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For breakfast on Sunday, I had PB&J oats, it had been a long time!

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After church, we went to McAlister’s Deli for lunch. I got some unsweetened tea, it’s very good there, though they are pretty much known for their sweet tea, ha.

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We also got a special number as we waited for our food. I can’t believe I’m only going to be 27 for about three more months!

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For my lunch, I got the Veggie with no cheese and no dressing, with a cup of vegetarian chili, a pickle and crackers. I ate it all!

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When we got home I was in the mood for something sweet, so I decided to try a new tea I picked up this weekend.

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I’m usually not a huge fan of fruity teas, but this one was really good. I have a few other new ones to try this week too now that I have replenished my stash (ha ha).

I felt like a snack later in the day so I had a banana with some peanut butter.

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Two foods I cannot live without 🙂

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For dinner, I made a version of red beans & rice, using kidney beans and diced tomatoes over some long grain brown rice. Plus a pita on the side.

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It was a bit on the plain side but it got the job done, I’ll just have to play around with the spices.

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While I was doing homework and simultaneously watching the latest WWE pay per view with my husband and in-laws, I had a little snack.

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That’s about it for yesterday.

Sometimes you just gotta let the pictures speak for themselves 🙂

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Playing catch up

I’ve got a really busy couple of weeks coming up so I decided to take a day off from work today to catch up on some things. I hadn’t set an alarm but this sweet face woke me up at 7.

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For breakfast this morning, I had leftover baked oatmeal and banana oats from Wednesday with some PB on top and a small glass of OJ.

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I hardly remember eating this because once I was done and watched a few minutes of TV, I passed out on the couch for another hour! Guess I needed it.

At 11, I got hungry so I snacked on a faux rice krispie treat, then headed out to meet my aunts to pick up our race packets (they are still walking a lot and doing races, I’m so proud of them).

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We had lunch at Qdoba, where I got a grilled vegetable burrito with rice, guacamole, pico de gallo, and salsa. It was yummy and took me a while to eat it! [Sorry no pic]

I did a lot of shopping today so I was hungry and came home to get a snack.

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I found this at Whole Foods and haven’t been able to find it anywhere else! Sadly, my WF did NOT have the seasonal Clif bars, what gives?!

The Zbar was good but it contains organic honey for those of you who don’t eat it. Just FYI.

I was still hungry a couple of hours later, so I had another snack when I got done grocery shopping. I so cannot buy these again:

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They were delicious, especially when dipped in hummus – I had two servings. I think I liked these better than the Naked pita chips.

Since I ate more than one serving, I kept dinner on the light side.

We went to McAlister’s Deli and I got the half salad and cup of soup.

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Their vegetarian chili is delicious and vegan. I got the Greek salad with no feta but it isn’t listed on the Vegan Eating Out website, so I guess maybe the dressing wasn’t?

Either way, it was a good meal.

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We went to Target for a while (love that place if you didn’t already know) and then I came home and made some decaf coffee because it’s freaking cold! I can’t believe I’m running a race tomorrow!

With my coffee, I had some of this:

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Love it!

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No night is complete without some peanut butter and chocolate chips, for me at least.

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Hope you all had a good Friday. Even though I had the day off, it went by way too fast and I don’t feel like I got much done today, other than grocery shopping and getting some ideas for Christmas.

Oh well, tomorrow is another day. Good night!

My heart is changing

Within the first five minutes of watching “Food, Inc.” I was in tears. But I feel like before I can do a full review of the movie, I should watch it again. That’s the beautiful thing about owning it on DVD 🙂

My vegan friends on Twitter also alerted me to the movie Earthlings so I need to watch that too, although I’ve heard that will be difficult, emotionally.

For breakfast yesterday, I had an old favorite:

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Oh it was so good to have oat bran again. I love my oats but I prefer oat bran. Something about the texture or something. Check out this post I did on the two a while back.

After breakfast, I went mall walking with my aunts and did 3 laps  3.6 miles. I had wanted to do more but I thought I had a long day of errands and I didn’t want to wear myself out early.

But then the day got crazy! Josh broke his glasses and they were his spare pair so we had to make an emergency trip to get some new ones which took a few hours out of the day.

I have to say though, his new glasses are HOT. Wish I had a pic for ya 😉

Thankfully I had snacked on some nuts before we left home but when it was time for lunch, I was starving! We went to McAlister’s Deli where I got the veggie with no cheese or dressing and some regular Sun Chips.

A couple hours later though, I was hungry again so I broke out a new purchase from the store on Friday:

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Finally! It was on sale for $3.99 which is still more than I like to spend but it’s usually almost $6 so I knew it was a good time to try it out. With some peanut butter of course.

 

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Really good! Not as good as the English muffins, but hey, what is?

Last night, at our church, we had a Thanksgiving Missions Banquet. Everyone brings Thanksgiving-type food in massive amounts and we get to hear a program about the missionaries from our church and the work they are doing. It was quite a night!

I made a salad for my table consisting of romaine lettuce, carrots, and red, orange and yellow peppers. I also made my own salad dressing for the first time: a homemade vinaigrette!

Somehow I managed not to photograph any of that 😦

But here is my dinner plate:

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It wasn’t perfect but I did the best I could. I don’t know if the sweet potatoes had butter on them but it didn’t taste like it. The green beans and corn were fine, but the stuffing may have contained a meat broth (since my friend Beth told me she had the hardest time finding one at the store that didn’t). Also not sure about the rolls, they may have contained eggs and/or dairy.

I sort of felt bad at first for compromising my diet a little bit. Of course it made my life a little easier, but it also frustrated me that I couldn’t have done better. It honestly made me feel a little guilty, especially after seeing that movie.

But I’m not perfect and I’m still new at this, so I kept that in mind and enjoyed my night.

I skipped on dessert since I knew there were no vegan options, but my mom sure did have a beautiful birthday cake…Happy Birthday Mom!

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I did have a cup of decaf though 🙂 And a slice of cinnamon toast with PB and chocolate chips later in the night.

We headed home after the banquet to watch the UFC pay per view at our house. Thank goodness, one of my fighters FINALLY won. The losing streak has ended at last!!

Last night was sort of practice for Thanksgiving for me. I didn’t realize how much there is to consider. Vegetarian is easy, just don’t eat the meat. But when you think that stuffing has meat broth, mashed potatoes have milk (and sometimes butter), desserts have eggs and dairy. Yikes.

Whatever your diet may be, how are you going to handle Thanksgiving? Are you looking forward to it or is it making you anxious?

Day 4 – Lazy Sunday

Not only I am sleepy today but my legs are sore from all the walking I did yesterday, so I’ve decided today needs to be at least somewhat lazy for me.

I’ve still got laundry going in the other room but I’m sitting here with my feet up and thinking of taking a nap once this post goes up 🙂

For breakfast this morning, I made pumpkin oats.

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I don’t know what it was but this bowl just didn’t blow me away. I think it might be the pumpkin, honestly. Perhaps I got an old can or it just tastes better when it’s in season?

Or maybe I need to cook them with some non-dairy milk instead of just water? Hmm…

This bowl contained 1/3 cup oats (cooked with water), 1/3 cup pumpkin, 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice, 1 tsp chocolate chips, 1 tsp pancake syrup and 1 tbsp peanut butter.

I also tried another Starbucks VIA product today that I got as a sample while I was there yesterday doing the taste test.

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This Italian Roast was okay but I definitely prefer the Columbian, so I am glad those are the ones I purchased yesterday with my coupon. These are something I probably won’t make a habit out of since a pack of 3 normally costs $2.99 but I’ll definitely use my coupons first!

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Spiked with some Almond Breeze unsweetened vanilla.

For lunch after church, my parents, Josh and I went to McAlister’s Deli, which I hadn’t been too in a long time.

I ended up getting the Pick Two combo of half a Greek salad (with no feta) and a cup of the vegetarian chili. It was delicious.

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I’ve been doing some thinking and research about soy. I’ve heard a lot of things on both sides, that soy is beneficial, helps prevent cancer, good for bones, etc. But I’ve also heard that soy is dangerous, can not really cause cancer but aid in it, and also screw with your hormonal cycles.

As a woman who has struggled with irregularity of my cycles for as long as I can remember, anything that messes with that jumps on my radar. We’re talking late periods, no periods (for months at a time), heavy, light, painful and not so much. Two are hardly ever the same which makes finding the cause pretty impossible. Since there is not a clear, definitive answer that I know of about soy and it’s relation to this, I don’t know that I will do anything other than be aware.

I don’t need to become so reliant on soy since I have decided to go vegetarian and now vegan. I think I do okay with my non-dairy milks (other than Almond Breeze which does contain soy) but it is in so many other products I use that I think I need to start paying more attention.

What do you guys think? Are you a fan of soy or do you avoid it? Why?

Thanks as always for your feedback and I hope you have a great Sunday!

Papa John’s 10-miler ‘09

On race day morning, I had my usual pre-race tradition, which I found out today is pretty similar to what Caitlin fuels up on before a race, haha…

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Two slices of whole wheat toast with PB and banana and a glass of 1% milk. I also ended up having some coffee too, which is new for me because I’m usually too afraid to drink coffee before a race. Luckily, I had no problems and it even helped me wake up before I got to the starting line 🙂

I got through the first 8 miles doing a reasonable 9:2 minute ratio of running to walking. I was averaging 10:30-11 minute miles. But after 8, I really started to hurt…my knees, feet, ankles, calves, ugh. So I changed over to 4:1 minutes so that my walking breaks would be more frequent. That became 4:2 and then 4:4, but I finished the race RUNNING and it was hard but I was pleased with how I finished:

Time: 1:53:39

Distance: 10.0 miles

Calories burned: est. 900-1000

I had to wait for my mom and two aunts to finish walking the race, so I went back to the car and took some much needed post-race therapy:

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I usually don’t take ibuprofen, but since I was already in pain, I figured it couldn’t hurt. The Golden Tiger cream was from my mom’s chiropractor, who she says is into holistic medicine. Cool!

These two things were the perfect combo, that and my recovery snack:

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Panera cinnamon crunch bagel with VitaminWater 10 XXX which is acai-blueberry-pomegranate apparently (I drank it really fast). I usually just drink water but the duration of my exercise called for something with some added power. Tasty, good ingredients and vitamins: this hit the spot, quenched my thirst and brought my energy levels back waaaay up. The bagel was awesome too. Usually I’m afraid to eat after a race but I knew as long as this one was, I really needed it.

I sat in the car with my feet propped up for almost an hour. Between that, my snack and the Golden Tiger, I wasn’t even feeling like I ran a race when I got home. Even the next day, my biggest complaints of soreness were my upper body and abs, which was from my workout on FRIDAY. Haha.

When I got settled again, I met my friend Courtney for shopping, lunch & a trip to the library (which in this economy is so much cheaper than going to the bookstore). While out and about, we tried some of the new Pom light teas. I got the pomegranate wildberry white tea:

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It tasted pretty good and was a nice alternative to water. I just don’t choose to use calories on beverages too often so this is a once in a while treat.

For lunch, we stopped at a little place called Great Life Cafe, which is apparently inside of a gym, haha. We found it on the internet! I got the buffalo chicken wrap, which satisfied all my cravings (for some reason, I’m all about the buffalo sauce these days):

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That and a tall glass of water was enough to hold me for a while, but when I got home, I was all snacky again. I had a pita pocket with 1 tbsp of Nutella. Yes, you read that right, I’ve let the beast back in my house…

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What’s cool though is that I haven’t had any more since this time and its two whole days later!

For dinner, I picked up some takeout from McAlister’s Deli and they have some really great additions to their menu. I got the Mediterranean Feta flatbread pizza, which was only $5.79 and look how HUGE it is:

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I ate half and put the other half in the fridge for the next day 🙂 It was really thin and crispy (how I like it) and the veggies and feta were so good. I think I was Greek in a past life.

For dessert, I had some M&M’s…

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while we watched “How to lose friends and alienate people” (with Simon Pegg from Shaun of the Dead). It was pretty crazy and hilarious and it was nice to see Kirsten Dunst in a movie, I used to like her a lot when I was younger and it seems like its been a while since I’d seen her.

Then I went to bed early because I am old ran a 10 mile race! 🙂

Weekend catch-up

Friday

Afternoon snacks – Kashi bar + Mozzarella cheese snack

Dinner @ McAlister’s Deli…turkey deli sandwich with chicken tortilla soup!

New camera pics begin!!

Dessert – So Delicious vanilla non-dairy ice cream, Cocoa Beach granola, and 1 tbsp cinnamon raisin PB

Saturday

Walked 7.2 miles at the mall with my family! They absolutely rock, can’t wait for the 10K this weekend. The work out definitely deserved this…iced coffee with nonfat milk 🙂

Grilled cheese with habanero ketchup, green giant veggies, ripe & juicy pear…a perfect meal.

A later dinner called for an afternoon snack…honey roasted peanuts.

Dinner @ Jimmy John’s…a #6 (Vegetarian) without mayo and a huge pickle! I got the french bread, which is technically not crap-free but ok to have once in a while. It really hit the spot, so it was worth it.

Dinner Part 2 / Early Dessert – Tall nonfat Caramel Macchiato!

Sorry...discreet cell phone pic as not to blind my husband driving!

Sorry...discreet cell phone pic as not to blind my husband driving!

Went to a bar to watch a local band with some awesome peeps. Drank tons o’ water and worked up an appetite for this by the time we got home!

It seems like since I went Crap Free, I have been doing way more awesome on the weekends, staying balanced and not as much late night munching going on…

Sunday

Apple Cinnamon Raisin PB oats (made with 1/2 water, 1/2 soymilk)

So good, had to take another pic…

Lunch @ Max & Erma’s…more discreet camera phone pics, sorry…half hula salad and cup of chicken tortilla soup, weekend eats were very tasty!

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I picked off the tortilla strips because I didn’t need them!

I was dragging so much by Sunday afternoon and I still had quite a full day ahead of me. So, I went a little crazy and with the warm weather decided to get a frappuccino! Don’t worry, it was still light, mocha light in fact, yay!

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After I consumed this, I did get more energy and managed to get everything I needed to done. I hate to rely on caffeine like that but sometimes a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do, ya know? Today was my “rest” day but I did so much cleaning and other household chores that I felt like I got a workout.

Went home and took about a 45 minute nap which was just right 🙂

Made a quick dinner before going to a church event with my dad!

Boca veggie burger (which I’m happy to report has way less ingredients than that Morningstar), with 2% cheese, spinach & light mayo on whole wheat, green giant veggies.

The speaker we went to see was awesome and I told my dad afterward, it was no coincidence that I was there. The message dealt with a lot of things I was struggling with and gave me lots of comfort. At one point, I looked up and said (to God): “You’re good.” I feel so much better about things now.

Dessert (and a PB snack) consumed while watching “Big Love” and “United States of Tara” with the husband:

Back to the grind…