Monthly Archive: June 2011

Sitting for six

After my string of night shifts, I simply wanted to sleep and veg out all day.  So that’s what I did.  I didn’t leave the apartment.  I didn’t even change out of my pajamas. 

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Normally I feel at least a little bit of pressure to work out, especially since I’m supposedly “training” for a triathlon.  But I didn’t.  It’s rare that I don’t have feelings of guilt for being a sloth – which is something I’m always working on.  I am a firm believer that guilt is a pointless emotion.  Being healthy means being balanced and flexible.  That includes fitness.  Not working out one day won’t kill me.  I still have to actively say that to myself to make sure I’m being practical (and not a perfectionist).  But I also don’t want one day off to turn into a week.  It’s easy for me to rationalize reasons why I “deserve” a day off.  So I am constantly working on making sure there’s a true balance in my life – cutting myself slack when I need to, but still pushing myself to my fullest potential. 

It was during my third hour of Sex and the City that I read a news story that made me cringe. 

Sitting for 4-6 hours a day means you have an 80% higher risk of death. 

Disregarding it’s bizarre phrasing, the study’s conclusion really creeped me out!  Here I am, on my days off, sitting at my computer for hours on end.  Often more than 6 hours.

The negative effects of sitting:

  • weight gain –> obesity –> increased risk of heart disease & cancer
  • spine compression
  • circulatory trouble (plaque in blood vessels)
  • slowed metabolism

Maybe blogging (or reading others’ blogs) isn’t so healthy.  I mean, 80% is no small amount. 

The study also said that even 1-2 hours of exercise doesn’t counteract the effects of prolonged sitting.  So unless you’re reading blogs on your iPhone while walking to a gym, you’re not doing yourself any favors. 

How about I conduct a study about the positive effects of sitting?  Here’s what I’m thinking off the top of my head:

  • better recipe ideas
  • less laundry (I’m mentally subtracting my dirty gym clothes in this scenario)

Ok, that’s all I can think of.  Feel free to chime in!?! 

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I had two bowls of oatmeal, identical in composition, for breakfast (which was around 1 pm once I woke back up).  Whole rolled oats, cinnamon, raisins, apples, coconut peanut butter AND regular peanut butter. 

I snacked over the course of the afternoon, but took no photos (how interesting are apples, hummus, and nuts really?). 

Now that I think about it, I was actually fairly productive for being a sloth because I finished my book and swept, mopped, and scrubbed down the kitchen and bathroom. 

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My dinner was kinda a smorgasbord of stuff…roasted squash, quinoa, veggie leftovers, and seitan…on a bed of lettuce.   

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And since I ate so early (6ish), I had lots of time for dessert.

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I annihilated my bag of carob chips

By 9 pm I was delirious and Kyle was enjoying my nonsense almost as much as he enjoys me showing his love notes on the blog.  [Read: not at all]  I went to bed early and fell asleep the second my head hit the pillow. 

How many hours a day do you think you sit?  Consecutively or broken up with activity?

The tally

Elise 1.  Night shift 1.

Monday’s night shift was fine.  But last night’s had a few hiccups.  It started off well enough (same patients, same routine) but after my lunch sleeping break at 3 am, I got busy. 

Downside: One of my patients decided to stop breathing (which is never good).

Upside: The hours between 3 and 6 am FLEW by.

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Leading up to work I had a nice day.  After biking back from work, I showered and crawled into bed, where I promptly dozed off for a solid four hours.

When I woke up I made a good hearty breakfast.  I say hearty because the oats were thick enough to tip the pot upside down.

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Those are some rib coating oats right there!

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You can’t really see them, but there are super plump raisins in there, too.  As well as Tropical Traditions coconut peanut butter.

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It’s weird (slash fun) how the temperature affects the state of the nutbutter.  I don’t even need a thermometer, the melting point of coconut is my weatherman.  Coconut butter turns from solid to liquid at 78 degrees Fahrenheit.  So obviously yesterday was a cooler day.

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I watched Wimbledon in my PJs, read my latest book (On Mystic Lake), and snacked.  Nothing fancy, just Sabra hummus with Alvarado Street bread and carrots

Then I showered (again), packed my food/scrubs/etc. for work, made rice for Kyle, and got ready to peace out.  [We have a rice cooker for those who were suggesting we get one, so yes, all I had to do was press a button before I left the casa]

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Pre-cycle sesh I enjoyed this Blueberry Muffin Larabar.  It made me really pumped for my 6 mile ride which actually ended up backfiring because I arrived at the hospital in record timing (with record sweating).  No biggie.  More time to read my book.

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My work eats: leftover salad with a kilo of kale underneath (I wish you knew how huge this tupperware actually was).

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This was the last of the baby shower salad, which is sad because it was SO good.  I’m pretty sure it contained more fiber than a nursing home. 

I also brought the below Alvarado Street sprouted tortilla and Sabra hummus, in addition to some (unpictured) roasted nuts, eaten at 1 am, and an apple, eaten at 6 am. 

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Upon arriving home from work, I promptly ditched my helmet and backpack, showered, and staggered into the bedroom.  I slept moderately well, but still woke up in time to catch some Wimbledon matches on tv.

Can you believe I haven’t seen Kyle since Sunday night?  Working PM shifts is rough.  Have you ever worked opposite hours from a loved one?  Done the long distance thing? 

Vegan in Paris

Before I post about my last day in Paris, I wanted to take a brief moment to share all the research I did prior to visiting this gorgeous city. 

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Paris, oh Paris, where to begin.  With your ham and cheese filled cuisine and head-strong chefs, it’s no wonder vegans find themselves in deep water when dining in your fair city.   

There are a few exceptions though…you just have to do your research. [And be with fellow travelers that are ok with doing the veggie thing] 

While I personally didn’t go out of my way to track down these vegan gems, I did do a considerable amount of research that I feel obligated to share…to any fellow vegans traveling to Paris in the future, here are some places you may consider trying:

*Warning: unlike in the US, most traditional restaurants are not keen on changing dishes on the menu.  Altering preparations of an item is frowned upon, so unless you are dining at one of the following vegan restaurants, don’t expect a non-vegan restaurant to be able to accommodate your dietary needs.  Seriously.  They won’t.  Consider this my one piece of advice: order a dish as it is, and make adjustments to it after the plate arrives.  In my weakest moment, I ordered a ham and cheese sandwich and then removed both the ham and cheese.  And trust me, it was better than arguing with the chef about just getting a plain baguette. 

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Restaurants

Saveurs Végét’Halles
41, Rue des Bourdonnais, Paris 75001
Métro: Chatelet or Les Halles
01 40 41 93 95
This restaurant is almost exclusively vegan with only one non-vegan item on the menu, the lasagna.  Situated in the former location of La Victoire Suprême du Coeur.  Great crispy fried tofu.  Plenty of vegan desserts.  Oriental feel.  Food is well presented. 95% vegan food.  70% organic.  Gluten-free available. Wheelchair accessible.  Open 10.00-15.00 and 18.00-23.00

Le Potager du Marais
22, Rue Rambuteau, Paris 75003
Métro: Rambuteau
01 42 74 24 66
Organic, with all-day long service.  Small, cozy, rustic and charming ambience.  Gets busy weekend evenings (so call for a reservation).  Serves traditional French cuisine made vegetarian with one page of vegan selections (vegan soups, tarte, pate, patty, gratin, moussaka, desserts, and more).  The pastry chef prepares all vegan desserts including lemon bars, carrot cake and blueberry bundt.  3-course dinner menu available for about 25 euro.  Accepts credit cards. Open Mon-Fri 6-10pm, Sat-Sun lunch and dinner.

Pousse-Pousse
7, rue Notre-Dame-de-Lorette, 75009
Métro: Notre-Dame-de-Lorette
01 53 16 10 81
World-class raw cuisine in the heart of Paris in a small and friendly location. Offers raw food as well as cooked using ingredients including sprouts, seaweeds, fresh pollens, mixed herbs. Also has organic bread and raw dried crackers, hot chocolate cake, panna cotta made with agar-agar and rice milk, fresh fruit salad with lucuma cream, one cooked soup and one raw soup each day. Gluten free and mostly vegan. Has outdoor seating. Open 11.00-15.30 and 16.30-19.30.

Au Grain de Folie
24, Rue la Vieuville, Paris 75018
Métro: Abesses
01 42 58 15 57
Closed Monday mornings.  A little nook of a place with helpful service and standard macrobiotic fare. 

Piccolo Teatro
6, rue des Ecouffes, 4th arrondissement
01 42721779
Metro: St-Paul 
Combine good vegetarian food with romance in Piccolo Teatro.  This place is hidden away on Rue des Ecouffes in the Marais district.  Intimate setting with Italian and Indonesian cuisine.  The menu provides a mix of hot soups, salads, curries, pasta, and organic red wine.  Main courses cost 10-15 € (special tasting menu for first-timers).  Reservations are recommended.

Le Paradis du Fruit
1 Rue des Tournelles, 75006
01 40279479
Metro: Bastille
Part of a chain of restaurants, this French cafe offers a tropical atmosphere and an innovative menu. While not exclusively vegetarian, it’s worth a mention as there are plenty of healthy, meatless options to choose from, including soybean salads, skewered tofu and pineapple, and Indian vegetable curry. Main courses range from €10-€15. Inventive ice creams, juices and smoothies average at €7, and are a must for any visit here. Great for a refreshing spring or summer meal.

****The Gentle Gourmet ****
21 Rue Duret, Paris 75016 (at Ave de la Grande Armee, Ave Foch, near Arc de Triomphe)
33-01-45004655
Vegan, International, Western, Organic, Beer/Wine

This is actually an entirely vegan B&B.  They offer private dining experiences and even have a cooking school located above their store in a pretty courtyard.  They serve set menu bistro and gourmet meals.  Menus are made from changing seasonal foods available and are as organic and local as possible.  Dishes include traditional and contemporary vegan fusion cuisine from across the globe.  All special diets (non-gluten, low-salt, nut-free, etc.) can be catered to.  Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat are gourmet vegan meals (40 euros without wine, 50 euros with wine) with an optional hands-on cooking class beforehand (45 euros). Tue, Thur, Sun are the 25/30 euro bistro meal. Reservations must be made before 2pm the day of the meal but preferably earlier as only a maximum of 10 people will be served per night.  Many other cooking classes are offered during the day, and the entire program and calendar can be seen on their website.  Accepts credit cards.

Loving Hut
92, Boulevard de Beaumarchais, Paris 75011 (at Train: Saint-Sébastien Froissard / Line 8)
0148064384
Vegan Chinese infused French cuisine.  Part of international chain of vegan restaurants opened by followers of Supreme Master Ching Hai, an advocate for vegetarian living (there are several US locations in Nor Cal but I’ve hear it is kind of like a cult?).  Accepts credit cards.  Open Mon-Thur 12noon-3pm and 6:30pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 12noon-3pm and 7pm-10:30pm, closed Sun.

Voy Alimento 
23 Rue des Vinaigriers (75010)
0142010344
Vegan, Organic, South American juice bar and plant shop.  The juice bar features hot and cold beverages made from the plants and products sold in the shop, such as purple corn, urucum, cocoa, acerola, klamath.  At lunchtime it is also a vegan restaurant wherein a large range of the plants and micro-algae are represented in the recipes.  Vegan brunch on weekends.  Location is on a street next to Canal Saint Martin with outdoor seating available. Wheelchair accessible.  Accepts credit cards.  Open Mon-Sun.

Oh! Bio 
58 Rue Rambuteau (75003) (at Métro : Rambuteau / Square des Halles)
0144611967
Vegan-friendly, organic take-away with French food and beer/wine.  Everything is 100% organic. Located in front of the Georges Pompidou Centre, in the heart of Paris.  Has outdoor seating.  Accepts credit cards.  Open daily 10am-9pm.

Saravana Bhavan
170 Rue Du Faubourg, Saint Denis (75010)
0667281313
Metro: Gare de l’Est.  Paris Indian restaurant serving vegetarian cuisine.  Accepts credit cards. Open Mon-Sun 8am-10:30pm.

Soya  
20, rue de la Pierre Levée (75010)
01-48-06-33-02
Vegan-friendly and 100% organic.  Offering mezzé and couscous.  Saturday brunch costs around 28€.  For vegan dessert options phone ahead. Outdoor seating.  Open Mon-Sun 1200-1530 and 1900-2300.

Tien Hiang 
92 Rue du Chemin Vert (75011) (at Rue St. Maur, between Metro Voltaire and St. Maur)
0143558388
Vegan-friendly, Chinese, Buddhist vegetarian restaurant.  Menu is in English and includes mock-meat options.  No eggs or alcohol used.  Average price per dish is around 5.5-7 euro, or around 7.5-10 euros for a 3-course. Accepts credit cards. Open Tue-Sun 11.30am-3pm, 6.30-10.30pm, closed Mon.

Tien Hiang 2 (second location) 
14 Rue Bichat (75010)
0142000823
The second Tien Hiang location (also Asian vegan food). They offer vegetarian cuisine with dishes from Thailand, China, Malaysia.  The chef is very experienced in vegetarian cooking.  Accepts credit cards. Open 11.30am-3.30pm, 6.30-10.30pm, closed Tue.

Le Végétarien
65, rue du Faubourg Poissonnière, Paris 75003
Métro: Poissonnière
06 60 97 16 12
Small restaurant serving simple, hearty meals like falafel, lasagna, quiche, soups.  Food can be eaten in the restaurant or be taken out. Service is quick.  Full menu with drinks for under 10 euro.  Caters mainly to the people working in the area.  Accepts credit cards. Open Mon-Fri from 12pm, closed Sat-Sun.

Le Grand Appétit
9, Rue la Cerisaie, Paris 75004
Métro: Bastille
01 40 27 04 95
All vegan restaurant.  Macrobiotic and hippie with a no frills experience.  They serve soups, veggie sushi, vegetable platters, lemon tart, and other vegan foods.  Great grocery store next door.  Open Mon-Thur 12-9pm, Fri 12-2.30pm.

La Victoire Suprême du Coeur
27-31, rue du Bourg Tibourg, Paris 75004
Métro: Hôtel de Ville
01 40 41 95 03
All vegan restaurant.  Run by devotees of Sri Chinmoy.  Recently introduced a wine list.  Sunday’s lunch buffet is very popular.  Great location for people watching.

Les Cinq Saveurs d’Anada
72, Rue Cardinal-Lemoine, Paris 75005
Métro: Place Monge
01 43 29 58 54
Great macrobiotic plates. Very friendly staff and in a charming part of the Latin Quarter.

Le Grenier de Notre-Dame
18, Rue de la Bûcherie, Paris 75005
Métro: Saint-Michel
01 43 29 98 29
or
Rue des Deux-Ponts, Paris 75004
Métro: Pont Marie
100% vegetarian.  Welcoming, macrobiotic oriented, Paris institution.  Serves vegetarian versions of French peasant food (ie vegetarian paella).  Nice atmosphere.  English spoken.  Prices moderate to expensive.  Outdoor seating available.  Accepts credit cards. Open daily lunch and dinner 12-14.30 and 19-23.0

Maoz Vegetarian
8, Rue Xavier Privas, Paris 75005
Métro: Saint Michel
01 43 26 36 00
or
36, Rue Saint-Andre des Arts, Paris 75005 (at Rue Seguier)
Small falafel place (part of a chain). Close to vegan except for a few cheesy items and the mayonnaise in the coleslaw.  Order at the counter, fight for one of the three tables or walk to the Seine with your sandwich.

Guen Mai
6, Rue Cardinale, Paris 75006
Métro: Saint-Germain-des-Prés
01 43 26 03 24
Name means “brown rice” in Japanese.  Macrobiotic.  Counter service and dining.  Tucked behind St.-Germain-des-Prés with sidewalk café tables.

Bob’s Juice Bar
15, Rue Lucien Sampaix, Paris 75010
Métro: Jacques Bonsergent
09 50 06 36 18
A lovely juice bar that also does green juices.  Vegan salad and soup options everyday. Deemed “the best juice bar in town”.

Bob’s Kitchen 
74, Rue des Gravilliers, Paris 75003 (at Rue de Turbigo)
0144556677
Métro: Gare du Nord or La Chapelle
Ovo, Lacto, Western, Juice bar, Take-out.  More vegetarian than vegan selections.  They offer lunch and Sunday brunch options.  Super friendly staff.  Two long communal tables for seating. Fast service. Cash only. Open Mon-Fri 8am-3pm, Sat-Sun 10am-4pm.

Krishna Bhavan
24, Rue Cail, Paris 75010 
01 42 05 78 43
Southern Indian/Sri Lankan, vegan friendly with great prices (be sure to ask for dishes without milk dips or yoghurt dips).  Open Tue-Sun 11.00-23.00, closed Monday. Accepts credit cards. 

Green Garden
20, Rue Nationale, Paris 75013
Métro: Porte d’Ivry
01 45 82 99 54
Another Buddhist Chinese restaurant with a big menu.  It’s right in Chinatown.

Aquarius
40, Rue Gergovie, 75014 Paris
Métro: Pernety
01 45 41 36 88
Vegetarian with basically nothing for vegans. *Now may be replaced by Le Marais (see below).

Le Marais
54 Rue Ste-Croix-de-la-Bretonnerie, 75004
01 48874871
Metro: Hôtel de Ville or St-Paul
Formerly Aquarius, this restaurant is one of the best-known among the Paris vegetarian community. The menu is a combination of salads, wheat pancakes and savory tarts, with fish dishes also a feature (puritans beware!). Organic wine is on the menu but smoking is not, making it one of the few restaurants to offer a smoke-free environment pre-2008. Vegans should check with wait staff before ordering. There have been some reports of unfriendly service here.

Joy in Food
2, Rue Truffaut, Paris 75017
Métro: Place Clichy or Rome
01 43 87 96 79
Hole in the wall place open for lunch on weekdays only.  A popular restaurant with a small but varied menu of salads, soups, vegetable tarts, ragouts over rice, desserts, and organic wine (vegan option for each course).  Home-style cooking.  Open Mon-Fri lunch only, weekend dinner by appointment.

Veggie 
38, rue de Verneuil
0142612861
Vegan-friendly, Ovo, Lacto, Organic, Western, Mediterranean, Beer/Wine.  Take-out and delivery vegetarian food made with all organic products.  Seasonal and daily changing menu.  Specialties are vegetables pies, risotto, and curry.  Also offers apple pies, crumbles, and chocolate cakes.  Accepts credit cards. Open Mon-Fri.

Abyssinia  
5 Rue Martin Garat (75020) (at Rue Belgrand)
0140316642
Vegan-friendly Ethiopian/African food with non-veg (meat) options, but has veg courses available.  Reservations required. Wheelchair accessible.  Accepts credit cards. Open Mon-Sun 12-2pm, 7-11pm.

Cojean
Many locations (see link above)
Offering take-away or dine-in options of soups, salads, wraps, etc. 

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Groceries

Naturalia organic food stores are located all over the city and they have a good range of lentils, quinoa, and veggie salads already prepared, which are convenient for take-away.  Unfortunately, it is semi-pricey. 

There are also many organic food co-ops around town, but you have to keep your eye out for those.  Prices are a bit better, they have lots of bulk options, and more interesting variety. 

Izrael
30 rue Francois-Miron
Metro: Pont Marie
Bulk bins of nuts, dried fruit, olives, spices, etc.  Spices spices spices.

Rendez-Vous de La Nature
Organic food store on Rue Mouffetard with a wide variety of soy based yogurts, as well as non-dairy milks (almond, soy), plus tofu.  They also have bulk bins of oats, nuts and muesli. Moderately priced.

Le Bon Marche Epicerie  (La Grande Epicerie)
38, Rue Sèvres
75007 Paris, France
+33 1 42 22 10 12
Touted as “the” best gourmet grocery store in Paris with a selection of everything, including organic and vegan treats.

Monoprix has vegan options too (they sell food now?  who knew?).  I got a seaweed salad there, but they have many many other pre-packaged eats and basic groceries (see below). 

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[Pasta, salads, lentils, wraps, soups, sandwiches, sushi, etc.]

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Be sure to check when stores are open!  We found this out the hard way when we tried to get some basics on a Monday and found all the main grocery stores were closed. 

Markets

Marché Biologique Raspail on Sundays is said to be the best but has a reputation of being the most expensive as well.  It runs from Rue de Rennes to Rue du Cherche Midi from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.  Metro: Rennes/Sevres-Babylone

Marché Bastille is also on Sundays and at the Bastille end there’s a Lebanese stand selling hot-off-the-grill food. 

Marche des Enfants Rouges (take the Metro Filles du Calvaire to 39 Rue de Bretagne) to get to this open-air market.  It has stands selling everything from juices to salad bars to Moroccan vegetable tangines and couscous.

There are many corner markets off the main streets of Paris with fruit, veggies, and basic groceries, too (good for those Mondays when the main places are closed).

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All this is info I accumulated from online research alone, so I’m sure there are many many more vegan places to be discovered!!

You see, as much trouble as I personally had eating in the land of butter and fried food, there were definitely vegan restaurants available.  It’s just the unfortunate reality when you are (a) traveling in a group, (b) have limited days, and (c) a packed itinerary, all the research in the world doesn’t mean you will make it to the restaurants you’ve bookmarked. 

I’m not trying to blame my lack of veg-friendly dining on my fellow travelers, because it’s not their fault we have differing diets.  However, as far as menu options are concerned in Parisian restaurants, there is little overlap in the vegan world and non-vegan world.  Unlike in the US, where you can find restaurants that can accommodate any diet, in Paris, vegan restaurants are vegan and non-vegan restaurants are non-vegan.  Chefs prepare their cuisine one way (their way) and that’s that. 

As a result of this trip, one thing that I have come to realize is how lucky I am to live in a city that is able to please my palate while also delighting my non-veggie dining mates.  In fact, all the places I’ve lived have been similarly veg-friendly.  I promise to never ever take this for granted.

So, to future vegans visiting Paris, if you want to eat well, my advice is to pick vegan places from the above list and go there.  If your companions want to join you, fabulous. 

Hope this is helpful!  Bon appétit!

It would be nice, if you made me rice.

The above line is from a poem written by my adorable husband.  I may have to show it to you later.  :) 

Since I am on night shift this week, I slept in ‘til noon, enjoyed a late breakfaat, and watched tv until 5:00 rolled around.

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Part one of my breakfast brunch was a nectarine.  It was another watery not-so-sweet piece of fruit.  Dude.  I am so bummed about these lame nectarines.  From now on I’m buying stone fruit at the farmer’s market ONLY.

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The second part of meal number one was coconut oats topped in banana slices.

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  • 1/2 cup whole rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 2 tbsp ground Salba (or chia seeds)
  • 2 tbsp raisins
  • 3-4 drops NuNaturals liquid vanilla stevia

I added the boiling water to the oats, coconut flour, and Salba and let it sit for a while.  Once the oats and flour had cooked a bit and the Salba gelled up, I mixed in the raisins and stevia and added it to the fridge to chill overnight. 

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In the morning I topped it with banana slices and a scoop of coconut peanut butter.  It was like a thick cakey pudding.  And even though I hate using the “m” word, it was that too.  I need an alternate word choice…every synonym sounds equally dirty. 

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Before I hit the road I packed my work dinner and snacks.  I also had a quick meal.  Toast and eggless egg salad (x2).  And a bowl of green grapes

It was pretty hot outside, so I left a little bit early to allow myself time to clean up after biking to the hospital. 

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The basis of my salad was sesame sticks.  There may have been some veggies and seitan under there somewhere. 

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I had hummus and bread a la mode.  And the rest of the usual snacks were on standby in my locker

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I had a relatively decent night.  One crazy patient was evened out by two less crazy patients.  As I rode my bike home, all I could think about was bed…

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And then I saw Kyle’s note asking me to make him rice before I went to work the next day.  It doesn’t get cuter than this folks. 

Drinking the dregs

No matter how much I shake the almond or soy milk, the last cup of the carton is always SO MUCH BETTER than the rest.  I love the thick sediment that’s left at the end.  If only there were a way to make it all like that!?  Anyone else a fan of the nondairy milk dregs?

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In case you weren’t aware, I’m a vanilla whore.  I usually buy the unsweetened or plain soymilk/almond milk and just add that and NuNaturals vanilla stevia to my coffee.  Lately, though, I’ve been in a mayj vanilla phase, so the fridge is stocked with the vanilla varieties of nondairy milk.  It’s reallllly sweet.  I hope I don’t destroy my taste bud sensitivities. 

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After B&G night, I was so glad that I was able to sleep in.  But I was even more pleased to have overnight chai chia oat pudding waiting for me when I finally made it out of bed.  

I had the bowl alongside a nectarine that I bought last week.  Waiting for it to ripen was like some kind of foreign torture tactic.  And after (what felt like) forever, it was finally soft and sweet smelling.  But guess what?  It wasn’t very good.  Boo.  I was expecting a luscious juicy nectarine, but instead got a watery (not very sweet) piece of fruit.  I hope the others I bought aren’t the same.

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At least I had the overnight oat pudding to stimulate my senses.  This time I added the coconut peanut butter on top AFTER they set.  And I added way more than 1 tsp. 

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It was hard to mix in because the pudding was so thick, but I made do ;)

I went on a short run after breakfast digested.  I need to kick it into gear soon because I have a triathlon that I am in denial about.  I’m not going to think about it now (see? 100% denial). 

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Not much measuring happened here.  I added soymilk, frozen mango, frozen papaya, and ice until the consistency was right.  Pretty simple.

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Dinner made use of the salad leftovers from the shower.  Because I already told you guys I’m a freak and prefer my salads soggy

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Can you believe that’s only half the leftovers?  [My cousin got the rest]

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So much going on in here.  The avocado was really what made the salad.  That and the completely imbalanced ratio of lettuce to veggies.  I think I had, like, eight leaves of greens, but a gardens worth of broccoli, cucumber, tomatoes, carrots, mushrooms, snap peas, and bell peppers.  YUM!

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I also had seitan, which I mixed in to the salad post-photo. 

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Since I had dinner on the earlier side, I was hungry for a snack later.  I really tried to listen to my body, practice intuitive eating, and determined what I was craving was salty nuts.  I started eating them out of the container, but then realized that wasn’t a wise idea.  After a few handfuls I poured some into a bowl.

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I really only like cashews and almonds so I picked those out.  Don’t tell Kyle. 

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This is the last mug of Numi chocolate pu-erh.  I keep trying to get more, but the last few visits to WF have been unsuccessful.  I may have to resort to online purchasing.  This mug was especially good because it was made with the thick sediment-filled portion of soy milk.  Yums. 

**I just googled “dregs” and the definition says it’s “the most worthless part or parts of something.”  I disagree.