Last weekend we had good friends in town and we had a BLAST! We ate great food (Umami, Lisa Vanderpump’s SUR and our neighborhood favorite Basix Cafe), went out on the Sunset Strip (Chateau Marmont, The Standard, The Hollywood Den) and then I needed to detox. :)

I throw around the word “detox” a lot, but all it means to me, is that I eat well (lots of veggies) and get back into my exercise and real-life routine.

Early AM: Coffee + 1/2 & 1/2 and lots of water.

Breakfast: I tried something new for breakfast today – Rush Bowls. It is essentially like eating frozen fruit sorbet + crunchy granola for breakfast. I preferred the “Power” bowl and Richie preferred the “Yoga” bowl, but they were both very good and are great for busy mornings as the only prep involved is taking them out of the freezer to thaw a bit.

Workout: 45 min spin class. I had a month membership via groupon to UpDog Yoga + Cycling and it is almost over. :( I loved that I could walk to the studio and that they offered both spin and yoga but the classes are pretty expensive and with my current working situation up in the air/part-time, it probably isn’t very smart to buy a monthly package. (But I want to!)

Lunch: Curried tuna salad over greens + leftover sauteed kale (in coconut oil) + triscuits. This lunch hit the spot and I managed to get in two forms of greens!

Snack: I spent the afternoon sampling Sprouted Cinnamon Raisin Bread (one of my favorites!) and snacked on the natural food version of Ranch Doritos (2 servings?). They are very good – also organic, 100% whole grain and really flavorful.

I stopped by Starbucks to do a little work and wait for Richie to finish up work before picking him up. Can you believe we have been in LA seven months and still only have one car?! I sipped on a green tea + splash of lemonade. (Need to make Michelle’s version)!

Dinner: I had a nice meal of veggies and lean protein planned, but we decided that Japanese-inspired burgers at Fuku Burger would be a much better choice. We have a few groupons for Fuku Burger and it is quickly becoming one of my favorite places to grab a burger in LA. I had some wine, the Karai “Spicy” Burger (Fuku-patty with pickled cucumbers, avocado cream, finished with habanero kabyaki), and some edamame and fries. I felt pretty full half-way through the meal, so I probably ate about 2/3 of the burger.

I should also admit that the social media geek in me absolutely loves that they have a screen displaying tweets – see me?

Nice detox, huh? :) I finished off the night with some ginger chews and lots of water.

Thoughts on the day: It definitely wasn’t a “detox” day, but I’m fine with days of not-so-perfect eating. It is the whole reason I started doing daily eats posts – to show you that you can eat a very healthy diet, but still have room for burgers and fries. Being healthy isn’t about being perfect! 

 Happy Thursday friends!

16 Comments (Reply )

  1. Faith @ For the Health of It
    Apr 19, 2012 @ 9:02 am

    Aww, you two look so pretty!

    Your philosophy “being healthy isnt about being perfect” is so true. I think there’s a lot to say about the effects of indulging, having a carefree time with friends and just giving your body what it wants, sans guilt, that contribute a lot to mental and emotional health – two other aspects of whole body health that can be just as important as good nutrition!


    • Emily
      Apr 19, 2012 @ 9:13 am

      I couldn’t agree more! Enjoying life is a huge part of healthy living.


  2. Crystal
    Apr 19, 2012 @ 9:22 am

    Love those Late July chips! Also, I think this is the first time I’ve heard “the taster’s” name :)

    My favorite posts are the daily eats ones. Keep it up!


  3. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite
    Apr 19, 2012 @ 9:45 am

    Those burgers look great!

    We have one car too since we live in Jersey City and have to pay a garage to park it, plus we both take the train into the city for work. We do run into problems sometimes on weekends, etc. Somehow we make it work, but it would definitely be more convenient to have 2 cars! Someday!


  4. Megan (Braise The Roof)
    Apr 19, 2012 @ 10:46 am

    Oh man, I did NOT need to know about that Late July flavor! :) And yes, there should always be room for a good burger and fries. Sometimes that’s the only thing that’ll cut it!


  5. Anna Johnson
    Apr 19, 2012 @ 11:37 am

    I love your philosophy on food…..I just have too many of those days enjoying friends/family with food & cocktails!
    Cute picture! :) so much fun.


  6. Amanda
    Apr 19, 2012 @ 1:35 pm

    Love it! I want to try Fuku burger. It sounds really good! I just need to drive out to L.A.more often in general.


    • Emily
      Apr 19, 2012 @ 2:11 pm

      They have some great groupon deals, we just bought another one! We could have a double date…. :)


  7. Hyedi
    Apr 19, 2012 @ 5:14 pm

    That twitter board is SO cool! and I wish they had Rush bowls in MN!


  8. TastefullyJulie
    Apr 19, 2012 @ 10:00 pm

    That’s what “detox” means to me, too. And I love Late July chips! Great nutritionists think alike?


  9. eatingRD
    Apr 19, 2012 @ 11:42 pm

    So true! That rush bowl looks interesting. I’m trying to work a bit more raw and vitamix action into my diet and I feel so much better but it’s never a perfect that’s for sure!


  10. Jenn (eating bender)
    Apr 20, 2012 @ 7:44 am

    What a fabulous picture of you two! Fuku Burger looks and sounds amazing, and I love when restaurants have “tweet screens,” too.

    “Being healthy isn’t about being perfect!” <— I couldn't agree more! Life would never be the same without burgers and fries…and not in a good way. Have a great weekend, Emily!


  11. Esi
    Apr 21, 2012 @ 3:40 pm

    I’m bummed I never got to try Fukuburger before I left. I’ve heard so much good stuff about the food. I LOVE Basix cafe.


    • Emily
      Apr 21, 2012 @ 11:16 pm

      Any Basix recommendations?


      • Esi
        Apr 25, 2012 @ 10:01 am

        Definitely the chilaquiles (or however you spell it) :)


  12. Lori
    Apr 22, 2012 @ 1:37 pm

    Sounds like a fun time with friends! I know exactly what you mean about the term detox. Our definitions are the same! :)


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