The Pains of Opening Day

FOOD

So, we broke another coffee pot.  Seriously, I’ve gone through 3 in just a few years.  Aren’t these things supposed to last a long time?  It’s not like I abuse them or anything, and only one of them was a K-Mart special.  Anyway, we went with the Keurig Vue.  It doesn’t use the K-Cups, but the newer Vue cups.  Everyone loves it.  And I got a new appliance.

On the normal food front, it’s been another few days of yummy and mostly raw goodness.  Allow me to demonstrate:

whipping up a small bit of guac for a wrap.  1 avocado, a thick slice of red onion, half a hot pepper, some cilantro, a clove of garlic, and a pinch of sea salt.  Easy peasy.
whipping up a small bit of guac for a wrap. 1 avocado, a thick slice of red onion, half a hot pepper, some cilantro, a clove of garlic, and a pinch of sea salt. Easy peasy.
the wrap with guac smothered on it.  Along with a bunch of other yummy things!
the wrap with guac smothered on it. Along with a bunch of other yummy things!

I made another crock pot batch of veggie broth.  I’m still saving all my discards like onion peels, leftover spices, any veggie that I’m not going to use in time before it spoils, etc.  Pop it in the crock, cover with water, and this time I threw a handful of peppercorns too.  Very happy with this batch!

so I realize it doesn't look very pretty here...
so I realize it doesn’t look very pretty here…
but it made 3 quarts of this gorgeousness!
but it made 3 quarts of this gorgeousness!

I made a sprouted wild rice salad.  Sprouted wild rice, a little olive oil, red onion, fresh lime juice, garlic, sea salt, cilantro, hot pepper, and red onion.

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Beets marinating in a homemade dressing with my very own growing oregano! (it was an accident – I planted it last year and nothing happened…D noticed it came in this year, so I had to use it).

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Made the best marinade yesterday too!  Balsamic vinegar, siracha, garlic, and fresh squeezed OJ.  I put tofu cubes in it all day, and then D grilled it with some pineapple.  I dumped it and a teriyaki broccoli slaw and the wild rice salad onto one monster BAS.

I ate maybe 1/4 of it, but it was amazing.
I ate maybe 1/4 of it, but it was amazing.

I put the dehydrator to work making raw tomato/pepper wraps.  They’re like fruit roll ups, but for wraps instead!

1 - put the veggies in the vitamix
1 – put the veggies in the vitamix
2 - blend
2 – blend
3 - spread onto the dehydrator tray
3 – spread onto the dehydrator tray
5 - dry overnight (flipping once after 6 hours)
4 – dry overnight (flipping once after 6 hours)
6 - put it on a plate, with a collard leaf, romaine, tomato, carrots, and some cranberry/pear white balsamic vinegar.  Wrap it up and eat it (and then smile).
5 – put it on a plate, with a collard leaf, romaine, tomato, carrots, and some cranberry/pear white balsamic vinegar. Wrap it up and eat it (and then smile).

I met today with a nutritionist.  While I think I eat very healthy (most of the time – certainly not all), I do want professional advice since I’m dealing with this autoimmune crap.  We’re starting with a month of an elimination diet (though I have targets for specific macro nutrients like proteins) to see if it has an impact on my symptoms.  If it does, then we slowly add things back in, wait a day or two, and see if I still feel well.  It’s the classic dietary approach when dealing with food intolerances/allergies and I’m kind of kicking myself that I didn’t think of it!  I guess that’s why I’m seeing a professional!  Anyway, it’s gluten-free, soy-free (which will be a rough one for me), alcohol free, limited caffeine (I’m allowed my 1 cup of black java in the mornings), no chocolate, no oranges or corn, and only spices and vinegars as cold-pressed oils as condiments.  I guess we’ll see!

FITNESS

I’ve been to a couple hot yoga classes the past few days, hiked around Busch Gardens for several hours, and met today with my trainer.  He kicked my butt!

We stretched, and I like that he incorporated a lot of yoga into it.  Then did some foam roller work to loosen some tightness in my calves and lats he noticed last time.  Then it was off for crazy intervals on the elliptical, followed by weights and band work (and some crazy lunge version of twister I can’t even articulate well!).  I wore my heart rate monitor, and I burned 507 calories in the hour we worked out.  Good times.

I will say that I appreciate how much he pays attention to what I want and what I need.  With this inflammatory joint thing going on, he’s been doing research on what to do (and not do) with me.  Wants me to get the OK from my Dr before doing any kickboxing, in case it hurts my hands or wrists.  He also knows I don’t want to use weight machines, since I travel and also need to be able to work out at home.  Bands I have, and some dumbbells, so he focuses on those, body weight movements, balance ball stuff, and that I also appreciate a great deal.

LIFE

Thursday evening was some catch-up time with AC.  Max & Erma’s has $8 pitchers of sangria on Thursdays, so we thought we’d check it out.  Turns out their sangria wasn’t very good, but the company was (as always).

Friday it was gorgeous out.  Sunny, warm (but not hot), and just beautiful.  It was also the first time I could wear cute open-toed shoes to work!  I forgot how painful shoes can be sometimes, and by the end of the day my cute black, white, and red heels were killing me.  So opening day (and for that I mean opening day for Cute Shoe Season) was just a wee painful.

This past weekend we had NO PLANS.  The oldest went to a Military Ball, so D, M, R and I went to Busch Gardens.  We had a blast, as always.

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Sunday was cooking, grocery shopping, and general busy work.  It felt really, really nice to relax.

Backyard playtime 🙂

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And putting the new coffee pot box to good use!

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And now it’s the work week, but that’s okay too 🙂

 

 

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RunCrissieRun

I am a 43 year old busy career mom & full time student who is attempting to find her inner athlete, be a vegan in a non-vegan household, and find a way to balance it all without going crazy! I love to cook, read, run, do yoga, travel, and learn as many new things as I can - which often gets me in trouble.... I am passionate about life in general, and if I didn't write about it, I'd probably implode.

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