Goodies Galore

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

Uncle Sam Cereal giveaway

Len has been away for over a week and I’m getting the best sleep of my life. This sounds bad and babe if you’re reading this, I obviously miss you and am ready for you to get back. See, Len needs the television on to fall asleep, I do not. This is a constant battle because he thinks I sleep just fine with it on. When the tv is on, I wake up throughout the night and have a harder time falling asleep because of the stimulation. I’m forever asking him to turn it down which is annoying for both of us. I’ve gotten back to my roots this week with a quiet, dark room and it feels good. I need to solve his insomnia somehow and ban television from the bedroom. What helps you fall asleep? Are you someone who needs the television on?

There was discussion on the radio about whether it’s easier or harder to sleep when your partner isn’t there. I find that if Len is out on the town for the night I have a difficult time falling asleep. Unfortunately I have serious trust issues, not from him, but they cause my mind to race. When he’s away for longer periods of time, I don’t have that problem.

Sorry for the blurry pic--something is up with my camera

So I made an awesome dinner last night with Uncle Sam Cereal. Now you all know I am working for Attune this summer and promoting the cereal so I wanted to get creative with it. I put a twist on Hungry Girls Onion Ring recipe and substituted Uncle Sam for an alternative cereal.

I blended a bunch of Uncle Sams to make it into a bread crumbs-add some salt and pepper into the mix

whisked 2 egg whites– though 3 would have been better

Sliced half a huge onion.

Dip the onion into the egg whites, then into the cereal, then onto the baking sheet. Do this with each individual onion piece because you want all of them well  coated. I baked for half hour on 350 and bam–healthy as hell onion rings. Don’t forget heaps of ketchup!!

Even with the blur they look good!

These were soo good. I was worried they might taste too cereal-like but they truly didn’t. Next time I plan to add different seasoning to the mix–maybe cajun or cayenne. Yum. The best part about them is that they are super healthy. Uncle Sam is made from whole grains and flax so you’re getting omega 3s, lots of fiber (10 grams in a serving), 7 grams of protein and less than 1 gram of fiber.  Anyone interested in winning a box of Uncle Sam to try for yourself? If so, leave a comment about what you look for in a breakfast cereal/or breakfast in general. I’ll pick a winner tomorrow night. Good luck!

July 27, 2010 Posted by | Food, giveaway, Recipes, The Boyfriend, Uncle Sam--Attune | 25 Comments

Smelly woes

Yooooo, what up home slices? Please excuse my absence but it’s my last week of classes and I’ve been a little busy. I will most likely have irregular attendance next week too because it’s finals week. This time next week graduate school will be a thing of the past and I will be one happy bitch!

Lucky for you guys, you haven’t missed much since the last time I posted. The only news is that I’ve been SO gassy. I mean, this is getting a bit ridiculous. Here are a few suspected culprits.

A true poop patty: English muffin topped with refried beans, corn, and mushrooms.

Three layer hummus and 18 pounds of veg??

Or could I attribute it to three new purchases found at Trader Joes?

Dried Fruit absolutely equals Fart City

Let’s chat about these new finds. My sister turned me on to the Wasabi Wow mix. This stuff feels like a dance party on my tongue but it can be addicting so measure out in advance. Next we have dried bananas. I haven’t tried them yet so review will come later. The rock fart star purchase of the week is Unsweetened, Unsulfured Pineapple rings. Pineapple is the only ingredient and 5 of them are 110 calories. You better believe I’ve been enjoying at least one serving since Monday.

As if I didn’t have enough to worry about, I made the mistake of packing roasted broccoli yesterday for lunch. This meant that I was the smelly girl on the bus; it was clear that the other passengers took note of the exploding stench of foot coming out of my lunch bag.

So it goes.

Anyway, I’m off the Pennsylvania today to spend the weekend at my sisters. We are running a 10 mile race on Sunday so I better be sure to stay away from the pineapple.

P.S. I got offered a per diem position where I intern so I’ll be working there until the week of July 4th. After that I am jobless and will be living in a card board box.

Don’t forget to enter my Gerbs Pumpkin Seed Giveawy!

April 30, 2010 Posted by | Food, fun, giveaway, Graduate School, running, Uncategorized | 13 Comments

Giveaway for two lucky winners

I’m honored to be the first blogger to host a giveaway from Gerbs Pumpkin Seeds. Thank you Sennen for hooking me up with quality products to sample and share. Gerbs rocks my socks for a bunch of reasons– not only are their seeds delicious but they are dry roasted and packaged using recycled products. I nearly fell off my chair when I saw that they made PUMKIN SEED BRITTLE. If my grandfather was alive he would flip out because he loved anything brittle. How progressive we are!

Sennen (cool name, right?) sent along seeds in four different flavors: touch of salt, roasted onion and garlic, roasted red pepper and lightly salted. Just when I thought it couldn’t get better I spotted dark chocolate pumpkin seed clusters and milk chocolate pumpkin seed clusters. You better believe I dug right into the box of dark chocolate pumpkin seed clusters. Holy hell were they good! The chocolate was so rich and the seeds added a unique taste that really worked well. I brought a box of the roasted red pepper seeds to work and we all sat around the table and munched away like squirrels. This flavor was a huge hit. My friend Justin said he felt like he was enjoying a wonderful harvest. Okay…….

Are you hot for Gerbs? Here’s your chance to win four different flavors of seeds, a box of milk chocolate clusters, and a box of either the dark chocolate clusters or the pumpkin seed brittle. To enter, please check out Gerbs Pumpkin Seed website and leave a comment below suggesting a new flavor seed or a Gerbs product you’d like to try. I will pick two winners NEXT Tuesday at 10:30 am. Contest is open to U.S. residents only. (Sorry, I’m poor!)

April 27, 2010 Posted by | Food, Gerbs Pumpkin Seeds, giveaway | 38 Comments

hi again.

And the winner is……

#15– Lynn

Congrats! Please send me your contact information to lpskins@hotmail.com

Thanks everyone for entering. Isn’t it so annoying to never win things?

Today was an easy breezy day, love those. Now if only I’d start working on some home work. Does anyone else find this to be an impossible task? So. Damn. Hard. Thanks for the Mimi feedback. I’ll definitely talk to her so we can figure out why I’m resisting and also if there are any other strategies worth discussing. I stuck with the meals that I mentioned earlier, but I also indulged in two packs of cookies and 3 truffles. I’ve seen worse but I wish I did better.

We’re heading up to Maine this weekend for some snowboard/ski action. I’ve only been on a board four times before so it should be pretty humorous. My friend Allison and I are taking lessons and I know we’ll be cracking up the entire time. I find getting off the ski lift to be the hardest part. How do people not topple over?  Kills me! Unfortunately we must leave the little lady behind. Boo. Total attachment issues here.

Dinner hasn’t happened yet but it will soon. I’m thinking a little spread action.

Booty camp… yes or no?

March 10, 2010 Posted by | eating disorder, Food, Friends, fun, giveaway, Graduate School, Sahale | 13 Comments

Hi.

Who you calling fat?

Yo! This morning I had the hardest time getting dressed for work and I definitely look like a bum today. I cannot believe how little I shopped this season and last. Turns out that hating your body is a real money saver. The lady to the left doesn’t worry about body image or carrying around an extra roll or two. One of the many beautiful things about animals. They just live in the moment. I was thinking yesterday about how we feed our dog better than we feed ourselves. I hate buying crap treats and try to only buy items with a short ingredient list.

A big thanks to Sally from Newman’s Own Organics. She sent along two bags of treats for Eleanor to “review”. Eleanor has been reviewing these same treats since she was a baby because they just so happen to be the ones we always buy. They come in two flavors: chicken and peanut butter. Ellie doesn’t discriminate.

Check out those ingredients. You really cannot go wrong with anything in there.

Last night I made an awesome and easy dinner- tortilla pizza. Simply topped two tortillas with sauce,sautéed mushrooms, spinach and parsley then baked for 45 minutes. These would only be two weight watchers points and were really filling, No, I’m not doing weight watchers but my mind just goes there.

I haven’t spoken much about it but for some reason I haven’t been following Mimi’s plan. Something about going into the day expecting a binge doesn’t sit right with me. We’re going to have to figure out if this is the best strategy for me. And if she really thinks so, then I need to let go of my fears and just do it. Yesterday I tried to simply eat intuitively and it worked out pretty well. Ideally that strategy would be my knight in shining armor.

My packed eats for today (not sure yet about breakfast). Bagel thin with peanut butter and a new apple butter I found at Shaws. I like how its made from apples and apple cider. It may taste like ass crack but I’ll let you know later. I also packed my favorite hummus dipping veggies: carrots, cauliflower (totally underrated) and broccoli.

Gotta run. Live like a dog and enjoy each moment today!

Don’t forget to enter my giveaway. Winner picked tonight at 7.

March 10, 2010 Posted by | Food, giveaway, Newmans Own Organics, Recipes | 17 Comments

Winner and Friday Fun.

Thank you all so much for entering the Clif Bar Giveaway. You guys came up with some amazing flavors to create. Who knows, maybe the people at Clif will take them into consideration. And the winners are….

#54– Danielle, you won the Carrot Cake pack.

#100– Ali, you won the variety pack.

Congratulations. Please send me an email at lpskins@hotmail.com with your information. I’ll send them out to you next week.

I just ate some oat bran with PB but forgot to take a picture because I was too excited about the giveaway. Len picked #54 because that’s how old his mom just turned and #100 because ” I like 100.” Okay, whatever.

We’re are about to tackle our run and then head up to Vermont. We have dinner plans with his family tonight and then tomorrow we are going to the mountain. The boys are going to ski and the girls are going to snow shoe.  Our friend is pregnant so there’s no skiing in her future which works out great for me since I don’t know how to ski. So sad that I lived in VT for seven years and NEVER went skiing.

Yesterday after work we headed to Sunset Bar and Grill but like an ass, I forgot my camera. I had two Black and Blues, which are a mix of Blue Moon and Guinness. So good. There were 10 of us and we ordered a bunch of apps for the table– two plates of Veggie Nachos and two Mediterranean Artichoke Dips. Let’s just say that NOTHING was healthy but everything was good. The mediterranean artichoke dip was layered like nachos but had artichoke dip, hummus, sun-dried tomatoes, olives, and feta, all on top a ton of pita chips.  A heart attack waiting to happen. The party ended early and I was home in time to watch Idol. I swear, if Didi gets voted off I am SO done with that show. Probably not but I will definitely be disappointed.

I hate to travel snackless but our fridge and cabinets are looking pretty sad these days. I will definitely be bringing Clif bars but that’s about it. We have no fruit, veggies, nuts, etc. Eating healthy when I visit Lens family is always a struggle because they are a meat (deer to be exact) and potatoes kind of family. For holidays, lens mom goes out of her way to make sure there is a vegetarian option. While these options are delish, they are certainly never healthy. Butter is a staple in that house. His mom said that if I ever go vegan she’ll kill me. Hopefully I will make the best decisions with the choices that I have. I’m pretty sure there will be a Subway veggie delight in my future.

What are your favorite snacks to take on the road?

March 5, 2010 Posted by | Clif Bar, Food, Friends, fun, giveaway, running, The Boyfriend | 19 Comments

Take it to the locker room, please.

Yesterday was an insane day! I wish I could get into details but it’s just not an option due to confidentiality at work. Phew. It is NEVER a dull day there, which I actually really like. Working with children takes a toll on your heart and is a very humbling experience. I want to adopt everybody.

Last nights eats included TUNA! I’ve mentioned this before but tuna creeps me out. A couple times I’ve found fish scales in the tuna can. This isn’t a joke. Apparently cold  Mac and Cheese is a great way to disguise tuna because it worked for me. Yum!! Though I didn’t add ketchup last night, it would have been a great addition.

Dessert included my very last Attune bar. I forgot to take a picture though! Shoot. It was mint chocolate and it reminded me of Thin Mint Girl Scout cookies. Let’s just say it’s a good thing I only had one.

This morning I got up early for the gym. Upon walking out the door and feeling the pretty mild temps, I decided on a 3 mile run outside. I have officially chosen a favorite route. Although three miles is a short distance, this route makes it feel even shorter. I LOVE it. It feels really good to finally have worked out before work. As some of you know, I used to be really good about getting up in the morning and just banging out a workout. The last four months have been really difficult for some reason and I’ve slacked like I’ve never slacked before.

On my run I thought about  the blogging community and how funny it is that we have no clue what one another’s voice sounds like. We all have dedicated blogs that we visit daily and comment on, yet there’s a huge piece that we miss out on. The flip side is that so many bloggers (myself included) feel like their most open and vulnerable self on here–which makes it so easy to connect. It’s just such an interesting community, one that draws so many people in.

Side note– At the gym last week I saw a man standing in front of the PUBLIC mirror squeezing the black heads out of his nose and his EAR. I mean, I understand the yearning to pop a quality zip but really? In front of everyone? Then he had to nerve to hop on the machine without so much a hand sanitizer. Freaking gross, dude. Thanks for passing on your clogged pores.  Now that you all want to barf, here’s todays menu.

I’m excited for that Cedar Lane burrito. Len picked it up and I’ve never seen it or tried that brand. The stats are better than Amy’s brand so we’ll see. The salad has veggies, avocado and olives. The Lara is for my afternoon snack. Not sure what’s for breakfast just yet. I always struggle with that one.

The people at my internship always go out together after work on the first Thursday of the month but I can never go because I have class. Since it’s Spring Break and I don’t have class, I can finally make it. I hate missing out because I think it’s such a great bonding time.

Remember that the Clif giveaway ends tomorrow at 10 so get your entries in now!

March 4, 2010 Posted by | Attune bar, Clif Bar, Food, Friends, fun, giveaway, Graduate School, running, Workout | 24 Comments

wordpress help/therapy/ ramblings.

Hey lovelies! So….. WordPress is saying that I’ve met my quota with pictures and won’t let me upload any more. Hmmm….any wordpress users experience this before? Not sure where to go from here. They are advising that I delete some records but I really don’t want to erase old posts.

So Mimi and I had a session this morning and I told her all about my struggles following the three category rule. I said, “I can’t just have one cookie, one chip, and one piece of chocolate. That definitely leads to a binge.” She said “Yes.” Huh? She reminded me that the point of this is to not have to battle bingeing on those particular day of the week. To not feel restricted. When I’m at my internship on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursday I should not be having an internal battle with the bins/binge. I should eat from any three categories I chose without guilt, without fighting, without shame. I should make sure to have a dinner that isn’t binge foods. The other days of the week I can do whatever I want. She reminded me that we are working with long-term goals in mind. I am struggling to accept that I can binge three days a week. I’ve been given permission. Mimi tells me that I don’t need permission to eat these foods and that I have choices to make. I am the only who puts the restrictions on myself and labels certain food as bad or good. The experiment will continue and I’m going to stop fighting it. She’s a professional. This is her job. I’m rolling with it.   The other piece of my homework is to think about the feelings that sort of sit with me on a daily basis. Not the feelings immediately before or after a binge, but the feelings that are more constant, be in loneliness, boredom, etc.

Ellie and I just took a nice long walk and she got to play with her bulldog boyfriend, George. They are so cute together. It took is 45 minutes to walk 1.15 miles. Jeez. The two of them just wouldn’t stop licking all up on each other. I finally got a good run in and recorded my fasted mile to date. Sweet! The weather is absolutely perfect outside so it made it much easier to workout.  For brunch, I ate two pieces of that polenta Quiche. Tasted better cold.

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Don’t forget to enter my Clif bar giveaway. Two winners will be picked Friday morning at 10 eastern time.

Did I mention it’s Spring Break? This broad ain’t strippin’ down in a tinie bikini anytime soon.

March 2, 2010 Posted by | Clif Bar, eating disorder, Food, giveaway, goals, running, therapy | 20 Comments

Cookie Monster Strikes Again.

Seriously, how do I not weigh 712 pounds and need a crane to lift me up? I’m sure you can tell by the title that I ate so many cookies today. Cookies of all kinds. I think my vision is getting blurry from diabetes. I’m not kidding. That’s a side effect, right. Mimi better come up with a plan of action. I definitely didn’t follow the plan this week. Wait till you see my dinner.

Exhibit A- Sweet polenta with maple syrup and coconut flakes.

Exhibit B- Savory polenta with parm cheese and ketchup.

Really, Lindsay. Really?

It did NOT feel like a Monday today which was a total plus. Work flew by and I got complimented by the Assistant Director at my internship. Double plus. At first I thought I was getting in trouble for something when she said, “Lindsay, can I talk to you?” I felt like I was 14 again getting called to the principles office. I had flash backs of sitting in In School Suspension. Oh yes I did. Luckily I’m 29 now and things are different. I love the work I’m doing as it is SO fascinating. I love learning and seeing mental illness manifest first hand. Psychosis is incredible.

So I’m brainstorming new ways to vamp up my workouts. Typically I only do cardio. No strength training, no abs, nada, zip, zilch, zero. I need a new plan that excites me. I’m contemplating doing boot camp again but the truth is, it’s a one month fix and I don’t even love it that much. And it’s SO expensive. Any ideas??? I do belong to a gym with awesome classes but I cannot motivate. And yes, I am running a half marathon on April 24th. No, we really haven’t been training. Sigh.

I would love to be toned, rather than 80% body fat. How do all you motivated people do it?

A while back, Annelies from Attune Bar sent me three bars to review. I’ve been holding onto them because for some reason I though I should wait until I actually ate healthy before trying them. She advised me that it’s okay to eat them on days I eat junk because the probiotics help with digestion. Each bar has 5 times the live active cultures in yogurt. They also contain 30% of calcium needs which is something I know I don’t get enough of. Tonight I tried the Dark Chocolate. These may be the answer to my healthy chocolate prayers. Each bar is made with 68% cocoa, has 80 calories and three grams of fiber. I was expecting an after taste or something but it tasted just like regular wonderful dark chocolate. Yum!! As if free healthy chocolate bars weren’t enough, Annelies could not be any nicer. Thank for the goodies!!

March 1, 2010 Posted by | Clif Bar, Food, giveaway, Marathon Training, running, therapy, Workout | 21 Comments

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