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Gourmet DIY Dieting 101 – Class 3 of 5

24 Nov

Here we are again and ready for our third class in this short study on dieting!

Today we will learn to figure a balanced meal based on caloric intake.

True or false: Most of us eat too many carbohydrates.

Think about your open book test question for today while we study some facts…

Before even starting this blog, just by looking around, I knew that most Americans ate too many calories.  I am pretty sure, by looking at what my neighbor has in their grocery cart that many of those carbohydrates come from sweets, sugars, and fats.

We do not just eat too many carbohydrates but too much of everything, which includes protein, fat, and alcohol. Our Fairy Tale Diet follows the guidelines of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). The NAS recommends that all diets should have 45% to 60% of total calories from carbohydrates, mostly from low-fat dairy products, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains such as bread and brown rice (as for the Fairy Tale Diet, we go one step farther and ask that you go gluten-free.) The NAS recommends, as we do, that 10%-35% of calories come from protein, such as seafood, skinless poultry, and lean meat, and 20%-35% come from healthy fats such as vegetable oils, nuts, and seeds. This is how every meal should be.  We will repeat this too, so you can see it:

45% to 60% of total calories from carbohydrates (soup fruit and veggie juices)

10%-35% of calories come from protein (fish, foul, eggs and peanut butter)

20%-35% come from healthy fats (soup & peanut butter)

Please notice, that within the confines of the Fairy Tale Diet, NO calories are allowed for alcohol, whether you are 1, or 21, or 101 unless you save these for your two consecutive days off!

CNET offered, back in December 2009, a wonderful program.  The Calorie Balance Diet is designed for multiple users, so everyone in the house can take advantage of it. Best of all, it’s FREE, and still available.  It works with every diet program that counts calories.  

It’s a free utility that makes it entirely too easy to figure out just how many calories you need to achieve your dietary goal, and what foods you should and shouldn’t eat to help you stay on track.

That’s like having Granny right by your side. Lol.

It also helps you keep useful schedules and records.  A simple wizard lets each user configure height, weight, gender, age, activity level, and other variables, and it automatically calculates caloric intake for a range of goals, including maintaining current weight or targeted weight loss.

It will tell you just how many calories you need to cut out of your daily diet to achieve your weight loss goals based on an activity level slider that essentially ranges from sluggard to dynamo, so you can get real results even if you’re stuck behind a desk every day simply by cutting out certain foods.

The Calorie Balance Tracker is a FREE spreadsheet-style database of foods, calories, and other data that makes your food intake abundantly clear.

The two tools I love best about this program: it also included are a recipe editor and a tool to make shopping lists.

DIY… Now you will have a lot more power… DIET Intelligent YOU”!
 
 Here again is your open book test question for today:

 True or false: Most of us eat too many carbohydrates.

True. Most Americans eat too many calories, just a fact, and many of those carbohydrates come from sweets, sugars, and fats. We do not just eat too many carbohydrates but too much of everything, which includes protein, fat, and alcohol.

So many of us just cannot resist love those sweet dishes and I have just the entrée for dinner tonight.

Asian Pineapple Chicken with Mini Pearls

We make a double batch, for next days leftovers!

My friend Mi Ling’s husband, Yu, had this to say: “Pineapple sauced chicken and mini pearls is beyond belief.  My parents flew in from China and we fixed this dish for them… they thought my wife (who burns boiling water) had performed a miracle….  Thanks to you, Granny… she did! ”

  • 2 bags of Miracle Noodles Mini Pearls
  • 1 can chicken chunks
  • 1 small can pineapple chunks, with juice reserved
  • 4 T Walden Farms Asian Sauce
  • 1 T lemon juice
  • 1 pkg Splenda

Directions

Warm 2 serving dishes in the microwave.

In a saucepan combine the pineapple juice, Walden Farms Asian, lemon juice, pineapple, and Splenda, and place over medium heat; cook until the liquid has reduced to syrup, about 5 minutes.

While waiting for the sauce to thicken, double rinse Miracle Noodles Mini Pearls in a colander with very hot water, paper towel blot.

Once the sauce is thickened add the Miracle Noodles Mini Pearls and chicken; remove from heat and serve onto the 2 warmed serving plates.

With only about 40 calories a serving, and this makes 4 servings… indulge yourself with seconds!  As the late, great Jackie Gleason used to say… “How Sweeeeeeet it is!”

Class dismissed ‘till later

ttfn

Granny

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Posted by on November 24, 2011 in DIY Dieting 101, Entrees

 

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