Thursday, November 20, 2014

Bear Down Diet???

Today was a big day. It was the final check in with the medical team before I start my medically supervised diet. I am calling it the Bear Down Diet since it is part of the University of Arizona.

It is the Clinical Weight Loss Program, which is a part of the University of Arizona Health Network and the University of Arizona College of Medicine, Department of Family and Community Medicine.

The program has been limited to employees of the University of Arizona Health Network until just recently. Now it is open to anyone and it is a wonderful program.

The program consists of a lifestyle change with a No Sugar / No Starch diet. Also included in the program is group visits which I think is helpful because it gives a sense of community and group accountability. The program involves faculty and staff from medicine, nursing, psychiatry, nutrition, exercise physiology, and social work.

I will keep the blog updated with my lifestyle change. The ups and downs, etc. Do you have any experience with the No Sugar / No Starch diet? Any tips or recipes to share?

Monday, December 16, 2013

Taco Night Saved and Made Better

So I bought these Shells from Ortega to have Taco Night at home. I love Taco Night and like to do it myself instead of paying Taco Bell or going out. At least I know exactly what kind of meat I am using, etc.

So when I opened the box I was very upset because my shells were all broken.

I had some soft taco shell so I was going to have to have soft tacos instead. But I really was craving crispy tacos. So I took the broken pieces of the taco shell and put them on top of the soft shell.

Then I dressed up my taco with my regular ingredients.

It was awesome. Better then a normal taco. I have seen something like this on Taco Bell's menu before but always said who would want to do this. Well add me to the list. I might do this for now on.

So the lesson we learn here is sometimes think outside of the box and when you think something is ruined it might not be.

Monday, December 9, 2013

The Rise of Downtown Tucson

Once upon a time in the city of Tucson if you were to walk down the streets this is what it would feel like. No one was around. It was a ghost town, well worse then that at least ghost towns have tourists.

Sure Tucson had tourist, about once a year at least they would come to our great city for the Gem Show. I know, I know... El Tour de Tucson. Yes they would come for that as well.

But on a regular weekend you can go around downtown and it would be empty.

But then something changed. What changed, I really don't know. Some might say the Over priced, Under Regulated Rio Nuevo worked. I highly doubt that. 

Businesses just started opening downtown. First a few restaurants, then some more. A few breweries, then some housing came in. 

I have gone to some places downtown and will review a few of them and review a few more soon, so Downtown has risen and is a happening place now. Join the Tucson Food Guy and let's discover downtown together over the next few weeks.

Monday, November 25, 2013

I'm running for Kiwanis Governor-Elect

So I am running for Kiwanis Governor-Elect. I am very excited. My District in Kiwanis included Arizona, New Mexico, and El Paso County Texas. It is a great district. We have amazing people and culture. And we have AMAZING food!!!

You have the Mexican Influence, the Native American Influence, and some Cowboy Cuisine mixed in there.

So the food guy will get to have wonderful food around the District.

But what is Kiwanis... It is a Community Service Organization that changes the World, ONE CHILD and ONE COMMUNITY at a time.

You should join Kiwanis and join me in changing the World.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Coming Soon... Pizzeria Bianco

3 hour wait for a pie... You gotta be kidding me? Nope. That is normal at the Phoenix eatery of Chris Bianco. It must be worth it to have people waiting that long. I mean you can get pizza anywhere. But this is a Bianco pie. It is the top of the pizza world, well at least the national pizza scene.

Rated as one of the best pizza places in the nation by countless news outlets and surveys. This place is the pizza mecca. But Michael, they don't have the fancy certificate and number from Naples like Vero Amore. Well maybe not, but they have something that Vero Amore nor no other pizza place have, a James Beard award.

Well I have never tasted the pizza heaven that is Bianco. Well consider it is a 2 hour drive to Phoenix, plus you have the 3 to 4 hour wait. Well I can't handle that for a pizza. But alas, have no fear, Chris Bianco and his pizza will be near...

That's right, Chris will be opening his trademark Pizza location here in Tucson. It is part of the downtown revitalization that is sweeping through Tucson. I think it will be a welcomed addition. If Chris keeps to his ways of using local sourced foods as much as possible and if Chris becomes part of the Tucson community I think Chris has what it takes in his character as told by others, me never have met him, to overcome the Tucson-Phoenix rivalry that has made victim many a restauranteur that has tried to make Tucson their second home.

Once Chris comes to town I hope to try his pizza. Right now Vero Amore is my favorite pie in Tucson but I am always willing to try new pie. Does the Tucson Food Guy know Pizza? I would say so... I am from Pizza Pedigree. My cousins have owned and operated Denino's Pizza on Staten Island, named one of the best pizza places in New York since 1937. Denino's will always be the best pie I have ever eaten.

Hopefully Bianco's Tucson Pizza will take the place of the family as the best pizza in my heart.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Triberr - The Bloggers Superhero... with Proof

Many of you have heard me sing my praises for Triberr before. But it really is a superhero...


But now I have the proof... Back in 2007 I started Tucson Food Guy.

Don't you love my little cactus. Well back then I was a little blogger with really no audience. Well unless you count my mom, who even she didn't like my blog. 

Well after some redos and mistakes I think I finally hit a mega 50 page hits... Yippie.

Then something changed in my life. I met this dude named Dino. And he was telling me about this awesome business he started with a friend called Triberr. Well I was like, yeah ok Dino, you're my friend's friend so I will be nice to you and sign up but whatever, I have no views anyway.

So I used Triberr for a post or 2 on my blogger site. Then I took down my original blog and did some revisions and what not on WordPress. So it brings me to now. I came back to Blogger because of the integration with Google Plus. But wait... I looked at my visits chart on Blogger... And look what I see...

Wow my numbers shot through the roof during the time I was tracking visits with Blogger and was using Triberr.

I had over 4000 hits in the few months that I was online with Triberr and Blogger. Nevermind how many more hits I had with Wordpress and Triberr.

So now with the proof in hand I ask you... Why are you not on Triberr?

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Food and our Lifestyle

Sorry I have not posted in a while. It is not that I am not interested in food anymore, it is quite the opposite. I still love food, but I was caught up in trying to lose weight. Well losing weight is a good thing, right? Yes it is a very good thing. I like my clothes fitting nicely, I like not having to worry about sitting in chairs, I like being healthy. But why should I say being caught up? Well I was trying the wrong way to lose weight. I was on a VERY restrictive diet. It worked. I lost almost 40 pounds so far, but it made me give up who I am. Food is an intimate part of my life. Besides being the "Tucson Food Guy" I am an Italian American. It is in my heritage to love food. But on a restrictive diet I didn't love food anymore. I got tired of eating salads and meat. I missed my sauces, my potatoes, my CARBS!!! Well now I am still on a diet, I am still losing weight, but I switched. I made a switch to Weight Watchers. I am doing very well. Weight Watchers is not for everyone. Some people hate the math of points, hate tracking, etc. But I don't mind it. It helps me figure what I can eat and what I should stay away from. It helps me MAKE CHOICES, not be told what to eat. In our quest as Americans to lose weight and be healthy we have forgotten a lot. We follow these very restrictive diets but really, what help is that. If you take away certain foods from me I am only going to crave them more. Instead let me eat them but TEACH me how to live a healthy lifestyle. So the Tucson Food Guy is back and I will start blogging on restaurants and food again, now that I can enjoy them while losing weight and being all in all healthy.