Sharon Osbourne's Blog
Los Angeles, California
Tips for Success
Never skip a meal!
Favorite Atkins-Friendly Food
Roasted turkey with green beans
I can’t believe we’re already halfway into May! St.Patrick and the Easter Bunny must have flown right on by because I feel like I was just taking down my Christmas tree! While I might have felt oblivious, my body was certainly tuned in to the changing season. I have always loved rich comfort foods, but this year, as the weather has gotten warmer I’ve started craving lighter foods.
Does this happen to you? What are some foods that you find yourself eating more of in the spring/summer seasons? I’ve seen a few messages from people who say they get bored because they find themselves always eating the same foods. Well, here’s your chance to throw boredom out the window! Let’s do a mini-makeover on our everyday spring menus.
I want loads of new ideas, so I’ll share mine, but I want to hear yours too! For an anytime beverage, I still swear by my sparkling water with lime or fresh mint, but I’m also mixing in Iced green tea. It’s delicious, plus it’s got loads of antioxidants and picks me right up.
For snack I’ve been keeping two-bite rosemary turkey roll-ups in the fridge at home and at work. I love the whipped cream cheese in the middle and wrapping in green onion and arugula is a great way to get some veggies in!
Now, even if you don’t usually like salad, you might want to give Caesar another try. For me, the key was making it fit for a King. Lush pieces of romaine lettuce or Kale, fresh roasted tomatoes, chicken breast that’s hot off the grill, and of course, fresh shaved Parmesan.
The grill is a must for any spring/summer menu. Almost anything on the grill is perfect for hot nights. You can do chicken, steak, fish, and even veggies! The key here is to keep things exciting by trying all different kinds of marinades. Bring on the marinade recipes! Right now my favorite dinner is chili-lime chicken with soy sauce.
The thought of a new spring menu is refreshing, isn’t it? Use it as a fresh start for yourself too. If you’ve been backsliding or falling off the wagon, this is the perfect time to re-vamp your meal plan, re-commit to the Atkins lifestyle, and get yourself looking and feeling great just in time for summer.
All My Love and Support,
|Hello! How are you all doing? How has your week been so far? Time to catch up!
Last week in our Facebook chat we talked about Tips for Success on Atkins, and one of my tips was to “get ALL the junk food out of the house and stock up on loads of healthy snacks.” I thought about it more, and it’s not just the house. It’s the office, the car – anywhere you eat, you’ve got to clear out the junk and put in a healthy option that you really like.
It seemed like everyone was ready to get rid of the junk food, but a lot of people weren’t totally sure what kinds of healthy snacks to put in its place.
One of my favorite snacks to have at home is “ants on a log” - celery with sugar-free peanut butter (minus the raisins on top). It really hits the spot, especially late at night. Another easy celery snack is “turkeys on a log,” which is celery, cream cheese, and turkey on top.
I mentioned almonds since they are a great no-mess snack to keep in your purse or in the car alongside your Atkins bars, but, if you find yourself craving potato chips, you have got to try Kale crisps or Parmesan crisps. Those are both heavenly!
In my dressing room at “The Talk” I always have a vegetable tray – celery, broccoli and cucumbers. I love having veggies around all the time because they’re good for you and they really fill you up! Be careful about what kind of dip you use though, make sure it’s low-carb or make your own from one of the recipes on the website. Atkins has a great one for Blue Cheese Dressing.
If you’re sick of traditional veggie platters, mix things up with a grilled vegetable tray, which are perfect for spring and summer, right? As the weather gets warmer I find myself moving away from some of the traditional comfort foods and more towards lighter veggie options, which reminds me – hello to all the Atkins Vegetarians! See what Atkins is doing just for you http://on.fb.me/YjuUUb and send me veggie ideas & recipes, I can’t get enough. That being said, I would never want to go without my sausages, which I recommend as a snack morning, noon, and night!
Your turn! You guys always have great ideas, so I’m looking forward to reading them!
All My Love And Support,
Hello! It’s good to be back! How have you all been? What have I missed? I need to catch up, so let’s hear it, fill me in!
I’ve been going strong and steady. I was over in Europe, so I had to adapt to certain things like not having the convenience of the frozen meals, but when I started on Atkins there were no frozen meals, so I was fine. I just stuck to the carb counter. I’m curious, for those of you who have been on Atkins for a long time, do you go for the frozen meals now or are you in a steady rhythm of cooking with the carb counter?
I’m glad I was able to stay on track, not just for my body, but for my mind and energy as well. When I was heavier, 30 minutes of walking would tire me out, I needed to rest all the time. Now I have so much more energy and I even feel more eager to get things done. Has anyone else experienced this? I’m more productive, I know how much better it feels to take on my to do list than to keep putting things off.
I’m also more balanced. I don’t go binging on junk food when things go wrong, so a problem is just a problem, it doesn’t have all the added guilt and bad feelings from overeating about it. I never thought of it like this before, but eating junk when you feel like junk just adds more junk to your life!
That’s all for now. I’m looking forward to hearing back.
All my love and support,
|Hello! I hope you all had a fabulous Valentine’s day! Ozzy and I spent a lovely weekend together in London. He can be quite the romantic…when he remembers!
I actually spent part of my Valentine’s Day with Atkins here at the Talk! After we did our live Valentine’s Day show, we taped a segment about Atkins myths, and I was really surprised at the things people believe! I was also very impressed with our studio audience, they did great on the ‘true’ or ‘false’ quiz – they really earned those goodie bags!
There are some great pictures in here from the Atkins episode and the Valentine’s Day episode. For years I’d refused to wear anything but black, and yet here I am in a pastel pink coat. I’ve become an expert at hiding weight, and now that I’m not hiding anything, I’ve got loads more options!
Last Friday was also a very important day for me. I’m not sure if any of you got a chance to see, but Jack and I did a PSA that aired after “The Young and The Restless” on CBS. I was a bit emotional when we taped it and watching it again just makes me want to emphasize the importance of family and taking care of your body so you can be there for a long time for your family. Atkins isn’t just about looking good on the outside, it’s getting healthy on the inside too.
How many of you have ever had a major health scare? Chances are that you have, especially if you’re in your 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and so on. You only get 1 body, and no matter what modern medicine can do to it, it’s up to you to take care of it. I love nothing more than when I read posts from people on here who tell me they’re off their heart medication because they’ve lost weight with Atkins, or that they were able to prevent a diabetes diagnosis.
Sometimes I get messages from people who say they’re worried about a loved one who needs to lose weight but they can’t get them to try Atkins. There’s a real simple way to do it – lead by example. When I first started Atkins, it was just about me improving my health, but once people around me started noticing a difference in my body and in my health, they wanted to get on Atkins too! Between myself, Ozzy, Jack, and my assistant, we’ve lost over 100 pounds!
I want to hear about your families – are you struggling? Are you doing Atkins together? Let me know!
All my love and support!
Hello! Did anyone end up making the Kale chips we talked about last week? And the Kale dip? I want to know whose came out the best.
How was your week? I had an absolutely fabulous time with the girls in New Orleans. Thank you to everyone who sent me restaurant suggestions! Between all of you and the mobile app, I found loads of smart options. There were shrimp, crawfish, and Oysters at practically every restaurant, and I even found a low-carb gumbo. Gumbo Ya-Ya they called it- smoky, spicy chicken and sausage that was simmered, not thickened, with the rice on the side.
For snacks they had gator on a stick (which is the body meat of the gator) and gator bites (made from tail meat), which I had blackened not fried.
Next week Atkins is coming to visit me here at “The Talk,”, and I can’t wait because we’re going to be myth-busting! I’ll be reading some common beliefs about weight loss and Atkins, the audience will vote on whether or not they think it’s true, and then Collette Heimowitz – VP of Nutrition and Education at Atkins, will be giving us the facts!
Atkins is also bringing lots of goodies for the audience members, which you can enter to win too! They are giving one goodie bag away in the Atkins community and one on their Facebook page, so be on the look out for details.
But back to the myth busting, do you have any dieting or Atkins myths you are curious about? Maybe Collete can help me answer your questions too.
All my love and support,