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Just a quick rant…

Posted in Eat,Family,Fitness,Friends,Learn,Live by Sarah on January 18, 2013

I’m not a nutritionist. I’m not a paleo fanatic. I’m not even a very good cook. I’m just a lady who likes to run far up mountain trails and sit on top of rocks and think. I had an epiphany this morning that really upset me, so excuse me while I vent.

Owe it to God, or science, or whatever you believe in, but it’s not a coincidence that eating foods grown from the ground replenish your body with vitamins and minerals that are vital for survival or that meat and poultry contain nutrients as well. When you eat pre packaged ‘diet’ foods, you’re basically saying “yes monopolist manufacturers, your assumption that I will put anything into my body in hopes of losing weight because I have an unrealistic expectation with how my body should look and therefore have poor self-image, so here, get rich off of my hard-earned money at the cost of my vulnerability”. And if you are eating manufactured foods with absolutely no nutritional value, I’ll assume that common sense has been drowned out by society making you believe that the reason you should eat this is because it tastes good. I’m not pointing fingers or judging. I’ve been there. I still eat awful foods on occasion. Yeah, they’re good, but they aren’t helping my body one bit. It’s only emotionally rewarding for that moment, but then you instantly feel like a failure. This is no way to live and I am tired of it! Since when did eating fruits, vegetables, meats, seeds and nuts become considered deprivation?!? These are amazing fuel sources that are here for you to eat.

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Ignorance is my biggest pet peeve. And the saying ‘ignorance is bliss’ is the most sorry ass thing I have ever heard in my life! Is obesity blissful? How about diabetes? Come on.

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Put down your self-help book, flush your anti depressants down the toilet, get up off the couch and go run around the block. It might be uncomfortable, but something magical will occur during and afterwards: it’s called feeling alive! Your heart will pump faster, your skin will glow, your blood with be replenished with oxygen, you’ll even produce your own endorphins….same thing those anti-depressant pills are supposed to do. Most likely you’ll be pretty damned proud of yourself! Of all the rules, laws, influences and responsibilities, this is the one area of your life in which you are in complete control. Own it!

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I know this sounds harsh, but out of all the people in this world, there are very few people who truly care for you. The corporations don’t give a damn about you, or your family and friends. They are just trying to make a dollar. So recognize those who are most important in your life, hold on to them tight, care for them, help them feel good about themselves, and make sure you are one of them.

Now go run around the block and plan your garden for the upcoming season and then when you’re done, treat yourself to an apple 🙂

BLAST!

Posted in Family,Fun,Live by Sarah on August 30, 2011

I cannot wait for dinner tonight! I am serving up BLAST’s at my house (it’s a BLT with swiss cheese and avocado). I love these sammy’s and look forward to them all summer. It’s harvest season and everyone who planted a garden this year is swimming in tomatoes, so bring some  my way we’ll have a BLAST! It’s really a no-brainer, but here is the “recipe”:

  • 2 slices whole grain bread, toasted
  • turkey bacon (B)
  • lettuce (L)
  • avocado slices (A)
  • slice of swiss cheese (S)
  • tomato slices (T)
  • and a teeny tiny bit of lite mayo
Enjoy!

Creative Comfort

Posted in Family,Learn,Live by Sarah on January 31, 2011

I just made the best dinner and have to share the recipe with you. It’s actually a Weight Watchers recipe that I put my own spin on, so there, it is now my recipe!

Sarah’s Bean and Sausage Soup
1 lean turkey keilbasa sausage
2 cans red kidney beans
2 cans white northern beans
1 can diced tomatoes
1 onion
2 carrots
2 celery stalks
6 asparagus stalks
6 mushrooms
2 cloves garlic
1 tsp basil
1/2 cup red wine
5 cups chicken stalk
1 bunch spinach

cut onion, carrots, celery, asparagus, mushrooms and sausage, place ingredients in the slow cooker. Drain and rinse beans and tomatoes, place ingredients in the slow cooker. Put pressed garlic, basil, red wine and chicken stock in slow cooker. Cook on low for 8-10 hours. 20 minutes before serving, chop the spinach and stir it in the soup.

So delicious! I served it with a grainy bread…so comforting and hearty, plus I have leftovers for the week! I’ll try to get nutritional info ands update this post as soon as I have it.

A Real (great) Weekend

Posted in Family,Friends,Live by Sarah on January 10, 2011

UGH that was rough! To go back to work for 5 straight days after the Christmas/New Year’s holiday is just cruel. But I did it..it actually went by quite fast. What a great weekend this was! It made me appreciate the 2 days I get to myself. I only have a few obligations away from the house (a class on Saturday, and 2 runs) but otherwise this weekend was perfect. Of course I had plans lined up but nothing major. It helped me remember-THAT is what a real weekend is. Just doing things around the house you can’t get done during the week, and spend quality time with family. It was so nice to just hang out with my husband and son in the mornings, watching cartoons, making breakfast and just playing around. And I will admit, I actually enjoy cleaning, it just makes me feel better and eases my mind. I have a couple big plans for things I’d like to do around the house this year: spruce up my gym, create a wall mural filled with pictures of friends and family, and save up for new flooring in the bathrooms. I can’t wait!

I also got to see my parents (I love watching them with my son, it warms my heart), had a playdate with my cousin and her daughter who is just learning to walk, went to a welcome-home party, and met an old friend from highschool for coffee and had a great, inspiring conversation with her.

I hope you all had a great weekend as well. Remember to make time for yourself and relax!


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