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2/24/14 11:37 A

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That's great, Marty!!! I'm happy for ya!!! emoticon

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2/24/14 11:32 A

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Good news! I found a combination that seems to be working for me. I cut out most of the fruit, which is good and bad because I was happy to be getting all those nutrients. However, I think it was effecting my blood sugar too much.
I got some chocolate flavored pea protein powder, and I added almond butter, spinach and greens, and chia seeds. I drank it at 7:30 and I'm happy to report that I still feel full at 10:30. Hopefully this will work out!
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2/20/14 6:35 P

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I hear you re: eggs they are the first thing I tested, but its such a tease to add them in for 4 days and then say goodbye until the other foods have been tested.

I have used oatmeal for smoothies when i was out of powder, i realized its not the ideal amount of protein but it does have 4g of and it is very filling ...also it doesn't taste like chalk the way the powders can. I have found just a drop real peppermint extract and a squirt of skinny girl monk fruit with blueberries, spinach coconut milk is a treat. for the protein i eat the chicken, shrimp or some other left over meat and like I mentioned almond butter separately. Smoothies are sweet but its nice to chew real food too.

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2/20/14 5:00 P

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Thanks Arloguthrie! I have read Wheat Belly! It is very interesting. I read it about 2 years ago and have gone back to bread on and off, but I do believe I am better off without it.
I look forward to adding eggs back in. I've never really been a smoothie person. It doesn't feel like "food" to me. I also think she probably puts more emphasis on them in order to sell more of her expensive protein powder. However, until that point, I don't know what else I could eat for breakfast. She mentions gluten-free oatmeal, but that seems too "carby" in my mind.

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2/19/14 5:50 P

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I know what your saying about feeling hungry it sounds like the 9:30 schedule worked for you, perhaps you should drink your smoothie then...that way the stretch until lunch will not seem so wearisome.
I also have given up trying to cram everything into the smoothie...sometimes its just protein powder, berries and coconut milk. I have always liked to eat peanut butter off the spoon so instead of putting the almond butter into the smoothie i just eat it on the side I find much more appetizing this way.
I am beginning to think the smoothies are somewhat of a diversion to keep people on track. I am trying to focus mainly on the quality of my food and my reaction to it. I don't believe the smoothies are the most important component of this plan and will probably not purchase another container of protein powder.
What's important is to get THREE balanced meals a day with clean protein, veggies,and fat & small amount nutrient-rich carbs.
I think you were on the right track when you ate because you were hungry at 9:30 eating then is not really skipping breakfast. You should also enjoy the foods you eat, so if the smoothie is unpleasant just find something that fits the plate for 500 calories and eat that. Also Try reading/listening to "Wheat Belly" by Dr. Davis...its on J.J's list of favorite books. its really informative and you may find you never want to eat wheat again.

Edited by: ARLOGUTHRIE at: 2/19/2014 (17:51)
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2/19/14 5:04 P

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Yes, sugar is EVERYWHERE!!
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2/19/14 4:51 P

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Until you get used to making your shakes or smoothies, you'll need to play "detective", to know just how much sugar you're putting into the drink... Don't forget to count the sugars in ALL ingredients, including the protein powders, etc... Usually 1/2 a cup of berries or frozen peaches will keep you pretty much on track... It never ceases to amaze me, what kinds of fruit, and how much of it, are in a lot of the so called "healthy" smoothie recipes out there!!!


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2/19/14 4:38 P

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I'll try that, thanks!!
I knew the banana was technically a no-no, but thought I would need it to cover the taste of the spinach.
Her smoothie recipes do include a handful of berries though. Wouldn't that take me over the sugar limit as well?

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2/19/14 3:47 P

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Hi Marty!!! Welcome to the Virgin Diet Team!!!

The first thing that pops out at me, is the fruit in your smoothies... I'm not sure how much fruit you're using, but you did mention 1/2 a banana, which is way over the sugar recommendations that JJ talks about in her book... Look on page 171... She says 5 grams or less of sugar in your shakes... Just a 1/2 medium banana is 14 grams... I think you'll find, once you get rid of the sugars in your diet, you'll be satiated from one meal to another.

Hope this helps.

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2/19/14 2:05 P

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Hi,
I am on day 4 (cycle 1) and am feeling very optimistic about this plan. One thing I am struggling with this the smoothies. I like the idea that I am starting my day with all those fruits and vegetables, but I'm really not feeling like it does anything for me. I drink my smoothie around 7:30,and by 9:30 my stomach is rumbling - just like it does when I haven't eaten anything. (I used to eat my eggs/snack around 9:30 for a late breakfast, because that's when I get hungry.) I'm just a little disheartened when I read about others feeling "so full" from their morning smoothie and not needing to eat until 4-6 hours later, or more!
My shakes consist of pea protein powder, chia seeds, spinach, blueberries, strawberries, and half a banana. Yesterday I added almond butter but didn't like the taste, and I didn't feel full any longer.
Has anyone had a similar experience? Any suggestions?
Thanks!

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