Tuesday, November 13, 2012
This week starts the second Facebook challenge and this time the challenge is to "push play" for a BeachBody exercise program. So, I'm back at it with Slim in 6! Plus, in the last challenge I won a raffle for RevAbs that I'm excited to try. On day one I only did 10 minutes SI6 but I did get in more water and also took a walk with the mini-me and the dogs. After a long work day, I'm headed to bed awfully late so here's hoping I "push play" in the morning...
Sunday, November 4, 2012
Turkey Sausage or Low Sodium Bacon
Pumpkin Spice Pancakes or Gingerbread Waffles with Pure Maple Syrup
Pumpkin Spice Latte or Coffee with Pumpkin Pie Creamer
Or something light such as Granola and fresh fruit in milk
Clean Eating Bisquick Mix
Olive Oil, Apple Cider Vinegar, Fresh Garlic, and Cracked Pepper Dressing
Clean Eating Ranch
Clean Eating Vinaigrette
Butternut Squash Soup or Butternut Squash Soup with Coconut Milk
Oven Roasted Turkey
Clean Eating Cornbread
Green Bean Casserole
Southern Style Green Beans
Substitute 2% Fage plain greek yogurt instead of mayo and sour cream
Substitute these Baked Cheese Crackers instead of Ritz
Sweet Potato Casserole
Butternut Squash, Apple, Cranberry Bake
Substitute whole wheat pastry flour and honey or agave instead of brown sugar
Pumpkin Pie, Pumpkin Cheesecake, Pecan Pie, Apple Pie, Cherry Pie, or Blueberry Pie
Clean Eating Pie Crust
Green Smoothie Recipe
1.5 c 2% Fage greek yogurt
1.5 c silk vanilla soy milk light
4Tbsp flax seed
1 medium banana
1/2 c blueberries and raspberries
1 cup spinach
30 crushed almonds
1/8 c honey
Yields three 1.5 c servings - approximately 325 calories each. Freeze in ice cube trays and thaw single serving (1 ice cube tray) in a large cup overnight in the fridge. It will be the perfect consistency for breakfast. In the morning, thaw a second serving for lunch.
1 green smoothie
1 cup green tea (w/splenda or truvia)
1 green smoothie
1 cup green tea (w/splenda or truvia)
Snacks - 1 AM and 1PM
Fresh fruit bowl - apples, grapes, melons, tangerines, etc.
Raw or roasted veggie bowl - broccoli, carrots, celery, etc.
Spinach salad with sunflower seeds, veggie assortment (tomato, red onion, bell pepper, broccoli) and lean meat (grilled chicken, salmon, tuna steak) dressed with a homemade light tasting olive oil, apple cider vinegar, fresh garlic, and cracked pepper dressing.
Water - Aim for at least eight 8oz cups. Carry a large water bottle everywhere you go! Mine is 24oz and I aim to fill it up 3 times.
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Well, we've reached the end of the FB eat clean and get fit challenge. I am no longer on an exercise program but I am getting purposeful movement through playing at the park, walking or biking the neighborhood, and keeping up with house and yard work. I am no longer tracking calories but am conscious of my portion sizes, I read nutrition labels, and I am making smart choices and healthy modifications to my favorite foods. I haven't given up anything I love - my morning latte, an occasional cookie or chocolate, mac n cheese, pasta, sweet tea (half sugar), even an occasional regular soda! I enjoy the foods I eat and never feel like I am dieting. I have even conquered emotional eating! Bonus: I have reached 164.5lbs! I logged 168 back on Sept 8 then didn't lose any weight until Oct 21 when I finally reached 167. In the last two weeks I have lost another 2.5 lbs! I don't know why it's taken so long or why these 2.5 lbs have been so effortless but I'll take it! 2.5 more lbs until I reach my first goal! Maybe the 3 day cleanse will get me on my way! I'll post my meals soon...
Friday, November 2, 2012
Caralluma Fimbriata is a plant (cactus) used India in times of famine. You can take this in a capsult form. It stimulates a signal to the hypothalumus to tell your brain and body "I'm not hungry".
Raw Green Coffee Beans from South America has chlorogenic acid which stops the body from absorbing sugar in the bloodstream. Skinny Coffee can be found in grocery stores or you can take capsule form.
From Africa, the Moringa tree tea or capsules gives the body energy. Plus it has lots of iron, protein, and calcium. Drink this and your bloodsugar goes down and your energy goes up!
Raspberry Ketones (in capsule form) are the "great fat liberator". Body builders use this to lose the last 5lbs. This causes fats to be released into the body and the body burns it as energy.
And then of course, Dr. Oz recommends an Indonesian plant, Garcinia Cambogia (HCA), to burn fat. One viewer suggested Citrimax Plus Chromium at the Vitamine Shoppe - Garcinia Cambogia Extract(Citrimax)(Fruit Rind) 1500 Mg Standardized To 50% (-) Hydroxycitric Acid (Hca) 750 Mg -- plus Chromium(Chromax)(As Chromium Picolinate) 200 Mcg. The HCA extract works by blocking fat (actually inhibiting an enzyme that turns carbs into fat) and suppresses the appetite by increasing serotonin levels.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
My next challenge before Thanksgiving is kind of a 3 day detox - taking the Shakeology cleanse idea to a more manageable level. Green smoothies with added protein and fiber for breakfast and lunch, fruit and veggie snacks, and salad with chicken or fish for dinner. Plus no added sugars or dairy. I think my biggest challenge will be skipping my morning latte! I also need to really crack down on water intake and give green tea another try. If it works, I just might try it again AFTER Thanksgiving to purge my system after overindulging! I won't even begin to kid myself that this won't happen - I'm southern and my mom and I both love to cook and eat!