Sunday, Monday Happy Days…

Why, oh why do I wake up at 7:30 every morning? I rarely set an alarm. It just kind of happens. I long for the days of high school and college where I could sleep until noon every day if allowed. Am I getting old? Don’t get me wrong, mornings are flippin’ fantastic. I always have so much energy and mental clarity. But, it would be nice to sleep in every once in a while… LE SIGH!

I read an interesting article in this month’s Bon Appetit magazine discussing the pros and cons of soy. Experts in the “con” camp argue that eating too much soy causes an increase in estrogen like hormones called Isoflavones. These Isoflavones are thought to cause an increased risk of developing breast cancer in at-risk women and infertility in men. Experts on the “pro” side argue that these studies are flawed and inconclusive. Here is my take on the whole “Soy Story”: In the past decade the use of soy by the food industry has more than doubled. Soy is used as a preservative, as a taste enhancer, as a protein supplement…. It can be found in everything from canned tuna to peanut butter…. It is basically everywhere. Another sharp increase over this past decade has occurred in the reported number of food allergies. Could there be a link? I am no expert, but it does make me wonder. Our food is now more heavily processed than ever before. Strange chemical sounding words are listed on almost every nutritional label. What happened to all the real food? I am not an advocate of completely cutting soy from ones diet. I love edamame and enjoy a little tofu now and then. However, I do recommend limiting your soy intake. For example, I use Almond Milk as my dairy free milk alternative, little changes that could make a big difference. One thing both experts do agree on is the health benefits of fermented soy. They say fermented soy products, such as Tempeh, woy sauce, miso, and natto, are effective in combating the effects of Alzheimer’s! In conclusion: Everything in moderation is a motto I try to live by. Applying this motto to my soy intake is something I am comfortable with. How about you? What is your take on the great “Soy Story”?

For breakfast yesterday, I decided to keep the Fourth of July spirit alive with a bowl of Red, White, and Blue goodness. Gluten Free Oats with Raspberries, Blueberries, and Cinnamon.

I ate this in the car en route to church. (I think we finally found one we agree on!)
Lunch was a Tita’s. This time she made an Italian Meatloaf using GF Rice Chex cereal…. WHAT?! MY CUBAN GRANDMOTHER MADE ITALIAN MEATLOAF?! I had 2 bites to be polite, but meatloaf kind of freaks me out. It’s a loaf of meat, people! Tell me that’s not a weird concept! Think about it…. We also had Moros Y Cristianos, steamed broccoli, and tomatoes.

I had seconds of the veg-tastic sides, plus some watermelon and strawberries for dessert.
GF Guy has been dying to see Transformers, so we went to a 6:20 showing. It was pretty good. I love a good action movie, random I know. The casting was perfect, and there were quite a few notably funny moments. I brought along a Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Granola Bar to sustain me until our late dinner afterward. (find my product review here)
Since we arrived home so late, dinner was a quick thrown together affair: Tinkyada pasta (a combo of spinach spaghetti noodles and brown rice veggie spirals) topped with steamed broccoli and brussel sprouts, and marinara sauce simmered with a little red wine, spinach, fresh basil and fresh parsley. The entire meal was then topped with a little freshly grated Parmesan.

Quick, easy, and yummy. I also had a small glass of white wine and a nectarine for dessert.
I am getting ready to hit the gym so breakfast was more like “snack-fast”. Half a mug of Rice Chex cereal while the coffee was brewing.

Then, I used the leftover milk for my coffee! Recycling! hahahaha

I hope you all have a fabulous Monday. Cheers!

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7 thoughts on “Sunday, Monday Happy Days…

  1. Oh I'm still in high school and can't sleep part 8am! Its ridiculous! I long to sleep until noon like most of my friends do…Yay for Transformers! I loved that movie. I agree, some moments were really funny haha

  2. You know, I've been wondering about the soy issue myself. I agree with your "everything in moderation" statement. I love soy products – tofu, soy milk, edamame…I love it all. That being said, if I'm going to eat tofu for dinner, I stay away from soy products the rest of the day. Maybe too much soy IS harmful; maybe it isn't. Moderation is key, though. I never eat steak for three meals a day and then make a steak smoothie for dessert, so I probably shouldn't do the same with soy, right? =)

  3. I hear ya girl — i always get up at the same time everyday.. its like clock work! sometimes when i want to sleep in i literally need to just HIDE my clock and shut my blinds completely. thanks so much for all of your soy information! I'm not sure how I fall on that spectrum — i've never had anything against soy .. i just know it doesn't sit well in my stomach at all so i try to stay away from it.. sounds like that may be a good choice! xo,Jenny

  4. Everyone seems scared of soy this past week, I think this is the third post where I've seen it mentioned. I think so many allergies are cropping up because it is used in EVERYTHING, and its totally ridiculous, right? Geez. I love tofu, I'm not giving it up anytime soon, and I don't believe that plant estrogens affect us the same way as human estrogen, but at the same time, I do use other milk alternatives and don't use soy protein powder. Moderation is key for anything, great point!

  5. I think that everything us up for debate. Soy, agave, the validity of food allergies…sometimes it seems to me that the more controversy people stir up the happier they are. I know I'm happiest, and my body is happiest, when most of my food is fresh and not processed.

  6. The soy controversy totally bums me out. I wish its effects were 100% positive because I love tofu and soy milk.However, when I return to soy fanatic civilization, I plan to keep using more beans and natural forms of protein than soy. Also, I want use almond or rice milk as you suggested.The only trick is to get calcium without drinking cow's milk or fortified soy milk. I plan to start integrating more kale and other calcium rich veggies.

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