Whew….Monday is almost over! It’s downhill from here, right? :D
I had possibly the most delicious snack when I got home from work tonight:
The perfect combination of the tarte crunch of the apple and the savory creaminess of the almond butter!
The results of the Lulu contest ‘runner up’ vote are in:
It looks like the Runner-up Lululemon bag will go to Rachel with the clear grocery bag! :D Congrats! Please send me your addy so I can mail this out to you!
Now for the FAQ’s as promised:
Where did I leave off?
25. Leah asks, “I hate that you speak about soy like that.. i’m trying to turn a blind eye to the “possibility” until further research comes out. We just don’t have almond milk here. I wonder if “Rice Dream” would be a better option? I don’t want to go back to drinking milk and I cannot miss out on my cereals! haha.
- Rice milk could be a good alternative to Soy Milk. You could try changing it up every couple days- maybe have Soy milk one day and Rice milk the next. Here is some info on how Rice milk is made:
- “In a typical recipe, one cup of cooked brown or other short-grain rice is combined with four cups of hot water in a blender until a slurry forms. The rice milk is then carefully poured into a clean container or strained through a cheesecloth to remove any sediments. Flavorings and sweeteners such as sea salt, vanilla, cinnamon or rice sugar may be added to the mix to improve the taste. Other recipes may call for a second cooking of the rice or the addition of various tree nuts or spices. Rice milk flavored with chocolate or vanilla can often be found alongside the original formula in stores.”
26. Leah asks, “One more Q – even though you don’t eat much meat- does this mean Eric doesn’t either? What happened to your fabulous roast slow cooker chicken you used to tell me about!!”
- Eric doesn’t eat too much meat anymore. He still likes meat but he also enjoys the vegetarian meals that I have been making too. I do cook meat about once a week though! The slow cookers can be used for lots of vegetarian meals too! :D
27. Leah asks, “Do you ever take ‘rest days’ from the gym?”
- I do take rest days from the gym when I feel like my body needs a rest. I don’t have a set day that I take off, I just typically feel it out each day to see how I feel. If I really don’t want to go to the gym I often don’t, but that doesn’t happen too often because it is such a habit now!
28. Claudia asks, “Just a quick question concerning your healthy lifestyle: Do you smoke (occasionally)? Or are you a strict non-smoker?”
- I don’t smoke now (or ever). I tried it once when I was a young teenager, but that was enough for me. My dad smoked when I was young and I hated it so much and vowed that I would never start. My dad also quit smoking years back after many attempts so he is a good role model now and he is much happier smoke free. I can only imagine how hard it is to quit- I admire anyone who is trying to change their life in this regard.
29. sarah asks, “I am interested in hearing more about how exactly you overcame binging. I am struggling with this now. currently I am seeing a dietician and am doing much better than 6 months ago. but how did you finally get over that behavior. I feel like sometimes I dont even know why I binge. thanks for sharing your story.”
- For something that took me years to figure out, the answer was simple (for me anyways), binges were a result of 1) food deprivation, or 2) Anxiety/stress. Once I stopped focusing on calories, what I couldn’t eat, and losing weight, the binges stopped because I knew that I could have anything that I wanted to eat. Once I started listening to my hunger cues, I rarely felt that urge. The second trigger I mentioned was Anxiety– I have delt with anxiety my whole life and I still struggle with the urge to overeat when I am feeling anxious. I try to deal with it by pin-pointing why I am anxious and talking about my feelings with someone instead of burying them in food. I think it is a life long learning process though and can be very hard to overcome the habit. Good for you for seeing a dietitian about it, I hope he/she will help you out. It can be a hard thing to talk about, but you are taking the right steps!
30. Sally asks, “First off I want to thank you for your dedication to helping people achieve a healthy lifestyle in a happy, balanced, sane way. You are an inspiration and your posts are fun to read and very personable. I came across your blog from SELF magazine’s eatlikeme.
- Thank you so much for your comment! And no, don’t worry- you don’t have to email me those comments! You can post it here or email me, either or! :D That is fantastic that you are in the US Naval Academy! How much longer do you have training? I can relate to your question about what types of foods you can prepare with just a mini fridge and microwave! I had the same dilemma in residence at university. Things that you could keep in the fridge: yogurt, health bars, portable fruit and veggies (apples, bananas, baby carrots, etc), string cheese, milk (with healthy cereals), lean sliced meat for sandwiches. I would suggest buying nuts like almonds in bulk and making your own trail mix with raisins and seeds. This is a very nutritious and energy dense snack when you need a pick me up. You could also stock up on some high fibre crackers and have that with cheese. Oats are cheap too, and you could use the microwave to make oatmeal. Amy’s has lots of good soups that you could heat in the microwave for a dinner with a sandwich and a piece of fruit. I know it is challenging, but I hope this helps you somewhat! Does the mess hall have salads? I would stock up on those and keep the dressing on the side.
31. Kaneil asks, “Question for everyone – do any of you run outdoors in the cold weather? I really want to, but am still adjusting to the altitude and am a bit concerned. Any cold-weather running tips would be greatly appreciated!”
- Seeing as our Canadian winters are down right freezing (Average January temp is -6C/21F) with windchills much colder (we are on Lake Ontario), I don’t run outside too often! Not to mention the snow and ice puts a damper on things! I will be running indoors, sadly, until probably April! For those outdoor runners, please give us your tips and maybe you will inspire me to bundle up! :D
32. Liz asks, “Where can I find REN products in Canada?”
- Sephora in Canada does not carry REN products for some reason, so I had to buy them online. You can find them on my ‘Shop’ Page.
33. Kristin asks, “When you do resistance training do you focus on just one part of the body per session and rotate? Do you mix it up each session?”
- Lately I have been rotating body parts in each session! I find I get less bored this way by mixing it up. For example, last night I did some planks, squats, and pushups! A bit of each body group. :D
Ok…I think I am all caught up now??? Let me know if I missed any or if you have any new questions I really enjoy reading every one of your comments and questions!
I went into a McDonald’s yesterday and said, ‘I’d like some fries.’ The girl at the counter said, “Would you like some fries with that?”
~Jay Leno :D
I’ve really been loving your blog and it’s quickly been becoming a must-read for me. :) I left you a blogger award in my post tonight! :)
Yaay!!! I’ll be emailing your my address soon!
Your snack looks so good! Apples and nut butter is my favorite snack!!
Lovely almond butter & apple snack; and great Q&A’s!!
hahaha love the jay leno quote ;)
thanks for more Q&A! i can definitely relate to you with the anxiety and dealing with food/exercise as a way to maintain control when i feel anxious. i like the example you’re setting and hope i can overcome mine like you do :)
I’m obsessed with apples and nut butter!
P.S. Thanks for your comment on my blog! I explained a little more about my job in my response, but if you want more details, shoot me an e-mail and I’d be happy to fill you in!
i love your snack! it looks so yummy!!
I am with you on the stress = overeating, .. mine i think tends to come from boredom, i have to constantly keep myself busy because the moment i am doing nothing sitting on the couch.. i want a big bowl of cereal.. last night i had to RESIST!!!! like crazy.. thats why i think i shouldnt keep cereal in the house! or goodies! its just way too tempting!
Yay! I just love this blog! :) Thanks, Angela!
I tried almond butter for the first time last night – it is delish!
I found your discussion about binging to be very insightful. I have been struggling with this for years. I think that my boredom and stress from work gets me worked up and I end up eating from the time I get home until I go to bed = NOT GOOD! Time to stick to my guns when I’m at home like I do when I’m at my desk. What do you all do when you get home from school/work to avoid snacking too much before dinner?
JUST FOUND YOUR BLOG AND WOW DO I LOVE IT! CAN’T WAIT TO KEEP READING!
I completely agree with you answer about binging!! Those are my triggers as well. Binging has stopped for me now that i’m not malnourished and I have other ways of dealing with anxiety/stress.
I am an avid outdoor runner! I find it to be soothing and a breath of fresh air (haha-literally) from the monotony of my busy lifestyle. But I do admit…..I kind of want to curl up in a ball and die when my alarm goes off at 6 am on a pitch black, freezing cold December morning …beckoning me to get out of my warm and cozy covers and go for a run. I don’t have much free time to go for runs in the evening anymore, so I’ve learned to have fun with my early morning routine. Here are some things that help get my butt out of bed
1) I NEVER hit the snooze….it gives me longer to talk myself out of going outside. I sleep in what I will run in so all I have to do is throw on some sneakers and plug in my earbuds and I’m good to go
2) I listen to some cheerful, fun music while I run~ this not only wakes me up and puts me in a better mood, but keeps me from getting creeped out on the dark and silent roads
3) I have something to look forward to when I get back~ whether it’s a yummy and nutritious breakfast or a warm shower with my favorite bar of aromatic soap, a reward will help motivate me
4) sometimes I take my dog with me~ he keeps me company and keeps me moving along at a good pace
Those are just some tips that have helped me….it’s all about trial and error….what works for you. So I would force yourself to do it for a while until you get into a routine you truly enjoy :)