Archive for November, 2009

Spinning ClassToday was my first of many enjoyable and painful spinning classes at Vivre, a small gym in Palo Alto.  I went with a friend who was also a novice but was determined to stick it out the entire 60 minutes of bike-sprinting that we endured.

Spinning often creates a love-hate relationship.  On the one hand, it is exhilirating, challenging, and an honest 500 calories burned in the hour of cycling.

On the other, you want to scream at the instructor to shut up or let you take a break for once.

In between the 5 minutes of pure thigh burn, there’s a glimpse that you’ll feel pretty good at the end of this, but we’re far too interested in immediate gratification.

If you’ve never tried a spinning class, you will probably have one of two reactions at the end:  that was awesome and I will be back next week – or – never again. Spinning classes usually encourage a series of “running” and “sprinting” intervals where you turn up or down the resistance level on the bike.  There’s a lot more to it than just peddling.  Having good form and endurance is paramount to a successful spinning experience.

Many small gyms will offer a free group class or guest passes as part of regular membership.  If you’ve never given spinning class a try, you should try it just once.  Bring plenty of water and wear spandex shorts/pants to avoid them riding up.

Good luck, healthy girl!


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CrunchesToday I started the famous P-90X work out series (before and after pictures to come soon!).  I did the chest and back 1-hr workout by myself, but invited a friend over for the 20-minute ab ripper work out.  It was nearly impossible, but so much better with a friend.

Working out with a friend keeps you motivated and encourages you to FINISH.

Good luck, healthy girl!

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Are you a frequent snacker?  Like vegging out in front of the TV with a bag of chips or carton of ice cream? Portion Control Then you’re like most women, and it can be a difficult habit to break.

However, women who snack out of small bowls usually eat at least 25% fewer calories then women who eat straight from the container.  Rather than devour an entire bag of chips, pour the chips into a small bowl and allow yourself to only eat that amount.  Pouring into bowls sets boundaries for yourself, and deters you from getting up to re-fill.

For items you’re used to pouring into large bowls (pasta, cereal, ice cream), try using a smaller bowl.  See if you’re full after eating a smaller portion before going back for more.  And as always, combine any snack with a full glass of water.  If you ever eat because you’re thirsty or bored, this will help to block unwanted calories.

Portion control is a staple of any diet.  To get a jumpstart on your weight loss visit http://www.kaengraeng.com.

Good luck, healthy girl!

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Healthy Green Tea Diet

Green Tea

Are you a big coffee person?  Drink at least 2 cups per day?

Kick the habit by substituting one of your cups of coffee for a cup of Green Tea.  It’s an inexpensive, healthy alternative and it still has enough caffeine to get you through the morning.  Consuming too much caffeine can lead to heart problems, insomnia, changes in your metabolism, anxiety, nervousness, and other health problems.   Switch one of your cups for Green Tea this week and try both cups of Green Tea the next.  Once your body adjusts to the change, you won’t need coffee anymore.

Good luck, healthy girl!


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Bay Area: Loving Hut, 165 University Avenue, Palo Alto, CA or

1365 StGluten free vegan spring roll wrapockton Street, San Francisco, CA

The Loving Hut is an organic vegan cafe with multiple locations on the West Coast and Florida.  Displayed in the restaurants are pictures of famous celebrity vegans and vegetarians as well as literature and information on the vegan lifestyle.   The food is delicious – sandwiches, salads, desserts, and of course tapioca tea made especially with soy milk (bubble or boba tea).

I recommend the rice spring rolls.  Made with rice noodles, soy, and lots of veggies, they’re suitable for those with lactose intolerance or Celiac Disease (gluten free wraps!).  They also offer lots of choices for those going “raw vegan” or not eating anything vegan cooked over 118 degrees.

Lactose free ice cream

They also offer gluten free and lactose free versions of some of your favorite foods including fettucine, Shephard’s Pie, Cheesecake, and even ICE CREAM!  Lactose free ice cream?  Soy ice cream??  It’s so much more delicious than what you’ll find at the grocery store.  Go there with friends, on a date, or just by yourself.

Find the nearest Loving Hut for you at http://www.lovinghut.us







New York: Peacefood Cafe, 460 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY

Vegan healthy saladHey New Yorkers – try vegan!   The Peacefood Cafe offers plenty of options for salads, raw vegans, PIZZA, but also delicious totally 100% lactose free desserts.

Try one of their salds, like the their asian greens, or one of their pizzas like the mushroom deluxe.

Going raw?  You can’t miss the walnut pasta or absolutely delicious key lime pie (100% raw vegan!  no lactose or cooking!)

Raw Vegan Key Lime Pie

Other desserts include brownies, strawberry shortcake, coconut cream pie, tiramisu, and chocolate chip cookies!

Check out Peacefood Cafe today.

Good luck, healthy girl!

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Feeling sluggish?  Extra hungry?  Extra heavy?

Find one guilty food you enjoy and take a 2-week break.  Chocolate?   Alcohol?   Pizza?  If you can make it 14 days without that devilish treat, you won’t crave it and you’ll happily give it up for good.

Good luck, healthy girl!

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Reusable water bottle

Don’t drink enough water? Make it a habit to take a reusable 24 oz water bottle with you in your purse and sip throughout the day.  Consuming more water can reduce bloating, make you fill more full, and provide your body and mind the hydration it needs. Need to lose water weight?  Drinking lots of water is your first step towards reducing water weight and bloating.

Don’t have a reusable bottle?  Get one at http://www.kaengraeng.com/order.html Use coupon code FBFALL09 and get a bottle for FREE with your Kaeng Raeng purchase.

Good luck, healthy girl!

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