Califlower Cheesey Casserol

Look Better Inside & Outside

I just love when I’m proved correct in the press!  I’m right about how horrible sugar and white flour is for people!  It’s make us fat and wrinkly!

In the Parade Magazine, Jan. 3rd they had an article “The Biggest Loser’s 7 Energy Boosters for the New Year”.  The first one was “Ditch the Sugar – Your skin, your clarity, your mind, your body-everything will start to fall into place if you eliminate . . . sugar. . . Sugary foods, including soda and simple carbohydrates like white rice and pasta. . . and you’ll feel like crap afterwards.”

The second “Energy Booster” was “Eat Your Protein – If you just have an apple for a snack, your blood sugar and your energy go up, and you’re satiated for a short time. . . But then your blood sugar drops. . . Paring that apple with a mozzarella cheese stick or a handful of pistachios means your blood sugar rises more slowly to sustain your energy and help you feel full longer.

Prevention Magazine quoted Yale’s Food Addiction Scale – “a growing body of research puts “food”- or the processed chemicals that pass for food these days – in the same category as drugs of abuse.

It went on to explain, “How can a fun-sized chocolate bar turn you into an addict?  Blame sugar, salt and fat.  Our bodies have not evolved to handle this over-stimulating trifecta.” A long time ago, “sugar was a rare treat, found in fruit and guarded by stinging bees; salt was a simple garnish; and fat was nutrient that had to be hunted or foraged.  Now, processed foods often contain all three – minus the protein, fiber, and water that helped your body handle them.”

And check out the “10 Most Addictive Foods”.  They’re all full of white flour, carbs and sugar!!

10 Most Addictive Foods

10. White bread                    5. Cookies
9. Donuts                               4. Chocolate
8. Pasta                                  3. French Fries
7. Cake                                   2. Candy
6. Chips                                  1. Ice Cream

In the Sept. Shape Magazine, their “Skin Smart” section talked about how sugar gives you wrinkles and acne!  “There’s growing evidence that the blood sugar spike your get from refined carbohydrates is messing with your skin’s firmness, making it more wrinkly. . . The sugar breaks down into glucose molecules. . in your bloodstream (they) attach themselves to the collagen and elastin fibers in your skin and make them less flexible. . . This ‘glycation’ process also interferes with your skin’s ability to form new, strong collagen and elastic tissue . . . the net effect eventually plays out as an increase in lines and sagging.

It’s continues talking about the benefits of eating protein!  “Amino acids from proteins serve as the building blocks for structures within the skin, including collagen, so protein is essential for keeping skin healthy.”. . . “there are added skin perks if you pick fish as a regular source (of protein). . . Not a fish lover? Get your omega-3 fix from protein sources such as walnuts.”

So, a low carb/high protein diet will make you look better inside and out!

Here’s one of my favorite one dish meals.  You can do a lot of the chopping and cutting up the day or night before.  Sometimes I cheat and use precut chicken breasts.

I found this recipe at :
Cauliflower Bake: Recipe via Rachel Schultz
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts,
cooked & cubed
1 package cauliflower or ½ fresh head
8 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded
8 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
½ bundle green onions, sliced
½ package ounces bacon pieces (or more)
1/8 teaspoon garlic power

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Steam cauliflower until tender.
Meanwhile, combine cheeses in a very large bowl. Remove ¼ of cheese and set aside. Stir chicken, green onions, bacon, and garlic powder into remaining cheese.
Stir cauliflower into cheese.
Pour into a 9×13 glass baking dish. Top with additional cheese.
Cover with foil and bake for 25 minutes. If your ingredients are cold from the frig, cook another 15 minuets
Remove foil and bake for an additional 5 minutes

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

Substitute Stevia for sugar.  And substitute almond, coconut and other flours for white flour.  Your skin will thank you! ~ Donna

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