Clean Eats For A Clean Mind

So I’ve got a lot on my plate…literally AND figuratively.

Why???

FOOD IS FUEL!!!! My days start early and are usually planned by the hour. No joke.

I have a worksheet beginning in increments of 30 minutes starting at 6:30am-10:30pm. Crazy right? Well, I think it’s only crazy if it doesn’t work.

I have to effectively manage my time from the moment I get up, the second I walk in the classroom, the instant I work on orders/website/marketing, the time I run on to the tennis court for practice, and the minute I step into the library to #werk.

My REALLYYYY busy days can be draining, but are necessary to the life of a student-athlete entrepreneur (honestly sat here to make up a cool name to merge the words but nothing made sense, so I digress).

QUESTION: How do I maximize my efficiency? ANSWER: Proper nutrition!

I have teamed up with my roomie and one of my FIRST customers: @callascleaneats for some quick nutrition advice & I of course had to request the recipe for my favorite smoothie she got me hooked on (but I’m not mad about it).

So…welcome to the bloggin life Calla Girl!!!!!

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“My name is Calla Ramont, roommate and best friend of #girlboss Kat Samardzija. Not to mention, Locker Lifestyle lover (even though I may be slightly biased ;)). I have to say, I lucked out with finding a roomie/bestie with similar interests.

This girl has a work ethic that never ceases to amaze and it keeps me motivated on the daily!

I recently started an Instagram page (@callascleaneats) to share easy, yummy, healthy meal ideas, recipes, and health tips.

I’ve been interested in healthy eating for quite awhile now, but I cannot even begin to describe how much I’ve learned over the years, and continue to learn every day!

I am always looking to gain more knowledge by studying, reading, listening to podcasts, doing my own research on databases like PubMed (nerd status), and more.

My favorite part about the health field is that it’s CONSTANTLY changing. There is always more to learn (and more to eat!!).

Healthy eating should not be about how you look, but about how you FEEL. When I eat foods that nourish my body (with some pizza and fro-yo sprinkled in here and there- balance duh) I feel my absolute best.

It shows in my performance in class, the gym, and my overall mood. So when I’m headed out the door (in my Wrist Locker) whether its to a heavy lifting sesh at the gym, or long day of classes, I am full of energy and ready to get the most out of my day.

Per Kat’s request, I have decided to share the secrets to my Cacao Berry Blast Smoothie Bowl! (You’re welcome in advance).”

I would LOVE if you guys would comment your favorite smoothie topping, how you liked this post, and/or how deceptively tasty you know this recipe is. Thanks for being here!!!

❤ Kat

 

Cacao Berry Blast Smoothie Bowl

  • 1 frozen banana
  • ½ C frozen zucchini (gives you that extra serving of veggies + makes your smoothie thicker- you can’t taste it, I promise!)
  • ¼ C frozen berries of choice (I used raspberries)
  • 1 serving of protein powder
  • 1 TBSP cacao powder (for an extra chocolaty taste + magnesium)
  • 1 TBSP chia seeds (extra fiber + fat to keep you fuller, longer!
  • 1 C nut milk of choice

 

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Throw it all in the blender on high. Be PATIENT! For a thicker, more ice cream-like smoothie…scrape the sides a couple of times to get it all to blend. Get creative with toppings! I like to use unsweetened raw coconut flakes, cacao nibs, & granola 🙂

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A Harrowing Tale of Runner Safety

Running or walking is great for weight-loss, endurance training, or a stress reliever (as it is for me).

 Before a long day of work begins, I like to clear my mind in an almost meditative state to focus my energy on the day ahead. Some of the most influential and successful entrepreneurs in the world use exercise as a means of keeping themselves balanced.

It is important to embrace the positive effects an outdoor run can have on the mind and body, but you cannot be naïve to your surroundings.

Going anywhere outside of your treadmill increases surrounding risks by a harrowing amount. Cars, uneven trails, animals, and weather can cause permanent or fatal damage.

I was contacted by fitness and fashion guru @hanmcclelland about her near death experience and how it changed the way she runs forever!

 

“The lovely founder of Locker Lifestyle and I found some common ground in that I wish her product would have been on the market much sooner.

Not only would it make my daily run so much more convenient and eliminate the need for me to wear my dorky fanny pack or suffocating phone band, it could have helped me on one of the scariest days of my life.

Three years ago, I went on a run just as the sun was going down. I didn’t go too far, less than five miles from my house. I remember feeling fine one minute, and nothing the next. Or the next. Or the next. In fact, for about forty-five minutes I can’t remember a SINGLE thing.

When I started to regain consciousness, I remember light flooding into my cracked eyelids from the sky above me. I was sprawled across the ground with no feeling but a fuzzy one in my head.

As I came to, I started to gauge my bearings. My headphones were strewn across the road, fifteen feet away. My phone lie in a yard in the opposite direction.

The more my body was waking up, the more I began to feel burning up the side of my leg, ribs and face from the road rash that riddled my body with glass and tiny rocks. I will never forget that throbbing in my head and the hot, sticky blood dripping down my cheek.

As any person in that position would, I started to panic. I tried crawling to my phone, but it wouldn’t turn back on. There was no one in sight even though I was surrounded by houses. I felt lost and knew I was injured.

Luckily, a police officer happened to drive down the street I was on. He noticed how confused, injured, and bloody I was. He pulled over and I was whisked away to the emergency room.

It felt like hours before my family was finally contacted. Because I was so close to my house, I did not want the hassle of bringing my ID or any identification.

It took hours of waiting, testing, and cleansing of the road rash. Thankfully, I was sent home that day with a multitude of bandages and a serious headache.

MORAL OF THE STORY: I was extremely lucky to not have been severely injured or killed.

For runners who do unfortunately get hit by a car, most of the time they aren’t as lucky as me. To this day, I still don’t know who was the culprit and I probably never will.

If I would have had a Wrist Locker, a number of things could have been different. If I had not been carrying my phone, I might have been able to properly brace my fall and not hit my head. If I had been carrying my ID on me, someone could have identified me before I woke up.

There’s no way to know how things would have turned out, but I can definitely say my Wrist Locker will be with me on every run from now on.

Here’s to being stylish, safe, and avoiding vehicular hit and runs! – @hanmcclelland

Tips every outdoor runner/walker should keep in mind:

Be familiar with your surroundings.

  • Do you know the neighborhood?
  • Where is the nearest police station?
  • Run against the traffic
  • Don’t expect every car to see you

Know the terrain.

  • Avoid roads if possible
  • Wear the proper shoes.
  • Use paths if available.

IDENTIFICATION

  • You heard her story ^^^
  • DON’T BE A STATISTIC.
  • Bring a form of ID that is close or on your body.
  • (Locker Lifestyle makes the PERFECT products to help you do just that)

Weather

  • Check the daily forcast
  • Lightning ALWAYS wins
  • Damp ground, makes for a slick and unsafe terrain
  • The weather radar is your friend
  • You are not a psychic-determine how long you will be out and when that storm plans to roll in

Clothing

  • No need to look stylish in all black (the ER docs won’t find it cute)
  • Morning or night…have some sort of reflective piece on you
  • Wear bright clothing so you are easier to see by motorists, bikers & drivers

I hope you all take away something from Hannah’s story. I repeat, DON’T BE A STATISTIC.

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Please comment to let us know how you liked this post and thank you again Hannah for sharing with us!!!

From Nursing to Entrepreneurship

Where do I even begin?! Well I might as well start with who the heck I am…

Hello! My name is Kat. I am a junior student college athlete. I have been a huge fan of sports for the entirety of my life. I have played everything from hockey to tennis (what I currently play in college). An active lifestyle is what I strive for, yoga pants and sports bras consume 93.7% of my closet, and clothes without pockets annoy me. I also live to find adventure and I never stop moving (I’ve been told I can be a restless sleeper too).

Before I turned 20, I was the owner of 3 trademarks, 3 provisional patents, and my very own business. Yes, you read that right. I am not one to brag, but all of that came with a price, physically and mentally.

This blog is my diary and an inside look into the mind of a young entrepreneur (possible grammatical errors included). So here it goes…Let me warn you though, if you stop reading now, you are going to miss out on some serious life advice, mistakes, mishaps, and triumphs.

I pride myself on being the HARDEST-WORKING person in a room. I may not be the most intelligent, skilled, or knowledgable individual (I for sure will be the clutziest), but I make damn sure that I try to work harder than anyone.

I have always been a very driven, organized, and passionate type of person. Since high school, I thought I had figured my life out. (Here is me, right now, mentally laughing at that thought because I was quite sure of it.)

My family can be broken down into two main categories: business-owners and doctors. I was that kid who watched Untold Stories of the E.R. and Boston Med with pure enjoyment.

My mom remembers vividly at her doctors appointment, me in the waiting room watching Animal Planet, then the receptionist apologizing and changing the channel because a graphic surgery of a Golden Retriever was taking place. I looked at her and explained that I had already seen this episode, but not to worry because this dog’s hematoma will turn out to be benign. She looked at my mother speechless. Thus, I was always certain I needed to go into the medical field. I wanted to help people, and be able to support my future family (literally my thoughts at 7 years old; I am a planner).

My parents were planners, too. Even before high school, we would have long talks about what I wanted to do. In high school, my dad helped me do extensive research on the top medical programs across the country. Playing tennis in college was towards the back of my mind.

I ended up choosing Grand Valley State University, a hidden gem I might add. My deciding factors in going were their top Nursing Program (I wanted to be a physician’s assistant from there), decent tennis scholarship offer, and their state of the art library. Total nerd move right?! I figured since I will be there so often, I better love it.

My freshman year was incredible. I loved being on my own time, despite the fact I had to manage tennis, class, and four different clubs. Being a part of all of that made me an incredible planner because if I did not plan accordingly, my entire week would fall apart.

Fast forward to my second semester of freshman year. I felt pretty comfortable with my schedule and grueling science classes, but I would find myself getting bored (with the very little free time I had). I am a do-er. The words “lazy”, “procrastinate”, and “un-motivated” are not to be associated with me. 

I overheard a girl on my team talking about her sister who paid for her entire grad-school by selling headbands. “HEADBANDS?!” I thought. How simple. She started selling off Etsy, reasons I will get into in a later blogpost, but it took off from there.

A lightbulb went off. I thought, why can’t I come up with something like that for some extra cash? I have expensive taste and college bills piling up. I was creative and artsy. I even make a lot of my own jewelry, so I started to research. Although, I realized the difficulty of the market place in differentiating yourself from others.

THEN…one day after practice, I went into our Recreation Center to workout with teammates. All we needed to enter, was our student ID, but we carried extra cash, wallets, keys, and belongings that were not necessary. Our gym lockers did not lock, and cubbies were open for anyone to steal our things. I was too nervous to leave my things, so I had to carry a large wallet and keys around the gym at each machine I used. I looked like an idiot. Everyone else had way too much trust in the other strangers at the gym.

For weeks, I looked online for a simple, gym-friendly, accessory to hold just an ID and maybe a key. Unfortunately, all that came up were running belts. UGHHHH. They are bulky, unfashionable, uncomfortable, and too big for the simple things I needed.

Here’s my epiphany…I found out that I am not the only one with this problem!!! I decided to do something about it.

My mother had her own Bridal Store, with a very talented seamstress. I was able to meet with her, explain my design, and BOOM, the Wrist Locker was born. It solved all my issues because it is specifically the length of an ID, it is comprised of high-performance-dry-wicking athletic fabric (I am picky with my clothes), it stretches to hold chapstick or keys, and is machine-washable.

From there I learned to sew, tell the low from high-quality fabric, and spread the word about creating a more enjoyable workout experience.

I kept getting told (over and over and over again) that the way I sell my product and create products with purpose, is my calling. The following semester I switched my major from Nursing to Entrepreneurship.

This is NOT the end of my story. There is so much more too it, I promise. There are plenty of informative and sarcastic posts to come because I think that sharing my journey as a young female entrepreneur is just as important as building my own brand in order to support myself, my family, and my community for the rest of my life.

Share. Subscribe. Enjoy. AND Learn (from my mistakes & stay tuned for more!!!)

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