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I really love sauce.

At different points in my life, sauce love has been a downfall. For example, circa 2007-2008 when I was on the hunt for the perfect Alfredo sauce. And then started making it. You know I love me some butter. But if you put a truck load of butter and cream on white pasta, inevitably, you’ll become a truck load of butter. It’s just the way it is.

Anyway, I’ve recently discovered what a reduction of balsamic vinegar is. I’m not sure why no one told me about this. Except that  now, I’m reducing bottles of vinegar daily. And loving it.

Over fresh tomato chunks… Delightful!

Over LaLoo’s Snowflake goat’s milk ice cream?

O M G.

So, that’s one sauce I’m loving these days.

The other is a sauce I’ve loved for over a decade. It’s one of the signature sauces from Angelica Kitchen in NYC, and I would probably eat a paper bag if you dipped it in this stuff. While the actual sauce in the restaurant is the best ever, this recipe does come close, and is simply delicious on steamed veggies, buckwheat noodles, brown rice… Anything really.

SOBA SENSATION SAUCE

I’m linking you to Martha Stewart’s page, because she took the sauce recipe from the actual Angelica Kitchen cookbook. You know how I am with recipes, which is probably why my version never tastes the same twice AND isn’t exactly as it is in the restaurant…

You’ll notice that the proportions of rice vinegar, sweetener, tamari are equal. I used maple syrup in place of brown sugar and just adjusted the amount of water needed. I omitted garlic, as I’m not a huge fan of raw garlic. I did put the fresh ginger and that was delicious.

Good stuff!

Well, my friends, it is Friday. In exactly 7 days, I will leaving my only son and traveling across the country to drink wine, eat, and sleep in peace. I’m already having mini panic attacks. I know he will be fine. I know that. But suddenly the thought of being away from him for more than a few hours is extremely overwhelming! So I’m really excited + really freaked out.

Ladies with kids – how was it your first time leaving your little one? Did you freak out?

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Happy Friday you guys! My cranky boy has decided to pass out take his nap early this morning, so I thought I’d take a moment to share with you three things I’ve been doing each night to help center and ground me, navigate the day to come, and to make sure I’m being deliberate in my actions. I use a journal for this.

  1. I write down the best thing I did that day. It could be as simple as drinking my green juice. Or perhaps not throttling the cat when he decided to wake up a sleeping baby.
  2. Make a quick list of the top things that need to be done tomorrow. For example, on my list today I need to vacuum and clean bathrooms.
  3. Write down one thing I’m not proud of doing today, and lay down a couple of sentences if I’m in the mood as to why it happened or how I can change it.

I’ve found that this practice brings the important things that have happened during my day back into focus. If I’m being crabby or mean, taking a moment at the end of the day to think of the best part of my day usually un-funks me and makes me realize that it’s probably not so bad after all.

Do you do something similar to this?

Yesterday I had some pretty epic eats.

This lover:

spiraled zucchini and carrots on baby spinach

I made a dressing with a cashew cream base and some kelp granules, but it wasn’t perfect, so until I get it just right, I won’t put the recipe here. But it’s coming! Spiraling your veggies is a fun way to eat them.

Unfortunately, the best thing I ate yesterday was unpictured, because I made it as I was rushing out the door. It was just a smoothie, but WOW. I’ll make another one this afternoon and be sure to share. But here’s the recipe:

Blueberry Lemon Dream 

  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • enough Almond milk (or milk of choice) to cover blueberries 1/4 inch or so
  • a little sweetener (I used raw honey)
  • 1 tsp grated lemon zest

Blend it all up. Add a little ice if you want. Adjust the milk. But OMG. How delicious is it? With that lemon? And the color of it? AHHH.

Well, I’m off to make some coffee now. It’s one of those days. Thankfully, I forced myself to drink one of these babies first:

Coffee is very acidic, so if you must do it, it’s definitely better to have your alkalizing green juice first, wait about an hour to soak up all of those lively nutrients, and then pour the acid into your belly. But gosh, that acid tastes so good. 🙂

Have a wonderful Friday!


Happy Saturday! We’re up bright and early over here, as per usual. Eli doesn’t understand about Saturdays yet, but I’m incorporating stories about “Sleep in Saturdays” and “Lazy Sundays” into our bedtime chats. Keep ya posted.

Back in the day, the idea of getting pregnant, huge, and then having to get back into shape seemed like reason enough to leave the baby-making to others. After all, haven’t I been trying to lose the same 10 lbs since ever? I truly felt that after a baby, I’d fall off the wagon completely, get trampled by it, and start shopping at Short and Stout.

But then, hormones, biology, and being married to a super handsome and great guy made me want a little collaborative effort, and I decided to relax. I cannot remember if I addressed this at all on here, but one of the reasons I dropped off blogging in 2010 was because we did get pregnant and lost the baby soon after moving into our new place in Maryland. At the time, I wasn’t prepared to chat about it, but looking at it now, in hindsight, I don’t mind talking about it because it’s something that a lot of women go through, and very few talk about. But that’s for another post.

This one is about bodies and weight.

So, as a result of that, bad hormones, and good old-fashioned comfort eating, I managed to tack on an additional 18 lbs in a short period of time – and it wasn’t water weight either. It was incredibly awful and yet at the same time, I was much easier on myself than I’d ever been. There was  part of me that wanted to wait to try again until I had lost those pounds, but I realized that could be a long time, and so…

I got full on pregnant already 18 lbs deep.

By my last weigh-in, 20 hrs or so before Eli was born, I was a solid 58 lbs heavier than I was on my wedding day.

Now, a good 20 – 25 lbs of that went away in the first week, and my weight was absolutely the last thing on my mind in the first few months of being a new mommy. Now it’s been 6.5 months, and I’m hovering at 9-10 lbs over my wedding weight – which may be where I have to stay until I’m done breastfeeding. I’m not entirely sure, but I’ve heard that can happen. It’s more important for me to feed Eli than to zip up a pair of jeans right now.

My pregnancy diet was pretty atrocious. Next time around things are going to be QUITE different. I was fortunate that I didn’t encounter any complications other than hugeness, and didn’t have any blood sugar issues. I indulged a lot of cravings. Like “Find the best french fry day” and “cover it all in cheese day” and dessert became a mandatory addition to any meal. I was also careful to eat as much good stuff as I could (though I never craved a single vegetable those entire 9 months…) and took my vitamins. Baby turned out just fine:

But your body after a baby is just different. Things get moved around, your tummy hangs, and it’s just not the sexiest thing ever. But I have to tell you something that really surprised me about the whole experience: I respect my body. SO much more than I ever have. When I look in the mirror now, I can’t help but feel a little awesome knowing that this carried and grew a healthy and gorgeous baby for 9 months, and then welcomed him into the world. And is currently providing the nourishment he needs to have those freaking adorable fat little thighs. It’s awesome. So I’m cutting my body a little slack for being less bouncy and streak free. It is OK.

However, I have made some dietary changes in the past three months that have contributed to an additional 18-19 lb weight loss, in conjunction with physical movement and bring GREEN JUICE back into my life:

  • No sugar. This was both tough and simple at the same time. I discovered through process of elimination that sugar gives me awful acne. All through pregnancy my skin was great, but as soon as those hormones wore off, my skin just freaked out again. Cutting out sugar has drastically reduced the amount of breakouts. At this time I’m not even using Agave because I’m not sure if it will cause a reaction and am not in the mood to experiment. I’m straight up Stevia. It’s OK.
  • No refined carbs. That might be obvious, being that sugar gives me acne and refined carbs ARE sugar. White bread, white pasta = pimple palooza. It hasn’t been a huge deal.

Things I was happy to welcome BACK into my life, however:

VINO!

And plenty of dark chocolate. These things do not give me acne and don’t seem to affect my weight either, when not abused too much. This makes up for the bread and pasta.

I’m also making sure to get out with Eli and do plenty of this, usually 2 times a day:

He loves it. 🙂

Cutting out sugar and refined carbs has not affected my milk supply at all, but I did wait until it was well established to start messing around with anything dietary.

So that’s where we are now. I hope you all have an awesome weekend, and I’ll be back soon with a post on GREEN JUICE. 🙂

 

Yay!


What? It’s only been a year and a half.

So what’s new with me, you ask?

Well, if it doesn’t start with Fit and end with Flop, I’m probably not putting my feet into it.

I put together all of my outfits around nursing tanks.

Glamour Mom Nursing Tank

HOT.

And my makeup routine starts and ends with nice wet smooches all over my face from this one here:

I’m a mommy! HA!

I fully intended to chronicle my pregnancy journey on here, but you’ll just have to catch me the second time around because Prego Sarah was far too busy eating everything in the world so as to gain as much weight as humanly possible. And napping. Lots of napping.

My little Elias is now 6.5 months old, and I am finally getting back in the swing of things. Motherhood is insanity and awesomeness all wrapped up in a 20 lbs and growing package and I’m really loving it. Well, at least now that he’s sleeping a little. You probably didn’t want to ask me a couple months ago.

I’ve got lots of exciting things gearing up for the Summer, and I’m so glad to be back on the blogosphere as well. Look for plenty of nutrition and fitness posts, as well as a healthy dose of TMI Mommy stuff. At least I’m warning you in advance.

See ya soon with a post on what I’m eating these days (or rather, what I’m not eating…)