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Sunday, April 29, 2012

The way things are stacking up......

 PEANUT BUTTER
3 INGREDIENT COOKIES....
 We love 'em with a passion.
Mr. Sweet's cardiologist told him to 
"LOSE WEIGHT, MAN."
So here we are, in the first week of PHASE 1 of 
THE SOUTH BEACH DIET.
This phase is the hardest one as there is
Nothing white.....NO starches at all...
That means no bread, no sugar, no flour, no rice, no pasta.....
nuthin'.......notta.......zilch ...
for TWO SOLID WEEKS.
*I'm gettin' a headache....*
Some veggies, eggs, egg substitutes, chicken......
you know......all the things that we all know is good for us.
An egg most every morning is about to KILL me....
I don't like eggs....
Cold and hard boiled with a ton of black pepper goes down fairly well....but.....
In other words, if it taste GOOOD, spit it out.
Now THESE peanut butter, 3 ingredient cookies are made with SPLENDA.
(1 cup Peanut Butter
1 egg
1 cup Splenda.....
(make cookies small...then you can eat TWO )
We are allowed ONE TABLESPOON of peanut butter a day....
and I'll take mine in COOKIE FORM, if you please.
 They surely don't stack up to THE REAL THING,
but when you have gone almost a week with NO sugar.....nothing sweet.....
SPLENDA becomes your best friend.....you learn to love it so much, you wanna marry it.
The texture is way different using a sugar sub....take one bite and they fall totally apart a lot more tender.
I am not used to the " after" taste of sugar subs but, I'll get there.
It is so much easier when the BOTH of us are doing this together.
 Nope.......things aren't stacking up too good around Sweet Nothings
right now.
PHASE 2 of this diet will let us eat multi grain breads, sugar/fat free Cool Whip
on our Sugar Free jello....and other goodies.
But.......2 weeks is a loooong time.....
*I feel a hissy fit comin' on.....
I am on the lookout for 
GOOD SUGAR FREE, LOW FAT DESSERTS....
Is there any such thing ???
and
I'm not talkin' pussy footing around with  PUDDINGS...
I want something SUBSTANTIAL !
SUBSTANTIALLY  SWEET in my tummy.

42 comments:

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I can't eat sugar so I find this a challenge, too! I gave a few suggestions in a post last week! I'll just tell you this as encouragement...your taste will change and it will be easier in a few weeks...believe me! You'll be great and feel SO much better!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

PS Buy some Stevia...or Truvia...it's better for you. I still eat things with Splenda, too though but you can mix it up!

Stacey said...

BJ that sounds really hard!! You are such a good cook, you must be in shock right now!

Blondie's Journal said...

I know these first two weeks are hard...like boot camp! But you have it easier to look forward to. The South Beach is easier than Atkins and if I could do Atkins, you and the Mister can handle this. I'm wishing you all the best! Go on Amazon and look for low carb cookbooks...I have a few!

XO,
Jane

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

I sprinkle eggs with nutmeg...LOVE IT! But then again I think I would sprinkle nutmeg on anything!!! Can you have fruit??? I also like some grated orange rind or lemon or even both on hard boiled eggs ALONG with grated pepper, YUMMMMM!!!
I did a somewhat ATKINS years ago BUT the only part of it I did was GIVE UP DESSERT of any kind!
Good luck to you, I'm proud of you both!!!
Big Encouraging Hugs,
Donna

Snap said...

Hang in there! Believe it or not, your taste will change and you won't miss the *good bad* stuff so much ... in fact, some of it won't taste good to you anymore! the cookies looks delicious!

Lavender Cottage said...

Hi BJ
Is this our destiny to go on crazy diets as we get older? It becomes so much harder to lose weight so I wish you and your hubby good luck.
Judith

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

I did the South Beach diet a few years ago. Did work, but I strayed away from it over time.

Susy said...

You may not believe it now, but you're going to loose your craving for sugar. Honest! (:

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Theresa said...

Too bad you don't live closer, we could put Mr. Sweet side-by-side with Mr. Ganky and he would lose ALL the weight he wanted too! I will remember you guys in my prayers! I know it isn't easy, especially with all of the goodies you are used to making! HUGS!

Vee said...

Well, when you get to the whole grain stage, you can have a delicious Apple Cheese Danish made with a slice of whole grain toast, a slice of cheese and an apple sliced and sauteed with a small pat of butter a goodly amount of cinnamon and some Splenda. When the apple has cooked down, add it to the bread and cheese and pop it into the broiler for a few minutes. It usually satisfies my need for something sweet and tasty.

Kathleen said...

I can take Splenda, but that Truvia/stevia is nasty!
Good luck with this. I don't think I could do SB. I did WW and found it ok, but you know it means forever, and I only lasted a year.
I like eggs, but not fond of vegetables or fish.
You are just too good of a cook to keep dh slim! I must be a terrible cook cause mine never gains a lb!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Good luck with the South Beach Diet. I couldn't get up out of the chair and walk across the room..but I hope it works for you.

Hugs and tons of luck. I need to lose about 50 pounds...and quick.
Thursdays tests did not come out all that good and am waiting for the results.
I hate that. The waiting...

Those cookies..you can send them to me. I'll take care of them for you..ok? I'm old and I don't care so just forward them on down here to So. CA. :)

middle child said...

I am trying to eat more foods that are real. I do use splenda in my coffee but that's about it. Veggies with Mrs. Dash. Whole grain rice, bread, pasta and cereals. fruits that are not sugar laden. Small amounts of salt. I do use Brummel and Brown instead of butter but if I do use butter, I use less. Instead of butter in pan to fry eggs, just use olive oil.
I have myself beliving that sweets and chocolate are good for you. Ha.

My Little Home and Garden said...

Do I detect a note of rebellion. :)
Good luck!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Best of luck to both of you with the new way of eating! I know it's hard, but also know we can do anything we set our mind to:@)

The French Hutch said...

bj, I am always on and off this diet. It works when I do it and walking really jump starts the pounds dropping off. You had me in stitches laughing this morning while reading this post. I'm going to try this cookie recipe, Jim loves PBC soooo much.
Have a great week bj.

~Emily
The French Hutch

Stephanie said...

Hang in there - the end result will be worth it. You're doing great.

"Auntie" sezzzzzz... said...

BEST OF LUCK!!!!!!!! :-)

When the *Heart Man* sezzzzzz; "DO IT!" we gotta' listen!!! :-)

And it is so much easier, if both are on the same plan. Wow, yes!

Be glad your bod(s) will allow you (both) to use substitutes like Splenda, etc. Neither mine, nor 'Uncle A.'s", will.

Spring! With a Big Project! Better Health for all.

Hugs....

Madeline's Album said...

Good luck to both of you. If I can do it anyone can. I have been on a diet every since I was told I was a diabetic. With diet and exercise I have been able to come off my insulin shots. Stay strong and have a blessed day. Madeline

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Flea Market Makeovers said...

Wishing you luck on your new eating plan. I have not craved sugar for a few years now, for some reason. I would have a hard time giving up pasta and potatoes....

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Pondside said...

BIG sympathy BJ!! It's hard, but of course it's worth it....but you of all people - you're made of good stuff to be doing this for your sweetie, and you know you'll both benefit. Good for you!

Carla said...

Many people I know have had a great success with the South Beach diet. Good Luck. I really really need to try but I'm being a whiney cry baby about giving up my anything white. And I know I would feel 100% better and lighter.

black eyed susans kitchen said...

It all looks delicious BJ...I am diabetic, but will allow myself a cookie every now and then. I just try to balance it out by not having anything else sweet of carbs all day.
Susan

Rita said...

Good luck with that diet; I also am very careful with sugar and fat. I have aleays been kind of nervous about the South Beach Diet; quite strict.
I found great recipes at the Heart and Stoke website:

http://www.heartandstroke.on.ca/site/c.pvI3IeNWJwE/b.3581737/k.C5E2/Recipes.htm

With you taking over I am sure it will work out. Good luck.
Rita

Maureen #6745 said...

Great recipe, will pass it on to my son in law who is diabetic, and my daughter loves her peanut butter! Who'd of thunk, 3 ingredients. Thank You for sharing!
Good Luck with your diets! and the above link is great, we visit the heartandstroke.ca site often.
All the Best,
Maureen

Carol said...

I've seen this recipe. I have found some good stuff on some of the gluten free blogs, and the Mediteranean diet is excellent for heart health, we were told.
I sure do love sugar, though. I probably should not mention the ice cream cake I made for Chickie that is living in the freezer....

Kathleen Grace said...

Oh I know that's a tough diet BJ! Earl and I did Atkins a few years back, so successful but I simply cannot seem to get back into it. We actually froze berries and then poured just enough cream or half and half over them so it froze like ice cream, a little bit of sweetener and it was a treat! I also have a low carb cheesecake recipe I'll send you in the email. Top it with berries and it's legal!

Ralph said...

Around here, we say that we need to lose weight. Vegetarian I suppose, but nothing white? A drag it seems, but together anything i possible. The cookies look delicious!

Amber Star said...

I wish you good luck. It is so durn hard to give up sugar, bread, potatoes, and any other good stuff. However, thinking of my dad after he had a stroke, well, I'm thinking it might be a good idea.

I'm going to give those recipes at the link Rita left down there.

Susy said...

I've been thinking about you guys off and on all day, and said a little prayer for you This is really a big change, and I know you can to it. Stay strong. xo

Amy Jo said...

This is Tough! I have followed the sugar free on and off for a few years now...I always get sick the first few days... It is hard.. I know it will be great after the first two weeks.

Blessings,
Amy Jo

Whimsey Creations said...

When I was diagnosed with diabetes last year, I had to do pretty much the same thing. I had already been using only olive oil, eating less meat, and all that stuff but I hadn't cut out the white. And had been on a sugar binge for months from stress at work. The first week I thought I'd die. The second week was hard but not as hard as the first week. And then the energy I hadn't had in years started to come back. Along with the exercise which I hadn't done in years brought my blood sugar back to normal without medication within 4 months. Yea! After you get off the white, you won't want it nearly as bad and sugary things will taste icky sweet - I promise. For sweetening drinks try raw agave syrup. It's at the lowest end of the glycemic scale and doesn't cause your blood sugar to shoot up too quickly like most sugars do - that's what makes you hungry again so soon after you eat sweets and makes you want MORE sweets. And it doesn't have any specific taste (I tried every kind of stevia that was on the market and hated them all) just makes things taste sweeter. Good luck - you CAN do it!

Whimsey Creations said...

Oh and eggs - try this one. Beat up six eggs frothy. Spray a regular sized muffin pan with cooking spray. Into each cup put a couple of chopped leaves of spinach, a little chopped sun-dried tomato (the smoked ones are especially good), and a tiny pinch of cream cheese (or feta or whatever you have). Pour the eggs evenly into the muffin cups over the other ingredients. Bake them at 350 just for a few minutes until the eggs are set - REALLY good!

Lorrie said...

Beginning a new way of eating is difficult! But think of the results - that might help keep you going. And it's true that after awhile you don't crave the sweets at all.

kitty said...

At least you're both in this together, which always helps to have a commrade!! Your cookies sure must help the cravings!

Liz said...

That looks delicious. I'm using Splenda too.

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Mary Howell Cromer said...

Those cookies do look good for what little they have in them. I went on a diet last Summer and lost 27 pounds and have kept all but 3 off, even through the Winter months. I am not so muh an egg gal either...I really have to doctor them up big time!

Shannon@Cozy Home Scenes said...

Good luck with your new way of eating. I hope your husband loses weight as his doc wants. It's nice of you to go along with the diet. Thanks for coming to my party. ----Shannon

Becolorful said...

Thank you for this. Rosie ( that is what we call my husband) and I are trying to drop some weight too. I pinned this today to my recipe board and wanted to thank you for the helpful hint and for linking up to BeColorful this week.
pam