My favorite thing about Fridays? A plain bagel with peanut butter!
There is a story behind Bagel F’in* Friday (*hey, my parents read this blog).
Before I lost weight, I used to get a bagel from our cafe here at work almost every day (the bagels come from Breuggers). My favorite combinations were: asiago cheese bagel with plain cream cheese, sesame seed bagel with veggie cream cheese, or plain bagel with peanut butter and jelly (or banana slices). When I started trying to lose weight, I cut out the bagels for the most part, only having one once or twice a week. Then I got to a point where I started to think I could never eat a bagel again if I really wanted to be healthy. Those bagels + cream cheese were around 500 calories and rarely kept me going until lunch time. They were also costing me about $10/week! So I had a long bagel-less stretch there for a while. It was a dark time. When I became vegan, in my research I discovered that Breuggers actually has several bagels that are vegan (Baked Apple, Cinnamon Raisin, Cinnamon Sugar, Cranberry Orange, Everything, Garlic, Jalapeno, Onion, Plain, Poppy, Pumpernickel, Pumpkin, Rosemary Olive Oil, Salt, and Sesame!) Most commercial bagels have non-vegan preservatives, Panera’s bagels have L-cysteine, etc. And honestly, I missed my bagels! I decided I would have a bagel 1 day per week – it seemed like a good compromise (for my waistline and my wallet) and Friday just happened to be the day I usually got one, therefore Friday became Bagel F’in Friday. I bring my own peanut butter and sometimes jam or a banana, other times I save my fruit for a snack before lunch. During breaks our cafe is closed, and I don’t always have a bagel every week or necessarily on Friday, but it’s still a fun way to think of an occasional treat. You don’t have to give up foods you enjoy to be healthy!
On to yoga. The last term of yoga classes just finished up and a new one started this week. I took one class per week last term, on Wednesdays, and this time I signed up for two. I’m going now on Mondays and Wednesdays, and I also hope to hit up Free Yoga at Gray’s Lake as many times as I can this summer. My favorite pose is still Downward-Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana):
but I’m also getting a lot better at balances, like Tree Pose (Vrksasana):
and twists like Marichi’s Pose:
In other health-related news, I woke up this morning feeling a little stuffy. I don’t know if it is a cold or allergies. I often credit veganism with keeping me illness-free for over a year. Except for one or two bouts with seasonal allergies, I haven’t been sick since the end of December 2008, which was also the last time I took a sick day from work! I’m off to visit my family this weekend so let’s just hope it was a fluke.
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