Friday Favorites

Hey Friends!!! Happy freaking Friday!! Woohoo! We made it to the weekend!!  It’s such a great feeling when we have accomplished another successful week and now we get to relax and regroup before we do it all over again. 🙂

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the idea of happiness as a choice we can make.  I have really been trying to focus on this concept in the past few weeks.  If I have to do something I don’t want to do or go somewhere I don’t really want to go, I have been focusing on trying to be happy no matter where I am or what I am doing.  That is not to say that I don’t have moments of frustration, anger or sadness (I certainly do), but I try to find happiness every day.  When I remind myself of all that I have to be grateful for, happiness just fills my soul to the brim.  I really think that happiness is a choice.  No matter the situation, we can choose to be happy or not.  It IS possible to find happiness always.

These guys right here… they are the reason for a LOT of my happiness. 

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I would love to just freeze time right here and now.  I am truly the happiest I have been in years with where I am in my life.  Old enough to support ourselves and be independent, but young enough to only have our pups relying on us right now.  We do want kids, by the way, just not yet.  I always thought I would be done having kiddos by 30, but truthfully now that I am almost 29, I don’t think I will even have one by the time I’m 30.  I really think it is smart that lots of people are waiting longer to have kids these days.  Truthfully we don’t have any friends in Nashville with kids, most of our friends here aren’t even married so I think that gives us the mindset we are in right now because we aren’t surrounded by babies.  We just really love our life right now and are not quite ready to give up our freedom just yet.  My mom is probably tearing up as she reads this… she needs grandbabies stat.  I told her to talk to my sister. 😉

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I get emails from a chiropractic office I used to go to when we lived in Ohio and each week they send out difference snip bits of health related articles so my next two Friday Favorites are from that email blast!

While I do eat fish and dairy occasionally in the form of cheese or greek yogurt, I haven’t eaten meat for the past 14 years.  I personally believe in a more plant-based diet (it is just what personally works best for me and my body) and I think that has really helped me to stay healthy.  While everyone in the fitness world is always talking about how much protein they consume, it is important to note that there is such a thing as too much protein.

Diet: Cutting Down on Meat and Dairy May Reduce Heart Failure Risk. 
Middle-aged men who eat a lot of meat, dairy, and other high-protein foods may be increasing their risk for heart failure. A review of 22 years of data concerning 2,400 Finnish men found that those with a high-protein diet had a 33% increased risk for heart failure, and the risk increased if their primary sources of protein were animal meat or dairy. Researcher Dr. Jyrki Virtanen notes, “Our findings indicate the high protein intake may have some adverse effects on health, especially if the protein is coming from animal sources.”
Circulation: Heart Failure, May 2018

I loved this reading this next piece of information on sleep.  We are always told that you can’t “make up for lost sleep,” but it seems that maybe you can.  I love sleeping in a little bit on the weekends (too much and I am over-tired the rest of the day) and not waking up to an alarm.

Wellness/Prevention: Sleeping in on the Weekends May Help You Live Longer? 
New research suggests that too little sleep during the work week can be counteracted by sleeping in on the weekends. A study involving nearly 44,000 people showed that the risk of early death among individuals who got less sleep during the week and more sleep on the weekends differed very little from those who averaged seven hours per night on both weekdays and weekends. The findings suggest we shouldn’t feel guilty about sleeping in on the weekends.
Journal of Sleep Research, May 2018

That’s all I have for today!! I am ready to enjoy the weekend with a few plans (you probably can guess one of them…) and some down time with my pups.  Have a great weekend yall!!!!

Questions:

  1. What are your plans for the weekend?
  2. Do you go out to eat more on the weekend?
  3. Favorite summertime fruit or vegetable? 

3 thoughts on “Friday Favorites

  1. Oh so much good stuff here!!!

    Okay girlfriend, I am with youuu on the kids thing! I had always thought we would start having kids by 25/26… but I am already 24, and won’t be done with school till 27, will want to establish my career for a year or two– 29… relax for a hot second… so 30 it is! It’s so common nowadays! To each their own, but it’s always nice to hear I’m not alone in wanting to wait too.

    Also, that was so interesting about the high protein diet! I do eat a very high protein diet- so I may need to re-evaluate that a bit. And AWESOME about the sleep stuff. I do that way too often where I go hard for 4-5 days in a row then crash. Especially when I was doing nursing full time.

    Thanks for sharing, Taylor! I loved reading this. XO happy weekend

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    1. Society definitely puts pressure on us to make sure not too wait too long to have kids. I think it’s so important to do it at your own pace because it is a big responsibility. Sometimes I feel like my biological clock and my readiness for kids are not going to match up. 🙂 .
      I always thought a higher protein diet was better too. I do like to have protein with my meals and snacks because it helps to keep me full for longer, but I guess like everything else, moderation is the key.
      Have a great day!!! xoxoxo

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