What Did I Eat Before the RnR Half? And a little after?

I have a very delicate constitution. And by that I mean I get nauseated very easily. I think I’ve been nauseated at least part of the day every day since I was 15. That’s 14 years now of dealing with this sh.. situation. You’d think I’d be better at it! So I try to be very caution all race week but especially the day before a race and race day. I know I’m not the only runner with a pre-race meal ritual!

So Saturday morning I made my healthy take on an English breakfast. 1 fried egg, 2 turkey sausages and some mushrooms sauteed in avocado oil


and of course all the meds! Pictured here is echinacea and mucinex. I also took so much vitamin C that day. To say I was fighting that cold was an understatement. meds

After the expo, my friend and I went to Postino. I justified it by saying I needed the carbs haha. A bruschetta board! On the left, the seasonal topping made of mushrooms and I forget what cheese. It was delicious and probably my favorite. I almost didn’t order it because ‘more mushrooms?’ but I’m glad I did!

Then left to right, apple, brie and fig; salmon with pesto; burrata with bacon, arugula and tomato. Everything tasted so good and I ate about 3/4 pictured and took the rest home. postina

For dinner, I wasn’t very hungry and didn’t have a ton of time before I wanted to go to bed early so I skipped the meal I planned and ate the rest of my bruschetta and about 4 oz of plain sweet potato. I crossed my fingers that the bruschetta wouldn’t upset my stomach during the night!

Bright and early Sunday/ Race day. I made some oatmeal that Copper was very interested in. None for him. And I chugged another bottle of water.


At the start line, I brought a banana and a gluten free stinger waffle. Are those waffles getting sweeter?? I ate about half of it before I couldn’t take another bite. But my stomach felt good the whole way!!

Along the course, I took 2 energy jelly bellies at mile 4 and 6 and then a starburst about mile 10. No Gatorade for me (my stomach cannot handle it!) And i went to about every other water station.

After the race, I couldn’t eat anything for about 2 hours but once I did, I was RAVENOUS! I ate a bagel, chocolate milk, sushi, soup, oh gosh I can’t even remember what else!



Getting Your Veggies at Breakfast

Breakfasts this week!  I eat a lot of eggs but the goal was to incorporate more veggies into my breakfasts so there’s that.

Wednesday, my Monday, I was running super late so it was breakfast on the go for me. 1 hard boiled egg and 1/2 a tomato.

I’m all about a running yolk so fried eggs are common over here. The other half of the tomato and avocado slices are under 2 eggs in the top right pic. I was going to add a slice of bacon (and only 1 egg) but I brought my package to work for lunch and forgot it in the work fridge, so I had to forgo that and instead added another egg.

Yesterday was 2 more fried eggs and under there is a hash of spinach, mushrooms, bacon and green onions. I got the idea from pinterest and it’s quickly become a favorite breakfast of mine.

And this morning. Again, it needed to be quick as I was running out the door so hard boiled eggs to the rescue again. I always have hard boiled eggs on hand! chopped up with the rest of my avocado that needed to be eaten. Copper was super interested in what I had going on.

This is real life guys, rushing out the door, simple and easy meals. Using leftovers and whatever is on hand. I do eat more savory breakfasts over sweet ones typically because I’m usually aiming for protein and veggies and less carbs personally but I do like a good pancake here and there! (After my 10 miler last week, I did go eat pancakes and Ihop! worth it!) But it’s not impossible. You can add zucchini or even carrots shavings to oatmeal or pancake batter. Get creative!





What I Pack in my Lunch Box

Guys, I’m not a food photographer!

But I wanted to give you guys a peak into what I eat for lunch. Lunch can be hard, sometimes. It has to be something I can prep and pack for work and I often get stuck in a rut. Sandwiches anyone?? Plus at my job, I eat at my desk a lot. (you’ll notice!) So here’s what I’ve packed for myself this week.

The top picture is one of my favorite salads. It’s just plain lettuce, carrot matchsticks, cucumber, green onion, peas and tuna (I used the Ranch Starkist packet) and dressing is Olive Garden Light. (I used to add shredded cheddar but I’m trying to eat less dairy now.) I don’t think this salad sounds very exciting but I really do like it!

On the left is my half eaten lunch before I thought to snap a pic. Very orange. I grabbed the leftover sweet potatoes from my fam’s Christmas dinner (thanks mom!) and dumped some bbq chicken from the crockpot on top with a side of carrots.

Middle: the other half of the sweet potato (each was about 3-4 oz) topped with ground turkey cooked with taco seasoning, salsa and avocado.

And right was meal prepped a couple weeks ago, I just pulled out of the freezer and let it defrost in the work fridge. Salmon with a homemade teriyaki ginger marinade, jasmine rice and roasted green beans.

There you go! Meal prep helps a ton  or else I go with really simple meals I can literally throw together in a bowl. haha.


What are your favorite brown bag lunches?? 



What Even Is Healthy Food?? You’re gonna feel REAL bad for me in a minute.


It’s pathetic really.

Now I am not saying I eat this way 100% but I do TRY. (Guys, it’s hard.) So today I was wasting time at work, tooling around on Buzzfeed when I ran into an article titled 31 Delicious Packaged Foods That Aren’t Actually Terrible For You. 

I read it. And wanted to simultaneously laugh and cry. Here’s the thing. Now the article is admitting that these foods aren’t perfect but they’re seemingly touted as on the healthy side of the scale and I cannot eat so so many of them. So they’re not healthy for me. Maybe they are for the writer. Maybe they are for you. But not for me.

(Also things that say gluten-free or Vegan or BPA free. whatever label they can slap on. [or just cause you bought it at Whole Foods] THIS DOESN’T AUTOMATICALLY MEAN IT’S HEALTHY. Rant for another day)

The point of this diatribe is to remind you all to do you. Learn what works for your body and your life! (I know a girl that eats ice cream for breakfast. It works for her. Lucky girl.)

Image result for amy poehler good for her

Here’s what Buzzfeed took into consideration when making the list:

• Calories per serving
• Reasonability of serving size
• Ratio of carbs to fiber (ideally no more than 10 grams of carb for every 1 gram of fiber)
• Ratio of protein to fat (ideally no less than 2 grams of protein for every 1 grams of fat)
• Amount of added sugar
• Amount of sodium
• Number of ingredients (the fewer, the better)
• Recognizability of ingredients (the more familiar/pronounceable, the better)

I’m going strictly by ingredients for MY list.

SkinnyPop 100-Calorie Baggies

Ingredients: Popcorn, sunflower oil and salt.
No corn 

2. Popchips


Ingredients: Dried potato, rice flour, sunflower and/or safflower oil, potato starch, sea salt, salt.

No potato (white or sweet) 

3. Dang Lightly Salted Coconut Chips YES!

Dang Lightly Salted Coconut Chips

Ingredients: Coconut, sea salt.

4. Garden of Eatin’ Baked Blue Tortilla Chips

Garden of Eatin' Baked Blue Tortilla Chips

Ingredients: Organic blue corn, organic brown flaxseed, organic soy grits, organic canola oil and/or organic safflower oil and/or organic sunflower oil, sea salt.

No corn, no soy (dunno what grits are but…. no soy so) 

5. Triscuit Thin Crisps

Triscuit Thin Crisps

Ingredients: Whole grain wheat, vegetable oil (soybean or canola oil), sea salt.

No wheat 

6. Mini Babybel cheese

Mini Babybel cheese

Ingredients: Pasteurized cultured milk, salt, microbial enzymes.

No dairy 

7. Saffron Road Crunchy Chickpeas YES! 

Saffron Road Crunchy Chickpeas

Ingredients: Organic chickpeas, organic expeller pressed canola and/or organic sunflower oil, sea salt, organic rosemary extract, ascorbic acid.

8. Special K Cracker Chips

Special K Cracker Chips

Ingredients: Potatoes, potato starch, canola oil with TBHQ for freshness, rice flour, oat fiber, degerminated yellow corn meal, sugar, contains 2% or less of sea salt, salt, monoglycerides, whole wheat flour, soy flour, whey.

 No potato, corn, sugar, wheat, soy, whey 

9. Bare Apple Chips

Bare Apple Chips

Ingredients: Apples.

No apples… 

10. Newman’s O’s

Newman's O's

Ingredients: Organic unbleached wheat flour, organic powdered, organic sugar, organic palm fruit oil, sunflower oil, cocoa, organic invert syrup, natural flavors, sodium bicarbonate (leavening), unsweetened chocolate, salt, soy lecithin.

No wheat, sugar, organic invert syrup– which is more sugar
And if you’re using 100 days of Real Food standards, no soy lecithin 

11. Oreo Thins

Oreo Thins

Ingredients: Sugar, unbleached enriched flour, palm and/or canola oil, high fructose corn syrup, salt, soy lecithin, baking soda, peppermint oil, artificial color, artificial flavor.

No sugar, wheat/flour, high fructose corn syrup (again, another term for sugar)
and yikes w/ words like artificial color/ flavor 

12. Breyer’s Natural Vanilla Ice Cream

Breyer's Natural Vanilla Ice Cream

Ingredients: Milk, cream, sugar, vegetable gum, natural flavor.

No dairy, sugar 

13. Edy’s Slow Churned Ice Cream

Edy's Slow Churned Ice Cream

Ingredients: Non-fat milk, cream, sugar, corn syrup, chocolaty chips, whey protein, buttermilk, molasses, acacia gum, carob bean gum, guar gum, yellow 5, blue 1, carrageenan, natural flavor

okay.. no dairy (so, milk, cream, buttermilk, whey) sugar & corn syrup 
I personally want to stay away from yellow 5 and blue 1. All the numbered colors. 

14. Larabar YES! 


Ingredients: Dates, peanuts, sea salt


15. Clif Organic Trail Mix bars

Clif Organic Trail Mix bars

Ingredients: Organic peanuts, organic tapioca syrup, organic almonds, organic dark chocolate, organic coating, organic roasted soybeans, organic rice crisps, organic peanut butter, organic inulin, organic sunflower oil, sea salt, mixed tocopherols (Vitamin E compounds).

So close! No soy 

16. Quest Protein Bars ???

Quest Protein Bars

Ingredients: Protein blend, soluble corn fiber, almonds, water, unsweetened chocolate, natural flavors, erythritol, cocoa butter, palm oil, sea salt, calcium carbonate, sucralose, Stevia

No corn? These may be be prefect, but I do eat Quest bars all the time. 

17. KIND bars (Nuts & Spices line)

KIND bars (Nuts & Spices line)

Ingredients: Almonds, cashews, peanuts, honey, glucose syrup, chicory root fiber, rice flour, sea salt, soy lecithin, sugar.

 No glucose syrup and sugar. 

18. Fage Total 2% Split Cup

Fage Total 2% Split Cup

Ingredients: Strained yogurt, live active cultures, strawberries, cane sugar, water, corn starch, strawberry juice concentrate, lemon juice concentrate, natural flavors.

No dairy, cane sugar, corn starch, lemon juice concentrate 

19. Stonyfield Organic Greek Whole Milk Yogurt

Stonyfield Organic Greek Whole Milk Yogurt

Ingredients: Cultured pasteurized organic whole milk, organic cane sugar, non-GMO corn starch, organic natural vanilla flavor, organic carob bean gum, organic vanilla bean, gellan gum.

No dairy, sugar, corn starch 

20. Dannon Whole Milk Yogurt

Dannon Whole Milk Yogurt

Ingredients: Cultured grade A milk, cane sugar, water, corn starch, cherries, less than 1% of fruit juice and vegetable juice, natural flavor, carob bean gum, lemon juice concentrate, vitamin D3, milk calcium.

No dairy, cane sugar, corn starch, lemon juice concentrate 

21. Special K Protein

Special K Protein

Ingredients: Whole grain wheat, wheat gluten, sugar, rice, soy protein isolate, wheat bran, defatted soy grits, contains 2% or less of salt, cinnamon, malt flavor, L-lysine monohydrochloride, soy lecithin, sucralose, BHT for freshness. Vitamins and Minerals: Reduced iron, niacinamide, vitamin B6, vitamin B1, vitamin A palmitate, vitamin B2, folic acid, vitamin B12, vitamin D3.

Whoo boy. No wheat or wheat gluten, sugar, soy protein isolate, wheat bran, defatted soy grits 
And WHAT is L-lysine monohydrochloride?? pass… 


22. Kashi Heart to Heart Honey Toasted Oat Cereal

Kashi Heart to Heart Honey Toasted Oat Cereal

Ingredients: Whole oat flour, degerminated yellow cornmeal, invert cane syrup, oat fiber, honey, salt, cinnamon*, expeller pressed canola oil, ginger, cardamom, natural flavor, mixed tocopherols (vitamin E) for freshness.

No oat flour, cornmeal, cane syrup, oat fiber 

23. Kix


Ingredients: Whole grain corn, corn meal, sugar, Corn bran, salt, brown sugar syrup, trisodium phosphate, vitamin E.

No corn or meal or bran, sugar, brown sugar syup

24. Luvo frozen meals

Luvo frozen meals

Ingredients: Cooked white meat chicken, water, cooked black beans, tomatoes, tomatillo, queso quesadilla, tomatoes, yellow corn meal, corn, red bell peppers, cilantro, citric acid, coriander, cumin, dehydrated garlic, dehydrated onion, garlic, green bell peppers, green chili pepper, green onion, guar gum, jalapeño peppers, onions, orange juice concentrate, oregano, paprika, paprika extract, parmesan cheese, parsley, poblano peppers, potato starch, red onions, roasted pumpkin seeds, seasoning, spices, sunflower oil, thyme, tomato paste, xanthan gum, yellow corn masa flour.

ooookay, No queso, corn meal, corn, orange juice concentrate, parmesan, potato starch, pumpkin seeds, corn masa flour

25. Amy’s Single-Serve Spinach Pizza (Light in Sodium)

Amy's Single-Serve Spinach Pizza (Light in Sodium)

Ingredients: Organic unbleached wheat flour with organic wheat bran and organic wheat germ, filtered water, organic tomato puree, part-skim mozzarella cheese, organic spinach, extra virgin olive oil, feta cheese, organic onions, organic tofu (filtered water, organic soybeans, nigari, honey, organic garlic, spices, sea salt, expeller pressed high oleic safflower and/or sunflower oil, organic evaporated cane syrup, black pepper, yeast.

no flour, bran or germ, no mozzarella, feta, tofu, cane syrup 

26. Newman’s Own Roasted Vegetable Thin & Crispy Pizza

Newman's Own Roasted Vegetable Thin & Crispy Pizza

Ingredients: Multigrain crust, sauce, low-moisture part-skim mozzarella cheese, fire roasted bell peppers, mushrooms, fire roasted red onion, parmesan cheese.

no whatever multigrain is, mozzarella, parmesan 

27. Lean Cuisine Thin Crust Margherita Pizza

Lean Cuisine Thin Crust Margherita Pizza

Ingredients: Enriched flour, water, sugar, soybean oil, yeast, olive oil, salt, tomatoes, tomatoes, reduced fat mozzarella cheese and cornstarch, low moisture part skim mozzarella cheese, onions, tomato paste, 2% or less of garlic puree, seasoning, garlic powder, spices, natural flavor

No flour, sugar, mozzarella, cornstarch 

28. Saffron Road Frozen Bowls YES!*

Saffron Road Frozen Bowls


Ingredients: White rice: white rice, water. Ginger vegetable mix: snow peas, carrots, water chestnuts. Salmon filet: wild Alaska salmon. Sesame ginger sauce: water, tamari, cane sugar, ginger puree, native corn starch, toasted sesame oil, garlic puree, expeller pressed canola oil, lemon juice concentrate, sesame seeds, cayenne pepper.

*This one surprised me! It’s like the Quest bars. No cornstarch or lemon juice, but really for the most part, this one works. But of course, depends on the flavor. 

29. EVOL Foods Single Serve Meals

EVOL Foods Single Serve Meals

Serving size: 1 bowl

Ingredients: Cooked black beans, cooked white rice, bell peppers, grilled beef, cilantro, corn, cheddar cheddar cheese, canola oil, lime juice from concentrate, extra virgin olive oil, sea salt, garlic, spices.

No corn, cheddar, lime juice 

30. Amy’s Tofu Scramble With Vegetables & Hash Browns

Amy's Tofu Scramble With Vegetables & Hash Browns

Ingredients: (Vegan) organic tofu, organic hash browns, organic tomatoes, organic spinach, organic zucchini, organic onions, organic mushrooms, organic extra virgin olive oil, organic carrots, sea salt, organic garlic, nutritional yeast, spices, organic black pepper.

No tofu (soy), hash browns (potatoes) 

31. Lean Cuisine Marketplace Chicken With Almonds

Lean Cuisine Marketplace Chicken With Almonds

Ingredients: Blanched enriched long grain parboiled rice, cooked chicken tenderloin, water, green beans, broccoli, brown sugar, yellow carrots, almonds, 2% or less of soy sauce, modified cornstarch, sugar, dehydrated soy sauce, ginger puree, soybean oil, brown sugar syrup, apple cider vinegar, caramel color, citric acid.

No broccoli, brown sugar, soy sauce, corn starch, sugar (again, this flavor in particular) 

4!  I can eat 4 out of 31 products. 4….

And another rant for another day is these fake ingredients. Yellow 5 and trisodium phosphate and artificial flavor. Plus sugar in everything! And fancy terms for sugar. It still counts. Oh well….

YIKES BIKES. Someday I’ll have to talk about what I can and do eat!


Happy Healthy Halloween

Wanna see something scary?


It’s supposed to look like this.

I had a “scary movie” night the other night (and by scary I mean, I think Monster’s Inc. is pushing it!) and wanted to provide healthy themed snacks. I didn’t want the cookie/pizza part so it’s just fruit on a white cutting board. It’s not pretty. But the fruit was still good. 🙂


“Pumpkin” deviled eggs. (I didn’t look up the recipe as to how they made theirs so orange. I just sprinkled paprika into the mix with spicy brown mustard. Yikes!


And a veggie skeleton (with a side of hummus for dipping- cuz yum!)

I think all of these look like they belong on Pinterest Fails, but they we’re healthy, easy-ish, and still delish!

In a holiday where there’s candy EVERYwhere, cookies and brownies and cupcakes… it can get real easy to let your health take a back seat. I’m determined to finish out the year with my head on straight and not get distracted! But that doesn’t mean you can’t indulge every now and then, or that you have to miss all the fun!

There’s a lot you can do with fruit!

  • Black and orange fruit kabobs with blackberries and cantelope
  • orange and pineapple “candy corn” cups


  • stuffed orange pepper jack-o-lanterns
  • turkey chili!
  • grilled cheese or pancakes using cookie cutters



1 Bag 3 Dinners

Before I did the Long Beach Half, I talked about my go-to “1 bag 3 dinners” plan so nothing goes to waste for a single gal like me.

Meal prep was Sunday and it wasn’t till after it was all over that I thought to talk about what I prepped but it was again a 1 bag of groceries deal that I was pretty happy with.


(I am really really really not a food blogger!)


Here’s what I made

Quinoa salad with cherry tomatoes, red onion, red pepper and cilantro

Grilled Veggies (that I’ll put in a wrap or quinoa bowl with hummus) and I grilled red pepper, red onion, zucchini and mushroom

Frittata with sauteed red pepper, mushrooms, red onion, zucchini, spinach and bacon.

I also grilled up some chicken while I was going the veggies to pair with some veggies, and I made a little extra quinoa to make into a sweet porridge type deal in the morning.

Now I just have to eat what I prepped and not let it spoil in the fridge while I go get takeaway!!


Long Beach Half Marathon Recap

Whew, what a weekend!

I woke up in the middle of the night Saturday to go to CA and drove straight to the expo! (almost 7 hours) I got there earlier than I intended (I originally thought I was going to take the 91 ((yes I’m a Californian. I talk about traffic/freeways)) but just cannot stand driving through Corona. It makes me absolutely crazy. So I took the 60 and just came down the 710. Milage wise, yes it’s longer but it was so much smoother of a ride without that traffic!) so I had some time to kill.


turkey & roasted red pepper wrap- my fav lunch!

Since I had my lunch all packed and with me, and since the next stop on my travel itinerary would take a couple hours with no eating allowed, I grabbed my lunch box and had a picnic at the pier. I listened to my audio book and people watched and walked around a bit.


In case you didn’t know, I’m LDS.So I was able to run down to the Newport Temple! Beautiful! I love visiting new temples.

It was an early night back at the hotel and ate my packed (and approved) salmon dinner. I unpacked all my race gear and realized I FORGOT my running capris!! I texted my sister and debated running out to walmart or old navy for a replacement but luckily, I packed and extra pair of workout shorts (I planned to drive home in them on Monday) and lanacane. My sis offered the pants she brought but said they some times slide down- I did not want to deal with that so I braved the race in my shorts.

Sunday morning my brother woke me up saying he was there to pick me up. WHAT? Oops. I threw on my clothes, grabbed my shoes, breakfast, etc and hopped in the car. I’m beyond thankful my brother and sister came to get me and to support my race.


It was a bit of a frantic start but also kind of nice that I didn’t have time to dwell on what I was about to do!


The race itself? Well I wish I’d done better! Final time was 2:29. I started out way to fast. Around mile 4, I saw the 2:10 pacer creeping up from behind me. At first I was so excited I was on track for a 2:10 finish but quickly realized I wasn’t ready to do a 2:10 half and new I wasted too much energy in the first 1/3 of the run.


Not the long stretch I was talking about…

I started to slow down. Then around mile 7, I turned the corner to see a looooong stretch of runners in front of me and couldn’t help but think “I have to run alll that?!?!?” Running is SO SO SO mental. I tried really hard to put all those negative thoughts from my mind. I tried to smile as I ran. I listened to good tunes. But it was really hard mentally more than anything! Especially when the 2:15, 2:20, 2:25 pacers past me and I couldn’t keep up. Such a bummer. (My shorts also slowed me down, since I did stop a couple times to apply lanacane. I’d rather be slow than chafed!)


It was a very pretty course, though! I definitely would recommend it. I really liked it. It was hotter than I’d like, but not as hot as last year!! finisher-2


In the end, I’m proud of myself. I sprinted the final 0.1 of the race and felt better than my last half (the Fontana half in June) but I did feel like I was going to puke at the finish line. My brother (not a runner) asked why I do this when it makes me puke. My sister (a runner) answered for me “it goes away.” Haha. Love my sister.


I had a very lazy night Sunday night, indulging in the marshmallows I’ve been saving just for this!


I got back home Monday and was reunited with my very favorite thing!