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« Reply #600 on: February 20, 2010 10:01:45 AM »

I lost twenty-five pounds AFTER the baby weight was off from my second baby.  I did a modified South Beach diet - I found that I liked the basic concept but it was too strict for me to stick to, especially because I was exclusively breastfeeding my son at the time.  The biggest changes I made were adding more veggies, cutting out white flour and sugars, doing all my baking with whole wheat flour and trying not to eat junk at home.  I also upped my protein so it was closer to even with my carbohydrate intake.  I didn't say no to things in other people's homes and would have dessert or things made with white flour.  One of my biggest pet peeves about people dieting is when they refuse to eat nearly everything on the table.  I knew someone on the South Beach diet when I was doing it and she wouldn't eat pasta unless it was whole wheat, wouldn't eat bread, certain veggies or fruits..it got old fast.  We did it for about the same amount of time and lost just about the same amount of weight...so it seems it works the way I did it.  I didn't find that it cost more - I just ate things that I knew were healthy or that were on the approved list.  This wasn't at all like stricter diets where you have to know calorie counts or whatever.  I have way too much to think about to add calorie counting to it.  If anything, when buying pre-made, look for sugar or white flour in the ingredients.  Some things claim to be healthy because they are low or no-calories but then they're made with aspertame (BAD!) or other things you really don't need to eat.

Anyway, just my two cents on dieting. Smiley  Congrats, Disco Queen Highness!  The school sounds terrific!  I have a lot of gripes with the public school system and our Christian school here..which is why I'll be homeschooling.  But when it comes time for high school, we'll give the kids a choice of what they want to do.  

I asked my four and a half year old what she wanted to wear this morning and she said, "I want you to make me something to wear."  So I made her a skirt from the cut off bottoms from hubby's pants.  They had a huge hole in the knee and I cut them off a few days ago and made them into shorts.  So I had two legs and didn't know how to use them.  Skirt for Jenny!  She's super happy, too. Cheesy

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« Reply #601 on: February 20, 2010 11:46:24 AM »

And I know what I'm going to say next is controversial, but I think many people are healthier and at their healthy weight, and have more energy and feel better when they do not eat dairy (especially) or gluten (or even all grains). It is possible to cut both of these out of your diet and get all the nutrients you need if you just stay aware of what you are eating. You cannot say that about cutting out vegetables, fruits and protein. And good fats. Fats are good!

It is not so much that saying no to all dairy and grain products is wrong for you, but it is wrong for most of the world. Let me explain.

My doctor told me to eat the South Beach diet. It made me ill, I had no energy and I gained 7 pounds. Milk goes through me, as does most meat and I seem to be developing an 'issue' with some tree nuts. However, cheese and yogurt are my friends, as I can easily digest those as an easy protein. Meat, as I said, can make me ill for days and chicken rarely stays down. Fish, of all sorts, is the rare exception to this general rule. Beans are a near daily in this house, but even I need to change a bit now and then. Oh, and I hate tofu. Sorry.

Grains give me energy, I feel clean and empowered and clear headed all day.

I think that we all need to remember that each person's dietary needs are as individual as the person themselves.

I do wish more people would pay attention to what goes into their mouths. Healthier foods do tend to be cheaper once you factor in nutrition. If you choose a $1 pack of sticky cinnamon buns, you could feed three people for two breakfasts. But if you feed those same three people an apple (fiber, minerals, vitamins), a piece of whole grain bread (protein, grains, minerals) and make a glass of milk, soy or dairy, (protein, protein, protein), it might cost about $2. Yes, you have spent more, but it will make you feel full longer, concentrate better and see the doctor less.
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« Reply #602 on: February 20, 2010 12:57:56 PM »

Cute skirt, itchy!

rottenlittleboys - absolutely! I didn't take my story far enough. Whole foods are the way to go, but you have to figure out what works for your body. I'm envious of people who thrive on a vegetarian or grain/dairy-based diet, I would LOVE to be able to eat that way - for many reasons. It just doesn't work for me. Similarly, what works for some people, isn't working for you. That's why there are so many diets and ways of eating -one thing doesn't work for all. That's why I'm a fan of the Integrative Institute of Nutrition - they look at all options.

But when there are so many options, it can be overwhelming. And then if there are food sensitivities and food allergies it confounds the issue more! I like what itchy said about remaining flexible. And the changes she made - she didn't say whether she made them all at once or not, but I'm sure they made a big difference. And they are easily made in "baby steps."
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« Reply #603 on: February 20, 2010 02:07:58 PM »

Cute skirt, itchy!

rottenlittleboys - absolutely! I didn't take my story far enough. Whole foods are the way to go, but you have to figure out what works for your body. I'm envious of people who thrive on a vegetarian or grain/dairy-based diet, I would LOVE to be able to eat that way - for many reasons. It just doesn't work for me. Similarly, what works for some people, isn't working for you. That's why there are so many diets and ways of eating -one thing doesn't work for all. That's why I'm a fan of the Integrative Institute of Nutrition - they look at all options.

But when there are so many options, it can be overwhelming. And then if there are food sensitivities and food allergies it confounds the issue more! I like what itchy said about remaining flexible. And the changes she made - she didn't say whether she made them all at once or not, but I'm sure they made a big difference. And they are easily made in "baby steps."

Indeed, they are easily made in baby steps. My husband must eat meat, or he becomes ill and lacks energy. If it weren't for him, I doubt I would ever eat meat again.

But mostly, I agree with your idea that we all need to learn to listen to how our bodies best respond to what we eat.
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« Reply #604 on: February 20, 2010 02:24:00 PM »

I agree with listening to your body.  It will definitely tell you when you are eating too much of the wrong thing or lacking in something else.  I know when I have eaten the wrong thing, without even looking at the label to see what the ingredients look like.

And I also agree about taking baby steps.  If you try to change everything about your diet all at once, it sends your body into shock.  You definitely need to do things a little at a time.  I had a med tech tell me once that it only takes four days to make or break a habit.  If you make one little change every four or five days, it doesn't take much to end up with healthy habits.
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« Reply #605 on: February 20, 2010 02:26:22 PM »

I have to respectfully disagree with the statement that someone must or must not eat this or that. While I find a personal choice a perfectly valid reason for doing so, looking at the nutritional profile of a particular food one can find alternatives that meet those parameters if one so desires. It's about finding the balance that works for you, whatever that may be, but a dietary absolute (short of a true food allergy) is often simply a misunderstanding of nutritive factors. Having studied nutrition for decades I have been amazed over and over again about the misconceptions regarding diet.

Again I say, a personal choice is completely valid, I am not arguing that point.
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« Reply #606 on: February 20, 2010 05:17:25 PM »

I asked my four and a half year old what she wanted to wear this morning and she said, "I want you to make me something to wear."  So I made her a skirt from the cut off bottoms from hubby's pants.  They had a huge hole in the knee and I cut them off a few days ago and made them into shorts.  So I had two legs and didn't know how to use them.  Skirt for Jenny!  She's super happy, too. Cheesy
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« Reply #607 on: February 21, 2010 05:37:34 AM »

Disco Queen Highness- Congratulations to your DD. I am so happy for her. I love to hear when our lil' ones get a great opportunity for education. I think $200 is cheap and the school can concentrate on teaching instead of fund raising. I love this.

Diets and politics are touchy subjects so I just stay out of it, ROFL.

Your lil' one is soooo cute itchy.

Frugal Things I did today.

Went to the library to get lots of delicious books and movies. I love the Interlibrary loans. The best thing ever.

You know you shop at Big Lots way too much when you have a reward card and the cashier tells you "Wow, you have six purchases already for your reward points!" ROFL!

DH & I love Big Lots. Between Big Lots and Dollar Tree we can kill most of our shopping list.

I got a beautiful bead storage container that originally retailed for $50. I paid $12.

I bought my cats a $3 scratching pad. This has been soooooo much fun in my home. They are driving me crazy, lol. I can't stop laughing at them and I love every minute of it. Cheap thrills.

I went to WalMart and spent $25 on crafts, beauty items and groceries. I love getting out of WalMart so cheap.

Then we came home and watched the Roku. I love my Roku.



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« Reply #608 on: February 22, 2010 02:42:58 PM »

Well, my FrugALong friends... I have NEWS. My husband is worried this news is going to cost us a fortune, but i think we can do it pretty frugally if we plan ahead.

What is the news?

I'm pregnant.  Grin We've been trying for 2 years, so, it was a surprise to finally see a positive result. Pretty funny too as the day before I ordered more ovulation prediction kits. I wasn't expecting success! I will pass them on to my cousin who is also trying though.
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« Reply #609 on: February 22, 2010 02:49:20 PM »

Oh my, oh my, oh my! Congratulations to the twothree of you!

Well, my FrugALong friends... I have NEWS. My husband is worried this news is going to cost us a fortune, but i think we can do it pretty frugally if we plan ahead.

What is the news?

I'm pregnant.  Grin We've been trying for 2 years, so, it was a surprise to finally see a positive result. Pretty funny too as the day before I ordered more ovulation prediction kits. I wasn't expecting success! I will pass them on to my cousin who is also trying though.
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