Sunday, April 2, 2017

Update

Hi!!! I gained…no pun intended... a lot of new followers over the weekend and thought I would reintroduce myself!  

My name is Emily and I am in my last semester of law school. I am getting married to the love of my life and hottie featured on the left, who would like it known that he is much skinner now than he is in the picture on the left.



I am a stress eater, which has always been my downfall. I have tried every diet in the book and nothing seemed to work until I found Ideal Protein, more specifically my coach in Norman, Oklahoma. More on that in a bit. In fact, in the picture on the left, I was doing the "Advocare 24 Day Challenge" and throwing up almost every single day. My body did not like the products and because it was LITERALLY rejecting Advocare, I gave up on myself and my “diet” and pretended not to care what I put in my body. I gained weight and in the fall of my senior year at OU, In this particular day in the picture on the left, I remember crying in my fiancĂ©s apartment because I HATED the way I looked in this dress, but I had nothing else to wear for Game Day. I bought the dress because it had sleeves and I convinced myself it covered up my fat arms. It was loose around my stomach so I convinced myself it made me look smaller. I was wrong. I was unhappy and desperate for a solution. 

In January of 2014, I walked into my first Ideal Protein clinic weighing in at 185 lbs, the heaviest I had ever been in my life. For those of you who don’t know, Ideal Protein is a diet of moderate protein and low carb. It is also low in fat. It puts you in #ketosis, but it is very restrictive. My coach in Oklahoma made it worth it for me though. She was encouraging and inspiring and had lost 50 lbs on the diet herself. She knew exactly what I was going through every step of the way and had a way about her that was always positive. She was amazing!  Although the diet was rigid, I saw results fast and was happy with how I looked. Before I started law school I was 135 lbs and loving the way I looked. Unfortunately, I moved away from Oklahoma and my coach and didn’t phase off. 

In August of 2014, I started law school. I began eating all of the foods I had deprived myself of for 6 months to cope with the immense stress of moving to a new city alone where I knew no one, and the general stress of law school. I moved 5 hours away from my fiancĂ©, my boyfriend of 4 years at the time, and my family. I felt isolated and the only thing that comforted me was food. I gained 75% of the weight I lost back and in January of 2015 I started my second round of Ideal Protein. 


This experience on Ideal Protein was completely different than the last time I went on it in Oklahoma. My coach was a man, who was not overweight and hadn’t been overweight in his life. He didn't seem to understand how difficult weight loss is and how important mental health is in the process. I would lose 1-2 lbs in a week and he would ask, “what happened this week?” That question would make me stressed and feel terrible about myself. ****For the record, 1-2 lbs a week is GREAT and what happened was ME LOSING DAMN WEIGHT.****But I wasn’t in that mindset at the time. I began taking laxatives the day before my weigh-ins at the clinic to avoid the impending question of “what happened this week?” I got down to 145, but finally quit Ideal Protein the summer of 2016 after having enough of hating myself. My body image and mindset was so unhealthy and I had to get out of there. 

After I stopped Ideal Protein, I immediately started Keto. I loved it! I loved the way I felt and how less restrictive it was than Ideal Protein. I also loved the Instagram support over a coach who made me feel bad about myself. I moved back home for the summer, got off Keto, and gained weight over the Fall semester. I tried doing Keto on and off, but I wasn't fully committed. In January of 2017, I started Keto again at 170 lbs. Since then, I have lost about 8 lbs, (taking 2 weeks off for Spring Break and my bachelorette party). I have been working out and see a noticeable difference in how I look. 8 lbs is definitely not a lot of weight, but I think it is muscle weight and my body composition changing. 

Here I am today--An imperfect person just trying to lose weight in a balanced way. I am 100% on Keto and not stopping. I hope that my yo-yo dieting doesn't discourage you, but encourage you. We are all human. We have ups, downs, and set backs. All I know is I am trying every day to be my best self by loving myself through this weight loss journey. 

Friday, June 10, 2016

Ahi Tuna Tartare and Marinated Cucumbers

I've been in a rut lately. I've been so over this diet because I hadn't had a chance to be creative. Being creative on this diet is key! I've been so busy with school that I hadn't had a chance to catch my breath. I've been relying on make ahead meals that I have grown so tired of. I am bound and determined to reach my goal weight this summer so getting creative is going to be the best way to do that.

I love sushi! Not just rolls, but sushi and sashimi too. I've been craving sushi lately so I decided to make an Asian inspired meal and let me tell you, IT WAS DELICIOUS. I was fully satisfied and could hardly wait to eat it! Here's what I did.



Tuna Tartare 

Ingredients
8 oz of Ahi Tuna 
2 Tbsp of Soy Sauce 
2 tsp of Sesame Oil
1/2 tsp of Wasabi Powder
Green Onions for Garnish 

What to do:
  1. Cut the tuna into small chunks and refrigerate until you are ready to eat. 
  2. Combine the rest of the ingredients (except the green onions) together in a bowl. 
  3. Refrigerate the marinade for 30 minutes. 
  4. Mix the tuna and marinade in a bowl and combine with the green onions. 
  5. Enjoy! 

Marinated Cucumbers 

Ingredients 
2 cups of Cucumbers
2 Tbsp of Rice Vinegar 
1 packet of Stevia
Salt 

What to do:
  1. Cut the cucumbers into thin slices. I use a mandolin to get the slices really thin.  
  2. Combine the vinegar and stevia in a bowl. 
  3. Pour the vinegar mixture over the cucumbers. 
  4. Sprinkle salt on the cucumbers. 
  5. Mix together and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. 
  6. Enjoy! 

Happy Dieting! 
-E

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Pork Chops and "Apple" Sauce

I have a tendency to get really routine in my dieting. I eat the same things and don't usually get burned out on them. Cooking is passion, though. I am obsessed with making normally unhealthy things healthy. I cook for my mental health--cooking mesmerizes me, takes my mind off of the stresses of law school so much so that I can be in the kitchen for hours without realizing it.

One thing that really keeps me motivated is finding ways to cook my favorite things within the bounds of Ideal Protein restrictions and the simpler the better. This weekend I made Pork Chops and Chayote Squash "Apple" Sauce.



Pork Chops:



Sauce Ingredients
1 tablespoon of reduced sugar ketchup (or Walden Farms Ketchup)
1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce (I use Annie's)
A little Walden Farms Syrup 
Salt and Pepper

What to Do:
  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Mix the sauce ingredients together. 
  3. Slather a thin layer of the sauce on both sides of the pork chops. 
  4. Bake for 20-30 minutes.
  5. Done! 
"Apple" Sauce

Ingredients 
2 cups of chopped, unpeeled chayote squash
juice from 1 lemon 
1 packet of stevia 
Dash of cinnamon 

What to Do: 
  1. Place chopped chayote in a sauce pan. 
  2. Cover chayote with water. 
  3. Simmer for 45 minutes. 
  4. Drain water. 
  5. Blend the rest of the ingredients and the chayote together. ( I used an immersion blender, but the real deal will probably work better.) 
  6. Drain excess liquid.
  7. Enjoy! 




Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Chayote Apple Pie Filling

I'm a sweets girl. If there is sugar in it, I'm there. There is a place in my town called The Pie Bar. They literally sell pie filling in cups that they sweetly call "pie bites" that are the best thing on earth. If you ask me, this is the most genius idea ever invented. If I had to eat one food the rest of my life a blueberry cobbler pie bite would be it. In law school, this has been my go to comfort food place. I'm addicted. 

Achieving success on this diet for me is about finding ways to trick your mind into thinking you are eating the old food you used to enjoy. I've been on a quest for pie bites this week and I think I found a solution. 

My new obsession is chayote squash. It's weird. It's small. It's shaped funny. It's adorable. It's amazing! It's a perfect ending to a day when you just need dessert! I found this recipe on 3fatchicksonadiet.com, but I adjusted it a bit--mainly because I didn't have all of the ingredients. I've tweaked the recipe a bit and made it more simple. 


Ingredients:

• Chayote squash (1 cup) 
• Juice and zest from 1 lemon 
• Dash of Cinnamon 
• 1 Packet of stevia 

What to Do: 

1. Peel and cut up chayote into cubes or slices like apples. 
2. Cover and microwave chayote on high for 4 minutes. 
3. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well. 
4. Microwave uncovered for 2 minutes. 
5. Remove and enjoy! 

Happy Dieting!
-E 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Counting Recipe Creations in Your Daily Food Intake (Phase 1)

Some people have been asking on my Instagram Account about how I count my recipe creation toward my daily protein/food intake. Let me make this point clear first, however...

While I would love to be one in the future, I am currently not an Ideal Protein coach. The suggestions I make below are solely what I have done and how it has worked for me. Please consult your coach if you have any questions throughout the diet!

Counting Protein Additions 

Some of my recipes have an egg or egg whites in them. An 8 ounce serving of eggs according to the diet is 4 whole eggs and 2 egg whites.

When I make the Crispy Cereal Pancakes I add in 2 eggs whites.

2 egg whites is equivalent to 1.333333333333 (infinity) ounces. 

Not that much. In this case I honestly don't count it toward my daily protein intake or I have 7 ounces at dinner instead of 8.

When I make the Pudding Waffles I include 1 whole egg.

1 whole egg is equivalent to 1 ounce of protein. 

Same goes for this one. I either don't count it or I have 7 ounces of protein at dinner.


Milk

Okay, so we are allowed to have 1 ounce of skim milk per day in our coffee. That isn't a lot.

1 ounce of milk is 2 Tablespoons. 

In my Chocolate Cake recipe, I use 4 Tablespoons of skim milk. That recipe is divided by 3, so you have about 1.333 Tablespoons of milk in that recipe. When I make the chocolate cake, I just don't have my milk in the morning with my coffee!

Planning ahead is everything in this diet, especially when you want to make something out of the packets.

6 Free "Carbs"

These past two months, I have moved home before I go to Law School in August and I had to switch coaches. My new coach told me about this thing called 6 free carbs. I had never heard of it or used it until this new coach, but basically what it means is that 1 serving of stevia, Walden Farms products, gum, or other things that might have carbs...like my reduced sugar ketchup favorite... counts as one free "carb." You are allotted 6 of these items a day.

I also try to limit myself to one protein transformation/ recipe creation to once a day!

I hope this break down helps, let me know if I need to explain myself further. Please remember, this is just what I do and it has worked for me. I am not giving advice to be taken without the consultation from your coach!

Happy Dieting!

-E

When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade...Literally

When I think of summer, I think about lying in the summer sun near some body of water with an iced down drink in my hand. Ahhhhh, I can feel like I'm there now. One of the many things I love and am obsessed with (I feel like I really "love" a lot of stuff) is lemons. I put lemons in my water, on my fish, in my salad dressings, and sometimes on my face. Seriously. Lemons on everything! 

Naturally, I LOVE lemonade. My favorite lemonade is freshly squeezed and homemade. Being on Ideal Protein, I haven't indulged in sweet and tangy, homemade lemonade and I have really missed it. Today I said, enough is enough, let's make some lemonade. 


Lemonade for One

Ingredients:

1/4 cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice 
3/4 cup of water 
Stevia 

What to do:
  1. Squeeze the juice from one lemon. 
  2. Strain the lemon juice. 
  3. Add 3/4 cup of water or more if you like your lemon juice less tangy.
  4. Add a packet of stevia or more if you like it sweeter! It's all about your taste buds.
  5. Stir. 
  6. Place ice in a glass and pour lemonade over the ice. 
  7. Sit back, relax, and enjoy your lemonade. 

Happy Dieting! 

-E





Monday, June 30, 2014

Barbecue Done Right: Potato (turnip) Salad

It's the week of the 4th of July! That means barbecue, fireworks, and fun with family and friends. I am still on Phase 1 and am 10 pounds away from my goal, so these final weeks are critical so I can move into the next phase ASAP. I am getting pretty thin, but there are some areas that still have some fat, which is keeping me away from my goal weight.

I've had some set backs with cheats and a ton of stress these past couple of weeks. My body does not react well to stress and I actually retain weight during periods of high stress. I think I need to start doing yoga because at 22 I shouldn't be so stressed, but I AM!!

Anyway, rant over. I want to be able to enjoy the 4th with my family and not feel like I am missing out on anything as far as food is concerned. This week I want to dedicate my blog to all things barbecue!

Today I experimented in the kitchen with some potato salad. I was happy with the turn out! It is an alternative recipe to potato salad, so it doesn't taste exactly like the potato salad we all know and love, but it is pretty close and as close as we are going to get on this diet anyway!



Ingredients: 

4 cups of turnips, cut into fourths
Diced red onion 
Diced dill pickle 
Salt
Pepper 
Dijon Mustard 
Walden Farms Mayo 
Distilled White Vinegar 
Lemon Juice 
Olive Oil 

I didn't put exact measurements, because to be honest, it is all about your taste buds!



What to do:
  1. In a big pot, bring the water to boil. 
  2. Cut up the turnips into quarters or fourths.
  3. Once the water begins to boil, place the turnips in the pot. Leave the pot uncovered. I read that leaving it uncovered helps to release the bitter gases and flavor of the turnips.
  4. While the turnips are boiling, in a bowl mix equal parts mustard and mayo together. 
  5. Add in salt, pepper, lemon juice, and vinegar to taste. 
  6. Add in 2 tsp of olive oil. 
  7. Chop red onion and dill pickle and mix into the mayo/mustard mixture. 
  8. Once the turnips are tender (after about 30 minutes) take out of the water and place on paper towels to drain the excess water. I've heard to change the water half-way through the boiling process in order to help eliminate the bitter turnip flavor as well.  
  9. Cut up the turnips into bite sized pieces and place in a bowl. 
  10. Stir in the mayo/mustard mixture. 
  11. Dish into a bowl and eat! 
  12. Enjoy! 

Happy Dieting! 

-E