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You can if You think You can.....and I think You can !

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1/12/13 6:52 P

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You can do this Girl...inch by inch life is a cinch...

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1/10/13 9:00 P

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I've started eating cottage cheese. What a protein burst with my Greek yogurt. Eating enough protein seems to be key. I really appreciate everyone comments in this thread :-) sincerely, Julia

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1/6/13 11:25 P

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As a newcomer, these all have been helpful comments. This being only my 6th day, I too have found it hard to get up to my minimum calorie count. But I just found lots of great ideas that will hopefully help me and minimize that struggle. Healthy eating everyone!

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Please don't starve yourself. Get your protein, fruit, and veggies.

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12/24/12 7:13 A

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I hope Rikki is continuing to find some success.
I'm in a similar situation. Though I do eat meat, and there are very few foods that I refuse to eat. I rarely eat more than 1200 calories in a day, and I have tried tracking my food and exercize off and on for 4 years and in that time have only lost 5 pounds. And those came off during a 4 month period last year when I wasnt even trying. It has been suggested to me to bump my calorie intake up to 1500-1700, with the extra mainly protein, which I have recently started. So Im cautiously hopeful.
I dont think I saw this protein suggestion yet. Quinoa. I discovered quinoa around a year ago. It has 6g of protein per serving. I use it in place of rice. I also add it to soup, oatmeal, casseroles. Its good cold with vinegerette on salads, or plain with a bit of non dairy creamer in place of cereal.
Its very depressing to try hard and see no results. On top of that, whenever i get serious about exercize, I end up hurting myself. i have osteoporosis with a number of compression fractures in my spine, which is literally a pain in the neck. Also am recovering from hernia surgery.
Ok, so sorry to be talking about me. I really wanted to mention quinoa,and to say that the other sugestions in this thread are a big help to me as I have a hard time eating enough protein myself and am drawn to carbs.



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11/28/12 2:13 P

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Glad to hear you sounding hopeful. Keep up the positive work. Sometimes that's what is what keeps us going. Sincerely, Julia

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Things are getting a little better. I still have stressors - like a roommate who keeps stealing from me -- but I'll be out of here soon. I'm trying to get back into exercising and setting up an eating plan. Thanks for asking.

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11/27/12 6:13 P

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Just wondering how Rikki doing. I hope things are feeling more positive.

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Rikki, you are right to concentrate on your other problems first. You have to have piece of mind to concentrate on your body. When you ready, you might consider buying tofu which usually costs between $1.29 to $1.50 for a carton.

You can cut it into slices about 1 by 2 by 1/4 inch thick. They come in firm, extra firm and soft so get the firm. Remove the water and cook in non stick pan and olive or canola oil. Turn over when they are medium brown and brown other side. Remove and set aside on plate. Add some vegetables to pan (whatever you like- such as green beans, zuchinni, broccoli, green onions, red peppers, celery, onions,, etc.) Stir fry with additional oil and add tofu back in , 2 t. soy sauce, 1 t. sesame oil. If you want to make a sauce, use 2 t. cornstarch with about 3/4 c. water mixed well and pour on top and stir until sauce is clear. Variations Add hot sauce, jalapeno slices or use hot bean sauce instead of soy sauce. Soft tofu can be used for adding to egg flower soup or hot sour sour soup or used in stir fry without browning first. Recipes on internet.

You can use it with chicken or beef slices to extend your protein. Another variation: tofu and chicken Thai curry. Stir fry tofu first, set aside, add thin sliced chicken pieces, brown meat and add some vegies of your choice like broccoli, onions, red pepper, mushrooms, etc. Add tofu back in. Use 2 t Thai green curry (very cheap from Asian store in a round plastic container and lasts forever in fridge) 1 can coconut cream, stir and use about 2 t. cornstarch and 3/4 cup water to thicken sauce. Start with 1 t curry first and add more to taste as it is hot. Variation: They also sell yellow curry Japanese in a brown and black package about $2.99 which you can just break off a square piece like chocolate bar to add with about 1 cup of water to the cooked tofu/chicken/beef/shrimp and vegies. These have cornstarch already so you do not need to add cornstarch sauce.

If you don't like tofu, you can just buy chicken or round /sirloin steak/pork and do stir fry with vegies to stretch your budget add soy sauce and sesame oil with or w/o cornstarch sauce. For Mexican, you can add some taco seaoning to vegies and eat with corn tortillas. Ground beef or turkey can be extended with 1 cup oatmeal and chopped vegies like celery, onions, carrots, green pepper, 2 t. worcestershire and 1 egg mixed together to put in loaf pan to bake one hour at 350. You can use same recipe to make meat balls for spaghetti. An easy recipe is to brown some meat like chicken or pork chop in garlic and oil, add some onions, and a can of stewed tomatoes, cut zuchinni or eggplants if you like, salt and pepper and cook for 20 minutes covered. Tasty variation: use 2 t. butter,salt and pepper, 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar and wine instead of stewed tomatoes to the meat.

Can beans like black beans or kidney beans etc can be mixed together with chopped onions, red pepper, celery and italian dressing for cold salad. Add beans to stew instead of potatoes
which makes it like beef chili without the spice. Add beans to your meat to extend your protein and save money. Microwave your vegies with a little water and cover for 3 mintues, spray with butter and sprinkle parmesan cheese if you have no time or lazy like me.

For a cheap breakfast, microwave old fashion oatmeal 1/2 cup, 1 1/2 cup water, 1 T craisens in deep bowl for 4 to 5 minutes, add some milk or evap milk, cinnamon and walnuts or almonds. Left over vegie or meat can be put into omelettes or get cottage cheese with some berries for some good breakfast alternative. Best snacks are frigo cheese sticks, nuts or some cottage cheese with a little fruit.

Walking with your dog (not little malteses like mine) or a friend is a good way to get moving or just get your 2 or 5 lb weights and turn on some dance music and move your arms and legs or get an exercise video. No one can see you so move how you like and feel to destress. When you get money, join curves, total woman or some gym for company and support which I am going to do. Most of them will give you a couple of weeks or month to try them out emoticon Keep on trying.


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I'm sorry it's taken me so long to get back to this thread. I'm not doing well at all with dieting. I have lupus, so couldn't go outside the whole summer to exercise because of the heat. Then I got into a very stressful financial situation, which I'm still in, so diet and exercise were the least of my worries. I have actually gained 10 more pounds, and I'm giving up for now. I just am not in a good place to start having to do so much record keeping.

For those of you who suggested peanut butter, I actually am probably the only person in the world who hates peanut butter. Too much of it forced on me when I was young, I guess. I can eat it every once in awhile, but I could never have it be part of my diet on a daily basis.

Thanks, everyone for trying to help, but until I get into a less stressful situation, I can't even think about diet or exercise, as every minute is spent in survival mode right now.

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11/4/12 2:12 P

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Hi, I think you've gotten a lot of good suggestions. How are you doing? I also can't have dairy, but is your problem with dairy allergy, lactose intolerance or religious? I am allergic to cows milk, but I have found I can tolerate small quantities of goat or sheep cheese. Eggs are also a good choice. You will definitely feel starving if you aren't getting enough protein or fat. Soy products are good and come in various forms, such as soy "milk", tofu, edamame, and texturized (like crumbled ground beef).

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10/25/12 5:08 P

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Hi,
I hope you continue the hard work to good health. Avocado came to mind as I thought of your post. They are in season now and can be found at a reasonable price. You are in my thoughts, and I hope you continue on a healthy path.
P.S. Hard work can be fun. Continue to post :-)

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10/19/12 6:48 P

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some very good suggestions from others hoping you will try some of them and let us know of your success one day at a time
you are in thoughts and prayers
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10/17/12 3:31 P

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There is a product called beneprotein. It is a protein powder that mixes in liquids with out adding taste or texture. My mother used it while undergoing cancer treatment. You probably need more fat intake in your diet also. Can you eat nuts? Fruit juices have lots of calories. You may want to consider that there may be some other issues going on of a psychological nature. Most of us with weight issues have some kind of eating disorder and our view of food is tied to our emotions.

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10/16/12 10:51 A

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I think these are all great suggestions, not everyone are meat eaters, And there are alot of heathy vegetarians in the world. Have you been to a dr. to make sure you don't have an underlying problem?

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I didn't see nuts or sunflower seeds on your list of things not to eat. Seeds of any sort are typically high fat and high protein, energy and building materials for the new plant to be until it develops enough to extract these things from the environment. Sunflower seeds, nuts (possibly chopped or otherwise reduced to smaller pieces), and pumpkin/squash seed can be added to salads. You can buy pumpkin seeds shelled or unshelled; the shelled ones are sometimes sold under the name "pepitas." I've only ever had squash seeds when I extracted them from a winter squash I was cooking.

Some folks have suggested adding peanut butter to your veggies. You could try experimenting with sunflower butter (from sunflower seeds), soy butter, tahini (from sesame seeds and a major component of hummus), or other nut butters for variety.

Maybe you could start drinking coconut milk? For that matter, while fresh coconut may be more trouble than it's worth for more than the occasional treat, dried coconut is another thing that can be added to salads. I believe that Bob's Red Mill has the stuff unsweetened. Oh, if you do get a fresh coconut, the liquid that comes out when you crack it open is coconut WATER. Coconut milk is made by process similar to making soymilk.

Further thoughts: have you ever had edamame (steamed soybeans)? That's something else you could throw on a salad or eat as a portable snack. Note: you don't eat the pods which are fuzzy. If you get them in the pods, you basically use your teeth to force the seeds out of the pod, then discard it. They're available both in and out of the pod.

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Rikki, if you love raw veggies have you tried making Thai peanut sauce to dip them into? Or bluefish pate? Do you ever have green peppers and onions with sauteed firm tofu with soy sauce, a little chili powder, and curry powder?

I don't know if any of those suggestions will help, but they came to mind.

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I was in the same situation - I don't eat meat or fish, I do have dairy though, and can quite happily sit down to a huge plate of raw veggies which fill me up for not a lot of calories.
I'd second what Lynn said - I've found spreading peanut butter on celery or apple is a quick and easy way to up protein and calories. Also, beans - can you throw some chick peas (garbanzo beans?) into a salad? Or hummus with your veggies?

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9/13/12 12:48 P

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Decreasing body weight while gaining health has to be such a constant activity of eating the right things! It's easy to get tired of being so proactive and either eat little or reach for the quick bad/junk food. Let us all keep working on this serious task. emoticon

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it's not the amount of calories you consume. it's the type of food your eating.

my sister walks 15,000 steps a day at 63 years old and has lost 105 pounds.

i gave up grain and sugary products and have lost 44 pounds at age 60.

we are both still loosing weight until we reach our goal

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Rikki, I think Lynn gave you some great suggestions/ideas for boosting your calorie intake while not compromising your personal tastes. I am not a fish eater but I do like shrimp and crab. Some people don't eat meat - some do. Yes, it is a lifestyle change but we can tweak it to suit our individual needs. This said, I must say I also agree that to be successful sometimes we have to do some things we don't necessarily want to do. I've been on Spark several times in the past, as well as WW, NutriSystems, Atkins, South Beach, Flat Belly Diet - need I say more, and each time I'd start out logging what I ate and then I'd quit logging. The result, I never succeeded. For me, and I think for many others too, if I don't log what I eat I don't have a clue. So, this time I decided come emoticon or high water I was going to faithfully use the Nutrition Tracker - every single day, no excuses. I've stuck to that promise to myself and I have lost 12 lbs. since late May. That may not sound like a lot but on my petite 5' frame, you can really see it - and, boy, do I feel lighter. Guess what I'm saying is that emoticon but you may have to do something you just don't feel like doing. How important is it to you emoticon Good luck and let us know how it's going from time to time. Everyone on this team really does care and is emoticon for each other.

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It is time for tough love. If you want to lose weight you need to count calories. Eat nuts and fish if you don't want to eat meat. Eat approx 1200 calories and exercise. This method will work. It is working for me. This is a lifestyle change

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How about non-dairy dips or peanut butter with your raw vegetables? Maybe a quick saute in olive oil so you add the good fat (with calories) without overcooking the vegetables? Nuts are a great high-calorie addition that I wish I could eat more of!

How do you feel about soup?

While you don't like meat, how do you feel about tofu? A quick stir fry with tofu and vegetables could help you increase your calorie count.

Have you tried all of the various grains out there? I have a couple of recipes that blend vegetables with either couscous or quinoa. Maybe with the vegetables present, the grains would be more to your liking. Might even help you develop a taste for one or more grains.

Since I don't have any personal experience with your situation, I am just grasping at straws, but maybe one or more of the ideas will sound good. Or push your mind to think of something else.

If nothing else, you may want to search the Spark Teams to see if someone else has already created a group for this challenge. If you can find something like that, they probably have a ton of bright ideas.

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Wow, RIKKI, that is a tough question, especially since you don't like eating meat. How about trying to add a protein shake to boost your caloric intake? A small protein shake with each meal might help.

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I'm sorry, but these "keep pushing" things don't answer my question, and while nice, are meaningless to my problem.

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I know a lot of you will say you wish you had this problem, but I have a hard time eating enough calories to get my body out of starvation mode. I've gained weight from NOT eating enough, so that my body holds onto every ounce of fat I put into it.

I have no problem getting my 5 helpings of veggies and fruits a day, usually raw, because I love raw veggies and fruits. I just don't like meat or pasta or even grains that much, and can't eat dairy. I don't really like preparing "meals," so usually end up grazing on raw stuff all day.

I discovered this problem when I was on Atkins. I could not get up to my 1200 calories a day, no matter what I did! I know this sounds crazy, but when you're eating mostly fibrous raw stuff, it's really hard.

I know I should just bite the bullet and try to eat more or at least eat meat, but I hate counting calories, and honestly, I am satisfied with what I eat. I don't feel deprived or hungry. I get plenty of food, it just doesn't have any calories in it.

I'm starting to exercise more, thinking maybe this will at least help boost my metabolism to burn more calories, but honestly, if I burn anymore calories, I'm going to be stuck in starvation mode forever.

HELP!

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