New York Events (Join me!)

New York News #1:

Do you like Bethenny Frankel? She’s going on tour to publicize her new book, The Skinnygirl Dish (“so much more than a cookbook”) next month. She’s coming to the Columbus Circle Borders on January 6th (a Wednesday) at 7pm. I plan on going… let me know if you want to go together.

New York News #2:

My new friend Ann (my coworker’s girlfriend) alerted me to this Warrior Challenge sponsored by Sati Life and Patricia Moreno. If you apply and are accepted you get a month-long pass to Equinox gyms (a $180 value) so that you can take intenSati classes. You just have to commit to doing 3 classes per week for a month and attending the kickoff class (January 10th) and finale class (February 7th). intenSati is a high-energy cardio workout class created by Patricia Moreno. I applied last night.

Non-New York tipoff:

Do you have Netflix? Do you want a good workout recommendation? This morning I did a 45 minute dancey/cardio workout called “Dance Off the Inches: Calorie Blasting” that was FREE with my subscription. Netflix offers a lot of free streaming videos (I’m currently blowing through the first season of Dead Like Me) and I love the workout videos. This was my first sweaty workout in a while and I had so much fun doing it. I missed real exercise! I do enjoy my relaxed routine now (20 minutes of yoga? that’s all I need each day!) but sometimes I just crave a good workout.

I’m heading off to Miami tomorrow afternoon (to join Bobby, who’s already down there with his family), so expect another post soon – I’ll have lots of writing time in the airport. I have some great posts lined up including a recap of a Christmukkah ¬†party with friends (think latkes, homemade applesauce, and eggnog) and a crazy little announcement of something I’m doing next week with Dori.

Happy Tuesday! Almost Christmas!

On Being Vegan – Skinny Bitch Book Review

I wish I could be a vegan. I just finished a book called¬†Skinny Bitch, by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin, and it’s making me rethink almost everything that I had always believed about food. I say, “I wish” about being vegan because I know that my body does best when I have animal products in my diet. I feel great when I include things like eggs (very often), yogurt (often), and meat (rarely) in my meals. I just wish I could have those things without harming animals – wishful thinking. Maybe this attitude seems selfish, but I take health very seriously and I do whatever I can to keep my body in great shape.

Since I won’t become a vegan, I’m going to at least try to buy more organic and local foods. My new house in California is near a great Asian grocery store and I will always have access to fresh produce.

On a side note, my sister, a vegetarian since the age of 9, read one chapter of the book and promptly declared herself a vegan. (She has since gone back to being vegetarian because being vegan can be very restricting for both the mind and the body.)

On the ride up through California, my mom and I passed a factory farm called Harris Ranch on Interstate Highway 5. I was sleeping at first, but the stench was so bad that I woke up. This feedlot is California’s largest – it holds about 100,000 cows on 800 acres. There is no grass, only mud and dust. They live in their own excrement and are injected with hormones to become fatter before they’re sent on to the slaughterhouse.

After seeing and smelling something like that I don’t want to eat the meat that comes from those animals. You smell the farm before you can even see it. It was pretty terrible and I think my mom was rather shocked (she doesn’t eat beef anyway). After seeing that, I want to make an effort to find humanely raised meat (for the rare occasions that I do eat meat).

Skinny Bitch the book – my verdict:

Going back to the book – I would strongly recommend Skinny Bitch for anyone who can take their style of writing. It’s crude and straightforward and they are not afraid to criticize. It’s graphic and gross at times, but effective. It’ll make you think about what you put in your mouth and make you aware of the dishonesty of the American government and our regulation systems.