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Need support and people who know what they're doing

Post by phoenixascending » Tue Mar 24, 2009 8:44 pm

So far I am really enjoying South Beach. I don't feel hungry, but I do feel like it's working. Which is a new sensation for me.
I just started Phase one yesterday, and am convinced I am doing this wrong. I remember back when I was 16 and was a vegetarian, I ate more animal by products than I realized until years later. I feel like I'm doing the same thing.
In particular it'd be great if someone knew how to eat out at restaurants? I don't want to give up my weekly visits with friends, but I do want to make sure I'm handling this diet as well as I can.

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Post by ladybugnessa » Tue Mar 24, 2009 9:26 pm

can you post exactly what you are eating?
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Post by RedRox » Wed Mar 25, 2009 2:23 am

Are you working from the food lists and meal planning template or the menus in the book?

What part of it feels wrong? Your diet should still be mostly vegetable based. Where are you getting a lot of animal by products? Your protein sources should be from lean proteins that are recognizable as such or from meat substitutes per the food list.

Sometimes people eat so well they don't feel like they are "dieting" and that is usually a good thing.

And it depends on the restaurant. Ethnic places can be a bit tougher, but try to think of the food lists and what is on them. Lean meats, simply prepared and vegetables are usually your best bet. A grilled chicken caesar salad without the croutons always kind of works in a pinch if nothing else seems to work. Places like mexican, chinese, thai and italian are just tougher in general to find things that work, but it can usually be done.
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Post by phoenixascending » Wed Mar 25, 2009 6:24 am

so far this is what I'm doing:
breakfast: two of those quiche things. vegetable juice. water.
snack: turkey roll up things
lunch: chicken caesar salad
snack: celery and peanut butter
dinner:
(and this is where I start to feel confused)
One day I was out with friends and ate a salad that was insanely good. But I don't know anything about the ingredients and I found carrots at the bottom. I don't know if carrots should ruin my diet or not...
Last night I made a prepared stir fry. I realized there was corn but couldn't remember what list it was on....turns out it's a bad food. so I fail. also the things that looked like red pepper strips were once again carrots.

so things I've learned thus far: carrots are like food ninjas. They are always there. and I should probably try cooking myself. That just tends to end in black smoke.

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Post by ladybugnessa » Wed Mar 25, 2009 6:42 am

Carrots are fine in phase 2. they are a daily snack for me. (usually with hummus) :lmao:

shreds of carrots in P1 won't bust the diet. it's not magic.

and corn... eh. a few baby corn in a stir fry is not going to kill you. what will kill you is the sugar and fat in the sauce (do not kid yourself Chinese stir fry sauces are FULL of sugar and fat)
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Post by phoenixascending » Wed Mar 25, 2009 9:58 am

eep. I didn't even think of that!
methinks I need to read the nutrition labels a little more closely.

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Post by ladybugnessa » Wed Mar 25, 2009 3:58 pm

phoenixascending wrote:eep. I didn't even think of that!
methinks I need to read the nutrition labels a little more closely.

OMG yes read everything and if you don't know what it is ASK.

you will be amazed.
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Post by RedRox » Wed Mar 25, 2009 6:33 pm

Even more than reading nutritional labels, read the ingredients! ;) SB is really all about the veggies and the ingredients in things and the nutritional panel is helpful for certain foods (like salad dressings), but the large majority of what you eat shouldn't have a label on it to begin with!!
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Post by phoenixascending » Sat Mar 28, 2009 8:09 am

Alright, despite my concerns about diet adherance and a few slices of cake with coworkers, I lost ten pounds week one.

How much of this should I expect to come back when I hit Phase 2 in a week or so?

and yeah, I think I'm learning whole foods are where it is at. Maybe as a side accomplishment I'll learn how to cook because of this :)

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Post by ladybugnessa » Sat Mar 28, 2009 8:37 am

how much should you expect to come back?

i personally followed the old transition guidelines and gained nothing back

i added strawberries my first week
a grain (rice or oatmeal) my second week
a fruit my third week
another grain my fourth week...


if you add grain and fruit the first week each day you might pick up a pound or two.... it's water weight.

a few slices of cake?

next time have less than a few slices. maybe a few bites.

i say that because that was my downfall.... i indulged and it came back and bit me in the face 2 1/2 years after I started this plan...
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Post by phoenixascending » Sat Mar 28, 2009 10:49 am

yeah...it was one and a half slices. Way more self control around cake than I have in a while.
but I think next time a few bites could probably satisfy me in the same way. The first bite is always the best anyway.

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Post by RedRox » Sun Mar 29, 2009 9:19 am

I gained 3 lbs in 3 days when I transitioned, but I added too much too quickly. If you do, remember that it is likely just water weight that you lost initially. Easy go, easy come! ;) It really has nothing to do with fat loss, which is different than weight loss. Keep a long term perspective and it's sometimes easier to weather the inevitable speedbumps and daily scale variations!
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