Bad Blogger

Hi Friends,

I mentioned the a grilled cheese party in my post last Friday and promised a post on said party.  Well, my friends came and went and as I was loading the dishwasher I noticed that I had neglected to move my camera off the microwave, my designated “put-the-camera-here-so-you-remember-to-take-pictures” spot.  GAH!  I get so wrapped up in talking to my friends and other hosting duties that I totally forget to document the experience.  Does anyone else do this?

The party was super fun and my girlfriends seemed to enjoy it.  I went to the co-op and bought a five different small chunks of cheese from the cheese end bin.  I hit up the neighborhood Great Harvest and bought three different half loaves of bread.  The girls each came with a different ingredient to jazz up the grilled cheese.  We had pesto, jam, apples, tomato, avocado, and caramelized onions.  Everyone made a sandwich and cut it into piece to share with each other.

The leftovers made for a nice Sunday night dinner so you will be provided with some visual aids of what the food looked like:)

Raw veggies and homemade olive hummus for aps.

Grilled cheese!  This one contained horseradish havarti, tomato, and caramelized onion.

Green bean and Sweet Corn Salad with Summer vinaigrette from the Clean Food cookbook.

Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade.   This actually had vodka added to it on Friday night but being that it is Sunday night after a slightly boozey, carb filled weekend I decided to do without tonight ;)

The only thing missing is the yummy triple berry cobbler my friend Anne brought for dessert and the smiling faces of my girlfriends.  We sat picnicked on the floor of my apartment and caught up on life.  A very nice way to spend the evening.

What are your favorite theme party activities?  Any that have been total flops?!



Stuff I’ve Been Eating

Hi Friends,

A random collection of the gluten free stuff I’ve been eating.  I felt it important to share so people know that are still lots of yummy options out there.  I didn’t photograph the more standard stuff like breakfast smoothies, larabars, apples and the zillion different times I ate the salsa crock pot chicken.

coconut milk yogurt with fruit and granola made with gluten free oats

curry socca cakes with mango and coconut milk yogurt

kale, asparagus and eggs scramble with gluten free toast and homemade spinach and dill dip

crock pot salsa chicken with brown rice on top of kale and mushrooms.  topped with black bean hummus.

more crock pot salsa chicken with brown rice on top of mixed greens packed for work

grass fed & finished ground beef and corn cooked in my own taco seasonings blend with a brown rice tortilla and salad

roasted portbella topped with refried bean, salasa, and few bits of cheese.  with salad and brown rice.

chocolate rasberry coconut milk ice cream

pb and chocolate cookies

Appartently I have been a mexican food kick lately.  I even managed to have two meals out that I am about 80% certain were gluten free.  I got a fajita salad at a lunch with my family and Art and I went out for pho.  So there are plenty of options!

Art and I enjoyed a lazy day at home yesterday.   Neither of us had work or school which rarely occurs on the same day.  We did lots of reading, homeworking, and napping :)  I did a bit of fun cooking too.  I think I’ve got a kick arse ice cream combo to hopefully share with you later this week featuring some of Art’s favorite foods, bananas and almonds.  Fingers crossed it turns out!

Have a good one,


Food Energetics

Hi Friends,

In my Integrative Nutrition studies, they have talked a lot about the energetics of food and how it affects you.  The theory goes that everything we consume has an energy associated with it.  This energy can be attributed to how it grows, how it has been raised, how it is cooked, the kind of environment it is cooked it and so on.  This energy is then passed on to you as eat and digest it.

A carrot, for example, is a sturdy vegetable that is rooted deeply in the earth.  Therefore it has a grounding, balancing affect on your body when you eat it.  Apples grow on trees close to the sunlight.  They take on the energy of the sun and when you eat them you feel light and energized.   Food cooked quickly in a busy restaurant kitchen has a more frantic energy.  Home cooked foods in have more clam, peaceful energy about them.  Make sense?

I thought a lot about this concept has I was cooking dinners this weekend.  What kind of energy was the food putting into my body?  And did I notice the effects?

Saturday evening I made a very yummy pork tenderloin stir fry with clementines and bok choy from a recipe I found on  It was a flavorful, spicy dish that I cooked in my wok.  I loved how it tasted and could feel my body warming up from the spices.  I felt very sharp and witty on Saturday evening.  Perhaps this was due to the high heat that quickly cooked the meat and vegetables? 

On Sunday I started a vegetable curry recipe I found on cooking in the crock pot before I left for work.  We enjoyed this dish too.  I didn’t notice it much of a change in myself after eating this meal.  I typically eat meals similar to this one.  My body could be well adjusted to the energy of beans and vegetables so I do not notice much of change within myself?

(Art wanted me to post a picture of the curry with mango chutney in the background.  He has his fingers crossed that the photo will be his ticket to receiving free mango chutney from the company :) )

What do you think about the energetics of food?  Do you notice different energies in your body based on what you have eaten?  I find this to be super interesting and would love to hear your observations

A photo of my haircut was requested.  It isn’t the greatest pic but I think it you can get the jist of the cut.  My directive to my stylist was “shorter with enough sass to get me through to spring.”  I am satisfied!

My classes (finally!) start this week.  It is going to a be busy semester but I am quite excite.  My brain is in need of exercise :)



Weekend Update

Hi Friends,

Did you have nice weekends?  I enjoyed seeing friends and great meals out this weekend.  I knew about these meals in advance and figured them into be my gluten/dairy/soy/refined sugars servings as part of anti acne diet.  I meet some college friends for wine and dessert on Friday, enjoyed Afghani food at Khyber Pass Cafe and Ben & Jerry’s with Art on Saturday, and went a Brasa with Mellissa for some sole food on Sunday.  I definitely noticed some digestive things after all these meals.

I felt more digestion sensations and noise after my Friday and Saturday meals out.  Sunday afternoon I had a definite case of indigestion.  I didn’t over eat at any of these meals but they were affecting my system differently than food free of gluten, dairy, soy and sugars.  Hmm?  I have not noticed any new breakouts after these meals.  I am so dorkishly excited about seeing how this new way of eating affects my skin!

For dinner last night I made the Lentil Sambar from The Moosewood Lowfat Favorites cookbook.  I have had a hankering for spicy Indian food since Saturday evening.  The Afghani restaurant we went to was good, but it didn’t meet my needs for spice so I decided to make my own!

The dish included brown lentils, cauliflower, sweet potato, green pepper, tamarind paste and all the yummy Indian spices.  I don’t like cauliflower on its own, but it goes so well in curry dishes.  It seems to absorb all the good curry flavor.  Served over brown rice, it made for a nice dinner that happened to also be free of gluten, dairy, soy, and refined sugar. 

I still wanted more spice so if I make this again I would increase the amount of cayenne.  We have lots of leftovers to enjoy during the rest of the week which is nice.

Happy Monday!


work work work

Hi Friends,

I feel I should clarify the work situation.  I am currently working three jobs – the local foodie store, the coffee shop, and day camp.  Each morning I open day camp and work from 5:45 to 10am.  I then workout, head home for lunch, and prance off to job the second job of the day.  I do anywhere from a four to six hour shift in the afternoon depending on where I am working.  The day camp and coffee shop jobs will be ending in the next two weeks at which point I will just being working at the foodie store.  I’ll put in anywhere from 30-35 hours a week when school is in session.  I am looking forward to this.  I honestly enjoy all of my current jobs but am getting a little tired of the long days and driving.  A girl’s gotta make her money :)

Food I wanna eat

Breakfast – cottage cheese, cherries, a squirt of honey, and the last crumbled morning glory muffin.  with a mug of coffee and vanilla soy creamer.

Snack – mini Apple Pie Lara.  plus the frosting off a mini cupcake at work.  My coworker wanted the cake, I wanted the frosting :)

Lunch – spinach and broccoli slaw with two crumbled Millet and Black Bean Patties with Corn, a blob of cottage cheese, and salsa.

Snack – a square of chocolate and 1/3 a mug of cold coffee with Almond Breeze.  I didn’t pack a snack today as I knew I’d be sampling products at work.  We got in some pumpkin marshmallows from Laura’s Candy.  Ah-mazing!  I’m not a huge marshmallow fan but these were so good.  They are hand-made and have a pronounceable ingredient list.  How often can you say that about marshmallows?!  Cross your fingers that these are available near you.

Dinner – heirloom tomato with basil and balsamic, slice of Rustica Olive bread, olive munster, and asparagus with homemade pesto hummus.  Simple but delicious.

Dessert –  a few spoonfuls of greek yogurt mixed with vanilla sugar and topped with peanut butter and flaked coconut.

Exercises I wanna do

– 5 min Stairmaster warm up, 10 min Stairmaster intervals

– Superset 1 — Dumbell Chest Press and Seated Row (weight machine)

– Superset 2 — Sumo Squat with Upright Row and Tricep Dips

– Superset 3 — Overhead Press and Hammer Curls

– 5 min stretching

I do three sets of each exercise with a weight that allows me to do 10-12 reps.  I also just got done wiping down all the windows in my house in preparation for the move.  Counting that as exercise too!

Lifestyle I wanna lead – Quitting my job last year was a super scary decision but one of the best I have ever made.  I got into youth development because I liked working with kids, not because I wanted to analyze budgets, manage staff, and fill out grant reports.  These responsibilities came with lots of stress and long hours in the office.  I had no desire to spend 10hr days in meeting discussing this kind of stuff.  So I quit.  I found the coffee shop job and cut back my expenses so I could swing it financially.  I can now dedicate more energy to my masters and have just landed a part-time job that closely matches my passions.  My stress level has gone down significantly and I am doing something I enjoy.  yay!

 There you have it.  Have been doing what you want this week?



still doing what i want

Hi Friends,

Decided to switch up the format of these I’m gonna do what I want contradictory plan posts.  I’ll lure in with pics of my food and save the inspirational bits for the end.  Hehe :)

Food I wanna eat   

Breakfast – smoothie with cherries, spinach, frozen banana, Almond Breeze and vanilla protein powder topped with Kashi Honey Almond Flax Go Lean Crunch.  And  the ever important mug of coffee with soy vanilla creamer.

Snack – half a Banana Nut Kardea Bar I won in Shawnee’s giveaway.  I ate the other half on Sunday as by millet black bean patties took so long to cook :)  The bar was yummy!  I am not usually a fan of “gummy” bars but this one had enough crunch and really good flavor.

Lunch – two millet black bean and corn patties, raw zucchini and carrot sticks, cottage cheese with some dried herbs, and mustard for dipping.

Snack – an apple and a chocolate square.  plus a small decaf iced espresso with a half shot of marshmallow syrup and cream while working at the coffee shop and  a few slurps of a mocha that got made on accident.  the two drinks went unphotographed. 

Dinner – a scramble with one egg and two egg whites, broccoli slaw, spinach and olive Munster thrown in the scramble mix.  plus a piece of toast and some mustard for dipping.

Dessert – the last scoop of Vegan Elvis Ice Cream with a few Kashi Honey Almond Flax bits and a spoonful of peanut butter.

Exercises I wanna do —   None!  I had 9.75 hours of work scheduled today.  Both jobs require me to be on my feet.  That was enough for today.

Lifestyle I wanna lead — Writing in a prayer journal a few times a week helps me remember all that I have to be thankful for and recognize God in all things around me.  This has been so helpful.  Read more about it here

Ok, I am tired.  Goodnight friends.  The 4:45am alarm calls!


i’m gonna do what i want

Hi Friends,

My friend Seth introduced me to a youtube clip a few years back featuring the ultra sassy Kelly.  After not thinking about it for years, the clip has been popping into my head lately.  I’ve had a few people recently ask me what kind of weight loss “plan” I have been following.  I think of Kelly and want to respond with a sassy “the I’m gonna do what I want plan.”  (Click here and reference 54 sec for this to make sense.)

I think I’ve had success losing weight and keeping it off lately because I genuinely feeling happy with where I am in my life.  No article in Self magazine or diet plan would have helped me get here.  I realize that this is going to sound like a total contradiction, but I thought it might be fun to share with you two weeks of the I’m gonna do what I want plan.  This plan is more about living your life and enjoying who you are and less about losing weight.  I’ll share one “lifestyle tip” and the foods and exercises that I enjoyed for the day.  Sound ok?  Even it doesn’t I’m going to do it anyway because I’m gonna do what I want!

Lifestyle I wanna lead – Talk to people I love often!  This helped me so much.  The more I shared with my parents, Art, my friends, and bloggers the happier I felt.  Expressing my emotions and thoughts is so good for me.  I don’t think I realized that this was something that I wasn’t doing in the past.  Even chatting with regular customers at the coffee shop and kids at the before and after school program was super helpful.  Feeling connected to others was a very good thing for me!

Excerises I wanna do – I popped into the gym today between job number one and two.  10:30 is my magical workout time.  I’ve been awake for 5.5 hrs and I am ready to move my body!  Today I did:

– 15 min hill interval on the Arc Trainer at level 8

– Superset 1 — Chest Fly  and Assisted Pull Ups

– Superset 2 — Low to High Wood Choppers with a medicine ball and Lateral Shoulder Raises

— Superset 3 — Weighted Squats and Tricep Dips

– Superset 4 — Thigh Squeeze Machine and Bicep Curls

Stretch for 5 min

I did three sets of each exercise using a weight that let me do 10-12 reps.  And I don’t know the technical name for the thigh squeeze machine but I know you know what I am talking about :)

Food I Wanna Eat

Breakfast – Smoothie with cherries, spinach, frozen banana, Almond Breeze, and vanilla protein powder with Kashi Honey Almond Flax Go Lean Crunch.  I stir a little cereal in before topping it off so you can’t see all of it.  Plus and unphotographed mug of coffee with vanilla soy creamer.

Snack – mini Lara consumed on the way to the gym

Lunch – Two crumbled Millet Black Bean Patties with Corn with salsa on top of spinach and broccoli slaw plus half a sliced zucchini and mustard. 

Snack – A square of BT McElerath’s chocolate consumed immediately after photographing!  And a Fiji apple that I ate at the at work this afternoon.  Also had three shots of decaf espresso over ice with a shot of vanilla and cream and three chocolate covered espresso bean while working at the coffee shop that went unphotographed too.

Dinner – Slice of olive bread, an heirloom tomato with basil and balsamic, asparagus, homemade pesto hummus, and slices of olive Munster cheese.

DessertVegan Elvis Ice Cream!

There you have it.  A full day of eating, exercising and living how I want.  I will continue this for the next two weeks to give you a picture of the full-scale of what I eat, exercise, and value.  With that said, posts over the next two weeks might be a bit sporadic with trying to get organized for the move, the new job and social events.  But I document it all and return with the full report for you guys.

You guys are great!



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