Losing weight’s as easy as ABCDE

April 7, 2010 § 4 Comments

Adas Bis Silq

Two months ago, as a result of a sleep health study I decided to try to lose weight.  AGAIN!

I wanted to do it without the “aid” of the plethora of weight loss companies or by forking out dough for expensive, noisy gym classes.

Over the past 2 months, I’ve lost around 13 kilos. People have been noticing the change and are asking me what I’ve done, so I thought I’d share my experiences and the principles behind my “success”.

A = Alcohol abstinence

Inspired by the concept of Febfast in an article by Australian wine writer Max Allen, I stopped drinking alchohol for a month which kick-started things nicely. I didn’t actually participate in Febfast, but might do so next year.  It’s a good cause.

I’ve resumed drinking, but not every night and try to limit myself to 1 glass when I do.  If I don’t succeed however, there’s no self flagellation.

B = Bread (reduction)

only one slice and not at every meal

C = Chocolate (elimination/reduction)

and other sweets/cakes/lollies

D = Diet

I’m eating sensible portions of healthy low-fat food  3 times per day. (with a serve of fruit or a few nuts in between if necessary).

I always eat breakfast. Cereal and fruit.  Not a fry-up.

A nutritious precooked home-made meal in the fridge at all times really helps. For example Adas Bis Silq is easy and nutritious.

Click here for the recipe

E = Exercise

brisk walking for 1 hr at least 4-5 days per week endeavouring to make this social when possible.

F = Footnote

The other trigger for the need to lose weight was a sleep study which showed that my snoring was waking me and my significant other, frequently throughout the night.  I’ve trialled a CPAP machine for a month, discovering that APAP actually worked better for me.  I’ve now returned it and have been trying to sleep without it.  A reliable source tells me I’m now snoring less so my sleep hygiene would appear to be improved due to the weight loss.

However, I’m aware that the process of ageing and other behavioural/physiological factors can predispose one to apnoea so it’s still on my possible to do list.  Will keep an eye/ear out for the nocturnal decibels.

What I’ve learnt

I’m hoping to keep the weight off this time.  ABC’s “Healthy Living” site and others should help keep me on track.

I’ve realised that alcohol lowers my ability to resist excess quantities of yummy food.  It also makes me snore more.  I guess the pursuit of sleep hygiene helped create an imperative for weight loss.


Febfast – A national Australian health and charity initiative

Lebanese Lentil and Silverbeet soup recipe (Adas Bis Silq)

“Lose weight for the long term” People who lose weight and keep it off are rare. What are they doing right? – ABC Healthy Living

Sleep apnoea over-diagnosed?” by Dr Norman Swan

Max Allen writes about wine

Bread and Garlic Soup

April 14, 2009 § Leave a comment

Still life, garlic

Originally uploaded by Villi.Ingi

It’s coming into cold and flu season down under.

We made this last night using a recipe from “Super Soups” by Michael van Straten.

Bread and Garlic Soup

5 tablespoons olive oil

1 medium head of garlic,

split into cloves, peeled,

and finely chopped

4 thick slices of wholemeal

bread (crusts removed), made

into breadcrumbs

1.5l or 55 fl oz vegetable stock

Half a handful fresh oregano

or 2 generous pinches of the dried herb

4 medium organic eggs

Heat the oil gently in a large pan. Add the chopped garlic and sweat slowly, covered for 3 mins.  Tip in the breadcrumbs, vegetable stock, and oregano.  Keep covered and simmer for two minutes, adding more stock if the mixture gets too thick.  Beat the eggs.  Add to the pan and simmer very gently for two more minutes.

Recipe from  “Super Soups” by Michael van Straten.

We added some freshly grated parmesan and a couple of squirts of tabasco.

Oh and the breath issue doesn’t seem to be too bad but I’ll let you know when I get home from work today.

Adas Bis Silq

September 3, 2008 § 4 Comments

adas bis silq

adas bis silq

I’ve been meaning to blog this for ages! As a guy married to a vegetarian I love being able to walk out of the supermarket with a bag of lentils, a bunch of fresh silverbeet and coriander, an onion and a couple of lemons and actually know what to do with it.

The beauty of this soup is its simplicity and volume. We just keep the large pot in the fridge and decant to smaller pots or micro individual bowls of it for a very healthy meal.

French style lentils can be a nice substitute here as they hold their shape better but brown (or green) lentils will also do the trick.

You can also add firm tofu, or white fish or anything else that goes with these ingredients.

A bunch of finely chopped kale added at the end will up your dose of beta carotene, vitamin K, vitamin C, and calcium. Lentils contain protein and carbohydrate and contribute to better heart health.

Lentil and Silverbeet Soup

Lentil and Silverbeet Soup

Phong Vinh

September 1, 2008 § 2 Comments

Beef soup with rice noodles....

Beef soup with rice noodles....

Phong Vinh is quite new in Northbridge and if you love Vietnamese soups, you should definitely give them a try.

The place is clean and comfy. The music’s a little unfortunate, but the food definitely makes up for this shortcoming.   However, if you’re allergic to Kenny G, I suggest you bring an iPod or earplugs… is Kenny G as damaging to your health as MSG?

A sample of their menu….
Oxtail Soup with Rice Noodles was just $11.
Com Tam – $9.50
Pho Tài (pictured) $9.00

Phong Vinh
Unit 3/323 William Street,
Ph 9228 8288

(next to The Moon cnr Newcastle and William Street).

Right round the corner from The Ellington Jazz Club!

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