Big City Girls

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on February 20, 2010

Good evening!

I got up this morning after sleeping in and decided to have a restful morning. No work, no housework, no heavy workouts…was great!

I was feeling a bit tired so I just did some stretching and a little bit of yoga for about 20 minutes, followed by about 5 minutes of meditation. Yes, you heard me right- I meditated! I am not good at meditating because my mind is always spinning.

I find that meditating is easiest for me in the morning. I am much more peaceful and it is a bit easier to zone out. I just put some slow music on (Enya– love her) and laid down and closed my eyes. No better way to kick off the weekend.

Today I went into the city to meet up with girlfriends. It has been a while since I have gone into Toronto so it was a nice change of pace. While I love our new life out of the city, I will always love going into the city for entertainment.

This morning I did some baking.

I made the Banana Apricot Spelt Oatmeal Cookies from the other day. I didn’t have any banana though- well, it was all in the freezer for Banana Soft Serve and Green Monsters!

I subbed out the banana for 1/2 cup applesauce. It worked like a charm. They tasted great, but I still prefer the banana chunks.

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I made the girls each a baggie. Apparently I AM an 80 yr old! :mrgreen:

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[Fast forward: Happy customer #1]

Today was a very cloudy, yet mild, day in Toronto…

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But my company was a ray of sunshine!

I met up with Krissy, Alex, and Laura today.

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We passed by Much Music so I took a picture like a tourist. ;)

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And also a random puppet show…

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Things I’m afraid of:

  • Spiders
  • Clowns
  • Puppets (newly added to the list today)

Then, we went to Fresh of course.

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I snagged a table and ordered a lemon tea as I waited.

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Then I ordered a ‘Create Your Own Juice’ when the ladies arrived:

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I ordered:

  • Pure Coconut Water
  • Kale
  • Ginger
  • Ginseng
  • Beet

A pretty scary mix!

But it arrived and it didn’t come with kale or beets- maybe the server didn’t think I could handle it? I didn’t feel like returning it though so I just drank it anyways. It was quite tasty with the coconut water!

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Alex and Krissy:

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Laura and I:

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Laura was one of the first friends that I made in my new high school when I moved from NB to Ontario in grade 12! She is such a sweetie. Laura and Eric grew up together too!!! They lived in the same town and went to school together from PRESCHOOL until high school graduation!

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Krissy had the soup of the day with cornbread (she said the cornbread is to die for!)

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Alex had the Middle Eastern plate- falafel balls, hummus, tahini, pita:

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Laura asked me what I recommended for her and I suggested the Energy Bowl. It is still my favourite bowl at Fresh to this day!

It has marinated tofu, rich coconut curry sauce, chick pea and vegetable stew, cukes, tomato, red onion, sunflower sprouts, and tahini sauce. The coconut curry sauce is INCREDIBLE.

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I decided to try a new bowl, so I ordered the Jerusalem bowl today. It is made up of: grilled spinach, tomato, cukes, parsley, red onion, sunflower sprouts, olive oil, tamari, mixed herbs, lemon and chili powder, and a HUGE mammoth scoop of hummus in the middle.

I swear they must have known about my addiction to hummus!!!

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This bowl was really good. It is probably my second favourite.

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A peek inside after I demolished two thirds of it…

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My ONLY complaint about Fresh is that their three locations are very very cramped. There is no room to move at all. The tables are about 6 inches apart so we felt like we were invading other’s space if we had to walk by. I’m sure the rent is not cheap in Toronto though so I can see why they would not have a large space!

Then Laura and I went to see Valentine’s Day!

My sad attempt at taking a picture…I’m not sure why the screen is white in my pic!? A ghost screen perhaps. ;) I swear we saw an actual movie!

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I thought the movie was really cute, but it wasn’t as funny as I was building it up to be. Laura said the same.

We also spotted this clever advertisement on Queen Street West:

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It is an advertisement by the National Eating Disorder Information Centre (NEDIC). You can drop your magazines into the slot to support ‘shedding your weight problem’. I have never seen an ad like this before and I thought it made quite a bold statement.

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What do you think about this ad- effective or not? Does it make weight preoccupation seem too simplistic? Are there any magazines in here you WOULDN’T include?

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I am currently enjoying some Banana Soft Serve and cacao nibs and preparing for what could be a very exciting morning!

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Size Healthy Contest winners will be announced on Monday. There are so many entries! I think I am going to have to post the pictures over the course of next week so I don’t crash my blog. ;) If you still want to get in your entry, fire it off to angela [at] ohsheglows.com with the subject line Size Healthy Contest.

Have a great night! :)

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Miriam February 21, 2010 at 3:25 pm

This is the coolest ad campaign. I feel like there is more and more an understanding of the general public about the relation between weight issues and unrealistic and unhealthy pressure puts on women to be skinny. I feel like it is going the right way : healthy size!

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Susan February 21, 2010 at 6:54 pm

Aww, this post makes me SO excited to move to Toronto in June!!! I’ll soon be a big city girl too ;) One of my first orders of business when I get there will be going to Fresh!

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Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) February 21, 2010 at 7:40 pm

I meditate best in the morning, too!

The Fresh food looks great! I wish I could have gone with you girls, next time for sure!

xo
K

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Kelly February 21, 2010 at 8:15 pm

I love the idea of that ad!! I definitely think it would make a lot of people (girls especially) stop and look to see exactly what the meaning of it is. I think it really brings to light the way that models are idealized and women compare themselves to the women in the fashion/entertainment magazines and feel bad about themselves because of how unrealistic it is. The girls in the ads are photoshopped and it is completely unrealistic for regular women to expect to look like that. Thanks for posting that! I hope we get some like that in Ottawa!

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Sarah February 22, 2010 at 5:30 am

I really like that ad – if nothing else, it makes you stop and think about the negative and harmful attitude you can pick up from some of these magazines about body image.

Years ago in the UK I saw an ad on TV showing how many people it took to do the make up of a model. You can see it on youtube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r31cXWt_ndA

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Lindsey February 22, 2010 at 9:47 am

I love that box!! You might like this website too… http://www.glossedover.com/
Thank you for always sharing these gems on body image : )

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buy resveratrol February 22, 2010 at 1:26 pm

NEDIC ads is effective for those who isn’t yet hooked with those magazines and might convince mature individuals, but a parental supervision should be given to teens. Oh, I wish to eat organic foods as much as possible, I want to be healthy even if my body structure isn’t that proportion.

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Ana February 23, 2010 at 12:12 pm

I have been making banana ice cream for years, used to make it a lot for my son when he was a toddler (he is 8 now!!). It is truly a delicious treat!
If you add cocoa powder you make chocolate ice cream, my son’s favorite!
Also, try making with frozen bananas and mangoes, delicious too!! I love mangoes!
Cool campaign the magazine one, I like the idea!
Oh, and love the lunch you guys had, I wish I was in Toronto today for lunch!
Ana

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Diana February 25, 2010 at 11:14 am

oh my, i’m so jealous of all your yummy eats at fresh! we only have 1 restaurant around here with food like that and it doesn’t have the make your own juice or as many food options. yum!

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