Candied Sweet Potatoes with Pecans and Dates


I originally wanted to develop some sort of "thanksgiving leftovers" recipe for today since that's what people do today - eat leftovers.  The real reason I didn't wind up doing that is because it would mean I'd have to somehow acquire leftovers from a dinner that wouldn't happen for another 2 days, which felt complicated. The other reason I didn't do the leftovers recipe is that I sensed people ... [ Read More ]

30 Thanks for Thanksgiving


No explanations or rambling needed (think I can really do that?) Just 30 things I'm thankful for this year on Thanksgiving.  I'll be linking up with Amanda to Think Out Loud on this Thanksgiving Thursday!  Okay, here we go. 1. The timing of the Philadelphia marathon.  Not a better time to say hello to post-race hunger and couch time!  I want to hug whoever planned this race! 2. 3 happy, ... [ Read More ]

What I Ate + Day in the Life Post-Marathon


Guys I'm not about to sugarcoat anything so just consider that you've been warned  (okay maybe it's not THAT bad but it's not all good either.  In fact maybe it's just boring.)  The day after running a marathon can be a tough one, especially since life doesn't stop and the laundry doesn't carry itself up and down the stairs. So for What I Ate Wednesday, I'm going to show you not just everything I ... [ Read More ]

Philadelphia Marathon 2014 Full Race Recap

Running toward the finish

Before getting into the play-by-play, I want to say "thank you!" to all of you.  Guys, you have all blown me away with your support and kind words before and after this marathon!  I used to be the person who didn't tell anyone about my running (before the blog, of course) and was always afraid of looking obnoxious/braggy when talking about races.  I see it in a completely different light now.  I ... [ Read More ]

Finished! Marathon Weekend Highlights in Pictures


Since my thoughts post race today are along the lines of "why can't it be possible to sit in a hot shower and eat lots of food at the same time?" the full race recap will have to wait until tomorrow.    My mind, legs and lungs need some major recovery.  I can't wait to sleep and rest as much as possible this whole week! To spare you the incoherence, I'll keep the words to a minimum and just show ... [ Read More ]

Running a Marathon Versus Childbirthing: 8 Reasons They are Basically the Same Thing


  I wrote this post after I ran Boston, 2014 and had just signed up to run Philly, which is HAPPENING TODAY, RIGHT NOW!  I thought it would be fitting to re-publish this since I'm going through all of it as you read.  It also is helping me lighten up and have a sense of humor about what's happening for me right now! Okay, here goes the post: So I signed up for the Philadephia marathon in ... [ Read More ]

Liebster Award Plus $1 Paleo Book Event


Since my mind is all tangled up with nerves over the marathon I'll be running tomorrow, I figured now was a good time to answer the Liebster award questions for a very welcomed distraction!  Thanks Mike for the nomination! Before getting to the questions, I want to inform you guys about an crazy good opportunity to get some of your favorite Paleo books for - get this - $1.00 Tues, Nov 25 only! ... [ Read More ]

Chewy Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies


I used to have mixed feelings about paleo "treat" recipes, because cookies are cookies no matter what type of grain or nut flour they're made of, don't you think?  If it looks like a cookie and tastes like one too, it's probably a cookie.  I thought people would kid themselves into believing that "paleo" treats are somehow more virtuous than the good old fashioned Betty Crocker style chocolate ... [ Read More ]

Are You Trying Too Hard?

For some reason (okay I'll get to some possible reasons) I cannot get this topic out of my head this week.  It might be the Philadelphia Marathon Sunday or the obscene amount of time I've been spending in the blogosphere/on social media lately.  I'm sure that's part of it, but I find this little voice asking me if possibly, just maybe, I'm trying too hard to succeed. And then of course I turn to ... [ Read More ]

We Are Not What We Eat – WIAW

Token window-seat coffee selfie

Happy Wednesday to everyone!!  I'm a lunatic this week as we all know since I've been shouting it from the rooftops of the internet and blah blah marathon-on-Sunday blah blah.  Well this post is not about that.  And don't worry, you're going to get to see and read in great oversharing detail everything I ate lst Sunday - but first - a little note on "we are what we eat" or, rather, "we are NOT ... [ Read More ]