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8/13/12 5:49 A

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Balanced carb/fat/protein (40/30/30 or 50/30/30) -- I aim for whole grains, lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, healthy fats, lean protein (lots of egg whites!) and small quantities of satisfying, but not necessarily healthy, food

Not vegetarian but I don't necessarily always eat meat

Mostly non-organic, but living in Italy, it's less of a concern than when I lived in the States

mostly avoid processed foods (20% or less)

avoid most GMO foods (less than 20%)

somewhat calorie-restricted (keep upping calories gradually--I average between 1,600 and 1,700/day now but I usually shoot for about 1,500 five or six days so I can have a treat meal on the other one or two days)

not gluten-free

not grain-free but I aim for mostly whole grains--oatmeal with egg whites, fruit and nuts is my #1 breakfast

I don't avoid any food completely but I stay away from triggers like fast food and chips most of the time and generally try to limit having large quantities of sweets around the house--it's too much of a temptation and better left to special occasions. I can always run out for a scoop or two of wonderful gelato if I really want it and it's so much better than having a huge tub at home that I can easily devour in one or two sittings!

My name's Tina. I lost more than 90 pounds between March 2010 and March 2012 and have been keeping if off ever since.

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emoticon very good.

“it's been up to me to inspire me.”
~ Eric Clapton ~

"Atheism is a non-prophet
organization"
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“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.”
~Jimi Hendrix~

"A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality."
~John Lennon~

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I just want to add to the GMO explanation. GMO's can theoretically be bred for any characteristics that are desirable. The problem is that desirable characteristics for the producer are not always the characteristics that are desirable for the consumer. Nowadays many plants are genetically modified to tolerate spraying with the herbicide Roundup, which is made by the same company, Monsanto, that has patented these GMO seeds. The crops most commonly affected are corn, soy, sugarbeets, canola, cotton (90% GMO) and now also wheat. There are food crops and even animals (farmed-raised salmon) added to the GMO list almost daily. Because labeling GMO's is not mandatory the only way you can avoid them is to eat organic or avoid any crop that uses GMO's bred for herbicide resistance. These crops are sprayed with huge amounts of Roundup very close to harvest so you are adding a lot of Roundup to your diet by consuming them. This is a very short summary, if you want to learn more watch the documentary Food Inc.
Here is a link for the full-length version to watch for free on youtube (in 10 parts):

www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqQVll-MP3I

Birgit

Edited by: HOUNDLOVER1 at: 1/16/2012 (16:10)
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from wiki:
Genetically modified foods (GM foods or GMO foods) are foods derived from genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Genetically modified organisms have had specific changes introduced into their DNA by genetic engineering techniques. These techniques are much more precise[1] than mutagenesis (mutation breeding) where an organism is exposed to radiation or chemicals to create a non-specific but stable change. Other techniques by which humans modify food organisms include selective breeding; plant breeding, and animal breeding, and somaclonal variation.

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moderately low-fat
mostly avoid processed foods (20% or less)
(don't know what GMO foods means)
calorie-restricted
not gluten-free
not grain-free

Add foods that you completely avoid here:
there are no foods I completely avoid, although I try to avoid trans fat, but am not 100% successful

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Moderately low carb. I try to keep the protein levels up and don't pay a lot of attention to fat levels.
Not vegetarian. I like nearly all fruits and vegetables and eat a lot of them, but I like my meat too.
Mostly avoid processed foods
Don't avoid GMO foods
Calorie-restricted, not that I feel particularly restricted at this point. I count calories and try to stick to a budget.
Not gluten-free
Not grain free, though I do eat a higher percentage of whole grains than before.
The only foods I completely avoid are those I've never liked. That's a short list, as I've never been a picky eater.

The main benefit of my style of eating is sustainability. I don't feel deprived and allow myself to eat pretty much anything I want so long as I don't go too far over my calorie budget for the week. Where I've cut back the most is in areas that don't really matter that much to me. For example, where I once would have seasoned vegetables with butter or bacon, I'm more likely now to use chicken broth or parmesan cheese. I don't enjoy my vegetables any less for the change.

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I count calories. I used to eat a lot of junk food so I still allow some, at times. (I find I feel really yucky if I eat it too often or eat too much. My body doesn't like it anymore, but I still like the taste every so often.) I eat in moderation. I don't exclude any food, but I do try to eat "fresh" as much as possible. With four kids at home, I just trying to set a good example for them.

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Short version: Vegan, whole foods



Longer version:

carb / fat / protein percentages as recommended by Mayo Clinic: 45-65 / 20-35 / 10-35

vegan

mostly organic (80% or more)

avoid processed foods (I do include whole grain flours and the like. I do the best I can at restaurants. Fortunately, I don't eat out very often. :P )

avoid most GMO foods (less than 20%, see restaurant note above.)

calorie-restricted (currently aiming for 1500c. If I have a very active day, I eat more. If I have a very sedentary day, I eat less.)

not gluten-free

not grain-free (Yay for whole grains! :-) )

Add foods that you completely avoid here:
Anything not vegan (flesh, dairy, eggs, by-products)
Sugar (I do eat tiny bits here and there.)
Artificial sweeteners
Chemicals/unpronounceables


Other notes:
I eat 6 times a day, aiming to balance each meal/snack with a carb, a fat, a protein, and freggie(s).

Oatmeal is my breakfast staple (with additions, almost always including nut butter). I have experimented over the years, and this seems to keep me full the longest.

I choose healthy fats.

I almost never drink caloric beverages.

I love, love, love veggies! :o)

Edited by: LAFEMMEDELALUNE at: 1/12/2012 (23:37)
Living an active lifestyle
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Working on setting a maintenance range


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1/12/12 12:04 A

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My Maintenance Diet:
very low-fat
moderately low carb
mostly vegetarian (80% or more)
mostly avoid processed foods (20% or less)
don't avoid GMO foods
not calorie-restricted - i don't count calories!
not gluten-free
mostly grain-free (80% or more)

I just try to eat clean - lots of lean protein and fresh veggies and of course, Fruit! For carbs like pasta and beans and starchy veggies - they're counted as carbs in my original diet), I have them from time to time in measured amounts but I do have oat/hi-fiber crackers everyday!

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1/11/12 2:15 A

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I actually eat lower-carbohydrate, higher fat foods. Not by design, but I have discovered by tracking that that is the case.

I eat free-range chicken, when I can get it, cheese, nuts, sometimes fish for protein. Since I have a family, what I eat is determined by both my husband's preferences and mine, at least our dinners are. That is why I still drink whole milk with my morning coffee - nobody else touches 1% or skim milk, and I need so little that it would go bad. I drink a glass of wine with dinner on the weekend. Don't avoid processed foods, don't seek them out. Don't drink soda, but I never used to, anyway. We eat plenty of whole- wheat pasta and basmati rice as our grain staples.

Basically, it's real-life food that I can stick with. Not perfect, but if I strove for perfection I would have given up a long time ago.

I'm new in maintenance, so I still track, and calorie-restrict. I eat 1600-1800 kcal a day but my weight is not yet stable, so I am tinkering with the exact levels.

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I gave up milk for almond milk,
I use mainly coconut and olive oils for cooking,
I LOVE making whey protein fruit shakes,
I prefer organic/local/non-gmo foods of course,
eggs, skinless chicken breasts, salmon (sockeye),
fruit, veggies etc....
I found the SPARK calorie guidelines has worked wonders for me, so I eat whatever I want (including treats) within the range.
This makes me feel good and look better! emoticon

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I think you guys are right about the word "diet". Even though the original meaning referred to any "way of eating", the word diet has come to mean weight-loss diet or reduction diet. It may not be worth trying to reclaim the original word. Since we can't rename the thread it's good to make this clear. emoticon
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I think E's explanation/definition is much better than mine.
So, in team spirit, what she said!
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You're right! This is a fun ride!
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Great! I think most of us that have been 'sparkin' for awhile really don't believe in diets. I have what I call a diet within a lifestyle. All that means is being extra firm with myself for awhile to stay in my maintenance range.
My body has gotten used to eating clean and brisk walking and doing my free weights etc. so occasionally I will need to shake things up.
That's ok, I find the whole trip fun. emoticon

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Did I mention I don't believe in diets per se? I track my nutrition and try to eat organic healthy foods, veggies & fruits by the box, chicken, fish and an occasional Sirloin in sensible portions, drink lots of water, tea, an occasional wheat beer or wine, and keep decaf coffee to a minimum. If I eat sweets, and I do, I will insure good almond flour, gluten free, and dairy free goodies. I don't need to but my body likes it so WTH! Occasionally, I will satisfy an urge for a quarter of a snickers bar or a rare praline. Still it's all about moderation. Now that I maintain, it's easy to do this and continue my training. I'm not suffering at all. I've embraced a healthy lifestyle and I'm a happy boy.
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emoticon emoticon I want THAT diet!

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~Jimi Hendrix~

"A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality."
~John Lennon~

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I've not heard of that one. Is that code for eating dirty? emoticon

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around 1700 calories; usually a little under SP recommendation for fat, but right on with protein and carbs; usually 35-45 fiber grams, so over SP recommendation

usually eat old fashioned oatmeal for breakfast with skim milk and fruit
usually brown rice and low sodium beans for lunch with veggies and a little olive oil
dinner varies but often fish or lean pork, always veggies
drink skim milk in hot drinks throughout the day
eat fruits and some veggies for snacks; some popcorn or cereal
average 13 servings of fruits/veggies per day

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12/20/11 7:47 P

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CALORIES
1,200 - 1,800 I usually stay under 1500 calories.

CARBS 135 - 276 grams
FAT 27 - 66 grams
PROTEIN 60 - 149 grams

Above are my goals, but I am always low in the area of protein. I eat basically what I want, but in moderation. 80% of the time I eat very well, but I allow myself some "forbidden foods" at times. It's worked for me.



Edited by: MJREIMERS at: 12/20/2011 (19:49)
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40-60% carb
10-20% fat
30-50% protein

omnivore

non-organic

don't avoid processed foods
(I drink whey shakes and eat protein bars)

don't avoid GMO foods

calorie-restricted
(about 1600 calories per day at the moment, still adjusting to find a maintenance calorie range)

gluten-free
(by accident more than by design since I don't eat grains)

grain-free
(no starchy vegetables like potatoes either)

Edited by: 4A-HEALTHY-BMI at: 12/20/2011 (11:25)
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I'm mostly on a "see food" diet when I'm not trying to gain or lose. Thankfully, I picked up enough healthy staples and have incorporated some good "reasonable substitution" habits that have stuck where I don't have to pay too much attention to much else. I think my activity level also helps facilitate my "see food" diet so things stay more or less in control.

But, if I want to lose weight (and I'm currently trying to cut 10 pounds of fat), I have to monitor and I try to eat high protein, high carb, low fat.

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I am probably pretty balanced between fat, carbs, and protein. I struggle with getting in enough fat, mostly due to the fact that it is difficult for me to find foods that aren't fat free. I eat a lot of nuts to make sure I get enough healthy fats.

While I am not a vegetarian, I do not eat meat every day. Some weeks, I eat more chicken and fish than others, but I avoid red meat 99% of the time. I buy organic milk and eggs, can't afford more than that. I do avoid processed foods for the most part. I do eat protein bars and granola bars when I can't get the nutrients I need anywhere else that day.

I am not gluten free, but I have tried limiting my intake. I don't eat a lot of grains, whole grain bread maybe once a week plus some in the bars I eat from time to time. When I can, I try to look for non-gmo foods. That isn't always an option either, though.

I guess do somewhat restrict my calorie intake. I don't have time to track anymore, so I don't really know how many calories I eat in a day though. My range when I track is 1200-1500. When I was tracking, I didn't have a problem staying in range.

I am very careful to limit my sodium intake, which in turn causes me to limit bread, pasta, and most processed foods. I keep my sodium level below 1,000mg daily. Mostly, I eat lean meats and veggies, fruits, and yogurt or milk.

Add foods that you completely avoid here: I completely avoid pizza because I cannot eat just one piece and the sodium in just one serving is too much for me. I rarely eat fast food, and have been known to either sit with my family while they eat or bring my own healthy foods into fast food restaurants.


Edited by: KIM--POSSIBLE at: 12/19/2011 (13:55)
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very low carb
very low fat
protein with every meal and snack
50 % vegetarian
50% organic
mostly avoid processed foods
don't avoid GMO
mostly grain free..

I eat low glycemic foods as much as possible.

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very low-fat (under 10%)
very low-carb (under 20%)
moderately low-fat
moderately low carb
balanced carb/fat/protein (40/30/30 or 50/30/30)
I'm moderately high carb xx

vegetarian xx
mostly vegetarian (80% or more)
vegan
mostly vegan (80% or more)

organic
mostly organic (80% or more)
non-organic xx

avoid processed foods xx
mostly avoid processed foods (20% or less)
don't avoid processed foods

avoid GMO foods
avoid most GMO foods (less than 20%) xx
don't avoid GMO foods

calorie-restricted
somewhat calorie-restricted xx
not calorie-restricted

gluten-free
not gluten-free xx

grain-free
mostly grain-free (80% or more)
not grain-free xx

Add foods that you completely avoid here: anything with corn syrup, msg, and nitrates. I eat very little processed foods.


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The WW momentum program works for me!

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Balanced carb/fat/protein (modified SP to add more protein)
Typical days come in carb 50%+, fat 20-26%, protein 18-22%

Omnivore all the way. Protein from chicken, eggs, tuna, dairy, nuts.

Ignore organic labels.

Don't avoid processed foods per se, but not many fit in to meet calorie and macronutrient requirements.

Have no idea what "GMO" foods are.

Calorie-restricted. Current range is 2700-3050 calories, and I frequently make myself eat to the high end of the range. I *think* this has stabilized the weight, but I'll need to watch to see if training for longer runs increases the caloric requirements.

Not gluten-free, not grain-free.

No totally avoided foods per se, but some don't fit well into the macronutrient balance. Having some traditionally "bad for you" foods is okay, but I have to fit them into the calorie limit and macronutrient balance. Granted, this is easier on 2700 calories minimum than it was on my weight loss range of 1880 to 2230, and *massively* easier than it would be on a 1200 or 1400 calorie per day diet.

The major benefit of eating this way is, I can do it. I live alone, don't travel much, and control what I pack for lunch and snacks at work. My appetite control is broken. I could easily overeat or undereat if left to my own devices. Having the SP nutrition tracker helps me avoid both extremes, once I figure out what the right calorie range is.

Edited by: MOBYCARP at: 12/17/2011 (19:56)

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I tend to eat low fat and low protein and somewhat high carb. Why? I can't seem to digest fat anymore. Anytime I eat a high fat meal, my Irritable Bowel Syndrome acts up. As long as I keep my fat low, my stomach/intestines are fairly happy. Not sure why on low protein, just seems to be how I wind up. High carb, as that is what I love, I guess. Homemade breads and pasta are the main thing I have to make sure I don't eat too much of.

I am not a vegetarian. I eat meat but in moderation. We tend to have meat for dinner only, unless there is left overs for lunch or breakfast that have meat in them. More of a lazy, time factor thing and the fact that I eat light lunch and breakfast with snacks to save the majority of calories for dinner when we cook and sit down as a family.

I don't overly worry about organic, GMO or processed foods, but I do limit processed foods, as most are high sodium and I prefer home cooked food. It just tastes better. Of course if one doesn't have the time, then one does the best they can watching nutrients and sodium in their processed foods. IE I don't consider processed foods or non organic foods to be poisoned in any way, but processed foods do have some negatives health wise, mainly sodium and low taste and nutrients often times.

I would say that I am somewhat calorie restricted. As I like to exercise and I managed to exercise 60 minutes per day and eat up to almost 1800 calories per day and loose weight, in maintenance I lowered that to 40 minutes per day of exercise and still maintain with 1800 calories. I know I don't mind exercise, but I love food and hate feeling hungry. So I would rather exercise more, so I can eat a little more.

Don't believe I have ever had any reactions to gluten, so no, not gluten free. And I have no idea what one means by grain free.... do we mean a particular grain? I don't limit any foods, there is no food on the banned list for me. But there are things that I have to watch... carbs, ground beef meals (I assume when I enter in ground beef it is the calories of the uncooked ground beef, how does one reconcile the browning and draining of the grease?), homemade breads, pasta, and yes, sweets. I have sweets around year round, as I love sweets and it is easier for me to say no at church or a meeting if I have something I like better at home. But I know I can have it if I have some extra calories at the end of the day. This probably happens about every three days or so. Sometimes I feel deprived, like when I watch my underweight hubby drink an eggnog small milkshake that was almost 400 calories. But you know what, I actually managed to eat half of my small single dish custard and bring it home and freeze it to eat the other half another day. Usually I make my family eat the other half there, but this time my son was acting like he thought he was getting a cold and my hubby wanted the eggnog shake.



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3/31/12 Trailbreaker half marathon 13.1 miles in 3 hours 13 minutes
4/20/13 Neighborhood Watch 5K 39:17.6
10/5/13 5K Grace Pet Fest 38:47.6
12/1/13 Secret City Half Marathon around 3 hours and 4 minutes
4/19/14 Butterflies for Hope 5K for Lupus 39:23.8 (I hurt my back a few days before, and though it was my first official 5K with some jogging, my back hurt, so was very slow.)


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My diet is balanced but I tend to be high on the carb side because I eat a lot of fresh fruit during the day and I always start the day with a Fiber One Cereal sprinkled with craisins and walnuts. I also spend a lot of calories each day on whole grain products to up my fiber intake.

I wouldn't call myself a vegetarian although I do eat a lot of vegetarian meals. I love all kinds of beans/legumes, but I also crave meat based proteins. I try to stick to fish and poultry products and rarely eat red meat.

I don't worry about organic or not but like many others I try to buy from local growers and also try to buy fruits and vegetables in season.

I try to avoid processes foods as much as possible. I do have a few snack items that I eat regularly. My latest favorite are Newton's Thins Crisps - Cranberry Citrus. Yummy!

I try to stay around 1200 to 1400 calories/day which seems to be fairly easy for my weight and activity level. I do have one or two days each month where it seems I cannot get enough to eat, though. What's with that? I have been known to eat over 2000 calories on those days but I just keep plugging away and don't beat myself up over it. I know the cravings will stop in a day or two and I can get back to my regular eating plan.

As I stated earlier, I love carbs and grains are one of my primary sources. I have moved to eating mostly whole grain products, though. Read those labels. I try to select the product with the highest fiber content for the calories.

I rarely eat out anymore. I prefer to cook at home. It is less expensive and you can control the content. That's why I love the Recipe Calculator! I can cook healthy, home made meals and easily get an accurate calorie count. I avoid highly processed foods and spend a lot of my calories on fresh fruits and vegetables.

I do eat at least 6 times a day. I eat more calories in the big three meals but I also try to eat three 100 - 200 calorie snacks a day to keep my blood sugar level and avoid cravings. The worst thing for me is to feel really hungry. I automatically go into craving mode without even thinking about it.

Everyone on maintenance has proven that they have found the system that works for them. That is what is important. We all probably spent years dieting by other peoples rules, all the latest fads, and found that they did not work for us or were sustainable for only a short period of time.

Congratulations to everyone who has finally cracked the code for their own weight loss!
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All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient : all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.
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My diet is organized around low glycemic and high fiber
foods. I eat about 55% carbs, 20% protein, 25% fats high
in omega 3s low in saturated fats. I track calories and
keep to an average that stabilizes my weight. I do
eat more lightly during the week and bump up my
calories on the weekend. I do not snack and eat
only three meals each day, Breakfast is my largest
meal and dinner my smallest with the exception
of Friday and Saturday where I splurge on dinners.

Mostly vegetarian about 95%, some vegan included.
I eat one or two meals each week with fish or seafood.

Grains including some wheat, stone-ground oats, and
Ezekiel bread products. I enjoy white pasta and even white
artisan breads in measured amounts several times each
week.

Mostly organic and GMO free.

Lots of vegetables and low glycemic fruits, mostly berries.
Eat raw veggies or fruits at most every meal.

Use a little organic whole milk in my tea, low fat cheeses,
a few eggs each week.

Love almond milk including chocolate unsweetened
for cocoa.

I do eat one sugared sweetened treat a day, usually
one tablespoon of jam for breakfast.

Mostly cook from scratch. Eat out once a week.

I completely avoid fast food, soft drinks, meats,
and most processed foods.

Edited to add one more important point.
I balance pleasure in eating with health.
Both are of high value to me. I believe that is
by only eating what I truly enjoy and making
my meals deeply pleasurable that I am able to stay with
my plan and rarely feel cravings or deprivation

I love the way I eat, the way I feel, and the way I look.

Edited by: ROSEWAND at: 12/17/2011 (17:01)
Lost sixty pounds.
Have been in maintenance
for four years.
Goal weight 126


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I am on WW and still track, exercise and drink my water. I still measure and weigh my food. So the process is the same. This is a lifestyle change, not a diet that I quit when I reach goal.

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My secret is small portions. I usually eat 1/2 of the serving size listed of fat, carbs and stick to 1500 calories or less. At 80 years old, I don't need as much as I did when younger. I've stayed at 110 since I reached my goal 4 years ago, thanks to Sparkpeople.

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moderately low-fat
moderately low carb
balanced carb/fat/protein (40/30/30

vegetarian- Flexitarian ethical, local meats, chem free.

organic
mostly organic (80% or more)

avoid processed foods 75%

avoid most GMO foods-this is very difficult in this country.

calorie-restricted

not gluten-free ( i feel that this is just another fad)

Love whole grains but limit carbs.

I avoid white rice, white bread etc. I avoid empty calories like donuts and alcohol etc.
also fast food and most processed junk are out of my life for good.
I don't believe in "moderation" I think a little bit of poison is still poison.
I'm not perfect but the better I eat the better I feel and when I screw up it shows immediately.

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balanced carb/fat/protein (40/30/30 or 50/30/30) - My curves have been fairly flat since just a few months into my weight loss. carbs in the low 40s with the remainder split just about evenly between fats and protein. Some weeks I'm in the low 30s with fat, other weeks in the low 30s with protein. I take protein supplements so I would say this is intentional but I don't PLAN for it, if that makes sense. I get my protein supplement in and the rest just falls into place.

total omnivore

non-organic - although I do try to buy local produce, free range eggs, and some grassfed beef

avoid processed foods - mostly because I like to cook. I'm not sure if I 'avoid' or 'mostly avoid'. I eat CLIF bars and whey powder (very processed!) and buy my 100% whole wheat breads and low salt, low fat deli meats. I may well be in the 20% or less category if those things count

don't avoid GMO foods

not calorie-restricted - I'm in maintenance so I'm trying to balance calories. I DO track but I don't restrict.

not gluten-free but I bet I am on the 'low' side

not grain-free

Add foods that you completely avoid here: There are things that I just pass up but allow my family to eat with 'lectures' about empty calories: things that seem like nothing more than sugar, color, and flavor top the list, fried foods, white flour, white potatoes, white rice. I am tree-nut free almost all the time because we have a tree-nut-free home due to allergies.

If you like add at the end what you see as the benefit of your style of eating.

I generally do not feel hungry. I no longer have wild blood sugar swings. My family is happy and willingly tries all kinds of new things, except for meatless Monday (where they are not quite willing but they do eat what I serve). A vegetarian cook would NOT go over well in this house but I do do one vegetarian dinner a week (and 1-2 where the protein is shellfish or fish).

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I follow an exchange plan, but I don't know how it pans out as %fat or %carb, nor do I much care.

I eat 6-8 bread exchanges a day
5-7 protein exchanges
2 dairy exchanges
2-3 fruit exchanges
3 fat exchanges
as many non-starchy vegetables as I want

I also allow myself up to 100 optional calories a day for whatever I want or need in cooking.

I was vegetarian for 12 years, no longer. I got bored with the limited cooking opportunities.

I don't care about organic.

I avoid processed foods because they are impossible to fit into an exchange plan. Exchanges require that you do all your own meal prep. (That alone will help with calorie restriction.)

I don't care about genetic modification.

The result of exchange eating is that I can adjust my caloric intake by the choices I make: fish rather than beef, for example, as well as eating at the lower end of the exchange limit that day. Which I do if my weight is up a little that day. That way it's never a burden.

I love gluten products.

I love grains.

I only avoid the foods I don't like: okra, collards, organ meat. I don't have bagged snacks, sweets or frozen food in the house. I cook better than any of that stuff. I don't make the same dinner twice in the same month. Variety is the key, I love to cook, and I am blessed to have the time to do it every day.



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No one ever got up in the morning wishing she'd eaten more the night before.

Original Goal: 114. Current old lady goal: 106.


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So here is my answer:

very low-fat (under 10%)
very low-carb (under 20%)
moderately low-fat
moderately low carb X
balanced carb/fat/protein (40/30/30 or 50/30/30)

vegetarian
mostly vegetarian (80% or more) X
vegan
mostly vegan (80% or more)

organic
mostly organic (80% or more) X
non-organic

avoid processed foods
mostly avoid processed foods (20% or less) x less than 5 %
don't avoid processed foods

avoid GMO foods X
avoid most GMO foods (less than 20%)
don't avoid GMO foods

calorie-restricted
somewhat calorie-restricted
not calorie-restricted X

gluten-free
not gluten-free X (but thinking about it)

grain-free
mostly grain-free (80% or more)
not grain-free X (but thinking about limiting somewhat)

Add foods that you completely avoid here: store-ground meat, pork, bottom-dwelling fish and shell fish, organ meats, soy, mostly polyunsaturated fats, lima beans (don't like them)

Birgit

Edited by: HOUNDLOVER1 at: 12/17/2011 (13:33)
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I thought it would be interesting how maintainers eat. So I'm trying to set this up as a multiple choice survey but add as much as you like. If possible copy and paste the options and mark the ones that most closely apply to you and/or add categories.
My hope is to see a pattern of what works and what does not work for people in maintenance, even assuming that we are all different.

Here are a few options to start and you can add more if you like:

very low-fat (under 10%)
very low-carb (under 20%)
moderately low-fat
moderately low carb
balanced carb/fat/protein (40/30/30 or 50/30/30)

vegetarian
mostly vegetarian (80% or more)
vegan
mostly vegan (80% or more)

organic
mostly organic (80% or more)
non-organic

avoid processed foods
mostly avoid processed foods (20% or less)
don't avoid processed foods

avoid GMO foods
avoid most GMO foods (less than 20%)
don't avoid GMO foods

calorie-restricted
somewhat calorie-restricted
not calorie-restricted

gluten-free
not gluten-free

grain-free
mostly grain-free (80% or more)
not grain-free

Add foods that you completely avoid here:

If you like add at the end what you see as the benefit of your style of eating. No critiques in this thread, if you have legitimate reason for recommending against a certain eating type please start a new thread.
Thanks for participating. Hopefully this will help all of us to consider all our options. If you have any questions or suggestions send me a spark mail.

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