I used to be a big fan of Starbucks Chantico cocoa. That is what inspired this cocoa. You can lower the carb count by using Fairlife milk instead if you need to. This goes great with regular whipped cream. Whipped cream is lower in carbs than marshmallows, but make sure it isn’t the low fat versions. Low fat whipped cream has more carbs.
Cinnamon Hot Chocolate
2 T unsweetened cocoa
1/2 t. Corn starch
2 packets Splenda
1/4 t. Cinnamon (I use Viatnamese Cassia Cinnamon)
1 t. Vanilla (I use Mexican)
1 c. Skim milk
1 t. Butter, salted
Mix everything but the butter and milk in saucepan. Add a small amount of milk and blend until powder is desolved. Add rest of milk and butter and stir over medium low heat until butter is melted and mixture is heated (steams). Pour in mug and enjoy!
So I’ve been playing with smoothie recipes. This one is my favorite. You can lower the carb. count by swapping normal skim milk with Fairlife skim milk. I do that when I am tight on carbs. This one is thicker if you drink it right away. I usually take it to work for a morning snack.
Raspberry Lemonade Smoothie
1 cup frozen raspberries (also good with mixed berries)
Okay, I had a bit of a freak out a month ago. There has been a lot of positive changes in my life lately. Part of those positive changes include living a healthier lifestyle and the resultant weight loss. I’ve gone down 4 belt loops. I’ve lost 2 pants sizes, and one shirt size. All of this is fabulous.
Yet, change is still kind of scary. People don’t talk about it in regards to positive changes, but change is still change. I freaked out when I realized not only had my body shrunk so much, but it still has a long way to go. I was really tempted to go back to what was normal and comfortable just because it was almost too much change too fast. Granted, other life changes were stacking on top of this making it larger than it may be for others, but I wanted to let people know that this is perfectly normal. Just don’t give in to temptation. Stick to the plan. I kept telling myself it will be okay. This is good. Breathe! It took a week to get over it, but I did. Now it is kind of cool again.
So I went to a birthday party yesterday. It was at a neat bar with arcade games and pinball machines. There was free pizza, fried chicken wings, beer, chips, and popcorn. I went light on my carbs so that I could go a bit over for one day, and I only had 2 slices of thin crust pizza, a chicken wing, and a milk stout later in the evening. Not bad, right?
One problem: I haven’t eaten food like this for months. It is all sliding out of me as fast as it can this morning. BRAT diet for me. Yay! Only problem: the BRAT diet is high in carbs. Basically, I am still doing it, but in small portion sizes.
What I have learned: even if you do plan carefully, bad food is still bad food. Next time, when I don’t know what will be served, I will eat before the party and just have a beer. It isn’t worth the misery the next day.
So, I’ve been struggling with getting enough fiber in my diet. I need at least 25g of fiber a day to function…preferably 30. I bought All Bran, but hated to eat it with just milk. So I experimented. Here is my first success:
This yummy meal consists of the follow:
Just add all these ingredients in a bowl, stir, and eat. This is a quick meal with low calories and 15 grams of fiber!!! You can probably make it a smoothie, too. I tried it with cinnamon, but I think I like it better without.
The further from the plate you plan your meal, the better the choices you make.
January 24, 2017 I was diagnosed with prediabetes. My A1C was 6.3 – only 0.2 away from being diabetic. I freaked. Diabetes runs in my family, and I always feared I would get it. I knew how dangerous diabetes is. Now I was clinging to the edge a very dangerous precipice – terrified. Fear, though was an amazing motivator.
Since that day, I have been determined to change my ways. I track my food intake. I exercise. I’ve already lost 19 lbs. I’ve come up with some great techniques to keep me on the straight and narrow, and I want to share them with everyone. That is part of the reason I want to do this blog.
Yet, there is a deeper reason why I think I need this blog. I have been down this road before. I have been on and off diets all of my life. This time, I cannot go off the diet. They always say you need to make it a lifestyle change. I need to make this lifestyle one I truly want to live. I am hoping that this blog will keep me honest, and I hope that we, together, can help each other stay strong through the sharing of ideas and support.