When All Else Fails….

Good Morning, Blog Friends πŸ™‚

I was so happy to get such fantastic feedback on the first installment of “my pregnancy” series! Thanks so much πŸ™‚

I forgot to point out one KEY, very important point about the day we found out I was pregnant. Hopefully he forgives me for this:

The morning we found out I was pregnant, August 21st,Β  it was Munchkin’s 2nd Birthday! Making that day double-special!

It was also my 200th post on the blog that day πŸ™‚

I was all set to have a new amazing recipe for you guys today…but I left the market last night and realized I forgot one key ingredient (the only one I needed really). It’s a shame because I was really looking forward to eating it πŸ™ Hopefully I have it for you all tomorrow!

When all else fails, show em’ a day of food porn to ogle.

Here’s a recap of my day in food (enjoy it b/c I don’t do this often):


melty almond butter oats

two shots of wheat grass juice


I switch between PB & J or AB&J on Multi-Grain. Yesterday was good ole’ PB&J πŸ™‚ Good thing I really have been craving it lately!!

usually I am an Ezekial 4:9 girl, however, I have been craving fresh bread. When I do Ezekial bread, Millet or Ezekial English Muffins I always have to toast.


Spinach, Kale, Pear, Apple, 3 T Vanilla Sun Warrior, 1t Maca Powder, 1T Chia Seeds, Almond Milk, Ice


Sometimes it’s cheaper to buy healthy prepared foods, than to get all the ingredients and make something myself. I notice this as I am really watching my wallet lately. I think I have a problem, a spending problem. I don’t buy clothes, shoes, jewelry, or go to the spa regularly. I spend on healthy food. Going to the store multiple times a week to buy lots of fresh ingredients, or other high priced staple items. I am bad at budgeting. And when I want to make something, I find myself going crazy with buying ingredients. I need to challenge myself to make some roll-over meals. However. With my husband, this is impossible. I will have to save how difficult he makes my life when it comes to dinner for another post πŸ˜‰ . His famiyl knows all about his pickyness.

Last night, I was fending for myself:

multi-grain couscous salad from Whole Foods

Thank you to Tina for inspiring this choice. She reminded me on her blog yesterday just how much I love this soup. Thanks, girl:

I was really in search of this Love Crunch cereal she posted. My Whole Foods did not have it though πŸ™

so good.


My wonderful evil husband brought me home a slice of his moms homemade apple pie.

This rocks my world. I have a weakness for anything with baked apples.

She always tells me how she doesn’t use a lot of sugar or this or that in her recipe. I just enjoy it, not going to get in a tizzy. Good thing I am more about the baked apples and don’t really care for pie crusts. I do like a little of the top crust, but usually leave most of the bottom. Amazing nonetheless.

Thank you for all your feedback thus far about NEDA week.

I think the biggest misconception about eating disorders, that have been brought up in comments, is that girls with ED are emaciated and very underweight. Eating Disorders come in all forms, all shapes and sizes. In the US alone, 10 million women struggle with anorexia and bulimia and 1 million men. Over 15 million are struggling with compulsive overeating. Many ED’s go unreportedΒ  because of the shame surrounding them. Many women and men may not “look” anorexic or underweight; or obese for that matter; but may be just as sick and unhealthy, if not more so.

I am not going to get into my symptoms, weight or any of the dark details of my ED past. But I will say this; I never got to a dangerously low weight. In fact, I may have weighed as much or more when I was sick than I did pre-baby. However, I looked (and am) MUCH healthier recently. In the past, I did not look healthy. My skin, my hair, my nails, everything was not too pretty. I was dehydrated. Bloated all the time. I had things that were dangerous happen to be because of the abuse I put my body through. IΒ  had a much higher body fat percentage because my body was basically using my muscle for fuel, eating away at it.Β  This is not glamorous, it’s not beautiful. ED is ugly, and it’s a place I would never, ever want to be again in my life. Once I discovered health, it was like I discovered life. And there was no turning back. It’s refreshing and wonderful to not let the mirror or the scale consume you. Why let it waste your time. It took too much time out of my life already. Now, I celebrate my body and focus on the positive. We all have our days of negative self talk. We just have to make promises to ourselves, and each other that we will treat our bodies with respect. With love. Embrace our beauty. Turn those negative days into positive ones. Do something that makes you feel good. Remind yourself of something wonderful that you do, your favorite thing about yourself, what makes you unique, how important and valuable you are. Let’s all love our bodies. Your body is a temple. Revere and care for it.

I will again point out that ED is not a choice, it is an illness. However we can do our best to promote awareness and positive body image to help prevent ED and help those that are struggling to recover. There is so much pressure in the world to be thin, brilliant, or perfect. It’s easy to feel like you have lost control, and only can gain back some control through food. To put pressure on yourself to fit into a mold. To look like the girl on the magazine. Let’s not focus on what we are not…but what we are. Unique. There is no one else that can be you. You are fabulous. You are Beautiful.

β€œWhen you consider yourself valuable you will take care of yourself in all ways that are necessary.”

–M. Scott Peck



What do you think is the most effective way/campaign to promote positive body image?

What’s the most disturbing thing in society contributing to poor body image, unhealthy habits?

I for one am very disturbed by the diet Dr. Oz recently promoted on his show. The HCG diet. and it was developed by a doctor who believed that a hormone found in a pregnant woman’s body (HCG, the stuff that gives you a positive pregnancy test) could help overweight men and women lose weight — and keep that weight off after returning to a normal routine. The problem I have with this dietΒ  is they want you to eat only 500 calories a day!

What’s your favorite budget-friendly meal?

Something you can keep in your house that rolls over into many meals

Favorite healthy “take-out” or salad bar item?


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  • Reply Keri

    Thank you for your nice feedback yesterday!
    And thank you for bringing attention to such a serious topic…I can’t tell you how many people I know who are or have been affected by an eating disorder. It is so much more common than many people think!

    February 23, 2011 at 7:33 am
  • Reply susan

    Great post Laury, there is so much pressure in society to look a certain way and to be a certain size. I have found this a lot when I’ve been on dates too recently and some of my single friends can identify with this too. The men have wanted the model look and I’m no model but do my best to keep in shape and look well. Jamie Eason wrote a great page in Oxygen’s February issue about how men never compare themselves to other men and are happy with their pot belly etc but expect a woman to look perfect. I think women too put so much pressure on themselves to look a certain way and compare themselves to other women.

    I think too that so much emphasis is placed on physical beauty rather than a person having a beautiful heart and being kind to others etc. That’s one thing that I like about my job, I work with young people with disabilities but now I can’t see their physical disability and if someone asked me how many of your clients have Down Syndrome, I’d find it hard to pick out who has Down Syndrome because I see their personality if that makes sense.

    Yep like yourself, I spend a fortune on good food, I’ve had to cut back on other expenses and treats, I don’t buy myself books anymore apart from fitness books, I just use the library. I’ve had to cut back on buying clothes too. I like the recipes from Clean Eating magazine and I’ve used loads of the recipes from the Clean Eating Bookazine Quick and Easy meals, the recipes are soo easy and aren’t too expensive to buy the ingredients.

    February 23, 2011 at 7:49 am
    • Reply laury

      You’re a good person, Susan. That is such a wonderful outlook that you know people by their hearts and personality. I wish everyone was more like that.

      I’ll have to check out Clean Eating mag. I try and stop subscribing to mags because it’s so much paper. There are things I stopped paying for over 2 years ago and they STILL send them! I don’t get it?

      February 23, 2011 at 9:46 am
  • Reply Sharon

    I used to look down on my siblings who spent all of their weekly allowance money on candy/soda/junk food. Now years later I’m the one spending all of my money on food. Granted, it’s good healthy food. It’s pretty sad but when you think about it… totally worth it. Saves a lot of money on doctors bills and new clothes cause you don’t fit in your old clothes anymore.

    February 23, 2011 at 7:54 am
    • Reply laury

      Let Food by thy Medicine!!!!

      February 23, 2011 at 9:46 am
  • Reply thehealthyapron

    Morning Laury!

    Your eats look delish! I’ve been in a PB or AB and organic jam on toast mood the past 2 days! I ate it yesterday and I have it in my lunch for today…needed something a little sweet. Plus, sometimes I’m just in that kind of no fuss mood! Your smoothie looks amazing. I am in the market for a juicer for myself and my mom. What do you have again? A vitamix? Anyway, looking for the cheapest, most efficient brrand. Any thoughts? Thanks girl!

    February 23, 2011 at 8:49 am
    • Reply laury

      The Vitamix is definitely an investment. It was my tax return last year πŸ˜‰ It’s not a juicer either, it’s a very high powered blender. You can do amazing things with it. Great for blending up veggies, you can make sorbet, ice cream, use it as a food processor and more.

      As far as juicers go, I would invest in that too. I had the Jack Lalanne Power juicer, but the motor died after a couple years. I would get the Jack Lalanne again, but the black stainless steel one, it’s motor is like 2x as powerful. If you are going to buy one, I would go with something with a powerful motor that will last a long time! As opposed to something cheaper that may die on you in a year or 2 (depending on how much you use it).

      February 23, 2011 at 9:49 am
  • Reply Sophia @ Raven Waves

    Such a great post, and I love all the food porn!! I think a terrible way that society contributes to negative body image is through all the photoshopping and airbrushing they do for celebs in magazines. Kim Kardashian admitted that she has tons of cellulite, but we’ll never see that in a magazine.

    February 23, 2011 at 9:01 am
  • Reply Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat

    I can’t even remember the last time I had a pb&j sandwich but the thought makes me feel like a kid again! I’m not sure if this counts as a budget meal, but I like making big salads with grains and veggies at the beginning of the week, then portioning them into smaller servings… I’m pretty sure the cost per serving is fairly low. Apart from that, chili is a cheap fave too! πŸ™‚

    February 23, 2011 at 9:04 am
  • Reply Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete

    Thank you for pointing out that someone can have an ED without being super thin — for me I never thought I had a problem because I wasn’t super thin — no one ever commented to me that I weighed too little, etc. Therefore I just kept calling it “disordered eating” and even “normal”! It isn’t normal and I feel much better about how I eat today than how I did 2 years ago.

    Laury how exciting to have so many things happen on Munchkin’s bday! How hilarious!

    That whole Dr. Oz/HCG diet — I cannot believe he had that on his show! So many people love him and believe everything he says – -that is scary!

    February 23, 2011 at 10:07 am
  • Reply Lisa @ Healthy Diaries

    All your meals look wonderful Laury! I usually have my PB & J sandwiches when I’m low on groceries and don’t have any fresh produce to use! Sometimes I made a large portion of roasted veggies or even a large batch of couscous or quinoa and i’ll have it with different things each night? Not sure if that helps but I too am looking for new roll over meals!

    I’m glad you overcame your ED and that you’re all about being healthy! keep it up girl!! You’re great πŸ™‚

    February 23, 2011 at 10:08 am
  • Reply Tina

    Glad I inspired you go get that soup! Isn’t it delicious?! I’ve tried to make my own version once, but it just didn’t come out the same, I am going to give it another shot one of these days!

    Low fat and calorie-restriction diets drive me nuts! If it isn’t something you can sustain over a long period of time, don’t bother!

    February 23, 2011 at 11:02 am
    • Reply laury

      Oh yes, those diets drive me nuts too! People wonder why they always need to diet. They lose, then gain and it’s a horrible cycle going on those diets!

      February 23, 2011 at 3:23 pm
    • Reply laury

      So yummy!!! I make a creamy raw carrot soup…I like the idea of adding ginger! Gives it some spice!

      February 23, 2011 at 3:46 pm
  • Reply Katie

    500 calories a day?!?! I’d say you’ll lose weight…and I doubt it has anything to do with the HCG either. Wow. I’m speachless.

    February 23, 2011 at 11:20 am
  • Reply Julie (A Case of the Runs)

    At the top of my “I’m disgusted list” for body image are: most magazines, Victoria Secret fashion show, and TMZ.

    February 23, 2011 at 12:23 pm
  • Reply Caree @ Fit-Mama

    I would say the top of my list would be all the air brushed celebrities on magazines…you would think their body and skin is completely flawless and this is what we aim to be when its just not possible and then we are hard on ourselves when we can’t acheive it.

    I also heard about that crazy insane diet! One of my hubby’s coworkers actually did it. I just can’t even imagine what your body is capable of doing at 500 cal a day!

    February 23, 2011 at 12:47 pm
  • Reply dana

    I heart pb & j as well! When can we have lunch my treat?



    February 23, 2011 at 12:59 pm
    • Reply laury

      Soon, we’ll BBM πŸ˜‰

      February 23, 2011 at 3:22 pm
  • Reply Morgan

    Great post today. I agree with you about the HCG diet. I think it is SO UNATURAL Dangerous and I have always felt that we shouldnt have to be dieting and doing such drastic things to achieve a normal healthy body weight for ourselves I know someone personally who is doing the HCG diet and It is painful for me to see the amount of food this person can intake in a day! It just isnt healthy! I also have and extreme problem with the low carb diet. Carbohydrates from fruits and grains are one of the best and most natural fuels for our bodies. Im all about real whole foods.
    I also do not believe in the scale. I actually do not own one and NEVER have because I dont think it is healthy to weigh yourself 5 times a day. It brings on an obsessive attitude towards weight and associates happiness and sadness with body image. I have never owned one and I am free of the burden of “weighing in ” in the morning. Plus, I am a foodie and not disciplined in the slightest to say I can not have things. i just have in moderation. keeps mo happy. πŸ™‚
    You are motivating me to eat more budget friendly food! Serious. I spend WAY to much at the health food stores. my husband always tells me that he can tell where my priorities are by how I spend my money. I care so much about my health and my families health and it is always worth the price for me. One of the best ways to cut back for me is to just eat more simply. Which is what you did yesterday. Not too fussy or expensive. I love to make a big pot of vegan chili for soup one night,, Then the next night pour on baked potatoes or roasted red potatoes with some added sauteed peppers and onions , and then a salad night (like taco stlye) with the leftovers. and add some fresh veggies.
    I think what you are doing for the NEDA week is so great! Keep up the great info. Love ya my bloggie homie from the EAST SIIIIIIIIIIDE!

    February 23, 2011 at 1:08 pm
    • Reply laury

      I agree about the scale. I have a lot of clients that no matter what I tell them they make themselves a slave to it. It drives me crazy because it’s inaccurate. All you need to do is drink a glass of water and it will go up! I do own a scale, but rarely step on it. It measures water and BF and I know the BF isn’t as accurate as calipers, but I used it in the past to measure that. But maybe once a month. I know people that do it 2x a day and obsess like “I was ___ weight yesterday and ___today OMG I can’t believe it I need to cut back on this or that” makes me crazy. Not worth stressing yourself over.

      I can’t believe you know someone on the HCG diet. It’s so ridiculous to me. Really dangerous too!!! Oh, and low carb diets….PLEASE! Nothing makes me more angry. It’s about eating the RIGHT carbs. I hear people saying they are on a diet not allowed to eat beets or sweet potatoes b/c of the starch. But they can have a hamburger. Like, come on, seriously?

      Thanks my girlie from the West Siiiiide πŸ˜‰

      February 23, 2011 at 3:22 pm
  • Reply Laura

    I can totally relate to you about always wanting to spend the money on healthy food. I’m the same way. I buy clothes and shoes once in awhile but I have to admit that I would much rather be spending it on some yummy healthy treat or ingredient.

    February 23, 2011 at 1:29 pm
  • Reply (what runs) Lori

    Budget meal= dijon mustard and a can of tuna. To me, it’s wonderful (add in some kabocha squash and I’m set!)… but probably not the best thing in terms of Mercury… Anyway…
    I haven’t had a PB&J sandwich is FOREVER. Totally craving one now… and Munchkin- SO FREAKIN’ CUTE. I want one!

    For me, the best way to promote a positive body image is exercise. I cannot feel bad about anything with my body after a heart-pumping, booty-kickin’ workout. I LOVE the way it makes me feel, in general and about myself.

    February 23, 2011 at 4:35 pm
    • Reply laury

      Exercise is an excellent way to promote healthy body image as long as the exercise is kept to be about health! I totally agree. They actually recommend it in treating ED, but watching it does not become obsessive.

      February 23, 2011 at 11:48 pm
  • Reply Lauren @ Fun, Fit and Fabulous!

    My go to budget friendly meal would have to anything with eggs. They are such a cheap source of yummy protein and they are super versatile! πŸ™‚

    February 23, 2011 at 8:06 pm
    • Reply laury

      they are a great budget food!

      February 23, 2011 at 11:47 pm
  • Reply Tiffany @ Simply Shaka

    I just tried a green monster last night with kale for the first time as opposed to baby spinach and LOVED it!

    I went to Earth Fare last wk (it’s just like WF) and I got their vegan nuggets which were amazing and just like chicken—consistency, taste, etc. That is going to be my new go to item there!

    February 23, 2011 at 8:20 pm
  • Reply melissa @ the delicate place

    i love that carrot ginger soup too! so good! my fave budget meal is usually a spaghetti squash with tomato sauce or tuna + veggies or sweet potato. fave takeout salad bar item is usually some kind of pickled medley love it! esp beets

    February 23, 2011 at 9:20 pm
    • Reply laury

      BEETS!!! YES!

      February 23, 2011 at 11:47 pm
  • Reply Angie

    That is the greenest monster I’ve ever seen! I also had a peanut butter and jelly day yesterday :)…. Apple pie is my second favorite to pumpkin! I hope your doing well Laury and taking care of yourself! let’s see a pic of the belly soon πŸ™‚

    February 23, 2011 at 10:49 pm
    • Reply laury

      You missed it on Monday πŸ™‚

      February 23, 2011 at 11:46 pm
  • Reply Alisa Fleming

    hmm, most of my meals are budget meals. I’m actually not a big fan of a lot of the expensive products at whole foods. I just like nuts, rice, fish, veggies, etc. For go-to, stir fries for sure, homemade baked goods, etc. Just made some grain-free buns!

    Question #2 – Oprah. Nuf said.

    February 24, 2011 at 1:19 pm
  • Reply La.

    Oh apple pie – I love you! My Mom is making it for me on Sunday. I asked for this ONE dessert. Oh so good! Seriously good stuff. I’m finding this information about ED VERY informative.

    February 25, 2011 at 12:55 am
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  • Reply glidingcalm

    What a post!!
    I just found your blog and I love it.

    Thank you for your amazing words.
    I also had a kitty who passed who looks just like the one in the above picture! so so similar, it is unreal!! He was my baby!!

    Hugs and happy Friday.
    -Gliding Calm

    February 25, 2011 at 10:33 am
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