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Nothing's Leaving the Planet"

Friday, July 30, 2010

In my opening remarks on my sparkpage, I state I've done every diet from "infinity and beyond".

In the 80's there was one called "Beverly Hills Diet"also known as the "Pineapple Diet"- bought the book did the program. Looking back it was ludicrous. The first two weeks was kinda a detox thing. Nothing but fruit--as much as you wanted, any kind. If you wanted to eat 5 watermelons in a day, it was okay--Tony, if you read this, wanted you to know, I was thinking of this when I read your Watermelon blog. I guess that's why I enjoyed your blog so much. emoticon emoticon

With the program, after the first 2 weeks, you added limited complex-carbs and eventually lean meats. The program worked, (of course, I wasn't really over-weight at the time, had just got married and was probably the thinnest I had ever been). The mantra that went with the program was "Nothing's leaving the Planet". I hadn't really thought about it until yesterday.

We all have things that we really love. What we must remember is there is never a reason to over-indulge. We should allow ourselves to have the "sinful" things from time to time, but one serving should be the limit. It will all be here tomorrow.

I have always been a great "country cook"...My family begs for my fried chicken and all the works. I swore off the fried chicken after my girls left home, It's probably only about a once a year thing now.

Yesterday, I had a hankering for Salmon cakes and broccoli casserole. My DH needed the TLC(Tammy loving Care), he's been lacking the goods over the past few months. I fixed up the haul with some fresh cukes and tomatoes. The broccoli casserole is rolling in calories, cream of chicken soup, mayo, eggs, sharp cheddar and covered in Ritz crackers. It's the kind of thing, I would normally have no problem inhaling half the pan. It's when I was making my serving that I remembered the mantra. I can make this anytime I want to, I don't have to keep going back for extra servings. I had a normal size serving and didn't oblige myself to any more. It sat in the fridge today, calling my name, but I withstood the urge. Maybe I'll have another serving with lunch tomorrow, and then I'll be good for a while.

Hope this is helpful to someone...one piece of chocolate cake should be enough. It's not leaving the planet, you can have it at another time. We are on a lifestyle change--it's not about deprivation. We have to give ourselves permission to have some of the things we love from time to time--but, with portion control...that makes true success.

Love yourself, be happy, be healthy. Have a fantabulous weekend!
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    Great advice I say too!-----Good way to put it too--That food will always be there--even when we are thin and beautiful!
    3931 days ago
    I love this! It's how I felt at the cottage last week. I didn't over indulge (okay, I did one day!) and I came home without a gain! My sister who ate like there was no tomorrow came home with a 4 lb gain! Still working on the loving myself part, but I am getting there! emoticon
    3932 days ago
  • HYE101
    You have the right idea !

    Everything in moderation without deprivation.

    That is a great attitude thats why you will be successful in your journey to a better and healthy lifestyle !

    Have a great week !

    Sam emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3936 days ago
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    my sentiments exactly!! deprivation eventually leads to overeating and/or bingeing (speaking from experience). moderation although i was skeptical at first, has been the key that's made all the difference in this journey. thanks for sharing!!! emoticon emoticon
    3940 days ago
  • LAHAWLEY2000
    Awesome! Thanks for sharing emoticon
    3940 days ago
    Let's not give anything up. Just lighten it up. I make low-fat, and delicious version. It goes from 383 calories to only 106. If you use light mayonnaise instead of fat- free, you'll add 30 calories and 3 grams of fat per serving.


    1 large head (1 1/2 pounds) fresh broccoli, or 24 ounces frozen, thawed

    2 egg whites

    1 can (10.25 ounces) reduced-fat cream of mushroom soup

    1/2 cup fat-free mayonnaise

    1 cup grated reduced-fat cheese, divided use

    2 tablespoons dried onion

    Dash of Tabasco, or to taste

    1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Spray a 2-quart casserole with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.

    2. Cut the broccoli into bite-size pieces and steam for 1 to 2 minutes. If using frozen broccoli, omit this step and just allow it to thaw. Set aside.

    3. In a large bowl, beat the egg whites with a fork, then add the soup, the mayonnaise, 3/4 cup of the cheese, the dried onion and the Tabasco. Stir until thoroughly mixed.

    4. Add the broccoli to the sauce mixture and stir to coat the broccoli. Place mixture in the prepared casserole and bake for about 30 minutes, then add the reserved 1/4 cup cheese to the top and bake for another 15 minutes or until bubbly around the edges.

    Makes 6 servings.
    Original Recipe: 383 calories; 36 gm fat; 102 mg cholesterol; 575 mg sodium; 7 gm carbohydrates; 12 gm protein; 2 gm fiber.

    Revised Recipe: 106 calories; 3 gm fat; 6 mg cholesterol; 593 mg sodium; 13 gm carbohydrates; 8 gm protein; 3 gm fiber.

    3941 days ago
    Funny how even the worst diet advice can still have a grain of truth to it! I kinda want to be on the all fruit diet though -- it sounds yummy...
    3941 days ago
    I love that you can still enjoy certain foods and still put the fork down!
    I have the same talks with myself with food. I always say you can have it again another time, and it works!!!
    Enjoy your next portion and feel proud of yourself. You deserve it! emoticon emoticon
    3941 days ago
    Good for you putting the fork down is a victory to celebrate!
    Now go portion it out, freeze your servings. Although I think if you have that much will power not to dig in, you've got a handle on it.

    I grew up thinking "fried" chicken came out of the oven! Still fix it that way. ALTHOUGH get our selves into trouble with fried turkey, that is a whole other challenge...

    Dawn Keye diet or not!

    3941 days ago
  • KAYDE53
    Great blog...I think you must have more willpower than me though. I must think food like that is leaving the planet because I can't quit thinking about it!! lol But really, when you think about it, that's so true; we should be able to enjoy a sensible portion of anything on occasion, and leave the rest alone. Thanks for the enjoyable read!! God bless! emoticon
    3941 days ago
  • WILLOW49
    Great advice, Tammy! Now we all need to remember it when temptation comes knocking at the door!
    3941 days ago

    IF I read this
    You've got to be kidding me!


    Super blog and now I'm hungry AGAIN.

    That TLC, salmon cakes, cukes and tomatoes and the whole shebang sounds delicious!

    Wish I were there!

    Since I figure that I'm not on a diet, I'm on a lifestyle change I can tell you that the next diet that I will HAVE to try will be the

    DAWN KEY diet, LOL

    Thanks for the wonderful entertainment.

    Have yourself a fantabulous weekend too!

    3941 days ago
    I'm sure glad you remembered that mantra .... it's gonna come in real handy over time.
    3941 days ago
  • J2740LOU
    Such good advice and wisdom. There'll be another time. Love yourself. Praise yourself. Take good care of yourself. emoticon
    3941 days ago
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