Calm before the storm…

After an absolutely wonderful evening with my parents, today was back to business as usual. Although slightly better than businesses usual, since my mom supplied me with a fantastic breakfast of yogurt, bananas, and sliced almonds and minestrone soup for lunch. As I said yesterday, my meal preparation and meal planning has been less than stellar, so since I had some help with breakfast and lunch, I had time to get some meal planning done for the remainder of the week. I have friends coming in from out of town this weekend, and it is sure to be filled with too much food, too much alcohol, and too little sleep, making it even more important for me to get myself together. SO, I referred to my handy dandy “meal idea” list that I keep in my phone:

  
I keep this going so I never have evenings where I am stumped for a meal idea. It also reminds me of things I’ve been wanting to try and helps me generate my weekly grocery lists. I keep this list running and just check off the ideas after I’ve made them. On days like today where I’m meal planning, I choose a few off of the list (this time I’m choosing the cabbage soup, buffalo chicken spaghetti squash, and Chana masala) and turn it into a grocery list:

  
(I’ll explain the psyllium husk powder in a later post). 

While there are many ways to meal plan, this has seemed to work for me to keep things organized yet interesting. I headed to the grocery store after work and now I’m all stocked up until company descends on my house on Friday! 

Unfortunately, my mom thwarted my uber healthy day and bought me these:

  
So I had a serving of them… Then threw them away because I have no willpower otherwise (sorry mom).

I finally got back to yoga today after two days off, and it felt amazing, but extremely hard today (75 min class). I truly missed it. I made this super simple Chana Masala when I got home:

 
Which is essentially brown rice, chick peas, sautéed onions and cabbage smothered in Masala sauce. I typically make my own sauce, but Trader Joes has a great unprocessed version and I was beat, so I “cheated” and used that instead.

I ended the night with a cup of tea and puppy snuggles on the couch. Today was a good day 😎.

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Home sweet home…

Happy Monday (said no one ever)!! After my booze-y, sugary weekend, I’ve felt better. Hence my day started like this:

 

 
Black coffee, Lara bar, and SO much water. I started with sparkling water this morning to settle my stomach, although it is technically “processed” because of the “natural flavors”, but you can’t win ’em all. Anyway, more importantly, today is my LASIK consultation which means it’s the last day that I have to wear this damn glasses!!

  

So I only had to work until noon and then headed north to my appointment after finishing off my weekend leftovers (supplemented with lots of kale):

  
By the way, as I’m writing this I’m noticing the increased amount of convenience food lately. One of the benefits to keeping an online journal. Looks like tomorrow I’ll need to refocus on meal prep and planning! 

Anyway, there’s this ridiculous assumption that once you near 30 years old, you should have your shit together. While I’d like to think that that’s true for me some of the time, I certainly have my moments when I’d like to curl up in the fetal position and just BE TAKEN CARE OF. Like, no more adulting. I am lucky enough to live close enough to my kick-ass parents that once in a while, I can do just that, and they allow it. So after my eyes were adequately dilated: 

  

  
 …tonight was spent back in my hometown, being spoiled by my parents who took me out for an amazing dinner (baked Brie with fruit and bread as an appetizer followed by a salmon and spinach salad) and soaking in the hot tub. If it wasn’t frowned upon by society, I might never leave. 

(To complete the post, I also snacked on grapes, a piece of dark chocolate, and two glasses of wine)

Trick-or-Treat (and I DEFINITELY chose treat)

This weekend was, as anticipated, less than healthy. I was hoping it would just be limited to Saturday (Halloween), but it somehow snuck into my Sunday as well. Luckily the “guilt” of this was overshadowed by what a wonderful weekend I had. I didn’t really focus on my food intake so much (clearly) so I have very few food pictures of this weekend, but here is what my weekend looked like:

Saturday:

Today actually started out pretty well (health-wise)

Spent the morning (literally… from 7-10am) in my second home (Portland Power Yoga) and did two back-to-back hot yoga classes totaling 2.5 hours of working out. This was to make up for the fact that I wasn’t going to be back from Boston in time on Sunday to get to a class. After this, I had a Lara Bar (my go-to meal when I don’t have time for anything else – they’re almost all unprocessed!) and a smoothie from Whole Foods. We then rushed home to get ready for the weekend and hit the road. I snacked on a banana on the way down to Boston, still recovering from the lengthy yoga class.

Once in Boston, my best buddy’s mom fed us some delicious turkey chili for lunch. Still… not so bad, right? While we passed out candy (which I didn’t have ANY of), I snacked on some apple and goat cheese crostinis that I made (but I only had two!!) and drank red wine (here is where  the “trouble” started). We explored the Beacon Hill neighborhood which was SO much fun:

   

 
  
Later that evening, my sister flew in from a conference and (after a few more glasses of wine) we made our way to the North End, A.K.A my version of heaven. I’m bummed I didn’t get a picture of this place, but we had an excellent dinner at Vinoteca di Monica, which for me was green spaghetti and turkey meatballs with LOTS more wine. After dinner we rolled our way to Modern Pastry for the (obviously necessary) cannoli. One final nightcap and then we called it a night. Could have been worse, right? But then Sunday happened…

We woke up on Sunday feeling less than stellar (see above wine consumption). We had some scrambled eggs, an English muffin, and an apple. And proceeded to drink coffee on their roof deck (rough life, eh?)

  
 My best buddy’s mom also graciously offered us some pumpkin spice donuts, which we started to eat, but they unfortunately weren’t that good, so I only ate 1/2. Again, not too bad… right? We headed home midday and by the time we got back, we were relatively hungry. We both had leftovers from the North End, which were just as delicious today… And some extra baguette bread… And a beer (a little hair of the dog, we thought?)… Followed by a nap. I woke up feeling like a TOTAL waste of life, and decided we NEEDED to go for a walk. We walked the entire perimeter of Portland and (as our walks often do) ended up at our favorite bar near my condo (are you sensing a trend for when things start to fall apart nutritionally??). We were hungry again by this point, so we made our way to one of our healthier options, which is a vegetarian restaurant around the corner. We had a delicious meal of Brussels sprouts, fried brown rice, and extra veggies,  and of course….. wine. As we made our way home, we thought it would be an EXCELLENT idea to stop at the convenient store and pick up “something sweet”, which ended up being EVERYTHING sweet. Luckily, I fell asleep on the couch before getting into EVERYTHING we bought, but I did manage to get through a half of a bag of Sour Patch Watermelons first.

So yes, this weekend could have been healthier. My only regrets really were the candy and maybeeee 1-2 of the glasses of wine each night. But we made some good memories this weekend and I got a much needed day off from exercise on Sunday (other than our long walk/pub-crawl), so all is well that ends well :)

FriYAY!

I now have a love/hate relationship with Friday’s (please see previous post where I rant about my job on Wednesdays and Fridays), however, it still marks the end of the work week and the start of the weekend, so I’ll go ahead and celebrate it anyway. I started my celebrations a littttttle early last night and had some prosecco and candy while watching Thursday night football (who needs beer and wings when you have prosecco and candy?! I’m a lady, God dammit), so I woke up this morning feeling like I needed some kale. Ok lots of kale. In fact my breakfast scramble looked like this:

  
75% kale, 20% eggs, and 5% Franks Red Hot Sauce because…. Franks.

This wouldn’t have been enough to keep me full until lunch, so I ate some dry Ezekiel toast with it, drank lotsssss of water, and was back to feeling semi-normal in no time. 

The rest of my day looked like this:

Lunch: granola (that I made a few weeks ago and put in the  freezer for days like today when I don’t have a plan) and a banana 

Dinner: goat cheese polenta, roasted fall veggies with balsamic, and wilted kale 

  
Snacks: 2 glasses of prosecco and a dark chocolate square. That counts as a snack, right?

  
Exercise: an hour of restorative yoga that was the absolute highlight of my day then another hour of hot yoga.

 Overall, FriYAY indeed. 

#breakroomproblems

Good morning, pharm friends (which I’m pretty sure is just my mom at this point)! This morning was cold, windy, and drizzly, which made it especially challenging to get out of bed. I somehow managed, but mostly because I knew I had already roasted apples the night before and was semi-excited to make my roasted apple oatmeal this morning (exciting life I lead – I know). SO, I tucked and rolled out of bed, made my way to the coffee maker (first thing’s first), and threw together some oatmeal which just so happened to be perfect for this dismal day. I made two servings in 1 pot, which consisted of 1 cup of oats, 2 cups of water (I didn’t have any milk on hand), 1 tablespoon of chia seeds, 2 tablespoons of apple cider reduction, 1 tsp of cinnamon and 1 tablespoon of maple syrup. I topped it with the apple I had roasted the night before in honey and cinnamon. It doesn’t look like much:

  
But it was seriously worth getting out of bed for. Sadly, this is what my breakfast looks like most days. A black to-go cup of coffee and something out of a Tupperware container. I don’t typically eat at home because I’m just not hungry at 6:30am. It’s probably the ONE time of day when I’m not hungry.

The problem, is inevitably, once I get to the office. More specifically, the dreaded break room. Now the folks I work with are VERY sweet. Unfortunately, so are the treats they bring in… Every…Single…Day… Today happened to be pumpkin bread. And chocolate chip bread. And a variety of breads and pastries from Standard Baking Company. 

  
Well….. shit. If that wasn’t bad enough, I also forgot to pack a lunch today. The perfect storm.

Now before I go to far with this “holier than thou”shit, the break room wasn’t the worst of my worries today. Instead of my day looking like this:

Breakfast: pastries

Lunch: pastries

Dinner: regret

It looked more like this:

Breakfast: roasted apple oatmeal

Lunch: Kale, lentil, and butternut squash soup with whole wheat pretzel rods from Lois’ Natural food store, which is walking distance from my office

Dinner: my best buddy wanted pizza with the Patriots game. I was down for ordering out, but I wanted a salad. Unfortunately my salad came looking like this:

  
If it fits in your palm, it’s too damn small. My buddy also bought me a bottle of prosecco to celebrate the fact that I did a handstand in yoga class. So I had 2 (3?) glasses of that… Plus the following….

Snacks: triscuits and cheese, sour patch watermelons, and chewy sweet tarts. Damn cute boyfriends and good friends who bring me junk food!!

Exercise: 75 minutes of hot yoga (woah! throwing in a curveball with the extra 15 minutes!)

There’s always tomorrow?

Wednesday Worries.

Bummer of a title, eh? Well let me explain. I recently took a new position at work that is significantly outside of my comfort zone. I’m in a constant state of figuring out what acronyms mean (“Allie, did you do the PHRQI yet?”…. Hint, answer is always “no and WTF is that???”) and leading meetings that I have no business leading. Luckily, this part of my job is only ~50% of my overall assignment (Ha!) and Wednesdays and Fridays are my days to work on these tasks. That typically means I wake up Wednesdays with some serious racing thoughts and ridiculous anxieties that are realllllyyyyy unproductive. This is essentially why the 30 day yoga challenge was born. I’m currently on day 17

 
and it has gotten me through this stressful job transition. Long story long, I started my Wednesday with 630am yoga alongside my best buddy. Hard to have a bad day after that (although I’ll do my best I’m sure). The rest of the day was full of meetings that were over my head and projects that I’m spinning my wheels on. It’s not all bad though, I get to work from home which means I look like this:


(Yes those are stretchy pants and ski socks) and my office mate is adorable:

Somehow kept my diet consistent today, but I think that’s mostly because I know this weekend is Halloween and I’ve been known to go hard on some candy.

My day in food:

Breakfast: another smoothie bowl, very similar to yesterday’s but with kale, since I’ve been missing my greens

 
Lunch: egg, avocado, and sweet potato tacos.

Dinner: roasted apples with red cabbage and chicken sausage. This is actually the first time in a week or two that I’ve had any meat (other than seafood). I’m not a vegetarian, but I just feel better when I eat significantly less meat. Eventually, it might turn into being a pescatarian, but I’m not quite there yet.

Snacks: A banana after work and a dark chocolate square with my tea at bedtime

Exercise: 60 minutes of hot yoga (bored yet?)

Thoughts on today: Contrary to my usual “Wednesday Worries”, today was actually a pretty relaxed day. If I had to attribute it to something, it would be starting it with hot yoga. 

Here’s to the downward slide into the weekend!

Morning Person

For as long as I can remember, I have been one of the few, the proud, the annoying, morning people. Now I think there’s a misconception about morning people. We don’t jump out of bed at 5:30am with a smile on our face and a pep in our step. Those people do exist. I hate those people. However, morning people, according to my definition, are just regular people who can’t sleep in for the f@&%$#g life of them. I am one of THOSE morning people. It’s not by choice and I don’t love it, but one of the perks to this “lifestyle” is that I almost always have a decent breakfast. Today was no different. I whimpered and crawled out of bed at 5:45am, made some rocket fuel/coffee, then threw together one of my favorite breakfasts, the smoothie bowl. There are many variations of the smoothie bowl, but here is a very sleepy image of mine this morning, which consisted of frozen bananas and berries, coconut water, and a spoonful of Greek yogurt. I topped it with shredded unsweetened coconut and homemade granola:

  
Sure, there are fancier versions of the old smoothie bowl. Many people make them look like art while mine is more of a Pinterest fail. Here is one such example:   

  
But I would be willing to bet mine tastes just as good (close? Maybe?) and also I was up before the sun, so lay off me. 

The rest of my day looked like this:

Lunch: ok, super random. I had leftover sweet potato and carrot purée and arugula that I needed to use up so I just mixed the two. It looks like vomit so there’s no way I’m posting a pic of this one. 

Dinner: sweet potato and black bean tacos with an avocado and pepita sauce.

  
Snacks: dark chocolate square before bed

Exercise: 60 minutes of hot yoga then I helped a friend out by subbing (very poorly) for his volleyball team.

Thoughts on today: so many sweet potatoes. I had a bunch to use up from my CSA and now they are finally gone. I was still a little low on the greens, I need to work on that. Otherwise, a pretty solid day I think. Albeit low in protein, but I’m not participating in any weightlifting competitions any time soon, so I should be good.

Deja Vu, All Over Again!

Hi, and welcome (back) to the Pharm!

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My name is Allie and I’m a pharmacist, runner, yogi(?), and food enthusiast. Basically I exercise solely to offset my food obsession.

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Sometimes my running looks like this…

I’m re-starting this blog to document my unprocessed diet, recipes, and *potentially* some marathon training, as I’m toying with the idea of completing my second marathon in May. I’ve attempted many “diets” or “lifestyle changes” over the years, and while I know which one works best for me (mostly non-processed/sugar-free) I don’t always practice what I preach. What I’m saying is, I’m a hypocrite, and over the past few months my eating has been less than stellar abysmal. Because of this, I’m super run down and notttttt feeling like myself. So cue the food blog to get my ass in gear! But please know, I still like to LIVE. Which involves going out with friends from time to time and having a glass (errr… bottle) of wine…. yafeelme?

Anyway, I’ll start by documenting my less than perfect Monday. I should mention that I’m halfway through a 30-day hot yoga challenge, so the exercise portion of this segment mayyyy be a little dull for the next 2 weeks:

Breakfast: 2/3 of a cup of fat-free Greek yogurt, 1/4 cup of homemade granola, 1/2 banana, and 1/4 cup of berries. LARGE black coffee.

Snack: Started to snack on this muffin…

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Realized I wasn’t hungry and I don’t really give a sh*t about muffins, threw it away. Had an apple after work instead.

Lunch: Avocado toast with arugula (I basically smashed 1/2 of an avocado into a paste, added some arugula, salt, and chili flakes and smooshed it onto 2 pieces of Ezekiel bread). Better than it sounds.

Dinner: Sweet Beets Hash (I’m trying to make it sound cool… it’s roasted sweet potatoes, beets, and onions) with 2 fried eggs.

  
Exercise (you guessed it): 60 minutes of Power Yoga.

Thoughts on today: not bad overall. Glad I threw out the muffin. Not nearly as many green veggies as I typically eat.

Thanks for stopping by! More aimless yammering comin’ at ya tomorrow.