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Toe Shoes in the News

My beloved toe shoes are featured in Yahoo’s Healthy Living section this week. The article gives readers the gist of how toe shoes became popular (created in 2006, became popular last year because of a best selling book called ‘Born to Run’). Check out the full article.

The Great Peanut Butter Watch of 2010: Update 4

I disgust me….I am disgusted by me….I disgust myself. I purchased a jar of peanut butter FOUR days ago and this is how much is left:

I don’t know what to say…I have nothing to say. I suppose you can ask “why don’t I just not buy peanut butter?”….and it is a valid question but I want to learn self control (to date, a complete failure). So, the genius in me devised a plan to help me control my peanut butter addiction:

Applying my expert skills, I tore out two pages from a Victoria Secret catalogue and taped it to my jar of the peanut butter. I chose the tummy because of my mini-earl and I chose the back because I can’t stand back-fat (even though the chick is terribly shapeless). Anyhoot, so whenever I open to my cupboard in an attempt to reach for the peanut butter, I will see this. Let us pray that it works.

Today’s Workout…

….was KenpoX.

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This is also the end of my second week of P90x and holy sh!t, my body feels like it has been through war…this is no exaggeration. Doing the Kenpo today, my legs were on  fire and my shoulders did not want to keep up; it was freaking crazy, but I would not change it for the world. I love this feeling, but I’m def happy for a rest day tomorrow!

Today’s Workout…

… was exhausting! I’ve been feeling really weird lately and have been wanting to just be outside for a while. So with the rain all day yesterday, this morning was nice and cool…perfect for a bike ride. I didn’t do my usual long ride, but I did ride for about an hour. It was so good, the smells from the rain and the cooling breeze were just what I needed to start my day.

So after a vigorous ride, I came home to do P90x abs and the shoulders & arms workouts.

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I love this workout….I’m not sure why though. Man, my shoulders feel like jelly right now.

The combo of biking and P90x really left me exhausted but feeling great. I love this feeling. I don’t get why people don’t work out….it does wonder for my mind and body…the stuff you can and cannot see.

Simple Three Bean Soup

I was too lazy to put to clean and cook any meat, so I decided to go vegetarian and make a bean and veggie soup. Here is the ingredient list:

  • Garlic – (chopped) it increases blood flow; research shows that it inhibits the growth of cancer cells in the lab
  • Onion (chopped) – helps to prevent atherosclerosis; provides relief for colds and asthma
  • Red Bell Pepper (chopped) – has antioxidants; tons of vitamin C and decent amounts of vitamins A and B6
  • Mushrooms (sliced) – high in fibre and lots of B vitamins (niacin, B6, and riboflavin)
  • Beets (chopped) – lots of folic acid and antioxidents
  • Lentils (’bout half cup)- tons of minerals, fibre, and  iron
  • Red Beans (1 can) – lots of fibre, protein, and some antioxidant properties
  • Butter Beans (1 can) – rich in soluble fibre (helps to lower cholesterol); lots of potassium and iron too

Steps

  1. heat pot with 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  2. sauté garlic, onions, mushrooms, and red peppers. When kinda soft, add lentils.
  3. Add stewed tomatoes (I use the canned kinda, low sodium; gives it a natural sweet flavour)
  4. Then add the red beans and butter beans (if you use canned beans, please rinse thoroughly…what is the gooey sh!t anyways???)
  5. Add your beets (beets will not only give the soup an insanely red colour, but will also add great texture and a little sweetness too)
  6. Add your seasonings: salt, pepper, herbs, whatever
  7. Add water, bring to a boil, then lower heat.
  8. You’ll know its done when the lentils and beets are edible.

Superiority at the Supermarket

In terms of the items I choose, I am waaaaay better at the supermarket than most and I KNOW that others are jealous of me! How can they not be?? While they have frozen pizza, donuts, cookies, chips, and alfredo sauce in a jar….I, simply, do not. Sometimes I look at other people’s carts in amazement and wonder if they can’t make their own potato salad or I search in vain for some sign of a non-canned, non-frozen fruit or vegetable. I cannot comprehend such things siiiiigh.

Alas, we all have our faults, but at the supermarket, I have none. I should be the poster child of healthy supermarket shopping; matter of fact, I need a giant billboard. Ladies and gentlemen, please witness the perfection that is grocery shopping below (besides the toilet paper and sandwich bags not pictured, I swear that the items below are all I purchased):

Fruit and Veggies: grapefruits, bananas, raspberries, kiwis, baby spinach, beets, avocado, purple onion, mushrooms, red bell pepper, and tomatoes.

Dairy: eggs from vegetarian fed hens, 1%milk, 2% evaporated milk (I was born and raised in a former British colony…its how we drink tea!!), and multigrain Thomas’ English Muffins.

Proteins: canned butter beans (OK, maybe the canned option isn’t that great), reduced fat peanut butter (you should have seen this coming), Muscle Milk Light, hummus, raw walnuts, fish, and sliced ham.

Random: Women’s Health mag (I like some of their healthy recipes), black tea (again, the whole British thing), and goat cheese (I forgot to add this to the dairy section…ooops).

Now, I suppose I must admit that my perfection is limited to the supermarket in my neighbourHOOD. Should you compare my cart to someone from Whole Foods, that person will win because every-friggin-thing in Whole Foods is sustainable, organic, cage-free, grass-fed, free-range, non-polluting, green certified….and I can keep going.

However, I still maintain my supermarket superiority. Please e-mail me for your own personalized course on “How to Shop at the Supermarket So You Can Be a Champion and Amazing Like Dani”.

Breakfast (along with a Muscle Milk Light)