Sep 15, 2014
everydayasian

Weekend Eats

I had family visiting this weekend, so my eating was off the charts and I didn’t do any exercise.

Friday started and ended as the best day ever: I woke up and weighed in 1 lb down even though I my diet was loose this week. Must have been residual from the 7 days of smoothies. Then I ordered an iPhone and did a workout before work. And I got to wear my new sz 4 pants, the smallest size I’ve worn in over 10 years. I think I might need to go back to the store and buy the rest of those pants just because.

That night we went up to Boston for Italian food. This restaurant doesn’t even have healthy options, so I just went for the gold. I can’t even remember the last time I ate a bowl of pasta!

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It was delicious but at the same time, I’m still good without it.

Dessert was had. I can’t remember the name of that ice cream thing, but it’s basically rum flavored whipped cream, covered with coconut and frozen solid. I’m sure the cappuccino was made with whole milk too. No regrets.

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Saturday I had to suffer through football things:

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On Sunday, I missed my 9 mile run assignment and was feeling mega guilty about it. After my family left in the afternoon, I had time to go for my run but I had just drank a beer and instead of running I took a looong nap.  I didn’t feel guilty about the eating but I was disappointed in myself for making that choice.

Since I was feeling guilty, I bought the new blender:

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By the way, there is a deal at Target this week where if you buy the blender for $140, you get a $30 gift card.

And course, I had to test it out. I had all of this frozen fruit from the smoothie diet sooooo hello daiquiri.

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Oh, and my replacement Jawbone Up band came in the mail! It was under warranty and after a few long phone calls with customer service, they gave me a new one. New jawbone, new blender, new week. Monday’s smoothies are already in the fridge, so I’m giving The Body Reset Diet another shot.

Sep 12, 2014
everydayasian

Conclusive: Fat shaming sucks

I don’t know why I’m reading so much news about weight lately, but this headline caught my eye yesterday. A study was released showing the mind blowing conclusion that fat shaming does not help people lose weight. no shit! Seriously? Someone spent thousands of dollars to figure that out?

A survey showed that obese and overweight people who reported day-to-day discrimination gained weight, while those who reported no discrimination lost weight. SMH. Rocket science.

Sep 11, 2014
everydayasian

Train your brain to a better diet

A news story from last week: a preliminary study shows that you can train your brain to enjoy healthy foods.

Your brain’s reaction to healthy vs unhealthy foods depends on how you train it to react. If you stick to healthy foods and resist the high fat, high salt, high calorie stuff, your brain will eventually say “Hey, those unhealthy foods don’t give me as much pleasure anymore. I’m ok without it. Yum, spinach!”  The inverse also seems to hold true: that if you eat a lot of unhealthy foods, your brain is more likely to crave them. This would explain why when I fall off my diet and eat one unhealthy thing, it’s hard to reset right away because I want to continue eating the bad stuff even more than before.

Years of working towards a better diet is doing its job on me. I truly do crave veggies and quinoa salad all the time, so now I know it’s not just b.s. It’s going to always be a struggle but at least it’s not for nothing.

Sep 10, 2014
everydayasian

Two Ingredient Dry Shampoo

I got this “recipe” for dry shampoo from a flyer at Whole Foods and I have been using it a lot. It’s cheap, easy, versatile, and totally natural:

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How to Make the Easiest Dry Shampoo Ever
  • 1/4 cup arrowroot starch
  • 5 drops lavender essential oil
  • empty jar
Put half of the starch your jar. Drop in the oil. Add the rest of the starch. Shake it up. Done.
I apply it with an old kabuki brush: just dip it in the powder and brush it on your roots. Sometimes my hair is a little too oily after doing a coconut oil treatment so I use this to dry it up. It would work nicely as a safe dry shampoo for babies too. The lavender oil is there because it’s good for skin & circulation, which in turn promotes hair growth and alleviates itchy scalp. I also added jasmine oil to make it smell pretty.
Since this formula is so basic, you can also use this powder for other purposes: sprinkle it in stinky shoes, freshen up wet armpits, help with chafing skin, or substitute for baby powder.
Arrowroot powder is not that hard to find; it is next to the corn starch at Whole Foods and only $5. You may even find it in the gluten free section of a regular grocery store. It has a finer, silkier texture than corn starch which is why it’s better for this purpose. I also use it as my base for homemade deodorant. You can use the rest of the bag to make more dry shampoo or keep it in the kitchen as a substitute for cornstarch.

 

Sep 9, 2014
everydayasian

Smoothie Diet Fail

Crap. Halfway through a smoothie diet, and my blender dies. After making Monday’s smoothies, I was cleaning up and saw pieces falling off of my blender.
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Those are the threads that clip into the base and make the blades turn. I couldn’t find a replacement piece option on the Braun website.
I am going to buy something a tiny bit better than a $30 blender. However, if I am going to spend $100 on a blender, I need some more time to do the research and read reviews. So, the Body Reset Diet needs to be put on hold for now.
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