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The 5% Challenge Weight Loss Challenge

Saturday, January 29, 2011

The Winter 5% challenge just ended on Friday, but a new one begins in February. The 5% challenge is a team based endeavor, where individuals try to loose 5% of their body weight. The teams record points for exercise and other healthy behaviors each week and have a friendly competition between teams. It helps encourage me to exercise, track calories, etc. dependent on the week. Recently we were encouraged to track and keep our sodium under 2,300 mg. per day. I did it a few days, and the days I was over, I was closer than I was previous weeks. It gave me the encouragement to try, without feeling too bad if I didn't make it. For me, it is hard to keep it that low, as I do eat frozen pizza once a week, bottled pasta sauce once a week, etc. I did discover making my own microwave popcorn.

1/4 cup popcorn thrown into a brown paper back, 1/2 teaspoon of oil poured ontop, fold over the bag a few times, and put in microwave for just over 2 minutes and then add in some seasoning of some sort and you have low oil and low salt popcorn. For me, I can only eat low fat popcorn, but I can't buy low fat and low sodium popcorn, so this helps. Yummy too, dependent on what seasonings you have. My husband also tried for the first time making no sodium yeast bread. The comment from the book we read is that you can make it low sodium, but let it rise in a cooler spot and make sure it doesn't overrise. Turned out well actually. He did a denser wheat bread that tends not to rise as much normally. Now I just need a good low sodium pasta sauce recipe! Or something as simple as a frozen pizza, that is lower sodium. Been looking at store bought crust, to see if they seem lower, but can't tell with cheese and all.

If you would like to join us during the next 5% challenge, here is the link.
I do highly recommend it. For me, it encourages me in my healthy endeavors without the guilt.
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    The lower sodium challenge is a great way to end it, because it helps you numbers on the scale. Thanks for the popcorn tip!
    2850 days ago
    The sodium count gave me the most surprise during the Jan. 5% challenge.
    2851 days ago
    Try this crust:

    # Zucchini Pizza Crust
    # Grate zucchini salt it and set it aside for about 30 minutes-1 hour.
    # Squeeze zucchini out tightly, there will be liquid to squeeze out. (rinse & squeeze again)
    # You will need 3-4 cups of grated zucchini per crust.
    # Add 3 eggs (or 6 egg whites)
    # Add 1/2 cup of mozzarella (non compliant may use nutritional yeast)
    # Add spices you like on pizza in this crust mixture.
    # maybe basil, oregano,cumin, garlic powder.
    # Put this mixture in a 9 X 12 pan, or on a pizza stone in oven
    # that has been preheated to 350 Degrees F. for 20 minutes
    # Remove from oven, turn broiler on and broil about 5 minutes till brown.Than remove from broiler, turn oven back to 350 and add the pizza sauce, and other toppings you enjoy on pizza, cook for another 20 minutes. May than add cheese and cook until it melts.
    # Enjoy
    # Your Eating A Healthy Tasty Pizza!

    also: No Tomato Sauce

    * 1 tablespoon olive oil
    * 2 teaspoons crushed garlic
    * 1/2 cup chopped onion
    * 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
    * 4 ounce jar pimientos, undrained
    * 1/4 cup red wine
    * 1/4 teaspoon basil
    * 1/8 teaspoon oregano
    * 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon lemon juice
    * Sea salt to taste
    * Pinch of sugar [or agave]

    How to make it:

    1. Saute onions and garlic in olive oil over medium heat a few minutes, until onions soften.
    2. Add parsley and stir.
    3. Puree pimientos in food processor or blender.
    4. Add to pan with basil, oregano and salt and sugar. Add lemon juice starting at lower amount and taste, adding more if necessary.
    5. Simmer lightly until thickened.
    6. Can use, as pizza sauce, pasta sauce, or taco sauce (season to your desire)

    2852 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/30/2011 11:40:35 AM
    I found when doing this challenge the past 4 times that my sodium intake is also high. Usually on the days I eat out or by pre-made lunches. It has encouraged me to make and eat more whole foods.
    2852 days ago
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