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Monthly Archives: January 2012

31 Jan, 2012

January Goal Check-In: I’m a believer

Good morning friends! If you've been reading for a while, you'll know that I always do a monthly check-in on the goals I've set out to achieve for the month. (They look a bit like this and this.) January was a little difference, since I only declared my 2012 goals, rather than a set of [...]

30 Jan, 2012

Food from Home: Vegetable Biryani

Welcome to part 3 of my Food From Home series! If you're catching up, be sure to check out previous posts... Part 1: Why I moved to the Middle East and Tabbouleh Part 2: All about shawarmas, and my favourite, Chicken Shawarmas One of the most common questions I get asked about living in Bahrain [...]

27 Jan, 2012

Fit Bit Friday 28

Happy Friday Bloggies! I hope your day is off to a fabulous start so far. The weekend is so so close and I can't wait! It'll be a fairly relaxed one for me, but I'm perfectly content with a lazy weekend right now. What will you be getting up to? Over to today's usual topic, [...]

26 Jan, 2012

Thursday notes… and some exciting news!

Lately... I can't seem to get enough cottage cheese. I absolutely hated cottage cheese as a kid. Well actually, to be honest, I don't think I ever tried it. This was because I was so repulsed by the fact that something thin like milk had clumps in it that looked nothing like cheese I was [...]

25 Jan, 2012

Recap: Try Something New Tuesday 92

Good morning friends! I hope you're having a wonderful day so far. Thanks for all of your great comments on yesterday's Food from Home post. It's so interesting to hear about the cultural dishes you and your families enjoy. I've got a great lineup of new things to tell you about from this week's Try [...]

24 Jan, 2012

Food from Home: Shawarmas!

Welcome to part II of my Food from Home series! If you missed Part I about Tabbouleh and how I ended up moving to the Middle East in the first place, check if out, then come back to read some more! Today I've got a recipe for a dish that you're probably already very familiar [...]

23 Jan, 2012


Hey friends! Happy Monday! How was your weekend? I have to say, mine was exactly what I was looking for. After a busy couple of days, I went into total weekend mode by passing out crazy early on Friday night (cough*8:00*cough), then heading to the gym on Saturday morning for a run and a bootcamp-style [...]

20 Jan, 2012

Fit Bit Friday 27

Happy Friday! How are you feeling today? This morning started off a little slow for me - bed was feeling like a much better idea than the gym, especially with the big dump of snow we got yesterday! But after a little mental kick in the butt, I was on dressed and on the treadmill, [...]

19 Jan, 2012


Good Morning! How is your day going? Ready for the weekend yet? I sure am! It's been a busy past couple of days, and the first official start date of my Institute of Integrative Nutrition program was on Tuesday. Like a nerd, I've already spent several evenings wit my nose buried in my books and [...]

18 Jan, 2012

Recap: Try Something New Tuesday 91

Good morning friends! How are you today? I'll start off by saying thank you SO much for all of your comments on yesterday's post on portion control. To be honest, I was a little worried that there might be some controversy about my point of view, but you guys had some great points to add [...]

17 Jan, 2012

Reader’s Request: Portion Control

One of the common email topics I've noticed in the reader emails I get is portion control, and rather than continuing to respond individually (which I'm still very happy to do), I thought it might be beneficial to write a post about it. Hi Angela, I follow a clean diet and work out about 5x [...]

16 Jan, 2012

Food From Home: Tabbouleh

Good morning friends! How was your weekend? I hope you had a spectacular one! Today I'm kicking off an new series that I've been wanting to start for a while now. If you've read my About Me page, you'll know that I was raised in the Middle East for 5 years. My family lived on [...]

13 Jan, 2012

Fit Bit Friday 26

Hey there! How are you doing on this fabulous Friday morning? I don't know if you've had a long week, but working for 5 days feels like an eternity after having been on holiday! I've got a busy (and fun!) weekend coming up, but before we start thinking about the weekend, I've got your weekly [...]

12 Jan, 2012

In between pasta and pizzas

One thing that I learned about Italians in Milan was that they tend to eat very, very large meals in one sitting. For example, the Christmas Day dinner that we enjoyed included aperitivo (pre-meal drinks), antipasto (appetizers), primi piatti (first dishes), secondi piatti (second dishes), and dessert. The primi piatti and secondi piatti all contained [...]