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New Restaurant Alert: Umami Nashville

One of the great things about living in a residential/commercial style apartment building is you have restaurants literally a few feet away. Ever since Umami opened a few months ago I’ve been wanting to give them a try and this past weekend I was finally able to give them a try.

Umami describes itself as  Asian fusion. The menu has an assortment of different styles of Asian food ranging from Korean tacos, to Ramen and sushi. There were lots of things on the menu I definetly wanted to try. However, being that I am on a low carb diet majority of the menu was not an option for me.

I ended up ordering the galbi which is Korean barbecue for those of you unfamiliar with it. Typically the dish comes with rice but I was able to make a special request and sub it for steamed vegetables. Which was a huge win in my book. Steamed vegetables wasn’t an available side item on their menu. Everything was super yummy! The galbi had a good smokey flavor to it and the veggies were delicious too.

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If you’re ever in Nashville I would highly recommend giving Umami a try.

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Weekly Weigh-In

I decided to start during a weekly weigh-in. Every Monday (this post is a little late sorry) I’ll share what I lost the week before and how the week went.

This past week  I did a ton of cooking. I attempted to meal prep on Sunday for the week and let’s just say that was a fail. I had this bright idea that I would make a faux shrimp and grits casserole using mashed cauliflower. Think I was so smart I went to Trader Joe’s and bought a bag of their riced cauliflower. I just knew buying an already riced product would speed up my cooking time and make this dish fool proof. Nope not at all. I steamed the riced cauliflower for like a total of 20 mins. Nothing I did made it tender and soft enough to mash. Again me trying to be smart decided to put it in my Nutribullet. No a good idea. Enough though I only pulsed it for 2 seconds I had full fledged cauliflower puree. Plus it  had that  awful cruciferous smell. I thought adding a beaten egg and cream cheese would help thicken it up but that didn’t really work.  It was just flat out nasty. Basically this dish was a waste of overpriced riced cauliflower and a pound of shrimp. No my proudest culinary moment.

However, I also ended up making “Crack Slaw” which is a popular low carb meat and cabbage dish that turned out pretty well. For breakfast I made an Italian sausage, spinach and mozzarella frittata that was a definite win! Be on the look out recipes soon.

Now to the important stuff, my weigh in. I lost a total of 1.2 pounds for a total of 17.2 pounds lost. My goal is 2 pounds a week so I was a little short this week. But I’m glad it was still a loss.

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Ketoketastic

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When planning out my approach to weight loss I knew I wanted to cut sugar and not be a slave to counting calories. I strongly considered becoming a vegetarian. Mainly because I didn’t want to give up potatoes.  However, I noticed that lot of vegetarian food options were laden with sugar and high in carbs. So I decided to research other options. Most plans that I found that were low in sugar were all low carb diets.

I’ve tried low carb before but was never really able to sustain it. I experienced this feeling of always being thirsty and hungry. With further research I found that the thirst and hunger were probably coming from not eating enough fat. That led me to find the ketogenic diet. It focus on low carbs, high fat, and moderate protein. By focusing on healthy fats such as coconut oil and avocado and limiting carbs to only the ones from vegetables many having had great success. So I decided to give this a try.

So far I’ve been on a ketogenic diet for the last 3 weeks and lost 12 pounds. I found the most challenging part is actually getting in enough fat. I’m slowly trying to train myself to reach for a fat to cook with vs using my trusty low calorie PAM spray.  With that said, I’m excited for the journey. I’ve seen quite a few interesting recipes to try.

Have any of you tried a low carb/ high fat diet? Leave any tips in comments!

 

New Restaurant Alert: Liberty Kitchen and Oyster Bar

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While in Houston for the Thanksgiving holiday I decided to get started on my 30 before 30 list. Being stuck in landlocked Nashville anything closely resembling fresh seafood was screaming my name. For a while now I’ve been wanting to try Liberty Kitchen and now was the perfect excuse.

The restaurant has 2 main locations and a few smaller spinoff locations. We opted for the one in the Heights. The restaurant in quaint but far from claustrophobic. We were sat in booth on the back wall tastefully decorated with pictures of Houston streets. I ordered a glass of Reisling and perused the menu.

The were quite a few fresh fish options and plus you standard burger and sandwich choices. Plus a whole section dedicated to Mac and Cheese. The menu also had a number of salads and soups including a gumbo.

Being that I was on “vacation” I decided to fully indulge in all the carby options they had to offer. Mainly, that mac and cheese was screaming my name! I mean who doesn’t love mac and cheese. Also the gumbo sounded so good I wanted to try that as well. And boy was I right.

I ordered the cup as a starter. Not only did it have a yummy rich dark roux it also had crab, shrimp, sausage, okra and a fried oyster. Yes, a fried oyster! While I tend to be a traditionalist I was definitely here for the fried oyster.

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Keeping with the fried oyster trend I decided to order the seafood mac and cheese as my entree. It had lots of ooey gooey cheese, shell pasta, shrimp, greens onions and topped with… you guessed it fried oysters.  It was simply heavenly.

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If you’re ever in Houston I would highly recommend Liberty Kitchen. It was totally worth the calories and a great start to my 30 new restaurants check list!

Are there any restaurants in the Nashville or Houston area I should try? Let me know in the comments.

The Weight of It All

Confession time!

I’m fat.

I know surprise of the decade.

I’ve struggled and gone back and forth on whether to ever write about it. As open and transparent as I try to be about my life in reality I’m really closed off. I rarely talk about my true feelings or my life long battle with weight with other people because most don’t truly listen.  Also despite their word of encouragement my twisted mind hears judgement instead.  The independent Sagittarius in me wants to do it on my own and surprise people later. The issue is I’m really bad about self-motivation but worse about allowing other to motivate me. I’ve thought about doing the whole weight loss blog before but honestly the fear of when I fail being know by the masses has deterred me.  How ever,  as I am in my last year of my 20s I feel like there is no better time then now to give it a try.  So let’s get to the nitty gritty. How did I even get here?

Truth is I’ve always been here. Being the fat girl has always been about of my identity. But on top of that I have poor eating habits. I cant tell you a day I have ever eaten three balanced meals. I am big girl that doesn’t really eat, believe it or not. Ever since high school I usually only eat once a day, maybe twice. Both meals are never balanced. I am not a breakfast eater, at all ,never have been. Its not that I don’t like typical breakfast foods, its just I’ve never forced myself to eat in the morning. In high school I hardly ate lunch (I was usually finishing homework, talking to friends, etc). If I did eat, it was usually something like maybe a quick bag of chips, an apple, or tuna & crackers from the school store. Since I was really involved in high school, despite my shyness, I didn’t get home till around 8pm. By that time I was starving, so even if I ate something healthy, I am sure I ate way too much of it. This was a cycle that has never been broken. It stuck with me all the way across country to college. Having classes during the lunch hours, busy with group projects, movie & wine nights, vodka shots, staying up till 4am, and tons of other serious bad habits that kept me from breaking this crazy cycle.

My problem isn’t that I don’t know how to eat healthy, I do. It isn’t that I don’t like healthy foods, I do like them. My problem is eat properly in a convenient way. Foods that are often convenient usually aren’t the healthiest choices. Also I lacked motivation to do anything about my problem. I was just coping through life and became complacent with who I was. Not that that’s a good excuse but its the truth.

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30 Before 30

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As I previously mentioned my 29th birthday is less than a month away. That means the big 30 is quickly approaching. I feel like I haven’t experienced half of the exciting this most do before they turn 30. Things like traveling and taking big risk. So while I’m still a tad bit young 🙂 I decided to embark on a bucket list challenge. I’ve picked 30 things I would like to do before my 30th birthday.

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Do you have a short term bucket list? If so what’s on yours? Let me know in the comments!

Becoming The Person I Want To Be

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As my 29th birthday is approaching my brain and emotions have been all over the place. The excitement and fear for the big 3.0 are starting to creep in. Soon I will no longer be in my 20s. I can no longer blame mistakes on my age. As some would say, “I’m good and grown” now.  But as I approach this next decade of life I can’t help but think about the person I want to be. The person I have always dreamed of being.

I want to healthy and happy.

I want to live life free of limits

I want to travel and go on great adventures

I want to explore my creativity

I want to be more forgiving

I want to love myself and others

I want to be the best me I can be