I’ve been doing so much lately, particularly on the weekends, it’s hard to keep up posting about it. Hurray for feeling good! So I thought I’d do a little check-in on Mondays to recount the last week of adventures in real food and healthy living. Kelly the Kitchen Kop does a wonderful Monday Morning Mix-Up post each week with some fun real food talk, in case you’re looking for more reading to distract you from the Monday Morning Blues.
My mom and I work at the same company and she goes running each lunch hour. My lunch hours for the past 2 years there have consisted of going to the store to do groceries (efficient use of lunch hour!), walking outside, doing yoga, or going to one of my many naturopath/doctor/dentist/other appointments. Lately I’ve been feeling like I have extra energy, haven’t had as many appointments and have my fridge/freezer stocked quite full of groceries so I decided to try running with my mom and coworker at lunch. They do a 4 1/2 km trail through the woods. I couldn’t run the entire thing without stopping, but I ran most of it and walked when I needed to. I have to say I loved running in my Vibram Five Fingers, it feels so natural and smooth. My lower calves hurt the next day, so I went out again to work out the pain. I convinced my mom to do sprints with me through a shorter trail. It was fun!
Girl Gone Primal
I had the chance to meet Girl Gone Primal this weekend. She’s here all the way from Australia visiting relatives. She was in Ottawa for a day so we met up briefly at the farmer’s market where we found her some delicious looking bacon and lamb.
We painted our family room (office, tv room) this weekend. I got to try out some Eco paint that claims to be low in toxins (VOCs) and odorless. I didn’t go for the cheap one, opting instead for the Benjamin Moore Aura paint and it was really nice to work with. Unfortunately I forgot about the white trim in the room, for which I used some old (probably high VOC) paint that had a lot more odor.
I’ve been getting raw milk lately direct from local farmers. I had to stock up this weekend on both the sheep and cow raw milk since next weekend we’re going camping! I haven’t been drinking the raw milk, but using it for (cooked) yogurt and ice cream. Hong has been enjoying some raw kefir lately too. It’s so nice to have fresh, local, pastured milk.
I ate a salad. It was my second time eating a salad in the past couple weeks after not having one in probably over 4 years because of my digestive problems. It tasted great and was a nice excuse to have more Parmesan cheese.
I have a few kinds of peppers growing in my garden, hope the tomatoes catch up soon!
The best part of a fish is the cheek. It’s boneless and a bit more muscle-like than the flesh. The Whalesbone Oyster house sometimes has halibut cheeks in stock and this time I was lucky enough to get some. They’re quite large!
We made some delicious elk burgers which I ate without a bun. I usually eat hamburger without a bun and don’t mind at all. Hong still prefers to have a bun, and though we usually don’t have any bread in the house we did find some old ones in the freezer. Turns out one of them was moldy, so Hong didn’t have a bun for his second burger. We had grilled some green pepper halves so he ended up using those, worked pretty well!