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Old 11-01-2013, 03:01 PM   #31
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That's awesome Jess. Glad to hear that!!!
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Old 11-02-2013, 09:25 AM   #32
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Thanks, guys. Here's a little update on where I am.

I got really tired of the diet/restrict/binge merry-go-round. After some email chats with wastedenufftime, I decided to modify my approach to "try to eat low carb; don't eat bread or sugar; sometimes track calories."

That doesn't mean I just eat whatever. I make a concerted effort to eat organic or grass-fed, to eat protein, veggies and fat only, to watch portions.

I cook ahead on the weekends - several roasted meats like chicken, pork, beef. I fill in during the week with fish or even a protein shake for dinner if I'm just not hungry.

But if I have a road trip coming up, I am not going to worry about the amount of sugar in the grilled chicken at Wendy's. I'm just not. I realize that for some people, a diligent level of "clean eating" is essential to stave off cravings. And I admire wholeheartedly those who eat fully Paleo. I'm just not that person. I need to be able to buy a rotisserie chicken at the market and eat it with a side of green beans and not worry if it was free-range or if the marinade had sugar in it.

I do, however, watch my portions and I don't eat a lot of cream, cheese, mayo or other highly caloric foods. I eat it - just not in huge amounts. I limit my "desserts" to lc hot chocolate or cream cheese muffins. Not a lot of baking, fudge, or "fat bombs" for me. Would I try this things on a strict keto diet if I stalled? Absolutely. But it's not my preferred method.

If I am really craving it, I will eat any fruit. Again, not my first choice, but I am losing fine doing this. I rather see the fruit as a trade-off with the higher fat.


Doing this, I am dropping a few pounds each week.

Today I'm in detox after a pasta meal last night. I know I will be back on track by the end of the day and I am ready for a great November with hopefully continued losses.

This is kind of a developing process with me, so I'm open to any suggestions as I try to keep my momentum going.
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Old 01-28-2014, 07:30 AM   #33
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Whoa - what happened in here?!!

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Old 01-29-2014, 08:08 AM   #34
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I promised Gaily Gail I would post every day, so here I am!

It's a good idea for me, because for so long I have suffered from lack of commitment and overall half-arsery.

Today I have a good LC day planned.

B: coffee with cream; 2 HB eggs
L: greek salad with chicken gyro
D: Eating out - chicken scarpariello or similar, salad.

Snacks: protein shake; jello with 2 T WC

And because I like to plan ahead:

Thursday:

B: omelette
L: 2 brats and sauteed cabbage
D: Eye round roast with salad or greens

Friday:

B: leftover brats with 2 fried eggs
L: Leftover eye round
D: roasted chicken, (Challah for kids); broccoli

Saturday:

B: egg salad
L: protein shake
D: Eating out at pizza place. Will get salad with chicken.

Sunday - superbowl
B: protein shake
L: crack slaw
D: help! Need to brings some low carb snacks and healthy food to party.
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Old 01-30-2014, 04:36 AM   #35
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Jes, you are doing great! Your meal plans look awesome. Here are some ideas for healthy low carb snacks:
Raw veggies with herb dip (recipe is below -- from Barefoot Contessa)
Shrimp cocktail
Spiced nuts (just coat mixed nuts with melted butter, cinnamon, Splenda and a pinch of cayenne and bake in a 400 degree oven for a few minutes)
Charcuterie tray (fancy meats, salami, capacola, etc.)
Cheese tray (serve with nuts and low carb crackers)
Mini lobster rolls served on low carb buns or wraps
Celery stuffed with cheese or Laughing Cow cheese (this is really good)
Crabmeat stuffed mushrooms
Turkey and swiss rollups
Five layer cobb salad
Deviled eggs
Make mini sliders with buns from Great Low Carb Bread Co which you can find on Netrition
Netrition also has low carb cookie, cupcake and cheesecake mixes if you want something sweet to bring to the party.

The herb dip is so easy and good. Just blend sour cream, a little mayo, a little cream cheese, fresh dill, green onion, chives,a little garlic, salt and pepper in a food processor. You need to let this sit in the fridge for a few hours to let the flavors meld otherwise it tastes bland. I will send you the exact recipe from the Barefoot Contessa shortly.
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Old 01-30-2014, 06:19 AM   #36
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Thanks, Gail!
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Jes, here is the dip recipe. It is really good and great with crudités like cucumber, cherry tomatoes, celery, bell pepper, blanched asparagus, broccoli, fennel, etc.

8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup mayonnaise
4 scallions, white and green parts, minced
2 tablespoons fresh parsley leaves, minced
1 tablespoon fresh dill, minced
1 teaspoon kosher salt
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Mix in a food processor and refrigerate for a few hours to let the flavors meld. The Barefoot Contessa recommends serving this a room temperature but I like it cold too.
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Old 01-30-2014, 02:13 PM   #38
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Aw Gail - you're making me get my food processor out?
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Jes, LOL, you can make this in the blender! You also don't need a food processor if you can chop everything finely enough. By the way, you new avatar is fabulous. You are absolutely gorgeous!
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Hey Jes, just stopping in to cheer you on! Hope you are well!
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Hey Jes, just stopping in to cheer you on! Hope you are well!
I'm great Gaily - how are you doing today?
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Old 01-31-2014, 02:54 PM   #42
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Jes, LOL, you can make this in the blender! You also don't need a food processor if you can chop everything finely enough. By the way, you new avatar is fabulous. You are absolutely gorgeous!
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Old 02-03-2014, 09:13 AM   #43
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Power has been on and off due to storm - gonna try and get a whole pork shoulder in the oven now to eat later...if the power holds out!
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Old 02-04-2014, 08:04 AM   #44
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Omg - it's so hard to eat clean when the weather is one constant snow storm!

I have a pot of chicken soup going on the stove which should help - will add lots of yummy veggies and have it for dinner. Will add rice for kiddos.

Right now I am majorly stressed about this weekend. We are supposed to drive down to DC bc our older son was invited to sing with his music school band at the Hard Rock Cafe on Sunday. We decided to make a whole weekend of it.

But now, Storm of Century looms on the horizon. For some reason, I can't seem to let this ride and see how it goes. I want to know now what the plan will be.I hate having to plan and pack when it could be canceled last minute.

Need to relax.
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Uggh Jes, I feel your pain. This winter is BRUTAL -- it is like one storm after another on the Northeast. Are you on Long Island? I used to live in Port Washington and before that I was in Port Jefferson. The North Shore is lovely.

Your chicken soup sounds so good. Homemade chicken soup is so comforting and healthy -- what a great dinner. I don't blame you for being stressed about the weather --particularly when the forecasters are predicting another snowstorm on Saturday and Sunday too. How is your son getting to DC? I wonder if it makes sense for you to fly there or take the Acela train from Penn Station to DC? I love the Acela and it is very relaxing.

How cool that your son is singing at the Hard Rock too -- that is awesome. Try to take some deep yoga breaths, relax and know that you will figure this out.
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Thanks Gail! We're checked in at our hotel in dc!
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Yay! You are in Washington DC safe and sound. I don't think we got any snow -- think that is coming tonight. Hope you are having a wonderful weekend with your family!
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And today we have....more snow!!

Determined to eat on plan, though.
Today is:

B: eggs over easy; coffee with crea
L: low carb chicken sausage with salad
D: top round roast; teriyaki drums, sauteed cabbage

S: sugar free hot chocolate; protein shake
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Can you believe that we are getting more snow. I am looking out of my office window now and it just started blowing in. Boo! Glad to see you back on track. Your meals for today look GREAT too!
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I heard its snowing up there still. Ugh!!!
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Menu for this week (I am largely following the keto meal plans at I Breathe I'm Hungry, but with tweaks since she often posts the same dinner a few nights in a row and my crew gets bored)

Sunday:

B: Sausage/spinach fritata

L: Simple egg salad; romaine lettuce leaves, cup of broth

S: 2 cheese sticks

D: Asian meatballs over zucchini noodles

S: Bunny's pudding

Monday:

B: Fritata

L: meatballs and Zuc leftover

S: String Cheese

D: Easy roasted chicken and tomatoes from IBIH

S: Hot cocoa or a shake

Tuesday:

B: Cream cheese pancakes from IBIH

L: Egg salad wrapped in romaine leaves, broth.

S: protein shake or 1/2 avocado with lite salt

D: Hot wings from IBIH; roasted broccoli (pasta for kids)

S: Bunny's pudding

Wednesday:

B: Frittata

L: Take out Greek salad with gyro

S: 2 string cheese or 1/2 avocado with salt

D: Salmon, Cheesy Cauli Bake from IBIHi, rice for the kids Or a beef roast

S: ?

Thursday:

B: Cream cheese pancakes

L: Leftover salmon or beef and veggies

S: pepperoni slices

D: A rib or pork roast recipe - need to find.


Friday:

B: Tuna salad

L: Leftovers

S: protein shake

D: take out low carb Chinese

Saturday

B:

L:

D: Sunday Gravy - basic meat sauce, served over zuc for me and ww pasta for the family. Easy peasy.

S: chocolate mousse


I plan to make the wings, meatballs, cauliflower bake, bone broth, egg salad and Frittata this weekend to have on hand for the week. I've tried to combine some very basic foods like a roast with some more innovative things so I'm neither bored nor overwhelmed. Bone broth to be consumed as additional snack in morning or afternoon.

I have a lot to say about where I am with all of this right now, but it's taken a ton of time to write this up so I have to call it quits for now.
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I am really behind in the cooking, lol. I made a top round roast and the asian meatballs and broth.

Tonight I'll make the cauliflower cheese mash and the wings - should be easy.

Down 2 lbs. Here we go!
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Finally seeing progress in my habits and on the scale - so happy and proud.

The most important thing for me is to plan menus and have food on hand so I don't "panic."

Menu for the remainder of the week:

Thursday:

B: Scrambled eggs; bacon
L: Salad with grilled salmon (Greek restaurant)
S: 2 cheese sticks
D: Nitrite-free hot dogs, kraut,
S: hot cocoa

Friday:

B: tuna salad
L: leftover beef/chicken; chopped salad
S: 2 cheese sticks
D: Ribs; chicken; sauteed cabbage

Saturday:

B: smoked salmon
L: leftover chicken with melted cheese; salad
S: protein shake
D: dinner out with friends

Will plan and add more on Sunday.
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Getting ready to post my menu for the week. I am feeling a little bored which is a BAD sign for me with low carb. I need to take the time to get some new recipes going. At the same time, I don't want to make it too complicated - another downfall.

Snacks I might not list include shrimp, cheese if not used in recipes, pickles, crustless quiche, egg salad and protein shakes. This isn't a food record - just a meal plan.

Monday:

B: tuna salad

L: salad with roasted chicken

D: Ribs, cauliflower

S: jello and WC

Monday night: make crustless quiche and riced cauliflower

Tuesday:

B: crustless quiche

L: leftover ribs or chicken; salad

D: Marinated cod with sauteed riced cauliflower

S: jello

Night: Make meat sauce for next day (reserve some browned meat for taco salads); cream cheese muffins if possible

Wednesday

B: Quiche

L: greek salad with chicken, feta, tzadziki

D: Zoodles with meat sauce and parmesan

S: cream cheese muffins

Thursday:

B: eggs and bacon

L: Taco salad with cheese, guacamole, salsa, lettuce, meat

D: Whole roasted chicken or steak; mashed cauliflower

S: Sugar free shave ice

Friday:

B: Quiche or egg salad

L: PTA lunch

D: Chicken and wild rice soup for kids; scallops over sauteed spinach

Saturday

B: cream cheese pancakes from IBIH

L: leftovers

D: Take out - Sashimi or chinese. Pasta for kids

Sunday:

Dinner: chili or roast beef

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What do you get for Chinese takeout that is low carb? That one type of food I really miss.
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What do you get for Chinese takeout that is low carb? That one type of food I really miss.
I special order it with no sugar, cornstarch or MSG from a place I trust. I only order the dished that are protein/veg, ie chicken and broccoli.

It's not quite the same as getting the "real" kind but it gets me my "fix."
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