Sunday, May 31, 2009

Journaling Day 4

I have been a little remiss in blogging - I tend to get out of my routine on the weekends...lots going on. Truth be told - what really threw me off was Friday night - I went to the Giants game with a friend of mine and drank. I actually drank way too much. I'll share my day so you can get a sense of how it led to overdrinking...

I started the day great - wasn't able to go to yoga as I had planned, but decided I would come home early from the office and get in a workout before leaving for the city.

Breakfast (9:30)
2 scrambled eggs w/ 1 orange sweet pepper & green onions
1 piece of sprouted wheat bread toast
1 tsp of hemp seed butter
1 tsp strawberry preserves

I got the office around 10:15 and had a bunch of random errands and things to get done before I left. I felt slightly unfocused and not terribly productive. I had a double shot of espresso around 11:15 w/ some soy milk creamer and 1/2 packet of stevia. I also had about 4 mini chocolate biscotti - not happy with myself, but I noticed I was feeling anxiuos, which is when I've noticed I crave sweets. They were kinda stale and not very satisfying - but it was the sweetness that I wanted - to help soothe me...same reason I crave the coffee - but I have noticed that it does the opposite! It makes me feel jittery sometimes and even more restless.

Before lunch, I had about 16 oz. of water, and then an organic green salad I brought from home just like the one I prepared last night for dinner(see day 4) plus 4 oz. of cooked black beluga lentils and 1 tbsp of hummus. It was good, and satisfying.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Journaling Day 3

Woke up feeling relieved my final is over and feeling very energized and focused on health and taking care of myself. I drank 16 oz of water first thing, and closed the door to my room so I could meditate for 10 minutes. Then I did about 5 more minutes of visualization - me in my ideal state of health, and the perfect mate by my side ;-) Not perfect - but at least it's a start, and I'm committing to spending those 15 minutes every morning.

Breakfast (8:30):
Shake -
1 c Clearvite Sugarfree powder (Apex Energetics)
1 c organic unsweetened Almond Milk
3 Leaves fresh organic Kale
1 c Organic Frozen Blueberries & Strawberries
7 Fresh Blackberries
1 Tbsp Hempseeds
1 tsp Goji Berries
1 Tbsp Sprouted Flax Seeds

1 c Rolled Oats/Oatmeal w/ 1 packet Stevia

Mid Morning Snack (11:00):
Double Espresso w/ splash half & half and 1 Packet Stevia
2 Mini Chocolate Biscotti Bites

Lunch (1:30):
1 Organic Mixed Green Salad w/ Tomato, Mozzarella & Balsamic Vinaigrette from Whole Foods
2 Handfuls Raw Cashews, Almonda & Pepitas
2 Squares Organic Dark Chocolate w/ Almonds

Afternoon/Pre-workout Snack (6:20):
Handful Raw Almonds & Cashews

After work I decided to check out a new class at Equinox - Latin Dance Groove - and so glad I did! I have been needing to dance for a while now, and it felt so good to move my body, feel sexy and break a sweat ;-) After the gym I went to Trader Joe's for a few things I forgot yesterday and WHole Foods to pick up some dried beans - black beans and Lentils.

Dinner (9:45):
6 Crunchmaster Multi-Seed Crackers (wheat/gluten free - Whole Foods)
1 oz herb goat cheese (Madame Chevre - Trader Joe's)
1 California Veggie Burger (Dr. Praeger's)
1 Tsp. Hummus
1 Salad w/ Organic Spring Mix Lettuce (Trader Joe's), Organic Cherry Tomatoes, Shredded Carrots, Green Onions & Edamame
1 Tsp Sprouted Flax Seeds
1 Tsp Hemp Seeds
Dressing of Lemon Juice, Apple Cider Vinegar, Olive Oil, Celtic Sea Salt & Pepper

Journaling Day 2

Retroactive post for yesterday - I was on the road most of the day driving home from Santa Ynez, then headed straight to work, crammed for and took my final at 6:30 - and then crashed on my couch til I passed out around 9:30! I belive I can recall my diet...

Breakfast (8:30):
16 oz Water
1 Organic Fuji Apple
1 c Kashi GoLean Crunch w/ Almonds cereal
1 c Organic Unsweetened Soy Milk
5 Fresh Strawberries

Mid Morning Snack (11:00):
1 c coffee w/ a splash of half & half and one packet Sugar in the Raw
1 Toasted Nuts & Cranberry Luna Bar

Lunch (2:00):
1 Veggie Burger w/ 1 Tbsp Hummus
Organic Red Leaf Salad w/ sprouted flax & hemp seeds
1 Square organic dark chocolate w/ Almonda

On my way home from taking my final - I stopped and walked about 15 minutes with my friend Sheila at a park near my home, then headed to Trader Joe's for some much needed grocery shopping. Bought all the staples and some good olive oil as Eve suggested. At Trader Joe's I had a sample of some new salad they're carrying, and a shot of their coffee w/ a pinch of raw sugar and a dash of lowfat milk.

Dinner (9:15):
1 Handful Raw Cashews and 10 Raw Almonds
4 oz. Black Beluga Lentils w/ 1 Tbsp Hummus & 1 Tbsp Salsa
Big Green Salad w/ Organic Red Leaf Lettuce & Arugula, organic cherry tomatoes, sprouted flax & hemp seeds

Overall - for an incredibly hectic day - I think I did pretty gosh darn good...normally would have stopped and had something not so great on the road - thought about buying a chicken salad sandwich at Starbuck's in King City - but decided I didn't need it!! Proud of me...and so happy that school is done! (for now)...;-)

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Journaling Day 1

Today has been a wonderful day so far! Sunny, beautiful day - still down here in Santa Ynez visiting's harder and harder to leave every time...

As for food - it's a little tough to eat 100% well when I'm here - simply for the fact that I am not at my home and my mom doesn't necessarily stock the stuff I'm supposed to be having ;-) But I have done as well as possible. Woke up around 8:30 today, drank 16 oz of water over the course of a half hour as I prepped and then participated in a 60 minute conference call for work. Then I sat down for breakfast with my mom and had:

* 1 cup Kashi GoLean Crunch w/ Almonds
* 1 cup unsweetened plain soy milk
* 1/2 cup raw strawberries
* 1/2 cup coffee
* 1 tbsp half and half
* 1 splenda packet

I worked a little more - then at noon met my girlfriend Michelle for her lunch break and went to a great sandwich/salad place called Panino and had:
* 1 Curry Chicken Salad salad on a bed of mixed greends & balsamic dressing
* 1 Plain unsweetened iced tea

I then went over to my aunt's house she just bought and spent some time hanging out with her. She offered me a drink and I just had water - another 16 oz. I was craving something sweet, so she offered me her candy drawer. I opted against the candy and decided to have a small peruvian chocolate that has peanuts in it - comporable in size to two mini candy bars. Not the best - but satisfying ;-) I spent 15 minutes outside in her backyard admiring her growing garden and just sitting out on the back deck.

I then focused on studying for the rest of the afternoon. I drank another 16 oz. of water, and around 5:00, I had an organic gala apple, and wanted to have some nuts or almond butter with it but it was not available. 20 Minutes later, I remembered I had a half can of organic black beans with mixed vegetables I had brought with me in a tupperware, so I heateed them up and had those. I decided to add some fresh salsa to them instead of cheese, and they were delicious. I feel good! I decided to enjoy a little more sun so I studied outside for about 30 minutes.

For dinner - my mom, sister and I were a bit rushed because we had to help my mom pack for her trip to Peru the next morning - so we had some leftovers from her birthday party the other day. I went to the market and bought some great produce for a salad - organic red leaf lettuce, organic tomatoes, and avocadoes. AS we made dinner, I had about 6 wheat/flax seed water crackers from Trader Joe's with about an oz. of goat cheese and a glass of wine. For dinner, we had our salad with a little balsamic dressing, and made a version of peruvian "tacu tacu" which is Peruvian beans and rice grilled into a "patty" and a fried egg on top. YUM. I had another glass of wine with dinner - and 2 more glasses of water before bed. I am not proud to say this - but I had two cigarettes with my sister before and after dinner ;-( One was a camel light and the other a benson & hedges gold - the last one tasted so I am officially done. I realize I let myself go when I go home - partly because I am on vacation, and also because of my tendency to "go with the flow" and blend into my environment...since my sister, mom, and friends down there smoke - I just did too...but I was able to abstain around my friends this weekend, and it felt fine - great actually since I feel so much better when I don't smoke. So tomorrow I am a non-smoker - officially! ;-)

Embarking on Project Health!!

To be continued...