Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Susan - I appreciated your comments! I too have struggled with sweets. I could live off of them period. Anything with sugar was my down fall. For me the final resolve came down to moderation in everything even the bad stuff for us. The evenings were always the bad time for me and so I would push off the sweet stuff for as long as I could. If I made it to the evening then I would almost feel rewarded as I ate my treat. I also watch calories and if I was going over then I would have to get creative to see how I could fit all the desired foods or drinks in. Also, take one day at a time. Each day is new and begins a clean slate. Good luck! I have just restarted on my journey once again and this made me remember all of my "trade secrets". Any way it is about staying on the journey even after we have reached our goals. Stay with it and realize that the journey is never over. So don't stress and keep moving forward. Good Luck!

I Have a 'Drinking' Problem

Jenn, thanks again for creating this blog. I always read it even when I don't have free hands with which to comment. I'm making progress, but my biggest struggle right now is sodas. I go back and forth between quitting and taking up the habit again. I also vacillate between sweet and diet sodas because I can't decide which is worse for me.

I wonder what others have done to kick the habit or how they manage their "addiction." I'd suck the stuff down all day if I thought it wasn't killing me.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall--Comic Relief

Much Needed Comic Relief

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

Mirror, mirror on the wall
Do you have to tell it all?
Where do you get the glaring right
To make my clothes all look too tight?
I think I'm fine but I can see
You won't cooperate with me;
The way you let the shadows play
You'd think my hair was getting gray.
What's that, you say? A double chin?
No, that's the way the light comes in.
If you persist in peering so
You'll confiscate my facial glow,
And then if you're not hanging straight
You'll tell me next I'm gaining weight!
I'm really quite upset with you
For giving this distorted view;
I hate you being smug and wise -
O, look what's happened to my thighs!
I warn you now, O mirrored wall,
Since we're not on speaking terms at all,
If I look like this in my new jeans
You'll find yourself in smithereens!!!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Great New Item

Another word from Hungry Girl:

Ladies and gentlemen (we know you're out there, fellas!), gather 'round! Let's give a very warm welcome to one of the richest, sweetest, most delicious, guilt-free ingredients in our arsenal. Weighing in at 8 grams, enrobed in a 3.5" X 5" packet, make some noise for... Swiss Miss Diet Hot Cocoa Mix!!!

What Is It?

Swiss Miss Sensible Sweets Diet 25 Calories Hot Cocoa Mix
PER SERVING (1 packet): 25 calories, 0g fat, 160mg sodium, 4g carbs, 1g fiber, 2g sugars, 2g protein -- POINTS® value 0*

"Created with a blend of rich, dark European cocoas for real chocolate taste and flavor, Swiss Miss is America's preferred brand of hot chocolate."

"Made with care in a real dairy."

"As much calcium & vitamin D as an 8oz glass of milk."

"With 25 calories, it's the rich and creamy guilt-free treat."

All this, according to Swiss Miss. And according to us, it's the BEST diet cocoa around... and useful for WAY more than just hot chocolate!

Why Do We Love It?

HELLO!? It's hot chocolate mix with only 25 calories. AND those cocoa gurus made it taste really, REALLY good... That must've been the challenging part. Anyone can make a low-calorie product. Making one that people actually want to consume is another story. Swiss Miss NAILED it.

It's multi-talented! You may not have thought of putting hot chocolate mix into baked goods, smoothies, and various desserts to boost the chocolate factor... but we did. There's a whole list of recipes featuring these packets further down the page.

It's super convenient! Yes, ordinary cocoa powder is a great ingredient, but it's a little intense, and you have to combine it with sweetener and other items for balance. These packets are ready to go at all times. Add one and you're guaranteed to make your food or drink more chocolatey, creamy, and sweet in one fell swoop. All for just 25 calories. Nice work, you!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

In Search of High-Protein Couples!

Hungry Girl Goes... In Search of High-Protein Couples!
* Article By: Lisa Lillien

High-fiber foods may be all the rage right now but foods packed with protein rock, too. Check out some simple ways to get your fix...

Chicken breast + diced fire-roasted tomatoes with garlic
27g of protein! Here’s a super-easy entrĂ©e... Turn on your oven to 375 degrees and tear off a large piece of heavy-duty aluminum foil. Spray the foil lightly with nonstick spray, place a piece of raw chicken breast in the center, and cover chicken with tomatoes. Seal up the packet and pop it into the oven on a baking sheet. Sit down, relax, take a breather (maybe microwave some veggies on the side), and your mini meal will be ready in about 20 minutes.

Each serving of 4 oz. raw chicken + 1/2 cup tomatoes has 154 calories, 1.5g fat, 1g fiber, and a POINTS® value of 3.

Fat-free Greek yogurt + sugar-free preserves
15g of protein! Don’t complain to us that you don’t like Greek yogurt because it’s too tart. It’s really good for you and — hello — there’s a wide world of sweeteners out there. Our pick, however, is a couple of spoonfuls of sugar-free preserves. Choose your favorite, stir it in, and you get all the protein benefits of Greek yogurt but with the sweet ‘n fruity flavor your taste buds crave. Mmm!

Each serving of 6 oz. yogurt plus 2 tablespoons preserves has 110 calories, 0g fat, 0g fiber, and a POINTS value of 2.

Egg Beaters Original + Unsweetened Original Almond Breeze
18g of protein! Wanna make your eggs a little creamier? Whip together Egg Beaters and Almond Breeze while your pan's heating up. Then cook as you would any other omelette (using nonstick spray to keep your b-fast from sticking), and get ready for a super-fluffy egg dish that'll rock your slippers off!

Each serving of 3/4 cup Egg Beaters Original with 1/4 cup Almond Breeze has 100 calories, 1g fat, 0g fiber, and a POINTS value of 2.

Kashi GoLean Honey & Cinnamon Hot Cereal + canned peaches
8.5g of protein! This breakfast is super-charged, tastes like dessert and is simple to put together. Make the cereal as usual, and add in some chopped-up canned peach slices (the kind packed in juice not syrup). Bam! Your hot ‘n hearty bowl of peach-cobbler-inspired goodness is ready.

Each serving of 1 cereal packet with 1/4 cup chopped peaches has 178 calories, 2g fat, 5.5g fiber, and a POINTS value of 3.

Fat-free cottage cheese + freeze-dried blueberries
14.5g of protein! One of the quickest and easiest ways to dress up your curds is with fruit — and if you want texture too, the freeze-dried stuff is awesome. Plus, it's not too crazy-sweet like some dried fruit can be. Sprinkle some on your next scoop of guilt-free cottage cheese! (Caution: May be habit-forming.)

Each serving of 1/2 cup cottage cheese + 0.5 oz. freeze-dried blueberries has 130 calories, 0.25g fat, 2g fiber, and a POINTS value of 2.