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Okay still on low carbs.... with carby milk and banana

Moms View Message Board: Let's Get Fit! (Weight Loss Support Group): Okay still on low carbs.... with carby milk and banana
By Feona on Sunday, July 20, 2003 - 10:20 am:

I liked losing weight so but didn't want to lose 1% of my body weight a day, so I added in bananas and 1 glass of low fat milk.

Atkins Basic 3 vitamins and Essential oils
Calcium Pill (Looks like atkins diet is low in calcium)
Down to losing 1/2 a pound a day - total down is 3 and a half pounds.

1 banana a day
1 glass of milk
cup of oatmeal for breakfast.

No white bread or white rice right now.

I wasn't hungry for snack but I could have had nuts snack.

Lunch was
Spinach salad
blue cheese

A package of pork rinds 2 ounces or so.
I could have had nuts.

Dinner wasn't hungry so I ate celery and hummus. The protein and fat cuts your appetite.

By Eve on Sunday, July 20, 2003 - 11:45 am:

Sounds good, Feona!

Ok, add me to the list. I've been doing this diet. LOL. I've lost 5 lbs, which I'm sure is water. But, I don't feel as bloated or puffy. Even my DH has been doing it and feels the same. I've been drinking SO much more water than normal. It has to help. I take a multivitamin and calcium anyway, so good to start there. I made a batch of green tea with peppermint for something different.

All I can say is, this is my dream diet. I can have my FAVORITE artichoke dip and pepperoni and cheese and cream cheese stuffed celery. Oh, and my favorite lobster stew with cream and butter and lobster! Plus, my favorite taco salads for lunch! Breakfast is the only time I feel badly. I just love pancakes and toast. LOL!

I am not counting carbs exactly. Just looking for low carb options. Also, I have had a few berries here and there. Also, I've had broccoli, which is not on the Induction list. So, not exact, but I feel good. I don't feel deprived so far. I am a serious carb addict! I could live on bread and bread alone. Oh, and chocolate cake!Seriously! I have only had my beloved Diet Coke once. Can't be a bad thing.

My new favorite Website for recipes is:
Really some interesting looking recipes. I'll let you know if I try something worth passing on.

Good luck. BTW-Read off the Website, nachos made with pork rinds! Just put them as your chips and add cheese and toppings.

By Feona on Sunday, July 20, 2003 - 05:23 pm:

We didn't do induction. My husband was losing one and a half pound without induction. He recently added in oranges and more fruit and started losing at only 1/2 pound a day. I think he is more comfortable losing less weight - not so disruptive to the system.

I told someone I was on Atkin and they said I wasn't on Atkin that I was just eatting lower carbs than I was used to. LOL.. I totally think that is true...

Breakfast is the worst. I am doing all my carbs at breakfast.


Must be 55 carbs.

But I do get alittle tired from the carbs. As long as I lose at 1/2 pound a day for a while, I think I will just see how it goes.

Then the rest of the day I stay a way from the high carb items like French Fries - bread and rice and sugar.

One nice thing is I am not munching out at night because I am so full from the protein and fat.

By John on Sunday, July 20, 2003 - 06:01 pm:

It's great to have more company on our little losing adventure ;)
I also don't think induction is necessary to lose weight unless you are insulin resistant and very overweight (like 50-100 lb).
You may find that JUST by cutting out obvious sugar (soda, fruit juices, sweet baked goods) and obvious starches (like pasta, potatoes and white bread) that you'll start to lose weight! As far as veggies I just avoid obvious starchy vegetables like corn and potatoes.

In my opinion (again I'm not a doctor) I wouldn't cut down on fruits and milk unless you REALLY need to (since their SO good for you). The important thing is to eat them WITH your meal preferably at the end. Blueberries and Strawberries are good thing to start with. I'm currently eating 3-4 servings a day of fruits, vegetables and salads and STILL losing.

Macadamia nuts and walnuts are great snack foods on this diet sick they satisfy you and don't give you sugar cravings.
(avoid peanuts since they are higher in carbs).

Regarding water loss: I read somewhere that carbs cause water retention. This may be one of the reasons that many people have high blood pressure.

I'd also recommend a trip to your doctor for a blood workup and physical BEFORE you get too far into this.

By Eve on Sunday, July 20, 2003 - 07:06 pm:

Who knew you could ever get so happy about finding a low carb cheese cake and pancakes? LOL!

I made this today and we had it tonight! Very good and worth trying! It's very filling and takes care of your sweet tooth.

I cut this in half:
3-8oz. packages of cream cheese
4 eggs
24 packages of sweetner(I used Splenda)
2 tsp. vanilla (Not so sure if I was supposed to use extract instead of the pure vanilla-it does have corn syrup, but you could put in even less or just put a little lemon zest or lemon juice)

Mix first 3 ingredients until smooth. Add vanilla. Bake (no crust) 325 degrees for about 40 minutes. Watch closely because it can get overbrowned quickly.

Ok, I crushed pecans(it's what I had) for the crust in half of mine. DH topped his off with fresh rasberries!

I made this in small custard dishes. It made 4 very large servings!!

This is also what a lot of people use for pancakes! It gets dense and the top does brown a bit. You could easily fry this in a pan with no carb syrup! Had to share!

By Eve on Sunday, July 20, 2003 - 07:23 pm:

John& Feona, Hi! I am glad to hear you don't think the Induction is necessary. I have not had anything out of the ordinary. Although, I have been using Light cream, which has carbs as opposed to heavy cream. Also, DH made eggs this morning. No big deal!

Also, we do have berries in the fridge. I even bought cherries. I am staying clear of the apples! Wow, who knew they had so many carbs? Although, seeing you Feona, eat carbs in the A.M. and still lose gives me hope! I've been snacking on my favorite cheese and pepperoni, and cream cheese stuffed celery(Which I love with green olives in the cream cheese! My fav.!) Also a bit of cream cheese rolled in a slice of salami is next on my list!

I have a fabulous looking recipe I am making tomorrow night! Indonesian Coconut Milk Shrimp-I also found a recipe for Egglplant in Coconut milk. (I am using what I have in my cupboard)

Andi's chicken taco recipe is fabulous!! Her chicken over greens with cheese and a bit of salsa is FABULOUS! Seriously 2 chicken breast will last me a week in the salad! If you are looking for something different, give that one a try! Also, you can fry some provolone for a crunch if you miss the corn chips!

I'm dying to try the fried chicken with pork rinds. It gets lots of praise everywhere I see it!

So, what are you all cooking? Any fun finds? Are you ordering any low-no carb products? You would think outside of Hartford,CT there would be somewhere to shop! I can't find low carb tortillas for roll ups for DH. He is lost without them. LOL!

Ok, so my focus is on food and not carbs can you tell? Keep me posted and PLEASE..any good food away!

By Feona on Monday, July 21, 2003 - 06:20 am:

I think everybody is different. Some people can have more carbs than others. Though the carbs do make you hungry. After breakfast I am hungry usually about 10:30 - ready for a snack.
I am going to try a pice of cheese with the oatmeal instead of the banana.

My husband is going to post about glycemic index.

I am afraid I have been sticking to simple very recipes.

By Feona on Monday, July 21, 2003 - 06:26 am: has some low carb recipe groups to join.

Try any group with over 100 members. Join with daily messages instead of individual messages.

I saw some good groups. You might have to join a few and see which groups are the best.

By John on Monday, July 21, 2003 - 06:37 am:

Here is some info regarding which fruits to eat first:

As I understand it, the fiber content of the fruit you eat is very inportant.

The carbs from things like apples, cherries, and berries absorb much slower into your bloodstream than some others because of the high fiber content. This is called the glycemic index.

These types of fruits have a minimized insulin peak (which causes fat storage) compared to things like fruit juices.

By Melanie on Monday, July 21, 2003 - 09:41 am:

I'll jump in here, too. :) I am doing the Suzanne Somers program, which has a lot of similarities. Although she does more with food combining.

Eve, you noticed Feona eats carbs in the morning and still loses weight. According to the Somersize program, if you eat carbs, the morning is the time to do it. That way you have all day to be active and work them off. Much better than at the end of the day when you are most likely to sit in front of the tv before going to bed.

Also, with regards to drinking milk with your meals. It is advisable not to drink anything with your meals. Or, if you can't do that, eat as much as possible before taking a sip. Drinking dilutes the digestive juices in your stomach, disrupting the digestive process.

Thanks for the link to that message board, Feona! I will check it out! :)

By Melanie on Monday, July 21, 2003 - 10:42 am:

One more thing...:)

I recently bought a book called, "How I Gave Up My Low-Fat Diet and Lost 40 Pounds...And How You Can Too" for motivation. There is a quote in there I would like to share as I know it's one I will definitely remember!

The auther is talking about motivation and the way many people will say, "I can't give up sweets, bread.." and so on. She points out that "can't" simply means, "I don't want to". She says,
"So, the next time you catch yourself using the word "can't" in this way-for instance, "I can't resist the dounuts in the break room"-try taking responsibility for that decision instead. Say to yourself-aloud if you possibly can-"Eating donuts is more important to me than my physical and mental health. I would rather eat donuts than lose the next ten pounds. Five minutes of eating donuts is worth three or four hours of feeling lousy, and a five-pound water-weight gain." If you can say these things aloud, and mean them, feel comfortable about them, then go ahead and knock yourself out. But don't go giving your power away so that you can lie to yourself about what you're doing."

I have no doubt that is going to help me get through those moments when I see others eating cake and such around me!

By John on Monday, July 21, 2003 - 12:22 pm:

Drinking with your meal appears to be one point where Atkins and Somers differ. I don't really know that much about Somers though...

Atkins advises you to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day (that's 1/2 gallon) to keep your kidneys functioning well, avoid constipation and to keep from getting de-hydrated (reducing carbs acts like a diuretic on your system causing water loss at first).

By Melanie on Monday, July 21, 2003 - 12:32 pm:

Somers advises drinking 8-10 glasses of water a day. But she advises against drinking it with meals as it dilutes the digestive juices, making them less effective in breaking down the food.

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