Thursday, November 13, 2014

T's Super Healing Soup

Last week I started feeling a little sick. By the third day, I was feeling like total crap. A nasally, tired mess.

Since I absolutely hate taking medication, I just let it run it's course and I kid you not, the next day I was almost completely better. That never happens for me.

Here's what I did:
  1. Eliminate (or greatly reduce) the bad: refined sugar, caffeine, alcohol, highly processed foods.
  2. ACV (apple cider vinegar) 2x/ day (diluted in water... I use Bragg's organic ACV)
  3. Sleep! I made sure to get 8-9 hours of sleep each night.
  4. Meditation - yep, I definitely needed a few moments before bed to relax.
  5. Nightly tea - I use either Traditional Medicinals Lemon Echinacea Throat Coat or Gypsy Cold Care.
  6. Super healing soup - I actually think this was the main reason for my quick recoup. This soup has so much good stuff in it!

T's Super Healing Soup Recipe

INGREDIENTS:
  • 1 C. Bob's Red Mill Vegi Soup Mix (or a mix of lentils, split peas, and barley)
  • 4 C. Water (filtered if possible)
  • 1 C. Spinach or Kale - Chopped
  • 1/4 C. Fresh Parsley
  • 1/2 C. Celery
  • 2 Cloves Garlic
  • 1 T. Fresh Ginger - Finely Chopped
  • 1 T. Fresh Turmeric - Finely Chopped
  • 1/4 C. Miso (I used Miso Master Mild Barley Miso)
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick or a Dash of Ground Cinnamon



DIRECTIONS:

Add all of the ingredients EXCEPT miso to a large pot. Simmer for 45 minutes, or longer if needed (check lentils and split peas). Remove from heat. Mix miso in small bowl with some of the cooking water until smooth. Add to soup. Enjoy!

*I'm definitely not a chef by any means, but I know healthy and yummy. If you have any tips on how to make this even better, I'd love to hear it.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Super New Superfoods

Okay, so these aren't exactly new foods to the planet, but I hadn't heard of 7 of the 9 superfoods listed below.

Enjoy!

Superfoods
Source: Fix.com Original post found here: http://www.fix.com/blog/latest-and-greatest-superfoods/

Monday, July 21, 2014

What's in Your Olive Oil?

Is it organic? Is it non-GMO? Is it even olive oil?

 It's one of the healthiest foods. It has a multitude of health benefits, full of antioxidants and good fats. But that's only if your olive oil is actually olive oil.

According to EatLocalGrown.com, "Independent tests at the University of California found that 69% of all store-bought extra virgin olive oils in the US are probably fake."

Next time you go to the store, look at the label. Popular imported brands aren't generally as pure as they claim. I found a brand that's organic, non-GMO, as well as made and distributed from the same farm in California. It's a bit more expensive, but if you aren't getting real olive oil, then you are paying too much anyway.



Resources:
http://eatlocalgrown.com/article/12300-is-your-olive-oil-lying-about-its-virginity.html http://lifehacker.com/the-most-and-least-fake-extra-virgin-olive-oil-brands-1460894373

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Finding Time for Fitness

Being a single mom in NYC definitely doesn't leave me with much extra time. Actually there is never any extra time other than the couple hours between the mini going to bed and my bedtime, unless I enlist the paid help of a sitter. But I have gotten so sick of avoiding swimsuits and shorts summer after summer that I decided it was time to fill up my free time in the evening with fitness instead of wine and Breaking Bad (though I still do that too!). 

I also found a little motivation from the #seltering Instagram sensation Jen Selter. Jen is known for squats and a couple other signature moves that have increased her derriere quite significantly. 

One night I decided to hop on YouTube and find a good squat routine that I could do at home. Almost instantly, I found the aptly named "The Most Effective Squat Challenge," a workout featuring 10 different squats, 10 reps each, for a total of 100 squats. 

I started doing the video two to three times a week, but then decided to up the challenge by doing the video daily for 21 days (21 days to develop a habit). And I did the video, day after day for a total of around 25 days. My legs wanted to explode when I reached the final days. 

Then I did something dangerous... I tried on my skinny jeans. No, not those skinny jeans. I'm talkin' the skinny jeans at the bottom of your drawer. Those jeans that haven't fit for a while, but one day, one day, you are determined to get back into them. And you know what, they fit. Those babies fit perfectly. Nice and snug on my legs and butt, while perfectly fitted to my waste. Not gap. No muffin top. Just pure denim perfection. 

 Then I did something else. I tried on a mini dress that I hadn't worn for two years. Last time I tried it on, I could barely get it past my thighs, and once I did, the material started weeping. Ha! It was begging me to stop the torture. But not this time. Nope. Just like the jeans, the dress fit every inch to perfection. And I did a happy dance. Seriously. 

25 days. 2500 squats. No dieting, no cardio, just squats. 

That said, I've now started going to the gym several times a week for cardio, and I hope to do more strength training in the near future. I've added a few new things to my squat routine, and I'm doing three days on, one day off, three days on, well, you get it. 

Here's the link to 100 squat video:The Most Effective Squat Challenge (YouTube)

Let me know if you try it and what you think. There are some other cool resources that I'll post on the blog soon eventually.