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Racing for a reason

I think most triathletes would agree with me when I say that we all race for a reason. Sometimes we don't know the reason when we start a triathlon journey but somewhere down the road, we begin to make goals and find it necessary to make sacrifices in life in order to accomplish those goals. As much as we would all like to live a balanced life 24/7, sometimes we are forced to put certain things on the back-burner in order to accomplish triathlon-related goals. Over the past 39 weeks I have devoted my life to my dietetic internship. Although I was able to squeeze in a finish at Ironman Wisconsin at the end of my first rotation, I slowly found myself running low on energy when it comes to racing for a reason. As much as I love to train in order to race, I feel it has been necessary to give all my attention and focus to my internship. Sometimes in life you are forced to make decisions and often those decisions come with consequences. But sometimes those decisions come with rewards. I

Bursting Flavors

I love it when a meal has so many flavors for my taste buds. I have really learned to love different textures, flavors and temperatures in a meal. I often find myself combining cold and hots foods as well as savory and spicy foods. It takes a little creativity to find what will work best for your current taste buds but don't be afraid to play around in order to create new habits as you try new foods. I hope you enjoy my latest dinner meal, followed by a yummy meal for my lunch break at St. Vincent's hospital. Enjoy! Want to learn more about Tempeh? Tempeh Salad w/ carrot slaw carrot slaw: pineapple, carrots (equal parts) + lemon juice + fresh ginger (about 1/8-1/4 tsp) Salad: Romaine Tempeh (cooked with a little olive oil) Extra's: Strawberries, raisins, mozzarella cheese, cottage cheese DINNER LUNCH

Restaurant-style Salad

I made a quick stop at Big Lots on my way home from interning, in order to pick up a few goodies for our trip to NOLA on Fri. I will not be racing so expect a blank time behind my name if you check the results. I could not be happier with my decision not to race (which was made about 2 weeks ago) and I am really looking forward to a well-needed semi-vaca with my wonderfully, supportive hubby and my furry best friend. Neither one of them have been to NOLA so I am excited for us all to be together. Plus, I am excited to meet new friends and cheer on the many Jacksonville athletes participating in the race. After my internship is complete, I will go into detail regarding my hip flexor strain that occurred 8 weeks ago. Right now I am trying to save my brain cells for the hospital but it wouldn't be fair of me to not share my injury and rehab with others, in an effort to help you all gain strength and balance with your body. I have been struggling with Rt hip and glute/piriformis pain f

Being creative with Greek yogurt

From April Nutrition Action What is Greek Yogurt? Greek yogurt is strained, so even fat-free versions are thick and creamy. And the lost liquid means that the yogurt that's left has twice the protein of ordinary yogurt (or milk) - about 17 grams in 6 ounces of plain Greek yogurt. That's not trivial for people who have cut back on meat, fish and poultry. Many people assume that yogurt is rich in protein because an 8 oz container (which used to be typical) of plain yogurt had 8g of protein, just like a glass of milk. But once companies add sugar and fruit-and now that yogurt containers are 4-6 ounces-there's less room in the tubs for yogurt, which means less protein. A 4 oz tublet of Breyers Smooth and Creamy, Dannon Light and Fit 60 Calorie Packs of yoplait Fiber One, for example, has just 3g of protein. that makes Greek yogurt even more impressive. On the downside, Greek yogurt has less calcium than ordinary yogurt. A 6oz container of Dannon All Natural Plain (non-Greek) ha


Lately, I haven't been so great about blogging my yummy creations. Please believe me that I am still cooking all my meals but my creativity has been lacking. Not to mention my camera that has been very bored throughout this last part of my internship. However, even if time is not on my side, my health is still my top priority. For the last 16 weeks (my clinical rotation) I have eaten breakfast every day, have prepared my lunch at home all but 3 times and have made a fresh dinner every night. I have to say, never had I had to sacrifice so many things in my life!! Although graduate school was difficult and time consuming, I was not an IM athlete, I was not married and I did not have 3 furry children. So while I have sacrificed my training routine, my anticipated races, social events and traveling with my hubby, I have not sacrificed by love for exercise and wholesome food. In the April 2011 issue of Nutrition Action there was a great article on Yogurt. Here are a few facts (YOGURT 1