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South Beach Diet?

Sunday, April 01, 2012

OK, so tonight I was at my very last Made To Crave Bible Study meeting. My Pastor's wife (and good friend) struggles with sugar cravings, in particular cookies and it's been a BIG problem for her for years actually. She announced tonight that she was going to start Phase 1 of the South Beach Diet tomorrow because it is going to take something drastic like that for her to rid her body of the intense sugar cravings that always seem to undermine her healthy diet plans. She expressed a lot of worry about how difficult it was going to be for her and how much extra support she is going to need for the next two weeks and, even though I didn't know a thing about the South Beach Diet, I said, "If you want me to do it with you so you don't have to do it all alone, I will." She was overjoyed. I left there an hour later thinking, "I wonder what I got myself into?" Haha.

Luckily, came home and did quite a bit or research and it looks like a sound and healthy plan. It's actually kind of exciting. Thankfully, I've already made a lot of changes to my diet over the past 4-5 weeks, so I kind of have a head start on my friend....I don't expect that this 2 week period will be AS difficult for me as it will be for her. Thank God for that. But, I also don't expect it to be a cool breeze and totally simple either. There are some things I LOVE that I won't be able to have for two weeks. But, you know...two weeks is nothing in the grand scheme of life. And the idea that I'm doing something to support my dear friend and help her become healthy is very encouraging. Not to mention the health benefits it will bring to me as well.

Another cool thing is that I told my husband how I'd volunteered to help our friend and he said he'd do it with us!!! And then there were three. emoticon

So, we will see how this pans out! Anyone ever had success with South Beach? I hate to say South Beach Diet b/c I really don't like to do fad diets. However, from what I've read, it seems to be less a "diet plan" and more a "set you up for healthy eating for life" kind of plan.

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    I have done the SB plan. I have PCOS, so my body doesn't metabolize or respond to carbs the same way other people do. For me, it is amazing the difference it makes, not only in my weight, but how I feel. I still allow myself to have occasional carbs, I just avoid processed and simple carbs in favor of complex carbs. The first phase can be totally tough. How wonderful you are supporting a friend in such a tremendous way!
    2271 days ago
    I have a friend on another team that is doing the SBD and she likes it very much. I think it sounds like a basically good healthy way to eat.
    I do agree with FLORIDAJOE that SP has a good healthy approach by following along as you track your food unde " My Nutritional". There we can choose a type of plan as I did. I am trying to stick to a Healthy Heart food plan.

    I think it is great that you are encouraging your friend. You are the best!! emoticon emoticon
    What a great dh you have that he will also go on the SBD plan. emoticon
    2272 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/3/2012 1:51:08 AM
    2272 days ago
    Good for you! Go for it!
    2273 days ago
    Never tried South Beach, but my impression is that it's essentially a low carb/low sugar diet, right? When I was eating a doctor-recommended low GI diet, my instructions basically said I could have anything labeled as a South Beach diet food, I think. So I think it's actually one of the healthy ones. I mean, I think there's a gimmick aspect to it (isn't there always for these brand-name diets? with the South Beach brand pre-packaged foods you can buy at the store and so forth), but I think it also emphasizes fresh produce and lean proteins, and you can't really go too wrong with that. (If anything about the diet strikes you as off, though, I'd trust your own judgment about whether to continue with it.) Anyways, a low carb sort of diet can produce fast initial results, but then you might find that you kind of stall out, progress-wise. At that point, I think I'd revert back to eating a less restricted diet and just count calories instead. But I think South Beach could give you a little boost. Good luck with it! :)
    2273 days ago
    I have never ever been on a diet. I just do the SparkPeople thing and I've lost 35 pounds and I'm getting really close to my goal. If your friend needs this diet to get off of sugar, that's fine but a sustainable diet (like we practice in SP) is what you really want so that you can develop and keep good habits for life. That's what I hope to do anyway.
    As for getting off of sugar, I did it in college by not buying anymore food with processed sugar in it and just ate what I had until it was gone to wean myself off of it. I also made sure to eat fruit to satisfy that desire for sugar.
    I wish you and your friend the best of success. God bless you both.
    2273 days ago
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