Trista’s Super-Awesome-Super-Yummy-Creamy-And-Delicious Scrambled Eggs

Trust me, the long name is worth it! I have never had more delicious scrambled eggs. Ever. I literally eat these every morning and NEVER get tired of them! All other scrambled eggs now pale in comparison to these almighty ones. (I’m not exaggerating.) Take one bite and you’ll be thinking: Why haven’t I been eating scrambled eggs like this my entire life?!

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  1. Melt 2 T of butter in a frying pan on medium heat.
  2. While butter is melting, whip 4 eggs in a bowl, add a little salt and pepper if desired.
  3. Put eggs in pan with melted butter and turn heat down a little (the creamiest eggs are cooked slowly)
  4. When eggs are about halfway done, add 1/2 oz of cream cheese, cubed.
  5. Mush cream cheese in with eggs until it’s mostly melted. (Yes, I said mush. It’s a word, right?)
  6. Add a palm full of shredded cheddar or colby jack cheese.
  7. Stir and cook till cheese is melted. At this point, eggs should be fully cooked.
  8. ENJOY! 🙂

Obviously, you can tweak it. Eat them with bacon, add more cheese, or less cheese. But, man, I’m telling you. These really are delicious and the cream cheese makes them sooooo creamy.

Try them and let me know what you think! Then share your favorite egg recipe with me! 🙂

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Making Goals & How To Achieve Them

If you are anything like me, when your thyroid slowed down, so did your entire body. You started putting on weight, you didn’t have any energy, you felt sick all the time…sound familiar? And then maybe you got put on the wrong medicine a few times, maybe you’re still not on the right medicine for you. Maybe you’re still looking for the doctor who will truly listen and help you. Or maybe you’ve found him/her and are now on your way to FINALLY feeling normal again.

Wherever you are in your journey, it’s important to make goals. They could be weight loss goals or just general health goals. For me, it’s both. But whatever goals you make, be sure they’re SMART. Oh, you remember learning about SMART goals, right? Do you remember what the letters stand for? Well, if not, here’s a reminder.

imageSome people might simply say they want to lose weight. But if you use the SMART guideline, you can see your goal more clearly and it becomes much more real and tangible–a reachable goal, rather than a far off wish. (The world is not a wish granting factory. ;))

So here is an example of a SMART goal. This is mine: I want to continue this low carb lifestyle and be successful in my quest to get healthy. I have lost 30 pounds, but I would like to lose 80 more pounds by next Christmas (2015) because I feel that will be a healthy, comfortable weight for me.

My goal is SPECIFIC in that I tell you what I want to do and why I want to do it.
It is MEASURABLE because I tell you exactly how much weight I want to lose.
It is ATTAINABLE because I have already been losing weight and will continue to work hard to lose.
It is REALISTIC because I don’t ever expect to fit in a size 2 (my hips are way too big for that!).
And it is TIME-BOUND because I gave a timeline of next Christmas.

You may have similar goals. Or maybe your goals have nothing to do with weight loss or health. I have other goals concerning my family and my writing career as well. But the most important thing is that you make your goals SMART. Don’t give yourself unrealistic expectations, because you will only get discouraged. Be ENCOURAGED, my friends! You are in good company!

Leave your SMART goal in the comments and let’s continue to support each other. Let us be your cheerleaders! 🙂

…Then Came The Cheeseball…

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Well, guys, I didn’t do so well on day 3. I got up and didn’t have time for breakfast as I was running out the door for church. Then, I had a family dinner at my parents’ house at 2, so I definitely ate more than just eggs and meat.

I’m not gonna lie. I could have done it. There was turkey, ham, and deviled eggs. I could have stayed on it and I had fully intended to…till my Grandpa showed up with my Grandma’s famous cheeseball! Oh man, that cheeseball encompasses the holiday season for me. It’s been a tradition since I was little. And, since my grandma died 2 Christmases ago, no one in the family has had the heart to try and make it. But my grandpa surprised us all and it was so enjoyed. Luckily, my mom had set out baby carrots, so I used those to dip instead of crackers, but still. Cheeseball definitely wasn’t in my plan for today.

I will say though that, even though I didn’t stick to the fast today, I did stay relatively low carb, only consuming about 60g. Yes, it’s more than my usual 20-30g, but when everyone else was sitting around moaning and groaning about being miserably stuffed, I did a little victory dance because I still felt great! 🙂

And so…tomorrow is a new day and I will start again! I am hoping to do this for the whole week, if I can scrounge up some money to buy some more eggs. 😉

Do you have a kryptonite food? Something you don’t have access to regularly, so when you do get around it, you just can’t help but partake a little? I think we all do. And I think that’s okay. Have you had a similar experience to mine during this holiday season? Tell me about it in the comments!

Egg & Meat Fast, Day 2

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Today has been a little odd. I closed at work last night, so I actually didn’t get to bed till almost 6am this morning. Which means I didn’t get up till 2:00 this afternoon. By then, of course, breakfast and lunch are both over. But, I’m still sticking with my egg and meat fast!

I loved my scrambled eggs from yesterday so much that I had them again when I got up today. Scrambled eggs cooked in butter, with cream cheese and a little bit of colby jack, sea salt, and peppercorn. They are so creamy and delicious. 🙂

Since that was sort of my breakfast AND lunch, my dinner will be about the same as yesterday’s lunch. Leftover turkey heated in a skillet with butter and a couple fried eggs.

I may also boil a couple of eggs in case I need a snack later, but aside from that, it seems this shall be day 2 of my egg fast.

I haven’t weighed myself yet, as I would really like to wait until the last day of the fast (tomorrow). Although, if I like the results I get, I may continue this fast into the week. I mean, it’s a pretty delicious fast, if I do say so myself. 😉

Egg & Meat Fast, Day 1

Bacon and EggsLike most Americans (even some of you who are low carb), I severely over ate yesterday. Of course, I had turkey, but I also had mashed potatoes, pasta, and two crescent rolls. Let me tell you, I paid for it hardcore last night–stomach ache, headache, and extremely bloated. It was awful.

Luckily, I had begun doing some research on the egg fast the day before Thanksgiving, so I decided to give it a try. And now, I’m going to share with you my experience. I plan on doing this through the weekend, so I will be back to regular LCHF on Monday. But, today, tomorrow, and Sunday, I will post what I ate and, once I’ve finished, if there were any results.

So, here was today’s menu:

Breakfast: 4 scrambled eggs, cooked in butter with about an ounce of cream cheese and a small handful of shredded colby jack. These were the creamiest, most delicious scrambled eggs I’ve ever had and I will, for sure, be having them again!

Lunch: Leftover turkey, heated in a skillet with butter and garlic. Two fried eggs. Yum!

Dinner: Turkey, bacon, and colby jack omelet. Also very delicious, but I may have over stuffed it a bit. It was a little difficult to fold over.

So far, I am feeling great and I’m not sick of eggs…yet! We’ll see how I feel on Sunday. 😉

Binge Triggers: What Are They And How To Avoid Them

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and the Christmas season is upon us. And, with all those carbs floating around the table, we’re going to be tempted. But it’s important to remember WHY we’re doing this way of eating and how we can stay on track. The biggest way we can stay on track is by avoiding binge triggers.

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What is a Binge Trigger?

A binge trigger is usually something that resembles a food you used to love and, in turn, will cause you to crave more. For me, this trigger is anything sweet. And I mean ANYTHING! The day after Halloween, I decided to eat ONE fun size Snickers. But one led to another, and another, and another. Before I knew it, I’d eaten four of them. FOUR! I was miserable and I felt insanely guilty. I had let myself down in a big way and it didn’t feel good at all.

Binge triggers are different for everyone. Another one of my big triggers is BREAD. Even just half of a sandwich on regular bread makes me crave more. So much so that I just want to give in and eat whatever I want. I imagine that soda would also be a trigger for me, which is why I avoid it at all costs. I do NOT want to go down that road again.

For some people, even a low carb pizza could be a trigger, or a burger without the bun. Everyone is different and will crave different things at different times. The key is to know your triggers and stay away from them as much as possible.

So…what if I DO binge?

We all fall off the wagon from time to time, the key is getting back on. So, when you inevitably have a binge day where you just can’t help yourself, don’t panic! Just follow these four simple steps.

  1. Drink lots of water. Water flushes out the toxins you consumed, rehydrates you, and will help get rid of the water weight.
  2. Eat fruits and veggies. Okay, not too much fruit, but you will need the nutrients to kick your body back into gear.
  3. Exercise. It boosts your metabolism and will help you work off all the junk you just ate!
  4. Move on! You can’t do anything about what has already happened. Don’t dwell on it. Jump back on that low carb horse and ride it into the sunset, my friend!

All of that being said, I wish you all a WONDERFUL Thanksgiving with your family and friends. As for me, I am thankful for this new lifestyle I am living and that I am finally feeling healthy for the first time in years!

Love to you all! ❤

10 Things You Should Never Say To Someone Living A Low Carb/High Fat Lifestyle

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Since I started my Low Carb Journey two months ago, I have heard a LOT of different questions and comments about my new lifestyle. Of course, there are some people who I know have been genuinely concerned with my health and I’m okay with that. I can handle that because I have done my research and I can explain things to them if they are asking questions out of love for me. (*Disclaimer: If you fall into the category of people who love me and are genuinely concerned for my health, this does NOT apply to you. Please do NOT take offense as that is not at all my intention.) But then we have those people–usually complete strangers–who are just flat out ignorant or talk to you like you’re an idiot because they simply don’t understand it.

So, I decided to take a poll. I posted a question on my Low Carb Thyroid group page and on a similar Low Carb/High Fat page on Facebook. I asked the following question: What are some ignorant/offensive things people have said to you when they found out you are living a Low Carb/High Fat lifestyle? Some of the responses I got were HILARIOUS, while some were honestly, a little sad. So, here are 10 of my favorites.

  1. “Everything in moderation.” — As someone with Hypothyroidism, this statement is so frustrating for me. For someone who is already healthy and wants to remain thin…yes, this is great advice. But I am not healthy or thin (yet) and traditional diets have NEVER worked for me, therefore I obviously need to be doing something different.
  2. “I could do that! I don’t eat a lot of pasta or bread anyway.” — Do you even know what a carb is? Are you aware that just an apple has 25g of carbs? How about a banana? 27g of carbs. And do you know what I’m aiming for? 20-30g of carbs per day. So if I eat an apple…that’s all of my daily intake. Yeah.
  3. “Eating all that fat will make your cholesterol and blood pressure go through the roof!” — Really? Have you read all the recent studies they’ve done comparing people on low fat diets versus people on low carb diets? Do some research, please!
  4. “Oh, is that the new fad diet?” — Yes, because that’s definitely why I would choose to give up every food I’ve ever loved…for a fad. Sure, some people might see it that way. I see it as a lifestyle change for the better.
  5. “It’s not healthy to lose so much weight so quickly.” — This usually comes after I’ve explained what kind of diet I’m on, told them about all the research I’ve done, and then reveal that I’ve lost nearly 30 pounds in 2 months.
  6. “I could NEVER give up carbs! I would die!” — The opposite side of the “I could do that!” attitude. But I continue to insist that if I can do it, anyone can!
  7. *Blank stare* — Come on! At least congratulate me when I tell you I’ve lost 30 pounds by eating this way! This is a huge deal for me and I’m really proud of myself!
  8. “Did you hear about the guy who died on the Atkins diet?” — First off, I’m not on the Atkins diet. I am on my own journey, different from anyone else’s. Why? Because my body is different from anyone else’s. Some days, I stumble and fall. But I get back up and try again! And it’s working for me!
  9. “How long do you have to be on this diet?” — Umm…did you not hear me refer to it as a LIFESTYLE? Will I slip up now and then or treat myself everyone once in a while? Sure. But this is how I want to eat for the rest of my life. I feel better this way. I know it’s not for everyone, but it is for me.
  10. “One cookie won’t kill you!” — Actually, it will. Okay, not the one cookie. But haven’t you heard of a binge trigger? Yeah, it doesn’t just stop at one cookie.

What are some things that people have told you when they found out you were Low Carb/High Fat? Maybe some of you aren’t high fat and still try to watch your calories. That’s okay too. But I definitely urge EVERYONE to do their research before starting any kind of diet. This has really been a game changer for me and my illness and I am grateful that my doctor suggested it to me. 🙂