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Sneezing, baking, coughing, and wreath-making

Friday, December 16, 2011

I scored myself a nasty sinus infection during finals week, and on Tuesday I was TOTALLY FINE. BETTER. Tuesday night I got the runny nose and sore throat and here I am, sick AGAIN. I feel like I've been double teamed.

Also, if you are what you eat, I am becoming a green smoothie. My vegan friend recommended them, and I'm really enjoying them for the most part. I made one the other day that tasted like orange sherbert and yesterday's was a tangy blend of frozen strawberries, a banana, avocado, spinach, and cranberry juice. Yum!

I have been having some serious fun with my back lately. It's been nuts, but I went to a new chiropractor a few weeks ago and I like her immensely. She's very supportive of trying to rehab the joint while I use my physical therapy to rehab the muscles around it. Apparently my ligaments are SUPER hypermobile. I guess I'm just lucky. I've been seeing her twice a week because the damn thing is REALLY not sticking. I'm having to do PT exercises twice daily and I'm wearing my SI belt daily, too. It WILL stick.

She recommended a whole-food supplement for ligaments and tendons, and since I didn't see anything scary (plenty of weird, but no scary) in the ingredient list, I'm going to go with her recommendation and take them. I figure since nothing in them will hurt me, I can't lose even if I get no benefit and just break even. Anything is worth a try.

Today/tonight my mom and I are supposed to be baking cookies and making our new Christmas wreath. She got Bedknobs and Broomsticks on Netflix, so I'll probably eat soup and watch that and try to get better before this evening.


If I may contribute to your foodie delinquency...

Sunday, December 11, 2011

I just found a website that just might be the most epic of them all.

I love reading about food and I'm absolutely loving reading about paleo food and grain-free food and low-carb, pro-meat food... and I found THIS:

Oh my.

Apart from Paleo Huevos Rancheros, Green (Not Bean) Casserole, and Paleo-Style German Potato and Bratwurst Salad, there are also recipes that pose significant danger to my waistline, including (but not limited to) Fudgy Paleo Brownies, Gingerbread Pear Upside Down Cake, and some custard comprised of spiced pumpkin and maple syrup-y goodness.

The obvious paleo stamp of approval?


Yes, good sirs and madams, this website contains bacon-friendly recipes. I absolutely cannot WAIT to test out something, ANYTHING.

Also, my coconut flour banana bread was edible but definitely not up to my usual standards. In fact, my sister-in-law fed her piece to the dog.

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GINAV2 12/13/2011 7:26AM

    I hate you for this.

No, j/k, I totally love you for sharing this. :) It's getting bookmarked immediately...bring on the tastiness!


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CHAOSTHEORY635 12/11/2011 11:33PM

    i find GF baking goes better with a rice flour mixture than with coconut flour. coconut flour is RIDICULOUSLY dry! great for pie crust, though.

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On this week's episode of EXTREME Study Breaks

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Just in case your final exam weeks in college weren't very exciting, I wish you all to live vicariously through me.

My university has a system for mobile emergency alerts that will send texts in waves to students warning them of intruders, lockdowns, extreme weather, chemical spills, or anything else exciting that might be happening. I was minding my own business in one of the engineering buildings when my phone buzzed and I read a Mo-Bull Alert ('cause we're the USF Bulls, ya know) that went thusly:

"Attn: USF Tampa: LIB 3rd, 4th, 5th floors have been evacuated. An antique WWII relic has been found and is being evaluated. More details to follow. Avoid area."

What the HELL could they possibly have found in a library that would compel them to evacuate the middle three floors? A few minutes later I read on a friend's facebook that they called the bomb squad.

Bomb squad? Huh?

Apparently, the library received a donation of antiques circa WWII, and when Special Collections opened the box they found a grenade in there with all the other stuff.

A live grenade.

Yeah. You read me right.

An effing live grenade. In the library. Just chillin' in someone's grandfather's box of stuff, just hangin' out, not bothering anyone for over sixty years until some librarian opens it up and calls the bomb squad.

Aren't you jealous?

Once the bomb squad checked it out, they took it off somewhere remote and detonated it.

Can't have live grenades from 1945 just lying around, you know. Like this one had been. For more than sixty effing years.

Honestly, it sounds more exciting than it actually was, since I was a safe distance away from the action on the socially inept side of campus and didn't see the news station van until three hours later when I went to get a latte at the library Starbucks.

Here's a link to a news article about it:


Green smoothies? Yes, please!

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Since I'm sick, my vegan friend suggested green smoothies. I jumped on board and have made two smoothies since last night. The first was a blend of coconut milk, banana, collards, and blackberries. The blackberries weren't my best idea, since even in a high powered blender the seeds don't blend up. My ho-hum Oster blender didn't stand a chance. The one I made this afternoon was another blend of collards, banana, and coconut milk, this time with an apple and some pineapple in there. Delicious! I asked my mom if she wanted to try some, and she said no. "It's green," she said. This is coming from a woman who can live on salads for weeks.
I pointed out that mint chocolate chip ice cream is also green, as are pistachios. I failed to win her over though. More smoothie for me I guess.

I also made chicken noodle soup, and yes, I'm eating the noodles even though carbs and sugar have caused me to gain seven pounds since I started toying with paleo eating. I was going to prep the noodles separately and let my mother add them herself, but I decided it would be a huge pain in the ass so I just dumped them into the pot like I always have. Paleo fail. Sick win. Hopefully they won't be enough to tip me into carbohydrate Hell. I don't like it there.

By the way, coconut cream is delicious and I wish I could find unsweetened coconut ANYTHING so that I might subsist solely on coconut products.

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GETSTRONGRRR 12/4/2011 7:39PM

    Thanks for this....I just started reading about them and even downloaded the "Green Smoothie Revolution" by Victoria Boutenko onto my Kindle.

I bought a really cool little "personal blender" from Amazon and have been using it for breakfast....I experimented with a few green smoothies and I still have to work on it. I like parsley, cilantro, mint, and have to get used to some bigger leaves.

Here's my blog where I talk up the's awesome!

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GINAV2 12/4/2011 6:59PM

    Mmmm, there's nothing like chicken noodle soup when you're sick. No noodles might be better, but meh, don't sweat the small stuff. They call it "Jewish Penicillin" for a reason. ;)

And while I don't particularly like smoothies, anything with coconut milk and pineapple gets a thumbs up in my book! And bonus points for making it green.

Feel better soon!

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Warning: excessive linkage

Saturday, December 03, 2011

Wow, a plant-based diet that doesn't promote a ton of grains for health? You heard me right!

"As you well know by now, to eat healthfully, fruits and vegetables should form the base of your food pyramid. That means that grains should be consumed in a much smaller amount than you were most likely eating before you began this plan. Grains simply do not contain enough nutrients per calorie to form a substantial part of your diet."

--This is an excerpt from Dr. Fuhrmanís book Eat For Health, which I read in this article brought from

....which I found googling "Dr. Fuhrman and grains" after reading his name in

....which I found, in turn, reading this wonderful blog:

While you're there, read Tasha's Ex-Vegan Story. It's heartening to read about her return to health, and if you're like me and tend to get really PO'ed when people bring violent verbal attacks onto other people purely based on dogma of any kind, you'll like reading her responses to the nasty people who trolled her blog. She reminds me a bit of YOOVIE, who seems always to have problems with people trolling her Sparkpeople blog just to say nasty things to her.

I was really thrilled to read that this Dr. Fuhrman guy doesn't promote the inordinate consumption of whole grains for health. I figured he might, but since his idea of a healthful diet isn't really mainstream either, I might have known better. I'm apprehensive about his nutrition advice because he was promoted to me by my vegan friend, but I might consider reviewing some more about his ideas.

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GINAV2 12/4/2011 3:29PM

    I just briefly skimmed your links, but it does sound fairly sensible, compared to the standard vegan/vegetarian diet. I'll be keeping my grassfed meat, lol, but it does seem like the original Food Pyramid would be much improved if grains were pulled off the bottom and plopped onto the top point, shifting everything else down a level.

It seems like the science is slowly converging, and it's heartening to see the same conclusions about grains coming from both vegans and meat-eaters. Now if only the mainstream dietary guidelines would catch up!

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