Let’s Go Swimming and Vegetarian Paleo, Say What? {WIAW}

I hope you guys are having a dry Wednesday night because it’s POURING over here.

Seriously, it’s so bad that they shut down the university, crazy stuff.

Here’s Durham Park, a cute little grassy area on campus on a normal day:

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This is what Durham Park looks like today:

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So since this girl can’t swim, I’m going to stick to my cozy little apartment on top of a hill. Stay safe Boone-ites!

Now let’s talk about drier things, like food. Yeah, clever segues are not my thing.

(Thanks Jenn for hosting!)

Head’s up about this week’s food, it’s going to be a little different.

I mentioned last week that I’m making some temporary changes to my diet. My stomach has been upset a lot lately and I can’t deal with any more stomach aches. To try to help the situation I’m following a Paleo-ish diet.

Yes, vegetarian Paleo. Contradictory? Absolutely. But I wanted to give my digestive system a break and focus on easy to digest foods – fruits, veggies, healthy fats, nuts and eggs, because girl’s gotta have some protein. No dairy, grains, legumes or (too much) added sugar. Sound a little crazy? Maybe, but it actually has been going really well. I thought I’d share some of my typical meals and my thoughts this week.

Meals

sweet potatoes and coconut oil

My new staple breakfast, baked sweet potatoes with coconut oil, cinnamon and a small sprinkle of salt. So. Dang. Good. I don’t even miss my oatmeal. Shocking.

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Lots of fruit and an equal amount of un-pictured veggies. I’ve been eating more produce that I have in a long time which is really delicious but requires lots of extra trips to the grocery store. I’m pretty okay with that.

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Eggs, fried with slight gooey yolks. Since figuring out technique it is the only way I eat eggs. Variety is overrated.

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I’m only slightly ashamed to admit I polished off 90% of this jar in two days. But I’ve slowed down and I’m savoring the last 10% because I realized going through a $5 jar of sunflower seed butter in two days is not very cost efficient. Sorry wallet.

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My new favorite “adlkfjasldfkj I’m hungry and I want chocolate” go-to snack. Please tell me I’m not the only one with that problem. Anyway, coconut milk (take canned coconut refrigerate upside down and scoop out the the thick stuff at the top) thinned with a little almond milk and mixed with cocoa powder and cinnamon.

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Larabars! Dates are nature’s candy after all.

I don’t know why I feel the need to put Buddha in every food picture, but he is on the side table near the window where I take my pictures so he sneaks his way in 🙂

Thoughts

Keep in mind this is temporary I don’t plan to live a life with peanut butter or oatmeal. That doesn’t sound like a fun life. That being said, I’m really enjoying eating like this. I’m surprised because when you cut out dairy, grains, legumes, and meat it doesn’t leave you with a whole lot of options but I haven’t felt like I’m missing out. If I felt too restricted and miserable I would quit it but I don’t. I feel 100% satisfied and look forward to every meal.

Most of all I have SO MUCH energy. Crazy right? I figured that getting so little protein (I’m averaging 30-40 grams a day) would make me so tired, and while a low-protein slump could still hit, I actually feel great.

My fat intake has increased a lot (yeahhhh avocados and coconut!) and I think that has really helped me feel more satisfied. I don’t get the whole bottomless-pit-for-a-stomach feeling I used to have. And basically I feel really awesome. This kind of diet might not be right for everyone, but I think it’s really working for me right now.

I want to try to add other foods back in and see how my body reacts in a little bit and see what exactly it is my body is hating, but I want to continue focusing on more fruits/veggies and healthy fats even as I add things back in.

How’s the weather where you are?

What are your thoughts on the Paleo diet?

What are your favorite healthy fats?

Rainy Day {MIMM}

Naps should be a requirement on rainy days. Unfortunately, I didn’t get one, I had silly things like class to go. I even woke up a 7:00 am, you know, to get to my 12:30pm class on time. Early bird problems.

Even though it was a dreary, rainy Monday and I didn’t get the nap I was craving, it was still a pretty marvelous day.

  • I made my own protein bars! I seriously only have $1 to my name right now, broke as a joke (I’m in the process of switching banks and and am officially out of money until my new debit card gets here) so I got resourceful and made some bars to take to campus with me. They came out a little crumbly but that’s okay, look for pictures on Wednesday because I’m too lazy right now. I can post the recipe if you want, but it’s one of those kitchen sink kind of recipes.
  • I got 3 different compliments on my playlist for my Pilates class. Yeayuh.
  • I put some pumpkin air fresheners in my room and it now smells like pumpkin/spicy/fall heaven:
    Bath & Body Works fall collection is going to put me on the poor house.
  • I found the perfect spin class to go to. It’s only 45 minutes so I get an amazing workout without being completely wiped out.
  • I’m learning basic anatomy in my Somatics class and I’m loving it. The human body is so complex, it’s amazing how it all works together. And our class has a plastic skeleton named Skullio, awesome.
  • Free kittens in the farmer’s market!


    My roommates better be glad our apartment complex doesn’t allow pets, or this little guy would have come home with me. . The vendor asked if I wanted to hold the kitten and the conversation went some thing like this: “No… I shouldn’t… No, that’s a bad idea… YES I WOULD LOVE TO”. Why are kittens so adorable?

  • The farmer’s market was on Saturday but that little kitten was so stinkin cute he even made my Monday better. I want him. I’m okay with being the crazy cat lady.
  • I just hardboiled eggs for the first time and finished making these. On a cooking roll. Actually I have to be because I can’t buy groceries until my new debit card comes in (dear post office gods, please let it show up in my mailbox tomorrow)
  • I have 5 different design opportunities coming up, things are going to get a little crazy but I am not complaining one bit.
  • Planned a hike on the Blue Ridge Parkway this weekend for my roommates.

    Get me up on them mountains. It’s been far too long since my last hike. Over 4 months ago actually, that’s a problem.
  • Everyday that starts with Trader Joe’s dark coffee is a good day in my book

    Joe the Trader, why is everything you make so delicious?

     

    What made your Monday Marvelous?

    Do you like hiking? If you do, check out the hiking tab at the top of my page for pictures and recaps of all my recent hikes.

Not-so-Sunday

It has been rainy and cold and dreary and gross all day today. But let’s start with Saturday.

Saturday afternoon I hit up Earthfare for some over priced healthy groceries. I came armed with coupons and left only $15 poorer, success. But I’ve already eaten my way through about half my groceries. I’m terrible about this, I’m so excited to finally get groceries that I eat half of them in one day. But in my defense eating half of a $15 grocery haul is not that bad.

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I bought a new bar to try because they were on sale and I had a coupon. Boom. It was pretty delicious. Though I don’t think I’ve ever tried a bar a didn’t like, I’m slightly addicted to all snack bars in general. It had some funky ingredients but sometimes chemicals can be tasty. It was also peanut butter flavored, a winner.

Saturday night I had a dinner date with my roomie. We were looking for a cheap non-campus place to eat and I had a coupon to the Red Onion Cafe. Yes, I’m a coupon hoarder, buy one get one free is like music to my cheap little ears.

I ordered the Grilled Chinese Chicken Salad – “delicious marinated chicken served over romaine and shredded cabbage with carrots, scallions and crisp chow mein noodles, then tossed with our homemade asian dressing.” but subbed tempeh for chicken. The tempeh was delicious, I don’t know how they cooked it but it was fermented soybean heaven. I didn’t take a picture of my salad because I was hungry. Story of my life.

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I did get a picture of candle on the table. It counts as mood lighting right?

I got a nice non-dining hall dinner for under $7, love it.

Saturday night some friends came over and we watched 17 Again. It was weird, and probably the most awkward movie I’ve seen in a while. But still a little funny.

Sunday has been spent catching up on homework (ugh). The nasty weather is making for a pretty productive mood. I’ve been karate chopping things off my to-do list which feels always good.

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Side Note: I like where bright yellow shoes when it’s raining outside, it’s like I’m wearing sunshine on my feet. My friend told me it looked like I was wearing bananas on my feet. Which is cool, I love bananas.

I also had yoga teacher training tonight, which I loved. We worked on Pigeon some, my favorite yoga pose ever. I’ve got a renewed obsession for yoga at the moment and I am soaking up everything I can about it. I need to make time for some serious yoga-ing this week, my muscles need some lovin’.

Well I’m off to do some more homework and then bed.

Have a good night guys!

How did you spend your Sunday?