Food Diary – Illuminating the Darkness Within Part 1

We all have inner demons. My inner demon is an eating disorder. I can remember being extremely aware of other people’s bodies in the summer.  Growing up three houses from the beach I would watch people walking up to the beach. Short, tall, young, old, with all different body types.  The summer neighbors who owned…

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The Low Calorie Sweet & Savory Salad

Salads aren’t just for bunnies.  They’re incredibly versatile and a great way to get your daily fill of fruits & veggies.  They’re quick, easy and can easily be made into an entrée.  For years, the USDA’s nutrition guidelines for the five food groups was presented in the shape of a pyramid. Changing with the times, the pyramid…

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Food Diary – My Kingdom For A Cheese Plate!

Not exactly what Shakespeare wrote, but I think you get the idea of where I’m going with the title. You never know how much you miss something until it’s gone just like you never want something until you’re told you can’t have it. Regardless of what you’re altering in your life there are bound to…

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The Hungry Man Salad

Looking for a hearty, healthy, gluten-free dinner? Try this on for size….I give you the HUNGRY MAN SALAD!  Turn a side dish into a meal and rest easy knowing that you have consumed less than 600 calories. Ingredients 1 cup baby spinach (3 cal.) 1 cup baby kale (22.5 cal.) 1 cup cucumbers (16 cal.) 14…

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Valentine Smoothie

Give yourself a hug today from the inside out and make this Valentine smoothie.  Always remember, the best love is SELF LOVE! If you are unsure of proper self hugging technique, please refer to this demonstration by Mr. Robert Downey Jr. ❤ Ingredients 1 cup ice 1 cup fresh strawberries (48 calories) 1 scoop protein…

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Key Lime & Blueberry Protein Smoothie

 EXTRA EXTRA! READ ALL ABOUT IT! Make your own blueberry protein smoothie at home and fill yourself with plenty of anti-oxidants and plant power! That’s right, blueberries contain flavonoids (plant compounds) that give the berry a high level of anti-oxidants.  Vegan protein powder is made of  PLANT POWER! The key lime yogurt gives the smoothie a…

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Food Diary – Week 1

I have successfully completed my first week of this diet and I LIVE TO TELL THE TALE! Please help me welcome Madonna singing her 1986 hit Live To Tell https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzAO9A9GjgI I’ll admit that I floundered a bit this past week trying to figure out how to do this, so my food log doesn’t exactly seem…

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Food Diary – BACK FAT My Arch Nemesis

I went to the chiropractor, he took x-rays of my hips & back and then went over the results with me.  As he is explaining the issues and pointing out the severe tilt of my hips and curvature of my spine to compensate for my hip imbalance all I could think was, “Oh my gosh…look…

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Swap it out for Salsa!

I love a good dressing on my salad.  Nothing too heavy, just a nice light accompaniment. Using dressing can be challenging when you’re dieting or counting calories, so I have been using salsa instead. I usually go to extra virgin olive oil and a little salt & pepper on my greens but not that I…

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Food Diary – Am I really doing this?

I’m too old for this shit (insert defeated sigh here). This was my first thought as I created a food log spreadsheet on my computer.  I’m going to have count calories to get myself jump started (insert facial cringe and seriously pathetic frown here). After doing a little research on caloric intake for women wanting…

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Cantaloupe Chia Protein Smoothie

If you’re interested in saving money and eating healthy then you’re going to love this! This smoothie is vegan, gluten-free, costs less than $3.00 and is only 248.5 calories! If you make the initial investment in some basic ingredients you’ll be able to save in the long run.  #HealthOnABudget Cantaloupe was on sale for $0.99…

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Baked Chicken over Black Beans

280 calories never tasted so good! Yield: 6 servings Ingredients 1 lg. package skinless chicken thighs Seasoning of your choice (I used Symeon’s) 2 cans black beans 3 large shallots 3 large tomatoes 1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil salt & pepper Directions Baked Chicken Preheat oven to 400 degrees Prepare a baking sheet with…

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