The hubby and I are on a diet because well, we got fat. I have a sedentary job…admin type; and working in a church, the heavily carb fat laden pot-lucks are endless. Hubby is a cop and yes, donuts happen too (worst food ever).
It wasn’t until I went to give blood at a drive that I discovered my blood pressure to be quite high. High enough to be turned away. The shame was unbearable.
I was agitated with my daughter’s tween angst about something when I left the house and had a huge flight of stairs to climb just before turning left into the blood drive place. That may have made things worse but still, I had never had a blood pressure problem before. I decided that day to do something about it. Not in favor of being advised to go on medication, I turned to diet and exercise
I kept checking on my pressure as I made huge changes in my diet. A very low carb plan got me results quickly without much sacrifice. Turns out, fat in the diet is good! Bread and sugar not so much. It took a few days to detox the sugar/starch out of my body but once that happened, I lost the cravings for sweets, bread, starchy food like potatoes etc.
I have been able to eat bacon and eggs with butter, steak and many other natural meats, cream, lots of greens, mushrooms, olives, pickles, nuts and seeds and have lost 43 pounds since October. My pressure is currently back to my usual 110/70.
It was a fun affair with cheesecake, chips and chocolate but I wish to last long enough to see my youngest one graduate, marry and have kids.
I did find a way to enjoy a pancake breakfast with zero guilt and when ever I do get a sweet tooth this is what I do:
- 4 oz cream cheese, softened
- 1 egg
- 1 packet non-sugar sweetener (Equal works for me)
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 2 tbsp heavy cream
Combine the ingredients except the cream in a small bowl and mix until smooth. A mini processor works great, but a fork and a bit of elbow grease can also get the job done.
Heat a griddle or cast iron pan and coat it with the oil. Pour the batter into the desired sized pancake and wait for the edges to lose their glossiness, about a minute. Take a peek with a spatula if you need. When golden brown give them a flip, shut off the flame and let the griddle’s built-up heat brown the other side.
They don’t respond like traditional pancakes but if your spatula is wide enough they will turn without tearing.
When they are done, plate them up and splash a bit of heavy cream over them. There is a traditional Mexican cake called “Tres Leches” that really reminds me of how these pancakes taste…so decadent with only 4 grams of carbs per serving and this makes several 3″ diameter pancakes which could feed two.
Flour based pancakes net a whopping 30 grams of carbs per serving! My sister diva Eva Gabor might say, “Goodbye high carb life, low carb pancakes are here!” Bah da ba dum bum…bum bum!
Eureka! I have found a recipe that is brimming with health benefits for mere pocket change. Cabbage casserole, how did I never come across such a delicious AND nutritious casserole?? In one of my late night Pinterest “How to Install a Natural Water Feature” moments I made one more click to a recipe off on the sidelines. I saw a beautiful, colorful, 7 ingredient recipe of pure healthy genius; an I-have-all-the-ingredients-in-the-fridge-and-pantry meal serving up to six. Click! and my life changed.
I don’t remember the pin. I had to go to bed because the recipes can easily turn me into a wee-hour Pinterest zombie. This is what I remember and it worked out fine…so fine:
- 2 Tbsp olive oil in a deep heavy pot
- 1 onion diced
- 1 lb. lean ground beef
- 1/2 head of large red cabbage sliced in thin strips (you will want to make it again with the other half at the end of the week)
- 1/2 bunch collard greens (about 5 leaves stemmed and sliced chiffonade style
- 1 Tsp Steak seasoning plus a couple of pinches
- 6 oz hand shredded pepper jack cheese
- Preheat oven to 375°. Dice your onion, slice the cabbage and chiffonade the greens and keep them in separate piles. Heat the oil until it shimmers on the bottom of the pot. Add your onion and cook on high heat until they are clear and beginning to brown. Brown the ground beef with a teaspoon of the steak seasoning. Add the piles of cabbage and greens and simmer until the mixture softens down to about a third its volume. Give it a good stir.
Empty the pot into a 9″x 9″ casserole dish and spread it evenly. Top with your pepper cheese and sprinkle a pinch or two of the steak seasoning around on top sprinkle a little Parmesan to brown the top nicely, then bake for 20 minutes.
It’s fast, it’s delicious, it’s easy, it’s delicious it’s healthy, it’s delicious, it’s affordable, it’s delicious!
I’m always perusing the ‘fridge and the pantry for something different, something healthy, and something that will make me stop perusing. Isn’t that what we all need…to get away from food, yet when we have food, make it a great get-away?
It’s a beautiful Summer day with puffy white clouds sailing by, reminding me of Mediterranean beaches. I don’t feel like cooking just for myself and I don’t want to spend money either…yet something from, say, Nice would be nice…and this salad was a sumptuous solution of complete satisfaction without ever leaving St. Louis.
You don’t really need lettuce to have a great salad but you could add it if you wanted. All these ingredients are things I almost always have on hand. What I used was a can of tuna, 1/4 cup of tiny cubed ham or turkey ham, half a can of green beans, two mushrooms sliced thin, a slice of onion finely diced, half of a yellow pepper also diced, about six or seven small spanish olives and a splash of the juice, a handful of grape tomatoes cut up. For the dressing, I used a good squeeze of lemon juice, a teaspoon of cider vinegar, another teaspoon of light Caesar salad dressing, and yet another teaspoon of olive oil, then salt and pepper.
I gave it all a toss then sat and ate the whole thing because I hadn’t eaten anything all day. It was so impossibly tasty! Now I’m going to go for a long walk while I digest this supremely divine lunch and daydream about being on the beach.