Monthly Archives: January 2012

What I Have Been Eating Lately….

Tomorrow is the one month mark!  Hurray!  Things are still going pretty well.  The weight loss has slowed down, but I have met the 15 lb mark–which is awesome. I figure if I can knock out another 10 in the next two months, I will feel super happy.  I am really looking forward to incorporating some vino back into my diet.  Really.

BUT–I thought I would share some of the things I have been eating the past few days.  Please note:  my camera phone is NOT a professional device. 😉  Most of these were taken with my HTC and not intended for super great results.  At this point, I am not doing reviews, per sae’, but just documenting for those who want to see some low-carb, low-sugar eating happening.

Blueberries. LOTS of them. They are really delicious right now for some reason. Very plump and juicy!

Eggs and cottage cheese. I am addicted lately. Add some lime Cholula and you are set!

Taco Salad: ground turkey with taco seasoning, lettuce, sour cream, and some homemade guac. YUM!

Steak marinated in olive oil, red wine vinegar, and red onion with zucchini noodles, artichoke marinara, and ricotta cheese

New favorite dessert: 1 large container of plain greek yogurt with one packet of sugar-free jello (this was cherry). Mix together, heat in the micro for about 2 minutes, stir WELL, and then let sit for an hour. Add berries or fat-free whipped cream!

Eggplant with parmesan, mozzarella, and marinara. Cook on 350 for about 20 minutes.

Also, we went to dinner at the lovely Silver Fork Lodge in Brighton, Utah this weekend.  I had THE BEST golden beet salad.  It was probably one of the most amazing, flavorful, wonderful salads I have had in a long time–if not ever.  It is on special right now and I highly suggest going to try it out. We also had their amazing tomatoes and warm mozzarella–the roasted garlic was delish!  I was getting sort of tired of the same old cold tomato, cold mozzarella, olive oil, basil dish.  This was nice, hot, and so flavorful.  The pesto was such a good substitution for simple basil.  A very well thought out dish, certainly.

Also, I have been drinking too much coffee and a lot of sparkling water (still).  I will be honest, this week was kind of rough.  It is easy to get bored with the food you can eat and staying home because you don’t want to ruin your diet or go somewhere where people are drinking and you aren’t. I feel great, but haven’t quite felt like…myself.  Which is an odd feeling.  I am keeping up with it though.  But yes, quite looking forward to adding some “normal” things back into the routine.  Blueberries are giving me way too much happiness at this point. 😉

-Nosh

 

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Quick Update–Almost to the 15 Lb Mark!

Good Afternoon!

Just wanted to give a quick update.  🙂

As of Sunday, I am down a total of 13 pounds…and people are starting to notice.  That is the best part–when other people besides you can tell that you are getting thinner.  Clothes are fitting better–and having to buy new jeans isn’t too far off.  It is a really good feeling.

I have become a bit more flexible with my diet as well.  Including fruit has been great.  Last night I had a few friends over for dinner and we even got a delicious dessert – fat free whip cream, mixed with fresh berries and lemon, and then left in the freezer for about an hour.  It was awesome.  A very low-fat, low-sugar treat.  Who needs ice cream?

Other than adding some berries into my diet, nothing much has changed.  I have incorporated plain Greek yogurt–but for the most part, have kept to the veggies and low fat proteins.  We didn’t eat out as much over the weekend, but managed to get in a great brunch at Market Street Grill.  I ordered the Crab Cake Benedict, minus the english muffin and with sliced tomatoes on the side.  The crab cake had a very mild amount of breading–so I wasn’t too concerned about that.  Everything was amazing and it is such a welcoming realization that you really don’t need that english muffin at all.  🙂

Another new meal for this week?  Some awesome bratwurst, saurkraut and pickles!  Brats are certainly something you don’t want to eat in the first 2 weeks of the diet, as they are higher in fat than you should be eating.  However, they are still carb free and I find that adding meats like sausage and bacon after that intial cleanse are ok in moderation.  Yum.

I am officially 3 weeks and 2 days into the diet.  The thoughts of a glass of wine have subsided immensely.  Even with a small dinner party last night, no alcohol was present–and we all still had a great time.  Whoda thunk?  (And thanks to some awesome girlfriends who were ok with lemon/strawberry water!)  I am really enjoying how amazing I feel, watching the pounds drop, and getting up in the morning with no problem.  I haven’t slept this well or been so ready to wake up early in years.  The change in how my body is functioning is almost surprising.  This is definitely a change in my way of life that I don’t want to give up–and “getting back into the groove” of week day drinking or bad snacking just simply won’t happen.  I feel resolved, and that is a good feeling.

Enjoy the rest of your week!  We have a packed weekend of fireworks at Brighton Resort and dinner with friends ahead of us.  It will be nice to get out of the house–my hermit days are starting to get to me. 😉

-Nosh

Plugging Along

You know what is fun on a Friday morning?  Putting on a pair of jeans that were tight in December, that are now LOOSE!  That is a feeling I would give up sugar and carbs for any day!

This week was also a little frustrating.  On Wednesday I had gained back a few pounds and I wanted to scream.  I am not sure why exactly, as I hadn’t cheated on the diet at all.  I think maybe it was water weight or something like that. But, instead of screaming, I chilled out and ate super well the past few days.  Russ and I celebrated our one year anniversary on Wednesday as well, so we were going to the Copper Onion for dinner.  I really wanted to enjoy myself, but at the same time, didn’t want to add to the 3 lbs I had gained back.  I didn’t drink.  I didn’t eat bread.  I didn’t have dessert.  But, I still had amazing food…which I forgot to take a photo of.  (You know, sometimes I just want to enjoy my food without having to document it all the time.)  We enjoyed some cured meats and cheeses as well as their homemade pickles, which are so amazing. Then, for my meal, I ordered the pan-seared trout, which came with nuts, lemon, and butternut squash.  Perfect.

Also, this week, I made a version of Chicken Parmesan that was pretty good.  Instead of using bread crumbs to bread the chicken, I crushed up sunflower seeds and used that as the crust.  Take the chicken breast, dip in both sides in butter (while on this diet, I use Smart Balance butter) and then cover both sides in the sunflower seed mixture.  Bake the chicken on 350 for about 25 minutes.  Then add marinara sauce and cheese on top and bake for another 15 minutes or so.  Then, for the side dish, I made zucchini noodles and added more marinara sauce and cheese.  Tasty dish–and very filling.

Also, today I added some fruit for the first time in over two weeks!  Blueberries with plain greek low-fat yogurt.  I also added a little bit of spelnda brown sugar on top.  It is amazing how sweet fruit tastes after not having it for so long.  It was a welcome treat!

I want to note how obsessed I have become with sparkling water.  It is a little out of control.  But, it makes me feel like I am ordering something fancy when I am out and about and also, it keeps me full.  There is nothing quite like bubbles!

I am not getting on the scale until Sunday, but I will definitely update you all then!

Happy eating!  –Nosh

A Weeked of Delicious Food

I was a bit worried to get on the scale this morning–not because I had cheated, but I had so many delicious meals this weekend, that I thought for sure I hadn’t lost.  I was wrong.  I lost 2 more pounds, which means in 13 days, I have lost 10 pounds total. 🙂  Happy!

For breakfast, you can pretty much gather by now I have some kind of egg and a sugar-free jello or pudding…so unless I have something special, I am going to start leaving those out.  Today I made a delicious quiche, however–so I wanted to mention that.  Making a quiche on the weekend is great (I had today off work for the holiday) because you can eat it the rest of the week…just pop it in the microwave for a minute or so and you have a great breakfast before work.  My quiche is pretty simple.  6 eggs, 2/3 cup of milk and then any ingredients you want.  Today I used artichokes, sausage, tomatoes and goat cheese.  Cook on 350 for about 30 – 40 minutes or until you can stick a knife in it without anything on it when you remove it.  Quiche, or mini quiches made in muffin tins, can get you through the week.  Also, this weekend I went to brunch at Eggs in the City with a great friend and ate huevos rancheros–minus the tortillas.  YUM!

Lunches consisted mostly of leftovers….boring, but necessary.

Dinner was where the fun was this weekend.  Friday we went to see a movie at Brewvies, which also has pretty great food.  I ordered the Spinach Salad without the cranberries and it was tasty–and left me pretty full.  And even though I was at Brewvies, no beer was had!

On Saturday, we decided to go to the Pizza Factory because they have these amazing zucchini noodles.  I swear, sometimes veggie noodles are better than the real thing.  I have the zucchini noodles with alfredo (probably not the best choice) and artichokes.  Ok, yes, I have an obsession with artichokes.  They are God’s nectar, I tell you!  🙂  Another great meal, out on the town, that stuck to my diet–but maybe with some added fat I could have done without.  But hey, I didn’t see it on the scale and the important thing here was to avoid carbs and sugar.

Sunday night I made chicken tortilla soup.  I made enough to give me lunch 3 times over. 🙂  This is pretty basic, and you can add in a lot of things according to your taste.  I start with one can of fire roasted tomatoes, 1 can of regular diced tomatoes, 2 cans of “tri-bean blend” beans, 1 anaheim pepper, 1 can of mild green chilies, about 1 cup of fresh chopped cilantro, 1 can chicken stock, 2 chopped tomatoes.  You can cook your own chicken breast, but a great short cut is to purchase a rotisserie chicken already cooked from the grocery store and shred the chicken off of that.  It is already moist and tender, and you don’t have to cook anything separate (just don’t get a flavored one–a BBQ chicken might not taste awesome in tortilla soup).  I always remove the skin and only take the best meat–and it takes a lot of time off the soup.  Bring to a boil for at least 20 minutes.  Then add whatever else you like!  We garnished with fat free sour cream, low fat cheese, and some diced avocado.  Yum.

So, if anything, let this post help you to realize that YOU CAN eat tasty food on a diet.  Once you figure out the ingredients that are allowed, you can be creative to make or alter many recipes.  And, seeing that scale steadily decline is quite the motivation.

This week, I can add a little fruit.  So, I purchased some blueberries and also some plain fat free yogurt.  It will be nice to have some sweetness.  Still no carbs or alcohol at this point however!  Let’s hope to see another 10 shed off in the next 3 weeks or so!

Hope you all had a great weekend!

-Nosh

Happy Updates!

As of this morning I am 8 (EIGHT!) pounds down!  Happy morning to me!

Here is the food from the past few days.

Day 8

Breakfast: sugar-free jello, hard boiled egg

Lunch:  shredded chicken with buffalo hot sauce (Franks and also some low sugar bleu cheese dressing) in lettuce wraps, sugar free caramel pudding

Snack: celery with sharp cheddar cheese spread

Dinner: chicken breast stuffed with pesto & goat cheese with tomatoes and zucchini (super easy, stuff the chicken, add one can of diced tomatoes on top, and then add zucchini on the sides–cook for about 30 – 40 minutes on 375).  I also put some parmesan cheese on top as well.  Pretty tasty.

Day 9

Breakfast: cauliflower with low fat ranch

Lunch: celery sticks and 1/2 a caprese salad from Toasters!

Dinner: black beans, pico, 2 over-medium eggs, and low fat sour cream.  This is one of my favorites….(sorry, I was bad at taking photos yesterday).

I am getting sick of chicken.  I think I could up the eggs though–and veggies.  Last night I wanted a chocolate chip cookie so bad I almost didn’t want to eat anything else.  Oh well!  Eventually, sugar-free chocolate chip cookies will be added (and yes, I have found some that are tasty enough to actually eat!).

Now, I have a 4 day weekend!  Hope you all eat yummy things!

-Nosh

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It Has Been a Week!

Today marked day 7 and I am on a roll!

Day 6

breakfast: 1 hard boiled egg, 1 string cheese

snack: sugar-free jello

Lunch: Leftover taco salad

Dinner:  Zucchini Pizza Boats (get the recipe here!)

Day 7

breakfast: 1 hard boiled egg

lunch:  salmon salad from Z’Tejas (pretty nummy!)

Snack: string cheeese

Dinner:  Eggplant “Parmesan” –Layered eggplant with cheese mixture (goat cheese, cottage cheese, parmesan cheese, mozzarella, ricotta (all low fat) and a homemade sauce (diced tomatoes, artichokes, fresh basil, oregano, sea salt). Layer the ingrediants and cook on 350 for about 20 minutes or until the cheese on top turns golden brown.  Tasty and carb free!

The cravings are getting much much better–and it is funny how when you really set your mind to something–cheating just isn’t an option.  However, i have had dreams that I forget I am not eating carbs or sugar and eat something on accident.  HA!  And let’s be honest, I still want a glass of wine.  😉

Hope everyone is having a great week!

-Nosh

PS–If anyone would like more info on what I have been cooking as far as recipes, just ask!  Posting almost daily means I don’t get into as much detail, but would love to share if people have questions.

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Weekend Eats & Omar’s Rawtopia

Weekends can be tricky.  Food that is easy to regulate during Monday – Friday can get all messed up.  However, this weekend, I stuck to my guns.  It was a mellow weekend–not much going out other than a few meals and a wedding reception full of ice cream. 🙂  So, here is the run down.

Friday

Breakfast: 1 string cheese, celery with cheddar cheese spread

Lunch: leftover chili (even better the second day!)

Dinner:  We tried a new place!  Omar’s Rawtopia!  I have heard from a few people that this place is great–but have never checked it out.  We decided that this would be a perfect place to try while carbs and sugar are out of the question.  And, it was delicious. Omar’s has a great philosophy about living food increasing the amount of nutrition one can get from eating raw.  Click HERE to read more about their story.

We ordered Seaweed a Noodles for an appetizer ($8), which had awesome flavor.  Seaweed marinated with nama shoyu and ginger served on
zucchini noodles, topped with avocado, tomatoes, celery,
red bell peppers, cucumbers, and onion.

For our meals: Raw Pasta ($14)–Tomato sauce, basil garlic pesto, and alfredo nut sauce mixed in with zucchini noodles, tomatoes, red bell peppers, onions, olives, topped with avocados, our famous seed/nut cheese.  THIS WAS SO GOOD!  The sauce was rich and it was very filling.  Tabouli Salad ($12)–A mix of parsley, tomatoes, red onions, scallions, hemp seeds, and mint. Marinated in
olive oil, lemon juice, and Celtic sea salt. Served with cabbage, lettuce, or a bed of greens, topped with avocados.

Seaweed and Noodles

Tabouli Salad

Raw Pasta

Delicious Raw Pata Sauce!

Tabouli Salad

Omar’s was great.  The pricing is a little high, but for the preparation and high quality ingredients, it is worth it.  Also, enjoy their fresh juices!  I couldn’t just yet due to the fruit, but can’t wait to go back and try some.

Omar’s Rawtopia

2148 Highland Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84106
Phone: 801-486-0332

Saturday

Breakfast: 2 scrambled eggs with fat free cheese

Lunch:  Delicious smoked tofu (grilled with some worchestire sauce and sea salt) and cauliflower with cheese sauce.

Dinner:  Fiddler’s Elbow Black and Bleu Salad with half the dressing served.  The steak was delicious!  And, skipped all the ice cream at the wedding reception.  🙂

Sunday:

Breakfast:  Celery with cheddar cheese spread

Lunch:  Homemade stuffed mushrooms (mushrooms stuffed with low-fat sausage, fat-free cream cheese, and some fresh garlic).

Dinner:  making taco salads!  🙂

And, weighed myself today, 6 days in, and have lost 5 lbs!  No carbs and no sugar works.  Looking forward to adding some fruit back in though…

Hope everyone had a good weekend!

–Nosh

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