Tuesday, August 04, 2009

LIVIT and LOVIT!!!

I have recently had several people ask me what kind of diet I am on since I have been posting low carb recipes to my blog lately? Is it Adkins or South Beach? The answer to that question is, its neither!!! Its a Doctor prescribed Anti Fungal LIVIT. Its only similar to Adkins and South Beach, because it is eating low Carbs and no Sugar. All things that feed fungus/yeast. I have been on the LIVIT for 1 month and now I have started the medication part this month. I will be on that for 2 months. I am eating some low sugar fruits like strawberrys and apples, and lots of veggies, meats, and good fats. I can have some bad fats sparingly, and can have absolutely no bad carbs, grains, cheese, beans, and sugars. I eat about every 2 to 3 hours. It was pretty tough the first couple of weeks only because the die off of the fungus was draining me. I could barely get off the couch, and felt like I had the flu, or something. However, after a few weeks, I started regaining my energy, and now I am doing great. I am walking regularly with my walking tapes, doing some in home exercises using arm and leg weights, and swimming when I can. I have seen a huge difference in my sleep habits. I go to bed early, sleep all night, and wake up feeling rested. I do not have that need to take naps during the day as I did before. I am eating so much better nutritionally now, than I have eaten in a very long, long time. I eat salads and veggies through out the day. I even fix them just for myself. I have always loved veggies and ate them a lot as a child. Then I married a meat/potato guy who hated veggies, and so I stopped eating them myself. I thought fixing them just for myself was a waste of food and time. About the only time I ate them was when we went to Golden Corral or Luby's or occasionally I would fix broccoli/cheese at home. Since I have started this LIVIT, I am eating all kinds of veggies. I eat squash, cooked cabbage, zucchini, cucumbers, tomato's, lots of greens, carrots. I fix them for dinner and then I eat them for lunch the next day. So there is never any waste. I am loving my new LIVIT way of eating. Do I miss the bad carbs and sweets that I was eating? Occasionally I get a snack attack. I cure it with eating fruit by itself, or I might eat it with cream cheese sweetened with Truvia. I might mix it with the plain yogurt, and then it becomes a fruit dip, or I will just eat the plain yogurt and fruit mixed together and sweetened with Truvia, or I might make me a fruit smoothie packed with all kinds of good protein, fibers and fruit. There are many options to cure my snack cravings. Sometimes all it takes is a apple, a piece of grapefruit, or a handful of nuts or sunflower seeds. I do know one thing that has changed, and that is, its much easier now to cure my snack cravings than it use to be. Before I would spend hours eating various things and never could find anything satisfying. I would go from sweet to salty, back to sweet. A never ending cycle, and would end up with a entire day of snacking lots of calories, and still never feel satisfied. Now I do not have those kinds of problems. So I know this way of eating has been good for me in many ways. Would I recommend this LIVIT to everyone, and is this a easy LIVIT?? It takes lots of concentration, prayer, and focus. Always remember to eat 2 to 3 hours, hungry or not. To take time to cook the good foods. To think ahead and make sure you take your foods on the road with you, so you never let yourself get hungry or be tempted to eat badly. To take all of your vitamins and supplements daily. To make sure you are drinking lots of water. To make time for exercise in your day. Yes I do recommend you doing this LIVIT!!! Its time well spent and you are worth every minute!!! I plan to stay on this LIVIT plan forever. I have some other health issues that have improved with this way of eating and so I plan to always eat this way. I am sure there will be times down the road that I will be tempted to eat badly or get tired of the exercising, but I will pray myself through those negative times, and keep on LIVIT!!!! So with all that said, I would like to end this post with a yummy soup recipe that I absolutely love.

Chicken Cabbage Soup


1 head of cabbage

2 large chicken breast

2 tablespoons of olive oil

1 onion

2 cloves of garlic

1 stick of butter

2 cans of chicken broth

1 teaspoon dried chives

1 teaspoon of basil

2 teaspoons of chicken soup seasoning

salt and pepper to taste


Cut up chicken breast into small chunks, cook in skillet with a little olive oil. Add in chopped onion and garlic and saute till tender and somewhat caramelized. Cut up cabbage into chunks and boil in stick of butter till cabbage is completely tender. With a knife and fork, cut up the cabbage into small pieces. Add in the rest of the ingredients, including chicken and onion/garlic and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 30 minutes. Enjoy alone or with a salad!!!

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