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Definitely…

  • I definitely had a virus on my computer this morning, and I definitely freaked out about it.  And I thought Wednesday was bad!  Luckily the super smart IT guys at work made everything better, but it definitely took two hours.  And I definitely have the best bf ever.  He sent me an email this morning with detailed instructions on what to do if I couldn’t get IT to help.
  • It’s definitely snowing outside.  Big time (in my opinion).  And it’s supposed to continue into the day tomorrow. 
  • I’m definitely moving into my apartment tomorrow morning, and the snow is definitely making me nervous.  I hope the movers are ready to work efficiently and quickly.  :)
  • I definitely have not packed at all.  Everything is everywhere at this point, and I’m definitely not putting too much of an effort into it.
  • I definitely just spent a lot of money at Target, but don’t get too excited because it was on cleaning supplies for tomorrow.  What can I say, I’m definitely a neat freak!!
  • As nervous as the snow is making me, I am definitely excited to move into an actual apartment tomorrow.  I will finally be reunited with the rest of my stuff!  To be honest, I am definitely most excited about setting up my kitchen!  I can finally start making some yummy food and share (the recipes) with y’all!
  • I am definitely addicted, obsessed, in love with, etc. PB&Co. Dark Chocolate Dreams Peanut Butter.  I definitely eat it by the spoonfuls, and I definitely need help!

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  • And finally, I am definitely loving tonight’s dinner.  Check it out… 

    Butternut squash ravioli and soy chicken cooked in EVOO and a few spices

What is a “definitely” in your life right now?!

Crazy Wednesday

Hiya!  How’s your Wednesday going?  Mine had a bit of a crazy start.  Everything was just dandy until I started up my car and reached for my phone so I could call my mom while the car was heating up.  I couldn’t find it anywhere.  I turned off my car and went back into the hotel, up the elevator, and sprinted to my room.  My phone was nowhere to be found.  I then went back downstairs to the gym to see if I had left it there, but nope, still no phone.  I thought to myself, “Screw it.  Just go to work and worry about it later.”  For some reason, I decided to (re)check my bag.   Lo and behold, my phone was at the bottom of my bag.  Phew!  Then on my drive to work, I made a wrong turn.  I seriously felt like slapping myself!  I’m just glad I realized my mistake when I did.  All in all, my frazzled and forgetful behavior cost me 15 minutes. 

The rest of my day was great until a manager at work said that “everything is HR’s fault.”  I’m not one to shy away from these types of comments because I’m very passionate about what I do and am confident in my capabilities.  I was actually about to let it pass this time, but he said something again a few minutes later to which I had to respond.  I, very professionally, told him that HR had nothing to do with the tool he was having issues with.  He didn’t say anything and the meeting continued.  My retort may or may not have had an effect (I’m leaning towards the latter), but I had to say something.  After typing all of this out, I realize that y’all probably have no idea what I’m talking about, but that’s ok because I had to let my frustrations out.  “AHHHHHHHH!!!”  Sometimes people kinda annoy me!  LOL!

My evening is going to be awesome because my favorite shows are on tonight!  Woot woot!

So, I have a question for y’all.  What is your opinion on frozen meals?  Is there a particular brand you eat every now and then?  I ask because I’m not too keen on them, but I did pick this up at WFs…

The flavor was right on, and I really like the organic factor.  However, it was lacking in the “keep you full” category.  I plan on eating a small snack later on.

Ok, y’all…time to get my Modern Family on!!!  Goodnight!

Color Me Nutritious!

Hello everyone!  I’m glad people enjoyed reading about how jogging/running is actually pretty good for the knees and joints. :) And again, each and every one of our bodies is different, so what works for one person may not work for the next.  That’s the way the world works I guess!

I like this quote a lot but definitely think that it applies to a lot of things in life…

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On to other things…  I came across another article at work today that got me thinking.  By the way, I am the self-proclaimed queen of research.  Give me a topic, any topic, and I guarantee that I will find at least three meaty sources for you.  That’s what grad school and working in HR will do for you!  Ok, enough of that. 

The article I came across today talked about the role of color in our meals.  Personally, I think I’m a pretty healthy eater.  I try to incorporate different food groups into my daily eats, and I am cognizant of how nutritious my meals are in terms of calories, fat, sodium, vitamins, etc.  However, I don’t generally plan my meals around color, which is unfortunate because not all fruits and vegetables are created equal.  The article addresses the different food color groups and provides a guide with examples and nutrition facts that I thought were  interesting and blog worthy. :) 

RED: Red fruits and veggies include red onions, beets, red peppers, tomatoes, pomegranates, watermelon, cherries, red apples, cranberries, strawberries, raspberries, red grapes… 

This color group contains lycopene and anthocyanins, which are both linked to cancer prevention, heart health, memory function, and urinary tract health. 

GREEN:  Green fruits and veggies include broccoli, spinach, celery, asparagus, brussel sprouts, kale, artichokes, green peppers, peas, avocado, kiwi fruit, honeydew melon, green apples, green grapes, limes…

This color group is rich in lutein, zeaxanthin, and indoles, which are compounds thought to help prevent cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.

ORANGE and YELLOW:  Orange and yellow fruits and veggies include sweet potatoes, yellow peppers, corn, yellow squash, carrots, cantaloupe, grapefruit, mango, yellow figs, peaches, nectarines, pineapples…

This color group is full of carotenoids, bioflavonoids, and vitamin C, which all promote a healthy heart, vision, immunity, and a reduced risk for some cancers.

WHITE and TAN:  White and tan fruits and veggies include cauliflower, mushrooms, onions, garlic, jicama, potatoes, turnips, bananas, brown pears, dates…

This color group is rich in anthoxanthins, which may help lower cholesterol and blood pressure and prevent heart disease.  Also allicin, which is found in onions and garlic, and selenium, which is found in mushrooms, may promote heart health and reduce cancer risks.

PURPLE and BLUE:  Purple and blue fruits and veggies include cabbage, eggplant, black olives, blueberries , blackberries, raisins, plums, prunes, figs…

This color group contains anthocyanins, phenolics, and resveratrol, which may help reduce the risk of some cancers, stroke, and heart disease, as well as improve memory.

Taste the rainbow!

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I think I’m pretty good with the whole color thing about 70% of the time (without much thought and effort), but I know I could be better.  So, I don’t know about y’all, but all this information has me rethinking my meal plans a little. 

Do you make a conscious effort to incorporate as many colors as possible into your meals?  What’s your favorite color group?!  If I absolutely had to choose, I would pick the RED group. :)

Speaking of colorful meals, let me tell you about tonight’s dinner.  My mom made spicy Pav Bhaji over the weekend and packed some for me and my sister to take back with us.  She’s the best!  Pav Bhaji is a very popular dish in Gujarat, the state in India that my family is from.  Pav is a term for bread, and Bhaji is a term for veggie based curry.  Because of all the dark spices that are used to make this, the only color you see is brown.  Don’t let that fool you though because this dish is made with lots of colorful veggies including cauliflower, potatoes, onions, garlic, tomatoes, peas, and eggplants. 

 

Goodnight, y’all!  Have a great night! 

Easy on Your Knees

I can’t even begin to tell you how many times people have told me to reduce the number of miles I run because it’s super hard on your knees.  My own doctor even told me that!  I believed it for a while because I had major knee pain while I trained for my first half marathon and a long time afterwards as well.  I didn’t quite believe that running was directly contributing to my pain, so I conducted my own little experiment…I got fitted for running shoes and insoles.  Lo and behold the pain was gone.  Running itself wasn’t the culprit – my bad choice in shoes was.

And now there is research that proves the contrary as well.  NPR recently covered a story about how joggging, for the most part, is beneficial for the knees.  Researchers studied people with knee arthritis and found that these individuals were never really runners to begin with.  Also, when researchers studied runners and followed them over time, they found that their risk of developing osteoarthritis was no more than expected.  Both studies show that recreational running doesn’t increase the risk of arthritis. 

In fact, running is healthy for the joint and the surrounding cartilage.  It appears that exercise stimulates the cartilage and makes it stronger by increasing the creation of certain proteins.

Researchers have also found that as regular joggers aged, they were more inclined to participate in other forms of exercise like yoga, cycling, and walking.  These individuals actually tended to live longer than the non-joggers with a better quality of life.

Before you go and sign up for 3 marathons, I have to tell you about the noted caveat.  If you’ve suffered a knee injury, especially one that resulted in surgery, running can increase your risk of knee arthritis.  However, most doctors agree that running an eight to 10-minute mile pace for about 40 minutes a day is fine.  My personal view is that no one knows your body better than you do.  Please run responsibly!

Not quite what I was talking about... :)

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Are you a runner?  Have you ever suffered from a running related injury? 

Back in Beantown

Woo wee – it’s been a long day of traveling for me.  Hope your Sunday was less tiring and more fun than mine!  Well, I’m back in Boston, and although I do love this city, I miss home like crazy!  The past few days were so much fun.  I’m already planning my next trip home, which will more than likely be in early May for a friend’s engagement party!  I love having things to look forward to!

On the way back to my hotel, I stopped at Whole Foods to pick up a few things for the week.  I also wanted to try the salad  bar.  Check out my colorful and nutritious salad and the purchase I’m looking forward to eating the most.

Salad with all the fixings - spinach, beets, olives, peppers, quinoa, celery, chickpeas, and a piece of an enchilada (?)

Peanut butter + Dark Chocolate = HEAVEN

Dosa Night Recap

I didn’t get a chance to post last night because I wanted to maximize my time with the fam and Vishnu.  My mom made dosas, sambar (lentil soup/stew), and yogurt chutney/sauce.  Dosas are thin crepes filled with a spicy potato and onion mixture.  It was, hands down, the best dinner of the weekend!  Here is a picture recap of the night…

All set-up and ready to eat

Take a peek inside

My favorite peeps!

Sista Sista

Future Doctors of America!

Chef Mom :)

I LOVE dosas!

The rest of the night was full of laughter, debates, and creative thinking because after dinner, my sister, Vishnu, and I played Scattergories – all 16 rounds!  Guess who won (as always)?!  ME!  Something to note about me is that I am a competitive board game player.  I love winning!  And it’s fun to win against Aek and Vishnu because they are major nerds and seriously two of the smartest people I know. :)

After writing this recap, I miss home even more…a little over a month until the next time though!

Ok, I’m out.  Have a great night, y’all!