How I spent my Tuesday

I’ve been getting inquiries as to what my typical day looks like, so thought I’d give it a go. What’s laid about below is pretty typical, except I usually have school. It’s finals week, so my class schedule is different and actually, two of my classes ended last week. I don’t work at the gym on Tuesdays, and without school, I had a lot of time to do as I pleased. This felt great after all the end-of-term studying and chaos. I thought about posting this on Wednesday, but want to be consistent with the days I do and don’t blog, so decided to wait until today. Please know, some of these photos were taken on my iPhone, so pardon the grainy quality. Anyway, here’s how I spent my Tuesday this week:

  • My alarm went off just before 5:30 a.m. My yoga clothes were already laid out from the night before on my dresser, and I got dressed in the dark. Then, I went to the kitchen, drank some water and took my Green Pasture’s fermented cod liver oil — cinnamon tingle flavor. This stuff actually tastes really good and I look forward to taking it every morning. Is that weird?
    I got up about 10 minutes prior, but this is what time it was when I was messing around in the kitchen.
    I got up about 10 minutes prior, but this is what time it was when I was messing around in the kitchen.

    Green Pasture's fermented cod liver oil. Note: this is a reused photo.
    Green Pasture’s fermented cod liver oil. Note: this is a reused photo from the day I bought this stuff. If you look closely, you’ll see the plastic wrapper is still on it.
  • I left my house at 5:45-ish and drove to my nearby yoga studio, Root Whole Body, for power vinyasa class from 6-7:30 a.m.

    My yoga studio, in the dark. I've been practicing at this studio (Root Whole Body) for over 4 years now. <3
    My yoga studio, in the dark. I’ve been practicing at this studio for over 4 years now. Root also supplies Green Pasture’s fermented cod liver oil, which is where I bought mine. They recently started carrying it, thanks to the in-house holistic nutritionist.
  • I loaded up my car with my bag full of ingredients for my date/nut treats at Cultured Caveman before going to yoga, so I wouldn’t have to go back home. The new cocoa mint flavor sold out at the Hawthorne location in one day, so I needed to come in and make some more. You can learn how to make the cocoa mint truffles/bites here.

    Cultured Caveman, Alberta Street location. Note: this is also a reused photo from the summer. They aren't open early in the morning when I come in. I couldn't get a photo because there were people working on some stuff in the cart pod.
    Cultured Caveman, Alberta Street location. Note: this is also a reused photo from the summer. They aren’t open early in the morning when I come in. I couldn’t get a photo this specific day because there were people working on some stuff in the cart pod.
  • I went home and made breakfast, while watching The Wonder Years on Netflix. I love this show. What’s funny is I never actually watched this show when it was on, but adore it now. I have a thing for old sitcoms. I do recall watching it occasionally at my friend, Sara’s house, in elementary school though. We’d usually watch it in bed at night. I remember being jealous that she had a TV in her room.
    The Wonder Years.
    The Wonder Years.

    Breakfast of champions. Two sunny-side up pastured eggs with chives, avocado, chicken breakfast sausages, apple slices and bulletproof-style hot cold-brewed coffee. I also ate some almond butter with my apple slices.
    Breakfast of champions. Two sunny-side up pastured eggs with chives, 1/4 of an avocado, chicken breakfast sausages, apple slices and bulletproof-style, hot cold-brewed coffee. I also ate some almond butter with my apple slices.
  • Checked emails, blogged, perused articles and checked reporter inquiries for NightWave Sleep Assistant (I do freelance writing for them), listened to Everyday Paleo Lifestyle and Fitness podcast, social media stuff, etc.

    EPLifeFit podcast with Sarah Fragosso and Jason Seib.
    EPLifeFit podcast with Sarah Fragoso and Jason Seib.
  • Showered, but didn’t wash my hair. There was no point because I knew I was going toΒ RecreateΒ later.
  • Hand washed some swimsuits to take to Hawaii with me. I don’t like hand washing much, so these suits have been in my hamper since summer. I didn’t really have any need to wear them, obviously.

    Swimsuits that have been sitting in my laundry basket since my trip home to Michigan this past summer.
    Swimsuits that have been sitting in my laundry basket since my trip home to Michigan this past summer.
  • Attempted making coconut flour cocoa banana bread. It tasted pretty good, despite falling apart when I tipped it out of the pan (should’ve let it cool a bit before doing so). It still needs some tweaking though, so I will not be sharing the recipe at this point.
Oops. Remember how I just did a post (this very day, actually) about recipe blunders? I ate that whole little chunk that broke up, plus a little more to even out the end. Ha. I liked it with coconut oil spread on top.
Oops. Remember how I just did a post (this very day, actually) about recipe blunders? I ate that whole little chunk that broke off, plus a little more to even out the end. I don’t like things uneven. I liked it with coconut oil spread on top.
  • I wasn’t too hungry for anything else after eating a bunch of banana bread, so just ate some deli chicken slices and 1/4 of an avocado. Oh, and a spoonful of coconut butter too.
Avocado and deli chicken slices.
Avocado and deli chicken slices.
  • Started packing for my Hawaii trip.
  • Drank some Tulsi Holy Basil Tea and then a little later, some GT’s Synergy Kombucha (Trilogy flavor, my favorite) while watching A Charlie Brown Christmas on Hulu. During this time, I also looked through some cookbooks.

    Chill time with some GT's trilogy kombucha.
    Chill time with some kombucha and A Charlie Brown Christmas. Oh, cookbooks too.
  • Drove to Recreate for Jesse’s Primal Recess class from 4:30-5:30.
    Recreate Fitness.
    Recreate Fitness.

    What we did in class. It was fun, playful and hard work! Especially the sloth traverses ... those are tiring.
    What we did in class. It was fun, playful and hard work! Especially the sloth traverses … those are tiring.
  • Stopped at Food Front Co-op on my way home to pick up a couple ingredients for dinner. I also decided to buy a baby wreath while I was there. We decided against getting a little tree because of traveling and our two curious cats. We’ve yet to introduce them to a Christmas tree. I love the smell of Christmas trees and will miss it this year, since I’m not going back to Michigan for Christmas. I thought this would help … it’s no tree, but better than nothing.

    My cute, little, locally-made wreath. Now, I just need an over-the-door hook for it. It smells so good!
    My cute locally-made wreath. Now, I just need an over-the-door hook for it. It smells so good!
  • Made dinner and ate with Jesse when he got home, around 6:45.

    Dinner. Flap steak with kale and a delicious mustard sauce. Recipe to come!
    Dinner: flap steak with kale and a delicious mustard sauce. Recipe to come!
  • Watched a couple shows on Hulu with Jesse while drinking some more Tulsi Holy Basil Tea. Then, I drank the other half of my kombucha from earlier. I also finished folding laundry from earlier.
  • Showered and got ready for bed. I was in bed just before 10 p.m.

That’s it folks. It’s nothing super exciting, but some of you asked, so I shared! It’s good for me though, and that’s what matters, right?

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25 thoughts on “How I spent my Tuesday

  1. Nikki December 13, 2012 / 6:03 am

    This sounds like a perfect day! I am so jealous of your caveman food trucks. Here’s hoping the trend moves East at some point. I want to look more into the Codliver oil…it really tastes good???

    • paleoinpdx December 13, 2012 / 9:14 am

      It tastes good to me, but I’ve heard that Green Pasture’s other flavors aren’t as good, so go with the cinnamon tingle if you order it. I don’t speak for other brands, though this is the only company I know of that makes the FERMENTED cod liver oil.

      • Primal Smoke December 13, 2012 / 2:19 pm

        Do you have the liquid FCLO? I buy cinnamon tingle in gel form, it it a bit more difficult to dose, I usually end up just trying to suck all of it off of my measuing spoon because its so viscous.

        Also, I think it tastes good too, but it didnt at first. After a few days then I started to enjoy the flavor of it. It is an aquired taste, sort of like kimchi and red wine…and marriage.

      • paleoinpdx December 13, 2012 / 3:23 pm

        Haha, I love it @Primal Smoke! Yes, I have the liquid, but it’s very thick, though probably not as thick as the gel. Is that the butter oil blend that you’re referring to? I heard from someone else that it’s harder to take down.

      • Primal Smoke December 13, 2012 / 3:54 pm

        Yep, I take a big chunk of it and swallow it like a huge cinnamony pill and then spend the next 10 minutes trying to get all the little scraps off the spoon because that stuff is expensive. πŸ™‚

      • paleoinpdx December 13, 2012 / 4:02 pm

        Haha, I hear ya! Fortunately, my yoga studio carries it and I get a discount since I’m a member. I got my bottle for under $40 (don’t remember exact price). It’s a steal, but I still try and get every last drop too πŸ˜‰

  2. Megan December 13, 2012 / 6:37 am

    What are the benefits of the Codliver Oil?

    • paleoinpdx December 13, 2012 / 9:20 am

      This brand, specifically, is awesome because the product is active and unheated in production. There are lots of great benefits. Rather than me type a bunch of stuff out, visit this link http://greenpasturescodliveroil.com. Check out Green Pasture’s website too for more info about their product http://www.greepasture.org. This is the only brand that I am aware of that makes the fermented variety and it’s highly spoken in the Weston A. Price/paleo nutrition world.

      • Megan December 13, 2012 / 9:42 am

        Awesome thanks!

  3. Emily December 13, 2012 / 10:31 am

    Enjoyed reading this! I am visiting my sister in Denver for the holidays and while I love the sunshine, I miss PDX and your post reminded me of some home comforts! My neighborhood food shopping is at Food Front Co-Op and your breakfast looks just like mine….eggs with chives, Applegate sausages, avocados + carmelized onions (sometimes with sauteed squash and/or apples too). Its nice to be reminded I’m not a “weirdo” for being the only one at the table whose not eating cold cereal for breakfast! I’ve also been wanting to watch Charlie Brown’s Christmas and just found it on Hulu! Thanks and hope you and Jesse have a great Xmas in Hawaii!

    • paleoinpdx December 13, 2012 / 10:34 am

      Aw, thanks Emily! I’m glad my post could provide you with some comforting memories of PDX. We sound very similar … even down to the brand of breakfast sausages (those are indefinitely Applegate Naturals sausages)! I wish you a lovely Christmas as well. Enjoy the Colorado snow!

  4. paleoinpdx December 13, 2012 / 12:44 pm

    No, I haven’t tried the red mango, but it sounds delish! I’ll have to give it a go. I like the ginger too, but seriously, trilogy is where it’s at for me. I bet you’ll like it πŸ˜‰

  5. Cinnamoneats December 13, 2012 / 1:51 pm

    Wow do you always get up so early? I’m sooo not a morning person! You took me down a trip to memory lane with the Wonder Years! I used to love watching that show πŸ™‚

    I bought a case of the Trilogy kombucha have about 5 left… Love that stuff! Have you tried the ones with chia seeds? I tried the grape one it wasn’t bad.

    We don’t have an xmas tree this year since I’m not sure how much longer we’ll be here! Still it feels strange without one!

    Yet to try the cod liver oil… Maybe some day. Also I think it’s so cool that you’ve got a paleo food truck there! I wish more people around here were into it!

    Anyway hope you have a great trip and looking forward to reading about it!

    • paleoinpdx December 13, 2012 / 3:31 pm

      Yep, I’ve been getting up that early for over four years now to practice yoga. If I’m not at yoga on a weekday, then chances are I’m at Recreate taking 6:30 a.m. class, which means I sleep in until 6! On Saturdays, I sleep in until 7:30 or 7:45 and either go to 8 a.m. yoga or 8:30 a.m. class at Recreate. On Sundays, I get up at 7 a.m., eat breakfast, and go over my yoga class plan. Then I assist with class at Recreate and teach yoga right after. I love mornings and doing my activities upon waking up.

      What do you mean you don’t know how much longer you’ll be here? Plans of moving?

      Nope, I haven’t tried the chia seed kombucha and don’t plan to. I don’t eat chia, and am supposed to avoid it anyway since it’s SCD-illegal. I like straight up kombucha!

      Thanks, I’m looking forward to my trip too πŸ™‚

      • Cinnamoneats December 13, 2012 / 5:04 pm

        Cool! Like I said I’m def not a morning person! I can’t function in the AM lol even during high school and uni I did everything at night… I just work better then!

        As for moving well it’s a possibility. Husband has a job offer from the UK… We’re just waiting for them to send the contract to see if it’s worth another move!

        And the chia seeds yeh I try not to have them very often but the chia kombucha intrigued me but I’d rather stick to the regular kind too πŸ™‚

        BTW have you seen the latest giveaway from Chris Kresser? You can win 9lbs of US Wellness Meat sugar free bacon…. I totally thought of you when I saw it on his site!

      • paleoinpdx December 13, 2012 / 8:43 pm

        I used to not be a morning person at all, but things started shifting my sophomore year of college, although I still wasn’t getting up as early as I do now. I really appreciate mornings though. I love the stillness and quietness. There’s just something so juicy about mornings.

        Anyway, wow the UK! Have you guys ever visited there before? What do you think at this point about the idea of moving?

        I did see that giveaway … funny that you thought of me! I guess I can say I’m flattered πŸ˜‰ I’ve never had US Wellness Meats’s SF pork bacon, but I love their SF beef bacon.

      • Cinnamoneats December 14, 2012 / 12:19 pm

        Hey so yes I’ve been around some parts of Europe before including the UK but that was a while ago and same with Joe. I like the idea of living there and being able to travel so easily to all those other countries etc so let’s see… I think the whole packing up and moving thing again will be hard though!

        Enjoy Hawaii!

  6. Alisa December 14, 2012 / 7:59 am

    I’ve never tried the Root studio but have heard great things about it! I’m a CorePower addict. I need to try Root, it’s super close to where I work.

    I’ve been cooking my way through some of your recipes. It’s hard to get my husband on board with most of them but he at least will taste them.

    • paleoinpdx December 14, 2012 / 8:43 am

      Yes, definitely check out Root! I studio hopped when I first moved here and did the deals at CorePower, Yoga Pearl, etc., but Root felt like home right away and I’ve been practicing there for over four years now with the same teachers. It’s a fabulous studio.

      I’m glad you’ve been trying out my recipes! What does your husband not care for? Just the missing grains and starch? Usually winning men over with meat isn’t too difficult (if they eat meat), but again, it just depends what they’re used to!

      Do you pronounce your name A-lee-sa, like me? I rarely meet other Alisa’s, so it’s kind neat πŸ™‚

      • Alisa December 14, 2012 / 8:54 am

        Yes, I am Ah-lease-ah too! I noticed that first thing on your blog. Have you spent years correcting Alisha and Alyssa too?!?!

        I do need to try out Root. The Power Vinyasa seems up my ally. I don’t like “easy” yoga I need to feel like I’m getting a good workout =).

        He misses grains. Spaghetti squash isn’t pasta to him. He is an ultra runner so I think he feels like he needs the carbs. I’m an avid athlete too and follow (more or less) the paleo-for-athletes plan. He likes sweet potatoes but says they aren’t a substitute for regular potatoes. He also eats out a lot more than I do and likes to try new food carts, etc that aren’t always “healthy” options. He also has a sweet tooth, which I do too. He doesn’t really care for dark chocolate, which I love and use as my “treat.” I’m certainly not a strict paleo-er as I still put half n half in my coffee and eat things like black beans and tofu but I try to stay away from processed foods and bread products. I really don’t miss any of that stuff.

        I’m planning to make the turkey tetrazzini and the shepards pie in the next week, we’ll see how it goes =). I think the shepards pie will go over well.

      • paleoinpdx December 16, 2012 / 11:14 am

        Nice! Yep, I’ve been getting Alisha and Alyssa my whole life and still correct people to this day. When I was little, I wanted a different name because nobody could ever get it right and I was too shy to speak up and correct people.

        Yes, the p.v. classes at Root are great! I’ve been practicing with Shaney Aalbers ever since I started going there and Sarah Robinette too (she teaches regular vinyasa, but still uses some heat). I highly recommend both of them, but there are other great teachers too.

        Understandable about the spaghetti squash with your husband … it takes a little bit to get used to. He may eventually come around with all this though, especially if he realizes that he feels better without grains.

        I hope you like the tetrazzini and shepherd’s pie!

  7. Jill December 14, 2012 / 6:35 pm

    LOVE The Wonder Years (especially the Christmas episodes). SUPER big fan of older shows. And love Charlie Brown. LOVE your life πŸ™‚

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