Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Bomb Green Monster

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on July 20, 2009

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Do you want to win some fabulous Amazing Grass prizes as part of the Summer Glow Boot Camp?

Here is what is up for grabs!

  • FOUR 8.5oz Amazing Grass powders
  • Amazing Grass T-Shirt
  • a shaker

Awesome, right!?

What you have to do to enter:

  • Leave a comment on this post telling me something you have learned about health, fitness, or nutrition in the past little while- can be from anywhere…school, an article, news, blog, etc.
  • WANT 10 more entries??? Email me your green monster story to be featured on Green Monster Movement. You must send all of the following: your recipe, a picture, and a brief description. Email: [email protected] If you have already submitted your green monster, just email me and let me know.
  • Contest closes Thursday July 23, 2009 at noon EST
  • Contest open to US and Canadian residents only please.

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Check out this picture I found on the website last night! At the finish line…I actually sprinted and caught up to these three people.

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Note:

I wasn’t anywhere near this pack!

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HARD CORE!!!!!!!!!

By the way, that wasn’t all the food I had yesterday!

There was more…

I ended up eating the rest of this Optimum bar!

It was just kinda sitting there….so…

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In my belly it went! Nothing was safe near me yesterday!

I didn’t care for it much. Actually, I scraped off the icing and ate it plain. It was better without it. :) I gobbled that up and was still hungry before bed, so I had a few handfuls of cereal. I couldn’t believe it but when I went to bed I was still hunrgy! But, then I passed out from exhaustion. Eric was like, ‘I’m super hungry too’…lol…like I said, the spectator sport is HARD work! He slept for 4 hours yesterday afternoon! bahaha.

I can’t believe it, but I’m barely, barely sore at all today! This is absolutely mind-blowing to me because I am typically always sore after long runs, and I was very sore after my 10k race last month. I think my pre-and post race nutrition plus immediate and continued stretching throughout the day yesterday REALLY helped! I think I stretched about 5 times yesterday and then a long one in bed before I hit the hay. :) Stretching rocks!!!

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This morning, I wanted to celebrate my race with a fun new Green Monster, I’d like to call

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Bomb Green Monster

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 serving PC extra-firm organic tofu
  • 3 cups steamed spinach (I made a big batch yesterday and put it in a glass pyrex dish)
  • 1 T PC Just Peanuts Peanut Butter
  • 1 T cocoa powder
  • 1/2 T carob powder
  • 1/2 scoop Amazing Grass Chocolate infusion powder
  • 1 cup PC low-fat soy milk
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 3 cubes ice
  • 1/2 T coconut oil
  • 1 T chia seeds
  • 1 small banana

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Wow was this GM ever amazing!!! I felt like I was sipping on the smoothest, most luxurious drink ever. It was creamy, creamy, creamy! It actually made more than in the glass below and I quickly chugged it back straight out of the blender. ;)

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I’ve got a crazy busy day of orders today (about 6!) so I need to get cracking in the kitchen.

Thank you to everyone for your congrats on my race!!! You all rock!

Have a great day!

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Jess July 20, 2009 at 10:41 am

I’ve loved learning about the benefits of flax, chia seeds, etc from your blog! Kudos on the great nutritional info!

Oh, and I’d love to win the giveaway, too :).

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Lori July 20, 2009 at 10:45 am

Congrats on your run!

I have learned that I need specific types of fuel depending on which workouts I am doing.

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Janie July 20, 2009 at 10:48 am

I’ve enjoyed learning more about the health benefits of greens like spinach and kale. I knew they were super healthy, but you have provided more info than I what I previously knew. Thanks! I’d love to win this giveaway:)

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N.D. July 20, 2009 at 10:49 am

I’ve learned that I have to plan out my eating for sure!
I can’t get starving otherwise I reach for whatever is easy and quick! Small little meals along the day. I want some amazing grass!!! : )

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Emily July 20, 2009 at 10:49 am

I learned more about the benefits of being a vegetarian/vegan in the past few months and completely overhauled my diet. I love that so many of your recipes are veganized!

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Shannon (The Daily Balance) July 20, 2009 at 10:51 am

I’ve been reading more about the perfect card/protein/fat ratios to strive for daily! I’d LOOOOVE to win Amazing Grass! Thanks for the opportunity.

p.s. your pb/chocolate GM looks amazing!

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Alex July 20, 2009 at 10:51 am

Congratulations on the race Angela! You did amazing!

Good to know about the stretching too, I hate being sore after intense workouts…maybe I just need to get more hardcore about my stretching!

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Ash July 20, 2009 at 10:52 am

I’ve learned the importance of fueling properly before and after long workouts. Especially long runs!

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brandi July 20, 2009 at 10:53 am

what a great GM recipe!

I’ll make sure to send you my favorite one today.

Lately I’ve learned that I don’t have to do everything every day to still get the benefits. I kind of knew that already, but it’s sinking in that I don’t need to fit everything in and make myself miserable if I miss something. As long as I’m balancing everything and am still happy, it’s okay. Our schedule (because of our upcoming trip) and weather has been wacky which has thrown off our running, but it’s all okay in the end.

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Nicole July 20, 2009 at 10:53 am

Congrats on the 10k! Thats amazing :)
I have really been researching post workout fuel and how to replenish my body after my long runs. Your blog has really helped me open my eyes up to how important it is as well! I used to think I only needed protein afterwards!!

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Valerie July 20, 2009 at 10:53 am

I’ve learned that I do not have to be strict with my diet ALL the time. Though I already heard this before, I never really believed it. Now I do and have been putting it into practice to prove it to myself. It’s ok to indulge every now and then, in moderation.

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Ryane July 20, 2009 at 10:54 am

I always try to do lots of weight training on my arms because I “don’t like” them and can do 15lb+ curls and whatnot… but I was reading Beyonce’s interview in Self magazine where she just uses 5 lb weights and does the movements for a minute at a time or until she can’t move her arms. I started doing this instead of the heavy weights and I’m really liking the results so far!

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LaurenB July 20, 2009 at 10:54 am

Congrats on finishing your first 10-miler!

WOW…that’s a crazy giveaway! I have learned so much in the past few months, but one I’m working on right now is that is important for you to fuel your body with proper foods AFTER a workout – I really never did this before (eek!)

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Holly July 20, 2009 at 10:55 am

Congratulations, Angela! You are an incredible inspiration :o)

Recently, I’ve learned to listen to my body and honor what she’s telling me. You’ve helped me a lot with this realization!

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Amanda July 20, 2009 at 10:55 am

I have learned that I need to eat healthier foods in order to have energy to continue working out like I do. I work out everyday and would sometimes not eat nearly enough, but now I eat healthy foods and portion sizes. I have more energy and can work out with more intensity!

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Eve July 20, 2009 at 11:01 am

That’s great that you’re not sore today! Kudos for all the stretching, it really works wonders.

Hmmm…recent knowledge would have to be about chia seeds, especially since they have more omega-3s than flax! I need to try them.

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Amanda July 20, 2009 at 11:01 am

That I have to lose my all or nothing attitude. Since finding out that I’m pregnant I’ve really been able to use this time to focus on healthy food choices so my body and baby gets what it really needs.

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Andrea (Off Her Cork) July 20, 2009 at 11:07 am

Wooo looky at you kicking some booty! Awesome! :D

For our green monster stories, do they have to be green? We have smoothies almost everyday but they aren’t green. There’s greens in them but usually mine are purple from blueberries. :D

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Deb July 20, 2009 at 11:09 am

Hi! I absolutely love your website, and I have learned tons from you about the chia seeds. My first order came in today from www.getchia.com for 1 1/2 lb bag for $12.99..cheapest I have found on the internet. I put them in my black bean soup and my salad yesterday. Yum!! I’d love it if I’d win some of the Amazing Grass powder!!
Thanks for your very helpful website!
Deb

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Gina G July 20, 2009 at 11:16 am

congrats Angela! amazing job on your race/ amazing giveaway! I’m 17 and love reading your blog, ive learned through my struggle with DE that i deserve to give my body what it wants! fuel when your hungry, share a cookie with your dad, and just dont hold back, never forget to be thankful for what we are provided (not only with clothing and food, but for our strong bodies overall) thankyou for being such a inspiration/leader/ and for this giveaway =D

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Little Black Dress July 20, 2009 at 11:19 am

Great contest- thank you! I have learned the power of healthy fats- it has changed my life! I wrote about it here:
http://mealsfromthegirlinthelittleblackdress.wordpress.com/2009/07/16/fat-and-fabulous/

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Haleigh July 20, 2009 at 11:22 am

I have learned how to adequately fuel my body for my workouts instead of just eating like I hadn’t worked out at all. Thanks for the giveaway!

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Amy July 20, 2009 at 11:24 am

Over the last few years I’ve learned the importance of mixing it up at the gym! I rarely do the same workout more than twice in a week. I strive to change my cardio sessions up with HIIT on the stepmill, spinning classes and elliptical sesions. My weight training reps and sets also change from week to week. Can’t let that body get bored and adapt! :)

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Erin July 20, 2009 at 11:25 am

I’ve learned that I enjoy running! I’ve lost 50 pounds in the last year, with another 50 to go. It’s a new lifestyle, for sure :)

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Kat July 20, 2009 at 11:25 am

I learned about chia seeds. I had never heard of them before and i now i can’t wait to try some!

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Nina July 20, 2009 at 11:28 am

I’ve learned about health benefits of chia seeds and can’t wait to try them in my green monster and other recipes. I will be ordering some this week. Thanks for letting us know about superseeds.ca!

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Danielle C. July 20, 2009 at 11:29 am

I’ve been learning about how my body responds to nutrition for training, it’s still a labor of love and I learn a bit every day as I tweak my meals. For example this week I’m seeing if I gain more energy (I’ve been lacking some) by having my oats first thing in the morning and then having my Green Monster directly AFTER my workout for earlier workouts or having a mid-morning GM for my later day workouts.

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Heather July 20, 2009 at 11:29 am

I’ve learned about post workout nutrition! And more green monster recipes!!

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Shari July 20, 2009 at 11:30 am

I have learned I love broccoli. I used to hate it, but since I started with green monsters over a year ago my tastes have changed and I now crave greens of all kinds.

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Shelly July 20, 2009 at 11:34 am

I’ve learned that eating a big breakfast and following up with really satisfying healthy food is a great way to prevent cravings for unhealthy foods. Staying happy and full is key for me!

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Krista July 20, 2009 at 11:40 am

I’ve enjoyed reading up on (and consuming) chia & hemp seeds. I’ve also found my “magic” mix for a snack before working out that gives me the most energy.

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Paige @ Running Around Normal July 20, 2009 at 11:41 am

Hi Angela, thanks for doing yet another giveaway! You rock!

Recently, I’ve learned/realized how important strength training is for running. I might have just been in denial before, but I really have been reading lots of articles/blogs telling me how important it is – espically the core. Therefore, I’ve developed a routine so I actually do it. And it’s great! I’ll be submitting a GM email to you tonight.

Paige

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Becky July 20, 2009 at 11:41 am

I have learned that I need to plan my food out so that I am not just grazing all day long without any thought.

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K July 20, 2009 at 11:41 am

Congrats on the run!
I have found it so interesting to learn about the best ways to fuel exercise, particularly that for some things time is of the essence! ;)

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Jodi July 20, 2009 at 11:44 am

I learned not to be afraid of healthy fat/oils and that the human body does not require animal-meat. (Your blog has also reassured me of this.) Congrats on your race! :)

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Kelly L. July 20, 2009 at 11:46 am

I’ve learned that sex is very important in happiness and health. ;)

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Carrie July 20, 2009 at 11:48 am

I’ve learned how important it is to STRETCH after working out!! Stretching before and after working out probably could’ve prevented a recent knee injury. Darn it! Well, now I know!

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Jess July 20, 2009 at 11:49 am

I’ve learned to not be afraid of fats and that I can live a healthy life full of balance!

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Kristina July 20, 2009 at 11:49 am

I learned from you about the benefits of Green Monsters!! I usually use spinach in mine because I’ve never seen Amazing Grass powders near me, but maybe I’ll get to try one soon!

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Allison July 20, 2009 at 11:51 am

I’ve learnt how much I ENJOY veggies – thanks to green monsters :)

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Chloe July 20, 2009 at 11:52 am

I’ve learned that conscious eating makes every meal worth it. Otherwise I eat way too much and don’t stop to listen to my body’s cues. Learning to listen to my hunger and satiety cues is one of the most important tools I have for a healthy lifestyle.

Also that Green Monsters rock! Just sent a new one along with my first experience with coconut water – yum.

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Carina July 20, 2009 at 11:53 am

I’ve been trying to get more green vegetables into my diet, and your various green monsters have shown me so many delicious and nutrtious ways to slip some spinach in. Thanks!!!

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Farah July 20, 2009 at 11:59 am

I’ve learned that it really is fun to learn new ways to incorporate healthy foods into your diet. A few months ago, I thought that I only needed to have fresh vegetables (or canned even) with dinner and I didn’t worry about it with any other meal. I worried way too much about protein before. Protein is important, but I don’t need as much as I thought I did to stay energized and lose weight (I want to lose about 40 more pounds in addition to the 30 I’ve lost).

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Angi July 20, 2009 at 11:59 am

You are the queen of giveaways!
*sending ‘pick me’ vibes to random number generator

I have learned that I am responsible for me. All the drama that surrounds me – sick parents, job security, health issues, friend issues ect….all of those things are external and how I choose to deal with them HEALTHFULLY – drinking water, going for walks, talking about it, blogging about it is what will make me successful. Laying blame on external things is just another way of avoiding dealing with me.

I have also really enjoyed learning about chia and hemp seeds. I am going to work my way up to trying them soon!

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Laura E July 20, 2009 at 12:01 pm

I learned all about Chia Seeds after clicking on a link a blogger posted. They are one of the most powerful,
functional, and nutritious superfoods in the world!!

Thanks so much for the opportunity. I won’t be able to make myself another green smoothie until tomorrow but I’ll make sure to send email you everything by Thursday!!

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N.D. July 20, 2009 at 12:01 pm

Hey just wanted to remind you of the bake sale today!!
Have had several emails from US residents on the bars :( Need some Canadians!

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Susan July 20, 2009 at 12:02 pm

I learned that sometimes you gotta push yourself hard to get the benefits!! I don’t think I challenged myself enough during my triathlon training, so I’ve been making sure to tackle hills, speeds and high heart rates since. My fitness has already improved by leaps and bounds, it’s amazing! Of course, I’m also resting more between the tough workouts, which also helps ;)

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Jessica July 20, 2009 at 12:04 pm

I have learned that when it comes to my health EVERY day is different and that I need to honour my body and feed it and move it on it’s terms. I am learning to have faith that my body KNOWS what it needs and I just need to listen to it more.

Thanks so much for a GREAT blog!!

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Jessica July 20, 2009 at 12:06 pm

I have learned that it is best to listen to your body instead of going off a calorie goal. you start eating calories when you aren’t hungry to meet your goal, especially if you have listened to your body all day and then at night all the sudden you are low on cals and must eat way too much to make up for it and then are stuffed and feeling low. or, you dont eat enough on hard days and you are hungry and you feel like crud. you have helped me remember the best way to eat – when i’m hungry! though sometimes it is hard not to use low cals as an excuse to eat extra after dinner …. lol.
-muffy

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Claudia July 20, 2009 at 12:09 pm

I’ve learned that no how healthy I eat,I really need to exercising in order to see a differance in my body and feel good. I’ve also learned that I’m no longer on a diet, but made a life change and it has made such a difference in my attitude.

thanks for blogging

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Morgan July 20, 2009 at 12:13 pm

The word “diet” has pretty much left my vocabulary, I’ve learned that it’s really not such a good word. I like lifestyle change much better. I’ve learned about chia and flax seeds, which are now part of my everyday diet. I’ve been educating myself a lot lately, now that I have become vegetarian, and can’t believe the wealth of information out there. I have also learned the benefits (and deliciousness) of Green Monsters. People think my green breakfast is a little weird, but they don’t know what they are missing!

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Kayzilla July 20, 2009 at 12:13 pm

I’ve learned that overeating isn’t as bizarre and abnormal as I felt it was, which is quite comforting! lol I learned it from this article (that I thought you’d dig, I’ve been meaning to send it to you but I never got around to it):
http://www.salon.com/env/feature/2009/06/18/overeating/index.html

In summary:
The constant advertising and exposure can effect your food choices. The amount of food you get in a package can effect how much you eat. It’s not unusual to want to eat a full plate of food, it’s natural. The less junk you eat, and the more habitual it becomes to eat healthy because of your mindset. (Just like vegetarians and vegans look at meat and automatically reject it.) Paying attention to your food while you have it instead of thinking about what you’re going to eat next is necessary.

Very interesting information. I’m actually going to check out David Kessler’s book when it’s finally returned from the library. If it’s anything like the interview, it should provide a lot of insight on overeating and our compulsiveness.

But yes. I learned that. :3

I hope I win.. I really want to try that stuff!!

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MarathonVal July 20, 2009 at 12:17 pm

PB2 is awesome in Green Monsters too! That’s how I convinced my husband and in-laws to love the GMs too… when made right it truly tastes like a decadent PB/chocolate milkshake!

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Ali July 20, 2009 at 12:19 pm

Congrats on the race!

I think one of the things I have learned about health and nutrition lately is something that I already knew but took some time to put in motion. Trying to lose weight is not all about eating low fat, most often the low fat option is full of extras that are worse for your body.
I am trying to move away from processed and quick eating habits, to healthy natural options.
I am definately going to pick up some chia seeds too!

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Nicole of Raspberry Stethoscope July 20, 2009 at 12:25 pm

I learned a lot more about plasmapheresis yesterday at work!! That counts as health, right?
http://moonischasingme1.blogspot.com/2009/07/eye-seee-youuuu.html

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Cait (Cait's Plate) July 20, 2009 at 12:28 pm

HOOOOOOOOOOOOOLY YUM! That Green Monster looks amazing!!

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Pam July 20, 2009 at 12:30 pm

I am learning to stay focused on my heart when it comes to overeating emotionally. It does really help.

Angie, I sent you an email about already submitted green monster story.

Thanks,

Pam
www.alovefornewrecipes.blogspot.com

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Katie July 20, 2009 at 12:34 pm

I have learned lately that on natalia roses blog detoxtheworld.com and in her new book detox for women rebounding (jumping on a mini trampoline)is an awesome detox and workout! she has a whole list of benefits from rebounding. she says theres nothing better for your body when you wake up then to rebound for 30 minutes then drink a liter of water. i have tried it and i do feel great!!!!!

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Kristen July 20, 2009 at 12:40 pm

The best thing I have learned and put in to practice lately is eating mostly all whole foods. Instead of eating processed junk and obsessing about every calorie, I can eat twice the amount of great tasty foods and not have to obsess over it.

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cali July 20, 2009 at 12:41 pm

i’ve learned the importance of clean eating and avoiding frozen lunches if i can help it. eating real food is so much more satisfying and makes me feel 1000 times better!

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Aimee July 20, 2009 at 12:43 pm

Today on Good Morning America I heard that a new study claims that bike riding and maybe just Exercise can help treat Parkinson’s.

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Sana July 20, 2009 at 12:45 pm

I learned that deprivation is not the key, it is important to fuel yourself with wholesome healthy and balanced food! I learned that from your blog :)

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EatingRD July 20, 2009 at 12:51 pm

What a great giveaway! Yay! for not being sore :) I’m loving that mix for quick, energizing and satisfying smoothies. I’ve recently learned at the SNE conference that there are 3 billion living on less than $2 a day, more than 800 million go to bed hungry, 2.6 billion don’t have access to sanitation among many other staggering statistics on food insecurity. It’s really eye opening.

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Annie July 20, 2009 at 12:52 pm

I’ve learned how important it is to give yourself credit! A little pat on the back for all the great things you’re already doing will inspire you to keep doing them and to do more!

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Stacy July 20, 2009 at 12:55 pm

I have recently learned about the amazingess of chia seeds and how you can create a totally raw pudding out of them since they gel in liquid!

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Ellen July 20, 2009 at 12:56 pm

i’ve learned the impact of GREEN foods on health! how important they are for alkalinity, for example. awesome reason to eat more :)

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kristi (sweet cheeks) July 20, 2009 at 12:56 pm

lately I have been learning about the benefits of eating raw foods and have been trying to incorporate some into my diet. Awesome greens giveaway!!

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Katerina July 20, 2009 at 12:57 pm

Recently I have learned just how important, and rewarding, it is to work yourself out hard. Better to work out really hard for 35 minutes, then lollygag on an elliptical, reading a magazine, for an hour. That’s one of the reasons I enjoy my HRM is that I can see just how hard I am pushing myself.

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Ellen @ Peace in Motion July 20, 2009 at 12:57 pm

I’ve learned to LISTEN to my body. I also have a newfound love for chia seeds!

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Jenna Z July 20, 2009 at 12:58 pm

I’ve learned most recently about food to eat before and after a workout. This has really helped with my morning workouts and led me to not feel completely knocked out by 1 pm. :)

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Melissa G July 20, 2009 at 12:58 pm

Congrats on the great run!

I’ve learned to listen to my body. Dairy is not my friend and my stomach reminds me. It’s not always easy to eat a different diet than the people in your life but you have to do what’s best for you.

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Amy July 20, 2009 at 1:01 pm

The major thing that I have learned in all this is that I’m not a fan of the food processing (mostly meats) industry… and that I need to be much MUCH more careful about my purchases. Problem is … I still love meat!

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Kristie Lynn July 20, 2009 at 1:04 pm

I’ve learned a lot about how eating locally can not only be good for the community (local and global) but also for my body… I keep joking with my husband that the older I get, the more “hippy” I will become because all of this sustainable living stuff just gets to me.

Congrats on feeling so great post-race!

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Hallie July 20, 2009 at 1:05 pm

I have been learning about all the hidden stuff in processed foods and non-organic produce…I’ve really been trying to eat more natural stuff…most of the time ;-)

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RunToFinish July 20, 2009 at 1:06 pm

Let’s see I emailed you my fun monsters already. One thing that I learned recently is ground flax is better absorbed by your body than whole flax seeds.

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april July 20, 2009 at 1:08 pm

I’ve learned that you don’t need to eat less on the days you don’t work out! I always thought that you don’t need much fuel but in reality you need just as much to help you recover!

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Lacey Q July 20, 2009 at 1:09 pm

I’ve learned the benefit to Chia Seeds :)

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Allie July 20, 2009 at 1:18 pm

What I’ve learned about health, fitness, or nutrition in the past little while:

You have to make lifestyle changes that work for you. It’s easy to read various healthy living blogs and want to emulate others’ lifestyles but until you find something that works for you, you’ll always feel like you’re on a diet or that your healthy lifestyle is just a fad.

I take bits and pieces of information from Blog Land but I will always go about getting healthy and fit my way no matter how long it takes me.

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Melanie Z July 20, 2009 at 1:20 pm

Hey Angela, congrats on your run! And even more congrats on feeling great today!!

As for what I’ve learned recently about my overall health is that it’s about QUALITY! It’s not about calorie counting, or limiting the food you eat, as long as what you eat is healthy and nutritious! And this even goes for excersize – if you only have 15 minutes to workout, that’s okay, as long as it’s a GREAT workout!!

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Natalie July 20, 2009 at 1:34 pm

I have learned more about vegetarian and vegan eating and have incorporate more meatless meals into my diet. I am loving it!

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leslie July 20, 2009 at 1:38 pm

i just have learned so much about myself and how far i can push myself to go. i never thought in a million years i would ever do a half marathon, and within a few months, i hopefully will have completed 3 or 4! if you feed your body proper nutrients and treat it right, it will love you for years and years!

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Chaley July 20, 2009 at 1:38 pm

I am reading Intuitive Eating now and cannot believe I have dieted for as long as I have. Of course I know what’s best for my body. My toddler knows it and he’s 37 years younger than me! Here’s to listening to myself from now on and figuring out what *I* need, not what someone else tells me is right to eat. And that includes not eating meat when I don’t feel like it!

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Sherri July 20, 2009 at 1:39 pm

What I’ve learned about health, fitness and nutrition in the past little while is: food is fuel that your body needs to perform, long distance training is not a weight loss program and cross-training improves your overall fitness.

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fabulousfitness July 20, 2009 at 1:47 pm

I have learned that everyone is different and what works for some people may not work for others in nutrition and and fitness. I have to listen to my own body and know what is best for me.

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Genie July 20, 2009 at 1:47 pm

I am constantly learning about health, fitness, and nutrition, because that is what I am always reading about! :) My favorite tidbit I recently learned is you still get the same (or similar) insulin response has when you consume calorie free sweeteners — even stevia!

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Rachel July 20, 2009 at 1:49 pm

I love watching the front of the pack during races – so inspiring! Neat pictures!

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Mary July 20, 2009 at 1:50 pm

I have learned to add good fats back into my diet. My hair, nails and skin have all improved so much since adding these fats back into my diet. The Green Monsters are helping too!

Thanks for constantly providing such great health and nutrition info!

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Carla July 20, 2009 at 1:51 pm

From reading your blog, I have learned that my entire life could have been vastly different had I known about the connection between my poor self-esteem and my food choices. While I’m not overweight and people have been rather unkind about my naturally slender frame, I have always felt weighed down by sadness and feelings of disconnect. But your relentless good cheer and self-discipline has shown me what I can achieve if I make some simple changes in my life. Last week I started making green monsters (without any powders; too expensive) and stopped all bread and cheese consumption. I also stopped drinking sodas and started race walking. My energy has soared and I feel light on my feet and happy and grounded. Your posts helped motivate me to do what I’ve only managed to dabble in for endless years, and that’s taking good and loving care of myself. Thank you!

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Nekeisha July 20, 2009 at 1:53 pm

I’ve learned about sustainable development, buying local and organic. I also learned about listening to my body to fuel right and avoid burn outs and serious injury.

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Steph July 20, 2009 at 1:55 pm

I started training for a half-marathon 6 weeks ago, and I have learned so much since then! I’ve learned how to breathe correctly while running, and I’ve learned how to fuel my body properly with enough food. One of the benefits of running is eating great food afterwards! I’m finding myself craving healthier foods, which I think is awesome.

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Lori S July 20, 2009 at 1:57 pm

I love checking your blog everyday for a burst of inspiration. I have learned that I love learning out nutrition and about all the different ways I can improve different areas of my life. I have learned to be more aware of my behaviour and why I reach for certain foods. I have been reading the omnivore’s dilemma and it has opened my eyes to the way I was taught to see and experience food. It has made me want to put in the extra effort so my children have a different experience.

Thank you so much Angela for being a daily inspiration

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Vanessa (Last Night's Leftovers) July 20, 2009 at 1:58 pm

I’ve been learning a lot about running in the past little while! I also learned that Lulu running shorts are the bomb :P

I tried my first Amazing Grass sample this morning! Love the chocolate Amazing Meal. Perfect smoothie addition :D

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Laura July 20, 2009 at 2:02 pm

I’ve learned about a lot of different health foods from reading blogs – greek yogurt, almond butter, flax seeds, wheat berries, etc! They are such a huge part of my diet now that I can’t believe I went allllll these years without them.

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Brandi C. July 20, 2009 at 2:02 pm

I’ve learned that there is a thin line between eating healthy and going to the extreme. However, it is possible to find the happy medium :)

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lora July 20, 2009 at 2:04 pm

I have learned that health and strength do not mean pin thin bodies..without my strong legs and abs I couldnt run the distances I do :)

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JB July 20, 2009 at 2:07 pm

that green monster sounds crazy good! i have a question for you. i know you’re really busy and probably don’t have time to answer all the questions you must get, but i’m curious: is there a reason you steam the spinach that you put in your green monsters instead of using raw spinach leaves?

as for the giveaway, i SO want in! what a great prize. in the past little while, i’ve learned that there’s such thing as TOO much cardio, and that i should listen to my body when it’s feeling overworked. i’ve learned that just because a type of exercise doesn’t make me sweat, doesn’t mean that it isn’t doing amazing things for body.

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nicole- chasing blue July 20, 2009 at 2:08 pm

I’ve learned about how I need to listen more to my body. I have the power to control what goes in and how my body uses it. Food is fuel for my runs and my crazy life as a SAHM. T

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Jocelyn July 20, 2009 at 2:17 pm

I have learned that I LOVE almond butter! And I have also learned to not be so hard on myself when it comes to food. Food is not the enemy, it is the way I fuel my active lifestyle!

I would LOVE to win this giveaway.

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Jennifer S July 20, 2009 at 2:19 pm

I’ve learned (from your blog) that chia seeds are the ‘new’ flax seed. Love all your useful information.

Would love-love-love to try some amazing grass!

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April July 20, 2009 at 2:26 pm

I have learn you HAVE to eat to lose!

I’ve already had my green monster on your blog :) WOO!

http://ohsheglows.com/2009/06/12/my-ode-to-green-monsters/

I love amazing products!!!

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Mellissa July 20, 2009 at 2:30 pm

I have learned how important it is for me to eat good foods, I splurged on vacation and ended up feeling horrible for 2+ weeks. My body does amazing things, I need to feed it amazing foods. I would love to win this contest, I have been scared to try a green monster but I printed a recipe and will try it this week.

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D July 20, 2009 at 2:30 pm

I have learned to not be so scared of good fats, that they do help carry me through the day and give me staying power.

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Jess M July 20, 2009 at 2:31 pm

This past week I learned the health benefits of Chia seeds from your blog and Kath Eats. Thanks for the giveaway!

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Kristen July 20, 2009 at 2:31 pm

In the past little while, I’ve learned about the benefits of interval training. Man does it kick my butt, but I definitely feel the benefits.

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junghwa July 20, 2009 at 2:35 pm

awesome giveaway!
interval training works all your body so I think it’s great! I actually do interval training 4times a week!

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June July 20, 2009 at 2:37 pm

amazing grass sounds SO GOOD! I’ve been dying to try it but can’t afford any at the moment. It would be great to win this contest.

i’ve learned that listening to body is important even though it’s the hardest thing ever!

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Jayme July 20, 2009 at 2:38 pm

I learned so much about nutrition and that exercising 7days a week is not necessary. Our BODY REQUIRES rest to function right.

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jk July 20, 2009 at 2:39 pm

through this challenge I learned to “stop” counting calories. I can’t help it but estimate in my head still BUT i don’t do it to the extreme like i used to.

I am glad and i feel so much free!

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Hyang July 20, 2009 at 2:39 pm

Good fats are necessary for vital health. I started to incorporate more omega-3 into my diet and i feel so much energetic!

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Keri July 20, 2009 at 2:40 pm

Holy cow, chocolate and pb can be the most incredible combo! I think I will try that GM very soon!

Thing I’ve learned? Natural, organic, and wholesome foods make my body so much happier and energetic! I love how great i feel!

P.s thought you might be interested in my giveaway, if not, maybe you could link to it in one of your posts?

Thanks Angela!
Keri
p.s I will hopefully be sending you an email soon!

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Sam July 20, 2009 at 2:47 pm

One thing I have learned about is the idea of organic food and why attempting to go organic is important. Before I simply tried to eat as healthy as possible, not really worried about where my food came from or the process it took to get from the ground/animal to my plate. Although I still eat processed, non-organic foods, I am much more conscientious about where my food comes and what it does to my body,.

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Kelsey July 20, 2009 at 2:53 pm

i love all your green moster recipes!!!
congrats on an awesome race yesterday :]
i have learned what form of exercise and what kinds of foods work best for me: pilates + whole foods!

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Yelena July 20, 2009 at 2:56 pm

I just learned about green monsters! I discovered your blog over the weekend and IMMEDIATELY went and made myself a green monster. I’m shocked that you can’t taste the spinach. I even convinced my boyfriend to have some. You have made me curious about Amazing Grass so this would be great!

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Low July 20, 2009 at 2:57 pm

I have learned that I really don’t have to get 60 grams of protein per day. I used to stress out about it because I am a vegetarian but I’ve read several articles that supports that eating as many as 45 grams per day is sufficient. I have stopped stressing myself out about it and I’m still building lots of muscle tone!

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Katie T. July 20, 2009 at 3:01 pm

I became vegan almost three months ago and have learned SO much in the process. I’ve especially enjoyed learning about the benefits of kale, hemp seeds, and chia seeds thanks to you!

Glad to hear that your feeling great today! :)

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Mariel July 20, 2009 at 3:26 pm

I’ve learned that rest is just as important as exercise, and that you should feed your body what it craves.

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Hannah July 20, 2009 at 3:40 pm

Something I’ve learned is the benefits of chia seeds-how you don’t need to grind them like flax to get the omega-3’s and they are a high source of fiber and protein!

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Kathy (Moving Beyond Perfection) July 20, 2009 at 3:40 pm

Recently, I learned about the benefits of chia seeds! I had no idea how good they were for you! :)

Thanks for this amazing giveaway opportunity Angela!

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Erin July 20, 2009 at 3:53 pm

I have learned all about Green Monsters and my husband and I are enjoying them everyday, they really are amazing!!!

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tj July 20, 2009 at 3:56 pm

Love the print option on the recipe! THX! :)

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Marissa July 20, 2009 at 3:58 pm

I have learned about and become more aware of the food I am putting in my body. Sometimes, I would think something, such as peanut butter, is all natural, but some types are not. I have learned to really start paying attention to ingredients and question where the food came from. I know that I want to incorporate more “real” food in my diet and less fake food. I feel so much better overall when I eat “real” and natural food. What a difference it makes!!

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Naners July 20, 2009 at 4:24 pm

I read that eating spinach, which is packed with lutein, protects against vision loss as you age!

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Ashley July 20, 2009 at 4:25 pm

ahh fun giveawayyy :) i’ve learned that the way you eat/workout/live has to be completely customized to YOU. you can’t do exactly what everyone else is doing, you need to figure out what works the best for your own body and you will be MUCH happier!

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nieves July 20, 2009 at 4:30 pm

I have learned so many things about nutrition, but the most important thing I have leaned recently is how to ask for help when I need it. I have spent the last year trying to battle my ED alone, aand I have only recently found some relief through therapy and a 12-step program.

Thanks for the positivity Angela!

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Amanda (modernation) July 20, 2009 at 4:46 pm

Spectating is very hard work. I always feel so bad for my boyfriend having to get up early and just sit around waiting for me to finish my race. He is always caring a lot of stuff around – my flip flops, some food for me after, water, camera, etc. I tell him that I would not want to switch places. Luckily, he doesn’t want to either! ;)

Congrats!!!

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Andrea July 20, 2009 at 4:47 pm

I’ve learned it’s okay to eat full fat foods in moderation. I eat a scoop of almond butter almost daily. It was a hard concept for me to grasp for a while that full fat cheese, nuts, yogurts, and peanut butter were okay to eat and I didn’t always have to opt for the tasteless, nonfat options.

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Katherine July 20, 2009 at 4:59 pm

I’ve learned that I feel better when eating whole foods, mostly vegetables, protein, and carbs (in that order). Makes me feel so much better.

Also learned that you have to boil spinach to get many of the nutrients out. I knew you had to do that with swiss chard, but I didn’t know it also applied to other leafy greens.

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Lauren July 20, 2009 at 4:59 pm

I’ve learned that being healthy and nutritious isn’t about boring food or giving up the fun part of life. It’s about incorporating everything, but in moderation. There are so many healthy alternatives out there that taste amazing. I’ve also learned that it is not going to happen on it’s own, and you must make a conscious effort to work out and make good decisions. Even just taking the stairs instead of the elevator.

Also-I have loved learning about all the nuts and seeds you incorporate in your meals for a little added bonus. Chia seeds, flax, hemp. I never knew that stuff existed before! I’m not eating flax in my breakfast all the time!

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Sally July 20, 2009 at 5:16 pm

I have learned that when it comes to making changes in my fitness routine and incorporating new and different foods into my diet, slow and steady is way more effective than “it had to be done yesterday.” Blogs like yours have helped me keep my type-‘a’ attitude from getting me discouraged!

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Morgan July 20, 2009 at 5:34 pm

I’ve learned not to watch the scale, but to go by how I feel and other little goals. Like sweating 5 times a week. Also everything I do has to be fun, or it will not be done.

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Kelly July 20, 2009 at 5:35 pm

I have learned about hemp and chia seeds, which are my new favorite topping to sprinkle on salads! :)

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Heather July 20, 2009 at 5:41 pm

Wow, what haven’t I learned from your blog lately? Let me count the ways: green monsters (wow, they’re good! and good for you!), wheat berries in salads (YUMMO, I’m loving this combo), and chia seeds (have to pick some up and try them out!). Thanks for the blog!

Also, I love the new print option!!

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Sara July 20, 2009 at 5:44 pm

I have learned that it’s OK to eat what you like, as long as it’s in moderation. Sometimes I take a little bite of that cookie as extra mental fuel to go kick butt in my workout!

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kim July 20, 2009 at 5:51 pm

I’ve learned to forgive myself when I think I’ve messed up and gone off the deep end with eating because if I don’t, then I do more harm than good. That slice or two of cake isn’t the end of the world, but beating myself up can be detrimental. I also learned that weight lifting rocks my life!

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steph July 20, 2009 at 5:57 pm

i’ve learned that even a 20 minute walk can burn a lot of calories after purchasing a health rate monitor! calorieking.com has really opened my eyes to how much i intake, and the amount of exercise that i need to do in order to fit into my jeans again!!

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Susan July 20, 2009 at 6:08 pm

I learned that citrus fruits actually have an alkaline effect in the body – who knew?

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kelly July 20, 2009 at 6:08 pm

I am learning that my body is much happier with real food rather than the 100 calorie packs full of chemicals I was eating! Thanks for your great, uplifting, positive blog!

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Tiffany July 20, 2009 at 6:15 pm

I’ve learned that interval training can help me bust through a plateau and increase my overall fitness. I’ve been incorporating them into my treadmill routines, and not only is it effective, it’s fun too!

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Danielle July 20, 2009 at 6:18 pm

I learned that the average person gets way too much protein, and that if I make sure I’m eating a varied diet (an consume enough calories), I will have no problem meeting my needs!

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Sara July 20, 2009 at 6:30 pm

I’ve learned that 100 calorie packs are not as good as they seem. I used to buy them every time I would go to the grocery store – and since your post on them, I haven’t purchased a single package!! And the fibre in fruit leaves me WAY more satisfied!!

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kate July 20, 2009 at 6:34 pm

Ive been trying to educate myself on vitamins lately. I learned the other day that spirulina is good for energy levels. Id love to learn more about vitamins though, maybe you could talk about the benefits of each supplement you take :)

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Ally July 20, 2009 at 7:12 pm

Over the past few months I’ve come to realize to not be so afraid of healthy fats! Peanut butter, nuts, avocados…I used to avoid eating them. Now I eat atleast two tablespoons of nut butter in my oatmeal every morning and snack on nuts and avocado all the time. Tastes so good and hasn’t done anything to my waistline!

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Tamara July 20, 2009 at 7:14 pm

Aside from realizing that it’s all about the least processing possible, the number one most important thing I learned is:

The true superfoods are not packaged and marketed (this is not a reference to your glo bar packaging dilemma). They are picked from the soil to go straight in our mouth. They don’t have to come from the Amazon, Africa, or the Himalayas or be eaten by “ancient cultures” to be amazing. They don’t have to cost an arm and a leg, and they don’t have to have fancy, mysterious, long, or exotic names. I think too many health- oriented people, even raw foodists, forget the importance of pure, simple, local, and delicious. As the awareness of health and nutrition rises, so do incentives for companies to market it to us. We have to stop being passive consumers of everything they feed and reconnect with the basics!

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Eva July 20, 2009 at 7:15 pm

Coolest thing I’ve learned recently is definitely chia seeds.

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Laura H July 20, 2009 at 7:15 pm

I learned that HIIT (high intensity interval training) Is an amazing workout! It’s way more intense than my usual elliptical/strength training… and I sweat wayyy more.. in half the time!

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Rebeca July 20, 2009 at 8:04 pm

Whaaa?? you weren’t in line with them… I still think you’re pretty amazing!

I just read a good article on foods with the most nutrition for your dollar (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/31895512/ns/health-diet_and_nutrition)… it was interesting but strange- iceburg lettuce over spinach? no way!

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Kels July 20, 2009 at 8:11 pm

I have learned that I can live without my daily diet
dr. pepper!!

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Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope July 20, 2009 at 8:12 pm

I’ve learned that it’s SO important to LISTEN TO YOUR BODY! Your body is one heck of a smart miracle… it knows what it’s doing. All we have to do is learn how to listen. :)

xxoo
Heather

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Melissa July 20, 2009 at 8:18 pm

I’ve learned how great Chia seeds really are for you! I never would have even looked at them before let alone realize how versatile they are!!

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Lisa July 20, 2009 at 8:22 pm

I’ve learned that it’s better to not deprive myself of any indulgences like, cheesecake (my fave dessert!). Everything is fine in moderation :)

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Katie July 20, 2009 at 8:38 pm

I’ve learned to eat consistently throughout the day and to pre-plan all/most of my meals so I don’t overeat! The nutrition class that I’m currently taking really emphasized the importance of eating a variety of foods to get the most nutrients, and that’s made a big impact on me as well!

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julie July 20, 2009 at 8:50 pm

I’ve learned that rest days are JUST as important as workout days! great giveaway I’m gonna email you right now!

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Kelly July 20, 2009 at 8:51 pm

I learned that (unfortunately for me) logging my food every day really helps me stay in a healthy range. I totally overeat if I’m not thinking about logging my food!
It’s especially helpful now, when the PMS monster is ragin’!

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Lynna July 20, 2009 at 8:53 pm

I have learned a lot about eating raw- something I knew little to nothing about just a couple months ago. Now, I’ve tried raw tacos and soon I want to experiment with some raw “baked” goods!

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Lauren July 20, 2009 at 9:00 pm

I have learned so much over the past year on a natural and whole foods diet. I have realized that eating foods with “real” ingredients as opposed to artifical ones are so much better for me in the long run rather than just seemingly less fatting.

Thanks so much Angela for your wonderful giveaways, posts, and inspiration!

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Kristen July 20, 2009 at 9:00 pm

I have learned to enjoy exercise rather than dread it everyday! I have been more motivated to exercise for my well being rather than burning calories.

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Jessica July 20, 2009 at 9:01 pm

I’d love to try some Amazing Grass :D I have learned that exercise is better than any sort of medicine. I’ve also learned that it’s not about what you can’t eat and what you can burn, but about how well you treat your body and the health you build up by being fit :)

Grats on your run by the way! Your green monster sounds delicious :)

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Laurie July 20, 2009 at 9:06 pm

I’ve learned that you deserve some rest every now and then. It’s so important to give yourself a break every now and then and allow your body to recuperate!

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e July 20, 2009 at 9:10 pm

I’ve learned to try at least one new fruit/veggie a week. The healtier I eat the healthier I feel and the healthier my skin looks.

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meghan July 20, 2009 at 9:11 pm

I have learned that I feel best eating lots of REAL, whole foods with plenty of good, healthy fats!

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Annie D. July 20, 2009 at 9:38 pm

Hi! I have learned that buying organic produce allows me to ‘vote’ with my dollar! If everyone bought organic, and ate less meat, we’d all feel better and show the food stores that there’s a higher demand for GOOD food than they think. I SURE FEEL BETTER EATING THIS WAY!!! Real food is the way to go!!!

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Erin July 20, 2009 at 9:39 pm

I’ve learned that if I want to be a strong, healthy runner, I can’t continue to eat like a starving, emaciated anorexic. Bring on the healthy food! Thank you for your blog Angela. It helps so much to know other people have fought the same fight as me and won!

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Sarah July 20, 2009 at 9:42 pm

I’ve learned the wonders of a green monster. I typically eat spinach every day anyways but I love the wonderful combination of spinach, bananas, almond milk, and other healthy combinations before 8am!My body feels fantastic and only need one cup of coffee…lol.

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Dani July 20, 2009 at 9:51 pm

Just recently, I learned how important it is to fuel before a workout and during, if it will be over a certain amount of time. I am also learning to appreciate and love my body, and fueling it with healthy, whole foods is a great way to say thank you for everything it does!

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jessica July 20, 2009 at 10:01 pm

Recently i read more about food combining and I really think it has been helping me. I’ve tried it for about two weeks – not really following the ‘rules’ to a T, but definitely being more aware of what I’m putting together when i eat. I feel much less discomfort in my tummy. :)

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Kate B July 20, 2009 at 10:02 pm

What I have learned is that listening to my body is the BEST thing I can do. I used to run run run run run (I could write this forever and it wouldn’t add up) and never really rest, even my rest days weren’t treated as such. Now I know that I need to feed my body and not run as much if I want to see improvements in my run with regards to how I feel while running and my over all mood!

I have also learned that spinach in a smoothie is the best thing EVER!

Thank you for everything you do Angela!

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Kayla July 20, 2009 at 10:26 pm

I have learned how important it is to refuel as soon as possible after a workout. Your muscles are “starving” for nutrients and a protein shake can give them just what they need!

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Jess July 20, 2009 at 10:47 pm

I’ve learned how important is to get some healthy fats in your diet, it’s important for some vitamins that are only fat-soluble. I’ve also learned that a lot of stretching is not essential before a run, it actually can decrease performance.

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Nadia July 20, 2009 at 11:04 pm

I’ve learnt a lot of general stuff, like that I need to listen to my body when it says it’s too tired to work out! (sleep also helps me to make better food choices!)
One specific thing I’ve learnt that I guess is related to nutrition- I already knew that Calcium was important for Vitamin D absorption. I learnt that the magnesium included with many calcium supplements is basically only to balance out the effect of calcium on the GI tract (ahem, constipation).

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Caitlin July 20, 2009 at 11:10 pm

I’ve learned that sugar does not make me feel good – my head and body react to it in a negative way. no matter how tempting it is, avoid! avoid! (of course, I don’t always succeed that battle)

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Paola July 20, 2009 at 11:27 pm

I’ve learned that I don’t need to starve to be be healthier and slimmer!

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Andrea July 21, 2009 at 12:21 am

I have recently been learning about the benefits and negative effects of caffeine. I recently gave it up because I read that it caused cellulite. But now I’m learning about fat burning benefits. I’m listening to my body and staying away! Would LOVE that grass!

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Megan July 21, 2009 at 12:23 am

I’ve learned that chia seeds are the new flax seeds and that they provide an immense amount of nutrition. I can’t wait to try them out in a Green Monster tomorrow morning! If only I had some Amazing Grass to add to it…hmmm :O)

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Kate July 21, 2009 at 12:37 am

I have learned about the health benefits of chia seeds in the last several weeks. I love all of the different things I can do with them and I LOVE what they do for me energy and satisfaction-wise! Thanks for the Amazing Grass giveaway!

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Kristen July 21, 2009 at 12:41 am

Hello Angela-

Something important I have learned recently is that something healthy I will not eat does me no good. The key is to select foods that are healthy but also that i enjoy. And by reminding myself how healthy something is…a carrot tastes about as delicious as a brownie!!

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Kim July 21, 2009 at 12:55 am

I have learned that it’s okay to take rest days, in fact it makes my other workouts stronger!

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Tay July 21, 2009 at 2:06 am

Woooohooooo congrats on your race!!! You go girl, that is such an accomplishment. DOUBLE DIGITS BABY!!

I’ve recently learned that it’s A-OK to only spend 30 minutes at the gym. Gym workouts don’t have to be hours of max-calories burning sweat sessions. They are meant to be healthful, self-empowering ways to make you FEEL GOOD about yourself. So if I don’t have the time, or am too tired, 30 minutes is WONDERFUL!!

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Lara July 21, 2009 at 7:37 am

I learned that plant based sources of Omega 3’s (flaxseed, chia, walnuts, etc) are not complete sources. Omega 3 fatty acids are DHA, EPA, and ALA. Plant sources are lacking the most important components of Omega 3 (DHA and EPA) and only contain ALA. Our bodies can only convert a very smally amount of ALA to DHA- no where near the “therapeuatic amount needed. DHA/EPA are the components that are believed to provide the benefits when people say “benefits of Omega 3”. Fish and some sea vegetables (like krill) naturally contain the complete Omega 3’s. Therefore, to get the benefits of Omega 3 you need to eat fish or take supplements such as fish or krill oil. Flax/chia etc are healthful in other ways by providing nutrients and fiber but should not be lokoed at sources of Omega 3.

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Erin July 21, 2009 at 7:42 am

I have learned that cardio isn’t the solution to all of my problems and I also need to incorporate weights into my workouts.

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Mia July 21, 2009 at 8:16 am

I’ve recently learned that combining fruit with other foods isn’t the optimum way to eat it. Since fruit is so light, heavier foods are digested first which causes the fruit to fester in the digestive tract.

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Mena Donovan July 21, 2009 at 9:55 am

I’ve learned a lot about incorporating healthy fats into my diet ( peanut butter, flax, coconut oil, chia seeds.) Rather than being worried about how much fat is in the food I eat, I should be thinking about fueling my body with good healthy fats, protein and carbs. When I was younger I worried about the number on the scale and now I’ve come to realize that with eating healthy and working out, the number comes to settle at a natural point. I love your motivational words. Thank you!

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Marcia July 21, 2009 at 10:12 am

I have learned the importance of strength training. I took a break from it for awhile and have realized how much better I feel when I fit strength training into my workout routines. I’ve never tried Amazing Grass products, but I’d love to someday!!

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Lindsay July 21, 2009 at 10:22 am

I’ve learned all of the benefits of chia seeds from lovely blogs like yours! I had never really heard of them before but now I am anxious to go out and try some for myself. I can’t wait to add them to my green monsters! :)

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Katie July 21, 2009 at 10:39 am

I’ve learned that when it comes to feeling good about yourself and your body, the scale has NOTHING to do with it.

I stepped on a scale recently and wasn’t exactly jazzed about the number, mainly because I felt SO much lighter than what it told me. That’s when I realized-it’s just a fluctuating number and doesn’t reflect my body other than by its mass. I am stronger, healthier,and more toned than I’ve been in my life. Most importantly, I feel proud that my body is not only able to survive, but excel at the grueling workouts I put it through. That’s something the scale can NEVER tell me.

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Casper July 21, 2009 at 11:12 am

I no longer rely on the scale to tell me how to feel. It is silly to be sad over some worthless numbers.

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Randi July 21, 2009 at 11:32 am

What an awesome giveaway!

In the nutrition department I have learned: What works for some may not work for others. Everyone’s body is different and you have to find the right combination of foods that work for you!

Fitness wise, recently, I have learned to NOT push yourself when injured. Running my most recent half marathon was a HUGE mistake. I ignored a reoccurring injury and now I’m out indefinitely from running. Sigh. Live and learn.

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Coley July 21, 2009 at 11:42 am

Oh my, I’ve learned so much! I’ve learned to be thankful for what my body can do, instead of criticizing it for what it cannot do, I’ve learned how to properly fuel before and after workouts to get the most out of my exercise, I’ve learned how to train for a race and how to properly stretch to protect my hips from getting injuried. Thanks for the great giveaway!!

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Andrea July 21, 2009 at 2:35 pm

I have learned that rest days while training for races are VERY important! I used to push myself hard in exercise almost every day, but new research that I’ve been reading shows that rest days really help the body recover and thus, help you perform better. Now that I incorporate rest days into my training, I run faster and stronger!

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Allie (Live Laugh Eat) July 21, 2009 at 3:06 pm

I’ve learned that every bit of daily activity helps (i.e. walking down the street, walking to a co-worker’s office, etc.). Sometimes people are focused on “working out” yet they take the elevator instead of the stairs. Moving always counts!

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Holly July 21, 2009 at 3:19 pm

I have learned that eating unprocessed/raw foods are DELICIOUS!!! And to think I always thought devouring a big bowl of ice cream before bed was OK, since I worked out that day!
I read an excerpt in Tosca Reno’s Eating Clean book that 80% of what your body looks like is due to what you put in your body. (10% is from exercise & the other 10% is genetic.)

I would LOVE to win the Amazing Grass giveaway, the product is delicious and I am dying for that shaker! Love your blog!!!

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Allison July 21, 2009 at 3:23 pm

The teacher at the yoga class I went to during the school year once said that every 3 weeks (I think? I forget the exact length of time but that’s not the important part) every cell in our body is renewed. Not to get into the biology of it; our cells are always growing and dividing and so on, but what I took from it is that my body is *constantly* changing. It’s so important to take stock of what’s going on *right now* in our bodies, understanding that it won’t be this way forever. It also helps me deal with a crappy workout, changes in my ability to do Downward Dog, whatever.

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Sayer July 21, 2009 at 3:28 pm

I’ve reaffirmed the importance of including the good kinds of fats in my daily diet!

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Kelly July 21, 2009 at 4:52 pm

I’ve learned that chia seeds are amazing! :P

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Michelle July 21, 2009 at 4:53 pm

I’ve learned that once you change your diet to include mostly whole foods, you can begin to taste the chemicals, extra salt, extra sugar, etc. in all the processed foods. And it doesn’t taste good!

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Biljana July 21, 2009 at 5:28 pm

Congratulations on the run! Lately I’ve been learning about the nutritional powerhouse that is CHIA SEEDS! They are expensive but I think I might try them to see what the hype is about.

:) Loving the website.

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Chez July 21, 2009 at 5:33 pm

Lately I’ve been reading a lot about the importance of Vitamin D. Almost everyone is deficient, even if you spend a lot of time in the sun. Plus, the RDA is probably much lower than the amount we should be getting, so a regular multivitamin doesn’t necessarily cover you. Vitamin D doesn’t really occur naturally in food sources, so you’ve got to take a supplement. It’s been linked to preventing all sorts of cancers, MS, memory loss, and more – so buy some Vitamin D pills today!!!

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Nina July 21, 2009 at 5:47 pm

I have learned that we don’t need NEARLY as much protein as we have been led to believe.

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Ali July 21, 2009 at 5:54 pm

I’ve learned that you need to LISTEN to your body. Sometimes we do need a break from the gym, a little extra protein or a rest!

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Andrea July 21, 2009 at 6:00 pm

I’ve learned that you need to eat real food and listen to yourself. It’s not exactly rocket science but sometimes is important to get back to the basics!

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Steph July 21, 2009 at 6:00 pm

I learned that living a vegan lifestyle was one of the best decisions I have ever made!

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Michelle Hisae July 21, 2009 at 6:02 pm

I learned that calorie counting isn’t necessary! Well, I already knew that, but somehow got into it once. It just causes stress in my life, and who needs that?

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Deb July 21, 2009 at 6:13 pm

I’ve learned to listen to my body more to tell me when I am hungry & when I am full.

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mel h July 21, 2009 at 8:10 pm

ive learned that too much soy has scary health consequences for both men and women!! I’ve switched to almond milk!

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Alexis July 21, 2009 at 8:28 pm

I’ve learned that no matter how much I work out (a lot) and how well I eat (unprocessed foods, lots of vegetables, good fats, etc.) I have to accept that my body is not going to be thin like it was when I had an eating disorder. And endless self-obsession with my image and what I look like in pictures, etc. is a waste of my life and I need to learn how to detach from it or else I will always be miserable. I have to just be happy that I am doing what is so healthy for my body and longevity and wellness, and this is health, even if it is not the image of scary skinniness that our culture somehow thinks is worth worshipping.

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Lynn July 21, 2009 at 8:32 pm

I’ve learned that core strength helps road biking a lot, and that eating lots of green and other veggies decreases my cravings for sweets because I am much more full and satisfied.
Lynn

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elizabeth July 21, 2009 at 8:32 pm

I like Alexis’ comment above.

I learned that I burn more calories than I thought I was and I NEED TO EAT. It’s okay to eat! And I also learned to burn every. single. stinkin’. magazine that tells women to eat between 1200-1500 calories. To the devil with them!

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Melinda July 21, 2009 at 8:39 pm

I’ve learned to boost my breakfast intake a little more for a much better day and much more energy! It’s amazing what a hearty breakfast can do for your overall feel for the day!

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Nicole July 21, 2009 at 8:43 pm

After 6 injections and lots of drugs I have living in serious pain for about a year.

I learned to try and trust new things and gave the chiropractor a try…should have known that a compleatly natural way would give me more relief than steriods and narcotics.

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Jill July 21, 2009 at 8:44 pm

I’ve learned that staying up after the kids go to sleep for a little “quality” time for myself usually deprives me of much needed sleep and makes me start the day tired and run down. I’ve been trying to kick that habit and making myself sleep as close to 8 hours a night as possible and between that and these crazy GM (my kid’s call them “Shrek” juice) I have much more energy than before.
Thanks for being so inspirational and informative.

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Christina July 21, 2009 at 8:55 pm

Recently I’ve learned more about fueling for a work out and eating for recovery after.

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Tasha July 21, 2009 at 9:11 pm

I have learned to use my hunger cues rather than eating for the sake of eating. Oh! And learning and train for a marathon and see how far my body can go.

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Kristine July 21, 2009 at 10:43 pm

I learned about coconut oil from YOU and have since bought it but have yet to use it (I won’t lie) but plan to use it very soon! Thanks for the tip! Also, I still need to get over my fear of green monsters…but I have never been a fruit or veggie girl, so I think a smoothy is a perfect way to get in a serving of fruits and veggies in the future! Okay, my goal is to make one this week!! Woo hoo!

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Krystina July 21, 2009 at 11:32 pm

I learned, from this blog, how healthy chia seeds are and that they are even more nutritious than flax seeds!

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Coralee July 22, 2009 at 12:57 am

I read somewhere recently to be sucessful in losing weight in a healthy and permanent way that you should never do anything that you can’t fully commit to for the rest of your life. This really put things into perspective for me and made me realize why so many “diets” never work for the long haul.

Keep up the great work here you inspire and energize me!

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Michele | aka Raw Juice Girl July 22, 2009 at 1:34 am

I’ve recently learned that yoga is just the best thing I can do for myself: body, mind, and soul. I’m doing yoga almost every morning and have been learning more and more about it from yogaisyummy.net and yogadownload.com.

Great contest, by the way!! Thanks for the opportunity! :-)

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Sara July 22, 2009 at 1:39 am

I’ve learned that sometimes it doesn’t matter what you do, just that you do it! Whether you’re walking down the block or running a marathon, it’s just good to do what you can; every little bit helps! And you shouldn’t be so hard on yourself when you slip up a bit. It’ll all even out.

OK, maybe I didn’t just learn that, but the blogs (yours included, of course) has helped confirm that. Thanks!

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JJ July 22, 2009 at 3:04 am

I learned that sleeping more really IS good for my health! I feel so much better during the day when I get a good night’s rest! There is such a big difference between 4 hours of sleep and 7 hours of sleep.

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missy July 22, 2009 at 3:09 am

I’ve learned that eating a huge breakfast will not make me gain weight…eat all you want during the day and it will somehow burn off. Even on days I sit in an office all day, i still make sure to eat a very big breakfast that I enjoy!

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laura July 22, 2009 at 6:53 am

I’ve learned that you must, absolutely, positively, have to cross train. I’ve picked up spinning in the past week (three times already!) and love it. I should have been doing that and swimming while training for my marathon, but instead I focused on only running, with a bit of pilates and strength here and there. Wrong wrong wrong!!!

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Angie All The Way July 22, 2009 at 8:14 am

I’ve learned that exercise is not the enemy and it’s never as bad as I think it’s going to be! I think I have this idea of what it was like to exercise at 300lbs and now that I’m far from that, it’s so much easier and it feels great! Ridding my brain of that pre-conceived notion of what it “was” like has been a huge learning process!

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Stef July 22, 2009 at 8:56 am

The most important thing I have learned recently is to listen to my body,eat when I am hungry, not when I am bored or upset and that a rest day is not the end of the world, it is actually good for you and your body

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Tess July 22, 2009 at 9:04 am

I’ve learned the huge benifits of green monsters. They taste really good and the different combo’s are endless. Smoothies, for me, taste better than green juice and seem to be packed with more nutritonal items. I get more bang for my breakfast!

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Therese July 22, 2009 at 9:08 am

I have finally learned how important it is to eat ENOUGH when working out on a consistent basis. Since I have consiously eating more calories to fuel my workouts I have so much more energy. Not just during the exercise but throughout the day as well!

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Anna July 22, 2009 at 9:43 am

I’ve learned about all the benefits of chia seeds. I can’t wait to start adding them to my smoothies!

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Jenna (WholeBodyLove) July 22, 2009 at 9:44 am

I have learned the value of raw food! I was completely unaware of the tremendous nutritional value of raw foods. This has added a whole new dimension to my knoweledge of healthful eating!

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Molly July 22, 2009 at 9:47 am

I’ve learned that to stay at a healthy weight, you need to EAT! I used to skip breakfast, and endure hunger pains in an effort to lose weight. But I would end up eating huge dinners and snacking at night, only to start the cycle all over the next day! Now I start my morning with a smoothie with lots of fruit, snacks are fruits, veggies, cheese or energy bars.

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Nanette July 22, 2009 at 9:49 am

I have a “desk” job and work 40-50 hour weeks. I have learned that I am more productive at work, and once I get home if I pull myself away from the desk and move!! I take a 15-min speed walk break in the morning and one in the afternoon. It helps my body and my mind!

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Joan July 22, 2009 at 10:01 am

The most important thing I’ve learned about myself in regard to staying on track is that when I reach a certain level of hunger? I can’t trust myself to stick to the gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, noredmeantness that keeps me feeling good. Keeping snacks on hand at all times is key!

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Christy July 22, 2009 at 10:22 am

I have learned that its important to listen to your body’s reaction to foods. Eating meat and some daisry leaves me bloated and wreaks havoc on my skin. Also,I have learned that there are so many vegetarian websites with so many great recipes that I am confident I can make the switch to a meat free lifestyle and not be forced to eat salads all day!

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Red Head, Yellow Dog July 22, 2009 at 10:44 am

I have learned that I need to listen to my body and that you CAN get a good workout in without running (an injury taught me that!). I’ve also learned (okay in the process of learning…) that taking a day (or two!) off from exercise can be a good thing and is nothing to feel guilty about

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Erin July 22, 2009 at 10:54 am

I have learned that my body responds in a much more positive way when I rely less on meat as a protein source. I have been trying out a lot of interesting vegetarian recipes and it has been fun!

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Amie July 22, 2009 at 11:43 am

The healthy thing that I have learned is that instead of just staying withing my calories/etc for the day (I DO count for now :) ) I need to make sure that those are HEALTHY, nutritious calories, rather than just whatever fits.

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Linda July 22, 2009 at 11:49 am

Hey there! Alright..I didn’t miss getting in on the action of the contest..yay!

I have learned not to be a scale addict. Using the tape measure, mirror and how your clothes are fitting to judge your fat loss progress.

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Danielle July 22, 2009 at 11:55 am

I’ve learned that my body will sort itself out as long as I am exercising and eating right. Some weeks I am angelic with my exercise and eating, and the scale doesn’t budge, while other weeks I am a rebel and the scale works in my favour. I’ve realized that I need to strike a balance and that eventually, the fluctuations even out :)

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maggie b July 22, 2009 at 1:29 pm

I have learned how AMAZING Green Monsters are!!
But i have also learned how important recovery is after running/cycling. How it is crucial for you to stretch well (YOGA) and then enjoy a nutrient dense smoothie (G.MONSTER!!) after a workout. I have seen results by doing these two things: my speed and endurance have both increased!

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Amritika July 22, 2009 at 2:22 pm

I learned that everything is ok in moderation.

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Arwen July 22, 2009 at 2:25 pm

I have learned that food is not your enemy but something your body needs.
I have tried a number of new things from this blog. Green monsters are amazing! I am totally hooked. I also want to try the chia and hemp seeds you talk so much about.

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Betherann July 22, 2009 at 3:04 pm

I’m currently learning just how much water my body needs to stay hydrated and well-functioning. For me, good health is about learning to listen to my body, to feed its needs appropriately and be able to tell when a craving is just a craving. Part of that is realizing how much better I feel when I drink more water, and how food gets processed more comfortably.

Also, I already emailed you my green monster story. Plus, I’m hosting GREEN SMOOTHIE WEEK (!!) on the my blog, Kitchen Courage.

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Kristina July 22, 2009 at 3:08 pm

I have learned how to use my chia seeds in different ways, making chia gel, chia crackers on a food dehydrator, crunchy topping on yogurt or baked goods!!

I’ve learned that my Green Monster BEFORE treadmill is much better than after. (sometimes I have another after also!)

I LOVE LOVE LOVE my Amazing Grasses! Thank you Angela for the opportunity and all your motivation!

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Tamie July 22, 2009 at 3:11 pm

I have learned (or am still learning), that only I control my destiny. The outcome of my healthy journey is all on me. Why blame the pizza guy, the kids, the friend who takes me out to dinner, the flyer with all the fun foods, the stupid food monster in my belly. No, it’s all on me.

Reading this blog, and those like it, helps me so much, and inspires me. I am pushing myself to have them open on my computer all the time, so when I am thinking of grabbing the doritos, there it is, showing me a better way, guiding me, but also teaching me to be accountable to MYSELF.

I need visual, direction, hands on tangible inspiration, my willpower alone doesn’t cut it.

I’m heading out shopping today, getting ingredients for the green monsters, to make a staple in my daily intake, as well as many other healthy options I’ve jotted down, to change my way of eating, and thinking.

Thank you!!!

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Jody July 22, 2009 at 3:22 pm

I have finally learned (at age 37) after battling my weight all my life that no amount of fad foods, hot diets, excessive excercise, and/or gimmicks are going to give me that body I so desire!! I have learned that by restricting myself over and over again I have just created more rebound eating thus a nasty cycle. I am SO grateful for your site that shows how you can eat healthy, whole foods, and lots of them and be healthy on the inside and out!! Through your blog you have opened my eyes to so many options, food choices, natural supplements (chia seeds) etc that I am so excited to incorporate into my new lifestyle NOT diet!!
Thank you so very much!!
Jody

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liane July 22, 2009 at 3:41 pm

I’m finally realizing how “mean” I’ve been to my body most (if not all) of my life. I finally had that “lightbulb” moment go off, and realise that no fad diet is ever going to help my body permanently, and that I have to make it a lifestyle, not a short term band-aid (as it were).
So, I’m taking a lot of time to research how I can improve my health and fitness by ensuring I eat the right types of foods, eliminate all that nasty processed crap and get back to basics.

Now, thanks to your site, I’m making the changes I need to. And, I know how to make a Green Monster now! YAY! off to buy spinach after work :-)

Oh, and I’ve love to try the amazing greens.
Thanks so much
Liane

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Marcia July 22, 2009 at 3:55 pm

I have loved learning about chia seeds from your blog. And also, I’ve incorporated hill walking on the treadmill as part of my run training…and I think it’s really helping!

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Katie July 22, 2009 at 4:00 pm

I learned that running is as much mental as physical for me! I’m training for my first 1/2 marathon and have completed 8 & 9 mile runs in the past 2 weeks. I’ve been running for 3 years and this is the first year I’ve gone more than 3 miles!

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Simone July 22, 2009 at 4:29 pm

I have learned alot about interval training and how it can sometimes be more beneficial then steady state cardio.

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rebecca July 22, 2009 at 4:58 pm

I love reading your website and the idea of a healthy weight for your body. I also love the green monsters, but I don’t have a picture to submit. Thanks again for this wonderful, inspiring website!! Best, Rebecca

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Richelle July 22, 2009 at 6:58 pm

I have learned the importance of listening to my body. I need to eat when it’s hungry, because if I don’t I tend to overeat later. I also like learning about all the health benefits of things like chia seeds, hemp, and coconut oil. I would love to try the amazing greens.

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AutumnTao July 22, 2009 at 7:26 pm

I have learned about the benefits of flax seed!

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Tiffany July 22, 2009 at 8:05 pm

I’ve learned that a giant handful of spinach in a smoothie has almost no taste and adds tons of nutrition! After spinach I started adding protein powder and flax seed and the taste isn’t much different than my basic fruit smoothie. So, I’ve learned that green smoothies rock and now I find myself craving them every morning!

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Jessica July 22, 2009 at 8:09 pm

I have recently learned that there are a ton of quick and healthy snacks that taste way better then junk (okios/granola, bars, any form of nut butter, etc). I was inspired by all the health blogs I have been reading and my eating has dramatically improved. Thanks to bloggers like you!

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Candice July 22, 2009 at 8:17 pm

I’ve recently learned that it’s the big picture that really count. For example, in the past I would get really upset if I missed a workout one day or ate something I wished I wouldn’t have. Now I realize that I just have to get back on track the next day! There’s always a chance to do better!

Thanks SO much for doing this giveaway. I really hope I win!!!!

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Run Niki Run July 22, 2009 at 8:19 pm

I have been learning how to cook more healthy meals for my husband and me! Also, Green Monsters are the greatest! :)

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Tracey July 22, 2009 at 8:50 pm

I’ve learned to add spinach to my smoothies, and my parents have started doing the same!

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bhline July 22, 2009 at 9:02 pm

I learned from you that if i steam my spinach a bit, it’s even better in my smoothy in the AM.

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[email protected] July 22, 2009 at 9:23 pm

You look SO strong in that race photo!
I have learned how important sufficient rest is. . . and still don’t do enough of it!

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Susan July 22, 2009 at 9:47 pm

I’ve learned that fats are GOOD for me and help me glow :]

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Kristy July 22, 2009 at 9:53 pm

I have learned A LOT lately about recovery and nourishing food for the body after working out. You think you know but you just keep on learning!!! You go girl, what a run!!

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Mary July 22, 2009 at 9:57 pm

From reading www.ohsheglows.com,Eat-Live-Run,CrazySexyLife, I have learned that:

1-Food is Fuel.
2-An alkalizing diet totally encompasses a healthy lifestyle without counting calories,etc.
3-Stop looking at the scale number and just listen to my body.

Thank you Angela for being inspiring all day, every day. You rock!
-Mary

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Hilary July 22, 2009 at 10:04 pm

Angela,
I love, love, love green monsters. I have learned to think pay attention to whether or not you are hungry and to eat foods that do things for your body as opposed to being ’empty calories’. I have also learned to SHARE THE LOVE with all things healthy.
Have a great day!

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Caroline July 22, 2009 at 10:43 pm

i have learned to appreciate my body and all it does for me. to enjoy my runs for the first time ever because i can recognize the strength and vitality of my own legs and lungs.

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Haley July 22, 2009 at 10:50 pm

I have learned how to view food as fuel and that there is SUCH a link between eating crappy and feeling crappy. Not exactly rocket science, but somehow I’m learning to sift through the myriad of “health” advice out there.

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Jacqueline July 22, 2009 at 10:51 pm

I had to delurk for this giveaway! I love your blog because I can tell you are very passionate about what you do! Thank you for all that you do.

I just read about the benefits pumpkin seeds…they can boost your metabolism, improve your mood, strengthen bones and so much more!

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Andrea July 23, 2009 at 2:12 am

I recently read that fish consumption once a week greatly decreases your risks for Alzheimer’s Disease. I have watched several grandparents suffer with this so I found that to be a nice bit of info! I would LOVE the Amazing Grass

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Julie July 23, 2009 at 6:03 am

I’ve learned that you can eat avocado pits! You can blend them into smoothies and they’re apparently VERY good for you. Super high in fiber and contain something that’s a cancer fighter. I’ve got a VitaMix blender on order and as soon as it arrives I’m adding an avocado pit to my first green monster!

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Zarah July 23, 2009 at 7:57 am

I’ve been learning about our food supply…where it comes from, what’s in it, who owns it. It’s actually caused my fiance and me to overhaul our diet beyond just avoiding junk food.

If you’re interested, the movie Food, Inc or the book Omnivore’s Dilemma might be useful?

Oh, I wish I had a camera! If I did I would totally enter my green monster story!

Thanks for the opportunity to enter this contest, Angela!

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Lea July 23, 2009 at 9:41 am

you gotta eat to lose, especially if you’re running 20 miles a week and eating only minimum calories. ^^

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Aileen July 23, 2009 at 10:42 am

I’ve been learning to strengthen my back and stretch my hip flexors in order to be a runner. I even learned that you should do some exercises to strengthen your FEET!!! Love Green monsters!

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Lesley July 23, 2009 at 10:52 am

I’ve learned about the benefits of chia seeds!! I’ve been adding them to my morning green monster!

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Melissa July 23, 2009 at 11:24 am

I’ve learned to mix up my exercise routine so I don’t do the same thing over and over and get an overuse injury.

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runRedrun July 23, 2009 at 11:30 am

I have learned that fueling after a workout is key to feeling good afterwards. I used to wait to eat after long runs, and would feel exhausted all day. Just a smoothie afterwards makes all the difference.

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Jenn July 23, 2009 at 11:39 am

something I’ve learned recently…a calorie is not a calorie is not a calorie. Now that I’m really focusing on properly fueling my body, I’m realizing that whole foods, fruits and veggies, make all the difference in how my body functions. I’m able to run longer, stronger and harder than every before. Good stuff.

My green monster submission should be in your inbox!!

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jvegegirl July 23, 2009 at 11:41 am

I’ve learned about the importance of x-training!

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Diane July 23, 2009 at 11:55 am

I’ve learned how easy it is to incorporate fruits & vegetables throughout the day…I just started making the spinach/wheat grass smoothies about 2 weeks ago. I make one every morning now and also add 3-4 different fruits/veg. (mango, pineapple, banana, celery, blueberries, etc.), ground flax seed, spirulina, almond milk and almond butter. It makes me feel great, both physically and mentally knowing that I’ve already had 4-5 servings of fruits/veg before 8am!

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Leianna July 23, 2009 at 12:36 pm

I learned to try and eat one raw meal or green monster a day will improve my skin. I don;t have bad skin to begin with but it TRULY makes a difference!

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Jennifer July 23, 2009 at 1:05 pm

Oh darn, Just saw the giveaway ended at noon-BAH! Oh well, I still sent you a GM recipe :) And just for kicks, I have found that adding a veggie to each meal (including breakfast!) has really helped me feel super healthy!

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