The grand SandwichINK "Diet" is going great! I'm continuing to enjoy a slightly modified version of the Flat Belly (LOVE those MUFA foods!) Diet and I am losing weight, slowly but surely. (Four pounds – very good news for this baby boomer, flirting with senior citizen status!)  I'm rarely hungry unless the Sandwich Generation issues of life keep me too busy to grab a bite right on time. To combat that, I've taken to carrying around a little sandwich baggie with two tablespoons of cashews and two tablespoons of chocolate chips. If I start to get hungry and can't eat normally, I nibble at those for a bit. They're counted in my 1600 daily calories and are my very favorite MUFAs (though i do love those avocados too), so overall I'm doing fine. V8 is another big help for me (and quite RED as well. 🙂 )

I use V8 with low sodium to keep this granny nanny going in between meals on the Flat Belly-MUFA foods-diet

I'm continuing to check in with 5MinutesForMom for their Winter Weight Off (and already looking forward to their Ultimate Blog Party 2011, coming soon!) and finding lots of terrific tips there. My favorite of theirs that I implemented this week? Their hot tip about cold breakfast cereal. It goes great with the Flat Belly Foods!

"When I am eating cold cereal, (later this week I will show you my hot cereal fiber tricks,) I mix two parts of Kellogg’s All Bran Flakes and one part Kellogg’s All Bran…Now, the KEY here is the All Bran. IF I just eat the Bran Flakes, I will be hungry in an hour.BUT, if I add a large helping of All Bran, the extra fiber keeps me full for three hours."

Guess what! I gave it a try and it works well. It tastes good, is about the same amount of calories, and does seem to help me last a bit longer before needing to eat. And all of us in the Baby Boomer generation have been hearing for years how vital bran is to our diets. This is a tasty and easy way to achieve that as well. Healthy all the way around!

It also definitely helps to be sure to add some MUFA foods to breakfast. (Breakfast being a vital way how people over 50 can raise their metabolism! Under 50 too!) The two tablespoons of MUFAs in the form of cashews really make a big difference in staving off those hunger pains.

The nice thing about a healthy diet to get our weight to where it should be and then keep it there is that it is a blessing to us and a terrific way of 'taking care of the caregiver" it makes for great" gifts" for our elderly parents. The healthier we are, the more energy we have in dealing with the Sandwich Generation issues of caring for the sweet elderly parents and relatives in our family not to mention babysitting our grandchildren.

Other foods that I've been enjoying this week include oranges, Pepper Jack cheese sticks (it's supposed to be regular string cheese but I get so bored with that. So I'm using these and adjusting my calories elsewhere. MUCH yummier with tasty RED peppers in it 🙂 ), those delicious avocados and plenty of RED tomatoes.

More fun RED during activities for grandparents and their grandchildren F

This particular diet does not require exercise to achieve results, but it does encourage it. So, in addition to working on my mini exercise bikeI put three of my grandkids to work as my personal "trainers." We had a wonderful weekend of lovely spring weather even though it's still winter which led to a terrific time playing tag yesterday and today, complete with some fun REDs. I have to tell you – yesterday, this baby boomer felt about 45 – today was an achier day for my arthritis, so I felt closer to 85. I think that is thanks to the early rain this morning and storm that is due tomorrow. 🙂

This Sandwich Generation granny nanny and her grandboys love ball tag around and under and behind their trees F

Still and all, we had enough time in between rains to enjoy grandkid, granddog, and photo-taking granny nanny time, with all these pictures and more, taken with my very handy and easy to use digital camera in my AT&T iPhone! Perfect for Sweet Shot Tuesday AND REDnesday. They, along with 5MinutesForMom, are all fun to visit with wonderful resources for all of us in the Sandwich Generation.

Awwww - there was even some granddog fun going on

Wasn’t Valentine’s week fun, with so many blog parties to bless those of us in

Happy Valentines Gifts Ideas for the Sandwich Generation family from the elderly senior parents on down to the cute little grandkids the Sandwich Generation too busy caring for elderly parents and babysitting grandchildren to get out? I did have a chance to enjoy time with my grandkids as we played a couple of games on their Valentine gift of the great Wii games in the Summer Sports 2 and Game Party 3.  They turned out to be quite fun for the kids as well as their baby boomer (and heading into the seniors category) granny nanny! My oldest grandson and I LOVED the racquetball! And my youngest was enthralled at the idea of even more fun bowling games! Good fun, good family memories, and even some good exercise. Which is good, since I have a not-so-good confession to make.

After I managed to lose 8 pounds a while back with the South Beach Diet phase one Supercharged recipes – putting me back into my “comfortable weight zone” – three family crises, two major holidays, and a ton of chocolate chip cookies that were given during them (not to mention McDonald’s oatmeal cookies) all led to my gaining it back. (Sounds like the after-Christmas version of A Partridge in a Pear Tree, doesn’t it? 🙂 )

I kept thinking, “I need to get back to healthy eating,” but the Oreos and oatmeal cookies kept calling my name while my enlarging tummy kept glaring at me (can a tummy glare?). I have one of those nasty Pear-shaped bodies that are supposed to be so bad for you. All the weight goes straight to my tummy. Sooo, when I spotted a Get Healthy / Winter Weight Off at, I knew it was God’s perfect timing for me. They’ll be posting tips and ideas for the next few weeks to encourage us and give us more creative ideas to lose weight along with stomach fat. 🙂

weight loss tips

I considered using the South Beach Diet Supercharged again, since it has has been quite helpful for me in the past. The Serotonin Power Diet is another I’ve used successfully and liked. But Prevention sent me an email reminding me about their Flat Belly Diet which I’d looked into in the past. I looked over the foods they offer for options, including dark chocolate AND cashews, (which are healthy monounsaturated fats – MUFAS) that can help cut the belly fat driving so many of us nuts “How fun to explore something new, and share it all with you,” I thought. 🙂 So I ordered two of the books for it, The Flat Belly Diet and The Flat Belly Diet Cookbook and will be giving it a try and sharing the results with you.

The Flat Belly Diet book includes many of the healthy foods you can eat and still lose weight

I will say, I am not crazy about the first 4 days of the plan as they want you to start off with a 1200 calorie diet that is supposed to be geared so you don’t get hungry. Since I have hypoglycemic issues, I’ve decided to skip that and head straight into the regular 1600 calorie part. I started mid-day  four days ago and it’s gone well. I’m liking the food choices, not going hungry (unless grandkid duties are keeping me too busy to grab a snack) AND my scales were 3 pounds friendlier to me today!  (Of course, each of us is different, and your results might be different. If you try it, or any other healthy eating and/or weight loss ideas, we’d love to hear how you do! 🙂 )

By the way, one other reason I decided not to do the first 4 days is that you are not supposed to have any diet sodas, among other drinks. I have been thinking about cutting back or cutting them out. I know there are some health concerns about them. On the other hand, they do give me extra energy to keep going, even late at night. Do you drink diet sodas? Any thoughts? 🙂

And speaking of Diet colas, I thought you might enjoy this amusing tale of Mt. Vesuvius – cola-style. Have you ever stuck a soda into the freezer to do a quick chill? My senior mom and I do that occasionally.

This Sandwich Generation granny nanny loves Pepsi


I especially love it when you catch it just right and it has those yummy ice crystals. 

This Sandwich Generation baby boomer loves icy crystals in her soda

But what happens when you forget it? Ahhhh, that’s when you end up with a cola-volcano and frozen pepsi all over the inside of the freezer walls and splattered on all the frozen food. VERY time-consuming to clean up and very frustrating for this busy Sandwich Generation baby boomer. Except, I was too busy laughing about it all to get too upset. 🙂

This busy Sandwich Generation granny nanny had a BIG mess to clean up in the freezer after the Pepsi exploded

I even did my very first SandwichINK YouTube Video with this – aren’t you proud of me? 🙂

If nothing else, I’m thinking this could make for fun science project activities for grandparents and their younger grandchildren. Perfect for those of us in the Sandwich Generation, don’t you think? 🙂 And perfect for getting some cute pictures with my easy to use digital camera. Enjoy. 🙂