Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Confession of a Sugar-aholic

Dude! I'm not doing well this week. I've given in to my sugar addiction too many times to count. I fell and hit my head a few days ago, and feel like crap. I've only worked out one day this week, and I didn't even make your guilt free treat this week. I'm sure I've gained back any weight I've loss this month all in a week, and God knows what damage I did to my already damaged teeth.

I want to say I'll kick this addiction. That tomorrow is a new day, and I'll wake up and be resolute. But the truth is I just want to go to sleep. I've got more content revisions to my soon to be released novella "The Other Marlowe Girl" than I planned for and somehow editing always leads to junk food.  And I'm seriously read fro bed and haven't even made dinner yet. So new plan: finish this cup of tea, clean counters, cook dinner, tell hubs to take baby, put up clothes, finish laundry, fall asleep reading Lizzy Ford book.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Fried Apples Guilt Free Treat #3

Yep. So I'm late again. In fairness, I really did try to post this yesterday, but my technology was once again not cooperating.

In the WI (wisconsin) people refer to these as Southern fried apples. I spent the first 26 years of my life between Texas and Arkansas and never heard of a fried apple forget the fact that apples don't really grow in the South. But fried apples are awesome whether they're Southern fried or not. Most recipes call for butter and sugar, but we're guilt free on this blog. Spray both the apples and the pan with your favorite cook spray--if you really like butter, use a butter flavored spray. For the glaze, use equal parts cinnamon and your favorite sweetener (and know that splenda may taste the best but still causes diabetes and rots teeth). Fry these babies up on low to medium heat. You won't have a thick gravy like fried apples do some places, but you'll have a well flavored warm apple perfect for breakfast or dessert.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Fitness Friday/Healthy Writer's Club

Not much to report this week. I don't think I worked out a single time, and didn't eat great either. The only thing I have going for me is I did find a sugar free cookie which you can read more about below. I blame the lack of exercise on that little doll that has woke me up at 2 am every night this week, the crown prep the dentist did that still hurts, and the fact that I've felt like crap all week. But tomorrow is a new day.

How are your fitness goals going?

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Guilt Free Treat #2 Honey Cookies

No picture this week because my lovely computer, camera, or some combination there of ate it. Thanks, technology. They were beautiful though.

So here is the deal. Honey cookies aren't totally guilt free. Honey is high calorie, so these aren't exactly a low calorie sweet, but they're one of the few cookies that can be made without sugar or splenda. They still taste great and look pretty(no proof of that now). I used Truvia instead of sugar. This does not usually work, but since the honey is sweet it worked fine. I used more Truvia than if I were using sugar (I think I tripled it). Because I tripled the "sugar" (a solid) I used more honey. I had a nice consistency going so I was able to use slightly less melted butter. I'd rather use more honey than butter anyhow. I also used more vanilla (not because of consistency, just because vanilla gives things such a nice, rich flavor) and sprinkled in cinnamon.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Fitness Friday

Eleven days into the new year, I'd say I'm doing okay with my fitness goals, but not great. My daughter started the new year off with a bad cold and mommy got bronchitis taking care of her. It only turned into bronchitis because of my asthma, so fortunately baby didn't get more than the cold. But attempting to work out wasn't possible for the first week or so. Two days ago, I finally started dancing. Latin cardio! It is such a work out! So far, I've only been able to get through the first dance and a half, but I'll keep at it. Hubs and I haven't started our actual lessons. (He's got the cold now). But we will do our first lesson this weekend. And next week I hope to be more consistent with my work-outs.

If you missed guilt free treat #1, you find it here. You can expect another guilt free treat on Wed. ;)

How are you fitness goals going?

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Oat Rolled Bananas Guilt Free Treat #1

So as many of you know, I'm battling some health problems this year which prompted this blog. I've been a sugar addict most of my life and now it's time to kick the habit. In an effort to do this, I'm on a mission to find semi-healthy things that don't rely on sugar to be sweet and filling. I'm pleased with this week's concoction.

You could call it fusion food. It's a twist on the steamed banana which is a common breakfast in Kerala (where my husband is from). I enhanced it a bit to make it a worthy dessert. Rolling this thing in oats and drizzling a sugar free or low sugar chocolate syrup over it makes it almost like a cookie. You get the nutrient packed banana, fiber of the oats, and the only added sugar is the syrup.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013


Thanks for checking out my new blog! Contrary, to the name I'm not a health freak. In fact, I'm a short fat sugar addict. I love food, especially when it tastes good. But I'm getting older and my doctor says I need to cut out the sugar. I've learned so much from my book/writing blog that I thought this was the perfect way to learn a healthy lifestyle. So this blog will chronicle my journey with low sugar-no sugar treats, healthy eating, and ballroom dancing. I know the ballroom dance seems kind of random, but my husband and I thought it would be a fun way to get in shape and spend time together. This year we're learning, maybe next year we can compete.

So health blasts that last will chronicle 52 weeks of dancing and inventive recipes. I love promoting other bloggers, so if you're a nutritionist, dance instructor, fitness trainer, or cookbook writer (with semi-healthy recipes) feel free to shoot me an email. I'm happy to do guest posts or interviews.

For now, you can expect to see a post here every Friday, but that might increase as I learn more about  health and fitness blogs. I'll keep you updated. And thank you for joining me on this journey. I know this will be a positive life change, but the reasons I'm initiating it are scary.

Thanks Beth!