Posts Tagged ‘Vegan’

Okay, so none of that makes sense…UNLESS….you are an English teacher like myself OR you remember the analogies section from standardized tests.  But really, I think it’s an appropriate association…don’t you?  Good.  Glad we agree 🙂

Today is FRIDAY!!!!!  Which means…Five Things Friday.  Today, sticking with my theme of associations, I am doing a Five WORDS Friday…which will actually be more like 20 since there are four words in associations….

1.  Treadmill Running : Ugh :: Outside Running : YAY!

I have not been able to run outside much lately.  It’s been incredibly snowy up here in the Northeast…and it looks like we’re going to get even MORE snow next week.  woot.  Truth be told – I am okay with treadmill running but I really would like at least ONE run outside a week.  Temps say it is going to be close to 50 this weekend – HEAT WAVE!!!!  I’m on that like peanut butter’s on jelly…..(did I mention I really like peanut butter?)  Truth be told, I don’t mind running inside that much…if anything it lets me catch up on my Sportscenter…..

2.  Sweat Pants : My go-to clothing choice of late :: Yoga Pants : Not my go-to clothing choice of late

Whatever your comfy clothes preference is…lately, I have a three pair of sweat pants rotation – for when I am home, obviously not when I am teaching (although that would be amazing if I could wear them to school!).

3.  Swimming : My First Fitness Love :: Swimming : Something I always use as a fitness basis

While that analogy might not make sense…if you think about it…any one of us that has had a first love/relationship/etc…we ALWAYS remember that ONE.  Everyone always says, “You’ll never forget your first love” blah blah blah….right?  In my case, swimming was and always will be my first love and most important sport I’ve ever been involved with.

The reason I use Swimming as a fitness basis is because it is probably the ONLY sport where you are required to use EVERYTHING.  I mean, think about it….running, you primarily use your legs….biking, legs….soccer, legs…well you get the point.  I always try to explain to my swimmers how people who make fun of swimming are doing so because THEY DON’T GET IT.  They don’t understand how difficult it can be.  The true swimmers don’t see the difficulty….that’s what separates those who can and can not.  I always tell them, “if it were easy, everyone would do it”.

4.  Vegetarian : Veggies :: Pescatarian : Veggies + Fish

I am a vegetarian who dabbles in the pescatarian realm.  Truthfully, I love sushi….and all kinds of fish…so I eat it when I am out but that’s about it.  I won’t prepare it for a home cooked meal.  I know, I’m weird.  We all have our things.  I still laugh when people get worried or upset after I tell them my food choices.

Pretty much always

It’s nice that it’s more and more common these days for people to be Vegetarians as well as more restaurants accommodating those of us who choose to go without meat.  I tried to be a Vegan…for all of two weeks….I just couldn’t do it.  I workout WAY to much and would have to eat non-stop for me to go Vegan.  Plus….I like cheese…and eggs….and, well….I like them!

5.  Exercise : Fitness :: Diet : Healthiness

My fitness is determined by my exercise just as my healthiness is determined by my diet.  While they are all intertwined, I think it’s safe to say without a clear idea of what we want out of all of these, we aren’t going to get the results we hope for.  Goals are excellent ways to start our path to fitness and healthiness.  My goals this year involve more races and trying new experiences.  I am incredibly psyched for the Tough Mudder in April.  I am also excited for the Cherry Blossom 10 miler earlier that month!

And while I may pretty much be at a point where I am maintaining my fitness level, that doesn’t mean I can’t continue to work hard to feel better about myself.

Just remember, you have a choice….we all do.  If you don’t like the way things are….do something about it.  You’re worth it.

Have a great weekend!

Reading, that is….

The other day, I wrote about how easy or difficult it might be for an athlete or a professional athlete to be a vegetarian/vegan. 

With the kindle I so awesomely received from my Stepmom and Dad on my birthday this year, I purchased my first book and started reading it last night….Finding Ultra: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming one of The Worlds Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself.

Many people have told me they’ve read his book, Eat and Run.  While I intend to read that, this one was definitely first. 

As promised, I will have a review once I’m finished – it’s pretty easy to read and REALLY interesting so far.  I didn’t realize he was a swimmer (for Stanford) – so I am clearly extremely interested in that 🙂

Beyond that book, I also went the nerd route and bought….How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character

Can you tell I am a teacher and a coach???  I don’t think as many of you will be interested in what I find from that book but I’m looking forward to reading it. 

ANYWAY….

I’ve been having trouble sleeping lately.  I was definitely tired – my eye twitching came back (maybe one day I’ll draw my own cartoon with a day in the life of my eye twitch…) So last night, I thought – let’s do this right. 

I started reading (because reading is usually what I used to do to make my eyes tired at night) and took 2 Tylenol PM.  Yup – I cheated.  I really should be using Valerian Root or Chamomile tea to help me but all bets were off last night.  I had those ugly black rings under my eyes and I was like – it’s 8:30?  Time for bed!

Sure enough – it worked.  I slept from about 9:15 until 7:15 this morning and it was GLORIOUS!  It’s also raining so I lolled in bed til about 7:45.  I felt so much better and did my usual stretching:

It is raining in the Philly area this morning.  No outside run for me.  Instead, I am going to my favorite Yoga class with my friend Kristie.  I am looking forward to putting my energy into the class and devoting my mind to being CALM during Savasana…..

What’s everyone else doing on this lovely Thursday?

P.S.  I am so excited tomorrow is FRIDAY!!!!!  FOR SO MANY REASONS BUT MAINLY JUST ONE 🙂

 

Sometimes I get a lot of gruff from my family (ok, mainly mother) about not eating meat.  The minute I say I am tired or have been for a few days, her first comment is, “I really think you’re always so tired because you don’t eat meat”.  

Also, I always think of this scene from My Big Fat Greek Wedding every time someone asks me about why I don’t eat meat…..

But back to the first part….anyone else notice a few things about that statement?

1.  Apparently a few days turned into ALWAYS.

2.  She doesn’t even think that maybe I am not sleeping well but instead not giving myself enough food.

3.  Instead of asking me why I’m tired she just assumed I am not taking care of myself…slipping back down that spiral into the EVIL EATING DISORDER STAIRCASE DOWNWARD (to be read and heard in your head in a loud booming voice – kthanks).

Truly – I have learned to ignore it – and I while I realize my mother, and my family, some times feels as though I could resort to the old lifestyle I had the only real thing I can tell them to assure them I won’t is that ‘I am just too damn old to be resorting to something like that’.

Speaking of old…I really felt my body this morning…creek…creek…crack….woot!

BACK FROM MY SECOND TANGENT….

I did a bunch of my own reading yesterday and there’s actually a book I have been meaning to read by Ultra Marathoner, Scott Jurek about how a VEGAN diet helped him run his miles.  That’s next on my list (now if only I could stick with one book…and/or stop watching TWW! ha).

While there are definitely some ‘haters’ out there…for the most part, everything I’ve read said it’s actually better for people to be on a basically vegetarian/vegan diet:

Matt Frazier explains, “I became a much stronger runner almost immediately after switching to a vegetarian diet.”  He talks about other Vegetarian Athletes on The No Meat Athlete

ADAPTT lists the amount of professional athletes (including body builders) who are Vegan/Vegetarians.

To balance it a bit – This Guy does not like the idea of a VEGAN/VEGETARIAN athlete…but that’s okay.

And this Q & A from the NYTimes has three different opinions about the Vegan/Veggie diet with athletes.

What I’d eventually like to do is write a review of Scott Jurek’s book and tell you all about it….I’ll get to it.

For now…I feel like I have made the right decision with being a ovo-lacto vegetarian (and on occasion I will eat fish but usually only if I go out).

I think people should stick to what works for them and how they feel after they eat….rather than judge one another based on what they “think” they should be eating. 

***I will however add this – the fact that I am a recovering anorexic, there are still signs and symptoms with people who are either not eating enough or simply making excuses as to why they “can’t eat” such and such a food.  If you, as a friend (and you must be a friend because outsiders will likely feel the wrath of 10,000 suns if you say anything to someone with an ED) feel like something could be up….say something.  I can also write a blog post about that soon.  Let’s just put it this way…if it weren’t for my exboyfriend and college roommate/best friend…who knows what would’ve happened to me.***

 

Interested in making the switch to VEGETARIAN?!  CHECK OUT SOME HELPFUL TIPS

So tell me, what kind of “diet” do you stick to?

I prefer the 90/10 diet.  I eat healthy 90% of the time and 10% of the time I let loose….. 😉

Also – do you think athlete’s can be vegetarian/vegan??  Thoughts!, please!

Can you believe it’s Friday?  Again?!?  This week FLEW by – I suppose that happens when your weekend doesn’t end until Tuesday 🙂

How was everyone’s 4th?  Did you see fireworks?  Did you set off sparklers?  Did you go to a BBQ?

I went to my home neighborhood’s BBQ (as I always do for Summer holiday’s) and it was surprisingly good.  Not that they aren’t anyway but I was in a ‘terrible, horrible, no good, very bad mood’.  Of why, I am certain because I was tired due to lack of sleep and not feeling well…..amazing what some good company and friends can do to change that.

Since I missed last Friday’s post amidst my insane (ly awesome) weekend…..this week’s FTF’s involve some of the things I’m reading/watching and/or listening to – NEW MUSIC!!!!

What I’m Watching:

1.  Vegucated – Woooahhh, doggy.  This puppy was certainly emotional.  The basic gist of this documentary is a woman who decided to challenge three different people to go VEGAN for 6 weeks.  Obviously I was intrigued for several reasons but it wasn’t until I saw the portion of the documentary where they show how animals are treated…..I SOBBED….I LOOKED AWAY….I HAD A HEIGHTENED EMOTIONAL REACTION.  Truthfully, anyone with a heart should have the same kind of reaction.  It’s very well put together and extremely informing.  I highly recommend it.  I am probably going to be mostly vegan now because of this movie….

2.  Hungry for Change – This documentary exposes shocking secrets the diet, weight loss and food industries use to keep consumers coming back for more.  (can you tell I’m on a bit of a documentary kick?)  Most of the information I listened to was not new or surprising to me – but in case you didn’t already know – SUGAR IS IN EVERYTHING.  It’s informative.  Watch it, especially if you’re learning about food and/or want to be more informed with how the government is basically addicting us to food.

3.  Pitch Perfect – I think I have watched this movie every day since it came out on cable……what?  Don’t judge.

4.  Parts Unknown with Anthony Bourdain – okay, first of all – show of hands:  Who wouldn’t want this guys life?  Seriously?!  He travels all over the world – eats all kinds of food – visits and explores amazing cultures – and gets paid to do it?!  I am a HUGE fan of his – read all his books – watched all his TV shows (A Chef’s Tour, No Reservations) – and seriously love the way he writes/delivers his ideas.  The show (from a producer/writer perspective) is bar-none.  I would love to just be a grip or a PA on one of the episodes.  I would probably learn SO much.  If you’re not watching this…do yourself a favor…DO IT

5.  The Tree of Life

Just – do yourself a favor – prepare yourself for 2.5 hours you may feel like you’ll never get back.  Ha!  That being said – the cinematography was ASTOUNDINGLY AMAZING.  BEAUTIFUL.  It’s from Fox Searchlight (the independent portion of their studios).  Plus – it also helps if you have some awesome company when you watch it – to talk about it, make fun of it, question it….you know….normal things…

What I’m Reading:

1. 

Yep, that’s the one….

It’s based on the Columbine Shootings and/or school shootings.  Definitely a tough one to read…..and by that I mean sad

2. 

Ohhhhh, he’s handsome

I think this one is pretty self explanatory?  I’m a swim coach, former swimmer, he’s pretty much the icon of international swimming, and he’s just a normal person…..I’m such a coaching nerd – I am getting some good workouts from the book!  (I can hear the groans from my swimmers now).

3. 

Sisters Who Don’t get along all the time??? Where do I sign up….

As sad but light book – the concept is two sisters (both very different), one gets cancer and the other is dealing with it at school, home, and herself (she is the younger one).  It’s definitely, in some ways, similar to my life….

4.  OLIVE TO RUN – Lovin’ this blog like WOAH!  Another teacher, Olive and her Popeye (Cori and Ben) are on an amazing journey together!  I love reading her blogs about teaching, life, running, and the fact that not all runners are in a size zero frame.  GO READ IT – NOW!

5.  I Want to Go to The Zoo with Roy Halladay  – Because any good Phillies fan would – enough said.

What I’m listening to:

1.  Wake Me Up by Avicii – GREAT MESSAGE – GREAT BEAT

2.  Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke/T.I./Pharrell – BECAUSE OF REASONS

3.  Cruise by Florida Georgia Line Ft. Nelly – GREAT SUMMER TIME TUNE

4. Brave by Sara Bareilles – SHE IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE LADY SINGERS – Plus the song has a great message

5.  Radioactive by Imagine Dragons – Covered by Lindsey Sterling and Pentatonix – IT’S BADASS

 

So anyway – what’s everyone else watching?  reading?  listening to????

Have a fantabulous Weekend!