Now Trending – Best Links Week of 1.26


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Did you know Mercury was in retrograde? I’m secretly into weird stuff like that. Last time Mercury was in retrograde I lost my job, got dumped and moved across the country. My horoscope that week basically told me that two of those three things were going to happen (the first and last). I have been finding it pretty hard (until the past couple of days) to find motivation to do anything than surf the internet and read blogs… maybe that’s why?

I have some exciting things coming up! This weekend I’m going to run the Kaiser Permanente Half-Marathon. I don’t have any real goals, except to see where my fitness levels are right now. APPARENTLY it’s flat (hahaha, flat in San Francisco, what a joke). You’ll see a full recap next week. Next week Angela will be here and the following week (aka day) A will be here. I have been counting down the days since they both booked their tickets in December.

In case you’re snowed in or something awful in the East Coast, are are the best links I’ve found this week… well and last week, because I found so many last week and had to save a few. Whoops.

I’ve sadly only been to six of the 52 places you should travel in 2015 (Rome, Milan, Steamboat Springs, Ile de France, Manhattan and Miami). I hope to venture to a few on this list this year including Cabo (it’s so close!), Rabat and Shanghai.

I’m struggling with that whole “what do I want in life” (besides moving to Bali/Hawaii, not work and be professionally tan, which is an unrealistic goal) thought right now. I love this article about figuring out what exactly it is you want to do.

This is old and I don’t care about Target collabs because 99% of the time I forget about them and the other 1% nothing is cute, but girls’ reactions to the Lilly Pulitzer-Target collab were hilarious. (FYI – “basic” isn’t the same as “poor”.)

Do you miss Serial? Yeah, me too. Here are Five New Podcasts for you. I listened to the first episode of Invisibilia and loved it.

I totally think intuitive eating is a myth. It’s for people with good metabolisms. If I, on the other hand, listened to my body I would probably only eat almond butter and avocados. Here’s why one editor from The Kitchn says intuitive eating doesn’t work.

Was your New Year’s Resolution to cook more at home? Here is the ultimate healthy grocery list.

I should really do more strength training… maybe I’ll start with this 10 song workout routine? It is so different and looks so fun.

Did you get a shiny new Vitamix for Christmas and don’t know where to start? Greatist has an awesome list of recipes to make in your Vitamix.

I’m really bad about thinking about making nut butter but then not making nut butter… I want to try so many on Lee’s list of homemade nut butters, especially the cashew birthday cake butter!

I not so secretly love BBQ and want to make these BBQ chicken and butternut squash tacos by my friend Whitney!

I never eat through the bananas I buy fast enough so they always end up in the freezer to go into smoothies… or as banana bread. Since I’m a bread failure, I’m going to try this recipe for Chocolate Chip Coconut Flour Banana Bread from Ambitious Kitchen.

Need. Tofu. Puffs. These Quiona Brunch Bowl with Soft Boiled Eggs, Avocado and Tofu Puffs are everything I love all at once.

Chat with me:
Has Mercury in retrograde done anything weird for you? Do you usually shop the Target Designer Collabs? (I don’t, but I’m typically all over the H&M ones.) What’s on your weekly grocery list?

29 comments on “Now Trending – Best Links Week of 1.26

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Susie @ SuzLyfe on January 30, 2015 7:44 am

Mercury is an a$$hat. Just saying ;) I’ve been feeling a bit off this week, but that could be because I didn’t sleep Monday night and have a lot of fluid in my left ear, which definitely complicates things!
Can I get someone else to make things in a Vitamix for me?
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Cassie on January 31, 2015 11:27 am

If you come here I will make things in a Vitamimx for you ;) I have felt SO off this week… finally after Thursday (when I saw a friend from home) I felt more like myself!

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Whitney Carney on January 30, 2015 8:25 am

I just got back from spin class and the roads are covered. Thanks for giving me something good to read and for the shout out! Really want to make that banana bread soon. Good luck on your half Cassie!! :)
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Cassie on January 31, 2015 11:26 am

I do too!! I need my bananas to brown more quickly today… be safe out there!!! xo

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jess meddows on January 30, 2015 8:46 am

Mercury Retrograde has made me want to throw my laptop off my balcony into the pool. And now I have to calmly wait til it’s over to buy a new one… lol ;)
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Cassie on January 31, 2015 11:12 am

Oooh my work laptop wifi isn’t working… now I know why!

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Lisa @ RunWiki on January 30, 2015 9:27 am

Flat in San Fran? That’s like saying Pamela Anderson is flat. Enjoy your weekend and enjoy your PamAn half marathon! :)
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Cassie on January 31, 2015 11:09 am

Hahaha I’m going to borrow that statement next time someone says a race here is flat!

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Jen@jpabstfitness on January 30, 2015 9:45 am

Good luck with the half marathon this weekend!
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Cassie on January 31, 2015 11:08 am

Thank you!

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Marisa @ Uproot from Oregon on January 30, 2015 9:54 am

Oh my gosh… agree 100% that I always want to make almond butter and if I let my body eat whatever it wanted I would destroy a batch in far too little time.
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Cassie on January 31, 2015 11:08 am

Since I’ve been measuring it out as I eat it I haven’t been destroying it quite the way I was before…

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Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine on January 30, 2015 11:13 am

I totally loved that article on how intuitive eating is NOT for everyone! SO good!
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Cassie on January 31, 2015 11:06 am

I mean all I want to eat is almond butter and I don’t think that’s very balanced lol…

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Rebecca @BeTrulyNourished on January 30, 2015 11:35 am

Interesting article on intuitive eating! Thanks for sharing. In my work as a dietitian, I always bring up some aspect of intuitive eating when working with clients. It’s a concept that I totally love, but so many things can lead us to feel hungry, full, tired…. other than just what we’ve eaten that it’s hard to just relate it to food! So, I’m a bit more with the author on the point that all foods fit.

Realistically there are many times when we don’t have the time/patience/attention to really tap into what our bodies are feeling, and we have to rely on our heads (thinking back to how much we’ve eaten, the last time we ate, how much we typically eat, gulp how many kcals we’ve eaten….) And that’s ok! I feel like our experiences help us gauge what we need and if we’re still hungry or notice that we’re prematurely full…. stop. It’s a delicate balancing our stomach & minds and takes time and introspection, and is can be different for everyone
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Cassie on January 31, 2015 11:06 am

That’s a great perspective… I just feel like I am ALWAYS hungry. I don’t know if it’s from running or I’m not eating the right things or what… but I eat soooo balanced (probably 25-30% protein, which could be more, 30% fat and 40-45% carb) that it scares me if I just ate whatever I felt like I would be 125 pounds at 5’0″ haha.

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Mattie @ Comfy & Confident on January 30, 2015 3:41 pm

I have to confess, what does it mean when mercury is in retrograde??
Good luck running your half marathon!
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Cassie on January 31, 2015 11:00 am
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Ange @ Cowgirl Runs on January 30, 2015 4:57 pm

Girl, you ALWAYS have the best links. I LOVE THEM.
Anytime shit hit the fan in my life I looked to see if Mercury was in retrograde – I DON’T EVEN KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS but, I do it. Ha. It usually was. Weirdness.
Canada never got the Target collabs…..and now Target is leaving. Sad.
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Cassie on January 31, 2015 10:59 am

I know that is so sad that Target is leaving Canada… I don’t get how it didn’t succeed??

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Kaylin @ Enticing Healthy Eating on January 30, 2015 8:30 pm

I had heard about this Mercury in retrograde a couple of weeks ago and HAD to research it to find out more. I haven’t had anything particularly awful happen to me, personally, yet….*knock on wood*. Oh, and I’m a Taurus girl through and through. I like zodiac/astronomy stuff like that. Good luck with your half marathon!!
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Cassie on January 31, 2015 10:59 am

I like it too… I’m definitely a Pisces!

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Kaylin @ Enticing Healthy Eating on January 30, 2015 8:32 pm

P.S. I have made the sea salt maple pistachio butter on that list of Lee’s you have up there. Well, my own spin on it…because I hardly ever follow a recipe exactly. Anyways, it’s amazing!!
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Cassie on January 31, 2015 10:58 am

I’ve tried making pistachio butter before and failed… I think I need to try again!!

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Farrah on January 30, 2015 9:07 pm

Those BBQ chicken + butternut squash tacos sound amazing! <3 I've been meaning to make something with butternut squash–I may as well start there! :P

Someday, when/if I ever graduate from med school and get into a residency program/get a job, I'm gonna get myself a Vitamix. :]!
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Cassie on January 31, 2015 10:58 am

That sounds like a great graduation present to yourself :)

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Jess @hellotofit on January 31, 2015 8:24 pm

Best of luck during your race!!
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Kim on February 1, 2015 2:29 pm

I wish I could just eat intuitively! Most people would hate me, but if I just “eat what I want” I usually end up not eating enough…
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