Monthly Archives: April 2012

Eat To Live or Live To Eat?

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Two facts about me – 1) I am a fitness enthusiast and 2) I am as lazy as they come. Kind of contradictory, but true. Neither of these facts has anything to do with food. What does have to do with food is the fact that my life has in some way always revolved around it. I love food, no questions there! Do I eat to live or live to eat? A little bit of both, I dont think of food as merely fuel for my body and neither do I think of food all the time like people in traditional societies do that spend hours cooking.

Why this question now? I am (or was until last night) reading a book by Dr. Joel Fuhrman called “Eat To Live”. He suggests a 6 week plan of mostly plant based food. Which in itself doesnt sound too bad, but when I started following his plan, I found that his menu required hours of preparation for something I did not love. I am known among acquaintances as the vegetarian who does not love salads, so it was that much harder for me to make my own dressings and salads. Especially since my darling husband sat at the same table wolfing down a cheese pizza while I struggled through bite after bite of lettuce drenched in home made apple and hemp dressing (sigh!).

One thing I have realized- if I did stick with it, this program would make me super healthy and thin. Another thing I realized-I love food and the not-so-good-for-you stuff too much! I was supremely miserable the 2 days I did follow the diet, and managed to still cheat with a bite of the pizza. Not a good beginning! So while I decided to strive for moderation,  I ate butter sandwiches and milk cookies….ummmm….I can see the “good” me shaking her head sadly.

Who was it that said that as soon as you get on a diet, the whole world tries to get you off it? Whoever it was said it right! I wanted to experiment with this diet since I mentioned it to my family. My dad and mom both have health issues that I think could be resolved with such a diet. Honestly though, I doubt they (especially dad who has a sweet tooth) can stick with it. Mom will eat anything if you told her it was healthy and vegetarian….but anyway, I can hardly advertise something I have not tried and cannot stand behind.

That said, it is back to hitting the kitchen with a head of lettuce and a mandoline slicer for my cucumbers et all.

P.S. I had been tracking my food on MyFitnessPal. This diet is impossible to track!! My one meal had 20 ingredients (1/4cup  mushroom, 1/2 cup kale etc etc) It drove me nuts. So for now, this diet goes untracked. I have a guest coming over this weekend….post which I will try to go back to being good 🙂

All about my dogs

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Still not about ice creams!!! 😛

I just got done working out and I was sprawled on the carpet petting my sleepy dogs when they got all alert and ran to the door. I did not have to look up at the clock to know that it was around time my hubby got home from his tennis!

It amazes me every time the boys (my canine boys) know when its time for my husband to come home. And no, we do not have set routines that they are accustomed to. For example, today my husband was home all day and only went out to play in the evening. And they still wait by the door precisely 15 minutes before he arrives home. I know because he gives me a call, but theres no way they know that!! The DH tells me they do the same on the days I go to work. Again, no routine there. I go once a week, and sometimes I dont at all. And yet, every time I go to work, they know 15-30 min before I get home that its time for me to come back to them.

They even seem to be able to tell the difference between going out for a few hours and going grocery shopping or something shorter like that. I just cant get over it!!

How much we underestimate the intuition and intelligence of these innocent creatures! I look at them with new found respect now….

The boys waiting by the door for daddy to come home

 

Warts and all…

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Yes, I promised to write about fun stuff like ice cream makers and dehydrators. And blogging about warts does sound a little gross. But trust me, its useful 😀

Blogging about warts, you say? Yes, I do refer to the real warts on the skin, not the metaphorical flaws of character that we should love when we love unconditionally…fortunately for you (or otherwise), I have no pictures to share.

OK, grinding down to serious stuff then. About 10 years ago, I developed a wart under my big toe. It was in a place I could conveniently ignore, and so I did until it got too painful to walk, and too embarrassing to contemplate pedicures. I tried Dr. Scholl’s Freeze off, didnt work. I read about garlic and coconut oil. I can still smell that concoction!! Obviously, it did not work, though I stuck with it faithfully for months. I also read about using apple cider vinegar. Not sure how well that worked on warts, but it ate up all the skin under my toe until it was so painful I had to give breaks between applications. I figured it wasnt worth it and almost decided to go under the knife and get it surgically removed.

Until, I googled one last time and someone suggested banana peel. Sounds ridiculous, I know. But the site was very specific. You had to use the peel of a banana that wasnt fully ripe. Or it would not work. Figuring I didnt have much to lose, I tried it out. I kid you not, the wart was gone in a week. And the process was totally pain free! Its been 3 years now, and it isnt back. There isnt a scar, and I happily got a pedicure for my birthday this year…proud of my nice toes 🙂

I wish I remembered what site I found this info on, so I could give them credit. But that was years ago, and I dont remember it. Either way, thanks to whoever came up with the idea!! (You have to put the banana peel on the wart and  keep it there with the help of tape or band-aid. I changed the peel every morning and night, but otherwise only took it off to take a shower. I ate a ton of bananas during that period!!)

So…why am I bothering to remember that now….a few months ago, I noticed a white growth on my face. It looked like a zit but it hung around for months until I finally researched it and found that it was a kind of wart (not again!!!)…Now, I pride myself on my pretty face, even though I had nothing to do with how it turned out. So I wasnt willing to risk scarring it…not having seen anything like this wart before. But I figured a banana peel was the simplest way to go and I stuck a piece of peel on my face with a band aid overnight. That was 4 days ago. I forgot to do that the day after and did it again last night.  So a total of two times. And today, my wart is gone!!! Miracle!!!

I know the post is kinda gross and not very interesting…but Im so psyched by the miraculous effects of banana peel that I had to share!!!

Enjoying my blemish free visage in the mirror now 😛

Cheers 🙂

What I tried this week : MIO Motiva

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OK, so I am a shopaholic. Spending money makes me happy, at least temporarily. Until I have to pay that credit card! So…I did something that would not be advisable for anyone with issues being thrifty –  I signed up for groupon (coupons for all sorts of things-tickets, goods etc). Thats like a dieter signing up for a membership with a bakery.

Anyhoo, so I saw this awesome deal for a MIO Motiva on groupon. I had been hunting for a good heart rate monitor for a while. Ones with chest straps just aren’t as comfortable, and my bowflex keeps sliding down during a workout, which can be frustrating.

So, after much deliberation, during which time I lost out on the deal for the MIO Active (which does a few additional things), I went ahead and bought the MIO Motiva for $40. That was two weeks ago…

So far, I love it. I have it set to the 3500 calorie countdown setting. It’s great to see how many calories I burn during a walk or a workout (disappointingly lower than I thought !). I wear it when I take my dogs out, though its hard to hang on to 90 lb dogs while trying to measure my heart rate! But unless you measure your heart rate, it will count the calories burned during exercise as 0.

I tried this out, I started the exercise timer when I took Dog 1 out, measured my heart rate once, and thought it would apply that to the whole period. Now the dog in question is not your regular labrador (i.e relaxed, low energy). He does not heel, and bounces  rather than walks. So measuring my heart rate was nowhere in the vicinity of my attention. I was focused on not being dragged face down on the road, and not letting my dog see the lady with the pram. Since I ran most of the 30 minutes trying to avoid everyone else who decided to be on the road at the same time, I know my heart rate mustve been pretty high. Unfortunately, my MIO couldnt see that and decided that I didnt burn any calories. So when I took Dog 2 for his walk, I constantly measured my heart rate. Dog 2, being your regular lab, took the time to smell the roses (or jasmine in this case), watch lizards crossing the road, and admire nature in general etc. You get the point. He is totally laid back and couldnt care less about ladies with prams. So, while I had the leisure to measure my heart rate frequently, it wasnt that high, given as I took double the time to cover the same distance as I did during my earlier walk. End result- my MIO said I burnt 0 calories!!! I was righteously indignant. But when I worked out this evening and checked my HR every 5 min or so, it seemed pretty accurate and told me I used up 437 calories. (Im so proud of myself!)…so, I think I will still trust the MIO. It can obviously not tell if Im running or not if I dont measure my heart rate, fair enough. And probably my heart rate during the second walk was close to normal, considering how slowly we were walking, so I will give the MIO the benefit of the doubt.

Here’s me wearing my MIO. The black glossy fur is Dog 2 trying to paw that huge watch off my wrist.

Wearing my MIO

Yes, it says ET MIO. Go ahead, laugh. Yes, my crazy family calls me ET! Way back when I was a high school kid and my sister was in college, she got this crazy idea of calling me ET (I dont think either of us remembers why)….Unfortunately the name stuck. And my husband, who was then my boyfriend, delighted in embarrassing me with the name. I was so easily embarrassed back then!! He still calls me ET in public, but I am not so easily humiliated any more-even when the name causes everyone in the room to turn and look for the “ET”! I have been attached to the name ever since…here’s one of my ET dolls from Universal- 

Anyway, so I called my MIO, ET MIO and personalized it with my gender, height weight etc….and it told me I need to eat 1200 calories a day to lose an lb a week!! I never eat so few calories!LOL…

Either way, I love my MIO. It is a fashion disaster with a watch face as big as my wrist, but I switched out the black strap for the orange and grey in the hopes that the bright colors would draw attention away from its size. I dont know if it drew attention away from the size, but the watch is definitely drawing attention. People in stores now comment on it and I even found a couple of people with the same kind of strap n all. Pretty cool!

Next post, I will post about my new Ice cream maker and dehydrator…

Until then, have an awesome day/night/weekend!