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The 5 day challenge

day 7 - 132 lbs
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OK world. I do not know about you, but sometimes I need a good kick in the rear to jump-start a diet. I feel it is my personal responsibility, as the author of the  I LOVE FOOD DIET, to really see how much weight I can lose in a mere five days. I am determined to prove to all, especially myself, that this “diet” really works and have challenged myself to lose 5 pounds in 5 days. If you are in, keep reading. If not, please keep reading anyway, as I need all the support I can get.

I started my day with 2 slices of my homemade flax-seed meal bread and a generous heaping of Boursin Cheese (only 1 carb!). I wrote about the amazing health benefits of Flax Seed (read my post, Move Over my Hammy Part II, for further info), and have since become a devout lover of this easy to make and healthy bread. I found this recipe on the web by Laura Dolson who writes for About.com. I  tweaked it a little to make the I LOVE FOOD DIET version.

I LOVE FOOD DIET – Low Carb Flax Seed Meal Bread

  • 2 cups of Flax Seed Meal
  • 4 Beaten Eggs
  • 1 Teaspoon of salt
  • 1 Tablespoon of Baking Powder
  • 1/3 cup of oil
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1 packet of artificial sweetener
  • 1 tablespoon of sesame seeds or chopped almonds (whatever you have on hand to give it a little crunch)

Mix it all up and spread thinly on a pre-greased baking sheet. I find that spreading it out so it is 1/2 inch thick works well. Bake it in preheated oven at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Cool and cut into 6 inch squares.

According to the Ms. Dolson, who posted the original version of this recipe, each slice has less than 1 effective net carb!

I like eating this “bread” toasted with lots of spreadable cheeses. My new favorite is “Boursin” but any soft cheese (even cream cheese) will do. I ate 2 slices of this bread and cheese for breakfast and was sooooooo full. The flax-seed bloats up in your tummy making you feel ridiculously full and satiated. Make sure you drink plenty of water when you eat this bread as it can cause you to “clog up” if you don’t.

For lunch I had 2 homemade crab cakes and a big bowl of asian style cabbage slaw. I only used 5 Saltine crackers (11 carbs) for the entire 12 crab cakes. Basically that comes out to less than 1 carb per crab cake.

I LOVE FOOD DIET – Yummy in my Tummy Crabby Cakes

  • 1 lb of fresh lumpmeat crab
  • 2 teaspoons of Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons or low-fat mayo
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Old Bay seasoning
  • 2 cloves of minced garlic
  • 2 minced shallots or 1/2 of small chopped onion
  • few shakes of Worcestershire Sauce
  • 5 Saltine crackers (put them in a small plastic bag and smash them on your counter top until they are small crumbs)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of freshly cracked pepper

Mix all the ingredients up and place in refrigerator for 15 minutes to set.

Heat oil in nonstick pan and spoon out ping-pong size balls into pan. Flatten crab balls with back of spatula. Fry them up for 3 minutes per side. Serve with garlic lemon aioli.

This Garlic Lemon Aiolie is sooooo easy to make and sooooo decadent. Trust me, you will use this “sauce’ for everything.

I LOVE FOOD DIET – Easy Lemon Garlic Aioli Sauce

  • 1 clove of finely minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons of low-fat mayo
  • 1/3 cup of low-fat Greek Yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Dijon Mustard
  • 1/4 lemon
  • 1/4 teaspoon of fresh black pepper

Mix it all up and serve with the crabcakes.  Low fat and low carb never tasted so good.

I am planning on going out to dinner tonight. Hopefully there will be some low carb options on the menu. Wish me luck

Chow for now!

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