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Makeover and Cooking Fun!

I am so grateful for the overwhelming sense of happiness I'm feeling this week. Since starting on the Body Ecology Diet one week ago I have noticed a huge difference in my energy levels and feel much more relaxed in general. My seasonal allergies have almost completely cleared up. I'm also sleeping much better (I have slept straight through the last 4 nights which is highly unusual for me). I'm almost tempted to say I've become a morning person but only because when I wake up I don't feel like I'm in a fog.  I've also lost 5 1/2 pounds which is a nice bonus :-)

Today I felt like being pampered and left early for work so I could go to my favorite MAC cosmetics location on Bleecker Street and get a makeover. A little over 4 years ago my fiance treated me to a MAC makeover for Christmas and since then I have been hooked. (NOTE: MAC gives free makeovers, my fiance just happened to buy everything they used on me that day so I could keep up the look. If you haven't taken advantage of this service, you should definitely try it out).  Here is what they used on me today:

Thanks to some very generous birthday gifts, I was able to buy everything guilt free and I'm so excited to keep up the new look and experiment with some more. I also got some really great styling/application tips from my makeup artist for the day Brandon. 

I've been trying out sea vegetables this week and have the most success with Nori. Nori is the seaweed wrapper they use for sushi.  I was feeling extra brave and made some veggie quinoa sushi for dinner Monday night.

I was really happy with how it came out. I found this recipe on pinterest and wasn't sure how great it would turn out but I was thrilled with how my first attempt at sushi came out. It was also surprisingly very easy. Here's the recipe (taken from Wholesome Cook's Blog):
Cooked Quinoa
2-4 cucumber wedges
1/2 carrot grated
1/4 of an avocado sliced
1 baby zucchini thinly sliced

To make the Quinoa Sushi Rolls:
  1. Place a nori sheet on a bench (or a bamboo sushi mat, if using).
  2. Spread quarter of the quinoa mix on half of the nori sheet, working from the edge closest to you and right to the sides.
  3. Layer your favourite toppings across the middle of the quinoa and lighting the edge closest to you, begin to tighly wrap the rolls all the way to the end.

 Since I'm not using soy sauce right now, I made a dipping sauce out of apple cider vinegar, cayenne pepper, and chopped garlic. It was delightfully yummy and filling.

Donna Gates (founder of BED) suggests using Nori like you would a wrap to make a sandwich, so I decided to give that a try as well. I filled my wrap with arugula tossed with lemon, salt, and pepper, turkey slices, cucumber and avocado. The lemon on the arugula took away to sea weed taste of the Nori and I was pleasantly surprised with how great it tasted. Here's what it looked like:

I'm really enjoying cooking (a shock to myself and my fiance); I've never been much of a cook but trying out all these recipes and experimenting with different flavors is turning out to be fun. I've been getting pin happy on Pinterest lately; some of the recipes aren't completely BED friendly but with some adjustments I believe they will be tasty and help keep me on track. 

What keeps you motivated when working on making positive changes in your life? 


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