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Friday, January 21, 2011

Healthy foods throughout time photo:

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Another reason why I love Japan and it's culture so much is that fresh foods are really cherished. A big thing right now is food jewelry. Personally I have small fingers so this wouldn't work but I think they are dorky which makes them cute. Here's a tea set that is a ring.

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Then my favorite at the moment- tofu plush!!! I want one but can't find them in the stores here... so sad... But they are really cute!

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NURSEA32 1/22/2011 8:06PM

    that is so adorable!

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Nancy, GLOW team

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NATPLUMMER 1/21/2011 9:38AM

    I have small hands, too so the food ring would never work. The tofu is so cute!!! I would love one :-)

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1/21/11 Day in Photos

Friday, January 21, 2011

Last night was shopping night - yay! I'm definitely a foodie because I get all giddy when I go grocery shopping. It's always my rule that we get to try one thing new each and every time we go. The "darling driver" has to put some restrictions on me, otherwise, I would go crazy in Whole Foods and Trader Joe's. emoticon

This week, I went for chia seeds. I have been reading about chia seeds for a while and wanted to try them. Unfortunately a small bag is around $10-20.00. I'm all for healthy but saving money is always nice too. Thankfully I purchased a bag and am already letting the wheels turn to see how they are going to work out. I'm thinking of first going with chia seed pudding made with agar agar. My husband had a blueberry vanilla smoothie this morning with a tbsp of chia seeds and flaxseeds. We will see how he liked it. They are full of Omega-3's, so I'm thrilled to see if it helps with nails, skin and hair. I'll keep you updated.

Thanks to everyone for your kind comments - I really do love to cook/bake. I find that it is much, much cheaper and also saves so much time! I've researched processed foods too much and love myself too much to put it in my mouth. So, we try to make everything fresh and with the best ingredients. So much fun too! emoticon

On to the food:
Breakfast: Another boring bowl of traditional oatmeal with strawberry preserves. I've kind of not been in the mood for a large breakfast in the morning full of healthy vegetables so I've tried to embrace oatmeal this week. Unfortunately, it's just still not happening for me. I'd rather take three minute to cook a plate of vegetables than three minutes to make oatmeal. At least the whole strawberry preserves was delish! I love biting into a whole strawberry.

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Snack: Oatmeal really does not fill me up, so I decided that I wasn't going to starve myself and had a two tortillas (that have been sitting in the fridge waiting to be finished up for a few weeks) and some vegan "cheese". Yeah, not healthy but at least I'm getting it out of the household, right? haha Additionally I had a Japanese Rice Cracker too.

Lunch: I had a small bowl of KRN brown rice and leftover hayashi. mmmm No umeboshi today though to reduce sodium.

Snack: Since we were out grocery shopping, we picked up some Trader Joe's Lentil Chips. Yum! We only have chips on shopping day, so it's a slight "treat". They are made from lentil powder - no preservatives, no chemicals, no colorings, just good healthy, whole ingredients.

Dinner: It was snowing really bad - visibility was quiet low so it took us an hour to make the twenty minute drive back home. Burritos ended up being on the menu plan instead of the udon I was going to make. Fat Free refried beans with no preservatives, no colorings, no chemicals and so on. We used Whole Foods Sprouted Whole Wheat Grain tortillas, some corn salsa and a little organic mixed greens. The tortillas were new to us but man are they delish! They have no processed anything and totally healthy! Never again do I want to eat flour tortillas again!

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The handsome man in my life and I had a terrific time shopping together and chatting all night. We do life rather busy lifestyles, so it is nice to have a little time together even if it is just shopping for healthy foods.

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CONTENTANDFIT 1/21/2011 9:53PM

    My dw got into chia seeds for a while. I tried them a couple of times but I think I'll stick to regular regular food.


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MISSDIANITA 1/21/2011 9:11PM

    Awww!! I love this! Yay for quality time!! LOVES!

Actually grocery shopping is one of my and my bf's favourite activity too! So is eating... and anything to do with food. He says he eats a lot more (frequency and variety) since we've been going out... Mmm...


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1/20/11 Day in Photos

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Today I was really busy with work, so I'm loving every bit of it! I am a workaholic when I get the chance but working from home doesn't really fuel the flame all that much. Today was a good day though. Yata!!!

Felt good the whole day and I knew that it was going to be a good workout. So, I ate properly the whole day before my workout to assure I felt good in the gym. Since before Christmas I have felt really under the weather, so today I'm glad that the feeling is all over. (crossing fingers)

Breakfast: Oatmeal with strawberry preserves along with creme brulee coffee (we buy from a small family business in our city that roasts to order!!! Yum!!!) I made a serving and a little extra so that I knew I would get full. Oatmeal seriously never fills me up so I have to make sure that I eat something along with it to assure I am eating enough. Added grapefruit to the mixture too for health. Made the husband a Thai Pastry filled with sweet bean paste and also a "peanut butter and jelly smoothie" (my creation- haha).

Snack: Just a herbal tea since I was running around the whole morning.

Lunch: Full plate of organic mixed greens and whole foods hummus (all four kinds). Sliced Japanese baby cucumber (yep, they are different).

Snack: Water and another herbal tea. It's really cold today!

Dinner: After working out, I was hungry, so I ate a lot to fill my stomach. We were tired and I hadn't remembered to prepare anything before we left so it was box dinner night. We normally do not have this type of dinner, but sometimes there are just nights like this that nothing sounds good and it just makes sense to eat something that is going to be slightly healthy and filling. So, we broke into our Japanese boxed dinner stash and found Hayashi Sauce which I added two carrots, an onion, and a potato. (Serves 8) Handsome man came and made korean brown rice in the rice cooker and we had ourselves a lovely dinner! Additionally, we had sliced Japanese baby cucumber, organic mixed greens with Japanese ginger dressing, and I sauteed up some Chinese bok choy (not sure of the specific one- maybe khao long?) with ginger root and garlic.

Last night I was really busy - busy keeps me from thinking about food. So, I made myself a crocheted hat (can't buy them since my head it big...haha) and also a small ball for our adventurous cat.

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SUGIRL06 1/27/2011 9:51AM

    I love that cow cup!

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ELISA322 1/20/2011 9:35PM

    PB&J smoothie -- interesting!

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MISSDIANITA 1/20/2011 9:24PM

    Yay for a productive day!!

How is it that you can turn something like "box dinner night" into a table of yummy looking food?!? I think I've decided that, BREW99, you're magical!!

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CASJ57 1/20/2011 7:04PM

    I want to see your hat!

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NATPLUMMER 1/20/2011 1:19PM

    Looks delish!!
It sounds like it was a great day. It's nice to be busy because it does keep the mind from other things.
I to hope you icky feeling is gone for good. I'll keep my fingers crossed, too.
That ball is cute. I hope the cat enjoys it. :-)

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1/19/11 Day in Photos

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Today was a hard day for me. I was extremely bored today, hence, I returned to my main issue which is boredom binge eating. It's a major problem that I have, probably my #1 issue of why I am heavier than the needs of my body frame. So, I overate in the morning and a little in the afternoon. I ate healthy food but still overate with the attention to reduce boredom. emoticon

Breakfast: My husband really wanted to have oatmeal again this morning, I think he's in a rut. So, I made him some loaded oatmeal with sliced banana, sliced dates, raisins, and mixed nuts. Additionally, I made him a blueberry smoothie with extra protein powder. No photo of the oatmeal so I added a nice photo of grapefruit.. mmmm

Snack: I snacked a lot - Japanese rice crackers, organic stash pomegranate strawberry herbal tea, and a PPK chocolate chip ginger scone. Grr to myself...

Lunch: Leftover Khao Soi Pasta Dish and a homemade inari.

Snack: Another mug of tea

Dinner: I was feeling really bad about myself for eating so much the whole day. I took a spearmint hot bath though and reflected upon the day and myself. I also read a little of the bible and I was guided out of my habit of old. So, I pushed through my personal demons, got out of the bath, and made myself a little dinner to eat along with my husband. I ate half a cup of Korean Brown Rice, organic mixed spring greens with some organic whole foods hummus and a sliced Japanese baby cucumber.

Although I'm still a little depressed about how I overate, but I'm still working through it. I have been able to get over my want of starvation and eat a healthy low-calorie dinner. Yay! Exercise was smaller than I would prefer again with only 30 minutes of wii exercise. I was able to burn off around 100 calories.

I have found a hot bath, the bible and reflection helps to reduce bad eating habits. How do you handle overeating or under-eating?

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MISSDIANITA 1/19/2011 10:34PM

    If I could cook like you do, I'd probalby overeat all the time!
I don't think I have a problem under-eating, but on days I overeat, I think to myself... I'm only human and tomorrow will be a new day. Usually the guilt I feel from overeating one day, helps with me staying on track for the rest of the week... Usually. Does that sound dsyfunctional??

It's nice that you turned to the bible - it can help give you strength and perspective.

Today was a hard day. Tomorrow will be a better day!


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ELISA322 1/19/2011 8:03PM

    If this is all you ate today, I don't think you overate at all! But I do understand if you feel like you binged, the guilt and negativity you feel afterward is a terrible thing to go through, and I know that feeling all to well. You can't dwell on it forever though, and I'm glad your faith was able to help you through it.

That hummus looks really good. Sigh, I wish I lived closer to a Whole Foods...

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CASJ57 1/19/2011 2:35PM

    The grapefruit photo makes me want that to eat. And great job on the BMI! emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 1/19/2011 2:01PM

    I have binge eating issues myself. I don't even know what sets them off usually. Stress sometimes, but other times...who knows.
You just have to put it in the past. You recovered and had a good dinner.

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1/18/11 Day in Photos

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Day off in America - hooray!! Another day we can hide from the snow. I hear ya, EMILLER22, I too am hiding from the cold outside too. Entertainment room has a tiny heater that we are sharing among two humans and two furry babies. At least we can play the Wii and workout.

Food: DH wanted something sweet in the morning (thanks to his mother, who is now pre-diabetic, he has a sweet tooth in the morning) so I found a lovely recipe by PPK. The Bikram Yoga Chocolate Ginger Scones- British style not American. They were very tasty and around 200 calories per scone. Ah well, at least they were vegan and made with whole wheat flour instead of nutrition-less white flour. We drank freshly roasted coffee and ate scones and a half of grapefruit as we chatted it up together. Very delightful! We forgot to take photos that morning here are some that I packaged for my husband to take to work.

Lunch: Mixed Organic Salad with Whole Foods Organic Sampler hummus on top.

Dinner: Since it was our last day to a three-day weekend, so I decided that it was going to be a special dinner night. I made a special dinner of Japanese foods. I made Inari, Sesame Spinach, Spiced Baby Bok Choy, Sliced cucumber, Korean brown rice, and gingered mock "pork". These were all basically my recipes that I have veganized.

Husband Leftover Bento for Work This Next Week:

Happy New Wii-k! Hope this week is special for all of you!


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SUGIRL06 1/18/2011 9:14PM

    I looooove scones! Never tried to make them. Maybe I should!

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ELISA322 1/18/2011 7:45PM

    Looking at your blog always makes me so hungry! Would love to eat some Inari right now.

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MONA_MONA 1/18/2011 3:28PM

    Wow! The ginger scones sound delish and way to go on making from-scratch Japanese food. emoticon

Scones are definitely on my to bake list.

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CHERWHOAH 1/18/2011 3:24PM

    all your food looks so delicious. are you in japan?

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BREW99 1/18/2011 11:07AM

    scone recipe is at:

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CLALIZ 1/18/2011 10:40AM

    You have the most delicious looking food! this morning those chocolate chip ginger scones looked delish! I think I may need to bake something sweet today :)
Looks like you had a yummy day!

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NATPLUMMER 1/18/2011 10:25AM

    Wow!! That all looks really tasty.
Can I get the scone recipe...chocolate and ginger.....yummmy!!

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