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SAD & how you can help!

Hallelujah it’s a miracle! I did pole all last night and my wrist is okay today! I’m so relieved, I can now go back to working out at night. My stretching has suffered but it’s all for the greater good! We did the routine at least 3 times last night, practiced moves. It was also spinny pole night, which I loath. I’m not good with spinning pole, it makes me super nauseous, which I was all the way home and into bed. I fear that will be the main reason I will never compete, I just can’t handle it. I still want to teach though I feel like I could still do that and I still want to.

Alright today I’m going to talk about something not so pole related but effects a lot of people, especially in Canada and especially myself.

The winter blues…

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The winter blues affects 15% of Canadians, or the more serious SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) affects 2% – 3% of Canadians. Why this is important to me is because I am also severely bipolar so imagine the uphill battle it takes to get through the winter, now add a bipolar boulder and you’ll get an idea of how this affects me.

When the Christmas high ends and you’re left with cloudy cold days that seem to last forever it’s no wonder we suffer. I am not a winter person at all either, I don’t snowboard, I don’t ski, I take my daughter out but I count the seconds until I can go inside.

What are the symptoms of the winter blues?

Low energy levels

Tired

Increase in appetite

Weight gain

Increased desire to be alone

It’s important to get checked by a doctor though, I am not a doctor, if you think you may have SAD then go to your doctor right away and see if they can make a diagnosis and makes sure it’s not something more serious like anemia!

Now I’ve hit lows lately of just bursting into tears because I’m going absolutely stir crazy in my house. So I started to do some research and these are some of the hints and tricks I found around the web. Although if you’re like me and bipolar is a serious issue for you then I’m not sure if they’ll work, but we’ll see, I’ll be the guinea pig!

Exercise

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This is something I do nearly every day, and while it gives me temporary relief, mainly right after working out, it doesn’t seem to last, at least not for myself. Now this doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy it, don’t get me wrong, it keeps my weight in check which makes me happy but it still doesn’t seem to last. So let’s move on!

Eat healthy

Quinoa Edamame Salad

Quinoa Edamame Salad

This is something I need to work on, refined and processed foods devoid the body of nutrients it needs, and that effects your energy level and moods. You need to eat more complex carbs such as whole wheats, veggies and fruits! I am definitely lacking in that department, my appetite has done the exact opposite and I don’t eat as much right now because I’m just too upset to eat. So I guess my grocery list will be a little different this weekend.

Let the sunlight in

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Open those blinds, pull back those curtains and let the sun shine through, you need it! Sun boost your serotonin levels which is the body’s natural feel happy hormone. Now this isn’t always easy to get in the winter, winter is so dark a lot of the time, but now that were reaching the tail end of February the sun will be making an appearance more frequently. Now I know for myself, the morning is full of sunshine through my front windows, so I’m going to try to just lay on the ground in the sun for 15 minutes. See how that works out. If you’re not afraid of the cold, get out for a 15 min walk every couple of days.

Throw a party!

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I like this suggestion, it sounds fun. Don’t use this an excuse to drink your face off because that can actually be counterproductive. Something you could do is plan a murder mystery party, they’re loads of fun and can be done at any point in time, and it’s not just for Halloween.  Having some social support around you might be just what you need, I know that when my best friend comes over I always forget about being sad and have lots of fun chatting with her and just hanging out.

Get that Green Thumb out

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Peace Ivy

Apparently something that is suggested is to get some house plants and get gardening. Plants brighten up the place, and if you get something like a peace ivy that has air purifying qualities and that’s even better! I do love plants so this might be something I take a look into.

Artificial Light

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Light therapy has apparently worked in 80% of SAD, you can buy a machine off of Amazon, they range anywhere from 40$ to 140$ and up. Light therapy works by mimicking natural light to give you that release of serotonin that the sun does.

So these are just some of the things you can do to try and nip that SAD in the butt. These were the ones that made sense to me, but do your own research as well on different sites because you may find something that sounds like it would work even better for you personally.
And just think of it, spring is just around the corner, only a little more of a push. I am crossing my fingers that I can just push through it without losing my mind.

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It’s Pole day!

Even my daughter doesn't like Mondays!

Even my daughter doesn’t like Mondays!

Normally most of us are like Monday *sigh* *groan* and want to crawl back into bed, but not me today. Not only did I start my day with a delicious Chocolate Cherry Smoothie! But today’s the day (hopefully) my new pole comes in so I’m like watching out the window for any sign of the UPS guys like a dog watching for the mail man.

So I hope you all had a wonderful weekend, I know I did. I nerd-ed it up Saturday night with some D&D!

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I play the Dungeon Master and right now the party is going through a dungeon I made myself and seem to be enjoying it, they haven’t even gotten into the first room but in order to get into the dungeon they had to solve a riddle (Pictured to the left).

I really like to go all out for anything that remotely takes creativity. Turns out, riddles are a lot harder to come up with than I thought. It’s all about how you word things and you have to make sure you don’t contradict yourself half way through.

They did eventually solve it, but it was such fun to watch the little cogs in their minds at work as they discussed/argued with each other over what certain clues meant. Of course my love decided that they should just pull the lever to see what happens, regardless of the riddle and clues, and they did in fact get attacked by a skeleton.

IMG_20131116_195109This is the party that I play with, there’s my little sister, my cousin Matt beside her, my cousin Greg in the orange and red, my brother Dan beside him, of course me at the end of the table, and my love was gracious enough to take the picture for us. Next time I’m going to get a picture of all of us.

So enough of the epic nerdiness that went down that night. This Sunday was also my loves birthday! I had planned a surprise party for him, kind of, it wasn’t like I brought him somewhere and people were all hiding, it was his day off so I couldn’t do that sneakily enough. Instead I had them come to our house and had him answer the door. He was surprised to see people so I succeeded!

Tyler and Alice blowing out candles

Tyler and Alice blowing out candles

Now I love baking, but this boy is so damn picky that he shot down every idea I had for a cake last year that I said screw it this year and picked him out a store bought cake (blech) that he had been pointing out all this month every time we went grocery shopping, sort of a major hint hint Elise, hint hint.

We had a delicious sweet and sour chicken on rice for dinner, a meal I love but takes a lot of time to make. But it fed 11 people so it was a success. And all the birthday money he got will be going towards the PS4 we’re buying each other for Christmas.

As for the gift I got him, well I was a good girlfriend and bought him GTA 5 (which I’m not going to lie, I plan to play once he’s done)

WHICH REMINDS ME! I made him go to the strip club in GTA so I could get all judgmental on the pole dancers and when we got there… I was thoroughly impressed. Like really REALLY impressed!

The developers obviously did their research, which I’m sure none of them complained about, but they obviously didn’t do their research at any plain ol’strip club, because these girls were doing shoulder mounts, inverted V’s, corkscrews, martini, and even caterpillar. There wasn’t any gyrating and grinding the pole, okay maybe a little, but it was mostly all very impressive, and lets not forget the body waves and grinding can be important in a routine, you want a certain degree of sexy.

Alright so I’m not going to lie, I missed the blog over the weekend, but I had to stick to my guns because some weekends I wont be able to post and I want to be consistent. But because I missed it so much, today I’m going to leave you with another healthy but delicious recipe! This one is definitely one of my favorites for lunch.

Cashew Chicken Lettuce Wraps

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Photo by She Wears many Hats

I LOOOVVEEE anything in a lettuce wrap, it just adds that great crunchiness that bread just can’t mimic, even when toasted. And this recipe has an Asian twist, which is my favorite type of twist! So please enjoy this semi-simple healthy recipe because I know I sure do!

Ingredients

For stir fry sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon ground red pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil

For Cashew Chicken:

  • 2 chicken breasts (about ¾ lb. total), diced
  • 8 leaves of greenleaf or iceburg lettuce
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil (or oil of choice)
  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • ¼ cup cashews, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

For stir fry sauce:
  1. Mix all stir fry sauce ingredients making sure to dissolve brown sugar. Set aside.
For Cashew Chicken:
  1. Heat canola oil in pan over medium to medium high heat. Add diced chicken and brown (about 4-5 minutes). Remove chicken from oil. Add onions, garlic and 1 teaspoon soy sauce to pan; brown. When onions and garlic are brown and tender, add stir fry sauce, browned chicken, and cashews. Saute mixture for a few minutes and remove from heat.
  2. Spoon chicken mixture into individual lettuce leaves. Add your favorite hot sauce, more cashews or basil.

mmmmMMMMM! So good! I could eat sooooo much of this, just remember moderation is the key in eating. Until tomorrow my loves!