Monthly Archives: April 2011

Good Evening!

Good Evening everyone! Did you have a good day? I sure hope so! 🙂

I’m on my way home from work!

So tired!

Aren’t self-taken pictures fun?  They remind me of my early days in college, taking Myspace pictures of myself to procrastinate on studying.

Lindsay Circa March 2007

Yes, I used to have short hair.  And a lip ring.  What can I say?  I was a badass. 😉

Work today was really, really slow, but I spent most of my time getting caught up on all my favorite blogs, so time passed fairly quickly.  Plus I finally got my blogroll up!  There are some awesome blogs on there, so definitely check it out!

On to the eats.

My lunch consisted of this awesome veggie sandwich.

Same combo as yesterday, but minus the bell peppers. They just didn’t suit me too well in sandwich form.

My second lunch (I have a 15 minute break at 2pm, then a 30 minute break at 3:30) was this gorgeous salad.

I can’t say too many times how much I am totally IN LOVE with Annie’s Goddess dressing.  I don’t really even buy other salad dressings anymore.  I should probably try something new one of these days, but why ruin a good thing?  Then again, I was equally obsessed with honey mustard prior to trying the Goddess, so who knows, maybe there’s another dressing out there just waiting to claim it’s spot as “Lindsay’s Favorite Dressing”!

As much as I love Goddess, is about as much as I hate radicchio.  Every time I bite into it, mixed in with my spring mix, I almost was to spit it out.

Ew.

It just kills me. 😛

My dinner was a can of Amy’s minestrone soup with nutritional yeast. 


This was actually my first time trying it with the nutritional yeast, but it was actually really good!  I could barely taste it, honestly.  I love this soup, so it’s pretty hard to screw up.

Apparently, at home, a ginormous veggie sub from the awesome sub shop by our house is waiting for me.  I’m pretty stoked to get there and dig in.  I still have about 20 minutes til I get there, but I guess I can wait if I really have to…

Honestly though, the best part of getting home at night is seeing my two loves, Keenan and Arlo, waiting for me when I get off of the boat.  Doesn’t matter how bad or stressful of a day I’ve had, their faces and kisses make it all better. 🙂

Have a good night, and I’ll see you in the morning!

❤ Lindsay

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How to Start on Your Path to Health Part Four

Happy Weekend!!!  Anyone have any fantastic plans for this one?  I’m on my way to Seattle for work.  You know, the usual.

Current consuming a lovely green smoothie in a jar.

My favorite Pink water bottle died a couple weeks ago, so jars have taken it’s place.  Jars are BPA-free anyway.

R.I.P.

My smoothies have been a little different lately, because on our last trip to Costco, we bought a bag of frozen mixed tropical fruit, instead of our usual frozen strawberries.  The mix contains mango, pineapple, and papaya, as well as, strawberries.  The change of fruit is a great flavor change, in addition to creating a different nutrient profile for my smoothie.  Gotta change it up!

How to Start on Your Path to Health Part Four

I can’t believe it’s already the fourth week of this installment!!  How did you all do with your goals from last week?  Did you get a chance to go to the grocery store and get some label-reading in?  I’m sure you were awesome, as always. 🙂

Here are the links for weeks one through three, if you haven’t had a chance to check them out yet:

This week is going to be pretty much the same as last week, continue to work on your goal, or if you have completed that goal, then set yourself a new one using the guidelines from Part Two.  Isn’t it amazing how much you can accomplish when you begin setting goals for yourself?  Even small achievements can add up to something completely awesome.

This week, my personal goal for you is to begin being mindful.  This is something that I am trying to work on, myself, and I believe that it can bring happiness and joy to your life in ways that you didn’t realize you could.

Bring mindful means living in the current moment.  Instead of dwelling upon what’s ahead, worrying about things that are out of your control, or living in the past, attempt to focus on what is happening right now.  You have the ability to alter your way of thinking and change your moods.  Just by changing how you look at something, you can make it less of a bad thing.

Are you annoyed with the screaming baby that’s imparing your ability to focus?  Think about the unfortunate mother who is probably frustrated that she can’t get her baby to stop crying.  Maybe the baby has a cold, or a tummy ache, maybe it’s teething.  You never know what the real situation is.  When you begin to get upset, just take a moment to think about the situation from a different point of view.

Are you irritated because you’re headed to work on a gorgeous Saturday?  (Wonder who I could be talking about here?? *cough cough*)  Take the time before you get there to enjoy the sunshine, notice how beautiful all of your surroundings are.  Use your senses and enjoy the time that you do get to spend, instead of continuing to think about how disappointed you are that you don’t get to enjoy freedom in the sun for the rest of the day.

Meditation is one of the main methods that can be used to practice mindfulness.  It isn’t something I have dabbled in too much yet, but it’s definitely something I’m interested in exploring further.  I have tried it a few times, usually for about five minutes at a time, and I do believe that it could have a positive impact on my life.  By sitting still and focusing on your breath, you are practicing being in the moment.  When ever something happens that is out of your control, just take a moment to focus on your breath, and be in the here and now.

Yoga is another practice of mindfulness.  In the same way as meditation, yoga forces you to focus on your breath and to be in the moment, concentrating on holding your poses, rather than thinking about outside forces.  Yoga is not only a wonderful practice for you strength and flexibility, but also for your mind.

I hope you give mindfulness a shot.  I’ve just begun being mindful of being mindful, and I already feel happier and more relaxed.

What are your weekend plans?

What goal(s) are you working on? What goals have you achieved?

What do you think about mindfulness?

❤ Lindsay

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My Week

Hey bloggies!  How’s it going today? Doing well, I hope! 🙂

I have had a pretty crazy week, thus the extreme lack of blogging.  It’s like exercise though, it doesn’t matter how many days you take off, as long as you get back to it!

Monday, I had the day off, so we went over to my mom’s for dinner.  My mom has been incredible since I became a vegan.  She’s been researching it, and reading my blog, and trying to be supportive in every way that she can.  It’s really awesome.  In fact, check out her current selection of books from the library.

There are at least four vegan books in there.  My mommy loves me. 🙂

This was our delicious dinner.

Mashed sweet potatoes (topped with brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg), sauteed zucchini and chipotle black bean burgers.  Soooo good!

We also had this awesome fruit salad for dessert.


Absolutely amazing.  Look at all that color!!!

Tuesday, I spent the entire day at work.  Pretty uneventful.  I didn’t blog because I was running late, and ended up making the hour and a half drive to work, instead of taking the ferry.

Wednesday, I had another day off.  I got my run on, and ended up doing 3.5 miles around the park and town.  I’m also trying to work more strength training into my life, and did a nice leg workout.

Thursday, I stayed home and cleaned the house the majority of the day.  I’m an infamously bad housekeeper, but I always feel so amazing when my house is seriously clean.  For some reason, I feel more accomplished when I scrub my shower, even than when I have a good day at work.  I’m crazy.

My weirdo self also decided to start eating these, right out of the jar.

Sun-dried tomatoes are addicting.

I also got a nice yoga workout in towards the end of the night.  I don’t do nearly enough yoga, so it was nice to strengthen, stretch, and unwind, all at the same time.

Today, has been pretty good so far.

Went running.

Gotta love the sweet mirror shot, with no make-up and my scary Washingtonian  ghostly glow.

Fatty salad with baby romaine, spring mix, red cabbage, one cucumber, half a tomato, sprouts, garbanzos and sunflower seeds.  Mystery green smoothie.  Veggie sandwich with Dave’s Killer Bread, Veganaise, dijon mustard, sun-dried tomatoes, avocado, artichoke hearts, and red bell pepper.  Whole wheat spaghetti with steamed veggies and hummus. And of course, my good ol trusty water bottle.  Should be more than sufficient to make me through the day. 🙂

Have a good day and enjoy that sunshine, if you’ve got it!

❤ Lindsay

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The Most Epic Vegan Grilled Cheese Ever

Happy Easter!

I’m sure most of you have some pretty awesome meals planned, and family get-togethers going on today, but, as per Sunday usual, I am on my way to work.  I really don’t mind though.  Even though, apparently, Easter doesn’t count as a government holiday, so I’m not getting holiday pay. 😦  I guess that’s why I didn’t mind working on both Thanksgiving and Christmas last year.

Anyway, if you haven’t noticed, the bf and I seem to create some of our most awesome food combos at night after I get off work.  Last night was no exception.  I decided that I wanted a grilled cheese sandwich.  Grilled cheese was a staple for me all through college, and has always been a favorite of mine.  I still hadn’t tried making one since becoming vegan though.  Since I had some Ezekiel bread, cheddar Daiya, and Earth Balance, I went to work.

Then, the bf decided to get creative.

Why not throw some Cholula hot sauce into the grilled cheese while it’s cooking, and then top it off with some leftover Mmmm sauce and another sprinkle of cheese?

So this beauty was born.

I cannot even begin to tell you how amazing this was.  When they say Mmmm sauce goes with everything, they mean EVERYTHING.  Go Mama Pea!

The bf ate three of them (vegetarian-style with Tillamook cheddar cheese)!  Shhhhhh!  Don’t tell anyone!

What have you tried Mmmm sauce with?  What do you want to try it with?

I want to try it with with a chipotle black bean burger. (Costco trip tomorrow!)

What are your Easter plans?

I will be ensuring that the hospital patients get a good Easter dinner. 🙂

❤ Lindsay

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How to Start on Your Path to Health Part Three

Did you all do something Earth-friendly yesterday?

I decided to go pick up trash in the park near my home.

Arlo and the bf helped.

Of course we took time to stop and smell the flowers.

After our trash collecting adventure, we watched the Boston vs. New York NBA playoff game, and I enjoyed a Blue Moon Spring Blonde Wheat Ale or two.  The Celtics smashed. Or course. 🙂  (I’m rooting for Miami, but the bf is pulling for Boston.  We’d love to see a Celtics vs. Heat round 2!)

After the game, we went home and I cooked up dinner.  Quinoa, zucchini and Mama Pea’s Mmmm Sauce.  Simple, but delicious.

The curry flavor of the sauce really stood out to me, in a good way.  I’m having leftovers for dinner tonight. 🙂

How to Start on Your Path to Health Part Three

Congratulations! You have been working hard for the last two weeks to establish healthy habits in your life that will lead to a better, more energetic future!  How are you doing on your goals from last week?

If you missed the first two parts of my How to Start on Your Path to Health series you can find them here:

This week is simple.  If the time limit of your goal has not yet been reached, then continue working on that goal, plus add another goal.  Refer to Part Two to learn to how to set the best goals for you.  If your goal was just for the week, and is now complete, then come up with a new health-related goal to work on for the next week.  You can also build on the goal that you accomplished this past week.

My task for you this week is reading labels!  No, I don’t mean the calorie, fat or carb contents.  Percentages aren’t what makes a food.  Instead, I want you to break these old habits and just start reading the ingredients in what you’re purchasing.

When you take the time to find out what’s in your food, I bet you’ll be really surprised at all the nasty stuff you’re putting in your body everyday.  All the preservatives and dyes at the end of the list, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and enriched wheat flour at the beginning of the list.  When you see these, I challenge you to put them down and find another product with a shorter, better ingredient list.  They may cost a little bit more, but this is your health we’re talking about here.  Those extra dollars you’re spending now could keep you from spending many more dollars for medical treatment in the years to come.

Not only will your body thank you, but your taste buds will as well.  When you finally get used to not having HFCS and other bleached, overly processed ingredients in your diet, you will realize how much better REAL food tastes!  All the complexities of the flavors of healthy, organic foods will be realized.

Give it a try and let me know what your thoughts are throughout the next week!

Did you accomplish your goal from last week?  If not, what do you think was your biggest barrier?

What will you be doing this week to improve your health??

❤ Lindsay

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What Are YOU Doing for Earth Day?

Happy Earth Day!!! 🙂

I think this has got to be one of the coolest holidays, because it’s a point during the year where we can all take a step back, look at our habits, and how they’re affect the world around us.  You can even think of Earth Day as a New Year for Going Green!  There are so many things that you can do to help lessen your impact on the planet, so why not use today to start!

Here are some things you can do to celebrate Earth Day:

  • Go Vegan!  Or just reduce the amount of meat and animal products you consume.  Eating less animal products helps reduce the amount of the greenhouse gas, methane, put into the atmosphere by all those factory animals’ farts and poo.  Ew.
  • Choose Local.  By purchasing food items produced locally you are saving the amount of gas used to transport the food from the farm to your mouth.  Up to 1/5 of the fuel used in America goes to transporting your food.  Check out local farmers’ markets especially.  The one near my house opens May 5th!
  • Choose Organic.  Purchasing organic food means that you are saving our air and waterways from the pollution caused by chemical fertilizers and pesticides.
  • Use Reusable Shopping Bags.  I know that in the past I’ve come home with up to 10 plastic shopping bags from one trip to the grocery store.  Not cool.  The average American uses about 500 plastic bags a year.  Imagine that in your landfill.
  • Buy a reusable water bottle and a water filter.  You know I love my Kleen Kanteen and my Brita.  Constantly buying bottled water from the store is a waste of your money, and all those bottles are crowding our planet.
  • Donate Your Unwanted Items.  I plan to donate my old clothes and shoes, that were weeded out during spring cleaning, to my local Goodwill.  It keeps them out of the landfill and puts them into the hands of someone who truly needs them.
  • Walk or Ride a Bike.  Drive less.  Use less gas.  Emit less nasty chemicals.
  • Switch to Online Bill Paying.  Reduce the amount of paper used each month.  Plus it saves you money on stamps.  The only bill I don’t pay online is my rent.  While you’re at it, switch to direct deposit if it’s available to you.
  • Pick Up Trash.  Around your neighborhood, at the park, wherever.  It’s easy.  Just make sure you’re using gloves.
  • Start a Compost Pile.  Even all your seemingly-easy decomposing food scraps can’t properly break down in the crammed, oxygen-less landfill.  Compost to save on your trash bill and to make excellent fertilizer for your yard or garden.
  • Start a Personal Veggie Garden.  I am constantly dreaming of the day when I finally have a real house with a yard and can grow my own veggies.  Talk about seriously local produce!
  • Buy Energy Efficient Light Bulbs.  Save money in the long run and use less electricity in the long run.
  • Turn Off the Water During Tooth Brushing.  Also, take shorter showers.  Saving water is awesome.
  • Use the Cold Cycle on Your Washing Machine.  Apparently, it washes your clothes just as well, unless it’s something that needs sanitation like cloth diapers.  Save electricity!  Also, use the least amount of water for the amount of clothes you are washing.
  • Fill Your Tires.  If you must drive, make sure that your tires have the correct amount of air in them.  Too little air can cause your car to lose fuel efficiency.  Not cool when gas is $4 a gallon!
  • Get Out in Nature.  Take in the beauty.  Learn to love it.
  • Recycle.  Duh.

Go check out A Billion Acts of Green at the Earth Day website to pledge your Act of Green!

I want my kids to be able to breathe clean air and drink clean water.  Every step that we take today affects whether or not that is possible.  Take the future into your own hands and participate today!  Also, remember, Earth Day is EVERYDAY!!!! 🙂

What are you doing to celebrate Earth Day??

❤ Lindsay

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Smoothie Alternative

Happy Thursday!

It’s another lovely, sunny, but cold day up here!

But, horror of all horrors, we were completely out of smoothie ingredients this morning!  How can I live??? The smoothie from yesterday was pretty much undrinkable.  The bf and I confessed to each other that neither of us were actually able to finish our smoothies yesterday, and dumped them out about halfway.  Just too thick (pulpy??) , and not enough flavor to go along with the orange and mango.

Since I wasn’t able to make myself a smoothie at home, I decided to do the next best thing and grab some of the good ol’ Starbucks.  It’s easy enough, since there are three directly in my path between my apartment and work. (One at our ferry terminal, one on my walk up to the bus, and one inside the hospital.)

I went with my usual grande soy chai, and decided to try the Naked Green Machine smoothie.

I’ve tried the Odwalla Superfood before, but this one is new to me.

Pretty good line-up if you ask me.  The only thing I could ask for would be the enzymes that were pasteurized out of it.  Enzymes are one of the best parts about eating raw foods; the enzymes from the food help the enzymes in your body break down the food, so that your body doesn’t have to work as hard.  Kinda cool, huh?  However, these enzymes are destroyed once they have been heated about 115 degrees.

This stuff tastes pretty darn delicious though.  Plus, the combo of algae provides 50% of your vitamin B12 per bottle!

Last night after work, the bf was sweet enough to take the ferry over to Seattle and meet me!  He even brought Arlo!  We all walked around downtown for a while, then headed back to the ferry.  Usually on nights, like last night, that I get off at 9pm, I have to sit around for almost an hour and a half in the ferry terminal by myself, so I was quite grateful for the excellent company. 🙂

We also bother decided to get one of my favorite decently healthy vegan fast food options.

Subway!

Since they added avocado to their options, I am obsessed.  Such an easy on-the-go vegan meal.  I get these way too often.  Again, the locations are so convenient for me, as well.

What are your favorite on-the-go vegan foods?

❤ Lindsay

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