Monday, August 12, 2013

Back to Yoga: Barefoot West Studio is Open


Oh yoga, I have missed you so much.  I have spent the whole day getting excited about the week of free classes at Barefoot West Studio this week.  If you are in the Little Rock area, be sure to come out and take a free class.  Breezy, the owner, was awesome enough to ask me to display some art there, so I'll be working on pieces for that soon.

The weekend was good, and I probably ate a little too much sometimes, but I kept things in control.  I spent all day cooking yesterday, so I have all sorts of yummy things for the week.

Breakfast




For some reason, I was really craving cereal this week.  So, I picked up some Nature's Path puffy cereal and almond milk for mornings this week.  It's a simple and easy breakfast that travels well to work.  I have some neat cereal/milk holder tupperware somewhere, but honestly, anything will work.  This surprisingly kept me full all morning.  I also had a couple cups of coffee.  I'm definitely back on the AM coffee wagon.

Nutritional Information
Calories: 211, Carbs: 34 g, Fat: 5 g, Protein: 9 g

Lunch






Yesterday, I whipped up a mock tuna salad with jack fruit from Going Vegan that I'm testing for.  I wasn't absolutely in love with this last night, but after sitting in the fridge overnight, the flavors are really good!  The texture was a lot like tuna, and the mayo is made from tofu and oils.  I also had a quinoa/tahini salad that's a recipe from Going Vegan as well, but I tweaked it a little bit.  I also threw in some mango, because we had one on the counter that was going bad.

After lunch, I went on a short walk, but it was so hot outside that I instantly became a giant frizz ball and had to retreat back into my air conditioned box.  I'll try again tomorrow.

Nutritional Information
Calories: 475, Carbs: 69 g, Fat: 16 g, Protein: 17 g



Knowing I wouldn't be eating until after yoga, I threw a luna bar in my bento box for a snack.  I go back and forth over whether or not I want to eat processed protein bars.  They're super easy, and not made of completely horrendous ingredients, but a huge part of me wants to build my diet completely out of whole foods.  I guess I'm finding a balance.  I'm a fan of luna bars.  I had this while I watched the storms roll in around my office.




Yoga was amazing.  After being gone for a month, I felt like my body was just waking up.  I tried Beginner Power Yoga tonight, and while I knew all the moves, my body was trying to remember.  It felt good to take it slow and really move through the poses.  I'm so happy to be back.  The new studio is beautiful and large and filled with light.  It's going to be hard deciding which classes to go to, now that there are so many.

Dinner


I got home around 8:45 and whipped up a dinner of PPK Sausages, zucchini and spinach salad.  It was so simple and delicious.  I finished off the peach before watching the new episode of Breaking Bad with Josh.




Nutritional Information
Calories: 445, Carbs: 40 g, Fat: 15 g, Protein: 41 g

I am feeling like I'm hitting a good rhythm in my eating pattern, now that I'm making my own lunches and watching portions.  I also feel like I'm limiting myself less and filling my plate with more variety than usual.  I can get really bogged down in the "don't eat this" or "don't eat that" kind of talk, and it seems like "this" and "that" are always changing.  So, I'm striving for a sensible, whole foods vegan diet.  That seems a lot more sustainable than a crash diet.

I got inspired by Ashley's post over at Writing Chapter Three on Rising Early to get in her runs.  I have aspirations this week to get up Tuesday and Thursday and get in some 5k training.  I have bigger goals, as well.  A few years ago, I ran the Little Rock Half Marathon.  Then, I promptly quit running.  Now that I'm slowly getting back into it, I have a big urge to start training again.  I haven't signed up yet, because I think I need to get an all clear from my doctor to really train, but it's in the back of my mind.  If I do run, I'm going to keep doing short runs 3x a week, and then I'll start this training program in October.

Overall, it was a pretty great day for food and fitness.  I'm feeling healthy, and I'm heading to bed early so I can get up and run.

Nutritional Information for the Day
Calories: 1321, Carbs: 168 g, Fat: 43 g, Protein: 76 g

Whoever said a vegan diet lacked protein?

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