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Morning! Yesterday was a day of rest, so I didn’t go to the gym. Instead, I spent extra time in bed 🙂

I made a delicious breakfast that consisted of a wrap with scrambled eggs, raw goat’s milk cheddar, and some apricot jam. I took a picture but somehow I deleted during the day while I was fussing with my camera 😦

So I guess we’ll have to skip to lunch. We had nothing in the refrigerator, so I walked to work empty-handed. At lunchtime I picked up another delicious wrap from Zaytoon’s (means “olive’s” in arabic) a Middle Eastern Restaurant near my office. The wrap was filled with hummus, babaganoush, and tabouleh. I also ordered a small container of their pickle olive and peperocini mix and added that to my wrap.

It was deeeelish!

I also had the last of a container of pineapple that I bought last week.

I was running around all afternoon, so I didn’t have time for a snack. When I got home around 6, I was desperate for something small to tide me over until dinner. I relied on my trusty string cheese.

Since we had no veggies in the fridge, and I didn’t feel like making a TJ’s run, I gave in and ordered take-out from a Japanese place in the neighborhood. Loren and I split a bunch of rolls: california roll, a seared salmon roll, and a fantastic roll–spicy tuna with salmon, avocado, and yellowtail on top. I also got a large green salad that was much needed after a couple of days sans greens! We also split some edamame.

Puuuurty.

But dessert was definitely the best eat of the day!

What is that, you may ask? A frozen banana covered in dark chocolate from the mecca of frozen foods–TJ’s! I know, I know. You can make these at home, but for a lazy girl like me I was thrilled to see these in the store!

It did not disappoint. It was amazing. I also liked that it took a long time to eat, so I really felt like I got my sweet fix tonight!

P.S. I saw a PT today who gave me a lot of exercises for my arm and wrist. It’s finally feeling better, but not completely up to snuff, so Loren, again, helped me write the post (editor’s note: he’s pretty much the best!). Just wanted you to know that if you don’t get the usual blog comments from me, it’s not that I’m not reading your blogs–I just have doctor’s orders not to type! (But I may slip in a few comments here or there. Hehe). I love reading them all!

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Yesterday’s breakfast was the same good ol’ creation I have been making for the past few days. If it ain’t broke, why fix it, right?

If you need a reminder, it looked something like this:

Yes, Yum!

For lunch, I packed some leftover butternut squash + garbanzo bean pasta, on top of a heap of baby spinach….

A pasta salad, I guess! I drizzled some balsamic on this baby and it was good to go. I like this combination because I got to have my pasta/ carb fill, without eating a whole bowl of just that. The spinach is great for volume/ fullness. And two clementines were perfect for a sweet ending to the meal.

I was very snacky/ hungry during the day, but I tried to eat lightly and stay aware of how much I was eating.

I munched on a lowfat string cheese,

Some watermelon and pineapple,

And finally, around 5:30, I just gave in and made myself an early dinner. I was supposed to go back to work from 6-9, and didn’t want to wait until 9:30 to eat a heavy dinner, so I made myself  exactly what I was craving, “lunch for dinner”, starring a Grilled Cheese and Tomato Sammie on Whole Wheat Bread.


With some pickles, olives, and a little more tomato on the side.

What more do you need when it is cold outside?!?

Oh wait, you need frozen yogurt! I had the biggest craving for a big cup of frozen yogurt on the walk home after work- no idea why. But I walked out of my way in the cold to Red Mango, the closest frozen yogurt shop around, to pick some up. I asked for pomegranate arils and strawberries, and when I got home I added some of my own dark chocolate chips.

So worth the walk in the cold. Once I was back in our cozy, heated apartment, it hit the spot!

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Happy Thanksgiving! I wanted to post last night but my computer is giving me a huge headache when I try to upload photos… Safari and Firefox both just shut down completely when I press “upload”. I think that after the big crash and now this, it might be time for a new computer…

Anyhow, on to more important matters like FOOD and all that we ate last night. It was deeeelish, per usual! My half-sister does an amazing job every year and makes the majority of the food. A few family members always bring a couple of extra dishes, and we have one cousin who makes ALL the desserts. But Lesley, my sister, does the brunt of the work AND hosts about 25 people every year. This year was no exception.

We always get to her house a bit early, around 4, to help her prepare for the mad rush at 6. My parents have specific roles every year that they play, according to tradition:

My dad makes the gravy (using turkey stock and red wine). It makes the whole house smell sooo good!

He takes his job very seriously. 🙂 My nephew, Russell, helped out this year. They were very cute working together.

And my mom carves the turkey every year. She, too, takes her job very seriously! She is a doctor and, we think, always secretly wanted to be a surgeon. She likes carving waaay too much. But she is really good at it- gets all the meat out!

We also always go for a short walk around the neighborhood, if the weather permits it- and it was a gorgeous day yesterday. Then, we all gather in the kitchen and hover over the food for an hour!

The fam… or part of it!

What can I say? We all love food!

Here is a cute shot of me with my 2 sisters… don’t think they have made it onto the blog yet… weird!

After a lot of chatting and some wine drinking, the rest of the family showed up and it was time to eat. Look at our spread!

From the other side of the table…

Lesley makes THE BEST sweet potato dish (front and center above) using pineapple and prunes. I don’t know how she does it, but it is seriously amazing. It requires no added sugars because all of the natural sweetness of the fruit combines so perfectly with the sweet potato. I’ve decided I must have this more than once a year and am going to get her recipe!

My plate was a bit of everything…

It was all amazing! My plate was filled with: coleslaw made with my grandma’s coleslaw recipe (it is incredible; I’m so happy she passed it on), stuffing, turkey and gravy, green beans, brussel sprouts, the sweet potato dish, and 2 types of bread–made by my cousin: cornbread and pumpkin apple bread. The Pumpkin Apple bread was AMAZING. Moist. Full of flavor. She had never made it before and I was really impressed!

I ate most of my plate, but couldn’t finish. I don’t think I got to the cornbread, or some of the turkey. I prefered the light meat to the dark. This was my first Thanksgiving in a LONG time eating turkey and it was AWESOME! My sister always gets organic, free-range, healthy turkeys so I feel good eating it.

 

I spent a lot of post-dinner time playing with all the babies who joined us this year. Love babies, but certainly not ready to have any of my own anytime soon! That’s what a couple hours of playing will do to you!

By the time dessert came around, I wasn’t able to eat much. My “before” picture of my plate actually didn’t come out, but my “after” pic did. You can see- I didn’t eat much of it!

I ate a small piece of pumpkin cheese cake (homemade by my cousin Sara) that was incredible and lots of homemade whipped cream, but couldn’t bring myself to eat much more. It was the perfect amount!

I actually left Thanksgiving feeling full, but not too full- perfectly satisfied. I was happy that I tried a bit of everything but listened to my stomach and practiced intuitive eating.

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! (and for those of you outside of the US, that you enjoyed some quality time with your families this week.) I think Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of all, because it brings my whole extended family together around FOOD and gives us so much to be grateful for.

Enjoy the weekend! Now that I can blog on my mom’s computer, I will be back soon with a recap!

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Good morning, guys! How can we not be in good spirits this week? Can’t believe my week is over at 3 pm tomorrow (my office closes early)! My family comes to NYC for Thanksgiving and we all go to my sister’s house in Westchester (close suburbs) and then we all hang out with my parents at their hotel over the weekend and do “New York things”. It’s kind of like a staycation! What are your plans??

So, onto food…

Yesterday was a strange day of eating. I wasn’t hungry for anything all morning, but around 11, I had a banana because I had worked out for 45 minutes at the gym and felt I needed something. Around 1, my hunger finally woke up! I had a salad with tuna topped with balsamic and EVOO. I went to take a picture and realized I hadn’t put my memory card into my camera! I hate when that happens. Luckily, I had my trusty blackberry, which takes pretty good pictures…

Such a lovely ambience in the background, no?

I went back for some more veggies a little later. For snack, I had a bowl of popcorn at work and a string cheese when I got home.

I love this string cheese!

Last night I had to go out AGAIN for dinner. My parents wanted my sister and I to go out with some of their friends who we had never met. Thus, I didn’t feel comfortable taking pictures of my food. I had a beet and goat cheese salad and a piece of cod for dinner. During dinner, I mentioned my blog and they seemed really interested. So, by the time dessert came, they wanted to see how I would photograph it… Of course, I was happy to oblige!

I had a really light dessert of sliced pineapple with some passion fruit sorbet, topped with a dried pineapple kind of flower. It was lovely looking! There wasn’t great light in the restaurant, but I did my best to document it…

The sorbet was awesome- sour and tart, without much sweetness. I loved it.

It was a really nice dinner, but I was happiest to get home and get into bed. I am a true homebody and heart, and just love being with my boyfriend and kitties in our cozy apartment. All this eating/ going out makes me really appreciate home!

I got about 8 hours of sleep last night and woke up feeling ready for a new day. 🙂 Hope you all have a great one!

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