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Lighten Up On Yourself

I’ve been writing this post on and off in my head for a few weeks now. I’ve always been of the camp that if you put your life out there for the public, whether it be as a celebrity or politician or especially as a blogger, you have a responsibility to be a positive influence on other people. I’m really sick of all the “I can’t eat this, I can’t eat that” when really, the verb you are looking for is WON’T. You won’t eat something because you are afraid of it. And you know what? You’re teaching these young girls and boys who look up to you really terrible habits.

You might think you have great habits because you’re at the gym six days a week and you meal prep and you eschew basically any semblance of pleasure in your life because it might not be “healthy”. Stop with the “I deserve this” food and rewarding yourself with food and cheat days and all that shit. Stop with the 80/20. Just be a real person, please. Eat real food and stop waiting for an award for it because that carrier pigeon got lost in a storm somewhere.

If you haven’t put two and two together, I’ve definitely been really hard on myself in the past. I’ve went from a crazy party girl who would way overindulge to a super restrictive, absolutely miserable bitch. I’ve spent weeks eating whatever I want and lost weight and spent weeks running 40+ miles and eating super clean and gaining weight. I’ve loved my body and hated my body at basically every weight I’ve been. Yes, I do get on the scale every day, because I care about keeping myself accountable, but I also have learned to accept the number that is on the scale and know that I can only change what I do today. There is no use in being mad at Past Cassie for eating one too many pieces of chocolate the night before.

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Saturday morning Cassie cannot hate Friday night Cassie for this.

I’ve read the posts. I’ve had that mindset. I’ve thought, “Eating in moderation means you have no self-control.” You know what, I do actually have self-control and maybe I will just have that frozen yogurt not because I need it, but because I want it. I look at food as food – I don’t put it on a pedestal. I mean yeah, obviously it’s fuel for your body, whatever, but it’s also basically the basis of every culture ever. Do you think people want to visit Italy to eat grilled chicken breasts and non-starchy vegetables and whatever other dumb foods are on your safe list? No. They want to visit Italy to eat pasta and drink wine and maybe have gelato twice a day (not speaking from experience or anything).

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Fraiche frozen yogurt definitely happened last weekend with Gina.

Do I need to clean up my diet a little bit right now? Probably, because I like being a size 0 and should be buying things for my apartment and not new jeans and I like how I look at a certain weight. Do I want to be that girl who won’t go have a margarita with her friends because OMG ADDED SUGAR? No. Trust me, being super skinny and having a six pack is super awesome. So is having a social life.

Am I eating McDonalds and donuts and junk every day? Also no. I’m eating mostly clean but not beating myself up over a glass of wine or a cup of ice cream. I know in the past I’ve been all “I don’t eat this, I don’t eat that” but you know what? I was so boring and frustrating to be around I was basically a basic bitch at that point.

Do you think a boy wants to be with a girl who can’t go get a drink with him because the extra 120 calories will put her over the edge? The short answer to that is no. Do you think a girl wants to be with a guy who eats only broccoli and tilapia and protein shakes? No, and not just because tilapia is the poor man’s salmon.

Being able to indulge once in a while is another form of self-control. I hate to break it to you, self-imposed restrictive diets are just a different form of disordered eating because you think yogurt and oatmeal are the enemy or whatever. No, you’re the enemy to your own happiness.You need to lighten up on yourself. Let yourself enjoy your life a little bit. Trust me, you won’t gain five hundred pounds. You probably won’t even gain five pounds. What you will gain is a life that is a bit richer and more exciting than heating up another bowl of brussels sprouts and grass fed beef and some avocado for the 300th day in a row.

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Black Cherry Barbecue Gluten Free Brownies

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I spent half my Sunday morning and most of my Sunday evening in the kitchen. Originally, I was going to wake up early (well, 7 a.m.) and walk down to the beach and drink coffee and read my book (currently reading What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami… and by currently reading I mean I own it and haven’t opened it yet but have thought about opening it) but it was super foggy (who would have guessed), so instead, I made these brownies.

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Paleo as ****.

So yes, I have kitchen things now. I know you all were concerned. Truthfully, the only thing that is totally unpacked is my kitchen because I need furniture and I’m too busy being outside and enjoying 60 and 70 degree temperatures and sunshine instead to go shopping. (Sorry I’m not sorry.) I have so many recipes coming up for the blog, I can’t even. Even things that aren’t breakfast. I don’t know what’s happening to me.

On to these brownies. Krave asked me create a tailgate recipe with jerky and I don’t know why the first thing that came to my mind was brownies. Tailgating can get real unhealthy real fast. So you can have one of these brownies with a beer and your day isn’t totally shot (but eat a salad, please).

I actually went to the DMV the week before last to get my license and forgot to eat lunch in between that and errands. I had a bag of Basil Citrus Turkey in my bag and before I knew it, it was half gone. So. Good. They were sampling flavors at Ragnar and it took everything in me not to eat all of them.

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The perfect healthy tailgate food that is sure to please the men in your life.

Black Cherry Barbecue Gluten Free Brownies
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Gluten Free
Serves: 12
  • 1 can garbanzo beans
  • 2 eggs
  • ⅔ cup carob powder
  • ⅔ cup applesauce
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 4 oz Krave Black Cherry Crave Jerky, chopped
  • 2 tbsp room temperautre coffee
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ⅛ tsp sea salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Put all ingredients except jerky in a blender or food processor and blend until it is batter constancy.
  3. Spray muffin tin with coconut oil or line with cupcake liners.
  4. Pour batter into prepared tins (about ¾ quarters of the way full).
  5. Sprinkle chopped jerky on top of batter.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes or until fork inserted comes out clean.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 brownie Calories: 186 Fat: 6.6 g Saturated fat: 4.4 g Carbohydrates: 24.2 g Sugar: 13.9 g Sodium: 175 mg Fiber: 3.0 Protein: 8.7 g

Disclaimer: I was compensated by Krave jerky (which is delicious) for this post. All opinions are my own.

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Antioxidant Energy Bites

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Fun fact: I’ve had this recipe since June. This is the last recipe I have saved so hopefully my kitchen things come soon. Also I really miss all of my kitchen things and I’m craving a green smoothie so my heart is pretty broken right about now.

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Turtle dish, somewhere in the flyover states currently.

Where do you find antioxidant mix or what even is antioxidant mix, you ask. Well, I found it at Costco. It’s from Made in Nature Brand and technically it’s super berry mix or something, but you can find it on Amazon, too. They also make amazing unsweetened dried bananas, too. Pick up a bag of each and I promise I’ll make and photograph a recipe with them… because I’ve made it twice but devoured it before photographing it.

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So many antioxidants, so little time.

Starting over in an apartment with absolutely nothing except some clothes is so exhausting. The past 5 days have been shopping, shopping, shopping, but not for fun things like clothes and shoes but instead for exhausting things like dishes and towels and restocking my entire kitchen. Luckily, I did have a little break and hung out with Gina and Kay, both of who I am so excited to see more of, but more on that later in the week.

Anyway, so make these guys. They are gluten free, vegan, paleo, whatever. If you haven’t tired of energy bites, check out my other energy bite recipes, like chocolate coconut pistachio and vanilla fig.

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Antioxidant Energy Bites
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Recipe type: Gluten Free, Vegan
Serves: 24 1" balls
  • 1 cup cashews
  • ½ cup dates, soaked
  • ½ cup antioxidant mix
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder
  • Pinch pink Himalayan sea salt
  1. Soak dates in filtered water for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Pour out water and place dates in food processor.
  3. Add all other ingredients to food processor.
  4. Process until a ball begins to form. You may have to scrape down sides a few times.
  5. Place mixture in a bowl and put in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
  6. Once mixture has cooled, roll into 1" balls.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 ball Calories: 48 Fat: 2.9 g Saturated fat: 0.6 g Carbohydrates: 5.4 g Sugar: 3.0 g Sodium: 3 mg Fiber: 0.6 g Protein: 1.1 g

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Happy Halloween! Not going to lie, I’m really not that interested in Halloween. It’s more hassle than it’s worth for me. It’s one of those holidays that has all these expectations that are never met (see also: New Year’s Eve). I used to love it until college when I suddenly hated it. I wasn’t good at thinking of a costume that was funny, original and kind of slutty (I mean, I went to college at WVU, being overdressed was a real issue most days of my life).

The past few Halloweens have been underwhelming since college: in a relationship with a guy in finance who had all this month end work, broken up with the following year (+ Hurricane Sandy) and had to go to LA for work then last year, just over it. This year I’m a two-day resident of San Francisco with no plans for the day thus far, except it might be the perfect time to get some apartment shopping done. So there’s that. If you don’t have any plans you can console yourself in the best links from the past week then FaceTime me.

India has been high on my travel list forever. So jealous of Marisa from Uproot from Oregon’s trip to India and living vicariously through her travel diary.

24 Hours in Napa. Not that 24 hours is enough, but so excited to live so close so I can make many, many trips to wine country!

I am so. overhelmed. trying to figure out decorating my 600-square foot studio apartment, especially because I left everything but my clothes and Vitamix in Pittsburgh (well, and a few other things). Decorist uses algorithms and quizzes to match you with the perfect decor for your home. Problem solved!

It’s kind of not a secret I suffer from anxiety. This month was a real journey on handling – or not handling at times – my anxiety. I love that Emily from Cupcakes and Cashmere says that anxiety isn’t something to be ashamed of: it’s totally out of your control… but you can manage your anxiety with her tips.

Davida told me to listen to the Jess Lively podcast last week and whenever Davida tells me to do something, I listen and you should too. I listened to four episodes since Sunday (three while running, one while driving).

On the overwhelmed front, I totally shut down and basically didn’t leave the couch last week. Sarah from Picky Runner discuses how sometimes when you’re feeling overwhelmed, you need to take a step back and just relax.

I’m back on the “listen to Podcasts while on runs” grind (see above). I haven’t given any of these podcasts for long runs a listen yet but I’ll be queuing them up soon.

I need to get back on my strength training kick. Last week I barely ran, let alone did anything else (this week I’m back at it). All of my home gym equipment is in my car trunk en route to SF but I’ll be mixing this full-body circuit routine into my week soon.

Even before I knew Susie was a fellow Sigma Kappa (#dovelove), I really liked her from her blog. She talks about why gaining weight during marathon training was a good thing for her in a very honest post.

Healthy drunk food is kind of an oxymoron… unless you are Angela and me and you eat sprouted toast and blueberries after you’ve been drinking. Have to check out these restaurants for late night healthy drunk food next time I’m in NYC.

As soon as I get a skillet back in my life (oh, and groceries) I’m making this Single Serve Chickpea and Egg  Breakfast from Erin. Why am I on such a legume kick?

Loving the idea of these Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Bites from Debbie from Dietitian Debbie Dishes on Jill Conyer’s blog!

If you get into the technical, digital side of blogging you might hear a lot of weird terms. I realize I throw a bunch around when I’m talking about social media. Here is a nice little dictionary of commonly used tech terms.

Want to blog as a business? Then you better take it seriously and look at what performs and what doesn’t. Davida has an amazing breakdown of the analytics behind The Healthy Maven.

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What are you doing for Halloween? What is your go-to drunk food? What awesome links did I miss this week (leave them in the comments!)?

The Perfect Carry On Bag

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As I write this post, I’m on my third trip across the country this month (unless you also want to count return trips, so make this fifth). I am an unabashed travel expert as I have not been shy to mention. Yes, my carry on (as in my under-seat bag… not my actual rolling suitcase carry on with clothes, that’s a different story), is as big as me but you know what? I’ve never sat on a 6 hour flight wanting for anything, despite for the flight to be over.

I usually trade out my carry on bag, a similar version to the Kate Spade one below but much bigger, (I bought in the beginning of summer… I think they’ve stopped making them You can see it in this post) with my “work bag” after a trip. Since I was running a million errands while I was home from San Francisco (or in Pittsburgh from home? Weird concept.) I never bothered to unpack it since I didn’t know what I would need or when I would be home.

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  • Notebook: I get stressed super easy. Like I’m stressed right now thinking about all the lists I should be making. Writing down what I need to get done helps me immensely, plus I like filling in the little square I draw for each item on my to-do list when I’ve completed something. I’m loving this notebook set from Pendleton right now (and my have ordered it to get my order over $200 for free shipping, whoops).
  • Sharpie: I have exclusively been writing in ultra-fine tipped Sharpies since I was in high school. I usually have like 6 randomly in the bottom of my bag at all times.
  • Water Bottle: Do yourself a favor and carry an empty water bottle through security with you. Like I don’t trust bottled water typically, especially if it’s Dasani or Aquafina because it’s probably tap water, and you can get filtered water from any coffee place or even water fountain.
  • Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage: I usually have a book with me (or my iPad with an e-book on it). I just finished Haruki Murakami’s latest novel, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage in three days, which is the quickest I have finished a book in years. If you’re going through a weird transitional period in your life, I suggest reading it.
  • Macbook: I should sleep more on flights (to catch up on the sleep I never seem to get enough of) but I love using those four or five hours to catch up on blog work/writing.
  • Scarf: Love the blanket scarf trend which is ideal, because I keep a really nice one (nicer than this one from Aerie but this one is adorable and mine is from a random boutique in Pittsburgh that I can’t find a link for) tied around my bag handles. It’s great if you’re cold when you get to your destination and to use as a blanket on the plane.
  • SPEND MONEY ON QUALITY LEATHER BAGS. I have a black Kate Spade bag I have used more or less every day for the past two years because I am too lazy to switch it out and I still get compliments on it and it still looks brand new. Plus, carrying a good bag at the airport makes you feel good and if you look nice sometimes you get upgraded.
  • Sunglasses: Another obvious one.
  • Compression socks: I had to upgrade from compression sleeves to compression socks because my toes look like Vienna Sausages for two days after flying. Am I dying? I think that’s a symptom of dying.
  • iPhone: Duh. With earbuds and downloaded Spotify playlists and white noise apps so I don’t strangle toddlers who are screaming. (Parents: give your kids Benadryl before you get a on a plane. My mother did it and I turned out mostly fine.)
  • Bliss High Intensity Hand Cream: My hands are constantly dry and just get drier from traveling. This is the best hand cream I’ve found yet, plus it’s under 3 oz.
  • Slim Sonic Toothbrush: Fun fact about me: I kind of have oral hygiene OCD. I brush my teeth 8-10 times a day. It’s been going on since I could brush my teeth on my own, so like since I was two or three. My parents took me to a psychologist at that point because they were so concerned (is anyone surprised my parents are so insane/I am the way I am?). So yes, this little guy is electric and is cute and makes my teeth feel really good. Definitely recommend buying one.
  • Evian Water Facial Spray: On really long flights, I’ll wash my face before landing, but if not, I’ll go to the bathroom and spray this hydrating mist all over my face. Definitely keeps my skin from peeling.
  • Inflatable Neck Pillow: Don’t be that creep who carries an entire pillow on the plane. Or an entire blanket. Please, be a real person. Caveat: Unless you are flying like, internationally overnight. I think I carried my favorite blanket to Hong Kong and back but I also slept with it every night.
  • KIND Bars: I’m bound to get hungry every two hours so I always keep a couple Kind bars in my bag. They seriously keep me satisfied more than any other snack bar.
  • Nuun: I’m a creature of habit. I’ve talked about my love of Nuun before but I love having one while I’m traveling or after I land to get some extra hydration since plane air dries me out and I get so puffy after being in the air.

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What do you have in your carry on bag? What is the last book you read? What am I missing in my bag?

Eating in San Francisco

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I ate like a real goon in San Francisco. There is no other way to put it. I have been eating like a goon all the time lately, I need to get back on the wagon. I am not in the position right now to gain weight and have to buy new pants because I like designer jeans and Lululemon and that is not in the budget right now thanks to my insanely expensive San Francisco rent. (I should find out if I got the apartment I can’t afford want today!)

An interesting phenomena: my dad has lost 30+ pounds in the past four months so he is obsessed with eating healthy. I ate (and drank) way worse than he did. He was very focused on eating healthy, which was nice.

We got in Thursday afternoon and went to Split Bread since it had good salads and it was a few blocks away from our hotel (we stayed at the Intercontinental downtown).

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Salad from Split Bread.

After an initial frustrating day, we needed oysters and wine stat. I was too tired to think about where to go so we went to Hog Island Oyster Company since I had been before and it is delicious. I also had some wine (I forget what).

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Raw Oysters from Hog Island Oyster Company.

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King Salmon with some delicious seasonal spinach (forget the name).

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Grilled oysters.

Since we were mainly looking at apartments in the Marina, we ate most of our meals in the Marina. I was craving fish so we went to Pacific Catch.

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Cajun Mahi Mahi Salad from Pacific Catch. (I’m not really that hungry, can I just have one mahi?)

I think I was craving sugar because of all of the stress. Needed ice cream. Luckily, there was Over the Moon so my craving was satisifed. The guy at the store told me not to live in the Marina. The other girl in line told me to live there. I’m going to go with her.

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Ice cream from Over the Moon – chocolate and snickerdoodle with rainbow sprinkles, duh.

For dinner Friday, we went to Off the Grid, a food truck round-up in… you guessed it… the Marina! Señor Sisig, a Filipino-Mexican fusion truck had an insane line so we decided that should eat there. Dad had been very good all day (aka we walked like 10 miles and he probably ate like 700 calories) so he decided to have the California Burrito, which was a pork burrito with french fries. And it was totally worth it (I had a few bites, duh). I also chugged two glasses of wine from a plastic cup because I just could not with Friday or apartment hunting.

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One pork and one tofu taco from Señor Sisig.

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California Burrito from Señor Sisgi. This happened. Ignore how awful I look.

Saturday was really stressful and I didn’t care about food. We had lunch at Blue Barn Gourmet which is my new fave go-to in SF (and the Marina). Dinner we had gluten free pizza and salad at Presidio Pizza (my go-to pre-race meal). It was amazing.

Sunday Dad wanted to go to Sausalito so we decided to have brunch (which turned into lunch) out there at fish. I had serious runger and I was doing the ordering so things got out of hand. Dad had a dungess crab salad, I had a grilled tuna salad and we split Bombaloni beans and mussels. DEFINITELY go to fish if you are in Sausalito. And get the Bombaloni beans.

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Feast from fish. in Sausalito.

Before we headed to the airport, we went to Padrecito after hiking around the Presidio and over the Golden Gate Bridge all afternoon. We demolished some chips and guac (I ordered them after Dad said no) and then split steak tacos and king salmon tacos. They had a white Pinot Noir I need go to back and drink ASAP. To note, Padrecito is on Eater’s 38 Essential San Francisco Restaurants for October.

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Fish and Steak Tacos from Padrecito.

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Any places in San Francisco you loved that I should eat at? What was the best thing you ate this past week?