Saturday, December 31, 2011

How About a Month of Daily Phase One Recipes to Start the New Year!

It's time for Phase One Recipes like these Asian Lettuce Wraps with Spicy Ground Turkey Filling!

When the calendar flips to a new year, lots of us take stock of our lives and decide what needs to change.  I don't talk much about my personal goals on the blog, but pretty much every January they include a return to Phase One of the South Beach Diet for a few weeks.  Every year I post only Phase One recipes during January to help with that.  This year I'm taking it a step farther by making a commitment to feature a tasty Phase One Recipe on Kalyn's Kitchen every day for the month of January.  And I feel like I should talk about one of the reasons I decided to do that. I say "should talk about" because this post is not something I wanted to write.  When you have a blog that helps other people lose weight, it's hard write a post saying you have gained weight yourself.

I started Kalyn's Kitchen in 2005 after I'd lost 42 pounds on the South Beach Diet and was excited to share the recipes that helped me do it.  On my About Page it claims that "I've managed to maintain my weight loss" and for many years that was completely true.  Then in 2010 I started gaining/losing weight but never losing quite as much as I gained (sound familiar?)  And although I'm certainly not fat, (and most people don't seem to really notice I've gained weight), currently I am definitely heavier than I'd like to be.  And when I realized I was starting to feel a little dishonest every time I saw that About Page, I knew I had to talk about it on the blog.

I could blame the weight gain on two years of stressful events in my life, including a few health issues and the death of my father in January of 2011, but the truth is the reason I gained weight is because I made bad choices about what I ate too many times until I started to lose the good habits I had maintained for so long.  For several months now I've been planning how to get out of this slump and make 2012 be the year when I get back to the weight that makes me feel best.

I realized how it would help me stay motivated if I committed to post a Phase One recipe each day during January, and when I mentioned it on the Kalyn's Kitchen Facebook Page there was overwhelming support for the idea.  Some days there will be new recipes and some days I'll feature one of my favorite Phase One recipes from the past.  Of course, there's a whole Index of Phase One Recipes on the blog, but I hope this month of Phase One recipes will be extra helpful for readers who are starting Phase One in January, which I know many people do every year.  

There are a couple of ways to make sure you see all the Phase One Recipes:

~The easiest way is to become an e-mail subscriber to Kalyn's Kitchen and you'll get the photo and first paragraph of each new recipe once a day by e-mail.  (You can click through when you want to read the rest.) 

~You can also follow me on Twitter or Like Kalyn's Kitchen on Facebook to see announcements of each recipe.

~If you're currently subscribed to the blog by RSS you may want to back it up with one of these other methods during January, because past recipes that are updated often don't show up in the RSS feed. 

For anyone reading this who may be new to the South Beach Diet or new to my blog, you can see more posts that might be helpful under the tab South Beach at the top of the blog.

Now that I've written this I am going to take a big deep breath, regroup, and start my plans for a healthier year.  Thanks in advance for the ongoing support for me and my blog.  I know 2012 is the year when I'll get back to the weight where I feel best, and that the support from readers will be one of the things that helps me to do it.

(Edit:  I am coming back to add this link for the January 2012 archives, which will let you see all the phase one recipes featured during the month.)

55 comments:

  1. I'm looking forward to this month! What a great idea. I wish you the best in your goals to get back on track. I'm working on that myself.

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  2. Kalyn you must be so much healthier than me - your blog is a constant source of inspiration. Have a great 2012!

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  3. Kalyn thanks for sharing your dilemma, after Christmas and several family birthdays this week, I'm ready to try as many of your January phase one recipes as are suited to our summer conditions. Here's to being consistent with wise choices in 2012! Happy New Year.

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  4. It's hard to admit something like that to, essentially, the world, but I'm so glad you did! I'm trying to lose 20 pounds this year to get back to a happy weight and knowing that I'm not alone and have the support of so many is definitely helpful.

    We can do this, Kalyn!

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  5. Kalyn, I too have gained too much weight in 2011 and resolve to lose it this year. I am thrilled to have you as a resource. I am committing to the South Beach Diet and it will be a pleasure to use your wonderful recipes. Happy New Year and good luck to us all!

    Helene
    @hbludman (on Twitter)
    www.booksiswonderful.wordpress.com

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  6. January is a wonderful time to recommit to healthy eating and weight loss. Thanks for inspiring all of us.

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  7. My daughter and I love your recipes and I have made you red beans and rice more than once!

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  8. Happy New Year, Kalyn! Wishing you good health, happiness and success in all your goals! Best, T.W.

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  9. You have helped so many and now we all can help you. Thank you for your honest post and keeping it real - we all have struggles and so many factors play into weight loss/maintenance. I think this blog is such a great "meeting place" for those of us on South Beach - terrific recipes and kind/intelligent support = success!
    We'll get back on track together! All the best in 2012! Greg

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  10. Ah - been there and done that. More than once. I'm a big fan of SBD and it works for me. But sometimes I forget that little fact and start slipping myself. Sigh.

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  11. Thank you everyone for the nice words and support. I am really looking forward to getting back on track!

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  12. Go team Kalyn! I'm putting a better, healthier diet at the top of my resolution list so your January posts will be much savored at my home I'm sure. Thank you for sharing your struggles, we all have them, and coming together is a fabulous way to propel us all toward our goals. XO in the NY!

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  13. This is just terrific. I admire your forthrightness (who can't relate?) and though I have a mostly healthy diet and have not gained enough weight for people to notice (I hide it well) my clothes are tight and I need to drop down to size. This just makes it so much easier. It's not so much of a new year's resolution, as an opportunity to be conscious of what goes in one's mouth! No question the new year is as good a place to start as any, especially since it is upon us! Thanks, Kalyn

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  14. This Asian wrap dish with turkey looks so delicious. Thanks for the inspiring dish. Wishing you happy and healthy 2012!

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  15. Kalyn - I am looking forward to seeing your daily Phase One posts, it will help keep all of us on track too!

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  16. I'd love to drop some weight in the new year, so I'll be anxiously awaiting your posts. Happy New Year!

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  17. I've never done South Beach, but I've followed your blog long enough to know that you can do phase one and still enjoy amazing food. Loved your recent phase one soup post, and I have a couple on my list of recipes to try!

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  18. Looking forward to getting back on track w/ healthy eating this week. I'll be dropping in for lots of inspiration! Happy New Year, Kalyn!

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  19. Hi Kalyn,
    Thanks. I also need a kick in the Phase One pants, and I'm going to work right along with you to get back to where I know I should (can?) be! BTW, I love those lettuce cups with the spicy turkey filling. Great place to start!
    Deb

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  20. Best of luck reclaiming the good choices habit. I have enjoyed your posts for a couple years now. I don't specifically follow SB but you have healthy but more importantly, yummy recipes. I started with WW the Wednesday after Thanksgiving and have been successful through the holidays by focusing on making smart, healthy choices--hoping they become a habit. As you have shared; we have to stick to our good habits and remind ourselves every once in while to get back to the basics.
    Happy New Year.

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  21. Happy New Year Kalyn. Best of luck to you with your weight loss journey this year. I know you'll have plenty of support here on your wonderful blog!

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  22. I appreciate your honesty, Kalyn. My story is similar. I am joining with you in my rededication to my health and the loss of these pounds that have slowly accumulated.

    I am eternally grateful to your generous sharing of your passion for creating healthful recipres! Infininite blessings to you!

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  23. I so do appreciate all the encouraging comments I'm getting. I feel like the whole internet is giving me a big hug and saying "You can do it!"

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  24. Well, glad to know I'm in such excellent company. Bring it on! Thanks, Kalyn!

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  25. Thank you Kalyn! I can't wait to see the recipes - you are so inspirational!

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  26. I wish I had your discipline Kalyn. I have no doubt you will achieve your weight loss goal. I shall enjoy this month of healthy recipes and hope to try some.

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  27. I know what you mean about the weight, it just kind of creeps up there. I've managed to get back to just 2 pounds above my goal, mindful eating and cardio do it for me! Happy new year!

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  28. Happy New Year Kalyn! I haven't commented in ages, but still LOVE all you do!! Thank you for thge month of Phase 1. Lord knows I need to lose weight. Great motivation! - nancy

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  29. Ohhh, your phase 1 recipes are the ones I'm most interested in so I'm really looking forward. I have a hard time with portion control so whenever I eat by myself I try to stick to a diet that is pretty low in carbs. Your blog has become such a great resource for me and I love reading your posts. A phase 1 post in January every day? Great!

    BF saw me opening your post on my iPhone and your lettuce wrap pic piqued his interest. It's hard to find phase 1 recipes that both of us like, but that one looks like one we'll both love.

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  30. Hey Kalyn, Good for you for putting it out there and then taking shape to make the change. :)

    I actually really enjoyed reading this recent NY Times article about the body changes that happen after weight loss, which can also explain how weight gain returns.

    Either way, more healthy recipes are always a great success to share. :)

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/01/magazine/tara-parker-pope-fat-trap.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1

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  31. Thank you everyone. I am looking forward to the challenges; both the challenge of getting myself back on track and the challenge of finding some new Phase One ideas that are really fabulous.

    Janet, interesting article. It makes me glad that I took charge of my weight when I did back in 2004.

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  32. Keeping weight off in, unfortunately, next to impossible for most people so don't berate yourself Kayln. There is an article right now on the "most popular" list in the NYTimes right now. Doesn't mean we shouldn't keep at it though and you are a great help. Thanks

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  33. Struggling here too! Love your blog - and I really appreciate your commitment to making South Beach dieting do-able and interesting!

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  34. Kalyn, I know it sounds cheesy and maybe obnoxious, but I'm so proud of you and your dedication. I'll be watching, learning, and hopefully following along on your journey. Thanks so much for sharing.

    Happy New Year,
    Dana

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  35. I've enjoyed your blog and recipes for many years. Your story is almost exactly mine -- lost almost 50 pounds using South Beach in the 2004-5 timeframe but now have gained it all back. Hoping I can make another turnaround. Thanks for the support.

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  36. I'm looking forward to the phase 1 recipes. I've been off track since I broke my knee in Sept. and have gained around 15lbs. So I told myself I would start phase 1 in the new year to loose, and get back on track to being healthy! Looking forward to the recipes!

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  37. After a couple of months of birthdays, holidays and other events with family and friends my jeans are also too tight...
    I'm glad you shared and am sure I will find great recipes this month on your blog that me whole family will love (it's so much easier when you're dieting and everyone eats what you eat).
    Happy healthy new year!

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  38. Thanks so much for posting this! I started SB back in 2008, and your blog and recipes have proved invaluable. As I've lost ~100 pounds, I often get people asking how I did it. I usually recommend the books and your site, as those are two of the things that have helped me the most.

    My weight has begun to creep back as well, and now we're expecting a new baby. Now I'm working on gaining healthy, minimal weight, which is tricky! I'm looking forward to your new and revisited recipes!

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  39. Hello Kalyn- thank you again for a great blog, and I'm glad to know, in a sort of weird way, that I'm not the only one who lapsed this year. I'm sorry to hear about it because I know how it feels, but it's nice to know I'm not alone.

    One thing that makes my 2011 lapse even harder for me is that I suffer from PCOS and when I screw up on my low GI diet, the symptoms get a lot worse. It's a bad cycle where I get more upset the more symptoms (acne, hair, abdominal weight gain, fatigue, menstrual irregularity) I have, and the more symptoms I have the more I get depressed about it, and the more depressed I get, the more I lapse. And then it starts all over again.

    I am going to do my very best to keep following the blog going into the new year. Together, we can all help each other out! Here's to a clean slate and a healthy, stronger 2012!

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  40. Thank you for your inspiration! Your story pretty much mimicks mine. I did great on South Beach, losing 20 pounds and keeping it off for a couple of years but then I slowly started to gain and then lose, but never losing as much as I gained. Stressful events led to bad eating, but like you I need to stop using that as an excuse for bad choices. Most people would not consider me heavy, but I know I feel better when I'm in the ideal weight range for my height. So I'm going to start again with you! Thanks for givng a place to look for for support.

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  41. Happy New Year, Kalyn, and thank you for sharing with us! I am looking forward to reversing an "upward" trend, much like you, and I know I can count on the 100 Days to help me get started on my way!

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  42. Happy New Year Kalyn. Looking forward to getting
    back on track. So very grateful to have you. All the very best for 2012.

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  43. These were fantastic! I topped them with some Sriracha hot sauce and Thai peanut sauce (with Splenda in place of the sugar). We loved them!

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  44. Kalyn, I've been enjoying your recipes for years now and have followed a "semi" South Beach Diet. Eight years ago I lost 15 pounds on SBD, but have gained back twice that, despite healthy eating and regular exercise. Some of this is my genetic destiny, much of it is post-menopausal, but I am committed to get back to two weeks of Phase One and see what happens. Not ready to start just yet, but will sometime in the next week or so, and can do it with your help. We're all in this together. Best of luck, and thanks for your great recipes

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  45. Thanks to all for the nice thoughts in these comments. Together we can all get back on track.

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  46. Your recipes and insights have proven quite helpful. Recovering from back surgery, lots of exercises are no longer an option. My 2 kids are dairy intolerant and your recipes allow me to prepare 1 meal. Yeah!!!! They just get to eat lots of carbs after meals while I do dishes because they are skinny : )

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  47. I'm so glad the recipes have been helpful for you!

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  48. I love the daily recipes!! I try to adapt alot of yours for vegetarian, but if you think of a few good phase 1 vegetarian dishes I'd love to hear them!

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  49. A, if you check the Phase One Index that's linked on the left sidebar, there is a section for phase one vegetarian dishes.

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  50. I love all the recipes that I have tried on your sight and look forward to getting back on track this year. I would also be curious to know how you transition to phase two. I have always struggled with this because I like the discipline of phase one and because I really like the phase one recipes that I have found, mostly from this sight. Thank you!

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  51. When I transition to phase two, I usually start by adding one thing per day like some rice, a piece of toast, or some fruit. Sometimes (if I still want to lose more) I do what I call phase 1.5, where I do phase one most of the time but occasionally eat a higher carb food. This is only for short periods of time though.

    I do eat on phase two most of the time, where I'm usually eating one or two things a day that are whole grains, fruit, or low-carb pasta.

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  52. good luck kalyn - eating well is a constant challenge - in my experience sometimes there are more important things in life than good food choices but hopefully when we need to take time out from eating well that we can get back on the wagon - will try and keep an eye on your january foods

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  53. Your the best. You pretty much guide all of my meal planning! Here is to an awesome 2012. Thanks for the help and honesty!

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  54. Johanna, hope you see some good veggie options.

    Thanks Helen. Comments like that really make my day.

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