I am on day 2 of going sugar free and quite frankly it sucks. I've had a nagging headache for two days and feel exhausted. (Ok well I went to bed a little too late last night so I guess that one doesn't count). BUT-----I know that the end results will be worth it.
I've been a sugar addict all of my life. It comes in all forms. From ketchup to soda, flavored kids drinks (think Kool-Aid), ice cream, cookies, candy, bread and breakfast cereals! Sugar is present in pretty much every thing you can think of. I'm not here to say that all sugar is bad. After all, our brains depend on sugar and oxygen to function properly. What I'm talking about is refined white sugar. NOT the sugar naturally found in fruits.
Its past 1am here in the east coast and I'm tossing and turning. I should be sleeping, especially since I planned on going for a 6:30am run. Ha. So naturally I pull out my iPhone and start googling affects of sleep on weight gain/loss. Well folks, let's just say that my lack of shut eye is a no-no.
According to a study in Glamour magazine they had 7 women get at least 7 and a half hours of sleep for 10 weeks. The results? All women lost 6lbs or more. One participant lost 15! Say what?!? Yup. 15.
I can't believe Amy Winhouse really has passed away. She was so unbelievably talented. Too many of our young and gifted musical talents are gone too soon. I hope she finds the peace she was looking for.
Ohhhhhhhhh how I love me some Hello Kitty! My obession started when I was a toddler and hasn't stopped since. I've cut back a whole lot on my HK purchases but I mean really, could this be any perfect??
It's going to be a sad, sad, day when we wake up. Right at this very second the crew of Shuttle Atlantis is preparing for its final landing scheduled for tomorrow morning at 5:56am at NASA's Kenny Space Station in Florida. I actually watched it's final launch live via NASA's USTREAM. I'm not gonna lie; I actually got a little choked up (I'm a space geek, shhhh, don't tell anyone). I know that the program costs a ridiculous amount of money but truthfully I am a little heartbroken that they are shutting it down. All good things must come to an end right?
Besides the amazing fashion, yes I said amazing, the 1950s blessed us with these beautifully designed home appliances. In the house I grew up we had a 1950's stove and it was awesome. It is missed. Here for your viewing pleasure are the aforementioned appliances...
I was lucky enough to get a pair of Nike Free Quick Fit+ kicks from my BFF for Christmas last year. Those suckers were perfect for me but now I'm in dire need of a new pair. Wahhhh (insert best Snookie sound bite). I know I want to stick with the Nike Free line but I think I'm going to go with the XT Motion Fit+. I do Zumba, run/walk, and circuit train so I think they'll do the trick. The dilemma is not if I'll get them, but what color! Such tough decisions.
No one said losing weight was ever easy. Hell, I know first hand. However, it is not impossible. Just ask these celebs. OK I know they are celebrities and probably have personal trainers and all of those perks but when it comes down to it its all bout personal sacrifice, determination and will power.
Let me start this by saying I LOVE avocado. Seriously. I like to eat it with a little salt, plain, cut up in salads, as guacamole (duh), as a spread on burgers or sandwiches...it's beyond delish. Besides making my taste buds dance avocados (or aguacate in Spanish) are quite the nutritious fruit.
Here are some avocado facts (as found on www.healthdiaries.com)
- Avocados are a fruit, not a vegetable.
- There are more than 500 avocado varieties.
- Avocados are native to Central and South America, where they have been cultivated for over 10,000 years.
- Another name for the avocado is the "alligator pear," so-called because of its alligator skin texture and pear shape.
- The Aztec word for avocado was ahuacatl, which means "testicle tree". (There's a fun fact for ya)
- Spanish explorers could not pronounce ahuacatl, so they called the avocado aguacate. This is the origin of the word guacamole.
- The origin of guacamole is the Aztec avocado sauce called ahuaca-hulli.
- Avocados were first introduced to the United States in 1871, when Judge R.B. Ord planted three trees in Santa Barbara, California.
- The Hass is the most common avocado in the United States and is the only avocado grown year round.
- Rudolph Hass, a postman, patented the Hass avocado tree in 1935. The first Hass avocado tree is still alive and producing fruit.
- Mexico is the world's top producer of avocados, with California coming in second.
- California boasts 7,000 avocado groves. San Diego County produces 60% of California avocados. Florida is the second main producer in the United States.
- Aside from the United States and Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Brazil, and Colombia are the world's top producing countries.
- One tree can produce between 150 and 500 avocados per year.
- The average avocado contains 300 calories and 30 grams of healthy polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fat.
- Avocados have the highest protein content of any fruit. (KEY!!)
- Avocados contain more potassium than bananas.
- One avocado contains 81 mcg of lutein, an important nutrient for healthy eyes.
- Once an avocado is picked, it takes between 7 and 10 days to ripen. Keeping it in the refrigerator will slow down the ripening process, while putting it in a paper bag with a ripe apple will speed up the process.
- On average, 53.5 million pounds of guacamole are eaten every Super Bowl Sunday, enough to cover a football field more than 20 feet thick.
I need this ASAP! Check out some more avocado slicers at Amazon.
I LOVE the styling of Baby Gaps current online toddler boys campaign. The hat, the boots, the red jeans, the striped shirt against the yellow backdrop...I mean really. This kid is dressed better than half of the people I know. I give it two snaps and a twist!