So I’d been looking for a text-on-photo app that handles different Japanese fonts and couldn’t think of any other than TegakiCamS, until I found out that Line Cam has a bunch of Asian fonts (so far looks like just Japanese and Korean) you can download!! Goodbye, TegakiCamS… you were great but I couldn’t deal with your 640x640px resolution.
Day 2: So far I am surprised by the lack of issues. I haven’t experienced any headaches, mind-fogginess, or lethargy. The only negative effect is how often I have to run to the bathroom. It seems after I drink a greens juice I can expect some, ahem, mayhem in my toilet bowl about 1~2 hours later. I am a little scared of how this will go tomorrow when I have to go to work…
I did cheat a bit and have an avocado because I am a little concerned about the lack of protein that comes from a juice diet. I’m sure a 3-day juice fast won’t have significant effects on my body but maybe I just wanted to eat something.
The hardest thing is smelling delicious food cooking, but I haven’t experienced any actual physical issues with hunger. I think about 95% of the struggle is mental. I do also think that after this I won’t be eating as large portions as I have in the past, and fast food doesn’t seem as appealing as it once did.
When I weighed myself this morning I had lost about 1 lb.
I am going to take a tepid bath and am looking forward to my almond drink. After a day of drinking clear-ish juices the thicker richer milkiness of the vanilla and chocolate almond drink is such a treat!
I cringe a little as I type this because I feel like a “cleanse” is so typically LA/celeb/douchebag-faddish. But here I am. I was talking to a friend of mine who’s tried a detox juice fast before and had successful results (continuing to this day, years later) so I thought I would give it a try. Pressed Juicery seems to have stores all over LA so I headed down to my local one to try out their 3-day Cleanse 2.
Today is Day 1. So far I’ve had two of their juices (greens 2 and citrus 2) and am about to chug my third (roots 3– hint: apple and ginger to a long way towards masking any bitterness). So far I’ve been doing all right on the hunger front. There are some minor hunger pangs but nothing alarming. I do keep having to pee what feels like every 15 minutes! Probably also caused by the massive amounts of water I’ve been drinking. Actually, it’s probably the amount you’re supposed to be drinking anyway. I’ve had 2… and a half? BMs so far and I expect that to go away since I’ve stopped eating solid foods (isn’t that how it works?).
I’m not really expecting (lasting) massive weight loss or anything like that from this fast, but I would like to use this as a chance to reset my eating habits. I have noticed lately that I don’t eat as much as before, and when I do eat the odd fast-food meal, it doesn’t taste as good as it once did. Though this may just be the end result of my frequenting higher-end burger joints lately.
**By the way, the price on their website seems to include delivery rates? When I went to the store myself to pick up the juices I paid $48.50 for a one-day supply (which is what it all adds up to if you buy each juice individually).
One of my culinary passions is salads! I know many people tend to look down at salads, and only eat them ’cause their doctor tells them to (if they eat vegetables at all). But ever since I was a child I’ve loved stuffing my face with forkfuls of green. My after-school snack was cucumber sticks with miso, not cookies and milk. Growing up I had an aunt who used to always refer to me as Lettuce Girl. You get the picture.
Anyway, I will dedicate my first salad review to my current favorite salad place, HealthyCA. I even have their number in my phonebook so that I can call in an order for pickup on my way home from work. They do offer other items like sandwiches and tandoori chicken but I’ve yet to try them because I always end up ordering a salad.
Salmon Salad from HealthyCA, 9/10
• First point: size. These are no wussy side salads like the ones that fast food places and diners try to throw at you. There is quite enough volume to fill you up, and it’s probably more than I should be eating in one sitting but because I love it so much I make myself finish it, unbuttoned pants be damned.
• Second point: freshness/taste. All their ingredients are fresh and green and in this case, the salmon was cooked just right and complemented the salad and (lemon and olive oil) dressing nicely. The roasted red peppers were a bit much (maybe half the amount used would’ve been enough), but the daikon sprouts were a nice surprise and the peas and corn added texture. I’m definitely not a vegetarian but I do eat a lot of greens so it’s nice to have some sources of protein such as fish and chicken.
• Third point: quinoa salad! One of the sides you can pick is the quinoa salad. I’m not sure exactly what they do to it but it’s quite delicious– savory and seasoned and there apparently aren’t enough good things you can say about quinoa these days. Two thumbs up.
One downside to this place is that it’s not really a sit-down kind of place so if you plan to eat in, don’t expect any fancy furniture. But, I guess it’s what goes in your mouth that’s most important and on that end I’ve no complaints whatsoever! Vive le salade!!
Since I love this place so much I keep meaning to try a sandwich or a hot dish one of these days. Maybe on Monday.
The other day I was riding the metro (LA subway) and noticed a mother and daughter sitting near me. I had noticed while waiting on the platform that the daughter was somewhat sulky and probably didn’t want to be there. On the train she was sitting in the seat behind her mother instead of next to her. After a few stops I noticed she was starting to undo her mother’s braids and I wondered at first if the mother was aware but after she whipped out the scissors I figured, Okay, they’re just redoing the braids.
When the stop came for them to get off, they got up and I noticed the floor was covered with hair! I’m not talking about a few strands here and there, but if I swept it up I could probably get a good fistful. The mom looked back and noticed, but only shrugged and said, “Oh geez, we made a mess, huh?” and then walked off. GROSS!!! Why would you not tell your kid to put the clippings in a bag to throw away later??? Is that not common courtesy? Why is it so easy for people to treat public/other people’s property so poorly!? THIS IS WHY WE CAN’T HAVE NICE THINGS!!! Grrrr!
App used: DecoSama Vintage
Finally got around to checking out the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. It was not as nice as I remember the aquarium in Maui being, but it is an aquarium and that alone drizzles enough awesome sauce on it for me to give it a thumbs-up.
The sharks were interesting as always, but I have to admit I was somewhat mesmerized watching the jellies float around. And enough kids referenced Finding Nemo that it could be a proper drinking game….
The other day I went to Disneyland and had a dang good time. I think there was a time, maybe in my teens or early twenties, when I felt like Disneyland was lame, like it was all about money-making and corporate greed. And, being the largest conglomerate in the world, it probably still is… but at least they try to sell a dream.