I'm still not a fan of salads (unless they come with nuts, cheese or fruit). My way of getting the vegetable balance is soup -- they're generally easy to make, will store for a few days, are lovely in the winter, and are comfortably filling without the calories. Carrot sticks when I'm lazy.
interesting. what do you put in it? i can't imagine greens tasting very good in soup. or does everything go into the broth?
Have you had palak soup? Oh, and I've heard kale is a good smoothie ingredient, but have never tried it.
I usually just put in whatever I feel like at the time -- some subset of corn, peas, tomatoes, carrots, potatoes, mushrooms, broccoli, and beans.
i don't think soups will work for me, because of the quantity i need, but the smoothie idea is very interesting. i'm all for anything that's quick to prepare and consume. my entire breakfast is liquid—i just figure out all the ingredients i need and make a big smoothie out of it.
i googled greens smoothie and found this; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXr8-jru1KE
fascinating. i'm going to give it a shot. thank you! if i can get it down, it will be huge.
so i tried the kale smoothie the same night you posted that.
just the smell of it made me nauseous, and the first sip actually made me throw up a little. that was the end of that.
tonight i had an idea: a soup-smoothie. i did everything as if i were making soup, and then put it into the blender, so that i could drink it.
and it worked. good lord in heaven, it worked! over a liter of the green gooey stuff, 10 minutes of effort. the taste is wonderful.
i love you.
what made you think that??!
roughly 30 different exercises, split over 3 days.
it's not even possible to do only one exercise.. you will soon find that your secondary muscles involved in the lift are inadequate.
oh!! "lift" doesn't mean "deadlift." it's simply a synonym for "weight training exercise" :-)
completely agree about the food conditioning and time. I was reminded of the first time I was taken to a salad bar, 8 years back, eating only corn and thinking 'how could this be a way to celebrate my presence?' :D Now, I regularly eat salads for lunch and actually like them - I mean really like them - and love the crunchy strong flavor of raw spinach. That I wouldn't have been able to taste this flavor let alone call it strong a few years back proves your point :)
ha ha. i hope i will be able to say the same in a few more years :-)
my hubby won't go near salads. he calls them rabbit food. lol. we eat fresh broccoli and asparagus most nights, warmed up of course.
where did you go on your trips?
india, east coast, bay area, europe (france/belgium), seattle, east coast again, bay area again.
33 cities, around 40 counting repeat visits.
i missed the chance to roam around in india because i was sick. could have taken the total to 50 :-) dang.
that is amazing. i wish i could do more traveling. but hazel is too young and it is too expensive. one day, we are gonna get some kind of a station wagon and drive around the u.s. i would love to see europe though.
you know, i never really wanted to go to india. awhile ago i saw a modern marvels episode about dangerous roads, some of the intersections they showed in new dehli looked chilling and freaking ridiculous.
where do you get all the money for traveling for so long? (that was rude, but i am curious)
"you know, i never really wanted to go to india. awhile ago i saw a modern marvels episode about dangerous roads, some of the intersections they showed in new dehli looked chilling and freaking ridiculous."
that doesn't make sense. it's like someone deciding not to visit the U.S because certain neighborhoods in L.A are gang-ridden. the only thing that's "dangerous" in india is the water, which will probably make you sick.
edit. the roads are in fact dangerous for the locals, in the sense that the chance of your being in an accident over a period of several years is higher. like half the people i know had some kind of injury at some point form an accident i guess. but as a foreigner on a short trip, you're pretty insulated from it.
"where do you get all the money for traveling for so long?"
i didn't spend a dime. well, i did, but not nearly as much as you'd think. i've been meaning to do a post about this for a long time. perhaps in a week or two. nag me if i don't :-)
Edited at 2009-02-13 11:37 pm (UTC)
well, i don't like driving through LA either. :shrug: it makes sense to me. i wouldn't want to go somewhere where i might hit a pedestrian or a bus going on the wrong side of the road to avoid a red light. and that isn't the ONLY reason... goodness. i like modern conveniences.
sides, not being used to other people's disruptive driving would probably make me MORE likely to kill someone or be hurt, not less.
i won't nag it out of you. but i am just curious.
2009-02-13 11:54 pm (UTC)
Routine is the key to all productivity
Great post. I find that the biggest deterrent from muscle gain that I have is irregularity in sleep patterns (the influences of which often lead to irregular eating patterns). Weight training really demands a full eight hours of rest for the body's muscles to recover.
My ideal sleep amount is about 5-5:30 hours (I don't like wasting too much time sleeping), but with a regular workout routine, I make a compromise at 6-6:30. Even this amount often leaves me feeling unnaturally sore and generally fatigued, demanding high caffeine consumption which often leads to a negative feedback cycle.
In short, I work out about 4:30-5 hours a week, but the actual time cost required of planning meals, eating those meals, and disciplining myself for a consistent sleep schedule is much higher. It sounds like your trade-off is very similar; eat, sleep and lift well and your traveling and hard work will suffer, or your health will.
2009-02-14 02:50 am (UTC)
Re: Routine is the key to all productivity
"My ideal sleep amount is about 5-5:30 hours"
you do know that sleep has vital cognitive functions, right?
you may have occasionally heard me brag about being able to function with almost no sleep for 2 or 3 days, but i do that very rarely, and i don't think getting less than 8 hours of sleep on a regular basis is a good idea at all, irrespective of weight training.
re. caffeine: http://arvindn.livejournal.com/57651.html
"It sounds like your trade-off is very similar; eat, sleep and lift well and your traveling and hard work will suffer, or your health will."
yup, definitely. my work-outs are around an hour and a half; i need an extra hour to nap; and just physically putting food into my mouth takes a lot of time, not to mention the planning and reading about weight-training. overall, a lifting regimen takes about 4 productive hours *per day* out of my life. i still think it's worth it: http://arvindn.livejournal.com/90688.html
at some point, though, i plan to switch to a maintenance mode, with 1 or maybe 2 workouts per week focusing on core compound exercises. also, my diet and dietary supplementation needs to change into one that focuses on aging-retardation rather than muscle growth.