1, 2, 3

April 8, 2009

I made it to break!  Today was actually the sickest I felt, but knowing that it was “Friday” I was able to push through.  My lack of post yesterday was due to the fact that I was in bed before 9.  Thank God too, I can’t even imagine how I would have felt today without a healthy dose of shut-eye.

Yesterday morning I packed this on the train, a small banana and a Balance Honey Yogurt Peanut Bar.

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I don’t a lot of Balance bars because they have 3.5grams of saturated fat.  However, they are hands down the best tasting bars on earth.  This flavor knocks my socks off.

Lunch’s flavor kept my socks firmly on unfortunately.  I tried a new yogurt brand and was muy unimpressed.

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I like that fact that it was dairy and soy free, but the flavor was just off.  My two clementines were juicy as usual though.

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A ate a lot more food than we were expecting this week so we actually ran out of meals early!  We ended up going for sushi last night while we were out on a drugstore run.  We went to Sinju, a place close to our house.

Here is my plate.

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From left to right: California handroll, spicy crunchy salmon roll, broccoli tempura roll.  Delish.

I did manage to sneak in some snacks before my early bedtime though.  Easter candy,

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and some paper bag popcorn.

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This morning I packed an Iced Oatmeal Cookie Luna bar for my train breakfast.

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I also cracked open this stash bright and early.

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In spite of slightly reduced taste (I have no smell because I’m so stuffy) my lunch was a mega success!  You guys know I love pina colada flavored things, and today I went for double trouble.

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Pineapple Coconut Light and Fit yogurt, 1/4C oats, 1T unsweetened coconut, TJ unsweetened dried pineapple, and a small banana.  So frickin’ good!

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Try this mix at home!  Of course I had two clementines with it.

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After lunch I had to give a presentation at our teacher meeting so I didn’t get a much needed chance to rest my voice.  This chocolate flower a student brought me made up for it though!

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I didn’t eat it, but I did have two of these guys.

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I got home as quickly as possible today, I am on vacation for a week and a half, woot!  At home I snacked on the few bites of leftover couscous A ate earlier this week.

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We are out of food so I know I won’t have to cook dinner tonight 🙂  I do have an agenda though, I need to put some laundry away before I pack.  I like to be organized, but I am the worst procrastinator packer ever!  In college I would start packing for trips home literally 5minutes before my SuperShuttle pick up time!  I’m planning on being a grown up today and getting it done tonight though.  I also am hoping to get a pedicure!  Other than splurges on food, we haven’t bought much fun stuff this year.  I know how much happier I will be on the beach if my feet are pretty.

I’ve got to scadaddle, I’ll be back with a quick post later.

What are you celebrating this year: a. Passover, b. Easter, c. both, d. neither?


Sick, Stressed, SPRING!

April 7, 2009

As the title implies, my ongoing illness (and/or stress over the fact that I’ve been busy from 7am-midnight straight) is far outweighed by my joy over the upcoming spring break!  However, I am sick, and it is midnight, so this will be a quick post.

I know I almost never eat full-fat dairy, but who could resist this?!

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These are probiotic kefir pouches intended for children, but fully enjoyable for nerdy adults!

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I’ve been eyeing these for months and finally bought them other day while I was at the store without A!  The flavor was very pleasing and even though they were full-fat they didn’t make my stomach feel yucky.

I packed a cinnamon raisin Gnu bar alongside.

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One of my Whole Foods purchases the other day was a small box of these, I was worried about taking a flavor jump, but this did not disappoint.

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For lunch I had a final serving of pumpkin pesto  pasta to tackle.

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I spruced it up with 2Babybell cheddar minis and 1T pine nuts.

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With my usual two clementines.

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It was a busy day at school, and it culminated with an hour long teachers meeting at which we were threatened/yelled at for our various “offenses.”  People at my school are big on talking about “covering yourself.”  I’m not there to cover myself, I’m there to teach.  All of us newbie teachers feel like there is too much concern with appearances, and not enough focus on the actual students.

After school I hurried to the city for a doctor’s appointment (yes, I still have a wort on my foot, and yes, I do feel disgusting).  I popped into Duane Reade on the way home to grab some cough drops and I bought a bag of Pop Chips to snack on during the ride home.

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Yum!

Once back in the Slope I met up with Mr. C at Starbucks to do some major school work.  I knew I was in for an extra-busy night so I threw together a pretty nice meal out of the fridge cases at Starbucks!  A turkey pesto sandwich.

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A small Naked Green Goodness juice.

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And a Starbucks brand dark chocolate bar.

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All total, here are my school accomplishments post 6pm –

  • graded student work
  • bubbled in the scantron sheet for last quarter’s final grades
  • revamped my plans for the rest of the week
  • made a “scavenger hunt” for my students to find key details in the novel we are finishing
  • printed off awards for last quarter’s high grades

I ate a serving of Mary’s Gone Crackers while I worked.

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Sorry to rush off, but tomorrow is looking to be an equally busy day!  xoxoxo

Are there any “kiddie” products you still enjoy as an adult? 

Do you like Fage giveawaysSerious?  I need to win this!


Cough!

April 5, 2009

Not the most productive day, but it sure was fun (and I’m sick damn it!).  After my long post this morning I actually crawled back into bed for a bit to let my headache subside.  I never actually ate breakfast, just 1T unphotographed pb.

Late afternoon A convinced me that the weather was too gorgeous to be inside, so we took the 1.24mile walk to Buffalo Wild Wings at Atlantic Center.  We enjoyed the weather, our conversation, and stopping inside a few pet stores to pet the kitties!  I also stopped into a health food store and bought some fresh veggie juice.

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All I can say is that I hope Green Monsters don’t taste like this!  I’m sure they don’t (and I myself am a huge fan of wheatgrass) because this was awful!  It was super bitter, “Everything that is wrong with veggies,” A said.  I forced down 3/4 of it in the interest of health but was more than glad to trade it in for a diet coke at the restaurant.

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I knew beforehand I had to get fries (thanks a lot, Kelsey!) so I choose a healthy main dish.

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Naked tenders with potato wedges.  I traded in my sauce for buffalo and blue cheese, the best combo on Earth.

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So good!  This meal was exactly what I was craving, and the spicy sauce finally helped to clear my nose!  I basically licked my plate clean, along with a handful of A’s fries too!

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We enjoyed the walk home too, stopping to check out some of the budding beauties.

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I was in the house long enough to take some Asprin before A convinced me it was time for a movie; we just really weren’t in the mood to work today, spring break is way too close!  My “Fast and Furious” snacks were very orange.

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2 clementines and the last of the baby carrots.  I also packed a bag of sour fruit gummies.

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My snacks were great, but I enjoyed the jumbo h20 I bought the most!  In the spirit of procrastination we decided to extend our walk home (it is 10blocks each way to the theatre) and made a quick loop.

When we got home I did finally get some school work done, but I am leaving much more for tomorrow than usual.  I made a tasty tasty snack while I worked.

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Nonfat plain Fage with Stonewall Kitchen Maple Pumpkin Butter.  I can see why people like this combo!

Hopefully it’s an early morning (to finish up my work!) so I’m going to get to bed.

Were you all work, all play, or a healthy balance this weekend?

What do you do when you notice you’ve gained a few pounds?

Sidenote – In case anyone is curious, my metabolism isn’t just beyond amazing, I am effected by the overabundance of snacks and the underabundance of movement over the past few weeks.  In the end I’ve put on about 2-3lbs (more than it sounds on my small frame).  I know better than to plan on eating healthy the week of a vacation (there are Tons of restaurants we are excited to get back to and we’ll probably drink every day) but I am going to try to make mini bits strength training my goal for the week.  I’m sad that I’m too sick to gym it before I leave but I can’t really go to the gym more than 3 times while I’m home so it’s just as well.  After boozing it up for a week healthy eats will be majorly appealing when I head back to the city and I’ll have a long weekend to get back into the gym groove before I head back to work.


Excused

April 1, 2009

Holy frick I’m up early enough to do a breakfast post!  I felt slightly guilty about my absence yesterday and figured I’d make it up to my many (ha!) readers; I’m really make an effort to be a more consistent blogger.  I really do have a reason for not posting yesterday though – A was out of town, so I made popcorn for dinner, but in order to explain my healthy choices I needed to mention that A was out of town, and that seemed unsafe.

Here is a lunch preview since per usual I won’t be home until late.

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I made dinner foods last night and just packed them for lunch.  For the tofu I sliced a block of extra firm into 6ths and placed it in a tupperware overnight with soy sauce, apple cidar vinegar and a little bit of Chipolte Tabasco and maple syrup.  Last night I placed it on a sprayed baking sheet, sprinkled the top with a teensy bit of sugar and salt and cooked for 45minutes at 450*.   The circles are these adorable Italian eggplants, sliced and oven roasted.

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I also packed two clementines.

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It should be a busy day at work, so I’m glad to have already checked something off my to do list!  Have a great day!

What’s the first thing on your to do list today?


You Ugli

March 29, 2009

The title is what our students say to each other (god forbid they use a verb).  The other day a (horrendous!) boy was apparently quite pissed that I asked him not to scream outside my door during my class so he told me “you ugly!”  My response?  Deadpan voice “I know.  And I cry about it every night, but right now I’m trying to suck up the pain so I can teach this class.”  Hehe, that is generally my response to any sort of random criticism thrown my way “I’ll cry about it later, but let’s get on with class now.”

Anyhoo, I started my morning off with an Ugli fruit today.  Actually, I started my morning off with a small handful of this stuff.

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Then I attacked the ugli fruit.

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Here it is naked.  It was still big, but the peel definitely added some of the heft.

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A and I split it, we both thought it tasted like an orange.  I ate my half with a medium sliced banana.

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I also ate 2 Brazil nuts.

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Did you know that 1 Brazil nut contains more than 100% of your daily selenium needs?  I was reminded of this fact by a “House” episode a few months ago, so when I saw unsalted ones at the grocery store I had to buy them.

After doing some school work it was time for lunch.  A and I decided on meatloaf sandwiches.

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I put a small serving of meatloaf on a slice of ww bread, spread the other slice with maple pumpkin butter, topped it with sharp cheddar and broiled the whole thing.

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I got a coupon for Kraft Naturals the other day so that is what I used, this stuff has Great flavor!

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After 5minutes, my sandwich was ready to go.

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Super tasty!  I love the savory/sweet so pumpkin butter was the perfect addition to this.

A went out to do the laundry so I went with me and ran some errands around noon; we have some Easter surprises for our parents when we go home in two weeks!  I worked at a leisurely pace all morning which means I had to pick up the tempo by the afternoon.  I got all of my plans and materials finished (I am saving my posters for tomorrow) and hurried to Staples to make my copies.

After Staples I came home and ate a small salad.

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This was romaine and shredded red cabbage topped with a little bit of unsweetened dried blueberries, pine nuts, and fat free poppy seed dressing.

Then I headed to the gym – I am getting back into the swing of running and I love it!  Sadly my bunion feels a little bit funny, but I am hoping it’s my shoes.  I’m going to do other forms of exercise for a few days then run again in a different pair.  The gym was near closing time when I got there so I had to cut my treadmill intervals (2minute jog/1minute walk) to 25minutes.  I still managed to do 2.75miles so I left feeling pretty happy.

I had to go to the drug store to buy something to bring my mom after the gym.  I knew I had to eat more meatloaf leftovers for dinner so I did some brainstorming during my run, and came home with these.

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I’ll explain them in a minute.  On the way home from the drugstore it started to hail on me!  I was wearing just a hoodie because the weather had been so nice all day and I was not happy!  I sprinted a few blocks and then thankfully A saved me with an umbrella because my foot was really starting to hurt.

I have to take a quick minute to mention what a hero A was today.  I truely don’t know how I got so lucky with my husband.  He is always sweet but today was above and beyond.  Not only did he wash my laundry, he folded and put them all away!  Then he walked with me to Staples, saved me with an umbrella, and sat in our teeny bathroom to chat with me during my shower because I was cold and frustrated.  He is truely the best guy for me on Earth.

Then I got down and dirty with my other great love, in the kitchen, popcorn!

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No one guessed buttered popcorn as my Jelly Belly pudding flavor but that’s what I bought.  It was good, but I almost wish it was saltier.

Mushy stuff over.  Want to know what I made with Doritos and meatloaf?

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Nachos!  I topped them with corn, sharp cheddar, and a dollop of medium salsa.

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So tasty, I love homemade nachos!

I actually have the chance to be in bed before 10:30pm, a miracle for me.  I’m going to grab my book and hit the sack!

Do you do homemade nachos?  What “bar foods” do you make at home?


No More Days Until the Weekend!

March 27, 2009

How excited am I that I have 1full week/1half week until Spring Break?  Very!

I refuse to be too tired from work to take care of myself, and am insisting on going to the gym (and back to the grocery to get what I missed yesterday) before dinner so this will be a quick post.

For breakfast, on the train, I brought  True Delights bar.

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I bought a box with a coupon yesterday.  The flavor was good but it was not filling at all.  I was so hungry I wanted to chew my arm off by the time I got off the train!

I forced myself not to eat anything else but I did buy a drink at the bodega near my school.

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Aloe juice with guava.  Are you kidding me, this was awesome!  The c-store at UM used to sell aloe but I’d never tried it with papaya before.  I will be stopping to for another one of these next week for sure!

Lunch was very predictable, fruit and yogurt.

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A baggie of green grapes, a minneola, and a new brand of yogurt – Wallaby fat free maple.  I bought a bunch of new yogurts at the store this week for funsies so I shall be doing some branching out from my usual plain Greek.

Today I had to teach all three of my 8th grade classes what the word flattered meant.

When I got home from school I tucked into a snack pronto.

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A serving of Mini Wheatabix Chocolate Chip with some chocolate soy milk.  I also had 1T of chunky pb as I started blogging but was too lazy to take a picture.

My plan for tonight is 1. gym, 2. grocery, 3. shower, 4. dinner, 5. blog, 6. cuddle up with the magazine my mommy sent me.

Have you ever tasted aloe?  What did you think?

What is the most fun thing you have planned for this weekend?

I’ll leave you with a few contests that I am really hoping I win:

  1. A ton of Newman’s Own goodies from Fitness NYC
  2. Pure bars from Carrots ‘n Cake

A Story in Three Parts

March 23, 2009

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?