I’m Back… And With New Music!

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It was a peculiarly calm Tuesday morning. I normally wake up to gray sky and the sound of children screaming in the playground across the street. But not today. Today, I woke up to the sunshine peaking through the autumn leaves in my second floor walk-up flat. I hear screeching brakes of a FedEx truck outside. I leap from my bed and run down to my doorman as my box is carried to the front door. It’s here: MY NEW LAPTOP.

Last week, I was taking my usual tube home from work, and as I crammed myself into a nook of the overpopulated train, someone points to me and says the four worst words you can hear: “your bag is leaking”.

My water bottle cracked in my bag and created Lake Michael Kors, population: my now fried laptop.

But today my replacement laptop has arrived from the good old US of A and all is right with my world.

To celebrate and apologize for my week of absence, hear is a pump up workout playlist for you: HERE ON 8TRACKS.

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Today’s early dinner: red coconut curry eggie stir fry with mushrooms grilled tofu and a side of hangover and bad decisions.
I simply couldn’t undo how ratchet I looked this morning, so my day was spent cooking and skyping my friends back in ‘Murika ALL while simultaneously binge-watching cheesy Hallmark Christmas movies.
Yeah, you could say I’m living the dream.

Today’s early dinner: red coconut curry eggie stir fry with mushrooms grilled tofu and a side of hangover and bad decisions.

I simply couldn’t undo how ratchet I looked this morning, so my day was spent cooking and skyping my friends back in ‘Murika ALL while simultaneously binge-watching cheesy Hallmark Christmas movies.

Yeah, you could say I’m living the dream.

Get applesauce without added sugar to avoid defeating the purpose of even using applesauce.
Non-fat original flavor is my favorite option for this.
Mmmmmm….. Pancakes.
Grated cauliflower has a similar texture to quinoa, so obviously it’s good.
Chia seeds are a superfood and if you’re a magical mermaid unicorn like me, you need superfood TO THRIVE.
Sounds weird, but try it in brownies. Yummmmmmm.
Avocado literally makes everything better and you can’t tell me otherwise.
Frozen grapes are my heroine. I can’t stop, I won’t stop.
I’m not a pasta lover, but I actually love zucchini pasta. Very fresh and doesn’t make you go into a food coma.
DO IT.
Less sugary, less chemically, all natural delicious fizz.
When I picture eating mayo, I picture putting it on my skin and it makes me never want to eat it. I know this has nothing to do with that, but just thought I’d throw it out there.
Popcorn is made for watching movies and also made for me spilling 60% of it onto my lap. Make sure to skip the butter, light on salt.
Almonds are protein and are awesome. Just do it. GET LEGS.
  1. Get applesauce without added sugar to avoid defeating the purpose of even using applesauce.
  2. Non-fat original flavor is my favorite option for this.
  3. Mmmmmm….. Pancakes.
  4. Grated cauliflower has a similar texture to quinoa, so obviously it’s good.
  5. Chia seeds are a superfood and if you’re a magical mermaid unicorn like me, you need superfood TO THRIVE.
  6. Sounds weird, but try it in brownies. Yummmmmmm.
  7. Avocado literally makes everything better and you can’t tell me otherwise.
  8. Frozen grapes are my heroine. I can’t stop, I won’t stop.
  9. I’m not a pasta lover, but I actually love zucchini pasta. Very fresh and doesn’t make you go into a food coma.
  10. DO IT.
  11. Less sugary, less chemically, all natural delicious fizz.
  12. When I picture eating mayo, I picture putting it on my skin and it makes me never want to eat it. I know this has nothing to do with that, but just thought I’d throw it out there.
  13. Popcorn is made for watching movies and also made for me spilling 60% of it onto my lap. Make sure to skip the butter, light on salt.
  14. Almonds are protein and are awesome. Just do it. GET LEGS.

The Veggie Never Tells.

In my short few years of not eating meat, I would say I get asked the top 3 questions at least once a day, and all the others scattered variously throughout time. There are much weirder ones than these, and I have never understood people’s obsession with people that don’t eat the same thing as them. But here we are.

  1. So…. Why did you choose to be a vegetarian?
  2. But where do you get your protein?
  3. How long have you been a vegetarian?
  4. Okay, but like, why?
  5. Well are you vegan too?
  6. Do you get mad when other people eat meat?
  7. Are you going to be mad at me if I eat this meat?
  8. Why can’t you just pick the meat out and eat it?
  9. Why can’t you just take the pepperonis off and eat it?
  10. Does meat gross you out?
  11. Does me eating meat gross you out?
  12. Does the smell of meat totally just GROSS YOU OUT?
  13. Do you miss meat?
  14. No, but really…. Don’t you miss meet?
  15. What about bacon?
  16. Will you please eat this bacon?
  17. But… bacon?
  18. BACON?
  19. So like, do you have an iron deficiency?
  20. Well how do you get iron?
  21. Aren’t you super unhealthy?
  22. Aren’t you tired all the time?
  23. How do you workout if you don’t eat meat?
  24. Are you a member of PETA?
  25. Do you go to PETA protests?
  26. Does that mean you can’t eat eggs?
  27. Does that mean you can’t eat cheese?
  28. Does that mean you can’t have milk?
  29. Well what do you eat?
  30. How do you get full?
  31. Don’t you realize animals were put on this earth for people to eat?
  32. But you still eat fish, right?
  33. I could never do it, HOW DO YOU DO IT?

To clear the record as well… Yes, I miss bacon. No I don’t have an iron deficiency. No, I’m not a member of PETA. And yes, I can do it because I’m a majestic unicorn mermaid who can do anything!

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Fed Up Documentary

I heard about this movie a couple months ago and added it to my list of movies to watch. But like usual, cheesy romantic comedies and dystopian action films took precedence and this documentary about the American food industry went on the back burner. UNTIL TODAY. *cue music evoking how intense we should all feel*

For those of you who haven’t heard of the documentary, it follows several obese children through their struggles of losing weight, while focusing on the severe issues with sugar, chemicals, processed “foods”, and large company control in the American food industry.

I found it to be an interesting watch. While I already knew a lot of the information they were giving out because of my own research and interest in the topic of nutrition, it could be eye opening information for a lot of Americans and other viewers worldwide.

The best part for me, was the call-to-actions at the end, giving clear examples of things everyone can do to improve their health, children’s health, and preventing the obesity epidemic from continuing.

View the trailer HERE

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My usual quick breakfast since arriving in London: organic toasted crumpet topped with crunchy organic peanut butter and raspberries (or bananas). Obviously, served with coffee.

My usual quick breakfast since arriving in London: organic toasted crumpet topped with crunchy organic peanut butter and raspberries (or bananas). Obviously, served with coffee.

14 Running Quotes For Some Inspiration

It’s Wednesday. And Hump Day means the mid-work-week-blues. If you aren’t feeling a run today, like me, here are some little running quotes to get you in the mood.

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Katygracefully Fall Workout Mix (Vol 1)

Whipped this one out this morning in honor of me FINALLY having a gym membership at the gym I wanted in London. Welcome to the grind.

LISTEN TO IT ON 8TRACK HERE.

  1. Why Do We Fall - Motivational Mix
  2. Lose Yourself - Eminem
  3. Easy Easy (King Krule Cover) - Willow Smith
  4. Pumpin Blood (Jane Doze Remix) - Nonono
  5. Heartbeat - Scouting For Girls
  6. Habits of my Heart (Sufjan Stevens Remix) - Jaymes Young
  7. I’m Not The Only One - Sam Smith
  8. X - Chris Brown
  9. Vienna - The Fray
  10. Higher Love (C Ro Edit) - James Vincent McMorrow
  11. What If The Storm Ends (Aaron Static Remix) - Snow Patrol
  12. Hey Ya - Matt Weddle
  13. High Hopes (Filous Remix) - Kodaline
  14. Often - The Weeknd
  15. Boston - Augustana
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36 Hours In Amsterdam

Hello pretty sparkly kittens! So as most of you know, I took a mini trip to Amsterdam this weekend. One of the few negatives about living in Hawaii, is that in order to go anywhere new, you have to fly at least 5 hours to reach another piece of land that isn’t Hawaii. So during my 3 months in London, I am trying to go to ALL THE PLACES. This weekend, it was Amsterdam, and let me tell you, it was an experience.

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