Thursday, 21 September 2017

Why I Still Eat Meat

Because I am a little obsessive (imagine that!) I spend a lot of time thinking about how to improve my life. I spend a lot of time reading, listening to podcasts etc. etc. Knowledge is power after all.

In my research, it has become clear to me that a plant based diet is the healthiest. Gladiators ate all plants for goodness sake.  [Although perhaps following the diet of people who were just trying to kill each other, isn't the best!] There are also all the animal right reasons for moving to a plant based diet. I have watched some of "those" documentaries. I understand the ethical issues with big farms. With all this knowledge I have toyed with the idea of eating a vegetarian diet.  However, I have come to the conclusion that for now I will continue to eat some animal products and meat.

Why I still eat meat:

First, I admit I enjoy meat. My last meal would include a steak (ideally from Michael Jordan's in Chicago - best one I have ever eaten). I also look forward to the holiday turkey and brisket.

Second, I love cheese more. When I have completely given up dairy, cheese is one of the foods I crave the most.

Ok, let's be honest, I am just a bit of a foodie! I like food and feel limited enough already!

Third, Sam does all the cooking. He is a huge meat eater. He does an amazing job at cooking around all my other food things. Asking him to cook no meat all the time would result in me having to cook more. Yep, I am a little lazy.

Finally, given my gluten and soy limitations, a pure plant-based diet  or even a vegetarian diet likely wouldn't work in all environments. I could make it work at home, but it would become even more challenging to eat out, eat at other's homes etc. etc. It can be near impossible now, so I can only imagine.

What I am doing instead

I am trying to limit my meat consumption to one meal per day. Occasionally due to leftovers or other things this doesn't happen, but I am doing my best.

I am trying to eat vegetarian 2 whole days per week. One of these days is usually Wednesday as Sam is out and I have to feed myself all 3 meals. Sam and I are doing more vegetarian meals too. I have found some amazing gf porgies and a cheese ravioli we love in a homemade tomato sauce.

These changes mean I am eating meat about 5 times per week. I may look to slowly decrease this more, but for now, I think it is a good start.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Foam Glow

In March my BFF asked me to join her and others in a 5k race, the Foam Glow. At the time she hoped to use it as motivation to start moving more.

Fast forward 6 months and she no longer really wanted to do it and had done nothing to prepare. But we spent $40 on it, we were doing it! We walked (very slowly) 5k in the dark, at the race track and into the woods. 2 times (because a machine was broken) we walked through foam that made us glow. The race ended in a party that shot glow in the dark foam.

Me and the team

Dancing in the foam

Foam flying from the sky

My BFF getting foamed - the glow part doesn't show in pictures

While I am trying to get past the chemicals we dumped on ourselves and into the environment (being aware can take all the fun out of things!), it was a fun (in a getting to hang out with people and walk and chat and trip in dark holes and walk into people because the light blinded you kind of way). It was a bit cold (I think it was around 10 C/50F) and you could see your breath. It was a unique experience that had me out of the house until 11!  Not sure I would do it again, but I would do a 5k walk again. 

Thursday, 7 September 2017

My Perfect Day

Mike Campbell, from the Live Immediately podcast (which is one of my favourites), ends every interview by asking his guest what his/her perfect day looks like. It is a great and interesting question.

This is my perfect, non-vacation day.

Get up early without an alarm.
Walk the dogs for about an hour.
Sit and read blogs while I eat my breakfast.
Work for a couple hours.
Do yoga.
Have lunch.
Spend the afternoon reading and writing.
Take the dogs for another walk/play
Have Sam cook a great dinner.
Soak in the tub
Watch a show
Go to bed to read.

It is that simple:)

What is your perfect day?

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Eating In Portland

Sam recently changed jobs and one of his new co-worker's wife also is gf/soy free. He said she doesn't enjoy eating. Sam said I love eating. It is true. I am a bit of a foodie. What I don't usually enjoy is eating out. Knowing I am getting safe food when outside of my kitchen is usually challenging. However, it was very easy in Portland.

Here is some of the yummy food we ate:)

At this Vegan place called No Bones Beach Club on Mississippi Avenue (they labelled all the food as gluten free, soy free, contains nuts):

I had a stuffed pepper. It had jack fruit in it. I had never had jack fruit. It really had the texture of chicken or pulled pork. It was soooooo good! 


Sam had deep fried avocado tacos (which he loved - note his is generally a carnivore). These would have also been safe for me to eat.

Even at the zoo, there was a BBQ in the middle of an area (that had a line) that made organic, gf food.  Here we shared a garden fresh salad with BBQ chicken and awesome potatoes.

In the food truck district, we found a Mexican place that had gf options. 
Sam had tacos (note: Tacos are one of his favourite foods)

I had enchiladas. The green looks a bit gross in the picture I admit, but it tasted really good! 

We also found some appropriate sweets at Ruby's (I think that is what it was called). Same had ice cream and they had a gf/soy free Raspberry Lime sherbet. It had a really nice tang to it. 

I wish we had more time to eat in Portland, there was lots of good food to try! 

Thursday, 31 August 2017

One Year

Yesterday, as I was doing my first strength session in over a week (I did yoga on my travels but not strength training), I realized it had been exactly one year since I started at the gym. For a year, I have been a person who works out. I have to admit, I had never predicted that and I hope I am a person who works out for at least another 40 years.

In Portland
I don't like the actual workout much better than I did 365 days ago, but I do know I am not actually going to die during it - I just wish I was going to! I do admit I like how I feel after now. I like how I look. I can get through wanting to die because of those two things.

As I was holding my plank it occurred to me that in the 6 or so weeks since I left the gym, I don't miss a thing about going. I prefer working out at home alone. I prefer alone to even working out with Sam, although I don't mind him being there. I don't think I enjoy it because I am going easy on myself. I am careful with a few exercises  (chest press, skull crushers, flies). I do them a little lighter or not as many reps if I am very shaky because I don't have a spotter. I really don't want to drop a weigh on my head. That would not be good. I can be just as sore after a home workout. My abs were sore for 4 days before vacation. I think I just prefer doing things alone.

Now that the strength training is part of my routine, my goal is to increase the yoga I am doing and as sugar and carbs have creeped back into my diet, I want to look at reducing them.

Come back on Tuesday to see some of the AMAZING food I ate in Portland.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Back At It

Last week while visiting my parents with my sister and her children (aged 3 and 1), I didn't follow my healthy lifestyle the way I could have.  I didn't get any extra exercise (no workouts, no yoga), although with the exception of one day I got my daily steps. I also got to lift  30lb and 35lb children and sometimes carry them.

I also didn't eat as healthy/well as I could have. There may have been a lot of Swedish Berries, Fuzzy Peaches, Ice Cream, Bugles, and Corn Nuts consumed and not the usual volume of vegetables. This left my gut a bit wrecked and me feeling very bloated. Slowly it is returning to normal, but it is still not at 100%

I am not going to regret my decisions while I was away, or beat myself up over them. There is no point of being self-defeating. Many people would use that bad week as an excuse to quit. I will not. I can't go back. That was last week. This is this week. Since coming home on Thursday I have done two strength workouts (man those were hard but I did it) and one yoga. Also, I am back to eating what I usual eat. 

I am sure in a few more days my body will forgive me and I will be back to my new normal.