Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Raw Intentions

I had intentions to do another raw day today.  It just wasn't in me.  My thoughts are that I'll try to do a raw day once in awhile, but I don't think I can do it weekly or anything like that.  I kind of feel like I spent the past week making up for the raw day, eating things that I can't have on a raw day.  Yeah, my head plays games with me, I realize this, but being aware of it doesn't change my actions.  

Anyway, breakfast was good.  I've made a variation of the breakfast cakes from Ani's Raw Food Kitchen a few times this past week.  They have protein powder and some other stuff.  They aren't perfect yet (they taste awesome, but a little too high in calories), but I'll post the recipe if I ever decide they are.  I had a grapefruit with them.  Have I mentioned that I love grapefruit?  

That looks so dull, my grapefruit wasn't even as pink as usual.  No wonder I wasn't feeling excited about a raw day.  

Anyway, on Tuesdays I work out in the basement, we have a nice exercise bike, and then I do a Yogamazing podcast.  Today I did "Yoga for Creativity"...I am trying to write a cover letter today, which could use some creativity on my part.  Not that I am going to be making anything up just..embellishing.  The podcasts tend to be about 25 minutes, which isn't very long, so I always add in Trikonasana and some inversions.  The Triangle Poses (Trikonasana) are because I have mild scoliosis and that makes it feel a lot better (aka, I can sleep at night).  The inversions are because I am kind of terrified of them...its sad.  I did a headstand without the wall today though, which I was super proud of myself for.  It irritates me, because I know that I am strong enough to do handstands and forearm stands, but I'm just a big baby.  Oh, and I fell on my face doing the Crane Pose in class the other day.  Luckily, I can laugh at myself, haha.

If you aren't familiar with Crane Pose, and want to picture me falling on my face, watch this:

I already knew exactly what I was going to have after my workout, my Raw Organic Food Bar in chocolately chocolate that I got from Heather yesterday!  I've had this brand before, but only their larger bars, I had never seen this one before.  Upon opening it, it looked a lot like a smaller version of the larger bars.  I think I may have actually gasped when I bit into it though.  It had little chocolate chips scattered throughout it, that were the perfect smooth creamy consistency.  I don't really give these out willy nilly but...in the words of VeggieGirl...Holy yum!!
Another plus of this bar is that is has 8g of protein and 220 calories.  That's one of the best protein to calorie ratios I have seen for a raw food bar....it was probably the highlight of my day.  

For lunch, I made Walnut Cranberry Squash "Rice" from Ani's Raw Food Kitchen.  This was...okay.  It looked really cool, really looked a lot like rice.  However, I just couldn't help but think how much better it would taste....cooked.  I guess maybe raw butternut squash is an acquired taste.  Not that any of it tasted bad, actually, it just didn't do anything special for me either.  I think it was the crunchiness.  Maybe the leftovers will taste better tomorrow.  

Nutrition Information:  378.0 Calories;  18.1g Total Fat;  1.6g Saturated Fat;  0.0mg Cholesterol;  58.0g Carbohydrates;  12.3g Fiber;  7.0g Protein.

I had dinner plans, but I abandoned them for some (cooked) leftover soup.  

I don't know if you can really feel my tone in this post, but I'm just feeling kind of blah.  Tuesdays tend to do that for me, I have no plans.  Oh.  That reminds me I was supposed to go shopping today...crap.  I need student teaching clothes.  I haven't worked in so long that the only clothes I really have are gym clothes and casual clothes.  I hate spending money on clothes.  I'm going up to visit my mentor teaching tomorrow.  Should be interesting, if nothing else.  

Alright, I promise to be in a better mood tomorrow.   

Today's Chopping (is wasn't all raw, but there was certainly no cooking) Song:  "The Crane Wife" - The Decemberists


  1. I thought the same thing with the raw "rice". I kept thinking how it would be so much better cooked than raw. I guess some things you just have to get used to...or not haha

  2. Sorry for you blah Tuesday! But, a headstand with no wall? So exciting. I'm not there yet, but I have fallen on my head while trying to do Crane Pose. Ouch!

    So glad you liked your Organic Food Bar. Love those little chocolate chunks myself. Yum!

  3. Haha. I can just imagine falling on my face if I tried that pose. I'm very impressed that you did a headstand without a wall, though. I should probably try yoga a little more; I've only done a few classes, and I feel so inflexible compared to everyone else that I just end up discouraged.

    Have fun shopping for new teaching clothes! And I hope your meeting with your teaching mentor goes well too!

  4. it really looks like rice! ...i cant do the crow pose yet, so I get you , have fun shopping!

  5. I've had a lot of bad experiences with raw food bars, so I rarely try them anymore, but it's good to know that there are actually some good options out there still!

  6. Hang in there with your day!!

    Haha, thanks for the shout-out :-) Glad you liked the bar!!

  7. Thanks everyone :) My day immensely better once had some broccoli with pine nuts and nooch...I <3 broccoli.

  8. gina, when i read your blog, i feel like i'm reading my own blog. you are just like me- it's so funny.

    i love the breakfast cakes. i put raspberries in mine and double the salt. the saltier the better.

    i've been meaning to try the squash rice. it looks really good, but it sucks that it wasn't. i'll still try it anyways just because i'm curious. you must try the buckwheat crispies and vanilla mylk. i just had them together with some bananas and oranges- pure heaven.

    i absolutely HATE the crane pose, gina!!! i can maybe hold it for 5 seconds (that's the longest) but i always end up falling.