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3/24/13 11:10 P

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I feel good in the zone - but it's tough to stick with around a really busy life and a teen who needs to eat differently.

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10/22/12 6:29 P

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I did some research and the zone diet is the right diet for me and next month I hope to get the book. emoticon


I got want to do it and do this for me. My mind is in battle and my body is at war. I'm in battle with myself and if I can over come myself than I can over come it all and do it one day at a time, let it go and get one step closer to my goal.


















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10/2/12 7:50 P

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I thinking about doing the Zone diet but not sure if that the right diet for me. I need to buy the book and see. emoticon


I got want to do it and do this for me. My mind is in battle and my body is at war. I'm in battle with myself and if I can over come myself than I can over come it all and do it one day at a time, let it go and get one step closer to my goal.


















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8/13/12 9:28 P

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I would love to do this and I have to book but I just don't understand it... I feel really dumb for saying that... can someone explain it to me in really really simple terms... like the Zone for dummies or something???

May you always dance to the music that lives in your heart. Be you and be beautiful!


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4/30/11 4:25 A

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My doctor recommends the zone...it worked for me when I tried it, but I had a hard time making it a life-long habit. I did learn alot about food and the way our bodies use it. I would say the eating choices I make now are influenced by things I learned when I was "in the zone".

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Just wondering if eating in the zone worked for anyone... I'm struggling with eating right a lot lately...

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12/5/08 8:31 A

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Hi IVORY how r u? long time no see! congrates for reaching your goal
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R u still folowing the zone?

You can make it!



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6/20/08 11:52 P

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I think this challenge is a great idea! Specially for all of us that have PCOS and our diet is a major factor for weightloss. I have been working out, but haven't changed my eating habits too much, so my weight has been fluctuating down a little and then up again and then down again and so on... Following a meal plan has been something really hard for me because I don't plan what I will eat in advance and just eat what I feel like eating that day. I only try to keep my calories around 1500. I haven't lost as much weight as I would like inspite of exercising. So I guess it's time to make some changes.

I just checked The Zone site for the first time. I think it's a good choice for someone with PCOS.

I would like to give their meal plan a try and see how it goes...hopefully it will become a challenge that will get us all motivated!

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3/16/08 7:50 P

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Okay, challenge starts tomorrow! The idea is to eat all our meals and snacks in the zone, and track how many we get.

I'll start a new challenge thread tonight/tomorrow and a new one each week we continue, keep an eye out for them!

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3/16/08 7:43 P

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The 40 in the ratio is carbs, leaving the two 30s to be protein and fat.

I threw myself off today by going out for mexican. I think I managed the protein/carbs by having a chile relleno and ignoring the breading, just eating the chile and cheese, and then having guacamole and pico de gallo. The problem was that I ate too much guacamole (but it's so good, and I rarely get it!). But other than that, it wasn't all bad.

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3/16/08 7:28 A

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Thanks for the info about the pie chart, I never seen that before.
What is the ratio supposed to be? I want to try and adjust mine, and I seen the 30:30:40, but am wondering which is which. I'm assuming one of the 30's is fat.

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3/15/08 6:32 A

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yes you are right! but I have to cook the chicken, meat & fish with oil!

You can make it!



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3/14/08 4:42 P

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You know, Sweetorange, if you are still eating whole milk products, you might need to cut back on other fats (like vegetable oils and nuts) to make it balance better.

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3/14/08 4:03 P

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oh yes this tracker is so cool! but my problem is in fats always more than 30!

it;s 25Protien 40Fat 35 Carbs! so I have to reduce fat and increase carbs & lil of protien!

Edited by: SWEETORANGE at: 3/14/2008 (16:05)
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3/14/08 12:28 P

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Lets set some goals! Starting Monday, why don't we count every meal/snack eaten in the zone,and post to see if we managed just one or two or if we got a whole day. We can tally at the end of the week to see where we are at, and then try again the next week to do even better.

BTW - Another neat Spark tool for keeping an eye on the zone, check out your Full Report (there is a button under your meal tracker) and look at the pie chart on the bottom. Mine has been much closer to the 30:30:40 ratio than it was before! I'm at about 25-28% each for protein/fat and about 45% carbs total.

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3/14/08 9:13 A

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okay, botched last night. It is hard to stay to it until we go shopping. I didn't do awful, but was a little off. We had an event at our school, and had to eat there. Trying again today.

God bless little children!


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3/14/08 4:43 A

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thank you so much 4 helpful info! you did a great research! well done emoticon wt about timing 4 the challenge? and goals?

You can make it!



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3/13/08 11:28 A

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I know what you mean about the eggs, my breakfast feels very protein heavy (2 egg whites, 2 strips turkey bacon, 1 slice 2% cheese) but it only just balances out my half citrus fruit (today was navel orange) and 1/4 cup of chopped veggies in my eggs!

I'm having some issues with dinner, because I am planning a buffalo chicken salad, and all my veggies are so fiber packed that I don't have enough carbs! I think I'm going to add some kidney beans tonight, but for the future I may need to get some grains that will go with my salads, like, barley or something. I'm not sure what yet.

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3/13/08 10:05 A

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I did good for breakfast this am. I had 6 egg whites with Pam olive oil spray, 2 kiwi, and some grapes. 6 egg whites sounds like a lot, but 2 egg whites is 1 block, and I need 3 blocks of protein. I plan to eat lunch 4-6 hours after. The only thing I didn't do exactly was I didn't eat 1 hour after waking. I have 2 kids to get ready and a baby and it took a little longer than an hour. But, I think this will be okay.

God bless little children!


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3/12/08 9:44 P

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So, I figure we'll want to share some of the great zone meals we have, or share meals we aren't sure about to see if we could make them fit better in the zone. I'll start since I had quite a lot of fun with my lunch today. I eat two small lunches a few hours apart, but this could all have been eaten together as well:

1 string cheese
1 smart dog (soy replacement hot dog)
1 cup of Healthy Choice country vegetable soup (it's all veggies, no junk)
1/2 cup of low-fat yogurt with 1/2 canned pear (canned in its own juice)
2 macadamia nuts

It was yummy, filling, and I felt pretty good all the way until dinner


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There are two ways of eating in the zone, they are both based on the same principles, but one is approximate and easy to follow, and the other is more complex but more precise. I will explain both as well as my understanding allows from both the ZoneDiet website and Dr. Sears website about the science behind the zone.

The Simple Zone Meal:
Start with lean protein, i.e., chicken, turkey, tofu, egg whites, soy, low-fat dairy, fish
Try to avoid high-fat protein
Choose an amount of protein approximately equivalent to the size/shape of your palm. If it doesn't fit in your palm (and isn't thicker than it) than it is too big.

Next, choose good carbohydrates for the remainder of your meal, about twice as much food as the protein, or 2/3 of your plate.
Good carbohydrates are most fruits and vegetables, as well as high fiber grains such as barley and oats.
Bad carbohydrates include high carb fruits and veggies (carrots, corn, bananas, and raisins are quoted on the website), pretty much all other grains, potatoes
The idea is to balance out the good/bad carbs, so many more vegetables, some fruits, very few grains/starches

Lastly, you want to add a dash of good fats to your meal. Good fats include olive oil, sesame oil, almonds (and some other nuts), avacado
You should try to avoid bad fats, trans fats, egg yolks, fatty meats, etc.

The idea is to include the above balance of food in every meal and every snack to best control blood sugar and insulin. The zone says that if you are hungry, eat a snack, just make sure to have some protein, some good carbs, and some fat.



The Complex Zone Diet

The way the zone is set up, the three food types are balanced through a comparison of grams. They are combined in blocks, a block of protein is 7g, most women should have three of these in a normal meal. A block of carbohydrates is 9g, and you can always subtract the fiber from the initial total carb content, women should have 3 blocks of carbs per meal. Fats come in blocks that are 1.5g each (much smaller you'll notice), again, you get 3 per meal.

For snacks, you would pick one block of each, so 7g protein (maybe a string cheese stick), 9g of carbs (some berries), and 1.5g of fat (a few almonds).

I've noticed that in preparing my meals, I often come up under/over 3 blocks of each per meal, but I try to balance so that the blacks are equal to each other, not necessarily to a specific number. Our sparkpeople food calculators give us grams of protein, carb, fiber, and fat, so this is not half bad to do. But, I'm a math whiz, so, most people would probably not enjoy counting out blacks like I do. That's okay, we can help each other!


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The basic concept of the zone is to balance your food so that your body has the necessary energy to run, but does not overproduce chemicals that could cause trouble (such as insulin and anti-inflammatories). There are 5 basic elements to the entire zone, they call it a wellness pyramid. I will describe them all here briefly, however, we will likely focus on food from this point on:

1. Healthy diet, maintaining balance. I will delve into this in the next post

2. Omega-3 fatty acids, especially EPA/DHA (in fish oil). Dr. Sears says that these help with silent inflammation. However, we all should be taking an Omega-3 supplement, it is good for losing body fat, it helps lower triglycerides, and has numerous other benefits.

3. Polyphenols, another chemical that is meant to be helpful in relieving inflammation. Fortunately, these are the colorful chemicals found in fruits and vegetables. Dr. Sears suggests taking a supplement as well, but in our case the importance of fruits and vegetables is most of what we'll likely emphasize

4. Fitness: it's important to do. Enough said.

5. Supplements, The Zone Promotes condition specific supplements Again, this is not something we're likely to get in on here, but feel free to check up on your own.

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3/12/08 5:02 P

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This is a challenge to anyone who wants to try giving the Zone diet a try in hopes of better maintaining our blood sugar/insulin levels! This is open, feel free to join at any time. Some of us are planning to go all out zone, but if you just want to learn the ideas or incorporate the zone into just a few meals, that's fine too. The next post or two will be a concise explanation of how the zone works, and how to easily incorporate it into your diet.

Check out the Zone Diet website www.zonediet.com/

and Dr. Sears (creator of the Zone) website
www.drsears.com/

The Zone website is free to join if you like, but most content is accessible without.

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