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Day Two:

So we are learning there isn’t much of a variety to some of our menu so bear with us if this is very boring to you.

*FYI-(M) is my husband

Breakfast:

(Me) 2 eggs, 2 pieces of bacon, Green tea

(M) 4 pieces bacon, ½ cup milk, yogurt

Mid-Morning:

Skipped

Lunch:

(Me) Tuna salad, salad with mozzarella cheese and red onion, green tea, yogurt, and a cheese stick

(M) Mexican Chicken Soup, yogurt, cheese stick

Mid-Afternoon:

(Me and M) Nuts

Dinner:

(Me and M) Parmesan Crusted Chicken (I stuffed mine with a little feta and sun dried tomatoes yum!)

(Me) Stuffed Baked Tomatoes

(M) Low Fat Cottage Cheese

RECIPES:

chicken-and-tomato

Parmesan Crusted Chicken and Stuffed Baked Tomatoes

Tuna Salad
Source: Unknown

2 cans Tuna (I use solid white Albacore)
2 hard boiled eggs
1 T more or less of Fat Free Mayo

Mix all together and refrigerate. You can also add in some thawed frozen peas.

Parmesan Crusted Chicken
Source: I found it on a blog over a year ago and forgot to copy the source, I’m still looking for it

1 packet of dry Italian dressing seasonings
½ cup Grated Parmesan
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts

Pre-heat oven to 375F. Mix seasonings and cheese together. Wet chicken under water and dredge in parmesan mixture. Place in a greased baking dish and put chicken in the oven for 25-30 minutes or until done.

For an added bonus I stuffed my chicken with a little feta and sun dried tomatoes, it defiantly took this dish to the next level.
Stuffed Baked Tomatoes
Source: The South Beach Diet Quick and Easy Cookbook

4 plum tomatoes, halves lengthwise
1/3 cup shredded part-skimmed mozzarella cheese
¼ cup roughly chopped fresh basil leaves
2 tablespoons freshly grated parmesan cheese
1 garlic clove, minced
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Heat oven to 400F.

Scoop out the middle of each tomato half with melon baller and roughly chop the scooped pulp. Combine tomato pulp, mozzarella, basil, parmesan, garlic, and a pinch of salt and pepper.

Place tomatoes, cut side up, on a baking sheet. Spoon in tomato mixture and bake until cheese is melted and lightly browned, about 10 minutes, serve warm.

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Day Two:

Breakfast:

(Me) 2 eggs, 2 pieces of bacon, vegetable juice

(M) 4 pieces bacon, ½ cup milk

Lunch:

(Me) Tuna salad, salad with mozzarella cheese and red onion, green tea, yogurt, and a cheese stick

(M) Rustic Tomato Soup (recipe below), nuts, cheese stick

Dinner:

(Me and M) Meat Mounds

(M) Low Fat Cottage Cheese

Rustic Tomato Soup

Source: South Beach Diet Quick and Easy

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

3 garlic cloves, chopped

1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)

1 (28-oz) can unsalted diced tomatoes

2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

2 (5.5-oz) cans low sodium vegtable juice

salt and freshly ground black pepper

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Day One:

So far so good, here’s a break down of today’s menu:

*FYI-(M) is my husband

Breakfast:

(Me) 2 eggs, 2 pieces of bacon, 1 cup coffee

(M) 4 pieces bacon, ½ cup milk

*** Normally two pieces of bacon would be your max but we tweak the rules a little to accommodate my husbands picky eating. Probably won’t yield the best results but it’s some thing. ***

Mid-Morning:

(Me and M) Yogurt

I wasn’t hungry for a snack so I saved the yogurt for lunch. I probably should have eaten it and just save it for later but I was hungry at that point.

Lunch:

(Me and M) Mexican Chicken Soup (recipe to come)

(Me) Diet White tea

Mid-Afternoon:

(Me and M) Cheese stick

Dinner:

(Me and M) Ribeye w/ Seasonings (recipe below)

(Me) Mushrooms w/ Thyme (recipe below)

(M) Green beans

steak-and-mushrooms

PW’s Steak Seasoning
Source: Pioneer Woman

Ribeye Steak (We’ve used all sorts of steaks so don’t limit yourself to ribeye)
1T Lawry’s seasoning
3T lemon pepper
1 tsp kosher salt
Ground black pepper

Mix seasoning together then rub seasoning on steak. We then grilled the steak until it was done. I would look at Pioneer Woman’s recipe for her version, which is quite a bit different.

Sautéed Mushrooms with Thyme
Source: The South Beach Diet Quick and Easy Cookbook

1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/2small red onion, thinly sliced
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1 pound white or cremini mushrooms, quartered
Salt and freshly ground pepper

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and thyme, reduce heat to medium, and cook until softened and lightly brown, about 2 minutes.

Add mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender and lightly browned, about 8 minutes. Season well with salt and pepper and serve hot.

Mexican Chicken Soup
Source: South Beach Diet Quick and Easy

1 tablespoon canola oil
1 small onion, chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons ground cumin
5 cups lower sodium chicken broth
1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 2-inch strips
2 cups mild salsa
salt and freshly ground black pepper

Heat oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add onion amd jalapeno; cook, stirring often, until vegetables are tender, 5 minutes. Stir in garlic and cumin; cook 30 seconds more.

Add broth, increase heat to high, and bring to a rapid simmer. Add chicken and cook until no longer pink, about 3 minutes. Stir in salsa, bring back to a simmer, season with salt and pepper to taste, and serve hot.

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Deciding to Diet

I normally hated the word diet. Diets never seem to last but what drew me to South Beach is, yes at the beginning it is restrictive but you seem to learn about what you are eating, how it effects your body, and what else you could be eating instead. Everything in moderation is ok but that’s the thing you need to learn…. moderation. During the last time we went through this I learned how to crudely count calories and how many carbs I was eating in a day. It was amazing how just changing what and how much you eat makes a difference with you body and weight. My weakness used to be fruit juice I would drink so much in a day. After reading labels I was putting so many calories, sugars, and carbs in my mouth it was unreal. My husband’s weakness was milk, he would drink ½ gallon a day. Milk is good for you don’t get me wrong but we cut our juice and milk consumption alone and started feeling a difference.

Anyway back on track…. so we decided to go through this again because we figured our system could use a cleaning and we could get back into the good eating habits. Winter was rough and made us lazy and not caring about food anymore. But before we started we decided to come up with a plan. It’s been helping us stay on track. See, this diet can be hard especially on my husband who hates vegetables, fish and eggs. The only veggies he likes is corn, beans, and potatoes. If you are familiar to Phase One of South Beach (SB) this just isn’t going to work and is super restrictive for my husband. So before we started we sat down with a calendar and planned out a menu for the first two weeks. This gave us a chance to make sure we were ready and could eat correctly for the first two weeks.

 We will tackle Phase Two when we get there.

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So I’ve been slacking on my cooking and baking for the past couple weeks. Sorry.  I Do have a post I’m excited to put up about some peanut butter cutout cookies I made for my brothers. But for right now I want to focus this post on my new adventure.

Last year my husband and I decided we needed to learn how to eat better. So we started on the South Beach Diet. We made some tweaks and had some awesome results. We gained a better appreciation for what we were eating and because we were so restricted in the first two weeks we never really seemed to fall back into eating the really unhealthy stuff all the time. Both my husband and I lost a bunch of weight so that was a major plus as well. Even though we were eating better, as the winter months drew on our eating habits got lazy. We know everything in moderation is OK but sometimes we forgot the moderation part we just wanted warmth and comfort. So we figured we might as well do some spring cleaning on our bodies and go through the South Beach Diet again.

I’ve seen people ask about healthy recipes and I decided for at least the first couple weeks of the diet I would chronicle our progress and our meals.

 

Hope you enjoy our journey to better eating.

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