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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! 

Soup

  • 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

Directions

  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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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 5 of 5

Well, we’ve made to our fifth and last study period on dieting!

Today we will learn the effectiveness of a strict low-carbohydrate diet.

So what do you think?

True or false: Low-carbohydrate foods have fewer calories than other foods.

Let’s do the research!

Logically the only way to find out whether a low-carbohydrate product also has fewer calories is to read the label or find a recipe and make it for you.   There are many companies that make food items that are cutting carbohydrates from their products and filling them up with fat — without reducing the calories. Remember: a calorie is a calorie, whether it’s from carbohydrate, protein, or fat.

Now about the terms “net carbohydrates,” “impact carbohydrates” and “effective carbohydrates.” These are terms that are not defined by the Food and Drug Administration, (a government organization with their own agenda) and are used by food manufacturers to cash in on the current carb rage and fear, which as lasted for many, many years. The terms “net carbohydrates,” “impact carbohydrates” and “effective carbohydrates” mean this is the amount of carbohydrate that’s left after you subtract those carbohydrates said to have a negligible effect — such as fiber, sugar alcohols, and glycerin.

Because the government will not recognize or define these terms and accept that research supports the assumptions behind them, our opinion is that we all continue to follow The Fairy Tale Diet.  By the government not recognizing these terms they do little more than confuse consumers. Read your labels, and choose foods that are low in sugars, rich in fibers, for the healthiest carbohydrates.

Now that you’re practically an expert on carbohydrates and calories, you can better make sense of food labels. As we said, serving size, calories, along with fat grams, protein grams, and carbohydrate grams, are listed in the nutrition facts panels of most commercial food products.

When in doubt, we have another FREE resource online that we can always go to: the U.S. Department of Agriculture‘s online nutrient database (called the USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference). This extensive database allows you to choose the portion size, and provides not only calories but also a whole host of nutrients contained in the food.

Most Weight Loss Clinic eating plans offer at least half of the total calories from carbohydrates.  Remember that the NAS recommends that all diets should have 45% to 60% of total calories from carbohydrates.  

Choose your carbs wisely. Why choose a high calorie snack and still feel hungry when you can eat three times as much yummy tasting, filling, satisfying, healthy, low carb snacks and still be losing weight?  Healthy carbohydrates containing plenty of fiber (2-3 grams per serving) not only aid in digestive health and keep things moving along, but they also fill you up and help keep snack attacks at bay.

However… when eaten day after day at 45% to 60% of your daily diet…  you will not be able to reset you internal furnace as you need to, to achieve fast and permanent weight loss as we suggest with THE FAIRY TALE DIET.

So what do you think after doing the research?

True or false: Low-carbohydrate foods have fewer calories than other foods.

False. Remember: a calorie is a calorie, whether it’s from carbohydrate, protein, or fat. The big bell-ringer is how many calories that particular dish has.

The only way to find out whether a low-carbohydrate product also has fewer calories is to read the label or find a recipe and make it. Many companies that are making food items by cutting carbohydrates from their products are filling them up with fat — without reducing the calories any calories.  It is just a smoke screen. Read the label

Congratulations!  You have finished Dieting 101.  If you will send us an email from the contact page, write ‘I COMPLETED DIETING 101’ on the subject line, tell us your name, age, the date, and your state we will send you a Graduation Diploma, a subscription to our monthly e-zine and a surprise!

And if you just want to keep coming on back for more out our Free Recipes… like this one… that’s great too!

   European Tuna Anchovy Pasta

  I had the privilege of hearing Miss Rita  swears  by this: ‘A delightfully tasty Italian fish recipe for two on a Saturday Night!  It’s really quick to make and still leaves you time to go dancing!’

1 large can tuna in water
1 jar Walden Farms Tomato & Basil Pasta Sauce
1 can anchovy fillets – drained and chopped
2 packages of Miracle Noodle Angle Hair
1 T of parmesan

  1. Double rinse the Miracle Noodle Angle Hair in very hot water, paper towel blot,and set aside.
  2. Drain the water, and put the tuna onto a microwave dish, pour Walden Farms Tomato & Basil Pasta Sauce over the top and heat for 2 minutes.
  3. Add the chopped anchovies to the tomato sauce and heat another 2 minutes.
  4. Place the noodles on the plates and serve the tuna sauce spooned over the pasta.

Lightly sprinkle over Parmesan to taste and enjoy fish pasta.

There are 630 total delicious calories in this dish, it serves 4… that makes it less than 160 calories per serving.

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 25, 2011 in DIY Dieting 101, Entrees

 

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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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