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Chicken with Portabella Mushrooms,Tomato and Spinach

September 4, 2013
Chicken Recipe

Ingredients

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1 4-ounce boneless, skinless chicken breast
2 teaspoons olive oil
small red onion, thinly sliced
6 ounces of chopped portabella mushroom caps
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 medium tomato, diced or 2 cups grape
4-6 cup fresh spinach

 

2013-09-01 17.36.24  Directions

Heat oven to 400° F.
Pat the chicken dry with paper towels. Season the chicken with salt and pepper.
Heat the oil in a medium ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the chicken until browned, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate.

 

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Add the onions and mushrooms to the skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes.

 

 

 

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Add the garlic, tomato, spinach, and some salt and pepper. Cook for 2 minutes.

 

 

 

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Return the chicken to the skillet and transfer to the oven. Roast until the chicken is cooked through, 8 to 10 minutes.

 

This is a SUPER easy meal!! ready in less than 30 min!!! I usually have to double this recipe for my family!! ENJOY!!!

Family, Foods I eat, Lifestyle

My NEW food rules!!

April 30, 2013
My new food rules!

Before biggest loser I had 3 food rules:

1.What make a good thing better:: Add bacon!

2.What makes a good thing better:: Add cheese!!

3.What make a good thing better:: Deep Fry it!!

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My  15 new food rules after Biggest Loser:

These are the rules I followed to lose 108 Pounds!! I never broke one rule or had a single cheat! With discipline you can do it to and get amazing results!! I have been told that 80 percent is diet, 10 percent exercise, and 10 percent genetics! I believe it, you can totally win this battle by controlling what you put in your mouth! I feel so good about life and the physical changes I have made, and the way it has positively effected my family. I can’t begin to tell you how amazing it feels to feed them right! I want you to feel it too!!!! To know the true  joy of it like I do!! Decide to eat healthy! Come along with me and truly live your life for the first time! I am so glad it did! You will never regret it!! Start making powerful eating choices right now, do what you can, follow the rules you can RIGHT NOW, then add more as you can!

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1. Eat 5 or 6 small meals everyday. 150-350 calories at a time! Never exceeding your calorie budget for the day!

2. Eat every 2 to 3 hours.

3. Food Pair:: Always eat a lean protein and a complex carb at every meal.

4. Drink your water!! 3-4 liters a day! I only drink water, hot tea and black coffee.

5. Never skip a meal, especially breakfast.

6. Carry a cooler loaded with your food for the day. Never get stuck! NO EXCUSES!!! (I will post about My Box soon!!)

7. Avoid ALL over processed, refined foods…especially white flour and sugar!

8. Eat healthy fats! you need fat! No saturated or trans fats.

9. NO alcohol….it is sugar!

10. Just STAY AWAY from calorie packed foods that have no nutritional value! Do NOT even open the door!! DON’T EVEN TASTE!!!!!!

11. Eat lots and LOTS of vegetables and fruits!

12. ALWAYS measure your portion sizes! don’t guess, you only cheat yourself!

13. If you put it in your mouth track it! I am all about the calorie counting!! Food Journal. I use my FitnessPal.

14. Eat  breads and Starches at beginning of the day, NONE after lunch!

15. NEVER ever eat after 7:30 pm!! Close down the kitchen….if it becomes a battle, JUST GO TO BED!!

 

Clean out you kitchen!! Make your home a safe place with ONLY healthy food choices. You will be amazed at the effect it will have on your entire family!! We are feeling stronger than ever! Join us……You will be glad you did!!!

20130430-214101.jpgTop Picture was taken in July just a month before I went to the Biggest Loser Ranch. The bottom Picture was taken the day after Finale!!What a difference 6 months make!!

About Lisa

Biggest Loser Casting Tips

April 27, 2013

I have been to 3 casting calls….each one was different! First was a last minute decision to go at the Minnesota State Fair for season 11, got the first call back then nothing. When season 12 came along I got an email from a casting director asking me to come to a casting call at the Mall of America and to bring a family member. So of course I did!!!! With VIP pass in hand off we went…… 

Casting tips:

1. Dress to impress:: You need to think of this like a job interview. Put your best foot forward. Look good!!!(not slim)

2. Be yourself:: They know what they are looking for, and they know fake. It’s their job!!

3. Be heard:: If you have something to say, in a respectful way make sure casting hears what it is.

4.Do Not be shy:: It’s your one chance!! Meet as many people as possible.

5.Speak loud and clear:: They can’t cast you if they don’t understand you!

6.Make eye contact:: It is important. It shows you are a confidant person.

7.Have Fun:: Smile, show your personality!!

8.Know why you are going:: Prepare a quick sentence or two on why you are there. PRACTICE IT!

9.Write Clearly:: Your short application you fill out there, make sure they can read it. keep answers clear and concise.(you can go online and read long application to get an IDEA of what may be on short application)

10.Bring a Picture:: A clear full body picture showing what you have to lose!!

I did not get a call back season 12, so I put together another casting video….. I believe it was much better than my first one!! check it out!!!

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What I can say is I have waited in a long hot line for hours and hours, and I have gone with a VIP pass in hand walking right up to a casting table. I would give back a VIP pass every day!! I had so much fun, laughing, singing, sharing stories, playing games, and getting to know the people in line. After my last casting call in Chicago for season 14 we decided we should all go out dinner together (because the 7am-4pm time in line just was not enough)!! Enjoy it, It is part of the process!!! Good Luck!!

Foods I eat, Lifestyle

Lisa’s top 10 Go To Snacks!!!

April 21, 2013
LISA’S TOP 10 GO TO SNACKS!!!

I have found lots of new snacks that I love!! I know if I want to stay of track having them ready and available is key!! Here is a quick list of my top ten favorite snacks::

image10. 140 calories:: 1 ounce Turkey Jerkey and a pear

9. 210 calories:: 1 cup low-fat cottage cheese with chopped tomatoes,garlic and basil

8. 170 calories:: a hard boiled egg and cucumber & tomato salad

7. 180 calories:: slice of toasted Ezekiel bread with 1 tablespoon of almond butter

6. 190 calories:: Arbonne Vegan protein shake…Chocolate or vanilla (made with almond milk)

5. 200 calories:: 1 cup plain Greek yogurt and 1 cup of fresh berries

4. 200 calories:: 1/4 cup Plum Amazins and 1/8 cup chopped walnuts

3. 150 calories:: 3 tablespoons of hummus with red pepper and celery sticks

2. 120 calories:: 2 light  Rye Wasa crackers with a wedge of laughing cow cheese

1. 165 calories:: 1 small green apple and 15 almonds (yes count your almonds)

The best way to be prepared is to weigh, measure or count out portions of nuts, dried fruits, Jerkey, and crackers,  bag them up right when you get home from the store. This makes it easy to grab and go! It also keeps you from just grabbing a couple and not counting, and it holds you accountable to portion size.

Foods I eat, Lifestyle

Calorie Counter???……I AM.

April 21, 2013

There is nothing magic about losing weight. There is no spiny skinny morph machine on the Biggest Loser ranch. The only way to lose weight is to take in fewer calories than you burn. That is exactly what we did.

count caloriesKnowledge is key. I remember in the casting process being asked in an interview to guess how many calories I consumed in a day. I had NO CLUE!!  I could not even guess. Then I was asked how many calories I thought I should be eating….Did not know that either!! So sitting down with the nutritionist was an eye opening experience for me. It was brought to my attention I was mindlessly consuming upwards of 4,000 PLUS calories a day!! That is crazy….and I honestly did not think I was eating terrible. I have learned so much. The very first things we learned were pretty basic. Eat a Healthy, Balanced diet FULL of natural nutritious foods, eat within your calorie budget, and hit your calorie burn.

What is healthy balanced nutritious food? Start with what you know. Starting with what you know, get that in check then you can start to reach out, explore and ask questions to build on it.  We all know fresh veggies and fruits are good for us, EAT MORE OF THEM!!  We all know lean proteins are good, eat them! We know we need Some good fats and we need to limit our grains (not cut them out). Likewise we know Sugar is not good, junk food is not good, and daily fast food, processed food and “treats” are not good. STAY AWAY FROM THOSE!! The Kitchen on the ranch was always kept full of a variety of top quality foods. The trainers were available to give us advice on how and what to eat. We all ate different to satisfy each of our own needs and tastes. That is why you won’t see and magic biggest loser diet. They taught us each to figure out what works for us.

How many calories should I eat? Good question! The answer is not the same for everyone. Each cast member was given their own calorie budget. There is a complicated process to figuring it out; or you can use one of  many reliable websites that have calorie need calculators where all you need to do is enter in your gender, age, height, current weight and activity level. I recommend using one of these calculators. If you want a quick estimate I read people generally need a daily caloric range between 7-10 calories per pound, with a minimum of 1,200 calories a day.

I believe I had one of the smallest calorie budgets. While in weight loss mode I ate 1,000-1,200 calories a day. With some coaching from Dolvett I ate 5 times a day to get and keep my metabolism going. I now never skip breakfast, and eat as “clean” as possible avoiding processed food and fillers!! I had 3 meals that were between 250-300 calories. I had 2 snacks that were between 150-200. Each time I ate my goal was to have a good carbohydrate and a protein source. Now that I am in maintenance, those meals have gotten a little bigger but are a lot of the same foods. I am eating between 1,300-1,700 a day. I will be a calorie counter for life. I will also be doing a weekly weight for life in to keep me on track!! I recommend keeping a food journal to keep track of everything that goes in your mouth.  I never realized how many “Just bites” of  HUNDREDS of calories I was consuming. It all adds up and effects everything.  You cant fix what you don’t know, not counting it only cheats you!!  While on the show I did not have one cheat, not a bite, lick or taste of anything!!! I read every label,  I used MyFitnessPal app and linked it to my BodyMedia. This helps me know exactly where I am, both in watching my calorie deficit while in weight loss mode and now keeping the numbers in balance. BodyMedia has been highly beneficial on my journey!

The bottom line for me was:: I had no idea the amount of calories I was consuming or how many calories things were, or how hard you had to work to burn calories!!!! Now I know, and it has totally changed how I look at food.  I believe you can win it in the kitchen. You see, you can lose weight just by eating right,but, You cannot out work a poor diet!

So this was the plan for losing weight:: reduce my calorie intake and greatly increase my activity level!! These first simple lessons have made me aware that this is not a fad DIET but instead a way of taking care of my body and what it needs. Being always mindful of what I am eating works to lose weight, maintain ideal weight, enjoy good health and physical fitness for a lifetime!  It may sound simple, just count calories. It is, and you can start today! It is as easy as looking as labels, portion sizes and keeping track!! Just do it!! KNOWLEDGE IS POWER!! The power to change!!