Archive | April, 2010

Link Love: Finals Edition

27 Apr

Between being thisclose to finals, getting back in the kitchen and work, this week’s turning out to be a bit hectic. I have some posts going up (soon!), which will get to the point on some matters, and answer some questions I’ve been getting, including the many asking what’s up with C25K. For now, here are some posts that have really impacted me and made me think. Also, check out my guest post on overcoming a family of dieters over at Mish’s awesome blog, Eating Journey.

————-

Overcome Your Fear By Making Friends With Failure – No Meat Athlete

Being Gentle With Yourself, a guest post – Eating Journey

Becoming One Without Doubling In Size – Chasing the Now

Eat Dirty – The Fit Bride

I Took Another Intuitive Eating Step – Confessions of a (Recovering) Compulsive Eater

Five – FitHungryGurl

What If – Medicinal Marzipan

Memories of a Food Revolution

23 Apr

I was uploading my camera, and found a ton of photos from way back in October-November, when I was volunteering for the community kitchen of an unknown production, now known as Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution. Since everyone’s been tuning in, and in honor of Food Revolution Fridays, I thought I’d share a few with you – enjoy!

In the kitchen, wearing Jaime’s apron right before I teach my first class
My first dish!
Posh chicken made with Parmesan, thyme and prosciutto with sauteed garlic spinach
E, Jaime and my mom after class
The kitchen during a live remote for Good Morning America –
The famous stir-fry –
the dish taught during the cook-a-thon, the remote and in some of the classes
Rascal Flatts in concert, which will shown during the finale
E loaded up with all of the local goods we picked up during
the food festival featuring all local growers and producers

Have you been tuning in to Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution?

St. Louis and Ethical Eating

16 Apr

This past weekend, I was in St. Louis to help celebrate my friend Amanda’s wedding, which was a blast, but one of the harder ones of the last year. I knew there wouldn’t be a lot of options for me as an ethical flexitarian, but decided in advance to make the best of it. I wanted control over my food choices and my budget, so I made sure to bring along some corn thins, a packet of Justin’s honey peanut butter, a couple of Luna protein bars and some oatmeal, figuring I’d at least have breakfasts and lunches covered. I ate one of the protein bars on the way there, and decided to have oatmeal for lunch. When I arrived at the hotel, I quickly discovered that there was no coffee maker or microwave, and the hot water was permanently set to around 80 degrees – hot enough for showers, but not for oatmeal. Strike one.

I ended up heading to a Walgreens with Amanda’s mom and aunt to pick up some snacks for her son, and bought some dried fruit, a spicy V8 and a cheese stick. Not the best options, but having landed at 9:30 am and it being almost 3 pm, I was starving!

Then the rehearsal dinner came around – let me preface this by saying that I in no way ask, demand or expect to always have my food choices catered to – and it was really hard. Pizza and Applebee’s appetizers were served, and I realized that I had three choices: eat in a manner that would go against my ethics, eat crap that would make me feel bad both mentally and physically, or just not eat. Option 3 just wasn’t going to happen. Option 1 meant that I could eat chicken breast and the beef out of some burgers, and make do, but the thought of it literally made me gag. Option 2 meant eating pizza and mozzarella sticks, with a few sticks of celery on the side.  Guess what I went with? Option 2. I decided that eating meat was just as ridiculous a decision for me as not eating at all, and couldn’t bring myself to do it. So I ate the celery (which quickly ran out), the pizza and the mozzarella sticks. I’m not proud of it, nor am I proud of how much of it I ate. It was, however, the best choice at the time – I’m glad I followed my gut. Plus, I knew that I’d be doing C25K the next morning, which would at least negate a slice of pizza 🙂

I got up bright and early the next morning to “run”, and guys, it was rough. Between the fried foods and the dehydration issues from the night before, I was lagging, and every interval was painful. 15 minutes and that was it. I called it quits, and headed back to the hotel. I noticed there was a Starbucks in the hotel lobby, so I grabbed an iced coffee and a cup of hot water and headed upstairs for some oatmeal, and it was glorious! The rest of the day went pretty well; went to the salon with the rest of the bridal party to get our hair done, had lunch with the bride, groom and their families (they had egg whites and fruit, thank G-D!), and helped Amanda get ready. The wedding was beautiful and went off without a hitch, and then it was party time!

The reception turned out to be even tougher than the rehearsal, and my dinner consisted of cheese, crackers and fruit. Even though I know I did the right thing, it was really hard watching everyone enjoy the delicious meal, and choosing not to partake in it – I’m starting to understand how tough it can be for E as a vegetarian. I made a choice on what I choose to eat and how I choose to spend my dollar, and it’s not always going to be easy, and this weekend was a great way to learn that lesson. By the end of the night, I’d devoured two pieces of wedding cake – tasted awesome, felt horrible. I’ve been hearing about this cake for months, and wanted to try both flavours. I usually split with E, but since he wasn’t there, I figured I could half of each slice. It’s times like this when I forget about ED, and I was quickly reminded. Emotion and stress overtook, and it was like I had no control over my fork or the hand that guided it, and it sucked. It sucked real hard. It was bad, but it could’ve been much worse, and I’m thankful that I was able to stop myself before I had a full-out binge.

The next day, everything was good again – headed to the airport, hopped on a couple of planes, ate some tofu and veg at CVG which was very necessary, reconnected with E, and all was well with the world.

Long story short: had a great time and was glad to be there, but I’m glad it’s over!

Picture Time:

Room Tour!
The entryway

The bathroom –
modern, clean and see the shower behind me? 
Amazing!
My blogging station/classroom,
thwarted by the $9.95 daily internet fee

4 pairs of shoes for 2 days – 
I obviously like to be prepared for anything!

Rehearsal dinner-ready
The bed

The beautiful view from my room

Busch Stadium, home of the Cardinals and the ceremony location

Meet Me in St. Louis

9 Apr

Happy Friday!

I’m writing this en-route to St. Louis, where I’ll be playing bridesmaid for the first time for my dear friend Amanda. The wedding’s taking place at Busch Stadium, home of the Cardinals – so excited!

Started the day off with an early morning wake-up call, heading off to Huntington Tri-State Airport, with a quick coffee stop along the way. I don’t know who was more in need of the have – me or E!

The leg to Cincinnati was uneventful, except for two things: the Luna Chocolate Cherry Almond protein bar I munched on, and this, the most awkward thing I’ve ever posted online.

No seat belt extenders for this gal! Despite it being unflattering to the mac, pictures like this remind me how far I’ve come. Not only can I fit comfortably in the seats, but folks chat me up when I sit down next to them instead of running away in horror. It’s all about the little things, folks!

I was still hungry when I landed in Cinci, so I grabbed a quick breakfast at Moe’s Bar & Grill. Sitting there and listening to Celine Dion, I felt like I’d been teleported back home to La Belle Province. It was a nice reminder of home.

I ordered a cheese-less veggie omelet that was stuffed with roasted red pepper, broccoli, onions and tomatoes, with sides of dry rye toast, home fries and black coffee. I had 2/3 of the egg, all the veg, half of the potatoes and 1 slice of toast with strawberry jam. It hit the spot!

Now I’m listening to Green Day, and enjoying a Fresca and staring down some Biscoff that I intend to save for tomorrow’s oatmeal – I feel like Kath!

I have some posts I’m working on which will hopefully get uploaded this weekend. Have a great weekend, and enjoy your Fist Bump Friday!

C25K, week 1, day 2

4 Apr

C25K, week 1, day two?

Check.

We stayed at the in-laws last night, and I made sure to bring my running shoes and Polar with me. I also made sure to tell as many people as possible that I was going “running” in the morning. It’s funny that I can’t do something half-way; it’s all or nothing. There’s no way I can back out if everyone’s in on my business, so a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do. The in-laws live in a town of 4,000 people, and at 7:30 am on a Sunday, no one’s out and about. Pretty safe running conditions, if you ask me, so I took it outside. Day 2 looked a lot like Day 1; 5 intervals done spot-on, 3 ending a little sooner than the 60 seconds, with cramping and soreness in my right knee and ankle. I stretched both before and after my session (which I didn’t do on Thursday), and that helped a bit. Maybe I need new shoes? It could also just be the “growing pains” of forcing my muscles to do something they’ve never been asked to do before. I’ll work it out.

I loved being outside, but man, the pavement’s rough. I definitely started to feel it as soon as the first interval, but the smell of Spring was totally worth it. I don’t think I’ll be heading outside too often, but it makes for a nice change of pace.