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Monday, June 28, 2010

Food, food, food, all I think about is FOOD!

Hi Scrappers-

Boy, changing your food lifestyle is a difficult endevour. I suppose that is why I got to the weight I did, and ended up having a heart attack at 35.. It has been about a month since I had my heart attack. I have pretty much cut out all caffiene in my diet, I drink 3-4 8oz portions a week now. Down from the 4-5 12oz cans I used to drink every day. My sodium intake has been hovering right around 1700-1900 mg a day. As for carbs and fat, well those are in range too, but they move around more. So far, I have lost 19lbs. I have my first cardiologist appt on Friday, hopefully he will give me the OK to start exercising! I wanted to share a few products that I have found that are helpful to me:
  • Healthy Life Low Sodium High Fiber Bread - Comes in both wheat and white, and for a diet bread (only 70 calories for 2 slices and .5 grams of fat) it is pretty tasty.
  • Krema Natural Peanut Butter - Has the same amount of fat as normal peanut butter, but it has no sodium, and best of all even though it is a natural peanut butter, it doesn't have to be stored in the fridge.
  • Nutella - God, I LOVE this stuff... About half the fat of peanut butter, and very low sodium, I am still able to enjoy a bit of chocolate now and then.
  • Alpine Lace Reduced Fat Cheddar - Low fat cheese, that is also pretty low in sodium. Not something you can eat a lot of, but it helps out in a pinch! Tastes ok, but doesn't have the full flavor that a regular cheddar cheese does.
  • Fat Free Pringles.. - Warning they are made with Olean which has been known to cause stomach upset if you eat too many in one sitting. However, if you eat the portion size (15 chips) you will be fine. They taste just like regular pringles. Sodium on these is pretty low too (less than 100 mg) The only drawback is they leave a tiny bit of a greasy taste in your mouth, but doesn't last long.
  • Kroger Low Sodium Wheat Bread - This bread is VERY low sodium at 25 mg for two pieces. It isn't as tasty as the Healthy Life bread (dryer and less flavorful), but again will do in a pinch and makes really good toast.
  • Laughing Cow Light cheese - I especially like the french onion flavor. Only 35 calories, and 2 grams of fat, a bit higher in the sodium department (about 260 mg) but if you are eating low sodium in other areas, you will have room for this in your diet..
  • NutCrisps Roasted Almond Flavor - Awesome crackers at the end of the day, when you still have some calories and fat to burn. (tastes great with the Laughing Cow Cheese)
  • Skinny Cow Truffle Bars - OK, I know that most dieters already know about Skinny Cow ice cream confections, but can I just say YUM!!! These are the creamiest, smoothest ice cream bars I have ever tasted. At a meer 100 calories a pop, these are TOTALLY worth it!I would eat one EVERY day if they weren't so expensive. A pack of 6 costs close to 5.00 where I live in Michigan..

So those are some of the things I have found that have helped me not feel like all I eat is fruits and veggies.. :-) Tell me about some of the healthy foods you enjoy!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Changes to the blog... and a recipe!!

Hi Scrappers!

I am still planning to keep this blog going, and I will share layouts that I do, and I am sure I will share any freebies that I happen to make. But I am also going to start sharing some recipes. I was just recently released from the hospital, for having a heart attack. Surprising as I am only 35 years old. However, I have been a diabetic for 22 years, and unfortunately heart disease is a complication of diabetes.

The good thing about this heart attack is, that it was a VERY small one. So small in fact they had trouble seeing the damage when they did the heart cath. Luckily for me, this could be the wake up call I needed to start living a more healthy life and eating more healthy foods. So I am now on a low carb, low fat, low sodium diet. I didn't realize how many food are LOADED with sodium! So my husband and I have set out on a journey to make healthy foods that are still tasty and delicious.

My first recipe is a vegetarian chili.

1 medium onion chopped
4 cloves of garlic minced
1 tbsp olive oil
2 medium carrots finely chopped
2 medium tomatoes chopped
2 (15 oz) cans of no salt added black beans drained
1 (4 oz) can of reduced sodium tomato paste
2 cans of water (use the empty tomato paste can)
1 pinch (or to taste) of cayanne pepper (or chili powder)
1/2 tsp cumin
1 tbsp flat leaf parsley chopped

saute onions and garlic in oil on medium high heat until traslucent
add carrots, tomatoes, black beans, tomato paste, water and spices. Place a lid on the pot, and cook for approx 20-25 minutes until the carrots are tender.

Makes 6 servings.
Nutrition per serving:
Cal: 141
Fat: 2.9 grams
Carbs: 23 grams
Protein: 7.2 grams
Sodium: 7 mg