Friday, August 06, 2010
Sadly, nothing ground breaking to report where weight-loss is concerned, but the wedding is progressing, slowly but surely...and my dress is here !
I am going slowly crazy with all the organisation (note to self, remember for future event that self is NOT organised) but focussing on the fact that EVENTUALLY it will be over, and that I can claim my life back...hopefully.
So without further ado, the obligatory teaser pictures of the dress..it's long but not too long, it is snug but I can still breath and walk (although I was not brave enough to attempt sitting) and I need to find a wonderbra and a few pairs of socks to fill the cleavage as it has turned out a little generously sized (I blame my poor measuring).
I LOVE it, it was VERY affordable ($170 MADE TO MEASURE!) and it only took 3 weeks to arrive from the lovely helpful people (yes, really) at Milanoo.
Now all that money I saved? We are getting a REALLY good photographer (with excellent Photoshop skills) to make sure we LOVE our wedding photos for decades to come :)
Wednesday, June 09, 2010
Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose...even with foods that look diet friendly...
I have a good size collection of recipe books at home, and periodically I will pull out some and sit on the sofa for inspiration.
This recipe stood out at the last session : http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_
From the title of the book I was expecting tasty healthy eating. Tasty, it definitely was...
Healthy, well, I guess it IS full of protein and good fibre and heart healthy oil..................
Fool that I am I decided that the recommended 3-4 portions would make 2 as a main, and it did, not even too generously.
I guess I was naive and not paying attention to the 4 TBSP of oil the recipe calls for :S
That's 2 each......
Add to that a yummy homemade flatbread and the dish came to a whopping 1000 cal per portion, all innocent and plain looking.!
Even with the 4 portions it can still add up to 500/head unless you use small flatbreads or possibly pitas.
Verdict? Ditch the flat bread and add a big side of green salad and other yummy veggies for a lighter dish.
Then again, sometime you find a winner..a real one.
Enter: Baked cauliflower !
I swear it would convert non cauli eaters with its crunchy sweetness. I like mine quite plain (no parmesan) and there are already several recipes on SP, with my favourite barely adding to over 80 cal per generous serving. I prefer chili flakes to pepper on mine, but overall follow the same recipe, with a dash of lemon juice for tang before putting in the oven.
The best part? Takes 5 min to prepare, and with florets cut really small (bite size) I can stick them in the oven whislt doing my evening Wii exercises and MAGIC after 25-30 minutes a tray of crunchy healthy goodness......
Verdict? So good I prefer it genuinely to oven chips!
From the bad to the good to the truly ugly...strawberry foam sweets.
Aparently they have hypnotic powers which make impossible for me to stop....resulting in "serving" size of about 75g or nearly 300 cal.....enough said
Verdict: ..........ahem................. STOP BUYING THEM !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Now for a salad lunch in the sun...
Monday, June 07, 2010
Thun at the feet of the mountains, complete with super cute castle hosted its first Bollywood festival.
3 days of movies and Indian food and music and shopping.
We went for the day on Saturday, and although the festival was a disappointment (5 stalls and less than average food) the town was postcard-worthy in its glorious quaintness, with a full-on sunshine and many river-side cafes.
We looked at the regular market, drank, ate, drank more, climbed to the castle to take in the glorious views, and finally made our way home...to collapse in bed under the mosquito net!
A day well spent indeed!
Shame the food intake ended up on the slightly erratic side!
Wednesday, June 02, 2010
Turns out, being a foodie, working for a flavour company and having to organise a wedding is very trying for the calorie conscious...
I love british tv and all the cooking programs that it proposes, and I will extend that to the many food blogs/websites with delicious looking pictures, but they weaken my resolve on a daily basis…and like a rabbit caught in headlights, I am usually stunned-like and lose my ability to change channel. I will say though, that I usually find I can adapt the suggestion to make it healthier. Yesterday I was enamoured with the healthy fish dishes shown in the Great British Menu….so maybe I am learning afterall.
Everyday, although I work for the health section of our company, the production site next to our building churns out a new batch of flavours, and recently they have been sweet oriented, from the summer-loaded berry smells to the lemon candy scent that hit me just 30 minutes ago. Luckily they are often fading by the evening when I walk through the carpark to get on my way home, or blended with our healthy plant extract smells (nothing like a strong crushed garlic smell to put you off the raspberry jam fantasies)….but not yesterday. Maybe the air was still, maybe we had no plants to extract, maybe I left earlier than usual…but upon opening the front door a warm wave of sugary sweet flavour hugged me like walking into candyfloss. The smell was that of vanilla fudge and I could feel my mouth watering and my breathing becoming deeper as if it would enable me to taste the delicious air. Sadly there was no substance, only my brain racing through it’s memory bank and bringing to my tongue, to my head the memory of the taste, the feel, the whole experience of vanilla fudge…by that point I was salivating, and my belly started rumbling even though I was not hungry. By a lucky coincidence, by the time I finally reached the car I started smelling the nearby farm, which slapped me right out of my sugary day dreaming. And as it must have been a strong day, I resisted the urge for an after dinner treat of ice cream and munched on a few pieces of fresh pineapple instead.
As for the wedding? Well, luckily we have chosen a restaurant that mostly offers lighter healthy dishes, so I hope that overall we can come up with a menu that is not too bad…but in the meantime we have to look at food options…delicious mouth-watering food choices. And don’t even get me started on the cake!!
So, I guess losing weight would be a lot easier if I did not love food and if all my senses did not get so easily tickled by appetising offerings…but life would be quite boring I think!
So………….. which sense is YOUR worse trigger?
Saturday, May 29, 2010
I had come across a black bean brownie on the 101cookbooks website and I was intrigued.
As per usual the photos looked good enough to lick the screen, but after checking the ingredients I realised I did not have agave nectar etc, so I set out to find another recipe. The answer came from allrecipes.com (and I would have found a pretty similar one on Spark if I had looked there first) which promissed rich fudgey brownies from ingredients that could all be found in my kitchen...and rich in fibres and protein.
Now a lot of people will go 'ewwwwww, bean and chocolate', and an equal amount will tell me that the recipe has been around for years. Guess what, it's new to me so I can have my happy dance! Also, I don't think mixing a packet of cake mix and a can of bean counts as cooking...sorry!
I did wonder as to whether it would be a big waste of ingredients, but my brain pulled a Joey on me (see Friends episode where Cottage pie and Trifle collide....chocolate...goood....beans....g
ood...what's not to like....??) and I decided to give it a go.
I soaked and cooked some black beans, and used a standard bean tin to measure the equivalent to a tin of commercial beans. I measured everything as per the recipe, kept in mind the tip of adding baking powder and to mix the chocolate chips in the batter after blitzing to a soft mush rather than sprinkled on top.
And then the batter was really runny, so I tweaked...I added about 2 tbsp of flour....why could I not trust the process?
The result? Instead of the expected fudgey gooey-ness, after the recommended 40 min I had a slightly dry chocolate cake (ie fully set in the middle).
Can you taste the beans? Frankly...NOPE!
Will I make it again? Absolutely! And I will use the Spark recipe, complete with walnuts for that true brownie feel and I WILL NOT fiddle with the recipe.
What's the catch? There is none...you can have your cake and eat it, as according to the recipe each portion packs a modest 93 cals. Even with my idea of a 'portion', that's my brownie craving fullfilled for under 200cals...
Don't believe me? Try it yourself: http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-deta
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