A Goal Reached!

Well, some good things are happening.

First, I got my glass of wine!  Well, a bottle rather.  My birthday was lovely and my boyfriend and I spent a great evening dining at Frida Bistro, one of my favorite restaurants in the city.  I purchased a Chilean wine for the occasion, and it was perfect.  Root:1 is a wine that I hadn’t tried before, and it was one of the better wines in its price range that I have had in a long time.  We had the Cabernet and it was rich, but also super mellow with hints of dark chocolate–the tannins are also very subtle.  It was almost velvety.  And, at about $12 a bottle, it is super affordable.

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Second, a major weight loss goal has been reached!  I am not talking about numbers here people (weigh in is Sunday)….I am talking about clothing.  I had this sleek black pencil skirt that I haven’t been able to fit into for a while now.  I actually tried to fit into it the last week in December when I got a little teary-eyed that I could get the zipper more than half way up.  I folded the skirt up and left it on my dryer as a reminder of where I wanted to be.  This past birthday weekend, I zipped that baby up with no problem and may or may not have jumped around the house a little bit with a big grin on my face.  Ok, let’s be honest, I totally did.  In fact, today, I am wearing the skirt at work, feeling great.  It is amazing how good hard work feels in the end.  And, while I am not to my end goal in numbers (yet)–I have a tropical Key West vacation ahead of me to look great for–so, my motivation is amped up!  Bikini season, here I come.

Anyway, have to share success right?

This weekend I am doing a review of Maxwell’s downtown!  Hoping it is a good one.

-Nosh

Chanon Thai–Melt Your Face Deliciousness!

Face melting–that is right.

I had my first trip to Chanon Thai last week–and then quickly after that, a second trip.  I couldn’t stop thinking about it after trip number one.  The cozy & quaint location, the welcoming and kitschy decor, the scent of hundreds of spices wafting form the open kitchen, the lovely wait staff, and of course–the flavor of the beautiful food at Chanon Thai were like a dream…

A good friend of mine, who works at the record store across the street (Randy’s Records), had been telling us he went to Chanon at least once or twice a week for lunch. So before we all went to see a show a few nights back, we met at Chanon for dinner.  The first thing I noticed about their menu was that calories, carbs, and most ingredients were listed.  This was the most amazing thing for me, as my diet is still pretty strict.  The Calamari was breaded in whole wheat, so we went for it.  Hands down, this is the best and most fresh calamari I have had in Salt Lake.  The cuts of squid are large and the sauce is perfectly sweet and spicy.  There wasn’t a hint of chewiness or fishiness.  Perfection.

Chanon Thai has a large menu with many different selections–from seafood, pork, and chicken–to being able to order nearly any dish vegan.  I am particular to tofu in my Thai food, so we went with a large order of Tom Yum Soup, which was outstanding.  I love the lime in Tom Yum soup, and Chanon nailed it by using lime leaves, rather than the actual fruit.  Previously, I have loved the Tom Kha Gai soup at Thai Siam, but sometimes the lime can be a bit overwhelming.  Chanon Thai nailed that part. I could order just this and be super happy.

By now, we are pretty much full, but we have some amazing main courses coming as well.  I ordered the Gang Dang (Red Curry), which was so full of flavor–and also spicy.  I ordered the meal mild, since I am a baby when it comes to heat–and it was still pretty hot.  Chanon Thai offers mild, medium, and hot on a scale of 1 – 5.  If you can eat a 5, you are made of steel.  I have no idea how one can eat such spicy food!  My boyfriend ordered his meal at a 2 and the smell of it was even spicy.  However, for those who love things with a kick (or a BANG even), you will definitely not be looking for more heat at this restaurant.  And for those of you who are like me and can’t handle a lot–remember that even the mild food at Chanon Thai is spicy.

The Gang Dang had acorn squash, zucchini, eggplant, bamboo shoots, tofu, and everything else delicious.  The coconut mixed with the curry spice was creamy and filled with heat all at once.  This dish is a Thai food lovers dream.

Everyone couldn’t say enough about how enjoyable the food and service was at Chanon Thai.  It is certainly going to be one of those places I crave on a regular basis from here on out.  Go check it out for yourselves, melt your face with spicy tastiness, and support a great local spot.  I honestly don’t think you could order anything from this restaurant that wasn’t prepared with quality ingredients and lots of LOVE!

Chanon Thai

278 East 900 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84101

(801) 532-1177

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Meatloaf and Blueberry Pancakes!

Happy Friday, Everyone!  Let the weekend commence!

I hadn’t jumped on the scale in about a week and a half until this morning–and I am happy to report I am now 17 lbs down total since New Year!  I can almost “taste” my goal!  And, I can start including some wine in my diet again next weekend.  Hooray!

I haven’t changed much with my diet.  I have been eating fruit sparingly (only one serving per day) and been sticking close to the salads and proteins. Today, I decided that I am going to start including some whole grains every few days to feed those brain cells a bit. Not eating carbs at all is not something you can or should keep up for a long time, and two months is about my threshold.  So, this morning, I ate a whole grain toaster waffle (you have to make sure that NO white flour is included in any of your whole grain items) with Smart Balance butter and sugar-free jam.  It was a nice change from hard boiled eggs.

This week I made a great turkey meatloaf, which also includes a small amount of whole grain oats.  This is a great recipe if you want to try it!

Nosh Maven Meatloaf

  • 1 can 6 oz tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine, or cooking wine
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tbs dried basil leaves
  • 1 tbs oregano
  • dash of sea salt
  • 1 pound ground turkey (or chicken)
  • 1/2 cup whole grain oats
  • 1 egg
  • 1 small/med zucchini, shredded or finely chopped

You should set your oven to 350 and preheat while mixing ingredients.  First, you start with your sauce (this is WAY better than using ketchup or marinara sauce).  Combine all the ingredients listed before “turkey” into a small sauce pan and let simmer while you combine the rest of the ingredients for your meatloaf. After the turkey, zucchini, egg, and oats are mixed together, add in half of the tomato sauce mixture.  Shape the loaf and cook for about 40 – 45 minutes.  Then, remove the meatloaf and add the rest of the tomato sauce to the top of the meatloaf and cook for another 10 – 15 minutes.  You can also add some Parmesan cheese at this time, which is a nice addition.

For a side dish, I made an arugula salad with tomatoes, avocado, and parmesan.  I also made the dressing homemade (you avoid a lot of sugar by doing this) with equal parts olive oil and balsamic vinegar with garlic salt and sea salt.  It was a great pop of flavor to the side of the meatloaf.

The other food item that is SAVING MY LIFE right now is that coconut flour I made the peanut butter cookies with in the last post.  This week, I had a mad crazy craving for pancakes.  I don’t even normally make or order pancakes, but I wanted some.  So, we found this great recipe for coconut flour pancakes, where each pancake had about 3 total carbs.  We also added some blueberries.  They were AWESOME.

Here are a few other things from the past few days that have been getting me by.

Almond Milk, much fewer carbs than regular milk!

Salads with pepperoncinis, olives, and cheddar cheese

Deviled Eggs with Dill instead of Paprika

I am hoping that once I start adding some carbohydrates back into my diet, I can kick up the pace with working out.  Everyone who knows me know that I LOATHE working out–well, until I am finished and feel good about it. 😉  However, it is really hard to do intense work outs when your body doesn’t have the extra energy from carbs.  So, we shall see how that progresses…ha!

I hope everyone has a great weekend and that noshing on delicious things is a highlight.  I hope you are all ready for a wine post–because I am!! 8 more days until this little Nosh Maven is THIRTY TWO and toasting with a glass of vino!

 

 

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Is it too Early to Plateau?

I haven’t lost any more weight this week, despite keeping up with the diet.  And for all of you who love TMI, it was that time of the month, so I am blaming it on the terrible-ness of shark week.  🙂

I didn’t cheat this week–so getting on the scale with no reward was lame.  However, all I can do is plug along and remember all my clothes fit better and that I am back to waring clothes from a few years ago–which was sort of the goal.  I am going to try to not let the scale depress me too much.  5 weeks in and 3 to go, I should be very happy with 15 lbs.  Hopefully, by summer, it will be twice that…it is just slow going now.  And let me reiterate–this is not just a 5 week diet that will end with me going back to eating pizza every weekend.  This is a life change, that just gets a little less strict over time.

So, here is some food from the recent past.  Highlight:  I made cookies!  Peanut butter cookies!  Thank the food gods for coconut flour–which has about 9 carbs for a whole cup!  Meaning, these beautiful babies have about 2 carbs per cookie (or less!!).  You can find the recipe here, along with some other great ones with coconut flour, almond flour, and peanut flour!

This was also another recipe that was sort of to die for.  Grilled Chicken Brushetta.  Super easy and very fresh and full of flavor.  It was even good the second day for lunch.  A must try!

I have still been on the sparkling water and berry kick.  That hasn’t gone anywhere.  The blueberries right now are soooo amazing.  I have no idea why, in the middle of February, the blueberries are so plump and flavorful.  Makes me wonder about my carbon footprint…but not enough to stop buying them.

Zucchini has still been my best friend.  This is some delicious zucchini noodles with marinara and ricotta cheese.

The best few meals I had out and about where brunch at the wonderful Finn’s Cafe and actually, if you can believe it, the Chicken Caesar Salad (minus the croutons) at Noodles and Company.  It is true.

So, here is to hoping that this week the scale is nice to me!  In the meantime, I am going to make more cookies. 🙂

-Nosh

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

 

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