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Keeping it Up

by Alaina on March 6, 2012 · 5 comments

Here it is, March 6th and I’m posting my 7th post! I would say that this month is so far so good in regards to writing every day. I try to come up with witty things to say besides here’s what I ate for breakfast, lunch, dinner or it’s 50 degrees out but it’s February! and so on and so forth. But today just might end up being just that; random ramblings of my Tuesday. But I do have an interesting article to talk about!

So, lets get to that mundane day of mine. For breakfast, I was actually in the mood for cereal, which rarely happens at 8AM. Usually it’s an 8PM craving.


It was a combination of Banana Nut Cheerios, plain Special K, bananas, pistachios, almonds and dried cranberries. I am on such a pistachio kick lately. So good!

When breakfast settled, I got in a full body workout from Courtney’s blog. It was a workout that used no weights; it was all body weight. The goal was to perform the workouts in circuit A (push ups, high knees, elbow plank to push up, and squat jumps) for 45 seconds each with 15 second rest in between, then do the whole circuit a total of 3 times. Circuit B (mountain climbers, wall sit, double crunches, and fast feet) is done the same way. The whole workout takes about 25 minutes. I was a sweaty mess by the end. I actually had to turn the heat down in my apartment half way through!

The rest of my day was actually quite boring since David was at an appointment all day. I ventured out once to go grocery shopping. But sometimes a day of vegging is all you need. Smile

Lunch was soooo good! There was one tortilla left so I decided to make an egg wrap with chopped apple and shredded cheese.


Oh, and here is my feel good story of the day! When I was leaving to go to the grocery store, I put on jacket that I hadn’t worn in a few weeks and in the pocket was $13! Sweet!

Dinner was made by my sister in law Grace and it was a delicious tofu scramble with chili spices, onion and pepper. I mixed it with lettuce, shredded cheese, salsa and crushed tortilla chips.


I also was on a baking kick and really wanted some muffins for the morning, so I found this recipe on Foodnetwork.com and whipped up some lemon poppy seed muffins. They came out tasting delicious but they stuck a bit on the bottom. Next time, I should probably use a baking spray as opposed to an olive oil spray. Oops!


#marchphotoaday – 5pm…woo, exciting! Eye rolling smile Man, I need an iPhone. Or a Droid.


Now, onto that interesting article! Well, interesting to me at least. I was browsing Yahoo!’s homepage and found an article about The Secrets of the World’s Healthiest Women. (The article actually doesn’t distinguish between healthy women or men. It talks about the entire culture.) I won’t go into the entire article, but the one’s that interested me were:

  • French women stay thin by eating smaller portions of richer (and real) foods. They savor a meal with good wine and indulgent courses. I’m French! Well, does French-Canadian count?
  • Scandinavians eat farm to table and eat more native plants of vegetables, whole grains and berries. They also eat omega-3 enriched fish, elk and game birds. I’m Norwegian AND Swedish!
  • The Japanese value the family connection of meal time.

Interesting read! I would love it if we, as America, would be able to adopt some of these practices. I know that we live in a society that is predominately “go, go, go!” but if we could just take time to sit down and enjoy fresh, wholesome foods as a family (with some good wine), I think that we could be well on our way to becoming a more healthy country.

Do you like the ideas of adopting different eating practices from different countries? What are your thoughts on the article?

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lauren March 6, 2012 at 9:00 pm

I love the apple/egg combo! Sounds delicious.


2 Colleen @ Culinary Colleen March 6, 2012 at 9:17 pm

I think those French women really do know what they’re doing! I also recently got back from a trip to Spain and noticed that they eat their big “dinner” meal at lunch, and just kind of graze at dinner (in addition to eating with family and really savoring their food). Very interesting!


3 Alaina March 6, 2012 at 10:08 pm

I noticed that in Spain too! I loved having a big lunch, then a siesta, and then eating tapas and drinking wine at night. :-)


4 Jen March 7, 2012 at 9:34 am

i love the lemon poppyseed combo and your wrap sounds delicious!!!


5 Michelle March 7, 2012 at 3:41 pm

Koreans also value the family-connection of eating together, which is why I love cooking so much. I think of it as a way of cooking for the people I care about and being connected to them!


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