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Day 7 - Banana Bread

Monday, January 07, 2013

(The good thing about starting this whole thing on January 1 is it's really easy to keep track of what day I'm on)

Friday afternoon I felt kind of blah and was really craving sugar. I went to the store near my office mid-afternoon and got some beef jerky and nuts, which at least satisfied me enough to get through the afternoon without caving. I'm always reticent to eat beef jerky at work because the odor is so strong. I got some anyway and then plead ignorance when my co-worker asked, "Do you smell smoke...?"

Saturday I thought about making paleo blueberry muffins that my friend Donna posted on Facebook, but decided to try Paleo banana bread instead since I recently rediscovered a recipe I've been sitting on for several months. Yeah, I had some fruit this weekend, but it was Paleo so I'm not too bothered about it. The recipe is here: beeskneesrecipes.wordpre

It didn't really turn out so much bread as bread pudding. I discovered too late that I didn't have any coconut flour, so I used almond meal instead. Despite the lack of structural integrity, it tasted SO good! Especially when I mixed a tad bit more almond butter into the bread and warmed it all up. I also rediscovered my abiding love for almond butter this weekend.

I had planned to go to strength training this morning, but I got to bed too late. I need to be better about going to bed early enough that I can actually get out of bed at 5:50 AM. I have a meeting tonight, which means I can't go to the gym after work. So I brought my sneakers and I'm going on a lunch walk. That won't count as one of my workouts for the week, but at least I'm getting up and moving.

Oh here's another observation: getting the cloudy feeling out of my head means I actually want to be more active. Friday at work I was crawling out of my skin sitting at my desk all day and really wished I had some comfy shoes so I could go for a quick walk. Saturday we were at home all day, but I got a lot of things organized in the kitchen and prepped some food for the week. I also cleaned out a couple of email accounts and emailed a bunch of people about places to stay in St. John in May. Yesterday afternoon after church Jason and I watched a movie and even though I had been drowsy during the movie, I bounced up and was raring to go to start taking down our Christmas decorations. I've missed this feeling of wanting to DO things rather than just sit and watch TV and be completely unengaged.
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    I'll stock up next time I go and they have it and I'll let you know and we can see if it's worth it for me to send you some :)
    1990 days ago
    The closest Trader Joe's to me is about 40 minutes away. Not worth it just for almond meal. I don't get up to that area more than once a year, or less. I should send you some money and get you to buy some for me next time you go to your discounter!
    1990 days ago
    Laurie, do you have a Trader Joe's where you are? It's not too bad there. I'm also lucky that there's a discount store local to Rhode Island that sells Bob's Red Mill stuff for ridiculously cheap. I just have to catch it immediately after a delivery because the almond meal and coconut flour goes fast!
    1990 days ago
    LOVE banana bread! I will have to try this recipe. Do you make your own almond meal or buy it somewhere? Everywhere I've seen it, it's ridiculously expensive.
    1990 days ago
    I LOVE almond butter! You just gave me the idea of making some kind of goody from my almond flour and almond butter... emoticon
    1990 days ago
    I've noticed that too! I remember getting antsy pretty often as a kid, squirming and then, when I got the chance, running for the sheer joy of it. As an adult YEARS would go by without that feeling, but more and more often I NEED to jump up and go for a walk.
    1990 days ago
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