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MONADM1 Posts: 890
3/3/13 1:37 A

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For me, eating low-carb is about as easy as it gets. I have a single guiding principle for selecting foods: If I can eat it raw, I might eat it (although I might cook it). If I can't eat it raw, I won't eat it - neither raw nor cooked.

For example, vegetables, fruit, nuts and seeds, meat, and fish can all be eaten raw (think steak tartar or sashimi).

Grains, on the other hand, are almost never eaten raw. They need to be processed (cooked) so that we can digest them safely.

Sugar beets and sugar cane aren't great sources of sugar either, unless you process them. So, sugar is out, as well.

Most fruit has been tampered with to make it way sweeter than nature intended. I prefer to abstain, since I tend to overproduce insulin, which sets off a roller coaster of blood sugar highs and lows when I eat fruit - or anything else that contains even moderate amounts of sugar.

Clearly, vegetables have been tampered with, as well, and so has our meat and fish supply... but for me, those are the lesser evils. After all, I do have to eat ....

Edited by: MONADM1 at: 3/3/2013 (01:38)
Highest weight ever: 220 pounds. Followed the IP protocol from June to December 2012 and lost 58 pounds.

In Maintenance mode since January 2013. Have been able to maintain a lot of my weight loss, but regained about 20 pounds over 2 years

Time to take another run at "reducing"


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LUCYSUNFLOWER's Photo LUCYSUNFLOWER Posts: 7,420
3/2/13 10:55 P

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So is Spark going South Beachy?? LOL Just reading the phrase "heart-healthy whole grains" gave me a little bit of heartburn, but it does sound like the plan is evolving in the right direction.

I had a full day but it was good. Drove south to the Honda dealer where I bought my car for an oil change (there's a dealer less than a mile from my house but the service department is unpleasant to deal with). I really like good service, and it's worth the almost-two hour round trip drive, but it was also fun to get out of this little valley I live in and get a little closer to Seattle! :) Stopped at a client's office on the way back and un-muddled some of his year end stuff, and then I got groceries.

Now I am actually relaxing like it's a weekend! I also managed to walk the boys this morning AND work out!

Leslie

"Normal is not something to aspire to - it's something to get away from." -- Jodie Foster

"Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world." --Albert Einstein


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3/2/13 9:54 P

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So, I read most of the .PDF file. It sounded like any other diet. Problem is, I have never been able to make that work. It's complicated. It leaves me starving all the time and freezing cold in the winter. And, I'm simple minded so I need simple.

Low carb is simple. No counting calories and points which, by the way, never worked for me and I tried. I once did Nutrisystem for a couple of months with my wife. It's pretty simple and I had moderate success with that. My wife had much better success. The food tasted like cardboard and after a few months it became a huge pit we threw money in. It's not a lifestyle.

Low carb works for me because when I think about what to eat I have a simple theory. If it's what a caveman ate it's what I'll eat. Only real food that has little to no shelf life.

What I saw in the .PDF was lots of carbs. Might work for some people. Wont work for me.

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3/2/13 3:31 P

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There is so much information out there and it is so easy to access. If a person is interested in losing weight, it is easy enough to find info on low carb. However, most people really do not want to change. They want to be thin and healthy and able to eat cake. People act like they want to change, but the reality is that they do not. This is why I almost refuse to discuss my diet with people.


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3/2/13 12:59 P

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Yeah, it's certainly an "almost" low carb, but many people will still get good results, because even if you replace white bread with oranges you're still lowering net carbs and calories at the same time.

The "successful" examples increased protein, drank more water, (presumably) switched from refined grains to whole grains, ate way more fruits and veggies, and ate more dairy (even if it WAS low fat). Lots of people would see impressive results on this regimen.

For the ones who see some improvements but either stall or still struggle, well, they at least have been pointed in the right direction and hopefully will take the next necessary actions to take their nutrition one step further.

I see this as the only way that SparkPeople can migrate their outdated plan to one that science actually supports without losing face or credibility. "We're making changes based on our own data! Squee!!"

Take a look at the recipe pictures. Yeah, there's still bread there, but those protein and fat portions look a bit more substantial than in the past.

Labour is prior to, and independent of capital. Capital is only the fruit of labour, and could never have existed if labour had not first existed. Labour is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration.
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MONADM1 Posts: 890
3/2/13 12:48 P

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HONDA,

I don't want to tempt you into eating things that you know will put your low-carb resolve at risk, but I am wondering whether you may be suffering from a few nutritional deficiencies that cause your cravings and bouts of overeating.

Are you able to add low-carb vegetables to your meals, for more bulk and nutrients that you may not find in sufficient quantities in protein alone? Would nuts and seeds be a trigger to overeating for you? I found that I have had zero cravings from the moment I started eating two ounces, each day, as well as half an avocado, each second day.

Since it's not easy to eat just a few nuts at a time, I am actually baking muffins from almond flour and chopped pecans, and crackers from a variety of seeds, so that I can have small controlled portions. Because the muffins and crackers also contain eggs, the protein-carb ratio is better than when eating nuts alone, and just a small serving feels rather filling.

Whatever you do, I hope you'll experience the success you deserve !

Highest weight ever: 220 pounds. Followed the IP protocol from June to December 2012 and lost 58 pounds.

In Maintenance mode since January 2013. Have been able to maintain a lot of my weight loss, but regained about 20 pounds over 2 years

Time to take another run at "reducing"


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MONADM1 Posts: 890
3/2/13 12:34 P

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WOUBBIE,

thanks for the links ! I hope you are right and the "SparkSolution" points people in a direction that we believe will lead to success.

However, I strongly suspect that "low-carb" won't be part of the new strategy... Actually, after all the "feel-good ra-ra-ra" of the Introduction, the PDF file has a table that spells out that people who INCREASED their intake of FRUIT, vegetables, and WHOLE GRAINS were more successful at losing weight than those who didn't.

For me, that's funny..... I only started losing weight once I CUT OUT fruit, whole grains, and starchy vegetables. Prior to that, I never ate ANYTHING with refined sugar or refined flour, and yet my weight kept climbing, despite good amounts of exercise

In any case, if the SparkPeople had truly discovered that low-carb is the way to go, the website would not be full of food recipes that us low-carbers simply cannot eat without jeopardizing our success.

So, I'll hold off on purchasing this book, sticking with an Atkins-type approach, until I hear roaring support for the SparkSolution from low-carbers after they read the book.

On the positive side, just thinking about adding "heart-healthy whole grains" to my meal plan makes me more determined than ever to stay low-carb for life ! I guess you may say I suffer from a touch of oppositional disorder. So, thanks again for the links. You made my day!
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Highest weight ever: 220 pounds. Followed the IP protocol from June to December 2012 and lost 58 pounds.

In Maintenance mode since January 2013. Have been able to maintain a lot of my weight loss, but regained about 20 pounds over 2 years

Time to take another run at "reducing"


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3/2/13 12:19 P

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gonna go look at your links, Woubbie, thanks! :)

Food is (still) out of control today, but at least I am much more aware, even though I feel I cannot control it. More and more I want to stop stuffing (and hurting) myself, so maybe that is some form of progress...?

Had the dogs out twice today (it's after 5 pm here already) and have them out to the park twice a day the past few days as well, so that is better.

I can commit to no buying/eating garbage food the next 24 hours. Better yet, no buying of ANY food; God knows there's enough here to eat, and LOADS is zero-low carb (99% of what is in the house).

So, just for today (as is said), I will eat meat, fish and eggs only, with some mayo if I choose. And some heavy cream with my decaf coffee. Lots of water, too.

I can do this from now, right this moment, through tomorrow evening.

I'll check back in tomorrow.

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3/2/13 11:51 A

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OK. Who else saw this:

www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?post=big
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and went, "OMG. SparkPeople condones almost-low-carb." LOL!

Here's the link to the excerpt.

www.sparkpeople.com/assets/uploads/S
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Hmmm. Anyone here know of any other way of eating that...

"In two weeks you can . . .
reduce your cravings, especially those for sugary and processed carbs;
start to stabilize your blood sugar;
positively affect your cholesterol levels;
succeed at the first small steps you take, so your confidence grows;
increase your momentum and motivation day by day;
lose at least 4 to 6 pounds of body fat, not water weight;
create a deficit of at least 14,000 calories;"

I'm both happy and facepalming at the same time! If you haven't noticed, this team is already approaching the 6000 member mark. Prepare for a deluge! LOL!

Not much going on today, paperwork and planning and recuperating from LAST weekend! Have a great day, all!

Edited by: WOUBBIE at: 3/2/2013 (11:54)
Labour is prior to, and independent of capital. Capital is only the fruit of labour, and could never have existed if labour had not first existed. Labour is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration.
Abraham Lincoln


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