Monday, August 13, 2018

F-Factor Follow up

I got such great feedback from everyone about the F-Factor diet that I wanted to do a follow up post.  Something I want to re-emphasize: I am here to help!  I love answering questions and giving advice.  I am not perfect, or an expert by any means, but feel free to reach out anytime.  I learn so much from you guys, plus it keeps me on track and motivated when I am helping other people achieve their goals.😁.

My friend Claire, the funniest person I know, has had so much success recently with this diet.  She is a working, mom of 2, who is such an inspiration to me.  We keep each other on track and sane by sending Marco Polos to each other as we drive across the state.

Here is her F-Factor experience, as well as some of her go-to recipes (yes, finally some recipes on here from someone 😂).  These are so easy. I can actually follow these recipes, which is saying something!

Thanks to Nashville Fit + Style, I found the F-Factor diet!  I was really stuck in a rut and couldn't stay focused on eating healthy.  I was trying to drop some weight, as I had been eating dang near everything.  ALL THE FOOD.  I was doing great with exercise, but needed something new to help me focus on what I should be eating.  F-Factor made that very simple.  Now I understand why certain types of food are great for you and help you maintain a healthy weight and/or drop some lbs.  There is a part in the book where the author, Tanya Zuckerbrot, explains carbs in a way that finally made sense to me.  Carbs aren't bad, just too many are going to get ya!  She explained it by comparing it to filling up your gas tank.  Let's say you need to fill up the car with gas, but you walk away from the pump and the tank is full.  What  happens?  The gas just  starts overflowing all over the place, it has no where to go.  That's what happens when you eat too many carbs.  They have no where to go, and that's where the problem lies.  I am not doing her explanation justice, so just read the book!  It helps me when I want to put my kids' vanilla wafers in my mouth.  I always think, "Girl, that wafer ain't got no where to go!  Put it down."

I've had a lot of fun creating new recipes out of staples that I have cooked for my family for years.  Here are a few, as well as some substitutions you can pick up at Walmart, Kroger or Publix.

1.  Honey Mustard Turkey Tenderloins
You'll need:
  • 1 and 1/4 pounds of boneless, skinless turkey tenderloins.  ( They usually come in a pack of 2 tenderloins and that's the perfect amount.)
  • Skinny Girl Honey Mustard Dressing
  • 1 teaspoon of dried rosemary
  • 2 teaspoons of dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon pepper seasoning (sometimes I just eyeball this one and add more to taste)
  • salt and pepper to taste. 
Preheat oven to 400 and coat a shallow baking dish with cooking spray.  Brush Skinny Girl Honey Mustard over the tenderloins and then coat with a mixture of everything else above.  Bake for 40 minutes, or until meat  thermometer reaches 160.  Make sure to let it rest for about 10 minutes before slicing.  I pair this with a small salad with red wine vinegar as my dressing, and tons of veggies.  My husband and kids eat brown rice with it, but on Step 1, I skip it. 

2. Artichoke and Mushroom Chicken
You'll Need:
  • 3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts for Step 1 OR boneless skinless chicken thighs for Steps 2 or 3. 
  • 1 Pack of Mushrooms - Any kind
  • 1 can of artichokes in water.  Cara Mia is by far the best brand I've tried. 
  • Half a bottle of Girard's Light Champagne Dressing
Throw the chicken, artichokes and mushrooms in a crock pot, cover with the dressing and cook on low for 7 hours or until chicken is tender.  I pair with Green Giant cauliflower rice and a small side salad.  DELISH and SO EASY.

3.  No Pasta Spaghetti
You'll Need:

  • One pack of Tofu Shirataki Noodle Substitute.  I use House Foods brand from Kroger. 
  • RAO's tomato sauce
  • Chicken Sausage.  I use cooked Thin & Trim Spinach and Red Onion
  • Onions, Peppers, Any Fiber rich veggie
Cook noodles according to package.  Make sure you rinse drain it very well.  Don't be scared of the smell.  When you rinse well, you can't taste it.  Heat the sauce with the veggies.  I usually sautee the veggies in a tiny bit of EVOO.  Heat the chicken sausage and mix all together.  I always make this when I am making my husband and kids regular spaghetti and I feel like I didn't miss out.  Super easy and quick dinner with a side salad.

Such good info from Claire!  And I can say these recipes are delish + easy.  Let me know if I can help you get your Fiber on!!


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