First, the results of grocery shopping Sunday: (I love going to the grocery store – it’s one of my favorite things to do. Is that sad? 😉 )

grocery goods

First I tried a Co-op that just opened in Lyme, NH. It was nice, but wasn’t big enough to have the variety I was looking for (plus I couldn’t find my coconut milk ice cream – big problem!). So I just went to my trusty Hanover Co-op.


  • Organic WestSoy Lite Plain (I go through one of these every two days!)
  • Once Again Organic Peanut Butter (I can see in the picture that I accidentally bought crunchy…so *NEW*)
  • Once Again Organic Almond Butter
  • WestSoy Pre-Marinated Tofu: Italian Garlic & Herb flavor
  • Pavich Organic Jumbo Raisins (to have with cereal!)
  • Flax Paks *NEW*
  • Purely Decadent Coconut Milk Ice Cream (chocolate flavor)


  • Olivia’s Organic Baby Spinach
  • SoySation “Mozzarella Cheese”
  • Gardenburger GardenVegan Burgers *NEW*


  • Pineapple
  • Organic Carrots
  • What are those in the back left? You’ll have to wait and see!


Running and Hydration

As I’m sure we all know, it is so important to be hydrated when we run (or do any sort of exercise!). Two main ways we lose water are through breathing and sweating, which means that we lose more water during exercise (faster breathing, more sweating)

For 3 mile runs, it’s a breeze – chug a glass of water a little while before you leave, have a glass or two when you get back. However, for longer runs, this presents a problem. Going 60+ minutes without water can dehydrate the body, impacting running performance and causing symptoms such as increased fatigue, lightheadedness, and muscle cramps. So, of course, this means we need to hydrate not only after, but during our long runs!

Different Ways to Hydrate ($-$$$)

1. ($) Run repeats of a short route close to your home, for example three repeats of a three mile loop. Each time you pass your house, gulp down 4 – 8 oz. of water. An easy way to do this is to leave your water bottle in your mailbox!

2. ($$) Hand-held bottles like the Amphipod Hydraform provide a simple way to get in your H20, but may be cumbersome. I remember the time I ran with my regular iPod and had to hold it in one of my hands the entire way – all I wanted was to be done with my run so I didn’t have to hold it anymore! Also, carrying something in your hand can alter your running form, especially if you always hold it in the same hand.


3. ($-$$$) Water Belts fit around your waist and can hold anywhere from 1-4 bottles of water. Most of the ones I’ve seen have small zipper pockets to store an ID, a small cell phone, or gels. One downside of water belts is the excess weight, however this should not severely affect your running form. Also, some water belts can bounce up and down irritatingly. This Waterboy Aid Station by Brooks ($) has an elastic band designed to prevent this:


I also like the Delaney by Camelbak ($$$):


4. ($$ – $$$) Backpacks can hold a lot of water (1.5 – 3L) and have tubes that provide an easy access to water without having to pause or stop your run. They are generally more expensive than other methods of hydration, so make sure the one you buy has a comfortable fit. Improper fits can cause bouncing (imagine if you wore an incorrectly fitting sports bra!) and pain in the back and shoulders. Look for a snug fit and remember that it will be a lot heavier filled with water! Almost all have pockets for ID/gels. The Camelbak Annadel ($$) is designed especially for women and holds 1.5 L of fluid.


Personally, I think I’m going to try a water belt first. My long runs for the next few months will range from 6-12 miles, so I think a water belt should be able to carry an adequate amount of water for that. I will let you know which one I decide on



See you tonight for:

1. What was that in the corner of my grocery goods? 😉

2. Easy-peasy-yummy-vegan PASTA!


It’s getting late, and I’m going to bed early because I have a final to take at 8 a.m. tomorrow! It’s for French, so donnez-moi la bonne chance!

After my post-workout smoothie (I can already feel the soreness in my arm muscles from the workout, btw 🙂 ), I was still a little hungry so I popped 3 dark-chocolate-covered almonds. I love these for a snack because just a few give me such a boost of energy – I don’t know if it’s mental or physical, but either way it’s great. And how can you go wrong with dark chocolate (antioxidants!) and almonds (healthy fats!)?

I had lunch around 2 p.m. – tofu, broccoli, and black bean stir-fry with a slice of vegan molasses bread and an empire apple for “dessert”.



I’m usually a big fan of the tofu-broccoli stir-fry combo, and the black beans were an excellent addition. However, as you can see, today my stir-fry came out drowning in sauce, which took away from it’s awesomeness. Instead of just popping the yummy broccoli in my mouth, I had to shake it to get off the excess sauce, and towards the end got fed up with it and didn’t finish it all. But the bread and the apple were yum

I babysat from 3-6, which included an hour’s leisurely walk outside with the stroller in an attempt to calm him down a little bit – a rough day for the baby today, but he cheered up when we went down the slide.

Dinner on Thursdays is usually at Panera Bread. I usually stick to either the salad or the garden vegetable soup, but they didn’t have the soup today and I wasn’t in the mood for a giant salad, so I tried the You Pick Two: 1/2 classic café salad, 1/2 tomato and mozzarella panini, with a mac apple on the side.



The salad was good, as always – their balsamic vinaigrette is my favorite! I’d never had the panini before, so it was something new. It was quite good, don’t get me wrong, but it didn’t “knock my socks off”. There was a lot of bread, and not enough yummy filling. I was expecting it to be more similar to the paninis I make myself: lots of spinach, lots of tomato, yummy mozz. I could definitely tell this was from a chain restaurant. Plus, when I looked up the nutritional info online, I found out that the half panini had 390 calories! Not that there’s anything wrong with that amount, but next time, I’d rather spend my calories on something I really enjoy.

I finished up my dinner with a piece of a whole grain chocolate chipper, which made up for the okay panini – these cookies are my favorite! They’re made in my favorite café on campus, but I think I need to try and figure out a similar recipe when I come home.


Later, when I was studying with some friends, I started to get hungry and had one packaged chocolate chip coconut cookie. Not the healthiest option, but it tasted good, and sometimes you just have to eat what makes you happy! I felt a little guilty about it at first, but really, what harm is a small cookie going to do? None!

I woke up this morning excited to have more of my new natural pb – I finally found some at the campus grocery store! I hadn’t had peanut butter in a while because Skippy just doesn’t do it for me anymore

So I made a pb & banana roll-up with half of a lavash bread:


with some cottage cheese to go with it:

The wrap was great, but I was feeling pretty full after the cottage cheese. I think the wrap is filling enough to have on it’s own, which is good to k now for next time. This breakfast kept me full all through my workout today!

Daily Activity:

  • 50 minutes on the elliptical (4.39 miles)
  • 2 x 12 bicep curls
  • 2 x 12 tricep presses with medicine ball
  • 2 x 12 chest flys
  • 2 x 12 lateral raises
  • 2 x 12 front raises
  • stretching/rolling

My legs are TIRED from yesterday’s run! I took it easy on the elliptical and concentrated on my arms and chest – now my whole body is tired, in a good way of course 🙂

After the gym, I refueled with another strawberry-banana-soymilk smoothie


My plan for the rest of the day is studying and babysitting (not at the same time!). I have my finals tomorrow and Saturday, and then packing up to go home for a short break from school.

Stay tuned for an upcoming post on fueling for success during final exams period!

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