Posts tagged ‘cleanse’

August 19, 2010

Is that really good for you?

From this month:

  • Join in the Give Health Clean Water Blogivation by voting on AND sharing this blog post:

  • Alcohol can be good for you … Elvis Month includes tips like How to Drink Smart, with a calories-in-alcohol chart

So there you have it, kids. Good stuff from everyone’s favorite health and beauty website!!

July 15, 2008

Cheap/Free No Eating/Drinking Activities

These are some tough criteria! But I’ve been pondering this for awhile, ever since I trekked to SIX lounge for a cute guy I met who bartends there. “Going out” is easy. Everyone does it. So you can conceivably arrange to meet organically, with minimal effort, while you’re out. Or at a restaurant. It’s low-commitment, and you have friends with you for automatic back-up. No wonder everyone goes out! Add in some social lube (alcohol, that is), and making friends or dating becomes easier than ever before!

But what is there to do at night if you aren’t drinking or eating? (I don’t know, say you’re on a Master Cleanse) Do people want to come hang out and watch a movie? Is that lame?

The standards:

  • Going to the movies
  • Bowling
  • Putt-putt
  • Free concerts in parks — Blues on the Green, Unplugged at the Grove (food!), etc.
  • Free movies in parks — Deep Eddy Dive-In, 101X Movies in the Park at Central Market (Central)
  • Museums … not open at night though. (I still haven’t been to the Bob Bullock Texas History Museum here and REALLY want to go!)
  • Hike-n-Bike — we have miles and miles of trails and water and free swimming holes, you just gotta find them on the Greenbelt! See Twin Falls and, thanks to a reader, Sculpture Falls. More of a daytime activity, but I thought I’d throw it on here.
  • Live music, of course.

Any new ideas though?

  • Gym … but how successful would this be? Can you take a group of friends to the gym and actually get a workout? Would you have to take a class or could you lift together? Probably depends on the number of people and dedication to the workout.
  • Swimming/hot tubbing … food and drink need not be involved! And you can do either at night. I’m a fan of hot tubbing at apartment complexes you don’t live at, but I’m not sure how legal that is so I’m not advocating it or anything.😉
  • Hanging out on cliffs –before you laugh too hard, this isn’t hard to do in Austin. Mt. Bonnell is the easiest one, but there are scenic overlooks all along 360, especially right at the 360 bridge. People go there all the time, I went in high school. To make out. Maybe it’s not the best group activity, but some minor nighttime hiking could be fun!

I’m clearly stretching. Do you guys have any ideas?

July 13, 2008

The Master Cleanse

Along with three friends, I am embarking on the Master Cleanse. While this doesn’t necessarily have to do with life in Austin, I don’t think I’d ever make this decision if I weren’t here. When I moved back home to Austin after I graduated college, within a year I was almost vegetarian (eating only free-range meat and chicken), shopping at Wheatsville, feeding my dog all-natural dog food, doing a different cleanse (one that allowed only fruits and veggies, and provided a bunch of supplements to take), seeing an acupuncturist as my primary care physician, and practicing yoga. I grew up in Austin and was never this much of a hippie. What had the city done to me?!

So when a friend asked if I’d like to take on the Master Cleanse, a 10-day cleanse of the system where you drink a lemonade concoction, perform a saltwater flush, and drink laxative tea, I was totally in. And I blame that on Austin.

I’m thrilled about it, truthfully. For me, I think it will have as many psychological benefits as it does physical/health benefits. Learning to forgo cravings and alleviate a dependence on food will certainly be interesting, as will seeing the impact not eating has on my social life. Geez, what will I even blog about?!

I’ll keep you posted on my experience (overall, not in detail, plenty of those graphic blogs are available on the web), and if you’re curious, here are a few good resources: – the actual book – one guy’s summary/blog a lot of helpful information, but be aware that the guy who made it is trying to sell his book. But the 5 symptoms of detox, the FAQ, and the most common mistakes are pretty helpful. The message boards are also interesting, but I wouldn’t let them sway or scare you. – all about the benefits of cayenne pepper, not just for the Master Cleanse but for life!

… thanks to my friend Lisa for some of these links, she’s our Master Cleanse pro in this adventure!

February 4, 2008

Low Carb Diet?!

So I finished The Cleanse and was very happy. I learned a lot about how to eat healthily and avoid sugar, and not even crave it. So that was awesome. Part of the reason I did all that was in an effort to combat my high fasting blood sugar. It’s not diabetes, but they don’t know what it is, and The Cleanse didn’t appear to help.

So my acupuncturist (again, I’ve turned into such a hippie) is telling me to go on a low-carb diet. Which sounds okay, except when you start looking at the carb content of things. I’m allowed 72 grams of carbs a day.

Bag of frozen broccoli and cauliflower: 20g carbs
Ezekiel 4:9 English Muffin: 36g
Sweet potato: 27g
Clif Lemon Vanilla Cashew Nectar Bar: 27g
1 cup cubed eggplant: 5g
Peanut butter: 7g
*you have to trust me on the unlinked ones, the evidence is in my trashcan

What in the world am I going to eat? Yes, I know, beef, chicken, fish, and eggs … but how much beef, chicken, fish, and eggs can one girl eat, especially if she only eats free-range?!

I’m less enthused about this than I was The Cleanse. Although beer is relatively low in carbs. But do I want to waste 6 or so of my precious 72 carbs on beer? I have to go buy that damn South Beach Diet book, and eat like Atkins … or something like that. Gag me. I don’t even like butter. Or rich sauces. I want pasta! (Sprouted grain) bread! Tortillas!

This better help my damn fasting blood sugar.


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