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Biscuits And Gravy

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Monday, October 22, 2012

My Mom grew up on a farm and that's where she learned to cook so I grew up eating country cookin. Breakfast is a BIG meal on a farm and that's how we ate at our house. I loved and still love 2 Biscuits and Gravy with fried eggs and bacon. The gravy is not your usual artery clogging milk gravy. Ohh no - this gravy is reinforced with sausage fat and sausage. It is sooooo good. emoticon There's more calories in that one meal than I eat in a day now. Do I still eat that way. NO!!, and that's a good thing. Twice a year I have one biscuit, some gravy, and one scrambled egg - no bacon.

I love biscuits and gravy for breakfast but now I eat a high fiber breakfast with fruit and I really enjoy that. Now I could look at this as a big sacrifice but I don't. I know that learning a new way of eating is healthier and enabled me to lose 35 unwanted pounds. I know that eating better and losing weight enabled me to get off two medicines that could create problems down the road. I know that as long as I keep feeding my mind good thoughts about how I'm eating now then I don't backslide and I don't crave the unhealthy food I used to eat in large quantities. Now, biscuits and gravy are my reward for sticking with the program and learning new habits. Why do I still eat it? Because every time I eat it I remember my Mom, my Grandparents, and I reinforce the memory of where I came from a long time ago.

Now, think about this. Why do you eat those unhealthy foods? Do you have to eat that much or can you cut back, enjoy them, and stay within your calorie limit for the day, the week, and the month. You can gain control of what you eat if you pay attention to it every day and every meal and every snack. Don't dive into it all at once. Sneak up on it by reducing one food item you love and work your way forward from there. Sneaky is good. emoticon In time you'll look back and marvel at how many things you have changed. Find your "biscuits and gravy", whatever that is, and figure out how you can have it and still work the program. Easy? Nope!! Worth it? You bet!!

Enjoy the ride,

Lew
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GRANJERRY 11/17/2013 5:07AM

    I really don't know what biscuits & gravy is but for sure must be fattening. Yes we do have a trotter soup with Indian flat bread that would be an equivalent. Thought I love the children at home ensure that they don't indulge me with it more than once a year. That's usually our Christmas Breakfast

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EMILYDOODLE 11/19/2012 10:08PM

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MSBATMAN 11/19/2012 12:27PM

    Hi lew,

Love, love, love your blog about the biscuits and gravy. I love them too and was raised on that kind of stuff. Congrats to you for learning to eat healthy and still treating yourself to your delish biscuits and gravy on occasion. You are a true inspiration to us all.....keep up the good work :)

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CBRIGGS1956 10/30/2012 6:06PM

    I love biscuits and gravy, also milk gravy made from bacon grease is how my mom taught me; I don't indulge often, but it does bring back memories. Thanks for sharing

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PMFISH 10/27/2012 3:57PM

    Way to go! Thanks for sharing.

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MANILUS 10/27/2012 12:44PM

    Love your story, great job!!

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L1ZB3TH354 10/27/2012 10:41AM

    Sneaky IS good! Thanks for a great blog!

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J2740LOU 10/26/2012 3:59PM

    Great blog! It's all about portion control and planning ahead. No deprivation. Thanks for sharing. A healthy life-style change. One you can live with for the rest of your life! emoticon

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WHITEANGEL4 10/26/2012 3:53PM

    I too grew up eating Southern country and had to make many changes. I went to fast food and again had to change my eating habits. I have adjusted many of my childhood foods to healthy recipes to incorporate in my eating plan. It really feels good to be successful about your eating habits

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DIANEGLORIA 10/26/2012 2:59PM

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ATZIONCH 10/26/2012 12:55PM

    I also LOVE biscuits and gravy (& chicken fried steak), but as a rare reward. I cut the portion and honestly track my calories. Oh! and I enjoy and savor each bite :-)
Thanks for the blog!

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SEATTLE58 10/26/2012 10:50AM

    Excellent blog!! I think you're drawing a picture of what most of us have to contend with. Most everyone has eaten mostly unhealthy foods all their growing up years because that was the way America ate and still does for alot of people. Thank goodness some os us are learning about healthy eating! emoticon We are changing! Little by little! emoticon

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ERIECANALGAL 10/26/2012 10:04AM

    That is so true Lew. Ever since I started tracking my food, I started losing again. Thanks. Great advice. emoticon

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WISDOM73 10/26/2012 7:14AM

    It is all about making choices! Thank you for sharing!

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LOGOULD 10/26/2012 6:44AM

    Yummmm....biscuits and gravy! That reminds me...I am due a small reward. Maybe this weekend I'll make a slimmed down gravy and try that on a vita top corn muffinn. Not quite the same, but should satisfy the craving that got stirred up (THANKS!) lol! Another great "homey" substitute for me is one egg and two egg whites scrambled with some Amylu chicken sausage and veggies and grits - sometime I even add a smidge of low fat velveeta. Full of protein, low fat, tasty and satisfies that down home cooking craving!

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CRANRANA 10/25/2012 10:47PM

  Great blog. You have a common sense approach to your thinking. It is hard to beat good ol` down home cooking...ah, yummy memories!

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CICELY360 10/25/2012 10:22PM

  Good blog.

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60NLOVINIT2 10/25/2012 7:13PM

    i didn't grow up on biscuits and gravy... we had fried corn meal mush.... but as an adult i loved it.. i can't cook it at home.. boyfriend doesn't eat gravy of any kind and i don't know when to stop if i make some... so as a treat we go to golden corral 2x a year and that't when i have mine.. i know my trigger foods and don't keep them in house... good for you on will power....

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MARYJEANSL 10/25/2012 7:05PM

  My mother-in-law grew up with huge farm breakfasts, and she has always loved them, and especially biscuits and sausage gravy. She makes fantastic, fantastic homemade biscuits, too, just like her mother taught her. Now, after struggling for many years with her weight, she too has all but given them up, except as an occasional treat. I think her biscuits are wonderful, but I never grew up eating them, and I have never liked a large breakfast, so it isn't an issue for me. I admire you and her so much for giving up something that is so tied to your growing up and memories.

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NWFL59 10/25/2012 5:51PM

    Thanks for the blog! I can so relate to that family eating style as I too grew up with those kind of meals (and chores that burned off a lot of that energy!). I too have changed for the better my eating habits and have reaped the benefits thereof! emoticon emoticon

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JAYBIRDNFLIGHT 10/25/2012 4:35PM

    great post! thanks for sharing. i never thought about having some things that were reminders of growing up and are attached to good times and loved ones. these were my "food enemies." lol i thank you for sharing some perspective on it. i'll have to give this some thought. thanks for the trip down memory lane. i'll have to go back and see if i can update some of my traditional family favorites or just enjoy it once in a while as a reminder.

thank you again!

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HEARTS116 10/25/2012 4:04PM

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TDWANDD2MYK9 10/25/2012 1:15PM

    Oh wow! Sounds wonderful, my parents have a farm, but we didn't have biscuit's and gravy! Cereals and toast, I may be scared for life (but hey i'm from the UK) One day I have to try Biscuit's and gravy, just the once! Good on you for the healthy attitude! emoticon

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ILIKETOZUMBA 10/25/2012 11:58AM

    Mmmmmm biscuits and gravy are SO good. As was your advice on how to incorporate special treats like that into a healthy lifestyle. Thanks! :)

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SJKENT1 10/25/2012 11:53AM

    My husband loves biscuits and gravy, but I will not make them for him. He treats himself a few times a year and orders them for breakfast at our special restaurant, Suomi Restaurant in Houghton MI.

I love breakfast and everything about it, but am finding satisfaction with greek yogurt, fruit and a bit of grape nuts.

Here's to healthy living choices for us all.

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DOTTIEJANE1 10/25/2012 11:28AM

    I also grewup with biscuts and gravey and country cooking but ,this is a treat for me.I still have comfort foods just prepare diffrently. GREAT BLOG .

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2BEEFIT 10/25/2012 11:27AM

    I love this and I am going to think about the choices I am making and what they REALLY Mean. Thanks, I hadn't thought about this before today.

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DIDMIS 10/25/2012 10:57AM

    I found it. You have a lot more responses now.

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TINY67 10/25/2012 10:54AM

    emoticon Blog and I still love Biscuits & Gravy

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KAREN608 10/25/2012 9:52AM

    When I make white gravy, I thicken fat free milk with cornstarch that is mixed with a little cold water. Then add some salt/pepper. I cook a little ground turkey & mix that in and it is pretty tasty but not high calorie. Biscuits on the other hand! Well...
We eat this most Sundays but I track it. I have to know my limits. We never ate this when I was little but I learned to enjoy it. Now if I eat this out in a cafe, I share it with my husband. Kind of romantic to eat off the same plate.

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SUSANPETUNIA 10/25/2012 9:46AM

    Biscuits and gravy made by Kentucky State Parks staff (yum) is my staple breakfast and a habit I am trying to kick. I am broke today and that's all I can think about is not getting to have that, but instead having to settle for the yogurt in the fridge! Ug...all the good things are evil. Glad you were able to rise above and hopefully I can too!

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TRICIAE2 10/25/2012 9:42AM

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CHICCHANTAL 10/25/2012 9:37AM

    I've just googled biscuits and gravy to find out what's involved. Well, I'm English, you have to make allowances! I'd say our equivalent here is the Full English Breakfast or FEB. In its original form, it was a heart attack on a plate, fried egg bacon sausage tomato mushrooms and best of all a slice of fried bread. Delicious.




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HLOCHRIDGE 10/25/2012 9:37AM

    Great blog! Love your attitude!

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ANNE007 10/25/2012 9:28AM

    Great work, Lew! I'm glad you still take the time to remember where you came from, even though where you are going is healthier for you in the long run!

Congratulations!

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WALLINMW 10/25/2012 8:57AM

  Thanks for sharing. Stay motivated!

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CADDYBROWN 10/25/2012 8:55AM

    When I met my husband's family, the women folk taught me to make chocolate gravy. Twenty-five years later, it has added to my demise. Very hard to give that up!

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GAMAWBOOK 10/25/2012 5:52AM

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 10/25/2012 5:10AM

    Brings back memories of childhood on my grandparent's farm. Good counsel "Find your biscuits and gravy".
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ANNARUTH2 10/25/2012 4:26AM

    I grew up on biscuits and gravy also. Now when I have them,(not very often) it's a big treat!

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ARSALLOT 10/24/2012 10:29PM

    you're awesome

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RUTH14 10/24/2012 10:07PM

    Great blog! I love how you were able to make changes yet continue to reward yourself with the things you love. Congrats on the weight loss!

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SOCDIRECTOR 10/24/2012 10:05PM

    Insightful!

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LIVINHEALTHY9 10/24/2012 8:27PM

    Great blog!
It definitely gave me something to think about. "Food for Thought" if you will.
Ok, really bad pun.

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JUNEAU2010 10/24/2012 8:14PM

    I know that gravy well~ YUM! And I still love biscuits any time I can, but that is rarely now...!

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HEYITSAPOSSUM 10/24/2012 7:04PM

    You wanna know the first thing I had to battle when I went on my diet? Biscuits and gravy. I shudder to think how many calories I ate for breakfast five days a week.

You, my friend, are an inspiration. WAY TO GO!!!!!

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TAMMYELAINE1 10/24/2012 5:40PM

    Our families do design our early eating habits. But we don't have to maintain those habits for life. We can redesign our habits, just as you suggested, to meet our current needs, desires and lifestyles. Thanks for a great blog.

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ANNE1123 10/24/2012 5:22PM

    Loved reading this, thanks for the post!!

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