Thinking out loud

by Khushboo on December 18, 2014

Hey guys!  Today is one of those days where I have various little things to blog about, none of which deserve their own post so get ready for a word vomit…or in more socially appropriate terms, I’m thinking out loud with my girl Amanda:

  • I loved reading all your comments to Monday’s post on Staying Healthy Over the Holidays.  It looks like general consensus has salad on one hand, cookie in the other balance written all over it. If you haven’t already, do take a look at the comment section.
  • Given my fall last week, I went in to the Pinkathon 10 KM run for Breast Cancer with little expectations to actually run.  I am pleased to say that I ended up running the whole distance thanks to the fantastic energy and 2 fab running buddies.  Although the wounds on my knees did sting afterwards, it was worth every bit in terms of runners’ high & participating in such a wonderful cause.  So far I’ve raised about Rs. 70,000 and I’m hoping to get that up to Rs. 100,000 within the next 2 weeks so please sponsor me.  Another huge thanks to those of you who already have.  I’m definitely thinking this is going to be an annual race for me.

Pinkathon

  • Can you believe it’s only 1 week till Christmas?  Although we don’t really celebrate the holiday here at all, I’ve upheld my annual tradition of watching Home Alone 1 & 2 and plan to watch my third favorite The Santa Clause over the weekend.  And of course Mariah Carrey’s rendition of All I want for Christmas is back on my playlist.
  • I’ve been all about the natural remedies this past week, especially when tackling one of the joys of being a female: water retention.  Good news guys: I’ve found a solution, courtesy of my friend Urvashi: 2-3 cups of parsley tea daily i.e. a tablespoon of dried or fresh parsley seeped in hot water.  It doesn’t taste very nice, but works SO well…be sure to eat the parsley at the end too.  Gotta love natural diuretics!

Parsley tea

  • Another natural remedy I’ve been loving is aloe vera!  I’ve been alternating between coconut oil, vaseline  & aloe vera  to keep my knee wounds moist so that they don’t leave a scar, but apparently aloe has so many other uses.  It’s definitely something I’m going to constantly keep on hand!
  • After months of not eating quinoa for no reason at all, I’ve been all about it for dinners lately.  I tend to cook enough for 2-3 times to streamline dinner prep during the week.  Although it’s not much of a recipe, this quinoa concoction turned out really well and  was the perfect much-needed comfort dinner on a Monday night: 

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Sauté together tofu cubes, broccoli & mushroom slices.  Towards the end, add in cooked quinoa & marinara sauce.  Stir in oregano & a heaped tablespoon of nutritional yeast. Stir to combine well &  heated through. 

Wahay for unintentional ‘Meatless Monday’ meals…and alliterations ;)!

And that’s me done for today! 

How are you getting into the Christmas spirit before the big day? 

What did you have for dinner on Monday? 

Got any natural remedies that you swear by?  Please share!

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Lucie@FitSwissChick December 18, 2014 at 6:53 pm

Since I am home sick since over a week, I put fresh ginger and lemon into my teas all the time! It warms nicely, has a good detox effect and gives me the vitamins I need!
Love the Quinoa recipe!

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Khushboo December 19, 2014 at 9:00 am

Hope you’re feeling better, Lucie..in time for the weekend :)!

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Amanda @ .running with spoons. December 18, 2014 at 7:23 pm

Parsley tea, you say? Hmmm. I can’t imagine that tasting very good at all, but if it helps with water retention, then I’m all for it… especially during our favourite time of the month. Vitamin B6 is another really good one to supplement with higher doses if you’re dealing with water retention, too. And I have an aloe plant that I keep meaning to slice up and try using on the eczema that I have on one of my hands, but I just feel so mean doing it! 😆

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Khushboo December 19, 2014 at 9:02 am

Ooh that’s a good tip about Vitamin B6- will definitely have to look into that. Until you get the courage to slice up that plant, get your hands on aloe vera gel- I can see why it would be so good for eczema!

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Tara @ Sweat like a Pig December 18, 2014 at 7:49 pm

I’m all about the natural remedies! I love coconut oil, jojoba oil, tea tree oil, aloe vera… just to name a few 🙂 Well done for completing the race despite everything!

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Khushboo December 19, 2014 at 9:02 am

I remember you posting about jojoba oil- I love the idea of using that as a facial moisturiser!

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Bri December 18, 2014 at 9:29 pm

Love that tea mug! That quinoa recipe sounds yummy!

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Khushboo December 19, 2014 at 9:03 am

Thanks Bri :)!

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dixya | food, pleasure, and health December 19, 2014 at 1:03 am

i have been bad about xmas this year 🙁 but have attended a couple of parties…i will email you on how to raise for a cause because thats one of my goals for 2015 – run a race for a cause..

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Khushboo December 19, 2014 at 9:03 am

Please do email me- would love to help if I can :)!

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dixya | food, pleasure, and health December 19, 2014 at 1:54 am

i have not heard of parsley tea before but i will definitely try it out because this girl is bloated, with a big B.

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Khushboo December 19, 2014 at 9:04 am

Ick I know the feeling- am sure this will help put an end to it ASAP!

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Arman @ thebigmansworld December 19, 2014 at 4:13 am

Argh, I had trouble every time I tried to donate so I’m going to just make a donation here to our charity here in your honour – great job on raising so much so far!

I’m glad I don’t suffer water retention of that calibre because parsley is actually edible punishment. I haven’t been able to eat rice paper rolls for ages after one teeny bit was embedded in it 🙁

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Khushboo December 19, 2014 at 9:05 am

Ah thanks so much, Arman…for trying! Whether you donate here or in Australia, it’s all towards a great cause :)!

Given your parsley-aversion, I’m guessing tabbouleh is a no-no for you?

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Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen December 19, 2014 at 5:38 am

Congrats on the race! You’re a trooper for going ahead with it anyways despite your knees.

I’m totally planning on watching The Santa Clause soon too. Love that one!

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Khushboo December 19, 2014 at 9:05 am

Thanks so much, Chelsea! Even though it’s fairly old now, have you seen The Holiday? That’s another one of my Christmas faves!

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GiGi Eats December 19, 2014 at 8:27 am

OMFG YOU DON’T LIKE WATER RETENTION?!?!?! WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU?

BAH HA HA AH HA AHA HA AH AHA HA HA AH!!! jk 😉

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Khushboo December 19, 2014 at 9:05 am

Haha I know right!

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Brittany December 20, 2014 at 1:46 am

OoohhHhh parsley tea sounds wonderfully holistic! I love.

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Khushboo December 22, 2014 at 10:58 am

Give it a shot 🙂

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Parita @ myinnershakti December 20, 2014 at 2:19 am

We plan on making breakfast at home, curling up on the couch with coffee/hot chocolate, and watching a Christmas movie or two! I can’t wait!

I hope you have a wonderful holiday, K!

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Khushboo December 22, 2014 at 10:58 am

Your weekend sounds like absolute bliss- what did you guys end up making/watching?

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Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets December 20, 2014 at 10:00 pm

I used to have an aloe vera plant and I used it all the time for burns and such. It was fantastic, although I lost him. He got some kind of plant bug, and it was all downhill from there. 🙁

I’m thrilled you were able to run the race. Great job.

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Khushboo December 22, 2014 at 10:59 am

Ooh wow, now THAT’S what I call fresh…awesome that you had an aloe plant!!

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table December 21, 2014 at 9:51 am

Way to go on the race! I love ACV of everything – digestion, heart burn, as a tone for my face… I swear it’s a miracle drug.

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Khushboo December 22, 2014 at 10:59 am

So I’ve heard!! I used to take capsules but I am sure drinking it straight up would be so much more effective!

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