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I’m High

4 Mar

How’s that for an attention grabbing headline? 😉

So I haven’t exactly been keeping up on my New Year’s goal of updating my blog more often lately. But at least I’ve been spending my time wisely while I’ve been away. I started Crossfit!!! (This is where the “high” part comes in.) I’ve been doing it for two weeks now and I’m already hooked. There is a certain “high” that comes with doing it because you push yourself beyond the limits that you thought possible. I figured this out real quick last week when I couldn’t do a pull up and I left the gym in a terrible mood because I couldn’t get my “high.” I’m an addict. 😉

Another aspect of Crossfit that is different from a traditional workout is all the encouragement you get from everyone else at the gym. I said to the hubby the other day as we were leaving the gym, “People here are sure fans of the high-five.” He laughed and said, “Well since you never played sports, this is a new concept to you, but that’s what people do.” HA HA! I stand corrected and now I am apparently a fan of the high-five as well. 🙂

p.s. In case you’re not familiar with Crossfit, here’s a handy video to show you what an ass kicking it is.

In other news, I made a yummy, quick, and healthy dinner tonight using a bunch of random veggies from my CSA box – Green Curry Fried Rice.

Start by sauteing whatever veggies you want to use. I used onions, mushrooms, broccoli and mache. (To be honest, I’m not 100 percent sure of exactly what mache is, but it’s some kind of green that keeps showing up in my CSA box, so I keep using it. :-))

Meanwhile, in a second pan, scramble four eggs (two per person) and then add some pre-cooked brown rice to make a sort-of fried rice. (I used Trader Joe’s microwave brown rice.)

Then in the veggie pan, add a jar of Trader Joe’s Thai Green Curry Simmer Sauce, plus enough coconut milk to thin the liquid so it covers all the veggies.

Heat the sauce through.

Then spoon the egg and rice mixture into bowls and cover that mixture with the sauce. Stir it all up and yum!


What Do You Eat?

26 Jan

As a vegetarian, I get asked all the time “What do you eat?”. I got asked this question today, in fact, which is what inspired this post. So here’s what I made for dinner tonight:

It’s part of my “Make It Up As I Go Along” series. 😉 It’s tempeh, red onion, garlic, cumin and greens sautéed in olive oil. My CSA box has encouraged many creations from the “Make It Up As I Go Along” series, since I always have to find creative ways to use up my veggies.

Other things I eat for dinner that are delicious and meat free:

Garbanzo beans in Trader Joe’s curry simmer sauce over brown rice (if I have greens to use up, I will add them in with the beans and sauce. It’s yummy!)
Black Bean Soup (click here for recipe)
Lentil Stew (click here for recipe)
Breakfast for dinner with a veggie scramble (whatever veggies I want to use up combined with eggs)

Speaking of food, I’ve been doing my diet for about two weeks now and I’m down five pounds! The best part though is that after avoiding sugar for two weeks and eating every 2-3 hours to keep my blood sugar even, I feel great! I have so much more energy and I don’t get “that 2:30 feeling” in the afternoons anymore. And when I come home from work, I still have energy to do stuff, rather than just planting my ass on the couch. 😀 Now I just have to make myself remember this feeling forever whenever I see a dessert that calls my name. Avoiding sugar makes it easier to avoid sugar though. 😉 Meaning if you don’t eat sugar, you don’t crave it.

Next up on my health “to do” list is taking my exercise to the next level. Up until this point, I’ve just been doing walking and easy hikes, but I finally feel like my body is adequately recovered from my broken leg and I can start to push myself more.

Hooray for feeling fine and healthy!

I’m On The Wagon

8 Jan

The diet wagon, that is. 😉

Since it’s that time of year and since I have big plans for 2012 (like maybe, kinda, sorta trying for a baby :shock:), I decided it’s time to focus on my health. The program I’m doing is called First Line Therapy and it’s something I had started doing last summer, before I broke my leg. But then I totally got off track, since I wasn’t even able to cook my own meals. So now, I’m back!

Now let’s be real for a minute, this plan is a diet it is not a “lifestyle change” or any of that BS. It is simply too restrictive to be a lifestyle – no booze or caffeine allowed (two of my favorite things. :(). It is, however, a good way to lose weight and you do learn things on it that can and should be incorporated into a healthy lifestyle. For example, on this plan, you must eat small meals throughout the day, every 2-3 hours. This was HUGE for me when I did it before. I had always thought of myself as being good about having healthy snacks between meals, but what I learned was that I would let myself get too hungry before I eat the snacks and my blood sugar would drop. Keeping your blood sugar even throughout the day will make a huge difference in your mood and energy!

Another thing I like about this plan is that it’s focused on eating whole foods – no Jenny-Craig-style frozen miniature pizzas here. 🙂 Here’s a sample of a typical day:

Breakfast (eat within 1 hour of waking up):
Smoothie made with vanilla meal replacement. (this specific plan includes a meal replacement powder that you drink once a day to help ensure you are getting all the vitamins you need, but you could add in a vanilla protein powder, if you prefer). In my smoothie, I put 2 scoops meal replacement, 1 cup water, ice, 1/2 cup frozen raspberries, 1 Tbs peanut butter, 1/2 cup low-fat ricotta cheese, and several handfuls of spinach. I know what you are thinking, the ricotta cheese sounds disgusting, but trust me, you can’t even taste it. I like to add it as a way to get more protein. It’s better than adding yogurt, since most yogurt has added sugar and sugar is a no-no on this plan.

Morning Snack (eat 2-3 hours after breakfast):
3/4 cup low-fat cottage cheese with 1 pear diced. Cottage cheese and pear is a yummy combo!

Lunch (eat 2-3 hours after snack):
Black Bean Soup. Keep reading for a delicious and easy recipe below.

Afternoon (eat 2-3 hours after lunch):
1/4 cup hummus with veggies. My two favorite veggie dippers are broccoli and cauliflower

Dinner (eat 2-3 hours after snack):
Veggie Fried Rice. Made using 1 cup brown rice, 2 eggs and whatever veggies you like. Be sure you watch how much oil you use when cooking this. The plan allows for 4 Tsp of oil per day, so use wisely and spread throughout the day.

For lunch, I like to have black bean soup, so I make a big pot of it on Sunday, so that I can eat it throughout the week. Here is a delicious and very easy recipe that I found on the Cooking with Trader Joe’s blog.

Black Bean Soup
Note: I doubled the recipe below because I wanted to have a week’s worth of lunches.


• 1 medium yellow onion, peeled and chopped (or use 1 1/2 cups TJ’s Freshly Diced Onion)
• 1 clove crushed garlic, or 1 cube frozen Crushed Garlic
• 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
• 1 tsp ground cumin
• 2 (15-oz) cans black beans (do not drain)
• 1 jar of your favorite salsa, such as TJ’s Chunky Salsa
• 2 Tbsp lime juice (juice of 1 lime)

1. In a medium pot, add the olive oil and sauté the onions until they are soft and translucent.

2. Add cumin and garlic, sautéing for an additional minute.
3. Pour in black beans (including juices), salsa, and lime juice. Stir to combine and bring to a simmer. Simmer covered for 20 minutes.

It’s that easy! And then you have a delicious bowl of black bean soup to enjoy. You can also top it with sour cream, if you like, but I don’t think it needs it, plus that’s not allowed on my diet. 😉

I know different things work for different people. Do you have a “go to” method for losing weight?