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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Positive Thought and Positive Living

Since this year I am well on my weigh to reaching my weight loss goals, I have a different New Years Resolution. This year I want to worry less about what others think about me, and pay more attention to my own needs and thoughts. I wanted to share with you all a few of the books I have read over the years that helped enlighten me.

The Celestine ProphecyWhen I was just out of college, moved off on my own and started a new job and new life in a new city, I had a little trouble. I went to work for a young company that was about to do big things and everyone was expected to give it everything they had. The job market was tough, so switching jobs didn't seem like an option. I worked late nights, weekends and overnight more than a few times. I often signed out on the next day's security sheet. That's all okay, but because you need to pay your dues and burn that midnight oil to build your career. But the problem was this company attracted lots of unhappy and cruel people. I worked in a department that was treated like the ugly stepsister, and people felt free to degrade and belittle you in meetings, and yell at you as common practice.

Being young and sensitive, I was really affected by all this. What was I doing wrong, why didn't they like me? Then one day a friend was visiting my new city and as we walked down the street and passed a bookstore she said "I want to share something with you that changed my life". She came back out with The Celestine Prophecy book. And indeed, it changed my life too. It is a fiction book, and the end is a little too out there. But the big lesson I learned from this is that those people are unhappy all on their own and it has nothing to do with me. I have the misfortune to interact with them for part of the day. But instead of disliking them, I began to feel sorry for them. What is so bad in their lives that they act out like this to people they barely know? It also taught me about people who exude positive energy and those who try and steal your positive energy. Sounds a little New Age-y, I know. I might be a tab bit New Age-y then! But this book came along at exactly the right place in my life!

The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your MateThis is a great book if you are married or in a committed relationship. My Dad gave me this book four years ago for my 10th Wedding Anniversary. He does some marriage counseling and thought I would find this useful. And boy did I! First let me say, I am happily married. But we have our issues, like most people. What I discovered reading the 5 Languages of Love was that my problems I had in my marriage, I had in my last relationship, and the one before that and actually I felt the same frustrations with my parents growing up. I never really felt "Loved". And that is when I realized, the common denominator in that story was ME. So maybe these people did love me, but I was not capable of seeing and feeling that love. Maybe I was the problem, not the people in my life!

The jist of the book is that there are five primary ways we perceive "love" and we each are attached to one or two of these ways. These are your Love Languages, how you communicate love. Your partner also has a Love Language, which might not be the same as yours. So they could be doling out the love full force and you don't even see it! So you are both frustrated! I read this book, tried to get my husband to read this book (it was an unsuccessful attempt) and then reread it. I learned so much about myself and about the healing of relationships from this book. It took a while for it all to sink in, and apply it real situations in my life, but it completely changed how I interact with my husband and people I love.

A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose (Oprah's Book Club, Selection 61) I found this book via Oprah a year and a half ago. I was planning a 11 hour road trip with two restless little boys in the backseat and looking for podcasts to occupy my mind. Oprah did an online class with Eckhart Tolle who has pusblished A New Earth, The Power of Now and Stillness Speaks. She also had a Podcast interview with the author that was really long, perfect for my roadtrip! I found the podcasts, and later her Web Class to be more powerful than the books even.

I heard things I had NEVER heard before from the author! The Id, the Ego, the negative voice in your head and how we feed it. The power of expectations, of yourself and others, and how we are not living in "the present". We are consumed with concentrating on the past, past wrongs, failures and hurts. How I could have or should have done this or that. And anticipating future failures. How much time do we really spend In The Moment?

I was so excited when I got to my destination that I couldn't stop talking about this book and asking people about their inner voice and what it was saying. They all probably thought I was nuts, but  it was a fun conversation. It was a real Oprah "Aha!" moment.

None of these books have to do with weight loss, but they all three made big differences in my life and my personal view of the world. Books make wonderful gifts, and sharing something that changed your life is a real gift. If you have a book that changed your view of the world and how we interact with it, I'd love for you to share it here!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Merry Belly Fat Cure Christmas!

This year, I got something amazing for Christmas that I could only give myself: My old self back! Well, that isn't really accurate... I am older and wiser, and not as thin (yet!) but I really feel more like the "self" I remember and want to be. When I see my reflection, I recognize myself, which I haven't in quite a while.

Here is my gift to you all, a little video of how to put the Calorieking website on your iPhone screen. It will make looking up food values so much easier while you are out and about the next few weeks.
This may be old news to you iPhone pro users, but surprisingly I've found very few people know how to do this and it works with any website too! If you aren't familiar with Calorie King, it is a great site with nutritional information for tons of foods, wines, and restaurants. Jorge Cruise recommended its use on the Belly Fat Cure plan. With it on your phone, there is no excuse to not follow the program! You also add to your Blackberry and Android with similar steps.

Also, if you are using my tracker to log your food, here are the instructions to add it to your iPhone screen too:
If you don't have my BFC Tracker, but would like to, send an email to meandjorge@gmail.com with the word " "TRACKER" as the subject. I'll send you the link as soon as it is ready!

Hope you all have a great Christmas and are true to your diet plans. Remember that fitting into smaller clothes will FEEL so much better than any treat can taste!

UPDATE: The BFC Tracker is now available for download directly from my site! Click HERE to get it.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Week 9: Weigh in Day!

Well it is Christmas week and I have been tempted and tested over these last few days as never before! How crazy to be on a diet over the holidays, right?! Just Friday night I went to a company Christmas party at a restaurant that turned out to be hot appetizers and no dinner (thanks Honey, that info would have been really useful to the dieting Wife). There were no good choices to be had: Chinese short ribs, chicken wings smothered in a sweet sauce, egg rolls and the like. I had a glass of Bug Juice before the party thinking it would help perk me up a little and hold off any hunger until dinner... but there was no dinner. It was a heavy on the drinking sort of party, and we had taken a company shuttle into the city so we couldn't leave early either! So I ate. Looking back I wish I had stepped outside and found a quick salad or another low carb option at a fast food place near by, but I didn't even think of that at the time.

So I wasn't really looking for a loss this morning and was pleasantly surprised to be down another 1.5lbs for a total of 23.5lbs. That puts me a 172.5! I also measured my waist this morning and was down .5" to 32.5" which Dr. Oz said in his video with Jorge is the key number for women. Honestly, I have noticed HUGE changes in my body. I don't consider myself a "Fat Girl" anymore. I'm just normal now. Normal, with really baggy clothes...

As I mentioned last week, I have really been trying hard not to skip any meals (I am a notorious and life long meal skipper) and up my good, healthy fiber filled carbs. I cut back a bit on my Dark Chocolate consumption in the evenings too. The first day I had a 5/2 for dinner was really scary, I just saw the pounds packing back on! But that didn't happen at all. I felt more satisfied and was less likely to snack. All my meals where not 5/2 (by a long shot) but I did it all week and I feel much better and learned a good lesson about cutting back too much!

I received the sweetest email from Heather, who blogs at As the Pizza Burns, who was concerned I wasn't eating enough, and she was right. My fear of the dreaded plateau led me to sabotage my eating. So funny, because several weeks ago I asked Jorge the question "How do you keep from emotional on weeks when you don't lose?" Mind you, I lost 3lbs that week, but it was already on my mind! Jorge actually chose my question and answered it in class. Honestly I didn't understand his answer, it was something about the movie A Christmas Carol and fear. But now, I do. It was fear! That Jorge is so smart! And here I thought he was just rambling on about a movie he had recently seen ;-)

Fear of failure is what kept me from starting a diet plan for a long time. Once I started the Belly Fat Cure and was succeeding that fear crept back in and tried to pull me back down. What else has fear been holding me back from, I wonder now? If I answer honestly... a lot.

But that fear better watch out, because I'm getting in fighting shape now! I kicked the rear ends of my first 20lbs which such ease it shocked me. The next 20lbs may be a little trickier, but know this... I'm coming for you!

I hope you all are doing great this week and kicking your fat's little butts too! Later this week I'll be blogging about positive thinking and books that have greatly effected my outlook on life. I really hope you all will share your favorites too and help pass that positive energy on to others!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Week 8: Weigh In Day and Why My Weight Loss Has Slowed Down

I am down 1.5lbs this week on the Belly Fat Cure. While it's not an impressive number on it's own, it is Week 8 of consistant loss! That puts my weight loss total at 22lbs during two really difficult eating months.

Several members of my family are dieting too, they started their plans a few weeks earlier then I started the Belly Fat Cure. We all check in with each other and offer encouragement and track our weights together. They are all doing different diet plans; Atkins, Jenny Craig and Body for Life. But one thing is the same, each has had a week where they lost nothing and/or a week they gained weight. Except for me. We all have varying weights to lose and are different ages, but we do have the same genetics! I have the 2nd least amount of weight to lose in the family, but I have lost the most so far. I don't know what that means, and Im not suggesting that the Belly Fat Cure is a "better diet" than the others. But it does encourage me and reminds me not every week can be a big loss or even a loss at all. I also feel like the others are "diets" that you do for a limited amount of time and abandon when you reach your goal weight. To me, the Belly Fat Cure Carb Swapping program is a lifestyle that I plan on staying with and slowly moving my children into. I will not be adding back Coke Zero, Splenda or hidden sugars when I reach my goal weight. 

But there is still that question: Why has my weight loss slowed down? I wouldn't say I have plateaued. To me that means no loss for a few weeks. But I am not losing the big numbers I was in the first month on the program. There could be a number of reasons, but I think I can attritide my slow down to two reasons, first being exercise. I have been a regular walker for years now and recently ramped it up. Never lost a pound, but kept trudging on. When I started losing weight it became easier to walk faster and go farther, so I did.  My feet and joints used to hurt for days after a big hike, but not now. Muscle weighs more than fat, and I feel as if I have definitely converted lots of fat to muscle in the last few weeks. My Brother keeps encouraging me to buy an expensive scale that shows that conversion more clearly, but I don't want to spend the money. I think that without the exercise a bigger loss would show on the scale. Getting fit and running a 5K is a separate goal I made at the same time I started BFC and I'm not giving up on it.

The second reason, I think, is that I've recently cut back quite a bit on my food intake. My carb grams were not topping 50 and the servings usually came out to 4 or less for the day. Some days I was shocked at how little I had consume!  My (thin) Husband noticed this first and called me out on it. Sometimes it was purposeful other times it was just the result of a busy day. But the facts were there, I was really denying myself! It was all based on a fear that started on Thanksgiving. I was afraid I wouldn't lose any that week. I was afraid I would have to report that here, letting myself down and letting you all down. So I began cutting back out of fear. Which is when I actually started to lose less, so I sabotaged myself! Funny how we do that to ourselves, isn't it? But my spreadsheet shows I had bigger losses when I was truer to the BFC plan, so that is what I'm getting back too! Last night dinner was a 5/2, which frankly was a little scary!

Maybe my new normal is only 1-1.5lbs loss each week and I can definitely live with that! I also need to be prepared not lose every week and be OK with that. I had gottten spoiled with my early losses of 3-3.5lbs a week, but I realize I've passed the half way mark on my weight loss and my body is adjusting. I've decided to be more true to the program and get closer to the 15/6 mark each day. But I'm going to make sure those Carbs are high in fiber and extra healthy!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Getting Through the Holidays on the Belly Fat Cure

Being on a "diet" at any time of year is hard, but during the holidays can be pure torture! The Sugar Factor is turned up to about a billion and it is everywhere! But I made a conscience decision to start the Belly Fat Cure right before all of this to help keep me strong through this time of year. And frankly, if I can keep my sugar intake low during Halloween, Birthday parties, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years, then I am home free.

So far one thing that has helped me get through this is the the Swine Flu. Yes, the Swine Flu. Its everywhere that kids are and there are kids in my house, touching things, then touching their faces (that is putting it nicely because I could have said picking their noses and still have been saying it kindly!). And I desperately don't want to get it. That saved me during Halloween and the big Birthday Party. Dirty little hands, blowing on cakes, candy from unknown origins. Plus the fact that half of the kids trick or treating with us were bed bound the following week, well the yuck factor was nearly as strong as the weight loss factor. But the truth was I was using the yuck to propel the weight loss.Whatever works, right?

So I'm half way through the holidays and its time for the Gingerbread House in all this sweet glistening sugary glory. The Swine Flu has abandoned the area to torture grade school kids elsewhere (So unreliable, that stupid flu bug!)  The kids are slurping Egg Nog out of Santa Mugs while nibbling on Gingersnap cookies. For this I have Dark Chocolate (85% cocoa or more) to be my savior. If I need, I do a little nibbling, but make sure to count it towards my 15/6 total. Oh Holy Dark Chocolate, the Night is Brightly Shining.... 

As for slurping of my own Ive pulled out the tea bags. Candice over at Cooking to Lose that Belly suggested Sleigh Ride Sugar Cookie Tea by Celestial Seasonings. It smells like the real deal but you may want to add a bit of natural sweetener if you still have a sweet tooth. While the kids and I make their Santa Cookies on Christmas Eve it will take extra reserve and will power to resist, but I will put on a pot of tea and "splurge" with a spot of cream in it! (You could heat up the Chocolate Unsweetened Almond Milk for a faux hot chocolate experience too.)

Then there are the parties. I failed at my first exposure to adult Christmas treats, but aced the next one. The trick? Skip the cocktails and have a small glass of wine instead, and then go for Sparkling Water with Lime. I assigned myself the job of designated driver and that really helped as well. I was so lucky at the restaurant party we went to! The appetizers where deviled eggs with smoked trout and cavier and mini mushrooms stuffed with sausage. When the tray came around, I almost jumped for joy! For dinner I was able to choose a salad and pork with a vegetable, over pasta, bread and rice dishes. I skipped dessert altogether and opted for decaf coffee with cream. It felt really good to make such strong choices and I hope to be able to do that at the other parties and temping situations.

For events in peoples's homes I'm going to offer to bring an anti-pasta plate. Prosciutto, salami, cheeses and olives will a perfect way to get through the night and stay BFC true!

One thing that has really helped me is setting a weightloss goal for the next two weeks with my Accountability Buddy (who blogs over at Belly Fat Cure for Life) and a few of my twitter and email buddies. There is power in numbers I tell ya! How are you getting through the holidays on Jorge Cruise's Belly Fat Cure?

And seriously, does no one make a xylitol Candy Cane?!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Week 7: Weigh In Day and My Wii

I just completed Week 7 of Jorge Cruise's Belly Fat Cure: Carb Swap plan. This week I lost 1.5lbs which puts me at 20.5lbs lost so far! I am thrilled to get to my half way point in such a short time, but I am a little disappointed in not having lost more this week. I thought a lot about why that is, and I found myself making excuses: Its normal to plateau at this point, etc. But if I an truly honest with myself, and with you, I was not perfect on the plan this week.

I went to a party just after my last weigh in. I was relieved to see some choices that were perfect for the BFC. I had pita chips with hummus, olives and a glass of wine. But for reasons I can't explain, I also had a two pieces of homemade desserts that hostess had made.  They were really small pieces, pieces that would be fine if I wasn't trying to lose weight. Whatever the reason, I realized I shouldn't have eaten it and didn't beat myself about it and went on to have an excellent BFC week. But it explains my smaller loss this week. Those tiny pieces each probably had enough sugar for my whole day. So often I see people blaming the plan itself, when really the responsibility to make it work lies within ourselves. So here is to next week and no excuses!

The weather is bad today so I decided to pull out my Wii Fit, which I used to use pretty regularly for exercise. I did 20 minutes of boxing and 10 minutes of Hula Hoop today. I know the Hula Hoop sounds funny, but trust me, you aren't laughing after doing 10 minutes on it! It uses stomach muscles that you didn't even know you had! The Wii informed me that it had been 64 days since I last used it and then it shocked me by saying I had lost 25lbs since I last used it!! It congratulated me on "finally" reaching my weight loss goal, apparently when I got the Wii last Christmas I had set a goal to lose 20lbs. It also informed me that I was nolonger OBESE, just OVERWEIGHT. Maybe it will deflate my Mii a little bit now too. After the first time I weighed on the Wii Fit it blew up my Mii avatar to be clearly fat. I gave up using the Wii Fit as regular exercise when I didn't see any results, but I think I will take it up again this winter now that I understand better the role exercise should play in my life.

Are you adding some exercise to your routine? I'd love to hear about that and what your results where this week!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

How the Belly Fat Cure Works for Me

I have been losing very consistently on Jorge Cruise's Belly Fat Cure and wanted to share some of the details of the plan and how it is working for me, with all of you. I am very lucky to be part of the 12 Week Live Coaching Class Jorge is doing with a limited number of people before the book is released. The KEY to the Belly Fat Cure is 15/6. This is referred to as the S/C or Sugar/Carb Servings. Sugars are easy, 1gram = 1 Serving. Carbs are a little different and the chart here explains how it works. It takes a bit of math to get it down at first, but once you figure it out, its down!
You add the Carb grams of everything you are having in that meal together and figure out the serving.

Along with having a guideline of 15/6 for the day, you have one for each meal of 5/2. For each meal you should not go over 2 Carb Servings, which potentially could mean up to 40grams. Don't try and max it out, or get the most you can. That is working the system and it won't work that way. Jorge explains that going over 5grams Sugar and 2 Servings of Carbs spikes your insulin levels and locks in all the Sugar you just consumed. That make the 5/2 per meal guidelines the real key to success for the this program.

The Belly Fat Cure is NOT about eating 15g Sugar and 120g Carbohydrates a day. If that is what you are doing, you are actually missing the point all together. Those are the MAXIMUM you could possibly consume, but in no way is it a goal to reach.

So that explains the Belly Fat Cure, and all its math! Now let me tell you how I have applied it to my diet. At first it is really difficult to get your Sugars that low. Sugar is EVERYWHERE in EVERYTHING. Things you thought were healthy are loaded with it! Whole wheat bread, cereals, yogurt, milk, apples, bananas, etc. You kind of have to throw everything you've ever heard about losing weight, and through it out the window. And then, start new.

You want to check the labels of everything you eat and make sure it doesn't go over the S/C 5/2 per serving. Check your serving sizes and make sure that is the amount you are eating. The two most important things for me were:

#1 Going cold turkey on artificial sweeteners (Sucralose, Aspertame and Sacchrine). That includes Diet Sodas. It is hidden everywhere and takes lots of label searching to find. If you product says Sugar Free, it likely has one of these in it! But doing this immediately, I got that sweet taste out of my system and reset what my taste buds are now expecting. It happens quickly, but give yourself a week or so to get used to everything not being sweet. This was KEY for me! If you do the Belly Fat Cure and leave in artificial sweeteners, then you can't really last eliminating sugar in the long run as you will still expect everything to taste sweet.

#2 Find staple products with great S/C values and high fiber that I use everyday. I have Bread/Tortillas/Pasta once a day and it is responsibly for most of the Carb servings, so it needs to be right. I have reviewed the products that I found in my area (see product reviews). I fill these products with high protein/good fat foods to make my meals. If you get these basics wrong,  it can sabotage your whole plan.

Once I had these two things going for me, everything changed! I track everything in a spreadsheet to see where I am at the end of the day. It lets me know exactly where I stand, whether I can have an evening snack or not. It also is really helpful when I haven't lost what I should have, I can look back over the week and see where I went wrong. Here are a few days worth of meals, I tend to have the same things very often:

I like to keep my dinner the lowest count of the day, definitely lower than 5/2. One reason I do that is I like to have Dark Chocolate in the evening. But you need room somewhere in the day to make that happen!

I hope you find this helpful! Leave a comment and let me know how the Belly Fat Cure Carb Swap system fits into your life.

* I also take Probiotics, acidophilus and regularly (3xs a week at least) have the Bug Juice. Just this week I have seen that this process is really working they way Jorge said it should! So patience with your digestive system is needed!

Monday, November 30, 2009

Week 6: Weigh In Day and Walking

I just completed Week 6 Of Jorge Cruise's Belly Fat Cure and this week I lost 2lbs. It was a tough week with Thanksgiving and eating out a few times, but I did it! That puts me at a total of 19lbs lost so far! Almost half way to my goal of 40lbs. I have also decided that I want to lose more than 40lbs. When I started I just wanted to be "less fat" but I have bigger goals than that now! For the first ever, I think I can get to the weight I was when I got married. It feels really possible! 

A few months before I started the Belly Fat Cure, I started Power Walking. While Jorge encourages exercise, he says don't do it to lose weight. Instead, exercise for your heart and to be fit. So that is what I am doing it for, just simple self improvement. 

At first I was doing 3 miles with moderate hills and it was killing me! Over two months I moved up to do up to 6 miles with big hills. I love how these walks make me feel! Sometimes I do them with a friend and other times alone. I actually prefer the time alone to really work myself and huff and puff and get red in the face. They are tough, and the next day I am sore. But its good to feel those sore muscles and know that Im pushing my body and can feel its strength. It is also part of taking a little time a few days a week for just me. I have noticed that it has gotten easier (not easy, mind you) as I am lugging less wait up those hills. I am excited to say I did 45 miles in the month of November!

I find that the right music can really help me move. The right song comes on and I feel like I am just flying along the trail. This is one of those songs and I thought I would share it with you all and help motivate you to get out and move today!

Do you have a song that really gets you moving?

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Product Review: LaTortilla Factory Smart & Delicious

Without a doubt the best tortillas I have found for the Belly Fat Cure are the Smart & Delicious Low Carb Tortillas from LaTortilla Factory.  They have 1gram Sugar, 18grams Carbohydrates and packed with an amazing 12 grams of Fiber. They are so high in fiber and taste great! I found these at my local Lucky's grocery store chain with 8 tortillas and also in bulk at Costco. I take out a weeks worth of the Costco package and freeze the rest.

I make several things with these tortillas and use them almost daily. Chicken & Carne Asada tacos and wraps from Jorge's menus and a few things I do on my own. They help me keep a meal to under 2 Carb Servings, which I was having trouble doing before I found these.

I thought I had found a better tortilla in the Mission Carb Balance brand, but turns out that they have Sucralose in them, so avoid them! While regular tortillas are okay in Sugar and Carbs, they usually take up two Carb servings on their own and are low in Fiber.

I give La Tortilla Factory Smart & Delicious Tortillas 5 Stars! They are priced great, available at chain grocery stores, Costco and Carbsmart.com. They have a great S/C, are super high in fiber and taste great. These should be a staple in your Belly Fat Cure plan!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Week 5: Weigh In Day

Monday was my weigh in day and this week I lost 3lbs! Even I was surprised at this. That means that I have lost 3 - 3.5lbs each week except for one. That is pretty amazing and I don't think I could ever ask for or expect better results from a diet plan. That puts me at a total of 17lbs lost on Jorge Cruise's Belly Fat Cure Carb Swapping program.

Despite the wonderful weightloss, I had a few challenges this week:
1. I ate out, ordered a Shrimp Fajita salad and the food came coated in a honey like sauce. But I ate it since I was really hungry
2. I experienced the most stress since I started the plan, thanks to some mixed results on a medical test that will take even more tests to finally clear up. But it will be cleared up and I didn't eat off plan at all.
3. I threw a party for my son's birthday complete with a homemade Chocolate cake. But I didn't even take a lick, which was a little harder than I thought since its messy business.

I also keep thinking about these 15lbs I gained this summer that put me at my heaviest weight ever. I can't seem to get out of my mind, "if only I hadn't gain that extra weight, then this 17lbs loss would have really gotten me somewhere!". Now I'm only back to "normal overweight weight", which is annoying.

I was complaining about this to my Husband and he said instead I should be thankful for those final 15lbs. Because if they hadn't have come along and attached themselves to my hips and stomach, I might have kept with the status quo and never taken the actions that lead me here. I needed something shocking and scary, which for me was getting close to 200lbs, to make me DO SOMETHING. It is really true! Without those stupid 15lbs, I would be my "normal overweight weight" but without a plan, still addicted to sugar and artificial sweeteners.

So today I am going to be thankful for those extra pounds, that I have now said goodbye to, a realize it happened for a reason. The next 17lbs I lose are going to mean so much more to me and maybe be harder to lose, as I've been holding on to them for a long time now. Its also got me thinking that I can and will lose more than the 40lbs I had originally planned. And I never could have imagined that!

BFC Stuffin's - Stuffing Done Right!

Stuffing is one of my favorite Thanksgiving items. Done traditionally it is has the highest Sugar and Carb count on the table. But they can be done so MUCH better to leave you room in your S/C count for more of your favorites!

 I call my Stuffing "Stuffins" because they are baked in muffin tins which creates individual servings and you get more crunchiness. Which is my favorite part!

 My first plan was to find the absolute lowest S/C Count Bread around. Which I found after much searching (Trader Joes 1 Slice: 0 Sugar 7g Carbs). But waiting in line at the grocery store I saw a dozen different bags of stuffing and started to read their labels. And to my surprise, I found more than one brand that had a lower count than my grand idea would. Meaning a lot less work for me!

 What You'll Need:
 16 oz Stuffing Mix - with very low Sugar and Carb counts
 8 oz Sausage 1 Cup Sliced Mushrooms
 1 1/2 Cup Chicken Broth
2 stalks Chopped Celery
 Butter to line pan
 Muffin Pan

Directions: Cook your sausage normally and drain off any excess. In a large mixing bowl add the Stuffing Croutons, Mushrooms, Celery, Chicken Broth and Sausage. Mix well, use your hands if you need to! Use the butter to line the Muffin Tins and scoop in the mixture. Scoop in 1 Serving Size of your mixture (roughly based on the Serving Size listed on the box of Stuffing Croutons. That measurement may be based on dry ingredients and take into account the added ingredients that will take up volume) Bake at 400 degrees for 10-15 minutes, or until crispy on the outside. Remove from Muffin Tin and serve hot.

 The idea is roughly based on Rachel Ray's Apple and Onion Stuffins, but obviously ours don't have apples or onions in them! Both are too high in S/C for today. You can add any of your favorite low sugar/carb items to the mix for delicious Stuffins - Single Serving Stuffing!

 Brands I used: I love Jimmy Dean Naturals "Hot" Pork sausage, it is spicy though. I found Beckmans Stuffing Mix Traditional Homestyle. But look around your stuffing selections, I saw several that also had good S/C values.

 The Count: This is completely dependent on the stuffing croutons or bread you use. Mine was 1/2 Cup Dry 0g Sugar and 10g carbs. 2 medium celery stalks = 1g Sugar 2g Carbs, Sausage, butter, chicken brother are 0gs Sugar and Carbs. After everything is mixed together it should be 0g Sugar and 10g per serving.

Thanksgiving Round Table My fellow Belly Fat Cure bloggers are also writing about Thanksgiving recipes this week too! Stop by their sites for even more ideas: Maura at 12 Weeks to a Better Me Candice at Cooking to Lose that Belly Susan at BFC Products and Recipes
Ryan at Ryans Incredible World

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Dressed Up Cinnamon Crisp

Dessert for the holidays might be difficult for many of you, especially if you like pies. But I am keeping it simple this holiday season and hope you do the same. I plan on keeping to the Belly Fat Cure S/C of 5/2 per meal.

For Dessert I will be making a Dressed Up Cinnamon Crisp. Its is very simple and you will likely already have all the ingredients for your holiday menu. I listed the specific brands I used in "The Count", but the brand doesn't matter.

Whole Wheat Tortilla
Heavy Whipping Cream
Natural Sugar Substitute
85 % Dark Chocolate Squares (2 per dessert)
Raspberries (one per dessert)

I sprayed a cookie sheet with Pam and laid 1 Tortilla on it. Spread about 1/2 tsp of butter on it. You can use more if prefer. Then I sprinkled 1/2 packet of Sun Crystals and 1/2 tsp of Cinnamon over the top. Do this to taste, you may like more or less then me! (Just be conscience of the S/C count of your sugar sub.) I used a pizza cutter to divide the tortilla into 8ths.

Bake for about 10 minutes at 350 degrees.

While that was baking, I made Whipped Cream from Heavy Whipping Cream. Simply put the cream in a clean bowl and use a hand held mixer and mix until it turns into Whipped Cream. You could also use Reddi Whip that has a very low Sugar/Carb count if that is easier.

When the tortillas are done, stack four them with a tsp of Whipped Cream in between and a little extra on top. Shave off some Dark Chocolate on top. You may also like a little more sweetener, depending on your taste. A single raspberry to top it off and a few squares of Dark Chocolate would be a nice addition too!

The Trick? Find the lowest carb/highest fiber you can. Be careful though, some low car tortillas contain Sucralose. Avoid those!

The Count? 1/2 La Tortilla Factory Smart & Delicious:  9 Carbs, 6 Fiber  Heavy Whipping Cream, Butter and Cinnamon are all have 0g Sugar and Carbs. Sun Crystals: 1g Sugar and 1g Carbs per packet. Total S/C is 1/1 6g Fiber for one Dressed Up Cinnamin Crisp.

** I originally discovered BFC Cinnamon Crisps from my twitter buddy Melissa. If you are on twitter, we have a great Belly Fat Cure community there that shares ideas, progress and support for one another!

Thanksgiving Round Table
My fellow Belly Fat Cure bloggers are also writing about Thanksgiving recipes this week too! Stop by their sites for even more ideas:
Maura at 12 Weeks to a Better Me
Candice at Cooking to Lose that Belly
Susan at BFC Products and Recipes
Ryan at Ryans Incredible World

Holiday Drink: Berrytini Cocktail

During the holidays it is always nice to have a celebratory drink. My Husband just returned from a trip to Russia and brought me back a nice bottle of Vodka. I'm not sure what that says about me, but I'm okay with that! Typically I like anything sweet with Vodka, so I chose to make a Berrytini!
What you need:
  • A nice Vodka
  • SoBe Lifewater 0 Calorie Black and Blue Berry
  • Raspberries
  • Ice 
  • Martini Shaker - or two glass put together
Put 1 Cup Ice in the Martini Shaker. Add 2 oz. of SoBe and 1 oz Vodka. Shake well and pout into Martini glass with the ice strained. Add a Raspberry to the rim or a frozen one to the bottom of the glass.

S/C is 0/0 unless you have more than two.  Cheers!
Thanksgiving Round Table
My fellow Belly Fat Cure bloggers are also writing about Thanksgiving recipes this week too! Stop by their sites for even more ideas:
Maura at 12 Weeks to a Better Me
Candice at Cooking to Lose that Belly
Susan at BFC Products and Recipes
Ryan at Ryans Incredible World

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Pour Some Sugar on Me

Tomorrow I am throwing an 8th birthday party for my son. Today I made a scavenger hunt, wrote clues, printed maps and badges, wrapped presents... and baked a cake. I like chocolate cake. I love chocolate cake. But while I mixed, and stirred, poured and baked, cleaned up, iced and arranged, I did not even lick a finger or nibble a crumb. The cake itself didn't give me much trouble, it was the mini cupcakes I made with the left over batter. I thought I'd freeze them and stick them in the kids lunch boxes every now and then. And they were just sitting there, singing me a little Siren Song, all tiny and chocolate asking to be popped into a mouth. But I zipped them up and popped them in the freezer instead!

Yes, eventually I need to get my kids on the Belly Fat Cure too, but I have always looked after their health and diet much more than my own. So tomorrow I will sit back and watch the effects of sugar on twenty 7 and 8 year olds and know that I survived my first Big Test.

Please check back on Monday when the BFC Thanksgiving Roundtable will be up! Several BFC Bloggers have joined together to post their Thanksgiving ideas and recipes that fit the plan. We look forward to sharing them with you and seeing comments with your favorites too!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

The Belly Fat Cure - Carb Swap System

The Belly Fat Cure is a weight loss program developed by Jorge Cruise, of The 3hr Diet fame. The book comes out Dec. 29th, but you can pre-order it now. The program concentrates on reducing your Sugar and Carbohydrate intake significantly, and completely eliminating artificial sweeteners from your diet. You don't count calories or fat, or time in between meals. I am on Week 5 of the BFC and I believe it has changed my life, not just the numbers on my scale! I have lost my cravings, obsessive eating, mood swings between meals and given up a nearly 20yr addiction to diet colas. Oh, and Ive lost 14lbs so far too!

If you pre-order the book now, he will also send you a FREE audio book that will get you started on the program now. (To get the free Audiobook you must email a receipt for the book to 3bfc@jorgecruise.com by November 27th). The Audiobook is a thank you for the pre-order and I think it is a great deal! If you are part of Jorge's 12 Week Live Coaching Class, like myself,  then the book will make a great gift for all the people asking "How did you lose all your weight?" come Christmas time!

If you would still like more information on the Belly Fat Cure you can read a free report here where Jorge goes into much more detail.

Here Jorge Cruise, as keynote speaker, addressing the American Heart Association in May 2009. I found the speech very informative!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009


I've had a bad day, with bad news and I let it get me down. Then I reached out to someone who clearly needed help and they pushed my hand away so they could complain some more.

I would like to make a vow to myself right now:
I will not make excuses for my failures. 
If I want something bad enough, I am going to make it happen.
I will not whine like a baby (for more than a few minutes) when things dont go the way they were promised.
And while I can't control everything that happens in my life, I can control how I react to it.

Emotional Eating: 0 Amber: 1

Now bring it on!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Product Review: Clemmy's Coffee Ice Cream

I bought Clemmy's Coffee Ice Cream a few weeks ago and stuck it in my freezer. I wanted to be better on the plan and feel stronger in my resolve BEFORE I opened up carton of allowed Ice Cream. Along with eliminating sugar from my diet, I also want to eliminate obsessive eating. And frankly I was afraid of that Ice Cream!

So now I'm in Week 4 of the Belly Fat Cure and have lost 14lbs and I thought I owed my readers a review of Clemmy's! There is a lot of talk of this Ice Cream on the plan, since apparently it is the only Ice Cream out there with a low enough S/C Value made with natural sugar substitute. A 1/2 Cup is an S/C of 0/1 and it is made with Maltitol and Xylitol. My stomach is also afraid of Maltitol!

This Ice Cream is very hard to find. I drove to the next town, which wasnt too far and a little specialty store to get it. It was $7.50 for 1 Quart, which is pretty pricey.

The Ice Cream is really good, tastes just like the regular Coffee Ice Cream I remember. It was smooth and creamy. I feel like a while later there was a slightly unpleasant aftertaste. To be honest, I just had two Tablespoons of it, sealed it really well and put it back (way back) in the freezer.

I give Clemmy's Coffee Ice Cream 5 Stars for flavor and taste, but it will not really play a role in my experience on this program. There is no real nutritional value in it and I am really sensitive to the Maltitol. I will stick with my Vanilla Cinnamon Shake if I feel a craving.  I would love to see an ice cream bar made with Stevia in the future. If you know of one, let me know!

Week 4:Weigh In Day

So excited today! I was down another 3.5lbs for a total 14lbs. I think that is a wonderful way to finish the first month on the Belly Fat Cure. If I can keep this up, I will have reached my weight loss goals by the end of the program! I know there will be weeks when I lose less, or nothing, or even experience a slight gain. I will not let these set backs stand in my way! In fact, I honestly believe I have actually already lost these 40lbs and just need to go through the process for my body to realize it. I am nolonger that person who eats obsessive-compulsively.

My new mantra is:
This extra weight nolonger belongs to ME, I have released it. It just will take some time to shed it from my physical body!

I am always excited about class on Mondays with Jorge and to begin Week 5! I hope we get some Thanksgiving ideas! I will be blogging about Thanksgiving recipes here soon. If you have a blog and would like to join me in a Thanksgiving Recipe Roundtable, drop me an email here. The more, the merrier!

I hope you all had a great week on the Belly Fat Cure! Take a minute to leave a comment about your week and if you lost any this week. 

Saturday, November 14, 2009

I Can Bring Home the Bacon....

I'm a Mom of 5 and 7 year old boys and I am the person responsible for cooking every meal in my house, except for three. Saturday and Sunday mornings my husband flips pancakes for the kids and he makes pizza once a week. While I totally appreciate that, it still puts a lot of pressure on a person making drastic changes to their own diet.

I'm always reminded of this old commercial when it comes to cooking for my Family. Although the Belly Fat Cure makes me laugh at the "Bring home the bacon" part. I brought home actual bacon for the first time in years this week for this plan!

My husband has been out of town for awhile and just returned today. I loved just cooking for me and kids while he was gone and keeping it ultra simple 'Jorge style'. I realized I was much less stressed and there wasn't such a concentration on food all day and what I would make for dinner.

So, I told my husband that. He said he sees a big difference in me (Hello 4.5lbs lighter than the last time he saw me) and that I seem really happy and motivated "so cook whatever". I made him tuna salad on a whole wheat pita with spinach leaves and a side of cottage cheese, and he loved it! The whole thing was a S/C of 3/2. He even downed the Bug Juice (Jorge's green veggie drink) in a few gulps and declared it delicious! Which of course prompted me to drink mine faster (I had been gingerly sipping it) and say "Yum" a little too forced.

Sure, I think later he snuck something from the kitchen and he was severely jet lagged having just gotten off a flight from literally more than half way around the world. But this is a big victory for me! I had been putting all the "What's for Dinner" pressure on myself all these years, and it was really unnecessary.

Now, before you say "You're Husband is way better than mine, mine would never do this!". First, wait, let me stop laughing... The key was the difference he noticed in me. Not just my weight, which he really claims to notice, but my attitude and devotion to this program. He also works at a company known to serve the best free meals to its employees in the country. He eats a gourmet lunch everyday, so I don't think he is really sacrificing much!

If your partner isn't being supportive of you on this journey to healthier living and weight loss, give them some time. This was a decision you made, maybe with them, maybe with out. Change is scary, people don't like it. But you are doing this for yourself and you can't change other peoples eating habits for them. You can set a great example and impress them with your perseverance and ever slimming body. And if you win them over great, but remember you are doing this for yourself! (However, you can NOT buy those high sugar items and keep them out of the house for the most part. If they insist on having them, maybe they need to make their own trip to the store!)

So I'll be making easy, straight forward dinners now and I'll let you know how it goes when I serve him eggs and sprouted bread toast for dinner... with bacon of course. dada dada

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Don't Mind Me, I'm Just Feeding My Bugs

Mr. 3 Hr Diet himself, Jorge Cruise, gave my blog a little shout out this week and I thought that was amazing for him to do! I did the happy dance through my house and had a smile you couldn't wipe off, even if you tried (and some tried that day)!

If Jorge can do that for me, then by gosh I can drink that Bug Juice (yep, that's what I'm going to call it) for the Belly Fat Cure. Yes I can. That same night, he made up a special Prebiotic Vegetable drink that was a serious neon shade of green and looked none too appetizing. But Jorge said that the good bacteria in your gut needs good veggies to feed off of to survive.

Having been a dedicated fan of the Sucralose and Coke Zero for many years, I figure my little bugs are in pretty sad shape. And I believe if you are going to do something you might as well do it right! And the truth is, if I have any little bugs in there left, then they are starving!

The next day I got a tweet from my BFC Twitter Buddy Dave and I went from just thinking about making it, to sticking it all in a blender!

Here is the recipe for Jorge Cruise's Prebiotic Drink aka Bug Juice S/C 0/0 (per Jorge):
2Tbsp Chia Seeds (see below)
1 UnPeeled Cucumber
2 Stalks Celery
handful of Spinach fresh leaves
2 cups water

I drank the first 1/4 none to happily and sat looking into the glass for a bit. It wasnt the taste, so much as the texture. So I added more water and that made all the difference. I also added a very tiny amount of Sun Crystals, like a pinch. It was really not bad at all and I can see having this regularly, if I've been low on my veggie in take.

Just a note on the Chia seeds: I don't know what they are or where to get them and it sparked lots of fun "Cha cha cha Chia!" comments on twitter that day (okay, most of them were my comments). But I do know he added them for fiber. So I added ground Flax Seed which is about the same fiber 4grams for 2 Tbsp. If you don't have either of them, that is fine too. Getting caught up on details like that can sabotage your good intentions.

I was able to find the Chia Seeds on Amazon, you can order them here. Apparently they have lots of great attributes aside from fiber. I can't wait to try them! (They also sell Chia Pets at Amazon)

Monday, November 9, 2009

Week 3: Weigh In Day

I have just completed Week 3 of Jorge Cruise's Belly Fat Cure. I lost 1lb this week. But mostly, I want to tell you how GOOD I feel. I mean, I feel GOOD! I have energy, I wake up early, I'm not groggy all day or grouchy with my kids over homework and dinner. I really do feel good. See look, I'm smiling right now (I really am).

But this diet isn't a Feel Good Program or Let's Make Amber a Nicer Person by Christmas. No! I signed up to lose weight damn it! But wait, or is it...?

I am an emotional eater. I know that, but I don't really know how I know that. I know I'm not eating because I'm hungry. I eat regular healthy meals... and then make brownies after the kids go to bed. I'm not crying while I do it, in fact I'm rather happy thinking how great they will taste. Or when my kids were younger and I would finally get them down for a nap, I'd run downstairs to my pantry and scan it for the highest-sugar/worst-thing-for-me/make-me-forget-the-last-hour snack. Or last year scavenging through my son's Halloween candy, picking out all the mini chocolates, eating them one after the other and hiding the wrappers. So I'm emotional/stress eater, maybe a binge eater to boot.

Not once, not even once, on this plan have I felt that need. The need to eat something sugary or wasteful. To drown out an emotion with food. To punish my body for letting me down, by putting junk into it.

So even though my loss was less than stellar this week, in fact it down right sucked, I still feel GOOD. And I now know feeling good is going to take me to the end and keep me from making poor choices. Those 40lbs do not belong to me any longer and they are going to melt right off and I will not put them back on.

See, I am smiling right now (I really am!)

Imagine Yourself Thin...

Watching a few of Jorge's empowerment videos tonight. He says you should picture yourself at your goal weight and do it in detail. What are you wearing, what does your face look like, you eyes, your overall demeanor?

I always think of myself at age 21 when I think of myself being thin again. But I am not 21 anymore and I need to remind myself of that! I am 40 and a Mother and my body has changed. Let's face it, even 40lbs thinner I won't ever be that girl again!

I don't know why I like these photos of Star Jones. I'm not a black women, was never as large as she got and have never been in a feud with Barbara Walters or Rosie O'Donald. But I love how she looks in these photos. She looks like a smart women. She has curves. A small waist, but hips and a bust. She can wear a belt, and smile while doing it! She looks happy and like she could take on the world. "Move on over, I'm coming through!" Not overtly sexy, but she looks GOOD! Glue my head on this and lighten up the skin, and I want that!

I know, I know! She had gastric bypass and then plastic surgery to put those curves back into place. I know! But still, this is how I picture myself. I'm not going to look like a Victoria's Secret model, so I won't bother putting those pictures up here (Sorry to my few male readers). Maybe I should have loftier goals, I don't know. I'll work on that...

How do you picture yourself when you meet your weightloss goals?

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Product Review: Dark Chocolates

 My favorite part of the Belly Fat Cure is that chocolate is included in the plan! I love chocolate, but have never been into Dark Chocolate. I know now that my taste buds were trained to like the super sweet sugars in everything and I could never appreciate the complexities of Dark Chocolate until now! So Im going to review for you some of the Dark Chocolates allowed on Jorge Cruise's Belly Fat Cure that I have sampled.

Be forewarned though, if you are just now eliminating Sugar from your diet, you may not like the taste of Dark Chocolates that do not contain a Sugar substitute. If it tastes bitter, then leave it for awhile and come back to it after another week. Dark Chocolates are meant to be savored and nibbled, not scoffed down like a Snickers Bar. Enjoy!

Green & Black Organic Dark Chocolate 85%:
Where: Whole Foods
Taste: I really like this chocolate. It is not too sweet, but is rich and smooth. Jorge and team mention this bar in one of the first videos and I love that it is organic. It says "12 Pieces per Serving", but those pieces are very small. It is one of my favorites!
S/C: 12 very small pieces are 6/1

The Dark Chocolate Lovers Chocolate Bar:
Where: Trader Joes
Taste: It is very smooth and has a fruity taste. It has three half bars inside. I found this when I got a clerk to help search the store Dark Chocolate low in sugar. She got a Jorge lesson as she helped me look and found this fabulous bar!This is my favorite so far!
S/C: 2/3s of 1 bar is 6/1

Lindt Excellence 85% Cocoa:
Where: Target, Safeway and other stores
Taste: A little bit bitter, but much lower in Sugar and Carbs than the other bars. I think it has about half the Carb, even though the S/C for one Serving is the same. It is widely available, so its easier to find. Don't be discouraged if don't like this bar and think all Dark Chocolate is exactly like this. Also, come back and give it a try after you've been off sugar for a longer time. Your taste buds will adjust and you might find you like it more then! I find it the least indulgent.
S/C: 4 squares are 5/1

Ghiradelli Intense Dark Midnight Reverie 86% Cocao:
Where: Target and other stores
Taste: I did not find this bar bitter, like I expected. It has a complex dark taste and needs a moment to "warm up" in your mouth. It claims to have fruity undertones, but I haven't noticed that. I have only had one square of this bar so far. My husband, who does not need to diet, prefers this one.
S/C: 6/1

Simply Lite Dark Chocolate:
Where: Trader Joes
Taste: This bar is made with Maltitol sweetener and helps give it a much sweeter taste than other Dark Chocolates. Because of that, there is no Sugar to count on the BFC. It tastes more like a lighter Chocolate Bar, or like someone who has never enjoyed Dark Chocolate hopes it would taste! Maltitol can upset your stomach, so if you haven't had it yet, try just a small piece the first time. I hear that Dove also makes a similar SF Dark Chocolate that may be more readily available to those of you without a TJ's near by.
S/C: 0/1

I also noticed that pretty much every one of these had 5Grams of Fiber per serving, which is an added bonus! Enjoy a few squares of Dark Chocolate next time you have a craving!

For Part 2 of my Chocolate Review and EVEN MORE dark chocolates allowed on a low sugar diet plan click HERE!


Saturday, November 7, 2009

Product Review: Uncle Sam's Cereal

Uncle Sam Toasted Whole Wheat Berry Flakes & Flaxseed Original Cereal, 10-Ounce Boxes (Pack of 6)I have learned that getting your Fiber in is really important on any diet, but especially one so low in Carbs. Jorge Cruise recommended a product to us called Uncle Sam's Cereal and Oatmeal. I have not found the oatmeal yet, but my local Trader Joe's and Lucky both had the cereal, so I snapped it up!

This is an easy way to get in your fiber, which in turn gets your system moving and eliminating all that False Belly Fat. This fantastic product has an S/C Value of 0/2 for 3/4 Cup and has 10 Grams of Fiber. This sweeps right through your system and gets you moving. If you are having a problem with constipation or your weight loss has slowed, but sure and find Uncle Sam's Cereal and add it to your daily counts.

Remember, no milk is allowed on the Belly Fat Cure, since it has loads of Sugar. You could have this as a normal cereal with the Unsweetened Almond Milk. I have it dry, a 1/4 Cup once a day. But if I've missed a meal somewhere in the day Ill replace it with a whole serving of 3/4 Cup. You could also have it over the Fage Yogurt or a Protein Shake.

Because if it 0/2, you have to plan for it and make sure you don't go over our Carb count for the day.

Uncle Sam's has a great crunchy taste and contains Whole Grain Wheat Flakes and Flax Seed. I was surprised to find the Flax Seeds in it, since they aren't on the photo on the box, but I love them! The cost was $2.49, which is very reasonable for a cereal.

I have Uncle Sam's Cereal 5 Stars and highly recommend this become a staple product on your Belly Fat Cure diet!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Chocolate and Coffee

This describes my week

Cinnamon Vanilla Shake

Okay, you're on a diet and there is nothing fun or sweet to eat. Right? Wrong! I have been making a variation of this shake for a few weeks and I have grown to really love it! Granted if you were on a high sugar diet yesterday, you may think this is a little dull. But if you are doing the Belly Fat Cure and have been on it for at least a week, you will find this to be the Most Delicious Shake EVER!

Cinnamon Vanilla Shake: 
Put this in your blender and blend until all the ice is crushed:

  • 1 Scoop Vanilla Protein Powder (Make sure to check the Nutritional values and find one that will come out at as S/C 0/0 and does not contain artificial sweetener)
  • 1 Cup Vanilla Unsweetened Almond Milk (Unsweetened is the key)
  • A few ice cubes (More ice makes it more like Ice Cream, less makes it a creamy drink)
  • A shake of Flax Seed Oil (If you dont have this, that is okay, just makes it healthier)
  • A few shakes of Cinnamon 
This is such a nice evening snack to have on the days I need it. Sometimes I think all day about this shake!

Do you make a great protein shake too? Leave comments on your concoction to share with others!

Just a Note: Protein powders can be expensive, $20 and up. But remember they make dozens of shakes. They are available everywhere: grocery stores, pharmacies, health food stores, etc. I found mine at RiteAid and they had a sale with lots of selection Buy 1, Get 1 Half Off. So I stocked up a little!

Jorge recommends Jay Robb Whey Protein powder as it uses Stevia. If you know of another brand that uses Stevia, please leave a comment below!


Thursday, November 5, 2009

Sweet Tooth, What Sweet Tooth?

Today on twitter a friend asked me a question about the Belly Fat Cure. She said "What do you eat to cure your sweet cravings?" And that really got me thinking... What happened to my sweet tooth? I used to have one...

Let me say, just to be clear, I was a total Carbaholic! I sought out sweet things like cookies, Coke Zero, brownies and high carb items. They were my comfort food. I didn't really eat them in the presence of others, I preferred them in private. But I feel those cravings are gone, or at least on their way quickly filing their way out the door of my life.

I know this to be true since my husband is out of town and Im doing even better on the diet this week! Usually I eat like a Frat Boy stuck in a Hostess Cupcake Factory while he is out of town. But not this time! In fact I was relieved to not have to make normal meals each day. I can try some of Jorge's recipes that are simple and eat dinner when I'm hungry instead of when my man manages to make it home.

I asked my sons the other day "Have you noticed Mommy doing anything different lately? Something I used to do and don't now?" And immediately my 7yr old said "You don't drink your Cokes anymore". They notice this, because they beg for them "Please Mommmmmm can I have one too". Id say "No you can't, they are bad for kids". Truth be told, they are bad for us all. I can tell Im setting a better example for them now. So funny how as Mothers we look out for their health, and just ignore out own.

I'm not going to lie, the first week or so doing the Belly Fat Cure I stumbled a bit. Trying to find foods I liked that were allowed and I concentrated too much on trying to replace the foods that I had eliminated. I am in Week 3 now, and feel much more comfortable with the plan and the choices I make. Cravings are gone now. They really are! I don't go to bed hungry and I'm not starving or really denying myself. I am simply making different choices.

To learn more about how artificial sweeteners read my Week 2 Blog Post, the book Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills and of course pre-order Jorge Cruise's book the Belly Fat Cure

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Product Review: SoBe Lifewater

I have never been one to consume lots of liquid calories. I never understod why people would drink water that had calories in it or regular soda when you could have diet! I loved the diet soda, especially Coke Zero. But that is a habit I've officially broken and it would be nice to have a fun drink every now and then. On the Belly Fat Cure diet Jorge Cruise recommends SoBe Lifewater 0 Calorie drink.

First, you have to be very cafeful which SoBe drink you choose! I have twice gotten the wrong ones and not all are Belly Fat Cure approved. SoBe Lifewater with PureVia is the one you CAN have. It has a white band around the top and says "0 Calories". It is made by Pepsi and says it is sweetened naturally. Looking at the label it is a S/C of 0/1 per serving and there are 2.5 servings per bottle. But even if you had the whole bottle it is still a 0/1!

The first time I tried it the drink was not cold and it just tasted like very watered down Kool-aide. I was just starting the diet and eliminating sugars and was used to a super sweet tastes. I bought one of each flavor, even flavors I didn't really think I would like and put it away in the refrigerator.

Since then, I grab one if I'll be in the car for long periods and haven't had lunch yet. They take up one of my precious Carb Servings so I don't want to waste those! I have grown to really like these drinks as a special snack! The longer I do the Belly Fat Cure the less sweetener I need to make things taste sweet. (Have you all noticed that too?)

I am not having these with meals or drinking them like water or Gatorade. I usually have half a bottle and save the rest for another day or time. My favorite flavor so far is the Black and Blueberry. Other flavors in the 0 Calorie line include: Yumberry Pomegranate, Fuji Apple Pear, Mango Melon, Acai Fruitpunch.

 I don't taste anything artificial or chemical in it. Just a light sweetness. I found my SoBe Lifewater at Target and they were 10 for $10 on sale. Usually they are more like $1.29. They are also available at Amazon and Costco has them in a large pack with three flavors.

I am giving SoBe Lifewater 0 Calories  5 out of 5 stars! A nice sweet treat when you really need it, available nationwide and fairly low cost.