It’s THAT time of year …

Healthy ❤️

so I thought I would share the food list for the first 17 days of the 17 Day Diet:

Cycle 1
Accelerate Food List

PROTEINS
Fish
Canned Light Tuna (water packed) Catfish
Flounder
Salmon
Sole
Tilapia

  • Opt for wild-caught rather than farm-raised fish, which may have received doses of antibiotics. Avoid the bigger fish such as swordfish, shark, king mackerel, and albacore tuna. They are the most likely to carry metals like methyl-mercury, which is considered a toxin.

  • Poultry
    Chicken Breast
    Eggs (2 eggs = 1 serving)
    Egg Whites (4 egg whites =1 serving) Turkey Breast

  • CLEANSING VEGETABLES (Eat Liberally)
    • Artichoke
    • Artichoke hearts
    • Asparagus
    • Bell peppers, green, orange, red, yellow
    • Broccoli
    • Brussels sprouts
    • Cabbage
    • Carrots
    • Cauliflower
    • Celery
    • Cucumbers
    • Eggplant
    • Garlic
    • Green beans
    • Green, leafy vegetables (including beet greens, turnip greens, collard greens)
    • Kale
    • Leeks
    • Lettuce, all varieties
    • Mushrooms
    • Okra
    • Onions
    • Parsley
    • Scallions
    • Spinach
    • Tomatoes
    • Watercress

  • FIBROUS FRUIT- 2 SERVINGS DAILY
    • Apples
    • Berries, all types
    • Grapefruit
    • Oranges
    • Peaches
    • Pears
    • Plums
    • Prickly pear cactus
    • Prunes
    • Red grapes

  • PROBIOTIC FOODS- 2 SERVINGS DAILY
    Acidophilus milk: (1 cup = 1 serving)
    Kefir: similar to a drinking-style yogurt; great for making smoothies (1 cup = 1 serving) Low-fat acidophilus milk (1 cup = 1 serving)
    Reduced salt miso dissolved in low-fat, low-sodium broth (1 tablespoon – 1 serving) Sauerkraut: (1/2 cup – 1 serving)
    Yakult: (1 cup = 1 serving)
    Yogurt, any type, including Greek-style, sugar-free (6 oz. container = 1 serving)
    FRIENDLY FATS: 1 TO 2 TABLESPOONS DAILY Flaxseed oil
    Olive oil
    CONDIMENTS
    Condiments and seasonings are allowed in moderation:
    • Salsa, low-carb marinara sauce, lite soy sauce, low-carb ketchup, fat-free sour cream, Truvia (a non-caloric sweetener made from natural ingredients), sugar-free jams and jellies, vegetable cooking spray, fat-free cheeses (i.e. Parmesan), fat-free salad dressing, salt, pepper, vinegar, mustard, herbs, and spices.
    Substitutions for vegetarians:
    One-half cup of tofu (any type)
    One-half cup of beans, lentils, or any legume
    1-2 vegetarian or black bean burgers (made from textured vegetable protein)
    2-4 ounces any vegetarian cheese, including soy cheese
    2 vegetarian “sausage” links (great substitute for eggs!)
    2 scoops vegan rice protein powder (great for smoothies, blend with 1 cup unsweetened almond milk and a fruit) for a quick 17-Day Diet vegetarian breakfast
    Any type of vegetarian meat substitute made from textured vegetable protein (see package for serving size)
    For dairy substitutes: 1 serving is 1 cup unsweetened soy milk, almond milk, or rice milk
    For yogurt substitutes, it is fine to use soy milk yogurt. These subs will work for all cycles as meat-protein substitutions.
  • If this appeals to you I recommend the ORIGINAL version of the book (at many libraries) as well as the various groups you’ll find on the WWW.

Tomatillo Salsa Verde

Tomatillo Salsa Verde

Tomatillo Salsa Verde

★★★★★

Mexican, Sauce, TO TRY

INGREDIENTS

1 1/2 lb tomatillos

1/2 cup chopped white onion

2 cloves (or more) garlic (optional)

1/2 cup cilantro leaves

1 Tbsp fresh lime juice

2 Jalapeño peppers OR 2 serrano peppers, stemmed, seeded and chopped (you can use whole for more heat if you want)

Salt to taste

DIRECTIONS

1 Remove papery husks from tomatillos and rinse well.

2a Oven Roasting Method Cut the tomatillos in half and place cut side down on a foil-lined baking sheet. Add a few garlic cloves in their skin (if using) Place under a broiler for about 5-7 minutes to lightly blacken the skins of the tomatillos.

2b Pan Roasting Method Coat the bottom of a skillet with a little vegetable oil. Heat on high heat. Place the tomatillos in the pan and sear on one side, then flip over and brown on the other side. Remove from heat.

2c Boiling Method Place tomatillos in a saucepan, cover with water. Bring to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove tomatillos with a slotted spoon.

3 Pulse in blender: Place the cooked tomatillos, lime juice, onions, garlic (if using), cilantro, chili peppers in a blender or food processor and pulse until all ingredients are finely chopped and mixed.

4 Season to taste with salt. Cool in refrigerator.

Serve with chips or as a salsa accompaniment to Mexican dishes.

Insta Pot Chicken Pho 🍲

It’s not 17DD compatible with the noodles , but the broth is amazing

Instant Pot Chicken Pho

Healthy, INSTAPOT/Pressure Cooking, Soups & Stews, TO TRY

INGREDIENTS

2 small yellow onions (11 oz. total), halved crosswise

1 (3-in.) piece fresh ginger, unpeeled, sliced, and smashed (about ⅓ cup)

2 teaspoon coriander seeds

4 whole cloves

3 whole star anise

8 (5-oz.) bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs

2 quarts lower-sodium chicken broth

 cup fish sauce

2 tablespoons dark brown sugar

1 (8-oz.) pkg. uncooked rice vermicelli noodles (such as Annie Chun’s Maifun)

4 cups fresh bean sprouts (4 oz.)

2 cups loosely packed fresh cilantro leaves with tender stems (from 1 bunch)

2 medium-size serrano chiles, unseeded and thinly sliced (2 Tbsp. plus 2 tsp.)

Optional toppings: matchstick carrots, torn fresh mint and basil leaves, Sriracha chile sauce

8 lime wedges

DIRECTIONS

Select SAUTÉ setting on a 6-quart multi-function programmable pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot). Allow to preheat about 5 minutes. Place onion halves, cut side down, in cooker. Add ginger; cook, undisturbed, until onion is slightly charred on cut sides, about 10 minutes. Add coriander seeds, cloves, and star anise; cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add chicken, broth, fish sauce, and brown sugar.

Close and seal lid. Turn Pressure Release Valve to Sealing position. Select MANUAL/PRESSURE COOK setting. Set to HIGH PRESSURE for 15 minutes. (It will take 15 to 20 minutes for cooker to come up to pressure before cooking time begins.) Let pressure release naturally. (This will take about 10 minutes.) Carefully turn Pressure Release Valve to Venting position, and let steam fully escape. (This will take 1 to 2 minutes.) Carefully remove lid.

Transfer chicken to a large plate; let rest until cool enough to handle, about 10 minutes. Remove and discard skin and bones; shred meat.

While chicken cools, pour broth mixture in cooker through a fine mesh strainer into a heatproof bowl; discard solids. Return strained broth to cooker. Add noodles, stirring to submerge; let stand until softened, about 5 minutes.

Return shredded chicken to mixture in cooker. Ladle soup evenly into 8 bowls. Top evenly with bean sprouts, cilantro, chiles, and other desired toppings. Serve with lime wedges.

My 17 Day Diet • or how to lose the Covid weight in a HURRY •

I’ve got a physical in 17 Days and ironically I have JUST the diet for it. NO shakes OR gimmicks, just wholesome HEATHLY food.

It jumps starts your metabolism and you’ll find support groups for it all over the web.

I’ll start with just a list of the basics and add recipes as I go along.

Cycle 1 (first 17 Days): ACCELERATE As much Lean Proteins as desire:

Fish- canned tuna, salmon, tilapia

Poultry- chicken breasts, turkey breasts, ground turkey (lean), eggs (2 eggs= 1 serving/ 4 egg whites= 1 serving)

As much Cleansing Vegetables as desire:

artichokes, asparagus, bell peppers, broccoli, carrots, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, cucumbers, eggplant, garlic, green beans, lettuce, mushrooms, onions, parsley, scallions, spinach, tomatoes

2 servings Low Sugar Fruit (eaten before 2PM):

Apples, berries, grapefruit, oranges, peaches, pears, plums, prunes, red grapes

2 servings Probiotics:

Yogurt- any type including greek style, sugar free fruit flavored; plain; and low fat (6 oz. = one serving), Live Active Cottage Cheese (1/2C = 1 serving)

Condiments (in moderation – the more you use the less you’ll lose that day! I actually avoid altogether) :

Salsa, low carb marinara, lite soy sauce, low carb ketchup, fat free sour cream, low fat broth, Truvia, sugar free jams and jellies, Pam, fat free cheeses, fat free salad dressing, salt, pepper, vinegar, mustard, herbs and spices.

Here’s a link to my Chicken Tortilla Soup: https://wp.me/p6Ccms-7r

Day 3 of 17DD – 5.8 lbs ⬇️

The year long decline of our daughter’s health followed by the sudden unexpected death of our beloved Sheltie, led to fewer walks, too much comfort food, and not enough veggies.

I wrote this four years ago when I used this diet to lose 30 lbs (stupid thyroid). I’ve kept it off for the most part, but want what I’ve gained off me in a hurry. Maintenance comes easy to me, as my vanity takes care of that.

I STRICTLY adhere to the food list in Cycle 1, but I don’t necessarily follow the portions. I eat as much as I want of the included fruits. And I have 4 GREAT recipes for soup that just happen to be C1 compliant. Making the soups SAVED me the first time around and they’ll ensure your success as well.

I also don’t do probiotics, and the yogurt’s the same variety that my daughter eats daily, a 16 carb Yoplait LITE with fruit.

I can’t imagine losing any faster so I’m sharing my success here with you:

• FIRST PUBLISHED IN 2014 •

If you want to lose weight by jump-starting your metabolism and breaking your cravings for carbs & sugar WITHOUT purchasing anything BUT healthy food in order to do it – the 17Day Diet may be right for you.  Tons of water, lean protein at EVERY meal.  Unlimited cleansing vegetables and 2 servings of fruit.  It’s a book that you can find at your local library.  There’s a newer version out for those that like cleansing shakes (between cycles) but I prefer the original version.  Sample menus are given but only as a guide.  Folks seem to get very confused by that.

NO matter HOW the weight GOT there, THIS will take it OFF.   I thought lack of sound sleep and thyroid meant I could never lose the weight that I gained over menopause AND because my (fired) doctor kept ignoring my bouncing TSH scores (a healthy thyroid doesn’t HAVE wild swings in TSH scores.  Your TSH should be 3.5 or BELOW).  Mine got to 68.72 after 10 years of my (fired) doc’s neglect 😦

You’re going to feel lousy those first few days of the diet because your body is ridding itself of all the bad toxins it’s been storing.  When you can’t use the (white) carbs you eat for energy, your body doesn’t know what to do with them so it stores them with COPIOUS amounts of water, as fat.   Since you don’t eat but 2 tablespoons of fat a DAY in this diet, your body is forced to burn off the stored fat. 

Once you’re done with the diet – you use the tools you learned to maintain. I still eat carbs but I recognize how I FEEL after eating them and THAT makes it easier to avoid them with GOOD CHOICES.  

PROTEINS

Fish

• Canned Light Tuna (water packed)

• Catfish

• Flounder

• Salmon

• Sole

• Tilapia

* Opt for wild-caught rather than farm-raised fish, which may have received doses of antibiotics. Avoid the bigger fish such as swordfish, shark, king mackerel, and albacore tuna. They are the most likely to carry metals like methyl-mercury, which is considered a toxin.

Poultry

• Chicken Breast

• Eggs (2 eggs = 1 serving)

• Egg Whites (4 egg whites =1 serving)

• Turkey Breast

CLEANSING VEGETABLES   (Eat Liberally)

•       Artichoke

•       Artichoke hearts

•       Asparagus

•       Bell peppers, green, orange, red, yellow

•       Broccoli

•       Brussels sprouts

•       Cabbage

•       Carrots

•       Cauliflower

•       Celery

•       Cucumbers

•       Eggplant

•       Garlic

•       Green beans

•       Green, leafy vegetables (including beet greens, turnip greens, collard greens)

•       Kale

•       Leeks

•       Lettuce, all varieties

•       Mushrooms

•       Okra

•       Onions

•       Parsley

•       Scallions

•       Spinach

•       Tomatoes

•       Watercress

FIBROUS FRUIT- 2 SERVINGS DAILY

•       Apples

•       Berries, all types

•       Grapefruit

•       Oranges

•       Peaches

•       Pears

•       Plums

•       Prickly pear cactus

•       Prunes

•       Red grapes

PROBIOTIC FOODS- 2 SERVINGS DAILY

Acidophilus milk: (1 cup = 1 serving)

Kefir: similar to a drinking-style yogurt; great for making smoothies (1 cup = 1 serving)

Low-fat acidophilus milk (1 cup = 1 serving)

Reduced salt miso dissolved in low-fat, low-sodium broth (1 tablespoon – 1 serving)

Sauerkraut: (1/2 cup – 1 serving)

Yakult: (1 cup = 1 serving)

Yogurt, any type, including Greek-style, sugar-free (6 oz. container = 1 serving)

FRIENDLY FATS: 1 TO 2 TABLESPOONS DAILY

Flaxseed oil

Olive oil

CONDIMENTS

Condiments and seasonings are allowed in moderation:

•       Salsa, low-carb marinara sauce, lite soy sauce, low-carb ketchup, fat-free sour cream, Truvia (a non-caloric sweetener made from natural ingredients), sugar-free jams and jellies, vegetable cooking spray, fat-free cheeses (i.e. Parmesan), fat-free salad dressing, salt, pepper, vinegar, mustard, herbs, and spices.

Substitutions for vegetarians:

One-half cup of tofu (any type)

One-half cup of beans, lentils, or any legume

1-2 vegetarian or black bean burgers (made from textured vegetable protein)

2-4 ounces any vegetarian cheese, including soy cheese

2 vegetarian “sausage” links (great substitute for eggs!)

2 scoops vegan rice protein powder (great for smoothies, blend with 1 cup unsweetened almond milk and a fruit) for a quick 17-Day Diet vegetarian breakfast

Any type of vegetarian meat substitute made from textured vegetable protein (see package for serving size)

For dairy substitutes: 1 serving is 1 cup unsweetened soy milk, almond milk, or rice milk

For yogurt substitutes, it is fine to use soy milk yogurt. These subs will work for all cycles as meat-protein substitutions.