this week? My honey is with some friends skiing in Colorado!!!!

I was just sent this picture:

Say a little prayer that he doesn’t get hurt (they’re skiing lots of black diamonds!) AND that he doesn’t get a tattoo…all the guys were teasing us women that they were going to, so we’ll see!

Now for the awesome recipe! Paleo and candida friendly 🙂

Green Crustless Quiche

A yummy change to my standard scrambled egg breakfast! Leftovers are great to heat up the next day, which makes for a super quick healthy breakfast to start your day. 

  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup raw cream (yes, I can have cream, but not milk. The milk contains sugar, but the cream off the top does not!)
  • 1 small head broccoli, lightly steamed and chopped
  • handful of spinach, chopped
  • 1 inch piece of zucchini diced
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup of grated Parmesan cheese
1. Crack the eggs into a bowl and add the cream. Whisk together until they are completely mixed.
2. Add in the veggies (substitute whatever ones you have one hand) and stir to incorporate.
3. Season to desired taste and add the Parmesan cheese, then stir once more.
4. Pour into a greased baking dish (round, square, rectangle…it doesn’t matter!). I have found that coconut oil works best for greasing my baking stones.
5. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes until it has puffed up and no longer jiggles when you shake the pan.

What a week + new recipe

I haven’t been this glad it’s Friday in a long time! It has been such a crazy week for both me and my honey. We have both had something every evening after work, and it is just exhausting.

Lucky for me, I’m taking today off! Unfortunately, my honey can’t do the same and he is the one who really needs a break.

He will get a break soon enough though because Christmas vacation starts next Wednesday! We will both have 13 whole days away from work!!!! We are definitely counting down the days 🙂

Tomorrow we are traveling down to Radford to see my brother-in-law graduate from college. It’ll be fun to go back there because my honey and I met there! We’ve only been back once since I graduated with my Master’s in 2008 and that was for our one-year wedding anniversary in June 2010.

As for today, I have a ton of things planned, but I highly doubt I will get to all of them. The main few things I need to work on are:

  • decorating our Christmas tree (we have lights on it, but no ornaments!)
  • making our Christmas card (this is our third Christmas since we got married and we still haven’t done a card!)
  • clean off the kitchen table
  • do some laundry
  • pack for our trip tomorrow
  • possibly bake some sugar cookies with homemade frosting…still developing the recipes, but I’m so excited and will definitely share!
  • work out (I plan to do a little more wood splitting in addition to my run!)

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I’m excited to share this recipe today because I used to think it was impossible to make this at home. After my chiropractor suggested it to me last winter when my honey was sick, I tried it and have never gone back to the canned stuff!!

There’s a reason people eat chicken soup when they are sick: it is incredibly good for you! This is mainly from the broth, and like most things, homemade is best! For a really in-depth look at why homemade broth is so good for you, check out this article by Sally Fallon, author of Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats (I HIGHLY recommend this book! I refer to it, and healthy fats, in this post).

Homemade Chicken Soup with Rice (Makes 10-12 servings)

  • one 3-5 lb whole chicken (organic if possible)
  • 3 or 4 quarts of water (enough to just barely cover the chicken)
  • 2 large carrots
  • 3 celery stalks
  • 1 medium onion
  • salt
  • pepper
  • dried parsley
  • dried thyme
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice

1. Fill large stockpot (I use an 8-qt) with water. Turn heat on high.

2. Rinse off chicken and remove any innards. Place chicken (with skin still on) in the water and let come to a boil. Let it boil for 20 minutes.

3. While chicken is boiling, dice up the carrots, celery and onion. Add veggies to pot and stir around.

4. Add seasonings to your liking. Go heavy on the salt and parsley and taste before adding any more. Go light on the thyme because it is pretty strong.

5. Let everything simmer for about 20 more minutes or until everything is tender.

6. Turn off the heat and remove chicken from pot onto a large cutting board. Remove as much meat as you can with a knife and a fork. Shred the chicken to desired size pieces. Return the meat to the pot.

7. Add the cooked rice to the pot and stir around.

8. Serve hot with your favorite gluten-free crackers.

This recipe makes a lot of soup! After you put the leftovers in containers, put the chicken carcass back into the stockpot to make some broth. Following Sally Fallon’s recipe, add some more carrots, celery and onions, plus a little vinegar. Then pour in enough water to cover everything and bring to a boil. Let simmer for a few hours.

You can freeze this broth and use it in other recipes and soups. It’s much cheaper than buying broth from the store because you get one chicken soup recipe, plus lots of broth for under $10! I’ll sometimes not make the soup from the chicken, but instead use this method to cook my chicken to shred for other recipes. Then I will use the carcass to make the broth. It’s a win-win all around!

Have you ever made your own broth?

Saturday morning run

I had a great run this morning! Even though it was hovering around the freezing mark, I bundled up and headed out.

There was a dense frost on the ground, but with the sun shining on it, it looked so beautiful! I don’t think these photos really capture it, but you get the idea.

I set out to do 4.5 miles and I didn’t care how I completed them. Usually I like to challenge myself to finish without stopping at all, but because it was so cold, I had to take a few short breaks.

I chose to run a flatter course than I normally do because it is hunting season. I typically run a nice hilly area on the edge of our property, but since we have people who hunt on the land, I decided to stay away. I ended up with an average pace of 9:19 a mile which is awesome for me, especially at that distance.

The run reminded me how much I miss running. I miss the solitude of a nice, long run, especially around here where I really don’t see anyone when I’m out running. It was nice to disconnect from technology for a bit (I might be attached to my phone just a bit…) and to just have time to think about stuff. I don’t really remember what I thought about, but I always do some good thinking when I run.

I really felt strong for most of the run, and I attribute part of it to my pre-run snack, which was also my breakfast. A square of my homemade granola bar, half an apple, and a glass of raw milk. It had enough simple and complex carbs, plus lots of good fats and protein to get me through it. My post-run snack/second breakfast was butternut squash pancakes. I seriously had these every day last week for breakfast. They are soooooo yummy! Again, they were loaded with good carbs, fats and protein to fill me up and repair my muscles.

After my run, I got a few things done around the house and then made a little money with my side job. It was a fun afternoon!

Now I’m about to eat dinner and take care my sick honey…he’s not really sick yet, but I need to make sure he doesn’t get all the way there. He is NOT FUN to be around when he doesn’t feel well. Maybe one day I’ll tell you all about the time I had to take him to the hospital shortly after we met….looking back I can laugh at how horrible he was, but in the moment, it was tough!

I’ve pumped him full of hot tea, veggies, water and supplements, so we’ll see how he feels in the morning. I really am looking forward to our hike tomorrow so I want him to feel better!!

What did you do today?

What I learned from my car accident

It’s been a little over two weeks now since I was in a car accident. My car is totaled, but I’m fortunate enough to have my little brother’s car to drive for awhile (plus, it has all sorts of amenities that mine didn’t! Like power locks, windows, and mirrors; cruise control, and a sunroof :)).

In the two weeks since the accident happened, I’ve been thinking a lot about it and trying to make some sense of it. I learned a few things and I wanted to share a little about them because I think they are things that most people have to come to terms with at some point in their life.

1. I’m not invincible. I’ve gone through life without any major incidents. I’ve only had a few minor injuries from cheerleading and I had only ever been in minor car accidents or haven’t been the one driving when an accident occurred. Therefore, I truly thought I was invincible (especially in my car). I try to teach the college students I work with that they aren’t invincible (especially when it comes to drinking), but for some reason, I never took the advice myself. I always said to myself (usually subconsciously) “oh, that couldn’t/wouldn’t ever happen to me.” Not true! It doesn’t matter how careful I try to be when driving, you never know what could happen to you.

2. Expect the unexpected. I’ve always loved this saying, but I tend to forget about it until something unexpected does happen. We should be prepared for the unexpected things in life because you never know when they are coming. If we can’t truly be prepared, we should at least know that we aren’t in total control and all sorts of things can happen to us, especially when we least expect it.

3. It doesn’t matter how healthy I eat…I could die tomorrow. This one may sound controversial, but hear me out. I focus on eating a healthy diet 99% of the time. I do it because it makes me feel good. I feel more energetic, less crabby, happier, and overall just have a better outlook on life than when I eat unhealthy. I want to live to be 100, and I want to be a healthy 100 year old so I make sure I eat healthy and workout regularly. However, my accident really opened my eyes to see that I could easily be taken out of this world tomorrow by something other than my health. Does it mean I’m going to stop eating healthy? Absolutely not. But, it is going to make me that much more thankful for being alive and for the healthy food I have to eat every day.

4. I can’t control everything. I’ve mentioned before that I really like to plan. Part of it is so that I make sure I get stuff done, but the other part is being in control. I like to know what is going to happen next so I can be prepared for it. The accident happened so quickly, and I surely wasn’t expecting it, so there was no way for me to prepare and I couldn’t control a single bit of it. It taught me that as much as I might try to plan things out and be in control all the time, sometimes it just won’t go my way. I need to let go of the reins a little bit and be better about accepting the things that come my way that I didn’t plan for.

Have you ever been in an accident? What did you learn from it?