Crazy Life

My life has been crazy.  Working full-time and getting my master’s degree part-time is a LOT.  And I know a lot of people do it, but I have felt overwhelmed lately – mostly because this is my busy season at work so I am also working long hours, and those hours are frenzied and hectic.  I can’t remember the last time I took a lunch break or worked a decent 8 or 9 hour day.

I ended up skipping meals on Thursday and Friday.  I always reliably eat breakfast – I’m usually pretty hungry after working out, so that’s not an issue.  But when I get busy, I’ll often skip lunch, and since I had class on Thursday, I also ended up skipping dinner.  I need to be careful NOT to do this.  Skipping meals is a huge trigger for me to the days where I kept my caloric intake extremely low.  Last night, my husband took me grocery shopping and we looked for snacks that I can keep in the office and easily eat as I’m working.

This is a meal I cooked for my husband on Wednesday night (he also ate leftovers for lunch on Thursday), cashew chicken, one of my favorites.  I use whole cashews, diced celery, onions, celery, and chicken breast.  The secret ingredient (not so secret – I don’t believe in secret recipes – recipes are meant to be shared) is honey.  I served this with steamed brown rice.

I made cinnamon oatmeal cookies for my community group.  I made them tiny – two bites – and one batch had 3 cups of oats in it!  I also used whole wheat flour.  Everybody enjoyed them.  I had one on Wednesday night at my group:

And then it was Thursday and Friday, when I ate cereal for breakfast, and little else .. not good.  Today, it’s Saturday.  I am an early bird and even though I didn’t have to, I got up at 6 (I get up at 4:15 on the weekdays!).  It’s my day off from working out, so I’m going to enjoy my coffee while reading my Google reader, do some yoga and go to the farmer’s market.  My plans today involve studying, homework and cooking dinner at some point.  Hope you are having a great weekend!

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Rainy Day

It is a rainy and dreary day here in the Midwest!  It was one of those days I felt just a little glum because it was so grey and rainy out.  It also kept me from running this morning, which always makes me a little crank, but I still squeezed in a workout at the gym before going to work this morning.

For breakfast, I ate a cup of Nature’s Path Organic Flax Plus flakes. It’s surprisingly tasty – it’s barely sweet (4g of sugar per serving) and I like the whole grain flavor.  I have really been trying to get more protein into my breakfasts, but I never have a huge appetite after working out and like plain, bland foods in the morning.  I also had a cup of my favorite tea – genmaicha.  It’s green tea with roasted brown rice.  It is delicious and nutty-tasting.

Mid-morning, I ate a handful of almonds (26 almonds):

For lunch, I ate another bowl of those brown rice vermicelli noodles I had yesterday.  I still have enough for one more lunch.  🙂

When I got home, I heated up leftovers from my husband’s dinner last night with some water and a serving of bean thread noodles.  This was warm and comforting, perfect for a rainy day.

For dessert, I cut a pineapple and ate some..

My husband and I are heading to our community group tonight.  It’s fun and I love to see these friends, but it’s also tiring.  Tomorrow is a long day for both of us.  We both work all day and then go to class at night.  This is the one night a week we don’t eat dinner at home.  My husband usually grabs something quick and I just make do with whatever snacks I have at my office.  But thankfully, the weekend is just around the corner!  🙂

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Labor Day Weekend Eats

My husband and I ate really well over the long weekend!  Here’s a glimpse..

We grilled our own turkey burgers (with free range, organic ground turkey) and had a lot of toppings!  My husband had his on a white roll, while I had mine on double fiber whole wheat bread.  We both topped our burgers with swiss cheese, caramelized onions, sauteed mushrooms, a slice of tomato and avocado.  They were absolutely delicious.

I also took advantage of the extra day off to do something productive – I wrapped dozens of wontons and dumplings to freeze for easy meals.  To freeze these, I lined them up on a baking sheet so that they were not touching each other and froze them for about twenty minutes, until the skins are no longer sticky.  Then I could put them in ziploc bags and they won’t stick together.

I did pan fry and steam some of the dumplings for us to eat for brunch on Monday.

The filling was organic ground turkey, shiitake mushrooms and napa cabbage.  My husband didn’t ask (and perhaps didn’t notice?) that these weren’t made with pork (which is more traditional).  Anyhow, it felt great to get the freezer stocked with convenient food that we could cook in minutes in the future and still have a homemade meal.  🙂

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So it starts.

I’m starting this site because I’m committing myself to balance, health and respecting my body.  I have spent years abusing myself – alternating periods between starvation and binge-eating.  I used to over-exercise and abuse diet pills.  I’ve always been a small person, but have never felt like one.  I want to learn balance and respect for my health and body.  I want to live in a way that is sustainable, and get out of my routines.  So here I am!

I had a bit of a rough night responding to a work emergency.  I didn’t sleep much, but this usually doesn’t keep me from getting up early to go for a morning run.  My day doesn’t feel right if I don’t work out.  I used to work out two or three times a day, and now I work out six times a week, just once a day, and I always take a rest day to let my body recover.  I ran 7 miles this morning.  It was muggy and warm out, but it didn’t bother me much today.

I usually run/work out on campus, shower at the campus gym, and then go to work.  The first thing I do is turn on my computer to catch up on emails and review my schedule while eating breakfast.  Today, I had a cup of this new cereal I’m trying out (Fiber Plus Antioxidants).  It’s actually pretty good.  It’s high in fiber, no high fructose corn syrup and not too high in sugar (8 g per 3/4 cup serving).  I also love cinnamon, and it’s very cinnamon-y.

I was super busy at work and ended up eating a late lunch (after a snack of a handful of raw, whole almonds late-morning).  This is one of my favorite meals – stir fried brown rice vermicelli with lots of veggies (this time, cabbage, carrots, shiitake mushrooms and tomato).  I know it’s deficient in protein, but the noodles are whole grain and high in fiber.  I added a little bit of curry powder and chili garlic sauce for flavor.

My husband was due to come home late from work so I didn’t wait for him to eat dinner.  I actually had another bowl of these noodles.  I spent Labor Day cooking and prepping lots of food so I would have an easier week.  I cooked a whole bunch of these noodles.  🙂

I wanted something sweet and with some protein, so I made myself a mug of hot chocolate with organic 2% milk, stevia and cocoa powder.  It totally hit the spot and comforted me after an emotionally draining day at work.

I’m currently cooking my husband’s dinner now.  I like to have a hot dinner waiting for him at home when gets back from a long day.  I know that’s kind of 1950’s, but I’m proud of being able to put a homecooked meal on the table almost every day of the week.

These long beans are going to be stirfried when he calls to let me know he’s on his way home.  I’ve already cut and blanched them, and they’re ready to hit a hot wok.

and this stew is simmering on the stove.  There’s organic ground turkey, mushrooms, organic soft tofu, garlic and scallions in a homemade chicken broth thickened with some tapioca starch.  I know it doesn’t look particularly appetizing, but served over a bowl of hot rice, it’s a very comforting meal.  I won’t eat this with him tonight since I’ve already eaten, but there will probably be leftovers for me to eat tomorrow.  I’ll also pack him a serving of dinner for my husband’s lunch tomorrow.

Thanks for visiting!

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