A reader asked me 12 questions about Intermittent Fasting for weight loss. Here are my answers.

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It’s been almost a year since I released my free eBook on Intermittent Fasting and my fasts are still going strong! Here are some questions that were asked of me by a Yum Yucky about my intermittent fasting lifestyle. Go on and have a looksie at this Q&A to learn more about fasting. And by all means, please grab the eBook and ask me any questions you have!

1. How did you get interested in intermittent fasting?

I’ve fasted on many occasions for spiritual purposes, so the idea of Intermittent Fasting (aka, “IF”) didn’t make me shy away. I kept hearing that IF was beneficial for weight loss, so I looked some things up. Once I saw the great results people were getting I continued with more research to be sure it was safe. Then took the plunge.

2. What is your favorite result you’ve seen from fasting?

As a mother of 4 children (and also, I’m a grandmother of one!) it’s been hard to reduce the belly fat. It truly is the most stubborn part of the body for millions of women. For me, fasting has chiseled away the fat in ways that years of working out and trying other eating methods (5-6 small meal per day, for instance) has not been able to do. The disciplines of fasting have also helped me reprogrammed my mindset, so to speak. I now make better decisions when it comes to portion control and walk strong in the confidence that I have the ability to stay in control of my food choices. Actually, we all have this ability. It just has to be brought out to the surface.  Continue reading…

I Used Fresh Stevia Leaves To Sweeten My Tea. Here’s what happened next.

stevia plant

It’s been about 4 years now since I’ve been using those Stevia extract packets you buy at the store to sweeten my tea and bake with. Stevia is a zero calorie, natural alternative to using regular sugar or those frightful chemicals, Splenda and Aspartame.

So I thought to myself: What would it be like to use actual, fresh Stevia leaves to make my tea sweet? I put on my science hat and got to work.

I broke off a small sprig from my Stevia plant I keep outside on my deck. The plant doesn’t require a lot of maintenance. I don’t water it. Normal rainfall alone has kept the plant thriving. I crushed the leaves between my fingers to crack the membrane, then dropped it into my tea. It created a film on top of the tea that mostly likely can be attributed to the oils and other natural parts of the leaves mixing with the liquid.

Stevia plant leaves

After letting my tea seep for the normal time frame, I noticed it was a bit too bitter because I had actually let the teabag seep too long. As I sipped the tea, I noticed only a minor hint of sweetness that very much tasted like the Stevia extract packages. However, I was not at all impressed with the level of sweetness it offered. It was barely noticeable and probably wouldn’t be noticeable at all to someone else if they weren’t paying attention.

But alas! As I got towards the bottom of my tea cup, I noticed the sweetness becoming more pronounced until the bitterness of my tea was taken away by the sweetness of the leaf.

MY CONCLUSIONS

1. Stevia leaves can be an effective sweetener for your drinks — but only if executed properly. It’s gonna be trial & error experimentation.

2. You would need to use a heck of a lot more Stevia leaves than what is pictured to actually raise the level of sweetness to satisfactory. This would make for a cup of tea that is so overwhelmed with leaves, it might be difficult to drink.

3. Stevia leaves need a lot of time to infuse into the liquid, which means your drink will be cold by the time the level of sweetness reaches a status of “good enough”.

4. Stevia leaves may be a better option for making a large jug of iced tea that can infuse over a longer period of time — maybe a few hours.

What do you think of my experiment? Although it didn’t quite yield the results I had hoped from, I learned from this and found enjoyment in working with food straight from nature instead of from a package. 

Enjoy your tea! Or coffee. Or soda.

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Why Organic Food Sucks

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How I Stopped Binge Eating + Tips to Overcome the Eating Disorder

The struggle was real ya’ll. This is my binge eating story, including how I overcame the eating disorder and tips on how to stop overeating.

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Food Coma Road Trip

Yay! This is my first vlog ever. Here are the adventures from my food coma road trip, including a trip to a Jersey diner and the Borgata buffet. This is the reality of what happens during an (unusual) day of indulgence.

Leave a comment and let me know if you want me to do more vlogs!

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Shoulder and Arm Workout to Get Rid of Flab

Hi guys! Here’s my shoulder and arm workout to get rid of flab. Do this workout twice per week to start seeing results in your entire shoulder area and side of the upper arms.  It doesn’t take long to feel the burn. Holla at me in the comments if you want a beautiful upper body!

FOOD PLANNING HIGHLIGHTS FOR THIS WEEK

Breakfast

There will be many slurpings of GT’s Kombucha going on. It’s the best! I will be doing my Intermittent Fasting until at least noon each day. I’m also back on my peppermint hot tea kick. I must drink it in a fancy cup, of course.

LUNCH HIGHLIGHTS

  • Baked Tilapia with baked sweet potato
  • Chicken Caesar salad topped with bacon bits
  • Oats topped with raisins and sweetened with coconut sugar

AFTERNOON SNACK

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DINNER HIGHLIGHTS

  • Spaghetti squash with chicken breast & homemade stewed tomatoes
  • Shrimp risotto with mushrooms and asparagus
  • Homemade black bean burgers ~ I’ll be sharing the recipe soon!

Om-nom-nom! My menu for this week has my stomachs all excited. Summer is coming. Remember to hydrate well and stay committed to your workouts so you can look your best this coming season. XO!

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