So much has gone on in the last few weeks, but briefly:
Food Activism: I’ve always wondered why so many kids have food allergies today… but now I am starting to understand why. Yesterday I posted a video about Robyn O’Brien. She is a “food activist” committed to cleaning up our food supply. This whole issue frightens and enrages me! To think that the public’s health is less important than the bottom line for many of the companies that make the foods that we regularly buy and eat every day… I’m just disgusted. So when a friend forwarded this link for a petition I just had to sign it. It’s from an organization called “Just Label It!”. Their goal: make labeling of genetically engineered foods the law. Right now it isn’t, so you and I have no idea if the food we buy has been GE or contains GM ingredients. (Here’s 10 reasons to avoid GMOs, aka, genetically modified organisms.)
In looking for some more information on Just Label It! I also stumbled upon this blog: Food, Facts and Fads. The blogger is a scientist who covers a range of food-related topics, including the safety of our food supply. Pretty interesting!
2-22 Workout: When I walked in for my workout, my trainer gave me a challenge. The long and short of it: she had just won a bet by performing a rigorous workout in 10 minutes. I was only able to do a fraction of the workout in about 45 minutes… and I could barely do some of the exercises. I’m not good at push ups, especially ones on that half ball thingy. I think my trainer is in way better shape than me.
Sprained Ankle: Um, yeah. I didn’t sprain my ankle during a workout…I did it the next day, as I was leaving the house for work in the morning with my daughter in my arms. That’s another story in itself, but you can read it about it here if you like. I finally made an appointment to see my orthopedist tomorrow. It’s been hurting for the last 12 hours or so… I’m hoping it’s just the wet weather we’re having today that’s causing it … and not something worse!
This is what it looked like Sunday, Feb. 26.
Food update: No Meat and No Sugar: Since I’ve started eating a vegetarian diet for Lent, I don’t miss meat at all. I think some of the Robyn O’Brien stuff I’ve read in the last two days is sort of helping with that. But I’m kind of enjoying finding healthy no-meat recipes and meal ideas. And while I have been eating natural sugars for the most part (found in fruits, etc.), a few not-so-natural sugars have found their way into my mouth. I had some ranch dressing at a restaurant yesterday… so I’m sure there was some in there. And after I ordered my Iced Soy Vanilla Latte at Starbucks I realized that there was sugar in the vanilla, DUH. But I have to tell you… I have just been craving dessert. So I found this recipe and I am going to make it tonight: Peanut Butter No-Bake Cheesecake. It looks amazing and I am hoping it will satisfy my hankering for… something. Just another note… while at my local health food store today I picked up one of these: a California Suncake in Chocolate Orange. A yummy vegan treat… and it DID satisfy my something craving.
Smoothies Galore: I have been making smoothies pretty regularly since I did my 3-day detox. This morning’s contained:
- 1 scoop NST protein powder (chocolate) (This is Bally’s Health Club’s brand. It’s whey-based.)
- 2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1 banana, frozen
- 8-10 cherries, frozen
- 1/4 cup fresh raspberries (appox.)
- 1 tsp. chia seeds
Lentil Soup: I used this SoupAddict recipe to help me put together a vegetarian version with what I had in the house. What I did have was more carrots, no celery, no mushrooms… and tomato paste instead of sauce (with 4 cups of vegetable broth and 3 cups of water), no fish sauce and no potatoes. It was still good, still filling… and delicious with a little parmesan cheese sprinkled on top.