Chocolate And An Unhealthy World

Today’s Mini Goal: Get more sleep.  I normally get 7-8 hours, but I’ve been exhausted lately.  I usually doze off during at least one class, and am just physically so very tired all day.  Maybe I just need more sleep because of all the running I do?  Maybe I’m just weird?

I had planned on doing 7-8 miles today with a 5-6 mile fartlek thrown in there, but my alarm failed to go off at seven and it was eight by the time I woke up.  I had class at nine, so I pushed the run back to my lunch hour.  Then I was too tired to do anything at lunch besides stare at my computer screen in a semi-creepy stupor.  So then I told myself I would go in the evening after work/more classes.  This did not happen.  I’m not mad at myself because I still plan on getting in my five training runs this week, but I don’t really understand why I’m so tired.  I hardly ever take a day where I don’t do anything at all, so maybe my body’s just telling me that today’s the day for that…

Also, randomly, I did not want to take pictures today.  Like at all.  Like, I was mad at the idea of taking pictures for some reason.  I blame hormones.

I tried Jay Robb chocolate whey protein powder in my oats today and have a few comments:

1. I tasted no chocolate whatsoever.

2. The powder gave them a thicker, but also grittier, texture.  I did not appreciate this.

3. The bowl was no more or less satisfying than usual.

So, in conclusion, I see no point to it whatsoever.  For me, at least.  Are you a protein powder person?  If so, what kinds are good?

I’d love to try it in a smoothie and see if that’s any different.  But I have no blender.  This is a blatant request for one.  If you have an extra blender lying around, you can send it my way 🙂  Oh, and mom, if you’re reading this, Easter is coming up and I have been a very good girl!

I wanted ridiculous amounts of chocolate today.  My hand may have found it’s way into the DCD jar many, many times.  That stuff is dangerous.  I love keeping dark chocolate bars around because usually just a few squares will satisfy my sweet tooth.  I had slightly more than usual today, but not an insane amount.  I know that there is no scientifically proven relationship between chocolate cravings and my period, but I firmly believe that such a relationship exists.

Dark chocolate topped with dark chocolate dreams pb:

If you were thinking of adding more chocolate and/or more calories into your diet, this just might be the way to do it.

My only other picture:

Dinner: tasty pasta/veggie/meatball/cheesy mess.  I hardly ever get take out or even eat out for that matter, but I walked by the student center on the way home and suddenly I absolutely had to have pasta for dinner.  When I was little spaghetti was hands down my favorite food.  It’s funny, because I hate tomatoes.  I just pick them out of the sauce.  We already established that I’m super weird though, so you shouldn’t find this too surprising.

Mini rant:

My school does a lot of things to try and help students be healthier; it has all kinds of fitness programs and nutrition information available, in addition to psychological resources, sexual health resources, etc.  So they really do try.  Why, then, do you have to ask for whole wheat pasta at the pasta station?  Seriously, when you ask for whole wheat, they frown at you and slowly amble back to the fridge where they store the whole wheat version.  I understand that this is an extra step for the tired cooks, but seriously, people, 95% of Americans know that whole wheat and whole grains are better options.  Why can’t they just make the whole wheat version the standard option?  It can’t be that much more expensive.  I go to an Ivy League school.  Neither my fellow students nor the administration is stupid.  While I was in line today they actually ran out of the white pasta and people started groaning.  No joke.  They were legitimately angry.  I am not trying to sound all high and mighty here, but I think that at this point in America’s health crisis, most people are well aware that grains are good and white is bad.

Another thing that annoys me: inappropriately massive portions.  These are portions that might work for student-athletes training four or five hours a day, but they’re way too big for me, and I’m not exactly sedentary (I run 40+ miles most week…)  The container pictured above is a size small, and I was starving and only ate aout two thirds of it, which was probably about two servings.

Sorry. Rant over.  Sometime I forget how privileged I am when it comes to health; growing up, my parents splurged on lots of fresh produce, farmer’s market veggies, and other wholesome foods like fish, nuts, and grains.  I grew up knowing that things from a package were alright on occasion, but that they weren’t what food was meant to be.  I could eat Skittles if I wanted, but I knew full well that it was a treat and it wasn’t good for me.  Do people actually believe processed foods are good for them?  I’m genuinely curious here, because I just don’t understand people who don’t get it.  My parents are doctors, so I was never really exposed to lots of things that are standard to many Americans.  For example, until coming to college, I did not know that canned cranberry sauce existed!  I also didn’t realize that people voluntarily ate white bread.  What was your health like as a kid?  Did you grow up with lots of processed foods or were you practically a food snob as a toddler?

I remember going on a trip with my poetry team (yes, I was geeky) to NYC when I was about 16 and being shocked that a fried chicken restaurant existed.  All my friends wanted to eat there, but I just couldn’t.  I had been raised to think that fried foods were never acceptable, and to be honest, I was afraid of stuff like that.  I try to be a bit more open and less snippity now, but I still have my standards and there are definitely things my friends will eat that I won’t.

Thoughts?

This is the last paragraph, I swear!  So Lent starts tomorrow, and while I am not Christian, I will be giving something up — baked goods (including cookies, pastries, muffins, etc.)  The only exception is if it’s something I already have (I hate wasting food).  I like to do Lent simply because I find the idea of sacrifice to be very compelling, especially in a world where our lives are cluttered by so many unnecessary things.  There are many things in my life that  I do not need, and I like having this time to eliminate something.  I find it cleansing.

Alright, I’m off to watch Lost.  Have an awesome Wednesday!

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13 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. theemptynutjar
    Feb 16, 2010 @ 22:05:50

    oh i understand what u mean…whole wheat tastes just as good as white…so why not just offer it…money money money!
    Rant all you wish 🙂

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  2. Stef @ moretolifethanlettuce
    Feb 17, 2010 @ 01:36:35

    it frustrates me when schools pretend to be all on board with healthier eating, then they treat you like a second rate citizen for asking for the healthy options! shouldn’t it be healthy and if you MUST have white pasta then you could opt out of whole wheaT? stupid. i’ve decided to not give up anything food related for lent this year bc i feel like it’d be an excuse for me to restrict. as long as your decision to cut out baked goods is not related to disordered eating then i say good for you!

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  3. Sarah
    Feb 17, 2010 @ 02:36:29

    Oooh I love Lost! Am waiting for my brother to put the next episode on my laptop 🙂

    I do genuinely think that alot of people are uneducated/ignorant about healthy eating. I’m not ashamed to say that even me, as a former anorexic, I did not know that whole wheat pasta was better than white (although I was aware that brown bread was better than white). Does this make me stupid? I don’t know…but yeah, some foods are obviously bad for you if you eat too much of them, but when you are brought up on various forms of processed food you might never think to question this. I only started educating myself during recovery, and even now I feel woefully undereducated compared to many of the bloggers on here 😉

    As for Lent, I’m not a Christian either, but I’m wondering whether I should give up staying away from chocolate hehe it’s still a fear food for me and I need to embrace it sooner or later.

    Sarah x

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  4. themilkfreeway
    Feb 17, 2010 @ 05:16:08

    When I was younger I preferred white pasta and bread, but as I got older I ended up being drawn to the whole grain versions. It wasn’t an ED thing at all, just a matter of taste. Now I have to eat gluten free and most GF flours are completely lacking fibre, so the ironic thing is that I have to make far more effort to make my food ‘wholemeal’ than I used to when I could eat wheat, so it makes me laugh when people seem to think that gluten free diets are somehow a healthy option. Hehe dark chocolate peanut butter on dark chocolate sounds good to me 😉 I KNOW I get more chocolate cravings before my period, I could almost predict when it was going to turn up by how much chocolate I wanted on a given day! It’s not a bad thing, you need a couple of hundred more calories than usual when you have your period, so it all evens out.

    Having a rest day every week might actually improve your running – exercising every day isn’t all that good for you. I’m glad you listened to your body, good for you!

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  5. blueeyedheart
    Feb 17, 2010 @ 08:53:55

    As a kid, I knew nothing about nutrition whatsoever. That’s because nobody in my family cares very much! My tastes have evolved so that I now actually prefer the taste of whole wheat to white — white doesn’t have any flavor at all. And my family harasses me about it and insists that “I am healthier than you are!” Which may be true, but that certainly isn’t as a result of their wonderful diets! I do eat processed foods on occasion, but I try to keep it to a minimum and not anything outrageous.

    Have a great day!

    ❤ ❤

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  6. Joanne
    Feb 17, 2010 @ 16:17:31

    My college went on a healthy eating campaign during the last year when I was there. But their idea of healthy was smothering things with cheese. So I started to cook for myself. And never looked back. Their stir fries were usually pretty good for you, as were the salad bars. But that’s about it.

    Giving up baked goods for Lent! I SO couldnt’ do it. I am a sweets addict. In case you haven’t guessed :p

    Good for you for listening to your body. I always take a day off/week even though it makes me anxious. Your muscles need time to recuperate!

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  7. EE
    Feb 17, 2010 @ 19:21:51

    Our favorite Mexican restaurant uses serving platters for plates, and although I have a hefty appetite, I’m not generally about to put away a whole platter. Generally, of course. 😉

    True story: Have only ever tried protein powder once, and I gagged.

    You were on a poetry team? Shut up. Too cool.

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  8. Lauren @ BIOCHEMISTA
    Feb 17, 2010 @ 19:51:58

    I also slept through my workout this morning! Told myself that I’d go after lab….buuuuut I’m sitting on my couch now so you know how that turned out 🙂

    Yeah I always get annoyed when caf workers/waitresses roll their eyes when I request something healthy. For me, I prefer when ordering a veggie omelet not to have it cooked in a gallon of vegetable oil! Call me weird, I know. haha

    I love Designer Brand whey protein (vanilla). It’s all natural and tastes great in fruit smoothies!

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  9. Marina
    Feb 17, 2010 @ 20:47:53

    Personally I HATE Jay Robb’s protein powder. I couldn’t even choke it down. I don’t think you need extra protein if you take your vitamins and eat enough food (as in get enough fat, calories, etc.).

    P.S. ~ See my blog post today about another blogger meet-up! 🙂

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  10. Diana (Soap & Chocolate)
    Feb 17, 2010 @ 22:03:49

    Meh, I don’t think protein powder is necessary, but it’s useful in some cases. It definitely adds something to smoothies and such. But yeah your oats are probably better off without it.

    Your frustrations with the school caf and such just reflect how f-ed up the System is. Like our culture is REALLY far gone regarding healthy food, so just keep looking after yourself and asking for the ww pasta. 🙂

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  11. lauralei
    Feb 18, 2010 @ 01:41:44

    oh my gosh – i have days when all i want is chocolate – fortunately today was not one of them – i didn’t exercise as much as i would have liked though

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  12. Christy
    Feb 18, 2010 @ 08:47:21

    Some days you’re body is screaming at you for a break!! I think it’s harder to take a rest day sometimes, than to workout. There are plenty of protein powders that I like….but a blender is good to be able to enjoy them. I’ve tried protein powder in oats and I agree…it’s gross!! I’ve kinda gotten away from the powders and am adding protein in more natural ways (greek yogurt, natural pb, etc.).

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  13. Cole
    Feb 18, 2010 @ 18:23:32

    I’m not so much a fan of protein powder. Sometimes it’s bearable but usually it just tastes fake and just meh.

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