Monthly Archives: December 2011

I’ll Be In the Kitchen

My juicer came yesterday! Yay!

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I made some carrot juice to break it in. Carrots were the only thing in the house at the time.

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Today I went out and loaded up on vegetables and fruit.

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Tomatoes, carrots, kale, celery, parsley, ginger, lemon, oranges, apples, spinach.

I found a recipe online for the Mean Green Juice that is featured in the movie Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead.

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6 Kale Leaves
1 Cucumber
4 Celery Stalks
2 Green Apples
1/2 Lemon
1 piece of ginger

Earth Fare didn’t have any regular cucumbers. I feel pretty obscene buying this gargantuan thing, but I did it anyway …

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I made orange juice this afternoon as well.

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I even found a recipe to use the leftover orange pulp in muffins.

I’ll be in the kitchen if you need me.

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Get Your Juice On

Mmm, Green Monster. Why, hello there!

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I always feel better when I start my day off with a Green Monster. It is the cure-all breakfast for post-drinking or binge eating nights. And with the holidays, I’ve had alot of those lately unfortunately.

If you have been reading my blog long enough you might recognize this picture. I’ve actually used it atleast 3 times on the blog.

I’ve actually been trying really hard the last few (ok .. 2, well just really yesterday) days to eat more healthy food choices now that Christmas is over. In general I do eat a very healthy diet compared to most Americans I suppose, but I struggle with my eating especially at night.

A few days ago I watched Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead while walking on the treadmill and it helped remotivate me to eat healthier.

As you can see the documentary is about a man from Australia who went on a 60 day juice fast to cleanse his body and lose weight. I’m certainly not interested in fasting unless its between breakfast and lunch and lunch and dinner, but it did get me thinking about nutrtion and micronutrients vs. macronutrients. I may have even purchased a juicer, as if I need any more kitchen appliances.

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It should be delivered tomorrow.

I’ve actually been intrigued and interested in juicing for a while for the nutrition benefits, and it helps (or doesn’t help, I’m still not sure which) to have a husband that is completely on-board as well. We tend to talk each other into doing things like spending $100+ on a juicer or $300+ on a certain blender.

I’m already making mental lists of juices I want to make. Apple + cucumber, carrot + ginger … so many options!

I had to get a little creative with lunch today. The only thing in my refrigerator is leftovers from Christmas breakfast. Cinnamon rolls and Christmas Breakfast Casserole didn’t sound appetizing or fit in with my healthier eating agenda so threw together some really random ingredients and created this instead.

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In the mix: Pumpkin Ravioli from the frozen bins at Earth Fare, cannellini beans, a couple tablespoons of Classico pizza sauce, Roasted Eggplant dip from Tim’s stocking and capers.

A strange combination, even for me. But I have to say I really liked it! And I feel good that I ate something healthier than cinnamon rolls, which would have been the easy out. Still, grocery shopping is going to be a must very very soon.

A good 5-mile run this morning, a renewed motivation to healthy living, some good healthy food in my system and a nap coming my way. You’d think I had won the lottery.

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A Very Merry Christmas!

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Last night while Santa and I wrapped presents I put together a simple overnight crockpot casserole for a special Christmas morning breakfast.

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Layers of hashbrown potatoes, diced red and green peppers, Morningstar Farm Veggie “Sausage” patties crumbled, cheese and egg.

We also sipped on this wine in the process.

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Chocolate Shop – The Chocolate Lover’s Wine

Absolutely amazing! Probably the best wine I’ve ever had.

It was so nice to wake up to breakfast already prepared. The house smelled so good!

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I think this is going to be a new Christmas tradition. So simple!

Lincoln slept so late I was beginning to think I would have to wake him up, but he finally rolled out of bed at 8:00. This was the first year that he really understood what was going on and was excited about it. It was so fun to watch him tear through his gifts.

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We spent the rest of the day at my grandmother’s house visiting and eating a big Christmas meal with the family. I was craving a walk with my family all day, but the weather was dreadful.

I stretched out my legs and settled my belly by walking 3 lovely miles on the treadmill this evening. Lovely miles I say because I rigged up this contraption …

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Tablet computer, treadmill, clothes hanger … life changing.

I watched part of Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead on Netflix Instant while I walked.

A very merry and low key Christmas. 🙂

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Half-Merry Christmas Eve

Merry Christmas!

I started my Christmas Eve with a Half-Marathon distance run.

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I met up with a few of my friends early this morning for a celebratory group run around Downtown Montgomery.

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I think I finally feel like myself (almost) completely since the marathon two weeks ago today! The best part of this run was no pain!

Post-run breakfast was a Veggie Benedict at The Egg & I.

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O.M.G worthy.

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Merry Christmas and Namaste!

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A Decade Ago

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December 21, 2001

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Quick Food Fixes and My Earth Fare Love Affair

Hellooo Indian food.

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Palak Paneer, Vegetable Korma, Indian Rice, Vegan Dumplings.

I have to admit I cheated though.

After a lovely 45-minute Christmas themed spin class this morning at the Y, I headed over to Earth Fare to spend the coupon that was burning a hole in my pocket. $10 off of $50.

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I picked up $105 worth of total randomness.

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I love that place so much I don’t even care that its ridiculously priced. It brings me pure joy. If its wrong, I don’t want to be right.

Alabama Milk Cherry Icecream Coconut water
Vegan Dumplings Asparagus salad Kale salad
Avocado Hummus Horseradish & Ale spread Vegetable Korma
Honey Delight Cereal Spicy Blue Tortilla Chips Herbal water
Broccoli sprouts PB & Chocolate stars Cannelini Beans
Clif Z Bars Jammy Sammys Whole Weat Flour

So you see, lunch was all pre-packaged ingredients …

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Maybe one day I’ll try my hand at making homemade Indian food. Until then atleast I know Earth Fare has my back.

While I was at it I threw some stuff in the crockpot for a quick dinner tonight. I absolutely love crockpot cooking!

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Mmmm, Butternut Squash & Black Bean Chili.

Apparently I’m feeling spicy today.

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Romance Run – Number 1

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Believe it or not the hubby and I have never run together before.

Our childcare and work schedules rarely align so that we could run together. We run very different distances and paces usually and I’m always training for something specific it seems like. He asked me a couple of weeks ago if I would run our upcoming Half Marathon in Louisiana with him at his pace. So I thought we better get used to running together.

We had a great time!

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We ran 8 miles in 1 hour 25 minutes.

We jammed out to some music, talked and played a game of cat and mouse. I had to stop to use the bathroom and I told Tim to keep going and I would catch back up to him. He took off fast to get a good lead on me and I hit a 7:15 pace trying to catch him. It was fun!

After our run we had lunch together at Subway. I pretty much tore the face off my sandwich before I considered getting a picture.

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Veggie on wheat with sweet onion sauce, pepper jack cheese, lots of olives, banana peppers, onions and pickles. And chocolate milk!

I can’t wait to have more Romance Runs! And I’m super excited about our upcoming race together now.

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Yes please!

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