Hey everyone! Glad you enjoyed the info I got from the seminar! I thought it was really interesting too and definitely gave me a lot to think about!
Well today (a lot went on today that I’ll share tomorrow ), I have a two part post for you all. Two parts=double the fun.
First up I have my second round of Q and A! I actually really enjoy answering questions from you all….its just fun for some reason!
If you missed the first round you can check it our here.
1. Have you ever quit a race mid-way? I did this over the weekend and I feel a lot of guilt and shame over it, even though I know it is stupid! I was dizzy and scared to keep going even though my legs felt fine.
Yes I have actually. It was sectionals during my last cross country season. I really shouldn’t have been running anyways since I had a mild case of pneumonia and the temperature was below 35 degrees. But I of course pushed myself to hard and didn’t listen to my body. I ended up running and around mile 2 (in a 5k race) I had this overwhelming tightness in my chest and was having such a coughing fit that I could barely breath. But still I kept going and about a half mile later (probably from all my hacking and coughing) I got an excruciating cramp on my right side. At that point I knew I had to stop….the tears were coming and I could barely walk without extreme pain, let alone run. I went over to an official and told him I needed to get back to my coach. I was really upset and angry with myself at the time. More ashamed than anything. It was the first race I didn’t finish and the first time the second best runner on the team beat me. But after the fact, and after I had time to cool off a bit I realized that it wasn’t the end of the world. I was happy I made the decision to stop before things got a lot worse and I risked an even greater injury/harm to my body. You are so right in listening to your body. Anytime something doesn’t feel right….don’t feel bad about stopping or listening to your body. That is really the best thing you can do. Especially being dizzy during a race! Running is incredibly hard on the body as it is, so any added problems are just basically setting up your body for ruin. Hope this helps! I am really proud of you for listening to your body! I only wish I would have been that smart when it happened to me!
No I loooove bread! And whole grains in general. Like I’ve said before, I don’t show everything I eat on my blog. And when I have something like a sandwich I tend to not photograph it because frankly I think its kind of boring. I mean who wants to see a turkey sandwich with humus or some toast with jam? If ya do I can certainly take a picture of it. But I for sure don’t fear ANY food group. And especially carbs….they’re my favorite type of food actually!
Hmmm….that’s a tough one cause I basically like every fruit out there. But I would have to say APPLES! Specifically crispin, pink lady, or fuji!
VANILLA! All the way!
5. What do you think about the amount of food some bloggers are posting as daily eats, seems as though some eat so little. It is sort of sad to me, I think people underestimate their needs a lot but I don’t mean to be rude! (this is not about you girly!!)
Its hard sometimes to not judge others from what they show on their blogs. I myself sometimes think “wow, they certainly don’t look like they’re eating enough”. But as a blogger myself, I have to step back and think “well I don’t show everything I eat on my blog so why should I assume that another blogger is”. We just have to give people the benefit of the doubt that they are doing what they need to do to stay healthy for themselves and not judge people without really knowing all the info.
6. Do you think some “healthy living”bloggers take the term “healthy” to extremes? Because no, cottage cheese and protein power does not taste like a DQ blizzard. Sure it is healthy, tasty,protein packed, but if you want ice cream don’t you think you should?
I completely agree with this and you basically took the words right out of my mouth. It bothers me in a way when people compare things like the combo you mentioned above to a food that is obviously not the same. Its one thing to enjoy the food your eating but when you’re making it just to substitute for something you really ACTUALLY want, then it starts to sound like deprivation to me. I try not to compare healthier foods to more “junk”/unhealthy foods…because lets face it….they aren’t the same. Personally I prefer healthy foods and thus I don’t see the need to try and make things taste like their unhealthy counterparts….I just enjoy the healthy foods for what they are….not what they’re trying to be a substitute for.
7. If unsweetened almond milk was more calories then regular, would you still drink it? What about puffed kamut cereal, what if it was 300 calories a cup? Or how about if an apple was double the calories, what are your thoughts on this?
This is such a great, thought provoking question!!! Honestly all the foods you mentioned I really enjoy. With that said (with the exception of apples of course) I learned about a lot of these foods from other health bloggers and once I tried them I really enjoyed them. So, if the nutritional stats were different on these foods I don’t know if the majority of bloggers would eat them and thus I may never have had the opportunity to be introduced to them. I will say that the calories in almond milk would not bother me at all and I prefer unsweetened drinks anyways (even if they have more calories). I dictate my food choices based on what nutrients they have to offer me and not necessarily the amount of calories. So the same thing with kamut puffs would apply. I enjoy the crunch they add to different dishes, that they are a good source of whole grain, and that they have a lot of good fiber. So whether they had more or less calories I would still eat them because of their nutrients!
Thanks for writing in your questions everyone! If you have anymore….feel free to ask my on Formspring.
Switching gears a bit……I am sure a lot of you have heard of the big fundraiser going around the blog world right now. Its called The Great Fundraising Act and is taking place to benefit the blogger behind The Great Balancing Act, Susan.
She was recently diagnosed with Lymphoma and the fundraiser is being put on to help her with medical costs. This cause is very close to my heart because my grandpa passed away in 2005 from Lymphocytic Leukemia.So when I heard about this event I definitely wanted to help out in some way. But sadly I was too late to donate something to the list of awesome items up for grabs. I was so bummed but I will gladly bid on some items instead!
Regardless, I wanted to share the recipe for the treat I was going to put up for donation with all of you!!!!
When I thought of what to make I figured that someone going through such a rough time, that something like a cancer diagnoses creates, would want some sort of comfort food to ease their stress and pain. My favorite comfort foods are those that are homemade and from my childhood. One of them being my mom’s homemade ginger bread bars.
Slightly healthy, slightly not….but all around delicious and of course very comforting
Mommacita’s Homemade Gingerbread Bars
(source…..had to borrow a pic cause my mom hasn’t made these in a while)
6 tbsp earth balance or unsalted margarine
1 cup dark brown sugar
2 egg whites
1/4 cup black strap molasses
1 1/4 cup white whole wheat flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup dry skim milk powder
3/4 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp powdered ginger
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/8 tsp ground cloves
1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 350*. Spray a 12 1/2 X 8 in baking pan with non stick cooking spray.
In a large bowl, beat margarine at medium speed until creamy. Add brown sugar and beat at high speed until light, 1-2 minutes. beat egg whites. Add molasses and beat until no lumps remain. In a separate bowl, sift together flours, dry skim milk powder, baking powder, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Add sifted ingredients into margarine mixture and bend thoroughly stir in nuts and mix well. The dough will be sticky.
Place dough in the center of the prepped pan. Using a spatula, spread dough evenly in pan, and bake 25 minutes. Allow to cool at least 5 minutes. Cut into 30 bars (or however many you’d like!).
Hope you enjoy! They really are delicious. Especially with a light spread of butter or brummel n’ brown in my family’s case
Hope everyone has a great start to their weekend tomorrow!