Posts Tagged ‘kale’

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I am very repetitious when it comes to certain things, especially my weekday morning routine and eats. I was able to squeeze in a run this morning before the rain, which was cool. I ran for 45 minutes, which ended up being 4.65 miles. Again, my speed was on the ‘slow’ side for me (9:45 minute mile). I don’t know if it’s me or my nike+ or what. Like I mentioned to start this post I am very repetitious and I run two routes throughout the week, we’ll call them route A and route B. Usually, I alternate them and today was route B. I know exactly when I hit each mile marker and that’s been consistent, it’s my time that has not been. I was glad to get that run in though and had to cut it short because I “snoozed” this morning.

I came home and made coffee and a green monster. I told you I was repetitive! However, in this green monster I threw in a spoonful of Siggi’s yogurt (vanilla flavor). I didn’t notice much of a difference between yesterday’s GM and today. Anyway, the ingredients included 1 frozen banana, 1 cup of chocolate unsweetened almond milk, a cup of spinach and a scoop of vanilla yogurt. Tasty!

Later in the morning I finished up the Siggi’s vanilla yogurt. It went better than yesterday- not much sweeter at all, but maybe I am more used to the consistency now. It also a somewhat sour taste (similar to Greek yogurt). INGREDIENTS: Skim Milk, Agave Nectar, Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla, Live Active Cultures, Vegetable Rennet.

For lunch I had the same thing I had yesterday. Told ya. It was kale salad with bragg liquid aminos (organic kale, organic carrots, organic yellow onion, and bragg liquid aminos), purple cabbage, green cabbage, and leftover steak.

I am getting used to eating salads without dressing and it’s a whole new world. I don’t really miss them or the fat and calorie overload. In a little while I am taking a group to Whole Foods to learn some practical healthy eating tips. Should be fun!


Monday, Monday

Oh, how I never want to see you Monday!

All in all though, Mondays can sometimes be a good thing. How? In the sense that on Mondays I often find myself trying to ‘get back on track’ both with eating and exercising. Mondays seem to be the day when all normalcy returns and the debauchery and sinfulness of the weekend is mediated by alarm clocks, 9:30 am meetings, and the careful preparation of meals in plastic storage containers with all snacks and eats carefully planned out for the day. Also, green monsters return on Mondays and new energy is vested in the work week. Ahh, yes, Monday.

Well, today was no different. I began the day with a relatively ‘easy’ 5-miler. It took me 49 minutes, which is a little long for me- pacing out at a 9:44 minute mile. In weeks before going away, I was running faster than this and I felt pretty good this morning so I was a little surprised by the time, but hey, I’ll take it. The run went smoothly and sometimes that is worth going a little slower.  I came home and made a green monster, using a frozen banana, one cup of chocolate unsweetened almond milk and a cup of spinach.

It was tasty and really hit the spot. I also had coffee with half and half and a stevia packet. Over the weekend I purchased some Siggi’s yogurt and had painstakingly been waiting to try my first one until today. Tina often says how much she likes them and I tried her favorite flavor, orange ginger for a late morning snack.

I have to say it was a little disappointing. OK, a lot disappointing. I don’t know what I was expecting, but the texture really threw me for a loop! It was really, really thick and dry. I think I was still too dehydrated from my run to really enjoy it. Also, the flavor was very subtle and overall it seemed kind of plain. I am definitely going to try to eat this again, as the nutritional content is excellent. I have another orange ginger at home and two vanillas as well. I will try the vanilla one tomorrow and see how that goes. Maybe now that my expectation is in line with reality that will help.

For lunch, I decided to try to utilize the kale salad from last week, which I didn’t like very much at the time because it was really salty. I divided what I had left into two containers and added some purple and green cabbage and some leftover steak from a dinner last week. I sliced the steak really thin to prevent gnawing on any large, dry hunks of beef.

I did not add any other salad dressing or condiments and it had plenty of flavor. It was really filling too!

Today I ate lunch at my main office, since I was there conducting some interviews. Unfortunately, at the main office there is a candy dish and when I walked by it for the fourth time I couldn’t help but to grab these:


I only ate three of them and they weren’t even that good. Ingredients: Corn Syrup, Sugar, Modified Food Starch, Malic Acid, Artificial and Natural Flavors, Sodium Citrate, and Artificial Colors (Including FD&C Red 40, Yellow 5, and Blue 1). (wikipedia). I don’t know why I get so tempted by this sort of stuff?! These were definitely not worth it either! ugh!

Anyway, after lunch I held another interview. On my way back to my office I stopped to pick up my contact lenses from my eye doctor, which is conveniently right next to a Starbucks. I used to be a major Starbucks fan, but my allegiance has waned over the past year. I think it’s because I’ve pretty much eliminated lattes from my diet and their ‘normal’ coffee is not very good. I received a $15 gift card for Christmas and have only used it once, which in the past would have been unheard of! Anyway, I stopped in there this afternoon and got an iced green tea (unsweetened).

Looks like beer doesn’t it! Haha, now that would have been a nice afternoon delight! Anyway, the iced tea was quite good and I enjoyed it with some peanuts for an afternoon snack.

I hope that by eating these peanuts when I was hungry, around 4:30 today, instead of when I get home around 6, it will help me to prevent the binge I normally go on when I get home. I get so hungry by the end of the day that when I get home I am a bottomless pit and tend to eat way too much. It’s sort of this no-man’s land of eating, between lunch and dinner, and I usually fail miserably at it, usually going to town on handfuls of nuts. I tried to prevent that today, but I am already feeling hungry again… we’ll see how it goes…

It begins! Already hitting speedbumps…

I find it to be very interesting that I started blogging/photo documenting my new healthy eating habits on a Friday. Of all days, Fridays lead into the weekend and are where I tend to make some pretty poor dietary choices, especially compared to Monday-Thursday. I tend to make ok choices throughout the day on Friday, but by the evening I am more open to the idea of eating “poorly”. I’m not sure why that is, if it’s because I just need a break from the normal routine or if it’s an excuse to cut loose a bit. Also, I tend to drink alcohol on Friday and Saturday nights, more than any other nights in the week, so maybe it’s the idea of throwing all caution to the wind. So, to see how well I handle this weekend will be an interesting experiment at just the onset of this project.

This morning it was nice and cool outside, somewhere in the upper 50’s lower 60’s I am guessing. For the past few days the temps have been much higher in the morning and I’ve been struggling to complete my 5 miles. I also just returned from a week-long vacation, but it’s been tough for me out there the past few mornings. Well, today I am happy to say, went much better. I got in a full 5 miles, running at a 9:40 pace, not bad. My running shoes are killing my feet now all the sudden and I have some nice war wounds as a result.

For breakfast I made a green monster with 1 cup of chocolate unsweetened almond milk, a frozen banana, and one cup of spinach. I  added a stevia packet to the smoothie to give it some sweetness.  I also had coffee with stevia and half and half. I felt pretty full as I headed out the door to work.

On Fridays at work, I always start the day out with meetings. Meetings can be really draining and I think that got the best of me this morning. A co-worker brought out a bag of tootsie rolls and everyone went to town on them, including me. Doh!

Let’s take a look at the ingredients in a tootsie roll. The ingredients of a chocolate Tootsie Roll are sugar, corn syrup, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, condensed milk, cocoa, whey, soy lecithin, orange extract, and artificial and condensed flavors (wikipedia). Not too too bad, but I definitely don’t know what soy lecithin is and corn syrup and partially hydrogenated soybean oil are definitely products I am trying to avoid and also, what the hell are condensed flavors?

Yeah. So needless to say, project busted! Well, as I said before, this is going to be tough. There are so many temptations out there. I did better on my lunch choices. I owe this to careful planning. Yesterday I went to Roots Market and picked up a few things and made sure to get something for today’s lunch.  I bought organic egg salad and kale salad with bragg liquid aminos.

Ingredients for the egg salad: organic eggs, organic green onion, organic parsley, organic extra virgin olive oil, oranic lemon juice, organic dijon mustard, organic safflower oil, sea salt, black pepper.

Ingredients for the kale salad: organic kale, organic yellow onion, organic carrot, organic olive oil, brag liquid aminos.

I had no idea what ‘liquid aminos’ where, but found out here. Essentially, it was the salad ‘dressing’ and are “made from health-giving, NON-GMO soybeans and purified water. They are an excellent, healthy, gourmet replacement for Tamari and Soy Sauce. Not fermented or heated and Gluten-Free”. Interesting. I found it to be very salty, and I ate less of the kale salad than I probably normally would have.

For dessert I ate a few pieces of Vivani dark chocolate with espresso.

Ingredients: cocoa liquor, raw can sugar, cocoa butter, espresso cafe, cocoa solids. This chocolate is 100% organic. I like it, but I don’t LOVE it. Chocolate is so good though and I really can’t live without at this point!