So, first things first …
1. How was everyone’s weekend?
2. How many of you went to see “The Hunger Games?”
I haven’t gone to see it yet because I didn’t want to deal with the crowds. But I’ve heard all good things, and I can’t wait to check it out later this week!
Brandon and I had another great weekend in our new city.
On Friday evening, we had to meet someone in downtown Atlanta to talk “grown-up talk” (I’ll share more details another time … oh, don’t you just love the suspense? ). Afterwards, we decided to stick around the area for dinner because trying to battle Atlanta traffic on a Friday during rush-hour would be asking for trouble.
We chose Brio for dinner, because we heard they had some really great happy-hour appetizer specials!
Each of these dishes from their “Bar Menu” was only $2.95 a piece! We chose a sausage and pepperoni flatbread, spicy shrimp and eggplant (pan-seared shrimp with Romano-crusted eggplant and a black pepper cream sauce), and the “Brio burger” with housemade chips. Everything was so delicious, and you can’t beat that price!
I enjoyed my meal with a nice glass of Riesling. Perfect.
After dinner, we decided to use up the rest of my Coldstone gift card!
I got my usual … cake batter ice cream with brownie and cake pieces. So. good. I asked for a “Like it” size, and they somehow gave me a “Love it.” Surprise surprise … I still managed to eat the whole thing.
On Saturday morning, while Brandon went golfing, I headed out for a run at “Gary Pirkle Park.”
This is a newer park, and it’s really nice … plenty of soccer fields, a playground, walking trails, etc. Unfortunately, the trails were only about 1.5 miles total … and I was running 10 miles. So that meant lots and lots of laps.
Around mile 6, I had half of an energy gel.
I’m really not a fan of gels because of the texture, but during my half-marathon in Louisville, I found the gels with the caffeine to be beneficial. So now I just chase the gel with some water, and I’m usually fine.
And I have to say, I have been feeling amazing on my runs since moving to Georgia. I don’t know if it’s my shoes and inserts, or all of the hills that seem to be making me stronger … but I am so thankful that my shins have been feeling good!!!
Last on the weekend agenda was church on Sunday evening. We headed to Passion City like normal, but there was also something not-so normal about this particular Sunday.
I got to worship with my niece, Lauren!
Long story short, I have a half-sister (and half-brother!) through my dad. Lauren is my half-sister’s daughter. I literally haven’t seen her since she was a baby, and now she’s 16 years old! She’s down in Atlanta visiting her dad for spring break, and I couldn’t have been happier to get to catch up with her at church! Love ya, Lauren!
In other news …
I have to tell you, you guys rock. Seriously. Thank you all so much for your amazing comments and suggestions on my post about eating organically on Friday.
After reading some of your comments, Brandon and I decided to watch “Forks over Knives” this weekend.
Here’s an idea of what the movie is about …
“FORKS OVER KNIVES examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting animal-based and processed foods. The major storyline in the film traces the personal journeys of a pair of pioneering researchers, Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn … Their research led them to a startling conclusion: degenerative diseases like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and even several forms of cancer, could almost always be prevented – and in many cases reversed – by adopting a whole-food, plant-based diet. Despite the profound implications of their findings, their work has remained relatively unknown to the public.” (Source)
I’m so glad that I watched this movie. I highly recommend watching both it and “Food Inc,” even if just to become more aware and informed.
So what does this mean for Brandon and me?
Well, I don’t see us going completely off of meat … at least not at the moment. But I do see us cutting back.
“If everyone were eating organic, grass-fed, fresh meat straight off the farm.. then I’d probably be eating meat too. I think our bodies are ok to handle meat, but I think as a culture we eat WAY too much of it and we PROCESS it, completely altering it from food to crap. In the Old Testament, no one ate meat at every meal. Meat was eaten sparingly, alongside organic fruits, vegetables and grains. No chemicals, no fake food, no processed anything. No wonder they lived so long!” (Source)
Again, I still plan to eat meat (I mean, hello, look at what we ate at Brio on Friday. ). But I want to eat less of it, and I want to be more conscious of the type of meat I choose to eat.
So yesterday, I made a trip to Publix with a grocery list in hand.
The end result? A grocery cart that did NOT look like it belonged to me!!
That picture doesn’t show everything I bought, but it’s a snapshot. The bagged produce included avocado (which I’ve never bought!), onion, garlic, and tomatoes.
I didn’t buy all organic veggies, but I did buy organic celery because I know it’s one of the worst for holding on to pesticides. And organic carrots … partially because they were the same price as regular carrots! So why not?!
I also bought vegetable stock to cook a vegetarian soup later this week (stay tuned for the recipe!).
I found a $1.00 off coupon for these soups. I figured they’d be good lunch options for me during the week. Notice that the chicken in the “chicken tortilla soup” is “raised without added hormones and antibiotics!”
And this little package is probably the strangest thing I bought. At least, strange in my world.
We’ll see. I’ll keep ya updated on that one.
Question for ya …
What did you do this weekend?
Anyone do a race or long-run this weekend? How did it go?
More thoughts/opinions about these movies? Has anyone else changed their eating habits after watching these movies?