Friday, October 24, 2014

Mend-A-Body continues to slim down the Windham Eagle staff

Recipe from Mend-A-Body and Neils
Simple Stir Fry
Cooking spray
Extra virgin olive oil
1 large onion wedged then sliced
1 large green pepper sliced
1 can diced or sliced water chestnuts
1 lb. frozen fajita beef or chicken from frozen department in grocery store) or fresh mixed with 1 tablespoon of Chinese five spice
½ head of cabbage shredded (or use a bag of cabbage already shredded.)
Spectrum coconut oil
2 packages miracle noodles or 2 cups of Dreamfields low carb pasta (optional)
½ cup Seal Sama Teriyaki Sauce – very low calorie, sugar free, low sodium or more for taste preferences

Cook onion, water chestnuts and green pepper in 1 tablespoon oil on medium heat for about 5 minutes.
Add cabbage and cover for about 10 minutes.
In another skillet, cook beef or chicken in 1 tablespoon oil on medium heat. Reminder: If fresh meat was used, add Chinese five spice.
Add the meat to the cabbage mixture once the cabbage goes limp.
Add your sauce and cover on medium heat for about 5 minutes.
Take off heat and uncover.
Let stand for about 5 minutes before eating.
Niels Mank
Kelly and I have been making this recipe and variations on it at home and love it. The more times a week we make this, the better we feel. We have never been big chefs, opting for eating out and delivery with our busy lifestyles. The recipes found on the website are perfect for us. Once we have our ingredients, we are able to make everything at home.

Dear Mend-A-Guru
Q: Dear Mend-A-Guru,
I've been on your program a little over two months and I love it but I find that your recipes don't provide the number of servings it makes. Once everything is mixed, how does one know if they've got the correct amount of protein or fiber needed? Please help!

Thanks for the email. Our recipes are mostly submitted by clients and coaches who are self-made recipe writers. We do encourage those who share their recipes to share serving size information as well and sometimes it does happen, but often times they are just judging by their own tastes or preferences. In the future, we have dreams of having professional recipe writers on the meantime, your best bet is to factor in the anticipated servings you will be dishing out and then make sure there is enough fiber/protein to go around. For example, if you are making the shrimp scampi recipe and you anticipate sharing between four people, you will want to make sure you incorporate at least two cups of fiber (one-half a cup per person) and approximately 16 oz. of the shrimp (4 oz. per person). Hope this helps!
Michelle Libby - I had my first big test last weekend, when I went away for a conference, where I would not solely be in charge of what I was eating, but I found out that over the last 14 weeks I have learned how to deal with long drives (be prepared), pre-determined meals (avoid the rolls and eat the meat) and know that I have to keep drinking water to stay hydrated. I did very well and was praised by my coach, which is a great feeling, since she’s lost 100 pounds and is well versed in all things Mend-A-Body. 

Kelly Mank
This week was a tough one until I put on my winter jacket. Seriously…it was the last thing in the world I thought I would have to worry about. My two winter jackets that I love, that have my company name embroidered on them are way too big for me. Last year I could barely zip it. I thought a tight jacket would make me look skinnier and this year I look like I am wearing a jacket that is two sizes too big and am swimming in it. What a great feeling. I went in to get my hair done at Chic Boutique with owner, Barbie Smart-Damen today and as I walked in she started off by telling me how great I look and how she can see a huge difference in my face. I haven’t seen her since I started with Mend-A-Body so she sees a huge difference and I love it! The motivation to reach my goal of 150 pounds comes from feeling great and the amazing comments that I continue to get out and about in town. I also wanted to make sure you know that one of the reasons for us doing this other than to lose weight is to help other people find a program that works so they can lose weight. I have had a few people nervous to ask me personal questions about this and I hope that if anyone has any questions that he or she reaches out to me. Please do not hesitate. It feels great to get healthy and to lose that weight that you have wanted to lose for a while. If I can make this lifestyle change… anyone can.

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