• About Allison

    I am a 26-year-old married Michigan gal living in Sarasota, Florida. This blog is a chronicle of my journey toward a healthier lifestyle! I started running in January 2009 and began to change my eating habits in May 2009. Now, I am dedicated to training smart and eating right. Join me as I seek to balance running and eating healthy, local foods with my crazy work life and hilarious home life.

    Contact me: allisonisactive@gmail.com

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Excuses

I have several excuses for the lack of food pictures today:

  1. I had a stray neighborhood cat on my porch this morning that I had to return to its owner, so I didn’t take breakfast pictures.
  2. I left my camera at school so can’t upload the pictures I did take or take more tonight!

I am still getting the hang of this!

Anyway, here’s a rundown of eats:

  • Breakfast:  2 slices whole wheat toast with peanut butter
  • Morning snack:  broccoli and ranch; Z-Bar
  • Lunch:  leftover beef and vegetable stew and a biscuit
  • Afternoon snack:  cheese cubes, potato chips and a chocolate chip cookie while judging cheerleading tryouts
  • And now I’m munching on some pineapple!  The Husband sliced it up this morning!

I am a huge nerd and have a fruit and vegetable chart on my fridge.   I was at a teacher store with the Husband recently, and he found some fruit and vegetable stickers.  He jokingly suggested I make a motivational chart, and I thought it was actually a good idea!  So, I made a day of the week chart, stuck the fruit/veggie stickers to it, and laminated it.  (Being a teacher, I have a laminating machine!)  I also have sticky magnetic strips that keep it on my fridge.  (Teachers also have rolls of sticky magnets at their disposal, of course.)

Today’s eats mean I can put a check mark next to broccoli, carrots, and pineapple.  Yay!  (I write on it with a Vis-a-vis wet erase marker and wipe it off on Monday mornings.)

I’ll have to take a picture of the chart soon.  It’s silly, but a great way to make sure I eat some fruits and vegetables every day.

How do you keep yourself motivated to eat healthy?

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Saugatuck

I had a wonderful, lazy day bumming around West Michigan with my husband.  It’s good to be on vacation!

Even with my midmorning snack, I was very hungry by the time we drove to Saugatuck for lunch.  The Husband’s favorite food is sandwiches ; his second favorite food is soup.  (Seriously, I’ll post a picture of one of his “Dagwoods” soon – this man can pack away the sandwiches!)  Therefore, we hit a great sandwich place called Pumpernickel’s where he got a roast beef sandwich and soup, and I ordered a chicken salad sandwich and an organic greens salad.  Since we are in vacation mode, I had a glass of wine, too!  The Husband enjoyed a local craft brew beer.  Lunch was followed by ice cream at Kilwin’s, which we have in Florida but I still think of as a Michigan institution.

Excuse the lack of fun food pictures – photo posts will start when I am back in Florida with my camera cable!

The yummy organic greens salad salad at Pumpernickel’s got me thinking more about buying local foods and eating organic.  After reading In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan, I know more about how the government is involved with our food and I don’t care much for it.  One of my eating goals, when we get settled in Sarasota, is to dig up some places to buy more organic foods.  With my teacher’s salary, we’re on a tight budget, but I think we can make it work.  After all, healthy eating is a priority!

What are some products that you feel are worth buying organic?  What organic items do you skip?

A Word About Breakfast

I have a love-hate relationship with breakfast.  Some days, I wake up ready to eat and find something in my kitchen that sounds yummy.  Other days, I’m hungry but nothing sounds tasty.  Still other days, I really do NOT feel like eating in the morning.

However, I almost always eat breakfast, even just a little something.  Between running and my busy lifestyle, it’s important for me to fuel in the morning.

Take this morning, for example.  Before hitting the sidewalk sales, I threw together a quick breakfast bowl.  It included:

  • 1 cup Kaishi GoLean Crunch
  • 3 tbs. Yoplait strawberry yogurt

Very simple!  Now that I’m home from sidewalk sales, I just snacked on two small pieces of light wheat toast from the Great Bread Company with one slice of colby jack cheese.  (I picked up locally baked bread at the farmer’s market yesterday!)

I took pictures of these things, but failed to bring my camera cable to Michigan.  (Smart, I know.)  It’s hanging out in a box in Florida, packed for our move next week.  Photo posts are forthcoming!

I like to vary my breakfast foods, so expect to see lots of different healthy breakfast ideas on here!

A question about yogurt: I currently buy Yoplait but really want to switch to an organic brand.  However, most seem to come only in plain or vanilla.  Does anyone have a suggestion of a good brand of strawberry yogurt?