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FOOD / 24

so i can’t say for sure exactly when beans went from “ugh, totally gross” to “more, please.” all i know is that they did, and i couldn’t be happier.  several years ago on new year’s day, one of my friends from college introduced me to cowboy caviar. it’s good luck to eat black eyed peas the first of the year and i think this is the best way to do it. now i know we are no where near new years, but let’s not let us stop us from eating something that is healthy and delicious (, we can just pretend these little guys are good luck all year round).

what you’ll need:
• 1 can of black eyed peas
• 1 green bell pepper, chopped
• 1 small red onion, chopped
• 2 cloves of garlic, minced
• 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
• 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

what to do:
• pour the black eyed peas into a colander, rinse and pat dry
• in a medium bowl combine everything on the list
• add salt and pepper

• put it in a pretty bowl and surround it with your favorite chips. (& maybe a couple cold beers)

now, how easy is that? and if you have any left over (which you probably won’t), just add it to your next salad. so yummy.

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a little over three years ago i gained 30 pounds.

yep, and 30 pounds is a lot if you aren’t tall. one day i looked in the mirror and was like “um. what the hell happened here?” i didn’t even recognize myself! and the weird part about gaining a lot of weight, is that you don’t even seem to notice it until one day you DO notice. after a nasty breakup, going on birth control, and refusing to let go of my love for buttered noodles and red wine…i was unhappy with my body. but i couldn’t seem to break my unhealthy eating habits, and i definitely didn’t want to start running on a treadmill 3 times a week.

so what did I do? i took a picture of myself in the mirror. an unflattering nude one. every week i did this while i attempted to change my diet. take it in the same mirror, same angle. you will be shocked.

i cut out white bread, white rice (two of my very favorite things on the planet) and switched to wheat. and the pictures, well, got better. this might be too much information. but i really do recommend doing this if you go on any sort of diet. it keeps you motivated, and really shows you what a difference healthy eating can do in a short amount of time.

it took about a month to not crave cheesy pasta and fried rice. i started to incorporate a lot more vegetables, less dairy, more cooking at home and i cut soda and juice out and switched to water. not huuuuge changes. but definitely changes. if i wanted to eat eggs benedict with lotsa hollandaise for breakfast, I would just make veggies and brown rice for dinner. my rule was to always have at least ONE healthy meal a day.

i can’t do extreme diets. nope, not for me. i just break my own rules.

around that time, i got a new boyfriend, who was a vegetarian.(luckily, he’s still around) i found it much easier to break away from my fried food addiction and ridiculous salt cravings, considering he was across the table eating brussels sprouts and quinoa. a few weeks later, i wasn’t thinking about the junk food anymore, and broccoli was cool with me.

6 months later. 15 pounds down. and a few months after that I was back to what I weighed in high school and felt happy and healthy again.

the moral of the story is, we all like carbs. just eat less of them. don’t beat yourself up if you splurge and eat a bowl of cookie dough ice cream or a cheese fondue night. you deserve it. just try your best the next day to make healthy decisions. and take that naked picture every week, i’m tellin’ you! it works! and hey, going through a plump phase only makes ya stronger.

some really good healthy food blogs I like to look at: and

and a really great post that inspired this one,


FOOD / 09

so last week i finished a very intense, month long styling job and decided to do a juice cleanse. four weeks of photo shoot catering had not been kind to my butt or my overall state of mind.

the cleanse was 3 days of just juices, and yes, the thought of that kind of scared me. as it turns out, it was surprisingly easy and really, really delicious. about half way through, something occurred to me.  i realized that a lot of these juices would be even better with a little alcohol in them.

i’ve even considered ordering the cleanse again, just so i could drink 6 relatively healthy cocktails a day. while i contemplate that move, I’ve decided to pick one of my favorite juices and turn it into a yummy cocktail. so here it goes…

what you’ll need:

• 1 pineapple, cubed or 16 oz of pineapple juice
• 2 granny smith apples, peeled, cored and cubed or 8 oz of apple juice
• 12 mint leaves, torn
• 1 lime, cut into 4 sections
• 6 oz of light rum

what to do:
so you’re at a crossroads.  you’ve got two choices.  if you are super fancy like me, you have a juicer (which you have maybe used twice in 4 years), and if not well, if not, you’ll have to deal with the shame involved there.

if you have a juicer:
• fill 4 fancy glasses with ice
• squeeze a lime quarter into each glass and toss in that lime
• add 1.5 oz of rum as well as a few pieces of the mint leaves
• mix it up.

juice the pineapple, apple and remainder of the mint.  pour into the glasses and stir again.  viola.  the pineapple express.

if you don’t have a juicer:
• divide the torn mint equally among the 4 glasses.
• add 1.5 oz of rum to each glass
• muddle the mint in the glasses to release the flavor
• add the ice and the lime as described above
• add 4 oz of pineapple juice into each glass as well as 2 oz of apple juice
• stir
• share
• drink!

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so the sun starts to shining and my body is like, ‘hey bri, i don’t think i want you to eat a buncha potatoes and cheese bread anymore, i think it’s vegetable time. can we arrange that?’

so i listen. been stocking up my fridge with an abundance of brussels sprouts, quinoa, broccoli…the whole nine. hey, there is a pool on my roof now! and polkadot swimsuit weather is upon us, people!

loving this adorable video on how to cook quinoa! and her blog, , is pretty fantastic and makes me feel healthier just looking at it!
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