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Fat Talk Free Week

This week is Fat Talk Free Week (October 16 to 22). I’m not sure when it first began, but I remember hearing about it a couple years ago:

Earlier this week was also National Love Your Body Day.

This personally hits home for me. In the past I have struggled with my weight, and with my body image, and self image.

But to be honest, what it really reminds me of, is the struggle I watch some of my friends go through. Some of whom are currently going through these struggles, and not for the first time.

I see friends of mine struggle with their relationship with food, because of their relationship with their body. I have some friends who diet on and off frequently, and the only question I ever want to ask is:  if it wasn’t about the weight, what would you want your diet to look like?

The other thing I want to tell them? You are awesome as you are.

This post could go on and on, but I think for today, and for Fat Free Talk Week, that might be all I can let myself say.

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T.G.F.G.F.

At first I thought I would call this post, Thank Goodness It’s Friday.

Then I remembered when my week really brightened.

It was actually a Thursday. The day was dreary, the first really grey day in two weeks. I was tired and the day had been long. I needed something. My mother had requested I bake something for a family friend currently in the hospital. I didn’t need the extra encourage.

Out came my Grandmi’s Purity Cookbook:

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The recipe I wanted was on the last page. Where it originated from I’ll never know. But, the first image of my grandma that ever comes to mind is her, white curly hair, a crisp pink blouse, tucked into a thick almost tweed-fabric skirt, stirring the chocolate and margarine as they slowly melted on the stove. I think this is one of favourite memories of my grandma, and one of the things that really makes me feel connected to her.

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Oh and how delicious these are.

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Chocolatey. Sweet.

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Ooey and gooey. Fudgie.

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After a crazy, busy, rough first week, Thank Goodness For Grandmi’s Fudgies.

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Let them eat cake!

It’s clearly been awhile since I blogged, hasn’t it?

What can I say reading week was… busy. And what time wasn’t busy I filled with friends and family.

Oh and cake.

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Oh delicious cake. Over the break I took a cake decorating class, and got a chance to play with fondant a la Ace of Cakes and Cake Boss. Did you know it’s made from the same ingredients as marshmallows? Plus a ton of icing sugar.

The lovely April of April Cakes was our teacher, she had the cutest little kitchen set up in her house for cake making!

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Delicious.

Chocolate with chocolate ganach and vanilla buttercream in between and covered in vanilla buttercream. Be still my heart.

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Besides eating too much cake I enjoyed a lot of time out in the usually shy sun.

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It spent the weekend outside, making me go out and be outdoorsy. It was great, especially since my mom was here and we were able to get a couple days of walking. Walking, and more walking.

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What have you been up to? What are you looking forward to this week?

I’m looking forward to the weekend, when I’ll (fingers crossed) have some free time. It’s not guaranteed though.

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Vegan: What I’ve learned…

I wasn’t sure how to title this post: The One In Which I Failed Epically or perhaps How to Not Be vegan, or perhaps How to fail in more than one way at once.

See I’m sitting here, sort of watching Because I said So and eating chocolate. Sugar (goes against this challenge I set for myself for February) and most definitely not vegan, which goes against the challenge this week.

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So what went wrong? There are a few reasons I can point to why being vegan this week wasn’t incredibly successful for me.

  • No plan: usually my life doesn’t require a meal plan. Mainly because vegetarian food is readily available and I’ve been eating it for so many years it’s just what I do. However, I think for veganism, I should have had more of a plan.
  • Life: where I’m at now, the life I’m living didn’t fit the vegan lifestyle this week. Most of my friends aren’t into food in the same way (into experimenting or trying healthy food). This is when having an action plan would have helped.
  • No Passion for the cause: being vegan is something I think you really have to care about to stick with it. And to be honest, my heart just wasn’t in it. I wanted it to be, I wanted to care, and in fact a lot of what vegans care about is stuff I care about. And I can see myself one day being pretty much vegan since so many meals I already eat are vegan.

What have I learned?

  • Lots of foods I don’t give a second thought to eating aren’t vegan (margarine? I just assumed it was made from vegetable oils…)
  • Without a game plan, if you aren’t surrounded by people living a healthy vegan lifestyle, it can be tough to be “strong” and stick to it.
  • When it comes to something like a vegan diet, or any significant change in diet, it takes energy and thought; you can’t just eat what you’re craving.

I know a lot of the other 7 Day Vegan Challengers have been doing awesome on the challenge and congrats to all of you! I’ll definitely participate in the twitter chat tomorrow (as long as I remember the right time!) but I think I’m unfortunately done with the challenge itself.

What has been the biggest obstacle for all of you this week? What have you learned from the challenge?  

PS While yes, I had some chocolate today, I still think my “Sugar and Coffee Free February” is going really well because my overall consumption of both has gone down significantly. I’ve been drinking 1-2 cups of black or green tea, and I have been feeling fine. I’d like to try a day or two of caffeine free days this week, and see if I get any withdrawal symptoms.

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Vegan Challenged

Well. This vegan challenge is off to a rocky start, let me tell you.

Let me put a disclaimer that says I actually ate vegan for Saturday and Sunday, and that was easy peasy. Might have included some polenta of which I got NO decent shots, but came from this cookbook.

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(Man even that shot is soooooo blurry!)

But well, yesterday there might have been a non-vegan mini muffin that I didn’t think about until I ate it.

And today well, if I was an all or nothing person I’d say today was a complete bust. But at the same time I sort of knew today wouldn’t go so well.

For one of my classes we’re placed with a community partner. Ours happens to be Urban Aboriginal Community Kitchen, and it is a group that gets together every week and makes lunch together. They try to stick to foods that are historically part of their diet. And if you guess fish, you were right.

I don’t even normally eat fish, but these salmon burgers, were amazing. Not that I have any pervious experience to compare it to, but still I imagine they were pretty good.

Sadly, I guess I’m “failing” at this vegan challenge, but I’m still gonna do my best (minus thursday’s class). And hopefully I can get some vegan related posts and recipes up later this week.

I’ve loved reading people’s recaps so far, it’s been cool to see what everyone says. (PS, Leah at Why Deprive mentioned the best dream about cheese in the comments on Life After Bagels)

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Prepared

Yesterday was a gorgeous day. I went out to enjoy the sunshine.

I also picked up some of this.

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Yep I decided to go with Almond milk for the vegan for a week challenge. In fact I’m having some right now in my oatmeal. Verdict? Surprisingly sweet.

Some notes on going vegan next week:

I have a class that involves eating a variety of foods cooked in the class. This food lab is not entirely vegan friendly, and because I think it’s important I participate fully I will not be following the vegan plan that night…

But other than that I should be fully vegan.

Also my coffee and sugar free February is going awesome. I’m drinking black or green tea mostly, I’m now down to one cup a day from two. It’s been going well.

On another note I had a delicious lunch yesterday:

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It was a salad of thinly slice cucumber (I used a peeler), grated carrots, raisins, with a Tofu Caesar dressing (Would be vegan except for the anchovy paste) and sprinkled with sesame seeds. I think it could be easily veganized though, by replacing the anchovy paste with something else sort of salty and umame in taste.

Well I have such a busy day ahead of me, I have to get going on it! But I promise many a post on my vegan week ahead.

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February: Change

Hello.

So. It’s a new month, and I can’t believe it’s February already, my how time flies. I’ve got a lot of exciting things planned for this month and I’m hoping you’ll enjoy following me along this journey.

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I doodled up this little list of goals on Sunday in a fit of procrastination.

That’s right, I declared that for February I would:

  • Not Drink any Coffee
  • Not eat any sugar (processed sugar, desserts, etc.)
  • Workout every day

What’s inspired this?

If you know me in real life you’ll know I’ve been complaining about my jeans all fitting a wee bit tighter since December. I can’t blame it on the laundry machines any more.

My energy levels are low and listless and I’ve been feeling health and body wise really out of sorts. I know it’s the two blondies or cookies or chocolates I have after both LUNCH and DINNER and you know that little bit I have at 4pm because I’m just in the mood.

So there’s a little something different in my coffee cup this morning.

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I’ve definitely been inspired to make some of these changes by reading about the great experience of Ashley over at Edible Perspective. She was able to “detox” sans feeling deprived in anyway.

I drank the lemon water today, and it tasted pretty good actually (I’d been trying it with the bottled lemon juice before today, and that is totally gross). I’ve also had tea, since I’m pretty sure if I didn’t I’d have the worst hangover ever. Though I am hoping to go completely caffeine free later this month.

Then yesterday I got an invite from this lovely lady over at Life After Bagels.

Morgan was inspired by the crew at Oprah and wants us to join her in going vegan for a week. And since I’m in the mood to actually make changes happen in my life, I figure this is a very good starting point.

What sort of resolutions and goals do you have for February?

I promise I’ll be updating more, especially with the challenges of giving up two of my favourite things, and with the vegan challenge.

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Week’s End

That’s what today is. It’s been a normal productive week I would say. Nothing too spectacular has happened.

Thought on Wednesday I did spoil myself, by picking up a couple books.

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Isn’t it pertty? Ok, you can’t see all of it. But I basically opened this book and drooled over the pictures, recipes, and layout. I also got The Joy of Vegan Baking, by the same author. I didn’t intend to buy two books by only one person, but really, they were just both so good looking!

I’ve already marked pages of recipes I intend to try.

Still I haven’t made anything from them yet, but I’ve picked up some ingredients I might be needing in the next week.

I did however hit up my kitchen today.

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I was browsing my many bookmarked sights, and stumbled across this recipe on Joy the Baker. I ignored it for awhile. I would move on with my day.

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But I would go back a look at the photos on her website. Just you know, looking. No harm in looking right?

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And I mean, sometimes looking turns into thinking. Just thinking about how easy it is to throw a chocolate bar into my cart. How I have some oranges that need using.

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Then you know, that chocolate bar appears in your shopping basket. It goes through checkout with you and ends up back home, and well, you know, you can’t not use it right?

These were good. Not healthy really (too bad orange zest doesn’t add all those benefits of an orange.) but oh was it good.

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I’m talking melt-in-your-mouth good. And I didn’t even use real butter, I can only imagine how delcious they’d have been then.

Just writing about it makes me want another one.

Well I’m off to… procrastinate some more. I might not be going out tonight but somehow studying on a Friday just doesn’t seem right.

What have you baked or cooked recently that’s been delicious? What are your weekend plans?

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Sunny with a chance of Cocoa

Earlier this week we had one of those gorgeous fall days. For those you living in Vancouver, you know what day I mean. It started out normal; grey cloudy, slightly rainy, mostly gloomy. But somewhere around mid morning there was a break in the clouds and the sun burst out like an unexpected gift.

My morning ended up being one procrastination after another; culminating in an hour and a half long jaunt to get groceries – normally takes me about thirty minutes- and muddy knees. Why muddy knees? Well, I kept kneeling down for photos.

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Not sure how many of these mushrooms might be of the edible variety, but damn were they fun to play picture taking with.

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This next mushroom was probably the neatest of them all, couldn’t you just picture a fairy or something just sitting atop? I wish I’d gotten a better photo, but this ain’t bad.

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After returning home from my adventures my rumbly tumbly informed me it was time for lunch. Although the sun was out it was a wintery fall day indeed, and my cold nose and chilled hands knew it was time for hot chocolate. Being in dietetics sometimes I feel weird about promoting “un-healthy” food, but if ever I had a food moto it would be everything in moderation. So here is what I normally do for a quick and not-so-bad-for you hot cocoa.

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Quick and Not-so-bad-for-you Hot Chocolate

1 cup of milk (whatever is your favourite, or you have around, I used skim)
3 TBSP cocoa powder
1 TBSP sugar (I love to use brown sugar, don’t know, just do.)
Pinch cinnamon

1. Heat half-a-cup of the milk in microwave for about 35 seconds.
2. Add in cocoa and sugar, then stir (I recently discovered that if you whisk with a fork, it mixes up awesomely and sort of fluffs up.). Add in rest of milk, stir a little more.
3. Heat some more, I usually do about 2 to 3 minutes, with a break at each minute to make sure it doesn’t overflow (because it sucks to clean microwaves.)

And voila, a yummy treat on a perfect fall day!

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Recipe and Review

hmmm, a couple treats for you guys today! A review and a recipe! Ohhhhh I know!

So first up is a product review. Back when I was beyond busy and couldn’t do anything but pretty much cry because, well, I was that busy, the lovely folks at Dempster’s sent me some of their new products to review…

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Oven Fresh Baguettes
– Come in packs of 2 loaves. Either multigrain or white. They’re partially baked when you buy them from the super market, and then you bake them for 8min (or 12 if they’re frozen) for a feeling of a fresh baked baguette with your meal.

I do enjoy them, and they freeze well, so for those of us who want something a little fresh but don’t have the time for bread, or aren’t patient when we have that fresh-bread craving, these work really well!

Of course I wanted to do something fun with at least one loaf before I reviewed them, but couldn’t think of anything. Then my teammates suggested a get together before our race on Sunday and while I was thinking of what to bring, this popped into my head:

Apple, Spinach and Cinnamon Crouton Salad

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I started by baking up the bread: (From raw to baked)
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While that was happening I tossed the following into a bowl:

  • 3-4c spinach
  • 1/4c raisins
  • 1/4c chopped up almonds (could toast these if you want, I didn’t and it was good)
  • 2-3 apples
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In a seperate microwaveable I mixed:

  • 1.5tbsp margarine, melted
  • 1tsp (or so) cinnamon
  • 1/4tsp nutmeg, or other spices that go with cinnamon
  • 1tbsp (or just under) sugar
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When the bread was out of the oven and had cooled for a while I chopped it up into croutons:
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I then dumped these into the bowl with the cinnamon/margarine mixture and tossed and stirred until they were coated. Popped them back in the over (in an oven friendly tray of course!) for 3-5min… And then onto the salad and voila! A delicious salad for any meal.

This served 4 people as a side dish.

It’s a very “flexible” salad, and number of toppings would do; but everyone loved the croutons. They were sort of like mini cinnamon bun bits on a salad. Yum!

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