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meditation mama
November 27th, 2007, 05:47 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

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 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/a...ramcounter.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)

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!

meditation mama
November 27th, 2007, 06:14 AM
Sorry I have been slacking, but yesterday was a huge day and I didn't get home until really late...:upset:

Well, Sunday I BLEW IT! I had it all planned out with my great dinner, I had eaten great all day, and my hubby brought home fresh, warm french bread and apple crumble pie! I was beaten!!! EVIL HUBBY!

As I understand this, it takes three days for your body to get back in to burning the fat (or go into ketosis) when you have had a bunch of sugar. I am not sure about this fact, so I am going to look it up for us. I just rememebr someone telling me this the first time I did it. OH, I hope not! Anyway I felt like shit!! I couldn't sleep, I was up and down all night - it was like I was on a sugar high! I think my poor body just wasn't used to it. Anyway, I felt so bad I don't think I willbe doing that again..

So, back on track for me.. yesterday I had eggs for breakfast, no lunch (bad girl), a Think Thin bar, and for dinner chicken parmesean (no sugar tomato sauce),a nd sauted spinach. No desert!

I weighed and measured and I LOST 2 MORE POUNDS - YAY! I also did my measurements and have lost everywhere and 1 inch around my stomach - that's a biggie for me!

I am down 4 pounds in two weeks, that is a good rate to lose. I am sure it will pick up as soon as I start working out - still trying to get my butt motivated - it will come - soon! Only 14 pounds to go.. :)

Ok, so onward and upward!

Namaste, MM

trixietrack
November 27th, 2007, 01:29 PM
hi mm wow you are doing well. I had a couple of off days and had the same reaction as you but not as acute.
going to the gym helped a bit.

had a lot of greens for lunch and for dinner I am roasting a chicken and making french beans with garlic and butter.

Prest4time
November 27th, 2007, 03:38 PM
Thanks MM for updating! I started yesterday and I was down 2 lbs this morning just after one day. I am sure some of it was water weight as I ate a lot of salty foods over the last 10 days before starting.

The only book I have is "Atkins For Life" and it more focuses on how to keep the weight off after you've lost rather than the how-to's of getting going, etc. However, I did have the book years ago, read it and pretty much remember everything.

Also MM, I have a huge box of Think Thin bars that my husband bought at Costco, and after reading your post I went to check and mine have 27 carbs per bar! Do they make low carb ones? Mine also have sugar in them, so I figured they would be strictly off limits.

I did not eat any breakfast this morning as I had an early appt and was not hungry to boot. For lunch I had a big spinach salad with a hard boiled egg, some real bacon bits, mushrooms and a poppyseed dressing which did have sugar in it, but I tried to only put enough to give it some flavor, so only about a Tbsp. Somehow I think that skipping the eggs for breakfast is going to keep me having a successful day as I think that powering up on tons of protein for breakfast really fuels the fat burn all day for me. For dinner I am having another salad with romaine lettuce, grilled skirt steak, feta cheese and 2 Tbsp of Lite Ranch dressing.

Is there a website that lists the foods for the first two weeks as well as the carb counts?

Thanks!
Allie

trixietrack
November 27th, 2007, 05:04 PM
I really don't snack on anything between meals.
do you guys snack as part of the diet, or just because you need a boost in between meals.

maybe my servings are too big and I don't feel hunger as often.
just curious

Trix

Prest4time
November 28th, 2007, 11:32 PM
Ahem......

Where is MM? I have questions!!! Get your little slimming down self back!

Doggygirl
November 30th, 2007, 04:13 AM
Hi low carbers. Sorry I've been MIA and been sucking at staying low carb! Gotta change it...

Prest4time, the Atkins site might be useful for lists of foods..etc. that you are looking for. Atkins - Phase One (http://www.atkins.com/articles/atkins-phases/phase-one)

I would beware the low carb "products" often referred to as "Frankenfoods." Many of them contain sugar alcohols, soy products, etc. that do NOT agree with everyone. In my opinion, I think it's good to try to eat "clean and simple" with whole, real food (i.e. meats and veggies rather than breakfast bars and LC candy and stuff) until you get in a groove of weight loss. Then experiment carefully with some of this stuff to see what agrees with you and what doesn't. Also, calories do matter at some point, and many of these products ARE very high calorie even if they are considered low carb.

Anyway...Yesterday was a fabulous day to get back on track!! It was my first AF day in too long. It was a good workout at Curves day. I just missed out on breakfast which is the big flaw in the day. But the other meals:

L: Filet Mignon, brocolli with butter sauce

D: Beef stew (yum!)

Snack: SF jello

I normally try not to eat beef two times in a day, but that's what was out and ready for consumption. Today's menu:

B: Spinach and feta cheese omlette (and a restaurant that knows how to make 'em!!)

L: GARLIC SOUP!! Assuming I get things done on schedule to get it made.

D: Greek chicken and greek spinach

Also going to Curves again today. I've got my menus pretty well planned for the weekend too, so life is good so far!

DG
Day 2 AF

meditation mama
November 30th, 2007, 08:25 AM
Hi ladies!!!

Oh, my.. I am so sorry I have been away for most of theiweek. I have been absolutely slammed at the spa and in the evenings Ihad my daughters program, date night w/ my daughter and then datenight w/ hubby. i have been getting out of bed in the am w/ enough time to get my protein drink made and take it with me on the road. I have managed to eat well during the day - it is getting to be second nature to know what to eat, even if I eat out. HOWEVER, I DID EAT POPCORN AT THE MOVIES w/ DAUGHTER - AAARGH.. I just couldn't resist!

Anyway, Thanks DG for picking up my slack here. I would LVE your help on this thread through December as I am only going to get busier from here on through January 5th - IT'S TOURIST SEASON.. Hold on to my bootsrtaps!!!

P4T - Take a look at the new Atkins Website - it has absolutely everyting you could possibly imagine as far as information. Under "Atkins Nutritinal Approah", there is the informaitonon the Induction rules Atkins - Phase One (http://www.atkins.com/articles/atkins-phases/phase-one). But take soem time and browse through the site - I go to it at least once every few days for ideas on food, questions, etc. - ans WOW 2lbs in a day - water or not - that must feel great!

We will also be here ot answer questions - I am going tojust have to get up earlier. I have been sleeping in.. but I need to get here and see you guys!

Today I have to possibly get a tooth pulled, so I am going to have my protein shake, but not pack any food. if I feel like crap, I will sip on Organic Chiken Broth w/ Mushrooms and Nori and a dash of Miso. It is a high protein soup, and I make it ahead of time. I have some at work and home in case of a hunger attack!

I will check in later tonight. PROMISE!!

KEEP ON GOING GIRLS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Namaste,

MM

Prest4time
November 30th, 2007, 09:31 AM
Thanks MM and Spam Can!

I have been really good and have stuck to it since Monday. Its really easy to do I think because all the protein really holds me and keeps the hunger away.

I too am doing spinach and feta cheese omelettes almost every morning and I swear it is key to good weigh loss -- I think eggs just set you up to burn fat all day.

Yesterday was feta and cheese omelete for breakfast, lunch was two turkey roll ups and 1 slice of provolone cheese and a dill pickle. Dinner was a greek salad wiht grilled chicken and I didnt eat the tomatoes on it (It was take-out).

I am down another pound this morning, so that makes a total of three pounds since Monday! Yay!! My goal is to lose another seven and then I will start slowly adding some carbs back according to the plan of Atkins.

Thanks for the ideas and I will check out the website. Also -- MM, I want the skinny on the Think Thin Bars!

Thanks, Allie

trixietrack
November 30th, 2007, 11:37 AM
I have been doing well.
except I drank some wine last night 3 glasses.
made some spinach stirfried with tons of garlic.
and stirfried (thin sliced fresh pork) with ginger garlic soy sauce and lemon.
came out ultra good.
yummy!

Determinator
November 30th, 2007, 12:29 PM
Allie, that skirt steak/feta salad sounds awesome! (except for the ranch dressing...uck) :)

garlic soup? wow!

this thread is just making me hungry!!!!!

I was bad tuesday night and ate icecream...now back on the carb control train and exercising again which is fabu!!

keep up the yummy work everyone

Prest4time
November 30th, 2007, 03:30 PM
Det,
That's why this diet is so great.... you can eat so many things like all these great meats and cheeses that other diets prohibit. And what dressing might I ask that you would have preferred on the skirt steak salad??? Men are so picky.

Doggygirl
November 30th, 2007, 03:33 PM
Well, my menu changed a bit (ran out of time to make the garlic soup for lunch) but all is well in low carb land. Still on target for Greek chicken & greek spinach for dinner.

I've got the Garlic Soup on the menu for Sunday lunch. I really can't wait to try that!

Good to see you Deter. Prest4time, whatever dressing Deter says, I bets it's gourmet all the way!

DG

Prest4time
November 30th, 2007, 08:05 PM
Spamgirl,
I am sure you are right! Cant wait for the recipe for Det's preferred dressing. I always keep that "Naturally Fresh" Lite Ranch in the fridge... my kids love it with baby carrots and fresh veggies, and I think its great with steak! But what do I know? :H

BTW -- dinner tonight was baked Cod and roasted brussel sprouts. The brussel sprouts were great, but I got busy and overcooked the fish... was kind of rubber like and we had a good laugh. I was tempted to dive into the rosemary potatoes and "Dinosaur shaped" chicken nuggets I cooked for my nine year old, but managed to slap my hand and not touch a one! The scales had better reward me for my efforts tomorrow!:)

Doggygirl
December 1st, 2007, 06:43 AM
Good morning! Prest4time, I would love to know how you roast your brussel sprouts. I LOVE brussel sprouts and the more ways to make 'em, the better.

My own menu plan really fell apart yesterday. I stayed within my "allowed foods" list, but as we all know the carbs do add up and I'm sure they went way to high. But for now, I'll take just staying off of the "do not eat" list. Mr. Doggy ended up working late at a client, and I needed to go to bed so I "grazed" among too many nuts, pumpkin seeds, cottage cheese, Slim Jims, and that sort of thing.

Todays plan:

I'm leaving for Curves soon.

B: Sausage and eggs

L: A big salad with ham, turkey, etc.

D: Still debating...

The greek chicken has been in the lemon and olive oil marinade since yesterday. So I probably should cook it tonight. BUT...as it is dog training day...a big trigger day for me... I think I might go ahead and get my planned crock pot dinner on this AM, and save the chicken for tomorrow. I would imagine it will still be edible. Anyone have opinions?

DG

meditation mama
December 1st, 2007, 08:16 AM
Hey there, my low carb friends!!

P4T... WAY TO GO ON YOUR THREE POUNDS!!! Here is a link for the Think Thin bars https://www.thinkproducts.com/indexset.htm (http://https://www.thinkproducts.com/indexset.htm), just make sure you get the low carb variety - they make different kinds. I love them, and we sellt hem at the spa.

One little thing I wanted to point out regarding the salad dressing.. "lite" usuallymeans more sugar. You will notice by reading the lables on salad dressings that anything labled LITE is higher, actually, that is the rele of thumb for most foods... So, go for the REAL DEAL, and remember that dressings can add up to 6-8 carbs, so be careful! My choice, Annies Green Goddess.. IT IS SOOOO GOOD see you can find it try it! If you are ever in doubt, or away from home, opt for oil and balaslmic vinegar...

Trixie, Det, and DG.. any weight loss??? Are you guys weighing? Just curious.... good to see you are still on track!

My weigh in is on Monday, so I will let you know how I did this week. I did have one BIG bust night (ate french fries and popcorn - OMG, it tasted so good, though), so we shall see....

MM

MM

meditation mama
December 1st, 2007, 10:09 AM
Today

Breakfast
Protein Shake w/ AllOne
Eggs
Bacon (LOVE IT)

more to come - I HAVE THE DAY OFF! So, I will write in more later... I just needed a place to say I have the day off, myhouisekeeper came and so I am going to sit on my ass all day and watch movies!

Prest4time
December 1st, 2007, 11:01 AM
Holy Smoke!
I'm down 2 more lbs today -- so that's a total of five lbs since Monday! Its great, but maybe I need a few more carbs. I have not cheated at all since starting, so I indulged in a huge glass of grapefruit juice this morning which had 27 carbs!!!:H Wow... I've shot my carb allotment with one glass of juice. Grapefruit juice is my all time favorite thing in the morning and is what I mix my All One with usually -- on the second glass that is. I plan to go about the diet as usual and see what that grapefruit juice does.

MM -- I know those Lite dressings are the worst choice on Atkins, but it was all I had in the fridge other than poppyseed dressing which is full of sugar. I normally make my own dressings and was not up for it, so I just used that.

Spamo -- About the brussel sprouts, I wash (obviously)them and then cut them in half. Make sure they are thoroughly dry and then I put mine in a gallon-size Ziploc bag, drizzle olive oil in there (A feb Tbsps I guess), two garlic cloves minced, salt to taste and then I added some Ms. Dash. Seal the ziploc bag all the way except leave about 1/2 an inch open. Blow into the bag until it fills with air like a balloon and then quickly seal it up. Shake the bag vigourously to evenly coat the brussel sprouts with oil and seasoning. Open, dump into a glass oven dish and roast for about 20 minutes, turning at least once half way. I watch them until they start turning a little brown, and then take them out. Sooo goooood!

Allie

meditation mama
December 1st, 2007, 11:24 AM
Allie~ the brussel sprouts sound amazing - I will try them that way. I usually saute mine and add a piece (or 2) of chopped bacon - they are delish that way, too!

meditation mama
December 1st, 2007, 11:54 AM
For dinner - I think I will make beef stoganoff! I am going to put it in the slow cooker and serve over noodles for hubby and over spinach for me - topped with a big dollop of sour cream! Yumm-o!

Doggygirl
December 1st, 2007, 02:30 PM
Hello again!

P4T, congratulations on your great progress!! 5 pounds is awesome. You are doing very well with induction and getting the results that you should be getting! And thanks for the brussel sprout recipe! Now that I have yours and MM's, I need to get to a store that carries brussel sprouts so I can make them.

MM you are making my mouth water for Stroganoff!! I was at the butchers on Thursday and I did get meat so it's on my menu radar. I've never tried it over spinach - I bet that's yummy. I usually serve it over green beans which I really like, but at this time of year it's hard to find nice green beans! So if I don't find any good ones this week, I shall try your spinach method. I love the sharing of recipe and menu ideas here!

My official weigh in at Curves will happen either next Friday or Saturday. I did sneak onto the scale at Curves this AM, and it looks like I'm down only 2 scale pounds. But of course I was consuming way too much alcohol until 3 days ago, and not being 100% faithful to my "eat" / "don't eat" list. So I'm happy to have lost anything on the scale! I'm also hoping to see some improvement in body fat% and measurements. That will give me a good reality check on where I am, and what I need to do to get things on track.

Anyway, dinner is in the crock pot and life is good. I'm trying a new recipe (new for me anyway) from Dana Carpender's Crock Pot Recipes book. It's called "Comfort Food Caserole" which sounded very good to me when I was menu planning on Day 1 AF LOL!

Hope everyone is having a great day!

DG

Determinator
December 2nd, 2007, 12:31 AM
as usual this thread makes me hungry...even late at night!

Prest I usually make a fresh vinagrette and if I make too much I'll put it in a squeeze bottle and into the fridge for safe keeping. in consideration of our busy lives I'm working on my
"worlds fastest real salad dressing". the competition is on! who wants to play? I'll post on the recipe thread when divine knowledge occurs to me.

meditation mama
December 2nd, 2007, 12:04 PM
Det - LOVE the idea! For now, I am in love with the Salad Spritzers. They come in a variety of flavors and have less than 1 carb...

meditation mama
December 2nd, 2007, 12:13 PM
Sunday - 21 carbs

Hi fellow Low Carb'ers!

Today is a lazy day, as was yesterday. I am home, so it is REALLY easy for me to eat on target.

Breakfast
Protein SHake w/ All One and 2TBL Half and Half (5)

Snack
DEVILED EGGS - YUM-O! (0)

Lunch
Tuna Salad w/ Blue Cheese Crumbles in Romaine Boat and a Pickle (4)

Snack
Almonds and a Diet Coke (I like to have one a week!) (3)

Dinner
Roasted Rosemary Chicken
Some Veggies (4)

Snack
Sugar Free Chocolate Pudding (5)

Someone asked about the snack thing - if it is necassary. I believe it is good to keep the metabolism going. Some people don't need this, but mine is is a COMA! All nutritional experts say to have 5 small meals a day, so I think it is a good idea - you want to keep that fire burning!!

Have a fantastic Sunday!

Namaste,

MM

lushy
December 2nd, 2007, 06:48 PM
DG, the only way I will eat brussel sprouts is if they are roasted. If you cannot find fresh I always use frozen and just thaw them before roasting. I find they are smaller and cook faster. Really good sauteed in a pan (after roasting) with a little maple syrup and bacon........I know, I know, syrup has carbs but you do not put that much on.

Prest4time
December 2nd, 2007, 07:09 PM
I love the ideas!

MM -- what brand of protein shake to you use? Inquiring minds want to know!

Det -- I am sure you would blow me away on the salad dressing competition, but I do LOVE home made and usually surf the internet of my favorite recipe sites and find cool recipes.

I was planning to roast a chicken tonight with lots of fresh herbs, but my husband put the darn thing in the freezer instead of the fridge! Argggh...

So I raided the freezer and we are eating Tyson "Tequila Lime Wings" ( almost NO carbs, but lots of fat), and then steamed some green beans with a little butter.... the scales will tell tomorrow if this was bad or good!

Tomorrow will be easier to eat right on track. Weekends are harder I think.

Will check in tomorrow!

Doggygirl
December 3rd, 2007, 07:31 AM
Hi all! Lushy, thanks for the brussel sprout tips! Once I face my first sober spring in a very long time in 2008, I'm thinking about getting a garden in early. I've never grown sprouts before but would like to try.

Yesterday was a great day all the way around - low carb, AF, and life just being good. It was:

B: Spinach/feta omlette and sausage

Snack: Low carb bread (home made - mainly an almond flour & farmer cheese base) with butter. (let me know if you want the recipe I used - around 5G carbs depending on how thick/thin you slice it, less if you subtract fiber)

L: Greek Chicken breast and some broccoli

D: Leftover comfort food casserole

Well, I'm gonna wrap up here pretty soon and head to Curves! Have a great day everyone.

DG

Cinders
December 3rd, 2007, 07:58 AM
DG,

I want the bread recipe!! Thanks!!

Cindi