With Thanksgiving right around the corner, it’s time to start looking at your meal plan. For those of you trying to stay on the healthier side, I’ve done some of the hard work for you. Take a peak at the recipes below and enjoy:) [Just click on the pictures to see the recipes]
Who says Thanksgiving has to be all about unhealthy food? In my next post I will share with some healthy Thanksgiving meals for your meal planning, but for now I wanted to share with you one of my favorite salad recipes that you can make for your crew.
Start with some roasted veggies. I use purple fingerling potatoes and brussels sprouts, but feel free to mix it up with any veggies you like. Red Onions and parsnips make great additions!
I love this salad without dressing, but that’s my style. If you want to add dressing I recommend a balsamic or a pomegranate dressing. If you have other suggestions please leave them in the comments below.
Enjoy and stay tuned for more healthy Thanksgiving dishes.
- 10-15 Medium Brussels Sprouts – Cut off the end, clean, and quarter
- 5-10 Fingerling Potatoes (I like to use the purple ones for added color) – Cleaned and Sliced into Coins
- **Note- You can substitute 1 sweet potato, just dice it up**
- 2 T Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Salt and Pepper
- 4 Sprigs of Fresh Rosemary
- 3 C Spinach – Roughly Chopped
- ½ C Pomegranates
- Preheat the oven 400 degrees
- In a large bowl, toss the brussels sprouts and potatoes with the extra virgin olive oil. Toss until all of the veggies are coated.
- Season with salt and pepper
- Transfer the veggies to a casserole dish, add rosemary sprigs on top, and roast in the oven for 30-35 minutes. Be sure to keep an eye on them and stir every 10 minutes or so.
- Remove the rosemary and let the veggies cool for 10-15 minutes.
- Place the spinach in a large bowl and top with cooled roasted veggies and top with pomegranates. I don’t use any dressing because the oils from the veggies coat the spinach well,but if you choose to you a balsamic would pair nicely.
My house has turned into a physical therapy office. No joke! My chiropractor hooked me up with a stim unit, and then my foot doctor ordered a bone stim ultrasound machine. Seriously guys, this is some exciting stuff. In college I had to go to the training room to get these treatments, but now I can do them in my living room.
I think I’ll start to call our apartment Toombs Physical Therapy. Call for appointments! The best part is I get to keep my ultrasound machine, so you better believe I’ll be doing it after every long run to ensure no more breaking bones in these feet of mine.
I figured between my rugby playing husband and my endurance sports the machine will get a lot of use. For now it will be strictly used to increase my recovery time. The doc says it could take 30% off of my total healing time. Fingers and toes crossed!
Now all I need is someone to write me a script for an Anti-Gravity Treadmill. Any docs willing to do that? Actually, any insurance companies willing to pay for it? Never mind, I’ll come back to reality.
Well, friends… stay healthy and run a mile for me won’t ya?
It’s been a week since the doc put me in a boot. Want to know how I’m doing? I won’t lie, I’m a hot mess. My upper body feels strong,so that’s a bonus, but the rest of me feels blah. Really blah.
The arm bike at the gym broke on day two, so the extent of my cardio is pretty much nonexistent. I really need to get in the pool tomorrow and try to swim without my legs. Hopefully that will help me feel a little better about myself.I have been getting in workouts every day for the most part, but they just aren’t the same.
So far I haven’t gained any weight, although my mind thinks I have. I put on clothes and I’m just like nope doesn’t fit the same that it used to. I’m lying to myself, I know I am because it’s been 1 week and with no weight gain that means my body can’t be changing that much. It’s just that my brain likes to dominate my eyes and make them see things. I try to fight it, but it doesn’t work.
I’m starting to realize that this injury is going to be more of a battle for my brain than for my foot. I’m addicted to working out, and I’m realizing it more since I’m so limited on what I can do. My chiropractor said I need a new hobby like knitting, but it won’t work… I haven’t tried it, but I know it won’t work because the gym is my happy place. It’s my get away, it’s my healthy drug.
Well, enough complaining for me. One week down… 7-9 left. Lord, grant me patience.
Since I can’t run right now, I’ve been planning my 2014 race schedule to keep me positive. I have only registered for one race at the moment, but I’m super excited to tell you guys about it. In May, I will be running the Indy Mini Marathon for the 2nd time. The Mini was my first half marathon in 2011, so it holds a special place in my heart but it’s about to hold an even more special place because I have someone special joining me for it!
Drum roll please…
My husband will be running the half marathon with me!! After the marathon he said that I inspired him to run at least one half, so I jumped on the opportunity. I sent him a list of some fun ones that will offer a great first experience and he decided to make the Indy Mini his first.
I could not be happier to share this experience with him! He is always the one waiting for me at the finish line, but this time we will finish together. We will endure the highs and lows together, and I’m sure we will keep each other entertained.
It will be a fun journey to take, and I promised I’d stay with him every step of the way. Unless he decides to smoke me, and if that’s the case more power to him. My friend Andy will also be running the race, so it will be a special occasion for all of us.
Now, it’s time to focus on healing, so I can get myself to that start line.
Kyle, we have a fun journey ahead of us. I can’t wait to share every stride with you!!
Well, day 3 in the boot, and I’m going insane. The boot itself doesn’t bother me, what’s bothering me is not being able to fully workout. I miss running, and I have to stop looking at the running path because I find myself raging with envy for all of the people capable of running.
I tried riding the bike this morning. I managed, but I felt slight pain in my arch. Therefore, I will be steering away from the bike for the most part to aid in healing. I did the hand bike yesterday. I’ve been underestimating that machine for years, it really kills the arms. Bad news is, today the machine broke. Let’s hope they jump on fixing that one ASAP.
I think tomorrow I’m going to try swimming with just my arms. I’ll have to avoid pushing off the wall, kicking, or moving my ankle at all. Needless to say, I’m sure I’ll only make it for 20 minutes since my legs won’t be there to power me through, but I’m up for a challenge.
In the mean time, the doctor demanded that I get my Vitamin D levels up.Vitamin D is important because it helps prevent injury, and is essential for strong bones.
Vitamin D levels should be between 40-60 for my age and activity level…my level is 29. I blame Chicago because it’s rarely sunny and when it is sunny I am locked in my office. Since increasing this number is essential to my healing, I naturally requested a prescription suggesting 10 weeks in the Caribbean. Apparently doctors don’t recommend that now a-days. So I guess supplements will have to suffice.
Doc actually put me on an active form of vit. D. I’m really excited to give it a try. Simply speaking, the active form doesn’t have to be processed a billion times by the body, it is instantly absorbed. Health nerds like myself find this uber fascinating.
Well, in the mean time let’s hope they fix the arm bike at the gym and that the sun comes out to increase everyone’s vitamin D levels.
Well, I’m in depression.
I went to my amazing doctor at The Running Institute on Friday because I’ve been having some arch pain and was hoping he’d just give me some inserts for my running shoes. Simple flx… I thought..Well, looks like my body had other plans for me (as it usually does).
The x-rays showed that I had what looked like a fracture in my arch, so my doctor recommended an MRI. As you can imagine, the MRI did not go as well as I’d hoped. I actually have a partial tear in a tendon in my arch. Sweet…. said no one ever. Looks like the boot is going to become a fashion statement for my fall wardrobe.
Here’s where my depression starts. I can’t run for 8-10 weeks. I can’t do the elliptical, I can’t go to spinning class, I can’t even do pool running because I can’t move my ankle or arch in anyway. It looks like I’ll be doing upper body workouts, the arm bike, and trying to figure out how to ride a bike with a boot. It will be a challenge, but I will find a way to stay fit.
I won’t lie, I’m freaking out, but more on that in another post. For now, it’s time to cry. Missing my running shoes already!!!!
Anyone have advice for workouts to keep the cardio up while wearing a boot?
I don’t usually post twice in one day, but this post is greatly needed.
I dedicate this blog post to Joy Johnson. I don’t know Joy, but I wish I did. Joy ran her 25th New York City Marathon on Sunday, and peacefully went to be with the Lord on Monday.
Even though I do not know this woman, I have an idea of who she is just from the fact that she pushed her body through 25 marathons.I imagine she was a dedicated woman, a determined woman, and a passionate woman. What I love most about Joy is that from interviews I can tell she was a woman of deep faith. She spent every morning with the Lord, what an amazing role model she was.
My prayers go out to Joy’s family.I pray that her family is able to rejoice in her life, and rest in peace knowing that she finished the race of life on a high note.
Joy, I long to be like you when I hit the age of 86. Until then, I every time my feet hit the pavement I will thank the Lord for giving me the ability to run.
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith – 2 Timothy 4:7
Ask my parents about my eating habits as a kid and they will both tell you that I was a FAST eater. Seriously, they should have signed me up for food eating contests.
All laughs aside, it was really an unhealthy habit, and thankfully I have been able to break it for the most part. Did you know that eating fast has been shown to lead to weight gain? Apparently when you eat fast your stomach and brain don’t have enough time to connect to notify you that enough is enough. Therefore you just consume unnecessary calories.
Eating slow won’t happen over night. It literally takes training. I started with putting my fork down between bites. It worked, but then I got annoyed with picking up my fork and putting it down so many times. I also tried to chew my food 50 times before swallowing. I scratched that idea at day one because once again it was annoying.
The recent trick that does work for me is to not have food waiting on my fork until I have fully finished what I have in my mouth.
You may no realize it, but we often have the next fork-fully locked and loaded to put into our mouths before we even finish what we are already chewing. Thus causing us to eat faster and to not enjoy our food. In the past month I have paid more attention to not loading my fork, and it’s worked. I eat slower and I truly enjoy my food more.
Give it a try!
Any other former fast eaters have tricks that helped you slow down?
On Thursday I thought the body was ready to get back to speed work, but clearly I thought wrong and now I’m experiencing some minor foot pain. I’m feeling a bit of pain on the outside of my foot near my pinky toe that runs up to my ankle. It’s not unbearable, but I know I shouldn’t be running on it. I’ve already made an appointment with The Running Institute for next week to be proactive, and because I think I need orthotics for these dumb arches of mine.
Because of my foot, I decided to go to spinning yesterday. I used to do spinning at least once a week, but then marathon training happened and I stopped going. It was kind of an interesting class because it was “race day.” Our instructor took us through a mental race day as we pushed our bodies to the limit. I found myself thinking about the marathon the whole ride, and I’ll admit I found myself getting a little emotional. Keep yourself together Kels!
My favorite part of the workout were the last 10 minutes when we were fighting for first place. The instructor yelled… “that person in front of you doesn’t know what you’ve gone through to get here” I’ve never thought about it that way. Every person we pass in a race has had quite the journey to get to where they are. We all share different journeys, but the one thing that unites us is that we are all out there striving to be the best we can be.
That spinning class opened my mind. For now on, when I am out on the trial running, I will try to remember that every person I pass or that passes me is defining their journey.