Monthly Archives: June 2008

Blog Diet Staple Redux: Subway’s Veggie Delight on Wheat

Ah, Subway.  The House that Jared Built.  When you just don’t know what to eat in my opinion you can’t veer too far off the Blog Diet Path if you choose to enter the hallowed halls of Subway.

For some reason the Subway Veggie Max / Garden Burger post is pretty popular.  I guess people are hungry for any info on that particular sandwich. (Hungry, get it.  Yeah, Lame.)

Lately though I’ve been eschewing the Veggie Max for the just as filling veggie delight.  Why?  Well, it’s less expensive.  It has fewer calories (525 vs. 780).  It tastes pretty OK.  And, since Agent Merlot brought it up, it conforms more or less to the Michael Pollan food philosophy of “eat what you can recognise.”

I have no idea what a veggie burger is other than a mash of vegetables and mushrooms with some sort of binder ingredient.  So, the Blog Diet Staple has gotten altered a bit.

Drop the burger from the veggie and add a “Delight.” What you’ve got is a salad in sandwich form.  You can’t go wrong with that.  (It’s pretty filling and it’s also a “$5.00 foot long.”)

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Blog Diet Tip # 1: Fat People

They come in many shapes and many sizes. You probably know a few of them. You might even be friends with them. But there is one thing you don’t want to become: one of them.

Being fat sucks. I don’t care if they supersize the world by making seats bigger, deodorant stronger, and distances shorter. It will always suck to be fat and no matter how “fattist” that is, it’s true and there’s no way around it.

“But she’s so nice!” or “He’s so funny!” There’s always the “*” the indirect object of the sentence. The “you understood” that is a “fat understood.”

Ok, I get it. Sometimes it’s hard. You get a job where you sit at a desk or you drive a truck or whatever – basically you don’t move a lot. But you know what, you don’t have to eat that bag of chips. And low fat or 0 calorie snacks are lies, lies! Stop snacking! Take up smoking or chew nicotine gum instead. You don’t constantly need to be stuffing your face with “comfort food” to help you through your lamentable situation/life. That’s what is making you fat and making things worse for you anyway so drink some water instead.

And why are there so many fat sports fans?

Athletic ability and toned bodies can’t be achieved through osmosis. If that were the case I would tell every fat person to glue themselves to the TV this summer for the Olympics. Unfortunately, to lose weight and/or not gain it, people need to move about.

The point is, there is no greater motivator for losing weight or maintaining your weight than looking at those who have for whatever reason failed miserably at maintaining a healthy weight. And guess what, America (and surprise contender Australia) aren’t alone here. That’s right Europe. I’m talking to you.

Please leave all negative and “you’re a mean nasty anti-fat-ite” comments in , well, the comments.

Extra: George Carlin (R.I.P.) on Fat People

Blog Diet Tip # 17: Setting Achievable Goals

Goals

Setting a goal that is achievable is one of the cornerstones of The Blog Diet. That goal could be anything, whether it is cutting down the number of buffalo wings you eat from 12 to 6 at a sitting or using less salt. If you set small goals that you can reasonably achieve but still take some thought and conscious effort then in the aggregate those small goals will build up to your main one.

On May 26th I set a goal to lose 5 pounds by June 26th. That’s 5 pounds in a month, a reasonable amount of weight in a reasonable amount of time. After I set that goal I then embarked on a workout routine and decided what I was and was not going to eat to help me lose the weight. Here is my progress so far:

As you can see, The Blog Diet is working! I’m still far away from my ultimate goal of getting down to 170, have a 31 to 32 inch waist and maintaining those stats for the long haul, but I am getting there.

So set a goal, and go for it. You can do it.

Blog Diet Tip #3 – Chew Your Food

 

Do I  want my salad what?  Chopped?  No, thanks, I think I’ll do the chewing on my own and I enthusiastically recommend you do the same.  Just think of all the calories you’ll burn and muscles you’ll build from this simple exercise that you can repeat throughout the day!

Another, perhaps, fairly obvious blog diet tip is to keep your salad simple – maybe limit it to no more than 4 ingredients and always order your dressing on the side.  By the time you add in the bacon, egg, cheddar and sundried tomato, throw in some garbanzo beans, croutons and carrots and THEN douse it in dressing, you’re probably better off eating a Big Mac and fries.    Personally, I always go for a spinach salad with some beets, goat cheese and walnuts with maybe some raisins and O&V on the side.  Not only is it delicious, the beets make it uber nutritious!

After A Good Meal: Underberg

To Feel Bright & Alert

“Since 1846 Europeans have known Underberg as a remarkably satisfying way to conclude a meal.”  Well, it’s been only a few months since Jermoir Saucier discovered what those smarty-pants Europeans have known for 162 years.  Those closed lipped Europeans and their wonderful digestifs!

Anyway, part of The Blog Diet™ is that you’re actually not supposed to mind following some of the tips.  Case in point: Underberg.  Yes, it tastes like liquefied Ricola but it really does give your stomach a nice warm fuzzy feeling.

It’s also 88 proof!  So you get to drink and it’s good for you!  Doesn’t get much better than that.

Underberg:  After a good meal to feel bright and alert.

Cook a Meal – Fiddlehead Greens with Portobello Linguine

I’ve come to the realization that cooking a meal that tastes good and is healthy isn’t hard and isn’t overly time consuming.  Surprise! – cooking a meal does take longer than microwaving something from Stouffer’s.  In this case about 20 minutes longer.  If those 20 minutes are so precious that you absolutely cannot in any way shape or form afford to spare them so that you can cook a nutritious and tasty meal then by all means eat your Stouffer’s 10 minute three cheese (which most likely isn’t really cheese in the real sense of cheese) lasagne (which probably has nothing in common with what someone in Palermo would call by that name).  You must be pretty important and I don’t want to keep you from your earth changing work.

If you’re like me, and would spend that time back from work unwinding in front of the TV or surfing the internet or talking to your partner, than why not use that time instead to cook a meal that fills your home with yummy aromas and allows you to still talk to your partner since its not like you are running all over the kitchen like its the set of Iron Chef.

Yesterday afternoon I saw Fiddlehead Greens at Greenwich Produce at Grand Central Market at Grand Central Terminal.  Never having seen or heard of them before I decided to buy them before I went home in the evening (they were pretty inexpensive).  I did some poking around on the internet and found this recipe which I have adapted to my tastes.

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 lb. fiddleheads, cleaned and trimmed
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 small shallots (purchased at Greenwich Produce)
  • 2 large Portobello mushroom caps (purchased at Greenwich Produce)
  • 12  sun-dried tomatoes (purchased at Greenwich Produce)
  • Fresh linguine from Ceriello’s (next to Greenwich Produce in Grand Central)
  • 2 tablespoons feta cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste

Steps:

  1. Slice the mushrooms, onions, and sun-dried tomatoes into long strips and set aside.
  2. Sauté the ferns and garlic in the olive oil for about 5 to 10 minutes.
  3. Add the onions and sauté until they start to wilt.
  4. Add the mushrooms and sun-dried tomatoes. Continue to sauté for another 5 minutes or so.
  5. Season with salt and pepper, toss in the pine nuts, add a splash of water, reduce heat and cover. Let sweat for about 10 minutes (or so).
  6. During this have the linguine begin to cook so that it is ready when the topping is ready.
  7. In a pasta bowl, add the veggies to the linguine, sprinkle on the cheese, and toss.
  8. Eat

All in all the whole thing took about 25 minutes.  Maybe a half-hour.  At the end I got the picture you see above.  (I forgot to slice the sun dried tomatoes, no big deal).  It was pretty tasty and smelled good and I have plenty of left overs too.

This meal was filling and tasty and it was fun working with a new ingredient.  If you try to make it too, let me know in the comments.

Weekly Water Goal: 06/02 – 06/06

A picture says a thousand words, but since this is a blog I’ll just spell it out. 9 litres of water at work. Not too bad, but still 6 litres shy of the 3 litre a day goal. Still, that’s a lot of water.