Thursday, December 31, 2009

Last Blog of 2009- Happy New Year!

Hey ya'll! Guess what? I bought PETA's Vegan College Cookbook: 275 Easy, Cheap, and Delicious Recipes to Keep you Vegan at School

It's pretty good...a bit heavy on the fake meats and cheeses, but it's got a lot of simple recipes that take no longer than a few minutes and can be whipped up and thrown into the microwave to cook. I also grabbed a few vegan recipe books out of the library, including Food for Life by Neal Barnard, MD; Veganomicon by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope; Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World by Isa Chandra Moskowitz; and a couple others. I haven't made much more than my mom's 'Mish-mash' recipe which is simply white potatoes, sweet potatoes, broccoli, onions and some minced garlic chopped up, mixed with some olive oil and sprinkled with sea salt and pepper. It's put in a glass 9x13 inch pan, covered with foil and put in the oven for about an hour at 375 degrees. Pretty simple. Anyway, happy new years to everyone, best health in 2010! :)

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Daily food log- Dec. 14 and 15

Hi ya'll,

As you can see, I'm absolutely atrocious at keeping up with this damned thing so here's 'day 2 and 3'. Since I'm off school right now I can keep this up a little so long as I remember! So here we go:

Monday Dec. 14/09.

B- Quaker Oatmeal, reduced sugar, brown sugar and cinnamon flavoured- 2 packets
- almond milk, less than 1/2 cup
- black coffee with honey*

L- whole wheat bagel with veggies (lettuce, cucumbers, pickles, hot peppers, onion, tomato, mustard and black pepper)- @ the Great Canadian Bagel
- black coffee with honey

D- homemade vegetable and brown rice soup
- tea with honey
- whole wheat pita with butter* and garlic

S- whole wheat pita with honey and peanut butter

-few bottles of water
-1 hour of moderate intensity step aerobics

Tuesday Dec. 15/09.

B- bowl of Quaker Oatmeal, reduced sugar, brown sugar and cinnamon (2 packets)
- 1/2 cup of coffee with honey

L- white pita with hummus, veggies, tahini and hot sauce
- Pocky sticks- chocolate flavoured

D- coffee with honey
- bowl of leftover veggie soup
- 2 slices of whole wheat toast with butter and sliced tomatoes (sea salt and pepper)

-water throughout the day
-1 hour of bootcamp fitness class

*note: while butter and honey are not vegan, I find I can digest them, unlike other non-vegan products (i.e. cheese, milk, yogurt, any kind of meat including fish, eggs, etc.); in fact, I like honey for its healing qualities among other things.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Daily food log- Day 1

So despite how insane my life is at the mo', I want to record a week of what I typically eat. It's winter now here in the city of Toronto, so there's snow on the ground and it gets dark at 5 PM. I don't always eat super healthy when I'm as stressed out as I am right now, and my sleep's definitely suffered over the last few weeks. I do continue to work out a minimum of 3 times a week (1 hour each time) and 6 times at the most usually. But for the most part, 4-5 times a week has been fairly consistent. 2 hours on Mondays, 1 hour on Tuesdays, 1 hour on Wednesdays, and 1 and a half hours on Saturdays. Anyway, then I got a job and my fitness classes decreased because they started on the off-schedule times which only allow 2 classes per day, when there are usually 4 classes a day.

Note: I do consume butter and honey. I'm really not 100% anything so... yeah there's my heads up. I consider myself mostly vegan because when I say vegetarian I get "oh you eat cheese and eggs right?" Well no. I'm lactose intolerant and eggs make me nauseous. I don't eat this was for animal rights, even though it is a worthy cause, I eat this way for my own health. Butter is something I didn't really eat much before I embarked on this journey, but I find it keeps me from getting bored of some of my meals too easily and I enjoy how I feel full after putting a small pat on certain foods. Honey has, I feel, been keeping me healthy. I live in a house full of omnivorous roommates who have been getting sick since I moved here in September, but the only thing I've really had issues with are PMS (which is normal for me) and bouts of nausea due to severe lack of sleep.

B- butter on whole wheat toast, sliced tomatoes (1 vine tomato) and green leaf lettuce (large handful), sea salt and pepper. 2 cups of coffee with honey.

L- bowl of sweetened peaches n' cream oatmeal (2 packets) with almond milk. 2 cups of coffee with honey.

D- falafel in a pita with onions, tomato wedges, cabbage, lettuce, tahini sauce and hot sauce. A couple bottles of water.

S- large kit kat bar

Fitness- 1 hour of 'Hi-Lo' class (1/2 cardio, 1/2 weights)

Again not perfect here, just want to record what I'm eating for a week and improve. Holidays are coming up of course but I want to see where to go from after they're over. There will be an X-mas party on Saturday after my exam and fitness class where I will indulge in chocolate, veggies, fruit and probably sweets. :D I'mma do it up and have fun!