Wednesday, July 14, 2010
OCD, Jerk Seasoning, iPhone Apps...
I got up early for my cardio warm up and some muscle toning before our walk today. I did the Core Exhale Fusion Pretzel again yesterday. I try to do that one every other week, and I can really feel it today.  That move is killer for the upper part of your booty, your lower back and sides!  I have a real thing about my midsection/core.  People always seem to have issues with their back as they get older, so I am trying to focus on being ahead of the game.  If that makes sense.  So this morning after I warmed up, I did some Ballet Strength with Jennifer Galardi. It took me a while to figure out that I don't have to do hard core toning exercises to be strong.  I really enjoy mixing it up now. The ballet strength is nice because it is slow and focused.  It makes me feel long and tall...I am neither at 5'2" (on a good day). I always wanted to be built like a ballerina so now I am doing my the dream (in my mind anyway). With these shoulders, I am way closer to a football player, but a girl can dream!

Oh, I discovered a weird OCD thing yesterday. It kinda freaked me out! We all have our things that have to be just a certain way. Well, when the illustrator and I started walking, he got on the wrong side of me and it made me uncomfortable. I told him we needed to switch back. Seriously, is that weird or what? Just in case we ever walk together, I have to be on your right side.  Just so you know. I guess it isn't different from having a side of the bed, but it seemed weird.
Do you like spicy food? We are seriously hard core into heat here. I didn't used to be that into it, but for some reason now, I can't get enough. I am talking about the kind that makes your head itch and sweat. We are gluttons for punishment.
This jar of Walkerswood Traditional Jamaican Jerk Seasoning is HOT and so good! Look at all that spicy goodness! I found it at our local grocery store but you know how seasonings like this go...sometimes you can find them and sometimes not. I only got this one because they were out of the brand that we got before and loved.
Truth be told, we don't buy a lot of stuff like this, we make it ourselves. However, sometimes you need to buy things for convenience and this was one of those times. This particular ingredient list is small and recognizable. However, with the illustrator having celiac, buying sauces in a bottle is not easy.  I went through every jerk seasoning they had in the store before I asked someone that worked there if they had any more jerk sauces somewhere else in the store.  Luckily they did. This was the only thing I ran into the store for and it took way too long to find.
(Jerk Chicken with black beans and rice.)

I got this Food Essentials iPhone app a while back. I have used it a lot and I really like it. I scanned the bar codes on all the sauces I looked through and it told me what allergens may be in the sauces. Gluten was in all of them!

All of them except this one. I really love the convenience of the Food Essentials app. I have actually had people come up to me in the store asking what it does and they are so amazed that there is something out there that helps with shopping like this. Since I am not alone in the food allergy department, I thought I would share this find with you guys.
(Salad of Romaine lettuce, fresh cilantro, cucumbers, black beans and jerk seasoning)

Along with the allergen information, you also get nutritional information for the product.  You can search for products too and it will give you a list that you can go through to decide what works within your health and dietary needs!

It even stores previous foods I have looked up before in my list. The only con that I can really find is that not everything is in the system.  So, specialty foods are not quite there yet.  Hopefully, time will improve that part.  Other than that, The Food Essentials iPhone app has definitely helped make shopping easier for me since I can buy things and feel safe about feeding my family. Not to mention, it is only $0.99.

Do you use apps like this to help you shop?  If so, what do you have?  I have another one that I will share with you after I use it a few more times.

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posted by Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen @ 9:57 AM  
  • At July 14, 2010 at 10:14 AM, Blogger Christina said…

    i need to be on the left side of people!! so funny! so you and i could walk along just fine. oddly i prefer to be on the right side in photos though!

  • At July 14, 2010 at 10:20 AM, Anonymous Evan Thomas said…

    That app sounds excellent! Definitely something I could use

  • At July 14, 2010 at 10:24 AM, Anonymous homecookedem said…

    I LOVE spicy food!!!! The spicier the better!! :) We are gluttons too, but I can actually go even hotter than Andrew can! I'd like to think I'm superhuman when it comes to hot stuff, haha! ;)

  • At July 14, 2010 at 10:24 AM, Anonymous Heather (Where's the Beach) said…

    I need to check out that Jennifer Galardi workout. I have found a standing abs workout by her on OnDemand that I love. I am only 5'2" too and even when I did dance I never felt tall and slender! My legs being larger from dance made me look shorter, but my arms looked oddly long in comparison LOL.

    I am totally with you on the wrong side thing. It's the same with my husband and me.

  • At July 14, 2010 at 10:30 AM, Anonymous Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg said…

    I'm the same way with the walking!!! I hate it when my husband walks to my right!

  • At July 14, 2010 at 10:38 AM, Anonymous Amy B @ Second City Randomness said…

    hahahaha... your ocd thing isn't all that weird. My friend Laura and I(who I lived with and also had a million classes with so we were together ALOT)found out we have to walk on certain sides of each other- or we constantly keep running into the other person... it was hilarious once we figured it out. And creepy...

  • At July 14, 2010 at 10:41 AM, Blogger Alycia @ Fit n Fresh said…

    That's too funny about your walking OCD! And I'm definitely not one for hot foods, in no way is my throat burning at all appealing to me lol however I can appreciate you (crazy) people that do it!

    That app looks sweet, I'm gonna have to check it out (:

  • At July 14, 2010 at 10:44 AM, Anonymous Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly said…

    I don't have an! I have a blackberry and the aps stink! I am definitely thinking of making a sandwich later and using waffles as my bun! Ever since I saw you do that I have been totally intrigued!

  • At July 14, 2010 at 11:10 AM, Anonymous Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter said…

    That's a fantastic app! I don't have an iPhone, so that would be a negative :/

  • At July 14, 2010 at 1:26 PM, Blogger Ami "Mimi" Layton said…

    What a bargain to find that app for only .99! I have a symmetry OCD thing; if something touches one side, it has to touch the other too! Like if I scratch my right cheek and start thinking about it, I have to scratch my left cheek too!!!

  • At July 14, 2010 at 1:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    What a great app...soo handy I am sure! I don't have any but my boyfriend definitely does and we use them when restaurant searching...zagat!

  • At July 14, 2010 at 1:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Oh Hey! I was just reading on another blog about how to make jerk seasoning. I love to change up my seasoning and try flavors from all over. Buying some is a much simpler idea! I didn't even think to look if they sold it. But now I know!

  • At July 14, 2010 at 7:33 PM, Anonymous Chocolate-Covered Katie said…

    I just got an iphone, so the whole concept of apps is new to me. I'm lousy with technology... but I'm having fun learning!

  • At July 14, 2010 at 8:43 PM, Blogger Stacey said…

    That scanner app looks fun. Looks like you could get a lot of useful info.

  • At July 14, 2010 at 8:53 PM, Anonymous Alisa said…

    I like spice, but only a little heat, if that makes sense.

    Well, you've got me on height, no long ballerina legs here!

    That app does sound pretty cool!

  • At July 15, 2010 at 1:01 AM, Blogger Averie @ Averie Cooks said…

    just a quickie to say i love alisa and godairyfree..she's a doll, a great friend, i am sure the app will rock!

  • At July 15, 2010 at 1:03 AM, Blogger Kelsey Ann said…

    So its true when they say "yep, theres an app for that!"

    wow theres an app for everything!! i would love to use it to scope out gluten-free and wheat-free finds <3

  • At July 15, 2010 at 7:48 AM, Blogger Simply Life said…

    I love learning about new seasonings -thanks!

  • At July 15, 2010 at 9:03 AM, Blogger Farty Girl said…

    Totally tweeting this! That iphone app is brilliant!!!

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