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Rebecca Wraenna wrote:

Dear husband and I are starting the South Beach diet plan sometime in the next week, plus I've recently discovered that I am intolerant of gluten. So, a lot of the stockpiled things on our shelves are no longer good. The food shelf is going to be getting a big donation soon. I figure if we struggle with our grocery costs, then the food shelves must really be hurting.




Firle wrote:

Rebecca, if you are intolerant of gluten, maybe The Perfect Health Diet might be interesting for you. I'm trying it out at the moment, and while the transition is still somewhat rough, I feel good with it.

All the best!




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Rebecca, my DH and I did the South Beach, and one of the things we liked about it was it uses a lot of 'normal' [sign in to see URL] in smaller quantities, and with other foods that help the weight loss. One of our favorite desserts was the riccota cheese. We stopped doing it for a while, because of the cost, but maybe I need to put some of those recipes back into our diet. Maybe not full time, but at least on ocassion.

good luck with the diet and finding what works for you both!!




Rebecca Wraenna wrote:

Thanks for the well wishes on the diet, we are embarking on it this weekend. Tomorrow we're hitting the food co-op and the grocery store to stock up on South Beach friendly foods.




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Not sure we have the same [sign in to see URL] Beach has updated their diet some since I bought my book, but most of the stuff in there is really good, and not too hard to prepare. Some is stuff we just didn't think we'd like, but the nice thing is, you have such a large array to pick from, it's not a problem if you don't think you'd like something.

Enjoy! And, you'll have to share your results, ya know! LOL.




Rebecca Wraenna wrote:

LOL, Well the results will be that husband loses the weight he wants quickly and goes back to normal eating, and I will stay on the diet for a looong time... at least, that's what I'm guessing. But I'm excited to give it a try. We gained a bit of weight after we quit smoking, and told ourselves we wouldn't worry about it until we were over that hump. Well, we're over that hump now, so this is our next challenge. emoticon




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Your husband may decide that the dishes are worth keeping up, even after he loses his desired weight. Like I said, I really need to use some of them again. I like that is has recipes for all 3 meals, not just one meal out of the day. And most are really easy with easy to find ingredients. I think you'll find you like this [sign in to see URL] it's all real food, with very little odd, hard to find, tasteless stuff in it!

[sign in to see URL] good luck. I know y'all can do this!!! emoticon




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Rebecca, that is what Hubby and I [sign in to see URL] we both had to quit [sign in to see URL] that took over a year for both of us to stop and get used too...

THEN we did the "low carb" [sign in to see URL] the Atkins (too scary)...just cut carbs down to the very least we could and ate mostly lean meats, fish, poultry and tons of veggis, except potatoes (high carb)...
And as [sign in to see URL] lost FAST! Only thing I lost at first was my boobs! emoticon Went down 2 bra sizes before any of my belly or butt started to disappear.... emoticon

I wish you the very best of luck [sign in to see URL] support, just come on in here and ask! emoticon




Rebecca Wraenna wrote:

Day Three. I want to eat everything. Fortunately we don't have many 'bad carbs' in the house, and the ones we do have will make my face turn bright red. Other than that, it's going pretty well. emoticon As predicted, husband is already down seven pounds. (How is that even possible?) I think I'm down about two, but I don't plan on weighing myself until the end of the two week 'induction' phase...




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A man's metabolism is higher than a woman'[sign in to see URL]'s why they lose faster than we do (darn it! emoticon ) Plus, you have to account for water weight. Some diets will make some people use the bathroom a lot more than others, so, if he's been spending more time in the bathroom than usual, that's probably why he's lost 7 pounds! LOL

Blame in on the bathroom!!! emoticon




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Men do have a higher metabolism, also they have more muscle mass to loose, and muscle tissues always goes before fat tissue, because the body naturally stores fats, for those 'lean' [sign in to see URL] is in our DNA from way back in the cave man days...




Rebecca Wraenna wrote:

Well, that does all make sense. Does not help that I am having my special woman time and am therefore cranky and in need of tortilla chips and chocolate, which I cannot have. Today is actually much better. And I have a TON more energy than I usually do. I walked to the grocery store and carried home about 20 pounds worth of groceries like it was nothing. Carbs were really weighing me down... so... it's really good that I'm doing this. emoticon Thanks for listening to my rant!

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Rebecca, very happy to hear that you've gotten more energy, and are feeling better with this diet.

I really probably should dig out and dust off my copy and do more recipes. I know I said that before, but have not done it yet! emoticon

Keep up the good work!!!

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Thanks very much Saijen! We recently made the bean cakes out of the cook book, I think it was Red Bean Cakes but we used white beans. Very much like a potato pancake.

So far the only recipes I am finding to be a bit strange are the desserts, as they rely on arificial sweeteners quite a bit. Artificial sweeteners taste... weird.. Splenda is the least offensive of the bunch.

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I used Splenda, till I realized that the Walmart version tasted even [sign in to see URL] least to me. Plus, it's cheaper. I have to watch using real sugar because I'm a diabetic, and I'm doing so well I'm not even on meds for it right now. Doing my best to keep from ending up on the meds again! If you like the Splenda, try Walmart's version. The only thing is, they don't do the blends (Splenda/Sugar, Splenda/brown sugar)

Have you tried the ricotta cheese desserts yet? Those were our favorites

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I've yet to find an artificial sweetener that agrees with me. I either don't like the taste (Splenda) or it does HORRIBLE things to my stomach (aspartame, my archenemy!). I just try to steer clear of all of them and use sugar/honey sparingly.
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I'm staying away from any and all artificial sweeteners. They taste horrible, and they are not healthy at all. In fact, some of them are used to fatten pigs, so how can they help people stay slim? emoticon

I haven't tried stevia yet, which is a Brazilian plant that is said to be much sweeter than normal sugar. One can just use the leaves. The EU just allowed its use, so we'll see.

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Interesting that the EU is regulating it like that. Not sure about there but here the FDA has NO regulation over "supplements" which I *think* something like stevia extract would fall under. On the one hand, it means you can buy all sorts of things at the store. On the other hand, there is no regulating body that ensures you aren't buying sawdust or chalk powder!

We usually grow stevia (my last one died in the drought last year!) and I love to use the leaves in teas as the sweetener. My mom has the extract stuff and again, I think it tastes 'wrong'. It's not offensive, but it's not sugar or honey!

If I had to pick a non-sugar sweetener it would certainly be Stevia!
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I'd love to grow some stevia and use it. My former HPS has/had a plant of it, and I picked a leaf and put it in my mouth to see just how [sign in to see URL]! One leave would sweeten some hot tea very effectively. If I could get one to grow, I'd forget the artificial stuff, for sure! I don't care for the taste, either, but when I'm drinking something like coffee or if I get a large tea from one of the local burger places, I get an unsweet tea because they just put way too much sugar in it, and regular sugar doesn't work well in ice tea. I'd have to use more than I need with my diabetes. So, I use the Walmart brand of the Splenda. It's the only artificial one I can tolerate. Apartame give me a [sign in to see URL]'s another reason I gave up sodas. I can't stand the sweetness of the regular ones, and almost all diet ones use aspartame. I've not had a soda in probably over a year now. And, truthfully, I don't really miss them.

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I've not had a soda in probably over a year now. And, truthfully, I don't really miss them.



That is very good. Soda are an incredibly source of calories when they come with sugar. With sweeteners, they create hunger cravings among other health problems, so both variants are really bad for the body. Glad you're staying away from them.

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Actually, it was not on purpose. DH and I had gone out to eat somewhere (fast food place)and I got a soda. It tasted weird, so, I poured it out and got something [sign in to see URL] also tasted weird. I realized it was the carbonation that was off, so I got some unsweet tea instead. I tried drinking a soda I got from the store, and it was just a funky tasting to me, so I just decided to stop. I'm not sure if a med I was trying altered my taste or what, because nothing else seemed to taste different. Now, I prefer to stick to Lipton mixed berry tea, water or unsweet regular tea (with Walmart's version of Splenda added). I'll also drink coffee or hot tea with honey. So, while it's proven to help some with my weight, and how I feel, it wasn't on purpose that I stopped drinking [sign in to see URL] (by the way, our FNP is very happy that I've stopped all soda intake, and approves of my drink choices)

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