What’s cookin good lookin?

Lately, as I have been tackling midterms, D and I have been spending a lot of nights in.  Besides nightly championship rounds of Jeopardy and Guitar hero (it was a study break ok?), we have been making some pretty delicious and healthy meals.  Not to sound completely domesticated, but I find something incredibly therapeutic in cooking and baking.  Even with all the stresses of finals, sitting down to a meal that D and I made is always a joy and keeps me grounded.

The first (and probably most important part) of making a meal an experience, is setting the right mood.  This requires a little advanced planning (which you can probably do while playing Angry Birds on the Subway ride home).  I like to put on the dimmer lights, set the table, and get a little music playing (see playlist at the bottom of this post).  Sometimes, when I’m feeling particularly fancy, I’ll have a little wine while I cook, a little tip I learned from the chef who taught me how to cook in the first place — my mom.  The point with all this ambience mumbo-jumbo is that cooking should be relaxing, not a frantic, harried mess.  I know it sounds cheesy, but when you cook from a place of love, you can really taste that love in your food.  And frankly, cooking for someone you love can be really alluring and even a little sexy (if you’re not in a relationship, it makes an awesome date night, too).

Ok, back to the cooking.  After I get the mood all set I make sure I have all my ingredients out and start chopping anything that I need before I cook.  The French call this technique “Mise-en-place”, which means literally, to “put in place”, but I like to call it “my preparation so that I am not running around the kitchen opening drawers like a chicken with my head cut off”.  Then it’s time to get cooking!

Most of the time, D and I don’t cook anything too elaborate, just really good, simple food.  We like roasting fish with asparagus or spinach, making big salads with grilled chicken, tofu stir fries, filling bean soups with crusty whole wheat bread, and simple pasta dishes.  I always try to squeeze as much veggies as I can into any dish and keep the ingredients seasonal.  Below is a simple, pasta dish that D and I made recently that we both loved:

Pasta with Fresh Tomato-Basil Sauce


This recipe is a great “starter recipe” to add different proteins too (chicken, shrimp, lean turkey).  It also tastes delicious on its own.  Serve with a simple, arugula salad and you’ve got a yummy light meal.

Other Time: 15 minutes minutes
Yield:  4 servings (serving size: about 1 1/2 cups pasta and about 2 tablespoons cheese)


1 (9-ounce) package refrigerated fresh fettuccine (fresh is better, and whole wheat is even healthier!)
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
4 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup fresh basil leaves, torn
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 ounces Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, shaved (about 1/2 cup)

1. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain; place pasta in a large bowl.

2. While pasta cooks, heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic to pan; cook 1 minute, stirring frequently. Add tomatoes and salt; cover and cook 4 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in basil and pepper. Add tomato mixture to pasta; toss well to combine. Top with cheese

CALORIES 343 ; FAT 13.3g (sat 4.2g,mono 6.2g,poly 1.1g); CHOLESTEROL 51mg; CALCIUM 201mg; CARBOHYDRATE 43.4g; SODIUM 541mg; PROTEIN 14.8g; FIBER 3.7g; IRON 2.6mg
Cooking Light, SEPTEMBER 2010

And as promised, below you will find a little cooking playlist to jam out to while you whip up something scrumptious.

1)  “Something Good Can Work”  Two Door Cinema

2) “Check It Out” will.i.am & Nicki Minaj

3) “Bright Lights Bigger City” Cee Lo Green

4) “How sweet it is” James Taylor

5) “Mandy” Citizen Cope

6) “Make it Wit Chu” Queens of the Stone Age

7) “Don’t Lie” The Black Eyed Peas

8) “Lovely Day” Bill Withers

9) “The Girl from Ipanema” Getz and Gilberto

10) “Superstitious” Stevie Wonder

11) “Allure” Jay-Z

12) “Silver Springs” Fleetwood Mac

13) “Entre Dos Aguas” Paco de Lucia

14) “Let’s Get Lifted” John Legend

15) “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” Michael Buble

Gym Boredom Solutions

 

While it would be nice to be able to run outside every day, enjoying the glorious fresh air, unfortunately, New York weather is just not always so cooperative.  And as my mother used to say, “March comes in like a Lion, and out like a Lamb.”  So basically, we are all doomed to the gym for a little while longer.  But going to the gym doesn’t have to always be quite so BORING.  Even when you are pushing yourself, sometimes it’s just the last place you want to be.  So here are some helpful tips for jazzing up your gym sesh and staying toned during these gross next few weeks.

Getting There:

  • Just plan it. Sometimes the hardest part of going to the gym is the simple act of walking in the building.  The best advice I ever heard was to literally write your gym sesh in your planner/iphone/blackberry calendar.  If you have that little reminder there, and carve out that time for yourself, you’ll be a lot more likely to go in general.

Staying There:

  • Grab a good magazine. Nothing is more motivating to me than reading a good fitness mag (Women’s Health, Shape, Self, Health magazine…just to name a few favorites) and working out.  But that’s just me.  I find that’s it’s a great opportunity to catch up on reading of any kind.  Just make sure that it’s something that’s not so distracting that it will affect your workout.
  • Listen to an audiobook. This is my new FAVORITE thing.  Lately I’ve downloaded books that I’ve been dying to read, and listened to them on my ipod while working out.  It’s a great way to kill two birds with one stone — get my reading in and workout at the same time.
  • Take a class. A lot of gyms offer different and interesting cardio and strength classes nowadays, and not only is it a great way to supplement your fitness regimen, it’s also fun!  Case in point — I recently have started taking a class called 30-60-90 at my gym.  It’s an interval class that uses things like a medicine ball, step, weights and a body bar.  Initially I thought it would be torturous, but after 45 minutes I was actually enjoying myself and working different muscles that I didn’t normally get too.  While I was sore the next day, it was a good kind of sore – the kind you get from hard work.
  • Make a date. I’ve mentioned this before, but one of the best ways to make your workouts more fun is to bring a friend.  It’s kind of a throwback to your playground playdates – except the machines aren’t monkeybars.  That extra motivation can make you work harder and knowing that someone else is relying on you to show up will make you less likely to cancel.  Just make sure to not fall into the pitfall of focusing too much on chatting and not enough on actually working out.
  • Challenge yourself. Nothing makes working out more meaningful than when you actually are doing it for a purpose – not just to stay healthy.  Whether it be something as simple as a goal to be able to be able to a pullup or two (they’re hard!!) or training for a 10k, having a real, tangible goal can give your workout new meaning and a new sense of motivation.

Cheers to your next awesome and exhilarating gym sesh!

GS Bite: Beerwenches, Pilsner and wienerschnitzel…oh my!

Ok ok…I know what you’re all thinking…Austrian food?  How could that possibly be healthy??  Usually when I think of Austrian food, I think of fried schnitzel, heavy stews, and beer.  Lots and lots of beer.  Not exactly figure-friendly foods.  So when I first heard about the restaurant, “Edi and the Wolf”, in the East Village, I had my doubts.  But, having heard good things – I decided to check out the menu online and keep an open mind.  And I was pleasantly surprised!

So this past weekend, D and I went on a little double date with our college buddy, J and his date, C.  The restaurant looks like you’ve entered into some Austrian lodge high in the mountains after a day of snowshoeing.  Big wooden tables and rustic decor cover the walls and the lighting is dim and warm.  Or as the village voice would say, “Think farmhouse tavern meets crazy grandma’s attic”.

After enjoying a delicious glass of Gruner Veitliner (German white wine) while the boys drank Pilsner from giant mugs, we decided to order a bunch of different plates and share.  Sharing is a great way to enjoy a bunch of different dishes, while still keeping portions relatively small.  Plus, I think it makes the meal a lot more fun and social – not just a meal, but a shared experience (and isn’t that what dining out is about anyways??).  We ordered a couple starters including a pickled vegetable/sauerkraut dish, “Alsatian flatbreads” – basically a very thin slice of pizza with a nutty cheese on top and figs — which was a definite highlight, and ribs (I didn’t enjoy these but they smelled delicious).  D and I shared a pan-seared seabass on a bed of squash and sunchokes and I asked for a plate of brussels sprouts on the side to get some more greens in (and I can’t resist my sprouts!).  The meal was surprisingly delicious and light – perfect for a night out on the town!

I Love My Heart

Let me share with you a little story.

“In January of 2004, I received a diagnosis that changed my life. I was diagnosed with Lupus, an autoimmune disease that in my case attacked my kidneys and brain. Due to the intensity of the initial “flare up” of the disease, I became renal insufficient and eventually faced kidney failure. Amazingly, through great medicine, wonderful family and friends, and an enormous amount of support, I became stronger and healthier and miraculously, my kidneys partially regenerated. I no longer depend on dialysis and by regulating my diet, I depend on fewer medications.

Seven years later, I work as a full-time food writer (isn’t that ironic!) and I live a full and utterly enjoyable life. My dietary restrictions have transformed into a real passion for food and I hope to be able to pass along my favorite finds to others facing similar dietary challenges. Be creative, be friendly, and be full!”

Pretty inspiring right??  That awesome chic is my cousin (who we will call J).  In order to stay healthy, her body requires that she subsist on a low-sodium diet.  Instead of despairing for her tastebuds — she decided to rejoice it, and became an amazing low-sodium chef-extraordinaire!  This is her blog.  So when J asked me to create a low-sodium recipe to celebrate February being National Heart Health Month, I jumped at the opportunity.  And now I bring you……..

PISTACHIO and CARDAMOM COOKIES

recipe adapted from The Skinny Bitch Cookbook

Ok…I’m pretty damned proud of myself, because not only are these little suckers DELICIOUS, they are also low-sodium, vegan, and healthy!  Pistachios are particularly great for your heart — studies have showed that consumption of these little green orbs of deliciousness are linked with a reduction in total cholesterol levels and a decrease in LDL (or bad) cholesterol and some studies have even linked pistachio consumption with lower blood pressure!  So without further ado (drumroll please):

Makes about 25-30 cookies:

1/2 cup Earth balance butter

3/4  cup Vegan cane sugar (available at natural food store/whole foods)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 cup almond milk

1 teaspoon lemon zest, finely grated

1/3 cup chopped pistachio nuts

2 1/3 cups white whole wheat flour

2 teaspoons ground cardamom

Directions:

Using an electric mixer, beat the Earth Balance and the sugar in a large bowl until fluffy, about 2 to 3 minutes.  Add the vanilla and beat until blended.  Stirin milk, lemon zest, and pistachios.  Stir in the flour and cardamom.  Mix to form a soft dough.  Cover with plastic wrap and pop in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Remove the dough from the fridge and make tablespoon size dough balls.  Place the dough balls on a greased cookie sheet.  Flatten the dough little with your finger and bake about 13 minutes, or until lightly golden.  Remove from the oven an dlet sit on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes.  Transfer to a wire rack.

Enjoy with some ginger tea (my personal favorite).

Love your heart.  Love your life.  And as my dear cousin J would say…CHOW ON!

Gotham Skinny decodes: Foods for workouts

Here’s the scenario.  You’re late, you’re running to the gym, you haven’t eaten in several hours because you’ve been running around all day.  Midway through cardio, you feel like you’re close to keeling over because you’re so hungry.  Your workout ends up sucking because you have no energy, and then you get home and inhale everything in the fridge.

Ok so we’ve all been there.  Bad planning and a crazy schedule all converge to create a not-so-fun situation.  So here’s the scoop on how to fuel your workouts and eat to build lean muscle.  Meals before and after workout should contain some sort of high-quality carbohydrate and a lean source of protein.

Also, another insanely important piece is HYDRATE, hydrate, hydrate.  Keeping yourself hydrated prior to workouts (about 16 oz of water before you workout) and during (about 4 to 8 oz every 20 minutes) and after (18-24 oz in the hour after you workout) helps flush out the toxins you build up in your system while you workout.  If you get bored of just plain water, try squirting in a little lemon or lime juice or drink seltzer, which hydrates in the same way, but is a little more exciting.

For the Early Birds:

If you’re getting up at the crack of dawn to workout, try to squeeze in a little food beforehand (if you can stomach it – and some people can’t at an early hour).  Try something easily digestible — a banana, a piece of wheat toast with a little peanut or almond butter, or a small yogurt.  The important thing is to make sure you eat something afterwards to replenish your system and give you energy for the rest of the day.  This is where I would put your traditional breakfast — things like oatmeal with blueberries and slivered almonds, an egg white omelette with whole wheat toast, or an english muffin with cream cheese and tomato.  You get the idea.

For the Lunch-Break Warriors:

If you’re a mid-day kind of person, it’s not so critical that you eat something beforehand (unless you’re starving of course), assuming you’ve had some sort of breakfast meal today.  Eating a mid-morning snack such as a piece of fruit or some whole wheat crackers with string cheese should hold you over until you get back to your desk for your post-workout lunch.

The important thing is WHAT you eat AFTER you workout.  Good lunch ideas are: A turkey sandwich with a little avocado on whole wheat bread, a spinach salad with chickpeas, tomatoes, cucumbers (any raw veg really) — beans are great for post-workout because they are high in both good carbs and protein, or a heartier soup with a small whole grain roll.

For the Evening Athletes:

For those of you who are working out in the late afternoon and evening, snacking strategically is more important here.  It’s the end of the day, and your energy is probably lower, so having a snack an hour or two before you workout can provide a much-needed boost and prevent you from being ravenous later.  Some great snacks include: an apple with 1 or 2 tbsp of natural almond butter, low-fat string cheese with some whole wheat crackers (try kashi brand), carrots and celery with hummus, greek yogurt with fruit, or a small bowl of oatmeal.

After your workout, make sure you try to within the hour, because that’s when your muscles are most receptive to the nutrients you will consume.  Again, a mix of protein and carbohydrates will help to repair your muscles and help you make the most of your workout.  My perfect evening post-workout meal is roasted salmon with sautéed spinach and brown rice.  Salmon is packed with protein and also a great source of omega-3 fats, which are good for your heart, smoothes your skin, hair and nails, and will keep you satiated.

Here’s to rockin it in your next workout session!

Working Girl/Boy Manifesto

One of the issues that commonly comes up in the nutrition world is the work-life balance.  Yes – it would be ideal if we could workout 2 hours a day, eat 3 home-cooked meals and well-rounded snacks, avoid the candy jar and liquor cabinet.  But would it be fun?  Heck no!  And is it realistic or sustainable in our busy world?  Absolutely not.  But guess what the good news is?  You don’t have to be a saint all the time to look great — you just have to have a few good tricks up your sleeves for when things get a little tricky.

Case in point: one of my girlfriends works at Credit Suisse doing campus recruitment.  As part of her job she has to travel a lot and often has cocktails and other events to attend.  And believe me, I know as well as anyone that when you have a couple of glasses of wine, those spring rolls look increasingly delicious.  Here are some tips to staying healthy on the fly and navigating the cocktail hour:

When you’re traveling:

  • Your best defense is a good offense!  When I know I’m taking a trip, I make sure to pack a ton of healthy snacks with me, and not just because D needs to be fed at 2 hour intervals or else he becomes cranky.  Things like instant oatmeal (you can get hot water anywhere!), raw almonds/cashews/walnuts, natural granola bars (Luna/Larabars/flavor and fiber bars), bags of carrots and celery, or apples.  All of these things are pretty portable and can make good breakfasts, snacks or even mini-meals.
  • Check out your hotel beforehand.  A lot of hotels are offering fitness rooms these days – and if I have the option of booking a hotel, I always make sure there is some kind of workout facility either in it or nearby.  You can also call the hotel beforehand and ask if there are any good trails in the area for running or walking.  Trying to sneak in even 30 minutes of exercise during the day can help stoke your metabolism and keep you energized for a long workday.

At Cocktail Hour:

  • Spoil your appetite beforehand.  Have a little snack – a handful of nuts, a couple of whole wheat crackers with hummus, an apple, and make sure to do it no more than an hour before your event.  Going into any event STARVING is the worst idea ever.  Not only are you setting yourself up to make bad choices, any alcohol you drink will go straight to your head, making matters worse.
  • Alternate alcohol with water or seltzer and keep a drink in your hand at all times.  I know this seems very old-ladyish, but seriously it is the best advice I have ever received and I’m passing it on to you.  Not only does this make you less likely to get hammered (and that’s not very professional is it?), it keeps one hand busy and away from the snacks.  If you keep your hand holding a cup you just can’t reach for that much food right?
  • Navigate the hors d’oeuvres.  If the cocktail hour is where you’ll be eating dinner (and this happens from time to time), scan the menu and fill your plate first with vegetables and lean proteins (crudité, shrimp, grilled veggies, chicken skewers) — basically the healthy stuff.  Then pick one or two small items that look special and delicious and you simply can’t pass up.  For example – I was at a cocktail party recently and the sushi looked particularly amazing — I filled my plate up with a couple pieces of sashimi, a couple rolls and some veggies.  Later on I had half of a small peking duck pancake that D said was amazing.

With a little planning, travel and work don’t have to sidetrack your health goals and you can stay fit and fabulous, no matter where your life takes you!

Gotham Skinny RANT

Ok guys.  So I usually don’t try to be preachy to people about being healthy, because:

A.  It’s just silly and you should never make someone “feel bad” about their lifestyle.

and

B.  It just ain’t my style.

So you know that something has got to be really annoying to make me feel like I need to resort to this measure.  But I just have to say SOMETHING.

So back to my story.  This morning I get to the elevator after heading back from the gym.  Of course I am sweaty and gross and really feel like taking a shower ASAP.  I get in the elevator, press my floor, and then a perfectly healthy, normal looking guy presses floor number 2.  2!!!  And of course the elevator isn’t working properly so we’re stuck on 2 for an eternity while I’m trying my best to control my inadvertent eye rolling and foot-tapping.

I guess the reason I feel so annoyed is because of the fact that this guy was completely healthy, wasn’t laden down with bags or children or dogs, didn’t have any disabilities, and yet still couldn’t walk up one flight of stairs.  One flight!  Beyond being a huge pet peeve of mine, it just doesn’t make  any sense.

So much research exists which supports the idea that little changes — whether it be taking a couple of flights of stairs to your office every day, using skim milk instead of half and half in your coffee, or using whole wheat bread instead of sourdough for your turkey sandwich, make such a HUGE difference in terms of your overall health.  It’s not about weight loss (although some of these changes certainly help), it’s about living longer, stronger and happier lives.

So here’s a little challenge — and I’m going do it with you.  For the rest of the week, whenever you have the option to take the elevator, if you’re going lower than 5 flights, take the stairs.  If you have to get somewhere and it’s less than 10 blocks, walk (do not subway or cab) — and no, wearing heels is NOT an excuse (I’ve used that one too many times to count).  And tell your friends, coworkers, parents, significant others, etc.. to join you!  It’s going to take a little getting used to at first (I’m sure D will lovingly remind me about it on Saturday night), but I challenge you to try making these little changes and see how you feel.  You might surprise yourself.

Go ahead…skip breakfast

In every fitness magazine article I have EVER read….and believe me, I’ve read lots, health experts are always touting the critical importance of eating breakfast.  It helps to rev your metabolism for the day after a long period of “fasting” (sleeping), it keeps you sated and helps your blood sugar remain on a more even keel.  And of course, breakfast is another important opportunity to get in fruits, vegetables and whole grains.  But recent research done in Germany and published in the Nutrition Journal may be turning that idea on its head.  Here is an excerpt in the New York Times about the study:

German researchers studied the food intake of 280 obese adults and 100 of normal weight. The subjects kept records of everything they ate over two weeks, and were carefully instructed about the importance of writing down what they ate as soon as they ate it.

For both groups, a large breakfast simply added to the number of daily calories they consumed. Whether they ate a large breakfast, a small one or none at all, their nonbreakfast calorie intake remained the same.

This may mean that exactly the opposite of the commonly offered advice is correct: A smaller breakfast means fewer daily calories consumed, not more.

So what exactly does this all mean?  Should we ban eggs from our morning repertoire, or my personal fave — greek yogurt and blueberries?  Does coffee now count as breakfast?

Before you toss your oatmeal in the garbage, here is my take on the new research.  Yes, breakfast adds to your total calories for the day.  DUH!  So does lunch and dinner.  But should you not eat breakfast anymore?  No.  But breakfast should definitely be tailored to your own personal tastes.  For example, I’m not usually all that hungry in the morning, but I start to get a little peckish around 10 or 11.  I usually will have a  yogurt or a small bowl of oatmeal, just to keep me sated and so I don’t end up ravenous come lunchtime.  Sometimes I want a little more, sometimes I want a little less in the morning.  That’s just me.

There are plenty of people who need a bowl of cereal, fruit and a hard boiled egg in the morning, and that’s ok too!  Just as long as you balance out those choices with a lighter lunch, dinner, or snack.  Good advice to follow is this – treat your diet like a bank account.  If you spend more on breakfast, maybe you might want to scale back on lunch or dinner, or even eat a smaller breakfast the next day.  Looking at your diet on a daily (and even weekly basis) can help you stay healthier in the longterm.  Most importantly, you should always eat when you’re hungry!! — being cognizant of internal hunger cues is incredibly important and can lead to a much healthier, happier life in general!  Intuitive eating — eating when you’re hungry and stopping right before you feel full (on a hunger scale of 1 to 10 you should be about a 7-8).

So if you don’t like breakfast, you shouldn’t feel bad about not eating it – but you might want to consider have a little something small before lunch).  If you’re ravenous in the morning…EAT!

Day 3 : Cleansexperiment

I awoke this morning to my last and FINAL day of the cleanse.  And boy, am I glad this is the last day.  Seriously…enough of this juice – I want REAL FOOD.

Yesterday was pretty easy (much easier than the day before) as far as not feeling hungry or deprived.  In fact, things went pretty well the whole day.  D and I went to see “The Fighter” (GREAT movie!  If you haven’t seen it -it’s awesome!).  Since D was coming straight from work, he brought along some sushi with him.  I literally thought I was going to rip the salmon avocado roll straight from his hands.  I wasn’t even that hungry — just the smell of it was torture!

Needless to say, I’m very ready for this to be over.  But here are my thoughts on this cleanse in particular and cleanses in general:

Pros:

  • My body feels really “clean”.  My skin looks super clear, I have a lot of energy (surprisingly), and I’ve been sleeping really, really well.
  • I honestly haven’t craved any junk or sweets.  Periodically, I definitely will crave dark chocolate or other sweets (I am a girl after all!), but I can honestly say that all I really want is real food (salmon, veggies, warming soups — things that are really good for me!)
  • The cleanse was really easy to follow — the labeled bottles were easy to tote and it definitely didn’t interfere with my day to day life.

Cons:

  • I really miss real food.  I don’t know if I could do this more than 3 days, because honestly, I just want a real meal so badly.  Enough of this juice business.
  • I was cold….ALL.  DAY.  LONG.  No matter how many layers I wore (apparently the Mary Kate/Ashley Olsen hobo look isn’t flattering on normal people), I just couldn’t get warm.

The Bottom Line?

The cleanse definitely helped me to refocus after feeling sluggish and just generally yucky post-holidays and post-vacation.  I feel more energetic and healthier.  Whether this is due to it ACTUALLY doing something for my body or the mental effects is unclear.  I’m still not a total believer or convert to this stuff.  And even though I did lose a little weight (which wasn’t really my purpose), I suspect that it was mostly water weight.

Would I do it again?  Maybe…I would definitely consider doing a modified cleanse (they offer a juice-until-dinner option with a raw, vegan dinner, a snack, and a treat which I would consider trying).  But I don’t know about nonstop juice….maybe I’m just not a juice kind of gal.

Would I recommend this as a weight loss tool?  No….well… sort of.

I would recommend this to people who are looking to jumpstart a healthy, weight-loss program that focuses on eating lots of veggies, fruits, whole grains, lean meats and fish.  Because, if we’re being honest here, 3 days is really a blip on the screen when it comes to longterm health.  The best way to be healthy, look great, and lose weight (if that is your goal of course) is to eat healthy all year round.  And eating healthy also means indulging in yummy things (dark chocolate, wine, etc..) in moderation.

And with that, I’m going to go in the corner and chew a piece of cardboard ahhh (kidding)

DAY 2: Cleansexperiment

Ahhh 1 day down, 2 more to go.

Last afternoon and night was…tough.  Spinning class was actually not as hard as I thought it would be.  I had a burst of energy during the second half of class that came out of nowhere!  But, I admit, I was absolutely starving beforehand so I had a quarter of an avocado sliced up (which they recommend if you are really DYING).  It’s a cleanse after all — not some sort of torturous ordeal.

Dinnertime was also another trouble spot.  Although D was very considerate, I was definitely hungry at night and wanted REAL food, and seeing him cooking and eating (eggs! mmm) was not easy.  Also, I felt pretty cold all night long – which I’m assuming was from two things — the fact that is was 0 degrees outside, and also that I wasn’t benefiting from the thermal effect of digesting food.

Also, for some reason when I was watching the tube last night, all they seemed to show were food ads!  Maybe I just noticed it more because I was hungry, but seriously…COME ON!!  So rude.  haha

However, even though last night was a bit of a struggle, this morning I woke up actually feeling refreshed!  I slept well, although I felt SUPER bloated last night from all the juice (probably drinking it too fast — I just chug that juice down).  And, even though weight loss really wasn’t the goal, I was down a pound and a half from yesterday (also probably water weight).  I’m not feeling hungry, and actually feel pretty good and clearheaded.  Hopefully the rest of the day will go easier….

Stay posted for updates….will I reach some state of zen bliss?  will I chew off my own arm?  Who knows what will happen……

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