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Archive for September 2010

Archive for September, 2010


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Eating Out & Eating Well at Pistachio Bar & Grille in Allentown, PA


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Pistachio Bar & GrilleWe love to eat out, but that was often a problem while trying to maintain a “diet”. But, I’ve found that most restaurants offer great food that let’s me eat the Mediterranean way. We went to a restaurant that we had been to a few years back and I really liked this place. First, the art on the walls is fabulous and that’s always a big plus for me. I think if they put enough time and thought into the art – they are going to do the same with their food.

The restaurant is Pistachio Bar & Grille in Allentown. I had been there years ago occasionally with some girlfriends that I worked with up in the Allentown area. I remembered that they had great flatbread style pizza with really great and unusual toppings. Their menu is a Mediterranean-style selection, making it that much easier for me to find good food that is good for me. This is what we had -

Appetizer – BRUSCHETTA TRIO Caponata, Tapanade, Chopped Tomato, Garlic 6.95

Then they brought us complementary hummus and bread

For my Entree – SAUTEED LUMP CRABCAKE DINNER Two Lump Crabcakes, Red Beets & Horseradish Remoulade, French Fries $24.95  (I picked at the fries, but didn’t have many)

I also had a glass of MARK WEST PINOT NOIR 8.00

It was a wonderful evening at a fabulous restaurant.


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Daily Nutrional Supplement Regimen


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It’s been over one month since I completely overhauled my eating habits and took on the Mediterranean way of eating. But in addition to the change in food I added, at my doctor’s insistence, a long list of nutritional supplements.

Because I have a relationship with Drug Natural – that’s where I went to get these supplements. I’ve always had a fabulous experience on Drug Natural and would recommend them to anyone. Here are the supplements that I am taking:

Vitamin E Complex 400 IU 100 gels by Metabolic Maintenance
Zinc Picolinate 25 mg 60 caps by Allergy Research Group
Vitamin C (100% pure ascorbic acid) 1000 mg 220 vcaps by Vital Nutrients
Vessel Health Guard 90 loz by Perque
Optimox Iodoral 90 tabs by Optimox (this is the only one that is not currently carried by Drug Natural)

In addition to these I also take a once daily multivitamin, calcium and fish oil on the days that I do not eat fish.

It may seem like a lot, but I feel so much better than I have in years.


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Breaking the Sugar Addiction


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I was completely hooked on sugar. I didn’t used to be a sugar addict, but in recent years, especially after I met my husband – desserts became an everyday event. We would go out for ice cream many times a week; search for the best cheesecake in almost every area we traveled to – I was completely sold on sugar. I would insist that chocolate was essential to my health and well-being. I told myself many lies in order to not have to give up sugar.

But my latest visit with my doctor, convinced me that I REALLY needed to change for the sake of my health. That’s when I changed my lifestyle and adopted the Mediterranean diet. The change was dramatic and difficult for the first many days, but became easier and easier with each passing day. Sugar was the most difficult “food group” to give up. I would seriously crave sugar, desserts, CHOCOLATE – everything I used to love. Evenings were the most difficult time of day. That’s when I would always have the most sugar. It was almost like a reward for getting through the day.

After one month of a sugar-free lifestyle – the cravings are gone. I feel 100 times better and I have dropped nearly 9 pounds.

How much sugar do you consume?

I’d love to hear about others who have broken the sugar addition!


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Black Bean & Corn Salad


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My girlfriend told me of this recipe a few days ago and I’m completely hooked. It’s so easy, healthy and delicious.
I can of black beans – rinsed and drained

1 can of corn – rinsed and drained

little bit of chopped red onion

as much as you like of fresh, chopped cilantro

olive oil

balsamic vinegar

Use as much oil and vinegar as you like. I use about 2 TBS of each. Mix everything together and enjoy!


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Mediterranean Diet Update


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I’ve been eating the typical Mediterranean diet for almost four weeks now, and I can absolutely feel the results. I said I wasn’t going to continue to weigh myself, but that’s never going to happen. So, I got on the scale this morning and found that I lost 7 pounds since I started on August 20th 2010. I could definitely tell in my clothes. I’m able to wear things that I couldn’t have dreamed of wearing just one month ago.

The food is a big change for me – the girl who LOVES anything chocolate, ice cream, cheesecake and pizza. I no longer eat sugar, flour (except for whole wheat), most meats and dairy. I do eat more vegetables than I ever thought I would; lots of whole grain foods, lots of beans and humus – which I now LOVE.

I also take a bunch of supplement now too, all of which my doctor recommended. The supplements include Zinc, Vitamin E, Vessel Guard – which is high in Vitamin B and folic acid, Iodine, a multi-vitamin, fish oil (if I don’t have fish that day) and Vitamin C.

My one indulgence is Snapple Diet Lemon Tea.