Monday, January 31, 2011

Slow carb lunch

Bean medley, tuna, cilantro, lemon juice, olive oil, and cumin. A portion served with a spinach salad makes a great quick lunch!


My mother-in-law loved this store....

...and so we dropped by when we were in Rome last Easter. I remember her whenever I use the bag (which now holds gift-wrapping tissue.)


Adventures in "slow carbs"


The 4-Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat-Loss, Incredible Sex, and Becoming Superhuman by Timothy Ferriss, author of The 4-Hour Workweek, Expanded and Updated.

Okay, you can take the title with a grain of salt, but I've been slow-carbing over the past few days and seeing very encouraging results.  The basics of the diet are what is typical in low-carb diets, minus dairy (butter is okay), plus beans, plus red wine(!).  Lots of veggies, no fruit. No grains of any colour.

I've been having one of the recommended breakfasts each morning (fried eggs on a bed of steamed spinach, topped with salsa, and coffee with cinnamon and a small amount of cream (only allowed dairy along with butter.)  I had a bit of a cheat yesterday at lunch when I was served fruit with my omelet, and had some profiteroles at a birthday party last night, but otherwise I've been true to the diet.  Oh, and the best part?  One complete binge day per week is acceptable!  Like, eat 'til you're sick if you want.  My first binge day won't be 'til next Saturday, but I don't feel incredibly guilty about those two cheats on one day this weekend. Tim wouldn't be happy, but you know, it's my gig. 

Ferriss is a very compelling writer and a big proponent of tracking stats.  On everything.  But it's not necessary to do that to reap the benefits of this plan.  In the past four days I have dropped 5.6 pounds, of which 4 pounds were fat.  ( He's also big on tracking body fat, which I am doing with a scale that (possibly not completely accurately) hands me this lovely measure.)  My body fat % is quite high, so I've got to work to get this down and low-carb approaches have always worked best for me.

On the plan for today is to make a big pot of beef and bean chili for dinners, and a cold bean salad to have in the fridge for lunch with a pile of greens.

If you're looking for a realistic (no big cooking efforts needed) low carb diet that understands why red wine is an integral part of the examined life, give it a try.  It's available as a kindle ebook as well.

I'll keep you posted!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Homage to Toronto's Lost Buildings


H/T to Deconstructed City. More info on genesis of this video at the link.

Why I became a dog-person.

With thanks to my sister for sharing this!


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Not just beautiful beer...


....but beautiful packaging. I first had a bottle of Beau's in Ottawa a couple of summers ago and loved it. Apparently they've been scaling up production and getting their brew across Ontario. These 600ml bottles are perfect for sharing.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Figuring Life Out - One Thousand Gifts

Beautiful and inspiring! Please watch.


Saturday, January 15, 2011

Where am I reading?

Or more precisely, what are the settings of the books I'm reading?

I've started a Google map with the (main) location of each book I'm reading this year.  Some are kinda approximate, but I've tried to find the most representative location for each title.


Each placemark is identified with the title and author of the book.  You can click through the map to see a larger version.

H/T to Sheila at Book Journey for the idea!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Reusable Grocery Bag Patterns


Get out your sewing machine 'cause you'll want to make something at least ONE of these ten different grocery bag patterns.

Gorgeous poster for The Toronto Comics Art Festival 2011 by Jillian Tamaki


I have been reading lots of graphic novels over the past six months, including Skim by Jillian Tamaki and her cousin Mariko Tamaki. Jillian has designed this poster for the Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2011 and you'll spot many of your fave comic characters in it.

I look forward to attending the Festival in May, possibly with my son Michael who is also a graphic novel devotee.