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“Refried” beans in the Instant Pot + Vegan Nachos

by Chelsea @ Make Real Food on March 3, 2015, 3 comments

Have you guys missed watching Instant Pot videos?!  Uh.  I hope so!  Because I have another one for you! Today’s vlog is done in a true “let’s just pick up the camera and go” fashion.  Sometimes that makes it more fun! :) 

Today we are looking at making refried beans in the Instant Pot.  I have had this recipe on my blog for a while.  It was originally a crockpot recipe.  I enjoyed these beans made from the crockpot for years – but was fast to convert them for the pressure cooker when I began using my Instant Pot.  If you are still wanting the crockpot version you can click here!  I threw the Instant Pot directions at the bottom of that post awhile back, but now I’ve decided it deserves its own post.  And its own video.  

These beans are awesome because they:

  1. Are super delicious
  2. Are mega fast and easy
  3. Made from pantry staples
  4. Freeze like a dream
  5. Make any dish more-awesome

Dipping corn chips into my refried beans is certainly my favorite way to eat them, but these beans are also awesome on tacos, or stirred into soup to give it a more creamy texture.  

But what about NACHOS?! "Refried" beans in the Instant Pot + Vegan NachosI also enjoy making baked nachos by putting corn chips on an oven safe plate (or a baking sheet, or a pie plate < my fave), topping it with the beans and any other toppings I want warm (such as spinach, corn, onions, etc) and baking at 450 until toasty warm.  Then I dollop some tofutti sour cream, salsa and perhaps avocado on top! It’s like build your own pizza…but Nacho-Style! 

Any way you slice it…these beans are awesome! …Now it’s time to sit tight and learn how to make them! RB-TxTakingNotesarrow-black-down7

 

 

Now that you’re a pro…here is the recipe! 

Refried Beans in the Instant Pot
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups of dried pinto beans (rinsed well, but not soaked)
  2. 1 large onion, cut into fourths (or diced if you like to leave your beans chunky)
  3. 4 cloves of garlic, peeled and roughly chopped
  4. 1 jalapeno - seeded (more or less to taste, optional)
  5. 1 teaspoon salt
  6. 1 teaspoon paprika
  7. 1 teaspoon chili powder
  8. 1 teaspoon cumin
  9. 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  10. 1/2 cup salsa
  11. Cilantro - to taste (optional)
  12. 3 cups of vegetable broth or water, or a combination of the two
Instructions
  1. Add all of the ingredients to the instant pot. Stir well.
  2. Close the lid. Turn the steam valve to "sealed".
  3. Click "Manual" and reduce the time to 28 minutes.
  4. When the cycle completes, leave for at least 10 minutes before turning the pressure valve to release the remaining pressure (you can leave it until the pressure naturally releases if you have the time).
  5. Open the lid, stir well.
  6. Blend the beans to your desired consistency by either mashing the a potato masher, or blending in the blender. Use caution, as beans are hot. I prefer to blend mine. If you like your beans incredibly thick you can drain some of the water off before you begin mashing or blending, and add it back just as you need it.
  7. Serve warm
Notes
  1. These beans freeze well - freeze in portion-sized containers.
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Thinking Out Loud Thursday : 2/26/2015

by Chelsea @ Make Real Food on February 26, 2015, 6 comments

Each week Amanda [Running with Spoons] hosts Thinking Out Loud Thursday. A chance for us to do some brain-dump blogging. And to hang out with fun people.

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Heeey Thursday Friends! Okay.  You guys are my friends all the time.  Not just on Thursdays! But I do super enjoy getting to hang out with you on Thursdays!  Let’s get this party started!

1 – You may have missed my What I Ate Wednesday post yesterday.  Wait.  Actually, it didn’t happen.  The awesome WIAW host – Peas and Crayons has been doing some soul searching on WIAW post moderation.  I totally don’t blame her.  The Internet is a beast!  I was rushing to scrape together some pictures Tuesday night and realized that I was totally making her point.  WIAW posts shouldn’t be scraped together.  I’ll be back in the saddle next week :) 

2 – Maybe we can start with something that I did eat on Wednesday to make up for it?! This. Smoothie. IMG_20150225_072146Somewhere in the middle of the week last week I started putting Tofu in Every.Thing.  This mainly stems from the fact that we have three (yeah, three) cases of shelf stable tofu from Costco that needs eating…rather soon.  Throwing it in smoothies has been really awesome.  This smoothie has: soy milk, tofu, spinach, cherries, dates, and PECANS.  It tastes like a pecan tart.  For – Reals.   

3 – Do you see the SOCKS in that picture?! Yes…February socks – DONE!IMG_20150223_220651These poor socks.  You may remember me mentioning a last week that I broke a pair of knitting needles?!  TRAGIC! These socks were the poor recipients of that bad luck.  They aren’t my cleanest knit yet – but they are warm and toasty (and hanging out on my feet as we type!) :) 

4 – If February socks are done, that means it’s time to move on to my next pair, right?! #NeverNotKnittingIMG_20150225_092750These.  Wow.  I can’t even…So pretty.  I was going to cast on another pair with super thick fingering yarn, but these just spoke to me.  That pink.  and. All the colors.  Luckily my new size 1.5 needles came – so I rocked through the toes of these Tuesday night.  (KnitPicks Hawthorne Happy Valley)

5 – On Wednesday someone “liked” a super old Instagram picture of mine.  Do you ever wonder how this randomly happens?  It makes me think of summer time.  2015-02-25 11.20.49

Oh.  And strawberry lime water.  Need.  This.  Now.  :) 

6 – Can I take two seconds to vent?  I know there are mailing lists.  And I know that I am “within child baring age” and “married but not yet with child” – but I wish there were ways to opt out of those mailing lists.  This came from my (old job) insurance company this week.  Awesome way to get your day ruined :/ IMG_20150219_195316#InfertilitySucks #ThanksForTheReminder

7 – In happier news, my new alarm clock came! IMG_20150225_133741Yes.  We use an alarm clock.  Well.  I take that back – we just use the clock part.  About a year ago we moved our phones (which is what we use as an alarm) to the other side of the bedroom.  This has super-duper helped our sleeping habits.  (Ever catch yourself peeking at your phone in the middle of the night…yeah…).  But my problem was, I would wake up during the night and wonder what time it was – and I would stay awake trying to guess or figure it out.  So, about 3 month ago we plugged in an old alarm clock that we had and put it on my nightstand.  This helps SO MUCH! Well…last weekend Nathan was trying to reset the time on the clock (the power went out), and he broke off the button that turned the alarm off.  So…the alarm stayed on…no matter what you did.  That sucker got unplugged, and we ordered a new one.  Despite being PRIME, it took a few days to come.  We really hadn’t realized how much we depended on the clock – it was driving us both crazy!  We think this one will be excellent for our near-sided eyes :) 

Alright, folks.  That is about all that’s going on in these parts.  (I’ve started using the word “Folks” a lot lately) (Not sure why). 

So! I will talk to you next week! :)

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Salted Caramel Green Smoothie [Vegan/Gluten Free]

by Chelsea @ Make Real Food on February 24, 2015, 4 comments

I want to love smoothies all the time, but I go through phases.  When I’m “in” with smoothies, I’m all in – like – could eat them every single meal.  When I’m out – I’m so so far out that I don’t even want to THINK about smoothies.  

One morning a few weeks back I could not think of anything to eat for breakfast.  …And breakfast is one of my favorite meals.  I decided it was time to crank out a smoothie, again.  

Since I hadn’t made smoothies in a while there were zero smoothie-items in the house.  Luckily, though, I am a frozen vegetable-hoarder at times, so I made it work.  I threw in frozen spinach, dates, peanut butter and soymilk.  After it was whirled up I gave it a taste and decided it totally needed salt, vanilla and cinnamon.  

The result?  A perfect salted caramel beautiful green smoothie.  IMG_20150120_072426This smoothie was so great that I ate it the next few days as well.  The perfect sweet+salty – I knew I had to share it with you guys! So…here it is! :) 

Salted Caramel Green Smoothie
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Ingredients
  1. 1 - 2 cups non-dairy milk / water / liquid
  2. 1 large handful of dates
  3. 1 large handful of frozen spinach
  4. 1.5 tablespoons of peanut butter
  5. A dash of salt
  6. A dash of cinnamon
  7. A splash of vanilla
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to the blender and whirl until completely smooth.
  2. Pour into a cup
  3. Add a straw
  4. Drink up!
Notes
  1. Feel free to add some silken tofu to the smoothie too - it doesn't add flavor, but it makes for a super creamy smoothie that has tons of protein!
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Thinking Out Loud Thursday : 02/19/2015

by Chelsea @ Make Real Food on February 19, 2015, one comment

Each week Amanda [Running with Spoons] hosts Thinking Out Loud Thursday. A chance for us to do some brain-dump blogging. And to hang out with fun people.

thursdaysHeeeeeeeeeey.  What keeps happening the days?  They keep coming.  And then the week is over and I’m not sure what happened.  :)

Things here are still grand – it just all really feels like a dream or an alternate reality that I’m going to suddenly wake up from.  And..I mean that in a good way.  Not in a terrible tragic things happened way.  All is good.  It just feels strange.   Eventually I’ll adjust, and this will become Real Life.

If this is all a dream, I’d like to request to be woken up somewhere that has temps warmer than -40 degrees Fahrenheit.  Saturday night skiing began like this: IMG_20150214_171928…At negative 10 degrees. 

But quickly progressed to this:IMG_20150214_215113At negative 40 degrees (don’t worry.  I covered up my nose.  Just was letting it breathe for a second!)  Now.  I know I live somewhere cold.  And I don’t really mind the cold.  But -40 was something other than cold.  I felt like my eyeballs were going to freeze in my head.  For reals.

Don’t worry, though.  Thursday (today), we are going to set record lows.  And I plan to spend the day inside.  Working from my INSIDE job.  Because, inside is good.  

Speaking of good.  This chocolate pudding.  IMG_20150215_111446On Sunday I was looking at a super lonely box of tofu and thought “I should do something with you before you expire”.  Enter cocoa.  Enter pudding.  Recipe coming soon.  Errr…as soon as I finish licking the bowl.  Geez.  

Uhm.  Speaking of Sunday.  I had to do some major repair work on my latest pair of socks.  Because…this.
IMG_20150215_115436Yep.  That would be my first broken knitting needle.   [tears].  I have been shoving them into my ski coat on the past few Saturday nights for ski patrol inside time, and apparently they didn’t survive the stuff Saturday night.  I only dropped a few stitches, which I was able to save, and I managed to move them onto some size 2 needles until my new needles come.  So tragic.  

And in mention of tragic (but not really, I mean, … #FirstWorldProblems).  I powered through a really good book last week.  I greatly enjoy reading – but it seems to come in spurts.  I get a good book.  I stay up ALL NIGHT EVERY NIGHT because MUST READ BOOK.  And then I take a break for a bit.  This is the book I spent my nights reading last week:

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 I can’t tell you too much about it without giving it all away.  Except.  It’s pretty young-adult-y.  It’s about two kids, named Eleanor and Park.  And their life.  And it’s lovely.  And it’ll make you cry.  And make you laugh.  And make you STAY UP ALL THE NIGHTS READING.  Totally get it.  Now.  

Have I mentioned in this post that I LOVE working from home?  Bonus points for wearing my toboggan while working!Screen Shot 2015-02-18 at 9.44.09 AMOkay.  Wednesday night needs to continue minus-blogging so that I can spend some precious time with this crazy man.  :) 

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See you guys next week :)  

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What I Ate Wednesday : 02/18/2015

by Chelsea @ Make Real Food on February 18, 2015, 2 comments

This week Monday was a bit easier than the last two.  Perhaps because I’m learning more and more at work.  Perhaps it was just a fluke :) Anyways.  Here are Monday eats :) 

Breakfast:IMG_20150216_071418I am sure the smoothie thing is going to end eventually.  But, for now, it isn’t even slowing down.  PB&J smoothie.  Super warm hand knit socks.  Because.  Wait for it.  It snowed Monday. 

Lunch: IMG_20150209_110920Sorry.  This picture is totally from last week.  But…I ate the same thing.  This is the third week I’ve made this Mock Tuna Salad.  I just can’t get enough of it.  It’s so fast, easy, and delicious.  I the recipe over about three days, which is a great lunch size.  The grapes are also perfect with it.  Makes it feel like it’s maybe not negative degrees outside.  Maybe.

Afternoon snack: IMG_20150216_143808This is another recent favorite snack.  Udi’s gluten free bread with hummus, sriracha and black pepper.  Also, apple cinnamon tea.  A perfect short break :) 

Dinner: Taco Soup in the Instant Pot [Vegan/Gluten Free]Taco soup.  < We love taco soup.  But…uhm…I actually ate about 3 times as much as what is in this picture.  BECAUSE HANNGRY.  

Dessert:IMG_20150216_190929Dark chocolate with sea salt and almonds.  Love it.  

So, there is Monday! I hope you guys are having a great week! I’ll catch up with you tomorrow for Thinking Out Loud Thursday! :) 

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Taco Soup in the Instant Pot [Vegan/Gluten Free]

by Chelsea @ Make Real Food on February 17, 2015, 9 comments

Here’s the thing.  I’ve been making Taco Soup for.Ever. It was maybe the first meal I REALLY learned how to make after Nathan and I started living together.  At the time, we made it with meat, ranch dressing and broiled cheese on top.  Today taco soup has much more veggies, a lot less processed foods.  But – it’s even more delicious.  Taco Soup in the Instant Pot [Vegan/Gluten Free]I have the Taco Soup recipe on my blog already.  You can find it by clicking here.  This winter, though, I’ve gone for a simpler version – with ingredients that I almost always already have on hand.  The perfect meal to throw together when it’s way too cold to go to the store, but you want a nice delicious soup.  

Taco Soup in the Instant Pot [Vegan/Gluten Free]You can change the recipe up however you’d like – it’s incredibly versatile.  I like mine one the smokey-spicy side, but you can adjust the seasonings to your liking.  It’s very forgiving, in a “love you forever” kind of way.  :) 

Taco Soup in the Instant Pot [Vegan/Gluten Free]

I also made a video for you guys – because – well – you seem to like them, and I also love rambling to the camera.  :)  

 

 

 

 

 Ready to make it?

Instant Pot Version - Taco Soup
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Ingredients
  1. 1 large onion, diced
  2. 3 - 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  3. 2 15 ounce cans of black beans, drained and rinsed
  4. 2 15 ounce cans of diced tomatoes, not drained
  5. 2 15 ounce cans of tomato sauce
  6. 2 12 ounce cans filled with water (I just filled up the diced tomato cans after I dumped in the tomatoes)
  7. 1 cup of frozen corn (or 1 can)
  8. 1 cup of frozen chopped spinach (fresh would probably work too)
  9. 1/4 cup of cilantro, diced (optional)
  10. 1 tablespoon paprika
  11. 3 tablespoons chili powder
  12. 1/2 tablespoon cumin
  13. A dash of chipolte chili powder (optional)
  14. 1 tablespoon chipolte hot sauce (optional)
Instructions
  1. Click the "Saute" button the instant pot
  2. Once it's warm, add the onion and garlic, sauteing until brown. Add a bit of water if it starts to stick.
  3. Once it's warm, click the "Cancel" button to stop the saute feature.
  4. Add all of the rest of the ingredients, stir well
  5. Close the lid. Turn the valve to "sealed". Click "Manual" and reduce the time to 3 minutes.
  6. Once the cycle is complete, let the pressure come down for at least 10 minutes before releasing (can let it completely naturally release)
  7. Stir well. Serve warm.
Notes
  1. The soup freezes incredibly well. Freeze in individual size containers and eat within 6 months.
  2. I like mine topped with tofutti and vegan cheese. I also enjoy eating it with tortilla chips.
  3. You can totally make this soup without an Instant Pot. Just saute the onion and garlic, add all the ingredients, and cook until it's all warm!! :)
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Thinking Out Loud Thursday : 2/12/2015

by Chelsea @ Make Real Food on February 12, 2015, 5 comments

Each week Amanda [Running with Spoons] hosts Thinking Out Loud Thursday. A chance for us to do some brain-dump blogging. And to hang out with fun people.

thursdaysHiii!! It’s Thursday! Well, it’s Wednesday night :)  Which means the eve of my favorite blogging day – Thinking Out Loud Thursday! :) 

1 – I survived my first week at New Job and am well on my way through week two!  Guys, I know the “honeymoon” period will wear off soon enough – but I am seriously loving it right now.  Sunday night while I was getting ready for bed I had this moment of “Oh no.  Tomorrow is Monday”…but then I remember that it was Monday at my NEW job – and I got really really excited.  I was excited about going to work.  Whoa.  :) That’s big!

2 – One thing that contributes to that excitement is the ability to pick up my laptop and go! For now – I haven’t left town (but at another stage in my life…hoping on a weekend e-saver would have been glorious!) but I have gotten to go different places in town!  Last week I set up my mobile hotspot and even ventured beyond places with wi-fi.  On Wednesday afternoon I was super grateful to be able to soak up the last few warm rays of 50 degree weather before the arctic blast that is to arrive Thursday night.  IMG_20150211_121206And, back porch time also means that Indy gets to join :) IMG_20150208_121530This weekend the weather was truly splendid.  Returning to below-zero is going to be very difficult! 

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3 – But I guess the choice is made for us!

It is still February, after all :)

4 – Other things I’m enjoying about New Job?  Dress code! Or…lack there of.  Going from business-slightly-casual to wear-really-for-real-what-ever-you-want has rocked!  You guys saw last week that I sported flannel shirts every day.  This week had less of a trend.  I started the week with t-shirts and hoodies..but by Wednesday I moved on to a new chambray shirt I had picked up over the weekend. 

IMG_20150210_070910(Cat shirt for the win!!) (you can see Monday’s shirt on my WIAW post from yesterday)IMG_20150211_071907Yes.  I did it.  I finally broke down and bought a chambray shirt.  Or.  A denim shirt…as I called them until the sales lady at Old Navy corrected me.  Maybe giving them a fancy name makes people forget the 90’s?  Okay.  I really do love this shirt.  I am now on the hunt for some back skinny jeans to pair it with…but I think (hope) it’s light enough to pull off with the dark jeans as pictured here (if not – I apologize for my wardrobe on Wednesday).  

5 – Here is my only problem.  I worked for 6 years at an amusement park that required me to wear: high waisted jeans and ill fitting denim shirts.  Yep.  That happened.  After that job, I never thought I could even look at a denim shirt again.  (This is the best picture I could find…it doesn’t even begin to convey how ill fitting everything truly was). FB_IMG_1423657953923You’re just going to have to trust me on this one.  So.  Chambray shirt.  Big fashion leap for me :) 

6 – Did you guys see my post on Tuesday about my thoughts on a stand up desk ONE YEAR LATER?!  I can’t believe I have stayed with it for an entire year! I wrote all of my thoughts and such and things in that post…so you should totally check it out!  You can also check out a video tour of my new home office as well :) Work from Home stand up desk setup - MakeRealFood.com7 – This week I cut Nathan (husband)’s hair again! Okay. I’ve been cutting his hair for years – but always with clippers.  A few months back (last time I cut it) I was feeling super adventurous and decided to go all out and cut it with scissors.  And it turned out really good!  So good…that he wanted me to do it again! I did it this week and it looked awesome as well! I think I liked what I did with it last time just a tad better – but it still looks great :) IMG_20150210_185603Also – don’t all hairdressers wear a hoodie and toboggan? 

Anywho.  I think that’s about all of the life – news I have this week! I hope you guys are all having a fabulous week and I look forward to catching up with you next week!

 

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What I Ate Wednesday : 2/11/2015

by Chelsea @ Make Real Food on February 11, 2015, 7 comments

Hey! I made it to week two! :) Let’s look at Monday’s eats, again!

Breakfast:IMG_20150209_072034Salted Caramel Green smoothie (recipe coming soon!).  After completing last week wearing flannel shirts every day, this week I have graduated to t-shirts and this amazing sherpa lined hoodie I picked up at Old Navy over the weekend…  = love.

Morning Tea –
IMG_20150209_081632Peppermint.  Mainly because I had this new mug.  And I HAD to try it out!  At first I was bummed that I couldn’t see the Panda face when I held it in my left hand (#LeftHandersUnite) – but then I realized it was actually perfect, because the little ears didn’t get in the way when I drank from the back of the mug!

Lunch: IMG_20150209_110920I am quickly learning that Mondays at NewJob = Insane.  I am so grateful I had food ready.  And that I went downstairs and got it early in the afternoon… Rice crackers, grapes, and mock tuna salad < IN LOVE. 

Afternoon Tea: IMG_20150209_171706Wait.  That’s actually just half of my morning tea, still chilling (literally, quite cold) in the Panda glass.  Because someone never got a chance to finish it…

Dinner: IMG_20150209_174135I was all levels of STARVING – So I piled some homemade refried beans with salsa, diaya cheese, tofutti, hot sauce and lettuce (the lettuce was just to cover up the messy food ;)) …add chips.  DINNER.  DONE.

After dinner I kept wanting something else.  Then I got distracted watching YouTube videos…and…it never happened :) 

I hope everyone is having a great start to your week! I’ll catch you tomorrow for Thinking Out Loud Thursday!

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Stand Up Desk – 1 year later!

by Chelsea @ Make Real Food on February 10, 2015, 4 comments

Okay.  So for real I will be the first to admit that I had no ambition that I’d still be working from a stand up desk one.freakin.year.later.  It’s pretty crazy, right?!

I first converted my office desk to a stand up desk in February of 2014.  You can read all about that post by clicking here. At the time I didn’t have the ability to purchase a new desk (well – my company didn’t ;)) – so I worked with what I had.  I added a shelf on top of the desk (which was still at the seated height), and then I took the doors off of the hutch of the desk and tucked my monitors inside.  Trust me.  They fit with no room at all to spare.  I also added an anti fatigue mat under my feet – which I adore, and it really helps with my feet feeling as awesome as the rest of me at the end of the day!

Make Real Food - Stand Up Desk - How ToThis stand up desk stayed in this exact form until two weeks ago when I left this job.  It worked so well for me, and really made me feel awesome.  

In January 2015 when I took a new position working from home, I knew I wanted a stand up desk still.  As I worked on designing my space, the stand up desk became the top priority.  Now that I’m (mostly) settled into the new job and the new office, I wanted to share my new setup! I have made a video for you guys with all the details of the new office.  …But first… how am I feeling about the stand up desk, 1 whole year later?  Spoiler alert: It’s still awesome. Work from Home stand up desk setup - MakeRealFood.comLet’s look at the pros and cons.  I’ll admit, I am stealing a lot of these from my post last February.  But they’re still so so true.  I have edited them for the new adventure – working from home. 

Pros: 

  • I feel more energized and less sluggish throughout the day, but certainly at the end of the work day
  • I wiggle, walk around, and generally move more during the day.  This is a huge plus for working at home – it’s super easy to not move around very much at all when you don’t leave the house.  At least I am getting some wiggles out :) 
  • I (still!) find myself doing less distracted-filler tasks.  When I’m not all cozy hunched down in my chair, pinterest isn’t as exciting
  • My posture is much better.  When I’m standing, at least.  I have terrible sitting posture.  At least now I’m not spending 8 hours a day hunched over.
  • My back and neck do not hurt at all.  I have shoulder pain, neck pain and lower back pain when I sit all day.  Now that isn’t every.single.day.of.my.life
  • I get to tell people it’s really really awesome to work from a stand up desk :) 
  • I pee more?  Sorry if that is TMI – but have you ever been sitting for a long time and suddenly move and realize you have to pee really bad?  When I’m standing, I feel the need almost immediately, and am able to go.  (Because standing while needing to pee is unpleasant).  So much healthier for my poor-not-awesome-at-working-always-like-and-enjoy-making-stones kidneys.
  • Jello – leg – days and Mondays.  Hilarious – this was in my “Cons” last year.  You know that super sluggish feeling on Monday mornings?  After about an hour of stand-up-desk it goes away for me :)  I also used to HATE standing after a big workout day when I had jello-ish-legs.  Now I am grateful that I move, wiggle, and use my leg muscles, because it means less soreness at the end of the day!

Cons: 

  • Figuring out the perfect (fairly cheap) set up for the new home stand up desk wasn’t easy.  There are really really expensive stand up desks.  And then there are a lot of hacks.  I had really limited space.  Once I figured it out – it has been awesome.  But there were a few days of extreme frustration while I worked on it
  • If I stop standing for a few days (feel sick, get injured, etc) it takes me about a week to get used to standing and concentrating again.  Over the summer I had to have a procedure done and I didn’t stand for a few weeks.  I felt like I had to totally reset my training.  
  • There is a learning curve.  As I mentioned above – concentrating while standing up isn’t easy.  You have retrain yourself to do it.  When I worked in an office with others, standing made it super easy to get distracted and walk away.  I felt like I was constantly “stopping by” my office, and never settling in to tasks.  After about 2 weeks of making myself concentrate, that went away.  Don’t get discouraged.  Push through.
  • It is really difficult for me to sit for long periods now.  Be it…a car ride, a plane, a long movie or meeting…my back and neck suffer.  I also just get sick of sitting. 

Okay! So there it is – how I feel after 1 whole year of standing while I work.  Are you ready to see the new office?! Tour below…

 

 

 List of items mentioned in the youtube video description :) 

Do you work from a standup desk?  I’d love to hear about it :) 

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Thinking Out Loud Thursday : 02/05/2015

by Chelsea @ Make Real Food on February 5, 2015, 8 comments

Each week Amanda [Running with Spoons] hosts Thinking Out Loud Thursday. A chance for us to do some brain-dump blogging. And to hang out with fun people.

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Whoa.  Wait.  It’s Wednesday night?! When did that happen?! 

For those of you who have been tuned in…this week I started a new job! And by “this week I started a new job” … I mean … At 5pm on Friday I left my old job (for the last time!) and at 8am on Monday I rolled into my new job.  Which is actually across the hallway from my bedroom.  In the closet of our 2nd room.  Yep.  In the closet.  We’ve decided to call it the Harry Potter office.  Although, it’s not under the stairs.  IMG_20150203_141318…Yeah.  My dork status was majorly upgraded when those two mama-jamma monitors arrived.  Pretty in love with them! And the setup in general.  Official office tour coming soon.  Although…you can check out the “unofficial” tour in my Day In the Life from Sunday.  

 The week has mainly consisted of 1 – working.  2 – learning how to do things at…work and 3 – eating.  For real.  I like to eat.  

Oh.  The week has also consisted of wearing flannel shirts.  Uh.  So….when I first started thinking about working remotely one of the (many) selling points was no dress code.  I’m not talking about wearing PJs every day (Not saying that won’t ever happen…but…you know)…but I REALLY like wearing jeans.  And…as of late…I adore flannel shirts.  Because of that – week 1 – flannel shirt + hand knit sock time…IMG_20150202_071656^ Monday.

IMG_20150203_071451^ Tuesday.

IMG_20150204_071909^ Wednesday …..And you betchya there are two more for Thursday and Friday :) 

Also, as you noticed – I was (still) smoothie – obsessed this week.  The strange thing?  All of those smoothies are the same recipe.  It’s interesting how much the color changes with slight ingredient – amount – shifts.  

In other news…I am puttering along on a new pair of socks.  And by puttering, I mean …this much progress has taken me two weeks.  That’s painful to admit.  (embarrassment). 

IMG_20150201_160258But.  Life will slow down and get back to normal soon enough :) 

Until then…I will see you guys next week! 

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