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  1. other blog!

    July 11, 2012 by maggie

    i’m going back to thesaladgirl. i just missed it! not sure what the future will be for balance nyc. join me there.


  2. the perfect 4th

    July 5, 2012 by maggie

    happy late 4th of july! i hope you all had as wonderful a day as i did.

    my hubby, b, and i got a zipcar name chaka (chaka car!). chaka was a dark silver honda civic with an “econ” button. she looked kinda like this:


    we had her for the whole day so we drove out to chester, nj to pick some berries at alstede farms. the farm was just okay; the pick-your-own was way way way overpriced (6.99/lb for berries) and we could only pick a few. i guess they get a lot of people so not many berries left. i don’t think i would go back, but for people who have never picked before it would probably be fun. i’d rather go to terhune or fred’s. i’ve been going to fred’s yearly since i was probably 7 years old. his blueberries are still just $1.40 a pound.

    after berries we were going to go hiking at surprise lake but it was too hot so we drove down to visit my family instead. spent time there, got lots of veggies from their gardens (beets, kale, dill, summer squash, etc…), and then headed back to the city. we stopped in jersey city to spend a few hours on my (yoga) friend’s boat and watch the fireworks. he had a great view.

    it was a perfect ending to a perfect day.

    how did you spend your fourth of july?

    p.s. food post soon!

  3. use a straw!

    June 29, 2012 by maggie

    in light of all the serious talk, i wanted to post something more lighthearted.

    for the last few years (umm, since moving to nyc) i have been a coffee drinker. my teeth are not as white as they used to be, so i am using crest whitestrips (yep, chemicals) to lighten them up a bit. i can already tell a difference and i’m on day 5. i only plan on using 10 (1 per day) and b will use the other 10. i’ve used them before a few times and they really work. you definitely don’t have to use all 20 strips.

    brunch at mudspot – coffee + OJ!

    so – how to keep teeth white and keep drinking my coffee?

    use a straw!

    i heard you should also use a straw when you drink:

    • coffee & (dark) tea
    • soda (which you shouldn’t drink anyway)
    • orange juice
    • red wine (ha! drinking wine with a straw)

    some tooth-staining foods that a straw will not help with are foods that could stain clothing – if it can stain clothing, it can probably stain your teeth. culprits might be soy sauce, dark berries (unfortunate), and aging (ok – aging doesn’t stain your clothes, nor is it a food). but flossing might help with these (and flossing is great anyway, not just for stain prevention).

    what are your healthy teeth tips?

  4. nobody likes a quitter

    June 28, 2012 by maggie

    title taken from miss peanut butter jenny.

    so — for those of you who have been following me for a while, it may seem like i am constantly starting and stopping various challenges (whole30, yoga every day, etc…), diets (raw food, macrobiotics, vegetarian, paleo, etc…), and the like. i don’t want to seem like a quitter. in all honesty i’m not a quitter in most areas of life – i have been doing yoga regularly for years, i’ve been in choirs since i was 7, i’m pretty good at keeping a stable job (especially compared to most people in my generation!).

    unfortunately, i seem to be flaky when it comes to eating habits.

    i know – i said i was going to do the whole30.

    but – i can’t. i just can’t. i won’t get into it here, but my past is littered with food issues. suffice it to say, my body is still recovering from the hell i once put it through (still putting it through, some might say).

    i do have a new “plan”, if you can call it that. it goes something like this:

    1. eat 2500+ calories a day. every day.
    2. don’t weigh yourself. (i threw out the scale – literally.)
    3. give away the clothes that do not fit you anymore.
    4. eat breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner, and snack – every day.
    5. eat whatever the fuck you want to eat. nothing is off limits.
    6. mantra: “I will have good days and bad days but my value is not determined by my weight and I intend to nourish myself at the start of each day.”

    for more on why i’m doing this, read do i need 2500 calories?

    now guess what? YOU can do this too. women need nourishment. women need curves. we need to stop taking pride in eating like birds. a 5’10″ woman should not be living on 1500 calories a day, even if that’s what she thinks she needs to eat to maintain her weight. for that matter, a 5’0″ woman should not be living on 1500 calories a day either! if you are eating less than 2000 calories a day, please, do your body a favor and bump it up a notch. eat what you want to eat. eat when you are hungry. give your body what it needs.

    (and if you are in the “trying to lose weight” camp, i have read that if you’re not making progress, try increasing your calories for a while, and your metabolism will get fired up. it might be that you’re having trouble losing weight because you are actually not eating enough. i know that doesn’t sound like it makes sense, but it works. i promise.)

    have you ever “quit” a diet?