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General Discussion / Food allergies
« on: May 17, 2012, 01:36:47 PM »
I went to the doctor about my chronic migraines and it turns out I have some significant food allergies I didn't know about. Vanilla I'm particularly allergic to, several veggies, some spices, brown rice, several additives and red and yellow food dye. So now the doc wants me on a gluten free, dairy free, caffeine free, low carb, low acid/high alkaline diet that avoids my allergies. I think the only thing left is asparagus and raw spinach.  ;)

So that will be challenging. I'm going to have to find a nutritionist to help with that one cuz I'm stumped. But hey, anything that will get rid of migraines and extra hip yardage.  ;D

Meal Plans / Still struggling on weight and inches loss
« on: April 09, 2012, 11:40:45 AM »
I'm 2 months in and pretty much where I started out. It's so depressing! I've gotten past all the cravings and honestly don't struggle with cravings. I stick to kind of the same meal plan each week because it's easier to plan and I need some fast go to meals with a sometimes crazy schedule. I exercise very regularly, walking at least 2 miles per day and doing more if I can. I'm not on any medications and have really worked on maintaining portion control. And no change whatsoever...I've gone down and up a little week to week but as of today there is no net change.

Below is a typical plan

Breakfast - 1 cup coffee with liquid splenda and 0 carb cream, either OMM or egg/turkey bacon or a muffin fritatta. I try to keep breakfast at or below 2 carb

Lunch - usually 1/2 cup of the sausage stew recipe which I love and I try to keep the tomato as low as I can and get the flavor and add in black soy beans. I will sometimes serve that over 1/2 cup raw spinach.

Dinner - blackened fix with cauliflower or tofu noodles with shrimp and alfredo or Doug's southern pork chop with asparagus or some form of cauli or brocoli  or the turnip au gratin maybe

Snack - homemade beef jerky, small handful of almonds (I keep to 2net carb serving size limit) or GG brancrisp with cream cheese or a bit of whatever cheese is in the fridge

I've been weighing my veggies so keep the portions correct there. I know that cheese is my weakness so I'm going to cut that out except for what I need in cooking.

I don't eat out much but when I do I'll either get sashimi, no rice, or yesterday I had blackened fish no sauce and steamed brocoli at a restaurant.

I'm just flummoxed over what is going on. I definitely feel much better and finally got past cravings so kept feeling I was going well. I stopped weighing frequently so this is my first weigh in for 3 weeks. And nothing. I was so disgusted, I can't even describe. If I were struggling with the plan I would take my lumps but I love the substitutions, it's going well. At Easter dinner I carried turnips au gratin, had just a little, maybe 1/4 cup steamed broc and a small serving of turkey breast. And it was great. My extended family were all over incorporating low carb options at dinner so I only missed out on the candied sweet potatoes.

Any suggestions would be great. I'm starting to really despair I'll not be able to lose the weight again. It's not causing me to fall off the plan because I have been enjoying it very much but would love to figure out how I can be on the plan and lose weight. I know it works. I know there's some trigger I'm missing somewhere, I just need to find it.  ;D

Sides and Snacks / Making some snacks with my new dehydrater
« on: March 04, 2012, 12:51:20 PM »
I'm making some beef jerky for the firs time ever and I can't wait to see how it turns out! Having some snacks to take to work or when I'm gone all day on the weekends will really help. But I'm wondering about other things to make. Maybe dehydrated zucchini 'chips'?

Girly Girl Talk / Coping with first ToM
« on: February 28, 2012, 07:12:33 PM »
Oh geez this isn't a good day! Sick with fever and ToM day 1 on top of that. I'm starving! But can't eat much with feeling bad. So I've been grazing trying to control both. Grazing on low carb, my house is stripped of sugars. But I finally caved in to the sweet, the bran crisp just didn't cut it!! :) anyway I made a modified single serving cheesecake. I have these itty bitty baking dishes for single serving. I mixed some cream cheese, teeny tiny drop of vanilla extract, little egg white, 2drops liquid splenda. And baked. It was hard to figure out the ratio for single serving so worst case I get baked cream cheese. Lol. Probably not ideal to give in to a sweet craving this early in my transition to this plan but I'll be huddled on the floor, rocking, and begging for a Snickers if I don't mitigate soon. Hopefully tomorrow is a better day. I have acupuncture in the afternoon and that Always balances me out.

Meal Plans / Meal plan help
« on: February 23, 2012, 08:44:22 AM »
I've not been losing so Umpa suggested I post my meal plan for some help (thanks Umpa)

A typical day is below
Breakfast is either an OMM with a butter or 2 eggs and 2 strips turkey bacon

Lunch is usually spinach topped with diced turkey (not packaged) and grated cheese. I dont like dressing so skip that. Yesterday I added a teaspoon of hummus that my friend had. Or I top it with Tuna/mayo instead of turkey. The only other thing I'll have is a mama lupes tortilla with 3 net carb with some Turkey and cheese.

Dinner has been some combo of lean meat and veggie or my favorite blackened catfish with roasted asparagus and squash. I keep the carby veggies to a cup or less.  I did have the tofu noodle baked ziti but I posted that one for Umpa to take a look at. :) if I need a quick meal I'll have the tofu noodles with shrimp and Alfredo low carb version. I had red meat twice and ditched that as I usually don't eat it and it was too heavy (but good!) lol. Oh and one night I made a southern style pork chop with the pork rind/almond flour coating. Yum.

Snacks have been a pack of almonds (100 cal pack) at 2 net carbs or cheese. Or a GG crisp with T of cream cheese. And usually a sugar free jello with some reddiwhip. 

Lots of plain water, ditched the Splenda and use stevia

I'm not sure where I've strayed. Ok I could cut out the cheese but I've tried to keep the portion down though I love me some cheese! :)

Looking at this I guessing can cut the jello and reddiwhip. I was going to ditch the reddiwhip anyway and make my own. I love the OMM but should I cut it? I have it probably 3 mornings a week.

Any thoughts?


Ask Umpa / Baked ziti-ish conversion
« on: February 18, 2012, 09:03:29 AM »
I made dinner for a friend and I hope I didn't stray too far from the path on the conversion. I wanted to try Italian so I made a baked ziti-ish dish. I used a bag of shirataki tofu macaroni noodles, a bit of ricotta cheese, a little egg white, grated mozzarella and low carb spaghetti sauce. Mixed that all up and topped with a little grated Parmesan then baked. It made 2 servings. I think it was about 8 net carbs per serving. Not super low I know so I worried I had gone too far for being in the beginning stages. But boy it was yummy. Was this an ok conversion?

General Discussion / Week 2 and stalled?
« on: February 14, 2012, 11:49:24 AM »
I'm a little bummed that I'm on day 11 and still only have lost the 4 pounds from week 1. I've been so careful and tracked everything to prevent carb creep. I've eaten lean meats and non-veggies. Exercised regularly. I'm not side railed but a little bummed. I guess I was hoping for the miracle...immediate drop of all extra weight. :)

General Discussion / This is the end of week far so good
« on: February 09, 2012, 08:57:35 AM »
Hi everyone. I've been reading a lot of the posts and what a lot of great information! I found the FTS book when I despaired of ever being able to lose this weight...again. Yep, I lost it before and kept it off for about 2 years and then it slowly slid back on when life got hectic. But what worked before just isn't working now. No matter what I did,  no matter how few calories, how many points, how much exercise, I just wasn't losing. And then I found FTS and I lost 4 lbs in the first 6 days. I feel good about that... Especially since I've really been enjoying the food! I've made several changes including cutting out Splenda in favor of Stevia, drinking more pure water instead of Crystal Light and logging all my food intake to track carbs. (love the ipad app for carb manager)

My first challenge is this weekend. I have a 3 day conference. And you know how they pack those things with bagels and pastries. Yikes! I've got a couple of quickie low carb snacks packed, confirmed the hotel serves some low carb options for breakfast and then I'll have to avoid the pastry cart for 3 days. Oy. Wish me luck!

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