Pimento Cheese, Not Your Grandma's Spread

Pimento cheese is one of those foods that has been so corrupted by the food industry that it has become synonymous with other crappy foods like Spam.  I'm not even certain what store bought pimento cheese might contain, nor do I want to find out.  It's a shame because pimento cheese can be a delightful treat, even if it does Read the full post…

Plum Good BBQ Sandwiches

In a few days it will officially be fall but the temperatures are still warm enough for me to continue swimming for a few more days.  The breeze was a little cool but that didn't stop me from swimming several laps this morning and I felt great afterwards!  Have you exercised lately?  With fall's cooler temperatures and fewer insects, you Read the full post…

Shingles Vacine and Treatment

A friend of mine was recently diagnosed with shingles so I felt I should discuss this nasty virus once again.  If you ever had chicken pox, you are at risk for getting shingles and believe me, you don't want it.  Shingles is a painful rash with blisters that scab over and may take 4 weeks or more to heal.  The Read the full post…

Vegetarian Tacos are muy delicioso!

There are times when I think I could easily become a vegetarian, especially when I try a new dish that is as good as the vegetarian tacos I had at Local Lime restaurant in Little Rock and the tofu fried rice at Sai Tai here in Jonesboro.  My husband and I celebrated our 23rd anniversary this past weekend by spending Read the full post…

Midyear Health Check

Summer is winding down , the year is more than half way over and our January resolutions are long forgotten.  It's time for a health reality check.  First of all, how is your health lately?  If you have enjoyed good health, are you thankful?  Take some time to appreciate how wonderful it feels to be healthy, for your family to Read the full post…

Vacation Lessons For A Healthier Life

  I'm back from a lovely beach vacation and I wish I was still there with all my heart.  Wouldn't it be nice if our every day life was as nice as a vacation?  If we could relax, eat well, sleep and exercise just enough without having to worry about bills, work, illnesses and school, our lives would be perfect.  But Read the full post…

Experimenting

[ Post by Lisa Tedder ][ Post on May 31, 2011 ][ In Diet Tips and Better Eating Ideas ]

I always try things before I recommend them and if possible, before I condemn them.  I recently wrote about the top 7 diet plans as ranked by Consumer Reports and commented that I knew very little about Slim Fast.  So I decided to give it a whirl and see if I lose any weight in the next two weeks while drinking those shakes.

As I said before, the plan seems aimed at people who want to lose a little weight, perhaps for a special occasion.  I couldn’t find a promised amount of weight lost anywhere on the website but an article on Web MD about Slim Fast did mention 2 lbs. a week.  The plan requires you to eat the bars or drink the shakes twice a day in place of two meals.  You are also supposed to eat three healthy snacks every day such as fruit, vegetables, nuts or a Slim Fast bar.  Your last meal of the day should be 500 calories and consist of a lean protein, plenty of vegetables and a whole grain starch.  Of course you are supposed to exercise 30 minutes a day and drink lots of water.

Right away I found several things I approve of: the diet promotes exercise, eating fruits and vegetables and drinking water.  The shake took seconds to mix with 8 oz. of fat free milk (another plus, dairy is so good for you) and the chocolate tasted good.  (I get a chocolate fix.  Not sure if that is good or bad.)  I generally do exercise more than 30 minutes a day so that is easy but the drinking water part is difficult for me.  I’ll have to work on that.  I also eat a variety of fruits and vegetables but keeping dinner to 500 calories will be hard.

I recorded my starting weight today at 131.6 so we will see where I am next Tuesday.  By the way, that weight was taken on home scales.  I usually weigh about 5 more pounds at the doctor’s office.  I really don’t like those scales so I weigh at home.

The canister of shake powder cost under $6 today at Kroger because it was on sale.  I didn’t get any bars yet and to be honest, they don’t appeal to me.  However, I’m trying to do this right so I will get some later today.  I got broccoli, squash, apples, bananas, and Brussels sprouts to eat for the next couple of days.  Tonight’s dinner might not fall under 500 calories but the next two nights look better.  I’ll load my plate with veggies each night just like the plan tells you to.

If you are interested in Slim Fast, be sure to check back next Tuesday for some results.  Also, don’t forget that I write for the Jonesboro Occasions online magazine at jonesboro.com under blogroll.

Upadated on May 31, 2011


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