Got Juice?

So proud of and happy for our friends who make Juicera… 100% organic, raw, no GMOs (and vegan) cold pressed juices now available at 12 Whole Foods stores in South Florida.  Made with only the finest ingredients, and super tasty!   Here’s what’s in our fridge right now…

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It took a friend, in from Hawaii, to get me to a great little vegetarian Indian cafe in Sunrise, called Udupi.  While I can’t say everything I ate from the buffet was 100% vegan, (no labels) when I asked the guy that worked there about the cream in a couple  of the dishes, he assured me there was no dairy in them, and since they don’t use any meat, poultry, or fish, I was pretty confident that the foods I put on my plate were all plant-based. Coconut milk is used to make a lot of Indian dishes creamy, though you would never know that’s what it is.   Everything was good and the price was right, but as an FYI they don’t take American Express.  Thanks, Jill, for a lovely time playing “catch up on life,” and for turning me on to a new cafe.  I promise that was thunder, South Florida style and NOT gun shots!!!

If you are on Facebook, I put up a 30 day ab challenge that starts on June 1.  It starts out easy enough, but does get pretty challenging by the end of the month.  If you are not on Facebook, here’s how it goes….

Feel free to join in!    It starts on Sunday, so wrap your brain around it and let’s get busy…summer is HERE.

We have the first day of our “summer” storms out there today.  It is much needed and sounds nice.  It’s the first season in 12 that we haven’t had to worry about Blaze being frightened….of this, or the fireworks that always start way before the 4th of July, and last well past.  Much as I miss the bigredguy, it is nice to not have him trying to climb (all 120 pounds of him) under things as I type.  And it will be nice to see fireworks again!  Oh how I have hated them…but I would NEVER have left Blaze home alone and scared so instead Mitch and I spent many a 4th, hiding in a room with the television and air conditioning blasting, trying to drown out the noise and bursts of light.

Being kind to animals always feels right to me.  It’s just one of the reasons I love getting my nutrients from plants.  Funny, my Dalai Lama calendar quote of the day says this:

“Great compassion is the root of altruistic action, the object of amazement to the world; there is no greater source of help and happiness.”

I am not even 100% sure of exactly what it means, but I am 1000% sure that much of my happiness comes from eating “compassionately.”  Hope you can think about a plant-based meal today.  It will do a lot more good than you can even imagine.  Though many of us already have bought into animal protein being the link to many of the big diseases of affluence, many still haven’t.  Yet just this morning I got an email from the Real Age docs, (western guys) which contained a link to a video showing the correlation between eating meat and getting type 2 diabetes.  The numbers are astonishing, but this shouldn’t be news.  For years people like John Robbins and the doctors behind Forks Over Knives/The China Study have been trying to get this message across to people.

If your health (physical, mental, emotional) isn’t all you wish it was, maybe it’s time to stop looking to health care professionals and start leaning into a change in your nutrition.  If you have ANY questions about getting started just ask and I will try to help!

 

 

 

 

Get on Up. Again.

Wow.  When I said I thought Heidi Powell would be doing more this season, I had no idea she would be doing THAT much more.  What an incredible transformation!!!  While the show started with 2 people being “chosen,” only the woman made it to the end.  She looked AMAZING at the finale and that was PRE skin removal surgery.  She was proof of what determination and follow-thru can add up too (or subtract, as in her weight).  As for the guy, he was in it for the wrong reasons and that clearly didn’t work for him.  I did think Chris was a bit hard on him when his goal was to lose 130 pounds, and he was 1 pound short.  He should have gotten on the scale 3 or 4 more times…that always works for me 🙂  Best line in the show for motivation was when Chris threw out the quote “fall down 7 times, get up 8.”  It is that attitude that results in success….for anything.

I also loved this quote that I just read this morning by Robin Roberts:

“Being optimistic is like a muscle that gets stronger with use.  Makes it easier when the tough times arrive.  You have to change the way you think in order to change the way you feel.”  

She surely keeps on getting up!  What a great role model she is.

 

 

I Feel Summer Creepin’ in…

I have started and then deleted too many attempts at blogging today.  Thoughts are plentiful, but scattered.  So it’s a good day to step away from the computer…this seems to happen every “summer.”  I see it as a time to do more reflecting and less talking so on the days that you don’t find blog entries, it’s just summer creepin’ in.

 

Regular gym schedule today and tonight.  We will be focusing on our “third eye,” tonight in yoga class…Think dark blue….it is connected to wisdom (not intellect)…more in class!

 

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Third eye (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 Another thing that reminds me that summers creepin’ in is the return of Chris Powell and Extreme Weight Loss Makeover.  First one is tonight at 8 on ABC.  My DVR is already set!  I love to watch Chris with his clients just as much as I like to watch his clients transform.  I bet we are going to see even more of Chris’ wife, Heidi, joining him in the training this season…just a guess.

Great job out there training in the park this morning, J&A!  You both held up extremely well, despite the heat, the workout and even the burpees!  YOU GIRLS ROCK!!!!

Hope you all had a beautiful holiday weekend and though we are back to school and work today, I hope, you, too, feel the lightness of summer making it’s way back into your soul!

Memorial Day 2014

As we head to the beaches, the parks, the pools and the BBQs, let us remember…

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And just a few hours after I posted this, Mitch called me in to see Kip Jacoby’s mom on the Today Show.  Though I don’t recall if I ever met her or not, I think about her and Kip’s family often… Kip called our house a lot back in his magnet school days with Derek.  I certainly remember him to be focused and persistent!  RIP Sgt.

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Army Sgt. Kip A. Jacoby

Died June 28, 2005 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom


21, of Pompano Beach, Fla.; assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), Hunter Army Airfield, Ga.; killed June 28 when an MH-47 Chinook helicopter crashed while ferrying personnel to a battle against militants in eastern Afghanistan.

3 Days!

Welcome to the un-official, yet official start of “summer.”  All over the country it’s time to dust of the grill, uncover the pool and get ready for the lazier days of summer, count the last days of school.

 

I’ll be at the gym this morning for our regular 9:30 class.  Let’s get good and sweaty and burn a lot of calories to make way for this long weekend.  Remember, the gym will be closed on Monday, but there are still plenty of ways to get in our daily exercise…No gym is a great excuse to walk or run outdoors, hit a park for some trail training, find a pool to swim (and float)in , go dancing, climbing, play tennis, etc.

English: P. Lester playing tennis in Brisbane,...
English: P. Lester playing tennis in Brisbane, ca. 1930. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Also remember to give thanks for our freedom and remember the reason we even celebrate in the first place.   Make it a great weekend!!!

 

 

Great Article…Wish I Knew all this Years ago.

Thanks to Jeff G. for sharing this article with me in email.  Definitely worth sharing on a Vegan (Feast) Thursday.  When I think back to when I started eating an exclusively plant-based diet, till today, I realize a lot of this info would have been quite valuable back then.  It is entirely true that the foods I LOVE and CRAVE now are not what they were when the journey started.  Personally, I have grown to love the foods I eat with a passion and have noticed (5 years into the journey) that I enjoy food more than ever.  While I don’t necessarily adhere to all the points she makes (I don’t drink a lot of smoothies, juices or eat a lot of superfoods) it is a really good read for anyone who is considering a plant-based diet as well as for those of us already on one, because we can certainly relate!

Here is the article: by Talia Pollock

 

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Vegan buffet (Photo credit: suzettesuzette)

 

 

There’s a common misperception of plant-eaters: that we all loved kale
and ginger shots and tempeh from Day One. Like we just shot out of the
womb crying for green juice instead of breast milk. Or like when we
endured our first heartbreak we ate a bowl of quinoa instead of a pint
of Ben & Jerry’s.

 

Umm … no.  It took me probably a FULL YEAR being vegan to actually like eating plants.  I know, right? It’s really easy when first going vegan to focus all your attention on what NOT to eat (dairy, eggs, fish, meat, pork, poultry). Every meal
becomes a challenge to figure out how to “veganize” what’s already in your normal diet. Breakfast becomes cereal without dairy milk, lunch is a sandwich without the cold cuts and dinner is pizza without the cheese.

It seems much easier to keep as many habits as possible and just make
small tweaks to them, rather than totally overhauling your diet.At least that’s what I did. I spent the first year eating a mostly animal-free diet, which I now know, years later, does NOT provide the same life-changing effects as a real plant-based diet does. There’s somuch I know now, thriving on a plant-based diet, that I wish I had known
starting out. Here are 12 of those things:

 

1. Pizza without cheese is not dinner.

It’s neither healthy, nor filling, for a dinner to be comprised of 90% bread (even if it’s gluten-free) and 10% veggies. You can’t live off of
cheese-free pizza (and meatless pastas) for too long before you start feeling and looking like crap. Life without a 9:1 carb to veggie ratio is so much better.

 

2. Plants don’t typically come in packages.

 

The freeze-dried fruit, microwavable cheese-free burrito, fakin’ bacon and
bag of vegan cookies … those aren’t plants. They might not contain animal by-products, but they are not plants and won’t give you the energy, glowing skin, weight-loss and improved digestion (among other health benefits) that plants will.

 

3. Smoothies are the greatest. (And you really do need a blender.)

Nothing is more magical than throwing a bunch of fresh fruits, frozen fruits,
vegetables, herbs, spices, sweeteners, seeds, and nuts into a blender and pouring out a filling, nutrient-dense, delicious meal. Smoothies will become a daily (or twice-daily) staple. Embrace this and learn to improvise smoothies without using a recipe.

 

4. Juices are good, too.

 

Those expensive juices in the trendy juice bars? They’re worth it. Drink one
in the morning on an empty stomach. Try to phase out the sweet fruity
juices. Go ahead and make this a daily habit, but don’t panic and think
the world will end if you miss a morning or two or seven.

 

5. Yes, you CAN get enough protein, don’t worry.

 

Unless you’re an extreme athlete or bodybuilder, there’s no need to agonize over your protein intake. Just try to get some plant-based protein with every meal or
snack. Like protein powder in your breakfast smoothie, nut butter on
your snack apple, beans on your lunch salad, quinoa in your dinner entrée. It’s not impossible or even challenging. Just make sure you do it.

 

6. Green stuff is easy to sneak into non-green stuff.

 

Avocados, spinach, kale and other healthy greens that people rave about can be
hidden in some of your favorite foods. Avocados can be spread on bread
in a sandwhich without impacting the taste, spinach can be processed
into pesto without altering the flavor and kale can be blended into a
smoothie (minus its stems) without ruining the texture. Experiment and
you will succeed.

 

7. You CAN acquire tastes.

 

When first going plant-based, the bold flavors of the pure ingredients might
overwhelm your dulled taste buds. Give it a little bit of time. The
air-popped popcorn with coconut oil the frozen banana-based ice creams and the collard green wraps will go from being “weird” to being a craving. As crazy as it sounds today, know that it’ll happen.

 

8. You CAN’T acquire textures.

 

Seitan, tofu and zucchini pasta might always creep you out. Don’t force
yourself to love them. And don’t beat yourself up that you’re the only
vegan who “hates tofu,” because you’re not.

 

9. Even though Mother Nature makes candy, that doesn’t mean you should eat it all day every day.

When you start eating loads of plants, you’ll find bananas and dried fruit popping up in recipes left and right. Smoothies, baked goods and ice creams will call for frozen or ripe bananas. Granolas, energy bars and raw desserts will call for dates, and figs galore. Sure, bananas and dried fruits are healthy. But they are also incredibly sweet, loaded
with sugar, and undesirable for your waist if you eat too many.

 

10. Plants are cheap. Superfoods are not.

 

Vegan diets get a bad rap; people think they’re expensive. When was the last
time you went to a grocery store and freaked out over the price of an
apple? Or a bunch of kale? Or a few oranges? It’s the bags of superfoods
that makes your jaw drop when you’re at check-out. Remember: You don’t
need all the superfoods all at once. Pick and choose. Start with flax,
chia and hemp seeds. Try some goji berries a few weeks later. Or
spirulina. Save up for some maca or or treat yourself to some camu camu
on a special day. You can thrive on a plant-based diet without
superfoods being a staple.

 

11. You’re going to spend a lot of time in cookbooks, your kitchen, and the grocery store.

 

Unless you grew up in a plant-based household, you’re about to venture into
very uncharted territory. And if you want to stay there, you’re going to
have to chart it. Enjoy the learning process! Buy fun cookbooks and go
online to connect with the authors and fellow fans. Play around in your
kitchen, experiment, lick the bowl and laugh at your mishaps. Navigate
the grocery store like a tourist in a new city, do your research, ask
for directions and don’t be embarrassed looking a little lost.

 

12. It’s going to be worth it.

 

Eating a mostly or a fully plant-based diet is worth every dollar, spilled
smoothie, bag of goji berries, and yes, pizza without the cheese. Once
you start receiving that endless energy, glowing skin, ideal pant size,
vanishing digestive struggles, alleviation of anxiety and mood swings,
improved sleep and all the other rewards that come with eating loads of
plants, you’ll understand.

 

So don’t forget to consider a meal or two that excludes animal products today…and every day!

And for those that do indulge in the fancy juices, my friends are proud to announce that their juice, JUICERA, is now available at a bunch of Whole Foods Stores in South Florida!  Many flavors…check em out!

 

 

Blah, Blah, Blog….

This morning I woke up with so much on my mind, but not enough time to blog about any of it.  I always do my best writing in the morning, so this will certainly not be my best but here goes…..

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Thank goodness the Heat won last night–it was a hard game to watch, though it’s never hard for me to watch King James…also, great job by the Dancing With the Stars finale.  Though I haven’t watched it all, I did watch the end and my opinion is this (for those that asked):  I am happy Meryl won.  She is an unbelievable dancer.  Yes, I know she had an edge, being a skater, but this show is not at all about fairness-it’s about “celebrities” dancing against one another for a mirror ball trophy.  I ABSOLUTELY AM FOREVER inspired by Amy’s story, her dedication and her truly awesome dancing.  She was most of the reason I tuned in each week, but in my opinion, Meryl blew everyone away.  She is almost not even real!  Her beauty, her delicate but strong as hell body, her grace, strength and flexibility–despite how good anyone danced, I just think Meryl was in a league of her own.  Had Amy won, I think it would have been, in (big) part, because of her story and the fact that she danced with 2 prosthetic feet, which is AMAZING–but I still think Meryl was a better dancer.  All that said, I think it would have been really something if Meryl and Mak offered Amy the trophy out of humility, but I live in a fantasy world, sometimes-and I do know this was the first year (in 16 seasons) that Mak won, which was well deserved. If you need inspiration in your life, go on youtube and look at some videos of Amy Purdy dancing.  Read her story.  This is a story of finding victory as opposed to be a victim.  It is a story that will stay with me forever…on a totally different note, funny, but last night’s yoga was all about opening up our throat chakra for better communication–today my horoscope said I (and I quote) “words come easier over the next several days”coincidence? hmmmm–and thanks to everyone who has been coming out to class and working on opening their chakras with me….speaking of class, I will be subbing for Ellen tomorrow at 10 and also Friday at 10 (as well as my own 11:30 class).  Don’t forget that the gym is closed on Memorial Day so we can all spend time with our families….finally, I have been discussing what constitutes moderate intensity exercise vs. high intensity.  There are formulas and ways to calculate, but the easiest way is to monitor your breathing and your perceived exertion.  Formulas are so concrete, they don’t take too many things into consideration.  What might be moderate to one person, might be quite high intensity to another, so always be aware.  If you cannot talk while you’re exercising that is definitely high intensity for you.  If you can carry on a conversation and feel relatively comfortable, (like in a brisk walk) that’s moderate intensity.  I think we need to do it ALL.  Not too little…and as per my conversation with a friend this morning, not too much, either.  Studies show the healthiest people are the ones, that just like Goldilocks, find what’s JUST RIGHT.

Wishing you all a day that is JUST RIGHT.

Yes. You CAN Have Your Ice Cream!

When I woke up this morning I found this link from our friends at the beautybean.com  I will DEFINITELY be trying this soon.  When I step away from the computer I am going to immediately freeze some bananas.  I just peel them, break them in half and wrap in freezer wrap.  They are always a great way to thicken a shake, and now this….Thanks to Alexis and her gang for this one.  Don’t forget to visit her sight for all kinds of great beauty tips, recipes and so much more!

Try this recipe for lip-smacking vegan banana peanut butter ice cream. ‪#‎Dessert‬ http://ow.ly/wZayQ

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