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I am well into day two of my own little challenge. So far so good but I have not really been too many place to be tempted to eat goodies. It’s not that all the goodies are bad it’s just I have done an overload on them. I’m FINALLY starting to feel better. Having a cold is no fun and some of them seem like they want to hang on for dear life. I am easing back into my half training but I will probably only do 2 miles for the day. I am very eager to get back into it 😀 Once you start running and you stop for illness or injury it literally drives you crazy because I think your body craves it. To hear myself say that really makes me kind of chuckle because back in the days of high school I actually got failing grades in gym because I hated it so much. I remember when we had to run a mile and I thought I was going to die 😯 It just goes to show you anybody can change.

Today I wanted to spice up some potatoes. I couldn’t decide between sweet potatoes or white potatoes so I went for both 🙂 Earlier this month I was introduced to a sweet and spicy marinade that I have just fallen in love with. It is all natural and its a great blend of spices and peppers.

Captain Rodney's

I have always been a sucker for sweet and sour sauces. I’m also a dipper 😀 I love to dip my veggies,bread,crackers and countless other things into dips. So I get excited when I find those things that are all natural and vegan.If I could only find a solution to ranch dressing!!!!! Here’s the website if you would like to check it out….. http://captainrodneys.com

Sweet Potato Pie

Sliced sweet & white potatoes

1/2 cup canned or fresh corn

Half of a sweet onion

1/2 cup Captain Rodney’s

3/4 cup – 1 cup water

1 tsp. garam masala

1/2 tsp Herbs De Provence

salt to taste

olive oil for drizzling

Pre-heat oven 10 425

I simply sliced 1 sweet potato and 1 white potato and layered in a casserole dish drizzling olive oil  and salting between layers. Add corn and sprinkle Herbs De Provence to top.You could add any spice you wish 🙂

Bake for 15 minutes

While potatoes are baking saute the chopped onion until carmelized and adding water ,garam masala and Captain Rodney’s

After 15 minutes take potatoes out of oven and pour mixture over top and bake for additional 15 minutes.

This turned out fabulous. It was just the perfect blend of sweet and savory. Those are my favorite combinations. Opposites do attract huh  ;)? I also liked the blend of both types of potatoes plus it gives your dish a lot of color 😀

Well I must go and suit up for my 2 mile run maybe more we will see. I just figure it’s probably best to ease back into running when you have been under the weather for a week.

I hope you are having a splendid day… you deserve it 😀

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Challenge……don’t you just love that word? The very sound of it makes you feel a little stronger. I can can get in such a rut with the things I eat that I bore myself to tears 🙂 There is such an abundance of beautiful fruits and veggies that I know are out there but because of my rut I give them the cold shoulder. In return my body starts telling me in subtle and not so subtle ways that it lacks certain nutrients and vitamins. For the past week I have been battling this awful cold thing and have felt so tired and lethargic. I have had to put my half marathon training plans on hold because I’m trying to allow my body to heal. I feel like I’m finally turning the corner and seeing the light at the end of the tunnel 😀

During my resting time it has giving me the time to reflect upon what I have been putting into my body. Sure I focus on eating a vegetarian/vegan diet but what I realize is that in my attempt to veganize a lot of my holiday goodies that I have done this overload on sugar. I have become this mad chef turning my holiday cookies and cakes into the vegan variety. I have had quite a bit of success because you know that you have to taste test things 😀 My belief is that no food is the enemy but it’s how we eat these foods that become the enemy. Moderation is always the key. As much baking as I do around the holidays I am challenging myself to cut back on the baked goods for 14 days as kind of a cleanse.

I don’t like being sick and this is the sickest I have been in a long while 😦 I start today with paying closer attention to what I’m putting in my body. I will focus on eating more of a variety of fruits and veggies. I want to share this with for the next 14 days to keep me accountable. I feel like my body so needs this right now.I can’t wait to get back to my training and just to get back on track.

Do you ever get into eating ruts? Do you find it difficult sometimes to take rest days when you are not feeling your best? I know that ever since I started running that it’s sometimes difficult to take needed rest days because I love it so much.I am always curious how other people deal with these issues.

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