Thank God for yesterday’s gorgeous weather, because today looks to be a bust! I slept with the window open last night and almost freezed my keester off. There is something enticing about being snuggled under loads of covers — but not in June! It’s cold and rainy and feels like November. You know the world of food blogging has infiltrated your brain when the first thing I thought of was Oh She Glow‘s triathlon today. She lives near me and I hope this weather doesn’t make the race extra-challenging.
I knew that breakfast today had to be a hot cereal of some sort. This time of year, hot cereal is rare, so I figured I should take advantage. I decided on oat bran but also wanted to incorporate the fresh cherries I bought yesterday, so I made Cherry Almond Oat Bran!
Taking photos with minimal natural sunlight: Difficult
This breakfast contains:
- 1/3 cup of oat bran, cooked
- 1 cup of pitted cherries
- 1/2 cup of 0% Greek yogurt
- 1 large spoonful of almond butter
- A sprinkle of pumpkin seeds
- A sprinkle of shredded coconut
Really good and really filling! I am stuffed.
There’s an article in the July 2010 issue of Glamour magazine called “Health Rules for Every Woman” by Liz Welch. In it, she goes through the absolute basics of what a woman should on a daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly basis in order to achieve her best health. It makes sense and I think I “scored’ not too badly:
Eat Breakfast (whether you’re hungry or not): Check!
Swipe on Some SPF-30 Sunscreen: I try to do this if I know I’ll be outside a lot, but sometimes I forget 😦
Brush Twice, Floss Once: I am getting better with flossing, but it can still be a challenge. I am so tired when I’m getting ready for bed. I rarely want to swipe a string between my teeth and have my gums bleed (Bleeding gums; yet another effect of pregnancy!)
Chill Out for Five Minutes: Just five minutes? My favourite way to chill out is by watching TMZ. It doesn’t get anymore mindless or frivolous!
Take a Multivitamin with Iron: Pre-natal vitamin FTW. Check!
Get Seven to Nine Hours of Sleep: I am lost with anything less than eight.
Eat Fish Twice: I am a vegetarian and have no desire to eat fish (although salmon has been wooing me from afar lately). I take a fish oil supplement because it’s the only source of Omega-3 DHA that I’ve been able to find in supplement-form. I really want it because it’s supposed to help a baby’s brain develop. I am going to screw up my kid’s life in a myriad of ways, but not giving him/her the best brain possible is not going to be one of them!
Sweat for 2.5 Hours: I walk for about a half hour a day which means I technically do exercise 2.5 hours a week. But do I sweat? Ummmmm. No.
Have an Orgasm: Family-friendly blog! Family-friendly blog! No comment.
Jump on a Scale: I never weighed myself but now that I have monthly midwife appointments, I am on that scale once a month. I do think it’s a good practice, but I don’t want to own my own scale just yet (obsessive!!!).
Note When Your Period Starts: This is great advice. Did you know that your pregnancy due date is calculated by the first day of your last period? Being 100% sure about my average cycle length and my last period helped me calculate my own due date before even visiting a health professional which was nice. I used an app on my iPhone called “fertility friend”.
Go to the Dentist – Twice: I am going to the dentist three times a year because my hygienist says the extra-cleaning is good for my baby (dental health is connected to a healthy pregnancy. Who would have thunk?). I think she may be fibbing, but if there is even an ounce of truth to what she says, I want in!
See a Derm for a Head-to-Toe Skin Check: This is where I have a big FAIL. I am the type (fair skin, blue eyes, lots of moles) who really should have this done, too.
Get a Pelvic Exam: My pelvis is kind of busy right now MAKING A BABY, so no pap smears for me. Bonus!
Have your Blood Pressure Checked: The nice thing about my monthly midwife appointments is that they check this for me.
Well, it’s now time for me to put the coffee on and start cooking in the kitchen! Wish me luck.