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…

Top Four Tips For Better Dieting

[ Post by Lisa Tedder ][ Post on April 26, 2011 ][ In Diet Tips and Better Eating Ideas ]

We’ve all been getting plenty of exercise lately – running to the storm shelter.  Seems like every other day brings not April showers but severe thunderstorms capable of producing large hail and tornadoes.  By the sound of thunder and the look of the clouds, we will be running again later tonight.

But I’m not here to give weather reports.  I’m here to report on some things I’ve learned from the 17 Day Diet book.  If you are a regular reader, you know I’ve been following the 17 Day Diet plan half way.  I eat the recommended breakfast and lunch but with dinner I’m more lenient.  After all, my kids don’t need to diet.  Because I love to do lists, here are the top four things I’ve learned.

1.  Eating protein at breakfast really does keep me full till lunch time.  I love my carbs and love cereal for breakfast and snacks but I admit that I am usually starving well before lunch.  Therefore I am eating less by having protein and haven’t had the urge to rush to the kitchen and grab whatever I can stuff in my mouth.  Breakfast is usually two eggs and some fruit or sometimes a Greek yogurt parfait with fruit and a bit of granola.

2.  A salad made with dark green lettuces, raw vegetables like cucumbers, carrots, broccoli or chopped fruit, nuts, craisins AND some lean protein like canned salmon or chicken and a wee bit of dressing also keeps me full till dinner.  I now eat salad for lunch several days a week.

3.  A smoothie with lunch also helps keep me full.  I use Greek yogurt, canned pumpkin and banana or peaches, banana and buttermilk.  (See my past recipes.)  I have also added a spoonful of flax seed and lots of cinnamon.  My smoothies contain no added sugar and are only about 6 ounces.

4.  Eating more vegetables at dinner helps keep me from snacking later.  I have really tried to have larger servings of vegetables at dinner.  I have found that I am less likely to be nosing around the kitchen later.

I must add that I am not a dieter usually but I try to eat healthy, balanced meals most of the time.  However, I have liked the changes that I’ve made and plan to keep them up.  You should check this book out even if you don’t need to loose weight.  After all, we all need to eat better.  Now I must go check the weather and get my running shoes on.

Upadated on April 26, 2011

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