Juice Me Up

Happy February break, friends!

I hope everyone is having more of a relaxing break than I am (sigh).  With midterms, midterm assignments, job applications, and interviews, there hasn’t really been much “me” time… including incorporating this health and fitness journey in my very busy schedule.  And with grad pictures right around the corner….

So, many of my friends have told me to try juicing.  Now, I am NOT a juicer or a believer in drinking my foods… a girl’s gotta eat. But I would also like to have a neck in my grad photos.  I have had great success with my previous food diet (keto) and average success with the intermittent fasting, but since I can’t go to the gym (due to no free time/ no access when I’m at my parents’) I need to try something that will preferably dehydrate my body to the max – I don’t know if juicing will do this or not but I guess we’ll see?

To begin: I know nothing about juicing.  I think it’s silly and honestly I don’t really want to try this.  Fruits and vegetables are high in carbs and sugar for that matter, and I can already feel the heartburn I’m probably going to have for the next week.

This is what I’ve learned: This website really started at the basics and worked it’s way up to the complex for me.

To begin, it basically compares the difference between juices and smoothies.  And while they basically are the same, the main difference is that juices have NO fiber.  However, or the purpose of juicing, the lack of fiber is a good thing- it allows the body to rapidly digest and assimilate the nutrients found in the juice in comparison of having a lot of fiber contained which would slow the entire process down a bit.

I also learned that there is many different types of juicing: cold-pressed (does the best job at maintaining the most nutrients), centrifugal (the cell walls of the fruits/vegetables are not as easily broken down and may be wasted if you don’t “re-juice” again to yield the most you can), masticating (retains more nutrients than centrifugal but less than cold-pressed), high speed blenders + milk nut bag (filters to maintain most nutrients).

So I know what you’re all thinking now…


To prep: all fruits and vegetables with inedible rinds, remove! This includes oranges, lemons, grapefruits, ginger skin, etc. Be sure to thoroughly wash all fruits and vegetables as best as possible.

Equipment: You can use a high-speed blender if you do not have a juicer.


  1. Wash fruit or vegetables
  2. Remove peel or outer rhine if needed
  3. Pop in the juicer
    1. If using a blender- blend fruits and vegetables, strain using a nut milk bag, squeeze all the juice you can out of the fruits/vegetables, repeat until the pulp is dry and you’ve gotten all the juice out.
  4. Let the juicer do the work!
  5. Depending on how wet your fruit/vegetable pulp is after juicing, you can “re-juice” the pulp to squeeze out the very last bit of juice and water within the fruits/vegetables.
  6. Store in an airtight mason jar for up to 48 hours maximum. Fresh and drinking immediately is absolutely best!
    1. You can make a couple large batches for yourself to lessen the amount of time juicing, just be sure to consume in 2 days and store in an airtight mason jar.

Seems like a lot of work.. but it actually doesn’t take that long.  And as we’re all students, it’s kind of easy to see that this is a fairly expensive diet to live off of, even if it is just for a week or so.  So I found this great article that provides a list of produce for those juicing on a budget.

And if you’re a visual learner, here’s an 11 minute video of Dani Spies going through the ins and outs of juicing.

And if you’re still interested, here’s a list of 22 juicing recipes.

Pretty sure this post would be Biggie approved

And also pretty sure this is the theme song of this post:

– J


World-Wide Web

I think Wesch’s video just kind of justified, more or less, the idea that things are constantly changing.  While most of us view this change as the better: resources for the classroom, programs to support learning, access to videos, etc. it’s also changing for the worse.  We talked in class about kids having a social footprint before they’re born, which is outrageous.  But then when I think about it, I think it’s weird when parents choose to not post anything about their child or pregnancy online – I think this way (not because I love seeing baby photos 24/7, because trust me, I don’t) but because it’s the “normal” and “common” way to do things.

When I was little, my mum took photos of me everywhere, and she put my photos into my own picture album.  I have SO many albums from birthdays to field trips to monumental moments.  Then, when scrapbooking became a huge fad, my mum turned lots of those albums into scrapbooks.  But now, having friends my age who have kids, they’re not creating photo albums.  Yes, they’re taking pictures of their kids, and yes they’re documenting their child’s life, but they’re doing it via Facebook: they created a facebook for their child, uploading their photos into albums, sharing birthday moments, and creating this digital footprint for their child.  I have never thought anything of creating the page for their child before our last class.  I always thought it was kind of weird they were doing this, but I kind of had the mindset “you do you, boo.”  But now I feel like I should almost show them some of the scary stats we talked about and tell them to leave it up for their daughter to create the page for herself when she becomes of age. Or even suggest buying a domain for their kids like what Katia brought up in class, rather than creating such a public page for all to see.

But on the other hand, again, the coolest thing about the Wesch’s video was learning that Soulja Boy was found on youtube.  I remember being in grade 4 or 5 and learning that dance in phys ed.  I had no idea he became a youtube phenomenon before he got signed or that his music video is a parody of sorts of that journey for him.  Learning that made me realize how fast videos actually spread and can become “sensational.”  It made me think about those posts you see on Facebook that say, “I’m teaching a grade 6 class in *wherever* please share so I can show my students how fast things posted can spread!” And within a week the post has MILLIONS of shares and comments, and it’s almost scary to think how fast something like that can go around the world.  But at the same time, it’s beneficial for those “children missing” posts because they hit such a large array of people in such a short amount of time.

I guess when all is said and done, just like Katia said in the lecture, the technology we divulge ourselves into actually shapes us and as future educators, we should try our best to teach students to expose themselves to such technology positively.  How we do that, I’m not sure.  In my classroom, I will want my students to use their technology as a tool, not a toy.  I don’t want to shun technology, but I also want it to constantly be used appropriately… just as we are doing in this class.  We’re having fun, we’re learning, and we’re evolving.  As time goes on I will be able to learn more (especially in this class) about how to position myself to help advocate and foster a positive technological community.


Intermittent Fasting 101

So guys, I suck, and since getting back from BC I have not picked my keto diet back up (honestly because my mother ain’t about that life and I’m going home for reading week) and I also have not been going to the gym since it’s difficult to type 40 essays and run intervals at the same time (RIP to me).

SIDE NOTE: Here are some cute photos of me and my friends at the beach:



I decided to check out intermittent fasting!  From my understanding, there is only a small time frame in the day that you can eat, because the long fasting period puts your body it ketosis just as the keto diet would.  For me, this diet is more attainable while on vacations, like February break, because there’s not a strict diet, just a strict time frame for eating.

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So I learned a lot from this wonderful blog (which also includes a FREE intermittent fasting beginners guide!).  Basically, what happens is you skip breakfast every day, and eat two meals a day – never eating past 8pm and never eating before 12:30pm.  To understand how this diet works, you need to understand that your body has two states: the fed state and the fasted state.  I’m going to try and make this simple: It is hard to burn fat during the fed state because insulin levels are high. The 8-12 hours after your last meal is when you enter the fasted state, and this is where your body burns fat because your insulin levels are low.  Doing intermittent fasting is your body burning fat even though you aren’t doing anything, per say.

Here’s also a pretty good video that explains this in another way:


Hope every one is having a great week, and I’m excited to try this out for myself!


Hi friends!

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So as a little update… I’ve been keto for two weeks and have lost 10 lbs.  Not bad for the amount of cheese I’ve ingested.  So with that being said, I feel like I deserve a break.

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I’m going to Vancouver on Friday, and I know I won’t be able to have a strict diet while I’m there so I decided to just casually feed my body carbs again for the week.  I will pick this diet back up when I come home on Monday, so I’ll continue this diet.

Also, not that you asked, but gym life hasn’t been fantastic.  I know in my last post I blogged about HIIT and said I’d try to implement it into my routine.. but turns out I actually have to attend the gym to put it into my routine.  I managed to try HIIT twice, but that’s definitely not enough.  So when I get back into the groove of things next week, I’ll be more determined to bear the -30 degree weather to make my trek over to Mount Crumpit (a.k.a. the gym).

So with that being said… my learning topic is about cheat days.

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I literally know absolutely nothing about the benefits of cheating on your diet besides the fact that it makes your taste buds happy and can help if you’re plateauing (not making any more progress).

This is what I’ve learned:

There are not benefits to cheating.

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That if you need to cheat, try to do it on big training days so you burn off excess calories, or do it after milestones to treat yourself.  So for example, if you hit a PB (personal best) in the gym, go get some menchies because you deserve it.  I read this article that claims the only benefit that could be argued is that it can raise your leptin level – leptin is the hormone that fat cells secrete to maintain energy balance in your body – as calorie restrictions decrease it.  It’s when that hormone decreases that the urges for bad foods arise because when leptin levels reach a certain threshold, it signals to the brain that you have sufficient energy stored, allowing you to push away from the table when you’ve had enough. Then when leptin levels drop, hunger signals go through the roof, often resulting in overeating.

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Needless to say… I think I better be focused on my diet and exercise plan for next week!  But as a side note, this app has been the most amazing tool to use on this journey and is the reason why I haven’t had more cheat days thus far.  It lets you save your meals, duplicate them, etc. and is the simplest app I’ve had yet to use.  It has a visual of the number of macros you have left to eat in a day, and it turns colours when you’re spot on or over.  10/10 would recommend!!

Try’na tweet

So this week I decided to be a part of an Ed chat that was based out of Hawaii.  It was Monday night, so worked well for me because I was able to participate immediately after my Monday evening class.  It was kind of weird though; unlike that Edchats that I’ve been a part of, or even the one Katia explained to us EDTC students, it was different.  The chat questions were posted on a google doc, and not on twitter.  Also, after I answered the questions, I found that participation was minimal, as was communication with one another.

I can see the benefits of Edchats in a community that is very involved and “tight-knit” as the SK Edchats are but for me, this specific one I was involved in really didn’t do much for me.  I would say that my experience went poorly only for that reason.  On top of that, I found it rather overwhelming to try and participate in since my schedule was very busy and it kept slipping my mind.

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It’s hard to think about doing things, like tweeting three times a day, when you’ve never had to even tweet once before.

If I was more involved, I think it would be valuable to see other’s opinions and connect and network with them.  Hope everybody’s chats went well!



HIIT Me Baby One More Time

So my post last week was about the ketogenic diet.  And since then, I have (amazingly) been faithful to the diet.  I definitely struggle every day, as the amount of meat and cheese I have to eat each day is honestly outrageous.  I especially struggle with finding recipes for a keto meal that doesn’t include really strange things that I wouldn’t eat normally…like erithrytol and pork rinds.  I also have an extremely hard time eating enough in a day, and what comes with that is learning how to keep my electrolytes from completely depleting.  I’m still learning, but I hope with time this process gets easier.  But to end on a happy note, here’s a DELICIOUS Shrimp Alfredo I made for myself one night:


All that’s in it is: shrimp, kale, cream cheese, butter, heavy cream, garlic powder, and parmesan cheese.  It was the most delicious Keto meal my mouth has ever tasted.


This week, however, my learning topic is going to be about HIIT: high intensity interval training.  So before I research, here is what I already know about it..or think I know:
-An interval is doing an exercise at different speeds.  For example, walk for 60 seconds, jog for 30 seconds, then sprint for 30 seconds.  And then repeat for, say 30 minutes or 8-12 reps – whatever your workout looks like.  You want your heart rate as high as possible during those last 30 seconds, but you want to completely recover and lower your heart rate down again during that minute of walking.
– Intervals are of interest to the people of the fitness decent because it creates a better stamina, as well as increases/ decreases heart rate at a level that allows the body to burn calories (and therefore fat) faster.  You need to push yourself to get through the
-Intervals increase your speed
– You can do intervals on any cardio machine and in lots of different exercise: sprint, jump rope, treadmill, stair mill, stationary bike, elliptical.
– And that’s about it.

So here’s what I learned:
–  According to bodybuilding.com, what makes HIIT training so effective as a fat burner is that it produces excess post-oxygen consumption, a.k.a. EPOC; HIIT increases the resting metabolic rate for the following 24 hours.  Which mean, the fat-burning party isn’t over once you step off the treadmill – it keeps going and going and going!  However, you don’t actually burn an abundant amount of calories throughout the day afterwards.  You burn some, but not a crazy amount.  It’s like finding a dollar in your pant pocket at the end of the day.  Awesome! It’s a dollar…but it’s not $20.00.
-I also found this really cool community for the who, what, when, where, and why of HIIT.  It’s a bunch of people just learning and going through this process together.
– I also learned, surprisingly enough, that I know 95% of what there is to know about HIIT.  But with that being said, I also found this really great video that thoroughly describes the differences between all the cardios.  While I already know what the difference is, I think the did a really good job at making the differences even more clear to me.  The girl in the video also shows some really alternative ways to do cardio, which I think is a neat visual.  She is also hilarious, and when you get to her workout routine I think you’ll probably laugh.

So with all that being said, I’m going to incorporate HIIT into my workouts every day for this next week alongside my keto lifestyle, and will relay how it’s going in my next post!


My Feedly!

Hey y’all!

So before this blog post, I had no idea Feedly or Digg or Inoreader even existed.  I chose to create a Feedly account, honestly because I liked the name of it the best.  Signing up was quite simple, actually, I just had to log in with my google account.  Then when it came to following blogs, I just followed what I was already familiar with and what I try read on a daily basis.  After that, I just typed hashtags of things I was interested in, like #beauty, and followed accounts that had a thorough definition of what their posts would be about, and had multiple thousand followers (if all those people like it, I probably will too.. right?)

This is what the overview of my feed looks like:

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Unlike Amy’s post where she said she found Feedly hard to navigate, I actually find it quite simple and am quite pleased at the simplicity of it.  I am excited to read all the blogs I’m following.  I am specifically excited about two of the accounts I chose to follow: Ruled Me and She Reads Truth.

First of all, Ruled Me is a resource to find ketogenic recipes, which is amazing since my first learning project post was about the ketogenic diet.  This blog is amazing, because it has new recipes every day, and it includes pictures and videos of what the process of the recipe will look like, as well as a THOROUGH description of the macronutrients in not only each ingredient, but the whole recipe and per serving as well.  It’s amazing and has definitely been helpful for me to turn to during the learning process of becoming keto.

The next blog I’m excited is She Reads Truth, and it plays a close role to my heart.   They only post about one article a month, so it’s not a super over-bearing blog to follow.  It’s a community of women all of the world in the pursuit of Jesus.  It’s a company that’s grown exponentially (and accidentally) over the past few years, and I just find their movement and the passion they put forth really inspiring.  And my heart loves it even more since it’s 21 women pursuing their aspirations and following their dreams while succeeding in a man’s world.  They have everything from encouraging resources to devotional plans and it’s a very powerful and encouraging blog to fall upon.  A couple years ago I also received a “She Reads Truth” devotional Bible, and there is so much beautiful imagery and deconstructions of societal issues that when I saw they had a blog I could not resist to immediately follow.

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I’m excited to read everybody’s posts to see what blogs they’re following and why!  Hope mine are of interest to some of you!!