HTP Q&A, Part III

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This Oven Roasted Carrots and Kale recipe is mind-blowing, totally healthy, and oh-so-simple.  And it actually made kale taste good.  A miracle.

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In fact, I ate half a head of kale in that serving!  Mmmm.

 

Along with my awesome side dish, we had roasted pinto beans (which I ended up slathering in BBQ sauce just because) and toast.

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I went back for more toast.

 

And here’s mid-afternoon snack: an orange and 1/2 a homemade granola bar:

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I am trying really hard to eat a piece of fruit as part of my mid-afternoon snack (or in a smoothie).  The key?  Actually keeping fruit on hand.  That helps.  πŸ™‚

 

Oh, James told me to tell everyone HI!

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HTP Q&A Part III

 

Missed Part I or Part II

 

There’s just a few more questions for Part III!  I hope you guys enjoyed this little Q&A series.  As usual, in the future, you can always ask me questions in the comments section, and I’ll try to answer right away! πŸ™‚

 

Angela asked, β€œAny advice for vegans/vegetarians trying to find a boyfriend/girlfriend with a similar lifestyle and ethics? I kind of don’t know how to approach the dating scene now that I’m a vegan.”

 

Healthy Ashley once did a really interesting post on this very subject.  It’s hard for me to comment on dating as a vegan/vegetarian, but I do think that it would be important to me as a vegetarian to find someone who was at least interested in why I eat the way I do and not be all β€œEwww! Weird! How can you LIVE without steak?!” about it.  Personally, I wouldn’t make an eating style a make-it-or-break-it thing because people’s tastes can change (vegans go back to meat, meat eaters become vegetarians, etc).  I would just look for a man who is open to other viewpoints, including vegetarianism, and I would be satisfied dating a meat eater who understands and cares about my philosophy, even if they don’t agree – but that’s me.  If veganism is a break-it thing for you, maybe you can look into joining vegetarian/vegan meet-up groups in your area?  Charlotte and Orlando both had pretty active pot luck scenes that seem like a good way to meet other people!

 

Tricia wrote, β€œDo you take your cell when you run? And where do you keep it?”

 

I do take my cell phone sometimes, but not usually.  I highly recommend using a SpiBelt to carry stuff like a phone and your keys!  I really love the Otterbox phone holder – it’s worth every penny!

 

Angela also asked, β€œDo you have any blogs that you frequent for financial/money saving advice? I’d like to recommend some to my sister who is having some major trouble keeping her finances in order.”

 

I like The Simple DollarI’m sure readers can recommend other great sites!

 

Heather asked, β€œ1) Why/How do you rock so hard?; 2) I know you’re not abandoning "epic" in 2011, but what one word would you like see top the charts this year?; 3) Who is your favorite President of the United States?”

 

1) It’s a combination of caffeine, veggie power, and sheer dumb luck.  2) Epic is still hot in 2011 (at least on HTP), but I’m also embracing awesomesauce.  Make it happen, people.  3) Bill Clinton was my favorite president because he was smart, scandalous, and gave us Hilary!

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Well, that concludes the latest edition of the Healthy Tipping Point Q&A!  I had fun answering your questions.  Want more?  There’s also a standard FAQ page, a Vegetarian FAQ page; and an old Ask Me Anything Part I and Part II.

 

Good night, friends!

{ 75 comments }

 

  • Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) February 28, 2011, 8:27 pm

    Gotta share the Hillary Clinton love. Epic! πŸ™‚

    • Allison @ Happy Tales February 28, 2011, 10:10 pm

      I totally nodded in agreement when I read that answer…

    • Shari February 28, 2011, 10:42 pm

      I second that! πŸ™‚

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat February 28, 2011, 8:28 pm

    I’m totally checking out The Simple Dollar!! Money saving/budgeting is high on my goals for this year so I’ll take all the tips I can get! πŸ™‚

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) February 28, 2011, 8:29 pm

    Dinner looks perfect! I hope you have a great night Caitlin! Thank you for sharing today! It is has been great reading your thoughts!

  • Amy February 28, 2011, 8:31 pm

    I love your answer to Heather’s question! You do rock, and I LOVE your blog. So glad I found it. πŸ™‚

  • Val @ Balancing Val February 28, 2011, 8:32 pm

    I like thefrugalgirl.com

    I also like my own balancing money series on my blog πŸ˜‰

  • Alex @ Healing Beauty February 28, 2011, 8:35 pm

    I’ve had so much fun reading the Q & As today! Have a great night πŸ™‚

  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin February 28, 2011, 8:36 pm

    Awesomesauce – hahaha. I love that!

  • Lee February 28, 2011, 8:38 pm

    Bill Clinton is my favorite president too. I really want to get another dog and name him Bill Clinton. My husband doesn’t think this is as good of an idea as I do.

  • Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} February 28, 2011, 8:38 pm

    I had fun reading your Q&A posts. Thanks for sharing!

  • Ashley February 28, 2011, 8:40 pm

    These were so much fun. Thanks for sharing! You made Kale taste good?!? It must be the awesomesauce rocking you do. πŸ˜‰

  • hippierunner February 28, 2011, 8:44 pm

    Wow, this post was awesomesauce! I like the nonconsumeradvocate.com for money-saving tips; she is a great writer with brilliant ideas!

  • gabriella @ embracement February 28, 2011, 8:48 pm

    really enjoyed all your q&a questions today, nice to learn a little bit more about you!

  • Julie February 28, 2011, 8:51 pm

    These FAQs were so fun to read! I look up to you so much, and am happy to read every single post; it helps to boost my mood, and keep me going. It has also motivated me to start my own blog! So, thank you, and keep living an awesomesause life πŸ™‚

  • Lauren February 28, 2011, 8:51 pm

    I’m mostly veg, but my boyfriend isn’t. He understands why I’m vegetarian and completely fine with it, and he eats a lot of vegetarian meals with me. I love that he is open to my eating choices and doesn’t turn his nose up at veg meals.

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey February 28, 2011, 9:06 pm

    My husband definitely is not anywhere near vegetarian like me. With that in mind, he is definitely open to trying everything I make and doesn’t complain when I only cook him meat 1-2 times a week!

  • kirsten February 28, 2011, 9:07 pm

    Clinton is my favorite president too!

  • Donna February 28, 2011, 9:08 pm

    Loved the Q & A thanks!
    Yay for a recipe that makes kale taste good, can’t wait to try it πŸ™‚

  • Clare @ Fitting It All In February 28, 2011, 9:11 pm

    The partner thing is tricky to me. My boyfriend accepts my vegetarian-ism, but isn’t interested in being one himself. I hope as I cook more veg-friendly meals he might see how great he feels and get more into it!

  • Tami February 28, 2011, 9:14 pm

    i dream about Bill Clinton and I tell my husband that I would run away with him if you came calling!

    • Heather March 1, 2011, 1:46 pm

      i totally have a Presidential crush on Clinton, as well!

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife February 28, 2011, 9:18 pm

    Yikes, not a fan of Clinton….but I love your idea to have fruit on hand- GENIUS πŸ™‚

  • emily February 28, 2011, 9:19 pm

    Yay for Clinton love! I saw him speak once and it was amazing. Also, another time, when he was visiting St. Thomas he drove past my house and the motorcade had to stop because they almost hit my dog!

    And for Kale love you should try Jenna’s bbq baked beans recipe. It has kale in it and it’s soooo good.

    • Allison @ Happy Tales February 28, 2011, 10:12 pm

      Ahhh! What a crazy story…. glad they didn’t hit your pup!!!Ugh, could you imagine?!?!

  • christine February 28, 2011, 9:19 pm

    Yay for Clintons!

  • Ilana February 28, 2011, 9:25 pm

    Seriously, give us Hilary! I almost cried in my Election Politics class (which I took back in 2008 when the election was going on) when we studied Hilary and how there’s kind of a ‘glass ceiling’ for how high she can go, politically, because of her lengthy public life and everyone knows who she is. Ugh she’d be the best.

    Wait, this post was about Hilary, right?

    • Caitlin March 1, 2011, 9:28 am

      Baw haha!

      Poor Hilary. I voted for Bama but now I have doubts. Should’ve voted for Hil in the primaries.

  • Rebecca February 28, 2011, 9:34 pm

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE your response to the president question. He happens to be my fav as well and I am 100% a Hilary supporter.

    Anyway, you ROCK and are such an inspiration! Keep it up!!

  • Jessica @ Jessica Balances February 28, 2011, 9:37 pm

    Your thoughts on the Clintons are just one more reason why I like you so much. Rock on!

  • Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete February 28, 2011, 9:45 pm

    Awesomesauce is hilarious!

  • Katy (The Singing Runner) February 28, 2011, 9:46 pm

    Love these Q&A… although I’m not much of a Clinton fan. πŸ˜‰

  • Mary (A Merry Life) February 28, 2011, 10:04 pm

    Yay Hilary!

    For personal finance blogs I like getrichslowly.org, wisebread.com, and fabulouslybroke.com

  • Baking 'n' Books February 28, 2011, 10:08 pm

    Beans and toast and veggies rock (I usually throw in chicken and cheese too though πŸ˜‰ ). And sauce. Gotta have the sauce.

    Haven’t read the other two posts – but i have a feeling I’d be out of a job trying to get through it. Too much interesting info and not enough time!

  • Cara February 28, 2011, 10:14 pm

    That dinner looks totally yummy!

  • Allison @ Happy Tales February 28, 2011, 10:14 pm

    I’ve loooved all of your Q&A posts… now I just have one more question to add to the mix…

    Did you answer every single Q (well, at least the appropriate ones) that people asked?!?!

    • Caitlin March 1, 2011, 9:29 am

      Yes!

  • Ashley February 28, 2011, 10:26 pm

    haha, I love the reason for you liking Clinton (“he gave us Hillary”) Love it! : )

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) February 28, 2011, 10:27 pm

    Haha, I love the president question! Although I’m not a Bill Clinton fan, I do love Hilary πŸ™‚

  • Shari February 28, 2011, 10:50 pm

    Hillary is amazing! I went to three of her rallies back in 2008 and had the opportunity to meet her after one of them. Her sincerity is truly palpable and the genuine care she has for the people is so admirable. Talk about an inspiration πŸ™‚

  • Ida February 28, 2011, 10:50 pm

    love the dating advice! This whole Q&A series has been really fun to read.

  • Laura H. February 28, 2011, 11:09 pm

    Hey Caitlin! Just wanted to say thanks for answering my question earlier today. I love hearing what you have to say.

    • Caitlin March 1, 2011, 9:30 am

      Thanks Laura πŸ™‚

  • Jasmine @ Eat Move Write February 28, 2011, 11:09 pm

    “Smart, scandalous, and gave us Hillary.”

    Yep. I just fell in love with you.

  • Courtney (Pancakes and Postcards) February 28, 2011, 11:13 pm

    This entry was awesomesauce.

  • Amy February 28, 2011, 11:25 pm

    I love kale SO MUCH. Raw/massaged, steamed, sauteed, roasted…I have been known to eat an entire bunch in one sitting. It makes me feel healthy. πŸ™‚ Maybe the flavor will grow on you?

  • JenATX February 28, 2011, 11:31 pm

    awesomesauce?! totally ridiculous but it makes me crack up.. i’m going to test it out on some friends tomorrow lol

  • Coco February 28, 2011, 11:51 pm

    I love that you said Bill Clinton was your favorite–he gets SO much shit (pardon my language) because of the whole Monica Lewinsky thing, but he is actually a really intelligent man who was a pretty damn good leader!

    • Amber K March 2, 2011, 12:56 am

      I totally agree πŸ™‚

  • Cassi @ Nonstop World Travel February 28, 2011, 11:59 pm

    For personal finance/money advice, I like iwillteachyoutoberich. It is a blog and the author (Ramit Sethi) also wrote a book by the same name.

  • Rachel @ Grateful Girl Goes Gluten Free March 1, 2011, 1:31 am

    I need to make anne’s bars asap! I’m impressed with all the questions you answered in one day! I love reading them!

  • Kristyn March 1, 2011, 6:19 am

    OMG Caitlin-I almost jumped out of my seat last night at GOTR coach training. I’m up in Jersey, and our director, as I suspected, went to the Summit. She was talking about community service projects and I knew where she was going because I do your Operation Beautiful in first grade and what not. She said that in January they had the pleasure of meeting and hearing Caitlin Boyle speak. I was just like oh this is epic. I said how I do your thing in first grade and wanted to do it as a community service project for GOTR in my school for a school wide thing. She said there’s another school in Jersey going to do that this upcoming season as well. Becky spoke SO highly of your idea and your speaking….and no one else in the group had heard of it yet, so they were all taken aback and very excited to learn about this! It was just so cool. =) I had to tell you. You apparently rocked on north jersey director’s trip. Can’t wait to use it for my GOTR service project, bring in your book (excited for book 2!), and send pics in for your other blog. Coolest night ever of GOTR training. I’ve got ants in my pants for Monday’s first session!

    • Caitlin March 1, 2011, 9:32 am

      That is really exciting πŸ™‚ Thank you for the support! How are you guys going to use OB as your community service project? I would love suggestions!

  • Angela March 1, 2011, 7:19 am

    Thank you so much for answering my questions Caitlin. Thanks for turning a Q&A about yourself into something that could help other people too. Yup, you positively rock! Oh, and thanks to everyone else who chimed in with their own thoughts. πŸ™‚

  • Courtney March 1, 2011, 7:21 am

    When you start including speed work into your routine how long does it typically take to start seeing the results?

    • Caitlin March 1, 2011, 9:33 am

      I would say if you do it once a week, you’ll really see an improvement after four sessions.

  • Faith @ lovelyascharged March 1, 2011, 7:24 am

    I’m really excited to see what Orlando has to offer with the pot-luck scene – from what I see so far, there’s so much here that’s great for vegan/vegetarian/health-minded eaters, so it should be just perfect!

  • Kathleen March 1, 2011, 8:02 am

    I love reading your answers about politics, religion, etc. I’m a benevolently nosy person so it’s so interesting to me to hear more about your life outside of food and fitness. I definitely did a fist pump when you identified yourself as a feminist in the last post… rock on girl! I hope you haven’t received any negative comments as a result of your openness because I think it’s totally awesomesauce (see what I did there?)

    • Caitlin March 1, 2011, 9:34 am

      Niiiiice use of the word awesomesauce.

  • Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me March 1, 2011, 8:34 am

    I’ve never had kale and I keep meaning to try it. It’s so popular in blog land but I’ve actually seen a few people say they don’t like it either. The truth is coming out!

  • Melissa March 1, 2011, 8:50 am

    I saw a cooking show that roasted kale that had been lightly sprayed with olive oil and had sea salt. They ate it like potato chips. I have been wanting to try it.

  • lindsay March 1, 2011, 9:10 am

    Loving your Q & A!!! As a worry wart and safety nerd, I have to make a plug for ALWAYS carrying your cell phone while running, walking, hiking, etc. I worked for Team In Training for four years, so I have heard my fair share of running stories and have heard of people falling on trails while running solo and needing to call for help, one guy had a totally random seizure and woke in the woods and had to call for help, people have come upon others who were injured or in need of help and with your history of finding dogs, Caitlin, its always handy to have a phone to call their owners right then and there πŸ™‚

    Just a plug for safety first!

  • Dianne March 1, 2011, 9:27 am

    I’m a fan of “awesomeface,” myself.

  • lauren March 1, 2011, 10:35 am

    I picked up awesomesauce from my college roommate but it really made it’s way into my daily language in the past year!

  • kristin March 1, 2011, 12:25 pm

    awesomesauce is good. ill bring it into my every day communications now.

  • Heather March 1, 2011, 1:48 pm

    im so happy my question managed to turn your blog into a mini-Clinton rally. πŸ˜‰ HOORAY!

  • Allison K March 1, 2011, 5:12 pm

    Awesomesauce…which would be the opposite of weaksauce. Saying “weaksauce” was HUGE my senior year of high school…uh…10 years ago.

  • Sara @ OurDogBuffy March 2, 2011, 2:09 pm

    I just thought of a question (hope I haven’t missed it somewhere else on your blog …) but why do you still choose to consume dairy? I’m a Vegetarian and I consume dairy too, but I sometimes am not sure how I feel about it. And I’ve been reading so much now about it that I’m concerned about gelatin, casein in certain cheeses. Ah! Info overload.

    • Caitlin March 2, 2011, 2:18 pm

      I simply don’t want to give it up! Some eating has to be for pleasure, right? And I REAAAAAAAAAAAAALLY like ice cream and yogurt.

      • Sara @ OurDogBuffy March 2, 2011, 2:43 pm

        Very true. I figure I can limit it and still be happy. Plus eating out is even harder if you don’t eat any dairy!

  • Kelly March 2, 2011, 8:44 pm

    I almost always eat a half head of Kale at every Kale chip opportunity.

  • sarah June 7, 2011, 11:47 pm

    Just when I think I can’t love HTP any more than I already do, I find out you are a Hillary supporter. Her speech at the democratic convention (“when you see the lights, keep going. When you hear the dogs, keep going…”) makes me cry every time I watch it. Highly recommended if you haven’t seen it.

    • Caitlin June 8, 2011, 8:33 am

      Oh yes, that’s a good speech πŸ™‚ She’s inspiring!

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