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General Discussion / Happy Easter and Passover
« on: April 04, 2015, 08:22:59 AM »
Happy Easter and Passover to all our forum members!  ;D

General Discussion / What are you missing??
« on: January 02, 2015, 09:23:03 AM »
I met a woman that told me she tried low carb but couldnt do it because she couldnt give up her potatoes! I told her all the substitutes and she was shocked! I said to myself what are you missing? ..................... ::) ...........I couldnt think of anything!
So I ask you ,What are you missing? :)

General Discussion / Ask Umpa is Asking,What are you missing?????
« on: May 25, 2014, 09:12:55 AM »
I am writing a new cookbook.I want to know what you feel you are missing in your food plans.I am working on protein bars tomorrow.Post Away!! ;)

General Discussion / Off to Texas
« on: May 14, 2014, 01:02:01 PM »
I will be off the forum till May 21,2014.I am going to Austin , Texas for my daughters graduation from University of Texas(HOOK EM HORNS!) 8)
She is graduating with her Bachelors in Mathematics ! ;D

General Discussion / HAPPY MOTHERS DAY!!!!
« on: May 11, 2014, 09:40:09 AM »

General Discussion / company
« on: March 21, 2014, 09:15:50 AM »
Doug and i have company and will be away from the forum for a couple days :)

Desserts and Sweets / Impossible Pie
« on: February 23, 2014, 08:44:56 AM »
I made this yesterday,very easy and very good! Its like a coconut custard ;)

2 cups milk( i used coconut milk and almond milk)
1 cup flaked coconut
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup umblanched almond flour
8 tablespoons butter
36 drops of Zero
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1.    Place milk, coconut, eggs, vanilla, flour, butter, and zero in blender. Mix well. Pour into a greased and floured 10 inch pie plate. Sprinkle nutmeg on top.
2.    Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 45 minutes.

General Discussion / Great Low Carb Bread Company??
« on: January 18, 2014, 08:51:37 AM »
Has anybody tried these breads? :)

Sides and Snacks / My Pumpkin Soup
« on: November 27, 2013, 09:19:56 AM »
Just put this on this morning.Wicked cold here with 25 mph winds.Really Yummy!

One can unsweetened pumpkin
2 cups Chicken Stock(I like better than bullion)
1/2 cup almond milk
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
12 drops Zero
1 teaspoon ginger
salt and pepper to taste
Mix all ingredients and simmer for one hour
I will serve this with a spicy chicken breast and sour cream on top of the soup.

General Discussion / Fat to Skinny Bucket List
« on: November 02, 2013, 10:11:11 AM »
What things have you been unable to do because of your weight that you want to do once the weight comes off. :)

General Discussion / Happy Halloween!
« on: October 31, 2013, 09:44:41 AM »
Happy Halloween Everyone!!  ;D

Toosweet found this recipe and I cooked it today and it is wonderful and filling.The bread is light,fluffy and airy.I used almond flour.Next time I will try coconut.These are about the size of baseballs.

“HEALTHIFIED” SUB (June 2013 update!)
1 1/2 cup blanched almond flour (5 oz) (or 1/2 cup coconut flour or 2.5 oz)
5 TBS psyllium husk powder (no substitutes) (45 grams) (must be a fine powder, not whole husks)
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp Celtic sea salt
2 1/2 TBS apple cider vinegar (1 oz)
3 egg whites (6 egg whites if using coconut flour) (about 3.5 oz for almond flour option, 7 oz for coconut flour)
7/8 cup (a little less than a cup) BOILING water (or MARINARA – for more Tomato Basil Bread!) (7 oz)

OPTION:  Use 2 whole eggs (Almond flour version) or 4 whole eggs (coconut flour version).  If you are having trouble with it rising using whole eggs you can try egg whites.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a medium sized bowl, combine the flour, psyllium powder (no substitutes: flaxseed meal won’t work), baking powder and salt. Mix until dry ingredients are well combined.  Add in the eggs and vinegar and mix until a thick dough. Add boiling water or marinara into the bowl. Mix until well combined and dough firms up.

Form into 4 to 5 mini subs (the dough will rise about 2 to 3 times so I start mine as a 1 inch disk, see picture below) or one large sub/loaf and place onto a greased baking sheet. Bake for 55 minutes (45-50 minutes for smaller shapes like buns). Remove from the oven and allow the bread to cool completely. Cut open with a serrated knife. Fill with desired fillings. Makes 5 servings.

General Discussion / Moms teach your daughters
« on: September 03, 2013, 10:30:19 AM »
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General Discussion / UCLA STUDY SUGAR MAKES YOU DUMB Love this!!!
« on: August 07, 2013, 09:11:13 AM »

Bad news if you have sweet tooth: According to UCLA researchers, eating lots of sugar, high fructose corn syrup and other sweeteners can shrink and age your brain to the point where it hampers focus, concentration and learning, and triples your risk of major memory lapses. Of course, cutting back can be a brutal task -- specially if you’re one of the eight in 10 women who crave sweet stuff daily. Here, the latest word on how to tame your sweet tooth and rid your diet of these IQ-robbers.
Watch for label tricks

Step one is to start scanning ingredients lists so you can weed out foods that are packed with sweeteners -- but manufacturers aren’t always straight-forward about how they name these troublemakers. “If you see words like corn syrup, cane juice, dextrin, malt, or anything ending in -ose, that’s a tip-off that the product contains sweeteners,” says Michael Wald, M.D., director of nutritional services at New York’s Integrated Medicine of Mount Kisco.

FYI: Don’t be conned by the word “natural.” The FDA doesn’t regulate the use of this word, so foods labelled “natural” (even “100% natural”) can still be processed and loaded with sweeteners. “Whatever the flashy front label claims, you’re smart to take a peek at the ingredients list before putting any processed food into your cart,” says Dr. Wald.
Go full-fat

Processed foods labeled low-fat and nonfat contain up to twice as much high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) -- a cheap, man-made form of sugar -- compared to full-fat brands. “When manufacturers take out fat, they have to add something to pump up the flavor and texture -- and HFCS is their first pick,” explains Richard J. Johnson, M.D., author of The Sugar Fix. Opt for full-fat yogurts, granola bars and more, and you’ll cut your daily HFCS intake as much as 35 percent, say to researchers at Denver’s University of Colorado.
Skip liquid sugar

If you drink two sugary sodas daily, just weaning yourself off will cut 1.5 pounds of sugar out of your weekly diet, say USDA researchers. Note: Sports drinks are not the answer. “They sound healthy, but they contain just as much, and often more sugar than sodas do,” says Dr. Wald. “They’re a reasonable option for endurance athletes, but for the rest of us they’re just hyped-up junk food.”
Try Truvia

This natural, zero-calorie sweetener is made from the stevia plant -- yet it’s purified, so it doesn’t have stevia’s bitter aftertaste. And unlike most artificial sweeteners, Truvia doesn’t trigger cravings for sweets, because it doesn’t sabotage your blood sugar control. Look for Truvia in whole foods stores and well-stocked grocery stores, plus online at sites like Toss packets in your purse so you’ll have them handy for coffee, tea or other on-the-go fare.
Enjoy a meatier lunch

If your sweet tooth always seems to flare between lunch and dinner, join the club: Tufts University research suggests that up to 41 percent of women have trouble walking past candy bowls during those dreaded hours.

The solution: Never skip lunch -- and make sure protein is a star ingredient. According to Yale researchers, when women add three ounces of meat, poultry or fish to their lunch, they eat 31 percent fewer sugar calories the rest of the afternoon, without even trying. Protein helps stabilize insulin production, preventing the wild ups and downs in blood sugar that trigger impossible-to-ignore cravings, their studies show.
Use a vanilla-scented lotion

In a surprising British study, regularly inhaling the sweet scent of vanilla calmed the brain’s appetite control center, nixing cravings (and cutting sugar intake in half) for 92 percent of subjects. Not into smelling like a teen? Skip the vanilla-scented lotions at the drug store. Instead, mix 25 drops of 100-percent pure essential oil into eight ounces of any unscented or lightly-scented body lotion and massage into your neck, arms and hands whenever you feel your cravings flare.
Sip gymnema leaf tea

Worried that if you eat one cookie, you’ll plow through the whole bag? Gymnema leaf tea can shore up your willpower. According to Indian researchers, sipping six ounces of this Ayurvedic brew makes sweets taste much less sweet -- and that makes it easier to stop after a modest serving. Gymnema’s phytonutrients bond to your tongue’s taste receptors, so that sugars can’t latch onto them and stimulate your appetite, says Linda Page, Ph.D., author of Healthy Healing. You’ll find gymnema leaf tea in health food stores and online at sites like If you don’t like the flavor -- it tastes vaguely like spinach -- mix it with black, oolong or rooibos tea.
Take a hike

Even a 20-minute stroll can cut sugar cravings for up to two hours -- and a 40 minute workout can tamp them down for eight hours straight. The reason: Exercise fires up your brain’s production of opioids -- willpower-boosting compounds that make it a breeze to say "no" to sweets.
Snack on plain peanut butter

Nibbling one tablespoon of this creamy spread can shut down a sugar craving in as little as five minutes, say University of Chicago researchers. Peanut butter’s plant fats fire up your body’s production of cholecystokinin and glucagon -- hormones that tamp down your brain’s yen for treats. Not a peanut butter fan? Sipping eight ounces of coffee can also do the trick, say researchers at Nashville’s Vanderbilt University.
Eat aromatic foods

Strong smells wake up the hypothalamus -- the part of your brain that tells you it’s time to stop munching, say Dutch researchers. And their studies suggest that when people eat foods with strong odors (spicy, meaty, peppery, buttery, lemony, oniony...anything other than bland) they nosh 42 percent fewer sweets in the next three hours.
Get 20 more minutes of Zzzs

We know. And we know you know. Sleep is everything. It doesn’t matter if you crawl into bed a little sooner, sleep in a little later or catch an afternoon nap -- regularly getting 20 extra minutes of slumber could be the ticket to killing your most stubborn cravings. In studies at Houston’s University of Texas, just upping their Zzz’s tamed sugar cravings for nine in 10 women within four days. Turns out your brain produces a surge of human growth hormone (HGH) whenever you snooze -- and this compound ramps up your blood sugar control and curbs the urge to eat sugary treats, the study authors say.

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