Category: Miscellaneous

Paleo Diet

After indulging all summer on all the NYC foods I love I am ready for a detox. Starting today I’m going to attempt to eat as Paleo as possibly. The Paleo diet is the hunter gather diet aka the Caveman diet: meats, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds and oils. Here is a full list of dos and don’ts for the diet.

Long diets are intimidating and easy to break, especially those that cut out bread carbs and cheese, so I will be modifying a little to make the diet more realistic for me. I am not going to cut out wine or hard alcohol, only wheat based beer. I will eat quinoa occasionally, and I will allow myself one cheat meal a week (ritual healthier Chinese Sundays!)

Here’s to feeling and looking better.

My Past

Hi world!

In this blog I will share my experiences with food, travel, health, decor, and anything else I might find interesting. In the past 2 years I have taught myself how to cook and become rather good at it; however, I still prefer quick and simple recipes. I love seafood, vegetables and spices but since moving in with my boyfriend I’ve found myself cooking a lot more meats and starchy meals. I’ve learned to create a balance between starch and vegetables, keeping everything healthy (or as healthy as can be).  Substituting with quinoa or spelt pasta, and never frying or breading anything. I try to exercise 3-4 times a week- I need to have a schedule to stay on track so I only take group workout class- currently I take Boot-Camp and do Hot Yoga.

429337_10100185850780604_921700927_nIn September 2012 I ran the half marathon. I was never a runner but I wanted to challenge myself physically and the marathon seemed like the perfect start. I trained for 3 months in the summer heat- the first month regretting having done this to myself, but my August I felt invigorated. My legs were getting stronger, my stamina was increasing, and for the first time in my life I could run for longer (much longer) than 5-10 minutes. Crossing the finish line in September felt fantastic. My timing wasn’t great but that wasn’t the point- I set a goal for myself and I didn’t quit. I had just accomplished running the half marathon!!

So far in my life I have had many fantastic travel experiences. I learned how to ski in the French Alps, studied art in Italy, and was Scuba certified in the Dominican Republic. I’ve been to 13 countries in Europe, 9 of which I had the chance to travel all around. I’ve been to the Bahamas/Caribbean over 30 times, and took a cruise through Alaska. I’ve been skydiving in Quebec and summer-skiing in Whistler. For the past two years I have traveled to China for work and have truly experienced what it’s like to be an outsider in a completely non-English country. I have been to Israel twice, most recently to do my Birthright tour, and I have been to 27 US states (plus Puerto Rico.) Three years ago I met my boyfriend in Turks and Caicos and 9 months later moved from New York City to Montreal. 16981_10100209874886104_724529817_n

I had an addiction to travel- seeing new places and experiencing new cultures (especially trying new foods.) I will share all of my future travel experiences with you here. Depending on my travel companions I will travel cheap, or luxurious, sharing my tips and best-visit spots.

In the next 12 months I am hoping to add Russia and Thailand to my new destinations.

 

So far I have been to:

Europe: France, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Denmark, Netherlands, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales.

Asia: Southern China, Hong Kong

Middle East: Israel

North America: Canada, Mexico, US (Alaska, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii (4 islands), Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York (home), North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania (school), Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, Wyoming,) Puerto Rico, Bermuda, Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, Eleuthera, Guadeloupe, British Virgin Islands, and more.

 

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