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day one is done

9 Aug

talk about a long day!

Overview:

Up at 8 to be there at 9. One hour lunch break and finish at 5. I swear it’s like I work a 9-5!!!

Oh and then after rush stuff I ran to the bank then wal-mart then the apartment office (to bother them some MORE) then to the gym and was finally able to shower and eat. phew.

Now the deets:

This morning I tried out a version of HEAB’s overnight protein chia oats because I wasn’t sure how long I would be at the house and if we’d be allowed a lunch break so I wanted something that would hold me over.

I used 1/2 cup oats, 1/2 c water, 1 T chia seeds, raisins, cacao nibs, and 1/2 T cocoa powder. Then in the morning I added a little less than a scoop of sun warrior. It was delicious and filling, thanks HEAB!

Then you’ll never believe what I had for lunch. My first real fast food for months….the crepevine.

For those of you who are unfamiliar, the crepevine is a tallahassee eatery that makes all types of crepes from desserts to lunch to breakfast.

Exhibit A:

Exhibit B:

So what did I order?

They have a make your own option so I got every veggie they had except jalepenos plus salt n peppa.

True, this is probably the healthiest crepe they’ve ever made and also true that it probably wasn’t that bad for me, but I’m going to admit something to you guys, it took alot for me to finally come to terms with it after I ate it.

Besides the fact that crepes aren’t vegan, There’s just something about the fact that it was fast food and that I didn’t know the ingredients that irked me. I know it shouldn’t but it did and I’m trying to learn to come to terms with not eating perfect all the time.

So why did I eat it? Because not only was I hungry, but I only brought a larabar (which I knew wouldn’t be healthy to ONLY have that for lunch) and I didn’t drive so I was at the mercy of where my friends wanted to eat and I hate being the weirdo that won’t eat normal food or the nagger who never wants to eat where everyone else wants to. So I sucked it up and made the best of the situation.

The whole time in the back of my head I just kept remembering all of my fav bloggers who are some of my role models for healthy eating and kept remembering how they indulge too and aren’t always perfect with their eating but they are ok with it because they are also happy with themselves.

So instead of dwelling on it I simply ate how I normally would for the rest of the day and had the larabar after sorority schtuff and a bowl of quinoa and veggies for dinner

all mashed up

that’s the good stuff

Apartment news: My walls were painted today!!! AND I’m getting new carpets….I’m so happyyyy!!!!!! I also found out that the reason my carpets are so messed up now is because the girl before had a dog (our apartment complex doesn’t allow animals) which makes all the scratch marks make a lot more sense. But there is also a red stain and a burn in the carpet from her hair straightener!!! urgh oh well i get new carpet 🙂

and here is my partial workout schedule from july as promised! sorry it was in excel and i didn’t really know how to insert it in here

WinCalendar

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July 2010
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
arms chest shoulders
abs
yoga yoga cardio
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
back legs arms chest
abs
cardio cardio
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
shoulders back legs arms chest
cardio
25 26 27 28 29 30 31
shoulders back legs arms shoulders back
cardio

MIA Blogger- part I

1 Aug

Hey guys!

Sorry I’ve been so MIA lately but a lot has been going on around here. Now add to that the fact that I haven’t had internet 😦 it’s been a sad and blogless life around here but it’s also been filled with some pretty awesome stuff that I can’t wait to share!

And since I have so much stuff I’m splitting it into 2 parts so…

Part I:

So let’s start from the beginning. As you know, I’m officially homeless. Friday was completely consumed with packing and filling my car to capacity with all the junk I seem to accumulate.

just a couple things

Oh, and did I mention the A/C went out that day…ya it was NOT FUN to say the least. Pretty much wanted to kill myself but I stuck through it and ended with a nice cold shower at my friend Kayla’s place who so kindly let me stay with her.

I swear it was like experiencing a/c for the first time again. I was literally in heaven. And on top of that she had a nice clean apartment and not one filled with dirty dishes that have accumulated from your body builder roommate who is depressed from his dieting that he can’t muster up the strength to clean them himself, gross.

Forgive the digression, let’s continue on. So after my holy shower, me and bebler had some much needed couple time on a dinner date at Sakura Japanese. After working so hard and being so stressed out from the moving to the accounting final, it was nice to enjoy some good food and alone time.

I have to admit something now…I ate fish. And it was damn good.

I’ve actually been thinking about reintroducing fish and eggs back in my diet for a while now. I haven’t made any decisions yet, but that night I did splurge and enjoy something I’ve always loved. Do I regret it? No. I don’t know if it’s just because I’ve been stressed or because I haven’t been buying enough of a variety of foods but my diet hasn’t been satisfying me lately. I feel really constricted on what I can eat and helpless when I’m hungry. I don’t think anyone should feel like this and we should all be happy eating what we like and what makes us feel good. So for right now I’m weighing my options and I’m going to see what works best for me and my lifestyle right now. I’m sorry if this offends any non-meat eaters or anyone else, but I don’t think I should be a hypocrite and lie to you guys either.

So going back to dinner at Sakura we enjoyed some pretty great food.

For starters I had miso soup,

And bebler got his fav gyoza (pork dumplings)

Then we ordered the July roll (bebler’s fav),

The sakura roll,

The fantastic roll, which was literally FANTASTIC (my fav)

And one other I can’t remember the name of

Sooooo good. Man I missed sushi 🙂 and don’t worry, we had left overs. but usually me and carson can put down sushi like it’s our job! the waiters always used to come back and say “wow, looks like you guys were hungry” and then I would get self conscious lol

Then after, bebler went out with the boys while me and Kayla went to see Charlie St. Cloud….it was just ok. We felt like it didn’t do a good job of explaining things and it was just kind of weird. But at least we got some entertainment. And then we got back to her apartment and watched the new JERSEY SHORE IN MIAMI!!! Man I miss the GTL, drama, and fist pumping! Good ending to a rough day 🙂

Stay tuned for part II TRUST ME you don’t want to miss what happened the next day…

Food Preservatives Part 3

18 Jul

So now that I’ve warned you about food preservatives being detrimental to your health, how do you go about eliminating them from your diet?

1. Start reading the ingredients list. The more aware of what you’re putting in your body then the more likely you are to make better choices

2. Start by simply eliminating these chemicals from your diet: These are probably some of the worst ones for you. Just by eliminating these from your diet you will automatically be doing so much good for your body.

– MSG (monosodium glutamate)

hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils

natural and artificial flavors

– high fructose corn syrup

enriched flours

– aspartame/ artificial sweetners

– food coloring

– potassium bromate

– BHA/BHT

– sodium nitrate

– propyl gallate

brominated oil


3. Stick to shopping the borders of your supermarket. This tends to be where the less processed foods are such as your fruits and vegetables. Try to only go into the center aisles when getting things from your grocery list. The less you are around processed foods, then the less likely you are to buy them.

4. Look for foods with short ingredients lists. Usually the more processed, the more ingredients (but there are exceptions, so READ the label!).

5. Don’t automatically trust labels that say “all natural”, etc. Companies can claim anything they want and label it on the front of the package, once again read the label.

6. Look to fruits and vegetables. When in doubt, stick to food that don’t even require an ingredients list.

7. Add superfoods to your diet. This includes spirulina, maca, bee pollen, hemp seeds, etc. Just adding a little to your diet exponentially increases your health and wellness.

8. Have one meal a day of pure natural foods. This will ensure that you at least have one meal without chemicals and preservatives and will increase the amount of nutrients you consume in a day.

I hope you all learned a little something about food additives and are all on your way to living a little cleaner!

If you have any questions please feel free to email me or leave a comment. I would love some feedback too!

Did my food preservatives series help you?

Changes

27 Jun

So there have been some changes going on and some things I haven’t been telling you so this is me spilling the beans:

First off, although I am happy with the way I look right now, I’ve lost more weight. I haven’t really been telling you guys everything that’s been going on lately but basically not only is Carson concerned but so am I. I only lost around 3 pounds but basically the point is that I HAVEN’T been trying to lose weight, so if I don’t up my calories I could end up continuing to drop to an unhealthy weight.

That being said I also really want to build muscle so I’ve been researching a lot lately and made a few changes to my fitness/ nutrition plan.

Instead of doing cardio everyday I have decided to switch my workouts between cardio and strength every other day. I’m hoping this will not only help me put back on the weight but also help me build lean muscle. For today’s workout I did 30 min. interval training on the elliptical as well as abs so tomorrow will be my first day of pure strength training. Since I’m kind of a noob, Carson is going to help me train- update on how the workout is tomorrow!

Onto the nutrition part:

Not only have I been super conscious about the amount and type of food I’ve been eating lately (making sure to eat enough calories, protein, and fats) but I’ve also changed how I eat. Instead of opting for 3 large meals a day I’ve started to eat around 6 smaller meals throughout the day, about every 2-3 hours. Not only does this keep me from losing energy, but it also boosts your metabolism and helps to build more muscle. I’m also making sure to eat at certain times of the day- right when I wake up, right before my workout, and right after my workout. I’m already liking the smaller meals every 2-3 hours so I’ll keep you up to date on how the diet is working out!

Instead of boring you with my typical eats I’ll just show you dinner

I made 1/4 cup quinoa but I toasted it for a little before I started to cook it. I think it added a nice flavor but I added curry and cumin so it was hard to tell after all the spices. I also cooked it with carrots, red onion, garlic, and red kidney beans.

then I put kale on top of the hot quinoa to warm it without cooking it. Gotta get those greens in!

It was so warming and delicious…I think even the fitnessista would approve of my curry 🙂

Diet Rules

23 Jun

You know how sometimes you crave something so much it’s all you can think about?

Well I’ve been dreaming about a veggie sandwich and I finally fulfilled my craving

behold

this had- spinach, tomato, sprouts, avocado, spicy brown mustard, and garlic pepper (no msg)

I made my open faced sangwich with this new bread I’m absolutely obsessed with

I have never tried millet before but it was gluten-free and fruit juice sweetened so I thought I would give it a try. I love discovering new things that I don’t know how I never had in my life. Let me just tell you

Millet bread+ almond butter= soooo good

this bread is kind of cakey and thick so when I toasted it and topped it with the nut butter it was like cake

So I’m sure you guys have probably been wondering what exactly are my diet rules, so let me explain:

  • I’m a raw vegan. I say this because it makes up the bulk of my diet and I don’t believe you have to be perfect to hold the label. Although I must say I hate labels but for the purposes of explaining my eating philosophy I will indulge you with labels.
  • I’m gluten-free. I don’t believe gluten is good for the body or that grains are necessary in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Not only did our ancestors not eat it, being that it is usually highly processed and enriched, but my digestion has also improved since I have cut it out. I URGE you to read this article on why grains are unhealthy
  • I’m soy-free. “Soybeans, as provided by nature, are suitable for human consumption.” To put it simply, with all the gmo controversy out there I would rather stay away from any modified or processed foods and get my nutrients from whole raw foods.
  • I also try to limit my nut intake. Although a raw vegan diet is pretty low in calories to begin with, that doesn’t mean you can go crazy in the fat department. Remember everything is better in moderation.
  • I don’t eat preservatives or chemicals. I would hope this would be evident from the whole RAW vegan thing but I just thought I would clarify. This is honestly one of the biggest and best things to eliminate from your diet. If you can’t pronounce an ingredient or don’t know what it is, don’t eat it. As simple as that. I promise if you do this one simple thing you will automatically start to feel cleaner and healthier.

I hope this helps to clarify some things, but remember no one is perfect and you should stick to the diet that feels right for you. Coming soon- What are some of my diet staples?

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