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Moderation

16 May

So I got some good advice recently and I really have realized that I AM that ill fated yo-yo dieter. Going on health binges, then party binges then food binges.. Enough! I just need to set some very reasonable goals that will help me slowly get in shape.

1. Eating when hungry – don’t starve, don’t binge, eat healthy or just small portions of calorie dense foods and I’ll feel good
2. Interval training. The last few times I’ve gone to the gym I’ve been doing interval training on the elliptical and stationary bike. I just feel like I’ve really WORKED something. It takes more motivation then just pumpking away at the machine but I’m going to stick with it.
3. Go to classes. Yoga, pilates, at gym, whatever. I am a Crunch gym member, known for their great “Superfun” classes and I never go. I want to try out some new ones, spinning and yoga (even though I hate the idea of doing yoga at the gym – it’s free cause I’ve already paid for it!)
4. Drink less. School is over, summer has arrived and I’ve just been going out out out! What can I say I love to go out and have fun and in nyc drinking is always part of it. My solution – as stupid as this sounds is that I think I’m going to try to get another job, just part time in the evenings. This will be a great distraction for me, great excuse for me, and I’ll get paid in the meantime

As of today i weighed 127lbs. OUCH! But honestly I just died my hair dark brown (I’ll upload a pic soon!), I have my two potential boys, and I’m feeling sexy and feeling good. Gotta love the summertime!

Cooking up a Storm… Where did that gust of wind come from?

3 May

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I not longer have class, just final exams for school so I’ve been able to rummage around my favorite grocery stores, Trader Joes and Whole Foods getting inspired and staying well stocked in fruits and veggies. I am concentrating on raw recipes, but mostly just trying to incorporate tons of freshness (fresh foods) into my day!

I spent 2 hours tonight just preparing foods and sealing them off in little containers for later. I find that it is always so much nicer to be exposed to many different tastes and textures during a meal, rather than just a heap of the same thing. I made egg white salad, very healthy- I used only cooked egg whites, parsley, cucumber, and my favorite cottage cheese. The cottage cheese gives the salad a spread texture and a cheesy taste, without having to use mayonnaise.
I also cooked up some steamed spinach and garlic for tomorrow and roasted some baby portabello mushrooms and butternut squash for later. A little bit of each of these things along, some fresh carrot and celery sticks, and a bag of salad mix and my lunch (and possibly early dinner too!) is set tomorrow.

I had coffee today for the first time in 2 or 3 weeks. I haven’t had caffeine in a while, since I was on the cleanse etc. Though it was only one cup, it kind of made me feel slightly sick and gave me a baby headache. I know caffeine (and obviously caffeine addictions) are not good, but I love coffee, I love the taste, the brew, the ritual, the whole damn thing! I suppose it’s not something I should really PUSH to bring back into my life, though.

I have been looking at a lot of blogs and want to attempt raw vegan “sushi” using nori and all veggies (poss. with a bit of marinated tofu) or wraps with collard greens. I’ve never rolled sushi before, and I don’t quite know how to do it and I’m also a bit perplexed about how to wrap with the collard greens. Do i use a toothpick? How does everything stay together??

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.

The power of JUICING

15 Apr

I apologize for my absence over the past few weeks, I had my traveling part-time boyfriend living with me for three weeks. That was certainly an adventure, especially since I’ve never lived with anyone I was seeing before. Anyway, he is traveling westward and I decided I need to do a bit of a cleanse, to get all the missin’ out of my system.

I just bought a Jack LaLanne juicer after checking out a lot of recommendations online and figuring out pricing etc. I will tell you how it works once I get the ball rolling and put up recipes. Depending on how I do, I want this to either be an all juice fast (mostly vegetable) or an all fruit and veggie diet. I feel like I might crave solid food, and I don’t think a salad would be bad. I don’t want this to be a strict cleanse, but more of a period of very healthy eating.

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Additionally, I am going to take bikram yoga at this great new studio I’ve found just five blocks away from my apartment-BikramLES.

I think this will be a great way to get my mind of my departed boy, focus my find, and cleanse my body. Here’s to the beginning.