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Archive for May 8th, 2010

day 21 – the continuation of teacher training saga

08 May

Quick breakfast before running off to teacher training…

  • Kashi cereal
  • banana
  • frozen blueberries
  • light soy milk

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As a rule of thumb, you should avoid eating breakfast which turns your breakfast blue… unless it’s blueberries.

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Lovely Karin

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The whole gang

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Fantastic eats during lunch as usual…

Someone’s quinoa salad (oops – I forgot whose it was… Kim’s?). Yum – this was great cold – no warming up required. Take note.

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Becca, Lidar, and Kim – nice to see women enjoying their food!

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I’m putting away whole wheat pasta with mushrooms, like it’s going out of fashion…

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For dessert – lemon tea with honey, walnuts, almonds, granola, orange, and soy yogurt. However, I finally found the soy yogurt drawback… It’s not portable, and must be eaten straight out of the fridge. Otherwise, it curdles… :( The taste was still ok, but I could not handle the texture of little chunks. In the garbage it went…

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I also tried something for the first time today… Figs! I’ve had them before dried, but never fresh.

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Hmmm… I don’t look convinced. I think I have to buy some, and let them grow on me.

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Jenn expresses (un)healthy enthusiasm about fresh fruit for dessert. Thumbs up for strawberries!

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Post-lunch, jamming ensued!

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After lunch, Suzanne led a workshop on prenatal yoga. As a bunch of aspiring yoga teachers, we tend to take things seriously. So we got into it. Really, really into it…

I thought long and hard, trying to come up with a caption for this photo. Nothing…

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American Eagle t-shirt – 30 dollars. Buckwheat bolster – 35 dollars. The joy of expecting – priceless.

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Teena is showing expectant Luke how to walk properly when you are pregnant… Who knew.

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Daycamp for pregnant teenagers? Yummy mummy extravaganza? TV show “26 and pregnant?”

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Ummm… Utthita Hasta Padagusthasana + happy baby? I guess?

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Partner work in tree pose.

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My buddy Julia, myself and the bolster. :)

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They say experienced practitioners can continue practicing up until the day they deliver. Let’s just hope (for their sake) that the actual baby does not slide down their ribs, and starts falling out from under the shirt.

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day 20 – what time did you wake up today?

08 May

The day started before 5am (yes, you read that right) with 1/2 a banana, and then off to the park for 1.5 hours of rolling around in the wet grass. If you are wondering what the heck I am talking about, click here.

I needed to run out shortly after I got home, so liquid breakfast inspired by yesterday’s lunch.

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“It’s Not Easy Being Green” Breakfast Smoothie

  • 1/2 cup of soy chocolate milk
  • 1 cup of hemp milk (I will use it up, if it will be the last thing I do)
  • 1 cup of spinach
  • 1/4 avocado
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter (for protein)

What? Don’t you have green goo for breakfast? Anyone? Anyone?

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This was probably my best smoothie yet. To be repeated!!!

From experience, I know that 100% liquid breakfast WILL leave me hungry, so a toast with Crofter’s ham jam (haha, Freudian slip!) was stuffed in my mouth at some point before running out the door.

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Liquids to go:

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In the car snackage to keep my coffee company – Kashi cereal.

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I was not hungry until 12pm – perfect! I think I found the sweet spot for making liquid breakfasts work. Make sure to include fat (avocado), protein (peanut butter), and throw in some chewable foods for satiety (toast with jam).

Broke out the Vega bar to tie me over for a couple of hours:

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It tasted a little strange at first – a mix of crunchy and chewy… but it grew on me. More importantly, it was the perfect size! And it did exactly what an energy bar is supposed to do.

I’m fairly happy with the nutritional profile of this bar too. I like to keep the energy bars at 200 calories and under, so it is still a snack, rather than a full-fledged meal.

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Little grocery run on my way home – mostly to get some fruit.

  • oranges
  • green apples
  • Gala apples
  • bananas (-1 chowed down in the car)
  • garlic
  • whole wheat pitas
  • reduced fat soy milk (original + vanilla)
  • pork chops
  • eggs

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Arrrgh – gotta stop having such late lunches. I couldn’t get this in my mouth fast enough:

  • 1 whole wheat pita
  • 3/4 cup of canned lentils
  • spinach
  • 1/2 tomato
  • 2 sliced mushrooms
  • mustard
  • hummus

Of course the pita fell apart as soon as I tried to wrap it. I spared you the pictures – me eating it was not a pretty sight. Oh, and I chased this down with another pita, plain and smothered in hummus.

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Dessert with coffee.

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After that, I put some hot wheat cereal to cook on the stove. And closed my eyes, just for a second… Half an hour later, I woke up to a horrible stink of burnt food, and smoke. :(

Bummer… At this point, not only the whole house smelled horribly, but I was sooo tired (now I remember why I usually do the evening workouts). I also missed the yoga class I was supposed to be at (sorry, Jenn and Becca!) and was almost running late to the teacher training.

All in all, I felt pretty sorry for myself… So in came a soy latte to make me feel better, and a little bit of retail therapy.

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What’s in the bag???

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Did you guess right?

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It seems that not a day goes by that I do not admit in yet another weakness. So today is no exception. I present to you one more weakness – large heavy set coffee mugs. Love’em. Coffee in above mug will be coming soon!

After teacher training, it was laaaaate. Easy and light dinner – butternut squash soup with about 1 cup of frozen corn.

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Snacking on this in front of the TV. Also, a toast with peanut butter and jam somehow made its way into my mouth. I wasn’t entirely sure how that happened.

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Teacher training starts bright and early tomorrow! Minus the waking up at ungodly hours of the day, it should be a chillaxing experience, as we are learning about restorative yoga. :)