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5/27/11 11:39 P

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Don't use the food planner either. Just put my food in.

Dorothy

If you tell God no because He won't explain the reason He wants you to do something, you are actually hindering His blessing. But when you say yes to Him, all of heaven opens to pour out His goodness and reward your obedience. What matters more than material blessings are the things He is teaching us in our spirit.
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ILLINITEACHER52 Posts: 7,257
5/27/11 9:59 A

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I like my flax muffin in a mug for fiber.

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5/27/11 8:59 A

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I have set a goal to get 20 - 30 gms of fiber per day from veggi, fruit and non gluten grain sources. I use raspberry smoothies with coconut based ice creams and add fiber to this. Finding high fiber foods to add in to your gluten free foods and decreasing the carbs while keeping balance in my diet and exercise amounts seems to have worked the best. Barb

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ILLINITEACHER52 Posts: 7,257
5/27/11 8:07 A

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Low carb is the only thing that works for me also. I keep a menu plan of what I have eaten (on paper), which helps with future menu planning.
Try writing down what you eat that works for you.

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KELLEYBAILEY Posts: 36
5/26/11 11:44 P

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That's exactly it... That's why I'm here. The specialty foods are high in sugar, low in fiber and I gained weight after I started on the gluten free diet. I'm not asking anyone to do it for me. I researched gluten free for weeks before I went on it. I've been on it for 6 months and I'm totally frustrated by the weight gain. I've NEVER used menu plans... They never worked for me. I did Atkins but never with menu plans. I just had what I needed around. And what I didn't need was not around. My problem is the differences between the foods. I know I could go back to Low Carb. I probably will the way things are going, but my doctors have never liked it... It does work for me. Funny enough, it's one of the things that helped get me diagnosed.

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CINDYTW Posts: 5,783
5/26/11 10:46 P

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I never used the menu plans BEFORE I was GF. They were unrealistic to me, and I turned them off immediately. What you will find here is support and education via your SP friends, and teams, your tools to track your food and exercise, etc. You won't find someone to do it for you. I think in the end it is better to find your own way and learn for yourself. Noone is going to lay out your meals for you here. What I do is get ideas from the teams or the recipe site and track ahead in the tracker so I know what I can have in calorie range. Takes some trial and error, and some learning is all. BTW there are low carb teams and I am on Paleo/Primal. GF specialty foods can be very high glycemic and low fiber. emoticon

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5/26/11 5:33 P

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Kelley- if you put in "gluten free" in the search box on the nutrition page you will get a huge list of gluten free foods already entered for you. You have to make a plan based on calories and nutrients and educate yourself as you go. I just started out tracking what I ate and looked to see how I was eating and then slowly worked on changing how much I ate to get within the calorie range that sparkpeople provided. Finding out what works best for you and individualizing your plan is what using sparkpeople trackers in exercise and food helps you to do. You will need to see how many calories you burn when you exercise to determine how many calories you can eat. It is a process. Barb

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5/26/11 5:21 P

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Hate to sound repetative but I turned off the menu and built my food list based on great stuff from gluten free sites, like GF Diva and a Gluten free list based on the South Beach diet. Lost only 19 pounds so far but I have other health complications too, that slow down the loss. Be patient with yourself and celebrate each pound lost with a non-food prize. I'm getting a professional hair color today as my special treat.

Good luck to you..

Edited by: CHRISECORLISS at: 5/26/2011 (17:23)
KELLEYBAILEY Posts: 36
5/26/11 4:44 P

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Honestly, it's not so much entering the data, I figured that out, it's that menu plans would make it easier. I don't know much about the calorie counts and the planning. I'm new at that part. I want to try and plan the meals within the calorie guidelines and I just am not getting it right. The foods in the drop down box "Gluten Free Bread" there may be 5 or 6 and no brands range from 70 to 200 calories. Sure, I can find it on the box, but not when I buy the sandwich at the the Deli... It's really frustrating enough to give up. There are no diets out there for Gluten free people. There are guidelines on how to eat gluten free, but nothing on how to lose weight and be gluten free.

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ILLINITEACHER52 Posts: 7,257
5/26/11 3:53 P

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I just enter my own foods also. There are many gluten free foods that have already been entered so it isn't too difficult.

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5/26/11 2:27 P

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I too turn off the meal plans. It's just too painful to see all the stuff I can't have any more but would love to eat.

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5/26/11 1:48 P

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Hi Kelleybailey- I turn off the menu plans completely and put in my own foods. You do this by entering foods that you eat and search to see if others have already entered them and then add them to your favorites, or add in your own amounts from the item you used or enter your recipe. If you search for how to use the food tracker there is a video that shows you how to do all of this. It sounds complicated but is really easy and once you put in the foods that you eat you will just access them under favorites over and over. Sparkpeople does not offer a gluten free menu plan but many gluten free foods have already been entered under the "foods others have entered" tab when you do a search. Tracking calories in and calories burned is easy with the monthly calendar under reports so you can see how your exercise effects your calorie intake. There are many gluten free groups on line where you can get support and many people just like us who have walked this road and are succeeding. Just track the food you eat one meal at a time and your exercise one day at a time and watch the videos and read some articles and you will catch on. Sparkpeople is an amazing site with much to offer you! You can do this. Smiles and Welcome Barb

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KELLEYBAILEY Posts: 36
5/26/11 1:27 P

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I'm overwhelmed going through this site. The menu planner here works with a lot, but for some reason not gluten free... and definitely not all my allergies (which aren't as many compared to some people I've seen). I'm used to substituting, except for my recent discovery of tomatoes... :-( I am one of those gluten free people who can't do oatmeal, and I have an allergy to walnuts and pecans... It's making some of these menu plans downright difficult... I guess what I am asking, is: Does anyone know how to set up menu plans? Or do you turn them off and just enter your food and find menu plans elsewhere? If so, any ideas where? I have been gluten free for about 6 months now, and have actually GAINED weight (10lbs) since I finally found out what was wrong with me (after 20 years of misery) . I had lost 50lbs before that. I need to start losing again, but gluten free is not easy other than going back to the only weight loss program that worked before that (low carb). That does not seem to be available here either.... sigh... Sorry this is so wordy, but I haven't met anyone on here yet...

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