Tag Archive | diet

Green Power Punch

This is the recipe for the juice from yesterday’s post. I do not lay claim to this recipe, and I do not know where I got it from…I suspect that it originally came from the juicer pamphlet that came with my machine, or something equally cheesy. This is sincerely the best green juice I have […]

Farmer’s Market Reboot

This roller-coaster of life has given me many excuses to continue to start and stop my weight loss for the last year. Although I could justify them all, I will preserve some of my dignity by just saying that they were essentially unjustified excuses. I make progress, then backslide, then get back on track…over and […]

Helpful (Free!) App

For the last month I have been writing down every bite of food, and every minute of exercise on these templates that I made in Microsoft Word.  Now, although handy, this has proved to be an exhaustive waste of resources and is taking up too much space on my desk!  I went searching for a […]

African Style Beef Stew

African Style Beef Stew

This stew saved me from a serious case of the food blahs, where nothing sounded good to eat.

This stew is excellent straight out of the crock pot or slow cooker without any embellishment necessary. If you prefer, it is great ladled over brown or wild rice, spaetzle, egg noodles, couscous, or probably anything else you could imagine. It is excellent with some fresh bread as well. This is comfort food of the highest order because it satisfies the need for warmth, flavor, and a full belly without filling you full of fat and salt. ENJOY.

Ingredients

1 teaspoon Olive oil
1 pound Stew Beef, Lean, cut into bite-sized pieces
1/4 teaspoon Kosher Salt
1/2 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
1 each Onion, Chopped
2 cloves Garlic, Sliced
4 sprigs Parsley, Chopped
3 sprigs Cilantro, Chopped
4 each Carrots, Chopped
3 each Potatoes, Cut into bite-sized pieces
2 teaspoons Smoked Paprika
1 teaspoon Ground Cumin
1/2 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
4 cups Low Sodium Beef Broth
15 ounces Canned Garbanzo Beans, 1 can, drained and rinsed

Method

1. Brown the Beef Heat the olive oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the trimmed, stew beef and season with salt and pepper. When the meat is browned on all sides, remove pan from stove, and transfer the cooked beef to a crock pot or slow cooker.

2. Saute the Aromatics Once the meat is removed from the pan, put it back on the stove and add the chopped onion and garlic. Saute until golden brown, then add carrots, cilantro, parsley and spices until aromatic. Deglaze the pan with 1 cup of the beef broth, making sure to scrape the bottom of the pan with a spatula to loosen any tasty bits at the bottom.

Pour this all in the crock pot or slow cooker with the browned beef.

3. Add the Goodies Add the potatoes, garbanzo beans and the remaining beef broth to the crock pot or slow cooker and set on high. Leave the stew to cook for approximately 2 1/2 to 3 hours, or until the beef and potatoes are both tender.
Servings: 8
Source: Spitfire Strength

Photo: Courtesy julesjulesjules m at flickr through creative commons attribute. Click on the image to see her photostream.

On Healthy Eating

On Healthy Eating

I am a chef. I have been a chef for 14 years. I know what good food is. Since I was a teenager I have had a secret love affair with food. I LOVE food that tastes good…usually a bit too much. ( I suppose that is not much of a secret anymore ) I will refuse to eat if the food does not taste good, therefore, I am not a fast food junky.

My weight issues stem straight from high stress, too little activity and eating too much. There is no secret here. I was fit before and I have allowed myself to get derailed by stress, most of which stemming from the sudden death of my father in the summer of 2010. My self image is poor, yet improving, and I know that this is going to be a battle of rather epic proportions to go from my starting weight of 375 pounds (!) to my goal of 150 pounds.

To be honest, I wanted to do a juice fast this week, but I chickened out. Living off of liquids, with no solid food, did not sound like it was going to give me anything but heartburn and a case of the munchies. But I did juice, and I did like it, and I did come up with some interesting ways to use up what my juicer left behind…I can share some with you next week if you like?

Overall, I ate a lot of whole, plant based food this week. I made to sure to have some protein with every meal, some nuts, beans, lean beef, lentils, quinoa, and some cheeses were on the menu this week. Maybe I should get more diligent about taking photos and sharing some of these dishes with you?

My best advice for anyone who is trying to turn their diet around is to constantly add in vegetables (or fruit) to whatever you are eating. Having pasta? Grate in some carrots, add some caramelized onions, or better yet, some kale or spinach or squash. Your limits are only your own taste preferences. I guarantee you that the more vegetables you put in, the more flavor your food will have, and the less of it you will be able to eat, if not by sheer volume alone! Try it this week. I think you will be surprised.

I am ‘Hungry For Change’

I am 'Hungry For Change'

Have you ever heard something at just the right time in your life to be receptive to it? I have. I enjoy these little moments…these little epiphanies.

I just watched the new documentary ‘Hungry For Change’ and it has been an eye opening experience.

I have been working for weeks to transform what is in my refrigerator for the opportunity to lose this weight and feel good about myself again. I have tried the “program” diets, and they don’t work…ok, they do work, but it is not a permanent solution, and as you can well see by my before picture, when the weight comes back IT BRINGS FRIENDS. This documentary has told me what I have always suspected and TRULY needed to hear today.

It is possible to lose the weight.

It is possible to feel good about yourself.

It is possible to do this without going broke or killing yourself at the gym.

Did you hear that? I feel like I was just given permission to live. One of the best pieces of advice that I absorbed from this documentary was that if you add in extra fruits and vegetables, you start to crowd out the bad things in your diet. Add some more cucumbers to your salad, add some vegetables to your tomato sauce, and your body will respond by telling you that it feels better…and you will keep going and losing and getting happier. You can play with portion sizes later, you can worry about fat content later, you have to start somewhere, right?

My biggest “take-aways” from this documentary:
1. Don’t diet. If you are putting food in your mouth, you are on a diet, a diet is what you eat, not a punishment.
2. Watch your sugar, try to cut it out, and for the love of God, stop using those chemical sugar substitutes!
3. I see a juice fast in my future.

Watch this documentary. You owe it to yourself to understand what I am blabbing about. Do it whether you have weight to lose or not, because YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT.

p.s. If you click on the photo it will take you to the free online premiere of ‘Hungry For Change’ on their website. But is only online for free until March 31, 2012.

‘Hungry For Change’ Documentary Trailer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MvAM97VDE8&feature=player_embedded

Clips from the new ‘Hungry For Change’ documentary that is coming out next week about weight loss and health. This documentary is by the same filmmakers as ‘Food Matters’ and I am REALLY excited that they are offering a free online premiere next week, March 21-25, when you sign up on their website. Clicking on the video will take you to their website to sign up and view the clip and trailer. I know that my fiancé and I will be watching! Please watch the video with us next week and come back here to post comments! I would love to hear how this documentary struck people.