I am back. As you might have guessed from my last post, I spent a couple of days recovering from a stomach bug and eating was either inexistent or not too exciting:
But I did make a new health discovery: Apple cider vinegar. I had purchased a bottle of the unfiltered, unpasteurized, organic kind a few months ago. When I saw online that it was a home remedy for food poisoning I decided to give it a try. I’ll be honest, it’s pretty gross to drink.
Because it’s very strong, the vinegar can erode your teeth so it is not recommended to drink it undiluted. You have to mix a tablespoon or two with a glass of water and it takes forever to drink (I was hoping I could just take it like a shot). But it was so worth it, it made my tummy feel better. I have been having a big glass of water with a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar every morning since then and it’s a new habit I intend to keep up with.
From what I read in my research, its health benefits can range from controlling blood sugar levels to restoring the PH balance of your body (when your acidity levels are out of wonk it can apparently promote inflammation and make you more prone to diseases).
I felt better just in time for Friday afternoon. The community TV channel Bell Local hosted a happy hour event. I was there with the What’s Up Montreal? team (I recently joined as a TV host). I had my first real meal in two days and slowly ate a wrap and a half.
Here I am with some members of What’s Up Montreal?. Baghdig (far right) is the producer.
Later in the evening I went to see my belly dancing teacher perform at Menthe et Couscous. I ordered a chicken couscous and ate it very plain (it came with a sauce on the side but I still wanted to take it easy on my stomach). My teacher Andrea Fryett is incredibly talented and it was so much fun to see her perform. I need to practice more!
Saturday brunch at Le Cartet. I only ate one of the pieces of bread and didn’t eat the cheese (there was goat cheese underneath the poached eggs). The bowl contains ginger granola, plain yogurt and blueberries with honey on the side.
I didn’t eat until dinner, when I had half a serving of spaghetti carbonara (un-pictured) and a piece of bread. Since my body was feeling weak from being sick I took a few days off the gym but I walked a lot while running errands and taking my pup out.
Sunday morning I woke up extra early for a photo shoot organized by Stacey Taylor, who is the founder of the upcoming Bikini Girl Fitness magazine and a fitness coach and competitor. I am so excited to be featured in the magazine. I also really appreciate the fact that even though Stacey has trained me in the past and taught me some really helpful things to add to my workouts, she has always respected my choice of not following any sort of diet and never tried to push that on me.
Here is a sneak peek behind the scenes:
For breakfast I made plain oats (1/3 c) with unsweetened, vanilla almond milk and added a mashed banana to the mixture halfway through microwaving. I topped it with non-fat, plain Greek yogurt, maple syrup and cinnamon and mixed it all up.
I had scrambled eggs and a whole wheat English muffin later in the day and snacked on more plain yogurt.
I have a huge picture of a wave in my home office. This is where the creative magic has to happen 😛
My weekend ended with a fantastic dining experience at Barroco in the Old Port.
We shared a lovely bottle of wine throughout the meal. We started with fresh warm bread dipped in olive oil. I am a sucker for good bread. Serving it warm makes such a difference and I think all restaurants should do that. Because of my Mediterranean origins, I am even more of a sucker for delicious olive oil instead of butter.
I had a salad for my appetizer, but it wasn’t the boring kind: Endives, red cabbage, goat cheese, walnuts, grapes and parmesan crisps in a tangy vinaigrette.
I had a fork-tender, slow-cooked beef rib served with celery root puree for my main, which I was unable to finish. The picture doesn’t do it justice.
And half of this dark chocolate tart with raspberries and coconut shavings for dessert.
I am so full! My stomach is clearly back to normal 😀 It was my first time at Barroco and I loved the cozy atmosphere, which stood out from all the trendy, modern (and loud) bistros out there. Sometimes I just want something different to bring my mom to, you know what I mean? The service was friendly, the food was delicious and the wine too.
See you tomorrow lovelies, we are back to regular programming.