I hope everyone is having a marvelous Monday, and if you weren’t, you are now that you’ve stopped by, I hope!
The second week of school has begun and things are finally starting to kick into full gear. I have homework from almost every class, my sorority and business fraternity have events left and right, and Hokie football season has now officially begun! It’s gonna be a busy, busy semester, and I couldn’t be more excited.
Now that the semester has really begun, I have been reminded of the cold, hard facts. Maintaining the diet and exercise I prefer, that I am able to during the summer months at home, is a bit more of a challenge here. Of course, it’s a challenge I’m fully willing to accept. Health should never be sacrificed. We all just gotta do the best we can.
I’m no newbie when it comes to a fully loaded college schedule, but as I’ve grown in my understanding of health and fitness, I’ve adapted different habits, interests and likes that make the typical college kid lifestyle not so appealing.
From the ever so frequent time crunches, the late nights, the ongoing activities, the lack of funds, and the abundant, delicious Virginia Tech dining hall options, eating clean and optimal exercise doesn’t necessarily come as easy. I will say though, I’ve been doing my best and am pretty proud of the job I’ve done so far.
I try to run Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings before my 10:10 AM class (approx. 3 miles interval training), so then Tuesday and Thursday when I have 8 AM’s, I find something else to do, whether it be going to McComas Rec Center, or running later in the day. Weekends have been a bit lazy around here lately, but I’ll hopefully be changing that.
The meal plan I purchased allows me 10 meals a week, which is more than I will need. My plan is to eat about one meal (lunch) on campus each day, plus an occasional coffee or a smoothie, and the rest will carry over into spring semester.
For all of you Hokies reading, Turner Place is hands down my favorite place to go, partially for its convenience to the academic side of campus, but mostly because of its delicious, healthy options and beautiful facility. I think most of you can agree.
- Turner Place Soup Garden salads
- Turner Place Jamba Juice smoothies & steel cut oats
This was a pomegranate paradise smoothie & brown sugar oats. My go-to’s.
- Owen’s salad bar
- Owen’s mexican bowl
- ABP/Dulce’s soy latte
Below was actually today’s lunch: coffee from earlier that morning and a Clif bar, as I had to skip out to finish a homework assignment due that afternoon– a perfect example of unideal conditions. You just gotta roll with the punches, people.
On top of that VT meal plan, I have gone to the grocery store about once a week so far to pick up some necessary and a few not so necessary items. Just this year I discovered the wonderfully huge and fancy Kroger down South Main, or “Gucci Kroger” as VT students call it. This store has a great selection of produce and two whole aisles of natural foods. I’ve actually found that section to be quite dangerous for my wallet.
This was after yesterday’s haul, alongside my roommate, Bong. I think she was going for the “just another piece of produce” look.
I’ve found a new favorite, a tolerable version of this super drink I’m always hearing about. I think it kind of tastes like chocolate milk, but that’s also coming from a girl that hasn’t had dairy in almost two months. Lol.
Obviously with all these groceries comes some lovely kitchen concoctions. Here are a few I remembered to snap a pic of.
These were seeds from a spaghetti squash dish I made that I forgot to snap a pic of. I was telling my roommates getting the seeds out is more difficult than actually preparing the spaghetti squash. Truth. But they are just such a tasty, pop-able snack, and good for ya!
Baked sweet potato w/ cinnamon & garlic basil spinach brown rice
Sauteed veggie medley w/ chickpeas
Sauteed garlic brussel sprouts, mushrooms and quinoa
Natural PB w/ chia seeds, flax meal and cinnamon on Ezekail 7 Sprouted Grain Bread & apple slices
P.S. I’ve always heard about this special outstandingly healthy bread, but am just now finally trying it! So, so good. I approve.
Now as far as eating vegan, I’m pretty used to it at this point and haven’t had any issues. It’s really not that difficult, and reaps SO many benefits or veganefits. I rarely even find myself thinking about the things I used to have so often (greek yogurt, eggs, salmon, etc).
Of course I prefer cooking in the comfort of my kitchen, knowing exactly what is being put in my food, but it’s college. I’m gonna go out every once in a while. That’s a given. I just have to know where I’m going in advance to see what I can get. No biggie.
But if it’s up to me, Gillie’s in downtown Blacksburg is the place to go. This restaurant is number one in my book. I can say that almost every single item on their menu sounds delicious. Here’s one of my favorites, the Gillie’s Burger. The burger is served on a chick pea bun with fresh cole slaw in sesame ginger vinaigrette. Yum!
It’s almost been two months since I made the switch and I feel fabulous. I’m actually shocked myself to think I’ve been a vegan for that long. Wowzers.
I seriously encourage everyone to try a vegan week, as your own personal growth experiment. That’s how it all started for me!
Anyways, I’m off to do a little more homework and then it’s bedtime for this sleepy girl. This one’s got an 8 AM class tomorrow morning. Wee…
Chow for now!