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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Ten on Tuesday

This 'Ten on Tuesday' will feature various Zibbet shops and items from those shops!


#1ButtonBeauty is a new shop on Zibbet  Dana makes the cutest button flowers and other embellishments. She hand makes each flower individually (no button machine)!  
These fabric flowers would be great for many different projects: Package "bows", Purses, Hair clips/headbands or other accessories,  Jeans, Wreaths, Hats, Flip flop, or anything else you can imagine!
Christmas button!
#2 PortableGraffitiGraphics Judy does amazing graphics work and has the experience to back it up! Her graphic design experience started back in high school with a major in art. She receives stellar feedback and has a 100% satisfaction guarantee policy!  All Shop Banners are One-of-a-Kind. Never resold.  you can visit her other shops on Zibbet: 
#3 GardenGateBotanicals makes the most extraordinary bath and body products!  They 
started selling their bath and body products about a year ago, and have recently added jewelry to their shop. A little bling always makes a girl feel good! 

#4 RaigeCreations Have you ever heard of a Toekini? Yea, it's like a bikini for your toes!!  Raige makes crocheted items - yarn and hemp with beads and embellishments. And of course, TOEKINI's. Custom orders are always welcome!

#5 NicolesVisions is currently having a 50% off sale - jump on it, it will end any day now!
Nicole has calendars, note cards, bookmarks, prints, coasters & so much more. Perfect gifts for all occasions too ... graduation, birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, babies, christenings, etc.

#6 ThinkLikeAFish specializes in handmade fishing lures and fish-themed jewelry. Think Like a Fish is a father-daughter collaboration. The lures are designed and handmade by Jim Canaday. Jim's daugther, Vicki Schofield, is the jewelry maker. Together they create great items that will help you make the "catch of the day!"

#7 Strandz quilts are made with top quality fabrics, machine pieced and machine quilted on a hand guided long arm machine. 
I pride myself in making beautiful pieces you will have for years to come. 

#8 TonysWoodworking is another new Zibbet shop.  Everything in his shop is handmade and hand finished. He only uses the highest quality hardwoods. He often adds highly collectible Motawi Tiles to his work. 

#9 YourFavoriteBracelet Handmade anklets, bracelets, earrings, and more by Nicole Cannon.
Most of her jewelry can be resized upon request. Custom orders are welcome!(please read shop policies)


#10 GrandmothersHouse has items that are hand- and heart-made in the traditions of old. Many of our items are intended to be keepsake, and others are designed to be utterly fashionable and durable.  Something for everyone at GrandmothersHouse!

I hope you enjoy these marvelous shops!  Stop by and visit my shop BreitWerk

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Specifics on Dieta... NOT MEDICAL ADVISE!

PLEASE NOTE - THIS DOES NOT CONSTITUTE MEDICAL ADVISE.  BEFORE STARTING ANY NEW DIET OR EXERCISE PROGRAM, YOU SHOULD CHECK WITH YOUR PERSONAL PHYSICIAN.  THIS PLAN IS NOT RECOMMENDED FOR PATIENTS WHO HAVE HAD RESECTION OF PART OF THEIR COLON, PATIENTS WHO HAVE HAD URETERAL DIVERSION PROCEDURES, OR PATIENTS WITH IMPAIRED KIDNEY FUNCTION.  
For more information see: www.ricedietprogram.com
I have been asked by a few people about my new eating plan.  So, I am going to share the basics with you - take it or leave it - it doesn't matter to me!
The Rice Diet plan allows for whole-grain starches, low-sodium beans, fruits, vegetables, nonfat "dairy" and very lean protein sources. "Eating a diet high in fiber from whole grains, fruits, and vegetables will keep you feeling full and satisfied," says co-author Kitty Rosati.
Portions will be discussed AFTER the phases - you will be eating simple, fresh whole foods!
The Rice Diet Solution plan has three phases:
Phase 1 -- one week
Day 1: Basic Rice Diet
Breakfast: 2 starches and 2 fruits
Lunch: 2 starches and 2 fruits
Dinner: 2 starches and 2 fruits
Days 2-7: Lacto Vegetarian Rice Diet
Breakfast: 1 starch, 1 fruit, 1 nonfat "dairy"
Lunch: 3 starches, 3 vegetables, 1 fruit
Dinner: 3 starches, 3 vegetables, 1 fruit 
The overall goal of Phase 1 is to detox your body's system of excess water weight, excess sodium, and allergic-like symptoms.

Phase 2 -- may last as long as needed (until you receive the results you desire)
Day 1: Basic Rice Diet (see Phase 1)
Days 2-6:  Lacto Vegetarian Rice Diet (see Phase 1)
Day 7: Vegetarian Plus Rice Diet 
  Breakfast: 2 starches, 1 fruit
  Lunch: 3 starches, 3 vegetables, 1 fruit
  Dinner: 3 starches, 3 protein (or 2 dairy), 3 vegetables, 1 fruit
The length of Phase 2 depends on how much weight you want to lose or health goal you have  Once you have reached wither your weight goal or health goal, you are ready for Phase 3.
  If you find you miss having a snack during the day - you may save your fruit and have it as a mid-afternoon snack.
Phase 3 -- Maintenance. Same as phase 2, adding about 200 more calories per week, until you stop losing weight.
1 day:  Basic Rice Diet
4 days:  Lacto Vegetarian Rice Diet
2 days: Vegetarian Plus Rice Diet



PORTION SAMPLES:
1 starch = 1/3 cup cooked rice (brown, wild, black, etc.) or beans, 1/2 cup starchy vegetable, 1 slice whole grain bread, 1/2 cup grain cereal, 1/2 cup whole grain pasta, 3/4 cup split pea soup
1 fruit = 1 medium size fruit, 1 cup grapes, 1 cup cut fruit, 3 prunes, 1/2 banana, 2 Tbsp raisins or dried cherries,  1 Tbsp all fruit jam, 2 clementines
1 non-fat "dairy" = 1 cup soy, grain, nut or cow's milk, 1 cup yogurt, 1/2 cup dry curd cottage cheese, 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 vegetable = 1/2 cup cooked (steamed, roasted), 1 cup raw, 1/2 cup tomato sauce
1 protein = 1 ounce cooked/canned fish, 1/4 cup cooked beans, 1 oz cooked chicken breast, 1 cooked egg or 3 egg whites
Condiments: No-salt added seasoning and herbs
Sweeteners: 1tsp REAL maple syrup OR honey per day.

Sample Meals (*Recipe below)
Phase 1 - Day 1
Breakfast: 2 starches = 1 cup cooked oatmeal, oat bran, or steel-cut oats & 2 fruits = 1 peach + 2 Tbsp raisins
Lunch:      2 starches = 2/3 cup cooked brown rice & 2 fruits = 1 cup pineapple chunks + 1 cup grapes
Dinner:     2 starches = 1/2 cup corn + 1/2 cup potatoes & 2 fruits = 1 cup mixed berries + 1 cup melon
Phase 1 - Days 2 - 7
Breakfast: 1 starch = 1/2 cup grain cereal OR 1 slice toast & 1 non-fat "dairy" = 1 cup yogurt & 1 fruit = medium apple
Lunch: 3 starches = 1 cup rice and/or beans OR 1 1/2 cups any cooked grain, pasta or starchy vegetable & 3 vegetables = 3 cups raw vegetable salad OR 1 1/2 cups cooked broccoli & 1 fruit = 1 cup fruit salad
Dinner: 3 starches = 1 cup rice and/or beans OR 1 1/2 cups any cooked grain, pasta or starchy vegetable & 3 vegetables = 3 cups raw OR 1 1/2 cups cooked cabbage & 1 fruit = 1 cup berries
Phase 2 - Day 1
Breakfast: 2 starches = 1 cup cooked oatmeal & 2 fruits = 1 melon + 2 Tbsp raisins
Lunch:      2 starches = 2/3 cup cooked brown rice & 2 fruits = 1 cup pineapple chunks + 1 cup melon
Dinner:     2 starches = 1/2 cup pasta + 1/2 cup potatoes & 2 fruits = 2 Tbsp mixed berries + 1 cup grapes
Phase 2 - Days 2 - 6
Breakfast: 1 starch = 1/2 cup grain cereal OR 1 slice toast & 1 non-fat "dairy" = 1 cup soy milk & 1 fruit = 1 cup fresh berries OR 2 Tbsp dried cherries OR 1 Tbsp all-fruit jam
Lunch: 3 starches = 1 cup rice and/or beans OR 1 1/2 cups any cooked grain, pasta or starchy vegetable & 3 vegetables 1 fruit = 1/2 cup Tomato Sauce + 2 1/2 Spinach and Mandarin Salad* w/ 2Tbsp Balsamic Dressing*
Dinner: 3 starches = 2/3 cup rice + 3/4 cup Split Pea Soup* & 3 vegetables = 1 cup steamed broccoli + 1 cup Cucumber and Red Pepper Salad* & 1 fruit = 1 cup melon
Phase 2 - Day 7
Breakfast: 2 starches = 1 cup cooked steel-cut oats (with cinnamon) & 1 fruit = 1 cup fresh melon
Lunch: 3 starches = 1 cup Black Pearl rice OR 1 cup Black Beans n' Garlic* & 3 vegetables = 1 cup Creamed Spinach* + Baby Greens w/ Roasted Bell Peppers* & 1 fruit = 1 cup frozen grapes
Dinner: 3 protein = Crispy Flounder* & 3 starches = 1/2 cup Southern Corn* + 1/2 cup Garlic Red Skin Potatoes* & 3 vegetables = 1 cup tossed salad with Balsamic Dressing* + 1 cup Bok Choy* + 1/2 cup steamed broccoli & 1 fruit = 1 orange OR 2 clementines
Phase 3 - Day 1
Breakfast: 2 starches = 1 cup cooked steel-cut oats & 2 fruits = 1/2 banana + 2 Tbsp dried cherries
Lunch:      2 starches = 2/3 cup cooked brown basmati rice & 2 fruits = 1 peach + 1 cup blueberries
Dinner:     2 starches = 1/2 cup pasta + 1/2 cup potatoes & 2 fruits = 1 apple + 1 cup frozen grapes
Phase 2 - Days 2 - 5
Breakfast: 1 starch = 1/2 cup grain cereal OR 1 slice toast & 1 non-fat "dairy" = 1 cup soy, grain or cow's milk & 1 fruit = 1 peach OR 1 Tbsp all-fruit jam
Lunch: 3 starches = 1 1/2 cups penne pasta & 3 vegetables = 1 cup Basic Tomato Sauce* + 1 cup Garlic Roasted Veggies* & 1 fruit = 1 cup grapes
Dinner: 2 starches + 2 Vegetables = Red Bell Pepper with Orzo Stuffing* &  1startch + 1 vegetable = Taco Salad* & 1 fruit = 1 cup berries
Phase 2 - Days 6 - 7
Breakfast: 2 starches = 1 cup cooked steel-cut oats or oat bran & 1 fruit = 1Tbsp raisins + 1/2 cup sliced strawberries
Lunch: 3 1/2 starches = 2/3 cup Black Pearl rice + 1/2 cup Black Beans n' Garlic* & 3 vegetables = 1 cup Broccoli Rapini* + Baby Greens w/ Roasted Bell Peppers* & 1 fruit = 1 pear
Dinner: 3 protein + 1 starch + 1 vegetable = Seafood Gumbo* & 2 vegetables = Asparagus and Spinach Salad* & 1 1/2 starches + 1 fruit =  Sweet Potato Pie*

The authors of The Rice Diet Solution note the diet is too low in calcium and vitamin D and suggest a once-daily multivitamin.
*Recipes:

CRISPY FLOUNDER - 6 Servings
6-6oz flounder fillets, 1/4 cup lemon juice, 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil, 1 Toufayan Salt Free Pita-diced, 1/2 cup Roma tomatoes-diced, 1/2 cup onion-diced, 1 tsp garlic-minced, 1 tsp black pepper, 1 tsp fresh basil, 1/2 tsp oregano-freshly chopped, 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper, 1 Tbsp parsley, freshly chopped
Marinate fish in lemon juice mixed with 1/4 cup water.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Set fillets in a shallow olive oil coated pan. Combine remaining ingredients (except parsley) to form a type of batter.  Lightly pat the batter mixture over the fish.  Pour the lemon juice marinade around - NOT ON - the fish.  Cover and bake 15-17 minutes. Uncover, switch oven to broil and cook another 1-2 minutes or until top begins to brown.  Top with fresh parsley and serve.
Each serving approximately:  179 Calories, 2.9g Fat, 82mg Cholesterol, 33g Protein, 6g Carbohydrates, .5g Fiber, 140mg Sodium



SPLIT PEA SOUP - 15 Servings
4 cups Vegetable Stock-canned or home-made, 1 1/4 cup split peas, 1 1/4 carrots-chopped, 3/4 cup yellow onion-chopped, 1 tsp thyme, 1 tsp basil, 1 tsp black pepper, 2 bay leaves
Boil peas in stock for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.  Reduce heat to low-medium, add all other ingredients, cover and cook 45 - 55 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Remove bay leaves before serving.
Each serving approximately:  69 Calories, .8g Fat, 0mg Cholesterol, 5g Protein, 12g Carbohydrates, 5g Fiber, 45mg Sodium



SOUTHWESTERN CORN - 8 (1/2 cup) Servings
4 1/2 cups corn (fresh or frozen), 1/4 cup red onion-diced, 1/4 cup red pepper-diced, 1/4 cup green pepper-diced, 1/4 cup yellow pepper-diced, 1 tsp cilantro-freshly chopped, 1 tsp fresh basil-chopped, 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil, 1 tsp paprika or pinch of cayenne pepper
Cook corn and strain.  Add remaining ingredients and mix well.
Each serving approximately:  86 Calories, 1g Fat, 0mg Cholesterol, 3g Protein, 20g Carbohydrates, 3g Fiber, 5mg Sodium



RED BELL PEPPER WITH ORZO STUFFING - 4 Servings
3/4 cup orzo-cooked and drained, 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil, 1 cup red onion-diced, 1 Tbsp garlic-minced, 4 red bell peppers-tops removed and inside scraped clean, 8 cherry tomatoes-chopped, 1 1/2 Tbsp tomato puree (no salt added), 1 Tbsp fresh basil-diced, 1 tsp black pepper, 1 tsp oregano, 1 tsp honey
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Cook orzo according to directions on package. Saute' onions and garlic in olive oil until lightly browned. Add remaining ingredients and up to 1 1/2 cups water, as needed, to onions and garlic and simmer 4-5 minutes.  Mix cooked orzo into mixture, reduce heat to low, continue cooking until most of the moisture is gone.  Allow mixture to cool for 5 minutes, stuff peppers and place in 2" deep baking pan.  Add a little water to the pan, cover and bake for 35-40 minutes.
Each serving approximately:   Calories, g Fat, mg Cholesterol, g Protein, g Carbohydrates, g Fiber, mg Sodium

GARLIC ROASTED VEGGIES - 6 (1/2 cup) Servings
3 cups button mushrooms, 1 red bell pepper-chopped, 1 green bell pepper- chopped, 1 yellow bell pepper-chopped, 1/2 yellow squash-diced, 1/2 zucchini-diced, 1/2 carrot-diced, 1/2 cup yellow onion- diced, 2 tsps garlic-chopped, 1 tsp olive oil, 1/2 tsp dried thyme, 1/2 tsp black pepper
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  Mix all ingredients in 2" deep roasting pan and bake uncovered for 10 minutes.  Stir, cover and bake 15 more minutes.  Mix well and serve.

Each serving approximately:  46 Calories, 1g Fat, 0mg Cholesterol, 2g Protein, 9g Carbohydrates, 2g Fiber, 7mg Sodium


CREAMED SPINACH - 9 (1/2 cup) Servings
10 cups spinach (about 3 cups chopped), 2 cups cauliflower, 2 tsps garlic-minced, 2 tsps olive oil, 1/2 cup onion-diced, 1 pinch basil, 1 pinch oregano, 1 pinch black pepper
Chop spinach with a food processor or blender - set aside.  Cook cauliflower 5-7 minutes or until very soft and set aside. Saute' garlic in olive oil; add onions and saute' until slightly brown.  Add zucchini, herbs, and pepper.  Simmer 10 minutes or until zucchini is tender.  Place cauliflower and saute'ed mixture in food processor or blender and puree.  In the same plan, saute' spinach 3-5 minutes.  Add puree, mix well, and serve.

Each serving approximately: 28 Calories, 1g Fat, 0mg Cholesterol, 1g Protein, 4g Carbohydrates, 1g Fiber, 13mg Sodium

BOK CHOY - 7 (1/2 CUP) Servings
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil, 1/2 cup leek-diced, 3oz apple juice, 8 cups bok choy-coarsely chopped, 1/4 cup tomato puree (no salt added).
Heat olive oil in a large frying pan on medium heat.  Add leeks and saute' until lightly browned.  Add apple juice and simmer 2-3 minutes.  Add bok choy, cook another 3-5 minutes; add tomato puree and remove from heat.  Stir well, cover and allow to set about 3 minutes before serving.


Each serving approximately: 27 Calories, 1g Fat, 0mg Cholesterol, 1g Protein, 4g Carbohydrates, 1g Fiber, 54mg Sodium


BLACK BEANS AND GARLIC - 9 (1/2 cup) Servings
1 1/2 cups black beans, 1 cup yellow onion-diced, 1 Tbsp garlic-minced, 1/2 tsp black pepper, 1/2 tsp oregano, 1/2 tsp basil, 2 bay leaves
Using 3 parts water to one part beans, soak beans for at least 4 hours, rinsing a few times with fresh water.  Soak, and later cook, in a pot at least 4 times the volume of the beans (beans will double in size & water will bubble up approximately 1/3 higher than beans). Strain, rinse and cover beans with 6 cups fresh water.  Boil for 5 minutes, reduce heat to medium, and simmer for 45 minutes or until slightly tender.  Reduce heat, add remaining ingredients, and simmer for 40 minutes to 1 hour.
Each serving approximately:  117 Calories, .5g Fat, 0mg Cholesterol, 7g Protein, 23g Carbohydrates, 7g Fiber, 3mg Sodium

TACO SALAD - 5 (1/2 cup) Servings
8 corn tortillas (no salt), 4 cups lettuce-shredded, 1 1/2 cups tomato-diced, 1/2 cup yellow onion-diced, 1/4 cup red wine vinegar, 1 1/2 Tbsp fresh cilantro-diced, 1 Tbsp garlic-minced, 1 Tbsp lemon juice, 1 tsp black pepper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cut tortillas in quarters and bake 5-7 minutes or until crispy.  Set aside with lettuce.  Mix remaining ingredients in a bowl and refrigerate for at least 45 minutes. To serve: plate lettuce and top with chilled mixture, then edge plate with chips.
Each serving approximately:  Calories, g Fat, mg Cholesterol, g Protein, g Carbohydrates, g Fiber, mg Sodium

SPINACH AND MANDARIN ORANGE SALAD - 4 Servings
6 cups Spinach-chopped, 1 1/4 cups canned madarin oranges-drained, 1/4 cup Balsamic Dressing*, 1 pinch black pepper
Plate spinach and sprinkle with oranges.  Drizzle with balsamic dressing and serve.
Each serving approximately: 48 Calories, .3g Fat, 0mg Cholesterol, 2g Protein, 11g Carbohydrates, 2g Fiber, 42mg Sodium

BALSAMIC DRESSING - 30 (2 Tbsp) Servings
2 1/2 cups balsamic vinegar, 1 tsp olive oil, 6oz orange juice, 1 Tbsp garlic-chopped, 1 Tbsp basil
Place all ingredients in a blender with 1/2 cup water and puree about 20 seconds.
Each serving approximately: 18 Calories, .2g Fat, 0mg Cholesterol, 0g Protein, 4g Carbohydrates, 0g Fiber, 5mg Sodium

BASIC TOMATO SAUCE - 8 (4oz) Servings 
1 carrot-diced, 1 onion-diced, 5 cloves garlic-sliced, 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil, 2-8oz cans tomatoes (no salt), 1 cup chopped basil
Saute' carrot, onion, and garlic in olive oil until soft.  Crush tomatoes (with hands or in food processor) add to vegetables.  Simmer over low heat 30 - 40 minutes.  Add basil and serve or store.
Each serving approximately: 42 Calories, 1.8g Fat, 0mg Cholesterol, 1.8g Protein, 6g Carbohydrates, 1g Fiber, 9.9mg Sodium

BABY GREENS WITH ROASTED BELL PEPPERS - 6 servings
1/2 cup red bell peppers-sliced, 1/2 cup green bell peppers-sliced, 1/2 cup yellow bell peppers-sliced, 1/2 cup yellow onion-sliced, 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil, 1 Tbsp garlic-minced, 1 tsp black pepper, 1 tsp oregano, 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar, 8 cups mixed greens
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Lightly toss peppers, onions, olive oil, garlic, and spices.  Spread in a 2" deep baking pan.  Cover and bake 20 minutes.  Pour mixture into a bowl, add vinegar and toss.  Refrigerate at least 45 minutes to allow flavors to combine. To serve: plate mixed greens and top with chilled mixture.
Each serving approximately: 36 Calories, 1g Fat, 0mg Cholesterol, 1g Protein, 7g Carbohydrates, 1g Fiber, 4mg Sodium

SEAFOOD GUMBO - 6 servings
1/4 cup lemon juice, 6oz grouper-cleaned and quartered, 6oz flounder-cleaned and quartered, 6oz salmon-cleaned and quartered, 1tsp extra virgin olive oil, 2 tsp garlic-minced, 1 cup onion-diced, 1 whole potato-skinned and cubed, 1/2 cup corn, 1/2 cup peas, 1/4 cup tomato puree (no salt added), 1/4 cup yellow squash-cubed, 1/4 cup zucchini-cubed, 1 Tbsp honey, 1 pinch black pepper, 1 pinch oregano, 1 pinch fresh basil, 1 pinch gumbo file'
Marinate fish in lemon juice.  In a pot, saute' garlic and onion in olive oil until lightly browned.  Add 3 cups of water, increase heat to medium, add vegetables and spices, cover, and simmer 3-4 minutes.  Stir in fish, add more water if necessary, increase heat, and bring to a light boil.  Boil 2-3 minutes, reduce heat to medium-low, cover, cook 5-6 minutes or until fish flakes easily with fork.
Each serving approximately: 192 Calories, 4.9g Fat, 41mg Cholesterol, 18g Protein, 19g Carbohydrates, 2g Fiber, 62mg Sodium

ASPARAGUS-SPINACH SALAD - 4 (1/2 cup) servings
20 asparagus spears, boiled and cooled-cut in 2" pieces, 1/4 cup red onion-cubed, 1/4 cup tomatoes-cubed, 1/4 cup cucumber-cubed, 1/4 cup white vinegar, 1 tsp garlic-minced, 1 tsp fresh basil, 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil, 1 tsp oregano, 1/2 tsp black pepper, 4 cups spinach-chopped
Combine everything EXCEPT the spinach in a bowl, refrigerate at least 45 minutes.  To serve: plate spinach and top with chilled mixture.
Each serving approximately: 52 Calories, 2g Fat, 0mg Cholesterol, 3g Protein, 8g Carbohydrates, 3g Fiber, 34mg Sodium

SWEET POTATO PIE - 6 servings
4 sweet potatoes, 1 banana, 1/2 cup prunes-chopped, 1/2 cup pineapple-chopped, 1 tsp cinnamon, 2 Tbsps flaxseed-ground (coffee mill or blender), 1 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Bake sweet potatoes for 45 to 55 minutes, allow to cool, peel.  Mash sweet potatoes and banana in a mixing bowl.  Wisk in prunes, pineapple, cinnamon, ground flaxseed, and vanilla extract.  Mixture will be a creamy texture.  Spread mixture in an 8x8" pan and bake 25 minutes.  
Each serving approximately: 174 Calories, 4.6g Fat, 0mg Cholesterol, 2g Protein, 34g Carbohydrates, 4g Fiber, 31mg Sodium

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More on the Dieta - Rice Diet Program

Good News and Bad News:  First the bad news: I have not followed this to the 'T', I have a very hard time eating as much as they want me to eat (especially all the fruit and vegetables).
The good news: I am seeing results!!  I have noticed reduced swelling, especially in my feet and ankles, I still have not weighed in but I think I may have lost a pound or two...

I found this article interesting:
To Stay Slim in Middle Age, Lay Off the Potato Chips, French Fries, Soda and Bacon - - TIME Healthland

I am going to work on sticking to this and see what happens!  If anyone is interested in doing this with me - let me know, it may be good to have an accountability partner or two!  LOL!!

The Cottage Bookshelf: Book Tour and Giveaway

The Cottage Bookshelf: Book Tour and Giveaway

Book Tour and Giveaway

As most of you know I am not an avid reader of romance novels and that I recently signed-up for a summer reading romance challenge in order to step outside of my comfort zone.  So when the opportunity arose to participate in the book blog tour for How To Seduce Scoundrel by Vicky Dreiling,I decided to jump in and it's been so much fun!

Product Details: 
  • Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Forever; Original edition (June 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446565385
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446565387

Product Description: (from the publisher)
Miss Julianne Gatewick is in a pickle. It started when her brother's best friend-for whom she's long nursed a secrettendre-agreed to act as her guardian for the Season, only to seduce her with a risqué waltz. But when the music stopped and the expectant ton waited for Marc Darcett, Earl of Hawkfield, to claim her as his own, he made his disinterest clear. Rather than succumb to humiliation, Julianne does what any self-respecting, recently discarded young miss with a wicked sense of humor would do. She secretly pens a lady's guide to enticing unrepentant rakes . . . and it becomes the hottest scandal sheet in London.

Every honorable rake knows that friends' sisters are forbidden. But suddenly Julienne has a spark of mischief in her eyes that Hawk can't resist. Try as he might to push her away, he spends his days listening for her laughter and his nights dreaming of kissing her senseless. He's always avoided innocents and their marriage-minded mothers, but has the man least likely to wed finally met his match?

About the Author:
Vicky Dreiling is a confirmed historical romance junkie and Anglophile. Frequent business trips to the UK allowed her to indulge her passion for all things Regency England. Bath, Stonehenge, and Spencer House are among her favorite places. She is, however, truly sorry for accidentally setting off a security alarm in Windsor Castle. That unfortunate incident led her British colleagues to nickname her "Trouble."
When she's not writing, Vicky enjoys reading, films, concerts, and most of all, long lunches with friends. She holds degrees in English literature and marketing. A native Texan, she shares her home with her daughter and a spoiled mini-lop rabbit that lives in a slightly gnawed cardboard cottage.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Dieta... do you know what that means?




Dieta is the original Greek word for diet and meant a “way of life”, not a restricted calorie plan.  

So I am sure you can guess that I am starting a new "way of life" and am trying to change my eating plan.  I started just a day ago and am hoping to report good things to all of you as I progress.  

I am unusual in the sense that I don't get "hunger pains" - at least not as they have been described to me.  I can skip meals and not realize it, especially when I am busy... I will SOMETIMES feel the need to eat (usually like my blood sugar drops) and I *DO* have an appetite!  When I smell something good... I will say I am hungry, but I really my appetite has been stimulated!  LOL!  I wonder how true that is for many of us!?!?!

Anyway, I am not so much trying to loose weight, (although that would be ok too!)  but rather I am trying to correct some inflammation issues in my body, and I am hoping this dieta will help!

Stay tuned for more.... :)