Friday, December 16, 2016

This weeks random thoughts... not really random.. Surprise thickener!

Hi there everyone.  HOPE everyone is busy this Christmas season.  This really is my favorite time of year.  For many reasons.  Just because. 

I am not going to keep you long.  I have an announcement.  I have always been crafty and now I really am taking the plunge.  Right now I am focused on learning to use my Silhouette Cameo 3 and I have many samples coming soon.  My etsy store will be open after the first of the year and I am working on some final designs for Spring vendor shows.

My Weight update is good:  My dietbet ends on 12/23/2016 and as long as I stay focused, I will make it.  NO, I really have to work my heiny off double time.  I still am healing and have not had much physical activity.  Refuse to accept that as an excuse.  Must keep pushing forward!  The game tells me that I am 88% of the way to the goal.  I am focusing on this.  Too close to not give it my best effort.

Week 1-Starting Weight- 298.9 lbs. 
Week 2-289.9 lbs. 
Week 3 288.4
Week 4-286.9 lbs. Goal Weight by 12/23
For the most part, we have had a soup of some sort everyday for lunch. (My work chicas rock!)  I try to prepare as much as I can with no cans.  This helps control sodium and is just better overall.  Broth soups are always better.  BUT... we were not full later that afternoon.  Thickeners add unwanted calories and fat content.  
I know from home cooking that when I cook pinto beans, I like a gravy on them. I accomplish this by mashing up about 1c. of the beans until they are mashed finer then mashed potatoes.  I then add those mashed beans back to the pot and let it simmer.  This "thickens" the water into a sauce.  Since beans add fiber and protein I decided to try this in my soups.  I started with a Chicken Veggie.  The broth is generally a clear one. 
As I researched my bean options; I wanted something that would not "alter" the color of the soup.  I decided on White Kidney Beans.  White Kidney Bean extract has been featured on shows like Dr. Oz and implications for metabolic health as well as being a carb (simple) blocker have been touted.  Even tho this may or may not be the cause I know that beans are good for us and that using beans instead of pill would be most beneficial.  Well the results are delicious.  I have since added this thickener to my low calorie taco soup, and my copy cat Pasta y Fagioli.  I don't know if it really blocks carbs; I do know that we all feel fuller longer.  Satiety will keep us from grazing or over eating.  Its a Win in our books.  I'll let you know what other soups I try this in and if I get the same result with other beans. 


Tuesday, December 6, 2016

SO you need to make the POO...NOT for those with SQUEAMISH tummies..... But everyone really should read this.

Today I want to talk about Probiotics.  For the sake of making sure everyone knows what I am referring too, here is a simple definition: Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for your health, especially your digestive system. We usually think of bacteria as something that causes diseases. But your body is full of bacteria, both good and bad. Probiotics are often called "good" or "helpful" bacteria because they help keep your gut healthy.

Before approaching this topic, I had to listen to a portion from Bill Cosby HIMSELF.  You might find this dialogue useful because it is still as funny as when I first heard it!

Maybe, it is unclear of how Probiotics help.  Here is where it gets squeamish.  They aid in digestion.  This means... Yup; you’re going to make the POO.  Why is it as adults we have made the topic of POO such a taboo?  We ran around with our children when they were babies sharing the POO with everyone!  Obviously we understand the importance of POO in our lives. 

Well, if you need to lose weight or want to lose weight... YOU need to POO.  No POO would mean you are holding on to everything you eat! NO better way to slow down your metabolism then not make the POO.  But my problem was so much deeper than that!  As a Gastric-Bypass patient, I will simply state that I struggled with constipation for YEARS!  I would argue with several doctors because I would try to tell them, and was told that hey every other day is good.  I tried everything.  I was in a DETOX cycle from Hell and it no longer helped.  In October of last year, I ended up seeing a specialist for my BUM due to what had been misdiagnosed as hemorrhoids.   Well what actually had occurred was a FISSURE.  Just to simplify this is where some of your most sensitive skin has suffered an actual rip or tear.  This was complicated because it was actually located on a nerve ending and I could barely stand it!  Dr. was very informative and wanted me to try to heal naturally.  He prescribed Miralax to keep things soft and flowing.

 Miralax worked for a bit; then gave me close to IBS!-- Stools that would not form and left me in constant fear of SH-ARTING. However, stopping meant stools too hard that would continue to rip.  I was in such a bad way.  My local sprouts was helping me pick out another detox regimen after going off the Miralax and landing back into a struggle state. This is an embarrassing topic; one you just don't discuss but for some reason I explained what was happening to the young lady.  She gently put back the Detox kit and led me to a refrigerated case.  Here we picked out a brand called Garden of Life.

What happens next is a game changer.  For the first few days, I experienced POO and a lot of it.  The plus is was not the hard kind I had been suffering with.  (Remember at this point I had been constipated again)  Now that I look back I realize I had some back up FOR SURE.  Once this passed, I experienced a new way of making POO.  A once a day, normal, formed, and not hard.  NICE right??? Well it was for me. 

Over the past few years I have come to some of my own conclusions.  First, our meats are injected with antibiotics.  This could be our number one killer of healthy gut FLORA.  (Antibiotics do not discriminate--they kill everything) Many sicknesses start in our digestion system.   Most of us do not eat Greek yogurts or fermented foods that would help replace our FLORA naturally.  I am not an expert and do not pretend to be.  Always discuss supplements with your health care provider.  My doctor I was seeing for Weight Loss agreed with me.  She stated that as a supplement there is much more needed research; however, she has seen a difference in her patients that are willing to try them. 

I have tried a few brands and the can be COSTLY.  I found one that I find works WELL and is very cost effective.  You can read my review here:

I will update my weight in the morning. It's been a super busy day!! Jennifer

Friday, December 2, 2016

Holiday Crash and Burn Plan

Well, Holiday festivities are in full swing.  Sometimes I wish I really did not enjoy food the way I do.  Anyone else?-- See, I need to get on plan and stay on plan.  But my mind says, ewwww... you have a baby shower and hubbz Company Christmas party tomorrow.  NO way you can stay on plan...  and I begin to excuse eating bad today, tomorrow, and Sunday too.... 

21 days to go and this is not helping!-- Well in actuallity they were Bugles... and technically not free.  7/11 had a buy one get one for $1.

Just going to have to grin and bear it!- Diet Bet is in full effect and YUP, I lost zero- zlitch- nada- this week. 
Week 1-Starting Weight- 298.9 lbs. 
Week 2-289.9 lbs. 
Week 3
Week 4-286.9 lbs. Goal Weight by 12/23…ummmmm Merry Christmas to ME!  I will ad the scale pic later because.... I ran off and left my phone today... SMH.

Exciting things are coming!  Stay tuned, I just did not want to be late on my update.  Just registered my Etsy Shop.  Let's see what little pretties I will produce.