I made this one tonight and my daughter said it’s now her second favorite dish (not sure anything will ever make her happier than steak). I got this from skinnyms. once again. The only changes I made was to use 4 fresh tomatoes rather than canned, and to serve it over brown rice instead of pasta. Quinoa would probably work too. It is super easy and incredibly good! Enjoy!
- 4-6 boneless, skinless, chicken breasts (about 40 ounces)
- 2 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
- 1 medium onion thinly sliced (Not chopped)
- 4 garlic cloves
- 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- 1 tsp each: dried oregano, basil, and rosemary
- 1/2 tsp thyme
- ground black pepper and salt to taste
Pour the olive oil on bottom of slow cooker, add chicken breasts, salt and pepper each breast, put sliced onion on top of chicken then put in all the dried herbs and garlic cloves. Pour in vinegar and top with tomatoes.
Cook on high 4 hours, serve over angel hair pasta.
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September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. More than 23 million children and teenagers in the United States are overweight, and it’s estimated that obesity results in $14 billion per year in direct health care costs. The U.S. is doing its part to raise awareness of the obesity issue, and has provided a downloadable toolkit full of National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month resources. For more info, visit http://www.COAM-month.org.
I know this video is long, but please take the time to watch. I really didn’t think I would sit and watch the entire thing, but I was so fascinated that I couldn’t tear myself away. This is the researched and scientific study of the evolution of man and our diet, from millions of years ago to present day, as well as the health implications of the changes we have made to our diet. This presentation will answer any question you have as to whether our diet should be meat based or vegetarian. It discusses grains and the implications on our health. It shows how dairy contributes to osteoporosis by disrupting our acid-base balance. He also talks about oils and sugars and the effect on our health. I found it interesting that the year that high fructose corn syrup was introduced into our diet was the same year I started gaining weight as a child. Make sure you listen to questions from the audience at the end where he addresses how our diet increases inflammation in our body and it’s effect on the liver. I was shocked to find out that people are now primarily getting cirrhosis of the liver from obesity, rather than alcohol use!
We are now half way through Cleanse challenge 2011 and I am so thrilled to be hearing nothing but positive feedback! After just one week participants were shocked at how great they felt, even the most skeptical. One e-mail stated,
“…my energy is great and very even. I am stunned. Just told my friend that aside from the digestive adjustment I feel about 10 years younger.”
Comments have ranged from, “it’s so much easier to stay on than I thought it would be,” “the recipes are delicious!”, “no more mood swings, especially during my period,” “you weren’t lying, I feel the best I have in years,” “I’m sleeping so much better,” and “my skin is so much clearer.”
Today I received an e-mail updating me on how this participant is doing. She wrote,
“A few things that I LOVE……flat stomach, NO BURPING!!, less mood swings, clear skin and feeling great. I truly believe that by eliminating the gluten/wheat and diary that my body is MUCH happier. My digestive tract is working like never before and I do not feel hungry or have cravings. The shakes are so sweet so I don’t crave sugar at all. I don’t know which factors are contributing to my skin but I think it is a combination of it all. I only had one pimple on my period…..a total miracle. I think these are the main factors that are helping my skin: diary and gluten elimination, Arbonne acne skin care products (love them).”
And last, but certainly not least, is the progressive weight loss. So far, the biggest loser (I just had to say that) is 15 pounds in 2 weeks. Nice job!
All 12 participants have been doing such a great job sticking to the program and their family and friends have gotten very interested! This program has been so successful and I am being asked to hold another 28 day cleanse challenge. Be on the lookout for information coming your way for the February 2011 Cleanse Challenge!
So I’ve blogged plenty about my 28 day cleanse which prohibits dairy, soy, gluten, sugar, vinegar, caffeine, and alcohol. I finished my cleanse over a month ago and have tried to stick to the food requirements of the cleanse. Sure, I’ve had a little feta cheese or frozen yogurt here and there, but I’ve tried to stay away from gluten because it really makes me tired. I’m eating plenty of carbs, but no wheat. And I’m still losing weight! Everyday someone comments about how lean I’m looking and wants to know what I’m doing. So I started wondering what the connection is between wheat/gluten and weight loss and decided to do some research. This is what I found:
Wheat products cause your blood sugar to spike. Even whole wheat bread will raise your blood sugar just as much as white bread does. Why? Because grinding grains into flour increases the surface area upon which enzymes work to more quickly convert starch into glucose. When your blood sugar spikes, your body releases insulin, which signals the body to store fat. Insulin also takes your blood sugar from a high to an extreme low resulting in hunger, cravings, and extreme fatigue. Of course, we need insulin in our body, but if it is released too often it will make it hard to lose weight and harm your health. Interestingly enough, I also found that there is a high correlation between Celiac’s disease (allergy or intolerance to wheat/gluten) and Type I diabetes.
Gluten free products are becoming quite popular lately. While some are great choices, others contain a lot of sugar and fat. So read your labels to be sure you are picking a healthy product!
The best choice for fat burning is to eat whole grains, rather than ground up grains. Grains like rice, spelt, millet, quinoa, and sprouted grain will not spike your blood sugar and actually help you lose weight.
Today marks my 6th day off the 28 day cleanse. I have continued to eat the same food as I did on the cleanse, I just haven’t had my two protein shakes a day. I feel even better now than I did on the cleanse, if that’s even possible. I’ve done a number of cleanses in the past, and even if I felt good while on them, afterwards was always a disaster. I would either get sick (once so bad I thought I would have to be hospitalized for asthma) or spend weeks trying to get my energy back. This cleanse is quite the opposite. I feel better than I have in years! The only time I didn’t was when I reintroduced something that was prohibited on the cleanse.
Now I’ve known for a number of years that dairy is not my friend, which is why I rarely have it. It gives me intestinal problems and makes me break out. However, when I reintroduced dairy just one time, I was presented with pretty bad knee pain. As you know, my knee has felt the best ever in five years while on this cleanse. A little dairy and the pain came right back. I was surprised! The worst one, though, was the gluten. One meal with gluten and I was so exhausted I just wanted to lay down on the floor and nap. I was so tired, my eyes burned. Needless to say, I haven’t had gluten since. I’m guessing that’s why I’ve been feeling so good, because I haven’t been eating gluten.
Besides that, I feel amazing. My energy level is still very high, even though my life is on chaos mode right now. My sleep is still good and, as long as I don’t eat dairy, soy, or gluten, my joints feel great! Oh yeah, and I’m still losing weight, while eating plenty of food.
Not only that, but my workouts have really improved. About 8-9 years ago I was running a 7 minute mile. After my knee injury and a bout with adrenal fatigue, it dropped to a 10 minute mile. That is quite a drop for an athlete. Over the 28 days I have been on this cleanse, that 10 minute mile has gradually gotten faster. Today I ran 5 miles at an 8.5 minute mile. In one month I was able to close that gap by 50%. While my racing days are long gone, I would still like to feel like the athlete I once was, just a little bit. Now I do 🙂
This whole experience has been a real eye-opener for me when it comes to the effect food has on our health. I already knew so much about this, yet experiencing it for myself was quite enlightening.
Yesterday was the last day of my 28 day cleanse, but I’ve decided to stick with it a little longer because I’m loving it so much. I’ve received many inquiries about this cleanse and what it has done for me. I’ve enthusiastically bragged about my incredible (and still shocking) energy levels, my improved sleep, my decrease in aches and pains, my new and improved knee (after 5 years of pain I’m amazed every day how good it feels), no PMS, no cramps, my overall feeling of well being, etc, etc. And even though I haven’t checked my weight yet, I’ve been told repeatedly, by many people over the last two weeks, how lean I’m looking (always so nice to hear 🙂 ) While all this has been wonderful, there are other reasons I think this nutritional program is awesome.
This program is not a fad. It teaches people how to remove the toxins and inflammatory foods from their diet. Toxins in our environment can lead to many health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, skin conditions, chronic pain, digestive problems, headaches, irritability, mood swings, and auto-immune disorders such as lupus. This program also teaches how to continue this eating regimen at least 80% of the time after the cleanse is finished.
The list of suggested foods and substitutions that can be eaten on this program is quite long and extensive, giving people many options with their meals. A shopping list for Trader Joe’s , Whole Foods, and Henry’s is even provided to help those on the program with their shopping choices and where to find it.
A list of recipes are provided to make it easier to prepare meals that adhere to the program. There’s even a list of shake recipes provided so you don’t get bored with the same flavor everyday.
This program really teaches people how to eat for their health and how to continue to do so down the road. It makes as easy as can be to follow and I found it to be quite enjoyable, something I’ve never experienced on any other cleanse program.
I am excited to be able to offer and teach this program to others! Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or are interested in making a healthy change in your life!