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9/12/11 8:36 P

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Thanks for all the suggestions. I made the mistake of hitting the numbers today by having ravioli and a white roll; incredible sugar cravings ensued. So, I think I'll live with going under the carb number so long as I'm eating plenty of vegetables and adding a whole grain here and there.

I've been sticking with exercise, which is great. Today was a rest day, and I don't feel quite as good as usual.

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9/12/11 3:13 P

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Thanks for the suggestions!

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9/12/11 2:56 P

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i have a lot of trouble getting enough carbs and protein in mine as well (of course fat always seems the easiest....lol) i manage an italian restaurant, so i'll suggest what i sometimes eat: 3-5 oz of pasta, tomato/arrabiatta (that's the spicy sauce), 4 oz of chicken, and toss in veggies of your choice: spinach, asparagus, zucchini, squash...
its not too heavy on calories (be careful of what kind of sauce you have, a lot of places use a LOT of sugar, preservatives, etc in theirs, also if you can use whole wheat pasta instead, it's best) and has a good amount of carbs AND protein!
fills you up for sure!
of course not pasta everyday, but on days i'm having a hard time with carbs, i do this meal and it bumps my #'s up a bit. hope this helps!

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9/12/11 1:13 P

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How do you define "enough carbs in for the day"? Are you following SP guidelines or a particular diet plan? I think as long as you eat plenty of fresh fruits & veggies, you should be fine on carbs (depending on your activity level), but you can always add whole grains, sweet potatoes, potatoes, skim/low fat milk, fruit juice...


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9/11/11 6:22 P

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Whole grains? Beans? Fruit?

Hard to say, I have the exact opposite problem and I seem to eat a lot of whole grain stuff. It drives my gluten-free coworkers nuts how much I get in a day.

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9/10/11 6:25 P

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Ideas:

*Sweet Potato
*Popcorn
*Oatmeal
*Quinoa
*Beans
*A piece of dark chocolate :)

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9/8/11 8:40 P

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Meredith,

Your quandary is the same one that I had as I started SparkPeople. I never figured out how to get them and stay within my calorie range, so I quit focusing on carbs as long as I was getting sufficient veggies and fruits and other things. Adding a lot more grains, which upped the carbs, filled me up the the point that I was deficient in some of the more important nutrients -- mainly protein and calcium for me. I have issues with excessive beans, even if I take beano.

Sorry that I'm not much help, but I did want to let you know that your'e not alone. If you figure it out, I'd love to hear what you come up with. In the interim, you may want to focus on the other things and add new carbs as you can.

Good luck and welcome to SP!
Diane

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9/8/11 8:23 P

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What kind of diet are you following?

There are risks and costs to a program of action. But they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction. -John F. Kennedy



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9/8/11 2:36 P

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I've been tracking my food and can't seem to figure out how to get enough carbs in for the day. It will take a ton more vegetables (I'm already eating 7-8 per day) or fruit for me to get it where it needs to go. Even throwing a potato in where I wasn't really planning for it isn't helping. Any suggestions out there?
Thanks.

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