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Protein, Protein, Protein

29 Oct

This has been a difficult thing for me to get in.  I do believe that my weight is slow because of this, my average is about 46-50 gm of protein.  I need MORE!  So I have been researching some different tips and ideas on how to get it in.  Here is what I have come up with:

  • Isopure:  1/4 of bottle to 20 oz of water (diluted).  I drink 3-4 of these water flavored/isopure drinks a day.  That gives me about 30-40 gm of protein plus I get in all my water.


  • Turkey/Ham and Cheese Roll ups: Two pieces of deli turkey rolled with two pieces of reduced-fat Swiss cheese will give you those 24 grams. I like to use Boars-head through the deli because it has less sodium and processed “goodies”.

turkey roll up







  • Beef Jerky: three ounces of beef jerky for those 24 gm of protein

Beef Jerky











  • Peanut Butter.  Just a tablespoon is perfect! My favorite go to for a quick snack, protein and a treat. (The fat content is pretty high, so this is an occasional treat.

peanut butter


Pumpkin Steel Cut Oats

9 Oct

I love fall, even though we live in Florida.  Our clothing and leaves don’t really change but my yearning for fall color, seasons , smells and food are all about FALL right now.

What I dream fall should look like:









What Fall looks like in my back yard 😦










So how to eat yummy Fall food with this new “better” way of eating?  I am on a quest to find new recipe choices and I will post along the way.

First of all my favorite smell, flavor and food during this season is pumpkin.  Pumpkin pie, pumpkin curry, pumpkin ravioli.. etc.

My first Fall recipe I will share is Pumpkin Steel Cut Oatmeal.

Pumpkin Steel Cut oats

Pumpkin Steel Cut Oatmeal


1 Cup Steel cut oats (I purchased in bulk section of Whole Foods, but Quaker has them as well)

1/2 can pure pumpkin

1/4 cup half and half (or any milk, I like half and half because it gives more protein and is creamier)

1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1/2 tsp cinnamon ( or just shake until you have what you want)

1-2 tsp splenda or sugar substitute

dash of salt.


3 cups of water and 1 cup of steel cut oats with a pinch of salt to a boil
turn down to med-low and simmer for 45 minutes
If consistency is too thick or water is evaporating , add a little bit more water and stir frequently
stir in 1/2 can pure pumpkin,  pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, sugar substitute and 1/4 cup of half and half cook until warmed.

Serve immediately

1/4 cup (1) serving

Calories: 135

Carbs:       11

Fat:              3

Protein:     5

Sodium:    10

Sugar:          4

A New Way of Eating

8 Oct

As I browse so many websites learning recipes and new ways to eat I have learned so much.


1st – We are not alone!  Many people have had weight loss surgery and they are all struggling with the same things.  What to eat, when to eat, and how much is too much.

2nd- Everyone’s tolerance for different foods is different where some people can eat chicken (I can’t ) and some can’t eat beef ( I can) so it is finding what works best for each of us individually with this new stomach.

3rd – Photos of food eaten look lots bigger than in real life. 😉  This image is from my dinner (see recipe below) this is a small plate and maybe, maybe 3 oz of food.  Looks huge doesn’t it?

small plate









4th – Cravings of big portions don’t go away until you eat the first spoonful and then mysteriously .. they cravings disappear.  So my eyes are still bigger than my  stomach but this time my body forces me to stop.

Eyes are bigger than your stomach










I want to share a yummy new recipe that I made this weekend ( it has now been my lunch for the past 3 days) .  I find that I enjoy cooking because I can take little tastes along the way.  Just sitting down to a plateful is not as rewarding as it used to be.  (keep the eye on the prize Allison).




The Pioneer Woman Mingas









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Obesity is a disease

28 Jul

Obesity is a disease?

I am not sure if I want to blame obesity as a disease. If I truly am realistic with myself I believe that I knew when my weight was getting out of control and I tried different weight loss options but nothing would stick.

Hunger would get out of control, I would get the shakes and then I would eat what I knew I wasn’t suppose to eat. Of course still in denial that I was NOT DIABETIC 😉

low blood sugar symptoms

Low Blood Sugar Symptoms

But was it my fault? In my opinion it is not a disease however my food choices were horrible and I had no idea what they were doing to my body.

So Obesity a disease no? American food choices…. YES.

That is the problem.

Now for my soap box:

I grew up with good food, no real sweets in the house and mom cooked most meals every night. My weight gain wasn’t in childhood, it was as an adult. So what was different?

I skipped breakfast each morning and opted for a DIET COKE/DIET PEPSI. hhhmmm ok.. diet is good right?

Then I was starving for lunch, since eating out and fast food is so cheap in America and CONVENIENT. I would get taco bell, burger king or something quick, I really didn’t super size.. but I would get the sandwich, fries and of course a diet coke. I would have consumed over 1000 calories.

whopper calories

whopper combo meal calories

Now 3:00 would roll around and I am STARVING, the shakes start (see above chart again) and since I was either at school or work and I would not have planned for this (another tip for myself.. planning ahead) I would grab for what was closest. Candy bar in machine, cake that someone brought in, old doughnut. When the shakes start I am not picky. 440 calories for the snicker bar, oh don’t forget followed by the ….. DIET COKE. So before I head home to cook dinner for the family. I have consumed over 1500 calories.

Now dinner, since I am a mom and a wife.. one of my “jobs” in the family is cooking a good dinner for the family. Kids and husband didn’t really like vegtables.. so we usually had none or just canned beans. Usually pasta w/ sauce or rice or potato with every meal. It is usually a typical American Dinner. But I always make it better with adding “flavor” creams, gravy, butter, sour cream, CHEESE, you get the picture. Those all add up. So after researching I have discovered that I am consuming around 1500 calories for dinner. I am attaching a video that if you can skip through you can see where I am getting this calorie information. (The guy is pretty drab, but it is interesting)

So here is the wrap up. I have consumed roughly 3000 calories a day with little to no exercise. I didn’t have lots of desserts, I didn’t snack heavily during the day (so I thought). I eat to satisfy my hunger. So is this a disease? or is this a result of American eating?

I say … it is time to eat a non-typical American way. Make a new American meal. Let’s pave the road to healthy living and get these convenient over processed foods out of our diets and eat real food.

I’ll share more thoughts on the Soda epidemic and preservatives in my next post. Thanks for reading!

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