Saturday, October 20, 2012
Yes, I'm obsessed!!!
This summer, I went on the Ideal Protein Diet this summer for 2 1/2 months and lost about 24 pounds. I've been off and holding my own for the last 2 months. One of the most powerful things I gleaned from this experience was learning about all the "high tech" foods available to help keep your glucose leveled out and still meet the need of having a daily sweet. I could not afford to do the diet through the doctors, which costs about $80 per week, so using the information my friend provided me about the foods and the diet plan, I set about to find foods that would match the Ideal numbers but be more affordable for me. I had some real losers...things that had too much sugar "alcohols" and things that just tasted down right out horrible, but I eventually discovered some great foods and kept me on track. The amazing thing is, I'm still relying on these things to help me maintain my loss. One of the most amazing discoveries was a little protein bar with a fairly new fiber product. These bars are delicious and much like a really dense browny. At first I thought they were a little too chewy, but I quickly got used to that. In fact, I believe that the chewiness adds to their appeal. You simply can't eat one of these bars quickly. By the time you're done, you've chewed enough and taken enough time for your stomach to signal your brain, "I'm full now!" One of these bars would hold me all day, while on the program. They contain a "brand new to the health market" ingredient called Isomalto-Oligosaccharides. These are 100% natural Probiotic Fibers derived from plant sources. Actually they are PRE biotic, according to the manufacturers website. Pre-biotic means they are the thing the PRO-biotics feed on. I always wondered what good it was to eat all these probiotics, if you didn't change the things about your colon and your system that were killing off the probiotics in the first place. Well, we all know that the antibiotics in our foods (not to mention the ones we take purposely) kill these bacteria, so we need to be continuously reintroducing them to our system, through foods like live-cultured yogurt. But this fiber is another method of increasing your "gut" bacteria, by feeding the existing bacteria something that keeps them healthy and alive. That's Isomalto-Oligosaccharides! These fibers are also naturally sweet, so they help sweeten the bar. In addition, these bars are sweated with Lo Han Guo (Nectress). They have no sugar alcohols or artificial ingredients so they don't have that chemically flavor that some protein, lo-carb bars have. One of these per day will give you all the fiber you need and satisfy your sweet tooth without sacrificing your program. They are just a meager 170 calories of chewy delight! I predict there will eventually be more foods using this natural fiber product, so I'm keeping my eyes out for it.
I did a lot of research to find foods that would meet my protein needs, satisfy my sweet tooth and hunger and keep me in ketosis. I've had a lot of people ask me what and how I did it so I prepared a page of instructions and links to the helpful foods that really kept me going. Check out the link to my site. If you are interested in the program or want to try any of my favorite foods look click on the link below and look for the tab which is title Low Carb Diet or Take the Weight off. There are links there which will give you all the nutritional information about the foods that I think are best for use with the Ideal Protein program.
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Saturday, August 18, 2012
I just wanted to get into the 130's. Today it happened! I'm so excited and so happy. On Monday I'm going to start phasing out of ketosis. For three weeks I will just eat carbs at breakfast. Monday I'm going to have organic plain yogurt with blackberries, and whole wheat toast...for the first time since June 5!
Can't wait to start adding in some healthy carbs. My goal for the next four months is to just maintain this weight loss. Then in January, I will start up again and try to get into the 120's for the first time since pre-marriage!!!
The diet was easy, keeping it off will be a bigger challenge, but I'm pumped and determined to teach my body how to eat carbs and not go over board on them. I'll keep you informed!
In the meantime, I've posted the plan I've been following and links to the meal replacement bars and shakes I've been using on my website if you'd like to read it.
Sunday, July 29, 2012
I'm starting a diet page on my website to explain the low carb diet plan I am using that is working well for me now. Check it out at:
iet-plan.html (Still under construction, but should be done before the days out!)
I have a new motto: " Have salad dressing, will travel." No matter where you go out to eat, if you carry a good, legal, sugar free salad dressing with you, you can always find a salad and a cut of meat that will be acceptable. Most places have delicious house dressing but unfortunately their full of sugar and fat, so when in doubt, carry your own. Just place a serving in a Ziploc baggie and tuck it into a small lunch bag with an ice pack. Before entering the restaurant, slip the bag into your purse and keep it there in case you need it. This can be a make or break for your eating out experiences.
This is another of my favorite homemade recipes for
SUGAR FREE SWEET AND SPICY CHIPOTLE VINAIGRETTE
The recipe can be used as a salad dressing or its also great as a meat marinade.
1/2 Cup red wine vinegar
8 packets of Truvia
2 Tablespoon adobo sauce
1 tsp. Chipotle Chili powder (reg if you don't have this)
1 tsp. kosher salt
1 Teaspoon pepper
1-2 Tablespoons freshly chopped oregano, in the winter I use dried
1 to 1 1 /4 Cups extra virgin olive oil.
Mix all ingredients in blender, adding oil slowly at the end. It lasts well in the refrigerator, up to 2-3 weeks.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
My 75 year old mother inspired me with those words this past year. It is a theme she lives by and I'm determined to live by it too. You're never too old to do something about your weight, or about the list of things in your life that are out of order.
But for some of us, there is a moment when you look at the scale or at the situations and you think...it's just too much. I can't climb out of the ditch I've dug for myself or the one I've let others bury me in.
IT'S NEVER TOO LATE TO REINVENT YOURSELF! How does one do it? Not by aiming for the stars. Aiming for the stars is for young people with the advantage of a whole life in front of them. Unfortunately, for many young people today, they are sitting back thinking I have my whole life ahead...I can coast for a while. A while, sadly, can last so long that one day they wake up and they're 30 and wondering, where did my life go? To them I say also! It's never too late to reinvent yourself. It's never too late to TURN AROUND and head in a different direction!
How does one do it, when they look around and see nothing but "a mess"... A mess which seems like Mt. Everest looming down on them. Here's how:
Don't set your sight on the top of the mountain. At first, perhaps, you will need to set your sight on two steps up or ONE! But set your sights there and determine to make those two steps. Gradually, one BABY STEP at a time, you will find yourself acting differently and thinking differently because as you take those steps, scientists have proven, you begin to open new pathways in your brain. These new pathways are the start of you thinking differently about yourself and about your life and about others. Just as taking a baby step and acting differently lead to thinking differently, so thinking differently leads to more acting differently. One day you'll look up from your labor and realize...you've reinvented yourself and the world is a better place for it. Your sphere of influence is greater than you think. People will begin to look at you and see HOPE. If you can do it...so can they.
You don't have to stay stuck in a ditch. You're never too old to reinvent yourself! Don't neglect the role that faith and prayer play in this. Our God is with us and has great plans for us. But we must do what only WE can and leave Him to do all the stuff we have NO CONTROL over. Leave it with Him and be at peace with knowing the God of the universe can handle the big stuff. You just stick to doing something about the stuff YOU CONTROL.
That's my thought for the day. I'm living it now. At 55, I just embarked on a completely new career and having so much fun discovering this whole new side of myself! Who knows what opportunities await me as I walk through this open door!
Don't know and not concerned cause the only thing I know is: I'm NOT STUCK ANYMORE! I'm moving forward! Strangely, my weight, which was stuck too...is moving down as I'm moving UP!
YOUR NEVER TOO OLD TO REINVENT YOURSELF!
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