Flaxseed Pizza Crust!

I’ve been greatly reducing the number of grains I’ve been eating, and my stomach/lower gut feel ten times better!

I’ve also had a mad craving for pizza.

Cue flaxseed!

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6 tbsp flaxseed meal (I use Bob’s Mill)
1/2 tbsp olive oil
6 tbsp egg whites
sprinkles of your favorite spices: rosemary, oregano, garlic powder

Bake in a greased pan (I used a shallow 10×10 pan) at 350F for approximately 10 minutes.  Remove and place desired ingredients on top; place back in the oven until ingredients are warm and cheese is melted.

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We didn’t have any marinara sauce, but that’s totally fine – I’m more of a “white” pizza person, anyhow.  I’m that strange girl who likes “dry” things, too.  I topped mine with a few spritzes of butter, pepperoni and reduced-fat swiss.

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Delightful! 

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The crust has a nice, chewy texture, and a mild, nutty flavor.  If you want a crispier crust, bake 15 minutes instead of 10.

You could easily eat this whole pizza if you’re extra hungry (as I did, since I didn’t have breakfast).  This recipe (with my additions) came to ~440 calories, 33 grams of fat, 14 grams of carb and 27 grams of protein = damn good for a pizza.  The crust itself is ~270 calories, 19 grams of fat, 11 grams of carb and 8 grams of protein.

 

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Reunion & Weekly Workouts!

Hey all!

My Italian-side’s family reunion was today, so (as is wholly expected), I was welcomed to a feast of Italian delicacies.  What a spread.

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I actually ate pretty intuitively – a few too many nibbles of cookie at the end – and kept my pasta intake reasonable.  Pasta tends to upset my stomach, so I filled up on meats instead.  Yum! 

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Dancing was involved.

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As was much family-bonding.

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I also just finished watching the premiere of BBC America’s Copper.  Seriously good.  I love Irish accents (who doesn’t?!) and the lead man is brilliant: handsome, great actor, and not previously famous!  Love up-and-coming stars.  Definitely a show to keep up with.  Hate the Sundays at 10pm show time, but there’s a fair amount of nudity/violence, so I guess I understand it.

It’s Sunday, so we all know what that means!  Weekly Workouts and goals!

Goals of this week:

  • Eat when hungry.
  • Focus on eating healthy as a way of life, not just as a means to an end
  • Don’t overwork my hip muscles/tendons

Workouts:

  • Monday: long and steady elliptical (at least 40 minutes), plus focus on core work and hip rehab.
  • Tuesday: hard elliptical intervals [hoping that my hips will be back up-and-running] for 25 minutes, then focus on hamstrings, glutes and some quad work.
  • Wednesday: steady elliptical (30 minutes), plus focus on biceps, shoulders, lats and triceps
  • Thursday: hard elliptical intervals [again, bearing in mind limitations] for 25 minutes, then focus on core work and hip rehab.
  • Friday: long and steady elliptical (at least 40 minutes), with overall body workout focus.  The longest day in the gym.

Any of these days could be converted into a rest day and the schedule shifted, especially considering the irregular pattern of injury that my hips have been showing lately.  Ah well; must be flexible.

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A to Z!

Love this blogging trend… and it makes me think hard!

The A to Z of Brie!  (look, I rhyme.)

A – Airplanes.  I spend a good portion of life on them (or so I feel like), and the funny thing is that I’m really not the biggest fan.  I used to be deathly afraid, and with my hip issues I’m always uncomfortable, but I know that they always take me to a place that is wonderful.

B – Bread.  My favorite thing.. what I always crave.. and the bane of my self control.  So many things in one!  My favorite types are sourdough and spongy oat/wheat combinations, and I really love making homemade bread.

C – Coxing.  I mean, let’s be real, how could this NOT be my “c”?

D – Dessert.  I always crave something sweet after finishing lunch and dinner.  Oftentimes, a great yogurt or fruit hits the spot, but sometimes you just need that spoonful of marshmallow fluff.  Yum.

E – England & Europe.  The place where my heart lies, and where my body will soon follow!  Come September, I’ll be settling in merry ole England to study at Cambridge.

F – Family.  My parents have supported me through everything, and I can’t wait for them to hop the pond to visit!

G – Gates.  As in, Mr. Gates himself.  The Gates Cambridge Trust is paying for my entire PhD at Cambridge (living costs included), and I couldn’t be more honored to be a part of this network.  I’m looking forward to meeting wonderful, world-changing individuals, and having the opportunity to expand my knowledge at, arguably, the greatest university in the world.

H – Hard-boiled eggs.  I might regret using my “h” for this later, but right now, I’m obsessed with hard-boiled eggs.  Sometimes I medium-boil them (so that the yellow is solid but delightfully fluffy), and sometimes I soft-boiled them so that they split open on my salad or toast.  Now I’m craving one.. crap.

I – Ice cream.  The thing that hates my stomach, but that I love most.  My favorite flavors include Mint Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, and recently, Ben and Jerry’s Greek Yogurt varieties.  I just did recently did a product review of Blueberry Vanilla Graham.

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J – Joking.  About 95% of what I say is sarcastic or humorous.  Don’t take life too seriously!

K – Kitchen.  The best place in any home.  I have no idea how I lived without a kitchen in my immediate vicinity in college for two years.  Seriously, I feel like I practically live there.

L – Long books.  Whenever I walk into a bookstore, I ignore any book that appears to be shorter than 300 pages.  I don’t know why – I just gravitate to the longer novels, etc.  It’s something that I’ve always done.. as if I judge quality by length?

M – Music. I have a downright huge range of musical loves, ranging from classic rock to bluegrass, and with a raging love of rap.  Some of my workout playlists should be rated R.

N – Neuroscience.  What I will pursue for my PhD – specifically, stroke rehabilitation.  It’s such a cool, growing discipline, and I can’t wait to learn more!

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O – Opportunities. I’ve had so many wonderful ones, thanks to school, Red Cross, etc., and I can’t speak enough to people about making the leap.  Go for things even if you have a hesitation.  The worst that could happen would be for something to not work out – but how would you know if you don’t try?

P – Pumpkin.  My favorite fall flavor.  I love pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin pie, pumpkin coffee, pumpkin mousse, pumpkin muffins… no, really, just feed me pumpkin.

Q – Quirky.  Me.

R – Red Cross.  I’ve volunteered for these guys for almost 7 years, and have loved every minute.  Their mission is incredible, and they treat their volunteers with immense respect.

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Meeting with South American Red Cross societies in Barranquilla, Colombia.

S – Sammy.  My cockapoo (cocker spaniel + poodle) mix, who isn’t the brightest creature on the planet, but is certainly the most kind hearted… and darn cute.

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I also have a few more animals in my household…. (minus my cat)

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T – Thanksgiving. Most say Christmas is their favorite holiday, but I prefer Thanksgiving because of the family and the food!

U – University.  I like to think I’ll be in University, somehow, for the rest of my life.  My brain flourishes in this setting, so hopefully I’ll be a research Professor as a career!

V – Volunteering. Love the rush it gives me, and love meeting new people.

W – Working Out.  Ah, the obligatory “fitness” shout-out.  I’m trying to figure out the best way to get a good workout with my hip limitations.

X – X-ray.  I get so many of them!

Y – Ya’ll.  A hilariously Southern phrase that I think is hilarious, and probably overuse.

Z – Zoo-school.  I went to a special program during my junior year of high school that sent me half-day to the Columbus Zoo to study the drill monkeys.  By far one of the coolest experiences of my life!

Those Deceiving, “Simple” Diet Rules

There are basic “rules” that undoubtedly feed successful mindful eating habits, especially if you’re trying to maintain or lose a bit. 

Without a doubt, I’m terrible at all of them – but it’s a work in progress!

I grew up with certain habits, and breaking them is tough.  I also have to take into account my personal values/mindset (like refusing to “not complete” something).  So, what simple rules do I struggle with?

  • Eat when you’re hungry.  I can’t tell you how much I do not do this.  I eat when it’s “time” to eat, whether or not I’m hungry.  This is sometimes fine, but mostly just makes me less enthused about my choice to eat when I wasn’t hungry.  I’m a very time-concerned person (and let me tell you, I test in the 99th percentile of ‘conscientiousness’ on a personality scale), which means that I struggle not having things on a schedule.
  • Share.  I never think about sharing things.  Maybe it’s because I’m an only child from a family of three?  I don’t think of asking to share things at restaurants, but this is something I’m definitely getting better at! 
  • Stop when you’re full.  I am convinced that I have this mechanism of ‘not full’ and ‘holy crap, sick.’  There’s no pleasant, ‘satisfied’ feeling located in my system.  Of course, this could be a mindset, or the fact that I eat rather quickly, or that (again) I tend to eat by “assuming” how much I need rather than listening to how much I need.  All potential problems.  Working on this one.
  • Saying no.  This is probably what I struggle with the most.  I love spending time with people, and usually that revolves around food.  I rarely say no to anything and conform to whatever the other person eats/is ordering.  This often leads to high caloric coffees from Starbucks, a nice muffin from the local bakery, etc.  You see the spiral.  I am getting better at this one, but it’s a work in progress!
  • Not constantly thinking about food.  Literally, I think about food all the time.  Not when I’m hungry – all. the. time.  It’s not so bad when I’m busy doing things, but often enough, I’m not that busy.  I need to find another outlet.
  • Cravings.  This kind of falls under the ‘eat when you’re hungry’ thing, but if I see something on TV or on a food blog that I’m trolling, I instantly want to make it and eat it.  Right then.  That second.  It couldn’t possibly wait until tomorrow.  I’m definitely getting better at this one, but some days are better than others.

Whew, quite a list.  But, at least I’m working on most of them! 

I have to remind myself: love the process.

They seem so simple, right?  What do you guys struggle with?

A Rather Random Assortment

The USA Women’s 8 cruised to GOLD today… becoming one of the most winningest boats, ever.

They haven’t been beaten in 6 years.

If that doesn’t speak to incredible coaching, athleticism and state of mind, I don’t know what does.  Sure inspires me!  (Along with the magnificent showing by the ladies gymnasts and the greatest Olympian of all-time, Michael Phelps).  Hello, America!  You rock.

In other news, my internship here in Washington is drawing to a close.  Many good memories, made better by the fabulous group of interns I’ve had the pleasure of working with!

In true Olympic fashion…

we won gold.

Celebration will ensue tonight at a nearby pub (I know, so British of us….) where much wine will be consumed.  Currently, I am consuming a Georgetown cupcake (salted caramel, if you must know).

Life is good. 

If any of you joined in on the workout I posted yesterday (Fatigue for Process), I hope your quads are screaming as much as mine are today.  I’ve had to stand up and walk around the office several times already, just to make sure they don’t get tighter.  I managed to do the leg portion of the workout twice through (holy ouch), and the ab portion once through since my hip flexors were being a bit angry.  I then hopped on the arc trainer for 20 minutes (already sweating a boatload), and then did some physiotherapy backward-incline-walking on the treadmill for 8ish minutes.

Happy working out, eating, and living today!

Walking in the Sunshine

I metro’d up to Columbia Heights, and my friend and I walked over to Adams Morgan, a really fun neighborhood in DC.  Our intention was, of course, more delicious Ethiopian food!  Gotta get all that I can while I’m here since it won’t be around when I head back home, or to England!

There are some gorgeous cathedrals along the walk to Adams Morgan, and I LOVE cathedrals.  So much.

We entered to beautiful décor! Cue Meskerem.

It was so delicious that I didn’t get a picture until the end!  I had the Special Tibbs (cubes of choice lean beef, sauteed in special, spicy sauce), and my friend had Sigana Atkilt (lamb meat with string beans, carrots and potatoes in a mild sauce)… with lots of injera (spongy, sourdough-tasting bread), of course!  You can see that bread lining the bowl, still.

How cool is this bowl table, though?!

After discovering the only Target in the city, I meandered about, picked up some apples, sandwich thins and a cardigan ($7, originally $30!), then finally ventured home.

At 6:30, my stomach growled again.

I whipped up a turkey burger, avocado, over-easy egg, a piece of my homemade bread and a monstrous amount of green beans with cayenne, salt and pepper.  Delish!

Had a frozen ‘nana with raspberries, and then snuck some peanut butter and chocolate chips after… whoooops.

Only in my lovely bricked apartment for 2 more weeks before Ohio calls!  Embracing my DC time!

Capital Food

I’m interning in the Capital this summer (good ole swamp-land), so I thought I’d share some of my favorite places to go out for food/drink in the city!

I live up near Howard University (Shaw metro, for those of you in-the-know), and have found some lovely eateries there.

Zenebech Injera

I hadn’t ever had Ethiopian fare until I came to DC, and I must say that I love it.  Now that I’m going Paleo, it’s a bit rough to eat here, since they don’t give you utensils and you eat your main dish by use of a spongy-bread called Injera!  Which, might I add, smells like sourdough, looks like spongy pita, and is totally delicious.  It expands in your stomach, though, so watch out!  This place is located right by the Shaw metro station (7th and T street), is very reasonable (entrees $8-12, beers $2, wine around $3.50), and gives you lots of food to take home for the next day!  They’re also a bakery for Ethiopian bread.

This places, though it’s certainly not an upperclass establishment and looks a bit shady, is heralded as one of the best in DC.  No joke.

Baked and Wired

Best cupcake place in DC. Don’t listen to those people telling you to go to Georgetown Cupcake, or Sprinkles, or wherever. Seriously – don’t.

Baked and Wired is like a gourmet-foodie’s dream. You walk in, and the cupcakes are covered in glass vases. On display. Drool.

Like the others, it’s located in Georgetown (something like between 36th and 37th), and it’s near the waterfront. I recommend grabbing a cupcake and walking down with your friends to the waterfront to watch some good ole rowing. We love rowing!

Tonic

A fun little restaurant just off of George Washington’s campus, it’s best known for its gourmet mac n cheese and tater tots. I love their fish tacos, and pretty much all of their burgers. PS, their burgers are the size of your head. Please take a friend.

It’s in an old Pharmacy, and the decoration is adorable. I’ve heard it’s a popular date-place for GW students.

FOOD TRUCKS!

Every Friday, most food trucks gather in Farragut Square for an insane food-fest. There are some seriously awesome trucks out there. My coworkers favorites include Basil & Thyme (gourmet Italian), Curbside Cupcakes and TaKorean (korean tacos!)

The food trucks also move around the city during the week, so you can always track them, on places like: http://foodtruckfiesta.com/food-trucks-washington-dc/. Bad news for us foodies.

Cheers!