25 responses

  1. Barb
    January 15, 2009

    Great work Julie! I managed to “lose” 1 1/2. Not much but as you say, it’s heading in the right direction. I used to eat and enjoy the odd can of sardines on toast. Haven’t had them in ages. I might pick up a can next time I’m shopping. Your photo looks like there is some cheese on top of the puffs. Is that how the sardine looks toasted?

  2. JulieVR
    January 15, 2009

    Nope, no cheese! Just the sardines (which are packed with bell peppers and olives), mayo, onion and parsley. (Less mayo than the original recipe calls for!) Spread on toasted bread then trim the crusts and cut into 4 triangles, pop in the oven or toaster oven and toast again. Very tasty!

  3. Corine
    January 15, 2009

    Hi Julie
    Congrats on losing 10 lbs already. It’s only the 15th of Jan. Like you, my pants were feeling very snug and I jumped back on the bandwagon as well. My goals aren’t as lofty as yours (I have about 20 lbs to lose), but I’m back on to oatmeal for breakfast with no sugar added syrup, less snacking on bad stuff and back on to the exercise. I’ve already signed up/committed to one half marathon this year to help me stick to my plan.

  4. sue.d
    January 15, 2009

    I’m loving sardines more and more these days. Your puffs look really good, and everything is stuff that we usually already have in the house.

    Good on yah, girl. I love the feeling of making headway, even modest headway in my case, on whatever it is that needs a bit of work in my life.

  5. Colleen
    January 15, 2009

    I have always loved sardines – as a child my mom would serve them with Kraft Dinner. Still eat the sardines but not the KD. I am down 13 1/2 pounds but it has take me since Sept. and you are right – 100 is way too much to think about. I look at increments of 5 and hope to make 15 by Monday. I joined WW and it seems to be working for me – this time around. Keep up the good work and thanks for continuing with your blog. I use many recipes and dinner ideas from it.

  6. Manon
    January 15, 2009

    Good for you Julie….Unfortunatly I’ve been sick this week so I haven’t moved as much as I should, so I haven’t loss anything.
    With me if I don’t move, I don’t loose!
    Julie, what is your meal plan like?
    I know what is good for me, but I don’t always know how many calories things are…so makes it hard to manage my eating by myself…that’s why I tend to need a meal plan.
    Any suggestions?
    Thanks a lot,

    Manon from Ontario 226 stil ;(

  7. Ellen
    January 15, 2009

    Hi Julie-
    If you have a free moment, check out Mark Bittman’s new book, Food Matters. It is incredibly enlightening!

  8. Erica B.
    January 15, 2009

    -10 now that’s progress Congratulations Julie!:D

    My scale is also headed in the right direction – just a little slower…I’m -1 for the week.

  9. Pat
    January 15, 2009

    Congratulations, Julie! My weight loss journey has been easier than most because I don’t have other mouths to feed (except my 4 legged friend, Molly), and thus have only my foods in the kitchen.

    Julie, YOU can’t avoid being around food, so your resolve must always be on alert.

    Three sayings have helped me over the past 14 months.

    1. Follow the “HALT” program. Never get too HUNGRY, ANGRY, LONELY or TIRED.

    2. Nothing TASTES as good as healthy eating feels.

    3. What you eat in PRIVATE shows in PUBLIC!

    May your resolve to eat healthy in 2009 be as strong as your resolve to share your dinners in 2008!!! It’s a daily commitment. You can do it.

  10. robyn
    January 15, 2009

    Pat, I think #3 is the BEST piece of advice! I think that’s the part we forget sometimes….

  11. JulieVR
    January 15, 2009

    I can’t say I ever agreed with #2 – whomever first said this must not have ever had a hot fudge sundae from Peters, or a caramel brioche from Manuel Latruwe, or butter chicken and chewy garlic naan from the Taj… Yes eating healthy feels good. But man does food ever taste good too.

    It’s tough to compare the two – instant gratification (food) vs. something that will come months (or even years) down the road! It’s hard to hold off for something, particularly when you don’t fully believe it’s going to ever come.

    Yes, it’s unfair that food is the only addiction that other people can see the evidence of – you can’t tell a smoker to look at him or her, or a gambler, drug addict or alcoholic. Their addictions are far easier hidden from the rest of the world.. not to mention the many free programs available to them to gain control of their addictions. And you can’t quit eating cold turkey!

  12. Heidi
    January 15, 2009

    My overeating is an addiction like smoking or alcoholism but one I can’t avoid entirely.
    I don’t eat from hunger but from a dozen other reasons.

    It doesn’t help if well-meaning loved ones shove food at me and feel insulted if I don’t have a second-helping or try all three desserts. I know it’s up to me to have the strength to resist but with these in-laws it seems to be an enormous insult.

    Weight loss doesn’t cost a penny – yet all the money in the world can’t buy it (think Oprah).
    In fact, by eating at home, not buying funk food, eating less (much less!) and smarter – I’m saving money.

    I love the direction your blog has taken, you are touching our hearts.

  13. Manon
    January 15, 2009

    Hey what happened to Lou? your dog?

    Curious Manon from ontario

  14. Avery
    January 15, 2009

    I swear Ruby is as smart and healthy as she is because I ate sardines (on ancient grains toast or just from the tin with some s&p) on a regular basis when I was pregnant. Whenever they’re on sale (sometimes as cheap as 89 cents a tin!) I always stock up… Mike just watches me eat them with facination, but won’t touch ‘em. Perhaps he would if they were “puffed”…?

  15. JoJo
    January 15, 2009

    The problem with comparing eating to other addictions is that one must continue partake of eating to some degree – one cannot avoid food entirely, as one conceivably could completely avoid cigarettes, alcohol or drugs. So decisions must constantly be made.

  16. elektra
    January 15, 2009

    sardines sound good to me in theory but i re-enact that scene from ‘Big’, the one when Tom Hanks–a 12 year old in a 35 year old body–tries caviar and has to scrape his tongue with a napkin.

    it ain’t pretty.

  17. Cheryl
    January 15, 2009

    Mackerel is my new favourite fish. I always liked it at the sushi bar, but we caught some on our recent trip to Mexico and I am in love… Now to find some here.
    Congrats on the 10 pounds! Forward ho…

  18. Lana
    January 15, 2009

    Congratulations, Julie!
    I am down 1.5 this week and am trying to remember what someone posted earlier in the week about not letting the number on the scale determine my mood. It IS in the right direction, and I feel great from the fitness classes I joined at work, so THAT is what matters.
    Oh! And those puffs look DEElish. I just might have to give that a try.

  19. V
    January 15, 2009

    Congratulations Julie on your 10 lb loss!

  20. pauline
    January 15, 2009

    congrats Julie. Nothing like seeing the nubers go down to keep you going. I think I am trying to gain weight I am eating anything and everything. Gotta get on the wagon. what the H… is wrong with me.

  21. Nancy
    January 15, 2009

    I’m very impressed, I stayed the same. I think it was the chocolate panini’s the other night, or maybe the coconut milk. I have yet to try coconut milk in my aerator on the fresh banana cream pie with gluten free crumbs as the crust.
    Great class, thanks so much!!!

  22. claire
    January 16, 2009

    Good timing Julie! I just read an interview with Taras Grescoe on Salon, and was in Community Natural Foods yesterday thinking, “what the heck do you do with mackerels..” (another of the fish he recommended..) This recipe looks like a good place to start.

  23. andrea
    January 16, 2009

    Do you eat the heads too? That seems icky to me. I don’t even like salmon with bones in it – finding a can of boneless / skinless canned stuff was a revelation. We avoid tuna now for the reasons you mention and won’t give it to the kids either. see http://www.seachoice.org for lots of information – how a fish is caught / raised is apparently pretty key to sustainability.

  24. JulieVR
    January 16, 2009

    No I don’t eat the heads. Those popping eyeballs… typically they have been beheaded and gutted before being canned. If you buy them fresh or frozen you could do it yourself…

  25. Amy
    July 20, 2010

    2010… Wondering how are you doing after a year or so … I just found your blog, having googled Brisling Sardines and have been inching for a couple years now with several set backs… still there is progress.

    Going to try these puffs today.

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