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Now 59.7%

It’s been way too long since I posted last, but the only thing less interesting than seeing no new posts in over half a year is talking about why you haven’t been posting in over half a year.

The good news is that contrary to what happens with most blogs where somebody talks about losing weight and then goes silent for a while is that I have still been losing weight, 20 more pounds down since last November which puts me over halfway to my goal of losing 67 pounds to get down to 200.

What’s been working for me?

  • Decreased appetite, I can thank the Wellbutrin for this mostly, but I believe that I have a better control now over my cravings and find it easier to make better choices and eat less.
  • Fewer carbs, I have made a concerted effort to reduce carbs from my diet. I used to have pasta and rice based meals several times a week usually with other somewhat unhealthy things piled on top. I have swapped out the pasta from those meals for bases of zucchini/squash and/or kale, and made healthy switches to what I put on top, usually using tilapia or chicken with tomatoes, peppers, olives and other healthier yet savory toppings. As for pasta, I limit it to one night a week, usually on a Friday if I am around at home. I will make a generous size meal of pasta with spaghetti sauce and Italian sausage and enjoy it guilt free as I know that was my carb bomb for the week.
  • More fruits and vegetables, see above about the veggies, also I have more dinners now where I make a meal size salad and it is the main course. Regarding the fruit, I try to resort to using it as my main snack between meals, no particular fruit, just whatever I have around.
  • A better default “I’m not that hungry but it’s time for dinner default meal”. It is bulky, healthy and not at all exciting, but tastes good(must like canned fish though). I slice up a raw zucchini/squash or cucumber and put it in a bowl, I pour in some cider vinegar and a touch of olive oil, add some salt and pepper and then dump a tin of sardines over the top of it. Even if you use a large zucchini, that plus a tin of sardines is under 300 calories for a very filling dish, just make sure you use a light amount of olive oil to keep the calorie count down(still around just 400 calories though).

Will have to keep plugging away, but with some extra effort and even smarter meal choices, I think I have a shot at reaching my goal before the end of the year.

 

Eggs With Kale and My First Ever Blog Shoutout

Kale and Eggs

Remember that egg recipe on another blog that mentioned as being the inspiration for buying my first ever bag of kale? I got my chance to cook it up the other day. I went out for Thai for lunch with a friend and it was enough later in the afternoon that I figured I would not be hungry for dinner at the usual time. As it turned out by 7:00 that evening I was hungry, not hungry enough for a full size dinner, but hungry enough that some fruit would not be enough to stick with me. I had everything I needed already so kale and eggs it was!

Now about the blog that gave me the recipe…

The blog is called Recipe Fiction and it is authored by a lass named Melinda from Portland, Oregon and it has a unique concept for most of the entries, a recipe provided as the main course with some creative writing included as the delicious side, or vice-versa, hence the name of the blog. The recipe I used is called “Dads Eggs” on the website, and the delicious picture included sold me on trying it out. My snapshot above just doesn’t do this dish the same justice as the picture on her website. I prepared the recipe as presented, and I let it go just a bit too long. If I could do it again I would cut the heat about a minute sooner, I would have preferred my yolks a bit more runny, oh well just gonna have to cook the recipe again I suppose.

Although there aren’t a super huge number of posts on the blog, the vibe I get when reading it is that of being curled up on the sofa on a cold damp Sunday afternoon with a good book in hand with the smell of fresh baked cookies lingering in the air and a cooking show simmering away on the TV in the background…

So now go dear reader posthaste and check out her blog without further ado!

Vegetable Smackdown: Broccoli vs. Kale

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Yesterday the Hungry Man was tooling around on the web when he came across the following article on the New York Times Website:

The gist of the article is discussing the assorted methods used to get people to eat more produce, one of which would be to market types of produce the same way something like soda is marketed. The vegetable they are focusing on is broccoli. They have a group of advertising types brainstorming ways to promote broccoli and I won’t spoil the details here, but one of the top ideas they come up with is to pick a fight with kale (imagine broccoli taking on kale the same way the Chik-Fil-A cows battle beef).

Now this is all very interesting, but why is it interesting to me? Well only the day before I bought my very first bag of kale. Like most greens a bag of kale is voluminous, the one pound bag I purchased for $2.49 could also double as a throw pillow. I had come across an egg recipe on another blog that called for kale and interested me so much that I made the splurge and bought a throw pillows worth of kale. I also figured that I would find some interesting recipes for using it as a side (I did, keep reading!)

Now what the NYT article from above also alerted me to is that kale is considered the smug Pabst drinking, corduroy jacketed, mustache wearing (ironically of course) vegetable whose favorite band is Vampire Weekend, aka the hipster of vegetables.

Broccoli is more like Judith, in accounts receivable who wears her tasteful burgundy pantsuit with pride and quietly listens to Billy Joel on her Discman because she would hate to disturb you.

So tonight I cooked up some kale as a side using this recipe:

Notice that it took Bobby Flays expertise to come up with a delicious side for kale, but broccoli, like Judith is very straightforward to work with. Steam it, or boil and drain it, add a bit of lemon pepper or something and voila, you have a tasty side as well.

Let it be known for the record that my first time trying kale was delicious, but I have always considered broccoli one of my favorite vegetable sides.

I forgot to take a picture of the sautéed kale, just imagine a pile of cooked spinach with more verve and frills, so instead I leave you with a picture of my bag of kale attempting to blend in with the chair pillows.

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