D!ET Is a Four Letter Word


So, before I get to what I ate or drank…I want to talk a bit about diet. I read diet books – I won't lie. I just reread Kris Carr's Crazy Sexy Diet over the weekend. Hell, it was the book A Diet for a New America by John Robbins that first turned me vegetarian when I was 15 (by the way, it's about animal rights and not weight loss). I think like most people who've struggled weight wise (keeping it off or on!), we look for a guidebook or roadmap to follow to get to that “perfect” size. I admit that while I carried Kris Carr's book around all weekend, I wanted to cover up the title because it says “diet”. I didn't want people to judge me for reading a diet book when I clearly have a few pounds I could stand to lose. I'm drawn to that book to fight an autoimmune condition, but that's besides the point. I'd take the weight loss too in a heart beat!

When is it that the word “diet” became a curse word of sorts? A 4-letter word right up there sh!t, and f***? The definition of diet is “the usual food and drink of a person or animal”. All the word means is “what I eat and drink”. Since the 80's (or earlier, I'm sure!), “diet” has mean something different. Sinister.

So I'm taking back the damed word. I eat a vegan diet. I follow a lot of advice I've read in diet books! My diet is what it is…sometimes it's stellar, sometimes it's deep fried and covered in wine. So what. It's MY diet. You have your diet. And diet should NOT be a four letter word. Don't be afraid of it.

Okay….on to what I actually consumed in my DIET the past few days….

Both Sunday and Monday mornings began with a green juice. I absolutely love starting my day that way. The more I juice, the more adventurous I get in what I throw in there. My go-to base seems to be a head of romaine, an apple, and a lemon. From there, it's whatever I have lying around in my crisper or shelf.

Sunday's green juice also saw about 2 cups of green grapes (they don't have much shelf life left), celery, and 1/2 of an English cucumber. Later that morning I had a giant green smoothie of plain coconut milk, pineapple, spinach, strawberries, and frozen banana.


Monday's green juice was the same as Sunday's, but with slightly less grapes. While I love fruit, I tend to like my smoothies more “green” than fruity.

Before work on Monday, I packed a heck of a travel cooler. My juice (didn't have time to drink it at home), a really big green smoothie – the same as Sunday's, a BAS, spicy sunflower seeds, and raw lemon “cookies”. I definitely felt ready for the day.


Monday night dinner was some yummy lentil tacos from Happy Herbivore Abroad. It's a family favorite and easy peasy to whip up. Served over some simple garlic rice, it was wonderful on some corn tortillas with hot sauce, avocado, and tomato.


Today's breakfast was a green juice and lunch was a BAS with leftover grilled tofu, onion, tomato, brown rice, and an oil-free sundried tomato vinaigrette. Yummy!


I wasn't overly hungry around dinner, so I roasted up a few onions with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Simple, but something I really love.


Sunday I did backyard hot yoga again for about a half hour. This time it was a guided podcast session on my iPod. I'd rather do a streaming video class, but that's just too hard when I'm outside.

Monday I hit the gym after work for some elliptical fun (I say “fun” in jest…I don't really like working out in place). I'm more focused than ever to be able to run again.

Today was a fitness DVD. I know I typically mock those, but I have a feeling that they're going to become a positive thing for me. I'd rather be outside running, and going to the gym isn't always something I have time for. That means streaming online classes (which shake things up), or getting over my annoyance with repetitive workout videos. I will admit that today's was fun (it was a Hip Hop Abs Fat Burning Cardio disc). I wore a HR monitor, and I burned as much as I typically do spinning. So yay for that!


I really can't complain. Life is chaotic and wonderful. Work is busy, as always, but I love it. And my life in general is pretty groovy.

Sunday D and I went down to the Oceanfront. Our intent was to just wander around, but as it happens, there was a festival going on, complete with an air show. We walked around while watching planes do fun and crazy stuff, and eventually found our way to a little place for a drink. It was really hot out and really wonderful. I did get some sunburn (ugh, you'd think I'd have learned by now), but it was still a really great day.


Monday was a normal day. Up early, round up the masses, get them all out the door, and head to work. The evening was spent hanging out and enjoying family time.

Today was much of a repeat, except I was up early so I worked out. Then work, home, dinner, chill. We're heading out on vacation on the 20th, and I booked our couple days at Cedar Point in Ohio at the tail end of our trip.

Other than that, I leave you with some picture of Bumble figuring out that she loves being outside…even if she rarely leaves the patio deck!




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I am a 45 yo busy career single mom and doctoral student attempting to find her inner athlete, be a gluten-free(ish) vegan, and find a way to balance it all without going crazy! I love to cook, read, run, box, do yoga, dance, 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.

2 thoughts on “D!ET Is a Four Letter Word

  1. Girl, I am so with you on the word diet. When did it become something just to lose weight vs a lifestyle of how you eat. My diet is vegetarian but it’s not a “diet.” And DVDs? Nothing wrong with them at all. Convenient way to workout at home, you pick what you enjoy, oh and you can workout in whatever crazy getup you choose!

    1. You’re so right, and I never looked at it that way! I totally just there on a sports bra under my jammies this morning. That was pretty convenient.

      I’ve been thinking about the whole ‘diet’ thing for a few days now. And I realized that we demonize some words, and this is one of them….

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