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    emoticon to the Teachers Learning to Lose team.
    I’ve been teaching 4th grade in Indiana for 14 years.

    If you have any questions, be sure to ask. Who better to ask than a team of teachers? LOL
    Good luck reaching your goals.

    3762 days ago
    Hi Koshie! Thanks for the encouragement. I know Atkins can help with my original health issues (that PCOS and worries about diabetes bit is left over from my first foray into the sparkpeople community). Having developed an autoimmune disorder, (dr's are still running tests to distinguish if it's lupus, fibromyalgia, etc after I took 2 years to go see a dr about it!) I know that less weight is not only healthier for me, but also hopefully will ease the other health issues!

    Now, I really need to focus on getting a plan together and sticking with it once the school year starts and I am caught up in all my work stuff (teacher) and my kids' school lives. The kids will eat fruits -- but each of them has their own set of fruit likes and dislikes, and none of them like the same fruits. They have no choice but to eat veggies now that we are back on Atkins and I am not buying packaged junk like hamburger helper and frozen meals all the time. I still make whole grain rice, potatoes, and corn for the younger two, in smaller amounts. Our oldest is a bit overweight, and has started working out with my husband at the gym, and is doing Atkins, though not at the induction level as I wanted to make sure he is getting a broader selection of nutrients. He has food sensitivities, so doesn't eat corn, wheat, or dairy. Needless to say, we have crazy meals around our house. That was part of my frustration when I quit Atkins 4 years ago. (Felt like a short-order cook every day!)

    I have the muffin in a minute recipe (in fact, that was breakfast this morning!), and lots of dinner recipes. I am not a fan of salad for lunch every day, so lunch is really where I worry about slipping up when school starts.

    I will look for the low-carb recipes team. I didn't even know there was such a group. THANKS again!
    3783 days ago
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    Hi, LIsa!
    Somehow, your page here and your thread on the Atkins team have struck a spark in me. I can tell you that low-carbing WILL help with diabetes. No idea about the PCOS.

    I know about time-stress -- actually, who DOESN"T wish they had more hours in the day? And breakfast is tough. Especially with kids. Fortunately, your kids are of an age that they can't take themselves to the grocery-store, and the only money they are likely to get their hands on is what you give them... I don't know if they eat school cafeteria food or not, but at least you have SOME control over what is available to them!

    #1: The biggest thing you can do is quit buying anything you don't want them to eat -- no more unhealthy snacks. Buy more fresh fruit and veggies like celery and carrots and broccoli. At first, SOME WILL go to waste, but eventually, they will give up and eat what is available...

    #2: For YOU, eggs, nuts, and cheese and jello are amazingly versatile foods. Eggs can be cooked quickly in any number of ways, cheese and nuts can be eaten on the go, and jello can be fixed plain or fancy, and it can sit in the fridge until needed -- even for breakfast. Also, please check out the "Muffin in a Minute" recipes on the low-carb threads and in the recipe (low-carb) section on this site. It is wonderful! And healthy!

    #3: For the kids, hot whole grain cereal (oatmeal) is a healthy, reasonably quick breakfast choice. MY mom would make bread pudding -- not too sweet -- for us for breakfast from leftover odds and ends. She'd assemble it the night before and just pop it into the oven in the morning. That with a strip of bacon was heaven for us kids! Occasionally, she'd slip something healthier into it, but so what? We ate dessert for breakfast; we were convinced that we were lucky! Also, another quick, easy healthy breakfast choice is sugar-free egg custard. Bake it the night before, store overnight in the fridge, and voila!

    Stay active and join the low-carb recipes team. They have a HUGE section of low-carb recipe threads on that team!
    3783 days ago