Monday, May 16, 2011

Vegetarian 4 hour body canned soup

It is not easy being a vegetarian on the 4 hour body diet. It seems there are only so many recipes that combine vegetables, legumes, and vegetarian protein. I am happy to share my vegetarian recipes and discoveries with other vegetarians on the 4 hour body diet. If you find something please share it with me!

I have found the best vegan canned soup that fits in with the 4 hour body diet. It is Amy's organic Golden Lentil (Indian Dal) soup and it is delicious. The ingredients are; Filtered water, organic yellow split peas, organic red lentils, organic carrots, organic tomato puree, organic extra virgin olive oil, shallots, organic garlic, organic ginger, sea salt, spices, organic turmeric, and organic black pepper.

I have seen this soup anywhere from $2.50 - $3.50 per can. Here is a link to Amy's website with information about this soup.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

My first week on the 4 Hour Body diet

I am a chubby vegetarian.  I gained a lot of weight when I was pregnant with my son.  After he was born, I never did take that weight off.  In fact, I just kept adding weight!  I have tried everything so when I heard that people I knew were losing weight on the 4 hour body diet, I bought the book.  This is not a paid post, this is my own personal experiment.

After the first week I am down 5.5 pounds and 5.25 inches.  I will keep everyone updated on my progress as a way to share my experience as well as keep myself accountable.

If you would like to read more about this crazy ass diet, check out the website at

As I go I will be sharing vegetarian recipes that are 4 hour body friendly.  If you are a vegetarian trying this diet, be prepared to eat a lot of lentils!

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Z is for Zanker

A was going to be for Antoons, but the Z post worked out better for both me and my friend Anton Zanker. Anton Zanker is the creator of Antoons and the artist responsible for

Anton Zanker started Antoons in 2009 but he has been making art for as long as I have known him.  Anton and I first met at a party my sister was throwing.  I just had returned from spending a year at Art School in Tilburg, The Netherlands.

Here are some of my favorite Antoons from  If you like them too, consider subscribing to the blog and 'liking' Antoons on Facebook.

Image by Anton Zanker,


Image by Anton Zanker,


Image by Anton Zanker,

Friday, April 22, 2011

S is for Sushi

How could my S post not be about Sushi?!  I am in love with vegetarian sushi.  This is another joy in life that I owe to my wonderful husband.

I was hesitant when this cute guy asked me to join him for errands and sushi.  I was / am a picky vegetarian.  I never thought that I would ever like something like sushi.  I did not even know there were sushi rolls that did not have fish in them.  I said yes because he was cute, and my love for sushi and my husband began.

Since sushi is expensive, we usually save it for special occasions.  A few hours after my son was born, and almost two days after I started my labor, my husband brought me sushi in the hospital.  Some of the first pictures of our son involve chopsticks and take out boxes.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

P is for Proud Mama

I am one proud mama. My son's school did their fundraiser over the weekend and it was amazing. We did not have to pass around a catalog of junk and pressure coworkers to buy stuff. This year they held a song and dance performance. Not only did we raise money for the school, the children got to put on performances from African American Folk Songs, to Can't Touch This by MC Hammer. I loved it! I loved it so much that I turned into one of those crazy proud mamas.

I admit it. I screamed out for my son after one of his dances while he was leaving the stage. I never thought I would be one of those moms. Apparently, I am. I could not help but let out a loud woohoo followed by my son's name. Maybe I embarrassed him, but more than anything I was proud of him.

Are you a proud mama? What are some things you have done to show your kids how proud you are? :)

Monday, April 18, 2011

O is for Opossums

If all goes well, soon I will be the owner of baby short tailed opossums!  Short tailed opossums are not the standard North American opossum that digs through your trash.  These creatures stay small and only grow to about the size of a mouse.

Friday, April 15, 2011

M is for Massasauga Rattlesnake

The Massasauga Rattlesnake is one of the most beautiful animals I have seen. The eastern massasauga is a very shy snake and although there are small populations in Illinois and Wisconsin, I have never seen one in the wild.

These small rattlesnakes are protected because of their declining population. In addition to losing their natural environment, massasaugas have been hunted and killed because they are venomous. Killing venomous snakes just because they are venomous is a disgusting practice in my opinion.

I hope that we can learn to appreciate these beautiful creatures for the important role they play in our ecosystem.