January 8, 2014 § Leave a comment
Now that the holidays are long gone it’s time to start thinking about getting back on track! Personally, I allow myself to indulge over Christmas because there is no way I can go home to an Italian family and not eat. I mean, really, I could have just eaten dinner and 30 minutes later a plate of snacks will appear out of nowhere from my dad that I didn’t even ask for (but of course I eat it because who can say no to a cute dad?!). Not to mention this year I baked about 15 dozen cookies, of which I taste-tested at least a dozen! I’m not sure if being sick for NYE was a curse or blessing because that saved me thousands of calories I probably would have consumed in over-priced food and alcohol…but I was home playing the Wii U and eating soup which wasn’t bad but not as much fun as wearing a sparkly dress and going out with friends! So, with all of these things done and over with I decided to start paying attention to what I’m putting in my body a little bit more to lose that holiday weight and get 2014 started out right!
A lot of people ask me about juicing ever since I started getting into it about a year and a half ago. I’ll tell you right now it’s not for everyone but if you can get yourself to do it I can promise you you will never feel better in your entire life! For me it started out as a way to get more nutrients from fruits and vegetables because my diet was too overloaded with carbs, and eventually it grew into a way to lose weight and then maintain my weight once I was at a place where I felt comfortable. I’ve never done a “juice fast” per se, but I have replaced meals with juice and there is nothing unhealthy about it! As long as you have a good balance of veggies and fruit you aren’t depriving your body of any nutrients. When you break food down, whether you make smoothies or juice, it makes it easier for your body to absorb the nutrients and it also helps you feel full without feeling heavy. I recently got a NutriBullet and have been using that the last few weeks rather than juicing–it is basically a super-high-wattage personal blender and blends greens, seeds and nuts into the smoothest consistency of any blender I’ve ever seen–and the result tastes great. After including these smoothies into my diet for only a little over a week, I’ve already lost the extra weight I put on over the holidays from all those extra calories and lack of exercise!
So, what can you do to incorporate juicing/smoothie making into your diet? Well, for starters I would suggest replacing either breakfast or dinner with a juice. I think eating a large, well-balanced lunch is really important if you are just starting out because it will help to keep you full throughout the day and keep your sugar levels even. Juicing for dinner is my favorite time to juice (unless I have plans to go out to dinner or I plan on running over lunch) because I usually eat dinner very late (around 9 or 10pm) and it just makes sense to not have food sitting in my stomach before I go to sleep–your body doesn’t work as hard at digesting when you are asleep as when you are up and active! I always like to incorporate a green vegetable (kale or spinach is my favorite) and an apple to counteract the bitterness that the greens bring to the table. Adding chia seeds is an awesome way to add extra fiber and protein to your smoothies as well. Just remember to eat plenty of protein, more veggies than carbs and incorporate some juice or a smoothie and you will be on your way to feeling great in no time!
Here’s a list of what I might eat on any given weekday to give you an idea of how I keep it healthy while feeling full and fulfilled:
Breakfast: Fruit smoothie (1/2 banana, 1 orange, 5 raspberries, handful of chopped strawberries, 1/4 lemon, 1/4 apple, 12 ounces cold water)
Lunch: Green smoothie (1/2 large carrot, 1 apple, 1 orange, 2 handfuls of spinach, 1/2 banana, 1/2 lemon, 1 tablespoon chia seeds, 16 oz water, ice)
Dinner: Salmon fillet with rice (I def didn’t take a picture of the finished product…but here’s the before haha!) Also, as a note my favorite seasoning to use on fish, chicken, vegetables, etc. is McCormick’s Grill Mates spicy steak seasoning–it adds a lot of flavor and it’s all in a single container. I do not own a grill nor have I ever cooked steak but that’s not the point–the seasoning is amazing. I nixed the veggie with this meal because I figured I had plenty given all the juicing I had done that day! Generally speaking though, if you are trying to really lose weight quickly you’ll want to skip the rice and make a veggie! Rice basically turns into sugar and fat the minute you eat it, which is why it’s so good!
If you have any questions, want more recipes, etc. please shoot me an email! As always, thanks for reading! XOXO Jen
January 6, 2014 § Leave a comment
Hi everyone! I hope you all had a fabulous New Year’s Eve and are starting off 2014 in style! I have been off the computer for a bit and have really enjoyed spending time with family and friends throughout the holiday season! I took some time off work, visited family in New Jersey, friends in Philly, took a surprise birthday trip to The Poconos…and then got sick (ick!). 2014 started out with a bowl of chicken noodle soup and me setting my alarm to wake up so I could watch the ball drop but I’m confident things can only go up from here! I usually try to make resolutions but I feel like this year I don’t have resolutions so much as goals I would like to achieve. I like to think that at this point in my life I sort of have my stuff together and the next step I see in my future is just to make everything bigger and better in 2014! I think my life is pretty good right now but it can always be improved upon and I can always work to improve myself so that is what I will aim to do in 2014. We’ll call it Jen 2.0! (When I make jokes like this I am reminded how I have been around IT people a little too long…please don’t judge me lol).
Do you have any resolutions for 2014 or goals you would like to achieve? Resolutions or not I hope you will become a better version of yourself in 2014!
PS-If you’re looking for some cute, free printable calendars check out this awesome post here!
November 12, 2013 § Leave a comment
It’s here! I’m so excited to go through this tonight! Today was a super long day at the 9-5 but I am very happy to be enjoying my new favorite tea (it’s like a zero calorie cookie-amazing!) snuggled up with my heated blanket and the CB 2013 Holiday Gift Guide. I’ll be posting some of my favorite finds tomorrow! I hope you all had a great day and thanks for stopping by XO Jen
October 31, 2013 § Leave a comment
Hi everyone! Hope you are all having a great Halloween so far! I am very excited to head out to the W Hotel’s party tonight for the third year in a row! It’s always a blast and the view can’t be beat. Whether you are staying home with the kids or heading out to a big kid’s party, be safe and have fun tonight! I finally got my sugar skull costume together and wore it to work today but I hope to embellish it a bit more before this evening. The pic below is of my coworker and I before we had our Halloween Potluck (this year I cheated and went to Trader Joe’s and bought pot stickers).
Last night I went to The Helix Hotel’s lounge and participated in a pumpkin carving contest–I won a $50 gift card for best political/DC-themed pumpkin with my rendition of Obama as a zombie! It was a great event and the hotel provided the pumpkins and carving kits at no cost!
As always, thanks for stopping by and have a spooky amazing day!
April 18, 2013 § 1 Comment
So, I may be a little late on this one but I am happy to share with you news of DC’s International Design Festival that is happening through May 19th! It’s free-yay!-and you can check out a very cool exhibit at Artisphere in Arlington called “The Next Wave: Industrial Design Innovation in the 21st Century.” It is a 4,000 square-foot collaboration from Apartment Zero‘s co-owner, Douglas Burton, and Artisphere, showcasing over 100 objects (lighting, furniture, eco-friendly products, textiles, etc.) and celebrating designs from all over the globe. There will even be a small retail shop where some of the items on display will be available for purchase.
One of the reasons I’m so excited about this exhibit is because there was a time when I thought I wanted to move to Holland and go to school for Industrial Design (check out the Design Academy in Eindhoven)–it just fascinates me and if I had no bills to pay and could do whatever I want, I think I’d do it! Of course, this was during a time when I had just been laid off and the world was my oyster…now I’m back to the 9-5 grind but you never know…design school isn’t going anywhere!
If you decide to check it out let me know what you think! Here a few cool, free events you can check out as well (I am thinking I will def go to the May 15th one!):
OH SAY CAN’T YOU SEE: What Happened to American Design?
Sat April 20 / 5–6:30pm; Q&A and reception to follow / Free / Dome Theatre
ROBERTO PALOMBA: Italian Industrial Designer
Wed May 15 / 6pm; Talk + tour with reception to follow / Free / Terrace Gallery
As always, thanks for reading A Fresh Coat! XOXO
April 15, 2013 § 1 Comment
This warmer weather has me thinking about entertaining! For my birthday this year my best friend got me a really nice beverage dispenser and some other “party-ware.” Needless to say, I was ecstatic and couldn’t wait to be able to use them! I already have a few sangria recipes in mind but in the midst of planning a beverage I trailed off and started looking at serving trays online. Serving trays make everything look more put together and also serve a purpose! Love when something stylish is also functional!
I’ve been slightly obsessed with chevron for the last year and came across a few trays that I adored and wanted to share with you:
1. Set of two chevron trays from Teroforma, $58 (on sale now for 20% off with code THANKJEEVES)
2. Chevron tray from Crate & Barrel, $19.95 (hello, nice price!)
3. Melamine chevron tray, $42, custom-made from The Pink Monogram
4. Good old Etsy! Chevron lucite tray from Tilly Maison, $120 (steep but it’s big and awesome!)
5. Z Gallerie has a tray ($39.95) and coaster set ($16.95) in gold
I hope you liked these as much as I do! As always, thanks for reading A Fresh Coat! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! XOXO
December 31, 2012 § Leave a comment
Hi everyone and Happy Almost New Year! 2012 has been a great year and 2013 is going to be even better, I just know it! The blog has had its ups and downs (read: I’ve been majorly slacking on my posts due to life events, focusing on weight-loss, and sheer tiredness and lack of motivation!) but 2013 is going to be a good year for A Fresh Coat! In 2012 I have accomplished many things but the one thing I am most proud of is losing 40lbs! I didn’t think I even had 40lbs to lose but looking back at pictures I think I only felt in shape because I certainly didn’t look it. I am very happy that I put all of my efforts into working out daily and eating right, even if this pretty little blog had to suffer a bit! I do have a few posts that I just haven’t had a chance to put up yet but one is about how to host a cookie party (I know, a little late but better late than never!) and the other is a How-To on creating picture-frame earring storage. I also have a lot of fun ideas for next year and even have a project using old palletes to make a cool clock! Anyway…I hope you all have a wonderful, safe time tonight if you are headed out and that 2013 brings many good things for you and those you love! I will be spending the evening at one of my very good friend’s wedding (so excited for John and Lia!) and can’t wait to ring in the New Year with the new couple. Thank you so much for reading the blog and I hope to see you back in 2013! XOXO Jen