Monthly Archives: February 2014
I rarely use sugar. Unless it is one of the random occasions that I am baking a pie or cookies, sugar rarely has a presence in my cooking or daily consumption. I use local honey in my teas, and I switched to stevia in my coffee several years ago.
I recently stumbled up on a wonderful stew recipe that called for agave syrup, and so for the first time it entered my house. This stuff is great! Low glycemic index sweetener, definitely more natural tasting when compared to other sugar substitutes, and it tastes exceptionally good on my unsweetened Earnest Oats oatmeal in the morning! It’s even good in coffee if you aren’t into the interesting twang that comes from stevia, Splenda, or the pink stuff. I’ve started using it in place of sugar because of it’s low G.I. properties, but want another reason to rethink sugar?
Did you know that sugar derived from sugar cane is processed using bone char to remove its natural color? SUPER GROSS! Ground cattle bone is used in the “bleaching” process of most cane sugar, including brown sugar which is just white sugar + molasses. Think sugar derived from sugar beets is better? Sugar beets are a product of good ole Monsanto.
I’ll go Agave…
Lunch is super easy to pack each day, primarily because my Every Day Salad is so easy to throw together, even running late in the morning. 🙂
The salad is always spinach based. This particular one was organic spinach and baby kale. I keep a constant supply of baby carrots and the HEB tomato trio to toss is super quick along with a handful of berries. This month I’m on a blueberry&raspberry kick, but I’ve also used fresh cherries, strawberries, and pears. Top that with a sprinkling of flax seed, maybe some walnut pieces, and you have a salad that exceptionally well-rounded, super colorful, and about as healthy AND tasty as it comes! No dressing needed!
I work. All the time.
I’m at school by 7:30am. I don’t usually leave until 6pm.
When I’m home, I’m generally thinking about ways to make my band sound better.
Oh yeah, I’m a band director.
I work a lot of Saturdays throughout the year. It’s exhausting, but I love what I do.
I work a lot of nights. Concerts don’t happen during the school day. Neither do open houses, parent meetings, clinics, etc…
But despite how much of my life I commit to my profession, my body deserves just as much attention. At 31, I’m in far better shape that I was in high school. Three years ago, bombarded with major life changes, I was first introduced to Ashtanga yoga, which now has regular presence in my schedule. Two years ago, I joined my first gym. One year ago, I removed meat from my diet (mostly), and about 6 months ago I discovered I could run a heck of a lot farther than I thought I could. 🙂
But while the major changes I’ve made has greatly impacted my health and my appearance, the smaller changes have been wildly important to my ability to stick with it, and that is probably more important.
So why skinnystrongbusybee?
- To share the small changes and discoveries that keep me healthier
- To share the major changes that transform my body and mind
- To keep me accountable
- To show you all the cool things that inspire me (and maybe you) to sweat just a little more and eat a little better 🙂