Thursday, March 24, 2016

Salata de Vignette | Whole30 Meets Romanian Traditional

This is one of the only Romanian foods I know how to make. It's essentially a cold eggplant salad and it happens to be healthy and delicious. And Whole30 approved when made with the right ingredients.

All it takes is:

  • Roast a couple of eggplants in the oven - just drop them as is on a baking sheet and cook at 350 for 2-3 hours. 
  • Remove the eggplants, slit the exterior and remove the "guts". 
  • Leave the guts overnight to drain on an inclined cutting board so the water drains into the sink. 
  • Toss the eggplant guts into a food processor with a little bit of onion, some sea salt and some Mayo. To make it whole30, I use the Tessemae's Mayo (or you could make your own). 
  • Mix until creamy. 
  • Theoretically you enjoy this as a spread on bread, but I like to just use tomato slices to scoop it up. 


Friday, March 11, 2016


I talk a big game, but this week I failed miserably. I KNOW the rules (do I ever). Hell, I even posted this last week. And yet, I managed to eat crap and drink pop and feel terrible and do all the bad $hit I am supposed to know NOT to do.

Why? Because I'm bored. Seriously. I am not busy enough, so it seems like a great idea to to sit at a patio and read a book ... and eat. Or watch a movie ... and munch.

When will I figure this $hit out? Seriously.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Too much?

I am two months into the new year and new me, and it's going well. If you've been following along, you know I completed Whole30, have lost some weight, still have some to go, and am working out like a mad woman.

Speaking of working out, I gotta tell you, I have started adding Yoga Sculpt to my routine at CorePower and OMG the difference it is making! I finally feel like I am gaining some muscle and tone and definition! And I actually feel strong. Like, when I started doing Sculpt I could barely make it through class. Now I can generally do the entire class with only minor modifications. Like pushups from my knees. Because that'll take awhile to get to the full version.

But seriously, loving Yoga Sculpt.

As you can see from the image above, it's not just Sculpt though. I workout every day. And I do a lot. Like ... a lot. Like 10% of my life this week was spent working out. Which doesn't even include the time spent between classes waiting at CorePower (30 minutes between classes). And the 15 minutes spent parking and changing. So, it's even more. Oh dear. 

Maybe too much?

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

"You can't out-exercise a bad diet" | 80/20 Diet/Exercise

I tend to stay away from the trends and fads and articles that come out daily (hourly) about how to lose weight. It's simple for me ... calories in, calories out. Eat smart. Sweat hard. Boom.

But I have been paying attention recently to the whole Exercise vs. Diet discussion. According to the literature, losing weight is 80% about your diet and 20% your workout. Here is just one article from Huffington Post about this.

Uh, this makes me mad. Because it feels like for me it is more like 95% diet, 5% exercise. The last two weeks being a perfect case study. I worked out like MAD with strength training and everything, and managed to gain a few pounds back and be more soft around the middle/bottom because I wasn't doing well with the diet. Uhhhhhh. Why can't it be 80/20 the other way ... exercise/diet. Boo. 
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