Posted by: Gluten Free Muse | June 14, 2010

Relaxation at its Best

I woke up to the sunlight at 7:30 this morning and although I was tired, it was so nice to wake up without an alarm!  I love that the sun comes up at 5:30 here in Colorado because it makes it so easy to get up in the morning.  I also love that the sun doesn’t go down until about 8:30, I just don’t get nearly as tired.

I turned on the Food Network and checked emails while dissolving my first dose of Sepia under my tongue today!  It was sugary sweet (the ingredients being lactose, sucrose, and sepia), and I had to time it perfectly so I wasn’t eating or drinking 20 minutes before or after the dose.  That is one of the very particular things about homeopathic remedies…they are extremely finnicky.  I will keep you posted as to whether or not it seems to work.  I have also been taking my St. John’s Wort and B-Complex.  Both seem to have an effect on my energy levels, and I really like that!

After I waited my 20 minutes had passed and made myself the most yummy breakfast!  I made a cream of brown rice hot cereal with blueberries and green grapes and an egg white omelet with spinach, basil, portabella mushrooms, and goats milk sharp cheddar.  Delish!I have been drinking Yerba Mate hot tea in the morning and loving it! Have you tried Mate before? I use Guaryaki brand, but I would like to try others as well.  Honest Tea’s Agave Mate is my favorite cold brewed version.  Give them a try for a gentle caffeinated pick-me-up.

I went to the gym and power walked for 45 minutes at an incline of 12 percent on the treadmill.  Today was my easy and recovery day, but for some reason I am even more sore than I was earlier!  After that I went to a Yin Yoga class at my gym!  This was my first yoga class in a couple of weeks, and boy oh boy did it feel great!  It was very different from the classes I am used to, but still very good.  I used to go to Corepower Yoga Studios and I loved it, but it was super expensive for offering only yoga.  The new gym my hubby and I belong to is much more practical for a family.  Not only does it offer tons of yoga classes, but also cardio and weight training classes, along with a full fledged gym and 8 different swimming pools to choose from!  We love it, and Yoga is Yoga. Now that my practice has been expanded through Corepower, I can translate that into these lower level classes and still get a good workout.  The funny thing is that I never thought of Yoga as a workout prior to Corepower.  I always did it for the stretching and stress relief.  Corepower made it seem like more of a workout because we sweated so much!  In reality, it just dehydrated me and then I gained all that water weight back afterwards.  I am excited to get back into the stress-relief and relaxation aspects of Yoga again 🙂

After Yoga, I showered off and went out to run some errands.  I went to Whole Foods again for lunch…I think I’m addicted to the hot bar!  (on a sidenote, there is a lovely thunderstorm outside…that will rock me to bed tonight easily 🙂  I did an awesome job with self-control and my meal was only $5.51!  I was practicing how to be a “slow eater” today under the tutelage of Summer Tomato (www.summertomato.com).  It really did work! I only ate about 3/4 of my meal and then saved the rest for later in the day.

I then proceed to visit the Colorado Running Company to redeem my Groupon!  Not to mention that I needed a new pair of running shoes…I’ve had mine for over a year and run about 40 to 50 miles a week…whoopsies!  I got a pair of Nike Pegasus’.  Not the shoe I would have picked out for myself, but they really didn’t carry Mizuno or Asics, my typical buys.  They did carry…VIBRAM 5 FINGERS!!  I tried on a pair of the classics and they were awesome…hopefully I can get some with my hubby so we can break them in together 🙂

After that I went to Plato’s Closet and sold some clothes. Made $10! Took about 45 minutes though…way too long for 10 bucks!  On my way home the weather was decent, so I thought that I might plant the birch tree that is sitting outside our garage right now, but after doing a little research, I realized that planting this tree will take a little planning!  Did you know that a birch tree can grow up to 50 feet tall, and its root system is usually twice the distance as the tree is tall?? This tree will have 100 foot roots and since they are shallow, they will uproot your sidewalk, driveway, or even the foundation of your house! Make sure to plant it will plenty of distance in all directions 🙂 I will wait for the hubby to help me pick a spot that won’t cause too many problems.

For dinner I cooked mostly leftovers and transformed them into something fantabulous!  I was really in the mood for curry flavor, so I made a curried quinoa pilaf.  Here is the recipe:

-1 c cooked quinoa

-1 c sliced green grapes

-1/4 c pine nuts, toasted

-1/4 c scallions, chopped

-1 t chopped garlic

-1/4 c sliced baby portabella mushrooms

-2 T curry powder

-1/4 c golden raisins

-Chopped parsley, for garnish

-1 t coconut oil

I sauteed the green onions, mushrooms, and grapes in coconut oil over medium high heat. Once that had sweated out, I added the garlic (don’t want to burn it).  Once that got fragrant, I transferred the mix into the toasted pine nut sautee pan and combined the two.  Then I added in the cooked quinoa and curry powder and folded it all together.  I turned off the heat and sprinkled the fresh parsley on top, tah-dah!!

Next I made the same tofu from last night, but I pan seared it. Turned out much much better!  I typically don’t marinate my tofu, and I think that I will continue to NOT do so.  It just gets too soggy.  I usually press my tofu as dry as possible and pan sear it in toasted sesame oil, that makes it nice and crispy. I recommend that process 🙂

Last but not least, I made roasted brussel sprouts and cherry tomatoes in coconut oil and garlic. Yum! Heated the oven to 425 F, tossed the sliced brussel sprouts and cherry tomatoes in 2 t of coconut oil, and threw it in the oven for 25 minutes. Then I pulled it out and added the garlic and cooked it again for 5 minutes. Delish!

Eating slowly again, I ate only about half of this.  However, I was hungry for dessert within 2 hours! I chopped up a fresh mango and white peach, and the mango was amazing! They are definitely in season. I will have to get my hubby to make his famous Thai Sticky Sweet Rice with Mango…maybe when he gets back from OH if I’m lucky!! 🙂

I have been wanting to try Chobani Greek Yogurt, but refuse to buy the 24 pack at Costco.  It was gluten free and delish, but waaaaay too much sugar: 19 grams!! Plus, the packages are 6 oz of yogurt a piece, and I rarely eat that much yogurt at one time.  Glad I tried it, but not willing to buy the Costco pack…sorry my fav warehouse 😦

Then I topped it all with a bit of MeandGoji cereal (Jeffy Pooh’s Birthday Blend to be exact), and threw in a Mae’s Vegan Raw Cookie Dough Ball.  Check out the recipe at http://www.ohhmay.com…you will not be disappointed!Finally, here is what the adorable hubby ate for lunch…needless to say, glad I’m not sleeping in the same bed as him tonight!! That would have wreaked havoc on my insides!! Glad you have intestines of steel, sweetie 😉

Time for bed. Hope you all have a great day tomorrow!

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