Eat to Live.

Without explaining the entire story, I will say that today has been quite stressful. I had to finish an entire submittal (homework assignment) that takes like a whole week in 6 hours.

I was calculating so much stuff I thought my calculator (and brain) were going to explode.

The time flew by and suddenly I realized that it was almost time to go to class! I hadn’t even thought about dinner, and my plans to go to the gym fizzled out.

I popped a frozen Kashi meal into the microwave..

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… while I snacked on yogurt and granola.

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I put the food into the to-go container and it looked way too small. I bulked it up with some already steamed broccoli, which basically doubled the volume. It needs to keep me full for 5 hours!

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I ate this cold during my break, and it tasted fine.

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When I get stressed, NOTHING else matters. School is “what I’m doing” right now, and I take it really seriously. As much as I would have liked to eat something more well-rounded then a CLIF bar as breakfast, or a frozen meal for dinner, I just plain ran out of time.

I would be lying to you if I said I had time to think about meals ahead of time and have them all planned them out. Tonight (and I have a feeling many dinners to follow) are going to be on a whim. .

I feel like many people, especially food bloggers, are true “foodies”. Most of my concern for what I’m eating relates to:

  • how it makes me feel
  • will it fuel me/ re-fuel me for a run
  • will it allow my brain to function and focus at school
  • does it taste good enough

I know that many times I eat to live, not live to eat. I enjoy eating, but sometimes, I really feel like eating and meal prep get in the way (time/effort-wise). No worries, I never skip a meal- they just aren’t always the most well-rounded and beautiful.

The only thing I actually crave is chocolate. I just ate a piece. 😀

That being said, I would like to try to plan more meals in advance, and perhaps cook a few things on Sunday that I could have ready to go during the week. I feel like I would get more variety and feel better that I’m not always eating pre-packaged stuff.

Do you consider yourself a “foodie” or “someone who eats” ? Have you found a balance between “eating to live” and “living to eat”?

❤ MegaNerd

P.S.-

Jason left pictures of his dinner on the camera for me to blog about! LOL. He was “proud of his masterpiece”.

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Looks like we have chicken soup (that I made!) with a Pesto grilled cheese. He says that he made a normal grilled cheese, but spread pesto on the insides of the bread.

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How adorable. I love him. ❤

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Whole Foods Boycott?

I am hesitant to post this, because it is a major political issue. However, I think it is very interesting, regardless of my personal opinion on the subject.

Last Wednesday, the CEO of Whole Foods, John Mackey wrote his controversial health care opinion for the Wall Street Journal. Here is the article.

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Basically, Mackey is agreeing with Obama’s idea that we need health-care reform, but he doesn’t agree with how he is going about it. Mackey thinks that health-care entitlement (or universal care) would only put our country in more debt, and suggests a more individualized responsibility towards taking care of our health. He then lists 8 steps that we as a country could take to reform health care that do not coincide with Obama’s plan.

He mentions that more people need to take care of their own health…  as far as things like obesity, making healthier lifestyle choices, etc. I wonder if that would lighten the financial load for healthcare, and possibly cost our country less money to provide it?

An excerpt that wraps up the article:

“Health-care reform is very important. Whatever reforms are enacted it is essential that they be financially responsible, and that we have the freedom to choose doctors and the health-care services that best suit our own unique set of lifestyle choices. We are all responsible for our own lives and our own health. We should take that responsibility very seriously and use our freedom to make wise lifestyle choices that will protect our health. Doing so will enrich our lives and will help create a vibrant and sustainable American society.”

Obviously, the guy is in charge of Whole Foods, so he wants to promote eating a diet rich in plants and just an overall sense of health. I agree that we are all responsible for our choices… but when should the government intervene?

No matter what your personal beliefs are, I find it interesting that there are now people who are boycotting Whole Foods, because  of ONE person. In fact, there is now a group on Facebook with more than 21,000 members called “Boycott Whole Foods.” Seriously? It doesn’t make sense to me. I just think that judging an entire company and what it stands for only hurts yourself. Just my opinion. Here is the link to the boycott website.

I encourage you to read the article for yourself, and formulate your own opinions.

What do you think?

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On the lighter side…

I woke up bright and early to meet BFF Debbie and Caitlin for a sunrise run. Thanks for joining me! 😀

On the way out the door, I grabbed two mini muffins

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…and filled my water bottle with half water/half “G” (Gatorade):

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We ran 6.2 miles, in a little over an hour. We chatted the whole time which made the run very enjoyable! Nothing too tough, I’ve pushed myself this week!

When I returned, I made a quick bowl of cereal:

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My bowl included:

  • 1/2 cup Kashi H2H
  • 1/2 cup Kashi Go Lean
  • 1 banana
  • 1 TBL flax
  • 1/2 cup milk

Very filling and protein/fiber rich!

Off to tackle my last Friday before school starts… maybe I’ll go to Whole Foods 😉

❤ MegaNerd