Friday, January 29, 2010
Waiting to check out at Meijer this week, I perused the magazines with Jen Aniston, Octo Mom (seriously? she is nasty) and Tiger on the covers. A marketers dream, I saw a cover that caught my eye. A mag called "Whole Living: Body and Soul" (part of Martha Stewarts empire) screamed at me "JUMP-START YOUR BODY! Healthy Detox Recipes that cleanse and satisfy...your 28 day action plan!". I threw it on top of my bottle of Mark West and package of pink sprinkled frosted cookies, ready to be cleansed.
The article reads, "28 days to a healthier you-Get a jump on total mind and body wellness with our four week plan". I check my calendar; nothing going on in February. I can stand to detox and be well for the month.
The first week is about creating a clean slate. Clean. Cleanse. Bring it on! This program is 3 part: Nutrition, Exercise and Mind/Spirit. Well, I figure I have the exercise thing down, training for the 25K and all...so I am not going to worry about that. But it looks like a great way to start to get into working out so if you are interested, check it out.
That leaves nutrition and mind. Days 1-3 are prepare to detox. Focus on whole grains, veggies, fruit, etc. Avoid sugar, dairy (i love cheese) and fried foods. Easy enough. Drink plenty of water (coffee and diet coke have water in them, right?). Then it says "for a full detox food list with items to include and exclude visit the website". UH-OH. Avoid: milk, cheese, peanut butter, alcohol, caffeinated beverages, soft drinks, chocolate, among others. CRAP!
The latter part of the week I get to actually detox for 4 days. YIPPEEE! That includes a smoothie or juice in the morning and evening and a solid meal for lunch. Snack on raw veggies or almonds. Green tea instead of coffee. Water with lemon instead of soda.
The smoothie/juice recipes on the website are a little scary to say the least. Think ingredients like kale, beets, watercress mixed together. Nasty. I found another site with "detox shakes" and "green smoothies" with combos that are still a bit frightening, but at least I know where to find the ingredients in Meijer.
The last thing I need to do next week is journal. Well, that's not a problem. I obviously enjoy hearing what I have to say. I won't bore this blog with the details...I'll just give you the highlights.
So I am embarking on this wellness journey starting Sunday. This gives me exactly 2 days to consume 20 cups of coffee, a case of Coke Zero, the entire package of pink sprinkled frosted cookies, that bottle of Mark West and anything else on the "foods to exclude" list that cross my path. Did I mention I also made a loaf of cheddar beer bread and a 9x13 of those magic layer bars (you know, those ones with the graham bottom, coconut, nuts, choc. chips, butterscotch chips...). Tonight I am making fettuccine alfredo-full fat. Detox begins on Wednesday and if my hands aren't shaking too much from lack of caffeine and alcohol in my system I'll be sure to post how my strawberry, banana, spinach smoothie tastes. mmmmm...can't wait (that is said thick with sarcasm). i may even try the romaine lettuce, celery, apple concoction for you too.
Honestly I am excited to try this out. I look forward to doing a total re-haul of my eating habits and incorporating them into my family's diet as well. Just do me a favor and please pray for my sanity and the safety of my husband and children over the next week.
PS. Anyone interested in joining me? I know, I make it sound so appealing here, but honestly I think it sounds like a safe and effective program for healthy living beyond the 28 day challenge. And the detox part is only 4 days!!
Here is a link to the site:
Here is a link to the other smoothie site I found:
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
While Sam entertains himself with little 1 inch Star Wars lego men (yes Diane, he is still playing with them!), I thought I'd try out a couple of recipes. This granola recipe is super yummy. I made it as is...just make sure you keep an eye on it so it doesn't burn.
Power Granola (from Cooking Light)
2 cups regular oats
1/3 cup ground flaxseed
1/4 cup chopped walnuts (pecans would be yummy too)
1/4 cup chopped slivered almonds
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/3 cup orange juice
1/3 cup honey
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup dried cranberries
Preheat oven to 300°.
Combine first 5 ingredients in a medium bowl.
Combine orange juice, honey, and brown sugar in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat just until sugar dissolves, stirring frequently. Remove from heat; stir in oil and vanilla.
Pour honey mixture over oat mixture, stirring to coat. Spread mixture in a thin layer onto a jelly-roll pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 300° for 10 minutes; stir well. Bake an additional 10 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Spoon granola into a bowl; stir in dried cranberries. Cool completely.
Note: Store completely cooled granola in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.
196 (31% from fat)
Fat: 6.8g (sat 0.7g,mono 2.2g,poly 3.3g)
ps: i get some of the above ingredients at our local health food store in the bulk section. cheaper than buying from the grocery if you just want a small amount.
Kim's "No Bake Cookie" Protein Bars
In my quest to find a good protein bar not full of random ingredients that I can't pronounce, I came across this concoction. It is super yummy and tastes *almost* like those no-bake cookies that I love. So I guess I did get to make cookies today ;o)
(measurements are approximate)
1 cup natural peanut butter (i used trader joe's brand)
1/2 cup honey
2 scoops chocolate protein powder (i used Arbonne's protein shake powder)
1 1/4 cups rolled oats
1 tsp cinnamon
put PB and honey in bowl and microwave 60 seconds so you can stir together smooth. add protein powder, oats and cinnamon and combine. mixture will be thick. put mixture in an 8x8 pan and spread evenly. cover with wrap and refrigerate at least an hour. cut into bars. i cut mine into 12 bars.
here is approximate nutritional info:
serving size: 1 bar
9 g fat (that's mostly good fat, people!)
22.5 g carb
7.42 g protein
Monday, January 25, 2010
We celebrated our Ice Capades debut with a gourmet lunch at Subway (Eat Fresh! as Sam calls it). I thought I was feeling pretty good until I had to use the facilities (this could be TMI so feel free to stop reading). I dragged Tyler in with me and hovered over the toilet, avoiding any contact with the public germy toilet bowl seat. Well, hovering requires using leg muscles. Of which mine were made of mush. Immediately I collapse on top of the toilet bowl seat. Repulsed, I try to stand up. I can't. My ever-so-observant 6 year old asks, "Mom, did you just fall into the potty?" My reply, "Um, yeah buddy". Tyler comes a bit closer, "Mom, can you get back up?" My reply, "I don't think so buddy. Can you help Mommy get off the potty?"
Good times had by all ;o)
Saturday, January 23, 2010
8 oz skim milk
1 tablespoon peanut butter (i use Trader Joe's natural)
1 scoop chocolate protein powder (I use Arbonne's: http://www.arbonne.com/products/weight_loss/figure8/program/proteinShake.asp)
1 small frozen banana (tip! freeze bananas with skin on when they start to get brown and yicky. when you are ready to use, rinse frozen banana under warm water. peel should come off easily)
combine the above ingredients in a blender. Enjoy 20 grams protein from scoop of protein powder, 4 grams protein from PB, 8 grams protein from milk and 1 gram from banana (total of 33 grams!!!). Also lots of potassium and natural sugars.
Friday, January 22, 2010
I run with this amazing group of ladies called the "Running Divas". Our group was first coined "Sara's Running Group" (so totally unoriginal) by me when we had to mark our cooler full of water at various spots around DeWitt. Thankfully Lisa renamed us the Running Divas...much more colorful! We started running this summer together, after completing our first triathlon. We made a common goal to run a half marathon together in September 2009 and decided to do all of our long runs together. Every Friday we will hole the kids up with a babysitter and trudge out in the early morning summer heat for 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 miles. Those babysitters made out like bandits! $5 per kid and between us we had at least 7 kids there. We completed our 1/2 marathon in September and continued to do our winter training together...did I mention we are also YMCA junkies???
The Running Divas are still out there running...except this time we are bundled in our Smartwool and wind jackets (and Peg with her multiple pair of gloves on). Today 2 of the Divas and I went out for an 8 mile run. Mind you, I have not done that kind of distance since Xmas break and have not really run outside much since. And had a stomach flu last week. Excuses, excuses. But, since I bailed out on them last week (hey, i had a sick kid and i was mildly hungover) I reluctantly went out today, with all of their encouragement. The first 4 miles were rough...cold, wind in the face, panting. After a water break and some sport beans (gotta love that "bean high" as Abby calls it), I got my running legs back and pressed on for another 4.
Do you know what a group of women talks about for 1 hour and 16 minutes in the freezing ass cold? FOOD. Peg's cream puffs, some chocolate sauce, grilled salmon, little ceasar's breadsticks, Lisa's chocolate cake, etc. etc. We may bitch about our spouses (sorry babe), fret about our kids, go over our social calendars for the weekend...but it all comes back to food.
My question is...does running 8 miles today make up for the fact that following the run I scarfed down a Bigby Mocha Mocha (Skinny Skinny thank you), a large slice of Lisa's Chocolate Cake, Tacos, Tacos, Tacos, and picked at my husband's slice of Lisa's Chocolate Cake?
I think so :o)
So which marathon am I running? I have my heart set on the ING NY Marathon. For a number of reasons...I am born and raised a New Yorker, now minus the hideous accent except when I say "DAWTER" (daugher) or "DAWG" (dog). And, the marathon just happens to fall on my 36th birthday this year- November 7th. My application is in the hands of the gods of the lottery system- only 30% will get in. So the back up plan is to run the Baltimore Marathon which is October 16th. My 2nd home and dearest friends are in Baltimore...so it is a close 2nd to NYC. I roped my close friend and running buddy Sara into doing either with me.
So here goes...even if I am just writing to myself in cyberspace...it won't be anything fancy...i'm just another running diva ;o)
My family-Sam (4), Tyler (6) and my husband Zach (age unknown). This shot is from Zach completing the Detroit 1/2 marathon. Yes, he too is a runner. Not a running diva, but a runner.