As a frequent flyer, I’ve found that there are a few items that really come in handy on an airplane. It always makes me laugh when someone refers to their “long flight” from New Jersey to California. 5-6 hours does not constitute as long. After spending most of my childhood flying back and forth, literally to the other side of the world, from Bangkok to New York, anything under 8 hours is a walk in the park. However, whether it be a short or long flight, there are items that every traveler should bring with them. Whether it be an actual necessity, someting to pass the time with, or something designed to enhance comfort, these are the things I bring on an airplane whenever I travel anywhere (short or long). (more…)
I was so good on my diet. I really was. I didn’t cheat at all while on the Daniel Fast, at least not knowingly. Except once. One Friday night while on the Daniel Fast, I made an exception. Sometimes, you can’t help it…this was one of those times.
I am finally done with Daniel. I’ve completed the fast. I feel relieved, healthier, and lighter. I didn’t lose as much weight as I expected, but 7.5 lbs in 3 weeks is not bad. Honestly, the first 2 weeks were easier than the 3rd week. This last week was a challenge. I found myself craving bread and meat, tempted to reach for the tortilla chips, and getting lazier in my cooking. It’s hard to cook from scratch every night, and after 2 failed dinner attempts, I almost called it quits. I’ve decided that I should stick to eating Indian food, and avoid cooking it. I still can’t figure out what I did wrong, and I’m blaming it on the Garam Masala I bought at the store. (more…)
I’m a “cooking with Kale virgin”. The only time I’ve really eaten Kale is out at a restaurant or if someone else happens to cook it for me. It’s not that I don’t like it. I totally like it. It’s just that I’m never quite sure how to cook it. Kale is one of those vegetables you have to cook right or it can turn out tasting completely awful and bitter (same as Broccoli Rabe, which I still have not figured out how to cook with). (more…)
It’s Day 9 of the Daniel fast and I’ve found my favorite recipe thus far! Veggie Paella. I would totally eat this even if I weren’t doing the fast. It is so good and unbelievably easy. Non-vegetarians could add chicken, sausage, shrimp (or basically any meat) to this dish and it would be delicious but it is very tasty as it is. It’s a very colorful dish too!
Everyone knows that spinach is a power food (remember Popeye?), but sometimes it can be hard to figure out new and exciting ways to incorporate spinach into meals. This past weekend, I discovered two new recipes FULL of spinach. (more…)
Wednesday evening was my day of food prep and cooking for the Daniel fast. I got A LOT done. I made chola tikkis (Indian flavored chickpeas & potato cakes), corn & bean salsa for burritos or salad toppers, and a huge pot of Weight Watcher’s vegetable soup. (more…)
I’ve decided that the main roadblock to most diets or fasts is lack of preparation. I’m already running into this problem. I have a pretty busy life, as I’m sure, most people do. Working a full time job, managing social obligations, everyday chores, AND cooking healthful meals sometimes seems impossible. It’s very easy to put on weight when you’re starving after a long day of work, because most people will grab whatever’s easiest to eat, whatever’s available, which usually happens to be a fairly fattening snack. It’s much easier to open a bag of potato chips or microwave a frozen treat than it is to cut up a bunch of veggies and fruit. (more…)
I managed to make it through my first day of the Daniel fast, which in some ways, I think is the hardest day. I could be wrong, but I’m feeling more motivated now that I have day 1 under my belt. (more…)