My quarter century birthday (or 25th) happened this month and celebrations ensued. I feel so blessed because not only do I get to celebrate my birthday once, I also get to go out with my family, my husband’s family, and my friends. It’s nice to feel loved :). However, the month of May will now be devoted to dieting since basically I ate my way through the entire month of April! (more…)
I don’t know very many people who don’t like Tex Mex food. Crunchy, cheesy goodness is hard not to like, which is why I was so excited when we stumbled upon the Blue Moon Mexican Cafe in Engelwood, NJ. Not a native to the Engelwood area, I was walking along what seemed to be the main street in town, looking for a place to eat. There were tons of restaurants around, but for some reason the Blue Moon caught my eye. Even from the outside, the restaurant looks festive and welcoming. (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…)
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…)
I first heard of the Daniel Fast from a woman at my church. She had just completed it and said it really made her feel amazing. I didn’t think much of it. In fact, I thought, wow good for her, but I could never do it. I am not the fasting (or dieting) type. I try to practice portion control, but that’s as far as it goes. But for some reason, I couldn’t stop thinking about the Daniel Fast and proceeded to google it at work the next day.
It looked tough. It’s basically a Vegan diet without carbs, sugar, or alcohol. So, really, all you can eat are fruits and vegetables and certain whole grains (like brown rice). The fast is supposed to last 21 days. So why, you may ask, would I ever even consider doing something like this? It’s so NOT me. I think about food A LOT. When I am eating, I’m usually planning my next meal. I love going out to eat, talking about food, reading about food, watching people cook, and all other things related to glorious food.
But then I thought, maybe there is something wrong with that? I probably shouldn’t be focusing on food THAT much and recently I’ve been eating REALLY badly. So, I’m giving it a go. Today is day 1. I’m hoping that not only will the fast make me more aware of what I am eating, but that it will be a good thing spiritually, emotionally and mentally as well. I’ll let you know how it goes!
Side note. I did some bulk shopping at Trader Joe’s last night and the girl at the checkout counter says, “Wow, you eat really healthy”. If only she knew…
Asparagus can be a tricky vegetable. Luckily, I’ve found that most veggies taste good roasted. It’s a fool proof way to cook them too. Asparagus falls under this category. It is delicious roasted in the oven. This recipe is so simple, it’s embarrassing. It’s not really even a recipe so much as it is a method of cooking. Whenever I roast vegetables, this is how I do it. I’ll use asparagus as an example: (more…)