23 days: Staying Fresh

February 12th, 2010 · Lisa · product review, Wellness · Comments
Tomorrow is my second-last long run of this training cycle. In order to keep my legs feeling fresh today’s workout is all about avoiding impact. After wandering the city to complete a bunch of errands (I’m off work today!) I spent 30 minutes on the stationary bike and 30 minutes running laps in the pool. Cross-training always reveals to me how efficient my body has become at running. It takes a lot more effort to engage new muscles than those I use everyday. For this reason alone it is a good investment in my overall fitness. I’m amazed by how much work it is for me to sit on the bike and pedal for 30 minutes.
Staying fresh, healthy and ready to take on the trails of life requires high quality fuel. Back in December (on one of those very celebrated days) my Mom gifted me a certificate for four boxes of organic produce. She knows me so well! I don’t have a vehicle so there are days when trekking home, weighed down with groceries is a significant challenge. Winter seemed the perfect time to let someone else bring me the occasional treat. I staggered delivery for every second week to make the goodness last.
Here is what I received over the last 8 weeks:

Inspired Creation: Carrot Ginger Soup and Carrot Cake Smoothie

Inspired creation: Celery root and mushroom soup with cashew cream

Inspired creation: Rod’s Love Loaf (featuring the sweet potatoes)

Inspired Creation: Raw Ginger Pear Crepes
I enjoyed most of the produce in its raw form as snacks, smoothies, soups and salads. However I followed Isa’s advice and roasted some of the beets. They were an amazing addition atop a pile of fresh greens.
I try to eat local as much as possible and organic when I can find it. In Toronto, in February, farms are not full of bountiful fields so we have to make the best choices we can. Front Door Organics does a lot to support the vegetarian community in Toronto including donating produce for our cooking demos and the Vegetarian FoodFair. If you’re interested you can listen to the interview I did with them in December on the Toronto Vegetarian Podcast. I have always been impressed by the quality of their produce. Each box I received was full of ripe, flavourful food. I didn’t find a single bruise or blemish (if only I could say the same for my body). Thank you Mom for the fine fuel!!!
What keeps you feeling fresh? Are there foods or activities that make you feel especially energized?
Today’s Totals:
Walk: 1.5 hours
Run: None – I spent 30 mins on the bike and 30 mins in the pool
Fun: Attending an Olympic Opening Ceremonies Party with friends.


  1. Posted February 13, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    All of that produce looks great! What a nice gift idea (I may have to ask my own mother for something of this sort in the future)…!

    An activity that always makes me feel energized is a good spin class- painful for 60 minutes, but after the class and a quick stretch and a lot of water, I always feel great!

  2. Posted February 14, 2010 at 11:03 am

    Hey Brittany,

    It was a really thoughtful gift from my Mom. I especially appreciated how it pushed me to mix up the variety of produce in my diet.

    I have only done one spin class. I really enjoyed it but it was certainly challenging. There is a studio in Toronto that does classes that have both spin and yoga components. I am hoping to give that it a try soon.

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