Monday, January 11, 2010
Healthy Tipping Point - the life of a vegetarian runner. (Also the creator of www.operationbeautiful.com)
Poor Girl Eats Well - a budget-friendly omnivorous food blog that features frequent vegetarian and vegan meals.
Color Me Katie - an upbeat blog of the life of a very creative Brooklyn artist and photographer. This blog always cheers me up!
Green and Crunchy - a mostly-food blog of an all-vegan family of 7. Lots of raw foods, lots of green living!
What are some of your favorite blogs?
Friday, January 08, 2010
I'm happy to say that I have some motivators this year. Last year, I didn't have anything to look forward to, nothing to work hard to reach. In 2010, I have some events coming up that are keeping me going.
In February 2010, I'll be visiting some friends I haven't seen for a long time. This has pushed me to work hard and clock in some cardio almost every day. It's coming up so soon, and I know I won't look much different, but every little bit counts.
In June 2010, one of my dearest friends is getting married and I am one of her bridesmaids! (I've never been a bridesmaid before!) I want to look my best in that bridesmaid dress and I want to look fit when I visit some old friends. This is going to be such a happy occasion and I don't want to look like a chubster in the wedding photos. This event is my biggest motivator!
There are two other motivators that I am considering: a 5k in March and a 4-mile route for AIDS Walk 2010 in April. I've never done a 5k, so I would like some words of wisdom, advice, tips, etc. I think both of these events would help me stay focused through June.
What is motivating you through 2010?
Thursday, January 07, 2010
There are many different ways to replace eggs while baking. I meant to share this during the holidays, but better late than never, right?
This info comes from a blurb in a Vegetarian Times magazine from a couple of months ago. They "asked-a-chef," for egg-free baking tips, and Tanya Petrovna answered:
* Substitute 1/4 cup coconut milk per egg. "Because of coconut milk's natural fat content, you don't need to add oil to make up for the missing egg fat."
* Puree' 1 tablespoon raw flaxseed in a blender with 1/4 cup water per egg. "This provides a nice gooey texture to help bind ingredients, as an egg does."
* Stir 1 teaspoon sunflower or canola oil, cashew or almond butter, or tahini into soymilk -- 1/4 cup per egg. "Recommended for cookie recipes!"
* Blend silken tofu - 1/4 cup per egg - in a blender with the recipe's liquid ingredients. "This works best for baked goods with a denser texture, such as a chocolate or carrot cake. For a creamier texture, mix equal parts silken tofu and vegan cream cheese."
+ Add dried fruit, such as apricots or plums, to a saucepan with equal amounts of water, and simmer for 10-15 minutes, then puree'. Substitute 1/4 cup of puree' per egg. "Any remainder doubles as a jam or dessert topping."
Of course, you can also use Ener-G Egg Replacer or, my personal go-to, 1 Tablespoon of cornstarch per egg.
Thursday, January 07, 2010
According to the Nutrition Research Center, this is what happens to your body within 1 hour of drinking a can of soda:
-10 minutes: 10 teaspoons of sugar hit your system, which is 100 percent of your recommended daily intake. You'd normally vomit from such an intake, but the phosphoric acid cuts the flavor.
-20 minutes: Your blood sugar skyrockets. Your liver attempts to maximize insulin production in order to turn high levels of sugar into fat.
-40 minutes: As your body finishes absorbing the caffeine, your pupils dilate, your blood pressure rises, and your liver pumps more sugar into the bloodstream. Adenosine receptors in your brain are blocked preventing you from feeling how tired you may actually be.
-45 minutes: Your body increases dopamine production, tricking you into feeling pleasure and adding to the addictiveness of the beverage. This physical neuro response works the same way as it would if we were consuming heroin.
>60 minutes: The phosphoric acid binds calcium, magnesium and zinc in your lower intestine, which boosts your metabolism a bit further. High doses of sugar and artificial sweeteners compound this effect, increasing the urinary excretion of calcium. The caffeine’s diuretic properties come into play. (You have to GO!) Your body will eliminate the bonded calcium, magnesium and zinc that was otherwise heading to your bones. And you will also flush out the sodium, electrolytes and water. Your body has eliminated the water that was in the soda. And in the process it was infused with nutrients and minerals your body would have otherwise used to hydrate your system or build body cells, bones, teeth.
-60 minutes: The sugar crash begins. You may become irritable and/or sluggish. You start feeling like crap. Time to grab another?
Sunday, January 03, 2010
Following a vegan lifestyle is a huge part of who I am. When I went vegan, it was initially for animal welfare reasons: I didn't want to contribute to any animal suffering. As I continued on my vegan path, I started to feel AMAZING. I felt clean and strong and healthy. After doing some research, my reasons for being vegan became animal welfare + health. In the last year or two, environmental reasons have also been added to the list. Really, the reasons and benefits of a vegan diet are innumerable.
I'm not a preachy person and I don't push my vegan beliefs onto others. In fact, the majority of my friends eat meat and we all have an understanding. Still, I want to share a link, in case any of my Spark Friends are interested in trying a vegan diet, or just eating more meatless meals.
Right now, the Vegan 21-Day Kickstart is going on, sponsored by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. This would be a great way to start out and get some ideas.
This site seems to have it all: recipes, meal plan, forums, support, and resources. If you've ever considered going vegan, or just eating more vegan meals on a regular basis, this site would be a great way to get started.
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