You guys are an awesome team. I feel like I am on the right path for wellness. I feel so encouraged by your responses. I will take your advice to look at earlier post and continue researching on this way of eating. Also, I have already seen the benefits by losing weight, but I also what the benefit of lowering my blood pressure and being more focused.
MRSROME, Welcome. I'd echo what the others have written, but that would be a repeat.
I started eating low carb (not zero but low) over a year ago. I accidentally discovered that I no longer needed my diabetes medication after 10 years of that. I forgot my meds one day and measured my blood sugar at the end of the day, expecting something bad, but it was normal. That got me on my journey of both understanding why, and figuring out what to eat for the long term. I've got my repertoire of things that I eat, and it is pretty broad.
I this morning for example, I'm having pancakes, essentially the same as regular ones but made with protein powder rather than flour, and a bit of diet syrup on it. It tends to be a little more expensive to eat low carb because carbs are so cheap to make compared to veggies,meat and protein, but for my health it is worth it. Meat with fat is not something I avoid, since for myself this is low carb, not low calorie, though I have lost 30 pounds, mostly in the first 4 months of low carb.
Getting un-addicted to carbs is hardest in the first days to a week, then gets progressively easier.
This really has to be a lifestyle for many of us. It took a while for that fact to get through my head.
It helps to read older posts. You will get valuable insights and info for being able to stick with the program and continue to live this way. Lowcarb cookbooks are really good to have in the kitchen for the times when you want to bake something and need to make it lowcarb.
Keep posting to let us know how you are doing.
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It's definitely a lifestyle. As time went on I discovered that I just wasn't as interested in eating food since I was never hungry. I'm always prepared. planned meals and snacks, low carb snacks on hand (just in case I keep protein bars and shakes on hand). Also planning activities to do instead of eating, like sparkpeople or a walk or bike ride. I've recently been exploring new recipes and trying out some of my own, crocheting, and journaling.
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You're absolutely right - it IS a lifestyle. Once you've got your mind wrapped around it (research!) it will be simple for you. I'm not saying you won't still want some of your previous comfort foods and favorites! but you will find new ones and ways to adapt for those others.
You're in the right place - we love new members! I think we're a pretty easygoing bunch, and while we each practice our own version of LC, we still unite on most of the basics. It's a healthy lifestyle. That's the basis most will stress on it. Weight loss is just one aspect of that improved health.
One thing I love about LC is that its followers tend to be thinkers. We need to know. We research and rely on science - and eschew the dogma and popular thought in favor of real information. We then share that information with each other and refine our own perspectives and health goals with good and current science. We are eager to share our findings - but I've never met any LCer who presses anyone, new or established, to follow what works for them. We state what works for us only as an example of something which might also work for others. Beyond that, each of us is responsible and respectful toward different choices.
I'm glad you're here! Hope you feel comfortable with us and will share your researching with us too!
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Hello everyone. I am a mother of 2, married, 47 years old, and a teacher. Started eating low carb. Just monitoring what I eat, making sure to eat enough protein, taking a multi-vitamin and drinking at least 64 oz of water. I've lost 6 pounds this week. I will need to get more resources on how to maintain this type of eating plan. It is to my understanding this can be a lifestyle.
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