Monday, December 31, 2007

VH1's Worst Week Ever

Finally, back in Seattle, and back on the bandwagon!

My trip started off successful. I was amazed to find that I had lost 0.6 lbs at my weigh-in Thursday morning. Especially after the week I had. The problem with eating healthy around the holidays is not JUST Christmas or Thanksgiving dinner. It's all the meals that surround the holidays. We had our company holiday luncheon where I managed to eat 2 days worth of points.

I think I'm feeling better about my food choices, because even though it felt like I was off the bandwagon, I was still making much better choices and managed to lose weight anyway!

I had done so well until my weigh-in in california. After that it was a free-for-all! I had full cheeseburgers, mexican food with fresh hand-made tortillas and butter... my 0.6 gain was worth every bite.

Considering the typical american gains 7 pounds over the holidays, I faired pretty well, but I feel like next year I'll be prepared!

Monday, December 10, 2007

VH!'s Best Week, Ever...

the Shiny Hair edition!

So I feel like I rarely get the opportunity to say this, but last week was my week! Here's the recap:

- Gave my notice at my current job, because I start an awesome job on January 2.
- I ran 2.8 miles all by myself in 40 degree weather, without stopping.
- This week marked not only losing 10% of my body weight, but also 30 pounds.
- Yesterday I ran my first 5K, it was 30 something degrees and it snowed, and there were hills, but I still didn't walk.

I think it's crazy how what you might think are small choices can severely impact your life. I think it was about 6 months ago that I had a small break down. I was so depressed about everything; my job, my weight, my laziness, etc... And in jut a couple of months I've managed to turn it all around.

A year ago if you had told me I would be running a 5K on a Sunday morning in the snow, I would have told you to shut up, and then we would have laughed at how ridiculous that would be.

Let's hope this week can live up to its predecessor!

Here's the 11,000 people waiting to begin this race:

Friday, December 7, 2007

Restaurant Report Card

I know it's been a while, there was so much going on with work, side projects, a birthday, thanksgiving, black friday... so many excuses.

BUT, I found this interesting link for Restaurant Report Cards.

There are plenty of restaurants that have shockingly high amounts of fat, carbs and calories per dish (hello, outback steakhouse... Over 2,000 calories for one of the appetizers!), and it's not only irresponsible, but to top it off they hide access to that kind of information (believe me, you have to work for it!).

We know Americans are eating more calories than ever. So is it really that reasonable to assume the restaurant is doing the hard part for us?

Why do so few American's know anything about nutrition? Why is it so easy to believe that whatever trend is out there is what we should try. Apparently, our low-carb fascination has now led to a huge increase in our carb intake. More than we were consuming before the craze.

We need to support the restaurants that will disclose their nutrition information and let the other companies know we don't want to be in the dark anymore. We need to know how many calories we're consuming if we ever want our country not to be the fat girl in the corner. I know I'm tired of being that fat girl hiding in the corner.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

The musical fruit...

I got this tip from my sistafriend:

It said that fruit is very unique in that it contains enzymes and has a ton of nutrients. So when you eat fruit by itself, it digests very quickly on its own and gets the nutrients directly into the blood stream. But when you eat fruit along with your meal, it gets slowed down and doesn't digest as efficiently. So to get the most impact, fruit should be eaten as a snack between meals (at least 30 minutes before or after).

She read about it in "Skinny Bitch." I think that will be next in cue...

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

"My first book is fit or fat"... or Fit and Fat

Randomly, I saw mention of this book, "Fat Fallacy" on a message board, and immediately ordered it in Amazon. The premise is that Americans eat a low-fat diet and manage to be the fattest people in the world, while the french eat rich indulgent foods and maintain their slender frames and this book will tell us what the secret is.

Even though I strongly recommend reading this book, I'm going to tell you the secret anyway (I don't think you'll be surprised): The eat real food, we eat chemicals disguised as food that manage to ruin our nervous system, give us heart disease and cancer, and make us... fat.

It seems as though nutrition scientists are looking for he one element that can cure us from fatness. They notice that people who eat vegetables have lower chances for cardio-vascular disease. The scientists realize the veggies draw their super power from beta-carotene. So they find a way to extract the beta-carotene, but it in pill form (with other synthetic properties), and viola! We can get the effects of eating vegetables without having the suffer through all those greens.

Now, here's where it get's tricky. Of course scientific tests can show a plethora of results, but in people who took beta-carotene vs. the placebo there was not a significant difference in people who got heart disease.

So once the book teaches you to look at nutrition data in our country with a skeptical eye, you start to think about all the fad diets. Remember when butter was bad for you? Aren't carbs the devil? We were supposed to avoid nuts and oils, and now we're told we should be consuming at least two teaspoons of oil a day. Now we're knee deep in good fats vs. bad fats. The funny thing is natural fats aren't bad for us, it's the fats created by to help extend the shelf life.

What I took away from the book was that our body was created to process a certain amount of fat. By eating a fat free diet, our body goes into fat starvation mode, so it holds onto what fat you already have. It requires so many chemicals to remove the natural fats from wonderful food like cheese. And artificial sweetners that have terrible chemical reactions when they enter our bodies, or can be linked to cancer, heart-disease, and diabetes. We should be avoiding aspartame, dyes, high-fructose corn syrup, olestra... I'll get to that in a different post.

It has a little bit of a diet to follow; more like guidelines. But overall it initiates a first step in establishing a better relationship with our food.

If it's not food don't eat it.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Pumpkin Muffins (with cream cheese filling)

So there are several similar pumpkin muffin recipes out there, but here's the one I've come to know and love:

15 minutes prep time | 20 minutes baking
Makes 24 servings

1 box Spice Cake Mix
1 15 oz can Pure Pumpkin
1 can diet 7up (or about 2 cups)

1 8oz Package of Light (or 1/3 fat) Cream Cheese
2 eggs (or equivalent of eggbeaters)
1 tbsp vanilla
1/3 cup sugar (or splenda to taste)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients for the muffins in one bowl. Mix until all the powder is gone. In a separate bowl combine all ingredient for the cream cheese filling. Mix until creamy in texture.

Either use cupcake liners or grease 2-12 cupcake pans. (I'm not going to lie, I've only had one cupcake pan and had to use it twice in a row to complete the batch.) With a large spoon, place 1 dollop of pumpkin mix in each "cup." With a different spoon place a small dollop of the cream cheese mixture on top of the pumpkin mixture. Then place one more spoon of pumpkin mixture on top of the cream cheese mixture. Smooth out the top. Sometimes I'll sprinkle a little cinnamon on top.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. With the cream cheese filling, the muffins are 3 weight watchers points each. Without, they are 2 points. I'll make some this week so I can get a picture up.

Let me know what you think!

Sunday, November 11, 2007



So I'm giving this blogging thing a try. I started a new food plan last month and this is where i have chosen to post all of the nutrition and health information I've come across. You'll also have access to new recipes that I find, as well as some personal stuff.

If you don't know the reference to my title, it's from an episode of Saturday Night Live. Cheri O'Teri plays a plus-sized model whose autobiography is titled "Shiny Hair, Pretty Eyes: Story of a fat girl." She mostly models hair clips and "mu mus."

So that's the foundation for this thing. Oh, and there will be plenty of self-deprecating humor, so stay tuned!