Protein Persuasion

Hi loves!

The past couple of weeks have been a bit cray. I learned that I landed the job I’ve been vying (details to come soon!), and while I’m over-the-moon excited, I’m also nervous/terrified/sad to be leaving my old coworkers.

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Along with this change, I’m still working on launching my jewelry site, maintaining my workout schedule and fitting in appointments, including my all-time favorite – the annual physical. SO fun.

I kid, I kid. Honestly, I love my doctor. She’s the first doctor I found all on my own since moving to NYC (I’m a big girl now!), and she’s phenomenal. I had a couple of things I wanted to talk to her about, but I’ll spare the intimate details. Needless to say, one of my main concerns is how freakin’ tired I’ve been lately.

I know I need more sleep – that’s a no-brainer. But it’s more than that. It’s a lethargy I just can’t seem to shake, and I had a hunch that it’s because I’ve upped my exercise without knowing how to recharge my batteries the correct way.

I’ve only really been a “runner” since this past summer, and have only been running longer distances (6-8 miles, 3-4x a week) for about 5 months (I think?). I’ve touched on this before, but I’m still not entirely sure if I’m fueling my body properly. In my mind, I eat plenty, but I haven’t really changed the amount I eat since my pre-running days. To be honest, changing up my diet scares me – I’m sure anyone who’s lost a significant amount of weight can relate. Once you fall into a maintenance routine, switching it up can bring up a lot of emotions and anxiety.

Will I gain weight back?

Will I undo all of my hard work?

While I rationally know that I SHOULD be adapting my diet to fuel my workouts, I wanted my doctor’s advice (read: approval) on the best way to do this.

So I told her straight up: “I’m tired. My body.is.exhausted. I’m running and I have no intention of stopping. It clears my head. I feel good (physically and mentally) DURING my runs and yoga sessions. I eat well. But sometimes, standing at the bottom of the subway stairs at 7:37 on a Tuesday morning, the thought of climbing said stairs makes me want to have a public temper tantrum. HALPPP!”

Her reply?

“Eat more protein, dammit!”

God, she’s cool.

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Is this a sign, Whole Foods?! I’m taking it as one.

I’m not a numbers person, I’m a visual person. Start talking about grams of this and ounces of that, and my brain literally shuts down. Blame the English major in me.

It was such a relief when her recommendation was as simple as adding 3-4 extra servings of protein to my diet a week. The best part? No measuring! She simply said “meh, about the size of your palm, don’t worry about weighing anything. Just eat it!”

Not gonna fight with that!

I already eat protein at every meal, so I’ve simply focused on adding MORE. Oatmeal for breakfast? I’ve started stirring in a half a scoop of vanilla protein powder. SO delicious, and fuels me for longer.

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Protein oats! And yes, that IS indeed coconut water in a champagne glass. I was feeling fancy.

Eggs for dinner? I’ve been making it a scramble with extra egg whites.

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Sweet potato + eggs + sautéed kale + cheese = staple dinner. Doused in ketchup.

More excuses to eat tons of fish? Yes, please!

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I sea food! Big ole tuna steak with quinoa & greens at Legal C Bar during a trip home to Beantown.

I’ve also been upping my quinoa, chicken, cottage cheese, salmon, hummus and Greek yogurt intake. These are a few of my favorite thingssss anyway, so to just eat more of them? Will do!

This all may seem pretty obvious, but it’s nice to hear it from someone else. Someone who knows what they’re talking about. I know that I can get really inside of my head when it comes to food and exercise routines, so it was a welcome conversation, and a change I know I can handle.

It’s also a great reason to make all of these protein-packed recipes I’ve had my eye on!

Vegan Peppermint Brownie Protein Muffins from Hummusapien

Crispy Parmesan Garlic Edamame from pumps & iron

Honey Chicken Salad with Grapes and Feta from Pinch of Yum

Bean Bowls with Poached Eggs from Sprouted Kitchen

Olivia Wilde’s Bomb-Diggity “Bolognese”  from FitSugar

Poached Eggs in White Wine from 101 Cookbooks

What are your favorite protein sources?

Can you relate – do you find it hard to switch up your dietary “normal”?

New Year, New Goal – Cook More!

I’ve been dealing with some personal stuff lately that isn’t the easiest to talk about – but soon, I promise! I’ll be ready soon!

With the arrival of the New Year, I wanted to get off to a fresh start, but the past week was tough. So an unexpected visit from my mom was exactly the cure for my winter blues.
Ain't she a beaut?!

Ain’t she a beaut?!

My mom and I have been through everything together. While our relationship is far from picture-perfect (does picture-perfect even exist?), she’s my everything. My most natural reflex in any given situation involving intense emotions (be it happiness, sadness, guilt) is to call her. Even better? After a particularly hard week, to have her show up from Boston on my doorstep in Brooklyn, armed with a bottle of wine and a hug.
I learned my deep love and appreciation for food from her. She’s probably the best cook I know. My brothers and I grew up eating healthy meals loaded with fish, brown rice, veggies – and plenty of buttah!
While she was here, we tried out some new restaurants, and also cooked. Cooking with my mom is like therapy. Just watching her do her thing in the kitchen makes me feel at ease, and I’d like to think I’ve picked up on some of her natural skills in the kitchen.
Spinach & Gruyère Quiche with mandatory mimosas

My mom’s Spinach & Gruyère Quiche with wilted kale, roasted tomatoes & mandatory Mimosas

Bass (caught by us on Cape Cod this summer!) & Veggies

Bass (caught by us on Cape Cod this summer!) & Veggies

Her visit made me remember how much I miss the food shopping and cooking that goes into a nourishing meal. While my New Year’s Resolutions in the past have involved weight loss, a better exercise regiment, less worrying, more “me” time, this year’s is simpler – cook more.
I feel better when I cook. I like knowing what I’m eating, and I like preparing food. It makes me happy. But I also love the restaurant experience – never really knowing what you’re gonna get. It’s a bit of mystery, a bit of romance, and a lot of deliciousness.
(No surprise that my favorite Christmas presents were the Bible and my #1 celebrity crush’s book.)

I’m excited to get back in the kitchen and play around with ingredients, recipes and flavors. Food is fun – and I need to remember that.

What are your go-to recipes for winter – let’s talk comfort food!

What inspired you to learn how to cook?

x

Linds

8 Things Every Happy Woman Should Have

This list of 8 Things Every Happy Woman Should Have has been floating around for quite some time, but I only recently stumbled upon it on my daily fix of Cupcakes and Cashmere. After reading Emily’s list, I felt the urge to write down my own. It really does help hone in on the little things in life that shape who we are as women. So here goes…

Eight Things Every Happy Woman Should Have 

  1. A go-to drink… depends on the occasion and the company, but I do have my go-to’s. While it may seem cheesy, Cosmopolitans with my mom are a standby. I love most wine, though tend to go for whites over reds. I love rich seasonal beers and IPA. And no sushi dinner is complete without a lychee martini.

    Punk'n Beer. Delish, but mostly, I just bought this because my mom's nickname for me growing up was Pumpkin.

    Punk’n Beer. Delish, but mostly, I just bought this because my mom’s nickname for me growing up was Pumpkin.Shrimp Cocktail Bloody Mary at Williamsburg's Le Barricou. Get inside me. (Bloody Mary > Mimosa)Shrimp Cocktail Bloody Mary at Williamsburg’s Le Barricou. Get inside me. (Bloody Mary > Mimosa)Cucumber Rose (check out dem baby rosebuds!) Gin & Tonic at CataCucumber Rose (check out dem baby rosebuds!) Gin & Tonic at Cata

  2. A go-to Karaoke Song… ummm, no. Karoake really isn’t on my bucket list. I feel awkward enough most of the time without adding a microphone to the mix. But if I had to choose, I’d probably go for Queen. Of the ‘Fat Bottomed Girls’ variety. Duh.
  1. A uniform… I love mixing girly dresses with biker boots and layers of jewelry – dresses, boots and chunky sweaters are the basis of my wardrobe. I think I love jewelry more than clothes, so my accessory stash is a bit excessive. Layers of jewelry over a simple tee, jeans and an oversized cardigan is my ultimate lazy-but-cute standby. Mixing mostly neutrals with one pop of color never fails. I’m also a fan of socks over tights in the winter -I think it might be the 8-year survivor of a Catholic all-girls school aspect of my personality peeking out?

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  2. A hair stylist they love… still working on this one! Any NYC suggestions for long-haired blondies?
  3. An exercise routine… I used to be a die-hard gym fanatic, without realizing that I had fallen into a rut. Now I’m running more than ever, something I never thought I’d enjoy. Yet I’ve found it to be the one time of the day when I’m truly focused on the present. Yoga 2-3 times a week and running 3-4 a week is my new routine, and it feels good as hell to not be trapped in a sterile gym as often. Screen shot 2013-11-23 at 5.43.50 PM

    how convenient that my yoga studio & the wine shop are neighbors!

    how convenient that my yoga studio & the wine shop are neighbors!

  4. A hobby… making jewelry has always been a hobby that I’ve wanted to turn into something more, and I finally bit the bullet and signed up for a beadwork class at SVA for next semester. I’d love to turn a hobby into something viable and really hone my skills.
  5. A best friend… I’m lucky enough to have wonderful women in my life. My best friend from high school, from college, and from my “adult” life are three completely different individuals, but they each understand me to my core. I couldn’t live without them.
  6. A healthy sense of self… I’m getting there. I have good days and bad days, but I feel like I’m coming into my own. That’s what your twenties are for, right?

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x

Linds

Weekend Scenes: From BU to Brooklyn

A couple of weeks ago, my best friend from college (Boston University) flew out for a true NYC weekend. AnnaLee lives in North Dakota, so I was hell-bent on showing her an amazing time in the city that never sleeps. But it was also really important to me that she experience the places and people that make me happy. While I was nervous that she might not be up for a Brooklyn-centric weekend, I should have known better – she knows me better than most, after all. She was all for a local Williamsburg weekend balanced out with the perfect dose of not-too-touristy sightseeing.

I picked her up from Penn Station on Thursday night, and immediately got emotional. I hadn’t seen her in over two years, and she’s one of the few people that I know will always be there, no matter what happens or how much time has elapsed. It’s comforting to know that I don’t have to explain myself or my actions around her.

After dropping her bags off at my apartment, I took her to my favorite restaurant around the corner – Anella.

Naturally, we’re of the “order-everything-that-looks-good-and-split-it-all” variety, and there were some non-negotiable dishes on the menu I insisted she had to try.

homemade burrata, pumpkin gnocchi & bread baked in a flowerpot. To die. We naturally followed this with the roasted chicken entree

Homemade Burrata, Pumpkin gnocchi & bread baked in a flowerpot. To die. We naturally followed this with the roasted chicken entree. All washed down with copious amounts of Pinot Noir.

After hours of girl talk and pumpkin beers at Oak & Iron, we snuggled up for some sleep to prepare for Day 1 of our reunion. Which of course, began with brunch – sensing a foodie theme yet? Luckily, she’s as much of a culinary adventuress as I am.

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cheers, bebe

reunited and it feels so good

reunited and it feels so good

Lobster Toast & Champagne Cocktails. Cuz we be classy.

Lobster Toast & Champagne Cocktails. Cuz we be classy.

Filled with food, we made our way to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. A spontaneous Obama spotting happened – no big deal.

Brooklyn Botanic

Brooklyn Botanic

Isn't she pretty?

Isn’t she pretty? ❤

hi, gorgeous

hi, gorgeous

rose gardens took my breath away

rose gardens that took my breath away

If you’ve never been to BBG, please do yourself a favor and go! It’s absolutely stunning. I cannot wait to return for the Cherry Blossom Festival.

A Sex and the City Moment was mandatory, and fulfilled with a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge – another first!

Charlotte to my Carrie

Charlotte to my Carrie

A SoHo shopping trip and a beautiful tapas dinner at Cata rounded out the incredible day.

Cata's Salted Caramel Ice Cream Sundae. Do it.

Cata’s Salted Caramel Ice Cream Sundae. Do it. Orgasmic.

The next day was another brunch feast, this time at Le Barricou. More shopping, talking, and just catching up. I missed her more than I realized.

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Eggs Benedict with Smoked Salmon

Mickey to my Minnie

Mickey to my Minnie

How did I get so lucky to have the most amazing girl friends? It was truly a weekend that fed my soul.

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x

Linds