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I have had a couple people ask about The Zone Diet after last week’s posting. If you are wondering what The Zone is as well, please follow the link below.  This will take you to The Zone’s website.  I would recommend that you use this as a guide to your daily intake of food that you already eat/buy.  You will see that The Zone has meals that you can buy, but I am not advocating that you buy them. I believe that you need to make your “diet” be your daily food intake-  not a traditional diet that you stay on for a short time and then stop doing.  I have been “Zoning” for over three years and can’t imagine doing it any other way.  I have changed the food I eat over the years and my allotments, but I always make sure that I get equal amounts of protein, carbohydrates and good fats.  This is what The Zone promotes and what makes it different.

Throughout this time my outlook on food has also changed.  I used to eat just because I knew I needed to and the foods that I thought were good for me, I quickly found out were/are not.  Now I look at food as being fuel for my body and workouts.  Good fats are my energy source and protein/carbs help rebuild my torn muscles from my CrossFit workouts.  I still enjoy every meal and have not become “bored” with what I am eating.  (This is usually the first question I receive).  I continue to learn more about my body each month and what foods I enjoy.  My mother cannot believe some of the things “her pickiest daughter” is now eating.

If this is something you would like to try, read one of Dr. Sears books, research more about the diet on the website and use your CFDM Log Book to help you break down your blocks.  My coach gave me the extra push to try it and I do not regret it at all!  I challenge you to do the same.

If you are looking for some yummy recipes to try, look on The Zone webite for some new ideas:

http://shop.zonediet.com/default.aspx?ne_ppc_id=1257&ne_key_id=14575916&ne_sadid=13013596003&CatAdReferrer=ppc&gclid=COHd-YvrnbMCFYw-MgodslMAMg

The Zone Book:

http://books.google.com/books/about/The_Zone_Diet.html?id=oLbQAAAACAAJ

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One of my favorite fall foods is squash.  Below is a recipe that I recently found on Pinterest that I think looks really yummy!  When making this remember that if you are following the Zone that 1/2 squash is equal to one block of carbs.  (That is not including the “stuffing” for this recipe).  I am planning on making this on the weekend for one of my healthy “cheat meals” when I do not have to follow my blocks.  Enjoy!

Quinoa & Apple Stuffed Acorn Squash

by Emily Malone

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 60 minutes

Ingredients (2 large servings)

  • 2 large acorn squash
  • 1/2 cup dry quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 large apple, diced
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon orage champagne vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon seat salt
  • balsamic glaze (optional)

Follow the link for the instructions on how to prepare and to enjoy other yummy recipes.

http://www.dailygarnish.com/2012/10/quinoa-apple-stuffed-acorn-squash.html

 

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As it is getting colder out we are all looking for one of our favorite childhood recipes to warm the soul.  Unfortunately, some of those recipes are not so healthy.  Sabrina Moe shared her chili recipe with us last Friday night and it became a favorite to many and it’s good for you!  I have made it a couple times already!  I hope you all enjoy it as much as we did at the Throwdown and the Moe’s have.

Mrs. Moe’s Turkey Chili

1 pkg (19.2 oz) of Jenni O Lean ground turkey (Target)
  • There is extra lean but it’s pretty dry would not recommend it
1 T – Olive oil
Half of an onion, less or more based on your preference
1 to 2 T – Chili Powder
1 T – Garlic Powder
½  teaspoon Salt & ¼ teaspoon Pepper, add more if needed
1 and ½ cups of diced tomatoes – basil and oregano seasoning
Dark red kidney beans – ½ cup or more if you prefer
1 small can of tomato sauce
In medium pot, pour the olive oil, onions and ground turkey
  • Let the onions grill just a bit before you put in the ground turkey
When completely done, drain if necessary but only if there is over 2 T of juice/grease from the ground turkey – you want a little bit to keep it moist.
Add the spices; chili powder, garlic powder, salt & pepper
Add the diced tomatoes, then the kidney beans
Add the small can of tomato sauce
*You can also add Monetary Jack cheese on top if you would like*
Simmer
Sprinkle Xylitol on the top of the chili
Taste and see if you need more chili powder.  It’s a sweet and sassy chili!
 
Now for those of you who are on the Zone- Tonight when I made this chili I made the turkey burger separate from the soup/sauce.  Then I weighed out my turkey burger for my protein blocks and measured out the soup/sauce for my carb blocks and stirred together.  Remember- 1 1/2oz of turkey burger=1block protein.  🙂  (Same with regular burger!)  You will need to read the back labels of your tomato sauce to see how many cups (1/2c) you get per carb block.  If you add beans, you will need to take that into account too.
Enjoy!
Kelli