The Land of Oz

I'm all up in the Land of Oz today.

Nooooo not the land beyond the yellow brick road - the land of Dr. Oz, the self proclaimed health guru.  Disclaimer alert:  I do not put all my faith in any health nut, diet scheme, not even one on t.v. or I should say, especially not one on t.v. - he has his own agenda - ratings > and I have mine - health. But I do watch the show from time to time and listen to the advice and prescription of his guests as well as himself and I have to say I do learn some things.  I also take what I hear that sounds reasonable and do my own research. 

So I have started this week to follow the Dr. Oz diet recently shared on his site.  Something like the Dr. Oz two week diet.


I think you can find the article/diet via this link ---^--- (see above)

So why am I doing this? Well, because as stated in the last post, the angst post, I've been off track a bit and I happened to see this and happened to think - well hey - this sounds reasonable.  I like everything about it for the most part.  I am not a sweet or fruit lover so the morning smoothie is not my idea of a five star breakfast but I can do anything for awhile and fruit in my diet is a good thing. 

So I went to the store with hubby, got lots of fresh veggies, made this broth which by the way is amazing and yummy, in my big ol' stock pot that always makes me feel like I did something cool.  We are on our way. 

I think one of the hardest things about healthy eating is honesty.  I have written about this often.  Those little bites we sneak here and there are sometimes the traps that snare us and the walls that block us from our goals. Having a prescribed regimen of food is helpful because it increases my awareness when I stray from the path. 

I don't think I will ever be perfect but following Oz for a couple of weeks may just give me the boost I need.  I'm gonna try it and thought I'd share it.

Yesterday was a healthy day with smoothie for breakfast, salad for lunch with low fat dressing made with Fage greek yogurt (see below) and dinner was fennel and chicken casserole. 

Fennel and Chicken:  I slice my fennel, and put it in a baking dish, then add mushrooms and a little onion.  I brown strips of chicken that have been sprinkled with lemon pepper  (I used thighs last night but it would be better to use breasts and don't cook them all the way, just a little brown on the outside) in a little olive oil and lay them on top of the veggies, add a little S & P, leave uncovered.  Cook at 350 for half an hour and it is amazing! I never even tried fennel until we came over here and found it at the corner market.  It is awesome and even my vegetable leery husband likes it! 
Those are veggies cut up - not a very exciting photo - I know but hey a visual helps sometimes. Anyway, tonight is Chinese -  cabbage and turkey - I made it for lunch and we had a bit but we can eat this every meal.  I am also going to make a stir fried celery that has cashews and peppercorns in it.  Another of my favorite low cal -  high taste meals. 

Here is the salad dressing recipe my mom sent me:

Tex-Mex Salad Dressing

1 teaspoon Olive Oil

3 Tablespoons fat free Yogurt

1 Tablespoon water

1 Teaspoon cilantro ( I used more)

1/2 Teaspoon Lime juice

1/8 Teaspoon each, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin

pinch of salt and pepper

I doubled the recipe so I wouldn't have to make it so often


Love mom

So here in the land of Oz - I'm going to remember this is not for anyone else, this is for me.  I will be as successful as I allow myself to be.  I will Love me through the temptations and I'm going to try to report the progress as best as I can. 

So that's what's up yo, yo, yo down the yellow brick road yo yo, and welcome to the land of emerald green in the fridge, as far as the eye can see!

That's all ~ Thanks Y'all!


  1. Ohhh absolutely honesty is the biggest deterrent for me! I have a 'secret eating' mentality. If no one but me knows it doesn't count! So my honesty in terms of my food consumption suffers. When I vow to be totally honest and actually AM...I lose weight. Go figure!

    Good luck with your week in the land of Oz!

    1. "When I vow to be totally honest and actually AM...I lose weight!" We need posters of this. Thank you for the comment and the well wishing! This is good stuff!

  2. Two things that have stuck with me lately:

    1. - You can have excuses or you can have results. You can't have both.

    2. - Your body keeps an accurate journal regardless of what you write down.

    I have the same opinion of Dr. Ooze...I mean Oz...Good luck with our endeavors!

    1. Awwww - both points are simple and true, true, true! Like the comment above yours, we need posters of these mind blowing truths.

      Getting honest is the hardest part but like the recovering substance abuser in my life says, the only people who cannot be sober are the one's who are unable to be honest with themselves....applies to us food junkies too!

      ty, ty, ty for your input!


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