Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Diets schmiets

Well, evidently the newest diet craze is the Wheat Belly Diet.  As I understand it, the wheat we have these days is evil, unlike anything our parents knew as wheat, and if you are fat it's because of wheat.  It isn't all that fast food or potato chips or candy or cookies or french fries you consume...  oh no, it's the wheat.  Give up wheat and you can have all the sugar and lard you want.    
I'm sure that isn't an accurate description of the diet, since my only knowledge of this new fad is from a five-minute TV interview some news guy had with the doctor who came up with the idea.  I have never hopped on any of the diet bandwagons, because most of the faddish ones tell me about all the foods I can never eat again.  Spoiled little five-year-old Donna still lives at my core, and if you tell me I can't have something, that is exactly what I'm going to have.  

Oh, and I am STILL looking for someone who lost weight on the Atkins diet and kept the weight off.  But I digress.  

Cliff and I are still staying on target with our weights.  He got down to 211 when he was sick, and it would have been nice if he could have stayed at that number.  But he hadn't eaten for so long, I felt he needed some food.  We hope now to simply keep him under 220, which we realize is more that he should weigh according to the experts, but it's an attainable goal.  I am getting awfully close to 150 and a size 10, but I want to stay at the size 12 I'm wearing now.  Cliff agrees, saying I start to lose my shape if I get thinner than I am now.  That's where it gets so easy to get off the mark:  I start thinking things like, "Dang, I could stand to gain five pounds, let's go eat pizza!"  
I still rely on to keep me honest with my calories.  There are other sites that help keep track of calories for you, but I have added so many of my own personal recipes with nutrients and calories that I am bound to stay with Sparkpeople.  Just this morning I added "Average Jane's Beef Enchiladas" and was pleasantly surprised to learn that if I made it 8 servings, one portion is only 530 calories.  This is good stuff, and it freezes well.  We'll have it for dinner today and again tomorrow, then freeze the rest.


1 1/2 lb ground beef
1/4 cup diced green pepper
1/2 cup diced onion
1/3 cup taco sauce
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tsp garlic chopped
1 can refried beans
1 small can chopped black olives
3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
2 10-oz cans enchilada sauce
1/2 package corn tortillas

Nutritional Info

Fat: 38.8g
Carbohydrates: 16.3g
Protein: 28.7g

Brown the hamburger with green pepper, onion, black pepper and garlic. Stir in the refried beans, olives and taco sauce and simmer lightly. Remove from heat.

Combine the enchilada sauces in a medium saucepan and warm on the stove. Dip each tortilla in the sauce, spoon in beef mixture, sprinkle with some cheese and roll. Place in a 13x9 pan. Repeat until pan is full (single layer). Pour remaining sauce over all and top with grated cheese. Bake at 350 until sauce bubbles and cheese melts. Let sit about 5 minutes before serving. 

Serving Size: serves 6 at 707 calories or 8 at 530 calories

Number of Servings: 8

Anyhow, that's why I stick with Sparkpeople.  I'm sure I have at least 50 of my own recipes there, and I am not about to leave them behind.  Here's an example of how the recipe calculator shows all the nutrients in a recipe.  This is for the above recipe:
 There are lots of good things in that dish!  The sodium, of course, is from the canned ingredients like the enchilada sauce, refried beans, and the olives.  I can type the ingredients to any recipe in the recipe calculator and find out calories per serving.  

I'm still off Facebook, working on getting my blogging mojo back before I return.  I'm starting to get back to the old feel of things.  I know blog entries about food and diet are boring, but this is what's on my mind today.  Besides, I intend to be very open and honest about how well Cliff and I are maintaining.  My readers can keep me accountable.  


Nance In CA. said...

Hey girl!! We're not seeing you on our Facebook friends list any you know what's up? Glenda Keating was asking about it this AM. I checked....and you are gone from mine too. Did you give up on us? LOL

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I appreciate the fact that you are blogging. So many of my old blogger friends have gone by the wayside and I do miss them. I always wondered about that diet and now I know what they are talking about. I still don't do diets but have maintained so I'm happy. Glad you two are doing so well there!

Marcia Lowry said...

Good for you guys! Thanks to you I ordered a fitbit pedometer and love it - has helped me lose 12 lbs. so far. I always enjoy your blog whatever you have to say. I've joined the blogging world also - come visit if you'd like -

Marcia Lowry said...

Thanks for stopping by and also for the mention on your sidebar!


The enchiladas sound good. I've decided not to focus on losing weight but to just eat as healthy as I can. you and Cliff have done well with your strategy.

Margaret said...

It sort of cracks me up when people talk about eating like our ancestors did and the Paleo diet and such; do they understand that our ancestors(even fairly recent ones) lived to be 50 or so? I am willing to weigh more to have my quality of life.

small farm girl said...

Me and Hubby have been off of wheat since March 14. Since we have been off of it, Hubby doesn't get heartburn, and our knees don't hurt as bad. We thought we were just imagining it and ate wheat for a week. Well, we both ended up with heartburn and I couldn't hardly walk because my knees hurt so bad. Do I miss bread? Ya, sometimes. But, I like the feel of not hurting more. Plus, I've come to think of it as a challenge to find different ways to cook. Oh, and no, we haven't lost much weight. But, with us moving around better, I'm hoping it comes with it. LOL