Bring On the Echinacea

When I arrived home on Sunday evening from my long drive home from Kentucky, I noticed that my throat was scratchy. I assumed it was because I socialized nonstop while I was gone and spent half of my time inside with a wood-burning fire and half outside in the cold wind. Alex and I decorated the tree (or at least the top half) and I woke up on Monday ready for the week.

Christmas Branches

Christmas Balls

Christmas Ball Adjustment

Christmas Balls on the Floor

Around 1:30 p.m. on Monday, I realized that the scratchy throat was developing into something more. By 2 p.m., I was in my car headed home. It wasn’t until after I time traveled to my couch that I realized how sick I was becoming. After discovering Gossip Girl on Netflix, I convinced myself that a few hours on the couch (and my ever-growing adoration for Blake Lively) would cure all. Unfortunately, when 9 p.m. rolled around, I was desperate for sleep. So, now are you ready for a good report about how it was a 24 hour thing and I’m still going to be able to run my 5K this weekend? Well don’t hold your breath. Thanks to my ever-growing ailment, it appears that even if I rest up all this week, I probably still won’t be able to run my very hardest this weekend, making me a very, very unhappy Bailee. I have become a walker.

Best case scenario: I feel good enough to at least attempt the 5K, but lose major time, and basically pay $20 for a mediocre workout.

Worst case scenario: I can’t run at all, lose out on a great time, and..oh yeah, fail a MAJOR goal.

Cat Hair in my Coffee moment?

In light of all of this sickness, I must say I had a great time visiting my family in KY. It’s nice sneaking away somewhere where neighbors still stop by to borrow pumpkin pie spice and you don’t have to worry about checking your email. Mental cleanse achieved!

Now I’m back in the real world, gearing up for Christmas, and hoping I can resist the urge to buy the ingredients for Puppy Chow and then proceed to eat it all. Hope everyone had a nice holiday!

Healthy Tip of the Day: Instead of finishing a workout with a hard push, try a 10 minute cool-down, including slow walking and stretching. Cooling down is just as important as heating up!

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Vegan Truffles

A few months ago, my vegetarian boss decided to follow a strict vegan diet. (You may remember me mentioning her here.) Since that time, she has accepted a job in a different department and will making that transition in a few days. When we all found out about the change, a member of the communications team decided to put together a surprise going away party for her. I immediately volunteered to bring a dessert, thinking vegan cupcakes would be easy (and cheap) to come by.  I was wrong. Very wrong.

After searching high and low for a good deal, I decided this would be the perfect opportunity to attempt my first vegan dessert. I hopped online, did a quick search and found these bad boys. I headed out to Kroger and grabbed these basic ingredients to create this simple recipe.

Use any vegan ingredient you want to give these truffles a little extra flavor.

 

The coconut flavor was my favorite!

After I started putting everything together, I realized that this was quite possibly one of the easiest desserts I’d ever made. Plus, the little wrappers made them look fancy. I highly recommend these, vegan or not, and definitely add the coconut and almonds. They really kick the flavor into high gear.

Healthy Tip of the Day: To get a real feel for what processed foods actually do to your system, try eating clean for a few days. You’ll be amazed at how much better you’ll start to feel!