This weekend I came to visit the family in the lovely New York. On Friday, I went with my mom to the New York Botanical Garden.We went to enjoy a Japanese flower art exhibit called “Kiku,” which means Chrysanthemum in Japanese. We walked around and enjoyed the gardens.Check out that pineapple!And old man summer from the four seasons.Coffee is always in order.Check out this spooky looking house! We took a little trolley tour before enjoying awesome taiko drumming. Such beautiful sounds for a beautiful day.Enjoy your weekend my friends!
This semester of grad school is by far the most intense. I feel like I am being pulled in so many directions. (See more Art of the Brick at the end of this post)I’m dealing with a lot of clinical nutrition. It’s kicking my butt and I feel like every chance I get, I am reading. I found this salted caramel latte by Bolthouse Farms and boy is it delicious! I mixed in more of my coffee just so it didn’t taste so sweet. Believe it or not, my desire for sweet stuff has reduced and I look for more “salty” things.
Along with the latte, here are some other things that have been bought over the past couple of days. Even though I may not have the ultimate sweet tooth, once in a while I like to make protein “truffles.” So, so good!I’ve been kicking it up a notch at the gym too = intense! #Sweatyface all the way.Oh and always remember to stretch after your workout. Sometimes I forget and regret the feeling in the morning, but it is super important that you stretch to improve flexibility and reduce your chances of injury!Not to mention, fueling your body right, is also quite important.Something I wanted to talk to y’all about is my food allergies (while I show you more from Art of the Brick!). You may be seeing wheat and peanuts now in my food choices. I am actually going to be doing a research project on food allergies/ intolerance and how one may out grow them. Now, I am not saying go eat your allergens!I’ve noticed that all of my allergies got worse except for wheat and peanuts. I’ve always been lactose intolerant but that is something that always changes; some months it’s super intense, some months it’s fine. So for now, I am experimenting and seeing how things go and of course, doing plenty of research! What’s your take on food allergies and outgrowing them?Let’s just see how things go here in New York for a bit, shall we?Question: One more day til Friday! What are y’all doing this weekend? Even been to the Art of the Brick exhibit or NYC’s Discovery Center?
While visiting my family in New York, my mom and I went to the Botanical Gardens again.Though it was a cloudy day, it was still beautiful.We took a ride on the tram and toured the garden.Even sat down to enjoy some lunch; pesto panini with greens, cheese and salami. Mmmm.There was even an awesome farmer’s market. I snagged me some peaches and… A scone! This scone was pure heaven, hence why my mom got me two. She is totally the best. Thanks mom! It has been so long since I enjoyed some type of muffin. Only in Vermont.
We also went to the garden’s store to browse around.
Boobs Flowers anyone?#KidAtHeartQuestion: Are you still a kid at heart too? Shop around any Farmer’s Markets lately? Any yummy finds?
This WIAW it’s going to be a tad random. I will be showing you some coffee goodness, grocery goodies and delicious eats. If you are new to the WIAW party, go check it out over at Peas and Crayons!First off is coffee; while driving to New York on Monday (yes I’m in NY), I stopped by a service area and there was Pistachio ice cream flavored coffee. Seriously one of the best coffee flavors I have ever tasted.Before I went to my house in NY, I stopped by the supermarket to grab a few things. Chia and hemp seeds, quinoa, dried cherries, almonds, crackers, cheese wedges, chocolate, almond butter and such.I also ate lunch because I was starving! I had some marjoram seasoned chicken with green beans and roasted potato wedges. Nothing like some meat and potatoes from time to time.For a snack, I went with a cut up peach, splash of soy, chia seeds and almonds/almond butter.Yesterday was a nice day, so I just had to dress up a bit. My mom and I ended up going fishing in Central Park. My mom and I both caught a fish. And as tradition, caught a poor turtle. Sheesh.While fishing, we had some lunch; I made a salad with nuts and seeds, Swiss cheese wedge, quinoa, brown rice, multi-grain roll, almonds and grapes. Dessert? I had So Delicious soy chocolate ice cream with chia and hemp seeds and almond butter. I’ve been craving ice cream and my mom had this so… I just ate it all.
Question: Ever do random things? I’m practically the definition of random. Favorite coffee flavor? I am going to go with toffee nut, hazelnut and now pistachio ice cream. Oh yes!
Hello my friends!
After a session I had on Sunday, I went with my mom to the Botanical Gardens to chill. It was so nice to just spend time with her as I have been super busy. Life is just getting in the way as of late.She’s too cute!Frolicking in the Rose Garden.Simply beautiful.We also had coffee and lunch together. I had a turkey and bacon panini with pesto, cheddar, tomatoes and arugula. Best sandwich I’ve had in ages.And how could I forget? On Saturday, we went to see Kinky Boots for her Mother’s Day present.I loved getting a little glittery.It was a pretty good show! I had fun with my moms and I am glad she enjoyed her evening.Sorry I’ve been MIA, it’s just been pretty hectic for me and I am trying to even remember to eat or pee sometimes. I know that may be too much information, but it’s quite true!
Question: How was everyone’s Memorial Day weekend? Any fun-ness? Hope you did because I was WORKING ALL DAMN DAY. Boo.
Happy Friday my friends!
Today we will be talking about my health while showing you a few beautiful pictures from my walk with a good friend of mine yesterday in Fort Tryon Park. Now as you know between my food allergies, anemia, bile reflux and hiatal hernia, things haven’t always been good for me in terms of my health. But then as you know, I decided to gain weight. I’ll recap that in case your are new. My lowest weight was 138lbs, but I wasn’t healthy at all.
Sure I was skinny and got to my overall weight goal, but what happened? I was sick, sluggish and ever part of my body was fragile. At that time, my anemia was getting worse. When I worked out too hard, it would affect my body a lot. I simply had no energy what so ever. It took some time to decide, but I decided I wanted to gain and go to 155lbs maximum. I did just that, but then I got into a little depression in February. I was just not in the mood and most of the time I at ice cream for dinner. It was not a good point in my life and then my weight went up to 164lbs. Almost 10lbs more then what I originally wanted.
Where is my weight at now? I fluxuiate between 159-162lbs. At first it was annoying and I wanted to get back to the 155lbs, primarily because that’s the highest I could get without starting to need new clothes. Most of my clothes still fit now and in some I actually look better; more curves. It was hard to deal with this new bigger, yet stronger and healthier body. It feels much better then striving to feel happy just to fit into a size 4 pair of jeans. I went to the doctor’s and they said nothing was wrong. I am perfectly healthy.
It amazing how food can cause sicknesses like in the case with my food allergies. But I never thought losing weight would make me sick too. I should have known, I mean… being 240lbs was not healthy for me at all. Literally everything is about balance; whether it’s eating of your weight.I’m am writing this for you now because it took me almost two months to accept this new body I am in. But honestly, I have never felt healthier, stronger and even sexier. At the end of the day, you have to do what you feel is right. I am happy that at one point in my life I could say I lost 100lbs, but now I am content knowing that my weight loss/ maintain/ weight gain journey has created a much healthier me.
I hope everyone is well and has a happy weekend. And tomorrow I will be announcing the winner of the giveaway and let you know the extras I added to it.
Question: How do you maintain a healthy balance; whether it’s food, weight or life realted?
Another Non-WIAW, I do apologize, but you can forgive me right? I’m on vacation people and oh, I totally forgot about this awesome post, so here it is!
Ya’ll know Bobby Flay? Well he graduated from the French Culinary Institute. It is now called the International Culinary Center. And I so happened to go there to the restaurant under the school called L’Ecole or “The School” in French. I got a chance to dine here for free. I actually went to visit the school just to check it out and what not. Any who, the atmosphere was very relaxing. The first bring you the menu and it changes every week. I got a chance to go by myself and then I took my mother so she could enjoy it as well.The “fixed price” comes with an appetizer, main course and dessert. Everything is included expect for wine, which they sell by the bottle. They then bring you a bread basket. Okay, I did try the bread and it also comes with grass-fed butter. So delicious.When I went with my mom, she ordered a red wine that had chocolate and vanilla notes. I honestly didn’t get that from the red wine, but it was not bad. I am more of a white wine kind of girl, but my mom is not. Hence the red wine choice.For the main course (I opted for no appetizer and had the same entree both times), I ordered a grilled skirt steak that came with roasted root vegetables in a red wine mustard sauce. The steak was so tender, juicy and really yummy. I didn’t want it to end.The first time I went my dessert was a chocolate pear cake cake (not gluten-free) with bourbon ice cream and chocolate meringue cookies. Oh my, seriously… best dessert ever!The second time I had a cappuccino semifreddo with a dark chocolate sauce, vanilla meringue cookies and foam. It was basically tasted like gelato, but a really darn delicious gelato.My mom ended up ordering a creme brulee, which she was in love with. We then ordered some coffee after, which was divine and I was very impressed that they had Stevia. I know, I am such a food nerd. Overall this place was amazing and I would totally go again.Question: Are you a Food Network kind of person? My mom loves Food Network. Me? Sometimes it sparks my interest and sometimes I’m just like what the hell?
Before going to the Emergency Room with my mom, I had a delicious waffle made from a buckwheat flour mix, which you will see this flour for this fun finds Friday, so stay tuned.I had a lot of pain on the left side of my body under my ribs, It was not fun and it’s been going on for a couple of weeks. Hopefully I can figure out what’s wrong soon; I had numerous tests done.My family. They are a little crazy, a little corky. But they are my family. I had a lot of fun with them. We went to see the tree down at Rockefeller Center in the city. Elmo and cookie monster?My parents are just too cute.Aww, look at me and my little brother. It’s crazy to think he’s going to be 19 next year. Almost 20! Gee, it just makes me feel old sometimes.They always have this display that lights up, I honestly don’t remember where or what it is. It’s near the tree. A few years ago, they had a snowflake display which was cute. This year it was computer graphics with a cute yeti and ice skaters.Question: How are you spending your Christmas Eve, if you celebrate it? I hope everyone enjoys the holidays and enjoys time with their loved ones!
I had an amazing time in New York. I spent time with family, got to catch up with friends and tried to relax. It was a well needed break. I never got to update you all on my mini supermarket shopping spree and a trip to the fair with my family on Tuesday. So, uh yeah... here is it!
I wanted to go the Orchard Beach for a jog in the morning but they started the “you must pay for parking at 7:00am” business. Naturally I would have went home but I remembered a FREE random parking lot and just jogged along the parkway trail. I even spotted this lovely view on my jog.Oh man did I have a blast having a mini shopping spree. My little brother took me to Fairway Market, which to me is like a Whole Foods and regular supermarket combined in one. I bought the usual culprits, but I also got a new few new fun things to try. Will save them for FFF’s!My most exciting find was these veggies burgers by Sunshine Burgers. I totally miss eating Morning Star veggies burgers and haven’t found a gluten and corn free replacement yet. Hopefully these taste good. I got two flavors to try; garden herb and BBQ. I’ve also been dying for lasagna and hopefully this brand tastes good, although I noticed there was corn starch. I’m still horrible at reading labels but what I am going to do is eat half of it along with a big spinach salad.
I also got some yummy maple syrup, So Delicious Coconut Milk, Nature’s Path Flax Plus oats (I need me some Omega-3′s) and this new angel hair pasta by De Boles. Angel hair is my FAVORITE and I nearly screamed when I saw this. Again, hopefully it tastes good and isn’t too soggy. I love that is has flax included as well. Yay for more Omega-3′s!My brother also took me and my other little brother out for lunch. We went to Ihop and I got a yummy omelette off their Simple & Fit menu. I got a turkey, swiss and spinach omelette with fruit. It’s perfect because it comes with no bread or pancakes – both which I CANNOT have.
Later that evening, my family and I (minus my little brother) went to this fair that they had at Palisades Mall. It was really cute and I had a total blast. I don’t remember the last time I was at a “real” fair.You know some food was involved. Don’t let the picture deceive you. I had chocolate covered strawberries, which were delicious!But my tummy wasn’t too happy when I got on this ride.They even had some fun shows going on throughout the fair like wolves…And a mini circus!Ahh, it really was a fun-filled day. I love my family more than anything in the world. It’s nice to just hang out with them even if its just for a day. We are all living busy lives and sometimes it’s nice to just have a break to just spend quality time with each other.
Question: What types of things do you do with your family?
My mom and I are always going shopping. With my dad, it’s casino time. My brothers? What ever happens, happens (lol).
Dahn Yoga = Amazing. I went to the yoga studio on Williamsbridge Road here in the Bronx. If you remember, my mom won an unlimited week of classes from Dahn Yoga at a raffle. It was worth $50.00 and each class is $20.00. I figured I should go to at least four classes to get my mom’s money’s worth (she spent $50.00 at the raffle party).
Any requirements? At Dahn Yoga you had to wear a white tee-shirt. I came in on the first day with a blue tank top. It was mighty awkward at first, but I got over it rather quickly. I felt more “free” in a flowy white tee-shirt anyway. You also could bring your own mat, but they did have free ones to borrow.How did I feel? I have never felt so relaxed in my life. I felt less stressed (only after going for 2 days), less tensed, more alert and more energized. I hadn’t done a single workout except for the one hour and ten minutes of a Dahn Yoga class for four days last week (plus one of my own yoga workouts for 45 minutes).
Any results? Just after four classes my legs became seriously toned. I just noticed it a few days ago. Most of the workout focused on lower body, which I am not complaining because that was my key area for this summer to work on.
I wish I had taken a picture of the studio. I was planning on it for my fifth class, but I never made it. I just had way too much packing to do for my trip. These classes are not your typrical yoga class. It combines yoga, Tai-Chi and meditation. I loved that after class there was “tea time.” They would make tea for you at Dahn Yoga and if you wanted to, you could talk about your feelings, ask questions and so on. The whole workout (plus tea time) was really nice and relaxing and great to be open for all levels.
Question: Do you belong to a workout studio?
I found a yoga place near my apartment in Gloucester called Tree Top Yoga Studio. I can’t wait to check it out!