Sunday, October 12, 2014

How does Insanity Compare to Running?

For intense cardio I love interval training and running. I’ve always wondered how Insanity (one of the hardest/most fun interval training videos I’ve tried) compares to running. Now that I have my heart rate monitor, I figured I’d check it out.

I used Insanity Max Interval Circuit – which I consider the most intense cardio routine of the set – to capture my data. Insanity Max Interval Circuit is a warmup followed by 3 sets of 4 moves with a few recovery moves thrown in – think burpees, squats, pushups, lunges, etc.

For my run, I used a long (1 hour 23 min) run at a steady pace.

Summary of both workouts:

Calorie Comparison:

I burned ~5.96 calories per min with Insanity, and ~7.15 calories per min with running.

If I did my Insanity video for as long as my run, I would have only burnt 494 calories (vs the 593 I actually burnt with my run). I’m not sure I could have kept going for the extra 23 minutes though – I am always dripping in sweat by the end of Max Interval Circuit! It really works your whole body.

Heart Rate Comparison:

For reference:
Zone 1: Warm up/Cool Down= 50-60%
Zone 2: Fitness (Fat Burn)= 60-70%
Zone 3: Aerobic (Endurance)= 70-80%
Zone 4: Anaerobic (Hardcore)= 80-90%
Zone 5: VO2 Max (Max Effort)= 90-100%

The warm-up, stretch, and cool-down portions of the Insanity workout bring the average down quite a bit. During the peaks of the Intervals, I am working at 89% of my max (heh, hard core – for real!).

During my long run, my Heart Rate was surprisingly similar:


Overall, with Insanity, you are getting a great full-body workout. It is a full-body, body-weight (I added some 7.5 lb dumbbells at the end) interval program that has a similar (though slightly lower) calorie burn to steady-state running. It’s impressive that interval body-weight training can get your heart rate up so well. I like that Insanity can be done anywhere, and requires no equipment. It’s wonderful for travel, rainy days, and tiny apartments ☺.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Garmin Forerunner 15 Review

My Garmin Forerunner 15 and linked heart rate monitor came in the mail today! 

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I’m a small girl, but the watch fit perfectly. For a GPS watch, it is impressively compact; any smaller and I wouldn’t be able to easily read my stats while running. I also love the fun teal color!

Setting it up was very easy. My heart rate monitor automatically paired with my device. I gave it a little bit of a charge by connecting it via USB to my laptop. I turned on ‘auto pause’ – an extremely convenient feature that automatically pauses the collection of your running stats when you stop at red lights, etc. 

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From the website: ‘The rechargeable battery will last up to 5 weeks in watch/activity tracking mode or 8 hours when using it with GPS on your outdoor runs’. This is great for me – I don’t anticipate running for longer than 8 hours in one go any time soon. 

To try it out, I went for a 7.35 mi run. It was raining, but luckily, the GPS watch/heart rate monitor is waterproof – you can even swim in it! I love this feature – especially since a goal of mine is to compete in a triathlon.

The watch was able to find satellites very quickly (~30 s). Impressive, especially for the first time! I pressed start, and was off.

I was able to easily scroll through and see all of my stats while running. When it got dark, I was able to use the back-light to light my watch and see my stats. Using the watch and scrolling through the displays was extremely easy/intuitive, although I will have to re-read the instructions for some of the more niche features.

My watch displayed: total run time, distance, pace, calories burned, heart rate beats per min, heart rate zone. 

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During my run it was great to see my running pace and heart rate in real-time. My watch also let me know each time I completed a mile.

After my run, I simply pressed the top right button to stop the timer, and selected to save my run. My watch displayed my overall running time/pace, calories, etc. as expected, and also gave me a breakdown of my pace per mile. My 5th mile was actually my fastest!

I downloaded Garmin Connect from It’s really fun to see exactly how far you ran, your elevation, your pace for each mile, your fastest mile, your heart rate, how your heart rate increases/decreases with pace/elevation. For example, my HR didn’t get in the zone I was aiming for until mile 3, then it nicely held it for the rest of the run, even though my pace was pretty even. I had no idea it took me so long to warm up! 

Enabling/changing the privacy features was intuitive, and they give you an option to save your course. It also shows you your ‘personal bests’, which is nice.

I downloaded the app on my iPhone, but unfortunately, this model watch does not pair with the iPhone. The iPhone app just sends/receives data to/from Garmin Connect – so it will display the data you load via your laptop/USB. I like that the app will send data from the iPhone Health app to Garmin Connect – I’m looking forward to trying this out and seeing what types of data the new iPhone Health app collects and sends to the website.

I also turned on activity tracking. This count your steps, calories and distance throughout the day. I am not sure how accurate this will be until I get a foot pod, which is basically an extremely accurate pedometer/accelerometer that can pair with the watch to give you an accurate step/distance count while indoors. The foot pod is very small, and can clip to your shoe laces. It’s definitely on my wish list!

Overall, I am extremely happy with my watch! I can’t wait to use it in my next 5k and on my next run.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Adorable Fruit Halloween Costumes

In this video I'll give you a little sneak-preview of my Halloween costume for 2012! You all know I LOVE Halloween and fruit, so when my costume arrived in the mail, I got really excited and decided to make a quick video. I'd love to see you in cute fruity costumes as well, so please send me your pictures! Home made costumes are amazing, and I'm looking forward to seeing what you all come up with! I've posted a few fruit costumes that I've found on the internet to give you all some ideas. There costumes are from

Pineapple Halloween Costume

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Banana Halloween Costume

Fruit Cup Halloween Costume

Pineapple Halloween Costume

Strawberry Halloween Costume

Watermelon Halloween Costume

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Addictive Low Fat Raw Vegan Dressing Recipe!

In this video I’ll show you how to make an absolutely addictive low fat raw vegan dressing. Its perfect balance of fruitness and spice will please even the most picky palates. It even made my boyfriend, who typically hates all greens, say he was excited to eat this salad! It is a crowd pleaser for raw vegans and non-raw vegans alike. This is the perfect healthy dressing - it's not too sweet, extremely flavorful, well-balanced, and spicy!   

Low Fat Raw Vegan Dressing Recipe 
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     *Dressing Ingredients:
           - 2 large, ripe mangoes
           - 1 red bell pepper
           - 1/2 lime 
           - scallions
           - 1/2 small jalapeno pepper 
                  *Use more or less depending on how spicy you like your food   
                  *Scallions and jalapeno peppers are ingredients I don't typically eat, but they work fantastically well in this recipe. Be careful with them and listen to your body. If you have any difficulty digesting them, this recipe is still delicious if you omit them! 

    *Salad Ingredients:
          - 2-3 extra large hearts of romaine lettuce
           - 1 large cucumber
           - 2 bags of baby spinach 
           - 1 box of cherry tomatoes
Addictive Low Fat Raw Vegan Dressing and Accompanying Salad Ingredients
            - Cuisinart Pro Classic Food Processor or a similar food processor that can both blend and shred ingredients  

      *Dressing Preparation:
           - Peel and slice your mangoes into chunks you can toss in your food processor. 
           - Slice your lime in half and remove the skin and seeds. You will use the whole lime in this recipe, not just the juice. 
            - Remove the seeds from your bell pepper and jalapeno pepper and slice them into chunks you can toss in your food processor. Be careful when adding your jalapeno pepper as to not make your dressing too spicy!
            - Dice your scallions, add according to your taste.  
            - Using the metal chopping blade in your food processor, blend your mangoes, scallions, bell pepper, lime, and jalapeno into a thick, creamy, rich, beautiful dressing!
          *Salad Preparation:
                - Wash your romaine and break it into bite-sized pieces.
                - Cut off the ends of your zucchini and cucumber so they are flat. This will make shredding them easier. Slice them into chunks that will fit in your food processor's feed tube.
               - Using the shredding disc in your food processor, shred your zucchini and cucumber into pretty strips!
               - Put your romaine in the bottom of a large salad bowl. Cover with your shredded zucchini and cucumber. Put your cherry tomatoes on top.
              - Pour your addictive salad dressing over your salad, and enjoy!

With my Zucchini and Cucumber which I shredded in my
            - When you shred zucchini, the different texture completely enhances the flavor, and it ends up tasting almost buttery! 
            - Shredding, spiralizing, mincing and using other methods to change the texture of vegetables completely transforms them and enhances the flavor of your salads!

My dad introduced me to this recipe. He made it as a dipping sauce for our veggie wraps that we had during a beautiful low fat raw vegan picnic on the Potomac River. My whole family loved it! We adapted it from a recipe he found online at The Food Republic to make it low fat raw vegan friendly. It is amazing!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Benefits of an 100% Low Fat Raw Vegan Diet for 2+ Years

Please check out my latest video on the benefits I've experienced from following a 100% low fat raw vegan diet since April 1st, 2010.

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To learn more about the low fat raw vegan lifestyle, tune in to the Brilliant Body Health Summit:, beginning on July 24th, 2012. This is a free event, and I'm honored to be speaking in it! Other speakers include Dr. Douglas Graham, Freelee, Durianrider, and many other inspirational and wonderful people.

Here are just a few of the benefits I've experienced after going 100% low fat raw vegan:
  • My allergies completely disappeared, and I no longer had to take Zyrtec daily.
  • I cleared my skin and healed my dermatitis (which my doctor had warned me was incurable).
  • I quickly lost weight (40lbs), even though I was eating more calories than ever. I am happy to be able to eat as much as I desire for the first time in my whole life.
  • My physical performance increased dramatically.
  • My mental clarity improved, and so did my grades. My GPA improved an entire grade point.
  • My vision improved to the point where I now have 20/20 vision and was able to throw away my contacts.
  • I experienced numerous other wonderful benefits! Check out my new video to learn more :)
You can also read the complete story of My Journey to Raw Veganism and the Many Benefits I Experienced in the About Me section :)

Friday, June 1, 2012

Overt Fat Free Raw Vegan Pesto Pasta!

In this video I’ll show you how to make one of my favorite low fat raw vegan “pastas” and a delicious overt fat free pesto sauce!

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Although this pasta doesn’t have any overt-fat in it, it is actually extremely high in Omega 3s, which are an extremely healthy essential fatty acid. Spinach and other leafy greens are a great source of Omega 3s.

Note: this is not enough calories for a full meal! Make sure you also have some delicious bananas or mangoes along with this meal, or eat more at another meal to compensate. My meals typically consist of one, two, or three of my favorite fruits. For example, last night I had 12 bananas, an entire pineapple, and a mango for dinner. It’s really important to eat enough fruits and vegetables if you want to be able to stick with a healthy diet! Otherwise you will get too hungry and be tempted by foods you do not want to have in your diet.

I know all of you love fruit and can eat your fruit, but people sometimes have a harder time finding vegetable recipes that they love, and so that’s why I’m sharing this recipe with you. It’s a great way to get your greens in!

           - 6 leaves of fresh basil
           - 2 lemons (use just the juice)
           - 4 large cucumbers
           - 2 bags of baby spinach 

            - A Spiralizer
            - A high-power blender that can handle greens (I recommend a Blendtec or a Vitamix)
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           - Wash your cucumbers. Slice them in half and cut off the ends so they are flat. This will make spiralizing them easier.
           - Blend together your spinach, lemon, and basil. Start with a little spinach, then once that is blended nicely, add more to thicken the sauce. If you need to add water to get your spinach to blend, add as little as possible to keep the sauce thick.
           - Pour your pesto over your cucumber noodles, and enjoy!

      *Optional Variations:
          - Zucchinis and yellow squash also work great as noodles for this dish. If you would like to add even more color to the dish, you can spiralize some carrots or beets as well!  

Low Fat Raw Vegan Pesto

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Healthy Eating Pictures: What's in My Fridge?

People often ask me what my diet consists of. To give you an idea, I have posted pictures of my fridge from different dates over the past few years.

To succeed as a low fat raw vegan it is essential that you eat enough fruits and vegetables. The trick to eating enough fruits and vegetables is definitely buying enough, and never going hungry. Keep your fridge extremely well stocked with your favorite high-quality produce.










Thursday, May 24, 2012

My New Juicer Review and Recipe! (Jay Kordich Power Grind Pro Juicer)

Please check out my video, "My New Juicer Review and Recipe! (Jay Kordich Power Grind Pro Juicer)". You can find it here:

My Jay Kordich Power Grind Pro Juicer just arrived, and I've been really enjoying it! I'll give you my review of the juicer.

I'll also show you a delicious juice using apples, pears, cucumbers and mangoes. I love simple, healthy recipes!

Apples are extremely healthy; sometimes the simplest, easiest to find fruits and veggies are the healthiest too! Check out this article for more information on the health benefits of apples.

A few of my favorite things about the juicer:
1. It is SO quiet! My boyfriend is an engineer and he was really impressed. He does a lot of juicing in the early mornings, so it's perfect!
2. The juice was so smooth and delicious. There was absolutely no fiber in it. It handles greens amazingly well.
3. It extracted about FIVE TIMES more juice than my old juicer which is going to save us so much money! There was so much less waste. We were able to put more than half of the cucumbers we had planned on using back into the fridge because it made so much more juice than we were expecting!
4. It's machine washable! Yey!! It took me forever to clean up my old juicer.

Please let me know if you try out this juicer and all of the tasty juice recipes you make with it!

If you are interested, you can find the Jay Kordich Power Grind Pro Juicer on Amazon here


Saturday, May 5, 2012

Sunset Tropical Fruit Parfait Recipe and Why Some People Gain Weight on 80-10-10

Please check out my new video, where I'll make you a tasty Sunset Tropical Fruit Parfait!

  • I’ll show you a delicious summer recipe using tropical fruit.
  • I talk about why some people gain weight on 80-10-10.
  • I show you how to cut a mango, and pick a nice mango at the store.

           - 6 bananas
           - 4lbs pineapple
           - 5 mangos

           - Peel your mangos and peel and core your pineapples.
           - Dice your mangos and pineapples into bite-sized pieces.
           - Blend your bananas into a pudding.

           - Layer your mangos into the bottom of a glass. Cover with banana pudding. Place a layer of pineapple on top of your banana pudding, and then cover that layer with more banana pudding, then more mangos. Repeat until you have filled your glasses.   

      *Optional Variations:
          - Fill your glasses with other fruit mixtures – pick your favorite fruits! Blueberries, strawberries, or raspberries would be fabulous with this as well.

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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Perfect Pear Picnic! A Low Fat Raw Vegan Recipe

Please check out my latest video where I show you how to make the cutest raw vegan dish to take with you to a picnic! My mom and I came up with this recipe together, and the flavors truly complement each other and the presentation is just too sweet. This is a fantastic crowd pleaser!  

Thanks for all of your help and your wonderful idea for the presentation, mom!

           - Pears
           - Apples
           - Mangoes

           - Dice your mangoes and apples into bite-sized pieces.
           - Peel your mangoes, but leave the skin on your apples for color.
           - Slice your pears in half, from top to bottom.
           - Take a spoon and scoop out the pear’s core to make a little cup for your mango/apple mixture.
           - Save your left over pear for a juice or smoothie you will make later in the day!
           - Fill your pears with the mango/apple mixture.

      *Optional Variations:
          - Fill your pears with other fruit mixtures – pick your favorite fruits! Pineapple, strawberries, or berries would be fabulous with this as well.
          - Experiment with pretty presentations for your dish! I arranged my pears to make a “flower”. You could put a bowl of blueberries in the center to make it look even more like a flower!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

How To Lose Weight on a Raw Food Diet: EAT MORE FRUIT!

Please check out my latest video: “How To Lose Weight on a Raw Food Diet: EAT MORE FRUIT!”

 In this video I:
  • Let you know the Ultimate Solution to “overeating”
  • Explain why it’s virtually impossible to overeat on fruit
  • Talk about common reasons people gain weight or are finding it hard to lose weight on a raw food diet
  • Answer your most common questions about my weight loss (how long it took me, if I worked out, etc.)
  • Answer the question of if lifting weights will make you bulky or fat
  • Explain how meat and processed foods are addictive and lead to toxic hunger
  • And more!

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Savory Raw Vegan Cucumber Pasta and Sauce!

Please check out my latest video where I show you how to make a delicious, savory raw vegan cucumber pasta and sauce! 

           - 3 large (or 6 small) cucumbers
           - 5 on the vine tomatoes
           - 2 large carrot sticks
           - 1 yellow bell pepper

           - Spiralize your cucumbers using a spiralizer.
           - Pulse your carrots, tomatoes, and bell pepper into a thick sauce.

      *Optional Variations:
          - Add fresh oregano or basil to your sauce.
          - Add two navel oranges or two mangoes to your sauce. 
          - Add persimmons to your sauce in the winter when they are in season.

To make this delicious, savory, weigh loss enhancing "pasta" I used a spiralizer. To purchase, click here.

Note: This is not enough calories for a full meal. Please be sure to use a tool like cron-o-meter to ensure you are eating enough calories! Eating enough is essential.