Coffee

I went over 30 years without coffee, so why did I start now?

I recently started drinking coffee fairly regularly. For the past year or so, I’ve limited myself to the occasional Starbucks or Tim Horton’s mocha beverage. More recently, when my parents and sister both stayed with me for separate visits, I took out the coffee maker I was given ages ago by my parents and figured out how to use it. Since then, I haven’t put it away. I use it most days that I have time to drink a large cup of coffee or two, and buy different things I see in stores to try in my coffee. It’s almost a hobby, and every cup is something of an experiment.

I’m somewhat torn on coffee, though. It tastes pretty good, or at least most times it does. However, the way I used to feel after a mocha is nothing like how I feel after a cup of drip coffee. A mocha has pretty much stopped having an effect, and I’m not sure it ever did. Drip coffee will have me feeling energized but I’ll also have a bit of a headache at some point, possibly because I’m a new coffee drinker and I don’t drink it every single day, which can cause me to be a little dehydrated, so says a dietitian writing in the National Post.

I’ve been drinking coffee fairly regularly because I’ve had an increasing number of days where I have a lot going on and need to be energized. However, I’ve also had a few days where I can relax around the house, and few things are more leisurely than sipping a warm beverage at home.

Do you drink coffee? Do you have a reason for drinking it?

What’s this blog for in 2015?

Do people still blog in the old, traditional sense? It’s been a long time and I probably ought to just give it up, but I can’t. I’m still attached to this blog and domain so I figure I’ll keep renewing the minor costs associated with it and put out a post or two every few years.

Some personal updates: I turned 32 last week! I bought my first home over the winter, a condo in downtown Toronto! My anniversary at Rogers is in the fall and I’m approaching 5 years! Things are looking up!

Now, to go knock on some wood so I don’t get hit by a bus…

Any folks out there still out there reading? I’ll commit to writing a little more if there are. Post a topic suggestion if you are (except for another clean eating food diary, that’s a hard no.)

Clean Eating Day 30

I’m excited to be writing this post – so excited, it’s going up mid-day. Writing this means 30 days is up, and I can stop thinking about what I eat.

Or does it?

I’ve always been fairly aware of what I’m ingesting, but I’ve really had to dial in this past month. I think it’s a good thing to question what we eat – where it comes from, what it’s made of, what effect will eating this have on me, etc. – but I’m also of the mind that eating shouldn’t be rocket science, nor should it cause us stress. Where’s the middle ground? It’s probably always something I’ll be searching for.

I’ll have more tomorrow (results, if there are any) but for today I’ll just wrap up my meals.

Breakfast: 2 scoops cocai…I mean, protein powder, mixed in water.

Snack: another 2 scoops of protein powder after my workout at Fit Factory Fitness

Lunch: 3 eggs, 2 pieces of toast (ran out of ground meat and avocados, need to get groceries!)
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Snack: a big big salad, mixed greens and dressing and breadcrumbs and chicken, after a 6k run

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Dinner: since this is the end, I’m going out to the Drake 150. I have no idea what I’ll eat. I can’t even find the menu online. Suffice to say, it will be good.

Water: 12+ glasses, since the day isn’t over yet

Mood: I’m all over the place today for a million reasons, but I’m looking forward to dinner and calling it quits on counting/keeping track of food things!

Clean Eating Day 29

Nearing the end…tomorrow is the last day! And I’m running 21km in less than a week, yikes!

Breakfast: 2 scoops protein, shaken in water

Snack: 2 apples and a few spoonfuls cottage cheese

Lunch: 3 eggs, 2 pieces of toast covered in an avocado, and ground beef

Snack: about 20-25 organic Neal Brothers chips and organic hummus

Dinner: huge salad of mixed greens with chicken, dressing, bread crumbs

Water: 12 glasses

Mood: relaxed and ready for a day off of busy things, and the last day of clean eating!

Clean Eating Day 28

Almost finished…

Breakfast: 2 scoops protein powder shaken in water

Snack: skipped it

Lunch: 3 eggs over easy, 2 pieces of toast with an avocado smothered all over, with a handful of ground beef

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Snack: skipped it

Dinner: roast beef, mixed veggies, and quinoa
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Water: 12 glasses

Mood: meh. Kind of a blah day weather wise, and work wasn’t too bad or good but I have another day of work tomorrow.

Clean Eating Day 27

Almost finished, only a few more days left…

Breakfast: water, 2 scoops protein powder

Snack: 2 apples and a few spoonfuls of cottage cheese after one of my best run of life (sub 4 minute km’s, ran about 6.5km)

Lunch: 3 eggs, 2 pieces of toast with an avocado, and some ground beef

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Snack: half of a veal parm sandwich with arugala, delicious!

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Dinner: roast beef (definitely didn’t eat the whole thing, probably less than 1/3 of it) and a good sized salad of mixed greens, dressing, and bread crumbs

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Water: 12 glasses

Mood: I feel fast. It was such a nice day out too, sunshine helps everyone’s mood!

Clean Eating Day 26

Today was a solid bounce-back day. Back to normal and feeling good about it.

Breakfast: 2 scoops protein powder, shaken in water

Snack: after a workout at Fit Factory, 3 apples

Lunch: 3 eggs, over easy, on 2 pieces of toast smeared in avocado, with a few spoonfuls of cooked ground beef

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Snack: Clif “Builder’s Bar”

Dinner: Quinoa, cooked veggies, chicken, and ground beef

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Water: 14 glasses

Mood: I felt good but still needed to get some sleep and relax today, and I was able to do that.