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WRITER_GIRL86
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6/4/11 4:46 P

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I used to have the same problem. I would count calories and then I would count carbs. I don't do that anymore really at all. I use something called "The Diet Solution", it's not a diet it just really is alot of information about food and carbohydrates and how they are really good for you it just depends from what sources they are coming from. It has helped me alot and I use it more as an outline than anything else. I have done alot of research on my own and kind of developed a way of eating that works for me but the information itself is extremely helpful and really opened my eyes to the way I look at carbs, calories and food in general. I hope that helps. :)


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5/8/11 8:52 A

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The whole "good/bad" carb debate is raging hard these days. One of my coworkers has just started the Paleo diet -- it cuts out all grains and dairy products, because prehistoric man didn't eat those things, and therefore EVERY carbohydrate (that wasn't a regular ol' plant) is a "bad" carb. I know a couple of hard-core raw-food fanatics who won't eat any meat, bread, or even canned beans that (apparently), and swear that the only bad carb is a cooked carb. Then there's the guy who lost weight eating nothing but junk food!

My point is, there is a glut of information and misinformation out there that is pretty tough to wade through. I think the best thing you can do is just eat what feels good to your body. My basic rules of thumb have been: No corn syrup, nothing I couldn't make at home, low amounts of added sugar, and if a more "original" form of the food exists, go with that -- so a square of dark chocolate instead of a mini candy bar, a baked sweet potato instead of sweet potato fries, oatmeal instead of Cheerios. When you stick to whole versions of whatever you're eating, you really do fill up fast and feel nourished all day.

Meat-free days, try to get an alternative form of protein at each meal -- Greek yogurt at breakfast (plain, because added sugar just creates insulin spikes that lead to more cravings), hummus and cheese (with lots of veggies) on a sandwich for lunch, nuts or roasted soybeans for a snack, beans with dinner. And don't forget eggs! Poached eggs and omelets make AWESOME dinners!

Sorry to get all long and rambly, but after a week of downright TERRIBLE eating and talking to my coworker and his paleo plan, I've also been trying to figure out the "right" way to eat. I hope I was more helpful than confusing!

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5/3/11 3:05 P

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Thanks for everyone's suggestions! :)

I already eat beans almost every day, but since they're so high in calories, I don't eat very many, and thus, don't get as much protein as I should, and then tend to carb-load elsewhere. However, I have been improving a bit, as I have started to add a little more dairy to my diet (not something I'm thrilled about, but it works for now) instead of grabbing for that extra banana, mango, or apple that always throws me over at the end of the day.

Which brings me to a new question - we know there are both good carbs and bad carbs. Good carbs come from fruits and veggies. Bad carbs can contribute to weight gain - but can GOOD carbs contribute to weight gain as well? (I have similar debates with people when it comes to fats - e.g.: I'll go easy on the olive oil in pastas, but a friend will say, "well, it's good fat!", and while I agree, I still think even good fats contribute to weight gain, no?).

Edited by: JILLOPUDDING at: 5/3/2011 (15:06)

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4/4/11 11:42 A

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I'm trying to balance things out too. Beans have been the biggest boon for me as well. However, when I eat beans, I tend to go over on my caloric intake. I have to moderate myself. This week I made a soup with beans, split peas, lentils and grains, plus lots of veggies! I'm hopeful that it will help even things out.


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4/3/11 11:48 A

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I love it!

~Michelle Macari in St George UT~ Lifestyles of the fit and meatless!
What is it that should trace the insuperable line?… The question is not, Can they reason? nor, Can they talk? but, Can they suffer? —Jeremy Bentham (1748–1832)
A dead cow or sheep lying in the pasture is recognized as carrion. The same sort of carcass dressed and hung up in a butcher’s stall passes as food. —J. H.
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4/2/11 2:31 P

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hey, he likes carbs! emoticon

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MACKANDME
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4/2/11 10:18 A

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Is that a mouse in your spaghetti?

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~Michelle Macari in St George UT~ Lifestyles of the fit and meatless!
What is it that should trace the insuperable line?… The question is not, Can they reason? nor, Can they talk? but, Can they suffer? —Jeremy Bentham (1748–1832)
A dead cow or sheep lying in the pasture is recognized as carrion. The same sort of carcass dressed and hung up in a butcher’s stall passes as food. —J. H.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUMUvYLC5iM
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ELECTRALYTE
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4/1/11 2:44 P

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quinoa is high in protein :)

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Carb is a bad 4 letter word for me.

~Michelle Macari in St George UT~ Lifestyles of the fit and meatless!
What is it that should trace the insuperable line?… The question is not, Can they reason? nor, Can they talk? but, Can they suffer? —Jeremy Bentham (1748–1832)
A dead cow or sheep lying in the pasture is recognized as carrion. The same sort of carcass dressed and hung up in a butcher’s stall passes as food. —J. H.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUMUvYLC5iM
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4/1/11 6:46 A

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I was running into the same problem and began adding eggs to my diet, along with a lot of beans and vegetables... this has worked well for me. - also grains like barley with a lower glycemic index could be replaced for white rice.... may help.... not sure

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4/1/11 3:19 A

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I try to eat my egg whites, almonds (or any other nut) and dairy (mostly yogurt and milk), tofu and beans. Beans are not loaded with carbs and are a very good source of protein and fiber and there are plenty of variaties. I am sure there are many other products that I am not aware of too. I also have to be careful and try to balance my diet but I am getting used to it. You can try consuming less sugar, pasta and rice. Change your excess carbs for protein sources.
Good luck!!!


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JILLOPUDDING
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3/31/11 11:48 P

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So, I've never been one to watch my carbs as calories seem much more important in weight loss, but every day that I *don't* eat meat or dairy, I'm going insanely over in carbs. I'm tired of seeing this, so I was wondering if any other non-meat eaters have had this same problem and have found solutions.

It seems like the only foods that aren't completely loaded in carbs are meat and dairy products, which I don't eat much of, instead opting for veggies, fruits and grains. What can I eat instead? Or is the only solution just to eat much less in general?


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