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So yes, I’m done. Last night was miserable. In addition to having an allergy attack, I got a visit from Aunt Flow (if you know what I mean) and I spent the better part of the night feeling as though I was on the verge of vomiting. I was so weak all day yesterday, it just didn’t feel right. So as of today, fiancé and I have both quit our fast. For women who are thinking about trying the fast, I wouldn’t recommend it when you’re menstruating, especially if you have bad cramps, etc.

Fiancé and I were talking about how we felt about the experience, and we didn’t feel as though it was the best idea we’ve ever had. I’m sure the juice is immensely good for you, and I will implement it into my regular diet, however, I don’t think resorting to just liquids is as healthy as the movie portrays. Yes, I think it is incredibly important to eat a lot of fruits and veggies and to limit processed foods, but an all liquid diet just doesn’t seem right, but that’s just my personal opinion.

I was also surprised about how difficult it was for me (maybe it’s because I happened to start at the wrong time of the month). I’m a pescatarian (a vegetarian who only eats fish), always read the listed ingredients before I purchase a product, try to make as much of what I eat from scratch as possible and eat lost of fruits and vegetables. I consider myself relatively active and my BMI is at 22; I don’t consider myself an unhealthy person at all, yet I struggled a lot.

Overall, I’m glad I tried it for a couple days. It satiated my curiously and was an incredibly interesting experience. To any of you thinking about trying it, I wish you the best of luck!!

Juice Fast: Day 2

Well, it’s morning number two of my fast. I was starving all of yesterday. I think it helps tremendously to drink lots and lots of water and do things to distract you from the fact that you are not eating and that you are hungry. I spent a lot of time with some lovely friends yesterday, and went to see Crazy, Stupid, Love, which helped immensely in keeping me preoccupied. I don’t feel too hungry right now, hopefully today it’ll get easier!

Fiancé started his fast two days before I did. He said that for him, the mornings are never bad, it’s the evenings that get very tough. I can tell… because in the evenings he goes on an on about how he just wants a “goddamn burrito.” To be fair, I want a goddamned burrito too. Could we juice one? Hmmmm…..

Update: It is 5:29 pm and I feel horrible, not healthy. I feel very lightheaded and weak. I know that the first couple days are the hardest so I’m going to stick with it for now, but if I continue to feel this out of it, I won’t be doing this as long as I planned. Fiancé on the other hand has been dong fine, he’s just hungry. We’ll see how this progresses I guess! Wish me luck!

Juice Fast: Day 1

The other evening, fiancé and I watched the film Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead on Netflix instant.

Here’s the synopsis (from the film’s website):

100 pounds overweight, loaded up on steroids and suffering from a debilitating autoimmune disease, Joe Cross is at the end of his rope and the end of his hope. In the mirror he saw a 310lb man whose gut was bigger than a beach ball and a path laid out before him that wouldn’t end well— with one foot already in the grave, the other wasn’t far behind. FAT, SICK & NEARLY DEAD is an inspiring film that chronicles Joe’s personal mission to regain his health.

With doctors and conventional medicines unable to help long- term, Joe turns to the only option left, the body’s ability to heal itself. He trades in the junk food and hits the road with juicer and generator in tow, vowing only to drink fresh fruit and vegetable juice for the next 60 days. Across 3,000 miles Joe has one goal in mind: To get off his pills and achieve a balanced lifestyle.

While talking to more than 500 Americans about food, health and longevity, it’s at a truck stop in Arizona where Joe meets a truck driver who suffers from the same rare condition. Phil Staples is morbidly obese weighing in at 429 lbs; a cheeseburger away from a heart-attack. As Joe is recovering his health, Phil begins his own epic journey to get well.

What emerges is nothing short of amazing – an inspiring tale of healing and human connection.
Part road trip, part self-help manifesto, FAT, SICK & NEARLY DEAD defies the traditional documentary format to present an unconventional and uplifting story of two men from different worlds who each realize that the only person who can save them is themselves

By the time we finished the film, fiancé and I were quite intrigued by the idea of the juice fast. Now I don’t consider myself fat, sick or nearly dead, and normally, I am the last person to hop on board when it comes to trying weirdo eating habits. Usually I find them quite absurd. However, to me, it seems equally ludacris to never try new things (even slightly absurd things). So, starting today, I am going on the juice fast, and I’m going to write about it! I haven’t determined yet if I want to do it for ten days or two weeks, I suppose we’ll see how well I fare.

You can find the recipes at the link below if you’re interested.

Wish me luck!

http://www.fatsickandnearlydead.com/about-the-film/learn-more/recipies/

I know, I know, where have I been?!

Sorry again, about the delay in updates. I’ve been doing plenty of cooking, but not enough posting. I’ve never been as preoccupied with school (and life) as I was this past semester. The last few months I have been constantly busy with mounds of homework to do, lessons to plan, papers to write, tests, etc. As busy as I was I can’t say I didn’t enjoy practically every minute of it. Finally, I have all my teaching credential requirements done, now on to the job hunt!

Anyways! It’s about time I resume sharing recipes, and I thought I would get back into things with a bang. I love apple pie, it is one of my absolute favorite desserts, especially when it’s served warm with a small scoop of vanilla ice cream – yum. I made this apple pie for Thanksgiving, which was spent with fiancé and his parents. His father (an Oakie) said it was the best apple pie he’s ever had.

Now, it took me a couple of tries before I perfected the process, but trust me, once you have the hang of it, this makes the best apple pie. At least, that’s what I decided at Valentines Day dinner with my fiancé and our two friends when a waiter recommended we order the apple pie, and I blurted out “my apple pie could kick your apple pie’s ass!” It’s so good, I can’t control myself.

Click on the link below for the recipe!

Buon Appetito!

I wasn't going to put up any pictures because I don't like the pie dish we have... but here it is anyway!

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I’m back and busier than ever! The kitchen is finally done. The remodeling was a nightmare. It took a lot longer than expected, the house was a mess, and I couldn’t cook… at all. If you know me, you know that I’m obsessively neat. Having a messy house and being unable to cook made practically insane. I’m so happy to be able to cook again, and in a clean house!

On that note, I woke up this morning jonesing for some pancakes. It’s finally starting to feel like fall, and warm pancakes with a steaming cup of coffee sounded like the perfect accompaniment to the lovely cold gloomy weather. So I took a break from my daunting amount of school work and put all my pancake ingredients out on the table. Only when I went to reach for the bananas did I notice they were all gone (this would be where you insert the dramatic dun dun DUN music). Now, while bananas aren’t absolutely necessary for most pancake recipes, they are integral to mine, so what was I to do? I started looking for new pancake recipes and came across this oatmeal pancake recipe on Bob’s Red Mill website. When I read the recipe I was a bit skeptical about how the pancakes would turn out; it sounded like I’d be basically cooking oatmeal on a griddle. I was absolutely wrong, they were delicious, and so healthy too! I thought with all the oats and oat four they would be dry and dense, but they were surprisingly light and fluffly, (all thanks to the whipped egg whites is my hunch). Anyways, I’ll be alternating between my usual recipe and these from now on. Hope you like them!

Ah, so happy to be back :)

Click the link below for the recipe!

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Berkel Berkel

Sorry again about the lack in updates. Unfortunately I have no new recipe to post. I have been living practically without a kitchen for a while now. Hopefully everything will be done within the next month, although I plan on having at least a couple of new recipes posted before then (somehow), kitchen or not!

Fiancé and I made a trip to Berkeley today, which was quite lovely, as usual. I know, “lovely” seems like an unusual and simple adjective to describe such a diverse and interesting place, but that’s how I feel about it. One of the many things I love about the Bay Area is the food. It seems that each little area in Berkeley is home to its own delicious bakery, gourmet grocery store, pastry shop, wine store, pasta shop; this list really could be endless. Needless to say the area is far from lacking in good eats.

I always miss this aspect immediately upon returning to Southern California. Maybe it’s because So Cal isn’t as conducive to walking as Berkeley and San Francisco are, so people feel more guilty buying a fresh sweet batard or some gorgonzola walnut spread, because there’s no way they’ll be walking it off later (unless it’s on a treadmill or stair climber that is, not that there’s anything wrong with that, exercise is exercise I suppose). I really don’t know how else to explain this. Anyways, I thought I’d share a short list of places I went so if anyone reading this is ever in Berkeley, they can visit them themselves. Unfortunately, that’s all I have to offer for now, but I will post a recipe at some point soon, I promise. Click the link below!


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About a month ago, while I was taking a look around my favorite store, Anthropologie, I happened to stumble upon Sophie Dahl’s (relatively) new cookbook, Miss Dahl’s Voluptuous Delights. Despite being surrounded by their gorgeous selection of clothing, I found myself excited and totally absorbed by her new cookbook. Although I didn’t buy it that day, I ordered it a week later on Amazon.

The book has conveniently organized its delectable recipes by season. I’ve read through each recipe at least twice, but considering my kitchen is in shambles and finding the right dish has become a game of hide and seek, I chose to use her zucchini and goat cheese frittata recipe as a very general guideline for a quick and scrumptious lunch. Click on the link below for the recipe!

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