Over the weekend I did several things, some healthy and some not so healthy.
In the healthy category, Kyle and I rode our bikes and played tennis twice! I am LOVING my new bike!
I think I could make a bike ride and tennis game a weekend tradition 🙂
Our bike ride to the tennis court is super short, but traverses several LARGE hills, so we were both out of breath by the time we made it to the courts, as well as on the ride home. We played for about an hour each day, so I totally counted that as my workouts for the weekend. That put me at 6 workouts last week! Hurray!
I also prepped meals for the week which included this simple but yummy salad:
Almond meal chicken tenders (recipe coming this week!):
I didn’t add avocado or dressing to the salad when I made it, but you can be sure I will add that each morning when I pack my lunch.
There was some serious vegetable cutting going on to make a big stir fry for Kyle:
We cut into it and it was even better than it was a year ago! I think the smaller cakes from the top tier must have been better than the bottom tier because it was so much more moist than I remember!!
Now that we won’t have our original cake, I think I need to recreate the cake and make the recipe every year right? I did make it myself!
And now a little science for you all: A new article published in Nature Neuroscience demonstrates the association between poor sleep and the accumulation of beta amyloid, the protein in the brain that causes Alzheimers.
Here’s a little bit from the article published on my favorite site, science daily.com:
“Over the past few years, the links between sleep, beta-amyloid, memory, and Alzheimer’s disease have been growing stronger,” Jagust said. “Our study shows that this beta-amyloid deposition may lead to a vicious cycle in which sleep is further disturbed and memory impaired.”
A buildup of beta-amyloid has been found in Alzheimer’s patients and, independently, in people reporting sleep disorders. Moreover, a 2013 University of Rochester study found that the brain cells of mice would shrink during non-rapid-eye-movement (non-REM) sleep to make space for cerebrospinal fluids to wash out toxic metabolites such as beta-amyloid.
Have a great day!!