Category Archives: diet
This week started off with a Mother’s Day brunch at a San Antonio restaurant that features one of my favorite desserts, a souffle-inspired dark chocolate cake with Nutella ganache and peanut butter mousse. Oh my stars! Here it is:
Peanut Butter, chocolate, hazelnut . . . what’s not to love? And who could resist? I didn’t . . . I couldn’t . . . I wouldn’t. Resist, that is. The good news is that I sampled less than half of this rich confection before I was completely satisfied and passed the rest over to my husband, who was only too happy to finish it for me.
But wait! There’s more. Tuesday night was Bunco night . . . and I was in charge of bringing a bread pudding with N’Awlins flair in keeping with the Mardi Gras theme. Well, you can’t very well make bread pudding without sugar. Or bread. Or Whiskey Sauce, which also requires sugar. (Not to mention lots of butter and heavy cream). Here it is:
Bunco ladies can cook, and there were many desserts to sample along with the gumbo and rice. It would be impolite not to taste, wouldn’t it? The good news again is that I limited myself to small tastes and didn’t overindulge. Was it worth it? You bet! If you’re going to indulge, make sure it is something fabulous! Bread pudding is comfort food, and luckily a little comfort can go a long way. Look for the recipe posting soon!
A few of my kind readers have requested an update on “the situation.” Don’t worry, “the situation” has nothing to do with New Jersey. They are referring to the diet situation. So here it is . . . back by overwhelming popular request . . . the reprise of Diet Friday.
You will be happy to learn that I did not fall off the wagon and gain back all 7 pounds plus another 8 just to keep the rebound theory going. In fact, I am down a total of 10 lbs since the beginning of January.
For those of you just tuning in, I decided to give up sugar as a 2010 resolution. (Well, drastically reduce my sugar consumption, anyway. Never say never). I started out with Jorge Cruise’s “Belly Fat Cure”, which restricts sugar consumption to 15 grams a day from ALL sources (fruit, vegetable, everything) and limits carb consumption to 20 grams six times per day. Although I didn’t lose weight very quickly on the plan, quick weight loss was not my goal. I lost a few pounds, and most importantly, I lost my cravings for sugar and starchy foods.
Although I don’t follow the program any more by counting grams, I do still follow the guiding principles. After I got over my sugar addiction, I also greatly reduced my refined carbohydrates. I will have bread on occasion, but it has to be REALLY good and I enjoy it as a treat, not a staple.
I’ve been pleased with the fact that the weight has slowly but surely decreased in a relatively painless fashion. I still eat very well, and I am never hungry. My appetite, which used to be set to “constantly ravenous”, is now under control. So, while my “situation” may never be featured in a reality show, I see progress!
It’s a late post for Diet Friday; in fact it’s an extremely late post as I missed last week! Thanks for your inquiries, all is well. I’m working on some big projects at work (yes, I have a real job) which will take some more of my attention for the next month or so. But enough about me, I know that what you’re really curious about is The Diet, so I won’t keep you in suspense any longer.
Another pound down! I am pleased to report that the slow but steady downward trend continues with almost no effort on my part. Here is what I’m doing”
- I limit the amount of sugar I eat, and try to focus on “good carbs” without actually counting carbs.
- I focus on foods with high nutritional value
- I allow indulgences of really good artisanal cheese, very dark chocolate and red wine. (in moderation)
- During the week, I eat smaller, more frequent mini-meals
- On the weekends, I adapt to the situation.
- If I’m eating out on the weekend and want to have bread (only the really good kind) I take a starch-blocker made from white bean extract. (Only on weekends, I don’t make a habit of it)
- Exercise is 30 minutes total body program on elliptical trainer at least 4x per week, crunches 3x per week.
Now please don’t think that I’m advising anyone to eat cheese as a health food; I happen to love it and it takes the place of a sugar-laden dessert for me. I also don’t tout the health benefits of taking a starch-blocker. Although the ones made from white bean extract are supposed to be free from any known side effects, certainly check with your health care provider to make sure it’s OK for you. I only use it a few times a week when I want to enjoy a piece of fresh bread and although it works for me without any side effects, I wouldn’t use it on a regular basis. The good carbs that I eat regularly are high in nutrition and I wouldn’t want them to be “blocked”.
For me, limiting sugar intake is key. I don’t avoid it completely. Originally I was keeping my sugar intake under 15 grams per day. I no longer keep track, as choosing low sugar foods has become second nature. I really (truly) have no cravings. My hunger and appetite is under control, and I occasionally lose track of time and forget to eat. (For those of you new to the blog, this has really never happened before!) I’m not going for drastic weight loss, and if I lose only a few ounces every week I am quite pleased with the steady progress.
If you have any more specific questions, feel free to ask and I will be happy to anwer.
To all my blogging friends out there, I’m still reading; keep up the good work. I hope to participate more actively when things slow down a bit!
Last week I published an interesting post on research into the relationship between genotype and diet. If I recall correctly, I believe I made the comment that it was the most interesting research on weight that I had seen in a long time. Hot on its heels is this interesting bit of research out of Emory University, which indicates that germs. . . that’s right, GERMS . . . in the digestive tract may have something to do with weight gain. While the articles that have appeared in the media over the past few days report some more in-depth findings, this is not the first time we have heard the theory. Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis introduced us to this theory in 2006. Which only goes to prove that it’s 2010 . . . over 30 years have gone by since we put a man on the moon . . . but we still don’t know anything for sure about the inner mysteries of the human body! The encouraging news is that we may finally be trending away from looking at weight management as soley a behavioral issue.
Here are some links to the most recent articles appearing in the last few days about this research at Emory University:
Emory researchers noticed that mice with an altered immune system were fatter than regular mice, and had a collection of disorders — high blood pressure, and cholesterol and insulin problems — called metabolic syndrome, often a precursor of heart disease and diabetes.
Everyone is born with a sterile digestive tract that within days is flooded with bacteria from first foods and the environment. Altered immunity in these mice meant somewhat different bacteria grew in their intestines than in normal rodents — driving bigger appetites, metabolic syndrome and a low-grade inflammation believed key to obesity’s illnesses, Emory associate pathology professor Andrew Gewirtz reported Thursday in the journal Science.
Lest you think the articles you have seen over the past few days are new, here is a link to research done at Washington University in St. Louis and published in Nature journal that suggested a link between germs and fat in 2006!
Obese people have more digestive microbes that are especially efficient at extracting calories from food, the researchers said, and the proportion of these super-digesting organisms ebbs as the people lose weight. Moreover, when the scientists transplanted these bacteria from obese mice into lean mice, the thin animals start getting fat. This provides more support for the provocative theory that the bacteria that populate the intestine play an important role in regulating weight.