Saturday, June 05, 2010
It was the first strawberry picking day of the season! My CSA just opened their fields and I picked up my pint for the week. I also hit the farmer's market for a few select items my CSA doesn't do. Mostly dairy, new cheese and butter. I also grabbed sugar snap peas and garlic bulbs, really young ones that haven't split yet with the greens.
I also bought my first local honey for the season. Your honey should be raw and very local (mine is one town north of me) to help build resistance to pollen to decrease allergies. I'm having my husband have some on his toast each morning because he gets awful outdoor allergies.
This morning, I reaffirmed that I don't like coffee. I have Green Mountain coffee beans for my husband flavored with vanilla and caramel, and they smell amazing. So, I figured I'd give an iced coffee a try this morning with honey and local whole milk. Nope. Still don't like coffee. My husband thinks one day he'll convert me. I think not. I'm a wonderful tea drinker, give me that.
I made awesome muffins today. Rhubarb Cheddar recipes.sparkpeople.com/recip
e-detail.asp?recipe=1106071 , I had a recipe for apple cheddar, and I had rhubarb, and decided that since rhubarb smelled like apples when cooking, it would match well with good cheddar. They also have some apple and pecans in them. So delicious if you love sweet-savory things. Perfect for a brunch. Also, gluten-free, sugar-free as always.
I did some running this morning, but not as much as I planned because hubs had trouble running in the hot, sunny weather. I didn't. Oh well. Anyone have any advice for breathing while running? Seems to be hubs problem, he doesn't get good deep breaths and the hot weather doesn't help.
Okay. Time to make dinner, which will be Minestrone Pasta with CSA chard and broccoli, and farmer's market garlic.
Onward and upward!
Friday, June 04, 2010
Happy Friday everyone!
Today was a fast day for me since 7pm last night, which has gone reasonably well. I was pretty hungry this morning at work, but by the afternoon not so much. I think I actually get used to not eating. I hear that happens. I did munch on some nuts and fruit and rice crackers when I came home briefly. That proved to be smart because my hubby who is usually home by 6:30pm on Friday's is not yet home and it is nearly 7pm. Stir fry made and tummy rumbling.
It is Fun Fact Friday and I have a fun fact for you about olive oil!
A diet enriched in olive oil helped breast cancer survivors lose weight
We've all heard about how great the Mediterranean diet is, and this new study just adds to that.
Women were put on a low-fat diet or a diet enriched in olive oil and nuts, and they lost more weight on the second one.
More interesting, they were given the choice of the two diets to try for an additional six months and the vast majority chose the Mediterranean diet because the food was more filling and appetizing. Being able to stick with your diet is the most important part of being on one, so that's great!
So, have more olive oil and nuts!
I exercised this morning, but not in the middle of the day. That's okay, I will do some HIIT this evening I think as part of my Mayhem workout.
Clearly, food was not a problem! I'm hoping to see a few more lbs gone on the scale tomorrow.
Tomorrow we are having friends over for dinner and games. Nothing fancy, and I'm going to try and keep dessert/snacking to a minimum. Although I am planning to bake something, and I'm thinking about something with rhubarb and maybe cheddar. We'll see what I end up with!
Do you have any plans for the weekend? What are you doing to stay healthy?
Onward and upward!
Thursday, June 03, 2010
I am a fan of cross training. Here's why. Me and hubs have been running about three morning a week for the last three months. I also exercise a lot more than that. He does 8min of circuit training twice a week.
Well, due to this past weekend's travels, we didn't run for a week. I did less exercise than usual, but still worked out most days, including biking the day after we got back. So, this morning we ran again, and I had a fabulous run, and he was dying! Ha! So, even if you can't do what you planned, do something!
Another good day of food and exercise. I did stairs at work due to humid, rainy weather. I did an abs gauntlet tonight. I'm fasting again starting now through tomorrow dinner.
I made a stew tonight with leftover heart (which reminds me more of venison than anything else, actually) and lots of farm veggies: scallions, kohlrabi, and broccoli. Kohlrabi, btw, is awesome. Kind of like a mix of broccoli and radish. I really want to make a kohlrabi and beet slaw with homemade mayo. Maybe this weekend.
It is Thankful Thursday and I am thankful today for cows. Especially local cows that made the whole milk I used to make yogurt, which I then strained. I tried some tonight when I put it away, ZOMG NOM NOM! Best. yogurt. ever. I'm not sure it needs fruit.
What are you thankful for today?
Get ready for your weekend now and be prepared so you don't get caught in a snack problem.
Onward and upward!
Wednesday, June 02, 2010
I came home early and trekked to my local grocery store today to get more milk for yogurt. I'm trying whole, local milk this time. I'll see if the whole milk yogurt has a different flavor. I'm trying to eat more whole dairy for minimal processing. I had my local, whole, raw milk cheese with snack. It's yummy.
Today was a perfectly on track day. Morning yoga, 2 mile walk round trip to grocery store, second half carrying 10lbs of groceries, and evening Mayhem challenge. Food was all on track. I made a chili for dinner with my farm fresh chard, mmm!
It is WOOHOO Wednesday! I love to celebrate, and my celebration is a great Memorial Day weekend with no fighting (hubs' family can be difficult). What can you celebrate this week?
In Wii Fit news, my gain for the weekend post-fast was 5lbs, ugh. I'm hoping to drop all of that by Sat morning after a second fast on Friday.
Oh, by the way, in the past five days I've eaten like, three oranges. I used to hate oranges. I even ate quite a lot of the tasteless white part. I may have even enjoyed them.
Tomorrow morning is running again after like, a week! Yay!
Okay. Time to go.
Onward and upward!
Tuesday, June 01, 2010
Wow, did I drop off the face of the planet there! On Friday, me and hubs left at 6am and drove 8 hours from Western Mass to Erie, PA. Then we spent 4 days with various family members and friends at various events.
Food: well, umm, yeah, that didn't go so well. I ate junk I shouldn't have. I had seconds when I didn't need them. I bought myself cookies. Yeah. Essentially, it was a minimal sleep, high stress, and no good time or place for exercise kind of weekend. I apparently still don't do well with those.
Well, I fasted today and will probably do the same on Friday. I think 2 fasts a week until I go to Disney at the end of the month might just get me through summer even with these bad times.
In good news, I picked up my first weekly farm share today. Lots of wonderful looking chard and mixed greens for salads and bok choy and broccoli and kohlrabi. I've never had kohlrabi, so that's my new one. Not sure what to do with it yet. Can't wait for farm fresh broccoli with raw butter though!
So, I'm behind on everything, including days, so no tip today. I did work out tonight for a grueling 25 minutes, plus 12 min on the bike this morning, and a midday walk, but nothing intense.
Tomorrow I am 100% back on track. Woohoo!
Okay. Time to continue catching up on life. Hoping tomorrow's weigh-in isn't absolutely deadly.
Onward and upward!
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