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March 2016

Life, What I Ate Wednesday

Whole30: Day Ten (WIAW)

March 30, 2016

Hello! I’m back again for another update on my Whole30 program experiment. If you want to catch up, here is my first post and my day five update. First, look at this beautiful day we are having in Seattle! First sunny day in FOREVER. So excited not to run in the freezing cold rain anymore!
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How I feel right now:

I feel sick actually. I contracted a cold from somewhere! This is upsetting because I rarely ever get sick, like I can’t remember the last time I was sick and it happens when I’m apparently eating the healthiest I’ve ever eaten! Also, I’m bummed because I feel very tired so my runs haven’t been going well this week 🙁 Oh well, I”ll give myself a rest day from the gym today probably since I feel a little feverish also and hopefully this goes away soon! OTHERWISE, I feel good and my skin is really clear and glowy! Still falling asleep pretty fast but I have been waking up in the middle of the night the last few nights, I think it’s because I’m eating too much sugar (fruit) before bed…

What I’ve been eating:

Lots of good stuff! Here is what I ate today:

Breakfast: Delicious kale sweet potato egg muffins that I kind of just winged as far as the recipe. I also had some snap peas and strawberries.

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Lunch: My favorite easy lunch, tuna with avocado and crushed almonds with kale salad and balsamic vinaigrette (homemade). Also had some red bell pepper slices.

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Snack: According to the Whole30 rules, you are supposed to avoid snacking but sorry, I just can’t go without eating for 5 hours in-between lunch and dinner yet! I’m missing a veggie here also, but I had extra at lunch so maybe that makes up for it? 😉

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Dinner: I’m going to have a sweet potato baked with guac and a couple eggs mixed with sauerkraut! My grandma bought me some fancy locally made kraut and I have been enjoying it so much! I also got some fresh eggs from her neighbor, score! Notice the dirt/poop on them below ha ha. I really wish I had some pet chickens, nothing beats a fresh egg and the difference between the store ones and fresh are quite noticeable.

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My “dessert” will probably be a few dates stuffed with almond butter, ugh, I can’t get enough of them!

Improvements?:

Eating too much fruit still, like tummy hurts too much. Going to try to just have one serving of fruit with each of my three meals instead of also as snacks. Also, I find myself hungry between meals a lot so I think my meals are too small. I’m going to try to make my three meals bigger so I’m not reaching for snacks in-between.

In other news, I got an odd package in the mail yesterday and opened it and it was a medal from the hot chocolate run I did a few weeks ago! I didn’t know getting third place in my age group got a medal! What a nice surprise…a rare surprise since I never win anything! 🙂

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Have you ever won anything?

Have a wonderful Wednesday and thank you for hosting Arman!

Health, Life

Whole30: Day Five

March 25, 2016

If you didn’t see my first post, I am doing the Whole30 this month. Today is day five and I have to say, it’s not as hard as I though it would be (so far!) but I haven’t had any social outings that involve restaurants yet or any work functions with food. I have just been eating at home and bringing lunches so that has been relatively easy so far.

How I feel right now

Good. However my workouts haven’t been totally on par. I was supposed to run 5 miles on Tuesday and Thursday (treadmill). Tuesday was tough but I pulled through and did all five. Yesterday was awful though and I felt pretty weak and only did 4. My body is probably still adjusting, even though I’ve been eating lots of carbs so I’ll give it another week of training before I come to any conclusions.

Other than the workouts, I feel pretty good! A little more awake in the morning and less brain fog I think. Also I have been falling asleep faster than usual. I have been eating a lot of fruit (along with my meals as required!) so I have felt a little bloaty from all the fiber I think. On another note, my skin has been a little softer and better than usual with no new blemishes! Interesting…

What I’ve been eating

This week my menu was: Kale and olive egg frittata muffins and strawberries for breakfast (I did have a banana also some days…); Trader Joes kale and cabbage salad mix (no dressing, forgot it everyday!) with avocado and coconut shrimp patties and pineapple for lunch and salmon with broccoli and a roasted sweet potato with some salsa and guac for dinner with a whole mango afterwards (obsessed with mangos right now). Before my runs and workouts I either had some pistachios, an apple with a little almond butter or two dates with almond butter -> these are amazing! You can see the recipes I used in my first post!

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Improvements?

I ate a bit too much fruit I think and today I had a snack at 11am of just pistachios instead of the suggested “mini-meal” which should have a protein, veg and a fat. Oops! I just love fruit so much but I don’t want fruit to replace veggies so I’ll add more veggies next week.

Today I am going to my grandparents house for the Easter weekend. I let them know about my program and they were very supportive. Rumor has it we’ll be having scallops and coleslaw. Yum! Also for lunch today I ran out of coconut shrimp patties so I’ll be having a delicious kale salad with homemade balsamic vinaigrette, walnuts and a few raisins with half an avocado mixed with a can of tuna. Now I have to run to the grocery store to get my tuna! Once I have my meal plan for next week I’ll post another update.

Eating, Health, Life

I’m doing the Whole30!

March 22, 2016

I decided I need to do something new and refreshing and instead of quitting my job and moving to Thailand…I am experimenting with my diet for 30 days! (doesn’t sound as fun as Thailand huh?). Today is DAY ONE of the Whole30 program. I had read about the Whole30 before but originally nixed the idea because I thought you had to be an omnivore to do it. However, upon further reading, they have programs for vegans/vegetarians as well and since I am a pescatarian I can balance between the two perfectly. For those of you that have never heard of the Whole30, below is the omnivore shopping list which shows exactly what you should eat. The big no-no’s are no added sugar, dairy, alcohol, grains, legumes, carrageenan/MSG/Sulfites, and no re-creating baked goods or treats with approved ingredients so you can continue your junk foods ways in a way.

The vegan/vegetarian one allows some tofu and tempeh. Since tempeh is fermented and more easily digested than tofu or soy products in general, I will be allowing it.

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As you can see, as a pescatarian, I will be eating a lot of eggs, seafood and veggies with a side of nuts and fruit. Honestly it’s pretty similar to my normal diet except the added sugars (I love peanut butter chocolate chip cookies!) and grains (my daily oatmeal..kinda awkward since it’s the name of my blog lol!). Anyways, I’m pretty excited because I have never cut out anything for 30 days and I am looking forward to some of the good results the program is known for like more energy, better sleeping, less mood swings, etc. One thing I want to be clear on, this is not a diety diet! Meaning it’s not to lose weight or anything. You are not supposed to weigh yourself and eat as much as you like to be full during the 30 days. I am not doing this to lose weight but I do hope that I feel less bloated which happens after I eat certain foods like PB, dairy and legumes.

Mostly, the reason I’m doing this is because I have been feeling really sluggish and kind of run-down lately. Since I started running more and going to the gym 6 days a week, I eat a lot more of course but I have been picking sugary foods instead of real food and now I’m feeling the results. I’m really good at following schedules generally (out of the fear of failing!) so I think I will stick to this very well and thus feel really good and healthy in 30 days.

Here are my day one meals:

Breakfast

Strawberries and veggie egg frittata muffins, based on this recipe.

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Lunch

Coconut shrimp patties with avocado and kale salad mix and pineapple

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Dinner

Salmon patty with steamed broccoli

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Snacks

A delicious mango plus un-pictured pistachios and a la croix water

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 What do you think about the Whole30? Would you try it?

Life

Friday Favorites 3.18.16

March 18, 2016

Whew I’m so glad it’s Friday! It’s been a long week. I’ve been training for a half-marathon and taking a project management class so between that and working full-time I am pooped! At least I have been falling asleep fast, so there’s a bright side. I found a Friday Favorites link-up on a great blog I read, Life in Leggings, so I am linking up with her today, thank you Heather! Here are some of the things I have been enjoying lately:

  1. The Joe Rogan Experience podcast – This podcast certainly isn’t for everyone since it has some bad language but it’s pretty funny and I like learning about each person he interviews. Joe Rogan is a comedian and he basically just talks to people for like 2-3 hours about random stuff or what they specialize in. Me and my boyfriend enjoyed this one with Mark Sisson who follows a paleo diet that has made his body primarily burn fat instead of carbs, interesting stuff! I listen to these episode when I run and on long car rides.

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2. This Strength Training Anatomy book by Frederic Delavier. I’m really into this subject recently and it’s cool to see exactly what muscles are being worked in certain exercises. I’ve been focusing on the back workouts section a lot because I want to strengthen my back and I don’t think I currently do enough back exercises. This book also tells you how to properly do  the basic strength training exercises.

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3. These adorable Steve Madden lace-up ballet flats! This style is really popular right now. I just got these in black in the mail and they are super comfy and cute! I want multiple colors now. Nordstrom only has a few colors left though.

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4. I’m really digging these Rise protein carob chip bars recently. I splurged and got a box from Vitacost last week. They only have FOUR ingredients: almonds, honey, carob powder and whey protein isolate. One bar has 260 calories, 15g fat, 22g carbs, 5g fiber, 15g sugar and 17g protein. Sure, they are kinda high in sugar but at least they have minimally processed ingredients and the best part is that they taste good! Hard to describe but kind of chocolatey and they are very solid lol like pretty dense, which I like. Makes me feel like I’m eating a hearty snack!

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5. As far as beauty goes, I have recently started slathering this Argan oil on my face at night in hopes of staying forever young haha…and I think it’s working! My face feels soft and has a more even skin tone. Plus, it shouldn’t break anyone out because argan oil has a comedogenic rating of 0, which means it will not clog pores. Here are some uses for argan oil. One thing to beware of if you are interested in using it: make sure you get 100% pure argania spinosa oil. Some companies have started adding other oils to make it cheaper to sell. Also, it shouldn’t be too cheap. That being said, Josie Maran’s $40 for like 2 ounces is a unnecessarily inflated price. I’ve done some research and I suggest either Acure Organics or Garden of Wisdom.

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What are some of your favorite things right now?

 

Health

Spotlight: Amaranth (amaranthus)

March 7, 2016

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I’ve decided to do ‘spotlights’ on various whole foods reviewing their health benefits and uses. I think I’ll learn a lot by doing this and hopefully you will too!

Amaranth was domesticated over five thousand years ago in Mexico and was a sacred food for the Aztecs until the Spainards came and forbade its cultivation (the same fate as the Inca’s beloved quinoa). Fast forward to today, the United Nation Food and Agricultural organization has encouraged the use of amaranth because wherever it is consumed there is little to no malnutrition. Within the amaranth family, there are more than 60 different species, mostly wild, on five of the seven continents in the world. It’s considered one of the world’s most successful weeds (a pretty weed!).

Amaranth has an earthy, nutty flavor. It is also naturally gluten free and really isn’t a grain even though it looks like it. Therefore it is known as a “pseudocereal”.  It is often grouped into the grains category because it has a similar overall nutritional profile.

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One cup of amaranth, cooked, has 252 calories, 3.9g fat, 46g carbs, 5g fiber, 9g protein. It also has 28% of your daily value of iron and 40% of your needed magnesium. Magnesium is an important mineral that helps you to maintain good blood pressure, strong bones and a steady heart rhythm. People who don’t get enough magnesium (which is common in the U.S.), have higher levels of inflammation in their bodies, which is never good. Besides being high in protein, fiber and minerals, it is also a good source of the amino acid lysine which is an essential amino acid, meaning the body cannot synthesize it so we have to get it from our diet. L-“Lysine plays a major role in calcium absorption; building muscle protein; recovering from surgery or sports injuries; and the body’s production of hormones, enzymes, and antibodies” (Wikipedia).

There are also rumors of it being cancer-preventing and helpful against cardiovascular disease.

Amaranth recipes:

These curried amaranth patties from Tartine and Apron Strings look divine

Epicurious has the right idea with this walnut honey breakfast porridge

Have some fun and pop it!