College Life


I slept until 11 this morning! It probably had something to do with my staying up until 2 a.m. delivering bids for the co-ed fraternity I’m involved with…but it was fun! As long as I get my 8 hours of  sleep, I’m happy.

College Tip:

Go ahead, stay up late and party! But not every night. Make sure to get your sleep schedule back on track as soon as possible by going to bed at your normal bed time the next night, even if you aren’t able to fall right asleep. Resist the urge to sleep in the next morning and wake up at your normal weekday time. This is what I do to get my sleep schedule back on track so it doesn’t become a cycle of going to bed and waking up later and later!

I started off the morning with a giant green smoothie.

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In the mix:

  • 2 leaves kale
  • 4 frozen strawberries
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 Flax Pak
  • 1/2 c almond milk
  • 1/2 c soy milk
  • 8 ice cubes (I like my smoothies cold and icy!)

Per my nutritionist, I’m trying to sub out some of my soy milk consumption for another kind of milk – I chose almond milk. As you can see, I started slowly by doing half and half in my smoothie, but I really can’t taste the difference. I think for my next GM, I’m going to try a whole cup of almond milk.

On the agenda today is a long run and/or some yoga. I took the day off yesterday, but made sure to get in lots of fruits and veggies. I think it was a success!

I had:

  • 4 kale leaves (smoothies)
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 2 bananas
  • 1/2 cup green peppers
  • 1/2 cup cauliflower
  • 1 c sliced carrots
  • 1 cup grapes
  • 2 cherries (my first time trying them!)

I can’t believe it’s Saturday already!

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1. Here’s what was hiding in the corner of my grocery goods:

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Gerbera daisies! Settled in their vase atop of my desk. Every Sunday when I go grocery shopping, I treat myself to a couple of flowers. They always sit on my desk and whenever I’m stressed and swamped with work, I can always look up at them and smile. They just make me happy.

Q: What are the small things in life that make you happy?

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2. Easy-peasy-yummy-vegan PASTA time!

Ingredients:

  • pre-marinated tofu (I buy mine already marinated, but you can marinate your own too)
  • whole wheat rotini pasta
  • crushed garlic (1-2 cloves)
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 c broccoli or other vegetables
  • 1 tbsp EVOO
  • mozzarella cheese (I use SoySations)

1. Boil water on the stove with a touch of salt. When boiling, add the pasta and boil for 8-10 minutes until tender.

DORM TIP: If you don’t have a stove, but have a microwave, you can still make pasta! Using a ratio of 1 c pasta to 1 quart water, cook on high power for about 20 minutes, checking every 5 minutes. More information here. This would have been helpful to know when I was living in the dorms!

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2. While pasta is boiling, cut tofu into cubes and saute in a pan until light brown.

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3. After tofu cooks for about 4-5 minutes, add a big handful of spinach to the pan to wilt.

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4. A huge handful shrinks to this!

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5. When pasta is cooked, drain and rinse, then pour back in the pot you cooked it in. Add 1 tbsp olive oil and 1-2 cloves crushed garlic, then mix in the tofu/spinach mixture. Add broccoli/other veggies and stir mixture for 3-5 minutes until veggies warm. Serve on a plate topped with mozzarella cheese!

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That was my yummy dinner for tonight. Before dinner I snacked on a gala apple and a handful of Mary’s cracker with hummus. After dinner I snacked on 1/2 c of my chocolate coconut milk ice cream with the other half of my Vegan Nirvana cookie.

Now it’s off to bed because I have to be up early tomorrow – I have an appointment with a new nutritionist! I’m very nervous about it because I haven’t seen a nutritionist in a few weeks and I’ve never seen this particular nutritionist, but I’m trying to keep an open mind and breathe through the stress. Adi of this week’s free YogaToday video would be proud!

Have a lovely Sunday night!

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As the title states pretty clearly, today was a rough day. I had a final in the morning, so I had to eat breakfast earlier than I’m used to. This led to a break in my meal routine, which led to not the healthiest day.

I had a Chobani 0% Strawberry Greek Yogurt for breakfast with 1/2 of granola and 1/2 c of strawberries.

Lunch was early, around 11, and I had half a lavash with peanut butter and a banana, with half a serving of Mary’s crackers and a tablespoon of hummus. I had the other half of the chocolate chip cookie I started yesterday, and then things got a little messy.

This is hard to write about, but from 12-8 p.m., a lot of snacking went on:

  • three more cookies
  • dark chocolate covered almonds
  • Mary’s crackers with peanut butter
  • half a lavash with some preserves
  • some cool whip with oreo crumble
  • a strawberry-banana-soymilk smoothie
  • a salad with romaine, black beans, chickpeas

This was mindless, stress-induced snacking. I ate to the point where I became uncomfortably full and was pretty much sedentary all day because I was trying to study at my computer.

However, these kinds of days exist to teach. When a day like this comes again, I will know to do things differently.

Some things I might think about doing differently:

  • Get out of your room! Go for a 15 minute walking break, go study outside, etc.
  • Make time for exercise: the middle of the day probably works best, because it’s a chance to take a break from work and it’s still sunny and nice out.
  • Eat away from your desk: Sit at a table and really take time to take a break and concentrate on your meal.
  • Make healthy choices: Fresh fruit and veggies would have given me much more energy than cookies and chocolate.
  • Plan ahead. If I know it’s going to be an unstructured day, plan times for meals, and even plan what I might eat.

So in accordance with the above, I’m going to take a few minutes and think about tomorrow. My final is at 3 p.m., and I definitely still have quite a bit of reviewing to do. I’m thinking breakfast at 9, lunch at 12, and a small snack around 2:30. I’m also going to get in a 4 mile run either before or after the exam, depending on how the day goes.

I will definitely take pictures of my meals tomorrow!

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Looking at the Van Gogh exhibits in the Museé d’Orsay, Paris, France in March 2009. I can’t wait to go back!

Food and fitness blogs have been really capturing my interest lately. Blogs like Oh She Glows and Simply Fabulous have opened my eyes to new products to try, new recipes to make, and a new, healthy attitude about eating and life!

In the past, I have struggled with poor body image and disordered eating. I still have days where issues still come up, but for the most part, I am trying very hard to let go of my unhealthy attitudes about food and my body and instead experience life! Instead of looking at food as something dangerous or something to avoid, I am trying to look at food as something that my body (and everyone’s body) needs. It’s been fun to try and make balanced, nutritious, and delicious choices that will provide optimum fuel for my body and mind.

This morning, I had about a cup of hot, multi-grain cereal with raisins, brown sugar, and some apple cinnamon granola as toppings. I also had a medium banana – delish! Although, I’m not sure that I would add the granola again – I was hoping the crunchy texture would be nice, but the granola was a little too tart for my taste.

For lunch, I decided to go with an egg white omelette filled with spinach, tomatoes, and feta cheese. Along with this, I had a piece of freshly baked vegan rye bread and an empire apple. I had about 2/3 of the omelette because I was really trying to listen to my body’s signals and stop when I was full!

Unfortunately, I think I stopped a bit too soon, because I was hungry about an hour later, right when I was getting ready for my run. I snacked on a vegan pumpkin chocolate chip cookie – it was soft, moist, and chewy, and supplied me with some much needed carbs for my run!

Daily Activity: 60 minute run on park trails

I felt so good afterward! This is the longest I’ve run in quite a while. I’m trying to move my workouts outside from the gym now that it’s spring and the weather is nice.

Post-run, I snacked on half a piece of Joseph’s Lavash Bread (flax, oats, protein, and fiber!) with 1 tbsp of natural peanut butter and 1 tbsp of strawberry preserves. Yummy! I found these Lavash breads at BJ’s and they are just great with jam.pb&j lavash

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I’ve been waiting to have the garlic hummus that I have in the fridge, so I decided to make an open faced sandwich on some new 7 Grain Deli Flats that I picked up today:

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I topped it off with some baby arugula that I grabbed at the farmer’s market today, along with some black beans and garbanzo beans.

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I also had a delicious smoothie!

– 1 banana

– 1 cup frozen strawberries

– 1/2 cup soymilk

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A couple other things about me:

– I am a college student (dorm-living makes things a bit trickier!)

– I am registered for a half-marathon on September 12

– I love kitties, and have a cat named Skittle (she lives at home, and I miss her very much!)

I’ll leave you with one reason why I’m glad it’s spring: no more of THIS!

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What’s your favorite part about spring? (I can’t decide between all the fresh produce or not having to wear a knee length parka anymore!)