16 Miles an Hour!

It was interesting to read your comments/thoughts on Skinny Bitch. If you missed my review, check it out here. Tomorrow I will post my review of Food,Inc, and Thursday morning, I will post how all this has affected my attitude towards food.

I started my morning with a big bowl of cereal.

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Here’s what it looks like once it’s all mixed up. I always mix everything up to get all the flavors in each bite!

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My bowl of goodness had:

  • 1 cup kashi heart to heart cereal
  • 1/2 container of Strawberry Chobani
  • 5 strawberries
  • 1/2 cup raspberries
  • 1/2 cup blueberries

(yea, the bowl was massive)

I decided since I have the big Triathlon relay this Sunday, I better get on my bike! I had only planned on ten miles, but then I decided to see how far I could go in one hour.

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Woo-hoo! I made it 16.0 miles in 1 hour and 41 seconds. I’m pretty pumped about this weekend! I wonder how long it will take to bike 24.8 miles?! Aaaah!

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Bike Stats:

  • Distance: 16.0 miles
  • Time: 1:00:41
  • Average Heart Rate: 164 bpm (I was working hard!)
  • Average Speed: 15.8 mph

On the ride home I stopped and picked up a smoothie. Pomegranate Strawberrry Odwalla! I’ve never tried any of their products because they are so expensive. It looked refreshing, and it was! Completely light and tasty, with no added sugars or weird artificial ingredients.

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By the time I got home, it was 10:45. A little early for lunch, so I checked my e-mail and killed some time by showering until it reached 11:00. I then dug into lunch!

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I steamed up about 2-3 cups of mixed veggies:

  • 2 whole carrots
  • 1 cup broccoli
  • 1/2 cup snow peas
  • 1/2 green bell pepper

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With a 1/2 cup leftover brown rice which I spiced up with lemon pepper:

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…and the last of the Thai Tofu.

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I was hungry again not even an hour later…

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Cantaloupe chunks! 😀

I feel an ice bath in my near future… that bike ride did a number on my legs!! gaaah!

❤ MegaNerd

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Review Part 2: Skinny Bitch

Last week, Caitlin let me borrow the book Skinny Bitch. She warned me it was harsh, and I knew it would be. Here’s what I thought…(sorry, it’s sort of long but I have a lot to say)

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Part 2: Skinny Bitch, by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin

Skinny Bitch is a vegan manifesto masquerading as a weight-loss or diet book. The only thing that you lose reading this book is self esteem. The cover of the book says, “A no-nonsense, tough-love guide of savvy girls who want to stop eating crap and start looking fabulous!” I agree with the tough-love part.

This book was extremely harsh and degrading. All throughout the book lines like, “you need to exercise, you lazy shit,” “coffee is for pussies” and “don’t be a fat pig anymore”. This attitude leads to self-loathing and doesn’t do anything to make a person want to eat better. Throughout the book they are pressing their All-or-nothing lifestyle onto the reader.

If I had not have read other people’s reviews about this book, I would never have known what I would discover inside. The bulk of the book describes the horrible conditions that animals endure to make you aware of what is going on, and to make you feel bad for eating them.

In the end of the book, the authors admit to naming their book “Skinny Bitch” just to get people interested. They have no concern whatsoever if you actually need to lose weight or for your own health. They just want to make you feel guilty if you crave fish or eat a bowl of non-vegan ice cream. I’m not saying anything is wrong with this, just that it is deceiving when you read the cover.

Upon finishing this book, you have no idea what you can actually eat. All you know is that if you eat meat or animal products you are going to be a “fat ass”. The back of the book gives a few suggested items and they all contradict what the book says about not eating processed foods. Their extremely strict diet recommends eating only fruit for breakfast. I’m sorry, I would have to eat 7 canteloupes to fill up and then I would feel like crap. If I followed their rigid plan I might be skinny, but I would DEFINITELY be a bitch.

Honestly, the only positive thing I can say about this book is that it did make me more interested in doing my own research about vegetarian/vegan lifestyles. The writers’ harsh tone was most likely intended to grab your attention, which works. These ladies are committed to their cause and it definitely shows, so props to them.

Bottom line, I thought this book was pretty much a waste of time. Ok, not completely, but I just wanted to be harsh with them, since they were so harsh with me. It was semi-informative but very degrading. It does not leave you feeling good about making the switch to vegetarian or vegan but sort of backs you into a guilty corner until you are left with no choice.

**These reviews are my PERSONAL opinion. You are entitled to think or believe whatever you want. I wanted to express my own opinion in as unbiased a way as possible, but I don’t think that it is completely doable.**

Check out Part 1: In Defense of Food, By Michael Pollan

Stay tuned for Part 3: Food, Inc (the movie)

Have you read Skinny Bitch? What did you think?

❤ MegaNerd

Chef Jason

Aaaaaaaaah!

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Oh, wait that’s not a monster, it’s just Jason. I barely recognized him in the kitchen. He rarely goes in there and NEVER cooks… so it was odd when he suggested that he would cook tonight. Um, OK! Gotta take advantage of the situation!

What’s on the menu? PIZZA!

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He was so “authentic” and even purchased real fresh mozzarella, and grated it by hand.

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He made two for himself (one for tomorrow’s lunch) and another for me. I thought it was sweet of him to ask me what I would like on my pizza!

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My pizza had:

  • thin crust
  • 1/2 cup organic tomato sauce
  • shredded fresh mozzerella cheese
  • tomato slices
  • fresh basil from our garden! (yes, he even chopped that up)

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Wow. I am so impressed! The pizzas turned out great! I ate three pieces, so I still have some yummy leftovers to enjoy!

After dinner we went on a quick one mile walk. My leg is feeling 100% better, but according to Dr. Caitlin, she will kick my butt if I re-injure before the Triathlon this weekend! That means no running.

For dessert, I had two of the cookies I made last night. YUMM!

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Other eats today included Chocolate Brownie Mini Clif bar:

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…and look at this AMAZING steal.

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Jason wouldn’t let me buy raspberries at Publix the other day (meanie!) because for half the size of this pack was $3.99. He said if he couldn’t buy meat, I couldn’t buy 4 dollar berries. Fair enough. I ate a good bit of these as I was watching Jason make dinner 🙂

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I found this enormous thing for less than the price of a container half the size! Yay! Don’t you love getting deals?!

I’m off to spend time with Chef Jason! Tune in tomorrow morning for my review of Skinny Bitch!

❤ MegaNerd