Category Archives: South Beach Diet

THIS HAS BEEN A WONDERFUL WEEK FOR ME!!

I have been doing this South Beach Diet for four days now and I feel GREAT!  I have so much more energy than I did before and I don’t feel hungry a bit!  Now I will tell you that a large part of this energy has come from the fact that I am staying hydrated with plenty of water.  Water is a major part of the success of any weight loss plan.  Our body is made up of aprox. 75% water and without it we can’t maintain our needed energy level.   Our brains can mistake dehydration for hunger, which is why it is important to drink aprox. 8 oz. of water before meals…thereby allowing our body the needed hydration without the unwanted calories.

Another thing to remember….Once you begin to eat…..it takes your brain about 20 minutes to feel satisfied, so, eating more slowly will help you to consume fewer calories,  think about how much you can put into your mouth in 20 minutes…..that could be a lot more calories than you really need!!!

So my goal for this day is to eat more slowly, and eat only what my body needs!!!

Again, today is still my phase 1 of South Beach….so…..no carbs yet!!!!  Wow!!!  I have gone this long without the thing that I thought I couldn’t do without……CARBS!!!!!!

This is really an amazing journey for me…..I hope you are joining me on this healthy adventure!!!  If you are, I would love to hear from you!!!

Let me know how you are doing, post some of your experiences!  I look forward to your reply!!

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SOUTH BEACH DIET PHASE 1

Ok, so you all know that I have spoken about weight loss and getting into shape before.  Well the truth is, I have been going about this all wrong, because I haven’t made a clear-cut plan for my goal…..that is until now!  I have decided that in order to reach my goal for losing weight, I need a plan that I can stick to without stringent rules and restrictions.   The plan is the South Beach Diet.  I have seen the results of this plan in real life.  My friend Phoebe who had a baby just 13 months ago looks amazing because of it.  Her husband James with whom I work, also in great shape, so I thought,” why not try this for myself”.  I gave it a lot of consideration , looked over the plan and decided that it is something that I can do because it allows you so many foods without all of the restrictions.  The diet consists of three phases.  Phase 1 is somewhat a detox. 

While most of the recipes that I have been sharing with you all have been very healthy and nutritious, they have consisted of a lot of carbs so now what I will attempt to do is share recipes that will contain less.

So for more information on the diet and recipes I will encourage you to check it out for yourself.  Go to Southbeachdiet.com

for recipes I will encourage you to go to Kalyn’skitchen.com  this site will give you very good recipe ideas for all three phases and foods to enjoy, as well as avoid.

In the very near future…I will be posting recipes that I have tried or food suggestions and ideas that will help if you too decide to join me on the journey.

For now let me just give you an update on my success…Today was day one!!!!!  Yes….the hardest day!!  Today I made the decision to START!!!!! I had no trouble at all.  I got up this morning and put a chicken in the oven to roast so that I would have plenty of protein to eat if I got hungry.  I had plain non-fat yogurt with a hard-boiled egg and coffee for breakfast.  Worked out at the gym for 45 minutes before work, drank plenty of water.

Lunch consisted of cottage cheese, celery sticks with humus and tomato juice.

Dinner was chicken breast, pinto beans, salad, cucumbers with humus….but I couldn’t finish all of my dinner because I was so full from all that I had eaten during the day!!  I felt so energetic because I had no carbs to make me feel sluggish!!!  Really!!!  Oh,,,and let me tell you, I am so looking forward to tomorrow.   I am on my way to my new goal.!

 

Salmon with Sundried Tomato and Butternut Squash

Okay, so I really wasn’t sure what to do tonight for dinner. I did know that I wanted to eat lighter than I had been in the last few weeks… and I have fallen off of the “weight loss and healthy eating wagon”…so to speak! So this is what I came up with and it was so good! This is something that I had to share with you all. It is Low Calorie, Healthy, Low Fat, Low Cholesterol and YUMMY!!
What you will need

Salmon (aprox 1/2 Lb.
1 White Onion
2 Cloves of Garlic Fine Chopped
Pesto Paste (I use pre prepared from Trader Joe’s)
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste
Old Bay Seasoning/ just a dash over the top of the fish
2 tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/2 Butternut Squash/ cut into 1 inch chunks and placed in an ovenproof dish covered with tinfoil

Place salmon in a large piece of tinfoil and cover with all ingredients except the squash. Close the foil tightly making a sealed envelope in which the fish will steam. Place in oven at 375* for 35 minutes. at the same time the squash has been cut into cubes and placed in another oven proof dish and covered with foil and has been seasoned with salt, pepper,garlic powder and 2 tablespoons of butter.
Now place both in the oven for 35=40 minutes.
The salmon was moist…the flavor was so wonderful and I can’t believe I just made this up!!, Well I do just make most of my recipes up…that is what I love to do!!! So let me know what you think about this recipe!! I am looking forward to hearing from you!!

Lentil Mushroom Soup

Lentil Mushroom Soup I adapted a recipe I saw recently on Rachael Ray's 'Week In A Day' series, turning it vegan. The soup itself is very tasty but if I were to make it again I would leave the spinach out. The texture was wrong with the rest of the soup although it was very pretty. But otherwise, it was a great recipe (with my tweaks…hah!) I had hit up Trader Joe's this week so I was able to stock on affordable mushrooms, lemons and even spinach! Lentil Mushroom So … Read More

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So I bought two whole chickens one of which I made into soup, the other I froze to use at a later time.   As most of you already know, most of the recipes I share are simple and easy, let’s … Continue reading

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Chick pea and beet salad

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Red Wine Vinegar and Oil Roasted Chickpeas

Red Wine Vinegar and Oil Roasted Chickpeas.

Pork Loin Roast with Mock Mashed potatoes (cauliflower) Peas and Carrots

Pork Tender Loin Roast
1/4 cup freshly brewed coffee
Garlic Powder
Salt
Pepper
1 medium onion sliced thin
1/2 Head Cauliflower (Steamed and Mashed) Please see recipe for Mock Mashed Potatoes on a previous recipe that I have posted.
Fresh Frozen Peas and Carrots

In Frying Pan drizzle 2 Tablespoons good olive oil
Sprinkle Sea Salt, Fresh Ground Black Pepper and garlic powder on all sides of roast
Making sure that the fry pan is very hot…Sear the roast on all sides
When roast has been seared Place in covered baking dish and pour 1/4 cup coffee into pan (this will mix with the juice from the roast while it is cooking and make your gravy)
Top with onion and cover
Place in 350 degree pre-heated oven and bake for 40 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 160 degrees

While the roast is in the oven, Place cauliflower in steamer and steam until tender
Place steamed cauliflower in bowl and mix with butter and low-fat milk salt and pepper to taste
to make the cauliflower the same consistency of mashed potatoes I like to put it in the blender or food processor to cream them.

Cook Peas and carrots according to package directions
The Pork Roast is almost done, remove from baking dish but do not cut into it for about 5 minutes…Letting the meat REST will allow the juice to stay within the meat which will maintain the tenderness.

Sprout Salad

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Romaine lettuce
Alfalfa sprouts
Sunflower sprouts
Radish sprouts
Cherry tomatoes
Thinly sliced onions
Pine nuts

Balsamic Vineger

Place salad in bowl
Top with a variety of sprouts
Add tomatoes and onions
Sprinkle with pine nuts and your favorite cheese

All of the ingrediants used in this recipe came from the Farmer’s Market.
SPROUTS are a great way of adding crunch and spice to your salads or sandwiches!!  Radish sprouts add a pepper flavor, alfalfa sprouts taste like citrus,  while sunflower sprouts add a nutty flavor.. 

I highly recommend this recipe!!