Sous Vide, Back Joy, and HI!!!

HI friends!!!

I can’t figure out what day it is this week. Having an interview on Tuesday instead of work messed me up! Turns out it’s Thursday, which is great because Friday is a short day for me! I’ll be driving up to Notre Dame with about 20 Louisville besties for a weekend of frozen rainy fun. It’s the last football game I’ll go to this season — sad but also…we suck and I don’t want to watch anymore losses.

I haven’t been sleeping well this week. A weird thing where I wake up around 2am and can’t fall back asleep for an hour. Luckily it hasn’t worn on me too much. I think part of it is med school decision stress. I don’t have to make any choices until the spring, but it’s all swirling in my head and I can’t shut it off!! I’m grateful though, because choices are an amazing thing to have.

Anyway, today I just wanted to tell you about two cool new things I’m using:

1. Sous Vide

I’ve instagrammed and mentioned this briefly, but the Sous Vide is JC’s newest toy. He got in early on a kickstarter for it by Anova and so got this baby early and discounted. I never knew he was so into cooking, but now he loves to experiment with tons of new foods!

Sous Vide

Here’s what a Sous Vide is, from the Anova website:

… A French phrase that is often translated as ‘under vacuum.” Chefs around the world use the sous vide technique to prepare food to the perfect doneness while retaining the foods’ nutrients and juices. Now, this simple technique is available for home use with Anova.

Anova is a sous vide immersion circulation that works by circulating water at a constant temperature in a pot…this ensures a consistent temperature throughout.

To cook sous vide, you first seal your food in a plastic bag using either a vacuum sealer or a Ziploc bag. Then submerge the bag into the heated water bath for a period of time. Some people like to finish their food by searing it.”

Screen Shot 2014-11-19 at 12.55.18 PM So far JC has tried salmon and steak, but I really want to try eggs!! Both the salmon and steak were the absolute perfect texture throughout the WHOLE piece, which was so strange at first.  JC seared the steaks after cooking in some butter for extra flavor and they were amazing. There are lots of recipes — cooking times and temps — online for all kinds of things. It’s really fun!

Sous Vide Steak

Sous Vide Salmon

I think it’d be an awesome Christmas gift for any foodies in your life.

2. Back Joy

Back Joy volunteered to send me some supplies to help my posture since I sit all day, and also to donate $100 to Veterans services on my part. I think it’s awesome that they are doing this — a blog campaign that pays in donations to others. Makes my heart happy.

I DO sit all day. Like 95% of the day, especially now that it’s too cold to go on walks. I have to answer all the phone calls and standing desks aren’t an option at my office, so I literally only stand when I have to go to the bathroom. And I feel it! Oh man, my back is sort and my shoulders get all hunched over. I have to constantly remind myself to sit up straight. By the end of the day I am CRAVING the backbends in yoga! I’m sure many of you can relate.

Back Joy SitSmart

Back Joy sent me three products to help with my posture. First is the Posture Plus, which just sits on top of my chair and helps me sit up straighter. I really like it because it’s totally unnoticeable..it just encourages me to stay sitting up and definitely keeps my back more straight. A+ on this product…my coworkers are interested in it too!

Back Joy SitSmart

They also sent me their roller balls, which are great for trigger point therapy. I like to put them behind my back during the day to keep my sitting up even more, but I also massage sore muscle into them which feels like a deep tissue massage.

Back Joy Roller Balls

Lastly, they sent me a sports bra! I was worried this would be really uncomfortable, but it wasn’t! It felt great — just like slight compression keeping my shoulders down and back. I definitely noticed a difference throughout the day since I’m known to hunch up my shoulders while I work.

Back Joy Sports Bra

The only negative is that it has pretty thick shoulder straps and so is tough to wear with lots of shirts. It didn’t bother me under a workout shirt, but the only way I could wear it during the day is with a scarf. I definitely will continue to wear it though. I know it’s SO much better for my back and shoulders to keep them down!

Back Joy Sports Bra

So that’s it! Just sharing two new products that are making my life a little nicer :) Thank you to Back Joy for sending along my goodies and donating on my part. And thank you to JC for cooking more often.

  • Ever heard of a Sous Vide? Do you have one?
  • Do you sit all day? 

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