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Friday, March 25, 2016

Music Teacher Tries the Dr. Oz 3 Day Smoothie Detox/Clease

Since I arrived back from winter break, I feel like I haven't stopped going. Musicals, honor ensembles, field trip planning, the list goes on! I was eating pretty well until about a month ago when I started stress eating (hello cookie dough and ice cream...). In order to get myself back on track and reset my system, I've decided to take part of my spring break to embark on a 3 Day Smoothie Cleanse prescribed by Dr. Oz(more info here). The cleanse consists of morning green tea, 3 smoothies, and a detox bath. I did a lot of research on doing a cleanse and decided to go with this particular cleanse because I won't be starving myself (~1200 calories in one day) and it contains a relatively good amount of fat and protein. 

Day 1
Green Tea - I started out the day with a hot cup of tea. I am already a huge tea drinker so this was no problem for me. I opted not to go with the Stevia but did add the lemon. The tea I used is Teavana's Peachberry Jasmine Green Tea loose tea. I find loose tea to have better flavor but bagged tea would work just fine. 

Pro tips for green tea - do NOT steep it in boiling water! Green tea burns and tastes a lot more bitter if you steep it at boiling temperature. Green tea should be steeped around 175 degrees. If you don't have a thermometer handy, just add 2-3 regular sized ice cubes before steeping. 

Additionally, do NOT steep beyond the recommended steep time. This can usually be found on the box and will be around 1-3 minutes. Any time beyond this will increase the bitterness of the tea. Green tea is such a delicate tea and once I started treating it the right way, my teas began to taste a lot better.

Breakfast - The breakfast smoothie was quite good. It had a strong raspberry taste. I could taste the almond butter as well, which was a little odd but not too off putting. I did not add the banana because I can't stomach the taste of banana. I felt quite full after this first smoothie, which surprised me. I usually don't feel very satisfied after consuming smoothies but I believe the almond butter really helped with that.

Lunch - The lunch smoothie was not quite as tasty as the breakfast smoothie but it definitely was not as awful as some reviews I read had stated. I opted not to put in the celery as some other reviews suggested that it was too much. The texture was a little thick and grainy. Part of the thickness might be because I used frozen pineapple. I opted to eat this smoothie with a spoon rather than drink it.

Dinner - I skipped the snack smoothie because I wasn't super hungry during the afternoon. I love blueberries so I found the dinner smoothie to be really good. I liked using coconut water as the liquid. I had only ever used coconut milk so this was a nice, flavorful change. After dinner, I took a bath as recommended. I haven't taken a bath in so long! It was very relaxing and quite a treat. At the end of the night, I felt a little bloated.

Day 2
I woke up this morning feeling SO good! All bloating was gone and my body just felt ready to go. Yesterday, I found I was thinking about food A LOT. Suddenly all the food commercials seemed to stand out more than usual. It was more of a challenge than I thought. Today, I didn't have that feeling as much. Perhaps my brain had accepted that I was actually trying to do something good for it.

I did some light exercising to get my couch potato spring break body moving a little bit. I don't think I could have handled a full work out. I opted not to take the bath because by the time I realized I needed to take the bath, it was a little too late. I'm not used to dedicating 30+ minutes to my nighttime bathing routine. Tomorrow!

Day 3
Can't believe I made it to the final day! I woke up with energy again this morning. I definitely feel refreshed and had no bloat at all. Smoothies were fine to drink today, though I am looking forward to consuming solid food again. I ended today with a bath and felt very refreshed. I think this was just what I needed. We'll see tomorrow how much weight I lost! 

Final Thoughts - Overall, I lost about 2.5 lbs in 3 days. I am not sure how many inches I lost but I feel significantly less bloated and energized. I am definitely going to try to incorporate more smoothies into my daily routine. 

I would certainly recommend this smoothie cleanse to a friend. I felt better and recharged after 3 days, even though at times it was tough resisting solid food. I would not attempt this if I were not on break...too much prep and cleaning. The bath is also time consuming. It just wouldn't be doable for me during a normal school week. 

Buy as much of the fruit as you can frozen - it's cheaper and it makes the smoothies taste better (warm smoothies are just gross). Try to keep your mind busy and off of the fact that you aren't eating solid food! It's only 3 days and the rewards are worth it.

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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Gamify Your Music Lessons and Gather Assessment Data Using Kahoot

Gone are the days of boring review sessions. Turn your classroom into a gameshow using Kahoot! 

What is Kahoot?
Kahoot is a game-based learning website for all ages. A teacher creates a quiz or "kahoot" containing a series of questions with 2-4 answers. You can also browse the public Kahoot database to see if the material you want to review has been made by another teacher.

What do I need to use Kahoot?
The teacher will need a device that connects to the internet and a way to project the screen on that device. Students will need a device that connects to the internet. Devices include smart phones, tablets, computers, etc.

How does Kahoot work?
The teacher will login and "play" the kahoot they are planning to use in the lesson. Students will need to go to kahoot.it (different than the teacher website) and enter the game pin displayed on the screen. Once all of your students have joined, the teacher begins the game.

The first question will appear. Students will have several moments to read the question before the answers are displayed. Students select answers by choosing the corresponding shape or by color. The quicker a student responds with a correct answer, the more points they get. 

After the end of each round, the correct answer is displayed along with the amount of people that chose each answer. Following that, the leader board comes up, which encourages students in friendly competition.

How can I use Kahoot to assess students?
The most awesome feature of Kahoot might be it's ability to assess data. At the end of a game play, the teacher will reach a screen that gives the option to download the results. You have the option to download as an Excel file or download straight to Google Drive.


When you open the file, you get an analysis of how each student did overall and how they did on each question. A green mark indicates a correct answer, red indicates incorrect answer. You could use this data as a grade or as a way to inform your teaching.

Bottom line, students learn while having fun and you get the data you need to assess!

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Monday, March 21, 2016

March Small Goals

Helloooo! Gosh, it has been a while since I blogged. I made it to spring break! Horray! I'm linking up with the wonderful Jennifer from The Yellow Brick Road to bring you my March (mostly what I'll do on spring break) goals.

Complete a 3 Day Smoothie Cleanse
The closer I got to spring break, the more junk food I found myself eating. Being a music teacher can be hectic sometimes and I've gotten away from eating healthy. In order to reboot my healthy eating quest, I am going to attempt the Dr. Oz 3 Day Smoothie Cleanse.

I have also gotten away from stretching and yoga. I plan to get back to doing yoga at least 3-4 times per week.

I'd like to post 1-2 new posts on my blog. I miss writing and have so many awesome ideas to share from this year. If the cleanse goes well, I might write about that as well.

Spruce Up for Spring
Lastly, I'd like to add something new and spring related to my TpT store. Look out for that coming in the next few days! 

What are your March goals? Leave a comment or link up here!
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