Those Quesadillas, Tho’

Butternut squash, black bean, and red onion quesadilla with greek yogurt sour cream

YOU GUYS.

I am here to present you with the most delicious, healthy, vegetarian meal I’ve had in a while. The kind where you feel like you’re scarfing down naughty late-night junk food, but in fact somehow you’ve fooled yourself and you’re getting loads of healthy things instead. (Okay, minus the cheese, but cheese is healthy for the soul, and we really didn’t use much at all.)

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Trying Out a New Kale Salad

The final product, Red Quinoa and baby kale salad with sweet potato fries and blackberry dressing, and added feta cheese

Monday Night Cook-All

This past Monday night, the man and I tested out a new recipe from a new cookbook, Simple Green Suppers, A Fresh Strategy for One-Dish Vegetarian Meals. We also put together some easy lunches for the next day, and I thought I’d document it all because food is fun—end of story.

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10 Miles, Vacation Day, & Sunday Meal Prep

10 Miles at the Highline Canal near Cherry Hills Village, Denver, CO

So. Many. Things.

And so much fun.

This weekend was an outstanding one—other than a long run on the schedule and Nick’s flight to Philly on Sunday, we had nothing else planned and let everything unfold naturally.

The result was: seeing a great movie, starting a new tradition called Vacation Day, “beer school,” and so much meal prep and productivity on Sunday that my head might’ve fallen off (in a good way, I think).

Brace yourself for the longest post ever and 10,000 pictures!

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Daily Diet: Workday Eats

Fridge full of meal prep foods, health eating

Meal Preppin‘ for the Win

Happy Wednesday! How’s your week going?

I thought I’d share a little sample of what my meals have looked like lately. This installment includes tons of veggiesfruitsgrains, and fish!

The man is so good at packing lunches and planning meals, and I’m really loving the routine. It’s economical and sets you up for success (except for outlier-days like Burrito-gate).

Take a look!

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Scenes From a Long Run

Scenes From My Long Run, running, fitness, food, half marathon training, Denver Colorado Wash Park

Before, During, & After

Happy Monday! How was your weekend? We switched things up a bit and did our long runs on Saturday this time around. I’m kind of a fan of the change.

The man had a more intense run on his training schedule—14+ miles of trail at White Ranch Open Space—and I did a solo long run of 9 miles at Wash Park and the surrounding neighborhoods.

I took this opportunity to document everything that happens in the hours prepping for a long run, scenes along the way, and how I decompress/celebrate afterward. Enjoy!

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A Weekend Chock-Full of New Things

Eat to Run to Eat, running, half marathon training, fitness and food blog

Running & Eating & Reading, Oh My!

Happy Monday, friends!

I know what you’re thinking: new things, Vanessa? running, eating, reading? That’s basically all you do. And you’re right, but this past weekend was dedicated to mixing things up when it comes to half marathon training, upping my mileage, meal prepping, and eating well.

Here’s a plethora of weekend snapshots that won’t look like my same old photo updates.

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Daily Diet: What I Eat in a Day

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Looking to Maintain

After some weird weeks and a significant decrease in my running mileage, I was worried I might gain weight this month (maintaining a 30-pound weight loss is still relatively new territory for me). I also have been careful not to restrict myself too much, as I’ve been reading about Reverse Dieting and making sure my metabolism is running strong.

Anyway, this Daily Diet reflects a typical workday of eating real foods and enjoying every bite. Also: I have maintained this month and hope to get back to running lots of miles consistently soon.

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Gems from Michael Pollan’s “In Defense of Food”

Favorite Takeaways from Michael Pollan's "In Defense of Food" | Weight loss, fitness, health

An Eater‘s Manifesto

(And an eater I am.)  Just like the people we love and interact with often—many of us have a dysfunctional, love-hate relationship with food. Most of this is borne of societal pressures and gender roles; commercial and capitalistic incentives; and an unhealthy obsession with status, stability, and the illusion of control. That’s a whole other manifesto.

But since we can’t just, like, avoid it for the rest of our lives, why not start to rectify our relationship with food, for real? [Enter Michael Pollan, stage left.]

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Some of My Go-To Fitness & Foodie Blogs

My favorite food, fitness, and wellness blogs

Food, fitness, and a deliberate lifestyle: That’s my aim not only on The Real Life but… in real life. I want to get fitter, savor more delicious, real food, and put tremendous thought into my passions and overall state of mind.

When I’m looking for inspiration in one or all of these categories, I visit some of my favorite bloggers’ sites and glean wisdom from their expertise. Check them out!

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