Eating Bender — STOP THE INSANITY!

Confession: I’ve been on an eating bender for the past few months. Between vacations (Jamaica, Massachusetts, Mexico City), work events, meals out, date night … I’ve been a little piggy.

All the things I know I don’t need, know I can do without … I’ve given into them all … and all at once. Where I’d usually stop at one piece of chocolate, I eat four. Where I’d usually ignore store-bought cookies (not worth the calories), I’ve succumbed to their sugar-laden glory. Where I’d maybe share a few bites of dessert out, I go half-sies.

And it makes me feel crappy. Tired. Unhappy. Disappointed in myself for my lack of self-control or care. Continue reading “Eating Bender — STOP THE INSANITY!”

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Candy Cleanse

I’ll say up-front I don’t believe in cleanses. I know people swear by them but if you really want to detox yourself of chemicals and sugar and salt, just eat like our ancestors did … clean eating, nothing that comes in a package, fruits, veggies, legumes, lean protein, whole grains, dairy, etc … food that gives us energy instead of a quick fix. And those that lose weight during a cleanse end up gaining it all right back when they begin eating regular food… so in my mind, what’s the point?

That said, I do see merit in the ACT of cleansing. I feel SO happy when my dresser drawers and closet are organized, or when I’ve bagged those old jeans and pants [that will never fit again] for Goodwill. When the kitchen is neat and tidy and we’ve cleaned the fridge top to bottom and inventoried the freezer. When there are fresh linens on our bed and soft, fluffy towels in the bathroom. These gestures make me happy. Continue reading “Candy Cleanse”

Sugar Woes

I hope everyone had a wonderful Labor Day weekend — sorry for the lapse in posting but we took an 11-hour road-trip to Annapolis for Luis’s 10-year USNA class reunion.

It was a blast–lots of wonderful quality time spent with our besties and a football game to boot–but exhausting and I just haven’t been able to muster up the strength to blog, pathetic as it sounds!!!

I haven’t been to the dentist since December 16, 2010 — 2 days before I was scheduled to have Maya — and I had to cancel a few appointments at the 6-mth mark so yesterday was my first trip in ages.

I braced myself for the verdict of at least one cavity … but, like last time and the time before, I had NONE! Go me! (–>tossing confetti) Continue reading “Sugar Woes”

Resistance Muscle? HA!

I think my inner resistance muscle has been completely shut off the past few months, replaced by the “I-want-it-now-monster.”

What’s funny is how OK with this I am!

Case in point: my mom, knowing I had had a terrible day last week, sent me a surprise care package with one of my absolute favorite treats in the world: mini black and white cookies from a bakery near her office on Long Island.

Black-and-whites, like bagels and pizza, scream HOME to me (new readers: I’m originally from northern NJ and am very much a NJ food snob!) So when I opened up the box at work Thursday and just swooned, staring into the depths of NJ/NY yumminess and wanting to GET.IN.MY.BELLY, STAT. Continue reading “Resistance Muscle? HA!

Going Sugar Light … Borrowing from the Best!

Yum Yucky and Steph, two bloggers I love, have made verbal commitments on their blogs to cut out sugar.

Yum Yucky did her sugar black-out for a week (but even now, days later, is not craving it), and Steph has been at her sugar wean for several months now. Both have had wonderful success and feel better without sugar.

For me, sugar has been my crutch, my go-to “drug” of choice. Some people crave salt and fried things … not me. For me, it’s sugar. SUGAR.

And it has to stop. Continue reading “Going Sugar Light … Borrowing from the Best!”

Be All That You Can Be.

Today, as I sat at work eating mini Reese’s peanut butter cups on autopilot (taking a little nibble and tossing them, one by one) and docking the Points one by one, feeling like a temporary failure (knowing HELLO, I shouldn’t have bought them in the first place, let alone brought them in to the office, as they’re a trigger food …) I couldn’t help but wonder …

Doesn’t everyone want to be the best they can be?

Or is it just a few of us in this world that set really high expectations for ourselves and feel disappointed in ourselves when we “screw up?”

I don’t think it’s a crazy question to ask — with respect to recovery or life more generally. I think it’s human nature to want to be the best version of ourselves we can be. Continue reading “Be All That You Can Be.”

P♥M Wonderful Review!

Did you know March is National Nutrition Month? Well, now you know 🙂

One of the most buzzed-about topic in the field of nutrition the past few years has been antioxidants.

You probably have heard a lot of buzz about the acai berry lately, the new “it” antioxidant powerhouse.

But long before the acai berry was marketed as such, the pomegranate was the ruby-colored antioxidant gem of the health/nutrition industry.

And today, the pomegranate is still a top superfood — one I love!

So imagine my excitement when, while still in Korea, I received an e-mail from Ryan at P♥M Wonderful, asking me if I’d be interested in doing a blog review of his company’s antioxidant-packed juices*. Continue reading “P♥M Wonderful Review!”