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Lara I.

Oakland, California
I am a clinical social worker, as my day job, and an avid self-care enthusiast in my spare time. My job is an extremely stressful position in which I am a psychotherapist for chronically mentally ill individuals. For this reason, I have dedicated myself to balancing the stress of my weekdays with healthy relaxation practices in the evenings and weekends. I am a strong advocate for the benefits of self-care, both for my clients, and myself. I get outdoors as much as I possibly can, and love to... Full Bio
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Quorn Brand Grillers by Lara I. Posted in: General Discussion in Vegetarian Check out Quorn brand meat substitutes in the frozen food aisle next time you're in your fave health food store. My favorite are the grillers...they look and taste like bonel ... Read on »
Active BBQ by Lara I. 1 Comment Posted in: General Discussion in Recreation As Labor Day weekend approaches, BBQs abound. One idea...make activity, not food, the focus of your BBQ. Set up badmitton, horseshoes, even regress to childhood and get goof ... Read on »
What's so wrong with soda? by Lara I. 4 Comments Posted in: Questions & Answers in Healthy Eating I've always heard how bad soda is for you, but never why (other than sugar). If you get caffeine-free, diet soda...is it still bad? Read on »
Wasa crackerbread by Lara I. 1 Comment Posted in: General Discussion in Healthy Cooking My new favorite snack...check out wasa brand crackerbread. They have lots of types, but I like the light n' crisp. It is just that. It's a great, much healthier alternative ... Read on »
Calorie Counters by Lara I. 2 Comments Posted in: General Discussion in Exercise I recently saw an article which suggested that the calorie counters on gym cardio machines, like the elliptical, are inaccurate and may grossly over-estimate calories burned. ... Read on »
Trekking Poles by Lara I. 1 Comment Posted in: General Discussion in Hiking I highly recommend trekking poles. While they can be pricey, they add shock absorption to protect your knees and ankles, plus they increase calories burned, while seemingly e ... Read on »
Wine for your health by Lara I. 4 Comments Posted in: General Discussion in Healthy Eating I know that a glass of wine a day is supposed to be good for you. Anyone know if red or white is better? Read on »
Rinsing rice? by Lara I. 4 Comments Posted in: Questions & Answers in Healthy Cooking I've heard conflicting things: some people suggest rinsing rice before cooking it, others say it strips the rice of its nutrients. Anyone know? Read on »
Speed dating on salsa lessons? by Lara I. 2 Comments Posted in: Questions & Answers in Dance I couldn't tell them apart. I went to Montero's (http://www.clubmonteros.com/) in Berekeley for their free salsa lessons with friends, and my boyfriend. Lessons involve rota ... Read on »
Sushi by Lara I. 1 Comment Posted in: General Discussion in Healthy Eating Planning a dinner out, but not wanting to go overboard on the calories and fat? Sushi is an excellent way to eat out healthfully. (Avoid the fried options). Read on »
Egg beaters by Lara I. 2 Comments Posted in: Questions & Answers in Weight loss Anyone have a good crustless quiche, veggie recipe to make with egg beaters? Read on »
Obsessive or a good idea? by Lara I. 3 Comments Posted in: General Discussion in Healthy Eating So, years ago, one of my friends joined weight watchers, and I remember her telling me a tip about getting salad dressing "on the side", then dipping your fork in the dressing ... Read on »
And polenta??? by Lara I. 2 Comments Posted in: Questions & Answers in Vegetarian I just posted about my distaste for tempeh, then realized i have a similar attitude toward polenta...it's so bland! Any ideas to spruce it up??? Read on »
Tempeh help by Lara I. 2 Comments Posted in: General Discussion in Vegetarian I am a vegetarian who hates tempeh. I think it is so dense. I also realize that by not eating it, I am further limiting my options. Anybody have a recipe that might win me ... Read on »
Any tips on good posture? by Lara I. 5 Comments Posted in: Questions & Answers in Stress Management I have been trying to improve my posture for over a year. Nothing seems to work. I am a horrible sloucher. I've tried braces to hold my shoulders back, I've tried strengthe ... Read on »
Benefits of the eliptical by Lara I. 4 Comments Posted in: General Discussion in Exercise I really like the eliptical trainer. It sort of can simulate jogging, but with no impact. It's easier on the joints, particularly the knees. Plus, if you put headphones wit ... Read on »
Mashed Potato alternative by Lara I. 3 Comments Posted in: General Discussion in Healthy Cooking Love those creamy, fluffy mashed potatoes, with some good ol' gravy? MMM. Me too. Try this alternative. It's healthier, and tastes really good. Make mashed cauliflower ins ... Read on »
Gimme Lean Veggie Sausage by Lara I. Posted in: General Discussion in Vegetarian Miss those greasy egg and sausage breakfasts since you became vegetarian? Try Gimme Lean brand vegetarian sausage. I like the ground meat style one, then I shape them into p ... Read on »
afternoon snack by Lara I. 1 Comment Posted in: General Discussion in Vegetarian For a good, vegetarian afternoon snack, try lightlife brand vegetarian pepperoni slices on slices of apple. Sounds weird, but it's really good! Read on »
Speed your metabolism by Lara I. Posted in: General Discussion in Strength Training Did you know that muscle burns more calories than fat? All the more reason to build those muscles in addition to your regular cardio work out! Read on »