I just returned from a busy morning of yoga and a quick Trader Joe’s run. Have I ever mentioned how much I love grocery shopping there? It’s so inexpensive! Ironically a lot of the items are so much “cleaner” and organic, but a lot cheaper than the other grocery stores in my area. Oh well, I’m not complaining! (Make sure to read the ingredient labels though. Don’t mistakenly assume health food store items are always healthy!)
I’m starting to lean toward more of a Paleo-centered nutrition plan these days (more on this in another post) so this morning I woke up early to test out a recipe for pumpkin pancakes from the book “Practical Paleo” before yoga. This book is from the blogger behind Balanced Bites and is an amazing reference for clean eating in general, no matter what nutritional profile you follow.
I first became intrigued by the Paleo Lifestyle after reading Carrots ‘N’ Cake. I’ve been striving to simply eat cleaner, more nutrient-filled foods without preservatives and without processing, but never really considered the guidelines and best practices in doing so. As for Paleo, I was always all “WTF, isn’t Paleo just about eating raw meat, gross, there’s a reason I’m not a caveman, I wouldn’t even have survived back then, blah blah blah.” However Tina’s posts showed me that it’s just not like that. (I haven’t seen one mention of eating raw meat! Where did I even get that from?!) The focus is more on a healthy, clean lifestyle, with extra help for individuals with auto-immune or digestive disorders, those who have a serious lack of energy, allergies, you name it. Anyway, more on that whole situation later! Let’s get to the pancakes for now:
As you can see, just throw about 1/2 cup pumpkin, 4 eggs, maple syrup, and some vanilla together, mix, then add the dry ingredients (1 tsp-ish of each..I went a little heavy on the cinnamon because I love it. Plus baking soda which I forgot to include in the photo). Throw a little butter in a pan; pour the mixture over medium heat. Flip sides when you see bubbles. Top with maple syrup. Enjoy!
So now my belly is full, but I’m a little bit anxious thinking of everything I have coming up in the next few weeks:
-On Thursday I’ll be traveling to Las Vegas for work, cheering on my TNT cyclists during their 122-mile ride through Sin City. I need to get a 14-mile run in while I’m there…yikes.
-When I return, my workweek is jam packed with late nights and meetings.
-The next weekend is RAGNAR! I need to plan and pack and rest up for 200-miles of fun and not sleeping.
-The NEXT weekend, Brendan and I have a wedding way out East on Long Island (Saturday night) and then on Sunday morning I’m running the Staten Island Half-Marathon…I just couldn’t pass on either event so I’ll definitely have to re-evaluate my goals for Staten Island.
I’m concerned because I have so much going on over the next three weeks and it all requires MONEY (which I don’t have). Plus, as soon as I return from Ragnar, I’ll need to pay rent and purchase my
STUPID EXPENSIVE monthly train pass. Nevermind the cost of traveling. This is what adds to my stress the most. Can anyone relate? Ever wonder if you’ll ever just be comfortable with finances? Sigh. I’ve made, like, 158 Excel spreadsheets for finance tracking but here I am.
(WHAT? I register for too many races? I don’t know what you’re talking about.)
Anyway, thanks for listening now and always. I feel better. Feel free to send me your stressful thoughts and I’ll listen. It’s only fair, right?! I think
talking writing to complete strangers about the things that stress you out helps…anyone agree? Also, something my yoga teacher said today really resonated with me: “life isn’t happening to you, it’s REACTING to you”. Or something like that. Essentially it’s all about how you frame different situations and how you respond to problems and stressors. Positivity attracts positivity. Respond positively.
Thankfully I have running and exercise in my life to help me feel better – just another reason to get your sweat on every day!
Looks like a great Saturday run + pumpkin pancakes + an hour of yoga + all-day-football is my recipe for stress-free living. Whats yours?