the return of the boxed lunch

Vacation sure was nice while it lasted. 

Honestly—aside from writing an abstract on hypertension—I didn’t accomplish a whole lot during vacation, and that is just fine by me.  My brain feels well rested.  Ready to think and be used once again.

That being said, the first day back always feels a little rough.  Especially since I was starting my clinical rotation at the hospital for the first time today.  Obviously, I needed a fun lunch to feel excited about.  Something to  make getting up at 5:00am just a little bit easier. 😉

Last night, I made chef salads for the family and topped each one off with a few scoops of roasted veggies that had been drizzled and deeply caramelized with a splash of balsamic vinegar.  Sweet onions, peppers, carrots, and baby portobello mushrooms. 

I forgot how much I love this simple flavor combination.

One of the (many) things that I love about roasting vegetables, is that any extras can be incorporated into the following day’s lunches and dinners.  Breakfast, even! 

And so, roasted vegetables became my very special lunch for today.  I reheated the veggies in the cafe’s microwave, scooped them onto a whole wheat wrap from home, and finished it all off with a salty bite of feta cheese.

(p.s. As much as I love roasted veggies, the feta definitely made this meal! )

The first day back can be terribly unsettling.

What time will I eat?  Will I have the time to eat?

Where do I go?  What was that persons’ name again?  And the worst: I think I’m lost.

 But…

Yes, I had time to eat.  I’ll learn peoples’ names eventually.  And it’s impossible to get completely lost, even in an unknown hospital, because there’s always somebody around to redirect me if I look worried enough…ha! 😉 

A fun group of snacks and a tasty lunch didn’t hurt either.

Snacks included:

  • Chocolate Chip Z-Bar
  • Apple
  • Almonds mixed with fancy raisins
  • Sliced papaya

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Roasted Veggie Wrap
Serves 1-2

Roasted veggies make for a fine lunch-to-go.  Make extra during the weekend to carry you through at least the beginning of the week.  For easy lunch options, you could easily mix the veggies with brown rice and baked tofu or chicken for a complete meal.  Or serve them alongside a piece of grilled fish.  Or simple eat as-is, with roasted garbanzo beans and a dollop of gaucamole.  

Or, roll the veggies into a whole wheat wrap and top with feta cheese. 

Whichever way you serve them, roasted veggies offer you a whole lot of nutrition and a whole lot of flavor.  Enjoy! 😀

  • Mixture of your favorite vegetables, sliced to desired thickness (the thicker pieces will require longer cooking time)
  • 1-2 tsp olive oil
  • sea salt and pepper
  • whole wheat wrap
  • feta cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. 
  2. On a rimmed cookie sheet, toss vegetables with oil, salt and pepper.  Place in preheated oven for 10 minutes.  Stir around.  Return to oven for another 10-15 minutes, or until vegetables are cooked as desired (browning is recommended! 😀 ).
  3. Place on a whole wheat wrap, top with feta cheese and enjoy! 😀

Question: What do you do for work (or as a student)?  Do you enjoy it?

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Life’s Changes and more shadowing…

Changes Through The Years…

I was thinking today, about all the changes I’ve made with exercise and eating over the past 5 or 6 years.  I realized that it changed from when I was small to when I was a very self conscious teenager to—what I hope to consider myself as, anyways—a pretty balanced person when it comes to food and exercise. 😀 

Here are some of the ways I’ve grown and changed…

10 years old: My motto was literally taken from a Nancy Drew book, when one of Nancy’s friends stated “I’d rather be pleasantly plump then ever give up icecream sundaes.”  Funny thing is, I still believe that…just not in the same way that I did then. 😀  At that time in my life, the more cheeseburgers, cheez-its, and hot fudge I could fit in my mouth, the better.  Two big bowl fulls of cheez-its at night-time while watching tv was totally normal.  Three (or was it four?) cheeseburgers at mcdonalds was totally fine too.  Living in a family where hiking and biking was part of our identity, I was never severely overweight, but I wasn’t healthy either.  Not to mention I wasn’t very happy either.  My energy was low, and going for even a walk down the street was a chore.  I figured it was enough that my dad dragged me up mountains in New Hampshire during the weekend… 😉

15 years old: Calorie counting…cutting out what I called “bad” foods…replacing normal, whole foods with low-calorie options…all part of who I was.  I think a lot of girls go through this at some point in their lives due to a changing body shape which results in a very awkward period of life.  And as a side note, I think it’s so great to see healthy, strong, confident women acting as role models for young girls.  If you have a young girl in your life (daughter, neice, sister, etc…) don’t forget that what you say and do, passes on to her.  Changing how society looks at women and beauty starts with you!!  Sorry for getting distracted…back to what I was saying: I didn’t know what healthy eating and living meant…it was all about keeping the calories as low as possible because being thin, to me, was the definition of healthy.

18 years old: Freshman 15…creating a new identity for myself…losing the freshman 15 through daily runs, etc.  This is when I began to love running, increasing mileage as time went on.  I also started reading up more on foods that were healthy, what it actually meant to be healthy, and decided after my first year of college, that I wanted to go into nutrition and dietetics.  Things were starting to make sense, and I felt my confidence go way up as I became more fit through running.  My energy also went sky-high as I incorporated healthy, lean proteins into my diet, increased my veggies and fruit intake, and switched from the low-calorie white carbs to including more whole grains in my diet.  And for once in my life I realized there was no such thing as bad food/good food.  Phew…what a relief! 😉 

19 years old: I loved running so much that I just couldn’t get enough of it.  However, I’m one of those peoples who loses her appetite when I’m running, and I didn’t really realize this at the time.  Since I was running about 2, 3, sometimes 4 miles every day, my weight started dropping without me even realizing it.  When I finally did realize that I was underweight, I had to force myself to increase my calories through including more calorie-dense foods.  Gaining weight was actually quite the struggle for me, especially since not too long ago, I was trying to lose that freshman 15.  It was a whole new balanacing act and way of thinking.

21 years old: I’ve learned so, so, so much over the years, in terms of what foods make me happy, how to balance exercise with rest days to keep me most energetic and happy, etc.  Life is so good. 😀

On To Today…

I’ve been having a lot of morning conversations with myself lately…haha.  This morning I tried to decide if I wanted to run or not.  Mentally I made a list of pro’s and con’s…most people would say “just do it” because by the time I actually decide, I’d have probably already been back.

But I had to think it through first.  And finally decided that a morning, 2-mile run, is exactly what I wanted to do.  Plus, I wasn’t meeting with the RD until 9’ish, so I would have plenty of time for showering and breakfast too…

Before heading off into the run, I made a toast with peanut butter and strawberry slices for some fuel.  I always need something in my stomach before going for a run, no matter how short or long I plan on it being!

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The 2-miler was a very speedy run today.  I started off slow, and after the first mile, I thought to myself how enjoyable it was to be running at such a comfortable pace.  Then out of nowhere…

CRRRACK….BOOOM!!!

Thunder bolts!  I’ll tell you, if you saw me running that last mile, you’d have laughed.  I don’t think I’ve run that fast since…never!  I ran through the front door, panting breathlessly, just as it begain to downpour and the cracks of thunder became louder.  I never did like thunder storms. 😉

After showering, applying a bit of makeup, and fixing my hair into a semi-dry ponytail, I got to work on making breakfast.  I knew I wanted oats, but we’re completely out of bananas.  It’s amazing how much of a staple bananas are to my breakfast. 😀

So I improvised and went with pears in my oats…

  • 3/4 c. oats
  • 1 c. milk + 1/2 c. water
  • 1/2 pear, diced (the other 1/2 was eaten in the making of this meal… 😉 )
  • 10 dashes of cinnamon, 3 dashes of nutmeg (yes, I do actually count them out…I have this recipe down to exactly how I like it. haha)

Topped with:

  • 1 T. chopped walnuts
  • 1 T. FEED bittersweetness granola (again, not sure which flavor I prefer…this one really made me happy this morning, I have to say, with those big hunks of chocolate crunch. YUM!)
  • 3 of the very last fresh strawberries…the rest are put away in the freezer, waiting to be put to use. 😀

Delicious!!  I almost didn’t even miss my morning banana… 😉

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This picture was posed, FYI.  I ended up eating lunch at the hospital in a lunch meeting with the RD’s and a diabetes specialist. 

I’ve gotta tell you, eating lunch with RD’s is perhaps one of the greatest experiences. 😀  Nobody judges other people on what they’re eating, everybody loves talking about food as much as I do, and we all seem to have similiar tastebuds too.  Dark chocolate and kashi products seem to be common interest. 😉  Plus, they’re all so down to earth and friendly that it makes for very enjoyable company. 

In the mix of my packed salad:

  • a ton of red leef lettuce and baby spinach
  • carrot
  • cucumbers
  • red onion
  • orange, cut up
  • a few strawberries
  • leftover salmon from yesterday
  • dressing (1 tsp olive oil, drizzling of balsamic vinegar)

This was a fun and tasty salad… 😀

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The RD that I shadowed today worked on the oncology floor, and it was so inspiring to be there and listening to these people.  They were, each and every one of them, so positive and uplifting that I found myself being in an even better mood then when I had first gone in.  I definitely like the idea of working on a floor where people are around for a while, rather then in one day and gone the next.  I’m a people-person when it comes to actually getting to know the people and visiting with them on a regular basis.  Plus, all the girls working on the oncology floor were super great.  I felt as if I was one of their old buddies, after just spending the afternoon with them.  By the end, we were all joking around and laughing.  There was such an upbeat attitude on this floor… 😀

I also sat in on a 2-hr. diabetes education class which was great to see.  The RD was great at explaining how the cells, glucose and insulin work, without making it seem too technical or “sciencey.”  😉

I didn’t realize how hungry I was until I came home around 5 and started feeling hunger pangs.  I wanted something quick and easy, so thank goodness mom had made some pizza for herself and dad at lunch time.  I grabbed two of these huge, thick slices of goodness…

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…along with a side salad which I simply sprinkled with orange juice for a light and simple citrusy flavor.

I’m actually not going back to the hospital until next Tuesday due to the holiday coming up and busy schedules.  I’ll kind of miss shadowing and volunteering, but I can guarentee you that I won’t be bored either! 😀  I have too many plans, and it will be kind of nice to get the chance to do some of them. 😉

Hope you’re all enjoyin’ Hump Day!!  Do you guys have 4th of July plans?  I haven’t gone to see fireworks in forever, and would love to be able to catch some over the weekend after the birthday party that I’m going to. 😀

Exercise: 2-mile run in the morning, 3-mile walk after dinner to make sure I took advantage over the sun popping out for an hour or so. 😀

P.S…a bowl of cheerios with raisins and milk is a definite addition for later due to still being hungry. 😉  G’night all!

Hump-Day Happenings…

“You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces – just good food from fresh ingredients.”
– Julia Child

Rainy mornings call for oats…they just do. 

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I used my hug mug and favorite green spoon. 😀 

The mix was made of:

  • 3/4 c. oats
  • 1 c. milk + 1/2 c. water
  • splash of vanilla
  • cinnamon
  • nutmeg
  • handful of raisins
  • 1 T. flax
  • 1 very ripe banana
  • topped with 2 T. walnuts

I woke up a good 15 minutes earlier then normal just to be sure I could sit and enjoy this bowl of oatmeal. 😀  I don’t like having to rush through my morning, and having some free, quiet time is a must before I start my day.  Usually I’ll do a little bit of light yoga, eat a hearty breakfast, and blog a little…

Then I stashed a kashi bar in my purse, which I ate later for my 10 o’clock snack, and headed off to the hospital.  I met the RD at 9’ish, and we chatted briefly before I sat in on my first counseling session.  Talk about exciting! 😀  There’s something about 24 hr. food recalls and conversations about controlling diabetes…they just never get old. 😉  I especially liked seeing how the RD handled different situations, and how she changed her motivation tactics depending on the personalities of the people. 

Breakfast technically should have kept me full.  But even after having my kashi bar, I found myself feeling pretty hungry.  It probably has something to do with the extra exercise I fit in these last two days…needless to say, lunch couldn’t come soon enough. 😉

I headed to lunch with two RD’s.  I came prepared with some leftover chicken soup (which didn’t actually have any chicken left in it, hence the cheesestick for a lil’ extra protein,) two slices of homemade bread, and a large juicy grapefruit.  I found it a little hard to eat through all this food in the amount of time everyone else at the table finished their sandwiches, so I’m thinking that next time I’ll have to decrease the volume a little. haha…:D

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After thanking the RD for letting me shadow and spend some time in her office today, I headed home… 

…Once arriving back at home, I was feeling pretty hungry.  I knew I’d be eating in another 1/2 hr. or so though, and didn’t want to fill myself up with a snack.  So I made myself a veggie plate of carrots and super sweet cherry tomatoes from Trader Joe’s.  These are like candy to me…so addicting! 😀

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Dinner was Spicy Broccoli Soba Saute from MoosewoodCookbook.  I made a few changes: I eliminated the sake and used all water, added in a can of cannellini beans, used whole wheat pasta instead of the soba noodles (its what I had on hand,) and doubled the sauce for the 1 lb. pasta used.

On the side I also sauteed a head of cabbage in a T. of olive oil.  This was such a tasty and quick meal to throw together!  I really enjoyed the spicy/sweet combo of flavors, and really liked the addition of the beans for protein and flavor.  Everyone agreed that this recipe could only be better with mushrooms…mmm…

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Then this package came in the meal from the guys over at FEED granola.  Yup, you can just imagine how excited I was. 😉  I love, love, love granola.  I ate it every morning for breakfast with hot milk while on my 12-day hike, and have had a love affair with it ever since (it’s just one more thing that never grows old!)  Now I mostly enjoy adding a bit of very good granola to yogurts, oatmeal, etc.  So I was more then looking forward to trying this stuff out…

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I decided to open up the mini-sized Raisin Nut (available online, at Whole Foods, and other stores…check their website to find a local store near you!) Granola and topped my last, plain chobani yogurt with a sprinkling.  Oh. My. Goodness.  This may be the best granola I’ve tasted yet.  It was like a crunchy cinnamon raisin cookie…my mom agreed.  Even my dad who doesn’t normally care for oats or cinnamon said this stuff was super good. 

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Sooo…my brother won’t be home until tomorrow.  But I can guarentee you that once he enters the house, I’ll give him my camera and tell him to figure out a day to snap away and give us all a recap. 😀  I’ll definitely ask him to talk about the Boston Marathon too, since one of you requested it. 😀

If I’m out early tomorrow, I’ll be going grocery shopping and finishing up some homework.  I also hope to fit in a short run tomorrow morning before I leave for the hospital…let’s see if I can motivate myself to get up and out before breakfast!!  Happy Humpday!!! 😀

Exercise: 3-mile after dinner walk in the misty rain…just enough to work out some kinks and stiffness in my legs after sitting in the office at the hospital.  It was a nice (and needed) recovery day after the past two days of good, hard workouts. 😀

Breakfast in a Jar

I realized today that the end of something great doesn’t have to be a huge disapointment. 😉

Take a Breakfast in a Jar for example.  To think that I’m normally disapointed when my almond butter reaches the bottom.  Not any more.  This might actually be something I look forward to. 😉

There were globs of almond butter on the sides and bottom of the jar…perfect for holding my morning bowl of oats!  Inside the jar, I added:

  • 3/4 c. oats
  • 1 large, very ripe banana (plus some slices to add on top too!)
  • 1 T. crushed flax
  • handful of raisins 

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Oohey Goohey Goodness Gracious!!!  Everything sort of just melted together into almond butter heaven. 😀

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So that was my lovely start to the day. 😀

And then I was off to work in the cafetaria for my food service class requirement.  After chatting with John for a while, to cover some of the many questions I had, I went on to watch–and helped when I could–the staff.  They were super friendly and put up with my awkward, clumsy, “I don’t really know what I’m doing but I’m trying” moments. 😉  haha…They were also super fast and knew exactly what the customers wanted before they even reached the counter. 

And I was pleasantly surprised to see some healthy options on the menu too.  There were fruit cups galore, oatmeal with “add your own” toppings, single servings of kashi cereal with lowfat milk available, whole wheat toast with peanut butter (and bananas available for those of us who love pb and bananas together 😉 ), etc.  It was nice to see that the employees and patient visitors had some healthy foods available to choose from. 😀

I was out by 12:30, home by 1 o’clock, and just started feeling hungry.  Guess that breakfast wasn’t simply tasty…it was super filling as well! 😀

I heated up some leftover chicken stew from yesterday along with a slice of homemade bread on the side.

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…And a huge bowl of watermelon for dessert.

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I kept toying with the idea of going to whole foods all afternoon.  But then I finally decided that since its so early in the week, the lettuce probably wouldn’t last over the weekend anyways, so I may as well wait and go later in the week.  Besides, the SUN actually dared to peak through the clouds this afternoon!!!  Talk about exciting.  It’s been a good 5-6 days since I last saw it, so I needed to run outside and enjoy it!! 😀

I ate this vanilla chobani with heart to heart before heading out for a run…

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…Then I threw on my running sneaks, and headed out for another 4-mile run.  I never, ever do two long runs in a row.  Ever.  It’s sort of part of my unsigned contract to myself. 😉  But today, I just couldn’t resist.  My legs felt sore but I also felt good at the same time.  So I kept running and turned what was meant to be a short run into my longer run.  Dodging puddles, dodging cars (!!!), pumping up hills…so happy to be running! 😀

I also was 100% heartburn free on this run.  That’s one problem I seem to bump into a lot, and I’ve had a hard time knowing when its going to show up or what foods seem to bother it worst (there doesn’t seem to be a pattern at all.)  But today I popped 2 Pepto Bismol tablets, and all was well.  Obviously I can’t be doing that before every run, but I was so happy to see that it helped.  Has anyone else had issues with this??

When I came back from my sweaty run, I gobbled down some more watermelon. 

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Dinner was served much later then normal tonight, since everyone had plans that ran past our usual dinner time.  But when it finally was time to eat, everything came together quickly.  The haddock was prepared my favorite way, along with a side of rice and roasted green beans.  I stole this idea from Veganomicon, and it came out absolutely wonderful.  The beans developed a nutty, roasted flavor, and earned rave reviews from everyone.  Best of all (for me anyways! 😀 ), it was easy to put together…

1. Wash and snip off ends of green beans.
2. Throw in a sprayed baking pan or cookie sheet.
3. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, and drizzle with olive oil (I added 1 T. olive oil, since there were going to be 3 servings…tsp of olive oil per person)
4. Throw in 400 degree oven for 10-15 minutes or until of desired crispness/firmness.

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For dessert, dad broke open his Caffe Mocha Truffles that Nicole had bought him on Father’s Day.  He was nice enough to share…:D  They were so rich and chocolatey with a hint of coffee.  Mmm…

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Mom and I headed out for a 3-mile walk while dad stayed behind to work on this wood pile.  Crazy, right??  The ice storm we had this past winter knocked down a ton of trees, which means my dad has been keeping busy with chopping it all up.  I think we’ll have firewood for a good, long time. 😉

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I’m still a little hungry, so I’m hoping this snack will fill me up.  I mixed in a T. of crushed flax with yogurt and topped it off with kashi heart to heart and raisins. 😀 

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Tomorrow I’ll be spending the day with the RD, and I can hardly wait.  She focuses mostly on outpatient counseling, which is something that really interests me as a career choice.  Speaking of which, I should probably prepare my lunch for tomorrow as well, since I don’t know how long I’ll be there for. 

Hope you’re all doing well…tomorrow’s HUMPDAY by the way!! 😀  Woohoo!!

Exercise: 4-mile afternoon run + 3-mile after dinner walk with mom…I saw a hint of blue skies on both outings.  Maybe there’s still hope that this rainy spell will eventually end! 😉 😀

***As an aside, I’ve been trying to convince my brother to do a guest post on here.  I think it might be interesting, considering he’s vegetarian and very active (he ran the Boston marathon this past year and continues running/biking pretty regularly.)  Would you guys be interested in a “day in the life” of Matthew?  Maybe if he feels wanted, he’ll post one up…;) 😀 haha…

Day with the RD

I slept so much better last night, and woke up feeling refreshed and energized.  I practically bounced out of bed, ready for breakfast!

I had to be at the hospital by 7:45, so I decided to stick to what works for breakfast this morning…these oat cakes were put together and eaten in about 15 minutes.  I was quickly out the door, ready for my morning with the RD…

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I shadowed the RD for a good 4 hrs.  There was a lot of inpatient work, and I was able to see the ins and outs of what an RD does.  I know I would personally prefer doing one-on-one counseling, but could also picture myself starting out with working in a hospital.  I have to say, that my favorite part of the whole day was visiting the maternity floor, seeing the newborns, and listening to the RD give out information to new moms. 😀  I also enjoyed visiting the geriatric floor.  One elderly woman eagerly wanted to see if she could have tomato soup with noodles as part of her regular meals every day. 😀 

All in all, it was an interesting day.  I especially appreciated the fact that the RD I was shadowing didn’t glamourize the job.  She showed me a real, typical day.  It isn’t always 100% fun, and there are a lot of meetings and paperwork involved too.  But there’s also a lot of good stuff too.  It helped to remind me why I’m going through so many science classes and that my love of food and people is what got me into this career choice in the first place! 😀

I stopped in the cafetaria with her this morning to get a cup of coffee.  She had an important meeting at noon, so we worked through breaks/lunch.  I was hungry by the time lunch finally did roll around, so I was glad that I had packed this lunch last night.  I ate the granola bar on the ride home, and dove right into the salad and grapefruit slices when I was sitting down at home.  In today’s salad mix:

  • Mixed mesculin greens
  • Carrots and tomatoes
  • 1/2 c. garbanzo beans
  • 1/4 avocado
  • Dressing (1 tsp each of EVOO, balsamic vinegar, and oj)

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Feeling that hungry for lunch was again, a little strange for my usual schedule and habits.  I found myself feeling a little too tired instead of my usual energetic self.  But after the food finally settled in my stomach, I felt re-energized and headed out for a 4-mile walk with mom. 😀  Today was absolutely perfect outside!  It felt like an early autumn day…cool, breezy, blue skies.  Beautiful! 😀  Mom and I had some interesting conversation as always, and both decided that it would be a good idea to go out and pick up some Father’s Day Gifts this afternoon.

I’m super excited about what I decided to get him, but in case he’s reading this post, I’ll have to wait to share it until next week. 😀

I blended up this smoothie mix before going shopping, and took it to-go…

  • 2 c. kale
  • Amazing Grass Packet (the Pomegranate Mango Meal mix=not bad…but so far chocolate is my personal fave; and I’ll definitely be buying chocolate flavored amazing grass in the future. 😀 )
  • 1 c. soymilk
  • almost a cup’s worth of ice cubes for its cold crunch 😀

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I was feeling in need of something warm and comforting this afternoon while shopping, and still a little hungry too.  Starbucks completely drew me in…so I ordered a tall soy latte.  Hit the spot. 😀

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For dinner tonight, I wanted something quick ‘n’ easy.  So I went with some kiwi slices, some homemade whole wheat walnut-raisin bread toasts (x2 because I was still hungry after eating), and a “fried” egg (1 whole egg + 1 extra egg white.)  Sometimes breakfast for dinner meals are so tasty and satisfying. 😀

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I had an overpowering urge to RUN tonight!  So I did. 😀  And I had one of my most favorite runs yet.  The first 2 miles were a little tough, as I was working out kinked up muscles and sore legs.  But from the 2nd mile on, I was experiencing the most wonderful runner’s high.  I was grinning from ear to ear, and felt as if I could run forever and ever.  It sure made up for that very tough run I had a couple days ago.  Those horrible, tough runs make the good runs even more enjoyable. 😀

I think part of what helped was that I took a quick walk breakat the two mile mark.  It gave me a chance to catch my breath, stretch out my legs, retie my shoes, etc.  Sometimes I’ll tell myself to keep running and that walking in between is ‘cheating.’  Cheating who?  It’s totally okay to plan and take a walking break, especially on miles that are longer then you’re used to or on an especially tough run.  It can really help you recoop and keep going when you know there’s a walking break coming up soon. 😉

Tonight I wanted a slightly larger then normal snack to make up for my busy day and to avoid any “I’m so starving I could eat an entire cow” feelings later tonight. 😉  So I went with about 1.5 c. Barbara’s Shredded Spoonfuls, some milk, and a spoonful of peanut butter.  Yummay…love cereal for a crunchy snack. 😀

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And, lastly, I’m just now noshing on some carrot sticks.  🙂

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I have a busy day for tomorrow.  It’s technically my “day off” since I won’t be going to the hospital, but I’ll be heading over to help paint my grandparent’s shed since we’re finally expecting a completely dry day with no rain in between.  Should be fun…although I have to say, me and a paintbrush can be a scary mix. 😉

Can you believe tomorrow is already Humpday??? 

Exercise: 4-mile morning walk with mom…filled with gabbing and chatting and laughing. 😀  Then later, there was a wonderful 4-mile run which felt really, really good!  I need to always remember these good runs…they’re usually the best motivator to get me out there when I just don’t feel like it!! 😀

Give me food, and nobody gets hurt…;)

You ever have one of those days when you see this too early?  Or maybe an even smaller number? (horror, horror!!)

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I pride myself on the fact that I’m usually a morning person.  I can get up early, not drink coffee, and be absolutely fine and peppy.  That wasn’t me this morning though.  I was up for most of the night, continuosly checking out my clock to see if the alarm would be going off soon.  Then 5:45 came around, and I was up and out of bed.  By 6:10 I was showered and ready for breakfast…and even by that point I would have preferred crawling back under the covers then heading to the kitchen.  That’s when I know I’m tired. 😉

Last night I prepared this morning’s breakfast so it would be super quick.  I mixed all the dry ingredients together for my oat cakes…

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…and simply added the soymilk this morning.  While the pan was heating up, I mashed the banana and added some walnuts on top for dipping.  Once the griddle was nice and hot, on went the pancakes.  And they came out super tasty this morning because I cooked them much less after I flipped them.  They were just slightly doughy on the inside, and I really, really like them that way. 😀

I considered having a bowl of cereal at first because my stomach wasn’t really with it this morning.  I was over-tired and feeling a little anxious about volunteering at the hospital for my first day (It’s worse then when I first started school…haha 😉 ).  But then I figured I could probably use the extra food for fuel during the long morning since I didn’t know when I’d be eating next.

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Check out my very snazzy volunteer uniform.  Tres Chic, right? 😉  haha…

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Last night, in addition to creating a headstart on my breakfast, I packed a hodgepodge of a lunch.  I wasn’t sure if there would be breaks, if I’d be eating in the cafetaria, if I’d have a lunch, etc, so I decided to bring some various things along.

  • fresh pineapple
  • dannon plain yogurt
  • hummus (which went uneaten)
  • carrots and cucumbers
  • T each of granola, crushed flax and raisins for yogurt mix-ins
  • Kashi honey roasted almond bar

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All packed neatly into this handy case. 😀

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Then I poured myself an iced soy misto (1 c. coffee to 1/2 c. soy), and off I went! 

The food service manager went over the sales, inventory, and other businessy sides of the food distribution with me today.  It was interesting to see and get an understanding of, since I have no idea when it comes to vendors, brokers or procurement among other things.  I took a ton of notes, and plan on going back for Friday…

1:00 came and went, and I realized that I was getting super hungry.  I can see now, why its recommended not to go beyond 3-4 hrs without eating.  I was going on 6-1/2 hrs without food, and I could have done some serious damage in the kitchen. 😉  I almost melted when I saw a plate of chocolate brownies cross in front of me as it was being prepared by the workers, and the smells of bacon and eggs were tantalizing me.  I don’t even like bacon!  I would have been willing to eat anything within eyesight, now that my blood sugar was dropping and my stomach was rumbling.

Never a good thing…;)

Lesson learned?  I’m going to bring along a soft snack that doesn’t make noise so I can discreetly munch on it if we’re in the middle of a discussion or reviewing the inventory or what-not.  I’m going to need something to tide me over and keep me going so I don’t get so crazy hungry. 😀

In addition to my packed lunch that I finally ate when I came home around 1:30, I also ate this big salad with garbanzo beans and a tsp of olive oil and balsamic vinegar.  By that point I was finally full and content…whew! 😀

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I headed out for a 4-mile walk to beat the thunderstorms we’re supposed to be getting later.  I was hoping to fit in a run, but my eyelids are practically drooping.  So a nice walk sounded perfect, along with some light yoga.  I’m determined to be able to do the crow pose eventually. 😀 

For a snack later on, I had a toast with 1/4 an avocado and fresh black pepper. 

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Making dinner is such a relaxing activity for me…especially when there’s not a huge rush or nobody in the house is too starving (that’s when we resort to eating half cooked veggies or crunchy rice…;)…thankfully that doesn’t happen often, haha.)  Tonight I had plenty of time…:D

There was some wild caught cod on sale for really cheap last weak at the supermarket, so I picked up two pounds worth for tonights meal.  It’s so easy to prepare a nice simple dish…for 2 lbs. of fish, I simply melted a T. of butter, and sauteed one onion in it.  Then I poured it on top of the salted & peppered cod in a baking pan (coated with spray), and cooked in a 350 oven for 16-25 minutes (depending on thickness…it should flake a little when it’s completely cooked.)

On the side I had roasted brussell sprouts (cooked in a T. olive oil with salt and pepper) and a whole grain blend of rice.

YUM!  Hit the spot…:D

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And the finale was a graham cracker square with a pat of peanut butter and some swirly chips. 😀

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I need to check out my homework assignments tonight and get ready for tomorrow’s day with the RD.  I’m really excited, and hoping I can get some sleep tonight too! 😀 

Exercise: 4-mile walk + very light yoga.  I’m hoping for a good run or x-long walk tomorrow because my legs are feeling restless and because it’s supposed to be in the 60’s and sunny by tomorrow afternoon.  Woohoo!! 😀