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About Philly

Philadelphia is my legal name, but you may call me Philly :) I'm a mother to four amazing children, and a Sourcing Specialist in Financial Services. Life is good.

Two blogs… Check out my FIRST one :)

I originally started out on Blogger, then migrated to WordPress.

I have committed to continuing my Low Carb Mom’s blog on Blogger.

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Two cheat weeks (ugh)….

Two cheat weeks (ugh)....

I feel icky, seriously! I’ve had nearly two weeks being OFF of low-carb eating. The plan is return full-on on August 3rd (I’ll be doing the fat fast to get back into Ketosis quicly).

I can REALLY tell a difference in my energy level having been off of low-carb for a couple weeks now, even though I have been working out 2-4 days a week… I can tell a difference in the way my clothes are fitting, too.

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by | August 2, 2013 · 1:28 am

Picture Update

Haven’t posted since April, and for that I sincerely apologize.

I have made lots of additions to the Pinterest Board  (please follow me!)


Feeling pretty amazing these days, as I do workout often at Planet Fitness ( I LOVE the massages after the workout – it’s like a reward for doing the workout).
I’ve been doing Squats on the Assisted Squat Machine (also known as the Smith Machine), and seeing real results.  I also do at least 1 -2 miles on Eliptical and walk backwards on a treadmill (which is an awesome workout on quads).



Until next time!!

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It’s not just a dessert – you can use it as a breakfast “cereal”!

I am really loving the Walnuts + Redi Whip + Cinnamon.  I even ate some for breakfast yesterday (although I got a stomach ache from consuming too many Walnuts – so keep it at one serving a day).  

Health Benefit of Walnuts:

What illnesses can be treated with walnuts?

1. Cardiovascular

Since 60 percent of walnut contents is unsaturated fat as well as potassium and magnesium, it is recommended for patients with various heart diseases and high blood pressure. Studies have shown that walnuts can reduce the level of “harmful” cholesterol in the blood. And thanks to large amounts of vitamin E walnuts strengthens the walls of blood vessels.

2. Thyroid gland disease

Since walnuts contain iodine, they are effective in fighting diseases associated with the thyroid gland. A special brew of walnut septum can also be used in the treatment of thyroid diseases.

3. Mental activity

  • It has been long proven that walnuts contain a range of biologically active substances that have a positive effect on the vessels of the brain (above all, it is the Omega-3). Therefore, they are recommended for people engaged in intense mental or physical labor.

4. Prostate cancer

Recently, scientists from the Cancer Center at the University of California Davis (USA) found that consumption of walnuts slows down the growth and reduces the size of cancerous tumors of the prostate gland. This was revealed during laboratory experiments on mice. Perhaps the remedy could be effective for people as well.

“In addition, walnuts have anti-inflammatory properties, promote healing of wounds,” – says Anna Protsenko. “Thanks to the contents of iron and cobalt, they can be used in the treatment of anemia. They promotes regular bowel movements. For these purposes, large quantities of nuts should be consumed on a regular basis for a month or longer, and such dose is not good for everyone, therefore you should consult with your doctor first.

“Do not forget that walnuts are very high in calories,” warns the consultant. “100 grams of walnuts contains approximately 650 calories. This is more than a chocolate bar! This should be remembered by those with weight issues. Experts recommend eating no more than 3 to 4 kernels a day. “Overdose” may cause problems with gastro-intestinal tract such as constipation, upset stomach, etc. Everything depends on the individual characteristics of your body.

According to Anna Protsenko, walnuts are not recommended for those with certain diseases of the intestinal system, such as enteritis and colitis.

Link to full article here. 

Health Benefits of Cinnamon:

Here are 10 Health Benefits of Cinnamon that may make you want to include it in your diet every day.

Lower Cholesterol
Studies have shown that just 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon per day can lower LDL cholesterol.

Blood Sugar Regulation
Several studies suggest that cinnamon may have a regulatory effect on blood sugar, making it especially beneficial for people with Type 2 diabetes.

Yeast Infection Help
In some studies, cinnamon has shown an amazing ability to stop medication-resistant yeast infections.

Cancer Prevention
In a study published by researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Maryland, cinnamon reduced the proliferation of leukemia and lymphoma cancer cells.

It has an anti-clotting effect on the blood.

Arthritis Relief
In a study at Copenhagen University, patients given half a teaspoon of cinnamon powder combined with one tablespoon of honey every morning before breakfast had significant relief in arthritis pain after one week and could walk without pain within one month.

When added to food, it inhibits bacterial growth and food spoilage, making it a natural food preservative.

Brain Health
One study found that smelling cinnamon boosts cognitive function and memory.

E. Coli Fighter
Researchers at Kansas State University found that cinnamon fights the E. coli bacteria in unpasteurized juices.

High in Nutrients
It is a great source of manganese, fiber, iron, and calcium.

Link to full article here. 

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New favorite low-carb dessert!

New favorite low-carb dessert!

Pecans (can use almonds, walnuts, etc) + 2-4 tbsp Redi Whip + Cinnamon sprinkled on top. YUM!!

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by | April 22, 2013 · 4:13 am

I’m baaaaack!

Sorry for the long hiatus.  I am back to Livin’ Low-Carb 🙂

8 days strong, back on Induction.  It feels good to be back!

I’m keeping it very simple with my meal plans.  Lots of sausage, cheddar cheese, onions & eggs for breakfast (scrambled together).

Bacon Ranch Salads for lunch.

Garlic chicken + Spinach for dinner.

Easy peasy – but it’s about keeping it as simple as possible.  I’m a mom of four, and I run a recruiting business – so easy is my best friend right now.  I will keep at a simple meal plan for about 21 days while I get back into the habit of eating Low-Carb.  This is simple to apply willpower to this endeavor for me, but I understand a lot of people struggle with eating the same foods.  I completely understand that, so please – check out my Pinterest board for more ideas on Induction-friendly foods / meal plan ideas.

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My daughter had a good idea of taking a picture everyday to do a timeline of my progress.  I am really considering doing this, but it will take massive courage to take pictures of myself in a swimsuit / bikini.  I am on a mission to look like Amanda (see previous post about ‘Operation Sports Model’).  We’ll see… I may muster up enough courage to do the daily pics.

Until next time 🙂

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Picture update

So sorry. I have been working a LOT lately. And just moved. Here’s a picture update for now.


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