On-The-Go Health Tips

I’ve been busy. Like, out-of-my-mind, making-myself-sick, I’m-tired-all-the-time busy. Like, so busy, it makes me feel like this:

Something that I noticed during all of my business is this: It’s INCREDIBLY hard to eat/do healthy things while living life on-the-go! So… *fanfare*

KUNGFOODY PRESENTS: On-The-Go Health Tips!

Classy tea-drinkers

  1. If anything, drink a glass (or two) of water before ANYTHING in the morning. Water is incredibly necessary to the human body. I wake up almost every morning lightheaded, and now I know why. Apparently, while you’re sleeping, you lose a lot of oxygen in your blood. Drinking water first thing in the morning will help you feel energized throughout the rest of your day! And, if you’re like me, it’ll make you pee like Wimbleton!
  2. Grab HEALTHY snacks on your way out the door. Instead of grabbing a bag of chips and a soda before leaving the house (or the supermarket, or the gas station, what have you), snag yourself a healthy snack. A glorious apple. A scrumptious orange. These things will, in the long-run, keep you healthier than if you, say, chose a bag of gummy worms at the stop-n-shop.
  3. Exercise wherever you go. One of the benefits of a life on-the-go is that there are PLENTY of opportunities to exercise. Like my previous post said, there are MANY little ways you can burn calories throughout the day without even breaking a sweat! If you have an office job, get up and walk every 30 minutes. If you don’t have that option, park further away than usual and get that booty walking!
  4. Drink tea instead of coffee. I can’t deny me a Starbucks in the morning! Wanna hear something horrible, though? Most of the coffee you drink from Starbucks (especially mochas and frappachinos) can be FULL of calories! Instead, develop a taste for tea. These days, there are SO many flavors, you should definitely find one that you can at least sip on. Mine is a Tazo chai with a little cream and sugar (not the chai tea latte, which is sadly full of sugar).
  5. Breathe. … Eh. Really, Nat? Breathe? YES. Sometimes, breathing deeply is the best thing you can do for your little blood cells! Every once in a while (meaning: when you remember), take a few minutes to focus on your breathing. Breathe in for five seconds, hold it for a few seconds, and then let it go slowly. Do this a few times, and you’d be doing your body a favor!

Alright, there. Now, go be healthy!

Quotes a la Panda

I’m feeling pretty under the weather today, after a nice, long, complicated week of school. My husband tucked me in to the couch, peeled me an orange, and put in a movie… GUESS WHAT MOVIE IT WAS??

Yep, you guessed correctly: the best movie of all time. Kung Fu Panda 2 stars Jack Black as the voice of Po, a chubby and adorable panda oddly gifted in the ways of martial arts. Naturally, he has his own style.

Po is actually my inspiration for this website. So listen up! He’s got some things to say to you:
PO QUOTES:

Kung Fu Panda (2008)

  • Po: You wanna get something to eat?
    Shifu: [sighing] … Yeah.
  • Tai Lung: The Wuxi finger hold!
    Po: Oh, you know this hold?
    Tai Lung: You’re bluffing. You’re bluffing! Shifu didn’t teach you that.
    Po: Nope. I figured it out. Skadoosh!
  • Tigress: It is said that the Dragon Warrior can go for months without eating, surviving on the dew of a single ginko leaf and the energy of the universe.
    Po: Then I guess my body doesn’t know I’m the Dragon Warrior yet. It’s gonna take a lot more than dew, and, uh, universe juice.
  • Po: The Furious Five! You look a lot bigger than your action figures! Except you, Mantis. You’re about the same.
  • Oogway: [walking towards Po] Ah! I see that you have found the Sacred Peach Tree of Heavenly Wisdom!
    Po: [Po turns around with a lot of peaches stuffed in his mouth] Oh! Is that what this is? I’m so sorry! I just thought it was a regular peach tree!
  • Po: [after being hit in the crotch] Oh! My tenders!
  • Tai Lung: Who are you?
    Po: Buddy, I… am the Dragon Warrior!
    [bows over, panting from the stairs]
    Tai Lung: [incredulous] You?
    [laughs]
    Tai Lung: He’s a panda! You’re a panda! What are you gonna do, big guy? Sit on me?
    Po: Don’t tempt me.
Kung Fu Panda 2 (2010)
  • Po: My fist hungers for justice!
    [his stomach belches]
    Po: That was my… fist.
  • Shen: How did you find peace? I took away your parents, everything, I scarred you for life…
    Po: See that’s the thing, Shen, scars heal.
    Shen: No they don’t… *wounds* heal.
    Po: Oh, yeah… what do scars do? They fade, I guess…
    Shen: I don’t care what scars do…!
  • Tigress: I hope this turns out better than your plan to cook rice in your stomach by eating it raw and then drinking boiling water…
    Po: This is nothing like that plan.
    Tigress: How so?
    Po: Because this one is gonna work.
  • Wolf Boss: [as they’re fighting] Is that all you got? Cause it feels like I’m fighting a big old floppy cloud!
    Po: Well this cloud is about bring a thunder!
-sigh- He’s my hero. c:

**For more quotes (and a better quality of life), watch the movies!

Tiger Style Kung Fu

Installment number four of my impromptu “Imitative Boxing” series (ahahah.. ha) is TIGER STYLE KUNG FU! Or, as this guy likes to say, “Tig-uh” style! Check it.

Ferocity and power make this style of kung-fu incredible to watch! Wouldn’t want to pick a guy with this fight!

… Or a fight with this guy.

Anyway! Fight Science, man. It’s killer stuff! And with tiger style kung-fu, that’s literal! 8D

Fast-Foody Review: Roxy’s Diner

Not sure who the bald guy is… but the burgers are good.

I just realized how often I go out for “celebratory burgers.” Last week, we celebrated Colin’s late birthday with Red Mill. This time? Jacky and I celebrated the end of our Debate by going out to Roxy’s Diner. Burger+Fries+Honey Cream soda=Massive food baby… but WOOWHEE, it was worth it!

Here we go!

The Burger- AKA the “Roxy Basic Burger… with cheese.” I’ve tasted a lot of burgers (as you all probably have figured out by now), but I don’t think anything has come up against this burger in amazingness. I’d even say it contests with Dick’s burger… just a bit more “gourmet” then my fast-food fellow, the “Dick’s special.” Unlike Red Mill, this burger wasn’t greasy at all! No dribble-age. Fatty meat patty. Good sauce. Straight yumminess.

The Fries–  Kay, normally I just review the burger, but Roxy’s fries are superb. They’re so crispy, they make you wanna sing happy songs for the entire rest of the day!! Maybe that’s just me… but they are pretty delicious.

The Soda– I went to order a Thomas-Kemper Cream Soda and guess what… THEY RAN OUT! WAAH! But no big deal, they said they had this new soda called “Honey Cream.” I decided to give it a shot. And was glad I did. I now will be forever haunted by the flavor of this mouth-watering, calorie- and sugar-packed bottled drink. Haunted, I tell you.

*** Keep in mind that this diner is pretty busy ALL THE TIME, but mostly during lunch hours. They also serve breakfast, and I heard it’s pretty epic. So try it out and let me know!

Fremont Location-

  • 462 N 36th St Seattle, WA 98101 (206) 381-8800

Just For Fun

It’s been like “catastrophe” day over in this neck of the woods. Sorry about the lack-of-blogage folks! Family business going down.

This sure got me in a good mood, though!:

And now you know how to be a panda. =DD

San Da Tournament

I’m jealous. You know why? Because ya’ll can go to this San Da competition on Saturday the 19th and I CAN’T. Previous engagement and all. And yes, you heard me right. This Saturday, the 2nd Annual “Emerald City” Chinese Martial Arts Championship is being hosted at the Convention Center in Seattle.

Got plans this weekend? No? THEN, GO.

There, now you have plans. c:

Don’t worry– they won’t be wearing the spangly spandex. Although it IS cool. Just saying.

Here are all the details!

  • Who: YOU! And you’ll be watching martial artists from around the country competing different styles of martial arts
  • When: Saturday May 19th at 9:30AM
  • What: A tournament… dur. Oh! And it costs 25 bucks.
  • Where: At the Washington State Convention Center (downtown Seattle) 800 Convention Place
  • Why: Just… because. Gee, all these questions.
  • How: I dunno, carpool, bus it, monorail? Does the monorail go downtown? -shrug-

Yup, that’s the gist of it. Let me know if you go, I wish I could!

*** Our Wushu instructor Mike will be competing. Cheer him on for us, will ya?

This is Mike. With a huge sword.

Fast-Foody Review: Red Mill Burger

In celebration of Colin’s birthday (a month after his birthday), Lizzie, Paul, Colin and I wanted to try some awesome burgers. Where else to find awesome burgers than the Oprah Show’s 20 Hamburgers You Must Eat Before You Die? That’s right, ladies and gentlemen. Not only did Red Mill feature in Oprah, but it’s also been voted Seattle’s Best Burger by the Seattle Weekly 10 years  in a row. Convinced? I was.

And the general consensus isss….

Not too shabby. The “Mill Sauce” that was put on my lovely cheeseburger was really quite tasty. Salty, but kind of sweet at the same time. Maybe it was some kind of aioli flavor? Not sure. All I know is KUDOS BABY. Yummy burger, I recommend giving it a shot.

But pretty greasy. Okay, thank God Almighty I had my cheeseburger wrapped in its wrapper or it would be oozing all over me. When I was getting down to the final bites, I took the diaper off of the thing and there was, like, a POOL of grease. Yum? …no. Still, even with the final few bites of the ruined, soggy burger bun sadly discarded, this burger was tasty.

The Award-Winning Double Bacon Deluxe w/Cheese

And the massive plumber’s crack hanging out of someone’s pants stage-right was just the cherry on top of a fantastic evening. o-o

Anyways, try Red Mill! Their burgers may be greasy, their customers regretfully unaware of themselves, but their special sauce is worth the trek!

Two locations:

  • Interbay: 1613 W Dravus St (206) 284-6363
  • Phinney Ridge: 312 N 67th St (206) 783-6362

SIDENOTE: Both locations are next to Starbucks. c: Noteworthy.

Split Stretch for Dummies- Like Me!

The splits. Can’t live with them, can’t live without them. Well, you can. But that’s beside the point.

It’s a requirement for Colin and I to do the splits to advance in our Wushu class… I know, right? Ow. And let me tell you, they hurt like a son-of-a-gun! I don’t think I was very excited about this aspect of Kung-Fu until I flew to Georgia and saw Colin’s sister do this:

Miya doing the impossible

And so, the flame sparked. The interest ignited. All of a sudden, I was a flexible-kungfu-master-of-splits wannabe. And guess what? After three months of off and on stretching, Colin and I are ALMOST THERE!

But we don’t want to leave you out! C’mon! Do the splits! It’s as easy as that ^…

Not really, but here are some tips:

  • Front leg stretch
Crunch. © 2008 Paula Tribble
  1. In preparation for the front split stretch, do this stretch
  2. From a kneeling position, put one leg up straight in front of you onto the mat/floor (flexibility allowing).
  3. Make sure only your heel is on the mat/floor.
  4. Your back leg should be at a 90 degree angle, and your hips should be “square” – they should be facing the mat, not turned one way or the other.
  5. Keeping your front leg straight, lean forward as far as possible.
  6. Hold this stretch for 30-60 seconds at a time. 
  • Runner’s stretch/hip-flexor stretch
  1.  Also in preparation of the front split stretch, do this stretch.
  2. Kneel with one knee on the floor, the other up in a 90 degree angle.
  3. Push your hips forward, “square” like before.
  4. Keep your torso straight
  5. Hands on hips
  6. Hold this stretch for 30-60 seconds
  • Front split stretch (both sides)
 © Tracy Wicklund
  1. Here’s the tough one. Try to actually do the splits. How else you gonna learn, eh?
  2. Start by rocking your hips back and forth, sliding your front foot forward, heel on the ground.
  3. Gradually slide your back foot out.
  4. Balance your weight in between your legs.
  5. Keep your head up, looking straight.
  6. For more advanced stretching, lean forward for twenty seconds, lean backwards for twenty seconds
  7. Perform the whole stretch for two minutes.
  • Butterfly stretch
  1. This stretch is to prepare  you for the side splits–it opens up your hips muscles. Yowch.
  2. Sit on the ground, fold your legs in so that your feet are touching each other.
  3. First, grab  your feet and bounce your knees up and down for fifteen seconds.
  4. Now, hold onto your feet and pull your chest towards your feet, as if a string is drawn from your chest to your feet.
  5. Keep your head up.
  6. Hold this for 30-60 seconds.
  • Side split stretch
© Tracy Wicklund
  1. Here’s the fun one. The side split.
  2. Stand with your legs spread out as far as you can.
  3. Lean foward, touch the ground with your hands.
  4. Twist your hips back and forth, heels on the floor, until the pain is excruciating.
  5. Hold it
  6. For more advanced stretching, lean forward with forearms on the ground.
  7. Hold for 30-60 seconds.

 

Annnndd… wallah! Split stretches! So, by next year, we’ll all have them down, right? c:

 

Chocolate: Good or Bad for you?

I’ve been on a journey. I’ve been searching. For reasons, excuses, justifications, to eat my favorite thing in the entire universe… Chocolate.

My dad’s pretty convinced that chocolate is good for you, and I’m inclined to agree, due to my passionate addiction to the thing. But, still… it’s chocolate. It can’t be THAT good for you, can it? I dug up some studies again, check it out!

THE PROS OF CHOCO-LATTE!

  • Decreases the risk of strokes.Studies show that eating more than 2 chocolate bars a week (yes, that’s right.. MORE THAN two, I know it’s tough) led to a 20 percent decrease of strokes in women. Apparently chocolate has this thing called “flavonoids” that possesses some antioxidant properties that help fight strokes. Yay flavonoids! Gold star.
  • Reduces likelihood of heart attack and diabetes. In a study that included 144,000 people, those who downed the MOST chocolate had a 37 percent lower risk of heart disease and 31 percent reduced risk of diabetes. The reason why? Flavonoids. I think they’re my new best friend.
  • It helps with… math? Huh? Yeah, apparently those flavonoids carry blood up to your brain faster, which helps you figure out math problems. Keep that in mind for your next math test!
  • Can prevent certain types of cancer. Believe it or not, those flavonoids are even more beneficial to your health– they can prevent cancer! Apparently, the cocoa can block pathways involved in cell proliferation and, as a result, inhibit tumor formation.
  • Chocolate isn’t bad for your skin. Wait, really?? I was always one of those people that thought chocolate was horrible for your skin! Apparently, chocolate isn’t evil in the realm of break-outs.
  • It is a natural antidepressant. Well, that’s a given. Whenever I’m having a bad day, chocolate ALWAYS makes me feel better. It’s all chemistry: seratonin inside of the chocolate makes you feel less depressed. On top of that, most people (especially women, I’m guessing) release endorphins when they eat chocolate which results in happy happy fun feeling. Yay!

Now, everyone knows that chocolate (especially certain kinds) can contain a buttload of sugar, calories, and fat. My answer to that? Don’t go overboard. If you’re like me, that’s impossible to do… but I’ll say it anyways. Don’t go overboard. There. c:

Go eat some flavonoids!