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Gourmet DIY The Fairy Tale Diet Way 1 of 5


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We then address the teachings of your youth.

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

Those that loved pasta did not remember the following poem:  

 Hey, Hey the old man yelled,

While he was eating noodles,

“Don’t eat wheat or processed meat”,

as he drew sweet yam doodles.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Monkey see – Monkey do!

Mommy, make me fat like you!

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

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

 I Scream,
You scream,
We all scream,

(Look for Bryers Carb Smart … yum!)

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

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

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

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

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

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

How many of us remember jumping rope to this poem?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(Why would a good parent feed their baby carbs?


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

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


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

(Enough said on this one!)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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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.


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



* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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


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

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Posted by on November 30, 2011 in Desserts


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Getting Granny Gourmet DIY Ready

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

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

1. Know Your Weight Loss Goals

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

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

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

2. Understand Your Weight Loss Personality

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

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

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

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

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

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

3. Make a Firm Weight Loss Commitment

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

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

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

4. Stock Up, Order, and Prepare

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Class dismissed ‘till later



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

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

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

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Posted by on November 30, 2011 in Desserts


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Diets must change and be Forever Gourmet DIY

Many of you have heard and personally related to the comment Mark Twain once said about quitting smoking being the easiest thing in the world as he had done it several hundred times himself. Unfortunately, the same applies to changing your diet and taking steps to make sure that you are eating healthy and able to meet and maintain a healthy body weight, for the rest of your life. Most people reading this can attest to the fact that most attempts at dieting and changing your eating habits result in only short-term weight loss and that in time most of the weight lost is regained as you revert to your original eating patterns.

The percentage that is often quoted from a very old study on the subject places dieting failure at about 95% and while the study may be somewhat antiquated, the fact remains that according to the World Health Organization figures there are over 1 billion overweight people on the planet today, more than ever before. At the same time more people are attempting to lost weight than ever before and most diet plans, supplements and products profit from the high failure rate as it creates a large number of repeat customers. Why is it so hard for us to change our eating habits and lose weight? Most of us are at least somewhat aware of what not to eat but the change usually proves to be almost impossible, but it is indeed doable if you understand the whys and wherefores behind our ever-tormenting struggles with change.

First you must understand you

Your must first understand your food consumption patterns. If you do and you are patient enough you will be able to change it. Those government-funded and pharmaceutical supported so-called diet gurus would have you believe, a pill, as shot, an exercise machine will simply resolve your problems.  If that were the case then everyone would be successful in their attempts at weight control.  Much like cancer, the entire weight loss industry wouldn’t need to exist after everyone was successful after the trendy diet of the day, used the weight loss supplements being advertised or followed the in vogue exercise program featured in the magazines and infomercials.  The cures are out there… but so many people, companies, hospitals and clinics would close up their doors if the truth were allowed to be told to the public.

That certainly is not the case with every expert.  Over the past two decades of helping people with their weight problems I realized that if you honestly are ready to lose weight and keep it off you MUST change your lifestyle permanently. In order for this to happen there must be an unrelenting commitment to a change. Your commitment must be completely devoid of the destructive and self-loathing perspectives and belief that there must be some form of atonement for failures to stay on track.  That is stinking thinking!  “They” want you to feel guilty and return to the suckers’ treadmill and resign yourself as an utter and total failure.  You will be their life long slave.

It is human nature to believe that being ‘wrong’ requires a period of guilt, followed by some sort of soulful payment.  The whole concept about eating is wrong. Remember Eve? You slip, eating something that is forbidden and you go into a downward spiral of self-hatred and disgust. This self-infliction is ridicules. Instead G*d slapped her hand (figuratively), removed her from temptation, clothed her, and forgave her. (Sound familiar?) As familiar as it sounds it remains a major obstacle to long-term success.  So the Fairy Tale Diet is worked five days at a time.  You can make a guilt free lifetime commitment to five days at a time!

Do not let guilt make changing even harder

The reality is, there isn’t anything that you can do to make up for a slip in your diet. Nothing at all. Accept the moment… Stop thinking negative and start fresh the next.  You may be on the Fairy Tale Diet but… we do not have a magical wand for negative thinking. This way of thinking leads to too many eating disorders and a very twisted relationship with food. Accept the slips for what they are; learning experiences to teach us that we need to be better and stronger than what “they” want from us! 

This change is forever!  Not some limited idea of getting into shape for summer or for some upcoming event or vacation!  No one ever became overweight overnight and we must accept the reality that permanent change happens over the course of many five days at a time, that become months, years, and decades.  Do not think about weeks or that getting into shape is just for a fling.  This has to be a long-term day by day process that helps you learn to take care of yourself not just to be looking great in a swimsuit. Nothing worth achieving in this life comes quickly.  Controlling your eating habits is no exception! It takes practice and it takes patience. 

On a personal note, while many look at my body today and the determination that it took not indulge in processed foods of any kind, most overlook the fact that it takes decades to get there, and without any of the slips and mess ups I fell into along the way, I never could have learned the amazing lessons that allow me to be able to share them with you!  I lost the same 90 pounds 8 times in my life before I discovered the Fairy Tale Diet! … Join me and never look back again!

Understanding The Dynamics Behind Learned Behavior

Another important fact is accepting that you are no longer going to eat unhealthy foods, knowing that for you… they are poison! The very habits that we seek to change only resurface because they are not completely forgotten. As long as new and old ways of thinking are still rattling around in your head… they will always be fighting against you unless you take steps to disarm and cut those undesirable attitudes.

It is only when you are able to enjoy foods that are good for you that you will be able to break the cycle. Again, it does not happen overnight. Your new ‘comfort food’ will be foods that make you physically feel better and not junk foods that may lure you in while wreaking havoc on your body.  The temptation to indulge in the foods that you wish to avoid will fade into the background, a temptation that over time would simply become as unattractive as a lost battering love affair.

If you take small steps, large tasks are easily accomplished.

Take it from one who is on the journey a few paces ahead of you, as you get stronger, escape the darkness and start to see the light in the tunnel, you will be opening the doors to a whole new way of perceiving the world. One where limits are constantly being re-evaluated and where the seemingly impossible task of breaking free of the perpetually destructive cycle of weight loss and weight gain becomes very much a reality for you to enjoy.

Can you see my point! Well, I do pray for each and every one of you to find success.  I can only help you see if I can show you the words that will open your heart to finally love and for give yourself.  You must begin now to resolve to never turn back… to see that you were sold a faulty bill of goods and that everyone is not created equal.  Some folks can’t walk, some can’t see, some can’t remember… but you… yes you… can do it… because you have everything you need now… to succeed! 

Let’s join together and enjoy the first sweet tastes of that success.  Is there a more classic vegetable side dish than glazed carrots? (I’ve heard they are good for your eyes.. so you can clearly see what you need to do!) Yet, the way they were made in by-gone-days, just like old programing on eating, was not so simple.  With cooking you needed to know what to do in terms of adding the right ingredients and what tools to use, and whether to bake boil or fry to get the right results. If there was too much sugar, the dish would be cloying. If there was too much heat, the sugar burned. It isn’t difficult any more. Granny has found the perfect answer and it is so well worth doing, both the carrots and the Fairy Tale Diet.

Micro-Steamed Baby Carrots

Wanda wonders: “Why do these 4 servings of maple glazed baby carrots come out so yummy from the microwave in less than 3 minutes?  Whenever I need to rely on a meal to impress, this is one delicious side dish that always cooks to perfection. It’s easy for me to add color, flavor and vitamins to any meal with out making my kids wrinkle up their noses.”


1 Slice the carrots into 1/8 to 1/4-inch disks or diagonally. Try to cut the pieces so they are about the same size as each other, so they cook evenly.

2 Pour the carrots in a zip lock bag.

3 Cover with maple syrup. Toss to cover the carrots completely.

4 Place baggie in a bowl, do not zip closed, place in microwave for 3 minutes.

5 Toss the carrots once or twice to recoat them, pour into the bowl and serve.  Serves 4 as a side dish.

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

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Posted by on November 30, 2011 in Side Dishes


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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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Posted by on November 25, 2011 in DIY Dieting 101, Entrees


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Gourmet DIY Dieting 101 – Class 3 of 5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Asian Pineapple Chicken with Mini Pearls

We make a double batch, for next days leftovers!

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

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


Warm 2 serving dishes in the microwave.

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

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

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

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

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


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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

 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

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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Posted by on November 23, 2011 in DIY Dieting 101, Entrees


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