Sunday, August 17, 2014

Juice Cleanse & Detox

A year ago, I found out through a food intolerance blood test that I should not eat fruit or gluten. This came as a shock, but I dove into my new diet & maintained it without gluten or fruit for 9 months. During the 9 months on my strict diet, I didn't really see much improvement on the outside. In all the years I had been consuming gluten & fruit, I hadn't felt bad or had any allergic reactions.

However, in the last 3 months, I have been deviating from my diet on a regular basis. I would have pizza here and there, beer here and there, cake here and there. Here and there didn't seem to bother me so much - except that I did notice something with gluten consumption. Whenever I had too much of something containing gluten, I would get horrible heartburn for 24 hours! It's the worst!

On top of that, I have been recklessly & unapologetically eating everything for the past 2 weeks. We've gone on a few trips & eating healthy is hard to do at restaurants. Also, I have no will power.

Ya know when you wake up in the morning & you look so thin? Your stomach is flat & you feel like a super model? That used to be the case for me everyday, but this week I have woken up fat as ever. My belly is literally misshapen. It's not even fat. I pinch my belly and there's no more fat than usual. It's actually totally full - solid as a rock! I can hardly button my pants & I look like I've entered my 2nd trimester in all my outfits.

Beside being a small planet, I feel awful! I never knew being fat felt so heavy & disgusting. I also feel groggy, slow and achy. I hate this! It's time to get back to the basics. Back to fruit & gluten-free eating. Back to calorie counting. Possibly exercising... (this is unlikely)

Thursday, August 7, 2014

What You Should Be Watching on Netflix

Netflix has a LOT to watch (though I'm a classics gal & they don't have any I Love Lucy...)
Here's a list of what I loved on Netflix - as well as what I hated. I watched the hated items on bad recommendations. As I've said before, I'm not a movie critic, a restaurant critic or art critic. I'm a normal person & I'll give you my thoughts in normal words.

What You Should Be Watching:

Mad Men - The first season is slow. Actually, it was kinda torture for me. But it gets better! Hang in there!

Charlie Countryman - Oh my. Shia Lebouf, the plot, the editing, the soundtrack. I love this movie so much! It's probably classified an "indie film', by the way. Don't let that stop you. It must be on the high end of indie films budget so far as I'm concerned. Watch watch watch!

Under The Tuscan Sun - Oh. My. Gosh. Ok, it's not "oh-my-gosh good", but it's really good! This movie is in Italy (+), features a middle aged, divorced woman from San Fran (+), contains house remodeling (my FAVE! +!), and is all about pain, redemption & hope to love again. If you like Europe & don't mind watching people walk around Europe eating pasta, this movie is for you!

Scandal - I'm heard "omg Sandal is so good!" - but I have to disagree. It's... alright. I think the thing that throws me off is the acting and the editing. Also, the music. It's done very "hoakey"ly. Cheesey. Like House of Cards, but the low-budget version. The story line is interesting, though, so I keep watching.

SNL - If you've never seen SNL or a variety show/sketch comedy, you might be interested. Keep in mind, their jokes/views are very biased & sometimes infuriating. But I love almost anything they do that isn't political! Watching SNL is the key to knowing who the big comedians & comediennes will be in the future! Their cast is pure gold!

Zodiac - I like this movie because it: #1 Has an excellent cast & #2 Follows closely to the actual story. I hate it when movies "based on true events" give you a happy ending that simply did not occur. This movie pretty much tells it straight & does it well. Google the "zodiac killer" for all the specs.

The Office - If you've never watched The Office, you are a crazy person. Get on that tube RIGHT now & watch it! At first, you will be very annoyed with the main character, Michael Scott. He is everything that is awkward & uncomfortable in this world. Eventually, you will get over it and find everything he does incredibly hilarious! This is my #2 favorite show of ALL TIME!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Chemex Love

What is this about? Basically nothing.
My brother & sister-in-law got us a Chemex a few weeks ago & we've been obsessed ever since.
We haven't gone back to the French Press once!
There are a lot of little things that are really beautiful & the process of making coffee with a Chemex is one of them. I decided to take pictures of my morning ritual today for the heck of it.
Hopefully someone out there appreciates pictures of coffee as much as I do.

Speaking of - do you watch Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee by Jerry Seinfeld?
It's my bath-time show.
I highly recommend the Sarah Jessica Parker episode (I definitely don't think she's a comedienne, but...), as well as the Larry David, Jay Leno, Louis C.K. & David Letterman episodes.

Back to coffee.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The Honeymoon - Review

The Honeymoon Cafe & Bar
300 Main St.

For those of you who know me, you know my reviews are "reviews". They use no fancy words or descriptions. They say, YES! GO! or SKIP. But I have a small list of things I love about The Honeymoon.

Firstly, I'm really happy about the continual opening of Downtown Houston spots - as everyone knows Downtown needs so much more. They already have a good selection of bars, but cafes are definitely lacking. The Honeymoon is in their soft opening now with a great drink menu & are due to release their full menu at grand opening soon.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Easy, Low-fat Foods for Your Diet

My breakfast, 1/2 cup of Cottage Cheese

Firstly, you should know, I don't eat fruit or gluten. Fruit is obviously a great snack with few calories for those who eat it. I won't be including anything with fruit in this post!


  • If you really want to lose weight, I recommend downloading the app: My Fitness Pal for your smart phone. You can also use their website on your computer!
  • You'll need measuring cups to accurately count your calories (I know. What a bore.)
  • Exercise gear! Tennis shoes, shorts or pants, sports undergarments & earphones. I like this exercise armband - but you can find them on Amazon for even cheaper.
  • Lastly, you'll need lots of will power & a partner on board.
If you don't have the will power to exercise and diet, just keep eating the way you're eating. In a few months, you'll despise what you see in the mirror & suddenly find the will power. Also, having a husband/wife who isn't on board with exercise and diet makes it 10X harder for you! Try to get them on board.

With the My Fitness Pal app, you can input your weight, height & weight loss goal. It will customize your calorie intake for you based on how quickly you want to lose! Not only that, but you can add food or exercise to your daily diary. By searching a food type, you can see how many calories it is and add it to your diary. Whatever you add is automatically deducted from your daily intake. Similarly, how ever much you lose during your exercise will be added to your daily intake! Yay! This is how I earn my dinner most days.

When you discover how little you should be eating daily in order to lose weight, you'll quickly realize that processed foods contain way too many calories to be worth it. When a slice of pizza amounts to half of your daily intake, you've got a problem.