Bad News, Good News (Take Two)

by Holly on August 31, 2010

in breakfast,dinner,giveaway,lunch,reviews

I did it once before, and I’m doing it again…

Bad News: I got to bed at midnight last night. That’s late for us g’mas.

Good News: Luckily, I had two different but equally delicious things reluctantly dragging me out of bed at 7am this morning – coffee and a berry banana smoothie. I was still a bit later to work than usual, but at least I made it, right?

1/2 cup organic vanilla kefir
1/2 cup POM juice
1/2 banana
3/4 cup frozen mixed berries
1 heaping T brown rice protein powder
1 cup spinach
Nature Valley Oats + Honey Granola Bar

Bad News: For a myriad of reasons, I am no longer running the Des Moines OR Chicago 1/2 Marathon.

Good News: None of these reasons have anything to do with being injured. For that, I am thankful. One of the reasons IS that it is a really busy time of year in my job. So, while my stress levels continue to rise with each passing day, I am getting a good chance to take on some new + interesting projects. I mean, Miss Everythingtarian gots to bring home the vegan tempeh bacon somehow, no?

Bad News: I ate this sunflower seed butter + raspberry jam sandwich at 11:30am and did not have the chance to eat again until 4:00pm, which meant my stomach decided to audibly churn like a mooing cow on its deathbed in the middle of an afternoon meeting.

Good News: It was mother effing delicious while it lasted.

Bad News: Bad lighting. Is it just me, or did the days suddenly decide to get shorter overnight?

Good News: Terry Walter’s Clean Food cookbook refuses to let me down. This Wheatberry Salad (wheatberries, scallions, peaches, raisins, sunflower seeds + lime vinaigrette) is FINN-OM-I-NALL. That is supposed to phonetically sound out phenomenal, FYI.

Bad News: I haven’t worked out in a week (which is bad when exercise is your Rx).

Good News: After work, I hightailed it to the gym where I busted out 20 minutes on the elliptical followed by a 60-minute booty-shakin’ Zumba class. I also just realized I walked four miles today. I am hoping after one week of some good ol’ sweating, I shall feel back to normal (and maybe, just maybe, those five pounds of fun chub will disappear?).

Bad News: I think I bought more veggies at the grocery store than I may be able to use this week, and there is nothing I loathe more than having to throw out food.

Good News: My new challenge for the week is to VEG. IT. UP. I am going to make up for my abysmal veggie intake as of late by shoving my face with antioxidant-filled, vitamin-rich, good-for-you vegetables. I began the challenge tonight with a ginormous junk salad + cucumber tomato salad

2 cups spinach
1 grated carrot
1/4 cup green pepper
1 diced heirloom tomato
sprinkle of nooch
Garden Herb Sunshine Burger
lemon basil pesto vinaigrette

diced cucumber
diced heirloom tomato
Seeds of Change Greek Feta Vinaigrette

Bad News: To fore warn all you amazing, loyal readers, I may be a slightly more sporadic blogger in the coming weeks due to one busy, all-over-the-place schedule.

Good News: I still love you all, so I am going to show this emotion the best way a blogger knows how…

Several weeks ago, the lovely Kuzi from Kroeger Herbs contacted me asking if I wanted to try some of their products. Since I am a huge believer in the power of natural healing + herbs, I thought it would be cool to pick some herbal concoctions that would help me and MY needs.

Enter in these two gems…

  • Healthy Gut: A blend of chamomile, spearmint, gentian, wintergreen, slippery elm, marjoram and meadowsweet, this strategic combination of herbs works with the body’s system and intestines to promote a strong, healthy and balanced digestive system and proper PH level. With the amount of beer and not-so-good-for-you food I’ve been eating, this one was my top choice.
  • Evening Primrose Oil: An essential fatty acid that helps mitigate the effects of PMS, need I say more?

I’ve been taking these supplements for about a week now, and although I can’t tell you I notice a drastic difference, I can say I have physically felt better this week than I have in awhile. My stomach feels back to normal (ahem, regular again), and while this also has to do with my increased consumption of vegetables and getting back on the workout train, I think these herbs probably helped that process along.

I’ll let you know about the PMS thang when I cross that bridge :).

The best part? They want to give one Healthy Everythingtarian reader some herb love as well!

Here’s what you gotta do: Go to the Kroeger Herbs website, take a look around at their amazing selection of herbs and leave me a comment telling me what you most want to try + why.

That’s it!

The winner will be announced Sunday night at 10pm (CST).

How’s that for some good news?


Katie August 31, 2010 at 9:10 pm

I often buy too many veggies to consume in a week…it’s a mad race against the expiration date. The produce section is just too inviting! Good luck with the veggie fest. :-)

Also, I didn’t get enough sleep last night either. I was mean to my kiddos all day, and now I feel guilty. Sad day, but lesson learned – earlier bedtime tonight!

Amy B @ Second City Randomness August 31, 2010 at 9:56 pm

Sorry you have to bow out of the runs- but at least it’s for good work-related things! :)

I think I’d like to try the “healthy gut”. Sure, the name doesn’t sound thrilling, but whatev. Gotta keep that digestive system in check… ;)

grace August 31, 2010 at 9:56 pm

sorry about the marathons, that’s a real bummer! but thankfully you are not injured!

maren August 31, 2010 at 10:11 pm

Serenity or the Evening Primrose Oil both sound great!

Amy H August 31, 2010 at 10:52 pm

The wheatberry salad looks delicious. I have been meaning to check out that book forever. I need to get on that.

I would love to try the Brain Care Blend because I have just started my last year of law school and am training for two fall marathons. I need all the brain efficiency and mental alertness I can get.

Rachel C August 31, 2010 at 11:43 pm

The Healthy Gut sounds perfect!

Gavi @ GaviGetsGoing! September 1, 2010 at 12:05 am

Man, I would sure love a healthy gut! I’ve got stomach issues up the wazoo, so that stuff sounds pretty incredible. Thanks for hosting this giveaway! And good luck with your busy business!

Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete September 1, 2010 at 12:09 am

Girl, real life always trumps blogging! Don’t sweat it!

I definitely need the Healthy Gut because my stomach is so sensitive!!

tata! Please have a wonderful week!!

Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) September 1, 2010 at 12:37 am

I tend to go overboard with the veggies when I have some extra scratch to throw around at the Farmer’s Market. I’m like a kid in a nourishing candy store when surrounded by local fruits and veggies.

I just recently started adding kefir to my smoothies and it’s amazing, I haven’t seen vanilla kefir at any stores yet but it sounds like it would be an amazing addition!

Erica D September 1, 2010 at 2:08 am

Hmmm, I’d actually love to try the Healthy Gut. My digestion has always been horrible; while my Dad has a stomach of steel, allowing him to eat raw meat everyday and remain in tip-top shape, I got my mom’s stomach, which thinks whole foods are tasty but doesn’t break them down well. Sooooo yes. Let me know how it goes!

P.S. Good for you, not overloading on the running commitments. There’s only so much you can do.

Erica September 1, 2010 at 3:48 am

I will volunteer to help you eat all your extra fruits and veggies ;) That wheatberry salad sounds really freaking good. A different combo for sure. I haven’t purchased sunbutter in a while, I think its time nut butter gets a week off. Good luck with all the work. Rock through it gfriend.

Lauren September 1, 2010 at 6:01 am

You know, I commend you for making this healthy decision about not running. Even though you may not necessarily be injured, if your mind is not in the proper state, than that is just as bad as running while hurt. I think you are making the best decision!

I just won these supplements on a giveaway. Cant wait to start them!

Rae September 1, 2010 at 7:09 am

Hey! I would love to try Blood Sugar Pro because I have such difficulties keeping my blood sugar stable. Even when I am eating healthy and on a regular schedule it still gives me issues. I am very interested to see if you notice a difference with taking the PMS one as well!

Alex @ IEatAsphalt September 1, 2010 at 7:46 am

The rebuilder combo looks pretty cool and would be a great smoothie mix in. Don’t stay away for too long, okay?

Ashley S September 1, 2010 at 8:06 am

Hi Holly, I’m a lurker that is delurking today :) I read your blog all the time and think you are a fantastic writer. (Take such cute pics of yourself too!)

I’d like to try the St. John’s Wort concentrate to see if it would do anything to me. I’d love to go the natural route rather than meds…


brandi September 1, 2010 at 8:43 am

ooh, I need that Healthy Gut stuff! My stomach is SO weird most of the time, and it is not fun.

Jenna September 1, 2010 at 9:34 am

Veg it up! I need to do that for like, the whole month of September.

Oh, and when i was 9 months pregnant, my Midwife suggested for me to take Evening Primrose oil to help soften the cervix. A little TMI, but i dont think it worked either. I just thought it was pretty funny when i saw it on your post!

Maura September 1, 2010 at 9:46 am

Heyoo- Although, I’m sad you won’t be here regularly, this giveaway is BOMB! I’d love to try HealthyGut to ahem, help with irregularity (overshare?). Haha xoxo, Maura

Sami September 1, 2010 at 10:13 am

Okay, so maybe it’s the added sugar, but i’m finding a new love for those nature valley oats and honey bars…seriously they are SOO delicious. I’m sorry you’ll have to miss your races, but I think you’re smart for not trying to overload yourself with work/races at the same time. I HATE throwing stuff away too, but everytime I buy a bag of fresh spinach it ends up getting a little nasty toward the bottom…SO frustrating.

Thanks for the giveaway, holly! I’d like to try the Healthy Gut, too because it says on the site that it helps with digestion. Sometimes I have serious issues with that!

Megan (Braise the Roof) September 1, 2010 at 10:41 am

Bummer, I was looking forward to trying to catch up here next weekend!! Oh well, there’s always next time, right? :)

I’d love to try the Candida Formula #2. I did a “candida” diet a while back and it made me feel so much better!

April September 1, 2010 at 10:59 am

I know what you mean about our grandma bed times! I stayed up late when I was with my boyfriend and am still getting back on track!

I’d try the digestive enzymes.. I’ve been using beano but I’d like to see if concentrated ones work better!

janetha g. September 1, 2010 at 12:50 pm

hahahah i love that that supp is called “healthy gut”–that just made my day. which is also my entry and reason for wanting it. i also love the good new/bad news format. really does look like the good outweighs the bad~ which is GOOD! i wanna try wheatberries because of you.

Lisa September 1, 2010 at 2:23 pm

Hi Holly! Thanks for the giveaway. I believe this is the first time that I have commented on your blog, but let me tell you, you brighten my days with your fabulous stories. Thanks for this.

Hmmm.. I think “Female Balance” sounds interesting. It’s for the “ever-changing woman”! Meaning changing from a pleasant young lady to a drooling crazy animal once it is that of the month? Um, okay, that sounds about right. Sign me up.

Dana Shultz September 1, 2010 at 3:41 pm

Hey Holly! I’d really like to try the Energy Food, as I’ve been slowly trying to stave myself off of caffeine. The description sounds perfect for this need and hopefully would help me have energy from a more natural source.


Jae September 1, 2010 at 4:39 pm

healthy gut? :) It sounds interesting!

Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) September 1, 2010 at 5:34 pm

I agree. The days became shorter overnight.

My aunt gave me the cookbook “Clean Food” for my graduation, and I haven’t even tried one single thing from it yet! Awful, awful, I know. You’ve inspired me though. :D

Courtney September 1, 2010 at 6:18 pm

I’d say either the Digestive Enzyme or the Healthy Gut. I have major digestive issues and either one would probably work wonders!

BroccoliHut September 1, 2010 at 7:54 pm

Ah man, I can totally relate to the cow-like stomach groans. Happened to me in class on Monday when I forgot my snack:(

Kailey (SnackFace) September 1, 2010 at 8:24 pm

Bad/Good news: I save your posts for the last post I read at night, which means I’m too tired to comment then, which means I don’t get around to commenting until late the following day. I’m sawwwyyyyy. I just like to read yours when I have the time and happiness to do so. :)

My tum’s been good lately! I know what pisses it off, so I’m not in the running for this.


Leanne September 1, 2010 at 8:43 pm

I mean who doesn’t want a Healthy Gut but I would also like Anti- Fatigue. :)

Diana @ frontyardfoodie September 1, 2010 at 9:16 pm

Upping veg intake is definitely good news. I’ve been feeling the need to do that lately for sure. Thanks for the inspiration sister.

Lindsey September 1, 2010 at 9:36 pm

I would love to try the Brain Care Blend because as well cause I have issues paying attention in school! haha

Ashley September 1, 2010 at 10:41 pm

Ill take the healthy gut! Seems good for me, very natural and such, smoothies look amazing! Have a great day girl!

Dee September 1, 2010 at 11:27 pm

I neeeeed the healthy gut one! I’ve had digestive “issues” for quite some time, and have been recommended to take probiotics. Unfortunately the cost is a little too much for me, so I’ve just been trying to adjust my diet. Beer def doesn’t help me either ;)

claudia September 2, 2010 at 1:04 pm

I would definitely try the healthy gut, too! I’ve always had issues with being regular so hopefully this would help.

Molly September 3, 2010 at 10:21 am

Hey Holly, great giveaway :) I would go for Chem X to rid my body of unwanted daily toxins :) I could def use that one!

Christa September 5, 2010 at 6:05 pm

ooohhh, I would love to try out the healthy gut! being celiac, I always have regularity issues unfortunately… the digestive enzymes and anti-fatigue sound great too!

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