Posted on | September 2, 2014 | No Comments
Last week in the hubbub of packing and moving and all that ridiculousness, I also completed the Urban Remedy Metabolism Kit, a mail order wellness kit that includes all food and drink for a full three days. I’m trying to lose some weight so when the folks at Urban Remedy reached out to me and offered to send me a cleanse or kit to try and review, I figured it might help me jumpstart things. I am not a cleanse fan. I love a green vegetable juice but have always seen it as an extra bonus of nutrition to add to a normal diet. What can I say? Not only do I like to eat I also think the body needs actual food to function properly and juice cleanses have never figured into that. (My friend Tammy Walker, a certified health coach, just wrote about juice cleanses). Urban Remedy does seem like a great company though and I was intrigued by the Metabolism Kit.
A big box arrived Tuesday night so I was ready to start Wednesday morning. The box was packed full of three days worth of nutritious foods and drinks. Here’s a day on the Metabolism Kit:
Green Berry Juice – A thick juice, more like a smoothie. Fruit and veggie based with chia and flax added. I loved how sweet, fruity and filling it was. Perfect morning drink.
Diet Spike – A “Boost” that’s added to water. Urban Remedy makes lots of varieties. The Diet Spike contains Green tea extract, resveratrol in a base of probiotics, organic alcohol and purified water. You can chug it right from the jar or pour it into a small glass of water. It did not taste good but was supposed to speed up calorie and fat calorie burning.
No Oatmeal Cookies – These were the bomb. Nutty and sweet. Only problem was I wanted lots more.
Tea – An herbal blend, tasted fine to me.
Spring Roll – Reminded me of a summer roll, it was pretty good. Came with a tasty dipping sauce. But didn’t seem like enough of a lunch for this big eater.
Time Machine – A very tangy lemonade of acai, fresh lemon juice, cayenne, ionized water and stevia. It’s high in antioxidants and promotes weight loss and anti-aging. I could take it or leave it.
Zen Salad - A delicious salad of kale, napa cabbage, almonds, cilantro, carrots, and sesame seeds with a cilantro sesame dressing. I loved this salad! But it could have been a bit bigger, in my humble and hungry opinion.
Glow – A tasty green juice.
– The Overall Dilly –
I would definitely recommend the Metabolism Kit if you’re looking for a quick reboot or jumpstart to healthy eating. I lost 3 pounds and it did help me reset mentally for healthy, mindful eating. I would call it a success.
Of course there were a few drawbacks. I was hungry (even hangry), a lot of the time. I’ve never been much for following rules, so I cheated. Every single day. (Day: I had an extra apple, a pear and a couple of baby carrots. Day 2: Handful of walnuts, small order of steamed veggies, extra apple. Day 3: Spinach salad with avo and a hard billed egg.) The kit instructions said no coffee or caffeine so the first day and a half I complied and I had a major headache. So I cheated. Again. On both Day 2 and Day 3 I had an almond milk iced latte. I am a coffee enthusiast and I don’t see any problem with my daily cup or two.
My only other complaint is that the apples that came in the kit were very bruised so I had to replace them. Otherwise, I would give the kit and the company high remarks. I think it’s the perfect thing to jumpstart a healthy change or a reset after a particularly indulgent weekend (i.e, Me in Atlanta RIGHT NOW).
Now tell me: have you tried a cleanse or a kit like this ever? Would you?
Posted on | August 27, 2014 | 9 Comments
I’ve made a little rule for myself. No brand new books for awhile. It’s fairly ridiculous to pay $25+ for a hardback so I’m limiting myself to books I can get from the library, the awesome used bookstore around the corner from me or my very own collection seeing as it has expanded as of late. This is not the easiest feat for me. I do love a trip to Barnes & Noble to peruse all the new releases with their shiny cover designs. They call to me! But there’s plenty of great reads out there that I missed for one reason or another. For example, I just finished Angela’s Ashes and I’m on to A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius. It’s the summer of reading things 15 years late! I’m not entirely sure how I skipped over these, maybe I was busy reading an Us Weekly. Whoops.
And speaking of reading things 15 years late. Here’s a good reference list. The New Canon: 15 Modern You Should read Right Now from Qwiklit.
1. Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides (2002)
2. The Corrections – Jonathan Franzen (2001)
3. The Fortress of Solitude – Jonathan Lethem (2003)
4. Gilead – Marilynne Robinson (2006)
5. White Teeth – Zadie Smith (2000)
6. The Savage Detectives – Roberto Bolaño (Published posthumously in English in 2007)
7. Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell (2004)
8. Joseph O’Neill – Netherland (2008)
9. Kafka on the Shore – Haruki Murakami (2002)
10. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay – Michael Chabon (2000)
11. House of Leaves – Mark Danielewski(2000)
12. A Visit From the Goon Squad – Jennifer Egan (2010)
13. Life of Pi – Yann Martel (2001)
14. Junot Diaz – The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (2007)
15. Cormac McCarthy – The Road (2006)
I’ve only read four from this list, how about you? And what’s your favorite modern classic from the last oh 10-20 years? I’m a huge memoir fan but I will ready anything if it’s great. What books do you think say “reeeeead meeeee?”
Posted on | August 21, 2014 | 2 Comments
Moving into a new apartment always makes you take stock of how you do things. The fresh, newness makes some of your old stuff look crappy and sad. Plus when you’re combining lives like we are you have to find entirely new solutions to old problems. We recently decided we need a different hamper situation for the new apartment.
Matt uses an old trashcan. I use a cumbersome black basket. So there’s some run for improvement. But, no mesh bags from Duane Reade or oversized pastel plastic baskets. A simple yet somewhat stylish hamper that doesn’t take up too much space is what we crave. Is that a crazy request?
Posted on | August 20, 2014 | 5 Comments
Guys, I’ve put on a few pounds. I know, I know. It happens. But that doesn’t help me feel any less turrible about the fact that some of my cuter jeans don’t fit. I’m getting my gym game back together and I’ve stopped eating everything I want to whenever I want to. So that should help. I’m trying to get rid of about twenty or so of these pounds. So when Urban Remedy contacted me and asked me to take part in their August #MyUrbanRemedy challenge I figured it was a sign of some sort. Urban Remedy is a fantastic company that creates cleanses and kits as well as juices, snacks and ala carte items. I am not huge on the idea of juice cleanses (I LIKE TO EAT) but the Metabolism Kit spoke to me as a nice jump start to this weight loss I am about to dominate.
My kit arrived last night and I’ll be participating for the next three days which includes Moving Day (idiot). I’ll be posting some of my three day experiences on instagram and when all is said and done check back here for a recap of my experience.
Oh and did I mention NO COFFEE. Isn’t that the saddest thing you’ve ever heard?
Urban Remedy sent me The Metabolism Kit at no charge but the opinions I provide will be my own.
Posted on | August 15, 2014 | 6 Comments
Nothing to see here. Just a lady pretending to ice skate through her new apartment. Yahoo indeed.
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