fruit & granola mix

Here’s some things I do when I don’t have energy or forget to eat. This is what helps me, so please keep in mind that it might not work for you.

1) Set reminders! I forget lunch the most, so I have a reminder on my phone at around noon each day telling me to eat lunch. Add as many as you need.

2) For days when you can’t get out of bed, keep some nonperishable food in your room if you can. I have a plastic container near my bed so I can easily reach it without getting up.

  • Mine has granola bars, crackers, fruit snacks, fruit cups, trail mix, jerky, and bottled water. It’s not a “normal” meal, but much better than nothing and requires almost no energy.

3) Break down tasks into very small steps. Sometimes mine are as small as “Sit up in bed, move feet onto floor, stand up, walk out of room, walk down hallway, walk to kitchen”. I give myself time in between steps to build up motivation if I need to.

  • Make a checklist if you need to visualize it!

4) Congratulate yourself after completing a difficult step. Even if it’s a simple step, or after every step. It seemed silly to congratulate myself for getting out of bed, but it really helps motivate me to continue.

  • My internal dialogue for this is something like “Okay you did it! That wasn’t too bad. Now you can do the next step too” or “If that was the hardest part, I can do this”

5) I go to @lowspoonsgourmet when I don’t know what to make and they organize recipes by how many spoons it requires!

  • @no-more-ramen is another good one and separates recipes into categories like if there’s no chopping involved or if it makes leftovers

I think that’s it? I might add to this if I think of more. I hope this was helpful!

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with all the hype over the new app ‘Pokemon: Go’ it’s important to remember to be safe out there! here’s a few simple safety tips (feel free to add more!!)

  • bring bottled water! it’s the middle of summer and temperatures are rising! so do what you can to stay hydrated and cool
  • wear comfortable clothes! if you know you’re going to be out and about for awhile, make sure you’re dressed properly. good shoes are especially important!
  • pack a snack! (or bring money to buy some food if you’re going into a town) granola bars, trail mix, nuts, dried fruit etc. anything filling with protein is an a++ choice!
  • bring your charger or a backup battery device! you don’t want to be stranded with no way to contact anyone, so be sure to maintain battery life just in case!
  • bring a friend! it’s more fun to pokemon hunt with others, and it’s safer too! 
  • be kind to younger players! this is less of safety tip and more of ‘you should be doing this anyway’ kind of thing. always remember kids are playing this game too.

and like the game says, always be aware of your surroundings! 

For *fancy* yogurt lovers on a budget

Those fun tasty yogurts where you get to mix the toppings in your self are so tempting at the grocery store but if you ready I’ve every day for breakfast/snack it can get pricey.

Get a big ol’ tub of plain yogurt and DIY! (The store brand is usually the cheapest but keep an eye out for specials!)

Mix in ideas:

Frozen/fresh/dried fruit (my fav is blueberries and bananas)
Granola
Nut butter/Nutella
Trail mix/nuts
Honey
Cinnamon
Maple syrup

There’s lots more and it’s fun to invent new flavor combinations! And you can make your own on the go split cup for work/school by packing the yogurt in a Tupperware and the mix ins in a separate Tupperware or baggy.

Reminders for anyone starting college this September
  • Keep your phone charged. For the love of God, keep your phone charged. Bring your phone charger to class with you if you can but make sure you don’t let it out of your sight (when I was in school, chargers were the #1 thing stolen). 
  • Bring Advil with you wherever you go and don’t be embarrassed if you have to take medication during class. No one’s going to say anything malicious about it. Someone might just ask if you’re okay if they’re concerned you’re not feeling well and that’s it. 
  • Always have water and snacks with you. Refill your water bottle whenever you can and make sure your snacks are healthy dry foods that won’t be affected if they sit in your bag for a long time (my suggestions are Ziploc bags of your favorite cereal, nuts, granola bars, and dried fruit. Trail mix is a great choice if you want a little of everything).  
  • You’re going to be sitting for a long time in class so remember to stretch. You can get up and leave for a few minutes for a stretch break. It’s college, you can do that. You don’t have to ask the teacher. 
  • Befriend someone in each class so you can exchange contact info to get notes and info in case you have to miss a class. 
  • Visit the professors during their office hours or send them emails if you have questions. Never guess if you’re unsure because you could screw yourself over big time that way. They’e not going to get annoyed with you. It’s part of their job. 
  • When you have an early morning test/midterm/exam, set more than one alarm if you can, in case one fails to work. 
  • Have pizza only once a week as a treat, not every day. 
  • KEEP TRACK OF DEADLINES.