. WIAW … eating and reading .

by Amanda @ .running with spoons. on January 30, 2013

Books and food – two things I can’t live without.

Books and Chocolate

Food to keep me going, books to keep me sane. Let’s not argue over the latter for now – the point is, I like to eat and I like to read. That being the case, I hope you guys don’t mind me tossing in a short little book review at the end of today’s WIAW. I was recently sent a copy of Witness to Fitness by Donna Richardson Joyner and asked to give my opinion, so that’s what I’m going to do. But first, the food

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I think it’s safe to say that we’ve spent enough time talking about breakfast lately…

AB&Jam Oats

Eggy banana oats with a spoonful of cocoa added. Topped with almond butter and blueberry jam.

… so all I’m going to say about this bowl of oats is that you need to make it now and thank me later. Heck even I wanted to make it later, but what I didn’t want was to push my luck and risk developing another oatmeal sensitivity, so I went with something different for lunch

Turkey & Cheese Wrap

Turkey, hummus, and cheese wrap with random veggies on the side.

… and dinner

Sesame Ginger Stir Fry

Sesame ginger tofu stir fry with brown rice.

And I even managed to refrain from including a bowl of oatmeal in my snacks

Carrots and Sunbutter

Sunbutter and baby carrots.

Coconut Butter and Honey

English muffin topped with melted coconut butter and buckwheat honey.

Coffee Crisp

Coffee Crisp.

Although I can’t say the same about cereal…

Cereal with Milk

 Kashi Cinnamon Harvest with 2% milk, a banana, and extra cinnamon.

… but you guys know how much I adore the stuff so that shouldn’t come as much of a surprise :D

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Earlier this month, I was contacted by TLC Book Tours asking me if I’d like to review a copy of Witness to Fitness by Donna Richardson Joyner…

Witness to Fitness

I was originally a little hesitant since I wasn’t exactly in the market for a book on how to lose weight, but after a brief glance at the description, I became more than a little intrigued…

In WITNESS TO FITNESSDonna Richardson Joyner brings together faith, food, and fitness in a way no one else has done before. She inspires the reader to follow her on a journey to good health and a deeper love of God, using faith to raise up each reader and provide the strength to make the changes needed.

Each day of Donna’s dynamic 28-day plan begins with an inspiring scriptural quote and a brief note from one of the people Donna has worked with whose life has been transformed by the Witness to Fitness plan. Additional features include a daily menu with delicious recipes, clear and instructive photographs of Donna demonstrating the workout for the day, and an inspirational song suggestion that adds just the right beat to keep moving.

Donna’s joy in her Christian faith is contagious. So is her belief that losing weight and taking care of your body means giving glory to God. And Witness to Fitness provides a unique fitness program that harnesses the strength, support, and joy to be found in His love.

Faith, fitness, and a focus on getting healthier instead of just how to lose weight? I could get down with that…

Things I liked:

  • The emphasis on making long-term lifestyle changes as opposed to offering a quick-fix diet. The suggestions offered are easily maintainable and encourage a gradual adoption of healthier habits that will stick over time.
  • The idea that a healthy mindset has to be adopted before a healthy body can be achieved. The author emphasizes the importance of seeing our body as a temple and learning to love ourselves enough to want to invest the time and energy that it takes to live a healthy life.
  • The emphasis on nourishing the body by eating whole foods as opposed to trying to trick it with low-calorie diet food.
  • The emphasis on movement rather than exercise. We are made to move, and even if we’re not doing any formal workouts, every little bit of activity helps.
  • The 28 day plan is detailed and easy-to-follow. Each day includes a Scripture reading, a motivational success story, positive affirmations, a detailed meal plan (with recipes), and a workout with photos showing how to do each move. The workout plan includes cardio, strength, stretching, and rest days.
  • The book is easy to read and the author is extremely genuine and motivational.

Things I didn’t like:

  • The daily meal plan is only 1400 calories, which seems a bit low to me. However, the author does state that more may be needed and offers additional healthy snack ideas.
  • The book seems to be geared at those who are at the very beginning of their fitness journey. However, the workouts, readings, affirmations, and recipes are things that anyone at any fitness level can benefit from.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading Witness to Fitness. Although it’s written with the ultimate goal of weight-loss in mind, I found that there was actually a lot to take away in terms of healthy living in general – I especially enjoyed the focus on developing a healthier mindset and working on spiritual and mental health instead of simply focusing on physical.  I didn’t follow the 28-day plan, but going over it provided me with some great workout and recipe ideas. Also, I found this book to be really motivational – reading it made me feel like I was getting my own personal pep talk. Donna’s enthusiasm is seriously infectious and she seems to really care about helping people get healthier. You can learn more about Witness to Fitness by visiting the Donna’s website, or you can leave a comment on this post for a chance to win your own copy. All you have to do is tell me the best thing that changed about your life since committing to a healthier lifestyle. The giveaway will be open until Friday, February 1st, and I’ll be announcing the winner on Saturday. And if you’re not interested in a copy, then tell me: what’s your favorite thing to combine with nut butter?

Disclaimer: I was given this book free of charge but not compensated for my review. All opinions are my own.

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1 Sarah @PickyRunner January 30, 2013 at 6:29 am

Woahhh food and books, you gettin’ fancy, huh? Haha LOVE kashi cereal! And carrots. And chocolate of any kind. And reading. I’m a bookworm and a picky foodie, apparently haha
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2 Danielle @ Clean Food Creative Fitness January 30, 2013 at 6:36 am

Have to agree on the books and food. I love to read and can’t get enough cereal. I think we might be alike ;)
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3 Lucie January 30, 2013 at 6:40 am

Books and Food, aaawwwyeah. So me. The best thing that changed since I committed a healthy lifestyle is that I meditate every single morning first thing instead of stepping on the scale.
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4 Amanda @ .running with spoons. January 30, 2013 at 5:31 pm

That’s a way better way to start the day :D

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5 Khushboo January 30, 2013 at 6:40 am

So I have some chicken, veggies and brown rice out to make for dinner and I was initially going the Mexican route (Chipotle style), but I’m suddenly starting to re-think that….a stir-fry may be more in order! Thanks for your honest review about Witness to Fitness- sounds like a good read!

On a completely random note- despite my love for yogurt, I’m making an effort to scale back my consumption for fear of developing an intolerance. That would just be tragic. I say scale back but that just means eating it 1-2 times a day max!
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6 Amanda @ .running with spoons. January 30, 2013 at 5:33 pm

Oh Chipotle – how I miss it. Are you having withdrawals too? And I was actually starting to worry about the same thing when it came to yogurt… I may try to decrease how much of it I eat from 1 tub to 3/4 of a tub a day :mrgreen:

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7 Jo @ LivingMintGreen January 30, 2013 at 6:46 am

SUNBUTTER!!! That stuff is seriously addicting.. same with Justins maple almond butter. Have you tried it? Don’t. It’s like eating crack-infused cookie dough. Also, is that a Dagoba bar I see in the book photo? I can’t find that flavor anywhere in the southern end of our hillbilly province! We only have lavender & the spicy one. :(
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8 Amanda @ .running with spoons. January 30, 2013 at 5:35 pm

I haven’t tried the maple AB because I think it has traces of peanuts :( And yup! It’s the lemon ginger Dagoba bar – my favorite. I can only find it in one store up here… Planet Organic. I’m definitely feeling you on not being able to find stuff, though. Oh the joys of living in cold, cold Alberta…

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9 Sam @ Better With Sprinkles January 30, 2013 at 6:54 am

Books and food – both are necessary for my happiness (although I may not want to look at a book again for a while once I’m done this semester. Holy textbooks, Batman).

And I can’t remember the last time I had a wrap for lunch. I should get on that (or go to Pita Pit…pitas are good too)
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10 Kendra January 30, 2013 at 7:01 am

I absolutely love books and food as well:) That sesame ginger tofu stir-fry looks delicious; I love making stir-fries with homemade teriyaki sauce. Though I don’t usually buy sunflower butter, I have tried it before and love it! That book sounds quite interesting; I will have to see if our library carries it…
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11 molly @ heart, sole & cereal January 30, 2013 at 7:02 am

all your eats look delicious as always. i don’t know why but for some reason your wraps look better than mine ever do. i think i want to get back on my wrap kick…getting bored of the same old salad, i just have so many grapes and i don’t really like them in any way other than in a salad. random. as for that book – first i don’t know how you cannot comment on the sassy cover photo as that is obviously the best part of the book. secondly, i can’t say i like any book that gives specific calorie counts for meal plans because i think it’s all so different depending on your body and lifestyle. thirdly i DO really like the idea of avoiding low-cal diet foods. i’m still attempting to purge my pantry of these and i am getting close to actually doing it. one of these days i’ll just toss the rest of my “diet” hot chocolate and call it a day. yes, i have diet hot chocolate. no i don’t really drink it – i make the real stuff now if i want it :)
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12 Amanda @ .running with spoons. January 30, 2013 at 5:43 pm

Have you ever tried freezing your grapes? I enjoy them way more that way. And I know – specific calorie counts suck, but they’re pretty much everywhere these days so I just do my best to ignore them.

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13 Laura Agar Wilson (@lauraagarwilson) January 30, 2013 at 7:11 am

Oh its been too long without sun butter! At the moment I’m really loving almond butter and coconut milk together :-)

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14 P January 30, 2013 at 7:13 am

Um, I need to make those oats! And sunbutter and baby carrots sounds like the best snack everr!
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15 Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers January 30, 2013 at 7:23 am

All your eats looks so good! I’ve never had eggy oats. Gonna have to try that sometime. :)
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16 Amanda @ .running with spoons. January 30, 2013 at 5:44 pm

Never?! Oooo girl! Definitely get on that – they’re seriously life-changing. Well okay, that might be a tad bit dramatic, but they’re good!

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17 CourtStar @ StarSystemz January 30, 2013 at 7:35 am

What a great book! I love how it emphasizes on loving yourself first, that honestly is the first step. I believe in order to change your lifestyle, you have to love yourself enough to make that effort + commitment and once the ball gets rolling it becomes easy and you become happier and healthier! I love your breakfast choice I may be thanking you later on this afternoon :) Love + Shine CourtStar
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18 Haley @ The Saucy Apple January 30, 2013 at 7:50 am

So true, Girl. I’m pretty sure if you dropped me off on an island, I could survive forever off of books and food. :)
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19 Lisa January 30, 2013 at 7:55 am

I have to admit, books and food are two of my favorite things as well! Give me a good book and I can get lost in it for hours. Okay, I think I officially need to pick up some of that Kashi cereal! Can you believe I’ve never tried it before?! I’ve actually never tried any of their products…that’s just not cool;)
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20 Amanda @ .running with spoons. January 30, 2013 at 5:46 pm

Never?! Eeeep! I definitely suggest that you give it a shot ;) If you’ve ever had Frosted Mini Wheats, these are pretty much exactly like that.

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21 Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile January 30, 2013 at 7:56 am

I love books as well, but I never have time to read for leisure anymore because of school. Darn it =/ Why is carrots and nut butter such a great combo?!
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22 Caitlin January 30, 2013 at 8:08 am

Books and food are my favorite things in life (with the occasional run in there to get fresh air and sunlight)…and two things come to mind about the healthy lifestyle switch: learned about, tried, and fell in love with tons of new foods I wouldn’t have gone near otherwise (oatmeal, sweet potatoes, nut butters, almond milk, spaghetti squash to name a few), and running has given me self comfidence, pride, and patience with myself like nothing else has before :)
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23 Amanda @ .running with spoons. January 30, 2013 at 5:48 pm

Oo I always forget how many new foods I found thanks to the HLB community. Can you believe I only started eating nut butter like 2 years ago when I started reading blogs? Clearly I wasn’t quite living before then…

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24 Caitlin January 30, 2013 at 7:21 pm

I had never heard of anything beyond peanut butter until 2011…now I can’t imagine life without it!
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25 Katie @ KatieEnPursuit January 30, 2013 at 8:09 am

Happy Wednesday! Can’t pass up a giveaway or talk of nut butter for that matter! Best thing about having a healthier lifestyle? “Feeling” good! It makes such a difference to have confidence & strength from working out & eating well. As for nut butter, I love it on fruit, lately it’s just been the spoon straight in the jar! Have an awesome day lady :)
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26 Picky Nicky January 30, 2013 at 8:12 am

I love english muffins with coconut butter! It’s so specific and random haha but the textures are amazing! I also add mini chocolate chips on top and it’s crazy delicious!
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27 Amanda @ .running with spoons. January 30, 2013 at 5:49 pm

!! Chocolate chips?! I’ve never tried that but it sounds like something that has to happen, stat.

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28 Picky Nicky January 31, 2013 at 5:04 am

MINI chocolate chips! It’s just so much deliciouser (yes) with mini chocolate chips :) do it!
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29 Molly@This Life Is Sparkling January 30, 2013 at 8:12 am

Cereal makes the perfect snack!
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30 Elizabeth@myneonrunningshoes January 30, 2013 at 8:46 am

Sunbutter is incredible! I am headed to pick some up today :-)
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31 Miss Polkadot January 30, 2013 at 9:02 am

Agreed on books and food being essential to a good life. Where would we be without good reads and chocolate, right?

One thing that changed in my life is being overall fitter. I know I still need to change things to fuel my body best but looking back I did make quite a few good changes already.

Sorry to be repetitive but (Greek) yogurt + coconut flour are the perfect accompaniment to nut (or most often for me: almond) butter. Admittedly, though, straight from the jar is the best way to eat nut butter – simple but good.
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32 Meghan @ After the Ivy League January 30, 2013 at 9:49 am

Turkey and hummus sandwiches or wraps are one of my favorite lunches. Love the stir fry too! Look at me…appreciating real food instead of just breakfast haha ;)

The best thing that changed about my life since committing to a healthier lifestyle is that I’m stronger in my everyday life. Little things like getting in and out of the car, lifting heavier items for work occasionally, they’re all so much easier now that I’m stronger!

And it sounds like the concept behind the book is good for beginners looking to live a healthier lifestyle. The fact is, a lot of people out there do need to lose weight for health-related reasons. I’m a big fan of anything that promotes doing it as a lifestyle change (ie something you can keep up with FOREVER) rather than a “quick fix” 6 week diet or other fad.
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33 Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes January 30, 2013 at 10:07 am

Food and books. I cannot live without those two either.
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34 Rachel January 30, 2013 at 10:23 am

I love books like that because I always seem to get new ideas :) I recently read The Eat Clean diet book and love how she incorporates different foods together. Sunbutter and carrots??? Why have I not tried that?! haha! I LOVE sunbutter :D

Oh and you’re prob another person I should mail my coconut butter to ;) haha I was not a fan
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35 Amanda @ .running with spoons. January 30, 2013 at 5:52 pm

!! Not a fan? Eep! Have you tried it on toast with honey? Or on a baked sweet potato with cinnamon? Or in oatmeal with jam? I find that it tastes a lot better with something sweet to back it up.

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36 Rachel January 31, 2013 at 8:45 am

oooooo I’ll have to try those combos out!! I do like honey :D
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37 Alex @ therunwithin January 30, 2013 at 10:32 am

first off – did you know I save reading your blog for last because I like to end on a high note? yep true life. second – hlb is on my calender for september, it is in minnesota but I will still be going if you are. third – i haven’t commented on any of your food and that is fine by me.
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38 Amanda @ .running with spoons. January 30, 2013 at 5:54 pm

!!! If you’re going, then I’m definitely going to do my best to go.

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39 Nicole @ Fruit 'N' Fitness January 30, 2013 at 10:32 am

Yum egg oats with peanut butter and banana! I have been loving oats with egg whites blueberries, vanilla and honey!

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40 Lindsay @ Conscious Cravings January 30, 2013 at 10:32 am

I have to agree with you on the whole books and food thing. I love to read. I just got a kindle for hannukah, so I’ve been reading crazy since I don’t have to lug around tons of huge books. I also love food since it is a huge part of my life as a nutrition student.
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41 Rachel @ Undercover Diva: A Sitcom January 30, 2013 at 11:13 am

I’d love to hear more about the books you’re reading/have read! I love books and food as well and I’m always looking for new books to read! I rent the Amazon Best Sellers through my library for my Kindle and I love it!

p.s. your stirfry looks AMAZING!
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42 Amanda @ .running with spoons. January 30, 2013 at 5:57 pm

Ahhh I keep meaning to do a post on some of my favorite books, but it’s so hard to narrow them down and my list ends up being insanely long and unmanageable. I may have to break it up into chunks :lol:

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43 Ksenija @ Health Ninja January 30, 2013 at 11:16 am

The book sounds quite interesting and seems to offer some good advice, but truth to be told – I would be put off by the spiritual approach. But that’s me. I hope it will help some people to find a healthy way to lose their pounds.

But lets move on to a more important question: what is buckwheat honey? I never ever heard of something like that. Is it like the new agave ;) ? Man, I am so out-of-the-world here in Germany.

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44 Amanda @ .running with spoons. January 30, 2013 at 5:59 pm

It’s just a specific type of honey, like manuka or clover. What I love most about it is that it has a really strong and distinct taste that’s a lot different from regular honey.

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45 Liz (formerly VeggieGirl) January 30, 2013 at 11:16 am

Coffee Crisp! My favorite Canadian candy bar :D

Best thing that changed about my life = more energy and endurance.

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46 Lauren January 30, 2013 at 11:32 am

Best thing about a healthier lifestyle -> Energy and focus levels. I can tell if I’m on the right track if I can focus on the task at hand. If I’m not eating enough my mind will wander like CRAZY.

I’ll answer both questions… :) Chocolate + Bananas are best with nut butter. Especially when all three are incorporated into my oats!
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47 Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl January 30, 2013 at 11:34 am

It looks like you got your veggie fill in for the day..nicely done! ;)

That tofu and veggie stir-fry looks amazing, and I imagine that it was pretty easy to make….the perfect combo!
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48 Lift, Sleep, Eat January 30, 2013 at 11:49 am

Looks really good! Your eats looks delicious :)
great book review too! I’ve got so many books to get my teeth into that I got for Christmas I just need some time set aside for reading!
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49 Cassie @RedLetterDaye January 30, 2013 at 11:53 am

I used to be all about fitness books, like I was going to someday discover the clue on how to lose weight. But not anymore. Listening to my body, eating what I want in moderation and balance, not forcing myself to do excessive) cardio because otherwise I’ll get f*t. AND EATING MORE THAN 1400 CALORIES. :( It was no way to live. I guess it’s good this book takes a more holistic approach, but I think these books generally target people who want a quick fix, and that doesn’t last. :/ It took me way too long to figure that out.

Anywhoo, PB and chocolate (protein) pudding is where it’s at. Once people learn to both nourish their bodies and their soul, only then can they make a permanent lifestyle change. She’s right, it starts in your mind.
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50 Amanda @ .running with spoons. January 30, 2013 at 6:07 pm

I’m not the biggest fan of fitness books in general either, which is why I take them all with a grain of salt. I think that some of them have some useful bits of information, but they definitely shouldn’t be treated as the be-all, end-all. Figuring out what makes a healthy lifestyle is something that each person needs to explore on their own.

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51 sara @ fitcupcaker January 30, 2013 at 12:42 pm

I would love to do a book review like that! And your English muffin with melty coconut butter and honey looks to die for, seriously! Kashi Cinnamon Harvest Puffs are on my list of things to buy since your pictures look amazing! Are you convinced on going to BLEND yet!?! DO IT!
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52 Karey @ Nutty About Health January 30, 2013 at 12:56 pm

Your eats look delish as usual, especially those oats for breakfast & the cereal, yum!! I LOVE breakfast food too. :)
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53 Kelly @ Femme Fitale January 30, 2013 at 1:02 pm

Loving your blog, Amanda!

Peanut butter + apple slices :)
Orrrr peanut butter + spoon.

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54 Karla January 30, 2013 at 1:03 pm

Since committing to a healthier lifestyle I have much more energy and must less obsession!
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55 Amanda @ .running with spoons. January 30, 2013 at 6:16 pm

Nothing beats that energy :) I wouldn’t be willing to give that up for anything.

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56 Natasha January 30, 2013 at 1:39 pm

Seriously, your food always makes me droooooool. You have the most beautiful pics of food ever!!
And I’ll def be checking that book out!
I am personally a fan of Tosca Reno’s books – they taught me sooooo much about being healthy!

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57 Devon @ Health in Equilibrium January 30, 2013 at 1:54 pm

I will forever be skeptical of plans with calorie limits. Everyone is different, and everybody should eat according to their own body. 1400 is just not enough calories for most people, good for you for calling their bluff.
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58 Eating 4 Balance January 30, 2013 at 2:05 pm

That sounds like a really interesting book. I’ve felt the same way when finishing some novels/articles. You may not agree with everything that was said, but in a way, they are still beneficial. They make you think.

I know some nutrition articles I read and am like… No way is 1200 calories/low fat diet/fruit only a healthy way to live. It just gives me assurance as to what I already know. Plus, this book kind of gave you a test to the dieting world. Just say no. And you passed! :)
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59 Amanda @ .running with spoons. January 30, 2013 at 6:27 pm

Haha! Dieting: just say no! Sounds like a great slogan :D

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60 Nicole G January 30, 2013 at 2:26 pm

Best thing that’s changed for me? I have a greater respect for me body. For example, I used to have a cigarette or two whenever I drank but after taking up running, I realized it wasn’t worth it anymore and truthfully that I didn’t really like it anyway – I just liked the social aspect. Now, I still go outside with my friends to smoke but just don’t have one myself.

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61 Rebecca @ Blueberry Smiles January 30, 2013 at 2:28 pm

That stir fry ginger combo sounds (and looks) terrific!

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62 Jessica @ Prayers and Apples January 30, 2013 at 3:14 pm

i heard about donna a while ago and have been wanting to check out her book! think i’ll def pick it up now… oh and also: i have no clue how you make pictures of food look so pretty – my food doesn’t look that nice in real life! lol
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63 Kaitlin January 30, 2013 at 3:26 pm

I totally love eating carrots with nut butter! Happy Wednesday!
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64 Kuba January 15, 2014 at 9:44 pm

August 15, 2012 Yes, I have noticed a cnhage in my taste buds over the past 8 years or so! I used to hate all beer, but my husband has convinced me that GOOD beer is actually good. And I used to hate spicy foods, but when I was pregnant with our first child, I couldn’t get enough of them! Same thing with the second, and I think it’s just stuck that I now like spicy, ethnic foods tons more than I used to!

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65 Brittany @ Delights and Delectables January 30, 2013 at 5:08 pm

Your food always looks so good! I need to check out this book. Looks right up my alley!!
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66 Debbie (Accidently Delish) January 30, 2013 at 5:54 pm

uh, i have changed so much and actually just included this in a survey i did. i love that i now focus on OVERALL health. not just diet, not just fitness, but a balance between the both of them. also my MENTAL health is so much better because of this, which i think is the most important. i am at peace with myself and way more accepting of my “flaws” but no one is perfect, i never will be, so i will strive to be MY best, not everyone else’s expectations.

i also love a good read, we have to remember to take all that information with a grain of salt :)
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67 Amanda @ .running with spoons. January 30, 2013 at 7:00 pm

Loved hearing about the positive changes you’ve experienced :) I definitely agree that finding that balance is key, as is accepting ourselves and whatever we perceive to be flaws. We can spend our life fighting to change the things about ourselves that we don’t like, but to be honest, that kind of seems like a waste of time. Self-acceptance is difficult, but it’s definitely worth the effort.

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68 Kaila @healthyhelperblog! January 30, 2013 at 6:17 pm

Sun butter and carrot is the best combo ever! And my dad would totally be jealous of that coffee crisp…his favorite canadian candy! I always pick him some up if I see it somewhere…I’ve never gotten into it though for some reason! Anyways, that book looks interesting! Since committing to a healthier lifestyle I’ve become a lot more in tune with myself both physically and mentally.
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69 Briana January 30, 2013 at 6:46 pm

THAT would be an interesting read. I guess I’m also a book lover lol. Umm, well since I’ve been in recovery from Anorexia and BPD (always working on it!), my entire life has changed. I’ve put my health in a level that I’ve never done before. I put it before other things. Because of my HUGE change in my health, I have been able to go to school and FINISH my degree. I am engaged to be married. We live in a beautiful house. I have friends and truly cherish those who stuck by me through the horrible times. Really, so much has changed in my life. Sure, of course, at times I want to go back (wtf…yeah but you may understand that), but my life is SO different than before. I was so antisocial. I had no friends. Didn’t date. Didn’t work or go to school. I spent every waking minute counting cals, weighing myself, and stressing over every imperfection. My health declined and I went to treatment after treatment. To cut it shorter (lol oops too late), the difference is black and white.
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70 Amanda @ .running with spoons. January 30, 2013 at 9:18 pm

That’s such an amazing and inspiring story to hear! Thank you for sharing, Briana :)

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71 Briana January 30, 2013 at 6:47 pm

Have you ever had raw honey?
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72 Kate @ Quarter Century Southern Living January 30, 2013 at 6:56 pm

Books and food are definitely a winning combination! Especially if the food all looks this good! That book sounds really interesting. I think that committing to a healthy lifestyle can positively impact your life in so many ways-how you feel, especially your energy levels :)
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73 kim@hungryhealthygirl January 30, 2013 at 7:06 pm

I’m so making those oats tomorrow morning! It’s been way too long since I’ve had steel-cut oats and I’m anxious to try the egg white mixed in. As always, your photos look beautiful!!
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74 Kristabel January 30, 2013 at 7:38 pm

I never really got into reading for pleasure, but I also haven’t given it a chance recently. Thinking I should…
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75 Amanda @ .running with spoons. January 30, 2013 at 9:20 pm

It can be a really great way to relax as long as you find a book that you enjoy :)

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76 Sunnie@ModernGirlNutrition January 30, 2013 at 7:38 pm

I’m definitely trying out that english muffin combo! Coconut butter+ honey sounds like heaven to me:)
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77 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin January 30, 2013 at 7:51 pm

Books and food… those are my two great loves as well. :D

My favourite thing to combine with nut butter are bananas! That combo never gets old.

And that book sounds like an interesting read! I like that it focuses on more than just the physical aspect of health… health is so much more than that!
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78 Kate January 30, 2013 at 8:27 pm

your eats look DELICIOUS, as always – how does Buckwheat honey compare to normal honey?? I usually just buy the stuff in the teddy bear bottle lol. Loved this book review too, it sounds like an interesting approach to a healthy lifestyle – I agree 1400 is usually too low, unless you’re really obese and need like…an intervention. But even then it’s not sustainable! Oh well. Bringing faith and motivation into it would really change a lot of lives for the better, I think.

Favorite thing to combine with nut butter…..um…what DOESN’T go with nut butter?!? lol I really do love it on toasted english muffins…it melts and seeps into all the nooks and crannies….NOM

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79 Amanda @ .running with spoons. January 30, 2013 at 9:31 pm

How does it compare? Hmmm. It actually has a really strong and distinct taste that I like way more than regular honey. After trying this stuff, it’s hard to go back to the teddy bear bottles :(

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80 Stephanie@nowirun.com January 30, 2013 at 9:08 pm

Where did you get the Coffee Crisp bar?!?! That looks like something I need to find. Soon!
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81 Amanda @ .running with spoons. January 30, 2013 at 9:41 pm

Coffee Crisp? They’re basically in every grocery/convenience store around here. It’s a Canadian chocolate bar, though, so I’m not sure if it’s available down in the States.

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82 Jessie January 30, 2013 at 9:24 pm

Man, even though your wrap sounds so simple, it sounds ridiculously good!! WHY WHY WHY MUST TURKEY MEAT BE SO EXPENSIVE HERE!!!! If it didn’t cost a leg & arm (which I need to function), I would be eating your wrap every.single.day!
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83 Julie January 30, 2013 at 10:20 pm

The swirl of coconut butter and honey looks artistic and I’m sure it’s also delicious!
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84 Ashley @ AlmostVegGirlie January 30, 2013 at 10:43 pm

Okay, so I’m super curious about coconut butter since I’ve seen it everywhere and I’ve yet to try it. I love the flavor of extra virgin coconut oil, so is coconut butter really coconutty like that? And is the texture really different than coconut oil, because I feel like it’s really similar and I’d hate to waste money on it if it was basically the same. But it looks like a delicious alternative to nut butters!

The book looks really interesting, I like reading health and fitness books like that but it can be hard to weed through the not so healthy information!
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85 Amanda @ .running with spoons. January 31, 2013 at 5:58 am

It’s definitely really coconutty. The main difference is that coconut butter still has a lot of the flesh in it, so it’s thicker and more creamy.

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86 Sara @ Nourish and Flourish January 30, 2013 at 11:54 pm

Once I’m finished eating banana bread pudding (only two more dishes in my fridge!), I’ll be moving–no scurrying!–along to eggy banana oats. :D I can’t wait to try these, Amanda! I’ve also bookmarked your pumpkin bake (can’t remember the exact name), which I’m thinking would make a wonderful afternoon or evening dessert-like meal.

Thanks for the honest and thorough review of Witness to Fitness. The pillars of wellness laid out by the author–faith, food and fitness–have all played important roles in my own quest for a healthy life balance. :) The best thing that’s changed for me since finding that balance and committing to a healthy lifestyle, is a sense of peace. I used to go about my days frantically–worrying about whether or not I’d worked out hard enough, eaten too much (or too little) etc. Now, most of those anxieties are gone–or at least more manageable. ;)
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87 Jay January 31, 2013 at 2:18 am

Your breakfasts always look out-of-this-world good!

PS: Do you eat your dinner with a baby fork?

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88 Amanda @ .running with spoons. January 31, 2013 at 6:10 am

Well it’s not for babies, but it’s a smaller sized fork, yup! I just prefer it that way :)

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89 kaity @ kaityscooking January 31, 2013 at 4:17 am

food and books go hand in hand, i def snack more when im reading too :-)! id say giving me a ton of energy. I don’t know how I got through all those sport practices eating french fries and cookies for lunch and special k bars for breakfast, go figure! sesame ginger tofu is a fav of mine! yours looks soo delicious!

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90 Tessa @ Amazing Asset January 31, 2013 at 6:38 am

I couldn’t help but to smile at the title of this post Amanda, because food and books = love :) Well the food is getting slowly but surely incorporated into the LOVE part of my brain haha. I do snack a bit more when reading, unless I am in bed, because if I am hungry and trying to read, well it’s a big ole fail… I can’t concentrate in the slightest!
Thank you for the review and your thoughts on that book as well. The whole low-calorie thing would bother me too, but that’s good she mentioned that you might need to go higher. I hope most women would!
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91 Amanda @RunToTheFinish January 31, 2013 at 7:58 am

seriously love the name of your blog, cracks me up.

I am total book lover, so thanks for the review! I like finding new books that get me motivated and provide some ideas along the way.
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92 Irina @ Chocolatea Time January 31, 2013 at 11:57 am

As usual, all your meals look delicious! I know I’ve said this already before, but I’m glad that you can eat oats again :) I don’t know what I would do if I had to give them up! Coconut butter and honey is one of my favorite combos. I also love coconut butter + maple syrup, especially atop of waffles or pancakes.

Reading and eating = two of my favorite activities (often times done at the same time) :) Thanks for the book review, I don’t think I’ve ever read a fitness book but wouldn’t mind checking it out. Based on your review, it seems that the author believes in whole foods and a healthy mindset above all…very important!
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93 Alex January 31, 2013 at 5:10 pm

Hi!! I think the best thing that’s happened to me since committing to a healthier lifestyle is FOOD. ‘Nuf said about that :)
My favorite thing to combine with nut butter would have to be chocolate. GAH! SO GOOD!!
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94 Jill January 31, 2013 at 6:36 pm

Oh Amanda, I would LOVE love to win this. A friend of mine has been wanting to get it and the $14 kobo price is just way too much for me :(
I’d love to have it personally for the A) recipes , and B) daily devotional.

Hope to win it. I will send you muffins and cookies and chocolate :)
…that is if I don’t eat it before wrapping it….or knowing me, I’d rip it open from the package and still eat it ….yipes. Gift card? :)

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95 Lisa Munley February 4, 2013 at 9:26 am

HI Amanda! Thank you for the great review. I love that the book focuses on fitness and health rather than weight loss and deprivation :) Thank you so much for being on the tour!

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96 Linda Collier February 7, 2013 at 1:27 pm

I am taking Psychology courses online. Currently Abnormal Psychology. Trying to understand myself and other people. I try not to eat when I am reading for class. Otherwise, I like hummus and unsalted rice crackers, healthy cereal with Fage yogurt, sliced apples with almond butter, raw almonds. I am trying to eat better and my daughter is helping me with it. I can do much more, walk more, and have more energy. I can concentrate better, which is good for school. Best of all, I don’t feel 65!

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97 Linda Collier February 7, 2013 at 1:32 pm

I should have added to my prior post that I would find this book interesting and helpful, and would definitely eat while I was reading it!!

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98 Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli February 8, 2013 at 1:26 am

Hmm, sounds like a pretty good read! I love checking out food/fitness books…even the ones geared toward weight loss…they give me a lot of inspiration for recipes and new ideas for snack combos! I totally got sucked into a Clean Eating meal plan book thingy the other day while at the grocery store…one flip through it and I was practically drooling on myself. Note to self: make those salmon burgers!

I always loved your eggy oats whenever I made them in the past! I really need to start making oatmeal more often…I’ve been working hard on a few recipes this week so I’ve practically been eating the same exact thing every day! But I DID have some carrots and sunbutter yesterday for a snack…great minds think alike!…LOVE that combo!
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99 Heather J. @ TLC February 24, 2013 at 2:35 pm

Thanks for being a part of the tour!

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