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1  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Healthy Eats-Along 2012 on: March 06, 2012 11:17:42 PM
My main concern with paleo is that the main source of protein is animal proteins, no high protein grains like quinoa, or beans, or tofu. Not only are there some ethical questions regarding the consumption of that much animal product, but it doesn't really sound representative of a cave man diet to me. Humans are at the top of the food chain because we are omnivores, not carnivores. But perhaps I don't know enough about the diet to speak to it properly.

Anyways, trying to find the motivation to get back on the wagon.
2  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Healthy Eats-Along 2012 on: March 06, 2012 10:55:50 PM
So, I'm just going to food vent. I got really frustrated with my diet and progress yesterday. I had been planning to go out to my favorite restaurant with some friends/acquaintances for at least 4 days, so I ate pretty well leading up to it so I could splurge a bit when we went. Now, I eat really healthfully - more so than most of the people I know - mostly fruits and veggies, then whole grains, non-animal proteins, no sodas or fast food or highly processed junk food.

So, I go out to dinner with these people, and no one orders anything. Nothing but drinks. They are all on the "paleo" diet, and proceeded to talk about how much better their way of eating is than any other one, and how there was nothing on the menu healthful enough for them to eat. Imagine how I felt, having looked forward to this meal for days, and then being too ashamed by my (really good) eating habits to even order anything. It made me feel really bad and deflated, and totally unmotivated to keep eating healthfully. Ugh, it was so frustrating. I know the paleo diet is not for me, as I have some major ethical issues with it, but now I need to find another kick-in-the-butt to get motivated again.

How do you bounce back when you have a frustrating diet day?   
3  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Healthy Eats-Along 2012 on: March 05, 2012 08:35:24 AM
I've been doing OK with my eating - but just OK! I really need to ramp up my efforts a bit. On Saturday, I ate nothing but carbs- brown rice for breakfast, vegan mac and cheese for lunch, crackers and jam for a snack. I finally got some veg in for dinner, but yikes! Yesterday I did OK too - I made a smoothie for breakfast, and then had leftover homemade enchiladas* for lunch, and kale with beans and sausage for dinner. But then I ate some cheese crackers and circus cookies too, meh.

Today I had brown rice for breakfast, and I'm going to make a salad for lunch, but I don't have any protein for it so I'm worried I might get snacky. I'm going for dinner to one of my favorite places tonight, and I can order pretty healthy foods there, but then the issue becomes portion control. I have to make sure I'm not going in too hungry, gotta plan ahead.

Enchiladas: I LOVE Mexican food! I made super yummy and semi-healthy enchiladas with homemade corn tortillas, black beans, butternut squash, wilted greens, green chile sauce, and about half the cheese I would normally use. The sauce was a little dry, and without all the cheese there wasn't much moisture in the pan, so I just poured half a cup of stock over the top to bake it, which saved it! It could have taken a whole cup though.

Let's hope I can stay on track this week!
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: The Brave Little Toaster on: February 21, 2012 11:00:38 PM
Oh my gosh, I LOVE these little guys! Awwww
5  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Healthy Eats-Along 2012 on: February 20, 2012 09:17:23 AM
Tortillas are super easy to make if you have a tortilla press. I bought one at Target after trying to make them by hand, which resulted in masa dough all over the kitchen (ceiling and everything), and a lot of frustration. Now I never, ever buy tortillas!

Those arepas look delicious! I'm totally trying those one of these days.
6  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Healthy Eats-Along 2012 on: February 18, 2012 05:15:07 PM
This week I've been cleaning out the fridge and freezer - I didn't even have to go shopping! The final "bottom of the barrel" meal is tonight, and I will be making blackened tofu with a remoulade of sorts (mustard, ketchup, spices, relish, garlic, onions) over top, sauteed chard, and cucumber salad, which is the easiest thing ever.

Cut a cucumber into thin slices, put in bowl and drizzle with a mild, clear vinegar (I used rice vinegar, but a champagne or other mild white wine vinegar would work too). Season with salt and pepper, let sit at least 10 minutes before serving. Too easy. Add more flavor with fresh herbs (rosemary is nice, but you can seriously use just about anything). If it is to vinegary, just add a sprinkle of sugar.  A great palate cleanser!

Also, I had a weird variety of citrus rolling around (2 limes, 2 blood oranges, 1 regular orange, 2 meyer lemons), so I juiced them all together and froze the juice into ice cube trays - just drop a cube or two in sparkling water or club soda for a non-sugary, non-alcoholic beverage. (Would also be good with Vodka for a non-sugary-but-still-fruity cocktail.)
7  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Healthy Eats-Along 2012 on: February 16, 2012 11:19:57 PM
Oh man! I've been totally MIA this week - and it's already Friday. Damn. Well, tomorrow is a new day where I can try to be good again!

I DID make this vegan broccoli soup this weekend, though. It was really, really yummy! Super tasty with seasoned croutons sprinkled on top. I used this recipe, but used veggie broth and cut out the cream all together, never missed it: http://lemonsandanchovies.wordpress.com/2011/06/05/potato-broccoli-soup/
8  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Whedonverse Swap round 8 (SIGNUP 2/15/12-2/29/12; SENDOUT 4/4/12) on: February 15, 2012 10:26:01 PM
Ooooh! I want to sign up for this SO BAD.
9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: The "Cake Lady" painting on: February 07, 2012 08:06:35 AM
It's a really beautiful painting. Amazing work!
10  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Healthy Eats-Along 2012 on: February 06, 2012 12:29:56 AM
I did ok on my goals for last week - I'd grade my efforts a C. I did REALLY well with my eating goals, but not so good with my exercise and water goals. But, I was a little over a pound lighter when I weighed myself this morning... so... keep on keeping on.

My goals for this week are the same as last:
- Eat breakfast at home every day
- Take my lunch to work every day
- Eat dinner at home 4 days a week
- Drink one bottle of water a day
- Walk 2 miles a day.

Recipes:

This is one of my favorite breakfast smoothies: Almond milk, almond butter, banana, chocolate protein powder, ice - Blend, Drink, Yum!

This week I am making a quinoa salad with blood oranges I got in my produce box, maybe with a meyer lemon vinaigrette - Ingredients: cooked quinoa, blood oranges (supremed AKA cut out of their pith), feta cheese, spinach (cut into ribbons), and parsley. Mix everything in a bowl, drizzle with olive oil, an acid (vinegar, citrus, etc), salt and pepper or mix with a premade dressing. I hope it's yummy!
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