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Looking for a brave soul (who likes free stuff!)

Loved hearing some of the other food rules you like to follow! Some extra ones:

  • Try to get all food groups in at meals
  • If you can’t picture it in a natural state, then don’t eat it!
  • Be mindful of what you’re eating but don’t obsess about it. Enjoy it!
  • When offered a dessert, rate it on a scale of 1 to 10. If it gets a low rating, then it’s not worth it.
  • Eat breakfast
  • Balance out your carbs, proteins and fats.
  • Nothing is ever off limits.

And most importantly (drumroll please…) food rules are meant to be broken!! ;)

For example, who said you can’t have candy for breakfast? First thing in the morning sounds like a perfect time for a treat to me!

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Candy oats.

  • 1/4 cup oat bran
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 scoop chocolate whey powder
  • 1/2 a banana
  • coconut
  • M&Ms
  • peanut butter

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My gosh this was good!! I don’t care how many weirdo ingredients are in M&Ms, sometimes a little candy coating does the body good! Oh, and big news! Mini Eggs are now available year round! I know one boy, whose name starts with a C-h-r-i-s, who will be very excited about that ;)

I had a small snack before heading out for a chilly run today. I say small, because I’ve heard several people note that Larabars seem to be getting shorter…

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This apple pie flavour was pretty dinky – and yet still 170 calories! I had a cashew cookie the other day that I swear was half the length of the wrapper.

Makes chopping them up into bite size pieces much more difficult.

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Yeah, I like to play with my food :)

I was also excited to try out a new product before my run.

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The fine folks at Sequel Naturals sent me a canister of Vega Sport in acai-berry flavour. It’s basically a natural sport drink, meant to be consumed before or during activity. Like most other Vega products, it’s chock full of wonderful and healthy ingredients.

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The organic sprouted whole grain brown rice syrup and organic palm nectar are a combo of high and low GI carbs that are supposed to give you both immediate and prolonged energy. It’s also chock full of anti-oxidants, natural caffeine (green tea) and even a natural muscle relaxer! (kombucha).

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I’m a big fan of the Vega Smoothie Infusion, so I had high hopes for this stuff. Well, I did until I mixed one scoop with one cup water as the packaging instructed.

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Ummm…it looks like sewage.

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And honestly, it kinda tastes like it too. I’m sure this stuff is wonderful for some people, but I refuse to choke down food or drinks that my tastebuds don’t enjoy – no matter how healthy! I took a few big gulps, then dumped it down the sink. I then proceeded to burp it up throughout my run :(

My run however, was still stellar! It was around the freezing mark (30-ish F?) again today. I just wore some spandex capris, long-sleeve running turtleneck, running hat and gloves, and I was quite comfortable in the cold! I think I should pick up some ear muffs though, as they were getting chilly toward the end.

No big goals for this run today, just wanted to get the ground under my feet :) Ran 5.25 miles in 50 minutes. I love my easy mid-length jogs, but I think it’s time I start bringing some more short n’ speedy runs back into my routine too!

Lunch featured some more of my coveted honeycrisp.

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I mixed up one can tuna, 1 tbsp plain yogurt, 1/2 tbsp mayo, pepper, 1 tsp lemon juice, chopped apple and onions. Loaded it on bread and melted some old cheddar on top.

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Everything tastes better with melted cheese on it.

I chopped up the remainder of my honeycrisp and sprinkled some pumpkin pie spice on it to munch on.

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That’s only 3/4 of the apple!! Mind you, I slice it up reeeeal thin :)

I spent the rest of the day “oot and aboot.” I made a Starbucks pit stop to try out Meghann’s drink.

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Grande nonfat awake tea latte with 2 pumps pumpkin spice syrup. It was okay. I love tea lattes – but I always found the Starbucks pumpkin syrup to taste like rubber! Anyone remember the chantico? Now that shit was goooooood :P

I then immediately went home, and a turkey and hummus pita from the Pita Pit magically fell from the sky and onto my coffee table.

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I couldn’t just send it back! :P

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I got almost every vegetable they offer…

  • spinach
  • romaine
  • tomatoes
  • onions
  • green peppers
  • mushrooms
  • bean sprouts
  • olives
  • pickles

I had just enough time for this to digest before heading to yoga! I thought it was a BodyFlow class tonight, which is a pre-choreographed mix of tai chi, yoga and pilates. But Thursdays are the regular yoga nights. It was a mix of hatha and yin, filled with lengthy pigeons and spine twists. It was wooooonderful.

Question of the day: Want a free canister of the new Vega Sport?? I’m not going to drink the stuff they gave me, so I’ll send it to a brave soul who’s willing to try it!! It’s open and missing one scoop, otherwise I even still have all the packaging it came with :) Just leave a comment and I’ll pick a victim random person in my post tomorrow!

Seasonal Fare

Hellloooo! How is everyone’s week going so far? I’m all screwed up from the holiday. Hell, I’m screwed up all the time :P

I thought my turkey dinner + slice of pie was enough food to replenish me after those 9 miles yesterday, but I woke up at 4:30 am staaaarving. For the first time ever, I actually contemplated getting up in the middle of the night to eat. But I somehow managed to force myself back to sleep for a couple hours. Then I couldn’t take it anymore. At 6:30, I sleepily made a breakfast aimed at getting it in my belly asap.

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Fried egg sandwich (with cheese) and a ginormous honeycrisp. As you can tell from the photo, it was eaten in bed. This is because I promptly fell back asleep until 8am after this. Ahhh, sometimes I love working the evenings!

I skipped the gym today to give my body a full and proper rest after my long run yesterday. This wasn’t my original plan, but I figured I’d be in better shape for more intense workouts this week if I was fully recovered. Glad I did! Instead I stayed home and got a lot of housework done.

I was all excited about eating up a sweet potato for lunch today. Alas, it went wrinkly on me. Don’t you hate it when that happens? So I went with plan B – white potato.

I cooked it in the microwave and added it to a garden salad with cottage cheese.

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It was delicious! The poor white potato has gotten such a bad rep. But it’s quite good for you!! It’s high in vitamin C, which helps absorb its iron content. It’s also high in minerals such as potassium and magnesium. It’s chock full of B vitamins and folate. It’s even a rich source of antioxidants! Of course, you have to eat the skin to get much of this. You can read more about the wonderful tuber here.

During my cleaning fest today, I found a bar I bought in Detroit and forgot about!

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I’ve heard lots of good things about the Kind bars, but I can’t get them around here. So I jumped on this cranberry & almond flavour when I stumbled across it.

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Ingredients: Almonds, Macadamias, Dried Cranberries (Cranberries, Sugar, Sunflower Oil), Honey, Glucose, Puffed Rice, Soluble Dietary Fiber (Maize).

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Oh. My. Gosh. Thiswassogood!!! Whole almonds, macadamia nuts and cranberries held together with sweet honey and some crunchy bits of cereal. I loved every single bite. I didn’t even mind that it left my hands crazy sticky after.

Unfortunately, dinner was not as successful. You’ve heard me complain about canned pumpkin, but I knew I couldn’t fully judge pumpkin until I made it myself.

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I picked up a mini one and considered a million different recipes until I decided on straight up roasting.

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I slathered the slices in peanut butter and a dash of pumpkin spice.

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To be honest, I wasn’t a huge fan. It was still tasteless and mushy!! Actually, it was almost watery. The whole time I was eating it, I was wishing it was butternut squash.

My protein for the meal however was awesome.

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My other Gardein “chicken breast.” It’s official, I love these!

We’re supposed to be getting our first snowfall of the season tonight! When did it all of a sudden become winter? Wasn’t I just complaining about the heat??

Question of the day: What’s your favourite season? I know this has been asked on other blogs, but I’m curious! Personally, I’m a spring gal. I love the melting snow, and being able to wear ballet flats for the first time. Plus, there’s always so much excitement in the air because there’s a full season of warm weather ahead :)

U-Pick Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!! In case you missed my tweet about it, I highly suggest you watch this video on Crappy Canadian Thanksgiving. It’s high-larious :P

Today was just what I needed. A fabulous long run, delicious dinner and some quality time in with the boy :)

I actually managed to sleep past 7am today. I had one thing on my mind – pancakes. (aka flat waffles)

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I used my protein pancake recipe. For dipping, I mixed up a 1/4 cup fake syrup with 2 tsp peanut butter.

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After a big mug of coffee and some digestion, I set out for my longest running distance yet – 9 miles. I was actually nervous for this one!

I did my usual 9 minutes running, 1 minute walking that I do for most long runs. The first 3 miles went by quite easily. I was going at a steady pace. The weather was brisk, 5C (41F), but the sun was shining and the scenery on the river trail was gorgeous as always.

I was pleased when I hit the halfway point at 45 minutes on the dot. I wasn’t checking on my Nike+ because I wanted to go at a pace that felt natural (I tend to push myself faster when I see the numbers!). So I was happy I was naturally holding up 10:00 minute miles with the walk breaks.

I had to run into a cold and gusty headwind on the way back. I wished I’d worn gloves. After an hour I took one Clif Shot Blok in cran-razz flavour.

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In the past, I’ve tried to get all my mid-run nutrition in one go so I get a quick burst of energy. This works really well when biking, but it cramps me up when running. So today I opted to spread out the bloks, taking one every 10 minutes for the last half-hour. It worked really well! The bloks themselves were much easier to chew than Sharkies. And breaking them up like that sustained me better to get home :)

Honestly, the run wasn’t that hard. No reason to worry at all! The last 20 minutes, as always, were the hardest. I’ve run that route so many times now, I think I tend to pick up the pace when I know I’m getting close to the end. My heart rate goes up and I start huffing and puffing. Then there’s the mandatory sprint to the end that totally tuckers me out :P Oh, and I finished in 1:29:11!!

Today was one of those days where I needed immediate replenishment after walking in the door.

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  • 1 box pure coconut water
  • 2 scoops Vega Smoothie Infusion
  • 1/2 a banana
  • big scoop plain yogurt
  • 2 tsp peanut butter
  • ice cubes

After lotsa foam rolling, stretching, icing and beautifying, I was then off to Chris’ parent’s place for thanksgiving dinner. I never take pictures over there, but here’s what it kinda looked like :P

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White turkey meat, cranberry sauce, mashed squash, stuffing, mashed potatoes, a whack of gravy and carrots. Then cherry pie for dessert!

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Looks delicious, doesn’t it? :P

Chris and I decided to go for a drive after since it was such a beautiful fall day. Then I got the idea that we should drive to an apple orchard!

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Finally! I found some honeycrisp!!! They’re not in the stores here yet.

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I’ve never been apple picking before, but apparently Chris is a seasoned pro! He knew how to spot all the good ones and about “twisting” it off the branch.

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I love apples!! Even more, I love honeycrisp!! Favourite fruit ever.

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The orchard itself is beautiful. Up on a hill that overlooks the river.

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I just filled up a small bag. I have no plans to bake with these gems, so I didn’t want more than I could eat up before they go bad.

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Chris and I continued our drive to Mactaquac. It’s gorgeous down there this time of year. The dam…

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Nature…

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Cheesy…

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The turkey dinner obviously held me over for a looong time. We ate at 2pm, but I was feeling like I needed something at 8pm.

PB + honey sandwich.

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HUGE honeycrisp apple.

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Also incredibly crispy and juicy. Soooo good!

Okay, that just about wraps up this beast of a post. I’ve got a (hopefully) quiet week ahead. Just what I need after last week’s craziness! See ya tomorrow!

Edited to add: Check out my guest post at Leftovers For Lunch on packing lunches!

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