Goodies Galore

Learning to focus less on dieting and more on overall health and wellness

Good food always helps.

Once again, thanks to your sweet comments I know I’m not alone in my sorrows. Thanks guys!

Today has been a much better day. I started the morning off with oat bran mixed with almond butter, pears, cinnamon, and peanut butter. This was my first time experimenting with pears but they cooked up nicely.  I just stuck everything in the microwave together with the pears at the bottom of the bowl. There was also some coffee with soy milk.

Before lunch with Sarah, I did a little bit of homework and a lot of blog reading. Sarah picked me up around 2:15 for a late lunch at Zaftigs. This place is famous for their all day breakfast but we figured going at an off time would help with the wait.  I was starving by the time I got there so I dug right into to the bagel chips and dill sauce they provided. They tasted great. Every time I go to Zaftigs I get the same exact thing, Israeli Couscous Salad and it never disappoints.  The ingredients include: grilled chicken, mixed field greens, sun-dried cranberries, fennel, radicchio, walnuts, orange-mint vinaigrette. I substituted the chicken with a portabella mushroom.

Look at that masterpiece!! I cannot even begin to explain the flavors. I think we should have a Boston Bloggers Meet-up there. Any takers?

I made myself leave leftovers for tomorrows lunch. I can’t wait for work tomorrow. I guess that’s the trick to a better Monday.

After lunch, I went to Whole Foods for some retail therapy. Sundays aren’t the best days for therapy apparently because it was freaking packed and I have no patience. I escaped without dropping too much money. I did not escape however, without chocolate. Something about expensive chocolate makes you really want to savor it. I must admit, I think Cadbury Caramel Eggs are just as good. A junkie is a junkie, I guess.

Caramel Milk Chocolate. Mama Mia!

What to do for dinner? I went back and forth between a few things until I saw Tina’s post for Polenta Breakfast Pizza. I knew I must have it. I altered her recipe since I’m not a sausage eater and Len hates onions. My polenta Quiche (is more like it) ingredients include broccoli, roasted potatoes, olives, and one jalapeno. I also cut out two of the four eggs and replaced them with three whites. I had never made polenta before which is crazy since it’s so easy. I doubled the batch so you’ll be seeing a lot more of it.  I wonder if it has any nutrients.

Len ate two slices of it but I don’t think he was totally psyched. It was bland and could have used more cheese or spice. You better believe I doused that sucker with ketchup and hot sauce.

Mmmm, I think I want to make this with polenta, BBQ sauce, pineapples and some veggies. YUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Am I the only one who didn’t watch the hockey game? The one minute I watched was when the US tied the game. At least I got that going for me.

Thanks to everyone who has entered my giveaway. I can’t believe we have to wait till Friday to find out who wins. Keep the entires coming.

Tomorrow is MARCH!!!! What??????

February 28, 2010 Posted by | Clif Bar, Food, giveaway, Marathon Training, Recipes, running, The Boyfriend | 15 Comments

Everybody’s Fine

Y’all, I was the definition of a basket case last night. Before I met Lenny, I used to jampack my weekends. I’m not sure why this was; maybe because I couldn’t sit with self long enough or maybe for other reasons less complicated. He has taught me that it’s okay to leave weekends untouched and open to different plans. It wasn’t until the last few months that I started taking his advice.  At first, it felt liberating to not have to be anywhere or answer to anyone. This weekend was the third weekend in a row that I had minimal plans. My only plans were for Friday night and they got cancelled at the last-minute. Len got invited to a fund-raiser last night and I could tell he felt hesitant to leave me alone with nothing to do. “I’ll be fine” I said and shooed him out the door. And I was fine, I just felt really lonely. I was faced with the fact that since being in Boston for three years, I have yet to establish a core group of girlfriends. Don’t get me wrong, I have girlfriends here that I love being and laughing with. But things are different now. Everyone has husbands, fiances, or obligations that make it harder to “pop” in for a girls night. I’ve never been one for the going out to the bars so I automatically limit myself from partaking in certain plans.

Last night I yearned for my girlfriends who are out of reach. I wanted so bad to just curl up on the couch with them and just be. Not have to think, not have to talk, just be. I must have cried for about an hour straight thinking about it. Loneliness is really difficult to sit with. Within that time I searched for the perfect On Demand Movie. The Hangover? Nah, too funny for my mood. Julie and Julia? Maybe, but I’d love to watch something I haven’t seen. Everybody’s Fine? Perfect. Holy hell, was that a bittersweet choice. Without spoiling the movie, Everybody’s Fine is about a father who is absolutely in love with his kids. He travels around the country to visit them and make sure that everyone is happy and satisfied in life. The story was touching and beautifully told. Robert De Niro portrayed the love of a father perfectly. Being the “daddy’s girl” who I am, I cried from start to finish. Len came home around two and we watched it again. In the opening scene he said to me, “Are you getting emotional already?” Yes, yes I was. From start to finish. It was just one of those nights.

In the midst of my flood, I realized how beautiful it is that tears represent sadness. When our heart and body feels something strongly enough, little drops fall out of our eyes to help share that message. It’s a wonderful thing. Now, if only I wasn’t an “ugly crier”. You know what I mean, right?

Onto something more pleasant.. FOOD. Yesterday we went to The Border Cafe for lunch and I stuck with my standard veggie fajita. The Border has a bunch of vegetarian options but these fajitas are just too good to pass up. the Border always starts the table off with a bowl of fresh fried tortillas and salsa. I had my fair share. As soon as the basket gets 3/4 down, they bring another one. Yeah, it’s bad. In the picture below, check out the monstrous cups drinks are served in. I ordered a water and a diet coke. That probably explains why I was up till 4 in the morning. I basically drank a gallon of the stuff.

Chips, salsa, and caffeine bombs.

God only knows how much salts in there

Sweet lord, thank you for my meal.

This meal was eaten for last nights dinner too. Nice!! I love that. I swapped out the white tortillas for wheat ones at dinner and added some avocado rather than cheese Gotta mix it up a little.

Before dinner, I ate a Clif Bar snack. Mojo bars(dipped or not) are totally new to me and they just do not disappoint. I tried the Trail Mix kind and it was a perfect salty/sweet combo. I loved how you could literally pick the different pieces out: Chocolate chips, raisins, almonds and peanuts. Incredibly good.

Come to mama.

Around eleven I ate a small bowl of honey nut chex but didn’t take a picture. There was a moment when I wanted to eat my sorrows away but luckily it passed quickly.

Today Len and I have a seven miles planned and I have lunch with a girlfriend. Thank God!  I hope I didn’t depress anyone over this post. Are you someone who has a lot of friends or a few really close friends? Do you feel satisfied with your circle of friends?

If you haven’t already entered for the Clif bar giveaway, you can do so here.

February 28, 2010 Posted by | Clif Bar, Family, Food, Friends, giveaway, Movies, running, The Boyfriend | 27 Comments

Dirty oats.

Well, if I was lacking on sleep I sure caught up last night. In bed at 10 p.m., out of bed at 9 a.m. Wowzah! Last night we watched The Ugly Truth which I had seen before. Like all romantic comedies, it’s pretty predictable but at the same time laugh out loud funny. We realized how suggestible movies are when there were two coffee scenes back to back and we both became urgently in need of some decaf. Luckily I had ordered a whole box of decaf by accident so we were able to fulfill our desires without leaving the house. (Sounds kinda pervy.)

Dinner was roasted potatoes (I only got them last week and they were growing roots?!), Dr. P’s California burger, smashed avocado with salsa, and kale chips. Those damn things set the fire alarm off every time I make them. I am totally over the Kale chips now. I think i overcooked them last night and they crunched, crunched, crunched all up in my face. I breathed through my nose while taking a bite and flakes went all over the place. Funny at the time but still…. As you can see from Lens plate–he wasn’t feeling them either.

My plate before

Lens plate after

The salsa/avocado mixture was incredible though. It was pineapple salsa which added the perfect touch.

As you can see, I’m getting a little out of control with the Clif bars. For dessert last night I ate the peanut butter and jelly Dipped Mojo Bar. Honestly, I was basically eating a candy bar. This thing is amazing. The Dipped Mojo bars are the regular Mojo bars but dipped with either chocolate, vanilla, or peanut butter. I’ve been having serious cravings for jelly lately which may be why I was head over heals for this bar. As for the nutritional contents– 220 calories, 11 grams of fat, 2 grams of fiber, and 9 grams of protein. No wonder why it tastes like a candy bar, it basically is! I would feel less guilty eating this if it had more fiber.  The good news is that Mojo Bars contains no trans fat, hydrogenated oils or high fructose corn syrup. Like the other Clif bars, this one is 70% organic. I can’t wait to have more today. Addicted.

Don’t forget to enter my giveaway!!! You guys need to try these for yourself.

I did lose a tiny little bit of weight this week which goes to show that the scale is a bunch of crap. I really should gave gained this week. I worked out once and at like crap every day, except yesterday. I must be losing any muscle that I have left in my body. My 3 category binge things sort of fell by the wayside this week. I think I followed the plan Monday. Wednesday I kinda did whatever and didn’t have a healthy dinner. Thursday I mentally fought the bins all day, which is exactly what Mimi doesn’t want me to do. I’ll have to tell her about my conflict and see what she says. This was only the second week of the experiment so I need to be patient. It’s hard because I want to lose weight, but at the same time I know it’s most important to change my behaviors first. Clearly diets and I don’t jive. I can’t stick to any plan that creates restriction. It  also seems that I can’t stick to a plan with so much freedom either. For all of you out there who just eat when you’re hungry and stop when you’re full, tell me your secrets.

I woke up craving oatmeal. Even though I see bowls of oatmeal at least 15 times per day on different blogs, I’ve never have cravings for it. As a matter of fact, I hadn’t had any in months because I thought I was out. To my surprise, there’s been a huge ass tub of oats starting me right in the face this whole time. Nice! This mornings oats contained 1/2 cup oats, 1/2 cup almond milk, 1/2 cup water, one small apple, 1 tbsp peanut butter, and lots of cinnamon. It was perfect, minus the strange color.

There you are Oats.

Looking a little brown.....

Lens sister is in town for the afternoon so I better get to the gym before she gets here. We’re going Mexican for lunch so I see some chips and salsa in my future.

Have a great day bloggies!!

February 27, 2010 Posted by | Clif Bar, eating disorder, Family, Food, fun | 27 Comments

Who taught you how to dance?

The skies didn’t stay blue for long so I did the next best thing- plan my gym time around a repeat of Tool Academy. Who’s the tool now? While running, I saw a commercial for Wii dance and thought about two things. 1) I could really use some guidance in the dance department, myself. 2) Are these the hottest dance moves to hit prom and homecomings everywhere? Everyone doing the Wii dance? Luckily those days are behind me so I guess we’ll never know.

I busted into it without thinking about the camera.

It’s pretty late in the afternoon and all the food I have to share with you all is (you guessed it) a Clif C bar. Today I tried the raspberry and it was tasty but I prefer the apple. I’m not the biggest raspberry fan around town. Don’t get me wrong, I would buy and eat the raspberry flavor again (if apple was sold out). I forgot to mention yesterday all the C bars are 70% organic and have one serving of fruit in every bar. They are so beautiful. Mmmmmmm.

Not sure what’s going on with all the dogs in the blog community, but it seems Eleanor will have to visit the vet on Monday. It looks like she has either a hot spot or some skin infection going on. Poor little rat. And poor credit card. I swear, we could be living in a mansion with all the money we pay the damn vet. She’s absolutely worth every penny.

Do dirty dishes put you in a bad mood? They totally dampen my spirit but thankfully it’s an easy fix. A lady I work with asked me for a dishwasher recommendation because hers broke and sadly I had to offer my own name. No dishwashing machine in this house.

You know what else bums me out? Not making mix tapes or CDs anymore. This morning I listened to a mix from 2006 and it brought me right back to that time: my old apartment, my old roommate, my colleagues, ten million memories, my life then. Wow. A lot has changed. Thank god for reminders that bring out repressed memories. It seems that with todays technology we no longer create the tools that bring us back in time, such as mixes and printed photos. Do you guys miss having those tangible objects or is it just me? Off to clean and shower. Can my life be any more exciting?

February 26, 2010 Posted by | Clif Bar, Food, Workout | 25 Comments

Clif bars all around!

Fridays make everyone feel relaxed!

Finally Friday has arrived!! My girlfriends and I were supposed to go to dinner tonight but Meg had to make a last-minute trip to NYC. Len and I might go to the movies instead but I don’t really know what’s out there these days. Any suggestions? No Science Fiction please.

Have you guys ever seen the show You Are What You Eat on BBC America? I am absolutely obsessed with it and have countless episodes on DVR. Rather than get sucked in, I must pull myself away to get some exercise in. It was supposed to rain today but as of now the skies are blue which is a nice change. Eleanor and I are going to take a long walk and then it’s time to run, run, run. I can’t wait to strap on those sneaks and feel the endorphins flowing. My body is full of crap and chemicals from an unhealthy week of eating so it’s time to get a grip. My skin is feeling it too. Who wants to live life bloated? Not me!

Okay, so I’ve never been  good with surprises or anticipation. I wanted to hold out until Next week for the Clif bar giveaway but I’m way too excited. This is why I cannot buy Christmas or birthday presents too early because I tend to give “hints” until the present is guessed. So here’s the deal– The amazing folks at Clif totally hooked it up and now I have two Clif packages to give away. The first prize is a 12 pack of Carrot Cake Clif Bars. I chose this flavor out of all of them because they’re absolutely amazing. You must know that they are extremely sweet, hence why I love them so. The second prize is a variety of 10 Clif bars– regular, Luna, and Mojo bars.

To enter, please check out the Clif bar and Company website and then leave me a comment about your favorite flavor or a new flavor you’d like to see created. The contest will be open for ONE WHOLE WEEK!! I know, I can’t wait that long either. Len will choose two random number next Friday morning. The first winner will get the Carrot Cake package and the second winner will get the variety pack. If you tweet or blog about this contest, please let me know so you can be accounted for again. Good luck!

Happy Friday!!!!!!!!!!

February 26, 2010 Posted by | dogs, Food, Friends, fun, giveaway, running, The Boyfriend, twitter, Workout | 120 Comments

Clif C bars ROCK my world.

I’m flipping the flip out. FLIPPING!! I just got home from the rainiest walk of my life and on my doorstep was a HUGE box from the folks at Clif Bar. (Dean- you’re the man!) I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited. Well, except when I was surprised with Eleanor. I dug right in to their newest product, Clif C. You all know that I am the BIGGEST, BADDEST dessert person around. Let me tell you, the apple flavor tastes like an apple crumb bar with only 130 calories. I can only imagine what the other flavors taste like (blueberry, cherry pomegranate, and raspberry). CRAZY!!!!!! The ingredients in the apple bar are almonds, organic apples, macadamia nuts, organic apple juice concentrate, organic lemon juice, organic cinnamon, sea salt, natural vitamin E. Run out now to find them

Moving on. This morning I woke up for the gym, changed into my clothes, then crawled right back into bed. Ridonk. I’m not going to complain about how bad I feel and how bad I’ve been eating. Tomorrow I am truly going to start the day off right.  My grub today was mostly standard stuff. Veggies and hummus, fruit and an Amy’s burrito for lunch. I was candy free until I reached my first class when they passed around skittles, sour patch kids and pretzels. Really? The classrooms aren’t even safe these days.

After class I snacked on cheese and crackers. Most of the spread ingredients are gone now so you won’t be seeing anymore cheese, crackers, veggies, hummus, and grape combos.

I’ve been away from the computer all day so now I must go catch up on you all. I feel lost when I’m not up to date in the blog community. Pathetic much?

February 25, 2010 Posted by | eating disorder, Food, Weigh In | 13 Comments

winner alert

Good evening friends!  Thanks for all the supportive comments today. You guys are amazing, not that you didn’t know that already. I’m hoping to use all of your inspirational comments to drag me out of bed in the morning. I will go to the gym damn it. I do know that there’s something bigger going on that causes me to binge, though I’ve yet to figure that out. I mean food tastes good and all but clearly there’s more to it. A couple people  asked what goji berries are like and honestly, they didn’t rock my socks. They’re pretty mild. I’m not informed about the health benefits so I can’t judge whether they are worth buying. Sorry Linds!

Onto the giveaway…  I asked the Lennster to pick a number between 1 and 28 and he chose SEVENTEEN! That means that you won LIV! I wish I knew what Kopali is going to send you but I don’t. It’s a mystery….. and it better be good. Congrats lovely.

Len and I are catching up on Idol now since there’s two more hours tonight. Jeez Louise!! Also, my 7-9 class got cancelled for tomorrow night. Life is SO good. Hmmmm, what to do for dinner……

How are you guys??? Gotta catch up on you right now. …. (creep alert!)

February 24, 2010 Posted by | giveaway, Graduate School, Self Discovery, The Boyfriend, therapy, Workout | 7 Comments

Missing motivation.

I didn’t wake up for spin this morning which means that this is the third day in a row I didn’t work out. I am absolutely feeling it in my mood so I had to wear a dress to compensate. Yesterday was eat, eat, eat. By the time Idol came on I was exhausted from too much eating and decided to wait to watch it tonight with the bf. I was knocked out by 9:30, so there should have been no excuses not to get up this morning. Yesterday was my day off and I still didn’t go to the gym. Where is my will power? Who stole it? Did I eat it away???

Anyone in Boston want to be my running partner? I know I don’t sound very motivated but I promise I am when someone else is counting on me!! (Do  you hear the desperation in my voice?)

Here are some eats.

This times two

Mac&cheese in binge proportion. Yes that's ketchup. Don't laugh till you try it sucka.

Today I packed a bag full of items you’ve been seeing a lot–veggies and hummus, crackers and cheese, orange, grapefruit, fiberful and soy crisps. I’m hoping to save the crisps for three snack later in the day.

The usual suspects.

I munched on another Kopali snack tonight–carob chips, mulberries, pistachios, and goji berries. I had never seen a mulberry in my life and was quite surprised at the taste and texture. Really, really good. Don’t forget to enter the Kopali giveaway. Boyfriend will pick a random winner tonight.

Such a different combo

Can you find the mulberry?

February 24, 2010 Posted by | eating disorder, Food, giveaway, The Boyfriend, Workout | 20 Comments

Tuesdays are awesome!

Afternoon ladies! I was STARVING by the time I got back from babysitting and for some reason wanted eggs. Totally weird for me. I made an egg and avocado omelette with ketchup (obv) and piled it into two low carb high fiber wraps. While babysitting I enjoyed another fiberful. So good. Hello poop, can’t wait till you come out to play.

Breakfast was yet another spread. Can’t quit the damn things. Sorry to be so…. predictable. So this morning I was deleting all my old food pics that accumulated and I stumbled upon quite the mysterious picture of one of my many random meals. I’m embarrassed to say that I couldn’t quite identify it but I think it involved a sweet potato. Are my foods that strange? Hmmmm.

I also ate half a banana with peanut butter. Yum Yum.

I haven’t worked out yet, or done any homework for that matter so hopefully I will accomplish both tonight. My life stops at 8 for American Idol no matter what. Can’t wait till my boyfriend comes home!

Do you have any Tuesday night rituals?

February 23, 2010 Posted by | Food, running, The Boyfriend | 21 Comments

#3

Well I don’t have any food to show you yet  but I do have some therapy talk. Todays session revolved mostly around my relationship with different family members and with my bf. We talked about how my relationship with food has a direct impact on these emotional and intimate relationships (esp. with bf) and how I’m looking to change along with way. I talked a lot about how my bf is a free spirit and how I long to be that way too. I always have to plan, plan, plan. He can get invited anywhere, anytime and he’s always willing to participate. I am someone who always has to think through who’s going to be there, what am I going to eat, do I have to dress up and look cute. Unfortunately I say NO much more than I say yes. I hate this about myself. Mimi asked if I have anything in my closet that I feel good in and the answer is not really. She suggested I pick up two articles of clothing that make me feel pretty. The truth is, it all comes down to what I ate that day. If I’ve binged, my jeans will fit totally different (mentally) than they would had I eaten healthy for a day. It is all psychological. I cannot gain 10 pounds in one day. I know this logically. But one day makes such a difference in how I feel about myself. Imagine 14 years of this.

I know that as this process continues, I will transform and as a result my relationships will become richer. This gives me strength.

We’re going to continue with the 3 day/3 category plan.

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway.

February 23, 2010 Posted by | eating disorder, Family, The Boyfriend, therapy | 24 Comments