Category Archives: Healthy Living

Recipes to try: Week of July 22nd, 2013

Down the Internet rabbit hole I went, and so I find myself making a deal with the health-trend devil to eat low-carb. It started when I stopped off at the Happiness Project Blog one morning, and suddenly found myself borrowing Why We Get Fat from the library. It rattles on about our physiology, and explains how the body can only process so much sugar at one time so when an excess is consumed the energy/glucose is stored as fat – thus we should limit high carb/sugar in our diet. Not an uncommon argument, nice to read it from a scientific source, and I’d suggest a free browse through from the library if you’re interested. When mulling it over with my significant other, a science nerd, he says “there’s no doubt you’ll lose weight on a low-carb diet, but if its the healthiest diet overall… I have no idea”. And so, the search for life’s diet answers will continue. My soul hasn’t been dominated by the bread gods for quite some time (except a good croissant or loaf of French bread…mmm), so I thought I might try to see what a low carb, lean meat, high veggie diet might look/feel like.

Here are some recipes for next week:
Chipotle-Lime Chicken
Sour Cream and Cheddar Mashed Cauliflower
Chicken Fajita Roll
Lemon-Tahini Chickpea Salad
Green Curry
Spring Berry Salad
Tomato and fried egg with goat cheese


Themes in my life

Again, my anal retentive list making roars its ugly head.  This time not about topics I’d like to learn about or work on, but themes in my life. I value a Healthy, Happy and Responsible life… but what contributes to these values?

For me, at this point in time, it’s the following:

Healthy Living

  • Exercise (specifically Yoga)
  • Food
  • Managing stress & anxiety
  • Managing my energy levels & mood swings
  • Managing migraines
  • Anti-aging

Responsible Living

  • Purchasing Decisions
  • Reduce & Reuse
  • Volunteering & Activism
  • Monetary Donations
  • Kindness

Happy Living

  • Relationships
  • Gratitude & Mindfulness
  • Managing my introversion
  • Seizing the day… in what ever form that may take
  • Acceptance

To Research

I like order. I learned it from my Mom. I can’t help it. My name is Jenn, and I am a slave to lists. All the life ponderings I have that I’d like to learn more about will be posted here. I’ll draw inspiration from this list when I have time on my hands to do a bit of academic digging (nerd alert!).

Healthy Living

  • Is organic worth the price tag?
  • What’s all the buzz about coconut oil about?
  • Is this gluten free, sugar is the devil, inflammation trend based in sound science?
  • Should I take multivitamins/supplements?
  • Fighting back: migraines & anxiety
  • Anti-aging in my 20s
  • Brain/Bone development in my 20s
  • Quick, Healthy, Delicious and Cheap Recipes – the holy grail

Responsible Living

  • Is recycling worth the energy consumed during reprocessing?
  • Is organic food more environmentally sound?
  • How much more environmentally sound is local food?

Happy Living

  • Life of an introvert: How to get my ass outside and talking to people
  • Inexpensive Summer Thrills
  • How to be knowledgeable with what’s going on in my city
  • Relationship Wars: A no nagging, yet effective approach at a clean house (am I dreaming!?)


Why Healthy Living?

Here’s the short of it: I want to be doing downward facing dogs when I’m 95 (like this woman). I want to ensure that I am around and able to enjoy life for as long as possible. I’m told this is done through exercise and healthy eating habits (what a drag!).

Sometimes (let’s be kind and say 10% of the time) I find it so hard to drag my sorry ass out of bed to do anything… let alone exert myself physically. And often I’m so lazy at the end of the day that boiling an egg seems like my personal everest. So here are my attempts to find quick, mmm-inducing food that is good for me, attempts at finding an exercise routine that sticks, and other findings on how to feel and look good.