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Educate yourself to a healthier you!

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As I am traveling on my healthy journey I am trying to educate myself on the why’s and how’s of nutrition..recently I have started to track different area’s of nutrition…not only calories..but carbs,fat,Protein, Sodium and sugar’s…
In doing this I have started to made some comparison’s to what my life was like before in the matters of what I ate daily…I am trying to not only get healthy , but to understand the how and why’s so I do not do it all over again. I think the more I can understand about food and what it does to our bodies..the more we are able to make educated decisions that will benefit our bodies.
Today is my first of what I am sure to be..many comparison’s… I must say I am shocked at the results…it’s no wonder I am fat…in my mind …I was thinking..that One sasuage egg and cheese biscuit..would be better for me than say…donuts from Dunkin doughnuts.. or some type of pastry…but in reality it was worse!

Here is my first Comparison’s….

Item Calories Carbs Fat Protein Sodium Sugar
Hardee’s Sausage, Egg & Cheese 630 37 45 18 1520 4
Glazed Donut 260 31 14 3 330 12
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Healthy Meal
2 eggs 120 1 9 12 124 0
2 ww toast 140 13 1 3 125 2
peach fresh 33 8 0 1 0 8
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TOTAL 293 22 10 16 249 10

I was shocked that I was eating 630 calories for breakfast! 31 carbs and 1520 of sodium! And this was every week Monday through Friday on my way to work! OMG! And if someone brought donuts..I would eat one or two of those! UGH!

I no longer go through the drive through window at fast food joints..nor do I eat in my car.. I plan my meals..down to the last morsel…some might think this is too rigid for them.. but let me ask you this.. How are you doing with eating on the run? Would you be reading this if it was working for you?? Maybe being rigid is a good thing…and it could help.. I know one day it will all be second nature for me to eat healthy.. but right now I need a plan..and figuring out the nutritional value of what is being put into my body…is my priority these days! I urge you to do the same.. educate yourself..knowledge can be a wonderful tool for you to win your battle with food..we can’t eliminate food completly..so I need to learn to live with it..the best way I can..so that I can have a healthy body..yes, I am just beginning to learn about nutrition…but each day I make my numbers in my food diary on MY FITNESS PAL..IT MAKES ME FEEL GOOD!
Give this a try…and get MYFITNESS PAL and start tracking your numbers…it will benefit you…and you will be on the right path to a healthier you! I wish you the best…

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Addiction

Food-AddictI can’t imagine what its like to be a drug addict..to want a high so badly you will go through thousands of dollars just to get a high..I don’t like to take over the counter drugs unless necessary…let alone the hard stuff..when I had my knee operation..I didn’t like taking the pain medicine..because of the way it makes me feel..I would rather have the pain…how can you like how that makes you feel? And not knowing if the next high is going to kill you… or not..a chance I am not willing to take…why take something that isn’t going to let you remember what the heck you did the night before? I just can’t wrap my head around this…

I can’t imagine what it’s like to NEED a drink everyday… I have beer and wine in my frig that had been there over a year now..I know for some, that it would of been gone the next day….everyday they stop and grab that 12 pack on the way home…and finish it off..before bedtime…Don’t get me wrong.. I enjoy a nice glass of wine..but the rest of the bottle goes to waste…I may have a white Russian if I am out for dinner..but one is enough.. I’ve never been drunk…NEVER… Two glasses of wine and I know I don’t like how it make me feel.. I like having complete control…I don’t like how alcohol makes me feel.. I can’t understand why people can’t see that they can’t drive after have too much? If you fumble while getting the keys in the ignition.. don’t drive.. it’s a no brainer.. how do you like laying by the toilet and puking your guts out? Yet, You still enjoy doing it all over again..tomorrow.. Not me…lives and familes are ruined by alcohol…why do it?

I enjoy sex.. but I can’t imagine being addicted to it and giving up my body to anyone that I meet….or being addicted to looking at it…people meet in the back alley and arrange sex…with a stranger and then go home to their partner..and do it again.. I’d be afraid some creep would kill me.. or that I would end up with a STD..or even AIDS..isn’t this degrading to you? How can you be addicted to this? How does it even begin?

And don’t get me started on cigarettes…I’ve kissed a man who smoked and it tasted awful! I have lived with a smoker and seen his yellow teeth and smelled the smoke on his clothing.. I hated it.. how can you want to stick a cig in your mouth and do all that harm to your lungs! We have all seen the pictures of the smokers lungs…black with tar like substance …and the cancer.. they spend millions of dollars on campaigns to keep young kids to stop..and yet.. its a multi dollar business… no matter what anyone says.. it’s not cool to smoke..not to mention the cost of a carton of those things! How do you like spending all of your hard earned money like that??? Up in smoke!
No I can’t understand how a person gets addicted to smoking.. drinking.. drugs..and sex…..those things don’t interest me…however….
I do under stand being addicted to food.. I understand how it make me feel better after a long day at work.. I understand that no matter how bad my day goes..that I can turn to the freezer and reach for the half gallon of ice cream… and eat myself happy…
I get great pleasure out of eating.. it comforts my soul.. it can make a bad day better.. a fight..tolerable..it can heal my broken heart.. and make me feel better inside..I use food like a druggie uses a needle.. it make me feel better.. and it’s not illegal.. No one cares if I stuff myself and weigh 300 pounds.. no one says a word…

In fact many family and friends of mine are are enablers … my hook up..my pimp…my dealer…see they make things to eat that I like and they even encourage me to eat me.. oh I am not blaming them.. I am just telling you they are enablers..and they don’t even know it..

If I was a alcoholic..would you ask me over to your house and offer me a drink? Or if I was a addicted to drugs..would you ask me over and have some on a silver platter for me?
If you saw me destroying myself with alcohol and drugs.. you would intervene? Why of course you would..
then why don’t you do that for me..? The food addict? Why not encourage me to seek help for my addiction???
Why not talk to me as my weight rises..and not ignore it?
Do you think I enjoy being fat? DO you think I just eat to much so I am getting fat? Do you even care?
It’s a disease that is not spoken about..after all you don’t want to hurt my feelings, right?

I have often said that I wish I wouldn’t have taken up the food addiction vise.. why? Cause I can get no help..if I was addicted to just about anything else..my insurance would pay for me to get help.. and certainly my family would seek that help for me.. out of sight out of mind..with alcohol..drugs.and tabacco…
but not with food addiction.. I still have to eat.. and to someone that LOVES food and is addicted to it.. there is no half ass way to do it.. all of nothing..yes , I eat all…everything.. and then afterwards I feel guilt..shame.. and despair.. which in turns makes me want to eat more to make me feel better..its a vicious circle..one that is difficult to break..but I am trying..
I started attending OA, Overeaters Anonymous …I attend the phone meetings.. it helps me be more aware..of what I am eating.. and allows me to be accountable..this helps me..my family still doesn’t get it.. nor my friends.. and I understand that. it’s really ok..I need to get through this..breakthrough my addiction myself..and with GOD.. at my side..
I hope that one day people who have a food addiction will have a place to get help..a outreach program..even a in house program to learn how to eat again.. I am going to beat this food addiction.. even if I feel that it is the hardest addiction on earth to kick.. after all I can drive down one block and find a fast food joint..just waiting to help me get my food fix! Hell they even have Dollar menu …that I can always afford something to fill my need…I get to walk the isle at Walmart and find just about any food that I want to get my fix..and if I am lucky..they are giving out samples… and being the kind person that I am.. sometimes they will give me seconds! Every second of every day food is on my mind.. every where I look..on TV on Bill boards..in Magazines.. I can find food porn.. and something new that could help me stay in this addiction!
But I want out… I have to get out.. I need to get out..I want out! So step by step. I will fight back.. I am stepping up and taking responsibility for my choices…I am eliminating many unhealthy things.. I started with Diet Coke.. I use to drink 6=8 a day.. I have been diet coke free for three weeks now.. and I feel better already.. my heartburn at night has stopped.. and I thirst for water now.. the colder the better! Now I have eliminated fast foods..I don’t go.. I can’t go.. I don’t have control..it’s not good for me.. so I am removing it from my life…period..next will be packaged food…all packaged foods..then white flour…baby steps..tomorrow is my first face to face OA meeting .. and I am scared shitless! But I am going… I am not sure what to expect…but I am looking forward to this very much.. the phone meetings are great..but this will be even better! wish me luck.. .and to those who are suffering with food addiction.. please reach out to someone.. a friend. pastor ..doctor…ask for help… and find OA ..go to the internet and find the phone numbers and conference call code to participate..it does help..
Cheers!
BeverlyFood-Addict

Easy Peasy Oatmeal raisin cookie in a cup!

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I wanted “something” after dinner tonight.. but wasn’t sure what.. And for some reason.. I was out of fresh ..canned or frozen fruit!!!! That usually never happens…??? So what’s a girl to do??? I have seen the zillion cookies in a cup on pinterest…While they all look wonderful…they were filled with butter and white sugar!
So I revamped it a bit.. and this is what I came up with! And I got to uuse my Paris CUP!

1/2 Cup oats ( not instant)
2 bananas mashed
1 tab cinnamon
2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
1 Tab Honey
4 tab raisins
3 Tab Oat flour ( or almond Flour)
1 tab vanilla
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mix it all together and put in a large coffee cup and microwave for 75-80 seconds… let sit in the cup for a couple minutes..to cool…and then dig in.. if you wanted you could put a scoop of banana ice cream on top!
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Oatmeal banana breakfast Muffins

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I love oats! Yes..oats..love to have oatmeal for Breakfast , Lunch and dinner… and if I feel like I need something “hearty”… I eat oatmeal! It stays with me until the next meal! And I don’t have hunger pains…There are a million reasons why oatmeal is good for me..but here are 10!
1.Over 40 studies show that eating oatmeal may help lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease. According to Quaker, all it takes is 3/4 cup of oatmeal each day to help lower cholesterol. The soluble fiber in oats helps remove LDL or “bad” cholesterol, while maintaining the good cholesterol that your body needs. In January 1997, the Food and Drug Administration announced that oatmeal could carry a label claiming it may reduce the risk of heart disease when combined with a low-fat diet.

2.The soluble fiber in oatmeal absorbs a considerable amount of water which significantly slows down your digestive process. This result is that you’ll feel full longer, i.e. oatmeal can help you control your weight.

3.You probably already have oats in your kitchen. It’s estimated that eighty percent of U.S. households currently have oats in their cupboards.

4.New research suggests that eating oatmeal may reduce the risk for type 2 diabetes. In fact, the American Diabetes Association already recommends that people with diabetes eat grains like oats. The soluble fiber in these foods help to control blood glucose levels.

5.With the exception of certain flavored varieties, the oats found in your grocery store are 100% natural. If you look at the ingredients on a canister of rolled oats, you will usually see only one ingredient… rolled oats.

6.According to recent studies, a diet that includes oatmeal may help reduce high blood pressure. The reduction is linked to the increase in soluble fiber provided by oatmeal. Oats contain more soluble fiber than whole wheat, rice or corn.

7.Oatmeal contains a wide array of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and is a good source of protein, complex carbohydrates and iron.

8.The fiber and other nutrients found in oatmeal may actually reduce the risk for certain cancers.

9.Oatmeal is quick and convenient. Every type of oatmeal can be prepared in a microwave oven. Even when cooked on the stove top, both old-fashioned and quick oats can usually be made in less than 10 minutes. And what about instant oatmeal… a hot breakfast in under a minute… incredible!

10.Oatmeal can be absolutely delicious! Whether instant, cooked on the stove or baked in the oven, the combination of flavors you can fit into a serving of oatmeal is limited only by the imagination. Visit Mr Breakfast’s Oatmeal Collection to see just 60 of the ways you can start to enjoy oatmeal today!

Spread the word about the goodness of oatmeal!

Knowing that I love oatmeal and banana’s …you will understand why I just couldn’t wait to try my hands at a muffin recipe… I worked hard to keep the weight watchers points down! This recipe has only ONE Weight Watcher point in each muffin!!!
***spoil alert…please please don’t email me debating the fruit counts issue… I have talked with my leader and I am not counting the fruit as points..as I will count them in my daily allotment.. I am still losing while eating these and only counting them as one point.. Period.. If you want to add the banana points to yours..knock yourself out..I choose not to. End of discussion..

On to the recipe…
Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Muffins

Ingredients:
2 Mashed Banana’s
1/4 Cup of Egg Beaters
1/2 Cup Chobani Plain Non Fat Yogurt
3/4 vanilla
1/4 Cup Sugar free pancake syrup
mash banana’s and stir in the other ingredients until mixed well.
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In a separate bowl , mix
1/2 C Instant oats
1 1/2 Cup oat flour ( see footnote)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon cinnamon
2 Teaspoons baking powder
stir until mixed well..then slowly add to the wet mixture…
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Bake at 350 degrees until toothpick entered into the center comes out clean..
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These are so good! I love them! They freeze well…and you can heat them up in the microwave..
here are the counts for Weight Watcher points
egg beaters 2
banana’s 0
sugar-free pancake syrup 1
quick oatmeal 1/2 cup = 4
oatmeal flour 1 1/2 Cup = 4
Non fat greek yogurt =2
Total 11 points ….this made 12 muffins..so that makes them less than a point a piece. So I count them as 1 Weight Watcher point!
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FOOTNOTE: To make oatmeal flour…all you have to do is take regular oatmeal…not the quick kind…and put it in the blender and give it a whirl! Oatmeal flour!!!!!!!!!
Don’t you just love it!!!!!!!!!!
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Banana oatmeal crisp (microwave)

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I wanted something different this morning.. I wanted banana’s…. I don’t know what my fasination is with banana’s but I can’t seem to get enough of them… I have already shared my banana soft serve ice cream…which I am constantly making.. but now I wanted a healthy cookie…oatmeal breakfast thing… no extra sugar or fat.. I didn’t want it to be a lot of Weight Watcher points…It needed to be quick…and it needed to taste good..

So I went to the kitchen and started smashing me some bananas….and this is what I came up with..

2 smashed overly ripe banana’s…and 1/2 cup quick oats…2 teaspoons cinnamom

stir well..and place in microwave for three minutes…..leave alone and do not stir!

Take out …and this is what you get..! Delish crisp cinnammmon tasting banana oatmeal! YUMMO!

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It is delish by itself or you can add a 2 point yogurt in your choice of flavors.. I choose peach…to add once it is all cooked and in the dish!

Weight watcher points is 2 points ( for the oatmeal )..if you add yogurt..add the points for the yogurt.. I loved the peach with the oatmeal/banana combination… but I think blueberry, strawberry any of those would be good..

Now I must put this disclaminer out there.. Yes I did figure out this recipe all on my own.. but in doing a little after the fact research… I found that I am not alone..:( others have done this before me… dang…I thought it would be an original recipe! Oh well..now on to make that perfect oatmeal banana cookie with no sugar… I think I got this!
CHEERS!
Beverly

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