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The End of Eating Badly…?

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Marco and I are still on the journey toward health!  To help him control his carb intake, I decided to eat all the carbs in the house.  He wasn’t so sure this was a good idea…he came into the office and found me with my snacks.

But really, we have been trying to limit the carbs and fat, and we actually ran the stairs at a local football field!  I am so proud of us!

We’ve also cut out almost all alcohol and caffeine, so we are feeling a little healthier.  I bought a lot of items at Trader Joe’s, but I was shocked to find that the beef and broccoli was loaded with carbs, while the orange chicken was healthier.  Who would have guessed?

After our exercise tonight, we indulged in bean and cheese burritos with jalapenos added, from Miguel’s Jr.  It was marvelous, and at least it’s real food…handmade tortillas, yummy beans, and enough jalapenos to give us heartburn later.

We went to the doctor together recently, and we were both warned about our health.  The doctor told me I have a BMI of 29!! Normal is 19 to 25 for women.  She said we just call that “fluffy.”  If I was taller, I would be perfect.  Maybe I’ll wear platform heels next time they measure my height.

But I do need to get serious about getting back to a healthy BMI.  Although I love Christina Hendricks, my frame is not big enough to carry extra weight.

Is it just me, or does she seem a bit airbrushed here? http://www.accesshollywood.com/christina-hendricks

I hope to post some progress in my weight loss over the next few months.  Since I finished all the ice cream, there’s not much left in the house to tempt me to overeat!

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Free Brie

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Sometimes brie appears in unexpected places.

I was shopping at Trader Joe’s, and they were giving away samples of a pasta with brie and asparagus.

How could I resist?

It was pretty good, but I would add some ham or chicken to it, and maybe something a little crunchy, like pine nuts.

While I was there, I decided to try out their Chicken Gorgonzola.  We had it last night, and it was good, but it was a little too salty.  It was great for Marco, though, because it only has 9 grams of carbs, and 320 calories per serving.

I was at work late on Friday, so I decided to eat there.  I had been given a Starbucks card as a gift, and I went across the street to find something yummy.  I was very happy to find a meal with apples, cheese, almonds, flax seed crackers, and dried cranberries.  The best parts was the sizable slice of brie!

The box is about $5, and very filling!

Good Food and Good Friends

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Last weekend I met up with friends to celebrate an old friend’s birthday.  We met in North Hollywood’s artsy NoHo district, which is delightful.  I’ll have to take Marco back there for some walking and window shopping.  We ate at Pitfire Artisan Pizza, which started off a bit questionable, but ended up being great.  Two of my friends asked for draft beer, which the restaurant advertises, but they were informed that there was no beer available on draft.  They had a minimal selection of bottled beers in an open cooler next to the cash register, but they were closer to luke warm than cold.  The waitress jokingly said they were also out of pizza and pasta, so she scored points with us!  Since I was driving, I had a root beer.  It turned out to be a “microbrew” root beer, which has a much stronger flavor than mass market root beer.

The birthday boy and I ordered the same type of pizza, and it was wonderful!  It was simple pepperoni, but the sauce, cheese, meat and dough were all delicious.  I don’t recommend the flatbread, though.  It’s a little to crispy for my taste.

Here we are after a good meal, despite his less-than-cold beer.

Enjoy a little brie

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I had the pleasure of attending a dinner party for one of my closest friends last night, and she had brie as an appetizer!   How perfect.  She served it with fig jam, which is wonderfully sweet next to the mild brie.  She also had a caprese salad, pasta with home made vodka and  bolognese sauces, and home made ice cream.  She is a wonder!  Here is my plate with two of the appetizers:

The brie is on the right, on a cracker, topped with the fig jam.

This got me thinking that I should post some brie recipes.  Here are three of my favorites.

1. Brie Sandwich:

Get a good piece of bread (french bread or any artisan bread) and put a few artichoke hearts on it.  Lay some slices of brie over the artichoke hearts, and sprinkle sliced almonds over the top.  Heat in the oven or microwave until the brie melts enough to hold it all together.  Add another slice of bread on top, or eat open-face.  This can be a full sandwich for lunch, or small canapes for appetizers.

2. Brie and zucchini:

Slice the zucchini part way, lengthwise (making slits in the vegetable, without cutting all the way through).  Take slices of brie and insert them into the slits of the zucchini.  Bake or grill until the zucchini is soft and the brie is melted.  Cut the zucchini into canapes, perpendicular to your original slices.  Everyone gets a striped appetizer that is very yummy!

3. Brie with raspberry sauce:

Place one brie cheese round in a microwave-safe 9-inch pie plate. Spread raspberry preserves over the top. Microwave at 50% power for 2 minutes, or until warmed through. Sprinkle with sliced almonds and serve warm.
Serve this with crackers and/or apple slices.

On a journey toward health

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Marco and I are on a slow transition toward a healthy lifestyle.  My parents always told me how hard it would be to lose weight as an adult, and now I realize how correct they were.  I was a cheerleader in high school, and I worried about my weight, but I had toned arms, toned legs, and an abundance of energy.  College taught me to give in to my cravings and to appreciate beer.  After college, I developed a love for things like brie sandwiches, white cheddar popcorn, and Heath bar ice cream.  Here are some pictures of me after college, with three of my dearest friends.  You can see the progression; not a terrible change, but I definitely became top-heavy by my 23rd birthday:

On a road trip.

Hula hooping in our apartment!

My 23rd birthday.

 

In the past few years, Marco has begun battling diabetes.  His mother is diabetic, so it was not a surprise to him.  We have had to give up some of our favorite recipes, like chile relleno casserole and tater tot casserole.  One recipe we have both enjoyed is strawberry salad.  I bought a book about reversing diabetes, which had a recipe for Indian lentil soup.  I love it, but Marco is not a fan.
After a few days of lentil soup, we both lost about five pounds.  I will keep you posted on new recipes and exercise ideas.

Chile Relleno Casserole: slice up poblano or pasilla chiles and put them in the bottom of a casserole dish.  Brown 1 pound of ground beef and spread half of it over the chile slices.  Pour half a bottle of Herdez salsa over all of it, and top it off with shredded cheese.  Repeat with another layer of the same.  Cook until golden and bubbly in the oven at 350 degrees.  Serve with sour cream and avocados.

Tater tot casserole with bratwurst

Strawberry salad: salad greens with sliced strawberries, radishes, celery, red onion, pears or apples, and anything else you like that’s crunchy (carrots, watercress, etc.).  I use raspberry vinaigrette on this, and it’s like dessert before the meal!

Indian lentil soup: this is from a book called The 30-Day Diabetes Miracle

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