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Married, mother of 3, grandmother of 3. I have a 27 year old son that is the Bud-Man(Budweiser delivery driver), I have a 22 year old son that is in the Army National Guard, works full-time for the Guard and attends MTSU as a full-time student, I have a 17 year old a drama queen :)that is a senior in High School,she is also on the swim team.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Free Online Games At Winster

Boredom...everyone has those days! Everything caught up and you just want to chill out and relax...check out Winster, free game and real prizes.

It's getting to be that time of year, too cold to be outside....so while you are tucked away for the winter, you may as well have something to occupy your time.

Great fun....and it's free...and we do love free!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Family Time, Football, Yummy Food

After a long stressful week of job searching, and 7 hours coloring my hair on Friday night, this weekend has proven to be a nice stay at home and do nothing kinda weekend.

We all sat around last night and watched Bama beat up on the Vols. The first half was a little rough and going into half-time, the score was tied up 6 - 6. The Tide came out strong in the second half and then they played some football! Bama 37 - Vols 6 :) I ended up sleeping through the last quarter.

Today....it's The Titan against the Texans. I reserve the right not to put too much confidence in the game...or The Titans....because well, they are the Titans. I will be cheering for my guys though.

Doug's out shopping and as soon as he gets back...this is what's gonna be cooking!

Spinach Cheese Calzone




2 cups mozzarella
4 oz goat cheese
1 cup ricotta
2 pizza doughs
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 shallot, minced
3 Tbsp olive oil (reserve one)
1 bag baby spinach
1 egg, beaten
Flour for dusting



Preheat oven to 400.

Sautee shallots and garlic in 2 Tbsp olive oil over medium heat several minutes until shallots are translucent. Keep an eye on the garlic and don't let it brown.

Wilt spinach briefly in oil.

Divide cheeses equally among 4 bowls -- each calzone gets 1/2 cup mozzarella, 1 ounce goat cheese and 1/4 cup ricotta

Cut pizza doughs in half, dust with flour and roll into circles. Brush each crust with olive oil on the inside. Fill with cheese mixture and place spinach over cheese.

Fold dough over to form calzone. Seal with a little water and press edges with a fork. Brush tops with a little beaten egg.

Bake for 20 minutes until puffy and golden.

Meanwhile pulse the marinara sauce in the food processor briefly. It should still have a few tomato chunks.

Serve calzones with a dish of pizza or spaghetti sauce.



Healthier Spinach Dip

4 cups lightly packed fresh baby spinach leaves (4 oz)

1 package (8 oz) 1/3-less-fat cream cheese (Neufchâtel), softened

1/4 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise

4 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese (1 oz)

1/4 cup fat-free (skim) milk

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1 teaspoon dried basil leaves

1 can (14 oz) artichoke hearts, drained, chopped

Baguette slices, if desired

Assorted raw vegetables, if desired\

Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 1-quart shallow glass baking dish or 9-inch glass pie plate with cooking spray.

Place spinach in 2-quart microwavable casserole; add 1/4 cup water. Cover; microwave on High 2 minutes. Drain well, pressing spinach with paper towels to remove excess liquid. Chop spinach.

In large bowl, beat cream cheese with spoon until smooth. Beat in mayonnaise, 3 tablespoons of the Parmesan cheese, the milk, garlic and basil until well blended. Stir in spinach and artichokes. Spread evenly in baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining tablespoon cheese.

Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Serve with baguette slices or raw vegetables.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Job Search

Looking for a job is not fun. I believe that most of you understand this. When I go to talk to someone about a job and possibly an interview, I feel like I have 3 heads. Is my breath terrible, do I have a bat in the cave? Then the sweaty palm thing...icky!

However, after a mild panic attack yesterday, I put on my big girl panties, (not really....but shhh....don't tell momma) and went and physically looked for a job. I walked right into those places, back straight, head held high and asked to speak to the manager.
Little did I know....I needn't worry too much about that, I just shoulda took some germ-x and some clorox wipes for the keyboards :\
While I did actually talk to a few managers...mostly the employees just pointed me to kiosk. Lonely little desk, cubicle like things. Really? How are they gonna see my perfect posture and my practiced smile? Wow....things sure have changed!
Now a lot of you know that I can be a half empty person....but on the other hand....I can be half full. I tried not to sulk on my way to the computer to put in my application....knowing good and well that one of the questions would be the my ending salary at my last job....sigh....and that my friends would be the end of that.

Fortunately, my persistence paid off and I did talk to a few of the managers.  I have an interview Friday at 12:30...which means more practicing and another panic attack.

Maybe I should just stay home?

Monday, October 17, 2011

Helping Justin Work On The Pathfinder

Wow, today was a miserable day. I have struggled all day long. It's not that I really even have anything against Mondays. I don't work and usually can't even tell you what day it is. But I spent this weekend with Justin and I am really paying for it today. I forget that I am not as young as I use to be, and payback for forgetting that is getting harder and harder to recover from.

Saturday, I busted up at his house while he was busy fixing toilets, trying to figure out what was wrong with Shandi's car, and complete his long to do list...I showed up with a 12 pack and most of that came to a screeching halt. Now we did take care of the budget thing. But other than that....Nothing. The day ended with us sitting on the deck doing one of my favorite things in the world...me listening to Justin and Kaitlin singing.

Sunday, I felt kinda bad for de-railing his plans. So Doug and I go over to Justin's house. I wanted Doug to try to figure out was wrong with Shandi's car. He decided that it was the blower motor. I got busy asking Siri for phone numbers to the local auto parts places. Found out that most places didn't have them in stock and a couple places could have them in the next day (not good with Justin's schedule). Finally found a place that had them in stock and Doug gave us a quick lesson in installing fan motors...cake...we could do it. Doug went on his way and Justin and I went to the parts store.

Once we got back with the blower motor, we realized that we didn't have a tool that we needed,  wire cutters, because the factory fan motor
plugged in and this one....well didn't. So back to the parts store.

We get back with that and then we realized that we needed some wire nuts. Yep...again, back to the parts store. Each trip to the store called for a drink. After we get all the stuff together...put it in....well Justin put it in, I offered moral support, the damn thing didn't work. Time to take it to Smyrna and to Doug. That called for another drink...sigh.

Turns out that it wasn't even the blower motor. It might be something called the auto amp? Holy crap...next time that car gets worked on....I'm just gonna stay the hell away.

I'm not complaining....we had a great time. I'm just really dragging today. And trust me, I definitely know it's Monday.

Monday Blah

It's Monday and I have no excuse not to have a fabulous dinner waiting on my husband when he gets home from work...but to tell ya the truth...I just don't feel like it. It was one of those weekends where I just played too hard and I need to rest now that everyone is back at work and school!

Here is an easy, fabulous meal...and until/unless he see's this... I am gonna let him think that I worked really hard on it :)

Stuffed Chicken Parmesan

6 boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 5 oz each)

1 box (10 oz) frozen organic cut spinach, thawed, well drained

2oz 1/3-less-fat cream cheese (Neufchâtel), softened

1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

1/2 teaspoon dried basil leaves

1 clove garlic, finely chopped

2 eggs
1/2 stone-ground wheat crackers, crushed (about 1/2 cup)

1 teaspoon dried basil leaves

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1 organic Italian herb pasta sauce

1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (1 oz)



Heat oven to 375°F. Spray 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray. Between pieces of plastic wrap or waxed paper, place each chicken breast smooth side down; gently pound with flat side of meat mallet or rolling pin until about 1/4 inch thick.

In medium bowl, mix spinach, cream cheese, Parmesan cheese, 1/2 teaspoon basil and the garlic until blended. Spread about 1 tablespoon spinach mixture over each chicken breast; roll up tightly. If necessary, secure with toothpicks.

In small shallow bowl, place egg product. In another small shallow bowl, mix cracker crumbs, 1 teaspoon basil and the pepper. Dip each chicken breast into egg product; coat with crumb mixture. Place seam side down in baking dish

Bake uncovered 20 minutes. Pour pasta sauce over chicken; sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Bake 10 to 15 minutes longer or until thermometer inserted in center of chicken reads 165°F. Remove toothpicks from chicken before eating.

Now, I am gonna go back to my book, I still have a few hours to waste until I need to start dinner.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Lesson For The FreeCreditReport Guy

Now... I know my children are far from perfect. I understand that my boys are grown....and they know that too. I try to respect that and let them handle their own business, BUT in my eyes, they will always be my babies and I will always stick up for them!

Need help??? Call me or email me...615-767-7831 or rhondashepperd@gmail.com ... I can be your mother too for the low, low price of $20 for the first hour, $10 per hour after that!

Yesterday was a great day at Justin's. We had some chicken, some quesadillas, and some potato skins...and watched Bama spank Ole Miss :)

Before the game, Justin and I sat outside on the deck and tried to cut some of the fat out of his budget. Forty-five dollar gym membership that he hasn't used since June...."Siri (talking to my way cool iPhone), I need the phone number to Anytime Fitness Center in Smyrna"...done...called them, easy as pie...cancelled...excellent! "Siri, How do I cancel that damn free credit report that cost fifteen dollars a month and is never used?" Got the number...Justin called...oh wow! 

Ten minutes into the conversation, I hear him getting annoyed. The guy was giving him all the reasons that he didn't need to cancel. Then he started into this long explanation... Justin still had eight days and he should wait because if he cancelled today, he wouldn't be able to use his remaining eight days. Justin agreed that he understood that, however he would still like to cancel. Next,  he asked Justin how old he was. By this time, Justin's ears are glowing, and he is no longer being pleasant with this man, he is so pissed! He puts the man on speaker phone and in his heavily accented voice was lecturing Justin on the importance of keeping up with his credit score. It was at this point, I felt the need to intervene. I screamed at this man, It went like this....


freecreditreport guy (never missing a beat)..."blah blah blah" (that's all I heard anyway)


freecreditreport guy..."blah blah blah, and Justin blah blah blah"


freecreditreport guy..."blah blah and Jus" (stopping mid-sentence) "yes ma'am"


freecreditreport guy..."yes ma'am"

At this point Justin takes freecreditreport guy off of speaker phone.

pause while he listens to the man who no longer had much to say...ten seconds later

Justin...."Yes, that was my mother"

pause while listening

Justin..."Thank you"

I raised my children to be respectful...but come on. How dare someone just refuse to listen. I had to give the freecreditreport guy a crash course in bitchology... sometime it is the only thing some people understand.

FreeCreditReport may be free for a specific trial period, that is in part due to the fact that it is so hard to cancel it. They are hoping that it is too much of an inconvenience and people simply will not cancel it. Justin had tried to sign in to his account online months ago to cancel, but it had been long enough that he had forgotten his password and user name.

All in all, it was a great day and we cut sixty dollars off of my son's monthly expenses...and Justin was reminded that his Momma is CRAZY, but she knows how to get things done!

So again I will tell you, if you need help, I can be your mother too for the low, low price of $20 for the first hour, $10 per hour after that!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

College Football, Snacks and Beer...LAAAAA!

Don't forget that if you need anything done to get ready for the weekend....I am available for shopping, cleaning, cooking, and set-up. Give me a call at 615-767-7831 or shoot me an e-mail rhondashepperd@gmail.com
It's Saturday...College Football...Can I get a ROLL TIDE? Oh well, whoever you are pulling for, you'll wanna watch the game with great friends, you will need some great, healthy food (or as healthy as possible)!

Let's get this party started :)

Healthier Hot wings


1 lb chicken wings (cut off tip and discard , cut at joint into 2 pieces)

1 tablespoon cayenne pepper

1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1 tablespoon salt

1/2 cup Louisiana hot sauce

1 tablespoon


Fill a large pot half way with water and then add the first 4 ingredients.

Bring water mixture and wings to a boil and then boil for 15 minutes.

Transfer wings to an oven safe container coated with cooking spray. Bake wings on "Broil" (high) for 15 minutes on each side.(For crispier wings, cook longer on each side, maybe 20 minutes per side).

While waiting for wings, combine the Hot Sauce and Margarine in a microwave safe container and cook in microwave for 2 minutes or until melted. (You can cook the sauce longer for a thicker sauce).

When wings are done, shake 'em up with the sauce and enjoy!

Black Bean Quesadilla


1 can (14-19 ounces) no-salt black beans, rinsed and drained

1 teaspoon dried onion flakes

8 whole wheat tortillas

2 cups shredded 2% Colby or Monterey jack cheese

1 cup salsa

1/2 cup fat-free sour cream


Place the beans and onion flakes in a small saucepan over low heat and cook for 5 minutes, or until warm. Mash the beans with a spoon. Keep warm.

Meanwhile, heat a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium heat. Place 1 tortilla in the pan and sprinkle with 1/4 cup of the cheese. Cook for 2 minutes, or until the cheese melts. Spoon one-quarter of the bean mixture on top and sprinkle with 1/4 cup cheese. Top with another tortilla. Carefully turn the quesadilla and cook for 2 minutes, or until browned. Repeat to make a total of 4 quesadillas. Serve with the salsa and sour cream!


1 can of tomatoes with green chilies (14.5 oz can)
1 can whole peeled tomatoes (14.5 oz)
¼ cup of Onion (White or Yellow will work)
1Tbsp 2 tsp Jalapenos (use canned and diced so you don’t have to chop)
2 gloves of garlic (minced)
½ cup of cilantro
½ tsp of cumin
Salt and pepper to taste

In a food processor place garlic, jalapenos and onions and pulse for a couple of seconds. Then you want to add everything else; tomatoes with green chilies, whole peeled tomatoes with juice, cilantro, cumin and salt and pepper. Pulse until everything is blended together. Transfer to a covered container and place in the fridge for up to an hour or longer.

Baked Tortilla Chips


1 (12 ounce) package corn tortillas

1 tablespoon oil

3 tablespoons of lime juice

1 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon chili powder


Cut each tortilla into 8 wedges and place in a single layer on cooking sheet (s).

Combine oil and lime juice in a mister and spray each wedge to slightly moisten.

Combine cumin and chili powder and sprinkle on wedges.

Bake 7 minutes at 350°F, rotate pan (s) and bake approximately 7 minutes more, until crisp but not brown

Okay, now that we have the food out of the way...let's get down to business!

I personally am going for the Bud Light, I will just drink half as much,  ...but here's the breakdown!

Bud Light -110 calories in 12 ounces, 4.2 % alcohol content

Bud Select 55 - 55 calories in 12 ounces 2.4 % alcohol content

Beck's Light - 64 calories in 12 ounces 2.3 % alcohol content

MGD 64 - 64 calories in 12 ounces 2.8 % alcohol content

Friday, October 14, 2011

Friday Night Date Night..On A Diet

It's Friday night...date night for some of us. Don't sabotage your diet tho. Many resturants offer a healthy menu.

Outback, Chili's, and several others. It's hard to stick to a diet on the weekends but it is possible. Check the menu, or ask your server for advice. It is possible to enjoy a night out and not ruin all the progress that you have had during the week.
Here is a list of the 5 healthy resturants around the Nashville area. Keep your chin up and get out and have a good time! Don't forget to hit the gym daily for best results :)

Order water with lemon...lots of lemon, take some stevia sweetener with you and make lemonade! Saves money and calories! That's always a good thing!
1. Panera bread (Several locations around Nashville and surrounding areas)
2. Au Bon Pain (Vanderbilt Medical Center)
3. Noodles & Company (Green Hills)
4. Chipotle Mexican Grill (Franklin Road, Cool Springs, Hillsboro Pike, 21st Ave South, West End)
5. McDonalds (That's right...I said it...Now don't go getting a Big Mac, but McDonald's has made great stride in improving their menu. If you can't leave the Quarter Pounder alone, I suggest you skip this one though)

Rent A Mom

Need things done and don't have time to do them? Need to go to the electric company? The kids need picked up early from school? Kids have a doctor/dentist appt and you can't take off work? I can take the dog to the vet/groomer, go grocery shopping, do laundry, meet the cable installers, or the contractors.

Anything you need done and can't manage to find time for it...I am your girl! Smyrna TN and surrounding areas. (615)767-7831!!! Call me today... $20 for the first hour, $10 per hour after that! Please leave a message...perverts will be screened out!Will work with last minute calls as schedule allows.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Shoulda Named My First Born....

Shrimp and pasta.....If there is anything better in this world....I have yet to find it! I am gonna be prepared for dinner tonight :) A quick trip to Publix and I am good to go!

And yes, I plan to have a glass of white wine with my meal! I adore Kendall-Jackson! If I could have another child...boy or girl....I seriously would name him/her that!

2 oz multi grain penne
12 to 14 medium precooked peeled shrimp
2 Tbsp crumbled Gorgonzola
3 c chopped baby spinach
1 tomato, chopped
2 Tbsp chopped walnuts (optional)
3 Tbsp ready-made pesto


Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and transfer to a large bowl. Add shrimp, cheese, spinach, tomato, walnuts, and pesto, stirring well to help wilt the spinach and distribute the pesto.

Losing Precious Memories

I sometimes joke about the things that happen to me due to being forgetful. I sometimes forget what I need to put on the grocery list. I occasionally forget why someone isn't home when they are suppose to be. There are even times when I have no idea what day it is. Rarely, I do things like leave the grill on.

I think this is normal. Kait texts me this morning and to tell me that she has forgotten the school video camera and she is gonna cry. I would take it to her but I am not getting out of the car. She says that she can't come out to get it, that they won't let her. I'm waiting on her to call her daddy, him to leave work and come get it and take it to her. Or even better....call me and insist that I take it.

This supports my theory that forgetting things is a normal, everyday occurrence for many people.

My cousin, my grandfather and me
I lost my grandfather last year to Alzheimer's. It is a terrible disease that robs the person and their family of life...even before they succumb to the disease. Luckily his children were close and they intervened and he was moved in with family members.

For the past year or so, Doug has really been concerned about his mother. She has so many problems but out of respect for her, I will not share the majority of them here. The worst of  her problems being her memory loss. She lives alone in another state. She is exceptionally healthy physically and very strong willed to say the least. I will share the latest incident but keep in mind this is one sided as I only heard part of the conversation(s).

Doug came in around 6:45 from work. He walks into the kitchen and his phone starts to ring. I hear him answer it and this is what I hear...


pause while he is listening to the person on the other end of the phone.

(Doug)...Hi Momma, no I didn't call today.


(Doug)...well if I did, it was an accident, I sometimes call people with my phone in my pocket.


(Doug)...How are you?


(Doug)...Everyone here is fine.


(Doug)...Okay Momma, I love you. Bye-Bye.

Seems like a normal conversation right? Yeah, I thought so too.

We have dinner and I am loading the dishwasher. It is about 7:15 or so. Doug's phone rings. Here is how Doug's part of the conversation goes...


pause while he is listening to the person on the other end of the phone.

(Doug)...Hi Momma, no I didn't call today.


(Doug)...I don't think so Momma.


(Doug)...Everyone is fine Momma.

Back: Doug, Barry, and Ken
Front: Willie and Ella Mae
Doug, Ken, Ella Mae, and Barry

It is at this point, I leave the room. Sigh.

I am at a loss for what to do. I don't know whether to throw a fit to get attention....but something has to be done. I know it isn't going to be easy, I know she isn't going to like it one bit. I know she has made it taking care of herself for 70 + years....I get that. I just don't want to wait until she forgets something that will harm her, or potentially be fatal.

I am not trying to diagnose her. I am not trying to interfere...I just feel like something needs to be done...and it needs to be done soon...like yesterday.

Sadly, I am not in the position to make that call. I guess I will just hope for the best. 

I am going to list the 10 warning signs of Alzheimer's, again...I am not diagnosing her. Simply giving the warning signs directly from

1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life

2.Challenges in planning or solving problems

3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure

4. Confusion with time or place

5. Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships

6. New problems with words in speaking or writing

7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps

8. Decreased or poor judgment

9. Withdrawal from work or social activities

10. Changes in mood and personality

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Mom Of The Year

I have spent the better part of today cleaning, doing laundry, everything from sheets to rugs. I even mopped all the floors, cleaned out the refrigerator, and vacuumed under the couch cushions.

I sat down looked at the clock and it was already 5 o'clock and I haven't even began to plan dinner. Actually, I was really too damn tired to care.

I started looking for quick, healthy (or semi-healthy) recipes....nothing! I didn't have the ingredients available to complete one recipe. Ugh...I got this...surely I can come up with something.

Being the trooper that I try to be, I got my tired butt up and went into the kitchen....chicken...again! I put it in a bag and poured Catalina dressing and let it sit on the counter while I started a salad and tore the cabinet apart for something to go with it. I made a batch of instant brown rice, opened a can of organic red beans, organic tomato sauce, some chopped jalapenos and onions, a little paprika, some salt and pepper..done! Finished the salad and lit the grill.

Surprisingly, it turned out quite tasty! It took me all of about 45 minutes...start to finish!

Sure it was an unusual combination...but I pulled it off!

Fajitas And Oh Yeah Margaritas

Garlic And Herb Chicken Fajitas


24 ounces chicken breasts, boneless/skinless
20 I Can't Believe It's Not Butter Original sprays
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1 clove of garlic (I use more)
2 tablespoons cilantro, fresh
1 large raw onion
2 large, fresh bell peppers (red, green)
8 soft taco shells ( I use whole grain tortillas)


Thinly slice chicken. Finely chop the garlic, chop the cilantro, thinly slice the onion and bell peppers. In a medium, spray chicken 10 times with the  I Can't Believe It's Not Butter Original spray. Sprinkle with salt, cumin, and garlic, toss to coat. In large non-stick skillet, cook chicken over medium high heat, stirring occasionally (5 mins or until chicken is cooked thoroughly). Stir in cilantro. Remove chicken and keep warm. In medium bowl spray onion and peppers 10 times with the I Can't Believe It's Not Butter Original spray, toss to coat. In same preheated skillet, cook vegetables over medium high heat, stirring occasionally (5 mins or until tender-crisp). Serve chicken in warm tortillas, top with low-fat cheese and low-fat sour cream.

And who can have fajitas without Margaritas :) This is for special occasions and is really not recommended on any diet! But once in a while won't hurt ♥

Low Calorie Margarita


1tub Crystal Light lemon-lime drink mix
2 cups water( or you can use 2 cups LIGHT Minute maid lemonade in a carton instead of the drink mix and water.)
Juice of one lime
8 oz. tequila
6 oz. Grand Marnier
4 oz. Presidente Mexican Brandy

Put all ingredients into blender and blend. add ice. Garnish with a wedge of lime.

CAUTION...This makes about 8 servings :)

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Sweet Treats That Save The Day

For the most part I have given up the fried chicken, late night trips to sonic for banana splits, diet drinks, fattening treats.

I despise the prepackaged 100 calorie treats! There is just enough in there to piss me off!

I do keep some special items on hand for when the cravings and urges get too much to take. When I have a few of these things in the house, I'm less likely to run out for the DQ Blizzard or the McD McFlurry :)

Just remember to go easy on these things....just because they are there, doesn't mean that you have to eat it all in one day!

I am gonna share with you guys my ten favorite less than 100 calorie treats!

Hope y'all enjoy them as much as I do


1) Root Beer Float

My all time favorite!!! Pour diet root beer into frozen mug with around 1/4 cup scoop of light vanilla ice cream! OMG it is so yummy and just about 50 Calories.

2) Edy's All Natural Fruit Bars

50 calories of frozen heaven on a stick!


3) Sugar Free Jello-O With Cool Whip

Love the convenience of these single serving treats! The gelatin has just 10 calories, the Cool Whip adds 25 calories!

4) Peach

Increasing your fiber intake (at least 25 grams a day) can significantly lower your heart disease risk, and a peach provides nearly 2 grams. It can be hit or miss with fresh seasonal fruits but I buy these and store them in a brown paper bag for a day or so. Around 40 calories for a peachy treat!

5) Maraschino Cherries

5 cherries for a quick 50 calorie sweet treat. Or pop one on top of you Sugar free Jell-0 and Cool Whip cup for an additional 10 calories!

6) Sugar-Free Baskin Robbins Hard Candies

50 calories for 5 pieces! That's a lot of love for a long time!!!

7) Jelly Belly Sugar-Free Jelly Beans

At 46 calories for 20 beans....these babies make me smile :) 0 fat, 0 cholesterol, 0 sugar!

8) Orville Redenbacher Smart Pop Kettle Korn

Sweet and salty! 3 cups is just 55 calories, and the smell of popcorn popping is calorie free!

9) Quaker Quakes Caramel Corn Rice Snacks

I love these mini rice snacks! 5 of them are just 40 calories. They are low in sugar and have no fat or cholesterol!

10) Private Selection (Kroger) French Vanilla Sugar Free Fat Free Coffee Drink Mix

At 25 calories a serving....need I say more?

Break It Down For Me

With the Government recommending that Americans cut their red and processed meat  consumption to 70 grams per day, I for one want to know the health risk. I love a good steak or burger occasionally...and what exactly is considered processed meat? How much is 70 grams?

I just want the simple answers. Just break it down for me. I do not wanna get 7,960,000 results from a google search on the dangers of red meat consumption!

A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association specifically shows that the risk for colon cancer doubles for people who consume a lot of red meat in comparison to those that eat smaller quantities.

There is also an increased risk of cardiovascular diseases probably due to the high content of saturated fat.

Not to mention the increased risk of type II diabetes, obesity, hypertension, arthritis...ect, ect, ect..well hell, enough said!

I want to know...How much is too much??? 70 grams means nothing to me. To my surprise that is the equivalent to 2.47 ounces. I can tell you that without using a scale to weigh the meat....It's a little smaller than a deck of playing cards. This is not looking good!

What is considered processed meats?
Processed meats include meats that are salted, cured, smoked, or preserved with nitrate. Bacon, sausage, ham, hot dogs, lunch meat and other cured meats. That means that that double decker turkey sandwich that I was so proud to have had for lunch...was not a good thing!

I can do without lunch meat. Tuna could be a problem for me. I have read that the pouches of Tuna are less processed, however this is going to require more research than I care to do at this moment.

I am still gonna have my occasional burger or steak. I will of course pair them with fresh vegetables that are packed with antioxidants. I do intend to be more aware of the amount that I do consume and I am definitely ditching the turkey and ham lunch meats. When I do indulge in red meats, I will choose the leanest ground beef and cuts of steak.

The best suggestion that I have found is to keep food in it's most natural form. Got it...sigh...canned and processed foods are bad for me. Anything that has a dated shelf life. I don't know a lot of people that have the time or know how to remove every processed food from their diet. Not to mention the added expense of fresh foods.

I guess I will just fix what I can.

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