30 12 2008

1. I’m doing the Body + Soul 35 day challenge, which is essentially a detox for your life. I am stressed, exhausted, eating crappy and not working out as hard as I should, so I figured this could kick my ass into gear. I am going to start next week because it’s leftover central at my place, and I don’t want to feel guilty if I have a pumpkin muffin or a handful of nuts. I eat pretty clean as it is, with a few “bad” foods here and there. So yeah, I’ll start documenting all that here.

2. I’ve been listening to Jillian Michaels podcasts lately which she does for a local station in CA. If you click here and search for Jillian Michaels, you can download all of her past episodes. These are especially great to listen to at the gym. She’s pretty much my hero.

3. Lentils are the best food ever. Lentil soup, red lentil dal, Snobby Joes from Veganomicon, etc. French lentils and red lentils are my favorite. Filling, fiber, low fat, protein – what else can a girl ask for? This French Lentil and Portabello stew from FatFree Vegan Kitchen is especially delicious.

4. Bread is my downfall so I switched to Ezekiel Bread a few months ago. Since sprouted grain bread is so expensive ($4-$5 per loaf), I started watching my intake. I also started eating oatmeal instead of toast with peanut butter for breakfast, so that helped me cut back. However, I am trying to eat healthy on a budget, so I’ve been slowy cutting back. But then I found Arnold Double Fiber bread, which has contains 90 calories, 1.5 g fat, 4g fiber and 4g of protein per slice. No HFCS or partially hydrogenated oils, and it’s vegan! Hooray. Clocking in at less than $2/loaf, this is a bread I can deal with.

5. I’m going to try the Couch to 5K again. I know that my joints are really not in the best shape ever for running, but I still want to give it a shot. Bad knees run in the family but damnit, I don’t know if I can’t run because I’m fat and I just need to push myself, or if I can’t run because bad knees run in the family and I’m doomed. It’s worth trying, right?