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I like too many fruits and veggies

Thursday, July 25, 2013

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Before 2009, I had some years where I did not eat 1 serving of fruit or vegetable in the entire 365 days. In the years I did, it was corn. Since switching to low carb, I have actually upped them considerably. I get over 5 servings easily, and most days 8-10.

My problem now is that as I start to up carbs, I am eating too many servings, especially fruit.
I added in 3-4 servings of vegetable, and started eating a fruit daily ( not counting tomatoes ). I have been losing well for a few weeks. However last week, I had some cravings, and cheated. I attributed this to boredom, even though I was around 80 grams of carbs. I was losing, which is usually the sign that I am doing okay. Things were awesome! I was eating 80 grams and losing!

While it took me longer to start gaining, slowly, since last Friday, and then another cheat on Tuesday night ( 4 am ), I finally admitted to myself I am too high on carbs to stop cravings, and lose weight. I have learned something. I jumped up too high ( doubled ) in carbs, and wasn't even paying attention, since it was all " good " carbs, and learned that I can lose weight eating more carbs, but not that many.

I cut back to a more reasonable ( to me ) level, and have already lost 1/2 of the 7 lbs I gained. I do think that I will be able to eat over 50 g a day and lose, just not 80. I may have to limit fruit more. Overall though, it wasn't a disaster because it wasn't Burger King, but plums, and veggies. While I gained weight, and got the munchies, I didn't satisfy that with pizza, but more fruits/ So getting back on track wasn't having to start all over. I just cut my carbs on Wednesday, and am eating normal again.

What is interesting is that I now view fruit as my dessert, and cheating with sweets would be having a banana now. As someone who struggled to have 12 servings a year, it is funny to now struggle to limit myself to less than 12 a day.
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CRABBYTHING 7/26/2013 11:53AM

    Keep going, you can do this.

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CHEERFUL-ALT-3 7/26/2013 11:18AM

    I understand! i am on atkins induction and miss fruit most of all!

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LORI3679 7/26/2013 8:58AM

    That's great you have made the switch and also that you figured-out quickly that you were getting too many carbs so fast. Keep up the great work!

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ALISHAB3 7/25/2013 9:55PM

    I have a hard time with fruit too. I can get by with berries and some banana, but most other fruits put on the weight. I also get skin irritations with those.

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NOWYOUDIDIT 7/25/2013 8:38PM

    I can see how that could happen to me too! I could eat berries like I used to eat pizza! They taste so good!
Thanks for sharing- I keep in mind my maintaining is going to be more of a challenge.

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CLPURNELL 7/25/2013 8:18PM

    I love fruit too!

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GEMINIGEM6 7/25/2013 6:16PM

    Sounds like you know what's going on now and have a good plan to fix it. Like Woubbie said though, it's a good problem. You're eating healthy and not junk! You're doing great!

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WOUBBIE 7/25/2013 6:12PM


That's a Good Problem.

Maybe you can still do Dr. Atkins' suggestion to only increase your carbs on a weekly basis by 5g a day until you find the tipping point?

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LADYBUG546 7/25/2013 2:44PM


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JUDYRAUL 7/25/2013 2:42PM

    Hi Russell,

I have had similar a eating pattern in the past, not to the degree that you have. I ate veggies, but rarely ate fruit for years. Changed all that and am eating lots of fruits and veggies now. I do not eat many carbs; they are my weakness. Love bread. What about your activity level? If you like carbs like I do, perhaps you can increase your activity and indulge in a little bit more of the carbs? I know I really need to increase my activity level, which has been low up to this point. Hopefully I'll be able to eat some of the carbs I love so much.
Congratulations on getting yourself right back on track and losing again.

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