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General Discussion / Re: Food allergies
« on: May 19, 2012, 02:56:14 PM »
Thanks! I should find out more Monday.  They named a few preservatives I was allergic to but I don't have the list yet so no details yet. Ive read several articles on the acid/alkaline guidelines and it can be confusing. There's lots of info out there.  One good thing is the doctor says sugar is toxic and has written several articles on it.

General Discussion / Re: Food allergies
« on: May 17, 2012, 03:37:35 PM »
I thought so too until my regular doctor confirmed high acid diets can trigger migraines and other issues.

General Discussion / Re: Food allergies
« on: May 17, 2012, 03:28:40 PM »
I don't use Equal and avoid anything that has it as an ingredient.

The problem with dairy is that butter and cheese are acidic forming apparently so they want me to avoid it. Most meats are acidic and several other items I've been eating are acidic forming or there's mixed info on whether it's acidic or alkaline, like flax seed meal. I'm supposed to be 80% alkaline/20% acidic. So I've still been using heavy cream in my coffee but that's about it for dairy until I meet with the doc again and get more details. I don't have the full allergy report yet so don't know the full impact yet. They called me while I was packing for vacation so I decided if I've survived this long, I'd manage through my trip to Yosemite. :)

Hopefully Monday I'll actually get some details on this asparagus and spinach diet. :)

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 / Re: Still struggling on weight and inches loss
« on: April 09, 2012, 02:04:01 PM »
Thanks both...I typically stay under 12 carbs per day and I drink plain water constantly. I'm really sensitive to dehydration so I tend to drink quite a bit of water. Usually at least 100 ounces per day. My measurements had dropped for a short time but from 2 months ago are unchanged. It's bizarre. I refer to the book constantly, it stays on my kitchen counter. I just don't know what else to cut. If I have OMM for breakfast, that's the only 'bread' that I have all day. I cut out the low carb tortillas in favor of the soup and keep my veggie portions down by measuring or weighing.

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

General Discussion / Re: confused by info
« on: April 04, 2012, 01:59:18 PM »
Here are a couple of links that I found very helpful. I just recently started and got off to a shaky start on portion control. I can still have issues when I buy my favorite cheese at Sam's. :)


As for the Splenda, I believe a serving has 1 net carb so it can add up quickly. I started using the liquid version or stevia both with 0 carbs and it works great. I pre-ordered the FTS liquid sweetener and can't wait. It's a good price. :)

Good luck!!!


Desserts and Sweets / Re: The BEST Low Carb Cheesecake
« on: April 03, 2012, 07:21:03 PM »
I use the liquid sweetener in my cheesecake recipe and it's great. My recipe is similar and I've I've had no issues.

Product Reviews / Re: Pre-cooked Chicken Burgers at Sam's
« on: March 24, 2012, 12:32:20 PM »
Are they frozen? I'm heading to Sam's Monday so need some of these! I also get their chicken sausage links and keep in freezer. They're 1 net carb per link and really good.

Lunch Recipes / Re: Savory Italian Sausage Stew......I love the stuff
« on: March 14, 2012, 01:26:23 PM »
I made some last night and had it for lunch today. Wowzer it was yummy! So simple yet so much flavor. Purdue makes a 0 carb per link hot sausage that I used that was good. Might add a little tobasco next time. I grew up on my grandfathers hot it made my hair curl.  Lol. Everything else just tastes sweet to me. This is a new favorite for sure. I may add a bit of the black soy beans next time just for kicks.

Sides and Snacks / Re: Turnip Gratin
« on: March 14, 2012, 09:39:42 AM »
I am totally trying this! Ok, well as soon as the leftover caulimash is gone. :) I'm not usually a big fan of turnips but this looks yummy!

General Discussion / Re: The "New Pasta Diet" really works
« on: March 11, 2012, 10:05:54 AM »
I've started eating a lot of fish too. You can cook it so many ways! I wish I could get better seafood here but I work with what we have. :)

General Discussion / Re: Comparison
« on: March 05, 2012, 09:46:26 PM »
But I'm a newbie so take everything I say with a grain of salt. Lol

General Discussion / Re: Comparison
« on: March 05, 2012, 09:45:57 PM »
I had to switch to straight water for the most part. I have 1 coffee and 1 soda but the rest is plain water. Otherwise I had cravings too badly. Have you tried maybe something like green tea or some fruity rooibus tea that doesn't have the artificial sweeteners? I did that to transition and some days I drink a lot of my Berry Dreams rooibus tea and that really is flavorful without the sweetener. I'm a slow loser too so I'm just trying to do anything I can to help.

General Questions / Re: Sugar-free cough syrup?
« on: March 05, 2012, 05:30:01 PM »
Well where I live in NC we use a T of whiskey with a touch of lemon juice and honey. You could use the sf honey. :) sure does make you sleep good! At my house growing up we had to cut that home remedy out when my bro became a teenager...he developed a chronic 'cough' that needed lots of medicine apparently. :)

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