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Sharon Osbourne's Blog

Hometown
Los Angeles, California

Motivation
Health 

Tips for Success
Never skip a meal!

Favorite Atkins-Friendly Food
Roasted turkey with green beans

I don't know about you, but this time of the year is always incredibly busy for me.  I'm back at the studio every day for The Talk, I just filmed an episode of CSI, which I’m very excited about, and I did some weekend speaking engagements on the east coast, which was something new for me.  When we have demanding schedules, it's easy to say, "I just don't have time to work out."

 

I've learned that no matter how busy you are, you have to make exercise a priority in your schedule.  I always try to get my workouts done early in the morning before I leave for the studio to tape.   Some days I do Pilates and the next mix it up with the treadmill or weights. If I can't get my workout in during the morning, I’ll find some time later in the day to do something active like walking with Ozzy, my doggies, or with friends.

 

Believe me, I have to force myself to get up and do some type of exercise or I would sit on the couch all day.  Whether it's just a short walk, taking the stairs, or carrying a basket at the grocery store, every little bit helps and I feel so much better afterwards!

 

What about you? How do you fit your workouts into your busy schedules? Tell me everything!

 

All My Love,

Mrs. O

Unhealthy foods used to be a part of my everyday life, but now I have kicked them to the curb! Nights ordering takeout with Ozzy have been replaced with Atkins frozen meals or Atkins-friendly dinners. Changes like these don't happen overnight, especially when you're drawn to comfort foods like I am! Here are some tips that have helped me make healthy choices and stay away from the naughty foods:



1. Get rid of the junk. You can't be tempted by unhealthy foods if you don't have them in your home. When I first started Atkins, I got rid of EVERYTHING! Clean out your cupboards and toss the sweets and indulgent foods you think you might cheat with. 



2. Make a healthy swap. Before I started Atkins, I would tell myself "you can have 1 cookie or sweet" after every meal...but it would never just be 1.  If I was craving something sweet after a meal, I taught myself to reach for half an Atkins bar instead. Now, I hardly crave anything after a meal.  And if I ever do, I will grab some fresh berries and whipped cream for a healthy dessert!



3. Replace comfort foods with a comforting activity. I don't know about you, but when I'm stressed, tired, or sad I crave rich comfort foods. The key to keep from slipping into these temptations when you're most vulnerable is to find something else to do to make you feel better instead of that piece of cake. For me, I'll take Bella for a walk or play with my new puppies or get on the phone to a friend. They bring me such joy!



What about you? What has worked for you when it comes to fighting tempting foods? Tell me everything!



All My Love,
Sharon


 

I love sweets but to be honest, it’s been my greatest food struggle. If you’re like me, then you’ll know how hard it is to find something to satisfy a sweet tooth that’s not loaded with sugar.

 

Over the years on Atkins, I've found some delicious ways to literally have my cake and eat it too! Who wouldn’t love something like that?

 

Eating right is a lifestyle change. Lately one of my favorite sweet treats is fresh berries with whipped cream. Yum!  Ozzy and I love having this healthy dessert.  We even enjoyed it for our anniversary this year!

 

When I'm in a hurry and I'm craving something sweet, I'll just grab some Atkins chocolate candies. They're so fabulous when you're on the go.

 

Without a doubt, my all-time favorite Atkins-friendly treat would have to be these fabulous fresh baked sugar-free lemon bars. Take a look at the recipe below and make a batch. I’d love to know what you think!

 

What about you? What Atkins-friendly treats do you have when you're craving something sweet?

 

Tell me everything!

 

Big Kiss,

Mrs. O

Sugar- Free Lemon Bars:

Ingredients:

1 1/2 C. almond flour

 

1/2 C. (1 stick) softened, unsalted butter

 

1/4 C. xylitol

 

4 egg yolks

 

1/2 C. xylitol

 

1 packet of gelatin

 

1/2 C. cold water

 

2/3 C. fresh lemon juice

 

Preheat oven to 350*. Butter an 8X8 in. square pan then line it with parchment making sure their are flaps on two sides so you have handles to take out the bars with. Next butter the parchment. Set pan aside.

 

With a fork mix together almond flour, xylitol and softened butter until the texture resembles chocolate chip cookie dough, it will be very moist. Press dough into pan and par bake for 10 minutes. Take out and let cool while you're making your filling.

 

Add the packet of gelatin to the 1/2 C. of cold water and let stand 5 minutes.

 

With a hand or stand mixer, beat the egg yolks. Once creamy, add the xylitol and gelatin mixture. Blend until smooth. Finally add the lemon juice and beat until well blended, about 2 minutes.

 

Pour the mixture into the par baked pastry shell and bake in the oven for about 20-25 minutes. The edges will be bubbly and wrinkly and the middle will be just set, not moving.

 

Take out and let cool on counter for about two hours and then refrigerate for another two hours or overnight.

 

Can you believe summer is over already? It seems like just yesterday I was planning what to do on holiday with my family, and now it's over! It's nice to go on trips but sometimes the best vacations can be had by not doing anything and just relaxing.


No schedules to mind. Just family, good food and no plans!


Now that Fall is here and the vacation is over, back to work I go. I'm excited to be back in LA and promoting Season 5 of The Talk with my lovely co-hosts. My schedule is busy and I'm thankful for that.  Keeping busy keeps me out of the fridge.  I must admit I was entering that danger zone of opening the fridge 10 times a day.  Now back to work, all systems go back to healthy eating and living!


What's your attitude like when you go back to work from your holiday? I'd love to hear!


Kisses!!


Mrs. O

I just read that experts are now saying low carb is the way to go, but years ago they said a diet based in breads, cereals, and pasta was the best to follow. See, these so-called experts aren't always right - look what they said about Atkins 20 years ago! They said it was a diet based on fat and bacon, and it's actually a well-rounded low-carb diet.

Over the years, I’ve learned to not blindly follow what I heard or read about diets.  I’ve done my own research and you should too. Don't just listen to what I have to say either, experiment to find what works best for you and your own body.

For me, Atkins has helped me with my lifestyle change and all my food triggers. The plan that’s most successful for you might be completely different from what others are doing and that's fine!  We’re all diverse and everyone’s body acts differently to change. No matter what you choose, the only thing that matters at the end of the day is that you are living a happier and healthier life.

What have you discovered about your body? I'd love to hear it!

Big Kiss,
Sharon

PS. I finally updated my profile with my "skinny" photo - it's so fabulous to say that!

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