Healthy Habits for Peak Performance (Physical & Emotional!)

June 2nd, 2014 | Posted by Erica House in Life

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Sometimes I forget that I have quite a few ‘special needs.’

I’m a vegetarian marathoner with Hashimotos disease.We all have issues we struggle with so I’m certainly not unique, but I know that if I’m not vigilant about taking care of myself physically and emotionally then I will suffer the consequences. Like in 2013 when I had unexplained amenorrhea for almost a full year, or when I had to bail on my first half marathon because I wasn’t training properly and giving myself adequate recovery time. You’d think at the wise old age of 30 I’d be smarter about some of the stupid stuff I do to myself! Now, I know that healthy habits are essential if I want to reach my marathon and ultra marathon goals this year.

Last month I shared a tutorial for doing your own detox day at home. I adopted that mentality for this past weekend. Friday afternoon I swung by the Walgreens down the street and picked up a few of my favorite essentials for relaxing and recharging.

Walgreens EssentialsOkay, so not all of the items are essential but I’ve never been able to pass by Popchips without picking up a bag! Seriously, I was floored when I saw Walgreens carrying them! They had quite a few healthy snack ideas to chose from, but I wanted to go with my old stand-by.

2014-05-31 11.31.13I spent a lot of time at home this weekend trying to rest my calf that has been bothering me for about 10 days now. It was feeling better Saturday so I went out for a run in my new shoes and after I got home I went straight into hydration mode. I weighed myself before and after my run and lost 1.5 pounds of water! I’m kind of addicted to pedialyte for hydrating. I usually just drink tons and tons of water, but running for 90 minutes in 90% humidity calls for something more serious. I also picked up some Potassium supplements and coconut water (high in potassium) to help muscle recovery.

IMG_7649It was so nice to be able to get all of this at one stop, and not be going to one of those giant box stores which causes me stress just thinking about going into. I actually had fun wandering around Walgreens looking for things that could help promote my health. I never would have imagined they carried my favorite tea and coconut water!

Sunday I spent some time on the elliptical and stationary bike before meeting up with a friend to do some more recovery poolside. As we were talking I realized this was the only social interaction I had all weekend and I was totally okay with that. I really felt like I just needed to disconnect from the world for a bit and get ready for the next round of marathon training that starts next month.

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The majority of my weekend was spent hanging out with this ridiculously handsome guy, watching movies, and reading. While I can’t say I’m ready for the new week to start (no one ever welcomes a Monday!) I am feeling more relaxed then I have in weeks, and that’s enough for me.


What do you do to take care of yourself?
What’s your favorite way to hydrate?

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15 Responses

  • Carla says:

    Im so…quirky but my FAVE HYDRATION is my soda stream
    TOSSED out the flavorings.
    just water and bubbles.
    <3 <3 <3

    • Erica House says:

      With how much money I spent on Lacroix and sparkling water I need to just pony up the money and get a soda stream.

      • I have a Soda Stream, but have been buying LaCroix recently because I’m out of nitrous and I don’t feel like spending $30 on buying the new container. Imagine my surprise when I realized I spent $30 on LaCroix this month alone. I was like, “NO WAY!” So when I run out of LaCroix, I’m going to just pony up and get the nitrous bottle. We loved our Soda Stream when we had it. We’re so dumb. HAHA!

        • Erica House says:

          So from one LaCroix addict to another, a soda stream would be just as good? It may be something I need to invest in!

          • OK so it depends on which LaCroix you’re drinking. I can do just regular sparkling water and I plan on trying to infuse some fruit into it when I buy the next nitrous bottle so that it is similar to my beloved flavored LaCroix. I will let you know how that goes, because I’m obsessed with the Pampelmousse LaCroix and I love the Peach Pear too. OH shoot, I pretty much love them all. Or you can plan to get the Soda Stream and we can come up with fun infused recipes TOGETHER. That might be fun. I’m thinking a raspberry ginger infused sparkling water would make a good, refreshing metabolic drink.

          • Erica House says:

            This sounds like a science experiment in the making. I wonder if I could get my department to pay for the materials (I teach research design and analysis!)

  • I have recently fell in love with Cocogo. It has all my electrolytes and B vitamins! I have a low thyroid so I get you about having to take special care!

  • Have you heard of Brittany Angell? She also has Hashimoto’s and she has healed herself with diet. Check out her blog if you don’t follow it already, it’s I believe (Used to be She’s actually writing a grain-free bread cookbook right now. I follow her in IG and her bread looks AMAZING.

    Anyways, now to get on to what I really wanted to say: I go through phases of good hydration and horrible hydration. I am in one of my bad phases right now. I drink coffee when I wake up in the morning and then forget to drink much more water throughout the day until it’s bed time and suddenly I realize I’m completely parched. I generally just drink water because I follow the PCOS diet and for hormonal issues can only have 60carbs/day. I like to save those carbs for fruit and starchy veggies like spaghetti squash. I just got a water bottle that will infuse fruit into my water. I Just need to actually USE it. I have this bad habit of buying great things and then having them turn into decor in my house (read: Clutter). I love that Walgreens is a cozy, convenient place to buy everything you need to keep healthy and hydrated! #client

    • Erica House says:

      I haven’t heard of her but I will look into her blog immediately! I love finding anyone new to follow who understands thyroid disease.

      It wasn’t until I started running a lot that I became better about hydrating. Before, I’d literally go weeks without drinking any water. I’d have diet cokes and such but never just water. Now, I’m still drinking more LaCroix and tea’s then water, but I go through about 2 big containers of water a day. Everyone makes fun of me for bringing my thermos everywhere. It’s such a habit I actually brought it on a first date without even thinking about it once!

      • Check her out FOR SURE. You will love her. I found her when I went Paleo about 2.5 years ago because I was looking for a good grain-free stuffing for Thanksgiving. She does not identify herself as Paleo, but as an allergy friendly blogger who focuses on things that have helped heal her own Hashimoto’s. Many of her recipes just happen to be Paleo-friendly which is a total bonus for me.

        I love that you took your water bottle on a first date. My husband and I always take our water bottles out on dates, except when I’m in my water rut. Speaking of, I better get up and get something to drink . . .

  • Great stuff! And the faces your cat makes is seriously the best.

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