Friday, January 23, 2009

What I ate yesterday to total apx. 500 calories:

I eat 500ish calories plus a hCG injection= about 2500 calories

Breakfast: 1/2 ruby red grapefruit= 55 cal.
1 packet Truvia sweetener= 0
1 fresh strawberry= 15 cal.
Breakfast total: 70 calories
Lunch: Lemon Chicken spinach salad.
Spinach about 1 cup raw= 7 cal.
1/2 of 1/2 chicken breast (hubby and I split a half) 100 grams= 65 cal.
1 green onion= 10 Cal.
My homemade ginger dressing: 1 tab= 25 calories
Lunch total: 100 calories
Snack: The rest of my Strawberry serving= 20 cal.
1 packet of Truvia= 0 cal.
Snack total: 20 calories
Dinner: 100 grams Halibut= 215
2 melba rounds (used with the spices to coat the halibut)= 30 cal.
1/4 head steamed cabbage= 20 cal.
Total for dinner: 275

Evening Snack: 1/2 med. apple= 35 cal. (hubby has the other half)
Total Snack: 35 cal.
Total beverages for the day: 25 cal.
Water: 100 ounces= 0 calories
Hot Tea with a pack of Truvia= 0
Iced Tea with a pack of Truvia= 0
1 EmergenC vitamin packet raspberry = 25 cal.

Total calories eaten for the day: 515

Too good to be Tru?

Really Rainey's Truvia taste Test:

I was kind of in the dark about it... Since I already use Stevia when I am on the hCG Protocol and Agave Nectar when I can use more calories... I was skeptical of a NEW sweetener, especially one manufactured in part by Coke-cola Co. I never use asptertame or Sweet and Low or Splenda or any of that other fake sugar. But alas... Stevia does have a bitter after taste and so I don't use too much of it and tend to just use things un-sweetened, like my tea. I heard about Truvia on YouTube so I decided to do a taste test for myself when I saw "Melting momma" on YouTube try it straight on a fresh strawberry, something I would never try with a packet of straight Stevia.

I found Truvia at a local large grocery chain. And I heard Coke is putting it in a no calorie drink. And Pepsi Co. is making their own version of sweetner packets too called Purevia. I found it right along side the Truvia but I didn't buy it. I had a coupon for Truvia! Oh, and it wasn't too expensive either... like a package of Stevia from "Sweet Leaf" is almost $6.00, the Truvia was $3.99, then I had a 55 cents off coupon.

Since Stevia is an ALL NATURAL sweetener, no one can patented Stevia! 
 But they can patented the process and that is what makes me nervous about a product like this. Is it so over processed like sugar? Who knows at this point... all I know is that its safe for diabetics like my hubby and doesn't raise blood sugar.

Here it is... 
I opened the packed and it smelled WONDERFUL! 
I kid you not. 
And isn't it pretty? It looks just like sugar. 

Dipped my fresh strawberry in... Generously coating it just to make this a true taste test.


Mmmmmmmm... oh my gosh...

It was incredible... almost sinful in fact!
So I had this for breakfast!

But is it too good to be Tru? 
I don't know... 
But for now I'm using it while on the hCG protocol until further notice!
*Slipping 5 packets into my purse and 5 into Hubby's brief case!*

Oh by the way... ONE packet goes a long way. I tried it in my iced tea and only used 1/2 a packet and it was sweet tea! 
Watch the newspaper ads for a 55 cents off coupon!
(this one is void)

I got this info From Reader's Digest - November 2008 

"Truvia, the much-hyped natural, no-calorie sweetener, is joining the array of sugar substitutes on supermarket shelves this fall. Here's the scoop on this and other options you stir into your coffee.

Type: Natural sweeteners. Truvia is a granular substance made from the stevia plant; agave syrup comes from the agave plant.

Details: Unlike natural sugar, Truvia has no calories, but some say the taste is too licorice-like. Agave has 20 calories per teaspoon but sweetens more effectively than sugar, so you use less.

Pros and Cons: They're an option for those who want to avoid artificial ingredients while watching their weight. Be aware that the body expects calories to follow sweetness, so (as with all sweeteners) you may keep craving more.

Type: Artificial sweeteners. Sucralose (Splenda), aspartame (Equal), and saccharin (Sweet'N Low) are made of various chemicals that simulate the sweetness of sugar.

Details: All are essentially calorie-free. Some people are concerned about possible associations with cancer. However, the National Cancer Institute says there's no clear evidence of a link.

Pros and Cons: They're generally considered safe for healthy people. But a_recent study shows diet soda drinkers tend to gain weight, not lose it. So if you have concerns about these sweeteners anyway, avoid them.


Type: Sugars. Sucrose and fructose are carbohydrates that come from the sugarcane plant as well as from fruits, maple syrup, and corn syrup.

Details: Keep your intake to under 40 grams (about 10 teaspoons) of sugar a day. That's about one can of Coke. Remember that any unburned amount will turn to fat, and consistently high amounts may lead to insulin resistance.

Pros and Cons: Anyone with health problems like obesity or prediabetes should cut down on sugar. Stick with whole fruits, and try to wean yourself off sweet junk foods."

Can't wait to hear your comments!

Weight loss update:
27 pounds gone since Oct 20th!

Saturday, January 17, 2009

25 pounds... Bye Bye!

Weight Loss Update!

I have been busy with the baby shower event so I haven't been able to post for a while  but I was just so excited this morning when I got on the scale and saw that I have released 25 pounds since Oct 19th!

Other Stuff!
The Baby Shower is tomorrow! 
I'll post pix on my other blog!
The Project Table

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

New Recipe

Weight Loss update:
Gone! One more pound this morning.... I'm melting better than chocolate/coconut bark in the palm of your hand! Speaking of Coconut bark I made some and took pictures I'll post later.

I was posting with my friends from the hCG support group and everyone is loving the pictures and recipes I am posting. Thank you so much everyone! 

Today I am posting a meal for a special dinner or luncheon or just if you have time to cook. The whole meal is totally on protocol, so don't worry! I not only posted the recipe, but today I posted HOW to make them:

*Remember this isn't just a diet meal. Anyone can make it and enjoy it anytime. Its a healthy meal.

Chicken and Spinach Roulades for TWO 

~1 Organic or Farm raised Chicken breast 200g cut in two (or a regular chicken breast)
boneless skinless
~2 breadsticks or Melba rounds (I used the Melba today) Smashed to smithereens. (I used my mini food processor and added some paprika to it for color.)
~2 allotted portions of fresh  organic spinach (I used about 2 cups packed)
~2 teaspoons of Dijon Mustard
~Herbmare seasoning to taste
~Paprika to taste 
2 dashes Liquid Braggs

Preheat oven to 350
1) Cut chicken breast in half because each person is allowed 100g of protein.

 2) Between plastic wrap, pound each half gently till half its thickness.

3) Spread 1 teaspoon of Dijon Mustard over each chicken breast. (You can use regular mustard if you like but... I use the Dijon.) Then layer fresh spinach leaves on each half. You don't have to use all 2 cups... just a nice even layer.

4) Gently tuck and roll each half in the Melba crumb and spice mixture. Tucking in the sides and just kind of shaping them into little rolls.

5) Put in a shallow baking dish that has been coated with EV Coconut oil Sprinkle with more paprika. Bake 25 to 30 minutes (Don't over bake) till golden brown. ( Sorry...I doubled the recipe on you when you weren't looking. The other two go in the freezer for another night.)

6) During the last few minutes blanch (Quickly boil) the rest of the spinach, drop in the leaves... stir... count to 30 and remove them to a strainer, stir in liquid Braggs (or any seasoning) Plate and enjoy!

To all my forum friends and my blog followers, 
thank you for your kind comments and support. 
 Bon Appetite!

Monday, January 05, 2009

Weight loss update:
Its official! I shed 20 pounds of fat since October 19th. On this round alone I have lost 8 pounds in 11 days. I know its fat because my Doctor does a body composition test on me and it tells muscle, fat and water. At the end of the last round I actually gained 2 1/2 pounds of lean muscle! 

We are on the VLCD phase for 9 more days. But I might go a few more days longer to achieve my goal of 10 pounds more. Hubby might too, he hasn't decided yet. Then we will be on a 5 week break and back to 1200 calories and a modified South Beach or Atkins Diet. 

I have been so busy with planning my daughters baby shower and some family drama (on the phone constantly!) that I have been neglecting my work outs... I need to get back to my Fluidity! I felt good when I was doing that twice a week. I only missed this last week, so I am starting up again tomorrow. I still walk cause I promised my dog I would walk her everyday.

Stay tuned for a new picture and recipe coming soon.

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Weight Loss update!
Here is another VLCD meal idea:

Chicken and spinach roll ups with baby cucumber spears and blackberries~YUM
No recipe needed. But I did spread on some mustard on the chicken breast before I put on the spinach and rolled them up. I used Mrs. Dash "table blend" on my baby cucumber spears. This quick and easy meal took me only minutes to make.

Friday, January 02, 2009

I hope everyone is having a happy New year

Weight Loss Update: 
I have lost another couple of pounds since I posted last. That brings my total since 12-24-08 to 7 pounds in 10 days! I am pretty happy about that. The hCG combined with the amino acids and the 2 mile walks a day and the Fluidity/10 minute spot work outs are a great combination for this steady weight coming off. And its coming off for good too! I feel awesome. I have plenty of energy for my walks and other things I might need to do during the day. I don't feel faint or weak. The 500 calories of food plus the apx. 2000 cal. that are burned by the hCG are keeping me healthy and in slight ketosis. The amino acids are helping with hunger issues between meals and keeping me happy and sleeping good at night. I am still getting at least 8 hours of sleep a night and 100 ounces of water per day along with my 5 cups of tea. I have hot tea in the morning and afternoon. The rest of the tea is iced and sweetened with Sweet and Slender. 
Here are the meals we had yesterday:

For lunch we had Shrimp & Spinach Salad:

Shrimp Sauté Spinach Salad
1 large handful of fresh Organic Baby Spinach
100g of salad size shrimp (I use pre-cooked from Costco)
1/2 ripe Roma tomato, seeded and sliced into strips
1/2 Tab. Organic coconut oil
Fresh grated ginger to taste (About 1/2 tea.)
4 Tab. apple cider vinegar
1 Tab. Braggs 
1 packet or less of stevia or I use Sweet and Slender.
1 drop of toasted sesame oil (A NO NO on the protocol but I use it anyway.)
That makes enough dressing for two servings.

Sauté the shrimp in the coconut oil (no it doesn't make it taste like a pina colada) very quickly just to heat them up. They are pre cooked so you don't want them to become rubber.
Place on top of your spinach and tomatoes, sprinkle with half the dressing and there you have it, a quick, tasty, and filling lunch.

I guess I was in a seafood mood because for dinner I sautéed Halibut!

Pan Seared Herbed Halibut with steamed Napa cabbage and asparagus.
For TWO:

200g Halibut steak whole or cut in two. (I cook mine whole then cut it in half.)
1 Tab. Organic Coconut oil
2 Tab. Old bay Seafood Rub (Or any other kind of rub you like just watch for hidden sugar)
1 large Napa cabbage leaf
6 spears of asparagus 
Herbamare (Organic Seasoning) to taste or your favorite vegi seasoning...
{Careful with salt when you are trying to shed pounds}

Heat up a cast iron skillet over Med heat. Add and melt coconut oil... spread it around the pan. 
Season fish with rub and add to skillet. 
While skillet is heating place the cabbage leaves in your steamer with the asparagus.
Cook the vegi and the fish at the same time.
Place fish in skillet, carefully... cook 2 to 4 minutes per side depending on thickness of fish.


Check back often for my progress! 
Thanks to my support team!

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