The last year living in San Francisco with all the fabulous restaurants and a husband who cooks things like braised short ribs with creamy (and buttery) polenta, has been rough on my waistline/derriere.
But Howard and I are on the road to being healthier. Here are some tips...
Tasty Low Cal/No Fat Gazpacho
(1) Two Quart Bottle V8 Low Sodium Juice
One red and one yellow pepper
Seven Plum Tomatoes
One bunch cilantro
Juice from three lemons
Half of one red onion
One cucumber, seeded
Avocado garnish if desired
Pour the V8 into a large bowl. In a food processor (or by hand) finely chop the next three ingredients in batches and add to the juice. Then, roughly chop the red onion and cucumber (for crunchy texture) and add to the bowl. Add the lemon juice, sea salt (if desired) and Tabasco (if desired).
Serve as a first course or as a snack (like instead of a cookie or chips). It makes a lot so you can eat it all week long!
You can garnish with chopped avocado. You know to sprinkle avocado with lemon juice to prevent browning, right?
We grew up with an avocado tree in our back yard. It only grew miniature avocados (which drove my dad nuts trying to figure out why they weren't bigger--he was a lawyer, not a farmer). But they were flavor packed.
Grace at Sense and Sensibility explains how she lost ten pounds on the Dr. Oz plan and she has her own helpful tips. This plan is very similar to what we are doing (and then back to moderation).
Here's an easy non-alcoholic cocktail:
Muddle a few sprigs of mint in the bottom of a glass, add crushed ice, Pink Grapefruit Perrier and lime juice.
Chief and I are making it a point to do stairs everyday.
Since we are at the top of Russian Hill, you basically have to take stairs to get back home. This is one set above and another set below.
I try to be present in the moment of lifting one foot in front of the other with a brief prayer of gratitude: "Thank you God for giving me healthy, sturdy legs to make this climb." It really seems to help!