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Good News

Hi guys!

I received some REALLY GOOD NEWS yesterday!! I am sorry, but I can’t go into details here (just don’t think its good to talk at this point on such a public space) but you guys can use your imaginations. 🙂 I promise when I can talk more about it, I will!

Yesterday I was running out the door to work and grabbed the quickest thing I could from my freezer:

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This Amy’s meal was really good! The tamale had great flavor and was nice and cheesy and the rice and beans had a yummy tomato- spice to them.

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I chopped up half an avocado and ate it with the beans and rice. It was the perfect thing to bulk up the meal and bring in some healthy fats.

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A lovely bite…

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When I got home, I had a Baby Bell cheese:

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And a pretty lame (and not well photographed dinner): a whole wheat wrap filled with salad, garbanzos, and melted goat cheese.

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With some cheese-its on the side. Lame, I know. And not enough calories for the day, especially because I had a good workout in the morning. I just wasn’t feeling like eating much.

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Needless to say, I woke up this morning feeling HUNGRY. My stomach felt empty and I needed something hearty and filling.

I made a yummy and quick plate of 2 scrambled eggs, chopped tomato, and a sprinkle of feta. I had two slices of whole wheat toast with reduced fat cream cheese smeared on top. It was awesome!

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I love me some ketchup and hot sauce! And I always eat my eggs on top of toast like an open face sandwich. SO good!

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I was really hungry mid-morning (probably from not eating enough yesterday) so I snacked on some Pop Chips while I taught a class. When I got home from work for the afternoon, I had a weird combo for lunch. But, it was really good, I swear!

I heated some garbanzos and brown rice that we made earlier in the week, and I wanted something creamy to go on top. I didn’t have sour cream or yogurt, but I did see cottage cheese in the fridge, so I tried that.

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I mixed it all together and seasoned it with salt and pepper. It was really tasty! And I was happy with how much protein and fiber this vegetarian meal had.

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For some vitamins and color, I had half a red pepper and some baby carrots on the side.

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I went back for 2 “healthy cookies”… it’s that time again and I am craving chocolate!

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I hope to hit the gym this afternoon for a good workout before I head back to work for the night. I’m taking the day off of work tomorrow to go up to New Haven for some interviews/ meetings and to see my little sister’s play tomorrow night. Loren and I are spending the night up there and I am really excited. I love getting out of the city and I love my little sis even more. I’m so proud of her and really excited to see the play (she produced/ put it together)!

See you later for some more comida!

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GOOD morning!

I didn’t get around to posting last night because I came home from work at 9:45, ate dinner, and passed out. You understand…

Also, my computer (which is now fixed and back from the shop) still needs/ needed a lot of updates. Its back to the plain old operating system, so I had to re-download Microsoft Office this morning; I still have to upload iphoto and a bunch of other programs. This computer is old and on its last leg, and I really don’t want it to crash again in a few months, so I am seriously considering getting a new one. This time I will back up!

Yesterday was cold, grey, and rainy… as is today. I find it really hard to be in a good mood with this kind of weather… I wonder if you guys have any tips for staying happy even when it is miserable out. I love sleeping when it is cold and rainy, but not much else. I am a true Florida girl at heart, I guess. I love the sun!

Yesterday’s eats were pretty mellow- I was craving sugar all day (I think for a pick me up) and tried to curb my cravings by eating healthy snacks throughout the day.

I started off with a Morning Glory Muffin (carrot, apple, raisins, etc) from a bakery really close to my apartment. I was rushing to work and wanted something healthy that would hold me over. I saw these little Smuckers PB packets at work and figured that smearing some on would give me the staying power I needed.

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These muffins are awesome- I love that they have real, big pieces of carrot and apple.

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Lunch was nothing too special- just a turkey and cheese sandwich with mustard on whole wheat with some carrots and cukes on the side (dipped in humus). I warmed the sandwich in the microwave- cheese is always better a little melted!

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After lunch, I had to got to an appointment in Manhattan. By the time I got home, I was exhausted. I am still getting over my cold (which is now more of a cough) and I guess I needed rest, because when I got into bed, I passed out for 1 hour! It felt great, but I was really groggy when I woke up at 4:30 and had a hard time getting ready to go back to work. So, I made a mug of hot tea, and had a chocolate granola bar from TJ’s. I ate 2 rolos (no picture) that I had bought earlier this week- and then I threw the package out. I know it’s a waste, but I don’t want to be snacking on sugar for energy- see you later rolos!

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When I arrived home at 9:45 last night, I had a lovely spread laid out in front of me. Loren had made dinner and waited to eat with me. What a guy, huh? I’m lucky!

He made salad, roasted broccoli, baked cod (from TJ’s) and brown rice.

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I made a really delicious dipping sauce to go with the fish, which included:

  • mayo
  • a little bit of mustard
  • the juice of 1 lemon
  • curry powder
  • 1 big tbsp of spicy relish

I’ve been playing around with making my own sauces instead of buying bottled ones, and this was GOOOOD!

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I didn’t want rice, but was craving carbs, so I wrapped my fish, salad, and dipping sauce into a yummy wrap sandwich.

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Mmmm… so delicious. Tastes like fried and battered fish, but its not- and its low in calories and fat! I love TJ’s!

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We went to bed early last night and I got a full 8 hours. I woke up finally feeling better (though my ears are still clogged) so I hit the gym. I did 30 minutes on the elliptical (5 minute cool-down) and 15- 20 minutes of strength training. Man, the gym does wonders for my mood!

I was craving a big, warm bowl of oats. I don’t have banana or pumpkin, so today’s batch had:

  • 1/2 cup almond milk/ 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 tsp pumpkin butter
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • cooked apples (cooked in pumpkin butter and cinnamon)

With a mug of hot chai tea. It hit the spot!

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The apples got nice and caramelized. Pumpkin butter does the trick!

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After that long post, I need to get myself together and get to work. Now that I have my computer/ life back, my posts should be more regular! Have a wonderful, beautiful, day… and don’t let the grey get you down! I’m working on it, too…

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Good evening!

Today was a pretty normal eating day- nothing too exciting here. I woke up this morning and did a 50 minute Detox yoga from yogadownload.com. My neck has been killing me all weekend, so yoga helped to stretch it out, but also opened up some trigger points. It felt good, but I feel sore now!

I was rushing after yoga, and I was tempted to just pick something up for breakfast, but I took the healthy route. I decided to make something quick and easy instead and I am glad I did!

Cottage cheese, pumpkin granola, 1/2 a banana, and a little bit of apricot preserve.

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Love this mixture- it is tasty and packed with fiber and protein so it keeps me full for hours.

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Lunch today was a simple wrap with honey turkey, 1 slice of cheddar, arugula and mustard.

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I ate this in my office and then decided to go outside for my break. It was too nice outside to sit inside at the computer! I sat in a really cute little park and enjoyed the birds and the bees!

I fiddled around with my camera and took some shots of the scenery- 2 different ways:

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The rest of my lunch/ snacks were eaten throughout the afternoon. I did a lot of grazing.

Pop chips and humus.

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A big juicy apple.

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And a bag of baby carrots.

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When I got home, I was exhausted (I’m still getting over a cold and all stuffed up) so I just watched an hour of TV and made a quick and easy dinner, starring TJ’s and my freezer.

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It was my first time trying these, and they were delicious! Pretty low in calories (260 per serving) so I bulked up the meal with some black beans (under the enchiladas) and some guac that I whiipped up.

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Yum! These were dairy free but still had a wonderful, rich flavor from the Enchilada sauce. Highly recommended!

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After dinner, I got the GREAT NEWS that my laptop is ready to be picked up tomorrow- and that my hard drive is 98% recovered. I am so happy! I can’t wait to have all of my documents, pictures, and my computer in front of me again. And I will back-up from now on… I got lucky this time!

My night plans include a bath and hitting the hay early. I hope I wake up tomorrow with clearer sinuses and less neck pain. Here is to hoping!

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Good evening! I can’t believe the weekend is over- it flew by!

This morning, Loren made the most amazing Sunday morning breakfast, featuring this guy:

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I picked this box up at TJ’s a few weeks ago and this morning was the perfect opportunity for us to try it. Loren made breakie while I worked on an application. Got another one sent off today- yes!

He used the directions on the box and added egg, almond milk, and sunflower oil instead of butter (he can’t eat dairy). He also sliced up a banana and added it to the mix.

The pancakes came out beautifully- and tasted amazing!

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I topped my two with cottage cheese, pumpkin butter, and a drizzle of real maple syrup.

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I could really taste the pumpkin in the batter, with hints of cinnamon and spices. It basically tasted like healthy pumpkin pie. And cottage cheese was the perfect addition for some extra protein and staying power.

We were both really impressed. Good job, TJ”s, once again!

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After breakfast, we worked for a little while and then went outside to enjoy the gorgeous weather we had today. It was in the 60s and sunny. We took a really long walk down the Brooklyn Promenade. Along the way, we ran into a big crowd of people and their dogs dressed up in Halloween costumes! I think they were doing some sort of march/ costume contest. It was the cutest/ funniest thing I have seen in a long time, so, of course, I took pictures!

There was a lobster…

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And (my personal favorite) Micheal Jackson- in heaven with angel wings.

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Yes, he was wearing black leather booties. And a red leather jacket.

The doggie contest was definitely one of the highlights of the day. The other was my first few steps onto the Brookyln Bridge. See, I am deathly afraid of heights, but walking across the Brooklyn Bridge is a “must do” NYC activity- especially for proud Brooklynites. So, today, I faced my fears and walked about 75 yards of the bridge. Not much, I know, but a big accomplishment for me! It is my mission to cross the bridge by next summer, so I will walk a little more each time.

Loren took a picture of me along the way!

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It was a glorious day!

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Di Fara Pizza

Hi guys!

Sorry I haven’t posted in a day… my computer is still in the shop and my back-up is SO slow that the process of posting becomes 1 hour instead of 20 minutes! I hope to get my computer back on Monday (and I hope the memory has been restored!) but data recovery is, apparently, a really long process.

I did want to post about a fun adventure I took yesterday with a bunch of my girlfriends. My friend Anna has a car, so she kindly and generously offered to pick each one of us up and drive down to Midwood, Brooklyn to Di Fara Pizza. I’ve been wanting to try Di FaraPizza for the longest time… ever since I read about it years ago. Domenico De Marco, the owner and chef, has been making his famous pizza for four decades…. his slices are considered to be the best (or one of the best) pizza slices in NYC. He makes each pie HIMSELF by hand, and rotates them HIMSELF in his gas oven as they cook…. no one else touches them. He works with his son, who helps take orders and keep things organized, but Mr. De Marco controls the pizza.

The place is no frills- it’s all about the pizza. The menu is really simple as well:

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I wasn’t sure what to expect from Di Fara after reading all about the amazing process. I didn’t want to have too high of expectations- so I kept an open mind. We all figured there would be a really long line and that the process would take a while, because he makes each pie slowly and meticulously.

Here are some action shots of the pizza master hard at work:

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After he takes each pie out of the oven, he cuts fresh basil (grown in his window), grates fresh cheese, and sprinkles olive oil over each pie.

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OK… How cute is he?!

The line actually was not bad for a Saturday at lunchtime. We waited maybe 15 minutes to order…. and I was excited!

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We did have to wait about an hour for the pizza to come, though- as expected. When it did come, though, it was TOTALLY worth it.

We ordered two pizzas between the 4 of us- and took a lot home for leftovers. We all were ready to EAT though, and knew it would be a splurge. (I went to the gym for an hour workout yesterday, just so I would feel no guilt about indulging in as much pizza as I wanted… I mean, this was a once in a lifetime experience, no?)

So, our first pizza that came out was a plain cheese – with basil on top, of course!

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Ummm, yeah. It tasted as good as it looked.

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The crust was excellent-  thin and crispy, but not so thin that the slices were soggy in the middle. PERFECT.

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The basil is a genius addition! It gets almost crispy as it sits on the hot, bubbling cheese and sauce. And no one flavor is too overpowering: the cheese, the sauce, the crust- just simple, clean flavors that complement each other beautifully.

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And after my friends were kind enough to let me take a bunch of pictures, we dug in! I had one, amazing slice of this pizza, but held back on another because I was waiting for our OTHER pizza!

We ordered a square pizza with pepperoni, olives, and mushrooms. UMMMMM NO WORDS.

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OK, so I will try to describe this in words: thick, chewy crust, hot bubbling sauce, hand-cut Italian salami… really, my heaven. (Yes, I am aware that I am exhibiting food porn on my site… sorry, guys- hope I don’t get into trouble!).

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I had 2 slices of this pie- it was some of the best pizza I have ever tasted in my life.

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So, I definitely ate to my heart’s content… but not too much that I felt sick. If there is ever a time to just enjoy food and not worry about calories, fat, etc., it is times like these- once in a lifetime opportunities! I am so glad I was able to go out to Di Fara’s and have such an incredible foodie experience. I was in heaven!

If any of you readers live in NYC, I highly recommend making the trip. And even for you adventurous readers who may visit… head out there for the day! It is worth the trip, worth the wait! (And, you can bring extra’s home for leftovers! 🙂 )

Alright guys, I’m off… as soon as I have my computer, normal blogging will resume. For now, I will be posting when I have the time. Have a great Sunday!

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Hi guys,

Sorry I didn’t post last night. The computer I have at home is painfully slow and I didn’t get home from work til 9. There was nooo way I could spend an hour posting!

Anyhow, I now realize why I have had no appetite all week. Loren has been sick since last weekend and I thought I was in the clear, but I woke up today with a sore throat. Its nothing too terrible, and, hey, my knee is feeling better!

It’s just one of those weeks when things go wrong. Speaking of, I called the guys who are working on my laptop. Apparently, the hard drive crashed and that’s why it went capoot. And they don’t know if they can retrieve the data. They have to first install a new operating system and hard drive on my Mac and then see if they can transfer the old data. It is $$$ and scary and I hope it works! So, please, say a prayer for my sad little computer!

Since my knee is feeling better, I woke up this morning and went to the gym for a light workout. I don’t feel like I am deathly ill or anything, and exercise is what I needed after 2 days of laying off of my knee- not for my waistline but for my sanity! I did 30 minutes on the bike (at a low resistance) and some stretching. I feel much better now, but I have no appetite at all. I could not imagine eating breakfast this morning, so I am subsisting off of tea and ricolas. I hope I am hungry for lunch.

Yesterday was not a big hunger day either, but I ate what I craved.

I had half of a banana and a Glo-granola bar in the morning.

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I left work around 1 and instead of heading home to do law school work, I just took a really long walk. It was sunny and gorgeous out and I knew that being outside would lift my spirits. I walked all the way to the Brooklyn Bridge and sat in the little park right under the bridge on a bench. I just watched the water for a while and I felt better. It’s amazing that, having meditated for 15 minutes a day for 5 days, I can bring that practice into the rest of my days more and more. It is very useful.

Around 2:30, at the park, I ate a big, delicious turkey and cheese sandwich that I picked up at a bakery along the way. It was exactly what I was craving: plain white bread and the comforting, simple flavors of my favorite sandwich.

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The baguette was awesome!

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Sitting alone in the sun, looking at the water, and eating a wonderful big sandwich, was such a perfect moment in an otherwise not so great week. I was proud of myself for giving myself exactly what I wanted at the time, and for letting myself just be for a while. Sometimes, when you can’t find calm, you have to create it!

The rest of the day’s eats included an apple for snack, before I headed back to work at 6.

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And, when I got home at 9:15, a bowl of whole wheat cous cous and veggies, leftover from Wednesday night.

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This was so good- and so simple to make. I just put all of my favorite veggies and toppings into the cold cous cous  and dressed the salad inEVOO and balsamic. It had: chickpeas, tomato, peppers, onion, cucumber, feta cheese, olives, and golden raisins.

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Sweet golden raisins provide the perfect contrast to vinegar and salty feta and olives. You should try it!

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The best part? I have lots of leftovers!

Well, I’m off… Blogging about all of this food might have just done the trick. I feel my appetite coming back!

Happy Friday guys, have a great one!

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Hi guys,

So, I know I usually try to be positive and all, but today was just NOT a great day. It started out with my laptop DYING on me…

Right before that fiasco, I made a big bowl of pumpkin oats with cooked apple on top. I was looking forward to eating this baby while catching up on my blogs and the nytimes. And then, CAPOOT! Instead of restarting, it just went black…So, I spent my morning trying to resuscitate my poor little guy- to no avail. I finally took it somewhere to get it fixed. It only has all of my law school applications and my pictures from the last 4 years of my life!

At least the oats were good…

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Oh yeah, and this was the other highlight of my day:

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I banged my knee yesterday and it hurt all day. This morning I didn’t go the gym because it still didn’t feel great and I didn’t want to risk it. It hurt when I put too much weight on it. I just iced it on an off all day and put lots of arnica on it. I hope I can hit the gym tomorrow morning. I need the gym to release all of this stress! 😦

For lunch, I had a mixed green salad with stuff that Loren made last night but I wasn’t hungry enough to eat:  baked falafel balls and sweet potato fries. It was weird, but actually good!

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I also had a Revive bar- chocolate and PB always puts me in a better mood!

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In another attempt to cheer myself up with food, I made one of my all-time favorite dinner recipes: baked salmon with olives and feta! This time, I added capers to the mix. It was awesome! I ate this whole piece of fish!

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This was cooked perfectly, if I do say so myself… flaky, moist, flavorful…

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On the side I made a cous cous salad with whole wheat cous cous, 1/2 cuke, 1/2 avocado, 1 small organge pepper, and some golden raisins. I dressed the salad in olive oil and balsamic. It was the perfect side dish for the salmon.

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I’m sorry to make this a kind of short post, but I am now working with my back-up old computer, the slowest thing of all time…

Well, tomorrow is always a new day… I need that! Goodnight!

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