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5/5/13 6:10 P

You don't eat ground meat unless you do it yourself. O.K. How about doing it yourself? Make stews with lentils (has fibre and protein); make meatballs. How about lamb? (if it is affordable) Lamb Steaks are wonderful, as is Lamb Roast.

Do you have a crockpot? Chuck your casserole meat in along with the veges and cook during the day - you don't have to watch it.

An of course, the Dietitian would be be a wonderful resource for you too - it is their area of expertise!


MAYBETH1 Posts: 3
5/5/13 12:53 P

Thanks for the great responses!

I think at some point, the fact that I can no longer have any gluten-ever, is going to make a difference and I have read many times that getting rid of diet soda will make people lose weight. Hasn't happened for me YET, but I am still hopeful.

I have seen a doctor (both regular and then Naturopath when PC seemed uninterested in my plight) and she checked every bit of blood work she could. I was so bummed when she came back and said everything looked good. I know..I should have been happy but I thought for sure, she was going to find something extreme with my thyroid (I have Hashimotos) or was going to tell me I was insulin resistant. My vitamin D looks much better than it did a few years back when I was told it was way too low and put on supplements. I do have some Adrenal exhaustion ( I lost both parents and a dog to cancer in a matter of 9 months) but other than that, it was good. She too thinks my issue is not getting enough protein. I have dieted so much that chicken breast for the most part make me gag. I don't eat ground meat unless I grind it myself, don't eat pork and am not a big fan of fish. That pretty much leaves me with steak or cheese. Everywhere you turn the advise is NOT to eat red meat every day and pretty sure the cheese has too much fat. For awhile, I was gulping down cottage cheese and drinking something after to mask disgust, but got a little tired of that. That is why I thought maybe if I get my protein via whey protein smoothies, I could get it in. I also don't like spending too much time preparing food if it is not going to taste good ( an hour to prepare a yummy lasagna-no problem: 15 minutes to prepare a piece of salmon: too much time and effort) I know. I know that my years of eating things that taste good are in the past and I have accepted that. I am trying to approach nutrition now from a need to do instead of any joy of eating in the past. My goal is to get back to a normal weight and maintain it even if I can never eat normal again, ever. Normal is pretty much out anyway now that I can no longer have gluten.

Thanks again for your thoughts and the links (that I will check out). I appreciate it!

Edited by: MAYBETH1 at: 5/5/2013 (12:55)
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5/5/13 11:09 A

I have a secret to tell you.

You CAN have steak every night, if you can afford it. ;) And you can most assuredly have asparagus! the trick is not to diet and deny yourself the things you love. It's to limit your portions, and count calories so you know what you're getting. If you stick tojust a serving of steak (3 oz, unlike the 12+ oz monsters steakhouses give you)you can enjoy it frequently! I love adding it to my salads, too.

Realistically, you know you're not going to eat steak every night. That much red meat all the time is probably not that good for you, and well, moderation is key.

Here's my question to you. If you did go to smoothies... what are you going to do when you hit your goal weight? You won't have dealt with the problem of your initial weight gain. Most people who do shake diets gain the weight back...and then some.

So let's talk about your program. You're eating whole food, and exercising, but how MUCH? It's still possible to overeat, even on healthy foods. At the very least, you may be naturally eating at maintenance (that's what I tend to do.) How many calories a day are you taking in? As much as you are exercising, it's important to eat enough to support your activity level while maintaining a healthy calorie deficit for weight loss.

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 65,916
5/5/13 10:23 A

Hi Maybeth

I agree with the previous poster that it would be a good idea to discuss this with your doctor. Also, the best way to lose weight and keep it off for good is to establish eating patterns that you can live with for the rest of your life. That's why "diets" don't work- because they are temporary and usually unsustainable.

Here's an article about eating with hypothyroidism that you might find helpful:

Coach Jen

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5/5/13 3:06 A

It might be wise for you to ask your Dr for a referral to a Registered Dietitian who can take your medical conditions and likes/dislikes into account.


MAYBETH1 Posts: 3
5/5/13 12:19 A

A little more info: I have a real problem with losing weight, from thyroid disease and too much dieting over the years. I have cut all soda, all gluten (Dr. advised because of thyroid) am eating almost all whole foods, exercising 6 times a week (3-4 miles on elliptical or tread), no sugar, lots of water and STILL am not losing ANY weight. I really am not a huge fan of most protein unless it is steak, so I have added a few smoothies with whey protein. I bought a nutribullet and have found some good recipes for getting all the veggies in. If I could eat steak and asparagus every night I would be fine, but I know that is not realistic and that steak every night is not good. Would rather just drink down these foods and be done with it. I am thinking if I make sure I get enough protein and all the veggies in the juice and smoothies, it could still be healthy and I might start losing? Thoughts?

MAYBETH1 Posts: 3
5/5/13 12:15 A

Can you safely diet using a combination of juicing and smoothies, maybe supplemented with some nuts?

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