Survey says….

March 30, 2009 at 11:56 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 6 Comments
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I did it!!

ING marathon

 

I ran the whole half!! Yes my knee hurt but not to the point where I was questioning whether I should quit or not. There was not one time where I almost called James to come get me! Yay!

One good thing that did come out of me being injured (gotta look at the silver lining!) was that I got to run the whole thing with 2 of my bestest friends who finished their first half marathon!! This half was not about PRing or running my best but about the experience of running it with two my friends who not too long ago thought I was nuts for running all the time. Now they’ve caught the bug!! (I hope!)

Now I’m planning to take it easy, do a lot of cross training and my physical therapy exercises and let my knee fully recover.

Ahhh it’s like a sigh of relief.

Onto the food.

Tonight is a product review since, well. I’m exhausted. And what better thing to have when you’re exhausted then frozen pizza? Especially All Natural pizza from an environmentally minded company?

Meet Palermos Pizza.

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A pizza whose ingredient list is so short you’ll feel fabulous eating it. And if that’s not enough to give you a sound mind eating this delicious pie check out their environmental sustainability policy:

Recycling:

  • All discarded paper stock and cardboard is recycled.
  • All plastic from both employee use such as water or soda bottles and production is compressed, bundled and recycled
  • All rejected materials from our bakery are recycled and made into high quality animal feeds.

Facility Design:

  • Facility built on a reclaimed brown-field area.
  • All office lighting is motion activated.
  • Grounds use low-mow / no-water grasses.
  • Skylights provide natural light reducing electrical use.

Sweet!! James had made the Napoli earlier today to bring with him to work and left me 2 pieces…aka 2 slivers.

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This pizza is fantastic. The thin crispy crust and  the fresh tasting ingredients makes it better then any other frozen pizza I’ve had. I’ve tried a ton of the flavors too. The Messana (box pictured above) is delicious with thick slices of goat cheese on top. We’ve even just gotten the plain cheese pizza and then added a bunch of our own toppings before putting it in the oven! The possibilities are endless and it’s nice to have a quick easy dinner option on hand for nights when cooking is just not an option.

What’s your go to  frozen meal?

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Trail Mix + Miracle Fruit

March 26, 2009 at 12:53 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 5 Comments

Physical therapy went well today! My PT is the PT for a big sports team which gave me more confidence in the experience. He had me lay down and looked at my hip allignment and tested out my legs. He said he wished he had me last week because now I will be sore for my half marathon. Gasp! Does that mean I can run it? He said it shouldn’t be a problem since he believes I just have a tight muscle. He showed me a bunch of different exercises and I used the foam roller for the first time. Pain! Wowza! My legs are hurtin for real after that. I’m supposed to do all of the exercises everyday between now and the half and email him Monday to tell him how it went.

Honestly I highly doubt I will be able to run the whole thing. I would actually be completely shocked if I could because: 1. I have been experiencing pain to the point I could barely run for the past 3 weeks which leads to 2. I have NOT build up the training to run 13 miles!! The last long run I did (3 weeks go) was 8 miles, my mid training taper. I mean maybe bc it’s my third half I could squeak through it but come on. Let’s be real.

Me anxiously waiting for the orthopedist last week:

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Legs that want to run!!!!

I’m sticking with my plan of bringing my cell with me and if I am experiencing pain, to call it quits. But I at least want to try. I mean I paid for it but more importantly I want to run with my friends!! This is my dream of having my best friends love running and running a race with them!! It’s too close to give up.

I don’t have much in the way of a great recipe tonight since we are having leftovers (I’m not complaining!)

James put horseradish on top of his?? He says his fam always put horseradish on stews and his review of this was that it was “all the good parts of a stew!”

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A lot of times for dessert I do a make-your-own trailmix type deal. Tonight is a personal fave combo:

Tj’s Blister Peanuts – these are SO GOOD! I think they just roast them until they blister? I don’t know but I love their texture and extra crunch.

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Dried Cranberries

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Chocolate Chips (these are dangerous. I could eat these by the handful)

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The peanuts and cranberries have a PB & J taste when you eat them together. And I just always find something extra satisfying about having a bunch of little things.

Have you heard about this miracle fruit that changes everything sour into something sweet?? Apparently after you chew this flavorless little fruit, for about 15 to 30 minutes, everything sour you chew tastes sweet!!

According to the CNN article: Lemons lose their zing and taste like candy. Oranges become sickeningly sweet. Hot sauce that usually burns the tongue tastes like honey barbecue sauce that scorches as it trickles down the throat.

What?! I want to try that!!

What is your fave trail mix combo??

Radio Dish

March 25, 2009 at 12:42 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 13 Comments
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 I love things that are passed down. I love the history behind it, the stories and the feelings that are always attached to it.

I love the ring my mom gave my for my 21st birthday – the first nice piece of jewelry she had ever received.

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I love my red hair that I got from my grandpa

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And I love recipes. I love the recipes that taste like home. The most infamous recipe in our family is radio dish. My great grandmother got this recipe during the depression. It’s called radio dish because, well, she heard it on the radio. It’s made of simple, inexpensive ingredients. It isn’t a glamorous meal, but to me it’s home.

When I e-mailed my mom for the recipe, this is what I got:

“Here’s the radio dish recipe:  Sliced raw potatoes
                                          Sliced onions
                                          Sliced green peppers
                                          l lb. ground beef
                                          Rice
                                         3 cans tomato soup (original recipe said 2 but 3 is better)
                                         1/4 cup water

                                         Repeat layers in 13 inch casserole dish, cover with aluminum foil, and bake for 3 hours at 275-300 degrees.”

Not too specific! Here are the quantities I used: 3 potatoes, 2 green peppers, 1 medium onion, 2 cans of tomato soup, 1 package of soy crumbles and 1,25 cups of brown rice.

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Apparently the Smart Ground was on sale, but any of the frozen crumbles work too!

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Here’s it out of the package. For some reason I thought people might be interested to see what it looks like…

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The soup:

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In the casserole dish, pre soup:

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Post soup and crumbles:

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After being baked for 3 hours:

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I really can’t even tell you how good this tasted. I’m feeling a little under the weather and this was JUST what I needed. It is just what I remembered it tasting like!! It’s just so warm and  full of comfort. I love it.

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My salad had spinach, mushrooms, and yellow squash with balsamic vinegar and peanut sauce on top.

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Thankfully, this makes a LOT of food which makes the 3 hours of waiting all worth it! And also means that I will be happy with leftovers for a long while!

I have a Physical Therapy appointment at 7:30 AM tomorrow. Blech! Can anyone tell me what to expect?? Will I need to shower again after it ? I hope not (have to go to work directly from PT!).  I’m going to get a foam roller from them. They said they will be able to tell me what density I need…plus the rollers there are waaaay less expensive then other places I’ve looked.

What’s a family tradition that always makes you feel the warmth of home??

You Spin Me

March 24, 2009 at 1:18 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments
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Hey all!

Sorry for the lack of posting this weekend. I have to say, it was full of some fun times! Saturday night we ended up going to a sushi/thai restaurant to celebrate my acceptance to law school and I got a spider roll and miso soup. It was really good! I LOVE miso soup!

Then Saturday morning we went to the breakfast place that is at the farmer’s market and I got an egg white veggie omelet and ate half of a delicious buttery biscuit. Seriously how did I miss out on biscuits for the first 20 years of my before living in the South??

Sorry no pics. Maybe one day I’ll be brave enough to take them in public!

Tonight I tried my first spin class! I went with a co-worker who is just crazy about spinning and she had some extra passes to her gym so I thought “Why not?” I had been wanting to try it since everyone seems to love it so much!

So what did I think? Well…it wasn’t as good of a work out as I was hoping. I’m sure this has a lot to do with the instructor and the fact that I had no idea what 30-40% resistance felt like to me etc. The first half of the class was pretty intense and I was wondering if I would make it the whole hour but the second half was kind of blech. And boy are those bike seats unkind!! That part was PAINFUL! I understand why people wear padded shorts!!

When I got home, I threw together something quick and filling.

I broke up about a 1/3 block of tempeh, some frozen spinach, mushrooms, onions, marinara sauce, BBQ sauce and worstecire sauce and some cider vinegar. It may sound like a weird combo of sauces, but it works. It’s basically the combo you would use to make sloppy joes.

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Gotta love it staying light so darn late!!!

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With some cheese sprinkled on top. Very yum. Now I have my heart set on a couple rice cakes with PB and chocolate chips on top. mmm..

I promise I have a good recipe in the making! I actually have it in the oven RIGHT NOW! It takes 3 hours to bake!! WHOA! I’ll share what it is and the recipe tomorrow.

In running/injury news: I RAN 4 MILES ON SUNDAY!!!! 4!!!!!!!! and my highest pain was a level 2!!! It was amazing! I could not stop smiling when I finished. Seeing as just a few days before I could barely run 2.5 without having a level 6 or 7 of pain…this was HUGE! I’m healing!

Now I’m exhausted. Time to relax. Have a good night!!

Frittata for one, please!

March 20, 2009 at 1:10 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 6 Comments
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I love rainy nights! We’re having a nice little storm here right now and I’m happy I don’t have to go anyplace!

My appointment with the orthopedist was fine. He didn’t really tell me anything I didn’t already know. I have IT Band Syndrome, I shouldn’t push through the pain, and I probably shouldn’t run the half marathon next weekend (whether I do or not remains to be seen). He showed me how my right quad was smaller then my left which may have contributed to my IT Band problem. Crazy! I have no idea how that happened. He said that I should start out slow, running 2 miles at a slow pace. This was actually encouraging because he was telling me I could run! He also prescribed some physical therapy which I will make an appointment for tomorrow.

Other things I am looking into for my knee:

1. An IT band strap

2. A foam roller

Anyone have advice on any of these?? I can’t find a foam roller anywhere!! I may order one online but I’d love to have one sooner then that. Suggestions?

I did have a nice work out this evening though. I ran to the gym, did 40 minutes on the elliptical and then ran home.

Once home, I made some dinner for one!

I made myself a frittata in a little pan we have that’s perfect for one person to make eggs in.

First I sauteed some mushrooms and spinach, then I poured 1 egg + I egg white (whipped) over that. I let it set for a little while on medium heat then added some lite Mexican cheese from Trader Joe’s.

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I like frittatas better then omelets because there is more surface area which means more bites!

I also had a soy dog on a piece of whole wheat bread on the side that I grilled on the George Foreman (hence why it’s so flat!)

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And of course an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie for dessert! mmmm….

TOMOROW’S FRIDAY!!! YAY!

Mission find a foam roller will go into effect tomorrow at 5! Wish me luck!

Do you like rain storms?? I think it’s a good excuse to stay in and watch a movie…even though most times I don’t need an excuse 🙂

Oh, How I’ve Missed You…

March 19, 2009 at 2:15 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments
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I reunited with an old friend today…

 

Running!! 

It had been 17 days and oh I missed it so!!! I went on a short 3 mile run to test out my knee. I stayed in the grass the whole time. My knee was sore during it but I was able to keep running without a tremendous amount of discomfort which is a HUGE improvement!

I have an appointment with the ortho in the morning. Luckily, James is able to come with me which definitely puts my nerves at ease. I really hope it goes well!!!

I don’t have much interesting to show for in the way of dinner since I had leftover stuffed cabbage rolls. Usually I don’t get to eat a lot of leftovers since James has a 24 hour rule (more like 12 hours really…) that says if leftovers are in the fridge for more then 24 hours, he can eat them all.  Needless to say, I was shocked there were a couple cabbage rolls left!! And boy were they good!

I have, however, had a change up in my breakfast! I love having oats in the morning (like many) but my oats have had a little extra company lately…

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Yogurt! I’ve been using TJ’s Plain Nonfat European Yogurt. It’s such a great addition!! The yogurt really thickens up the oats as it cools. I usually stir in about 2 spoonfuls of yogurt into 1/3 cup of oats after the oats have cooked. It does cool down the oats but that doesn’t bother me. I stir in some cinnamon, some dried cranberries and top it with TJ’s high fiber cereal and organic unsweetened coconut.

It kind of reminds me of rice pudding! What a way to start the day!

And my favorite way to end it:

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What is your favorite new addition to oats??

Orange Dinner

March 18, 2009 at 12:55 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 5 Comments
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Today started with this:

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A sweet card slipped in my purse to be discovered at trabajo

And ended with this:

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COOKIES! Homemade oatmeal chocolate chip cookies to be exact. My absolute FAVE! You better believe I ate one the second I got home from the gym and then insisted we make dinner immediately or I would eat the entire plate. James used a recipe from CookingLight which, unfortunately, you need a subscription to see 😦 But James was nice enough to take some “process” pics including this one:

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which makes me much less likely to eat the whole batch aka 2 sticks of butter!!! Oh well 🙂

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Dinner was equally yummy (it’s just not fair to compare homemade oatmeal chocolate chip cookies to anything…)

Even though my dinner did not actually have an orange in it, there were a lot of orange components!!

On the menu: Salmon cakes, Honey Carrots, and Sweet Potato Fries

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I used Kath’s recipe for the salmon cakes (I’ve been using a lot of her’s lately! They’re just so delicious! Thanks for the inspiration Kath!!) Of course I tend to defile them with her arch nemesis: onions. Ah we just love em in our house! So that was my basic addition to this recipe, plus I used plain yogurt instead of mayo since I don’t like mayo.

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James has been wanting honey glazed carrots  for ages and since he’s been so wonderful (see: baking me delicious cookies and cleaning the apartment) I knew he more then deserved one of his favorites!

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First, I chopped up 4 carrots, put it in a glass bowl with some water and microwaved them for 5 minutes. Then I put them in a baking dish and topped them with 1 tbsp honey, 2 tsp apple cider vinegar, sprinkle of salt and 1 tsp olive oil. Then I put them in the oven for maybe 10 minutes while the delicious fries finished up!

We got this crazy looking thing at the farmers market the last time we went.

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We were told it tasted like it was dipped in sugar so obviously we had to try it! I cut up one sweet potato and this super sweet potato, sprayed it with olive oil and popped it in a 425* oven for maybe 30-40 minutes? I just kept an eye on them.

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I couldn’t really taste big diff between the super sweet potato and the regular sweet potato but it was still fun to try something new!

Oh and Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! As a red head with some Irish blood, I particularly like this day…especially since green is my color 😉

Now I’m just hanging out in our nice and clean apartment, watching West Wing, and desperately needing to shower. Later!

Bring On the Good News!

March 17, 2009 at 1:43 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 5 Comments
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Today is one of the best days ever because I found out I got into my top choice law school!!!!!!!!!!!!! YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m still on cloud nine. I keep saying to myself that I am going to that law school because I still can’t believe it. Gosh I’m sooo happy!

I’m hoping the good news keeps on coming this week…mainly in regards to the ortho appointment I have on Thursday. Eep! Happy thoughts… I actually went on the elliptical today and it didn’t hurt! I went on for 40 minutes and kept it at a really low resistance. I think that made the difference.

Unfortunately James didn’t get home until 8:30 tonight so I was a bundle of energy! So I set out to make something new! We had a head of cabbage in our fridge that I wanted to use so I thought making stuffed cabbage leaves would be fun. I used Kath’s recipe, with some modifications. Here’s what I used:

Stuffed Cabbage Leaves

  • TJ’s Brown Rice Medley (“A blend of long-grain brown rice, black barley and daikon radish seeds)
  • Black beans
  • Carrots
  • Peas
  • Half a very small onion
  • 1/4 c. crushed blistered peanuts
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Cup Diced cabbage
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • salt

I sauteed everything together until everything was soft. Then, after I steamed some of the larger cabbage leaves, I put 1/3 c. of the mixture into each leaf…..

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rolled it up and put it seam down in a baking dish.

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Then I put 1 c. of prepared marinara sauce on top + a big hand full of shredded lite Mexican blend cheese from TJ’s. I baked it at 400* for 17 minutes then broiled it for 4 minutes.

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Post Texas Pete smothering:

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This was the first time I used the garam masala so I was pretty excited and this did not disappoint! It was a different flavor then we’re used to eating, but in a good way. This wasn’t heavy at all. I think the addition of crushed peanuts was a winner. I think even adding a little peanut sauce to the rice would help bring out the other spices more. Or maybe instead of topping it with marinara, topping it with a peanut sauce. James is currently having seconds.

Okay. Now it’s time for chocolate, reading in bed and sleep! See you tomorrow!

Don’t Worry, I Have a Spare

March 16, 2009 at 1:30 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments
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Basically, I have the best friends ever.

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This completely made my day. Especially after I had a crumby day of feeling sad about running! This totally lifted my spirits!! Ah I love my friends! It sucks that we’re all so far apart 😦

Since this was the first day both of us had off in a while, we decided to celebrate by treating ourselves to a delicious brunch!

James has a few loves in his life. One of them, is biscuits and gravy.

He used this gravy mix:

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And fancied it up by cooking some turkey bacon up in a pan and cutting it up then adding the biscuit mix and water. The result was a delicious gravy that had hints of smoky bacon in it.  He smothered some Grands Buttermilk Biscuits in all of that gravy goodness.  He also had 2 eggs on the side.

Here’s what James has to say:

“It’s really important to cook your meats and make your gravy in that pan so you get all the juices and the bits of it. And break up the bacon before you put the gravy in there. That’s what I would suggest. Because of all that, the gravy was very flavorful. It had a good consistency and I really enjoyed this breakfast!”

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(Like the new placemat and napkin from World Market?? It was on sale!)

For me, I treated myself to the Whole Foods salad bar which I had never tried before since it’s pretty pricy.  But it was worth it for a little treat this morning 🙂

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Okay let’s see if I can remember everything:

  • spinach
  • tabouli
  • pineapple
  • a strawberry
  • sesame tofu
  • cabbage slaw
  • artichoke hearts
  • spinach and artichoke hummus (from our kitchen!)
  • Asian tofu
  • fake chicken salad
  • grilled tofu
  • orzo salad

Yea basically I put a couple bites of everything in there!! I wanted to make the most of my Whole Foods salad bar experience! It was good. The Asian Tofu salad was delish. I have a new tofu obsession after my success the other night!

It was funny when some friends came over last night and they thought all of the food we eat was crazy! Like they had never had hummus and were very confused by what it was and thought the Veggie Flax chips from Trader Joe’s were very odd. It’s interesting how stuff that is so normal to one person can seem so foreign to someone else! But I’m glad that’s how it works because that’s how you learn about new things.

Alrighty we’re watching Fracture (so good! If you like Law & Order, mystery type stuff, rent this movie!) and then going to sleep! Another week starts tomorrow!

What’s something you thought was pretty standard until you showed someone else?

It All Adds Up.

March 15, 2009 at 8:53 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments
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I’ve been hearing and seeing some interesting things lately regarding food.

The White House Should have a Garden

The first thing was an interview I heard with Michael Pollan on NPR. It was regarding an open letter he had written to the president (he wrote it before the election so it was to whoever was president..not Obama specifically). And the interviewer laughed and said that one of the more “preposterous" things he had written was that the White House should turn some of it’s land into a White House garden, as an example to the rest of us of having locally grown food . He replied “Why is that preposterous, Terry? I think that is one of the more practical things I suggest” since they would not need Congress’ approval. If the President’s family went and pulled out weeds, it would really set the tone. Growing a little bit of food would help so many things. Reducing our carbon footprint, reducing the amount of pesticides we are consuming, getting a little exercise from pulling weeds etc.  And that the president could donate the extras to a local foodbank. Pollan claimed, “You have this powerful image of the White House feeding Americans, what could be better then that?”

I seriously suggest listening to that interview. It is PACKED with interesting things. Like why  food that is bad for us (i.e. HFCS) is the cheapest. Listen to find out!!

Living Healthfully on a Dollar a Day

Another thing that I also heard about, first on Good Morning America and then on the local NPR station, was a woman in Durham, NC who was living on a dollar a day for a month. Her blog, LessIsEnough, is really interesting and outlines her journey..And she does a lot of her shopping at Whole Foods to boot! She was inspired to take on this challenge because she had read an article claiming that unhealthy food was less expensive then healthy food (they were looking at calories, not nutrients) and she didn’t believe that that was true and wanted to prove that one could have a healthy diet on very little money. She did things like get oats from bulk bins, buying pasta and make chicken soup.  Definitely check it out. I like the inspiration behind it, showing people eating healthy doesn’t have to be expensive. It’s just about getting back to basics.

EcoSearch.org

Thirdly, James found an incredible new search engine that is solely dedicated to helping the environment. The money they make from advertisers go to nonprofits such as the Sierra Club and Rainforest Alliance. So the more people that USE ecosearch.org, the more advertisers, the more money that goes toward the environment. It works just as well as google. So change your search engine in your web browser and make a difference when you try to look up a good Thai place near you 🙂

 

Also – I decided to make an appointment with an Orthopedist this week for my knee. Blah. I made it 1.5 miles on the treadmill yesterday before I was in too much pain to continue. Can I just say how much I miss running? I miss getting out in the morning before the sun is up. I miss having Toby run next to me and look up at me with a big smile on his face. I miss seeing everything on my running routes. I miss having that time outside. I miss the feeling of accomplishment afterwards. I miss the sweat. I miss the endorphins. I miss feeling like a runner. Okay, I’m done. Time to go swim!

I will post some eats later.

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