Should Eating Out Be Avoided? {Dieting Advice}

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Should eating out be avoided?  Weight Loss advice

Living a healthy lifestyle can be very tricky, especially when it comes to eating healthy meals.  Now that I am an official Californian, I have found more and more people prefer to eat out in restaurants than at backyard BBQ’s. This is quite sad in my opinion, to which we have broken this rule many of times.  It brings to mind the question of how healthy eating out can be on a Healthy, Vegan Lifestyle.  This goes for a healthy, weight loss plan too.  So I question, can a person eat out at a restaurant and still find healthy options?

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Why Are Veggies Boring?

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Vegetables are always said to be the worst part of a meal, the section of a plate that kids traditionally have been seen in Hollywood movies to leave until the last second until feeding them to the dog sitting patiently under the table.  Why do veggies get a bad rap though?  Let’s take a look at some that will leave you asking why too…

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Things Lately in SoCal: Misc Picture Show

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Life in the California Desert

These last few months of summer, during our first hot summer living in the Southern California desert, have been scourging hot.  Before moving here, I never thought Mother Nature could turn so hot and angered in one specific area.  But guess what, she is a lady of many means and chose to bless the area with blistering hot heat (not sure what this area did to her previously).  Thankfully the area does not have humidity, less than 20% on average, so it could technically be much worse.  Many of times Genki Husband and I have mentioned if the temperatures were well into 100F/38C+, with added humidity of the east coast, it would be pretty much unbearable.  So things here in the desert aren’t as bad as one thinks.

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Pinterest Winners And Failures in July 2016

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Pinterest winner and loser

Lately the weather has been a bit cooler, aka under 110F/43C degrees, so I have been spending a bit more time in the kitchen doing what I love to do.  This means I can finally share some of tested Pinterest recipes and declare each one a winner and failures.    Each recipe I have tested in my own personal kitchen, all results are my own opinion so possible contrasting views may be possible.  For me, I love finding out if a recipe works in another kitchen before testing in my own, a helpful weeding out process of the thousands I pin on my boards.  Hopefully all of you enjoy these as much as me.  If you have any recipes found to work out great, please let me know.  Or, if you have a vegan recipe you would like me to test out for you, let me know in the comments section.

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What I Ate Vegan: July 2016

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Vegan Options Sharky's Mexican Grill in CaliforniaSomehow July seemed to fly past once again, no idea how this happened again.  We are still in the process of becoming California residents and here we are already in August.  So, I thought was high time I posted some food photos so entice all of you to eat a little healthier and have a little adventure along the way.

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Vegan Grocery Haul: Costco/99¢Store/Trader Joes

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Vegan at CostcoSnoopy at heart, I love to see what everyone else is buying from local grocery stores in my area.  One really does not want to miss out, right?  Still to date we have not found a grocery store that caters to all our needs, hence, we are still going to multiple stores for necessities.  Here are some photos of the items we purchased the last few weeks and the name stores purchased.

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Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve & LA Aqueduct

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Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve

One would think we would have taken the short car ride from Palmdale, California to the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve earlier, since we live in the city but it actually one of the last ones to visit.  During the spring time, this area is probably one of the most famous in the LA county area thanks to the California Poppies (hence the namesake).  Tourists come worldwide to see the poppies in bloom, providing one of the highest income events in the area (in my opinion).  The mountains and hills are supposed to be blanketed with blooms, as far as the eye can see or telescopic lens in a lot of cases.  Due to just moving to the area and house searching, our visit during the poppy season was canceled until next year.  Two weekends ago, we had a little free time so we adventured off to the reserve for a little fresh air. (Video Included)

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A Day Shopping Japanese Stores near LA, California

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Redondo Beach California SunsetAs many of you already know, I spent a few years living in Japan, collectively.  If Genki Husband could speak Japanese, I would probably be living there right now.  Life spins us around in different winding paths though, and I am currently being entertained in Southern California.  Thankfully, my happy place can be found near Los Angeles.  There is a large population of Japanese expats living in the area, hence, a lot of original stores have been brought over to this area.  Normally I am a very socially anxious (although many people do not notice) person, however when I enter anything Japanese, I feel at home.  For some reason anything Asian has become my comfort zone, I feel more at home in a Japanese store than say Walmart.  To each their own, however if you are like me, you might like to check out these fantastic finds in the Gardena, California area.  This is just the start of my list, so please feel free to let me know of your favorites in the area (especially a Korean store, still can’t find a good one). Today I would like to start off with the Japanese store tours at the Pacific Square Shopping Center.

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Bountiful Rainbow Food: What I Ate Recently

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Spinach Nice Cream Breakfast

Meals lately in our household have been mostly whole plant-based, with a strong emphasis on raw vegan.  We are not raw vegan however we lean towards that direction during the hot summers, especially in SoCal.  Nice Cream (Blended Bananas) have become a go-to breakfast for the two of us as the temperatures have been slowly rising.  There is nothing more refreshing than a ice cold bowl of ground bananas on a 105F/40C day.  We can’t complain too much in SoCal, I’ve been following Los Vegas temperatures and I am not sure how residents there do not melt.  Thank goodness air conditioning was invented! Things here in SoCal have been good though, we are making the best of the temperatures and us Indiana expats are learning to love the warm sunshine beams throughout the day.  But back to the topic, food!

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A Stomach is the Size of a Fist, so Eat Accordingly: Weight Loss Myths

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The various “Secrets to Dieting Everyone Needs to Know” pieces have been circulating for probably as long as print media has been in production.  While there are many myths circulating within all of these articles, this one stated above really has been one that is commonly misunderstood and is dangerous to the health if not applied correctly.  It is “secrets” like this one grabbing the attention of those people seeking help that can end up putting people into harms path.  Lately, I heard someone mention one should portion food to fit into the size of a fist, as in the amount of food eaten per meal should be the size of a fist.  There are so many issues with this false statement, so today I would like to help those of you looking for health and happiness to some truth to why this statement can put one into harms path and is merely a myth.

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