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KITTYF54
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7/5/11 5:10 P

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Yur welcum. LOL

truthfully when I get that feeling most of the time, it's cause I'm either not eating the salad and/or veg I should, or not enough fat, but sometimes It's just nice to have that muffin option when you really would rather not eat more eggs and your SO tempted to eat a high carb option. this FEELS like carbs, but isn't. you can't beat that some days.

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all they ways, acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:5-6


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BELROSA
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6/18/11 10:36 P

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Thanks Kitty, that recipe sounds very interesting ... I'll have to give it a go. Very healthy ingredients and it sounds delicious!

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6/18/11 7:56 P

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Here's a link to one person's version.
recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?
recipe=1596735


The recipe is infinitely versatile.

I started with a basic recipe and altered it to suit.

Basic recipe. take two bowls.
in one mix
1/4 cup flax meal (4 Tablespoons)
1 tsp of baking powder.
1 packet of your preferred sweetener, splenda or stevia.Don't try to use aspartame, it degrades when heated. If desired you can use liquid in with the Liquids instead.
1 tsp of Cinnamon (which is said to aid in insulin resistance. don't worry, it doesn't taste strong

Second bowl,
1 egg
a quarter tsp of vanilla
liquid stevia if you prefer to use that. to equal 2 tsps of sugar.
1 tsp of melted butter or coconut oil or 1 Tablespoon of heavy cream.
I prefer the heavy cream cause the whole muffin comes out moister.

whip the egg and add the other liquids. spray interior of a microwave safe mug with non stick cooking spray. mix the dry mix and the wet ingredients together, and pour into the mug.
Microwave for 60 seconds if using the oil, or 75-90 seconds with the heavy cream.

after you've dumped the muffin out on a plate, you can cross cut it into several round slices, and butter them if you desire, or eat it with a spoon from the cup if you want to, sort of like a custard.

this recipe can also be made with almond flour. rather than flax meal, but flax meal has no net carbs. almond meal/flour has one or two I think.

Edited by: KITTYF54 at: 6/18/2011 (20:01)
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BELROSA
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What is a one minute muffin kitty?

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If you're sick of plain eggs, what about a 1 minute muffin? check out one of the atkins message boards to get other ideas too, but when I'm sick of eggs, I make a one minute muffin and it really fills me up and makes a nice change.

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all they ways, acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:5-6


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6/15/11 9:48 P

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I got to the point after a year of eating eggs for breakfast where I couldn't look another egg in the eye for a while. Other options I found were:

A protein smoothie - make sure you find a good quality protein powder though, not one full of artificial flavours, sweeteners, sugar or HFCS, or all the other nonsense in most of them. You can also buy Whey Protein Isolate and Whey Protein Concentrate individually and just make your own protein powder. I add stevia for sweetness, vanilla extract or grounds, cinnamon for flavour and sweetness and for it's insulin sensitising effects, green tea for flavour and insulin sensitising effect and increased thermogenesis however slight, and sometimes raw cocoa powder for flavour (obviously :) ) and the antioxidants and flavonoids. You could also add carob for d-pinitol (precursor to d-chiro inositol), ginger for anti-inflammatory effect or some berries if none of that appeals.

A piece of lean meat with some veges - tomatoes, mushrooms etc. Turkey mince, fillet steak, etc.

Cottage cheese or ricotta cheese with some cinnamon or an apple chopped up in it. Not quite as much of a protein breakfast, but not too heavy on the carbs and a nice change once in a while.

Good luck! I hope you find something that works for you.

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6/15/11 12:57 P

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I've started to try to keep my carbs at that 80-100g mark. We'll see how that works. A little bit though, I'm having a problem with variety. My stomach is a little sensitive because of the Metformin (I'm assuming), so I don't really want to eat that much and protein looks downright gross. Every morning I wake up and get ready to eat breakfast and think if I have to eat another egg, I'm gonna be sick. I'm kind of having to force myself to eat something right now. The carbs I am eating seem to affect my stomach a little less. If I went lower on the carbs, I'm not sure I would feel good, but I'm not having much hope of losing either.


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I've found that I can't go over 50 carbs without raising my blood sugar. below 20 carbs as per atkins "induction" I can loose weight.

SO, I eat veggies of all sorts, but not to much in the starch category.

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all they ways, acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:5-6


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When I am focused and tracking I try to keep my carbs between 125 and 175 grams per day. I can sometimes go up to 225 but can't do that on a regular basis otherwise I start stalling out or gaining weight. I do pay attention to the type of carbs I am eating. I try to keep it to whole grains, veggies, and fruit. I'm not always successful and I don't track daily at the moment but my best success has been when I am consistent in staying in that range.

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I eat about as many protein grams as I do carbs. Right now my goals are to eat equal amounts of protein and carbs and about half that amount of fat at each meal. I eat about 5 times a day, every 3-4 hours. I know technically I'm not eating too many of anything (calories, protein, carbs) and I am exercising. I'm almost never really hungry, and don't usually have carb cravings that I know come when I eat too many carbs (or processed ones). I feel good and basically energetic, but can't figure out why I still can't budge that scale. To be honest, it is just so confusing.


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As Nyx said - everyone is so unique. What works for one person may cause another to pile on weight like crazy.

I've gone through stages where I've kept my carbs to 40-60gm gross (including non-digestible fibre), but more generally I stick to 60-100gm gross. If I eat more than 150gm even whilst doing a lot of activity I at best won't lose any weight and at worst will put on weight. I've found that what I eat seems to have more of an effect than how much. White flour/rice, alcohol, more than 1 piece of fruit a day all have a marked and negative effect for me!

I have found that trying to focus on getting an adequate amount of protein and healthy fats is a better way to go. If you do that, then not consuming too much carbohydrates should fall into place naturally - you'll already be satiated and it will be easy to limit them.

Listen to your body. Experiment with different things, and just take one meal at a time. What works well for you for breakfast? Have a bowl of oatmeal one day and then take note of how you feel afterwards (energetic or sleepy, how long until you feel hungry again), the next day try eggs and 1/2 to 1 slice of toast or some other carb, the next a protein shake with no carbs, or a piece of lean meat and some mushrooms and tomatoes. Experiment and listen to your body to find out what works best.

Good luck!

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We all have to find what works best for us, I found going under 100 grams of carbs a day hurts my weight loss big time - as in stand still no loss what so ever, but that's me I'm active enough that my body does use the carbs and thanks to the insulin I am sure the higher carb count also is helping with the weight loss in and of itself.

I tend to louse a pound a month average, if really lucky I'll actually louse a pound a week or like last week drop two pounds in a week then hold steady for a couple weeks before the weight shifts down again. Its how it seems to go for me I louse X for Y weeks then nothing for the same amount of weeks then more, stage and repeat time and time again.

I only ever had weekly constant weight loss when I was hitting 300 grams of carbs a day and burning around 2,000 calories a day (but those days a long gone), so I knew when I cut back on the workouts and carbs that the weight loss might also slow down and it has - but its only been this year that its actually picked up. I was in a holding pattern for two years as my body went though menopause, now I'm post menopausal my body seems ready to go back into getting the weight off.

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Cals Burned for 6 years = 2,359,000
6 years Deficit Total = 1,729,800
Should have lost: 250 to 495 pounds
Actual loss = 139 lbs and 50 inches from core


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Right now I've been getting between 100-115 grams of carbs, but I'm not losing anything. I'm wondering if I need to drop the carbs further. I do mostly stick to veggies and fruit with maybe a few other low glycemic items thrown in there. I also make sure I'm spacing them evenly throughout the day and balancing them with protein and some healthy fat. Hate to, but I'm still thinking I may need less carbs yet.


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I get between 150 and 200 grams of carbs a day and I track my carbs because I'm diabetic and need to do so I have to because I'm on insulin and I need to know how many carbs I'm having at a meal so I can take the right amount of insulin.

I do go under 150 grams in a day but its not common for me to do so in general, but most of the carbs I get are from fruits and veggies with some bread (might have a slice or two of bread in a day), rice and the occasional meal of veggie pasta (80 to 100 grams of pasta with 100 to 125 grams of meat and 50 grams of sauce = very little sugar spike for me, which means I only have to take a couple of units of insulin to cover it).

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Cals Burned for 6 years = 2,359,000
6 years Deficit Total = 1,729,800
Should have lost: 250 to 495 pounds
Actual loss = 139 lbs and 50 inches from core


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COWSLIPPERS230
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6/10/11 10:19 P

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I know the way to deal with PCOS and to lose weight is to go low carb. It seems most of you can't do it any other way. What I want to know from those of you who track your carbs is, how many carbs do you have in a day in order to lose weight? How many will stop you from losing weight? Do you count carbs and pay attention to glycemic counts, or do you just lower your carb intake in general? I don't think I've found the balance of how many carbs I can eat in a day and lose yet. I have lost most of my carb cravings, but can't seem to lose weight. So, what is your definition of "low carb"? How low do you go?


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