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6/9/12 6:50 P

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Like PCBOOK, I have to have my carbs- and I mean literally. I have tried the Atkins and South Beach route and while they have their merits, they were not good for me. I wound up super-constipated - yes, even with all the veggies. I have to have fruit and I must have whole grains in my diet or I feel sick. I don't think I'm a carbohydrate addict. I just think my body requires carbs and if I withhold them, it makes me pay. When I eat a good balanced diet and cut out the huge snacking thing I love to do, I loose weight. Right now I'm fighting to get "off" ice cream and frozen yogurt again. I'm going to have to eliminate it completely for a while to get it out of my system, and my mind. Then I'll have to buy the low-fat, lower calorie, novelties like bars and sandwiches because they are portion controlled and I have no control when I scoop out of a 1/2 gallon carton emoticon . A friend of mine was told by her doctor to try to keep her carbohydrate intake at no more then 45 grams per meal and no more then 15 grams at two snacks per day. I may try to use that formula because she dropped quite a bit of weight just doing that.

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6/9/12 9:44 A

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About 6 months ago I was told I was pre-diabetic which did not totally surprise me since it runs in my family. I am in a program to help that and so far diabetes is not a problem. In talking to the dietician you learn you do need carbs. They are your blood sugar regulator. As mentioned in the posts there is a big difference between eating good carbs & junk. I do not think anyone is addicted to carbs but eliminating them is not the answer. I seriously believe we each have a daily cycle and we need to eat when we need to eat!! It is having the good foods there that counts. There are so many foods available it is overwhelming but this site gives you the information to eat when you need to not when it is a dedicated meal time. My husband and I will never be in sinc but I make foods ready for us to have that fits our schedules. That does not say much for having a meal together but being together does not require that you eat an entire meal. I love carbs but luckily do not like sweet stuff. I think I could live on bread..LOL..For me the bottom line is portion control of everything, and I mean everything. Difficult but do-able emoticon

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5/29/12 6:39 A

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When I'm eating them, I seem to be addicted to high-sugar (carbs) junk food...candy, cookies, etc.....and have a heck of a time not obsessing about my next fix. AND, I crave flour products, whether white or whole grain.

When I don't eat sweets and limit complex carb intake to recommended amounts, there is no craving or obsession. Completely eliminating sugar from my diet (which I've done more than once), doesn't work because I feel deprived. Fortunately, I can tolerate some food items with high sugar content, like salad dressing and fruit. Gotta satisfy the sweet tooth!

Every time I've abstained from sweets, the cravings have left and I've been in the "eat to live" club. These observations lead me to believe I'm a carb addict that's triggered by sweets.




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5/4/12 3:04 P

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I haven't given up carbs. I eat smarter carbs. I know I can't go without my carbs

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5/4/12 2:32 P

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I have cut out all white things like sugar, bread, rice and potatoes. I eat whole grain cereals and breads. I am doing this at the advice of my dr to prevent me from becoming a diabetic. It seems to be working since I have started losing weight. emoticon

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5/4/12 2:13 P

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we are all addicted to carbs. that's why were on this site.

my sister lost 93 pounds by walking 15,000 steps a day. i lost 44 pounds by giving up all grain and sugary products.

find the foods that work with your body chemistry and that give you the most bang for your calories consumed.

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5/4/12 12:43 P

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There are 2 kinds of carbs- simple and complex. The simple carbs quickly metabolize and turn into sugars in the blood stream. Because they metabolize quickly you feel satisfied sooner, but they also wear off quickly leaving you feeling hungry again.

The complex carbs metabolize more slowly. Your salads are the good carbs, the complex variety. Your body is no doubt used to having more of the simple carbs and therefore craves them until you have weaned yourself off them. Having a slice of bread or a serving of crackers (preferably wholegrain and therefore complex) will give your body what it is craving while allowing your body to wean itself off the simple carbs (white bread, pasta, rice, etc.) Those cravings will soon begin to dissipate.

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5/4/12 11:21 A

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I'm sorry I did not explain it well. I meant a piece of bread or so pita chips or whatever you would like that would give you a lift similar to eating a carb meal. As for the butt buster it is the 6th video in a seven video series from the official Spring into Shape Bootcamp Challenge. The link is

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5/4/12 10:44 A

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Hi Mennoly....thanks for the info. I'm assuming you mean to put some 'wheat product' in my salad to wean myself off if it. Is that what you meant? I didn't quite get the "....100 calories to a bread....." statement.

Also, I saw on your blog that you're beginning a ...I think it was 6-day....Butt Buster. What is that? Is it a video I can find here on SparkPeople? It sounds like something I would like and definitely need. My "butt needs busting".
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5/4/12 9:42 A

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You are probably psychologically accustomed to not feeling satisfied unless you have a wheat product. I think you can probably wean yourself off that mindset. It will take time. Alot about 100 calories to a bread product with your salad and I think you will feel more satisfied.

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I've been trying to eat healthy and discovered something. I can make a HUGE....and I do mean huge.....bowl of salad with spinach, red peppers, tomatoes, cucumber....you name it....even canned tuna, chicken or salmon in it, sit down and eat the WHOLE thing and STILL not feel full or satisfied. If I give in and go fix me some spaghetti or a baked potato and eat that, then I feel full. I've been wondering why and then thought "maybe I'm addicted to carbs". Could that be possible and has anyone else had this problem? It's frustrating.
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