The Healthy Everythingtarian

finding a better balance in exercise, food and life

I Know We’ve Come So Far (But We Got So Far to Go) August 24, 2009

Filed under: breakfast,dinner,recipes,seriousness — Holly @ 20:06
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I’ve been doing lots of contemplating over the past few days. That’s what happens when (a) I am sick and have too much time on my hands, and (b) I have too much time on my hands.  Queen of over-analyzing right here.  My mom likes to say that I always need some kind of drama in my life.  But what does she know…

Since I got my handsome new computer, I’ve been meaning to take all the stuff off my old computer and put it on to the new babealicious one.  Going through my old Word files, I found a bucket list I made at the beginning of college:

 

“Things to Do Before I Turn 30”  (which scarily enough, isn’t that far away!)

  • Swim with dolphins
  • Go skydiving  2006: Cairns, Australia
  • Study abroad  2004: London, England
  • Backpack around Europe  2007: England, Germany, Austria + France
  • Be on The Price is Right
  • Visit NYC + Los Angeles  2003: LA, 2008: NYC
  • Graduate from college  2007: Graduated w/ honors, BA Journalism
  • Learn photography
  • Be on a reality TV show
  • Take an unplanned road trip
  • Be an actress (in some way)  2006: Was the voiceover in a friend’s movie for film class
  • Live in a foreign country  2007-2008: Bangkok, Thailand
  • Steal a golf cart
  • Stay home and watch movies all day
  • Sleep under the stars  2004: Haversford West, Wales (with a babealicious dude next to me ;))
  • Eat everything and anything I want for a day  Many a day, many a day
  • Just be happy
     

This is the condensed version (the list was about twice as long as this – yes, I have the mind of a dreamer).  But looking at it, I often forget just how much of this I have already accomplished.  Sometimes, I forget to give myself credit for all the things I HAVE done.

So often we focus on what we haven’t done…ummm, I didn’t work out today!  Ughhh, why didn’t I eat the salad instead of that monster plate of pasta?  Shucks, why didn’t I take a chance and just say yes?

If you take anything away from this post, please take a moment and focus on all the good things you have or have done.  Because chances are, you’ve done a lot more than you give yourself credit for.  Case in point…

one of the most awesome things i've EVER done.

one of the most awesome things i've EVER done.

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that cap and gown is fo real peeps.

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told ya we backpacked - Frankfurt, Germany train station

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turkey avocado sammie: the best sammie in the world from London's most hole-in-the-wall sammie shop

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my house in Thailand...Mooban Buntarik (that's the name of my 'hood)

Yes, my list is heavily travel-focused (I channel Liz Gilbert when I say traveling may be the, “…the one true love of my life.”), but that is just me.  I’m sure everyone’s list will look completely different – heck, there are a couple things I would love to even add to the list:

  • Become fluent in Spanish
  • Pay off my credit card(s)
  • Live in the present (as much fun as planning future trips are…)

Take a moment, think of the good thangs and hold onto that positive love 🙂

 

The food is going to be highlight pics only (a.k.a. not all pictured), since this post got longer than intended – oops!

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surprising delicious savory oats - oats, parm cheese, salsa + two eggs

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ChocChip Trail Mix PURE Bar (alongside my celly, just to see that indeed, they are a bit small)

Pom Chobani + blueberries = berry heaven.

Pom Chobani + blueberries = berry heaven.

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more Coconut-Crusted Tempeh Island Salad (check recipes for the link!)

and what is that?  a flower in my salad :)

and what is that? a flower in my salad 🙂

Alright, you knew this was coming…

What’s one awesome thing you’ve accomplished on your bucket list?  

Also, what is one thing you still have yet to accomplish?  Skydiving is probably the most amazing thing I’ve ever done, and one thing I really, really want to do is pay off my credit cards.  I know, lame.  Once they’re paid off, then I will go to Argentina.

 

In true K-style,

“I Know We’ve Come So Far (But We Got So Far to Go)” – Hairspray

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The Gift of Life July 30, 2009

Filed under: breakfast,lunch,seriousness — Holly @ 17:00
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First and foremost my friends and family (they are indeed readers!), I need to give YOU all a big THANK YOU!  All your congratulations on the new job and support for the blog have been nothing short of AMAZING and have helped quell all the moving nerves – so muchas gracias!

B’fast was totes a repeat of yesterday…

Zoe's Cinnamon Raisin Granola + skim milk + banana

Zoe's Cinnamon Raisin Granola + skim milk + banana

However, unlike yesterday, I got to work early today.  I chalk that up to my 9:30pm bedtime :).

When I got to work, I saw this beast hangin’ out in the parking lot…

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rollin' with the platelets...

 WELCOME TO THE 2009 COMPANY BLOOD DRIVE!

Our accounting firm hosted a blood drive this morning in conjunction with the Memorial Blood Centers of Minnesota to round up a bunch of accountants’ blood along with my lowly administrative assistant blood!  Honestly, and in all seriousness, I have been donating blood since high school, and it is so important!

(Warning: Public service announcement ahead)

One pint of blood can save up to 3 lives, which is crucial when 1 in 7 people entering the hospital need blood.  It really takes no time at all (about 1/2 hour from registration to blood donating for moi today) and really SAVES LIVES.  Plus, you get free snacks at the end.  It’s a win-win on both ends.

giving the gift of life

i don't know why my neck looks creepy like that. however, i have O- blood, so even if my neck looks funky, people still want blood from the universal donor blood type (that's me!).

post-blood donating snacks

post-blood donating snacks

Click here to find out where YOU can donate in your area.  Every TWO seconds someone (yep, two seconds right there!) needs blood in the U.S., yet only 5% of Americans donate (another two seconds).  Need more motivation to give?  Click here and help out a brotha and a sista.

 

Onto other thangs…it was a b’fast for lunch day with a smashing jar of Overnightmorning Oats!

1/4 cup oat bran
1/4 cup rolled oats
1 (4-oz.) container Stonyfield YoBaby pear yogurt
1/4 cup skim milk
2 tbsp. unsweetened shredded coconut
2 tbsp. dried cranberries

~ soaked all morning ~

1 torn Organic Archer Farms pomegranate fruit leather
the rest of my Zoe’s Honey Almond Granola

Overnight Lunch Oats

Overnight Lunch Oats

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what did i ever do before overnight oats?

After lunchie, it was a nice 30-minute walk around the lake to clear my crazy mind.

Then back to work, where I think I also managed to find an uber-cute apartment in Madison.  Cross your fingers it’s as cute in real life as it is in Craigslist pictures (which almost never happens!).

veggie + fruit snack plate

veggie + fruit snack plate

Now, the end of the day is here, and I am off to a company BBQ.  Haha…gotta love those!  I don’t know what kind of eats will be there, but I will try to fly MacGyver style and sneak some pics when no one is looking.  Heck, what do I care if people look and stare?  I’m gone in just over a week.  Pics WILL be on their way later :).

After the BBQ, it’s off to yoga to fulfill my week’s mini-goal!

 

P.S. Newsflash!  There are limited edition COCONUT M&Ms now in stores!  I repeat COCONUT M&Ms now in stores!  (Thanks to Mama Everythingtarian for keeping us up-to-date)

P.P.S. No strenous activity for 12-24 hours after donating blood.  The lady practically fainted when I told her I was going to run 7 miles tonight…guess that’s not gonna happen…

 

A lil’ seriousness from yours truly… July 7, 2009

Throughout the past couple weeks, as I’ve delved farther into the fabulous world of food blogging, I’ve been thinking.  Yes, thinking.  Now, don’t be scared.  I am constantly thinking.  My mind doesn’t shut off in fact.  I believe Liz Gilbert said it best on page 132 of “Eat, Pray, Love,” (one of my favorite books eva!).

“Like most humanoids, I am burdened with what the Buddhists call the “monkey mind” – the thoughts that swing from limb to limb, stopping only to scratch themselves, spit and howl.  From the distant past to the unknowable future, my mind swings wildly through time, touching on dozens of ideas a minute, unharnessed and undisciplined.”

Food blogging is a funny thing.  For me, it is not only about holding myself accountable for leading a healthy life, exploring a creative outlet and meeting fabulous new friends (because I do, in all honesty, consider you all friends). It is about learning from others, exploring new ideas and making leading a healthy existence FUN.  Because, damn it, we all need more fun and humor in our lives!

I love seeing all the new ideas other bloggers have – from recipes to workouts to funny sayings.  Would I have ever tried TJ’s raw almond butter without the advice of this lady?  Probably not.  Would I have learned to concoct the most creative bowl of oatmeal known to man?  Definitely not.  I mean, I don’t think I had ever used the words “food baby” or “mayjuh” in my life.  Where would I be now without all these people?  All these reasons and all these people are just some of the many reasons why I love food blogging.

However (you just knew this was coming, didn’t ya?), I think what is more important here is to remember that we are all individuals.  Some of us think olives and Amazing Grass taste like poo (that’s me!). Others know they need to avoid sugar.  Some of our tum-tums just can’t take too much dairy.  Others have fought and are fighting against stereotypes both women and men face on a daily basis.  Some of us are too friggin’ hilarious.  Others take such pretty food pictures, I want to eat the computer screen at work.  There are definitely people who are total running machines.  Some people’s spirits just jump right off the computer screen.  The moral is: we are all different.

Which leads me to the main point:  our bodies are also all different.  I encourage every one of you to read blogs, try new things (vegan? vegetarian? meat eating? raw food? fast food? slow food?) and experiment.  Don’t ever be afraid to try something new.  However, don’t get so wrapped up in following certain plans, ideas and people that you forget to stop listening to YOUR body.  Some of our tums can handle more than others, and what works for someone else may or may not work for you.  Don’t ever feel bad or wonder whether you should or should not be eating something.  Your body will tell you that.  For instance, if you haven’t noticed, my consumption of soy has rapidly decreased since starting the blog and skim/oat/almond milk is in abundance.  I figured out soy (more specifically, soy milk) was really hard for my stomach to digest and caused me some, ah, errrr…pooping problems?  We’re all friends here :).

So yes, I’ve been thinking.  Not anything too life changing, but something I think I need to remind myself of sometimes.  Listening to my body isn’t always easy, but I feel the extra effort will be well worth the prize: the best, most authentic me I can be.

Until my monkey mind swings back into action onto the blog again, here are the eats from today:

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Power breakfast of champions: Zoe's Cranberry Currant Granola w/ vanilla almond milk & a naner

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Plus a scoop of TJ's AB for good protein satiety 😉

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Gourmet lunch parfait: Stonyfield Organic vanilla yogurt, 1/2 cup Zoe's CC granola & mixed berries

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One perfectly juicy nectarine for snacking

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Zoe's Peanut Butter bar o' goodness for snacky #2

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I would marry Chipotle if I could...

Scoop cilantro rice, black beans, fajita veggies, mild salsa (aka tomatoes), lettuce + the best guac eva!

Scoop cilantro rice, black beans, fajita veggies, mild salsa (aka tomatoes), lettuce + the best guac eva!

Thanks for listening :).  Here is my agenda for the evening:

  • Target run (hoping for under $30!!!)
  • 3-mile run
  • Vinyasa Yoga class
  • Beddy bye

Be well my friends :).