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SIMPLELIFE2 Posts: 707
1/13/13 11:08 A


You can make them from scratch, but it's quick and easy with a box mix.

You still have white flour and sugar, but the beans add protein and fiber, so I think it is a better choice and without the added fat of eggs and oil. They taste surprising good and not "beanie" at all. I think the key is to use a food processor to get the beans to a fine texture before mixing, Just using a mixer doesn't chop the beans fine enough and you don't get a good texture or hide the beans as well.

CECISMOMMY09 SparkPoints: (0)
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1/13/13 10:29 A

We all have to give in every once in a while!!! Also when it comes to the crockpot have u tried using the Crockpot liners??? They are my best friend I use them everytime No mess no burn! My other tip when something like that happens before pizza gets there I drink a bunch of water so I don't feel as hungry! eat a piece then drink more water and wait 20 minutes to see if I REALLY want more!

FITGLAMGIRL Posts: 2,045
1/13/13 9:25 A

I can completely understand. I got off track last night too, but today I woke up and said it's a new day and am looking forward to ALL the healthy choices I am going to make today. One day at a time, one step at a time.

MEBENEET61 SparkPoints: (159)
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1/13/13 12:28 A

I hear you, Im on here because I just caved into a thick crust pizza and a homemade pumpkin creme pie! Huge guilt! So I am not even through with my first week. So we can do this just going to be one day at a time!

DAWNIEJ76 SparkPoints: (10,262)
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1/12/13 11:48 P

I hope you are feeling better today!! I know it feels terrible when we think of all of our hard work and then we get a craving...and it seems downhill from there. But the great thing is-it's NOT downhill. Maybe more like a little speedbump. We get going back on track again right after.

We are human. We mess up a little here and there. We get it together and then kick butt!!! haha!! Good luck, and keep going!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

LOVEXAVIE SparkPoints: (42,597)
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1/12/13 11:06 P


Whoa...hold on: you made brownies using a can of black beans? Did they taste more brownie-ish or black-bean-ish? Are the beans used in the same way people use applesauce in various baked goods? I like brownies and I like black beans, but I have to admit, I wouldn't have thought of combining the two.
Do share, please!


JLMCLUCAS SparkPoints: (24,828)
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1/12/13 10:02 P

Sorry for the last response... I have a sick kid :(
Anyway I just started to knit so I have made dish towels and recently a scarf. I am now working on a hat to match the scarf. It gives me something to work on to keep my hands busy.
I have heard of but have not been on... I will have to try it out :) Thanks for the tip...

SIRENICAL Posts: 331
1/10/13 3:46 P

I can't wait to hear how it turns out for you!
What are you starting for a knitting project? Have you ever checked out I use it all the time for knitting and crochet projects! Really helps cut down on the munching in the evening.

JLMCLUCAS SparkPoints: (24,828)
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1/10/13 2:56 P

THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!! I have been burning BBQ chicken in the crock pot for years... I am going to try this next time. I have a BBQ flavored spice that I could use.

Thank you everyone for your thoughts... Today I have been paying attention to my food, but during the day is my easy time it is when I get home... plan for tonight is to work out when I get home and make dinner, then to keep my hands and mind busy this evening after I put my daughter to bed I will start a knitting project emoticon

SIMPLELIFE2 Posts: 707
1/10/13 1:52 P

You didn't gain it from one meal and you certainly aren't going to ruin it all with one meal. It's over. What are you going today?

We all have our moments. I didn't eat enough carbs yesterday (or probably over a few days) for my activity level and had some crazy sugar cravings last night. I had a box of brownie mix that I didn't use during the holidays and I just had to whip them up at 9 p.m. To my credit, I did make them just using a can of black beans. I remember in the past I could nearly finish off the pan, but after a few, I was done and portioned the rest off and stuck them in the back of the freezer.

Today, I made sure I ate more fruit earlier in the day and hopefully I won't be crashing late at night. It's just food. It's just fuel for your body. It's a huge leap, but we need to take the emotion out of our relationship with food. When you reach that epiphany yourself, it will set you free.

SIRENICAL Posts: 331
1/10/13 12:08 P

So, while I do want to tell you not to beat yourself up, which you shouldn't do. We are human. It happens. Throw in an extra work out. Go for a walk. Next time, when you order pizza, order a salad to go with it.
What I really want to suggest is a way to make the BBQ chicken in the crockpot is to use dry spices and a liquid without sugar to cook the chicken. Add the BBQ sauce later. It is the sugar in the BBQ sauce that is burning. It took me several batches of burned to figure that out as well. Here is what I do:
Rub the chicken or chicken pieces with a dry BBQ spice rub, placed sliced onions in the bottom of the pot, and add a bit of liquid. Place the chicken/pieces on top of the onions, place the lid on, and turn to low. When I get home I add a bit of BBQ sauce and turn up to high and by the time I am done making the sides it is ready.

LOVE4KITTIES Posts: 4,689
1/10/13 11:54 A

Don't feel bad. Everyone gets off track like that because no one is perfect. Truly, no one is perfect, myself included.

The important thing is not perfection, but persistence. So, when you get off track, acknowledge that you are off track and then get back to your eating plan at your very next meal. So many people fall into the trap of all-or-none thinking and they think that they either have to be perfect/have a perfect record or they may as well give up, eat whatever they want for the rest of the day/week/month, and then start over tomorrow/Monday/on the first of the Month/in the new year, etc.

So, it's okay that you're human. Just get back on track today (not tomorrow). Be patient, persistent and kind to yourself and you will succeed.


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1/10/13 10:56 A

PS - The next time you'd like pizza (and it IS okay to eat pizza), make sure you slowly eat the pizza so that you don't feel an urge to keep eating it. I've found that the faster a person eats, the more food they eat because they aren't taking time to really taste the food. Sit and savor that piece of pizza. If the slice isn't too big, it is okay to have two. Rule of thumb, if the piece of pizza is bigger than the plate, only have one slice.

AND... pair that slice of pizza with a big leafy green salad. That way you get your pizza and your servings of veggies too.

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1/10/13 10:52 A

Thank You for the encoraging words... I think I just needed to hear that (well read that LOL)...


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1/10/13 10:41 A


Take a deep breathe. You are NOT a bad person or an unhealthy person because you weren't able to eat your healthier dinner last night and had pizza/cheetos instead. These things happen. You ate the food. You log the food. You move on.

Today, you do your best to eat more mindfully. As the old song goes,"accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative". Give yourself credit for the POSITIVE things you do for yourself and don't beat yourself up because you're not perfect !! If you were to eat right five out of seven days this week, you'd still be doing better than the average American.

So, no more beatings. The beatings aren't productive. try to be more mindful of what you eat today that's all. Remember, you're trying to change habits learned over a life time. That's not going to happen overnight, a week, a month or even a year. Change takes time, thus the need to be patient with yourself and your body.

No worries !

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1/10/13 10:34 A

Last night was not good when it came to eating... I burned the healthily dinner I had been cooking in the crock pot (every time I tried to make BBQ chicken in the crock pot I burn it emoticon at this point I should know better), over cooked the potato for over backed potato fries. Since all this happened I had to order pizza. We did get thin crust but still and then my friend came over and thought she was doing something nice but she brought with her cheetoes over and I ate all of them (a small bag but still 360 calories) THEN I went back for teddy grams later but I just kept garbing handfulls... UGGGGG!!!!
Today I feel guilty for all the food I ate... I wish I could STOP the night eating!!!!!

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