Friday, December 14, 2012

Healthy Lifestyle Journey: How to Make Pumpkin Smoothie

This week and last was a busy for me. I went to Washington, DC for work and had  a bunch of Lisa Inks projects to complete. I am finally winding down and catching up on my writing and blogging. 

Last week, I mostly ate green smoothies, chicken, cabbage, and kale. My grandmother reads this blog, so I think she thought I was starving; yesterday she got me all these groceries. Thanks Granma!! So, this week, I have been eating great! 

I had rotisserie chicken with vegetables, pasta with turkey meat sauce, smoothies, muffins, and more! 

I haven't eaten anything crazy these past two weeks. Only thing I need to work on, is eating consistently throughout the day. 

In the summer I love to make fresh juice, but for some reason, during the winter, I love making smoothies. I have been playing around with winter vegetables and made a delicious pumpkin smoothie. 

It was very filling and gave me a nice boost of energy when I drank it as a breakfast smoothie. 

I have a couple of weeks before my first month of my healthy lifestyle journey is complete. I need to work on activity. I have been super busy and have not exercised. I have to find a way to fit exercise into my schedule. 


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Sunday, December 2, 2012

Healthy Lifestyle Journey: Week 1a

Week one of my healthy lifestyle journey was average. I had good moments and bad. I did not exercise and went to a basketball game. I need to do a better job of when going out either eating before hand or ordering something healthy.

I'm excited for this week. I plan on playing basketball, taking Zumba, and doing yoga.

I'm apart of a women's only  exercise Facebook group called From Good to Bad and we are starting a December challenge. It will be exciting to have a support group and if I make the most improvement, I will win a prize!

In the group, someone posted this photo and I realized that I need to step it up. If I can watch TV or talk on the phone, I can use that time to exercise.

This is what I ate between Thursday and Sunday.


9am- scrambled eggs, 1 wheat toast, and a banana
1:30pm- chicken breast, cucumbers, plaintain
4pm- granola bar
9pm- I was running around and didn't get a chance to cook the pumpkin I wanted to eat. So I ended up eating some cup of noodles


Didn't exercise


11am- 2 boiled eggs and a grapefruit
2pm- banana
4pm- turkey, swiss cheese sandwich on wheat bread and cucumbers
8pm- chicken breast, kale


Didn't exercise


11am - turkey, swiss cheese sandwich on wheat bread and soup
3pm - chicken breast with kale
6pm- pretzel and fruit punch


Unless walking at the mall and watching a basketball game count, I did not exercise.


11 am turkey, swiss cheese sandwich on wheat
5pm- wings


Didn't exercise


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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Dream of the day: Move to Bolivia

Photo Credit: Wikipedia
It has been awhile since I posted a dream of mine. This one was pretty interesting to me.

I woke up this morning and I was confused. I had a dream that I moved to Bolivia! I never even thought of that country and for it to pop up in my dream, it made me wonder why.

Dream Description

I was at a busy airport with my aunt, my grandma, my sister "S", and her friend "P". S and P were getting ready to leave for Bolivia and I wanted to go, but I was concerned with the things I was leaving behind. My aunt told me to go and my grandma said to go, but I kept telling everyone  that I didn't even pack a suitcase and  it was irresponsible for me to spend my last dollars to go to a country where I didn't speak the language. My aunt told me that I needed to take risks and when would I get another chance to fly to Bolivia for under 300 dollars. It clicked for me, so I just boarded the plane, without any suitcase or change of clothes and moved to Bolivia  While living in Bolivia, I befriended several people and started to improve my Spanish  I was even speaking Spanish in the dream. Eventually my stay in Bolivia had to end. S and P wanted to leave, but I wanted to stay. I think I stayed a little longer and they left me behind. My dream switched into a book sequence. I was given a new book publishing technology, called author (something). I wished I could remember what it was, but it was really cool in the dream. I basically uploaded works, and the technology separated them into catalogs and as books got uploaded by this technology,  books were automatically added to people's tablets. There was more to the dream, but I just can't grasp it now.

Dream Meaning

So what does this dream mean? I'm not too sure. This isn't the first time I have dreamed of moving to another country. I had a dream two years ago about moving to Korea. It also isn't the first time I have had a dream in another language. The part that stood out to me was my grandma and aunt telling me to take a risk and stop playing it safe. That stood out to me, because there have been times I wanted to just jump on a plane and move somewhere, but then I thought of all the responsibilities I have. I tell myself, when I'm done with this, I will travel. Maybe this dream is telling me to just go. Follow my heart and just leave New York. The part about the publishing, probably came to me because I am working on my book and I just want to finish it, so I can start the publishing process. This new technology seemed cool, but I don't even know where that came from.

Dream Discussion

Ever dream of moving to another country?  Did you actually move to the country you dreamed of?


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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Healthy Lifestyle Journey: Week 1

If you have been following my blogs for the past three years or so, you know about my exercise plans that start and fail and then start again. I know you are sick of it, because I am!

Well, today I started again, but I don't plan on quitting. I'm just going to keep on going, until I reach my goal and learn how to stick with a healthy lifestyle. I either eat healthy and don't exercise or don't eat healthy and exercise or eat healthy and exercise. My goal is to not go back and forth and to eat healthy and exercise.

When I'm eating healthy, I eat what my body wants. My body usually craves: water, fruits, spinach, broccoli, kale, yam, fish, and chocolate. In my opinion those aren't terrible things to crave. When I'm not eating healthy, I barely eat. I have strange eating habits. I drink water all day and don't eat until my head hurts. It's not because I'm not hungry, it's because I'm just so engrossed in my work, that I don't get up to eat. What's so bad about that? Well, when I eat one time a day, I have a bad habit of just eating a lot. So instead of have a normal single sized portion, I have double. My body, then stores that fat and I gain weight(my theory). This style of eating used to work for me, but that was when I played sports everyday. Now that I barely exercise anymore, eating this way is unhealthy for me because the food isn't being burned. How do I solve this bad habit?

I decided to focus on small achievable goals.

My December Goals

1. Exercise at least five times a week
2. Eat at least three times a day
3. Don't drink alcohol
4. Go to bed before 12 am and wake up by 8 am
5. Drop 10 lbs

I will give an update two times a week. I think I will do Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Monday and Tuesday

I didn't start. But I think I ate sandwiches and salads.


Went to the gym and walked briskly for 40 minutes

Breakfast: water (don't judge me!) Cost: Free
Lunch: burrito (don't judge me!) Cost: $7 ugh
Dinner: chicken breast, plantain, and cucumbers Cost: 3.73
Dessert: pumpkin pie (don't judge me!)

My thoughts for the week:

Ugh!! I spent too much on takeout. The money I spent ordering salads and burritos could have been used on groceries. Today I went to the store and purchased 35$ worth of fruits, veggies, and chicken. $35 dollar is a lot for me for the week, because the other store I usually go to I would have spent $20. I figure that based on the meal plan I have for this week, I will probably be eating about 3.73 a day; IF I don't order out.

I'm not going to scold myself for eating the burrito and the pumpkin pie. I just know not to do it again.

I'm pretty excited to get back on track. I can already envision myself even healthier and in better shape than before!

I hope you all will join me on this journey to better eating habits and consistent exercise.

What are your eating practices or exercise habits?


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Saturday, November 17, 2012

A November Nature Walk

Nature always finds a way to recharge me. I took a walk this week through the park and it was beautiful. Most of the paths were cleared of trees that fell during Hurricane Sandy and some flowers were still in bloom. It was very refreshing to take a 3 mile walk through nature. 

Below are some photos from my walk. Visit the Closed Lids Facebook Page for more photos. 

Photo Credit: Lisa-Marie Pierre

Photo Credit: Lisa-Marie Pierre

Photo Credit: Lisa-Marie Pierre

Photo Credit: Lisa-Marie Pierre

Walking Path
Photo Credit: Lisa-Marie Pierre

Photo Credit: Lisa-Marie Pierre

Photo Credit: Lisa-Marie Pierre

Photo Credit: Lisa-Marie Pierre

Uprooted Tree
Photo Credit: Lisa-Marie Pierre

Photo Credit: Lisa-Marie Pierre


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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Surviving Hurricane Sandy

Photo Credit: Brian Birke
I've been an observer of  worldwide and nationwide natural disasters my entire life, yet never have been directly affected until recently. Last week Hurricane Sandy wrecked havoc across the northeast part of the United States. Meteorologists and government officials warned citizens that the storm would be a bad one, and in New York a state of emergency was declared. Monday evening, Sandy hit and Tuesday morning, the world saw the initial damage. 

Out here on Long Island, I live close to the south shore, but not close enough to withstand water damage. My area had wind damage, a lot of trees fell on cars and homes, but thankfully my neighbors were all safe. I cannot say the for the rest of the island and the region. My area did not have power until Thursday afternoon, but I know of people who still are without power and their homes burned down! I cannot imagine what they are going through. The few days I spent without power, I was cold. Imagine eight winter nights without power or not even having a home. This might even get worse for individuals; as a nor'easter is predicted to hit the northeast region tomorrow afternoon. 

Environmentally, emotionally, economically, and socially; you learn a lot about yourself, nature, and society during natural disasters. For one, nature is running the show. It is obvious with climate change, that cities need to prepare for the future. Areas like Long Island and Manhattan, normally do not get weather like Hurricane Sandy. If this is the future for this area, new plans need to be made for infrastructure design, transportation, housing, and emergency management. It is back to the drawing board. 

Emotionally and spiritually, you notice how people band together, though there are looters. But, I noticed neighbors checking in on others, I stopped by a few elderly people's homes to see if they were okay. I noticed productivity wise, how much time in general I wasted. When there isn't power, you get things done and then go to bed. I wasn't playing on my Kindle or on social networks. During this down time, I made significant advances in my book. I spent quality time with my family. Went on walks with my family. I spent quiet time with myself, just thinking. I even feel like without all the frequencies, waves, and technology, my head was clear. 

Many businesses and homes have been hit because of the storm, but many other business sectors are thriving because the storm. I foresee jobs creation in insurance, construction, clean up, and more. 

It is important to remember that after a storm, there is light and a rainbow. Things do get better. 

If you live on Long Island and have been affected by Hurricane Sandy here are few resources: 

Did Hurricane Sandy pass by you? How are you holding up? 


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Friday, October 5, 2012

How to make acne and spot ointment

I have been told that I have nice skin, but I feel like it could be a little better. I am using this month of October to get rid of some problem areas and also to overall improve my skin- facial, body, scalp. I made several oils and ointments and will be blogging instructions about each type. I made acne/spot ointment, facial moisturizer, arthritis/joint pain oil, dry skin oil, dry skin ointment, spot gel, and scalp oil. I made different things, because they all pretty much used the same base instructions and from there I got creative and used different herbs that aid in improving skin. In addition, I will continue to drink water, exercise, sleep well, and exercise.

Step by step I will show you how to make acne and spot ointment made with macerated red clover oil and myrtle leaf infusion. Why red clover and myrtle?

Red clover has great medicinal properties. As an infusion with honey, it can aid with coughs or bronchitis. As a cool infusion it makes a great astringent for cuts. As a macerated oil it can be used to heal dry skin cracks and speed up the wound healing process. As a tincture or capsule, it can help heal blemishes and premenstrual imbalance.

Myrtle is used medicinally and in cosmetics. As an essential oil it can do a lot. It can help urinary tract infections when used in a bath. As a steam, the essential oil can help with coughs and colds or even when mixed with a base oil it can be rubbed on the chest to improve sleep and breathing.  When the essential oil is combined with aloe, it can be used as a toner to balance the oil production in skin.

I love plants and herbs because as you can see, a plant can go a long way. Every part of a plant can be utilized depending on the method- tincture, infusion, essential oil, macerated oil, capsules, etc.

The process to make the acne and spot ointment has three parts; herbal infusion, macerated oil, then finally you make the ointment.

Double boiler (or a two pans or one pan and a bowl that can sit in the bottom pan without touching the bottom)
8 oz clean dark glass bottle
4 oz clean dark glass jar
Metal whisk

A bunch of myrtle leaf
8 fl oz sunflower oil (or olive oil)
Handful of red clover
1 tablespoon (15 g) of grated cocoa butter (or beeswax)
4 tablespoons of myrtle infusion
4 tablespoons macerated red clover oil (or sunflower oil)

How to Make Acne/Spot Ointment

NOTE: I forgot to take a picture. But, keep the water in the bottom pan and add a top pan 

There you have it! You don't have to make an ointment. After making the red clover oil, you could stop there and use red clover on your skin. Or you can go the extra few steps to make the ointment. 

I will in the next blogs, explain how to make the other oils and ointments. It is super easy, once you have the process done, you can be creative and use different herbs, plants, and oils that will suit your needs. 

Have you ever made macerated oils or ointments? What is your favorite combination? 


P.S. I got the inspiration from Herbs: a color guide to herbs and herbal healing by Jennie Harding.

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Friday, September 14, 2012

Happy 3rd Birthday Closed Lids!

Photo Credit: Brandon Rittenhouse
Happy 3rd Birthday Closed Lids! This entry marks 241 blog posts written on an array of topics. I have gone through many topics, but the essence of this blog has remained the same: to serve as a medium for individuals who would like to learn and understand different ideas. Closed Lids is a space for sharing information.  

 Who is Closed Lids? Closed Lids was born September 14, 2009 at 2:03 am. Which makes her a Virgo. She is dedicated to her work, emotional, intellectual, hard working, sensitive to others, dedicated, and interested in the occult. You can learn more about Closed Lids' character via her natal chart. 

 I remember when I first started blogging, I obsessively checked my stats and kept hoping for people to follow me on Twitter and Facebook. I would read blogs about blogging and how to build a community. I tried different methods. I wanted to build the perfect blog and have comments galore, but in doing so, I almost lost sight to what was important; being myself and providing information for my readers. Now, I write when I want and at whatever time that I want. Forget what the so called experts say about writing every day or posting at 4:30pm, I just do me. Now on Closed Lids, I have a nice following of over 2000 on Twitter, over 250 on Facebook, over 2000 on Google+, and I get over 1000 page views a month. I remember when it was just 20 page views a month. I am sure if I was still following the expert advice, I could have triple those numbers, but that is no longer my main focus. My focus is providing quality information, writing about what interests me, and just being myself. And I can say that is working out nicely.

From my very first blog post to this current one, I have written about dreams, astrology, wellness, the environment, and more. I have had guest writers and done reviews. I have gone from writing almost every day to occasionally writing, back to writing every day. I stopped interpreting dreams and changed the main focus of the blog. There have been a lot of transformations, but it has always been a great and interesting journey.

What now for Closed Lids? I will continue posting on topics that interest me, with hopes that readers learn something new.  I am always open to suggestions, so what do you want to see more or less of? Please feel free to email me or leave a comment and let me know. Do you want me to post more often? Do you want me to talk more about certain topics? Let me know! For my third year of blogging, I would like to grow the Closed Lids community, post more frequently, update the design of my blog(makeover!) and maybe narrow down my blog topics.

I am excited! As always, you can always find me on a variety of social networks:

Hope to see you there!


Saturday, September 8, 2012

5 reasons to purchase locally grown produce

I try to be a locavore. A locavore is a person who eats foods that are produced within a close region and are not transported over long distances. I am a big fan of eating foods that are produced within the New York region and I also take this interest a step further and try to patronize local businesses. Instead of going to a mega supermarket, I go to independent stores, instead of getting shoes from the mall, I will go to a local store. In this case, I am blogging about the benefits of eating food produced locally. 

Five reasons to purchase locally grown produce: 

1. Eat Fresh Food. How can a banana that travelled all the way from Chile, taste as fresh as a  banana picked from a farm 30 miles from your home? Many times these produce are washed in the factory and sprayed with things to make the produce look like it was picked the day before; when really it was grown a week prior (which is why they spoil more quickly). It is more beneficial health wise to eat food that is fresh because the nutritional value is high. Not only is your food fresher when you eat locally, but you are also eating in season. When you eat food in season, they tend to taste better because the produce is not being imported from another location and it is what the body is naturally craving. On Oprah's website, she has a great list of in season foods. 

2.  Stimulate the Local Economy. Money changes less hands and farmers get a larger cut of sales, when food is purchased locally. Not only is the economy stimulated, but it benefits the community, the workers, and smaller companies. Large corporations have enough money coming into them, let small companies and farms get a piece of the pie directly instead of indirectly. 

3. Support Local Businesses. It is rewarding to go to a farmers market and shake the hand of the farmer; you can't always do that with a large corporation. When you support a local business you are building a sense of community. You get to know who is growing your food and you get to see the impact of your dollar. 

4. Low Environmental Impact. The carbon footprint decreases when food is transported locally. You also can research on websites such as Local Harvest for locations that practice sustainable growing practices. 

5. Inexpensive. I found that produce from New York or New Jersey, tend to be less expensive than produce from other locations. I am not sure if this is a direct relation to transportation cost, but I suspect because the produce doesn't have to travel as far and be preserved that the cost is lower. 

I hope with these five reasons, I have convinced you to try shopping locally occasionally or frequently. Do you shop locally? Why do you shop locally? 


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Friday, September 7, 2012

How to buy inexpensive produce

People always say eating healthy is expensive. However, I went to the store yesterday and bought all this produce for $15.

Long Island Plum Tomatoes: 1.69lb @ $0.69/lb ...  I spent $1.17 for 10 tomatoes
California Black Plums: 1.32lb @ $0.99/lb ... I spent $1.31 for 4 plums
Red Onions: 1.41lb @ $0.69/lb ... I spent $0.97  for 4 red onions
Sweet Corn: reduced aisle ... I spent $1.49 for 5 corns
Radish Bunch: ... I spent $0.49 for a radish bunch
New Jersey Yellow Peaches: 1.28lb @ $0.69/lb ... I spent $0.88 for 3 peaches
Canadian Loose Carrots: 2.65lb @ $0.39/lb ... I spent $1.03 for 7 carrots
Yams: 3.40lb @ $0.69/lb ... I spent $2.35 for 3 yams
Red Leaf Lettuce: 1.67lb @ $0.99/lb ... I spent $1.65 for 2 bunches of lettuce
Bartlet Pears: 1.72lb @ $0.69/lb ... I spent $1.19 on 4 pears
A Jar of Pickled Vegetables: $3.49

A total of 12.53 for the produce and adding in the jar of picked vegetables, the total was 16.02

How did I get such a deal? I shop by what is on sale at the stores, I always get things from the extra reduced section, and I try to stick to produce that is locally grown. The best thing about buying things that are on sale; I get to try new things. 

For those who live on Long Island. I went to Pat's Farm in East Meadow for these items and I also get great deals at the Associated in Baldwin. 

Share the great deals and locations in your town. 


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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

How not to make dairy-free blueberry yogurt

I love blueberry yogurt, but I do not care for dairy. When I found a dairy-free recipe for blueberry yogurt in my grandmother’s raw vegan food book, I was excited. I could not wait to try out the recipe and share it with the Closed Lids’ community. 

The instructions and ingredients were simple; blend together:
1 Haas Avocado
Handful of Pitted Dates
1 cup Frozen Blueberries

Sounds easy, but I miserably failed at this concoction. For one, it would not blend, so then I moved the mixture into the food processor. That semi-worked, but I could not figure out why the mixture was chunky. Turns out, I was not using pitted dates, but dates with the seeds. That was the beginning of my failure to make dairy-free yogurt. I was all for eating around the seeds, but the mixture just did not taste good.  The ‘yogurt’ is sitting in my fridge and I have to toss it because it just did not taste good and it turned solid. As much as I hate to waste food, it has to go. 

My failed attempt at yogurt
I love to experiment with food and I did not want to quit on this recipe, it had potential. So last night I went back to the drawing board and came up with a dairy-free blueberry smoothie recipe all based on the Avocado smoothie recipe I shared last year

The instructions and ingredients are simple; blend together:
1 Haas Avocado
2 cups Frozen blueberries and Bananas (optional)
1-2 cups Almond Milk
1 Tablespoon Honey

Voila! A dairy-free blueberry smoothie that tastes delicious. That yielded about 24 ounces of smoothie. I froze 16 ounces in my Ball plastic jars  and the remaining 8 ounces in the Ball jars was taste tested my sisters and friend. They enjoyed it, but said it could have been sweeter. 

Now you know how not to make dairy-free blueberry yogurt, and how to make dairy-free blueberry smoothie. 

Any suggestions to what went wrong with my yogurt attempt?


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