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12/5/11 9:37 P

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I think most of us worry when we leave the initial low carb phase and start adding carbs back in. But after a while you realize that you can always go back to the initial phase if things aren't working. It often only takes a couple of days to get back on plan.

-American consumers have no problem with carcinogens, but they will not purchase any product, including floor wax, that has fat in it. - Dave Barry
-My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four; unless there are three other people. - Orson Welles
-The food here is terrible, and the portions are too small. - Woody Allen

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PLPWHEELER Posts: 6
12/5/11 3:26 P

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Thank you Russell. I have been doing the egg/vegie/meat (plus protein drink for breakfast) diet for a month now. It is going very very slow. Yesterday I started adding carbs back in because I know I can't continue with just these foods. Fingers crossed the numbers will continue dropping.

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12/5/11 3:15 P

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If I had to sum up the best way to stick with low carb..

cant go wrong with scrambled egg/omelette

for lunch and dinner.. keep it simple.. meat.. and vegetables.. amounts determined by carbs, and calories.. Lower fat meats usually allow for a bigger portion, as will lower carb vegetables.

All the SF foods, nuts,fruit,diet pop etc.. need to be tested before being allowed into your diet.
Try 2 weeks with just eggs, meat, and vegetables.. and then start adding things in. If weight loss continues.. it stays

Lots of people start low carb thinking what is the most I am allowed.. it should be the opposite.. cut out every carb but vegetables, and then make sure what gets added back in works. I personally have never been able to lose weight on anything like diet pop, artificial sweetener, SF foods of any sort, but if you can.. great.

People fear a lack of variety. I fear losing my foot, or eyesight from diabetes, or having a heart attack from obesity. I guess it depends on your priorities.

I would go back to what worked for you the first week, and hit the repeat button.

"We can't solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them "

- Albert Einstein

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can't--you're right.”

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MORTICIAADDAMS's Photo MORTICIAADDAMS Posts: 66,020
11/19/11 8:54 P

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I love the book. It gets down to the nuts and bolts.

-American consumers have no problem with carcinogens, but they will not purchase any product, including floor wax, that has fat in it. - Dave Barry
-My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four; unless there are three other people. - Orson Welles
-The food here is terrible, and the portions are too small. - Woody Allen

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PLPWHEELER Posts: 6
11/19/11 12:50 A

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Wow, good for you on the numbers!

I'm still lost as to what I'm doing, hoping to pick up the 30 day carb diet book tomorrow. But in the mean time allergies (from Christmas trees) has kicked in and I feel awful.

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SPOOKY711's Photo SPOOKY711 Posts: 36
11/19/11 12:39 A

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I agree w/you MORTICIAADDAMS I get 60 to 70% of my daily calories from fat, mostly saturated animail fat. In 2 months my triglycerides went from 350 to 98, cholesterol went from 197 to 167. My A1c from 9.7 to 6.4 (Iwas diagnosed type 2 diabetic 2 months ago). My Dr. asked what did I do to bring these numbers down so fast? I told her I eat beef pork chicken cheese, seafood, I do not watch fat anymore, except for vegetable oils. Most fat is animal & coconut oil. Also sesame & olive oil. She could not believe this statement.

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MORTICIAADDAMS's Photo MORTICIAADDAMS Posts: 66,020
11/11/11 7:49 P

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We were all duped into the low fat craze - even the medical profession. LOL.

-American consumers have no problem with carcinogens, but they will not purchase any product, including floor wax, that has fat in it. - Dave Barry
-My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four; unless there are three other people. - Orson Welles
-The food here is terrible, and the portions are too small. - Woody Allen

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PLPWHEELER Posts: 6
11/11/11 7:18 P

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That's the advantage of teaching piano, I do it in my house. The treats are out for them to take if they wish (I usually buy stuff I don't like, but I bought a bunch after Halloween half price, which included the tootsie rolls).

This diet makes sense to me, for the most part. I know back in the day (Adam and Eve time) they didn't have all the junk that we eat today and they lived long healthy lives. It's just a "mind change" that I need to make. All my life I've been taught "low fat", and that is not the case for this diet.

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MORTICIAADDAMS's Photo MORTICIAADDAMS Posts: 66,020
11/11/11 7:11 P

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I would not be able to stay out of the Tootsie Rolls in they were around. LOL. My son has a teaching degree and most of the teachers don't give out candy any more. They can't even have peanut butter in school due to allergies. They get pencils for rewards. Oh goodie. LOL.

This kind of diet is a big adjustment for almost all of us because it's so different from diets we were on in the past. We are always here to help if you need some advice.

That book is by the Eades and they are some of the gurus of low carb and the authors of Protein Power books.

Edited by: MORTICIAADDAMS at: 11/11/2011 (19:14)
-American consumers have no problem with carcinogens, but they will not purchase any product, including floor wax, that has fat in it. - Dave Barry
-My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four; unless there are three other people. - Orson Welles
-The food here is terrible, and the portions are too small. - Woody Allen

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PLPWHEELER Posts: 6
11/11/11 6:33 P

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Thank you thank you thank you for all this information!

Yes, I know, the tootsie rolls. I have been avoiding them for 2 weeks (they are treats for piano students), but I'm a emotional eater, when I stepped on that scale and it was up I freaked.

I will have to look up The 30 Day Low Carb Diet Solution, "exactly what to eat" is exactly the help I need.

I think once I get going on the right track and see some progress then I will be good (with my food). It's just getting started and knowing what to do.

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MORTICIAADDAMS's Photo MORTICIAADDAMS Posts: 66,020
11/11/11 3:31 P

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First of all you need to chose a plan. What plan you choose often depends on medical problems you have and how low on carbs you are willing to go. My advice is to google specific plans and pull up their allowed food lists. And then choose the one that most suits your needs. If you are diabetic, Atkins and Protein Power are excellent. If you can tolerate more carbs then I like South Beach. But there are tons of excellent smart carb diets. Some of the members may wish to tell you about theirs.

If you want a really easy no brainer plan then "The 30 Day Low Carb Diet Solution" tells you exactly what to eat.

Plus or minus up to 3 pounds is considered normal as fluid moves in and out of cells. So being up a pound is insignificant. You may have gotten a hold of some extra salt or have some retained stool. Immediately after you eat you will weigh more.

Do we really need to tell you to eat less Tootsie Rolls? LOL Okay. Eat less Tootsie Rolls. LOL.. Most smart carb plans eliminate sugar unless it's from fruit. High Fructose corn syrup and anything similar as well. Ditto on the white flour, white rice, white pasta. No transfats.

Eat mainly fresh unprocessed foods. The best foods don't have ingredient lists unless it says something like - onions. Shop the perimeter of the store and you will do fairly well - fresh meat, fish, eggs, veggies, fruits on some diets, dairy if your plan allows, nuts, seeds, good oils like olive oil. Some plans allow 100% whole wheat bread of other whole grains. If you eat processed foods then read your labels for ingredients you don't need like the ones listed above. I will warn you that there are few processed foods that will pass inspection other than things like mustard, olives, sugar free pickles. Almost all processed foods have added sugar.

Cull the cookies, candies, pastries, chips, pies, cakes, boxed dinners, etc.

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I'm on a specific MD diet for hypoglycemia halfway between Atkins and South Beach.

I eat the same thing for breakfast every day - 4 fried egg whites, 2 strips lower sodium bacon, a glass of Hood Calorie Countdown Chocolate Dairy Beverage, and a clementine or 1/2 orange. Occasionally a piece of low carb toast. Rarely on special occasions a 1/2 of a High Fiber Light English Muffin.

I have the same thing for lunch every day - a main dish salad with mixed greens, broccoli, cauliflower, carrot, radishes, green pepper, 2 cooked egg whites, 2 queen size green olives, 2 ounces of turkey or chicken and homemade French dressing. Sometimes some cheese, bacon bits, or sunflower seeds.

Supper is usually meat, low glycemic veggies, and a piece of fruit. Sometimes a 100% whole grain like quinoa.

Occasional snacks

Sugar free jello
Sugar free, fat free pudding
Sugar free popsicles
Sugar free fudsicles
Sugar Free Hard Candy
Sugar Free Jelly, Jams, Preserves
Light Whipped Topping
Ricotta cream with extracts, cocoa powder, sugar free chocolate syrup, or sugar free syrups
Laughing Cow Cheese
Cottage Cheese with SF preserves
Cabot 50% Reduced Fat Cheese
Other legal cheeses like mozzarella, gouda, American, Cheddar, cottage, provolone. Swiss, FF cream cheese
Hard Boiled Eggs with legal dressings
Garbanzos
Nuts and Seeds
Peanut Butter Stuffed Celery
Apple and Peanut Butter
Low Carb Tortilla Crisps and Salsa
Low Carb yogurt
Serving of dark chocolate
Fruits
Raw Veggies - especially radishes, cauliflower, pickled cucumbers, pickled peppers
Olives or Sugar Free Pickles
Pepperoni chips
Canadian Bacon
Sugar Free Deli Meat
Leftover meat
Tuna
Sugar Free Cocoa
Decaffeinated Flavored Teas
No caffeine, no sugar soft drink
Rarely - popcorn - I can't eat this stuff on an everyday basis due to hypoglycemia
Slim Jims
Pork Rinds


-American consumers have no problem with carcinogens, but they will not purchase any product, including floor wax, that has fat in it. - Dave Barry
-My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four; unless there are three other people. - Orson Welles
-The food here is terrible, and the portions are too small. - Woody Allen

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MACJEWELS's Photo MACJEWELS Posts: 50
11/11/11 11:46 A

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Hi Laura,

I have successfully lost 20 lbs through low carb dieting and have maintained my weightloss for a year now. I have done it throught the Zone by Dr. Sears and you can get a cheap copy of his book via Amazon.com. It is called Enter The Zone.
However if you would like a buddy or sponsor, per se, I would be happy to try to guide you along the way. Send me a direct email to macjewels@rogers.com as I am not always on Sparkpeople.com and am more easily accessible through this email address. If I know what your likes and dislikes are, I might be able to guide you with some meals that have worked favourably for me.
Hope to hear from you.

Julie (Whitby, ON -Canada).

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11/11/11 11:22 A

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HELP! I am new to this carb dieting. I have tried other diets and they have not worked. I did what I thought was carb dieting last week and was excited that after a week I had lost 4.8 pounds (that is huge for me!), but cheating this morning I stepped on the scale, and although I've done what I did last week I'm up a pound.

I am willing to give 100%, I just don't know how, I need specifics. I am a piano teacher, I am not a cook. I DON'T need someone telling me "eat more protien, eat less fat", I need someone to tell me "eat more chicken, eat less tootsie rolls". I have looked up carb diets on the internet and I guess I'm not search savvy as I haven't seen one that I can understand, plus I haven't been able to navigate SparkPeople enough to know where to look for meal ideas on here either.

I would love to loose 50 pounds, my life is an open book, please ask any questions that you need to know to help me.

XOXO
Laura in Washington State

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