STEPFANIER's SparkPeople Blog STEPFANIER's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Watch my first cooking videos for SparkPeople! Watch my first cooking videos for SparkPeople! <link><BR>d=114 </link> <BR> <link><BR>d=115 </link> Wed, 1 Jan 2014 12:20:24 EST Workouts for the Week Su: REST (done!) <em>30</em> <BR> M: AM: Ashtanga primary. PM: run 3 miles (speedwork) DONE! <BR> T: AM: Ashtanga 2nd series. PM: hike <BR> Felt ill when I awoke so I slept longer, then took a walk at night. Listened to my body and felt great! <BR> W: AM: Ashtanga mix. PM: run 6-7 miles <BR> Th: AM: strength + meditation PM: flow + yin yoga <BR> F: AM: Ashtanga 2nd series. PM: hill work <BR> Sa: AM: Ashtanga primary. PM: walking + hiking Tue, 4 Jun 2013 09:49:11 EST SparkPeople's First E-Book: The No-Stress, No-Guilt Approach to Meatless Meals <img src=""> <BR> In 2010, I adopted an all-plant diet accidentally, unintentionally and without fanfare--all the while claiming that I could never be a vegan. My excuses varied depending on the situation: it would be too costly, I loved cheese too much, I couldn't imagine interrogating every server at every restaurant for the rest of my life. I admit: I was wrong about veganism. Today, I remain happily, healthfully vegan.<br /> <BR> <br ... Mon, 27 Feb 2012 10:06:09 EST Find my blogs at! In case you haven't heard, SparkPeople has launched a brand new blog-style website called <a href="" target="_blank"><b></b></a> . Instead of adding new blog entries here on my SparkPage, I'll be blogging there from now on, along with our other Coaches and experts! <BR> <BR> To learn more about what the dailySpark is all about, <a href=>check out this article</a> for a full explanati... Thu, 21 Aug 2008 13:48:20 EST Bodybuilders Everywhere are Celebrating! Whey protein shows promise in treating prostate cancer. Let's toast, with a whey-protein smoothie. Mmm. <BR> <BR> In all seriousness, this blurb from Men's Health is rather interesting. <BR> <BR> "Not since lycopene landed in our lives has there been a more promising prostate-cancer-fighting nutrient than whey protein. In a recent Ohio State University study, researchers treated human prostate cells with whey protein and then measured the cells' levels of a natural cancer-blocking compound... Thu, 31 Jul 2008 15:19:16 EST 51 miles?! Yes, that's right. The woman who couldn't even ride a bike three months ago this weekend rode 51 miles with her boyfriend and friend. I have the sore tailbone to prove it. <BR> <BR> I was dirty, smelly, and exhausted, but you know what? It was completely worth it. I felt great afterwards, so accomplished. <BR> We rode from a tiny little town called Milford to just north of another little town called Morrow, about 25 miles away, then rode back. On the way back, we got stuck in a storm so we... Mon, 28 Jul 2008 12:05:32 EST Cookie, Cookie, Cookie Starts with Stephen Colbert confronted Cookie Monster on "The Colbert Report" last month--he hilariously accuses Cookie Monster of being unpatriotic for not incessantly binging on cookies. <BR> <BR> "I will not eat fruit unless it's in Loop or Pebbles form," says Colbert. lol :) <BR> <BR> "Me have crazy times in 70s and 80s. Me like the Robert Downey Jr. of cookies," says Cookie Monster. <BR> <BR> The news peg was a story that fruit has surpassed cookies as kids' No. 1 snack. (Yay!) <BR> <BR> The... Fri, 25 Jul 2008 10:00:48 EST 32 miles! Two weekends ago, Bri, Fred and I hit the bike trail for my first trail ride. <BR> <BR> I started out a bit apprehensive. There were so many bikers around me, and I frequently braked and pulled off the trail. I got nervous when bikers passed me or approached me from the other direction. What if I hit one? And passing walkers and runners? Forget about it! The first time I tried, I suddenly slammed on my brakes and almost wrecked. (No one was hurt.) <BR> <BR> After a few miles, I started to... Wed, 16 Jul 2008 13:44:36 EST My First Bike Trip! My friend Bri is an inspiration to me. She ran her first marathon two years ago with Team in Training, which benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. She's since run three half-marathons and other road races, and last week she did her first duathlon, in Nashville. She rides her bike to work most days, and she's going to hike the Inca Trail in October. <BR> Bri is one of the two friends who volunteered to help me learn to ride a bike. She loaned me her mountain bike that first day, and she... Wed, 25 Jun 2008 10:29:41 EST Want to Live Longer? Me, Too! Ever wonder why some people live longer? <BR> <BR> So did researcher Dan Buettner, whose recent book is "The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who've Lived the Longest." With help from National Geographic and the National Institute on Aging, Buettner found four areas of the world where people reach age 100 at higher-than-normal rates and live longer. <BR> <BR> We can stop blaming our family for our life span. As it turns out, life expectancy is only 6 percent based on ... Mon, 23 Jun 2008 17:14:25 EST Big Brother is watching your waistline Last year, I read the book "Japanese Women Don't Get Old or Fat," which touted how healthy the Japanese diet and lifestyle is. Compared with 34 percent of American women, just 3 percent of Japanese women had a body mass index of 30 or higher in 2005. (A BMI of 30 is the bottom of the "obesity" category.) <BR> <BR> <BR> The Japanese, with a diet rich in vegetables, seafood and rice, are infinitely healthier... and their government wants to keep them that way. <BR> <BR> <BR> "Under a nat... Mon, 16 Jun 2008 12:27:26 EST Trying to Eat Less Meat? Here's Help Long ago, meat lost its starring role in my diet. Like many aspects of my life, my diet was profoundly influenced by the year I spent teaching English in South Korea. <BR> <BR> There, meat could be found in almost every dish, but it wasn't a dominating ingredient. A sprinkling of pork flavored the spicy kimchi stew, some dried fish added depth to broths, and a lone clam sank to the bottom of the tofu soup I ate almost every day for lunch. <BR> <BR> <BR> Koreans love meat (just not Americ... Wed, 11 Jun 2008 12:10:35 EST It's never too late! Riding a bike is a rite of passage. When you're still a little tyke, Mom and Dad surprise you with a shiny new two-wheeler for your birthday, plus a helmet (and maybe knee/elbow pads if you're as clumsy as I am). <BR> <BR> You're so excited! It's just what you wanted! Now you can ride with all the other kids in your neighborhood instead of watching them longingly from your tricycle. <BR> <BR> With training wheels, biking is easy. You're not afraid to fall, so you ride faster and faster. Y... Fri, 30 May 2008 12:27:13 EST The Snozzberries Taste Just Like Snozzberries... Imagine if you could make all the foods you dislike suddenly taste like something you actually like to eat. Or that you could get vegetables to be as appealing as chocolate cake. (Actually, depending on the vegetable, I might choose veggies over chocolate cake!) <BR> In New York, there's a new trend that warps the tongue: Flavor-tripping parties. Not to worry -- there are no psychodelic drugs involved, just a berry called the "miracle fruit" for its ability to rewire the taste buds for 30 min... Thu, 29 May 2008 13:10:23 EST Restaurants and calorie counts Did anyone else read <a href= > this article</a> ? Five restaurants in Manhattan have been cited for not posting calorie counts next to prices. <BR> I like the idea of disclosure and awareness on behalf of the consumer. <BR> But do you think that calorie counts mandatory help keep a society slim? <BR> In France, the nutritional content is listed on your fast food box, cup or wrapper. (After one too many g... Wed, 7 May 2008 12:46:27 EST Social eating I'm a bit of a social butterfly. <BR> In my former job, as a newspaper reporter, it was my responsibility to know what was going on in my city. And because I covered business and restaurants, I frequently went out for dinner or happy hour, in addition to my after-work social/volunteer events. Inevitably, there were cocktails flowing and high-calorie hors d'oeuvres circulating. <BR> Last night was my first such meeting since starting here at SparkPeople. I baked vegan carrot cake and oatmeal... Thu, 1 May 2008 15:10:27 EST What's for dinner: Korean stone pot meals Korean food is my favorite comfort food. Luckily it's pretty healthy! <BR> I moved this weekend, and my Korean stone pots have come out of hibernation. I'm excited to put them to use tonight. <BR> I heat them on the stove (being careful not to touch them without using a pot holder) and heat them until sizzling. I add tofu, kimchi, various vegetables and a bit of cooked brown rice. When everything is almost ready, I add an egg and some hot pepper paste. Bibimbap (mixed rice) is ready! The st... Mon, 28 Apr 2008 17:03:10 EST What's for dinner? I love food. Wait, let me edit that: I love healthful, vegetarian food. <BR> And I love to cook. No matter how exhausted I am, no matter how sick, how stressed, how busy, I cook dinner 95% of the time. I'm much more likely to skip a workout than skip making a nutritious meal. (That's not exactly a great habit, but hey, nobody's perfect!) <BR> I'm starting a new blog entry series: What's for dinner? <BR> I'll post about what I'm making (or what I've made for dinner), and I'll link to the rec... Thu, 24 Apr 2008 09:49:46 EST Hi, SparkPeople! Hello, SparkPeople! I'm Stepfanie, the newest editor and writer at SparkPeople. I'm really excited to be here. I'll be primarily working on SparkRecipes (I love to cook) and BabyFit, but you'll be seeing me on all our sites soon enough! <BR> I had a wonderful first day here at SparkPeople, and I can't wait to get started. I'm a foodie and a vegetarian who loves to cook and explore farmers markets. I've got so many great recipes and ideas for food features that will be sure to whet your appet... Mon, 14 Apr 2008 17:28:47 EST