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WIAW- Fighting off fatigue

Posted Feb 27 2013 6:27am

 It’s WIAW time again. The last week has gone insanely quickly, probably due to the fact that I have been busy working and trying to fight off a horrible viral infection.

These are my eats from Monday when I had the day off work. I woke up reasonably early, bemoaned the fact that I still felt tired (damn viral infection) and made myself my usual hot water and lemon. I ate my daily brazil nut, while mixing up my chia pudding bowl that I had prepped the night before.


Protein Chia Pudding

  • 1/2 Banana mashed
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Loads of cinnamon
  • 1 scoop Sunwarrior Vanilla (Any protein will do)
  • 1 tbsp buckwheat groats (soaked overnight)
  • 1 tbsp hemp seeds
  • 1 tbsp melted coconut butter (heat jar in jug of warm water)

Add banana, cinnamon and chia seeds to water, stir and refrigerate overnight. In the morning add sunwarrior, more cinnamon- can never have enough!-buckwheat groats, hemp seeds and coconut butter. This was so good, the best breakfast I have had in ages!



I had a pretty relaxing morning, nothing too challenging-getting off the sofa right now is more than an effort! Mid morning I snacked on 1/3 of a honeydew melon- Tesco were out of cantaloupe and galia…sigh. I had a couple of walnut halves alongside, and some of the mate infusion loose leaf tea that I purchased in Cork.

I then decided to head to the gym and try and get a strength workout done. I just wanted to test the water really, see how I felt and thought it might even make me feel better. I did Best Body Bootcamp strength A with cardio supersets. It was one strength move for 10 reps, followed by a cardio move-high knees or pulse squats- for 20 seconds for 4 rounds of 5 sets. It took about 22 minutes altogether, and that was 22 minutes of hardcore non stop action. I did feel pretty weak during the workout, so I decided to halt it there and skip the cardio intervals on the schedule. Just have to wait and see how my body reacts to the workout, hopefully it will make me feel a bit better.


I came home and made a quick protein pudding with 1 scoop of sunwarrior, 1/4 cup of cooked quinoa, 1/2 banana and loads of cinnamon. I would usually make a smoothie, but it was getting on for lunch time so I just settled for a quick pudding.


Shortly afterwards I made lunch, I was going to go for my normal huge salad, but then I decided to plunk for something different and made some cabbage wraps- I did actually wrap them up after taking the picture! I filled them with rocket, cucumber, tomatoes, lemon juice, kidney beans, avocado and nutritional yeast. I love the crunch of cabbage wraps, haven’t had them in far too long. I finished up lunch with a clementine.


Just before I headed out for a walk to the supermarket with Nick I grabbed an apple. We had a nice little walk, again it was a beautiful bright day, I feel like spring is on the way, although it’s pretty cold! I just picked up a few bits as I did a huge shop last week!

When we got home I tried out one of the plums as the last time I bought them a few weeks back they were horrible- this time they were absolutely delicious! After I had unpacked the few bits of shopping I made a smoothie which is my new favourite combination.


Cocoa Berry Delight

  • 1 cup water (You can use almond milk/hemp/coconut etc)
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 cup of frozen mixed fruit (Berries/Cherries etc)
  • 1 Scoop of Vega Choc Infusion Powder
  • 2 handfuls of Kale
  • 1 tsp Maca
  • 1 tsp Chlorella

This is so good, love the combination of the cocoa and berries, such a great flavour! I drank this while catching up on the Walking Dead which is one of our favourite series right now! Any fans?


I steamed a whole bag of green beans and served atop them a portion of Angela’s triple lentil recovery soup and called it dinner. I really love this soup, it’s so hearty and delicious. I had another clementine after dinner to round out the meal.

***Skip ahead now if you don’t want to read about calories/numbers etc ***

As I’ve been feeling so bad lately I decided to track my intake online today to make sure I was getting all my vitamins and minerals in and that nothing on that front was causing the fatigue. Firstly, I have no idea how I used to do this every day for years of my life, ugh, takes so much time and effort. I made it one of my resolutions this year to stop counting calories which I have so far managed successfully, so this was interesting to actually to see what my macros looked like on an average day now.

I was pretty pleased with the findings! I hit just around the 2000 calorie mark for the day, I guess I’m usually anywhere between 1800-2300 depending on my activity levels and how hungry I am-usually I find that I am hungrier on rest days! 110g of protein, which was very high for me, thanks in part to my 2 scoops of sunwarrior alongside lots of beans/legumes! Almost 300g of carbs-as I said before I could never eat low carb I just love fruit too much! 55g of good fats as well!

More ridiculous was the fact that I consumed 90g of fibre and 56g of omega 3 fatty acids!! I was well over the minimum recommended amount of all the B vitamins-including B12- Vitamin K, Vitamin A,  Vitamin E and Vitamin C by hundreds of percent! Nearly 400mg of vitamin C! Pure plant goodness, none of these synthetic supplements! The only thing I didn’t hit target on was Vitamin D-obviously- which I do supplement with anyway as I live in not so sunny Dublin.

In terms of the minerals, I got in over the recommended amount of calcium and potassium, and had over double the minimum RDA for Iron, Zinc, Selenium, Phosphorous, Magnesium, as well as huge amounts of Copper and manganese. The only one a little lacking was sodium but that’s not a bad thing considering how most peoples diets are way way too high in it. Overall I was really pleased to see that my whole foods vegan diet was hitting all the targets!

Pineapple Coconut Salad

I guess my fatigue is just down to the virus, so I’ll have to wait it out, but hopefully my whole food vegan diet will help me to bounce back quickly! I finished up the day with a bowl of pineapple sprinkled with some coconut and a few cacao nibs for a tropical twist! We watched Searching for Sugarman which won the Oscar for best documentary this year, it’s fantastic, really amazing story!

What was the best thing you ate today?

Do you ever track your intake in terms of vitamins/minerals etc?



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