Archive for August, 2008

Gained A Day

All morning long I kept thinking it was Thursday.



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My Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookie

This is always a big hit. I don’t know why I love baking when I’m dieting, but I do. I’m making these for my buddy Jack and also for a friend’s birthday tomorrow.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 cup butter
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 Tbs real vanilla
2 eggs
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp kosher salt
2 cups flour
2 1/2 cups rolled oats
12 oz semisweet chocolate chips

In a mixer combine butter, white sugar and brown sugar. Add eggs and vanilla. Put oatmeal in a blender and continue blending until it turns to powder. In a separate bowl, add the powdered oatmeal and mix together (using a spoon) with the flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Add to mixer. When well incorporated add the chocolate chips and mix with a wooden spoon. Roll into golf ball sized balls and place on a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 9 minutes or until lightly browned. Let cool slightly before removing them from the cookie sheets.

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Best Thing Ever: Macadamia Nut Oil

I have just learned of this ethereal liquid two days ago, as a passing recommendation from Coach. As we discussed my current meal plan and all of its healthy glory he just happened to mention, casually and in passing, that macadamia nut oil, should I be able to find it, is one of the healthiest (if not the very most healthiest) oils available and it tastes good.

He was wrong. It tastes delicious.

I was able to find it at Harris Teeter (but not Wegman’s, go figure) but also had no trouble finding it for sale online. As I have done some research on this oily miracle, let me share some facts:

-Mac Nut Oil is the highest oil in monounsaturated fats- the healthy fats (higher than olive oil!)

-It has a buttery taste, golden color and high amounts of anti-oxidants

-Mac Nut Oil has the ideal ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids. That is, 1:1 or equal amounts of each

-Its smoke point is 410ºF. That is a big improvement over olive oil, which is best used cold. You can use Mac Nut Oil to cook, sauté, bake, stir fry or however you would want to use oil. There is no danger of those deadly trans fatty acids and free radicals forming as they can with other cooking oils. However, it is also wonderful cold as a dressing for salads, fish or meat

In closing, I love this stuff. Therefore, you should buy it. If you try it, let me know!

Amyella: Take Two

Only crazy people are this excited to start a diet.

I just had my phone call with Coach. I start tomorrow.

Tonight, I stock up on supplements. My next weigh in is a week from Wednesday. I might have to start attaching the jeans picture to every post from now on – it is my motivation.


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Amyella (pronounced Amy-ella) is a pseudonym for Amy Levitt, a fitness and health food fanatic and a beach girl at heart. She has been sharing her sometimes nonsensical thoughts and self-amusing stories online since 2002 and currently spends a good deal of her time wrangling her 90 pound Rottweiler and 60 pound Boxer. Which is quite a show.
The origin of the name Amyella.

Here's my deal. It's wicked exciting!


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