Well hello there. Come here often?
Random picture, I know, but remember how I got my hair cut this weekend? Yeah, well this is how it looks when I do it. Pretty different! Mostly because I am so very untalented with that there blow dryer contraption. It's fine though because I still love this cut! It practically styles itself! Anyway, I felt compelled to post an updated picture of it, since the original perfectly-blown-dry photo will end up a bit misleading in the long run...
So, I'm thinking it's time for a wee update. My posts in the past few weeks have been full of recipes and dinners in restaurants, but turns out I do actually eat (quite a lot) outside of dinner hours! Starting back in June, I made this whole big deal out of the idea of Radventures, or gradually cleaning up my eating and changing up my health habits. The criteria, however, were that I pursue it only insofar as I enjoy it and that I do it for me--not because I want to liken myself to thisthatortheother person/trend/health philosophy. In short, it's time I lived up to my blog's tagline: Clean and tasty, nothing less.
It's not my style to blog in the food journal format, but just for fun and for a change of pace, let's check in with the current weekday routine, as opposed to when I started this mission. The following are pictures I accumulated on my phone's camera over the past few days.
Firstly, I am still using my juicer! I start my day with a fresh green juice about five out of every seven days, on average.
Not so much a green juice in that shot? That's because it was a spinach-beet-carrot-ginger juice I picked up after work one day and sipped while I waited for the subway, but let's allow it to be the placeholder for my daily 6:00am green juice. After a few months of experimentation, my standard juice formula has become romaine + kale + cucumber + carrots + apple + ginger. It actually makes me a little excited to get up each morning! Well, usually, at least...
Juice is followed by 30-60 minutes of exercise at the gym (aka a workout DVD in my bedroom), a shower, and a commute.
Once I reach the office, I pull out the travel mug of coffee, for which I am thoroughly ready by that time . You might remember my whole debate over whether or not to let coffee have a place in my diet, but I think that by now it's safe to say coffee won.
Breakfast is fruit, straight up. When I first started the fruit-til-lunch routine, I was buying whatever was in season at the farmer's market, but the fact is that my favorite fruits are not often to be found there. However, they are often in the freezer section, so I keep myself stocked with a few bags of whatever tickles my fancy. With my cutesy little heart-shaped bento, I can just dump in a couple different kinds and let it thaw throughout the morning until I'm ready to eat it, usually by 10:30am or so.
The example above contains organic peaches and Whole Foods' organic berry blend (strawberries, blackberries and blueberries), but mango chunks and cherries also make frequent appearances.
That'll hold me for an hour or so, after which I'll reach for one of the bananas in my desk stash. If it's chilly-willy in the office (most days), I'll make a cup of tea, too.
Lunch tends to be a bit of a wild card. I lost patience for making both tonight's dinner AND tomorrow's lunch separately each evening, so lately I've been making an effort to prepare multiple servings of whatever's for dinner so that I can just pack up a portion for the next day's lunch. Sometimes it's raw, sometimes it's not, and sometimes it's a hybrid of cooked and raw. Always, it is mostly made of vegetables.
The picture above was a spinach salad with dulse, carrot-miso dressing and a leftover homemade raw vegan veggie burger. For tomorrow's lunch, on the other hand, I'm bringing a leftover serving of Pumpkin Lentil Stew, so you can see that lunch runs the gamut of what I need to use up and/or leftovers.
I have a pretty well-stocked snack drawer at work, and it usually spits out something like this around 4:00pm.
LaraBars, Pure Bars, Amazing Grass Superfood bars, Chunks of Energy...one of those things finds its way to my belly every day pretty reliably.
As for dinner, let's just not even go there. We are all (or at least I am) sick of me talking about dinner recipes and/or assemblages, so let's not and say we did discuss it and insert an imaginary dinner photo here. Cabbage Cookies? Raw-cho cheese? Vegan Strata? Take your pick.
How about dessert instead? That is something I can expound upon 24 hours a day, quite enthusiastically. The routine of late is this:
Really dark chocolate (70%-85% cacao), a date stuffed with almond butter, prune and fig. Plus a huge mug of peppermint tea. I used to be a much fancier dessert-mixologist of sorts, but I think this little dessert sampler has been the ultimate proof I needed to realize that simpler is often better! I challenge any pastry chef to come up with a dessert that tastes better than a date with AB. Seriously.
Anyway, I'll be up to my old tricks with the next post, no doubt (I really do have to share tonight's dinner with you soon! I can't help myself!), but I felt like the whole Radventure thing deserved some follow-up. Not because I'm so narcissistic to think that anyone reading this needs to know what I've been up to on the eating front, but because dang it, I started in on this goal to eat cleaner and this is my way of making my moderate success a little more tangible, if only for myself.
Aside from the cold I had last week, I have felt amazing so long as I'm eating clean, and even amazing-er when I avoid meat and dairy altogether. That's just me. My favorite part of this endeavor, however, is the fact that the more I keep at it, the more I want to keep at it. I'm happiest when I'm eating clean, and who doesn't want to be happy, for pete's sake? My cravings really have shifted towards the kinds of meals I've been preparing (and posting) lately. I'm not just doing that for the blog's sake! I ain't no poser.
Like I said, I'll be back next time with what I had for dinner tonight. It might have involved multiple things from the below shopping trip:
So what about you? Any daily eating routines that you look forward to? Tell me what's VIP on your grocery list.