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Eating with Purpose

Loved hearing all your goals for November!! I was already successful with one of my goals last night and slept for 8 hours. That’s two nights it a row! I can’t remember the last time that happened! It helps I was in bed at a ludicrously early hour :)

Which led to a very dark morning for me. Enter, mysterious bowl of oats…

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Ooohh, so dark and shadow-y :P

  • 1/2 cup oat bran
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 scoop chocolate whey powder
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp marshmallow fluff

I’m also super excited that my recipe for mocha oats made with Starbucks Via instant coffee is on the Starbucks website!! Ch-ch-check it out!

A couple hours of digesting and internet-ing later, I went to another stellar step class. This was my fourth time there and I really felt like I had all the moves down this time. It’s true when they say it takes 3-5 classes! I think one of the reasons why I love this class so much (besides the high energy of it) is that it occurs at the perfect time of day for me. I get my best workouts mid-morning. I have a good breakfast and some coffee in me. Early morning can be a little rough, and I tend to drag a little any later in the day.

Came home and refuelled with smoothie made with chocolate Amazing grass, almond milk, 1/2 a banana, scoop cottage cheese and ice.

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It’s even growing plants out the top! :P The Amazing Grass has actually grown on me. Most of all, it surprisingly keeps my hunger at bay!

Lunch was a Janetha inspired cottage cheese-garbanzo-ranch mix.

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  • < 1 cup cottage cheese
  • <1 cup garbanzo beans
  • 1 tbsp ranch seasoning
  • cherry tomatoes
  • red onion
  • red pepper
  • spinach

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Don’t let my reused plastic container dishware fool you. This was delicious!

Dinner was incredibly simple, and also incredibly tasty.

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The pita had hummus, grilled chicken breast and sweet potato. I usually stuff my pitas silly with a whack of veggies, but tonight I got to enjoy every flavour. It was wonderful :)

 

Now, I know I’m not the only one out there over the internets who feels like their eating has gotten away from them lately. I don’t know if it’s the time of year, or if we’re all just going through things that are causing us to relax on our food intake, but something is going on! :P

I think it’s easy to make a list of goals like “I’m going to stop the mindless munching,” or “no treats after dinner.” But getting to the bottom of why we’re doing these things is a lot more difficult.

I would never say I ever had a “food binge.” However, pre-weight loss, I often consumed food without taking any notice of it. If my roommate brought home cookies, I’d throw back three without even thinking about it. After dinner, I would get a piece of chocolate, then immediately get up and go for more without an ounce of pre-meditation.

This is why I made one of November’s goals to be less complacent with food. Lately, these old habits have been creeping back into my life. Not nearly as bad. I am much better at being present when I eat a meal, or being conscious of choosing snacks. However, I still find that my hand reaches into the cereal box without my noticing. Or I’ll grab a few chocolate chips thinking “what does it matter?”

Really, it’s maybe only an extra 100 calories a day and isn’t the end of the world. But I also don’t think it’s the right way to approach food. Especially when it’s so frighteningly close to my old thoughtless approach.

Complacency: self-satisfaction especially when accompanied by unawareness of actual dangers or deficiencies

I think I need to do more than just hide the cereal box on the top shelf, or not allow crackers in my house. I really need to focus on being aware and present when I eat food. I need to sit down to a meal and enjoy every bite. I need to decide that I want to eat that date, instead of just reaching for it because it’s there. Maybe I’ll even still have those chocolate chips, but they won’t be as I run out the door. I’ll take the time to treasure every sweet bite :)

So when I say I’m going to be less complacent with food, that is what I mean. For those of you who struggle with mindless munching, fast eating, and boredom snacking, I encourage you to do the same!

This isn’t just something we can put on a list of goals and forget about. It’s a lifetime thing, just as exercising and eating vegetables are. It’s just another commitment I need (and want) to make to ensure I have a healthy relationship with my body.

So there ya go! I’ll let you know on Sunday how this is coming along. For me, it’s going to take a while to shift the thought process behind the complacency that’s been happening lately. But I think even just taking a second to stop and ask myself “Why am I eating these raisins? Am I bored? Hungry? Searching for something else?” will get the ball rolling.

 

Question of the day: What’s one food that always finds its way to your mouth? Mine is peanuts. Put me in front of a bowl of peanuts and they don’t stand a chance :P

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!

Happy Baby

Hey blog friends! Is it just me or is this week going by sloooow… Chris and I actually just booked a trip to Windsor, Ont. for the first of October! His best friend lives there and I’ve never been! Anyone have any suggestions on things to do/places to visit in the Windsor-Detroit area?

Back to the present day, it was an active rest day for me. Which means no morning workout and extra time to enjoy my breakfast :)

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My best bowl of oats ever.

  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup oat bran
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 scoop chocolate whey powder
  • half a banana
  • shredded coconut
  • chocolate chips
  • peanut butter

*drooooool* This bowl kept me full for a long time too!

My morning was spent with my tuckus on a court bench. I was back at the office for the usual lunchtime fare.

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Pita! I mashed up one can of sardines in a mustard sauce with a laughing cow cheese wedge and capers, and stuffed in a pita with a couple slices of Montreal smoked beef, tomato, zucchini, cucumber and romaine.

Carrot sticks on the side!

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Crunch crunch crunch.

I got off work early so I came home and started working on food for tomorrow. I’m working 1-10pm, so I thought it would be nice to have a meal ready so I wouldn’t have to worry about it. You’ll have to wait till tomorrow to see though, they’re completely new dishes for me from the Moosewood Cookbook ;)

Tonight’s dinner also featured something new!

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A yuca!! According to Mr. Wikipedia this is also called a cassava root. It’s high in calcium and Vitamin C, but pretty low in protein and other nutrients.

The exterior is thick and waxy. I was surprised when I cut into it that it’s raw texture was a lot like a coconut, and smelled like one too!

I made it into fries, spraying it in some olive oil and barbecue seasoning then baking at 400 F for 25 minutes.

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These were SO good! Seriously. Butternut squash has a new rival! Baked, they were thick on the outside, and mushy on the inside. A little more dense and starchy tasting than potatoes. They held up really, really well, unlike many other fry substitutes I’ve tried. I also had an old-school egg salad sandwich with mayo and some beet slices (hint to tomorrow’s dinner!).

Afterwards I went to the BodyFlow class at my gym where I spent a lot of time like this:

Okay, maybe I don’t look quite as cute in happy baby pose. But I love it!

As I’ve mentioned before, my gym, GoodLife Fitness, is the only gym in Canada that offers Les Mills fitness classes. Les Mills is a New Zealand athlete/fitness instructor/businessman who designed a line of pre-choreographed fitness classes used at gyms around the world. The routines are designed around the same music, and then changed every four months along with some new tunes.

The BodyFlow class is a mix of tai chi, yoga and pilates. All classes, while changing every few months, follow the same format, which can be found on the website:

  1. Tai chi warm-up
  2. Sun salutations
  3. Yoga standing strength
  4. Balances
  5. Hip openers
  6. Core work
  7. Twists and forward bends
  8. Relaxation and meditation

At first, I was really skeptical about doing the same classes over and over, and to cheesy music. But I love it! This class in particular is the perfect mix of poses and moves for me. The music is actually really well timed and suited to what we’re doing.

I’ve already decided that I want to try out all the classes that are offered at my gym. This week I’ll also be doing BodyPump and BodyStep. I’m excited!! (and slightly scared I may break my nose on a step :P )

What’s your favourite group fitness class? Least favourite? My fave is still spin class, but I’m a yoga convert now too :)

Time to hit the sack! I’ve got an early morning “business meeting” and a long-ish run to do before work tomorrow! G’night!

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