A Story in Three Parts

First off, major love to whomever can tell me what book the title today comes from.  Because I have three major points today, and I’m too short on time to do a full recap, I’ve decided to divide this post into three parts.

Workin’ It Out

Today’s workout was abso-frickin-lutly fabulous!  I am so glad I tookthe time for myself to go to the gym.  I know this week will be gym light (I am going back to the doctor’s yet again tomorrow to deal with the stupid wart on my foot) but my goal for the rest of the year is to make it as much as possible.  I am such a happier (healthier!!) person when I am in shape.

Today I started with a 30minute Abs and Stretching Class at Crunch.  When class was over I hit up the treadmill for a 35minute interval session – I do 2minutes jogging/1minute walking.  For 35minutes I did 3.5miles and burned est. 300calories. I’m trying to build back into running while being cognisantof my bad joints, so you will be seeing a lot of intervals.  The 35minutes flew by with my fabulous gym mix:

  1. “I Will Follow You into the Dark” – Death Cab for Cutie
  2. “Rock Lobster” – The B52’s
  3. “O… Saya” – AR Rahman and MIA (Slumdog soundtrack)
  4. “Vitamen S” – Cham
  5. “Loose Lips” – Kimya Dawson
  6. “Crank That” – Soulja Boy Tell ‘Em
  7. “Get Loose” – The Salads
  8. “Heartless” – Kanye West
  9. “Stolen” – Dashboard Confessional
  10. “Paper Planes” – MIA

Eats

Today started normal but ended with Insane hunger.  I’m not sure why my hunger has been so wonky this year (starving or nauseous and hardly ever just normal) but in honor of upcoming bikini season (19days until vacation!) I think I will just be ignoring any craziness for a bit.

Breakfast

For train breakfast I ate a new bar that Melissa brought to brunch yesterday.

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It was good.  I liked the taste and the chia seeds gave it a great chew texture.  My only complaint is that it was pretty sticky and I like to read while I eat on the train.

Lunch

Lunch was a plethora of fruitiness.

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Dannon Light & Fit Pineapple Coconut Yogurt.

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I hate this brand of yogurt usually (I don’t tolerate fake sugar outside of my diet cokes) but the seasonal flavor looked intriguing.  It actually wasn’t bad, the chunks were downright delicious.

A minneola.

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I brought and extra and gave it to kids working in my room at lunch, upon which I learned that about 1/2 of them did not know how to peel an orange!

And finally 1/4C unsweetened dried pineapple from TJ’s.

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Snacks

{Unphotographed = 1fun sized chocolate from a student + a disgustingly large handful of nuts}

A caramelapple bar spread with a bit of pb.

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Dinner

I did a dinner in three parts to0.  We did three salads, three courses.

Course 1

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A small salad of lettuce and shredded red cabbage topped with 15spritzs of Balsalmic Breeze dressing and a few banana chips.

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Course 2

A serving of pasta salad.

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A made this from a kit from Target.  It was only ok, we have two more varieties of kits in our pantry and we are not sure what to expect.

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Course 3

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Juicy Chicken Salad, serves 4

Places the following ingredients in a bowl and stir together gently.  You can eat right away or make a day in advance to allow flavors to combine.

*4 cooked chicken breasts, shredded
*6oz plain nonfat Greek yogurt
*1/2C pickle relish
*3/4C halved green grapes
*1t paprika

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Vegan Challenge Reflections

(Sorry this is a day late)  I hope you all enjoyed the 2week vegan challenge.  I know that I did!  While I have decided NOT to be vegan for life I enjoyed the two weeks and definitely learned a few things.  I outlined a few off my final ideas below.

What I’m Keeping

  1. Variety!  During the challenge I really pushed myself to shake up my lunch rut and I’m glad I did.  Our dinners were fun too.  Even though there were a few flops (tofu scramble), some recipes have become new favorites (strawberry tofu club).
  2. Fake meat.  I knew I was a tofu fan, but I had no idea how enjoyable some of the other forms of vegan protein could be.  Fakin’ bacon rocked my socks, and the soy chorizo dish I made was one of the best things I’ve ever eaten.

What I’m Losing

  1. No ovo.  I like eggs, they are a healthy source of protein.  Plus they are in all of my favorite Thai dishes, life without authentic Pad Thai just isn’t worth it! 🙂
  2. The dairy to soy conversions.  There are many soy products (tofu, soy pudding, edamame) that I greatly enjoy and plan on consuming for life.  However, withthe research still at a stall about the point at which soy becomes a cancer risk rather than help I don’t want to over-indulge.  I have a high risk of cancer anyway, my genes and I grew up in an intense sun area, which is part of why I am concerned with a healthy diet.  Since I enjoy regular dairy I do not want to consume an excess of soy simply to keep animal product off my cereal.
  3. …..more specifically, soy yogurt.  Besides the fact that it lacks the tangy flavor and high protein of Greek yogurt, soy yogurts were impossible for me to find without added sugar.  Consuming extra sugar to get a taste I find second rate seems silly.

What I’m Changing

As you guys know I am mostly vegetarian.  I don’t consume a ton of fish/foul and I haven’t eaten mammals since the summer before 8th grade.  Part of the reason for this (in addition to tastes and health) is that I am unable to make peacewith the idea of eating a mammal.  Pigs are officially smarter than human babies.  While I don’t judge what anyone else eats, I am just not cool with that.  Besides a long long conversation about the treatment of animals breed for food.  I realize you could question why chickens/turkeys/fish are not worthy, honestly I’m not sure.  I feel ok about eating them though and it adds convenience to my life.

As far as animal products go, I do not have a moral issue with consuming them.  My issue lies in the treatment of the source of these foods – cows and chickens raised for eggs and milk.  On a related note, I do not usually consume organic products (my budget will not allow it), although I try to when I can.  A and I discussed this during our challenge, and I realized I see a pretty big difference between pesticides on the outside of a peach and antibiotics that are fed to a cow before she produces milk.  Therefore, A and I have decided to consume dairy/meat less often so that we will be able to afford organic in these products.  We are also going to make a more conserted effort to buy only from companies that provide humane conditions for their farm animals.  I realize that many of my points of view are rationalizations that work only for me.  I am not here to tell anyone what to do, I just wanted to share my own reflections from the 2week challenge.

What are your thoughts on consuming animals/animal products?

What are your thoughts on organic products?

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12 Responses to A Story in Three Parts

  1. marafaye says:

    Ooh im a bad teacher, i dont know what book thats from!!!

    I love your “what I’m keeping” and “what I’m losing” lists. I think so many people go so all or nothing with their food choices, and there are so many gray areas! I’m definitely an omnivore, but tend to use my meat as an accent or side dish (though I’ve gotten bad at that) rather than the huge main course.

  2. Becca A says:

    I definitely try to go organic with fruits and veg where you eat the skin and if I can find proteins and milk that are organic/hormone/antibiotic free I go for those.

    Ya I could never give up eggs!

  3. VeggieGirl says:

    Love the gym mix!!

  4. Eat, Pray, Love?

    Anyway, I think you are dealing with a debate many of us have gone through. I can’t afford everything organic myself. In particular, the milk in my apt is not organic, and though I would splurge on that for similar reasons to yours, my roomate is not on board and since it’s a communal item, I suck it up. As for produce, my rule is to buy what I eat the most often in the organic version – apples, spinach, lettuce. I don’t bother with the stuff you peel anyway. As I’ve said on my blog, I’m not willing to officially “give up” anything, but I find value in being mostly vegetarian. Sounds like it’s similar for you. Way to go sticking with the challenge!

  5. Emily says:

    I’m a complete vegetarian, but I don’t think I could ever go vegan because of my milk, egg, cheese habits. 🙂

    Hope you had a good Tuesday!

  6. Sarah says:

    phew, what a post! your 3-part salad din looks great 🙂

    i get so stressed when i think too much about animals/organic/non-organic. for a while, i was ONLY shopping at the farmers’ market, but because i get so much food from other people right now and am being put through the financial wringer by grad school, i’ve had to relax my standards. but, i’m doing a csa starting in june, so i’m excited to at least go local and partly organic again!

    thanks for your vegan experiment reflections! it’s been fun to go on a virtual vegan journey with you 🙂

  7. Diana says:

    I’m working on using my food more wisely so I can afford more organic, natural, and sustainable foods, including all-natural meats. TJ’s really helps with this initiative with their low prices. In general, for me, I agree with your approach. I am working to buy less, eat a vegetarian meal here and there, and make other small changes to afford the organic and more natural foods, too. 🙂

  8. katecooks says:

    ive wanted to try that flavor of yogurt but can’t find it anywhere!

  9. Emily says:

    Hey again! I just came across this article in the New York Times about organic food and thought I would share. Its so true – just because a meal or dessert or food is organic, does not mean its healthy! Hope you guys enjoy the article: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/22/weekinreview/22bittman.html?ref=nutrition

  10. Danielle says:

    Love your gym mix!

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  12. It is nice that you took your time to write all this up; it’s great to hear another’s point of view. I respect your work on this site, and I’ll return for more information.

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