An Interesting experiment! — August 28, 2015

An Interesting experiment!

Yesterday, I had a procedure done in order to figure out what is wrong with my stomach. But in order to do so, I needed to wear a catheter in my nose with a monitor that looks like an old cassette player around my neck. So I figured I might as well learn from the experience. For the past 3 years, I have worked in a cancer center seeing everyday patients with needles, IVs, getting chemo, throwing up- I am used to it, but people who have not been exposed to those situations or are not confortable in the situation tend to now know what to do. I never want to be the one in the chemo chair or the sick one, but I got the chance to see how they feel when others (people other than thier family) feel when they are around them.

So I started my dad after the procedure at Whole foods and Shop rite and it was truly amazing! Everyone treated me with more care, asked if I needed any help. I did not get any stares. People just wanted to help. Later, I went for a walk and most people smiled, which is my favorite part about walking and running. Afterward, I went to the paramus park mall and all i got were stares. It was very different. Most people stare because they are curious, but dont want to ask whats wrong, while others stare (i dont even know why). However, one lady had the guts to ask me, but said if its to personnel “what is wrong” She was so sweet! She was so concerned and so worried for me.

To be honest, I was very nervous walking out in public with a catheter in my nose, but in the end of the day, I am happy I did it. FullSizeRender (38) My mom hates all my healthy desserts but these cookies are amazing according to her!! and that never happens http://wholeandheavenlyoven.com/2015/01/02/best-ever-thick-chewy-coconut-oil-chocolate-chip-cookies/

FullSizeRender (39)– I have always wanted to eat a churro so I decided to make my own with frosting on top!! http://www.veggiesdontbite.com/2014/05/01/raw-churro-cheesecake-cups/

https://www.arcticzero.com/products/recipes/chocolate-peanut-butter-ice-cream-squares?pp=0

FullSizeRender (40) These delicious ice cream squares are easy shmeazy because all you have to do is make the crust add the ice cream and melt the chocolate-All done!!

FullSizeRender (41) The title for this is sugar cookies ice cream pops- who wouldnt want that!!

http://thefrostedvegan.com/2015/07/16/funfetti-sugar-cookie-popsicles/

Juicing and the difference between complex carbs and simple carbs — August 23, 2015

Juicing and the difference between complex carbs and simple carbs

Hey guys!! I know that all of you have heard of all the different FAD diets like Atkinds, zone, paleo… A lot of people can last a long time on these diets, however for a majority of the world- its a short term thing. They will lose the weight or commit for a few months and then give up! Another FAD diet people hear about is juicing. Yes the vitamins and minerals in juices are good for you, but to be honest its mostly empty calories. Who knows the difference between a complex carb and a simple carb??

complex carbs are digested slower than sugars causing you to feel fuller longer, but not all complex carbs are created equal. White rice is also a complex carb but its also processed. has less nutrients, and fiber. Other examples are white bread, white potatoes, white rice, anything highly processed. Eat more green vegetables, sweet potatoes, brown rice, beans, seeds, and legumes and 100% whole wheat products.

Simple carbs are processed sugars that are digested quickly for that quick burst of energyfollowe by that quick crash. In high amounts, they can higher triglycerides or fat levels in the blood that contribute to a higher risk of heart disease. BUT SIMPLE SUGARS ARE ALSO FRUIT SUGARS BUT THEY ARE NOT THE SAME AS PROCESSED SUGAR.  their sugars are naturally occuring and contain vitamins, minerals, and fiber that our body needs. Eat less: high fructose corn syrup, candy, soda sports drinks unless your blood sugar drops very quickly during a workout, cookies and donuts. bottom line: EAT MORE FRUITS. BECAUSE OF THE FIBER IN THE FRUIT, THE SUGAR WILL BE DIGESTED SLOWER KEEPING YOU MORE AWAKE AND KEEP YOU AWAY FROM THAT NASTY CRASH!!!

This is what i made this week!

cinnamon buns!

http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2014/10/20/mini-cinnamon-rolls/

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Maple peanut butter ice cream sandwiches!

http://www.fragrantvanilla.com/maple-peanut-butter-cookie-ice-cream-sandwiches/

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Happy birthday to my sisters!! from the Erin Mckenna bakery with the frosting done by me!

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How to make eating healthy easy! — August 7, 2015

How to make eating healthy easy!

Everyone who I talk to about eating healthy, always say its to expensive, its take to much time to make and cook, I would rather eat a donut!! But honestly, I spend at least once a week at the supermarket and I have found so many options to replace unhealthy options! It really just takes dedication and motivation to be healthy. People believe that if you restrict your foods that you are not living! Why not just eat whatever you want? Well my sister came up with a great line!

She said that when people tell you whats the point of a nutritionist. People should just eat whatever they want, you should respond-“ok, let me know when you get diabetes and you need a nutritionist” This is very true because people eat whatever they want and then later in life it screws them over. I have seen it. My mom loves food and she does not want to restrict herself like me, but that causes a lot of issues like low self esteem, more prone to depression, at risk for heart disease, diabetes, and stroke plus more! MY dad was overweight and that led to diabetes and heart disease.

You might think that if you eat whatever you want and you dont gain weight, it does not have an effect on the body, but newsflash it does!! You may not gain weight because of your metabolism or other causes, but it still has the same effect on your arteries, liver, pancreas, and brain!

So my idea is to not restrict yourself, just be knowledgable about what you are eating and how to eat healthy easily.

breakfast

frozen 100% whole grain or buckwheat/ spelt waffles- these you can just put in the toaster, add some peanut butter with a banana or apple is a perfect quick and easy breakfast. you can also do this with a piece of 100% whole grain toast! Nature’s makes great cereals, oatmeal, granola, waffles, and bread! some of them are gluten free and some use spelt whi ch do not upset my stomach 🙂 waf-6pk-buckwheat-us-a1l1_0 (1)

you can have eggs with fresh vegetables with toast and a glass of milk

a yogurt parfait with fresh fruit and granola

Snack

Honey spelt pretzels- these are delicious and addictive. Happy Herbert’s makes all different kinds of pretzels! HONEY-SPELT

Chia puddings- some people might like these- they have the same texture as pudding but do not exactly taste the same.

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granola bars- Now these can be tricky because some granola bars use high fructose corn syrup or their sugar content is above 13 grams. Some bars you see with a list of a hundred ingredients. That cannot be healthy!! So the ones I suggest are kind, the new cliff bars that are allergy free called kits, macro pars, and pure bars.

For quick lunches- At whole foods and shoprite, they sell prepared tofu that was marinated either lemon pepper, sesame… if you are going to go frozen food- buy Amy’s burritos or burgers because they are lower in sodium than most other products. They are also kosher.

For quick dinners- you can microwave a sweet potato, grill a chicken cutlet and have with some microwave vegetables. The tofutti company started making these vegetarian/ vegan raviolis that are delicious and not bad for you!

IF you are in college and you are going to the dining hall-

  1. start with the vegetables and make sure that it is half of your plate
  2. Then check out to see if there is any soup- if the soup is made with cream it will be unhealthy (cream of mushroom…), but chicken, vegetable, tomato, sweet potato is better- remember soups can be high in sodium so stick to one bowl
  3. make your way to the actual main meal- if there is anything like eggplant parm, fried chicken, fries, onion rings, hotdogs, Chinese food- try to limit yourself to those foods- they are either processed or fried and either way- itll hurt your body. stick to the grilled chicken or beef, burgers try to limit yourself to 2.
  4. if you have no other option to eat the food there like spagetti and meatballs try to keep to portion control and fill the rest of your plate with fruit and veggies!

If anyone else wants more substitutions   or ideas for meals or snacks, let me now I have millions! I just cant write them all down.

this week I made:

Chocolate cake with a few secret healthy ingredients!! you will never guess! FullSizeRender (32)http://www.coffeeandquinoa.com/2014/03/fudgy-chocolate-beet-cake-with-chocolate-avocado-frosting-vegan-and-gf/

Then I made these mini cupcake canollis!

http://ohmyveggies.com/vegan-cannoli-bites/ FullSizeRender (28)

Lastly, I made a farro, sweet potato, arugala salad! I have the recipe in a book so if anyone wants it let me know! IT is delicious!

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