Monday, January 24, 2011
Boy, this weekend was a pleasant one. Granted, the suave husband of mine and I did not get involved with much – but it was just what our bodies needed to revive from the last week.
Sunday morning, I was hit with my sore stomach and sore throat again that I’ve been trying to rid of for a while. It just keeps coming back for some reason. I’m wondering if our cold townhouse has anything to deal with it while we are sleeping. We’ve talked to the property manager but they are unwilling to do anything unless the heat isn’t working at all. Our miniature weather station states it is around 65 degrees when we set the furnace thermostat states 75. We had the thermostat fixed last year so not really sure what it is….
Sunday afternoon my stomach was still feeling slightly sore (thanks to womanhood) but we decided that we were going to try out the gym. We braved the cold and got to the gym to workout for just over 30 minutes. I tried to run however my stomach was making me feel nauseous, along with cold sweats, I chose to walk with an incline instead. It was not much but at least I got up and did some work. Additionally I worked on the treadmill with two yoga routines.
Breakfast: As you already know, I have already shared our hot breakfast on the previous post yesterday. Amazing!!! We were full the whole morning.
Snack: None since we were so full!
Lunch: Root Potato Chips, boiled green peas and sliced Organic English cucumber for two side dishes. The main dish was a Whole Wheat Grain Sprouted tortilla from Whole Foods Market with a little red pepper and black bean hummus on top. For the husband, I made him a full plate of Vegan Alfredo Sauce and Rice Pasta. The sauce is made from vegan “sour cream” and vegan “parmesan cheese”.
Snack: Ginger Chocolate Chip Vegan Scone with Herbal Tea (PG Tips)
Dinner: My stomach was still sore so I gave my husband the choice of what to make… haha My husband loves food but he always has a “unique” idea for meals. Just have to love him! He chose rice pasta (again?) and vegan “cheese” sauce to make a vegan mac ‘n cheese. Along with that I threw together a plate of Trader Joe’s Mock Beef strips for a plate for my husband. He’s trying to gain weight so I have to be creative to add more calories to his meals than what I eat.
Just about every website to lose weight and get healthy encourages those reading to find encouragement and make a poster. I'm not a believer in doing this because I want to be my own inspiration - but that was until today. Here are two photos that I want to use an inspiration.
Flexibility to nap like this:
To look as cute and be energy filled:
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Another weekend has been upon us and has left. Boy, I love weekends - but then again who doesn't? The cuddly man and I had a delightful weekend full of vehicle shopping, watching movies, challenging each other on the Wii, playing with the furry babies and, of course, eating delicious homemade meals.
Friday night we stayed in from the cold weather and chose to cuddle up with a yummy dinner. Then we proceeded to play a little Wii together and workout while having fun. We have noticed since getting the Wii Fit Plus, we have seen a slight change in how we do yoga. The game tests your balance and keeps you in check to make sure your posture is correct when doing poses. It is great for people that are learning yoga without a class behind their belt.
Saturday we went vehicle shopping, I'm looking for one. I found a lovely Land Rover but I'm not sure just yet if it's for me. I'm thinking it would be nice to have a all-terrain vehicle for when we go hiking. Additionally, it's always nice to have a little more room to take equipment around when going on trips and exercise adventures with the pooch. Still thinking.... After that we started to plan out a mini trip we are thinking about taking this winter to get away from the winter blues. Other than that, we just stayed indoors and worked out doing yoga and other Pilate exercises. Nothing hard or strenuous though.
Sunday, I got up early and made a delicious breakfast with inspiration from apple pie crumble and also a chocolate chia seed pudding. mmm So full afterward though...
On to the photos:
Bean burritos on sprouted tortillas. Additionally there were sliced cucumber and heirloom baby tomatoes.
A present from my Japanese sister in Japan. She found this Korean Kimchee Soup in her grocery store so she sent it to us. It was delicious but I'm glad that it isn't in our stores since we might want to get it more often. haha I'll stick to making our own though so that we can reduce preservatives and also sodium. I added diced tofu and a Chinese Baby Bok Choy.
This is my apple pie/apple crumble influenced brekkie. It was apples, sliced dates, raisins, orange, oats, protein powder and so on. So perfect for a cold winter morning! It did take 30 minutes from start to finish but it was well worth it. Matched with Creme Brulee coffee (from a local roaster).
Along with that we had Chocolate Mint Chia Seed Pudding. It took two seconds to throw all the ingredients together in a plastic container and then shake. 30 minutes in the fridge as I made the above and it was ready. It had a little less sweetness than my husband preferred but it was really good. It was similar to tapioca pudding.
All in all, we loved our vegan, healthy meals the entire weekend and had a delightful time together. We are ready for a new week. Are you?
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.
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!
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.
Photo from http://niseamesyo.blog64.fc2.com/blog-entr
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!
Photo from etsy.com
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.
Photo from blogs.parent24.com.
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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