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'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.
This particular diet does not require exercise to achieve results, but it does encourage it. So, in addition to working on my mini exercise bike, I 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. 🙂
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.