Fat Sick and Nearly Dead

Remember how I said I would never do a juice cleanse?

Well, Fat Sick and Nearly Dead made me want to do one.

Though the documentary could have made its point in half the time, it totally got me amped up about juicing.

It starts off with a big guy, Joe Cross, doing a 60 day (WHAAAA) “fast,” or juice cleanse, meaning he only drinks juice from fresh fruits and veggies. When he started, he was very overweight and had a terrible dermatitis/skin disease that he had to be on lots of the steroid Prednisone for.

By the end of his cleanse, he lost 90lbs and his skin disease was GONE.

After accomplishing his goal, Joe gets hooked on the health benefits of juicing and inspires others to follow suit.

My favorite quote from the movie: 70% of the disease that affects us now are caused by our life choices.

That really stuck with me because it suggests that a lot of the health problems we face can be prevented by the food [and exercise, sleep habits, mental health, etc] that we subject our bodies to.

Just like Hungry For Change, Joe talks about the ridiculous supply of micro-nutrients in fruit/veggie juice and how it nourishes our bodies.

I do wish he told us a little more HOW to juice and what to juice. But I guess that’s what research is for.

Last week I tried adding  the juice from a tomato into my green juice. It tasted like shit.

Last week I tried adding the juice from a tomato into my green juice. It tasted like shit.

I’ve got my research cut out for me because I am going to try a juice cleanse.

I’m going to the beach in a week and a half, so I might as well try it now! My plan so far is to start on Sunday so that I don’t go brain dead at work, and then see how Monday and Tuesday go. I’m convincing myself that it is not a challenge that I have to complete and am not a failure if I don’t. It might not work for me. So 3 days is definitely all I want to start with!

More details on my cleanse to come – don’t worry, I’ll fill ya in on every little detail. 🙂

If you’d like to watch Fat Sick and Nearly Dead, watch it for free HERE!

Have you ever done a juice cleanse?

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Thai Quinoa Lettuce Wraps

This is one of those recipes that I could definitely see myself being scared of a year or two ago.

It involves making your own dressing! Omg. Scary.

I promise it isn’t that hard to make though: the secret ingredient is – peanut butter. And paired with quinoa? Gotta love that protein.

thaiquinoaslettucewraps1This recipe was inspired by Ambitious Kitchen.

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cup shredded red cabbage
  • ½ red onion, diced
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro
  • fresh lime juice, to taste
  • handful of green onion, chopped
  • garnish with chives, chopped
  • head of romaine lettuce

Dressing:

  • ¼ cup peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp honey (sub with agave if vegan)
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp water

Directions:

Cook quinoa and let cool.

Make the dressing: add peanut butter and honey to a medium microwave safe bowl. Heat in microwave for 20 seconds. Stir in soy sauce, vinegar, water, sesame oil, and olive oil. Stir until smooth.

Add the dressing to quinoa.

Mix red pepper, cabbage, onions, carrots, and cilantro into the quinoa. Squeeze a little fresh lime juice and garnish with chives. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

thaiquinoasalad1thaiquinoasalad2It looks good…but I didn’t feel like eatin’ it straight up.

Luckily, I remembered I had a bag of romaine lettuce in the fridge!

thaiquinoasalad6thaiquinoasalad4The best part? Lots of leftovers!

Thanks as always to Jenn @ Peas and Crayons for hosting What I Ate Wednesday!

Friday’s Five

1. Dropping my last left-eye contact. Down the toilet.

Karma, what did I do to deserve this?

1800contacts12. Looking like a crazy person running on the trail.

This is what I looked like trying to swat the shit out of the entire gnat population in the DC metropolitan area on my Wednesday evening run. She-who-shall-not-be-named.

3. Freaking out because Monday is almost here.

The Bachelorette is a trashy-ass show. I love it.

4. Simultaneous happy and sad feelings.

Happy: I have a ridiculous amount of oatmeal in my possession. Sad: The can is so big it won’t fit in the cabinet.

oldfashioned15. Not having a race on the schedule in the near future.

I’ll probs be sad about this in approximately 2 days, but for now it’s kind of nice. I feel like I’m on summer vacation.

meonboatWhat is something you’re excited about from this week?

Do you have any cool long-weekend plans?

Post Race Eats

After the Capitol Hill Classic we headed in search of something good to eat.

capitolhillIn order to get to some good restaurants we had to walk through Eastern Market. Very weird that I’ve lived here forever and never been!

easternmarketsamplesIt was perfect wandering past all the yummy booths and taking handfuls of samples. Just what I needed post race!

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easternmarkethummusMal said it would be a great place to buy fruit and veggies for juicing – agreed! We def need to go back there with some cash pronto.

easternmarketcucsPretty cool that you can get farmers market produce right in the city.

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easternmarketpeachesI would like all of these, please.

easternmarketnecklacesWe settled on a place called Boxcar Tavern for brunch and sat at the bar. I couldn’t resist ordering a mimosa.

boxcartavernmimosaRe-hydration is necessary after running 6.2 miles. Yeah.

Chocolate chip pancakes seem to be part of my post 10K tradition, so I’m just gonna go with it.

pancakesI may need to do a race every Sunday because it was the first time I’ve gone to bed before 11 in a looooong time.

Thanks to Jenn @ Peas and Crayons for hosting What I Ate Wednesday!

What’s your favorite post-race meal?

Capitol Hill Classic 10K Race Recap

I went to bed Saturday night fearing Sunday morning’s weather.

10KraceweatherBut when I moseyed on over to the metro, it wasn’t too bad out!

I was a little nervous about getting to the race in time to pick-up my packet because my bffls running had already picked theirs up. I severely regretted my procrastination until…

I ran into this girl at the t-shirt table!

sweatyemilyThe other girls were quite jeal that I got to meet Sweaty Emily.

Luckily, they still let me take race pictures with them.

capitol10KgirlsWe spent the next half hour doing important pre-race things, like using the power of the raised arm to get our effing location

findinglocation1And we got ready to run.

capitolhillclassicMy race was pretty standard! I think I’m finally getting used to races. Perhaps knowing that my Garmin keeps track of pace helps.

garmin10As I keep learning about distance running, I’m having fun just running races. Just running the distance is still an accomplishment to me! Though I know it’s also my own fault for not pushing myself to be faster, so perhaps that time is coming soon.

The beginning and the end of the race had good scenery, through the pretty streets of Capitol Hill. Then the course took us toward the highway views near RFK stadium.

My favorite part of races is when the super crazy fast people are running back and you can see them and cheer them on! Some of those peeps run fast.

The low part of the race for me was slowly making the loop around RFK. It started to rain and running in the parking lot kind of sucked.

10Kmap1I didn’t think the one hill was too bad, but maybe that’s because I ran so slowly up it. 😉 My friends all had good races too – they are so speedy!

And then we snuck back to the t-shirt table.

meetingsweatyemily

Friday’s Five

1. If you follow me on twitter, you’d know:

chickennuggetgirlThe recipe I tried was a fail. Like uber fail. (Though it looked good, Mom!)

mugcakeI tried my very best to choke it down but couldn’t. I think the issue was the banana. Which is a problem because it was the base.

mugcakeleft2. THIS article about Game of Thrones.

(I can’t help myself!) My personal favs are 4, 13, 14, 21, and 31.

3. A behind the scenes look at CNG.

My phone accidentally snapped this when I was posing my guac deviled eggs on Tuna’s balcony. Yup, this is my life. Embarr.

ha4. Flowery things.

I’m lovin’ this Thymes Moonflower lotion and my new lavender scented candle. Tuna’s sis gave me the lotion for my birthday and it is SPARKLY.

thymes15. Watching most of Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead last night.

My friend Mal recommended it to me in my quest to find out more about healthy food. I’ll do a review next week – can’t wait to finish it!

fatsickandnearlydeadIf you’re a blogger, do you ever feel funny taking pictures of your food?

Have you ever had a recipe gone wrong? What happened?!

Capitol Hill Classic 10K Playlist

I am not one of those people that loves to run listening to the chirping of birds in the spring and the wind while it whips through the trees on the trail.

I need my music.

Well, don’t need. But obvi prefer.

Music helps me SO much in order to get through a run, even if it’s a short one. It serves as a distraction, a motivator, and a calming force during my run.

Here’s my playlist for the 10K on Sunday! Some are old songs and there are a few new ones too. 🙂

capitolhill10kplaylist2

capitolhill10KplaylistYou know I triple check my bag on race morning to make sure I have my iPod shuffle and headphones.

This is my playlist for now, but I can always add some more songs! What have you been listening to on runs lately?

Guac Deviled Eggs

Um. So. Delicious.

guac eggsmain1Tuna and I agree that these are going in the regular rotation.

The texture of the guac/yolks is perfect and the contrast with the cool eggs is super refreshing. The only thing I think I’ll add next time is a little bit of lime juice and a teensy bit of cilantro.

guaceggs4Another pro – they’re filling! And don’t forget: a good source of healthy fats and protein.

Ingredients:

  • 6 hard boiled eggs
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • pepper to season

Makes 12 deviled eggs. 

Recipe adapted from HERE. (The name – ha).

guac eggsThey were surprisingly great as an added filling to a bed of lettuce and a side of sweet corn.

I need to have a summer dinner party to go to soon so I can bring these.

Thanks as always to Jenn @ Peas and Crayons for hosting What I Ate Wednesday!

Toms for Ten

Alright, we’re dealing with two realities here:

1. I “need” some new Toms because I love mine and they are so cute and perfect for spring. Mine seriously smell and are getting holes in them because I’ve worn them so much in the past year and a half.

And even though we all know that Toms are awesome because they give a pair of shoes to a child in need, they are not cheap (at 50-60 bucks a pop).

oneforone

2. I’d like to lose 10 lbs asap. Yeah – and that’s not even my goal weight (though almost!) Yes, I’ve been running, though not as far as I was when I was training for the Shamrock Half. And I’ve been eating healthy and clean during the week, but can’t seem to stop eating junk food on the weekends.

I hopped on the scale this morning and muttered several indecencies before remembering that I shoveled my face with lots and lots of takeout this weekend.

*Note: Yes, yes, I know weight isn’t supposed to be the only measure of healthiness, yes, my weight is fine right now but not where I’d like to personally be.*

Apparently I need more incentive to lose a few lbs because I’m not really losin’ anything right now.

Sooo, I made a deal with myself this morning.

I lose 10 lbs, I get my Toms.

Now which ones to get……..