Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Wrist Reminders.........

Every day, whether I am at home, out on the town or at the office I wear a collection of bracelets around my wrist. They are 6 different bracelets, none of them match, and to the ordinary person they probably look like nothing more than a cumbersome burden of clanging noise-makers. In all honesty, they don't cause too much of distraction and I am so accustomed to wearing them that they rarely get in the way. Most nights I take them off before I go to sleep but sometimes I forget. They are a part of me and my daily attire and I feel "naked" if I ever forget to wear them.

Some folks are fascinated by them, especially children, who insist that I take some of them off and hand them over for them to hold, play with, or wear.  I never begrudge or deny them--special things are meant to be shared even if only for a short time.  People ask me why I wear so many mismatched bracelets that appear to have no real rhyme or reason.  Each one (some expensive, some not) has a special meaning or purpose, and serve as reminders to me as I go about my hectic day and the combination of all of them together makes me feel whole. 

The first bracelet is my silver Tiffany heart.  I purchased this several years ago.  I had just landed my first job in the city and was earning more money than I had ever dreamed possible.  It was also my first Valentine's Day without a sweetheart ( I recently had left my husband and did not have and did want a boyfriend). Rather than sulk or cry, I treated myself to this classic piece of jewelry and celebrated by admiring it around my wrist each time my left hand reached into the biggest heart-shaped box of chocolate I could possiby find.   This bracelet serves as a reminder to always give my heart, always walk in love, and to always believe in and hope for love.  Love is the most precious gift we can give to ourselves and to others.  I never want to forget that so this simple silver chain with the danging heart never leaves my wrist for any reason. 

The second adornment is Buddhist prayer beads.  I bought these several years ago in a little shop on Hollywood Boulevard across from Eat Well (my favorite restaurant in LA for breakfast).  I spent alot of time in Los Angeles with my brother during those years. I was at the high-point of my life (finally free from an abusive marriage, earning an income that allowed me to travel as often as I wanted, and on a journey of self-discovery). It was also the lowest point in my beloved brother's life when he struggled with demons that just would not let go.  It was during those precious times I spent with him in his world that we got to know, respect and love each other in ways we never had before.  These beads are a memory of those special times, the fire we have both walked through together and separately, the victorious crossing to the other side, the bond that that can never break or tear us apart, and a constant reminder to offer my prayers of thanksgiving.

Third--a string of white jade stones.  These were a gift from my mom.  These are truly beautiful and have little specks of green in each little stone.  I love all things Asian, and have been collecting jade pieces since I was a little girl. Jade represents prosperity.  I wear these daily to remind me that no matter how tough life gets I am truly, truly blessed with so many gifts....my health,  my son, my family, my friends, a roof over my head,  my work.....the list is infinite.......

Next is a cuff of solid silver with etchings of dainty leaves and flowers.  Real silver will never change its color. This the largest bracelet I have.  It is like a shield I wear to remind me that no matter where I go, what I see, what I hear, or what I experience, I must be true to myself and never allow the world to tarnish or change me.

The fifth braclet is a band of leather with carvings of bouquets of flowers and peace signs.  I never wear leather but when I saw this I just had to have it.   It has such a special meaning that I was willing to make an exception to my rule.  I wear this to remind me to keep planting, keep growing, to help and allow others to grow, and to always walk in peace. 

Last, but not least, is the bracelet that joins all things together. It is bracelet of delicate bars of silver, gold and bronze. Etched into each bar are the words : LIVE, LAUGH, LOVE. Life is just a tedious passing of one day to the next  if we do not live with passion, if we cannot laugh at our own mistakes and shortcomings, and if we cannot love.  I never want a day in my life to go by without truly living, laughing, or loving and this is why I wear this bracelet daily.

To some of you, all this might seem ridiculous and to others these are just bracelets. To me....they are inspirations and reminders that my life is gift, every day is a new day, and it's my choice how I want to live it. I choose to live it lovingly, thankfully, prayerfully, carefully, peacefully, and full of passion and joy!

And this is my Daily Cyn...........

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Who am I and Why do I Keep Talking about Nutrition?

 For years I have had successful career in the Mortgage Industry, however,  the economy has changed, the mortgage world has changed and I find myself disillusioned and frustrated with an industry where I  keep working so hard yet reap so little reward. I am also tired of trying to keep up the pace of a lifestyle of non-stop parties and unhealthy choices.  After being rushed to the hospital several times with sky-high blood pressure and chest pains and the unwanted weight gain due to the overproduction of cortisol in my body from stress and lack of sleep, I made the decision to slow down and return to my roots.  Years ago I earned my degree in Holistic Health and Nutrition and I have returned to my first love and passion.....helping others achieve good health and a happy life and that all starts with good nutrition.  Over the past year I have been working on myself first by completely restucturing my lifestyle because I know I  must "practice what I preach" or it won't do anyone else an ounce of good!  Take it from me....it is never too late to change and heal yourself!

Metamorphosis Consulting is a counseling practice I started over ten years ago.  I am a certified Health and Nutritional Counselor and a Reflexologist. I am also in the process of completing my certification as a Life Coach.  I firmly believe, "We are what we eat!". I suffered for years with depression, the chronic aches and pains of fibromyalgia, and the discomfort and aggravation of ovarian cysts, endrometriosis and rapidly growing uterine fibroid tumors. After years of therapy, unsuccessful anti-depressant drug treatments and countless surgeries I finally resolved myself to a life of sadness and pain. At 35 years old, I refused to submit to my doctor after he insisted the only option to end my depression, pain and suffering was a complete hysterectomy. I "fired" my doctor, threw away my Prozac and pain medication, and began working with a well-known psychologist who taught me to use my mind to manage the pain. I spent endless hours in libraries searching for answers and finally discovered several successful studies on women with similar symptoms. The majority of their health issues had been resolved with a vegetarian diet and by avoiding pre-packaged processed foods. Determined to heal myself naturally without drugs, hormone therapy or surgery, I eliminated all meat, dairy, and processed foods from my diet and within six months was pain-free and no longer depressed. In thirteen years, my uterine tumors have not grown or caused any further complications and I am currently treating my menopausal symptoms with diet, herbal remedies, and by embracing the 'change" gracefully. My own personal experience and desire to share what I learned inspired me to enroll in The Institute For Integrative Nutrition to receive the proper training and certification to teach and help others. I have had the privilege to work with cancer survivors, diabetics, and recovering drug addicts and alcoholics. My dream is to one day have my own wellness center--a sea-side haven in the midst of chaos with a huge professional stainless steel kitchen where I can cook glorious healthy feasts to share with others who come to pratice yoga, have a massage, a facial, or who just want to come and rest, eat, learn and share.

I earned my graduate degree from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Columbia University, New York, NY. I am certified in Health and Nutritional Counseling, Reflexology and I am a board certified member of the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. I currently reside in Long Island, NY with my cat, Sambo and in my spare time read, research and write a daily blog, practice Bikram Yoga, and love to cook for my carnivorous boyfriend.

And this is my Daily Cyn............

Friday, June 25, 2010

The Journey Home.........

I previously wrote in one of my blogs about visions, goals and dreams and how important it is to have something you are passionate about and to visualize it until it is yours.  My goal is to have a little house on the beach or at the very least, within walking distance to some body of water, preferably the bay or the ocean.  I would even settle for a quiet lake.  I am not just sitting around dreaming about it, however.  I have a plan.... a two year plan.  In two years I will  be 50 years old. I am not afraid of turning 50.  I look forward to it.  What I am afraid of  is reaching that age and being in the same exact place I am at 48.  I am not necessarily talking about location, although that is part of the plan.   I am more interested in my emotional and physical state and my financial and job status more than anything.  Where I live is just geography.  Who I am and how I live (meaning quality of life) when I turn 50 is what matters most. 

Every week I get email updates from a couple of different realtors in the Virginia Beach area.  They send me photos and details on homes for sale or rent near the beach.  I am not quite ready to move yet, but they don't know that.  I want to get an idea of what's available out there and if something really catches my eye, it's an 8 hour drive from NY if I want to go check it out.  Why Virginia Beach? I have family there. It's South, but not too Southern.  It's warmer, the summers are definitely longer but the seasons also change. I wouldn't want to live without the changing leaves in the fall, the buds on the trees at springtime, or the crisp coolness of a winter morning.  Virginia Beach is where I spent alot of my childhood and I still love to visit as an adult.  It is full of wonderful memories; times of laughter and fun, summers on the beach, carefree craziness, and the love and comfort of dear relatives who, as I get older and my parents get even older, I just want to be near.   Am I trying to recapture my youth in some way? Perhaps.....but maybe there is something there for me that I need to discover, to learn, and to experience because out all the places in the world I could choose to live, that is where I want to be.

My two year plan also involves my work and finances.  I have worked very hard in the mortgage industry for years.  My goal was to be financially independent and for many years the loan business was very lucrative for me.  I earned a terrific income and sometimes spent my money foolishly because it appeared to be a well that would never run dry.  Over the past couple of years, the economy has changed, banks have closed and the lenders who do have money to lend are becoming more and more stringent.   Quailfying borrowers and the ability to write and close loans has become more and more difficult and quite frankly, I think the handwriting is on the wall concerning the industry. I am frustrated and disillusioned and the job, which once brought me great pleasure and was so rewarding, is now a burden.  It's time for a back-up plan and thankfully, I had the sense enough to go to school years ago and get training and a degree in something completely different.  My passion is and always has been nutrition and counseling others.  This past March, I reduced my work week at my mortgage company to three days and the other two days I spend at home trying to build my business, finding and working with clients, writing articles about health and nutrition, and educating myself to keep abreast and informed of the latest and greatest nutritional news.  In the next two years, I want to leave the mortgage industry behind, be completely self-employed and operating my consulting business from anywhere, whether I am sitting in a lounge chair on a beach, at my kitchen table, or from my little porch or deck over looking the water. I want to have enough finances to be comfortable, to pay my mortgage or rent, and to have a little left over at the end of the month to play with. 

 I have an idea of the home I would like to have.  It would simple, homey, earthy and inviting.  It must have a porch; a sweet resting place.  I will sit out there in the cool of the evening after the dishes are done with a cup of tea or a glass of wine, and gaze up at the stars or the moonlight over the water.  In the mornings I want to watch the sunrise from my front or back porch, sip my coffee, and meditate and pray.  In the back yard or off to the side I want a little garden to grow fresh vegetables and some herbs that I can brew into tea and for healing.  Between two trees, I want a hammock where loved ones can come rest their weary bones on lazy Sunday afternoons.  Inside, I want a fireplace to warm the chilly nights, and a big sunny kitchen to prepare feasts for family and friends, and to occassionally teach a cooking class to my clients.

This is my plan, my hope and my dream.  Does this sound like a lot to ask for? Perhaps.....but it's far from impossible.  Hopefully the special people I love will come with me but I will understand if they can't.  I am running out of time and I am not afraid to go alone.

This is a pretty big change for the girl who's motto has always been, "Where's the party?"  Life has a funny way of treating us and changing us.  When we are faced with difficult situations, illness, or trials and tribulations, it could be God's way of telling us to slow down a little.  I lived life in the fast lane for many years and I now suffer some of the consequences.  I've stomped my feet, cried my tears and have forgiven myself for my mistakes.  Now I only see stepping stones in a river I must cross over.  On the other side is the path leading to the road that is calling me home............

And this is my Daily Cyn............

Thursday, June 24, 2010


Butterfly beautiful butterflies

Such artistic creatures!

Reminiscent of an artist pallet of colors,

only painted and crafted by nature

Journeying through life in stages

deep within a comfort zone of transformation.

Eventually taking to flight!

Sail away, sail away in

Peaceful bliss

Spreading joy over turquoise seas

of transcending time.

Beautiful butterfly

A gift among my favorite things

Beautiful butterfly

all aflutter with change and renewal

by Sheila_Malaldo

And this is my Daily Cyn.........

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Asian Lettuce Wraps with Radishes

Here is a delicious and fun recipe using lettuce leaves instead of tortillas, bread or pancakes and our veggie of the month- Radishes!   I love the lettuce wraps at my local PF Changs Restaurant and these are similar.  This recipe calls for ground turkey but you can substitute with GimmeLean.  GimmieLean is a meat alternative found in the produce section of most markets and can be formed into meatballs, burgers, added to sauce or transformed into chili for a delicious vegetarian spin.

1 lb lean ground turkey or one package of GimmeLean ground beef alternative
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1 garlic clove, minced
2 teaspoons minced, fresh ginger

1 cup brown rice
2 cups water
16 large lettuce leaves, washed and dried
1 cup shredded carrots
1 cup scallions, sliced thin
1 cup sliced red bell pepper
1 cup sliced radishes

Dipping Sauce:
1/3 cup soy sauce
1/3 cup water
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 small garlic clove, minced
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger root
1 teaspoon honey

1.  In a medium bowl, mix together ground turkey or alternative and the meatball ingredients.  Form into 16 meatballs and roll into ovals.  Cover and refrigerate.

2.  In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the rice with 2 cups of water.  Bring water to a boil, adjust heat and simmer 20 minutes or until rice is tender.

3.  Preheat grill.  Arrange lettuce leaves, rice, carrots, scallions, radishes, and red pepper onto a serving platter.  In a medium bowl, thoroughly mix together the sauce ingredients and divide into 4 small dipping bowls.
4.  Thread 2 meatballs each onto 10 inch skewers.  If you are using GimmeLean, toss the meatballs lightly with a bit of olive oil to coat to avoid sticking.  Grill about 10 minutes, turning occassionally to brown all sides. Watch the alternative meatballs carefully so they do not burn on the grill. 

To eat, place a lettuce leaf in the palm of your hand or in a dish, spoon a little of the rice, then a meatball, and some of the vegetables.  Roll up and dip into the sauce or spoon sauce over the wrap.

Makes 4 servings
394 calories
12.3 grams of fat

And this is my Daily Cyn............

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Those Days Are Over?

I stepped outside my office today just to get a breath of fresh air and soak up some of the glorious sunshine.  A very nice, lady ( I will call her Sue) who works at the bank on the lower level of my building (where I happen to actually do my banking) was outside reading a magazine during her break.  We chatted for a moment or two and then she commented on the weather.  I agreed it was a beautiful day and wished I was at the beach.  She laughed and waved her hand and said, " Ha! The beach? I love the beach but those days are over!" I didn't get a chance to ask her why; her break was over and she quickly made her way back inside.

As I stood there, I could not help but wonder why her days at the beach are over. She is a lovely lady,  married for years and younger than me.  She is a bit overweight but I am sure she doesn't look bad in a bathing suit.  So why, when she loves the beach, are those days over? She's healthy, she's strong,  she is still young.  I don't know her personally.  She could have had skin cancer at one time and that keeps her away from the beach. I think that is a valid reason, but based on the way she said it, I have my doubts about that. Her statement echoed in my head all day and I couldn't stop thinking about all the times I actually hear those words:

"I used ride my bike all the time.....those days are over."
"I used to go out dancing but......those days are over."
"I enjoy sled riding, or jet skiing but.....those days are over."
" I wish I could play baseball but.....those days are over."
" I would love to have a motorcycle but.....those days are over."
" I always wanted to go back to school but....those days are over."

Nothing depresses me more than to hear someone make a statement like that, no matter what their age.  I believe that once you adopt an attitude of  "those days are over..." you will become old, sedentary, negative, and boring. I recently went camping and borrowed a sleeping bag from my parents.  They were concerned because I did not have an inflatable air mattress to sleep on.  " You are no spring chicken anymore," they told me.  "You can't go camping and sleep on the ground like you used to when you were 20. You are 48 years old now! Those days are over!"  How proud I was to return the sleeping bag to them completely free of any aches or pains from sleeping on the cold hard ground two nights in a row! Spring Chicken, indeed!! I can't help but wonder if I had adopted their attitude if I would have come home racked with pain instead. I truly believe if I keep telling myself I can't and listening to the negativity of others, those days will be over!

Some of us are older. We have health issues and limitations that make it difficult to do everything we used to do. I certainly understand that. I am not encouraging anyone to go out and play baseball 7 days a week when your doctor is telling you to take it easy.  What I am saying is most of the things we are able to do and not able to do are simply a matter of attitude.  A "those days are over" attitude has such a sad, hopeless, finality to it.  A "those days are over" attitude, whether you know it or not, paves the way for a subtle depression to set in, and depression causes aches, pains, and limitations.  Aches, pains and limitations cause more depression.  It's a never ending cycle that will eventually consume you and make you start to feel old before your time.

I recently went to Claudios in Greenport for Memorial Day weekend.  It's an annual ritual for me to usher in the summer out there eating fresh clams and listening to great live music with good friends.  Out on the dance floor was an elderly couple dancing their butts off to the music in the hot sun.  They had to be the oldest people in a sea of twenty, thirty and forty-somethings.  I couldn't stop smiling as I watched them.  They were having a blast, enjoying each other, laughing, dancing, spinning, twirling.  They put the rest of us to shame.  Did they have aches and pains the next day?  Perhaps.  Did they think it was worth it? I am sure they did.  Imagine if they just sat on the side watching everyone else having a great time, their hearts pumping,  feet tapping to the music, but holding back with a "we used to love to dance but...those days are over" attitude?

Think about the things you used to love to do or something you always wanted to do but think you can't anymore.  Perhaps you want to go back to college, learn to drive a stick shift, take a trip cross country, start a new business, or go out and dance all night. What ever it is, fill in the blanks:
" I used to__________...but those days are over."
" I always wanted to _____________...but those days are over."
"I enjoy________________...but those days are over."

Think long and hard about it and then ask yourself "why are those days over?" It is quite possible that you might come up with a million reasons why they are most certainly  NOT over. You just need to change your way of thinking.  Those days are not over until you breathe your last breath.  I plan to to enjoy every minute of life doing everything I want and love to do as long as my heart, body and mind allows me.  How about you?

And this is my Daily Cyn..........

Monday, June 21, 2010

Motts Medleys


I saw a commercial last night advertising a new juice: Motts Medleys. It was advertised by Marcia Cross who plays Bree Hodge (the seemingly 'PERFECT" wife and mother) on the show Desperate Houswives. The claim: packed with real fruit and vitamins, this juice is healthy to give to your kids and a good way to sneak fruit...its and veggies into them by serving them something that tastes good! Well.... you KNOW I wasn't about to take HER word for it so I did a little research of my own!! Here are the FACTS about Motts Medleys:

This little single serving of juice packs a whopping 200 calories

It is loaded with sugar: 48 grams.... no additional added sugar from what I can see but still....sugar is sugar!

48 carbs

The vitamin claim to fame is 420 mg of potassium

It contains 100% the daily recommended vitamin C

4% calcium

6% iron

Of course your kids will LOVE this....and want it all the time! It's SWEET!!!!!

If you are looking to feed your kids fruits and vitamins, you are not going to make them healthy or keep them that way by serving them this juice. This juice is expensive to buy and by continuously giving your kids this drink you could have a sugar addicted, potentially overweight and pre-diabetic situation on your hands!!!

Serve your kid a banana! It's portable, fun to eat and cheap. One banana contains 450 mg of potassium and only 14 grams of sugar. Make them a baked potato (skin on) or baked fries and they will be getting 1,081mg of potassium.

Concerned about Vitamin C? Hand your child an orange. They can peel it or you can cut one up into orange boats for them. Again....this is another fun food to eat and packs 70mg of Vitamin C and only 9.14 grams of sugar!

We can't possibly be THAT lazy or time-stressed that we need to pop open a bottle rather than peel a banana or cut up some orange slices to serve to our precious children.......
And this is my Daily Cyn........

Friday, June 18, 2010

What do I do with the radish tops??

A few people have asked me what to do with the radish greens..... Here are a few recipes using the leaves from the bunches of radishes you bought.  Most people toss these! I can't imagine. The leaves are packed with nutrients, minerals, and vitamin C!!!! Enjoy them.....

Radish Leaf Pesto
(can be spread on toasted italian bread or tossed with pasta)

 2 large handfuls of good-looking radish leaves, stems removed
30 grams (1 ounce) hard cheese, such as pecorino or parmesan, grated or shaved using a vegetable peeler
30 grams (1 ounce) nuts, such as pistachios, almonds, or pinenuts (avoid walnuts, which make the end result too bitter in my opinion)
1 clove garlic, germ removed, cut in four
a short ribbon of lemon zest cut thinly from an organic lemon with a vegetable peeler (optional)
2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more to get the consistency you like
salt, pepper, ground chili pepper

Put all the ingredients in a food processor or blender or mini-chopper, and process in short pulses until smooth. You will likely have to scrape down the sides of the bowl once or twice. This produces a thick pesto; add more oil and pulse again to get the consistency you prefer. (This can also be done with a mortar and pestle; it's great for your karma and your triceps.)

Taste, adjust the seasoning, and pack into an airtight container. Use within a few days (it will keep longer if you pour a thin layer of oil on the surface) or freeze.

Radish Leaf Salad

greens from 2 bunches of radishes
1 teaspoon mashed or crushed fresh garlic mixed with a pinch of salt
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 to 1/2 cup of raisins (the sweetness of the raisins balances the light bitterness of radish leaves)
1 onion sliced into thin rings OR 3 scallions finely chopped
1 can cooked garbanzo beans

Wash and dry the greens well and chop coarsely. 
Make a dressing by combining the mashed garlic, the olive oil and lemon juice.  Mix well
Add raisins, onions or scallions and the garbanzo beans to the greens and pour the dressing over all.
Toss well. Add additional salt and pepper to taste.


And this is my Daily Cyn.........

Thursday, June 17, 2010

The Ravishing Radish...........

I always thought the radish was a humble little vegetable.  It is oddly mishappen and rather funny looking with its pointy bottom and sparce little roots.  The radishes I have here at home are a brightly colored red.  Red is one of the most flamoyant of colors and anything but humble or boring. Red is hot and spicy.  Red is just what you need when you feel sad, when you want to make a statement, or spice things up a little.  Perhaps the radish is not so humble after all..........

Radishes are usually sliced or chopped and tossed into a salad.  In the past I have been guilty of buying those little bags of them in the produce section and weeks later, found them in the back of my fridge, sadly forsaken.  The best way to buy radishes is in bunches, with the greens and roots attached.  Wash them well and slice them, dice them, or bite into them whole. The radish is a root vegetable and is pungent or sweet in taste with a lot of juice.  Radishes are white, red, purple, or black, long, cylindrical, or round in shape.  They are eaten raw, cooked, pickled, or added to fresh homemade vegetable juice.  Here are some of the health benefits these ravishing gems offer.  I guarantee, after reading this, you will never forsake the radish again.......

Radishes contain antioxidants which help prevent the body from developing cancer.  It is believed that they mainly aid in the prevention of colon, breast and colon cancer.  They also contain vitamin C so if you are not a fan of oranges or orange juice and want to get your daily dose of this essential vitamin naturally, munch on a few radishes. Radish leaves contain almost six times the vitamin C and are also a good source of calcium.  They are also rich in potassium, folic acid, and copper. 

The radish is especially beneficial for liver and gallbladder function.  It regulates production and flow of bile, bilirubin, acids, enzymes, and removes excess bilirubin from the blood, being a good detoxifier.  It also contains enzymes like myrosinase, diastase, amylase, and esterase.  Radishes help protect the liver and the gallbladder from infections and ulcers and help soothe them.

If weight loss is your goal, add radishes to your diet.  They are tasty, filling and rich in fiber. They are low in calories, low in carbs, high in roughage, and contain a lot of water.  Snacking on radishes will fill you up quickly and might just satisfy that urge to nosh on something crunchy.  

Finding this all hard to believe?  Have some slices of radish.  You will feel better, look better; in fact, you will look and feel quite ravishing...........

Next I will be sharing some recipes for the ravishing radish...... stay tuned!

And this is my Daily Cyn............

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Garbage IN, garbage OUT!!!

As a health and nutritional counselor, I am always interested in what people eat and how to help them change a few things around to feel, look, and be their best.  I am an advocate of  "REAL FOOD" and try to avoid and discourage anything artificial, processed, overly sweet and unhealthy.  I am also a vegetarian, do not consume meat and exist on loads of fresh fruit, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein alternatives like beans, tofu, tempeh (tofu and tempeh are minimally processed but I would rather have those than eat meat). 

I recently posted a suggestion about a "conscious eating" experiment on my Facebook page.  I was looking for a few people interested in trying a few different foods (both healthy and unhealthy) and asked them to pay attention to what they were eating and how they felt during, after, a few days later.  I didn't push the experiment as much as I really wanted to because I was also in the middle of planning a camping trip for the weekend and dealing with a few personal inconveniences that consumed a great deal of time.  I was thrilled to learn that one of my friends did give the "conscious eating" a try and this is what he wrote to me:

"Hey Hey......did that little experiment thing.. but not with donuts...for the past 3 weeks I stopped eating meat.. cut out my sugar.. and started really to eat well....but the other nite I went to an outside festival in the city and said this is a really good place to see if I eat crap how I would feel after wards...hot dogs soda and ice cream later..I went home ....well the next day I felt like crap it took me 2 days to recover ...LOL...so just wanted to tell you .... "

WOW  Just one night of eating what we consider "normal festival fare" and he felt awful for two days after! I was so excited to hear his results but did feel bad that he felt so lousy as a result.  I certainly don't wish that horrible sluggish feeling on anyone; but I knew he would!

I had a similar experience this past weekend.  I went camping with a few girlfriends and we decided not to bbq or cook and packed a cooler full of whatever we could find that would be quick, easy and portable.  I personally packed some cheese,  some bagels, some Terra Chips (which are somewhat healthy) and some pistachio nuts.  Our cooler and bags were packed full of other goodies like Doritos, potato chips, pretzels, processed american cheese, other coldcuts, white bread, some fruit, and beer.  There was a little store nearby where we went to get breakfast each morning (eggs on a roll for me, bacon, egg and cheese on bagels or rolls for the carnivores in the group, and coffee). 

For two days I existed on some cheese, white bread and rolls, beer, chips, a couple of fire-roasted marshmallows,  a few strawberries and an orange.  I never even opened the pistachio nuts which would have been a good and healthy source of protein in a pinch.  By the end of the trip I was lethargic, depressed, completely exhausted and a roller coaster of emotions.  I came home on Sunday afternoon, laid down on my couch and passed out for several hours.  Two days later, I still feel awful.  My stomach is upset, I have had several yelling, screaming disagreements with my boyfriend, there are dark circles under my eyes that no amount of concealer will hide, and I feel as if I have been heavily sedated.  Now I must be honest, there were some outside influences and events that caused my emotions to run amuck over the weekend and for the past few days, but I am convinced that if I had been eating my regular healthy diet, things would have never been so blown out of proportion and I would not have reacted the way I did.  Garbage in.......garbage out!

I have returned to my simplistic, healthy, "real food" diet.  I have never been so excited to eat a dish of fresh spinach, brown rice, and cubed tofu in my life.  I am sipping miso soup and munching on fresh fruit and vegetables in an effort to bring my body back into submission again.

The moral of the story: we are what we eat.  Most of us don't even pay attention to what we eat.  We exist on garbage every day; pre-packed, processed, artifical fast food and wonder why we always feel so tired, so aggravated, so unhealthy.  If you feel like this more often than not, why not take a look at what you are eating or not eating and see if there are ways you can improve your diet.  Add some greens, some lean protein, cook at home a few nights in row.  See if you feel a difference.  I guarantee.......you will!!

If you would like to learn more about consciouse eating or need advice about real food, or just need to chat with someone about it, give me a call, send an email, or contact me on Facebook!!

And this is my Daily Cyn............