Sharon Osbourne's Blog
Los Angeles, California
Tips for Success
Never skip a meal!
Favorite Atkins-Friendly Food
Roasted turkey with green beans
Hello! How are you all doing? I want to hear what’s going on, who’s got something to celebrate? Who needs some support? Go on, let’s hear it!
Last week I went on “The Doctors” to talk about how I’ve finally overcome my life-long struggle with my weight through Atkins, and that is definitely something to celebrate! It was great to talk about this with Dr. Travis and Dr. Ian because they were able to help me bust some myths and answer health questions as only doctors can.
They’re a tough group, and right after they praised my decision to get healthy on Atkins, they drilled into me about the dangers of some of the things I’ve tried in past years to lose weight and introduced me to the most shocking, outrageous diet I’ve ever heard of, the tongue diet. I cannot believe people are allowed to do this! They put you under anesthesia and sew a patch to your tongue so eating solid food is very uncomfortable and you have to do a liquid diet.
They said the average person who does this loses 16-20 pounds in the 1 month that the patch is on. There was a woman sitting in audience who had just had the procedure done the day before, and you could see the stitches in her tongue from the stage. I felt so bad for her. Not just because she had to be in pain, but because she would think that she literally had to torture herself to lose 16-20 pounds! I jumped out of my seat!
I lost 11 pounds in my first two weeks on Atkins, and in 6 weeks, I lost 23 pounds. That’s a similar amount of weight. I know what it’s like to be in that woman’s position and be willing to do crazy things to lose weight, but if you’ve tried Atkins, you know you don’t have to!
Don’t sew anything to your tongue!
All my love and support,
I cannot believe it has been a whole year since I got started on Atkins. Time has flown by, and so much has changed.
I’m feeling more confident now, I'm much more comfortable in my clothes. My health has improved, and I’m walking more than ever.
Atkins is something that I do for myself. It’s not for anybody else, it’s for me, and I like that. It’s also something I can rely on. No matter what else is going on in my life, I’m in control of my weight and what I’m eating. I don’t go sabotaging myself anymore. When I’m mad or sad, I’m not running off to the fridge for an ice cream.
I haven’t had potato chips or fizzy drinks in a year and I do not miss them at all, especially the fizzy drinks.
When I first got started, I was uncomfortable in my clothes, uncomfortable in my skin, and that’s not nice, it’s the worst feeling to have. If you’re feeling that way, you can change that.
I was talking about all this on KTLA the other morning and the anchors were surprised to hear you can have chocolate on Atkins. Yes! They have these little chocolate candies that are absolutely fabulous! I’ve got loads of them in my dressing room because everyone at “The Talk” is always coming in to steal them!
So how about you? What is different about your life since you’ve started on Atkins? Are you going steady or needing support? Let’s hear all about it!
All My Love and Support,
- GO FOR A WALK! I like walking because it’s not intimidating and it’s easy to see your progress. It’s also a fabulous opportunity to bond with your spouse or catch up with your friends. Give it a go! Start with 5 minutes a day and you’ll be surprised how quickly you progress.
- COOL DOWN IN THE POOL! I enjoyed playing in the pool this year with my grandbaby Pearl. If you have little ones, what a magnificent way to bond with them…you won’t even realize you’re exercising.
- LIFT WEIGHTS. The one takes a little time to work up to, but I love it. It feels great!
- ENJOY YOURSELF! Seriously. On Atkins you should never feel hungry or deprived, this isn’t something you need to force yourself through. It’s a different lifestyle, one you should enjoy. And as you start experiencing the benefits, the weight loss, the extra energy, put them to good use enjoying your time with friends and family.
- DON’T LOSE YOUR HEAD! There are so many treats I find difficult to resist, but I have to remember that just one bite leads to just one more, and then I have to go through the whole detox process of weaning myself off sugar again. Remember your motivation and stick with it.
- START AT YOUR VERY NEXT MEAL. Stop putting it off. Stop punishing yourself with negative thoughts. Make the decision to change and DO IT. You’ve got to just jump right in- both feet in the pool! And don’t you dare wait until Monday! By Monday, you might have already have lost weight.
- CLEAR OUT THE JUNK! If there’s junk food in the house, it’s got to go! Out of sight, out of mind.
- STOCK UP ON HEALTHY SNACKS YOU LIKE. I keep two-bite rosemary chicken roll-ups, fresh cut vegetables (with Atkins bleu cheese dressing), and whipped cream cheese wrapped in arugula and green onion in the fridge at home and at work.
- GET CREATIVE WITH YOUR BEVERAGES. I swear by sparkling water with lime and fresh mint. It’s my favorite! Recently, I’ve also gotten into iced green tea, which is a fabulous pick-me-up and is loaded with antioxidants.
- KEEP CHANGING UP YOUR MENU! There are so many different recipes to choose from, there is just no excuse to get bored on Atkins. Make a point to explore new recipes each season.
|Hello! How are you? Have any of you had friends or family members go on Atkins with you? What was their experience like? I want to hear your stories and I want to introduce you to my assistant Julie, who would like to share a story of her own.
Hi! When Sharon went on Atkins about a year ago, I decided to do it with her for support. Of course I thought it would be great to get healthy as well, but I had no idea this experience would change my life. I now have a healthy relationship with food, I’ve learned to control portions, and I make healthier choices. I’m not perfect. I won’t lie, there are times when I cheat. But when I cheat I don’t go overboard with it. I’ll have ONE coke or TWO French fries, and that’s my cheat. That’s it. I’m not gorging myself on way too much food anymore because I don’t want to. I don’t need to.
Some people think Atkins is all about meat, but that’s not true. You can do Atkins as a vegetarian or a vegan and never want for anything. Per the Buddhist religion, I had to eat vegan for 49 days, so I did 49 days vegan on Atkins, and never ran out of options.
Also, as a person of Asian heritage, I thought it would be hard not to eat rice, but I eat cauliflower rice, tofu noodles, and have never felt deprived. It’s actually pretty easy. I can still have the Asian foods I’m accustomed to, I just skip the rice.
Since I started on Atkins, I have lost 35 pounds, had my clothes taken in twice, and I can’t wait to buy new clothes once I’ve reached my goal weight! I’m down 6 sizes in pants and I feel like I can shop anywhere now.
Atkins works when you do it right. No matter what your background is or special needs are, Atkins is flexible enough to work for you.
Thank you for reading my story. Below are some of my favorite Atkins-friendly vegan dishes for those of you who are interested in going vegan or vegetarian on Atkins.
Breakfast: Low-carb waffles with no butter and vegan sausage.
Lunch: Raw Kale salad with grilled tempeh and roasted tomatoes in a lemon zested veganaise & olive oil dressing.
Dinner: Tofu pasta with broccoli and grilled steak tofu. (Tofu has no carbs so you can do anything with it.)
Snacks: Kale chips
, vegan sausages with hot mustard, and olives.
Hello! How is your summer going so far? I hope you are all doing well.
I wanted to talk about something that I struggle with…sugar. Now I know I can’t be the only one – does anyone else struggle with sugar? It is literally addictive! I’ve found that if I have some chocolates or a few bites of something sweet that I have to go through the whole detox process of weaning myself of sugar again, which is so frustrating. How do you deal with it?
I try to avoid it, but I’ve been traveling back and forth to the UK for work and there are so many treats over there that are hard to resist. When I’m really tempted, I think of how I used to feel when I would try on pants and the top button would pop open, or when I couldn’t fit into my jackets, and I remember that it’s just not worth it to start with the sugar.
I was talking about it with my son Jack the other day, and he told me a funny quote from “Men In Black III.”
“- Do you know what’s the most destructive force in the universe?
That made me laugh. Hopefully you enjoyed it as well and can laugh about it the next time you’re faced with the sugar struggle.
All My Love and Support,
|Hello! How are you? I hope you are having a fabulous Friday! Now that the weather is a bit warmer, does anyone have plans to get out and get some fresh air this weekend?
I’ve been doing loads of traveling back and forth to the UK for work, but as soon as I get the chance, I can’t wait to take my granddaughter Pearl for a walk in her stroller. A few weeks ago, one woman said that she wanted to get healthy so she could go bike riding with her grandkids – what a fabulous motivation! Is there anyone else who has goals involving their loved ones? Or anyone who is doing things outdoors with friends or family that they haven’t done in a long time? Speak up!
This is this first time in ages that I’ve found myself looking forward to being outdoors in the summer. When I was carrying around extra weight, I was always wearing black and keeping myself covered up, so I just couldn’t stand to be outside in the heat. Surely I’m not the only one who has felt this way?
Recently I’ve started wearing lighter things like t-shirts, maxi skirts, and Capri pants, which are much more suitable for warm weather. What a difference! I have a lot more options to choose from on a day to day basis, and now that I don’t feel like I’m roasting all the time, I'm able to enjoy summer so much more!
Even at work, I have a lot more freedom when it comes to my wardrobe. The other night I wore a dress with an open back – something I would have never even considered a year ago. I thought certain styles like open-back dresses just weren’t right for my body, but it was the lifestyle I was living and the foods that I was eating that weren’t right for my body.
So, how about you? What summer activities are you enjoying this year? Are you feeling more comfortable in summery clothes? Have you hit a wall? What’s the latest? Let’s hear it!
All My Love and Support,
PS- If you saw the Atkins gift bag Mario Lopez and I opened a few weeks ago on Extra, you might be able to win one! Check their Facebook page for all the details.
|Hello! How are you? I can’t believe it’s summer already! Any special plans?
I just got finished taping a segment on Extra about looking and feeling your best this summer, and I’ve shared some photos from the shoot if you’d like to have a look.
There is one of me getting my makeup touched-up before the shoot in Extra’s green room, and you can see they have set out some snacks for everyone. I’m always saying that I love how Atkins fits into my daily life and that it’s livable, and this is a perfect example. I didn’t have to make a fuss about getting special snacks or show up with a blender to make some wicked concoction, I could just choose something from the food they set out. The chicken skewers and crisp romaine worked perfectly!
When I finally sat down with Mario, I talked about changing my lifestyle and losing weight with Atkins, as well as some of the new goodies they have out there like the frozen meals. We cleared up some old misconceptions some people might have had about Atkins and broke open one of the Starter Packs. I started to explain what was in it, but he went right for the chocolate brownie bar!
There are some great photos of Mario and I digging in to the starter pack, and there is one last photo we took for all of you!
It was a lot of fun, look for the interview tonight on Extra!
All My Love and Support,
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,