Getting ready for Ultimate Reset


10/10 is the big day. In 2 days, I am going to start the Beachbody Ultimate Reset along with my husband and my mom. I wanted to document this journey on my blog for reference to us and to other who would like to try Ultimate Reset. I have been a P90X grad for a long time. I think, I eat pretty healthy and clean. I get my daily chocolate fix with … [Read more...]

Gluten-free diet: Living gluten-free

Gluten-free diet is not as hard as people think it is. Gluten is a kind of protein found in three main grains. These grains are: Wheat Barley Rye Therefore, you don't eat  breads, pasta, noodles, cracked wheat know as bulgur, couscous, cake, pies, cookies, bagels, flatbreads made with these three grains. You don’t consume things that … [Read more...]

Hashimoto’s Disease and Gluten Sensitivity


After being diagnosed with Hashimoto after delivering my second baby, starting with the very rapid weight gain, no matter how hard I tried, my  inability to lose weight  had started  to infuriate me. I was also working an 8-hour desk job which wasn't helping. At the beginning of summer of 2010, I decided I needed to make a change and do something … [Read more...]

Book review: Omnivore’s Dilemma


This week’s book is not a children’s book. The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals is a non-fiction book about nutrition and health, which  I highly recommend everyone, who wants to figure out how to eat healthy in the age of industrialization, to read. Definition of Omnivore in the dictionary  is  “an animal or person that eats … [Read more...]

Stop dieting, start eating healthy

In my posts about my transformation story,  I wanted to share my excitement about conquering my struggles, and moving beyond the ups and downs of my long lost weight loss adventure at almost 35, by starting to eat healthy and sating active.  The most important thing I've have learned during this revelation was that “eating healthy and living an … [Read more...]

Best indoor plants for air quality

Best indoor plants for air quality

Forests and plants are our source of life on this Earth. They provide us with oxygen and food. What's even nicer is that they aren’t necessarily have to be outdoors. There are many indoor plants for air quality which help decorate your house at the same time. As a matter of fact, I grew up in a household where there was always a corner or a room … [Read more...]

How to do a waterfall braid


Pinterest is a really bad influence for mere mortals who already have major ADHD issues, like me. This hair styling model, you see the picture above is one of those things I found on Pinterest. It is called the "Waterfall braid". It took me few tries to be able to do it on myself, but I was able to pull it off. It was rather easier to do it on my … [Read more...]

I am “beautiful” enough

Negative Body Image

Just when I was finishing up my series on my transformation story and getting ready to start a new year, I came around a children's book called "I am beautiful".  I had just returned from my vacation at a resort where there were lots of gorgeous Russian women, quite rested but with declined self-esteem, despite the fact that I went there in the … [Read more...]

Supplementing Vitamin D in winter months


Vitamin D is a vitamin that is fat-soluble and not found widely in foods we consume. It is very crucial for adults and kids. It is required for bone health and immune system. It helps our body to absorb calcium and promote bone health. The very basic source of vitamin D is through the absorption sunlight through out skin. Our body produces … [Read more...]

10 tips to get most of your workouts


In addition to eating healthy, I wanted to share some of the important factors and tips I have learned to get the most out of your workouts. A question that I get a lot with exercising is what workout to do? This one, that one? My answer is, pick something that will keep you motivated to move at least 6 days for 30 minutes or more. I do … [Read more...]

Why is eating healthy so hard?


It is great to be raised in the Mediterranean region and yet sometimes it is not good completely either. I don’t think there is any other kitchen in the world that serves so many varieties of veggies and legumes. I feel really lucky in this sense. Western part of Turkey is source of good quality olive. Therefore, olive oil is staple of our cuisine. … [Read more...]

Book holder for exercise equipment


Two of my daily goals are to workout and to read every day. Sometimes 24-day is not enough to squeeze these two tasks into. If I can get them both done, then I feel lie I've accomplished a major goal. If I run outside, then I listen to audio boos. If I workout with DVDs then I have to read another time. If I cannot workout another way, I get on my … [Read more...]

Product Review: Nail buffing block


I assume, I am not the first person to come accross this great product. And if I am not, why the heck no one told me about it before? This is the perfect nail care product for people who likes to do their own manicure at home, like me. I like my manicure short, round and I do not like to hassle with putting on and taking out nail polish - even … [Read more...]

Being a knowledgeable patient

Tomorrow is my expected due date. I am still at home, pregnant. My doctor told me I am not due in for a visit until Wednesday. I am reading a book in peace.  At work,  my workload is less but I am still actively working from my home office. During these final weeks, my son has been very agreeable and pleasant. His speech skills has really … [Read more...]

Chicken Broth Soup for common cold cure

I wasn't able to add new posts since the terminator cold has entered our house, knocking down my son first, then me. That said, I feel this chicken broth soup recipe is the most appropriate post to share with you with cold viruses making rounds around the country. If you research, you will find many articles from reliable sources that chicken … [Read more...]

Strength Soup for cold winter days

I do not have a scientific proof but I am sure this soup has immune strengthening properties. It is the perfect soup blend for cold winter days like the ones we have in Chicago. Ingredients: 8 cups of beef broth 1 medium yellow onion 1 beet 1 potato 1/2 celery root (head) 1 cup shredded green cabbage 1 tomato 1 tablespoon … [Read more...]

Yogurt Soup for soothing upset stomach

This is a delicious soup that will help calm your upset stomach down if you have nausea or after throwing up with rice's soothing effect. I cook this without salt, however you might add some to taste. Yogurt soup is soft and mushy enough to serve to your babies (who started on solid food) and children. Ingredients: 3/4 cup white or brown … [Read more...]

Are you doing your monthly breast self-exam?


Since I've done the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in May, I've become more aware how important early diagnosis in breast cancer treatment is. It ticks me off to receive forwarded ciphered chain messages in the e-mail during the month of October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness month. We have to remind our family and friends to do their monthly … [Read more...]

5 minutes for mom

I have been working out for weeks. I increased my running time. I was working out with DVDs when I had to stay at home. Now, I am sucked back into the black hole called "I cannot find time to workout" and I am waiting for someone to pick me up and show me the light at the end of the tunnel. Neither my son's needs end, nor the house chores. I do not … [Read more...]