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Sorry it took me so long to see your post. I'm on Spark almost every day, but I don't check this team very often because not many members and not many posts.
I've also lost my enamor with rice. Oh, I'll still be eating it from time to time, but a far healtheir option is lentils. I did a side by side comparison of eating plans with only one thing changing: either rice or an equivaent amount of lentils, and the difference is profound. Eating lentils instead of rice improved all the nutritional values greatly.
I found out the hard way that the RD really does not have enough protein in it. I've read all their books and know they say that 20-30grams a day is adequate, but it's not, and new research proves that. I've posted all the research and such on my personal blog. (URL is in my signature below)
In any case, I wish you all the best, and hope you jump into a healthier eating style. I highly recommend lentils and legumes over rice 80% of the time if you want to spare your lean muscle mass!!
This is not a journey to weight loss; it is a journey about choosing life one day at a time.
"Don't take a clock on this journey, take a compass. It's the direction you're moving in that matters, not the time it takes you to get there." - Anonymous
Hi-found your group from a post on the RD forum :) I'm brand new to the RD diet. My first day of phase one is going to be tomorrow and I'm excited to start!
I'm only about 18lbs over my goal weight, so I'm not doing RD for weigh loss specifically. I have a very nasty family history of cancer, diabetes, and other diseases. I only have one living grandparent left and she's had two kinds of cancer. My other grandparents have died due to cancer or diabetes, along with great aunts/uncles etc. I'm 33 yrs old and my doctor has already brought up me starting mammograms because of my family history. A couple years ago I became interested in eating healthier, and then I became interested in the correlation of the food we eat and good (or bad) health. That brought me to read the book The China Study, by T. Campell last fall. It was a life changing read and I became a vegetarian in October. However, I still have a lot of bad eating habits: diet soda, cheese, and a carb heavy diet (pasta and bagels are my downfall). I always feel run down and I gained 3lbs in December alone ugh.
Our local library has a display set up right now with diet books. The RD was one of the books featured and it's title caught my attention. I read the first couple chapters and then found their website. I really like that the RD's main goal is better health. While I'm healthy right now (except for a low vitamin D level), I want to go on RD to break my bad eating habits, and give me a jump start to a healthier eating lifestyle :)