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Cutting Coffee + Adding “Better” Sweets

Posted Mar 14 2013 8:15pm

First of all, before you read, don’t take this title too literal before you read on. 

Do you ever have a week or two where you just feel completely off? Or you just take a long stretch off from working out? My mind and body are so out of whack right now. It’s amazing that it’s been two weeks and I still can’t 100% shake this cold. I still feel it a bit in my head and throat, and I’ve only gotten in mild workouts, if any.

I tried to run in the park yesterday but ended up walking most of it. It was nice anyway to get out, get some fresh air and move a little bit.

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It started to get pretty cold as the sun was setting though, so I made my way home quickly. I love that it’s light out until almost 7:30 because now I can plan to run outside after work. Before last weekend it was dark before I even left work!

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Another odd change since I’ve been off my routine is that I’ve pretty much nixed coffee. I’ve been drinking about 4 cups of (echinacea) tea a day! I won’t lie, I am getting major headaches. I figure it’s nice to detox for a while but I will sure be needing my coffee again next week when I am travelling for work. There’s going to be a few long days that coffee will be needed to get through (even if it is mental!).

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As far as eating, I’ve been pretty good. Tonight’s dinner was stuffed sole (from Omaha Steaks – we got a mixed package as a Christmas gift) and whole wheat pasta mixed with spinach, olive oil, nutritional yeast, and spices.

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My biggest problem for the last few months has been sweets, so I am finding ways to satisfy that craving without the guilt.

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Before this week, I had tried almost all flavors of Quest bars except the Banana Nut Muffin and the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough – both are absolutely amazing and probably my new favorites!

I also baked a loaf of quick bread using this recipe , but substituting coconut oil, almond milk, and agave. I added 2 tablespoons of cinnamon and about 1/3 cup raisins. It almost tastes like Ezekiel cinnamon raison english muffins ! It is super dense but not overly sweet. Perfect with almond butter and banana.

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These Kashi chocolate squares were an impulse buy at the grocery store, but for 160 calories, they are a perfect snack heated up in the microwave and topped with fat free whip (ohh the fake stuff!). Hopefully this will stop me from eating a box of Girl Scout Samoas cookies (which was done not too long ago; 1 down, 1 to go).

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And here’s a picture of Gus sleeping just because….

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Alright, off to watch TV.. is Grey’s Anatomy new tonight? I should know this.

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