Sunday, July 31, 2011

Health, Fitness, Fashion, & Asian Dramas

I have been experimenting with the title of my blog, and changed it to "Health, Fitness, Fashion, & Asian Dramas" because it seems to encompass more of what I will probably actually talk about. :3

I'm really into losing weight, and being healthy, and trying new recipes & workouts. And I'm also super into fashion & style (not so much with "names" and more with the aesthetic aspects) and Polyvore.com. And I'm also super into Asian entertainment. :3

So yeah~ Now my blog is called "Health, Fitness, Fashion, & Asian Dramas"

But the web address is still http://roseywinterrose.blogspot.com (a melding of two nicknames I use a lot: Roseywinter & Winterrose) <3

Netflix, Korean Dramas, and My Princess (마이 프린세스)

Usually whenever I peruse through the Korean foreign language section of Netflix's Watch Instantly section, I find a bunch of dark grunge movies, or creepy horror movies. For some reason, Netflix must think that Korean entertainment is all about horror, gore, and dark, psychological turmoil. Maybe to a more niche foreign audience, it is. But in Korea, it's all about variety shows, live music shows, and dramas. Thankfully, dramas have been becoming increasingly popular among the rest of the world over the years, thanks to websites like:







































At these sites, you can watch Korean, and other Asian tv shows, for free.

But recently it seems as though Netflix might possibly be catching on to what REAL Korean entertainment is all about (and, for that matter, how appealing instant watching really is). Well, very slowly, and in a small way... because they actually have an entire THREE more modern dramas added to the Korean section of Watch Instantly! Wow! These new additions are: 





































 

















And that's pretty much it for the more modern, non-weird Korean media that you can find on Netflix.

I'm hoping that they add a lot more, including variety shows. Because, as upset as I may be with Netflix changing their plans and raising their rates, I would actually feel as though I was getting my money's worth if they put up more things I actually want to watch. Plus, I would be able to watch Korean shows with my mom and cousin, who pretty much only watch Korean entertainment.

But, for now, it looks like I'll be able to watch 3 Korean dramas on Netflix... while the other countless dramas will continue to be watched at my other, more reliable Asian streaming media sites. :)

Oh, and what am I currently watching? Well, a LOT of things, actually. I watch several series at once, but the last episode I watched was an episode of My Princess. Check it out on Netflix, if you can. And, if you don't have Netflix, feel free to watch My Princess at Dramafever.com. :3

Roseywinter's Polyvore.com: Recently Clipped 07/31/2011

Some things I clipped recently for My Polyvore. The items are from YesStyle.com & Fashion4Us.com

Lazy Weekend & Sick Saturday

This weekend has been a pretty lazy one for me. I haven't officially started any homework yet (What?! But class is tomorrow!) And I haven't been to the grocery store at all... gasp!

Usually on the weekends (Fri-Sun), I help my dad get around town, and we carry out his errands, as well as mine. We usually stop by Whole Foods and/or Trader Joe's and pick up some much-needed mainstays, or new ingredients to try out new gluten-free, sugar-free dishes. But not this weekend!

Maybe it's all the changes my body has been going through lately, but I've been getting pretty insomniac lately. Well, that combined with the added appeal of Star Trek: Voyager marathons via Netflix with my dad until the wee hours of the night. Insomnia and Voyager go hand-in-hand with me. :)

So, because I stay up late, and my body always self-adjusts to a full 8 hours of sleep, my body overcompensates, and just sleeps in later, which means I keep waking up in the afternoon. Then, I'm tired and sluggish... sometimes too tired to get a hearty meal into me. All I wanted were small niblets of food this weekend... and I paid for it on Saturday!

Friday, July 29, 2011

CHOCOLATE CAKE with Black Beans... Yup (gluten-free, sugar-free)

So, now that I'm eating gluten-free and sugar-free (and a whole bunch of other "frees"), I've been cooking and baking a whole lot more. It's challenging, yet fun, and super rewarding... mentally, emotionally, and physically. My latest attempt just so happens to also be my latest accomplishment, thanks to a recipe I got from the Healthy Indulgences blog, entitled "Healthy Chocolate Cake With A Secret."




That "secret" just so happens to be... BEANS! Black beans, to be exact. I know, I know. It sounds weird, right? But don't dismiss the idea, just yet! I was pretty skeptical too, but after perusing through all of the COMMENTS (over 200 comments!) on the original post, I was convinced that this would actually be quite delicious.... and it was! :)


I can definitely say that it's not only comparable to wheat flour cake... but BETTER. That's right, I said it... IT WAS BETTER.


So, here's what you'll need (variations and other substitutions can be found at the ORIGINAL BLOG POST):

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Anti-Candida Diet: Getting Healthy & Losing Weight

July 20, 2011 @ Sparkpeople.com

So, after doing a bunch of research on some symptoms I've been having, and then further researching the diagnosis (and reading several people's personal experiences), I've come to conclude that I have Candida overgrowth.

Candida is a type of yeast found in everybody's gut, and it aids in digestion. However, for a lot of people, depending on their diet and health, they can suffer Candida overgrowth. When candida overgrows, the environment in your gut becomes unbalanced. You can get leaky gut syndrome (from when the candida perforates your intestines), as well as psoriasis, itchy skin, irritability and mood swings, intense sugar cravings, headaches and shaking and/or cold sweats when hungry, dizzyness, and a whole bunch of other things.

There's no easy pill (but to be honest, no pill is easy--or even healthy) or medicine for this. Candida overgrowth (also known as Candidiasis) is a condition that can only be fixed with a combination of healthy lifestyle practices, lowering stress levels, and a drastic change in diet.

And boy do I mean drastic.

Friday, July 01, 2011

Still Here, Just Not Tracking Much

Friday, July 01, 2011 @ Sparkpeople.com

So, I'm still a participating member of Sparkpeople.com, but I'm just not tracking that much! :3 Mainly because I'm eating more fresh produce that's hard to track, as far as how many leafs of lettuce, or cups of tomatoes, or pieces of mushroom... etc. And sometimes when I try to track these things, it ends up giving me more stress, rather than helping me calm down & relax... and it's just not worth the stress.

It's especially stressful when, say, I eat 3 pieces of cashews... and then I try to convert those three pieces into ounces or cups or teaspoons or tablespoons in order to conform to whatever measurement is available via the tracker.

So... I'll probably start listing what I eat in the foods section in more loose terms.

Same goes for exercise. :)

All in all, I'm just listening to my body, and using my brain & researching health & fitness, etc, as always!

I've also recently started to eat more organic & natural foods, and trying to keep more commercially grown produce and preservatives, etc... out of my diet.

Can't wait to see how much more healthy, fit, and lighter I am by the end of this month! :3

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