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3/17/10 8:28 P

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I've heard the same thing from people who've been on Atkins, too (has that been mentioned already? if so, sorry).

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GREYKAT Posts: 25
3/17/10 11:58 A

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I had the same experience. Never even considered I was gluten intolerant until I went on South Beach. I was feeling great until I started adding whole wheat bread/pasta back into my diet.

For what it's worth, I do love South Beach and have all the cookbooks. Refer to them regularly. Great recipes!

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3/16/10 11:25 P

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I love South Beach. It was how I discovered I was celiac. In the first two weeks, I so missed the fruit. So when I started adding back foods, I added back fruit. By the time I was ready to start adding back grains my unexplained rash of two years had stopped itching and was starting to heal.
THEN, about six weeks into South Beach, I ate my first meal with gluten, a pasta meal, and was doubled over with pain by the time I left the restaurant.



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3/16/10 10:49 P

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I think South Beach is a great alternative for people if you stick to the book and don't so much look at the packaged foods they sell. There are a lot better choices out there! I have been trying to combine a number of diets and will plan ahead to do so for the coming week...South Beach, Eating Clean, Flat Belly and Jillian Michaels Master Your Metabolism. I can take principles from each and make it all work if I am careful with the planning. I got off track recently. I am no longer able to go ultra low carb because I am not digesting fats as well and so I have NO energy on it. I used to feel best on Atkins a few years ago, probably because of the lack of gluten and my digestion was not yet harmed.

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3/16/10 8:45 P

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Very interesting!

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3/16/10 8:04 P

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I've read all these diet books as well. I like Mark Hyman and Ann Louise Gittleman, personally. I also like The Zone. If I didn't read all these books, I wouldn't appreciate The Paleo Diet as much as I do, too. THe message is the same no matter what you read, some more than others in extreme. No/low "wheat" (what grain product isn't made w/wheat? There aren't many)/or no gluten.

Dr. Agatston was involved w/Pres. Clinton's heart issues, right? I saw him on Martha Stewart saying he doesn't eat wheat. I also read that Chelsea's gf.

Edited by: DOTSLADY at: 3/16/2010 (20:06)
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3/16/10 6:37 P

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I've enjoyed utilizing recipes and principles from South Beach along with ideas and recipes from other diets like the previously mentioned Flat Belly Diet Cookbook, the Sugar Busters Diet Cookbook, and the Ultra-Metabolism/UltraSimple Diet from Dr. Mark Hyman. The last one in the list is mainly about learning to eat "clean."...to eliminate food additives, pseudo foods, and other toxins from your body to deal with the inflammation that destroys our immune systems and contributes to weight gain. I'm not a "disciple" of any one of these plans in toto, but I think they each have something to offer, and as I learn more of the "science" behind each one, I am beginning to see my body respond positively by gaining strength and losing lbs.

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3/16/10 5:06 P

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I got some of the South Beach books a few years ago, but never stayed long enough; it has some great recipes for low-carb, as I recall.

Once I get off the Atkins Induction I've agreed upon for the next two weeks for sure, I'm going to dig out the books and maybe work a little South Beach/Atkins combo.

I've not been diagnosed w/ celiac disease, at least not yet, but I do have low/moderate allergies (according to the blood tests) for several grains. Decided to do Induction as something of an elimination diet, and start from there.

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3/16/10 2:41 P

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Another "Diet" Plan that I am finding to be helpful is the Prevention "Flat Belly Diet." I am lifting recipes from their cookbook and following the overall calorie recommendations and the use of MUFA containing foods (mono-unsatufated fats),making sure to stay gluten free. I think common sense and knowledge of sound nutritional principles is the best course to follow, and with that in mind, using "pieces" from various diet plans can help in structuring a healthy, and even weight-shedding plan for eating.

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3/16/10 12:45 P

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I'm a G-free low-carb type, and I essentially exist on Phase 2-3 of South Beach all the time (I had trouble with Phase 1, too low of carbs causes me to get dizzy), I don't "follow the program" anymore, just took the lessons and implemented them and that was a few years ago. The main reason it works so well with GF is because you aren't emphasizing grains at all anyway, they are meant to be small parts of your meals, so going from South Beach to GF was a breeze for me.

As for the "South Beach" food items, packages are bad news for anyone on any diet, and relying on real, whole foods especially vegetables and lean proteins is really more along the South Beach ideals than picking up their sickly sweet with fake sweetener bars. Profit, you know!

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3/16/10 12:20 P

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all the snacks that they make for this contain gluten though.





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3/16/10 12:12 P

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I posted a while ago complaining about the lack of g-free meal plans here. I did a little research and came across the South Beach Diet...I was skeptical, because it seemed too trendy to work for the long haul. Some negative reviews of this diet seem to suggest that it is deficient in whole grains, which makes it unhealthy. Since I have to live that "unhealthy" lifestyle, I decided to give it a try.

I've been following the initial phase for the past ten days with very VERY little difficulty...I believe my (manageable)cravings the first two days were more psychological than physical. Checking out the menus and recipes online and in the books, it seems like it will be very easy for me to make the plan g-free for the remainder of my weight loss. Also note that I am the laaaazzzzziiiieeesssstt person on the face of the earth when it comes to meal planning, but even I am finding that with a minimal to moderate bit of effort (which is mostly composed of planning what to eat and shopping for the food-stuff I should be doing,anyhow, if I want to lose weight), I am able to stay on this diet WITHOUT CHEATING, something I was not even able to do for ONE whole day on the other diets I tried to follow. Tracking my calories here, I am apparently existing effortlessly on 1200-1400 calories/day, another feat I have never before been able to manage.

Please take this simply as an fyi...I really hope it helps someone else.

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