Monday, January 15, 2018

Reclaim & Revolt, Day 15

I was off work today for the MLK holiday, and it was a rest day for marathon training. So I slept in (9 hours!!) and then had another bowl of the Crockpot Apple Pie Porridge, this time with coconut flakes and raisins. Such a yummy bowl of steel cut oats.

I had breakfast fairly late, so I skipped morning snack and had lunch around noon. More Kale Quiche and Salad with Cashew Ranch.

Yay for leftovers! I went grocery shopping in the afternoon, and all the grocery stores were CRAZY! Today was the first day the ice was all melted from the streets, and many people were off for the holiday. Plus, it's supposed to snow again tonight. So people were stocking up! Parking was nearly impossible, and the checkout lines were super-long. But I made it out alive.

I was pretty hungry when I got home from shopping, so I snacked on some blueberries, roasted peanuts, and mixed nuts in the shell. You can see here that the cats were also very hungry when I got home. They were prowling around me as I prepared to feed them!

Dinner was super fun! I made Lacy's Hearty Veggie Chili from last year's Reset & Restore and served in my Bordallo Pinhiero soup tureen. My granny gave me this for Christmas. It was hers, and she's had it for years. I've always adored it, and I told her I had dibs on it when she died (morbid, I know, but my family does this!). So she went ahead and gave it to me anyway!

And then my awesome dad got on eBay and found me some matching bowls and a condiment platter. I used the condiment platter for cashew cheese, red onion, and minced jalapeno.

Here's my bowl, all fixed up and ready to eat!

Paul and I sat down for dinner together, which we rarely do. So I had a nice glass of sauvignon blanc because that just seems like what you do when you actually sit down for a meal.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Reclaim & Revolt, Days 12-14

Another weekend on Reclaim & Revolt has come and gone. And I'm feeling great! This is actually a 4-day weekend for me (sort of) because Friday turned out to be a SNOW DAY! Remember how I said in my last post that I'd believe it would snow if I saw it. Well, I saw it. And Maynard did too, but he didn't like it, so he closed his eyes! Ha! Maynard hates any kind of precipitation.

My work called a snow day, and even though I'm walking distance from the office, I opted to work from home and stay warm. We weren't supposed to do any work unless it was absolutely necessary, but I had some Friday deadlines, so I had to work for a few hours.

Before all of that though, I woke up at my usual 5 am, looked out the window and saw snow, and knew I'd be skipping my usual Friday morning bootcamp since the gym is about a 7-minute drive downtown. Instead, I opted to do the workout that Lacy sent us on Tuesday. The Reclaim & Revolt plan includes recipes, workouts, gut health tips, Tarot lessons, astrology lessons, and journaling prompts. After Lacy's workout — a leg-heavy set of lunges and squats — I had more of my Savory Breakfast Oats from earlier in the week.

For morning snack, I had a few roasted peanuts while I worked. And then I had the salad I'd so carefully packed into a jar the night before to take to work. It had smoked tofu, cashew ranch, brown rice, and veggies.

I was able to wrap up my work by 2:30 or so, so I used my free time to make Hannah's recipe for sauerkraut that was sent to us on Thursday. This should take about seven days to ferment, and I can't wait to try it!

Paul got home from work early too, so we braved our way down the icy street to the Redbox and rented a couple of movies. I poured a glass of red wine and made Lacy's Socca Pizza with Cashew Cheese (from last year's Reset & Restore recipes). I used my leftover Slow Cooker Chunky Red Sauce from last week's spaghetti squash meal. This was so good!

I was starting to get sleepy mid-way through our second movie, so I popped some popcorn in garlic-chili oil (another of Lacy's recipes! This one is from her e-book, The Super Anti-Inflammatory Kitchen). 

On Saturday morning, I slept in and then got up and made some Oats with Almond Butter & Blueberries, enjoyed in my PJs while catching on the The Sopranos.

I had lots to do on Saturday — cleaning, meal planning, grocery shopping — but I had to nix the shopping part since it was still too icy out for me to drive. I have to be chauffeured around when it's icy! So I made another salad to snack on while I cleaned. I love eating while cleaning. It makes cleaning more fun.

Dinner on Saturday night was more Socca Pizza, and then we made a pretty scary drive out east to celebrate my friend Shara's birthday at Billy Hardwick's All-Star Lanes bowling alley. The roads were clear in places and terrible in others, but we made it! While there, I had a couple beers. I know I said I was only drinking red wine during this reset, but hey, I changed my mind! I'm trying to be better about not restricting. It's more important that I focus on moderation, and two beers is a-okay. I thought I was done, but then our friend Mary came out with surprise vodka shots for every single person there. And it would be rude not to accept, right? ;-) Even still, I felt like I did a good job there.

I was SUPPOSED to have my first trail race today! But sadly, it was canceled due to the icy condition of the trails in Overton Park. But when I awoke at 7 am, they hadn't made the call yet. So I had what I thought was a pre-race breakfast of Slow Cooker Apple Pie Porridge (another Lacy recipe). I put this porridge of apples, steel cut oats, dates, and maple in the slow cooker last night. It was sooooooo comforting and delicious.

My race was supposed to be at 2 pm, and I didn't want to eat much fiber beforehand. Just carbs and protein, so my morning snack was Smoked Tofu Strips, enjoyed while reading Erin's Tarot lesson from this week.

Around 11 am, they called the race off. But Paul and I had already planned to get more running in post-race, so we just extended our Sunday run to a 6-miler. We planned to go out at 2 pm since the race was canceled, so I had this lunch snack of Brown Rice Cakes & Nut Butter with Bee Free Honee about an hour before our run.

Then we headed out! Our neighborhood roads weren't too icy today, and some of the sidewalks were clear. We just made sure to walk the icy stretches and go slow. We even explored Overton Park, where my race was supposed to be. And, indeed, it was quite icy.

After our run, I had a No Cow Lemon Meringue Protein Bar. I am trying to limit processed foods in January, but I'm making an exception for protein powders and bars. These No Cow bars have rice and pea protein rather than something less wholesome, like a soy protein isolate. 

Dinner was Lacy's Vegan Kale Quiche, a recipe that she included on this year's Reclaim & Revolt and last year's Reset & Restore. I made this last year and loved it, so I knew I wanted to make it again. It has a silken tofu base, plus kale and red peppers. The crust is gluten-free and made with almond flour and almond butter (she called for tahini, but I was out and subbed almond butter instead). I had a slice with a side salad. It was so nice to have some veggies after a day of brown food!

After dinner, we went to Ghost River Brewing Co. for a couple beers and Connect 4. I kept it light with a Bloody Beer (Grindhouse Cream Ale mixed with Nikki's Hot Ass Bloody Mary Mix).

And a Beermosa (gose sour ale mixed with OJ). Each of these probably only had 8 ounces of beer and 2 ounces of mix. 

I'm off tomorrow for MLK Day! So I expect I'll be sleeping in again. Yay!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Reclaim & Revolt, Day 11

Today on the Reclaim & Revolt program, we learned about fermentation! Hannah Syd sent us some yummy recipes for homemade kraut and fire cider. I hope to find some time this weekend to get in the kitchen and get fermenting!

This morning started with a 3-mile run. It was 60 degrees outside! Drizzly (we haven't seen the sun in DAYS), but still super-warm for January. I had a medjool date dipped in peanut butter and then headed out for a nice run. I soaked that warmth up because tonight, the temps are dropping to freezing, and they're predicting ice (and maybe even snow!). I'll believe it when I see it though. It so rarely snows here, and we might see ice once a year.

After my run, I had another bowl of Warm Oats & Protein Nice Cream. The oats are sweetened with maple, and the banana soft serve has vanilla protein powder. I drizzled a little tahini on top this time. Sorry again for the dimly lit photo, but the sun is just gone. Gone, gone, gone.

My morning snack at work was a cold bowl of Brown Rice, Avocado, & Kraut. This was all leftovers that I combined together and seasoned with Bragg's. I had this before heading to the YMCA in my office building for some lunchtime yoga!

After yoga, I went back to my desk and heated up my leftover Chickpea Scramble with green beans & roasted red peppers from Monday. I topped with some cashew queso and salsa, and ate this with corn tortillas.

In the afternoon at work, I had a square of dark chocolate from my desk stash, and when I got home, I snacked on an apple while I did a few chores around the house.

Dinner was more leftover Spaghetti Squash with Chunky Red Sauce & Tempeh Sausage from last night. Here's the exact same pic from yesterday!

Sorry today was all leftovers! But hey, it sure made my life easier. Going into the weekend, I'm excited to finally have time to catch up on the Reclaim & Revolt lessons and activities I've not had time for during the week. Weekends on R&R are designated as catch-up times, so I'll finally be able to do Lacy's workout, read Erin's Tarot lesson, and get fermenting with Hannah!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Reclaim & Revolt, Day 10

Today's focus on Reclaim & Revolt — a 28-day program to improve physical and spiritual health run by four amazing femmes from Portland — was on honing our intuition. Erin Aquarian sent us a huge Tarot primer, and I can't wait to dive into it this weekend when I get some free time.

This morning, I had one of my favorite bars — a Cookie Doughpness Cinnamon Raisin Picky Bar — before my 6:15 am gym class. I always eat my bar on the 7-minute drive downtown. Have y'all had these? I can only find them at my running store (Breakaway Running), but they're worth the special trip. They're made with dates and nut butter and other real foods.

After the gym, I came home and had a proper breakfast of Lacy's Savory Baked Oatmeal. This has pinto beans, lots of cilantro, oats, nooch, and salsa, and it's just perfect. This was on her Reset & Restore plan last year too, and I remember loving it then. I cut her recipe in half and baked it in two ramekins — one for today and one for Friday. I topped my little ramekin with avocado and salsa.

I had a few bites of trail mix before lunch (no pic, sorry), and then my lunch was a leftover Macro Bowl — gobbled up during a noon-time work meeting. This has brown rice, steamed kale, chickpeas, tahini, sesame seeds, and kraut.

I got a chocolate craving in the afternoon, so I had a little of this Endangered Species Chocolate. I always keep chocolate bars in my desk for emergencies!

I go to yoga at my gym most Wednesday nights, and tonight was no exception. Before my 6:15 pm class, I had Apple Slices with Sunflower Seed Butter.

When I got home from yoga, I had a glass of cab sauv (because it sounded good), and then I sat down for dinner.

I started a batch of Lacy's Slow Cooker Chunky Red Sauce in the Crock Pot this morning before work, so I could have Spaghetti Squash with Red Sauce & Tempeh Sausage for dinner after yoga. The tempeh sausage was another of Lacy's recipes, one she recommends serving with this sauce. This was so good! I love how you can eat a TON of spaghetti squash before you get full (or at least I can!). This sauce has minced cauliflower, carrot, and eggplant, so the veggies are snuck in! 

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Reclaim & Revolt, Day 9

Publishing a day late again! Because apparently, I've forgotten how to work the internetz.....

It's day 9, and I'm feeling fine! Like seriously. I feel great on this 28-day Reclaim & Revolt program. I have tons of energy and motivation. My digestion is all good. And I feel supported by a community of awesome people who are also participating in this mind/body health program.

Today started with a 4-mile tempo run, per my marathon training plan. It's slightly warmer out — 40 degrees — so running outside was lovely. I had half a butternut squash & peanut butter energy bar first, and then after my run, I had this PB&J Protein Smoothie with almond milk, banana, raspberries, peanut butter, and vanilla protein powder.

After breakfast and before work, I did a short meditation session and had some Numi Vision herbal tea (from my January Goddess Provisions box!) in my new color-changing unicorn mug.

For my morning snack, I packed a tiny bowl of Lacy's Ruby-Hued Borscht, which made a ton! Paul has been helping me eat though this so I may not have enough left to freeze for later.

I had a busy day at work today, so I opted to grab lunch from Mama Gaia in Crosstown Concourse, rather than going home for lunch. I got the Memphia Bowl with quinoa, smoked bbq tofu, and slaw (made with vegan mayo), plus a Side Salad & Sparkling Water. I'm so lucky to work in a building in which every single restaurant offers something not only vegan but whole foods-based and healthy!

By the way, I've been working on not drinking liquid with meals to improve digestion, but the Mama Gaia meal was a combo. And since it came with a drink, I totally forgot! Drinking with meals is so second-nature. It's a hard habit to break. But when I do remember, I do feel like things digest a little better (and I get less gassy).

My afternoon snack was one of Mama Gaia's Raw Vegan Brownies. These are made with dates and nuts and cocoa, so they're totally healthy. But they're super decadent, and this felt like such a treat. I've not even craved sweets in the last nine days!

Dinner was Lacy's Macro Bowl from last year's Reset & Restore program. This is a simple bowl with brown rice, chickpeas, steamed kale, tahini, and kraut. I love easy and delicious meals like this. And this was quick to prepare, which was great since Paul and I had to make a quick trip (an hour away) to Jonesboro after dinner.

On the way back home from Jonesboro, I was craving fruit. We stopped at a gas station, and though they had fresh fruit, I opted for these Freeze-Dried Apples because I thought it would be a fun, crunchy road snack. And it was! And more Perrier because sparking water is the greatest. I waited until after eating to drink this time!

Today's R&R offering was meal prep and planning tips and a workout routine from Lacy, who owns the awesome Portland feminist gym, Liberation Barbell. Can't wait to give it a try!

By the way, I finally did my ascendant chart from yesterday's astrology lesson, and I'm all Air and Earth (and barely any Fire and Water), which is exactly as I predicted! I'm all about fairness, balance, practicality, goal-setting, and motivation. And I'm not about impulsivity and feelings, like at all. I often joke that I lack the ability to feel feelings, and the very word "spontaneous" gives me anxiety. This chart makes total sense.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Reclaim & Revolt, Day 8

Oops! I accidentally forgot to publish this post Monday night. Accidentally hit Save instead of Publish. So here ya go —a day late!

It's hard to believe the Reclaim & Revolt program is a quarter of the way over! At this point, I'm not looking forward to the end. This little wellness program has introduced me to an awesome community of like-minded folks through our R&R Google Group, and I want it to last forever! We all share our affirmations and gratitudes for the day there, and it's so cool to read other people's positive thoughts each morning. But hey, there are still 3 weeks left, so maybe I should look on the bright side.

Today's focus is on astrology, so Kelsey of Deep Sea Astrology sent us some info on figuring out our personalized elemental constitution. I haven't had time to do it yet! But I'll let y'all know what I find out.

Personally, my marathon training program for the Nashville Rock 'n' Roll Marathon (it's in April) started today. It was raining though, so I had half a Phyter Butternut Squash & PB bar and hit the treadmill (BLAH!). Then I came home and had this bowl of Lacy's Warm Oats & Nice Cream. Sorry for the yellow-y pic. My usual natural morning light was obscured by rain clouds.

The oats are sweetened with maple syrup, and they're topped with homemade banana soft serve (to which I added a scoop of chocolate protein powder). Also topped with cacao nibs and chia seeds. This was one of my fave recipes on Lacy's Reset & Restore plan last January, and I was glad to see it in her Reclaim recipes this time!

My morning snack at work was Baby Carrots & Roots Oil-Free Hummus.

And lunch was more Ruby Hued Borscht with Cashew Sour Cream. The recipe made a ton, so I'm glad Paul likes it too. He took some to work for lunch as well. I may even freeze some to have later in the month.

In the afternoon, between work meetings, I snacked on Cacao Hemp Almonds. No picture because I gobbled them right up. But they're awesome, and they're made by Nativas Naturals.

And then for dinner, I had the yummiest Chickpea Scramble (another Lacy recipe) with roasted red pepper and green beans. I served this with corn tortillas and cashew queso for taco night! Taco Mondays are a thing, right? ;-)

The rest of the night was spent doing more food prep for the week! And I tucked in early because I'm all about getting more sleep these days.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Reclaim & Revolt, Days 5-7

This weekend was my first on the Reclaim & Revolt program — a January self-care program that includes vegan recipes, fitness routines, astrology insight, Tarot lessons, and gut health tips.

In the past, on my January resets, I often felt pretty bored on the weekends since I was all about restriction and either cut out alcohol entirely or gave myself extreme limits (like one glass of wine per weekend). But this year, the only thing I'm cutting out IS restriction! Granted, I'm setting some goals for things like booze and sugar (moderation, special occasions), but this time, I'm not allowing myself to feel guilt or shame for eating or drinking whatever I feel like.

But back to booze in a few. Let's start with Friday morning! I had a Pecan Pie Larabar before hitting my weekly bootcamp glass at the gym. Then I came home and had another couple Ginger Maple Carrot Muffins and a Banana (pictured here in Thursday's post).

I'd planned to leave work around noon for lunch on Friday and come home to my leftover Slow Cooker Lentil Soup, but an 11 am meeting was moved to 11:40 am, and I knew it'd be at least 1 pm before I could run home for lunch. So I went downstairs to I Love Juice Bar and got this large Fresh Greens Juice (it was punch card freebie!).

That held me over until 1, when I went home for my lentil stew (also pictured here in Thursday's post). Dinner on Friday was a big salad with my leftover Chickpea Tofu from Power Vegan Meals, plus toasted pumpkin and sunflower seeds, veggies, and tahini dressing.

Friday on Reclaim & Revolt is check-in day. There are no new lessons, but everyone is encouraged to check in on the private Google Group and discuss how their week has gone. Plus, the weekend gives everyone a chance to get caught up on all the content Lacy, Hannah, Erin, and Kelsey have been sending us all week. For example, I finally got a chance to make a recipe for an essential oil salt scrub that Erin sent us a recipe for on Wednesday. I took a nice, relaxing bath with this cedar-rosemary-chamomile scrub on Friday night. And I had wine!

I told myself I could have as much wine as I wanted, and I thought I might have two glasses. But I ended up just having the one because that was all I wanted. This whole eating (and drinking) intuitively thing is really good for me. I rarely check in to ask myself what I really want, and now I'm doing that.

On Saturday morning, I slept in, ate more muffins and a banana, and then did Erin's energy workout video that's designed to clear out negative energy. It was a nice 20-minute, low-impact movement series.

For my morning snack, I made some Sprouted Grain Tortilla Chips using Ezekiel wraps baked in the oven until crisp. I dipped those in guacamole and cashew queso while cleaning the house. I've gotten into the habit of always snacking while cleaning, and it makes cleaning so much more fun.

Lunch on Saturday was the last of my Chickpea, Potato & Spinach Soup from last Tuesday, plus a side salad with olive oil-balsamic vinaigrette.

I went grocery shopping for the upcoming week on Saturday afternoon, and then I made this awesome Baked Sweet Potato with Chickpea Guacamole from Lacy's recipes. I love the idea of adding chickpeas to guac! You can't really see it, but there was tahini underneath the guac.

After dinner, we binge-watched some Sopranos, and I had a glass of wine. Again, I thought I'd have two. And maybe some popcorn. But I wasn't actually hungry since I'd eaten a late dinner, so I skipped the popcorn. And I wasn't feeling a second glass of wine. 

On Sunday morning, I woke up early and made another of Lacy's Savory Chickpea Pancakes (the same breakfast I had on day one of Reclaim & Revolt) — this time topped with sauteed broccoli, bell pepper, carrot, and onion, plus avocado, oil-free hummus, and salsa. YUM! The pancake stuck to the pan a bit, so it was more of a scramble. But still delicious.

My friend Cassi was hosting a Burlesque Brunch at our fave gay bar, Dru's Place, Sunday morning, so I met some friends there around 10:30 am. I skipped the meal since I'd already eaten at home (and nothing was vegan anyway), but I didn't pass up the Mimosas! I had two this time because my intuition told me too. :-) I will say, there was a champagne fountain, and I managed to only re-fill my glass from it once. 

The show was over by 1:30 pm, so I headed home and had another baked sweet potato with chickpea guac. 

Then I got to work on meal prep for the week, and I made some awesome dinner for tonight — Ruby Hued Borscht with Cashew Sour Cream, another awesome Lacy recipe! This had beets, potatoes, carrots, onion, cabbage, and tomatoes, and it was just perfect.

Now it's Sunday night, and I'm sipping kombucha and preparing to run another bath. I think I'll have some raw chocolate and herbal tea as well! Hope y'all had a great weekend too!