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Uncomfortable Consequences of the Run

31 Mar

As the title implies, running long distances isn’t always as rewarding as you want it to be ….

I spent the 24 hours after getting back from my 13.1 mile run (Monday night) in a mild to severe state of nausea.

{Yes, the next work day was horrible.  No coffee.  Lots of tea}

I remember this happening on-and-off when I was training for my half-marathon last spring and first started getting into the longer runs.  I believe my first ever 10miles is when it first happened.

I’m not really sure where it comes from/how to combat it.  I didn’t have the time to trial-and-error my way out of it last spring — I just tried a whole bunch of different things: altering my diet, less coffee, more water, etc. etc.

Luckily, the nausea didn’t start during my run – as it sometimes has – but that whole night and next day my poor stomach felt weak and completely sickly.  Eating didn’t help.  Drinking didn’t help.  I was slightly terrified that at any moment I was going to start heaving.

I’ve researched this to the moon and back {in the moment, there’s nothing worse than severe stomach pain ruining an otherwise wonderfully rewarding workout … talk about totally killing the ‘high’} and see that it is actually a relatively common ailment for many women running long distances.

Well, great.

It seems that running long distances is difficult on your intestinal system …. though my investment in the book ‘Born to Run’ has yet to bring that point up.  I guess it would ruin the whole ‘born to run’ theme …..

{yes, I’m being bitter …. I’m not a fan of my body working against me as opposed to with me}

As my runs will only be getting longer, I guess the research and trial-and-error eating will have to continue.  I refuse to spend the next 7 (!!) months in a perpetual state of self-induced nausea.  Any additional advice is welcome! (seriously)

Eggs were suggested to me as a meal that would be easy on my stomach, so after work on Tuesday I made myself a delicious omelette:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/8 cup onions, chopped
  • handful of cherry tomatoes, chopped
  • handful of mushrooms, chopped
  • pepper to taste
  • basil

I rounded out the meal with one of the flaxseed muffins I adore so much, with almond butter and berry jam 🙂

Yes, I skipped my cardio for the day ….

As much as I hate excuses,  I almost feel that this one was valid.

**On the bright side:

Finally finally finally got an iphone!!! 🙂

I’ve been waiting forever for my plan to be up / for Verizon to jump on the Apple bandwagon — and Tuesday the day finally arrived!  So yes, my phone bill has now skyrocketed …. but it’s so pretty! 😉

I immediately downloaded several apps, including ‘What Should I wear running?’ – thanks to Teri‘s blog!  Wednesday morning I did get myself up running – queasiness had gone down considerably – and this app absolutely helped me decide what to wear.  Initially had on long leggings, and switched to shorts per the app’s instructions ….. and happy I did!

{On the phone it actually just shows up as ‘What to wear’ — a source of much laughter for my friend’s investigating my new toy.  Not to say that I wouldn’t dl/find that type of app helpful on some days…..}

Living in an apt building can be annoying in the sense that you can’t just open your front door to see what the weather is like….. so this app is ridiculously helpful.

Yucky yucky weather this week ….. who ordered a second dose of winter?! So I made myself a feel-good warm breakfast today, courtesy of one of my favorite blogs, ‘eating bird food.’ Of course I improvised:

  • no banana …. but only because I’m out of them
  • no pumpkin spice
  • add 1 t of flaxseed meal
  • 3/4 cup of almond milk (I like my oatmeal a little more liquidy…)
  • add cinnamon to taste!

And of course, I made my oatmeal this morning, in the microwave (3 minutes) right before eating it!

This plus stove-top espresso (which I’m also running out of …) was the perfect start to a less-than-ideal day 🙂

{….and nausea free. for now.}

Gourmet Tortilla Pizza!

22 Mar

I’ll start this off by saying I am not a chef.  I don’t do measurements or ever fully follow a recipe.  I’m just not meticulous enough in that regard.  And this is not a cooking/food blog because I will never have that much patience or motivation  🙂

I’m the queen of ‘loaded salads.’  Every week I buy a few different vegetables, a bag of romaine lettuce heads, a can of kidney beans, a can of garbanzo beans and a box of boca burgers….etc. & Voila!  A filling salad.

That’s probably why when I started saying {recently} that I was trying to eat healthier I got a lot of incredulous looks/exclamations/rolled eyes. Honestly though …. I’m a huge cheater.

Yes I make my salad for lunch and sometimes one for dinner.  But then I eat some peanut butter – sometimes with crackers and sometimes just out of the container, to save calories (….no really….that’s my justification).  Then comes dessert. Cookies, chocolate, fruit, chocolate ….. chocolate.

Not sounding all that healthy anymore, I’ll bet.

So yes, I’m trying to jumpstart myself into a more healthy eating STYLE.  Which includes varying my dishes so that I’m not eating my salads (always delicious, don’t get me wrong) day in and day out to stay on track, yet craaaaaaaaaving new flavors so much so that I end up eating peanut butter, sunflower seeds&raisins out of the bag …. etc.

Plus …. I actually enjoy cooking!  It’s just something I always say I don’t have time for (there’s that excuse again), or I’m too tired to do at the end of the day (another one!), orrrrrr that it seems like a lot to do for just one person (ahem, LEFTOVERS!).

I’m starting slowly – noting a few recipes a week that I want to try/experiment with from different sources.  Or I’ll even get inspired while grocery shopping (a favorite pasttime.  excuse me, it’s a store full of FOOD. I don’t understand all the complaints).  They also should be relatively quick to make – at least during the week.  Mon-Friday I finally get home between 6:30 and 8:15, depending on if I take a class at the gym after work or not ooooor if I meet up with someone for a drink (trying to cut out the HH food, but wine is one thing I will not be purging from my life).  As you can imagine – I’m starving by then.  I tend to always have carrots or sugar snap peas (a new obsession!) on hand to snack on while I get everything together & begin cooking.  I forget where I read this but: the most dangerous thing for a person trying to diet / change their eating habits, is to be hungry.  That’s when you grab at the wrong thing out of sheer hunger-induced delirium.  We’ve all been there. Have a healthy snack on hand. Always.

Pizza Lovers, you ready for this?  I ADORE pizza – spent 6months in Italy in college barely eating anything else – and we have the greatest gourmet pizza place right near my apt.  Of course it’s pricey & most certainly caloric-ly (spell check is telling me that’s not a word….. ) dangerous.  Sooooo I decided to make my own!  Totally hit the spot.  Not kidding 🙂

Tonight I actually didn’t have my usual glass of wine while cooking …. I was still hydrating from my body pump work out!

{I adore my pump instructor&class & tonight was particularly brutal.  We did some tracks from old routines and my arms are STILL shaky…. loveitloveitloveit}

Pre-shower I got all my ingredients together, preheated the oven to 425, and played Italian chef:

1-2 whole wheat tortillas

2-Pizza/Pasta sauce (I used a chunky basil pasta sauce …. because that’s what I had in my fridge)

3-Baby spinach

4-Sun-dried tomatoes (!!!!) – treated myself to these on my grocery run this weekend 🙂

5-Chopped mushrooms – I’d say about half a cup

6-Chopped white onion – 1/4 cup

7-Crumbled feta cheese

8-Fresh basil leaves

9-Garlic (I was too lazy to chop garlic tonight so I used the powdered version. I’m positive it would be even better with the real thing)

10-Light pepper

11-Red pepper flakes (easy with this one)

12-Oregano leaves

Bake for 15 – 18 minutes (check near the end to make sure the edges aren’t getting too burnt)

I’m extraordinarily pleased with myself on this one 🙂  The thin crispy tortilla is PERFECT since I like thin crust anyway – and the toppings made me feel like I was really eating a gourmet pizza.  I was even able to cut it into little pizza slices!  And totally customizable for whatever you have on hand – But wow do I recommend both the sun-dried tomatoes & basil leaves!  Really kicks it up a notch in terms of gourmet-ness (hmm, flagged by spellcheck…) and overall presentation.

*ugh so PLEASE excuse the quality of these pictures so far.  All have been taken on my silly little LG Dare phone because that’s what I’ve had on hand for a quick pic in the kitchen.  As a photography enthusiast myself, it’s rather embarrassing.  You’ll get the general idea though — professional looking FOOD, right?!  🙂

Prepped.....

...& read to eat!

Aaaaand of course I finished off my evening with 2 large oranges (which brings me to a total of 3 for the day.  Whoops!  I know oranges are high in sugar but they have been soooooooooo incredibly juicy and scrumptious lately…) – not pictured here because a) you know what oranges look like, and b) they weren’t out long enough && my phone was on the other side of the couch.

*Note: NO random snacking after dinner!  No peanut butter jars, no crackers with hummus.  My meal filled me up so that all I needed was a little sweet fruit to be completely satisfied.

I’d say that’s a check for the day 🙂

….and THAT’S why you work out in the morning

21 Mar

I’d had a long-standing HH date with a couple of friends tonight after work … and I don’t see them very often …. And we had a lot to talk about….

I bet you can tell where this is going.

No 8pm pilates.

(feel like I totally started my ‘keep on track’ blog on the wrong day)

Reason #25,552 why – even though your energy peaks later in the day – people who commit to morning work outs are more likely to be consistent and make it a routine part of their schedule***

SO after heating up some leftovers …

{Last night I had made the Hot Garlic Shrimp & Asparagus recipe from ‘Eating Bird Food.’  SO DELICIOUS.  I’m a huge fan of asparagus but never buy it/make it – generally thinking it’s too expensive for my budget.  But this less-than-a-pound bunch I bought is going to last me for three meals.  Not too shabby.  Just one warning: the recipe says to use between 1 and 2 teaspoons of red pepper flakes.  I’m a fan of spicy so I went for two —– phew, SOOOO very hot!  I added extra lemon juice to try and cut it and my sinuses are still singing….}

… I did a 30-min ab work out video that my roommate just bought.  It definitely got my heart rate up and a little sweat going, but my abs aren’t burning the way I wish they were/generally are after a good ab work out.  I’m wondering if I wasn’t pushing myself hard enough (??)  or if because it was a new routine to me my muscles were ‘tricked’ into submission…. It also could have been the location: a room in my apartment vs. the gym.

{that happens, right?}

You’re supposed to do this work out 5 times a week for 6weeks to get a 6-pack (….right).  I’m thinking I’ll try to commit to 2-3 times a week.

*Again – trying to think of what is truly ‘do-able.’  AKA: not too much all at once! {one step at a time, one step at a time}

The abs video coupled with everything else should add up to a summer-worthy stomach. 🙂

I also decided that (clearly) today would be the perfect day for my ‘EXCUSES’ post.

Part 1: What common excuses do I use to NOT work out?

  • Too early
  • Too late
  • Exhausted
  • Too sore/muscles are tired
  • Worked out hard yesterday
  • I deserve a break
  • I don’t have time
  • I’m hungry
  • I’ll do it later