This afternoon I got home from work and did the workout I didn’t do this morning. I decided to try the newest EA Active Wii game and will be doing the 6 week challenge. Have you ever done the EA Active challenge?
I was craving sloppy joes tonight and thought I had lentils to make them with but I couldn’t find them (we still are unpacking) so I decided to try something new Spicy Sloppy Split Peas! I put the sloppy split peas on a bun with dijon mustard and baby spinach and had sauteed purple cabbage and baked sweet potatoes on the side.
Tonight I plan on getting some school work done as well as attempting to do a little more unpacking so we can get all settled in. However first I will enjoy one of my new yummy raw cookies.
Raw Almond Super Food Cookies
Makes 12-15 cookies
1/2 cup raw almond butter
2T agave nectar
2T cacao nibs
2T goji berries
1/4 cup shredded dried coconut
2T chopped pecans
1/4 cup dried cranberries
Mix the almond butter and agave nectar together. Stir in remaining ingredients; the batter should hold together if it doesn’t add more coconut. Scoop out tablespoon size cookies and place on a wax paper lined sheet pan. Cover the cookies and place in the fridge. These do well for 5-7 days in the fridge however you can freeze them and take them out shortly before you want to enjoy.
Last night I decided that I’d like something sweet and enjoyed a small glass of Strawberry Mousse that I tested for Ricki’s new cookbook.
Ariel decided she wanted to try it as well
This morning I attempted to get up and do my workout but it just wasn’t happening; my body wouldn’t cooperate. So I enjoyed some more strawberry mousse, a raw cookie (recipe to come) and a mug of coffee.
Okay now lets get down to business I know you are all wondering what this giveaway is because who doesn’t love to try new AMAZING products? I know I do so I was delighted when I asked Seventh Generation if they would provided me with a variety of their eco-friendly cleaning products to review and giveaway and they agreed. Now I might be biased because Seventh Generation is a Burlington based company but I really love their products. I find that there are a number of eco-friendly cleaning products that are just okay and then there are some that are good but Seventh Generation is (so far anyways) the best that I have ever used.
I received the Healthy Home Starter Kit, which is also what Seventh Generation will be providing to the winner of this giveaway. The kit includes:
Some items are missing as the Hubz put them away before I could photograph and I have yet to locate them...hmm that could be a problem!
Disinfecting Wipes- 35 ct.
All Purpose Cleaner
Natural Paper Towels
Seventh Gen Recylced Bag
I honestly love everything but my favorite have the been the disinfecting wipes and the Natural Paper Towels which I just purchased 3 more of because they were on sale at the co-op. These products do a great job cleaning and I don’t have to worry about nasty chemicals that can harm my body or our fur babies. Now I just tried a few of the many products that Seventh Gen has to offer so I would make sure to check out their site to see what products would be most useful for you. Now to jump start this we are going to have a little giveaway fun to enter see instructions below.
We have been so busy this weekend! Friday was beer fest, saturday we did some grocery shopping and went to Costco and then we went to a Lake Monsters game for work because our Honor Guard was presenting the colors.
The Worlds Most Unhealthy-yet free- dinner ever! Vegan Burger with potato chips and diet cola....I cringe as I type this but oh well...it was good after a night at brew fest
Now it is Sunday and I have been busy attempting to unpack as well as having to run to the office to get some emergency items done. We got quite a bit done today however there is still more to do boo! I can’t wait to be totally moved in. I am happy to say however we have gotten back into our active mornings and finally eating at home.
This morning I knew we had a lot to do so I decided to make a yummy and filling breakfast
Bring the water to a boil and stir in the corn grits polenta, nutritional yeast, and salt. Turn down to low and continue to stir until the polenta has thickened.
Bring the vegetable broth to a boil and stir in the TVP; turn down and simmer for 5- 7 minutes. Saute the onions and garlic in oil over medium-high heat until translucent. Add in the cumin, paprika, chili powder and salt and stir to evenly coat the onions and garlic. Pour in the TVP; it should be soft and expanded some- there should be a little left over vegetable broth. Stir the TVP and onion mixture together and add the salsa and nooch.
Take 1/4 of the polenta and put it on a plate, top with 1/4 of the TVP mixture and then 1/4 of an avocado. ENJOY! Other suggestions: add your favorite hot sauce, fresh diced tomatoes, pickled jalapenos or cilantro to add even more flavor to this dish.
After breakfast I tried out my new sneakers and walked a few miles to the Short Stop to redeem my free iced coffee ticket. Then it was off to work for an emergency that had to get taken care of.
After running to work we headed to Bed, Bath & Beyond to pick up some organizational items, the natural food store for a few items and then home to make some lunch- a recipe from Ani Phyo’s Raw Food Essentials– Pad Thai! Since the only kelp noodles I had were still frozen I made the recipe with zucchini noodles, cabbage and carrot noodles on a bed of baby spinach.
Ani Phyo's newest raw book is really amazing! The book has such a clear layout of recipes which is great for easily navigating it and finding recipes that interest me. I absolutely love the photos that are in the book; they are a huge improvement over Ani's Raw Food Kitchen. The recipes are also even better than her first book! We loved the pad thai, BLT Club and Chinese Chickenless Salads- I can't wait to try more recipes! One thing that I loved about these recipes is that they were easy to follow and they all turned out amazing! There is also a great balance of recipes that require special appliances (i.e. dehydrators, high powered blenders, spiralizers) and recipes that are easy for anyone who doesn't have these special items and doesn't want to go out and purchase them. I would really recommend that if you have any interest in raw foods to pick this book up because you won't be dissappointed.
After recharging with this lovely raw meal it was time to get down to work and unpack our place. We gave ourselves 20 minutes to relax, check e-mails and twitter then it was time to get unpacking. We did pretty well over 2.5 hours of unpacking the place but unfortunately there is still more to do- we need more furniture so we don’t really have places to put things…like books.
I attempted to write this post earlier but my blog has been down all afternoon so, what would have been a separate dinner post is going to be wrapped up into this post. Dinner was simple (see below) since it is a million degrees in our apartment and I’m exhausted. Enjoy!
Tomato & Cuke Salad, Trio of Dips (leftover TVP from breakfast, Spicy Peanut Hummus and Salba Mild Salsa) with Salba Blue Corn Chips and Carrot Sticks, Lastly, Olives & Caper Berries
The Salad That Will Make Your Friends Say "WOW"
This simple salad will impress your guests:
1 large tomato, sliced
1 large cucumber, sliced
1 cup baby spinach
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 shallot, sliced
2T olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
First place the balsamic and shallots in a small sauce pan on high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium low and reduce by half. Set aside and let cool slightly while you prepare the remaining items. Create a bed with the spinach for the tomato and cucumber to lay on; alternate the tomato and 2 slices of cucumber until all is used. Down the center top the cucumbers and tomatoes with the balsamic shallots and then drizzle the remaining sauce over. Drizzle the olive oil over and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Prior to heading to VT Brew Fest my parents met us at our new place bearing gifts aka mail that arrived at their house. To our delight Salba Smart had sent me a number of items to sample. We dove right in with the tortilla chips, the BBQ Crisps and my parents had some of the Cheddar & Sour Cream Crisps.
I really need more hours in the day! I have been crazy busy this week between preparing to move on Monday, moving and working on Tuesday and then Wednesday I had a 13 hour work day which was exhausting. Yesterday calmed down a little bit and the Hubz and I were able to get some unpacking done but there is still so much to do! Today I slept in and my slept in I mean I got up at 7 instead of 5:30 which was nice. Tonight we are headed to the VT Brewer’s Festival so it is going to be a fun and crazy night that I will be sure to blog about tomorrow!
Since it’s been crazy around here and we have done a lot of eating out (we haven’t had any food at home) I feel like my body is lacking the nutrients that I get from when I cook/uncook at home. So for lunch I made a nice salad of spinach topped with apple slices, fennel and pecans.
In that cute little nut butter jar is my dijon agave dressing which is to die for!
Dijon Agave Dressing:
2T olive oil
2T coconut vinegar (or red wine vinegar)
1T dijon mustard
Put everything in a jar and shake! This is enough for 2 small salads or 1 huge salad.
My name is Caitlin and I blog about my healthy lifestyle at Healthy Tipping Point. About a year ago, I recognized a need in our community for a way to stop Fat Talk, or negative internal self-talk. As Jillian Michaels said, “Fat talk is transcending…. It affects your reality and damages you professionally, personally, and physically.”
To help end Fat Talk, I launched the Operation Beautiful website, which is becoming a book on August 3, 2010 (if you want to order the book, it’s available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble,Borders, and Indie Bound). The mission of Operation Beautiful is to post anonymous notes in public places for other women to find. The point is that WE ARE ALL BEAUTIFUL. You are enough… just the way you are!
By posting these notes, girls, women, and even men are redefining what “beautiful” means and focusing on their internal qualities for validation. I think we spend too much time, energy, and money chasing an unrealistic ideal of perfection.
So, what do we really mean when we say, “I’m so fat”? We actually mean that we are FULL WITH AN EMOTION. Oftentimes, it’s shame. Or sadness. Or fear. Why do we express our inner turmoil by hating our bodies? Because that’s what Fat Talk and society tells us to do. Don’t admit you’re scared, just feel fat! Don’t admit you’re lonely or depressed, you’re just fat! We can deal with ugliness, we cannot deal with weakness. The next time you feel the urge to say, “I’m so fat,” think about what you REALLY mean. By berating your body, you aren’t doing any favors. But by honoring your emotions, you’re living a happier, more honest life.
If you wouldn’t say it out loud to a friend, why would you say it to yourself?
Maybe right now you’re thinking: “But a little guilt can be a GOOD thing!” or “Guilt is a normal reaction to indulging!” But, if guilt was healthy or “normal,” it would be PRODUCTIVE and it would make you HAPPY. Do you find yourself feeling guilty over food a lot? Well, then — you’re repeating the same actions over and over again, and clearly… Guilt isn’t productive, it doesn’t work, and it only serves to lower your self -esteem. Guilt is a waste of time and takes away from productive things you could be doing with your time — meditating, studying, sleeping, calling your friends on the phone, and more.
For tips on how to stop Fat Talk and begin to see yourself in a more positive light, check out Change the Way You See, Not the Way You Look.
If you’d like to spread the message of positivity and hope, post an Operation Beautiful note! Take a picture of your note and email it to me at email@example.com, and I’ll post it on the site for thousands of others to read and enjoy.
Join me on the quest to eliminate Fat Talk in all its nasty and evil forms from our lives! Remember, it starts now… and it starts with you.
I’ve posted this video about Fat Talk a few times before, but not recently. If you haven’t watched this before, please do! It’s so powerful and I cry every time:
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