Monday, April 8, 2013

Weekend recap

Well, the countdown until the end of the semester has started. I can't believe I'll be leaving this city for good in 18 days - I'm going to miss it! Since I had a pretty empty schedule this weekend I took advantage of it to enjoy the city as much as possible.

On Friday I tried out a Les Mills BodyFlow class at my gym, which I've been meaning to try for years! I felt a bit awkward doing the tai chi warm up, but I liked the yoga components. The pilates tracks killed me though - I wasn't expecting such an ab workout!


Later I went to check out The Meatless Market, which is a newly opened vegan store here in London. I was hoping to find some bulk bins there, but no such luck. They have a fairly good selection of products at good prices though and they seem to always be holding events with authors and locally made goods, so they're worth checking out. For any locals who are reading, you can find them at the Fanshawe Park Road and Hyde Park Road intersection.

Picture taken from their Facebook page

On Saturday morning I went to Covent Garden Market for my groceries. I like to pick up as many items as I can there, and then buy the rest at the grocery store. I got lots of produce - some of it local! - from Doris Family Produce, aged local cheddar from Smith Cheese, and local organic stewing beef from Fieldgate Organics. It made me excited for my meals this week!


I don't usually work weekends, but after the market I went in to run a demo on nut free peanut butter alternatives. I'm in charge of ordering the retail products at Organic Works, and I noticed that the nut butter alternatives weren't really selling, so my coworker suggested I do this demo. I love sharing my favourite products with others, so I had so much fun doing this.


After I had a late lunch while placing some product orders with our distributors for next week. I got the turkey sandwich on buckwheat bread and a side salad, which is my go-to order at work when I don't get one of the specials. We have the best sandwiches!


On Sunday I went out for sushi with Andrea and Shannon at Take Sushi on Wellington. None of us had ever been there before so we decided to give it a shot.


I got a wakame salad, a California roll and a salmon roll, which was just okay. I found the rice to be a bit mushy and the fish didn't taste particularly fresh. It kind of reminded me of sushi I could buy at a grocery store.


The company was awesome though. Since we're all in the nutrition program, we're always talking about food and nutrition related topics. Like last night we covered the Paleo diet, calorie counts on menus, holistic medicine, dietetic internships, and anemia. Maybe that wouldn't be interesting for most people, but I always love talking about issues in our field.

And speaking of my field, I have to get ready to go to my last class of undergrad ever! Have a great Monday everyone. :)

Do you prefer yoga, pilates, or tai chi?

What is your favourite seed butter or other nut free butter? 

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22 comments:

  1. i've been curious about body flow too! i love les mills stuff - great to know it was a killer workout even though it is more yoga/pilates-based! sounds like you had a lovely weekend...

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  2. Ohh I think you girls' company would be fab- I could discuss food & nutrition till the cows come home ;)! Love that Organic Works doesn't skimp on the sandwich fillings..now that's what I call a turkey sandwich! I tried tai chi once in high school but I just couldn't get into it! For low-impact workouts I prefer to stick with yoga or swimming. I think I need to do pilates a few more times before I can decide how much of a fan I am (or am not)!

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  3. Sunflower seed butter and coconut butter are definitely my picks for a nut butter alternative!! Sooo good :)

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  4. YOGA! But never done tai chi before so that'd be interesting for sure! my favorite is cashew butter or sunflower seed butter!! yummm!!

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  5. I love both yoga and pilates. It has been way too long since I have done pilates, though :(.

    I have never tried sunflower seed butter, but I am dying to!

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  6. last class of undergraduate, gosh how time has flown by this year!

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  7. I did body flow once or twice at Goodlife - I felt a little bit awkward during the tai chi parts too...still a good class though!

    I'll have to check out meatless market the next time I'm in town. Which I'm pretty sure is the weekend after you move out :-( Boo!

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  8. Your sandwich sounds like the bomb - there's something so scrumptious about simple turkey sandwiches! I had 2 mile-high ones myself this weekend and it was glorious :D

    P.S. I had no clue you were graduating and moving – where will you end up?!

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  9. Your sandwich sounds like the bomb - there's something so scrumptious about simple turkey sandwiches! I had 2 mile-high ones myself this weekend and it was glorious :D

    P.S. I had no clue you were graduating and moving – where will you end up?!

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  10. You guys have the best natural food stores! I need to make my way up there to check them all out! And the place you look sounds amazing....you always have yummy lunches from there!

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  11. Sounds like a great weekend :)

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  12. A nut butter alternative demo?! I'd definitely be all over that! I'm not really surprised that nut butter alternatives don't sell - it seems like not many people know about the outside the blog world... I know I was totally ignorant to pretty much everything besides peanut butter until I started reading blogs, anyways... And now coconut butter has become one of the loves of my life :)

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  13. Mm none of the above? Haha kidding...kind of :P i secretly blame yoga for irritating my knee problem/being the breaking point, so it's still on my stink list...but I'd rather do it more than the others on that list..:such is life! And i love all nut and seed butters except cashew butter...just not a fan of that at all....i can't believe how close you are to being done! Here's hoping you enjoy every minute :)

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  14. Woot I hope your last class went splendidly, how exciting is that! The nut butter alternative demo sounds awesome and I'm glad that it went well. I think it's something that not too many people are aware of, and getting the word out in anyway at all is helpful
    Too bad that sushi wasn't too good.. I know exactly what you mean when you say it tasted like it came from a grocery store, kind of meh!
    I would say my current favorite nut butter is good ole peanut! But almond butter is always great too :)

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  15. YES!! Finally I have been trying to comment for so long, and I finally got it working! Couldn't use and openID before but now I can and I am happy because I missed commenting on your posts! :) SOunds like you had a nice weekend. That sandwich really does look perfect (except for me without the onion because I am allergic haha)!

    My favourite seed butter is tahini, closely followed by pumpkin seed butter. I think I actually like seed butters better than nut butters! :)

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  16. Congrats on your last undergrad class! It must be bittersweet leaving London.

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  17. Oh yah Pilates totally gets you! One of my sorority sisters from college is a Pilates instructor - she visited me last year and taught me some sequences...holy crap. And I used to think I had a good set of abs, lol. Anyway, this sounds like such an awesome foodie weekend - seriously London seems like it has all these cool vegan/organic/local produce places, that's SO hard to find in the US! (except in Boulder, the ultimate hippie city :-P). Love that you did the nut butter demo too - honestly peanut butter is probably my least favorite of the nut butters (and not because I'm allergic to it) - so glad I've discovered things like almond and cashew butter! And as for the things you and your friends talk about at the dinner table....yeah I have a feeling you and I would be good dinner buddies lol

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  18. I can't believe those nut butter alternatives weren't selling, I'd probably buy out the store if I lived there;)
    Looks like a great food store! We have a few here, and they're always pretty awesome!I hope your last class went well!!! Crazy you're almost finished up in London!

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  19. Your last class! I am so so so jealous! It is so exciting that you are about to embark on this new journey in a new place from where you have been! that buckwheat bread looks so good! Your nut butter demo looks awesome! You are going to be so great in this field! I would love to join yall next time for some rd2b chit chat! All of those topis are pretty constant in our house!

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  20. Congratulations on finishing school, Chelsea!! I can't wait to follow the next chapter of your journey towards becoming an RD! I know last semester was a wild ride, but all of your hard work and dedication paid off. I'm so so proud of you! <3

    I've been wanting to try a Les Mills workout for AGES, and think it's finally going to happen while I'm home in Boise. For some reason, those classes intimidate me! Have you done Body Pump? I think I'll start with that, and then progress to flow or Body Attack. :-p

    Your nut butter demo sounds like so much fun--I love talking to people about nutrition and the products I love, too! And speaking of chatting about nutrition, your dinner date with the girls sounds like one I would have really enjoyed!

    Happy Tuesday! <3 xoxoxo

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  21. Ohhh, it would have been SO much fun to be at your lunch table! Although I don't work in the field of nutrition, it has always been something I've loved learning about! What are your thoughts on the Paleo diet? I've not really looked into all the details, but it's hard not to notice that it's kind of been taking over the world lately. To me, it just seems wrong to participate in any sort of diet that totally eliminates a food group for no reason. I mean, it's one thing if you have allergies or diseases that prevent you from eating a certain food, but why all of a sudden are people so quick to call one item/food group a "killer"? The whole gluten-free controversy really gets on my nerves!

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