Month: August 2018

Food: Not Your Traditional Cinnamon Rolls

Last night as I sprinkled cinnamon on a dish I was preparing for dinner, I realized I don’t use the ingredient as often as I used to. Meaning that since I stopped baking and making oatmeal – as I Keto my way through life, I placed this sweet smelling ingredient in the back of my spice rack….until this morning, when I woke up craving cinnamon rolls.  Guess what we are having for breakfast tomorrow morning? {photo and recipe source}  

Health and Beauty: Sugar and Carbs Explained

Since Keto, I have made a conscious effort to cut down on carbs and sugar. Meaning to say, that some days, especially when I feel overwhelmed or stressed, I crave nothing but French fries and a box of chocolate. So, I attempt to alleviate the stress and talk myself out of indulging in the cravings in large quantities. What can I say, I am human and although very disciplined in how I live my life, sometimes do ‘fall of the wagon’. But just to help understand the damaging effect of sugar or carbs for those of us suffering from all sorts of issues – weight gain, bloating, digestive problems, diabetes, and/or allergies, I have listed excerpt from an article I found here. Fruits: A favorable choice over a candy bar – any day – but… if you are overweight, fruit is not your friend  Fruit should be an occasional treat, nature’s dessert, but do not count fruit, fruit juice, dried fruit or fruit pouches as equivalent to vegetables. Fruit is packed with nutrients – well, not …

Food: Dinner Tonight- Korean Beef

A simple meal is always welcomed in my household. Meaning where I don’t spend hours standing over the stove cooking on a weekday after a long day at work. But the fact, I enjoy fresh ingredients and home-made meals, inspires me to look for the easy in all recipes I find online that the family can enjoy and I can tweak it for my dietary needs. Like this one: INGREDIENTS 3/4 cup low sodium soy sauce (remove for Strict Keto – I normally use Gluten free soy sauce for the taste) 1/4 cup honey (remove for strict Keto followers) 1-2 tablespoons Gochujang (Korean chili paste) 1 inch fresh ginger, grated 2 cloves garlic, grated 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil, plus more for serving 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, sesame oil, or peanut oil 3 bell peppers, sliced 1 zucchini, chopped 1 1/2 pounds skirt or flank steak, thinly slice against the grain 4 green onions, chopped 1/2 cup fresh basil, roughly chopped {more} No rice for me – or if I absolutely am craving …

Health And Beauty: How and Why

I saw children dressed in pressed school uniforms, carrying new backpacks, and wearing trendy shoes, on the commuter train yesterday, and immediately looked at the calendar app on my i-Phone. I can’t believe – back to school season – is upon us. Which is a wonderful and crazy thing – compounding to the already chaotic city life with kids blending throughout, starting school. And so I remained on my phone throughout the ride, in an effort to tune out the yell-talking across the train, the kicking and shoving, horsing around, and all things that remind us that being youthful is simply a part of life. Here’s what I tagged to share today: There is a list of five books that is said to change your life – if you are looking for ways to improve or realign yourself. Thirteen Things 1. Thirteen Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do by Amy Morin How To Stop Worrying and Start Living by Dale Carnegie How Will You Measure Your Life by Clayton M. Christensen, James Allworth, and Karen Dillon Finding …

Food: Dinner Tonight- Thai Steak Sandwich

I love steak sandwich and will actually search for the option on any menu while dining out. But tonight, I wanted to do something different with the skirt steak that’s been thawing out in my refrigerator. Now as I have mentioned many times, I Keto my way through life now, with the option to have one cheat day here and there. Meaning to say, that this recipe is too good for me to leave out anything, so if you are curious then see below how it is I am cheating: INGREDIENTS 2 pounds skirt steak 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 1/3 cup honey (cheat) 1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce or tamari   (cheat)  4 cloves garlic, minced or grated 1 inch fresh ginger, grated 1 tablespoon chili paste 1 toasted baguette, halved and cut into 4-6 pieces (cheat) gingered tahini or mayo, for spreading (optional) MANGO BASIL SALAD 1/3 cup sesame oil juice from 2 limes 1 tablespoon fish sauce 2 green onions, chopped 1/3 cup fresh basil, chopped 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped 1 mango, sliced or chopped (cheat) 2 carrots, shredded (cheat) 2 persian cucumbers, sliced 2 jalapeños, sliced 1/4 cup roasted peanuts, chopped  (cheat)   **If you want to maintain the Keto alternative …

Fashion: Coats and Jackets

Since we don’t really have a proper summer in San Francisco, it is very easy for the locals to shop for coats over the season and even wear them in the middle of October. Just this morning, two women were bundled up with gloves on and hoods tightly framing their faces. I get it, but I try to fight the urge to cloak myself just as well. So for the urge to wear a coat or simply shop for one – I have to say these are currently on my radar:  

Food: London Vegan Eateries

Before my trip to London for a few days in May, I made a list of restaurants I wanted to try, and out of the list of ten places, we only experienced two – which were mostly based on hype and the food not as spectacular as the menu made it sound to be. So I won’t mention them here. But the following places on this list are ones I intend to try when I return to London in December. You might also find this article interesting – When to buy organic and when not