Plastic-Free July: Week 1

Having participated in Plastic-Free July before, I thought it would be easier to manage my use of plastic and limit the amount of waste from it. Although I’ve taken significant steps to reducing my plastic use by purchasing Lunchskin reusable bags and Prepworks’ Collapsible Storage Bowls, I found that completely avoiding the consumption and waste of more plastic was not always easy, especially with my graduate school assistantships adding more work for key events and summer school challenging me with a vast amount of reading and analysis. Although I wish I could report overwhelming success, I found I had a few setbacks. Here are some missteps I encountered so far during Plastic-Free July: Continue Reading ›

July 2017 Affirmations

Taking on last month’s affirmations proved to be much harder than I anticipated. Avoiding foods that have sugar and those with added sugars proved to be more complicated than I realized. In the end, I also found that avoiding sugar didn’t mean I couldn’t avoid other unhealthy ingredients. Instead, I found it better to continue cutting out candy, sweets, and diet sodas as much as I can, but also remember to have a healthy balance. Living a more sustainable life also means allowing yourself to enjoy some pleasures every once in a while. There were two times this month I went out to eat, and instead of being upset with myself, I decided to commit to not eating out the rest of the month. Finding this balance with myself made it much easier to take on this affirmation. Continue Reading ›

Low-Sugar Desserts

Taking time off to enjoy the weekends is easy, what’s not easy is avoiding sugar on a Saturday night for a late night treat. The weekends are definitely a time where I want to indulge. I have finished my daily workout routine for the week and it’s time to celebrate. And, what better way to celebrate than savoring some sugar? During this month I worked hard on finding alternative recipes for sugary sweets, and my endeavors didn’t stop at desserts. Giving up sugar was hard and finding low-sugar desserts was even harder, but luckily I was able to find a few you might consider if you need to cut back on your sugar intake. Continue Reading ›

Dads and the Outdoors

In anticipation of my week off from school and work, I was looking forward to one thing: being completely alone. I couldn’t wait to finish craft projects, sort through my belongings, clear out my closet for donations, and go on adventures. While I was eager to go on my outdoor journeys solo, a walk along Cedar City’s Ann J. Gardner Canyon Park trail with my dad convinced me to invite him to join me in my excursions. Joining him for a fishing trip at Yankee Meadow and hiking Kanarraville Falls ended being more than what my dad refers to as “Father-Daughter bonding time.” While I’ve spent just as much time outside with my mom, I found these two outdoor opportunities left me with a few life lessons from my dad: Continue Reading ›

Low-Sugar Treats

Cutting back on the sugar you eat may seem like an easy process. Avoid things like donuts, candy, and anything with the word sugar in it, right? I’ve found it’s not as straight-forward as that. Sugar substitutes are not the best answer and there is sugar in plenty of natural foods like fruits and vegetables. So, what can you do if you need a treat? I found there are a lot of options and even tried making my own low-sugar snacks. If you find you need some suggestions on how to eat items with lower sugar amounts, keep reading to see my recommendations on this low-sugar journey. Continue Reading ›