I am having one of those days where I have WAY too much to do and not enough time. This week is actually a super hectic work week for me – in addition to my normal freelance article, I have to approved the “final final” version of the Operation Beautiful book.
While running errands earlier, I posted this Operation Beautiful note! So fun. I post them all the time, but don’t always remember to photograph them.
After FINALLY coming back home, I made lunch:
Which included a lovely hummus, feta cheese, and spinach wrap.
The hummus was roasted red pepper flavor, and the feta was tomato-infused, so the wrap was super flavorful!
Plus, a small microwaved sweet potato with a slab of buttah:
And an orange!
More Questions and Answers, Part II
I hope you’re having fun reading these Q&As! :) More to come tomorrow morning, so if I haven’t gotten to yours yet, I will.
Martha asked, “Do you have any embarrassing fitness/exercise/training-related stories?”
Oh boy. Do I. During the Rock N Run 5K (race recap) in September, I actually peed myself around Mile 2.0. Very embarrassing, but I just couldn’t hold it anymore, and I am way too competitive to stop and pee in a portapotty. I have also suffered the famous ‘runner’s trots’ a few times, but it’s never caught me by surprise. Pooping in a bush is a runner’s badge of
Amanda wrote, “As a vegetarian, one thing I’m struggling with is oysters/mussels/clams/scallops. Not because I crave to eat them so badly, but because I barely consider them an "animal". They have no brains. Therefore in my mind I don’t see them much differently than a plant. Which makes me want to include them in my diet. (And beside the fact they are delicious).
What are your thoughts (or anyone else if you wanna jump in) on this?”
I have had a similar internal debate about low-level seafood. However, I did a little research and learned that scallops actually have eyes! One of my things about being a vegetarian is that I won’t eat anything with a face, and eyes qualify as a face to me. And although scallops and other muscles don’t have brains, they do have a nervous system that can sense danger and feel pain.
RhodeyGirl asked, “How do you decide what to eat in a day? Do you plan anything ahead of time, or do you just eat what you feel like eating in that moment? I plan my meals for the day every morning (it works for me), and I wonder what other healthy people do!”
No, I just eat on a whim. I might plan dinner a few hours ahead, but I generally just open my fridge and put something together based on what I’m craving and what I’ve already eaten in the day. I tried meal planning a few months back, and it wasn’t for me.
Lacey asked, “Why do you drink rice milk? Why do you choose that over cow, almond, soy, or hemp, for example?”
I drink non-dairy milk because I went vegan for a day for a blog challenge and realized I didn’t miss cow’s milk at all. I figure non-dairy milk is one more way I can make ethical food choices (and I don’t miss it, so it’s not a big deal). I like both almond and rice milk and just buy whatever is on sale. I don’t like soy milk as much because I try to limit my consumption of soy, as I explained yesterday.
Amanda asked, “Have heard or tried p90x? I have a couple of friends who have tried and say that it really works. Have you heard anything about it? Do you find it expensive to eat more organic, if so do have any tips on where to shop for inexpensive organic foods. And my final question is do you have any advice on how to train hard but for shorter periods of time. I am a full time nursing student, work part time at a hospital (usually two twelve & a half hour days) and have a 10 and a half month old daughter so time is valued at my place. Its hard to find time to workout, study, place with my daughter, focus on eating healthy oh and did I mention study some more!”
I have not tried p90x, but I’ve read about the program, and it seems awesome! I would love to do it one day! I have a friend who did it as well and she had great results.
It is more expensive to eat organic foods, so I only buy certain organic products, including eggs and dairy. The Husband and I get a lot of our organic products at Costco in bulk! I really love Costco and would recommend it to any size family.
For fast cardio workouts, do interval training. Last night, I did 3.0 miles in 27:30 by doing rolling sprints of 0.25 mile and then recover jogs. It makes the time on the treadmill fly by! Also, maybe you can get a jogging stroller – I would love to put my kid in a jogging stroller!
Marie asked, “I have a question about refueling after working out. Lately, after intense cardio workouts, I feel so weak and fatigued. I work out in the morning before work and consume breakfast at my desk. However, on the train to work I feel terrible and just want to collapse. What is your rule for refueling (on the go) after intense work outs?”
If you are doing intense cardio workouts in the morning, you really need to wake up early enough to eat breakfast before you workout. If you can’t stomach an entire breakfast, at least have a good protein smoothie or PB toast. You feel so fatigued because your body is craving calories. Before long runs in the morning, I ALWAYS have a big bowl of oatmeal or PB sandwich. I would try eating 2/3 of your breakfast before your workout and the other 1/3 when you get to work. I bet it makes a huge difference!
Sarah asked, “What magazines do you subscribe to?”
Blogs are the new magazines! Who needs magazines?! Just kidding. :) The only magazine I subscribe to is called The Week, a weekly round-up of important US and International news.
And now, a question for everyone out there… What magazines do you subscribe to?
Vegetarian Times and Veg News mags. I love them.