Turkey Tarragon Baked Eggs

Thanksgiving came and went.  Christmas came and went.  Along with several million turkeys.  It’s always been a mystery to me whether to post turkey recipes around the holidays so that people have new ideas for using up all that leftover bird, or whether the sight of yet another turkey recipe makes people’s eyes glaze over.  I will happily eat turkey any time of the year.  I’d eat it every day and still be smiling.  I think turkey is awesome.  I especially love roast turkey, although I rarely leave Trader Joe’s without a pile of packets of deli turkey nestled into my brown paper sacks.

For the last many years I’ve been in England over Thanksgiving, and on some epic road-trip over Christmas, so being home for both holidays this year had me completely discombobulated.  I rather think I’d forgotten what to do.  So this year I didn’t roast a whole turkey for Thanksgiving or for Christmas; but I did buy some fresh turkey breast and roasted that.  It was delicious, although somehow it just isn’t quite the same as slicing thick, juicy meat off a 16lb bird that’s been wallowing in the oven while making the entire house smell divine.  No big bird also meant my supply of turkey meat was extremely small, so I was going to make sure I used those leftovers very wisely.

Ever since my recent foray back into the world of Baked Eggs – that my mother started all those years ago when I was a nipper – I’ve eaten a variation almost every weekend.  A tweak here, a substitution there, a dash of this, a sprinkling of that – just to keep my mind and mouth captivated.  Jonathan would want us to eat the Smoked Salmon version all the time, for the oodles of salmony goodness contained therein, but I like to mix it up.

Turkey Tarragon Baked Eggs

Tender turkey, a splash of cream and a couple of eggs seemed like it would make a pretty decent breakfast, and although turkey and eggs somehow don’t spring to mind as an obvious combination, the tarragon totally tied it all together.  I will, for sure, be making these every time I have some roast turkey breast languishing in my ‘fridge.

You could serve these up with any number of vegetably sides – think steamed asparagus, broiled (grilled) tomatoes, wilted spinach – but barely-sauteed mushrooms are always near the top of my list of things that make weekend mornings special.  And if you really want to blow your taste buds away, add a couple of these on the side.

You will never want to go back to eating inSANEly again.

Turkey Tarragon Baked Eggs
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Ingredients
  • Coconut oil spray
  • 4 TBSP heavy cream
  • 4 oz / 110g chopped cooked turkey (or deli turkey)
  • 2 tsp fresh tarragon, chopped
  • 4 eggs
  • Black pepper
  • 8 oz. / 225g mushrooms, sliced
Instructions
  1. Spray 2 ramekin dishes with coconut oil and place dishes in a baking pan with water half way up side of ramekins.
  2. Put 2 tbsp cream in bottom of each dish.
  3. Place turkey on bottom of dish.
  4. Bake for 5 minutes at 350 F.
  5. Carefully pull oven shelf out half way.
  6. Sprinkle tarragon over the turkey.
  7. Crack 2 eggs into each dish.
  8. Season with ground pepper.
  9. Carefully push oven shelf back.
  10. Bake for 12 - 15 minutes at 350 F until eggs are just cooked.
  11. During the last 4 minutes while the eggs are cooking, gently saute the sliced mushrooms until just starting to color.
  12. Serve mushrooms alongside the dishes of eggs.

Turkey Tarragon Baked Eggs

*SANE™, inSANE, SANEity – terms used in Jonathan Bailor’s books, The Smarter Science of Slim (out of print) and The Calorie Myth.

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Broccoli and Red Pepper Quiche Cups

I realize that the holidays are over, and it would have been much better all round if I had posted this party-in-a-muffin-cup recipe a month ago, but you know what they say – better late than never.  And just think – now everyone around you is swilling down Slimfast and choking back fat-free 100-calorie snack packs while you get to eat party food.  Every. Single. Day.  HURRAH!

Broccoli and Red Pepper Quiche Cups

The original *SANE Quiche Cups were a huge hit, so it seemed only right to expand the repertoire of this perfect lunch and snack food.  The inaugural version was required to include two of my favorite veggies – leeks and mushrooms – but once I’d got that out of my system I was free to branch out into the vegetable kingdom with abandon.  I also changed the base up to include more protein in the form of Greek yogurt.

Eat them on their own.  Eat them alongside a big, fat salad.  Eat them with a veggie stir-fry.  Eat them hot straight out of the oven, or cold the next day.  Make a big batch on Sunday and have them ready to go in the ‘fridge for the week.  Eat them as a snack when you get the munchies.  Eat them hot for breakfast with some bacon.

Just eat them.  You’ll love ‘em.

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Broccoli and Red Pepper Quiche Cups
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Ingredients
  • 3 oz / 85g red pepper, finely chopped
  • 4 oz / 110g broccoli, finely chopped
  • 2 oz / 55g sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 11 eggs
  • ¼ cup 2% greek yogurt (Non-fat yogurt will not work!!)
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • sea salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Place 12 silicone cups in a muffin pan.
  2. In a bowl, mix red pepper, broccoli and cheese well.
  3. Divide vegetable and cheese mix evenly between the 12 silicone cups.
  4. Place eggs, parsley, pepper and Greek yogurt in a bowl and whisk well.
  5. Pour egg mixture into a jug and carefully fill each silicone cup almost full.
  6. Carefully place muffin pan into the center of the oven, pre-heated to 375 degrees F.
  7. Bake 30 minutes until risen, puffy and golden brown. They will rise well above the cups. They are ready when a skewer comes out cleanly.
  8. Remove from oven and carefully tip each quiche out of the cups.

Broccoli and Red Pepper Quiche Cups

 

 

*SANE™, inSANE, SANEity – terms used in Jonathan Bailor’s books, The Smarter Science of Slim (out of print) and The Calorie Myth.

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Tanya - Hey Carrie,

I just wanted to let you know that I tried this recipe for the first time just now (couldn’t before as I can’t get greek yoghurt where I live, so I made my own)…. it is DEVINE!!!!! Thank you so much for your efforts to provide us with such delicious recipes :-)

carrie - THANK YOU, Tanya!! So happy that you loved them.

Kelly - Hey!!
Those are amaaazing! Mine lacked of cheese a little cause i didn’t have enough at home but they were still great!

You’re really making this sane lifestyle so much easier :)
Thznk youuu :) can’t wait for more recipes !

Top 10 SANE Recipes of 2012

This time last year I was writing restaurant reviews.  My most popular posts were the “Best Of” posts where I’d do a round-up of my favorite eating adventures – or my favorite crêpe places – or my favorite scramble spots – or – you get the picture.  Then, at the end of the year I’d do a “20 Favorite Meals of 20XX” post.  People loved them, I guess because they could use them as an easy way to know where to start if they were looking for a great place to eat in Seattle.

Since then I’ve moved on to creating recipes, and instead of doing a round-up of my favorite recipes, I thought instead I’d do a round-up of yours.  Every day we have more and more people stopping by to join our little *SANE eating adventures (Welcome!!), so I figured this might be a great way to introduce new folks to this whole *SANE eating thing.

I would hazard a guess that the favorites were the favorites because on the surface they appear to be things you *shouldn’t* be allowed to eat on most diets.  And that’s the whole point – my goal is to make food that is truly healthier than anything else you’ve eaten prior, and tastes fantastic.  You CAN eat dessert, you CAN eat baked goods, you CAN eat all manner of delicious food and be healthier and slimmer as a result.  As long as they’re *SANE.  Who knew?

The way we eat shouldn’t feel weird, or difficult, or complicated, or punitive.  We shouldn’t feel hungry, guilty, limited, or desperate.  And food should taste fabulous.  This isn’t a diet, it’s how we eat.  And it’s awesome.

 

The 10 most popular recipe posts of 2012: take a look and see how much yummy stuff you get to eat!

Chocolate Berry Cream

1. Chocolate Berry Cream

Hot Nutty Cereal

2. Hot and Nutty Cereal

Cheesy Scones (Biscuits)

3. Cheesy Scones

4. Strawberry Seed Porridge

Mint Chocolate Pudding

5. Mint Chocolate Pudding

Dark Chocolate Espresso Cookies

6. Dark Chocolate Espresso Cookies

Leek and Mushroom Quiche Cups

7. Leek and Mushroom Quiche Cups

Almond Parmesan Squash

8. Almond Parmesan Squash 

Almond Pear Porridge

9. Almond Pear Porridge

Warm Turkey and Almond Slaw

10. Warm Turkey and Almond Slaw

And for the curious, here’s my personal top 3:

Sour Cream and Chive Biscuits

1. Sour Cream and Chive Biscuits – these about made me cry with joy when I took my first bite.

Beet and Tarragon Soup

2. Beet and Tarragon Soup – this soup absolutely knocks my socks off.

Creamy Smoked Salmon with Pea Shoots

3. Smoked Salmon & Pea Shoot Saute – fastest, tastiest dinner ever.  Love.

 Have a *SANE and eccentric year, lovely readers!

 

*SANE™, inSANE, SANEity – terms used in Jonathan Bailor’s books, The Smarter Science of Slim (out of print) and The Calorie Myth.

What does SANE mean? Click here.Want more scrumptious recipes? Click here to check out my SANE Cookbooks!

Amy Adams - Carrie, your recipes are the very, very best!

carrie - THANK YOU, Amy!! Hugely appreciate the recipe love.

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Very Berry Rice Pudding

Well.  2012 was quite a year.  It went gallivanting off in all sorts of directions that I had no clue it would when it started out.

There have been crazy things, sad things, and downright awesome things.  I lost too many friends that left this earth before they were meant to, and I gained some fantastic new friends at times and in places I least expected.  I was trashed by people I considered close friends, and I’ve had volumes of fan mail from strangers all over the world – who ever expects those things to ever happen?

I’ve had interview requests from health writers, and casting calls from TV Producers.  Jonathan and I became hot on iTunes, and then we wrote a new book.  There have been times that have hurt my heart deeply, and times that have made my heart sing.  I unexpectedly fell in love with the Deep South, spinach, The Zac Brown Band, and coconut – while just as unexpectedly falling out of love with Dr. Pepper, digging in the garden, driving in the snow, and cupcakes.  That last one still amazes me.

My image was chosen to be the Windows 8 lockscreen (hello?!), and I discovered that the Surface makes creating recipes for you – while cooking in the kitchen – the easiest thing ever.  The kitchen was re-modelled, the yard was completely re-landscaped, and I am unbelievably grateful for being able to get those done.

I ate more, I exercised less, my waist got smaller, and my back-fat shrank.  My HDL went up, my LDL went down.  Everything in my life moved in the right direction, despite a few roadblocks thrown into my path along the way.  There were cherished friends at every turn to help me clamber over the hurdles and just keep on going.

I started the year reviewing restaurants, and ended it spending almost every waking moment creating recipes, cooking, photographing, and posting the results for the world to see.  Who knew?  More to the point, who knew that I would be creating recipes for rice pudding – without rice in – with the glee of a 4-year-old riding their first bike?

I believe in this case it was the freeze-dried raspberries I spied in Trader Joe’s while I was ambling up and down the aisles that got me all gleeful.  Those little puffs of raspberry pieces are jam-packed with an explosion of raspberry flavor.  Just one little piece is like eating a whole bunch of fresh ones.  And I do love raspberries. 

Very Berry Rice Pudding

I made this as a dessert one day when I fancied the whole rice pudding thing, but wasn’t in the mood for cinnamon.  I’ve since eaten it for breakfast and a snack as well.  It’s one of the {gazillion} things I just love about this whole *SANE thing – so many of the dishes are multi-purpose.  We can eat dessert for breakfast any time we choose and feel good about it.  LOVE that!

This is as simple as can be to throw together, although I would advise throwing it carefully as you don’t want cottage cheese mush on your hands.  Or in your bowl.

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Very Berry Rice Pudding
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup / 8 fl oz. non-fat cottage cheese
  • 1 oz. / 28g strawberry whey powder
  • ¼ tsp salt (measure it - you don't want too much!) SEE NOTE
  • 2 TBSP dried blueberries
  • ¼ cup freeze-dried raspberries
  • xylitol or equivalent sweetener to taste (I used 2 tsp)
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, gently stir the cottage cheese, whey powder, and salt together until the whey powder is completely dissolved and mixed through.
  2. Stir in the blueberries and raspberries.
  3. Sweeten to taste if required.
Notes
Depending on the brand of whey powder you use, you may not need the salt. It neutralizes any bitterness that many whey powders have. I suggest that the first time you make this you taste it before you add the salt, and then add it if there is a bitter after-taste in your whey powder.

 

 

*SANE™, inSANE, SANEity – terms used in Jonathan Bailor’s books, The Smarter Science of Slim (out of print) and The Calorie Myth.

What does SANE mean? Click here.Want more scrumptious recipes? Click here to check out my SANE Cookbooks!

Nancy - This is interesting about the pinch of salt. Whey powder definitely has an odd taste that takes some getting used to.

Do you find the various sugar substitutes all have different tastes?

carrie - Hi Nancy – it depends which whey powder you use, but I find the strawberry whey JB and I use has a bitter aftertaste. The salt fixes that. I don’t want to get used to the aftertaste ;-) The sugar substitutes do all have different tastes. The reason I use xylitol (apart from it being natural and having a host of health benefits) is that it tastes the most like regular sugar, as well as looks and performs like regular sugar. I think Stevia / Truvia are nasty tasting and erythritol has an odd taste. No one has ever been able to tell that my recipes do not have regular sugar in them and that’s the result I aim for.

Nancy - Ah, this explains why the almond cookies I made on my SANE cooking rampage taste off. I used Truvia because that was all they had at the regular grocery store. Might have to bite the bullet and order a 55lb bag of the xylitol. Sure wish the sugar substitutes weren’t so expensive.

carrie - Nancy – it will save you in the long run if you have a place to keep it. I just won’t eat food that tastes nasty, so the cost is worth it to me. I don’t want to feel like I have to eat inferior tasting food because I want to be slim and healthy! The cost will start to come down as more and more people start buying things like xylitol.

Cowgirl Rae - One thing I learned about xylitol…. isn’t there always a twist to learn?

Traditional xylitol is made from birch trees…. lo and behold food techs have started making xylitol from corn cobs.

reputable sellers will disclose the source of the xylitol if you ask.

I saw this on the website of the xylosweet I purchased. http://www.xlear.com/xylosweet-faq.aspx

Yes the birch version is significantly more expensive.
http://store.xylitolusa.com/xylitol-sweetener/

Sigh….

carrie - I use Xyla because it is made from birch bark…however…xylitol made from corn does not use any of the corn grain, is gluten-free and is still a momnumentally massive (yes, THAT huge) of an improvement over regular sugar in terms of its effect on our bodies. Don’t fret! Use this up, then buy Xyla :-) http://www.naturalsweetenerstore.com/5lb-xylitol-bag-pure-north-american-birch/ 5lb Xyla is cheaper than Xylo-Sweet from looking at the website you sent me.

Cowgirl Rae - Thanks I’ll check it out!

Sometimes I simply get exhausted researching every possible tangent for every product!

Don’t get me started on getting duped by the stevia company…..BAH!

carrie - Oooh, Rae – tell me about the Stevia thing….email me?

Julie - Love this post! :)

carrie - Thanks, Julie!

Diane - I just made this. I did not add any sweetener and I used frozen fruit as I did not have any dried fruits. I made it for tomorrow’s breakfast but it might not make it that long. I did have to taste it for quality control purposes.

carrie - Ha, ha, Diane! I have that same problem! Good news is…because it’s SANE it’s OK to eat a lot ;-) Enjoy!!

Daniel Martins - Hey there Carrie, I`m so happy to hear about all you accomplishments this year! I myself have only ” met” Jonathan and you back on November, and even though it`s such a short time you`ve became my companions on Sao Paulo`s (Brazil) crazy traffic. I`ve listened to all the podcasts after reading the book, and I`m a SANEr, happier person. Thank you both for making our lives better. Jonathan laid the ground summing up the science, you laid the red carpet with your extremely talented recipes to make the path merrier and easier :)

Thank you both for all the hard work and enjoyable time on the car :)

Best regards from the Brazilian fun,

Dani

carrie - THANK YOU, Dani for your kind words and support all the way from sunny Sao Paulo!!! Congrats on your SANEr, happier you :-)

kerrie - Hi Carrie, I am a a beginner here from Australia. Have bought the Smarter Science of Slim and printing some of your recipes. Have bought a huge jar of Stevia but I don’t think I want to try it now. Just went to the website for Xyla and they won’t ship to Australia :-( is there anything else that is similar I can try? BTW your recipes look so yummy!

carrie - Kerrie – try here: For Xylitol, there’s Naturally Sweet brand. You can find out where it’s sold near you here: http://www.naturallysweet.com.au For other strange ingredients, check out this post: http://www.marmaladeandmileposts.com/archives/23109

kerrie - Thank you Carrie. I will check it out… :-)

Matilda - I was super excited to make this recipe, cause it sounds yummy as. So I made it this morning, and I got sad :( cause I did not like it. I’m not too sure what it is that I don’t like, texture maybe?
So it’s in the fridge. Might make it up into pancakes for the kids. Or maybe it will get better. But I hate wasting food, and I was so disappointed it didn’t turn out like I hoped :(

You Can Do This!

Here we are!  2013!  Another fresh, brand spanking new, sparkly year stretching out ahead of us.  And it’s going to be a fabulous year.

It’s going to be a fabulous year despite the fact that I’ve already dropped something down the front of my white t-shirt, so bang goes my first resolution.  I’ve known for years that keeping my white t-shirts white for longer than a couple of outings was an entirely futile endeavor; like another of life’s futile endeavors – diets.

Last January was the first year in a long while that I didn’t make a resolution to stick to yet another diet and exercise routine.  Funny – this last year was also the first year I have successfully been able to lose weight and body fat.  Or maybe it’s not funny at all.  When you think about it, it’s a tragedy that so many millions of people will spend billions of dollars during the next 3 months diligently trying every diet and exercise regimen in the western world to lose weight and get healthier.  They’ll throw themselves wholeheartedly into it with everything they have, determined that this time it will be different – that this time they will succeed – because in the past they think that they were the problem.  They didn’t try hard enough, they didn’t keep going long enough, they didn’t eat few enough calories, they didn’t exercise for a long enough time.  So they will try again this year – maybe with a new plan, maybe just trying harder at an old plan.  And some of them will succeed this year.  Except 95% of people who lose weight will gain it all back again – and then some.  It truly is a tragedy.

We are about to be bombarded by advertisements for every weight-loss program, diet food, exercise plan, piece of fitness equipment, fat-loss supplement, and health and wellness DVD ever produced.  Look away!  You’ve tried some of them before, and you know in your heart that they don’t work.  Don’t be drawn in by the glossy packaging and production, the promises and the platitudes.

If you’ve been cruising around this blog before, you already know there is a better way.  A way that works to give you long-term health, and fat-loss.  And as inevitably as The Smarter Science of Slim turns the last 40 years of weight-loss advice on its head, your New Year Resolutions will need a SANE overhaul if they are going to serve you well.  You won’t be one of the 95%.

I thought about the things that were not so natural to me when I started living a SANE lifestyle, and wanted to share them with you as a set of resolutions that you may find helpful as you think about your health and fat-loss goals for 2013.  And, in the spirit of full disclosure – there are still some things on this list that will be on MY New Year Resolutions list for 2013.  We’re not about perfection, we’re about getting a little bit better day-by-day, week-by-week.  You can do this!

 

10 SANE New Year Resolutions:

1. Throw away your bathroom scale.  If you cannot sleep without a scale in the house, buy a kitchen scale – it will take you WAY further in your journey to SANEity.  You can ace this first resolution on Day 1!!  Then, all you need to do is not buy another bathroom scale all year.  Ding!  That was easy.  You’ve already kept a resolution.  How good does that make you feel?

2. Swap out the regular pop / soda for diet / zero versions.  If you’ve already done that, swap out the diet / zero versions of pop / soda for fizzy, flavored (make sure it’s sugar-free!) water.

3. Drink Green Tea every day.  10 bags is optimal, but 1 is better than none.  I’ll be giving you some ideas over the next few weeks on how to achieve this if you hate Green Tea like I do.

4. Make every meal and snack as SANE as you can.  Think protein, fiber, water.

5. Go through your kitchen, pantry and freezer and toss out all the inSANE foods.  They are not doing anything good for you.  Take them to the food bank if you can’t bear to throw them away.  Do one cupboard / drawer / shelf a week if doing it all at once is too difficult.  Then don’t replace whatever you removed.  When you are at the grocery store, stick to the edges so you won’t be nearly as tempted by all the inSANEity lurking in the middle aisles.

6. If you go to a party or other event and eat some inSANE food, don’t panic!  Don’t beat yourself up.  Laugh.  Move on.  Get back to SANEity at your next meal, or as soon as you can.

7. Do 10 minutes of eccentric exercise once a week.  That’s it.  Can’t do all 4 exercises at one time?  Do each eccentric exercise once a week, even if it is on different days.  Remember that if you are doing these exercises right you will not be physically capable of doing them more than once a week.  How fantastic is that?!

8. Do 5 sets of high-quality cardio once a week.  It takes 10 minutes.  That’s it.  Can’t do the full 5 sets without collapsing?  Do as much as you can.  Then every week do a little more until you are at the 5 full sets.  Remember that high-quality cardio is so intense it makes you feel like throwing up or has you shaking for hours afterwards.  Or both.  It’s not pleasant, but the results are awesome.

9. If you get a craving for something inSANE – drink a glass of water or green tea, eat some protein, or get up and do something.  Take a walk, drive to a local nature spot, play a game with a child, vacuum, call a friend, lie on the lawn in the sunshine, get frisky with your spouse, do a chore that you have been procrastinating over.  Get online and come here.  Read your personal SANE goals.

10. Listen to our podcasts every week to help you keep on track, give you ideas on how to live the Smarter Science of Slim, and stay motivated if things get tough every now and then.  I’ll let you into a little secret – I listen to them too.  Guess what?  I am reminded of things and re-motivated every time I do.  True story.  Plus, connect and interact with other SSoS’ers – right here on this little blog, and on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.  Send me your stories, your successes, your struggles.  I’ll post them so others can be inspired by you, or you can get inspiration from others right back at you.  Sharing helps.  *Really* helps.

And, talking of sharing…here’s an extra resolution for you:  SHARE.  Share these recipes with your family, your friends, with anyone you know who is looking for a healthier and/or slimmer year in 2013.  Even if people do not embrace the whole SSoS program, let them know that the recipes are awesome – simple, quick, and tasty – and that they will enjoy greater health and wellness if they incorporate them into their lives.  Help us share the truth about healthy eating.  Help us share the love!

Then, because we know that measuring weight and BMI, and counting calories are meaningless in our quest for health and fat-loss, here’s some things you can measure if you have to measure something.  These would also make great goals to aim for.  Replace the X’s with whatever number is a great goal for you.

 

10 SANE Goals:

1. Reduce my waist measurement by X inches.

2. Reduce my dress / pant size by X sizes.

3. Increase my HDL to X.

4. Lower my LDL to X.

5. Lower my blood glucose levels to X.

6. Increase the number of servings of non-starchy vegetables per day to 10.

7. Decrease the number of servings of sweets and starches per week to 1.

8. Decrease my percentage of body fat to X%.

9. Increase my water intake to at least a gallon per day.

10. Increase my protein consumption to at least 3 x 30 gram servings per day.

“Just because you are struggling does NOT mean you are failing. Every great success requires some kind of struggle to get there.” – Anon

So here’s to a fabulous SANE and eccentric year in 2013, dear readers.

YOU CAN DO THIS!

 

 

 

*SANE™, inSANE, SANEity – terms used in Jonathan Bailor’s books, The Smarter Science of Slim (out of print) and The Calorie Myth.

What does SANE mean? Click here.Want more scrumptious recipes? Click here to check out my SANE Cookbooks!

Sylvia - Happy New Year to you Carrie & to Jonathon. Thanks for all your great advice, encouragement & recipes. Looking forward to improving my SANE eating habits during 2013 & beyond.
Cheers
Sylvia

carrie - GO, Sylvia!

Cowgirl Rae - Excellent post!
I sure wish some of those billions of weight loss attempt dollars could be used to share this message.

Molly - Carrie, loved this post. I lost almost 40 pounds last spring/summer using one of those diet places, but it started to feel too restrictive and they had some rules (like no avocado) that I just couldn’t live with….but I dropped all of it (the plan) instead of just dropping the things I didn’t feel we’re right for me and I have put back on about 10 pounds. I have been drawn to your post because I would like to try dropping gluten from my diet without having to totally give up baked items.
I was wondering if you would share some examples of the 10 minutes of cardio that you do? Also, since eccentric training requires you max your load, it seems that it is unlikely that I can do this type of training at home without equipment. Is that right?

carrie - Hi Molly – congrats on your success last year – that’s awesome! You will find that dropping gluten is way easier than you think…and once you stop eating it the cravings go away, which just makes it even easier! All the recipes here are gluten free, since we do not eat grains. Try the baked goods I’ve posted so far and see if you don’t think they’re better than wheat ones! :-) You absolutely can do the eccentric exercises at home – I have never been to the gym to do them, and have two very cheap pieces of home “equipment” – a pull-up bar and a dumb-bell. That’s it. The book details the 4 eccentric exercises we do, plus the cardio (I use a stationery bike for this). You cna also get exercise help by listening to the relevant podcasts: http://www.marmaladeandmileposts.com/podcasts

Hope this helps! So happy to have you here :-)

carrie - You and me both, Rae!!! I so wish I could do this full-time, but sadly my bank wants me to keep paying the mortgage.

Meredith @ DareYouTo - I love these resolution ideas!!!!!!! I’m going to tackle most of the SANE Resolutions and a few of the goals.

carrie - Go Meredith!!! Report back :-)

Amanda - These are beyond awesome ideas. I’m so glad I discovered this post because I was JUST looking for new podcasts! I’m so excited to give yours a listen! Also, I need some help with the green tea. I’m not a huge fan. Awesome list!

carrie - Welcome, Amanda! Green tea ideas coming soon! Thanks for all the love – hugely appreciated.

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