Crispy Shiitakes

  Seriously, I don’t remember where I heard of these, but as soon as I did I knew I needed to make them immediately. They are delicious and easy. I usually eat half then throw the rest in a baggie to use in omelettes. They would be good in or on anything.

  1. Preheat oven to 350 or 400 (depends on how hot your oven runs- I’ve done both and they came out the same).
  2. Throw 2 pints of sliced shiitakes onto a sheet pan. 1 pint is not enough for anyone. They shrink considerably.
  3. Drizzle with about a quarter cup of olive oil. 
  4. Salt and pepper; mix. 
  5. Roast for 15 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven and stir/flip. 
  7. Roast for 10-15 more minutes. 
  8. Remove from oven when most are shrunken to crispy bites.
  9. Drain on paper towels.
  10. Eat them!

Peapod Man!

Peapod delivery finally started in my area last week! I ordered $250 (!) in groceries and scheduled my delivery. Then the tip-worrying began. How much do you tip a Peapod driver? Do you base it on how difficult the delivery seems? How many bags? The dollar amount of your bill?

Google wasn’t helpful. It seems anything from a couple dollars to 15% is customary, with some a$$holes who don’t tip anything no matter what. In the end I gave the driver $7, and immediately felt bad about it when I realized it was snowing quite a bit.

On the plus side, Peapod is just as amazing as I always knew it would be. The prices were almost all the same as my local Giant, though a few things on special at Giant weren’t on sale on Peapod so I planned to go to Giant later in the week to buy the sale items. I didn’t. I am now spoiled by Peapod and I will probably not go to Giant for anything under $10 or so in savings.

That said, someone please tell me what I’m supposed to tip my Peapod guy! Peapod Man is now one of my favorite people, a superhero who prevents me from having to do my least favorite, most aggravating activity in the universe, so I need to treat him well.

10 pounds off!

Well, my weight loss didn’t slow down as I expected–I lost 4.4 pounds this week!



That brings the total loss in two weeks to 10 pounds. Yay! Also, two weeks down means I’m off Induction. I don’t generally increase my carbs too much after Induction, but I do add foods like Fage Total Greek Yogurt and nut butters to my diet. Now my weight loss should slow down a bit.

Only 12 more pounds to go until I reach my first goal of losing 10% of my body weight!

Weekly Weigh In

I lost 5.4 pounds this week! Woohoo! That is substantial progress towards my first goal.




I’m through the weird-feeling phase of Induction. Have any of you ever experienced that? My first few days I was a bit light-headed, dizzy, and not sleeping very well. YUCK!

It’s very common. I’ve heard it referred to as the “Induction fog” and various other things. I can certainly empathize with those who quit Atkins or other low carb diets in the first few days.

I am relieved that it’s over, as I was starting to obsess about it–what if it never goes away? What if I have to eat more carbs and stop losing weight? What if I think too much? Haha. Thankfully I’m all good and starting to feel a bit healthy.

I fully expect my weight loss to slow down a little this week. One to two pounds per week is the healthiest way to lose weight, as many of you seasoned dieters know. So, time to keep plugging away, eating some good fat and protein, and focusing on fitting into my non-maternity clothes!

First Day of Induction

It’s been six weeks since I had the twins, and I’ve been patiently waiting to start strict low carbing again.  I was advised not to intentionally lose weight until today, to give my body some time to heal on its own.  I lost a significant amount of weight but I’m still heavier than I was pre-twins, and that was heavier than I want to be.

I have two goals: lose 10% of my body weight within six months, and get to a healthy body mass index (BMI).  As of this morning, I weight 224 pounds (ack!) and I’m 5’8″.  The two goal weights are 202 pounds, losing 10% of my current weight, and 164 pounds, a BMI of 25.  To get to a healthy BMI, I need to lose 60 pounds.

The chart below shows today’s weight plus my two goals.  For this chart I am assuming that I will lose an average of one pound per week in order to get to my target BMI.



So, let’s do this!  I’m ready.  I went to the grocery store and got everything I need for this week, including veggies, eggs, some awesome looking grass-fed beef.  And bacon, obviously.  No one should low carb without bacon.

I had my low carb shake this morning.  I missed the ritual of making the shake!  I used to drink at least one shake a day, whether it’s the basic shake or one of my coconut milk based shakes (check out this and this).  They are one of the best parts of low carbing for me.

I’ll weigh in every Monday and post my results.  I’ll also continue posting recipes and anything else low carb related.  If anyone needs any help with progress charting, please contact me.  I’d be happy to help!