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Flirting with a Salad

Look at this beautiful salad!


All of the beautiful colors and textures


The lentil and white bean salads (Anyone have a good recipe for either?)


The fruit



Whoever said salads are boring, clearly never had one 😉

And I have discovered a completely decadent, luxurious, and rich dessert.  I can not believe I have lived so long without it.

In my attempts to reduce the amount of dairy (more on this later), I researched vegan ice cream and came across rave reviews for Turtle Mountain’s Purely Decadent Made with Coconut Milk


There are simply no words.

This dessert was so decadent I only ate one ice cream scoop and ate slow, small bites.  It was pure heaven.

My desire to reduce dairy has come from reading and reflecting on Alicia Silverstone’s The Kind Diet. She makes some really good points about how humans were not meant to drink milk other than our mother’s, how animal  milk is full of saturated fat, and how it has been linked to breast cancer since milking cows are pumped full of estrogen to keep them lactating.  One of the things that stood out to me most was when she pointed out the fact that cow’s milk is used to turn a baby calf into a 400 pound cow.  Since mothers produce just the right milk for their babies’ needs, it doesn’t make since that we would ingest milk made for baby cows!

In her book, she asks people to try flirting with a vegan diet.  To simply try it out for a month and see how you feel.  I’m willing to try anything for a month, but I think this is going to be way harder than going vegetarian.  Chocolate and cheese are two of my favorite things and they surround me constantly

Yesterday, I did pretty good at eating dairy free foods.  Today I did alright and only had a little feta in my pasta salad at lunch.  However, once lunch was over I had a HUGE craving for chocolate, so I ate a TLC Fruit & Grain Bar: Dark Chocolate Coconut.  Once I got home I was starving and the only snack food I could find in the fridge was cheese slices and crackers.  I broke

I’m thinking that if I truly want to dedicate myself to flirting with this diet, I am going to have to replace the dairy cheese and chocolate with nondairy cheese and chocolate. This flirting is going to take some serious planning.  And I’m not completely sure I want to cut it out of my diet completely.  Perhaps I will simply reduce the amount I eat and take note of how I feel when I eat it verses when I do not.

Anyone ever flirted with a vegan diet or read The Kind DietI would really love to hear your opinions on this matter 🙂


magnolia Remember, Be Happy, Be Healthy, Be You!!!



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Monday Runday

It was back to work for me today after a week long vacation we teachers like to call Spring Break.  Boy, did this Monday business hit me hard.  After six hours of sleep last night, no break during the workday, and 23 incredibly lethargic third graders, I was ready to go home, curl up under the covers, and go to bed.

But I didn’t. 😉

Meg and I went on another long run, and today we ran 9.06 miles!!!!  A new record distance for me!!! 

Here are the stats from Meg’s new Garmin.

Time: 1:38:7 (there are a lot of stoplights in the city)

Average Pace: 10:49

Average Speed: 5.5 MPH

Max Speed: 15.8 MPH!!!!! Wow!  We were bookin’ it!!!!

Get a more detailed map of this run here.

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2000 ft
500 m

This one was a bit easier than last Monday’s run, though toward the end my legs felt like lead, me knees ached, and my hips felt like they were stuck.  Any suggestions for easing up on these aches and pains???  I feel like breath-wise I always get into a comfortable rhythm and could go on forever, but my joints are what hold me back.
I know I will have no trouble falling asleep tonight!  I’m going to make this post short, so I can go make dinner before I die of starvation!  We’re having soba noodle stir fry, which I found a recipe for in last month’s Clean Eating Magazine.  I think after this long run I deserve a little Edy’s Slow Churned Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ice cream for dessert, don’t you think?  :)   
What is your favorite light ice cream???  I’m always on the lookout for cleaner options. 
Have a wonderful evening…  only 4 more days till Friday!  ;) 


magnolia Remember, Be Happy, Be Healthy, Be You!!!



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