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Gourmet DIY Dieting 101 – Class 1 of 5

22 Nov

What does this title mean? You have seen “DIY” all over my site… and it really has a double meaning… the first one is the one everybody knows… ‘DO IT YOURSELF’.

The second one means… “DIET Intelligent YOU”!

And what is a diet or dieting?  Actually it is just a way a person consumes food.  Everyone is always on a diet, whether it is good for them or not.  We hope to share info and recipes that will help you consume food that will keep or get you healthier every day.

‘101’ represents a beginner’s class in school… the first steps to understanding a certain subject.  And our subject is Food – Recipes – Restricting caloric overload losing weight  – losing inches – improving our overall health and helping you become a DIY!

Let’s get to it.  How much do you know about carbohydrates and calories? Over the next few blogs consider ‘school is in session’.

Let’s learn about Calories and Carbs

I will admit that I was like most grownups thinking I already knew that just by cutting carbohydrates or calories from my diet I could will lose weight.  

And yes, we can ‘IF’ we keep our carb intake under 20 every single day … OR  … we cut our calorie intake by 500 (minimum) every day.

The late Dr Atkins proved that if you make a big reduction in your carbohydrate intake you can still get nutrients (vitamins, minerals, and other good stuff) from the rest of what you eat. With the suggestions I am making, let’s call it a Fairy Tale Diet, where you eat a balanced gourmet menu from our recipes during the week and then you can eat all the foods you crave on the weekends.  You can cut out a lot of carbohydrates by using a few of our recipes and tricks that will seem like a fairy tale come true; we (DH and I) have cut or eliminated our cravings for salts, sugars, butter, bacon, and grease dripping hamburgers which helped us lose pounds and lose inches; without feeling deprived or denied. 

Fairy Tales have been known to be based in TRUTH!

Everyone can have the will power to stick to anything for five short days when they know that there is a light at the end of that tunnel and all cravings can be satisfied.

What actually happens in your body is that you are burning calories at your current metabolic rate for 5 days and then resetting that rate on the weekend.  Your body never has a chance to regain the lost pounds and inches if you just stay on track.

Now that brings us our first question: How can you possibly not lose weight?

Our answers are simple, and it’s nothing new. No matter what you’ve heard about net carbs and impact carbs, weight loss boils down one thing: Calories in versus calories out.

Remember that I asked you how much you knew about carbohydrates and calories?  It is time for you to take one simple little test question, kind of an open book quiz, if you will, and find out.

1. True or false: All Carbohydrates and All calories are all the same, whether they come from potato chips, donuts, vegetables or beverages.

False. All food packaging requires a nutritional label.  The serving size is mentioned first, so multiply the amount of the ingredients by the number of servings if you will be eating the entire contents of the package.

Technically, all carbohydrates have the same number of calories per gram. But from a nutritional standpoint, they differ greatly. A soda, for example, only gives your body refined carbohydrate calories. Compare that with carbohydrate-rich fruits, vegetables, and gluten-free grain products (gluten is the stuff in wheat that many people are allergic to and do not even know it), which are loaded with fiber (helps you feel full and works like a broom to sweep out the bad stuff) and antioxidants (the things that fight off colds and viruses) that keep you feeling full, feeling good and ward off diseases.

So your best nutritional bet is to cut as many refined carbohydrates from your diet as you can: like sugar, potatoes and white bread, and replace them, if you must, with powdered, granulated and liquid sucrolose and high-fiber alternatives such as gluten-free low carb pasta,  no carb noodles, low carb breads, and cereals, and no carb condiments. Save these for your two consecutive days off.

With all that said, I have decided to tell you about our favorite condiment and sauce company.  Many of our recipes require their products.  You can have the best barbecued chicken smothered in barbecue sauce, salad soaked in dressing, cantaloupes dripping in marshmallow crème, and a coffee mocha all for under 400 delicious lip smacking calories!    Unbelievable?  We thought so too, until we tried Walden Farms.  All of their products have NO FAT –NO CALORIES- NO CARBS but they kept all the flavor at a price that rivals your local grocer’s!

Here is your second recipe using a product from Walden Farms:

Chocolate Pudding

 

While I was test marketing for my deliver company a customer, Patricia, gave us this comment: “I LOVE chocolate pudding. I remember being a kid and my grandmother making it for us – it’s just one of my all time favorite comfort foods.  Back then it was not so easy to make and was loaded with calories. It was too time consuming. I found the best chocolate pudding on the entire planet by using a recipe from you that used a chocolate dipping sauce from Walden Farms! It is perfect. This pudding is oh so yummy and so smooth and tastes just like my grandmothers pudding… I had lots of taste testers too since I made this a house specialty. Everyone loved it and once you try it, you’ll definitely want it again. “

 1 jar of Walden Farms Chocolate Dip

½ cup of reconstituted non-dairy creamer

In a medium bowl mix both ingredients, spoon into serving dishes or bowls. Refrigerate for at least 15 minutes.  Serves 4 with only 10 calories for the entire recipe and cures that craving for sweets.

Tell the folks at Walden Farms that you heard about them from us…

Class dismissed ‘till next time when we ask the question:

Do you get more calories from foods high in carbohydrates than those made up mostly of protein or fat?

ttfn

Granny

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Posted by on November 22, 2011 in Desserts, DIY Dieting 101

 

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