Thoughtful Thursday

This week has flown by! I can’t believe it’s already Thursday evening, then FRIDAY, then MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND, so 3 whole days! Sounds too good to be true. I actually just realized yesterday that that was this weekend. My professor had told the class that we would not be having class on Monday, and I thought he was just taking a personal day and going on some vacation, but no, it’s for the whole country! GO ‘MERICA!

I’ll give you a brief overview of Wednesday first, culinary festivities and all.

After a 2 mile run through neighboring streets, breakfast consisted of another honey crisp apple sliced all cool (I might have a slight obsession) drizzled with almond butter. How cheffy of me, right?

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I spent most of Wednesday morning outside enjoying the sunshine (my one day off). I even took my Econ textbook out with me, so it could also get its tan on.

It was pretty hot and humid out so I eventually came in to have a cool snack. I sliced up a bell pepper and whipped out the rest of the roasted garlic hummus. Who needs plates anyways?

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My mom cooked up some asian ginger mahi-mahi and edamame right before I had to leave for my night class, so I quick scarfed it down (something I need to do less of) and it was delish!

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This morning began with a 6:20 AM alarm and a calling from the home gym spin bike. My workout consisted of:

  • 40 min cycling (sprinting, hills, isolations)
  • 10 min extra cardio (100 jumping jacks, 50 ski jumps, 100 butt kicks, 100 high knees)
  • 10 min abs (250 sum of various sequences of 25)

Greetings from early morning, sweaty me!

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I quick took a shower and got all business casual for work, but felt super crunched for time. I am trying to remember whether I got up at 6:25 AM last summer or 5:45 AM last summer. As I have the same job, and my schedule worked so nicely last summer, I’m trying to get back to it. I know that I was able to fit a full one hour work out in, shower, get ready, and still make breakfast and pack my lunch with no rush. I’m thinking it was actually 5:45 AM. Yeah, that might be a struggle. I’m gonna give it a try tomorrow though. *Fingers crossed*

My mom being the sweetheart she is put my egg on while I was getting my lunch prepared and I popped in the english muffin. My perfect little breakfast was scrumptious, as you might be able to tell by the half eaten-ness. Woops, I’m still new at this whole blogging thing. It’s still not my first instinct to take a picture of the food when it’s first presented, especially when I’m hungry. I’m getting there though.

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  • Thomas whole wheat english muffin toasted
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 slice of swiss cheese
  • Baby spinach leaves

Later at work, I whipped out my fully stocked lunch. This may seem like a lot, and it is, but I never eat it all at once. I space it all out through out the day usually.

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  • Fage Total 0% greek yogurt
  • Jif peanut butter to-go pack
  • Raw almonds
  • Sabra original hummus
  • Cucumbers
  • Orange bell peppers
  • Triscuit brown rice sweet potato crackers

I was having an odd day though and was stuffed after my greek yogurt combo. My thinking is that it was due to the coffee I had had earlier that morning. I’ve been staying away from coffee lately and so maybe my system wasn’t used to it and filled me up more than just drinking water in the morning.

Anyhow, this was my greek yogurt concoction:

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  • Fage Total 0% greek yogurt
  • Raw almonds
  • 1 spoonful of peanut butter

When I got off work, I headed over to my best friend’s house who had just arrived in from Russia earlier that afternoon. I hadn’t seen her in months! My other good friend also stopped by and we all went out to Reston Town Center to walk around, catch up and maybe eat.

Well, we did end up stopping somewhere to eat, Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant. I opted not to have anything, as I knew my mom had cooked up some good stuff back at home. Eating healthy comes with its plentiful benefits, but also drawbacks. It can make social situations, like going out to eat, kind of awkward. It’s like you don’t want to be that annoying one who doesn’t eat or only orders this small, healthy item or whatever, but you also don’t want to get off track just because you want to catch up with your friends. It gets hard sometimes, but stay strong! If you can avoid the situation, do it. Maybe invite your friends over for a home-cooked meal instead? Home-cooked=always best for the belly.

When I arrived home, my mom had made salmon, grilled chicken, corn on the cob (random I thought), and these lovely flatbreads. Sorry the coloring is kind of weird, it was dark out by the time I got home, and the kitchen lighting makes the flatbreads look pretty orange. It probably doesn’t help that our kitchen is painted black.

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There are two types of flatbreads here:

Tuscan veggie flatbread

  • Wegman’s whole wheat pizza dough
  • Mozzarella/provolone/asiago cheeses
  • Rosemary olive oil
  • Chopped garlic
  • Peppers
  • Spinach
  • Mushrooms

Tuscan grilled chicken flatbread

  • Wegman’s whole wheat pizza dough
  • Mozzarella/provolone/asiago cheeses
  • Rosemary olive oil
  • Chopped garlic
  • Grilled chicken

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about a bunch of different things health wise, and I feel like starting this blog and reading more into other related blogs has gotten the ball rolling on this.

I’ve decided that I want to “eat clean.” Then I thought, wait do I even really know what that means? Do I already do that? Incase anyone was wondering, I looked it up. According to Eating Well Magazine, 10 ways to eat clean are:

  1. Cut down on alcohol
  2. Cut down on sugar
  3. Cut down on salt
  4. Cut down on saturated fat
  5. Cut down on refined grains
  6. Cut down on processed foods
  7. Have more fruits and vegetables
  8. Have more water
  9. Have more green tea
  10. Have more whole grains

I think it’s safe to say I already do that or at least try my best to. I feel like I’ve eaten this way for a while now and am looking to try something new. It’s just like switching out your shampoo and conditioner when your hair gets too used to it. I’ve been thinking about all of the different diets out there, not the bogus fad ones, but vegetarianism, veganism, paleolithic, etc.

I could see myself easily able to be vegetarian, but I would miss fish too much and its health benefits. If anything, I could try being pescatarian (vegetarian plus fish). Most times, I feel like I already am anyways. I most certainly could not be vegan though. Paleolithic diets have always intrigued me though. For those of you who don’t know, think back to the caveman age and what they were able to eat. This includes grass-fed meat, fish, fruits/veggies, nuts, beans, roots, and excludes dairy products, grains, potatoes, refined salt, refined sugar, and processed oil.

I think it would be interesting to experiment with my diet to see if I feel any different in my daily activities. I’m a little worried about the no cheese and no grain part though. As you can see, they’re usually a part of my daily routine. Although I do try to limit myself to one serving of each per day, none at all would be killer. We’ll see. I’ll keep you updated.

Until next time! Enjoy the long weekend!

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One thought on “Thoughtful Thursday

  1. Looking forward to seeing what diets you try out! If you are thinking about vegetarian but love fish maybe try becoming pescetarian. You would still eat fish, dairy and eggs but not land animals. Might be worth a test run? Love your posts by the way 🙂 So real and so relatable!

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