It’s been cold and rainy most of the day, but that’s okay because it’s the last rain storm for a week and this weekend is supposed to be beautiful! A view of the clouds making their exit and the sun peeking from my backyard.
Wave bye to the clouds – I am! :-) We might actually get to some yard work this weekend … maybe.
I have to laugh at a co-worker’s lunch today which is the same thing he’s been eating every day this week at his desk – instant ramen noodle soup, a handful of SmartFood popcorn from a stale, opened bag he’s had for the last two weeks, a Diet Dr. Pepper and a small Weight Watchers Carrot Cake. Isn’t that a kind of meal people on sleepwalking binges? Come to think of it, he did look a little tired. Sadly, the carrot cake probably had the most nutritional value of the lot. Guys in IT can be disgusting animals when it comes to food, so I have to say this was a relatively light lunch … to offset the 2 donuts and bagel he ate for breakfast I guess.
Anyway, Amanda Seyfried really glamorizes the raw diet, huh?
“I’m on a raw-food diet,” she declares, raising her brows to make her eyes even bigger. “It’s intense. And sort of awful. Yesterday for lunch? Spinach. Just spinach. Spinach and some seeds.” She says the last word, seeds, and leans into the long vowel sound, scrunching her nose, making the word sound like a comic discovery.
Now come on, it’s LA, I think she’d be able to find decent place serving raw vegan entrees and not have to eat out of her purse at a freaking bar! It reminded me of Alicia Silverstone on Oprah yesterday saying she thought she’d never enjoy meals like she used to on a vegan diet, but found she enjoys them more. Something I can relate to. I don’t miss the baggage, both emotional and physical, that came from eating processed, junkie foods and I’m really embracing not worrying about what I’ve eaten, not beating myself up for being “bad”. I find I taste food now with more senses … if that makes sense. The value the food offers my body, it’s freshness and where is came from are very important factors that determine how much I enjoy what I eat.
I made an interesting decision today while getting ready for work – I skipped putting on foundation. Since high school, I’ve had a love/hate relationship with makeup. During my high school years, I had to use a lot of foundation to cover acne and loathed having to spend so much time doing so. I was thrilled when I didn’t need foundation in my twenties and switched to a mineral powder foundation to even out skin tones and cover the occasional blemish. This morning, I felt my skin looked great as is, no visible blotches or blemishes. By mid-afternoon, I noticed my skin felt less oily without that layer and, after running through pouring rain, I was glad I didn’t put it on. I used to have darker blotches of skin under my eyes and on my forehead from, I believe, being on the pill for years. Slowly over the last 8 months or so, they’ve been fading to being completely gone. I think this has a lot to do with the diet, every raw foodie I’ve talked to raves about skin improvements it seems and there was room for a lot of improvement with mine. I’m thrilled to be seeing results, but also appreciating inner-beauty more which I think this diet has helped with as I focus on good, whole foods.
My breakfast and lunch eats were pretty much the same as yesterday, green monster for breakfast and leftover zombie-gore salad from last night with added nuts and dried apple slices for lunch. And dinner was the other half of the acorn squash from last night with a salad – super exciting! Yeah, we’re tired after a long week and decided to make it an easy, stay-in Netflix night. Hubby was so sweet and brought these roses home for me.
I love the color and they add a nice flair to the kitchen, he’s a keeper. ;-) I hope everyone is having an awesome Friday evening and I promise I have exciting eats planned this weekend!