BFC Servings Reminder

BFC Servings Reminder
15/6 = 15 grams sugar/6 carb servings
Carb serving (no more than 2 per meal)
5 grams - 20 grams = 1 serving
20 grams - 40 grams = 2 servings
Eat no more than 40 grams carbs and 5 grams sugar per meal!


Thursday, January 3, 2013

Time to Get Back on Track and An Experiment!

Happy New Years Everyone!  

I hope this year is a good one for all of us, healthy and happy!

For Christmas this year I got a new Vitamix!  How exciting!  My husband and I walked past a Vitamix demonstration in Costco a few weeks before Christmas and I was telling him that I'd read about people using them on the blogs.  I didn't want to watch the demo, because I didn't want to start wanting one since they are pricey.  However, my husband must have thought, "Yes!  Finally, a gift idea for my wife!"  and he ran out and bought one that week, lol.    Now that I have it, I must say it is really nice.  I put away my coffee grinder, regular blender, and food processor and replaced it with this one appliance.  I started searching the web for Costco demonstrations since I hadn't watched the real one, to see all that it could do!  I found this one lady that does demonstrations for a living and has a blog Blender Lady and started reading about green smoothies and raw food living.   From there I began to find a million blogs about green smoothies, you know how it goes.   Now, I'm not about to start a completely different diet because I've been doing the BFC for almost two years and basically like it.   But....., I have been sort of stuck in my weight, and even up since the Fall and over Christmas, so it makes me wonder how to improve things.   A green smoothie is basically 2 or 3 cups of greens of any kind (spinach, kale, collards, dandelion, carrot tops, lettuce, etc.) that you put into your blender with some water, and (here's the hard part) a bit of frozen fruit, and then anything else you want to put in, like chia seeds, nuts, cocoa nibs, flaxseed, etc.  Then you liquefy it all up in a matter of seconds and drink it down.  You get a ton of greens and fiber in one drink.   The only thing that made me hesitate trying it was the dreaded fruit, which we all know is not really allowed on the BFC.   Well, I've decided to do a two week experiment!  I'm going to make one of these (with as little fruit as I can stand) and drink them in the morning for breakfast and then again at lunch and then I'll eat a regular BFC dinner.


I'll do this for two weeks and see if the following happens:
1.) I lose any weight
2.) I feel healthier
3.) I feel satisfied
4.) I'm hungry or not

I started two days ago and so far have not noticed any difference in my weight, either up or down. But I seriously don't lose as fast as some of you, and have never been able to make much of a difference in just a day or two.  They do taste surprisingly good and you can't taste the greens at all.  The last two days I haven't been hungry during the day and so haven't snacked.  We'll see if that continues.   Yesterday I had 3 cups of spinach, a whole key lime, one green apple, chia seeds, small handful of almonds, a little stevia, and some real coconut and coconut water.  If you add berries, which are better for us on the BFC, it still tastes really good but turns an unappealing brown color.  Don't look, lol!

Other news, my son got me hooked on the Masterpiece Theater show,"Downton Abbey" .  Have you guys seen it - so good!

16 comments:

  1. I think you will lose because of the higher fiber and lower calories. Just keep in mind the whole idea of "the rest of your life" deal. I think the BFC gives us a good foundation, and then each of us tweak it a bit to make it personal. I have eaten more fruit than I used to, that is not the reason for the weight gain for me. I have eaten too many carbs again. I wish I could stomach a smoothie so I could get a good fiber/healthy drink down. I really want to know what results you see. Not to mention how healthy you should feel! That is a nice gift!!!
    My daughter is hooked on the Downtown Abby and I trust her judgement on shows, however she said she was really depressed by the last episode?
    We had several "Firefly" marathons. If you haven't watched that show, it was cancelled 10 years ago, it's a good one!
    You will have great success this year, I just know it!!!

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    1. I'll let you know how it goes - I don't think I could do it forever, but it would be nice to incorporate them into my diet after the experiment, if it goes well.
      I've never even heard of Firefly. I'll have to look it up.

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  2. Love, love, love Downton Abbey! Waiting patiently for the next season to start, LOL!

    Good luck with the smoothie thing - I've never stuck with a smoothie/drink diet before, but I would imagine that it would be a good kick start. Now you have me thinking... :0 Although I didn't get a Vitamix for Christmas, LOL! That is awesome!

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    1. Oh, and I love Firefly, too, just FYI. Best.Show.Ever. LOL

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    2. Yes, I think of this experiment as a sort of kick start! That's a good way of putting it. If it works out maybe I can incorporate a daily shake into my diet. I think other blenders could do the same thing actually.

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  3. I have a Vita-mix we bought many years ago and still works perfectly. The trick with it is to wash it out immediately. Worth all the money for sure. Good luck with the shakes - I would not want to do that, I like food too much. LOL
    Have a great day :-)

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    1. I thought you had mentioned that you had a Vitamix. I've heard of people having them for twenty years or more. I will definitely was it out right away. It makes great nut butters and almond flours too!

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  4. Hi Beth. I have a breville juicer from my mother-in-law, but have not made anything in it yet. Like Rosalie, I like food too much and not sure I want to drink my meals. Let me know how it works out for you. Regarding Downton Abbey, I just watched season 1 first episode yesterday. For some reason our cable company doesn't how it, so I have to rig my laptop up to the tv to watch it. The first episode didn't hold my attention. I thought about just forgetting it, but you all have my interest now that I hear how much yo like it. Should I keep watching?

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    1. I'm not sure a juicer would do the same thing, these smoothies are pretty thick and filling. We'll see how it goes. Don't think I could do it forever, but maybe to get myself back on track.
      -It took me a couple episodes to get into Downton Abbey too. Season One is better than Season two. If you have Netflix "watch it now" you can watch season one thru your Wii or blueray player on your TV. Season two I'm watching on a Hulu Plus trial thru our blueray. I've watched so many episodes in a row that I'm starting to think in a British accent! lol!

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  5. Love love love my Vitamix. I use it daily (sometimes several times). My kids have a protein berry smoothie almost daily and we make lots of other stuff. I love protein shakes. I make my own (even throw in spinach) so they are very healthy. Sometimes you need a quick (healthy) meal :) Keep us posted on how you do and Happy New Year!

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    1. What's in your protein shake again? I think you told us before but I can't remember.

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    2. Depends on the day. I make my kids a little different since children do not need to be so low carb - they get more berries than I would have and some Greek yogurt. Mine is usually 1/4 cup coconut milk (from the can), 3/4 - 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1 tbsp shredded coconut, 1/4 cup berries/cherris, handful of spinach, 1 scoop NaturePro vanilla whey, ice - blend. Or ... 1/4 cup coconut milk, 3/4 - 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk, 2 heaping tsp cocoa, 1 heaping tsp peanut butter, 1 scoop NaturePro chocolate whey, ice - blend. There was the pumpkin one too but I'm going to lay off that one for awhile.

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  6. I know what you mean with adding the fruit sorta scarey isn't it but wait to see; your body might like the change? you never know. I watched 'hungry for change' and dragged my juicer out to make more green drinks for detoxing and liver support. I have to use the juicer and blender to make your drinks. I really want a vitamix but the same as you I try not to look as they are so pricey :-) I am glad your hubby got you one...that so sweet. I am excited to hear how things go for you...keep posting your results! good or bad. *** I love Downtown Abbey!! *** I have watch it up to this season christmas special. I use to watch upstairs downstairs back when :-)

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    1. That's what I like, getting in a lot of greens quickly.

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  7. Hey Beth!!!
    Sounds like hubby picked a great gift for you!!! Have fun making your smoothies and I will be anxious to hear about your results.

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  8. My Mom has a vitamix she got at a garage sale and she loves it. I think your green smoothies sound great, I hope this shake up helps you to start losing again :)

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