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Chocolate: Good For You

Oof. I just wrote this WHOLE POST for you and lost it. I am not happy (I should probably eat some chocolate). I am also not going to retype everything, so now you’re getting the shorter version. Sorry.

Anyway!

I think you guys are probably aware that I’m a huge Harry Potter fan. I’ve written about it a fair amount.

And, I mean, duh. Who isn’t a Harry Potter fan?

Anyway, while I’m not silly enough to believe all of that magic really exists (or, at least, I’m not silly enough to admit that on the internet…), there is one little bit of magic from those book in which I totally believe: chocolate reallycan heal.

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I’ve recently increased my chocolate intake and have told myself it’s for stress. However, I’ve also learned that it’s good for me and that maybe I’m doing it subconsciously for healthy reasons!

Let me have it. Sometimes you just need a win, right?

Here’s a sampling of some of the chocolate we have around the office.

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Don’t worry. I never have that much at once.

Usually.

I recently read this article in Eating Well Magazine (November/ December 2011 edition) and liked it so much, I thought I’d share it.

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Last time I typed up this post, I re-typed the whole article for you. Not gonna happen again.

The bottom lines:

1. It makes you smile.

2. It helps you see better.

3. It’s a diet food.

That’s enough for me!

But, just in case it isn’t enough for you, you can check some other articles out:

I love it when these things work in my favor.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to eat some chocolate!

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Healthy Goals for March

February was a month of major ups and major downs. More on that tomorrow. Sort of.

Anyway, it made me think that maybe I need to set some simple, healthy and reasonable goals for myself to focus on throughout the month of March.

1. See my friends more.

I had the pleasure of seeing all of these smiling faces last night, which in turn put a huge smile on my face. I spent so much of February sick that I ended up being holed up in my apartment for most of it. No more! I’m happiest around my friends. And gosh, they’re great.

2. Get back into my fitness routine.

Between a very busy work schedule and losing my patience with my ever-frustrating knee, I’ve been in a phase in my life in which fitness has been on the back-burner. I so miss the fitness side of myself (and of this blog!).

Fortunately, I talked to my Physical Therapist about this last night, and she decided that we’re going to come up with a consistent fitness routine for me that I can keep up even with the knee problem.

Right now, we’re leaning towards Pilates. While this would be an expensive decision to make, I also feel it would likely be one I wouldn’t regret.

3. Master the art of painting my own toenails.

Random, but it’s a solid budgetary goal. I’ve already mastered the art of painting my fingernails (you have no idea how long of a process this has been). Any pedicure tips?

4. Cook more.

Especially, cook more foods like this:

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Those were dishes cooked for me last night at the dinner party with those wonderful people you saw pictured above. So delicious and so healthy! Specifically, those foods are salad, Vegan Ragu, and Kale, Mustard Greens and Butternut Squash.

Amazing.

The Vegan Ragu recipe was created by my friend James and the Kale recipe was created by my friend Brian. I convinced each of them to email me their recipes. I will post them this month!

So, some sub-goals…

4a. Cook and post about the Vegan Ragu.

4.b. Cook and post about the Kale, Mustard Greens and Butternut Squash.

Now that they’re specifically listed out like that for the world to see, I can’t get lazy about it. 🙂

Oh, we also ate this delicious Apple & Almond Cake last night. I’ll be making this at some point, too!

I don’t know if that’s a March goal, but itwill happen.

5. Get more sleep.

I make this goal every month. I rarely follow through. Doesn’t mean I won’t try this month.

6. Take my vitamins every day.

See Goal #5. 🙂

6. Take some me time.

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I don’t know if I’m quite the type for Meditation or anything, but I do know that I need to find some balance in my life. I work a lot. I love the work I do — and all of the jobs I have — but I also stopped finding much time for myself. Not having the gym be a daily part of my life these days took away time that used to be my “me time.”

Lately, I’ve been taking my hours off to watch TV or read scripts for work. While these are great ways to escape, I think that’s exactly what I’m doing — escaping. Maybe I need to take time to write in a journal, or something. I’m not even sure how to spend “me time” anymore.

How do you spend your “me time?” And what are some of your goals for March?

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A Really Good Thing

I’ve been having a really weird few months, healthy living-wise. There’s been the knee, of course, and the subsequent lack of working out. There’s been a lot of feeling sorry for myself. And there’s been a lot of an all-or-nothing attitude. This, of course, has been totally stupid.

I’ve had more than one “okay, get yourself together” moment. There have been some tears. There has been a lot of frustration with myself. And yet, the cycle continued.

Then, this morning, I just woke up and knew it was going to be different. I had the same feeling I had when I had my healthy tipping point moment a couple of years ago. It wasn’t a big, broad decision. It wasn’t some crazy experience. It was just… a feeling. I just woke up feeling like being healthy again.

All of a sudden, today, I wasn’t tempted by the pastries at work and I wasn’t tempted to stop and pick lunch up somewhere when I knew that I could, instead, go home and raid my healthy fridge. This isn’t a huge change. I don’t usually have the pastries and I don’t usually stop to pick something up… it’s just that lately, I’ve been tempted a lot and haven’t really stayed true to my ideals.

But today, my healthy nature just came back to me. This used to be such an organic part of me, and I lost that recently, but I feel it coming back and I am so grateful for this.

To start, breakfast. Nothing new, that’s for sure, but still! Healthy.

Like I said, nothing new, but seriously fantastic.

Duh.

Into the mix went:

  • Chobani 0% Vanilla
  • strawberries
  • blackberries
  • chocolate granola (soooo good)
  • White Chocolate Wonderful peanut butter

All mixed up:

Confession: I purposefully mix the granola and peanut butter together and don’t mix it all the way into the yogurt and then save those bites for last. It’s AMAZING.

I didn’t get to lunch until 3pm, which is why it’s even more surprising that I wasn’t tempted to pick something up, but today was so busy that I didn’t even really remember to be hungry. That never happens to me.

When I did get home, I made an epic sandwich. Seriously, it was so good. I want it again soon. Maybe tomorrow.

I had it on two pieces of Nature’s Pride Hearty Wheat With Flax (sent to me as a part of Foodbuzz‘s Tastemakers program), which I mentioned the other day. As I predicted, it served far better as sandwich bread. In fact, it was fantastic.

Between those slices of bread:

  • hummus
  • melted shredded lowfat mozzarella
  • baby romaine
  • shredded carrots
  • mini heirloom tomatoes
  • cucumber slices

I mean, right?

I followed lunch with an apple, and now, about two hours later, I’m enjoying a Kombucha.

Everything consumed today = happiness.

I recognize the old me again. I think a lot of it might be the promise of working out again, but either way — I know I am back, and it’s a good thing. A really good thing.

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