Showing posts with label #summertime. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #summertime. Show all posts

Saturday, June 4, 2016

6 New Tips for Weight Loss

For those of us, trying to keep down our weight or lose weight, I wanted to give a few extra tips. Little changes add up to big life turns.


1. Just a few bites or a little dab of something might trigger a binge. 
Looks promising for success
a. Make a list of your trigger foods and beware.
b.A good friend of mine struggles most with potato chips.
c.One doughnut to me is like one drink to an alcoholic.

 

2. Plan ahead for potluck dinners or barbecues.
a.Bring a dish that will help you.
b.Take a chair or stand away from the food spread.
c.Put the emphasis on visiting.
d.Don't go there hungry.

 

3. Watch out for deceptive packaging.
a.Low fat means more sugar, and sugar free could mean more fat.
b.Read the label. If sugar or fat is in the first three ingredients, stay away.
c. Low calorie or low fat doesn't mean you can eat an extra big portion.
d. Danger terms: trans fat, saturated fat, corn syrup, high in carbohydrates, any word ending in ose, ie sucrose.
e. Sometimes, a small portion of the real thing is better for you than the "diet" food.

4. Time with Jesus should be like your vitamin of the day.
a. Read God's Word.
b. Pray
c. Meditate
d Read excerpt from inspirational material on weight such as Divine Dining: 365 Guidelines to Healthier Weight and Abundant Wellness.
 

5. Insomnia can cause weight gain. Make sure you get adequate rest and relaxation.
 
6. Scales aren't the only indicator of success or failure. There are many others.
a. your energy level
b. medical test numbers, such as decreased blood sugar or blood pressure
c. your increased stamina for exercise
d. the way clothes fit
 
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” ― Winston S. Churchill
 
I pray these six tips help your weight loss efforts this summer.
 

Saturday, May 28, 2016

An Easy Summertime Meal

In North Texas, it's been hot this week. We're wetter than usual. Praise God! But, when the days reach the upper 80s and lower 90s and the humidity is high with the constant threat of thunderstorms, it's uncomfortable.

With summertime comes the need to keep the oven off if at all possible. We grill outside some, but I'm always looking for meals that cool me, don't heat the house, and that tastes good.

Salads are the perfect answer, but my husband detests salad of any kind except this one. Thank you, Jesus. Charles loves this meal almost as much as I do, and it meets the criteria.

1. Cools me to eat it
2. Doesn't heat the house much
3. Tastes wonderful
and of course,
4. My husband will eat it.
also for a recovering compulsive overeater like myself,
5. It's light and healthy.


Taco Salad
 
 
1 pound ground 93% lean white turkey
My dinner last night
Cooking oil spray
1 packet McCormick mild taco seasoning
3/4 cup water
shredded lettuce
diced tomatoes
4-5 jalapeno pepper slices
1 oz. Tostadas multi-grain chips
2 T. shredded 2% pepper jack cheese
2 T. light sour cream
salsa to taste
 
 
Spray a skillet with cooking spray.
Chop up the meat into the skillet and cook until browned.
Stir in seasoning packet and water.
Cook over low heat for 10 minutes to blend flavors.
 
Set out all the other ingredients on the table.
Each person should have a big, open bowl instead of a plate.
Now, each is free to add all or some of the ingredients as they desire.
 
Serves 4
 
If you follow the Weight Watcher plan, this recipe is 11 pointsplus.
 
Changes you can make:
McCormick has a regular and a mild seasoning packet.
 
Why McCormick? It doesn't have to be, but it was the only one I found that listed sugar as the 10th ingredient. Some have it 2nd. Read the label.
 
Lucerne, and other cheese makers, offer Mexican blend cheese, or you might find and prefer a fat free cheese to lower points.
 
Why Tostados multi-grain chips?
I like them. They're only 3 pointsplus for an ounce. If you find others tortilla chips that are comparable, super.
 
If you prefer, lean ground beef can be substituted for turkey.
 
 
Well, this is my easy, healthy, summertime meal. What's yours?