this girl knows what she wants

So, I’m not the only one who knows exactly what I want in my food.

For awhile now we’ve been having trouble with Olive not being able to um….let’s just say “hold down her food.”  It finally dawned on us yesterday that she might just be trying to tell us something.  Maybe losing your lunch at least once a week for no apparent reason isn’t totally normal.

After a short visit to the vet, we decided to change her food.  You can’t just change it overnight, though.  You see, if we switch her cold turkey lamb, we’ll risk having problems at the other end.  The trick is to sift in the new food just a little at a time and after about a weeks time be completely done with the old food.  Well, that only works if the ahem person involved agrees to continue eating the old food.  As opposed to only picking out the new food kernels of course.

Exhibit A.  This is what we found after having incorporated the new food in with the old.  If you look closely you can see that there are bits of food under her bowls.  She also had trailed it all across the kitchen floor.  So, we decided to do a little test to make sure it wasn’t a fluke.

Exhibit B.  Olive is given an Olive sized bowl each of California Natural (the old food) and Prairie (the new food).

Exhibit C.  When given the go-ahead, Olive immediately goes for Prairie.

Exhibit D (not pictured).  Trickster Dad stops Olive mid-gulp and quickly switches up the bowls to see if she chooses the same one again.  Of course she does.

Lastly, dad gives Olive the California Natural bowl and scowls as she turns her nose up at it.  He then proceeds to give her the Prairie bowl, which she immediately devours.

Folks, we have a verdict.  Now we’re left scratching our heads and wondering “has she been throwing up as an act of rebellion because she doesn’t like her food? or is she allergic?”  We may never know.

Onward and upward.  Today Jon and I proudly made it out of bed in time to get in a workout.  We had planned to break our sweat at the gym because it is so dang hot outside, but we were pleasantly surprised when we stepped outside and it felt only like a cool 80 degrees.  Without hesitation we abandoned our gym passes and headed to the street.  After putting in a quick 20 minute run, we came back to get O for a walk.

Shortly after our run, I was reunited with this guy

2 big handfuls spinach
1 cup soy milk
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 scoop Amazing Grass
1 tbsp almond butter

Because of vacation and a lack of groceries since, I have not had a green monster in a couple of weeks!  It was a grand reunion.  Tomorrow I shall be reunited with overnight oats methinks.

I spent most of the morning at the coffee shop working on some stuff and sipping on a nice iced soy latte.

Now I know how this looks.  Let me explain.  When Jon and I decided to commit to our “no eating out for a week and that includes coffee” challenge, we agreed that we could still get coffee drinks from The Daily Grind.  Jon worked there for five years during college and we’re still good friends with the owner, so we have a prepaid card and we are only charged a dollar per drink.  I know, I know.  It still seems like we’re cheating, but technically no money changed hands, so I vote that we’re in the clear.

On a more honest and admirable note, I did pack my lunch so I wouldn’t be tempted to grab something.

Thank you Mister whole wheat tortilla broccoli slaw sprouts hummus and tempeh wrap.  You saved me from making a decision I would later regret.  Just a warning for tomorrow, though.  A good friend whom I haven’t seen in some time asked me to meet for lunch tomorrow, and I agreed.  Hey, life happens.  And the point of the challenge is still being driven home.

And dinner…

Carrots, onions, bell pepper, squash and zucchini sauteed in Evoo and doused with Bragg’s Liquid Aminos and Nutritional Yeast.  Served over a bed of Soba noodles.  A go-to favorite.

Followed by banana soft serve with a bit of Maranatha Chocolate Almond Butter mixed in.

The rest of the day consisted of a long overdue phone chat with my college roommate, starting to clean out our office and chilling with my sweet husband.

I’m off to bed now!  G’night!

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dallas day two

Day two of our little mini vaca was quite fun!  Before I get to that, though, let me finish off day one.

As anticipated, we hit up Whole Foods for lunch.  This picture is actually from day two/Whole Foods trip numero dos.  I got pretty much the same thing both days, though.  Hey, when you don’t have a Whole Foods within an hour radius of where you live, you gotta take advantage of it!

I had a salad with onions, peas, corn, artichoke hearts, cauliflower, mushrooms, grated beets, grated carrots and hummus.  On the side I had a delicious raw kale salad, a zucchini salad, and cappelinni with a lemon marinade and tomotoes.  So, so good!!!!

Saturday night Jon took me to our hotel – Aloft.  It’s a lower scale version of the W hotel, which we only dream of staying at!  Aloft was really nice, though, and we loved having a night away!  We only stayed there one night, and we stayed with my sister the other nights.  Sunday morning we slept in of course, then got up and went on a hunt for our camera.  We ended up finding a really great deal at Best Buy.   We decided on the Canon Rebel xsi.  We love it!   I am now obsessed with it, and I carry it everywhere I go;)  I think Olive is getting a little jealous.  We also did some fun shopping at Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters and Crate and Barrel.

Warning: there may be some really random pics coming up on the blog because I tend to take a picture of everything I see!

Later that day we met up with my sister and spent some time at Ikea.  We got a few odds and ends.  Once we get them up around the house I’ll post some pictures.  I snacked on a Cliff bar on the way to Ikea.  You definitely don’t want to get caught in the middle of Ikea hungry.

After galavanting around Ikea for about 2 hours, we headed out for dinner.  My sister knew of a vegetarian/vegan restaurant that she wanted to take me to.  She had never been there, but a couple of her friends had and they said it was great.  It was supposedly in a Hindu temple, but that was all we knew.

Unfortunately, we were not impressed with the look of the buffet.  I know a lot of people LOVE Indian food, but I am not a fan, and there was a high percentage of Indian dishes.  It was definitely a very cultural experience, but we opted out of eating there and decided to hit up a different vegetarian restaurant called Cosmic Cafe that she had taken us to before, but not before I snapped some shots of the temple.

Cosmic Cafe is so quirky, and they have a great menu.  I wish I would have taken a picture. We started off with the hummus because it is to die for!  It comes with warm nan for dipping.

I ordered the “Pizza Mystica,” which consisted of black bean burger crumbled on top of nan with a tomoato sauce, mushrooms, spinach, onions, and some other veggies.  I asked for them to hold the cheese.  This pizza was excellent, and I totally want to reinvent it at home!

My sis and Jon both ordered the veggie tacos.  I had a few bites of course.  They were awesome as well!  The black beans that came with them were a little undercooked, but the white rice was awesome!  It had some sort of flavoring on it that I couldn’t quite place.

Throughout our entire dinner I was facing a menu board that was advertising vegan cakes – chocolate, hazlenut chocolate and vanilla chai.  So, naturally, by the time I finished eating I convinced Jon and Cristen to share a slice with me.  We ate about half this slice, then I finished the other half off for breakfast the next morning.  Hey, it’s vacation, right?!

I kind of felt like the blueberries and green sprinkles were a little random, but I wasn’t about to complain!  ha!

Here are a few shots of the restaurant.  This place is so fun; I can’t wait to go back!

After dinner we headed back to Cristen’s apartment.  It was pretty late, and we were all exhausted!  Besides, the babies were waiting for us after having been locked up for several hours.

That’s all for day two!  Stay tuned for day three tomorrow.  Day three was kind of a half day because we had to get back to my hometown by evening, which is about a 3 1/2 hour drive.  Sorry this post is SO long, I think I definitely set a record for number of pics.  I am loving my new camera, though.  I just need to figure out how to use it!

I’m off to make some spinach enchiladas with green verde sauce.  We aren’t necessarily celebrating St. Patrick’s day, but I guess it kind of works out!  Hope you all are having a great day!

I’ll also be working on a post to sum up the 20 day challenge.  I’ll have that up asap.  Let’s just say it did not go as planned, but I’ll go into more detail later:)

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i love being off work so that I can work!

Hello!  Happy Martin Luther King Day!  I was thankful to have a day off work today because I needed to get a lot of school stuff done.  Since this is my first year teaching, I have to put a TON of time into planning.  So, having an 8 hour day at home with no hoodlums really can’t be beat.  I may or may not have been known to take a sick day from work so that I could stay home and work.  Am I the only one who has done this?  I definitely took advantage of today.  I literally worked from about 9 am ’till 5:30 with about a 15 minute break for lunch.  I did snack along the way of course, though.

As soon as I get my food philosophy page ready, I’ll be able to share more about my food lifestyle.  I try to get in about 5 small meals a day, but it’s hard on workdays because I just don’t have time for a mid-morning snack.  So, I eat breakfast (green monster) around 6am and then lunch at about 11.  Not ideal, but it works out alright.  It was kind of fun today, though, to get in 5 small meals.  And here they are in all their glory:

Breakfast was a greem monster right after I got home from lifting at the gym.  It was my usual concoction of a little more than one cup almond breeze, 1 tbsp chia seeds, 2 big handfuls of spinach, 1 scoop Amazing Grass, 1 tbsp almond butter and ice.  Like heaven in a glass:)

At about 10am, I was ready for a snack, so I had leftover soy yogurt (about 2/3 cup) and a sprinkle of this awesome granola I picked up at our local grocery store.  It’s called blueberry almond granola and is stock full of awesome stuff! Organic rolled oats, organic evaporated cane juice, organic pressed canola oil (obvs. could do without this), organic raisins, organic apples, organic almonds, organic oat bran, organic blueberries, and organic sunflower seeds.  It’s SunRidge Farms brand, and you can check out their website at   Unfortunately, in my work frenzy I failed to snap a shot of it, but I’ll get it next time;)

Lunch was very basic.  I wanted to have something that I wouldn’t normally take to work, so I toasted two slices of Ezekiel bread, smeared it with almond butter and added a sliced banana.  It was rather tasty, but about two bites in I decided to forego the second piece of toast.  It was masking the flavor of the almond butter and banana just a tad, and we can’t have that!!

With a side of stapler and a macbook;)  bad joke, but I couldn’t resist.

A few hours later, I snacked on one of my Joseph’s protein and flax pitas with some Sabra roasted garlic hummus on the side (unpictured).  I usually like to base my snacks on fruits or vegetables, but this little combo is to die for!  So, I sneak it in here and there:) If you haven’t had this particular hummus, you have got to try it.  I’ve tried every brand I can find at the store, and nothing compares!

We decided to splurge a bit for dinner and go to Panera.  I always opt for either their black bean soup or their garden vegetable with a whole grain baguette.  But tonight they had a little surprise in store for me.  They changed up their garden vegetable soup!  Personally, I loved it just the way it was.  This new version has a couple of different vegetables and big dollop of pesto right in the middle!  I am a huge sucker for pesto, so I really enjoyed that part, but honestly by about halfway through, the pesto wasn’t even noticeable anymore.  It was really good, though, and a nice break from cooking and cleaning up!

Well, that’s about it for my eats today.  I sauntered over to ohsheglows today and really enjoyed the discussion going on in the comments of this post.  I just stopped counting calories a matter of months ago, and I feel more free than ever before in my life. I do, however, still weigh once a week.  I’m not sure if I feel like I even need to ditch the scale.  I don’t really feel like the scale has a negative impact on me because even when I weigh I know in my head that fitness and health are all that really matter.  As I was telling myself this, however, I was left with the following question: if weighing doesn’t negatively affect me because I am confident that the number is not what’s most important, then why do I still weigh?  Props to anyone who would like to be speak some truth as to your opinion on that.  I can totally take honesty;)

I’d love to discuss this more at length at some point, but I’d say this post is long enough for tonight;)  Back with more tomorrow.  Have a great night!

Btw, sorry for the lack of pictures!  I’ve been a bad blogger today.  To make up for it, though, I’ll leave you with a picture of our baby.  It’s about time she got some face time on the blog.

Meet Olive.

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