New Year's Eve.

Okay, I guess I need to back up a bit again. Today is thursday (Happy New Years Eve by the way!) so Tuesday night was when this pizza was eaten. The boys bought premade crusts and we had a meat lovers (with leftover taco meat and shrimp) and veggie lovers. Terry (the semi-resident vegetarian) put together this lovely veggie pizza, of which I had just over 1/3. He diced red and green peppers, onions, tore up some spinach and mushrooms, and topped it with a variety of cheeses, we’ve got a ton in the fridge. I’m guessing Mexican, mozzarella and parmesian? Who knows, but it was delish and I told him so.

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Dan then made a dessert he’s been wanting us to try for a big. Banana sauteed in butter schnappes. The boys had a chocolate crackles ice cream while I had some more of this Breyer’s lactose free vanilla ice cream. It’s not as creamy as most ice cream, but Breyer’s I usually have issues with so this was definitely worth a try. Hubs spotted it at Wally-world the other day.

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It was another evening of reading on the couch while the boys played video games. No complaints here! I finished The Omnivore’s Dilemma. Pollan convinces me. I’m still going to stick with trying to only eat sustainable raised meat. The section about his experience hunting and gathering was really interesting, but not a tactic I’m going to try. He’s caught me, hook, line and sinker.

I asked Hubs to make breakfast yesterday morning and he made a spinach/onion scramble with garlic and herb seasoning. It was tasty!

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We ran some errands around lunch time (depositing Christmas money and paying rent). We had a coupon that was basically buy one Arby’s combo get on free and happened to pass by such a restaurant while out, so we indulged. Terry was playing with my camera and caught us in the act

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Forgive my unwashed bedhead and lack of makeup.

I later ran a quick two miles, charged on by The Distillers and the occasional sprinkling rain. After a trip back to Wally-world to buy a second, smaller, more portable dog crate we put in Inglourious Basterds and, neither one of us being hungry, put dinner off till about midway through the movie. We had all the makings for the asparagus salad Hubs made awhile ago and asparagus that needed to be eaten, so we did. He sauteed red bell pepper, shallot, and the asparagus, and served over spinach with goat cheese and balsamic vinaigrette.

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The rest of the cooked veggies were eaten on the side of some tilapia filets that we bought frozen at Walmart. I vaguely followed this recipe but didn’t actually measure anything out. I added more parmesan when it came out of the oven.

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The movie wasn’t bad. Throughout Brad Pitt sounded like George Clooney in O Brother, Where art Thou? which is one of my favorite movies. I guess both characters were supposed to be from backwoods Tennessee but still.

We’re having lunch out and dinner in Atlanta so I won’t be blogging tonight (New Year’s Eve and all). But I had oatmeal for breakfast this morning! I cooked it on slightly lower heat and it came out much better. The peanut butter tasted better too. Go figure. I used 1/3 cup oats, 1/2 a large banana, some vanilla extract, a lot of cinnamon, and three berry Trader Joe’s granola and Krema natural peanut butter. No added salt and cheap. Perfect.

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I get to go back to Trader Joe’s today! And now I’m going to go use the gift certificate my brother gave me for Christmas at Victoria’s Secret’s semi-annual sale! I’m so excited 😀 .

Food policy

Breakfast was the same as yesterday but somehow held me through the morning better. The other half of yesterday’s smoothie and another piece of bread with peanut butter.

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For lunch I had last night’s leftovers but remembered to toss on some ground ginger. I don’t know how much it really enhanced the flavors, but I’m not complaining!

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Also had a cookie for lunch-dessert. I was going to skip the second until a co-worker brought in iced molasses cookies full of HFCS. I had a nibble and then ate my second oatmeal cookie to keep from more nibbles.

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My husband didn’t get out of his lab job until 6. To hold me over until I could eat with him I had the last of the Red Lobster cheddar biscuits. Rather stale, but still tasty!

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I need to go grocery shopping so for dinner we finished off the tater tots and I had a black bean Gardenburger. Come to think of it we could have had eggs for dinner. Oh well!

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I’m only about 70 pages into The Omnivore’s Dilemma but it’s reinforced my interest in attempting to eat only whole, natural food. I also listened to one of Yale’s Rudd Center iTunes U lectures about food policy and how it could affect nutrition and the environment. My goal for the next month is to eat as many un-chemically processed foods as possible. Nothing with unpronounceable words or possibly based in corn (except maybe actual corn). Ideally I’d like to stick to things with a very short ingredient list. Expect salads, frozen veggies, smoothies, whole grains and legumes. And my baked goods. The only fake things I’m going to expect are my Rieces Pieces. Om nom nom. While one person changing they way they eat may not make a huge difference, the local food movement will send a message. I can’t afford to eat completely local but I plan to do the best I can on a very limited budget.

Through this I also hope to feel better: better rested, more energetic, and maybe even feel better about my body too. I’m going to get back to running (I’ve let myself take several days off to rest up from Saturday) and hopefully make it back to pilates as well. That’s my goal, help me stick to it!

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Off to watch the Vampire Diaries!