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RRCLUBB
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9/25/12 9:14 A

Beer. Not a good thing for low carb......



MICKEYMAB
Posts: 24
9/24/12 2:39 P

I am glad this thread is picking up replies! It's great to read how you all handle the low-carb lifestyle. I was reading a quick infographic about "paleo diet" over the weekend and it pretty much summed up how my husband & I have been eating lately - like the cavemen did (with a bit more sophistication)!

Here is the link - it's a good way to keep track of the good stuff to eat vs. the bad:
- http://greatist.com/health/the-ultimate-gu
ide-to-eating-paleo-022012/

I am still working on increasing the veggy intake but so far, overall, this new way of eating seems to be agreeing with us! emoticon



Edited by: MICKEYMAB at: 9/24/2012 (14:44)


BUDVIOLETROSE
Posts: 984
9/20/12 10:08 P

I know that my downfall is carbs--totally love them. I found when I added more beans and lentils to my menu, I do much better because they seem like a comfort food so I don't crave the bad carbs,



SEQUOIAGIRL
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9/20/12 9:56 P

Hello,

I've been cutting back on carbs and it has not been as hard as I thought, though once in awhile I give in and treat myself. Some substitutions are not so hard for me. My family loves spaghetti and sauteed green beans in olive oil and garlic. I just make some tilapia for myself, that I bake with italian herbs, and put the marinara over that and have the green beans. I thought I would miss the pasta, but i don't because the flavor is there with the sauce.

For breakfast I take a 1/4 cup of flax seed, some cinnamon and a pack of Truvia and grind it. Then I whip an egg in a bowl and add 1/4 and 1/8 cup of water, mix that, then add the flax mixture and mix. Microwave for 2 minutes, and you have a hot low carb cereal full of Omega 3's and fiber.

Sometimes on the weekend to treat myself, I will take a piece of bacon, cook that up, then add a couple eggs and top with a little cheese.

I also put together a low carb catalina that I shared on Sparkpeople, and dip veggies in that for snack, with cottage cheese on the side.

Tuna mixed with olive oil mayo is great to dip with celery sticks.

I made chicken fajitas the other night, and instead of tortillas, I just put the mix on top of lettuce with a little cheese and salsa. I also do the same thing with ground turkey taco meat.

This coupled with walking 3 1/2 miles almost every day and pilates and yoga have finally started making the scale drop again.

I watch my fat content, but don't worry too much about it if that makes sense. I just cut out all refined foods, bread, pasta, potatoes, rice, and sugar. I load up on the veggies and protein and have faith that it will work, and so far it is. Before that I was trying to diet with eating carbs and I wasn't losing at all.

I hope these ideas have helped :-)



LOVELYLANA9
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9/20/12 12:35 P

I am not low carb but I recently stopped eating cereal for breakfast and drink Champion Nutrition whey protein instead. I am full until lunch time and what a difference I see in my waist line. My stomach is much flatter. It's much quicker to drink than to sit and eat cereal, too! :-)



FTSOLK
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9/20/12 11:31 A

I am not low carb, but I have been transitioning to a grain-free diet (except for eating out with friends). One thing that helps me is increasing my fat intake. I find that the more fat I eat, the easier it is for me to go several days without a high carb diet.

A few years ago, I tried South Beach and ended up caving after a day because I was so low on energy. I also hardly had any fat that day. Last week, I had a very high-fat diet (coconut oil, olive oil, olives, avocado, pistachios, and some animal fats in meat/eggs) and it wasn't until four or five days into my diet that I started to suffer some side effects. Of course, I also didn't cut out/limit fruit.



RRCLUBB
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9/20/12 10:55 A

Thank you!




60NLOVINIT2
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9/19/12 9:33 A

there's one for atkins and other low carb.. go to my spark page and click on it... that will take you to the team...



RRCLUBB
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9/19/12 8:47 A

when you find the low carb group, please let me know. Thanks.



OTTOLOVE
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9/18/12 8:34 P

Thanks for asking this question. I too am looking for low carb ideas. I like to eat cheese sticks and hard boiled eggs and celery sticks with cream cheese for snacks. I am would like to find suggestions for real food not processed bars or something out of a box. Getting to balance is a challenge. Good luck to you and me. I too will look for the low carb group.



RRCLUBB
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9/18/12 1:25 P

Thanks for the tips I have read. I need motivation and support. Ha! It's hard...... :)



60NLOVINIT2
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9/6/12 1:18 P

thanks russell.. i am diabetic also and have regular blood work done... my doctor was the one to suggest a low carb diet.. cut out all whites... no bread.. rice potatoes or pasta.. i mentioned this to one of my groups and they said to try atkins... so this is what i am doing.. the atkins program does suggest i re introduce one thing at a time to see what my tirgger foods are..

Edited by: 60NLOVINIT2 at: 9/6/2012 (13:19)


RUSSELL_40
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9/6/12 10:08 A

I tend to start the day with a vegetable omelette, and my other 2 meals are some meat, and more veggies , cooked in a cup of water, so its like a soup. I split it into lunch, and dinner. Sticking to cheese, and nuts, as extras.

By eating low glycemic vegetables, you can eat more vegetables. Also make sure you eat some vegetables( carbs ), with every meal, so you have some energy. I avoid anything that isn't real food, like bars, or diet products.

In 2 weeks, you should see significant weight loss, and know when you eat something, how it affects you. Journal your meals, and see how the scale changes. If you start to think it is slowing your weight loss, test your theory. This is easiest at the beginning, when weight loss is enough to see differences immediately, harder as it slows. Being strict is the most important thing to do. Add in carbs slowly, one food at a time, see what happens, and then make a decision on that food. Eventually, you will have a group of carbs that you can eat, with no harm done.

You may want to go get some bloodwork done. That way you can see the improvements, as you go along. That way when someone says it causes a problem, you won't panic, and quit. You'll know that it is a lie.




60NLOVINIT2
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9/6/12 8:25 A

i am doing the atkins plan... when i have a ''sweet'' tooth... i have the atkins endulge bar.. the chocolate coconut one... tastes just like the almond joy candy minus the almond.. 1 g sugar.. 3 net carbs.. i keep some kind of bar with me so i don't have to ''stop'' at a convenient store or tempted to go fast food..



ARTEMISTHEGREEK
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9/6/12 7:19 A

I start my day off with eggs in some form or another, or else with leftovers. If I can work in some quick veggies on workdays, that is great. I limit fruit, although sometimes a small scoop is good. However, fruit juice is pure sugar so I hardly ever drink that.

I'm perfectly fine having my burgers without buns -- I never really liked the buns to begin with, they were always pretty tasteless. I've made sliders using roasted turnip slices for the "bread", which is both fun and better tasting anyway (to me). I'm sure summer squash would work as well. I haven't tried any of the pasta substitutes yet, but at the moment I simply just avoid pasta.

I do eat lots of veggies, minus the potatoes and corn (although in season a fresh ear of corn from the farmer's market is wonderful!)

I'm not 100% grain free, but I simply make certain that the little grain I do eat is worthwhile and quality.



SALONKITTY
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9/6/12 6:07 A

I eat a pretty big breakfast each morning with lots of protein. I usually have 3 whole eggs, plus whatever meat I've got hanging around the fridge, and a nice serving of veggies. Sometimes leftovers from the previous night's dinner. I just make sure there are eggs and veggies included, and that it's large.

I eat burgers without buns and pasta without pasta! I don't miss the bun or the pasta, to be honest. I wrap a burger in a lettuce leaf and use veggies as my "pasta". I also make sandwiches into salads. BLT makes a fantastic and easy to make salad, by the way....I eat that with a bit of homemade mayonnaise on the side.

I find that it's really important to make sure I'm having enough good fats and proteins since cutting out grains and starchy carbs. Doing that ensures that I'm not battling hunger pangs or cravings throughout the day.




MICKEYMAB
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9/5/12 11:16 A

thanks for your replies! Keep'em coming!

I do search online for low carb recipes and sparkrecipes.com have quite a few nice options too.

Avocado and almonds are definitely on the list! They make great snacks emoticon

Not sure I could do pasta without the pasta though... what's the point really? It's like eating a burger without the bun... it's just a beef patty! Maybe once I no longer crave the pasta so much, I will bring it back in the meal rotation as an occasional option... emoticon

Starbucks was never really on my list, but I will definitely avoid it along with any other coffee shop and fast food spots!

I will go search the teams for the "Living Low Carb" group - thanks for the tip, BEARCLAW6!



IDIOTSAVANT
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9/5/12 10:53 A

Yes good advice. When I was still losing weight, I would ALWAYS carry something low carb with me in case I got called to a meeting filled with donuts or could not find a good meal option while out and about. It worked best if the thing I carried was good but not a favorite of mine....almonds or walnuts are a good choice for me! Also, just avoid all Starbucks for a while since those places are pretty much candy stores and don't be afraid to ask for salad/veggies instead of noodles/rice/bread in your meal at a restaurant. Also, if you encounter any urges to binge, avocado is your friend. It is better to eat a whole avocado (most of the carbs there are fiber) than to give in and eat something nasty.



FP4HLOSER
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9/5/12 10:43 A

I follow more of a "lower" carb plan so not sure if I would be much help, but the biggest help for me has been planning ahead. I try to write out a loose menu plan at the beginning of the week so I don't stand in front of the high carb foods my DH eats and get tempted. If you do a search online for low carb recipes yu will find plenty. Also read the recipes on the various low carb Spark Teams. I know the 17 Day Diet group I am in has quite a few recipes listed.
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BEARCLAW6
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9/5/12 10:32 A

Hi MickeyMab,
Definitely ask this same question in the "Living Low Carb" team. Those people will give you lots of ideas.
I mostly just eat what I used to eat minus the starchy/sugary foods. This means I take my sandwich fillings and have them on a salad instead of between two slices of bread. I eat the stir fry without the rice. I eat my pizza with a hamburger crust or lunch meat crust! Lasagna is without the noodles and maybe extra veggies added (more like a casserole now). Spaghetti and meatballs is now marinara sauce over veggies and meatballs. Candy is the super high cacao stuff and very limited amounts. Fruit is berries or melons if any at all. Now that I am in maintenance, I tend to eat more carbs that when I was actively losing, but I still avoid the obvious potato/grain things as much as possible.



MICKEYMAB
Posts: 24
9/5/12 10:18 A

Calling all low carbers - what tips and meal ideas do you recommend to keep your lifestyle in check and still enjoy what you eat?

Some of the bigger changes we've made are:
- switching from sugar to stevia for that sweet taste without the calories
- drinking lots of water (I like it with a drop or two of stevia and 3g of Nestea's lemon or citrus tea mixed in 1.5 litre of water)
- lots of meats and fish/seafood - dark meats preferred
- no more pasta, potatoes or rice *sniff sniff* but more vegetables - this one is a tough one for me personally as I was never a big veggy eater to begin with...
- I keep almonds and eat no more than 40 almonds (1 portion) a day- usually with 1 square of 90% dark chocolate - it goes great with the almonds and is very low in sugar/carbs
- I also take a multi-vitamin daily to compensate for any lack of vitamins I may have

What else do you do to keep your low-carb lifestyle? Any good meal ideas?

Edited by: MICKEYMAB at: 9/5/2012 (10:20)


 
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