My husband and I began following Jorge Cruise's "Belly Fat Cure" plan in March of 2011. Needing to keep my motivation up, and also wanting an archive to read back over, I decided to join the legion of those people already tracking their progress.

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Warm Ovens

I have found that the recipes in Jorge's book that I enjoy the most are the ones made from scratch. Pancakes, muffins, etc. The ones where you throw three or four different store bought items together are certainly convenient, but they're not what makes me glad I started this diet.

Okay, the weight loss is what makes me glad I started this diet, but I've also really been enjoying the cooking!

Today I am working from home and so I thought a nice recipe could use up that time not dedicated to my commute. A few minutes and a non-savory adaptation of Lauren's English Muffin recipe (meaning no cheese, no pepper, no garlic) was cooling on the wire rack. They basically taste like the muffin recipe in the BFC book, only without the extra sweetener and no preserves. I had to substitute soy flour, so I cut the liquids back to 75%, and I was expecting a disastrous goopy mess, but it worked! they're tiny because I didn't have enough clean ramekins and I made them in the cupcake tray. This morning it was all about working with what I had!

 Each muffin worked out to be <1g sugar, 3g carbs. They're about 3 inch diameter.

My dad's birthday is Thursday and I won't have a chance to bake his cake tomorrow, so at lunch I made Lauren's Healthy Chocolate Cake with a Secret (which shall remain a secret!). The house now smells like I baked a batch of Betty Crocker Fudge Brownies, it's amazing! The lick I had off the mixer tasted JUST like brownie mix! I am looking forward to smoothing the top of one layer later tonight and testing the scraps! I'll make the frosting tomorrow, I should have time for that and I don't want it to separate. Plus I used up the last of my xylitol on the cake! I'll take a photo when it's done!

We are going to try out the Mocha Frappuccino ice cream recipe I found.. I think on the LCF forums. That's after work. Now I'm back at it and enjoying the smell of chocolate baked goods in the house.

Aside from a single lick of that batter, I've had:

Eggs, sausage, cheese, peppers and onion on a joseph's pita
Half of one of the muffins I made (<1g sugar/ 1.5g carbs)
Coffee with Light Cream & Benefiber
Total: 5/1, 10g fiber

Egg-salad with baby spinach on a joseph's pita
Pirate's Booty
Total: 0/2, 8g fiber

Dinner (planned):
Ground Beef in Seasons of Change marinara sauce over Ezekiel rotini pasta.
Spring mix salad with Italian dressing
Roasted garlic brussel sprouts (in place of garlic bread!)
Total: 1/2, 9.5g fiber

And all that leaves me with a spare carb for the ice cream. Yum!

Didn't go to martial arts last night. My back has been feeling better but I do NOT want to send myself spiraling back to the sciatica issues from May because I rushed it!


  1. I have seen those english muffin recipes on her website, as well as the chocolate cake, and I would like to make both of them, but haven't yet. You will have to share how they both turned out!

  2. All your meals look great. I have not been much of a baker since being on the BFC. I guess I am a little afraid. I never want to go back to what I was before.
    Let us know how everything comes out.
    Have a great day :-)

  3. I saw that chocolate cake on her website just the other day (so I know the secret!) Two of my son's have August birthdays so I was thinking of trying it for them and then making sugar free ice cream for my husband and me. I like to cook and bake too and am always looking for good things to try!