All posts tagged: healthy eating

The struggle of healthy living

The struggle is real. For me it’s always evolving. I see myself getting focused and on track and then the slightest thing will throw me off–moving, occupation changes, the temperature, the seasons (in New Orleans, that means carnival, festival, hurricane, etc.), and so on. Also, just getting older I’m finding out my body doesn’t handle certain foods the way it used to; or maybe it never did but it was easier to deal with when I was a teenager. For lent I gave up meat/dairy and hard liquor. There were, of course, some exceptions here and there, some cheat days and whatnot, but for the most part I stayed on track. I even got myself on a better exercise regimen, returning to a fitness website/blog I used to follow (Zuzka Light), where I can workout in my living room with little to no equipment. Overall, I feel better and (I think) look better, although I definitely missed my meat & eggs. I don’t have any plans of becoming a vegan anytime soon. But I do plan on making my …

INSANITY–Month 2

Today I was angry. Like super pissed. Because today I started the second month of the INSANITY program, where the workouts get harder and longer. Well today was even worse, because before I even started the 59 minute workout, I had to do the fit test, which took like another 35 minutes. Of course, I wanted to see how much I had improved over the weeks so I was pushing myself pretty hard on the fit test. I beat all of my last scores, some by a wide margin. But then when I finished with that and put on the next dvd for the Max interval circuit, I just got angry, because I was mentally checked out. The warm-up was long as hell, and then the workout just kept going and going…and going. I also did not eat enough before I started doing all this, so I was weak within minutes. My body just felt wrecked. I finished the hour long workout and kept up/pushed myself as best I could despite feeling like collapsing and …

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, …

FOOD!

I’ve been on a cooking/baking spree lately. Or rather, maybe I’m just starting to get back to my old self from last semester where I was always in the kitchen. First, I decided to bake my first cake…ever. This, of course, required my purchasing a cake pan and all that business. Well, let me back up. Almost 3 years ago (dang) I went to Brazil for a semester study abroad. I bought souvenirs for everyone I felt like buying stuff for, so I bought my dad, who’s always cooking, a Brazilian cookbook and a few ingredients that you can’t commonly buy here in the states: stupid hot peppers, and dendê  (which is pretty much just palm oil). Well, it’s been 3 years and he still hasn’t cracked it open, SO I took it back. I really wanted to start exploring some of these recipes, so that’s where I took my cake recipe from. It’s called: Bolo Espera Marido (Hoping-for-a-husband Cake): Ingredients: 1 freshly grated coconut 1 cup warm milk 2 cups all-purpose flour 3 tbs …

Back to Work

I finally got a break from classes with spring break, most of which I spent in Destin, FL on the beach. If you’ve never been to Destin, it’s in the panhandle of Florida (which really shouldn’t be part of the Florida as the people are more like folks from southern Alabama, lol). There are white sandy beaches and emerald waters. Nothing much to do there but lay in the sun, shop, and eat seafood–which is fine by me. But there was something new this time…so I know there is this idea going around that Black people can’t get sunburned…IT’S A LIE! Got a sunburn, first ever, but it happened. My face and chest were reddened (in addition to being blackened) and sore. Happy to say though, after peeling these past few days, the worst is over and I’m left with a nice oven baked look. Best part of my week though was eating a plateful of snow crab legs–I need to get another few of those. Anyway, I’m back on the grind, back to work …