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Thursday, December 09, 2004

Southbeach Diet....

I have been with this diet for more than a year now and I would say that I already lost an ample amount of unwanted fats. I like this diet and it fits me well. I don't find it difficult to follow -- believe me, I already tried all the different kind of diet you probably all know.

So, here's some helpful tips for this coming Holiday! --- got this from one of the southbeach sites.

New-and-Improved Thanksgiving Menu
(This is the 11/17/04 Daily Dish, distributed free by e-mail from the South Beach Diet Online.)

If you're determined to do Thanksgiving on The South Beach Diet™, you'll need a plan of attack and a revised menu. Here are South Beach alternatives to all of your favorite Thanksgiving dishes:

Roast turkey — Nothing unhealthy here!

Stuffing — (Phase 2) Use whole-wheat bread and add mushrooms, garlic, nuts, beans, or eggplant.

Gravy — Use the pan drippings with the fat skimmed off, and replace cornstarch with a small amount of arrowroot.

Cranberry relish — Replace sugar with sugar substitute (for a recipe, visit the Thanksgiving section of The South Beach Diet™ Online). Those in Phase 2 and beyond can try blending other whole fruits, such as oranges, to balance the tart flavor of cranberries.

Mashed potatoes — Whip up a batch of South Beach "Surprise" Mashed Potatoes (you'll find the recipe online).

Side dishes — This is a great opportunity to boost your take of fresh vegetables. Try roasted green beans with slivered almonds, or sauté some spinach with garlic and olive oil.

Pumpkin pie — The South Beach Diet™ Online has a number of clever alternatives, including Pumpkin Spice Ricotta Crème (Phase 1) and Individual Pumpkin Soufflés (Phase 2 and beyond).

Getting Back on Track After Thanksgiving
(This is the 11/26/04 Daily Dish, distributed free by e-mail from the South Beach Diet Online.)

Thanksgiving's over, for better or worse—now what? Whether you strayed from the diet or not, it may take a little work to return to your normal routine. Here are five steps to get you back on track.

Get rid of leftovers. Turkey can be made into healthy dishes, but mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie (if you allowed yourself these treats) should be thrown away. If you don't want to waste food, have your relatives take home the leftovers, or donate them to a local shelter.

Clean your kitchen. Make sure no unhealthy foods have crept back into the cupboards over the holiday. Take a trip to the grocery store to replenish your healthy snacks.

Return to Phase 1. If you overindulged, you may have to go back to Phase 1 in order to eliminate cravings. Don't think of it as starting over; instead, look at it as a way to avoid packing on the post-holiday pounds.

Get back to the gym. Dive right back into your normal exercise routine. It's easy to avoid exercising during this time of the year, but resist the temptation, and you'll help keep off extra holiday weight.

Get ready for the next holiday. Christmas and Hanukkah are just around the corner. Take the lessons you learned from Thanksgiving and use them to plan your next holiday celebration. If you keep your Thanksgiving failures and successes in mind, you'll be better prepared for the road ahead.


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