The Dude Diet: Milestones & Maintenance

Today is a big day for The Dude Diet. The past few weeks have been a strugglefest for Logan, who has been determined to win a bet to lose 6% of his body weight this month, and for me, who was tasked with making that pipedream a reality. It wasn’t easy, but our hard work has finally paid off…the-dude-diet"I don't want anybody to think I believe this statement." "Don't worry, they won't."I am very proud to report that the dude weighed in at a lean 189 pounds this morning. This is down from a “hefty” 205 pounds on February 1.  To be fair, Logan’s starting weight was recorded the day after his return from Hippie Fest 2013, so there was undoubtedly a significant amount of all-inclusive bloat involved. (I say this to prevent future angry comments from dudes who...
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Black Bean & Quinoa Veggie Burgers

Yesterday I bought Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2013. And then I made Black Bean & Quinoa Veggie Burgers...black-bean-and-quinoa-veggie-burgers I have a complicated relationship with Sports Illustrated Swimsuit, which plays itself out each year in the following five stages:1. Nudie Magazine Day!When I hear that Sports Illustrated Swimsuitis on shelves, I rush out to buy it with the enthusiasm of Billy Madison going to the mailbox on Nudie Magazine Day. Yesterday, I practically ran  to the nearest CVS, narrowly avoiding cars, strollers, and people on their way home from work, suppressing the urge to scream, “It’s here! It’s here! IT'S FINALLY HERE!”* I proudly purchased my copy from the store’s giant display and hurried home to start critiquing.*Apparently, SI Swimsuit 2013 came out a couple of weeks ago, but I was unaware of this until yesterday. I...
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The Dude Diet: Portion Control

Logan currently has five days left to lose 6% of his body weight. While he’s made significant progress, he’s still got a ways to go if he wants to meet his goal. Luckily for The Dude Diet, Logan’s competitive nature has kicked into high gear, and he’s determined to win this bet at any cost. He is definitely getting a little nervous in the home stretch, meaning that he’s been weighing himself three times a day, threatening to go on a crazy crash diet and/or juice cleanse until Friday, and waxing poetic on the sacrifices he’s made on the food front in the past three weeks. For the record, Logan does not have the will power necessary for a crash diet, and I’m pretty sure a cleanse would kill him. Also, crash dieting goes against the two pillars of The Dude Diet: moderation and being less of an...
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Chicken Tortilla Soup

Tonight, I will be nursing my post-vacation blues with a bowl of Chicken Tortilla Soup: the-best-chicken-tortilla-soup I was very sad to return to New York this morning after a lovely President’s Day weekend in Santa Barbara. In case I’ve never mentioned it before, that is where I grew up. I know this may come as a shock to some of you, but it's true. I used to say “like” a lot more, play volleyball, and wear full Juicy Couture jumpsuits on the reg. I’m not proud of these things, but I was young and impressionable, and my personal style between the ages of 12-14 was heavily influenced by J. Lo in her “I’m Real” music video.While my accent and fashion-sense may have changed drastically, I’m a California girl at heart, and nothing makes me happier than...
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Valentine’s Dinner for Two

The Dude Diet is taking a brief hiatus until next week (in writing, not in practice) because I don’t have the heart to make fun of Logan so close to Valentine’s Day. Since I’m feeling uncharacteristically warm and fuzzy this close to February 14th, I would just like to say that despite his nutritional idiocy, Logan is the funniest, smartest, most wonderful person that I know (other than myself). When he’s not snoring, watching football, or eating pigs in a blanket, he’s the best boyfriend/roommate a girl could ask for. I would also like to thank him for being my Dude Diet muse and allowing me to publicly skewer him on a weekly basis. His journey towards a wonderland body has done wonders for my blog traffic, and for this I will be eternally grateful.valentines-dinner-for-twoThe night we met. A story for...
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Crack Brownies

crack-brownies-with-marshmallows-chocolate-chips-and-pecansHappy Valentine's Day....I love Valentine’s Day. And this isn’t just because I’m currently smug and in love. Honestly, I’ve been a fan of February 14th for as long as I can remember. What’s not to love? When I was young, I looked forward to exchanging paper Valentines and candy with my classmates all year. I very much appreciated getting a bunch of cards telling me how cute and lovable I was (the fact that they were mass-produced and usually involved cartoon characters is irrelevant) and having tons of free candy delivered to my desk. It was like Halloween without the exertion of trick-or-treating.My memories of childhood V-Days are also sweet thanks to the "Valentine’s Tea" that my mom threw every year. This epic tea party involved three of my favorite things: presents, a pink and...
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The Dude Diet: Stupid Salads

As anticipated, Logan returned from Hippie Fest 2013 bruised, battered, and weighing in at over a deuce. Thanks to 24-hour room service and a piña colada fetish, his wonderland body was in rough shape (albeit very tan). However, since returning to New York, Logan has committed himself to losing 6% of his body weight by March 1, in order to win the bet that I mentioned last week. Amazingly, he has already lost five pounds! This may or may not be due to the fact that he got off the plane and proceeded to sleep for almost three days straight, which left him very little time to eat. Regardless, I am pleased to report that The Dude Diet is back in full effect.the-dude-diet-saladsSpreadhead.For the past week, Logan has been eating exclusively Dude Diet approved fare. There...
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Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Last night, I made some unbelievable Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps:thai-chicken-lettuce-wrapsYou better believe that there is a story behind these, and obviously, I’m going to tell it. A few years ago, during my post-college “finding myself” phase, I spent several weeks in Thailand. I had been traveling in New Zealand and Australia for a couple of months when my friend Phoebe asked if I would be interested in meeting her in Thailand, where she was getting her yoga teaching certification. She was studying at a yoga retreat on the island of Koh Samui, and she wanted me to join her there for ten days and then travel for a bit. I happily accepted her invitation.Phoebe didn’t tell me too many details about the retreat except that I would be spending four hours a day doing yoga and the food was vegan....
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The Dude Diet: Super Bowl Sunday

Logan has spent the past five days at a Widespread Panic festival in the Dominican Republic. Needless to say, the all-inclusive nature of his stay at the Hard Rock Hotel and Resort has not been kind to the Dude Diet. While I insisted on a “don’t ask, don’t tell policy” for what I shall refer to henceforth as “Hippie Fest 2013,” I’d put money on the fact that Logan has spent the week eating “free” cheeseburgers and blowing his daily calorie-intake on Miami vices before noon. However, he has made a bet that he can lose 6% of his body weight between now and March 1, so you better believe that The Dude Diet is going to be taken up a notch this month.the-dude-diet-superbowl-sunday-snacksThe Eagles have never won a Super Bowl.  Unfortunately, Super Bowl Sunday looms large on what I’m sure Logan views...
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Farro Salad with Cauliflower and Cranberries

Last night I made Farro Salad with Cauliflower and Cranberries, which was an excellent choice for “Sex and the City Night”:farro-salad-with-cauliflower-and-cranberries Logan is currently at a Widespread Panic festival in the Dominican Republic for the week.* So while he’s lying on the beach during the day and noodling with a bunch of hippies at night, I’m having a lot of “me time.” To be honest, I appreciate these few days to myself (as I’ve mentioned before, I’m the smartest, funniest person I know), and I have been enjoying the extra time alone to write, contemplate my life goals, and hit the clubs wearing a “My Boyfriend is Out of Town t-shirt.” Psych! I hate clubs.Let’s be real. Hanging out alone is great, but hanging out with friends is better. So, last night I invited some of my favorite peeps over for...
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