Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The world is so big...

So it's that time.
That time to get him up.
That time to watch him dress....
That time to have him brush his teeth and eat 
a healthy breakfast...

That time...
That time to drop him off...
 That time to watch him
walk away with a back pack bigger then he is...
That time when a wave and the blow of a kiss will suffice...

That time...

That time to watch him go to school.

He has made that shift from boy...and as
I sit here a groveling mess!!
I couldn't be more excited for him.
(although I'm secretly excited he has short days on Fridays.. I get him all to myself!)

For 5 years he was my side kick ... my boy
and now he's growing up...
At least I know I'm " his beautiful and favorite girl"
 I am so thankful to his daddy for giving me the opportunity
to stay at home with him
and to share him with his family and friends...
( especially his Mia( his other beautiful girl) & Ito:))))

The world is a big a place X...
and it's waiting for you my love....

Saturday, July 2, 2011

It's as easy as 1,2,3...and less than 300 calories!!!

Hey's a quick and easy recipie...awe're takin 5min tops!!!

What you'll need:
Dumplings (Trader Joes)
BRAAG amino acids (Henry's)
Organic Brown Rice (Trader Joes)
Spinach (Henry's)

  • Throw Dumplings (pork, chicken or veggie TJ has a great brand you can get in the frozen food section called Gyoza Pot stickers ) in a zip lock bag microwave for 2min
  • then lightly fry in a fry pan with some pam until golden brown on one side.
  • Organic Brown rice (microwavable) 3min
  • Sautee spinach in the same fry pan as potstickers with BRAAG amino acids (or low sodium soy sauce)

***********And voila...a filling dinner 5min...and less then 300 calories!***********

Monday, June 20, 2011

A Dinner fit for a King...

This Father's Day we decided to cook a little Steak and Shrimp on the Barbie...The Mister got to try his hand at grilling some steaks...and let  me just say, he did a DAMN good job! Thank you kind sir for cooking on YOUR special day! LOL!

It really is such as simple dish with little prep...and its both P 1 & 2 friendly.

Things you'll need:
*For and appetizer the boys LOVE steamed Artichoke:
Steam in a deep pot for 30min
Dip in melted butter and enjoy...but don't for get the artichoke heart it's the best part!

*Main course:
NY strip steak ( bought a 4pck at Costco for $27 each filet was about 14 oz! So me and the Main Squeeze shared 1)
Cooked shrimp on a skewer...I sprayed mine with a little I can't believe it's not butter and seasoned it to taste with Garlic salt & pepper then reglaze with a little melted butter and grill for about 2min.
Then The Mister threw both on the grill w/some yummy peppers
I steamed some veggies in chicken broth for about 5min
A "baked" (nooked) a potato in 9min

If you're feelin' a little saucy... throw some mushrooms, 1/2c of white onion chopped, 2tbls spn of olive oil and dill in a saucepan...sautee until onions clear and mushrooms soften for about 10min...serve hot!

Click on Images Below...


Saturday, June 18, 2011

Boy Wonder....

As MANY of you know...I was "suppose" to have a girl.

 I say "suppose" because GOD had always intended for me to have another set of jewels around the house.  But of course modern technology got it wrong...go figure.

So instead of a V (a lady's part in case some of you are slow to pick up what I'm putt'n down)

I got a P....literally!

And I couldn't be happier...I was blessed with a beautiful healthy little peanut.  And if you've ever seen my  Main Squeeze (click on link)'ll know how truly blessed Iam.

So this weekend my Personal Photographer(sissylaw photog extraordinaire) and her very posh assistant (*wink wink)  took some fabulous pix of me and the Little Guy.  And I love them so much...

For me...I think it's important not only to have family pix but to also have special pix of just you and each when they grow up and look back...they'll have beautiful memories not only of their colorful family, but special moments when they feel like they were the only ones in the world and they had your undivided love and affection :))))

Thanks P for taking pictures of my little piglet.
For taking away my wrinkles.
And for not showing the width of my thighs.

Stay tuned for pix of me and the Main Squeeze.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011


NOT even South Beach can stand in my way....not really... but if I have little bits here and there I can convince myself that the last 2wks haven't gone completely down the drain ( at least thats what I keep telling myself)


A boy and his BARBIEcue....

For Father's day the Mister got a very nice present from his mom.

There is not much to say.

The pictures say it all.

 Our family is now complete.

The man can grill his own steak now.

Happy Grilling, Love.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

What the %$&# can I eat in Phase 1 ?!!!! You ask.


 Feeling a little rabid?
A little out of control?
Maybe a little crackheadish?

Don't's normal.  At about day 3 you might be experiencing some major withdrawal headaches.  Simply put a dab of salt in your water and drink it...that should alleviate some the headache.

And the viscous rage frustration and violent salvation excess saliva you're experiencing when looking at a donut...  

 This too shall pass...
Any whoo...moving on! Below is a list of things to commit to memory . As you slip in and out of P 1 and P2 it would be great for you to familiarize yourself with these foods...

I PROMISE it'll become second nature and the need to crawl in a corner and devour the nearest candy bar will subside.

Here's a list of all the do's and don'ts ... 

This list REALLY really got me threw MANY a postal moments in the food aisle.

It is divided in to foods you CAN have and foods you CAN'T HAVE.

If you have any questions...or need me to help you off the ledge...feel free to let me know!

Foods Allowed in Phase 1
BEEF Lean cuts, such as:
  • Eye of Round
  • Ground beef:
  • Extra Lean (96/4)
  • Lean (92/8)
  • Sirloin (90/10)
  • Tenderloin
  • Top Loin
  • Top Round
LAMB (Remove all visible fat)
  • Center Cut
  • Chop
  • Loin
  • Boiled ham
  • Canadian bacon
  • Loin
  • Tenderloin
  • Cornish hen
  • Turkey bacon (2 slices per day)
  • Turkey and chicken breast
  • All types of fish and shellfish
  • Use soft, low-fat or lite varieties
  • Chop
  • Cutlet, leg
  • Top round
  • The use of whole eggs is not limited unless otherwise directed by your doctor. Use egg whites and egg substitute if desired.
  • Fat-free or low-fat only
  • Bacon - Limit to 2 slices per day
  • Burger - < 3 gms fat per 2-3 oz portion
  • Chicken Patties & Nuggets - < 3 gms fat per 2-3 oz portion
  • Hot Dogs - < 3 gms fat per 2-3 oz portion
  • Natural Peanut Butter - 2 Tbsp (may use as protein choice or limited nut choice)
  • Sausage Pattie - Limit 1 patty per day
  • Seiten
  • Soy Crumbles
  • Soy Nuts - 1/4 cup for a protein snack is suggested serving
  • Tempeh
  • Yuba
  • Low-fat (1 percent) or fat-free milk or soy milk
  • Plain or sugar-free low-fat or fat-free yogurt
  • Fat-free half & half
  • American
  • Cheddar
  • Cottage cheese, 1-2% or fat-free
  • Cream cheese substitute, dairy-free
  • Feta
  • Mozzarella
  • Parmesan
  • Provolone
  • Ricotta
  • String
NUTS (Limit to one serving per day as specified)
  • Almonds - 15 (Dry roasted recommended)
  • Brazil Nuts - 4
  • Cashews - 15 (Dry roasted recommended)
  • Pecans - 15 (Dry roasted recommended)
  • Macadamia - 8 (Dry roasted recommended)
  • Peanut Butter - 1 tsp
  • Peanut Butter, Natural = 2 TBS
  • Peanuts, 20 small (May use dry roasted or boiled)
  • Pine Nuts (Pignolia) - 1 ounce
  • Pistachios - 30 (Dry roasted recommended)
  • Walnuts - 15 (Dry roasted recommended)
In place of nuts, may use: Flax Seed - 3 TBS
VEGETABLE CHOICES (includes legumes) (May use fresh, frozen or canned without added sugar)
  • Artichokes
  • Asparagus
  • Beans, Green
  • Beans, Italian
  • Beans, Wax
  • Beans or Legumes:
  • Black Beans
  • Butter Beans
  • Chickpeas or Garbanzo
  • Pigeon Peas
  • Soy Beans
  • Split Peas
  • Broccoli
  • Bok Choy
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Collard Greens
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplant
  • Lettuce (All varieties)
  • Juice (Limit to 6 ounces per day)
  • Tomato
  • V-8
  • Mushrooms
  • Mustard Greens
  • Okra
  • Onion - Limit to 1/2 per day
  • Peppers (All varieties)
  • Pickles - Dill or those sweetened with Splenda®
  • Radishes (All varieties)
  • Rhubarb
  • Sauerkraut
  • Snow peas
  • Spinach
  • Sprouts, Alfalfa
  • Squash, Spaghetti
  • Squash, Summer
  • Yellow
  • Zucchini
  • Tomato - Limit to 1 whole or 10 cherry per serving
FAT CHOICES (with some suggested serving sizes) The following monounsaturated oils are recommended to be consumed daily:
  • Olive Oil
  • Canola Oil
Other Oil Choices that may be chosen (Polyunsaturated or a blend of Monounsaturated):
  • Corn
  • Enova
  • Grape seed
  • Safflower
  • Soybean
  • Avocado - 1/3 whole = 1 TBS oil
  • Guacamole - ½ cup = 1 TBS oil
  • Margarine - Chose those that do not contain Trans Fatty Acids such as Fleishmann's Premium Olive Oil or Smart Balance
  • Mayonnaise - Regular or Low Fat
  • Olives (Green or Ripe) 15 = 1/2 TBS
  • Salad Dressing - Use those < 3 gms sugar per serving
TOPPINGS & SAUCES use sparingly (check labels for added sugar)
  • Hot Sauce
  • Salsa - Limit to 2 TBS during phase 1
  • Soy Sauce - 1/2 TBS
  • Steak Sauce - 1/2 TBS
  • Worcestershire Sauce - 1 TBS
  • Whipped Topping (Light) - 2 TBS
  • All spices that contain no added sugar
  • Broth
  • Extracts (almond, vanilla, or others)
  • Horseradish sauce
  • I Can't Believe It's Not Butter! Spray
  • Lemon Juice
  • Lime Juice Pepper (black, cayenne, red, white)
SWEET TREATS (Limit to 75 calories per day)
  • Candies, hard, sugar-free
  • Chocolate powder, no-added-sugar
  • Cocoa powder, baking type
  • Fudgsicles, sugar-free
  • Gelatin, sugar-free
  • Gum, sugar-free
  • Popsicles, sugar-free
  • Sugar substitute Some Sugar Free
Products may be made with sugar alcohols (isomalt, lactitol, mannitol, sorbitol or xylitol) and are permitted on the SBD. They may have associated side effects of GI distress (abdominal pain, diarrhea & gas) if consumed in excessive amounts.
  • Acesulfame K
  • Fructose (needs to be counted as Sweet Treats, Caloric Limit)
  • Nutrasweet (Equal)
  • Saccharin (Sweet & Low)
  • Sucralose (Splenda)
  • Stevia (Not approved by FDA)

Foods NOT Allowed and to be Avoided in Phase 1
  • Beets
  • Carrots
  • Corn
  • Potatoes, white
  • Potatoes, sweet
  • Yams
  • Brisket
  • Liver
  • Other fatty cuts
  • Rib steaks
  • Chicken, wings and legs
  • Duck
  • Goose
  • Poultry products, processed
  • Honey-baked ham
  • Breast
Avoid ALL fruits and fruit juices in Phase 1, including:

  • Apples
  • Apricots
  • Berries
  • Cantaloupe
  • Grapefruit
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • 1/2 cup of plain fat-free yogurt (once per day max.)
  • Fat Free 1/2 & 1/2, Nonfat milk, 1% milk,
  • Soy milk allowed with coffee. Otherwise avoid all other dairy products (unless listed under protein choices or sweet treats).
  • Limit to < 2 TBS per cup of coffee. Otherwise, avoid all milk products in Phase 1, including:
  • Yogurt, cup-style and frozen
  • Ice cream
  • Milk, low-fat, fat-free, whole
  • Milk, soy
Avoid ALL starchy food in Phase 1, including:
  • Bread, all types
  • Cereal
  • Croutons, all types
  • Matzo
  • Oatmeal
  • Rice, all types
  • Pasta, all types
  • Pastry and baked goods, all types
  • Brie
  • Edam
  • Non-reduced fat
  • Alcohol of any kind, including beer and wine
  • No regular ketchup or cocktail sauce
  • No pork rinds - too high in saturated fat
  • No jerky - too high in sugar content
  • Limit Caffeine-Containing Beverages to 1-2 servings per day