January 12, 2014

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NoOodle is made of 97% water & 3% soluble fiber also known as Glucomannan fiber. Glucomannan is a water-soluble dietary fiber. Derived from the roots of the Asian Konjac plant, Glucomannan boasts many health and wellness benefits.

Top 10 Benefits of Eating NoOodle

  1. Zero calories— the glucomannan in NoOodle contributes no calories and when consumed as part of a meal reduces the net caloric content of the meal.  The calories come from what else one puts on the noodles.
  2. Lowers calorie uptake— the glucomannan in NoOodle increases the viscosity of the gastro-intestinal content and reduces rate of food (calories, fat, cholesterol, sugar) absorption in the small intestine.  The net effect of consuming a meal with NoOodle is that one absorbs less calories from the other foods eaten with it.
  3. Promotes satiety— the glucomannan in NoOodle is made up largely of water which fills one up quickly giving the feeling of satisfaction.  One tends to eat less when NoOodle is part of the meal.
  4. Delays hunger— the glucomannan in NoOodle increases the viscosity of gastro-intestinal content and extends the feeling of fullness so one doesn’t feel hungry for an extended period of time.
  5. Modulates glucose spikes— the glucomannan in NoOodle reduces the rate of glucose absorption in the small intestine and prevents blood glucose from spiking (clinically proven to be more effective than xanthan gum and psyllium).  Stirring in NoOodles into ice cream and parfaits helps one enjoy treats with less absorption of sugar.
  6. Modulates insulin surges— the glucomannan in NoOodle, by slowing glucose uptake in the small intestine, reduces the body’s need for insulin.
  7. Cholesterol reducing agent— the glucomannan in NoOodle, by virtue of its viscosity, traps the cholesterol from foods and also the cholesterol released by the body and prevents it from being re-absorbed.  A meal containing NoOodle in addition to flushing out cholesterol from the GI tract will also contribute to reducing cholesterol in the blood cholesterol.  Cholesterol reduction is further enhanced when glucomannan is combined with other cholesterol reducing agents such as plant sterols and chitosan.
  8. Regularity / laxative effect— glucomannan is a dietary fiber and prevents constipation by increasing bulk in the colon without the discomfort associated with most other dietary fibers.
  9. Anti-inflammatory activity— although the mechanism is still being investigated, the positive effect of glucomannan on skin inflammation is well known among its users.  For centuries NoOodle like products have been part of Eastern traditional medicine.
  10. Prebiotic activity— serves as food for bacteria in the colon and helps enhance immunity.  Foods that promote the growth of healthy bacteria have innumerable health benefits for people of all ages and genders.

I know it is hard. Whatever you do… don’t give up!

How are you guys doing on the NoOodle diet?

It is day 12 and I am staying the course. I am losing weight. I know for sure because my kids are the first to tell me  when I  have gained weight. Thankfully this morning Alex said. “Mom… your losing weight”. Jake added, “Yes you are. Keep up the hard work!” He is right, dieting is hard work. It takes planning, will power, execution and commitment.

I think most things worth doing are hard. Winning is hard. Reaching success is hard. Building a business from nothing is hard.

Actually, being an entrepreneur is  the hardest thing I have ever done. Everyday is a challenge and success does not come without great sacrifice. A couple of months ago I was a guest speaker at the “intro to business” classes at my son’s high school, Deerfield High. One of the kids asked me during the Q @ A, “Do you ever feel like quitting?” I laughed and said, ” Yes, of course! I have wanted to quit many times over the years. I usually get really down, especially when others close to me don’t believe I can do it. The days when I feel all along in my journey of creating a new NoOodle world  are the hardest. The truth is I am not alone. I have created a tribe of people who love NoOodle and a small tribe of partners who are on my side working with me everyday. Wanting to quit is just a feeling.  The next day I always wake up with renewed inspiration to keep going and I do.

I am a very competitive person. I don’t play sports or games unless their is a really good chance that I will win. Being an entrepreneur is the most competitive game I have ever played.  I have taken great risks against great odds. Everything sometimes looks like it’s standing in my way. People, banks, companies, railroad tracks ( aka distribution), the  economic environment. It can feel like I am  up against the entire world.  If you are an entrepreneur , you know what I mean. In order to get past these road blocks you must stay strong and stay the course. Especially during those days and times when you feel like quitting.

Think about your life. When are you truly growing as a human being? Is it when your on vacation? Is it when life is easy? I don’t think so.  We grow the most when we are learning, when the road today and  ahead is difficult. It can take years, even decades, to reach your goals. Somehow those who succeed and succeed big stay the course and fight thru all the road blocks.

Dieting is hard work. My advice, take it one day at a time and  keep going.  I promise that you will see great results. Anything & everything that you want for yourself and your life is possible (-:

Chef Terri

P. S. - here is one of my favorite salad recipes made with NoOodle, Enjoy!

Seared Blackened Ahi Tuna Salad

Ingredients:

1 drained tomato infused meal starter

1 cup arugula

1 tablespoon balsamic vinageratte

1 ounce pineapple ( this is a treat) sliced thin & grilled

4 ounces ahi tuna

1 tablespoon blackened spice

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 teaspoon of wasabi yogurt

1 tablespoon greek yogart

I teaspoon wasabi

Steps:

1. Prepare ahi tuna. Place tuna in blackened spices on both sides. On a high heat put olive oil into a skillet and get really hot. Place tuna on skillet for one minute then turn for another minute, turn on edges to cook the entire outside. I love my tuna raw so  for me this is finished. If you want it a bit more cooked finished in oven ( 350degrees) for 5 minutes. Let sit for 5 minutes then thinly slice.

2. Prepare Grilled Pineapple. If it winter in Chicago so I like to use flames on my stove top. On Low heat using a tong place pineapple on flame for 2 minutes on each side. Set aside.

3. Prepare wasabi healthy aioli. Mix the greek yogart with the wasabi. set aside.

4. Toss arugula with your homemade balsamic vinegarette ( My recipe is posted on day 2 in my blog)

5. On plate layer arugula and NoOodles. Top it off with the pineapple wheel and then arrange the ahi tuna into a flower, place on top of the pineapple. Then add the dollop of wasabi yogurt on top . Enjoy. This was a big winner at my restaurant. The spice with the sweet from the pineapple was a great combination that everyone loved.


Chef Terri Rodgers
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2 Comments

Dee
Dee

July 13, 2015

cindyexcellent comments! sotmmiees it takes me awhile to realize that i am getting wrapped in a drama that belongs to someone else. but i always figure out a way to extricate myself. the decisions to focus on what i can change is a good one and one i have practiced for many years. (sounds like the serenity prayer) following through with the action takes a measure of internal courage for me. a lot of courage for me in fact. one of the simple tools i use to help myself is a simple stop and start list. for example, if i recognize that i am engaging in a behavior like reading negative unhelpful news article, i put that behavior on my stop list. i am always careful to add a good start behavior as well, since nature abhors a vacuum! hugs to all reading today.

Dee
Dee

July 13, 2015

cindyexcellent comments! sotmmiees it takes me awhile to realize that i am getting wrapped in a drama that belongs to someone else. but i always figure out a way to extricate myself. the decisions to focus on what i can change is a good one and one i have practiced for many years. (sounds like the serenity prayer) following through with the action takes a measure of internal courage for me. a lot of courage for me in fact. one of the simple tools i use to help myself is a simple stop and start list. for example, if i recognize that i am engaging in a behavior like reading negative unhelpful news article, i put that behavior on my stop list. i am always careful to add a good start behavior as well, since nature abhors a vacuum! hugs to all reading today.

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