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Quick and Easy Greek Meatballs

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Dinner was to die for tonight. The kids ate it all before I even had a chance to get a photo.

Greek Meatballs

1 package of hamburger (it was a big pack from Costco – not sure size)
1 zucchini (grated)
10 tomatoes diced up small (bigger than cherry – maybe 100′s ?)
1/2 a large onion diced small
2 cups crumbled feta cheese (it was very dry and salty tasting)
1 tsp (or a good shake) steak seasoning

  1. Mix it all up well – knead it all together like bread.
  2. Form into balls about the size of your hand – they shrink ALOT.
  3. Place them in a roasting pan side by side.
  4. Bake at 450 for 30 minutes.

Notes:

DO NOT ADD SALT! The feta is very salty and it turns out perfect.

Do not cook in a muffin tin because it will drip all over the oven and cause the smoke alarm to go off (please don’t ask me how I know).

It could be made into meatloaf – but might be drippy in the bottom?

We made 24 meatloaves and 9 people devoured them all and would have eaten more. They are quite possibly the best thing I have ever made. There is nothing I would change. They were awesome.

PS – I will add more specific details the next time I make this recipe – which will be VERY soon.

Recognizing Bad Habits

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I can’t be the only one with bad habits. I can’t be the only one that ignores them and just keeps going on my merry way. I’m just saying.

Recognizing Bad Habits

  • starting my day with 2 cups of strong coffee
  • not eating breakfast
  • sometimes skipping lunch
  • not drinking enough water
  • going too long between meals without eating
  • drinking cola as an afternoon “keep me awake”
  • drinking 1-2 more cups of strong coffee with dinner
  • eating a late night bedtime snack
  • drinking cola (I think I like the straw, ice, and carbonation)
  • ketchup flavoured potato ships (I think I crave the salt)
  • Wendy’s Baconator (I think I crave the red meat and fat)

I love dark chocolate once or twice a week too, but I realized that the kind I like is not really a bad habit. I just need to use it properly and in the right combinations with the rest of my food.

Writing this list makes me realize that I don’t eat a lot of food, but I live on caffeine and do most of my eating at night. I am excited to change my bad food habits with Trim Healthy Mama.

Do you have bad food habits too?

Something Clicked

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I am still reading.

I wish I could read it faster, but there is so much information to digest in there.

I am so glad that I went ahead and purchased the PDF book because my Christianbook.com order arrived yesterday and apparently Trim Healthy Mama is backordered and was not available (so it did not come). It won’t be available until March (insert tears here).

I have made it to page 110 so far. That’s chapter 11. When they first started talking about the S meals and E meals my brain started working overtime to fully understand, but then something clicked.

Something Clicked

It is so simple and it makes so much sense. I have much experience with reading food labels and identifying carbs, so I may be ahead of the game, but it really is simple. With S meals you get your fuel from fat, so you have to keep your carbs super low. With your E meals you get your fuel from carbs, so you keep your fats super low. Alternating between the types of meals is what keeps your body burning fat. Remembering those two things will be the key to being successful.

As I was reading, I realized that the only piece of information I need to fully grasp right now is what the S and E meals are and how to use them. Since I need to focus on losing weight, I don’t need to know about S Helpers or Crossovers or Fuel Pulls right now. If weight-loss is slow or I hit any rough spots, my next step will be to learn about Fuel Pulls.

I don’t need to know or remember everything. What a relief that is.

PLEASE NOTE: I am NOT a medical expert. I am a mom sharing my thoughts after reading Trim Healthy Mama

Reading Trim Healthy Mama

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Reading Trim Healthy Mama

I’m still reading my digital copy of Trim Healthy Mama. I am encouraged and inspired. I need more hours in my day just to read it. So, here I am in bed, at 8pm on a Sunday night, getting ready to read as much as I can before I fall asleep.

My goal is to have the majority of the book read by the time we get groceries on the 20th. That gives me a week and a bit to fit in 600 more pages of reading before I need to write a grocery list and start putting this new plan into action.

Can you tell that I am one who likes to research and have the big picture before diving in head first? I have purposely tried to work on my weight a few times in my life and had great success. The best was about 17 years ago when I lost over 90lbs eating low carb and walking and swimming. I had a long period of time where I felt healthy and I was taking good care of myself.

Then I got married, pregnant, and distracted. I did try again to work on my weight when my 3 oldest were getting bigger and I ended up pregnant with twins and distracted again. Over the last 15 years, I have spent almost 3 years pregnant and 11 of them breastfeeding. I am NOT making excuses. Those things should not have prevented me from working on my weight, but for whatever reason they did.

I have gained a significant amount of weight over the last 15 years and the last 5 years since the twins were born have been the most difficult, due to my current health issues (mentioned in a previous post).

I know that people often have a stereo type of those who are overweight, but I do not sit home and eat all day. Here is the low down on me. I eat an average amount of food at each meal. I don’t like breakfast unless it is protein/fat. I often skip breakfast and lunch. I don’t generally snack between meals (which means I can go from getting up until dinner without eating anything). I don’t drink near enough water. I drink way too much coffee 2-4 cups per day (2 cream, 1 sugar). I like coke (but I am willing to give it up). I hate climbing my steep stairs. I crave dark chocolate and potato chips. Other sweets or junky stuff, I can take or leave. I like a bedtime snack. I do like the Wendy’s Baconator, but I could probably still enjoy it without the bun and hold the fries and coke.

The thing that intrigued me most about this plan is that I have always known that I lose best on low carb. They (THM) are not asking me to give up fat, protein, or chocolate. If I can find interesting ways to incorporate more veggies and other foods into a mostly low carb diet, then I know that I can make this work for our whole family. I might be able to make food more enjoyable than it has been for the past several years.

If you have been reading here for any length of time, you know that we have tried gluten free/casein free to help our son’s autism. Although he is currently mostly dairy free, he still has other food likes and dislikes. Then we had the twins and Hosanna had horrendous allergies and skin issues, so we had to give up dairy, eggs, and peanuts. Moses also has allergies to shellfish and mushrooms. Navigating food has been stressful and I put my needs on the back burner. How was I going to enjoy food when it had so much emotion wrapped up in it? I gave up enjoying food. We just cooked what worked and made sure everyone got full. Food is fuel (which is not bad, just really boring).

I have to be honest with you though. I really want to enjoy food again. I used to love cooking and baking and I want to enjoy it again. I used to love creating interesting meals that tasted good and I want to do that again too. My biggest goal (and it is a tall order) for Trim Healthy Mama, is to be inspired again. I want to be inspired with food that looks and tastes good, that no one complains about, and that everyone can actually safely eat. I have high hopes for a new start.

My husband says he wants a “Trim Healthy Family,” so that is what I am going for.