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Gourmet DIY The Fairy Tale Diet Way 3 of 5

Some people are meat lovers, others fish or fowl… but I love the power of vegetables!

With all this cold weather moving in I figured this would be the perfect time to cook up a nice pot of hot, delicious vegetable soup.  This program lends itself to this chore easily!

My DH loves coming home on snowy days when the house is blanketed under white fluff, opening the door and be wrapped in the alluring fragrance of this soup we are sharing with you today.

The Fairy Tale Diet only uses certain veggies, but they can be mixed dozens of ways, although we are using them in this soup, you could even toss in beans, salmon, tuna, chicken or turkey, or all at the same time… just not today!

Let me tell you why we chose the veggies we did:

Broccoli, Zucchini, Green Beans and Celery are America’s favorite vegetables because they tastes good and are available all year-long in one form or another. They are a rich source of vitamin A, vitamin C, and bone-building vitamin K, and have plenty of fiber to fill you up and help control your weight. Many people know that beta-carotene (vitamin A) is not just found in orange and yellow vegetables, but that broccoli is an excellent source. You can eat all four of these vegetables raw, lightly steamed, stir-fried, roasted, boiled or grilled. Eat them as a side dish, or tossed into noodles, egg dishes, soups, and salads, a minimum of 2 servings every day.

Sweet potatoes or Yams are yummy members of the dark orange vegetable family, and they lead the pack in vitamin A content. Substitute a baked sweet potato, which is also loaded with vitamin C, calcium, and potassium for a baked white potato. Instead of adding butter or sugar, try Walden Farms Maple Syrup or their Marshmallow Dip, or taste the sweetness that develops when a sweet potato is cooked — and think of all the calories you can save by not loading it with all that fatting butter and sour cream.  Also avoid the salt! If you eat more foods like sweet potatoes that are rich sources of potassium, and fewer high-sodium foods, we can stop or radically slow down the effect of sodium on blood pressure and reduce bone loss. The other dark orange vegetables you can substitute into this diet at least twice a week include pumpkin, carrots, butternut squash, and orange bell peppers.

By eating our ‘manna’ vegetables and fruit you will be getting essential vitamins, minerals, fiber and phytonutrients (plant-nutrients) that your body needs to promote good health. Toss some in a blender and make them into juice.  If you want to punch the flavor try adding any of Walden Farms dressing. That makes it so easy to get these key vitamins and nutrients in one delicious drink. Every 8 ounce glass of vegetable juice equals one serving in the Fairy Tale Diet.

As you grew up you may have been told to eat your greens, but what about your  oranges?

The more different vegetables you eat, the more health-promoting properties you are getting.  They help curb your appetite too.

Vegetable juice should be a part of your weight maintenance or weight loss program. Check out the FREE RECIPE at the end of this blog… sure it’s for soup but every soup is just chunky juice, which can be very delicious and easy to make by tossing in a blender. Start your day with vegetable Juice and you are on your way. The Fairy Tale Diet is designed for on-the-go or at-home eating and offers lots of no calorie, no carb, no fat, delicious gourmet choices.

  • Are you aware that vitamins A and C are necessary for healthy skin? When you eat your vegetables that are rich in antioxidant vitamins A and C you will be supporting collagen production and skin renewal.
  • To maintain healthy skin cells throughout the body you must have vitamin A.
  • Collagen helps provide structure to our bodies, and connects soft tissue to our bones. Vitamin C is needed to make collagen in the body.


As one that suffers from Fibromyalgia, I believe everyone else with it should absolutely be getting at least the minimum required amounts of vegetables, in my humble opinion of course.

As for those of us with heart problems…

  • Low sodium dishes is heart-healthy, we try NOT to use any added salt!
  • Vegetables are an excellent source of potassium
  • Naturally fat and cholesterol free, vegetables are the way to go!


We made sure that the Fairy Tale Diet has foods that are a good source of potassium and low in sodium to cut the risk of high blood pressure and stroke.  I am a walking example of the benefits these veggies give after having had first hand experience with those deadly culprits.

Dr. Ben Kim, of Juice Advisor,  is regularly about the fastest and easiest way to get healthier. Without hesitation he says vegetable juice. Dr. Kim studied at the University of Toronto then went on to earn his doctor of chiropractic degree at National University of Sciences in 1997.  He proudly graduated summa cum laude, and joined multi-disciplinary clinics in Alaska, California, and Ontario.  Today, he lives and works in Ontario, Canada with his family.  He also is devoted to spreading the secrets that the diet industry does not want you to know.

The late Jack LaLanne was among the first to dispute the propaganda of the diet industry and tried to convince the public for decades that healthy eating was the way to a long life, not packaged or chemically treated foods.  He advertised his ‘Vegi-matic’ for juicing before it was ever popular to juice!  He was an American fitness, exercise, and nutritional expert, celebrity, lecturer, and motivational speaker who was widely referred to as “The Godfather of Fitness”. He was quoted with the following statements:

  • Your waistline is your lifeline.
  • Don’t exceed the feed limit.
  • The food you eat today is walking and talking tomorrow.
  • Ten seconds on the lips and a lifetime on the hips.
  • Your health account is like your bank account: The more you put in, the more you can take out.
  • It’s not what you do some of the time that counts, it’s what you do all the time that counts.
  • Eat right and you can’t go wrong.

We all know someone who is sold out on eating healthy… and we turn a deaf ear to them, as if they were preaching the word of G*d. It is too true!  These two great believers are/were right!

I do not even deserve to walk in their shadows but I believe just as strongly as they.  Conviction is what motivates anyone to success!

Look at it this way: If you are overweight, you did it to yourself.  No one held you down day after day and shoved poisonous amounts and types of food down your throat! 

If anyone had even attempted such a thing you would have been kicking and screaming!

Start mentally kicking and screaming at yourself.  Stop what you are doing… walk away without a backward glance… say goodbye forever to that person, that lifestyle and break clean, once and for all!!!!

Are you convicted yet to walk away from habits that are killing you in order to live a life of health and delight in a new body?

Follow me… life can be a dream come true with the Fairy Tale Diet!

Start right this second, commit to it!

Go in the kitchen, your desk drawers, your purse and coat pockets, and everywhere else you have stuffed any kind of food that is not on the Fairy Tale Diet and toss them into a box… and either toss them in the garbage or give them away!

Then, if you are not too upset with my up front, in your face, attitude, (and I do not apologize, ‘cause it’s for your own good) make yourself a cup of tea, broth, soup, anything liquid, warm and good for you, slowly sip it and join me as we make positive healthy changes… together!

Today the weather is yucky. When the rain or snow is falling outside I just love to curl up on the couch, with a good book, or a classic ‘tear jerker’ move (Jane Austin books and films are my favorite) while sipping on a hot, delicious cup of tea or soup.  The versatility of soup is wonderful.  The FREE RECIPE for today can be tweaked with the noodles, beans, fish or fowl. You can add more or less of each veggie to soup your taste.  At Walden Farms you can try every different dip, salad dressing, pasta sauce, barbecue sauce or anything there that calls to you!  Some times it is nice to just have a plain and simple, yet delicious cup of soup. That is what we are making today. I just love it! 


  • 1 cup of orange bell peppers, diced
  • 1 cup of broccoli, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 2 zucchini, diced
  • 1 cup celery, diced
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can green beans
  • 1 pinch ground ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • ground black pepper to taste


  1. In a large stew pot, over medium heat, toss in all the vegetables, with their water and an extra 4 cups of water. Season with ginger and pepper. Reduce heat to low and let simmer 1 hour or stir until the carrots are tender.

Looking for more ways to support your healthy lifestyle? For great tips on gourmet DIY, eating well, living well, being fit, No/Low Calorie, No/Low Fat, No/Low carb, super fast dishes and FREE RECIPES… keep coming back.

This is another posting from Granny’s’ Gourmet DIY and the Fairy Tale Diet!





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Gourmet DIY The Fairy Tale Diet Way 1 of 5


I do not like thee, Doctor Fell,
The reason why, I just must tell;
The basic food groups you did sell!

Now I’m fat and don’t feel well,
I do not like thee, Doctor Fell.

Can you relate to that poem?  Each of us must find whatever works for us.  We learned to do a little research and started to follow our own created diet which is a bit Atkins, South Beach, no/low carb, no/low sugar, vitamin supplemented and even includes a fabulous pasta noodle that has no calories and no carbs, called The Fairy Tale Diet!  

We took note of what Mother Goose, the Grimm’s Brothers, and other childhood poems tried to sell us over the centuries about our diet.  This five-post series will give you an overview of the finer points to how our diet came from concept to reality and works for us and it can work for you, too, without hunger or cheating! 

We noticed two points of concern.  The brainwashing we have had since childhood and the guilt always associated with breaking a ‘normal diet’.  Lets work backwards for a moment.  The oxymoron ‘normal diet’ just gets me.  If we were normal we would not need to diet… and because every diet I had ever tried before seemed just like every other… well, you get it! So, then we learn that if we cut calorie intake for more than five days our body shuts down and our metabolism goes wacky.  That is where I got this fab idea, on five off two.  We reduce our intake for five consecutive days… and break the cycle for the next two days.  Then we start all over again!  It is so simple!  Life style change for the entire family, not just for one or two members!  This is a self-leveling program… You will only lose the weight you need to lose. There is no future maintenance program… this is the entire program!  Start to finish, from now to forever… young and old, fat or skinny, from this day forward for as long as you all shall live! On five off two!  The Fairy Tale Diet!  With the selection of high vitamin and mineral content, minus the rich caloric levels, we found enough of a variety to satisfy any gourmet’s delicate nature. If you cook, and feel creative… there are unlimited directions you can take this program using just what we lay out.

What if you work split days off… or a special occasion falls smack in the middle of your five days on the program? Fine.  So what?  How long did it take you to get in this condition… and how much longer did it take you, after you finally tried everything else, before trying this program? This is a race that will take a long time to win, if you go lame (in the head) or toss a shoe, get back on the horse!  You did not hurt a thing by falling off schedule one or two days. As long as in the over all scheme of things you really make the effort to play by the rules… you will win the race!

To address guilt:  there is none!  In your two days off… indulge your cravings and then start over when the five days on begin again, because you have to, in order to reset your metabolism!  Too simple!

We then address the teachings of your youth.

Our first clue that poems, rhymes, stories and tales that children learn make a lasting impression came from asking adult friends which ones they remembered.  Most of them related to poor eating habits and almost every person was obese.

Those that loved pasta did not remember the following poem:  

 Hey, Hey the old man yelled,

While he was eating noodles,

“Don’t eat wheat or processed meat”,

as he drew sweet yam doodles.

He said a mouthful about eating gluten-free and nitrate rich, hormone injected meats as he drew Glucomannan yam doodles.

So…we have included these wonderful zero calorie, zero carb, zero fat Miracle Noodles into our menus as a staple. These noodles come in so many shapes sizes and styles and do not need to be refrigerated or even cooked!  The perfect pasta for the person that burns water or needs a delicious, nutritious meal on the table in less than five minutes!

They leave us feeling full and satisfied for hours.  Pasta finally has no guilt … these can even be auto shipped!

Then from the nursery rhymes we became more convinced than ever that we needed to cut out refined sugar and processed flour.  That brings us to Polly and Sukey first. 

These two sisters taught us that teas are good.  There are herb teas that can help raise our immune system while supporting good colon function. When certain teas, like hibiscus, are combined with certain foods that same full and satisfied feeling makes you look forward to tea time.  For a mid-day snack we use and suggest any Stevia, Splendex or Splenda sweetened hibiscus tea, with a slice of the delicious tasting Julian Bakery Carb Smart Bread (2 carbs per slice).  We only suggest you use this bread, also recommended by Dr. Rosedale.

 Polly, put the kettle on,
Polly, put the kettle on,
Polly, put the kettle on;
We’ll all have tea.

Blow the fire and make the toast,
Put the muffins on to roast,
Blow the fire and make the toast,
We’ll all have tea.

Sukey, take it off again,
Sukey, take it off again,
Sukey, take it off again,
They’ve all gone away.

   Sugars and starches break down in our systems to give us immediate energy.  If, or should we say, when, we consume more that our body needs on a daily basis the excess is stored for future use as ‘FAT’.  ‘More’ equates to more than 20 total trans carbs.  Parents work hard to earn the grocery money and want to see that their kids do not go hungry.  ‘Clean you plate’ is heard at every dinner table. Carbs and sugars are pushed on the public on all sides, which makes Americans ‘FATTER’ than folks anywhere else on earth.  Adults should be ‘cleaning up their acts’ in regards to what they are saying, doing, and silently expressing when it comes to food consumption! 

 Monkey see – Monkey do!

Mommy, make me fat like you!

Ignorantly, parents and teachers still recite ‘FAT MAKER POEMS’ to our young, unaware that they are reinforcing the brainwashing. Those poems are the direct opposite of what we should be doing and not at all what our ‘FAIRY TALE DIET’ supports.  

 I bet you can recite this next one in your sleep. Lol.

 I Scream,
You scream,
We all scream,

(Look for Bryers Carb Smart … yum!)

I will be posting delicious, icies and slushies, and frozen yogurt dishes as soon as the weather starts to warm!  We all crave sweets whether summer or winter, they just don’t have to be filled with carbs!!  That is why I have posted several of late, to get us through the holidays.

Hot cross buns!
Hot cross buns!
One a penny, two a penny,
Hot cross buns!

If you have no daughters,
Give them to your sons!
One a penny, two a penny,
Hot cross buns!

Is this poem about buying your child’s affection, no matter the cost or that no matter your child’s sex you can win them over with sweets.. or … what? Is it better to have fat children than healthy ones? 

King Boggen, he built a fine new hall;
Pastry and pie crust, that was the wall;
The windows were made of black pudding and white,
Roofed with pancakes — you never saw the like.

(Did he eat himself out of house and home or was he so overweight already that they just surrounded him with whatever he wanted?)

How many of us remember jumping rope to this poem?

I once was a pretty little Dutch girl,
As pretty as I could be.
And all the boys in the neighborhood
Went crazy over me!

I baked a sweet Apple Dutch pie,
As sweet as it could be.
Now all the boys in the neighborhood
Call me Two Ton Tess-ie!

(Pretty is as pretty does… or does without!)

Little Jack Horner
Sat in a corner,
Eating a mincemeat pie.
He stuck in his thumb
And pulled out a plum,
And said, “What a good boy am I!”

First of all, when a child is sitting in the corner he is there either because he is being punished or he is a recluse.  He was showing off by not using his serving utensils, was playing with his food, and he was a braggart…all things considered therefore, he was NOT a good boy. 

(If he ate the entire mincemeat pie all by himself, I guess you could say he was good… good and FAT!)

By the way… who ever bakes plums in mincemeat pies?

Georgie Porgy ate puddin’ and pie,
Kissed the girls and made them cry.

(It’s a crying shame that most girls’ don’t like overweight boys & visa versa!)

Pat a cake, pat-a-cake, baker’s man,
Bake me a cake as fast as you can.
Roll it, and prick it, and mark it with a “B”
And put it in the oven for Baby and me!

(Why would a good parent feed their baby carbs?


What are little girls made of?
Sugar and spice,
And everything nice,
That’s what little girls are made of.

(Sugar filled girls grow up to be obese women!)


Jack Sprat could eat no fat,
His wife could eat no lean,
And so betwixt the two of them
They licked the platter clean.

(Enough said on this one!)

.  The last one… Little Red Riding Hood, almost lost her life just to take a basket full of goodies through the woods to Grandma. And who in the world would want to give carbs to a bedridden, sickly, a senior citizen.  A kind and sweet heart does not mean that one should cause a potential dietary health risk to a sedentary, single, recluse.

What do the nursery rhymes and fairy tales teach us?  We accept concepts and ideas about people, foods, religions, and races… on what we hear repeatedly from those in power.

Now, we want to empower you by giving you information that can alter your life and those around you, for generations, if you are willing to step out from the crowd.  

We will not make the decisions for you!  You have to be the one to fill out your shopping list, do the shopping, prepare the dishes, and stick to your guns. We are not the Diet Cops!  The Fairy Tale Diet Menus are to be created by you.  That is part of the magic. They are based on easy to get & eat foods that are packed with multiple nutrients to help you stay healthy.  There are five items crucial to this program that may only be purchased online, the links will be provided.

At Granny Peck Said  we offer the complete Fairy Tale Diet Manual that comes with a beginner cookbook, shopping list and menu planner for only $10 each or in Ebook for $5 each with recipes for each category of food covered in this five-part post. There are several other topics available also. Make no mistake… first and foremost we invite you to take advantage of all of our FREE RECIPES created just for the Fairy Tale Diet that I include at the bottom of every post, right here at this blog. Please feel free to link to or copy and share them.

Many folks who have given up dream of a potion or pill that has everything you need for perfect health and weight loss. They would not like it much … without the satisfying flavors we are addicted to! We all know that no such pill exists, yet.  There is a solution — something that promotes health and healing, wellness, weight control and tastes good, too. The children that wandered in the desert for eighty years were provided with manna food that fell from the heavens.  It sustained them, nourished them and more. During the times slavery was around and for all those incarcerated, it was up to ‘THE MAN’ to provide your every meal.  Today you choose what to eat.  As they say… you are what you eat.  We have done the research. 

Further on in this five-part series you will learn of the hard-working “manna foods” that give you multiple disease-fighting nutrients that satisfy your hunger.  You can enjoy plenty of food without pouring on the calories, and these are mega-simple to include in everyday meals. What good is manna food that is hard to find, difficult to prepare, and the kids won’t eat?

Eaten as your everyday, happily ever after, regular diet, these foods will give you all the nutrients missing from most American diets. We Americans need to eat more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products.  That is no fairy tale!

Even the most acclaimed experts would quickly point out that our micro list of manna foods by no means includes all the nutritious foods that could be part of a healthy diet.  They have however praised us for the simplicity of execution and success in weight loss and maintenance resulting from this all-in-one diet. Please don’t forget that portion size matters, even when it comes to healthy foods. You will take more chances when eating simply prepared vegetables, but you must take care to eat other mega foods in sensible portions. A lot of foods like nuts are very nutrient rich, however, if you overeat them you will just be packing on pounds, (unless you only eat the delicious peanut butter we suggest) otherwise you will defeat your purpose! Here are the first few foods for (on five off two) 5 days a week:

    •  Eggs make our list because they are nutritious, versatile, economical, and a great way to fill up on quality protein.  If you are Vegan, omit them.  Most studies show that if you eat eggs at breakfast daily, you may eat fewer calories during the day and lose weight without appreciably affecting cholesterol levels. Eggs also contain 12 vitamins and minerals, including choline, which is good for brain development and memory. Enjoy no more than two of them a day, at any meal, boiled, fried, poached, scrambled, or hard-cooked as a portable snack or sandwich. (Use Julian Bakery Bread).
  •  Nuts have gotten such a bad rap because of their high fat content. However, their protein, heart-healthy fats, high fiber, and antioxidant content earn them a place on our list but only if they are consumed as Walden Farms Peanut Spread. That is the key to enjoying nuts. Even though all nuts are healthful in small doses, and studies show they can help lower cholesterol levels and promote weight loss.  By eating Walden Farms Peanut Spread, an ounce a day, will help fill you up. Use it to add flavor to salads, side dishes, baked goods, cereals, and entrees or on slices of apples or sticks of celery. It taste great alone, too, a spoonful at a time. Try putting together your own “low-calorie pack” of peanuts spread with veggies, berries or yogurt for easy and portable snacks.

Share a simple but delicious sandwich at lunch that will knock your socks off.  This free recipe serves 2. Our Egg Salad is just Nuts! LOL.


4 eggs
1 1/2 T Walden Farms Miracle Mayo
1/2 T Walden Farms Peanut Butter (just enough to barely taste)


Boil eggs for 15 minutes. Peel eggs and mash into medium bowl. Add mayo and peanut butter. Best served on Julian Bakery Smart Carb bread toasted or as a dip for veggie sticks.

This is Granny’s’ Gourmet DIY for the Fairy Tale Diet!

That’s it for today




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The Truth About Dieting

Learn the truth and create your own special Fairy Tale Land.   

I am not a representative of any corporation, pill-pushing manufacturer, exercise industry not have I any thing to gain from sharing this information with you.  Sure, I might sell some of my special recipes and clearly print out step by step the way to succeed with the Fairy Tale Diet… but a mere $10 is not going to make or break you financial and it will not set me up as the next millionaires!

I am positive you have heard what I am about to say… but… do you want to lose your unwanted pounds without pills, shots or exercise and easily be able to keep it off for the rest of your life…or do you want to try starving again while you keep jogging up and down the same path losing and regaining those pounds until you drop over dead?

You already play ‘Follow the Leader’ but start following us, and quit following after the diet industry or the powers that be and gain in the wisdom, not more pounds.  The wisdom found in fairy tales: with each blog I will do my best to expose and expound the meanings, morals, and insights of the Fairy Tale Diet, how it got it’s name, and too… Big Brother’s hidden agenda. 

We started doing the research and laying the boundaries for our Fairy Tale Diet in mid February 2009.

‘The Powers That Be’ (TPTB) do not want the public to know the truth about many things, dieting is just one*.

We could purge obesity, famine, poverty and disease from the world within the shortest period but ‘they‘ will not allow it to happen.

‘They’ call those of us who speak out “Lunatics, Dreamers and Discontents” and fein concern for the changes we so long for, but fear and power guides them.

We decided that if ‘TPTB’ continue to refuse to help the populous, we can not stand wringing our hands nor keep silent one more second on what we know can help.  Woe to any who prevent us.

‘ TPTB’ know they are poisoning our food with chemicals, hormones and more in the name of progress and for the all mighty dollar*. Do your best to buy all of your food from health food stores or grow your own.  You will have a better chance of getting uncontaminated food.

Use herbs not prescriptions for pain and healing*.  The medical field and pill producers are in the money because they never really heal anyone… Think about it… If you get a cold it takes a week or two to get over it if you do not go to the doctor for his pills…. and if you do go to the doctor for his pills …  it takes a week or two to get over it… huh?  Yeh! 

Advertising:  Prepackaged lunches, dinners and more are touted as the answer for the busy family.  Stop buying those tempting items that are packaged, prepared, starches, sugars and any items containing wheat or alcohol*.  These items are addictive and low in nutrition to boot*.  ‘ TPTB’ spend millions on advertising these types of products knowing that those items have little to no redeeming nutritional value and are filled with wheat, sugar and starch… to dull your mind and body… keeping the public docile and fat, and sickly*!  Notice the programs on TV for children… in the back ground you almost always see boxes of cookies or cereal, bags of chips or a cake… and then ‘TPTB’ advertise those same sugar and starch filled items to our children on the commercial breaks*. Have you ever noticed that a 6 pack of beer is cheaper than a 6 pack of 100% fruit juice, and that soda pop is cheaper than bottled water?

PILLS and SHOTS:  Diet pills are a ‘come on’… no one wants to live on pills forever… thus the after diet binging that leads to yoyo diets also leads to bigger size clothes every year or two*.

Many movie stars, models, sports heroes and business execs have touted the benefits of a machine or gadget, pill or diet farm that promised to end your weight problems FOREVER!  Forget it! They lie! 

They are designed, for the most part, to set you up for failure*.  The industry wants you to depend on these as an addiction*.  They know full well that the pills and shots will not continue to work in the long run*.  Increased doses are likely and that you will surely regain all the weight that you lost and half as much more.  This will send you back to buy more or strong ones in hopes that the cycle can finally be broken and that you might meet your goal*. They depend on this yoyo syndrome to stay in business.  One might even think of ‘TPTB’ as glorified drug dealers*.

EXERCISE: I am not telling you that we do not need to exercise, because we do need to keep in shape. We need to keep active and tone our muscles so they do not atrophy from being a sedentary populace.   What I am saying is that in the long run it does not amount to a hill of beans if you exercise and cut calories at the same time.  Do not double stress out because of trying to regulate your new eating habits AND sweat yourself into a heart attack… I have stood in this concept from my youth and am finally vindicated in my soul and yet sound stand on the matter!  Millions of dollars are spent each month on apparatus that boast weightless promises to help you lose pounds and inches.  They produce data about how the body responds and even have a few folks to testify that the products are working for them.  There may be a fast one line statement about eating healthy but… they NEVER tell you about the exact amount of cut calories or describe the restricted, limited dietary menu that their representatives are using with the apparatus.  Exercise is a come on… and does NOT help in the long run with weight reduction.   Remember that I have said we have hard proof?  MSN posted an article on-line by a doctor, Karen Collins, R.D., that finally tells us that the test results are in and that after a year there is no physical difference in the folks that faithfully exercised along with restricting their caloric intake and those that only dieted and never broke a sweat. (Heres the link:

WEIGHT PROGRAMS LIKE ‘THE WATCHERS’ AND ‘THE JENNY’S’ THAT HAVE DIET FOODS SHIPPED TO YOUR DOOR and THE RESIDENT ON SITE PRISON FAT FARMS: Those very expensive programs may help for a while, as long as you are in resigned to following their regime, continue to only eat what their program demands and don’t ever cheat*.  They chose your foods for you, your serving sizes and sometimes even the time of day that you may eat.  They can be so restrictive that you feel like you are either in prison with a Food Cop watching your every bite or you are in a total emotional mess because you have committed all that money and time to a program you absolutely hate! The minute you return to the real world, eating as you please, even if only for a few days, you will, guaranteed, begin to regain what you have lost and then some!  There is a better way… but you still have to follow a few simple rules. That is true about every program out there, including this one!  (However with the Fairy Tale Diet you are supposed to break the metabolic chain (or cheat, as you must)… and then return!  With the other programs there are no regulations for a person to be able to straddle both sides of the fence. ‘TPTB’ call our way of living nonsense! We call it a Fairy Tale Diet! There are NO MAGIC CURES!  However we seem to have the closest program to one.


Look at a few of the unsuccessful, famous folks, both men and women that have traveled that road, Oprah, Kirstie Alley and even, yes, men like John Travolta.  While they all had enough money to buy their way to lasting ‘Diet Success’… that just was not going to happen.  They were unaware of our simple little program with which we ever commoners are finding success. If only they had not bought into to the industry propaganda.

THE BOTTOM LINE:  The only program that ever works is one that makes you aware and determined to cut the amount of calories you put into your body, and to do it FOR AS LONG AS YOU BREATH*. PERIOD. The only success you will have is the one you control, that works for you and you alone are dedicated to making it a life long change*. The Fairy Tale Diet may or may not be the one that helps you to reach and keep up you weight goal*.  We pray that it is, or a variation that you may stumble upon that works for you.  The hardest part for many is remembering to order ahead and allow for order processing and shipping times to get the needed items for this program. (We reorder as soon as an order arrives.) This program works for thousands… because they can easily live it*! So what if you fall off the wagon occasionally? This program is very forgiving with built-in ‘cheating’*!  But is it really cheating when you HAVE TO CHEAT to make it work?  Try it our way… Follow the Fairy Tale Diet. Used our guideline that you can vary to crate your recipes, design meal choices and include snacking between meals as much as you want within the confines of the somewhat strict perimeters of the amazing Fairy Tale Diet*. The most important thing to remember is to enjoy the food you eat on the 5 consecutive days that you are only allowed to eat these items and to be totally self-indulgent on the 2 consecutive days a week that resets your metabolic rate*.

So with all that in mind… and getting hungry… so what shall we create today?

How about a FREE RECIPE, something everyone will call decadent and delicious and never even think the words: diet food?  (Think military: Don’t ask… Don’t tell!  Lol)

Although this is a style of what some folks call bread pudding… I just can not bring myself to call it that… once you taste it I am sure you will agree!  This amazingly delicious recipe makes a two layer cake, but DH and I can not eat that much by ourselves so we cut the recipe in half and it is just perfection!  It is not real sweet or super chocolatey… so if that is what you crave, then double those two ingredients!


Bavarian Chocolate Cream Crumb Cake with Strawberry Glaze (6 servings)

For cake:
1 loaf of Julian Bakery Smart Carb bread, finely crumbled (14 carbs)

1/2 cup bakers’ cocoa

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 cup of Walden Farms Miracle Mayo

1 1/2 cups reconstituted non-dairy creamer 

30 drops of Splendex

4 large eggs (2.4 grams of carbs)

1/4 teaspoon LorAnn Bavarian Cream Flavor

For Glaze:
1 jar of Walden Farms strawberry Jam 


Heat oven to 350 º F. Lightly spray with butter flavored non-stick pan spray a round 9-inch cake-baking pan.

Place Splendex, Mayo, water, eggs, and flavoring in a large bowl and mix well. Add the dry ingredients. Blend with strong spoon 1 minute. Stop and scrape down side of bowl with rubber spatula. Beat 2 minutes more or until well blended, scraping side again if needed. Pour /spoon into prepared pan, it will resemble rocky road so smooth the top and place on center rack of oven.

Bake until top is lightly browned and a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, about 20-30 minutes. Remove from oven, and cool on a wire rack.

For Glaze:
put the contents of the strawberry jam into a small bowl or measuring cup and warm slightly in the microwave. Drizzle over the cooled cake.

Carb Count: Recipe Total 16.4 grams of carbs, Carbohydrates Per Serving 3.74 grams of carbs (33.66 calories per serving!)

This is Granny’s’ Gourmet DIY for the Fairy Tale Diet!

Class dismissed ‘till later



* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration, but even if they were… would be more inclined to believe the ’TPTB” or one of your own?
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

© Copyright 2009- 2011 Granny Peck. All Rights Reserved. This content may be copied in full, with copyright, contact, creation and information intact, without specific permission, when used only in a not-for-profit format. If you want to use this article on your site please click here. If any other use is desired, permission in writing from is required.

Disclaimer: The entire contents of this website are based upon the opinions of Granny Peck, unless otherwise noted. Individual articles are based upon the opinions of the author, who retains copyright as marked. The information on this website is not intended to replace a personal relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. It is intended as a sharing of knowledge and information from the research and experience of Granny Peck and her community. Granny Peck encourages you to make your own health care decisions based upon your research and in partnership with a qualified health care professional.

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Posted by on December 7, 2011 in Desserts, Uncategorized


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Getting Granny Gourmet DIY Ready

Have you been thinking that you’d start again with your low-carb eating ways after New Years? If so, how about taking this week to get ready for next week? Think in terms of easing your way back into it. Start making these changes, and you’ll find you’ve lowered your carb intake without even realizing it.

No matter how you slice it, diet is a dirty word. It smacks of deprivation and hunger pangs. To overcome the pain, you need a plan.

1. Know Your Weight Loss Goals

Consider how much you need to lose before you decide how to do it, You did not get in this condition over night and it will take many, many nights,weeks, moths, maybe even years or a life time to get to your goal. And we agree with Brian C. Jacobson, MD, MPH, assistant professor of medicine and a gastroenterologist at Boston University Medical Center in Massachusetts

Very overweight or obese. “For someone obese, I refer them to our weight loss center,” says Jacobson, who says people with a lot of weight to lose can probably benefit from a structured, supervised program.  However, most of us cannot afford such a program with or without insurance!  That is why I started and adhere to The Fairy Tale Diet.  You only have to follow a delicious structured self-supervised program… five days a week.

If you’re slightly or moderately overweight. “I recommend controlling portion size,” Jacobson says. “If you control portion size, you cut calories.”  And if you cut calories you will cut the amount of weight you see on your scale.  How? With the help of this program!

2. Understand Your Weight Loss Personality

Personality plays a role in our attitude towards food, says Thomas R. Przybeck, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, who has published on the topic of diet and personality. Know your tendencies and tailor your plan to conquer the unproductive inclinations.

Impulsive. “If you have a tendency to be impulsive, you might see a pint of Ben & Jerry’s in the freezer and go for it,” Przybeck says. Clearly you are a dieter who needs to remove those temptations.  So, empty your fridge, cabinet, freezer, desk drawers and pockets of the deadly killer foods, stock them with your new way of life foods, and find a safer drive home.  Make your own fruit and yogurt freezies ahead of time for such emergencies!

Oblivious. If you tend to not pay attention when you eat — maybe you’re a TV snacker? — you need to avoid such situations if you want to control portions.  You can fix yourself that snack but keep in mind that you are only allowed so much of the different items on the Fairy Tale Diet.  A huge lettuce salad or Miracle Noodles, any time of day, as much as you want, with any of Walden Farms condiments or dressings would be the best choice for you… Eat hearty!

Uptight. “If you are highly anxious, you will probably have more difficulty,” Przybeck says. “Those who are anxious, nervous, and depressed might eat to feel better.”  Again, bring on the salad… Walden Farms has dozens of options.  They even offer individual packets of a lot of their products.  Carry that famous pouch of celery and carrots with their dressings and you will curb the stress with delicious zero calorie munching!

Tenacious. Certain personalities don’t find it that difficult losing weight. “If you are highly self-directed, cooperative, and have a lot of stick-to-it-ive-ness, you are going to have an easier time,” Przybeck says.  You will be able to create your own recipes within the confines of the Fairy Tale Diet in the blink of an eye, and beat us all to the maintainance line.

Sociable. You tend to check your food intake better than others, Przybeck found.  So, maybe it’s only a few pounds that you are fighting… You have come to the right place too!  What works for the person needing to lose 100+ pounds will surely work for the one that keep battling that same 3-15 pounds all the time!

3. Make a Firm Weight Loss Commitment

To be successful, it helps to understand why you want to lose weight. So before you begin a weight loss plan, ask yourself:

  • Am I ready to do this?
  • Is my motivation coming from within?
  • Can I deal with occasional setbacks or lack of progress?
  • Can I focus on weight loss fully? (If you’re in the midst of a job change or other distractions, such as, it might be better to resolve those issues, and then focus on starting your weight loss program.)

Finally, be sure you are determined to losing weight for yourself — not just because someone else is pressuring you into it.

4. Stock Up, Order, and Prepare

It may take you two to three weeks before you can begin properly.  Wait untill your online orders have arrived, and as soon as they do… place your next order.

Visit these websites as if it was your Christmas gift list.  If you cannot buy everything you want at once … place smaller orders (check out the cost for shipping) and wait untill you are completely ready to step into your new life!

If you are the impulsive type… head to the nearest health food store and see if they carry these venders or comparable products. 

Then, take things slowly, keep these tips in mind, and you should be on the road to weight loss in no time.

Now for this FREE RECIPE… yes, let’s turn our minds toward some deliciously yummy zero carb snack…

1 bag of pork rinds crushed
1 jar of Walden Farms Calorie Free Marshmallow Dip
1 jar of Walden Farms Chocolate Dip.

Place ½ bag of crushed pork rinds in the bottom of a 9”x9” square pan sprayed with butter flavored non-stick spray.  Spoon on Walden Farms Calorie Free Marshmallow Dip. Over that spoon Walden Farms Calorie Free Chocolate Dip. Cover with another ½ bag of crushed pork rinds, spoon out into 9 of the  gooiest, sweetest, most delicious servings and enjoy!
Total per 1 serving (9 servings in all): 19.3 calories, .1 gm fat, 0 carbs

This is Granny’s’ Gourmet DIY for the Fairy Tale Diet!

Class dismissed ‘till later



* The Food and Drug Administration have not evaluated these statements.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

© Copyright 2011 Granny Peck. All Rights Reserved. This content may be copied in full, with copyright, contact, creation and information intact, without specific permission, when used only in a not-for-profit format. If you want to use this article on your site please click here. If any other use is desired, permission in writing from is required.

 Disclaimer: The entire contents of this website are based upon the opinions of Granny Peck, unless otherwise noted. Individual articles are based upon the opinions of the author, who retains copyright as marked. The information on this website is not intended to replace a personal relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. It is intended as a sharing of knowledge and information from the research and experience of Granny Peck and her community. Granny Peck encourages you to make your own health care decisions based upon your research and in partnership with a qualified health care professional.

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Posted by on November 30, 2011 in Desserts


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Gourmet DIY Dieting 101 – Class 3 of 5

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


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



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


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Gourmet DIY Dieting 101 – Class 1 of 5

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?



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


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