Let’s Shop Vegan!!

Okay so I was just surfing the net & this website with these two cool Vegan grocery lists popped up. I’m posting the links to the grocery lists here and here! The first is from Oprah and the second from Katie. They’re amazing, big lists, very comprehensive; wonderful for those of us who are still at the beginning of the journey to being vegan/vegetarian or just want to incorporate more of the lifestyle into their lives.

Frig Inspiration

Do you have a frig that inspires you? No? Well I do. In fact, I have two:

The first and my favorite is the refrigerator of my #Health Inspiration Kimberley Snyder. (For those that don’t know Kimberley Snyder herself is my Health Inspiration. I’ve also done a review of her book which is just A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! I reviewed it here. Plus she’s just so gorgeous, terribly flexible, amazing skin, and a great body that you don’t just get by way of genetics.) It’s just stocked to the hilt with fresh and fruity fruits and vegetables lol. Not to mention that I have no doubts that the majority and most likely all of her veggies and fruits are organic. (BTW food there really is a difference in the flavor of foods grown without pesticides and genetic tampering and whatnot: They have flavor! LOL. My father grows tomatoes in our backyard and as much as I can’t stand tomatoes, when my mother cut one up and I ate it, it was so delicious and juicy and tangy.)

Gorgeous! Lets see if I can name everything in the fridge. Lovely Kale, Lettuce, and Spinach. There’s two types of cabbage, tomatoes, young coconuts, celery, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, pears, alfalfa sprouts, squash, pomegranates, limes, lemons, hemp seeds, coconut water. I believe that’s a cucumber in the bottom right drawer. After that, you can’t see into those bags.

The second is Noelle Twiggs. Her refrigerator is just so cute and besides the fruits and veggies, I love the way she has arranged all of various herbs.

For more frig inspiration, visit Good and Well NYC. Just maybe you’ll find a person that inspires you to put something different and or healthy in your frig. It’s great because the frig look books aren’t done with just vegetarians and vegans but carnivores and omnivores too, lol.

My Fitness Inspiration

My fitness inspiration board/page is finally done and can be found here. To go there just move your mouse over the Fitness tab at the top and two more tabs will drop down, just click on the sub-tab that says Inspiration. All of my inspirations are female bodybuilders, fitness models, fashion models, and professional athletes. I’ve also added my Bucket List which can also be viewed at the top. It’s great to have your goals written down. It makes them so much more tangible.

Supplements

What I use: USPlabs OxyElitePro

 

There are plenty of people in the business, personal, both, (otherwise) of health and nutrition who will tell you not to use supplements. As I am not about to be legally responsible for someone else’s health, I will NEVER tell anyone whether or not to use diet pills or anything else that could possibly effect health (and after writing that I will be putting a disclaimer on the right side of my blog). I will say that I do agree with professionals who say to not using diet pills/supplements as a crutch. I do not and will never do that but I do use diet pills, or rather a diet pill. I’ve just started using them so I cannot say anything about weight loss, but they definitely help me with cravings. I do have a sweet tooth, but what I noticed (a long time ago) is that though I eat out of boredom, the biggest problem is that I tend to eat my feelings, which since starting college is stress. Though my weight has gone down, when I went to the docs the last time my weight had an extra 20lbs on it! I felt terrible and I knew immediately that I had been hit with the freshman fifteen +5! So these pills help with that, and will help even more when school starts up. I’m 18 and I take responsibility for my health, I follow all directions, I don’t take extra. I haven’t had any side effects. Most reviews I’ve seen on the bodybuilder site/forum/shop I’m a part of either say they have no or slight side effects when using/going off them. A couple people who used them said they got the jitters, but only a couple people said that. Some said that when they stopped using them they experienced a crashing effect, which I think mostly involved headaches. Most people didn’t have any side effects, the ones who did, didn’t seem to experience anything serious. Majority talked about having a lot of energy which is great. I also do have a lot of energy, which can be a downside when I want to sleep, especially because I’m already a night owl. I also read that you can pee a lot when taking the pill, so you are to drink plenty of water.

USPlabs OxyElite Pro is the only diet pill that I’ve ever used, so I can’t say what could work better or worse. I’m also not into experimenting with different this or that so I’ll most likely never do a post like that. I think this is the only pill I’ll ever use/try.

Coconut Water

Coconut Water is so delicious. This is actually a post that I should’ve done a while ago, because that’s when I opened the coconut lol. At first I was a little put off because the color and smell of the coconut wasn’t exactly the same as the C-water out of my Vita Coco cartons. I looked it up and from what I could see the color of the water varies from coconut to coconut and that the younger it is the less clear it’ll be. My water had a slight brown tint to it, so at first I thought it was a bad coconut, but it actually turned out to be okay. It turns out that pink water from a coconut is what you really have to look out for and that of course if the water/coconut smells stinky, gross, it’s obviously bad and you shouldn’t ingest it. The smell was also a little different, but when I  tasted it, it was better than the Vita Coco water. It was so fruity and I think it was sweet. I say think because it just tasted like something that should be sweet but wasn’t sweet, but whatever!!! LOL it was delicious, everyone go get a young coconut, you’ll love it! I’m getting some more as soon as I get out to Wegmans. I also scooped out the meat that’s on the side of the coconut. It’s easier to do this if you cut the coconut in half first. You can eat the meat or use it to make coconut milk.

Sidenote: Also, I have to say when I first tried coconut water, I bought two cartons of Vita Coco (it’s 100% C-water just like ZICO), and it didn’t taste bad but it wasn’t what I expected. I’ve gotten very used to the taste though, it tastes good and I will be continuing to buy it. It’s good that I’m trying new things, I need to try new things, and I have to remember to be open minded and that some things I’m going to like/love right off the bat and some things are more of an acquired taste.

Get Fit!

I’m a P90Xer. I bought my DVDs last summer, and I used them, but it was late in the summer and then school re-started and I got distracted. This summer I’ve been trying to get back on my health kick. It hasn’t been easy and my diet hasn’t been perfect, but I think I’ve done pretty well. I like Tony Horton, I LOVE that the people who exercise with him are people who have actually done the program and aren’t professionals. Don’t let anyone fool you, these DVDs are very DO-ABLE, you just need endurance and commitment. I think the hardest ones are actually the Plyometrics and Yoga and stuff because stretching is hard, flexibility is one of the hardest things to obtain.

I’ve also used Tracy Anderson DVD’s before. I will admit that I didn’t commit to using them everyday or at least a couple times a week, so that was my fault. They were great though, I have to say. I’d recommend them to anyone to use. I know it gets on some trainers and bodybuilders nerves that she talks about using small weights so that you don’t bulk up. But let’s face it women don’t give a shit about that. Women (and men) give a shit about what works for them and it cannot be denied that the Tracy Anderson Method works. She makes it look so easy, but I’ll let you know that it’s hard and it hurts lol but is TOTALLY DO-ABLE! What makes the workout hard is that it’s really A LOT of stretching and it’s using your own body weight as your workout tool, and once again flexibility is just so hard to obtain. I also love that she’s so short. The last time I went to the docs, I topped the height chart at 5’2″ LOL, which for me was a mile stone. You have no idea how much time I spent praying to make it to 5’4″. The nurse said I still had more time to grow. So I could make it to 5’4″, but if I don’t it’s not the end of the world, either way I’ll still be a shortie, but I’m okay with that, I love myself for who I am. But Tracy shows that you don’t have to be 6’whatever” to look hot! I will definitely be getting her new line of DVDs (as soon as I save up some money lol).

Zumba is one that I haven’t tried yet, but has worked for so many people, is kick ass and it’s fun. It’s definitely on my list to buy. When I’ve bought it and used it, I’ll give my own review. But I’m sure it’ll be a good one.

Lastly, having done the Tracy Anderson Method, I know that people say with the Tracy Anderson Method that she doesn’t give any ques as to when she’s going to change exercises in her first set of DVD’s. In her new ones, I haven’t heard those same complaints, so maybe she’s corrected that. I for one don’t care I’m okay with just going with the flow and she doesn’t go crazy fast so I wasn’t really bothered. I also LOVE that with P90X and the Tracy Anderson Method, there isn’t any of that old school 80’s, 90’s, early 2000’s, skinny woman/muscular man, in the video, hype as shit, screaming at  you that “You can do it! You can do it! Only 10 more to go!” I hate that crap, there is encouragement, Tony definitely gives encouragement, he’s excited but it’s not over the top for no reason, and he and Tracy definitely underline, doing YOUR best and doing it in your own time, and it being okay if you can’t completely keep up, or do the exercises the exact way that they’re doing it.

There are a lot of good workout DVDs and plans out there, though these are my favorite, but it’s more about having endurance and commitment.

Workout equipment: I use small dumbbells and I have three different resistance bands: red, blue, and green.

I Bobble. Do You?

I recently bought a great water bottle. It’s called Bobble, I’m sure plenty of people have seen them in Walmart, Target, and even GNC (if any of you ever visit the store). Saw them in Walmart a long time ago, but I just recently bought one from GNC a couple of weeks ago. It’s 34fl.oz., reusable, recyclable, and it filters the tap water you put in it. The filter only needs to be changed every two months, and the filters themselves are so cute, and come in so many different colors, from Pink to Blue, I of course have pink as it’s my favorite color. The filter is attached to the drinking spout and that’s the part that comes in different colors and needs to be replaced.

It’s a great water bottle in my honest opinion, I give it five stars. Water bottles are great, great for your health, because as humans who are mostly water, we need water and to have less plastic bottles going into landfills. It’s silly to buy bottled water, I won’t be doing that again, after reading in the Beauty Detox Solution that most bottled water is just tap water that has been filtered. I’m not paying extra for water that I can filter my own self for less money. It’s free of BPA’s, Phthalates, and PVC. Not to mention that this water bottle is just so dang good looking lol. My mom has one too, but with a black drinking spout/filter. The water does come out kind of slow, but I just squeeze the middle of the bottle when I want a little bit more water to come out quickly but it’s not really a big deal.

The Beauty Detox Solution by Kimberly Snyder

Rating: 5 Stars

I learned just so much from this book! Everyone should read it, especially if they’re looking for a healthy lifestyle change, BUT I love the fact that it can be used by people who are not looking to change their eating habits totally.

Here are just some of the interesting things mentioned:

  • “Eating too much animal protein animal protein … causes a great strain on your liver to process all the uric acid created from digesting animal protein.”
  • “… to protect the vital organs … the body … expand[s] fat cells to store acidic and toxic waste, to keep it away from our organs … The body won’t let go of excess fat that’s protecting you from you own toxins!”
  • “We are designed to eat a diet primarily made up of plant foods, greens, fruits and vegetables, sprouts, seeds and nuts.”
  • “the full process of digestion takes more energy than any other specific internal function of the human body”
  • “When we aren’t absorbing nutrients, our bodies tell us to keep eating, though we have just been fed.”
  • “acidity interferes with life itself. It is the root of all sickness and disease … this process of acid waste breakdown and disposal could also be called ‘the aging process.'”
The book is just amazing, well put together, and very informative, I’m so glad that I stumbled across her blog a while back, (link down below) it was amazing and I saw that she had written a book, so I bought it on my nook and I’ll always be eternally grateful for that moment and this book!!

Kimberly is just amazing, she looks fabulous:

And she can do this:

You can check out her blog here: Kimberly Snyder Blog

Strawberry Coconut Butter

Just saw thee, cutest and sweetest (literally and figuratively) recipe on one of the many raw/vegan/vegetarian/gluten-free blogs that I follow. I haven’t tried it out yet, I will soon but it looks just so yummy that I had to share, and maybe some of you will want to try it out:

Sugar-Free Strawberry Coconut Butter

1 cup coconut butter (or 3 cups unsweetened shredded coconut*)
1 1/2 cups sliced fresh (or thawed frozen) strawberries
1 to 2 packets stevia (preferably NuNaturals)
Big pinch of sea salt

*If you don’t have coconut butter on hand, place 3 cups unsweetened shredded coconut in a high-speed blender or food processor and blend until completely smooth and buttery. In a Vitamix or Blendtec, this will only take about a minute (use the tamper to move the mixture downward). In a food processor, this will take 5 to 10 minutes; be patient!

Combine the coconut butter, strawberries, stevia (I used two packets, but if you have less of a sweet tooth, you may want to start with just one), and salt in a high-speed blender or food processor. (Or, if you made coconut butter from scratch as directed above, simply add the strawberries, stevia, and salt to the blender/food processor.) Blend until completely smooth; taste for sweetness and adjust as desired. Transfer to a glass jar to store—the butter will keep at room temperature for up to two days; for longer storage, keep in the refrigerator.

Yield: about 2 cups
Per serving (2 tablespoons): 97 calories, 9.1g fat (8g sat), 4.3g carbs, 3g fiber, 1g protein

Substitution option
If you don’t have (or don’t like) stevia, you can use coconut palm sugar, xylitol, or organic granulated white sugar in its place; start with 1 tablespoon, then sweeten to taste.

All pictures and credit for the recipe go to: Amber Shea of The Almost Vegan Chef. She also uses wordpress.com so follow her, she’s great.