No problem on the shakes! I think the Chocolate Royal are the best ones. I freeze them and eat them as a slushie type drink. But, be careful with those South Beach Bars. They are iffy, even on Phase Two. But, the thing that makes Phase one work so well, is you are eliminating all carbs. You just might notice slower weight loss incorporating sugar in like that.
And as far as the constipation, you might not be eating enough veggies, you definitly need the ruffage. Personally, it has the opposite effect. (TMI Alert) I go like everytime I go to the bathroom. Not like a lot, but I just become really regular.
Here’s my favorite veggie recipe:
Vegetable Primavera –
This is really good as a side dish, or you can add in a pound of shrimp for a whole meal.
1 Small/Medium Spaghetti Squash
1 half each – Red, Yellow, Orange and Green Bell Pepper, chopped coarsely
1 small onion, chopped coarsely
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 can, “No Salt Added” diced tomatoes
1 cup quartered button mushrooms
2 tbs EVOO
1 tsp Italian seasoning
¼ tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
1 tsp Splenda (you can add a little more if you feel the sauce is still a little too acidic)
Salt and Pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 350º. Cut spaghetti squash in half lengthwise and remove seeds. Scrape clean and place cut side down in large baking dish. Pour in water to about an inch in pan. Poke holes in squash and place in oven for about 30 minutes, or until soft. After baking, let cool until it can be handled and take fork and scrape out the “noodles.”
While the squash is in the oven – in a large pot, pour 2 tbs of EVOO and add in the onion and garlic. Sauté until onions are transparent. Add in peppers and mushrooms until tender. Pour in canned tomatoes, and add seasonings. Simmer for 20 minutes, stirring often.
Add noodles to sauce, grate fresh parmesan cheese over the top and serve immediately.
*If adding shrimp, add right before noodles and let them cook in the sauce.