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    HeatherFeather
    Mon May 31, 2010 11:45 pm
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    I had 3 breakfast turkey sausages with some sauteed mushrooms and sauteed cherry tomatoes for breakfast, using 1 tsp butter.

    Lunch I ate out, the best choice available was a chicken salad wrap (I asked for the spinach wrap), with lettuce, tomato, pickles (thinking of that vinegar!), I didn't even open the bag of potato chips that came with it.

    Dinner was a hot dog, topped with mustard and 1 Tbsp pickle relish, I did have 1 hot dog bun, also some steamed green beans with a little butter. A bowl of berries with a little cream on top (no sweetener). I normally would have not eaten the bun, but I was so hungry and didn't even think about it - realized I had given myself one and already had eaten it by the time I remembered.
    chia
    Thu Jun 03, 2010 12:54 pm
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    heather, so sorry to hear about the divorce- how's your dd doing?
    ok, i kind of agree--
    when i did atkins in the 70's i lost 35 lbs and went from a size 14 to a 5 in several months, and kept it off since .
    however, after the "change" and being over 50 i started gaining around my waist, a lb or 2 over a few yrs adds up.
    this time i lost 3 lbs the first week, 2 lbs the second week, and nothing for the past 5 weeks---
    so 2 days ago i said screw it! i ate pasta on tuesday, i ate chocolate at work yesterday--
    and lo and behold, when i woke this morning i lost another pound, just 1 lb away from my goal.
    actually, my goal was to wear my lil dress to my nephew's wedding in canada this past sunday and i did look mahvelous icon_smile.gif

    what to do now????
    HeatherFeather
    Thu Jun 03, 2010 9:28 pm
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    chia wrote:
    heather, so sorry to hear about the divorce- how's your dd doing?
    ok, i kind of agree--
    when i did atkins in the 70's i lost 35 lbs and went from a size 14 to a 5 in several months, and kept it off since .
    however, after the "change" and being over 50 i started gaining around my waist, a lb or 2 over a few yrs adds up.
    this time i lost 3 lbs the first week, 2 lbs the second week, and nothing for the past 5 weeks---
    so 2 days ago i said screw it! i ate pasta on tuesday, i ate chocolate at work yesterday--
    and lo and behold, when i woke this morning i lost another pound, just 1 lb away from my goal.
    actually, my goal was to wear my lil dress to my nephew's wedding in canada this past sunday and i did look mahvelous icon_smile.gif

    what to do now????


    DD is doing OK-ish, it is really hard though even so. Her father is being really pretty terrible to me, honestly. I just have to keep thinking positively as much as I can.

    I had about the worst fish dinner I have ever cooked tonight, wasting some nice looking fresh catfish. Threw half of it out - it tasted absolutely awful. It was a low carb recipe that just didn't work for me at all.

    I am really leaning towards trying a different plan. While I do feel low carb works, I've always had my doubts that this type of plan would be something I could live with in the long run. I don't want to discourage anyone from trying it though. Stress is really working against my weight loss at the moment, I think.
    *Pixie*
    Sat Jun 05, 2010 8:50 am
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    I know one person who took boxing lessons. She use to imagine that the padded thing (whatever they call that) that you practice hitting was her ex's face... Worked for her icon_lol.gif icon_lol.gif

    One of the things that really made me prefer South Beach to Atkins was the fact that it encouraged more vegetables and good carbs (like kidney and black beans) from the start in phase 1.

    I think the mistake a lot of people make is to think that phase 1 of these plans is it. Then they end up tossing it because it's too hard to live with.

    Phase 2 of South Beach can be fairly comfortable, with choices like whole wheat pasta etc. If you put the focus on healthy foods that are near to their natural state and dump the refined stuff, you will be better off regardless of the plan you pick.

    Phase 1 of these plans isn't for everyone (especially if you do a lot of cardio exercise). If it isn't for you, don't sweat it, have a look at phase 2 of your plan (or of South Beach - this is it in a nutshell http://www.southbeach-diet-plan.com/shoppinglist_p2.htm) or check out one of the GI diets.

    Anyway, it's too bad your fish meal didn't work out. What a shame, since most fish recipes are naturally low carb...
    HeatherFeather
    Sat Jun 05, 2010 9:11 am
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    I definitely am not a huge fan of phase one, but I am still trying to keep my carbs down. Since this is working, even though slowly for me, I am sticking as much to it as possible for now. It has been 3 weeks, going on the 4th now and my total loss is 7.4 pounds net, so not horrible, I just feel like it is going soooo slowly.

    I might try switching to the South Beach plan from the one I have been more closely following, which is Neris & India's Idiot-Proof Diet. Some of the recipes have been really good, others just didn't taste good to me at all. I miss beans and fruit and rice so much. I love the bacon, not as happy about all the cheese and hearty meats.

    I wonder if the phase one recipes are more geared towards people who would otherwise toss a plan right away if they didn't get to eat such indulgent sounding foods like steak and eggs and cheese. To me, those are less enticing.

    I am gradually adding back some fruit back into my diet and I also allowed myself to have a very limited amount of bready items.
    Elaniemay
    Sun Jun 06, 2010 8:42 am
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    Sorry if I am being nosy and butting in, but have you ever heard of somersizing? By Suzanne Somers. I only lose weight by reducing my carbs but haven't been up to trying Atkins , etc. Somersizing helped me lose weight fast and keep it off. I also could not believe the energy that I had. No counting carbs or anything. The main thing is keeping carbs separate from your fat and protein. I think that they have a forum here on Zaar.
    Rainbow - Chef 536866
    Sun Jun 06, 2010 5:42 pm
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    I'm glad to see that you seem to be eating more sensibly now,, and that you are listening to your body tell you tht it is not getting all the nutrients that it needs on this diet,, and getting too much of certain things.

    We need the vitamins and minerals that are in veggies, and I'm glad you're eating more of them. We need fiber and I'm looking to see if you are getting enough fiber. Fiber sometimes comes with a complex carbohydrate food,, like brown rice, or whole wheat,, and that's why it makes that food much healthier than it's highly processed relative. We need carbs and the issue is what KIND of carbs. Skip white rice,, many of it's nutrients are processed out. but some brown rice is good for you, in moderation. skip high fructose corn syrup as all the nutrients are processed out of the original good food - corn, but corn is good for you, in moderation. Fruits are good for you! the carbs are moderated by the rest of the stuff in the fruit,, fiber, vitamin C.
    RubberDucky AU
    Tue Jun 08, 2010 3:30 am
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    Hi everyone, been feeling encouraged to get back on the wagon, reading through. I lost about 23 lbs using a low GI plan, which was perfect for me. However, since moving here 3 years ago the weight has begun to creep back on, so it's time to get my act together again. Veggies here are limited in variety, and until recently, the quality wasn't brilliant.

    Just thought I'd add to the thoughts HF is having of using another plan, by saying the low GI is a very good plan. My nutritionist/naturopath told me I could eat any lean meat, of course veggies but she told me to avoid potatoes and I think it was peas too. Fruits I could have any of, but just to go easy. Rice she suggested basmati. But she stressed, NO dairy. I certainly wasn't strict with myself, and would still use milk in my tea, and sugar, but the amount of sugar quickly dropped from 1 teas to 1/4, as my tastebuds began to reject it.

    I soon got the hang of it and found my appetite soon reduced, as well. I had 3 meals a day with snacks between. Snacked on nuts, mostly almonds. Was supposed to only have a handful but I just went mad with them, they stopped the hunger pangs immediately and I grew to love them. They were fantastic - a ziplock bag with me at all times, could nibble the moment I felt hungry.

    So yes girls, count me in, I am back on the wagon. I have about 14 lbs I need to lose, to feel delighted. EDITED TO ADD: I have NO idea why I thought it was only 14 lbs? I think I am muddled with kilos. I needed to lose 11kg which is over 22 lbs!!

    HF, I take my hat off to you, to tackle this lifechange whilst going through such stress. You're amazing.
    josh8839
    Sat Apr 07, 2012 10:53 am
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    I hated low carb for a while. I felt like I was going to give myself a heart attack. My wife is an accountant by trade but you should see the stack of health and fitness books next to the bed. She caught the low carb but again after following Gary Taubes. We both really bought into it and she started to find some really cool recipes. It wasn't eggs eggs eggs and cheese cheese cheese all the time!!! We had spaggetti squash pasta the other night with tofu, some nights she will roast a chicken in the crock pot. She really has found a way to make it fun and becuase of that we have stuck with it. It's been over a year now, I lost around 35 lbs. It's not just the weight though, I used to eat and then be starving again, now I can go so much longer inbetween meals. My blood sugar isn't up and down all day. She put her recipes and stuff on her blog at www.littlemissrunner.com

    It worked for us, Im healthier, in a better mood and have it's been fun to see what kind of low carb concoction she is gonna cook up every night.
    FloridaNative
    Sat Sep 08, 2012 9:24 pm
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    Hi...I too am being nosy, was just cruising through the threads and happened on this one...low carb lifestyle...

    hmmmm...well a little background...50, type-1 diabetic, female, gluten-intolerant, thyroid issues...and by no means a medical expert though I am an inquisitive investigator of everything the doctor tells me, and I don't just follow blindly what they say because "they're the doctor". I have a brain and I use it to make the best decisions for my health.

    I'm currently starting the paleo diet, as all the information I've read is very logical and makes perfect sense to me. LEAN meats - grass fed or wild, vegetables, fruits, nuts, olive/avocado oils...NO dairy, grains, legumes. Very high fiber due to the fresh fruits and veggies, and loaded with vitamins due to the same. NO sugar.

    some of the other eating plans I've investigated (and tried) are Metabolic Way - found that one through my endo's office, and which I did do for 6 months and lost ~20 pounds. did adkins about 10 years ago but was not successful with it.

    I've determined through trial and error that any carbs other than vegetables or fruit just don't do me any good. Grains are not MY friend. I do not eat wheat in any way, shape or form. gluten-free everything for me - it's just problematic to my system. Makes me feel "puffy" - that may sound dumb, but it causes low level inflammatin in my body and I can definitely feel it if I cheat. so I REALLY try not to.

    Dr. Eric Berg has quite an interesting book called the 7 Principles of Fat Burning - and it was a real eye opener for me. He had me pegged in every chapter. He offers eating plans and exercise plans based on your body shape, which he states is indicative of the foods you need and the type of exercise that works best for you.

    Another enlightening book is Wheat Belly - cant think of the author offhand...icon_rolleyes.gif

    We went organic on 2007 and that was one of the best things I ever decided to do. YES, more expensive in the grocery store. But I've learned that are things I should always buy organic, and things i can skip. I also buy only NON-GMO foods - for the rest of the family - anything with corn has to be NON GMO. Don't eat anything (knowingly) that is genetically modified. ONLY free range chicken, grass-fed beef and bison, and wild atlantic salmon and other wild seafoood/fish. NEVER farm raised fish.

    My husband had high blood sugar and high cholesterol several years ago and the doc wanted him on meds. He said no, and changed his diet and exercise regimen and is now in the best shape of his life. With normal cholesterol and blood pressure.

    Weight loss and improving your health can be done if you are diligent and investigate as many options as you can.

    Best of luck HeatherFeather...sometimes a life-struggle is the thing that gets us moving in a different - and better - direction. Hope things work out for you.

    FN
    Tea Jenny
    Thu Sep 13, 2012 4:38 am
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    Hi there, I havn't been on zarr for ages but I just thought I would pop in and say I have been living LC life for about 18 months 100% now. It was hard to start with but I am now used to it and it's how I live now so no turning back.
    I am a type 2 D no meds just diet and excersize, I don't eat grain or pulses or sugar and never eat potatoes I have bad spikes with them. I do alow myself a very small amount of oat flour not very often mixed with other things to cook and bake with I can handle a bit but if I want to stay off meds I must keep my carbs very low about 35 to 45 a day. I was overweight and now I am not. I don't eat after 4.00pm just have black or pepermint tea, so I fast for about 15 hours some of them I am sleeping so I don't know if they count, but I have never felt so good no more brain fog, I have lot's of energy and I am never hungry, I was always hungry before LC. I also have a small amount of kefir in my home made granola (grain free) my blood sugar is 4.4/78 most mornings it will go up or down by a little but not much so I think that is great.
    I know I would of kept on puting on weight if I hadn't got D when I got that I had no choice but low carb, I did miss bread as I used to make sourdough and I loved it but I would rather be well than eat bread, when I think how much I used to eat it makes me realize why I was overweight and unwell, thats all behind me now and I love my lifestyle now and wouldn't change it. icon_wink.gif
    FloridaNative
    Sat Sep 15, 2012 11:03 pm
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    Tea Jenny wrote:
    Hi there, I havn't been on zarr for ages but I just thought I would pop in and say I have been living LC life for about 18 months 100% now. It was hard to start with but I am now used to it and it's how I live now so no turning back.
    I am a type 2 D no meds just diet and excersize, I don't eat grain or pulses or sugar and never eat potatoes I have bad spikes with them. I do alow myself a very small amount of oat flour not very often mixed with other things to cook and bake with I can handle a bit but if I want to stay off meds I must keep my carbs very low about 35 to 45 a day. I was overweight and now I am not. I don't eat after 4.00pm just have black or pepermint tea, so I fast for about 15 hours some of them I am sleeping so I don't know if they count, but I have never felt so good no more brain fog, I have lot's of energy and I am never hungry, I was always hungry before LC. I also have a small amount of kefir in my home made granola (grain free) my blood sugar is 4.4/78 most mornings it will go up or down by a little but not much so I think that is great.
    I know I would of kept on puting on weight if I hadn't got D when I got that I had no choice but low carb, I did miss bread as I used to make sourdough and I loved it but I would rather be well than eat bread, when I think how much I used to eat it makes me realize why I was overweight and unwell, thats all behind me now and I love my lifestyle now and wouldn't change it. icon_wink.gif


    Hi Tea Jenny,
    that is an encouraging story to say the least. I have been really watching the carbs the last few weeks and REALLY do see a difference in my blood sugar readings and how I feel. I actually experimented (again) and had some cake this week and pasta - and for 2 days afterward...uggg...upset my digestion and caused bloating, and I had that mean "puffy' look to my face and feeling achy and stiff in my joints. This ALWAYS happens when I eat 'regular' grains and flours - never noticed it until I stopped eating them regularly. I usually eat gluten-free crackers with my lunch of plain hummus and fruit and the GF do not bother me, and only 23 grams of carbs for that meal. fresh fruit smoothie in the AM is my usual breakfast with raspberries which are very low-carb, using plain greek yogurt and 2T ground flax seed and a bit of almond milk.

    For me, it's encouraging to know it CAN be done. I am a bread fiend, or was in the past, and I find I still crave it, but always feel crummy after I eat it. I will continue to work on my diligence when dealing with foods. Raw is best for me...thank goodness I like vegetables ... lol
    FN
    Tea Jenny
    Sun Sep 16, 2012 4:37 am
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    Hi FN, I think that I am carb intolerant just like some folks are lactose intolerant and the more I eat the more I crave. I have had times in the supermarkets when you get a whiff of the in store bakery and OMG I just want that bread, but I watched my mum die with what I now have, there was no knowledge then how much damage she was doing to herself by eating that way, I don't want to do that to my kids or myself I felt totally helpless and if I only knew then what I know now she could of had a better life.
    For me it's about trying to keep weight on now rather than take it off I am rather on the thin side so I eat full fat everything and the fat on meat also and there is not a bit of fat on my body when they make low fat produce they take the fat out and add sugar and salt among other things to make it taste nice if you check out the carbs on the milk carton you will find that there are more carbs in skimmed and semi skimmed than in full fat our brains need fat to function well among other things, When you look into the science of it it becomes very interesting. I was 160 pounds and am now 112 pounds at 5ft 2in and 60years old thats a bit too thin for me so I am trying hard to gain a bit and still do low carb thats quite hard. If I don't do low carb I will get put on meds and I don't want that so I will keep on low carbing I have a different life now it how I eat now and I love it thank goodness for that.
    I should add that I don't think my lifestyle is for everyone as we know one size doesn't fit all. icon_wink.gif
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