July 19.

1. I’m a little tired of late. See my latest post on my primary blog: 4:30 a.m. | chicken nuggets and elmo

2. I joined Twitter. Totally addictive. I totally don’t have time for this! You can follow me here. Warning: I sometimes have late night conversations about True Blood.

3. After about a 4 month hiatus with meat, I started eating it again… but this week I’ve stopped again. I really can’t stomach it: it grosses me out. So now I am not eating meat, I’ve cut out almost all dairy, and I am trying my best to stay away from processed food and sugar. I am still eating eggs, but I have been continuing to discover yummy vegan things to eat, including these chick pea pancakes which I eat at least once a week. #trying

4. I have a zillion things to do staring me in the face and I don’t what to do first. Typical.

I need a cute bunny picture right about now. From http://www.roflzoo.com/cute-bunny.html

I need a cute bunny picture right about now… Ahhhh. Now I feel better! (From http://www.roflzoo.com/cute-bunny.html)

5. Garden: coming along great. We’ve gotten about 6-7 good cucumbers so far… tomatoes are growing but still green. Peppers haven’t come up yet. Kale died after all that crazy rain we had a few weeks ago. Lettuce is regrowing.

garden =)

garden =)

6. CSA: amazeballs. Did my work requirement which was harvesting peas on June 30. Not too hot… and though I forgot to put sunblock on the back of my neck, it was a great day.

My neck, the next day. It didn't hurt. Even though it looks like it does...

My neck, the next day. It didn’t hurt. Even though it looks like it does…

I picked peas on the farm. My phone died so I only have this picture from my work day.

I picked peas on the farm. My phone died so I only have this picture from my work day.

How is your garden growing?

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Day One of No Sugar, Again

Yeah, I haven’t stayed away from sugar yet, but today I am.

Some things I am trying to keep in mind today to help me focus on this goal for today…

I’m not back to the gym yet, but I thought this was a good slap in the face:

One of my favorite bloggers posted this the other day and it makes me want to eat raw kale (um, I don’t think I’ve ever said that):

Chop-It-Up Veggie Salad with Tahini Garlic Dressing

I was looking for a link to a tofu recipe I have in my mental recipe box that I wanted to try…I can’t find the link at the moment, but I am still looking… but I did find this tofu cooking inspiration. I do try to eat tofu at least once a week and I want to learn how to prepare it in different ways. I usually get it in my Thai food — like yesterday, I ordered Pad Kra Tiem — the sauce is light and broth-y rather than heavy, and it’s loaded with veggies (garlic, broccoli, baby corn, carrots, red bell peppers, garnished with sliced cucumber). With brown rice and steamed tofu it’s enough for a lunch and a half.

I am planning on going vegetarian for Lent again this year, but I also like to experiment with vegan and raw vegan cooking. I found this graphic and thought it was a good thing to keep in mind about all the food/nutrition sources available on a vegan diet:

Refocusing on the clean green — and my 2012 annual report

In the last couple of months I’ve revisited my “about” page and my eating and exercise goals. I haven’t quite done what I said I would do here. I know a lot of people make fitness goals around the first of the year, and I’ve never been much of a New Year’s resolution kind of person… but getting my WordPress “Annual Report” yesterday is making me think about refocusing on cleaning up my diet and finding time for regular exercise. (Here’s a link to that if you’re interested.)

Light green curry I made recently with brown rice, tofu, carrots, sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, potatoes and chick peas

Light green curry I made recently with brown rice, tofu, carrots, sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, potatoes and chick peas

I’ve been a bit side-tracked on the exercise bit for the last month because I was rear-ended on my way to work on Tuesday, November 27… I have to get a MRI on my neck/back to see if I have whiplash/disc damage. I’m hoping I don’t… but I can’t work out again until I find out. And…I can’t say I have been sticking to eating well most days these last two months.

BLARG!!

BLARG!!

Here are a couple things I’m doing to try to get back on track with my diet and exercise:

  1. I’m making an appointment with the registered dietitian at my local supermarket. I’m hoping I can come up with a 3-4 week meal plan. I’ve done this before but not recently — I think if I can have a mindset of what my meals are each day, there will be less of a chance that I will say screw it and eat whatever. This does, however, involve planning ahead, something I’ve not been so great with lately!
  2. As soon as I can get back to the gym I’m going to… I have to! I’m going to ask my doctor if there’s any kind of exercise I can do right now…
  3. I’m going to attempt to post at least once a week, probably over the weekend, with a brief eating plan and recipe links. I’ll also give a brief update of my exercise.

I’d also like to give a shout out to my top five commenters. I really appreciate your support and suggestions!

  1. Dangerously Daydreaming
  2. My friend Paula =)
  3. Rant and Roll
  4. In Her Chucks
  5. AgriGirl

~ I wish you all a Happy and Safe New Year’s ~

Hurricanes are bad for your sugar intake

Hurricanes are bad for your sugar intake

I have been hearing from a lot of my friends that they’ve been eating like CRAP all week. Some people have had to rely on non-perishable food due to Hurricane Sandy (I live in Central NJ), and many people still don’t have power today, a full week after the storm hit.

We didn’t lose power, so I can’t blame my eating on the storm. For the most part I have managed to stay away from the Halloween candy I have yet to give out (they’ve postponed trick or treating in my town until they can finish cleaning up downed trees and power lines). But I have not been eating well, and I have not been eating enough green things. Or vegetable things.

I did, however, make a root vegetable soup on Monday the 29th, in my “I have to do something” panic before the storm hit that night (sort of a variation on this one, which I’ve made before).

soup preppin

The aftermath of the storm has been so bad that they cancelled my CSA pickup this past Thursday. Hopefully those shares were donated and didn’t go to waste, but I’m not sure.

My gym has also been closed for the last week… which also is no excuse for my lack of exercise over the last week.

I’ve just been really off lately. In a rut. And now that we just turned the clocks back there’s more darkness. I love this time of year for so many reasons but the lack of daylight is not one of them!

Hopefully things will get back to normal soon with power and gas… and hopefully I can get myself in a better frame of mind.

I think I am going to try to go without sugar for a few days too… and do another 3-day detox. I had tried to start one the week before the storm and I had to stop after less than one day because I had such an incredibly bad headache (which I think must have been me detoxing from sugar/caffeine).

New study supports low glycemic diet for sustained weight loss

New study supports low glycemic diet for sustained weight loss

I found this via Mark Bittman at the New York Times. Some “food for thought”….but of course an article called “Which Diet Works?” is going to get my attention!

From the article:

  1. Study was performed at the New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center of Boston Children’s Hospital
  2. looked at people’s ability to maintain weight loss, which is more difficult than just losing weight
  3. their low glycemic diet: 40 percent carbs — minimally processed grains, fruit, vegetables and legumes — 40 percent fat and 20 percent protein
  4. Study participants on the low glycemic diet burned 150 calories more per day.

In addition Bittman talks about how not all calories are created equal:

There’s an increasing body of evidence, however, that calories from highly processed carbohydrates like white flour (and of course sugar) provide calories that the body treats differently, spiking both blood sugar and insulin and causing us to retain fat instead of burning it off.

But I like broccoli!

Sometimes I need reminders like this to stay on track. Hope you’re all having a great day!

Have you heard of Robyn O’Brien?

Have you heard of Robyn O’Brien?

I hadn’t until just now.

A co-worker of mine just forwarded this video to me. It’s eye-opening and frightening. It’s O’Brien speaking at TEDx Austin in 2011. She defines herself as “an unlikely crusader for cleaning up the food supply“… but that’s exactly what she is. There’s more to eating organic than just trying to eat better. It’s about protecting your health and the health of your children.

I took this endorsement from O’Brien’s site:

“I believe that in the absence of the truth, all of us stand helpless to defend ourselves, our families and our health, which is the greatest gift we have. You don’t have to be a doctor or a scientist to look into whether our food supply is safe, and Robyn O’Brien’s courageous pursuit of THE UNHEALTHY TRUTH is an example of how we can all do our parts to protect the health of our families.” -Erin Brockovich

Trying to eat cleaner, greener and healthier

Trying to eat cleaner, greener and healthier

It was while I was writing my last blog post about what Chicken McNuggets are really made of that I kind of hit a wall. I need to eat better. Period. I have to eat everyday, and I don’t always make good, healthy choices. And I want to be healthy, eat less processed food, exercise more and have more energy… and just feel better. Losing weight wouldn’t hurt, either. Um, yeah… cos I really do want need to do that, too.

I have toyed around with the idea of writing a second blog about eating healthier and cleaner. While thinking about a name for this blog I was doing some Google searches and I found this one: Clean Eating Machines. I’ve only read a little of it, but this is what I want to do: plan my meals for the week and find the time to create healthy, cleaner meals for myself and my family, and share ideas about how to be more active.

And what do I mean by “cleaner”? I guess different people have different definitions for what “clean” means. But I’m going to try to avoid added sugar and processed foods to start. I’m not going to be perfect at first…and that’s not what this blog is about. Because I am so not perfect. But I have to do better than I’m doing now!

To begin… today I am making Slow Cooker Chicken and Noodles — a recipe I found via Fork and Beans (another deliciously clean food blog I found). It’s from one of her favorite sites, SoupAddict.

I think I’m gonna leave out the noodles though. My trainer keeps telling me “no carbs after 5!” Sigh.