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No calories exist in Cape May

This is me after a pear martini and hopped up on Ben & Jerry's. Dangerous.

This past weekend, Matt and I celebrated the wedding of my college friend in Cape May, NJ. Holy crap, what a fabulous, relaxing, charming place. If you haven’t been before, I highly suggest it! We even took Gola with us, her first time to the beach…she dug like 20 holes to China in the sand.

So, before I left for Cape May on Friday, I decided that I would erase any nutritional knowledge I know, erase those damn calorie counts that I add up in my head, and take another look at fried food. Call it a human experiment.

SO what happened?

Well, I certainly ate with abandon. Frozen custard. Ice cream (twice in one day!). A breaded chicken sandwich (not my choice). Kettlecorn. Bread. Beers in the middle of the day. I tell you, I was a glutton.

And you know what? You would think I would’ve been in heaven, and at times I was (hot fudge? hello?) but truthfully I felt like crapola. My digestion was off. I craved vegetables like nothing else. I felt heavy. And then the negative self talk regarding my body started up again, which I haven’t experienced in quite some time. I was a train wreck.

So, not to sound like a broken record, it’s all about balance. Swing too far one way (ie. restriction diets) and you’ll eventually cave in and binge. But swing too far the other way (glutton and excess for a few days) and you’ll feel equally as bad. But this time I am craving whole foods and vegetables.

The trick with lasting weight loss and positive self image is finding that balance…eating a nutritious diet but enjoying your splurges. I didn’t listen to my body when it told me no more sweets, and I certainly am paying the price now (tighter pants, poor digestion, irritability).

How do you balance your diet?  Have you ever let go of your “diet” mentality and just given in to your cravings?

August 3, 2010 at 5:12 pm 2 comments

Back from the Ranch-with a new recipe for you!

Me and Chef

Hello C&C Friends,

Oh, how I’ve missed you!

I just spent the most BLISSFUL week at my favorite place on earth, Rancho la Puerta in Baja California. I spent my days exercising (um, hello cardio drumming class!), taking dance classes (I can now salsa and line dance), hiking, getting massaged, meeting the greatest people, and eating delicious food!

I had the opportunity to take a small, personalized cooking class at the Ranch’s cooking school, La Cocina Que Canta,  with the Executive Chef of the Ranch (see me and Chef, above). We split into teams and cooked a delicious, healthy meal filled with organic vegetables straight from the Ranch garden.

My task was to make the quinoa–and you know how much I LOVE my quinoa. I made this dish again last night at home and it was still fabulous.

But before I give you the recipe, here are a few awesome facts about quinoa:

*Quinoa is NOT a grain! It’s a SEED of a large plant called the Chenopodium quinoa. It is a distant relative to spinach, beets and chard.

*It is one of the only plant foods that supplies ALL the amino acids necessary for a “complete” protein. A half cup of cooked quinoa has more than 4 grams of protein!

*Quinoa is gluten free

*Quinoa ranks highest among all grains in potassium, high in iron and most B vitamins and is a good source of zinc, copper, magnesium, and manganese

And without further ado, here’s the recipe!


(I am listing the original recipe as I made it at the ranch. However, at home I am WAY too lazy to use 3 types of quinoa, so I just used 1 cup of one type of quinoa with 2 cups of water. It yields less quinoa, but the recipe still works perfectly)


1 cup white quinoa

1 cup red quinoa

1 cup black quinoa

salt to taste

pepper to taste

1 T olive oil

3 medium white onions, small dice

3 cloves garlic, minced finely

4 tomatoes, seeds removed, small dice

1 handful mint leaves, no stems, chiffonade

2 tablespoons lemon thyme or thyme, stems removed


1. Wash quinoas separately in fine mesh strainer.  Boil 2 cups water in 3 different pots, each for a different color of quinoa. Cook quinoa approx 15 minutes or until done. Set aside.

2. Heat olive oil in saute pan and add the diced white onions. Cook until translucent and then add the minced garlic. Let cook for about 2-3 minutes.

3. Add diced tomatoes, sliced mint and the thyme. Continue cooking for approximately 3 minutes, making sure to retain color of tomatoes and mint

4. Toss the 3 cooked quinoa varieites together and then add the vegetable saute.  Serve hot.

June 7, 2010 at 2:09 pm 1 comment

This week’s nibbles

appalachian_trail_signThis week’s links are coming to you a day early since I will be away Fri-Monday (so new post on Tuesday) Lucky me, I’ll be hiking in New Hampshire on the Appalachian Trail. Pictures will definitely be posted after the weekend.  Unfortunately, the forcast calls for rain every day (requiring another trip to the store to buy gear that I will probably never use again) so that should make the hiking interesting. But a weekend away, banning the buzz (cell phones, computers, etc) is MUCH needed.

A few more notes:

As you know, I am the nutrition blogger for Naked Apartments. The site is finally LIVE–so all you New Yorkers who are looking to rent an apartment, please check it out. It’s a fabulous site.

Second, I’m now a twitter-head (Check out my twitter feed on the right side of the blog). Find @cakeandcarrots at Twitter and follow me! I post and discuss nutrition issues that I don’t talk about on the blog. Plus you can learn a little bit more about my daily activities!

The Cake and Carrots blog is currently undergoing a renovation. I hope to unveil a new website by early next month. I can’t wait to show you.

And lastly, many of you know that I’ve been using this week to rest, relax, and restore (aka create some new brain cells)  between my crazy Phish roadtrip last weekend and my upcoming hiking trip. Hence the shorter posts and recipes. Next week, however, I’ll be back with some NEW content.

Have a great weekend….and without further ado, your links of the week:

*Think twice before putting your bag on the counter. Microbes abound!

*Love avocado so much you want to take a bath in it? (Or is that just me) Whether you like it a lot or a little, it’s a wonderful food to incorporate into your diet.

*Detox your body without the master cleanse

*Want to live a long, wonderful, happy life? Just do four simple things.

*A candlelit dinner is so cliche. Try yoga for a unique first date! Written by one of my most favorite divas ever!

*Try this for a morning boost. Matt and I love it!

August 20, 2009 at 6:35 pm 1 comment

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