What I Ate Wednesday #100

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Welcome to the 100th Installment of What I Ate Wednesday! It sounds like I’m being hyperbolic, no? It’s true, though. It seems like a whole other lifetime ago that I joined this weekly link party, and man, has the time flown.As always, thanks to Jenn for hosting. To see more WIAW from other bloggers, visit Peas & Crayons.

This week I decided to hop on the Meatless Monday bandwagon, just because. In that past lifetime during which I began these WIAW posts, most of my days were meatless, so I didn’t feel the need to make it a point on one particular day. Though I still have plenty of meat-free days, I definitely eat more animal protein than I did two years ago, and I feel much better for it.

I actually had a nice conversation with someone at the gym the other day—they asked me if I was a trainer, and after I stopped laughing, we got to talking about being active to stay well. I mentioned my experience working with a physical therapist who taught me to focus on staying strong to avoid getting hurt. For better or worse, it was a really crappy arm injury a few years ago that caused me to take a step back and redefine my relationship with exercise and food—and to stop listening to people whose advice/bullying was based solely on their own interests and narrow belief systems.  It was a difficult learning experience, but I’m grateful for it. I joke about being protective of my skeleton, but I’m not f***ing around—it’s the only one I’ve got!

Haha anyway, that’s the short version of the long story of why I eat meat sometimes now, though I still favor eggs, fish, and dairy.  I feel good, my labs are normal, and I couldn’t give a flying f*** what a guy thinks about my eating habits. I think some people do great with vegetarian/vegan diets but I’m not one of them. I’d be a hypocrite for telling people to tune in and listen to their body’s wants and needs if I didn’t do it myself.

Speaking of eating habits, here’s what I ate this past Monday.

Breakfast: zucchini bread oatmeal

Lunch: tortellini soup; side salad; dark chocolate

Snack: yogurt with fruit and cereal

Dinner: tandoori tofu with curried basmati rice, veggies, and avocado

Snack (unpictured): sliced banana with PB2 sauce with cocoa & protein powder mixed in—an experiment gone ok

Do you participate in Meatless Monday? What’s the best thing you’ve eaten recently? Is your diet different than it was 2 years ago? 


Thanksgiving & my First Black Friday

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Even though my very first course in undergrad involved a lesson on why Christopher Columbus was evil and Thanksgiving is actually a commemoration of blood-thirsty colonialism (in exchange for scholarship money, I took on a lot of “white guilt” debt), I still look forward to spending time with family & friends and eating good food every year.

the usual turkey, green bean casserole, brussels & cranberry sauce plus a kale salad and pumpkin lasagna
This flour less chocolate torte was all my wildest PMS dreams come true
I heart port (and if you think my thumb is crooked, you should see my middle finger)

I come from a family of food-loving winos, so there was plenty of edible enjoyment to be had yesterday. My sister and I also got a little silly with some of the decorations on the table. For the record, she’s the one who grabbed that old photo of us from the dining room shelf.

“Wait! I forgot the crystals!”
Problem solved. There are always lots of crystals lying around my parents’ house.

This year, I also had my first Black Friday experience with my mom, sister, and aunts. After almost a year working in the hospital, getting up at 6 a.m. is nothing, especially when there’s a trip to Kohl’s involved.

Cheesy photo-op

We also hit some other stores and made out like bandits, crossing almost everyone off our Christmas lists. I have to admit, I also scored a few birthday presents for myself. Another bonus was running into several old friends I hadn’t seen in way too long—so much better than running into ex-boyfriends at a townie bar. I should admit, though, one of my girlfriends and I totally wound up in the towniest bar of them all when the diner was closed last night. It was great to catch up, though—the setting was kind of hilarious, since we were some of the only customers there…and drinking decaf coffee.

Anyway, this has been one of the nicest Thanksgivings I’ve experienced ever, and I am so grateful to have had a few days off to enjoy it. I’m sort of in denial about going back to work on Monday, but I’m sure by then I’ll be ready, especially since I have Friday off next week.

How was your Thanksgiving? Do you do Black Friday?