Fat Flush Water

I found this recipe on Facebook for something called Fat Flush Water.  I tried it the other day and personally, unless you are absolutely crazy about mint, I would eliminate it.  So today I made it without the mint and it tastes great.  If you like it sweeter, just add a packet of Stevia to your glass.  Want the recipe?  See below the photo.

Fat Flush Water

Recipe (body flush and detox water):

One cucumber, one lemon, one or two oranges, two limes and a bunch of mint (only if you like the taste of mint)

Slice them all and divide the ingredients between four 24 oz. water bottles (I used a gallon (glass) jug for all of it, as you can see in the photo), and fill it up with filtered water.  Drink daily!  This tastes delicious, helps flush fat and counts toward your daily water intake.

Lemons:  Help in the absorption of sugars and calcium; cuts down your craving for sweets.

Cucumber:  Acts as a diuretic and flushes fat cells.  It is alkalizing to the body and if you have an alkaline body, it is difficult for disease to thrive.  Cucumber also increases your energy level.

Lime:  Promotes a healthy digestive tract.

Mint:  A natural appetite suppressant that also aids in digestion.

To your good health!  Namaste’

Sunday Soul Collage

Today’s photo is a collage of some of my faves.  Having a gazillion (OK, a slight exaggeration) photos on my computer can sometimes lend itself to some creativity, so here’s my Sunday Soul Collage.  Some of these I took long before I started the 366 project.

WS and I went out to dinner and we both blew our new eating plan all to hell.  He had Veal Piccata and I had the Chef’s special pasta, bread & butter, and a fabulous glass of Merlot …. mmm … to die for!  We won’t even talk about dessert; I’m not fessin’ up to that!  But I have to say it was good for the soul.  Back to normal eating plan tomorrow.

Namaste’

Belly Fat Begone!

The reason I’m posting a picture of today’s lunch is that my WS (wonderful spouse) and I are on the South Beach diet.  Actually, I hate the word diet, so I’m going to stick with new, healthy eating plan.  It consists mainly of lean protein, plenty of veggies, some good fats, and basically VERY LOW carbs.  No white sugar at all.  Anything white we just don’t eat.  Now there are many, many, many diets and eating plans out there, but most are hard to stick to and require some real concentration (stress) on what to do and what not to do.  What to mix with what, etc.  These days I’m into simple.  So for us this is rather simple.  Anyway, I’m not promoting any diets here, but my WS suggested I take a picture of his lunch plate, so I did.

There is one thing I can recommend, though, even if you’re not watching your weight.  I’m using My Fitness Pal to record what I eat and how much water I drink.  Truly an eye-opener and it’s totally free.  It keeps count of calories, carbs, fat and protein.  For those of us who love chocolate (and we know who we are, right, Zannyro?) there’s always the Hershey’s sugar-free dark chocolate.  It does the trick for me.  Will I have to cheat once in a while and have a piece of carrot cake or something like that?  Yes!  Once in a while but not often.  I like how I feel now without the carbs/sugar.  Namaste’

Low-fat cottage cheese, grape tomatoes, Hebrew National 97% fat-free beef dogs, and baked zucchini with parmesan, olive oil and garlic.  I had one dog; WS had two 😉

The Cheesecake Event – What to Choose!

Today you get two for the price of one.  My husband and I decided to “ditch school” and just go have some fun.  So it was off to one of our favorite restaurants, The Cheesecake Factory,  for some lunch and dessert.  Yeah, I know you’re probably asking “what happened to your low-carb eating plan?”  The answer is “not today.”

We had the best waiter who provided us with stellar service and a pleasant dining experience.  After lunch we strolled the mall, did a little shopping and stopped in at the pet store.  A great Saturday.  I guess we could have stayed home and done our weekend chores, but why?  They were still here when we got back.  It seems the chore fairy didn’t show up at our house today but life is still good.  Namaste.

The top one is Tuxedo cheesecake and the bottom one is pineapple upside-down cheesecake. Can you guess which one I chose?

A Little Levity (If You Please)

Tired of trying to lose those extra pounds and inches?  Sick of those “diets of the stars” guaranteed to have you looking anorexic like them in no time?   All you need is this … just spray it on your body … (no ironing needed) and it even has a light fragrance.  OK, just had to throw in a little levity today.  With all that’s going on in the world, wouldn’t you agree that we need some fun? 🙂

Don’t we wish we really could have magic sizing in a can for our bodies?  Wow!  If somebody invents that, I might have to kiss their feet.  Maybe not.  Eeeeeewwwww!

Namaste.

It’s That Time Again

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Anybody that’s been to my flower gallery has a very clear understanding of my love of flowers.  Something about them makes me feel closer to God, especially when I see them through my camera lens. And it’s the time of year when tulips are blooming.  I think it might be a little early, but then everything seems to be speeding up.  I’m OK with that as long as the rest of Mother Earth is.

I’m making a confession here – when I press the shutter button, I have a little secret thanks for the bloom.  “I know the spirit of life is still in you, so thanks for sharing your SELF with me.”

Today I made a special trip on my way home to get these specific white tulips.  I simply chose a red background and applied a couple of digital enhancements.  Flowers are so much fun!  I think I said it before … they don’t blink.

Don’t forget to think ahead for your sweetheart this year.  Valentine’s Day is only two weeks away!  And for you guys out there, try to avoid the standard chocolates and other kinds of candy. Most women love chocolate and food is fun but it doesn’t last. Be creative.

As always, just click the image to make it larger. Namaste.

The Recipe

While running errands today, I found this van in a parking lot and thought they were pretty ingenious to advertise this way.

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I can’t remember the last time I had a Girl Scout cookie but I sure like them and having some sure sounds good right now.  I’ve always thought the Girl Scouts was a good organization (no, not just because they have good cookies).  It teaches girls skills that they probably don’t learn in school and gives them a sense of pride and community.

Ready for a little history of the cookies?

In 1933, Girl Scouts of Greater Philadelphia Council baked cookies and sold them in the city’s gas and electric company windows. Just 23 cents per box of 44 cookies, or six boxes for $1.24 helped girls develop their marketing and business potential and raise funds for their local Girl Scout council program. In 1934, Greater Philadelphia became the first council to sell commercially baked cookies.

 

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I actually found one of their earliest cookie recipes:

An Early Girl Scout Cookie® Recipe

1 cup butter
1 cup sugar plus additional amount for topping (optional)
2 eggs
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder

Cream butter and the cup of sugar; add well-beaten eggs, then milk, vanilla, flour, salt, and baking powder. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Roll dough, cut into trefoil shapes, and sprinkle sugar on top, if desired. Bake in a quick oven (375°) for approximately 8 to 10 minutes or until the edges begin to brown. Makes six- to seven-dozen cookies.

Get out the baking sheets but don’t forget to support the Girl Scouts in your area and buy some cookies. They freeze very well.  I wonder if there are any sugar-free varieties this year.  Unfortunately, the regular kind won’t help with weight loss.

Namaste.

Chocolate without the HFCS

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We went to the Cracker Barrel for breakfast this morning and on the way out, decided to pick up two of the new Hershey bars.  We love chocolate and were pleased to know that these particular bars are made from the original Hershey recipe. The Hershey company has been making chocolate bars since 1900 when Milton Snavely Hershey produced the first bar.  The bars in the picture are the ones made (and available for a limited time) with the original recipe, containing no high fructose corn syrup.

According to “The Nibble” (a magazine about specialty foods) chocolate dates back as far as 1500 B.C. when the Aztec and Mayan cultures discovered the value of the cacao plant.  Cacao trees have grown wild for about 10,000 years.  Some historians believe that chocolate has been around for 2,000 years but research now claims it could be even older.  Even though there are conflicting dates, one thing is for sure – chocolate is a taste that most people love and I’m no exception.  (No, these are not part of my eating plan, but a girl’s gotta have some chocolate once in a while.)

Originally chocolate was a bitter drink made from the cacao bean which probably accounts for the bitter taste in dark chocolate.  Some researchers say that chocolate is actually good for you as long as it’s the dark variety and has at least 80% cacao.  Others say differently so who knows?

“Forget love — I’d rather fall in chocolate.” –Anonymous

Namaste.

Moon Pops

It's My Bag and You Can't Have It!

Moon Pops – sounds like something NASA conjured up, doesn’t it?  While grocery shopping recently, I discovered these fun food gems.  I think they’re fabulous … crunchy, whole grain disc-shaped food.  Uh-huh … food!  The best part is that each Moon Pop is only 16 calories, 0 fat grams, no trans fat, no saturated fat, no cholesterol, 5 mg. sodium, 4 g. carbs, no sugar and 1 gram of protein.  And the sodium comes from sea salt.

I have put various foods on my Moon Pops just to try different combinations.  Cream cheese, sharp cheddar cheese (and heated in the microwave), chicken salad, egg salad, scrambled eggs, salsa, peanut butter and more.  But those are my favorites.  These little gems are about the size of a saucer with a lip around the edge so the topping doesn’t fall off.  Pretty clever and I imagine they would be a great conversation starter at parties.  I can hear it now, “What the heck is this?”

There’s one other variety … cinnamon.  Not too heavily flavored but really good heated up with butter.  Of course, that’s if you’re not concerned with weight loss.  If you are, eat them naked.  The Moon Pops, that is 🙂  Enjoy!

Namaste.

Three Chins

It’s seriously time for a new eating plan for me.  We went to Cracker Barrel today to have our Christmas with my husband’s son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter.  Had a great time and took some pictures, of course.  What I discovered after just receiving the pictures that they took of me is that I have three chins!  Ugh! And if you think I’m going to post them here, you’re crazy!

Now I know that getting older is not for the faint of heart and my metabolism has slowed down, but wowzer! – I’m going to have to get off this food train.  Like pronto!

Some of the best things about Cracker Barrel is their gift shop and their rocking chairs (yes, their food is great, too).  All the chairs are for sale … some for adults and some for children as well.  They come in natural wood, white and today I even saw a couple of purple ones.  This is the first time I’ve been there and the line to get in wasn’t out the door.  When it is, you’ll see people sitting in these rockers just waiting to get in to eat.

Thanks, Darren, Dianne and Paige for a lovely afternoon and for the gift card! We missed you, Becky. (She had to work).

Until tomorrow … Namaste!

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