Undressed Skeleton — Healthy Hiking & My Nature Epiphany

Healthy Hiking & My Nature Epiphany

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You don’t have to be Edmund Hillary to enjoy a hike. You don’t have to climb up a mountain to consider it a hike. It’s the enjoyment of taking a break from the gym to step out into natures fresh air. It’s about noticing my surroundings as a reminder of what keeps me alive.

I thank the mailman for handing me a package. I thank the person at the checkout line for bagging my groceries. I thank the waitress at the restaurant for bring me my food. But I never stop to thank nature.  Nature is generous enough to give me water to drink, air to breath, food to eat and fuel to keep me warm.  If it wasn’t for nature, I wouldn’t be here to thank the mailman, the waitress or the person at the checkout line. 

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I am guilty of taking advantage of our planet, forgetting how important it is and ignoring the fact that it allows me to exists. Why shouldn’t I thank it by treating it better?

Yesterday’s hike was an eye opener for me.  I sat on the top of the mountain overlooking my surroundings. I thanked the sun for sharing it’s vitamin D as it beamed over me. I thanked the trees for giving me fresh oxygen to breath and shelter to live under. I thanked the skies for giving me fresh rain water for drinking, and allowing farmers to grow healthy crops for me to eat. I thanked God for giving us nature as a way to exist. Nature is precious and deserves to be treated with care and love. I was raised to believe that God created every living creature equally. Sometimes I act like nature isn’t alive, but it’s more alive than I. So, what gives me the right to treat it unequally? 

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Colossians 1:16,17 - For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:  And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

Yesterday put me in a path towards making the planet a better place. It starts with baby steps. Everyday, starting today, I am going to make sure to contribute to our planet. Sometimes I forget my reusable grocery bags, so I settle for the paper or plastic. Why punish nature for my mistake? I am now going to suck it up and pay extra for a reusable bag. I don’t care if it is my 100th time forgetting, I am going to pay up. I am going to stop making trips to the store everyday. I’ll make trips if it is on the way of going somewhere, or if it’s an emergency. Just because I forget peppers for my salad doesn’t mean I need to get in the car and drive to the store. That is just selfish.

It’s the little things that make a big difference if everyone takes part. 

No excuses.

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Now, I will stop rambling about yesterday’s epiphany and talk about my healthy snacks I brought on our hike. 

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We were blessed with the weather yesterday. Jeremy and I planned a day hiking stone mountain. It was a little overcast, but the sun would peep through the clouds every now and then. 

I stopped at the grocery store to pick up snacks for the hike. I grabbed or favorites that would last without being refrigerated

Walking up the mountain was much different than the typical gym workout. The incline was incredible and every time I stepped up onto a rock, it put my step class to shame. I could feel the burn in all parts of my legs. 

The mountain is only one and a half miles up, but we did extra hiking around the sides. We spread the one and a half miles into three miles on the way up and three miles on the way back down. There were so many views to see from each of the mountain. Of course the top was the best, but every angle had it’s own beauty. 

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I packed little containers of my homemade trail mix and fresh blueberries. Good thing there are not bears in this area. 

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Instead of buying trail mix, I like to make my own. It’s hard to find trail mix that has exactly what you like. I always find myself picking things out or getting annoyed with the unnecessary oil and sugar added. Usually when I find the one I like, it’s overpriced.

My trail mix:

  • unsweetened dried cranberries (I make in my food dehydrator, but you can also buy them this way)
  • organic dark chocolate chips
  • raw almonds
  • pistachio
  • unsalted cashews
  • (usually add air popped popcorn, but not this time)

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The trail mix is such an energy booster. I usually mix it with popcorn, but Jeremy hates nuts, so the popcorn was all his. Air popped popcorn is a great on the go snack, especially for outdoors. It last in every temperature and provides fiber.  

Don’t worry, I saved my zip lock bags for next time. 

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I have become OBSESSED with Activate water. Watching the vitamins exit the cap and dissolve in the drink is my favorite part. The flavor is phenomenal. My favorite so far is the blueberry pom! But, I’d take any of them. I have a hard time drinking plain water, so this certainly helps me fit in my daily amount

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Another great snack for outdoors is all natural peanut butter and rice cakes. They also last in every temperature. I am hooked on PB2, but Justin’s little package portions make it so much easier to take on the go. The peanut butter is a great source of healthy fats and protein for energy. 

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Another one of my favorite on the go snacks is Chia Bars. It’s such a clean product. The energy is provided by the Chia seed. It’s a great source of protein and fiber as well. 

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This is one of my favorite finds at Whole Foods. Sometimes when you are really hungry and on the go, it’s easier to eat something small rather than giant and messy. There are only two ingredients in this bar, THAT’S IT! Jeremy likes the pear and apple flavor, but I like the peach and apple. Do I need to tell you what the two ingredients are?…

We also brought fruit leathers and Think Thin bars. We didn’t end up eating them, but they are also great on the go snacks.

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Remember, you don’t have to hike miles up a mountain to enjoy the outdoors. Take a walk through the park, or collect seashells on the beach. Just take a break from the indoors and get some fresh air! 

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