Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Want to eat like a Nutritionist?!

One thing you may not know about me is that have my B.S. in Nutrition. No, B.S. does not stand for bullshit ;) I have created a lifestyle of healthy choices and i works for me. I am often asked what I eat on a day to day basis or what buy at the grocery store. I have a friend, Tia, who called me one day and wanted to know what she should buy at the grocery store. She's so cute. :) The truth is, you have to find what works for you. I found joy in finding foods that I didn't know existed and experimenting with recipes. I still try to mix n match my foods. I'm also a vegetarian. I go back and forth being vegan, but I feel that's not fair for the true Vegans out there. So, although I'm not eating milk, cheese, and eggs all the time-- I still won't call myself a Vegan until I'm completely off of these items.
I figured I would start talking about food more since it is such an important aspect of all of our lives. So...here are a few rules that I live by:

1. Drink mostly water. And lots of it. It took a while for me to stop ordering a Dr. Pepper, or Diet drink when eating out or at the store, but trust me...its WAY better for you and you will feel and look better. You will also stay in shape or lose weight faster.

2. Don't eat meat. Yep. You heard me. No meat. Not only is it unhealthy (not including fish here although i don't eat fish either) but many animals are treated inhumanely in the slaughter process. You'll feel better and feel like a better person for giving this up.

3. Give up refined flour and sugars. White bread, cookies, cakes....gone. Now, I'm not saying don't ever eat them. But they should not be part of your day to day eating routine. Juice is in this category for me. Juices are high in calories and spike your blood sugar! http://womenshealth.about.com/od/fitnessandhealth/a/detoxdiet.htm

4. Pair protein with complex carbohydrates. This is a blood sugar issue. When you eat sugars it spikes your blood sugar and can leave you feeling a low when it comes back down. But, if you eat a complex carbohydrate (whole wheats and grains) with a protein you can avoid this and feel full longer. Complex carbs don't spike the blood as high and protein will act in bringing the blood sugar back to normal.

5. Small Portions people!!!!

6. Don't use butter Don't even buy it unless absolutely necessary i.e. Thanksgiving. I'm serious people...don't eat it. Cook with olive oil.

7. Vitamins: Co-Q 10, B-complex, Vitamin C, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Fish Oils or flax seed for your Omega3 and Omega6. Yep. these are all necessary and oh so awesome. Of course, your good ol' one a day will suffice for some of these such as the vitamin b and c.

8. Do things that make you happy. Live outside of the box! Paint a picture...dance in your room with nobody watching...act crazy! LOVE YOURSELF!

There are many other things that may be necessary in order to stay healthy, but these are some rules that I try to live by and have made me healthier and happier. :)

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Thoughts on President Barack Obama and Prop 8

It's going to be hard for me to explain how I am feeling today. The election is over...finally over...and Barack Obama is our next President. It feels like a dream..but -its real! I just looked through pictures on the Huffington Post website of people all over the world celebrating and crying tears of happiness over this victory. I've felt a sense of nervousness throughout the nation while Bush has been in office. And it seems now..that all this bad energy is being flushed away as a whole and now we can finally cry our tears of overwhelming joy for change. Obama reminds me a lot of Martin Luther King Jr....and I can only imagine what many African Americans around America are feeling about his win. Especially the older generation -- the people who have had to go through so much racial adversity in their lifetime...to see equality at its finest!!! It brings such outright JOY to my heart to see a Obama in office. He's poised, intelligent, passionate, and empathetic and most importantly...I believe him. I do think that one of the most important things we are to do as a race...a HUMAN race is to accept others regardless of beliefs, skin color, religion,or SEXUAL PREFERENCE---which brings me to my next topic. PROP 8.
It was truly a bittersweet night last night---finding out Obama won was fantastic....but as I watched the results slowly trickle in for Prop 8-- my heart dropped. How could this happen? How can we STILL be discriminating against others--HOW?!!!! This is 2008! Look at our past...look at EVERYTHING this country and our people have been through...its time. It's time to get over our differences and be compassionate. I have cried twice today about this because its just plain wrong! There are many different types of people on this planet. Nobody is better than anyone else. We are all composed of the same substance and we are all capable of greatness in our own way....but most of all--we are all capable of LOVE. Marriage is about LOVE. Not about a church. Marriage is a legal way (and for some religious)-- of showing your commitment. I know many people argue that in the Bible it says man and woman blah blah...okay...well, there are limits on religion you know? I mean there has to be! For this very reason...the law has to step in and put a cap on things that just don't seem right. The Bible also says eye for an eye--- but you cant just go and hurt someone without legal consequences. This is why the govt shld step in and re-evaluate what has happened here. Many voters have decided based on fear tactics and religion.....Now---how is separation of church and state still in the works if people are voting based on a religious belief? HOW? its not fair and something needs to be done about it. People do not CHOOSE to be gay...they just are. Bottom line. I don't understand how there is still questioning of this. If you don't understand something-- don't judge...go out and educate yourself. Ask a gay person! They will all tell you that it is not a choice. I also saw that the majority of people who voted yes on 8 were African American women and Hispanic men. Now, I also don't understand how....the people who voted for this and have been dicriminated against in the past can look themselves in the mirror knowing that they are continuing the circle of hate. Now--just MY opinion which I am entitled to...but it just doesn't seem right. Prop 8 takes away basic rights for a specific group of human beings in America and please.....let's do whatever we can to restore these basic rights to our fellow friends, family, and neighbors.

With all my love,

Monday, November 3, 2008

David to the Rescue

Last week I got a flat tire after leaving an audition for a show called Zeke and Luther. I only got about 3 blocks before hearing 'thump-thump, thump-thump' --
I do know what has to be done to change a flat, but I'm just not strong enough! I can't ever get the lugnuts off! I didn't have triple A yet so I called and purchased it but still had to wait 45 minutes for someone to arrive. The only person to stop and ask if I needed help was a guy named David De Luise.

He currently stars on the show, Wizards of Waverly Place, but he's also done numerous other shows and projects throughout his career. THANK YOU DAVID!!!!!!! He was able to get the jack working on the car, but we needed a special instrument to get the caps off of the lugnuts. So, he actually didn't end up changing the tire...but he put a wholelotta effort into helping me out...and I greatly appreciate it! Only in Hollywood, eh?


Saturday, November 1, 2008

Vegan Goodies

I just made the most badass Vegan Pumpkin Pie!


This Halloween was a last minute decision on everything. I was finishing my costume as I was walking out the door at 10pm to meet my girlfriends. For the past three years I have made my costume so I felt it only appropriate that i make my costume this year as well to keep the tradition going. Michael's had a 70% off sale on all their fake fall leaves and vines so I bought a crapload and got to work.

I think it turned out so cute! What do you think???

Can you guess what I am...I even had a birds nest in my hair!

First we had dinner and drinks at Islands....in our costumes...hehe

Then we went to a party at a friends house in Van Nuys...