Weekends at the Farmer’s Market

You can usually find me at the farmer’s market on the weekend. I swear that the tomatoes I get from a local farmer there taste so much better than the ones from the grocery store!

And it turns out, science backs me up. An average tomato usually travels over 1,300 miles from the farm to the supermarket. In comparison, the ones at the farmers market travel just over 100 miles. Just think about all the nutrition and quality of those tomatoes deteriorating as they sit in the back of these trucks going across the country! And fresher tastes better, right?!

Aside from taste, it takes energy to transport food…and you know I’m all about sustainability! When we think of global warming, we often think about fossil fuels and electricity, but what about the way we eat? Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma, estimates that it takes over 56 calories of energy to produce just 1 calorie of food! That’s a lot of energy. To try to eat more sustainably, a good rule of thumb is the more local and the less processed, the better. So, help keep your local farmers in business by shopping their produce!

What if you don’t have a farmer’s market near where you live? Here are some tips:

  1. Eat more foods that don’t need labels. Apples don’t have packaging screaming at you that they’re low-fat because they don’t need to. Most often, these are the foods around the perimeter of your grocery store!
  2. Eat in season. Because transportation distance for produce that’s in season is so much shorter, farmers are able to wait till the produce is at peak ripeness before harvesting – this means tastier produce and less gas used during delivery! Curious what’s in season near you? Try Seasonable Food Guide, a website that tells you what produce is in season based on your zip code.  I’m so excited for all of the pumpkin and squashes to come back now that it’s Fall. Mmmmm – spaghetti squash with a little tomato sauce tastes just like pasta, I swear!
  3. Eat your colors. Balance is the key! A colorful plate often means a lot of different vitamins and nutrients for your body. Although delicious, a bag of assorted gummy bears does not count as eating your colors.

Let me know what you’ve bought local and how you’ve turned the ingredients into the perfect Fall recipe by using #OliveOylLoves on Facebook and Instagram! Now, I have to get back to preparing some delicious tomatoes. See ya next week!

Love,

Olive Oyl

Back to School Essentials

Hi everyone!

Nothing say September to me like Back-to-School shopping! Although my school days are over (sigh!), this is still one of my favorite times of the year. There’s nothing quite like having a super cute backpack full of fresh notebooks as you face the exciting prospects of a new year.

When I was going to school, there were many things I couldn’t live without:

  • Planner: Between doing homework, participating in extracurricular activities, and making new friends, a planner is a must-have for achieving that delicate life I find that writing down everything I need to do helps me prioritize. That way I spend less time figuring out what I need to do, and more time doing. Getting my work done quicker meant spending more time with my friends, and not just with my textbooks.
  • Notebook and Pens: I know, I know, everyone uses a laptop now. Although I don’t do much work on paper anymore, research proves that taking notes by hand is better for information I’m guessing this is probably because there is no chance of being tempted to scroll through Facebook when the lecture gets dull!
  • Laptop: I don’t live in the stone ages, either! A laptop is essential for completing materials. If your professor allows it, I highly recommend renting digital copies of your textbooks instead of buying physical ones. Back pain is so not chic.
  • Water bottle: You can’t learn if you’re dehydrated! Utilize those water fountains around your campus and bring a reusable water bottle to school. They make so many adorable ones now! Mine is insulated, which is helpful at keeping my water cold. As a bonus, it’s better for the environment (sustainability, people!!).
  • Caffeine: Let’s be real, 8 AM classes are tough, REALLY tough. Most days, caffeine is the only thing keeping me from becoming a total zombie. I can usually be found with water bottle in one hand, and my cup of coffee in the other.
  • First Day Back Outfit: I use to spend days planning for this outfit. It has to be the perfect combination of effortless, professional and on trend. Your outfit needs to scream “I’m baaaack!” without “I’m trying too hard”. It’s a tricky balance!
  • Excitement: I really miss school now that I’m no longer going back! I met some of the most amazing people while learning the most interesting things and having a fabulous time. Be excited about being back, and all the possibilities a new year brings. Enjoy it and make memories. You’ll definitely miss it later on, I promise!

I wish you all have the most amazing year ever! Show me what you’re up to on campus using #OliveOylLoves on Facebook and Instagram.

Love,

Olive Oyl

Getting Back into Yoga

Welcome back, Everyone, to Olive Oyl Loves!

This week, I’ve finally gotten back into yoga. I first fell in love with it two years ago, and have been practicing on and off ever since! I love how, after a session, I always seem to have a better state of mind. Yoga is so much more than just crazy moves, it’s self-discovery, and it’s a physical outlet for relieving stress and releasing emotions.

Lately I’ve been working on establishing a better balance between work and life, and a big step in achieving that goal is to commit to doing yoga more regularly — even if that means that I’m just doing a quick ten-minute stretch session before bed.  

I’m learning to give myself permission to put my mental and physical health first. You should allow yourself to discover a new passion. If you’re interested in joining me, I’m going to leave demonstration of yoga moves to the pros, so here are some of my favorite fitness bloggers:

Jules Hunt from Om and the City:

 

“Expect nothing, appreciate everything.” 🙏🙏🙏 Because of YOU, we made it to 20k!!! 🕺💕🕺Thank you soooo much for being beautiful, kind-hearted, and supportive comrades on this wellness journey. 🌱Getting to connect daily with so many mindful humans from all over the world and hear your stories actually gives me chills. This wellness community is full of BADASS, intelligent, and very self-aware ladies (+ gents!) and many of you I would consider a close friend, even though I’ve never physically met you (👋@fitlifewithfran + @nowheylady… I talk to you both almost everyday!) And many more! You guys amaze me. Some of my dearest IRL friends I met from the ‘gram like @vmorris41 + @livingminnaly! 👯 I didn’t see this career path coming, but I sure as hell won’t question it, because I am forever grateful to call this wellness world my actual job. 💛 You best believe I have a really ridiculous GIVEAWAY coming up in the next few days. So, stay tuned, because it’s a little ‘extra’. 💁🏻 I love you. Thank you for sticking around to celebrate this milestone with me! #omandthecity #20k // Photo 📷 by another new ‘gram to IRL friend @veggiekins! 💕

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Melanie Torres from Headstands & Heels:

 

Motivation is what gets you started. ✨ Persistence and habit is what keeps you going. 🙌🏻 #nevergiveup #mythoughts #qotd

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Britt Ramsey from Soul Search Fitness (@bin_nycity):

Don’t forget to show me your crazy yoga moves by using #OliveOylLoves on Facebook and Instagram!

Best,

Olive Oyl