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2/10/12 11:37 P

try leaning towards a healthy lifestyle change where everything is in moderation and lots of healthy choices

NAYPOOIE Posts: 6,316
2/10/12 5:51 P

56 grams is about two ounces, which would be a quarter cup if it was water. Since these are presumably dry noodles(?) they probably weigh less per volume than water. Do you have a scale? That's the best way to know how much you actually eat.

On the gluten free bread and pasta, they're still high carb. Sounds like you lost when you cut out carbs, and gained when you added them back in the form of gluten free products. Low carb is naturally gluten-free, and you lose more weight eating the same calories when carbs are low. Also, you lose less muscle and more fat losing on low carb.

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2/9/12 4:55 P

They are Corn Noodles. And the serving is marked by the grams so from what I could tell by looking it up that is an extremely small measurement. I believe it was 56grams per serving. That's like 1/4th of a cup or something like that. I would think that your Aunt is likely just staying away from breads and pastas. I went down when I did that in weight. But not once I began adding those back into my diet with the GF versions. It went back up.

MWILSON432 Posts: 97
2/9/12 12:09 P

I found your post very intriguing because when my Aunt switched to a gluten free diet she went from a healthy 130 lbs (5'7) to 110 lbs. Granted, I don't know exactly what she eats or how much she restricts calories. I also accidentally buy gluten free noodles at the store sometimes. I shop at whole foods and sometimes absent-mindedly pick up the gluten free pastas instead. I ran to our pantry to check on the calories per serving of the gluten free pasta that I have and its 200 calories per serving, which seems pretty normal to me. Can you tell me what noodles you were using? Also, I'd like to hear more about this cleanse you did. I have never heard of a cleanse involving dairy products...is it a cleanse specifically for people with celiac's?
As for your hectic schedule in the mornings...I have a little one and sometimes it helps to get organized before bed. Maybe even pack their lunches at night? I am not a morning person AT ALL...and this might seem totally backwards, but I found that waking up earlier helps me because I am such a zombie when I wake up that I need extra time to get stuff done.

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2/9/12 12:51 A

Of Course I'm measuring, and the Pizza well that was a similar thing as the Noodles if you have too much of it, then you can quickly have WAY too many calories. But in all fareness I was making half for my son and half for me, of course his side was different than mine, we like different flavors. I am getting better by the way. Hope you read my other post's because I am not trying to eat too little, just was in the learning stage of trying to keep things balanced. Honestly you can not compare Chili to Gluten Free Breads/Noodles for One Cup of Gluten free noodles it would be 784 calories, hardly a worthy meal when you still have to put a sauce of some sort on it. And of course I'm carefully measuring, isn't everyone on S-P?

NAYPOOIE Posts: 6,316
2/6/12 2:44 P

Back in your original post, you said half a cup of gluten free noodles was half your calories for the day. What numbers are we talking about here? Are those noodles 700 calories for half a cup? That hardly seems possible. For an example I have on hand, two cups of Nalley's Chili is only 560 calories.

Like a previous poster, I'm confused. It sounds like you're deliberately limiting what you eat, then wondering why your calories are too low. Back to the original post again, you "very carefully measured every single ingredient " you put on your pizza, and only ate 1/2 a serving of crust. And then wondered why you only had 600 calories for the day.



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2/5/12 9:25 A

Hi MELLONYBELL,

As I mentioned before, our members and experts are really not in the position to advise you as to what you can and cannot eat with your history of Celiac's Disease. Even as to the number of calories you should be consuming. As I mentioned in my earlier post, I would recommend that you talk with your doctor and see if he/she can make a referral to a Registered Dietitian to make sure you are getting an adequate amount of nutrients.

I wish you well!

Coach Nancy

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2/5/12 1:52 A

Thank you :) That apple is calling my name, hehe...

94TRANSAM Posts: 115
2/5/12 1:34 A

Mellonybell,

Everyone's body reacts to things differently. My favorite snack to have in the evening is an apple, just had one an hour ago actually. As long as the natural sugar in the apple isn't going to cause troubles with sleeping, i'd say go for it!

Good job making a healthy pizza. It's nice to have a treat once in a while.

Also good job managing your daily events, and still being able to focus on your diet. Amazing is all I got to say!

I'm sure you'll continue to do great on your journey, if you stay 1/2 as focused as you seem to have for the last 2 weeks!



MELLONYBELL SparkPoints: (448)
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2/5/12 1:25 A

94TRANSAM,

I appreciate your positive comments and also for your congrats. It seems to me that everyone does lose those first pounds however their body deems fit. I believe most of it was water weight since I have struggled with Pitted Edema, for a very long while and it was pretty bad up until I lost that weight. I'm not weak at all, in fact have been feeling better than ever. Today I was just hitting one of those, I just want to eat whatever I want day's. We likely all have that day every now and then. I have these wonderful Apples but I don't know how to figure out their Values, they are HUGE, way bigger than any offered on here :( But it seems to me that I could afford to have one, for sure. Might you have any suggestions on that issue?

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2/5/12 1:19 A

Amazing Grace,

I fully understand your confusion. Yes it is the Carb/fat/protein balance I'm trying to keep that recommended nutritional wheel as close to SP's recommendations. As for yesterday, Boy I wish I had, had the time to eat more for breakfast. I have 3 kids, mornings around here are wild and crazy, making sure everyone is clean/dressed/fed and lunches made. With all the different diets in this house lunch meals are not as easy to pull together. Every one gets their own catered lunch daily. That particular day was even worse since I had to even get Me ready unlike usual since my little one had a Neurology appointment that morning and we had an hour drive. So I grabbed an egg that was in the pan, and an apple that had already been cut up, grabbed my coffee and ran out the door. Thankfully my lunch was made the night before I gave that some fore thought at least. By the way was lucky since I had left my coffee cup on the roof of my van drove at least 200 yards before I realized and it was still there when I got out to check, LOL.. YaY!!
Ok, now on to your other puzzled thought of: Aren't we here because of the over eating not under and struggle with that? Good point and in many cases would be a very reasonable and assumable question. I'm not an over eater and never really have been. For 12 years now I've been eating off of desert plates and never take seconds, I do not eat off of my childrens left over plates and haven't for at least 8 years now. Haven't eaten fast food in several months. And rarely eat out at all really. I cook mostly everything from scratch at home, and eat only Organic Heirloom foods. Am extremely conscious about what is in food and am an avid label reader. I shop on the outskirts of the grocery store, rarely ever entering into the isles. Apart from paper products, baking, cleaning and storage containers. I'm not a big Snacker. But I did learn a very BIG lesson this week in regards to why I wasn't losing weight despite my otherwise healthy lifestyle. A small Meal can actually pack in HUGE amounts of calories, before SP I was always puzzled as to why the weight was even still here based upon my small changes that should have added up into big ones. So I don't have an over eating problem I had an Over Caloric problem without realizing it. Now, I know. In fact oddly I am eating more than before, however today I just badly wanted that full size meal (my full size meal) But I knew that the food I would have wanted would have likely been an entire day's worth of calories. I did end up having a personal size pizza for dinner tonight and it was fabulous. I am a recipe maker so figured something out. However still fell below. I make notes in my nutrition page to self of way's I can maybe get this up. I did eat more tonight but it still did not get me there :( Tomorrow will be a new day and I will continue to work on this. Thanks for being Positive towards me and realizing that I was working on it :)

94TRANSAM Posts: 115
2/5/12 12:52 A

Great job on the first 2 weeks. Different people lose different amounts of weight on their first week, and it sounds like you did a great job!

I would definitely suggest having the smoothie if you're feeling hungry. If your body is feeling starved, then there's a chance you're going to slowly ruin your metabolism.

Best of luck on your journey!


VANHALENFAN Posts: 434
2/5/12 12:37 A

I have to admit I am a little bit confused as to why you're having trouble consuming more calories. For example, you mentioned that for breakfast you have 1 egg and 1/4 apple. Why not eat 2 eggs and the whole apple? That seems like a reasonable solution; what's stopping you? Or eating a simple snack, like a piece of fruit? The time it takes you to write this post you could have easily gone to kitchen and grabbed a piece of fruit to snack on. Or why did you only eat 1/2 serving of the pizza and not a whole serving? Is it because you are trying to keep that carb/fat/protein balance and you're afraid of screwing it up? I guess I am just having a hard time relating because overeating is what got me here...I have trouble stopping myself from eating extra servings, not NOT eating extra servings, lol...It's hard for me to see it from your standpoint. I hope you can find a solution to your problem :)

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2/4/12 9:57 P

Thank you Everyone. I knew people would hound me as many of you did about the calories. They have been low only since I started with SP. Let me explain the quick loss. It wasn't a crash diet to ease your minds, I began with a Detox Diet that Dr. Anne Louise created it is a very healthy meal plan which includes tons of Veggies, eggs, cheese and yogurt. It is designed to do a few things, One Cleanse your body of all the built up toxins, drop some water weight, and clean your pallet of both salt and sugar cravings. So most of my weight dropped the first week due to that. As for the second week it took a week to drop 2 pounds so that is stabling out. I'm definitely NOT trying to Crash diet, just at the stage of trying to figure things out. When I began here on SP this week it's been hard to keep everything in the Wheel balanced appropriately, which I've managed to do pretty well. But the caloric intake is another thing. I am trying to bring that up for sure because I'm not looking to have immediate loss, this isn't a game for me, I'm ready for a REAL change in my lifestyle. The first day I began on SP I had originally decided to eat what ever I wanted to for breakfast but found out that I had EASILY eaten away 900 calories so Yep that quick reality scared me. That day ended at the right numbers, but boy now I know why the weight hasn't come off through out the years despite not actually eating what one would consider a lot. A small meal can pack in tons of calories. Now, I dealt with my cravings tonight designed a new gluten free pizza bread that is very low in everything and it turned out so I had quite the Pizza for dinner. However the calories for the night are still way too low. I wanted to maybe make a smoothie for a snack which would help to bring things up, but not sure if late in the evening is the best time to cram in your calories? Wondering if I should maybe just start new tomorrow and add a smoothie into the middle of my day instead to be sure and bring that up. Any idea's? And I don't need to see my Dr. he and I have already spoken in regards to my weightloss. Please keep in mind this is just the beginning for me and I'm working on it.

Edited by: MELLONYBELL at: 2/4/2012 (21:58)
MICHCLEARY SparkPoints: (60,474)
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2/4/12 9:38 P

Please talk to your doctor. Losing 12 pounds in two weeks is not healthy, nor is it sustainable. As Coach nancy indicated, you should be eating at a minimum 1,200 calories per day just for your body to function normally. If you are working out at all, then your calorie intake would need to go up.

I think a referral to a Registered Dietician would be a healthy recommendation.

LAURAE1967US SparkPoints: (825)
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2/4/12 8:18 P

I am confused. You really want to eat a full meal yet you are only eating 600-1000 cals a day? Why are you doing that? Did you know that you are losing muscle mass, not fat, when you do that? Did you know that the way you are eating is unhealthy and unsustainable?

Why bother to do this if you are only going to gain it back (you will)?

There is plenty to eat that is not wheat. Dairy, fruit, veggies, lean proteins, beans. You don't need to starve to lose weight. Not at all.

Make yourself a big salad with tuna, lots of veggies and some yummy vinaigrette. Enjoy a juicy piece of fruit for a snack. How about some almonds for another snack? For dinner, fish or chicken, or lean meat with a few veggie sides are good options. You can make an omelette with sauteed veggies and some cheese in the morning. Filling and yummy.

Crash diets don't work. You end up gaining more weight in the end. Stop the weight cycling and just eat a filling, nutritious diet and you will lose weight.

SP_COACH_NANCY SparkPoints: (158,833)
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2/4/12 8:15 P

Hi MELLONYBELL,

Remember you must eat to lose. SparkPeople's program does not recommend than anyone (unless under medical supervision) consume less than 1200 calories per day. If you have Celiac's disease I do recommend that you talk with your doctor about what you are going through and maybe he/she can refer you to a Registered Dietitian to guide you through this disease. Unfortunately our experts and members are not in the position to advise as to what you can or should eat. Sorry.

Coach Nancy

AGRAY619 SparkPoints: (12,220)
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2/4/12 7:31 P

Hi,
First congrats on the 12 pounds! Have you looked at some of the sp recipes? I have a ton of food allergies and I can always find yummy ideas for food without many of the foods I can't have! Just as you have said you really need to increase your calories to at least the daily recommended that way your body doesn't think it's starving. If you are only eating 600 calories a day I say eat 2 servings of what you are eating now. As far as the noodles, some days you are going to eat things that are high in calories but you can work around that by making other smart choices.

I hope that helps!

Amy

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2/4/12 7:19 P

Hi,

I have been stepping my way to a healthier ME for 2 weeks now. In those two weeks I have lost a total of 12 pounds and 7 inches from my waist. I'm of course super happy with those incredible results. But today I just so badly want to Have a FULL meal, one where I will not be eating MINI BITES. Rather enjoy a full fork, bite after bite. I'm trying very hard to eat what I want, while maintaining the recommended calories, Protein, fat and Carbohydrate's. This has been rather difficult. I've managed to keep the Fat, Carbs and Protein very near where SP would like to see them, but my calories, well not so great. I have ended the day's this week well below 1000cals. I know that's not good, but I'm just not sure how to keep it up. I am eating, but as I said mini versions of what others would be eating. For instance Yesterday I had, 1 egg and 1/4th of an apple for breakfast, a chicken fruit salad for lunch and dinner I made myself a Gluten free Pizza, but I ate only 1/4th of the Crust which is 1/2 a serving of it. Then very carefully measured every single ingredient I put on top of it. My day still ended around 600 calories for the day. I know those need to come up, and not sure what to do. Today I thought it would be nice to have noodles, but when I put them in even for a half of a cup of these Gluten Free noodles it would have been nearly a half a day's worth of calories. So Yes Gluten Free does tend to have way more calories than normal foods, and unfortunately I have Celiacs so can't eat what others can. Went after my tofu noodles that I keep for instant satisfaction of these situations but they were GONE, UGH...Town is far away for me as I live in the Mountains in Oregon. HELP ME someone. I need to get through this day. Thanks for your help.

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