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Friday, December 03, 2010

Here are just a few more. Sorry, I was gone for over a month so I have a lot left to post. I will save you from all though. Again, if you see something that you would like to try, just let me know and I can send the recipe to you. All of these are vegan but they are healthy!

Pumpkin Seed Brittle - has a little more sugar than I would prefer but it was made with seeds from our Halloween Pumpkin. Yum!

Ginger Pasta with Zucchini from the Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone.

Tofu Scramble with steamed kale for breakfast

Another tofu scramble for breakfast.

Mock Mac n Cheese made by me... I love green peas right now so I add tons and leave out some of the pasta to lower the calories and carbs. nom nom

Had to do something with leftover tomato sauce so I mixed it with some greens and made an entire lunch out of it. Yum!

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SUGIRL06 12/7/2010 8:22AM

    Oh man that mac and cheese.. Ok seriously.. I need to stop with the food pictures!

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BOOKWORM27S 12/4/2010 12:15AM

    Yummy, it all looks wonderful!

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S3XYDIVASMOM 12/3/2010 10:09PM

    I really don't see myself ever embracing veganism, but I like to look at and try vegan recipes. It expands my horizons. These foods look yummy; I'd eat them without any hesitation at all.

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Friday, December 03, 2010

Here are some more yummy vegan meals that are healthy for the body and mind!

Celebration "chicken" pot pie

Barley Corn Soup

Kind Diet Cornbread by Alicia Silverstone

Lentil Holiday Loaf with a Apricot Cornbread Stuffing (all vegan) for our mock Thanksgiving trial run. These were from the cookbook Vegan World Fusion Cuisine Cookbook. LOVE the cookbook!!!

My own Recipe for Mock "Chicken" noodle soup - it has wakame in it! Yum!!!

Almond Butter Waffles that are vegan

Soy Cream (mock ice cream) for my husband on a long day from work. Made his day!

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SUGIRL06 12/7/2010 10:35AM

    Oh check that out. There was more than one soup! LoL. The barley soup please! I am starting to get hungry but its still too early for lunch!!

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SUGIRL06 12/7/2010 8:21AM

    Ok you are making my hungry. Can I have the recipe for the soup? I stink at making soup and keep trying! LoL!

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Food +

Friday, December 03, 2010

Thanks everyone for your encouragement and advice. We are looking into the SAD approved lights that are available online. If anyone has any luck with a certain one, I would love to hear about it. The prices are a tad high for a light, so I want to make sure that we purchase the correct one. emoticon

So, I have been diligently taking photos in hopes that I would remember to place them on here. As you know, it didn't happen very well so I am going to place some more now in no order at all. If you want a recipe, just let me know and I can send it off to you.

Mock Version of a Traditional Japanese meal called Nikujaga. I made this with Seitan instead of steak. Amazing!

Leftover Veggies from the fridge with a light Japanese seasoning.

More leftovers- soyrizo from Trader Joes (Made this for my husband since he is trying to gain some weight.)

More leftovers thrown together to make a new dish- for me since it has tofu in it. nom nom

Traditional Vegan Pumpkin Pie- the people eating it were not vegan and they couldn't tell the difference. yay!

Homemade Vegan Cranberry Sauce - much less sugar than the can kind

Homemade Pumpkin Butter - this was made with the halloween pumpkin "guts".

Totally Vegan Dinner at the Rent-in-laws for Thanksgiving. Hubsters mum actually made an entire meal - plus a birthday for us at the same time!

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SUGIRL06 12/7/2010 8:20AM

    Everything looks so yummy!

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Winter Blues: Seasonal affective disorder cycle

Thursday, December 02, 2010

So I'm not crazy, I am not the only one that has winter blues during this time of the year. Just recently I started to read up on this disorder and really seek out some information. I'm sure there are foods that will really help boost my mood - anyone know what it is?

Are you:
Taking more naps
Feeling Depressed
Finding it hard to get to the gym
Feeling Bad About Yourself

All of these symptoms are associated with the lack of sunshine that we endure during the winter months. I'm going to be doing some major research studies on this topic and find out more. If you have this, I would love to know more. Thanks.

Here is some basic information:

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VKKESU 12/6/2010 12:56PM

    I agree completely. I started going to a tanning bed in the winter only once a month and it is shocking how much better I feel just going that amount.

I detest the cold and find it very difficult to go outside in winter unless I have to.

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SUGIRL06 12/3/2010 7:41AM

    Exercise helps a ton. I find it helps if I brave the cold and go for walks on my lunch break (cause there's sun out then!!!). I also try to keep busy in the winter because sitting around the house doens't help the winter blues either.

A lot of people had this at my college (Syracuse University) because not only was it darker than normal, but it was aaaaalways cloudy. Always. Even in the summer. Besides most people don't like snow that much. Anyway! So lots of people get it and I'm sure there is plenty you can do to "treat" it! I hope you figure something good out!

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DECEMBERFIRE 12/3/2010 12:05AM

    I get at least 15 minutes of sunlight a day, usually first thing in the morning. Good luck, T

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DJ4HEALTH 12/2/2010 7:30PM

    There are lamps that will treat that for you. Here is one place that you can go to.


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GRANDMA1951 12/2/2010 5:06PM

    I totally understand your feelings. I generally get it so bad between now and April that a co-worker and I just bought a NatureBright Suntouch light. You use it once or twice a day for 1/2 hour at a time. It had good reviews for helping SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). This is my third day so not sure if it's working or not.

People who have a lot of sun can't begin to understand the depression, tiredness, etc. that really plagues those of us that won't see much of it until spring. Besides the cold and snow, there's just no light.

Good luck. Just keep thinking sun.

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Welcome December And Snow

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Today it finally hit me that I haven't been on Spark in about a month! Actually when I took a look at the last date on my log-in chart, it was over a month ago. This last month has been really hard for me and it has brought my energy level way down. Thankfully my husband and I are still hitting the ground running (and sometimes the never-ending treadmill belt). Unfortunately, as I was sitting in front of my computer, when I should have been writing for work, I realized that I was feeling depressed. I get seriously depressed during the colder months since I am such an outdoors person at heart - just not when it is cold. I think I was deemed to be an Australian instead of German-American. But, lemonade baby, lemonade... *smirk*

Lately I have noticed that I have been eating a lot more than what I should be eating. It is true that we are eating vegan still however the quantity isn't the best for my smaller frame. A person that is 4' 10" just really can't eat as much as someone over 5'. Over-eating is one of my main problems. I'm thinking it also could be contributing to my depressed, lazy mood lately.

So, I'm back and ready to get back into the swing of counting calories and counting the workout minutes. This is a lifestyle change, so I have to make sure I keep it for a lifetime, not just when it seems fit to do it.

Tonight: Out to the gym, a little yoga and then a healthy dinner in the warm house.

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SUGIRL06 12/2/2010 7:59AM

    HI!!!!! ::hugs:: OMG, I still had your last like 4 blogs in my google reader and I had refused to delete them and promised myself I would read them and then this new one popped up and that made me happy! Ok enough excitement about seeing you back here! It sounds like you are doing well! How many miles are you up to now on your runs? Or are you just maintaining now? I am getting a little depressed that its winter too. It makes me not want to work out since it can't be done outside like you said. I have been slacking the last few months too and just got back into seriously tracking again. Anyway, good to see you here again! Please don't make us wait another month for a second blog ok???

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FITNESSLOVE1 12/1/2010 4:38PM

  good job.

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