Sunday, April 14, 2013

Weekly Meals & Yoga Challenge

After doing The Conscious Cleanse in January, I confirmed that eggs and wheat do not sit well with me. I have therefore been avoiding both wheat and eggs. I still bake and buy some bread for “the boys,” but we have all been making vegetables the focus of our meals. I usually make a big pot of soup and/or stew each week, and I eat the leftovers for lunch throughout the week. I also eat the soup/stew on nights the boys have bread or pasta.

Here are the meals for this week:

Meal 1: Veggie/bean/beef chili over a bed of spinach. I made this “no recipe chili” a few weeks ago, and we all loved it. I start by sautéing an onion, garlic, lots of carrots (about 8) and celery (about 8 stalks). Then I added 3/4 pound of ground beef. When the beef was browned, I added three cans of beans (black, while, and pinto) and crushed tomatoes (I used one container of Pomi, which I like because the only ingredient is tomatoes) and 1 cup of water. Spices were Spanish chili powder, Korean chili powder, Tabasco, salt, pepper, cardamom, turmeric, oregano, and, ketchup. The chili gets even better toward the end of the week. In addition to enjoying the chili over spinach, hubby also enjoyed some with some toasted sourdough bread. I honestly don’t miss the bread, and I love when the spinach gets slightly wilted from the warm chili.
Meal 2: Veggie/tofu stir fry. This week the veggies are: onions, garlic, mushrooms, bok choy, and spinach. Hubby may have some rice with the stir fry.
Meal 3: Lentil soup with veggies.
Meal 4: Salad with smoked salmon. We found the best smoked salmon at the Farmers’ Market. I’m really looking forward to this meal.
Meal 5: Leftovers.


Yoga Challenge

By accident, I entered into a yoga challenge this past week. I had been looking for a yoga studio for a while, and a friend of mine told me that she had recently joined a studio that she really likes. I looked online and saw that they offered a special for new students – $20 for 14 days of unlimited classes. When I showed up, I found out that there was a catch: you have to go every day. If you miss a day, the deal is over. I signed up as I figured even if I only go a few times, it’s still a good deal. But then I decided that I really wanted to go every day for 14 days. The studio offers many different classes, but because the times I can make it to class are limited, I had to take classes I am not that comfortable with. So far, I have had a different instructor every time, and I have clearly been the new student in every class.

I confirmed that I don’t like unfamiliar situations. But I also confirmed that it’s good for me to get outside of my comfort zone and try new things and challenge myself.

Questions: What’s one thing you have recently done to get outside of your comfort zone? What’s on your menu this week?
 
Be well,
Andrea

32 comments:

  1. Hi Andrea! It's funny how I like yoga a lot, but I've never enjoyed yoga class ever.

    I think that's rather exciting that you are doing classes you are not comfortable with. I was initially uncomfortable with most fun things I currently do at the gym. Being new at something is awkward at first, but it's worth it. :D

    :-) Marion

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    1. Yes! And you are an inspiration to try new things and push myself! :)

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  2. Love your yoga challenge, and love trying things that take me out of my comfort zone, although I didn't try anything new this week :-). Your "no recipe" chili sounds delish! It's been chilly here (no pun intended :-) these past few days, and some got chili sounds really good. Hope you have a wonderful week!

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    1. It's pretty chilly around here today too, so the chili will be perfect! :)

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  3. that's great that you went out of your comfort zone and did this- sounds like a great challenge!

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  4. Sounds yummy!!
    So, I'm thinking wheat needs to be completely eliminated from my diet soon...right now I do a little,but I'm thinking about none at all. We'll see (eggs though? I think thankfully they are one thing I can eat!).
    I've been running a lot, which is definitely outside my comfort zone. Next I Want to try some barre classes.

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    1. I'm doing okay with avoiding wheat, but I really miss eggs. They were a big part of my diet. But I feel SOOO much better, so it's worth it!

      Great job on the running! Let me know how you'll like the barre class. It definitely took me out of my comfort zone, but after a few classes, I absolutely loved them!

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  5. I love that you got outside your comfort zone Andrea!! Wow, 14 days in a row - that's a commitment, love it!

    I am making homemade pasta one night this week - we'll see how that turns out!

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  6. I love the idea of a no-recipe chili, and serving it over spinach is a great way to get in even more greens! I'm trying to get Peter to do that more, but it's been a struggle ;) We're going to have a lot of chicken this week, since smoked TWO yesterday :O

    That's a bummer that you didn't find out about the yoga catch before you went. Good for you for putting s positive spin on it and using it as an opportunity to stretch your boundaries! Have a great week, Andrea! :)

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    1. Yes, I was a bit surprised when I heard about the catch! :) Daily yoga at a studio definitely won't work with my schedule in the long run, but it's doable for 2 weeks, and I'm glad I'm doing it.

      Hope you are having a great week!

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  7. Very nice menu for the week Andrea. I also have been making a big pot of soup at least once a week and like you I find the leftover be even better tasting than the first day.

    I don't like new situations either - I am an introvert for sure! I don't know that I have done anything recently that has taken me outside of my comfort zone. Good for you for taking those classes - that would stress me out!

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    1. Leftover soup is great!

      It's day 7 of the challenge, and I'm starting to feel a bit more comfortable... :)

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  8. I'm surprised that egg upset your stomach. glad you found it out.

    I'm hesitant to get out of my comfort zone because I'm lazy and I don't want to think about it too much, but getting out of it from time to time is good, and the workout would be more effective.

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    1. I used to eat quite a few eggs - no wonder I never felt good!

      And, yes, it's hard getting out of our comfort zone...

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  9. Wow, I'm so impressed with your yoga challenge! I would definitely not be comfortable in a situation like that, but I'm inspired that you are doing it despite your discomfort.
    The chili sounds delicious!

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    1. I'm glad I'm doing the challenge (and wouldn't probably have done it had I known about the catch...).

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  10. I love the idea of the chili over a bed of spinach...looks delicious and healthy with the greens :)
    I am like you, so not like to be out of my comfort zone...and admire you for the challenge.
    Have a great week Andrea!

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  11. I've been wanting to take yoga classes, I have done some yoga exercises at home and it made me feel good afterwards.

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    1. Yes, yoga definitely makes me feel good!

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  12. Too much bread/wheat isn't doing me well either, but I don't want to skip it completely from my meals because I love it too much.

    Good for you for stepping out of your comfort zone and take the yoga challenge. I can't remember last time I stepped out of my comfort zone to be honest.

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    1. I didn't eat bread during the cleanse, and it helped me give it up completely. I have pretty severe reactions to wheat, so it's worth it. But I know quite a few people who do just fine with a moderate amount of wheat.

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  13. I've still never tried yoga! We've got a lot of vegetarian options on the menu this week. I just made six loaves of bread using freshly milled wheat though - so clearly we do not avoid wheat around here! Because of my age though, I don't eat many refined carbs but do have the bread I make myself.

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  14. late to this but getting out of my zone of comfy by finding a new California yoga studio.
    TODAY.
    pinky swear :-)

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    1. I saw you signed up for a class to teach yoga to children! I'm very excited for you!

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  15. Oooh, that smoked salmon sounds special...YUM!!

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  16. I love yoga, been trying out hot yoga too much is really nice! Your chili looks delicious by the way!

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    1. I haven't tried hot yoga yet, but it's on my list. :)

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