Thursday, May 19, 2011

Are Carbs the New Cocaine?

Now I'm not a fan of Dr. Oz, actually I've never even watched his show... but commercials for yesterday's show caught my attention... and I had to tune in.

"Today I'm talking about one of the most addictive substances out there... you constantly crave it, you just can't get enough... all you think about is your next fix... It starts with the letter C"

"I'm not talking about Cocaine, I'm talking about CARBOHYDRATES! It turns out unhealthy carbs, especially things made with white flour, like white bread and pasta maybe be just as addictive as cocaine and heroine. ARE CARBS THE NEW COCAINE"

Hello Dr Oz, welcome to the Paleo Bandwagon!!! Maybe people will start to listen now. (Probably not, they're addicted!)

Carbs and cocaine can provide the same high. Learn the 3 signs you’re addicted. You can break the habit in just 28 days. Click here to take the 28 Day Challenge

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Are you Achin’ for some Bacon??

I don't know why... but I'm in the mood for Bacon...

No!  not THAT Bacon... although I do love him... *SWOON*


So today I'm sharing three of my favorite Bacon Recipes with you... enjoy!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Are these well-disguised fast foods sabotaging your weight loss?

Today I am sharing an article written by an old schoolmate of mine... she is brilliant, and embodies everything we should try to be.  This article was so beautifully written I had to print it here for all of you... let her help you fit into your skinny jeans this summer by avoiding seemingly "healthy" fast food!

A few years ago the trend was organic. Everything from dog bones to shampoo to cookies sold at Costco was certified organic. The term organic became so widespread, in fact, that it started to mean nothing. So what’s the trend in the food industry now? Slow. Slow food – the notion of understanding (and caring about) where your food comes from and the process by which it is made – has unfortunately become another concept taken over and used by the food industry to increase sales. The most recent Starbucks commercial, for example, traces the lifespan of a coffee bean. We watch as it passes through the farmers’ hands, making its inevitable journey to becoming a frappucino. In a similar vein, the smart guys at Tropicana recently decided to change their bottle from its usual bright orange plastic to a more transparent one, “so you can see that it’s real.” Meanwhile Olive Garden swears up and down that they send their chefs to Italy to learn from the artisan, authentic chefs in the small, rural villages. The allegedly persuasive idea here is transparency, knowing the real from the fake, seeing the source. It’s why we go to the farmers market. It’s why the Ferry Building in San Francisco is such a special place. And it’s being used as a marketing ploy – and this is where grocery shopping starts to get tricky.

So here you go – a list of a few “fast foods” parading as “slow foods”…Could one (or more) be to blame for your tight pants?

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The Whole30 Challenge

The weight has been creeping back since my birthday, and I’m doing something about it, starting TODAY! I’ve been indulging in a little too many fruits, nuts, and Paleo baked goods… not to mention a little more than necessary amounts of chocolate and wine! So I’m taking the Whole30 Challenge. I know my girlfriends will be saddened by this as we have dinner plans at SPINA Thursday night… and wine is always one the menu at our outings. However, there is never a good/convenient time to go clean for 30 days, there is always some party, some birthday, some evening out that will tempt you, if you want to change, the change has to start today… and I’m changing! Join me won’t you?

Below is an outline of the Whole30 right from the Whole9 website... but basically, I'm going 100% Paleo, 100% of the time! I'll keep you updated week to week on the challenges I am facing and the rewards I am experiencing.

What is the Whole30?

Monday, May 9, 2011

mother’s day brunch recap!

Happy Mother's Day to all the Mom's out there!

Mother’s Day was very nice for my mom this year (so she says!). We started the morning out with coffee and a trip to the gym! This is not just any gym though, this is more like MECCA for the gym rat, I would move in if I could!! My parents belong to Lifetime Fitness in Florham Park NJ, and this place is AMAZING! They have an outdoor pool, opening soon, with loungers, lap lanes, and WATER SLIDES, plus two indoor pools! They also have a pretty sweet café, salon, spa, rock wall, basketball courts, squash, Pilate and Yoga studio, classes galore, a fun spot to drop the kiddies, and more cardio and weights than I’ve ever seen in one place, as well as the handiest stretching machine I’ve ever used! They also have gorgeous locker rooms with saunas and the best smelling shower products. Anyone else a member? Will you take me back as your guest! Haha.

To reward our efforts at the gym we headed home for a nice low key brunch. We started with a cheese board (Dubliner, Queso Manchego, and Jarlsberg) with a fig and almond loaf that was just delish. For brunch we served two types of scrambled eggs (plain and with scallions) with Applewood Smoked Bacon, Taylor Ham and Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus (this was a huge hit, and the recipe is below! Sure easy for a dinner party, brunch, or pot-luck appetizer). We ended brunch with a big bowl of strawberries and very full bellies!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Feliz Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is most celebrated in Puebla, Mexico where the famed Battle of Puebla took place on May 5, 1862. While many people in Mexico are apt to nod off at the thought of Cinco de Mayo, it has become a popular day of celebration within the Mexican communities in the U.S. 

Cinco de Mayo is a fun celebration full of brightly colored decorations, dancing, mariachi music and even parades. So, grab yourself a pinata, some basic ingredients and let’s make a fiesta. Here are some ideas for your party menu to make your Cinco de Mayo fiesta delicious and memorable! 

Tuesday, May 3, 2011