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Cough, cough…

Hey guys! If you were wondering what happened to me, I am afraid I have come down with some sort of Springtime illness. I thought it was allergies at first, but now I’m thinking pharyngitis? Bronchitis, maybe?

Anyway, I really can’t stand being away from you all for so long! I miss our “talks” ha ha.

I don’t have much to blog about since my eats have been rather boring: mostly carbs and ginger ale. Plus some chai tea 🙂 I read online that the spices in chai tea were good for sore throats and bronchitis. I hate taking cold or cough medicine, it makes me so groggy which makes me feel worse than I already did.

I’ve been loading up on veggies even though they don’t taste good to me at the moment. I believe rest, fluids and good nutrition are the best things for me right now.

I watched two movies yesterday!

First, I watched the movie “Love Happens” with Aaron Eckhart and Jennifer Aniston. It’s the one where he is a motivational speaker/author who helps people deal with grief, but he’s struggling himself (he hides it). I really liked it, which I did not expect. I found the message touching and I actually found the acting to be good, which also surprised me considering who’s in it.

I also rented “The Final Destination” because I had seen the other three, so I figured, why not?

I really liked the first one because it was ground breaking; the idea of “death” having a “plan” was interesting. And the second one was quite realistic with the huge car crash at the beginning (which we’re way more likely to die in than an airplane).

The third one was just okay because the acting got way worse and the death scenes became more over the top and elaborate. Same was true for this 4th installment. It was pretty ridiculous.

One thing I did like about this film though was that the characters who have those “instincts” that something just isn’t right, went with them most of the time. I have had a few cases in my own life where I feel something “off” and I’ve always been told to trust your instincts and get away!

Even if you are just being paranoid, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

So that’s what I’ve been up to, ha ha. Hoping to rent some more movies and lay on the couch again tonight.

My throat hurts

For breakfast this morning, I broke out some Great Harvest bread that I bought on Saturday. This one is vegan 🙂

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I toasted up two slices with pumpkin butter and peanut butter. Plus an apple on the side for some fruitiness.

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On the way to work, Mom treated me to a soy chai tea latte, which really hit the spot on my still, very sore and achy throat. If it doesn’t clear up by Wednesday, I am going to the doctor!

Mid morning I snacked on some more plantain chips, love these things.

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Good thing I only bought one bag 😉

For lunch, I had some leftover spaghetti squash from Saturday. It was really good again today! I’m so glad I finally tried it.

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Speaking of spaghetti squash check out my latest Examiner article: Swap your spaghetti for squash

I sipped on some hot tea during class today which also seemed to soothe my throat. Class was also interesting today as we learned more about weight training!

I snacked on some mixed nuts later in the afternoon.

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When I got home, I immediately knew what I was going to make for dinner. EGGPLANT!

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I sliced up a medium eggplant, then put some hemp milk and corn meal in separate bowls, dipping each piece of eggplant in the milk then meal.

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Then I cooked them in the oven at 400 degrees for 30 minutes. Voila!

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On the side I made some couscous, which I have been craving for a while!

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I’m a simple girl. This plain couscous was AWESOME. All together now…

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I really enjoyed my dinner 🙂 The eggplant slices came out kind of crunchy like chips!

After I ate, I did a lot of housework that sort of got left by the wayside this weekend while I wasn’t feeling good and out of town yesterday. I decided to use that as my activity! But I do have a work out scheduled for tomorrow, depending on how I feel.

For a snack a little while ago, I had some Honey Sunshine Kashi cereal with hemp milk. I’m getting used to the hemp milk and I was pleased to see it contains Omega 3’s.

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I may or may not have had some blood orange Dots too 😉 Ahh, my throat is so sore. I’m off to gargle some salt water and go to bed!

Good night 🙂

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Day 31: Not the end

Happy Halloween everyone! Did you get scared yet today?

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For breakfast this morning, I had a very Halloween-appropriate bowl of pumpkin oats 🙂

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I finally figured out what was missing from my previous attempts at re-creating the pumpkin oats that I loved so much last year…raisins!

I also took a lot of people’s advice and used vanilla extract and cinnamon 🙂

Even though I’m still not feeling too hot today, I went for a walk this morning. I felt good for a while but then I started getting chills again and have basically had a headache and sore throat for two or three days now. So maybe it wasn’t such a good idea!

Today is also Day 31, the last day of the Vegan Mofo III. I have been vegan, officially for 31 days. Even though I have had a few bumps in the road, for the most part, it has been really easy and enjoyable.

I love the foods I am eating now more than I ever have. So I won’t be ending this anytime soon. I will, however, be ending the use of “Days” on my titles, thank goodness 😉

Tomorrow is World Vegan Day! I’m also planning some more mini-challenges for November that I can’t wait to get started on, in addition to Pile on the Miles.

After my walk, I snacked on some plantain chips that I found at a local health food store here in town called Amazing Grace. I saw a lot of other cool stuff there that I wanted to get but I’m going to have to save for another trip.

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These were so good (and addicting) and reminded me of the ones I got in Nicaragua last summer 🙂

For lunch, my mom treated me to some Great Harvest. I got the veggie sandwich on Nine Grain bread with Sun Chips on the side. I couldn’t get a good picture so I just said forget it.

Note: the Nine Grain bread contains honey, which is not vegan, but since I am vegan mainly for health reasons, I did not sweat it so much. However, I did purchase some unsweetened whole wheat bread to take home with me which does not contain honey 🙂

I had to stop at the store to get Josh a lock for the new gym he is going to starting on Monday (hooray) and I picked up some Halloween candy while I was there (oops).

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Oh my these are good! I like them better than regular Dots flavors and I’m glad I only bought this one box and that they are seasonal 😉 I just had one serving. Josh got pumpkin cremes (they look like candy corn only pumpkins).

I feel bad that I didn’t buy any candy for the kiddos but I just couldn’t find anything I felt okay about handing out. Considering I was an overweight kid, and I got a lot of cavities, it’s a sensitive issue for me. I’m thinking next year I’ll get some “healthy” candy or maybe some stickers?

Later in the afternoon, I got hungry so I snacked on some Kashi Honey Sunshine cereal with some new hemp milk I got.

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It was different. I’m not sure what to think about it yet but I will keep trying it. It’s definitely lower in sugar than most milk alternatives. I might use it in some recipes too.

Yes, I ate honey again. I got this box of cereal for free because Kashi sent me a coupon. I probably won’t buy it again because keeping cereal in my house has proven dangerous before. But like I said before, since I am eating vegan for health, it’s not a deal-breaker for me right now. It is something though that I want to think about for the future (of my vegan life).

Anyway…for dinner I got to try another new thing.

Spaghetti Squash!

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I remembered reading about how to cook a spaghetti squash on Tina’s blog earlier this year and luckily it was easy to find it again.

I followed her instructions exactly and found picking out the seeds to be the most time consuming part!

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But once it was done and ready to eat, I knew I had something great!

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I love the fact that I’m eating a vegetable instead of pasta! There’s nothing wrong with spaghetti but it’s one of those things I don’t eat too often because it sits so heavily on my stomach.

I heated up a cup of Emeril’s pasta sauce with some chopped spinach.

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I found this sauce to be a little watery but I think it was the spinach. Then I put it all together.

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It was a bit of a different taste than spaghetti but it was still very tasty! It’s definitely a good substitute. I think I have been converted!

There was also enough for another meal, which I saved in the fridge.

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Two meals and the squash only cost me $1.18!

I just snacked on some more Dots and plantain chips. I’d better go brush my teeth and go to bed soon 😉

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It stinks to be at home on Halloween but I need my rest because tomorrow I AM SEEING RENT!

We are heading up to Cincinnati in the morning to see the matinee performance featuring two of the original cast members. Not bad for my first time seeing it, eh?

I’ve already picked out an awesome place to have dinner after doing some research and consulting with some awesome vegan friends on Twitter. Hopefully I will be feeling better too.

Good night, blog friends. Hope you have a safe and happy Halloween! And be sure to check out my Major Coupon Giveaway – just 6 more days to get in 🙂

Just okay

Thanks everyone for all the get well wishes, I really felt them! I am doing a little better tonight since I’ve had the day to rest and catch up a bit. I also opened the windows in the apartment because we had a beautiful Fall day today, so I got all the “sick” air out of here, ha ha.

For lunch, I had a Boca vegan burger on an Ezekiel English muffin with Sabra Chipotle hummus and spinach plus a carrot and hummus on the side.

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Yeah, it’s the same as what I had for dinner last night. But at least I opted for the muffin this time instead of toast. These are so good. I have a few left but I will definitely be buying more.

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So dense, chewy and soft at the same time. I love them!

For a snack, I had a Nature Valley bar. I need to space these out better…I won’t pack one in my bag tomorrow.

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As I was making dinner, I remembered something awesome I saw at the grocery store this weekend. Remember my big rant about Josh’s choice of margarine? Well, check this out:

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Notice the difference? What does that say?

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That’s right! They FINALLY removed the hydrogenated oils so that they are no longer falsely claiming to be trans fat free! And now I can let my husband enjoy his margarine in peace. I won’t be eating it though after October 1st because it contains buttermilk. I’m so happy for Josh’s arteries.

For dinner, I made myself baked tofu, Brussels sprouts (Vitamin C!) and a piece of wheat toast. Unfortunately this brand of whole wheat bread I buy for Josh had honey in it. I will have to decide if I’ll eat it anymore after October 1.

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For dessert, I had some Carrot Cake non-dairy ice cream. I also had some last night after blogging. It wasn’t as good as I remember it being, so I don’t think I’ll buy it again. But the cold did feel good on my throat.

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I think I might just be “over” ice cream type things? What? Who am I? I am sick though, we’ll see. Ha.

I’m probably going to grab another snack at some point and then go upstairs and watch “Dancing with the Stars”! I saw a pic of Chuck Liddell on Twitter earlier and he is looking trim. I guess that dancing workout will do it for you.

Have a great night everyone, thanks so much for the sweet comments, keep ‘em coming, ha ha.

Sick day

Hey guys, I am so sick! I hate feeling this way but it is important for me to get some rest and get healthy. So I stayed home from work today.

I work in a department with a lot of people and the last thing I want to do is spread this around. The University that I work for has been urging us to stay home if we are sick specifically for that reason.

I did everything right but I guess whatever Josh had just overpowered me.

For breakfast this morning, I went to town on some oats with 1/2 a banana and peanut butter. I had so missed “real” oatmeal, but I still have some of that 5 grain stuff left 😉

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I also had some coffee with Almond Breeze. Then mid-morning, I snacked on the other half of the banana from this morning (it was huge) and some more peanut butter.

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I wish I felt better because I discovered today that I have Exercise TV! It’s like having an entire collection of workout DVDs on demand, at your fingertips. I’m most excited to try some of Jillian Michael’s programs and lots of yoga and dance programs.

Many of the programs are short, so I was thinking I might try one in the mornings just to get the blood flowing and wake up 🙂 But when I am feeling better and can breathe through my nose again.

Hope you all have a good day and staying germ free!

13 months

That is how long I made it in between colds. I slept really well on Friday night and then Saturday morning I woke up feeling amazing! Rest is the best.

But then I tried too hard. I did a 3 mile walk, went to the grocery store, cleaned and then this cold reared it’s extremely ugly head. But let’s take a step back.

Saturday morning, I had some 5 grain cereal with peanut butter and banana.

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I also stopped on the way and got some coffee at a gas station with some International Delight creamer, which I learned contains caseinate so it is not vegan. Sad 😦

After the walk, which was great, I snacked on a Nature Valley bar. I’m really getting hooked on these. Is that bad?

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For lunch, I had the last serving of the falafel I made along with a big carrot and creamy Italian dressing to dip it in. And ketchup 🙂

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I snacked on some nuts (about 1 tbsp left in the jar) and half a PB sandwich in the afternoon. I tried to take a nap but when you can’t breathe through your nose it makes sleeping interesting, at least for me.

Luckily, I had an easy-going girl’s night on the agenda! Getting out of the house for a while actually did me some good I think.

We had dinner at Penn Station where I got an artichoke wrap with no cheese or mayo and added mushrooms. And fries sounded so much better than chips!

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After dinner, we went to a book store and then stopped at Starbucks where I got a tall soy chai tea latte. It was so good! This may be my favorite now. I’m still bummed that the pumpkin spice syrup contains milk.

At Court’s house, we watched some TV including the season premiere of Saturday Night Live. I wasn’t too impressed but at least U2 was the musical guest. Next week is RYAN REYNOLDS! I need to write that boy a letter to thank him for all my blog stats 😉

I drank lots more tea and had some chocolate too. The 60% Ghirardelli has milk fat, boo!

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This morning I woke up feeling just okay but definitely still sick. I only had one thing on my mind when I woke up…PUMPKIN.

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My stores have been out of this stuff forever, but I managed to find this HUGE can lurking on the shelves over the weekend. How can pumpkin be out of season? I thought they kept it year round. I’m sure I will use this though, so no harm.

I made something I hadn’t had in forever…pumpkin oats!

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This bowl contained 1/3 cup quick cooking oats, 1/3 cup water and 1/3 cup pumpkin. Topped with chocolate chips, peanut butter and pumpkin pie spice. Oh how I’ve missed you. And it’s totally vegan hooray!

Coffee with Almond Breeze was also in order.

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It wasn’t my best use of judgment, but I snagged two pumpkin muffin “bites” at church because I got hungry. This cold has increased my appetite, it’s crazy. But it was just a snack so I left it at that (just not sure about the contents).

For lunch, Mom so kindly offered to get me something, so I chose Panera because I was so in the mood for some soup!

I got the black bean which I ate with the French baguette. That filled me up for a while but an hour or so later I got hungry again so I went back for lunch part 2, half a Mediterranean Veggie sandwich.

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I totally forgot to ask for no feta! But I ate it anyway, still got a few days until October 1 and I’m learning from each experience 😉

I took a 2 hour nap (hooray) and then snacked on another selection from Nature Valley.

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I still think this is my fave flavor. Good thing, I bought a whole box of them 😉

My diet has been rather carb-heavy but I’m chalking that up to sickness and what my body is craving, perhaps for more energy to fight off this cold. So I’m just going with it for now and when I start feeling better, things will even back out.

For dinner, I made a Boca vegan burger with spinach and hummus on whole wheat toast with carrots and more hummus.

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The hummus was a new selection for me from Sabra which I found at Kroger this weekend on sale for $3!

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I couldn’t really tell how hot it was but it seemed to make my nose run a bit so it must have some kick. What I could taste of it was very good and a nice change from my usual plain hummus.

Time to drink some more fluids and hit the hay early. I’m doing what works for me which is NOT taking cold medicine or any yucky stuff that just makes me feel worse.

I rely on rest, fluids, healthy food, and a vitamin C supplement (500 mg per day) plus lots of hot tea and soup to nurse me back to health.

Hopefully it will be even longer than 13 months before I get this again 🙂

Good night!

I fought the cold

…and the cold won!

Well, hi folks! Yay, I’m not dead 🙂 But I was very, very sick. I think I am finally on the mend and ready to get back to normal life now. This cold kicked my butt!

There was plenty of eating while I was off and sick, the cold took everything but my appetite. I had some really weird cravings, mostly for carbs and sweets, and I indulged a little, but not too much.

Here are a few pics I managed to take while I was ill…

Breakfast (can’t remember which day) – Pumpkin raisin oat bran (recipe from Tina at Carrots ‘n Cake) it was really good!

Sunday breakfast – French Toast (whole wheat with sugar free syrup)!


Smoothie – OJ, banana, plum and ice (I made a bunch of these while I was sick, many different combinations, I used up most of the fruit in the house!)


An inside look at some Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins!


A Pumpkin Chocolate Chip muffin with a side of Carrot Cake soy ice cream!


The muffins after baking 🙂

I will post the recipes after I remember and find which ones I used…the last few days have been kind of a blur, haha…

Who put The Cold in charge?

Before I get to the ‘boss’ in question, here is how today has gone so far…

I’ve noticed that with this Cold has come a bunch of cravings that I normally wouldn’t have if it were just me. Like yesterday with wanting the chocolate donuts and the day before I had a massive craving for a Big Mac and fries, knowing I don’t even like them and if I ate them I would get obnoxiously sick! So for some reason, this cold thinks it’s in charge.

It did get to make a decision today though…a green tea frappuccino with whipped cream (yep, I ate it too). It tasted like a milkshake and even though it had 370 calories (!) it felt good on my throat and I don’t feel too terrible for indulging. The Cold made me do it! 🙂

Good thing this isn’t…

…an audio blog. I have no voice! My cold went from my nose/sinuses, to my throat and now my chest which has left me with a slight cough and severely irritated vocal chords. Guess they need a rest, huh? I actually tried to sing in the shower this morning and it didn’t work unless I picked a death metal song! My husband would be so proud.

Here’s a wrap-up of yesterday, my weird cravings are starting to subside now that I am feeling somewhat better…


On the move

My cold is quickly progressing from my head to my chest, ick. But hopefully the things I’m doing are helping it move out quicker!

Here is my breakfast that I nearly forgot to take a pic of. I had a whole bagel and the other half had preserves on it.

Starbucks tall soy chai tea latte, the best when you have a cold, hands down!