Tuesday, July 28, 2009

The Mediterranean Diet on Epicurious

Just today while researching what to do with some lemon cucumbers I acquired, I came across a post linking to a study about the effectiveness of the Mediterranean diet (which is what the Sonoma Diet is based on). Good news, the diet "improves functioning of the critical cells lining of our blood vessels." Works for me!

Epicurious also has a breakdown of the different major diet concepts, and a sample day on the Mediterranean diet. That's a wave one or two day, Sonoma Diet folks, but a mighty delicious-sounding day if I do say. Yum.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Mark Bittman's 101 Simple Summer Salads

Literally, cannot wait to make each and every one of these. 101 salads made with summer's finest, organized by protein, sort of. About 1/3 are vegan. Mark Bittman, food writer for the New York Times, has written about his choice to eat a vegan diet before 6 pm, a diet I think makes a lot of sense from a health and environmental perspective. I'm quite happy with the Sonoma Diet, but I may give Bittman's strategy a try at some point.

Anyway, I am sitting here, swooning over peaches and vinegars and cold noodles. Not every salad is Sonoma Diet-friendly, but the overwhelming majority are, and I am so eager to work my way through the list. Summer joy.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009


Those two pounds are gone already, and I am back to my pre-adventure weight of 154. I will celebrate by visiting 2-3 dining/drinking establishments this evening and practicing moderation.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

2 days of 'normal'

So, I'm back from my fun, and I ate:
not as many vegetables as I would have liked,
lots of not-nutrient-rich carbs (aka delicious pasta, potatoes, baked goods, pizza),
a lot of fat and sugar.

I did manage to log many, many miles on foot, and even managed to get in two runs.

But, I still fit just fine into my size 8 pants (and just went through my closet, getting rid of 10s and 12s that hang off my flat ass), and weigh in at 2 lbs more than when I left. And considering I'm about to surf the crimson tide, I expect that those two pounds will be gone in a few days.

So, not a massive dieting success, but not a disaster either. Today and tomorrow I will pack in the healthy foods, but then, I'll have a friend visiting for the weekend and I imagine we'll be taking in LA's culinary delights in a major way. And drinking a lot of wine.