Foot Massage

December 23, 2011

Of course I typed “food massage” the first time around :)

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MAN do my feet hurt! Yesterday I wore tennis shoes to work (which I generally find more comfortable than my Dankos on the slippery, flour-coated bakery floor) but since my feet hurt yesterday, I switched to my Danskos – and my feet (and legs) are still killing me! No way I could go for a run right now!

After my 12-hour shift, I walked home because I wanted to get a head start on dinner while Matt closed down the store. We had a fantastic day!!

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Dinner didn’t need too much prep though. We planned another simple 10-minute affair knowing tonight would be a late one.

I’ve said it before, but my biggest way to get healthy meals on the table – even on busy days – is to have ingredients in your fridge. The only time we swing towards take-out is if the fridge is already empty. Otherwise take-out takes more effort (i.e. leaving the house) than a quick meal! But so long as I have some veggies (and really frozen/canned will do in a pinch), I can make something nutritious.

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Tonight’s dinner was a sardine salad  with pita and carrot chips along with a stir-fry of mushrooms, broccoli and leftover sweet potatoes. I smothered my veggies in some Dr. Pete’s Praline Mustard Glaze and Matt smothered his in sriracha.

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The sardine salad was just leftover maple-smoked sardines mixed with mayo, mustard, cajun spices and sriracha. Just like tuna salad – but even healthier!

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On the side we had a home-brewed hard cider a friend brought over. Interesting flavors in this bottle, but we liked it!

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Nightly clementine for dessert! Such an excellent palate cleanser!

Longest day of the week is done and done!

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1 Vivi @ MyBeautifulAir December 23, 2011 at 8:39 pm

you have got me craving sardines! Merry Christmas Eve Eve!!

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2 Jodi @ Jodeexi Writes December 23, 2011 at 8:44 pm

What a colorful bowl! I need to get over my instant “ick” thoughts and just try sardines. I’m sure I would love them! Jodeexi.wordpress.com

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3 Maria @ Sinfully Nutritious December 23, 2011 at 8:48 pm

I am dying to try that mustard glaze. Your dinner looks like a perfect end to a busy day. Have a wonderful holiday.

By the way, what is the human box for? Just curious.

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4 KathEats December 24, 2011 at 8:27 am

I’m having a bad spam problem and had to install a new plugin – it seems to be working.

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5 Emily December 23, 2011 at 8:52 pm

i WISH i had had the willpower tonight to have a clementine for dessert instead of a billion + 1 christmas cookies! that [also] looks like such a delicious, healthy, cleansing dinner! mm.

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6 KathEats December 24, 2011 at 8:27 am

I had a billion cookies during the day :)

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7 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries December 23, 2011 at 8:53 pm

my feet always get so sore from standing and walking so much too. now you can relax, kick your feet up, and convince Matt to give you that foot massage. ;)

i totally agree about your thoughts on getting healthy meals on the table. i think it forces me to be a little more creative too when i don’t have a lot of time and have to use what we already have!

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8 Susan H. @ the food allergy chronicles December 23, 2011 at 8:55 pm

A perfect put together meal…sometimes those are the best! It’s Pizza and Movie Friday Night for us…I make the pizza and the boys are watching the second of the Mission Impossible series so we can we can see the latest Mission Impossible movie…normally we rent but this is an in theatre gotta see movie!

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9 Jen December 23, 2011 at 9:08 pm

I’ve heard MI4 is action-packed. Tom Cruise looks as young as ever! Hm, I think I should do a marathon viewing now :)

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10 Elisabeth December 24, 2011 at 5:23 am

Tom Cruise does look really young in the promos I’ve seen for the movie – like the goold old Top Gun days! I’ve been watching the others to prep for the new one, too :D

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11 Sana December 23, 2011 at 8:56 pm

Planning is the key to a healthy life ;)

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12 Roxanne December 24, 2011 at 7:53 am

I should have this on my screen saver….. do you think I can borrow it?

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13 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga December 23, 2011 at 8:57 pm

Glad your longest day of the week is…done!

That Dr. Pete’s Praline Mustard Glaze…every time you mention it, I crave it. I want that stuff!

And Danskos…I have huge feet and my feet and their largest size are just a wee bit too tight to invest the cashola for a pair based on walking around the shoe store with them on but I’ve heard rave reviews about them.

Sorry your dogs are hurtin’

My four year old had my husband massaging her feet on the beach today as she sat in her chaise lounge. She’s got him wrapped around her pinky!

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14 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) December 23, 2011 at 8:58 pm

Congrats on the sales! I had no doubt it would be a great day for you two. I hope you have a Merry Christmas Kath!

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15 Christine @ Oatmeal in my Bowl December 23, 2011 at 9:02 pm

Love hard cider! Dinner looks great. Still need to try that mustard glaze. Enhances that already delicious food.

BTW, you are listed in my latest Top 10 post. ;)

Happy Holidays, Kath.

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16 KathEats December 24, 2011 at 8:27 am

Thanks so much Christine!

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17 The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh December 23, 2011 at 9:19 pm

Kick up your feet and enjoy the evening!

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18 Angel7 December 23, 2011 at 9:42 pm

I remember the days when my feet and legs hurt from standing on hard flooring at work, too. We had to wear dress shoes, and there were times when my feet felt like they were going to fall off, :) especially during Christmas when the store was most busiest.

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19 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats December 23, 2011 at 10:00 pm

If only more people realized eating healthy is easy even when you need something quick! you just have to have it in your fridge!

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20 Kaila @healthyhelperblog! December 23, 2011 at 10:17 pm

Quick healthy meals are a necessity…I hate dishes that have long prep times…so inconvenient!!

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21 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio December 23, 2011 at 10:30 pm

Stir-fry is the best!! One of my favorite dinners.

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22 Khushboo December 23, 2011 at 10:42 pm

Fail to plan and you’re planning To fail :)

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23 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) December 23, 2011 at 11:32 pm

Yep, you’ve got busy + healthful down pat! Good job and congrats on the busy bakery day!! :)

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24 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen December 24, 2011 at 12:04 am

You make the sardine thing sound almost appetizing but after a very “Fishy” experience with a whole one on a baguette last month in a restaurant I’m just not sure I can do it!

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25 sarah December 24, 2011 at 12:12 am

Try wearing compression socks! Makes a HUGE difference. After a 12 hour shift at the hospital, my feet are only a little bit tired.

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26 KathEats December 24, 2011 at 8:28 am

That’s what my friend Sarah told me today! I don’t have any at the moment, but perhaps for next Christmas season..

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27 Lisa Fine December 24, 2011 at 10:24 pm

Yes, they’re so comfortable!

I was having a hard time at my holiday retail job, being on my feet all day. I started wearing my compression socks, and while my feet still hurt sometimes (less so with sneakers than anything else), my calves didn’t hurt at all, which made my nighttime Charlie horses go away. Thank goodness for these!

Have a very happy Christmas, Kath.

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28 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin December 24, 2011 at 7:22 am

I much prefer to cook up a quick homemade meal instead of resorting to take out too. In the very worst case, I at least always have some staples to make pasta! My one exception to the rule is sushi – I am powerless before sushi take out. ;)

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29 Danielle December 24, 2011 at 8:46 am

I would highly recommend you wear a pair of running compression socks. I know some nurses wear them. My sister did too while pregnant and on her feet all day teaching. I’ve done so while working parties for hours on end. They are like magic!

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30 Rebecca @ Naturally Healthy and Gorgeous December 24, 2011 at 8:48 am

I am in love with clementines this time of year!

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31 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count December 24, 2011 at 11:59 am

Clementines really do the trick. The veggies look great!

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32 Lexi @ A Spoonful of Sunshine December 24, 2011 at 1:30 pm

I may have to give sardines a try. They always sound a bit daunting, but I suppose there’s no way to really know unless you try!

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33 Med School Odyssey January 2, 2012 at 1:09 pm

I’m surprised you don’t have mats. I worked in restaurants for years and I can’t imagine one that didn’t have those black, rubberish floor mats. Are you actually standing on tile for 12 hour days?

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