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     This is my second week of finding healthy! Want to read about the first week? Check it out here
     About a million times this week, I kicked myself for starting this healthy living kick a week before Thanksgiving. I never really cared for turkey and stuffing, cranberry sauce, or even the green beans with the onions in them. None of that stuff was super appealing to me. Instead it was the mashed potatoes, the bread bowl and the DESSERTS. I live for any sort of dessert. Well, correction...I did. Not anymore. As of Monday, I have forever lost five pounds and I am on my way to a healthier life. So, this week I will skip the pumpkin pie and I am totally good with it. 
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     I am not silly enough to believe that being around all of this delicious food won't be tempting. I know it will but I am ready for it. My health coach shared some amazing tips to help me along the way.  

Healthy Holiday Tip #1! 
Make sure you know that this is a long journey! It is not about one day or one meal. Do not sweat it. 
 Healthy Holiday Tip #2! 
Knowing that you have a sounding board can change everything. Have a trusted friend or family member who can LISTEN. It is going to be tough and you need someone there for you. ACCEPT THE HELP! 
 Healthy Holiday Tip #3 !
 Don't give up all of your old favorites! Instead make healthier options and substitute! 
  You can still have all of your favorites on Thanksgiving.Download this healthy recipe book perfect for the holidays! It is filled with holiday favorites made to make you feel great. 

Cheesy Cauliflower Biscuits 
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If you are addicted to bread like I am, these Cheesy Cauliflower Biscuits are an awesome substitution that you will love! 
(Adapted from http://www.cookinglight.com/cooking-101/cheesy-cauliflower-biscuits)
This recipe makes 4 servings Each serving provides about 1/2 lean, 2 green, and 1.25 condiments.

You Will Need:
4 cups cauliflower
½ cup plain low-fat Greek yogurt
3 tsp minced garlic
½ cup reduced-fat cheese
2 eggs
2 egg whites
¼ tsp salt
½ tsp pepper

Make Mashed Cauliflower Preheat the oven to 400°F. Steam cauliflower for about 10-12 minutes or until very tender, then transfer to a food processor. Add minced garlic and pulse several times until smooth and creamy.
Transfer mashed cauliflower into a large mixing bowl. Add in two whole eggs, cheddar cheese, Nonfat Greek yogurt, salt and pepper and mix together.
In a separate bowl, beat egg whites until stiff. Then, slowly fold the egg whites into the cauliflower mixture.
Coat a mini muffin pan with cooking spray of your choice. Then fill the cups to the top with the cauliflower mixture. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown.
Remove from the pan, and set on a cooling rack.

NOTE: for best results, use MINI muffin pans. Larger pans leave the muffins a little soggy.

Turkey Meatloaf
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What's Thanksgiving without the turkey? Here's a way to have your turkey and eat it too! Adapted from Medifast Lean And Green Recipes
This recipe makes 4 servings
Each serving contains 1 Lean, 3 Green, 3 Condiments, and 1 Healthy fat

You Will Need:
1/2 cup diced leeks
1/2 cup diced celery
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tsp olive oil
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried parsley
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 lbs 95-97% lean ground turkey
1 cup petite diced tomatoes
2 tbsp yellow mustard
1 tbps Worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp pepper
2 eggs


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Saute the leeks, celery, and garlic in olive oil along with the oregano, parsley, thyme, and salt. Remove from heat and place in a large mixing bowl.
Add uncooked beef, tomatoes, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, pepper, and eggs to the bowl and mix well.
Lightly grease a pan and pour mixture into the pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until done. (internal temperature of 160 degrees).

NOTE: You can pour mixture into muffin pans to make individual meatloaf muffins, and top with piped Mashed Fauxtatoes (see recipe below)

Karen's Mashed Fauxtatoes 
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Carbs are my weakness but with this recipe I don't miss them a bit! This is a must have on Thanksgiving. 
Recipe by Karen Ragsdale
Makes 1 serving
Each serving consists of 3 Green, 2 Condiments, and 1 Healthy Fat

You Will Need:
1.5 cups CauliflowerChicken Broth
1 tbsp low fat cream cheese
2 tbsp Sour Supreme (a low-fat non-dairy tofu-based sour cream substitute)
5 sprays No Calorie Butter Spray
Salt
Pepper

Boil 1.5 cups cauliflower in 85% chicken broth/15% water mixture
Cook until you can easily spear the cauliflower with a fork.
Drain the cauliflower -- very thoroughly!
Add 1 tbsp low fat cream cheese, 2 tbsp Sour Supreme, 5 sprays of Butter spray, and dashes of salt and pepper to taste.
Use a blender (we prefer immersion blender) to mash the cauliflower thoroughly
Eat and enjoy with your protein!
 Over the past year, I saw one of my friends posting photos of her weight loss on Facebook. I know her, so I knew it was real and not one of those photoshopped ads you see from time to time. The photos were incredible to say the least. In a bit more than a year, she had lost more than 75 pounds.  How crazy is that, right? I was a total skeptic. There had to be more to it or she will gain it back as soon as she quits whatever program she is on. I was curious so I talked with her about how she lost this weight. 
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 Lesley told me about how Optavia helped her to change her life. Not only did she loose the weight she had been carrying around, she and her family are now healthier.Optaviaisn't the usual eat this, don't eat that plan. They teach you how to be healthy so you can change your entire life. In doing so, you will loose the weight that has been burdening your body. Then, I made the decision to try theOptavia program myself.Lesley is a Certified Health Coach with Optavia now and is cheering me on along the way. 
   
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Comments

Wow, its amazing news for reduce the weihgt up to 75 pounds and its too tough. My personal experience we can do it if we keep the focus and its important for done it any work. But weight lost need to the for a long time.

11/28/2017 2:31am

I also plan to lose weight but the temptation to eat is stronger. Like what you posted, it should challenge me to change. Eating less is definitely a challenge. You can even add exercise to be more challenging. I want to be fit to live longer and better and I know that I have to start now.


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