Monthly Archive: July 2009

Wacked out day

Today was more bizarre than George Whipple’s eyebrows.

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It started off normal – java with foam, you know…

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Then I had an apple.  Still fairly normal, right?

Well, suddenly I felt beyond sick.  Like, go to the bathroom and wait for the puke to come.  Wha?! 

I felt okay-ish if I remained supine (that’s lying flat for you non-medical peeps), but every time I tried to sit up, I felt like I was gonna heave-ho.  No bueno.  I’ve never felt so bizarre…like head-achy, dizzy, with some weakness, too.  Even though I’m a nurse, I really tend to dismiss any symptoms I have.  Things have to be pretty bad for me NOT to ignore them.  So, I checked my pulses, and diagnosed myself with dehydration.  Prescription: water and The View.  Done and done. 

I felt better a few hours later, so I had some comfort food that I knew my tumtum could handle.


Yeah boi!

By the way, I loved hearing everyone’s comments about packing lunches yesterday.  Apparently, most of us are planners when it comes to food.  Economically, it just makes good $en$e.  Plus, then we know exactly what’s in our food.


Look familiar?  Yesterday’s lunch was so good, I wanted the exact same thing today.  Tofu salad on one slice, roasted red pepper hummus on the other.  Luuurve.

The day got weird again when my appetite went haywire after lunch.  I kept eating and eating and eating…and yet, I never felt satisfied. 

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I snacked on the above (and then some).  Blah.  I had sooooo many random errands to do, so I lost track of all my snackage.  I was fairly productive though (as in $400+ dollars productive)…shhh…don’t tell Kyle.  I made a substantial dent in the wallet, but some of it (ok, a LOT of it) was retail therapy.  Shopping counts as cardio, right? 

Economic woes aside, things were looking good again once I found out I won Dave’s Killer Bread in the HangryPants giveaway.  I have been whining about my inability to find this product on the East Coast for quite a while now…so I did a few summersaults upon discovering I won the giveaway 😀

Despite being ridiculously sore from Jillian’s workout yesterday, I still managed to get to the gym.  Before I left, I had a few handfuls of dried mango for a sugary kick in the pants.


That’s about half of what I had, but it got 6 miles out of me so ‘nuf said.


I was dreaming of this during the entire workout.  So refreshing.  Gingerberry is my latest #1 flavor.  I must have been really thirsty or something because I pounded it in under 30 seconds (carbonation and all).  Come to think of it, I drank an extraordinary amount of water at the gym, too.  What a weird day.


Dinnerface :D  In the bowl: quinoa, raw carrots, raw corn, and a spoonful of hummus love.  On the side: raw sprouted chickpeas, and raw broccoli slaw.

Some ingredients jumped ship.


All together now.


Who doesn’t like a good zoom $hot?

I had extra corn off the cob on the side.  I love the way raw corn crunches.  These babies were particularly sweet and hit the spot.


I did laundry while enjoying the sassy Hot-lanta housewives.  They crazy!

For dessert, I made a green creation.  A bit atypical for dessert maybe, but the amount of avocado makes up for it, right?


I steamed some broccoli and cauliflower, then added half an avocado, and drizzled some San-J sweet & tangy sauce on the top.


Awwww sh!!!t – you all MUST try this.  Now.  I stirred it all together to make a brocc-a-mole.

Guess who comes home tomorrow?!?!

A rainy day with Jillian Michaels

Guess who’s turning 21 today!?!?!  My baby sister, Marie!!! 

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Somehow I am the shortest in my fam, even though I’m the oldest.  Boo.

I can’t believe she’s turning 21.  She’ll always be 12 in my eyes.  I can’t wait for her to visit NYC in August – we are going to celebrate in a MAYJ way!

In case you were wondering (since I was just wishing happy birthday for my , yes, my sissie-poo and my popsicle do have back to back birthdays. 

Now, onto the food.

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Liquid AM.  Slosh slosh. 


I used the above brand of non-milk for today’s coffee/Amazing Grass.  It’s meh.  Kinda watery looking, even though it didn’t taste watery, I couldn’t get over how overly clear it appeared. 


I crunched on some apple slices while reading blogs.  I heart reading what you kids are up to.

After just a couple hours, I was ready for lonchie. 


I toasted Alvarado Street bread and spread half with roasted red pepper hummus and the other half with tofu salad (veganaise, shredded carrots, brocc slaw, and avocado). 


It was lovely.

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I used some carrots to polish off the hummus :)

Then turned to Amazing Grass for my second smoothie of the day.  I made this one with the OG flavah flaaaave packet, and I wasn’t so into it…if it isn’t chocolate, I don’t want it.  


Then, since the weather looked like this outside:


I decided it was an inside games kind of day – which meant catching up on all things Bravo (D-list, NYC Prep, you know, important matters).  I also watched my favorite ep of The Office ever (The Injury)…sometimes I can’t breathe while watching because I’m laughing so hard. 

Normally, I’m not scared of lightning, but I JUST read an article about how 5 people were struck by lightning in Jersey yesterday and I was seeing huge bolts every few seconds.  Scary!!  After too much lazing about, I decided to do something.


This b!tch worked my a$$ off!!  I endured 58 minutes of her hell, thanks to OnDemand Exercise TV.  Soon enough I’ll have biceps bigger than Madonna’s (yeah, right!).  It was too much.  Keep in mind this workout was after a 5 day hiatus from all things active.  Tomorrow is going to be horrible, I can already tell.

An hour later (after my legs stopped quivering), I felt like something cool.  Lightbulb. 

Banana soft serve – with a cherry twist.


$5.59 for 10 oz. of cherries?  This better taste like heaven on earth.


Success!!  I know it looks more like a poorly blended smoothie than soft serve, but I like it with chunks (twss).  Cherries and nanners = winning combo!

I was a little worried this would ruin my appetite for dinner…but then I remembered that I’m not a pansy.

For dinner, I went with some repeats.  If it ‘aint broke…


Zucchini “pasta” with raw corn, carrot shreds, and a “creamy” hummus sauce.  I used two different hummuses (hummi? hummusi?) for this “sauce” as well as a dollop of plain greek yogurt.  NOM.


After skyping with Kyle in Brazil, I snacked on some pitettes with roasted red pepper hummus

But I still had to end my night on a sweet note (thank goodness my sweet tooth is back after last night’s scare)!


Loves it.

It’s my *lunch* in a box

Work day = Packed lunch.  Sometimes I feel like I’m the only person who brings lunch to work.  I don’t get it!? 

There are a few things that baffle me about this, the first being the price of buying food on a daily basis.  Sure, I can understand a treat once in a while, but every day?  That adds up!  Second, I don’t understand how people can leave their house without any preparation should they get hungry.  I know I have a job unlike most other people.  I don’t have the luxury of choosing when I take my lunch breaks, and I can’t run out and get food if I’m hungry.  I have patients in acutely ill states, and there are time that I simply cannot step away for a break, regardless of how quick (hence the packed food). 

But all that considered, I still think I would bring my own food, even if I worked at a desk job or whatever.  Control freak?  Maybe a little.  But my coworkers will be wishing they had a bit more type-A personality in them when I’m buying a house in 2 years done paying off my student loans in 5 years.  I don’t mean to sound all holier-than-thou, it’s just a random musing…after all, my Whole Foods addiction pretty much contradicts everything I just wrote.  What do you guys think? 


You know the deal.  Nutty, carob-y, raisin mix, apple, ensalada grande (edamame, corn and tofu were the main features of this bad boy), Apple Pie Larabar, Choco-walla odwalla bar, 1/2 pound of dried mango (this was literally a bushel’s worth of mango in dried form), plus an apple and a banana.

I wish I had read Gena’s post on peeling bananas before eating this one…but I see many banana soft serves in my future, so I’m sure I’ll get a chance to try it out. 


I got a Gingerberry Kombucha at lunchtime, which I popped open around 4 pm.  HIT.the.SPOT.

I got off work a little late, so dinner was thrown together somewhat haphazardly. 


I knew I wanted guac, but none of the regular avocados were ripe.  Panic!!  I ended up buying a huge, scary, mango-looking avocado instead.  The cashier told me they tasted the same, but I was still skeptical.  Has anyone else tried these?  They seriously look like a mango on the outside, but look like a normal avocado on the inside.  Weird.


FYI (because a few people have asked) here is the broccoli slaw I use.  It’s made fresh every day (probably with the veggies that have become too unsightly to sell on their own).  Does that make me a compost bin? 


I’m not sure what I think of this new avocado.  It had a more latex-y texture, and not as creamy of a flavor (if that makes any sense at all!).  I still ate it all up on top of a bed of spinach.


I threw some dried cranz on top at the last minute…why not, right?


My dessert was more dried mango and carob chips.  This picture is deceiving.  The bowl was bigger than it looks.  So big, in fact, that I couldn’t finish the bowl because my tummy was overwhelmed by the amount of sweetness.  Are you shocked?!  I know!  I was as confused by this as you are.  Since when can I not finish dessert?!

[Insert witty title here]

Yeah, creative juices are dried up for tonight.  It’s been a long day, so I’m not even going to bother.  You don’t care about the title anyways, right?


Why does it seem like I’m 12 feet tall while taking this bird’s eye shot of my lunch? 

Look at all the glorious food: Berries GoMega odwalla bar, Cashew Cookie Larabar, hummus, salad of raw-ness, dried papayas & mangoes, home made raw trail mix (carob chips, almonds, cashews, and raisins), and don’t forget the apple!

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The stars the the show weren’t too shy for a close up.

This Larabar was another success!  Not too sweet, not too bland – like Goldilocks’ dream bar, it was JUST right

I was pretty dang busy all day at work, but stepped away from the unit for a quick lunch to make some phone calls eat.

Nothing puts a hop in your step more than hearing VeggieGirl’s voice. 

On the way home, I stopped for a Kombucha treat since it was nasty hot outside.  I felt like I could have drank the air…humidity, not my friend.

I knew exactly what I wanted for dinner.  I had been planning it in my head the whole day.  Does anyone else do this?  Who am I kidding, I’m sure 99% of you foodies do this!!

My dinner was as raw as a surfer’s nipples


Ok, maybe an amateur surfer since it wasn’t 100% raw…but dang was it beautiful!

I grated a whole zucchini into ribbon like pasta noodles, and then added in raw corn, roasted red pepper hummus AND plain hummus. 


Voila!  I took way too many food porn shots because I was so in luuurve with my creation, but I’ll spare you and just post one.  It was definitely a success.  And for all you kids out there without the tricky gadgets, you’ll be happy to know, this was made with an old school grater, no spiralizer needed.  Although, I certainly wouldn’t kick it out of bed if it made it’s way there…


I treated myself to a second course because Kyle’s gone and I use food to fill the void.

I scrounged and scrounged and came up with the last 4 balls of my home-made falafel with hummus.  Per-fec-tion.


Dessert was a bowl of yum.  Same as the trail mix I brought to work: carob chips, cashews, raisins, and almonds.  My tummy was very happy.


Before I forget, it’s my popsicle’s birthday today, and I wish I could be home to celebrate with him, alas, I’m stuck on the east coast…so I’ll post a photo from our trip to Cabo in January.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAD!!!!  I love you :)

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In honor of Julie, this weekend recap will be in yay/nay terms.

Coffee – YAY


Being so out of it I grabbed a second spoon even though there was clearly one already in the mug – NAY


Berry good breks – YAY

Sunny weather – YAY

The Yankees suck – NAY

Cool new stadium – YAY


Vegan options fail – NAY


1125 calorie “fan favorites” – super NAY


Pre-packed dried fruit & nut eats – YAY

Apple Pie Larabar – YAY

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Chocolate Amazing Grass smoothie – YAY

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Pomegranate Mango Amazing Grass shake – NAY


Quinoa, baked tofu, and roasted red pepper hummus – YAY!!!!


So good I wanted seconds – YAY (and NAY?)


Green swamp water Kombucha – YAY



Yacon slices for dessert – NAY


Rachel Getting Married – YAY


Lazy Sunday with my fiancé – YAY

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New flavor (Pomegranate) CHOBANI greek yogurt – YAY


Orange themed lunch – YAY

Afternoon stroll through Riverside Park – YAY


Snickers Kashi Chewy Chocolate Almond Toffee pre-gym fuel – NAY


Less than 30 minutes on the elliptical – NAY

Sprinting home in a surprise torrential downpour sans umbrella – NAY


Snacking before dinner ruining my appetite – NAY


Mega-avocado salad – YAY

Random flowers from my K love – YAY


Young At Heart – YAY (everyone see this!)


Strawberry Serenity Kombucha – YAY


Frozen dessert done right – YAY

Kyle leaving for Brazil tomorrow – NAY