Month: May 2010

Party Time

Today has been such a fun day but I am so sad this day and the weekend in general are wrapping up! Yesterday was a bunch of running around doing errands to get ready for the party, and all day today was cooking, cleaning, picking up some last minute things, and then having people over! We had about 15 people total (including us) and Wil cooked up a storm. I had a stabilizing and light breakfast because I knew there’d be heavy eating later in the day, but didn’t want to NOT eat so that I overate when the party started.

This was 2 egg whites microwaved into a puff on an arnold thin with some melted cheddar, a little sriracha, and half a banana sliced on the side. I just poured the egg whites into a bowl that I had sprayed with nonstick spray and then microwaved them for 1 minute and it puffed up into the perfect size for a sandwich.

Then, we got geared up for the party, which started around 1pm. Here’s a peek at the buffet:

Grilled Veggies + Fried Chicken. Wil made the fried chicken by marinating it overnight and then frying it in a wok of oil and then finishing it in the oven. I didn’t have any, but heard it was incredible!

And that is the grilled veggie plater up close. It had eggplant, yellow squash, zucchini, and roasted red peppers, plus some olives. We grilled the veggies last night in balsamic vinaigrette and then shaved some romano cheese over them today.

Cucumber Salad, Potato Salad, and Homemade Biscuits.

The cucumber salad just had cucumbers and red onions, and was marinated in white vinegar, a little sugar, and some salt. It was very tasty and light and so easy to throw together, too. The potato salad was incredible, but not so light. It had olive oil mayo, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, salt, pepper, dill, and mustard. It was sooo good, but I tried to go easy on that and heavier on the cucumber salad.

After I took pics of the buffet, blackened shrimp was added for those of who don’t eat chicken. I bought blackening spice and just coated the shrimp in it and then seared it on a flat grill pan with a little butter. Here’s a picture of my plate:

Some blackened shrimp, cucumber salad, grilled veggies, potato salad, and a biscuit. I definitely had some more shrimp, veggies, and cucumber salad, and maybe another biscuit or two. All of the food was soooo good, and the company even better. We spent some time at the pool and the weather was PERFECT. Clear, sunny, and not at all humid.

I’m so sad this weekend is over because I have such a busy day ahead. Tomorrow is my only day in the office, and then Wednesday I am flying to Oklahoma City for a conference. I always struggle with being healthy on conferences, but I really want to do well because I feel like I’ve been slacking a bit on healthy eating/exercise. During this whole weekend, I only worked out one time (Bikram on Sunday) and usually weekends are when I get the most working out in.

I’m going to try to get a workout in tomorrow while also getting ready for my business trip, and then hopefully get a few workouts in while I’m in OKC. Once I get back from OKC, I’m in full fledged get-to-goal weight mode because I really need to lose these last few pounds and get to goal so I can become lifetime and stop paying for Weight Watchers. I’ll probably be eating a lot stricter and posting points for a lot of my recipes, which I don’t usually do. I’ve been more in maintenance mode for the last few months, but the truth is I still have a few pounds left to go and I really need to start crackin’!

What was the highlight of your Memorial Day weekend? For me, definitely today’s party! It was so fun and nice to spend time with friends eating good food and in the sun.

Gorgeous

Today is amazing outside!! Oh my gosh. It is almost 90 degrees but dry, sunny, and amazing. Take a look at the view from my balcony. First, our pool:

And next, Reagan airport and the Potomac:

Ahh I can’t wait to get out there to enjoy this weather!

Today started with a 9am Bikram class that felt SO good. I really think the 2x a week idea is perfect for me. I woke up at 8am and went right away without eating, because they tell you not to eat right before you go and I wasn’t about to wake up too much before 8am on a Sunday! 🙂 I did drink a big glass of water before I went and then drank 2 bottles of ice water during the class. I had a new instructor today and he was amazing. He explained a few of the postures and did demonstrations of one’s I’ve never had broken down before so I got some awesome pointers from him. It was a great way to start the day and left me feeling cleansed, energized, and HUNGRY.

I got home and immediately ate a piece of toast with some Crofter’s Europe.

Then the boyfriend made us breakfast while I took a shower and cleaned up a little bit. There was an awesome ingredient today that I’ve never heard of before – Garlic Sprouts. Here is what they look like:

Garlic sprouts, also known as green garlic, spring garlic, young garlic, and baby garlic is immature garlic that hasn’t yet developed the garlic bulb that we typically think of when picturing garlic. They are about the thickness of green beans, but a lot longer and curly, as you can see. They are crisp and very similar to texture to green beans, but have a very potent garlic taste. I saw them at the Farmer’s Market on Thursday and had never seen them before, so I picked up a bag of them after having a taste. Just a tiny little bite BURSTS with garlic flavor, so these are definitely not for people who don’t love love love garlic like I do!

To use these today, we just chopped up a few since they’re so strong and added them to the white potatoes (also from the Farmer’s Market) to make a hash. I requested an egg white omelet (he had regular eggs) and we used corn (cut off the cob, not frozen for once), green onion, and a little more of the garlic sprouts for filling in the omelets, plus he had provolone but I did mine cheese-free.

Garnished with some of the veggie filling and some microgreens. He also had some toast but since I had the bread right after Bikram, I didn’t have more. I added some Sriracha to my omelet.

I also sliced up an apple that was meant for sharing, but I ended up eating it all.

An awesome meal and start to the day! I haven’t had an omelet in ages even though I eat eggs a lot, and this one was delicious.

We are having a Memorial Day gathering tomorrow (I’d say party but there aren’t too many people coming…) so we have to do some errands today to get ready as well as clean up the apartment. Hopefully I’ll still be able to soak up some sun and get everything done.

Have you ever tried garlic sprouts? What is the most unique ingredient you’ve ever found and cooked with? Or do you shy away from that stuff and just stick to what you know?

Blog to the Rescue

Let me preface this post by saying I failed miserably after this morning’s post with making more of an effort to cook at home. That said, we did have a really fun day. We got a bunch more plants for out on our balcony and did a little more thrifin’. I don’t think that’s actually a verb but in my world, it should be. I realized they have books at Goodwill for $1.59 and they had a lot of new looking best sellers. I am going to start stocking up there when I go because I love having books lined up to read.

We stopped at a cute little Mexican hole-in-the-wall after a few hours of errands, and had a nice meal sitting outside. Though the day was overcast, it was still pretty nice out and sitting outdoors to eat was ideal. We got the standard chips and salsa to start, with a side of guac.

The chips were still warm and delicious. The salsa was a little thinner than I like it, but the flavor was awesome. And the guac was just perfect. I perused the menu and was happy to see they had vegetable tortilla soup. I’ve only ever seen chicken tortilla soup on a menu so when it said veggie soup, I got excited and decided to order it along with a salad.


It did not disappoint! The flavor of the broth was sooo good, and there were peppers, onions, and other veggies in the soup. Also, a little bit of cheese and fresh cilantro on top. yum. The salad I got with it was pretty good too.

It had grilled shrimp, hearts of palm, baby corn, red cabbage, lettuce, and tomato. I got the dressing on the side, but actually ended up pouring the rest of the salsa over the salad which was perfect. The pieces of tomato in the salad were huge, and two of them were a little on the soft side. I ended up just putting them on the rim of the plate and not eating them, but the rest of the salad was awesome. The grilled shrimp were super flavorful and delicious, and I definitely would not have complained if there were more of them!

After running around doing errands all day, we decided to cave and order Indian food for dinner. I looked everywhere for the menu but could not find it anywhere. I didn’t know the name of the restaurant so I couldn’t even look it up online. Then I realized I could search my blog for Indian food to find out the last time we ordered it, and look up the number in my phone from that date. And it worked! Indian food is now on the way thanks to blogging. 🙂

I’ll be back tomorrow – hope your weekends are going fabulously!

PS: I’ve finally sort of gotten my head around Twitter and have started tweeting when I put up a new post. If you’re on there, follow me @bethsjourneytt!

College Again?

Today has been a little bit of a slow start after last night’s festivities. It was a fun night and celebrating was in order because one of my best friends graduated from law school yesterday!! Let’s rewind a bit, shall we?

After work, I came home and made a quick snack to tide me over.

Almond Butter + Crofters Europe on Whole Wheat Potato Bread with a glass of Almond Milk. Then I went and got a pedicure since the pool opens this weekend, plus my eyebrows done. It was fun and while getting my toes done, I finished reading Harvesting the Heart by Jodi Picoult. This book was pretty slow to start and took me a while to get into, but then it got really good and I couldn’t put it down about half way through. She’s one of my favorite authors and I’d never even heard of this book, but I found it in my Community Book Room.

After that, the boyfriend and I went and got a bite to eat at Hamlet, a bar/restaurant close to our apartment. I had a few glasses of wine, and got a fire roasted artichoke to start.

I shared, but probably ate about 2/3 of this. It was pretty good but I would have liked it to be cooked a bit more so the edible parts were a little softer. I also ordered a half salad:

Which was pretty big for a half size! It had greens, candied pecans, cashews, dried cranberries, tomatoes, avocado, and goat cheese. I ordered the dressing on the side but didn’t use it because there was a lot going on in the salad as it was. It was delish! The only problem was it had chicken in it and I didn’t realize it until it came out the first time, so I had to send it back.

After that, I went and met the new JD in DC for some drinks at Madhatter. It was a lot of fun and I felt like I was in college again – not getting home until after 2am! I can’t even tell you the last time I was out that late. It felt like being back in college! Here’s a pic of us girls at the bar:

Jess (the law school grad!!), Lianne, Me, and Katie (Jess’s little sis).

And that’s one of Lianne, me, and my vodka soda. 😉

Since I got home so late, I slept later than I have in years – until almost 12!! I woke up earlier than that but wasn’t feeling so hot so made myself go back to sleep and when I woke up for the final time I was feeling pretty good. I decided to have a stabilizing breakfast (slash lunch) which was actually delicious.

I pan fried an egg and melted some cheese on top, and then placed it on a bed of microgreens for an egg sandwich.

It was on Whole Wheat Potato Bread and reallly hit the spot.

I also had a sliced up apple to go with the egg sandwich.

Yum. I have been slacking a lot on cooking lately but I’m hoping to get back into it this weekend. I am so excited to have 3 days off and my boyfriend actually has the whole weekend off too! Not sure exactly what today will bring, but we might go thriftin’, shop for a few more plants, and get geared up for a little Memorial Day Party that we’re having on Monday with some friends by the pool. Today is kind of gloomy and overcast, but tomorrow and Monday are supposed to be really hot and sunny, so hopefully I’ll log some hours by the pool. 🙂

Happy Saturday!

Leftovers!

Hey! Today is FLYING by. I loved reading all your comments on today’s Yoga Pose May post about your favorite types of yoga/positions. One funny little story is that my friend Kara read it, and she saw the first picture and said “That looks SO easy. I could totally do that!” before scrolling down and realizing giving yourself a yoga hug isn’t the WHOLE posture, just step 1. Ha!

Today’s lunch was leftovers from Wednesday night’s Chinese food plus a little office leftovers mixed in! I had the rest of the Mooshi Veggies with the hoisin sauce on two of the pancakes.

These are so good. I have no idea what the nutritionals are but they can’t be TOO bad since its mostly veggies and a little egg. They are kind of doused in the sauce but I’m going to pretend its really good for me. 🙂 My boyfriend had ordered Schezuan Jumbo Shrimp with Veggies and had some leftover veggies, so I added in 1/2 cup of black beans and threw it over a bed of spinach on the side.

It felt good to use all the leftovers because a lot of times we don’t use them all before they go bad, and I hate wasting food! This was really delicious – the Schezuan sauce was spicy but it was evened out by the beans + spinach.

For dessert I had the rest of the Farmer’s Market strawberries.

But then I was told there were leftovers in the conference room from a work lunch, so I had to check it out! I grabbed all the fruit that was garnishing the cookie and sandwich plates, and added it to my strawberries.

Some starfruit and kiwi, and one strawberry. The strawberry was not good compared to the fresh ones from the farmer’s market! It was firm and not sweet at all. I also had to snag one of the cute little cookies:

How cute is that!? Yum.

Now I’m off to wrap up the day so I can get ready for this long weekend!! Does anyone have any fun plans? I’m just laying low and lounging by the pool if weather permits, but cannot wait to just relax and hopefully get a little less pasty!

Yoga Pose May

Good morning and happy Friday! I am SO excited for the 3 day weekend that lies ahead, even though I have no concrete plans.

Tina and Kate are hosting a blog-wide challenge called Yoga Pose May where each day a few bloggers feature a different pose, and today is my day! The idea behind it is that readers of all different blogs may be inspired to give yoga a try.

Now let me start with this… I have only very recently started doing yoga. Before the last few months, I only was running or working out in the gym with the stationary bike, elliptical, and weights. While this helped me to lose most of my weight, I really wanted to start trying new things. I consider myself to be one of the least flexible people I know and was sooooo hesistant to try yoga, I can’t even explain it. I started doing some On Demand videos on ExerciseTV of different beginners yoga because I wanted to figure some things out on my own before venturing to a studio. Then, after a few weeks of doing random videos, I decided to give Bikram a try. You can read about my first experience here. That was April 28th – one month ago yesterday! (Thank you blog for helping me know that) Since then, I’ve become sort of obsessed with it and love going to Bikram and seeing myself get better at the postures each time I go. It’s small victories like being able to hold the Bow posture for the whole 40 seconds yesterday (first time I could do that!) that makes me want to go back for more.

Moving along, my pose for today is Eagle Pose, which I think is one of the more challenging poses to get right. There are several different varieties of this pose depending on which practice of yoga you are doing, but I walked through the Bikram way because that’s all I know! I had my friend Amber from last night do it along side me so you could see the difference between someone who has been practicing for 10 years (AMBER) and someone who’s been practicing for one month (guess who).

Step One is to cross your right arm under your left arm.

If that’s enough, you can stay there.

Step two is to have your palms facing each other while keeping your elbows crossed.

We interlocked our fingers because its easier to hold that way, but eventually you want your palms to line up against each other exactly, and have the tips of your fingers below your nose.

Step three is to keep your arms like this, and bend at the knees.

Step Four is to bring the same leg as the bottom elbow go over the opposite leg. So, when you have your left elbow under your right elbow, you want to move your left leg over your right leg. When you reverse the posture and have your right elbow under your left elbow, you want your right leg over your left. Make sense?

It’s kind of hard to see, but my left foot (I’m on the right) is right next to my calf, but you really want to move your toes around your calf so they’re peeking out the other side. Ambers toes are much more behind her calf and if the picture was at a better angle you’d probably see her toes peeking out. The important thing is to point your toes/leg in the direction you want it to go. Each time you practice, your leg/foot will move a little deeper into the posture and with consistent practice, you’ll eventually get completely into the posture. I’ll definitely post a follow up shot once/if my body has changed enough that I can do this posture fully and my toes are peeking out, too! PS: Check out the gorgeous scenery in the background! We took these photos last night at our picnic while the sun was setting. 🙂

So, bottom line, give yoga a try!! There are sooo many different types of yoga, so it’s good to experiment with different practices so you can find one that’s right for you. Many studios offer intro specials where your first class or week is free, or offer discounted intro weeks. Sample out different studios so you can find one that’s a good fit with your body and your fitness goals! The thing that really convinced me to take on yoga was that there are three pilars of fitness: cardio (which I’m in great shape with), Strength (Decent but needs work) and Flexibility (needs a lot of work). It’s also an awesome change of pace from our busy everyday lives, especially for someone like me who can be a little spastic at times… 😉

Now, onto breakfast! Nothing new, but I just love eating these Vegan Overnight Oats.

Into the mix:

  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 scoop protein powder
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 sliced banana, on top

So good but not terribly exciting, I know. 🙂

What is your favorite type of yoga practice? If you’ve not yet tried yoga, which kind would you be interested in trying? What’s your favorite pose/posture if you have one? I like Bikram but only because that’s the only practice I’ve tried. I plan to venture out a little bit once my package is up that I just purchased at my Bikram studio. My favorite posture in Bikram is the Bow Pose but I’m still working on it, and my favorite non Bikram pose is downward dog, because it just feels so good to stretch out!

Picnic!

Today ended up being such an awesome day! I didn’t come back for lunch because I didn’t really eat lunch today. Breakfast was so late and then I grazed over some of the leftover pastries until they were gone… so much for my tips on being good at potlucks/office meals!! 😉 It was soooo hot outside today and sunny, so we decided to take an afternoon trip to Starbucks and I got a Grande Caramel Light Frappucino… first one of the season!

I never get these, but saw it on the menu and it just spoke to me. So good and really good against the hot weather!

After I got out of work, I came home and changed into my bike clothes to go meet my friends Amber and Meredith for a picnic in DC! I really wanted to get a workout in, so I decided to bike into DC rather than metro or drive, and ended up getting in 11 miles there and back! I had a banana before my ride because I was getting pretty hungry, and the ride itself went really well. Today’s round trip stats:

Distance: 11.00 miles

Duration: 54:25

Avg. Speed: 12.1 mph

Avg. Pace: 4:56 min/mile

Calories: 554

I was happy with these stats because about 2 miles was biking through DC so there was a lot of stopping at lights, dodging cars, going slow, etc. The parts on the trail were quicker, and then in the city slower, so I was pleased with the average pace and total distance I did.

The picnic itself was so fun! We walked over to a grassy area near the Potomac and set out a sheet to sit on and set out all the food.

I brought the Flat-Out Wraps, pretzels, tomato, and arugula, and Amber and Meredith picked up all the rest of the veggies (avocado, red bell pepper, sugar snap peas, sprouts, and carrots), crumbled goat cheese, hummus, and some wine! We all made wraps with the veggies, cheese, and hummus. Here was mine:

It had arugula on the bottom, tomato, avocado, hummus, and goat cheese. I rolled it up and then had some pretzels, sugar snap peas, and red bell peppers on the side.

Delicious! It felt so nice to have a healthy picnic with lots of veggies and snacks. The wine spritzers didn’t hurt, either! We had such a nice time with the three of us.

That’s Amber, Yours Truly, and Meredith. The three of us were college orientation roommates (so long ago!!) and now we all still hang out 8 years later.

Are most of your current friends from high school, college, post college, or another source (work etc)? I have a handful of friends I’m still in touch with from high school, but most of my closest friends are from college. I do have a few close friends I’ve met through work too but the majority are from GW! 🙂

Office Breakfast Success

Morning/almost afternoon! 🙂

Today’s office breakfast went great. Last night after work, Kelly and I went shopping to pick up a bunch of things to cook at the office, and then we ordered some food from Corner Bakery that was catered. The catered food came at 9am today, so we set it up in the conference room.

We had a huge fruit tray with pineapple, melon, oranges, grapes, kiwi and strawberries, and then two trays of muffins, bagels, pastries, cinnamon rolls, and various other breakfast treats. We also had two containers of coffee delivered along with the food.

Then, we got to cooking! We have an in office griddle, and then a few other people brought griddles and George Formans. We scrambled up a bunch of eggs

Cooked up a bunch of bacon and sausage:

We ended up leaving a griddle hot for people to cook their own eggs if they wanted them fried or any way other than scrambled, but everyone just went for the scrambled so we cooked up the rest of the eggs half way through breakfast. Everyone really enjoyed themselves and almost every single person in the office came to eat in the conference room! Here’s the buffet in action:

I was the only person to fry their own egg, but I like to stand out from the crowd. 😉 Here was my first plate:

1 fried egg, 2 pieces of veggie sausage, 1/2 whole wheat bagel, and lots of fruit. I definitely went back and had the other half of the bagel and more fruit, and a few bites of the other treats while cleaning up. Overall the breakfast was quite a success! We normally do happy hours for our social committee events so the in-office breakfast was a nice change of pace. I think next time we will not get the catered food and will just go with cook your own because the catered food costs so much and it was actually really fun doing all the cooking! We can easily pick up bagels, muffins, and other treats to supplement the eggs/bacon/sausage, and pay far less than what we did today. 🙂

Work events can make it really hard to stay on track with healthy eating because you generally don’t have too much control over what is there and its just so easy to go back for seconds, thirds, etc. Here are some tips that I try to use when navigating an office event:

1.) Be on the planning committee if possible! This one worked especially well for today because I sort of took the lead on ordering the food/picking out the groceries. This meant that we had plenty of fresh fruit, veggie sausage (!), and other healthy things to choose from.

2.) Do a round before you make your plate – I try to do this anytime I am at a buffet so that I can see everything there is to pick from before I choose what I’m going to have. If I start from the beginning and just grab everything that looks good, I end up with way too much food on my plate. This way you can pick the treats you want to have but focus on getting mostly good stuff loaded up on your plate.

3.) Sit away from the buffet table – It’s too easy to turn around and pile more food on your plate if you’re sitting/standing near the source of food. If you put yourself away from it, you can still go back for seconds, but it takes a little bit more thought/planning to do so.

4.) Sit near people you like! Ha. This one seems like something you’d probably do for other reasons, but I find that I always do a lot more talking and a little less eating when I’m engaged in conversation with people. Plus, if you’re in a deep convo with people you’re less likely to jump up to head back to food.

5.) Plan ahead – Realize that in all likelihood, you are going to eat more at that meal than you normally will. Plan your day accordingly. For example, today I packed a pretty light lunch because I knew I’d be eating a lot at breakfast, and plan to go for a run after work to balance it all out.

6.) Have a treat – If you try to be too good, you’re going to crack. I don’t normally have bagels because even though I love them, they don’t really fill me up and they’re pretty dense calorie wise for not leaving me full. But today, I let myself have a bagel because I knew I’d probably eat a cinnamon bun, a sweet crisp (whatever that was) and various other pastries if I tried too hard to limit myself. Pick out what you want the most, and just have some!

What other tips or rules do you have for office events like this?

Busy Day!

Hi! Today has been really busy, but pretty fun too. At 5, my coworker (and friend) Kelly and I did a trip to the grocery store to stock up on some breakfast foods for tomorrow. We are both on our company social committee so we plan monthly gatherings for the staff, and this month instead of happy hour, we are doing an office breakfast. It’s scheduled for tomorrow and we’re getting it half catered, and half cooking in the office on griddles and George Formans. Kelly and I picked up a bunch of eggs, breakfast meat, OJ, and some other random breakfast items that you’ll get to see tomorrow. Should be fun and I’m pretty excited that I don’t have to think about packing breakfast tomorrow, too!

After our grocery trip, I went to a Bikram class at my favorite studio in Alexandria, VA. The studio has a great deal where you can purchase a 12 class package for $125, so just slightly above $10 per class. This is such a great deal considering most places are $15-20 per class for a drop in, so I took the plunge and bought the 12 package class tonight. For me this is the best type of package because I’ve decided I want to practice Bikram 2ish times a week and not more because thats just what works best for my body right now. Tonight’s class was awesome! I felt so good during the class and held some of the postures for the full time that I hadn’t been able to hold before! It’s so cool to see myself change and be able to handle more and more each class.

After I got home from Bikram, the boyfriend and I ordered Chinese food delivery. We’ve been really bad about cooking this week and have gone out to way more meals than normal. That said, the Chinese food was good tonight and it was nice having it here to eat when I got home from class. I started with a cup of egg drop soup:

And then had Mooshi Vegetable for my main dish, which is a lot of shredded veggies with eggs and it comes with pancakes and hoisin sauce.

I had two of these and they were really good, but the veggies were super saucy and pretty salty so now my mouth feels a little weird. While I was eating them though they were quite tasty. 🙂

I’m off to catch up on the Biggest Loser finale from last night even though I found out the winner today because I couldn’t stay away from it on Facebook/Twitter. For those of you who watch it, what do you think about the outcome? I’ll give my full opinion tomorrow once I actually see the whole episode!

Audience

Hey! It is so gorgeous outside today that it feels sinful to be inside all day. I did go outside for a quick trip to Starbucks and got an Unsweetened Venti Iced Green Tea. I always laugh (usually to myself) about how many words there are when you want to order something from starbucks. I always get them in the wrong order even though I normally get the same things.. better luck next time.

Lunch today was an oldie but a goodie, a “baked” sweet potato with black beans and pineapple salsa.

I just nuked the potato on the “Baked Potato” setting (about 3 minutes) and then added 1/2 cup canned black beans. I normally don’t rinse them when using them over a baked potato so they add some moisture. On top was some pineapple salsa from Trader Joe’s. This combo is awesome. If you’ve not yet tried it, you must. It’s so easy to just throw a sweet potato in your bag for lunch and nuke it at the office if you have a microwave.

On the side, I had a monster salad.

This had:

  • Arugula
  • Fresh Basil
  • Babybell Light Cheese
  • Radishes
  • Turnips

I’d never had raw turnips before Sunday night’s dinner when my boyfriend sliced them on a mandolin. These ones are baby turnips so they are quite tender and really taste great on a salad. I also loved having the fresh basil – fresh herbs make such a difference in your salad. I don’t usually have fresh herbs around that much, but we bought a big container of organic basil for pizza night and I’ve been using it wherever I can ever since then.

I ended the meal with some strawberries

These were from the Farmer’s market yesterday and were so little and sweet! What a difference from the huge strawberries I’ve been buying at the grocery store recently. These almost melted in your mouth and had such a good flavor. Yum.

As I was putting my lunch together today, I had an audience. A few of my coworkers came in to the kitchen to watch me assemble it and were asking lots of questions about the ingredients, how often and where I shop, if I come up with ideas on my own or if I get them from my boyfriend (since he’s a chef!). It was kind of funny but also pretty flattering! I love that I’m now known as the healthy one and people come to me for food/nutrition advice and ideas. Makes me smile because this is such a 180 from my life 1.5 years ago.

Have you made any major changes in your lifestyle? Have others noticed? Do you like it when they say things or prefer they’d leave you alone?

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