killer bacon broccoli salad.

Hello everyone!

I seem to have a penchant for obnoxiously long domain names, as I have purchased TheInformedHealthNut.com as the new home for this blog!

So much has happened in the last month, I can’t even fathom it. I have now been working in the doctor office for almost two months and have really been enjoying it. Although, I definitely need to go work attire shopping. But with what time?!

Those work flats are not happening anymore, though. I was beginning to experience some foot pain (eek!), so I went to see a new orthopedic doctor here in the city. We determined that it was walking around the city in my work flats and lugging my laptop that was causing the pain. Thus, tennis shoes are now being worn with my work outfits when in public. So fashionable..

Speaking of work clothes, I now get to get paid to wear spandex and knee socks to work! Last night was my first shift at Crunch Fitness on New Montgomery. I will be working there part time as a personal trainer. The vibe is awesome. It is not too frou frou like some gyms in the city, but it is still a nice facility and very high energy. People go there to work out and make changes, not merely see and be seen. I am excited to fill up my schedule with clients and work with them on their fitness and nutrition! If you live in the Bay Area, come see me for a free hour evaluation and work out! One of the trainers asked me to give him a CrossFit style workout for him last night between clients, so I put him through this wretched little number:

5 Rounds For Time

  • 22 wall balls, 20# ball
  • 30 dumbbell snatches (15 per hand), 50# DB
  • 22 box jumps, 24 inches

As far as San Fran living, I have been doing as much as possible. My logic is that if I am going to pay enough in rent to sustain a family of 4 in the Midwest, than I better live the life of four people each month. Activities have included:

attending my first Giant’s game (going to the World Series!!!!) and watching the Blue Angels fly overhead

 Hardly Strictly bluegrass festival

hiking to the beach + exploring the Mission and most of the other ‘hoods

going to the flea market with Natalie + exploring several food and cultural festivals

I have surely bored you all to tears with all my talk of stress fractures, so I am going to sum this up as quickly as possible. At the beginning of October, I got the OK to lifting weights again. Have been loving it. Started to get a bit of foot pain, but not during workouts. Saw a doc and figured it out. Am currently lifting and being cautious. Get to add in some running in November. Get to add in CrossFit style workouts/ lifts in December. Done.

Endurance Focused Lifting Workout

5 sets of:

  • 20 backsquats, 95#
  • 12 military presses, 45#

4 sets of: 

  • 20 deadlifts, 115#
  • 15 lateral DB raises, 10#

Between my two jobs, I now work from 10:3o am to 9 pm with a break to work out in there. Thus, I have to bring both my lunch and dinner with me each day. This is going to make recipe posts more difficult, but hopefully it will be a great way to learn how to make portable meals that are suitable for work  that are actually tasty and healthy. Expect that in the near future! A recent fave…

Addictive Bacon Broccoli Salad

Recipe: Serves 2 as a side

  • 3 cups raw broccoli, chopped
  • 2-3 slices of bacon
  • 3 tbsp sweet onion, finely diced
  • 3 tbsp light mayo
  • 1 tbsp greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp raisins
  • salt, to taste

Directions – Cook the bacon in the microwave for 2 or 3 minutes, until very crispy. Lay on a paper towel to drain. Once cooled, crumble into bits. Combine the broccoli, bacon bits, diced onion, mayo, Greek yogurt, honey, apple cider vinegar, raisins, and salt in a bowl. Mix well. Taste and adjust to personal preference. Enjoy!

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11 responses to “killer bacon broccoli salad.

  1. Bahh! SOEXCITED to see you back. For reals. Glad to see life in San Fran is treating you well! If I were anywhere close, I’d totally be hitting up your gym.

  2. you are awesome girl!

  3. YAY YAY! Glad you’re back AND you can get back to your regular workouts with no foot pain! Good luck getting the domain transferred! So many exclamation points! Haha.

    ps. pinning that salad asap because it is everything I love in life and I think I’ll be eating it for the next week straight.

  4. look how cute you are! and love the new blog name. As PBJENNY to help you. she did mine. At a good price too. email me if you want her info. and yea for no foot pain.

  5. This looks really good:) And your outfits are adorable!

  6. You make my life feel boring, haha! I’m so sorry for the delay, I will help you with this domain business ASAP. Unfortunately it may not be in person, cause I got plans to surf on Friday and go backpacking this weekend. But I will carve out any time besides Friday – Sunday to get this done! Text me/call me anytime, I don’t sleep anymore :)

  7. All good things here! So happy to read all your progress and happiness and happy feet! I’m so glad I wasn’t that trainer you made the CF workout for.. WHOA. I bet he died. :) Love the new blog name and good luck with migration! (I did mine, but it was easy blogger –> wordpress…anything more complicated and I’m useless.) Have a great weekend!

  8. I’m glad you’ve been enjoying working as a trainer. I’m sure it’s a dream come true for you. :) I’m also SUPER glad that your stress fracture is healing. :) Btw, when you list the workouts, does the number by the # mean the weight you used?

  9. Cant wait to come live out there and hopefully you will still be there!! Ps WHERE did you get that jacket?? So cute!

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