Archive for December, 2009


(wimper, wimper)

I haven’t really eaten anything since yesterday morning. Started getting symptoms of a stomach flu/virus around 2:30 yesterday afternoon. My sister had the same thing the day before, so did some people we were with on Monday night. Lucas is fine though (knock on wood)! Maybe it’s food poisoning? Not sure.

Ate an apple last night, not a good idea…

I did knock out three movies though! Rachel Getting Married (kind of depressing, but well-acted), Hancock (didn’t really have much of a plot), and Confessions of a Shopaholic (yea chick flicks! they never let you down!)

I am not sure if this virus is over yet, but my back is killing me from lying down so much yesterday, so I wanted to try to sit up for a while…..Not hungry.

Anyway, Happy New Year’s Eve!

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Lucas has been living in the U.S. for more than four years. He likes it here, but like any good countryman, son, and friend, he misses his homeland, his family, and his buddies. We’ve traveled to Argentina twice since he moved here; it’s a long trip and the roundtrip airfare ain’t cheap, so we haven’t been able to go back as often as we would like.  Luckily, there is a little piece of Argentina for him here in Austin when he needs that taste of home.

We had breakfast at Buenos Aires Cafe. The cafe is charming–hardwood floors, lots of windows, bright-colored oil paintings, and naturally: cowhide seats (Argentina is known for its beef). The cafe specializes in lunch and dinner, so when we went–10:30 on a Wednesday morning, it was empty, which meant we got great service!

We ordered two cafe au laits, one alfajor, and a piece of pastafrola. The coffee was ok, it tasted a bit watered down, but the pastries were spot-on Argentina.

On the left is an alfajor…..on the right is the pastafrola. Hmmm.

Breakfast: 1.5 cups of cafe au lait, half of an alfajor, half of a piece of pastafrola

Fine and dandy

Fitness vs. Green heart! I got an offer in the mail for a 1-year subscription to SELF magazine, for a mere $10! Good deal. But Lucas brings up a green point: a big waste of paper. We do have piles of TIME and The Week and Shape already…and yeah,  you can recycle, but it’s not reducing by any means….I don’t know. I’m leaning towards getting the mag, since it is just once a month, and I usually save all of my fitness magazines anyway. They are good resources for not only exercises, but also healthy recipes, health lifestyle tips, etc. I don’t know though. We’ll see.

Green heart:
A few days ago, on our way back from Corsicana, we stopped in Waco at the new Collins Street Bakery location. Liz, Lucas, and I each sampled a piece of fruitcake (yuck), which was served in a little plastic cup. Rather than tossing the cups, I saved them, brought them home, and today (finally) tossed them into the recycling bin. Of course I didn’t save the planet by doing this, but its the thought that counts, and I believe small thoughts and small things can make a difference in the long run.

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Happy Meal

Do I need to say it? What a perfect day. I spent hours reading in bed. For the record, can I just say how freaking amazing Barbara Kingsolver is? Oh my wow. Animal Vegetable Miracle is a must-read. In the very least it will open your eyes to the backwards ways in which we are consuming and eating food. Even better, it could inspire you to buy and eat local foods. At best, it will turn you into an Amish farmer! Seriously, this is a good, good book, whether or not you care about food and where it comes from. (‘Cause after, you will!)

Back to my perfect day…I ended it with a delicious, fairly healthy meal and a glass of vino by the fire.

Snack: 3 chocolates from a box of Whitman’s Assorted Chocolates. HFCS? Probably. But the chocoholic in me is known to make exceptions….often…

Dinner: Happy Rice and Spring Rolls, Malbec wine.

I will have to post on Happy Rice one day. It is THE best sidekick to any meal. In a nutshell: sautee slices of garlic in olive oil, add bastmati rice, heat until rice turns white, add boiling water, cover and simmer for about 15 minutes or until water has been absorbed.

It was my first time to make spring rolls, it was a bit tricky at first, as the rice paper in which you wrap the vegetables is very thin and tears easily. But I got the hang of it (more or less), and we each ate about 6 or 7 rolls, each filled with cabbage, carrots, bean sprouts, and green onions. Totally healthy, if you don’t count the fact that they were ever so slightly fried in olive oil…Lucas made a superb dipping sauce, inspired by a Shallot Ginger Sauce recipe from Z Tejas. He scaled the portion size way back and used fewer ingredients; it’s tangy and added much flavor to the rolls.

For the filling: 2 carrots sliced into fine strips; 1/4 of a small green cabbage, shredded; a handful of chopped green onion; 1/2 package of bean sprouts


Fry, baby, fry!

Dinner is served…

…with a side of Happy Rice!

We enjoyed half a bottle of Malbec by the fire. (The other half of the bottle is being preserved by my new Wine Houdini, a gift from Liz and Jill!)

(Sorry the photos are so dark…I’m working on that.)

60 minutes of toning exercises. Focus on abs, core, and arms.

Green heart:
I cut down on carbon dioxide emissions by skipping the drive to the gym and working out at home instead. Laziness does have its advantages!

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Blogging from bed..this is the good life.

This morning’s post…in pictures…silence please…

Lunch: My friend Alex joined us for veggie quesadillas. Organic whole wheat tortillas with mozarella and cheddar cheese, organic spinach, and locally grown ‘shrooms. Riquisimo!

Back in bed now…going to do some reading and writing. The Amy’s contest deadline is only days away! I HAVE to win the 25 free ice creams!

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It’s here!


The day has come.

I’m finally getting what is rightfully mine.

Time after time, when the sky clouds over and the rain pours down, and its cold and miserable outside, I have had to drag myself out of bed and to work. In my windowless office, I would chirp to my co-workers, “This is the perfect day to be at home in bed with a book!” That sunny demeanor was a facade! I was desperate to be  in that bed with that book! I secretly cursed the skies for unleashing their madness on a day when I was slaving away in a windowless office. (Ok, I love my job, but that’s besides the point). I wanted to be in home, in bed, with a book, with the gray, wet outside looking inside on me.

Finally, finally, my day is here! The sky has clouded over, the raining is coming down, and I am not working today! Except for a trip to the airport and to the gym, I will be curled up in my queen-size with Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. Yes!

Ecstatic! ; )

Breakfast: Cup of peppermint tea. Bowl of steel cut oats with a generous sprinkling of cinnamon, 3/4 tbs turbinado sugar, apple chunks, and a splash of unsweetened soy milk.

Hasta luego!

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I love pizza

Some friends invited us over for dinner and for a chance to talk to us about our experiences with a naturopath that we visited in Spain a couple of months ago. Their little boy is having some health issues, and being the good parents that they are, they are exploring all health care options and talking to people they know for feedback based on personal experiences.  I hope we were of help!

Dinner: Pizza! Our friend Joe made some delicioso pizzas: one with tomato slices and pesto and one with pesto and chicken. I had two slices of the veggie, and 1/2 slice of the chicken. They were super good–I could have inhaled a whole pizza! Plus, 2 glasses of red wine.
Dessert: 3 Central Market Oven Baked Chocolate Chip Cookies. When an adorable 4 year old is offering you cookies, how can you say no? Yeah. I’ll definitely blame it on a cute kid.

10K (6.2 miles) at Town Lake.

Finishing up some peppermint tea. Good night!

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Done and done

Ahhh,  a productive yet relaxing day. I won’t bore you with the details (surprise!).

Lunch didn’t really happen. I couldn’t get my run in before lunch, but I didn’t want to run after lunch. So I had a light snack around lunchtime– 3/4 of a gigunda organic Gala apple and 1/4 cup of Ezekiel Original w/ a drizzle of agave nectar.
Snack: after running, I had a cup of Fage 2% Greek Yogurt with 1/2 cup of Ezekiel Original and 2 tbs of agave nectar. Oh so oh so good.

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The birds were singing, the sky was blue, the sun was shining. This day, I thought, calls for a sunny side up egg for breakfast. A sunny side up egg for a sunny side up kind of day.

Well of course that’s not really what I thought. What I really thought was “holy crap, that $6 carton of eggs expires next week, and we haven’t eaten one!”

Now you might be thinking “Wait a minute. Wait just a gosh darn minute. $6 for a carton of eggs?!?!” Oh, yes. Those few extra dollars are worth it. A carton of eggs can range between $4 (farm fresh eggs at a farmer’s market) and $6 (most expensive organic eggs at the supermarket). But when you break it down, that’s only 50 cents or less for an egg that is 100 times better than your $2-a-carton eggs. I could go on about the humane treatment of the chickens, the advantages of free range/cage-free, organic feed, etc., etc. but that might not convince you to eggshell out the extra bucks. So please believe me when I say that these eggs are delicious. The yolk is golden goodness. The flavor is phenomenal. The difference between quality of the egg from the $6 carton of eggs compared to the $2 carton of eggs is so great, you will be kicking yourself for not becoming an egg snob sooner.

What should you look for? At the farmer’s market, pretty much any egg there will have come from a happy, well-fed chicken. The farmers may not have obtained organic certification for their eggs because that is an expensive, lengthy process, so you can ask them about hows and whats of the chickens and their eggs. At the supermarket, you will want to look for cartons that have both of these phrases “organic” & “free range”. My $6 eggs were Chino Valley Ranchers Organic Eggs.

Sunny side up!

Breakfast: (All organic) 1 orange, sliced; leftover potatoes/onions topped with a sunny side up egg. I had a cup of peppermint tea before breakfast.

Shop at Whole Foods
Clean house
Write story for Amy’s Ice Cream Contest
What else?….

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Squeaky Clean

You know that feeling of taking a shower after 3 days of camping with, well, no shower? You experience the “ahhhh” moment. You are fresh! You are clean! You are new!

Well, after 4 days of artificial this and genetically modified that, after cups of sugar and mounds of chocolate, I have finally experience my “ahhhhh” meal moment: a simple, home-cooked meal of entirely organic, unprocessed foods. My system is deeply thanking me while at the same time scolding me for having put it through such nutritional torture. (Call me sadistic; I kind of enjoyed that torture!)

Hmmm. Nutritionally satisfied. And…yea! I’m about to indulge in a candle-lit, pink bubble bath. What a fine way to end the day.

Dinner: A big ol’ salad of mixed greens, chopped apple, carrots, and sunflower seeds, followed by a plate of oven-roasted potatoes and onions, prepared with olive oil (not organic) and kosher salt (not organic).

Oh, did I ever battle back and forth with myself today. I wanted to work out, really I did, but….but….Myself and I finally reached a compromise: an at home workout of toning exercises, with a focus on abs, core, quads, glutes, hamstrings, and hip flexors. 60 minutes.

Green heart:
Did you see the black heart from yesterday’s post? Well…I have gone and totally redeemed myself! I gathered a plastic bag of would-be garbage from my mom’s kitchen this morning and took it home to Austin to recycle. Glass jars, a wine bottle, plastic bottles, soda cans saved from the landfill!

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Home again

I’m in Austin again, back from 4 days of eating, laughing, lounging, talking, and a whole lot of doing glorious nothing. Isn’t that just the best sometimes? Ooohh, and I have a whole ‘nother week of no work! I’m so excited! And— Lucas is on board with adapting the 9-5 sleep schedule. We’re going to try to start it this week!


Breakfast: steel cut oats with dried cranberries, dried currants, carob chips, agave nectar, soymilk. I was excited because my dad let me make him a bowl! I offered after I saw him pulling a packet of microwave oatmeal from the cupboard! 🙂

Lunch: Leftover quibebe

Dessert: 4 pieces of assorted chocolates

Going to have a cup of tea and make a menu for the week and the grocery shopping list!

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