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14 October 2008 @ 12:30 am
Recent McDougall Successes  
Well... we're sticking with McDougall and still discovering ideas to make it enjoyable.  I've lost 10 lbs so far and my girl has lost 13.  I've had a few tough moments... such as my persistent craving for chocolate cake over the last 3 days.  But I've gotten through it with my loving partner's support (and the absolutely delicious pumpkin cookies she baked to soothe our sweet teeth).  You can find the recipe for those amazing goodies here.  She followed this recipe except that she omitted the 3 cups of oatmeal and we were very pleased with the result.  Unlike the fat free oatmeal cookies we made last week, these were soft and moist and not so dense that they felt like health bars.  When freshly baked, the outside was a little crisp while the inside was soft and moist.  When we put leftovers in a tupperware, all the cookies turned soft.  They were still scrumptious but I recommend serving/eating them freshly baked for optimum yumminess. 

Tonight, we did a crawfishless crawfish boil.  We put some Zatarain's crab boil seasoning in a big pot of boiling water and loaded it with small red potatoes, whole artichokes, whole garlic fists, 4 ears of corn and a bunch of whole musrooms.  It was like all the great "side items" that get boiled with the crawfish or crabs - minus the crustaceans themselves (hence it was both vegan and McDougally).  It turned out GREAT.  And it was so much fun! 

 

A few days ago, I sliced up some sweet potatoes and layered them in a baking dish with Bulls Eye Original BBQ sauce.  I didn't cook them long enough and I used too much BBQ sauce - I should have diluted it by mixing it with some veggie stock or something.  But it was good - and with the missteps fixed, would be fabulous.  Dr. McDougall suggests bottled products in his books, that have no oil and can be used (sparingly, he suggests) on his eating program.  Bulls Eye Original is one of those.  It's oil free - though I'm pretty sure it does have sugar in it.  Anyway, BBQ sweet potatoes are pretty damn yummy.

 

So we're sticking with it.  10 pounds in 16 days feels pretty great to me.  And I have to say that now I really am starting to feel better too - which is what it's all about.  Oh! and we found a nonfat soy milk - which is totally great.  Westsoy now has a nonfat soy - though not unsweetened - the total calories per serving (70) are the lowest we've seen and best of all of course, 0 of those come from fat.

Off to bed.
Bon appetit!

 
 
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