Wellness Wednesday: Blue

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Conflicted.  That pretty much sums up my entire Wednesday.  This morning, I got up to go for a run (after my hot lemon water and some stretching of course!).  I got less than a mile into my run before I turned around unexpectedly, deciding I just wasn’t feeling that particular trail.  So then I run all the way back to the beginning and set out in an entirely different direction, thinking that would solve everything.  It didn’t.  Over a mile into that route, that path wasn’t right either.  Exasperated with indecision, I ended up running over to the high school and doing laps around the football field until I was good and spent.  My pace was decent according to my Nike app, but my mentality wasn’t.

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Then came time to decide which delicious blue food recipe I was going to feature today, and again I was met with conflicting emotions and indecision.  Since only one “blue” food really exists in the natural food world (with the exception of some very rare blue potatoes), blueberries were the obvious food choice.  There’s no variety in the blue category, and I hate when I’m left without a choice!  Blueberries are super delicious, though.  But what to make with them?  I usually just eat them raw, or I add them to juice and use the pulp in popsicles.  I didn’t want to juice them since I was in too much of a hurry to really be able to preserve the pulp today, so I went for a smoothie.  I don’t have a specific recipe for this one, but basically a few (like 3 or 4) heaping handfuls of spinach went into my blender, followed by my pint of blueberries from the market and some silken tofu (about half a brick).  I added about a cup and a half of unsweetened almond milk and blended that sucker till it was creamy and totally liquid.

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Man was that just what the doctor ordered after an hour of running!  Feel free to add your own sweetener to this blend (agave, honey, stevia, etc.).  A lot of people don’ t think my smoothies or juices are sweet enough, but I personally am not huge on super-sweet concoctions (I understand I’m pretty much alone in this!).  Since my first juice fast in July 2011, my cravings for sugar have gone down significantly, and I don’t always use sweeteners. Currently, I don’t even have any type of sweeteners in my home.  Like I said though, a couple tablespoons of agave may be just the key to making this smoothie your new go-to breakfast concoction!

If you head over to my good friend Allison’s Allison in Wellness Land, you’ll find some rockin’ info about blueberry nutrition on top of another awesome blueberry recipe with only two ingredients!  Allison shows how to make Blueberry-Chia Jam, and it’s crazy good! Can’t get more simple/healthy/delicious than that!

Not every day is perfect.  I’m not always a 100% up-and-at-em, vegany power superhero (as some of my friends would put it).  Some days, I wanna say screw it, just like you do, crank up Alanis Morisette, and scream at every car I see on the road, even though I know they can’t hear me.  We all have those days. While I can’t say I got a whole lot of emotional satisfaction from today, I am able to reflect on the fact that despite my moodiness, I was able to run over five miles, contribute to a very satisfying inter-professional meeting at Case, and eat some very healthy meals.  Being able to see those accomplishments in print makes my day a bit more satisfying than I thought it was!

What do you do when you’re having an off day?  Are you able to see positive actions even in the midst of conflict and indecision?  Comment below and let me know how you get over your less-than-perfect moments.

Here’s to hoping tomorrow holds less conflict and more clarity.

Stay happy, stay healthy!

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Enjoying Workouts

Yesterday was an amazing Sunday.  I had a dance lesson with Ethan, saw the Dark Knight Rises, and went on a Khol’s shopping spree to get some new clothes that actually fit me!  I was like, hellooooo size 5, let’s be friends again.  I know it’s been a while, but I’m back! Seeing my progress visually has been the biggest motivator for me.  I see the scale, and it says I’ve gained a few pounds back since the juice fast, but my clothes continue to swallow me, so I just stopped paying attention to the number on that stupid scale and started looking in the mirror.  And I look damn good.

We got home yesterday, and I was itching for a run, so being the wonderful man he is, Ethan told me he would have dinner waiting for me when I got back.  2 miles later I had run a new personal best for the mile (9:15!) and Ethan was putting the finishing touches on sundried tomato risotto and pita.

Tell me how this man is not amazing?  Yes, there was cheese on this , and I realize that cheese is NOT vegan, but honestly, the man slaved over a hot stove to make risotto and pita with herbs and vegetables from the garden, so how could I resist?  It was absolutely amazing, and I wished he had made a double batch!

This morning, Ethan got up with me and we went for a run in the woods.  I’m so proud of him for putting the effort in and exercising with me.  He really is trying to be more active, and I love him so much for it! We made it 1.95 miles, then walked the rest of the way home.  I hope I can get him up and outside again soon!  Once you a person starts exercising on a regular basis, it becomes less of a chore and more of a hobby, which is what healthy habits should be! I love looking at my Nike+ account and seeing the graph showing me I ran 5 times last week.  I think to myself, Do I really want to sit on the couch right now, or do I want to sit on the couch an hour from now looking at my running stats?  Running wins the battle 80% of the time!