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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 Dieting 101 – Class 3 of 5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Asian Pineapple Chicken with Mini Pearls

We make a double batch, for next days leftovers!

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

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

Directions

Warm 2 serving dishes in the microwave.

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

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

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

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

Class dismissed ‘till later

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Granny

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

 

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