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2/14/11 8:35 A

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Anytime I crave sweets, I go for an iodine supplement first, and some fresh, raw fruit second.

I still have a couple of desserts a week, even if I don't lose weight that week. I figure I am doing some good detoxing with the extra greens I now eat--a lot of them--and that is more important to me up-front than is my weight.

My knees like it when I lose a few pounds, though.

I can't drink a bunch of water each day unless I am sweating a lot. It seems to flush out the good nutrients I am busily putting into myself. People are different, though. I just seem to get low on B Vitamins when I drink a bunch, and then I am hungry!

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2/13/11 9:28 A

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I have a weakness for chocolate and peanut butter. A smooth creamy indulgent treat i make A LOT is a peanut butter chocolate banana smoothy. I found it on another group I belong to. It is totally healthy but feels like it shouldn't be. In a blender i combine a banana, chocolate whey protein powder, natural peanut butter, flax seed, yogurt (usually plain greek), wheat germ, milk (usually almond milk, soy milk, or skim) and sometimes pitted dates for some sweetness. sometimes i use all these ingredients, other times I only use some of them. It always satisfies my craving for something sweet and indulgent...

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2/12/11 4:38 P

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Sorry to hear about your tummy troubles!
Glad to hear you are doing a bit better these days...
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I gained but I can't totally blame it on going off Atkins...I also got very sick switching to eating clean and found out I had Celiac disease. I naver ate things like barley and Ezekiel bread and oatmeal every day...put me over the edge! That was a whole lotta inflammation and about 15# of water that came back off right away. Overall, I think I broke even after going GF. I also quit doing it because my digestion wasn't doing well with fats, but i seem to be doing better with that and dairy these days.

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2/12/11 3:31 P

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Hi Cindy

These types of programs definitely have their place IMHO, to jump start people back into better eating habits and eating behaviour awareness.

When you went off of Atkins, did you gain any weight back or maintain? Just wondering.



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Mizz D I am not on Atkins now, although I am considering it as I am having trouble losing. It is hard to stick to for sure, but it did permanently break me of some bad sugary habits! I don't even like the taste of sweetened coffee anymore for example. I used to use the sickening French Vanilla creamer with like a million grams of sugar in it! emoticon

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2/12/11 10:28 A

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Laura that is FANTASTIC! The scale really is only one way to check progress, glad you are seeing results! I have actually lost some weight on the scale this year. only 3.8 pounds, but almost all of this was in Feb where I am really watching what I eat.

Mizz-D isn't it amazing how foods can change how you want other foods and effect everything else (mood, energy, craving). Crazy!

Also, I haven't had a migraine this month either. Things are looking up!

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2/12/11 9:46 A

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Good for you Cindy!

For me, being really strict or eliminating food groups backfires eventually, and leads to a binge.

So I'm doing things differently this time around. Reducing, but not completely eliminating starchy carbs, eating clean sweeteners (fruit, honey, maple syrup etc.). Already my tastes are changing for the good, and I don't feel deprived, at all.

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Mizz_D I broke myself of the sugar habit on Atkins Induction, even stricter than South Beach! It does really work!

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2/11/11 11:06 A

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Lorenver, I agree with you about the carb thing!

I find from time to time my inner carb monster takes control and then I have to tame it by reducing starchy carbs for a few days/week. I am doing that right now. It DOES really work to eliminate those cravings. After only a couple of days too!

I did very strict South Beach phase 1 (no starches or sugars: bread, rice, potatoes, fruit etc....not even carrots!!!) a number of years ago and after 2 weeks, I did not even look forward to ANY meals. Had almost no appetite. And zippo cravings. But that wasn't too smart. Our brains needs carbs to function properly - the brain requires glucose to work!

So I wouldn't advocate being THAT strict for any length of time. Just a simple reduction (not necessarily even total elimination) in starchy carbs can bring about a huge reduction in cravings. It's all about the blood sugar, baby. That's where the cravings start, when the sugar levels rise and drop.....

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2/11/11 7:04 A

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I have to get plenty of iodine, separate from a high-glycemic meal, to keep my sugar cravings down. I actually am about aware enough now to realize that when I feel the need for a sugar fix, I automatically know that I will be fine with an iodine supplement, and some protein/complex carb.

I cannot eat wheat or other gluten-bearing foods and keep cravings at bay. I recently have started using a gluten-free flour that has fava beans--something I cannot eat raw without feeling ill. I would get a different one, but it's not available locally.

Anyway, the fave keeps me from licking the spoons and bowls. It also satisfies my bread cravings. I won't eat wheat anymore, except the rare cracker or two at a Bible study. Once I found a way to have "bread again" I feel so normal and not like I'm on a perpetual diet--one that has lasted about a decade now.

Newest recipe: Heat 2 tsp butter in an oven-proof skillet and gently cook 1/2 c chopped or dlced onion. Don't let it brown. Preheat over during this to about 350 F

Stir together 2/3 c Bob's Red Mill all purpose gluten-free flour, scant quarter tsp salt, scant quarter tsp baking soda (I get US Pharmaceutical grade soda online to keep that nasty flavor out that has crept into our baked goods--Hulda Clark store online). Add scant quarter tsp rubbed sage, or dried, crumbled sage leaves and scant quarter tsp black pepper.

I add some nonfat buttermilk to this, though milk products aren't great to heat. I cannot digest cooked tomatoes with starches, so I still am using this. I might do well with apple-cider vinegar water. About 1/3 c makes a thick dough that I spread over the onion. Bake about 12-20 min, to get the top slightly browned and make sure the fava is all cooked!

THe whole recipe has about 427 cal, 64 carbs 10 fat and 20 protein.

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2/10/11 8:42 P

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WooHoo, Laura!

Welcome to the team, Singityrara!

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Yeah. I've increased my protein to about 170 grams per day. Lowered carbs to about 100. Came from the naturopath's today and found out I lost 4% BF!!! I lost 4 pounds on the scale, but the doc said I lost 7 pounds of fat and gained 3 pounds of muscle.
It's working for me right now...

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2/10/11 6:24 P

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I an sweets fiend on haitus (working on recovery) and i use to get the worst cravings. Something that works well for me are to:

Avoid trigger foods. I love cake, but cake can't fill me up all I do is want more cake. I will eat cake until there is no more cake. Now, I really just avoid it, and i don't miss it too much.

Another thing that helps (especially when it comes to avoiding trigger foods) is to lower your carbs and increase protein. Since I've done this my craving for simple sugars have really gone down. Makes saying "no" so much easier!

As others have said, you need to find what works best for YOU.

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I am not a soda junkie at all but when I want it I just look for the natural ones. Blue Sky, Zevia, Steaz, and another brand make natural ones that are not so horrible for you. You may just be wanting the sugar...eat some fruit when that happens it usually helps me.

If you are craving something, I believe I crave things for a reason. I try to indulge them and just make the item as clean as possible. Like making homemade chicken wings, or onion dip with greek yogurt and organic seasoning packet. I am not such a sweets person but I would look up some clean recipes for what you want.

We all struggle, fall and get back up and try again! You can do it!

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2/9/11 4:36 P

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I hear ya!

I have to make just 2, then put all the fixins away, then sit down and slowly savour them!!!!

Usually works..... emoticon

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2/9/11 4:23 P

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I love dates stuffed with cheese (any cheese will do but yes, creamy goat cheese is a real treat). My trouble is that I can eat 6 of those little puppies without even blinking an eye! Aaaarrrg!

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2/9/11 3:49 P

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Excellent advice given below!

To that I would add my trick for when I am craving something sweet/dessert-like, along the dried fruit line that A*L*P suggested:

Medjool dates stuffed with goat cheese

These are amazing, very satisfying and clean. Reminds me of cheesecake, but that's me.

The tart goat cheese compliments the very sweet medjool dates perfectly. Have 2 and feel very indulgent, yet you are eating clean!!!

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Also, I have to add, I do much better with three square meals and one small midafternoon snack. There is actually NO SCIENTIFIC evidence that shows that 5-6 smaller meals keeps your metabolism stoked. This is a myth.
For me, all the small meals are like little "teasing appetizers".
I feel like, "when is the MEAL coming! Was that it?"
5-6 small meals works great for those who have tremendous will power to walk away from the table. You need to do what works for you...
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Laughing so hard! :) I will check out both!!! ;) Thanks for the encouragement once again... Maybe I will just have to learn to listen to my body... Eat 3 meals and 2 snacks... But figure out when (based on my ACTUAL hunger) the 'meals' and snacks are called for! :)

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ALP - Thanks for the response!!! Congrats on your pregnancy! :) Yes! I can't wait to get to this point!!! :)

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CARBAHOLIC, I am looking for that brew now! :) I need 'real' giner alternatives to an upset stomach... :)

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It is a tough transition. Especially when your body just craves it. I say, find a good alternative for when you want something sweet -- something you really like so you don't feel like junking out on sugar. I find that dried fruit takes the sweet cravings edge off for me. Try and glaze some walnuts with pure maple syrup (2 c walnuts to 1/3 c maple syrup and a pinch of salt) they are divine and trust me, you dont' feel deprived when snacking on those!

As for the soda thing, I hate to say it, but the best thing in the world to do is just kick it. Try substituting some lemon water (or my favorite "spa water" lemon slices, lime slices and cucumber slices in water -- feel luxurious when you're drinking it!!) if you feel like you're craving soda. I used to be a hard-core soda addict and if I can do it, anyone can, lol! I can't stand the stuff anymore!

Good luck, hang in there and you'll find that as you progress, you will get to a point that you won't be able to stand the other stuff. Your body will literally crave fruit, veggies and healthy good for you food! I've been clean eating for quite awhile and I am about 15 weeks pregnant and NOT ONCE have I craved salty fast food or soda but rather I find my body craving citrus, dried cherries, peanut butter, almond milk. It is an AMAZING feeling to crave foods like that and want to say NO to the other junk!! It is a tough battle but one that is definitely worth it!

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Hang in there, it will get easier and then you'll find that those temptations don't taste very good anymore.

With cottage cheese, I like to add cinnamon and chopped walnuts. The cinnamon helps with blood sugar and the fat in the walnuts keeps me satisfied longer.

For those times when I crave a soda, I drink an IzzeEsque. It's carbonated water with fruit juice and only 60 calories per bottle. For an upset stomach, Reed's Ginger Brew contains 17 grams of real ginger and saved me a trip to the ER last month when I got food poisoning. It was the only thing I could keep down for 24 hours.

You did better than me. When I was able to start solid foods, the only thing I wanted was Campbell's chicken soup. Talk about disgusting!

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For a creamy sweet dessert, I like to have some Greek yogurt or cottage cheese ith a bit od stevia and some berries or fruit. Nuts, flax seed or shredded coconut is optional. To me this is a GREAT, healthy, sweet, creamy dessert. Also, full of protein, vitamins and fibre. After you eat like this for a while, it actually becomes a preferred way of eating.
I think while you are adjusting, the trick is to find a "go to" healthy snack or dessert for when those "moments" hit you. We have all had them. Also, go through your cupboards and CLEAN them out of anything that is tempting you. If it's not there you can't eat it.
Also, I have to add, I do much better with three square meals and one small midafternoon snack. There is actually NO SCIENTIFIC evidence that shows that 5-6 smaller meals keeps your metabolism stoked. This is a myth.
For me, all the small meals are like little "teasing appetizers".
I feel like, "when is the MEAL coming! Was that it?"
5-6 small meals works great for those who have tremendous will power to walk away from the table. You need to do what works for you...
Good Luck!

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Recently in an effort to kick this sugar addiction and get more healthy (and subsequently loose weight) I have been adapting a whole/clean eating lifestyle and putting down the soda ... one by one...

It has been about 4 months since I've been preparing my mind for a change and about 3 weeks of actually making the changes.

Some days have been GREAT but others' NOT so easy... Right now I am frustrated and scared... I have that feeling of running on a moving sidewalk and gradually going backward... I feel the familiar feeling of sabotage and fear gripping me...

My main struggles are portion size, eating 5-6 times a day and also with 'indulgences'.

It is like I HAVE to have the creamy/rich dessert or have too much clean foods... Ughhhh!!!! (I will say I've made better dessert choices... though rich they have been whole and/or vegan).

* I have been drinking close to 64 ounces of water each day... But the days I don't reach the 64 ounces my body pays for it!

Basically it's been 3 weeks since I've had a soda... BUT... I feel sad, angry and discouraged.

I know changes don't always happen fast but it's like my moods are NOT stable... My body STILL feels like it's kind of whoosy and detoxing... I have only lost 6.5 pounds and I am CRAVING sugar like mad...

I was ill a couple days and, to my pleasant surprise, still tried to eat clean... :) Put it this way, I ate as clean as I could based on what I could keep down, what was available to me and managing my cravings.

Now that I'm back (to work and moving) how do I continue on this path? I am REALLY craving soda now!!! And while I desire to eat clean (still) my body feels like it's begging for huge portions of food!

Thank you so much for any advise you can give!

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