There are few things in this world that I love more than best friends and good wine. Last night, I had the pleasure of enjoying both.
My good friend Raquel and I had a girlie evening planned! Before enjoying our prospective drinks (pinot gris for me and red sangria for her), we went shopping for a couple of hours. I needed work clothes and Raquel loves shopping so it was perfect. I scored a pair of cropped dress pants and a boho number that is totally not work appropriate but is absolutely essential for summer. I can’t wait to put it on the fashion page!
Okay, back to dinner.
We decided it would only be appropriate if we went for dinner at Garden Grille. I mean, really, where else would we go? We were both pretty hungry so we decided to order the sweet potato wedges with housemade BBQ sauce as our appetizer.
Sweet Potato Wedges!
For my entree, I chose the spring panzanella salad: arugula on top of roasted asparagus, radishes, and onions. It came with two huge chunks of organic tofu and a side of homemade ramp poppyseed dressing. I licked my plate clean!
Raquel decided to order the chipotle seitan, which came with homemade wasabi mustard for dipping, and the local vegetable special of the night: roasted asparagus. Always a wise decision, if I do say so myself!
We left with full hearts and happy bellies. Thankfully, our night wasn’t over! We stopped by Raquel’s boyfriend’s house to chat for a few minutes before heading back to her house. The minute our heads hit the pillow, we were out like lights!
This morning’s workout was a double whammy. I taught back-to-back classes at Mind Body Barre and really worked up a sweat with our ladies! I love pushing our clients past their limits. Some even said this was the hardest class they’ve taken at Mind Body Barre. You can bet this girl was smiling from ear to ear! Little things like that really do make my day.
After working out for two hours, I was HUNGRY! I came home and made a pretty stellar salad that was two time the size of my head. So, nothing new.
In the Tuppwerware container (for easy mixing): baby spinach, cabbage, red peppers, carrots, avocado, and edamame, topped with nutritional yeast and some Trader Joe’s Italian vinaigrette dressing. Works for me! Later on, I snacked on an unpictured apple.
Bill Clinton Supports NY Soda Ban
Whether you are a Bill Clinton fan or not, you have to agree on one thing: he has brought insurmountable support and attention to veganism. Clinton used veganism as a personal weight loss tool. It helped him shed 24 pounds, after a quadruple bypass surgery in 2004 and having two stents placed in his coronary artery in 2010. While he has omitted meat and dairy, he said that he still eats salmon once a week.
According to this article on Examiner.com, Clinton supports New York Mayor Bloomberg’s decision to ban all soda from elementary and high schools in the state. On Piers Morgan Tonight, Clinton said, ”So if you get rid of these giant, full-of-sugar drinks and make people have smaller portions, it will help. I know a lot of people think, ‘Well, this is a nanny state and [Bloomberg is] interfering.’ But these are very serious problems. It’s like shortening your life and undermining the quality of your life and exploding the cost of our healthcare system.”
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When I was suffering from my ED, I drank diet soda like it was my job. It was somewhat my drug of choice, I suppose, and I used it as a way to make my feel “satisfied” so that I wouldn’t have to eat food. This is very common among ED sufferers, especially anorexics. Now, I shudder at the thought of drinking soda. Studies have shown that aspartame and the other artificial sugars activate the same receptors in our brain responsible for addicting drugs like cocaine – hence, the name “Coke.” That being said, I am not a fan of soda and I am a big supporter of getting it out of our schools! I’m all for kids having choices but not those that could be a detriment to their health.
Question of the Day: What do you think about the soda ban? Yay or nay? Are you/were you a fan of soda?