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Updates On The Skipping Dinner Experiment

7 May

Not a long time ago I decided to make a little experiment and see whether I’d be able to go without dinner for a whole week. You can read all about how it started here. It seemed a relatively easy experiment, to have a full breakfast and late lunch, which theoretically should have lead to the skipped dinner. Well, I have to confess it wasn’t that easy, I broke down after the fourth night. However I have to admit even if I ate after six o’clock, it wasn’t anything heavy, a very light dinner. In fact, one of those nights was a raw vegan experience, which I posted about in this post.

Even though I failed this little experiment, I still have hope that I’ll be able to go though it again.

All the best,

– Vita :)

PS: If you haven’t voted yet on our little poll, we’d highly appreciate just a second of your time to answer one simple question, meat or seafood till the rest of your life? Thank you! :)

Diet Drop Updates (and a Sugary Sweet Playlist)

4 May

Happy Friday! We just wanted to say thank you to all of you readers for all of your likes, follows, and comments on WordPress and Twitter (@DietDrop). We love doing this project and we’re seeing some positive results that are keeping us motivated. We hope you all are having fun reading about it and that you’re having success with your own weight loss goals. Continue reading

My First Experience With Vegan Raw Food

3 May

Last Saturday our good friend invited us to try a new restaurant that he got a coupon from. We didn’t even know where we are going until practically the last minute; all he told us was, “This is a new place and you guys are gonna love it!” There were four guys and me in our group and it was hard for them to resist making snarky comments when they realized that we had arrived at a vegan restaurant. Even though I was quite skeptical about it, I decided to reserve my judgement until I was done with my food.

We started with drinks, which I thought were pretty good. For example, I ordered a delicious coconut cocktail, which consisted of muddled limes, fresh coconut water, and raw sugar cane. It was sweet and refreshing at the same time! Our food arrived one plate at a time, which I thought was kind of weird. Continue reading

Add Zumba To Your Life!

1 May

Michelle and I were thinking we’d like to try some aerobic or maybe dance classes for quite some time, but the financial aspect of this idea never let us move beyond the discussion. We have heard from other people about Zumba, apparently some new fitness class in the gym that everyone is buzzing about these days. Zumba involves dance and aerobic elements. Its choreography incorporates hip-hop, soca, samba, salsa, merengue, mambo, cumbia, flamenco, cha-cha-cha, tango, martial arts, and some Bollywood and belly dance moves. Well, after all that information we had to check it out, especially since almost every gym offers a one-week free pass, which we thought we’d sign up for.

However, instead of going to a Zumba class, I have decided to skip this step and bring Zumba to us. Yesterday I ordered the Zumba Kinect game so Michelle and I could exercise at home. As soon as her foot heals we are planning to try it out and see what the buzz is all about. Meanwhile, we’ll be stretching with yoga–Netflix added a whole bunch of workout dvds online, which we definitely have to take advantage of!

Check out this Zumba promo video:

 

All the best,

– Vita :)

“The Best Ever!” Russian Borsch Soup Recipe

25 Apr

If you were to ask me to name three traditional Russian dishes I would say, without any hesitation, they are pelmeni, blini (blintz), and borsch. Pelmeni are a variation of dumplings and usually made with a meat inside; blintz are very thin pancakes and are exactly like french crepes or Brazilian panquecas. So  even though any Russian person would say that these two dishes are truly from Russian cuisine, there are still variations of it that can be found throughout the world. However no matter how hard you try to find any dish resembling borsch, I bet you, your search would give no results. Therefore, I can definitely say that borsch truly has a Russian origin and actually is made in Russia very often on an everyday basis.

So what is borsch? Continue reading

Skipping Dinner Experiment

24 Apr

I have been skipping dinner for two nights in a row now. The first was when Michelle and I had very late lunch together–you can read about our adventures in this post. And yesterday, my husband and I were running errands and stopped at our favorite Peruvian restaurant, which in fact Michelle suggested to us a long time ago, and ever since it’s been in our top five places to go! It wasn’t even 6 p.m. yet, therefore it constitutes as a late lunch in my book, rather than an early dinner. :)

Going through the evening without dinner wasn’t hard for me at all. I hadn’t even realized that I hadn’t eaten anything until it was almost time to go to sleep, and it made me feel really good. Kudos to me! It made me think whether I’d be able to go without dinner for a whole week. Perhaps the consistency of this habit will show some results. And since I have already accomplished two days, another five should be like a piece of cake. Or even better, like a piece of skipped cake! The trick is to eat somewhere in between five and six o’clock in the afternoon and keep myself busy in the evenings.

Wish me luck!

— Vita :)

PS: If you haven’t voted on our little poll about meat or seafood yet, go ahead and check it out here. We need your vote in order to create our own analysis of the results and post it later.

Thanks in advance! :)

Diet Drop Facebook Page Launch

24 Apr

Dear readers,

We are very excited to announce that Diet Drop is now on Facebook. If you enjoy reading our stories and recipes already, then please visit our Facebook page and show your support by “liking” us. This blog was born just a couple months ago, and we are still taking baby steps, which is why every bit of your encouragement is very important to us and very much appreciated!

Thank you!

— Michelle and Vita :)

Work or Workout?

23 Apr

Yesterday I had to work on one photo shoot and needed an assistant. Michelle, of course being the great friend that she is, agreed to help me out. I only needed an assistant to hold a reflector during the shoot, but it turned out to be a whole workout for both of us. The area where the shoot took place had a hill-y landscape, and during those two hours we were constantly hiking from one spot to another. To top it off, we had two quite heavy bags of equipment, which I was trying to balance between the two of us as much as I could, but most of the time Michelle had to carry it while I was running around with the camera trying to capture the shots. I felt really bad for her since she still struggles with her sprained tendons and inflammation in her heel, and I knew such a hike and weight carrying doesn’t do any good either. However, I could see her strong personality through the whole time of the shoot, even if she was tired she didn’t show a bit of it and was very encouraging toward my work.

Photo shoots can take from two to five hours, and usually during the shoot itself you, as a part of the photographer’s team, might not realize how tiring it can be because you are constantly involved in the production. However, the minute it’s over and you sit down to relax, you realize how generally tired you got. By the time we finished, it was already late afternoon and we were pretty hungry. On our way back I remembered that there was one little sushi restaurant where I used to go quite often and I couldn’t resist stopping by that place once again to try their fresh, great sushi. We ordered Alaska roll, avocado roll, and various sushi to share. Unfortunately, we left all my photo equipment in the car and all we had to take pictures with was Michelle’s cell phone.

On our way back we stopped at the store to get a bottle of our favorite moscato wine. It was the perfect end of a great day. We had quite a workout, had a great healthy late lunch that lead to skipped dinner, and the weather was perfect to sit on our patio and enjoy the glass of wine talking the evening away!

Sincerely,

— Vita :)

Meat Or Seafood For The Rest Of Your Life? Please Vote!

18 Apr

My husband and I love seafood. We make a fish at least once a week, simply because it’s tasty and cheap. Four basa and tilapia fillets usually cost $3-4, with vegetables or mashed potato on the side, and it is perfect for a full dinner serving. We have ceviche nights a couple times a month–that’s when we marinate overnight all types of seafood in lemon juice with salt until it’s cooked in it, mix it with a chopped onion, tomatoes, and avocados, served on a tostada (crispy fried corn tortilla). Sometimes we also make seafood campechana cocktail nights. These are great dishes for a hot summer nights when you want something light, filling, and flavorful! I don’t think these dishes are intended as a main course, more as appetizers, therefore we prepare a whole pot of it and eat it as a tapas throughout the evening. Salmon is my first and foremost choice of fish; if I could, I would eat it every day! And of course there’s always tuna sandwiches, and my husband makes just the best tuna melt sandwiches in the world!!! Our ultimate date night is going out for some oysters. Our best vacation memories are always about some seafood dishes we tried in different cities. Of course, we cook meat and poultry quite often as well, but now thinking about it, it just doesn’t bring as much excitement for us as seafood does. Yes, it could be tasty, yummy, hearty, but seafood is much more fun for us! :)

One day I asked my husband, if he would be left with a choice of seafood or meat and poultry to eat for the rest of his life, what would he choose? Of course his answer was seafood because of its variety and different tastes. Out of plain curiosity, I started to ask everyone around me the same question. For example, Michelle’s choice was meat and poultry. Majority of people I asked tend to lean to the same choice. When I asked why, the answer usually sounded as: “Because I eat meat more often.” Only one person answered “meat definitely” because he can’t stand the taste of seafood at all. Others like seafood, and eat it occasionally, but if they were to be presented with such a choice until the rest of their lives, it would be meat and poultry.

I’m very much interested in your response, my dear readers, and would highly appreciate your vote!

Thank you in advance,

— Vita :)

Awesome Brazilian Panquecas Recipe In Pictures

16 Apr

Last Friday we had lots of fun visiting our good friends for another round of playing Kinect golf game. The game took a few hours to play and enough exercise for all five of us to get pretty hungry in the evening. That’s when our friend Victor decided to cook panquecas for us. As you can see from the name, panquecas are very much like thin pancakes; I would compare them exactly to french crepes or Russian blintz, rolled with stuffing inside. It was funny to see this type of food prepared since it’s just like a traditional Russian blintz and very close to my heart. But I guess every culture has some sort of variation of this dish. For example, we have this either with meat or it could be sweet, stuffed with mix of cottage cheese and fruit preserves. It’s a very simple dish to make, and I would say the most time-consuming part is probably the panquecas making. It’s very tasty and great either for lunch or dinner. Total making time: around 30-40 minutes.

Ingredients (for 5 people):

Dough

– 2 cups of milk

– 2 cups of flour

– 4 eggs

– pinch of salt

Stuffing

– 1 large onion

– 1 1/2 lbs. of ground beef

– 1 can (15 oz) of crushed tomatoes

– 1 small can of tomato paste

– 1 can (15 oz) of whole kernel corn

– 1 can (3.8 oz) of sliced black olives

– 1 pack of shredded cheese

Rice (side dish)

– 1 cup of rice Continue reading

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