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day one is done

9 Aug

talk about a long day!

Overview:

Up at 8 to be there at 9. One hour lunch break and finish at 5. I swear it’s like I work a 9-5!!!

Oh and then after rush stuff I ran to the bank then wal-mart then the apartment office (to bother them some MORE) then to the gym and was finally able to shower and eat. phew.

Now the deets:

This morning I tried out a version of HEAB’s overnight protein chia oats because I wasn’t sure how long I would be at the house and if we’d be allowed a lunch break so I wanted something that would hold me over.

I used 1/2 cup oats, 1/2 c water, 1 T chia seeds, raisins, cacao nibs, and 1/2 T cocoa powder. Then in the morning I added a little less than a scoop of sun warrior. It was delicious and filling, thanks HEAB!

Then you’ll never believe what I had for lunch. My first real fast food for months….the crepevine.

For those of you who are unfamiliar, the crepevine is a tallahassee eatery that makes all types of crepes from desserts to lunch to breakfast.

Exhibit A:

Exhibit B:

So what did I order?

They have a make your own option so I got every veggie they had except jalepenos plus salt n peppa.

True, this is probably the healthiest crepe they’ve ever made and also true that it probably wasn’t that bad for me, but I’m going to admit something to you guys, it took alot for me to finally come to terms with it after I ate it.

Besides the fact that crepes aren’t vegan, There’s just something about the fact that it was fast food and that I didn’t know the ingredients that irked me. I know it shouldn’t but it did and I’m trying to learn to come to terms with not eating perfect all the time.

So why did I eat it? Because not only was I hungry, but I only brought a larabar (which I knew wouldn’t be healthy to ONLY have that for lunch) and I didn’t drive so I was at the mercy of where my friends wanted to eat and I hate being the weirdo that won’t eat normal food or the nagger who never wants to eat where everyone else wants to. So I sucked it up and made the best of the situation.

The whole time in the back of my head I just kept remembering all of my fav bloggers who are some of my role models for healthy eating and kept remembering how they indulge too and aren’t always perfect with their eating but they are ok with it because they are also happy with themselves.

So instead of dwelling on it I simply ate how I normally would for the rest of the day and had the larabar after sorority schtuff and a bowl of quinoa and veggies for dinner

all mashed up

that’s the good stuff

Apartment news: My walls were painted today!!! AND I’m getting new carpets….I’m so happyyyy!!!!!! I also found out that the reason my carpets are so messed up now is because the girl before had a dog (our apartment complex doesn’t allow animals) which makes all the scratch marks make a lot more sense. But there is also a red stain and a burn in the carpet from her hair straightener!!! urgh oh well i get new carpet 🙂

and here is my partial workout schedule from july as promised! sorry it was in excel and i didn’t really know how to insert it in here

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July 2010
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
arms chest shoulders
abs
yoga yoga cardio
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
back legs arms chest
abs
cardio cardio
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
shoulders back legs arms chest
cardio
25 26 27 28 29 30 31
shoulders back legs arms shoulders back
cardio
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MIA Blogger- part I

1 Aug

Hey guys!

Sorry I’ve been so MIA lately but a lot has been going on around here. Now add to that the fact that I haven’t had internet 😦 it’s been a sad and blogless life around here but it’s also been filled with some pretty awesome stuff that I can’t wait to share!

And since I have so much stuff I’m splitting it into 2 parts so…

Part I:

So let’s start from the beginning. As you know, I’m officially homeless. Friday was completely consumed with packing and filling my car to capacity with all the junk I seem to accumulate.

just a couple things

Oh, and did I mention the A/C went out that day…ya it was NOT FUN to say the least. Pretty much wanted to kill myself but I stuck through it and ended with a nice cold shower at my friend Kayla’s place who so kindly let me stay with her.

I swear it was like experiencing a/c for the first time again. I was literally in heaven. And on top of that she had a nice clean apartment and not one filled with dirty dishes that have accumulated from your body builder roommate who is depressed from his dieting that he can’t muster up the strength to clean them himself, gross.

Forgive the digression, let’s continue on. So after my holy shower, me and bebler had some much needed couple time on a dinner date at Sakura Japanese. After working so hard and being so stressed out from the moving to the accounting final, it was nice to enjoy some good food and alone time.

I have to admit something now…I ate fish. And it was damn good.

I’ve actually been thinking about reintroducing fish and eggs back in my diet for a while now. I haven’t made any decisions yet, but that night I did splurge and enjoy something I’ve always loved. Do I regret it? No. I don’t know if it’s just because I’ve been stressed or because I haven’t been buying enough of a variety of foods but my diet hasn’t been satisfying me lately. I feel really constricted on what I can eat and helpless when I’m hungry. I don’t think anyone should feel like this and we should all be happy eating what we like and what makes us feel good. So for right now I’m weighing my options and I’m going to see what works best for me and my lifestyle right now. I’m sorry if this offends any non-meat eaters or anyone else, but I don’t think I should be a hypocrite and lie to you guys either.

So going back to dinner at Sakura we enjoyed some pretty great food.

For starters I had miso soup,

And bebler got his fav gyoza (pork dumplings)

Then we ordered the July roll (bebler’s fav),

The sakura roll,

The fantastic roll, which was literally FANTASTIC (my fav)

And one other I can’t remember the name of

Sooooo good. Man I missed sushi 🙂 and don’t worry, we had left overs. but usually me and carson can put down sushi like it’s our job! the waiters always used to come back and say “wow, looks like you guys were hungry” and then I would get self conscious lol

Then after, bebler went out with the boys while me and Kayla went to see Charlie St. Cloud….it was just ok. We felt like it didn’t do a good job of explaining things and it was just kind of weird. But at least we got some entertainment. And then we got back to her apartment and watched the new JERSEY SHORE IN MIAMI!!! Man I miss the GTL, drama, and fist pumping! Good ending to a rough day 🙂

Stay tuned for part II TRUST ME you don’t want to miss what happened the next day…

Homemade Protein Bars

26 Jul

As you may or may not remember, my beloved sun warrior stash has been depleted.

Although I bought some online, I had it sent to my house instead of my apartment and so it sits at my parents home…all alone…in the dark pantry…unused *tear*

So to supplement my protein needs for the time being, I went out and purchased the cheapest vegan/non-soy protein  money could buy.

well I guess I got what my money paid for because this stuff tastes like poop 😦

Now let’s add the fact that the magic bullet is broken and I’m too lazy to clean the blender so smoothies are no longer happening. So what’s a girl to do when she needs her protein fix?

make my own protein bars that’s what!!!

I made two different types. The first one (closest) I made with nuts but since I feel like I am eating too many nuts I wanted to make a second version without nuts so I added puffed millet cereal instead.

I also not really a fan of this cereal. I know, I know, it broke my heart too because I love my millet bread. Oh well, you win some you lose some.

Now before I get to the recipes, I’m going to warn you that the nut free recipe is still a work in progress but I supppppose I will share the recipe with you anyways 🙂

with nuts on the right

Homemade Protein Bar (with nuts)

1/2-2/3 cup raw almonds

4 dates

3 T protein powder

1 T cacao nibs

dash of cinnamon

water as needed

put protein powder, dates, cinnamon and nuts in food processor and process. nuts and dates are ground add 1 tsp of water then process. continue to do this until dough will stay together in a ball (DON”T ADD TOO MUCH WATER). at the very end add the cacao nibs and process just to mix it throughout. then empty onto foil and form into bar shape. Cut into desired size and enjoy your chemical/preservative free and cheap homemade bar!

Homemade Nut-Free Protein Bar

6 dates

3 T protein powder

1/2 cup puffed millet cereal

1 T cacao nibs

dash of cinnamon

process the dates, cinnamon, and protein powder and when well combined begin gradually adding water as needed just as before. after the dough turns into a consistency where it can easily form a ball, add the cacao nibs and process just to mix. empty onto foil with millet cereal already laid out on foil and begin incorporating the cereal into the dough by hand. after fully incorporated, form into bar shape and cut into desired size.

* just as a reference I ended up with 2 bars

size comparison of larabar to the nut-free bar= mine is bigger 🙂

oops! I had actually eaten half of the nut bar but I bet you thought it was whole the entire time ha!

What’s your favorite packaged snack or protein bar?

Food Preservatives Part 3

18 Jul

So now that I’ve warned you about food preservatives being detrimental to your health, how do you go about eliminating them from your diet?

1. Start reading the ingredients list. The more aware of what you’re putting in your body then the more likely you are to make better choices

2. Start by simply eliminating these chemicals from your diet: These are probably some of the worst ones for you. Just by eliminating these from your diet you will automatically be doing so much good for your body.

– MSG (monosodium glutamate)

hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils

natural and artificial flavors

– high fructose corn syrup

enriched flours

– aspartame/ artificial sweetners

– food coloring

– potassium bromate

– BHA/BHT

– sodium nitrate

– propyl gallate

brominated oil


3. Stick to shopping the borders of your supermarket. This tends to be where the less processed foods are such as your fruits and vegetables. Try to only go into the center aisles when getting things from your grocery list. The less you are around processed foods, then the less likely you are to buy them.

4. Look for foods with short ingredients lists. Usually the more processed, the more ingredients (but there are exceptions, so READ the label!).

5. Don’t automatically trust labels that say “all natural”, etc. Companies can claim anything they want and label it on the front of the package, once again read the label.

6. Look to fruits and vegetables. When in doubt, stick to food that don’t even require an ingredients list.

7. Add superfoods to your diet. This includes spirulina, maca, bee pollen, hemp seeds, etc. Just adding a little to your diet exponentially increases your health and wellness.

8. Have one meal a day of pure natural foods. This will ensure that you at least have one meal without chemicals and preservatives and will increase the amount of nutrients you consume in a day.

I hope you all learned a little something about food additives and are all on your way to living a little cleaner!

If you have any questions please feel free to email me or leave a comment. I would love some feedback too!

Did my food preservatives series help you?

Food Preservatives Part 2

14 Jul

No matter what your goal is, whether to improve your health, lose weight, or look younger, I can tell you that the root of all of your problems stems from the over processing of food.

Now that you know how additives affect you, your first step should be to start moving towards whole foods. Your overall goal to live your healthiest life possible should be to eliminate as many artificial processed foods from your diet as possible.

Think about ancient times. Humans used to live of natural whole foods without the major health problems, disease, or obesity. They were active and healthy while simply living off what nature provided. Now think about all of the health problems today and the amount of fast food chains around the globe. As soon as you change something about a food it’s nutritional value decreases. Simply heated your food above around 118 F begins to decrease the nutrional value of your food. Now I’m not saying this is detrimental to your health and that the only way to live or achieve optimal health is by being a raw vegan (because this isn’t the case for everyone), but if something as simple as heating your food can alter the nutritional content that much, then how bad do you think deep fat frying, adding chemicals, and radiating your food are for your health?

The road to success lies in the elimination of these unnatural things and a return to whole foods. For years I was caught up with finding the perfect diet to help me lose weight. I know losing weight is not necessarily that hard of a thing to do, everyone always says all you have to do is eat less and exercise more but nothing was working for me. No matter what I did I wasn’t seeing results. I was so caught up on the amount of calories, fat, sugar, etc. that I didn’t even notice that I had never heard of/couldn’t even pronounce some of the things in the ingredients list of the food I was eating.

I’m telling you now that all of these things don’t matter. Bold statement? Maybe. True? The results speak for themselves. You will be amazed by how much cleaner and healthier you feel from the inside out. I eat whatever I want whenever I want. I haven’t looked at nutritional facts in months yet I know for a fact I am eating more (probably double) the calories I used to eat yet I haven’t gained any weight. Not only that but I constantly get compliments on how clear my skin is. It is so true what people say, “you are what you eat”. Everything you put in is reflected in your complexion, wrinkles, etc. This is also why I no longer take medication, even simple Tylenol for headaches. If man survived for thousands of years without chemicals and animals survive healthfully, disease-free without them, then why can’t we?

Stay tuned for Part 3!

Food Preservatives Part 1

14 Jul

After researching food additives and their affect on the body for my recent speech I thought I would indulge you guys with some information 🙂

Now as you all probably know I hate preservatives. They are one of the main reasons I turned to raw vegan foods. I personally find it scary and disturbing to read the back of food labels and not actually be able to identify what I’m eating.

“But Bianka it’s so hard to not eat ANY food additives, I mean they’re in EVERYTHING and sometimes I’m in a rush and need food on the go.”

Look guys, I know it’s a hard thing to do to completely eliminate these things from your diet and I’m not saying you have to go cold turkey to be healthy, but you are honestly doing your body sooo much good to at least cut out as many chemicals and preservatives as possible and to at least cut out the realllllly bad ones.

So onto the facts: why are food additives in our food and why are they so bad?


1. I guess the most obvious reason for them is to preserve our foods. By adding compounds like sorbic acid, foods are able to prevent spoiling by inhibiting the growth of fungi and bacteria. Although this is good for convenience sake when you think about it, this is actually going against what nature intended. For example, Roger Bennati, a teacher at George Stevens Academy, decided to start an experiment to test the shelf life of a Twinkie. Although the makers of Twinkies claim they only stay fresh for 25 days, Bennati hung a Twinkie in his room for 30 years. The results? “It’s rather brittle, but if you dusted it off, it’s probably still edible,” Bennatti said. “It never spoiled”. Now I’m all for saving money and having my foods last longer but when you think about…that’s just wrong.

2. They are used to improve the taste, texture, quality, etc. Due to over processing, our foods no longer have enough taste or nutritional value on their own so companies must add chemicals to make up for what is lacking (hence your enriched flours, fortified milks/OJ’s, etc.).  Take McDonald’s french fries for instance. After attempting to cut back on saturated fat, they switched to 100% vegetable oil to replace the 7% cottonseed oil/93 % beef tallow they were originally frying with. However, this decreased the beef flavor that they are known for. So what else did they add but “artificial or natural flavors”. They basically artificially create the taste since their product has been so processed it no longer naturally has any of its own (unless it’s fried in beef fat that is).

3. They are used to make you addicted to your food. Is it really that crazy of an idea? I mean look at all the things these companies are manipulating in your food. You really think it’s a coincidence that you crave a big mac but not, let’s say, an apple or celery? No, it’s not people wake up! If you go on the MSG (monosodium glutamate) Facts website written by the Glutamate Association they don’t even bother to hide the fact that it has been proven to make people eat more. In a study on elderly, nutritionally deprived individuals who need to eat more to get enough nutrients, the MSG was actually shown to “increase [in] the food intake [of] institutionalized elderly populations”. Wow that’s great right? It helped the old people get in some calcium and whatever…but what about when normal maybe even a little overweight people eat it? scary.

4. It’s used to make you fatter. Once again it’s common sense people, these parallels of obesity with processed foods aren’t a coincidence. These companies are businesses, it is their job to make profits. If they don’t make a profit they don’t stay in business, simple as that. They are also ruthless and they will do whatever is necessary. By making you fatter then they are most likely increasing your appetite. I mean wouldn’t you rather be selling big macs and cookies to a group of fat people than to a group of underweight anorexics who not only don’t want your food but also probably have the appetite of a mouse? Furthermore, in a study on exercise in obesity in Sao Paulo, Brazil, researchers used that magically MSG stuff to create obese mice to be used in their testing. Since obese mice do not occur in nature, they had to create them with this chemical. gross.

5) they cause disease. I won’t go to far into this one because of all the links surrounding this one but needless to say the connection between the food and drug industries are closer than you think and there are some very greedy people out there who will do just about anything to make money, including intentionally making you sick to get you to by drugs to “treat” the symptoms. Read Natural Cures for more of a look at the corruption behind the food and drug industries.

and for more info I highly encourage you to read Kevin Trudeau’s Natural Cures “They” Don’t Want You to Know About

(Note: These are my own views and research and I was not paid to endorse Kevin or his book)

references:

1) McDonald’s Fries

2) MSG Facts

3)30 year old Twinkie

4) Obese rats

(edited to add pictures :))

Refocusing + A Full Day’s Eats

6 Jul

So I’m not going to lie, I’ve been off the wagon lately. It’s time to refocus on my eating and fitness.

On the fourth I only had 2 meals…bad I know but alcohol suppresses my appetite and I was out of the house all day. I wasn’t even that hungry for my brussel sprouts when I woke up from passing out my nap but I forced myself to eat because I knew I needed substantial food.

To refocus I’ve decided to schedule out my eating throughout the day. Because of classes and working out, my schedule has resulted in 5 meals a day at 8:45, 12:00, 3:30, 6:30, and 10:00. I’ve also increased my nut intake for protein and it’s not treating my tummy very well so I think I’m going to actually limit my nut intake and instead increase my volumes of food and maybe get a probiotic so I can fix my digestion. Any suggestions for a good probiotic? I’m kind of clueless in this arena 😦

Today’s workout:

cardiostart at 6.0mph on treadmill then increase .1mph every minute for 15 min.

strength-

(arms workout from here)

it was about a 45 min. workout and then I did 20 min. of yoga later. This was EXACTLY what I needed after sitting on my butt all weekend, not eating right and drinking copious amounts lol

I don’t know about you guys but I love routines. I like knowing exactly what I’m doing and and having my day planned out. Call me crazy but I just love how productive it makes me feel 🙂

Speaking of productive I also cleaned my room and bathroom and went grocery shopping! Go me!!!

Today’s eats:

In order to fix my stomach I decided to stay away from the millet bread and nuts today. Sometimes I feel like my body just needs to be cleansed, even though there was some of this this morning

Hey I needed an energy boost! (my energy has also been pretty low lately but I think that is just the lack of morning workouts) I’m also going to try to start my day with fruit so hopefully the sugar will get me going. So breakfast was a nectarine and a tall black coffee with cinnamon.

After my workout I had a protein shake with blueberries+ strawberries+ papaya. It was delicious even though we ran out of greens 😦

My stock was replenished after a trip to club pub so I mixed up a quick but delicious salad

I had never had radishes before. Verdict= ehhh, nothing special. Dressing was spicy brown mustard + apple cider vinegar + reduced fat veganaise.

Dinner was another salad and EXACTLY what I’ve been craving.

Mmmmm Avocadoey goodness! That’s half an avocado, tomato, spinach, red onion, and salsa

And dessert….

the lazy girl’s VOO (and yes I make my desserts so big they are actually a meal- no little treats here lol). The magic bullet stuff was dirty and I didn’t want to dirty the processor so it was chunks of frozen banana + better n’ butter + VOO for me! I also ate some of it before I realized I forgot to photograph..sorry for the ugly pic. It was still good but nothing beats banana soft serve.

I was so happy with my meals today. I was satisfied and never overly stuffed and my stomach didn’t hurt once! So if you were ever curious as to what I eat (on the perfect day)… there you have it! Until tomorrow 🙂

btw my big has the 4th of july pics but she left her camera at a friends…sorry but it’s going to be alil while longer