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1/24/12 5:43 P

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Welcome Lisa,

I use Lifeway lowfat plain Kefir. It is expensive. Don't get the flavored ones because they have way more sugars. I have not found a non fat one. I use it as a smoothie with unsweetened rice protein powder and a tsp of sugar free jam. (i'm still not sure why that is allowed as a condiment, but it is). sometimes i put a little stevia in it.

someday, i hope to try the homemade yogurt in the slow cooker. i have a very small slow cooker. will have to measure it.

i buy only plain non fat greek yogurt for yogurt and use it with fresh fruit. where i am there are lots of brands and always some on sale.

i do like the kefir btw, but it's funny that i don't know why. it's sour.

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1/24/12 8:22 A

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Unfortunately the only yogurts I usually see on sale are the yoplait full fat extra thick orange creme or something (blah!)! I will hopefully get organized enough that I can try the homemeade yogurt soon. Thanks for the suggestions!

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1/23/12 7:01 P

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Gabby's right...it takes no time at all. I like mine really thick so I let it strain for 2 days and then it is soooooooo thick, creamy and yummy.

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1/23/12 10:29 A

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@Julie - make the slow cooker yogurt. You just pour in the milk. A few hours later shut it off. A few hours later add the yogurt starter then cover it up and let it sit for 8 hours. Then put it in the fridge. No work at all really.

Also, every week there is some brand of greek yogurt on sale. Before I made my own I'd only buy it on sale and then stock up (being careful of expiration dates of course). I make my own because I want organic yogurt and it does taste so much better. I always strain it though because I like real thick yogurt unless I'm just using it for smoothies.






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1/23/12 10:11 A

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I have been considering that, Linda, but so far haven't had the time or motivation. I'll get there at some point, though!

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1/23/12 8:41 A

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Julie, have you ever thought of making your own yogurt? Honestly, it comes out so much better than the store bought and way cheaper. All you have to do is have enough milk for 8 cups and you are good to go. If you would like to try it, check out the recipe Gabby has for it in c1 recipes. I am sure that now I only spend money on store bought when I run out and don't have the time to do the homemade.

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1/23/12 8:34 A

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I have to admit I've been very frustrated with the yogurt issue myself. I think I've spent 20 minutes every shopping trip in front of the yogurt section! I am such a wimp compared to you hardcore 17DDers, though! Unfortunately, cost is a big issue for me, and I've just refused to pay $1.50 for 4 or 6 ounces of yogurt. I've have only managed to go with the lowest fat I find with the least sugars at a reasonable price. I can't always find something that looks that great as far as probiotic value, so I've been taking probiotic capsules separately. I usually use one yogurt as a late afternoon snack and a second one for and after dinner/after exercise snack while winding down for the night.

Welcome to the team, LISA!

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1/22/12 4:56 P

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I also like mine with Maple Agave and cinnamon...OMG that is sooooooooooo good.

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1/22/12 4:39 P

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In a smoothy with blueberries and flax oil for lunch. I use homemade or Nancy's when I don't plan well and run out. My second helping is in the evening with half a packet of stevia and some cinnamon mixed in. Yummy!

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1/21/12 8:52 P

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Sorry I am late getting in here to answer this..
I too use Oikos Greek Yogurt plain, or Liberte 0% plain...but I like the Oikos much better. Now I only eat these when I haven't made my own.
Like Gabby, I enjoy homemade yogurt to the store bought. But every now and then I run out of my own and have to buy some before I make my own.

As for Kefir, I don't usually use it but I have to make smoothies and I do like it.

I eat my yogurt after lunch and then again around 7-7:30 pm. I don't eat anything after 8pm.
I was eating 3 oz in the morning, 3 oz at lunch, 3 oz mid afternoon and 3 oz in the evening and found that helped to curb my hunger when on c1 in the beginning. Then of course when I wasn't all that hungry anymore, I just changed it to 2x a day.



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1/21/12 6:15 P

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You ladies are the best!! Thank you so much for helping me to understand the yogurt issues! I hope that I have a successful weight loss journey.



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1/21/12 5:47 P

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My daughter went shopping and brought me back Danone/Oikos greek yogurt that is 2% milk fat. This has 7 grams of sugar compared to my usual PC brand of 0%mf greek yogurt that only has 2 grams of sugar per serving. The fatter one has 3 ingredients and the 0% only has 2 ingredients. I eat this yogurt for my morning snack with defrosted frozen blueberries or other fruit. When the fruit is defrosted it creates a lot of juice and I don't use any added sweeteners. The frozen fruit is also no added sugars.

I have been using the individual flavoured containers of yogurt for my night time snacks. They are only 35 calories and 0% mf but do have sweeteners in them. I didn't buy these before the 17dd and once I reach my goal weight I won't be buying them anymore.

I haven't been able to find kefir other than granules at the health food store but I didn't buy them. I use miso in broths and also eat sauerkraut for my other probiotics.

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1/21/12 5:23 P

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Is there a particular brand that everyone eats?
I use Fage 2% with a packet and half of truvia added. I find it has the nicest texture and the container is bigger (some people think it has more calories, but you are eating an ounce more).

Both the Kefir and the yogurt have to be fat free and or sugar free?
I do not use fat free yogurt.
My kefir is 1% and no sugar added. I don't think there is a sugar-free because milk has natural sugars in it.

When does everyone else eats their probiotics aside from breakfast? I have a yogurt around 3 for my last snack of the day. If I forget I have it in the evening.

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1/21/12 5:03 P

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Welcome, you're in the right place. You'll find a lot of encouragement, tips and just good info. on this team.

Regarding the yogurt, I find Oikos Greek Yogurt the best. I purchase the plain & add some additional whey protein if I need it. I also add un-sweetened frozen berries to it, and sometimes 1/2 of a sliced apple (depends on how many servings of fruit I've had & when I will be eating it). As a general rule, I do try to eat it as my morning snack, getting my fruit in before 2pm, as indicated we should in the book; although, I do sometimes get it in closer to 3pm :(

Again, welcome! Looking forward to traveling this healthy "journey" alongside of you.

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1/21/12 4:51 P

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I started making my own yogurt in a slow cooker because I wanted organic and it was too expensive to buy. Plus you can't beat the taste of homemade especially when you strain it to your desired thickness.

Prior to that I used Oikos or Chobani greek style which has more protein and has the necessary probiotics. If you're not going to use plain yogurt and add Stevia and fruit, then at least make sure that the yogurt contains live cultures and has only 9g of sugar or less. Try to avoid Splenda.

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1/21/12 4:38 P

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Hi! My name is Lisa and I am on the 5th day of the Accelerate Cycle. It is a challenge but I have managed to work with the cycle while at work and at home. I am writing to you guys because I look forward in hearing from you lovely people who have been doing this longer than I have. I have read the book and continue to do so. I am puzzled about something and forgive me if I sound like an idiot but I am stuck with the issue of the yogurt and the Kefir.

Is there a particular brand that everyone eats?
Both the Kefir and the yogurt have to be fat free and or sugar free?
When does everyone else eats their probiotics aside from breakfast?

I just want to see how everyone else is being creative with cycle 1. I begin cycle 2 on February 4th.

I appreciate any information that you can give me and thanks for responding.

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