Blogging and Dieting, a Follow Up...

A couple weeks ago The Washington Post ran an article about weight-loss and blogging, and, I had the privilege of being included—yeah, it’s still pretty cool!

The article also featured Shauna from The Amazing Adventures of Diet Girl and Deborah of Drop the Fork. Now, I asked Deborah and Shauna to do a follow up post on DiseaseProof.

And here it is! Each of us tracked our diet and exercise habits for one week. So, let us know what you think. First up, the amazing Diet Girl, take a look:
Sunday, May 18th
  • Breakfast: Wholegrain toast with natural peanut butter and apricot jam. Cup of tea.
  • Lunch: 4 mini falafel bites, hummus, salad (spinach, watercress, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, grated carrot, green peppers, and lemon juice).
  • Dinner: Tomato, spinach and yellow lentil curry with basmati rice and a dollop of plain yogurt.
  • Snacks: Apple, 2 cups tea.
Monday, May 19th
  • Breakfast: 1/2 cup plain yogurt with blueberries, small banana, 3 tbsp natural muesli, and 1 tbsp sunflower seeds.
  • Morning snack: 2 oatcakes with almond butter and tea.
  • Lunch: Leftover spinach and tomato curry with rice.
  • Dinner: Grilled salmon, stir-fried spring greens with garlic and lemon juice.
  • Afternoon snack: Apple, walnuts, and tea.
  • Exercise: 1 hour kickboxing class.
Tuesday, May 20th
  • Breakfast: 1/2 cup plain yogurt with blueberries, small banana, 3 tbsp natural muesli, and 1 tbsp sunflower seeds.
  • Morning snack: 2 oatcakes with almond butter and tea.
  • Lunch: 4 mini falafel bites, hummus, salad (spinach, watercress, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, grated carrot, green peppers, and lemon juice) and 1 wholegrain tortilla.
  • Afternoon snack: Orange and tea.
  • Dinner: Grilled salmon, stir-fried spring greens with garlic and lemon juice.
  • Evening snack: Hot chocolate (made with 1 cup 2% milk, 1 teaspoon sugar, and 1 tbsp cocoa).
  • Exercise: Yoga DVD, 30 minutes.
Wednesday, May 21st
  • Breakfast: 1/2 cup plain yogurt with blueberries, small banana, 3 tbsp natural muesli, and 1 tbsp sunflower seeds.
  • Morning snack: 2 oatcakes with almond butter, apple, and tea.
  • Lunch: Whole meal pita bread, 2 boiled eggs, salad, and Dijon mustard.
  • Afternoon snack: 35g Green & Blacks chocolate bar and tea.
  • Dinner: Salad with green lentils, arugula, roast vegetables (peppers, tomatoes, and zucchini), balsamic vinegar, and a poached egg on top.
  • Exercise: Boot camp circuit training DVD, 1 hour.
Thursday, May 22nd
  • Breakfast: 1/2 cup plain yogurt with blueberries, small banana, 3 tbsp natural muesli, and 1 tbsp sunflower seeds.
  • Morning snack: Apple and cup of tea.
  • Lunch: Whole meal pita bread, 2 boiled eggs, salad, and Dijon mustard.
  • Afternoon snack: Slice of carrot cake and cup of tea.
  • Dinner: Chinese takeaway (beef and veggie satay, rice, and a spring roll).
  • Exercise: 5 mile walk.
Friday, May 23rd
  • Breakfast: 1/2 cup plain yogurt with blueberries, small banana, 3 tbsp natural muesli, and 1 tbsp sunflower seeds.
  • Morning snack: Handful of cherry tomatoes and tea.
  • Lunch: Lentil and vegetable soup and wholegrain toast.
  • Afternoon snack: 1 mango.
  • Dinner: Homemade butternut squash and red lentil dahl, brown rice, chapati, dollop of each mango chutney and plain yogurt.
Saturday, May 24th
  • Breakfast: Oatmeal with milk and banana, 2 slices wholegrain toast with peanut butter and apricot jam, and tea.
  • Exercise: 16 mile walk.
  • Exercise snack: Snickers bar and water.
  • Lunch: Pita pizza (wholegrain pita, sun-dried tomato pesto, mushroom, peppers, onion, olives, and low-fat mozzarella), and tea.
  • Dinner: Homemade vegetable lasagna (green lentils, tomatoes, mushrooms, peppers, carrots, cottage cheese, whole-wheat lasagna sheets, and parmesan), and steamed green beans.
  • Dessert: Homemade peach crumble (peaches, oats, brown sugar, flour, and butter) with plain yogurt.
Awesome! Thanks Shauna! And good luck with that marathon—go Aussie go! Okay, now here’s Deborah from Drop the Fork. Check it out:
Sunday, May 18th
  • Breakfast (on the bike): Tall skim no-whip mocha coffee, “black-n-white” bagel, toasted, lite cream cheese; 643 calories.
  • Snack (post-ride): 1 cup chocolate soy milk and cherries; 193 calories.
  • Lunch: Buffalo chicken sausage kabob (onion, peppers, and cherry tomatoes), Trader Joe’s Masala Naan, white rice, mango black bean salsa, apple, and 20 grapes; 705 calories.
  • Afternoon snack: Thomas’ Lite muffin with 2 Laughing Cow lite cheese wedges; 170 calories.
  • Dinner: Baked wild Chinook salmon with Dizzy Pig “Raging River Rub” seasoning, gorgonzola/parmesan polenta, stir-fried broccoli and asparagus with garlic, cracked pepper, and sesame oil, and 1 glass Vouvray; 809 calories.
  • Exercise: 18.6 mile bike ride (13.6 mph pace), 1.25 hours rollerblading; 1016 calories burned.
Monday, May 19, 2008
  • Pre-breakfast: Grande skim no-whip mocha coffee; 223 calories.
  • Breakfast: Blueberries and raspberries, Thomas’ Lite English muffin with orange fig spread and Laughing Cow Lite Garlic ‘n Herb Cheese; 337 calories.
  • Morning snack: Cheerios; 139 calories.
  • Lunch: Health Valley No Salt Added Black Bean Soup, Banana, and 3 Hershey’s Special Dark chocolate mini’s; 491 calories.
  • Afternoon snack: Tall skim no-whip mocha and 1 oz dry-roasted almonds; 326 calories.
  • Dinner: Salmon and shrimp in red Thai curry sauce with asparagus and orange bell peppers, rice, sliced heirloom tomato, and stir-fried mushrooms; 727 calories.
  • Snack (post-lifting): 1 glass Silk chocolate soymilk; 137 calories.
  • Exercise: 9.36 mile bike ride (13.6 mph pace), 5 minutes incline treadmill (warm-up for lifting)
  • 30 minute lifting session (beginning Phase II of Alwyn Cosgrove’s workout in “The New Rules of Lifting for Women,” by Lou Schuler); 433 calories burned.
Tuesday, May 20th
  • Breakfast: Blueberries and raspberries, Thomas’ Light English muffin with Orange fig spread and Laughing Cow Lite Garlic ‘n Herb Cheese; 347 calories.
  • Snack: Skim no-whip mocha coffee; 169 calories.
  • Lunch: Buffalo style chicken sausage kabob with peppers, onions, cherry tomatoes, rice, salad greens with light dressing, 1 banana, and 1 Hershey’s Special Dark mini chocolate; 506 calories.
  • Snack (firm meeting): Chocolate chip cookie and mini chocolate-covered pretzel; 279 calories.
  • Happy Hour (after meeting): Hefeweizen beer; 215 calories.
  • Dinner: Roasted salmon, polenta with gorgonzola and parmesan, and stir-fried broccoli with olive oil; 493 calories.
Wednesday, May 21st
  • Breakfast: Skim no-whip mocha coffee, raspberry scone, and strawberries; 722 calories.
  • Lunch: Turkey wrap on whole-wheat tortilla with tomatoes, carrots, avocado, peppers, and cucumber, almonds, and 1 banana; 751 calories.
  • Snack: Skim no-whip mocha coffee; 167 calories.
  • Dinner: Shrimp curry over toasted whole-wheat bread and sliced tomato; 409 calories.
  • Snack: Silk chocolate soy milk; 140 calories.
  • Late night snack: Wine; 124 calories.
  • Exercise: Bike ride; 615 calories burned.
Thursday, May 22nd
  • Breakfast: Skim no-whip mocha coffee, raspberry apricot thumbprint scone, blueberries, strawberries and raspberries; 551 calories.
  • Snack: Cheerios; 139 calories.
  • Lunch: Progresso lower sodium minestrone soup, King Oscar sardines, Reeses chocolate miniatures, and 1 Banana; 688 calories.
  • Snack: Girl Scout Thin Mints cookies and skim no-whip mocha coffee; 245 calories.
  • Dinner: Royal Red sockeye canned salmon, success brown rice, and carrots; 430 calories.
  • Late-night snack: Potato chips and Chevre and crackers; 290 calories.
  • Exercise: Bike ride; 329 calories burned.
Friday, May 23rd
  • Breakfast: Hell’s Kitchen spicy peanut butter on light English muffin, blueberries and raspberries, and skim no-whip mocha coffee; 566 calories.
  • Lunch: Korean lunch buffet (variety of foods: rice, spicy chicken wing, fried fish, dumpling, tempura, stir-fried veggies, and salmon); 748 calories.
  • Snack: Gettysburg Mud ice cream from Kilwin’s in waffle cup, wine-tasting at Adams County Winery (wine and crackers); 568 calories.
  • Dinner: 2-egg omelet with Chevre and light Laughing Cow cheese wedges, and salad with shredded parmesan and light feta dressing; 462 calories.
  • Snack: 2 glasses of wine and Cheerios; 389 calories.
  • Exercise: Cycling in the Gettysburg battlefield; 629 calories burned.
Saturday, May 24th
  • Breakfast: Panera chocolate chip bagel with raspberry cream cheese, fruit cup, and orange juice; 692 calories.
  • Lunch: “Provence en Boite,” restaurant in Brooklyn (Crêpe salée with Swiss cheese, béchamel sauce, and mushrooms, lamb sausages, and salad with vinaigrette); 1106 calories.
  • Snack: Egg cream (no egg, no cream: chocolate syrup, milk, seltzer water) and raspberry truffle; 199 calories.
  • Snack: Happy hour (1 glass of wine at an Italian enoteca); 150 calories.
  • Dinner: Rain, a pan-Asian restaurant (veggie chips, Singapore curried rice noodles with shrimp, egg, chicken, Vietnamese spring rolls with sauce, 1 slice of roasted duck, mixed Asian vegetables, and wine); 1,265 calories.
  • Exercise: Hours of walking; 780 calories burned.
Wow, thanks Deborah and big ups for cycling the Tour de Brooklyn and your fastidious calorie-counting (Deborah's pictures from the tour). Okay, my turn. Here’s my food and exercise for the week:
Sunday, May 18th
  • Exercise: Elliptical stepper machine (5 minute warm up: Max incline and max resistance) and 5k treadmill run (1.10 miles at 7mph, 1.50 miles at 7.5mph, and .50 mile at 8mph: 25:30 minutes).
  • Breakfast: 1 shot of pomegranate juice, Gerry’s chocolate pudding, pineapple chunks, and water.
  • Lunch: 1 bag of steamed baby spinach with a tomato, garbanzo bean, VegiZest, unsweetened plain soymilk, tahini sauce, and a glass of Silk Light chocolate soymilk.
  • Dinner: Flounder cooked with stewed tomatoes, onions, and capers, Asian stir-fry vegetables, roasted potatoes with olive oil, and water.

  • Snacks: Fresh blueberries, 1 tangerine, pineapple chunks, and water.
Monday, May 19th
  • Exercise: 5k treadmill run (2.6 miles at 7 mph and .50 miles at 7.5 mph), elliptical machine (20 minutes: Interval, alternating between 11 and 8 resistance: 3,000 strides), and weight training (chest, back, and abdominals).
  • Breakfast: 1 shot of pomegranate juice, Gerry’s chocolate pudding, pineapple chunks, and water.
  • Lunch: Veggie sushi (with avocado, brown rice, carrots, cucumber, and nori) and water.
  • Dinner: Steamed broccoli, carrots, beans sprouts, with a garlic, unsweetened plain soymilk, tahini, and garbanzo beans sauce, and water.
  • Snacks: 1 tangerine, 1 golden delicious apple with peanut butter.
Tuesday, May 20th
  • Exercise: 5k treadmill run (2.6 miles at 7 mph and .50 miles at 7.5 mph), elliptical machine (20 minutes: Interval, alternating between 11 and 8 resistance: 3,000 strides), weight training (legs, back, and abdominals), and 90 minute Saraswati Yoga class.
  • Breakfast: 1 shot of pomegranate juice, Gerry’s chocolate pudding, and water.
  • Lunch: 1 bag of baby spinach, 2 oranges, and water.
  • Dinner: Lentil soup (with carrots, potatoes, celery, and spices), 1 boiled corn on the cob, and water.
  • Snacks: 5 chocolate Pop’ems, 1 tangerine, and 1 apple.
Wednesday, May 21st
  • Exercise: 5k treadmill run (2.6 miles at 7 mph and .50 miles at 7.5 mph), elliptical machine (20 minutes: Interval, alternating between 11 and 8 resistance: 3,000 strides), weight training (shoulders, back, and abdominals), and 90 minute Ashtanga Yoga class.
  • Breakfast: 1 shot of pomegranate juice, Gerry’s chocolate pudding, and water.
  • Lunch: 1 bag of baby spinach, 2 plums, and water.
  • Dinner: Escarole with white beans, garlic, and olive oil and water.
Thursday, May 22nd
  • Exercise: 5k treadmill run (2.6 miles at 7 mph and .50 miles at 7.5 mph), elliptical machine (20 minutes: Interval, alternating between 11 and 8 resistance: 3,000 strides), and weight training (arms, back, and abdominals)..
  • Breakfast: 1 shot of pomegranate juice, Gerry’s chocolate pudding, and water.
  • Lunch: 1 bag of baby spinach, 2 peaches, and water.
  • Dinner: Steamed broccoli, celery, Bok choy, carrots, snow peas, scallions, and mushrooms, steamed edamame beans, and water.
  • Snacks: 1 orange, 5 chocolate Pop’ems, and a glass of unsweetened plain almond milk.
Friday, May 23rd
  • Exercise: 90 minute Saraswati Yoga class.
  • Breakfast: 1 shot of pomegranate juice, Gerry’s chocolate pudding, and water.
  • Lunch: Chopped fresh pineapple and a glass of Silk Light chocolate soymilk.
  • Dinner: Chicory with white beans, garlic, and olive oil and water.
  • Snacks: Fresh cantaloupe chunks and water.
Saturday, May 24th
  • Exercise: 60 minutes of yoga done at home.
  • Breakfast: 1 shot of pomegranate juice, some fresh pineapple, strawberries, cantaloupe, cherries, and water.
  • Lunch: 2 tangerines and water.
  • Dinner: Steamed asparagus, carrots, 2 golden delicious apples with peanut butter, and water.
  • Snacks: Some cherries, strawberries, and water.
Alright, so there you have it, three different people with three very different diets. Now, it's time for you to play the nutritionist. How’d we do? Is there room for improvement? Any suggestions? Go ahead, be brutal.

Oh, and thanks to my new buddies, Shauna and Deborah—you gals rock!

Elijah, Dr. Fuhrman Super Fan...

Not only is Elijah Lynn a longtime Eat to Liver, but now—he’s an employee! That’s right. Here he is working at Dr. Fuhrman’s Flemington, New Jersey office:


Elijah flew all the way in from Colorado to help Dr. Fuhrman with an exciting new project. Hey, while he’s here, maybe I can coax him into sharing his story on DiseaseProof.

DiseaseProof Invades The Washington Post...

Hey, I told you, DiseaseProof is picking up some serious steam! Thanks to Sally Squires of The Washington Post. Check out her article Need Encouragement to Shed Some Pounds? Blogs May Help. Here's a bit:

After college, Gerry Pugliese, 27, of Somerville, N.J., landed a stressful job with long hours that proved to be a bad fit. Short on time, Pugliese stopped exercising and found relief in food. He soon added 60 pounds to his 5-foot-5 frame. "I kind of collapsed inward," he says. "All my healthy habits went out the window."


Then he landed a job writing about health, diet and fitness for a blog publisher. The company teamed him with physician Joel Fuhrman to produce a blog on health, including a mostly vegetarian diet. When the company was acquired by another firm, Pugliese and Fuhrman continued their blog, DiseaseProof, on their own.

Pugliese says his diet epiphany came while writing a blog on healthful eating and noshing on fried Chinese takeout. That's when he started following the tips that Furhman espoused: eating a mostly vegetable-based diet and getting plenty of exercise. Since he started the regimen in 2007, he has lost 60 pounds and now does yoga, lifts weights and trains for 5K runs. "I'm your average guy," Pugliese says. "And I can make it work."
It was great talking to Sally. Thanks again Sally! Oh, and I “started the regimen” in 2006, not 2007. For more on my weight-loss story, check out: Healthy, with a Vengeance!