Whose grocery cart is this?!

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! Smile

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? Winking smile).  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. Red heart  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. Angel

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. Smile with tongue out

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!!! SmileSmileSmile

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! Thumbs up

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! Smile


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.

Avery at Young Aspirations wrote, in my opinion, an incredibly well-written post last week about why she has chosen to become vegetarian.  One of my favorite parts of her post reads:

“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. Smile with tongue out).  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!! Winking smile


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.

Jenn used it in a “vegan BLT sandwich” a while ago, and I was curious, so I bought it.

We’ll see.  I’ll keep ya updated on that one. Thinking smile


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?

















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31 Responses to Whose grocery cart is this?!

  1. Lindsay @ In Sweetness and In Health

    I LOVE Brio :) . It’s one of my fav restaurants hehe. And yay for feeling great on your runs! That is so exciting! And you look so pretty in that picture with your niece! I am afraid to watch forks over knives because I love meat too much. I don’t think I eat an insane amount of it either, so I don’t want to be swayed away from it haha.
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  2. Avery @ YoungAspirations

    Thanks so much for the shout out! :) I am happy and humbled that it was helpful in any way. That shopping haul looks great! You go girl. And congrats on your ten miles! I’ve only ever done that once in my entire life and I commend you for doing one just for FUN! That’s awesome :)
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    • notsodomesticated

      Well I wouldn’t call it for “fun” exactly haha … I have a half-marathon in about a month in Nashville. Otherwise, I think “fun” would stop at about 6 or 7 miles! ;)

      Have a great day, Avery!

  3. amy @ fearless homemaker

    looks like you had a fabulous weekend! can;t wait to hear what you think of the tempeh. i like it, but i’ve never tried the marinated kind. i’m intrigued!
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  4. Katie @ Faith & Funfetti

    YAY for loving the Georgia running!! SO happy to hear your shins have been feeling better.
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  5. Kat

    This is great lady!! I havent seen those movies, but Ive heard they are literally LIFE changing. And if anything, they make you think, which I really think is the point they are trying to get across!! Id never become a vegetarian because my hubby would either die or divorce me, but I do try my best to not eat as much. I pretty much always get vegetarian when Im at a restaurant, and at home if the hubby gets chicken I typically will just get more veggies and beans as my protein. Although dont get me wrong, I love a good piece of bbq chicken!
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  6. Theresa

    i had a really great weekend even though i couldnt run..my ankle was messed up from last week but im finally feeling ok today! Im glad you are feeling so good on your runs!

    I didnt get to see the hunger games this weekend either..i was the same as you, kind of wanted to avoid the crowds. excited to see it this weekend though!
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  7. Yellow Haired Girl

    I want to see that! I’ve heard great things, and really would like to see some of the information for myself. And speaking of movies, I DID see The Hunger Games this weekend. And I LOVED IT. Seriously, so great. It’s rare for me to love a movie so much when I have already professed my love for the novel.

    Looks like you had yourself a spectacular weekend :)
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  8. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance

    Oh my goodness!!! So many amazing grocery choices, Kristen! I couldn’t be prouder ;)

    I’ve seen Forks Over Knives too, and get ready– it will realllly open your eyes to the meat industry.
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    • notsodomesticated

      Thanks, Brittany … I knew you’d be proud. ;)

  9. Heather

    Kudos on the tempeh! I used to be a vegan (I’ve never really cared for the taste of meat, even as a toddler I wouldn’t eat it) but I could never get into tempeh… let us know how you like it!

    I did a 5K this weekend–the She.Is.Beautiful run. Nothing but women, loads of pink, and we were all out there to just have a great time!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Well that sounds like a pretty fun weekend!! :)

  10. Elizabeth @ Chocolate Drops and Pearls

    Looks like a wonderful weekend I hope you are enjoying Georgia!

    I think you will really like the vegetarian bacon. I just bought some a few weeks ago from Morning Stars and I really like it. It’s a little bit of an acquired taste and Nick doesn’t really like it. But it tastes really good on breakfast sandwiches and is so much better for you!

    Happy Monday :)
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  11. Cinnamon @ eatpraytri

    Cant wait to watch both of those movies! Thanks for the suggestion and your thoughts. I can’t believe you have never bought an avocado before?!?! How is that possible?! ;-)
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    • notsodomesticated

      I don’t know, but I plan to make your guac later this week!! I’ll be sure to share the details … I’m excited to try it!! :)

      • Cinnamon @ eatpraytri

        Ohhh I’m so excited for you to try it!! If you can find Hatch green chilies those are the best, but not sure if they have down there in GA?
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        • notsodomesticated

          I wasn’t able to find that brand, but I’m sure it will still be good! :)

  12. Lauren

    I’m going to see the Hunger Games this weekend- I heard it was amazing!

  13. CJ

    I liked Food, INC. It definitely changed my mind about food. The most pivotal one was “Fat Head” (http://www.hulu.com/watch/196879/fat-head) which made more of an impact on how I am eating today. Let me know if you ever get a chance to it. Both my husband and I were at awe with it. Of course, with anything you read/watch you really have to discern what you take to be truth. After watching it, I did a lot of research, and reading which confirmed my belief in healthy consumption of healthy fats (avocado, coconut oil) and healthy whole foods (organic, dark leafy greens, grass fed beef, free range chicken, omega 3 eggs, etc)…
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  14. Maggie @ Running on Fro-Yo

    I just found your blog today and I love it! I watched Forks Over Knives & Food, Inc. a few months ago and since then I have cut back majorly on my meat consumption! Those movies were so eye opening. This also reminds me I want to try Brio sometime soon! :)
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    • notsodomesticated

      Hey Maggie, thanks for commenting!! How difficult has it been cutting back? Or have you found it to be fairly easy?

      • Maggie @ Running on Fro-Yo

        I honestly have never been a huge meat eater to begin with, and I ate only chicken for about 2 years in high school (mostly because of disordered eating habits…stupid reasons!)anyways- it really wasn’t that hard because it’s pretty fun finding protein sources and ways to “beef up” meals..without the beef! haha. Have fun with it! :D
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  15. Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy

    That’s great that you’re getting stronger on your runs (with no shin splints- yay!)! I bet the hills are helping!
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  16. natalie @ southern fit foodie

    I’m so glad your shins are feeling better!!!

    Daniel and I went to see The Hunger Games on Saturday at 3:45 and it was packed. We got there really early so we could get some good seats. :) The movie was great, but of course, the book was better.

    I’m definitely trying to eat less meat – I eat a lot of organic beans as my protein! I agree that people used to be so much healthier because they didn’t have processed junk.
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  17. Amy

    Im so happy for you two!! With God everything falls into place :)

    • notsodomesticated

      Amy, that is so so true. He is so good. :)

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  19. Katie @ Katie Without Restrictions

    I actually saw the Hunger Games TWICE already… once with friends, and then I dragged Terry along the second time. I don’t think I’ve seen a movie twice in the theater since junior high!! It was so very, very worth it though.
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    • notsodomesticated

      Ahh I can’t wait to see it!

  20. Brittany (Healthy Slice of Life)

    You’ve never bought an avocado?! You crazy, girl :) I loved Forks over Knives, too. Great information!
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    • notsodomesticated

      You should have seen my husband last night … he’s never even SEEN an avocado before! ;) But I made guacamole and now he’s an avocado fan!

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