Month: September 2012

October Unprocessed

Last year one of my facebook friends posted a link about an eating challenge for the month of october from this website called Eating Rules. The challenge was to eat only unprocessed foods for the entire month of October and foods you were unsure of had to pass what is called the “kitchen test” (or whether or not you could make it at home to determine whether you should eat it). Anyway, I took the challenge last year for the month of October. In general it wasn’t too difficult for me because I try and make a concerted effort to eat well anyway, and I already read ingredient labels pretty in depth. But it did prove to be a challenge when I would crave salty snacks or dessert and then I would have to be really careful about what I was eating, and sometimes not be able to eat the thing that I was really craving. Anyway, by the end of that month–in conjunction with exercising, I had a pretty flat stomach. A year later, …

In training…Week 1

After a summer spent pigging out on new cuisines and lazing about, it’s time to get back to work–that is exercising. In reality, this was truly an exercise in bad habits; of not sustaining an active lifestyle because I was traveling. I had definitely planned on running in SA, but a) it was cold! and b) I was reminded over and over that my neighborhood was dangerous, and although not that terrible, running alone wasn’t advisable and I wasn’t going to be able to find a running partner with any regularity. Again, these are just excuses, I mean I could’ve found alternative fitness activities to do in the house (which was also cold), but the point is, I didn’t. Now I’m back in hot weather, where scant clothing is necessary. But with the diminished amount of clothes you can see everything. And I’m not loving what I’m seeing here, on top of which I just don’t feel like I should. So it’s back to being in training. I find that I have to set short term …

I Studied Abroad in Africa!

I don’t really need to say much except that this girl’s blog, I Studied Abroad in Africa, is HILARIOUS!!! Her intro reads: So. You go to one of those fabulously elitist schools where everyone talks about privilege, classism, racism, sexism, etc. as if they don’t practice it in real life. But in order to really see the world, they decide to go somewhere where they can understand what their privilege looks like. So they choose AFRICA! Yay! A whole continent dedicated to helping white people understand what it means to be poor and undeveloped. This is for all you fabulous biddies who decided that Africa was the right place for you. There’s nothing like good ‘ole exotification to fill up your time while basking in the hot Saharan sun, wearing your “traditional” African clothes, eating “weird” foods and taking as many photos of black children as possible. You go, Gurl with lots of privilege! This is dedicated to you. It’s pretty sarcastic at times, but it definitely makes you rethink your travel ventures. There are …

Stateside

It’s been quite awhile since I’ve written on this blog. Not since I was sitting in the airport en route back home from South Africa. As an update, the last couple weeks have been a whirlwind, literally for a few of those days. I’m very happy that I had such a good birthday back in South Africa, because things got a little messy on this side. I got back to New Orleans on the evening of my birthday, too tired to do too much except eat an uneventful dinner and go to bed. I drove home to FL the next day to have a week of doctors appointments, running errands, and sleeping on the pull out couch in the living room. I ended up not going to the beach or even to the pool for that matter. My birthday dinner with my parents, while delicious, ended a bit abruptly after a series of unfortunate events, so that was kind of a fail. I got back to New Orleans that Saturday evening, in time for midsummer …