Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Salty Dog



I think cutting down my salt is probably THE biggest factor (ok the weight loss is pretty big too!) in the changes in my body thus far from following Eat To Live. No more weird fluctutaions- my tummy stays fairly flat all the time...unless I eat something salty. The effects of a big salty meal are so much more pronounced now that I eat much less of the stuff. When do I have salt, I feel thirsty, puffy, sluggish, and weird!


I am still working on salt-alternatives. Even low-sodium stuff seems to be better. I use low sodium soy sauce and need much less than I used to. I have been using salt-free Tony's Chachere and Mrs. Dash. I don't love the Ms. Dash, but it will do. The Tony's is great.I also cook foods in salt-free veg broth, which cuts down on salt and oil. Yay!

Check out this article for some very convincing info...

Salt update

Anyone have good salt sub ideas?

Eat bread, lose weight? - Nutrition - Health - Canadian Living

Eat bread, lose weight? - Nutrition - Health - Canadian Living

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Inquiring Minds...Can tea clear your skin?


From The Republic of Tea:
get gorgeous - No. 1 (36 Tea Bags)

Herb Tea for Clear Skin


Let's get one thing clear. True beauty comes from within. But when it comes to clear skin, some of us can use a little help. So here's good news: this organic, rooibos-based, naturally caffeine-free tea blend is brimming with antioxidants - your skin's best friend.

Ingredients: Rooibos (leaf), Orange (peel), Hibiscus (flower), Chamomile (flower), Red Clover (flower) Chaste Berry (fruit), Burdock (root), Natural Pomegranate Flavor.

Certified Kosher (more info)

What do you think? I bought a tin of this and am interested to see what happens...

Frippery

Seems like this is more of a clothes blog than a food blog lately...but that's what happens when you eat wicked healthy foods. You need new clothes that fit!!

I'm still Eat-ing To Live and working out most days of the week- feeling great! Here's a few of my fashion splurges. They were mostly found on Ebay or in cool thrift stores, except for the cute burrito tee, which is from a great company run by some old school friends.

Cute rugby henley- mine is purple and light gold striped.



Football dress with a cute open back!



Cute burrito shirt, in a lady size!
From Storyville in NOLA



Also, I found one of my long-coveted kitschy items on sale for $4.99. The ceramic Happy To Serve you mug!!! Sweeeet! (I got a couple of extras since they are breakable and I am clumsy!!) Yay!!



Have a fun day!! Hopefully I'll be back in the kitchen and posting creations soon, but pigs are flying, the Saints are in the Superbowl, and life is just a little wild!!



Sunday, January 24, 2010

Friday, January 22, 2010

More New Orleans Goodness

I'm writing this on the eve of another weekend in The Big Easy. We are headed back for the 2nd playoff game and excitment is running high!

Here are a few highlights from last weekend:

A deeeeelicious green tea frappe' with soy milk. So perfect!!
Rue De La Course is on Magazine Street



Babydoll bras at Ragin' Daisy on Chartres Street:



Kitty holding court at Molly's at the Market (which has a stellar photobooth, by the way!)




And finally, terrific dancing and music courtesy of The Loose Marbles at The Spotted Cat.  The music was excellent and the dancing so so fun!


I'll leave you with a tune!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

S.A.D. no more!!

From Askdrsears.com:

"STANDARD AMERICAN DIET (SAD)


If you were to list the factors that increase the risk of cancer, heart disease, stroke, intestinal disorders – just about any illness – the standard American diet has them all:

*High in animal fats
*High in unhealthy fats: saturated, hydrogenated
*Low in fiber
*High in processed foods
*Low in complex carbohydrates
*Low in plant-based foods


The striking fact is that cultures that eat the reverse of the standard American diet – low fat, high in complex carbohydrates, plant-based, and high in fiber – have a lower incidence of cancer and coronary artery disease (CAD). What's even more sad is that countries whose populations can afford to eat the healthiest disease-preventing foods don't. The United States has spent more money on cancer research than any country in the world, yet the American diet contributes to the very diseases we are spending money to prevent."

I have been following the Eat To Live plan since November '09. Last weekend on our mini-vacay, I decided I'd had it with beans and salad. I ate everything I even slightly wanted, and then some! Fries, po-boys, pasta, tons of iced  and hot fancy coffees, salty everything, beer, French toast...I had no fresh anything (unless you count sandwich garnishes) for 3 days. I thought I would be happy and relaxed to finally eat some fun food, but guess what?

It's taken me 4 days to even feel halfway normal again! I've been sleepy, grouchy, negative, dare I say, depressed, and had some stank motivation. The gym sounded lame and a nap seemed the way to go. I craved soda and junk. LAME-O!! Not to mention I came back 3.3 pounds heavier in just 3 days. Noooooo! After all my hard work for the last three months!!


Lesson learned: I think over the last few months I finally have been eating well and taking care of myself enough to experience what people talk about with a healthier lifestyle. I didn't know how much extra energy and good spirits I had until they were temporarily gone! I've gotten myself back in gear this week with all fruits/veg/sprouted grains for the last few days, with plenty of cardio, weights, and sauna. Just going back to my low-salt eating has made a world of difference. Those 3.3 pounds are history and I feel like I have a better grip on things.
And now...headed back to Food Central, aka New Orleans, for Playoff Game #2!!! What's a girl to do? I'm sticking to my vegan guns this time!!! If I have a treat, it's gonna be a dessert or coffee I really want. My meals will be as fresh and as healthy as possible, even if that means the majority of it comes from my trusty backpack. No amount of indulging is worth the sluggish feeling I've had this week (but I'm glad I went on my bonanza so I could see for myself!!).

Here are some of my ideas for ways I can eat healthier away from home. I don't usually like pre-packaged food (too much waste!), but on trips it seems like it could be a lifesaver...

*almond milk "juiceboxes"
*vegan shake mixes
*mini packages of baby carrots, apples, grapes
*ziploc of flax seeds and other healthy salad toppers
*small packets of healthier salad dressing
*raw food bars- I like Larabars
*remembering my probiotics and vitamins

Any other ideas?

Finally, and with much gusto...WHO DAT!!!!!


Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Salad of My Own Creationnnnn...and Juan's Flying Burrito

After this debaucherous weekend in New Orleans, this week is all about healthy stuff. Here's a little salad I made up today. I've never mixed all these items and it was great!!

The ingredients are:
some tempeh cooked in veg broth and a few dashes of low-sodium soy sauce
spinach and romaine
tomatoes
red peppers
carrots
chickpeas
apples
walnuts
light balsamic vinagrette

Yummy!!



While in NOLA last weekend, I did eat one semi-healthy meal. It's called the Mardi Gras Indians and is a vegan or vegetarian (cheese shreds are easy to add/remove!) choice at Juan's Flying Burrito. These tacos are spicy and involve beans, squash, tomatoes, crunchy cole slaw, and maybe some magic! Definitely delicious!!


Cheers, my dears!

Bicycle Dress...and More!

We had a fantastic trip to New Orleans this weekend! This sign outside the Superdome pretty much says it all.


I ate, and ate, and ate...and ate. And none of it was "nutrtiatrian" as Dr. Eat To Live calls it. But it was fun!! I'm back on the wagon for this week, and will be right back down in NOLA next weekend to tear it up again!

There is a cute store on Decatur called Red Lantern. We stopped in there on the way to get some deeeelicious food at Angeli. I found the cutest dress! It's from Scrapbook, which I really like always. It's a gray summery dress with spaghetti straps and ruffles. It's hard to see the print in this picture, but its little black bicycles carrying baskets full of flowers! The ruffles have light gold trim. Yay!!!


Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

New Dress :) Yay!!!

Along the lines of wanting some pleasant weather, I proactively bought a sundress!!

It's called Summer in Tuscon by Free People.  I love it, and I got it on the ch-ch-cheap!!!! Yay for last year's line!!



Happy Still-Winter!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Raw-ish Tacos, Brussels, and a Green Smoothie!!

Here are a few of my Eat To Live inspired meals from recently that gave me lots of energy!

I made some simple "tacos" using romaine leaves as the shell. Contents include vegetarian refried beans, salsa, avocado, tomatoes, green onions, and some crushed pineapple to top it off. Filling and yummy!!



Next up is a terffic recipe from the Mayo Clinic Cookbook. This books has TONS of terrific recipes for E2L or any healthy eating plan.



Brussels Sprouts With Shallots and Lemon (This one is posted at the Mayo Clinic site, so I'll repost it here as well. I added the adjustments I made to make it more E2L compatible as well (reduce salt & oil). Check out the cookbook from your library like I did, or buy a copy! Every recipe is a winner.


By Mayo Clinic staff

Serves 4

Ingredients
3 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil (I used veg broth instead)
3 shallots, thinly sliced
1/4 teaspoon plus 1/8 teaspoon salt (I used salt-free seasoning instead)
1 pound brussels sprouts, trimmed and cut into quarters
1/2 cup vegetable stock or broth
1/4 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Directions

In a large, nonstick frying pan, heat 2 teaspoons of the olive oil over medium heat. Add the shallots and saute until soft and lightly golden, about 6 minutes. Stir in the 1/8 teaspoon salt. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
In the same frying pan, heat the remaining 1 teaspoon olive oil over medium heat. Add the brussels sprouts and saute until they begin to brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the vegetable stock and bring to a simmer. Cook, uncovered, until the brussels sprouts are tender, 5 to 6 minutes. Return the shallots to the pan. Stir in the lemon zest and juice, the 1/4 teaspoon salt, and the pepper. Serve immediately

Nutritional Analysis(per serving)
Calories 108
Monounsaturated fat 3 g
Protein 4 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Carbohydrate 14 g
Sodium 257 mg
Total fat 4 g
Fiber 5 g
Saturated fat 1 g

And finally, my first green smoothie in forever! This one had chia seeds, hemp seeds, maca powder, cacao powder, greens superfood powder, pineapples, blueberries, strawberries, banana, fresh spinach, and rice milk!!!



Have a wonderful day!!!


Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Polenta Lasagna

I haven't had as much cooked food lately due to the abundance of salads...as well as the vast bounds of my laziness! It's so much easier to munch on some raw veggies than to make a whole meal with ingredients and stuff!

My need for yummy warm food got the best of me though. I fired up the saute pan and and got some onions and peppers going. The rest was easy. The result, from Fat Free Vegan, was polenta lasagna. Very good, and very easy!

The recipe is listed under the Eat To Live section of FFV. I'm not sure it is strictly E2L, but it's close enough for me!! Here's the goods on polenta.

Here's my lasagna, along with the awesome sock monkey salt and pepper set my mom gave me for Christmas.


A closeup...I wish I was patient and took perfect food pics, but I was hungry. After coolling, this dish can be served in perfect little sections with the polenta intact (if you have willpower!).


Sunday, January 10, 2010

The Best Thing I Ever Ate...is fun!!!

Ahhh yum!!! Last night I was bemoaning the absence of my beloved Top Chef, and we found a new show to watch. It's called The Best Thing I Ever Ate and it is funnnn!!!

We watched a BBQ version (kinda ick, as I love BBQ side dishes, but have been veg so long I just don't see meat as food anymore) and a breakfast version (awesome!!). I saw so many dishes I'd love to try, or try to adapt to meet my food needs and wants. Blueberry ricotta pancakes with Vermont maple syrup...gahhhh!!!

My favorite feature on the breakfast show was Jacques Torres' Wicked Hot Chocolate. Oh my word! I loved that movie Chocolat, and remembered from it the magical mixture of spiciness and chocolate. The show explained how Jacques Torres makes and serves the drink, and it was tantalizing.


Giada De Laurentiis has a chocolate mousse recipe based on the drink as well as a ricotta blueberry pancake recipe if you're interested. Wonder if we could veganize, or at least minimize the dairy in these recipes for us lactose-intolerant souls? They look sooooo good!!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Lovely Swami Baby

A while back I entered a giveaway at the wonderful Tout-est-des-Roses blog, and I won! The prize was this too-cute hoodie from Swami Baby that I just had to blog about!

It came in just in time for a 2-day long car ride for Christmas, and it is so comfortable. The message on the front -Breathe- didn't hurt one bit either!! Check out the Swami Baby site for lots of cutie yoga-related things.


Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Oven Roasted Tom Tofu

I am a clutz with tofu, but this recipe from Fat Free Vegan is easy and tasted amazing. I'm pretty sure I cheated with some BBQ sauce, but you have to live a little!!


The tofu has a little breading, but not enough to mess with the Eat To Live guidelines. I found I only used about half of the breading mixture that the recipe called for, so maybe 1/2 the breading mix ingredients to start. (I hate wasting food!) You can use the extra marinade as a gravy or sauce base as well.

It was delicious!!

Oven Roasted Tom Tofu


Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy 2010!!!!



I plan on making my 2010 bigger and better than all the other ones...like always! Healthy, wealthy, and wise, yeah?!

I started with a little project.  First, my weekly sweet treat: this time a Starbux holiday drink. Then, a $6 iron (cuz I don't iron), 2 packs of iron-on letters, and a 6-pack of tanks (not gonna use that other name for them, even tho I really do call them that!).
Here are my first two. "Heavy In Love" is from one of my favorite songs (Bitch & Animal) and "Feel Good" is just a phrase that speaks for itself! (Thanks to Eat To Live and my new love affair with the gym, I also got to buy size small tanks, which was a giddy giggle-inducing activity!)


What excitement do you have planned for the new year?