Hello, lovelies! Just as an FYI: I’ve added an Upper Body Supersets sub-section to the strength section of my workouts page. These are the supersets I’m completing for the first six weeks of my new strength training routine. Check it out if you’d like!
Speaking of supersets, I completed the biceps/triceps one this morning. I was really feeling the burn this morning. Concentration curls can, joyfully, kiss my behind. I love it, though, because I know that I’m really working! I was going to do a quick abs circuit afterwards but my muscles were spent and I had to get ready for work.
Mid-morning, I took a break and had a new-to-me snack: a cranberry-almond Good ‘n Natural Bar. I saw them at the grocery store for $1.00 the other day and, after looking at the ingredients and stats, decided to try them.
The bar’s creator is an RD, which is why I really wanted to like this flavor but I just didn’t enjoy it very much. I think it was the cranberry-to-almond ratio. I couldn’t really taste the almonds (and there were many slivers in there) and the cranberries were a bit overpowering and too tart for my liking. However, it was very satisfying and held me over for three hours. Brownie points for that! I also picked up the peanut butter variety, so I have high hopes for that one.
My boss called and asked me to come in from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. today (I usually have Tuesdays off). When 1:00 p.m. rolled around, he asked me to stick around until 3:00 p.m. I told him “Of course – but not without lunch!” He told me to go pick something up and bring it back to the office, which worked out perfectly because I had a monster-sized craving for a whole grain baguette from Panera.
To be honest, I’m not really a bread person (sue me!). Eating gluten typically makes me feel weighed down, tired, and irritable. I don’t have celiac but I know that I am a bit sensitive to it, as fatigue and subsequent irritability are two common factors associated with gluten intolerance. This is because your body is working so hard to digest the gluten. That being said, PMS is in full swing and this gal wanted a darn baguette. I ordered a classic cafe salad with balsamic vinaigrette and cilantro hummus on the side, along with a whole grain baguette.
It was delicious and satisfied my craving but I certainly got the aforementioned fatigue and irritability after my meal. See ya at the next craving, my dearest baguette.
USDA Says No to Meatless Mondays
Just one week after suggesting its employees participate in Meatless Mondays in order to “green up” their headquarters, the USDA has retracted that statement, according to a recent New York Times article.
Meatless Mondays has been a fairly popular movement in the nutrition world, though there isn’t much proof that meat-eaters are participating in it on a regular basis. After publishing the aforementioned newsletter, called “Greening Headquarter Updates,” a U.S.D.A. spokesperson said, “U.S.D.A. does not endorse Meatless Monday” and went on to say the news letter “was posted without proper clearance,” the statement said.
The article goes on to quote State Rep. Steve King of Iowa and a spokesperson for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, both of whom slam the newsletter’s suggestion of going meatless. The NCBA released their own statement to the U.S.D.A, slamming them for suggesting their empolyees enjoy a Meatless Monday.
So, what do I think about all of this? Well, I’m obviously disheartened and sad at how cold the above organizations are towards plant-based living, but I”m also not the least bit surprised. I could step on my soap box like the NCBA did in the above statement but I’m not going to do that. In their original newsletter, the U.S.D.A. suggested their employees try going meatless for one day – that’s 1/7 of the week, or 14 percent of the week. While it’s a great proposition, it’s highly unlikely that people will make the change to eating a completely meatless Monday unless they feel personally compelled to do so. At the end of the day, we (plant-based eaters) are the minority and the NCBA is the majority. Their industry is not going anywhere anytime soon. They are so power-hungry that they feel the need to denounce and slam the U.S.D.A. for suggesting their employees adopt a plant-based diet one day out of the week. It also makes the U.S.D.A. look weak and susceptible to the NCBA’s rule; inside, direct financial ties to the meat and dairy industries (as outlined in Forks Over Knives) are all the more evident here.
Further, in their statement, the NCBA states that they use more meat and less cattle (i.e. using as much of the animal as possible instead of “wasting” it). And they’re right about that. This has been accomplished by using extra animal parts as filler, which also happen to be most susceptible to bacterial contamination. Yum.
In an effort to avoid preaching, which we know isn’t my style, I’m going to open up the floor to you all. What do you make of all this?