Wednesday, May 26, 2010

My First Day on The South Beach Diet

Here is what we had today...
Its nice to have more calories and choices!
(Click on any photo to enlarge)

For breakfast:
Canadian Bacon/cheese and green onion eggs (2 eggs only one yoke)

& Mocktail Mary (V-8 and horseradish and celery, and fresh cracked pepper)
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For lunch:
Bison patty with confetti coleslaw and homegrown tomato
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For snack:
Cucumber/herbed goat cheese sandwiches - minus the bread.

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For dinner:
Steamed Halibut with sauteed squash ribbons.
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For dessert:
Chocolate Ricotta "Yuck"
(Yeah, we didn't like this at all! I think it was the texture. Someone said to get a different ricotta cheese and that makes a difference, but I think I'll pass altogether and skip dessert.)
No * 's

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Its Official!

28 pounds in about 2 months...
I am finished with this round and moving onto South Beach Phase 1 for the next 4 weeks.
I am not going to try and maintain.
I am going to keep losing while
on a short break from Hcg & VLCD.

I start South Beach Phase 1 tomorrow morning.
Today for Lunch I had:

Broccoli, egg & cheese casserole

Dinner was:

Herbed chicken medallions with a light Dijon sauce
and steamed Broccoli

I'm back to Lemon water because I am trying to keep my body alkaline instead of acidic.

I had my Crystal light Pure on the patio

On to the Work-out!

Walking 2 miles a day

Doing the Wii Fit challenge with my daughter and her friends.

Plus I do T-Tapp three days a week.

I know it sounds like a lot but it really isn't...
I walk 1 mile in the morning and 1 mile in the evening after dinner...

I do T-Tapp in the morning to energize my day. (T-Tapp only takes 20 minutes)

Then at night I play a round of Wii golf (Tiger Woods PGA 10) with Hubby and do some fun Wii Fit Plus games instead of watching TV.


Thursday, May 20, 2010

Healthy recipes to lose weight

The last week and the last 5 pounds!
I'm going to make my goal of 30 pounds!
(I hope)
These last 5 pounds are hard to get off!

I have had some recipe requests.. so here they are:

Bison Chili ~ Serves two (Protocol serving size)
But you can double this recipe for more servings

7 oz ground bison
1 can fire Roasted diced tomatoes
1/2 Finely chopped onion
1/2 cup fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon cumin
1 TEAspoon garlic
1 TEAspoon chili powder (or to taste)
1/2 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder

Brown bison slowly then add onion and cook till tender.
I take a emulsion blender and make the tomatoes smaller and smoother but still chunky.
Add tomatoes, cilantro and spices and simmer for at least 1/2 hour. Longer if you have the time or can stand it.

The other request I had was for French onion soup:
(Serves Two apx. 1 cup Protocol Diet portions) or double for more servings.

1 carton beef broth (not stock)
1 large sweet onion sliced or diced (Its easier to eat diced)
1 tab coconut oil (or olive if not on no oil diet)
1/2 Celery salt
1/2 tea Mrs Dash
1/2 tea Braggs
1-2 cloves of already roasted garlic

Heat oil and add onions and cook very slowly to caramelize.
Heat broth and spices and Braggs in separate pot.
Add roasted garlic to onions once caramelized and brown!
Add the onions and garlic to the broth and simmer 10 minutes.

For my carb eating friends and family...

Grilled Fish OR Fish Tacos
If you aren't eating carbs enjoy as is!

If you are eating carbs, steam corn tortillas and serve with
cabbage (red or green) and cilantro dressed in a little salsa verde.

Marinate fresh or frozen fish (chicken or beef too) in any marinade you like.
For a healthy marinade use:
1 cup water
2 TABLESPOONS of your favorite Mrs. Dash blend
1 Tab. Braggs (or soy sauce)
1 Tab. Balsamic Vinegar
marinate fish in HALF the marinade
Put the other half in a small sauce pan and reduce by half and use as a topping for meat or fish.
Discard marinade fish (or meat) was in.

Bring to a boil then a low slow simmer watching carefully not to burn.

It should look like this:

Enjoy all the recipes on this blog anytime!
Its clean eating and healthy.
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~Really Rainey~

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Lost: 24 and a half pounds

If found

Last week of Protocol ticker!
I gotta make my goal!


Yesterday for lunch I had:

French Onion soup

Makes two servings:
Put one in the fridge for another day.

Last night for dinner I had:
3.5 oz. of grilled halibut with a reduction sauce and roasted garlic "fauxtatoes"

Early in the day roast a head of garlic then refrigerate.

Marinate the fish in:
1 cup of water
4 tablespoons of Mrs. Dash
1 tablespoon Braggs
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

Use 1/2 cup to marinade the fish:

and 1/2 cup in a small pan for your reduction sauce.
Bring it to a boil then reduce heat and let it high simmer, stirring and watching it.

Grill your fish:

The reduction sauce should look like this when done:

For the "Fauxtatoes:
1 head of cauliflower steamed or microwaved till VERY tender
Some "Butter Buds" of desired
and all of your roasted garlic
Steam (or microwave) cauliflower

Put steamed cauliflower in food processor and add garlic and "Butter Buds" if desired.
process till smooth. Warm in the microwave before serving.

Drizzle fish with reduction sauce and serve!

(The fish looks like pie! It was as good as pie too!)

Speaking of Pie...
For desert we had baked apple sauce...
But you can eat them chunky too like in a previous post.

2 apples (serves two)
1 package Truvia (or other allowed sweetener)
Cinnamon to taste or nutmeg or both
For chunky apples I peel them, for applesauce I leave the skin on.
Core slice and place in a baking dish with a little water, the cinnamon and Truvia.
Bake at 350 for about 20 to 25 minutes.
Serve chunky or put in the food processor and process till smooth.
A VERY good dessert!
When off protocol add a little
no sugar whipped cream.
(I'll post that recipe when I am off protocol. Stay tuned)

Process for applesauce:

Serve hot or cold!


Saturday, May 15, 2010

Broke the "stall"

Finally some progress!
But I must remember that sometimes its pounds and sometimes its inches.

So now that I am down to the last week I need to decide what kind of nutritional plan I will be following after the Hcg is out of my system. To reset my hypothalamus gland and for these last 45 days to be a success and so I don't gain ANY weight back I need to follow the strict rule of NO starch and NO sugar. But after that I can eat everything else. So I am looking at South Beach. That can easily become a lifestyle way to eat for us. Plus I love to cook. That nutritional plan was made for people like me! But I am also going to combine two programs, because I have a friend who was very successful on the "Flat Belly Diet".
So I will incorporate that plan in after my three weeks is up.
Then I will be able to maintain a while till I can one more round of Hcg.
So that's the plan.

Friday, May 14, 2010

If you exceed 500 calories

I have a Clinic weigh in today!
Only 5 more day's on Protocol!
*I"ll update later*

Here is a great article written by Marianne Cooms from Green Valley Spa on what happens if you exceed 500 calories while taking the Hcg:
I got the article here.

Faulty Dieting

"Under the influence of hCG, the blood becomes saturated with calories from abnormal fat stores (approximately 1500-2000 calories/day). The blood volume adapts itself so that it can only accommodate an additional 500 calories/day. Caloric intake above 500 calories forces the body to increase its blood volume to sufficiently hold extra calories. The weight of what is eaten does not necessarily play a determining role — the amount of water which the body must retain to accommodate these calories does.

This can be illustrated by mentioning the case of salt. In order to hold one teaspoonful of salt, the body requires one liter of water — it cannot accommodate salt in any higher concentration. Thus, if a person eats one teaspoon of salt, weight will increase by more than two pounds while this salt is absorbed from the intestine.

Many patients on the hCG Protocol ask, “If eating only a few calories over the 500 calories causes me to gain weight during phase 2 of the diet, how can I maintain my lost weight when eating more calories in the maintenance phase?” It must be made clear that this only happens as long as they are receiving the hCG injections. When hCG is no longer present in the body, it can easily accommodate extra food without having to increase its volume."

I hope you enjoyed reading this article I thought it was interesting enough to post. I was never able to explain the reason to stay on a strict 500 calories.

22.6 pounds and...

...the countdown has started!
I have 7 more injection days left and 7 more pounds to lose...
I don't usually lose a pound a day on this Protocol so my goal looks a million miles away!
All I can do is keep trying...

Today for breakfast I had:
Baked apple chunks with cinnamon and Truvia

For lunch I had:
1/2 cup of low fat Cottage cheese, green onion tops and tomato from my garden!

Al Fresco!

For dinner we had "simmered all afternoon Marinara" and Bison Meatballs.

I will post the recipe for this on Sunday!

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