(Not Ted) Talk Friday: Women in tech

This is not a Ted Talk (as you may have guessed), but this talk is incredibly interesting and important–for any woman in the tech industry, and beyond. Denzel gives an inspiring look into her career and gives some incredible advice for thriving professionally. I hope you enjoy!

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What part of her speech stood out to you the most?

Veg Fest 2017

When you see a car with an advertisement for artisan almond milk, you know you’re getting close to a Veggie Fest! I went to the World Veg Festival put on by the San Francisco Veg Society last weekend.

I have been to a few similar festivals in the past, and this one was certainly smaller, but they had very high quality companies (with great samples)!

I was insanely excited to see Lakanto had a booth. I have an ongoing love affair with their sugar free, naturally sweetened line of chocolates and I was thrilled to see all their new products.

I so regret not buying the matcha latte mix! It was insanely good. They blended it with unsweetened almond milk and it was divine. I have a love-hate relationship with matcha; sometimes the flavor comes across too strong or bitter, but this was so mellow, well-balanced, and sweet.

I already knew I loved their chocolate, but I still had to sample every flavor just to make sure 😉 I love the crunch in the cocoa nib chocolate!

The drinking chocolate was new to me, and I loved it as well. It had such a rich, decadent mouth-feel with a great lasting flavor.

Aside from the taste, all of these products are so nutritious and are great alternatives for less healthy versions of an overpriced Starbucks latte, Hershey’s chocolate, or artificial hot cocoa mixes.

I have been dying to try Ripple (a pea-based milk), but I was hesitant to buy a whole bottle in case it was awful!

I finally had my chance to try it, and it was delicious. I tried the unsweetened vanilla and was impressed. It has a slightly nutty mild flavor and is a great alternative if you want to try a higher protein plant-based milk.

I have heard about Imperfect Produce, but was thrilled to see them at the festival. This company is SO cool. So you know how most produce in the grocery store looks pretty and perfect? Well nature is not perfect so all of that ugly produce usually gets grown away…

This is so wasteful, especially when we think about the hunger and food deserts that plague our country, and the world at large. Imperfect Produce works with farmers to salvage the ugly fruits and veggies and deliver them to your doorstep, like a CSA.

I signed up immediately. It is reasonably priced, supports a wonderful mission, accepts SNAP benefits, and saves the ugly produce of the world! If you live in the Bay Area, Seattle, or Portland, sign up!!! They are expanding quickly, so definitely look out for when they come to your city.

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What do you think of eating ugly produce? Have you ever been to a Veg Fest?

Ted Talk Friday: Depression is a disease of civilization

I initially watched this talk because it was given at Emory (my alma mater), and I quickly came to love it for the same reasons I love Emory. Dr. Ilardi looks at the facts about depression as an illness in a larger context–in the context of history, society, and medicine at large. I learned a great deal from this talk–I hope you do too!

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Do you agree with his opinion on depression? Do you agree that exercise is medicine?

Ted Talk Friday: Giving+Self-Care+Assertiveness= Success

Well this is slightly embarrassing, but I feel  like the content is still worthwhile. I created and gave this talk a little over two years ago. As I move in to the professional space, I have found this advice (backed by plenty of research) to be completely accurate.

Beyond the content of the talk, this gives me an opportunity to reflect on how much I have grown since this time. I chose to videotape this (with the generous help of my friend) because I was too nervous to give the talk in person. While I made plenty of other arguments for the choice of recording the talk–it was because of my fear. I have become so much more comfortable with public speaking since, and even feel confident when I know the subject of my talk well.

I hope you enjoy these insights on success!

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Do you agree with my formula?

ProYo High Protein Ice Cream Review

My mom and Aunt were visiting this past week and we had a great time exploring the area where I live, thrift shopping, and trying out new restaurants! We also decided to try out a new healthy ice cream–ProYo High Protein Ice Cream. After dinner we swung by a grocery store on the way home and picked out four of the six flavors: Coconut, Dutch Chocolate, Dark Chocolate Toffee, and Mint Chip.

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We got home and got settled around my new kitchen table to sample all of the flavors. We even bought adorable glass dessert bowls to use!

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First up, Coconut:

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Genuine coconut taste without any artificial aftertaste (like many health-focused products). It was amazingly rich and creamy–surprising with only a shocking 1.5g fat.

Dutch Chocolate: surprisingly delicious. I did not know to expect, but I think we were all blown away by this flavor; so blown away that I didn’t even pause to take a photo! It had a decadent, rich dutch cocoa flavor; perfectly robust like a high quality dark chocolate and it was very creamy. My mom called it “more-ish”–meaning that it makes you want more and more! When I asked my Aunt to describe it she added similar comments and also described it as “cold” 😉

(Pro-tip: Mix the Coconut and the Dutch Chocolate flavors!)

Next came Dark Chocolate Toffee:

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I think my expectations were highest for this flavor, but the chocolate base did not taste as rich as the Dutch Chocolate. It had more of a light toffee flavor in the base, but the toffee pieces (you can see a few in the photo) were tasty!

Finally, Mint Chip:

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This flavor was superb! The chocolate chips were plentiful and they stayed hard in the melty ice cream. This flavor was very refreshing and creamy!

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Look at all of those chocolate chips!!!

 

In sum, this brand is a winner in my book! My mom has the most sensitive taste buds when it comes to alternative sweeteners and she LOVED all of these flavors and detected zero aftertaste. If you are looking to try a new healthy ice cream alternative–definitely try out ProYo!

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Which flavor sounds the best to you? Have you tried ProYo yet?

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Disclaimer: I was provided free coupons of ProYo to review, however this post represents my honest thoughts and opinions.

Ted Talk Friday: Cracking the Grace Code

I used to associate the word “grace” with a specific religion, but in the past few years I have realized that this is not aways true. Grace is about gratitude, spirituality, and feelings of connection and wholeness, in my opinion, and none of these have to be religious in nature. Living with grace is about gratitude and self-compassion; Anne Barry Jolles’ does an amazing job of explaining how to use grace as a tool and way of being in the world. I hope you enjoy her talk.

 

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What do you think when you hear “grace”?

Ted Talk Friday: The #1 Public Health Issue Doctors Aren’t Talking About

I am on a Lissa Rankin kick! She has such a fresh perspective on wellbeing, and her engaging speaking style makes her so relatable. She does the perfect job of mixing scientific studies, anecdotes, and her own opinion to create a cohesive story. I have recently moved from a community-centered college and my home, where I am surrounded by family, to a totally new city on the West coast. I am consciously working to combat loneliness; I am prioritizing social events and opportunities not just for fun, but also for my health.

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Do you agree? Do you live in a community?

Ted Talk Friday: Is there scientific proof we can heal ourselves?

This talk takes a new perspective on health. We prioritize the newest technologies, search for novel treatments, and look for a pill to cure all ills. This means we overlook the power we all hold within ourselves–the power of healing. There are so many cases where patients survive against all odds. I stand firmly with scientific research, the scientific method, and well-designed studies, but we so often do not take our own bodies’ abilities seriously.

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What experiences have you had with the placebo effect? Do you agree?

Ted Talk Friday: What I learned from 100 days of rejection 

I absolutely adore this hilarious Ted Talk…Jia Jiang has the best delivery for this lesson on rejection. We all face rejection, but we don’t often discuss it due to shame (check out Brené Brown’s talk to learn more about this) or discomfort. It really makes you stop and think about the fear of rejection and how it really holds us back. It doesn’t protect us the way we often pretend it does.

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How do you handle rejection?

Ted Talk Friday: What I learned from 100 days of rejection 

After working at a public school’s educational summer program, I was appalled by the meals children received. The breakfast consisted of a small container of milk, sugar-laced cereal (frosted flakes or fruit loops), and apple sauce. This left the kids of a short sugar high, with a crash only an hour or so later. Lunch was not much better. There was not a fruit or vegetable in sight, except for the chopped pieces of broccoli stems that the kids would throw away (I don’t blame them, I wouldn’t call broccoli stems kid-friendly!). This talk pinpoints the importance of nutrition on both performance and development. I hope you enjoy!

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Do you remember your childhood lunches? Were they healthy?