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GLOYNBYW SparkPoints: (10,817)
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7/5/13 3:03 P

I am positive that I am not using my fear of him to stop what I do, but I do love him and I know he loves me. He doesn't buy flowers, he doesn't do mushy but he loves to cook. He gets hurt feelings if he makes something special and I don't eat it. He is supportive of me losing weight though he doesn't think I need to lose that much, which is sweet.

ANARIE Posts: 13,192
7/5/13 2:47 P

I'm more concerned about the husband than about the carbs. He gets upset if he thinks you're dieting? Tough beans for him. You're overweight. It's a health issue. He has no more right to get upset about you measuring your food than he has to get upset about you taking an antibiotic or wearing sunscreen or flossing your teeth. If you switched brands of dental floss or toothpaste because you were getting cavities, would that be a reflection on his dental hygiene? As long as you're not forcing him to change, too, it's none of his business what you do for your own health.

Besides, why would he get upset about you counting calories, but not about you having your chicken on a salad while everyone else eats sandwiches? Are you absolutely, 100% sure that you're not subconsciously using your fear of his reaction as an excuse not to do the hard stuff that you don't really want to do?

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7/5/13 10:58 A

Honestly, after some thought on it, I am not going to worry too much about carbs since I know they were coming from fruit and vegetables. It would be silly to not eat the good stuff that is in abundance this time of year. I rarely eat white bread of any kind, my only indulgence is the thin morning bagel. I eat a bit of corn when in season, I rarely eat rice or potatoes and well sweet potatoes have so many other good points, not going to worry about them either. I don't eat them that often.

SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 2,295
7/5/13 10:30 A

Choose high quality carbs instead of low quality carbs like refined grains and sugary foods...high quality carbs, includes lean protein like sirloin, pork loin, chicken, turkey, tuna and soluble fiber that helps stabilize your body's blood sugar levels and keeps hunger in oatmeal, barley, lentils, brown rice, wild rice, beans of all, white, navy, lima, pinto, garbanzo and kidney beans.

Veggies low in carbs and starch like Asparagus, broccoli, cucumber, Green and Waxed Beans, Celery, green and red peppers, radishes, leeks, mushrooms, romaine lettuce, spinach, endive, kale, mustard greens, zucchini.....

Fruits...Berries have the least impact on blood sugar...also Cherries are a low carb, just 1 apricot has just 17 calories & 4 grams of carbs, a small apple has 54 calories and 14 carb grams, an orange ..15 grams of carbs and 62 calories...or try a pear or a peach.

If you really want to stay low Carb omit potatoes. corn, peas, parsnips, white potatoes, sweet potatoes and yams. If having potatoes get Red potatoes ad they have less starch in them. Mix Mash Potatoes and mashed cauliflower together with 1/2 cup of Greek Yogurt for healthful Mashed potatoes and less carbs.

Hope this helps

7/3/13 3:58 P

If you do not plan to track your food intake, then I agree that you may do better with a plate method system:


GLOYNBYW SparkPoints: (10,817)
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7/3/13 10:00 A

Most days I do eat more calories than that, but I have found that I can't lose weight on 1200, I have to keep it a bit lower. Yesterday though we had fresh vegetables, we had fresh fruit and I was really enjoying it. Then because I didn't want ham, I ate the chicken but we only had a small amount leftover.

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7/3/13 9:55 A

try something like the bikini diet to get a better sense of balance in your meals/snacks.

WADINGMOOSE Posts: 1,048
7/3/13 9:50 A

You had three pieces of fruit, that is not to many. The number of carbs you ate is fine. In fact, overall, that's probably a little low.

I'm frankly a little shocked that the advice is to eat fewer pieces of fruit. You ate under 700 calories for the day. That is a problem. While you don't need to increase your carb intake substantially, you do need to increase the amount of fat and protein you eat. You should really be eating at least 1200 calories every day.

Carbs are not your biggest issue.

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7/3/13 8:22 A

I guess I have to face I will never be one to count every single calorie, it's just too hard with my family situation since my husband gets upset if he even thinks I am dieting. It puts pressure on him to lose weight and he doesn't want to face that. I am going to basically just keep eating the way that makes me feel healthy and from what we have in the house.

, thanks for all the help

NIRERIN Posts: 14,275
7/3/13 7:42 A

if you aren't sure on the counts, then you can't be worried about the composition yet. because what you have basically said is that you didn't really measure your oil or chicken [two things tend to count towards fat or protein, and since everything has to add up to 100%, not tracking those is automatically going to drive up the carb percentage ] and ended up with 68% carbs. that can happen when you don't measure and accurately include what you eat. and my guess would be that you eyeballed your fruit and veggie portions as well. so you really have no idea how much you are eating.
so the first thing you really need to do is to actually start weighing and measuring everything you eat. then you can look at your numbers. your suggested carb ranges are 45-65% of your calories from carbs. so it's quite likely that had you tracked your oil and chicken you would have made the 65% top of your carb range. if you're trying to go lower in carb that might be a lot, but that's a personal decision and you need to make it based on what works for you. for me, i can eat over 300 grams of carbs on some days and that works for where i am. i will say that i am maintaining, somewhere in the 2000 cals a day range, don't really eat meat which means that most of my protein sources are also carbs, and i try to keep my carbs over 50% for the day so that may not work with where a lot of people are. but if you're going to eat higher carb, then fruits and veggies are great ways to make up the carbs that you do eat.
the biggest issue besides not actually tracking what you are eating would be the number of calories you ate. but again, when you're not accurately tracking odds are that you're off on your count. if you think you are getting the vitamins and minerals and other nutrients you need on less than 700 cals, start tracking them. spark lets you track a ton of things like fiber, calcium, folate, so pick ten or so that you have heard of start tracking those with cals, fats, carbs and protein.

7/3/13 7:09 A

Thanks for sharing more information.
So basically you had taken in 684 calories, with 116 grams of carb. Thus 68% of your calories had come from carbohydrate foods.

You asked if this was a problem.
Well, for 1 day, it is probably not a problem---but if this is your eating style day after day after day---it could become a problem.
It is too few calories
There is not enough protein and fat.
It is not considered a balanced eating plan, you would be missing out on important nutrients.


EXOTEC Posts: 3,327
7/2/13 10:53 P

Carbs are carbs, and carbs are sugars. There's no such thing as an "essential carb." You don't need to eat any. Our bodies manufacture or derive all we need from veggies and other sources.

I agree about the fruit. Lots of sugar/carbs in there. I love fruit too! but I'm strict with myself about it. Some people have trouble with chocolate...I can't leave the fruit alone! yikes

The tough thing about carbs is that eating them just makes you want more, and soon! But you've already experienced that.

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7/2/13 9:00 P

"I am just wondering, are fruit and vegetable carbs the same as carbs from breads and stuff?"

This is a REALLY good question. I think that I know part of the answer, but I am curious about what the dietitian has to say about this.

PEGGYRB5 Posts: 404
7/2/13 8:54 P

Knowing total calories would help. It looks, to me, like a lot of low calorie veggies/salad. If so, then a bagel could be a large percentage of the total.

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7/2/13 8:53 P

Oh and guess I eat bananas every morning since it's the only fruit my husband keeps around on a regular basis. I shopped today, so we had other stuff but with an 18 year old son, it's pretty much all gone now.

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7/2/13 8:51 P

It was a light bagel, 110 calories, 23 carbs. I had 4 servings of fruit, one with breakfast, a snack, then tonight's dessert. The orange, well I was starving before supper and only other thing I could find was my son's Oreo's so that was a quick substitute. I was still below the limit it said I should have, but just when tracked it said I had more calories from carbs than recommended. I am just wondering, are fruit and vegetable carbs the same as carbs from breads and stuff?

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7/2/13 8:46 P

That is a LOT of fruit! Bananas are an especially high-carb fruit--a large one can have 30 carbs. Bagels have something like 48 carbs each, which could be 1/3 of your daily limit more or less. You could probably have that much fruit in a day OR the bagel, but not both. A good alternative would be more veggies and less fruit plus the bagel...or no bagel at all.

Edited by: AZULVIOLETA6 at: 7/2/2013 (20:50)
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7/2/13 8:41 P

It said 684, but I am not sure on the counts. Think I didn't list the bit of oil I put in the vegetables, from a dressing, so maybe 1 TBS, that would be 30 calories, the chicken might have been more than I put by a few ounces.

It has really just been a fruit and vegetable day because I had leftovers and then also hit the store and bought more. Most days I eat more for supper but this was a quick summer meal using leftover meat for sandwiches and I opted to have my chicken in the salad.

Oh and the carb intake, 116. Mostly from the fruits and vegetables.

7/2/13 8:33 P

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I count about 120 grams of total carbs from your foods listed.
What is your calorie intake and carb intake for the day??


GLOYNBYW SparkPoints: (10,817)
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7/2/13 8:26 P

Not sure how to make it public, but basically today was the thin bagel with an egg and a banana. Then lunch was about two cups of mixed vegetables, broccoli, cauliflower, summer squash and zucchini, asparagus and a plum tomato cooked in the microwave with a touch of dressing and then parmesan cheese just sprinkled on it. Snack was a nectarine, then was hungry before supper, had an orange. Family was having chicken sandwiches on huge rolls, I just added my chicken to a mixed green salad with a bit of cucumber and tomato and balsamic vinegar. Then just had some honey dew melon.

7/2/13 8:18 P

If you can make your nutrition tracker public, I can give more helpful tips.
Let me know if you need the steps to do this.

If 68% of your calories are from carbs and you only had 1 thin bagel as a grain, some veggies...then I "estimate" you ate about 10-11 fruit servings???

any milk/yogurt
any starchy veggies: beans, lentils, legumes, potatoes, lima beans, corn, sweet peas, etc.

I really need to see your tracker

SP Registered Dietitian

GLOYNBYW SparkPoints: (10,817)
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7/2/13 8:13 P

Today it said my calories were 68 percent from carbs but other then one thin bagel they all came from fruits and vegetables. Is this a problem. I am really eating the fresh fruit and vegetables in season right now.

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