DIEt foods

February 1st 2010

fitness magazine came out with a great article on the top ten DIET foods that make you fat. i agree with all of these, but #3, “trail mix,” makes my blood boil. mainly because i have repeatedly fallen for a pretty label suggesting more energy, less fatigue, satiety, cuter clothes….well, you get the idea. only to be completely duped, and realize i’ve consumed a ton of calories and fat, and even more chemicals than a bottle of nail polish.

the fact that trail mix is still touted/sold as a health food is blasphemous. the crap in most pre-made trail mix is incredibly bad for you. most sugar-coat the dried fruit, add pretzels AND crackers!? which, twenty minutes post consumption, would render me on a park bench waiting for the wake-up fairy.

the nuts (often roasted in hydrogenated oils) are typically saltier than a margarita rim. even-more, flour and more sugar are often added as well. they may also contain other unhealthy additives, coloring, artificial flavorings, or preservatives.

BUT when packaged so pretty and innocent looking, one i can easily be beguiled into buying these compact, high-caloric bundles of malice.

these bags even have fitness endeavors right there on the damn label; leering consumers myself into a purchase. because i’m a sucker for all things purple, green and shiny, purchase i did (completely eschewing my instinct to first look at the label); then eating my “mix” along my  “trail” of bamboo floors, traversing yoga mats and spin bikes throughout the rest of my day.

i couldn’t even finish the package. the saltiness was beyond anything i could handle.  i might as well have I.V.’d a bag of soy sauce into my arm for the amount of salt in one tiny package. the berries (?) resembled former 90210 actresses:  dried up, has-been fruit, shriveled and sparse. powdered sugar their concealer, an effort to bring back days of juiciness and squirt.

since i wasn’t going to finish the bag, i decided to finally look at the label; to really feel like a doofus.

UGH!!!! sick! sick! sick! high sodium, high sugar, hydrogenated oils, and this bitty sack had over 500 calories. the taste??!??! bleh. if i’m going to use 500 calories i’m sure not wasting it on something that makes my mouth taste like the bottom of a salty, sandy foot.

so maddening, this trash they sell as “healthy”!??!?!

i’d almost feel better telling you to actually go out on a real trail, and pick edible items from your path rather than eat some of this pre-packaged junk.

{ COMMON SENSE DISCLAIMER:  i am in no way shape or form endorsing anyone to really eat rocks, branches and dirt…..if this isn’t obvious to you, here’s a better website}

from now on i make my own trail mix. it’s delicious, cheaper, and so much healthier.

here’s what i do so i’m not tempted to waste my money and health on those “convenience” mixes offered everywhere (hint: starbucks, peets, etc.)

i make my own homemade trail mix from the bulk bins at mother’s market. it’s cheaper, healthier, tastier, and so much more convenient.

here’s this week’s mix: my current favorite.

i buy raw organic walnuts in mass quantities.

i buy dried organic gogi berries.

i dole them out into very tiny cups.

i mix them together in a portable 1/2 cup tupperware i carry in my bag.

notice my handful. that is 1 serving. i have one handful every 1 -2 hours only. that’s it!!

these Glad tupperwares are great because they last for years, and carry about 4-5 servings of a homemade trail mix.

yes, i know it’s not rocket science, but sometimes i forget simple is the best way to go. in this case too: less is more=tastes better.

don’t get me wrong, i change up my combos all the time. i LOVE LOVE LOVE raw almonds, but i know i need more omega-3’s and walnuts are low in the glycemic index ( i CANNOT eat anything that will get me crashing).

dried pineapple rings get me doing back-flips they’re so delicious. as are macadamia nuts (but those suckers take up a lot of space in my damn little glad tupperware, so i’m usually limited to 5).

can you suggest any good combos for me?

last but not least readers!! the winner of the box of ‘chews better’ candy is……………

mrs diana musial!!! congratulations diana!!! you won!! you won!! email me your address so i can get these right out to you asap!

thanks for all the other readers. please stay tuned. we have a VERY glamourous giveaway coming up this week.

lots of love,


I Want Candy! I Want Candy!

January 27th 2010

i’m a sucker for candy. when i heard all the buzz about Chews Better, the new candy  that actually won’t kill you which enhances your health; i had to give it a taste.

i was fine and dandy with Chews Better’s nutritional claims:

250 mg of omega  3 (dha & epa)

3 gm of fiber

all natural

100 calorie

but i must say I was a bit suspect of a “delicious and fun-filled” oral experience.

{gutters. your heads. OUT! NOW!}

the strawberry-lemonade flavor I sampled was…..good. tasty. it tastes like a pink starburst. sour and a little bit sweet (much like my teenage years). my dad liked it better than a starburst, said the flavor lasted longer.

delicious? I wouldn’t go that far. fun-filled? how boring is your day?  i “can” envision a couple of my long afternoons where a Chews Better could be the toe-touch in my day.

what i really dig is the nutritional value. even in his snug blue scrubs (tailored tighter in the gluteal area?), and flaxseed up the ying-yang, I bet that dr. oz still has trouble getting in his daily omega-3’s.

what?  you’re now telling us to put chunks of wild organic salmon in our acai shakes, doctor?  pardon me while i puke.

most of us only get 1/5 of our daily omega-3 requirement. this “candy” gets us to 1/3. not excusing you from getting your fish oil on, but i take whatever help i can get.

here’s your chance to try out ‘chews better ‘. i am giving a box (12 packs) of  Chews Better candy to a lucky reader; the pomegranate-acai-blueberry flavored. simply leave me a comment below (no need to be flashy, i just like the company). monday morning (9am pacific standard time) i will draw a winner, and just like me you can have a cleaner intestinal lining, and more spring in your step.

if you can’t wait for the giveaway results, and must have your own you can buy them here.

speaking of giveaways….da da dum da dum……our winner for the brazilian booty workout is:

Di Marcella Thomas!!!

congratulations di!! now, go learn how to program that dvd player!!

if you didn’t win, you can still buy fernanda’s dvd here. remember she is donating one dollar to the haiti recovery effort, for every dvd sold until the end of february.

Happy Weekend.

get your booty on!! my first giveaway!!

January 24th 2010




ok, (laying softly to my side so that no part of my “booty?”-i have one now- is touching the couch) that’s better.

i AM sore. and good. it’s day 3 of doing The Brazilian Booty Workout DVD, my dear friend fernanda rocha’s insanely popular class, and i’m already thinking “thong, thong, thong, thong“.

the drop dead gorgeous fernanda (who i’d like to hate, but she’s too stinking nice,  so instead i just kiss her ass so she’ll be friends with me,) has developed a crazy intense, fun and effective workout for all of us to do at home. it’s only 25 minutes long so there’s ZERO excuse to not throw in the DVD, and get a solid sweat and burn.

there are 3 different levels of intensity: beginner, intermediate, and advanced. you have the option of wearing weighted “booty blasters” (available on her website) to increase the resistance of the workout. i did the workout blaster free, and i don’t feel like i slacked because of it. you feel this workout in all my favorite target areas: muffin top, saddle bag, low belly, and bottom of the butt cheek. i loved feeling drenched at the end of 25 minutes. i felt 100% satisfied with my time spent.

the best part of this DVD is the content: it’s no nonsense! the focus is cardio and strength (booty centered). the moves are simple, but are in no way boring. the “brazilian shake”? (giggle) i definitely felt my inner latin goddess shimmy out (drapes drawn of course….there ARE others to consider).

best of all, fernanda is right there with you pushing it to HER limit too. as the intensity picks up you can see her get just as sweaty and worked as you are; she actually gets prettier as it gets harder (finger down my throat in envy). i love workout dvd’s where you can tell the instructor is actually feeling it too; there’s nothing i hate more than “perky-powder fresh- polly,” with her gloss just perfect, telling me in her unhurried, robotic breath to bust out rep 885, when i’m feeling and looking like this:

there’s a reason fernanda has become a top celebrity instructor in southern california. she oozes warmth, love and genuine care for her students. training with fernanda is like drinking shots of goldshlager: you feel yummy beautiful with all the self-confidence in the world; you can do ANYTHING. with fernanda, though, you stay motivated and positive; there’s no waking up puking and regretting all the drunk texts to your ex boyfriend the next morning.

if you haven’t had the opportunity to take one of fernanda’s amazing classes (she is also part of the incredible  RIPPED program) now is your chance. The Brazilian Booty Workout is available here for only $19.99. AND until the end of february fernanda is donating a dollar of every dvd sold to the haiti rescue effort. i told you she was golden!!

as a token of my gratitude to all my new readers i’d like to give one of you a free Brazilian Booty Workout DVD.  i will be drawing, at random, one lucky reader.

1.simply leave me a comment with your name.

2. extra entry if you add me to twitter or  facebook.

i’ll collect the comments until 6pm thursday january 28, 2010. winner will be announced on friday.

make sure you check back on friday to see if you’ve won.

good luck to all.

here’s a preview of the fernanda’s workout:

Brazilian Booty Promo

help haiti rise

January 21st 2010

check out my new t-shirt. for only 15 bucks and free shipping you get this cool tee. 100% of your money goes to partners in health: an organization of doctors, nurses and community health workers bringing medical care to the poorest communities in the world. they’re on the ground in haiti, and they urgently need our help.


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