Sundays are Made for Cooking

Super secret family spaghetti recipe

Happy Sunday, Internet! I’m in a great mood today. My Fitbit tells me that I’ve gotten 32.7 hours of sleep over the past three days, and it was awesome not wake up exhausted! I also had a nice talk with the boyfriend yesterday about everything that’s weighing me down. Sometimes talking about what’s getting you down helps, even if it’s not a “productive” talk, where you finish the conversation with an action plan. I also started reading a book on cognitive behavioral therapy (it’s called Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Dummies — normally I don’t like labeling myself a dummy, but…
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The Theoretically Tasty Breakfast

Continuing the topic of breakfast from earlier this week, I’d like to share with you one of my favorites. Be forewarned: It’s an odd combination. A toasted whole wheat english muffin, topped with peanut butter and lowfat cottage cheese. I concocted this mix in college during the nutrition segment of my college biology class. Whole grain carbs? Check! Lowfat protein? Check! Healthy fats? Check! And naturally, you could find all the ingredients for super cheap at Aldi Foods or Meijer’s. (Which we don’t have in Nevada, I might add.) It’s a classic Elaine concoction based on the idea that, if…
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Essential Gear, Part 3: Athletic Wear

This is the third part in a multi-part series of what kinds of “essential” fitness gadgets are out there, whether you could possibly live your life without them, and whether they’re worth it anyway. Essential Gear, Part 1: GPS Devices Essential Gear, Part 2: Heart Rate Monitors What to wear? What not to wear?  Appropriate attire has been a dilemma since the first neanderthal put on a loincloth and some beads before heading out to kill himself a kudu. Now that you’re an athlete extraordinaire, you can’t just look at clothes as appropriate or inappropriate, casual or business casual, formal…
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Oatmeal in a Rice Cooker

Happy equinox everyone! Ok, the equinox was technically yesterday. However, it’s still a great segue into the ever-delicious topic of fall foods. With temperatures dropping, may I suggest that you have oatmeal for breakfast? And not any of that pre-packaged crap loaded with sugar and fake flavors. I’m talking about hot, hearty — might we say manly? — oatmeal: Scottish oats. The difference between rolled oats and Scottish oats comes down to consistency and cooking time. Rolled oats are thin and cook quickly. Very thinly rolled oats (“instant” oats) are so thin that you can cook them by soaking them…
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The Pitfalls of Recreational Running

I have never made a sports team that I had to try out for. Granted, I only tried out for volleyball one semester in high school, so that’s not really surprising. The point is, I’m not competitive. I’m a recreational athlete through and through. Most of the time I don’t even compete against myself. I’m just out there to be out there. You could say that my training plans are looser than a Ferengi’s morals. So, it’s no surprise that, as a runner, I was nearly felled by recreational running injuries. At least, that’s what I took away from this…
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