Institute for Integrative Nutrition

I have some exciting news!  Many of you already know this but I am beginning a new program to become a Certified Health Counselor.  I will be working with people on how to improve their diet and lifestyle. As most of you know, I have always had an interest in health and nutrition and have enjoyed sharing this knowledge with friends, family and readers.  I decided that I wanted to increase this knowledge and learn, in a formal training program, how to live a better life through eating well and taking care of myself.  I am currently enrolled at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition’s distance learning program.  I am not only learning how to take care of myself, I am also receiving very detailed and careful instruction on how to counsel others around food and lifestyle choices. It’s an exciting time!

I look forward to sharing more with you about my new career path, and all of the benefits of this work.  I’ll be inviting people to health consultations in the near future, to have the opportunity to support them to create a happier, healthier and more fulfilling life.  I’ll be in touch periodically to let you know how my training is progressing.  I appreciate being able to share this with you.

If you (or if you know of anyone) are interested in being contacted for a free health consultation in the upcoming months please leave me a comment or e-mail me at lindsay (at) cookingforaveganlover (dot) com

An Afternoon of New Beverages

Today I got a few new beverages in the mail from Inko’s Iced Tea and Hint Water so I was excited to try both of them.  While I did a little wishful thinking vacation searching I enjoyed some Peeled Pine-4-Pineapple and the Inko’s White Tea Honeydew flavor.

After wasting part of the afternoon looking at vacations that we probably won’t go on I decided I should jump on the elliptical for awhile.  So I did 30 minutes on the elliptical while reading a trashy magazine and contemplating dinner.  For dinner I decided on making some Lotus Foods Jade Pearl Rice which smells crazy like a bamboo forest (as described on the package).  I cooked some wakame with the rice and then tossed it all together with some steamed carrots, mushrooms, peppers, chickpeas and topped with a miso tahini sauce.  This sauce is crazy good and I can’t wait to make it again.

Miso Tahini Sauce:

  • 1/3 cup warm water
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 2T sweet white miso
  • 2 cloves of garlic chopped
  • 2T lemon juice

Put everything in the blender and blend until smooth.  You can heat this if you would like but make sure to do it on low as you should NEVER boil miso.

I enjoyed my dinner with a bottle of Hint Mango-Grapefruit.

Tonight I am just going to try and relax and mentally prepare for my first day at work tomorrow. I am a little nervous but I am excited at the same time. How do you prepare for your first day at work? What do you wear on your first day?

Celebration Dinner

Sorry bloggies I haven’t posted much in the last few days but things over here are pretty crazy with starting a new job.  Yesterday I met up with a friend from my old job for lunch at Kismet and I gave you all a chance to pick the dish.  Well there wasn’t a majority on any dish so I decided to go with the steamed veggie and grains bowl with the miso ginger sauce and it was amazing! I can’t wait to bring Neil for lunch so he can try it too.

This week has been pretty crazy and we seem to have no food in the house so we have been bad and have been eating out a lot.  Last night we decided to go out for a celebration dinner (for my new job) at Positive Pi and both got huge salads for dinner. Neil’s salad was mixed greens with broccoli, tomatoes, walnuts, marinated tofu and red onions with a lemon tahini dressing.  I got the Mediterranean salad with no feta and added some marinated tofu to mine.  It came with lots of kalamata olives and pepperoncini with a lemon oregano dressing- SO GOOD!  I also got a glass of proseco – well actually a mini bottle of it which was so fun.

Neil's Giant Salad

My Giant Salad

Today I’ve been working on getting the bedroom picked up, doing laundry and cleaning out my closet.  I’m at the point where I have some spring/summer clothes that are in the “loose 5-10lbs and they’ll fit pile” so I have removed them all from my closet and boxed them up and will try them on again in 2 months or so – hopefully they will fit by then.  I have felt like there is a ton of clutter in my closet right now so I only want to have clothes that I will wear right now and  that fit in it.  I took out winter sweaters and pants, as well as  dresses that are too fancy for everyday wear and have boxed them up so when we move in June there will be less work.  I also removed all of the clothes that I’ve been holding on to for years and don’t wear anymore and will be bringing them to consignment and whatever they don’t take donate to Good Will. However now I am looking at a very empty closet which is depressing. I think I need to go shopping.  Okay enough rambling about my closet.

Good news on the giveaway front I am putting together a box of goodies for a big Spring giveaway.  I think I am going to call it the “Spring into Veganism Giveaway” and it will have lots of little treats.  So keep your eyes peeled for this giveaway!

You Pick the Dish: Kismet Kitchen

Today I am meeting up with a friend from my old job for lunch at Kismet Kitchen, a great little spot that prides itself on using local, organic ingredients.  I have been here a few times before and tend to always get the same thing. Today I am giving you a chance to decide which […]

Finally Employed and Blogger/Twitter Meet-Up

Yesterday morning was a busy stressful one as I had a meeting with a prospective job that I really wanted. I brought hubby to work and then decided to stop into Healthy Living for a green juice and to waste some time since I had about 45 minutes before my interview.  I decided on having […]

Product Review & Giveaway: Coach’s Oats

The Winners are: Jenna- “My absolute fav.. pumpkin oats with banana, pb, flax seeds, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice and vanilla. I could eat it every day and not get sick of it!” And Regina “I like mine with vanilla soy milk chocolate PB, banana’s, and flaxseeds.” _____________________________________________________________________________________________________ As many of you know I am a […]

Our Hike/Walk Loop & Dining Adventures

Yesterday morning my hubby and I got up relatively early and headed out to make our 3+ mile loop up through Hubbard Park prior to having breakfast challenge #3.  It was freezing out yesterday morning especially after our warm spell so we bundled up and got on our way.  We have been loving this loop […]