Aspiring artist, dietician and world traveler, but am overall very confused.

Month: July, 2012

Today’s Eats

Hey guys! Today has been an awesomely satisfying day. I picked up a new day planner and a new laptop for school, which is what I’m typing on now. I hit pilates this morning, which was a lot of fun, as usual. And I made some yummy food, so I thought I would show you the things that I made today!


I had a toasted 9 grain bagel with coconut butter, and a berry/melon bowl.


For lunch, I made some red quinoa with a pat of soy-free Earth Balance atop it, and red lentil and spinach dal from Tosca Renos’ Eat Clean Diet Vegetarian cookbook.


And for dinner, I had an orange, some kale chips seasoned with nutritional yeast and cayenne pepper, and Emperor’s Rice from the Vegan Cooking for Carnivores cookbook, which was some forbidden black rice mixed with some brown rice, cooked in water and coconut milk, and seasoned with sea salt and chives. It was really simple, but really yummy! And I’ve got tons of leftovers for my next two days of work, which is delightful. 🙂

Anyway, I just had time for a quick post. Erik and I are going to go watch The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (the recent, American remake) and snuggle up with some chocolate cake. More soon!


Cravings for Oatmeal Raisin Cookies: Satisfied

Currently at work, enjoying one of the vegan oatmeal raisin cookies I baked last night (recipe found here!) which might be the best oatmeal raisin cookies I’ve ever had! They are enormous and gooey, and I can’t wait to make Erik try one after work tonight. The only obvious changes I made were that I used spelt flour instead of kamut flour, and pure cane sugar instead of sucanat. I wonder if there is a big difference in the sweetness of the two. I also baked mine for an extra 5 minutes because they were so jumbo sized.

Totally unrelated, but I’ve been feeling a little documentary-crazed lately, and one of the ones I watched recently was called “Thin”. It showed a few weeks in the lives of some patients at an eating disorder treatment centre in the United States. It was so heartbreaking, to see all of these women struggling through treatment, only to leave before they are ready to (due to their insurance running out, or because they don’t want to be helped, among other reasons) and relapsing. It was pretty scary to see just how consuming a serious eating disorder can be, and how it can take a lifetime to recover from. This documentary was stomach-turning and sad, but totally eyeopening, so if you get a chance to, check it out.

On a happier note, I still can’t believe I’m switching programs! Whenever I think about it, it doesn’t feel quite real yet. I’m going to have to figure out whether I need to buy a lap top or not, which I’ve been wanting for a while to help with recipe access in the kitchen. I’m also weirdly excited to start buying textbooks so I can start reading. The way the program works is we do two courses at a time on alternating days, usually about a month long, until we get through all 19 courses. According to my schedule, I’ll be starting with Biological Chemistry which I am not remotely excited for (loathing for chemistry instilled in my being since high school), and Nutrition and Health Fundamentals, which I am feeling pretty keen about already. Buuuut, enough boring details about my life. 😛 I’ll be going now! Have a beautiful day!

Adventures at Whole Foods

Settling in to yet another ten hour shift at work, and I’m feeling mostly resigned to my fate. I started my day off the best way I know how, with some hot lime water, a bowl of cereal, and then a yoga class. This morning’s class was aerial yoga, and another fact of life that I have begun to resign myself to is that I don’t think I’m cut out for aerial yoga. As cool as it is to be upside-down at 6:30am, it makes me super nauseous and I don’t feel like I reap the benefits from it that I should. More grounded poses I can handle, but doing a shoulder stand 3 feet off the ground, not so much.

Yesterday morning’s yoga felt much better. I did the most sturdy headstand I have ever done before, which was really exciting, and the teacher was really supportive and gave a lot of good advice. Yesterday was actually just really good in general. Erik and I hit Canadian Tire where he got my late birthday present, a food processor! I’ve been dying for one because there are all sorts of things I’ve been dying to make such as banana soft serve, and homemade nut butter (I’ve been especially curious about pecan!). Then we went to Whole Foods, where I picked up a bunch of exciting things… Miso, sprouted non-GMO tofu, lacinato kale, coconut butter (had on my toast this morning and it was diviiiiiiine), chocolate chip banana bread (Erik’s request…I did not fight him :P) … I love Whole Foods. But I’ve also been thinking (especially since I finished reading Michael Pollan’s “In Defense of Food”, which was an excellent read) that I want to set my family up with CSA (Community Shared Agriculture) because I really do eat a lot of the same vegetables all the time, so I think it’d be fun an interesting to be forced into variety.

After our trip to Whole Foods, we headed back to my house, and I started making dinner which was:

Up above, you see Baked Maple Mustard Tempeh, Vegan Mac n’ Cheez (made with ancient grain spaghetti noodles because I didn’t have macaroni noodles) and sauteed asparagus! All in all, it was pretty yummy, but there were way too many mustard flavours happening, so I will be toning those down for sure if I ever decided to make this tempeh again.

After dinner, we snuggled up and watched Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead which was a great documentary. I was super interested in short-term juice fasting before, because of all the awesome health benefits I’ve heard about it, but now I feel even more inclined to try it. I will have to find out more about it first, of course, but I really like the idea of cleansing your body and your tastebuds every few months.

So for now, that is it. But more soon! 🙂

Something Exciting Has Happened

Just a quick post before I depart for aerial yoga this evening.  Today was my interview at the holistic nutrition school I believe I’ve mentioned here before. And it was awesome. It seemed like such a lovely community and  very close-knit. As of September, I will officially be going to school for nutrition, and I’m super excited. In celebration, I made some ratatouille, which you can find the recipe for here. So this was my dinner tonight,  accompanied by two slices of very tasty multigrain sourdough bread with a smear (not a very delicious word, now that I think about it) of soy-free Earth Balance.

After dinner, I had a mug of lemon echinacea tea, because my throat  has been a little sore today. I had never had it before, and I was pretty put off by this throat-coating quality that it had. Hopefully it  is something that I can get used to, but until then, I will have to look for other natural remedies to  supplement this strange tea because…yeah. Any suggestions would be wonderful. That’s all for now!

I Had Forgotten to Title This Post

Hi there, Anne here! To start off with, here is what today’s lunch looked like:

It was coconut lentils on sprouted grain toast, kale chips (seasoned with cayenne pepper and nutritional yeast…my favourite combo so far, but I am open to suggestions) and half of a roasted acorn squash. To drink, I had some sort of Lipton tea that I think was cucumber-melon-mint flavoured, but I’m not sure. The tea was okay, but lunch was awesome! I love kale chips! I’ve made them three days in a row, and I think that it might be my favourite way to enjoy kale! There is no bitterness, just a very different and delicious crunch. I would like to experiment more with kale though, so I will have to go recipe searching. Dessert was a So Delicious coconut milk ice cream bar in banana split flavour, and holy shit am I ever in love. I need never consume a normal ice cream bar again, if I’ve got these babies on hand.

I went to another physiotherapy session this morning, which I am growing more and more skeptical about. They did, however, give me a delightful deep tissue massage in my injured leg as well as some ultrasound therapy which was also pretty relaxing. They have also added some more exercises onto my daily repertoire, including some calf stretching (which I despise…) and clam exercises (this just sounds naughty to me) which I’m meant to do 3 to 5 times a day.

After grabbing a quick bowl of cereal at home (flax flakes with museli, berries, and chia seeds), Abbey and I headed off to pilates. I adore the Monday morning pilates instructor for her incredible coolness, grace, and wicked storytelling. I’ve always admired people who can tell really sweet, captivating stories, because I am definitely not one of those people. I could listen to her talk all day. I haven’t really done any intensive cardio for a few weeks now apart from yoga cross once a week. All I do is yoga and pilates, but I’m at the studio at least six days a week. Erik and I also try to go hiking once a week, usually. I wonder if this is sufficient exercise, because I’m really loving it and would like to continue going to this studio after my summer trial is up. Any thoughts?

I suppose that’s all for now. I may have exciting news on the morrow, but I won’t know until then, so I will keep you posted! Keep your fingers crossed for me!

Mmm…Organic Red Plums

Hey guys! So I just thought I’d share a quick shot of my lunch, again taken with the shitty laptop webcam I’ve got to work with. Today’s salad is packing:

  • Baby Spinach and Baby Romaine (probably a 1.5 c of each)
  • 1 sliced red red plum
  • 1 T of pepita seeds
  • 2 T of pecans
  • 1 T of Kraft Classic Herb dressing

For a while now, and especially after seeing the vegan food pyramid (see yesterday’s post), I decided that I really need to start upping my vegetable intake. Normally I try to start my day out with a green veggie (usually spinach or kale…I tried raw broccoli once, but the broccoli taste was just too overpowering) and banana smoothie but my bananas I bought earlier this week are taking way too long to ripen. They really have to be good and spotty before they’re ready to go in a smoothie.

I went to an awesome yoga class this morning before work. One of my big concerns with hitting a yoga class before a long shift is that I won’t have time to drive home, throw lunch together then get to work without really stressing myself out about it. This morning worked out perfectly fine though, and I love starting my day with a yoga class. Today, we did some arm balance poses, which were just as exciting as they always are. We did crow pose with the option to go into a headstand, which only one woman in the class tried, but headstands and handstands are definitely something I would like to work my way up to.

Also, just had a fascinating conversations with one of our customers who is an osteopath. Usually, we talk about different TV shows and comics and books we’re getting into, but today we got into this super rad discussion about the health sciences industry and about all these different approaches to alternative medicine such as his job osteopathy, as well as aromatherapy and reflexology and all these other intriguing things that I will have to do more research on. When he first told me that he was an osteopath, I assumed that they dealt strictly with the bones in the body, but as he explained, there is actually so much more to it than that. Osteopathy focuses on the overall structure and function of the body, including bones, muscles and tissue, lymph and more. I actually just learned about it, so I’m going to have to do more research on that as well. We also talked about the injuries I’ve been experiencing lately, and what he believes might be the problem (possibly a twisted pelvis). I really loved the philosophy of osteopathy which seems to be: solve the root of the problem and the rest of the body will realign itself, whereas physiotherapy has me completely focused on my torn hamstring. I feel like our society spends so much time trying to treat symptoms when what we really need is to get to the heart of the problem. In conclusion, I’m excited to make an appointment. 🙂

In other news, Erik and I are making Chana Dal for dinner, with some of my leftover Red Quinoa Pilaf from the other night. I may even possibly bust out some kale chips because they are so fast and easy to make, and I’m totally hooked on them. Last night, I made my kale chips with a sprinkling to nutritional yeast and some cayenne pepper and they were magnifique! Better get going for now and finally finish my lunch (I’ve been working on this salad for over an hour!), but I will leave you with this awesome song all the yoga instructors at my studio have been playing lately! I’m obsessed!

Overwhelmed by the Vegan Food Pyramid

Today I decided to skip early morning yoga in favour of a couple extra hours of sleep, and while I’m feeling very well rested, getting up just an hour before my shift started totally threw off my usual morning ritual. I hopped in the shower, then threw my breakfast (hot water with lime, and vegan overnight oats topped with cherries and a crumbled orange-blueberry muffin that I made a few days ago) into my lunchbag with the rest of today’s eats, then flew out the door.

The last few days, I’ve been completely obsessed with finding interesting meals I can pack to bring to work with me, especially for longer shifts like the one I’m working right now (10 hours…blaaah). I recently discovered Vegan Lunch Box, which is pretty cute and inspiring, but she features so many salads, which I find I can only enjoy for so long before they begin to be too much of one flavour and things like that. Maybe I just have to learn to be more creative with my salads. I also spent, like, an hour before yoga cross last night perusing my new cookbook, Tosca Reno’s Eat-Clean Diet Vegetarian Cookbook, and I found a bunch of things in there that I would like to try making. I have a little container of fresh rosemary in my fridge that I have to use up (I always have trouble using up herbs!) from a mushroom gravy Erik and I made the other night, so last night I made a Red Quinoa Pilaf from the new cookbook, to add to my tasty munchies today.  In the cookbook, there were also some really cool alternative food pyramids for vegetarians and vegans. I copied the vegan one into my sketchbook so that I would have it to reference throughout the day:When left to my own devices, I try to eat a mostly plant-based diet. I have no idea how I’m going to cram 9 servings of vegetables into my diet though, if a serving size of vegetables is 2 handfuls. That measurement seems kind of vague to me. :/

In other news, Erik and I explored the Kitchener-Waterloo area, particularly to visit Thrive Juice Bar which was awesome. I had this delicious falafel wrap and a Big Green Juice which was 18 ounces of “detoxifier & cleanser, extremely rich in minerals & nutrients, high in amino acids, fresh wheatgrass, spirulina, cucumber, kale, spinach, apple & lemon” as described on their website. The restaurant is in this really cool plaza with all sorts of health food places, homeopathic stores, fair trade coffee shops… I was totally in love. Then we drove to St. Jacob’s Country, which is this really cool area where a lot Mennonite culture has been preserved. There were all sorts of quilt shops and bakeries and museums. Erik and I went for a really nice walk along this river (I think it was the Conestogo River), and I did some doodling in the ol’ sketchbook. I really have to start carrying my camera around if I’m going to be blogging regularly, because everything in this area was so awesome and beautiful, and all I have to show you guys is my silly food pyramid.

On that note, I should probably get cracking on some of my work for today, so yeah! Au revoir!

Eeee! My copy o…

Eeee! My copy of Tosca Reno’s Eat-Clean Diet Vegetarian Cookbook just came in the mail! I am bursting with excitement. More later! 😀

A Possible Addiction to Athletic Wear?

Hello out there! Just wanted to  do a quick post before I get cracking on some  more errands today! Hope everyone reading this is having as joyous a day as I am so far. Despite an overcast and muggy day outside,  plus a moment of weakness last night when faced with hunger during yesterday’s shopping trip with my younger sister Allaina last night, I am feeling excellent today. Yesterday, I may have officially become  a slave to Lululemon Athletica. I picked up my first ever outfit from there yesterday, and I already can’t wait to go back for more. Up until fairly, I’ve just been working out in old  t-shirts and a gigantic  pair  of shorts, and I really wanted to inspire and reward  myself with something I would not normally be able to afford. Please ignore my awkward face in the accompanying  image on  the left…I was just really excited to show you my outfit. 😛  Anyway, after my weak moment at the mall’s food court last night, I decided that today, I was going to spoil myself and be good to me, as a way of proving to myself that healthy eating is exponentially better than the shit at the mall. So I started  the day off with a cleansing mug of  hot water and lime, then had a super  yummy bowl of Apple Pie Oatmeal. My yoga class this morning wasn’t until 9:30, so I really took my time easing myself into the day. I love slow mornings. By the time I got to the studio, I was wide awake and raring to go. Today, I went to a Vinyasa class, which I had never  done before, and I absolutely loved it. Our instructor played one of those sound effect  CDs where you just hear the sounds of waves, which really helped to calm my mind and my breathing. We did tons of hip openers, and  worked our way up to some balancing poses, which are always really exciting when you discover you are actually capable of doing them. 😀 I think that’s all for now, actually. Erik and I are planning  a hike for tomorrow,  and  I want to get together some treats for us to bring along, due to  my perma-hunger. More on this soon!

Today’s Gourmet Lunch and More

Hey guys! So I’m at work right now, and I just sat down for the gourmet lunch I packed for myself! Today I work seven hours, and I find that I get hungry pretty frequently, so I definitely try to bring enough food to keep my satisfied throughout the day. Today’s eats are an almond butter and banana sandwich on Country Harvest’s sunflower flax bread (I love this brand…all of their bread is so yummy), a spinach-arugula-banana smoothie (made with 1 cup of unsweetened vanilla Almond Breeze and 2 tablespoons of hemp hearts…I definitely overdid it on the arugula though… it made my smoothie pretty bitter, but I had to use it up…), a fennel bulb which I cut up and roasted with salt and pepper this morning, a cup of those really dark cherries that are super sweet and awesome, and about 1/4 cup of walnuts. This is what I’m eating right now:

I wish I could have taken a shot that actually featured more lunch than face, but I just took it on the laptop webcam at work which is not easy to move. We work with what we have. Read the rest of this entry »