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Excellent post and advice, Lin!
I've had some success moving pounds off with Dr. Joel Fuhrman's Eat to Live modified life plan. I never could do Atkins even when I was younger. It did not agree with me. Modified ETL is basically fruits and vegetables as the largest part of daily foods, up to a cup or so beans/legumes daily, some seeds and nuts (high in calories so limited), no more than one serving of whole grain bread or cereal or brown rice, no more than 1 tbsp oil daily, and can include small amounts of animal sourced proteins such as lean meat, fish, dairy, eggs. The unmodified ETL plan is vegetarian, or as Dr. Fuhrman likes to call it "nutritarian." In addition to following the modified version, I've reduced sodium intake to 1000 mg or less, no problem when eating a lot of fresh foods. There's an Eat to Live website and here on SparkPeople an Eat to Live team if you're interested.
I'll second using the nutrition tracker. It's very helpful. Lin's absolutely right about how easy it is to misjudge amounts and the calories we take in. Using the tracker makes me think more about food choices and feel more accountable about them too.
Best Wishes on your Spark Journey!
Edited by: IRONBESS at: 8/15/2013 (18:45)
In the great shipyard of life it helps to be a little dinghy.
The SparkSolution book has a two-week plan including meals and recipes that you may find helpful. There are links on this site - I see one at the top of my screen as I write this - to order the book. I have the book but decided to read it thru thoroughly before committing to the plan as I have issues with certain foods.
Use the site - Read the articles under Articles & Videos regarding the foods and exercises that are good for you. Sign up for the nutrition tracker and the program will prepare daily logs you can complete that will have spaces for the calories you eat, the fat, the protein, etc. etc. Once it is made up, you can modify it and add to it if you wish. Make use of the foods data base when tracking and measure and weigh things - you'd be surprised just how wrong we often are when we guestimate quantities. A good example of one way it is invaluable - you know from the database, or from the food packaging, or an on-line listing what the nutrients are for the standard serving but once the information is in the database, if you have 2/3 or 1 1/2 servings, the system will recalculate the nutrients for the portion you ate and you don't have to calculate them yourself. Use the Recipe site to find recipes and record some of your own. Use the nutrition counter in there to determine the nutrients of your favourite recipes, save them as favourites and be able to call them up to log in every time you prepare them. Set up your SparkPage so that as people get to know you they can go to your page to learn more about you, leave you SparkGoodies and/or comments. On your Page, you can list your background information and what you would like to see happen - if you wish - and share some of your photos of yourself, family, hobbies, whatever, etc. there are tons of SparkTeams for everything you can imagine (heart health, diabetes, water exercising, chair exercising, gardening, art, etc,. etc, etc.) Go through the list and go onto the pages of those that interest you and join in the challenges and the chats - get to know people and get motivated by them. This is a life change rather than a diet - all the best to you and hope to hear from you again.
Lin from Peterborough, ON., Canada
10 STEPS TO SELF-CARE - If it feels wrong, don't do it; Say "exactly" what you mean; Don't be a people pleaser; Trust your instincts; Never speak bad about yourself; Never give up on your dreams; Don't be afraid to say "No"; Don't be afraid to say "Yes"; Be kind to yourself; Let go of what you can't control; Stay away from drama and negativity as much as possible. (unknown)
Lost 48 lbs. in 2012 & 13 but gained 20 back!
Welcome. The SparkPeople lifestyle takes a little work at first but I think you'll like the results. Good luck.
Patience is the ability to idle your motor when you feel like stripping your gears. Barbara Johnson
I had been on the Atkins Diet and I was able to loose some weight, but I was hungry. My husband found this and the foods look much better. I hope it will help me reach my goal of fitting into my Mother of the Groom dress comfortably by October 18.. Right now with it on I can not breath..
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