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Just a quick post here, I am BEAT. Crazy long day of working/cooking/running around like a crazy trying to get ready for the week to come…it’s gonna be out. of. control.
I’ll try to keep you all updated as much as possible, I promise! Sometimes, trying to remember everything you ate is really tricky…which is why I am trying to keep myself accountable by blogging it!
Okay so breakfast was 2 pieces of “banana bread” and half a small Cafe Americano with homemade almond milk, a pack of stevia, and a pinch of cinnamon. Then I worked for 5 hours straight and my blood sugar said F-YOU Kalea for about 4 more hours….I came home and had a cup of homemade chicken broth, 2 strawberries, and some more things I can’t remember right now. I made salmon for my lunch tomorrow and quinoa with spinach and pork tenderloin with apples and sweet potatoes for dinner…W said it’s one of his Top 5 Fave Meals 🙂
Now he’s in bed snoring peacefully while I finish up a few things…hope you all had a very productive and wonderful Monday!
🙂 Kalea

P.S. I would like to take a second and thank my wonderful mother for instilling in me the notion that dinner isn’t something that comes out of a bag or from a drive through. As I have gotten older and have experienced worlds beyond mine, I realize not everyone was lucky enough to have a sit down dinner and a well balanced meal every night and I am so grateful to the lady who made sure it happened every single night.

P.P.S. I am also grateful to the man who patiently waits in the other room while I say “5 more mins” on repeat for hours every night. W-thank you for giving me “creative freedom” in our kitchen, I love you!

Oh, I just had a fantastic lil gala apple with almond butter…nom!

Welp, it’s the end of day 1 on this little journey of mine and so far things are going fine!
I started my day off with some overnight oatmeal ( I mashed up a banana, added some certified gluten free oats, chia seeds, a splash of almond milk and some shredded coconut). Then I headed to the store for supplies. I got a whole bunch of veggies and fruit and some chicken, salmon and some nice looking tuna I’m excited to try. Usually, when I grocery shop I leave with waaaay more than I need (ok tbh that happened this time too but it was a lot harder). I’m definitely liking how much more aware I am of everything I buy and put into my body. After I brought my booty home I decided to prep for success and washed/chopped a whole bunch of veggies. I made my own bagged salad mix for lunches, washed some fruit, portioned out 4 oz of each type of protein and threw away any old ingredients I had that contained any of the offending 7 ingredients (soy, gluten, dairy, peanuts, eggs, sugar and corn). While I prepped I munched on 1/2 an apple and some celery with almond butter (I ate a lot of almond butter today😜). Also I had a handful of Flax Snax.
So for lunch I made a piece of chicken breast which I rubbed with a little smoked paprika, super garlicky sautéed spinach, and the most delicious sweet potato I thinkknow I’ve ever had (all I did was bake it, and S&P and a little ghee but it seriously rocked). I also ate the other half of my apple with another teaspoon of almond butter.

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My energy level was pretty good today considering I only had a green tea at breakfast and some chai around 3 ( I used stevia and coconut milk and it was pretty delish). I’ve recently developed a nasty “dirty chai” addiction…it’s a chai tea latte from Starbucks (I usually ask for no milk and add unsweetened almond or I get soy) and 2-3 shots of esspresso. They’re delicious but they’re terrible for me and I know it. So given that I usually have one of those or some other horrendous caffeine laden beverage each day I was seriously surprised I didn’t get the caffeine withdrawal headaches. I got pretty sleepy mid day but I didn’t sleep great last night and I’m sick (the lack of caffeine withdrawal may be due to my taking some sudaphed…idk if pseudo epinephrine works like caffeine…well have to see. Also, during lunch I actually sat at the kitchen table with zero distractions. I learned I need to chew my food more and set my fork down between bites. My mouth was honestly a little sore from all the chewing. I did have a few junk food cravings today, for m&m almonds and Bernie and Betty’s pizza but they were more interesting than distracting…I just remembered I had a handful of mixed nuts (no peanuts) around 2.
Before dance I had a pecan pie laurabar and for dinner I made brown rice with dehydrated veggies, asparagus, tilapia and lemon. It was so clean and so so delicious!

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Now I’m laying in bed with a cup of sleepytime tea and a bowl of strawberries with coconut cream (recipe to come<–it tastes so decadent!).
Looking forward to day 2! Goodnight!!

Hey guys,
Ok so I know I’m not very consistent with this whole blogging thing. There are a lot of things I’d like to change about my site and well, to be quite honest I just don’t feel like I have the time/mental energy to do that right now. BUT I just heard something at work that I felt I HAD to post on here.
FYI I (currently) work on a research study through the medical school here in Springfield…but that has nothing to do with it except for the fact that I was there today picking up some papers and I ran into a girl who is a doula <–if you don’t know what that is…SO.COOL.! and I asked her how a birth she was working on recently went (side note she had to leave it to come do nutrition education at a local elementary school with me…not my choice, we were both volunteers yada yada…again, not the point). She told me that while she was gone the doctor ordered an emergency C-Section because he/she saw the babies heart rate drop. Now this would obviously be scary as sh*t if you were having your first baby and the doctor was like “oh hey the babies heart rate dropped and that makes me nervous so we’re gonna slice you open.” so obviously the parents agreed to it and the babies fine. THE POINT IS…the doula wasn’t there and she feels like if she had been she might have been able to talk to the parents…apparently it’s normal for the babies heart rate to drop a bit (it’s being squeezed preeeetty hard by the uterus) AND (here’s the kicker) it’s a somewhat common practice for doctors to do this to HURRY UP BIRTHS SO THEY CAN GET OUT OF THERE!! Now, I didn’t know any of this until about an hour ago and this could totally be speculation but the message I’m trying to get across here is that if you’re in a situation where you feel helpless and like your doctor is throwing a lot of medical jargon at you and you’re totally overwhelmed, please take a few deep breaths and remember, they’re really not that much smarter than the rest of us (trust me, I grade all their Nutrition Elective papers).

 

Hey there cutie!

So I’ve decided to add a weekly themed post to Fridays where I give ya a list of 5 things…these things could be “about me” factoids, things I currently ❤ or any other random 5 things I can think of. This week:

Five Things…That I’m Currently Obsessed With:

1. Texts like this:

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SWOON

2.Welcome to Night Vale. My little sis introduced this totally bizzare/hilarious podcast to me over vacation and I can’t stop listening to it.

3. Dirty Chai Tea Lattes/anything Chia. Dirty Chai=a chai latte with a shot (or 3) of espresso (OMG I dieee) I’m still trying to perfect my own low-cal, low sugar recipe…when I do I’ll post it here (duh).

4. Hot baths with some Dead Sea Epsom salts and a cup of tea (or red wine😜).

5. OUR NEW HOUSE! W and I recently moved into an adorable lil bungalow and we LOVE it! It’s an older home so it has a TON of character and it needs plenty of TLC but it’s really starting to feel like home to us. I’ll post pictures of rooms ASAP.

Oh hey, remember me?

I’m not even sure how long its been since I last posted but I wanted to give you guys some insight into why I’ve been MIA this past month…

Depression. Blah that’s such an ugly stigma-filled word and definitely not something I ever intended to share my experiences with on here but there it is. I have depression.

It’s something I’ve been dealing with since I was 14 and I guess it kind of got away from me at some point. I stopped taking my medication because I didn’t think I needed it and then WHAMO, about 3 months later I have no creative spark, no desire to do anything except lay in bed and stare at the walls. Its been years since I’ve felt like this so it hit me really hard.

I’m happy to say that I am working with my doctor and I’m starting to feel better. I promise to write more but I need to get in the shower and go to work because even though I hate it, being a productive member of society helps ease some of my symptoms (or at least that’s what I tell myself).

Take care!

K

Oh hey, how’s it going out there in blogland? Good I hope!
Ok so where to begin…
My life and mind have kind of been in shambles these past few weeks. I’ve been staying at W’s basically living out of a suitcase while we try to find a place of our own (which we did btw, more on that to come), wrote my thesis (while super duper sick), and submitted my résumé for what I think might be my dream job (keep yer fingers crossed!).
This whole time all I’ve wanted to do is sit down and write a blog post. I’ve started at least 3 but I couldn’t get my mind to quiet long enough to make sense of what I wanted to say. Does anyone else get that? I usually think about what I’m going to write for a long time until I just HAVE to say it. Today not so much. I’m literally standing in a towel and I’m just typing whatever comes to mind. I don’t really know why. This is kind of pointless but I’m trying to stop being such a perfectionist (I’m the worst kind, like I’ll avoid doing things or finishing things just because they’re not going to be perfect). I feel like blogging is helping me with that though. Real talk: I hated 99% of my blog posts right after I published them. The only reason I don’t hate them is because I can see that someone out there (maybe it was you!) took the time to read, like, or even comment on them. It’s an awesome feeling so thank you!
This blog is currently getting a makeover (in my mind) but I have big big plans for her so stay tuned!
💜K

  Hey guys! I'm sickie (I wonder if being stressed out about my thesis has anything to do with it? 😒) so that sucks. As a result, my appetite has been shot to hell and nothing sounds good! I'm def one of those people who has to get mentally prepared for whatever they're about to eat (I don't know if anyone else actually does this, if you do please let me know I'm not alone!). Anyway, as you (may or may not) know, I am currently working on my thesis (well not currently) so I need to keep my blood sugar stable and energy level up (or as up as it can be). So I whipped up this lil dime of a meal and it was so good I ran and grabbed my phone just to share it with you! I'm calling it my Super Yum Sammie Whammie because I'm delirious, feel free to just call it delicious. Use This: a toaster small bowl a knife a fork 1 slice of Ezekiel 4:9 Sprouted Grain Bread about 1/3 of an avocado 1 egg tapatio to taste mixed greens (I used baby greens and arugula I got at the farmers market) roasted yellow peppers side note: you could use jarred roasted red peppers but I bought a whole bunch of yellow peppers on sale at Meijer last week so I roasted them under the broiler til the skins blistered, peeled, seeded and sliced them and then stored them in a glass jar. They're excellent and a great addition to any dish. Do This: toast bread to desired toasty-ness meanwhile, crack egg into bowl (I sprayed a tiny dish with Pam, sue me it's all I had), cover with a damp paper towel and microwave for about 2 minutes. side note #2: microwave times/temps vary yada yada yada. Just watch that sucker and when the egg white is all solid and the yolk is however you like it, hit cancel. when toast is done, smoosh avocado onto it using your fork, add a few slashes of hot sauce ( I like tapatio ) to taste. next, stick your mixed greens on top. The avocado helps keep them from falling off. then, delicately lay a few strips of roasted pepper over the greens finally, top with egg and a few grinds of fresh black pepper. devour. This, my friends, isn't just a meal, it's an experience. The crunchy bread, the cool creamy avocado, the sweet, juicy, peppers and tender baby greens, punctuated by the spicy tapatio and peppery arugula, all covered in glorious, golden egg yolk and fluffy egg white translates into something that I can only describe as heavenly.  

a lil selfie from Halloween Good morning! Coming soon: Avocado and egg sandwich, cold remedies, and dealing with stress! Have a great day! 💜K