Monday, March 20, 2017

Wired To Eat: Almost There!

Hey everyone!

We are just hours away from the official release of Wired To Eat in the US and Canada! Here are some commonly asked questions, and a stab at answers:

What is the international availability?

It is currently available in the UK, Italy and Brazil are in process and I’ll update folks on international availability as I get that information.

Audio Version?

Audio version should be available March 28th.

Can I still pre-order and get those nifty bonuses?

Yes, yes you can. there are a number of online retailers you can pre-order a copy AND the instructions for getting your bonus materials. Please note: these bonuses go away at midnight today, Pacific time. No exceptions!! Follow the instructions at the link, make sure to check your spam filter. 99% of the folks who “did not receive the bonuses” found them in their spam folder.

Ordering things online will never catch on, how do I get one from “The Real World?”

Wired To Eat is available anywhere books are sold. What this generally means is traditional books stores from the name brand options to locally owned, independent shops. WTE will be available at more than 150 Costco locations. Unfortunately, I do not know yet which specific locations, but if I track that down I’ll update this post.

Robb, how else can I help?

Picking up a copy of the book is huge. If I can hump your collective knee’s for one additional favor it’s to post an honest review. I want to hear the good and the stuff that needs clarifying and improving. Blogs and social media are great for this but posting on a retailer site honestly makes or breaks a book over the long haul. If you like Wired To Eat, if you think it would be valuable for other folks, please take a moment and do an online review.

I wanted to thank all of you that pre-ordered, shared social media posts, hosted me on your blog or podcast. I am profoundly humbled by the support and response I’ve received. I’m used to being the one who “gives” and I must admit it’s sometimes uncomfortable to flip this around and be the one on the receiving end of help. All I can say is a slightly weepy-eyed “thank you” and to ask Nicki to quit cutting onions. Damn things.

 



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Is Organic Food A Scam?

I choose to eat organic food whenever possible because I believe it’s better for my health, the environment, and the farmers who grow our food. But not everyone agrees with me. There are a lot of people who think organic food is too expensive, a waste of money, and a scam. Do you feel that way?

It’s no wonder people feel this way, with headlines like these…

“Buying organic veggies at the supermarket is a waste of money” – Quartz

“The USDA ‘Organic’ Label Misleads And Rips Off Consumers” – Forbes

“Organic Foods Are Just A ‘Marketing Label” – Business Insider

“Don’t Believe the (Organic) Hype” – NPR

“Is organic food worth the higher price? Experts say no” – Portland Tribune

One of the biggest perpetrators of these beliefs is Monsanto (and other big biotech companies like Syngenta and Bayer). Think about it: their best-selling products like Roundup and GMO seeds are banned on organic farms. If all farms were organic their biggest products would bite the dust! Any messaging that organic food is better than conventionally grown food is harmful to their business and they have deep pockets to fight against this type of information.

Just like the millions of dollars that big food and agrochemical companies spent to fight GMO labels, it’s easy for them to put big money into advertising and ag front groups to spin the message that organic food is a scam. They don’t want Americans to question how our food is produced in large industrial operations. And, they don’t want to spend more money buying and growing organic ingredients, because that cuts into their bottom line. 

I’m going to present the case here for organic food, so you can decide what is best for yourself and your family. 

You owe it to yourself to take a hard look at what you choose to eat every day and how it can affect your health. Do the research it takes so you can make an informed decision about whether organic food is worth it to you, and don’t just blindly believe what anyone (including me) tells you. I want you to feel informed and empowered! 

One of the most fascinating reports about organic food comes from a large project recently commissioned by the European Parliament. Experts from throughout the world were asked to study whether organic food and farming is healthier for us – and their conclusions counter everything that you may have heard about organic food. The researchers concluded (quoting Harvard):

  • In conventional food, there are pesticide residues that remain in the food even after it’s washed. Organic foods are produced virtually without pesticides.
  • Three long-term birth cohort studies in the U.S. suggest that pesticides are harming children’s brains.
  • Women’s exposure to pesticides during pregnancy, measured through urine samples, was associated with negative impacts on their children’s IQ and neurobehavioral development, as well as with ADHD.
  • The gray matter was thinner in children the higher their mothers’ exposure to organophosphates, which are used widely in pesticides.
  • Pregnant and breastfeeding women, and women planning to become pregnant, may wish to eat organic foods as a precautionary measure because of the significant and possibly irreversible consequences for children’s health.

An important takeaway: When you choose organic, you’re eating food with less (or without) pesticides.

The whole basis of organic farming is to produce food without the need to use toxic pesticides. Crops are managed in a way that prevents the need to use chemicals. When produce from farms has been tested, organic has far less pesticide residue compared with conventional (non-organic). By eating organic you can significantly decrease your exposure to pesticides! 

“Organic is a strictly regulated term, so you can trust that you’re getting produce grown with minimal if any synthetic pesticides.” Consumer Reports: Pesticides In Produce, 2015

There are MAJOR health consequences to eating pesticides. It’s no joke!

Many of the pesticides used on conventional farms are hormone disruptors, neurotoxins, or reproductive toxins which are strongly linked to many diseases and health issues:

Pesticides are even MORE damaging to children because their metabolism is different than adults and toxins remain longer in their body. The damage starts in the womb!

“Epidemiologic evidence demonstrates associations between early life exposure to pesticides and pediatric cancers, decreased cognitive function, and behavioral problems… Recognizing and reducing problematic exposures will require attention to current inadequacies in medical training, public health tracking, and regulatory action on pesticides.” – American Academy of Pediatrics

Let’s not forget about the impact on farmers…

Tens of thousands of farm workers are poisoned by pesticides each year in the U.S. according to EPA reports – and there are likely many incidents that go unreported. The effects on farmers and nearby communities are devastating! If this is what happens on the farm, what are these chemicals doing to our bodies when we eat them in small amounts day after day?

Critics say the amount of pesticides on food is too small to do any damage – but that isn’t the case when talking about endocrine-disruptors!

“The entire U.S. population is exposed on a daily basis to numerous agricultural chemicals… Many of these chemicals have known or suspected carcinogenic or endocrine-disrupting properties. President’s Cancer Panel 

When it comes to endocrine disruptors, chronic small exposures are the MOST damaging – “the dose makes the poison” mantra does not apply! 

What about just peeling and washing the pesticides off?

It’s not that easy. Many of the chemicals used on conventional food are systemic – meaning they’re absorbed into the food and you can’t simply just wash it off. When it comes to non-organic packaged food, almost all of it is filled with GMOs that absorb and contain glyphosate weedkiller strongly linked to cancer and numerous diseases. This weedkiller is used on non-GMO crops too – but banned on organic!

There are often MULTIPLE pesticides in each fruit or vegetable – and residue rates are rising.

Several pesticide residues are usually found and there’s no legal limit on the number of different pesticides allowed on food. And, the problem is getting worse:

“One sample of strawberries contained residues of 20 pesticides, according to the “Pesticide Data Program” (PDP) report issued this month by the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service… Notably, the agency said only 15 percent of the 10,187 samples tested were free from any detectable pesticide residues. That’s a marked difference from 2014, when the USDA found that over 41 percent of samples were “clean” or showed no detectable pesticide residues.” ~ Carey Gillam, U.S. Right To Know, November 2016.

Pesticides are destroying the environment and not helping to “feed the world”…

Experts at the U.N. recently warned that pesticides end up in our water systems, damage our ecological system, contaminate soils, are responsible for bee deaths, and are a huge environmental threat to the future of food production. The issue of world hunger is due to poverty, inequality and distribution – not lack of food. 

“It is time to overturn the myth that pesticides are necessary to feed the world and create a global process to transition toward safer and healthier food and agricultural production.” U.N. Special Rapporteurs on Toxics and the Right to Food, March 2017

Are pesticides used to grow organic food?

It’s true that organic food is not always pesticide free – but that doesn’t mean you should throw the baby out with the bathwater. The best way to keep toxic chemicals out of your food is to choose organic.

  • Organic-approved pesticides are only allowed to be used as a “last resort” on organic crops, when these other methods fail – and farmers have to demonstrate the need to their organic certifier. In general, organic farmers are reluctant to use pesticides. When pesticides are used, organic farmers generally use natural and non-toxic substances derived from plants or bacteria.
  • Before a pesticide can be approved for organics, it goes through many hoops and is more rigorously reviewed than other pesticides. That’s why there are only about 25 synthetic products permitted on organic farms, while non-organic farms have upwards of 900 agrochemicals to use at their disposal!
  • Just because some pesticides are permitted on organic food, doesn’t mean that farmers are using them. There is a difference between something being permitted and something actually being used. For example – the FDA allows all kinds of nasty food additives, but that doesn’t mean that every food producer is guilty of using them.
  • Tested organic produce contains much lower pesticide residues than non-organic. This is further evidence that organic farmers aren’t using pesticides just because they are permitted.

No, toxic rotenone isn’t being sprayed all over organic food either…

Critics argue that “horribly toxic pesticides” are used on organic crops, and that they’re used in much greater amounts. One of the pesticides they routinely bring up is rotenone – but this pesticide isn’t even being used! It was once approved for organic crops, but the EPA has banned it from U.S. cropsSome other countries still use rotenone, but the National Organic Standards Board has passed a recommendation to prohibit it outright.

Another one that gets brought up is copper sulfate. This can be used by both organic and conventional fruit farmers as a fungicide – but conventional farmers reportedly use more of it and their versions contain riskier “non-active” ingredients. Organic farmers are required to monitor copper sulfate use and aren’t permitted to continue if it accumulates in high levels in the soil.

Choosing organic goes beyond just avoiding toxic pesticides…

By choosing certified organic food you’ll automatically avoid many dangerous food additives – like TBHQ, BHT, artificial sweeteners (aspartame, sucralose) and artificial food dyes (yellow #5, etc) which are all banned from certified organic products. Carrageenan is on the organic chopping block as well. Although you ALWAYS need to read the ingredient list – even on organic products – it’s easier to find products without a crazy long list of additives and that actually contain real food!

If you eat meat or dairy, choosing organic is even MORE important…

Conventional meat, eggs, and dairy can be contaminated with even more synthetic pesticides than plant-based foods. Pesticides used on feed accumulate in animal tissues over time – and pesticide residues have been found in conventional beef, eggmilk, pork, and poultry samples. Using only certified organic feed is required when raising organic animals.

Most conventional animals are also raised on growth-promoting steroids, antibiotics, and other drugs – and these residues have been found in meat too. The overuse of growth-promoting antibiotics is creating superbugs that contaminate the meat, putting us at greater risk of antibiotic-resistant infections. These drugs are prohibited in the raising of organic animals!

Safeguarding organic regulations already on the books and strengthening them is very important to protecting our food.

With bigger food companies moving into organics, they are surely trying to water down the system. There are some bad guys out there not following the rules and some organic food is contaminated, but we all have to eat and organic food remains the lowest risk. Ultimately, it’s best to buy organic food grown on small local farms where you can shake the farmer’s hand and ask questions. Your local farmers market is perfect for this and you can also check the Local Harvest website for local growers. 

Organic can be more expensive, but it’s worth it.

I believe that buying quality organic food and eating the most nutritious foods on the planet will save you big bucks down the road in medical costs, prescription drugs and doctor visits – It’s totally up to us to make it a priority. I’ve got over 75 organic budgeting tips here to help.

When I switched to eating primarily organic whole foods, everything changed in my life. I went from someone overweight and sick to a new being of vibrant health. I want everyone to feel this way! 

Next time you hear that organic food is a scam, who are you going to believe?

I’ve learned to be careful about who I trust for health information and seek out experts who don’t use Monsanto’s talking points and aren’t muddled with industry ties. Ultimately, the only person you can trust is yourself. Make the switch to organic food and see how you feel. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised! 

Share this post with anyone who tells you organic is not worth the money and is a scam. We need to keep spreading the truth. 

Xo,

Vani

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Dear Mark: Infrared Sauna Roundup

inline_dear_mark_infrared_follow_upAfter last week’s post on infrared saunas, people asked some good questions. For today’s edition of Dear Mark, I’m answering a few of them. First up, can infrared saunas harm male fertility? After all, they do penetrate the skin and raise body temperature, which is a no-no for sperm. Next, infrared saunas induce lots of sweating, and sweat contains bioaccumulated toxins like BPA and heavy metals. Can infrared saunas help us shed these toxins? Finally, are infrared-emitting blankets and other “topical” infrared products effective alternatives to infrared saunas?

Let’s go:

I have access to an infrared sauna but am planning to avoid it in the next 6 months before my wife and I try to conceive.

I like the ‘benefits’ but I am uncertain if the heat would be harmful for reproduction; I know the sauna has different temperature settings, but normally it’s around 145 degrees. Any way to get the benefits without the harmful side?

Good call. While I don’t know that you have to avoid it for the next 6 months—a week or so before conception should suffice—penetrating heat will negatively impact the health and viability of your sperm. If it’s anything like other heat sources, including hot tubs, hot laptops, and hot underwear.

Red LED lights may offer some cool benefits, particularly for pain and tissue healing, without heating your tissues.

In patients with knee osteoarthritis, red light therapy reduced pain scores and increased microcirculation in the knee. Increased microcirculation might even mean the knee was beginning to heal.

A 2012 review concluded that red light therapy does reduce joint pain. An earlier review found that it reduces pain specifically in chronic joint disorders, which is awesome. Chronic joint disorders are often the most intractable and hardest to treat.

It’s even been shown to improve neuropathic pain.

Maybe best of all for your specific context? Exposing the testicles directly to red light. Well, rat testicles, be exact. Rats who shined 670 nM red light on their tiny (but incredibly large and impressive for the body size) testicles enjoyed increased testosterone. A similar group of rats who shined 808 nM red light did not see increased testosterone. Since these were mammalian testicles, I think the results may hold up. And since the red light at that level doesn’t heat the tissue, it’s probably safe for you to try.

Keep things on the lower end, though. A recent study exposing ram testicles to low level laser therapy at a wavelength of 808 nM and a power output of 30 mW reduced testosterone, hampered sperm production, and lowered sperm motility. These are all bad.

I’ve been intrigued by these for awhile now. I tried one at a massage studio and liked it. Have also heard it does wonders for your skin. I remember hearing years ago on a podcast (don’t remember which one) that someone actually analyzed sweat and found people were releasing way more toxins in the infrared sauna than in a traditional one. I know someone who says it was very beneficial in dealing with the toxic levels of mercury she had built up.

Yep. Even though hyper-skeptics scoff at the idea of “sweating out toxins,” it’s simple fact that sweat contains bioaccumulated toxinsBPA shows up in sweat, for example, even when it doesn’t show up in the blood or urine. Same goes for certain phthalate compounds and their metabolites, none of which we want. Sweat also contains arsenic and lead in people exposed to high levels of the metals

Anecdotally, infrared saunas trigger more sweating than other types of saunas. That’s what I’ve experienced, and it seems to be the consensus opinion around the industry. If so, infrared saunas should help people—like your friend with the mercury—deal with unwanted body loads of various bioaccumulated compounds like metals, BPA, and phthalates.

We know that in kidney disease patients, infrared sauna use normalized BUN levels (that’s blood nitrogen, elevated levels of which indicate poor kidney function).

Can anyone comment on the quality/effectiveness/safety of infrared blankets? I don’t have space for a sauna.

Infrared light exposure is infrared light exposure. Sitting under a blanket isn’t as glamorous or all-encompassing as sitting in a cedar-paneled infrared sauna, but it appears to be quite effective.

This study used an infrared blanket to heat skin, finding that it increased lymph node drainage and activated Langerhans cells in the skin.

This study used an infrared blanket to increase vasodilation in heart failure patients, which improved vascular resistance and cardiac index (two big markers for recovery from and resistance to heart failure).

This study reported that infrared blankets improved human sleep.

This study (which I reported on in the last post) found that placing infrared discs on the breasts of lactating women improved nursing performance and outcomes. Blankets often use the same infrared discs.

This study used infrared-emitting gloves to improve symptoms of Raynaud’s syndrome.

That’s it for today, everyone. Thanks for your questions, and thanks for reading. If anyone else has input on today’s questions, leave it down below in the comment section.

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Altitude Camp with Brooks Running

Hi, guys!

I had such an amazing weekend in Albuquerque! Seriously, it was an unforgettable experience and so incredibly inspiring. I had the opportunity to attend Altitude Camp with Brooks Running and train with the Brooks Beasts. It was so cool to see what training like an elite runner is all about, including learning about their workouts, nutrition, coaching, and more. And, of course, I loved spending time and catching up with my favorite blog ambassadors, so it was a fun reunion for me, too! Actually, a lot of awesome things happened over the weekend at Altitude Camp, so I decided to share them in a Top 10 24 list. (There was NO WAY that I could have fit all of the great stuff that happened into 10 items!) Ok, here we go!

1. Seamless travel. No delays or hiccups. Travel to and from Albuquerque was all smooth sailing!

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2. Beautiful weather. When I left Boston on Friday morning, it was 18 degrees F and snow and ice covered the ground, so arriving in Albuquerque was basically the best thing ever. Hello, sunshine!

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3. The hotel (and its adorable front desk staff). Brooks picked a wonderful hotel to host our stay. It was really nice, and the staff was super accommodating to our endless requests for more water and coffee. #whatrunnerslove

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4. New running gear. Woohoo! Brooks totally hooked us up! More details below! Smile

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5. Reuniting with friends. My gosh, I love our blogger group so much. What an amazing group of women runners. I’m so lucky to know them and absolutely love spending time with them. They inspire me on so many levels.

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Gear details:

  • Pick Up Tank Top (formerly named the Go-To Tank – also my favorite running tank ever): I love this tank because it stays put. I’m not a fan of flow-y tops that fly up and ride up during workouts. This tank is a reliable racerback that feels as great as it fits. It’s soft, stretchy, and really moves with you. It’s a staple in my workout gear, and it’s perfect for layering as well as wearing on its own, especially for super sweaty workouts. FYI: A bunch of different colors are on sale for just $21! Time to stop up! 🙂
  • Greenlight Capris: I can’t believe these are my first pair of Greenlight Capris. I’ve heard other people rave about them in the past, and now I know why they’re so popular! They fit really well with a wide, flat “power waist” that slims and stays put. They come up pretty high (but still below your bellybutton), so there’s no need for a drawstring! And the fabric is very Lululemon-esque: smooth, soft, and hugs in all the right places. FYI: Some colors are on sale for $45 right now!
  • NEW Juno Sports Bra: The Juno is my favorite sports bra for running, so I was happy to hear that Brooks recently made some minor upgrades to further improve it.  Now it’s lighter, more breathable, and easier to get on and off. (They reshaped the keyhole in the back to give you a little more space to get out.) The stitching is now fully-bonded, which means it won’t rub or chafe your skin. And, of course, it still has it’s signature front-adjustable straps, which ensures the perfect fit. They’re also amazing for breastfeeding!
  • Chaser 3′ Shorts (on Meghann and pictured below): I have a couple pairs of these shorts already and love them for warm weather workouts. I’m especially excited to own this new pattern! These shorts are lightweight and move with you while the knit power waist stays put without a drawcord to keeps you comfortable. The waist also has two pockets (one sweat-resistant; fits an iPhone 6), which are super convenient for fuel, keys, IDs, etc.

6. Meeting new runner friends. Brooks invited quite the awesome crew of media folks to Altitude Camp, and I’m so glad that I had the chance to get to know some of them. Aren’t runners just the best!?

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7. Track workout at altitude. Sprinting at 6,000+ feet was realllllly challenging and “fun” at the same time. My lungs only felt like exploding out of my chest a few times!

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8. Pushing myself. Guys, running at altitude is crazy. Within seconds, I felt a difference in my breathing. I remember during the warm-up thinking: How the heck am I going to get through this workout? I wanted to stop and walk after the first 400 meter jog. By the end of the workout though, I managed to shave off about 8 seconds from my first 200 meter sprint to the third (and final one – thank God)!

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9. Finishing a track workout at altitude. Seriously, it’s a workout that I will never forget! It also inspired me to incorporate more of this type of training into my regular workouts.

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10. Listening to Danny Mackey talk about what goes into coaching the Brooks Beasts. His philosophies are so inspiring and have resulted in amazing accomplishments for the Beasts. Brooks really has something special with Danny and the Beasts!

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11. An early-morning trail run with the Brooks crew, which was probably my favorite part of the entire trip. What an incredible experience, and I can’t thank Brooks enough for it!

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12. Trying out new trail running gear. The Cascadia Running Jacket is frickin’ awesome (and its not just for trail running). It’s made from a water- and wind-resistant fabric, so it shields you from rain and wind, but has plenty of ventilation too with cutouts on the sides and underarms to keep you both covered and cool at the same time. You can even throw it on over your pack, thanks to an expandable back panel. And, this is really neat, when the sun comes out and you no longer need the jacket, you can fold it up, nice and neat, right into its own front pocket. How cool is that?

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I also loved testing out the Caldera Trail-Running Shoes! They’re super cushy, but light-weight and responsive at the same time. They provide a good amount of stability, which kept me cruising along on the tricky terrain. I didn’t think I would notice all that much difference between a regular running shoe and a trail-running shoe, but the Caldera definitely made for a more comfortable ride on the trail run!

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13. Catching up with my friends/blog buddies. I’m so fortunate to know these ladies, and I love that I consider so many of them “real life” friends now!

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14. The sights and sounds of a trail run in Albuquerque. #blessed

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16. Feeling allthefeels on this run. Without sounding too cheesy, this run was emotional, cathartic, and maybe even a bit spiritual (?) for me. I haven’t run very much since November because of a hip injury. I’m doing physical therapy twice a week now, which has helped tremendously, but it’s a slow process. I was just so grateful to get in some running without a ton of pain.

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17. Taking a moment post-run to articulate how running makes me feel.

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18. The energy-bar competition. Brooks challenged us to create homemade energy-bars, which were then judged by the Beasts.

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Our bars were a mix of oats, almond butter, honey, and chia seeds with a drizzle of almond butter and honey on top. Recipe credit goes all to Emily on this one!

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19. Our team winning the competition!!

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20. Having a cookout with the Brooks Beasts. I really enjoyed getting to know some of them better and learning more about their individual training. Shout out to Katie Mackey, who answered ALL of our questions! 🙂

21. Spending time with these lovely ladies. I know I’ve mentioned this a few times now, but they’re truly the best!

22. Finally meeting Brian from Pavement Runner. I’ve followed him for YEARS on social media, so it was great to meet him in person!

23. The Albuquerque sunset.

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24. Taking over the Brooks Running Instagram Stories on Saturday. It was such a great opportunity, and I had a ton of fun sharing our adventures with their followers!

Question of the Day

How does running make YOU feel?

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Over The Rainbow

And that concludes a weekend, winter, and another year for my mom! Happy Birthday Grammie!

We woke up to a lovely rainbow on St. Pat’s Day. Mazen loved all the green talk, and he went to a kid-friendly St. Pat’s party with Matt at Random Row.

Thomas and I, while wearing green, went out to dinner at Vivace. It was my first visit, and we had a delicious dinner!

We shared a Caesar salad to start.

And I had clams with sausage and spaghetti. Yum! I brought over half of this dish home for another day : )

We are charging through Stranger Things – loving it! We have just a couple of episodes left.

Saturday morning I made a bowl of Greek yogurt with mango (so glad it’s champagne mango season!), strawberries (and those too!), banana and some Nature’s Path granola on top.

I went to the gym for a quick Stairmaster workout before coming home to do a bunch of stuff around the house, including hauling the 10-year-old grill over to Lauren’s house. I recently bought a new one that fits the deck a lot better.

The errands continued for most of the day, so Thomas and I packed up lunches to eat while we were out and about. (Mazen ate an early lunch but we weren’t hungry yet and wanted to get going).

Smoked salmon, cream cheese, sprouts and cucs. My favorite this week!

Plus peanut butter pretzels (GAH) and a Babybel. And we shared an apple!

We went to drop off the grill, and stopped by Thomas’s office. Mazen loved playing “boss.”

We went to the UPS store, Best Buy and then to Toys R Us for you-know-who! Both boys were both running up and down the aisles wanting all the toys! They settled on a pirate ship, yarrr.

Next stop: Whole Foods!! M loves the samples, especially the aged cheeses.

The best decaf there is!

Afternoon fun in the garage. Boy really wants a PowerWheels!

Saturday night Thomas cooked this Blue Apron Butter-Chicken with kale and freekeh. It was one of the more healthy tasting Blue Apron dishes we’ve had, so it was rather refreshing on a Saturday night!

That’s not wine up there, that’s actually unsweetened cranberry juice! A few of you recommended it, and I gave it a try this week. On first taste it was REALLY tart – almost like biting a lemon – but on second sip I felt all the same tannin effects as wine. I loved sipping it before dinner, but gosh it was not good with the dinner! Definitely a great alternative to wine, but also, it’s not wine 😉

Thomas and I went out to meet some friends and watch the UVA game, which did not end well. It was a sad night in Cville.

I got a text from our babysitter asking if it was OK for Mazen to sleep in his fireman costume. LOL – how cute is this (I took it off of him when I got home). They had fun playing!

Sunday morning was filled with prep day activities! I think I’m going to start going to the grocery store on Saturday so I can prep on Sundays. It’s too much to do both in one day.

First, breakfast fuel.

Then I roasted a bunch of veggies, hard boiled eggs, made some of Tina’s no-bake snack balls, and sliced up peppers for lunches.

I nibbled on a bunch of those for lunch and had this yogurt and half a pita with almond butter.

Soccer last night was at 5pm, which was nice because I had all day to get things done. Mazen and I went to the ACAC Big Room, and we played toys with the neighbors for a good part of the day. I had a big bowl of leftover spaghetti from our dinner out on Friday night when I got home from soccer. Perfect way to re-fuel!

Happy Monday!!

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