I am spooning with my bike every night before the century. We feel more connected now and we now know that Saturday is going to be very successful.
As Billy is becoming a hard-core runner and kicking trash and I am thinking that my body is ready to get back into running (um, 3 miles on Monday…booya), we have decided that we need to adjust a few things in our eating. In order for us to become the best athletes that we can be we need to focus in on nutrition along with our workouts.
Now of course we are still going to eat at my parents house often and eat what they are eating and for special occasions we are going to eat out (which will be about once a week, I love celebrating everything:) and you better believe I am still going to visit Yogurtland 5 times a week but something has been missing.
I eat enough fruits and veggies for an army, my protein and fat intake are right where they need to be but both Billy and I are feeling like we are missing out on eating WHOLE GRAINS. Sure we have whole grain bread every now and then but the majority of our carbs come from Apple Jacks and Reese’s pb cups and s’mores bars. I think we might need to tweak that a little bit to consume more whole grains.
PS Junkfood companies do not pay me to daily advertise for them.
We are wanting to buy a variety of different WHOLE GRAINS in bulk (we love being cheap) and just adding them to our normal meals. So, if I am having a salad the size of my niece than I will just add some sort of whole grain to the salad…..if Billy is eating eggs for dinner he will throw in some wild rice or something too.
My question for you is, where do you get YOUR whole grains from? Brown rice, bulgur, millet, wild rice, oats, buckwheat, other sources? Help us out with some good ideas mmkay because we need your help:)
Billy and Janae
And for another question because heaven forbid I just have one….what size of bed do you have? Do you lie on your back, side or stomach?
-Queen bed and ALWAYS on my stomach, unless I am spooning my bike:)
I get my whole grains from oatmeal (mostly), cereal, and brown rice. I probably east enough whole grains in 1 day that could probably be sufficient for 1 week. LOL. Oh well!
As for sleep positions, I pretty much toss around in a violent circle until I find my “sweet spot.” You know…how a dog spins around on it’s bed until it eventually curls up in a ball? That would be me, but in human form, of course. Completely graceful.
Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans
My favorite grain of the moment is quinoa! I am obsessed and throw it in salad almost daily!! Other then that I get grains from couscous, bulgar, brown rice, wheat germ and whole grain pastas.
I have a Queen bed and I sleep on my stomach with one leg bent. I don’t like to cuddle anything when I am actually asleep…I am a total space hog!!!
Quinoa is my favorite grain too! And ya gotta love that its a complete protein as well. It’s so versatile–quinoa pudding for breakfast (or dessert), pilafs, meatloaf…yum-o!
I always sleep in the foetus position…I don’t get how people sleep on their back- it seems too military ha ha!
I feel you on the wholegrains bit–> I got it going on every morning without fail during breakfast with my oats but a majority of the time, wholegrains sure could make more of an appearance. I was actually just debating whether to have brown rice or noodles (the dilemmas of my life ;)) with my stir fry for dinner but I think you’ve made up my mind! Are you a smoothie girl? If so, throwing in a handful or 3 of oats is an easy way to amp your intake!
I don’t get nearly enough whole grains in my diet either. I was on an oatmeal kick a while ago so that helped, but recently I haven’t been eating as much. You’re on to something though–I need to start incorporating more whole grains into our meals!
Our bed is a queen. I flip around so much before I’m comfortable enough to fall asleep. I usually can sleep on my side or stomach.
nicole @ simply Nicole
I sleep on my stomach when I fall asleep- but end up on my side eventually.
I get my whole grains from oatmeal, quinoa, brown rice, whole wheat pita bread, and potatoes. I usually try to incorporate a whole grain at every meal too!
I have a queen and I usually fall asleep on my side and end up on my stomach or back in the middle of the night.
Laura @ LauraLikesDesign
Queen bed–ALWAYS stomach.
Grains…hmm, I don’t think I get enough of those either! Whole-grain tortilla chips and salsa are always good!
Ellen @ Undercover Runner Eats
I love oats, quinoa, bulgar, buckwheat, couscous, and bake with whole wheat flour
My favorite way to eat whole grain is oatmeal, especially as fall approaches. The hubby and I have a queen size bed, and even though he and I are both kind of small, I feel like we need a bigger bed. I need my space when I sleep! I sleep in every which way. I toss and turn a lot.
P.S. I am going to yogurtland today, super stoked bc we don’t have one where I live. But I am visiting a friend and she lives across the street from one. :) I will think of you!
P.P.S I am going to wear my workout clothes there, that way I will be motivated to workout when I get back home.
Ashley @ This Is The Place
Brown rice! It takes forever to cook, so we buy frozen, precooked brown rice from Trader Joe’s. It microwaves in 3min and is super delicious! I also eat whole grain cereal and all of our carbs are whole wheat – any toast, english muffins, buns, tortillas are whole wheat with no added sugar. It takes some time to read the labels, but it’s worth it!
We have a full bed. I always sleep on my side.
[email protected] World Through My Eyes
I eat a lot of oats and brown rice, but I eat a lot of quinoa too. I’m pretty sure that counts :)
I have a queen bed and I LOVE it. I used to be a side sleeper, but over the past year I’ve become a convert and now sleep on my stomach. It’s like my go-to position now–if I can’t sleep, I flop on my stomach and I’m out like a light. Does that ever happen to you?? Totally switching it up 30 years into your life?!
Gracie (complicated day)
WE eat a lot of brown rice; I also use whole wheat flour for most of my baking (I’ll throw in some white flour to make it lighter – maybe 1 Cup white and 5 cups wheat for a loaf of bread). The only time I don’t love whole grains is pasta; I still eat whole what pasta, but it’s not as good.
I eat lots of whole wheat pancakes. I always feel so much wide awake in the morning! I also love love love bulgar.
Lindsay@ In Sweetness and In Health
I mainly get my whole grains from whole grain bread, brown rice, whole wheat noodles, and oats! I have a full size bed and I tend to roll around a lot- so sometimes I’m on my stomach, a lot of the time I’m on my side, and sometimes I’m on my back!
Taylor @ Crumbs Don't Count
Oooo get some whole wheat flour…whole wheat cookies count, RIGHT?! You can also use the flour in combination with protein powder and make pancakes that have not only staying power but cover your protein/whole grain categories!
Brown rice is always good, and so versatile, but please try quinoa. too! It has the most protein of the grains, and it’s so good. You can buy it in bulk and add it to salads, soups, etc. We have a king size bed, and we’re sort of obsessed with it. :)
kari @ Running Ricig
I eat a lot of whole grain bagels and Mike has whole grain breads for sandwiches at lunch, but that’s about it.
We have a queen sized bed, but probably need to upgrade since the dog takes up about 50% of it.
Brandi @ The Vitamin Bee
Love the picture with you and your bike! You are going to do great this weekend!
Brown rice, quinoa, and millet are my favorite grains to use! I also like barley but it’s really easy to overcook. Oh and oatmeal in the winter! :)
I have a queen and I sleep on my side or my back.
I love millet and brown rice. My favorite thing to do is make a big batch of either and use it in different grain bowls throughout the week for lunch. So if i’ve cooked millet a few lunches may look like this:
Millet w/chickpeas, feta, broccoli and arugula topped with balsamic vinaigrette
Millet with black beans and baby spinach topped with salsa
Millet with broccoli, spinach and navy beans topped with marinara sauce
That way it’s minimal prep for each lunch!
I have a queen bed and although I mostly sleep on my side sometimes I have to adjust because my dog thinks she’s queen of the bed and hogs it. :)
I eat too many grains!
They are all whole grains though.
Oatmeal in the morning.
Whole Wheat pita at lunch.
quinoa, bulgur, or whole wheat pasta at dinner.
Whole foods sells grains in bulk, they have a huge selection too.
Queen size…always on my side. I was a stomach sleeper until three pregnancies..you learn to adjust.
How did the mattress topper work out? Is it comfy?
I tend to opt for millet mostly (& quinoa, but I think that’s technically a seed??). I stir honey, worcestershire sauce and toasted sesame oil in the millet and then sprinkle it with toasted slivered almonds. It’s good comfort food!
I tend to sleep on my back with my arms overhead :)
Jen Correa @ Mom's Gotta Run
queen… and always on my side. :)
You can get quinoa at Costco, and it is AMAZING-whole grains and high in protein. Plus it cooks fast (and is pretty cheap at Costco!)
I also like whole wheat pasta, whole wheat bread, and oats/oatmeal!!
I sleep on a queen with the hubs-and I always sleep on a sidE!
Quinoa is the best! Versatile and easy and quick to prepare. We have it as a side or instead of rice, I have had it with Greek yogurt for breakfast, or in my salads at lunch. You must buy it :)
I love, love, love quinoa! It’s super tasty and easy to make. I love making a big batch (this is my go-to recipe: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Lemon-Scented-Quinoa-240587) and then eating it the whole week since it reheats so well. I’ve also used leftovers to make a quick stir fry, using the quinoa like leftover rice. It’s even good cold, straight from the fridge.
I love quinoa and lentils! I think those are whole grains??
GREAT picture of you and “Canny.” We get our whole grains from whole grain bread & bagels, rice, Smart Taste Pasta (better than whole wheat!), cous-cous, quinoa, and oats. Oh…and we have a queen sized bed, I’m a side sleeper and normally spoon with my bike as well. ;o)
Jodi @ Southern Flavored Life
I don’t get hardly any whole grains because I am cutting out gluten, and I don’t really like brown rice. Call me crazy. We have a queen bed, but I wish my bed just took up my whole room, so I could never feel claustrophobic.
When you say that ya’ll run 3 miles (and your hubs’ 11 miles) is that without stopping or walking in between? I am trying to “up” my ante, and I just wanted to know what ‘normal’ runners do. It feels like I am never going to be able to get anywhere close to that.
I get most of my whole grains from oats and cereal! As a snack, I love popcorn. I also get sushi made with brown rice once a week.
The size of my bed: extra long. Because I’m in college and thats the size in the dorms. It’s actually kind of nice since I’m tall!
Have a good day and good luck with the whole grains :)
I remember the extra long beds…we had those too:) Oh girl, brown rice sushi is my favorite and now I am craving it big time. HAVE an AWESOME day!
I enjoy reading your blog. And I’m sorry you can’t run as much as you use to, but I’m glad to see you are still active. Well, I’m an ultra runner and I’ve recently starting eating a paleo diet (80/20). I cut out most of the grains and at first I was terrified of the negative consequences it would have on my training, but come to find out my body is fine without the pasta, bread, and rice. Plus, I feel less bloated and puffy.
I’m not saying you should cut out the grains, but I’m just sharing my experience as an athlete.
YOU ARE AN ULTRA RUNNER….um, can I have your autograph, you are amazing. Thank you SO MUCH for sharing your experience. I am always looking for new things to improve my diet and love researching new ways of eating. THANKS DOMINIQUE!
Oatmeal with a spoonful of milled flax seeds thrown in for breakfast, and a brown rice quesadilla with lots of taco cheese melted together for an instant microwave snack, and multi grain brown rice pasta for dinner! I try to make sure most of my carbs are brown, but I am also gluten free so that limits me just a bit (ever had Rice Works Chili Chips, delish!) (except for cookies…those are different) =)
Okay, that all sounds AMAZING. I need that brown rice quesadilla and I really want to try multi grain brown rice pasta….thanks so much for the ideas Lauren!
Sarah @ Sarah's Modern Bites
Seriously reading your blog in the morning brightens up my work day!! hahaha
I used to work for Whole Foods for many years so I am kind of addicted to thier bulk foods section… though most natural food markets and some conventional have bulk departments now! It is the CHEAPEST way to buy your whole grains.
I adore millet so I always stock up on that, rolled oats, short grain brown rice (love the stickiness of short grain rice), and mega tons of dried fruit :-D
We sleep on a queen and I always sleep on my stomach too! Andrew, my boyfriend thinks it is very weird that I sleep on my stomach, like a corpse haha I couldn’t imagine sleeping any other way!
I really enjoyed this post…bc I too have some trouble getting my whole grains in. I personally feel that reeses should be a part of our major food groups. right up there with skittles, swedish fish and snocaps.
All kidding aside, I love oatmeal, but like everyone else, only eat it in the winter. Ive been eating whole grain english muffins for breakfast. I tend to eat whole grain bread for my sandwiches for dinner as well. for some reason i dont eat alot of rice…but i HAVE noticed that when I eat whole wheat pasta, it does NOT work as well for running fuel as regular white pasta…no idea..im weird.
we have a queen bed, and i’m def one of those people that toss and turn in my sleep, but i definitely cannot sleep on my stomach. impossible!!
Hi Janae! I’ve been reading your blog for awhile now but everytime I try to leave a comment it won’t post so we’ll see how this goes today:) I like to buy whole grain bread for toast and my new fav way to have rice is with the recipe you had whilst in Cali, rice, pepper, salt, garlic, onion, and cayenne pepper. Try it with salmon and stir fry veggies, its divine!
The hubby and I have a king. It’s just too hot to cuddle! Plus we even sleep with separate blankets. We try to sleep under the same blankets some times but one of us always ends up hogging the covers, mostly him:) He likes to wrap up like a mummy and I like to sprawl out so we have a king:)
Have an awesome day! Much Love, Ericka
ERICKA!!! I AM SO SO HAPPY YOU ARE FINALLY ABLE TO COMMENT, this makes my day. Okay, that salmon meal sounds to die for…thank you SO SO MUCH!!! Okay, the separate blankets is BRILLIANT…..I am going to have to copy you. YOU have an amazing day too and thanks so much for your sweet comment!
I eat Whole Grain Whole Wheat Bread with peanut butter, flaxseed and sliced banana’s. I also eat Oatmeal, or whole grain rice. I like to roast bell peppers and mix it in my whole grain rice. Gives it a great flavor.
We have a queen size bed, but hope to purchase a king one day when we eventually buy matching bedroom furniture. I sleep on my stomach normally, except when pregnant. Which means a lot of sleepless nights for me.
Corey @ Learning Patience
We are quinoa lovers – its soooo good for you girl!
We are both bed hogs – super king size bed – and sometimes that’s not big enough! lol
xoxo from Trinidad
Oatmeal, and sandwich thins!
Queen, and side or back. when my hip bursitis flared up, it was a pain to fall asleep! Literally!
I get most of my whole grains from my favorite bread (it has carrots shredded in it!), uuum oatmeal, and these little freezer cookies that I make with about 2/3 cup oats, cocoa powder, melted chocolate chips and a mashed banana. :D
This post is SO for me! I have been struggling for so long about eating enough whole grains. I do eat a lot of oatmeal- but I’m going to have to give quinoa a try!
You have got to try quinoa!!! So tasty and it is also a complete protein!
double bed over heerree and i am a side sleeper all the way!
and hmm whole grains…i loveee oatmeal and i always add some quinoa (a double plus cause it has so much protein!) or cous cous or brown rice to my salads to make sure i am getting my whole grains in! i also have been having a lot of RYE bread because it is a great source of fiber and really good for you too!
yay i am so excited you and billy are now this little athlete family!!!!! love ittt<3
I actually removed all grains from my diet this year and it has helped my athletic performance 10 fold. I get carbs from fruit and some vegetables and have increased my fat intake as well. I love it so much more than I ever thought I would.
WOW…Kara that is awesome! Thank you so much for sharing that!! Carbs from fruits and veggies are the best!
I guess everybody’s with me on the brown rice. I like to eat with some taco toppings. Some beans. Some lime. Some avocado. SALSA! YUM!!
King size bed, always on stomach.
We get our whole grains from pancakes (or Ryan Hall’s cytocakes) and things like popcorn and whole grain pasta.
Cat @Breakfast to Bed
oats, taboule, bread, quinoa, millet, rice, bulghur, etc. How do I REALLY LOVE whole grain? Waffles. Bob’s red mill buckwheat pancake and waffle mix, made with stiff egg whites, and pumpkin or peaches, or apples or pears or narwhals (well not to eat inside, but to dine WITH) I also really love using a whole wheat pita because it holds everything inside. Like a present, but minus the surprise.
More whole grains is definitely a good idea chica :) I love quinoa, millet, and rice. I’ve been getting lots of rice from stir frys but quinoa is really easy to use with breakfast. I’ve made quinoa cooked with orange juice and then mixed cranberries and cinnamon in it. So delicious!!! I can’t eat wheat much anymore because it makes my stomach cramp up but I do LOVE the taste of fresh wheat bread.
Right now I am the proud owner of a cot but next week I will be back in my QUEEN bed. So SO excited! I’ve always been a side sleeper but I’m actually trying to retrain myself to sleep on my back. It’s better for the skin (a trouble spot of mine)
Alyssa @ Life of bLyss
brown rice! quinoa! whole wheat wraps! Y-U-M.
and I love your love for sugar cereals. AND YOUR GETTING BACK INTO RUNNING makes my heart so happy!
Holly @ The Runny Egg
We have a queen bed and I am a total stomach sleeper too — but if I’m sick I lay on my back (and proceed to cough all night and keep Jason up)
Whole grains: eh, we’re not the best either, but we go for oats, brown rice, quinoa (sometimes) and cheerios work too, right?
I love whole grains! I probably eat way too much daily – but whatev.
I get the majority of my daily intake from whole-grain bread (double fiber bread); Fiber One cereal (not the yummy kind – the rabbit food looking kind. I eat it with yogurt to make it sweeter. Just 1/3 of a cup has A LOT); RICE!; whole-grain tortillas, quinoa, and fiber one bars to get a mid day dessert kick
Mm. Love me some whole grain.
I love barley!! I really like eating it for breakfast (cold) mixed with greek yogurt…especially strawberry flavored. YUM! Barley salads are really good too (like pasta salad, just with barley instead- so tasty :) )
That picture of you & the bike is priceless- you are hiliarious!!!
We have a queen bed too..and I ALWAYS sleep on my stomach, always! I can’t sleep any other way, and I have to face a certain way. So strange, right?!
Leanne (Bride to Mrs.)
I get my whole grains from cereal (all bran), oatmeal, whole wheat bread and sometimes pasta (but I’m not a huge pasta lover).
Have toast with peanut butter and a banana sliced on top…. heeeeaven!
I have a queen size bed and I usually fall asleep on my back but end up waking up in the fetal position!
Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun
The more I get involved with running the more I understand how much the quality of fuel matters. I even crave quality more! However, I must say that sugar will always be a part of my diet and I’m glad fro yo isn’t leaving your side too. ;)
Since I know you love Costco, you can buy BIG 5 lb bags of quinoa and farro there for pretty cheap. I love quinoa!
Lauren (Mrs Q)
Quinoa, brown rice, oatmeal whenever I’m craving it, and whole grain pasta are my usual go-to grains. :) Cheerios are awesome, too. LOL
we have a Queen… I usually sleep on my side, but here recently it’s been sort of a diagonal side/stomach or side/back combo thing. Weird.
Lindsay @ Lindsay's List
My go-tos are quinoa and Ezekial bread. Love that they both pack protein, along with whole grains.
Whoa, whoa whoa— are you trying to tell me that Lucky Charms and Peanut butter M&Ms aren’t quality car/protein splits??? Ughhhh reality sucks!!
In all honesty though, quinoa, couscous and brown ( long grain) or wild rice are my faves! I just bought my first supply of buckwheat yesterday,but I’ve heard enough good things that I CANNOT wait to try it for breakfast today! My lover boy loves loves couscous but sticks to white or brown rice mostly bc he says it fills him up better.
Good luck! You’ve inspired me to take a more critical look at my consumption, especially while training!
HA…I think they are!! Thank you so much for your faces and that is awesome you just bought buckwheat and had is for bfast! Keep the fueling girl!
Gina @ Running to the Kitchen
My go-to grains (stocked in pretty little jars in my pantry) are quinoa, millet, brown rice and buckwheat. I’d say about 4-5 meals a week has one of those thins with it. Millet is my absolute fav though :)
I am going to copy your jar idea. That is awesome and I am going to try Millet in honor you YOU!
Rosa - Fitness, Food, Fulfilled
I’m struggling with this very subject myself. My diet is mostly produce and protein and I don’t eat nearly as many whole grains as I should for marathon training. I love quinoa (also a whole protein) thrown in salads or soups and it’s also great stuffed into bell peppers with some ground turkey.
ROSA!! That is exactly how we were eating and I am stoked to add in whole grains. Quinoa in soup= BRILLIANT, thank you!
Melissa @ TryingToHeal
I’m all about brown rice, farro, and quinoa! Just make them in 1/2 water, 1/2 veggie broth and it adds that extra flavor!
GOOD idea with the veggie broth..you are brilliant Melissa. PS we are going to be in cali in November…WE HAVE TO MEET!
I eat multi grain cheerios (I love ceral), whole wheat bread (sandwiches everyday for lunch) and brown rice, whole wheat pasta, and I love them all!
Cheerios is the best. I need to start buying whole wheat pasta, thanks so much Michele!
Brown Rice, Whole Grain Pasta, Whole Grain Cereals, and Whole Grain Bread……….these can be used in all the yummy meals I already see you eating……..mexican rice (do it with brown rice) pasta with red sauce (do with whole grain pasta) after school bowl of cereal (a whole grain version, I know you love your sugary ones but I find some of the these to be just as much of a treat!) Egg Sandwiches (on whole grain).
As for family gatherings, I agree, just do as they do……but my mom and I always ate our burgers this summer on whole grain bread instead of a bun, and now I actually prefer that.
Have fun with it, I love tweeking the diet……..helps with the whole food rut thing…..and lots of new recipe searching.
I love that you included a whole grain bun and ate what everyone else was eating too:) I basically just want to be you. I love your ideas of EASY switches. That way it doesn’t feel like a HUGE change but just substitutions. Thanks Erica, LOVE YOU!
Elizabeth @ reads recipes runs
I love adding cooked quinoa to salads. I don’t know why, but I love it! It only takes a few minutes to cook, and it’s a great way to add whole grains and protein to a salad. My fave combo right now is chick peas, salad, quinoa, corn, carrots, and ranch dressing. WIN! It’s also a good addition to soups and chili :)
Quinoa + salads= heaven!! Great combo’s girl, thank you so much!
I love the Barilla Plus whole grain pasta, it’s delicious. I also LOVE LOVE LOVE the La Brea whole grain bread from Costco…yum! Uncle Ben makes a wonderful microwaveable rice which is ready in 90 seconds but be careful because if you don’t get the exact one I am telling you about they are gross. It must read “Uncle Ben’s Ready Whole Grain Medley BROWN AND WILD RICE” The plain brown rice of this same version is sick! So beware :) That’s it!
I have seen that bread at costco and now I have to get it if you like it:) 90 seconds….done and done!! I will make sure to get the brown and wild rice version, thank you so much!
I like Baked Oatmeal (BOATmeal as Chocolate Covered Katie Calls it) and also Ronzoni SMART pasta enriched with Calcium and Fiber :) … and Thomas Whole Wheat 100 cal English Muffins.. top THAT with an egg and be in heaven :) oh yeah, and brown rice in my rice pot cooker which cooks rice and veggies FOR me bc I’m lazy laze.
Queen Sized Bed, sleep in ever position but somehow always stay on my side?
BOATMEAL….that sounds awesome and so does that pasta and english muffins. Thank you so much girls. I need a rice cooker that does the rice and veggies at the same time, that is awesome!
Jessica @ rerunrunning
Brown rice, bread, oatmeal, our pasta is whole gain, um… some cereals…. I like grains… Mmmm.
We have a California king… I slept on one side all rolled up in a little ball on my side and don’t move and the boy sprawls out, taking up the rest of the space on the gianormous be, and tosses and turns all night. It’s a good system. :)
Jessica, I am SO jealous of your Ca King…I want one!!! You really do have a good system going on!
Awww I can’t believe you will be riding 100 miles this weekend!!! So so excited for you.
My favorite wholegrains are brown rice, whole wheat pasta, and Great Harvest whole wheat bread. I eat about a loaf of bread a day so I think I’m good. :)
HOW ARE YOU!?!? Can I take you for fro-yo. PS Great Harvest is the bomb.com!
I love freshly baked whole wheat bread! I try to make it myself with whole wheat flour and a variety of seeds, mmm. I also love quinoa and throw it in my salads and stir frys. And of course oatmeal and musli are my go to breakfasts.
Good luck on your century ride!
FRESH BAKED bread is the best thing ever….that is so cool that you make your own. Thanks Sarah!
good call. One whole grain that we love in our house is Quinoa. Its higher protein and also great for breakfast, served with eggs! Jump on the quinoa bandwagon.
they sell it a costco!
COSTCO is the BOMB…thank you so much! Served with eggs is the way too go:) Off to go buy quinoa!
I go for being ‘easy’ when it comes to cooking- so its quinoa and whole wheat /whole grain pasta for me.
Lauren @ What Lauren Likes `
Single bed and one my side or tummy :)
Your bike is so pretty.
I’m glad you are getting back into running! I am finally feeling “comfortable” with it again, I now need to just get off the treadmill and run outside… I’m hoping my PT says I can friday wooohoo!
As for my bed- at my apartment at school I have a double and I sleep weird…like face down legs kinda all sorts of ways… and at home I have a twin and sleep on my back
THANK YOU SO MUCH CAIT, your comment made my day. I am SO happy that you are feeling better and please let me know what the PT says:) HA, I love the way you sleep!
I believe I have a “Full” size bed, which is definitely not big enough for 6 ft Tripp and I, but we make it work, he usually kicks me until I am on my own side, which means I sleep on my side a lot, but I like to, until my arms go dead.
Also – I love quinoa! For whole grains, I usually try to do whole wheat english muffins or whole wheat seedy/grainy bread (makes it more fun to eat and I really like the taste of wheat over white).
AHH Thanks for the ideas, I LOVE seedy/grain breads too…it is all about textures. Yeah, maybe it is time to upgrade. MY ARMS go dead too when I sleep on my side:) Have a great day!
I’m a big fan of brown rice. I like to make an Asian style salad with it: cabbage, red pepper, broccoli, etc. and mix it with brown rice and some kind of ginger and soy dressing. Yummy!
And queen size bed but I wish it was a king. I sleep on my side/stomach but my man is 6’4″ and kind of a bed hog! :)
Um, that sounds INCREDIBLE…I can’t wait to try it, thanks Andrea. 6’4″ WOW, that is TALL!!
OH, and I did your chest/back weights routine on Monday….I’m still way sore today. Love it!!!!
I AM SO HAPPY you loved it…it is killer. Have an amazing day Andrea!
brown rice and couscous! but i get most of my carbs from bread for sure!
my friend gave me her bed to borrow for the year she isn’t living in chicago because it was easier for her to not have to put it and storage and major money saver for me so win win. she told it was a full, but full sheets don’t fit on it. only queen sheets do. i told her and we’ve decided that we have no idea what size bed it is… haha. either way, i sleep on my stomach too!
That is awesome that you got to save money on a bed. HA, I love that she didn’t even know what size it was. STOMACH SLEEPERS!! I need to get into couscous, thanks girl!
Danica @ GirlsThatRun
whole grain pasta and whole grain bagels are my go-tos. i think bertolli or something makes a really good whole grain pasta that also has 8g of protein in it!
right now i sleep in a full-size bed, but one day i definitely want a california king. i sprawl out EVERYWHERE when i sleep.
Pasta and bagels…I think I can do that:) I am SO jealous of your Ca. King!
pearl barley is fabulous in salads! I use it often and so tasty :)
Oh YUM…thanks Michelle, that sounds amazing!
Whole grains make me happy!!! I usually get all of my whole grains (or the majority, anyway) during breakfast. Frosted mini wheats has 100% of your whole grains! For real- and the serving size is puny so you can still pack in lots of fruit for breakfast. We have rice with dinner a lot, and we love to have popcorn as a snack. Of course we always have whole grain bread. Have you ever heard of Ezekiel Bread? It’s in your grocer’s freezer :). It’s the HEALTHIEST bread you can eat. Check it out, but just know it’s kind of pricey.
Queen bed and stomach sleeper. Seriously. We were BFFs made in Heaven.
We really are BFF’s MADE IN HEAVEN…YOU ARE HILARIOUS GIRL:) Frosted mini-wheats does…ahhhhhhh!!! Done and Done:) Okay, I am going to have to get some Ezekial Bread, you convinced me…now I just need to convince BIlly:)
I’m glad I’m not the only one who gets Yogurtland 5 times a week. :)
I have a whole wheat english muffin (Thomas are the best) almost every morning. Kashi Go Lean is another favourite of mine. I need to experiment more with quinoa because I really like it but for whatever reason never cook with it.
TOO bad we we can’t go 5 times a week TOGETHER!??! Um, I forgot about whole wheat english muffins..thanks for the reminder!
Seriously.. that would be PHENOMENAL!
I eat a ton of brown rice. You can make a bunch and freeze it, then you can have a serving size amount to reheat in the microwave for whenever you need it. I also eat oatmeal, quinoa, couscous and use wheat flour or wheat germ when I can.
I sleep on a King bed. My bikes are stored right next to my bed, so I am feeling ya. :-)
BAHAHA I love that your bikes are close by too. OOOOHHH I didn’t even think about freezing it, that is BRILLIANT and so convenient! Thank you so much!
Hey girl!! I am a whole grains nut – I love them!! Quinoa, couscous, and lentils are so easy to make (seriously – just boil water, add in the grains, put in salt/pepper/garlic poweder), wait for them to soften (or, w/quinoa, wait until it gets the little ring around the edges), strain any extra water out, put in bowl, add in dried cranberries/parsley/nuts/whatever. EASY and CHEAP!
I also love bulgur wheat, pearled barley, Israeli couscous (sounds fancy, but it’s just the puffier version of regular couscous) :)
DI!! Oh my goodness, you made my day. That all sounds amazing. EASY and CHEAP…that is how we roll. Thank you so much for the tips! I am all about puffier versions of food too, thank you!
Quinoa is where
Ha…Kaitlin, I get to excited about this kind of stuff too….THANKS!
It’s at… sorry I got too excited and pressed submit too soon
I love all whole grains, but quinoa is probably my absolute favorite. My recent favorite cookbook is actually focused on grains, Ancient Grains for Modern Meals, you should check it out!
King size bed, b/c my husband insisted on it and I have to start out sleeping on my stomach and then always switch to my side.
Um, I am going to have to get that cookbook, that sounds like exactly what we need.
I love Pepperidge Farm 15 grain bread with 1 1/2 teaspoons honey and 1 tablespoon of creamy peanut butter- tastes like dessert! I completed my first century a couple of months ago :)
Um, that sounds amazing….I need to try that! Any advice for me and the century?
I train hard. I compete in triathlons and half marathons. The century was the hardest thing I have ever done. Not trying to be a downer or discourage you at all. It was also an amazing accomplishment! Just go into it prepared for it to be hard. I assumed it would be easy because I was a biker and had trained well. About mile 70 I wanted off the bike so bad. (Not that I would have gotten off, that isn’t how I roll.) I guess my advice would be- have fun, expect it to be tough, grit your teeth and get it done! (Oh, and make sure you have enough water and nutrition! but that is pretty obvious :) Have fun!!
AMY, thank you so much for being honest with me. I have honestly had no idea what to expect and I am grateful for you telling me what it is really like. I am really excited because of all of the different stops they have along the way for food and liquids. Thanks Amy and hopefully I survive!
Becky @ Fit Chick on the Fly
Oh boy whole grains are my bff, especially while I’m training for my half mary. Hmm let me think about what’s in my kitchen 9 times out of 10: English muffin, pasta, rice, bread (of course), oatmeal, cereals. I live off my whole grains seriously!
King size bed, fall asleep on my side, wake up on my back. Weird I know!
Anna @ Food Fitness and Frolicking
Oh, whole grains. If only you could find your way into a few more of my dishes, meals, and or snacks.
But really, I’ve been much better about incorporating them lately, or atleast I’d like to think so. Lately, I’ve been chomping on oatmeal, waffles (see latest post, nom nom) and quinoa. Quinoa is awesome mixed in salads believe it or not! Oh and brown rice is pretty tasty as well.
PS I’m so jealous of your amazing bike, I’ve always wanted one! Next blog giveaway idea? hahha just kidding.
THAT WOULD BE THE BEST giveaway ever….ha! Okay, that waffle of yours made me drool. Quinoa in salads is an AWESOME idea!
the usual – quinoa, brown rice, etc, BUT, love, love, love, pearled barley.
try this recipe with any/all of the whole grains people are suggesting, it is AMAZING.
(obvi made with extra cheese)
OH MY GOODNESS!! AVNI, thank you so so much for that recipe link, I CANNOT wait to make it!! Extra cheese is a must:)
I think you should send some of those companies your pictures and tell them to PAY you ;) lol I seriously just went out and bought apple jacks b/c of you :P (j/k)
I sleep on my sides and/or back NEVER stomach (Colin is a tummy sleeper) and we also have a Queen but dream of a KING!
THAT MADE MY DAY!! Let me know how your first bowl is:) We want a King bed so bad too! Have a great day gorgeous girl!
Whole grains are my carb best friends. I get mine from Oatmeal, Cereal (this stuff is like crack), Whole Wheat English Muffins, Whole Wheat bread, and brown rice. Yum!
I sleep on my stomach on my queen sized bed all for myself and my 203947876 pillow friends.
Cereal is crack:) I love that you have so many pillows…I am JEALOUS!
quinoa all the way!!! and for a while costco sold this amaaazing granola-pecan cinnamon cereal and i bought like a billion boxes because it’s the best. i used to sleep on my stomach or side but after the baby i sleep on my back and i try to sleep on my stomach but it’s not comfy anymore for some reason. :] we have a queen and we want a king bed baaadly but when we go on vacation and sleep in king size beds we miss knocking knees and elbows like ninjas dancing with each other.
GIRL!!! AHHH, I am loving your blog. I need to find that granola from costco! Seriously, king size beds are the best. Ninjas dancing…you are hilarious!
Sarah @ http://thedirtroaddreamer.com/
So I’m not much help on the whole grain… I don’t eat them much because the upset my tummy. I try to get all of my carbs from fruits and veggies, while sticking to meats and nuts for my protien. But I did have a little splurge after the gym yesterday….. Oatmeal Cookie FroYo from Yogurtland….. AMAZING!!!!
Also I sleep a queen bed, but can’t wait to get a king! And I am a tummy sleeper as well :)
Okay, what is this bulgur and millet you speak of? It sounds like medieval warfare. I buy whole wheat bread and tortillas and bran flake cereal is my favorite! I’d like to try quinoa but I’m scared! It looks like grits to me.
My husband and I have a King bed because he’s 6’7″ and his feet would hang off our old queen. They still hang off a little but at least we have our own space now. :)
Quinoa is my favorite. It is really good for you, super versatile, and cooks even faster than rice.
I’ve never commented here before, but follow a lot :) Love your blog!
I just finished my first mt. bike race (all on single track-not roads) and had to really tweak my eating for my training all summer-it was 32 miles at Snowbasin ski resort. My husband is also an ultra marathon runner and mt. biker as well. He’s done a bunch of ultras and smaller ones and we’ve come to the conclusion that eating gluten (ie..whole grains) is NOT what we should be putting in our bodies. We eat a fairly “primal” diet and it’s changed us for the better in a HUGE way. I have 100 times more energy than i ever did eating breads, pasta, rices, beans…weird, I know.
Not sure if you’ve read Marksdailyapple.com, but you should, just to get more info and do a bit of researching. I feel like you know a TON already, but this has seriously changed us to be the best athletes we can be (while having a busy 20 month old boy running around and keeping our energy up :) When we’re training, we add in rice and some beans and a few potatoes for a bit more energy so we can be on top of our training and race day. If it’s not training season, we don’t usually eat those things.
We eat….meat, veggies, some fruit, nuts, seeds, some dairy and lots of dark chocolate. We live by the 80/20 rule as well, so special occasions and trips are A OK to stray!
Here’s my blog if you want to know who I am…I’m a stay at home Mom who loves to mt. bike, ski, hike and be outside!
Like many people who have commented, I also get my whole grains from oatmeal and whole wheat bread. However, last night I ventured into unchartered territory and cooked up rye berries (Bob’s Red Mill brand, 50% off at my grocery store). They were quite yummy with a chewy texture and nutty flavor.
RYE BERRIES…okay, that sounds amazing! How do you get the 50% off…do you need a coupon or something?
Kim @ The Family Practice
Have you had spelt berries? They are a good source of whole grains and I like the texture a lot more than quinoa. Its more like a crossover between pasta and rice. So yummy
I have never even heard of those Kim! Thank you so much for the recommendation, I can’t wait to try them! WAHOO!
You’ll love it!
PS you totally inspired me to get into running. Just getting into it but here’s my story http://thefamilypractice.wordpress.com/2011/09/12/im-a-runner-wait-what/
Thanks for being so passionate about running – it totally rubbed off on me :) And now that we’re out here in Utah we can actually run in the sun!
A good way to work in whole grains is instead of a bed of lettuce, build your salads over a grain. Toss all your veggies, a little cheese, maybe some nuts and some vinaigrette with quinoa, brown rice, millet, bulgur (like tabbouleh!!) or farro (we just started eating farro–they are now selling it in big bags at my Costco, it sort of tastes like a cross between brown rice and Orzo) and you’re done! Leftovers pack well for lunch!
BTW, sleep on a Queen and could never go smaller! I visit my mom and look at her bed and wonder how the heck she and my dad fit into a double comfortably when we feel cramped in our Queen!
Megan @ On The Road Again
I love all of your posts! So funny and upbeat. And extra thumbs up today for posing with fun food like Apple Jacks and PB Cups… love it!
As for whole grains, I LOVE Trader Joe’s frozen, microwavable brown rice. Sticky and nutty, it only takes 3 min in the microwave.
Quinoa is also becoming a fast fave at our house. And lots of whole grain breads – whole wheat pitas (for sandwiches and mini pizzas), bagels, tortillas! Oh, and WW pasta is good too; sometimes I’ll mix it w/ regular white pasta if I’m craving the refined flour stuff.
I eat a LOT of brown rice. So much. With shakey-cheese (normal people might call it parm. cheese) on top. I could eat it for every meal. Yum!
UH we have a queen and I sleep on my tummy. Wait, I take it back. I START on my tummy and I wake up multiple times on my back with my arms sprawled all over the place. I also sleep diagonally. This is a problem. I’m little, but I’ll take up the whole gosh darn bed if hubs lets me.
PB Banana Overnight Oats In a Jar and Quinoa are my favorite way to enjoy wholegrains!
You must have plenty of leftover peanutbutter jars so you can scrape all the delicious bits of PB from the bottom.
Janae! Is that a mattress warmer I see? Girl, I can’t live without mine in the winter!! I hate getting into a cold bed when it’s freezing outside!
We have a queen size bed, but sometimes I wouldn’t mind a king because every once in a while Paul hits me in the face! LOL Not on purpose of course. At least he tells me it’s not on purpose! ;) I usually sleep on my stomach or my right side.
I get my whole grains from whole wheat bagels, cereal, wheat bread, wheat flour when I bake and oatmeal. Oh and whole wheat pasta too.
this is nutty, but i have slowly started to cut out grains as well, more by accident/laziness than anything else…i’d say i eat similarly to you just out of what’s yummiest to me: salads the size of my noggin (very often with beans or canned sardines on top), eggs (with ketchup!), and well…ice cream. (speaking of which, today i had white chocolate and PARMESAN ice cream. it was actually sorta great, even if it sounds yak-worthy!)
anyway, after eating less grain-y starch, this sounds insane…but i feel a thousand times better. maybe it was like an accidental ‘paleo’ thing? but not on purpose, its so weird! i will say, i still sometimes eat bread, but its this super dark-pumpernickel-type bread they have here (in germany), and its basically more like a bunch of seeds bound together with a little dough, not the other way around. and it is a great vehicle for mustard.
happy grain-ing! seriously, whatever makes you feel better is absolutely the way to go!
Alexa @ Simple Eats
For whole grains I definitely stick to bread, quinoa, brown rice, barley, and pasta. I love me some carbs!
I eat oats like a crazywoman. I also LOVE this really dark rye bread. It’s a Russian black bread with caraway seeds… it’s super dense and filling, and has such a ‘hearty’ unique sour-sweet taste. I eat it with pretty much every meal!
Wholewheat tortillas/pita bread also feature quite a lot in my diet – I love using them for wraps.
Oh and I sometimes cook up some brown rice or cous cous to mix into salads, which i think would be pretty up your alley!
My bed = QUEEEEENNN. And I sleep on my stomach, always! Except when I’m spooning my boyfriend/being the spoonee :p
Kate @ Chasing It
I love whole grains!! I think like 90% of what I eat are whole grains haha. I love grainy breads- someone mentioned Pepperidge Farm 15 grain, that’s an awesome one, so are Arnold’s 12 grain and Pepperidge Farm Ancient Grains….I’m also a huuuuge fan of whole grain cereals (and you love cereal!) – anything Kashi, basically-and I like Nature’s Path Optimum Organic Slim because its like Chex Mix, Kashi GoLean, and Puffed Wheat all in one, oatmeal (not the instant kind, old-fashioned or thick-rolled is good)….oh and Quinoa and brown rice because you can make them flavored like anything you want!!
Whole wheat English muffins… with peanut butter, jelly, and banana! My breakfast every morning at work :)
quinoa, $9.99 for a huge bag at costco and it lasts forever, and oatmeal.
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I slept on a crappy twin bed for a year when I moved down south. It was awful. I finally caved and decided to buy a bigger bed. I did tons of research, but I found this used furniture shop a couple miles from my apartment. I was a little reluctant to buy used, but I made sure to check out the frame and mattress to make sure they were good quality. I ended up walking out of the store with a $275 queen sized bed (everything included). It is very comfortable and I am so glad I bought it. I like not falling off my bed. I like it alot. :)
I’m in love with millet! It is by far my favorite, but this girl can eat bowls and bowls of rice.. too :)
Luv What You Do
I am on a huge nutrition analysis kick…even more so since my CHEW tour last Saturday. I won’t bore ya with the dets, but I buy my whole grains at Whole Foods or the farmer’s market. I have heard you can get good deals online too! I have a great recipe for breakfast oats (the crockpot does the work and I love them) and don’t forget to try wheatberries…so yummy! Have fun exploring new foods and best of luck with Saturday’s ride. A century is def on my to do list…if I survive this marathon!
I only buy whole wheat bread, so a lot of our grain comes from that. We also use brown rice and a lot of oatmeal. I want to start using different kinds of grains, too. I think I will hit up the bulk section at Winco and try some new things :). Look how inspiring you are.
We sleep in a king sized bed. I couldn’t go back to anything else. Love love it. I was a strictly a stomach sleeper until I was pregnant with my first baby. Now I am a side or back sleeper.
I’m a little slow on making a suggestion, but you should try Muesli for breakfast. I contains a lot of whole grains with dried fruit and nuts. I get Bob’s Red Mill and it’s so tasty with yogurt and cut up fruit. During the winter I eat steel cut oats for breakfast with a little almond milk, cut up peaches, and sliced almonds.
I always go for a big bowl of oatmeal with fruit….and whole grain angel hair pasta at dinner. Those are my favorites!
Regarding sleeping situation….queen bed and for now switching between side sleeping and a bit of back but soon just side. :)
i get my whole grains from: oatmeal, oatbran, popcorn, and brown rice (sometimes).
this is going to sound reallllllly strange/munmy-like but i sleep on my back-in a straight line- with my arms crossed. i instantly fall asleep so i havent tried any other positions yet! (: