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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 ūüė¶










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


Step 4: Embrace Protein

2 Sep

At first I was annoyed, but now I’m glad that my Drs office requires patients to start a high protein,¬† low fat diet as soon as surgery is scheduled.¬† So I gave myself the weekend and decided that today would be the start of my diet.

I’m looking forward to it for several reasons. First off, it gives my body plenty of time to wean off refined sugars and simple carbs, which is just good eating anyhow. Second off, it gives me a good month to start experimenting with protein and figure out what I like. Finally, it gives me the opportunity to lose a significant amount of weight before the liquid diet even begins. The nice thing about my liquid diet is that its simply replacing two of my three high-protein meals with protein shakes each day, so again, not a super huge adjustment.

I lost a good amount of weight (25 lbs in 3 weeks) on Atkins back in January,¬† so I’ll just modify it to eat less fat and more lean protein. I’m gunna have to do a lot of reading on meal ideas and¬† options so I can fully embrace my new way of eating. Had a delicious egg and veggie scramble this morning along with some iced coffee with FF half & half and splenda. Here’s to embracing protein!


My delish low carb breakfast.

The Real Truth

20 Aug


11 days

11 days until surgery

Ironically on Thursday I started my all liquid diet.
Hhhmmmmm coincidence?  I thought it was a migraine but as I continued the liquid diet for Thursday and Friday the headache got worse, I became nauseated, very dizzy and aches and pains all over my body. By Sunday I was feeling better and not as hungry.  So WHAT WAS IT? Am I allergic to the whey in the protein drinks?  Do I have the flu?   Well after going to my trusty  GOOGLE I typed in:


“high protein liquid diet headaches “


ahhh BINGO ¬†I think I found the culprit 1000‚Äôs of pages.. all about ‚ÄúInduction Headache‚ÄĚ, ‚ÄúAdkins Flu‚ÄĚ, Pre-Surgery Diet Heachaches‚ÄĚ. So this is something common that my Dr. never told me about.


The Atkins induction flu is a term used to describe the side effects sometimes experienced by Atkins dieters when they start restricting their carbohydrate intake to very low amounts. The symptoms of the Atkins induction flu include fatigue, weakness, dizziness, headaches, irritability and nausea.


There are two main causes of the side effects sometimes experienced when starting on a low-carb diet. The first is carbohydrate withdrawal. Most people are used to eating about 50 percent of their calories as carbohydrates, so drastically switching to a low-carb diet comprising less than 5 percent to 10 percent of the calories as carbohydrates is a big dietary change. If your body was used to running on carbohydrates, you might require some time to adjust. The second cause is dehydration. Low-carbohydrate diets tend to be diuretic and help you get rid of unwanted extra water in your body, but if you do not properly replenish the lost fluids and electrolytes, dehydration and the accompanying side effects can occur.

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/381434-what-is-atkins-induction-flu/#ixzz2cSknClS7

diet cartoon

No More liquid Diets Please

I know it wasn’t the water intake because I have been crazy drinking water.  So I do believe I have diagnosed myself. I was having Carbohydrate Withdrawls!


Scary right?  That I have been that dependent on Carbohydrates that my body goes through withdrawal when I try to right the wrong.

Good News.. it is day 4 and I am feeling good.  However I didn’t follow my plan exactly.  This is what I am doing (as once again I am diagnosing myself and new after extensive self research I am changing my plan a bit)


Instead of 4 shakes a day, I am doing 3 shakes a day and a small lean protein and raw non starch veggie each evening.  Boy do I love this small 3 oz grilled chicken breast and broccoli after only shakes during the day.  I feel good, no headaches, no dizziness, feel like I am losing weight as well.  3 Days before surgery I will go back to the 100% liquid protein diet.

 I have to say, I am looking forward to no more dieting!  Because being hungry all the time STINKS!

fad diet cartoon



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