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counting and cookies

Hi!

Today has been a pretty low key day.  Jon and I took a rest day today, so no workout this morning.  We got up just in time to get ready and head to the coffee shop.

One of my favorite things in life is local coffee shops. Now, you all know that I love my Starbucks for a quick and tasty cup of coffee, and it’s a good thing because unfortunately our favorite local coffee shop is only open between 7 and 3.  So, outside of those hours, we head to Starbucks.  But on mornings when we hit up The Daily Grind I seem to have an extra spring in my step, like everything is right with the world.

However, this morning as we sauntered up to get our coffee fix, we ran into this

Another unfortunate fact about hometown coffee goodness is that if something goes wrong – the whole shop closes down.  Charming on one hand, yet very disappointing on the other.

By that point my stomach was growling up a storm, so I headed home to make some breakfast.

For some crazy reason I seem to be on a bit of an egg kick.  Not sure how I feel about that – but I decided to go with it.  I cooked one organic, free-range egg + one egg white in the microwave for 2 minutes and then sandwiched it between 2 Van’s flax waffles for a simple, delicious and filling breakfast.

After a few hours of work and tutoring, I met up with my friend Grace for our weekly Panera lunch date.  I ordered a half Mediteranean Veggie sandwich and half Garden Vegetable soup with an apple.

It hit the spot as usual!  I packed up the apple to take home.  Fun fact about Panera apples: My love affair with apples began at Panera.  I had never really loved them before, and then one day I ordered one at Panera just because I didn’t want chips or more bread – and I totally fell in love!  After that I had an apple almost every day for months on end.

Today I started something new in my life that I want to tell you about.

I started counting calories. Over the course of the summer I have slowly put on a few happy pounds.  I call them happy pounds because they’re a result of carefree summer days and nights, eating whatever I please and enjoying every second of it.  Sounds lovely, right?  Well, it has been fun, but now I’m starting to really feel it.  Fall is coming on fast and all my flowy skirts will soon be tucked away in favor of warmer tighter jeans.  While I’m more than ready for jeans, jackets, football games and cold morning runs, I’m not really feelin’ the tight uncomfortable feel these extra pounds are plaguing me with.

I am in full support and favor of intuitive eating and not worrying about the numbers.  It’s a well-known fact that calorie counting is….how do I put it…frowned upon in the blog world.  The reason for this is because it can be more hurtful than helpful for many people.  Oftentimes people become obsessive or bogged down by the numbers, and it becomes a negative factor in their lives.  Over the last couple of weeks, I have tried to intuitively cut back in smalls ways, but because I’ve gotten into the habit of eating however much I feel like eating, I’ve sort of lost touch a little bit with my hunger signals and with appropriate portion sizes.

In addition to that, race training can add difficulty to listening to hunger cues.  And I don’t just mean overeating.  I also mean under-eating.  Yesterday could serve as a perfect example.  Knowing that I’m trying to cut back a little bit, I was focusing on eating smaller portions; however, because we had run 5 miles yesterday morning, my body was feeling extra hungry all day and I wanted to make sure I was fueling it properly, while not overdoing it.  On long run days it’s easy to have the mentality that because I ran this morning, I can eat however much I want.  If I really want to feel better and fit into my jeans in the coming weeks, that’s not gonna cut it.

So while calorie counting has sort of a bad reputation, it can also be helpful for getting back on track and being more diligent about giving your body exactly what it needs through discipline.  I plan on counting until I feel that I’ve gotten back in the groove as far as listening to my body and gauging portion sizes, and then I’ll be able to carry on with my normal intuitive eating as usual.  Counting calories is not something I’m interested in doing for the long term, but for the next several weeks I’m counting (ha) on it helping me out:)

I’ll keep you updated on how it’s going.  Feel free to ask me if you have an questions about it.  I don’t plan on posting calorie amounts, but will of course still be posting my daily eats.

And now, on a slightly different note, I bring to you the promised recipe for

Super-Charge Me Cookies from Eat, Drink and Be Vegan

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 2/3 cup spelt flour
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 cup unsweetened, shredded coconut
  • 1/4-1/3 cup raisins or chopped dried fruit (I used dried cranberries)
  • 3-4 tbsp carob or chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/3 cup flax meal
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 3 tbsp nut butter (I used peanut)
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp organic canola oil (I settled for non-organic)

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a bowl, combine oats, flour, salt, cinnamon, coconut, dried cranberries and carob/chocolate chips, sift in baking powder, and stir until well combined.
  • In a separate bowl, combine flax meal, syrup, nut butter, and vanilla and stir until well combined.
  • Stir in oil.
  • Add wet mixture to dry, and stir until just well combined (do not overmix).
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Spoon batter onto baking sheet, evenly spaced apart, and lightly flatten.
  • Bake for 13 minutes (no longer, or they will dry out).
  • Remove from oven and let cool on baking sheet for 1 minute (no longer), then transfer to a cooling rack.

See you all later!

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14 Responses to “counting and cookies”

  1. Well drats on the coffee shop. Hate it when things like that happen. As for the calorie counting, I think you have to do what you feel is right for you first and foremost. I have a feeling that once you getting back a perspective on how much food equals how many calories, then you can stop counting. Also, add in some resistance training. This will up your metabolism all the way around. Yes, I still owe you – I haven’t forgotten I promise!!

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    candice Reply:

    I totally agree – I’m thinking once I get back into the groove, I’ll be able to revert back. I guess I feel a bit disappointed about counting calories because I feel like it’s not what I want for my life. But if I just suck it up for a few weeks I really do think it’ll help me get back on track. Thanks for the support:)

    And it’s funny you say that because I have been really leaning toward starting a resistance training routine. I’m thinking I’ll do it this week! And no rush…just whenever you have time:)

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  2. I go in and out of egg kicks, too. Not sure what it is. This week it is definitely ON.

    And goodluck with counting calories! It’s one of those things that really does work for some people and not for others. If it works for you- go right ahead! :)

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    candice Reply:

    thanks for the encouragement:)

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  3. Oh I so love Super Charge Me cookies!! And I personally don’t see anything wrong with counting calories occasionally. I try to do it for a few days every month just to keep myself in check. As long as it doesn’t become an obsessive thing, no worries ;)

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  4. I was a calorie-counter for 8 months and it worked really well for me at the time :) I found it getting really tedious, though, and it took away from my enjoyment of cooking so I decided to stop not too long ago. I’ve gained some weight back partly due to stress and partly to no longer tracking my food through numbers, but I think that stopping the counting was the right thing for me. Good luck with it, I’m sure it will help you put things in perspective and be really beneficial! :)

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    candice Reply:

    Thanks, girl. I totally agree with you. The reason I’ve been resisting counting is because it does take away some of the enjoyment of cooking. I like to be able to walk in the kitchen and just throw stuff together, not worrying about measuring and whatnot. Plus, I don’t enjoy taking the time to track the calorie counts of everything. But I suppose I’m willing to sacrifice for now. I definitely couldn’t plan on counting long-term though.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts and experience:)

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  5. Hey I think you gotta do what you gotta do. I’m going to start semi-counting (using “meal plans” from my magazines to better plan out my menu and not rely on take out) because the scale is creeping up on me too. I have some happy pounds that need to hit the road! Good luck and don’t worry about the blog world thinks.

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    candice Reply:

    The scale can do that for sure:) And thanks for the encouragement – it’s funny how we all refer to the “blogworld” like it’s a person:) lol.

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  6. I worked at a little coffee shop in high school and it was exactly like that! If any little thing happened, the whole operation would grind to a halt!

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  7. omg you and me both- im totally obsessed with local coffee shops and im so happy that i live where theres lots of them anywhere. its not bad when ur only tough decision is which one to choose hehe. urgh but when my favs are closed down and i have to wait or choose somewhere else its a bummer. especially if its got my fav muffin inside :P

    thanks for stopping by my blog btw!! ur is amazing!! i’ll be back here again for sure.

    mmmm those super charge me cookies!! <3

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    candice Reply:

    lol, I know, right? They were back up and running today, so that was a relief!

    I’m glad I found your blog! And thanks for stopping by:)

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  8. I can relate to the happy pounds. My eating habits have been much more carefree then usual this summer also but also due to emotional eating> When I am feeling like life is a little stressful/boring/chaotic I tend to eat more then I did to compensate for something else I might be missing. I am working on getting back on track though. I am not counting calories but trying to reduce my intake of refined sugar and artificial sweeteners to help curb crazy cravings. I think we should do whatever works for us.

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    candice Reply:

    I have to watch out for emotional eating as well…it’s something I’ve always struggled with from time to time. I think it’s all about pulling back the reigns when necessary and never letting things get out of hand. I think it’s normal to fluctuate 10 or so pounds in weight…I just have to be careful to not let it go beyond that!

    And I definitely agree that cutting out sugar and sweeteners does wonders for reducing cravings.

    Thanks for your input:)

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