Remember that time I said I was gonna write a blog every day? Yeah. Forget that. All I want is a peanut butter and jelly sandwich! I LIVED off of PB&Js when I was a kid. And the worst part is it looks like my son is heading down the same path. Whenever it is time to eat, all I hear is “PEANUT BUTTER SANDWICH!” It stinks cuz I just want to make one for myself, too. Since starting this QWLC diet, I’m supposed to be eating 2 veggies at lunch and 2 veggies at dinner. For lunch today, I hid a serving of veggies in my hamburger. At dinner, I was uninspired to cook anything or put more veggies in my mouth. I started dreaming of a peanut butter sandwich. I had the PB in my hand and everything! I had to force myself to put it back in the pantry and drink a glass of water. I still wanted the sandwich, but I pulled out my extra burgers and warmed them up for dinner.
Food obsessed. That is how I feel right now. Like a bloated, big, overstuffed freak. I have been spending my time over-eating and thinking about food way too much. I love eating fruits & veggies, but I also mix this in with dark chocolate, and too much bready foods. It may be fun eating tons of delicious vegan foods, but it is not fun eating too much and feeling way too full after the meal. An example: I went out to a veg restaurant in Asheville. I was so excited to eat that I got the vegan chili cheese fries. I ate a lot of fries, and so fast, that I realized I should have gotten the yummy salad and the lighter veg burger instead. I learned that I need to #1- eat SLOWER! Part of the reason I feel so bloated is because I do not realize how much I am eating due to the fact that I shovel food in my mouth like there is no tomorrow. #2- Stop eating when I am full, and save the rest for later! This is something I definitely need to do to feel better and keep the weight off.
Since I haven’t eaten anything since eight this morning I don’t have much to write about on the food front. Oh other than ginger tea is delicious. Handily enough this gives me a great opportunity to discuss a topic that is pretty important in and of itself. Paleo and whether or not it’s a legitimate way to eat. The short answer is ‘yes’. Satisfied? No, I thought not. I get all sorts of interesting responses when discussing why I eat this way. I’ll address some of the particularly stupid ones first and then a few of the more relevant concerns second. Stupid responses tend to be things like “it’s dumb to eat like a caveman, we’re not cavemen”, “you’re missing out on all those yummy baked goods”, “it’s so expensive”. I’d say those are probably the top three ridiculous misconceptions I hear from people on a regular basis. The first one gets trotted out there by everyone from the homeless g
As much as I enjoy spending time in the garden, the same amount of love and affection goes into styling each room. First stop…The Kitchen. * Food, glorious food! - Shirlene Lai Allison xo
5/17/2013 May 16, 2013 – Tropical Valley Foods Inc. of Plattsburgh, NY, is recalling next by Nature DARK CHOCOLATE BANANAS, 3 oz. bags, due to undeclared milk and walnuts. People who have an allergy to milk and/or walnuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product. The affected next by Nature DARK CHOCOLATE BANANAS was sold to distributors in Michigan, Oregon, Colorado, and New Jersey between the dates of January 3rd 2013 and January 10th 2013 for distribution to their retail customers. Distributors where notified to inform their customers of the recall of the product, to immediately remove it from sale and discarded it. The affected product is packaged in 3 oz. bags with UPC 8 17582 25600 4 and “Best by Date” of 12/18/2013 and 12/19/2013. The recall was initiated after a retail store notified Tropical Valley Foods that Dark Chocolate Walnuts were found in bags labeled as Dark Chocolate Bananas. Subsequent investigation
This was actually my first attempt at chimichurri sauce. I looked up a few different recipes online to get a basic idea of what makes chimichurri sauce – and then I took my own approach to it by combining recommendations from different recipes. For this meal I grilled the skirt steak with just a bit of salt and pepper rubbed over it then topped with sauce and paired it with simple grilled asparagus. I added an extra dollop of sauce to each plate to have some for the asparagus as well. INGREDIENTS: 1 cup arugula 2 cups parsley 2 teaspoons cumin 1 tablespoon salt 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 1 jalapeno 2 garlic cloves 1/2 white onion INSTRUCTIONS: Put all the ingredients in a food processor and grind until smooth. Add a tiny bit of water if it’s not coming out as smooth as you would like it. Serve over grilled steak with vegetables.
I’m sharing our new secret week-night spot. Ward 6 located at 868 Payne Ave in St. Paul is a special treat for any night of the week. Bacon on a stick, craft beer, charkuteri that is to DIE for and spunky wait staff has made us regulars. Let me know when you’re going and we’ll meet you there!
Is there any better feeling in the world then NOT training for something? I know a lot (most) of my runner friends would disagree, but I love not having a training plan to follow. I love deciding how long my long run will be that week based on things like free time, weather, and whether or not I had too much wine the night before. In short, I think I like running more when I don’t have something I’m training for. I guess I’m a Type A person, but a Type B runner. Anyway, run updates aside I had a really awesome moment recently when a friend from college posted a picture of herself on Facebook after a 90 pound weight loss. She tagged a bunch of people as having been inspirational or supportive along her journey and I was one of them. Me! Inspirational! I felt like Oprah! The best part was I saw it when I happened to look at my phone while we were at a wedding reception. I got all teary and pheclemped, and though I tried to pass it off as just being really happy for the
This is the second night market I’ve went to in Taiwan (Baihe is the first one). Dongshan Night Market is very small, yet very fun. I came here with Liang. I also bought my dinner there. Our ride A water station for motor vehicles I mistakenly thought the water station above was a gas station. >< temple I think what makes the Dongshan Night Market unique is that it is centered around a Chinese temple. The temple is not just a place of worship in Taiwan, it is also a place for community gatherings such as a fest, event, or wedding. On the night we went there, there was an ancient scripture reading class. The washrooms in the temple are also open to the public. The place where dinner was brought My food, sorry it doesn’t look pretty due to poor lighting To compensate for the dark lighting, I found what these food looks like if the photos were taken by a professional food photographer. (photos found through google)
After four years in East Lansing as a Michigan State University student, I’m finding myself more and more eager to get out of town as often as possible. Unsurprisingly, I found myself making the last-minute journey to Grand Haven this Saturday to spend some well overdue time with college friends and my boyfriend. Who knew Lake Michigan could be just as breathtaking as the ocean, without the unpleasant salt water, sharks, and seaweed. Saturday night, after a long day out on the boat, we went to Kirby House in downtown grand haven for dinner and cocktails (bottom photo). There were about 15 different kinds of personal pizzas that populated the menu–I decided on the Shrimp Scampi pizza, and it did not disappoint. Sunday afternoon we took a half an hour boat ride to Muskegon for lunch at Dockers–an outdoor seafood restaurant where the $12 Bloody Mary’s come with a lobster claw and cream cheese-filled peppers (well worth the price). And yes, we got to take very matur
I would say I am passionate about many things. Listing them all would simply take forever and would be outdated or would miss some because my passions change often, sometimes hourly. When I was a little kid, my passions were simple. I loved to read. I liked to play with Barbies. I liked dancing. I wanted to be a Pokemon master (it’s my destinyyyyyyy!!!!) I liked playing kid sports like basketball, volleyball, softball… Then things hit young adult hood. I started liking boys and having crushes. I started writing short stories. I continued to dance. I continued sports. I started becoming who I am. Now it’s high school time. Boyfriends, staying up late, writing, reading, and computers. College things changed even more. I started finding out about bodily health. Serious writing careers, heck I was ready to go to grad school to be a writer. But those are all things I USED to be passionate about. What about now? What about the me of today? Currently, I am passionate about n
Streetfeast is open every friday 5pm – 12am 12th April – 28th June While Saturdays are made for hitting the town, Friday nights are all about the unwind. Grab a few cocktails, throw in a live DJ, food fresh off the barbie, and you have yourself a chilled evening under the stars surrounded by some of the best chefs in London. If you’re looking for a more refined experience, Ben Spalding’s Stripped Back (£27 per person) promises to make you feast like a king but pay like a peasant - to book tickets click here. If theatrics is more your thing and you’re looking to get a front row seat for some Gordon Ramsay style chef rage, special one-off events are also held on saturdays with chefs battling out to win the supreme title of Taco King, click here to view the schedule and book tickets. The venue is always packed out into the hundreds earlier on in the evening, expect quieter blissful moments like this by 10PM. From Top: £5 Bhangra Burger The Mea