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Real Story of Tofu...

Monday, July 26, 2010

A while back I remember reading a few blog entries here about soybeans being bad for the body. Although I find joy in soy, I read some comments about confusion with how much is good for the body. Some of the comments I remembered was misinformation that has been lurking around the blogsphere for a while (aka, men can grow moobs, tofu increasing cancer and so on.). Of course, this information is just not true - look at Asia and see the results of years of research on the topic. Today I got a wonderful short article that help describe the situation in an easy to understand article that I thought everyone might want to read if wondering what is going on...

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SUGIRL06 7/26/2010 11:26AM

    Thanks for the info! I have heard that too much soy can do some of those things too but I think its like... a LOT of soy. More than most people eat. But isn't everything in high levels bad for you? Thanks for the article!!!

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LISSIE88 7/26/2010 10:29AM

    I love Christina Pirello!!! Her recipes taste soooo good.

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HORNEAR 7/26/2010 10:28AM

    I find joy in soy as well. Nice pics.

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Friday, July 23, 2010

So, I've been missing lately, some of you may have noticed. Not only has the weather gotten nicer which steers me outdoors but I needed to rethink my goals. In college I had a problem with letting my diet life take over for my real life, so I wanted to make sure that this new lifestyle I am trying life by fits. I tend to let the diet take over when I should be more in control. So, I took some time off to get myself out of a "diet depression" and regroup my goals and think about my future to keep things rolling and lose the rest of the weight. It is more emotional than physical.

As an update, my husband and I are still being good vegans. We absolutely love being vegan - it's a challenge sometimes when we go out to eat but that doesn't stop us from going out and enjoying ourselves. We are also running, although not everyday because it is seriously too hot out. Plus, our townhouse community gym (it's our only gym we go to) has had the AC unit broken and also the two treadmills. Not uncommon but a little annoying seeing that we want to workout but the gym is overly heated and outdoors can be dangerous with the heat advisories. So, sometimes we just take it easy and go for strolls at night when it gets cooler - which our pooch doesn't mind one bit! In addition to that, I'm walking at least ten minutes each morning to get my blood flowing before breakfast - it seems to wake me up more and I tend to not want to eat as much food this way. Unfortunately, just as before I have not lost any weight but at least now I'm in a better mental state to attack my trouble with losing the last pounds. I'm eager to start fighting harder than ever to get my life in order and work off those pounds.

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MAGNOLIA416 7/24/2010 10:04AM

    Welcome back! Keeping up with SP is a lot of work sometimes, and getting into dieting can definitely take over your mental state ... so I totally understand, I come and go too! You're here now and you're doing great!

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CFMOSS 7/23/2010 2:10PM

    Understand the need for a break in order to regroup - best to do the break on your terms instead of just letting it happen and you disappear. Moderation actually is a good thing even in dieting. Good journeying to you.

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SUGIRL06 7/23/2010 1:58PM

    Sometimes you just need a break! Even though I missed you dearly. I am glad you were able to take back control. Sometimes weight loss just gets too much and can become overwhelming. I agree about the weather thing too. Its too nice to be inside! Although with the heat, sometimes I'm running for the AC. LoL. I am glad to hear you are doing well! Welcome back!!!!

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Dirty Dozen Revisited by CNN

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

If you are worried about pesticides on your foods, as everyone should be, here is the latest information on the "Dirty Dozen". It's always good to be reminded of the pesticide fruits and vegetables to help make wise choices in the grocery stores.

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SUGIRL06 6/2/2010 10:34AM

    I just printed up a list of the dirty dozen and the clean 15 and laminated it! LoL. Now I keep it in my purse for shoppign trips

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Healthy Vegan Food Photos

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

I've noticed that I have never shown anyone how I do my menu planning. I basically take all the ingredients that I want to make for the next week and place them in a list. Then I take this lovely menu planner (which I plan on making a new revised one this week) and plan out the entire next week with calories and menu. It works wonders! I just place it on the fridge and everyone in the family can see what we are eating each time of the day. I tend to put the calories a little lower for each day so that I can have a healthy snack of my choice daily.

Masala Burgers from Trader Joes! These frozen burgers are nice to have sitting in the freezer for when you just don't feel like cooking anything. Aka, those nights you want to workout a little more but then don't have time to cook.

My addiction is from Whole Foods - Oatmeal Scones! Unfortunately they are a little pricey so we don't get to purchase the scones all the time from the bakery. It is more like a treat, although I could eat them three times a day and be fine. I decided that maybe I should see how many calories are in these tasty treats so I went to search for my own. I found out that they are around 600 calories!!! I used this recipe that isn't 100% the same but very similar and tastes the same. Unfortunately for now, I know that I can not eat them often- just as a very special treat.

We went on a picnic the other day and we wanted something that was going to be very filling so that we could go hiking. We made this 100% vegan! It has red pepper hummus (it's not ketchup) and tofurky deli meat. So amazing! Only problem was that I could only eat half since they were so big!

Vegan with a Vengeance recipe: Rum Tea Cake. It was very sticky but tasty. One serving was only around 200 calories - for a cake it was great!

We grow our own herbs and freeze a lot of them throughout the summer so that we can have fresh organic in the winter months too!

Misc Dinners:

Me working out on a stroll through the park early one Saturday morning... haha Amazing how much energy you get from a healthy lifestyle!

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MAKALANI22 6/16/2010 3:57PM

    I love this blog and that you are a conscious eater! I can't wait to hear more about your journey... keep up the great work!

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SUGIRL06 6/16/2010 11:43AM

    Mmmm everything looks delicious! I definitely am going to write down the scones because I LOVE SCONES and need a healthy version. Haha.
I do the opposite of your meal planner. I write down my meals for the week and then make my grocery list from that (I try to have at least half the ingredients at home already). I love how organized you are. We would get along way too well!

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MAGNOLIA416 6/4/2010 8:40AM

    Delicious! I love your menu planning idea!

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KISSFAN1 6/2/2010 8:49AM

    I love Trader Joe's, they have the most amazing things. I love their hummus (almost every one I've tried except not a huge fan of the guacamole hummus although I love guacamole) and the Marsala veggie burgers are delicious. I didn't like them at first, but had them in my freezer for a while and was trying to figure out what to eat one night (didn't have time to cook) and grabbed those and now I LOVE them and can't wait until this weekend so I can get some more.

I'm not vegetarian, but am trying to find and try new things and wondered how the Tofurky tasted. I've seen a lot of the vegetarian products at TJ's and am tempted to try them but scared at the same time, LOL.

Everything you took pictures of looks wonderful. The bread you made the sandwich with looks scrumptious!

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Memorial Day Weekend

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Hopefully all of you made it back from the weekend without too many "oh no! What did I just eat!" situations.

Around 6PM on Friday night as my husband and I were driving to get some lovely vegan pita sandwiches from our local Lebanese restaurant, we decided that we were going to go away for the weekend. Now, this doesn't sound that bad however we have one dog and one cat that needs to go everywhere with us on vacation since we have just moved to a new place not knowing anyone. But, that was okay - we were ready for some spontaneous fun!

So, we drove four hours away to our hometown and spent a lovely three days in hot Michigan! Not really the most exotic getaway to our parents house (them as our hosts) but it was a nice turn of scenery. We basically lounged around the pool and also the lake sitting in the sunshine and eating copious amounts of fresh Michigan fruits such as strawberries from my grandmothers' garden. Yummy!

One thing I did notice though is the drastic change in our diet/lifestyle since we have decided to be healthy. Our parents, in our opinions, have eaten the same way for years however who would have known the parents that raised us ate such a typical American diet of meat and potatoes! For instance, my mother had three salads on our Memorial Day table - each probably containing over 400 calories each serving full of meat, oils and mayonnaise. It actually turned our stomachs looking at the table ingredients. In addition, the desert was filled with of course double chocolate brownies thanks to Betty Crocker and a tub of frosting to go on top.

Thankfully we rushed to our local grocery store were we could purchase a lot of vegan items. We were surprised to find that our city of 12000 people actually had tempeh, tofu, vegan cheese and etc! Amazing! Seriously if our little hometown has vegan items, just about everywhere will have it now. Sure we were ridiculed for the healthy foods we were eating but at least we felt healthy at the end of the day. I did have a slip up here and there with a few extra vegan muffin "poppers" as I like to call the tiny sized muffins. I have to work even harder now for my June 25th weigh in challenge but at least we were healthier than what we could have chosen if not for our determination to keep strong.

If you are ever in this situation, take it into your own hands and make your own delightfully healthy meals. I'm sure not too many people would find it offensive if you were to take your own foods with you.

Now on to my worries... okay, so maybe it is a complaint. Since you all have lost weight, does anyone notice the difference? No one from my family has seen me since Christmas last year and no one mentioned anything about the weight loss... It make me kind of sad to think that all this work didn't bring along any comments. But then again, I'm not doing it for the compliments - just would have been nice to have all my hard work noticed. I'm slightly saddened by it but I guess it is something I have to work through.

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SUGIRL06 6/1/2010 4:43PM

    I like that you went and got your own food! That's awesome!

As for people noticing, not many people notice for me either. Not from my family anyway. Here and there, I'll see a relative that will be like "OMG!!!" but not very often. Curious...

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    Normally nobody mentions the weight loss with me either... emoticon

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