Monthly Archives: October 2011

sunday morning revamped

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sunday mornings used to mean me on the couch with a coffee mug in my hand and football on tv. truth is, the only nfl game i’ve watched so far this season has been the one i was at. sunday morning has evolved into something completely different. though, allow me to say right now: go falcons! (some things will never change.)

this morning’s project: dijon balsamic kale chips

somewhere along the way, i became an early riser. this means i am always awake by seven am and out of bed before eight or nine. even after a saturday sleepover, this give me a few hours on my own in the apartment and i always choose to spend them in the kitchen. sunday morning is when i get time to prep for the week ahead. without putting the effort into preparation, our weekday eating wouldn’t be anywhere near as healthy as it is. depending on what i have on hand, i may spend my time making muffins or bread, dressings or soups. sometimes it’s just a matter of cutting up fruit or veggies to pack into lunches.

the recipe made a lot of marinade, much more than i needed to coat the single bunch of kale i had in the fridge.
fortunately, it’s delicious so i’m keeping it around to spread in lunch wraps or on toast during the week.

i often remember my first naturopath’s advice upon my decision to make some sort of change to my diet back in the day. she told me that the success of any change in eating habits depends on a commitment to preparation. she was a big advocate for packing healthy snacks whenever it was necessary to leave the house. i took her counsel to heart and food can can quite often be found floating around in my purse.

my mom has very healthy eating habits. growing up, she raised us to choose good foods and emphasized the importance of a balanced diet. i am so thankful for that kind of upbringing because i think it gave me a step up when it comes to eating well. good habits were so ingrained in me that quite often i don’t even realize that they are different from anyone else’s. i often hear comments from friends (and sometimes professionals) about my everyday eating and it serves as a reminder of how blessed i am to have been educated so well by my mom.

super sweet melon
i’m well aware of the health benefits of melons, but they’re still the one food i list as a dislike.
somehow this one seduced me in the produce section this morning so i brought it home despite not being a fan.
it’s super sweet. i love things that are super sweet, namely people. 😀
adding a new nutritional food to the roster couldn’t possibly be a bad thing.
i’ll try to choke it down and see if we can make friends.

the knowledge gifted to me first by my mother and later by chantelle combine to make it second nature for me to stock my kitchen full of healthy foods that are at the ready whether i need to prepare a meal or just grab a snack for now or later. by checking in on sunday morning and investing some time in getting ready for the coming days, not only do i make my already busy weekdays easier, but i also give my entire week a big nutritional boost.

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i’m a pretty plain eater. i don’t take a lot of sauces or seasonings on my fruits and veggies. it’s pretty boring, but it’s never bland to me. i love the flavour of the foods that i eat and tend not to mask them with other stuff. to date, my kale chips have always been strictly oil, sometimes vinegar and maybe a little spice. just to try something new, i turned to meghan telpner for help. she keeps a virtual library of kale chip recipes over at her making love in the kitchen site. i chose the option that best suited the current state of my pantry, the one that didn’t force me out to the store for ingredients. if you dig chips of the kale variety, please take a run at the dijon balsamic recipe. i whipped up the marinade in my magic bullet and just poured it over the kale pieces. getting them dried out in the oven took longer than i’m used, but they were also pretty weighted down in nutty flavoured goodness. the tahini really dominated the interesting flavour of the chips and they’re so good i wanted to pack a little baggie to smuggle into the theatre with me this afternoon!

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lightening up

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i’m sloppy in a lot of ways, but this, writing, is where my inner perfectionist rears her head. i’ve always been this way. i have started countless diaries, ever since i could pick up a pencil and write. after a few entries into each and every one, somehow, something seems less than ideal and whether it the look of my compositions or the sound of them, into the trash they go. for those of you who’ve stuck around for a while, you’ve seen me do the same thing with blogs. i choose an address, create an idea in my mind, imagine how it will enrich my life and dive in. when the neglect begins to outweigh the posting, into the virtual bin goes the blog because, for some reason, i’d rather delete than revive. until i start another one.

one thing i’ve realized about my blogging is that without a solid topic i just can’t get into the groove and produce a post. when i don’t have a specific topic to write about, i’ll ramble for a while with ideas dancing in and out of my head, but i usually end up deleting. why? all because i didn’t have a decisive point. and, seriously? since when did blogging require direction?

i start. i stop. then i start again. in the meantime, i beat myself up about what i write and how i write it. at some point the analysis of my work overshadows the enjoyment and i take a little break. i love blogging. i know it because i’ve done it. but, what happened to the days when i could put together at least one post every day with hardly any effort, the days when the ideas flowed freely and straight into words? sigh.

thing is, i refuse to throw in the towel. no way, jose. i’ve long believed that practice makes perfect,  meaning that if i start and keep at it, i can develop the habit i desire. and we’re about to find out.

have you heard of nablopomo? well, now you have. it all starts november 1st and as the nablopomo philosophy states:

post something every day for a month.
that’s all you have to do.

well, that and (in my case) learn how to lighten up about it. for crying out loud, it’s just a blog.

i have friends with whom i wax nostalgic about the good old blogging days and i’d venture to call this a perfect opportunity for the lot of us. so, who’s with me? girl on the side? victory lane? and might this be the ultimate comeback for a certain lady of chris & evey fame?

treating myself – my self-care shopping spree

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part of the morning scramble to get as close as possible
yes, the bathroom sink

things are getting a little hectic at work so at the end of this long week i set out to do a few things for myself this weekend. there’s no sign of the workload letting up so i gotta be and get good where and when and while i can.

here’s the view from out my window as i was leaving yesterday morning. it was a little gift in itself.

i spent my friday morning in meetings. you know the 8am that spawns a 9am that splits and becomes something different at 10:30 which coincides with a conference call at 11 and then next thing you’ve lost your entire morning kind? it was like that. i appreciate each part of every meeting, but the pile on my desk only grew. it seemed an endless day, but those are a reality for me at the moment. at least i can see the light at the end of the tunnel and it’s now close and vibrant and much easier to focus on.

when it came to giving myself a treat, the answer jumped out a me via a tweet and i made an investment in myself: 30 days of yoga with marianne elliott. my month begins on october 18th and i just can’t wait! i’m working on creating a home practice space in my generous but poorly laid out apartment. i don’t want that to be the thing that gets in my way by being an easy excuse. if you have any tips or suggestions, please share.

of course, waiting’s no fun, right? so i’ll admit it, i also purchased another of meghan telpner’s guides. i am so thoroughly enjoying 21 days to health that i knew i wouldn’t regret picking up another package. hormonal balance is high on my priority list right now so i was pretty excited to find a guide named exactly that.

my midday found me a happy girl full of excitement and anticipation. little did i know, the most exciting part of my day was yet to come.

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a week or so ago, while returning home from something (i can’t remember what) i spied a little corner placed store that was advertising vegan goodies. sure, new westminster has come a long way, but it’s still surprising for me to see something like this pop up especially where it did. i knew that i needed to support it and made a mental note to walk over there someday. the sign out front indicated it was called shine. how beautiful!

lo and behold, not a few days later, there’s the groupon and with it comes the fantastic news that there is yoga happening in this funky little space. woooo!

i signed up for a 6pm friday class to help welcome in the weekend and i hit the trail early because i couldn’t estimate the time it would take me to walk over there and didn’t want to be late.

the fall air is cool and brisk right now and it’s just such an awesome time of year! 35 minutes later, i arrived at my destination. this might have been awkward in another situation, but the space there is so marvelous i enjoyed the wait!

super comfy and cool seats to lounge in give a great vibe to the place

tucked way in the back is a teensy little yoga room that makes for lovely intimate little classes

i am totally in love. not only is the place great, but it affords me a good meditational stroll both before and after my practice. i am just so happy i found it! that they sell these is just gravy (in the form of vegan chocolates!) 😀