Sharon Osbourne's Blog
Los Angeles, California
Tips for Success
Never skip a meal!
Favorite Atkins-Friendly Food
Roasted turkey with green beans
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,
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 non-fat 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!
Sugar- Free Lemon Bars:
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!
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.
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.
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
PS. I finally updated my profile with my "skinny" photo - it's so
fabulous to say that!
What have you discovered about your body? I'd love to hear it!
Just getting ready to start a family vacation. Always a bit scary for me as I’ve always got the mentality of “I get to do whatever I want cause I am on holiday!” But these last two years on Atkins have really changed my mindset. Reading all of your fabulous success stories and uplifting words inspires me to keep moving and make good choices!
The support you have shown me throughout my journey and to each other warms my heart. Sticking with Atkins over the years has been so much easier knowing that I have you all in my corner! Thank you for all the support - I wouldn't be able to succeed without you.
What about you, how has the Atkins community helped you on your journey? I'd love to hear!
And I hope you will all get to enjoy a bit of the summer too.
All My Love and Support,
Hello! Hope you all are doing great and having a good week.
OK, holidays and special occasions are always hard. I’ve been on Atkins for so long naughty foods don’t tempt me as they did in the past. But let me say that if you sneak in a little treat, don’t stress out, just get back on track as quickly as possible.
Getting back to my holiday…..I had an amazing time in London! On July 4th, Ozzy and I celebrated our 32nd anniversary and I watched him perform with Black Sabbath to over 53,000 people in Hyde Park in the center of London. Ozzy and I enjoyed our anniversary dessert after the show, which was cream and fresh berries – SO yummy. (Atkins friendly of course!!) Making good food choices has become easier because I think about the consequences like waking up in the morning feeling bloated and rings and shoes are too tight- you all know what I mean! Believe me, there are temptations everywhere and we can’t overcome them every single time.
OK, confession time……I ended up cheating a bit week after getting back from London. “The Talk” always has some amazing chefs on the show who make fabulous cakes and one day that week I couldn’t say “NO” and had myself TWO helpings! But you know what, the beauty of Atkins is you can have a piece of cake or two now and again on special occasions and then get right back on point. Since then I have stuck to Atkins and have not been tempted too much! :)
What about you? How did you do over the 4th of July holiday on your plan?
All My Love and Support,
P.S. I'm excited to announce the winners of last week's giveaway. Congrats, darlings! Make sure you send a private message to Atkins on Facebook to get your prize.
Bonnie Holmoe Hays
Christine Huntley Kenward
Joyce Yvonne Hensley
Karen Warner Prosser
Lauren Marion Benitez
Lori Allison Pitts
Mom Knows best
Natalie Gene Poe
Terry Tiffany Joshua
Theresa Botts Honeycutt
Tina Moeller Barton
How are you? I hope you've been having a great week!
If you're anything like me, I need a delicious breakfast to kick off my
morning. Before starting on Atkins, I would often order a sandwich not
realizing how unhealthy this choice could be. With Atkins' new breakfast
sandwiches, there's finally a healthy option I can enjoy without feeling
guilty. And, they are deliciously naughty!
I love both the sausage and bacon breakfast sandwiches so much; I honestly can't
decide between the two! Try them all and let me know which one is your
favorite! I also found a great way to cook them that works for someone on the
run (aren't we all!). Toast the buns and microwave the rest of the sandwich -
it's extra yummy this way.
Atkins breakfast sandwich has been quite the hit at The Talk - I've got
everyone here eating them! I love being able to look forward to breakfast every
morning with these goodies.
Is anyone else as excited as I am for the 4th of July? I'll be in England
where I’ll be watching Ozzy performing with Black Sabbath in Hyde Park in the
heart of London. My darling Ozzy and I
will also be celebrating our 32nd wedding anniversary - oh how time flies! How
are you celebrating?
All My Love,
Hello! How has your week been? What’s been going on? Don’t be shy, let’s hear it!
I just got back to Los Angeles, I had been on tour with Ozzy in Abu Dhabi and Russia. It was absolutely spectacular! I had the most wonderful time and I was able to stay on track with Atkins.
I think that says a lot about the program. It is flexible enough to stick to anywhere you go, from grandma’s house to Abu Dhabi! I think that has been a big part of why Atkins has worked for me. I don’t have a predictable lifestyle (who does these days?!), and with Atkins, that’s ok!
It is adaptable to your life for people all around the world, and once you’re in the maintenance phase of your weight loss, you can add in little things you like without throwing yourself off track. And, if you do start to feel off, you can always rely on strictly sticking to phase 1 to pull you right back in line. I think of it as my boot camp or my booty camp!
Now, this is not a permission slip to go off the deep end! This means you can mix in things like berries and low-carb breads on occasion. You’re all smart people, you know how to listen to your bodies and you know when you’re giving yourself too much leeway. Nevertheless, there is a bit of leeway to be given!
Atkins is adaptable enough to be molded and shaped in such a way that suits your lifestyle. Would you agree? Have you done this? What are some things you’ve been able to adapt over the years? Any why has this been important to you?
All My Love and Support,
Hello! How are you? What’s been going on? I had a fabulous time in New York last week with The Talk, but it’s good to be back home.
I cannot wait to celebrate Memorial Day this weekend! I’ve been going non-stop, so it will be so good to relax with friends and family. It’s been a while since we’ve had a proper break! Is anyone else looking forward to the holiday? What have you got planned?
I’m not totally sure what I’ll be doing. I usually have such a tight schedule, so I’m looking forward to having a day without one! Freedom! I’ll probably stop by a few of my girlfriends’ cookouts, but I love that I can live in the moment and not have my holiday controlled by food.
There’s loads of things I can eat anywhere I go with Atkins, so I don’t have to worry about special preparations. Can you imagine? Showing up places with a blender? Or a stopwatch to make sure you've got the right amount of time in between meals? No wonder those diets don’t work out! Live your life! Have a burger! I’ll take one with lettuce, tomato, cheese, and bacon! How about you? What will you be having?
And what will you be wearing? They say Memorial Day to Labor Day is the time to wear white, and now that I don’t have to hide my body in dark clothing, I’ll be wearing lots of it!
All My Love and Support,
How are you? Tell me what’s been going on, I want to know! What was the
highlight of your week?
been on Atkins now for about a year and a half, and there’s no question about
it, it works. It’s fast, it’s not hard, and if you follow the plan you’ll reach
your goal weight.
spent so much of my life thinking about losing weight and reaching my goal
weight, but I never thought about what would actually happen when I got there!
Until I got going on Atkins, I don’t think I even considered that reaching my
goal weight was a real possibility. It was like Johnny Depp, a distant fantasy.
when I got to my goal weight I fell right into a trap. Relaxation. If I was at
a party and they were serving sliders, I wouldn’t bother to take off the bun.
If it was one of the girls’ birthday at The Talk, I’d have one of the cupcakes
they brought in. I was still on track with my meals, but I started giving myself
more leeway with the rules.
sugar cravings started to creep back in, and I couldn’t stand it. It didn’t
feel good! I had to wean myself off sugar again and get back to following all
the rules. I love the way I feel living the low-carb lifestyle, and I never
want to turn back.
saw how slippery the slope could be, and was reminded that my old habits would
bring back all the old feelings. Stay away from the trap and off the slope!
my Love and Support,