Monday, September 20, 2010


For the zillionth time since forever, I'm attempting to become a slimmer and stronger version of my currently squishy self. This is hard work for someone who can get misty eyed talking about the taste of real maple syrup and pancakes and who loves nothing more than an evening spent watching movies on the couch while petting a bunny.

I'm newly reinvigorated to the cause of making myself healthier because I know so many sick people right now. I can't take my health for granted. I also am curious to see what it would feel like to walk the earth in the body of a total hotass (purely a scientific curiosity of course).

I have to remind myself that I have managed to make big changes in the past (going on 7 years as a vegetarian) and this is just another one of those long term self-improvement missions.

The biggest change so far has been the sheer amount of time spent in the kitchen. I'm trying to make cooking a fun and creative way to spend my time instead of the cumbersome necessity food preparation has always been. I actually started tracking all my meals and snacks on twitter (@EliseAte) so I would be more aware of what I'm eating. I feel like I'll make much better food choices at home if I think there are people paying attention and furrowing their brows when I submit to a sleeve of cider doughnuts.

The photo above is of me headed to a pot luck this past weekend. I brought brussel sprouts instead of my usual sweet and buttery specialties. To my surprise, they disappeared. Score one point for team vegetable!

survey time: I'm wondering, is anyone interested in my experience with this topic (food and health)? Or should I stick to what I know best (bunnies and drawings of bunnies)?


Sarah McNeil said...

I like both food and health and from what I've seen on other blogs it is a good way of keeping track of things. Especially to help remember delicious healthy meals.

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Anonymous said...

I'm always interested in what people eat. Like you, I'm trying yet again to be more mindful of what I eat and to make more healthful choices.

But I'm even more interested in knowing more about what appears to be a damned fine piece of vintage Pyrex.

Also, good for you.

Becky said...

Very much so! I've spent the better part of this last year or so experimenting with healthier food alternatives, from cooking methods to ingredients and more. Amazingly enough, I have become a big veggie fan since doing so (my 5-yr.-old-self was really upset by this; my stomach was a fan, though!)! It's been an interesting journey, and I'd love to know what YOUR experiences are like! :-) Go you!! Blog away. I look forward to reading!

owltastic said...

I am interested! (as you of course know).

This post is so well written; it's a good reminder of the real reason why we should do this -- it's not about meeting the ridiculous beauty ideal perpetrated by our patriarchal overlords (partially joking), it's about health! And feeling like hotasses!

For me it's easy to get frustrated by the crazy standards women are held to, and I get fed up. It's hard not to let the "perfect" be the enemy of the good, I guess.

Anyway, I look forward to seeing more posts about all the delicious meals you invent, and hopefully stealing recipes from you. Also, we should workout together soon. :)

Littleclouds said...

I find this interesting ! I just followed you on twitter as I love to know what others are eating, maybe you will inspire me to be healthier too? (pity about the time differences tho!)

I also think you already have a lovely figure btw !!

Mike Stickel said...

Found your post via Meagan Fisher on Twitter.

Anyone who wants and chooses to live a healthier lifestyle I'm in full support of. Blogging/Tumblr-ing/Twittering have all been helpful tools for me and I'm sure they will be for you as well. Go for it!

Pretty Neat Designs said...

I am always working on feeling healthier and I like to see what works for other people, so I would like to see more about your journey. Also, this could be something you either love or loathe, but Moleskine has a new wellness journal and I just started using one. I am hoping it helps me keep track of progress and stay motivated to keep working.

Anonymous said...

I have to be honest. I was going to unsubscribe. I love to hear & read about what people do to keep fit & healthy. Most people love that because it motivates them in their journey of food & fitness.

Please update your tryst with recipes & exercise as much as you can and do keep them coming. Thanks!

Filomena said...

Good for you! Since I started my vegan diet 1 1/2 years ago my pants are FALLING off me!
It's easy, inexpensive and good for you (and the earth) :)

You look ADORABLE in this pict by the way :)
Pink Velvet Bird

melis731 said...

I love hearing about food and health! I'm a vegan and always trying to find new ways to be fit and healthy!!

Elise of Argyle Whale said...

Thank you for all the encouragement on this mission! I'm glad to know I can mention what I'm eating and won't bore everyone too much.

Regarding the Pyrex, It was the score of my LIFE! Here is a better look:

Thank you for the nice compliment about my shape. :)

And Meagan (owltastic), Trying to slim down for beauty ideals has never been enough motivation for me. If I rarely pluck my eyebrows, damned if I'm going to curtail my toast consumption. I had to start thinking of this as a health necessity.

Now that I know I have some vegan readers, I'll try to highlight a few of my favorite animal product-less recipes.

Jess said...

I think that eating a whole bag of cider doughnuts should be looked at as an achievement. It's a necessary activity during fall.