Let me tell you about the time two guys barfed in our house…
So, it’s no surprise that Brett and I like to work out. When you walk into our apartment here in China, you’ll quickly notice the punching bag and boxing mitts, dumbbells, heavy rope, barbells, jump ropes, and weight bench that clutter our window lined balcony. To get a gym membership for a month or even a year in our city is crazy expensive, so we just decided to invest in making our own home gym when we moved here. It’s so nice to have everything we need (including 16 flights of stairs!) to get in a good workout and I love not having to walk or ride my bike to the gym, while getting stared at in the process.
We often have our foreign friends over to work out with us and this past week a group of 8 or so young foreigners visiting China came over to feel the burn. We ended up splitting into 4 teams to race, each team starting at 1 of 4 different stations. I was paired with the only other girl that came, a college track athlete, and the other three teams were made up of guys. One station required us to run up and down the 16 flights of stairs in our apartment building and then do pull-ups outside on the playground. Another station was planks and push-ups. The third station was two ab exercises and the fourth station was different forms of bicep exercises with dumbbells. The team running the stairs and doing pull-ups outside was the “stopwatch.” When they finished running the stairs and doing pull-ups and returned back to our house, everyone in our house had to stop their exercise and write down how many reps they completed. Then we would rotate and do it again. It was fun to race as the team running the stairs wanted to go as quickly as possible so the teams aiming for lots of reps would have less time.
Well, after a couple of rounds, a couple of the guys starting to look a little worse for wear. Soon they started talking about how eating Chinese food before working out probably wasn’t the best idea. We told them if they felt like they were going to be sick they should stop, but of course, people’s competitive nature got the best of them and the fun continued. After a couple more rounds, one of the guys returned from running the stairs and casually mentioned that he had thrown up outside. He said a Chinese guy had been smoking on the stairs and as soon as he ran by the smoke, a wave of nausea came over him and he, thankfully, was able to make it to a bush outside to relieve himself. Yuck!
The workout eventually ended and the other guy that had looked sick throughout the entire workout still looked really bad. He ended up going into our bathroom and, he too, eventually lost his lunch. Eek!
Thankfully, everyone was a champ and still had lots of fun. And even though a couple people got sick, probably due to the combination of oily Chinese food and the intense workout Brett created, everyone was still able to enjoy a Chocolate PB Smoothie that I made for all us all to cool-off and refuel.
This is just one of the many reasons I love eating carb heavy, plant-based meals and also try to stay away from the oily Chinese food here as much as possible. Not long after eating a big bowl of rice, beans and veggies, I feel like I can be active or even workout. Plants are just amazing that way! Even these Cumin Chickpeas with Tomato would be a perfect pre or post workout meal. Full of protein and fiber, they’ll fuel you well for all your activities. I love to pair these smoky, hearty beans with brown rice and roasted veggies. They also taste great overtop of a baked sweet potato or coupled with freshly sliced avocado or nutritional yeast.
I hope you guys can give this incredibly simple meal a try! If you do, leave your comments below letting me know your thoughts. Even better take a picture and tag #theconscientiouseater on Instagram so I can see your creation!
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- ½ onion, chopped
- 1 tablespoons tomato paste
- 2 teaspoons cumin
- 1 15 oz. can diced tomatoes (or 2 large tomatoes, chopped)
- 1 15 oz. can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- salt, pepper and red chili flakes to taste
- In a saucepan over medium heat, sauté the onion and garlic in water until the onion is transparent.
- Add in the tomato paste and cumin and stir to combine. Continue cooking for a couple more minutes.
- Add in the can of diced tomatoes and the drained and rinsed chickpeas and stir to combine. Add in a hearty pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper and chili flakes to taste.
- Continue cooking until everything is heated through. Taste and adjust seasonings.
- Serve over cooked brown rice or a baked potato.