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Free Diabetes Recipe Book

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hair to toes weight lossToday marked the first time in my entire life that I have turned down pizza.  Fresh baked pizza.  Super yummy pizza.  But I said NO – repeatedly.  I stood against temptation and did not fall. I am shocked. I am amazed. I am proud of myself.

I wanted the pizza, without a doubt.  But I did not want the loads of calories that come with it, and I did not want to regain the weight that I have lost. I am sure that would have happened if I had indulged in the pizza.

Of course, if I had walked two or more hours today (which I did not), I might have allowed myself a slice, maybe two slices. Maybe.

But I did do very well on my caloric intake for the day – less than 1,200.  When I weigh in the morning, I should see more weight loss.

So, the menu for the day turned out pretty good.  This morning I had a complete meal (230 calories), three Pepsi Next in cans over the course of the day (60 calories each), a pack of Nature Valley Breakfast bars eaten over the course of the day (230 calories), a can of green beans (about 60 calories), 1/4 cup of 1% cottage cheese (about 40 calories), a salmon fillet (about 100 calories), and tonight a sandwich containing two slices of low calorie wheat bread (40 calories each) with plain chicken (about 90 calories), and topped with about a tablespoon of cheese sauce to make it stick (about 40 calories).

The nice thing is that so far the only thing I’ve actually cooked (today) is the salmon fillet. That took maybe 15 minutes.  I put it in a skillet with a tiny bit of extra virgin olive oil and cooked it on medium high, flipping it every few minutes, until it was done.  It was straight from the freezer in a vacuum sealed bag.

That just goes to show that you can eat healthy and not have to stand in the kitchen for hours cooking.  That’s nice because as much as I want to eat healthy, I don’t want to spend hours prepping food and cooking it.  Sure it’s okay sometimes, just not all the time.  So I’m happy that, so far, I am able to eat healthy and not spend a lot of time preparing the food.  As I go along, I will no doubt take more time for some foods, just to eat something different. But if you’re like me and just getting started at this again (or for the first time), this is an easy and painless way to get in that healthy eating without killing yourself in the kitchen to do it.

 

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hair to toes avocado spread recipeI like the idea of being able to eat healthier but still have yummy food to eat. I seldom eat regular bread anymore.  I buy low calorie wheat bread that has only 40 calories a slice to use for the times that I do still eat any bread, which isn’t much right now.

A while back, I had learned about using avocado spread in place of mayo on sandwiches and how it was healthier and had much less calories in it. I got busy with life and forgot about it, never trying it.

I did some searching and came up with a basic recipe that can be tweaked if desired.  Remember that adding anything to this will most likely increase the caloric intake and could sabotage your weight loss efforts, so take that into consideration before adding ingredients to the recipe.

Using avocado spread in place of regular mayo can help in weight loss by cutting out a lot of empty calories. One tablespoon of avocado spread has about 30 calories compared to about 70 to 100 calories for the same amount of mayo.

Healthy Avocado Spread Recipe

2 avocados
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
1 clove garlic (or more to taste)
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil (optional, for easier spreading)

Peel the avocados, remove the pits, and cut the avocados in half. Place them in a blender (or mash by hand). Add in the garlic (or chop it into tiny, fine bits). Blend this up until it’s a pulp and smooth, then add in the lemon juice and olive oil. Mix it all together well.

Stores for about a week. You can half this recipe for less or double it for more.

 

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Weight Loss Update #1

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hair to toes weight loss I posted yesterday about eating a Sonic Cheeseburger yesterday after a day of shopping and about walking for over two hours. I wasn’t sure how that would affect my weight loss efforts, and I thought I might even gain back a pound or two from eating it.

Well, I weighed in this morning (as I am doing just about every morning now) and I was pleasantly surprised to find that I had not gained weight back but had in fact lost another 1.4 pounds.

Does this mean I will eat cheeseburgers a lot more? No. It does mean that I know now that I can eat one when we are gone out all day shopping, as long as I am getting in a lot of the walking for exercise. We only go shopping like this two or three times a month – major shopping that takes a few hours, not the short grab it and go kind.

I also did some searching for the avocado spread that I was talking about, the one to use in place of regular mayo. I found a few variations, but the one I will start with calls for two avocados, a tablespoon of lemon juice to help preserve color and freshness, 1/8 teaspoon of sea salt, and a clove of garlic. You peel the avocados, then blend up the pulp along with the garlic, and add the sea salt. You can also add a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil to make it more spreadable. This should keep for about a week or so. You can make half the amount or double the recipe if needed.

Since I’ve never tried this, I’ll post about how it turns out and if I like it or not.

It’s 3 PM as of this writing and so far today I’ve had my Pepsi Next (60 calories) and 230 calories in food (a complete meal). Later this evening I will have some green beans (about 30 calories) and maybe one or two of the Nature Valley Breakfast Biscuits for a snack (60 calories each). I didn’t care for the blueberry flavor much at all, but the honey flavor is good. If I get hungry again later tonight, I will probably eat some carrots (about 30 calories).

At the end of the day, I should not be over 700 calories, meaning that in the morning when I weigh in, I should have lost more weight, even though I am not getting any exercise today. Tomorrow is more shopping again, so more exercise, which translates into more weight loss. Yay me!

I will post the avocado spread recipe into the next post so that it will be easier to find if anyone wants to search for it and/or print it out or bookmark it to use.

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