Over the past week and a half or so, I’ve combined complete and total inactivity with a measured increase in indulgent eating. While I wish that the combination of these two trends would bear no impact on my life, I can firmly say that this is not the case. In fact, I think anyone would be able to tell you that such a combination will result in a notably heightened feeling of “fluffiness”.

This is how I’m going to phrase it. Fluffiness.

For some reason or another, I just don’t feel quite like my lean and mean self (well…maybe not so lean or mean…but you get the drift). As Austin Powers might say, “I’ve lost my mojo!” I don’t think I’ve gained a noticeable amount of weight as all my clothes still fit. Yet I can’t shake this feeling of additional fluff around the edges.

A little extra fluff after an indulgent period is no means for alarm, of course. I’m not freaking out; I’m not curling up with the South Beach Diet book as we speak. No…certainly not. Diets are not for me. In fact, I don’t really believe in them. I believe in lifestyle choices and in healthy living. I believe that my food choices should reflect my happy and healthy life outlook. As such, I will attempt to reign in this “fluff” by eating cleanly, intuitively, and with awareness for the remainder of the week. No foods will be off limits, but I will make fruits and veggies a priority for each meal. I will also return to exercise…and hopefully, this fluffy feeling will depart from my life as quickly as it entered it.

So, with Operation De-Fluff underway, I made a breakfast that always starts my day off right. OATS!

In the mix:

  • 1/3 cup Coach’s Oats
  • 1/3 cup TJ’s whole grain drink, 2/3 cup water
  • 1/2 nanner whipped
  • pinch salt, vanilla, cinnamon
  • 1/2T chia
  • 1/2T flaxseed
  • blueberries
  • 1T raw PB
  • shredded coconut
  • Bear Naked Fit granola

It was pretty flippin’ epic. I really liked the addition of the shredded coconut to this bowl.

Just like snow! Served with a cup o’ Joe:


After digesting for a while, I headed to the gym for a sleepy elliptical session. But alas! I was foiled by Memorial Day! I forgot that just because I had to work today doesn’t mean that anyone else had to. Whoops…with the clock ticking, I decided to return home! I didn’t have enough time to drive out to my usual running spot, and I didn’t feel like doing yoga. So with great hesitation and trepidation, I decided to run in DA HOOD (my lovely neighborhood) for the first time ever. I ran a couple of loops around Trinity College along a route I’ve seen many Trinity students use before, so I knew it would be safe. It also helped that I was carrying pepper spray, and that the campus security guy kept circling around in his car every few minutes to check up on any of the walkers/runners on the route.

With the Trinity College campus security people helping to put my mind at ease, I was able to enjoy a pretty good run.

I ran 4.5 miles in about 46 minutes…a nice leisurely run that got my heart thumping without pushing myself too hard too fast. I wanted my first workout after my illness to me a moderate one, and this fit the bill. It was surprising to realize just how much I’ve missed running since taking a break from it over the past several weeks. In an effort to avoid runner burnout, I have been purposefully doing a lot of cross training. I just want to make sure I’m burnt out on running before I start marathon training. It’s nice to know that I probably won’t be…hopefully, I’ll be able to start this whole marathon training business with gusto and enthusiasm!

Lunch was a hugh jass salad. I’m talking monstrous here. A salad with real girth.

I love a good bucket of vegetables.

Included in this veggie bucket were:

  • spinach
  • red bell pepper matchsticks
  • cucs
  • carrots
  • grape tomats
  • pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup kidney beans
  • homemade dressing of 1t red wine vinegar, 1t balsamic, 1t EVOO, and 1t honey

And I had a side of Dr. Krackah!

Afternoon snack today was a bunch of pistachios.

When I came home from work, I wasn’t really feeling like the typical Memorial Day cookout stuff. Nah…that would be too simple. I instead decided to make a stir-fry dish that could use the basil and eggplant I had stored up in my fridge.

I based my recipe off of this one I saw on Yoga Journal.com. I tweaked it a bit just to make it a little healthier. I reduced the amount of oil used in the stir-fry as well as the amount of sugar/salt in the final product. And it still tastes delicious. Try it out for yourself!

Here’s my variation on it:

Thai-Inspired Sweet and Spicy Eggplant Stir-Fry


  • 1 medium eggplant, diced into 1-inch squares
  • 1/2 pound broccoli florets
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup basil leaves (20 or so), shredded
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1t red pepper flakes (or to taste)
  • 1T fish sauce
  • 1T white vinegar
  • 2T low sodium soy sauce
  • 1T brown sugar
  • 1T + 1t peanut oil


  1. Place wok or large skillet over high heat. Add oil and red pepper flakes to wok, and allow to cook for 15 seconds.
  2. Add eggplant to wok, and stir-fry for 3 minutes.
  3. Add garlic, onion, and broccoli to wok, and stir-fry for another 4 minutes (until broccoli is almost crisp-tender).
  4. Add fish sauce, white vinegar, and soy sauce to wok, and coat vegetables in sauce.
  5. Then add sugar to wok, and stir-fry for another 1-2 minutes.
  6. Remove wok from heat, and mix in the shredded basil.
  7. Serve with brown rice (or regular rice..), and enjoy!

I didn’t really feel like waiting the eons that it takes to prepare brown rice, so I enjoyed my portion of stir-fry over some quick-cooking black pearl rice from Annie Chung.

It’s whole grain, yet it cooks in literally a minute. In a word: awesome!

It also had a pretty cool hue to it as well as nice, chewy texture. A pleasant change-up from brown rice. It absorbed the flavors of the sweet basil sauce very well!

Honestly, this sweet basil stir-fry rocked my socks off. I could see myself subbing a whole bunch of vegetables into the recipe, and loving it. Or maybe trying it out with tofu? The fresh basil is what really makes this dish sing!

For dessert, I tried to adhere to the (rather lax and vague) guidelines of Operation De-Fluff, so instead of drowning in a plateful of chocolate bonbons as I did a few nights ago, I went with a small plate of frozen pineapple and mango chunks along with some pom seeds. An adora chocolate was thrown in there for good measure!

My little rubies. 🙂

With that, I’m going to go read and hit the hay. Hope you all have enjoyed your holiday weekends!

RANDOM QUESTION: What’s your favorite flavor of ice cream to enjoy during the summer months?

I have and will always be a mint chocolate chip gal. Love that stuff.


3 responses to “Fluffiness

  1. Daiquiri Ice is sooo refreshing

  2. Good luck with the defluffing! The mango and pineapple look fantastic.

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