Last week I was really wanting some soup so I re -worked my Chicken Vegetable Soup recipe to make it fit into Cycle 1 of the 17 Day Diet. V-8 juice isn’t listed as an item you can have on the food plan but Marinara sauce was included so I made a judgement call and decided to use the V-8. It was delicious, in fact I had hoped to freeze some of this soup but that was not to be. The soup was so good it disappeared in a hurry! There is something so satisfying about soup, it fills me up for hours! If you want to read about why I chose a new food plan skip down to Nutmeg Notes.
It was just what I had been wanting a steaming hot bowl of tasty vegetable soup with chunks of chicken. You can view the recipe for my 17 Day Diet Vegetable Chicken Soup here. It’s also perfect for those of you on Weight Watchers.
I was making an old family favorite, Chicken Fried Rice so David would have something to pack for lunches. I had seen a recipe posted by Barbo on Carol’s Cozy Cafe for a “mock” Chinese Fried Rice that is low carb and uses cauliflower instead of rice. I adapted her use of cauliflower and combined it with my recipe to create a delicious Chinese inspired dish. Does it taste like rice? Of course not – but is it tasty? Absolutely and it satisfied my desire for Chinese flavors. If you don’t like cauliflower you most likely won’t like this dish because there is an underlying flavor of cauliflower. It reheated nicely the next day too. Check out my recipe for Mock Chicken Fried Rice.
My Valentine surprised me with this lovely arrangement first thing in the morning. He had purchased them the day before and hid them in the garage. Sneaky! Love that polka – dot ribbon. You did good hubby Tom! (We went shopping Sunday and got each other new hiking gear and accessories so no other gifts were expected.)
I made an easy but very tasty dinner last night for Valentine’s Day! I used the Roasted Shrimp Cocktail recipe for our entree, oven roasted salad tomatoes, green beans and carrots all cooked in the same oven. Love that, and since I lined the baking sheets with foil – clean up was easy too. During the last 10 minutes of oven roasting time the ‘broccolette” was cooked on the stove top. I will post that recipe soon. Easy, peasy dinner! Of course for dessert I enjoyed a dish of my Chocolate Mousse Yogurt. Yummers!
I had intended to write about Cycle 2 on The 17 Day Diet as part of today’s post but I have had so many interruptions while trying to write this post and with the recipes it was already becoming one of those epic posts! Hopefully I can include that information in Friday’s post.
Why did I make a food plan change?
Some readers have asked why I switched from Weight Watchers to the 17 Day Diet – great question! As I get older and certainly in the past year as I have arrived at Menopause my body, metabolism and hormones have changed. What use to work for weight loss was no longer working for me. My 12 pound weight gain can’t all be blamed on that, there was also some indulgent holiday eating and some emotional eating that added a few pounds. Normally, getting back to healthy, moderate eating would let those pounds drop off in a matter of weeks. Not anymore! I tried counting points and eating my normal healthy diet wtih no weight loss, no body change, no change in how my clothes fit.
I started to gather new information about weight loss for women my age and people with a sluggish metabolism. What I found was that after menopause women are more likely to store carbohydrates as fat instead of burning them. Also as you age you loose muscle mass and if you don’t do something to counter that you have more fat and less lean tissue which slows down the rate at which you burn calories. If you continue to eat as you always have you will in fact gain weight! Light bulb moment here! I knew I needed to change my already healthy food plan and up my exercise plan.
I had read on Sharon’s blog about her success with The 17 Day Diet. We are about the same age and have some of the same struggles with food and losing weight. I had also seen the book and it’s author Dr Mike Moreno on the Dr Phil show. I did some Internet research, watched some interviews of Dr Moreno and some of his success stories and then ordered The 17 Day Diet book.
All of the foods on this plan were chosen because they are the best choices for a healthy diet while promoting losing weight and boosting your metabolism, all without craving carbs. It is structured in a way to help boost your metabolism for weight loss. At this time in my life I need all the help I can get. Simple things like eat your carbohydrates before 2:00 pm so your body has a chance to burn them off. Drinking green tea to help your metabolism and enjoy the extra antioxidants that green tea has. Eating probiotics to help aid the digestion process. Alternating higher and lower carb days to keep my metabolism guessing. The food choices and structure of this food plan were based on scientific studies, that is why they were chosen. I need all these little boosts to lose the weight and keep it off. This plan contains more structure and food guidelines than WW but yet it is easier because I don’t have to count points. At least for now it’s a good fit.
I still think Weight Watchers is an awesome program and food plan. For me right now I need more than counting points. I need my food choices to be the best ones for losing weight, not creating carb cravings, boosting my metabolism and for maintaining my happy weight once I arrive there again. All calories and food points are not created equal.
One of my favorite sayings about healthy food choices comes from Dr Oz, “Think of what you put in your mouth as a prescription for your health and ask yourself if what you are about to eat is something your Dr would prescribe for you.”
See You Friday!
I am super carb sensitive, too many and that’s all I can think about – more carbs! The last time I craved carbs was day 3 of cycle 1 on this food plan. It’s amazing!
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