Fitness/Wellness thread 4/12/03

  1. Getting a later start this morning . Hubby and I went out to see the university production of West Side Story last evening. Absolutely breathtaking: the singing, the dancing and the sets were marvelous. I always hear about how competitive the School of Music is here, but now I know why.

    What fun stuff do you have planned for this weekend? Even if you work, chances are good your family will be at home. Do something with them! It doesn't have to be a fancy affair. Your spouse (and children if you have them) will just be grateful for the time together. If you are using the weekend just to catch up from the week (dishes, laundry, whatever) ask yourself if there is any way to knock out some of these tasks earlier in the week so you don't completely shoot a fat, valuable Saturday slaving away in the house. As a big devotee of Flylady I will tell you it's amazing what you can get done in 15 minutes a day .

    Remember, wellness is about more than your physical body. Your mental state and stress level will go a long way toward determining your health and well-being. So go take a break today!

    Will post a recipe later, but for right now:

    In keeping with our theme of making things easier on ourselves (and freeing up time for exercise and family!) I'd like to offer a few suggestions for cooking to make your hectic evenings easier. When I cook, I do the sous-chef thing - lots of prep every so often to speed up preparation on in-between times. A bag of onions gets chopped all at once and tossed in the freezer. Ditto peppers or other frequently used items that require extra prep time. A jar of that minced garlic beats the heads of garlic I used to get sprouting in my kitchen. Rice freezes fantastically. I make a large pot of brown rice, use what I need and freeze the rest in a ziploc. That way, when you get those recipes that just call for a little bit if it, you don't spend 35 minutes prepping one ingredient. An assortment of canned beans is a must in my home. Rinsed and drained, they turn out better than any I've ever tried to soak and cook from scratch. An assortment of pasta (wheat is nice) just makes your options easier. We are very much into meatless eating for health benefits. It's just easier that way for me to keep the fat content in our diets down. But individually quick frozen chicken breasts come on sale frequently and are very handy.

    Obviously the secret is planning. Knowing what you want to make (the night before is best in case you have to defrost anything) just cuts the risk of a last minute panicked call to the pizza place. Dust off those old cookbooks and give yourself some fresh ideas.

    "You don't have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces - just good food from fresh ingredients."

    - Julia Child (1912 - )

    I'm off to the gym now!
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  2. 6 Comments

  3. by   scrubs70
    I have my menu planned for a whole fortnight, that way there is no unneccesary rushing each night and when I do the shopping I know what things I need to buy. Saves having to rush to the store at the last minute because I don't have something for the meal I want to cook or spending extra money on food that may sit in the cupboard for months without being used
  4. by   MandyInMS
    Remember, wellness is about more than your physical body. Your mental state and stress level will go a long way toward determining your health and well-being. So go take a break today! .....soooo true Nurse Ratched..I'm gonna write that down and post it on my frig
  5. by   Tweety
    Good cooking points, I never knew rice could freeze. I usually eat brown rice about twice a week.

    Today's going to be a lazy day. I've been invited to the beach and am tossing that around, or going to the dog park.

    I'm going to the movies and dinner tonight with friends. We're going to a stir-fry restaurant called "Dish". I'll have all veggies and tofu!
  6. by   Nurse Ratched
    Better late than never:

    Your recipe for today - very "frappacino-tasting" and perfect for rounding out a warm evening...

    Frosty Mocha Drink

    1 cup milk (skim for me)
    3 tblsp instant choocolate drink mix (Ovaltine or Nesquik, for example)
    2 tblsp instant coffee granules
    2 tblsp honey
    1 tsp vanilla extract
    14-16 ice cubes

    Combine all ingredients in blender, process until smooth. Serve immediately.

    Hubby is plotting to kill me, I feel sure. He took me out running today. It felt really good....when I was done .

    Hope everyone had a wonderful day!
  7. by   Robin61970
    Well...I have not been in on this, but I am working out everyday now..even if only to walk for 30 minutes and I just got a new pair of jeans in a SIZE 14!!!! I am so excited about that. I haven' worn a 14 in around 5 years....woot!
  8. by   vettech
    Originally posted by Robin61970
    Well...I have not been in on this, but I am working out everyday now..even if only to walk for 30 minutes and I just got a new pair of jeans in a SIZE 14!!!! I am so excited about that. I haven' worn a 14 in around 5 years....woot!
    Isn't that just the COOLEST feeling! When I had to go buy new jeans because mine got so loose a belt becamemandatory, I didn't even wait for a sale (and I'm fairly frugal)... I paid for 'em with a smile on my face.

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