tell me there’s more

Do you ever have days where you find yourself saying this? Tell me there’s more

Whether it’s more time, more money, more patience, more to life, more experience, more cake…just, more! More, more, more. So much more that typing the word ‘more’ is become very weird to me. This was so my day.

I don’t know what got me so bummed today, but I was bummed. I’m better now because I just did a workout, so thank goodness for that – or at least for the husband’s sake! But it honestly is not a walk in the park when you don’t really feel like walking! The worst part about today was not knowing why I felt so bummed in the first place.

This is why I felt the need to say to myself, there’s gotta be more! My reasoning for saying this to myself was basically a plea to the inner me to give me some sort of happy sign (happy dance?). I just feel like something different has to happen in order for some positive change. I can’t elaborate on that right now, but I’m hoping in the future it will be more clear.

As bummed out as I was today, there was only one thing (read: not the workout) that could solve it…

DESSERT! (Every nutrition student/enthusiast says that, right?) My sweet tooth has been on high alert all day today, so I had to act on it. Strictly for business purposes…how else would I settle the case and make it go away!

Unfortunately, it wasn’t Mama Pea’s cake pops, but I did make those last week.

And sadly, it also won’t be this amazing dessert sampler the husband and I shared the other night when I was lazy.

But seriously don’t be sad that the above ones weren’t the options; did you think I would settle for a crap dessert?! When you’re in a crap mood, you go all out. So I went all out (no really I did – how else do you think it got to my house) and got a lemon cheesecake topped with a raspberry coulis.

I thought I wanted chocolate all day, but this was the key to my heart. It actually goes to show that a sweet tooth doesn’t necessarily need ‘sweet’ because the ‘tart’ totally won it over…and had it saying, tell me there’s more cheesecake!

Good thing I have this to fight any future cravings.

My sweet husband! 😉

Question of the day:

How do you combat bummer days or how do you overcome them?

 

 


cutting out meats

Food is something that has become very important to me over the years. So important that it’s actually encouraged me to go back to school.

I’ve talked about cutting meat (but not seafood) out of my diet before, and I wanted to explain why this has made me so much happier.

I actually left a novel comment on Averie’s post earlier on meat, which inspired me to write an actual post about it on my own blog 😀

My decision: I’ve never been a big beef or steak eater to begin with. If I did eat it, it was because I was stealing a bite from the hubby or this was my last option on earth to eat (ie: rarely ever happened). I did choose to eat chicken, turkey, pork tenderloin, bison and seafood.

A while back (around mid-May), I had no desire to eat chicken anymore, so I figured, ‘why eat it, if it doesn’t appeal to me?’ Right then and there, I made the decision to try and go meat-free and see how I felt.

Becoming a vegan has been a lingering thought in the back of my mind for a while now and although I still eat seafood, it is something that intrigues me, and perhaps I will one day become. Overall, I like the idea of a vegan diet, but I’m not to the point (yet) where I’m passing up foods that ‘may contain eggs’.

The ‘Serious’ factor: At first I felt that I wasn’t being taken seriously. My husband came home from work one night with a chicken stir-fry and I asked him if he was joking, thinking I was going to eat it. This was only about a week in that this happened, and I figured if I had gone a week without chicken/pork/turkey/etc, then how much longer could I go?

Well, this has turned into nearly 2 months so far, and I’m still loving it!

Note: I am not doing this as a ‘challenge’ to myself, but as a way to eat what feels right for me and feels good for my body. In no way do I encourage you to try this to ‘see how far you can go.’

Since then, my husband knows how I feel about meat and has not tried to force feed me anymore chicken! He’s actually loving the vegetarian/vegan stuff I prepare!

The changes: So far, I feel fantastic. I’ve made sure to include the right supplements so that I have the energy and nutrients I need for my body.

This may sound super tacky, but since I’ve cut out meat, my ‘fat days’ have decreased significantly. Before I would honestly have some serious self-loathing days for what I ate. Overall, not eating meats has made me more aware of what I am eating and my food choices in general. So hello to feeling better about myself!

Also, I’ve definitely lost some weight. I don’t know if it’s from cutting out meat or from eating better or from both. Either way, I’m at the weight that I wanted to be for my wedding day, that I never made it to. Not that I was disappointed at all on my wedding day, but I am just super shocked that I’m at that weight now.

Overall: I’m honestly glad that back in May chicken started grossing me out (I know this sounds weird to say). But if it hadn’t, then I would probably still be eating meat wondering why my body isn’t looking and feeling the way I want it to. I was always afraid that not eating meat would be hard to do in terms of getting protein or even finding valuable food sources!

I used to joke that vegans have nothing to eat – boy was I wrong! There are so many great food options out there and I sincerely take back that statement!

The foods: Like I said above, I’m not completely checking every ingredient to make sure there are no traces of egg or dairy, but am choosing meatless items. I don’t want to ‘limit’ myself (in a sense), then I might feel overwhelmed with trying to decide on what to eat. So…

I still enjoy bruschetta on Saturday night outings with my good friend.

Pick up great produce at the Saturday Farmer’s Market.

Put together perfect snacks for work.

And perfect snacks for…snacks.

mashed avocado with lentil chips

Make husband and sister drink-worthy smoothies (and me, of course).

acai + strawberries + cranberries + banana

Which come in a sweet glass.

Make Sunday morning fantastic vegan pancakes. It’s a given to put peanut butter and maple syrup on them, right?

I also rock a pretty mean bruise.

poor calf =(

More to come on that…


twenty-eight

It’s my husband’s birthday today!!! So, for my post, I decided to make it all about him. He’s the big 2-8 today and for that, I’m going to list 28 reasons why he’s the best! In no necessary order….

1. He’s an awesome sportsman.

Golf.

Basketball. Soccer. Tennis {the list continues}. He’s well-rounded, folks!

2. He’s an amazing golf teacher.

3. He loves food (especially southern). A reason why we get along so well!

4. He likes to work on his fitness (I guess you’d have to after all that pulled pork).

5. He has goals!!! And he’s not afraid to reach them!

6. He’s the reason I know good great guys do exist!

7. He’s super positive (and really helps me when I’m in slumps).

8. His birthday and mine are basically soulmates: 05/16 (me) + 06/15 (him) –> and yes, this is definitely a reason that makes him the best.

9. He’s outgoing (which is the perfect balance to my introverted self).

10. He’s my travel buddy 🙂 His family actually calls him the ‘gypsy’ and I’ve definitely taken on this role as well!

11. He genuinely cares.

12. He’s so strong.

13. He’s not afraid to admit his flaws (he just wasn’t born to spell)!

14. But, writing aside, he’s an amazing speaker (while conveying the message just wasn’t something I was born to do).

15. We have fun together!

16. He’s agreeable – and yes this usually works to my advantage 😀

17. He somehow puts up with my shenanigans – and trust me, there are many!

18. He supports my life decisions – even if that means me being a student for another few years.

19. He would eat anything I make – I mean anything.

20. He’s my dream man.

21. He loves me for who I am.

22. He has one of the best memory’s out of anyone (he remembers to do things way more than I do).

23. He makes me laugh – I love our jokes.

24. He would do anything if it meant making it easier on me – for this, I am so grateful.

25. He thanks me way more than I deserve to be thanked.

26. He is dependable.

27. He makes me so happy.

28. He somehow chose me to marry and that makes me feel like the luckiest girl in the world!

Happy birthday, tyler! You are the best!!!


monday funday!

I don’t know about everyone else, but I’m having a great Monday! I woke up to the sun shining and a surprising forecast that didn’t call for rain (for once)!

I wasn’t working today, and the husband works in the afternoon because he had somewhere to be this morning, and gladly invited me along :D!

In case you may not know, my husband is a golf pro – this means he works at a golf course (and a pretty nice one at that!), with a passion for teaching. This is his first year at a golf course where he actually gets some amazing perks – today was one of those perk days.

This morning my husband went for a club fitting at a golf course in Oakville, Ontario for new TaylorMade golf clubs. In hubby’s eyes: this is ahhhh-mazing.

In foodie’s eyes: it’s like getting a gift card with unlimited amount of funds on it to shop at Whole Foods. You get it now, don’t you 😉

From the moment we arrived, the husband was  like a little kid on Christmas morning. He was so happy. And I don’t know about you, but I get pure enjoyment out of him being that happy.

Just look at this face…

We actually arrived early (like a kid waking up early on Christmas – see the connections!), so he had time to hit some balls on the driving range.

I’m going to be brief with the writing and just show you the collection of photos from today instead.

Basically, I’m like the paparazzi. And I’m sorry if this may bore you because honestly, golfing isn’t something I partake in normally, but this was pretty cool. Just amuse me!

Here he is warming up.

Someone had to hop in and ruin the picture!

A nice warm welcome to…

Seat fit for a princess (aka: me).

Suiting up for swing analysis. Think: Pixar movies and turning humans into animated characters.

Taking it outside.

New clubs are ordered and they arrive in a week. Husband won’t be able to sleep a single night until they come!

Best part was getting to hang out with him this morning and afternoon. Another close second is going to Whole Foods. In Ontario they are far and few between, so being in Oakville (one of the few locations) meant me googling the distance from the golf course to the Whole Foods – lucky for me, it was a 10min drive away.

We stopped quickly for some snacks and drinks, then were on our way!

He’s now headed to work and I must continue on with this fun day! But, before I go, a few eats from my weekend + some from today:

Roast potatoes with rosemary.

Spinach salad with avo, carrots, cucumber, chickpeas, kidney beans, nutritional yeast and sunflower seeds.

Angela's newest overnight oats!

Berries and cherries!

My very first cold kombucha drink (purchased at WF)

Roasted veggie and goat cheese pizza on a wholegrain crust.

Plus, some un-pictured fresh salads from WF – one was a purple and green kale salad with lemon dressing and second was a quinoa salad with sweet potatoes and spinach in a ginger-soy dressing. Both were SO good.

Q: If you have a significant other, what are some of the things they do that you go along with because you know it makes them happy?


eat, bake, run…repeat

I had other ideas of things in mind that I was going to do today…but that’s ok because today still turned out to be pretty successful. And yes, I would repeat it everyday if I could.

Morning:
Started it off right with some oats – in went 1/3 cup oats, 1/3 cup water, 1/3 coconut milk (unsweetened), 1/2 a naner. Stir in a pot over med-high heat until desire consistency, then mix in your toppings. Mix ins: 2 tsp ground flax, 1 tsp chia seeds, sliced almonds, shredded unsweetened coconut and white chocolate PB. Top it off with a tea and voila – perfecto breakfast.


I squeezed in a little time to study chem (hello, teacher call me, so I can get this final written by next week!). Somehow studying chem always turns into going into my Google Reader…it’s a mystery to me… 😛

Afternoon:
I have been on the hunt for a banana bread for the past day now (banana’s won’t stay overripe forever…haha) and finally just scraped the search and made my own variation on two recipes I was looking at.

Coconana Bread

Inspired from here and here.

Coconut and banana fusion!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour 
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 5 small very ripe bananas
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 2 flax eggs (2 tbsp flax + 6 tbsp water)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup  *next time I would up the amount of this
Directions:
1. Preheat over to 350*
2. Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl (flour, soda, powder, coconut, salt)
3. Combine all wet ingredients in a medium sized bowl (start with bananas, mash with a fork, add milk, flax eggs and maple syrup)
4. Add wet ingredients to the dry and combine
5. Add mixture to a loaf pan and bake for 40-50 mins *I eventually increased the temp to 375* in frustration 🙂

mashed bananas!

Things I would do differently next time:
  • sweeten, sweeten, sweeten! I definitely neglected the sweet aspect of this recipe (and also didn’t have any vanilla on hand which might have made a difference)
  • increase the temperature of the oven from the beginning. This took way too long to bake. I’m not one to hang around for an hour while a banana bread bakes!
  • coconut oil, anyone?! I’m kicking myself for not adding it.

Once you added a little Earth Balance, it definitely increased my liking for it.

A little pre-run carb load up and I was good to run!

My workout outfit :
Which happens to all be lululemon…except for the shoes!

Today’s run was 6.56 miles in 60 mins. Hubby got home from work when I was 10 mins away from being done my run. We had just enough time to talk for about 10 mins post-run before he was heading out the door to go teach a golf lesson. In that time, I squeezed in a quick workout on top of the run.

  • shoulder press on stability ball – 3 sets, 12 reps, 8lb weight in each hand
  • lateral shoulder raises sitting on stability ball – 3 sets, 10 reps, 5 lb weights in each hand
  • tricep dips on stairs – 3 sets, 12 reps, body weight
  • hip lifts lying on floor – 2 sets, 10 reps followed by 10 pulses at the top , using two 5 lb weights
  • leg extensions on stability ball – 2 sets, 10 reps
  • 50 crunches with feet on stability ball
  • 20 stair jumps (to get that heart rate back up) – I jumped 2 steps
  • lunges – 2 sets, 10 reps (each leg), 8 lb weight in each hand
  • dead lifts – 2 sets, 12 reps, 8 lb weight in each hand

After racing through that, I managed to convince the hubby to make a pitstop at Starbucks (this is how dedicated I am – we drove separately, so he wouldn’t be late to teach his lesson, because I wanted Starbucks so bad and I knew he needed it after his early morning start today). So I met him after a 3 min car drive to Starbucks, we ordered together, then he was off. Nothing like some quality time with the hubby 🙂

The reason for the need to go to Starbucks? 1/2 price frappuccino’s obviously! I got the new mocha coconut with soy milk and it was delish!

yum in a cup!

I’m afraid that I might get sucked in and get one each day the 1/2 price deal is on (which goes until may 15th…yikes!)

That brings me to this point in time: writing blog and thinking about how I should have showered before I wrote this blog post (today’s run was a sweaty one…TMI?). And that is that. Happy Friday!

Q: What is your fav drink from Starbucks?
I normally love chai tea latte’s, but love when Starbuck’s does great promotions like this because it allows you to try other great products for a fraction of the price!

What gear do you like to workout in?
I love lululemon, especially since I stocked up on gear when I worked there, and haven’t really branched on to new things!

What’s your favourite way to sweat?
I love running, and when given the chance also like to use the stairmaster! I used to dance and loved that as exercise and would like to get back into it. I haven’t done yoga in a while (especially hot yoga for the sweating purpose of this question) and think I should do more of that just to make sure my flexibility stays intact!


easter takeover

I’d like to attribute my neglect to the blogging world over the past day and a half due to the fact that Easter takes priority. Since Easter = family and most of my hubby’s fam (sister and boyfriend, mom and dad) live nearly 6 hours away, we squeeze in as much time as we can get when they’re in town.

On Friday, we ventured over to the sister’s house after the hubby finished work…I should really start using names because I can see this being VERY confusing. We feasted on lasagna and salad that night, and the Easter meal was set for Saturday night. I’m glad I ran for an hour earlier that day because Easter really is a bully to your waistline HA!

The hubby had Saturday off (the one and only day that week :(), so we hung around in the morning before heading back to the sis’s. Let me just note: I never noticed how much stuff I put into smoothies…can someone say cutbacks?

This doesn’t even include the protein powder, which I forgot to picture here! After the smoothie (which wasn’t a hit for me – I added too much ‘green’ to mine), I did a bit of running around. I finally picked up something I’ve been eyeing for quite some time. Peanut Butter & Co’s White Chocolate PB!

First response, was to eat it on my fingers an apple! Although, I couldn’t resist and DID taste test on my way home. I was just happy that after Friday’s incident, all the stores were open today, so I could grab the few things I wanted.

Later that afternoon, we took the scenic route to the sis’s house. I really did enjoy living on the west coast, but I do love the country area around Ontario…specifically a little place called Hockley + getting to enjoy driving with the hubby! We detoured a bit when I saw a sign for maple syrup, and this is what I got.

I was happy.

When we got to the sister’s house we hung out and the niece and nephew had a mini-easter egg hunt.

They found them all…with a little help ;). That night we had delicious ham! I’ve been trying to eat less meat lately, but still had a small piece of ham, and was glad I did! After din, we hung out and played some games.

Today I managed to squeeze a 40 minute run in, since the dinner’s continue! The hubby’s working, but hopefully won’t miss too much of the evening.

But it’s time to go since the grandparents just arrived! HAPPY EASTER!!!!


again and again

The weather just doesn’t surprise me time and time again, you’d think it would. I woke up to this today:

yuck!

It’s honestly what I’ve come to expect from living in Canada. Almost May…who cares, let it be cold and snowy! So, can someone just take me back to here:

I don’t think a trip to Florida is too much to ask!

To warm me up, I had the same oats as yesterday – PB &J! I think I would have enjoyed them a little more if I wasn’t rushing out the door to go to training. The real bummer with that, was someone told me yesterday that training started at 8:30am, but it was actually 9am. I coulda used the extra 30 mins in bed. I was just dead tired sitting there the whole day…NBD!

What did Dementia training entail? Well, you definitely learn a lot about the different diseases, how family copes with it and how to work with them. It’s pretty interesting and also very scary at the same time. It really put in perspective what they’re going through and hopefully I can apply that to my job in a manner that serves them better.

Even though it’s a disease they have no control over, they aren’t stupid, and that was the message I really got today. Sometimes they just want to feel included or useful. I know I only serve them their meals, but I think even when I interact with them in those 30 mins that I will try my best to just talk to them and get to know them as people!

Training was suppose to finish at 5pm, but we were done by 3:30pm – always a bonus! I love going home early!

I have Easter weekend off (thank you boss!) so I really have to get through chem tomorrow so I can make fun Easter cupcakes with the little sis!

Q: What do you do with your family & friends for Easter?

We’re going to the hubby’s sister’s tomorrow, to eat with his sis, her husband and our niece and nephew and the hubby’s parents are in town, too! Then My fam on Saturday or Sunday…still up in the air!

PS – I’m totally addicted to smoothies. I had another mixed berry smoothie with vanilla protein. Why do they have to taste soooo good?!?