Baked, Not Grilled Moroccan Chicken Because of Rain
An afternoon thunderstorm ruined our plans to grill this Moroccan Chicken, we baked it instead.

Do the Lifestyle Diet Reset with Me Day #3

By now, we are ready for something a little heartier, am I right?

The first couple of days were meant to illustrate how food affects your mood and how important it is to maintain blood sugar levels through the day. Keep in mind, always listen to your doctor’s advice if you have any medical conditions. I’m just sharing what works for me, personally.

The main issues with eating heartier dishes are sodium content and bad fats and sugars. I try to replace these with good fats (in moderation) and lower glycemic sweeteners, when possible.

If you want some good, balanced coffee in the morning, try Lifeboost Coffee. It is amazing because it has no molds, toxins or pesticides found so often in conventional coffees. It is also stomach and teeth friendly. If you pour a cup, you can use half and half or plant-based milk  and a teaspoon of coconut sugar or iHeartBees Honey. It’s much more balanced than dry creamers with table sugar.

I don’t talk too much about portions or calories. You know basically the portion sizes on the containers of things you purchase. I’m really aiming for under 1500 calories, but again, talk to your family doctor about that decision.

There are lots of free tools to track calories on the interwebs. Or, you can keep a written (yes, with a pen and journal) food diary with your thoughts on what you ate that day. It’s cathartic and helps with anxiety about food.

Also, yes, you should weigh yourself, but don’t be obsessive about it. I weigh myself about once per week, first thing in the morning before breakfast. Mondays are a good day to do this, so you can plan your intake for the week.

If you weigh yourself every day, you may freak out if you go up one or two pounds, when it’s most likely just water. Our sodium levels have a big influence on weight and those levels are constantly in flux. For less stress on yourself, stick to once per week. If you are up two weeks in a row, it’s time to look at your food diary and make adjustments in portion sizes. If you reduce portions and the scale continues to go up, consider food allergy testing and possibly hormone testing. I found out I was allergic to six foods! Allergens in food can cause water weight gain.

As usual, I start with a spoon of iHeartBees bee pollen I keep in the freezer. I end my day with couple spoons of living probiotic like organic sauerkraut or kimchee.

BREAKFAST

1 slices Ezekiel sprouted bread

1 avocado, mashed

1 tsp lemon or lime juice

1 hard boiled egg, sliced

Mash the avocado in a bowl and add the juice. The juice prevents browning. Save half the avocado mash in the fridge for later.

Lightly toast the bread, spread the avocado and arrange the sliced egg on top. I have to eat this with a fork!

Have a cup of Lifeboost Coffee 

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MID MORNING SNACK

1/2 a Lenny and Larry’s big cookie

LUNCH

Amy’s Low Sodium Lentil Soup

1 Alden’s Popsicle

MID AFTERNOON SNACK

1 apple in wedges

3 oz hummus

DINNER

Baked, Not Grilled Moroccan Chicken Because of Rain
An afternoon thunderstorm ruined our plans to grill this Moroccan Chicken, we baked it instead.

Moroccan Chicken

If you are inclined, have a glass of Frey Organic Biodynamic Wine with your dinner.

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EVENING SNACK – 2 oz dark chocolate

About Elizabeth Dougherty

Elizabeth Dougherty has been cooking and writing about food intensively for more than ten years. She is the fourth generation of chefs and gourmet grocers in her family with her mother, Francesca Esposito and grandmother, Carmella being major influences in her early cooking years. As a teenager, her family sent her to Europe where she became focused on French and Italian cuisine. She survived a year and half of culinary tutelage under a maniacal Swiss-German chef and is a graduate of NYIT, Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality, Business and Labor Relations. Food Nation Radio has won two news awards for content. Broadcasting LIVE each week, nationwide, on FoodNationRadio.com and on stations around the country.

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