Thursday, October 6, 2016

How To Lose 10 Pounds in 2 Weeks

Yep, you read the title correctly. Here are my tried and true ways to losing 10 lbs in a two weeks. I've done each of these methods and they all have worked great for me. These are not short term solutions. Eating well and being active is always best.

2 Shakes and Chicken Salad Diet


Here's what you'll be eating.
  • Drink a 30-40 gram meal replacement shake for breakfast.
  • Drink a 30-40 gram meal replacement shake for lunch.
  • Eat a salad for dinner with 1-2 chicken breasts and vinegar based dressing.
  • If you are especially hungry, eat an apple after dinner.
  • If you are still hungry, eat a cup of cottage cheese before bed.

Common Questions.

Q: Are there any "cheat days"?
A: No. The goal of this diet is to see how many days in a row you can do this. Most people only last 5-7 days. If you can do two weeks...that is awesome. I wouldn't go much longer than 3 weeks. Each day "builds upon" the previous day...you will be visibly leaner day by day. It is tough as hell, but works wonders!


Q: How much weight can I expect to lose?
A: It depends, but you will drop weight at a fast rate. Not all of that weight loss will be body fat. There is a good chance that you could lose 8-15 pounds in 2 weeks...but a little less than half of that will be body fat. If you have a lot of weight to lose...you can drop rate at a much faster rate.

Q: This sounds pretty extreme.
A: It is and it is NOT meant to be done long term. Maybe just 1-2 times per year to either jump start a diet...or use leading up to summer or a vacation, etc.

I stumbled upon this diet on a Facebook page. It's simple and provides great results.


Lucille Roberts Skinny Jeans Diet
Follow the instructions on the image above and you can expect to get the results as stated. It's difficult to stick to eating the same thing for 2 weeks but the results are so worth it. 

Vegetable & Fruit Detox

This is the healthiest way to lose lots of weight at a quick past. Nothing but vegetables, fruits, and water. You can eat it raw, steamed or drink it as a juice or smoothie but nothing else is to touch you lips but some variation of vegetable and fruits.

Protein Shake Diet

Similar to the protein/ liquid diets used by some doctors on their bariatric patients pre surgery this one involves nothing but water, protein shakes, and low cal- low carb beverages.   

Disclaimer: Please consult your physician before trying any of these diets.

While on each of these I exercised/walked/light running for an hour 4 times a week.

Do you have any tried and true methods that you've tried?

  

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Mason Jar Caramel Brownie Trifles


These caramel brownie trifles are decadent. These are incredibly easy to prepare, and they’re portable. The perfect ending to a picnic, or a delicious way to spoil yourself or your guests.

The trifles are made by layering brownies, salted caramel sauce, chocolate pudding, whipped cream, and crushed Heath bars. They’re best when made in advance so that the brownies have time to soak up the caramel sauce.

Here's what you'll need

1 box fudge brownie mix
¼ cup coffee, room temperature
1 jar caramel sauce
Sea salt
6 snack cups of prepared chocolate pudding
1 carton whipped topping
3 Heath chocolate toffee bars, crushed
8 jelly-size mason jars

Here's what you'll do

Prepare the brownie mix as directed (substituting coffee for the water)

Bake brownie mix as directed on the box usually at 350 degrees F for 20-25 minutes (do not over bake).

Cool then cut into ¾-inch pieces.

Place a few  brownie pieces in the bottom of the jar.

Drizzle caramel sauce over the brownies pieces.

Sprinkle a very small pinch of sea salt.

Add  layers of chocolate pudding, whipped cream, and some crushed Heath bar to each trifle.

Drizzle the top of each trifle with some caramel sauce and a sprinkling of crushed Heath bar to finish it off.

Refrigerate until you're ready to serve.

Serves 8

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Tomato Caprese Salad


I've got the perfect summer salad.  A delicious combo of plump vine ripe tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil leaves and a splash of olive oil & balsamic vinegar. This tomato caprese salad is classic as far as flavors go but the presentation makes such a difference. Serve this up at your next cookout and I guarantee that you'll get several wows from your guests!


Here's what you'll need 

1 large vine ripe tomato
4-5 thin slices fresh mozzarella
4-5 fresh basil leaves
Drizzle of olive oil
Splash of balsamic vinegar
Salt & pepper to taste

Here's what you'll do

Cut the top off the tomato where the stem would be
Cut 4-5 slices into tomato (approx 1/4″ apart) 
Insert a slice of fresh mozzarella & a basil leaf into each slot 
Drizzle on a little olive oil & balsamic vinegar 
Season with salt & pepper to taste

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Serving Size: 1-2


Friday, June 10, 2016

Preparation For 10 Day Water Fast

Yep. You read that correctly. I'll be doing another water fast. Last year I water fasted for 10 days. It was a great experience but it was also extremely difficult. I experienced hunger pains, headaches, and weakness. This year I'm determined to do it again. Who knows by the end of the year I may complete two fasts. I know they'll be people who will firmly argue against water fasting but I promise you I've done my research.

Like last year my plan of action will be as follows:



  • 10 Day Water Fast (nothing but water) 
  • Coffee Enema as needed 
  • Oil pulling at least once a day 
  • Multivitamins (Multi vitamins, Iron, Vitamin D & Cod Liver Oil)

This time around I'll be consuming nothing but fruits and vegetables for a week prior to my water fast.  The pre-fast feast of  fruits and vegetables will be enjoyed in it's raw state, juiced, steamed etc. I'm looking forward to taking this journey and sharing it with you.

Have you done a water fast before? What was  your experience? Don't be scared to share. 

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Caribbean Style Boiled Corn



Boiled corn may sound boring but I promise you that Caribbean -styled boiled corn will have you gnawing at the cob long after the kernels are eaten. Boiled and roasted corn was a staple in my island home. This recipe is extremely flavorful and a definite summer must have.


Here's what you'll need:


1 cup fresh Coconut milk

1 cup of water

Salt to taste

Freshly ground black pepper to taste

Minced hot pepper to taste

4 sprigs fresh Thyme

6 ears young Corn



Here's What You'll Do:

Add all the ingredients except the corn, to a large pot and place on medium heat. 


Stir to mix.

Cut each ear of corn in half.

Add corn to the pot. 


Turn the heat to high, cover the pot and bring to a boil.

Remove the lid when the pot comes to a boil.


Continue to cook on high heat until most of the liquid has been absorbed.


Serve warm or at room temperature.



Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: Serves 6


Happy Eating

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Coca-Cola Chicken


I'm not a soda drinker but I was in the mood for something a little different. Like most people I decided to search for new recipes via Google. While searching I stumbled across Coca Cola Chicken. The thought of the combination of chicken and Coca Cola sounded odd but strangely enticing. Intrigued I decided to give it a try. It's delicious, sweet, and simple. Below is the recipe used.

Here's what you'll need:

4 Chicken Breast Fillets cut thin

12 oz of Coca Cola

1/2 Cup of Tomato Sauce

1/4 Cup of BBQ Sauce

2 Tablespoons of Honey


Here's what you'll do:

Place all ingredients in a medium saucepan, stir, and bring to a boil

Cover and turn heat to medium

Cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally

Uncover, and cook an additional 10 minutes on low until done


If you've tried this recipe or you've used a modified version feel free to share.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Must Have Trader Joe's Goodies


Trader Joe's is one of my favorite places to shop. I love the environment and the selection of foods available. Today I'm sharing a few of my must have items from TJ's.

                         Trader Joe’s Vegetable Masala Burgers


I'm no vegan but I try to consume less meat. This is the best pre-made veggie burger I’ve found. It has Indian spices (kind of like a samosa’s filling) so the flavor is great and I don’t miss having meat when I eat these. It’s just a really unusual product that you won’t find anywhere else and great for a quick meal.


Cost: $2.49 for a 10 oz. package​.



                   Trader Joe’s Creamy Spinach & Artichoke Dip

This takes just minutes to heat up in the microwave. For the family, one package is fine, but if you’re having people over, you’ll need at least two. 


To buy: $2.99 for 8.8 oz, container​.



                            Trader Joe’s Roasted Seaweed Snack


These are cheap, healthy, and yummy. They go great over salads—a perfect way to get an additional health boost without heading to China Town or scouring the seas for weeds yourself.


To buy: $0.99 for a .4 oz. package.

                       Trader Joe's Pound Plus 72% Dark Chocolate




Most baking chocolate bars are around 4 ounces, but this one is a whopping 17.6 ounces, and costs only $5. It tastes surprisingly complex, like coffee and tart cherry, and is great for baking or snacking (preferably both—at the same time).

To buy: $4.99 for a 17.6 oz. bar.
                         Trader Joe’s Mini Peanut Butter Cups

Bite sized, delicious and addictive. These have the perfect ratio of peanut butter to chocolate and the peanut butter is actually good, unlike the dry, crumbly stuff sometimes found in Reese's. Because of their small size, you can eat them by the fistful or use them in lieu of chocolate chips when baking cookies.

To buy: $3.49 for a 12 oz. tub.


                      Trader Joe’s Creamy Unsalted Almond Butter


This is my go-to nut butter. I divide each jar into smaller glass containers, so I can keep one at home and one at work. It’s delicious paired with bananas and apples.


Cost: $7.99 for a 16 oz. jar​.

Must Have Trader Joe's Googies


Trader Joe's is one of my favorite places to shop. I love the environment and the selection of foods available. Today I'm sharing a few of my must have items from TJ's.

                         Trader Joe’s Vegetable Masala Burgers


I'm no vegan but I try to consume less meat. This is the best pre-made veggie burger I’ve found. It has Indian spices (kind of like a samosa’s filling) so the flavor is great and I don’t miss having meat when I eat these. It’s just a really unusual product that you won’t find anywhere else and great for a quick meal.


Cost: $2.49 for a 10 oz. package​.



                   Trader Joe’s Creamy Spinach & Artichoke Dip

This takes just minutes to heat up in the microwave. For the family, one package is fine, but if you’re having people over, you’ll need at least two. 


To buy: $2.99 for 8.8 oz, container​.



                            Trader Joe’s Roasted Seaweed Snack


These are cheap, healthy, and yummy. They go great over salads—a perfect way to get an additional health boost without heading to China Town or scouring the seas for weeds yourself.


To buy: $0.99 for a .4 oz. package.

                       Trader Joe's Pound Plus 72% Dark Chocolate




Most baking chocolate bars are around 4 ounces, but this one is a whopping 17.6 ounces, and costs only $5. It tastes surprisingly complex, like coffee and tart cherry, and is great for baking or snacking (preferably both—at the same time).

To buy: $4.99 for a 17.6 oz. bar.
                         Trader Joe’s Mini Peanut Butter Cups

Bite sized, delicious and addictive. These have the perfect ratio of peanut butter to chocolate and the peanut butter is actually good, unlike the dry, crumbly stuff sometimes found in Reese's. Because of their small size, you can eat them by the fistful or use them in lieu of chocolate chips when baking cookies.

To buy: $3.49 for a 12 oz. tub.


                      Trader Joe’s Creamy Unsalted Almond Butter


This is my go-to nut butter. I divide each jar into smaller glass containers, so I can keep one at home and one at work. It’s delicious paired with bananas and apples.


Cost: $7.99 for a 16 oz. jar​.