Saturday, November 26, 2011

Post Thanksgiving Pep Talk....And What About Those Leftovers?

Okay...we got past Thanksgiving, thank goodness! Time to get back on it...eating healthy in logical portions, that is.  So what to do with all those leftovers? Take these steps:

  1. Whatever you don't eat up the day after Thanksgiving, divide into two groups: one that is low in calories and fat (turkey, vegetables, fresh fruit) and that artery clogging food in the other (heavy gravies, stuffing, potatoes, rolls, and deserts.)
  2. If you didn't send stuffing and potatoes, or pies, cakes and other deserts home with family or friends after the feast, consider your neighbors. Visit a senior who would be thankful for a pumpkin pie, or a bachelor who hasn't been offered a homemade meal in while and get rid of temptation.
  3. With the food you have left, plan meals around those leftovers that will fit into the 17 Day Diet, for instance:
    • Use cubed turkey and make Turkey Vegetable Soup, using Dr. Mike's  Chicken Vegetable Soup recipe.
    • Fill fresh lettuce leaves with turkey, cucumbers or celery and spray with salad spritzer.  Eat as a main dish for lunch or dinner.
    • Use fruit for Kefir Smoothies, or freeze for Smoothies in a few days.
    • Moisten turkey chunks with a mixture of low fat mayonnaise and honey mustard, add chopped green pepper, onions and celery and top a bed of greens for a tasty salad.
    • Fill celery stalks with fat free cream cheese to eat as a snack.

And as important as those 3 steps are, it's just as important for you to get right back into exercising those 17 minutes a day!  So, step 4 should be: get right back into the exercise routine and stay on it right up to the Christmas holidays.

Don't beat yourself up for stuffing yourself on Thanksgiving, but don't let that habit linger! Take swift action to clear out the temptations and jump back into action.  Your waistline will thank you!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

I'm a Kefir Factory Now!

Well, I finally bought some Kefir grains and am trying my hand at making my own Kefir.  I bought the Kefir grains from Lifetime Kefir through Amazon Marketplace for around $15.00 which includes the shipping costs. I am on the third batch, with the first two batches of Kefir down the drain, per the instructions. Everything I've read indicates that with proper handling the Kefir grains can last forever, so I hope I've bought my last bottle of Kefir from the store!
Here's my little Kefir factory!
With these Kefir grains, the first batches are small. The instructions say to put the grains first in 1/2 cup milk, allow to sit on counter for 24 hours, drain, place in another 1/2 cup milk, another 24 hour wait, drain, and the third time use 1 cup milk which I've done today.  After 24 hours, the first two batches became very curd-like so I rinsed the grains with bottled water before placing into the next batch.  According to the instructions, this third batch should be able to be consumed.

The Kefir grains are growing larger each batch, so I hope, in time, I should have enough to make a quart. At very least, soon I hope to have enough to make a 17 Day Diet Kefir Smoothie!

I'll keep you posted!

11/18/2011 Update:

Finally today, I have Kefir that I can drink! It wasn't much...approximately 1/2 cup but I made a smoothie out of it plus some store-bought Kefir I had in the fridge, and it tasted good.

A little note...the third batch ended up being more curds and murky liquid and I was about to give up on this whole idea.  However, I realized that I hadn't rinsed off the Kefir grains enough and had transferred quite a bit of curd along with it.  To be honest, I wasn't clear on how to tell the Kefir grains from the curd until last night.  So, to clarify, the kefir grains become larger and are off-white, spongey lumps. I used up half a bottle of spring water rinsing them off before I made last night's batch.  Tonight, I had only the tiniest bit of curd and the liquid I strained off was good, creamy Kefir!

If you have questions, let me know.  I now have renewed faith about this working! :)