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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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Granny Gourmet DIY Holiday Survival

The good news, according to the New England Journal of Medicine, in a research study published them, the average holiday weight gain that stays with you is not 5 lbs. (as most people believe) but happily is closer to 1.2 lbs. Unfortunately, the bad news is that the weight gained is not lost during the following year. Holiday weight gain can give to an annual overall weight gain in most adults. The middle age spread perhaps? Follow these holiday-survival tips to avoid this incremental weight gain that may cause you to pack on an extra 15 lbs. in less than 10 years.

Plan it Out

This may be called the holiday season, but there are only a few real holidays during the season. In this time of giving, sharing, gathering and enjoying the company of family and friends we think of eating.  We want to be warm and fed, we think about it, dwell on it and finally your actions follow your thought patterns.

 

Plan well and pace yourself. Keep your schedule flexible and do not overextend yourself. If you do, you will not have time to plan healthy meals and get enough sleep, which are essential for weight control.

Work Tips

During the holidays, the workplace is full of fatty, high calorie, sweet goodies, such as candy and bakery items. Become a grazer but bring your own delicious Fairy Tale Diet goodies close-by. Say “no thank you” to office sweets. Occasional splurges are for special days, not for everyday. If the goodies are in sight of your desk, politely ask if they can be moved, or move them yourself. Bringing your own sweet treats such as a sugar-free chocolate pudding from Walden Farms or one of their many delicious flavored calorie free dips with some veggies keep you satisfied.

Party Tips

Focus on why you love your family and friends and the reason for the season and be a good host or guest. Never sit down to a holiday meal ravenous. You will set yourself up for a disaster. Before the affair starts, have a small well-balanced snack, such as a salad or a bowl of Miracle Noodles with one of Walden Farms lip smacking good dressings or toss down some berries and yogurt. Lingering in the kitchen or near the buffet table just makes the temptation too strong! Eat only reasonable size servings of what you really want to eat. Pass up the rest. Help the Host out by bringing your own healthful dish to pass, such as assorted raw veggies with low-calorie dip or a homemade low-calorie dessert, and then even the rum balls we will be making. From now on, when you are a guest at dinner party, ask what is being served and let your host know, on the QT, ahead of time that, for medical reason you won’t go into, you are on a special diet. If you are familiar with the menu, it will be easier to maneuver around obstacles.

(Most folks will treat you quite differently if you have food issues because of medical issues than they do just because you are on ‘another’ diet. You are not lieing. You are dieting for the health of it after all.  If they try dragging it out of you at any time… just thank them for their concern, ask for prayers of strength, and tell them you are not ready to talk about it.  We all need all the prayers of strength we can get just to get through this life, let alone dieting in the holiday season!)

Trade-offs for Holiday Meals

When it comes to holiday meals, there are usually plenty of options. Attempt to make better choices without denying yourself. Your waistline and your heart, will thank you. Munch on raw vegetables with low or no-calorie dip, grilled veggies and other low or no-calorie hors d’oeuvre. Trade in candied yams for the 3-bean salad, and skip the sauces. Fill your plate with delicious lean fowl, lots of veggies, and fruit. Enjoy one glass of wine with your meal if the host insists and keep your dessert small, in fact consider sharing it. Remember, in your new life, to control those portions.
Holiday Diary

Keep a journal. Make this your new tradition.  Nightly remember to record all the wonderful things you did, places you went, people you saw, gifts you received, and most of all… the food you ate. It keeps you honest and discourages impulse eating behaviors. Seeing what you’ve eaten, in black and white, is a deterrent.  It also helps a refresher when it’s time to send out thank you’s and reminisce next year.

Let’s cook…

As I mentioned earlier, Rum balls are a classic winter holiday treat and are very easy to make. They need no cooking, no equipment other than a bowl, something to mix with and some measuring tools, but no hard–to–find ingredients. If you prefer bourbon or another flavorful liquor to rum, go right ahead and alter the FREE RECIPE to suit your taste.

Many consider rum balls to be a classic treat in the winter. You never know when the last-minute invitation will pop up and you will need that hostess gift or when you will suddenly need a present. Make up several air tight tins or small-decorated mason jars, cover the lids with holiday paper, tie on a bow and with a dozen or two rum balls inside, (kept in the fridge until needed) you’ll have instant gifts.

And with rum balls in hand, you’re ready to attend any holiday party or even to throw one of your own.  I will be serving these again myself this year at our Winter Potluck… it will be the week before Christmas.  Last year we cooked it all, decorated it all, and paid the price financially, physically, mentally for it all.  Live and learn.  Learn I did, when the electric bill came in… well… all I can say is now it’s a potluck affair and the ladies in attendance help with the decorations. I truly thank the Lord for understanding friends!

The rum flavor is light, and it is not too sweet.  The texture is reminiscent of a fig Newton, but only one or two is required to dull that sweet tooth without much pain. Lol.

Ingredients

1.      1/2 cups saltine cracker crumbs

2.      2 cups oatmeal

3.      2 tablespoons cocoa powder

4.      1 ½ cups water

5.      1 tablespoon LorAnn’s rum flavoring

6.      1 tablespoon instant coffee

7.      40 drops of Splendex

Make the Rum Balls

o        Remember to make your rum balls a few days before you want to serve them.

1.      In large bowl combine all dry ingredients.

2.      Mix the rum, water and Splendex in a cup first and then pour into the dry ingredients and knead into a sort of dough.

3.      Spray your hands with non-stick buttered flavored pan spray and form the dough into 1-inch balls, allow to sit uncovered for 1 hour.

4.      Place the balls in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator at least a couple of days before serving or up to 3 weeks in the freezer.

Recipe yields about 3 1/2 dozen rum balls. (I made 2 gifts and still had a few for guilt free nibbling!)

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 November 30, 2011 in Desserts

 

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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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