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5/19/13 1:12 P

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Its not a diet. It's a new lifestyle.

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BRATJAY_1988's Photo BRATJAY_1988 Posts: 3
5/19/13 6:07 A

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Thank you all for the encouragement :) I am getting onboard with my low carb but like it was stated I will "make it my own" ......I will allow myself a little bit of fruit and pop corn once in a while ......I won't be so hard on myself and I will accept this as my new life, not a diet, diets are a quick fix and I need something permanent.....I'm pre-diabetic and trying to reverse it with diet and exercise.....I can do this because I have all of you!! Thank you!! emoticon emoticon

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GEORGE815's Photo GEORGE815 Posts: 43,570
5/18/13 8:36 P

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I used to love the days when I could eat what I wanted and how much I wanted. Some medical conditions have forced me to revisit that. Dieting was always a challenge. I loved the front end. Eating less and increasing my exercise exertion. It seems I would be successful, but eventually gain what I had so diligently tried to lose. I realize after those roller coasters, that my diet was the keystone, not the exercise.

I agree Morticia, that we need to enjoy ourselves and break out of the mundane routine. Whether its holidays, events, or birthdays. Hopefully after all these years we find what works for us individually. Stick with what works.

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MORTICIAADDAMS's Photo MORTICIAADDAMS Posts: 66,471
5/18/13 7:45 P

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To be honest I don't spend any more on my diet than I did on low fat. When you stop buying junk food and convenience food you save a lot of money. I invest more time in fixing healthier meals though. Let's face it, It's a lot easier to get a cheap greasy burger and fries in the drive thru. There are tricks to the trade. I raise fish in my pond and have a huge garden with veggies, fruits, and herbs. We also mushroom hunt. A lot of people in my area hunt game. I buy meat on sale in bulk and freeze it. I buy fruits and veggies in season too and freeze them. Eggs are cheap. Farmer's markets here have great buys. Warehouse stores. Aldis. I check out the sales and use coupons. I eat lots of salads which are generally cheap if you stay away from the prepackaged lettuce and such. I only buy specialty flours on sale and some of them are pretty cheap. In my opinion the less processed food you eat the better. There is a lot of online info on doing low carb on the cheap. Your showers and wedding are just one day. We all have special occasions and most of us just make adjustments. No one does any diet perfect so try not to worry and enjoy yourself. Get back on plan as soon as possible.

Edited by: MORTICIAADDAMS at: 5/18/2013 (19:49)
-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
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5/18/13 6:35 P

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Welcome Jay Jay. Congrats on the engagement and wedding pending in October. Carbs are one of the components to master. Good luck. Monica has quite a tutorial for you.

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5/18/13 5:17 P

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I believe in my case, there are many low carb recipes out there but being on a low carb diet is horribly expensive.....the flours and all that are so costly :( the recipes also seems so complicated to me but I could be wrong.......I am getting married in October and I am afraid if I am low carb I won't enjoy my wedding festivities like my shower and all........I don't want to work my butt off, literally, to just fall off the wagon again......I wish this wasn't so complicated :(

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MORTICIAADDAMS's Photo MORTICIAADDAMS Posts: 66,471
5/18/13 4:42 P

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Welcome to the team!!

It sounds like you would benefit from a more moderate carb diet as opposed to very low carb diet like Atkins or Protein Power. These are great diets and some people can do quite well on them but others need and want more carbs. Although Low Carb For Dummies is a good plan and we do have a team here, there are not many people on it. Most of the people who were on it years ago went on to other diets that have more support. Some moderate carb diets I like are the South Beach diet, Paleo diet. Primal diet. There are other moderate carb diets like Sugar Busters, The Zone, etc . They tend to allow more veggies, fruits, nuts, and seeds while leaning less toward processed junk food.

For instance, after completing phase one, South Beach allows you a 100 calorie a day sweet treat, like an ounce of semisweet chocolate. And after phase one fruits are allowed to be reintroduced. To me fruits are where you need to be getting your sweet fix from. South Beach also allows air-popped/plain/transfat free/or canola popped popcorn. You can also make your own nachos out of low carb tortillas and grated cheese.

So what you want can be done within reason with some adjustments.

Sparkpeople is not fond of low carb diets and has hinted in some articles that they consider them fad diets. They are not but some dietitians still believe that low fat diets prevent heart disease and are still pushing the low fat regimen. Low fat does work for some people but the truth is that heart disease is driven by elevated triglycerides and they come from carbs. Recently the American Dietetic Association has changed it's stance on low carb diets but opinions are slow to change. I'm a former coronary nurse who was trained in low fat but have since realized it is not a panacea. In my opinion the truth is that nearly everyone will need a diet adjusted for their physical needs and medical conditions.

-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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Co-Leader "Low Carb For Dummies"
Co-Leader "South Beach Diet"


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5/18/13 1:55 P

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Hi! My name is JayJay and I am not new to Sparkpeople but I have never really followed through.......well I am back and ready to make new friends, get help with my obstacles and face the world of weight loss head on :)

I am trying to figure out what "low carb" diet I should try.....I have done Atkins and I had great success until I fell "off the wagon" :( Now I am having a very hard time getting started again, mainly because I want to eat sweets and popcorn/nachos and I know on low carb that can't really be done.......

I do seem to like the looks of the Low Carb for Dummies approach.....where I can have up to 5 carbs a day, outside of fruits and veggies......any thoughts on this? Any thoughts on where to get some help?

How come Sparkpeople doesn't have a low carb option for it's menu plan :( I really like to be able to follow a written plan as I seem to do better that way......

I look forward to getting to know all of you and to much success to all of us along the way!

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