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Let me tell you about my relationship with coffee – because you can have relationships with things other than people, you know.  Coffee has been there for me when my afternoon’s supply of energy is crashing and also when I’ve desired a sweet treat to drink. I love it – but hate that I can never make a cup like Starbucks does. This Starbucks obsession may have had something to do with my empty pantry… but that was last month because it was just a week ago that I discovered Teeccino caffeine-free herbal coffee. Before I begin to tell you the ways in which Teeccino has changed my life, I must first explain what led me to find an alternative.

Since starting my new job, I strangely adapted the habit of making a cup of coffee every morning for my ride to work. I wish I could explain where this came from. I’ve never been a morning coffee drinker! But it happened and I wasn’t pleased with how my body was responding to it. I’d begin the day’s work and noticed my thoughts becoming foggy and farty. This was from just one cup! I did some research and discovered that caffeine limits the amount of oxygen that is able to get through to your brain (you’ll never see my vocabulary get any more scientific than that). I had to find an alternative.

Teeccino!!

This particular drink happened to be made into an iced cup, but I prefer it freshly brewed. I can’t even begin to explain how much more I prefer this over regular coffee. Not even the best, most famous Starbucks barista could brew what my coffee maker does with Teeccino.

With coffee, I’m having to add some sort of sweetener due to its unavoidable bitterness. Not with Teeccino! If anything is added, it’s a hint of almond milk, but just a hint because too much can overpower the sweetness that already exists.

Make a trip to your nearest natural grocery store, give it a try , and be thankful that coffee doesn’t have feelings.

I’m not lying when I say that this is the first time in the last 3 weeks I’ve been able to lazy down on my couch with my lappy and let my brain think of things other than”be professional”.  I desperately need an extra day in the week to grocery shop, cook, capture, write & VEG. Come on, Thanksgiving!

I’m pictureless this post. You devoted readers deserve so much more than just a grey and white page – but isn’t there a saying about good things coming to those who are patient? If not, then you should know that this IS true for the readers of take good bites. You just wait. I’ll learn time management.

I’m still alive and I just wanted you to know.

I put much thought into birthday gifts.  Which is good – to an extent.  But when the contemplation results in the birthday recipient receiving a late birthday gift, you’ve gone overboard.  Birthday gifts should be thoughtful and all, but they should also be on time.  My Colt’s came late this year, which must now mean the hunt needs to begin one two months in advance. I’m aware that this puts me in the gift shopper extremist category.

One of my favorite resources for gift shopping is gifts.com. They provide a bunch of fun ideas I could never come up with myself. It’s perfect for the online shopper that is constantly on the hunt for convenience, unbeatable prices, and crowdless spaces.
This guy was perfect for my Colt. A re-purposed wine bottle that has been turned into a home for basil!

Colt eats pizza like he invented it – so when I spotted this, I knew there couldn’t be anything better.  It was the perfect addition to the pizza stone he got last year. Theme is key when finding your gift soul mate.

I knew he loved it the moment I got the first update on the status of his baby basil sprouts. He loves it!

I can remember the days when time allowed a moment to actually get my cutting board messy in the kitchen.  Lately, it’s been a good one if I even step foot in a kitchen. The new job is forcing new eating routines. I’m learning to adapt to this challenge. No longer can I run to my kitchen for lunch and easily prepare a vegetarian meal based on the abundant veggie options that are kept readily available. Instead, I’m forced to put all insecurities aside and embrace my vegetarian lifestyle in situations that may not support it. Life is happening and it’s encouraging growth.

Growth is good.

Sometimes I’ll make food based on its expiration date. The spinach in my fridge was on its last whim, so I respected it by eating it.

This was a 50/50 salad. 50% fresh, 50% frozen and perfect for the hard working, wanna-be-good-to-your-body eaters out there. There was that one time I made fresh cut sweet potato fries, but let me remind you that this was when time ticked in my favor. The fries for this salad however, came from the second 50. The freezer. As did that pretty, fake grill-marked veggie patty.

salad podge:

spinach. red onion. bell pepper. tomato. sweet potato fries. veggie burger. balsamic vinaigrette.

I can’t decide if I loved this salad for the flavor or for the convenience. You decide.

I know my last post just briefly touched on the reasons for my absence, but now I can get serious with y’all. Details? Well, the past two weeks have consisted of a couple interviews and one deserving, yet rewarding Sprinkles cupcake.

{I like to justify my decision of eating sugary goods}

Yesterday there was the cupcake because I felt as if I dominated my second interview. Or maybe it was the anxiety that lead to the cupcake. Either way, it was too good and worth every flake of sugary coconut.   Then, today there was my all time favorite Braums-single-dipped-cappuccino-chocolate-chunk-frozen-yogurt. Instead of heading for the sugar due to an anxiety overload, these bites of delights were made in celebration of the news I received today. Two intense interviews and one cupcake later – I got the job! I am oh so happy. I’ve really enjoyed the last 8 months I’ve spent as a personal trainer. In fact, if it weren’t for the great women that came to me in the hopes that I could help them reach their dreams of gaining a new life, then I wouldn’t have known how to find mine.

More deets? I’ll be working for Sona MedSpa as a Lifestyle Educator. It’s practically what I’ve done at the gym minus exercise programs and tennis shoes. I’m so glad this isn’t a dream.

I’m not real sure what this means for takegoodbites. I want to continue my new found fun hobby, but from what I hear, big girl jobs pay the bills. Hobbies don’t. Honestly though, who knows! I could become a Lifestyle Educator that works in an office and online, but never again in tennis shoes.

I followed this truck furiously this morning. My heart broke for these animals knowing where they were headed. So I came up with an escape plan for them. Certainly, mr. truck driver had to hit up some truck stop along his way and when he did, I would make my move. I would open every single cage and set every single innocent chicken free.

But my exit came before his truck stop, so I just went home and ate a veggie burger instead.

Today I ate watermelon, but wished it were pumpkin. I want Autumn now! I want Autumn for its colors, its rain, its smell, but mainly for its pumpkin flavors. There are so many recipes I want to try with you guys!

I’ve been daydreaming about all the pumpkin foods I’ve found on Punchfork. Punchfork is the neatest thing.  I simply searched “pumpkin” and all my pumpkin dreams came true.  It saved me from having to separately peak through other great pumpkin making blogs.

September officially marks the month for pumpkin smoothies, soups, spreads, seeds, and granola. The list is never ending. I want to make them all, and I want to make them goodbites, as in healthy, since that’s what we’re all about here at takegoodbites.

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