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Sunday, May 29, 2011

From the mountains to the desert....

after my trip to gorgeous, fresh air carmel, i flew to vegas. from the mountains to the desert. that's how i feel my food adventure has been since i started. in the beginning, it was like climbing mount everest with jenny craig leading the way. and then, i decided to go on my own....that's when the desert began! i'm on my own in the middle of the desert with no leader looking for an oasis that i may never find: CAKE. i miss cake, real cake with icing, really sugary icing...AAAHHH!!! every time i got the craving to be bad in vegas, i thought about how LONG it took me to lose 17 pounds. if i craved cake, i would eat the lil' cute sugar free cakes, mousses, lemon pies at the buffet and just take one bite. and thank God it worked cause i actually lost weight. i had free time and energy to work out like in the good old pro athlete days.


Nutrition FYI:

Type A blood people flourish on vegetarian diets.

Thought of the day:

“The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.”

- Kenneth Blanchard

Embracing Fresh, Organic, wholefoods…..

  • Make ¾ of your plate vegetables, whether they’re raw, steamed, roasted, grilled, sautéed, shredded, fermented, marinated, etc. Use as many or as little variety of veggies, but keep adding them to meals to help you fill up with fiber. You eat with your eyes first, so when you see a plate with an over abundance of volume (from vegetables), your already see you’re not being deprived of food.
  • Focus on quality of the food. Does it have white flour, preservatives, artificial colors, margarine, corn syrup, white sugar, pesticides? It is heavily processed by machinery? Would you find that food product in nature? If you’re eating a quality meal, take your time to chew and indulge in the complex flavors. Eat until you’re full. There’s no reason to feel guilty if you’re eating lots of organic vegetables! The more you fill your body with nutrient-dense foods, the more stable you’ll feel. And the less snacking you’ll need.
  • Fill up with healthy, unprocessed fats. Fats have the highest satiety rate, which means it will help stabilize your blood sugar levels and hunger. At meals and/or snacks, use fats to complement your meals. Use avocados, extra virgin olive oil (unfiltered), coconut butter, coconut oil, olives, raw pecans, walnuts, chia seeds, flax seeds, almonds, and pumpkin seeds.

· Have a good stock in the refrigerator and pantry. Have a variety of vegetables in the refrigerator. You may want them prepared, washed or chopped so they’re easier to prepare if you want. If you have a favorite vegetable, buy more of it. You know you like it, so you’re going to finish it anyway. Make an extra day or two worth of rice, quinoa, whole wheat pasta, salad, chicken, beans, lentils, boiled eggs, so you don’t have to grab a sweet. (If you do have a sweet tooth, try a peeled raw yam with coconut butter. Yum!)

· Bring your snacks and meals when on the go. If you know you’re going to leave early the next morning, the night before you should prepare your lunch and snacks. Then in the morning you place a bag or cooler. Surround yourself with foods you want to eat. The main way is to bring your own food. And purified water! Take 3-4 bottles for the day.

· Don’t buy food you’ll feel guilty of bringing home. You have the control of what you can bring in your house. Once you’re at home you have no choice, but to eat the good stuff J You may feel less guilty of buying a high priced ready-prepared salad, than a less expensive dessert, because you know you are doing your body good!

· Location, location, location. When traveling ask and look for vegetarian restaurants, Trader Joes, farmer’s markets, and Whole Foods Markets. In the beginning, it’s important to surround yourself with the foods you want to eat. On the road, buy food at the supermarkets. Nowadays, many contain an organic produce section. Buy avocados, sprouts, raw nuts, organic salad mixes, olive oil, organic dried fruit, coconut water, etc.


Homemade Coconut/Almonds Balls:

Mix into Balls….








1 tsp:

Almond butter

+ Coconut butter

+ Cinnamon

+ Coconut Crystals


Shredded Coconut

And roll in......Refrigerate for 1 hr J

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