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Gourmet DIY – The Fairy Tale Diet Way 2 of 5

Before we focus on the promised posting…

Drum roll pleeeeease……..

This is the day I have looked forward to for so very long…

Please join me in my personal celebration!

On January 1st, 2011 I weighed in at 307 pounds!  I sat down and cried, not because I wore the biggest dress size I ever had, but because I knew what I needed to do and refused. I was literally “pushed out of shape”.

I like millions of you made that fateful New Years Resolution! This time I was in it for the long run.  I made a kind of super-duper commitment to myself, for myself, ‘till death do I part!

Today… I have weighed in at…  248 pounds! Thank you, Thank you!!!  I made it under 250 pounds!!!!

Yes! I have lost 59 pounds in 476 days (68 weeks), or 1.15 pounds per week… slow but stead proof that The Fairy Tale Diet works.

I must admit that DH has a big influence in my actions… and the fact that I have Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, Hashimoto’s, Phibitus, Crohn’s, and have had high blood pressure, 2 heart attacks, a stroke, and last February was told I was boarder-line diabetic.

I have to continue on with this program. Today I received the news that I have that diabetes thing under control, have had no flair ups from Crohn’s for months and I no longer need high blood pressure meds.

Winter is upon us, with its parade of holidays and eating rituals past.  To get through them we stayed focused.  Right here, right now, I vow to cut enough calories from my intake to reach 225 pounds by August 1st, 2012. When I reach 175 pounds I will post my photo! (even if the med charts say that for my height I should weigh between 110-125 pounds.)

I will now start to give you monthly updates as close to the first of each month as I can remember…. Duh.

I will make it with your support and The Fairy Tale Diet. (I have so far. LOL) One of my favorite items in this program is the noodles. 

Let me get back on track now and tell you about The Fairy Tale Diet and those noodles:

    • The Miracle Noodles are so healthy! Available in many shapes and textures. Eat no more than 3 a day. They have no calories, no fat, and no gluten, nothing negative. They play the starring role of fiber in our diets. This noodle is made mainly of soluble fiber. Soluble fiber acts to slow digestion. By doing this, it allows for the slower absorption of glucose and is the reason behind its beneficial effects in diabetes. The soluble fiber found in the Miracle Noodle slows digestion and prolongs the sensation of fullness and is an essential part of any weight loss program. You also absorb more nutrients in the foods you eat with the Miracle Noodle due to the slowing of digestion. By replacing or supplementing at least one meal per day with these noodles you will definitely raise your needed fiber intake and dramatically lower your total calorie intake. They just may be one reason my Crohn’s’. Soluble fiber binds bile acids that are secreted from the gall bladder. These bile acids have cholesterol in them and are bound up by the soluble fiber in the Miracle Noodle and then excreted. These noodles help with diabetes because, by slowing the digestive process, there is a slower absorption of glucose, which then requires a slower release of insulin from the pancreas, which aids in the normalization of blood glucose after eating a meal. (Thus my lowered blood pressure, and my cleared diabetes report.)  The folks at Miracle Noodles are committed to providing the highest quality shiitake, konnyaku, shirataki noodles, non tofu noodles, non soy noodles, non soy shirataki to an ever-expanding market of people on low carb diets, Atkins Diet, and “foodies” looking for novelty and zero calorie pasta in their home cooking. Their shiitake noodles made from the konnyaku imo plant are of the highest quality. They have the largest selection and wide variety of shirataki noodles on the market. I am now more convinced than ever that by utilizing these noodles with the Fairy Tale Diet we have just found the best weight loss plan.
    • Beans, beans, beans!  These are sooooo good for your heart — really! Beans are super loaded with insoluble fiber, which everyone knows helps lower cholesterol, as well as soluble fiber, which gives you that fully satisfied feeling and helps rid your body of waste. They are also a very good, very low-fat source of protein, carbohydrates, magnesium, and potassium. We favor edamame (whole soybeans) because they also contain heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids and black beans that help curb gout (which is cause by high levels of uric acid found in gourmet dishes). All beans can easily be substituted for meat or poultry as the centerpiece of a meal, but they also work as a side dish, or tossed into soups, stews, or egg dishes. The U.S. Dietary Guidelines recommend 3 cups weekly; we have doubled that to 6 cups a week.

Fish and Foul – Salmon and Tuna are the only fish on our program because they are manna foods with huge omega-3 fatty acid content. Research proves that omega-3 fatty acids help protect heart health. The American Heart Association recommends eating turkey or chicken breast or fatty fish like salmon or tuna twice weekly, we say four times a week. We have deleted shellfish, pork and beef from our program. An overall comparison, fowl is the healthiest (skinless of course). Red meat tends to be higher in saturated fat. The bottom line with turkey and chicken…ditch the skin and stay away from the wings. If you’re paying close attention to your fat intake, choose the leaner breast. The salmon and tuna are both low in calories (200 for 3 ounces) have lots of protein, are good sources of iron, and are very low in saturated fat. You can simply grill or bake them, top then with salsas or other low-fat sauces (check out Walden Farms), or serve them on top of green salads or stir-fry them into your manna veggies below.  Worried about the mercury content of the fish? (Mercury has been known to accumulate in fish.) Don’t worry! The great benefits of eating salmon and tuna three times a week far outweighs any possible risk, but if you are the least bit concerned, check with your doctor.

With this rundown on a few of the items we include in the Fairy Tale Diet we now off another of our FREE RECIPES using them:

Mexican Seafood Paella

Our friends Hector & Theresa say: “This recipe for Spanish seafood paella is quite authentic – you will love it – any juices that we get from preparing the ingredients are reserved and used like a gravy. Being from Spain we know this dish originated in its modern form in the mid-19th century near lake Albufera, a lagoon in Valencia, on the east coast of Spain. This mixed paella is a free-style combination of chicken, seafood, beans and vegetables. What keeps it authentic are the  other key ingredients: pungent, edible, yellow, flower petals and olive oil.”
2 pkg Miracle Noodles Mini Pearls

1 can non-stick pan spray Olive oil

1 can black beans

1 can chicken chunks
1 pkg Table Vinegar
1 can salmon
1 can tuna
1 sml orange bell pepper, diced
1 sml zucchini diced
2 pkg onion flakes
2 pkg garlic
3 T Calendula Petals
1 stock of diced celery

 

1.      Spray a frying pan, break the chicken into pieces and poach in the vinegar in a large frying pan for as long as it takes you open & rinse all seafood and add all to the pan.

2.      Add the pimento, peppers, onion and garlic and fry for 1 minute.

3.      As mixture is frying, double rinse the Miracle Noodles Mini Pearls, spray Miracle Noodles Mini Pearls with the pan spray, coating them, pour Miracle Noodles Mini Pearls into a sauce pan with water, bring to simmering point and then add your Calendula petals – stir well. Remove from heat. Now’s the hard part as far as your will power is concerned  – cover (either with a lid or foil) and leave it for 10 minutesno peeping as the processing time will be extended and you might get grains of Miracle Noodles Mini Pearls that are not colored and flavored in the finished dish – so LEAVE IT ALONE.

Add the cooked chicken and seafood; stir well and cover – leave to cook for about 5 minutes. Then add the peas, stir well, cover and leave a further 5 minutes.

This amazing, delicious dish serves four people for fewer than 280 calories each in less than 25 minutes (less if you have a helper to chop the veggies)!

With flavors like this, who would ever consider this as dieting?  My DH calls it ‘Fancy –Shmancy’, but he always asks for seconds! This is Granny’s’ Gourmet DIY for the Fairy Tale Diet!

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Granny

 

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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,
For ICE CREAM!

(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.

INGREDIENTS:

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

PREPARATION:

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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Granny

 
 

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Gourmet DIY Life-long Reduction Binge

Here is what my title says this posting is about:

A person with a discerning palate who can, on their own, for the rest of their life, cut or diminish the short periods devoted to indulging in an activity to excess, especially eating.

It is a long drawn out description of changing the way you eat, allowing for scheduled temporary breaks, with determination, for as long as you shall live!

We all pretty much eat whatever we want, when we want it, without ever a care for the future! Most of us need to learn to do this, but only 2 days a week! Reduce the binge to two days and cut the intake of carbs, calories and fat the other five days!

Think about this… most jobs… On five off two, repeated week after week, after month, after year, and if you save a pinch each payday, saving for something special… eventually you get what you so much desire.  You do not work continually without time off! And the Fairy Tale Diet is the same kind of situation. 

If you only work 5 days a week, this does not mean that you work part-time…  It is a full-time job you do for a living!  You slave 5 days a week so you can play 2 days a week. You look forward to your 2 days… thus the ‘TGIF” phrase because we know that on the next day we get to make all the calls for 48 hours, slaving for no one because that time is we spend as we see fit!   We all get to eat, drink and be merry!

Why not think about your food intake the same way?  Restrict your intake with dishes that are delicious but super low in calories for five days only.  It takes a mere 1200-2000 calories a day, depending on you body size and physical excursions just to live, just to breath, pump your heart, digest your food, blink and think. If you make your body move more than you give it fuel to sustain these activities then you lose weight.  Most of us are opposed to that idea.  The only other option is to quit stoking the fire with fuel that is going to be stored away as fat, but only do it for five days, just short of your body shutting down because it thinks you are starving.

Enter: the Fairy Tale Diet.  Come the weekend you will re-trigger your metabolic rate by eating anything your little heart desires… anything! Pizza? Go for it!  Banana Split with a ton of whip cream and hot fudge?   Breakfast out for biscuits and gravy with hash, bacon, sausage, pancakes and four eggs?  No problem!  How about some greasy fried chicken for lunch with a heaping helping of potato salad?  That’s what I’ve been talking about!  On five off two, repeated week after week, after month, after year.  You will eventually reach your goal without guilt or feeling deprived and still have a great time getting there!

You need to do what I did. You must become absolutely passionate about losing weight, to the goal of losing weight and feeling better.  No one can do this for you.  No future occasion will be powerful enough to keep you to the task.  Drug addicts, alcoholics, smokers and gamblers can all remove the cause temptation of their addictions but not us.  Our weakness is food.  We either crave it or use it to pacify feelings of neglect, abandonment, and worthlessness, or as a form of celebration or to entice with.  We use food.  We also must consume food to continue to exist.  That old saying ‘you and take a horse to water but you can’t make him drink ‘ is true.  Horses are smart. If a horse is not thirsty, does not need the liquids it will not drink. If you take the horse to water… and the water is bad, the horse will not drink… if only we were that smart.

Humans are weak.  We fall to temptation and are lured into a multitude of sins through our senses’. Eve was living proof!  We get a whiff of something that smells delicious and we go weak in the knees.  Food is our passion.  Now we need a new passion if we are to change what we see in the mirror.  Your passion about your goal keeps you committed and will assure your success.  Once you are passionate about achieving your weight loss goal, you will find the way to do it.  You will also find it easier to say no to those things that once held power over you!  You will no longer be reaching for the ‘forbidden fruit’!  Everybody’s body is different. Everybody has different cravings. Everybody that is over weight has eaten more calories than their body can burn on any given day, day after day, for a while now!   Only you can find the reason, the strength, the desire and passion that will keep you on the path to reach your goal weight and optimum size.  Above all, you must stay positive about what you are doing.  Being negative never gets you anywhere. Positive thoughts and actions, supporters and loved ones will help change your bad health habits into new positive healthy behaviors.

Just a little less than a year ago I weighed in at 307 pounds in a size 26. I am now a size 22, and heading for 250 pounds, and I smile A LOT more.  I have a lot more energy and my DH loves it!  It took me a while to face what I was doing to myself… and I decided I did not like what I saw, so… I changed; I now take care of myself. 

Join me…this site is here to tell you what I’ve learned about losing weight and being healthy.  I will give you FREE RECIPES and share the research I have found in hopes that the information benefits you as much as it has me.

On five off two, repeated week after week, after month, after year, after all… if it leads you down a path that ends at your goal… and you get to live happily ever after… while enjoying delicious gourmet dishes that are unbelievably low in calories… wouldn’t all be worth the journey?

If you have not come to that head space… and you are still playing with the idea that you can just diet enough to lose a few pounds to fit into a sweet outfit or swimsuit by a certain date… okay… give us a try… you will see that the Fairy Tale Diet does produce results. 

But, however, if you know the term the doctors use to describe your present weight is called obese… then you, just like me, are a perfect candidate for this precious and amazing change that you can make… and finally keep on track… On five off two, repeated week after week, after month, after year, after all… obviously nothing else has worked yet!  This worked for DH, it works for me, and it works for several of our friends… It will work for you if you work it!

Be that Gourmet DIY Life-long Reduction Bindger and join me on the Fairy Tale Diet. I would love a few more partners on this life’s journey!

Soooo… why don’t we create a special, delicious, gelatin treat from today’s FREE RECIPE?  You may even want to give them away as you stand under the mistletoe, or as special holiday presents!

Kids and adults can’t resist these easy, yummy treats!

Gelatin Oatmeal Mint Strawberries

THE BERRIES

2 cups oatmeal uncooked

½ cup powdered non-dairy creamer
1 cup hot water (about)
1 Large package sugar-free strawberry gelatin

THE LEAVES

1 teabag of mint tea, opened and poured on saucer

1 package of Splenda or 10 drops of Splendex

Water to moisten tea-leaves
Put all BERRY ingredients into a medium bowl. Mix together to a very thick pie crust consistency. Occasionally rinsing your hands in water makes it easier to work with the batter. Form into strawberries and place them on parchment or foil. 

People eat parsley and cilantro, and so… why not a tiny bit of mint tea leaves… they help with digestion, and add a nice flavor to our strawberries.  There are no phony leaves or stems to throw away and no sugar or frosting to add calories.  Oatmeal is a great source of fiber.

Mix all the LEAVES ingredients and then dip the stem area of your berries into the tea mixture and place the berries back on the foil.  Allow to firm up for about half and hour and then either eat or package them up into an airtight container and place in the fridge or freezer.

Makes about 36 berries. (The only calories in these delicious treats are in the oatmeal.)

PS. When done… wash your bowl and mixing spoon… but pour your tea into a cup… fill with boiling water… allow the tea to brew, leaves to fall… and relax as you lean back sipping your tea and nibbling a couple of these strawberries, and reflect on your latest culinary success!
This is Granny’s’ Gourmet DIY for the Fairy Tale Diet!

Class dismissed ‘till later

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Granny

 
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Posted by on December 7, 2011 in Desserts, Uncategorized

 

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Gourmet DIY Dieting 101 – Class 2 of 5

Gourmet DIY Dieting 101 – Class 2 of 5

How is “DIET Intelligent YOU” doing today? Are you ready for your second class in this short study on dieting?  I sure hope so!

Let’s learn more about Calories & Carbs in Proteins, Fat & Alcohol

 Here’s your open book test question for today:

True or false: You get more calories from foods high in carbohydrates than those made up mostly of protein or fat.

False. Fat has more calories than either carbohydrates or protein.

Let’s make this simple: a ruler measures length and calories measure units of energy.

While educating you, or reminding you, about the basics of dieting I will also be laying out the groundwork to present several products that we have found to be remarkable.  DH and I love them.  We have lost a lot of weight with the help of the products we will be sharing with you and how we use them in all sorts of recipes. Calories are a curse!  Tasting is the first thing Grandma Eve learned about that got her thrown out of house and home…

We plan on teaching you a better way to eat those calories.. and you can, you must, cheat… and hopefully no one loses their place of residence. LOL

Most foods and drinks (except water) contain calories. Just as logs of firewood are used increase the heat to cook food at a campfire, the number of calories in food and drinks are an example of the energy units they contain to help make the body run properly.

Calories (or, more technically: kilocalories) are used in your body to fuel physical activity (moving, breathing, heart pumping, digesting food, etc.) and keep your bodily processes running smoothly. Your heart, brain, lungs, muscles, and all your vital organs need these energy units to function (vitamins and minerals also play a big part in all of your body’s metabolic functions).

Calories only come from carbohydrates, protein, fats, and alcohol. You do not need alcohol, and very little fat. Carbohydrates make us feel full and we crave the sweet or salty flavors.

One gram of carbohydrate equals 4 calories, just the same as a gram of protein. A gram of fat, meanwhile, equals 9 calories, and the same amount of alcohol equals 7 calories. So, gram for gram, fat has twice as many calories as carbohydrates or protein. We will print it out here so you can see it:

1 gram of fat has 9 calories.  

1 gram of alcohol has 7 calories.  

1 gram of carbohydrate or protein has 4 calories.

So… If you were to restrict the amount of fat and carbs and eliminated alcohol, you could drastically reduce your intake of calories and thus… lose pounds and lose inches!

Obviously we will not be presenting you with wine laced dishes or ones dripping in oils, fats or lard!

However today we will be introducing two new online venders that we lean heavily on in creating our recipes.

The first vender is found at http://www.lorannoils.com.

 As she says at her site: “A Little Goes a Long Way with LorAnn’s Super Strength Flavors!  Our super-strength flavors, also known as candy oils or candy flavors, are 3 to 4 times stronger than grocery store extracts. When substituting our flavors for extracts, use 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon for 1 teaspoon of extract.   1 dram =  1 teaspoon (approx.)  For applications where just a hint of flavor is needed, we suggest adding flavor by the drop until desired intensity is achieved.

LorAnn flavors are certified Kosher by Star-K except for Canadian Maple and Horchata.   Their super-strength flavors are concentrated and therefore very potent.

 The main reasons (besides the highly concentrated product) for recommending LorAnn’s Super-Strength Flavors:

 · Gluten Free

· Sugar Free (except Canadian Maple)

· Contain no Vegetable Oils  

The recipe today uses brandy extract. People use this to give the flavor of brandy without the alcohol.   Though brandy extracts are made with alcohol, such a small amount is needed in any recipe that the end product is virtually non-alcoholic.  

Why we recommend that you substitute flavorings for real alcohol: brandy (1 tablespoon brandy extract = 5 tablespoons brandy) OR vanilla extract OR rum extract.  This can avoid those calories and allow for all the flavor!  

The next vender is found at miraclenoodle.com

Here is a smidgen of what they have to say about their noodles on their site:

  • Made of naturally water-soluble fiber with no fat, no sugar, and no starch.
  • Contains zero net carbohydrates and zero calories, no gluten -made of a healthy natural fiber called Glucomannan.
  • Wheat free & gluten-free and kosher.
  • Easily absorbs the flavors of any soup, dish, or sauce.
  • Are instant and come in different styles
  • Have shown beneficial effects backed by medical studies for Type II Diabetes, Constipation, Obesity, and Cholesterol!

The great Dr. Carlos Levy of Broward Health Weston, has done the tests and trials and recommends them to all of his patients. With all the advantages offered by these two venders is it any doubt about why we use them in our ‘diet’ and now recommend them to you. 

Before we get to today’s recipe here again is your open book test question for today:

True or false: You get more calories from foods high in carbohydrates than those made up mostly of protein or fat.

False. Fat has more calories than either carbohydrates or protein. (I bet you got that one right!)

Now with the help of Walden Farms, Miracle Noodle, and LorAnn you are about to enjoy the best, most nutritious, delicious, no fat, no carbs, no gluten, steak dinner you have had in months…  and under 80 calories per serving and there are 4 servings.

American Steaklette Diane over Mini Pearls

 We we so excited to get this review from Jan: ‘Steaklette Diane is a super variation of the classic entrée often served in some of the finest restaurants — but our taste buds are soooo blessed that Granny saw no reason we couldn’t make Steaklette Diane in our very own kitchens in under 10 minutes and under 400 calories. It comes together so quickly that you can prepare it any night of the week, and shock your dinner partner.  They will think you slaved in the kitchen and that you took culinary classes.  Thanks Granny!!!’

2 pkg Mini Pearls from Miracle Noodles in lue of rice

2 cans of any brand of Beef Chunk Stew

1 T lemon zest

1 t cilantro, parsley or dried green tea leaves

1 T Dijon mustard

1 T Walden Farms Hickory Smoked BBQ Sauce

1 dram LorAnn’s brandy flavoring

1 T Herbs de Province

 

1.          Warm the serving plates in the microwave while you open the cans of beef stew and completely rinse them in a colander under hot running water. 

2.          In a non-stick sprayed frying pan, over low medium heat, lightly brown the beef steaklettes and veggies for about 3 minutes.

3.          While waiting the 3 minutes, cut open the Miracle Noodle Mini Pearls and rinse them in a colander under hot water, pour onto a paper towel, pat dry and pour onto the middle of your warmed serving plates.

4.          Move the beef steaklettes and veggies from the pan onto the bed of Miracle Noodle Mini Pearls, cover serving plates to keep them warm, and ½  cup water to the drippings and return pan to the fire.

5.          Into a cup mix 1/4th of the tea or parsley or cilantro, the lemon and mustard,  Walden Farms Hickory Smoked BBQ sauce and add to the drippings from the pan. (still over low heat).

6.          Stir and cook for only 1 minute.

7.          Remove from heat.

8.          Add LorAnn’s  brandy flavoring to the mixture and pour immediately over the steaks.

9.          Garnish the steaks by sprinkling them with a pinch of green tea, parsley or cilantro.

I can hardly wait to serve this to our friends when the come to dinner!

Happy eating!  Now you will know why we needed the help of Walden Farms, Miracle Noodle, and LorAnn  to make this amazing dish that is not only filling but is the best, most nutritious, delicious, no fat, no carbs, no gluten, steak dinner you will ever have that is under  80 calories per serving and there are 4 servings.

Remember to tell the folks at Miracle Noodle, Walden Farmsand LorAnn’s that you heard about them from us…

Class dismissed ‘till later

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Granny

 
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Posted by on November 23, 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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Granny

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

 

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Gourmet Fast Cheap Delicious DIET Dishes

You want to lose weight and still enjoy gourmet dishes?

Welcome to Granny’s Gourmet DIY.  

After you read this, you will want to favorite our site to be able to shop for the items needed and once back home prepare a fabulous meal that others will believe was catered from a fine restaurant that only makes high calorie fattening foods.  Only you will know that it is low-carb and either low-calorie or no calorie and only took you 10-20 minutes from package to table, and that you did it all yourself, DIY.  

Never tell them that it was much, cheaper than those catered guys.  Just coo when the complements flow and tell them that these delicious flavors were magical and that they would be surprised at how you slaved over the stove… just for them.   

Many of our dishes require online purchases for the ingredients but the cost and nutritional values and flavors are amazing!

My secret ingredients and shopping lists offer you the chance to create DIY, gourmet, low carb, nutritious meals from the box to the table in under 10-20 min and most of them are under 400 calories.

Thirty years ago I owned and ran a very successful establishment in Sacramento, California named Bo Jangles.  Life happens and time goes on and yet my love for feeding others has not died .

I was going to start a new home delivery service called ‘Order Dinner In’ using my special menus but… I live in an area where it either rains or snows for 8 months out of the year.  Compile that with the fact that 2 heart attacks and 1 stroke later I have decided that driving in those conditions can be bad for my health! (Not to mention the lives of those that I may ‘acidentally run across’ literally, should something happen!!!!)

We have lost over 150 combined pounds and are not quite ready to post photos… soon though… because like you we need and want to lose pounds and lose inches.  We eat the recipes we cook – five days in a row… and on the other two days, the days we do not post… we eat anything we want.

So… being on the creative side, I did some crafts and I have written a couple of how-to books and compiled a couple of cookbooks (using the recipes I was going to prepare for my ‘OrderDinnerIn’ clients and have helped us lose all this weight) that are now available if you are interested but I will also be giving you a free recipe every weekday. be it an entrée, a side dish, desert or beverage. 

I guess what I should have named todays blog  is: PREVIEWS OF COMING ATTRACTIONS! LOL!

We will not be delving into the topics of politics, religion, children, romance, the weather or fashion.  They may be mentioned in passing on occasion but the main purpose here is to give you a dish that will WOW your taste buds at a price you can afford and as fast a lighting to prepare!

If this all sounds great to you…  then I’ll be back again with menus and shopping lists ASAP.

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Granny

 

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