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General Discussion / MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!
« on: December 24, 2015, 12:23:53 PM »
Merry Christmas to all our FTS family!!! :) :) :) :) :)

May the Lord richly bless you this Christmas and throughout the new year!

Tony

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General Discussion / MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!
« on: December 24, 2014, 11:20:30 AM »
 :) :) :) :) :) Merry Christmas to our entire FTS family and forum visitors! :) :) :) :) :)

Tony

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Sides and Snacks / Spicy Whole Roasted Cauliflower... YUMMY!
« on: November 08, 2014, 01:40:46 PM »
Hi, Gang!

I just came across another delicious way to prepare cauliflower.
It's absolutely delicious and a "must make" recipe.

Spicy Whole Roasted Cauliflower

 Ingredients

1 Head Cauliflower
1 TBSP Vegetable Oil
1˝ Cups Low Carb Vanillia Yogurt
1 Lime, zested and juiced
2 TBSP Chile Powder
1 TBSP Cumin
1 TBSP Garlic Powder
1 TBSP Curry Powder
2 TSP Kosher or Sea Salt
1 TSP black pepper

 Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 400° and lightly grease a small baking sheet with vegetable oil. Set aside.

2. Trim the base of the cauliflower to remove any green leaves and the woody stem.

3. In a medium bowl, combine the yogurt with the lime zest and juice, chile powder, cumin, garlic powder,
curry powder, salt and pepper marinade.

4. Dunk the cauliflower into the bowl and use a brush or your hands to smear the marinade evenly over its surface.
(Excess marinade can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to three days and used with
meat, fish or other veggies.)

5. Place the cauliflower on the prepared baking sheet and roast until the surface is dry and lightly browned,
30 to 40 minutes.
The marinade will make a crust on the surface of the cauliflower.

6. Let the cauliflower cool for 10 minutes before cutting it into wedges.

7. Enjoy! :) :) :)

Tony

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General Discussion / The Truth About Fat Reaches the Weather Channel!
« on: October 27, 2014, 04:46:37 PM »
Hi, Gang! :)

I was thrilled to see this video clip on The Weather Channel.
Slow but sure, the truth is becoming known! ;D ;D ;D

http://www.weather.com/video/experts-eat-more-fat-54828

Tony

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Hi, Gang! :)

As I'm not getting any younger, the thought of warding off Alzheimer's Disease has been a concern for me.

To help in that effort, I consume coconut oil every day.
But seeing this feature on the morning news really put a smile on my face! ;D ;D ;D

Although the doctor's recommended daily net carb allowance is high for those trying to lose weight,
he definitely has it right about reducing overall carb intake.

http://www.king5.com/story/news/health/body/2014/09/05/david-perlmutter-grain-brain-alzheimers/15160007/

The goal of FTS is better health.
And if part part of that is preventing Alzheimer's Disease, all the better!

Tony

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Product Reviews / Raw Shelled Organic Hemp Seed Hearts!
« on: July 05, 2014, 01:13:19 PM »
Hi, Gang! :)

During my last Costco visit, I noticed orange and white bags of Hemp Hearts by Manitoba Harvest.
I looked at the nutrition label, and it said each 3 TBSP serving has 3 total carbs with 3 carbs fiber.
That's ZERO net carbs!... So I thought why not buy a package and try them.

They have a wonderful nutty flavor and are great on salads, cereals, low-carb yogurt, etc..
I've even eat them by themselves occasionally since they taste so good, and are almost pure fiber.

If your Costco doesn't have them, they are available online in a number of places.
Netrition.com, is one of them with NOW brand;
http://www1.netrition.com/now_hemp_seed_hearts.html

I heartily recommend them to our FTS family!!! ;D ;D ;D

Tony

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General Discussion / HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!!!
« on: July 04, 2014, 10:55:30 AM »
I would like to wish our entire FTS family a very happy and safe July 4th! :) :) :) :) :)

Tony

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General Discussion / Sugar Makes You Dumb and Forgetful
« on: June 29, 2014, 02:00:12 PM »
HI, Gang!

Came across this article that discusses another reason to avoid carbs (sugar).
This certainly would help explain the rampant mindlessness I see in America today! ;)

Tony


Sugar Makes You Dumb and Forgetful
Lorie Johnson

CBN News Medical Reporter 

By now you already know that too much sugar harms your body. It makes you fat, leads to diabetes, heart disease and cancer, and the list goes on and on. If you have a health problem, chances are it's caused by, or made worse by, to too much sugar in your diet. An easy test is to stop eating sugar, including carbohydrates like white bread, pasta and rice (which affect your body the same way as sugar) for a couple of months and see how you feel. Chances are, you'll feel better. Remember, sugar comes in many forms. The most popular is high fructose corn syrup, but there are many other forms, including other types ending in -ose, and starches, honey, of course cane sugar, syrups and honey.

If you don't think you can bear to go without the sugar and refined carbohydrates outlined above, you are most likely a sugar/carb addict. That is a subject for another blog, but in short, science has determined that in some people, sugar and carbs cause the release of dopamine in the brain, which is connected with pleasure and reward, so you never get enough...in fact, always want more. This is a big problem for your health, but perhaps more importantly because no person should be in bondage to any substance, whether sugar, carbs, alcohol, pain killers, cocaine, and so on. If you find yourself thinking, "I can't go without...." and you complete the sentence with a substance, you are an addict, and you need help. Humans are not made to be slaves to substances. We should be in control of them, not the other way around.

But take heart: if you are under the control of a substance, you can change! In the case of sugar and carbs, you probably only need to go cold turkey, exercise extreme self-control for a time, and your cravings will go away in a few days to a few weeks. I am speaking from experience. However, if you're addicted to any of the other substances listed above, please get help from one many treatment centers and organizations available.

So while we've established that sugar is terrible for your body, did you also know it wrecks your brain? It does!

Researchers at UCLA fed three groups of rats the same food: "rat chow," or regular rat food. During this time, the researchers trained all three groups of rats to navigate a maze. The maze had lots of walls, visual markings, so the rats could learn their way, and one exit. All three groups of rats learned the maze the same.

Then the researchers substituted one rat group's water with water spiked with fructose. Sound familiar? That's what soda is. So that group of rats ingested lots of sugar over a period of six weeks. At the end of the six weeks the rats who'd been fed fructose were slower and had greater difficulty remembering how to get through the maze than the rats who hadn't been fed the sugar.

According to one of the researchers, "Their brains showed a decline in synaptic activity. Their brain cells had trouble signaling each other, disrupting their ability to think clearly and recall the route they'd learned six weeks earlier."

 

The rats that were fed fructose also developed insulin resistance. Researchers suggest this disrupts learning and causes memory loss and corrupts the brain's ability to process thoughts and emotions. According to one scientist with the study, "Insulin is important in the body for controlling blood sugar, but it may play a different role in the brain, where insulin appears to disturb memory and learning," he said. "Our study shows that a high-fructose diet harms the brain as well as the body. This is something new."

But wait, there's more: a fascinating twist. Remember there were three rat groups? One stuck with the original diet, the other was fed a bunch of sugar, and the third was given a bunch of sugar AND...Omega-3 fats, like the kind found salmon, walnuts and flax. The group of rats that was fed sugar and Omega-3 fats navigated the maze much better than the group of rats that had just sugar. The conclusion is obvious. Omega-3 fats lessen the destructive impact of sugar on the brain.

We can learn a lot from this study. The first thing is to avoid fructose like the plague. Regardless of what we do during the day, we must perform at our best intellectual ability, and fructose simply handicaps our thinking process.

We must look at the list of ingredients in all the things we purchase, because fructose is added to an estimated 80-percent of the items at the typical grocery store. If you see fructose in the list of ingredients, or one of its sugary cousins, such as ingredients ending in -ose, or "starch" or "syrup" don't purchase it.

Of course fructose and related sugary ingredients are added to sweets like cookies and candy. But that's just the tip of the iceberg. They're in foods that many people do not consider sweet, but they really are, such as bread, crackers, pasta sauce, granola bars, cereal, yogurt, jelly, and on and on and on. So read the list of ingredients! Remember the list begins with the ingredients the food contains the most of, and goes from there. So if sugar is the first ingredients, run for the hills! That means it contains more sugar than anything else! This applies to many foods. Don't believe me? Check out the ingredients of soda or kiddie cereal.

If you are less than perfect, and choose to eat something sugary, this study teaches us that we can mitigate the damage from that sugar by consuming Omega-3 fats. Although these healthy fats are found in foods like salmon, walnuts and flax, it's actually difficult to get enough Omega-3s from our diet. So it's best to take a fish oil supplement. Make sure you look at the label of the supplement and get the one that tells you how many milligrams of DHA are in each capsule. Take enough capsules each day to equal about one gram of DHA per day.

By the way, you should know that the consumption of too many Omega-6 fats blocks your body's ability to process Omega-3 fats. So it's best to cut way, way back on Omega-6 fats. These are vegetable oils, corn, soybean, canola, etc. These are the oils in the clear, plastic bottles that line the grocery store shelves. Also check the list of ingredients on processed foods for these unhealthy oils. A good diet consists of consuming EQUAL amounts of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fats. However, the average American consumes twenty times more Omega-6 fats than Omega-3s, and this imbalance leads to massive inflammation, a known killer. And since the two types of fats compete against each other, eating too many Omega-6 fats blocks your body's ability to process the healthy Omega-3s.

So to summarize, for healthy brain function, including memory and thinking, stay away from sugar and take one gram of DHA in a supplement form each day. Finally, drastically reduce your consumption of Omega-6 oil

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General Discussion / HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!!!
« on: June 15, 2014, 01:43:11 PM »
 ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D Happy Father's Day to all FTS family dads!!! ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

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General Discussion / HELLO???... Anybody home out there?
« on: April 28, 2014, 02:18:03 PM »
Hi, Gang! :)

It's been unusually quiet here on our forum the last few days.

I hope everyone in our FTS family is doing well.
And that those who're not, speak up and avail themselves to our support.

God bless our FTS family!
Tony

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Sides and Snacks / Cauliflower Italian Flatbread
« on: November 25, 2013, 03:14:42 PM »
Cauliflower Italian Flatbread

Entire recipe has 30 net grams carbs (6 servings, 5 carbs each).

1 Large Head Cauliflower
2 Cloves Garlic, grated or minced
2 Large Eggs, lightly beaten
4 oz Mozzarella Cheese
1 TSP Italian Seasoning
1/2 TSP Onion Powder
Salt
Pepper

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
2. Chop the cauliflower into chunks and place into microwave for about 5 minutes or until soft
3. Place the cauliflower into a food processor and blend until it's a mashed potato texture
4. Cut up the mozzarella cheese into small chunks.
5. In a medium bowl, stir together cauliflower, lightly beaten eggs, cheese, and seasonings
6. Lightly spray a baking pan with PAM or oil and fill bottom with the mixture (about 1/2 inch thick)
7. Bake at 450 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until the top starts to brown
8. Add additional cheese (if desired) to the top and put under broiler until melted.
9. Remove from oven and allow to rest on counter for 2-3 minutes.
10. Use a flat spatula to cut and serve.

NOTE: You can spoon a little low carb marinara sauce on each serving with some grated Parmesan cheese.
Don't forget to add the carbs from the sauce!

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Dinner Recipes / Chicken Cabbage Stir-Fry
« on: November 15, 2013, 04:39:53 PM »
Hi, Gang! :)

Made this two different ways (one with peppers and one with broccoli) and both were VERY good!!! ;D

Serves: 3  (Entire recipe - About 10 carbs)

Ingredients:

3 Chicken Breast halves
1 TSP vegetable oil
3 cups Green Cabbage, shredded (or Coleslaw Mix)
1/2 Green Bell Pepper
1/2 Red Bell Pepper
1/8 TBSP GuarGum (or Glucomannan Powder)
1⁄2 TSP Ground Ginger
1⁄4 TSP Garlic Powder
1⁄2 cup Water
1 TBSP Soy Sauce

Directions:

1. Cut chicken breasts into strips and peppers into chunks.
2. Heat oil in a frying pan.
3. Add chicken strips and stir fry over medium-high heat, turning constantly until done.
4. Add cabbage & peppers. Sauté a couple minutes until crisp-tender.
5. Mix guar gum and seasonings; add water and soy sauce, and mix until smooth.
6. Stir sauce into chicken/cabbage mixture.
7. Cook until sauce has thickened and chicken is coated, about 1-2 minutes.
8. Enjoy!

Note: You can substitute 1 1/2 cup broken broccoli florets for peppers.

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General Discussion / Eat Fats, Cut Carbs to Reclaim Your Skinny Self
« on: October 07, 2013, 02:45:46 PM »
Hi, Gang! :)

As many of you know, I discovered FTS while watching the 700 Club (a TV program produced by CBN) in the Summer of 2010. Doug was a guest on the program and demonstrated how much "hidden sugar" the typical American diet contains.
That was the genesis of my FTS journey...

On my journey, I discovered that by eating more fat than protein while keeping my daily net carbs below 20, and watching portions, my weight loss progress would accelerate.

Here's an article that came out on CBN's website today that confirms the FTS lifestyle will promote good health and weight loss;

http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/healthscience/2013/October/Eat-Fats-Cut-Carbs-to-Reclaim-Your-Skinny-Self/

Jimmy Moore's testimony about how his prayers where answered is a mirror image of my own.
I prayed for MANY years that the Lord would give me a means to lose my FAT and keep it off... FTS was the answer!

God bless you, Doug and FTS!!! :) :) :) :) :)

Tony


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Dinner Recipes / Crock Pot Balsamic Chicken
« on: September 23, 2013, 05:05:48 PM »
Hi, Gang! :)

Here's something I made yesterday and thoroughly enjoyed it!
Served with with steamed broccoli and green salad.

Makes 8 servings with 4 net carbs (if you serve with the liquid in the crock pot).

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SPECIAL NOTE I FORGOT TO ADD to original posting...
Spray inside of crock pot with cooking spray BEFORE adding ingredients!
This will make cleanup afterword easier.
I do this out of habit (as I also clean up after cooking).
I guess that's why I forgot. ::)
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Ingredients

1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 teaspoons dried minced onion

4 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs or breasts
sprinkle of fresh chopped parsley


Directions

Combine the first five dry spices in a small bowl and spread over chicken on both sides.
Set aside.

Combine olive oil, garlic, and pour into the crock pot.

Place chicken on top.
Pour balsamic vinegar over the chicken.

Cover and cook on high for 4 hours.
Sprinkle with fresh parsley on top to serve.

Enjoy! ;)

Tony

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Lunch Recipes / Avocado Chicken Salad... YUMMY!!!
« on: September 17, 2013, 12:20:01 PM »
Hi, Gang! ;D

I found this simple yet delicious salad that is GREAT stuffed in flaxseed pita breads!
You can also add some lettuce and a tomato slice to kick it up even more. ;)

I wish I discovered this earlier in the Summer.
It would have been a nice cool alternative on those very warm evenings!

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Avocado Chicken Salad
  Total 8 Net Carbs

2 or 3 Chicken Breasts (boneless, skinless)
1 Avocado (cut into chunks)
1/4 chopped Onion
1/2 of lime, (2 oz.)
2 TBSP Cilantro
Salt and Pepper to taste
Frank's Hot Sauce (optional)

Cook chicken breast (boil, broil, grill, etc.),
let cool, and then shred.

Mix with other ingredients.

Allow to sit covered (with plastic wrap completely covering the dip) in fridge overnight.

Mix gently before serving and enjoy! ;D ;D ;D

Tony

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