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"New York Is The Only Real City" – Truman Capote

Category: Food

“I Drink Diet Coke From The Minute I Get Up To The Minute I Go To Bed” – Karl Lagerfeld

Okay so although I am not advocating that one takes direct inspiration from Karl Lagerfeld here, I wanted to share one of my little diet tips with you.

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“Halfway Through A BluePrintCleanse & No Longer Feeling Like I Ate A Goodyear Blimp & Washed It Down With Cement” – Olivia Wilde

Okay so as my last post was about my weight-loss epiphanies and such traumas to get me kick-started, I thought I would post about how I actually went about getting in ‘diet mode’. I am someone who struggles with weight loss, I normally get myself motivated for a week or two and then decide it’s all too much, get drunk with my friends and binge on pizza. However, I cannot stress enough – this time, I am determined to make a difference.

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“Diets, Like Clothes, Should Be Tailored To You” – Joan Rivers

So, I have recently had a sort of epiphany about my waistline, this accompanied by some real ‘tough love’ by my father over Easter vacation. I have to say, it is possibly one of the worst moments in your life when a parent sits you down and tells you that you are overweight, to the point where you really need to do something about it; but what makes it 10 times worse, is when you know that they’re right.

I have known for some time that I am overweight; I can’t wear the clothes I long to and I always feel like the odd one out in my group of friends – a feeling deemed ‘fat b**** on the end’ by my sister. My family have battled weight gain brought on by emotional eating for years so now I want to do something to change that.

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‘Why Do We Overeat When All We Want To Do Is Be Slim?’ – Zoe Harcombe

There is something about New York that makes the average woman feel desperately inadequate. I am someone who is definitely overweight, and at this point in my life, I am determined to do something about it. I don’t currently have the budget to join a gym, hire a personal trainer, or buy myself the finest proteins in order to completely cut out carbs, but I am 100% behind my decision to make a change.

Perhaps my need to write this post is also down to the fact that the nationwide broadcast of Miss America (Miss New York totally won!) has obliterated my self esteem and made me realize what I am up against in this world. Is it a true basis for comparison? Absolutely not. Has it given me a kick up the proverbial ass to get started on my own image? Definitely.

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“After A Good Dinner One Can Forgive Anybody, Even One’s Own Relatives” – Oscar Wilde

Possibly one of my favorite things about New York City is the sheer amount of eating out that occurs. Many New Yorkers have little understanding of that room some call the kitchen, and people have been known to use an oven as storage.

With some 24,000 restaurants in the city, there are so many good spots to choose from, so consider this a regular post I will make. As quite a foodie myself, I take great pleasure in good food, and these posts will be a little insight into some of my favorite places. I won’t bombard you with suggestions, merely make a few at a time…

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“Everybody Ought To Have A Lower East Side In Their Life” – Irving Berlin

When I first moved to New York I had no idea where was cool to live, where was cheap or where was overpriced for what it was. Somehow, I ended up on the Lower East Side, right on Delancey Street and it was the perfect fit. I won’t lie and tell you it was the deal of a lifetime, but for someone who had little geographical grasp of New York as a city, it was amazing and suited me to the core.

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Dive bars on every corner (trust me – finding $4 beers in NYC is a bargain!), the most amazing $1 dumplings at Vanessa’s, and unique boutiques and vintage stores make this area what it is – the ultimate watering hole for people in their early twenties.

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