How was the weekend??

I had a great weekend, even though I worked both Saturday and Sunday. I got out by 4:00 on Saturday in time to throw a super fun dinner party for 7 of my friends in my backyard, getting most everything except for the spices at the farmer’s market, and though a 7 am call time was pretty rough on Sunday morning, I was done by 1:00.

I was working on this Japanese commercial that will only be showed in Japan. No it wasn’t an Envision Beauty commercial! Though hopefully there will some one day. :) It was a pretty big production, and the rooftop of a gorgeous building all the way on the East side was rented out, to build a platform to shoot and have an awesome view of the city. I’ve personally never been involved with a commercial shoot that had so many people working on it, a grips, electric and prop crew, as well as a huge staff of Japanese camera men, producers, and directors and assistant directors, etc.- as usually in a still photoshoot they aren’t building anything. It was more like a movie set! And this Japanese ad agency wouldn’t settle for a green screen shot to be put in or find an existing platform to shoot on…they wanted this one!!!

There was sort of a snaggle on Saturday morning, as the fire department showed up and wanted part of the platform rebuilt a certain way. My call time was 7:30 am that day, and gloriously so, there turned out to be a small park with flowers and benches right across the street from the building and the trailer I was supposed to be hanging out in. So I totally didn’t mind hanging out until 2:30, which was when I started working! (Though everything was set up by then and I only had to work for an hour and a half, if you don’t count just hanging out ☺  ). I read a whole book, part of another one, got to finish commenting on all the blog comments that were written to me through Thursday, and even sent some emails! It was sunny and I had a fabulous and productive day.

What was hilarious was that none of the Japanese really spoke English, though the AD (Assistant Director) acted like a translator. They had seen me doing yoga before and on the side, and when I would get in the elevator with them or walked past them, they would say things like “Ahh, Yoga Master!” and “Macrobiotic”, just sort of throw them in my direction. If only they knew that a real yoga master has nothing to do with doing hard physical poses, but rather having complete control over the mind and much more, and I don’t eat macrobiotic! It was quite funny.
I loved how respectful they all were though, and I absolutely loved how each one of them had style- interesting hats, accessories, glasses, etc. The stylist for the shoot was very sweet and I talked to her a bunch, since she did speak English really well. I told her how much I enjoyed traveling through Japan a few years ago and how interesting I found the culture, and we talked about how much fashion and style were part of the Japanese culture.

So, what to eat! I was gone all day, and they had Kraft services out all day with snacks, as well as a breakfast and lunch setup. I brought my Green drink with me in a container, so had that for breakfast, and later on had some fruit. Now, what to do for lunch?! Well there was certainly nothing there that seemed very appetizing to me. The salad didn’t look great, and the vegetables looked like they had been sautéed in who knows what kind of oil. I didn’t want to eat the white bread rolls, and the nuts that were out were roasted.

Did I have to starve? No! There are always options. It’s New York, so there is a deli on every corner. If you don’t live in New York, I’m sure there are a lot of grocery stores and markets (hopefully!) around should you run into such a situation.

So I walked into the nearby deli, and bought a plain salad container filled with chopped romaine lettuce, a lemon and an avocado. I cut open the avocado and mashed it all in the salad, and covered it all with lemon. It wasn’t obviously the most seasoned salad, but as I was hungry it totally did the trick, and I felt great afterwards! I didn’t have to spend the rest of the day feeling heavy and full from eating a lunch that I didn’t want to eat, or wasn’t the best choice. So remember, if you get in a situation like that, to look around and do your best. There are always usually lemons to avoid processed and fatty salad dressings, and you can make other changes as well. Buying raw nuts would have been another option also.

I know a lot of you eat out a lot, or are stuck eating at work events, etc. so I hope this gives a little inspiration that you are not doomed to have to eat the way your co-workers or people around you are eating that you don’t want to! And I so don’t make a big deal out of it- if people ask I just say, “Oh, I just feel better eating this.” Nothing preachy, and nothing about them!

My body is always craving foods that increase metabolism; all you need to do is ask what it wants and it will usually tell you right.

Okay well have a great start to your week and hope to see you back here soon. :)
All my very best,