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Gorillas Eat Grass

Posted Jan 16 2012 6:41pm

Hey friends! How was the rest of your Sunday? Ours was great! I got out of work at 7:00 and Matty and I headed to our friend’s apartment to make dinner. It was us and three other couples so we had our work cut out for us! We made Mama Pea’s Summer Succotash Quesadillas with Nacho Mmmm Sauce . These are always a crowd pleaser, especially among a crowd of less-adventurous eaters.

Afterwards, we watched “Despicable Me,” which I am now obsessed with. Actually, I think I’m mostly just obsessed with Agnes. I wanted to take her home with me! “ He’s so fluffy, I’m gonna die! ” So great.

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Workout

This morning was ab-tastic! After a 30-minute warm-up on the stationary bike, I busted through a circuit that gave my bod a run for its money. The circuit is similar to one I’d incorporate into Total Body Barre, a class I teach at Mind Body Barre from time to time. 

Total Body Blast

Repeat Circuit 3x!

Exercise

Reps

Reverse Crunches

10

Plank Jacks

30

Double Crunches

10

Mountain Climbers *

20

Elbow Side Plank Crunches

10 each side

Burpees

10

Forearm Plank to Regular Plank

10

Jumping Jacks

10

Tone It Up Tummy Tucks

10

Jump Rope

20 seconds

Pretzel Lifts

10 presses up, 10 presses back

Squat Jacks

10

*One rep = both knees in!

You can really feel your entire body getting tight and toned with this one. Give it a go and let me know what you think! 

Breakfast

Cereal made another comeback this morning. I enjoyed a bowl of Kashi GO LEAN Crisp! Cinnamon Crumble cereal, fresh mango and pineapple, and a piping hot cup of strong coffee.

I must have had cartoon characters on the brain from last night! My mug depicted a Precious Moments character and my little bowl of fruit depicted “Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs.” You can see Happy the dwarf sneaking out from behind a piece of pineapple!

After breakfast, I helped my Dad carry a desk into our condo and then got ready for the day. Matty and I had plans to have lunch together and work on some potential future plans. Things aren’t set in stone yet but I’ll be sure to update you as things progress!

Lunch

So, we lunched. 

I made myself a simple, tasty wrap on a Food for Life sprouted grain tortilla. I split the tortilla in half and, on each piece, spread some hummus before topping it with spinach, sliced red pepper, avocado, and a bit of horseradish-spiced mustard.

Served with some carrot sticks and extra mustard for dipping, it was the perfect little lunch! 

We also perused through a new cookbook that Matty’s mom brought home for us.

Something tells me we have some ballin’ recipes in our future! ;-)

Gorillas Eat Grass

One of the first things I learned in my transition to veganism was a fact that truly struck a chord with me. Do you know who the strongest animal in the world is? The gorilla! Do you know what a gorilla eats? Grass, leaves, twigs, and fruit. That’s right, folks. Gorillas get their strength from plants! This is one of the first things I tell people when they ask the ubiquitous question, “Where do you get your protein?” Gorillas obtain roughly 17 percent of their daily nutrients from protein-rich plants.

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A number of studies have been conducted and proven that gorillas are a direct example of what humans used to eat. This dietary lifestyle is low in unhealthy fats and void of cholesterol.  Many North American zoos were feeding gorillas a diet rich in starch and sugar. Coincidentally (I think not!), heart disease became the number-one killer of gorillas kept in zoos. When the gorillas’ calories were doubled and starchy feed was replaced with plants, heart disease was completely reversed . Incredible stuff, right?!

I’m always amazed at this fact but also saddened. Not just because of the gorillas being kept in captivity at zoos but because this information is not readily available to us. We have to seek it out ourselves or we would be kept in the dark! If we say that plants=protein, many people scoff at us. And while plants may not be made up entirely of protein, there’s no mistake that they’re pretty powerful stuff for us to consume.

Alrighty, off my soap box. Matty and I are off to dinner at Rasoi!

Stay lovely,
Heather 

Question of the Day: Do you monitor your protein intake? If so, do you factor in plants or overlook them?

Because I am working out regularly and strength training, I definitely am aware of my protein intake. I don’t obsess about it but I make sure I’m getting 0.8 g/kg of body weight plus an extra 20 grams or so.  I definitely factor in plants, in large part because they are a primary component of my diet!

P.S. – The Fashion page was (finally!) updated today!

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