Spot On

il_570xN.893728344_4c88
Happy New Year everyone! Personally I started 2016 out on a high note and things have continued to get better and better! I’ve been hit with a new wave of inspiration and creativity and can’t wait to start putting all my new ideas out on the blog. The first thing I have been wanting to do is start a new segment on spots in San Diego that are my favorites. Living in a city with so much to offer, I’ve been trying to get out there and try new places. I’ve been grabbing my girls and eating/drinking/being merry at these tasty little gems! The first one on my list to share is Fig Tree Cafe. This is THE ideal brunch spot for the girls {or boys} on Sunday morning.

One of the most important things for a place to be Spot On for me is the atmosphere. I love going places where the creators put some effort in making a special place to spend time at. I mean who wants to sit around at a plain jane spot? {not me}. So what makes Fig Tree Cafe so special to me is their atmosphere. My personal favorite location is the Pacific Beach location. Vibes are on point. When you walk in you feel like you are in a hidden little jungle or maybe a tree house. The tables are all placed about among the trees and what makes it extra special is it is pet friendly, so bring your pup to lunch!

 

IMG_6262

 

What’s on the menu? Breakfast foods, sandwiches, salads, coffees, and cocktails! I can personally speak to how amazing the man candy is. I mean who couldn’t use a little man candy in their life {amiright}. This is basically brown sugar coated bacon and if its even possible to get better they put this little bacony delight in a bloody mary {gasp}. So don’t miss out on this one. If you are feeling some pain from the night before I also recommend getting a flight of antioxidant shots, they’re amazing!

Foodwise I haven’t tried the lunch options, but I have not been disappointed with the breakfast! I loved the soy chorizo scramble, but also have gotten the California omelette and it was on point. Recommendations from friends include the huevos rancheros and breakfast sushi!

IMG_6266

Hope you guys go out there and check this spot out if you haven’t already, it won’t disappoint!

Info: http://figtreeeatery.com

Cheers

xx – krystena

Week 1 Update

Days 1-7 are checked off my list and I am really proud of myself and mama for staying on track with our Whole30 eating. Trust me it was not easy, but a week into this and I already am feeling better and healthier. A few things I learned so far about my own eating habits is that I snack A LOT. I noticed this now that I’m eating three meals a day because I didn’t really do that before. I think I was just snacking all day, which has been a hard habit to come out of! But now that I’ve been making three yummy, healthy meals a day I feel more full and don’t have as much of a desire to snack.

IMG_4259

One thing I noticed was that by the end of the day I am more tired and actually ready to crawl in bed. I usually have a problem relaxing and allowing myself to fall asleep at night. Now that I’m a week into this I noticed I’m tired at a decent hour and able to fall asleep after laying down, which before I wasn’t able to sleep until 1-2 am no matter how tired I was. I am really happy with this improvement, yay sleep!

IMG_4256

Another thing I noticed was its actually really easy to make healthy choices when going out with friends and family. On Day 3 it was my Dad’s birthday so we went to a Padres game. Day 3 is a tough day anyway{that was being nice.. Day 3 SUCKS, watch out}, let alone being surrounded by hot dogs and nachos, which are my favs. But, I ended up finding a salad with kale and avocado that was so yummy I almost forgot how bad I wanted to snatch that hot dog out of my Dad’s hands lol. Also, on Day 6 I went to a country concert with friends and tailgated with everyone. I was a little apprehensive about not being able to drink and have fun, but I made myself a “mock-tail” of flavored water and seltzer water and I was just as happy. Plus, being sober around drunk people is GREAT for people watching!

IMG_4254

I’m not going to lie though, I had cravings this week I never usually have. At one point I almost broke down and bought myself some ice cream. I found myself daydreaming of frosting, chocolate, cupcakes, you name it, but like the book said the cravings only last a minute or two so just tough it out!  Also, I was onnee grumpy lady on Days 2-4. I think that was my body’s response to no more sugar. I was a sugarless monster. But, like everything else that phase passed and I’m feeling bright and shiny {that was a grey’s reference}.

Overall this week flew by! Wish us luck on Week 2 of the Whole30!

xx krystena

Whole30

I don’t know about you, but eating healthy and clean always makes me feel like a million bucks. However, it is SO easy to get off track and start eating yucky food because it is “easier”, when in reality a little food prep can go a long way! I can see where I got off track. It all started with getting a late night meal here or there, maybe a soda or a cupcake.. then next thing I know the guy at the drive through recognizes me {that happened}. I kept justifying my eating habits by thinking, “I work out so it cancels out” or “I’ll eat better on Monday”. Well those excuses aren’t going to fly around here anymore!

Today my mom and I are starting a 30 day eating overhaul. It’s called the Whole30 and it focuses on eating healthy food to reset your body. It eliminates junk from your diet like sugars and alcohol {I’ll miss you wine} among a lot of other things and helps you get back on track to a healthy lifestyle and body! It has sooo many benefits from detoxifying {duh}, to reducing inflammation, stress, hormone levels, the list goes on and on! We picked up the book at the local Barnes & Nobel and after reading through it we are obsessed. I know it won’t be an easy task but I am up to the challenge of bettering myself and my life.

I will be updating my blog at the end of each week outlining our experiences along with keeping myself accountable for staying on track!

Let me know if anyone else has tried this lifestyle change or if you want to join us in this month long journey 🙂

xx krystena

The Coffee Diaries- Day 2

Thanks for the well wishes friends, because I needed them. The headache officially set on around 2 pm today and I have been in a fog ever since.

Day two was rough, but I read that 1-3 days is usually the amount of time feeling bad, so there is hope that tomorrow could be better! I didn’t sleep well last night and had crazy vivid nightmares {I wonder if that is due to the lack of caffeine?} I decided to have a cup of green tea in the morning to give me a little boost, since I had a debate in class, but other than that I have been good and stayed away from caffeine!

Things I’ve found helpful combating the groggy feeling:

  • Ibuprofen: this helped ease my headache when the feeling was getting bad
  • Vitamins/Emergen-c: gave me a little boost in the middle of the day
  • Taking a nap: restored a little energy for me to keep awake and into the night

I was a little irritable and groggy today but I am hoping tomorrow will be easier now that I know what to expect!

xx krystena

The Coffee Diaries

Coffee: my personal addiction. It started off innocently enough, a cup here or there to study or stay awake during a late night essay. Then it turned into a morning cup of a light roast to get me going. Next thing I know I’m drinking three cups + a day and ordering a double shot venti iced coffee just to stay alert during one class. There comes a point where you step back and go woah A.) i’m drinking a crapload of coffee and it isn’t affecting me, and B.) I’m spending A LOT of money of coffee. Like no wonder my monthly accounts are looking a little bare.. I am personally stimulating the economy with my excessive coffee addiction.  IMG_1861

I am starting a little series about my week of lessening my coffee intake. Anyone who is currently in college, or went to college probably knows that coffee might as well have it’s own space on the food pyramid. And from how it looks this nasty coffee addiction follows most people into the work place, so this may be something I should get a handle on.

So today {monday} I did a little research and decided that what is best for me is to go cold turkey on actual coffee this week. My goals are to bring down my tolerance to coffee {by not drinking it}, but still use different alternatives for energy {green tea, fruits, etc}. I still don’t mind having coffee in my diet after this week, but I would like to cut down to a cup a day, or even less if I don’t need it. I have heard some pretty scary things about headaches and moodiness when cutting down, but something even scarier are the effects of prolonged high caffeine intake! These include high levels of anxiety, stress, and sleep problems, and those are just a few I have seen around health journals on the internet. Although those are problems for high users of caffeine, moderate caffeine intake does have many health benefits, so I will continue the drink it after I try to lower my tolerance a bit!

On to how I am feeling after Day One. My day has been very busy today, so I didn’t even really have a chance to miss my coffee. I will admit it was a bit of a struggle to get myself up and going today, but I am almost done with my school day and I don’t miss it too bad at this point!

Things that have helped me stay on track today: 

  • I have been drinking water all day to keep feeling full and to replace the iced coffee I usually drink through class
  • I had a two hour break where I usually sit around campus and get work done/grab a coffee. I went home instead and worked out for 30 mins {this was my saving grace, I think it gave me the energy boost I needed! }
  • Made it past the 4:00 pm mark without coffee and its a breeze from here, I bet I will be nice and tired tonight

I will let you all know how things go tomorrow! {wish me luck in the morning}

xx – krystena

Suja 3 Day Cleanse

So today I started my 3 day Suja Juice Cleanse. I have been wanting to do a cleanse for awhile now and I found that this one not only looked delicious but was also one of the more affordable cleanses. I also found that it was less expensive to get a kit from Whole Foods, than it was to order it online.  

I am not going to lie, today has been rough! Am I the only one who gets intense cravings for foods once I can’t have them? All I could think about today was Chick-Fil-A. Why? I have no idea, I don’t even eat it very often. But weird cleanse cravings.. beware they are a struggle to beat!

Overall the juices actually tasted pretty good! Some more than others but I think after the fuel one I was hangry {hungry + angry} so I wasn’t really giving them a chance. I did really enjoy GLOW and GREEN SUPREME, they were both very refreshing!

I am so proud that I made it through today without cheating. Seriously around 1pm-3pm I was thinking of giving up, but I drank my juice and stuck with it! I will probably update again tomorrow with my progress.. Wish me luck everyone!

xx- krystena

Recipe Review: Banana Bread

When I noticed we had three bananas that were beyond our preference of eating, the first thing I thought of was I needed to make Banana Bread. This is by far the best banana bread I have ever had and I recommend this recipe to everyone! It is not only quick and easy but delicious and moist as well.

Ingredients Needed:


  1.  3 Very Ripe Bananas
  2. 1 Cup of Sugar
  3. 2 Cups of Flour
  4. 1 Stick of Unsalted Butter
  5. 2 Large Eggs
  6. 1 Tbs of Milk
  7. 1 Tsp of Cinnamon
  8. 1 Tsp of Nutmeg
  9. 1 Tsp Baking Soda
  10. 1 Tsp Baking Powder
  11. 1 Tsp Salt
Preheat Over to 325. Butter 9x5x3 Loaf Pan
Mix Butter & Sugar in Large Bowl until fluffy
Add eggs, One at a time until mixed well

In a small bowl mash bananas with fork
Mix in Milk, Cinnamon & Nutmeg

In another bowl mix flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt
Mix in Banana Mixture to Sugar Mixture
Then add dry ingredients a little at a time

Add Mixture to Pan & Bake 1 Hour – 1 Hour 10 Mins
Or until Toothpick comes out clean

All Done!
This is seriously amazing. Go make it now!

xx-krystena