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Donna, you are so right!

Self image is a big deal, we always try to maintain subconsciously even when we don't like what we look like... and there's also a subconscious fear that if we succeed, people will have different expectations from us than if we don't change... it can get pretty tricky trying to get around/over/through THAT one!

But we can help each other and I think that's the best thing about SP~ having someone else with a mirror and fresh eyes to see what we can be...

... and believing in each other, believing that WE CAN DO IT!

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Ralph Waldo Emerson said 'Life belongs to the energetic.' But you don't have to be frenetic and hyper--some energy is quiet and steady, like a heartbeat... and that works too! LOL

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Moocreel, to answer your question, when complimented I eat again. I have dealt with that issue for a very long time and only as I got older did I realize that I ate when someone told me I really look good because I felt that I didn't deserve a compliment that I didn't deserve to look good. You need to do what I did. Look in the mirror and tell yourself you are a wonderful woman who can give the world the best woman God intending you to be. Keep telling yourself you deserve all the gifts God gives you, the gift of choice of foods, the gift of the ability to excercise the gift of friendships through SP and Weight Watchers. You worked for them and deserve them because you are the woman God intended you to be. Say that enough times and when you are complimented the next time, say thank you and smile. You don't have to eat because your ashamed of success. Good luck to you. Hope this helps

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When I was a kid, back in the Dark Ages, diabetes was almost unheard of. Only rarely did you hear about someone being diagnosed with it, and, of course, back then it was almost a death sentence. There just wasn't much that medical science could do for you. Certain groups, like the Navajo Indians, seemed to suffer from it more than most. They were eating a diet that was basically foreign to them, lot's of sweets, white breads, etc. Now days we know that was the biggest reason for it. Also, we are seeing an epidemic of newly diagnosed cases of diabetes. What can possibly be the reason for that? Well, if we look at the modern diet, both here in America and all around the globe, you will see that we eat a LOT of sugar, white bread, cakes, cookies, pasta, etc. See the connection? This epidemic took a huge upward jump starting about 1970, when the food industries began using a brand new sweetener, called high fructose corn syrup (spell that 'cheap to make.) It's in virtually everything we eat, not just in sweets. This stuff overloads our system, preventing it from properly digesting and eliminating sugars from our bloodstream. Eventually we lose the ability to control our glucose levels due to insulin resistance. From there, it's a downward spiral. Heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, etc. you know the drill. The solution is not easy. We must cut WAY back on all those 'white' foods that contribute to the problem. If it's not natural (and high fructose corn syrup is NOT natural) don't eat it. Even if it is natural, cut down on it. Any carbohydrates that you consume will be turned into sugar almost immediately after you eat it. So will fats and protein, but at a much slower rate. The only thing your brain needs is sugar and oxygen. Too much sugar is a bad thing, though. Your brain, by the way, is composed mostly of fats. (which may be where the expression 'fat head' came from. LOL) It might help to think about how our earliest ancestors ate. They ate mostly plant foods, of all sorts, with an occasional small animal they could catch, or fish or clams, etc. There was no sugar. Once or twice a year they might raid a bee hive. They ate a widely varied diet, changing with the seasons. They were omnivores, but they didn't eat very many grains. This is why so many people today have an intolerance to wheat. There simply wasn't any such thing. Others are lactose intolerant, again because there just weren't that many cows around. If we can return to a close semblance to that early way of eating, we will all be much healthier. That and turning the boob tube off and getting our there for a walk and some exercise. The eating plans here on SP are truly a miracle drug for all of us. Eat healthy, be healthy. That's it!

Most of us learned our unhealthy eating habits as children, mostly by watching the adults around us, most of whom did not follow a sensible plan. And as adolescents, we were extremely active and burned off just about everything we ate. As we aged we became less active and more lethargic, and we didn't burn off those calories like we used to. However, we kept on eating as if we were still on the football team, or whatever. So, calories in minus calories burned equals calories retained. We got fat. This didn't happen overnight, either. It crept up on us, little by little, until one day we had 'that talk' with our doctors. Don't despair, we can turn it around. It won't happen overnight, but by little steps and constant efforts, we can achieve our goals. There will be setbacks, that's to be expected, because we are all humans and life happens. You just start fresh the next day and keep on keeping on. And once you have lost some of the weight, you can look back at where you were last month or last year and tell yourself "Never more!" When you need support or help, remember we are all here to help each other. All you have to do is ask.

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As a newly diagnosed diabetic, I'm trying to count and control my carbs. The generally recommended diabetic amount is no more than 45 cars per meal for women, 60 for men (45 for all for breakfast). 15 carbs is the recommended amount for snacks. For someone that eats a lot of carbs, this should lead to weight loss as it's reducing the carb intake.

In the past, a doctor recommended that I remove white crackers, white bread, white pasta and rice, cakes, cookies, and pies from my diet. Basically, he was telling me that I would lose a ton of weight by removing enriched white flour. For the short time that I followed that, it worked REALLY well. It's just not something that I'll stick to and lifestyle change is what really works in weight loss, not fad diets.

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carbs are absolutely my hardest addition. I try to reduce them but I can't get them out of my life. I am trying to buy better stuff for my husband and our kids but they don't like the "low carb" lifestyle. I will have to continue pushing for change.

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I also am trying to lose weight. I also need to lower my cholesterol. I will try today to not eat a lot of carbs. My problem lies in the fact that when I start losing weight and my close start getting to big and some notices, and tells me, I start eating again!!! Why do I do that?

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Great advise as always from PC BOB. There was a study done recently about low carb and cholesterol. I'll find it and post it. It's an interesting article.

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Good Luck! p. s. I am aiming at a life style change. That will work for the long haul.

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Great advice from PC Bob. I will try that and all your everyone else's great advice as well. I join in and see what happens. Wish me luck everyone.

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good advice PCBob

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The one I try to follow is 'nothing white.' No sugar, no white flour, no potatos. That will really help with the tryglcerides, which will also help with the blood sugars. Your body needs a certain amount of carbohydrates, for energy. What you don't need is the highly processed carbs. Whole grains are a high quality of carbohydrates, known as complex carbohydrates. They digest slower and breakdown into sugar at a slower rate. A really high shot of carbs will quickly overload your system with sugar. Yeaah, you will get a high, but boy, when it drops you will know it. I really believe that a well balanced diet, consisting of a sensible amount of all the food groups is the best bet. And watch those portion sizes! For diebetes, obviously, you need a little more control. But a diet high in fruit and vegetables with plenty of exercise and lower in fat and carbs can turn diabetes around. Or off. Fads and extreme diets won't cut it in the long run.

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gotta have my carbs! can't live w/o 'em!
i just try really hard to plan out my daily food intake so that i don't go over my limit.

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You're right. You need SOME carbs, but not a lot. They just had a pretty good article at Oprah.com where they compared diets. Low carb came out on top everytime. Plus the people who lost weight kept it off better.

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I am going to encourage you to do some research and read up on nutritional guidelines for daily carb levels. Your body needs carbs to maintain a healthy balance.

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Fifteen grams of carbs is great!! I don't think many could say that. I aim for less than 120 a day. You go girl. Our program is two low to no carb meals a day and one completely balanced with protein, low carb and high carb. But...it's not a diabetic diet.

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It was my understanding that you need some carbs to maintain a healthy lifestyle. I do lower mine because of the diabetes, but dLife suggests no more than 15g of carbs at any one meal. Correct me if I am wrong.

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There are several teams here for people following low carb. I belong to LIVING LOW CARB and LOW CARB 50+FEMALES. Both good teams .

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Please join our team, Carbohydrate Addicts!! Several of us have had a lot of success. In addition I am watching my cholesterol and my blood tests came back great!! I posted my lab numbers the end of December at this forum.

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Please join our team, Carbohydrate Addicts!! Several of us have had a lot of success. In addition I am watching my cholesterol and my blood tests came back great!! I posted my lab numbers the end of December at this forum.

Our door is always open!!

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I follow a low carb way of eating but I'm having an off weekend. Monday I think I'll be back on track though. What kind of help do you need?

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I tried eating no carbs, a while back-I can only remember that crackers has 30 carbs!!!1 little cracker,also the "real"salad dressing (ranch) at wendys has alot less carbs than the low-fat one.

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Help I'm going to try no carbs for a week to see how I do. I did it once before and it helped. I'm not sure what all I can eat. Any suggestions and good recipes let me know. So far I've lost 12 lbs on this. Decided to start the over again to give myself a push. Right now I need some encouragement because I'm getting discouraged with myself. It seems when I eat a lot of carbs I don't lose weight.

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