WIAW: Gross Vitamins

So, some of you may know that I’m quite frugal. With a frugal lifestyle comes a constant need to save big, beat the man, bargain hunt, whatever you want to call it. While at the grocery store yesterday reaping the benefits of my senior discount, I decided to wander over to the vitamin aisle. I’m trying to grow my hair out for my best friend’s wedding and have been trying to find a decent deal on fish oil and biotin supplements. After finally deciding to wait until after I finish my Christmas shopping, I continued on through the store. As I’m at the check out line, I run my eyes across the weird products they always put beside the conveyor belt and see a giant bottle of fish oil supplements in gummy form. Uhhh how awesome can this be?! PLUS they were around $4.50 cheaper than the pill form I saw back in the vitamin aisle. I took about 30 seconds to decide whether to buy them and finally tossed the bottle on the counter.

I get home, start carrying in the stuff and decide I can’t wait any long to try my new gummies. I pop open the top, only to be greeted with the strong stench of fish. “Oh god this can’t be happening,” I think to myself. “Did I really just spend $6.45 on a bottle of fish flavored gummies?” Yes, Bailee. You did. I swallow my pride and pop one of the mango flavors. While the fish flavor isn’t as strong as I anticipate, it certainly is underlying. I chew on. After I choke down the first, I realize the serving calls for two. So, I pick a pineapple flavor, because it just has to be better, right? Wrong. At this point, I’m so grossed out, I’m ready to cry. (Which is about the only time I actually shed a tear.) I’m worried I’ll puke, which will definitely lead to crying, and possibly spoil the dinner I was about to make for Alex. Luckily, none of the above happened and I was left with only a slight fishy after taste.

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Anyway, on to WIAW.

Stir Fry Spaghetti Squash 12-17-12

I sauteed some mushrooms, (cat hair, of course) chopped onion, red pepper and zucchini in sesame oil and added in some delicious Hoisin sauce. The finished product when added to my spaghetti squash looked pretty gross, but tasted amazing. Did I mention I added some jalapeno for kick?

One day for lunch, I decided to kick it old school and have a peanut butter sandwich. It was classic, but definitely left me feeling hungry.

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For dessert, I had a fudge bar, with a little help from my grey friend, Grace.

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She’s definitely a cat after my own heart.

My Healthy Choice of the Day: Thanks to MyPlate Report on my LoseIt app, I saw that I was lacking in protein for the day. I skipped my string cheese and cracker snack and opted for a cup of yogurt with a handful of almonds instead. Now I know I’ll stay full until dinner!

Trying Out a Chocolate Covered Katie Recipe

For those of you who haven’t heard of the genius that is Katie of Chocolate Covered Katie, allow me to post her blog’s bio.

The Healthy Dessert Blog

This isn’t just any dessert blog: it’s the healthy-dessert blog!

The recipes featured here are healthier versions of your favorite naughty treats: Cookie Dough Milkshakes, Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge, Brownie Batter Pancakes…

What will you find on this website?

Healthier versions of all your favorite desserts. My aim isn’t for people to say, “This is good… for a healthydessert.” I want them to say, “This is good. Period.”

For the actual recipes, see: CC Diet Recipes.

This site is for anyone who wants to be healthy but refuses to give up eating delicious desserts in the name of health. Happiness and health go hand-in-hand, and how can you be happy if you’re not eating what you truly desire? My favorite food is chocolate, and I eat it at least once a day. I’ve never been happier. Or healthier.

The ultimate “does not taste healthy” dessert: Chocolate Bar Pie.

Healthy is the new naughty

So go be naughty! And enjoy every chocolate-covered minute of it!

Don’t miss a single recipe:

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Isn’t she a doll?! Anyway, now that you know a little bit about her blog, I expect you all to head on over (after finishing this post, of course) to check out some of her amazing recipes. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Anyway, I’ve been wanting to try out some of her recipes using dates, but I’ve always managed to forget to add them to my grocery list. So on Tuesday, I hit the store and made sure I picked up a package of Dole dates. This afternoon I was on my usual 3rd cup of coffee, when I realized I wanted something sweet. I grabbed my iPad, pulled up this recipe and go cooking. I did modify the recipe a little, but they still turned out fabulously. In fact, they were so good, I had two.

Here is my modification:

  • 1 1/2 tsp cocoa powder
  • 2/3 cup dates
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp almond butter

After I blended everything, I rolled them into small and medium sized balls. The recipe only made about 6 balls, but they’re so filling, two felt like way too much for me.

I highly encourage you try these bad boys. I felt like I was eating some sort of rich brownie batter. YUM.

My Healthy Tip of the Day: In the mood for a rich dessert, drop by Chocolate Covered Katie’s blog and check out her many, many options.

 

Tracking a Food Trigger

Well I’m back to my old tricks. I have started counting calories again. Well, I actually didn’t start back for the typical weight loss reason, but rather to see if I can track what may be triggering my reoccurring atopic dermatitis (eczema). I use the fancy term because I recently read that eczema can come in many different forms. Who knew!

Anyway, my flair ups started almost a year ago when I noticed a little red patch on the skin in the fold of my arm. It didn’t go away for several weeks and then suddenly disappeared. A month later, it was back. After some research, I self diagnosed myself with the skin disorder. Although I haven’t been to a doctor, I truly feel part of my flair ups are diet related.

I’ve read that anything from meat to dairy can trigger an outbreak.

So now I am on a mission to find the food or foods that is causing my little red patch! You can’t get past me, sneaky trigger food! My hope is that after a few weeks I will be able to clearly spot the attributing culprit and I can slowly begin to cut it out of diet. My guess is that it is chocolate. Any guesses?

My Healthy Tip of the Day: If you think something funky is happening with your body, get it checked out. You know yourself better than anyone, so you’ll be able to spot something abnormal a lot faster than anyone else. Although in my particular case I did use the internet for an informal diagnosis, I do not recommend this. Don’t take a chance on your health; get to a doctor!

WIAW: Breakfast

Before I tell you about the food I’ve consumed, I’d like to share something that I’ve noticed for quite a while now. I’d like to first preface this by saying that I am in no way against marriage, engagement, weddings, etc. I think it’s awesome that people want to celebrate their union and I encourage everyone to believe, “To each his own.” However, I’ve been recently observing women all of ages identify themselves with their marital status. For instance, on Twitter, I saw at least two random profiles that put “fiancé” at the top of their About Me section. Again, to each his own, but how does this define someone? (The same could easily apply to men!) Also, rumors of my supposed engagement have been flying rampantly in the past few months and the reaction when I tell each person that I’m not is exactly the same:

Person: Are you engaged?!? [Looks at my hand.]

Me: Oh, no I’m actually not. I’ve been hearing that a lot lately though.

Person: [Disappointed tone] Oh. So…what else is new?

Me: Well I am in a relationship.

Person: Uh huh. So how are your cats?

Me: They’re great. I mean, we’ve been together for four years. That’s a long time! Longer than some marriages!

Person: Uh huh.


Never mind the fact that I work full time, live on my own and own my own yacht. (That’s a lie.)

I kid you not; this is the reaction. It’s unintentional, I’m sure, but it’s almost like when you’re in college and you find out all of your friends are pledging and you aren’t. You’re out of the club. Anyway, I guess this is the take away:

Don’t let a ring define you or your relationship. If you’re engaged or planning on it, that’s wonderful. Show off that hunk of metal and be proud. Just don’t let it define you. Your significant other should be a huge part of your life, if that’s what you want, but it shouldn’t be everything.


WIAW

Breakfast: Chocolate Covered Strawberry Oats

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Snack: Banana

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Lunch: Cucumber slices with hummus and a leftover Easter egg!

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Snack: A pink lady with cereal and almonds

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Easter Basket!

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Dinner: (NOT PICTURED) Italian eggs with two pieces of toast and a whole lotta Honey Bunches of Oats

I Have Issues

Well this Easter weekend came and went almost as quickly as my cavity-free teeth did. On Saturday, I decided not to wait until sun down to indulge in some major chocolate gorging and ended up making myself sick in a matter of 30 minutes. I recuperated just in time for dinner, which was followed by another round of indulgence. (Hello, brownies with peanut butter chips.)  When Sunday morning came, I knew I’d have to refrain from starting off the day with another pound of chocolate, so I did…until the car ride home. I hit the dark chocolate eggs harder than [insert inappropriate Chris Brown/Ike Turner joke here]. By the time I got home and settled, I was four slices of pizza in (got home late and didn’t want to cook) and looked like I should be fully dilated. Ayi-yi.

Fast forward to this morning when I arrived at work to find my wonderful coworker/friend had put together an AMAZING Easter bowl for me. Good. Lord. So, starting this evening, I am going to be on my best behavior. I am going to eat my veggies and do my push-ups. I am going to drink lots of water and stretch properly for my LONG run tomorrow. I’m thinking 4-5 miles is a must to work off these sugar buns.

Have you ever indulged to the point of sickness?

To my defense, I have always maintained that I have a chocolate problem. I do not try to hide it and I am not ashamed. Some people run to live, but I run to eat. No shame here.

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Oh and sorry for the lack of Three Things Thursday last week; I was preparing for my trip to Kentucky to visit my family. Congratulations again to the University of Kentucky for their big win last week. Much like West Virginia, you can’t walk into a restaurant or store without seeing a sea of university colors. I think it’s one of the many reasons why, although a Mountaineer, I do have a little blue blood in my veins.

Had to do it. Made me laugh too hard not to.

Hope you enjoyed your Monday!

WIAW: Strawberry Poptart Oats

Breakfast

Strawberry Poptart Oats! This time I got frozen strawberries (they’re cheaper than mixed berries) and decided this would be the perfect way to start my day.

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Snack

Greek yogurt with Honey Nut Cheerios

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Lunch

(Not Pictured) tuna salad on Wasa Crackers

Snack

banana!

Dinner

Spaghetti squash with sautéed zucchini

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Now for all of the the things I wish I could eat this fine Wednesday….

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I swear I’m going to gain 40lbs in pure chocolate over Easter weekend. Grandma better get ready to grease the doors for when I leave.

Chocolate Cave In

This weekend I gave in to my chocolate craving. Well, actually it wasn’t because of a craving, but more as a favor. (Yes, chocolate consumption can be considered a favor to some people.) Anyway, Alex and I were at dinner and his favorite Heath Bar cheesecake was being offered for dessert. Of course we HAD to get a slice, which meant I’d be eating both chocolate AND candy. Normally I’d resist, but I couldn’t let him eat the entire piece by himself! The best part about the cake: the Heath Bar crust. Yummmm.

This is the closest picture I could find

Breaking my Lent promise aside, I have been keeping up with my running. Today I logged 3.2 miles, but did suffer some major shin splints. So tomorrow I plan to do some recovery stretches and hopefully can get back to a solid ab routine. I’m thinking of trying this set of ab workouts. Some of the exercises include The Teaser, which I find to be super hard, and The Wood Chopper, which I LOVE. Aside from that, I’m hoping to start packing more protein into my meals and less of the junky carbs I’ve been indulging in. I think the warm weather and Tuesday group runs is really motivating me!

Oh and it is super sad that I’ve started re-reading all of Julie’s posts on PBFingers?

My Healthy Tip of the Day Brought to You By the Mayo Clinic: Cut back on ketchup, mustard, sauces and pickles if you need to control sodium. Also, skip salted french fries, chips, ham, sausage, bacon and cheese.

Return From a 3-Day Weekend

This weekend was a three-day pig out fest for me. On Friday, I went to a birthday dinner of my friend Micah, hit another celebration for Alex’s dad on Saturday and met up with another friend, Danica, last night. Fast forward to today and you’ll find a pudge-bellied Bailee. Of course I had fun at each of these dinners (got to meet Micah’s pharmacy school friends and enjoyed visiting with her boyfriend/my family’s long-time friend), but it definitely made my decision to observe Lent an easy one.

We literally have a million photos like this.

I’ll first preface by saying that I’m not the name brand Catholic, but rather the off brand Episcopalian. I say this because the Episcopal Church describes itself as being “Protestant, Yet Catholic” and I am much WASP-ier than Catholics. However, the Episcopalian church’s stance on certain social issues is far closer to mine than Catholicism. With this being said, in years past I’ve observed Lent and tried to remain in self-denial.  One year I gave up meat (which obviously stuck) and another year I stopped biting my nails. In all actuality, I’m very good at abstaining when necessary. (Hello, no soda for three years!) This year I’ve decided to give up two things I love dearly: chocolate and candy.

The guidelines I will be following are similar to those that Julie at PBFingers developed when she gave up sweets for Lent. Here is my list of what’s allowed and what’s not:

Not Allowed

  • Foods with little to no nutritional value that have a high sugar content (i.e. Sour Patch Kids)
  • Snickers or other chocolate candies
  • Foods contain chocolate or candy

Allowed (as long as it’s chocolate/candy free)

  • Luna and other brand snack bars
  • Frozen and Greek yogurt
  • Oatmeal
  • Gum
  • My gummy vitamins 

I don’t actually anticipate this being harder than it sounds, but I do think I will have to be careful about what snacks I buy over the next few weeks.

Have you ever given anything up for Lent?

My Healthy Tip of the Day brought to you by The Mayo Clinic: Consider broiling as a healthy alternative to frying. Cook food by direct heat in the broiler section of an oven or an oven-type appliance.

Christmas Cookie Countdown

Desserts are literally flying at me from all directions this week, whether it be at work or at holiday parties. So to combat these flying, fatty fantasticos (I’m reaching), I thought I’d post five healthy cookie recipes for the next five days until Christmas. This will give those of you a good variety to choose from, if you decide to go the healthier route this year. Suggestions are welcome and encouraged!

Cookie Recipe #5: Chocolate Bliss Cookies

Serves: Prep: 20min Cook: 40 min Total: 1 hr 0min

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 300°F. Line 2 baking sheets with foil.
  2. In small bowl, sift together cocoa, salt, and 1/4cup of the sugar.
  3. In large bowl, with electric mixer at medium low speed, beat egg whites and cream of tartar until soft peaks form. Beat in remaining 1/4 cup sugar, 1/2 tablespoon at a time, until meringue is glossy and stiff peaks form. Fold in cocoa mixture and vanilla extract.
  4. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls about 1″ apart onto prepared baking sheets. Bake 25 minutes for soft chewy cookies or 40 minutes for crisp ones. Dust cooled cookies with confectioners’ sugar.

I thought this recipe would be perfect for the chocolate-lover in your life or great for converting the lemon-lovers. (They’re out there, I swear.) Whip these bad boys up for the family or just to help healthier your own household sweet stash.

My Healthy Tip of the Day: Don’t cheat. Ever. At anything. Ok, more specifically at the gym. When you shave off those 5 minutes of cool down at the end of your machine workout, or switch to lighter weights because you want to do more reps, you’re only hurting your own results. Seriously, just finish the 12 reps and be done with it. Nobody will be wowed by an 8 minute gym trip.

Tips

This tip was not Karen-approved. She’s a life-long advocate for the Lazy Bum-Bums Club.