Tag Archives: Life

It’s a Journey…

3 Jan

2010 was a monumental year. I graduated from college with Business and Spanish degrees, had major and completely unexpected surgery (anyone else missing a gallbladder?), and moved to New York City…all in a few short months. To say I grew as a person in this past year is an understatement. My priorities changed as did my mailing address and the comforts of all things familiar suddenly felt far far away.

Anyone who knows me well knows that I’m a planner who clings to lists and routines to dictate my life. Though I do still believe the saying “if you fail to plan you plan to fail” applies to some circumstances, I’ve realized that it definitely doesn’t need to rule my life. Half the fun in life is the unexpected. The people you meet, the spontaneous activities, and the new adventures that unfold when your path changes course are usually the ones that end up being your greatest rewards.

One of my favorite 2010 memories was meeting Sharontina and wandering around Lincoln Center during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.

 

This is an exciting and difficult and thrilling and sometimes heart-wrenching but always worthwhile journey, not a destination. 2011 is a year where I’m going to make a conscious effort to live in the moment more and better myself each and every day.

What do you hope the New Year has in store for you? Did you make any resolutions?

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Striking a Balance

8 Dec

Life, in all aspects, is all about striking a balance (perfect or not) that aids in creating a happy life comprised of many elements. One important factor that affects each and every one of us on a daily basis is nutrition. It has been said that you are what you eat, and while I don’t want to be a glazed donut, I am a strong believer that when people make these great declarations of diets containing “no carbs” “no sugar” “no fat”, they are only hindering their future relationship with food. Not only is this sort of diet NO WAY TO LIVE, but it is very difficult to maintain forever. In short, I don’t believe in restrictions. I think in order to have a balanced life and a balanced diet, one must incorporate all types of food (yes, this includes some guilty pleasures!) into their nutritional plan.

I don’t know about you, but when I’m starving, I’m certainly not at my best. I feel tired, moody, and worst of all, my brain isn’t as sharp. I find that when I let myself become famished, I tend to make illogical decisions, and this is especially true of food! When you’re that hungry, a bag of salty chips might take the edge off initially, but you’ll regret that choice shortly after when you find yourself digging in the pantry again looking for another snack. To avoid this, I like to graze and eat small portions throughout the day.

Being prepared is also a way to stop making irrational food choices. I usually carry around a bag of almonds or an apple (with a wedge of Laughing Cow Cheese…yum!)  if I know I’m going to be gone for several hours. Though the number of “on-the go” healthy food choices are becoming more prevalent to satisfy busy lifestyles, it’s always a good idea to pack a snack just in case.

One of my favorite ways to start the day is with oatmeal & fruit. I love the mixture of the filling oatmeal topped with the natural sugars in blueberries, raspberries, and bananas. This breakfast keeps me full and satisfied throughout the morning. Another one of my favorites, Magical Breakfast Cream, comes from  The French Women Don’t Get Fat Cookbook by Mireille Guiliano.

MAGICAL BREAKFAST CREAM

4 to 6 tbsp Greek yogurt (1/2 cup), add 1 tsp flaxseed oil and mix well. Add 1 to 2 tbsp lemon juice and mix well. Add 1 tsp honey and mix. Grind 2 tbsp finely ground cereal (w zero sugar) and 2 tsp almonds. Add to yogurt mixture and serve immediately.

Substitutions:
Flaxseed oil–sesame or safflower
Lemon juice–grapefruit, orange, blood orange juice
Honey–maple syrup
Shredded wheat–buckwheat, barley, oatmeal

By eating a delicious and healthy breakfast, you set the nutritional tone for the day and jump-start your metabolism. What’s your favorite breakfast?