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Juicing IS great, but Woah Not Cheap!

18 Apr

So, I’ve been experimenting with juicing. The fresh juice is great. I have been mixing it up with carrot, beet, apple juice, V8 types, and all green juice. It tastes great and is easy to use with my handy-dandy Jack LaLanne juicer, but I DID not realize how expensive it would be. I wanted to do a juice fast, but the groceries alone would cost me around $30 a day (making sure I got the necessary calories in). Juicing also comes with the hassle of having to clean the machine after every use, only takes about 5 minutes but often my sink is so filled with my roommates dishes that this alone is a struggle. Also, I am out of the house for long periods, so juicing is not a good option for me being that I can’t carry the damn thing around with me across the city. I still want to do a fast/ cleanse, but unfortunately juicing for a long period of time will not work for me.

I have decided that I will give the master cleanse a shot (though I have many objections). It is easy to do, has many positive recommendations, and will save me lots of money on my food and alcohol bill (no drinking!). I want to incorporate the bikram yoga into the master cleanse, thoroughly detoxing me. I think it will feel great. I do have objections to the master cleanse though. I don’t think that it properly nourishes the body at all, and the idea of all those simple sugars (in the Grade B maple syrup) is scary! The way I have justified this to myself is as follows.. so many people have nutrient deficiencies that they live with for year in combination with a poor diet and lack of exercise etc… therefore, I think that this cleanse being only 10 days will cause no permanent harm to my system. The lack of protein, which also worries me, also will cause no permanent damage over only 10 days. The funny thing is that I don’t necessarily agree with the idea of fasting/cleansing/detoxing etc. I think that a healthy system takes care of these things naturally and that an extreme diet change or fast isn’t necessary to keep the body healthy.. however, I have tried a fast before and the truth is.. it feels great. You sincerely feel light on you feel and alive!
I am conflicted. I bought tons of veggies for this juicing thing and don’t want them to go to waste, however, I really want to get this master cleanse going! I’ve been feeling so sluggish and chunky lately. I’ve put on a bit of weight too. I am up to 136- my all time high (I know not that high, but considering that I eat well and exercise regularly – it is disappointing for me to put on weight, that I know is not from new muscle being formed). I will report with info about my cleanse as I have found other people’s Master Cleanse diaries very interesting and informative.

Just because it’s vegan, doesn’t make it healthy!

4 Apr

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I have hit up (and been dreaming about) Red Bamboo, that vegan soul food cafe I described previously, a lot lately. Even though the food is vegan, that doesn’t make it healthy. I mean the fake meat is breaded, and fried a lot of the time, and I’m sure that the sauces are stacked with calories. I was trying to find some information about the nutritional information of a No-Chicken Parm Sandwich, but couldn’t find much of anything. I think that a lot of people get tricked into thinking that just because food is vegetarian or vegan, that it is automatically healthy. Vegan food in particular can be particularly unhealthy, loaded with sugars and fats to try to entice meat-lovers. I don’t think that vegan food needs all of that and in general really enjoy simply foods, with light sauces, grilled not fried. Please share you comments/ideas on the issue!

FAGE fantastic

26 Mar

I could eat FAGE all day. One container is only 80 calories and packed with protein. I like Total 0% Greek Yogurt, which has no fat and is still soo thick and creamy. I eat it with a bit of splenda and cinnamon and sometimes apple slices. It is the equivalent of dessert for me.
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A testament to how good this non-fat yogurt is.. the other day I was eating a container (delicious as always) and randomly looked at the label. I had accidently bought FAGE Total Classic, which has all the classic fat. I realized that the classic version was slightly thicker, but not any better. I love this stuff! I eat one or two containers every day. I’m just addicted-it is so much better than lite ‘n’ fit, go for FAGE amis.

TIP: But yogurt (any kind) in the freezer for about 1 hour and it makes this great frozen yogurt, ice cream that is perfect for dessert. Don’t leave it in for too long though, because then the yogurt just turns to ice!

Longing for the days of free Pilates and Yoga classes…

24 Mar

I used to work at a holistic health center two years ago. They taught yoga and pilates, which I could take for free and did 1 or 2 times a day. I have never been in better shape. Toned, long, and a sense of strength and body awareness that I hadn’t had since the depths of my ballet days. Unfortunately, living in nyc these classes are all cost around $15, a few less, some even more. My Bikram yoga classes cost me $20. Not bad for one class, but very expensive when you are considering taking multiple classes a week (or a day!) I wish I could get back on the pilates track though. It went along so well with my previous dance training. If only I had time, but maybe I could work study at a pilates studio?Joseph Pilates

Amazing and Extremely Low-Cal Tofu Noodles..

22 Mar

FILLING PASTA DISHES 60-86 CALORIES!!

If you can find it at your grocery store, tofu noodles or yam noodles are delicious replacements for pasta and can act as a base for any dish. Plus Tofu noodles are only 20 calories a serving and yam noodles are only 5!

They taste very plain, but I’ve found it is the perfect food to have around the house (especially when I wanna stuff my face) because it is filling like pasta, but no where near the calories..
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Check out the KONNAYAKU section from this link
http://www.house-foods.com/our_products/other_products.html
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My own very simplified pasta recipe based of one listed on the website is as follows…

Pasta Marinara
86 calories a serving

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Whole bag of Tofu Noodles (2 servings)
1/4 cup of marinara sauce

Prepare like pasta! et voila. I would suggest throwing some frozen veggies in there to make it more nutritious. But using this recipe as a base, thinking of all the really filling 100 calorie dishes you can have.

Tip: Try cooking these noodles plain, and then covering them with a low-cal teriyaki sauce I learned about from a diabetic girl I used to tutor. Just take soy sauce and add Splenda to taste. It makes a yummy version of Terikyaki sauce. Teriyaki Tofu Noodles would make a similarly low-cal meal. 40 calories for the whole bag of noodles! and about 20 calories for the soy sauce!

Breakfast Crepes with a lil Fonda on the side…

21 Mar

Ah, I got to wake up late today – no where to be untnil 12:30. My roommate had a lady friend over last night and made crepes for breakfast (nutella, banana, and jalapeno jam). We all scored with that one- yum yum. Anyways, I only had one which entered into my CRONoMeter is only 300 calories (62% protein, 6% Protein, and 32% lipid). I never eat enough fat- so the rest of my food for the day will even things out…Besides the saturated fat and cholesterol really not so bad.
Very good example of how you can enjoy delicious foods just watch the portion size. This is the kind of eating I would like to continue with. Healthy foods in general, but still allowing myself to ENJOY meals, try new foods, indulge a bit. I am such a yo-you dieter, so this kind of “stable” eating, will definitely help me make permanent lifestyle changes.

Jane Fonda Picture of the Week
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Pumpkin Party

21 Mar

So, pumpkin is my favorite food. Kinda like Bubba Gump with shrimp.. I make roasted pumpkin, pumpkin curry soup, pumpkin pudding, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin quiche, pumpkin everything….
I’ve tracked down some great healthy recipes on Libby’s 100% Pure Pumpkin site.

Lite ‘n Easy Crustless Pumpkin Pie
138 calories a serving
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http://www.verybestbaking.com/recipes/detail.aspx?ID=28790#

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
150 calories a serving
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http://www.verybestbaking.com/recipes/detail.aspx?ID=28449