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Low Calorie – Low Carb Pig Out!

Spaghetti Squash Curry Let’ face it!  Sometimes I need a big volume of food to feel satisfied!  Spaghetti squash curry, you can always GO back for seconds without trashing your diet. This is a great meal that is filling, and with a little experimentation you can change-up the spices and vegetables to create many low-calorie, low carb meals! Ingredients; […]

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Eating Healthy on a budget – Do not waste!

This is a sister post to my post on ” Do Not waste will help your WAIST”  You can eat fresh an non processed and still have a budget!!  Plus health care in the long run will cost you more!

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A yummy way to eat the “it’s not trash yet” produce lingering in the fridge…

Make a salad “chutney“!

  • small dice cucumber, red onion, roasted red pepper, tomatoes
  • top with a favorite dressing or red wine vinegar, olive oil, kosher salt, pepper, oregano
  • use on top of any greens or add to a sandwich

“Mother’s words of wisdom:  “Answer me!  Don’t talk with food in your mouth!”  ~ Erma Bombeck

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Organic on a budget!

Everyone needs to print could help you save some money while eating healthy!

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My position on organic foods is quite simple: If I had a Dr. Oz or Oprah food budget, I’d buy everything organic. It’s true that organic foods are not purchased exclusively by the very rich or else it wouldn’t be a billion dollar industry. There are lots of regular people with regular incomes who have made the lifestyle choice of buying organic foods. I have made that choice, whenever possible and affordable, and some items that I’ve been buying organic for a decade now like milk, yogurt, eggs and butter are not cheap by any standard but I feel are worth it for my health. When it comes to produce, if there is a sale on organic products, I’ll jump at the occasion and there are certain conventional products, like berries, I will no longer eat if I cannot buy them organic. If I could only buy organic meats I…

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THINKING THIN is a good thing!

A Yummy portable protein snack!

Think Thin Bars are “OH” so yummy!

I  am always on the go!  If I got the time  I go for a good salad or some fruit.  After saying that we all know sometimes hunger gets the best of us and time is often an issue for us moms!  Before you grab some junk food try one of the Think Thin Bars.  They are 230 calories, 20 grams of protein, have no trans fat and 0 sugars.  Be aware they do not have much fiber and 25 carbs.  They are gluten-free, organic and come in a lot of flavors.  The bars are really yummy, my favorite is the chocolate espresso.   They had no funny after taste and a creamy texture and fewer calories than a lot of protein bars.  I thought it was very satisfying.  But  remember this is more of a meal replacement if you counting calories and they are little pricey.

JUST A DISCLAIMER:  I did not receive these products for free or was NOT paid to try them!  Just a MOM on a mission to keep my girlish figure!!

Coconut oil – eat it? or tan with it?

Green coconuts

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Coconut oil, what is all the craze about? 

 I mean look at the label: 12 grams of fat and 120 calories per tbsp and 0 trans fat. 

Do I eat it or tan with it?

Coconut oil facts:

  • Coconut meat is nutritious and rich in fiber and vitamins.
  •  Oil is made from the meat of coconuts.
  • The oil is slow to oxidize so does not get rancid as quick as other oils. Lasts up to 2 years.
  • The oil has a sweet nutty taste.

I know we have always been told that fat is bad for you!  But took at this country with all its low-fat craze. Americans levels of heart disease, obesity and cholesterol has increased at alarming rates.  We are doing something wrong!  Did you know there has been several studies on Asian and Pacific Island populations. These populations got the  majority of their caloric intake from saturated coconut oil and have demonstrated non-existent cardio vascular rates The word saturated fat has always sent me running in the opposite direction!  But researchers are saying not all saturated fats are created equal.  The key word being “created”.  Some fats occur naturally while others are artificially made in a process called Hydrogenation.  These man-made saturated fats are called trans-fats and are not good for you. Experts say hydrogenation does nothing good for your health except benefits shelf life which is good for corporate profits.

Here is the bottom line:

Hydrogenation = man-made saturated fats

Hydrogenation = trans-fats

saturated fats occurring naturally = good fats

saturated fat or man-made trans fats =bad fats

I am no researcher but I do read a lot.   I believe all the studies of tropical cultures where coconut oil has been consumed for thousands of years compared to short-term control studies, should carry some weight!

Many researchers believe coconut oils saturated fats actually provide health benefits!

  •  Improving heart health
  •  boosting your thyroid
  • increasing metabolism
  •  promoting a lean body
  •  supporting your immune system.

CAN WE DO IT!  CHANGE OUR BELIEFS?

 IS THE EARTH FLAT OR ROUND ?  YOU  DECIDE!

Do your reasearch for your health!

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What are we really feeding our bodies?

Everyone needs to think about where are food comes from and what is in our food!!. I know a big debate is the cost, but there is a greater cost to you and your family’s health!
Organic should be a basic standard !! How and when did it become acceptable to put poisons in our food!

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Are organic foods really worth the hype and the extra money? I am gonna break it down quickly for you. Reasons for organic:

1. No harmful pesticides. Many of these pesticides cannot be washed off of the produce–as they penetrate the entire vegetable. Would you sprinkle DEET on your popcorn?

2. No GMOs. That is genetically modified organisms. If you aren’t clear on what those are, don’t feel bad. Even the scientists who created them can’t predict what will happen to humans when they are consumed. Monsanto created the ‘Round Up Ready’ soybean and corn. This means that the powerful pesticide will kill everything around it except the the GM bean. Great, you think. Not really. These crops have been modified so that if an insect eats it, the insect’s insides are destroyed. But it’s OK for humans to eat it? I’m no rocket scientist, but….

3. They taste…

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