Nothing much to report around here. I’ve been eating carb-heavy things all day like pita and hummus and oatmeal and almond butter. I’m able to eat and getting hungry as usual, my stomach just doesn’t feel right.
Needless to say there was no post-work workout.
Dinner was just a can of Amy’s vegetable soup and a WW tortilla napkin (x2).
Planning on feeling 100% tomorrow for 6am spin. Positive thoughts!
A few weeks ago I was contacted to review a new documentary called Chow Down. Julie, one of the creators, saw that I reviewed Forks Over Knives and thought I’d enjoy her movie as well.
“Root for Charles, John, and Garnet as they try to buck the system of pills and procedures and outfox their heart disease and diabetes. When their doctors inform them that they can’t get better, our intrepid trio tells the doctors to think again. With lighthearted animation, piercing expert interviews and a feisty attitude, Chow Down is the moving story of the success you can achieve when you rewrite the recipe for a healthy life.
With lighthearted animation and piercing expert interviews, CHOW DOWN exposes the three factors that fatally impact our country’s health: the medical community’s allegiance to the status quo, the government’s allegiance to the food industry, and Americans’ allegiance to cheap, convenient food.”
My first thought was “this sounds identical to Forks Over Knives. Why are they making another one?” But I am all for promoting the benefits of a plant based diet and so am willing to watch any movie on the topic.
Chow Down refers to itself as a “documentary with heart”, and it’s immediately clear why. While Forks Over Knives has been criticized for being boring and repetitive, Chow Down incorporates tons of graphics, cartoons, and even a goofy song. It makes the movie much more entertaining, though a bit overboard at times.
Like Forks Over Knives, Chow Down follows three patients as they try to reverse their heart disease and diabetes by adopting a plant-based diet. The film even interviews one of the same doctors as Forks Over Knives, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, but also many others. Topics range from how these diseases develop, how the government almost encourages them to develop, and how a plant-based diet can reverse them. One of the most interesting things I learned was that the government actually works with fast food restaurants to create new menu items that promote different food industries. One of them introduced a new double cheese burger to help support the dairy industry!
I do have one criticism of the movie, and that is how negative some of the interviews are. Kudos to honesty, but when these patients talk about how bad their new food tastes, how expensive it is to buy fresh vegetables, and how difficult it is to cook all the time, it really takes away from the message of the movie. One of the patients even gave up on her new lifestyle because “life got in the way”. I was actually quite shocked that these interviews were included because it seemed so contradictory from what the movie was aiming to get across.
Overall, getting the word out about how a plant-based diet can prevent and cure disease is a very good thing. I like that Chow Down tried to make the message more accessible by being light-hearted and fun. I just hope people don’t get scared off by some of the negative remarks about changing one’s lifestyle.
You can watch the trailer here:
The website also lists any screenings and has an option to order the DVD online.
Thanks, Julia, for giving me the opportunity to review your film!
Strange night last night.
I went to bed nice and early at 9pm, but at midnight I woke up SO thirsty. Me, the girl that’s been told to stop drinking so much water, felt dehydrated? I drank a glass of water in the bathroom but immediately felt nauseous. I think the super cheesy pizza I ate for dinner wasn’t sitting well (LOTS of dairy yesterday between Greek yogurt, fro-yo, and cheese). I couldn’t sleep so my mind started to race with all of the little things I need to do before I can move to Dallas. And then somehow it was 3am and I still hadn’t slept…
When my alarm went off at 5:50 for yoga I got up and changed clothes, but then I paused. I actually felt like I might throw up during class. So my PJs went right back on, lights out, and back into bed for another two hours.
Not like me, right? I usually get up and workout no matter what! But today I really didn’t feel well and getting that extra sleep was the right decision. When I finally got up I still didn’t feel 100%, but much better than I had earlier. If I feel better later I can try to exercise after work.
I would probably wear this outfit every day if I
could didn’t post what I wear on the blog. I just love how classic the striped top is.
Confession: I’m not wearing those red flats. They look cute but feel horrible. Sandals on are on.
I had a breakfast cookie prepped, but the only thing that sounded good was a smoothie. I like to drink Green Monsters when I’m not feeling well so I made one and also had some dry wheat bread in the car.
Hoping things get better on this rainy Monday! Have a great start to the week!
Hello Hello! Today is a good day because I finally got to meet the older fabulous St. Louis ladies that blog! But first – the morning!
Despite getting almost 9 1/2 hours of sleep, I woke up with a heavy head. We had terrible thunderstorms last night that woke me up a few times so I think I didn’t get quite as much sleep as I thought. It was still raining, so I drove to the gym for a quick work out. I needed to get in a New Rules of Lifting workout and warmed up with a 5k of intervals on the treadmill:
- 1/2 mile at 6.6mph
- 1 minute @ 8.5mph, 1 min @ 6.7mph, 1 min @ 9.0mph, 1 min @ 6.7mph (twice)
- 1/2 mile cool down at 6.6mph
I was sufficiently sweaty and got through workout 1B (my favorite of the two) before heading home where a fabulous breakfast was waiting for me.
1 container Oikos 0% Plain mixed with 1t chia seeds, vanilla, and cinnamon placed inside half a cantaloupe. A scoop of almond butter on top for healthy fats (+ 1 more spoonful directly into the mouth). I am OBSESSED with cantaloupe right now. I have multiple in the fridge.
My day consisted of going back and actually purchasing all the furniture I looked at yesterday. I found some great deals on mattresses and a chest at a store here called Weekends Only and bought a sleeper sofa at JCPenny. I felt like I was handing over my credit card all afternoon, but it will be worth it to have a livable space!
Then finally it was time to meet the ladies at Red Mango! I had some veggies and hummus on the way to get some nutrients before all the sugar. At the meet up we had Rachel and Laura (who will be starting her blog as soon as we can convince her)…
We all had so much fun chatting about our blogs, favorite St. Louis restaurants, and other life happenings. I’m sad to be leaving this ladies right when I met them, but I know they’ll keep getting together and I will join once I’m home 🙂
We can say we have an official blogger scene in St. Louis now, right?
Oh and Stephanie had the COOLEST Etsy necklace on that I feel in love with! It’s from a store called Truche (that unfortunately is closed to catch up on orders right now) but I will be trying to buy this as soon as I can. I ❤ St. Louis
I just had some of my Dad’s leftover pizza for dinner, so it’s catching up on random to-dos before dinner. Hope you had a great weekend!
- What’s the blogger scene in your area like? Are you jealous of the Orlando bloggers like me!?
Today revolved all around decorating my new Dallas apartment. Now that I actually know where I’m living I’m on a tight schedule to get furniture in time for the moving companies to ship it down there.
Before the shopping began, I went to an incredibly energetic morning Bikram class. The teacher put a lot of syrup on her french toast this morning:) I haven’t gone on Saturday in almost a year and the 8am class was fantastic.
Post yoga breakfast was 2 Vans Waffles topped with plain Greek yogurt and a banana peanut flour sauce.
Then I got started. My plan of attack: go see what my aunt has in her basement, then hit the department stores to see what kind of deals they were having, and finish at Homegoods to find some cute accessories.
My aunt has a great little table with blue painted chairs as well as an end table that I think I’m going to sand and paint.
I didn’t have a ton of luck at JCPenny and Macy’s, but there is lots of stuff on their websites that I think I’m going to order. Aside from a mattress, I found this Tommy Hilfiger bed set that I like. Girly:)
And maybe this bedside table I found at HomeGoods if the color matches.
As for a couch, I found a great deal on this full size sofa sleeper at JCPenny. I’ll probably get it in a neutral color and buy some fun pillows to spice it up. I also have one of my grandma’s old chairs that I can take.
I still need to think about a dresser, coffee table, and TV stand. I have a few things leftover from college that I can make use of, but I think there will be lots of shopping trips once I get down to Dallas and figure out how I’m going to use the space. I’m picturing it all in my head and it’s starting to feel like home!
In the middle of my shopping trip I stopped at Crazy Bowls and Wraps for lunch. I was really craving salmon so I strayed from my usual order and got brown rice, veggies, salmon and jalepeno cilantro sauce.
And Pretzel M&Ms from Target for dessert:)
My aunt and I just decided to see Midnight in Paris in a little bit. She asked what I was going to do for dinner and I said that since I wasn’t very hungry right now I’d probably just bring something with me. She was confused. “How do you bring dinner to a movie with you?”
“Prepare dinner. Insert into purse. Walk into theater”.
I guess I’m a little too comfortable doing this…I don’t even think twice! But I packed up two pita halves filled with hummus, spinach, tomato and avocado to have during previews. I’ll probably get a beer too. It is Saturday afterall.
Have a great night!
- This is my first time decorating an apartment and buying furniture. What tips do you have for me? Any styling suggestions??