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How to ruin your potatoes

How to ruin your potatoes

Ruining Potatoes with Parsnips I thought I had a brilliant idea last night.  I was going to mix my potatoes half and half with mashed parsnips!  Everybody who has known me for awhile is now wondering who this alien is that took over Christina’s body.  […]

Bey Blades, Candy Sushi and Birthday Cake Popcorn!

Bey Blades, Candy Sushi and Birthday Cake Popcorn!

Bey Blade,Candy Sushi and Birthday Cake Popcorn Jordan’s Birthday Party 2018 The most popular questions I was asked: “Where did you come up with that?” Pinterest.  More specifically, a couple really cool bloggers, that I’m now following, had posted it to Pinterest;  and I found […]

Why I’m Quitting Weight Watchers

Why I’m Quitting Weight Watchers

Why I’m Quitting Weight Watchers

Quitting Weight Watchers

This has been my second time on Weight Watchers.  I lost 10 pounds the first time, and I’m not even two weeks in yet, but I am down 2.6 pounds this week.  Clearly Weight Watchers works for me as a weight loss tool.  So why would I quit?  I have numerous reasons that I’m going to share with you.

 

  1. My belly is getting bigger, and I’m not pregnant

This is very similar to my next problem, and the problem after that, because the way I’m eating on Weight Watchers is not being good to my stomach.  It is visibly bloated.  As my weight goes down, my belly grows! Not the look I was going for.

 

This leads right into my next problem…

 

  1. Major stomach problems

I was sent to the ER with the understanding that I might have to stay and get my appendix removed, but my appendix was fine.  The severe pain was just really bad indigestion.  Some digestive enzymes and magnesium has helped, but the one thing that I had really changed when the problem began, was starting Weight Watchers Freestyle.

  1. I’m either eating garbage, or I’m hungry

Now, this is partly on me.  I mean, technically, the Freestyle program allows us to have all the fish, chicken breast, beans, and eggs we want for zero points.  So, any processed crap I’m eating is my own choice.  True.  However, I want my future to include things like mayo, sour cream, and cheese.  I don’t want to eat bland chicken breast.

As soon as you start substituting light and sugar free versions of foods, you start finding more ingredients like MSG, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, and aspartame. The hidden chemicals, used to offer texture and flavor to these imposters, can mess with hormones, which can really mess with your weight.

I read that Fat Free diets are linked to 20% less calcium absorption and weaker immune systems.  I don’t want to just lose some weight (and then gain it right back), I want to take care of my body and make it healthier.

 

  1. It isn’t promoting healthy choices for me

You can certainly still have avocados.  I get it, I get it— “You can have anything you want.” If you budget it in, nothing is off limits.  I love this.  It’s one of the biggest reasons I chose Weight Watchers.

Nobody told me that I had to budget junk instead of a nice, healthy avocado… but an avocado is 11 points.  Do you know what’s not 11 points?  A cup of Ice cream.  If it’s Fat Free, you can have two full cups of it for the same amount as an avocado (and the ones I tried taste every bit as good as the regular version).  Your choice is between ¼ of an avocado, 1/8 cup of nuts, or ½ cup of ice cream.  It’s too tempting to leave the avocado off the breakfast sandwich to budget in the dessert, and I haven’t had nuts or coconut oil since starting Weight Watchers, they just aren’t worth the points.  It’s also tempting to skip meals so that I can eat junk later.

 

Wait, what?! Fat free ice cream that tastes like regular?! You can eat it on a diet?! You’re signing up for Weight Watchers right now, and heading to the store for “supplies?”  Hey, no judgment here.  I haven’t been feeling great, though, since adding all these fat free foods to my diet, and healthy fats are important.

 

I’ve had a huge beef craving lately, and I feel like I’m backed up of chicken, eggs. And beans.  I think my body likes to have red meats, in moderation, and I’m not getting all the nutrients I need with what I’m eating on WW.  Yet with the reduction of daily points that comes with Freestyle, it is too costly to stray from those same zero point foods.

 

  1. Tracking is a time-consuming pain, and I don’t want to do this forever

You know how I said I lost 10 pounds the first time I was on WW?  When I stopped tracking, I gained it right back.  Faster than I’d lost it.  Since starting WW for the first time, I’m only down 2.6 to be exact.  That means that unless I stick to WW forever and ever and ever, all of this is for nothing anyway.  That’s a torturous thought!

 

I spent about 20 minutes trying to find the Smart Points for fried tater tots the other night.  Don’t judge me!  I was going out with some friends, and the place we were going has these amazing tater-tot nachos with their own homemade chili, and I had saved all my weekly points for it!  Hey, life must be worth living, right?  I finally just decided that Jack in the Box hash browns were close enough, and then I wondered…how many minutes per day do I spend trying to track all this stuff?  Enough to workout instead?  Yes.

 

I read some studies about the long-term success of Weight Watchers that wasn’t very promising.  In fact, it pretty much sold me on the fact that Weight Watchers is not the long-term solution that I want.  I do not want to spend the rest of my life tracking smart points and paying the fee, and I also don’t want to gain everything back that I have lost.  It works short term, with a lot of effort, but that’s not what I want.

 

  1. It costs money

 

If I want to track points (and I don’t), I will probably use the ITrackBites app.  It is a cheap app, and it only cost a few more dollars to upgrade different parts of it, until it did the same thing as my WW app.  In fact, I can still choose the previous Smart Points plan, or some of the other previous plans, which I can’t do with the Weight Watchers app, so it offers greater flexibility.

 

So, there you have it.  The answer to the question that nobody really asked me, but I decided to tell you anyway!  This happens just a couple weeks into starting this blog, which was intended to be for sharing lightened up recipes (something I had become very good at doing,) but that’s okay!  I look forward to embracing real food instead, and doing some real research into what will actually be the healthiest choice for my body.

I’d love to share the journey with you, and hear about your own!  Follow me on Facebook, or sign up to get new posts as I share them, and we can keep in touch!

Bacon, Egg, Cheese and Avacado Breakfast Sandwich

Bacon, Egg, Cheese and Avacado Breakfast Sandwich

I originally made this as a great Weight Watchers breakfast, but have since decided to quit WW.  Instead of using Fat Free cheese and aerosol cooking spray, I’m suggesting you use a little bit of real cheese and a little bit of real butter.

Pork Schnitzel- Blake and Christina’s Way

Pork Schnitzel- Blake and Christina’s Way

If you’re antsy to get to the recipe, and I don’t blame you, just click on “Jump to Recipe” above. Otherwise, stay with me to see some photos of this beautiful food, and also get some other tid-bits, including some info on the mashed-potato recipe […]

Shredded Chicken Taco Soup- Garnished with Salsa and Greek Yogurt

Shredded Chicken Taco Soup- Garnished with Salsa and Greek Yogurt

I came up with this soup when I was doing Weight Watcher’s, and I liked it because it only cost me 1 Smart Point.  Garnishing it with a mixture of Greek Yogurt and salsa really took it to the next level.  I was originally using Fat Free Greek Yogurt to keep the Smart Points down, but I now think it’s better to use full fat versions of things whenever possible.  

You can cut this recipe down if you don’t want to make a huge pot, but I really enjoy keeping it on hand throughout the week. I also like to freeze recipes like this into batches, so that I can alternate soups rather than eating the same one until it’s gone.

Shredded Chicken Taco Soup

January 3, 2018
: 12
: Super Easy!

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Ingredients
  • 5 lbs Boneless, Skinless, Chicken breasts
  • 1- 15 oz can Tomato Sauce (I used one with no salt added)
  • 2 cups of broth (or use 2 cups of the reserved cooking liquid)
  • 8- 15 oz cans of Beans of your choice, rinsed and strained (I mixed black, kidney, and chick peas)
  • 1/2 cup (or about 2 envelopes) Ranch Seasoning Mix
  • 1/4 cup (or 1 envelope) Taco Seasoning Mix
  • For Garnish:
  • 1/4 Cup Greek Yogurt
  • 3 1/2 Tbsn Salsa
  • Chopped green onions
Directions
  • Step 1 Place chicken breasts in a large pot or Dutch Oven and cover with water.
  • Step 2 Boil until center of chicken is no longer pink (Approximately 10-15 minutes).
  • Step 3 Remove chicken and allow to cool, just enough that you can easily shred it. (remove and reserve 2 cups of cooking liquid if you aren’t adding broth).
  • Step 4 Place the shredded chicken into the pot (that should now have no fluids in it).
  • Step 5 Over medium-high heat, toss the chicken with the tomato sauce and ranch mix until coated.
  • Step 6 Add the broth, beans, corn, and the Ranch seasoning mix.
  • Step 7 Heat to desired temperature.
  • Step 8 Garnish each bowl with a mixture of plain yogurt mixed with salsa, and sprinkle with green onions.
  • Step 9 It goes great with chips or avocados, I tossed some Juanita’s tortilla chips on the side.

 

Famous Bacon Deviled Eggs

Famous Bacon Deviled Eggs

These bacon deviled eggs get us invites! Everybody always asks us if we’re bringing our bacon deviled eggs. It’s become our thing. I think they get more excited to see our bacon deviled-eggs than they do to see us…and we have 2 babies! I hope […]

Baked Parmesan Chicken with Corn Flakes

Baked Parmesan Chicken with Corn Flakes

Adding the Cornflakes to this chicken not only makes it extra crunchy, but it makes it extra golden, which my mind into thinking that I’m eating real fried food.  In fact, I read that putting Turmeric on Mac and Cheese tricks you into thinking that […]