This has been an awesome week. I’m not sharing many details right now, other than to say I’m quickly discovering how I can fully THRIVE to live in my own life. I have a LONG post coming in the next month or so about this.
All I’ll say is it’s got something to do with my former dream of singing country music and my friend Phil Lee, Jr. (And of course my supportive husband and my favorite drummer–on the end!!)
I’ve been so excited that I’m having trouble sleeping. I know, it’s totally against my own rules, but my brain literally won’t turn off. I’m breaking out my lavender oil and having to take baths at night just to calm down.
I’ve been super busy, fitting in regular life, doctors’ appointments, baseball, the website, and music, but y’all know THIS girl’s still gotta eat.
For breakfast, I made our Blueberry Muffin Oatmeal recipe, but halved it because I was the only one eating it. I washed it down with a glass of 100% organic apple juice.
The previous night, I made some incredible stuffed peppers–recipe adapted from this one!
I had some leftover quinoa stuffing, so for lunch this day, I had a salad, grilled pineapple, and stuffing!
In the afternoon, I was “snacky” hungry so I ate a bag of these Kale Chips. If you haven’t tried these, YOU HAVE TO!! This Mango Habanero kind is to die for (I found at Kroger).
As I’ve been starting back singing, I have to get back in the routine of running–as it’s the one sport that really strengthens my lungs! Ok, I have to admit, taking a selfie while running is not only difficult, but downright embarrassing.
But you know me, I’m all about being real. So here is my no makeup mid-run selfie. You know, thriving to live!
This particular night was a crazy one because we had a baseball game, and I was by myself. I knew I wouldn’t get to eat dinner until everyone else was fed, bathed, and in bed (probably around 9pm!), so I prepared ahead of time, and took this Vanilla Milkshake Smoothie (made with frozen banana, maple syrup, almond butter, and almond milk) with me so I had a protein/energy punch to get through the game.
So yes, my favorite thing about Andrew’s new job is that there’s no stress on baseball nights. Because on nights like these when I’m by myself, I really, really see no light at the end of the tunnel. It was almost 9 o’clock before I was able to eat. I was exhausted and TOO TIRED to cook myself something.
So in desperate times, I always have a back up plan in my pantry–in the form of Amy’s Organic Soups. These things ROCK and have all organic ingredients, and even vegan options for me, as I’ve been 100% vegan for about 2 months to see how I feel eliminating dairy and egg from my diet.
This Lentil Vegetable one is my favorite. I served it with a toasted Food for Life Gluten Free English Muffin, and it was delicious!
I’m pretty sure I was too tired for dessert this night. Hey–one benefit of a busy schedule?!
A note about being vegan: I have been a vegan for about 2 months now as an experiment. I am not against animal products, just promote local and organic options when available. Andrew, my husband, still eats plenty of meat, and we coexist beautifully. I just don’t want anyone reading to think that I think EVERYONE should be a vegan, because as of right now, my belief is that it DOESN’T work for everyone. I think the stuffed peppers would be amazing with some local spicy sausage, and I’m always an advocate of adding some grilled chicken to any dish!
What are YOU eating today??