Carba-nada Fetticine with Pesto

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Carba-nada Fetticine & Pesto

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I’ve learned not to say no to pasta cravings. Carba-Nada low-carb pasta options give you a substantial serving of noodles that you can top with cheesy or pesto sauces for a meal with a healthy carb count and low sugar count.

I bought the Roasted Garlic flavor and added a 1/4 cup serving of Pesto sauce to the pasta.
If you warm the sauce in a pan, then add the noodles and stir to coat, you use less sauce than you would if you just pour the sauce over the top.

Add some chunks of chicken or shrimp to the pasta for some added protein.
I used some leftover ground chicken that I had on hand. Even without adding a salad to my meal, this was filling and felt like a “cheat” even though it really wasn’t!

Are Hidden Sugars Killing Your Diet?

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Probably the main focus of the diet that I am currently following, The Belly Fat Cure, is exposing the theory (truth?) that sugar is causing your weight gain.

Everyone should know by now that empty calories – foods high in sugar, but low in nutritional value – are bad for you. It’s not a great shocker to anyone that we should eliminate sugary soft drinks, cookies, cakes, pies, donuts, and candy from our diet. But how many “healthy” foods that we eat every day are loaded with hidden sugars?

The link below it from a great article that further emphasizes the possibility that increased insulin production – the result of eating too much sugar – is keeping Americans heavy.

It includes a quiz you can take to see if you know how much sugar is really in the foods you may be eating.

Are You Addicted To Sugar? Read Here How to Combat the Sugar Epidemic.

What’s up with the McDonald’s stateside?

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Apparently, the citizens of Great Britain are up in arms (figuratively) about the practices of obtaining chicken meat at McDonald’s. The whole gory story can be read in this article from the Organic Consumers Association, but the main concern boils down to the fact that only 1% of the chicken used in Great Britain is coming from England and Ireland.

The reason people are so upset about it is due to the recent dramatic shift of approval for McDonald’s across the pond. In recent years McDonald’s has effectively relaunched itself as a chain that cares about the provenance of its food and its relationship with the nation’s farmers. (In Britain, apparently.)

There have been television adverts featuring bucolic rural scenes, paper tray mats that introduce the customer to the chain’s suppliers and a website that boasts of lovingly nurtured, homegrown spuds.

The beef they use is sourced entirely from British and Irish farms, the eggs free-range, the milk organic and the coffee beans Rainforest Alliance-certified.

And, clearly, it is something that chimes with the public. During the past four years, McDonald’s UK had added £465million to its sales, while in 2009 there was a double-digit increase in like-for-like sales as customer visits rose year on year. In terms of growth, Britain is leading the way across McDonald’s international empire.

Impressive stuff, and it’s not just the public who are reacting well. This month, the celebrity chef Jamie Oliver publicly gave his backing to the chain.

‘The quality of the beef, they only sell free-range eggs, they only sell organic milk, their ethics and recycling is being improved and improved,’ he said in an interview. ‘And I can’t even believe I’m telling you that McDonald’s UK has come a long way, but actually, it probably puts quite a lot of gastro-pubs to shame, the amount of work they’re doing in the back end.

‘Also, they’ve just had their best commercial year in four years, so they’re proving that being commercial and caring can work. Actually, it’s the future.’

So, I ask you. Why can’t expect the same of the McDonald’s franchises on this side of the Atlantic? I can only imagine that the prices for free-range eggs, organic milk, and local meat would drop dramatically if there was a purchaser the size of this fast food giant who was demanding quality products. It’s the basic law of supply and demand, isn’t it? When there’s a higher demand for goods, the supply increases and costs go down. If McDonald’s were to make the shift in America towards better practices in their food supply, we would all benefit. Even those of us who aren’t eating at McDonald’s would begin to see and experience the change.

Hello world!

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Over the years, I’ve picked up tidbits of information about health, nutrition, diet, and lifestyle changes, but I haven’t been very successful in implementing these pointers for my own life.

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This blog will serve as a tracker for my process of living a healthier life. It will be my food journal, my exercise reports, my recipes, my plans, my goals. I will share information on the plan that I am trying to live as well as information about where to get healthy products, how to save money on organic foods, and tips on getting healthy by reading labels.