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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? 

What I Ate Wednesday #78

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And here we are, the first Wednesday of October. I want to wish a very happy 25th birthday to my beautiful sister!

As always, thanks to Jenn for hosting the weekly link party. To see more WIAW from other bloggers, visit Peas & Crayons.

Last month we were all about falling into good habits, and this month’s theme is all about healthy Halloween treats for breast cancer awareness. Since eating a healthy diet is part of the recommendations for lowering one’s risk, it’s totally fitting.

It also reminds me of eating a ribbon-shaped bagel (with peanut butter on it, of course) while getting ready for my friend Jess’ wedding last October. That was a fun day. Weddings with your close friends are the best breakup remedy ever. Champagne + “Thank god I’m not making that mistake” + dancing= great way to start the process of “…one foot in front of the other…”

“Dudes, I am so aware of breast cancer right now!”
The pastor said we could play with his toys, so…

As I mentioned in earlier posts this week, I’ve been a bit under the weather—’tis the season, I guess. For me, stress has also been a factor. I’m starting to feel like myself again, though.  Calling in sick yesterday helped.

I think that when you’re sick, you should try to listen to your body, and part of that is eating what appeals to you, no judgment. For example, I’ve found myself craving tart foods (yes, I’ve got a song for that)—fruit, in particular. Normally, 4-ish servings of fruit sounds like a lot, but if that’s what I want for a few days while my body gets over whatever it is, there must be a reason.

Here’s what I ate on Monday, aka—that day I totally should have stayed home and didn’t because I had a presentation to give in class. By the end of it, I  totally felt like I was floating.

Breakfast: a repeat of last week’s zucchini bread oatmeal—so good 

Lunch: Chicken noodle soup and salad, (unpictured) grapes, tea 

Snacks: (unpictured) an apple, Trader Joe’s baked lentil chips

Dinner: Leftovers from Sunday’s birthday festivities—mozzarella, prosciutto di Parma, some roasted pepper & arugula I had on hand; whole wheat pasta tossed with leftover veggies, some my mom made, some I’d made 

Snack: a plum, a mini dark chocolate peanut butter cup 

What do eat when you’re sick? 

Experiment Gone Right: Zucchini Bread Oatmeal

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Happy Friday—it’s hazy and misty (when it’s not raining buckets) here in NYC. Why did I blow-dry my hair this morning? Rookie mistake…If your plans include staying inside with a mug of tea and a book, allow me to live vicariously…It also happens to be the kind of morning that calls for a stick-to-your ribs breakfast. At least I got that one down.

This was an experiment gone very, very right. I was inspired by this recipe, and I’ll definitely be making this again. I made mine ahead of time in a double-batch and reheated each serving, but below is what you need for one bowl. 

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 c oats
  • 1 c water (more if needed)
  • 1/2 cup finely grated zucchini (more is ok too)
  • 1 /2 banana, sliced
  • 1 tbsp ground flax
  • cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Bring water to a boil. Add oats, flax, cinnamon.
  2. Reduce heat and add banana and zucchini. Stir frequently, breaking up bits of fruit. Allow to cook until liquid is absorbed and banana and zucchini are soft (I should not be giggling as I type this). In the last two minutes, add vanilla.
  3. Enjoy warm and topped with whatever does it for you—I went with sunflower seed butter.

What’s your favorite rainy-day breakfast? 

What Moderation Means to Me

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If you’re going to start your day with shrimp & grits…

@ Mama Joy’s in Bushwick

…thoroughly enjoy every bite you take. Have vegetables later.

Enjoy that too.

What does moderation mean to you?

What to Eat After Sex

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I’ve written before about my guilty-pleasure perusal of How About We’s blogs. Well, the other day, I read a post that totally cracked me up called, “10 Best Post-Sex Foods.”

I know, I know, I totally just posted a picture of suggestive pasta a few days ago, so if you’re wondering what’s up, you’d be right to infer that I’ve been having a good summer. That said, a lady (even one who blogs about phallic refined-grain products) doesn’t kiss and tell.

Of this post-coital nourishment best-of list, I’d have to say that eggs get my vote for the top honors (especially if it’s brunch), but I also got a kick out of this one:

Flaxseed Oatmeal: Congratulations, you just started your day with sex. Now have a very nutritious breakfast and go to work feeling superior to everyone.

I’d also have to add that overnight oats are great to come home to after a weeknight spent somewhere else. However, this obviously requires knowing ahead of time that you will not be coming home, which makes this post-walk of shame breakfast seem kind of wholesome in comparison to, like, pizza, another food from the list. I can’t tell if I’m apologizing or bragging.

I also have to agree with this one, if only from a nutrition standpoint:

A banana or banana based dish: You need potassium to prevent leg cramps. Dr. Oz would be so proud. Plus bananas. . . you know? Bananas.

The writer of the list also mentions “Anything you can get delivered, particularly something ordered without actually speaking to someone.” While we’re being honest, though, I’ll admit I’ve always liked going out for that romantic dinner after the fact and being those annoying folks acting all smug in the manner of “OMG, I’m so worn out and in need of repletion.”

Sorry, nutritionist humor. In reality, this scenario looks more like me shakily trying to break a piece of bread apart while laughing at myself. It’s hard to be smug when  you’re so hungry, you can barely read a menu.

So, spill—what foods are on your post-sex list? 

What I Ate Wednesday #71: Vacation Day

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Happy Wednesday! I’m on vacation this week—more like stay-cation. The idea of traveling during my allotted vacation week just seemed too exhausting and expensive, so I’ve been enjoying taking these lovely August days at my own pace here in NYC.

It’s also time for another What I Ate Wednesday. As always, thanks to Jenn for hosting the weekly link party. To see more WIAW from other bloggers, visit Peas & Crayons.

After working a busy Saturday at the hospital, I was so excited to start my week off. Sunday involved sleeping in (if you count 11-8 sleeping in…) and then brunch, beer and a whole bunch of walking.

Leek & Egg @ Sparrow in Astoria

Monday I had a lot to do (writing projects, cooking projects, life projects…), but I enjoyed begin able to take it at my own speed. I also had time for a pilates class. I love when I can do that because I learn things I can incorporate into solo workouts when I’m not able to get to a group class.

It was also nice not to have to rely on hospital cafeteria food and lab-coat snacks to get me through the day. I don’t know if it was the heat or not being on my feet as much, but I definitely wasn’t as hungry during the day. No complaints, though—I enjoyed some good stuff, and I was happy not to deal with the inevitable low-blood-sugar shakes & headaches.

Breakfast: rolled oats w/ flax, a white peach, blackberries, and sunflower seed butter 
Lunch: a big salad; smoked salmon and avocado on an Ezekiel English muffin 

Snack: a berry & greens smoothie w/ cocoa powder (sounds gross, tasted great)

Dinner: Homemade soup (one of the day’s projects), toast w/ hummus 

Snack: Plain yogurt w/ cocoa powder, cut-up frozen lazy-person brownie, berries

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How did you spend your last vacation? 

What I Ate Wednesday #70

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Another week, another What I Ate Wednesday. As always, thanks to Jenn for hosting the link party. To see more WIAW from other bloggers, visit Peas & Crayons.

Since I didn’t travel last weekend, it was easier to get in the swing of things this week. I’m enjoying my current rotation (Cardiac) because I get to see a lot of patients each day. That face-to-face interaction is one of my favorite parts of clinical nutrition, so even if it means being on my feet a bit more, I get a lot out of it.

Though I’ve been sticking to a lot of summer staples to keep me going throughout the day (see the way I worked in this month’s WIAW theme?) I’ve also been trying to mix in new things to keep it interesting. That could be something as simple as “what happens if I used a white peach in my oatmeal?” or something along the lines of, “I wonder if hummus works a pizza topping…with an egg on top?”

Here’s what I ate on Monday.

Breakfast: Overnight oats w/ a white peach, berries, and PB 

Lunch: Salad, veggie chili, & cornbread (I’m starting to get really sick of this) 

Snacks: grapes; dry roasted edamame 

Dinner: Whole wheat tortilla “pizza”/mess. Hummus instead of sauced, topped w/ veggies, goat cheese, a poached egg, and a drizzle of tahini.  

Snack: Greek yogurt w/ berries & cereal 

How do you keep things interesting when it comes to food?