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meditation mama
November 12th, 2007, 11:15 AM
OK, I'm so excited that so many of you wanted to join me! It gives me so much inspiration to fire this up and make it work!

So, I will refresh this post each week. I will post the Atkins guidelines in the first post of the weeks, so we can all remember. Each day I will try and post some ideas, what I am eating, recipes, tricks, roadblocks, and EXERCISE.

Also, it is a good idea to weigh yourself (aargh) and take your measurements (arm, chest, breast, stomach, hips, butt, thigh and calf). There are many poople that will lose inches some weeks and not inches, so it is as important to do inches each week as it is to do weight. I am going to have my weigh in and measure date on Monday - which I did. SO on Monday I will post my stats... That part is up to you guys...

Make sure you ask any questions, many of us have sone this before, so I am sure between us we can answer any questions we may come up with.

So.. Here are the Atkins guidelines: (this is for the induction - for the first two weeks). REMEMBER.... the first few days you may be low energy, but after that you will be charged!

Eat either three regular-size meals a day or four or five smaller meals. Do not skip meals or go more than six waking hours without eating. I recommend eating a low-carb bar in between meals to keep metabolism going and energy up - I like https://www.thinkproducts.com/indexset.htm (http://https://www.thinkproducts.com/indexset.htm) - they are awesome!

Eat liberally of combinations of fat and protein in the form of poultry, fish, shellfish, eggs and red meat, as well as pure, natural fat in the form of butter, mayonnaise, olive oil, safflower, sunflower and other vegetable oils (preferably expeller-pressed or cold-pressed). Eat no more than 20 grams a day of carbohydrate, at least 12 – 15 grams of which must come in the form of salad greens and other vegetables. (see Atkins - Acceptable Foods (http://www.atkins.com/articles/atkins-phases/phase-one/acceptable-foods) Eat absolutely no fruit, bread, pasta, grains, starchy vegetables or dairy products other than cheese, cream or butter. Do not eat nuts or seeds in the first two weeks. Foods that combine protein and carbohydrates, such as chickpeas, kidney beans and other legumes, are not permitted at this time. If you feel you must eat bread or some other grain product, only high fiber low-carb products with 3 net carbs or less per serving are allowed, and you can eat only one serving a day. Be aware that even that amount may slow or stall your progress, and if that happens, drop the product immediately. (REMEMBER - NO ALCOHOL IN THE INDUCTION PHASE IF YOU ARE IN MODS)Eat nothing that isn't on the Atkins - Acceptable Foods (http://www.atkins.com/articles/atkins-phases/phase-one/acceptable-foods) list. And that means absolutely nothing. Your "just this one taste won't hurt" rationalization is the kiss of failure during this phase of Atkins.Adjust the quantity you eat to suit your appetite, especially as it decreases. When you're hungry, eat the amount that makes you feel satisfied (I always liked this part, especially in the beginning), but not stuffed. When you're not hungry, eat a small controlled carbohydrate snack to accompany your nutritional supplements. (REMEMBER TO CUT BACK WHEN YOU ARE NO LONGER HUNGRY).Don't assume any food is low in carbohydrate—instead, read labels. Check the carb count (it's on every package) or use a http://www.atkins.com/carb-counter/atkins_carbgramcounter.pdf. Be aware that the law allows manufacturers to round off if a product has fewer than 0.5 grams of any carbohydrate, so that will show up as zero. The only way to detect some fractional carbs is to look for them in the ingredients list, where they must be listed if they’re added to a product, regardless of the amount. Eat out as often as you wish but be on guard for hidden carbs in gravies, sauces and dressings. Gravy is often made with flour or cornstarch, and sugar is sometimes an ingredient in salad dressing. Use sucralose or saccharin as a sweetener (I USE SPLENDA, I THINK IT IS THE HEALTHIEST CHOICE). Be sure to count each packet of any of these as 1 gram of carbs, because of the fillers and bulking agents which are added. Avoid too much coffee, tea and soft drinks that contain caffeine. Excessive caffeine has been shown to cause low blood sugar, which can make you crave sugar. (GREEN TEA IS GREAT FOR ENERGY)Drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day in addition to anything else you may drink, to hydrate your body, avoid constipation and flush out the by-products of burning fat.If you are constipated, mix a tablespoon or more of psyllium husks in a cup or more of water and drink daily. Or mix ground flaxseed into a shake or sprinkle wheat bran on a salad or vegetables. (I USE A BULK FIBER EVERY NIGHT-VERY IMPORTANT!)At a minimum, take a good daily multivitamin with minerals, including potassium, magnesium and calcium, but without iron. (CALCUIM IS ALSO VERY IMPORTANT, MOST MULTI'S DON'T HAVE ENOUGH, I LIKE THE SUGAR FREE CHOCOLATE CHEWABLES - A NIGHTLY SWEET TREAT)[list type=decimal][/list type=decimal]
So, let's get started. Use the Atkins website http://www.atkins.com/- it is amazing and has so much valuable information. TONS of recipes and information. I printed the Carb Counter out and am going to carry it in my purse. You can also buy the little pocket ones, but this one is free!

Good luck everyone!

xtexan
November 12th, 2007, 11:32 AM
MM:

While I am long past my goal, I want you to know I did Atkins induction by the book for two weeks, and then started adding good carbs a bit at a time. .

I started at 195 lbs, and my goal was 180. Now I'm at 177, and started adding a LOT more carbs in the last couple of weeks to stabilize. At 6'2" tall, my goal was also to get below 20% body fat. I started at 25%, and am now at 18%.

The thing now is to maintain this body weight, but continue to burn fat and increase muscle mass. I had to switch strategy, and found a great book called "Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle" which I learned about on a low-carb forum while researching Atkins.

Anyway, not a bit of sugar or junk carbs now for 4 months. I got the train rolling good, and went below target, but thats OK. Now at about 150 to 175 grams of good carbs a day to maintain current weight. The rigourous exercise schedule burns a lot, and more muscle mass keeps the train rolling. Not bad for a 51 year old, ex-boozer, ex-couch potato!

Neil

meditation mama
November 12th, 2007, 11:46 AM
Hi again...

OK.. just did my weigh in... not as bad as I thought!

Yep, I was right. 18 pounds is my ideal weight. That is my first goal. I did my inches, too.

I'm only going to weigh once a week. I know with myself I may not lose too much the first week as I will also be starting my exercise and I gain muscle very quickly.

Today's food: 19 CARBS

Breakfast:
eggs / bacon (yum) (0 carbs)
Chai tea (no milk) with my Allone (not very good - won't do that again) (0 carbs)

Snack
Think Thin Bar (2 carbs)

Lunch
2 cups spinach (.5 carbs)
2 sliced eggs
left over bacon
blue cheese crumbles
italian dressing spritzer (wish bone spray dressings - love them!) (2 carbs)

Snack
Turkey / Provelone Rollups w/ mayo (2)
(deli turkey 4 pcs and sliced provelone 2 slices halved)
*remember cheese is about 1 carb per ounce)

Dinner
Left-over Chicken (had a bit of flour on it, so I will say 2 carbs)
4 cups salad greens with cheese and salad spritzer (4 carbs)
1 cup Broccoli (2 carbs)

Snack
1/2 yogurt (lite n fit, no sugar added. I only eat half and save the other half for another serving. It gives me some dairy and a creamy, sweet fix) (5 carbs)

I am not going to have time to do this every day, but today is Monday, my day off, so I thought I would try and put out my food for the day.

ALso, starting tomorrow I am going to do a product called "Designer Whey" DESIGNER WHEY | America's #1 Protein Since 1993 (http://www.designerwhey.com/?gclid=CKG0h6nt148CFRqDIgodXlaXxQ). It is a Whey Protein, but it only has 2 carbs. I am going to mix up this chocolate shake in the mornings with my AllOne. I got one of those individual blenders Tribest? Personal Blender? - America's First Single-Serving Blender (http://www.personalblender.com/main.asp) so I can have my nutrition quick and easy in the AM before my workout - I can't eat before I workout - blah! Then I can eat some eggs after..

OK.. so there you have it.. just some thoughts from me..

I have to run now.

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!

MM

meditation mama
November 12th, 2007, 11:48 AM
Nicely done, Neil!! You are again my inspiration!!

meditation mama
November 12th, 2007, 04:54 PM
Had great success today and feel fantastic!

I read through the other post and am psyched! Lots of Atkins buddies!

I think I will lay off the bacon, though... I haven't had it for a long time. I did get the Organic, uncured, but I still feel a little unhealthy from it.. BUT IT WAS GOOD!

MM

xtexan
November 12th, 2007, 06:21 PM
MM:

Try "turkey bacon". I would nuke 6 strips in a microwave using a gadget called the "BaconWave" that stands the strips upright with skewers. Real neat gadget. I would wrap the whole thing with a couple of paper towels to keep spatters down. The turkey bacon would come out very crisp and delicious. I got to where I prefer it to piggy bacon. Very fast and hassle free, as clean-up was very easy.

I would scramble a whole dozen eggs at once, and then put portions into little covered Rubbermaid double-divider trays to refrigerate. About 4 days worth, with sausage or bacon wrapped in paper towel. I took the Rubbermaid "modules" to work, and nuke for 1 minute, and have my Atkins breakfast right in my office. Fast and easy.

At lunch, I would go to various buffets and cafeterias where I could pick and choose what I got. Salads, green veggie, and a meat portion. Only a little red vinegar and olive oil on the salad greens.

Whenever the sweet craving became unbearable, it was various Flavor-Aid drink mixes with Splenda or liquid saccharin. I allowed myself a Coke Zero every three days or so when that craving got unbearable.

I monitored closely with ketostix, and kept them purple the whole time. Sometimes into the 40 range, but mostly around the 20 range.

Just a few things I during induction.

Neil

lorisunshine
November 12th, 2007, 08:33 PM
Hello all Atkins dieters,
I don't want to be the pooper on your diet, but I feel it is my duty to alert you to some very real dangers in following this diet.
After I had my daughter in 1978 I simply could not shed the extra 20 pounds that I had put on over the course of the pregnancy. I was a young woman then and appearance was really important. So I found the Dr. Atkins book. True to form, I followed the book to the letter. I was doing it all, keton test etc. The weight come off alright. 3 month into the diet I happened to be at a party with our family Dr. I had a piece of rhubarb cake about one square inch in size. I went into a diabetic coma right there and then. If my Dr. had not been there, everyone would have assumed that I was drunk. I was not. I never even had one ounce of alcohol. He knew I was in big trouble and had me ferried to the emergency. There, in a couple of hours I came around and well, I am still here. This happened again once more. That was when I decided to kiss Atkins godbye.
I was told that some people stop producing insulin altogether with this diet and it can kill them.
You are all grown people and can make your own decision. Please, please do more research before you commit to such draconian measures.
And last but not least, the weight loss cannot be maintained, because the diet is not maintainable.
Just my 2 cents worth.
Hugs Lori

panadol
November 13th, 2007, 02:47 AM
Atkins

Atkins diet Bulletin Board is also a great place for tips recipies and advice. There are many success stories posted there.
Your experience sounds horrific Lorisunshine! It does pay to be very careful when
following diets. I have had past success with Atkins however I didn't follow
through and add good carbs back in after the induction phase. This in turn
lead to boredom and eventual failure. I like the approach that Xtexan has taken
I think if followed carefully this diet has merit for me personally. I've started
off again today and am looking forward to some results.
Cheers Pan

meditation mama
November 13th, 2007, 09:15 AM
Lori - that is awful! I am so sorry for yoru incident!

I think that the atkins diet has changed quiet a bit in the past few years, there are a lot more healthy veggies and not as many hard fats, and more lean meats.

Yes, every diet is not for everyone, so please make sure you talk to your Doc before you start any diet if you have any concerns!!

Best,

MM

meditation mama
November 13th, 2007, 09:26 AM
Day two (19 Carbs)

Breakfast:
Chocolate Protein Shake with AllOne (MUCH BETTER!) (2)
Hard Boiled Egg

Snack
Think Thin Bar (2)

Lunch
4 Organic Turkey / Low Fat Provolone Rollups (2)

Snack
Romaine Lettuce and Curry Chicken Salad Boats (1)

Dinner
Chicken Fajitas with Low Carb Tortilla (10)

Snack
Pria Low Carb bar - Cookies & Caramel (2)

Chow!!

MM

trixietrack
November 13th, 2007, 09:37 AM
for lunch I am having steamed wax beans and bok choy with sesame garlic sauce, (home made) and a boiled egg.
for breakfast I had a boiled egg with sauteed thin sliced beef. (thin sliced beef cooks really fast)
I am a big fruit eater, and that is usually what I eat for breakfast, so this won't be easy for me

meditation mama
November 14th, 2007, 07:13 AM
Hi!

Day Three: 19 Carbs

Breakfast
Scrambled eggs
Turkey bacon
Protien Drink with All One (2)

Snack
Think Thin Bar (2)

Lunch
Fiesta Salad (6)
(2c Romaine Lettuce, Chicken Breast, Cheese, Sour Cream, Salsa, 1/2 tbl sliced Olives)

Snack
Chicken Salad Boat (from yesterday) (1)

Dinner
6oz Top Sirloin Steak
Ceasar Salad w/ Ceasar Salad Spritzer and Fresh parmesean slivers (no croutons) (4)
Broccoli (4)

Yesterday was a bit low energy, so I supplemented with Green Tea. I expect today to be the same, so I took the afternoon off and I am going to rest! It usually takes about three days, then the energy KICKS IN, I am waiting to start my exercise until I feel this. I am not going to push it as I am too busy at the spa and need my energy for that. Hopefully start on Thursday - I'll let you know!

Already feeling an amazing shift in my stomach - smaller!

MM

trixietrack
November 14th, 2007, 10:10 AM
meditation mama your menu is so yummy licking my chops.

didn't eat breakfast (I know that's bad) black tea with no sugar or milk.
for lunch I am having a big greek salad without the grape leaves
and for dinner stirfried chinese greens and steamed fish (what ever looks fresh at the market)
I need to buy low carb protein drinks for breakfast.

I really miss eating fruit.

me145
November 14th, 2007, 10:35 AM
hhmmm, i take it u atkins guys are definitely af then for awhile!

trixietrack
November 14th, 2007, 10:40 AM
yes me
I wll try anything to stay of the devil juice.

meditation mama
November 15th, 2007, 08:09 AM
yup - no "devil juice" !

Well I BLEW it last night. CRAP. I got off work late, met my hubby for Meican Food. I had to go to the doctors AGAIN - (so sick of this crap), so I was a bit in the dumps. I ate chips and salsa, has two AF beers, and then two tortillas with green chile verde (pork). Didn't think I did that bad, skipped the rice and beans. Anyway, I just went to the Atkins site and added it up and the chips, the two tortilla and the two af beers added to about 60 CARBS! - O M FLIPIN' G I thought it would be bad, but not that bad. When I looked it up I almost died!

Anyway, I am NOW batteling a cold, but I am determined to stay on this. I am going to right on through Thanksgiving, even if I have to eat the entire frickin' turkey! - ha-ha!

oh, wel, I guress it's like a slip on the booze - lesson learned. Right back on the saddle for me, though!!!!

MM

Doggygirl
November 15th, 2007, 08:54 AM
Hi - Can I join?

Eating low carb is THE best way for me to eat. I was one of those lucky SOB's who didn't have to try hard to stay within 10 pounds or so of my idea weight UNTIL...I turned 40. Then blammo - I gained 50 pounds seemingly overnight. (I'm 49 now). A few years ago I went low carb (but didn't stop drinking all together - obviously) and lost 50 and felt great. Until I somehow messed up my back. Went through months of chiro and physical therapy blah blah blah to no avail - resulting in surgery. Somehow through all that I lost track of my good eating habits and here I am again. I MUST get AL out of might life and get this excess weight off. Diabetes (II) runs in my family and the alcohol + eating crap = bad bad bad for me.

Yesterday was an AF day (yeah!!) and a low carb day. For now, I am not following Atkins to the letter - more like Protein Power if you are familiar with that low carb iteration. The goal is 30G per day NET carbs (total carbs less fiber carbs). Yesterday's menu:

B: 2 eggs (organic ones! yeah!) over medium with about 3 oz (guessing) of not-organic-at-all Bob Evans HOT sausage on the side.

L: Salad with about 3 cups lettuce (mixed greens), some green pepper, 1/2 a small avacodo, about 3 oz ham, a few grape tomatoes, some red onion, some cucumber and some zesty Italian Dressing. (nothing organic in the lot I don't think!)

D: Roast Turkey Breast and "fauxtatoes" (mashed cauliflower) with a little bit of "not made low carb" gravy.

When I did LC the first time around, I tried "fauxtatoes" once and though EE GADS THATS GROSS even though I like cauliflower. I don't recall what recipe I used - must have been a funky one. If you like cauliflower (cuz they still have a cauliflower taste!!) and miss mashed potatoes, here the recipe I've "tweaked" to my own liking:

1 head cauliflower - washed and cut into florets
2 - 4 TBS butter
2 - 4 TBS cream cheese
1 C (or so) organic vegetable broth (original recipe calls for water - could also try chicken broth)
2 TBS 1/2 & 1/2 or heavy cream
Salt & pepper
Grated cheddar cheese (optional)

Boil the cauliflower in the broth & cream until soft (the cream cuts the strong cauliflower taste in the end "fautatoes").

Drain the cauliflower well (this is an important step - otherwise they will be runny)

Put the cauliflower in a food processor or blender with the butter and cream cheese. I adust the amount of each depending on how big the head of cauliflower was - 2TBS of each for a small head - more for larger heads) Add salt and pepper to taste.

Whiz until smooth.

Put "fauxtatoes in a baking dish. Sprinkle the top with grated cheese if desired. Warm in oven or microwave before serving.

I like to use the cheese if I'm serving this with a non-gravy or sauce inclusive meat dish. (i.e. steak on the grill or something). I skip the grated cheese for serving with gravied or sauced items.

I've also been experimenting with different types of salts. I like a combo of Vege-Sal and Sea Salt for this dish better than regular iodized salt.

Many of you experienced LC'ers already know about fauxtatoes. But if you are newer to LC, thought you might like this recipe with Turkey Day looming!

DG

meditation mama
November 15th, 2007, 09:00 AM
I forgot about "fauxtatos" - I LOVE THEM.. I'm going to go get some cauliflower today.. feeling crappy - that will be my comfort food for tonight... Glad you are here!!

MM

trixietrack
November 15th, 2007, 09:02 AM
so sorry meditation mama. just get back up and start over
last night for dinner I had steamed asparagus with butter lemon and soy sauce.
I also ate stir fried (no batter) oysters, and cheese after dinner.
I think I need more protein, I was at the gym last night and felt a bit spacey.

tonights dinner is
calfs liver fried in onions
stir fried napa cabbage
some more of tha yummy cheese.

Doggygirl
November 15th, 2007, 09:21 AM
Hi MM! - I meant to add that I'm SORRY about your Fiesta experience last night. :( Those chips are so hard to avoid if they are anywhere on the top of the table. Today is a new day. And yes, ITA about Fauxtatoes being great "comfort food" now that I finally found a way to make them that I like. Enjoy! If you come up with any new twists on them, I'm all ears. (or eyes I guess)

Trixie, I wanna come to YOUR house for dinner! Liver and onions is an old fave of mine from childhood. Unfortunately, DH HATES liver, and can't even tolerate the smell of liver in the house. There is one restaurant in town that makes GREAT liver and onions, but we don't go out to eat much. Which brings up another thing that might be worth a mention...

A few years ago somebody turned me onto a little old fashioned butcher shop in town. It's buried in one of the "old neighborhoods" (while things are more mixed up these days, our town used to have specific pockets where people from particular "old countries" tended to move in). Anyway, their meat is a bit more expensive than the major grocery stores, it is LIGHT YEARS better. They use only the top grades of meat, and their meat is very, very fresh. I try to buy all my chicken, pork and beef there. What we do to make this work in the budget is just not go out to eat hardly ever. We used to go out at least once per week. I would rather have a $15 melt in your mouth Filet Mignon at home, than a $15 middle of the road...whatever you can get these days for $15...in a restaurant.

If you can find something like that near you, give it a try. To me anyway, it's well worth a little bit extra because the quality difference is very apparent.

Speaking of comfort food....anyone else think macaroni and cheese is a good comfort food now forbidden? If so, let me know and I'll post a recipe that I like instead of mac and cheese.

MM - thanks for starting this thread. It's getting me REALLY motivated to Git-R-Done and get this weight off and also just eat right for my body and health.

OK - off to Curves I go.

DG

trixietrack
November 15th, 2007, 09:27 AM
when I was typing up my dinner menu I thought I might gross a few people out. glad you like liver doggygirl. I bought mine at the polish butcher store which is like what you mention.
really good fresh stuff.
macaroni and cheese is not comfort food for me ( I am south American) but it sure is yummy.
spanish garlic soup is. and rice and beans and grilled chicken ( a la parilla)
mmm I think the spanish garlic soup could fit in with the atkins.
mostly tomatoe and garlic.
will post the recipe.
trix

xtexan
November 15th, 2007, 11:06 AM
About those chips...

Now that I am at goal (actually a little below), I finally bought a bag of those yellow corn tortilla chips with some salsa (hot pace).

Only difference now, is that I carefully measure out only 2 to 3 ounce of chips, and 2 to 3 ounce of salsa. This is now just a once a week "reward" on Fridays. God is it good.

Yesterday, I had a low carb day, at about the 20 gram level, but am "saving" up my weekly carb ration for Friday night again. Today will be about a 125 gram carb day, as I plan to work out hard this evening.

Still at 177, but some days I just want to keep the carbs very low at induction levels. It is a learned thing perhaps. A learned instinct to stay thin, because it feels so damn good.

Anyway, the important thing is to get the fat burning train rolling good. The reward is there. I never thought I would need a belt to hold up the 34 waist jeans. 5 months ago, 36 waist were getting very tight.

It works if you want it to work. BTW, I am checking my blood sugar with a diabetic type monitor system at intervals before and after meals. All is copacetic, but I like the numbers and data to keep the motivation consistent. Fasting blood sugar is about 84-85 mg, and after a mega-carb meal (>50 grams at one setting), it is about 125 mg. Good to go.

Neil

Doggygirl
November 15th, 2007, 01:11 PM
Spanish Garlic Soup!!

Please Please give recipe oh Trixie! I still have some home canned tomatoes from last season. Tomatoes are one of the "moderate" carb foods that I seem to tolerate OK. (better than low carb sweets, better than cheese, etc.) If some experimentation and collaberation is needed to adapt the recipe for LC, count me in to help and "taste test!"

xtexan, I like chicken liver too. My Granny (R.I.P) used to fry 'em up in a pan along with gizzards and hearts. I would FIGHT for the livers. (no gizzards for me thank you very much). You bring up such a good point about exercise - and I am one of the most naturally lazy people on the planet. I have come to accept that I MUST MUST MUST exercise - including both cardio and resistance in order to have a hope of achieving any sort of health goals. Congratulations on your obvious progress, and your maintenance learning/success!

I really like my Curves workouts. The time passes even faster when Ricky Martin http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_OWVUMJD4Ac[/video]]YouTube - she bangs ricky martin is on the playlist. ;) (where is our groping smiley!)

It's Low Carb and AF so far today! One moment at a time.

DG

ETA: LOL, I am sad to report that I did NOT in fact, bang Ricky Martin. The youtube poster maybe shoulda titled that one "Ricky Martin - She Bangs." But a girl can dream.

meditation mama
November 15th, 2007, 01:34 PM
EGGS

That's all I can muster up today.. eggs for breakfast, eggs for lunch and probably eggs for dinner. Good thing my husband is sleeping in the spare bedroom because of my sickies!:H

MM

Doggygirl
November 15th, 2007, 04:36 PM
meditation mama;224673 wrote: That's all I can muster up today.. eggs for breakfast, eggs for lunch and probably eggs for dinner. Good thing my husband is sleeping in the spare bedroom because of my sickies!:H

MM
MM, are you OK? OY I can imagine eating eggs for breakie every day, but not for every meal every day. What's UP?? (or down) Sorry - I'm not all caught up on all threads - might have missed something. I hope you are not sick or anything!!!!!!!

((((((MM)))))))) hugs

DG

Doggygirl
November 16th, 2007, 05:23 AM
Good morning and happy Friday! Yesterdays take:

B - Atkins shake (best I could do on cleaning lady day) Oops - should also include tomato juice for the AllOne. (that's another reason I'm following Protein Power carb levels more so than Atkins induction)

L - Big salad with cukes, red onion, green & red pepper, a few grape tomatoes, blue cheese and ham. Cucumber Ranch dressing yum.

D - Leftovers - Turkey & fauxtatoes with a little non-LC gravy.

Snack - I was hungry after dinner and had 3 of the tiny size of Slim Jims and some Swiss Cheese.

Here is a recipe I like for Chicken Soup. MM, I wish I could make you some and bring it to your house. Can you get hubby to make you this?? Chicken Soup I - Allrecipes (http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Chicken-Soup-I/Detail.aspx?strb=1) I just go easy on the carrots. You could even leave carrots out all together for a more induction friendly version. I haven't run this through a "counter" to see what the actual carb counts are though...

I realized after pondering RJ's message yesterday in the "Seminar at the Inn" thread (in monthly abs) that I must NOT EVER skip meals if I am to be successful at AF. Especially in the early stages, I DO get confused between hunger and thirst.

Well, I'll be off to Curves shortly for my 5th workout this week. Life is good.

blondie
November 16th, 2007, 06:06 AM
Hi All,

I've been on and off Atkins for a while and love it; it's so easy and helped my cholesterol, etc. But falling off the wagon bumped things up again, so I started lc and af last week! So I'd like to join too!

And, Doggygirl (hello again!) macaroni cheese - yumm!!!. I could live on that. I haven't eaten it for years because I know I wouldn't stop, so I'd love to have your lc version, please!

I've got about 14lbs I'd like to lose, so now it's out there...:)
blondie

meditation mama
November 16th, 2007, 08:57 AM
OK... all feeling a bit better! I think I can muster more than eggs today!

Blondie - WELCOME!! Please, join in!!

I wanted to share a few things that I have noticed and have made adustments in my supplements to overcome.

I think that some of us may tend to get a little bloated from soduim on the low carb diets, because we are eating higher sodium foods and more meats, and our body wants to hang on to it, it's looking for things to hang onto before it starts to burn the fat. So, there is a wonderful little item called Dandelion in comes in a tincture - looks like this... You can find it in most health food stores, or this company I use a lot. It comes in either an alcohol base or glycerine base - get the glycerine base - we know why. Anyway, you can either put this in your tea, if you drink tea in the morning (I drink a wonderful pomegranate green tea), or make a tea from it (not so great). Drinking Tea is a good habit to get into.. Put about 25 droppers in in the morning and you will pee-away!!!

The other thing I found is that BULK fiber is better than fiber capsules. Our intestinal metabolism slows on this LC diet and we are not getting the fibers from grains, so a fiber is ESSENTIAL! The bulk fibers mixed with water are the best. There are a few choices out there, but go slow for the first week, then you can add more if you need to. I LOVE the Dr. Natura Colonix Colonix Intestinal Cleanser Fiber Supplement (http://www.drnatura.com/colonix_fiber.php). It is the absolute best on the market for colon cleansing. You can go deeper into colon cleansing on this site, but BEWARE of the picture gallery!!! Anyway Colon health is VERY important, and it will help with the weight loss! I do a full colon cleanse once ayear...

These two things are going to keep our plumbing nice and healthy and the weight loss going! Let me know if you have anything that comes up... I mean.. well you know what I mean.. nutritionally.. :)

Best,

MM

meditation mama
November 16th, 2007, 09:15 AM
OK.. so now my food for the day

Today : 19 Carbs

Breakfast
Scrambled Egg Whites
Turkey Sausage (3)
Protein Drink with AllOne (2)

Snack
Think Thin Bar (2)

Lunch
4 Turkey / Sharp White Cheddar Roll Ups (2)
Romain Salad w/ Italian Spritzer Dressing (2)

Snack
28 almonds (2)

Dinner
Dry Rub Baby Back Ribs
Fauxtatoes (YEAH!) 1 cup (3)
Salad with Cucumbers and Oil and Vinegar (1)

Desert
Pria Cookies and Caramel Low carb Bar (2)

Gotta run!

Namaste,

MM

meditation mama
November 17th, 2007, 02:50 PM
Hi guys!

Todays Menu: 20 carbs

Breakfast
Protein Shake w/ Yogurt and AllOne (5)

Snack
Think Thin Bar (2)

Lunch
Lean Hamburger Patty w/ Cheese
1 BIG JUICY PICKLE (2)

Snack
28 almonds (2)

Dinner
Dry Rub Baby Back Ribs
Fauxtatoes (YEAH!) 1 cup (3)
Salad with Cucumbers and Oil and Vinegar (1)
(ended up eating out last night)

Desert
1/2 Yogurt (5)

Chow for now!

MM

Doggygirl
November 19th, 2007, 02:29 PM
I've been trying to post this recipe all day, and keep getting an error. Maybe it's the cabbage. Here goes with yet another try - for the cheezy cabbage with "Zing" that I'll take all day long if I can't have mac n cheese....

Ingredients:

1 head cabbage
---Cheese Sauce---
1 cup onion, chopped
1 cup celery, chopped
1 cup green pepper, chopped (you could leave this out if you don't like it)
salt (I like sea salt or vege-sal)
cayenne pepper
1 1/2 cups cream
1 tsp Not Starch (or Guar Gum or Xanthan sp Gum) for thickening
8 oz cheddar cheese, shredded
---Topping---
1 cup scallion, chopped
1/2 cup pork rinds, ground

Heat oven to 350 F. (180C). Remove outer cabbage leaves and core from the cabbage. Cut cabbage into bite size pieces. Cook uncovered in large pot of water for about 10 min. or until crisp tender. Drain. Make the cheese sauce: Saute onions, celery and green pepper in 1/4 cup water. Add salt & pepper - saute 10 minutes. Add the cream, blending well. Mix the Not Starch in 1/2 cup cold water. Add to sauce pan, and stir until creamy. Add the cheese. Stir until smooth. Place cabbage in 2-quart casserole. (I spray it with Pam first) Top with the cheese sauce. Sprinkle the scallion and ground rinds on top. Bake for 30 minutes.

I'm getting a non-stop error every time I try to post this. Does cabbage = porn or what?? (frustrated)

ETA: FINALLY!!!!!!!!!

trixietrack
November 19th, 2007, 03:32 PM
my weekend was pretty good except I had a bite of a tortilla chip. (bad dolly)
ate mostly soups wit light broth and lots of greens. also snacked on cheese.

today
breakfast cottage cheese and tea

home made chicken teriyaki with watercress salad and miso soup.

dinner grilled chicken and braised napa cabbage. I like having 2 or 3 kinds of cheese and maybe a little dry sausage as an appetizer.
lots of lemon and mint tea.

doggy girl I will post the soup recipe soon just need to get the serving infor right as I learned from my mom who never gave measurements, she just said un poco de ajo una cucharada de sal. .......

trixietrack
November 19th, 2007, 03:46 PM
whats guar gum?

Doggygirl
November 20th, 2007, 07:10 AM
trixietrack;226500 wrote: whats guar gum?
Hi trixie. It is a low carb, gluten free alternative to corn starch for thickening. Many low carbers use it as a flour substitute too, but the *way* it thickens is more like corn starch. (same with xanthan (sp) gum). Guar gum - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guar_gum) You can order either one of these on-line, or find them at health food stores. A little bit goes a long way! If you substitute for cornstarch or flour in a recipe you like, use only a small amount at first, and go from there until you get the consistency you want.

Not Starch (by Thicken Thin) is basically a commercial version (hence more expensive than the plain gums) that includes different gums.

Expert Foods: ThickenThin not/Starch Package and Label (http://www.expertfoods.com/package_notStarch.php)

I was glad to find out about these things. Happy experimenting!

DG