Refreshed

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Even though I was craving a smoothie this morning (go figure, that is what happened the last time I finished the cleanse) I made some oatmeal.  I didn’t make the smoothie because I was so cold already.  That was the only issue I had with the cleanse this time.  I dreaded drinking the smoothies because I was already freeeeeeeezing.  I would sit in front of my space heater, in 3 shirts, & sweatpants shivering while I drank my frozen beverage!

In this bowl was the following:

  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tsp. Ideal brown sugar blend
  • several shakes of cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp. Mara Natha (I always call it Martha Nartha….) almond butter.

I microwaved the oats and the milk for two minutes and then added the other things.  It was the most delicious thing I have ever eaten!  Ok…..maybe that’s the cleanse talking.  So glad my taste buds have reset.

I have about a bazillion things to do today so I better get started! I’ve got 80’s cardio radio blasting…the sun is shining & the high is supposed to be 59!!!!

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Dr. Oz cleanse with my Ninja BL600

I must say this time has been MUCH easier than the first time so far. I think it’s because I knew what to expect.  I had planned on doing the cleanse without being quite as strict as I was last time.  I followed it to the T last time.  I decided I would still have a cup of coffee in the morning and I would tweak the drinks a little to suit my taste buds better.  I decided to use only spinach instead of the kale, and Kroger didn’t have frozen pineapple by itself so I got a mixture that had strawberries, mango and pineapple.

When I woke up this morning I found that I didn’t really need coffee so I had a cup of the detox tea right away.

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After that I made the Breakfast Drink

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I was really looking forward to using my new blender!!!!  Jeremy surprised me with it on Christmas Eve.  He knew I wanted to do the cleanse again after Christmas but my old blender went kaput after the last round.  Sweet thing….

It is the Ninja® Professional Blender & Single Serve BL660 and IT.IS.AWESOME.

It took a while to figure out how to use it.  I actually had to bust out the instructions. It took a while to get the hang of taking the top off but I found if you pull the handle backward while lifting it, it comes off.  Not easily but it will come off.

Man it is powerful!  Did I mention it is awesome?  It made making those shakes so easy!

Lunch Drink

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Once again I used just 2 celery stalks and about 1 cup of cucumber.  When I finished this I drank a cup of tea to warm up.

Dinner Drink

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I skipped my Snack drink because I was talking on the phone but I DID have that cup of coffee because my head was POUNDING!

It really took the edge off and I was able to finish out the day.  Jeremy wasn’t home to help me this time so I had make some compromises.  I am glad I did have that cup because we got a last minute showing request and I had to quickly get the house cleaned up and get the heck outta dodge!

Speaking of selling our house…..you won’t believe this one.

The reason we never got that offer this weekend was because Mr. Very Interested decided that after the second showing on Saturday, he thinks he may want a two story.  Ours is one.  Their agent told our agent that an offer was WRITTEN on Friday ready to present.  Really?  I mean MY GOSH!!!!!  For the LOVE OF PETE WHHHHYYYYYYYY?!?!?!?!  The good news is this, the wife wants our house.  She doesn’t want a two story……she wants our house.  We ALL know that if Momma ain’t happy…..ain’t NOBODY happy.  I’d loved to have been a fly on their wall that afternoon.  So there is still a ray of hope there.  Please God make that man come to his senses!!!!

Darkest before the dawn

I had planned on doing another Dr. Oz 3 day detox cleanse after Christmas because it made me feel so great when I was done and I wanted to get the new year started right.  Well, then we got visited by the stomach bug and even though I didn’t get it, I was terrified I would and lost my appetite for a little over a week.  Not eating anything but crackers, bananas, and oatmeal for a week messed up my body.  When I got my appetite back all I wanted to eat, all that sounded good, were carbs and more carbs since that’s what I had been eating for a week.  Honestly, I allowed myself to eat whatever I was craving because, I had gotten down to 110lbs.  <—— not cute.  I haven’t been able to/wanted to work out since the boys have been home so that, coupled with the craptastic diet I have been eating has REALLY been affecting me.  I have been feeling a little edgy lately but I felt like I would start feeling better soon since things have been getting back to normal.  The boys will go back to school on Tuesday, we were supposed to be getting some good news yesterday <—– more on that later…everything was beginning to look bright again.

Then…..

Today in the middle of church I had a panic attack.  I had to get up and leave.  If you have ever had a panic attack you know the feeling of fight or flight.  I felt like I was in some sort of danger and needed to run for my life!   It’s really to most ODD sensation.  I hate it.  I was supposed to volunteer in Aidan’s class this morning but I had to get out of there.  It wasn’t until I got home that I started to calm down and realize what had just happened.  It hadn’t happened in so long, I forgot what it was.

That was a wake up call for me.  I have to get back on track with my normal healthy eating and exercise.  It is essentially vital for me.  If I want to finish this race, this time of trial and patience, I have to, have to, have to be on my A- Game.  The devil is prowling, just waiting for a weak moment to attack me.  This morning was one of them.  It had been a stressful morning as usual on top of everything else…….So…..I am doing the Dr. Oz 3 day cleanse again Mon/Tue/Wed to help get me back on track.

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Today’s panic attack was no doubt also a product of the two anxiety ridden days before.

Friday we got word that a buyer was “VERY INTERESTED” in our house and had asked for a seller’s disclosure.  The statement from the buyer’s agent was “The earliest we can expect a write up would be Saturday.”  SAY WHAT?!?!  Praise God….Halleluiah!  On Saturday we had two showings.  One was a new person who came 15 min early. Thankfully was had JUST left and were driving down the street to see them drive up to the house, get out of the car, walk up to the door, walk back to the car and leave.  ????? Confused smile  Who knows…Well anyway, the second showing right after that was with the buyers who were “very interested”.  Ok, first of all, I was disappointed that instead of an offer from them, we had a second showing.  We never heard anything from them that day and we STILL have yet to hear anything.  Just the constant expectation that at any moment now,  we could have all of our prayers answered is incredibly nerve wracking…..<—understatement.

Meanwhile…..our “could be dream home” is sitting out there, free game, and I just feel like at any moment now I will get a notification…..PENDING.  I seriously need a valium right now.  But you know what?  Deep….WAY WAAAAAAY down deep, I know everything will work out perfectly and that takes the edge off, a little…..

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Even though today was no bueno, SATURDAY was quite lovely….minus being on the edge of insanity waiting for the good news we were teased with.

I went to Target (happy place) to let the boys pick out some toys with their Christmas gift cards.  I found a GREAT deal on some Starbucks coffee! It was the Christmas blend for 70% off!  Holla!

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I started the day off on the right note with some oatmeal, my vitamins and a big cup of water.

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Before we left I had a quick lunch because I was running out of time before our first showing.

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The banana was good but the bar…..not so much.  “Gross” pretty much would describe it.  I didn’t take a look at the list of chemicals on the back when I bought it…..so that was unpleasant to see AFTER I had choked it down…..”Man that was not good at all…” Turns over the wrapper…..sees list of 50 impossible to pronounce words….files it under “What was I thinking?”

When I got home that afternoon I was ravenous & I ate some almonds, some turkey, a cheese stick, some Fritos with hummus, after that I lost track…..by the end of the night I had a stomach ache from all the leftover Christmas candy I ate out of sheer stress and anxiety…..Not proud of that one bit….but….it is what it is.  Hence the detox starting tomorrow….

We are ending the day with Aidan running a 102 fever…..I am ready for this to be over, on the real!!….

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Dr. Oz 3 Day Detox Cleanse: Part 2

I drifted off to sleep Sunday night fantasizing about the bowl of oatmeal I was going to eat the next morning.  I couldn’t wait to wake up to the deliciousness off the coffee that would be waiting for me.  When I woke the next morning, I was pleased to see I had lost 5.4 lbs. over the past 3 days.  All the pain and suffering had paid off.  Not only had I lost the 2 pounds I had slowly put on over the previous sugar filled weeks but I had lost the other three that had been hanging on for dear life since the summer.  Now, I am not that easily convinced, I knew most of it was water.  So the real test would be the next few days when I started eating regular food again.

Even though I went to sleep fantasizing about a nice steaming creamy bowl of oats, I made another “Breakfast Drink”.  Say What????  I don’t know…. I just wanted it!  Oh but I definitely had that coffee. That is a non-negotiable.  Who was I kidding thinking I could get off the juice all together? I knew it was pretty ambitious but hey, you’ll never know if you never try!  I have improved however.  I only drink one cup in the morning now instead of 2 sometimes 3.  The cup I had that morning had me WIRED!  I felt like I could run a marathon.  I can drink a cup in the afternoon now and it actually perks me up!  Before I could drink a Misto and could still have a nap.  I am so grateful for that improvement.

As the day continued I was amazed at my energy level and mood.  I was thinking so clearly.  Even though the boys had a physical fight that morning that ended up with Aidan being pushed into a bookshelf (don’t ask), I kept my cool.  I got the house cleaned up, it was a MESS.  3 boys home for 5 days…yeah.  I cleaned for 3 hours and then had lunch.  Tuna Salad, cucumbers and a small sweet potato.  I talked to a friend and waited for the crash….I waited and waited….I never crashed.  In fact I worked out!   Normally I would be passed out for the next 30-45 min and then still tired after that.  I was like an Energizer Bunny that day.  Finally about 8pm I started to wind down.  That kind of energy level hasn’t changed.  It’s been that way everyday.

I haven’t had any sweets since Thanksgiving and have really cut back on my carb intake.  By carbs I mean breads, Z Bars, pretzels,cereal, granola….. processed flour type foods.  I finally had my oatmeal on Tuesday morning, which was so delicious.  I have also had some whole wheat bread for a sandwich……but that’s about it.  I still eat breads on occasion but mostly I am trying to stay away from them.   I have craved sweets a few times this week, two of those times were after the Women’s Health Shoot.  It had been a long nerve wracking day.  I wanted to “reward” myself with an ice cream cone.  Instead I had my non-fat 2 Splenda Misto……Smile  That same night after dinner I was craving something sweet and I realized I was just still hungry.  So I ate a piece of whole wheat toast with peanut butter and banana sprinkled with cinnamon.  That took care of that.  Other than that time I really haven’t craved sweets.  And even then I don’t think I was craving sweets, I was craving comfort….

As the week continued I lost even more weight.  About 2 pounds and I am now back down to what I call my “fighting weight” of 115.  I haven’t been there since April of 2011 and that lasted about a month!  It was very hard to stay at that weight and I leveled out for a long time at 118.  I felt really comfortable there.  That was my “happy weight”. As I slowly gained a few pounds here and there my clothes weren’t fitting as well and I just didn’t feel my best.  When you are 5’2 & 3/4″…..5 pounds is like 10.

I can’t begin to say how happy I am that I did this cleanse.  When I say it was life changing for me I am not being overly dramatic or exaggerating. I didn’t know how bad I felt until I started to feel good.  A switch has flipped for me.  The same switch that flipped in December of 2009 when I decided I was losing the weight for good.

I stumbled upon a book at the library called “Sugar Shock!”  It has given me a revelation about my own personal “sugar addiction”.  It talks about how sugar and “much like sugar” carbs affect your body and mind.

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These are just a few quotes out of the book resonated with me.

“I totally feel like an addict. My drug of choice is sugar. After I have sugar, especially chocolate, I get an intense rush and a delicious high.  I get happy, relaxed and euphoric for about an hour. But then suddenly everything comes crashing down.”

“I don’t eat sugar but I am an addicted to it.  Just like an alcoholic is one drink away from drinking again, I am just one dessert away from my sugar days again.”

This book has so much to say about the food industry and the scientific research that has gone into making foods highly palatable.  It also has so much to say about the chemical effects on the body.  It reminds me a lot of “The End of Overeating” by Dr. David Kessler. I am going to follow this book with “Beyond Sugar Shock!”.

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I have always wondered why some people can have some sweets and be fine, how in the world some people can say “I’m not a sweets person”.  What?  Not a sweets person?  Do you have a soul??? Well, it’s the same as some people can have one or two drinks and be good and some become alcoholics and can’t even go into a bar.  Some can smoke one or two cigarettes in social settings and some become 2 pack-a-dayers…. we are all biochemically different.

Seeing how much better I feel, mentally, emotionally, physically after getting off the “sweet poison” (as I have begun to call it) has made me not want it  in the slightest way.  The fact that I have gone an entire week without sweets is a miracle.  I can’t say I will never eat another dessert again in my life…..but at this point I do in fact feel like I never want to eat another dessert in my entire life.  Now I will be the one questioned about my soul!

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So back to the cleanse…..I would like to offer my own personal advice to those who are thinking of doing the cleanse or are actually going to do it.

  • Take some days off.  Take a Friday off from work, don’t plan on doing anything on Saturday or Sunday.  Then if you feel up to it, (I did on the second day) venture out.
  • Be prepared and prepare your friends and loved ones that you WILL act like a raving lunatic.  Apologize in advance for anything you will say or do.
  • Drink lots of herbal tea.  This was vital.  I drank Celestial Seasonings Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride and I swear it was the best thing ever.  I didn’t even have to add any sweetener.
  • Add ice to all the drinks.  It adds volume and helps with the texture.  ESPECIALLY the Lunch Drink.
  • I used half of the cucumber and two stalks of celery for the lunch drink……it helped with the texture.
  • Sleep sleep sleep.
  • Some positive thinking goes a long way.  “It’s only 3 days of my entire life”  “Dr. Oz did it, so can I.”  “You are getting enough food.”
  • Even though I wasn’t hungry at all, I did miss the comfort of a nice meal…..distract yourself from thinking about food…..read a book, get outside, read a magazine, catch up on some T.V.…..anything.

I would recommend this cleanse to everyone,  especially as a jump start to a diet or trying to get kick sugar.  I am so thankful for Dr. Oz and his team for putting this together.  I am so thankful to God for opening my eyes to my addiction and I am so thankful to be feeling like Amanda 2.0.

Dr. Oz 3 Day Detox Cleanse: Part 1

Earlier this week I wrote about how I fell into a bit of a funk over the last couple of months because of various challenging situations.  One thing I wasn’t doing was eating right.  Beginning with Luke’s birthday through Halloween and the weeks after,  my sugar addiction was full blown.  I have always had a “Sweet Tooth” but manage to keep it in control by keeping “contraband” out of the house.  Well this house was abounding in contraband and I was eating it left and right.  I wasn’t worried about it because the scale wasn’t showing any sign of my sugar binges.  Bottom line…..that is not how you should measure your health.  I was feeling like utter and complete crap.  Tired, anxious, irritable, moody, depressed, fatigued, headaches everyday, not sleeping well, foggy brain.  Not at all like me…..one day after many many many many……many M&M’s I had a stomach ache so bad and my heart was racing.  I thought ok……this is it.  I CAN NOT keep doing this to myself.   The thing I needed to change would require something drastic on my part. I am what they call an abstainer when it comes to dieting.  I have to just completely stay away from the thing in order to overcome it.  So I decided I was going into sugar rehab!!!

I started researching how to break a sugar addiction and the negative effects of sugar on the body.  I found a plethora of articles on it.  Apparently this is not an uncommon problem.  Around this same time I watched a DVR’d Dr. Oz that talked about how sugar affects your body and a 3 day cleanse to help reset your body.

Below is the link to the show I watched.

Dr. Oz Show

Everyone knows my infatuation with Dr. Oz. I just adore him. He is always bringing new information to the table for me. I think he is brilliant in many ways. As I have said before, I love his philosophy on using holistic means to heal the body, as I am a firm believer that food can kill you or heal you.

It was a sign.  I was going to do it!  I decided that after Thanksgiving would be a perfect time.  Jeremy would be off the three days after to help me through the nasty withdrawals and lend support.  Boy did he ever!  God Bless that man!

So without further adieu here is my experience with Dr. Oz’s 3 Day Detox Cleanse.

 

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The purpose of the cleanse is to “eliminate harmful toxins, restore your system, and reset your body” by pumping it full of nutrients.  Smoothies are a great way to get concentration of nutrients in at one meal. Can you imagine sitting down to a meal of 4 celery stalks, a cucumber, 1 cup of kale, half an apple, half a lime, a cup of pineapple, half a cup of almond milk with a tablespoon of coconut oil on top?  Me either.  Also because they are already broken down somewhat,  it makes them more easily digested and absorbed by your gut.

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First of all I was so excited about this printable.  So cute and simple!  You can find the original printable by clicking here.

 

Breakfast Drink

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The breakfast drink was really good.  Not much different than what I have made in the past.  This was the Snack Drink I chose also.  I added a lot of ice to it in order to make more volume and make the texture a little more satisfying like a smoothie.

Lunch Drink

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The recipe looked like it would taste good to me and it did.  It was the mealy texture that made it so hard to choke down.  I decided to use only 2 stalks of celery and half the cucumber the next two times.  The hard thing about recipes like this is that they don’t say how big or small the produce should be.  I also added tons of ice.  Doing it this way made it actually very good in my opinion.

Dinner Drink

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I am sorry I don’t have a picture of the dinner drink ingredients. By this point in the day I was super out of it.  This one had a very interesting mix of flavors.  It calls for cayenne pepper but just a little, only 1/4 tsp., but wow did it give it kick!  I also added ice to this one to help dilute the spiciness and to give it more volume.  The first time I made it I didn’t peel the mango.  I am not a fan of mango and have never eaten one whole like an apple.  I wasn’t aware that you shouldn’t eat the peel.  I Googled how to eat a mango and read that you aren’t supposed to eat the peel because it has toxins in it!!!  I immediately started to have a panic attack and then read further that that’s not necessarily the case. I also read that people generally don’t eat the peel because it’s bitter.  The drink did have a bitter taste to it. So the next night I peeled the mango and I used spinach instead of kale because it’s less bitter.  The drink was so much better this way in my opinion.

For the Epsom salt bath I was able to find a lavender Epsom salt for 4.99 at Target.

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Click here for the benefits of soaking in an Epsom salt bath.

This was SO necessary and wonderful by the end of the day.

Day 1

This day started out with green tea and lemon. It was so hard not having any coffee. But one of the things I hoped to accomplish was to completely eliminate coffee and drink tea instead or at least go to one cup instead of two. The rest of the day was relatively easy. I was just super tired and laid around most of the day.  I drank several cups of herbal tea which made such a huge difference.  It was soothing and comforting.  I also had a  slight headache most of the day.

Day 2

Oh my sweet mother of Mary. Let the caffeine headache and sugar withdrawals begin.  I woke up with a massive headache that lasted all day.  I slept in pretty late until about 8:30.  After I drank my tea, I tried to start on the housework and I just couldn’t get going. I felt like crying because I couldn’t get the things I needed to get done because of the fatigue and brain fog.  Poor Jeremy came over to take the broom from me and I snapped at him.  “I don’t NEED your help…..”  What? Of course I needed his help.  He looked at me like I had slapped him in the face!  As I was getting ready to leave for the afternoon we were talking in the bathroom.  He wasn’t understanding what I was saying and I flew off the handle.  He was like, “What the hell?”  I spewed something about how I’d rather starve than drink the lunch drink, and needing coffee, wanting oatmeal, drinking vegetables, he just doesn’t understand, that he can’t get mad at me for being irritable, I’m sorry for being such a (insert expletive) and to just leave!!!!!  It was very drama…. trust me.  The tantrum ended with me in tears and him apologizing and telling me to go get a pedicure.  God BLESS that man!  At that point I honestly thought I was going to give up.  I thought he would tell me to go eat a sandwich and make some coffee.  But he didn’t.  He just talked me through it, told me how proud he was of me and I could finish it like a boss!  That was exactly what I needed at that point.  The rest of the day I kept my cool but felt as though I was on the verge of boiling over at any point.  We were out the rest of the afternoon & I had to skip my snack drink.  NOT COOL!  When we got home I made the snack drink and then the dinner drink.   I wasn’t able to finish the dinner drink so I put it in the freezer for the next day.  I drank my herbal tea and had my bath. The bath felt so wonderful and was absolutely essential.   I was so ready for bed.  I just wanted the day to end.   I was happy I had made it through the second day and had just one more day to go.

Day 3

This day was so much better.  I woke up feeling awake and full of energy!  I was also super hungry and a little nauseated.  This was the only time I felt hunger the entire cleanse.  I was I was a little anxious because I was worried about making it all the way until 2 pm with out being able to have my drink.  I was volunteering in Aidan’s Sunday schools class and wouldn’t get out of there until around 1:30.  Jeremy had gone home after the service and set my leftover frozen dinner drink from the night before out to thaw so it would be ready for me when I got home.  I was so glad he did.  As soon as I pulled into the garage he walked out and handed it to me.  It was the best thing I had ever had in my life!  After I finished it I made my lunch drink and that was also the best thing I had ever had in my life!  I was amazed at how quickly my taste buds had changed!  After “lunch” I slept for 2 glorious hours and then got up to make my dinner drink.  I was so glad it was my last one and I was day dreaming of all the food I was going to eat the next day.  I prepped two batches of tuna salad and baked about 6 sweet potatoes.  I didn’t have my last bath because I just wanted to go straight to bed!

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I will do a second post or a “Part 2”  about cleanse with the results.  How I am feeling, how much weight I lost, cravings, changed eating habits, and the endless energy I have now.

Stay tuned!!!

My Dr. Oz Experiment

I am going to fly through what I did for my workout and what I have eaten so far today so I can get to what I REALLY want to share.

Breakfast was the same as yesterday.

  • 1/4 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tsp. Jif natural peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp. chia seed
  • sprinkle of cinnamon.

Despite the intense soreness I have from yesterday’s workout, my workout today, was AWESOME!  I left the heart rate monitor in the drawer this morning and I just had fun on the elliptical while reading Redbook and listening to “Today’s Hits” on Pandora.  It went by quickly and it felt really good.

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Snack

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When I got home, a free Iced Oatmeal Clif Kid Z Bar greeted me in the mail. YUM! My favorite.

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Lunch

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Return of the veggies!

  • 3 cups spinach
  • 1 cup chopped cucumber
  • 7 baby carrots, chopped
  • 1 serving Blue Diamond Whole Natural almonds
  • 1/4 reduced-fat shredded cheese
  • 2 tbsp. light balsamic vinaigrette

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Dannon Greek Yogurt in Vanilla and 1/4 cup Apple Cinnamon Cheerios.

So what I really want to talk about is what I saw on Dr. Oz yesterday.  I love Dr. Oz.  I love that he is very holistic and approaches medical remedies with natural solutions as opposed to medicating the problem.  *Soap Box Alert*  I believe America is extremely over medicated and I think it’s because of greed.  Everyone makes money and everyone stays sick.  I believe that food is the best form of medication.

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I believe that with lifestyle changes and getting all the crap out of your diet you can prevent and or cure pretty much all forms of disease and every day ailments.  Of course there are exceptions…..genetics plays a large part in many illnesses, but with all the chemicals in our food system, we are slowly poisoning ourselves.  Ok, off of soap box. That is why I love Dr. Oz.  He is an advocate for all that I believe.  He rocks my socks!

So yesterday I watched an episode that I had DVR’d.   He talked about five body types and their weighty problems.

  • Big Bottoms
  • Big Belly
  • Big on Top
  • Big Thighs   *DING DING DING*  my ears perked right up
  • Big All Over

It’s no secret that people store fat in different places.  For me it’s my thighs.  It did make me feel better that he said it is the hardest place to lose weight.  Even at 113 pounds, my thighs still jiggled & I still had cellulite, while the bones in my shoulders protruded, you could count my ribs and I had a faint image of a 4 pack in my stomach area.  I felt too thin and have since gained back a few pounds.  I feel great at this happy weight, but man do I wish I had thinner thighs. There I said it.  We all have body issues, it never ends.  It doesn’t help that I think I have the shortest legs on the planet.  It’s just the way God made me, I have accepted that.  But then……Dr. Oz came on and told me I might be able to so something about it!

Now I am not one to jump on a band wagon of a quick fix.  They don’t work.  If you want to be thin, it takes work and dedication.  Period.  I do believe that supplements can help you, but should never be relied on solely for weight loss. They are simply a “supplement”.   In my opinion, weight loss is mainly a matter of the mind, but that’s an entirely different post.  So on to what he talked about.

He talked about different supplements for the different body types that will specifically target the fat in that area.  You can click HERE to find your body type.  I will talk about the Big Thigh and Big All Over.

He said to try white kidney bean extract for big thighs.

Body Type: Big Thighs

Trying to lose fat on your thighs can be very frustrating since the fat on your thighs is not very metabolically active. Those with big thighs, like those with a big behind do best with a low-fat, high-protein diet to help boost their metabolism. –

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Make a protein drink with a secret fat-busting ingredient: white kidney bean extract, shown to help prevent carbs from being broken down into sugars and converted into fat in your thighs. –  (source Dr. Oz website)

What?  An all natural carb blocker?  Yes Please!!!  I do love me some carbs.  Probably why I have big thighs.  I think I can lay off the carbs, not cut them out all together, but I can absolutely add more veggies and since I am no longer a vegetarian I can try more lean proteins.

I’m going to be honest, I did my research and read it that some people have had some unpleasant side effects in the form of gas…..but whatever, it’s worth a shot….and I can experiment with different doses.

I am getting my hands on some White Kidney Bean Extract ASAP.

Maybe these, but I am still doing research as to which ones are the best.

Now the next thing he talked about was Raspberry ketone.

Body Type: Big All Over

Fat Buster: Raspberry Ketone Supplement

If you are trying to tackle fat all over or simply want to lose weight, consider raspberry ketone supplements.

Raspberry ketone, a natural compound found in red raspberries, helps your body to burn fat by breaking up fats within your cells. It contains the hormone adiponectin that boosts metabolism. The supplement is recommended because you’d have to eat 90 pounds of raspberries to get the same effect. Take 100mg of raspberry ketone at breakfast time. You can start to see results in just 5 days and more dramatic results over time. You can find it online and in health food stores for about $12. – (source Dr. Oz website)

Say WHAAAAT?  An all natural fat burner?  Holla!

I found several different types and am also still researching those.

I am cautiously excited, but I will definitely report my findings! Winking smile   Let me know if you decide to experiment!