Monday, February 14, 2011

The Monday Morsel - Tips from Experts and Horseradish Crusted Salmon

Weekly Monday Report:

Pounds Lost = 2
Total pounds lost = 8
# of Diet Cokes Consumed = 1
# of Times Exercised =4

The numbers are all going in the right direction!  I'm truly proud of myself for my (lack of) diet coke consumption and really think I've found the answer, albeit a simple one - just don't buy diet coke.  It works, so I'm sticking with it.
The Eat.Live.Be. topic for this week, "Straight from the Experts", really had me drawing a blank.  There are so many diet tips, dos and don'ts, latest fads and trends, that I wasn't sure what I wanted to focus on.  I Googled for a few days and came up with some gems.

  • "The second day of a diet is always easier than the first.  By the second day, you're off it."  Jackie Gleason
  • "A diet is the penalty we pay for exceeding the feed limit."  Author Unknown
  • "The cardiologist's diet: if it tastes good, spit it out."  Author Unknown
  • "In the Middle Ages, they had guillotines, stretch racks, whips and chains.  Nowadays, we have a much more effective torture device called the bathroom scale."  Stephen Phillips
Everything I found had a common theme that I was all too used to:  Dieting is bad...we have to deny our selves of what we want in order to loose weight...the number on the scale tells us how bad or good we've been.  Then it hit me.  Just keep it simple - Eat Less, Move More.  This isn't some sort of revelation, but more of a scientific principal.  Many people have come up with this philosophy on dieting, so it's hard to say the idea came from one particular expert or another.

I no longer subscribe to any dieting principals that have to do with denying yourself.  Not that my way of dieting is the healthiest, but it fits my lifestyle and I loose weight when I adhere to it - a small, healthy breakfast, snacking on nuts, fruit, vegetables during the day, and enjoying my evening dining experience with family and friends.  I will be the first one to say that I love food, but I love it immensely more when I'm sharing it with those I love. 

To quote an expert, I choose Roger Ebert; a man who can no longer eat, drink, or speak.  He provided me with a wealth of inspiration for my 1st anniversary blog post, and I'm determined to keep his sentiment alive by sharing it with as many people that I can.

From Roger Ebert's blog post titled Nil by mouth:

"So that's what sad about not eating.  The loss of dining, not the loss of food.  It may be personal, but for, unless I'm alone, it doesn't involve dinner if it doesn't involve talking.  The food and drink I can do without easily.  The jokes, gossip, laughs, arguments and shared memories I miss.  Sentences beginning with the words, "Remember that time?"...So yes, it's sad.  Maybe that's why I enjoy this blog.  You don't realize it, but we're at dinner right now."  

I want to end by sharing a much-loved recipe in our household.  Its low on ingredients but high in flavor.  Horseradish, thyme and parsley, mixed with panko breadcrumbs that encrust a simple piece of salmon.  It's a perfect package since the crusty exterior wonderfully compliments the soft and moist salmon interior.  I came across this Horseradish Crusted Salmon recipe on Jennifer's blog, Savoring the Thyme.  She references her recipe back to a Good Housekeeping recipe which also includes a refreshing vinegar-based salad of English cucumbers and spinach.  I've tried that as well, and it compliments the salmon beautifully. 
I hope you enjoy this dish as much as we do but more importantly, enjoy the company you are sharing it with.  Please join me and the other ELB bloggers on the journey to better health!

Sarah at Cucina Bella
Cate at Sweetnicks
Maris at In Good Taste
Chris at Mele Cotte
Faith at Bon Appetit
Kristen at Dine and Dish
Emily at The Anderson Crew
Joanne at Eats Well With Others
Casey at The Starnes Family
Patsy at Friends, Family and Food
Tri-Fit Mom at Tri-Fit Mom
Claire at Cooking is Medicine
Allison at Sweet Flours
Jen at NJ Epicurean
Jenna at Stop, Drop, and Blog
Rivki at Healthy Eating for Ordinary People
Sarah at Sarah’s Sweet Creations
Denise and Lenny at Chez Us


  1. Yum! This salmon looks great. I bet the spiciness of the horseradish combines wonderfully with the smoothness of salmon. You are SO right about it being easier to resist something if you don't buy it! :-)

  2. Hi Claire. Yes, sometimes I like to add a bit more horseradish since I like the spiciness :)

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