Saturday, February 18, 2012

The Expensive (And it Works) Diet!

Yesterday I went out for lunch with a high school friend and since we are both new mothers, kind of, the conversation inevitably went to how to lose baby weight. In early January 2012, I realized I had to stop telling people that I just had a baby, when in fact it had been over a year! When my friend asked me how I lost weight, I had to contain my laughter when I told her "The Expensive Diet." The Expensive Diet is not something you can register for online, or pay a nutritionist to tell you about, it is simply based on my experiences over the years. I noticed that when I was on a budget, I always put on weight! My diet didn't seem that crazy since we were sitting at the Pesce counter in Eataly, which was amazing btw, eating grilled shrimp and seared scallops.

I believe that when you are trying to lose weight, you cannot cut corners. For example, shrimp, scallops, lobsters are all delicious, but they are not cheap. I find that smaller portions of interesting foods keep my palate engaged and me on track! Even if the diet costs a little more in the long run, it is a lot cheaper than new diet books and a personal trainer. I cook 4-5 days out of the week, usually a small piece of protein, large portions of vegetables and a little bit of rice or bread. For a treat, good chocolate or a glass (or two) of wine. For lunch I make my own (posts to follow) or eat spicy tuna hand rolls (hold the rice), poached salmon from Grand Central Market, salads or wraps from Pret-a-Manger or soups from Cipriani Specialita.

I have decided that since I already have a platform upon which I could share these tips, I will dedicate my next months of posts to new mothers, or anyone else that is trying to lose weight!
Some recipes will be mine, others from books and at the end of this hopefully we will all be ready for bikini (or speedo) season! Feel free to contact me with any questions, or post your own gourmet recipes that have kept you fit!

Today's Post! One egg, one egg white omelette with goat cheese and baby spinach!

-1 egg, 1 egg white
-dash of milk
-1 oz goat cheese
-handful of baby spinach
-cooking spray or good non stick pan (I use a scanpan which you can find in my store below)

Beat the eggs together with a dash of milk and a bit of black pepper. Heat the pan and spray with a thin coat of oil. (Sometimes I will wipe my pan with a thin layer of olive oil.) Add the eggs to the pan and after about 30 seconds, crumble on the goat cheese and add the spinach. Cook until you get a nice golden crust on the underside of the omelette. Roll onto a plate and serve with a small fruit salad, good tea or coffee, half a whole wheat English Muffin, pita or toast.

Other ideas are peppers and onions with cheddar, asparagus and salmon, parmesan with a spritz of truffle oil, feta and tomatoes, or one of my favorites, just Sriracha! Yes, I add Sriracha to almost everything and at least once a week I add it to my eggs.

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10.5 lbs lost since January 1, 2012 and still counting!


Astrid said...

Congrats on the -10 lbs! It's a shame that eating healthy is so expensive, but in the long run being fit and healthy will pay it off. Keep the good work and share your tips!

Food Advokat said...

Thank you Astrid! It is a shame, but hopefully I will end up spending less in the long run because I am eating less! Lol. Hope to see you soon!