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.



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 ~

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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!

Life. Home. Garden. Gym. Cheesecake.

Life. Home. Garden. Gym. Cheesecake.

Life has been busy with work and home responsibilities. I had taken off April 5th to do some major cleaning/purging around the house, but that didn’t happen, because I wound up having to work. I had a huge project I had to finish up… and because I didn’t finish on the 5th I also had to work on the 6th, which was an official “my-office-is-closed-and-I-should-not-be-working” day.

So… instead of having a 4-day weekend two weeks ago… I am having one this weekend. But my husband is working Saturday and Sunday… so I am on full time Mommy duty all weekend.

I’ll get some things done, but that fire in my belly that I felt on the 4th and 5th for everything I had to do around the house? So Gone.

Things I will do:

1. Continue on getting my garden together. This is taking a lot longer than I’d thought. I remember seeing this post by To Be Frank and thinking, ok, we’re talking an afternoon. A few hours. Let me tell you… um, it’s taking a bit longer than that. This past Sunday, I started. I spent time going to the local hardware/garden store and getting a few supplies and tools… and then I had to take a hacksaw and cut two 6-foot long wooden garden stakes in half. So that was some additional “unbudgeted” time… oh, and also? I didn’t consider that taking a pitchforky thing and digging up a strip of grassy earth that is 10 foot by about 1 foot would be so 1. fricken HARD or 2. take so effin LONG. (Note: the actual garden will be about 3 x 10 but only about 1 x 10 is grassy… the rest is a former, uh “wild” flower bed.)

These bitches are so going in the ground this weekend (or at least a flower pot outside if I can't get the dern garden done)

2. Exercise. But that takes me to my next, ahem, random fact: today was the first day in about 2 weeks I was able to get to the gym. And it sucked because it’s been about 2 weeks since I’ve been to the gym. I haven’t been able to get there because of my work or my husband’s, plain and simple… but because I am off, and because my trainer guilted me into it, I committed to go and work out with said trainer tomorrow and Friday. So I won’t be able to walk at all this weekend! (Me: OH shut up and stop whining. Me: OK *hangs head*).

I had seen this post by Fork & Beans back on the 6th of April… so I guess now is as good a time as any to say that I am going to take the official Fork and Beans “Take a Hike Challenge!” I’m committing to some form of physical activity, whether it be gardening, gym exercise, cleaning, running in the park with Chloe…”30 minutes every day for the next 30 days”. Let’s see how this pans out…

3. Food. Hmm. Hasn’t been so good. Nothing to be super proud of and writing home about. Have I been eating processed food? Some. Have I been eating sugar? Yes. Have I eaten meat since Lent ended on Easter? Yes. Did you see the title of this post? Yes…

In other news:

1. Inspiring in so many ways: I just found this blog. Read her story. Totally wow.

2. I have committed to doing the EIF Revlon Run/Walk on May 5 in NYC. My cousin was recently diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer and I am walking for her. She is 44, a mother of 3 and just had a double mastectomy… and while she will need chemo she just found out her cancer was contained in the one lymph node and she will not need radiation treatments — which is wonderful news =)

3. There is probably more news to share, but not now. I have to go to bed so that I may wake up refreshed to start my 2 days of SO MANY THINGS.

Good night.

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

Detox schme-tox

Detox schme-tox

I’m not one for fad diets. Hmm. I’m not one for dieting at all, come to think of it. But I’ve been thinking about doing a detox or cleanse of some kind. I’m no health expert… but I know that the fast weight loss associated with some of these cleanses/diets is not healthy or sustainable, and losing quickly and then gaining back weight quickly is also not good for you. And some doctors think it’s debatable about whether or not these things are even necessary. A co-worker of mine (who is one who planted this current curiosity in my brain) is doing this one. I was seriously thinking about doing this particular one for about five minutes. Well, maybe 10. But once I found out how long it is (uh, 21 DAYS), and how much it cost (uh, about $175), I decided to see if I could find another one that does not require, um, how shall we say… such a commitment.

So after some poking around, and some talk around the watercooler… another co-worker found this one — Kaeng Raeng. She told me she did one that was similar a couple years ago but she thought this one sounded better. So I guess that’s good enough for me. That and a 15% discount that I found on The Kind Life! I ordered it today.

Another thing I really liked about Kaeng Raeng is that they offer a 3- or 6-day cleanse in 3 different “levels”… beginner, veteran or master. I’m not sure what the level thing means, but I know I’m a 3-day beginner. I really like how the detox information is presented on the K. R. site. I’ll let you know what happens.

Meanwhile, tonight for dinner I made yummy stuffed peppers with Laura’s Lean Beef, brown rice and a load of veggies, just a touch of ricotta cheese and marinara sauce. Super yum.