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Larry H
02-03-2014, 10:44 AM
I started this thread to find others who are following the Volumetrics life plan and those who are interested in learning about it. We can share our experience, strength and hope with each other.

I have been a life long yo yo dieter and I have tried most of the diet plans. I had settled on calorie counting but remembered vaguely something about a book that my DIL had on a plan called Volumetrics. All I thought I remembered was it had something to do with Calorie Density (Energy Density) of foods and that you could eat more of the low Calorie dense foods and still lose weight.

With that tiny bit of information I started changing my Dinner with an eye to calorie density but my lunch remained traditional meat, starch, veggy but calorie controlled.

I started experimenting with no real knowledge of Volumetrics by taking a can of Progresso Light soup and adding two cans of no salt added green beans along with some hot sauce. Now this was a huge quantity of food but low in calories. After eating I felt full and for the first time I can remember I did not continually snack all evening. Wow!! Volumetrics might work for me.

I ordered two books and I am halfway through the first one. This eating plan makes sense to me as a lifestyle that I could do. And each evening I am amazed that I am full instead of hungry and I just lost another 3 pounds.

Any others out there in 3FC land?


pattygirl63
02-03-2014, 11:44 AM
Hi Larry H. I have a book on Volumetrics and it always made sense to me. I'm currently doing Intuitive Eating with WW pts +, but reading your message helped me to realize why I was losing weight easier when I first started WW. I was doing a form of Volumetrics and didn't even think about it, because I was making loads of soups that I drank at suppertime. Taking Progresso and adding the low cal veggies is a supper way of doing that. On WW the low cal (non starchy) veggies are freebies and since they stress eating your veggies and fruits, the soup was an easy way to get those veggies into my diet with 0 pts.

It was much easier to do that with the cold weather than when it is warmer. Thanks for the reminder. I will have to get my book out and look at it again and put the soups back into my way of eating.

Munchy
02-03-2014, 11:51 AM
I have been eating this way for maybe 5-6 years. I like to eat, so I want my meal to be as large as possible without too many calories.

I like to shred vegetables into meatballs, meatloaf, nuggets, burgers so that they are 50% non starchy vegetable and 50% meat.

Other things I tend to eat are thick soups like carrot soup, tomato soup, broccoli cheese, bean soups, split pea, lentil, etc.

When I make chili or stew, I throw in a lot of additional vegetables so that it's mostly vegetable and smaller amounts of starch or meat.

I use either zucchini noodles (noodles made of zucchini) or fine green beans as a pasta, top with sauce and cheese or I make a small serving of pasta and mix it with sauteed vegetables before topping it with sauce.

I love to eat stir fry or "noodle" bowls with either no starch or a tiny amount of rice sticks or rice and the rest vegetables and protein.

If I ever eat some kind of sandwich or wrap, it is often stuffed with broccoli slaw or regular slaw, sprouts, cucumbers, tomatoes, or a lot of kale or spinach.

Sauteed cabbage is great to top with a fried egg, or some kind of sauced fish or chicken. If just the cabbage is weird, it can be delicious mixed with rice and served as a side.


Larry H
02-03-2014, 01:01 PM
pattygirl63 It is great to see someone else doing similar. The Volumetrics book says chunky soups give us better satiety. In addition to green beans I often add corn or peas but have to be mindful of calories in those. I also love to add no salt added canned mushrooms. I have not tried carrots yet but that is on my to do list.

Munchy You have given me many great ideas. It is so encouraging to see that you have been eating this way for 5-6 years and see your weight loss. That has reaffirmed my opinion that this can be a life style for me. How do you make zucchini noodles? Are they better than spaghetti squash? I love to cook and experiment.

The Volumetrics book is jam packed with suggestions for lowering the energy density of meals while maintaining satiety or the feeling of being full. While reading yesterday in the book I came across a suggestion to add 10 oz of water to casseroles to make a chunky soup and lower the energy density. That was kind of an AHA moment for me. Then I started thinking. I love eating comfort foods made with Hamburger Helper but the ingredients are loaded with sodium and calories. Lately I have been making several homemade healthier hamburger helpers. Such as the one in this link.

http://www.food.com/recipe/healthier-for-you-hamburger-helper-443822

I thought, why not turn this into a chunky soup by adding 10 oz of water as suggested by the Volumetrics Book. Then I can eat more while staying in my calorie allowance. I have not tried this yet but I intend to sometime this week.

Munchy
02-03-2014, 01:43 PM
Larry, I've actually done that and made a soup out of a casserole serving! I would suggest taking that hamburger helper and adding in a small diced zucchini and/or chopped mushrooms, peppers, or maybe a bunch of spinach. They are very mild and lend well to tomato/Italian flavors.

I have a noodler that I bought off of amazon, but if you don't, you can use a peeler to make zucchini noodles (http://nomnompaleo.com/post/5695132949/zucchini-spaghetti-zoodles-meatballs). I love spaghetti squash, but not as a replacement for pasta - it's too sweet. If I'm making a light alfredo (adobo, skim milk, and neufchatel cheese), or topping with marinara, I prefer zucchini. If I'm making spaghetti squash, I use it as I use other squash. I'm actually making it tomorrow with mushrooms and chopped tomato and a bit of white wine!

Munchy
02-04-2014, 09:07 AM
Last night for dinner I sauteed 1/3 of a green pepper, two scallions, and 4oz of sliced mushrooms with a sliced spicy Italian chicken sausage. I added about 1/2 cup of homemade marinara, 1T light sour cream, and 1T romano cheese and topped the bowl with capers and fresh basil. It was a huge and delicious bowl for 277 calories.

Tonight I'm making spaghetti squash with mushrooms and tomatoes (http://www.couponclippingcook.com/spaghetti-squash-with-mushrooms-and-tomatoes/).

Larry H
02-04-2014, 10:36 AM
Munchy Your dinner sounded delicious as does the picture of the spaghetti squash. Do you have any idea what the calorie count of that spaghetti squash recipe is? I really enjoy reading about what you are eating on this plan. I get so many ideas.

I have made some change in the direction of Volumetrics to breakfast. First, after reading the Volumetrics book I started eating breakfast. I have always been one of those obese breakfast skippers. Second, instead of eggs, toast, home fries and sausage. I had 1 cup of original Fiber One cereal (which is a double serving). To this I added one Sweet N Low packet and I sliced up three large strawberries into it. The third change was to change from 2% milk to skim milk. I ended up with a large bowl of cereal that tasted really good and was only 198 calories. As a bonus I got 29 grams of fiber from breakfast. I also had coffee (a must have food). I learned to enjoy my coffee Black with NO creamer or sweetener while serving in the US Navy.

Munchy
02-04-2014, 10:57 AM
Your breakfast sounds nice and filling! I actually miss my black coffee. After over 18 years of daily super strong "sludge" I cut it out around June to see if it helped with indigestion. It immediately did! I cut gluten at the same time, so the two of those really improved any bothersome symptoms and I no longer needed my two daily antacids.

The spaghetti squash recipe as linked is 255 per serving (2 servings) including the optional cheese. :)

Tomorrow's dinner will likely be turkey pumpkin chili that I have frozen in containers. I love any chili and usually make my own recipes as I go, but I have been stuck on the whole foods recipe (http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipe/turkey-pumpkin-chili). The pumpkin makes it so creamy and thick!

Larry H
02-05-2014, 12:16 AM
I am too low on calories only 770 :dizzy: but I can't eat any more because I am very full. I am finding that I have to be very careful with Volumetrics to eat enough calories. It is way too easy to fill up on the low energy dense foods and end up low on calories.

This was my food today

Breakfast
Nothing, I got up too late this morning

Lunch
Ham Steak 4 oz 120 Cal
Mashed Potatoes, Skim Milk,I Can't Believe It's Not Butter, 1/2 cup 120 Cal
Frozen Broccoli, boiled, 1/2 cup 26 Cal

Dinner
Progressive - Light Chicken Noodle, 2 cup 140 Cal
Libby's - Naturals - Cut Green Beans No Salt - No Sugar Added, 3 1/2 Cup 140 Cal
(1 can of green beans was drained and 1 was not)
Giorgio - Canned Mushrooms - No Salt Added, 1 cup 40 Cal
Fresh Jalapeno, Raw, 4 jalapeno peppers 8 Cal

Snacks
Granny Smith Apple, Raw - 2 medium apples 176 Cal

tammay
02-05-2014, 10:09 AM
I just finished reading the Volumetrics book last night and am starting today or tomorrow (depends if I get to the store today). I've been hearing about calorie density for a while now and I have been doing a plan that has been low fat for a while, but still eating quite a bit of bread, crackers, etc. So I revamped my menu last night so that it includes more foods with lower calorie density. I'm a vegan, so that helps to find foods that are more CD.

One thing I didn't quite get that wasn't really explained well in the book (I bought the first one because it's cheaper and I don't have much money now) is, why is the caloric density of cereal much lower when milk is added? For example, 1 cup of Honey Nut Cheerios, according to the chart, is something like 3.0 CD without milk but with 1/2 cup milk it goes down to 1.1. Since it's the exact same amount of cereal, I don't get why it's supposed to be so much lower if milk is added.

Tam

Larry H
02-05-2014, 11:42 AM
I just finished reading the Volumetrics book last night and am starting today or tomorrow (depends if I get to the store today). I've been hearing about calorie density for a while now and I have been doing a plan that has been low fat for a while, but still eating quite a bit of bread, crackers, etc. So I revamped my menu last night so that it includes more foods with lower calorie density. I'm a vegan, so that helps to find foods that are more CD.

One thing I didn't quite get that wasn't really explained well in the book (I bought the first one because it's cheaper and I don't have much money now) is, why is the caloric density of cereal much lower when milk is added? For example, 1 cup of Honey Nut Cheerios, according to the chart, is something like 3.0 CD without milk but with 1/2 cup milk it goes down to 1.1. Since it's the exact same amount of cereal, I don't get why it's supposed to be so much lower if milk is added.

Tam

Calorie density is calculated by dividing the calories in the food by the weight in grams of the food. For example I have a box of Fiber Active from Walmart. The nutrition label says a serving is 30g and contains 60 calories. Divide 60 by 30 and the calorie density is 2.

Now if I add 1 cup of skim milk (or any other milk) 1 cup of skim milk weighs 240g. I just weighed it on my kitchen scale. 1 Cup of skim has 90 calories.

When I add it to the cereal I now have a combination food (Cereal and milk)
which when combined weighs 270g and has 150 calories. I divide 150 calories by 270g weight and now my calorie density for the combined food is .56 this is way lower from the original Calorie density of the cereal by it self which was 2

Munchy
02-05-2014, 07:18 PM
I am too low on calories only 770 :dizzy: but I can't eat any more because I am very full. I am finding that I have to be very careful with Volumetrics to eat enough calories. It is way too easy to fill up on the low energy dense foods and end up low calories.

Yep, I can easily eat 500 calories in a day.
Today I had an egg and a bowl of chicken noodle soup.

Munchy
02-06-2014, 09:45 AM
I still haven't made the spaghetti squash! Thursdays are long days and we tend to not get home until 7:45 or so. I'm definitely eating something quick tonight.

Looks like today will be:
B: Hot tea w/lemon and agave (30), 1 cup curry lentil soup (175) = 205
S: None = 0
L: 1 cup spicy blue cheese tomato soup (118) = 118
S: Baby carrots/grape tomatoes (50) w/ light ranch (80) = 130
D: 1.5 cup chicken (rice) noodle soup (225) = 225
S: None = 0
TOTAL: 648

I need to ramp that number up - maybe I'll eat some nuts or something to round out my day.

Larry H
02-06-2014, 11:01 AM
Munchy WOW!! Soup for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner:dizzy:

In the Volumetrics book it says "To drop weight, pick up your soup spoon"

You certainly have embraced that concept:D However 648 Calories is way too low. I understand why as I have had that problem also but most experts say we need at least 1200 calories to get proper nutrition.

Another entry in the book says "Don't even think of living on just soup"
Barbara Rolls suggests soup as the first course so that we eat less. Not consistently the only item in a meal.

I am not picking on you Munchy, I have the same problem. We just have to learn how to increase our calories.

Never thought I would say that :D

Munchy
02-06-2014, 12:21 PM
Munchy WOW!! Soup for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner:dizzy:

In the Volumetrics book it says "To drop weight, pick up your soup spoon"

You certainly have embraced that concept:D However 648 Calories is way too low. I understand why as I have had that problem also but most experts say we need at least 1200 calories to get proper nutrition.

Another entry in the book says "Don't even think of living on just soup"
Barbara Rolls suggests soup as the first course so that we eat less. Not consistently the only item in a meal.

I am not picking on you Munchy, I have the same problem. We just have to learn how to increase our calories.

Never thought I would say that :D

Oh, I know - I'm positive that it's why I can't seem to lose these 10lbs. I am in love with soup, though - it's inexpensive, easy to freeze and prep on weekends, and it's healthy. Soup has been my favorite food since I was a toddler!

I actually worked with an RD/Nutritionist/BSN who had me work on adding calories to a more normal amount of 1400. Because I'm so used to the low calories, I gained about 15lbs and quickly! After I was told that I was obese by another doctor (my BMI was 26), I quit working with the RD.

It sucks, really. I'm in between a rock and a hard place!

Larry H
02-06-2014, 08:49 PM
Munchy - I see your predicament, Have you seen a doctor? Not losing while you are eating that low amount of calories is just not right. Are you exercising? I retired from the US Navy and for a while was enrolled in the VA weight loss program. They called it the MOVE program. Basic idea was to eat less and move more. You can't eat less and before you start any exercise program that you are not already doing I would see a doctor.

I am continually experimenting with Volumetrics. This evening I took 6 oz of Dreamfields Elbow pasta and added a can of Del Monte no salt added Stewed Tomatoes, a can of Giorgio no salt added mushrooms, 4 fresh jalapeno peppers chopped, Alsosalt salt substitute and pepper - a 2 cup serving was 247 calories. It tasted good but can be improved, next time I will add garlic powder, oregano and Italian seasonings. It was quite spicy as I do not remove the seeds from the jalapeno peppers and I do not cook them as I like the crunch. (I use Dreamfields pasta because it only has 5g digestible carbs per serving)

Munchy
02-07-2014, 09:01 AM
That's my kind of dinner! I actually had something similar. Zucchini/turkey meatballs with marinara mixed with plenty of mushrooms, kale, and picamas (Guatemalan hot sauce).

I have seen a doctor and had my thyroid tested and complete bloodwork. Nothing seems out of the ordinary. I've always been a "stockier" person as is my daughter, mom, and even grandmother. We are petite, but not teeny like some others. I keep pressing on, though. My exercise is not as consistent as it could be, but I'm constantly running around - I'm a single mom. I'm leaving work at a "normal" time today and heading to the gym, and I have a 4 mile hike/walk scheduled in the morning while she's at a playdate.

I think the two problems are that I love to drink champagne - about 250 calories many days/week and that I don't exercise enough. I'm upping the exercise and replacing my champagne with more food and hopefully that will get me back in the game. I am in the upper "normal" BMI, but I want to be closer to the middle of a healthy range. Typically the more gym time I get in, the less I drink because all of my stress and anxiety is melted away.

I'm on a roll, and I'm super hopeful that I'll see some changes within the next two months.

Larry H
02-08-2014, 10:39 AM
This morning I made an Omelet in a Mug an Idea from Hungry Girl's web site.

I sprayed the inside of a large mug with Pam and chopped a bell pepper and 1/2 of a yellow onion into the mug. I put this in the Micro Wave on high for 2 minutes and then added 3 large eggs and a slice of Borden's Fat Free American Cheese broken into small pieces, a diced slice of low sodium ham, Alsosalt, black pepper and a squirt of Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce. I stirred this well and cooked it in the MW on high 1 minute, stirred again and cooked another minute on high. Tasted great and only 310 calories. :D:carrot::D

I ordered another Volumetrics book yesterday "The Ultimate Volumetrics Diet"

amandie
02-08-2014, 11:27 AM
Everything sounds so good! I, too, am a volumetric eater when I remember and have time. I don't have much to share like you two. Just wanted you to know you're not alone!!!

Larry H
02-08-2014, 12:48 PM
Everything sounds so good! I, too, am a volumetric eater when I remember and have time. I don't have much to share like you two. Just wanted you to know you're not alone!!!

Welcome amandie!! It's good to know there are others. Volumetrics is a great life style that works for weight loss so I am surprised I am not seeing more posts.

I suspect people are having a hard time with the concept of eating more and losing weight. I tell them to try it, if you don't like it we will gladly return you to a life of tiny portions, forbidden foods, boring food choices and hunger. :D

alaskanlaughter
02-09-2014, 12:21 AM
I also do volumetrics in theory because I LOVE to bulk up whatever i'm eating with vegetables etc....I haven't looked much into the actual diet though but I definitely need volume when i'm eating

Larry H
02-09-2014, 09:11 AM
I also do volumetrics in theory because I LOVE to bulk up whatever i'm eating with vegetables etc....I haven't looked much into the actual diet though but I definitely need volume when i'm eating

alaskanlaughter I started exactly that way, I vaguely knew that Volumetrics involved eating lower calorie density food. So I started bulking up Light Progresso Soups with a lot of vegetables for dinner. I was feeling so good that I purchased the first two books on Volumetrics and now I am learning how to incorporate Volumetrics into all of my meals. I just ordered the third book "The Ultimate Volumetrics Diet"

When I was only counting calories I was usually hungry and my weight loss was on an extended plateau. Now I am eating a ton more food, my hunger is gone and last week I lost 3 lbs and this week even though I mistakenly weighed one day early I lost 2 lbs.

Thanks to Volumetrics I am eating more and losing more.:D:carrot::D

Larry H
02-09-2014, 07:52 PM
Had a great Volumetric Breakfast and Dinner, Lunch not so good.

I did an egg scramble in a mug for breakfast. Bell Pepper, Jalapeno Pepper and Onion chopped and put in a mug lightly sprayed with Pam. Microwaved on high 4 minutes and added 3 large eggs and a broken up slice of Borden's Fat Free Cheese. Microwaved an additional 1 1/2 minutes.

Lunch was Spaghetti, nothing Volumetric about it.

Dinner was simple 2 cans no salt added stewed tomatoes and I added a can of not salt added green beans. Sirarchi Hot sauce, salt substitute and black pepper. It was delicious and very low energy density.

I ended the day well under my calorie goal.

deb165
02-09-2014, 08:06 PM
Glad to find this thread! This is what I've been doing though not intentionally Volumetrics. So far, so good.

Larry, if I only buy one book, do you recommend one over the others?

Larry H
02-09-2014, 09:41 PM
Glad to find this thread! This is what I've been doing though not intentionally Volumetrics. So far, so good.

Larry, if I only buy one book, do you recommend one over the others?

:welcome3: to the thread,
I think the most important book in my opinion is the original. "The Volumetrics Weight-Control Plan" by Barbara Rolls, PH. D. and Robert A Barnett This book gives an excellent explanation of the Volumetrics plan that is easy to understand. The second book is two thirds recipes. I am an avid cook and I assure you that with an understanding of the basics contained in book one you will be able to modify recipes and make them Volumetrics friendly yourself.

I bought my book second hand on eBay and saved some money. You may want to look into that option if cash is tight.

amandie
02-10-2014, 12:04 AM
Not all volumetric, but here ya go.

Breakfast- two flourless banana muffins (http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/breakfast-ideas-phase-2/268458-peanut-butter-banana-muffins.html) (I actually made the recipe with half of the PB asked for since I'm not a huge fan, an extra banana, 1/4 cup old fashioned oats- I like my fiber, lol, and 1/8 cup brown sugar.) So good and filling!

Snacks/lunch- 1/2 cup yogurt with pb2, 2 rice cakes, 1/2 serving cheezits, and 1/2 cup cottage cheese

Dinner- Cabbage rolls (lasagna style since I was feeling a bit lazy) with ground beef, some brown rice and added some bulk with lots of onions, mushrooms and homemade "nomato" sauce mixed in. My homemade "nomato" sauce is a can of beets, about 2-3 sliced carrots, Italian seasoning, broth of your choice, one bay lea, sautéed onions and garlic then purée after removing bay leaf. You can add some vinegar or lemon juice for acidity. Huge serving, I almost couldn't finish it.

deb165
02-10-2014, 09:24 AM
Ok, thank you Larry. I'm just to the point that I hate to spend another dime on anything diet related... until I prove to myself that I'm going to stick to something. Sister Yo-yo here. I stuck through the weekend, so that's encouraging. ;) You're doing great, btw! Have you lost all of that with Volumetrics?

Amandie, thank you for the banana muffin recipe! Brilliant! And the idea for the cabbage casserole 'lasagna style'. I was thinking of doing a zucchini lasagna but the cabbage would be even better. You are soooo close to goal.... wow! Great job.

Munchy
02-10-2014, 09:26 AM
Not all volumetric, but here ya go.

Breakfast- two flourless banana muffins (http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/breakfast-ideas-phase-2/268458-peanut-butter-banana-muffins.html) (I actually made the recipe with half of the PB asked for since I'm not a huge fan, an extra banana, 1/4 cup old fashioned oats- I like my fiber, lol, and 1/8 cup brown sugar.) So good and filling!

Snacks/lunch- 1/2 cup yogurt with pb2, 2 rice cakes, 1/2 serving cheezits, and 1/2 cup cottage cheese

Dinner- Cabbage rolls (lasagna style since I was feeling a bit lazy) with ground beef, some brown rice and added some bulk with lots of onions, mushrooms and homemade "nomato" sauce mixed in. My homemade "nomato" sauce is a can of beets, about 2-3 sliced carrots, Italian seasoning, broth of your choice, one bay lea, sautéed onions and garlic then purée after removing bay leaf. You can add some vinegar or lemon juice for acidity. Huge serving, I almost couldn't finish it.

I love the idea of using beets! I'm going to try that - I need to increase my potassium, and that would be a great way!

I made the spaghetti squash with white wine, tomato and mushroom on Saturday night, then ate another portion of it last night and added in some neufchatel cheese and sriracha.

Tonight I'll probably make something quick - likely fish tacos with spinach instead of slaw and homemade spicy tartar sauce.

Larry H
02-10-2014, 10:45 AM
amandie - You gave me some great ideas. I went to the muffin post and read the recipe. They sound great. How is the texture? I love the idea they suggested of adding fresh rasberries to taste like a PB & Jam muffin. I wonder if you can substitute part of the peanut butter for PB2? I imagine the recipe needs some of the PB oil for consistancy but possibly could be reduced. You added an extra banana in place of part of the PB. How did that work for you? Cabbage rolls lasagna style sound like a food I would like to make. I like your "NOMATO" it would be a change from the common tomato sauce.

deb165 I lost most of my weight with traditional calorie counting but I was always hungry and snacking. As a result I would end up on super long plataues with no weight loss. Then I would get discouraged, quit start gaining again. If you look at my profile I described myself as a life long yo-yo dieter. Since following Volumetrics I am no longer hungry all the time. Usually I am the opposite, too full to eat more so I do not have to snack all the time. The best part is even though I am eating more, I am losing weight. This is a plan that I can make a lifestyle from.

Munchy Do you restrict sodium? The only reason I ask is I see you wan't to increase your potassium. I am using a salt substitute for cooking called "AlsoSalt" It is sodium free and the only substitute I have ever found that tastes like salt and has no metallic after taste. It is Potassium and L-lysine so would help with your potassium levels. Fish tacos with spinach sounds great. I love fish and spinach.
What kind of fish are you using?

I need to go grocery shopping today. I am out of fruit to add in my Fiber One cereal. :(

I found a this great idea while searching the internet yesterday. It fits well for Volumetrics.

Double the Veggies
In soups, salads, pastas, sandwiches, pizzas, and casseroles, most recipes call for a certain amount of vegetables. Our advice? Double the amount called for in the original recipe. You are already doing the prep work; so a little extra chopping can go a long way for your vegetable intake.

• Stir extra veggies into soups. Don’t be afraid to steer off the beaten recipe path just a bit. When it comes to something like soups, an overdose of chopped vegetables will not ruin the recipe. It will enhance the flavor, nutritional value, and your daily vegetable tally. A half cup of chopped vegetables and a whole cup of dark leafy greens is another serving. In White Bean Soup with Kale and Chorizo, you can double the amount of kale or add chopped carrots, celery, red bell peppers, zucchini…the possibilities are endless.

amandie
02-10-2014, 11:10 AM
amandie - You gave me some great ideas. I went to the muffin post and read the recipe. They sound great. How is the texture? I love the idea they suggested of adding fresh rasberries to taste like a PB & Jam muffin. I wonder if you can substitute part of the peanut butter for PB2? I imagine the recipe needs some of the PB oil for consistancy but possibly could be reduced. You added an extra banana in place of part of the PB. How did that work for you? Cabbage rolls lasagna style sound like a food I would like to make. I like your "NOMATO" it would be a change from the common tomato sauce.

I have yet to try fruit. The first time I made it was in a loaf pan and the texture was great, I was shocked that there was no flour. Since you went to the page, I'm sure you saw my ginormous picture of the banana bread. Frankly, when I had already started the muffin/bread recipe, I found that I only had half cup of peanut butter on hand so I made that up with an extra banana and oats on top, not mixed in like I did the second time. Oh I forgot, I did add a tbsp or two of oil because I was worried about the bread sticking to the pan due to using only half cup of PB. I was happy since the PB flavor was a bit strong (for me and I love peanut butter!) The second time baking as muffins was okay, the texture was not the same as the first time and it was a bit wet, not sure where I went wrong. Although, from now on, only loaf pans with this recipe.

I thought about using PB2 but scared to try. Perhaps next time, I will.

As for the nomato, I got it off the internet somewhere since I have bad reflux and am trying to avoid too much tomato products which is a shame since I love it so much. The nomato sauce is a bit sweet so a bit of salty broth or some salt and/or acidity should help with that if you're not a fan.

Thanks for sharing all those tips and ideas, Larry. Much appreciated!!!

Munchy
02-10-2014, 01:29 PM
Munchy Do you restrict sodium? The only reason I ask is I see you wan't to increase your potassium. I am using a salt substitute for cooking called "AlsoSalt" It is sodium free and the only substitute I have ever found that tastes like salt and has no metallic after taste. It is Potassium and L-lysine so would help with your potassium levels. Fish tacos with spinach sounds great. I love fish and spinach.
What kind of fish are you using?

I don't restrict sodium, but I probably should. I love salt entirely too much! I take l-lysine to offset arginine, but I would absolutely use alsosalt. I'll look for it next time I go grocery shopping.

To make the tartar sauce, mix two tablespoons of light mayo, a squeeze of lemon juice, some cracked black pepper, and either relish or chopped pickles. I've been using spicy pickles from a Philadelphia co-op for this.

Then, pan sear 3-4 oz of any white fish (I always have frozen tilapia filets on hand). You can use cajun seasoning, adobo, salt and pepper or whatever you'd like on the fish. One at a time in a dry pan, heat each side of two corn tortillas until pliable.

Top each warm tortilla with 1/2 of your tartar sauce, then top with shredded cabbage, any lettuce, or spinach. Optional toppings include cilantro and pickled jalapeno, which make the tacos for me. Then top with fish, roll and devour.

PIC HERE (https://scontent-b-iad.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/1515020_10152056562783150_500367933_n.jpg) and it's only 270 calories for both tacos!

Larry H
02-10-2014, 11:35 PM
Munchy The picture of your fish tacos look really delicious. I also use frozen Tilapia a lot but lately I have developed a taste for Swai. I usually place the still frozen fillets of Swai in a pan with a light spray of PAM and cook them slowly at about 300 degrees . I use Old Bay seasoning on them very liberally. I love the flavor of Old Bay. I will have to try them with corn tortillas tarter, shredded cabbage and spinach.

amandie
02-11-2014, 12:12 AM
Deb- thank you! Cabbage sounds great and much easier than cutting the zucchini lengthwise for lasagna!

Munchy- Thanks so much for sharing your tartar sauce recipe. Sounds easy enough to make! The fish tacos sound really good. I usually make those during the summer as I love/prefer grilled fish but now seeing the picturs, I may just make them for dinner tomorrow night! Thanks again.

Tonight's dinner was a large chicken salad with spinach, romaine lettuce, little less than 1 oz shredded cheese, 1 oz crushed lime tortilla chips, dollop of Greek yogurt, a little bit of chunky salsa and some lime juice. Yum!

Munchy
02-11-2014, 09:21 AM
Larry Swai would work just as well! I hope you try it - it tastes so rich, but it's super healthy.

Amandie Your dinner sounds awesome! I have some baby kale and baby spinach that I need to use up, so maybe I'll make a chicken salad tonight.

Going to the gym after work then getting dinner ready, the little one bathed, homework, and packing lunches for the next day can make for a pretty busy evening. My boyfriend cooked me dinner last night so I got home to Indian spiced mixed vegetables sauteed with black pepper eel and topped with tilapia and a dollop of yogurt. It was huge and delicious!

If I don't make a salad, I may have a quesadilla or the tacos. I'm waiting for an avocado to ripen :)

amandie
02-11-2014, 09:30 AM
Munchy- I'm not sure if you know this tip already but brown paper bags are great for ripening fruits like banana and avocados when you don't wanna wait that long or some stores give you totally fresh avocados. Just thought I'd share in case you didn't know. :)

Munchy
02-11-2014, 12:22 PM
Munchy- I'm not sure if you know this tip already but brown paper bags are great for ripening fruits like banana and avocados when you don't wanna wait that long or some stores give you totally fresh avocados. Just thought I'd share in case you didn't know. :)

Thank you! My mom always told me that when I was growing up - love those little mom tips :)

I'm in no rush. What usually happens is I wait "forever" for them to ripen then I run into the busiest nights ever all in a row and never use the avocado before it goes bad. Story of my life...

Larry H
02-11-2014, 11:12 PM
Weird day for eating today. I spent all day preparing and cooking an Italian Dinner fundraiser for the Shriners. Home made lasagna, homemade spaghetti marinara and meat sauce for 40 people. As a result I was too busy to eat Breakfast or Lunch. For some reason I was not hungry at Dinner but common sense told me I should eat. So I joined my DW for spaghetti while she ate lasagna. I got rave reviews on the food by the way. I never tasted the lasagna but my customers said it was outstanding.

When I got home my days calories were 563 so I fixed a volumetrics meal. Progresso light chicken dumpling soup to which I added two cans of no salt added green beans. Then I ate a medium Granny Smith Apple.

Total calories or the day 943

amandie
02-11-2014, 11:51 PM
Bit of a crazy day for me. I got up a bit late for school so I did not have any time to prep my lunch. I did manage to bring a piece of the PB banana bread for breakfast and an apple with vanilla yogurt/pb2 for snacking.

For lunch, I was able to get a big salad with 2 hard boiled eggs and a bit of ranch from the school cafe. I left my insulated lunch bag in the last class though, hoping it will still be there by Thursday (no school tomorrow.) I'm not gonna sweat it too much since I only paid 4 bucks for the bag.

For dinner, I decided on a "pizzadilla." Turkey pepperoni, cheese, a little bit of homemade marinara sauce (tomato paste, water, oil, garlic and onions) and a ton of fresh spinach in a spinach-flavored tortilla, folded in half then pan-fried in a dry skillet until golden brown on both sides. You would save more calories if you used flat out wraps or something similar.

Larry- chicken and dumplings, mmm! I adore lasagna! Have you tried zucchini lasagna where you use zucchini as the noodles? Pretty good but it can get wet/watery if you don't salt the zucchini and let the water out a bit first. I also use cottage cheese in the filling instead of ricotta since it's what I always have on hand.

Munchy- Ha! That sounds like me too on the waiting forever part and unable to use whatever since it went bad. I've been trying to reduce "waste" and making use of everything I have on hand. I've finally got in the habit of blanching veggies and drying them as soon as I get home then freeze them because if I don't, they'll just stay in the fridge until they get brown.

Munchy
02-12-2014, 09:17 AM
Munchy- Ha! That sounds like me too on the waiting forever part and unable to use whatever since it went bad. I've been trying to reduce "waste" and making use of everything I have on hand. I've finally got in the habit of blanching veggies and drying them as soon as I get home then freeze them because if I don't, they'll just stay in the fridge until they get brown.

That's a great idea! I tend to use everything in soups, nuggets, meatballs, burritos, chilis, etc as soon as I get my groceries every few weeks. That way I can freeze them without wasting and I always have a meal that is full of veggies at my disposal. I started freezer cooking when my six year old started solids. Baby food 2/$1 is not a deal when your kid can eat 6 jars a day! A bag of frozen peas for $1 made into 24 cubes of food is a much better deal :)

Larry the zucchini lasagna is awesome. You should try it! I made two 8x8 versions of this recipe (http://www.skinnytaste.com/2009/02/zucchini-lasagna.html) before, but used my own ricotta recipe and homemade marinara. I ended up giving one to my parents (who are gluten free) and got great reviews. You can also make a lasagna with just plenty of mixed veggies, sauce, cheese, meat (optional) and no "noodle" layer at all.

I have no idea what my dinner will be. Tomorrow is my birthday, but we're expecting a **** of a snowstorm, so it may be a surprise early birthday dinner. We shall see. If not, I'm probably going to make a vegetarian taco salad with my baby kale and spinach, and maybe use that avocado. It finally seems soft!

Larry H
02-12-2014, 03:05 PM
OK you both convinced me, I need to try zucchini lasagna. It looks delicious in the pictures on the recipe link that Munchy posted. While looking at the picture of zucchini slices a crazy idea came to me. I wonder if you could use a cheese slicer, you know the type with a wire and a roller, to slice the zucchini?
I will never know unless I try.

amandie Being a member of the soggy brown veggy club, I like your idea of blanching and freezing fresh veggies when you get home from the store. I grew a bumper crop of wax beans, green beans, peppers and tomatoes this past Summer and they are in my freezer where I use them almost daily.
The beans were blanched, the peppers were simply seeded, sliced and frozen . The Tomatoes were cooked and pureed before freezing.

Radiojane
02-12-2014, 03:34 PM
I think you guys just solved a huge problem for me.

I need a happy medium for my boyfriend. He has an insatiable appetite (I really think that his heartburn meds mess with his satiety signals), and he's not yet thirty and on cholesterol and bp meds. He's carrying at least 30 extra pounds.

I have a heck of a time cooking for him because he eats so much. This may be the perfect way to lower his caloric intake while keeping him full.

Munchy
02-12-2014, 04:07 PM
Radiojane, it's a really great technique. I use it in my daughter's foods because I want her eating more vegetables, and if I make them into nuggets or put them in her chili, she's going to eat them - I'm not trying to "hide" anything! :)

I just saw this recipe for polenta casserole that looks pretty good. I'll probably make it next week and portion it into lunches for work. That will definitely help me increase my calories.

Forgot to add the link! Vegetable Polenta Casserole (http://www.budgetbytes.com/2014/01/vegetable-polenta-casserole/)

gemi2
02-12-2014, 05:39 PM
Hi all I'm new to this area and just came across the volumetics info today. Need to buy the book but it sounds like a great way to get volume without eliminating everything we like.
I love portebella burgers and wonder how they would fit into something like this. I usually make them with a slice of provalone or swiss chees and some grilled onions. My hubby is a carb eater but even he like the mushroom burgers. I want to get us both going in a better direction with food.

Munchy
02-13-2014, 09:59 AM
Gemi there are no real rules. Just go for higher volume and lower calories. Portobello burgers are great. Another option is to pulse mushrooms and mix them with lean meat to make burger patties. I like them wrapped in lettuce (gluten free) but a 100 calorie bun would work too.

I had turkey tacos last night on corn tortillas with spinach, jalapenos, sour cream, salsa, avocado, scallion and cilantro. It was my daughter's suggestion and hit the spot!

Larry H
02-13-2014, 12:01 PM
Radiojane - It helps a lot if your boyfriend is a vegetable fan. Many men are not. By getting imaginative and adding additional vegetables to recipes you already make you will lower their energy density. Then you or your boyfriend can eat more while maintaining calories or reducing them. Calories do count on this eating plan, but by increasing the proportion of low calorie density food into your menus you will be able eat larger portions which will greatly help you reach and maintain satiety.

gemi2 - :welcome2: We are a small and friendly but growing group of Volumetrics aficionados. Portebella burgers are very Volumetric and they can be made more Volumetric by adding Lettuce, Tomatoes, Pepper's, Salsa or anything you like that is low calorie dense. Fiber is a large part of Volumetrics so using whole wheat buns on the burgers will help.

Munchy - You eat the best sounding meals, I have got to buy some corn tortillas. I don't know why I have not used them at home. I like them a lot and they would add a lot of new possibilities to my menus. How hot do you tolerate peppers and sauce? Over many years I have increased my tolerance and I now use a 1.5 million scoville hot sauce. It is about 300 times hotter than Jalapeno peppers :devil:

I had a huge Volumetrics serving of pasta for dinner yesterday. 8 oz dry Dreamfields elbows (that is four servings) to which I added a can of no salt added stewed tomatoes and chopped green bell pepper. I spiced it with Garlic powder, Oregano, Italian seasoning and Sirarcha hot sauce. It was delicious and very filling. My nutrition for the day:

Calories 1,213 Goal 1,700 :D
Carbs 295g Goal 213g :)
Fat 6g Goal 47g :D:D
Protein 41g Goal 106g :)
Sodium 498mg Goal 2,300mg :D:D:D
Fiber 64g Goal 30g :D:D

monmis12
02-13-2014, 07:07 PM
Count me in as one who loves Volumetrics. I lost 120 lbs through WW but at the same time, sticking to high fiber low calorie, bulky foods. My breakfast for the last 10+ years has been 6 egg whites, 1 ounce of cheese, and frozen spinach defrosted and squeezed out. I put at least a lb of spinach in it. I eat it with salsa. Fills me up! I have been eating a lot of spaghetti squash and brussel sprouts lately.

Larry H
02-13-2014, 07:38 PM
Count me in as one who loves Volumetrics. I lost 120 lbs through WW but at the same time, sticking to high fiber low calorie, bulky foods. My breakfast for the last 10+ years has been 6 egg whites, 1 ounce of cheese, and frozen spinach defrosted and squeezed out. I put at least a lb of spinach in it. I eat it with salsa. Fills me up! I have been eating a lot of spaghetti squash and brussel sprouts lately.

monmis :welcome2: to the Volumetrics thread. We would love to hear your experience and what you eat. WOW!! 120 lbs.:carrot:

amandie
02-13-2014, 08:19 PM
Monmis12- Wow, 120lbs. Very impressive! Your breakfast sounds yummy. Yay for another WWer!

Yesterday was not a V day since we went out to eat but this place was CHEAP!!! BF and I shared a pepper and steak kabob and a cheeseburger. Then I had a small pizza'dilla with a ton of fresh spinach in it when I got home.

Dinner tonight- Smoked turkey sausage and ziti pasta with alfredo sauce. I added roasted mushrooms (I used a whole can and dry-roasted it in a pan with garlic and lemon pepper along with spinach then pulsed it in food processor with alfredo sauce.) So filling!

Larry H
02-13-2014, 09:27 PM
My whole day was Volumetric and I am uncomfortably full. I only ate 877 calories for the entire day. Breakfast was a huge omelet, Lunch was a recipe from Volumetrics book called "Garlic Roasted Vegetables" that I modified and made into a vegetable stew. It was very good and very large but for the best eye appeal needed something red in color. Next time that I make it I will use either red bell pepper or diced tomatoes and I will freeze half. Seriously it was too much to eat but I pigged out and ate it. :( Dinner was a grilled chicken breast with Cajun seasoning and three medium raw tomatoes cut up with Alsosalt sprinkled on them. I also ate a Granny Smith Apple in the morning as a snack.

Breakfast - 284 Calories
Extra Large Eggs, 3 egg
2 Fresh Jalapeno, Raw
Yellow Onion 1/2 small raw onion
Green Bell Pepper Raw

Lunch - 355 Calories
Great Value Broccoli & Cauliflower Steamable, 2 cup
Sliced Yellow Squash, 2 cup
Baby Cut Carrots, Raw, 1 container (10 oz ea.)10g
Yellow Onion - Medium (2.5" Diameter), 1
Fresh Jalapeno, Raw, 2
Great Value - Minced Garlic, 1 tsp
Mccormick - Ground Thyme, 1 tsp
Alsosalt - Sodium Free Salt Substitute, 1/2 tsp
Parsley Flakes, Dried, 1 Tbsp
Herb Ox Instant Chicken Broth & Seasoning Sodium Free, 1 Packet
Tap - Water - 1 1/2 cup

Dinner - 158 Calories
Homemade Cajun Spiced Chicken Breast, 1 breast
Fresh Raw Tomato (Medium), 3

Snack - 80 Calories
Granny Smith Raw Apple, 1 medium

canadianwoman
02-14-2014, 12:04 AM
Wow!! This is a great thread. I'm not doing this diet but I am learning a lot about it.

Larry H
02-14-2014, 08:12 PM
Low calories again today 999 total. I cut way back on lunch and it was still too much. Volumetrics sure is working for me. I have not been hungry since I started following it.

Breakfast - 285 Calories
Cereal - Fiber One Original, 1 cup
Skim Milk, 3/4 cup
Sweet 'n Low - Artificial Sweetner, 1 pkt.
Banana - Medium Size (6.5oz)

Lunch - 399 Calories
1/2 Raw Onion - Medium (2.5" Diameter)
Sliced Yellow Squash, 1 cup
Great Value (Walmart) - Broccoli & Cauliflower Steamable, 1 cup
Green String Beans Steamed , 1 cup
Delmonte - Stewed Tomatoes No Salt, (1 1/2 cups ea.)
Green Bell Pepper 1/2
Great Value - Green Peas, Frozen (1/2 cup)
Dried Basil Leaves, Ground, 1 tsp
Bay Leaf, 1 leaf
Sriracha Hot Salsa, 2 Tbsp.
Alsosalt - Sodium Free Salt Substitute, 1/2 tsp
Pure Ground Black Pepper, 1/4 teaspoon

Dinner - 160 Calories
Chicken Breast, 2.25 oz
Herb Ox - Chicken Bullion, Sodium Free, 2 packet
Libby's - Naturals - Cut Green Beans No Salt - No Sugar Added, 1 3/4 Cup
Old Bay - Seasoning, 1/2 tsp

Snacks - 155 Calories
Apple Fresh - Granny Smith Apple, 1 medium
Large, Navel Orange

yoyoma
02-15-2014, 08:23 AM
I am following my own very specific approach to eating, but I draw on my experience with Volumetrics as part of the plan. I only eat one meal a day, but I progress through my meal in an increasing food density order. So, I start out with something that has very low calorie density, like raw veggies, brothy soup, low-sugar fruit (e.g. melon), some cooked veggies. I usually eat enough of that to fill up, but then I move onto the more "toothsome" foods, either protein or mixed protein and veg, sometimes with a little bit of starch (by which I mean a few tablespoons of brown rice or lentils). After that, my dessert (something like 2 squares dark choc). I do eat a high-density serving at nuts during the first course. That may seem anti-intuitive, but it stretches out the first course and my nuts are measured, unlike the other portions of my meal (except dessert). There's more to my approach than that, but the point is that I do pay attention to the Volumetrics approach of low density foods, but I adapt it into my own plan. It's part of what makes my plan work for me (to avoid calorie counting).

Wishing you much luck with your own plan!

Larry H
02-15-2014, 11:12 AM
yoyoma :welcome2: It sounds to me like you have a great plan for yourself. No plan fits all and we each need to find what works for each of us. One meal a day is fine in my book. Back in the 60's I went a couple of months eating one meal every other day. Later in life when I was in the 360 pound range I used to joke that I only had one meal a day that lasted 24 hours.:rofl:

Your plan indeed is very Volumetrics based. You are filling up on low calorie dense foods before progressing to the higher density foods. You are not ignoring any food groups and your high density nuts are measured. Obviously your plan is working well for you. Your ticker shows you have lost 31 pounds. Congratulations on that loss. The main difference in our plans besides the number of meals is that I am counting calories. I need to do it because of my compulsive over eating. I always told people I could get fat on apples. :D Funny but it is possible if I were to eat enough of them to exceed my daily calorie requirements. I find it extremely easy to count calories using My Fitness Pal. If I had to do it the old fashioned way with pencil and paper I would soon quit counting.

Please post often I would love to hear what you are eating that is producing your success.

Larry H
02-15-2014, 09:18 PM
Lunch
I dreamed up an incredibly good tasting Volumetric fish stew for lunch today using a frozen Swai filet. It was a huge lunch and only 585 calories and 254mg of sodium for the "entire recipe"

Swai Fish Stew

Ingredients:

Swai - White Fish Fillets, 6 oz. (cut in bite size pieces)
Winn Dixie - Cut Green Beans - No Salt Added, 1 3/4 cup (drained)
Delmonte - California Petite Diced Tomatoes No Salt Added, 1 3/4 cup (not drained)
Fresh - Jalapeño, 2 Peppers
Great Value - Pure Ground Black Pepper, 1/4 tsp
Alsosalt - Sodium Free Salt Substitute, 1/2 tsp
Ground Cumin, 1 tsp
Chili Powder, 3 tsp
Great Value - Minced Garlic, 3 tsp
Herb Ox Instant Chicken Broth & Seasoning Sodium Free, 1 Packet
Water 1 1/2 cup

Directions

Put all ingredients into a pan
Cover and bring to a boil
Boil for 5 minutes
Reduce heat and simmer for 10 additional minutes
Enjoy

Entire recipe nutrition:

Calories 585
Carbohydrates 55g
Fat 7g
Protein 44g
Sodium 254mg
Fiber 21g

Dinner
For dinner I took 1/2 cup of home made left over beef stew and added
2 Jalapeno Peppers diced
1 can Libby's No Salt Added Green Beans with liquid
1 can Del Monte No Salt Added Mixed Vegetables
This made a very large chunky beef vegetable soup that tasted great and was only 273 calories and 250mg of sodium for the entire recipe :D:carrot::D

Larry H
02-17-2014, 08:50 AM
Volumetrics is working well for me!

The results of my third week of Eating More to Weigh Less using the Volumetrics Plan are:

4 pounds loss this week :D:D:carrot::D:D

The first week on the plan was a 3 pound loss
The second week on the plan was a 2 pound loss
The third week on the plan was a 4 pound loss

yoyoma
02-17-2014, 09:16 AM
Munchy, under 700 calories does sound dangerously low. Do you have a doctor on board? I understand that the RD might not have had a good plan for you. We do need to become our own experts. Adding nuts sounds like a healthy addition and I eat some every day. I also take fish oil, since I rarely end up making fish for myself.

We ate Chinese out last night, and I did pretty well at dinner, following Valumetrics guidelines. I wanted to start with a soup, but unfortunately, there weren't any I wanted (I remember one was intestine and blood sausage soup, lol). So I ordered Chinese broccoli with garlic (it was sliced garlic, not garlic sauce). Then I also ate some of the other table food family-style, but overall I did well at dinner. Afterwards, we stopped in at a Chinese bakery, and unfortunately, I didn't do as well there (the real problem was the goodies got brought home. If we had eaten dessert then, I would have stuck to one roll. Oh, well!).

Despite eating out, my scale didn't go up this morning, so I am pretty happy. I'll need to work on better strategies for take-home goodies in the future.

Larry H
02-17-2014, 07:46 PM
I finished today at 825 calories and I could not possibly eat a single bite more.

I over ate and I am stuffed to the max

I made the following for dinner and ate it all.

Raw Cabbage, (1/2 Small Head chopped)
Delmonte - California Petite Diced Tomatoes (No Salt Added), 1 3/4 cup
Winn Dixie - Cut Green Beans - No Salt Added, 1 3/4 cup
Fresh - Jalapeño, 2 Pepper
Herb Ox - Chicken Bullion, Sodium Free, 1 packet
Garlic - Powder, 1 tsp
Oregano, Dried, Leaves, 1 tsp
Seasoning, 1 tsp
Water 1 1/2 cup
AlsoSalt 1/2 tsp
Ground Black Pepper 1/4 tsp

Larry H
02-19-2014, 12:17 AM
Another low calorie day after eating a large amount of food.

Today's Calories 738

Munchy
02-19-2014, 09:19 AM
Munchy, under 700 calories does sound dangerously low. Do you have a doctor on board? I understand that the RD might not have had a good plan for you. We do need to become our own experts. Adding nuts sounds like a healthy addition and I eat some every day. I also take fish oil, since I rarely end up making fish for myself.


It's definitely low. I'm trying hard to get more food in. So many of the things I love to have on hand are just too filling and I need to go for denser foods. I added in the avocado for a few days and realized that I don't have the best reaction to it. I was sick for days. This is the fifth time it's happened, so I'm pretty sure I can't do avocado :(

I'm also trying to eat more during the day, but I'm stuffed early then not able to eat later. The other day I took my little one out to Red Robin and ordered a chicken sandwich in lettuce and even went for the fries. I ate a little less than half of them and couldn't eat another bite until the following day.

Enough about me! Larry, you are doing wonderfully. Everyone else, I'm so happy to see this thread growing :)

Today's plan is tomato soup, lentil soup, baby carrots and cucumbers, and dinner is probably whatever the boyfriend makes. I'm heading to the grocery store after work so I'll have a lot on hand.

Larry H
02-22-2014, 04:49 PM
Lunch is my largest meal of the day. DW wanted to go to Golden Corral today. I made it into a Volumetrics Meal. Heavy on the vegetables with a serving of baked fish topped with salsa instead of tarter sauce.

I pigged out and it was only 715 Calories

Golden Corral - Green Beans, 1 cup
Golden Corral - Cut Corn, 1/2 Cup
Golden Corral - Baby Lima Beans, 1/2 cup
Golden Corral - Southern Style Black-Eyed Peas, 1/2 Cup
Golden Corral - Cabbage, 1 Cup
Golden Corral - Small Salad With Low Fat Italian Dressing
Golden Corral - Baked New Orleans Style Fish, 1.5 each
Golden Corral - Salsa, 2 Tablespoons

amandie
02-22-2014, 05:02 PM
Wow, Larry, as usual, you're doing excellent!!! Normally I am not a fan of fish in soups but yours sound so delicious!

For lunch, I had a huge salad with about 2/3 cups of black beans and corn mixed together with some light homemade ranch dressing along with 2 skewers of mushroom stuffed bacon and sliced bell pepper kabobs and 8 stalks of pencil thin asparagus, wrapped in about 1/3 slice of bacon. I'd say less than 2 slices of bacon altogether with the kabobs and bacon wrapped asparagus. Very filling!

Dinner will be- 1 oz pasta in somewhat light homemade macaroni cheese sauce with puréed carrots in it and will be bulked up with a ton of roasted broccoli and cauliflower and some turkey sausage.

Sorry, I don't have the calorie counts on either one.

In case anyone is curious on how I make my macaroni and cheese sauce-

1 tbsp butter
1 cup milk
1/2 cup chicken broth or whatever you prefer
1 1/2 tbsp cornstarch
1/2 cup cheese, shredded
1-2 tbsp spicy brown mustard
Some sprinkling of roasted garlic and onion powder

Melt butter in medium sauce pan, mix all of cornstarch in with milk and broth until smooth/no lumps then add to pan with butter. Simmer until thicken, be sure to keep whisking so it doesn't burn on the bottom. When it's starting to simmer, add all spices including mustard and whisk until smooth. When sauce is thickened to your preference, turn off and remove from heat then add cheese and whisk until creamy and smooth.

Even after adding 6oz rotelle pasta, 7oz turkey sausage, a ton of broccoli and cauliflower to the sauce, everything was covered and still "saucy", not dry, which I dislike about homemade macaroni & cheese sometimes. Ooh, so filling!!!

Larry H
02-22-2014, 09:33 PM
amandie Your meals always sound delicious. At the Golden Corral today I was really tempted by the Mac & Cheese but I resisted and passed it up.

Since pasta was on my mind today I threw this together tonight at home :

Dreamfields - Elbow Pasta, 6 oz
Delmonte - California Petite Diced Tomatoes (No Salt Added), 1 3/4 cup
Chicken by the Sea - Pink Salmon Skinless and Boneless, 4 oz drained
Giorgio - Pieces and Stems Mushrooms- No Salt Added, 1 cup
Added garlic powder, AlsoSalt, Black Pepper, Old Bay low sodium and Sriracha Chili sauce.

It was a mistake to eat it all as it was way too much. Calories for it were only 800 Bringing my daily total to up to 1,595 calories, My goal is 1,700

yoyoma
02-23-2014, 05:57 PM
Amandie, I like your idea of using bacon to add flavor to an awesome salad. I am going to have to remember that in the summer, which is salad season for me.

Larry, your meal sounds great too. Canned salmon is a good source of calcium and omega-3s. I am also going to eat salmon tonight.

Today I'm having some home-made turkey soup for starters. I will mostly fill up on that. Then a spinach/onion sautee with a little brown rice and a piece of salmon with red pepper sauce. Since the salmon will provide some healthy fats, I might skip my usual serving of almonds. But I'll have 2 squares of dark chocolate for dessert.

I'm finding that I am eating less than I expected, and I've been buying too much produce. Some of the fresh produce goes funky before I have a chance to eat it. I currently have some grape tomatoes, red peppers, half an avocado, half an acorn squash, a few Asian pears, some Korean vegetables, and more all left over from last week. I just went shopping today and I was a lot more cautious about getting more fresh produce (only bought a pack of raspberries).

amandie
02-23-2014, 08:19 PM
Oh, yoyoma- I'm sorry, I meant to say I had the asparagus and veggie skewers with bacon on the side, not on my salad. That is a good idea though!

Can I ask what is your red pepper sauce?

Tonight's dinner is 50/50 scalloped potatoes and cauliflower with onions, huge serving of green beans and pork loin chops with panko breadcrumbs.

puhlease1
02-24-2014, 02:00 AM
Hi everyone - for many years, eating very low carb worked for me, but I've found over the last few years that it just doesn't anymore. I've been re-gaining control of my portions by using some of the less creepy pre-packaged foods (like the healthy choice steamer bowls), but adding lots of veggies to bulk it up. I was also eating a lot of Progresso Light soups with extra veggies as well to make them more filling. It's been working when I've stuck to it.

I'm starting to branch out more now by making my own volumetric types of dishes like you all describe here. I'm hoping to make it work, as I still have quite a lot to lose, and experienced some regain over the last two years.

Munchy
02-24-2014, 09:37 AM
I love hearing about everyone's meals and success! Awesome!

Amandie, I think we talked about this before on the site, but I make cauliflower cheese sauce for my little one by simmering one head of chopped cauliflower until soft, pureeing, seasoning with adobo, then adding in about a cup of shredded sharp cheese. I freeze it into ice cube trays and melt maybe 3-4 cubes to mix with cooked pasta. The entire recipe makes about 2.5 trays of cubes.

Today's meals are carrot/peanut soup, split pea soup, baby carrots and cherry tomatoes with light ranch, and yesterday I made a layered chicken/black bean lasagna with plenty of onions and peppers layered with corn tortillas. It's almost like a Mexican lasagna and my daughter and I love it. I've been making it since she was introduced to solids. When I get home from the gym, all I have to do is pop it in the oven until it's hot!

Yesterday I also made pulled BBQ chicken. I ate mine in lettuce with a bit of blue cheese. :)

amandie
02-24-2014, 09:59 AM
That chicken/black bean lasagna sounds really good! I will have to try that.

I have to admit, I kinda made a face when I saw carrot/peanut soup? I've never had anything like that before, lol... Taste? What else do you put in it? I'm willing to try since I LOVE carrots.

P.S. Yes, I remember the cheesy cauliflower sauce in ice trays. Thanks for the reminder!

My fave thing to do with cauliflower aside from roasting it is to make it into faux potato soup with chicken broth, sauteed onions and garlic, chives, bit of greek yogurt or sour cream. I usually add broccoli, corn and cheese. Sometimes bacon or ham. So good and filling!!! It gets better the next day, for sure! It will be perfect for this week's weather here, the cold is coming back. BOO!

Larry H
02-24-2014, 02:27 PM
yoyoma - I also over buy and throw away too many fresh foods. Another person, I apologize because I forgot who, suggested blanching and freezing fresh vegetables in portion sizes as soon as you bring them home to prevent spoilage. Obviously this cannot be done with all fresh vegetables, lettuce comes to mind, but I am going to try that with those that can be frozen.
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amandie - 50/50 scalloped potatoes and cauliflower with onions, huge serving of green beans and pork loin chops with panko breadcrumbs. Sounds like a great way to bulk up using vegetables.

puhlease1 - I had a similar experience with low carb. It worked great for me until I got tired of the limited food selections. My favorites were a no no. Then I regained all my loss plus some more. Now I eat anything I want while an eye toward the Volumetrics principles. I can take my favorite high calorie comfort foods and by adding water and/or low calorie dense foods I end up with a much lower calorie count for the same size or larger serving.

Munchy - How much Adobo do you put in your cheese sauce recipe? I bet that would taste good on spaghetti squash. It would be like a low cal mac and cheese. I continue to be amazed at the good sounding meals you have. I am going to start a "Munchy" collection of ideas like your "layered chicken/black bean lasagna" If you don't mind me asking, what nationality are you. Your meals are always like a Cajun, South American, Carribean mix. They really appeal to my taste in food.

amandie - That "faux potato soup" sounds great, I am a soup lover and I am always looking for new great tasting low calorie soup ideas.


Yesterday I cut up two large jalapeno pepper's and cooked them lightly leaving them crunchy and added them to a kidney bean, green bean, okra and tomato dish. Quite a lot of spice. I love the taste of Jalapeno peppers but I like more heat. As a result I have gotten into a habit of leaving the pepper seeds in to increase the heat. Does any one else do this?

amandie
02-24-2014, 11:13 PM
Larry- I absolutely love spicy food. I think that is why I was able to start eating more vegetables since I could spice it up with my favorite hot sauce. When I used to eat jalapeños, I always left the seeds in. If that wasn't spicy enough, a few dashes of habanero sauce did the trick.

I've never had okra, do you use fresh/frozen or canned/jarred? What does it taste like?

As for the faux potato soup, I actually got the idea from a WW thread (http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/weight-watchers/221686-cauliflower-alfredo-sauce-yum.html) here from other members who tried the recipe and preferred it as a soup. It was originally a recipe for alfredo sauce. It was pretty good as alfredo sauce, actually but I had to add some cream cheese or sour cream to give it that sort of alfredo flavor plus pecorino and/or Romano instead of regular Parmesan.

amandie
02-25-2014, 12:29 AM
Oops, I forgot to post dinner... I had grilled chicken with BBQ sauce, small helping of homemade dill red potato salad, some baked beans (from a can), and 3 grilled huge cabbage wedges brushed with a bit of butter/olive oil, roasted garlic, onion powder and lemon pepper.

Dill potato salad- olive oil mayo, mix of 3 mustards- yellow, spicy brown and stoneground, roasted garlic powder, celery, onions (green, scallions or chives), and dill weed.

The cabbage was the best part of this meal, seriously. I was so stuffed afterwards.

yoyoma
02-25-2014, 08:45 AM
Amandie, I'm not much of a chef/cook. So, the red pepper sauce is really this: http://www.traderjoes.com/fearless-flyer/article.asp?article_id=1433 I have several jars because I used to have some on GG Crispbreads as a snack when I used to eat several meals a day. Now that I only eat one meal, I needed to find new ways to use it since I had already stocked up. Turns out, it's fantastic on fish (well, I think so anyway).

Munchy, you should start a healthy eats restaurant! Your carrot/peanut soup sounds really interesting to me... would you describe what's in it?

Larry, we have to part ways on the spice, but my husband would take you on. He can eat a vindaloo that has my eyes tearing up just from sitting across the table. But I'm not a total spice wimp. I order "medium" spicy in Asian restaurants.

puhlease1, come on and join us! Being able to feel truly full at times while losing weight makes the process a lot less stressful for me. For that reason, I make use of volumetrics, and on top of that, I pile all my calories into one meal. I know that I will be truly sated after dinner.

Last night I had some grape tomatoes with a little (bottled) FF toasted sesame teriyaki dressing, a bowl of the homemade turkey soup, a veggie and egg scramble, a few mini rice cakes, and two squares of dark chocolate.

Munchy
02-25-2014, 09:58 AM
Larry - thank you! I love to cook. I actually had a healthy catering business almost 10 years ago fresh out of college, but that was when I was young and crazy with 5 part time jobs. As soon as I got one full time, I couldn't handle it much anymore. By request, I do offer lunch service at work to coworkers for a small fee.

I don't use that much adobo - it's more of seasoning to taste. You can always use garlic powder, pepper, and salt if you want to cut the salt down but still impart the same flavor.

As for nationality, I'm black/white but I have a taste for strongly flavored foods. Most of my friends are 1st generation Americans, and I've been blessed to have exposure to all of their home cooking from the time I was really young. My best friends are Vietnamese and Guyanese, and between the two of them, I definitely got to try a lot of things I wouldn't have otherwise had and very young. I also LOVE spicy foods, so naturally Indian and Mexican dishes appeal to me.

Amandie the skinnytaste baked potato soup (http://www.skinnytaste.com/2011/02/baked-potato-soup.html) is so good and definitely sounds like what you're making. I love cutting potatoes with cauliflower! Even my dad (meat and potatoes) and my daughter (picky) have complimented it. The carrot peanut soup is seriously good. It is a very North African flavor with savory root vegetable and peanut. And the recipe:

YoyomaI always contemplate opening a restaurant. My mom is retiring and wants it to be her next big project. I just don't think I can find the time or energy, but having a food truck really appeals to me because of the reduced overhead costs. Maybe one of these days!

Carrot peanut soup is soooo good. If you don't like it, you can always toss it because it's cheap enough!

Sauté one chopped onion, 2lbs chopped and peeled carrots (I use a 2lb bag of baby carrots and don't chop at all) until slightly browned. Add in 4 cloves minced garlic, 1/4t cayenne and sauté for a min. Mix 1/4 cup natural (creamy or chunky – your preference) peanut butter into the veggies until all are coated, then add in 1 quart stock. Simmer until carrots are soft and puree. Season (salt and pepper) as needed.
Freezes BEAUTIFULLY!

The layered enchilada is in a privately published family cookbook, but I can never remember what I wrote! I found an email I wrote to myself, so let me see if it seems right. I plan to make it again and probably replace the beans with zucchini (boyfriend has IBS and can't eat them, so he was sad yesterday)!

MEXICAN LASAGNA/LAYERED ENCHILADA

Saute 1 large chopped onion, 1 chopped pepper, 3-4 cloves minced garlic. Add in 2 cups of shredded chicken, 1 can of rinsed black beans, 1 cup of corn, 1 can of diced tomato, 1 can of mild green chiles, one packet of sazon con culantro y achiote, 1/4 cup or so of sofrito, (optional hot sauce or jalapenos).
-Mix and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally

Spray the bottom of an 8x8 dish. Line the bottom with 3 small corn tortillas. May need to cut to fit in a single layer.
Spread half of the bean/chicken mixture over the tortillas, top with cheese of choice.
Repeat with another layer of corn tortilla, bean/chicken mixture, cheese
Add last layer of tortillas, cover with remaining 1/3 cheese,
Bake at 350 until hot. Before serving, top with chopped cilantro and scallions.

I serve it with sour cream and jalapenos :)

If I don't eat leftovers tonight, I'll probably make a zucchini noodle "alfredo." It's basically sauteed chopped pepper, mushrooms, garlic, neufchatel cheese, skim milk, adobo, cracked black pepper. Add lightly sauteed zucchini noodles, chopped tomato, and scallion, for a few minutes more and serve. Fresh basil and/or capers also work on top, but aren't necessary.

Munchy
02-25-2014, 10:52 AM
I just saw this Skinny Chicken Scarpariello (http://www.skinnytaste.com/2014/02/skinny-chicken-scarpariello.html) by a guest blogger and thought it looked great! Just wanted to share :)

Larry H
02-25-2014, 09:20 PM
amandie - Okra is a little hard to describe. Picture a green bean that is stuffed with cream style corn. That would be fairly close. It is commonly boiled or fried. When boiled it is kinda slick on the tongue, some might say slimy but I would not go that far. It is none of that when it is fried. It is a regular in Southern eating and I like it. I too love hot spices and I also use habanero pepper, both as a sauce and in a dry powder.

yoyoma - Sounds like your husband. amandie, Munchy and I are kindred spirits when it comes to hot sauce. Ask him if he knows how many scoville units are in his favorite hot sauce.

Munchy - I knew there had to be some Caribbean influence in your cooking. Your Guyanese friend from the Co-operative Republic of Guyana which is considered one of the few non island Caribbean countries.
I do some catering but it is strictly not for profit to benefit the Shriner's and Shriner's Hospitals. Nothing really big. I have served a full buffet style to about 125 people. I love cooking also, Growing up my mother had severe heart disease. So as a young preteen I became the family cook for My parents and my grandfather who lived with us. This was all under the guidance and teaching from my mother who was an excellent cook. I have had a jar of GOYA Adobo seasoning in my cupboard for about four months. I have not tried it on anything but you have inspired me to experiment with it.

After no weight loss yesterday I checked my ankles and found I had pitting edema. In other words I was retaining water. :( My cardiologist took me off my daily water pills instructed me to take them only as needed if I noticed swelling. So I took one. Every hour on the hour all evening and all during the night I wore out the carpet leading to the bathroom. :D I dropped most of my edema. :D

I lost 4 pounds and my ankles are normal this morning. :D:carrot::D

I ate leftovers bulked up tonight. I took leftover Vegetable soup with leftover diced tomatoes and leftover black beans. I added a full can of green beans and on a whim I added 1/2 cup homemade spaghetti meat sauce from lunch. Then I added a generous amount of Sriracha Hot Chili sauce to it (I did not measure, just added) Ended up tasting great. It was a huge serving and only 347 calories for all of it.

Progresso - Light Vegetable Soup 1/2 cup
Delmonte - California Petite Diced Tomatoes (No Salt Added), 1/2 cup
Great Value - Black Beans (Reduced Sodium)*, 1/2 cup7
Home Made - Meat Spaghetti Sauce, 1/2 cup
Winn Dixie - Cut Green Beans - No Salt Added, 1 3/4 cup

My final calorie count for today was 1,090

puhlease1
02-26-2014, 12:05 PM
Larry - thanks for the reply, and yes, volumetrics actually helps to eat what I want and not get bored, but have the volume that's satisfying without adding calories. I'm digging it. I'm a foodie, too, and love to cook (also have a taste for the spicy and strong flavors), and low carb was just too limiting.

Yoyoma - sounds like it's working for you. :) I tried the one meal a day thing, and it just doesn't work with my schedule right now - or my desire to eat! LOL


Meals yesterday:
Lunch: Homemade crock pot chicken soup - tons of veggies and brothy.
Dinner: Deviated from Volumetrics for King crab, just cracked and lemon buttered and yum, but did eat asparagus, too.
Later - was hungry again (really didn't eat a lot of king crab, as it's expensive), so got a progresso soup and added two cups green beans. I couldn't finish, but it hit the spot.

Today's plan:
Lunch: Healthy choice steamer bowl with 1 to 2 cups added broccoli
Dinner: My own take on hamburger helper, bulked up with lots of veggies. If I'm tired from class (I'm back in grad school in my middle age), I'll have Progresso soup with added veggies instead.

I don't often do breakfast, but I'm going to make an effort to do so.

Munchy
02-27-2014, 09:01 AM
Larry glad to see that your edema went away quickly!

Today's meals are split pea soup, carrot/peanut soup, baby carrots and cherry tomatoes with ranch (yes, I'm a creature of habit!) and for dinner maybe some zucchini/turkey meatballs, homemade marinara, and whatever frozen veggies that I have on hand - Thursdays tend to be pretty busy because the little one has dance class and Girl Scouts so we often don't get home until 7:45 with a half hour break to eat dinner/do homework after school and work and before activities.

Last night we had mandarin chicken (not gluten free, but I'm surprisingly not feeling any ill effects right now), sauteed zucchini coins with onions, and sticky rice.

I just realized that I have two servings of spicy beans that I have to toss because I went past the freezer time limit. They're from June - EEK! They're pretty much the same recipe as the Mexican lasagna, except there is no chicken or corn, and they're made with pink kidney beans, and a bunch of chopped cilantro stirred in. I eat it with rice for a really filling, cheap meal.

Munchy
02-27-2014, 11:16 AM
I just saw this recipe and I had to share it Paleo Ravioli (http://cupcakesomg.blogspot.com/2012/08/paleo-ravioli.html). I'm making it this weekend, for sure!

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-9SlPLvnAGtc/UDrEy8YIi9I/AAAAAAAAG4I/xDERQ7NQgUg/s640/IMG_5671.JPG

amandie
02-27-2014, 12:12 PM
Ohh, that ravioli looks so good and it uses cauli-credo sauce just like mine except they add 1/4 cup coconut milk to it, interesting! I'm not sure if I can slice the squash that thin without a mandolin, though. Thank you so much for sharing, Munchy. I am definitely going to make it this weekend! I wonder if this could freeze well if I make a lot?

Last night's dinner was a huge taco salad. I originally was gonna make something similar to Munchy's Mexican chicken/bean lasagna but circumstances prevented me from that so I made grilled pork, white beans, cilantro lime brown rice, pan roasted corn, dollop of Greek yogurt and had that on a big bed of lettuce.

Munchy
02-27-2014, 03:47 PM
Amandie I knew you'd like that one - I saw that sauce immediately and thought of you!

I suddenly have a craving for sauteed broccoli slaw mixed with meat sauce. How odd!

kimmieval
02-27-2014, 04:18 PM
For satiety I am realizing that soups are a great option. However I am aiming for a minimum of 1200 calories and a maximum of 1500 calories. I have learnt that varying my caloric intake from day to day is better for my body.
I am going to look up a volumetrics book on Amazon right now

yoyoma
02-28-2014, 07:19 AM
Munchy, subbing summer squash for pasta sound very intriguing! When I eat pho out, I ask them to hold the noodles (I get some weird looks, after all it's sort of the point of pho). I dump the huge supply of bean sprouts they give me in the hot broth and its surprising what a good sub they make.

Amandie, subbing lettuce for the taco shell is another winner. I really dislike it when I eat out Mexican (DH's favorite) and they don't give me enough shredded lettuce to use as a base instead of the shell. Last time I ate out Mexican, I ordered a side salad for that reason.

Larry, sorry to hear that you have troubles with edema. Glad your meds are only "as needed" and you've shed that water weight.

Wed was off-plan (took DD out to eat lunch) but yesterday was back on. Started with red pepper strips and chavrie (I figure goats are grass fed, so it's a change up on healthy fats from my usual nuts). Then ate that long-awaited half acorn squash (had to toss the other half of the avacado). Then some chicken with spinach. I was too full at that point to eat any more, even my usual 2 squares of dark chocolate or my after-dinner decaf.

I have been intending to eat blueberries (defrosted w/truvia) as part of my dessert (for the anthocyanins) but I just don't get around to it. So, I bought some black rice. I made a small batch yesterday, but was too full by the time it was ready. I plan to have a little of that over the next few days.

Munchy
02-28-2014, 08:55 AM
I suddenly have a craving for sauteed broccoli slaw mixed with meat sauce. How odd!

I went with my craving and had sauteed lettuce (about a half a head!) topped with the zucchini/turkey meatballs (which I crushed) mixed with marinara. It was delicious, and I used up lettuce that was about to go bad - win - win!

I'm going to make that ravioli this weekend and also make this Vegetable Polenta Casserole (http://www.budgetbytes.com/2014/01/vegetable-polenta-casserole/). I think both will be winners in my household. I'm making a grocery list right now :)

Larry H
02-28-2014, 12:16 PM
puhlease1 - I am also a fan of Progresso Soup with added vegetables. I always choose the Progresso Light soup as my personal preferance. It comes so many different varieties. Right now my pantry contains: Chicken & Dumpling, Chicken Noodle, Beef Pot Roast, Italian Style Meatball, Chicken Corn Chowder, Chicken & Cheese Enchilada, Zesty Southwestern-Style Vegetable and finally Vegetable & Noodle. I almost always add green beans but some times I will add Tomatoes, Corn, Peas, Beans (Black, Kidney or Northern), Cabbage, Bell Pepper, Jalapeno, Celery, Carrots and Squash. The combination possibilities are endless. I also experiment adding different Spices, Hot Sauce, Fish and Meats. I want to try adding fresh Egg Plant as I think that would also work well. My finished meals are more stew like than soup like.

Munchy - Oh Yes, sticky rice. While in the US Navy I lived in Japan for five years where I learned to love sticky rice. Growing up my mother cooked Uncle Ben's Converted Rice. Until my Japan time I never knew how good rice can be. I now try to eat mostly brown rice but every so often I indulge in that great tasting white sticky rice. That Paleo Ravioli sounds great. I checked my kitchen gadgets and discovered that I do not own a mandolin. I am going to rectify that and buy one on eBay. While I am at it I will check out a Spirolizer as well.

amandie - That Taco Salad sounds great. I will have to try it.

kimmieval - I have all of the Volumetrics books but my favorite is the first one. "THE VOLUMETRICS WEIGHT-CONTROL PLAN" In my estimation it provides the best introduction to the Volumetrics Plan.

yoyoma - Thank you for your kind words about my edema.


For Dinner last night I chopped a half head of cabbage into about 1 inch pieces. Added 2 packets of Herb-Ox sodium free chicken boullion with 1 1/2 cup water. Boiled until tender and added a can of diced tomatoes, two cans of salmon, a tespoon of garlic powder and two table spoons of hot chili sauce.
I loved it and will do it again some time.

Dinner - 419 calories
Delmonte - California Petite Diced Tomatoes (No Salt Added), 1 3/4 cup
Chicken by the Sea - Pink Salmon Skinless and Boneless, 8 oz
Garlic - Powder - Generic, 1 tsp
Herb Ox - Chicken Bullion, Sodium Free, 2 packet
Cabbage - Raw, 1/2 head, medium (about 5-3/4" dia)
Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce - 2 tbsp

Munchy
02-28-2014, 03:56 PM
Munchy - Oh Yes, sticky rice. While in the US Navy I lived in Japan for five years where I learned to love sticky rice. Growing up my mother cooked Uncle Ben's Converted Rice. Until my Japan time I never knew how good rice can be. I now try to eat mostly brown rice but every so often I indulge in that great tasting white sticky rice. That Paleo Ravioli sounds great. I checked my kitchen gadgets and discovered that I do not own a mandolin. I am going to rectify that and buy one on eBay. While I am at it I will check out a Spirolizer as well.

When I went to college it was the first time I remember eating boiled plain rice, and I WAS NOT a fan! My family has been buying jasmine rice and using a rice cooker since I was a kid.

Have you tried black (forbidden) rice instead of brown? It's super sticky, and I've read that it may be healthier than brown rice. It's DELICIOUS! Also, I don't know if it makes a difference if you're buying jasmine rice (comes in brown) vs another kind. I always buy jasmine and it comes out sticky every time.

I don't have a mandolin either, but I've made the zucchini slices for the noodle-less lasagna by using the side of my cheese grater, so this should work too, though I may need to go thinner than that.

I've got to go grocery shopping today since my menu plan is ready to go. I'm not in the mood! Plans include:

Polenta vegetable bake
Paleo ravioli
zucchini/turkey meatballs
squash/chicken nuggets
spicy tomato blue cheese soup
roasted red pepper soup
chicken enchilada soup
Mexican lasagna (with zucchini instead of beans)

I am excited because I found Kerrygold grassfed butter at a local discount store, so I'm going to pick some up :)

puhlease1
03-03-2014, 10:15 PM
Larry - I love experimenting with the Progresso soups as well, and I'm also a fan of heating it up with a hot sauce of some type or other.


This past week has been rough, and I've gone up and down on the scale, but I've pretty much broken even weight-wise. :( Better than continuing regain, but not acceptable enough. Today back on track and back to lots and lots of veggies added to low cal soups to up volume.

Larry H
03-05-2014, 12:53 PM
Munchy - I have never tried black (forbidden) rice instead of brown. I will have to look for it and try it. Are the nutritional values similar to brown rice?

puhlease1 - Sorry to hear you had a rough week. I call a week with "NO GAIN" a winning week. :carrot:

My DW said she was tired of potatoes and asked if I could make a side pasta. She was in the grocery store with me at the time and handed me a box of Betty Crocker Suddenly Pasta Salad Classic. At home I started thinking what can be done with this? I cut up boneless, skinless chicken breast into bite size pieces and stir fried them in a small amount of extra virgin olive oil. Just to the point of being done. I do not like over cooked, dried out chicken. I set this aside and opened the Suddenly Salad and removed the pasta pouch to give away to someone. My DW is a diabetic and we found that Dreamfields Pasta with only 5g of digestible carbs has a much lower effect on her blood sugar readings. I chose the Penne Rigate pasta and cooked it to al dente and then drained it. While it was cooking I took an entire package of frozen Broccoli Florets and steamed it. At the same time I prepared the seasoning packet from the Suddenly Salad according to the package directions. Then I put everything together in a medium large bowl and mixed it to get the seasoning to coat everything. This became our main dish instead of a side dish. After taking a few bites my DW said "This is a Keeper" after tasting it I had to agree. Substituting the pasta and adding all of the vegetables made this a very tasty and filling Volumetrics meal with only 400 calories per serving.

Munchy
03-05-2014, 12:57 PM
Yesterday I had a rough day. After work I decided to run errands, pick up my child at the last possible minute from after school care, run more errands and we didn't get home until almost 8pm. That was a recipe for disaster because at target I munched on a few baked kettle chips while we got what we needed. I ended up at 1064 calories.

Today is day 3 of my no alcohol foray and I'm feeling pretty good. My plan for today would put me at about 600 calories, so I'm going to try to bump it up with some baked chicken wings. At around 100 calories a wing, I can stand to eat 4 :)

amandie
03-05-2014, 02:20 PM
Larry- I really like that Suddenly Pasta salad and like you, have not used the pasta except for the seasoning. Pretty good, IIRC.

Yesterday's dinner was a cauli-rice (combo of brown rice and shredded cauliflower) with a bit of green salsa verde, broth, lemon-lime juice and cilantro along with black beans. Had some in one corn tortilla then the rest as a salad. Oh I added greek yogurt to the cauli-rice since the salsa verde was spicier than I expected. You all may like it but next time, I will strain the salsa since there were a ton of jalapenos in it. I am so glad I did not put in the whole can of the salsa. Darn my GERD or I'd eat it all!!!

This morning for breakfast, I had 2 eggs with 1/4 cup beans and 1 slice of cheese on one small tortilla. I don't normally eat breakfast but I wanted to be sure I could focus on my Sociology test that I had this morning, not be distracted by my hunger, heh.

Not sure about dinner yet. I will be back to update later.

amandie
03-06-2014, 12:04 PM
Well, dinner was not volumetric per se but I made a thin crust pizza with a ton of bell peppers (green, yellow and orange), tomatoes and onions along with 20 slices of pepperoni and just enough cheese. I had 2 small square slices and a huge salad to go with it.

Munchy
03-06-2014, 12:56 PM
We had more errands and got back later than expected. That polenta vegetable casserole keeps getting pushed!

We ended up eating a Trader Joe's frozen polenta, spinach, and carrot mix, and some pan seared tilapia. Delicious and 300 calories.

I had two squares of TJ salted dark chocolate caramel for another 100 and I ended up at 801 for the day.

Today's plan is in the air - my breakfast, lunch and snack at work are set - but I don't know what my boyfriend will make us for dinner. Chicken breasts and mushrooms are the plan, but he hasn't decided how to prepare them. I'll be out and about until after 7:30 (I hate Thursdays), so he has plenty of time to decide. I'm secretly hoping he will do mushroom and spinach stuffed chicken rollatinis. I doubt he would, LMAO!

yoyoma
03-06-2014, 08:13 PM
Larry, black rice is a good source of anthocyanins, which give blueberries their blue color and health bennies. I had been intending to eat more blueberries, but had trouble getting round to it, so I ended up substituting black rice for my brown rice. It's a lot more expensive, but I find it cheaper at an Asian market (still more than brown, though).

Today I ate a large serving of marinated bean sprouts then some chicken sauteed with baby bok choy. I would have mixed in some black rice, but I ran out of my last batch and didn't have time to make a new batch before dinner.
But I doubled down on my healthy fats and ate both a half (small) avocado and my 10 almonds.

Munchy
03-07-2014, 09:47 AM
Today's plan is in the air - my breakfast, lunch and snack at work are set - but I don't know what my boyfriend will make us for dinner. Chicken breasts and mushrooms are the plan, but he hasn't decided how to prepare them. I'll be out and about until after 7:30 (I hate Thursdays), so he has plenty of time to decide. I'm secretly hoping he will do mushroom and spinach stuffed chicken rollatinis. I doubt he would, LMAO!

He made jalapeno chicken sausage, zucchini, garlic, parsley, and mushroom stuffed chicken rollatinis with a side of zucchini moons cooked with the rest of the sausage and mushroom and white wine. It was delicious!

Very volumetric friendly! :)

I ruined it by eating some girl scout cookies and ended up around 1500 calories for the day. :o

Today I may make a pizza. I have a recipe for a yeast-free rice flour crust that I'm dying to try.

Munchy
03-10-2014, 10:30 AM
I ended up making that vegetable polenta bake on Saturday. It's a good start, but I would tweak it slightly because I wasn't crazy about the vegetable broth that I used. It gave an odd flavor to the dish.

I made mini chicken pot pies (http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/impossibly-easy-mini-chicken-pot-pies/9a1006cf-5b40-4c87-acd8-9c3436210129) yesterday adding in corn, mushroom and a gluten free baking mix. They came out EXCELLENT. They're definitely being added to our rotation. The boyfriend, and even the child liked them.

yoyoma
03-10-2014, 03:33 PM
Because all the fixin's are on sale, we made the traditional corned beef boiled dinner with lots of cabbage and carrots. I leave the potatoes and trim the fat off my meat. It's a bit salty, but very Volumetric friendly. :) We will probably make it again next week!

Larry H
03-10-2014, 08:49 PM
Wow!! :D:D Great tasting dinner tonight. Garlic Powder, Cajun Seasoning and Cayenne pepper make a great tasting Volumetrics vegetable stew. Hot and spicy just as I like it.

Progresso - Light Zesty Southwestern-style Vegetable Soup, 2 Cup
Bush's - Pinto Beans (Reduced Sodium), 1 3/4 cup
Great Value - Cut Green Beans (No Salt Added), 1 3/4 Cup
Garlic Powder, 1 tsp
Fresh-Finds Cajun Seasoning, 1 tsp
Ground Cayenne Pepper, 1 tsp
Also Salt 1/2 tsp
Black Pepper 1/2 tsp

amandie
03-10-2014, 09:37 PM
Grilled salmon in butter, lemon and dill with homemade tartar sauce, cauli-rice and green beans. So delicious!

Everyone's dinners sound good!!!

Munchy- I've never had polenta before. I'm not sure how I missed your link from before but that polenta casserole looks really good!!! I have to make those mini pot-pies too, so cute and easy!

Munchy
03-11-2014, 11:18 AM
Grilled salmon in butter, lemon and dill with homemade tartar sauce, cauli-rice and green beans. So delicious!

Everyone's dinners sound good!!!

Munchy- I've never had polenta before. I'm not sure how I missed your link from before but that polenta casserole looks really good!!! I have to make those mini pot-pies too, so cute and easy!

Polenta and grits are basically the same, but can vary in coarseness. I used grits because I had them on hand :) Just make sure you like the broth. Next time I'm using chicken broth because I like the flavor better. I'd also eliminate the cheese on top and maybe stir it into the spinach/polenta mixture instead.

Next time I make the pot pies, I'm going to make half that way and the other half thai flavored (it's also on the website). I think I'll take out the cheese as well - it seems unnecessary.

Today my plan puts me at about 800. I'll try not to fill up on junk at the end of the day like I did yesterday :( I ended up at 1191.

Every year I get upset when it gets warm because I'm uncomfortable with summer clothing. I'm hoping that this year I'll be a little more comfortable than in the past.

amandie
03-11-2014, 11:31 AM
Aw, Munchy. I hope you do get more comfortable this year! It definitely has been getting more and more comfortable (or at least bearable) every summer. I noticed that comment on budgetbytes re: the broth and cornmeal as well as the ratio to get more of a harder/solid bottom layer. Did you follow the recipe as instructed or adjust as needed?

Thai-flavored pot-pies, that is too cool. Do you know if the Thai red curry paste is spicy?

I really need to start getting more creative in the kitchen! On the plus side, I finally made up some frozen "taquitos" using my leftover black beans, pan-roasted corn, and cauli-rice as well as some cheese. Yay for not wasting food and a meal for whenever. Baby steps... :D

Munchy
03-11-2014, 11:45 AM
Aw, Munchy. I hope you do get more comfortable this year! It definitely has been getting more and more comfortable (or at least bearable) every summer. I noticed that comment on budgetbytes re: the broth and cornmeal as well as the ratio to get more of a harder/solid bottom layer. Did you follow the recipe as instructed or adjust as needed?

Thai-flavored pot-pies, that is too cool. Do you know if the Thai red curry paste is spicy?

I really need to start getting more creative in the kitchen! On the plus side, I finally made up some frozen "taquitos" using my leftover black beans, pan-roasted corn, and cauli-rice as well as some cheese. Yay for not wasting food and a meal for whenever. Baby steps... :D

Did you make the taquitos with corn tortillas? Sounds awesome! I'm totally going to do that. I imagine you just fill and roll, then flash freeze on a cookie sheet, seam side down?

Thai red curry paste is usually spicy, but the yellow is mild and green can go either way. I'd assume you can use any of them instead. Here is a link to the recipe (http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/impossibly-easy-mini-thai-chicken-pies/e7574017-ff58-40e2-878b-5adb7ebba653). I would probably not add cheese...something about cheese and curry kind of makes me queasy.

For the vegetable polenta bake, I followed the directions as is. 3 cups of broth and 1 cup of water with 1 cup of polenta (grits). I ended up with a solid layer you could cut through after baking. It didn't spread at all!

Today I plan to eat a little more of it for dinner. It's only 216 calories for 1/6 of the recipe (using 1T oil and full fat cheese), but it's really filling. My boyfriend didn't like it because he said the top layer of vegetables wasn't chopped small enough and was too firm. He likes mushy vegetables :)

amandie
03-12-2014, 01:22 PM
Yes on all counts, Munchy. ;)

Lol, my BF is the same, he prefers mushy veggies too.

Larry H
03-12-2014, 09:56 PM
I have been studying the book "The Ultimate Volumetrics Diet" and I read a suggestion to try new and unusual vegetables. That appealed to me so I made up my own "Bucket List" of vegetables that I either do not, or seldom use when cooking at home. My plan is to look for these in the market and search new recipes to try them in. Doing this will really increase the variety in my menus.

Bok Choy
Leek
Parsnips
Rutabagas
Artichokes
Belgian Endive
Chives
Fava Beans
Mustard Greens
Radicchio
Ramps
Sorrel
Swiss Chard
Watercress
Black Salsify
Chayote Squash
Delicata Squash
Diakon Radish
Jerusalem Artichoke
Kohlrabi
Turnips
Yucca Root
Galangal Root
Celeriac (Celery Root)
Broccolini
Amaranth
Cactus

Munchy
03-13-2014, 09:29 AM
I ended out my day yesterday at 971 - I had steamed broccoli slaw with homemade marinara for lunch, but had a snack of TJ corn puffs. I used to eat that all the time and completely forgot about it. 1 1/4 cup of slaw is only 25 calories, but makes a big bowl of "noodles."

I may just have that for dinner, but then I'd end up at 643 if I doubled the slaw and added in two turkey/zucchini meatballs. That's with romano cheese.

Larry, I have a similar list for my six year old daughter, but it's child-friendly! I took any vegetable I could think of (many of yours are on her list) and made a five page chart with a checkmark column, vegetable name, a picture of it, and a mouthless "smiley face." It allows her to pick what vegetable she wants to try, and allows her to rate them. It's very effective! So far she's picked spaghetti squash, bok choy, acorn squash, edamame, okra, tofu (not a vegetable, but it worked), scallions, butternut squash, turnip, parsnip, avocado, and celeriac. Some were a smiley, some were not, but she has the control and loves it. Now I'm able to add those to the many other vegetables she was already eating. Acorn squash and okra got extra smileys on her chart :)

Munchy
03-18-2014, 09:15 AM
Hey everyone! I don't want this thread to die, lol!

Yesterday was kind of a bust. I ate things that are completely out of my "normal" day, but my calorie count was still pretty low. My daughter was home sick, so I worked from home.

March 17, 2014
B: Hot tea w/lemon and agave (30), 2 GF mini chicken pot pie (230) = 260
S: TJ puffs (140) = 140
L: corn tortilla (50), 2% cheese (40), 3 slices turkey (60), picamayo (35) = 185
S: Hot chocolate (110), baby carrots/cucumber (50) w/ light ranch (80) = 240
D: Broccoli slaw (25), vegetable white sauce (75), 1 zucchini/turkey meatball (48) = 148
S: smarties (25) = 25
TOTAL: 998

Today's plan is really low, but I'm sure I'll find a way to get more into it:

March 18, 2014
B: Hot tea w/lemon and agave (30), 1 cup spicy tomato soup (118) = 148
S: None = 0
L: 1 cup corn chowder (171) = 171
S: Baby carrots/cherry tomato (50) w/ light ranch (80) = 130
D: 2 turkey stuffed zucchini (214) = 214
S: None = 0
TOTAL: 663

What's everyone eating today?

ladynredd
03-19-2014, 06:25 PM
So VERY glad I found this thread. I've been doing Jenny Craig for a few weeks and have lost about 10 lbs., but there's some financial stuff going on right now and the next 3 or 4 months are going to be very tight for me financially and I just can't afford to buy their food any more. They do talk about "volumizing" their food by adding big salads, soups and more veggies so that's what originally caught my eye in your thread title. I've read all 7 pages, jotted down some of your recipes, and I'm excited!

Since you're talking about vegetables you don't try very often, have any of you tried rutabega fries? I made my first batch last week and my husband cautioned me to save the recipe because he definitely wants to have them again. Score! :carrot:

I used one rutabega per person. Peel the rutabega, slice into "cottage fries," place in a single layer on a baking sheet (I put them on that no-stick aluminium foil) and lightly spray with olive oil. Sprinkle with seasoning of your choice (I used Mrs. Dash Fiesta Lime) and bake at 400 for about 25 minutes, turning halfway through. Serve with ketchup and they are REALLY good!

Munchy
03-20-2014, 10:09 AM
Ladynredd welcome!

I actually have tried rutabaga fries - they're delicious! Also, turnip fries, carrot fries, celeriac fries, and kohlrabi fries. Mmm :)

Yesterday I ended out my day at 849. It's not that out of the ordinary for me, but I feel really dizzy and faint. I may add in a fruit serving everyday instead of every few months. I stopped drinking champagne 17 days ago - I bet my body is adjusting to the lack of sugar, because I've been having sugar cravings (very abnormal for me and you'll see it in my plan below). I wanted to try to track my WW points from when I lost my baby weight 6 years ago, so you'll see those numbers too. I'm pretty sure I'm a little off on my point values, so I'm going to look at those again. I am on a mission to get 13lbs off for good. I'm hoping most of it will drop by late June.

Today:
March 20, 2014
B: Hot tea w/lemon and agave (30), 1 cup spicy tomato soup (118) = 148 (3)
S: None = 0
L: 1 cup corn chowder (171) = 171 (4)
S: Baby carrots/cherry tomato (50) w/ light ranch (80) = 130 (3)
D: 2 fish taco (270) = 270 (4)
S: TJ puffs (140), 3 sugar free werther (24) = 164 (2.5)
TOTAL: 883 (16.5)

amandie
03-20-2014, 01:07 PM
Hey all, sorry I've not been posting often in this thread.

I finally got around to making that veggie polenta casserole. I used chicken broth and thought it was good but I definitely have to tweak the broth and cornmeal ratio since it was a bit too wet for my taste but I'm not sure if polenta is supposed to be like that, I'd prefer it to be more firmer. I thought the flavor overall was awesome. I did it a bit different from the recipe, using what I had on hand. I used green peppers and mushrooms in place of yellow squash, added more italian herbs, tomato paste instead of tomatoes. I also added some tomato paste in the polenta mix. Thanks for sharing that recipe, Munchy. A new addition to the rotation, for sure.

That corn chowder sounds good, care to share? :)

amandie
03-20-2014, 10:09 PM
Tonight's dinner was homemade chicken and spinach alfredo pizza using a homemade thin crust dough (http://www.abusynest.com/2011/01/no-rise-thin-crust-pizza-dough.html). I halved the recipe, used half whole wheat and half all purpose flour and added Italian herbs.

For the "alfredo sauce"-
Less than 1 tbsp butter
Minced garlic (1-2 cloves)
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup water
Less than 1 tbsp cornstarch
6 tbsp Parmesan cheese

Melt butter in sauce pan, add garlic and cook until fragrant. Mix milk, water and cornstarch then add to sauce pan with butter. Once thickened, add Parmesan cheese. Mine was a little lumpy with the Parmesan cheese.

Ideally, cauliflower alfredo sauce would be better but I didn't have any cauliflower left. :(

Anyway, had 2 slices with a huge salad.

ladynredd
03-21-2014, 08:45 AM
Hi everyone.

Happy to report I lost another pound this week, making a total of 20 so far. :carrot: After the extremely stressful week I've had I'm happy to have any kind of loss at all!

Have to go grocery shopping today as we are basically out of fruit. I plan on getting the ingredients for the vegetable polenta and the Suddenly Salad broccoli dish if I can find the Dreamfields pasta.

I have a challenge coming up on Saturday -- a gathering of my husband's family, at his mom's house, with pizza on the menu. I will do what I can to lower the temptation factor -- have a bowl of soup before we leave home, and I will bring my own food, one of the Jenny Craig Italian dishes and a BIG Italian salad. I'm going to contact the gal responsible for the food and ask if she'd like for me to bring salad for the rest of the gang, too, or if I should just bring it for myself. I would be more comfortable if other people were eating at least some of the same stuff I have ... I would duck out of this gathering if I could but half of them are coming for out of state and since my husband has made a big effort to get along with the decidedly strange members of my family I have to do the same in return.

Wishing everyone a good beginning of their weekend.

ladynredd
03-21-2014, 09:11 AM
I just found this recipe for Crispy Baked Asparagus Fries on Pinterest. It won't let me copy & paste so I'll try posting the url and hope y'all can see it.
http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/originals/18/65/e8/1865e8f0fa6e99b4985a533b0b69d2be.jpg

Munchy
03-21-2014, 09:30 AM
Amandie I'm glad you liked it - odd that yours wasn't very solid. I used Quaker grits, so maybe that's why mine did. It was a solid layer to cut through. I'm making it again, but definitely tweaking it. Mushrooms are an awesome addition and one of my favorites!

Last night I had a salad and fish tacos (my favorite ten minute meal, haha). I lost 2lbs as of this week, so I'm just 11 away from my goal and 14 away from my ultimate ICANTBELIEVEIMHEREASANADULT goal.

Tonight we're having "walking tacos" as my daughter's choice. It's basically all of the taco toppings (ground turkey, 2% cheese, light sour cream, scallion, jalapeno, tomato, lettuce) scooped into a crushed bag of tortilla chips. I'm having mine in corn tortillas, per usual. We can thank my boyfriend for introducing her to this crazy meal.

Has anyone heard from Larry? I PMd him - I hope all is well...

Munchy
03-21-2014, 09:41 AM
amandie I almost forgot! The corn chowder came out delicious. I told my mom to make it and I think it will be in my regular lunch rotation because it freezes so well.

Corn Chowder (http://skinnychef.com/recipes/corn-chowder)

amandie
03-21-2014, 09:42 AM
ladynredd- congrats on your lb down!! Sounds like you have a great plan in place for this weekend.

Munchy- Walking tacos sounds awesome! Well, it was solid but not as solid as I expected? I've never had polenta so I'm not sure what the consistency is supposed to be like. I also thought it was a lot of polenta too like 1 1/2 inches. I'd halve it, bake it a bit then add veggies and bake it again or reduce water. I used a bag of cornmeal so I dunno. I still ate it all, lol.

Munchy
03-21-2014, 12:22 PM
ladynredd- congrats on your lb down!! Sounds like you have a great plan in place for this weekend.

Munchy- Walking tacos sounds awesome! Well, it was solid but not as solid as I expected? I've never had polenta so I'm not sure what the consistency is supposed to be like. I also thought it was a lot of polenta too like 1 1/2 inches. I'd halve it, bake it a bit then add veggies and bake it again or reduce water. I used a bag of cornmeal so I dunno. I still ate it all, lol.

It should be slice-able, but not hard. The 6 servings were so so filling with all of that.

You can also eat it sort of like porridge like this meal I've had my eye on for years and never made (http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/polenta_with_creamy_mushroom_sauce.html).

Or you can chill it in a pan and cut it into squares to pan sear when you're serving them. I like to do that, then make a quick ragout of sliced turkey sausage, peppers, onions, marinara, spinach, etc and serve it over the browned polenta. The squares are cooked like this:
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_6BF5mlE9uqU/TUWe1UelONI/AAAAAAAAAKQ/GcaQsXMfJ5c/s400/Polenta3.jpg

ETA: I mistakenly thought that recipe was served with it soft! Whatever, it's still a mouth-watering one :)
This is what I meant (http://www.cookinglight.com/food/recipe-finder/polenta-recipes-00412000086466/page10.html).

Larry H
03-21-2014, 11:22 PM
ladynredd Good to meet you!! Welcome!

I have been incredibly busy lately, taking care of my DW and her vertigo which is finally better, Volunteering with the Shriners, preparing a new garden raised bed and cleaning up my 5 acre yard.

I was extremely fatigued and I suspected that maybe my anemia was back. My doctor had blood work done and yes I am once again anemic but my doctor says so far it is mild. He said my blood test showed my good and bad cholesterol ratio was excellent. He also said my total cholesterol was too low. I have never heard a doctor tell anyone that their cholesterol was too low.

I have been trying to incorporate more beans in my meals. Tonight's was.
Progresso Light Italian Style Meatball , 2 Cup
Bush's - Black Beans Reduced Sodium , 1 can
Great Value - Cut Green Beans (No Salt Added), 1 3/4 Cup
545 calories for a large Volumetrics soup

ladynredd
03-22-2014, 01:09 PM
Larry, good to see you're back.

I wanted to let you know that last night I tried your idea of using a Progresso soup as a base for a "souper meal." I started by chopping up a whole onion, some celery and a medium zucchini, lightly spraying them with a mist of olive oil, and cooking in a nonstick skillet until they softened, then added Progresso Light Chicken & Cheese Enchilada Soup. I added a couple strips of broiled chicken that needed to be used. Ended up with a humongous bowl. My husband was out visiting his brother so I didn't have to concern myself with making dinner for him. First time in a long time when I've had so much food I wondered if I could eat it all. MyFitnessPal told me the whole thing was 398 calories. I think I'm on to something here!

Thanks to you (and the others who have been posting in this thread) for sharing your experience, strength and hope ... I know I'm feeling much more hopeful than I was a few days ago when I realized I wouldn't be able to continue with Jenny Craig ...

Larry H
03-22-2014, 11:20 PM
Larry, good to see you're back.

I wanted to let you know that last night I tried your idea of using a Progresso soup as a base for a "souper meal." I started by chopping up a whole onion, some celery and a medium zucchini, lightly spraying them with a mist of olive oil, and cooking in a nonstick skillet until they softened, then added Progresso Light Chicken & Cheese Enchilada Soup. I added a couple strips of broiled chicken that needed to be used. Ended up with a humongous bowl. My husband was out visiting his brother so I didn't have to concern myself with making dinner for him. First time in a long time when I've had so much food I wondered if I could eat it all. MyFitnessPal told me the whole thing was 398 calories. I think I'm on to something here!

Thanks to you (and the others who have been posting in this thread) for sharing your experience, strength and hope ... I know I'm feeling much more hopeful than I was a few days ago when I realized I wouldn't be able to continue with Jenny Craig ...

ladynredd Your additions sound delicious. I am always amazed by how good food tastes and the large quantity we can eat when we lower the calorie density using Volumetrics. We end up with a very filling and low calorie meal. I encourage you to experiment in other meals as well. Vegetables can be added to casseroles, As a matter of fact you can usually double or triple the vegetables in any recipe and greatly lower the calorie density. Eating out is another area that Volumetrics can be used. I ate at the Golden Corral tonight and I had two huge plates of food. If you looked at my plates you would have thought that I was a vegetarian, I am not, but my food choices with the exception of a baked fish filet was entirely vegetables. They have a large selection to choose from and they are tasty. I stay away from all fried foods and red meat at Golden Corral. That is the secret to enjoying larger filling portions of low calorie dense food. I also had a 1/2 cup of plain rice and topped it with salsa and jalapeno peppers.

Experiment, experiment, experiment and you will never get tired of the same old boring food. Do this and and you will love your diet.

yoyoma
03-23-2014, 07:48 AM
Hi folks! Sorry I haven't been posting here, but my volumetrics approach is usually based on lots of raw veggies or fruit and I don't cook much so I don't have lots of interesting recipes to share.

I celebrated the first day of spring with a big mesclun mix salad and Japanese (bottled) low calorie ginger dressing. I love the salad days of summer!

Other than that, I have been doing well with my WOE. I actually had to add in some more healthy fats because I was losing a little more quickly than I wanted (I've been walking a lot).

ladynredd
03-23-2014, 08:38 AM
I'm pleased to report that the salad was a big hit at the Saturday gathering of my husband's family. We have one of those big glass salad bowls you buy at Walmart -- it was pretty much full to the top and when we went home, there was maybe 2/3 C. of salad greens left, which we split as part of dinner. Several people thanked me for making it and said it was delicious, so I'm very glad I ignored my mother-in-law's lack of enthusiasm for the idea -- she doesn't eat "rabbit food," as she made a point of commenting (again.) Ah, well, she's going to be 89 in a couple months, kind of late for me to change her mind about greens at this point in her life!

I will be totally honest and admit I succumbed to temptation a little bit and had one piece of crazy bread, but it only put me 100 calories over my range and in the grand scheme of things that isn't going to make a difference.

Looking forward to staying home today, finished up the @#$% tax prep, and spending some quality time with my sewing machine.

Munchy
03-24-2014, 04:02 PM
This past weekend went well. I splurged a bit and had a few wings on a day that was otherwise pretty low. I went to a party and really didn't drink much or take a bite of any food.

My boyfriend hugged me the other day and noted how he could feel and see my weight loss. I can see it too - mainly because I'm not bloated now that I cut out the champagne! :)

Today's plan:

March 24, 2014
B: Hot tea w/lemon and agave (30), 1 cup spicy tomato soup (118) = 148 (3)
S: None = 0
L: 1 cup corn chowder (171) = 171 (2.5)
S: Baby carrots/cherry tomato (50) w/ light ranch (80), banana (100) = 230 (4)
D: Turkey pumpkin chili (280), jalapeno, cilantro, scallion (5) = 285 (6)
S: 28g TJ puffs (130) = 130 (2)
TOTAL: 964 (17.5)

I'm going to try to eat the banana and the puffs so I don't end up too low, but I won't know if I'm hungry enough for them until later.

ladynredd
03-26-2014, 08:54 AM
I'm having my son and his little family over for dinner tonight (Adorable Baby rolled over for the first time yesterday! Yay! :carrot::carrot:) and plan to serve:
giant green salad
baked chicken with parmesan coating
rice pilaf
broccoli
carrots

I haven't figured out what to have for dessert, I'll have to root around in my Pinterest files and see what I can find ...

How is everyone else doing? Y'all have been quiet the last couple days.

Munchy
03-26-2014, 12:12 PM
My mom just texted me that she's heading to noodles and co (we have never had one in this state) and she wanted to buy me lunch.
So, I skipped breakfast and I'm keeping my lunch here in order to have this 230 calorie bowl of soup instead of my breakfast and lunch which would have totaled 289.

Today's plan is on the low side. I had a disgustingly high day at 1400 calories yesterday. I had super, super low calories all day (including my awful, boring dinner of basically iceberg lettuce at a restaurant), then my daughter ordered a kid's size 1-scoop mocha mud pie ice cream sundae. I just had to take a bite of that ice cream! I counted it as 200 calories, but who really knows.

Anyway, because my dinner was so paltry, I was still hungry...then my boyfriend came home with crab rangoon and Chinese buffalo wings (seriously the best thing ever in the world). 2 rangoons and 2 wings crossed these lips. :mad: I'm really going to have to get used to having him around, with his snacks and fried foods!

Today I'm starting fresh and making up for yesterday.

March 26, 2014
B: Hot tea w/lemon and agave (30) = 30 (.5)
S: None = 0
L: Thai curry soup (230) = 230 (5)
S: Baby carrots/cherry tomato (50) w/ light ranch (80) = 130 (2)
D: 2 quinoa/spinach patty (236) with picamayo (35), 1 cup green beans (35) = 306 (6)
S: None = 0
TOTAL: 696 (13.5)

ladynredd
03-26-2014, 02:40 PM
Munchy the Thai curry soup sounds good -- it's cold and rainy today, some nice warm soup would be nice! Have a recipe you can point us to?

Munchy
03-26-2014, 03:14 PM
Munchy the Thai curry soup sounds good -- it's cold and rainy today, some nice warm soup would be nice! Have a recipe you can point us to?

This one was from noodles & co and was so not worth skipping my delicious soups for!

I have been looking at this one for so long because the reviews are very high, but never seem to make it:
Coconut Curry Chicken Soup (http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/coconut-curry-chicken-soup-10000001860092/)

archychick
03-26-2014, 08:16 PM
Hi all! Munchy steered me to this thread and after reading 1/2 way through all of the posts, I am SO grateful that she did. Will read the other 1/2 tomorrow and subscribing to it. Thanks, Munchy!

I am combining Intermittent Eating and Weight Watchers. I can see from reading all of your posts that the Volumetrics recipe ideas can really help me.

I am following the WW plan to learn a more balanced way of eating. I am an intermittent eater which means, for me, that I only eat one meal a day. I do this as it is better for my particular digestion and I am usually not hungry until after 4p. If I get hungry earlier, of course I do eat. Now integrating the Volumetrics theory into my woe will better enable me to follow the other two more effectively as well as maintain a healthy lifestyle.

I too am a soup-lover. Oh, your ideas Munchy and Larry are so great. I have always added extra vegetables wherever I could, especially greens, to add nutritional value. As a family, we were lacto-uovo-pesco vegetarian for 3 years. So, I am well-versed in veg, but didn't even think of it bulking things up! Meal planning will be done a bit differently from now on. ;)

Oh, the carrot/peanut soup sounds good and reminded me of the W. African Peanut soup that I make. Totally different taste, but the idea of pairing carrots and peanuts struck me deliciously. I am very much into Food Anthropology, so that works itself into my meals to make them more interesting. I'm from New England, live in Seattle and have worked my way into kitchens of home cooks and restaurants around the world. My husband is from USVI and NYC and we travel together whenever we can, so food diversity is paramount to us. We do like the heat in our food and have an abundance of hot sauces in our fridge. I'm going to have to dig through my recipes (I'm also the Seattle Budget Meals Examiner (http://www.examiner.com/budget-meals-in-seattle/lori-st-kitts)) to see what I can share that is appropriate for this thread. Below are two of my fave soup recipes:

Zucchini Squash Soup (http://www.examiner.com/article/add-a-soup-course-for-your-budget-and-your-health) (learned this in Peru when I was on an Archeological dig)
Escarole and green olive soup with ditalini (Zuppa di scarola con ditalini) (http://www.examiner.com/article/escarole-and-green-olive-soup-with-ditalini-zuppa-di-scarola-con-ditalini-recipe) (Ate this a lot when I lived in Italy)

Tonight: Asian-style veg & pork saute with an emphasis on the veg. Rice noodles for the fam and Shirataki noodles for me.

Larry H
03-27-2014, 12:19 AM
ladynredd - Next time you need a dessert try one of these that I found while searching on the web:

LOW CALORIE STRAWBERRY CHIFFON DESSERT

1 (4 serving) envelope low-calorie strawberry gelatin
1 c. boiling water
1 pt. strawberries, hulled and crushed
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1 c. low-calorie whipped topping

Dissolve gelatin in boiling water. Stir in strawberries and lemon juice.
Chill until slightly thickened. Fold in whipped topping. Spoon into individual dessert dishes.
Chill until set, about 2 hours. 6 servings. 44 calories per serving.

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Instant Sorbet

Servings: 2

Ingredients:
1 can Peaches, juice packed

Directions:
Take a can of juice-packed peaches or pineapple. Freeze it for several hours. (That's right, just put the can in the freezer!) Open and dump frozen contents into food processor with metal chopping blade in place or into a blender. Process until desired consistency. Enjoy!

This is a frozen dessert, that, with a little pre-planning, is practically instant. You can also do this with frozen bananas. I find this is a good way to use them this time of year when they get over-ripe so quickly. Freeze them w/o the peels in "zip-lock" type bags - peeling them when frozen can give you frostbite! They end up very creamy--like very rich ice cream...but with no added fat,sugar, etc. This is actually quite good and extremely easy!!

Larry H
03-27-2014, 01:12 AM
Munchy - What is the difference between Chinese Buffalo Wings and regular Buffalo Wings? My former wife is Chinese and I do not remember her making them. I sometimes make Buffalo Chicken Legs, They have a lot less fat and I remove the skin before cooking them. The Thai curry soup sounds great, I love curry especially Asian curry. Five years living in Japan got me hooked on Asian curry but the real stuff is hard to find in Florida. That Coconut Curry Chicken Soup looks great. A two cup serving size is decent.

archychick - Welcome to our thread! :welcome2: Both of those soups sound great. I can taste in my mind what the Escarole and green olive soup with ditalini would be like and I am sure that I would really like it. The problem is that due to cardiac bypass surgery, I need to limit my sodium intake. I know I can get no salt chicken stock by making it myself. I will have to look around the web to see if anyone sells low sodium green olives.

I have not been posting a lot recently because I have been working hard on my vegetable garden. I built a new 4 foot wide by 8 foot long by 2 feet high raised bed. It is a combination of hugelkultur http://www.richsoil.com/hugelkultur/ and Square Foot Gardening. I also built a fence to keep the critters out and I made it big enough for another 4 X 8 raised bed that I want to add in the future I also make five gallon self watering containers. so far I have planted Radishes, Yellow Onions, Bibb Lettuce, Leaf Lettuce, Romaine Lettuce, Beets, Cilantro, Eggplant, Georgia Collards, Green Beans, Wax Beans, Jalapeno Peppers, Big Jim Peppers, Cubanelle Peppers, Grape Tomatoes and Slicing Tomatoes.

I weighed today and I have lost another 2 pounds. :D:D:D

Munchy
03-27-2014, 09:46 AM
archychick I'm so glad it's a helpful thread for you. I think making vegetables the bulk of any of our meals is the best way to eat, especially when trying to lose weight, save money, or feed a family.

The carrot/peanut soup is a very simple way to get that North African flavor. It's worth a try - we love it.

The squash soup recipe is exactly how I use my zucchini when I have too many or they're going to go bad. It's a freezer-friendly soup and ends up being under 50 calories/cup.

Larry I am highly doubtful that these wings have any kind of authenticity, but they're so delicious. They are obviously made with sriracha and something else, but I just can't place it. They're not too spicy and have a certain sweetness to them. Nobody ever thinks to order buffalo wings from Chinese takeout but my boyfriend who wants to eat wings everyday. I never even liked them much until last year!

I'm still going strong. I have my busy Thursday, so likely I'll have a banana in the midst of my evening and eat a late dinner made with the boneless skinless chicken thighs I thawed. Weigh in is tomorrow morning. I'm praying for at least a pound. I haven't been out of the 120's since before my daughter was born!

archychick
03-27-2014, 10:26 AM
I'm really excited to implement a bunch of things that I learned, mostly here, that I learned yesterday. I nearly jumped out of bed. lol

Larry: Congrats on your loss!

I don't know how low sodium they are, but I love Trader Joe's Worlds Largest Olives as they taste much less salty than other olives and are much meatier. They are 230 mg per/2 olives (they're huge). Sodium is something that we all need to consider, so I'm glad that you brought that up. I will keep this in mind when posting. :)

I love to garden and belong to a community garden as I live in an apartment. I am a terrible gardener, but try every year. lol I love this hugelkultur idea! Please post a pic when you finish building it.

Munchy: I am definitely going to make your carrot/peanut soup. I've put it on the menu for next week. Sending all the best vibes for you to exit the 120s tomorrow! :)

Larry H
03-27-2014, 08:46 PM
I made pumpkin pie pudding for my DW. Wow!! it sure is good. It tastes like pumpkin pie and it is only 55 calories per serving. Adding Pumpkin makes this a Volumetrics recipe in my opinion.

http://www.food.com/recipe/pumpkin-pie-pudding-119192

ladynredd
03-28-2014, 07:37 AM
Another 1.6 lbs. gone!

Munchy
03-28-2014, 09:27 AM
Ended yesterday at 769. Weigh in this morning and I didn't lose a single ounce. I think I need a new battery for my scale because my jeans are a little looser and I can see a bit of loss.

I'm joining a new gym tomorrow that opens at 4am, so now that my boyfriend is living with us, I can head there in the morning before he goes to work instead of scrambling after work to rush through a workout (and often missing them) to pick up my daughter in time.

Hopefully something will happen soon. I'm getting discouraged. It's been close to 5 years around the same weight. I am so so annoyed.

Munchy
03-31-2014, 12:54 PM
ladynredd yay!!

larry that pumpkin pie pudding sounds delicious. I never make sweets because I don't have much of a sweet tooth, but I'm always looking for things to serve my little one. I'm actually purposely trying to add fruit and sweet things into my diet now!

archychick did you end up making the carrot/peanut soup?

I'm over my frustration from last Friday. I went ahead and purchased a new scale battery and joined another gym. With my morning workouts, I'm trying to follow what worked back when I lost my pregnancy weight. At the very least I was 5lbs less then, so something worked. I'm tracking my old ww points and also my calories and eating more during the day instead of just soups all of the time. Here goes!

March 31, 2014
B: Hot tea w/lemon and agave (30), 2 egg white omelette muffins (180) = 210 (2.5)
S: Tangerine (47) = 47 (1)
L: Mesclun/arugula/cucumber salad with 2oz chicken, (80), 1T sunflower seeds (47), 2T light champagne vin (60) = 187 (4)
S: Baby carrots/cherry tomato (50) w/ light ranch (80) = 130 (2)
D: Corn tortilla quesadilla (80), 2oz chicken (70), ½ cup 2% cheese (160) 2T light sour cream (40), salsa (10), mushroom, jalapeno, cilantro (35) = 395 (8)
S: 1 square dark chocolate (20) = 20 (.5)
TOTAL: 990 (18)

archychick
03-31-2014, 01:14 PM
Everything is coming together for me finally. I don't feel that I am dieting as I really am not. I know that I can easily continue this lifestyle comfortably as I am not craving anything and it has now become routine. I feel really great. The Volumetrics idea is a key part I think.

ladynredd: Whoo hoo! Nice work!

Munchy: I had to put it off to next week as they didn't have any carrots in the produce section! Yes, they were re-organizing and I was in a hurry that day. My husband is itching for me to make it. :) Instead I made a Chilled Green Gazpacho. It has a little bread in it, but not a devastating amount.

Sending you the best success vibes from the Universe! ------------>

Larry: That pumpkin pie pudding sounds de-lish and looks easy! I'm going to use that idea of adding fruit/veg to low fat pudding to bulk it up.

Munchy
04-01-2014, 03:28 PM
Oops - double post!

Munchy
04-01-2014, 03:30 PM
Munchy:

Sending you the best success vibes from the Universe! ------------>

Thank you!!!

I've been counting my old ww points and ending up at exactly 18pts. I refused to let myself make soup this past weekend so I made a list of a few 4pt (approx 200 calorie) lunches that could be frozen: stuffed peppers and quinoa "meat"balls with chipotle sauce. Since we roasted a chicken on Sunday, I've been using the leftovers in salads for lunch and even in a quesadilla for dinner last night.

I haven't gotten my new scale batteries in the mail yet, but I've been feeling pretty good. I'm on a mission. Eating more during the day has given me less stomach discomfort!

Tomorrow will be my first 4:45am gym trip. New gyms always give me major anxiety, so I've been putting it off :(

Today's plan is:
April 1, 2014
B: Hot tea w/lemon and agave (30), 2 egg white omelette muffins (180) = 210 (2.5)
S: Tangerine (47) = 47 (1)
L: Mesclun/arugula/cucumber salad with 2oz chicken, (80), 1T sunflower seeds (47), 2T light champagne vin (60) = 187 (4)
S: Baby carrots/cherry tomato (50) w/ light ranch (80) = 130 (2)
D: 4 oz chicken (140), 2 cups broccoli (60), sriracha/oyster sauce (50), 28g rice noodles (100) = 350 (6)
S: 16g peanut butter (100), 1 square dark chocolate (20) = 120 (2.5)
TOTAL: 1044 (18)

ladynredd
04-01-2014, 04:48 PM
Munchy, less stomach discomfort is certainly a good thing.

Thought I would report a little non-scale victory I had today. I had to go out in the middle of the day to cash a check at one bank, then go to a second bank and get a cashier's check, then go by the tax guy to have the checks photocopied and faxed. I forgot that today was the 1st of the month and found myself in a huge line at the first bank and waited in line for over 40 minutes. This put me behind schedule and I started feeling tense.

On my way to the tax guy I realized I was now into the lunch hour and their office would be locked until 1:00. This meant I needed to eat lunch while I was out as there would not be time to eat when I got home before my afternoon assignment started.

There aren't many places in my little town where you can find healthy food, but on impulse I stopped at Panda Express. I was very pleased to find they had the calorie counts of all their dishes clearly displayed. It made it easy to choose a bowl of vegetables (70 calories) and a beef dish -- don't remember the name but it was 220 calories, so I had a good satisfying lunch with a decent amt. of vegetables for under 300 calories. Since I didn't need rice, I didn't order any and didn't have to pay for it either, which was nice.

Don't know if Panda Express is out where any of you live, but if you pass by one, keep in mind that it's possible to eat there and still make good choices.

Munchy
04-02-2014, 09:29 AM
ladynredd Woohoo! Congrats on making a good choice when you didn't have many options :)

Chinese takeout is my "go-to" when I don't feel like cooking or I'm running around. I usually get plain steamed chicken and broccoli (no sauce, sugar, salt, etc). I either eat 1/2 cup of white rice or just save it for another day. It comes with sauce on the side which I can use to drizzle, not soak. You can get basically any protein plus veggies steamed plain.

Today I woke up at 4:30 to go to the new gym. It wasn't bad - probably about 15 people there, but the weight machines were daunting since I didn't know the location of them and had to wander a bit.

The dark chocolate square dipped in peanut butter was sooooo amazing last night, so I built it into my day today too :) I realized that I've been miscalculating my omelette muffins, lol. Corrected as 111 and NOT 180!

April 2, 2014
B: Hot tea w/lemon and agave (30), 2 egg white omelette muffins (111) = 141 (2.5)
S: Tangerine (47) = 47 (1)
L: Mesclun/arugula/cucumber salad (20), 20g craisins (65), 13g blue cheese (50), 1T sunflower seeds (47), 2T light champagne vin (60) = 242 (4)
S: Baby carrots/cherry tomato (50) w/ light ranch (80) = 130 (2)
D: 2 chicken pot pie cups (230), 1 cup green beans (35), 7g Kerrygold butter (50) = 270 (6)
S: 18g peanut butter (100), 1 square dark chocolate (20) = 120 (2.5)
TOTAL: 950 (18)

I'm feeling really good. Hopefully I'll see some kind of progress in the next two months!

Munchy
04-03-2014, 10:19 AM
Another morning in the gym. Today was moderately more successful than yesterday because I got a feel for where my machines were. Tomorrow should be even better. Yesterday and the day before I was able to walk and pick up my daughter from school. I'm trying to get her a little more active as well, after a long winter inside.

We have double dance classes tonight, from 4:30-6:30, so my boyfriend is on Thursday dinner night...I'm getting a little bit anxious about it because it's almost impossible to plan and count without me watching how he does it.

Yesterday I expressed how overwhelmed I feel. I've been counting and journaling for close to 6 years, with charts on my weight dating back to 2004 and I'm still not at goal. About 3 years ago I saw a nutritionist/RD and GAINED 15lbs. I just see a lot of other people make progress. Not to really change at all is so frustrating for me.

I'm giving myself 2 months of 5 day/week gym and tracking my WW points (ends up being about 950 cals/day, no more 600 calorie days) to lose at least 2 lbs. If that doesn't work, I'm going to see a doctor armed with my daily workouts and daily journals to see if there is anything I'm missing. My last two complete bloodwork results all came out fine, even though I expressed the same frustration with my weight. Today is day 31 of cutting out champagne, and I thought it may at least help just a teeny bit. I lost the 2lbs right away, but other than that, not really.

I'm feeling obsessive and really anxious about it all. Sometimes I think I'll never make it.

Larry H
04-03-2014, 08:25 PM
I had a one day binge yesterday, the first in a very long time but I am back on plan today. I have been doing a lot of food fundraising events for the Shriners, I am the cook so I have to be there. Tomorrow is Italian Dinner night for the Shriners. I will have to be careful around all the pasta.

I was craving beans for some reason today so I added Red Kidney ,Great Northern and Sriracha hot sauce to Progresso Light Beef Pot Roast Soup.
Tasted great.

I ended the day at 1,562 calories

Munchy
04-04-2014, 12:37 PM
Larry awesome job getting back on track!

I've really been mentally/emotionally struggling this week. I planned out every last detail of what I'm doing this weekend including fitting in a few plans with my boyfriend and my friends and the meals I'm making this weekend for the week.

Something just came up and I'm having a hard time being flexible. I have always had a loose plan and loose documentation, but now I'm back to weighing and measuring every single thing. I have been struggling for so long that the only feasible way to me right now is measuring everything and working out hardcore. I just want to see if it will work for me. I can't spin my wheels anymore - I've been in tears several times this week about it. I feel like I'm breaking down, slowly. I just have a hard time balancing the gym, work, child, boyfriend, and friends and having none of those include food or drinks.

As a positive, I lost .8lb and I was at the gym even earlier than the past two days (I got up at 4:15!). I'm super sore, but pressing on. If I can keep going at this rate, I may even get to goal by August.

archychick
04-05-2014, 04:16 PM
I am going through one of the most stressful and emotionally turbulent times in my life at the moment. I let myself eat what I wanted, but I kept it controlled so that I didn't go out of bounds by measuring everything and keeping track of my Weight Watchers points periodically. I also didn't choose unhealthy food and I didn't over-carb; instead I veg-loaded! I only lost 1lb last week, but I lost, not gained. This is a milestone for me because much of my weight gain was due to emotional eating, especially carbs, without any control over it. My husband says that he can see the loss in my face. :D

Ladynredd: Wow! You really thought things through at a time when and at a place where it wouldn't be easy to do so! \O/

Larry: Nice job! We're creating a lifestyle here, so we need to be able to have those moments and the ability to jump back on the wagon after.

Munchy: Great that you lost! I hear you about mental/emotional struggle - it makes everything in life harder. Sending strength vibes to us all from the Universe ----------->
p.s. Your carrot soup is sitting as #1 on my meal plan when I am actually able to go shopping again. ;)

ladynredd
04-06-2014, 08:44 AM
I've slacked off on weighing every morning but was able to post a nice loss today anyway. By Jove, this veggie-loading WOE is actually working! :cheer2: DH is losing well too and now weighs only 20 lbs. more than I do, which is definitely motivating me -- I do NOT want to weigh more than he does!

My son and his little family came over Saturday for lunch so I was up bright and early starting a loaf of bread. It turned out super and the kids fell upon it like a small horde of locusts (and took home the remainder of the loaf so it would not be here to tempt us.) The remainder of the menu consisted of a big green salad with homemade Olive Garden knockoff dressing, pasta e fagioli soup (light on meat and pasta, heavy on veggies and beans) and the strawberry/jello dessert that Larry recommended. All dishes were enthusiastically received. All the recipes, except Larry's strawberry dessert, came from my Pinterest files.

Barely had time to pile the dishes in the sink before it was time to go get my haircut and perm to prep for our trip. My new hairdresser did a super job and I am very happy with both the cut and the perm. A generous tip resulted. ;)

This is the last weekend before we leave so it's time to concentrate on consuming all the perishables so we don't face any science experiments in the fridge upon our return. Also fun stuff like laundry, etc. I will definitely be ready for this vacation when it finally arrives.

archychick
04-06-2014, 04:38 PM
Most of yesterday went really well, but by evening my family drama got the best of me and I had a little binge. The good thing about it was that I was aware of it and made sure that there were veggies involved. Today there is more of the same drama, but I feel stronger and I am right back on track. Since I have been eating so healthfully, the binge left me feeling icky, like a food hangover, so I am not going to want to do that again anytime soon.

You know, I am finding that since I started bulking up my meals with veggies, save last night, I crave more and more veggies and water before anything else! Has this happened to any of you?

ladynredd: Reading your post was really uplifting. I was saying 'Yes!', 'Ha ha!', 'Yum!' and 'Right-on, good idea!'. Where are you vacationing? Have a fabulous time!

ladynredd
04-06-2014, 06:21 PM
Archychick, sorry you're going through a stressful time. Sending soothing vibes your way.

We are going to visit my brother-in-law and his family, then fly to Ft. Lauderdale and board a Royal Caribbean cruise for the Eastern Caribbean -- St. Kitts; St. Maarten; San Juan, Puerto Rico; and Labadee, Haiti. This will be my 6th (?) cruise. I love the ocean and love cruising but I know the food is going to be quite a challenge. It's easy to let everything revolve around mealtimes and no one blinks an eye if you order two entrees, seems like the more you eat, the happier they are! On one of my trips we did a tour of the kitchens (where they literally have soup kettles as tall as I am) and we were told the average cruiser will gain between a pound and a pound and a half for every day of the cruise. By the time we factor in the time visiting family we will be away from home for two solid weeks so I will be happy if I only gain 3 or 4 lbs., and VERY happy if I stay the same.

Munchy
04-07-2014, 10:02 AM
Archychick you are so right. It get's much harder when the stress and emotions get to us! Hopefully things are looking up and you'll be right back on track today.

Ladynredd I'm so jealous! Sometimes it's worth it to live a little :) A few lbs are nothing in the long run as long as you have a good time with your family.

This past weekend I had my scheduled higher days. I've been eating 18pts (about 950 calories) M-F, then giving myself some leeway on the weekend. Despite the leeway, I ended up doing really well. Friday was about 1300, but Saturday and Sunday were still between 900-1000. I even took my daughter and a neighbor for a pretty lengthy walk to a local market (and bakery...where THEY picked out cake pops).

Tonight I meet with a trainer at the gym. I was supposed to go to the gym this morning, but I was so tired after a long weekend that I figured an hour with my trainer tonight should be enough! I know she's going to check my body fat percentage and I'm a little nervous to have one more number bouncing around in my head.

This past weekend I made myself some egg white muffins with a bit of neufchatel cheese, plenty of veggies, and turkey bacon. They're my breakfast for the week. I also made Quinoa Chipotle "meatballs" (http://www.slenderkitchen.com/quinoa-chipotle-meatballs/) that are frozen in single servings for lunches, and I made Coconut vegetable curry (http://www.budgetbytes.com/2014/03/coconut-vegetable-curry/) which is also frozen in individual servings for lazy dinners.

Last night we had Raspberry chipotle bbq chicken (http://www.budgetbytes.com/2011/02/raspberry-chipotle-bbq-chicken/) and it came out fantastic. Super moist and the sauce was really different.

Hope everyone has a great Monday! :p

Annleslie
04-07-2014, 06:12 PM
How closely is Volumetrics related to the Negative Calorie or Zero Calorie Diets? Would it be a similar principle?

I can't find any specific thread or discussion on these diets, but my question is, in case anyone has some insight, can someone live on Negative Calorie foods alone, at least temporarily as an efficient weight loss method?

Munchy
04-08-2014, 09:37 AM
How closely is Volumetrics related to the Negative Calorie or Zero Calorie Diets? Would it be a similar principle?

I can't find any specific thread or discussion on these diets, but my question is, in case anyone has some insight, can someone live on Negative Calorie foods alone, at least temporarily as an efficient weight loss method?

Annleslie, I don't know what the two diets you mentioned entail (and googled and couldn't find anything!).

Basically volumetrics is just a method to comfortably eat a lower calorie range. Because your meals are the same size they've always been, but have fewer calories due to the vegetables, you can eat the same amount and lose.

I'm not sure how much of the thread you've read through, but I've been eating this way for about six years - even my six year old eats this way. It's nutritious, we're not hungry, and it even saves us a lot of money. In the most basic sense, half or more of our plates are comprised of non-starchy vegetables. We do this in a few different ways:

-shredding or finely chopping vegetables and adding them into dishes (like meatballs, chicken nuggets, burgers, meatloaf, etc)
-doubling or tripling the amount of vegetables that go into a one pot meal (chili, soup, casseroles, stir fry, etc)
-using vegetable purees to thicken dishes or as sauces

I may speak for myself in saying that I know I'll eat this way for the rest of my life.



Another day at the gym at 4:30am. I think I'm starting to really enjoy the morning workout. Once my other gym has the replacement roof done, I think I may utilize that one for more of the weights, etc. I'm a fan of their setup, so I think I can squeeze in another half hour workout after work, especially as it gets warmer out.
Today's plan:

B: Hot tea w/lemon and agave (30), 2 egg white omelette muffins (110) = 140 (2.5)
S: 1 cup whole strawberries (50) = 50 (1)
L: Soyrizo/cauliflower stuffed pepper (177) = 177 (4)
S: Baby carrots/cherry tomato (50) w/ light ranch (80) = 130 (2)
D: Mesclun/spinach/cucumber salad (20), 20g craisins (65), 13g blue cheese (50), 1T sunflower seeds (47), 2T light champagne vin (60), raspberry chipotle chicken thigh (130) = 372 (7)
S: 9g peanut butter (50), 1 square dark chocolate (20) = 70 (1.5)
TOTAL: 939 (18)

archychick
04-10-2014, 01:52 PM
Hi all!

My husband hurt his back, so on top of everything I have been 'on call' throughout the day for him as I work tax week and deal with that other issue. Well, all of your vibes must have worked because things started smoothing out or I'm just dealing better. lol Just in time too as there are only a few days till Tax Day! I am meal planning/shopping so I will have easy, healthy ready-to-go meals for the next few days to feed the fam and keep me on track.

I fell off for a couple of days, but I have to say that when I did I was more conscious of it and I was able to manage some control over it. So, the damage probably wasn't too bad, but I'll see on WI day. At any rate, my mind is changing. I am more determined than ever too. :)

Munchy: Going shopping today and making the carrot/peanut soup - finally! I am going to use PB2 to lower the fat content even more. Looking forward to it and so is the fam! I'm also making the Paleo Ravioli you posted a while back.

Ladynredd: Oh nice! And you are going to St. Kitts - that happens to be my last name! Husband's family acquired the name when they moved from there to St. Croix generations ago. Wishing you the time of your life! With your knowledge of food, you will be able to assess and balance to both fully enjoy and keep around the track, I'm sure. Hey, those ships are huge, so a nice walk-around can help combat any extra calories. ;)

Munchy
04-11-2014, 08:56 AM
Archychick I hope you like it! It tastes so rich, but it's super low cal. I calculated 159 calories per cup several years ago, so I just go with that.

I lost a little more this week. I'm around half a pound a week - not too shabby since I haven't seen much movement for years. Still going strong at the gym and still off of the champagne :)

Hope everyone is doing well!

houndlvr1
04-16-2014, 12:32 PM
Hi everyone - I'll intro myself here and hopefully this board will be one I can use as a tool for help/recipes/guidance.
I'm a WW on line member very interested in Volumetrics as I've been told the program resembles the "old" ww. I've lost and kept off 110 lbs with another 60-70 to go and I"m stuck at a terrible plateau.
I need a switch up and have been interested in the premise of volumetrics for some time and thought after reading so many of Larrys posts that it was time to bite the proverbial bullet. It'll be a learning curve for sure grasping a new program but it most def. sounds like the program is a good one.

archychick
04-16-2014, 11:31 PM
Hi all! I survived Tax Time and stayed on track the whole time. I am really feeling this as a lifestyle change which is making it much easier now. My stress go-to is a pickle or vegetable instead of pasta (a humongous change for me!). My family enjoys the meals that I am making save for their protests in regard to the decrease in the amount of meat. I'm waiting until this Saturday before I do a WI. I skipped the WI last weekend because last week was so 'messy'. I am hoping that I am back, right where I need to be this week on my weightloss path.

Munchy: Whoo hoo! Happy for you that you are losing again! :carrot:

Just made the carrot-peanut soup tonight. Switched out the peanut butter for PB2 and the Chinese chili paste for Thai red curry paste (I was out of Chinese). OMStars, it is absolutely de-lish! This will definitely be a staple in our home now for sure. Thanks!

houndlvr1: Welcome! Congratulations on your loss - that is an amazing accomplishement! I'm fairly new on the thread myself. Great people here and great advice/ideas. I'm also a WW.

Munchy
04-21-2014, 09:27 AM
Just made the carrot-peanut soup tonight. Switched out the peanut butter for PB2 and the Chinese chili paste for Thai red curry paste (I was out of Chinese). OMStars, it is absolutely de-lish! This will definitely be a staple in our home now

Awesome! The original recipe doesn't have chili paste or red curry paste, just cayenne powder, but I'm so glad you like it! It freezes very well if you feel inclined :)

I've been off for the past week and definitely ate more than I usually eat. I don't feel like I gained too much, but I skipped my last weigh in. Sadly, the one week I finally was off and had no child, I was sick in bed. I'm still feeling very run down, but I'm back on track.

Today's plan is:

B: Hot tea w/lemon and agave (30), 1 egg white ham muffins (40), ½ hard boiled egg (35) = 105 (2.5)
S: 1 cup whole strawberries (50) = 50 (1)
L: Mesclun/spinach/cucumber salad with 2oz chicken, (80), 1T sunflower seeds (47), 2T light champagne vin (60) = 187 (4)
S: Baby carrots/cherry tomato (50) w/ light ranch (80) = 130 (2)
D: Turkey pumpkin chili (280), cilantro, scallion, jalapeno (5), 2T greek yogurt (16) = 301 (5.5)
S: 18g peanut butter (100), 2 square dark chocolate (40) = 140 (3)
TOTAL: 913 (18)

ladynredd
04-21-2014, 11:24 AM
Outbound flights = seat belt extender needed.
Return flights =seat belt extender not necessary,
SCORE!!!

archychick
04-21-2014, 07:55 PM
Well, it seems that I have maybe passed a turning point in my weightloss/healthy life change. Regardless of what the day throws at me, I am not turning to food/drink to soothe me (and my office is directly across from the kitchen!). Even while cooking, I am no longer tasting unnecessarily (from where I think many of my extra pounds came). I am also volumizing without thinking now. The problem is that I'm constantly running out of vegetables. lol Feeling really great physically.

ladynredd: You lost weight on a cruise! Nice job! :cheer2:

Munchy: Ha! Like this stuff would last long enough in my home to freeze! lol Thanks though, it's good to know. I couldn't find your recipe, so I found a link to one similar I guess.

Munchy
04-22-2014, 09:35 AM
ladynredd that's great!!!!!!

archychick LOL - I make it just to freeze it in 1-cup portions to take to work, but there is always at least 1/2 cup that doesn't make it ;)

Yesterday was a little off - I ended up eating a completely different dinner, but was only about 100 calories above my plan. I can't wait to feel better so that I can get back to the gym. I've been sick for almost 2 weeks. Maybe it's time to visit the doctor, especially because my daughter was complaining this morning that she didn't feel well either.
Today's plan:

April 22, 2014
B: Hot tea w/lemon and agave (30), 2 egg white ham muffins (80) = 110 (2.5)
S: 1 cup whole strawberries (50) = 50 (1)
L: Kale/spinach/cucumber salad with 2oz chicken, (80), 1T sunflower seeds (47), 2T light champagne vin (60) = 187 (4)
S: Baby carrots/cherry tomato (50) w/ light ranch (80) = 130 (2)
D: 1 grilled chicken thigh (110), 1 cup primavera veggies (90), ½ cup rice (100) = 302 (5.5)
S: 18g peanut butter (100), 2 squares dark chocolate (40) = 140 (3)
TOTAL: 919 (18)

Munchy
04-23-2014, 11:29 AM
Another day "off plan" but I just skipped the rice and night snack and had 2 thighs instead. It all worked out just fine.

We have so many extra thighs, so today's plan is:

April 23, 2014
B: Hot tea w/lemon and agave (30), 2 egg white ham muffins (80) = 110 (2.5)
S: ¾ cup pineapple = 55 (1)
L: Kale/spinach/cucumber salad with 2oz chicken, (80), 1T sunflower seeds (47), 2T light champagne vin (60) = 187 (4)
S: Baby carrots/cherry tomato (50) w/ light ranch (80) = 130 (2)
D: 1 chicken thigh (110), 4oz Asian stir fry veg no sauce (75), sriracha/stir fry sauce (50), ½ cup rice (100) = 335 (5)
S: 18g peanut butter (100), 2 squares dark chocolate (40) = 140 (3)
TOTAL: 957 (17.5)

I really should buy some kind of snacks - I do have popcorn, so maybe I'll have that instead. This bar of dark chocolate, however, is lasting me forever! :)

Munchy
04-24-2014, 11:21 AM
Last night I changed my entire dinner AGAIN. It was close, but I ended up not making any rice, but I was so under my cals that I made myself a corn/pepper taco and I my boyfriend got me a tiny bottle of prosecco (actually 3 little bottles) :)

Today is a little on the low side, but I really want to eat zoodles tonight. Maybe I'll eat a little wrap or some leftover chicken before it all goes bad. We made 4 different kinds of chicken this week!

April 24, 2014
B: Hot tea w/lemon and agave (30), 2 egg white ham muffins (80) = 110 (2.5)
S: ¾ cup pineapple = 55 (1)
L: Kale/spinach/cucumber salad with 2oz chicken, (80), 1T sunflower seeds (47), 2T light champagne vin (60) = 187 (4)
S: Baby carrots/cherry tomato (50) w/ light ranch (80) = 130 (2)
D: Zoodles (30), ½ cup marinara (50), ½ oz Neufchatel (35), 10g Romano (40) = 155 (3)
S: Prosecco (160) = 160 (3)
TOTAL: 797 (15.5)

ladynredd
04-28-2014, 11:49 AM
Nothing notable to report, but I don't want this thread to die. We got off the boat a week ago, jet lag is basically gone, and my weight loss continues. Yesterday I grocery shopped at a local store I don't usually patronize as their prices tend to be higher, but they did have a wider selection of fruits and vegetables, including some Green Giant Steamer selections that were new to me. I bought a few just to add variety to my regular rotation. They also have a much wider selection of the Progresso Light soups, which I've been having for an easy lunch (with added vegies) and I bought several different flavors.

I am so glad I found out about this way of eating and thinking about my food. It's simple enough I can do it without investing huge amts. of time and energy and, most importantly, it's working for me.

Munchy
04-30-2014, 09:16 AM
I fell off of the exercise wagon after getting sick. I just cannot peel myself out of bed at 4:30am lately, even though it's the best choice out of my entire day. I'm still under the weather (for 3 weeks now) and that could have a lot to do with it. I weighed myself FINALLY after avoiding the scale. I gained back 1lb. I feel like I have to make so much massive effort to get nowhere. Argh!

Anyway, I spoke with my daughter's doc yesterday and now I'm focusing on the little one's eating even more. We have always been a mainly unprocessed household. She is a good eater, but really very healthy. I'm concerned that her weight percentile is 95%, but the doctor didn't mention anything until I asked (not in front of the little one, of course). She said that it could very well be genetic or even the 1 weekend per month that she's with dad could undo all of our healthy eating habits. :(

It seems we're both doomed!

Larry H
05-03-2014, 09:26 PM
Hi all, Sorry for my absence.

I have been gone from 3FC for quite a while. On April 13th I got a terrible case of the chills. I was shaking head to toe from being cold and every part of my body was in pain. I put an electric blanket over me turned to the highest setting. That did no good so I placed a second electric blanket over the first one and put it on high also. I was still shivering uncontrollably so I put a regular blanket over the two electric blankets and I continued to shake with cold chills. Strangely my temperature was normal for me 97.6. About four hours later I changed to a hot flash and dumped all the blankets. The next morning I was back to uncontrollable chills and asked DW to drive me to an Urgent Care Clinic. After an exam the doctor said I had pneumonia, he gave me antibiotics and a prescription for an x-ray. I was called by a nurse at the urgent care clinic later that day and was told the x-ray showed I did not have pneumonia but it showed "Chronic Fibrotic Scarring Changes to my Left Lung Base" A quick search on the Mayo Clinic web site indicated this was probably Pulmonary Fibrosis. If so the prognosis is not good. My father died of this at 54. I made an appointment with a pulmonologist and he is sending me for a breathing test this Monday before making a diagnosis. At this point my mind is racing with possibilities.

ladynredd
05-03-2014, 09:48 PM
Health problems are always challenging, Larry. I am sending healing thoughts your way and hope you will receive good news, or at least find out how best to manage this new development in your life.

ladynredd
05-04-2014, 11:26 AM
I have a little challenge to face today. I am going to visit my son & his family & have been asked to arrive around 11:00 a.m. and to bring my own lunch as my grandson is teething and my D-I-L expects to have her hands full.

My first thought was, Oh, KFC! (I have to drive past 3 of them on the way.) Then I thought about the way the scale has been see-sawing up & down the last several days. I am really trying to get below 260, which seems to be a natural setpoint for me, and when I got on the scale this morning it showed a good loss. How much do I want that to continue?

So I have decided to drive right by the 3 KFC restaurants and instead stop by the Denny's Restaurant that I know is close by their house and order a half serving of their cranberry chicken salad. Even the half serving is enough to satisfy me, and I will feel better about myself for making good decisions.

I'm also starting a chuck roast in the crockpot before I leave home so I won't have a lot of cooking to do when I get home.

Larry H
05-04-2014, 11:44 AM
ladynredd The Cranberry Salad sounds like a good choice to me. I am also eating lunch at Denny's today. I printed the nutrition info from Denny's web site and I will take it with me. I will decide while I am there what to eat.

VermontMom
05-05-2014, 07:06 PM
Hi all, Sorry for my absence.

I have been gone from 3FC for quite a while. On April 13th I got a terrible case of the chills. I was shaking head to toe from being cold and every part of my body was in pain. I put an electric blanket over me turned to the highest setting. That did no good so I placed a second electric blanket over the first one and put it on high also. I was still shivering uncontrollably so I put a regular blanket over the two electric blankets and I continued to shake with cold chills. Strangely my temperature was normal for me 97.6. About four hours later I changed to a hot flash and dumped all the blankets. The next morning I was back to uncontrollable chills and asked DW to drive me to an Urgent Care Clinic. After an exam the doctor said I had pneumonia, he gave me antibiotics and a prescription for an x-ray. I was called by a nurse at the urgent care clinic later that day and was told the x-ray showed I did not have pneumonia but it showed "Chronic Fibrotic Scarring Changes to my Left Lung Base" A quick search on the Mayo Clinic web site indicated this was probably Pulmonary Fibrosis. If so the prognosis is not good. My father died of this at 54. I made an appointment with a pulmonologist and he is sending me for a breathing test this Monday before making a diagnosis. At this point my mind is racing with possibilities.

You don't know me, but I lurk here sometimes for ideas from Munchy and her fabulous recipes and to admire how well you guys do here :) I am so sorry to hear of the health problems, I wish you the best!

Munchy
05-06-2014, 09:11 AM
You don't know me, but I lurk here sometimes for ideas from Munchy and her fabulous recipes and to admire how well you guys do here :) I am so sorry to hear of the health problems, I wish you the best!

Aww, I'm so flattered! I love to cook, what can I say? :)

Larry I hope everything is much better now - how scary!

I have been trucking along. I finally saw a doctor and it turns out that I have a bronchial infection and she put me on steroids. I'm going a mile a minute. The first day I took it was Saturday and she stressed eating with the meds. Unfortunately I made last minute plans to go to a holistic and healing festival and ended up splitting a vegan beet salad with my mom around 1. I wasn't sure if it was substantial enough to take the pills with, so I waited until I ate a cup of lentil soup around 5. The medicine had me up until 3am cooking, freezing meals, and cleaning my house. I hardly slept for the past few days, but I did do 5 loads of laundry :dizzy:

I feel so much better, but still VERY jittery. I want to go outside and run instead of being cooped up in my office!

ladynredd
05-06-2014, 08:28 PM
I finally got around to making the carrot soup today that y'all were talking about when I first joined the thread and oh boy is it good! It was my first opportunity to use the stick blender I was given in January for my birthday. I will definitely be making it again -- DH doesn't care for it but that just leaves more for me! Tee hee hee.

Dinner tonight is hamburger patties (no buns) with rutabega fries and green beans. Hoping to go to grocery store tomorrow morning as my first job doesn't start until noon ...

Munchy
05-07-2014, 09:40 AM
Last night I went a little champagne happy...sigh :(

Anyway, I made the best meal for dinner. I took leftover turkey taco meat, zuccchini noodles, diced tomatoes, neufchatel, cumin and picamas (Guatemalan hot sauce) and mixed it together to make a low carb/gluten free "Mexican spaghetti." It was amazing and only 238 calories.

Today I have zero plan for dinner. I really need to buy some groceries this weekend! Maybe I'll pull out a vegetable curry from my freezer and eat it over cauli-rice.

DodgeThis
05-07-2014, 11:41 AM
I think I'm going to try to add these Volumetrics principles into my eating plan. Even if I can start with using it for one meal a day, I think it will be a good boost for me.

ladynredd
05-07-2014, 02:38 PM
Dodge This, you're right. What diet plan wouldn't benefit from the addition of some healthy vegetables?

Munchy, your meal sounds good. When you make zucchini noodles (zoodles) do you cook them a little bit or are they raw?

Munchy
05-07-2014, 02:41 PM
Dodge This, you're right. What diet plan wouldn't benefit from the addition of some healthy vegetables?

Munchy, your meal sounds good. When you make zucchini noodles (zoodles) do you cook them a little bit or are they raw?

I always cook them a bit in a dry pan - not for too long since they'd get mushy, but for about 5 minutes or so. Then they have a perfect noodle consistency. I add the sauce right to the pan to warm it with the zucchini and plop it all in a bowl :)

DodgeThis
05-07-2014, 03:57 PM
That recipe does sound good! I especially like the zucchini noodles idea.

Munchy
05-07-2014, 04:19 PM
Here's a pic of my zucchini noodles. This one was just with a turkey marinara and romano cheese for under 200 calories. Not bad!

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amandie
05-07-2014, 04:24 PM
Here's a pic of my zucchini noodles. This one was just with a turkey marinara and romano cheese for under 200 calories. Not bad!

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That looks REALLLLLLLY good!!!

I have totally slacked off in the volumetrics dept. School is kicking my ***. Hopefully by the summer, I'll start back on eating more volume rather than small high calorie stuff.

Larry- Sorry to hear what you've been dealing with. Hope all is okay with you now.

Larry H
05-07-2014, 10:43 PM
Hi All:wave:

Just a quick check in to let everyone one know that I am still on the green side of the grass. :D

Saturday night I had shaking chills again. This is happening now once or twice a week. I used an electric blanket in bed set on high with a second blanket on top of that and I put on fleece sweat pants. I was extremely cold the entire night in spite of the Blankets and my bedroom being quite warm. At 4 AM I got up and took my temperature using a digital oral thermometer. It read 95.6 F degrees. I have never had a temperature reading that low. The Mayo Clinic's web site says that 95 and below should be considered a medical emergency for Hypothermia. About 10 am I took my temp again as I was no longer shaking but I still felt cold. It had gone up one degree to 96.6 F. On Monday I gave my doctor this information via the nurse. I was called late Monday afternoon from my doctor's office and told to go to for Blood and Urine testing. I have had a breathing test, urinalysis and extensive blood work this week but I have no results yet. I am waiting, sometimes impatiently for an answer. I even had a podiatrist appointment for a painful left foot.

I have learned recently what my grandfather meant when he used to say that old age was not for cowards. :D:D

DodgeThis
05-08-2014, 07:00 AM
Hi Larry, I'm fairly new to the site and this forum, but after reading your post, I just wanted to say that I'm so sorry to hear about the problems you've been having. I hope all of your tests come back with good news.

Munchy
05-08-2014, 09:06 AM
Larry I hope you're feeling better soon. If only we could avoid these medical issues, life would be much easier! Hang in there :)

I'm still a mess from these steriods. I'm feeling so irritable and sad, and I'm turning to champagne to quell the anxiety. Not good.

Today is a long day. After work I have to get the little one and she has to be in full makeup and costume for her dress rehearsal tonight. I have court tomorrow morning, then she has a recital tomorrow and Saturday and we'll be literally running from that recital to an off-broadway show. When we bought the tickets we didn't know it was recital weekend. Sunday is Mother's day...I need a break - apparently it won't happen this weekend! I don't know how I'll get groceries or cook enough for the next week. Ugh!

Today's plan is:
May 8, 2014
B: Hot tea w/lemon and agave (30), Roast vegetable chicken soup (157) = 187 (3.5)
S: 1 small apple (60) = 60 (1)
L: 6 quinoa/mushroom balls w/chipotle tomato sauce (182) = 182 (4)
S: Baby carrots (50) w/ light ranch (80) = 130 (2)
D: Okra & Tomato: 1.5 cup okra (60), ¼ onion (10), 2 turkey bacon (60), 1 cup canned diced tomato (40), ½ cup rice (100) = 270 (4)
S: None = 0
TOTAL: 829 (14.5)

Munchy
05-08-2014, 11:38 AM
I just saw this and had to post it:
Cauliflower risotto with roasted mushrooms (http://www.foodiefiasco.com/cauliflower-risotto-with-roasted-mushrooms/).

I'm absolutely making this either today or tomorrow. I have everything on hand!

ladynredd
05-08-2014, 12:02 PM
I just hit the 25-pound mark in my current weight loss journey. :carrot::carrot: Lots still to go, but I am certainly motivated and excited!

Munchy
05-09-2014, 12:10 PM
Ladynredd that's awesome!!! :carrot::carrot:

I'm still just maintaining. I haven't been going to the gym and my anxiety is through the roof from tapering off of these steroids. I need to focus on my day to day things before I get back on the exercise horse. My meals, as always, are just fine.

This weekend is super busy with my daughter's dance recital and with mother's day, but I have to grocery shop as well as cook a few things for the upcoming week - I have no choice. My cooking list is long, but this week I'm focusing on the bare minimum to have cooked and ready: breakfast and lunch. I plan to make one 12-muffin pan of ham/egg quiche muffins, a pot of white turkey chili, and some chicken flautas for the freezer. I'll probably make sure that I have enough for salads too, just in case.

Onward and upward.

IdealProteinNewbie
05-10-2014, 09:12 AM
Munchy: I love reading your posts. You sound like a great and creative cook.

I saw you mention your SO hates okra because it's slimy...have you tried roasting it? Spread on a foil lined cookie sheet, mist with olive oil and whatever spices you like and roast for 25 minutes at 350*, moving them around every once in a while.

Crispy and delicious, no slime :D

ETA: I use frozen, already cut...super fast!

ladynredd
05-10-2014, 09:13 AM
Feeling really good this morning. Yesterday I successfully completed the first of my Low Calorie Days -- my plan is that I will aim for 500 calories, twice a week. I wasn't sure how hungry I would get but wanted to try it. I had braised onion and zucchini for breakfast, about 2 cups of green bean salad for lunch, and a half order of Denny's apple cranberry chicken salad for dinner. I was NOT overly hungry during the day and this morning my weight had taken a very nice downward dip so I will definitely be repeating this next week.

Thought I'd share a link to a recipe for what looks like a very yummy crockpot chicken & black bean taco salad. I haven't tried it yet as we went out to a Mexican restaurant just a couple days ago, but it's going on my list of Recipes to Try.

http://www.skinnytaste.com/2014/04/easy-crock-pot-chicken-and-black-bean.html#more

IdealProteinNewbie, I am definitely going to try your idea with the okra -- esp. since you added that you use frozen okra. I have occasionally seen fresh okra in our store here but I think frozen okra is available most of the time. I'm going to add it to my list and look for it.

archychick
05-11-2014, 02:44 PM
Sorry that I've been gone so long. Lots of happenings around here and lots of stress. The one good thing is that I have not gained weight. I have also maintained a healthy perspective.

My husband, 14 yo son and I are preparing for a month-long trip next week. This will be our first trip without our 20yo son as he has to work (feels so wrong to go without him). First stop is my graduation in NYC (MA TESOL - basically Masters in every acronym of ESL) and then on to 3 weeks on the French Riviera in an apartment-hotel. This will offset some of the food cost and help me to keep control by cooking at home some of the time. It's our 20th anniversary tour (20th was last year) and to scout out places we want to rent for a a few mos out of the year every now and again. Cheaper to rent an apartment than hotel. We've already scoped out places in Hong Kong and Thailand. This is why we chose to rent all these years. After husband working 7 days/wk and me round the clock for almost 2 years, we need this. :D

So, I should return with lots of great, healthy recipes to share as I always keep a food journal when I travel. Lots of walking and healthy eating ahead. However, I will need to really plan ahead for the cheese and wine tours. lol


Larry: I'm so sorry to read this. At least you are aware of it so that you understand how to deal with it. Sending you all the best vibes from the Universe your way ------------->

Munchy: Sending good-feeling vibes your way ------------> Your Mexican Spaghetti sounds so good! I am a huge neufchatel fan.

Lady: Isn't that carrot soup faboo?! I reduced even more cals. by using PB2 (dried, low-fat peanut butter). Munch knows her soups! "zoodles" love it. I am totally putting your crock-pot recipe on my meal plan this week.

Dodge: Volumetrics principles just fit right into healthy eating. It has become so natural for me with Weight Watchers.

ladynredd
05-11-2014, 02:51 PM
I'm going to have to look for that PB2. Several of my favorite recipes call for peanut butter and it ought to work fine.

Munchy
05-12-2014, 09:51 AM
I've made probably 50 recipes off of Gina's site (skinnytaste.com) and they all come out amazing. I actually have some fresh fish that I need to cook today and I'm making her broiled tilapia with tomato caper sauce - it's one of my favorites for probably four years now!

Is PB2 sweetened? I was hoping to get unsweetened peanut flour (TJ used to sell it) but I can only find it online. Maybe I'll check out Whole Foods too.

Today's plan:
May 12, 2014
B: Hot tea w/lemon and agave (30), 2 egg white ham muffins (80) = 110 (2.5)
S: 1 cup whole strawberries (50) = 50 (1)
L: White turkey chili (228) = 228 (4)
S: Baby carrots/cherry tomato (50) w/ light ranch (80) = 130 (2)
D: Broiled tilapia with tomato caper sauce (256), 1 cup green beans (35), 7g Kerrygold butter (50) = 341 (6)
S: None = 0
TOTAL: 859 (15.5)

archychick
05-12-2014, 02:55 PM
I get PB2 in my grocery store. It comes in plain and chocolate. I read that the plain has roasted peanuts, sugar (1g) and salt. I don't believe that it is non-GMO or organic if that is important to you.

I have added WW Chilled Green Gazpacho (http://www.weightwatchers.com/food/rcp/RecipePage.aspx?recipeId=63901) to my repertoire. I omitted the bread to make it veg-only and 1 pt/serv. The richness isn't affected at all. The recipe from the Simply Delicious Cookbook that I use, uses watercress in lieu of lettuce, doesn't use grapes and adds parsley, cilantro and a jalapeno.

Munchy: I'm making a Putanesca sauce this week and hadn't thought about adding fish to it. What a great addition!

DodgeThis
05-12-2014, 06:16 PM
I began adding more veggies to my evening meals and it certainly helps a lot. It lets you feel much fuller without adding the fat and calories of some other food choices.

archychick
05-12-2014, 10:41 PM
Dodge: Yes, and I feel better after pumping myself up with vegetables, especially greens. Are you finding the same?

Munchy
05-13-2014, 11:24 AM
Munchy: I'm making a Putanesca sauce this week and hadn't thought about adding fish to it. What a great addition!

Oh yeah - that would be great! Or just the fish with the puttanesca spooned over the top. Mmm!

I didn't end up making the tilapia (http://www.skinnytaste.com/2009/03/broiled-tilapia-with-tomato-caper-sauce.html) because my fish went bad. I bought it on a whim then ran out all day Saturday and didn't have a chance to cook it. After brunch on Sunday morning, we didn't eat anything else, so by Monday it was just no good. At least it was on special so it wasn't pricey at all.

I ended up making a HUGE wrap with my new low calorie gluten free wraps. I missed wraps so much! GF wrap (110), chicken thigh (110), 2T light mayo (60), 1T Dijon/picamas (5), broccoli slaw (10) = 295 (6)

Today I plan to have some zoodles with marinara since I have about 4 in my fridge right now and marinara that needs to be eaten. :)

nonameslob
05-13-2014, 03:47 PM
Munchy sent me over here. I've seen the word "volumetrics" but didn't know what it was. Posting so I'll remember to come back and check it out. I'm really mostly interested in getting more vegetables (and less calorie-dense meat) in the diet of my picky-eating boyfriend, which would in turn allow me to eat more veggies. My diet has changed a bit because of him. :(

Looks like I already kind of practice this in my own eating within 5:2, especially on my 500 calorie days where I try to get the best bang for my buck in terms of food. I am currently obsessed with zoodles :D

Munchy
05-13-2014, 03:54 PM
Welcome! I definitely get my boyfriend and my six year old eating a lot of vegetables because they're in everything. Both of them have their favorites (turkey/zucchini meatballs and chicken/squash nuggets) which I cook and freeze on weekends for them to have anytime during the week.

Luckily I've always fed my daughter this way, so she gets excited when she finds out that she's eating something different and really enjoys it (like the spinach and chia in her smoothies) - probably because I praise her so much for it LOL.

Munchy
05-13-2014, 07:46 PM
We just had mushroom/spinach/turkey burgers with baked curly sweet potato fries. The boyfriend and I also had them topped with sautéed mushroom and onion and fried peppers. Mine was wrapped in lettuce. Delicious meal for a warm day!

IdealProteinNewbie
05-13-2014, 08:42 PM
Munchy: Did you see my post about okra on the previous page?

Munchy
05-14-2014, 09:10 AM
Munchy: Did you see my post about okra on the previous page?

I'm so glad you pointed it out because I did miss it! Roasting sounds delicious! My ex husband used to like when I breaded and pan fried them served with a spicy mayo, but I'm all about trying them roasted. I have some in my freezer right now :)

DodgeThis
05-14-2014, 02:30 PM
archychick: I definitely feel better loading up on vegetables, rather than eating a small portion of something dense with calories. I've started eating things like strawberries and carrots for snacks more often as well. I'm feeling much better than I was a few days ago...already a little less lazy :D

ladynredd
05-16-2014, 07:56 AM
Today was my "official" weigh-in day and I was pleased to see another loss show up, a little less than 2 lbs. Eating that elephant one bite at a time ...

I must share a small NSV (non scale victory.) My husband was gone from the house Wed. night -- his mom had some outpatient surgery and he had to spend the night at her house. In the past this would have been my excuse to indulge in some very unhealthy eating. This time, however, I made sure I shopped for my healthy food ahead of time (he had the car) and that night I had a huge shrimp & crab salad for dinner, foods I don't usually buy since he doesn't enjoy them. Amazing how fast a shift can occur in our thinking ...

Larry H
05-18-2014, 11:06 AM
Thursday I was told that I have Emphysema and COPD. I quit smoking 36 years ago but I guess the cigarettes are going to get me eventually. The doctor said it was most likely caused by my smoking so many years ago.

My Pulmonologist scheduled me for a breathing test on 5/5/2014 To evaluate my lung condition and my chronic cough. On Thursday 5/15/2014 I visited His office to discuss the breathing test results. He said the test showed my lung function is 93%. He listened to my lungs and said I have mild Emphysema and COPD and that this is a progressive disease and it will get worse over time. A follow up appointment is scheduled for six months. The doctor said I should lose weight and exercise. He also offered a prescription for an inhaler which after a discussion with him and with his agreement I have declined until my shortness of breath gets worse.

The doctor says that weight loss and exercise will slow but not stop this disease from progressing. Slowing it sounds good to me so yesterday I dug out my long neglected bicycle, inflated the tires and went for a ride. It felt good. I did not go too far and was a little short of breath but I will continue while I can.

All the testing never found a cause of my chills. They have not happened again. The doctor said "maybe you are getting old" I don't know if that is a compliment or an insult. :D

Today is DW birthday and she wants Red Lobster. I pulled the nutrition list off their web site and will select a low calorie dense food.

I am so pleased to see the growth of this thread

nonameslob - Welcome

Runundefined
05-18-2014, 12:23 PM
I am so glad to have found this thread and wanted to share! I am a member of 2FC but I've been away too long and mostly used to lurk.

I've realized I'm a volume eater and always lost best on a volumetrics style of eating.

I wanted to share my very fav. recipe:

Ginger Turkey Slaw Stirfry: (makes a HUGE batch and freezes very well).


1 large or two small cabbage (I used one purple and one green sometimes)
1 bunch green onion
4 cloves garlic or 2 T garlic from a jar
3 tbsp grated ginger root
1 lb lowest fat ground turkey you can find (I've found 1%)
2-3 bell peppers ( like to mix colors)
½ head broccoli chopped
3 carrots grated
3 T coconut oil or ghee (I find these take the high heat the best and the calories are well dispersed because this makes a HUGE batch and it freezes very well)
1/2 C low sodium soy sauce
2 T rooster sauce
1/3 c (or to taste) brown sugar ideal (a SF brown sugar replacement you could use real brown sugar of course)
2 t roasted sesame oil
4 T sesame seeds
2-3 T water and more as needed

process all veggies in food processor
grate ginger by hand (use lots! More than you think you need)

warm coconut oil or ghee in largest pan you have. I used a large dutch oven and cook veggies about 30 min.. stirring every 7 or so minutes.. on low.. till reduced in size by at least half.

I cooked the meat separately while veggies are cooking.

I put the soy sauce, sesame oil, rooster sauce, garlic.. etc in a bowl and pour in about 1/3 C brown sugar ideal..
Mixed it all up and pour over veggies..

Add the already cooked turkey and put the lid on … put it on low and simmered about 30 min.. this stuff is freaking incredible if you like ginger or anything with an Oriental flair..

ladynredd
05-18-2014, 04:43 PM
Welcome Runundefined! The more the merrier.

I do have a couple questions about the recipe you posted. What is Rooster Sauce? I don't think I've ever seen it so is there something else that can be substituted for it?

Also, what do you mean by "process" in the food processor? Can the vegetables just be grated by hand? I don't have a food processor so I'd have to find some way around that part of the recipe. I'm very fond of Asian food though so I'm motivated!

Runundefined
05-18-2014, 09:16 PM
You can certainly chop by hand. I like the pieces pretty small so I use a food processor. Rooster sauce is siracha pepper sauce.. i would think any good hot sauce would work! Let me know what you think.

nonameslob
05-18-2014, 11:13 PM
Larry, so sorry to hear that news. I hope weight loss and exercise works well to slow the progression.

I went on a cooking spree this weekend with inspiration from this thread. I made turkey meatballs with zucchini, spinach and carrots in them. So yummy! I made my own gravy and cooked up some sausage too so we can have a "proper" italian dinner this week, though i will probably make zucchini noodles for myself and pasta for him. Im sure my italian grandmom is rolling in her grave lol hope the bf likes the meatballs.

I also made a batch of turkey burgers with mushrooms in them. He didn't balk at me when I told him about it, so that's good. I used way less mushrooms than the recipe called for, but figured we will see how this goes first.

I also bought a huge bag of spinach from Costco...and I'm the only one in this house that eats it so I think I know what I'll be esting every day this week!

Larry H
05-19-2014, 12:11 AM
Welcome Runundefined I look forward to trying your stir fry. It sounds delicious.

I made a very simple Volumetrics dinner tonight and quite tasty. All from cans

No salt added diced tomatoes
No salt added Green Beans
No salt added mushrooms
1 TBSP Old Bay seasoning

About to switch to fresh vegetables in a big way. My garden has wax and green beans ready for picking along with 4 different varieties of lettuce, Radishes, Green Onions, Cilantro, Beet Greens and Collards. My tomatoes are just starting to change colors and my peppers are forming small peppers. The egg plants are getting taller but have no flowers yet

Munchy
05-19-2014, 09:26 AM
Ladynredd Yay for your NSV!

Larry I'm sorry to ear about all of your health woes right now - hopefully they will just maintain, if not, improve with time. We're all rooting for you!

Rundefined I've also never really called my eating volumetrics, just stumbled on this kind of eating until I realized a few years ago that I just naturally did it and there was a name for it!

Your stir fry looks amazing and I'm absolutely making it. I have had a sriracha obsession for close to 20 years - thank my Vietnamese best friend for that one!


My boyfriend and I went down to the shore to buy books at my favorite little place on Saturday and decided to get some seafood. I got an amazing salad, but we had jalapeno and olive fried calamari too (Point Judith calamari). Man, my stomach was in pain until late that night. I could never eat fried food, even as a child - same with my mom. After that lunch, we were hungry about 8 hours later and made an amazing jerk chicken with fresh pineapple juice. It was the best chicken I've ever tasted in my life!

Yesterday I made Polish chicken patties with carrots and onion grated into them. I portioned them out for my freezer lunches, made some zucchini/chicken nuggets for the freezer, and my egg muffins for breakfast this week. I haven't felt the need to cook 8+ dishes in a day like I used to since my boyfriend moved in. It's much easier when I have another person who can take the reigns sometimes, and yesterday we made an entire rack of ribs with homemade dry rub. It took five hours! I ate one rib, but it was still too much for me. We obviously have way too much leftover, as well as a half of a bottle of champagne that I plan to finish off tonight ;)

Today's plan:
May 19, 2014
B: Hot tea w/lemon and agave (30), 2 egg white ham muffins (80) = 110 (2.5)
S: ¾ cup pineapple = 55 (1)
L: Polish chicken patties (194) = 194 (4)
S: Baby carrots/cherry tomato (50) w/ light ranch (80) = 130 (2)
D: Jerk chicken (120), spinach and kale salad, cucumbers, tomatoes, mushroom (30), 2T TJ light champagne vinaigrette (50) = 200 (4)
S: Champagne (250) = 250 (5)
TOTAL: 939 (18.5)

Munchy
05-19-2014, 09:29 AM
nonameslob if your boyfriend is anything like mine, the burgers and the meatballs will be a hit! Veggies make the lean meat juicy without adding fat.

nonameslob
05-20-2014, 07:45 PM
nonameslob if your boyfriend is anything like mine, the burgers and the meatballs will be a hit! Veggies make the lean meat juicy without adding fat.

He ate four! He did ask what was in them (because he knew they weren't beef, but that's a silly question because I never cook with beef) and had no clue there were veggies in them until I told him (and he was fine with it). Thanks! Thursday I will get to test out the burgers :)

Larry H
05-21-2014, 12:46 AM
I see that the highly respected Mayo Clinic is recommending eating low calorie dense foods. That is what Volumetrics is all about.

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/weight-loss/in-depth/weight-loss/art-20044318

Larry H
05-21-2014, 08:58 AM
We all know about using cauliflower for mashed potatoes but today I was sent a recipe from Hungry Girl that uses cauliflower instead of potatoes for a potato salad she calls "I Can't Believe It's Not Potato Salad" Only 97 calories a serving.

I have to try this. The recipe looks like it would be great.

Larry

http://www.hungry-girl.com/show/hungry-grill-i-cant-believe-its-not-potato-salad-recipe

Munchy
05-21-2014, 09:57 AM
We all know about using cauliflower for mashed potatoes but today I was sent a recipe from Hungry Girl that uses cauliflower instead of potatoes for a potato salad she calls "I Can't Believe It's Not Potato Salad" Only 97 calories a serving.

I have to try this. The recipe looks like it would be great.

Larry

http://www.hungry-girl.com/show/hungry-grill-i-cant-believe-its-not-potato-salad-recipe

I also use cauliflower to make cauli-rice (even fried "rice"), cauli-couscous, pizza crust, "breadsticks," and more. It's extremely versatile!

ladynredd
05-22-2014, 09:53 AM
:carrot::carrot::carrot: A good scale victory this week! :carrot::carrot::carrot:

Don't really have a lot to report. I am continuing to do what I have found works: Very Low Calorie days twice a week, and Volumetrics principles the rest of the week. I am able to go out and eat and make sensible choices and I'm not having to battle a lot of cravings. I'm trying to learn to pay attention to what my body tells me and learn to tell the difference between actual hunger and when I just have the munchies, which usually means there's something emotionally uncomfortable going on in my life. (Figuring out just what it is, and what I should do about it, can be another matter.)

I was amused to see "Magic Weight Loss Soup" showing up in my Pinterest feed this week. And yes, I went ahead and pinned it. It's based on the old WW cabbage soup I used to have for my dinner almost every night (and then spoiled the good effects by having a big honkin' piece of cornbread to go along with it.) I will probably make up a batch of it this week -- and it makes a BIG batch -- and freeze the excess. Summer is rapidly approaching and when it's 120 degrees outside I'm not going to feel like doing much that heats up the kitchen.

Finally, Larry, I was sorry to hear of your diagnosis but perhaps it's some relief actually knowing what is wrong and having a Plan of Action? At any rate I continue to send healing thoughts your way. I continue to feel that I owe you a huge debt for starting this thread so I would learn about this Way of Eating and finally, FINALLY, find what works!

Lorna F
05-22-2014, 10:55 AM
Love this thread so much, and have literally spend the last hour reading, and copying pasting some great tips. Thank you all. I am not Volumetrics minded, but it seems like something that can easily be incorporated, AND they are all my kinds of foods, yummy!!

My little tuppence worth is my obsession with roast butternut squash – I fill up on an entire pack – JUST FOR LIL OLE ME, yaaaay!!! I add a little Moroccan Spice, or Tandoori Spice to yummy it up even more.

I need to get back into making home-made soups, its something that enjoy doing over the winter for sure – I usually get some good flavor from boiling up the carcass of a rotisserie chicken (I usually buy 3 of these babies each week, and break them down on the same day I buy them, and use them for different things), to which I ALSO add any leftover veggies, strain – all of this makes a yummy stock base (cheap too, and you can freeze portions).

So, thank you all, lots of food for thought, literally :)))

P.S. Right now I am about to munch into a whole wheat sandwich, no butter, spread with some hot salsa, filled with one slice of Colby cheese, and a ton of veggies (lettuce/spinach/ romaine/carrots/peppers/alfalfa sprouts)…mucnh, munch, yum, yum!! :) x

Munchy
05-22-2014, 11:56 AM
Welcome Lorna F!

I love roasted butternut squash so much, but I hate peeling and cutting it ;)


Lately I feel so off the wagon. I'm enjoying my champagne too much which just makes me maintain my weight. When am I going to feel the push to go back to the gym and cut the drinks again? I'm complacent and I HATE it.

Larry H
05-22-2014, 11:44 PM
ladynredd Thank you so much for the kind words. I am perfectly OK with my diagnosis. As a Shriner I am at our Shriners Hospitals frequently. When I see the children there it makes me realize that I do not have it very bad.

Lorna F :welcome2:Welcome to our little corner of 3FC visit and share often.

Munchy Sometimes we all need a break. Why not set a date for your break to end and stick with it? It may help you feel like you are moving beyond complacency.

I had a great day today!! I ate at the Golden Corral for lunch and followed Volumetrics principles by concentrating on low calorie dense foods. I ate a lot of food but I only consumed 481 calories. :D:D I used salsa on my green salad at Golden Corral instead of salad dressing. It tasted great. Dinner was also Volumetrics based. Dinner was a lot of food and only 233 Calories. :D:D

Lunch 481 Calories
Golden Corral - Baked New Orleans Style Fish, 1.5 Filet
Golden Corral - Salsa, 2 Tablespoons
Golden Corral - Cabbage, 3/4 Cup
Golden Corral - Green Beans, 1/2 cup
Golden Corral - Mixed Green Salad, 1 cup
Golden Corral - Yellow Squash, 2 oz
Golden Corral - Chili, 1/4 Cup
Golden Corral - White Rice, 1/2 cup cooked
Golden Corral - Jalapeno Slices, 1/4 cup

Dinner 233 Calories
Giorgio - Canned Mushrooms - No Salt Added, 1 cup
Del Monte - Canned Stewed Tomatoes - No Salt Added, 1 3/4 cup
Great Value - Cut Green Beans (No Salt Added), 1 3/4 Cup

Snacks 90 Calories
Fresh Fruit - 6" Banana

Total Calories 804 My goal is 1,640

Larry H
05-24-2014, 03:15 PM
Low Calorie Dense , Easy Veggie Soup
or double the veggies and make "Veggie Stew"
Either way it is a great Volumetrics meal.

I like spicy food so I usually add Jalapeno
peppers and/or Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce

Makes 2 servings

Each serving is 2.5 cups and only 88 calories!

Ingredients
1 cup celery, chopped
1/2 cup carrots, chopped
1/2 cup onion, chopped
2 cups green beans, cut
1/2 tsp basil
1/2 tsp sage
1/2 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp garlic powder
4 chicken stock cubes (I use 2 packets Herb Ox sodium free chicken bullion)
6 cups water

Directions
Bring water to boil.
Add in chopped veggies and seasonings.
Allow to boil until veggies are tender (about 15 minutes).
Serve.

Larry

Lorna F
05-24-2014, 04:14 PM
Low Calorie Dense , Easy Veggie Soup
or double the veggies and make "Veggie Stew"
Either way it is a great Volumetrics meal.

I like spicy food so I usually add Jalapeno
peppers and/or Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce

Makes 2 servings

Each serving is 2.5 cups and only 88 calories!

Ingredients
1 cup celery, chopped
1/2 cup carrots, chopped
1/2 cup onion, chopped
2 cups green beans, cut
1/2 tsp basil
1/2 tsp sage
1/2 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp garlic powder
4 chicken stock cubes (I use 2 packets Herb Ox sodium free chicken bullion)
6 cups water

Directions
Bring water to boil.
Add in chopped veggies and seasonings.
Allow to boil until veggies are tender (about 15 minutes).
Serve.

Larry



I like this!! Thanks Larry, definitely trying next week :)

ladynredd
05-25-2014, 11:50 AM
My weekend is progressing well. Yesterday was my mother-in-law's 89th birthday and we took her to IHOP to celebrate. In the past she's always enjoyed eating there but they have eliminated a lot of their dinner selections and she didn't seem overly pleased with her meal so I don't know what we'll do the next time we want to eat out with her. Lots of fast food places to eat in our town, but not too many sit-down restaurants.

Because I knew we would be having dinner out, and therefore would be eating a higher-calorie dinner, I wanted to "go light" for lunch so I fixed a colorful, cool salad for lunch. I started with a head of romaine lettuce and chopped it, then added a couple stalks of celery, then sliced a banana, half a pint of strawberries, and an apple into it. Added 4 oz. of artificial crab, a couple ounces deli sliced turkey breast, then added a dressing made of approx. 1/2 C. caramel sea salt yogurt (made by Greek Gods and oh my is it delish!) and enough orange juice to make it pourable, maybe 2 or 3 tbsp. Topped the whole thing with 6 or 8 chopped almonds. It made two generous servings and kept us going from lunch until dinner with no problem. I will definitely make it again!

Munchy
05-27-2014, 09:24 AM
My daughter was sick last week (bronchial/asthma, then an ear infection) so it was a rough one. She ended up at her dad's Fri-Sun, so I used my child free Saturday morning to make buffalo chicken meatballs, a stuffed mushroom casserole, zucchini chicken nuggets, spicy turkey picadillo, marinara sauce, and sweet potato/spinach egg muffins (I actually made these yesterday morning). Everything is portioned and frozen! My freezer is stuffed, just like I like it!

I cleaned my house top to bottom, finished every single load of laundry (including the delicates!) and was pretty much home free by Sunday. The boyfriend grilled beef ribs on Sunday night with a homemade rub, and I made roasted butternut squash with sage, roasted asparagus, and corn on the cob.

Yesterday we dry rubbed a huge steak, marinated honey teriyaki and honey mustard chicken thighs in the morning. We brought it all over to his parents' house and had a little BBQ - they provided the sides...and grandma made me a STRONG margarita ;)

I'm back on the grind. The humidity has kicked in full force as of last night. I have my air conditioner running in my office right now. I did have a little crying breakdown in the middle of the night because of the heat and how uncomfortable I feel every year once the summer comes. I feel like there is not a single thing in summer that I can wear and look good in. It's quite frustrating to wake up every day for a few months and feel like you look terrible. :(

ladynredd
05-30-2014, 10:07 AM
Thought I'd post a recipe from "Skinny Taste" for wonderful-looking vegan meatballs made from eggplant and white beans. I can't wait to try these!

http://www.skinnytaste.com/2014/05/vegan-eggplant-meatballs.html#more

Munchy
05-30-2014, 11:02 AM
Thought I'd post a recipe from "Skinny Taste" for wonderful-looking vegan meatballs made from eggplant and white beans. I can't wait to try these!

http://www.skinnytaste.com/2014/05/vegan-eggplant-meatballs.html#more

Haha, I decided I was going to make those when I saw it this morning :)

Pinkhippie
05-30-2014, 12:13 PM
My weekend is progressing well. Yesterday was my mother-in-law's 89th birthday and we took her to IHOP to celebrate. In the past she's always enjoyed eating there but they have eliminated a lot of their dinner selections and she didn't seem overly pleased with her meal so I don't know what we'll do the next time we want to eat out with her. Lots of fast food places to eat in our town, but not too many sit-down restaurants.

Because I knew we would be having dinner out, and therefore would be eating a higher-calorie dinner, I wanted to "go light" for lunch so I fixed a colorful, cool salad for lunch. I started with a head of romaine lettuce and chopped it, then added a couple stalks of celery, then sliced a banana, half a pint of strawberries, and an apple into it. Added 4 oz. of artificial crab, a couple ounces deli sliced turkey breast, then added a dressing made of approx. 1/2 C. caramel sea salt yogurt (made by Greek Gods and oh my is it delish!) and enough orange juice to make it pourable, maybe 2 or 3 tbsp. Topped the whole thing with 6 or 8 chopped almonds. It made two generous servings and kept us going from lunch until dinner with no problem. I will definitely make it again!

Just popping in to say, Wow your salad sounds amazing and delicious! I love Greek Gods yogurt. I am going to have to try that salad combo soon. :)

Mrs Snark
05-30-2014, 03:24 PM
Thought I'd post a recipe from "Skinny Taste" for wonderful-looking vegan meatballs made from eggplant and white beans. I can't wait to try these!

http://www.skinnytaste.com/2014/05/vegan-eggplant-meatballs.html#more


Popping in to say: those look fantastic!

ladynredd
06-03-2014, 09:01 AM
Hard to believe it's June now and the year is almost half over.

Since this thread has been so quiet I thought I'd post that in May I lost a total of 5.6 lbs. Of course I'd like to be able to say it was twice that much, but logically I know if I were able to do that every month in a year's time that would be 60 lbs., which would make a major difference on my 5 foot 2 inch frame. I just have to keep on keepin' on ...

And speaking of keepin' on ... DH is scheduled to have a colonoscopy tomorrow. He's had one before, 14 years ago, and is in an absolute tizzy about the preparations. The fridge is full with two different flavors of jello and the big jug of "stuff" that he has to drink. By dinnertime tonight he's going to be in full whine mode. I may well end up going out to dinner by myself so he doesn't have to smell what I'm making for dinner. Part of me wants to go to my favorite Thai restaurant and have a lovely plate of Pad Thai but if I do that I'm going to spend the next week trying to get my weight back down to where it is today, so perhaps I'll go to Denny's and have their apple & chicken salad. Or perhaps I'll stay home with him and just have a couple apples ...

I'll spend part of today figuring out how to handle the challenge of spending tomorrow at the VA Hospital. They do have a cafeteria but it's hard to eat healthy there.

Munchy
06-03-2014, 09:12 AM
Hard to believe it's June now and the year is almost half over.

Since this thread has been so quiet I thought I'd post that in May I lost a total of 5.6 lbs. Of course I'd like to be able to say it was twice that much, but logically I know if I were able to do that every month in a year's time that would be 60 lbs., which would make a major difference on my 5 foot 2 inch frame. I just have to keep on keepin' on ...

And speaking of keepin' on ... DH is scheduled to have a colonoscopy tomorrow. He's had one before, 14 years ago, and is in an absolute tizzy about the preparations. The fridge is full with two different flavors of jello and the big jug of "stuff" that he has to drink. By dinnertime tonight he's going to be in full whine mode. I may well end up going out to dinner by myself so he doesn't have to smell what I'm making for dinner. Part of me wants to go to my favorite Thai restaurant and have a lovely plate of Pad Thai but if I do that I'm going to spend the next week trying to get my weight back down to where it is today, so perhaps I'll go to Denny's and have their apple & chicken salad. Or perhaps I'll stay home with him and just have a couple apples ...

I'll spend part of today figuring out how to handle the challenge of spending tomorrow at the VA Hospital. They do have a cafeteria but it's hard to eat healthy there.

Ooh, or you could get tom yum or summer rolls at the Thai restaurant ;)

Congrats on your weight loss last month!

I think I'm finally getting back in the mindset. I never really overeat and my meals are healthy, but that champagne creeps in and suddenly everyday is a celebration. This morning I poured out the 1/2 bottle I had in my fridge and my boyfriend and I discussed how he could help. We are very much after work cocktail/beer people, and I just can't get to my goal while we keep indulging. I maintain with the champagne because it typically puts me in a 1100-1200 range since my foods are so low.

Sooooo...day 1 again.

Last night we grilled some beef ribs (one was a homemade dry rub, the other an asian inspired marinade) and ate zucchini noodles with homemade sauce.

This morning I was so hungry that I ate my two egg muffins (40 cals each) and then made a runny egg! Lunch is spicy turkey picadillo and dinner will probably be something with the veggies I need to use soon: mushroom, cauliflower, broccoli, radishes. I'll probably do roasted broccoli and radishes with cauliflower/mushroom risotto.

nonameslob
06-03-2014, 09:27 AM
Good for you, munchy. I am also a big fan of the after work drink, and a few months ago I finally made a rule for myself - completely sober Monday through Thursday. I am slowly cutting down on the weekends as well. Good luck with your change. It's tough but it will be worth it!

ladynredd nearly 6 pounds a month is amazing! You're right, it really adds up over the year even if it doesn't seem like much now. Good luck with tomorrow, for you and your husband :)

Those eggplant and white bean meatballs have been popping up all over the place...here, Pinterest, Facebook...now I feel like I have to make them! I think they would be great side-by-side with the veggie turkey meatballs I made (which the bf loved, woo!)

Tonight is taco night. I will probably have one taco in a tortilla, and the rest I'll eat over a bed of lettuce or maybe with zucchini noodles? I have some zucchini that needs to be used up.

Munchy
06-04-2014, 02:18 PM
Good for you, munchy. I am also a big fan of the after work drink, and a few months ago I finally made a rule for myself - completely sober Monday through Thursday. I am slowly cutting down on the weekends as well. Good luck with your change. It's tough but it will be worth it!

My plan WAS to just have one day per weekend and have a few, but I think I'm going to try a 30 day break. I just want to try to see if I can do it, and I'm sure it will have me dropping weight in no time, but I'm not really 100% that I will be able to do it.

With champagne out of the way, I have some really low calorie days coming up. I'm trying to increase them, but I'm not sure what to add. I'm thinking I may mix some dried cranberries and nuts to get a few hundred more calories at the end of my days. Then I'll start tweaking my menu to add more throughout the day.

How is everyone else doing?

ladynredd
06-05-2014, 02:47 PM
I'm here, but cranky. Found out this morning that my email has been hacked AGAIN -- third time in as many months. I'm thinking I need to change email providers and I am exasperated at having to spend time on this chore.

Didn't make the best food choices yesterday and my weight is up as a result, so it's time to return to tracking my food and sticking to the straight and narrow. I've gotten sloppy about tracking my food and my weight loss has slowed down as a result.

I know this too will pass ...

Munchy
06-06-2014, 09:59 AM
Ladynredd that sucks! Hopefully you will get it all straightened up and also get back on the path. One day's choices is nothing ;)


I finally weighed myself after avoiding the scale for about two months and I gained .4 lb (125.8). I never have a maintenance problem, it's just the losing part that I can't seem to get a handle on. I've not been drinking this week and it feels good. I actually notice my skin on my face most of all - it's not as dry and I don't need as much lotion slathered on just to look normal. ;)

Anyway, usually weighing myself is the kick in the pants that I need, but we'll see. If I can just get to 115 I'll be happy, but that would be less than when I graduated from high school 14 years ago, so it may not happen...either way, I'm trucking along. I even bought myself a bunch of summer clothes to try not to feel so drab and down.

Munchy
06-11-2014, 10:14 AM
Hey folks, I'm checking in on our quiet thread!

Life is basically the same, still eating the same way, still trying to cut down on the drinking days (my BFF and I drank wine last night to celebrate her 34th birthday, eek!), but all in all no changes. I don't know if my motivation is just not there or what the heck my problem is.

I swear one of these days I'm going to wake up and feel that crazy adrenaline knowing that "this is the time" but it doesn't seem to come. I really did love that one year of my life that I got down to a low weight. It was an amazing feeling to put on jeans and tees and not feel like I needed to be overly dressed to make up for my body, but I hardly ate and worked out like a fiend to get there. Maybe I'm meant to be in the top normal BMI instead of the low or middle...maybe that's just an excuse.

ladynredd
06-12-2014, 07:54 AM
Checking in too. Today was weekly weigh-in day and I'm down another .6 lb. Not real significant but certainly better than going in the other direction. Ran some errands yesterday with DH and he suggested lunch at Applebee's (he's been paying attention to food commercials again.) I had a shrimp pasta dish and enjoyed every glorious garlic-y moment. Made sure for dinner that we had a big bowl of Miracle Weight Loss Soup (basically WW Cabbage Soup) with one corn muffin and enjoyed that, too.

Summer fruits are arriving at my supermarket, yay! I bought something new to me, a "Santa Claus" melon. It looks like a cross between a cantaloupe and a football. Haven't tried it yet so I have no idea what it tastes like. None of the checkers on duty had ever seen one before but I figured since it was the same price as cantaloupe it was worth a try.

I also bought frozen okra a few days ago so I have to dig back in this thread and find that recipe for baked okra ...

Munchy
06-17-2014, 12:48 PM
Ladynredd, how was the melon?!


I'm just making sure our thread doesn't die - it's so quiet here lately. I'm still on the grind, still pissed off that summer "suddenly" came and I have "nothing" to wear, and no changes. I guess this will be another year of absolutely zero growth. SIIIIIIIGGGGGHHHHH

Munchy
06-18-2014, 01:40 PM
Just wanted to share a recipe I plan to make soon - it looks awesome!

Ground turkey and spaghetti squash curry (http://www.slenderkitchen.com/ground-turkey-and-spaghetti-squash-curry/#comment-70811)

ladynredd
06-18-2014, 04:03 PM
That recipe does look good, Munchy. I've pinned it but will have to locate green curry paste before I can make it.

Unfortunately my Santa Claus melon got too ripe -- it was actually fermenting when I cut it open! It smelled like it would be close to a cantaloupe but I think from now on I'll stick to cantaloupe as I know how to tell if they are ripe. I did NOT like having to chuck a 2-lb. melon in the trash! :mad:

HeeHawHoney
06-20-2014, 10:29 AM
Good morning, all. I'd like to introduce myself. I've just begun my most current weight loss journey. I had never heard of Volumetrics until Mrs. Snark, another member on this forum, suggested it to me. This way of eating sound exactly like what I am currently doing. I went to the doctor on May 21 and he put me on an 800 calorie per day diet. In order to keep from starving, I accidentally started my own Volumetrics diet plan. As of this morning, I am down 18 lbs. I plan on going through this entire thread and taking advantage of your wonderful experiences and recipes. It's very nice to meet you all!

HeeHawHoney
06-20-2014, 11:54 AM
I have a recipe to share. As a child, I always enjoyed it when my mother made sauerkraut and weiners. This is the recipe that I adapted to fit my new diet.

1 10 oz Can Shredded Sauerkraut
1 Bell Pepper sliced
1 Onion sliced
3 oz Hillshire Farm Turkey Smoked Sausage
1/2 C Water

Combine all ingredients and bring to a rolling boil. Then, reduce to simmer for 20 minutes.

Lots of food for only 265 calories. You could add a dash of hot sauce if that's your flavor, or a pinch of Splenda if you wanted to tone down the Sauerkraut flavor, but to me it is not overpowering.

Edit: I drain the excess water off before I eat it so that it's not like a soup.

IdealProteinNewbie
06-20-2014, 08:13 PM
Munchy: I know you have veggies and dip everyday. I came across a delicious new salad dressing from Trader Joe's...parmesan ranch. Only 30 calories for 2 tablespoons!

PS. Did you ever try the roasted okra?

ladynredd
06-20-2014, 08:13 PM
Welcome to our little thread, HeeHaw Honey!

I love Hillshire Farms sausages. I'll have to give your recipe a try.

ladynredd
06-21-2014, 09:17 AM
Found this recipe this morning for Spicy Cauliflower Stirfry. I haven't tried it yet but it sounds good!
http://completerecipes.com/-Spicy-Cauliflower-Stir-Fry.html?back_url=./

Munchy
06-22-2014, 02:17 PM
Munchy: I know you have veggies and dip everyday. I came across a delicious new salad dressing from Trader Joe's...parmesan ranch. Only 30 calories for 2 tablespoons!

PS. Did you ever try the roasted okra?

Ahh, I completely forgot to pull it out from the depths of my freezer - I'll do that soon. I plan to stop by TJ to grab some kerrygold butter, so I'll buy the parmesan ranch at the same time - thank you! :)

Welcome HeeHawHoney! We love to have more participants in this thread, especially because it basically is an easy tool of pretty much any diet - WW, calorie counting, low carb, paleo, etc.

The recipe you shared looks amazing. I'll have to try that one too! I have a raw fermented sauerkraut that I really want to use up before it goes bad, and so I can get the digestive healing properties.

archychick
06-23-2014, 04:32 PM
Hi all, I'm back!

Great vacay and lost a bunch of weight thanks to all the walking and Euro eating. I have to say that I really attribute a lot of it to staying in an apartment-hotel where I could cook and keep vegetables and fruit on hand. Next to impossible to find restaurants that served a good amount of veggies. Where we were in Marseille and Antibes, they focus on the protein and carbs. Not even a side salad to be found.

Hope everyone is doing well. When I have time I will check up on all of your posts. Missed this board a lot. I have some great food ideas to share with you.

Peace & Hugs

archychick
06-23-2014, 04:56 PM
Munchy: :hug: Sending you energy and motivation vibes --------->

Is there something non-weight related in your life that you aren't satisfied with? You don't have to answer me, I'm just saying because that's what happened to me. I discovered that there is something in my life that wasn't making me happy and that directly affected my attitude, thus my weight. Since then, the switch was flicked and I have been losing steadily as my motivation for many things is back.

Your recipe is on my meal plan for this week!

ladynredd: Oh, that's happened to me. I don't like to throw away food either, but sometimes the timing is off - way off. lol I'm going to try to find that melon and will report my findings.

I hear what you said about it being easier to make sensible choices with few cravings. On this trip I was faced with my carb demons (cruel France! lol). I had little trouble taking a small taste of something and putting it down - still feeling satisfied with a taste. This saved $ too! lol

HeeHaw: Welcome & nice job! Nice to meet you too! I love turkey kielbasa. I love that the meat has so very few WW points. The flavor really satisfies, doesn't it? Going to have to make this soon.

Larry: :hug: So sorry that you have to deal with this disease. At least you are already on the road to better health in other areas to slow the process. I love Hungry Girl. I am going to make that cauliflower 'potato' salad recipe as it sounds de-lish!

Munchy
06-24-2014, 08:23 AM
Munchy: :hug: Sending you energy and motivation vibes --------->

Is there something non-weight related in your life that you aren't satisfied with? You don't have to answer me, I'm just saying because that's what happened to me. I discovered that there is something in my life that wasn't making me happy and that directly affected my attitude, thus my weight. Since then, the switch was flicked and I have been losing steadily as my motivation for many things is back.

Absolutely - despite having two promotions back to back, I still feel like I'm not at my full education/work potential. I'm much more financially comfortable than I was and I finally got some things done that really were nagging at me, but I don't feel the anger and burn to work hard to change my body. I'm getting complacent as I enter my mid-30's. As a 20 year old, it was easy to find time and effort because I was so ANGRY. I compared myself to the "sorority girl/bikini spring breaker" and I was so hurtful to myself. Now that I'm older and I'm a parent, it's much easier to put everyone else ahead of myself and just let myself go.

I don't want to be just good enough, I want to be a better version of myself, and that means health should be a priority! Making my body do what I need to is difficult for me. It's like a roadblock that I just can't figure out.

ladynredd
06-26-2014, 05:32 PM
I'm trying to concentrate right now on portion control -- noticed that I was beginning to slip into the mindless snacking habit -- a dozen almonds here, an extra squirt of salad dressing there -- and my rate of weight loss was getting slower and slower. That frustrates me and when I get frustrated enough, I quit.

Last time I went grocery shopping I picked up some very cute little eggplant, so today for lunch I chopped up 3/4 of one of them (a whole one would not fit in my Stone Wave crock) and zapped it for 5 or 6 minutes, then added a spoonful of Prego and a measured amt. of shredded mozarella. Added a green salad with an entire tomato (all mine, all mine!) and it made a very satisfying lunch. A big chicken breast is defrosting and will become chicken stir fry (for two) for dinner.

ladynredd
06-28-2014, 06:48 PM
Just dropping by to tell HeeHawHoney that we tried her idea of the sauerkraut, sauteed onions, and turkey kielbasa for lunch and it really hit the spot. I left out the green pepper since DH doesn't like it. I'll use up the rest of the package of kielbasa in a gumbo later this week -- I have half a pkg. of frozen okra to use -- but the sauerkraut was fast and easy! And since I don't feel like spending a lot of time in the kitchen today, it was just the ticket.

ladynredd
07-01-2014, 09:27 AM
'Tis the season for zucchini! Here's a good recipe for a quick, easy Cream of Zucchini Soup:
http://www.skinnytaste.com/2008/03/cream-of-zucchini-soup-1-ww-point.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:%2Bweightwatcherspointsrecipes%2 B(Skinnytaste)

I also had a kewl Non Scale Victory yesterday. I went grocery shopping, bought liver for dinner, then when it came time to prepare it, discovered that it was definitely past its prime and not fit to eat. What to do, what to do? I needed something quick! My husband suggested ordering pizza AND I SAID NO and had a repeat of the sauerkraut + onions + turkey sausage! I don't think I've ever said no to pizza in my life!

And as a reward the scale showed a big dip down today. :carrot:

Munchy
07-01-2014, 11:35 AM
That zucchini soup is a recipe she posted a long time ago - I make it whenever I have too many zucchini and they're going to go bad. It's very freezer-friendly!

Lacyt74
07-10-2014, 10:00 AM
Munchy has invited me to the thread and I am happy to find one for my new eating habits. I am going to use recipes from Hungry Girl and have perhaps up to 1700 cal/day, but when I estimate breakfast, lunch, dinner, and 3 snacks per day.....I do not believe it adds up. It looks like less. What to do? Well if I am full and satisfied, nothing. If not, a lot of times the calorie count is so low you could eat two portions, and the portions are already large. My DH is going to do this with me so I do have direct support so that's good. I just hope I can get the hang of prepping and packaging. :dizzy:

Munchy
07-10-2014, 10:10 AM
Welcome Lacyt74! I hope you browse through our thread for more meal ideas.

Mashed cauliflower, cauliflower rice/couscous, zucchini noodles, spaghetti squash, food processed mushrooms, cabbage noodles, etc are some of the really easy ways to start incorporating veggies into your dishes.

Some of us have a hard time eating so much and end up on the lower end of calories, but it's not too bad. You'll find your groove. Hungry girl has a lot of great ideas for stretching and bulking up meals with non-starchy vegetables, so it's a great reference point.

:)

ladynredd
07-24-2014, 11:29 AM
Our little thread has been pretty quiet lately. I've been playing around with my food the last couple weeks and have put a couple lbs. back on, so it's time to recommit and start going in the right direction.

Munchy
07-25-2014, 02:12 PM
Checking in here. Life is the same old, same old choices. I just returned from a five day training out of state and was able to stay on even with all of the delicious choices. I certainly ate more than normal, but didn't feel any gain since I chose the right foods.

ladynredd
07-25-2014, 07:13 PM
That's excellent, Munchy! I think when we automatically make the right choices it shows we've really absorbed the new habits we're trying to make and it's become a part of us.

I'm just on day 2 of my restart here so not a lot to report. We're having corn for dinner (no butter, no salt) and watermelon for dessert.

Munchy
08-11-2014, 12:06 PM
Hey, everyone! I decided to cut out all grains as of lately, and I'm feeling less bloated already. I was on vacation last week and really ate the same kinds of food that I would normally eat, but just larger portions.

Back on track! :)

nonameslob
08-11-2014, 12:34 PM
So glad you bumped this...my boyfriend's father dropped off a bucket full of yellow squash and zucchini and I totally forgot about zucchini soup! Using a different recipe than what is listed above. I made this (http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2012/06/06/roasted_zucchini_soup_recipe_with_tons_of_garlic_a nd_boursin_cheese_the_best_thing_to_do_with_abunda nt_zucchini.html) a few years ago and loved it, but I am going to use Laughing Cow cheese instead of the Boursin. I can't believe I forgot about this! The soup will be a nice change from my fruit & veggie smoothies for lunch.

Oh and my new favorite snack has been homemade pickles! It started with the cucumbers from my garden, but I also pickled peppers, summer squash and zucchini. So yummy and low calorie. They literally take 5 minutes to make :)

Munchy, sounds like a great change for you :) I don't imagine you're having too much trouble figuring out what to eat since you're already used to Volumetrics! Any good finds lately?