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Weekly Recap

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This week was Spring Break and my kids were home and we got a lot done.

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I went to the gym this week and did a spin and pilates class then on Friday & Saturday I did weight training with my husband, we had a good workout.  OK the next thing I’m going to tell you might be shocking to some people…But the picture below is my first time on a treadmill…YUP I know… Unbelievable hahaha but it’s true.  I have a problem with my foot, it’s called Morton’s Neuroma and I’m not able to do the constant bend/flex on my foot so that’s why my cardio of choice is the stair climber.  I did 20 minutes on the stair climber and then 20 minutes on the treadmill.
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Here’s what Morton’s Neuroma looks like.

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Mortons Neuroma 2If anyone has Morton’s Neuroma let me know how you’re handling it.

I’ve been juicing a few times this week.  My green goddess juice consist of dandelion, broccoli, spinach, celery, lime,  and a green apple.  I had it yesterday after my workout and it felt like I did the best thing for my body.
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Dairy FreeAlso I was Dairy Free for 4 days,Woohoo!!!  that’s longer than I thought I’d do.  Next week I’ll try for 5 days 🙂

We went to a see the movie Oz the great and Powerful in 3D.  It was really good we all enjoyed it.

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I felt extremely good about myself when I chose to have a frozen yogurt from Yogen Fruz instead of the buttery popcorn.  I had a low fat sugar free (made with splenda) Blueberry, Rapberry Mango and it was so good!!!  I’m going to have to recreate this at home…Stay tuned 🙂
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Monday Motivation

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It’s been 2 weeks since I’ve worked out and my food choices haven’t been so good but today I’m going to change that.

This weeks goals:

Workout 4 times this week.

Drink  2 liters of water

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30 Day Challenge #3 March Motivation

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TODAY’S MOTIVATION:

If anyone veered off the road then today’s the day when we make that u-turn. 

I’ve read that when starting a diet or anything new it’s best to do it on the weekend so that you have two days all to yourself to get yourself organized and ready for the week to come.

Good Luck everyone 🙂

So who’s with me??

Just use the comment box and keep in touch.  It doesn’t matter what form of weight loss diet you are doing, just as long as we do it together.  🙂

FIVE POUND MARCH GOALS:

  • Lose 5 Pounds
  • Drink 3 liters of water a day (1 liter = 1000 ml = 33.814 oz)
  • Exercise 5 times a week for 60 min or longer
  • Eat plenty of green leafy vegetables
  • Weekly Weigh-In

Motivation Driving Weight-Loss

March Is Motivation Month

March is all about keeping our New Years Resolutions.  Some of us have already forgotten what we pledged we’d do different this year.

So for this month I’ll be reconfirming my dedication to getting to my goal this year and losing the weight and getting all my jiggling parts to stop jiggling…HAHAHA

Motivation Month will include:

  • Tips & Tricks to keep the momentum going
  • I will post motivational posters

I’d love to hear from you, please add comments and tell me what helps motivate you to keep going.

To kick things off here’s a great motivational poster

Motivation better tomorrow

Wheat Belly Diet Explained

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I’ve just finished reading Wheat Belly and it confirms that my low carb wheat free lifestyle is the way to go.  I know I’m doing the right thing for my body.

Wheat Belly Diet Explained

Wheat Belly by preventive cardiologist William Davis, MD, explains how eliminating wheat from our diets is the key to achieving permanent weight loss and relief from a wide range of health issues including digestive disorders and immune problems.

Davis says that excess fat is not related to inactivity or high-fat diets, but instead is due to our love of foods like bread, pasta, muffins and cakes.

William Davis explains that there are many dangers associated with a diet containing wheat.

Insulin Response

He states that wheat has a unique composition of complex carbohydrates – 75% amylopectin and 25% amylose – that has an especially negative effect on the regulation of blood sugar.

While all carbohydrate foods have an influence on our blood sugar levels, our response to wheat is more severe due to its composition.

Fat Storage

He also says that when we eat wheat it not only triggers an insulin response that promotes the storage of fat – especially belly fat – but due to the presence of compounds called endorphins, it also increases your appetite so that you eat more calories.

Gluten

Wheat also contains a protein called gluten that causes celiac disease, a condition that Dr. Davis describes in detail, as it is the most commonly diagnosed wheat allergy.

However, gluten has also been implicated in many other disorders including Irritable Bowel Syndrome, arthritis, neurological conditions, Candidiasis and gastrointestinal cancer.

6 Possible Benefits to Following the Wheat Belly Diet

  • Weight loss of up to fifty pounds within the first few months.
  • Alleviation of type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome.
  • Recovery from ulcerative colitis and celiac disease.
  • Improvement in blood cholesterol levels.
  • Reduced inflammation and pain in rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Alleviation of hair loss and psoriasis.

Most dieters experience cravings and withdrawal symptoms when they first eliminate wheat from the diet but you can soften the blow by gradually tapering off your wheat intake over a week.

Wheat Alternatives Not Recommended

Wheat Belly advises dieters that many of the wheat free foods available on the market are not truly healthy foods because they contain ingredients like cornstarch that will make you fat and diabetic.

Because Davis believes that a low carbohydrate diet is healthier for us he advises limiting gluten-free grains like…

  • oats
  • quinoa
  • millet
  • amaranth

He says they are best restricted to ½ cup servings and only consumed once used the wheat withdrawal process is over and ideal weight has been achieved. This holds true for legumes as well.

Good Wheat Flour Alternatives

The recipes in Wheat Belly replace wheat flour with ingredients like coconut flour, ground flaxseed and nut meals because these are nutritious foods that don’t produce abnormal responses similar to those of wheat.

Recommended Foods

Chicken, turkey, beef, buffalo, ostrich, salmon, eggs, cheese, spinach, tomato, eggplant, mushrooms, onions, blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, cherries, apples, oranges, avocado, raw nuts (almonds, pecans, walnuts, pistachios, Brazil nuts), pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, flaxseeds, coconut flour, Shirataki noodles, olive oil, coconut oil, mustard, herbs, spices, tea, coffee, red wine.


Pros

  • Provides unique information about the potentially negative health effects of wheat.
  • Encourages the consumption of vegetables, raw nuts and seeds.
  • May assist with the alleviation of a wide variety of chronic health conditions.
  • Includes a seven-day meal plan with wheat free recipes.

Cons

  • Most dieters experience cravings and withdrawal symptoms when they first eliminate wheat from the diet.
  • Limits the consumption of many healthy foods including fruit, legumes and gluten-free grains.
  • Encourages the consumption of artificial sweeteners.
  • The Wheat Belly Meal plan is relatively high in fat.

Less Wheat Certainly Can’t Hurt

Wheat Belly explains how eliminating wheat from our diets can be the key to achieving permanent weight loss and the alleviation of a wide range of chronic health conditions.

This book includes detailed information about the potentially negative effects of wheat and offers guidance on how to get started with a wheat free diet.

Most people would benefit from eating less wheat-based products because they usually calorie dense and processed.

Wheat Belly Cookbook

I also bought the Wheat Belly Cookbook and so far every recipe I tried was a huge hit with my family.  I’ve made a goal that buy the end of this year I will have a wheat free house.  I’m so lucky because my husband and kids are not picky eaters and they are enjoying every low carb wheat-free recipe  I make.

Wheat Belly Diet Food List

Eliminate: 
All wheat-based products (all breads, all breakfast cereals, noodles, pasta, bagels, muffins, pancakes, waffles, donuts, pretzels, crackers), oat products (oatmeal, oat bran), cornstarch-based products (sauces or gravies thickened with cornstarch, prepared or processed foods containing cornstarch, cornmeal products like chips, tacos, tortillas), sugary soft drinks, candies

Enjoy unlimited:
Vegetables-except potatoes; fresh or frozen, never canned
Raw nuts and seeds-raw almonds, walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts, pistachios, Brazil nuts, cashews; dry-roasted peanuts (not roasted in oil); pumpkin and sunflower seeds
Healthy oils (unheated)-olive, flaxseed, coconut, avocado, walnut
Meats-red meats, pork, fish, chicken, turkey, eggs. (Consider free-range, grass-fed and/or organic sources.)
Non-wheat grains-ground flaxseed, chia seeds
Teas, coffee, water, unsweetened almond milk, coconut milk or coconut water
Cheeses—real cultured cheeses only (not Velveeta or single-slice processed cheese)
Avocado or guacamole; hummus; unsweetened condiments, e.g., mayonnaise, mustard, oil-based salad dressings; ketchup without high-fructose corn syrup; pesto, tapenades; olives

Limited:
Fruit-No more than 2 servings a day (one serving is a level handful), preferably in this order (best first): berries of all varieties, citrus, apples, nectarines, peaches, melons. Minimize bananas, pineapples, mangoes, and grapes
Fruit juices-only real juices and in minimal quantities (no more than 2-4 oz)
Dairy products-No more than 1 serving per day of milk, cottage cheese or yogurt, unsweetened (Fat content does not matter.)
Legumes/beans; peas; sweet potatoes and yams; rice (white and brown); soy
Dark chocolates-70-85% cocoa or greater; no more than 40 grams (approximately 2 inches square) per day
Sugar-free foods-preferably stevia-containing, rather than aspartame

Never:
Fried foods
Fast foods
Hydrogenated “trans” fats
Cured meats-hot dogs, sausages, bacon, bologna, pepperoni
High-fructose corn syrup containing foods; honey; agave syrup; sucrose
Processed rice, rice flour or potato products-rice crackers, rice cereals, pretzels, white breads, breakfast cereals, potato chips
Fat-free or low-fat salad dressings
”Gluten-free” foods

Quick tips:
For healthy breakfast choices, consider ground flaxseed as a hot cereal (e.g., with soy milk, milk, or unsweetened almond milk; blueberries, strawberries, etc.). Also consider eggs; raw nuts; cheese; consider having “dinner for breakfast,” meaning transferring salads, cheese, chicken, and other “dinner” foods to breakfast.
Add 1 tsp or more of taste-compatible healthy oil to every meal. For example, mix in 1 tbsp flaxseed oil to ground flaxseed hot cereal. Or add 2 tbsp olive oil to eggs after scrambling. Adding oils will blunt appetite.
If you suspect you have a wheat “addiction,” use the first week to add healthy oils to every meal and reduce the amount of wheat by half. In the second week, aim for elimination of wheat while maintaining the oils.
Reach for raw nuts first as a convenient snack.

Low Carb Carrot Muffins 2g

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This recipe if from the Wheat Belly cookbook but I’ve changed a few ingredients, I omitted pecans, nutmeg, cloves and raisins.  Next time I’ll reduce the orange zest to 1 tablespoon since I found it over powering.  But over all this was a light and fluffy muffin that my whole family enjoyed.  Also they freeze well.

Ingredients:

1 ½ cups ground almond meal
½ cup ground flaxseed
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon sea salt
1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon pumpkin spice
1 cup shredded carrots
2 tablespoons orange zest
2 eggs, separated
½ cup xylitol
½ cup sour cream or  coconut milk 
¼ cup coconut oil, butter, melted or or extra-light olive oil
½ cup unsweetened applesauce
¼ teaspoon cream of tartar 

Preparation:
Preheat oven to 325º F. Grease muffin tin with oil.  I used silicone muffin pan which made 18 muffins instead of 12.

In a large bowl mix almond meal, flaxseed, salt, baking powder, cinnamon and pumpkin spice.  Stir in carrots and orange zest.

In a medium bowl, whisk together egg yolks, xylitol, sour cream or coconut milk, , butter or oil, and applesauce, blend ingredients thoroughly.

Using an electric mixer on high, beat egg whites and cream of tartar until stiff peaks form.  Gently fold the beaten egg whites into the egg yolk mixture until combined.  Fold egg mixture with flour mixture until well combined.

Spoon mixture into muffin pan (fill each about ½ full).
Bake for 40 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
Cool and remove from pan and cool completely on rack.

Makes 18 muffins

Per muffin:
Calories: 165
Fiber: 3.3 g
Carbs: 2 g

Low Carb Banana Bread

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I made this today and it was delicious.  I found the recipe on the link below, the only thing I changed was that I didn’t add the walnuts and I used vanilla syrup.

http://ggiswheatfree.wordpress.com/2013/01/16/easy-banana-walnut-bread-gluten-free-grain-free-and-dairy-free/

Low Carb Banana Bread
1 C almond flour
1/3 C coconut flour
3/4 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
3 TB coconut oil, melted (or butter)
3 eggs
2 ripe bananas, mashed
1/3 C sugar-free syrup (I used Torani vanilla flavored)
1 TB vanilla
2 TB water

Preparation
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a bread pan with butter or coconut oil.
Combine almond flour, coconut flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large mixing bowl.
Whisk to combine completely.
In a separate bowl, combine mashed bananas, eggs, coconut oil, syrup, vanilla, and water.
Add to dry ingredients and mix until combined.

Batter, mixed and ready to go in the pan.

Pour into prepared pan and smooth out on top.
Bake at 350 for a total of 40-45 minutes (or until a skewer inserted in the middle of the loaf comes out cleanly), rotating once halfway through bake time.

Remove to wire rack to cool, removing from pan after cooling slightly.
Serve with butter, whipped cream or cream cheese.
(Total carbs about 80 for the loaf, 5g net carbs each for 16 slices.)

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