How interesting that I should get a health bulletin today listing all the foods that are good for our hair. It’s not necessary to list them, because basically, they are the same foods that are good for our skin, which I mentioned yesterday. Once again, eat the colors of the rainbow and you are flooding your body with nutrients good for everything, because they are foods that nourish at a cellular level.
Because my dog (most dogs) spend as much time sniffing as walking, yesterday I decided instead of being impatient and saying “come,” over and over, I would find things to keep me moving while he sniffed. Inside of my half hour walk, I got in countless front and back lunges, squats, step ups on the curb, runs in place, backwards walks, and lots of front, back and side kicks. Sure some people passing by thought I was a crazy lady, but I got in an almost (no real upper body work, except pulling when other dogs and motorcycles passed by) complete workout and walked longer because Blaze was able to stop periodically and do his sniffing thing. A win/win! If you, too, are impatient walking your dog, give this method a try. You will come home feeling much more accomplished and it’s awesome time management as you multi-task!
I tried something I have heard several times before, yesterday. In between hair coloring, hair gets dull, but I don’t like to color more often than necessary, even though the product I use is mild. Using an applicator bottle (like the ones for hair coloring) I mixed leftover strong black coffee (espresso is recommended) and conditioner and applied it like hair color, then left it on for about 15 minutes. I simply rinsed it out (having shampooed before) and my hair definitely more vibrant and shiny than it was before! Blondes can mix brewed chamomile tea and red heads, beet juice. Thanks for the reminder, Dr. Oz and thanks Mother Nature for such vibrantly rich colors!
Finally, a tip for the vegans. Last night as part of dinner, I made my version of spicy chicken wings. After baking about 30 Gardein Chicken Tenders, I topped them with a mix of about equal parts Earth Balance “butter” and Louisiana Pure Hot Sauce, melted and mixed together in a frying pan, with a little bit of chopped garlic. Just pour the sauce over the tenders and and the wings are done! This sauce works equally well over tofu which I used to cut into small chunks, bread and deep fry for the most decadent appetizer, but easily would work over healthfully baked tofu chunks, I am sure. My guess is the sauce, just like the version with real butter, would work pretty well over lots of things! It’s really tasty. I am definitely NOT counting calories on this one….
I am off to burn off some of those dinner calories. The menu was a bit fattening with pizza and pasta (and of course a huge salad) to go with the wings. VFT is all about bonding with and feeding a lot of hungry people vegan food …not necessarily low in calories. Life is all about finding the balance. Hope this entry finds YOU feeling balanced, healthy and at peace!
Congratulations to Nicole Incovitti on last night’s graduation. Go get em, girl! A better house and pet-sitter I will not find!
Yes, you still need to count calories. There’s pletny of ways to be vegan and still consume empty calories, and even too much of a good thing can make you gain weight. The good news is that if you’re eating vegetables, it’ll take a lot more food to get up to your daily calorie quota than if you were eating meat and dairy, so you’ll be able to eat more and still lose weight.You should look up how many calories you need based on your gender, height, weight, activity level, and how much you want to lose.Here’s a link to the Mayo Clinic’s calorie calculator:Hope that helps!