Thursday, April 19, 2012
Planks and Volume Eating!
Since returning home...

I have worked out! I wasn't so much worried that I wasn't working out with any sort of routine since I was walking so much. I love walking so I felt good doing this as my workout while we were away. Since we ended up walking so much on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, I didn't care about doing any sort of strength training either. It felt great to kind of give my muscles a rest and just move naturally while we were away. However, now that we are back, I'm back in action with my usual routine. A fun part of my routine has been adding planks. The twins have been posting their progress with a plank challenge they had to reach 5 minutes. I was so excited for them. They reached their goal! I love seeing people work towards something and achieve personal triumphs! Secretly I've been working at this too. I kind of love doing planks. I know, I'm a crazy lady. So, I did my planks yesterday and reached 4 minutes! That felt amazing! I was shaking afterwards and dang, that is some hard work! Have you ever held a plank for some time? I encourage you to try it. It's interesting to see how long you can go.

I have feasted!

I needed protein so badly...

This loaded egg white omelet was covered with sauteed peppers and mushrooms that were then topped with fresh tomatoes and nutritional yeast. I was in heaven! VOLUME and protein! Two things I never get on a trip!

Then came socca crackers with a HUGE salad topped with peppers, fresh celery (can't stand it cooked and I love the crunch of raw), sauteed mushrooms, nutritional yeast and apple cider vinegar. 

That mix of nutritional yeast and apple cider vinegar is so good! Salty and tangy...YUM!

These crackers are loaded with protein and carbs...perfectly nutritious, delicious and filling!

I wish that I could say I enjoy the food of the land when I travel, but truthfully, when you are based close to a convention center, have to take a cab anywhere to eat (we walk as much as possible, but for some reason most cities don't have much for dinner around convention centers) and you have multiple food allergies and intolerances, there isn't much to enjoy with your $15 plate of lettuce (maybe 2 cups worth), three cherry tomatoes and three slices of cucumber. Seriously, it is so frustrating.

Luckily, I always find a grocery store to stock up on snacks and apples. Trader Joe's did not disappoint as my grocery store this time! Thanks TJs for keeping me fueled on the trip!

I've definitely a VOLUME eater. I can't help it. I love my fresh foods so I get to eat a lot more. I also know that I HAVE to HAVE protein or I just do not function at my fullest potential. So, now I'm kind of protein loading, but I will level off in a couple of days.

What's your favorite city to eat in? Paris was by far mine. I ate so many digestive enzymes that trip, but they don't help with the allergy part and only postpone the tummy troubles for a few hours for me. So worth the pain though...

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posted by Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen @ 7:00 AM  
  • At April 19, 2012 at 7:54 AM, Anonymous nicole said…

    did you make the crackers? they look so good and crispy!

  • At April 19, 2012 at 8:06 AM, Blogger Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen said…

    Nicole - They are crispy! Here's the link to the recipe The addition of oats helps with that too! I love making mini pizza bites with them!

  • At April 19, 2012 at 8:22 AM, Blogger Heather Iacobacci-Miller said…

    Amen for TJs in Chicago! We went back twice ;-) I always find that I have a harder time getting in protein on trips. I started carrying tofu or beans with me to restaurants though. And I really must make those crackers.

  • At April 19, 2012 at 9:37 AM, Anonymous Heather said…

    I'm a volume eater, too! Bring on the food! Hehe.
    Glad TJ's could come to your rescue. They're pretty awesome like that.

  • At April 19, 2012 at 10:35 AM, Anonymous Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table said…

    I have no idea how long I can plank... I need to test that!

    I'm a total volume eater too - people are shocked at the amount of veggies in my fridge, but I eat them all.

    Favorite city to eat in: Alba, Italy. YUM.

  • At April 19, 2012 at 11:23 AM, Anonymous Amy B @ Second City Randomness said…

    A friend of mine once visited Chicago and we were talking about all the places he had been to in order to get "chicago food". He said "at first I couldn't figure out how this entire city isn't obese because of all the ridiculous food you have, but then I realized, you guys walk EVERYWHERE."

    So true.

    And I'm a volume eater, too. One reason why I swoon at a solid salad bar.

  • At April 19, 2012 at 12:13 PM, Blogger pureglow*16 said…

    i've started planks too! man am i sore. :)

  • At April 19, 2012 at 1:49 PM, Blogger Lisa said…

    I'm a volume eater too....I just love to be full! But, I definitely need to focus on having enough fat and protein, or I mess up the balance of feeling good. lol.

  • At April 19, 2012 at 1:49 PM, Blogger Lisa said…

    I'm a volume eater too....I just love to be full! But, I definitely need to focus on having enough fat and protein, or I mess up the balance of feeling good. lol.

  • At April 19, 2012 at 4:29 PM, Anonymous Estela @ Weekly Bite said…

    I love omelets! And volume eating :)

    There are so many cities with good food... right now I'm loving the variety that San Diego has :)

  • At April 19, 2012 at 6:01 PM, Anonymous MelissaNibbles said…

    The longest I've held a plank is one minute. I'd get bored any longer than that. I can't imagine holding it for five! The twins are awesome!

    I've tried volume eating in the past, but it left me bloated and feeling like my food wasn't digesting. Maybe I was doing it wrong?

  • At April 20, 2012 at 5:53 PM, Anonymous Anna @ On Anna's Plate said…

    Oooh, yes, Paris is a wonderful city to eat in. That might be at the top of my list too :-)

    I'm definitely a volume eater too-- that's the great thing about veggies :-)

  • At April 23, 2012 at 7:36 AM, Anonymous Pure2raw twins said…

    yay for plank love! thanks for the shout out :) xoxo
    and so happy to hear that you are doing them too! we love them!
    favorite place to eat was southern France for me then followed by NYC ;)

  • At April 23, 2012 at 12:20 PM, Anonymous Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said…

    I have been needing lots of protein lately as well! That food looks unbelievable! When I am exercising a lot I love volume eating too! And I also love giving my muscles a break every now and then and just hitting the pavement to walk!!
    And wow. A 5 minute plank? I am going to have to time myself now and see how long I can make it! LOL

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