Can models eat “Vinegret”?

What a wonderful day!  I think I’m still experiencing aftereffects of the yoga class last night.  We were up for a treat – our instructor (and the studio owner) ran a special class of Flow yoga (still in the hot room).  My entire body feels like new!
I still managed to work out today.  While Lil’ Jem was at school, baby Pea and I took the BOB out for a jog. 


By the way, I want to take a moment of your time.  My son goes to this incredible school in Hearing and Speech Center to work on his speech delay.  I am absolutely amazed by their talented, kind, and compassionate teachers.  It takes so much patience and dedication to spend your days working with disabled kids – I wholeheartedly bow to them.   The school is trying to win a big donation ($10k) from PG&E.  Please vote for them if you have a minute.  They truly deserve to win!

Now, back to jogging…  Day 2 of diet and workouts is going very well indeed.  Those Victoria’s Secret models’ bodies are so inspirational!  My husband e-mailed me a CNN article about them, here is a passage:


“It is important to remember, as with all fashion shows, that what you see on the runway is not what you will see in a store — it’s a projection of desire,” Esquire magazine’s Matt Sullivan said.
These angels aren’t always naturally blessed with the bodies they have. Many of the models follow a strict diet and exercise regimen.Lima admited to The Telegraph that she has been working out with a personal trainer every day since August.
Fast-forward to nine days before the show, and the only thing she eats or drinks are protein shakes made with powdered eggs. Speed up to the final 12 hours, and Lima doesn’t consume a speck of anything — not even water. /For the full article click here/

It wasn’t any less encouraging though.  I’m still as vain as they come! I’m still determined to work those baby pounds off!

With some help from my Healthy Recipes of course!  This one is from my motherland.  Not sure if models can eat it (with all the potatoes and oil), but it’s good enough for me!

I must say, Russians are cool! We ate beets way before they became so chic here!  Almost every holiday dinner had a beet dish, and the today’s recipe is one of the winter to-go salads. It’s called “Vinegret”, and it’s absolutely amazing if you manage to find good (big and juicy) beets.

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  • 2 large beets
  • 3 mid carrots
  • 3 mid potatoes
  • ½ cup sauerkraut
  • 4-5 pickled cucumbers
  • ½ apple
  • 1 small onion
  • Salt
  • 2-3 tbs sunflower oil (unrefined)


Boil the beets till soft (about 20-30 minutes, depending on the size).Let cool.
Boil the carrots and potatoes till soft (about 10-15 minutes).  Let cool.
Dice pickles.  Peel, core, and shred the apple.
Finally chop the onion.
Mix all the ingredients and season with salt.

Bon Appetit!