Hello easy day

This past weekend I did some good old fashioned intuitive eating. I ate fresh food, in reasonable quantities, and I enjoyed lots of treats in between – sometimes several in one day. I felt fantastic the entire time. Sure part of it was the excitement of being “away” and yes, the power of true relaxation cannot be underestimated. I eat more naturally on weekends because there is less boredom and stress eating. There is also no rigidity that comes from a structured work day. You truly can eat whenever you want… and in a way, whatever you want. I did just that over the past few days and was happy to continue this kind of eating into today despite being back at home and back at work. I love when balanced eating comes naturally! Some days are harder than others, so I am welcoming the “easy” ones with open arms. :mrgreen:


FFL english muffin with strawberry rhubarb jam, 1% cottage cheese and an orange

The strawberry rhubarb jam reminded me of my childhood. My grandma had a garden and made strawberry and raspberry jam. Every time we visited her, we ended up with bags of the stuff. The wild strawberry kind was my favorite and this really tasted like it. So so good. ๐Ÿ˜€

No coffee today. I ran out and as I’m sure you’ve heard, Boston doesn’t have drinking water right now so Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts were of no help in the coffee dept either. I survived. ๐Ÿ˜‰


Gorgeous weather continues in Boston – this called for a run in the sunshine. I did 4.5 miles at 9:31 ave pace. It was hard. I can’t believe how slow I’ve become (compared to my old pace). ๐Ÿ˜• Oh well, I was still very happy with myself (just going out there is a great accomplishment!). ๐Ÿ˜€


I didn’t finish yesterday’s lunch so I packed up the veggies to add to my sandwich (turned wrap) today. Adam helped me finish the meat ๐Ÿ˜‰ Since it’s Meatless Monday, I went crazy on the veggies. We stopped by the Stonewall Kitchen store on the way back home yesterday and bought the most fabulous sun-dried tomato pesto. Man, did it make this wrap extra amazing today!

Ww wrap, laughing cow cheese, sun-dried tomato pesto, mixed greens with basil EVOO, tomatoes, grilled endive and green pepper + steamed yellow beans – wowza, that’s a lot of vegg ๐Ÿ˜‰

Don’t forget the baby carrots!

Yum, yum, yum. I love loaded wraps like that. The yellow beans were so crunchy. Mmm


So at some point during the work day today I was faced with 2 giant bags of homemade cookies in the kitchen. I resisted the urge to feast on them because I was attending a brownie tasting event at the W Boston hotel later tonight. Definitely worth the wait! ๐Ÿ˜€

Bliss spa will be open at the W this June and tonight we were there to weigh in on which local bakery should supply the brownies to the Bliss spa brownie bar at the W Boston. Yes, every Bliss spa in the country has a brownie bar. How luxurious is that?!!

The contenders: South End Buttery, Rosie’s, Flour

Please excuse the blurry pics. I was a bit flustered and the room was kind of dark.

The brownie bites were sampled with a glass of Pinot Noir.

The clear winner in my book was Flour bakery – it was super fudgy and tasted like rich dark chocolate. Rosie’s was chewy and SEB’s was just… off. Tina, Shannon, Kerstin, Sues, Chels and Alicia all had different opinions about which brownie was superior. I guess we’ll see who wins in a few weeks. ๐Ÿ˜€

At the event I also got a great hand massage from the Bliss specialist and grabbed a goodie bag with a few free samples. Not the worst way to spend an evening. ๐Ÿ˜‰


I came home and Adam was grilling!!! Yes, tonight marked the first night of our new baby being used. I put the newly grilled asparagus and peppers to use in a giant (Meatless Monday compliant) salad.

Mixed greens, grilled asparagus and red pepper, edamame, baba ganoush, & walnuts, dressed in 1T Annie’s goddess dressing

Other snacks today included a banana, a spoonful of Barney Butter, a choc pb granola bar and a small packet of somersaults crackers. Sorry, they were kind of eaten on the go, so no pics. ๐Ÿ˜ณ

Are you a brownie fan? If so, what’s your favorite kind? I like ’em fudgy, intensely chocolaty and preferably with some nuts… and maybe even caramel. I love love love brownies!

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