Monday, March 26, 2012

Happy Meals - Eating in Courses

My new favorite thing (or something I have kind of always done here and there, but have now adopted as my way) is eating in courses - casually. Lil' one and I have often eaten this way, especially when I'm coming up with dinner on the fly and grab stuff here and there from the fridge and pantry.

I am always looking for ways to make household responsibilities less laborious. This is one way for me. I don't have to hear lil' one moan and groan about how hungry she is while I try to finish an entire meal. I get to eat while the rest of the meal is cooking. By the time we are enjoying our last course, we are nourished and content. Today's "Happy Meal"...

First Course ~ Tomato & Cucumber Salad
This is a light, fresh, and quick way to START the meal while the rest of dinner is in the works. I also like the idea of starting with vegetables.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Haircut Part I

Today was haircut day, and boy was I overdue. When I lived in New York, it was easy for me to get a regular trim because I sort of did it with the incoming season. However, in Florida,

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Latest Hair Product Staples - Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine

Last week I was completely out of shampoo, conditioner, and leave-in. I was ecstatic because I've been patiently going through my products, striving to minimize my inventory (you know, my whole minimalist lifestyle thing) - and here I was with nothing, a blank slate.

This time I decided to give an entire line a try, and I picked Garnier Fructis. I've been using the shampoo, conditioner, leave-in and cream gel for my twist-outs and I think they are turning out quite nicely.  What's more, my curls feel so springy and bouncy.

I look forward to seeing how the system works on my hair when I straighten it.

On Doing a Master Cleanse

Yes, I completed a 10 day master cleanse. My reasons for doing it included continuing to clear up my skin (after a bout of break-outs in reaction to gluten), trying to control allergies, and going back to healthier eating habits. It was nice to give my digestive system a break. It was great to confirm that I will not die if I don't eat solid foods for more than one day.

I didn't experience any hunger - just cravings; for popcorn in particular. Since doing the Master Cleanse...

1. I continue to drink the lemonade here and there, because it actually isn't bad and because I still have a weakness for French Bread, I need a glass or two afterwards to clear me up. Yes, it's been helping.

2. I didn't eat meet for about a week after the cleanse. Just wanted to keep my body light. It was great and I will continue to take animal protein breaks.

3. I have decided that I will give my digestive system a break (fast) for one day out of the month. It can reduce your risk of heart disease by 39% - that's pretty significant! As a matter of fact, I think tomorrow will be my first day.

Here is some preliminary information about the Master Cleanse.


The day before starting your cleanse gather all the ingredients and supplies you will need.

Ingredients for 10 Days:
30 large lemons
64 fl oz organic Grade B maple syrup
4 oz sea salt (not iodized)
6 tsp/.5 oz cayenne pepper powder
10 herbal laxative tea bags
8 gallons purified water

Before bedtime drink your first cup of herbal laxative tea.

How to Brew a Cup of Tea for Maximum Benefit and Enjoyment:
Bring 8 oz (1 cup) of purified water to a boil
Pour water over a tea bag in a cup
Cover the cup with a small dish
Allow to steep 10-15 minutes
Gently squeeze the tea bag to release remaining extract

Start your first day (and the remaining 9 days thereafter) with a salt water flush.

Recipe for Daily Salt Water Flush:
32 oz (4 cups) of purified water with two(2) level tsp of sea salt

Daily Regimen for 10 Days:
Drink 32 oz (4 cups) of purified water with two level tsp of sea salt (you will need access to a bathroom within the hour)
Drink 6 to 12 glasses of the lemonade
Drink as much herbal mint tea and/or water as you wish throughout the day

Recipe for 1 Glass of Lemonade:
2 tbsp (1/2 of one lemon) freshly squeezed lemon/lime juice
2 tbsp organic Grade B maple syrup
1/10 tsp cayenne pepper or to taste (more)
8 oz (1 cup) glass warm/room temperature purified water

The last day of your cleanse, do not drink the herbal laxative tea at bedtime.

Post-Cleanse Day 1:
Drink several 8 oz glasses of orange juice throughout the day as desired.

Post-Cleanse Day 2:
Drink several 8 oz glasses of orange juice throughout the morning and early afternoon.
Have a homemade vegan vegetable soup for dinner.

Post-Cleanse Day 3:
Drink an 8oz glass of orange juice for breakfast.
Have a homemade vegan vegetable soup for lunch.
Have a vegan meal for dinner.

You may now resume to regular eating and start consuming mindfully for better health and beauty.

What's Up With Your Hair?

It was so sweet to get an email recently from a reader asking for more pictures of my hair. Currently, I am doing an on-site project so I have been hard-pressed to blog. However, if I could show you (maybe I will) the long list of upcoming post ideas I am itching to share...

In the meantime, I have been taking pictures here and there with my MacBook camera.

It's no secret that I LOVE roller sets. This has been quite the time saver for me in the mornings now that I have to actually "get dressed", get my lil' one ready for school, and leave my office to work.

Due to laziness and/or travel on the weekends, I haven't roller set my hair in weeks (even though this would save me a lot of time and hassle when traveling). You never know how the climate or water quality may affect your hair.

Twist-outs are my second favorite go-to style as they give my curls more definition and I can usually sneak in a second day. I used to be a wash-n-go girl but I feel like the twist-outs are more beneficial to the health of my hair.

I am overdue for a hair trim. My ends are parched. So I think this weekend I may straighten my hair and go to a local hair salon. So far, this has been the best strategy to get a decent cut.