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    Mon Dec 31, 2007 9:47 pm Groupie
    Ok, here is my new thread for the new year. Lifestyle changes. Sounds a lot better than diet, doesn't it? And it is more than a diet. Making healthy eating choices, exercising more, thinking positive, portion control and supporting each other. I am going to make some positive changes in my life, how about y'all? All of this info is from the book: MAGIC FOODS. Of course most of this stuff is just common sense! I am not concentrating much on how much fat, how many carbs, but rather on the glycemic load. I have a goal to lose 52 lb. and I can do it!

    I will be adding more to this as I get to exercising more. But I am going to walk twice a day, a mile each time. Then on Tuesdays and Thursday afternoons, I am going to go to the gym and work out for 30 minutes.

    Drink at least 6 glasses of water a day. I know you are supposed to do 8, but I will work my way up.

    We are going to eat desserts only on special occasions. We will eat very healthy, except for on Saturday mornings, when we have a proper breakfast.

    I am also going to be cutting out some of the meat in my diet - I love meat, but I eat way too much of it. Really watching my breads and potatoes, etc.

    As I am pretty much on a strict budget, I am going to try to cook with things that are pretty much around the house.

    I will be posting ideas and encouragment as we go. Recipes too!

    Starting in the morning: 3/4 cup Kashi Crunch for breakfast with 1% milk, 1/2 an apple, 4 oz. juice. I also take a B-complex sublingual with breakfast. Really helps me concentrate better at work and stay alert.

    Morning snack: 1/2 cup carrot sticks. Mini low-fat yogurt.

    Lunch: Tortilla wrap with 2 oz. deli turkey, lettuce, peppers, onion, tomatoes, pickles, mustard. Mineral water with lemon. 1/2 apple.

    Afternoon snack: 1 piece low-fat string cheese.

    Dinner: Turkey mignon: Turkey tenderloin wrapped in bacon. 1/2 cup brown rice with mushrooms. Steamed green beans. Ice water with Lemon. The turkey is just a breast tenderloin wrapped with bacon and then baked. The brown rice is just cooked in fat-free broth and mushrooms added to just warm them. The greenbeans are frozen, just steamed.

    Evening snack: 1 cup popcorn.

    Last edited by Snicklefritzie on Mon Dec 31, 2007 10:12 pm, edited 2 times in total
    Mon Dec 31, 2007 9:47 pm Groupie
    Best carbs: Pearled barley, oatmeal, bran cereal, muesli, lima beans, split peas, milk, soy milk, tomato juice, dried prunes, dried apricots, popcorn, yogurt, most vegs (except potatoes), lentils, all dried beans (except black-eyed peas), most fresh fruits and 100% fruit juice if limited to 6 ounces.

    Next best: Converted white rice, wild rice, brown rice, wheatberries, pasta cooked al dente, whole wheat pasta, rye crispbread, chocolate milk, apple juice, pineapple juice, dried figs, bananas, sweet potatoes, black-eyed peas, whole grain cereals, low-sugar cereals, regular Cream of Wheat, whole grain and sourdough bread.

    Worst: Potatoes, french fries, white bread, overcooked pasta, udon noodles, white rice, sticky rice, rice-based cereal, cornflakes, millet, instant Cream of Wheat, most baked goods, nondiet soda, sweetened fruit drinks, dried dates, rasins.
    Mon Dec 31, 2007 9:53 pm Groupie

    Best: Soy foods, fish and shellfish, poultry without skin, nuts, seeds, low-fat cheese, fat-free or 1% milk, fat-free or low-fat yogurt, eggs, split peas, lentils, green peas, all dry beans (except black-eyed peas).

    Next best: lean beef, extra-lean ground beef, lean pork, lean ham, lean lamb.

    Worst: Marbled beef, regular ground beef, pork ribs, pork sausage, bacon, bologna, salami, hot dogs, chicken with skin, whole milk, butter, cream, full-fat cheese.
    Mon Dec 31, 2007 9:55 pm Groupie

    Best: olive oil, canola oil, nuts, nut oils, seeds, flaxseeds, fatty fish, avocados.

    Next best: corn oil, soybean oil, safflower oil, sunflower oil.

    Worst: Fatty red meats, butter, cream, full-fat cheese, whole milk, premium ice cream, solid shortening, solid margarine, lard, mayonnaise, partially hydrogenated vegetable oils.
    Tasty Tidbits
    Tue Jan 01, 2008 6:35 am
    Forum Host
    I hope you don't mind snicklefritz but I stickied it. There's a lot of really good information here.

    I am thinking that I may follow a combination of the Food Doctors eating plan along with Slimming World's green/red food days. I am still formulating it in my mind, and there are about half a dozen brownies that still have to be gotten rid of. icon_redface.gif

    Right now I have a cabbage and potato soup on the stove for our lunch. I am sorely tempted to add cheese to it, but will refrain. icon_biggrin.gif
    Tue Jan 01, 2008 9:56 am Groupie
    Thanks Marie!! I had my Kashi Crunch for breakfast, but discovered it is a little on the sweet side for me, so I only ate 1/2 cup. I think I will save it for snacks rather than breakfast. Other than that, I am on course!! 222 calories and 2 of my fruit/veg servings.

    I am very interested in any tips that anyone else might have, please share some of your tips with us Marie! After all, you lost 2 stone on that plan before, right?

    I work until 1 and then taking a walk, then work on some needlework and things until around 4, take another walk, fix supper and back to work at 6 until 10.

    I wanted to go to the gym this afternoon, it being Tuesday, but was shot down already - they are closed for New Year's! Oh well, walking anyway, they will be open Thursday.
    Tue Jan 01, 2008 12:21 pm Groupie

    Raquel you have really done a great job on setting out your eating plan. I will be starting mine tomorrw, we have so many leftovers here to eat up I feel I cant just feed them to the dogs. Though they will get anything left by tomorrow.

    I know this sounds like an excuse but today is the first day DH and me have had were we dont have go do something, or be somewere, so we are taking advatnge of it and being real lazy. There is no real eating plan set for us, apart from getting rid of those leftovers.

    Marie I have done slimming worlds red and green plan, it works realy well. I have the books for it here so I may use some of those plans combined with low fat and smaller portions of things.

    Tomorrow I will be starting my day off with cereal (bran flakes) and some fruit and coffee. I will probably either go to the gym or go swimming depends on how much time I have. I try to go to the gym with DH, on some days, but to do that and make it work with his work schedule I have to out of the house by 5.45 am. Some days I cant get my bum out of bed at that time.

    Im sure that we can support each other and have great success. Will be checking back regularly.
    Tue Jan 01, 2008 7:57 pm Groupie
    Snick, thanks for starting this thread! You've posted lots of good information.

    I really don't know what to do w/ myself. I got on the scale today and observed that I've gained 6 lbs since October!! I think most of it is overcelebrating the Holidays. I've got to put the skids on eating out so much. The other thing that has totally thrown us off balance has been Charles' medical issues and he is now on a much stricter diet than he was last year and does dialysis every other day, starting at dinner time. It's difficult to cook different meals all the time and eating at 9:30pm isn't such a good idea. His diet revolves around white bread, rice, etc. and major limits on potassium and phosphorous. My ideal diet of lots of fresh fruits, vegs, whole grains etc. would be deadly for him. At least he can exercise and we can go for walks, etc.

    So, I've got to get organized and figure out a plan we can live w/ so we can stay out of restaurants. Anyway, I refuse to use artificial sweeteners. I use stevia. I would love some simple recipes that use juices for sweetening rather than refined sugar.

    Also, I want this year to be one of reduced stress. I also need to get a grip on my anxiety. I tend to fret and stew about things that in the end really don't matter or don't come to pass, but it's hard to tell myself to stop it when I'm in the middle of it!
    Tue Jan 01, 2008 9:09 pm Groupie
    Sounds like everyone is doing good!

    CC: Not to worry about when you start, just the fact that you do!

    SweetT: I feel for you, you have quite a dilemma! Not sure on how to solve that one.

    I have done very well, stuck to my original outline. Except for the fact that I only took 1 walk today, it was VERY cold here. Like about 23 degrees F with about a 30 MPH wind blowing. My face was frozen when I got back this morning.

    Breakfast: 1 slice sourdough bread with 1 T. peanut butter. 1/2 apple. Juice.

    Snack: Clementine.

    Lunch: I am making some soup with the left-over brown rice and mushrooms and green beans, just throwing in some onion, carrot, celery and some beef broth. Then some celery sticks for crunch.

    Snack: 1 oz. Swiss cheese with 5 All-Bran crackers.

    Supper: Broiled salmon, steamed broccoli, sweet potato oven fries.

    Snack: Dill pickle.

    I went through some recipes today and will be posting some here later on.
    Tasty Tidbits
    Wed Jan 02, 2008 2:53 am
    Forum Host
    I have started off good so far today. I've only had some fruit muesli and yoghurt for breakfast. I've eyeballed the brownies a few times, but so far so good! I've left them alone!

    Will take some hummous and carrot sticks to work with me.

    The Food Doctor diet does work really well and I found that I was not hungry at all like I usually am the whole time I was on it. It does take a lot of prep though which was the hardest thing for me timewise. I often don't have a lot of time to spend in prep when I am at home. Blogging is also not so good for the diet either because I tend to cook things I shouldn't be eating so I can talk about them on my blog.
    Frugal Fifer
    Wed Jan 02, 2008 3:23 am Groupie
    I too really need to get back to healthy eating. I am going to get back on track when I start work on Monday. I get a free dinner at work each day and they are all reasonably healthy and if not there is always homemade soup or a baked potato on offer too. Bread is the killer for me, toast, sandwiches etc.
    I also did slimming world a few years ago and did well, but icon_redface.gif slipped off the plan. I think I still have the book so will dig it out and have a look.
    My OH is a funny eater and I end up having to make meals for him which are different, but I may just get tough and let him fend for himself till I get back on track.
    I refuse to have scales in the house, especially with 3 girls who would be on them all the time, so I am going to try and set up a spreadsheet to record my inches on a fortnightly basis.
    I feel quite positive about this and as I went to classes alone the support we all give each other here may just keep me on track this time as I have loads to loose icon_sad.gif
    Wed Jan 02, 2008 8:52 am Groupie
    In the last year and a bit, I have lost nearly 70lbs (I still have about another 70 to go though). I have polysystic ovarian syndrome (pcos) which is very much connected to insulin resistance. I mostly did it the boring way by counting calories and fat grams. However, one the biggest factors has been going for slower burning carbs. I didn't set out to be on the GI diet or anything like that but I just decided to start eating less meat and more veggie meals and with that came a lot of beans and grains like barley and such. My moods became better and the weight (after being obese nearly all of my life) started to shift.

    So, I agree that going for 'better' carbs is a good path.
    Wed Jan 02, 2008 9:25 am Groupie
    I'm all for a healthy start to 2008....I am always looking to lose the odd stone or two (14lbs to those who dont' work in stones, pounds and ounces)

    I'm with Marie on the Diet Dr. Lots of prep but definately worth it. Its very much a low GI diet, adding pulses, squashes...very healthy. I usually swim but for the whole month of December i didnt' swim at all...which is madness as it is costing me a fortune to be a member!!! icon_eek.gif If i dont' use it DH will have me cancelling the membership especially as I am not working so much at the moment.

    Count me soon as my kids have gone back to school and the leftovers have all gone! icon_redface.gif
    Wed Jan 02, 2008 9:46 am Groupie
    Good morning/afternoon!

    Ok ladies, I must confess! I made that chocolate pie yesterday. . . . . and I ate a piece. I am so bad!! But I counted my calories and tipped in right at 1500 - so I don't feel too bad.

    I am on track for this morning and feeling good. I put my soup in the crock pot, we have a little 1-1/2 quart one. I know it is not strictly vegetarian, I used beef broth, but I put in some cabbage, onion, celery, carrot, my left-over brown rice and mushrooms, some green beans and some frozen spinach I noticed lurking in the freezer. So it ought to be really healthy.

    Sweet T: I will be on the lookout for any recipes using juice to sweeten things. We tried a new juice and I really like it, no added sugar. Welch's white grape-cherry. A quick treat for me is to take club soda and mix it 1/2 and 1/2 or so with fruit juice instead of soda.

    Yay Marie!! Sounds like you are doing great! Do you make your own hummous? Could you possibly post a few recipes/meal plans so we can have a look? I am not following a real rigid plan, so any tips would be appreciated!

    Frugal - It does not matter when you start, it was just most convenient for me to start on Monday, my son is visiting friends so that was a help for me. Could you post some tips from the slimming world plan? I am open for anything!

    Welcome Sarah Jayne! Sounds like you are doing great! If you have any tips, recipes, etc. feel free to bring them to us! We are all kind of doing our own thing and supporting one another. BTW - come on over to the meet and greet, they are a great bunch and will let you vent about whatever, whenever you like!!

    Tulip - I love swimming! We have a new indoor pool about 10 miles from our house, but I have not been yet. I am going to go check on it tomorrow. It is in the same complex as a gym and walking track so I could do all 3 at one go!

    Well, I am supposed to be working, so I will let you go!

    Onward and upwards!!
    Wed Jan 02, 2008 9:58 am Groupie
    Good Morning to you all,

    Well I took the bull by the horns this morning and got on the scales, OH MY GOD, HOW THE @#$$ DID THAT HAPPEN. It took a lot for me to get on the scales as I have an allergy to them, ( Ibreak out into a sweat whenever Im near them) even though I was shocked and it made feel like I wanted to crawl back to bed and not be seen in public, I didnt. Im determined to healthier, not just for a few weeks, its got to be for good. Im lucky that DH is also joining me in this. He needs to lose some weight too, so Im lucky to have his and you all here for support. I know Im going to need it.

    Im off to a good start with a cereal and fruit for breakfast, will be having salad for lunch and dinner will be turkey, with lots of veggies. Im off to Wally World later to stock up on low fat yogurts for desserts.

    I know we can do it.
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