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A Fishy Revelation

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My sister’s fish just had babies. As I write this there are perhaps a dozen teeny little guppies the size of rice grains bobbing to and fro among the plastic lotus flowers and fake rocks in the fish tank. My sister and I squealed with delight when we saw this. We crowded around the tank like children and stared in awe at these tiny little fish babies.
The problem we encountered last time “Aphrodite” gave birth was that she and pappa “Hermes” started to eat their babies! I looked on a guppy forum and this is actually completely normal behavior for some reason or another. So we swooped to the rescue and transplanted the babies into a flower vase that we put into the tank so that they can still be in the tank with maternity ward type situation until they are big enough not to get eaten by mom/dad.
We spent at least 30 minutes carefully scooping up each of the fry, taking care not to hurt them or make the transition all the more traumatic.
The reason I’m blabbing on about these guppies (which aren’t even mine) is because I had something of a mini revelation. After my sister had gone to a friends house, I came in the room and noticed that several of the guppies didn’t make it into the vase. I was pretty worried that they would get eaten, so I carefully scooped them out making sure that I wasn’t hurting them and that their time out of the water would be minimal. Instead of just plopping them in, I submersed the net so they could swim out themselves. While sitting on the floor staring up at the stupid tank with a picture of the golden gate bridge as the backdrop I realized how incredibly ironic this whole situation was.
Here I was so concerned over these guppies as if they were my own children, yet I didn’t bat an eyelash at the salmon salad I had for lunch yesterday. I’ve heard enough “bad” things about the food industry to make me never want to eat meat again, or any other type of food actually (from bleached soaked baby carrots to cinnamon with ground wood chips it’s a terrifying world we live in folks) but the truth is meat is delicious. I’ve been down the vegetarian route and I’m not going to deny that I always come back, tail between the legs, if only for a juicy grass fed cheese burger… with avocado. So I won’t ever scoff at anyone who does eat meat (because I am one of you… if only on the inside)

The truth is I just can’t justify eating that hamburger when I feel this feeling in the pit of my stomach… past the rumbling hunger pains… that it’s just not in my own nature to eat animals.

I just hate the whole mantra surrounding vegetarianism.

I’m going to go watch Finding Nemo now in celebration of the fish babies… and maybe in the hopes of convincing myself that these little guppies are more than just complete spazoids who swim into the tank walls all day. It’s not their fault, I would probably do that too if I were stuck inside of a tank. Fish tanks depress me a little bit… And animal enclosures in general.

On that cheery note ❤

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“Fish are friends not food!”

What To Eat When You’re Broke

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This is a great article that helps navigate the maze that is grocery shopping. It breaks down a lot of terminology you might see on labels (organic, cage free, all natural) and tells you what you can afford to skip out on if you are shopping on a budget. I would check it out, it might spare you a migraine the next time you’re at the grocery store.

What To Eat When You’re Broke {eatlocalgrown.com}

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Organic Ice Cream

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I just got the offer this morning to work at an amazing organic ice cream shop that I have been infatuated with since I first visited the bay area last year. Tara’s Organic Ice Cream offers flavors that you would never expect an ice cream shop to have. For example, a few of the flavors on their menu this week include Lemongrass, Rooibos Tea, Rosemary Pear, Sage, Lavender, and Epazote. They not only offer an array of different flavors from around the world, but the ice cream is actually downright delicious. All the ingredients are organic and it is a certified green business. I just can’t believe my first job will allow me to work in a place that I am really interested in and that makes sustainability a priority. I’ll keep you posted on how it goes. Hopefully I will be inspired to cook up a few sweet concoctions of my own 😉

Check out this sweet shop. Here is a link to the website: http://www.tarasorganic.com/

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5 More Reasons to Avoid Sugar (From a Beauty Perspective)

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The more I hear about the white stuff, the more I think that it should be eliminated from the diet completely, or at least consumed in infinitesimal portions.
I never realized how toxic sugar is because I grew up eating it. Cookies, candy, chocolate bars, cakes, cinnamon rolls, and all of the other devilish Cs made regular appearances in the kitchen. The sugary sweet stuff tainted my taste buds. One of my earliest memories is of sitting on the counter while my mom was baking cookies and sticking my hand in the sugar bag then licking it clean. Sugar made everything taste better. A spoonful helps the medicine go down right?
The reason I was able to so readily believe this is because I am young, and I can eat all of the sugary doughnuts my heart desires and not see the effects just yet. But the more I read about sugar, the more I realize just how destructive it can be.

The Breakdown:
There are several types of sweeteners
♦Cane Sugar
♦Raw Sugar
♦White Sugar
♦Brown Sugar
♦Honey
♦High Fructose Corn Syrup
♦Agave

There is much debate about which is the “better” sugar to eat. Super refined sugars have tons of chemicals added to them and are stripped of all nutrients, so in my opinion it is probably not better, but certainly less harmful to stick to natural (aka unrefined) sweeteners such as honey and maple syrup. Keep in mind that any type of sugar will cause a spike in insulin levels. My rant today is mainly about processed sugar.

There are a seemingly infinite amount of reasons to avoid sugar that range from diabetes to its addictive drug like qualities. In a nutshell, sugar enters the body void of any nutritious value whatsoever and extracts nutrients in order to make up for it’s deficiencies. So it not only brings nothing to the table, it also takes away valuable nutrients that the body needs. Think of annoying Uncle Ernie who shows up at thanksgiving, eats half the food, makes everyone uncomfortable with some pervy jokes, then passes out on the couch in a turkey coma. That’s sugar.

It’s not easy to avoid the stuff though. Some of my favorite foods have sugar as the first or second ingredient. Creme Brulee? Frappuccinos? Even Kombucha. And I can usually rationalize it by telling myself “Okay this one cookie isn’t going to give me diabetes” which in retrospect is true, but using that rationalization is dangerous when sugar is lurking at every meal. I find it helpful to remember that I love my body and I don’t want to undo all of the goodness I put into it, both inside and out. So here are five more reasons you might want to remember the next time that cookie is staring you down.

1. Aging- There is a slew of sciencey stuff that can explain why it is that sugar is linked to aging. I won’t break it down on the molecular level but I can tell you that I have experienced this first hand.  One morning after a “sugar hangover” I looked in the mirror and literally jumped back. For a split second it looked as if I had aged twenty years! Upon closer inspection I realized that I had just imagined it, but my skin definitely lacked it’s normal glow, and took on a dullish grey tinge. It was not flattering. Even my eyes weren’t as clear as they usually were. I knew sugar was the culprit.

2. Acne- Another direct correlation that I have experienced first hand. During my first year of college I was eating absolute crap. I hated the food in the dining commons and I was too lazy to hoof it on the bus to go buy groceries so I pretty much lived off of reeses pb cups and gummy worms from the vending machine. ACK! My skin was constantly breaking out from all of the sugar. Again sugar makes it impossible to have a clear complexion

3. Weight Gain– This one is given. The idea of carbs making you fat or fat making you fat are both debatable ideas. Overconsumption of sugar leads to weight gain. No ifs, ands, or buts about it. At the end of the day sugar is just empty calories and those empty calories have to get stored somewhere.

4. Teeth- Have you ever sucked on a lollipop or drank a soda and felt a film of sticky grainy stuff on your teeth? That’s sugar breaking the enamel down and creating a breeding ground for harmful bacteria and plaque to build up. Hello yellow teeth and cavities. Your teeth are awesome at masticating food for you. Give them a little love! Brush, floss, and remember that they don’t appreciate sugar.

5. Vitality- That ever elusive word. I think that vitality is someone’s overall well being. It is that luster that makes them glow, that sparkle in their eye. Vitality is in a person’s smile, the way their hair shines, the overall energy they put out. Sugar will put a serious damper on all of the above.

I will leave you with this thought. All things in moderation, but just be conscious of how certain things will affect your body. Ask yourself: Is this really what I want? The answer might surprise you.

Simple and Delicious Breakfast

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Last night I finally got around to putting together a chia seed breakfast pudding and it came out amazing! It was the perfect post workout meal this morning and it was so simple. All I did was combine 2 tbs chia seeds with 8 tbs of unsweetened coconut milk (SoDelicious is my fav brand) along with a mashed banana and a splash of vanilla and let it sit overnight. The chia seeds soak up the liquid and turn into giant gelatinous tapioca-like squishies. This morning after I did my 30 min of cardio I got to enjoy this tasty meal which I topped with dried fruit (apricots, dates, pears, and cranberries) and some almonds, peanuts, walnuts, sunflower seeds, and chocolate chips. This is definitely my new favorite breakfast… yummmm!

Homemade Pesto Pasta

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Today I got up and did 30 minutes of yoga on my porch. Afterwards I went to the Pahoa farmers market with my brother. I’ve never been to this market so I was really surprised at how busy it was. I snagged some fresh basil, garlic, tomatoes, mushrooms, and goat cheese. I got some inspiration from the basil and whipped up some pesto with my handy dandy mini food processor. It was amazing. The only thing I didn’t have was pine nuts, so I improvised by toasting some almond silvers. It was surprisingly easy, all I did was grind up the almonds, throw in the whole bunch of basil, and about a cup of olive oil. Then I added an asiago parmesan cheese blend and three cloves of garlic. Voila! Pesto. Then I boiled up some mini bow tie pastas and mixed it all together.

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Don’t grab the wheel, readjust the car.

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I came across a really interesting video by one of my favorite youtubers Elliott Hulse. This guy is just a boss at life, and I would suggest listening to a few of his rants, he is definitely on the next level. He answered a question from this guy who lost 20 pounds then gained it back, then lost it again, and is starting to gain it back, and he basically wanted to know why he keeps sabotaging himself. 

An interesting question. I’m sure many people experience this, you get fed up with the way things are whether it’s your diet, or fitness, or maybe living life how you want to, so you change and totally turn things around. Maybe you start eating really healthy or start going to the gym every day. But eventually you start reverting back to your old ways of eating potato chips on the couch, or waking up from a sugar coma, wondering how all these chocolate bar wrappers ended up in your bed. When was the last time you went to the gym? Oh right two weeks ago. That yoga class you promised you go to was just a little too early for your sleep schedule, and it’s Sunday anyway, your day to veg out in front of the tv and procrastinate on homework for tomorrow.

Then one day you wake up and see that things need to change, and on goes the vicious cycle.

Elliott compared this cycle to driving a car. 

Imagine your just driving along, chillin with your arm hangin out the window, but your car has this problem. It tends to swerve off to the side of the road every time you ease up on the wheel. You just want to coast, but every time you loosen your grip, your car starts to drift off the road. It’s really bugging you and giving you a lot of tension trying to keep this wheel straight, but if you don’t you’ll most likely swerve off the road and hit a tree… ouch.

Well if your car’s got something wrong with it, it’s not the steering wheel, your tires need to be readjusted. See where I’m going with this?

It’s like life. When you see that you’re headed in the wrong direction you grab the steering wheel, take control head on. But constantly being on a diet or forcing yourself to hit the gym even though it’s not the thing you want to do tends to be an annoyance, like having to grip that steering wheel. But by readjusting the car, you can easily coast while still staying on the right road.

Readjusting is the hard part, but it pays off in the long run. And I’m starting to realize why meditation and yoga are so important. It all starts with a healthy mind before anything, and a healthy everything else will follow. Taking that 20 or 30 minutes out of my day to just sit in silence and clear my mind really helps me to not be bogged down by stupid things that just sap my energy. With that I am able to have a clear mind that reminds me to keep drinking water and to put down that chocolate bar! Even as I am writing this my mind is setting off a little ringer telling me to go to bed so I can have a restful 8 hours of sleep and hop out of bed at 6 am tomorrow to start another great day.

life is great 🙂

So I hope you enjoyed my little rant and hopefully you see that sometimes it’s not about how tight you grip the wheel, but how well you can adjust the car 🙂

If It’s Not Honey… What Is It?!

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Ughh I am so disgusted with food at the moment, everywhere I turn I am fighting tooth and nail just to make sure that what I am eating is real food and not this artificial crap they try to pawn off on us. When I was up in Oregon with my boyfriend and his family over christmas, they had a big jar of this amazing wild organic honey that they got from the farmers market. I was addicted, and drizzled it on my oatmeal, put a spoonful in my tea, and spread it on my toast every day. The bottle I bought from the grocery store last week definitely did not taste anywhere close to that honey I had in Oregon. So I did my research and surprise it’s not actual honey.

75% of the honey in grocery stores and 100% of drug stores honey is “devoid of this telltale evidence of its origins, and therefore does not qualify as honey by the FDA’s own standard.” No bee pollen= no honey.

“It’s no secret to anyone in the business that the only reason all the pollen is filtered out is to hide where it initially came from and the fact is that in almost all cases, that is China. Not only is low cost Chinese honey forcing many American bee-keepers out of business, but the unregulated liquid is often heavily adulterated with high fructose corn syrup and other sweeteners, as well as being tainted with chloramphenicol, heavy-metal toxins and a witches brew of agro-chemicals, including some illegal animal antibiotics, which are fatal to a small percentage of the population.”

You can read more here. Or simply google “Is store bought honey real”

UGH!!! So not only is this not real honey I’m eating, it is also laced with corn syrup, chemicals, toxins, and antibiotics??
WHY???!!!


So just a rule of thumb, if it’s in the bear jar, it’s probably not real honey.

I dropped 13$ on a jar today. Raw, organic, the good stuff. Best decision EVER. I can now sleep with peace of mind that my honey won’t be tainted. Now to tackle all that other crap they mislabel as “food.”

Hello Lovelies

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Happy March xx

I’m feeling exceptionally british today

Maybe it’s because the British boy in my Lit class just gave a presentation and I can’t get his accent out of my head

I also spilled some porridge on my hand this morning
It was quite hot really.

On another note I’m writing this post to ask you to please please please vote for me on The Big Blog Exchange to get a chance to win this nifty contest where I would get to exchange places with a blogger somewhere in the world.
It sounds quite nifty really

And on a final note, I had some carrot cake cheese cake just now. It was heavenly until about the third bite when I felt like I was going to sink right through my bed.