Friday, June 19, 2009

Kale Salad Recipe I Made Today!

Got this from the Whole Foods website - used some amazingly fresh organic Kale from my trip to Rainbow Grocery Wed night, and added some chopped organic gala apple and raw pine the fridge cooling as I type - can't wait to enjoy!!

Serves 6
The key to this salad is finely chopping the kale leaves. The finer they are, the more they will absorb the dressing and the easier they will be to eat. This salad is a great opportunity to practice good knife skills.

2 bunches kale leaves, stems and tough ribs removed, leaves very finely chopped
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Place kale leaves in a serving bowl. In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, chili powder and salt. Pour over kale and toss to combine well. Taste and add more salt or chili powder if desired.

Per serving (about 4oz/110g-wt.): 130 calories (90 from fat), 10g total fat, 1.5g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 240mg sodium, 10g total carbohydrate (2g dietary fiber, 0g sugar), 3g protein

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Journaling Day 13 - Sunday 6/8/09

Took supplements at 8:15 AM w/ 20 oz. of water

Breakfast (9:45):
* 5 Organic Strawberries
* Same Breakfast Burrito as yesterday (see Journaling Day 12)

Lunch (1:30):
* Coconut Curry Veggies & Tofu
* Sauteed Green Beens
* 1/2 c Brown Rice
* 2 Arnold Palmers

Snack (5:00):
* Soaked Raw Almonds w/ Cinammon & Stevia
* Organic Braeburn Apple

Decided to stay at office until late since I got there late, so I worked until 7:00, and then decided to take a walk through beautiful Palo Alto and enjoy the rest of the day's sun. Walked for about 30 minutes - then went into Whole Foods to see what was on sale. Picked up some organic red leaf lettuce, red chard, dry black beans, salmon, and a few other misc. items. I also picked up a new Greends powder since I am running out of the one I had been having - here's the one I bought: I also got some Goji Berries, a new brand as well:

Walked the 10 mins back to the office, worked for another hour, and left around 9:00PM. I drank another 20 or so oz. of water. Normally I don't like staying at the office that late - but I got a lot done, and I knew I would be working virtually most of the week, so I was ok with it. Got home and I wasn't super hungry, so I decided to have a lighter dinner and prepared a yummy smoothie with a packet of this greens/chocolate protein meal drink I found at Whole Foods.

Dinner (9:30):
* 5 raw cashews
* Smoothie:
** 4 oz unsweetened soymilk
** 4 oz almond milk
** 1/2 banana
** 1 Tsp. Sprouted Flax Seeds
** 1 Tbsp Almond Butter
** 1 packet Amazing Meal Chocolate Infusion (see nutrition breakdown below)

Took supplements at midnight, and heading to bed now...a little later than I wanted to, but get to sleep in a bit tomorrow...

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Journaling Day 12 - Sunday 6/7/09

Lots of yoga - body is weary but so so happy ;-) Lots of wonderful philosophy and tantric study as enlightening. Got sun today! Made myself a healthy lunch and enjoyed it outside with my new "Kula" friends...2 Glasses of wine - but would have normally had more...I planned to have two and that's all I had. That is a win for me!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Journaling Day 11 - Saturday 6/6/09

Today was a beautiful day ;-) This weekend is the second of 6 Anusara yoga immersion weekends - 9 hours of Anusara yoga practice and philosophy/spirituality study. This morning I was slightly nervous - since the last weekend we had done a 5-6 hour practice each day that was incredibly challenging and left me sore for a few days after...but thankfully today started with a half day of philosophy and spirituality study - so we didn't get to the asana practice until the afternoon - and I felt challenged, but safe and totally competent...

I woke up and took my supplements with 20 oz. of water. I knew I would need some energy today, so I decided to add some grains to my diet.

Breakfast (9:30):
* Power Smoothie
* 1/2 c Steel Cut Oatmeal
* 5 Blackberries
* Splash of Soymilk

I packed a power salad and some sprouted almonds (raw almonds soaked in water, stevia, cinammon adn orgnic vanilla extract). We had a break around 12:00 and had a snack:

Morning Snack (12:00):
* half the bag of almonds (about 15 almonds)
* 1 cup of caffeine free orange spice tea

Had 16 oz of water throughout the morning session. Decided to go to the Organic Thai place downstairs for a delicious lunch and save my salad for an afternoon snack.

Lunch (2:15):
* Green Curry Vegetables
* Brown Rice
* Plain Iced Tea

Afternoon Snack (7:30)
* Remainder of the Almonds (about 15 almonds)

I ate the almonds as soon as we got out of class - to tied me over until I got home to make dinner. On my way home, I stopped and went shopping to Trader Joe's - got some produce, nuts, gluten-free granola and a couple of other staples. I decided I would have the portobellos I had bought earlier in the week, and decided to accompany it with some sweet potatoes ;-) I was really proud of myself - as soon as I got home, I got to prepping dinner, and while the mushrooms and sweet potatoes cooked, I lit some candles and took a wonderful epsom salt bath to relax my muscles...felt wonderful!

Dinner (9:30):
* Baked Sweet Potato spears w/ olive oil, celtic sea salt & pepper
* 2 Med. Portobello mushrooms w/ olive oil, celtic sea salt, pepper & splash balsamic
* Power salad (the one I had packed in the morning)
* 1 oz. herb goat cheese
* 10 Multi-seed crackers (gluten free)
* 1 Glass Sangiovese red wine

I ate dinner and am now just watching TV - about to head to bed...plan on waking up around 8:00 and reading for about an hour then heading out around 9:45 for day 4 of the excited!! ;-) I didn't get much sun - a few minutes at lunch time - but I will definitely do that tomorrow - I plan on taking a walk at lunch...Just had 16 oz. water and heading to bed. good night!

Friday, June 5, 2009

Journaling Day 11 - Friday 6/5/09

A little groggy getting up this morning - decided not to go to yoga class and slept in until almost 9:00 ;-o But once I got up I felt really good! I took my supplements with my 20 oz. of Water and decided to weigh myself out of curiosity (I know I shouldn't more than once a week, but I couldn't help it!) - have lost 4 pounds since last Saturday at the doctor's office...granted I was on my 2nd day of my period then, but still - that feels good!

Breakfast (10:00 AM):
* Power Smoothie
* 5 Raw Cashews

Started checking emails and working on a project, debating going into the office or not...

Journaling Day 10 - Thursday 6/4/09

Good start to the day - woke up around 8:15 and jumped on a conference call around 8:45.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Journaling Day 9 - Wednesday 6/3/09

I became a US citizen today!! ;-) Check out my other blog for the details...As I mentioned last night - I didn't like that I didn't get enough sleep - seems to be a pattern lately...I realize I have a habit of late night TV watching which I would like to cut down - and just in general, I think I try to cram entirely too much into my day - into my life!! Will work on managing that...and prioritizing a bit better.

Because I hadn't gotten a lot of sleep - I ended up waking up a little later than I wanted to which shortened my morning and didn't give me time to make a good breakfast. I did the best I could but ate it in the car which I hate doing!

Breakfast (8:00 AM):
* 1 c. Organic Multi-Grain Flaz Cereal (Nature's Path)
* 1 c. Unsweetened Organic Soymilk
* 1/2 c. Fresh Blackberries & Strawberries
* 5 Raw Cashews

The ceremony was pretty cool ;-) I had been in a bit of a funk yesterday and somewhat this morning - feeling a little homesick and kinda bummmed no one could be at the ceremony with me...but my aunt gave me a pep talk last night and made me feel better. As soon as I got to the ceremony, I was more excited than bummed, but I still wished I could have had someone to share the moment with. I would normally "celebrate" in some way that includes food and/or alcohol - but I resisted my urge to go out to eat and drove straight home to prepare myself a delicious and nutritious lunch ;-) On the way I had a snack that I had packed for myself:

Snack (12:00):
* Raw Cashews, Almonds & Pepitas
* Organic Braeburn Apple

Lunch (1:30):
* 16 oz Water
* 1/2c Black Beans w/ Pico de Gallo
* 1 Tbsp Hummus
* 2 Eggs Scrambled w/ Zucchini & Onions

After lunch - same as yesterday - sort of hit a wall and didn't feel like doing much...I felt really unproductive, and unmotivated to do much. Maybe it's the supplements? Maybe my body adjusting to no caffeine, sugar, etc.?? Maybe I'm just tired! My instinct was to beat myself up for being "bad", but I decided to just listen to my body and took a 45 minute nap. I got up at 3:00 to get on a conference call - felt a little better afterwards and actually started to get some energy back. I worked until 6:00 and decided to go for a walk and enjoy the rest of the day's sun. I did some yoga for about 15 minutes, then went for a 30 minute powerwalk. I came home to get ready to head over to my friend's house for drumming lessons - I've been doing weekly conga lessons for the past month and a half or so...but had not gone the last two times and was hesitant because it usually involves having a drink or two, and one of my friends smokes pot - so it's there as well. But I felt confident going there and not I thought the drumming and the company would be good for the soul ;-). My friend called and asked if I wanted to join them for dinner in San Mateo beforehand, but I was good and decided to make myself a healthy dinner instead.

Dinner (7:30):
* Power Smoothie w/ 1/2 pear

I'm proud to report I went over there, had a great drumming session, and even better conversation, and drank 3 glasses of water. So proud of myself and even more proud that I came home early, and went to bed my midnight in time to wake up with 8 hours of sleep for the first time in a while...good day!!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Journal Day 8

Today has been fabulous and so far right on track...went to bed at 11:30 last night and woke up at 8:00 - only waking up once in the night but fell right back asleep. Took my supplements first thing when I awoke (Day 4), plus 20 oz of water. Got ready for the day and to head to Berkeley for my Yoga class. The class/community put together a bunch of meals for a couple in the community that just had a baby and is unable to afford time and money for meals right now - so I offered to help and made a delicious organic salad for them.

Breakfast (9:00 AM):
* Power Smoothie (see recipe on the right) to which I added half a pear.
* 16 oz water on my way to class.

I got to Berkeley and had a wonderful Anusara practice from 10-11:45. Then debated coming right home for lunch or treating myself to this Organic Thai place I've been eyeing downstairs from my yoga studio...decided on the Thai ;-)

Lunch (12:30):
* Red Curry Vegetables w/ Tofu
* 3/4 c Brown Rice
* 1 Iced Tea w/ 1 packet Stevia
* 16 oz. Water

I got home around 2:30, and got to work (about time!). I found it difficult to focus - and started feeling a little tired...wierd.

Snack (4:00):
* 2 Handfuls Raw Cashews
* 1 Organic Braeburn apple
* 2 Squares Organic Dark Chocolate w/ almonds (Trader Joe's)
* 16 oz water

Dinner (7:45):
* 4 oz. Red Snapper Ceviche (leftovers)
* 1 Super Salad

Dessert (9:00):
* 2 Trader Joe's mini Chocolate soy ice cream sandwiches
( I was only going to have one, but I was weak ;-( they really are small though - only 90 calories each! and I was good all day...;-) no excuses - just won't do it again...soon anyway!)

Went to bed a little later than I wanted to because I had a lot to do for tomorrow -it's a big day - I become a US citizen tomorrow ;-) So I was a little nervous and ended up staying up until 12:30 and have to wake up at 6:30...not ideal - but will work on that the rest of the week. Also didn't get to get much sun today...other than being outside in/out of the car, etc...didn't get to go for a walk or get direct sun, so for sure tomorrow!

My Food Tracking is on Twitter! ;-)

I was poking around a health blog the other day, and the gal who runs it gave me this awesome idea of setting up a twitter account to track your I set one up! The link and feed is on the left - you can sign up to follow my "Tweets" or just come back to this blog to see the latest posts right here. Will help me tremendously when I'm on the fly and just have enough time to post the logistics of what I'm eating and when...go Twitter!

Monday, June 1, 2009

Journaling Day 7 - Monday 6/1/09

Today started off very tough. Last night I didn't get to bed until 1ish because I had so many things to do to prep for the week, and I had to get up at 6:30 to be in the office by 7:30 for our 8:00 staff meeting, so I already knew I wasn't going to be getting enough sleep. But to make matters worse - I wasn't able to go to sleep for 30-45 minutes, and then woke up 3 different times throughout the night. I was so frustrated, and that is totally not like me at all - if you know me you know that I have never had any trouble falling or remaining asleep ;-) So...maybe it's the supplements? The stress? A combination of the two most likely...

I took my supplements first thing in the morning with 20+ oz of water. I had to take my breakfast on the go so I could wait the full hour. Didn't have time to make/prepare anything decent - so I took the last of my trader joe's lowfat granola and a cup of organic, unsweetened soymilk. I ate that with about 5 organic strawberries around 8:00 AM. Around 10:00 I started feeling hungry, so I had a glass of water (16 oz.) and a small bag of raw cashews, almond and pepitas that I brought from home. I drank another 16 oz. of water about an hour later.

I got busy working after our meeting, so didn't have lunch until 1:45 at which point I was starving. Went to Pluto's with my co-worker and had a full mixed green salad with beets, carrots, roasted almonds, tomatoes, soy beans, corn, and blue cheese crumbles w/ a splash of balsamic vinaigrette. Also had the slice of italian/focaccia bread they serve with it...too hungry and it's too good ;-) Another 16 oz of water.

Afternoon Snack:
Around 3:30, I started getting a mini craving for either something sweet or I made myself a green tea instead, and succumbed to two mini chocolate biscotti and 1 tsp of organic peanut butter. Not the best, but I am proud of myself for not going after the huge chocolate chip cookie at Peet's like I would have normally...

I worked at the office until about 4:00 and then went home to try to take a nap. I layed down but only dozed off for about 20 mins - I think I felt guilty since I never take naps - especially with so many things to I watched the rest of the Julia Ross video and answered some emails. Around 6:30 I was hungry, so I ate a sprouted wheat tortilla w/ about 1 c. home-cooked black beans, 1 tbsp hummus, pico de gallo, mixed greens, shredded carrots and 2 slices of avocado. This has become my new favorite snack - so satisfying and perfectly filling! I started feeling a little more energized, and realized the sun was still out - so I decided to go for a walk. I walked in the hills by my house for about 45 minutes and felt a lot better afterwards...Then I headed to Trader Joe's to buy some produce (organic mixed greens, soy beans, beets, tomatoes, lemons, limes) and came home to prepare dinner and do some studying.

Dinner: (9:30)
I had purchased some red snapper at Whole Foods the other day, so I decided to prepare a version of Peruvian ceviche - I basically cured the snapper in lime juice with some red onions and peruvian aji (pepper) - had that with the same mixed salad from the night before - for a light but delicious and satisfying dinner. Had another 20 oz of water througout the night.

I took my supplements around 10:45, then made myself some "relaxing tea" and journaled. I'm going to stretch for a few minutes now and head off to bed...will be getting a full 8 hours (hopefully) ;-)

Journaling Day 6 - Sunday 5/31

Walked Crystal Springs trail - 4 miles in almost exactly 1 hour - it was beautiful and it felt really good to get out in the sun and move my body. Hadn't been walking or doing much cardio for the past couple of weeks, so it was needed. At 7:00 - I went to a potluck and lecture put on by the SF Vegetarian Society here in San Mateo - I was curious and was hoping to learn some new recipes and ways to incorporate more veggies into my diet. I am glad I went - they already want me to come to the next event and help promote it, so I think I may have a new group of friends ;-)

Journaling Day 5 - Saturday 5/30

Blah...hungover and blah ;-(