Toilet Talk

Hello there! I hope you do not mind my veering away from food for a second, but I really need to get this off my chest while it’s in my head.  It does have something to do with health.  I’m talking about restroom habits, and not particularly about how regular or irregular one may be.  That is not my business, but I will say eating whole grains, fruits, and veggies can help with that sort of problem.  I’m talking more so in the sense of sanitary habits.

 

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I always use those toilet covers when they are available and they are so much more user friendly than covering the seat with strips of toilet paper as Mom taught me to do at a young age, but I never hear other people pulling them from the box in stalls next to me.  What’s up with that?  Do the majority of people squat or do they just not give a darn?  With squatting there is always the risk of missing which someone might have to sit on later.  No thanks!  Or, as in my case, I freeze up if I squat and I end up not being able to go.  Thank goodness, we don’t have these here in the U.S.—squat toilets.

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Second–really people, wash your nasty hands!  That grosses me out to no end when I see people walk out of the bathroom after using the restroom without washing their hands.  This happens all.the.time. at the gym nonetheless (where people are concerned with health).  I do not want to touch the cardio or weight machines after you just took a p*** or s*** for that matter and failed to wash.  It takes all of 20 seconds or the amount of time it takes to sing the “Happy Birthday” song.  I learned that a while back in a medication training for when I have to administer medication to students at work.  Well, I guess everyone was not as fortunate to have a dad to fuss them if they didn’t wash their hands after using the bathroom.  That guy raised me right!

Done with that!  Let’s talk food now.

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I wasn’t feeling like cooking this a.m. so I had a quick cereal bowl-mixture of Kashi Heart to Heart, Kashi Vanilla Island Squares, Ground Flaxseed, handful of praline pecan granola, banana, and cup of low fat milk.

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Cup A Mango Green Tea

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Lunch was a homemade lunchable with sliced turkey, laughing cow wedges, Triscuits, on the verge to being bad celery stalks, and a nectarine that was traded out for the apple pictured below.

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After work I headed straight to the gym munching on this Almond Joy of a Bar below in the car.

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This honestly felt like I was eating a candy bar—sweet, coconutty texture, almonds, mmmm.  I didn’t miss the chocolate either.

After 45 sweaty minutes on the elliptical and stair climber I stretched, did some abdominals, and headed home with intentions to cook dinner.  To my surprise, I arrived home to a meal cooked by my husband.  Oh, how thankful am I!  I didn’t have to cook.

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Chris baked a maple and brown sugar pre-seasoned pork tenderloin.  These Hormel tenderloins are easy, lean, and delish plus they were buy one get one free so I have another in the freezer!  Sides included boxed mac~n~cheese and steamed peas.  Dinner is always better when I am not the one cooking it!  Thanks again to my hubby—much appreciated!

I’m off to rest!  This time change has got me feeling off the past three mornings, but I do like those lighting effects hitting my dinner plate above.  Night!

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Back to Life, Back to Reality

Back to work today!  All during the night that song was playing in my head, so I couldn’t sleep. Ugh!  Here’s the song in case you’re not aware of the 80’s hit by Soul II Soul.

So this morning I was not a happy camper when I arose at 5:45 to get ready for my first day back to school from the summer vacation.  I started with an almond butter and peach sammie with a sprinkle of cinnamon atop and Oroweat whole wheat sandwich thin.

Almond butter + Sweet Peach Half

Next I got ready and headed out on my 40 minute drive for my Back to School Staff Development Day.  By 12:00 my stomach was doing some serious talking.  Thank goodness lunch had arrived! 🙂

For lunch I enjoyed a spinach salad with celery, carrot, 1/4 fuji apple, yellow cherry tomatoes, feta, and 2 tbsp. of light raspberry vinaigrette dressing.  Mmmm, it was so refreshing and satisfied my hunger pangs.

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And on the side–the other half of my peach from breakfast and a handful of blackberries.

Fresh Fruit

Late afternoon it was time for a snacky-snack, the second of my three Larabars I picked up at Whole Foods last Thursday.

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Whew!!! Today was a rough adjustment back into the swing of things.  I got home after work and began a little tidying of the house and needed another snack.  I must have been a bit hungry because it did not cross my mind to get a picture of my two slices of Hormel nitrate free turkey and Sargento light string cheese.  <Input image here> Two round slices of turkey wrapped around a tubular stick of string cheese<Embed image> 😉

Now onto dinner–a southern [stated in my most stereotypical southern voice as heard on TV] classic.  Shrimp and Grits.

I used Quaker 5 Minute Grits on the stovetop and added some Laughing Cow Light Swiss Cheese and garlic powder along with salt and pepper.  For the shrimp, I started by sauteing them on the stove in canola oil with salt, red pepper flakes, and dried rosemary.  Just before putting the pan in the oven I added a few splashes of worcestershire sauce.  The shrimp were baked until done.  Also, for some veggie action I roasted some squash with salt, pepper, and dried rosemary.

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The shrimp and grits came together quite quickly.  The longest part was the roasting of the veggies, which I didn’t mind getting a couple of other chores done while they roasted.  And roasting lately is my fave way to cook vegetables.  I wonder if it alters the nutritional value much!?!  Any nutritionists out there reading?  Please let me know.

I was thoroughly satisfied with my meal tonight, but I know in days, weeks, months to come I will be unable to answer that all too elusive question–what’s for dinner?  Now that I am back into the reality of my life I need to get back into a comfortable groove and figure out how to balance everything–socializing, working, cleaning, cooking and eating healthy, exercising.  And I don’t even have kids yet!  I’m scared!

Question of the Day:  How do you balance heading a household, working, and managing your healthy lifestyle?  Do you have any tips or ideas on how to accomplish all that needs to be done on a daily basis when it feels that there is just not enough time in the day?

Green Monster Take 1

This morning I woke up at 9:00, but was not hungry for b-fast.  So I opted to make and drink some coffee (which I did not enjoy, just didn’t taste good today) and  wait a while to see if I would be in the mood for some FOOD.  The morning rolled on as I read my emails, read some blogs, read the news on NOLA.com, and checked out some other websites.  I don’t know about you, but when I’m on the net time just flies by.  By now it was around 11 o’clock and I decided I needed to get movin’.  I threw on some clothes and took Niko, the german shepherd, and Herbie, the shitzu/puggle, for a walk.  We went around two blocks and by that time I could tell that fatso Herbie was ready to get home due to the scorching heat and the fact that older brother, Niko, was practically running as lil’ Herbs tried to keep up.  So the last block I joined in the run home and thankfully Herbie made it too.

By now both the dogs and I were ready for some lunch.  I mixed up the dogs’ food and decided on a turkey taco salad for myself.  Into my small casserole dish, I added about 1 cup of romaine, about 1 cup baby spinach, 6 grape tomatoes, 4 slices (1 serving) of deli smoked turkey, 1 stick of reduced fat cheese broken into crumbles, 2 tblsp of hot salsa, 1 tblsp of light sour cream, and about 7 blue corn chips crumbled on top.  Can we say Mmmm, Mmmmm, Mmmmm!?!?  Take a look for yourself; I bet it will make you want some Mexican!  And the salsa and sour cream provides a nice dressing for about 30 calories rather than 130 of one of those full fat, creamy dressings.  So that entire salad is less than 300 calories and tastes much more fresh than one you could get at a fast food joint for over triple the amount of calories.

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And after the salad:

Thick, creamy greek yogurt

After lunch, I decided to tackle the Green Monster–not the green monster smoothie that I’ve read about in many other foodie blogs, but the Green Monster otherwise known as my backyard.  The grass really needed to be cut and I thought it would be a nice surprise for the hubby.  So out in the near 100* heat I went and cut the grass.  After about 35 minutes I was done and needed something to cool down.  So I next attempted the green monster known as a smoothie.  Into the blender went a handful of spinach, a banana, 7 strawberries + 1 for garnish, 1/2 scoop of vanilla whey protein powder, a cup of water, and 4 ice cubes.


I blended away to get none other than this.

Not so much of a green monster after all, more like a pink/brown monster.  Oh well, better luck next time.  It looks prettier in the pictures than what it looked like in real life.  Just so you know, I couldn’t taste the spinach at all.

I needed a snack a little while later after cleaning and mowing and walking.  Wheeew!

Celery + Carrots + Red Pepper Hummus

Got these bad boys at the grocery yesterday and chopped them earlier to have on hand in the fridge for a simple, healthy snack.  I’m always much more willing to eat ’em if they are chopped and easily accessible right front and center of the fridge.  Can I get a hoorah for the veggies?!?  🙂

The boys were pooped too after the grass cutting episode.  See–