This photo is my way of sharing with you the focal point of my existence right now. I have a head cold that is cruelly keeping me from the gym.  That is the LAST time I lick my hands after getting something sticky on them when hugging Mickey Mouse at Disneyland!  Just kidding.

How did this really happen?  The simple answer is training hard and not getting enough sleep.  You see, when training hard, the body needs extra sleep.  The body only produces DHEA while asleep and this important hormone reduces cortisol levels (which are higher when you work your body hard) and provides healing and growth for muscle fibers. And it also helps the body fight off cold germs.  So, if you don’t make enough of it, by not sleeping enough, and you continue working out hard (increasing the body’s need for it), you can come up short and become more susceptible to catching colds.  Obviously (from how nerdily I explained all that) I knew better. But you get to working out all the time and you think you’re super-woman and you’re invincible or something.   This past weekend I partied hard with my 8 and 9 year old nieces (staying up late is the name of the game, man). Then after they left and I was planning on catching up on my Zs, we had a big storm and the power went out and it was very cold in the house and I didn’t catch up on that ol’ sleep in time. Turns out I’m not invincible and I can’t cheat the Sandman.  Oh, he’s a mean and merciless fellow when you don’t spend enough time with him.  He will kick your butt –Ike Turner style.

But the great thing about being vegan and eating all organic, high-nutrient foods all day long (and no icky animal products) and exercising regularly and usually getting my 9 hours of sleep every night, is that when I do get a cold, it is just sinus stuff and it only last 48 hours or so.  So, even though I have been forced away from the gym for now (because I don’t want to infect other people and I know now that I need to rest), I will be back tomorrow—with a vengeance!  Who knows, if I’m feeling better tonight, I might even do the P-90X Ab Ripper DVD, you’ll have to check back tomorrow to see.

For now, I thought I’d share what I’m eating to stay strong (remember it’s always all organic):

  • Breakfast (46 g protein): smoothie with bananas, frozen cherries, blueberries, acai with added protein (7 g protein), 2 oz wheat grass (2 g protein), 1.5 cups soy milk (10 g protein), 1 scoop Vega Sport Performance Protein (20 g protein), and 1/2 scoop Vega Complete Whole Food Optimizer (7 g protein)
  • Snacks: nori seaweed snack pack (1 g protein), an orange (1 g protein)
  • Lunch (55 g protein): 2 cups Spelt spiral pasta (40 g protein), topped with tomato sauce (1 g protein), basil, oregano, garlic and nutritional yeast (5 g protein), with side of 2 cups of cooked spinach (10 g protein) topped with Earth Balance vegan butter
  • Snack (36 g protein):smoothie with bananas, cherries, 2 oz wheat grass (2 g protein), 2 cups soy milk (14 g protein), 1 scoop Vega Sport Performance Protein (20 g protein)
  • Dinner (31 g protein): 2 slices of toasted tofu bread (24 g protein), topped with 2 heaping tbsp of peanut butter (7 g protein)
  • Before Bed (36 g protein): smoothie with bananas, cherries, 2 oz wheat grass (2 g protein), 2 cups soy milk (14 g protein), 1 scoop Vega Sport Performance Protein (20 g protein)
  • Total 206 grams of protein for the day!!!

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