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My Diet: Secret Weapon - Stevia !!!!

 I finaLLy decided to write about my new diet. 90 days ago I eliminated most of the sugar from my diet and aLL the coffee creamer. My cups of coffee had been liquid candy bars essentiaLLy. I found a new sweetener caLLed Stevia. It is not a man made chemical, but a plant extract. It appears to have had wide acceptance in Japan.

I now drink coffee that is about 1/3 strength and sweeten it with liquid Stevia. On the road I sometimes use powdered Stevia mixtures. I recently found a Hazelnut flavoring from Folgers.

I drink alot of ice water.

I have been able to eliminate aLL the regular Dr Pepper and sugar based soft drinks from my life, so my caffeine intake has been drasticaLLy reduced. I sleep much easier now. I have had a few diet carbonated beverages at restaurants, maybe a half dozen times, simply because Fuddruckers has the most amazing drink vending machines with diet fruit flavored ginger ale I can't find anywhere else.

I have been able to reduce my meal size down to tiny portions. I stiLL eat almost the same things as before. Steak - soups - pizza - hard boiled eggs - tiny deli sandwiches of chicken or turkey with pepper jack cheese - V8 juice - ham salad - turkey jerky. That is the vast majority of what I eat. 

I don't let my wife cook for me veRy often.

I never get veRy hungry. I go to the refrigerator and get a teaspoon fuLL of ham salad. I eat one or two pieces of pizza and then save the rest for tiny meals. I cook up a pound of sausage and or ground buffalo and then use it to invigorate my soups and pizza over about a four to five day period.

I wiLL get a single hard boiled egg and season it with black pepper, garlic powder and salt.

I make a sandwich from a single slice of wheat bread, deli meat and a slice of pepper jack cheese. I rarely use Miracle Whip anymore.

The brand of turkey jerky is Jack Link's. Look for a green, white and black package. Cooper loves it, too.

The brand of frozen pizza is Culinary Circle. I have tried many of their pizzas and they are consistly of high quality, and cook repeatably to the same type of crust. I eat about 3/8 of a pound of pizza per meal. We purchased the largest electric toaster oven at Wal-Mart so as not to heat up the whole house. It cooks pizza unevenly, so half way through the baking process I rotate the pizza 180 degrees, otherwise the side near the back of the oven wiLL be over cooked and the front side undercooked.

When I have soup I eat one cup measured into a bowl. I wiLL prepare a huge batch of gumbo that wiLL last me 5 to 6 bowls.

I love Progresso brand Split Pea soup with Ham. I add sausage to it, and split it into two portions.

I weigh myself several times a day to see the natural ups and downs of my weight.

I target losing one pound every four days. I keep exact track of the date I reach a new "pound off" goal. I always caLL my mother, too. Yes, siLLy me.

So far I have lost 27 pounds in 90 days, and I can honestly say it has been fun and enjoyable. I haven't lost any flavor. I am excited for the future, I can already see myself reaching my final goal.

I have been told that I can't expect to keep losing weight at this rate (1/4 pound per day). I wiLL make adjustments as needed. I think a 90 day track record gives me aLL the confidence I need.

Oh, I almost forgot, I have a huge plate of french fries about three times a week at the diner to make sure I don't lose weight too fast. My one concession to added sugar is I put some in my salsa to eat with chips, but I doubt that I have this even one time per week.

I have actuaLLy calculated what day in the distant future I expect to reach my static final goal, based on my current loss rate. It is how much I weighed when I got married.

Thank you Stevia. I wish they would give a Nobel Prize to whoever did significant work to bring this product to market against the evil competitors who tried to squash it.


Badger said...

We are growing Stevia in our back garden - although it has died for winter. I will start using it instead of sugar. I see you also have the CAPTCHA glitch

esbboston said...

I didn't realize that I had a captcha glitch. I wonder where I can get a Stevia plant, I wiLL investigate.

Rob Z Tobor said...

You sound like you are doing rather well with your diet I am impressed. I rather like sugar and have it in my tea and have about 8 cups of tea a day so it adds up. But I dont drink cans of juice and some of them have a lot of sugar in.

You strike me as a man who might even invent his own soft drink . . .To refresh the thoughts of the thinking man . . .

esbboston said...

Rob: If I did invent the drink you describe then I might be accused of brain washing.

Most eveRything is going okay eXcept I think I made someone angry yesterday by refusing to have a discussion about something that I didn't wish to discuss. Other than that I just have a bit of a cold. The weather has been nice enough that I was able to paint outdoors on Monday and then again on this coming Saturday it might be even higher into the 70's. Plus I am painting on a southern eXposure so it actuaLLy feels even warmer.

My most recent addition to my diet has been angel hair pasta with spaghetti sauce and buffalo & sausage, then topped with grated cheese.

fmcgmccllc said...

I love Stevia. I cannot drink hot tea without sweetener of some sort and this really fits the bill.

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