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Green Stuff…

2 Oct

HAPPPPY OCTOBER!

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Where the heck did September go!?  Time sure does fly when you’re…knee high in school work, interning, training for a race and trying to sneak in time for your fabulous friends.  My plate currently looks like it was prepared by an EXTREMELY hungry man at a Thanksgiving feast…but I don’t think I’d have it any other way (I mean…who doesn’t LOVE Thanksgiving…Right!?).

Any-who…I thought I’d share a little bit about some green stuff that I’ve been crushing on lately, since green has been on the mind. Although this may come as a shock to some…I’m not about to proclaim my love for Kale (because that’s a given…duh!).  It always cracks me up when friends tease me about my eating habits and the joke usually always falls on poor old KALE (so I’m giving it the day off from being the center of attention).  Instead I’d like to talk about my favorite little algae…Chlorella!

Chlorella was not always a supplement on my besties list…in fact, it was kind of a little B$%CH the first time we met!  I’ll never forget the first time I thought I’d give Chlorella a try.  I was living in Miami at the time and thought I’d pick up some tablets while at Whole Foods for a little lunch jaunt (when in doubt…head to Whole Foods for lunch!  No matter what city you are in you will find something to satisfy your tummy!).  After I finished my sushi, I decided to give the Chlorella a whirl.  The box indicated that I should chew 10 tablets with food, so that is exactly what I did!  10 Tablets and a few swigs of water later…I was ready to start reaping the benefits!  A few hours and a bunch of errands later I arrived home…took one look in the mirror…and realized my ENTIRE MOUTH was TEAL!!!  HOW DID NOONE INFORM ME OF THIS!?  Although I certainly got in a good laugh, I decided to put them on the shelf for a while to avoid any future embarassment.

Flash forward to this past spring, on my trip to Australia, where I was visiting one of my BEST girl friends in the WHOLE WIDE WORLD 😉 !  She is a HEALTH NUT just like me, so naturally it was a friendship made in heaven.  While I was down under I had the pleasure of meeting some of her friends and family too.  We all had fun bonding over health tips, natural beauty concoctions and smoothie recipes (you know-the normal stuff!).  One of the girls got us all on a morning cocktail of chlorella and lemon (to try and negate the fun we were having at night); at first it wasn’t so easy on the taste buds.  With some nose pinching and deep breaths I would choke it down (because come on…who wouldn’t want to glow like these hotties!?  Please ignore that can in my hand…I was following it with my algae REMEMBER!?)

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Why Do I Run Anyway!?

26 Sep

Running…Why do I run anyway!?

I know its not good on my joints, and it can sometimes leave me feeling really really sore…but I don’t mind!

Running and I…we’ve always had a little love-hate relationship…but the positives FAR outweigh the negatives, so I’ll keep up our daily rendezvous 🙂 .

There are only two activities that I am really able to reach a feeling of total body exhaustion, and that is running and swimming.  Swimming was always my first love (when I was younger), but as I started moving around more for modeling, I found it difficult to keep up my pool workouts.  My solution to this #whitegirlproblem…lace up my sneakers and get back to hitting the pavement!

Running, for me, is a time to decompress or reflect on things that have been on my mind.  Sometimes it feels like a  tornado up in my noggin, so I use my running time to think things through or work them out.  I have also been really enjoying the goal aspect of my current half-marathon plan.  I love looking at my training calendar and being able to cross off the day once the workout is complete!  This coming weekend is my 8-miler, which is the most I’ve ever worked up to in the past.  Once I get that run under my belt I’ll be chartering unfamiliar territory…BRING IT ON!!!

Now, running certainly serves me in many fabulous ways (can I get an AMEN for strong runner’s legs!?), but there is also a key component to my method that may come as a surprise (to those who don’t already know my dirty little secret!)…I listen to HIP HOP yo!  My running time is also my music time…I like to think of it as juicing up my white girl swag-o-meter!

There will certainly have to be another post in the near future about the evolution of my adoration for hip hop…but for now I’ll just say that there really isn’t a beat from that genre that I haven’t liked (and for my runs…the more Dirty Atlanta the better!).  Try working out your problems while running to DMX or Luda…ain’t nobody messing with you after that sweat sesh ;).

For now I leave you with this…I’ve got a ‘lil 4-miler to fit in before I tackle my day…and 2 Chainz is calling my name…

You DO NOT say NO to 2 Chainz 😉

xx

S

So There’s This Guy…..

17 Sep

So I’ve kinda been seeing this guy….his name is Joe.  I would be lying if I didn’t say it was love at first sight; he’s absolutely dreamy.  In fact, I just got back from a little day date with him…MAN my head is still spinning!

Trader Joe: You stole my heart a LONG time ago and I don’t think I’ll ever get it back…and thats OK with me 😉 .

If you are lucky enough to live in an area that has been touched by the golden hands of Mr. Joe, you know what I’m talking about!  Just when you think things couldn’t get better in that neck of the woods…BAMMMM he slaps you in the face with a rad new product (can you say COLD PRESSED COFFEE anyone!?).

Usually my cart is filled with the same suspects, but every once in a while I’ll live on the edge and try something new (9 times out of 10, I don’t regret that decision).  Unfortunately I am not able to try all the glorious goodies on the shelves because I have learned over the years that I have a very sensitive stomach.  Veering too far from the norm is never any fun in the long run, so I tend to stick by what I know will sit well.

That being said I thought I’d share a few of my favorite grabs when I’m sweeping through on a grocery rendezvous:

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BOMB Guac…complements pretty much ANYTHING!

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I always stock up on bananas…they are great as a post workout snack or frozen and thrown into a smoothie…just be sure to let them ripen for optimal nutrition….these guys wont be ready for a few days!

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This is one of my few forms of CRACK! Have you tried this on a banana!?!? SWOOOOON
Try it out and get back to me 😉
But on a more serious note, this is a great alternative to peanut butter which can be harmful to your cute ‘lil bod! Its extremely mucus producing…which is NO BUENO! Ickyyyyyyyyy

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Hummus has ALWAYS been a staple in my diet (especially since I don’t consume too much in the form animal protein), but this bruschetta is a recent discovery which makes me very happy! I love to throw a scoop or two on top of salads, fish or even a spoonful on its own (bruschetta soup anyone!? Yes, its that good!). Just don’t plan on planting a SMOOCH on anyone immediately after, as there’s lots of delicious garlic in there…great as an antibacterial…not so great for everyone else! And the olives are a no-brainer…great way to sneak a little bit of healthy fat into your life with MUNDO MUNDO flavor!

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Here it is…my ‘lil coffee secret! Although I don’t drink coffee every morning…when I am jonesing this is my go to (if I’m not able to get to my HEAVEN that is URTH CAFE!). Pour a bit of this magic over ice with a splash of H20, CREAMY almond milk and a drop of stevia and you have got yourself a fabulous little concoction!

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Almond milk…what did I do before I knew you existed!? Oh yah- I used to chug milk like it was my job! Now just the idea makes me feel icky deep down…
Joe has got my back with this FAB-U-LOUS dairy alternative…I’m a convert and I’m never going back 😉

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Veggies- TOTAL no brainer…YOUR cart should be OVERFLOWING with them!!!! Although I do tend to do half my produce shopping at the store and the other half at one of our AMAZING Farmer’s Markets in SoCal! (More on that another day!!!)

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Seaweed Snacks-don’t knock it ’till you try it! Since I’m pretty much Gluten Free, there aren’t too many snack foods that I can actually consume (that also don’t contain tons of extra foreign ingredients)…these little suckers come to the rescue in that category. When my roomie and I go shopping together it literally looks like we are preparing for the end of the World! The cart OVERFLOWS with cute little green packages…we’ve been known to clear a shelf!

Well, there you have it folks…I think my guy Joe is pretty GROOVY and hopefully if you get a chance to try these little gems you will too!!

…I’m off to go change my Facebook relationship status to ‘its complicated’ …because I know Joe is probably flirting with cuties like you too!!!

xoxo

S

Zevia

22 Nov

Hey guys!!

WOW! 622 servings!!! (I think I might use more than one serving at a time haha!)

So, as you know I received a lovely shipment of Zevia all natural (calorie free) soda the other day.  Guess what…I’ve already tried all 6 flavors!!  I’m not kidding…I was like the little kid on Halloween who needs to try their candy right away!  Haha, at least this kind wasn’t loaded with sugar!  Instead, Zevia is sweetened with Stevia!!!  If you haven’t tried Stevia I suggest you do…right away!  I usually buy my stevia at Trader Joes (when I’m close to one), which comes in a nice shaker bottle!  This makes it nice for traveling so I am never without a little sweetness in my life!!  

This picture was from my pre-Zevia days…two of my loves (coke zero and Mr.Chase Manhattan!!)  Luckily there will never be a replacement for my furry buddy!!  He holds a VERY big place in my heart!

Any ways…back to my review!  I was sent the following flavors: Cola, Dr.Zevia, Gingerale, Orange, Black Cherry and Ginger Root Beer.  I can honestly say that I thoroughly enjoyed each and every flavor.  This was a pleasant surprise for me because I have never been one to like orange flavoring.  Each of the flavors never left a bitter after taste and there was just the right amount of carbonation!

I would probably say that Cola and Ginger Root Beer were my favorites because those were the flavors I would reach for in conventional diet drinks.  I have actually already become a Zevia customer!  Today at Whole Foods I grabbed a can of each from the refreshment cooler!!

If you have the chance I highly recommend trying Zevia for yourself…you might just be pleasantly surprised!!  Although I am still going to limit the amount out “fun” beverages I consume…Zevia will be what I reach from on special occasions!!

Have a great night!  Good news…this week is THANKSGIVING!!!!

 

(Heads up…My review of Zevia is my personal opinion!)

HAPPY FRIDAY!!

19 Nov

Happy Friday Everyone!!

Where has the time gone!?  I swear, this year has flown by so fast.  I can not believe that in less than a week we will be celebrating Thanksgiving (I cant wait to get in the kitchen and start cooking!!).  Whats even crazier is that I have now been in Miami for 3 weeks…I feel like I just got off the plane!

Today I had a mysterious knock at the door…who could it be….?

It was the FedEx man delivering my first samples sent to me as a blogger!!!

I couldn’t wait to tear into the package!!

After my posting about diet soda, I received a lovely comment from Natalie from Zevia!  She suggested trying their Zero Calorie, All Natural soda as an alternative to the toxic aspartame sweetened drinks I’ve been trying to kick (haven’t had one since my posting! woot woot!!).  How could I resist!?  These sodas are sweetened with Stevia…a natural sweetener made from the leaf of the stevia plant!!  Maybe I can still enjoy a sweet no calorie beverage from time to time!!  

She sent a six-pack of all different flavors!  I have them in the fridge chilling now, so I will let you know what I think once they chill for a bit!!

We were looking nice and shiny after biking through the humidity...we will call it our "Healthy Glow!"

Yesterday the weather was not so great here on the beach, so my friend Melissa and I decided to head to the movies once we finished out castings for the day!

We decided to see The Social Network, since we had both wanted to see it but never got around to it when it initially came out.  When we first go there we thought we might be the only ones in the theater…yah private viewing! Haha, so we had to take a picture to remember the event :).  Booooo…a few other people snuck in right before it started…oh well…maybe we will have the place to ourselves next time!  (seeing that we were there at 4pm!! haha NERD ALERT!)

I thought the movie was really interesting, yet a little bit too long (my bum started falling asleep near the end…I was ready to stretch my legs!)  It’s amazing that there really are people out there that are so brilliant!  I wish I knew what all the technical terms meant!  Haha, if I did I could probably make my blog look that much snazzier!  Mark Zuckerberg…Call Me!  😀

Have you seen any great movies lately?  I have a bunch on my list that I want to see that are either in theaters or coming soon…so I will have to get into the theater more often!

Yahooo…The weekend is here…Hope you have a great one….and maybe see a good movie (or two!)

🙂

XX

@healthymodel

Beautiful Weather and the Introduction of “Mess Bowls!”

16 Nov

Hola!!

This would be the lounge chair I am currently writing this post from!

And this would be the view from my seat!  There definitely are some perks to modeling!  I especially like that I have been able to move around a lot and experience many different ways of life.  I am certainly getting used to this! 😉

I made sure to bring my water with me to keep myself hydrated!!  Sometimes when I’m out during the day I forget to stay hydrated which is a MAJOR no-no!!  Every model knows that water is essential to keeping your skin glowing and cells hydrated!  It’s also been proven to help cut cravings.  Many times when you think your hungry, you are really just dehydrated!  I always reach for Smartwater when I have the choice…I definetly think it tastes better!  (And filled with electrolytes too!)

Now I hope I peaked your interest when I mentioned my “Mess Bowls!”  They are basically the best thing I have ever created and eat one at least once a day…if not twice!  It’s basically a BIG chopped salad, but once everything is mixed together it basically looks like a BIG MESS!!!  (and that is the way I like it!)

This one consisted of spinach

Nutritional Yeast (for amino acids and protein)

a scoop of hummus

I had doctored this one up with cilantro and zucchini in my Magic Bullet

A scoop of chickpeas and some red bell pepper!!

I put it all in my big (salad chopping) bowl (from Target) and used the big chopper and mashed it all together!  The end result tasted a bit like a nacho salad (because of the NOOCH and bell pepper combo!)

There are endless possibilities of what you can throw into these “Mess Bows,” and they will keep you satisfied for hours!!  I can’t think of a better way of getting in my greens for the day (…well, green smoothies are pretty amazing too!)

Hope you all had a GREAT day…and if you have a chance, give a Mess Bowl a try!!!!

Now Im off for a run!

Toodles 😀

Great Start to a New Week!

15 Nov

Good Morning Lovelies!

Lately I have not been dreading Mondays as much as I used to…its a fresh start to a new week (in my mind…even though that would technically be Sunday!).  I like the idea that you have a whole week ahead full of change and possibly some surprises!  I feel like positive thinking can make anything better!

I was super proud of myself when I jumped out of bed this morning and reached for hot lemon water before my cup ‘o joe!   Lemon water on an empty stomach is exactly the way I should be starting every day!  Sometimes I get so eager to brew my coffee however, I forget it completely!  I’m setting another goal…try and drink lemon water or “lemon tea” every morning!  It not only makes you feel refreshed but also works to cleanse your liver.

Today I am super excited because the two books I purchased arrived in the mail!!

I am certainly new to this “tech” world that I am now enjoying greatly!!  But let’s be honest…I dont really know exactly how everything works!  So far it has all been trial and error…so now hopefully I will learn some new tricks to the trade!

Since it is monday, a time to start fresh and new, I leave you with a quote I grabbed off twitter this morning.  I just love it, so thank you @FashionweekNYC!

“Nobody can go back & start a new Beginning, Anyone can start today & Make a new Ending!”

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