Thanks for all your comments about Shop 4 A Cause 2! It is so nice to have such amazing support. This morning I baked my little heart out trying to get caught up on orders. I feel a bit frantic today with everything I need to get done. Yesterday put me out of a day’s work so I am playing the catch up game. I just need to take a deep breath and do one thing at a time. I have a tendency to overwhelm myself when I think of everything at once! It is in my personality to stress when I feel out of control, but I am trying to re-frame my approach and be calm and centered. Om.
I took Tuesday and Wednesday off exercise, so today I decided to squeeze in a much needed endorphin rush in the form of a short outdoor run. I filled up my Camelbak and prepared for the HEAT! I don’t know if I have said this, but I LOVE, love, love my Camelbak (1.5 litre). I don’t know how I survived the past 2 summers of running without water! I was always very hesitant to purchase one because I heard that they jiggled around a lot, but I don’t find that is the case. The only thing I had to get used to was the extra weight on my back.
I am still debating whether I will wear the Camelbak for my half marathon this Sunday. The weather is supposed to be very hot and sunny so I am thinking of taking it and filling it with energy juice. In my last two half marathons, I found that the water stations were not as frequent as I wanted them to be. In Sunday’s race I will have to claim that I ‘ran out of water’ so I can make a pit stop at the firefighter’s water station. :kissing: Did I mention this race is all women and has chocolate and firefighters at water stations? Umm yea. Don’t be surprised if my finishing time is 6 hours…
Today’s run (the last run before the half marathon this Sunday!)
- Distance: 3.23 miles
- Time: 29:07 mins
- Pace: 9:01 min/mile
- Ascent: 389 feet
I came home hungry for lunch!
For some reason I was craving zucchinis…
Into the frying pan they went along with 1/2 tbsp EVOO, sea salt, and ground black pepper!
Confession: Back in my eating disorder days, I would NEVER use oil in any of my cooking. I was so scared of oil…no terrified of it. My fat and caloric intake were dangerously low for a long time.
When I started the recovery process, I tried to get over this fear and I started using healthy fats in small quantities. Little by little I grew to love healthy fats from chia seeds, nuts, and oils. I also started calling fat PHAT to make it more endearing and less scary. :tongue:
I must say that a bit of olive oil added to a dish makes the food taste SO much better. A little fat also helps with the absorption of many vitamins too! It’s a win, win. It just took me 20 some odd years to catch on…Better late than never, right?
After about 5-10 minutes of frying, I covered the zucchini in about 3/4 cup of President’s Choice Organic Pasta Sauce and seasoned more. Sooooooo good.
I had it with a huge white roll with Earth Balance.
I never thought I would say this, but I MUCH prefer whole grain bread to white bread. White bread just seems so flavourless compared to bread with whole grains, seeds, etc. It also lacks texture and crunch in a huge way!
It was still good, don’t get me wrong! :biggrin:
Dessert was an organic Gala apple with cashew nut butter. Mmmmm.
Cashew butter rules.
I’m off to try to get caught up. I might not have time tonight for a post, but I will try my best. If not, I will see you in the morning. I also tried uploading my video and it got to 95% and then had an error. I think it is too long still so I need to cut it down more…haha. Enjoy your Thursday (can’t believe it is already Thursday!).
I have had the same experience with fats – during my anorexia days, I wouldn’t down anything that had any fat in it. Quite dangerous, I have come to realize. And boy was I also missing out on taste. Further, the first thing I noticed after adding fats to my diet was that my brain started functioning better. The difference was incredible; no longer were my thoughts going round in circles, instead I could actually think of something other than food and weight. It really was the first step in recovering. Ok, sorry for the rant…
Hi there! Ok I give up! I have searched and searched all over your website for the past hour, typing in crazy things into your search bar trying to find out where you buy your colorful spoons that you always use in your posts! Can you please let me in on it? because I absolutely LOVE them!!
LOVE this post, when I was consumed with my ed I definitely fear fats as well!! I would NEVER eat any nuts, nut butters, oils, etc. When I look back at what I used to eat it boggles my mind!!! I don’t know how I ate so little, and can’t imagine my life now without healthy fats especially my beloved chia seeds, nuts, and nutbutters! It’s amazing what ed does to you! Thank goodness we are thriving now with nutritious foods!
I’ve started cooking with oils (and butter) again too – and it is SO much better! Amazing what just one teaspoon of olive oil can do for taste and satiety. Before I lost my weight, I used to dump it all over everything, then I went off it entirely. Nice to finally be in a balanced spot with it :)
I have never seen anyone take the skin off a zucchini – is there a particular reason for it?
And oh, cashew butter so awesome..
I still sometimes have flashbacks of worrying about fats. I try to have at least one nut butter, some nuts, some sort of oil. And my fat intake is still pretty low. I’ve started throwing in some avocado into some of my really low-fat meals to help.
Healthy fats make life WAY more fun. I also like wheat/grain/seedy breads more. I loved white pasta as a kid but now think the nutty, textured whole wheat version is yummier :)
I really need to find some affordable cashew butter ASAP…
I understand where you are coming from with being afraid of oil. I have recently gone all raw in my eating and still find that I am afraid to put a little olive oil on my salads. This is crazy! I had been feeling light-headed lately and I realized I had to get realistic. Subsisting on mostly veggies is not going to give me enough fat. I have to get over my irrational fear of oil. I opted for a regular salad dressing today and I am feeling better. I think a lot of people have this same irrational fear because we were conventionally taught to avoid fat back when scientist had yet discovered the idea of good and bad fats. This kind of thinking is dangerous and it happens to the best of us.