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Hello. I’m not Cindy. I’m Jennifer.

We do have a couple strong mutual interests. First, we married very difficult, rambunctious, charming, men who happen to be brothers. Clearly these men were put on earth specifically to cause us grief under the guise of laughter and mirth. Or vice versa. I’m not totally sure. Second, we both LOVE food. Other than this, we are pretty different.

Our cooking and eating styles are completely different. I cook for 2-6 in the same week and host holidays that may exceed 20 guests. I play with food a lot. I like trying out new recipes and techniques, but only with simple ingredients. You most likely won’t ever see higher end items in my recipes. You will see a lot of budget friendly items. We are a restless, large bunch and so are our meals. The inspiration could come from anywhere in the world, some show we watched, or just experimenting.

While I am always working on my weight and health, I don’t make any significant progress. Willpower is just not my thing. If I work really hard I want to be able to drop a size or a daily medication. So far, I’ve lost close to 20 pounds and am still a size 16 and they have added pills instead of taking them away.

Why low carb then? Because low fat/low sodium didn’t work at all. I gave up egg yolks and salt and sauces and loads of red meat. My cholesterol went UP. TWICE. Low carb makes nice, family friendly meals, picnics, it is interesting and has taken a full inch off my waist and some of the fat out of my face. I would probably do a lot better if I would stick to it, but I adore bread and ice cream, and sitting on my fat, lazy butt binge watching a show stuffing my face with popcorn.

For that reason, I will just be posting recipes without a lot of preamble but feel free to grill me with questions and suggestions.

Here’s hoping I do not bore you all to death!

A NEW START…

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In May I had a terrible accident, I fell and injured my whole right side of my body.

I was just outside mowing my 5 acres, and the next thing I know I flew off the front porch and was laying in the front yard and could not move.

Sprained shoulder, Bruised hip bone, Sprained knee, Sprained Foot and ankle. I also busted my nose.

After my fun ride to the Emergency room, I came home in excoriating pain. I was unable to even get up and go to the bathroom, needless  to say I cried a lot. This was not me, this is not who I was. After about 2 weeks of bed rest I was able to move a little.

Day by Day I improved, its been almost 4 months now and I’m finally able to drive again, braking with my left foot. Doctor said it will still be  4 more months for a full recovery, even then I may still have to have some sort of knee support or a bit.

I apologize to the folks that were following me, Its been hard not to be able to cook and try new recipes. Hug Hugs too you guys.

YES, if your wondering if I gained weight the answer is YES. My family did the best they could, but the easy access food was the best. I’m getting back on track thank goodness, my sugar levels have been high and I’m extremely tired all the time. I think this has led to a lot of the depression I’ve been going through. But Its getting better. 🙂

I still get a lot of swelling in my foot and leg if I do too much, and I will be wearing a knee brace for a while  …BUT, IM BACK!

                                   NEW RECIPE COMING SOON

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The Stall!

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It Happens, Don’t stress about the ,”Stall.” Do yourself a favor stay off of the scale and quit torturing yourself. We all have Stalls and think its all over, no more weight loss, another diet FAIL!!! 

Low Carber’s often loose inches compared to pounds. Don’t obsess over those numbers in front of you, Grab a pair of tight jeans that is one size too small and use those, trust me quit beating yourself up. Especially us Ladies during that time of the month, our weight will fluctuate and yuk!

How do I know I’m at a Stalling point , well if your staying on track with your Low Carb lifestyle and your NOT Cheating yourself. 

If you haven’t lost weight or inches for more than 4 to 6 weeks,then you very well may have entered the dreaded “Stall.”

If you ARE at a Stall then lets try a few things to get you back on track:

  1. Try raising carbs. Sometimes eating too few carbs can cause metabolic slowdowns, upping fat or increasing fiber. I take a teaspoon of Coconut oil each day, and make sure I take a Fiber supplement. YES, I too have Stalled, I was initiated into that special club 2 months ago. I’m just now starting to loose again. 

  2. If your still eating the same thing, change it up. Add more good FATS, maybe little less Protein. Watch those vegis! Corn, beans and potatoes even in small amounts can really throw you off. I want you to eat Vegis, just the Good Carbs. Go back to the Original Plan you started on and CHANGE one thing,something.

  3. LOOSE the Fruit, if you are eating Fruit stop for 1 week or 2.

  4. I love my Beer too, but reality check! Find a substitute like really Dry Wine, and limit your glass to 1 or 2.

  5. Sweeteners, I know touchy subject, but lets face it, even the slightest taste of sweetness can cause an insulin spike.

  6. All Nuts are created equal..NO..if your snacking on Nuts stay away from Peanuts and Cashews. Watch your portion size on the others, I’ve found alot of folks will put a can on the desk or counter and snack all day, NO you have portions on Low Carb no matter what you’ve heard 1/4 Cup a day!

  7. Remember EAT, I know it sounds crazy, but when you skip meals and you let your belly get hungry, its like starting all over, you’ve got to keep you metabolism going. Don’t let your body think its starving.

  8. Know your body, get your measuring tape out and measure. Now lets get started and get you guys off the STALL!

I hope this helps some of you, we are all different, not all one thing works for All! When you get to that Happy Weight. Then we will work on keeping it Off and keeping you guys Healthy!

I recently went to the Doctor and He took me off 2 of my Blood pressure meds. I’m down to 1 now and no Diabetic signs or symptoms. How long have I been on Low Carb/High Fat? Since late May. With all good things it takes time, be patient,be true to yourself and stay motivated. Hugs to All 🙂

Low Carb Crock Pot Cube Steak and Gravy

 

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This is wonderful easy easy easy Low Carb Family Dinner, I love Cube Steak if its cooked right, and let me tell you guys, this is melt in your mouth delicious!

Normally With original Southern Cube Steak and Gravy you pound flour into steak and fry in vegi oil. and make the Gravy with more Flour ect.

So to make this wonderful Low Carb version we are going to do this just alttile different. There are Carbs in this dish, the gravy, so you guys remember that. This dish is not Totally Carb free, but the Sugar is Zero.

What you will need

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4 pack cube steak

2 Packages Brown Gravy

1 Onion

2 Cups Cubed Mushrooms ( I used portobella)

3 Cups Water

1  to 2 Tablespoons Butter for Browning

Salt and Pepper

Lets Cook!

Set up your crock pot and turn on to a 6 hr high heat. or 10 hr low.

Chop Onion and Mushrooms and set aside.

Put your butter in sauce pan on med. high and get ready to brown your cubed steak. ( I actually pounded my steak alittle more) salt and pepper both sides and place in pan to brown.Remember your NOT fully cooking just shear on both sides,

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When Steaks Brown on both sides (we dont want to fully cook, just brown) place in the bottom of Crock Pot. Add juices from Browning Pan in Crock Pot also.

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Add mushrooms and Onion to Crock Pot.

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Mix both packs of Gravy mix to your 3 Cups of Water. Mix well!

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Pour Gravy Mix into Crock Pot over other ingredients, no need to stir!

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Put lid on tight and cook. It will take 6 hours on high or 10 on Low.

When your Steak in complete serve over French Style Green Beans,yumm!!!

Enjoy this warn Low Carb Comfort Food. Take care Guys 🙂

 

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McCindy’s LCHF Breakfast Burrito

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A year ago one of my favorite Breakfast to grab was a McDonald’s Burrito, I got really hung up on them for a long time. Every time I was out and about during Breakfast hours, a cup of coffee and a Burrito was the choice of this SuperMom before I headed home.

Today, I am a Proud Low Carb Chic. so coming up with a great idea for Breakfast makes me do a Happy Dance!

Come Dance with me guys and let me show you a very easy LCHF McCindy’s Breakfast Burrito 🙂

 

Ingredients 

1 Egg

3 Slices of Bacon (or Sausage).

Cheese your choice I used Sharp Cheddar 

Salt and Pepper

 

Step 1 

Cook your Bacon or sausage and set aside.

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Next heat small pan with a tablespoon of Bacon grease or Oil on med. high heat. Beat Egg.

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Pour HALF of egg in bottom of pan, it will be THIN, when done on one side flip for just a second on the other.

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Set aside on plate and Top with Bacon and Cheese.

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Cook the Remainder Egg the same as the first. Then sit on Top of cheese and top that with Warm Salsa.

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Now the Roll! Start at one end and gently roll, it will hold together just be alittle gentle 🙂

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It holds together really well, top with more Cheese or Salsa if you like, ENJOY!

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Make-Ahead Sausage Breakfast Cups

I love when I come across some Wonderful Recipes that I can share, here is one of those Recipes. You Guys Enjoy, This is REALLY good! A Big Thanks to NourishedPeach.com

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So school is upon us, friends.  Tis the season for structure, routine and, around here, super quick breakfasts.  

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Why LCHF?

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After all the Diets and Weight Loss programs I have tried, and failed. Not from not loosing weight, but failed as to not seeing the full effects of Better Health and Feeling of Success in weight loss. All ended in Gaining back All or Part of my weight back and giving up.

But Do to the Health issues I had, I needed to find something that was RIGHT, so what was it. I researched Low Carb and from all the testimonials I’ve read and the results I have heard from the Low Carb lifestyle, I thought I would give this one a fare chance as well.

As I have told you before in previous Post, I was in poor Health, But the big picture was much worse than previously described. Symptoms:

*Fatigue

*Muscle Aches

*Female issues (Hormonal, and Fibroid s)

*Arthritis

*High Blood Pressure

*Pre-Diabetic

*Not sleeping through the night

*Severe Acid Re-flux

 

Going to the Doctor I was diagnosed with Onset  of diabetes, Fibromyalgia, beginning of Rheumatoid Arthritis, One Doctor even told me I may have Lupus. Lupus, OMG I was falling apart. The list goes on and on, not to mention they tested my Thyroid every time I had an issue. So I tried to take the medication I ws prescibed, tried to do what I was told and still No Relief. 

That being said, I decided to just take one step at a time and start with helping the Pre Diabetes to STOP. So I took it upon myself to change my eating, Low Carb. I had no Idea, that after starting this program in May of this year that I would be were I am now. Today, I have No symptoms of any of the above problems. I do still take my Blood Pressure medications, that my friends is alot better as well. hopefully in a few more months I can resolve that as well. 

I really believe being a YO YO dieter is the cause of alot of my formal Health issues with my Metabolism. This lead me to research Metabolic Syndrome.

Metabolic Syndrome

Many people do not realize that they are insulin deficient and may have Metabolic Syndrome, changing your diet and sticking to it may change everything, What is Metabolic Syndrome, well the definition is simple:

Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions — increased blood pressure, a high blood sugar level, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels — that occur together, increasing your risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

Having just one of these conditions doesn’t mean you have metabolic syndrome. However, any of these conditions increase your risk of serious disease. If more than one of these conditions occur in combination, your risk is even greater.

If you have metabolic syndrome or any of the components of metabolic syndrome, aggressive lifestyle changes can delay or even prevent the development of serious health problems.

For ME, it was the High Blood Pressure, Pre diabetes and weight around my middle. The weight around my middle would Never decrease when I lost weight with other diet programs, I chalked it up to the fact I did not exercise enough, so adding exercise it was still there. So I gave myself the excuse of being over 40 was the culprit. Little did I know it was the way my body was now taking all the Carbs I was eating and turning them into Unhealthy Fat. 

So whats going on now with my waistline and my weight, well. I’m not loosing Muscle but I am loosing the Fat around my middle, example, well when I first started my Wii (love my Wii Fit) said my BMI was 29.4 that was back in May. Today its the 3rd. of September and my Happy little Wii Helper said my BMI is now 24.1 ,A healthy BMI for a person of my size is 22. So guys, I think this is good. I’m 11 lbs away from my goal and 2 away from Healthy BMI.

It may not happen overnight, But it will happen, just the simple, easy way of just changing what you Eat.

So Why LCHF, Why Not!