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Sunday, June 15, 2014

I live in Italy and hereís the diet the Italian nutritionist gave me. I know itís restrictive but I like that about it because there is very little guesswork involved. Iíve lost 13 pounds in 6 weeks and I even cheat (small cheats). Here it is, I finally translated it.

Breakfast: 2 slices of wheat bread with a) cheese (ricotta, cream cheese, etc.) or b)
jam or c) slice of turkey or ham or prosciutto*

Lunch: red meat, white meat, fish or insalata di mare (a cold fish salad, usually
with octopus and calamari)
vegetables -all you can eat, or desire to eat

1 carbohydrate lunch a week (100 grams of pasta or rice or a sandwich, etc.)

Dinner: white fish, chicken or turkey (without skin), tuna, prosciutto, eggs*, or cheese*
vegetables Ėagain, all you can eat

Snacks: 2 yogurts a day (eaten whenever you want, even for dessert or before bed). The lowĖin-fat variety.
Fruit Ėas much as you want but not with meals

Two T of olive oil a day. Use when cooking or on a salad.

*Cold cuts in Italy are not what they are in the States, they are less processed and much more acceptable from a nutritional standpoint.
*Cheese is considered a protein, for example a tomato mozzarella salad is a complete meal, or a greek salad with feta cheese.
* 2 eggs a week max

Drink at least 1 liter of water a day, preferably 2.
Use as many spices as you want, limit salt.
Eat fruit between meals, not with.
To satisfy hunger between meals, eat fruit or veggies and drink plenty of water.
Avoid sugar including artificial sweeteners, honey, ice cream, etc.
Eat at regular intervals and donít skip meals.
Exercise 30 minutes 6 days a week.
Portion sizes for meat are variable. Eat as much Ďlightí meat (fish, chicken, pork) as you want and half a plateful for the others.

Cooking methods acceptable: boil, bake, grill, microwave, steam, stew, or Ďal cartoccioí (this one Iím not sure how to translate, but they wrap veggies and meat together in oven paper and cook them in the oven.)

I donít cheat in big ways, but Iíve had a small glass of wine at least 4 nights a week since I started and sometimes add mayonnaise to my tuna or honey to my yogurt. I like that I can add little personal touches that are Ďagainst the rulesí and still manage to lose weight. However, the fourth week I was doing this I had 3 carbohydrate meals and one night of too much wine and guess what? I didnít lose that week. I expect that as I get closer to my goal weight Iíll have to be stricter with myself.

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CERTHIA 7/1/2014 4:12AM

    I am happy this works so well for you! I hear you on the wine. No matter how healthy I eat, adding too much wine on top will ruin any effort to lose weight.

I hope you are enjoying summer!

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NISSANGIRL 6/27/2014 6:31AM

    emoticon emoticon on 13 pounds gone!!! I think I may need to copy what u r eating , sounds like a great plan!!! thanks for posting! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LUNORZAHRA 6/21/2014 10:04PM

    Thanks for the details. Definitely need to try this.

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LAILATN 6/15/2014 4:17PM

    Sounds very healthy! Wonder why the fruit between meals and not with, that was funny to me. But yes, I do think that carbs (especially processed) are the root of my weight woes/addictions. I'm glad this is working for you!

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GYPSYGOTH 6/15/2014 10:42AM

    I agree that it can be helpful to have fewer foods to choose from, as long as you don't get bored!
This sounds like an incredibly sound plan. As long as she's not telling you fat-FREE yogurt emoticon (I think fat-free dairy is pretty much an abomination).
It is so nice to see nutritionists stepping out of the dark ages and recommending a whole-foods-based, not carb-heavy plan!
Congrats on your 13 pounds down! emoticon

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    Thanks for sharing. Interesting!

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GETSTRONGRRR 6/15/2014 7:51AM

    Sounds fantastic! Keep it up and let us know how far it takes you!

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Today I'm determined

Saturday, May 31, 2014

In the past, about three weeks into any new diet or exercise plan, my enthusiasm started to wane. Today so far is a difficult day. I didn't sleep well, and I woke up to rain outside and cat vomit in the kitchen. I started thinking about 'cheating' for lunch before I even finished my morning coffee.
Fortunately I recognized my negative thoughts and now I'm asking myself, why do I have them? Maybe subconsciously I'm in need of some comfort and I'm planning on getting it with food. Maybe my diet is like a fair-weather friend, all fine and dandy until something bad happens and then it disappears.
Not today. I'm pulling up my big girl panties and getting it done. I just prepared my liters of water, already chopped up some veggies to cook at lunch and now I'm doing chores to keep busy until my bad impulses pass. They are already starting to pass, I can feel it. Today will be a good day because I'm making it so.

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GYPSYGOTH 5/31/2014 5:38PM

    I wake up to cat vomit just about every day! Good times.
I really dislike grey rainy days when I can't get outside, but it is nice to think of it as a time to renew inside and take care of the things we ought to in the house as the plants outside are renewing with water. emoticon

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PENNYSAVER2 5/31/2014 2:34PM

    emoticon I love your attitude!!

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STEELHEAD01 5/31/2014 12:22PM

    Way to go. emoticon

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NISSANGIRL 5/31/2014 7:09AM

    emoticon u made the right choice and for that your day can only get better! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TOVEYTWIRL 5/31/2014 3:09AM

    Good for you... emoticon

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Awesome tips! Here's a summary

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Wow everyone, I am touched so many people gave suggestions. There are some really great ones here, some Iíve already put into practice. Iíve summarized them below, but before I get to that I want to clarify a few things about the diet Iím on. It was so strict only for the first few weeks, now Iíve got some carbohydrates in there too, but the basic diet is what I described before. Also, she did give me some other options for breakfast than what I mentioned, but because I donít like sweet things in the morning I stick to toast with a small amount of cheese or meat or peanut butter. Once a week I scramble an egg. Itís not really as restrictive as it sounds considering I can eat all the vegetables I want.

I really like it because itís easy. When I stick to the plan and remember to have my mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks, Iím not hungry at all. I have the bad habit of skipping meals and then I wind up too hungry to make good choices. Iím working on it though and have gotten better these past weeks. Oh, and Ö.(drumroll please)Ö..Iíve lost 7 pounds in three weeks. Yahoo!

Ok, as far as the water goes, there were some absolutely GENIUS suggestions! The ones Iíve tried so far are: fruit water. I add a little bit of some fruit to my liter and it makes it a pleasure to drink. So far Iíve tried pineapple, watermelon and frozen berries from the freezer. The first two were better. Another one: peppermint oil, love this! I happened to have some in my closet and so I tried it right away and it was yummy. The next day I tried a drop of vanilla, and it wasnít as good. The peppermint is the way to go. (LADYOLIVER you should patent that idea!) Also, Iíve started putting half empty bottles in the freezer the day before I know Iíll be out in my car a lot. About 60% of the time I remember to take them out and bring them.

Vegetables: Iíve become a roasting fool! And wow, what a nice flavor they have. Last night for example I roasted some cabbage, radicchio, and onion chopped up fine and they were delicious. Thanks for suggesting this method of cooking because it helped me out a lot! I wholeheartedly recommend this.

I havenít gotten the grill going yet this spring, but when I do Iím going to try all the grilling tricks you all shared with me. Tonight, in the meantime, is roasted asparagus. Iím looking forward to roasting every vegetable I can now, even broccoli. I canít wait to taste it. (wait a minute, Iím looking forward to broccoli? Someone call a doctor)
Sauteeing in broth sounds good too, I just keep forgetting to pick some up at the store.

Now, as far as the preparing in advance goes, there were awesome suggestions, but I havenít had the chance to try any yet. I donít have the time right now. Sometimes I feel like Iím treading water just trying to eat healthy, and I havenít worked on being more prepared yet. I'm trying to start a small business so my energy is often elsewhere. One step at a time.

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LADYOLIVER 5/29/2014 8:03AM

    emoticon I'm excited that you have found your way. You have to give Dr. Oz the props for the peppermint extract. emoticon He suggested it for calming bloating and some digestive issues that I'm having with my tummy. emoticon

Timing for the information was perfect to share with you. emoticon

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PENNYSAVER2 5/28/2014 10:40AM

    Wow, I'm so happy for you!! emoticon

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GYPSYGOTH 5/28/2014 10:06AM

    emoticon So glad you got some good suggestions that are helping! Aren't roasted veggies so amazing? It brings out their natural sugars... so yummy.
Keep up the great work and good luck with your business venture!!

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making it a way of life not a diet, advice please!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

About two weeks ago, I went to an appointment with a dietician. She's pretty strict, and gave me this type of diet: Two pieces of wheat toast with either spreadable cheese or lean cold cuts for breakfast, lean meat and veggies for lunch, and the same for dinner. Fruit and yogurt for snacks and two tablespoons of olive oil a day to cook with. She also encouraged me to drink 2 liters of water a day and eat a LOT of veggies. Luckily, I like veggies. It's pretty simple (which really appeals to me). The problems I've been having are these:

a. I'm out of the house for most of the day, and I almost always fail to prepare my healthy meals in advance. How do I get organized?

b. Drinking so much water is hard, I'm finding it nearly impossible and on only one day managed to drink it all.

c. I like veggies, but cooking without oil is new for me. Boiled or steamed veggies are so boring that I can only eat so much before gagging. Anyone have any other cooking methods? I can use any spice I want.

I've been doing well at exercising, and I've actually lost weight in the last two weeks, I'm happy to report. What's better is that I think I've found a way of eating I can live with. I want to make this habitual, not just a diet, but I need to overcome these obstacles. Anyone else have these problems too? What do you do?

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    I'm a big proponent of roasting veggies. take your veggies (carrots, onions, sweet potatoes, asperagus, broccoli and cauliflower) and toss in a bowl with some (or all) of your daily oil. 2 Tbsps is a lot, so you could probably make enough roasted veggies for a couple of meals. Add fresh garlic and ginger (chopped), thyme, and rosemary, and roast at 425 for 20 mins. This makes a great "side dish" for anything (also: great with summer squash!). I also love to bring this for lunch (made either the night before or on Sundays) with a fresh salad.

For water consumption -- especially in the summer -- I'll add about 1/4 cup of juice (raspberry or pomegranate) to 1L of cold water with ice and take that with me wherever I go. I also love flavoured teas, because they often don't need sugar!

Good luck!

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SWANATOPIA 5/30/2014 11:28PM

    Buy some Tupperware with measuring lines on them. Fill them with leftovers from dinner/lunch to take with you (you won't need too much because portion control!) If you start on the weekend, they will start to add up for variety! Keep them in fridge, grab and go!

Carry with you 6-8 bottled waters and make sure you drink them all (in a small bag or large purse.

Bake the veggies! They taste fantastic that way...I like mine a bit crunchy! Olive oil is good for you! Brush them lightly if you'd like or bake without.... just as good!

Buy a pedometer! It really helps challenge those steps. You'll find yourself taking stairs and waking extra during the day just because you are knowledgeable of your steps!

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MRSRIGS1 5/27/2014 4:46PM

    Adding a little lemon to your water and veggies will make them tasty. emoticon

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    Congrats on your featured blog Sarah!!! I find working with an eating plan that works best for me is what I like to do. Because we all have different lifestyles and foods that we like and don't like. Increasing your water intake, fruit and veggies is a good idea. And work around your favourite healthy foods.
I have a bottle of water with me by the computer and the tv and that can be helpful. You have a lovely healthy background, they look really good to help lose weight.
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LADYOLIVER 5/26/2014 6:54PM

    For water... I increase gradually. I add different flavors. My latest had been peppermint extract, which is to ease my digestive issues. It has been refreshing. Or try calorie free sugar free waters in the store.

With the veggies... I do lots of seasonings. One thing I also like to use is hidden valley ranch powder mix. I just shake like as a season on veggies, stir frys etc.

Not sure if you are into blending fruits and veggies, this is usually my breakfast.

I usually cook my meals for the week on Sunday. All I have to do is pack them daily in containers. I just don't have room to pack and store all containers for entire week.

Hope this give more ideas for you.

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NDCAROL 5/26/2014 12:33PM

    Sprinkle mild but flavorful rice vinegar on salads, raw or cooked veggies. Just adds a bit of interest.

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MAESTROSHASHA 5/26/2014 10:52AM

    Here are two things that have been helping me.

1. Real Steel Cut Oats
I can't find these at every store. But it's worth the hunt. When I do, I purchase a whole bunch. As it takes 30 minutes or so to cook, I make a big batch and store in individual 1 cup containers. Just to warn you they will get solid and congealed looking. With just a little bit of water and my potato masher, these little servings rehydrate and heat up in a saucepan in no time. And let me tell you, I am not into food prep! But I find this pretty doable. I keep brown sugar, pecan chips, cinnamon, nutmeg, raisins and dried cranberries around to throw in and that is some mmmm-mmm-goodness, let me tell you! You can pretty much throw in whatever you like. :)

2. A Straw!
It sounds ridiculous, but when I switched to a water bottle that had a straw always sticking out and I could just sip here and there, my consumption increased a great deal. Some of my friends also have felt the "straw effect". Maybe that could work for you.

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CLAIREINPARIS 5/25/2014 4:01PM

    Having suffered from an eating disorder for several years, I cannot go on any diet anymore, or it comes back with a vengeance! So I cannot be of any help here. But it sounds like a tough diet to me!

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OHMEMEME 5/25/2014 10:37AM

    Great advice and options here!

Just know that this is a work in progress...after 3 years on Spark, I am still learning and readjusting to fit my life, needs, desires...but it is doable if you focus and work hard. Some days will feel like easy street and then bam! I am face down on the pavement. But I get up and start again. Most of the journey turns out very rewarding with a smaller, healthier, happier me.

Use all the available tools and find YOUR way.
Best wishes and keep Sparking!

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TIFFFIT 5/24/2014 8:53PM

    Have you tried spa water? Add some fresh strawberries, watermelon, citrus fruit, berries, mint or other healthy items to your water and it's so much more palatable and refreshing you might find yourself looking forward to it! It keeps for a couple of days so you could make a gallon all at once in order to meet your goals.
Your diet sounds too regimented for me but you say you think it will work for you; here's wishing you the best!
I often cook my veggies alongside hot peppers and lots of aromatics (shallots, onion and garlic). You may try sauteing them in a low-sodium broth in place of oil to get a similar result without the fats and you'll be adding some flavor at the same time.

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VAINVT 5/24/2014 8:29AM

  This sounds like a harsh plan, to me. One of the important lessons I've learned is that you have to make a plan that works for you in order to stick to it.
If this really works for you, then my experience with water is that you have to work your way up to the amount you drink each day. As you drink more, you really do start to want the extra water. Also, for vegetables, I've started eating raw vegetables for lunch. I buy about 5 easy to prepare things - cherry tomatoes, baby carrots, parsley (wash and put in a glass in the refrigerator), green beans, red bell pepper (wash and cut). And then every day, I just pull them out and have them for lunch.

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EGRAMMY 5/23/2014 9:46PM

    Sounds like you will lose weight on this dieticians plan. On the water, I find it better to drink purposefully. I read this on Facebook Dr. Isaac Eliaz

"2 glasses of water after waking up helps activate internal organs.....
1 glass of water 30 minutes before a meal helps digestion......
1 glass of water before takeing a bath/shower helps lower blood pressure......
1 glass of water before going to bed...avoids stroke or heart attack....."

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CHERIJ16 5/23/2014 6:23PM

    Making time to plan is essential. Lots of good ideas shared here. You have to get comfortable and make it your own through trial and error. I think I would get a 2nd. opinion from another dietician. That breakfast doesn't sound very good. Good luck.

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LASCHWAB 5/23/2014 1:02PM

    I have a few ideas that are working for me.

a. Would it help to buy items in bulk and freeze completed meals or keep food in a fridge at work with your name on it? Can you try bringing just the ingredients in a cooler? That might be just as much work as prepping it in the first place, I'm not sure.

b. Could you bring two 1 L bottles with you, and make one flavoured with MiO or Crystalite? Can you get your fluids through coffee or tea? I also remember an idea my brother saw someone use once. A woman he works with wears 8 bangles or elastics on one wrist. After each 8 oz cup of water she drank, she would move a bracelet from that wrist to the other. Her goal was to have every bangle moved to the other wrist by the end of dinner. Could you divide your 2 litres in this way? Maybe you could buy a nice set of bangles for yourself as a treat for doing a different good habit too!

c. I'm really loving steamed broccoli with seasoned salt on them. I'm not the biggest fan of raw veggies. I kind of just eat them because I should haha. You could also try making wasabi peas or something too! Tex mex, anything. Maybe try a stir fry made using light coconut milk if you're allowed.

Good luck!

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JAMER123 5/22/2014 11:55PM

    I am one who couldn't work with that "diet". A breakfast of cold meat & cheese? Breakfast is your 1st meal of the day and if you look at the word, it's BREAK the FAST. You have slept and fasted for at least 8 hrs. and sometimes up to 10 hrs. To not have a good, substantial meal to start a day so that you don't run out of energy and begin to want to snack your way through the day. Eat your veggies and fruits which in turn will give you the carbs you need. I had to take a lot of nutrition classes when going through nurses training and there have been changes, but not that I couldn't keep up with. Good luck!! emoticon emoticon

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AMBER461 5/22/2014 11:02PM

  I love to eat vegetables so it not too bad for me.

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CHARTHESTAR 5/22/2014 10:47PM

    I am not a cook and I like my veggies plain with just a little salt ( and I am working on using less salt and succeeding)

I would try some different seasons and herbs if you like. I really like to stir-fry my vegetables -no oil just just have to stirring them.

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CHARTHESTAR 5/22/2014 10:32PM

    I think you need a new dietitian if she is recommending cold cuts. to me a cold-cut is a very processed food and they are not good for you.

If I interpreted this wrong- I am sorry.

the Water drinking is hard- just keep increasing your intake until you get to where you need to be. Start out the day with a cup of cold lemon water. I have done that the last several days and it has been a great addition to my routine.

Water is SO very important for all our bodies functions. Remember that many fruits and vegetables have a lot of water content too.

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DR1939 5/22/2014 9:06PM

    I try to drink most of my water in the morning. I drink a 16 oz glass while the coffee makes, another 16 oz with medications that I take in the morning, 16 oz before lunch or after exercising, and 16 oz before dinner.

Oils make food taste better. I try to use my allotment where it improves the flavor of what I am eating. My favorite is to roast 12 carrots with a little oil and salt and pepper as desired. I scrub the carrots but do not peel them, cut them into 1 1/2-2" pieces and roast for 20-30 minutes at 400 or longer/shorter if I am cooking with something at a different temperature. Sweet potatoes are delicious like this but add 1-1 1/2 teaspoons of brown sugar to each 2 sweet potatoes (peeled and sliced into wedges). The carrots keep really well (2 carrots per serving). Just heat in oven if you are using it or in microwave. The sweet potatoes never last long enough to go into the refrigerator. I use 1 small sweet potato per serving. I can send you recipes with calorie counts if you wish.

Finally, I highly recommend the purchase of a toaster/convection oven. I have a Black & Decker and it was inexpensive. It heats rapidly and works nicely for an oven-baked entree.

I have a couple of recipes for fruit based deserts if you would like them.

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KMRJPR 5/22/2014 8:53PM

    I think we all have these obstacles in our way of life glad you brought it to light and that so many others have shared their tips and tricks!


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MURPHYLOU2 5/22/2014 3:53PM

    I have spent a great part of my adult life chasing every diet know n to the human race. I have attended numerous groups and have spent session with the experts. The reality is that every one of these people would/could guarantee success. If I did follow these plans I could lose the weight. The problem was once the weight was lost, I could not maintain it. Most of the plans, for me , were too restrictive.

I was not able to stay on any of these plans. I didn't like the food I was eating. I couldn't even imagine eating it for the rest of my life. The food was gross and tasteless. I like spice and learned that most of my food had to have a little something or it becomes a horrid experience.

I have weight to lose, but after the many encounters with these plans, I have come to a hard reality, my body and my brain have to get used to having very little of the forbidden food before my I am ready to cut it out completely. Sometimes or most, if I cut the food out completely, I will find a way or an excuse to bing.

As for the meals on the go, plan, plan, plan. Most of my planning is done the night before or I stow leftovers away before the family inhales the whole meal.

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AURIANNE67 5/22/2014 3:31PM

    Try baking or roasting your veggies, roasted broccoli with a misting of oil and sprinkle of salt is delicious! Roasting can help bring out the natural sweetness of things without adding any sugar so there are a number of veggies that will have their flavor profile transformed that way. You can experiment or, if you're afraid of wasting food by experimenting (the way I am when trying something totally new), you can look up roasted veggie recipes.

Best of luck!

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MARYJEANSL 5/22/2014 3:22PM

  Honestly, I would find those meal and snack choices very hard to stick to. But they are super healthy. As for the veggies, you could just use a spritz of cooking spray and a bit of salt, which is great if you don't overdo it.

There are a lot of great suggestions here - congrats on doing so well already!

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ZEEDRA 5/22/2014 3:18PM

I can't possibly read all your responses. Here's my recent experience with a Dietician and if I can ever manage to follow her SUGGESTIONS, I'll be fine.
We start with Canada's Food Guide with the recommended portions of food groups to eat, aiming for balanced, nutritious eating.
She complimented me on my eating times, i.e., not going too long without eating.
I need to add fruits and vegetables, which I knew.
She gave me a 2-sided page with healthy meal ideas and the same for snack ideas.
We talk about daily exercise.
She looks for small changes.
In no way is this a DIET!!!! No pressure and positive support and NO COUNTING CALORIES.
If I choose nutritious food within a balanced meal or snack, I'm okay.
As I write and read this I'm asking myself: Why don't you do it, then???? Because I've picked up bad habits over a lifetime (71 years) and I just might not be able to perform miracles here but I am very optimistic that I will get better and better at choosing nutrition over sugar-laden junk.
Good luck!

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BLPRETTYGIRL1 5/22/2014 2:20PM

    Wow, a lot of great ideas ! I also use snack bags for portion control. Do stir fries, use spices with no sodium. Minced garlic, onions, peppers, tomato, spinach. The list goes on. Leftovers in a salad is always handy. Guess you just have to make ahead so you can grab it on your way out.

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NONNAOF2 5/22/2014 1:07PM

  I am seeing a Nutritionist that has me on specific measurements so I can understand what can happen when away from home. Be sure to buy a box of snack bags to separate your snacks, I do this right after grocery shopping so I don't need to think about it for a long while. Use disposable containers for your other meals. Either you can get your meals ready for the day early in the morning or in the evening for the next day. If you are too tired, then find a cooking day for you and make meals that you can freeze and just heat up when you get home and are tired, or something that go to work with you, if you work. It seems like a lot to do, but after a while, it will become automatic for you and not seem like such a burden. Good luck!! :-)

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UWPALUM 5/22/2014 1:02PM

    Oh my goodness! What great suggestions...:) I also need to get better at planning ahead. When I'm most successful, it's because I spend Saturday or Sunday cooking a bunch of food and then the week is ready to go. I'm a fan of restrictive diets, but that's because of food sensitivities that I have. But I get people telling me all the time that this isn't something I can do forever. You have to do what works for you! Keep it up. You are doing great!

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SCHOPPEK 5/22/2014 12:08PM

    Good luck on your journey! We are all in this together! emoticon

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JIBBIE49 5/22/2014 11:53AM

    Buy vegetable juice in the grocery store, which has 13 servings in a bottle and drink it instead of cooking the vegetables. It is in the juice section or in the fresh vegetables section. All your body uses is the juice anyway as the fiber goes on through you after it is in your gut.
Pack your food the night before and leave it in the frig.
Don't worry if you don't drink all the water, as they really require to much for some people. Unless you work a job where you sweat a lot, you probably are drinking all you need.

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SUSIEMT 5/22/2014 11:49AM

    WOW! Good luck to you I don't think I could make it being on such a restrictive diet. I try to stay away from cold cuts due to the sodium. I follow Chef Meg's roasted veggie recipe. I use lots of basil, her blend of Italian herb recipe and lots of garlic. I have to stay away from the garlic salt. I use garlic powder instead. I am never without my camelback water bottle or tervis drinking cup. Great job on losing weight! Keep up the good work!

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GARDENQE2 5/22/2014 11:29AM

    I like cheese and toast for breakfast. I toast the bread (I make my own stone-ground wheat or rye bread) and put the cheese on while it's hot so it melts. It tastes like an indulgence.
Like you, I had a problem making a healthy lunch to take to school or work. I solved the problem by taking two pre-wrapped cheese sticks and an apple. No preparation, no refrigeration needed, and they fit right into my handbag.
I carried that same lunch nearly fifty years!
Best wishes!

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GINNYN2 5/22/2014 9:58AM

    Hi Sara
I too recently went to a dietitian. But she was like no dietitian I have ever encountered before. She didn't give me a diet. She gave me hope and acceptance. Wow. After years of people telling me to just eat less, this was amazing. She also gave me the name of a book called intuitive eating. I hope it's ok to mention the name of a book. This book talks about getting in touch with your inner hunger, stuff like that. Anyway, I have never had such a wonderful encounter with a dietitian before

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GOOSIEMOON 5/22/2014 9:16AM

    So much good advice here!

Thanks everyone!

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BLONDEDOG 5/22/2014 8:41AM

    Okay, 4 words......Roasting and Garlic salt!

That makes any veggie tasty if you ask me! And plenty of pepper! I do use olive oil....which shouldn't be a problem for you since she recommended it.

As far as planning your meals, this is what I normally do. I have a handful of favorite lunches that I make. I cook it on Sunday and divide it into serving sizes and stick them on the bottom shelf of the fridge. If I have more than 5 servings I freeze them in individual portions in freezer bags. Once I get 5 "lunches" in the freezer I get to take a week off cooking! Some of my favorite things to make on Sunday are "unstuffed green peppers", anything with chicken breasts in the crock pot (4 chix breasts, plus mixed veggies, a package of dry ranch (italian or gravy packets work as well), 1 cup of liquid cooked on high for 4 hrs or low for 8 hours YUM, easy and makes a lot of 1 cup servings. I also like to make sloppy joes with ground turkey and a can of sloppy joe plus a bag of broccoli slaw....cook the turkey then mix in the sauce and slaw and cook until veggies are tender. You wouldn't believe how good this easy plus it is fast and easy! I eat about 1 cup of this with one slice of whole wheat bread....may have to make this on Sunday.

Anyway, that's my suggestion for lunch. Supper is harder for me to make healthy because my husband does a lot of the cooking. I typically just make sure I have fresh fruits and veggies available to add to my plate.

Hopefully this helps!

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SUNNYGURL0077 5/22/2014 7:53AM

  Try making stir fry. Also, maybe invest in a water bottle that has a built-in fruit infuser so it tastes better. While you're at it, you could pick up some Crystal Light single serving powder to add to plain water.
I recently told my husband I want to do this after shopping on the weekends (it's something else we can do together since I work days and he works nights): cut up a stalk of celery so that each piece is 2-3 inches long (just the size to fit into a 1-cup measuring cup). When you've filled the cup, put that amount into a snack size plastic bag. Keep going until you finish with the stalk. Now, you have very few calories conveniently packed already. Try to whip up some tuna (just add light mayo) and use the celery to eat it.

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JANET552 5/22/2014 7:39AM

    I like to roast veggies with a little olive oil and some rosemary. It's making my mouth water just to think about it!!

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PENOWOK 5/22/2014 7:17AM

    Using olive oil for the veges will eventually be yummy, but in the meantime, make sure to use some seasonings. That will help with the taste WE often use Mrs. Dash or another commercial seasoning. Some come from Pampeered Chef. I am surprised at how restricted your diet is. You may want to call and revisit regarding the strictness of the diet...Cold cuts are ok, but not as a daily diet!

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DIANNEMT 5/22/2014 6:45AM

    Lots of good advice here. Just remember--play with things! Try different combos!!

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PBROWN5110 5/22/2014 12:05AM

  The freezer can also be your best friend when it comes to water. Like you, I used to have multiple bottles of warm water sitting around. Now, I rotate two or more 1 liter bottles in and out of the freezer. Before I go to bed, I make sure that there's at least one bottle in the freezer with about 3 inches of water in it. In the morning, I fill up the rest of the bottle and have really cold water until I drink it down to the 3-inch level, at which point that bottle goes back in the freezer and another one comes out. The only real issue is that the bottle will sweat, so you need to protect any wooden surfaces when you set it down. I'm not sure how much water I drink a day this way, but it's a lot. I've read that the best way to tell if you're hydrated is the color of your urine anyway (lemonade vs. apple juice) so I'm comfortable I'm getting enough. emoticon

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NOGIRLSOSWEET 5/21/2014 10:00PM

    Some ways I have found that have worked for me in the past:

- Get a reusable water bottle and always bring it to work or wherever you go. After a while, I found this became a habit and I find myself drinking water at work and throughout the day without even realizing it.

- When you go grocery shopping, wash and cut up veggies, fruit, etc. for the whole week. Makes it a lot easier to grab and go. You can even prepare containers or baggies to go for the week, too.

- One great tip to add veggies is to buy frozen vegetables - like carrots and beans - and add them to a microwavable dinner (like a Weight Watchers "Smart One") - if that can fall within your nutrition plan, that is.

- You can also roast many different veggies in the oven, sprinkled with a little bit of olive oil and seasonings - this is good with asparagus, broccoli, Brussels sprouts. You can also sautee them in a pan with a bit of olive oil as well, if you can spare some for your veggies. I like putting olive oil in a pan with cauliflower and Brussels sprouts, cooking for a few minutes until they are tender, and then topping with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese.

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KICKINGKILOS 5/21/2014 9:32PM

    Hi....I am glad that you have been able to stick
I cannot stick to some diet like I ike to enjoy everythin in moderation.
I too had a dietician (via email)
& I lost 9 pounds in 2months. It was slow...but I.lost and ate 30g of chocolate daily.
But thats just me....!
Soo manu people on SP low carbers...and I try but I fail with that.

Anyways...I think for meal.plannin-
You need to make a list and buy all your groceries in advance.
.com) has a great list on the same. You just search meal planning and you will get lots of pictures.

Congrats on the weightloss. :)
We should do whatever works for us. I am.still a progress. Managed to.out all the weight back.

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DFNICELY 5/21/2014 8:32PM

  Congrats on losing weight. I know that is exciting. When I first started my lifestyle change I could hardly drink water. I have been told over and over that new habits take about 21 days. I was determined to drink 64 of water even though I did not care for it. I would get a glass of tea and take a drink of water, then a sip of tea. Also I would take a big drink of water then a bite or two of lunch and continued to do that at each meal. I gradually stopped sipping the tea and sure enough 3 weeks later I was used to the water and now I often drink more that 64 ounces a day. Now I actually prefer water to tea or soft drinks. Also, I would recommend trying different brands of bottled water. You would not think it but there is a slight difference in the taste. I found the one I prefer and drink it all the time. I can tell a difference if I drink a different brand.

Keep drinking water, your taste will change. It will get better. Some other advice is plan meals in advances and to make meals ahead and freeze them for a quick meal during the week. I also use the crockpot a lot.

Again Congrats of losing the weight. You are on your way.

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DOILIEQUEEN 5/21/2014 8:22PM

    Have you tried grilling your veggies? Put your veggies in tin foil, drizzle with olive oil and season with salt & pepper (or other seasonings). I understand not getting enough water. I don't drink nearly enough water (including tea & juice) during the day. I'm surprised I don't get dehydrated.

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New trainer today; jury is still out.

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Today was my first day with a new trainer. I'm not too sure if I like him because I thought his behavior was weird. At one point I actually looked into his eyes to see if they were dilated. I wanted to ask him if he was taking drugs but I didn't. My husband says that there are a lot of guys on steroids in the gyms, but I don't know if that's true. I've never seen it, and I've spent more time in gyms than the average person. However, it's also true that I'm a bit naive in that aspect.
Maybe he is just a weird guy? Some of my best friends are oddballs, so weirdness doesn't bother me. Or maybe he thought I was weird and was just responding in kind. I'll give him another chance and then make my decision.

+I suppose I'm not very pc using the terms 'oddball' and 'weird'. Unique is a better word. emoticon

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MAMABEAR372 5/21/2014 11:47AM

    Too funny! Weird makes people fascinating! lol

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SLIMBOT 4/6/2014 9:05PM

  He might have just been nervous. I have made many terrible first impressions because of my social anxiety. But as others have said, if his demeanor detracts from the training, try someone else-- the training should be all about you and reaching your goals. Keep us posted!

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 4/3/2014 7:08PM

    If you see him again and feel disconcerted, you might want to try somebody else. I persisted with a PT for a few weeks even though I hated every minute. He kept clutching his crotch. And finally I realized--that it ruined my focus, and that I was a little bit disgusted and that I would feel better doing something else.

Maybe we are all odd and bizarre, but we probably want to be around others who have our own breed of oddness.

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GETSTRONGRRR 4/3/2014 5:51PM

    Hmmm....focus on the quality of the instruction....hopefully there'll be some chemistry

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    unique? sounds weird to me....

The first thing I thought of when you told me about his behavior was maybe he was using caffeine supplements. Some people in the gym use them to enhance their performance and it makes them jittery - maybe he over did it?

At any rate, trust your gut. You're paying for this!


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LIVE_2_KICK 4/3/2014 11:09AM

    Yes, I would say give him another chance.
You never know, could have just been a bad day for him.
But if he makes you uncomfortable, then get another trainer ASAP.
You get get the best results if your not 100% focused on the training!

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    As someone who has actually met you (I'll be back in Italy early September, such a shame it will be in Rome this time!)... I can assure you that you are not weird!!!
But this trainer does sound rather 'unique' indeed. For this kind of job it is so important to be people-orientated that I cannot even imagine how they can hire someone who does make people feel uncomfortable! I think giving him another chance is fair, but don't end up working with him if you feel uncomfortable with him (I would do that kind of thing and feel miserable!!!).

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