In Bruges – A Scene That Proves The Importance of Blog Diet Tip #1

Q.E.D.

Blog Diet Tip # 17 – Take A Break

It’s great to exercise and eat good food.  It’s also important to take a break every so often and let loose.  Every culture has some sort of safety valve to let off steam – Mardi Gras, Carnival, Bacchanalia – and they have these things for a reason.  That reason is that you need to take it easy every once in a while.

I’m not saying you should down a fifth of Jack as a chaser for your McDonald’s french fry and bacon smoothie but everyone needs a little down time to recharge the batteries and get some new thoughts and experiences.

We at The Blog Diet celebrate the human and humans aren’t machines.  There’s more to life than living in your cube answering email.

Find the time to relax.  It’s a good tip.

Yeah We’ve Been On Vacation . . .

But we have great news!

The Blog Diet Cafepress store is up and has two articles of clothing designed with Agent Merlot’s love affair with beets in mind.

You too can show your solidarity with tasty and nutritious beets and give Jessica Simpson a message at the same time!

Maybe Peta will get on board too! >wink wink<

Hell, if they link to us, we’ll donate half the profits to them.  That’s a pretty good deal.

Remember: Maybe girls eat meat, but real women eat beets!

I Call Shenanigans. Juice OK.

<—[Iz Good 4 U]

Yesterday Martha Edwards posted the following on the “health and fitness blog” That’s Fit:

We often forget about soda’s equally harmful cousin, juice. Sure, juice contains nutrients that soda is missing, but they share a number one ingredient: sugar. It might even be fair to say that juice is merely a type of non-fizzy soda aimed at children. [link]

Um.  Soda comes from a factory.  Juice comes from trees (bushes too).  And I like juice so I’ve got juice’s back on this one.  Of course look to see that it is actually juice. (I call double shenanigans on Martha’s weak response that “Kool-aid counts as juice.”  I don’t think so.  And I think kids understand the difference between fruit juice and fruit drink.  Juice tastes like a fruit while drink tastes like a color. Remember those green foil capped containers of purple, green, red, and orange drinks?  I think they’re basically un-frozen freeze pops, myself.)

Juice bad for you?  I don’t think so. Make sure it’s juice and isn’t loaded with extra sweeteners and don’t drink a gallon a day and you’ll be fine.  But a glass here and there over the course of a day?  Tasty and nutritious.

Juice: Definitely a valued part of The Blog Diet.

A Message From: The Ministry of Holy Shit!

Begin Message:  Rowing machine and Stair master.  Thirty minutes each.  Soaked in sweat.

It has to be a good workout.

End Message.

Blog Diet Tip # 16: Take The Stairs

One of the tenants of the Blog Diet is doing a little more than you have to.  When presented with an escalator, elevator, or stairs you should opt to take the stairs.  If you just see stairs, take two at a time.  Will you break a sweat?  Well, unless you are climbing a Mayan temple or work on the 28th floor of an office building chances are you won’t be perspiring much.  But what you will be doing is setting a standard which you can unconsciously apply to your other activities.

Say you are on the treadmill.  You can set it for 45 minutes or if you follow the “take the stairs principle”  you might set it for 50 minutes.  By doing a little more you get a lot more out.  It’s not much but cumulatively you can see where I’m going with this.

And if you want to apply this tip to other aspects of your life you’ll benefit as well.  Do a bit more than you have to and you’ll eventually be pretty surprised at what you can accomplish.

Cook a Meal – Garlic, Olives, and Anchovies on Penne

Not too long ago I had a great lunch at La Mediterranée I decided to get Orrecchiette Al Torchio which translates roughly to “Torched Little Ears.”  Orrecchiette is a type of pasta.

Anyway, I really really enjoyed it.  So the other night I got home and remembered that the day before I saw a tin of anchovies in the pantry and BAM, I decided to see if I could replicate the tasty lunch I had.

I remembered that the dish had olives in it – though I forgot that it had onions – and I remembered that I had some kalamata olives in the fridge.  So I had everything I needed.  Except for the orrecchiette.  So I used some penne instead.  Here’s what I did:

  1. Boil Water and add pasta.
  2. Mince two cloves garlic.
  3. Heat maybe 1 or 1 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil.
  4. Sauté garlic, anchovies, and olives.
  5. Drain pasta and add to the pan  – to “torch” it I guess. A few minutes moving it around constantly.
  6. Put in a bowl and throw on some grated parmesan cheese.
  7. Eat.  Damn.  That was tasty and quick to make. Maybe 20 minutes.

And that’s it.  Another quick and easy and probably healthy Blog Diet recipe.

And if you’re in the neighbourhood you should totally check out La Mediterranée.

La Mediterranée French Bistro
947 2nd Ave
New York NY
10022
212-755-4155