Permission to cheat

Healthy eating. Sounds easy enough but is it really? I think the mistake most of us make is that we try to do it all at once with no permission to mess up. Things like “no more sugar”, “no more fried foods”, “I’m only going to drink water from now on” or my personal one “I’m giving up soda”! The problem with those kinds of declarations is that it sets a high standard that is probably not going to last.

What if instead we decided to make a conscious effort to make healthier choices but also gave ourselves permission to make unhealthy choices ON OCCASION? Let’s face it, we mess up and when we make hard and fast rules with no leeway we set ourselves up to fail!

This is why I love carb cycling. By alternating our high and low carb days we have a variety but as part of Chris Powell’s program we also get a GUILT FREE DAY! A day to give into that French fry or doughnut craving! One of the purposes of this blog is to enable you to make better choices and to learn to be good stewards of the body God has given you.

Join me next time as we delve into why God would care what we eat.

What do you find yourself craving? Do you tend to make bold declarations or you a little at a time person?

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Meal Plans and Recipes!

This is my second week on Turbo 10. I lost 2 lbs last week! Yay!! This week I thought I would share a Low Carb Day Meal Plan and a High Carb Day Meal Plan with you, as well as a Low Carb recipe.

On a typical LOW CARB DAY, with Turbo 10, my meal plan looks something like this:

Breakfast: Bod-e Chocolate Protein Shake
Snack: Bod-e Burn and ¼ cup of nuts (I buy unsalted, raw nuts and roast them. I then mix one small bag of salted nuts to 3 bags of the ones I roasted. It cuts way down on the salt but still has flavor)
Lunch: Bod-e Chocolate Protein Shake
Snack: Crock Pot Pizza Soup (recipe below)
Dinner: Grilled Steak, Roasted Brussels Sprouts and side salad

HIGH CARB DAY:
Breakfast: Bod-e Chocolate Protein Shake
Snack: Bod-e Burn and one Ezekiel English Muffin with 1 tsp Land O’ Lakes Butter with Olive Oil
Lunch: Bod-e Chocolate Protein Shake
Snack: Roast Beef, Cheese, Spinach and Arugula Wrap on Low Carb Tortilla
Dinner: Pulled Pork on Whole Grain Bun with Roasted baby carrots

LOW CARB CROCK POT PIZZA SOUP WITH DICED TOMATOES RECIPE:
(By Chef Dine on September 29, 2006)

Prep Time: 15 mins, Total Time: 8 hrs 15 mins, Servings: 6

About This Recipe
“This is a variation recipe from “Mercy”. More tomatoes, less sodium…”

Ingredients
1 (16 ounce) cans crushed tomatoes
2 (16 ounce) cans diced tomatoes
2 (16 ounce) cans low sodium beef broth
1 medium red bell pepper, diced (I prefer green peppers so I use them instead)
1 small onion, diced
2 cups fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 lb Italian sausage, cooked and drained*
3 ounces sliced pepperoni*
1 teaspoon granulated garlic
2 teaspoons oregano
2 teaspoons italian seasoning
1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded (this is VERY stringy when melted. Next time I may try shredded Parmesan instead)

Directions
Place all ingredients in the crock pot except the cheese. Cook on low 8 hours. Sprinkle cheese on each individual serving.

Serving Size: 1 (390 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 6

*I used turkey pepperoni and turkey italian sausage
**My notes are in italics.

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Turbo 10 Explained!

Yay!  My internet is back up!  Sorry for the delay of this post.  I tried to do it on my phone but that didn’t work out, unfortunately.

Anyway, today is Day 3 of Turbo 10, the 3 week program to help you lose about 10 lbs. (The 10 lbs weight loss is based on a 200 lb. adult).  I am close to my goal weight so I am hoping to lose 5 lbs or so.  This program uses a modified version of Chris and Heidi Powell’s Turbo Carb Cycle.  This means a typical week is:  2 Low Carb Days, 1 High Carb Day, 2 Low Carb Days, then 2 High Carb days.  I do a High Carb Day on the last day of the week instead of a Guilt Free Day.  I will follow this schedule for three weeks.

A typical day is 5 meals, 3 hours apart.  This program uses the Bod-e products that Chris and Heidi Powell helped develop.  So your Low Carb Day goes like this: 

Breakfast:  Powell Perfect Bod-e Shake

Snack:  Bod-e Burn, Veggie and Fat

Lunch:  Powell Perfect Bod-e Shake

Snack:  Protein, Veggie and Fat

Dinner:  Protein, Veggie and Fat

 

High Carb Day goes like this:

Breakfast:  Powell Perfect Bod-e Shake

Snack:  Bod-e Burn, Veggie and Carb

Lunch:  Powell Perfect Bod-e Shake

Snack:  Protein, Veggie and Carb

Dinner:  Protein, Veggie and Carb

 

Weeks 1 and 3 you drink the Bod-e Cleanse once a day.

 

Truthfully I wasn’t looking forward to doing this program because I was afraid I was going to be hungry all the time.  In the past, I’ve done Weight Watchers and was always starving!  But even though I am having a shake for breakfast and one for lunch the snack in between seems to really do the trick to keep me full!  I think it’s the Bod-e Burn.  It has 20 grams of protein and 7 grams of soluble fiber to help keep me feeling fuller.  It also has green tea extract and CLA to help me burn fat!

 

Turbo 10 is not a long term plan.  It is best used as a jump start to your weight loss, to help overcome a plateau, or to get off those last few pounds!  For long term, I recommend the Chris Powell 12 Week Challenge.  I have been doing that up to this point and I’ve lost 15 lbs with it.  My husband and son have lost 25 lbs each!  After the three weeks on the Turbo 10 I will either go back to the 12 Week Challenge or follow a healthy diet to maintain my weight loss depending on where I am at weight-wise.

I hope this helps explain the program I am using.  If you have any questions please feel free to ask in the comments!! 

In my next post I’ll be sharing some Low Carb recipes my family enjoys!  Thank you for taking the time to read this!  May God bless your day!