Chunky, thick, sweet & spicy spaghetti sauce.

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Best sketti sauce I’ve ever made, I think. Sweet & spicy!

1 can no-sugar added low sodium tomato sauce (28oz)
1 whole sweet pepper, chopped
1 whole onion, chopped
a big bunch of mushrooms, chopped.
Put all the chopped veggies in a big, deep, non-stick fry pan with just a touch of oil and cover to let “wilt”. When they’re wilted, add the can of tomato sauce then throw in:
1/4 cup dried basil
1/4 cup dried oregano
heaping Tblsp minced garlic
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1 Tblsp (or so) Splenda.
Cover and let flavors blend for about 1/2 hr, stirring occasionally.

We love spices so the garlic, basil and oregano might be too strong for some. It was also pretty spicy with the whole tsp of pepper flakes, but it was really nice change to my normal sauce.

I served it over my shirataki noodles and used it to dip my pan seared chicken breasts.

Getting back on plan…

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Well, it’s true. When you’ve been off off the plan (low-cal/low-carb/low-fat ketosis diet) and you slam your body into gear to get back on the plan, dropping back under 1000 cal/day, you will go through the hell of the first 4/5 days again.

I am on day 5 and the headache is finally gone, but I’ve also dropped 3 lbs…my body ridding itself of the glycogen stores, I’m sure, along with the excess water I’ve been retaining from eating higher carbs.

I feel good today. Lighter and more with it. I need to remember this feeling and not lose it. Eating cake was certainly NOT worth the 3 days of mood swings and blinding headaches. I know that now for sure!

Lunch today was a nice green salad with lots of “stuff” and dill cucumber chips (Nally’s Surfboards - my favorite) topped with some tuna salad made with hard boiled eggs and low-fat mayo. Was very yummy!

Home and eating healthy!

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Home two nights, and eating only HEALTHY food!

Day 1: Big green salad and baked chicken breast

Day 2: Veggie kabobs and New York strip steak; bbq’d

Just as tasty, and way healthier than restaurant food. Not to mention way cheaper!

Vacation - bad eating….

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Well, unlike the last couple of trips I’ve taken since beginning this weight loss journey, I was NOT a healthy eater when kiddo and I went to Phoenix to visit my sister-in-law.

I did well the first couple of days, eating salads when we went out, but I did cave, and caved hard.

2 weeks 2 days we were gone, and I came back 6lbs heavier.

As I have stated before, my body is not normal. I do believe it would take a “normal” person longer to gain that kind of weight on what I ate. And the bad thing is, the things that made me gain weight, I’m not sure I enjoye
d all that much.

It was my daughter’s 16th birthday, so there was a chocolate/cherry cake. There’s a bakery that makes pies as good as my mom’s (we bought 2 of them while I was there, and I ate my fair share). And then there was the Mexican food, and the Greek food, with bread of some kind on everything! Really tasty pita and homemade tortillas.

Oddly enough, it was Italian night when I actually ate healthy. We did have a few healthy meals that I cooked, and a night out at Sweet Tomatoes (a huge salad bar restaurant). But that couldn’t make up for completely falling off the healthy wagon.

Do I regret it? Yes, in a way. I enjoyed the food - though I will admit fully that the desert stuff I could have passed up. At least stopped at one piece one night, not one piece every night until it was gone. The chicken salad at the Mexican place was very, very yummy, and I should have stuck with that instead of caving and eating the cheesy, refried beanie foods. Though I can’t say I regret the Greek pizza, because that was very, very delicious, and we’d been walking in the heat for hours (shopping at an outlet mall) and that would have been a good lunch, had I not been eating everything else unhealthy.

I’ve told you before, I do not feel food guilt. I’m a little disappointing in myself for eating the deserts, but oh well, it’s done. Move on. I’m home now and hitting the health food hard. I will not make this same mistake twice. My daughter put on a few lbs too,

and she’s back on Atkins, so we’re in this together, which helps. She feels a little upset with herself, too.

I must say, I enjoyed the last two nights of healthy food at home! The rest of the summer, the goal is to stick with it. Get off a few more lbs, especially the 6 I gained in Phoenix.

So, if you’re going to Phoenix, and it’s too hot (heat busting record at 119 while we were there) to do anything outside, don’t spend all your time in restaurants! *grin* Just my little tip of the day.

Pictures of the good and bad. Greek Salad from My Big Fat Greek Restaurant (all healthy except the sliced pita). Caesar Pita from My Big Fat Greek Restaurant (healthy if I had only eaten the stuffing, not the pita). Peach Pie from Rock Springs Cafe (UNhealthy). Greek Pizza from My Big Fat Greek Restaurant (topping fine). Salad bar at Sweet Tomatoes (all good if careful).