How I Eat Cheap Everyday

I love food and I love to eat. 

I also am on a budget and although I do get a free meal from work, I like to cook some things myself. My mother taught me how to spend frugally and get the most bang for my buck. Watching her cook for us when I was young showed me how to make delicious, simple food.

When I went vegan, I ate tons of peanut butter and jelly. I still do this, but I also know how to cook which I am proud to say I now eat more nutritiously.

At the end of the day, I eat essentially similar things and use spices or sauces to change it up. However, if I am being honest, I could eat the same thing every day.

Breakfast: grain (with milk)+peanut butter, fruit

examples of grains: oatmeal, cornflakes, mini-wheats, raisin bran, bagels, bread, WAFFLES

Lunch: Salad/Sandwich, pickle/chips


example salad: bead of spinach or lettuce, tofu or beans, sprouts, tomatoes, peas, dressing

example sandwich: ciabatta bread, seitan/hummus, lettuce, tomato, cheese/avocado, onions

Dinner: Grain+bean+sauce, steamed veggies 

example: white rice, chick peas, tahini/avocado salsa/sauce (flavored with nutritional yeast, s/p)

Snack: granola bar+peanut butter

There are a few things I do not do, which is simply because I just haven’t added them into my budget. The pros of these things aren’t there for me:

Superfoods (I use protein powder very sparingly and it was sent to me)

Organic (I think eating fresh fruits and veggies is important, if I find myself in a financially enough secure position, I will buy organic, but right now I’m not concerned)

Out of Season Produce (no.)

Zoodles (not enough calories for the amount they cost)

Gluten-free (I am not celiac, and often these products are more expensive, so I choose not to buy them)

Cauliflower rice (I prefer my white rice just fine, and again, not enough calories for me)

Now, saying that I do not buy these things regularly does not mean I will not eat them nor never buy them. I am not black and white with foods as long as they’re vegan. For example, if I go to a cafe or restaurant and they put maca powder or spirulina in my smoothie, I will gladly take it. I also am always up for trying different kinds of pasta like black bean or chickpea, but I do not buy them frequently.

I have a few resources for all those people who want to start making some of their own food, but also mind their budget:

No Meat Athlete 5 Sauce System <—I USE THIS SO MUCH!

Healthy Eating On A Budget

16 Affordable Vegan Finds at Aldis

Rabbit Elite

A few months ago, I was selected to be a part of the Rabbit ELITE racing team.

Rabbit running apparel is made in California and the company was started by two women, Monica and Jill. Both having been in the running business for years, they found it incredible that they had yet to find running clothing that worked for them. So, being entrepreneurial minded, they decided to start making clothes for themselves…and luckily for me, for other runners as well.

Being based in LA, they have complete oversight into their production at each level. This is important to me and to companies I support. “Most importantly, we know for sure that all of our apparel is made in conditions we approve of by workers who are treated well and fairly.”

I have tested out the apparel they have sent me a few times, both in training and in my everyday use and can honestly give it great reviews.


The singlet is bright yellow and is form fitting without overly constricting my torso or hugging in the wrong places. You know those shirts you have that just bunch in the wrong areas? They either chafe or make you look punchy. The singlet gives a very streamlined look and also shows off my summer tan. It also looks great. At the fatass race I did a few weeks ago, other runners asked where I got it and I enjoyed hearing them say “Next lap, I’ll catch the rabbit”. It was a great talking piece.

The shorts are also a new favorite and that is big coming from me, a self proclaimed spandex loving girl. I like the air flow the shorts provide and also pocket options. There is one in the back and two on the sides. What I worry about is that my nutrition may fall out of the pockets because of the baggy nature shorts have. The pockets in these shorts are tight enough that none of my snacks (I’ve put granola bars, Gu and RunGum in them so far) have fallen out. The back pocket also features a zipper, which is where I stash my house and gym key. They do not move around at all while in there, which is a bonus.


Lastly, and probably my most favorite is the Rabbit trucker hat. I wore this for my recent 40 miler, Many on the Genny and not only did it keep sweat off my face, it tamed my wild locks and aerated my head so I didn’t get too hot. I love hats when it comes to longer races, so this piece was what I was excited about the most. It did not disappoint.


Overall, I recommend Rabbit apparel for both male and female runners. They have great options on their site not only for trail runners like me, but for track athletes and everyday use.

Right now, you can save 10% off your order if you use this link and head to their website to pick up some great running gear.

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See you out there!

Back Home

Well, I moved!

I currently reside in Newfield, NY which is just outside Ithaca until the end of the month at which time I will move to an apartment downtown. I am staying with my coworker and her boyfriend and three dogs.

Three adorable, energetic labs that have made my life quite exciting.

Maple likes to eat all the fruit and vegetables I leave on the counter.


Aspen is the most chill puppy ever, but is naughty when she spends too much time with Maple.

Yeti is the oldest and the one that behaves the best. I left a whole batch of cookies on the stove all day and she didn’t eat a single one! What was she thinking?

They all go to puppy training, so I’m optimistic about Maple…

I moved in last week and already have had some fabulous runs. I’ve also gotten lost once when I tried to run in Newfield. I got 6 miles out after taking a wrong turn…then hitchhiked home in the back of a truck. My hair was crazy!


I’ve run with friends a few times and it’s like nothing has changed.

These are my people.

I’ve spent the week working for my mom at her boutique and getting my paperwork ready for CTB and the fitness center. My mom and I have had some really great days together. No matter what food I bring for her, she still tries to eat half of mine. Like mother, like daughter I guess.


I start back to work at CTB this week. I have already eaten there everyday since being back. No shame.

I don’t have a set schedule nor will I have weekends off, but that’s ok. I enjoy my job and my coworkers, so being with them is not a chore. Just have to remember to take time off for races. My Saturdays will be spent working the morning at the fitness center and then working for my mom in the afternoon. I’ll plug her Instagram when I create it and you all can look at the clothes and buy them if you want. Whenever I am in a dress, it is from her shop.

My days are all different, but part of that is really cool. I’m teaching myself to go with the flow. Running will come, I just need to be flexible.

It’s all good down here.

Naked.

One morning a few days ago, I was getting into the shower. I had some time before going to the next thing, so I paused and looked at myself, sans clothes, in the mirror. 

It’s been a while since I’ve done that, like months. 

I took a second and really saw myself.

I look different.

I am not overly toned to the point of looking unhealthy.

I have more cushion in my stomach and hips.

My boobs are fuller and do not just hang off my rib cage.

My love handles spill a bit over the waist band on my spandex.

I look appropriate for what I am doing. I look more like my mom (who is healthy). 

I do not look like I did when I was marathon training, nor how I did when I started running ultras.

I look fuller, stronger and not like I have a problem.

The training I am doing, the way I am resting, the food I eat is doing what it’s supposed to. I’m turning into a trail runner.

The thing is, the 15 pounds I’ve gained in the past few months have not really distributed yet. It’s still mostly on my mid section. But that’s ok. I sometimes get uncomfortable when my shorts are tight. I don’t have definition there. My belly sticks out.


I’m in love with this. 

This process. This path that has taken me so long to embrace. The changes necessary to both enjoy my life, let go of control and run well. 

I enjoy not having a routine. I enjoy spending time with friends and family. I enjoy impromptu bon fires and s’mores after a huge dinner of fried rice. 


I enjoy being cooked for by my friend’s chef boyfriend. I enjoy milkshakes and bagels at 3PM with my mom. I enjoy not worrying about training and just letting it come. I enjoy working around other people’s schedule and not making them work around mine.


I enjoy the feeling of being able to say this is enough. I don’t have to hit some quota of miles. I trust my training plan.

I now also trust my body. My beautiful naked, un-toned, strong, stubborn, silly body.


I trust you. I love you.

Thank you so much.

Fatass

A fatass race is one with no admission, limited or non-existent aid and no medals.

A fatass race is usually done on a looped course, in a remote area and few people.

A fatass race might be my new favorite way to run.


[photo: Michael Valone]

This past weekend I was able to participate in my good friend Michael’s second fatass race. I have really been enjoying travelling to run on the weekends, and this weekend’s trip was needed in a big way.

I was scheduled for 15 miles easy paced and the mile loop trail set up for the 8 hour event was picture perfect. There was one “aid-station” at the start/finish area and you could run as many or as few loops as you wanted.

The premise of this style of race fits in with how I view running. I started the sport because it was cheap, fun and a way to connect with myself and others. I didn’t need to be rich to participate and I get out of it what I put in.

Michael’s races basically mark a set distance loop (this was 1 mile) and the course is open for a set amount of time. The winner is the person who completes the most loops however you can come and go as you please. The winners of Saturday’s race ran the whole 8 hours (!!!!) and completed over 40 miles each. I did my 15 loops and then hung out the rest of the day.

I enjoyed seeing people all over the course and feeling like you were running with, rather than against anyone. I do enjoy running with people and these races give me a chance to do that without having to be at anyone’s pace other than my own.

The only part I was a bit worried about was that I lapped people (who were running a lot longer than me) many, many times in my 15 miles. I never want to demoralize runners, so I asked Michael afterward about that concept in looped courses. He assured me that, coming from his perspective, most people are running their own race and like to pass and be passed by all other runners. They understand, as I do, that we are all training for different things and so our paces will all be different. That put my mind at ease, because if I were running a fatass with someone like Devon Yanko or Yiou Wang, I would be the one getting lapped and I would totally not care!

That’s the beauty of a race like this, no medals, no glory, just running and being together.


I look forward to the next one.