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    Carb Counting

    I can't think of anything more tedious than having to pay attention to ones' food consumption, but that is what I am doing. I am trying to change bad eating habits. Boy, what a challenge grocery shopping was tonight! Believe me, it takes twice as long and one ends up with less items when reading all the labels on the products before purchasing! It's amazing what we put into our bodies without thinking. My basket was pretty empty by the time I got to the checkout compared to the junk that some people loaded in their carts! I am reading a couple of good books from the library on the subject as well. It's going to take a long time reform!

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    I've tried it all--I am never going to lose these extra 25 lbs. Real estate has turned me into a nervous wreck most of the time, and just the thought of having to worry about watching what I am eating just adds to my anxiety. Then again, being 25 lbs. overweight and not being able to fit into my clothes adds to my anxiety as well. I must have starved in a past life, because I'm always worried that I'm going to be hungry, although that worry is totally irrational.

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    There are scientific studies out there to support all the different diets out there, but I've read a lot of convincing arguments saying that carbs aren't as bad as they are sometimes made out to be.

    My unscientific inclination is that the more natural (i.e. less processed) the better. Whole foods, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, are the way to go. Also, lean meats, fish, and dairy. It's amazing the amount flavor that comes out of this type of food and how satisfying it can be. I recently read an article indicating that processed foods taste good and have components that keep one coming back for me; however, after about three weeks of not eating this type of food, it is no longer craved. I can't vouch for that exactly, but I will say that over the last 6 months, I've made a concerted effort to avoid that type of food - just because I don't think it is healthy - and I no longer crave it. In fact, it rarely sounds appealing to me.

    Lad, there's an abundance of fresh fruits and veggies in BC, no? It is actually fun, I think, to pick up a veggie you haven't tried before and cook it up. Keeps things interesting. If you find something you aren't familiar with you can go to a web site such as cookinglight.com and search for recipes with that particular ingredient.

    Just out of curiosity, which books are you reading? Good luck with the whole thing.

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    I've been on a mission to drop the extra 10 - 15 pounds I've picked up in the past few years (10 of that after I quit smoking over a year ago).

    My biggest 'weapon' has been logging everything I eat, plus my daily exercise activities on the FitDay website -- www.fitday.com

    It lets you keep track of what you eat, your weight -- how your intake and output balance out. Just remember, while it's important to eat properly, you won't lose weight if the calories you take in are greater than that which you burn.

    Anyways...good luck!

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    Thanks for the replies. I was hungry most of the afternoon today at work and that song "Food Glorious Food" from Oliver kept going through my mind! Yes, we have an abundance of good fruit and vegies here in BC. I have always been conscientious about my diet. There are just certain things I like - diet Coke and pop corn, potato chips. I am not a snacker, but every now and then I do like my treats! I guess the pop is the worst. I think just following a balanced diet and exercising is the best thing. It's back to the drawing board tomorrow!

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    LADSKATER:
    I feel your pain. I am doing the same thing. I cut out most carbs, much to the chagrin of my coach. after a lousy one hour lesson, she told me that she thinks that I should at least have some carbs. I have eaten more, but cut out the junk. I am feeling better than I did when I was eating the junk. I was amazed to see how addicted to carbs I was...AM. Are you doing Atkins by chance?

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    Carb Counting

    Glacierskater:

    Not exactly. I am following the diabetic diet. I am not a diabetic, but I was married to one for twelve years and my present male companion is now diagnosed with type two diabetes. I am trying to help him with his diet. It would not hurt me to lose about ten pounds! The diabetic diet is one of the best diets around. I just have to get used to thinking about meals again. It's going to take some effort!

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    Lad, sounds like you are doing very well already. Eating your favorite foods in moderation is okay, no?

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    About that diabetic diet, they didn't formerly tell you to quit carbs as they are now doing. I asked my Dr. for a copy and she didn't have any. So I don't really know anything about what to or not to eat. I've tried looking on the internet but haven't really found what I think is proper.

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    Very cool of you to be that supportive. I am impressed. Atkins has lots of idea and the recipes are amazingly good. ALso, I have discovered some really good candy bar replacements...low card, and sugar. I started it and my fiance go tright in there with me and did it. I never said one word, just started it and there he was. It is a nice feeling of support.

    I do find that we spend twice as much money, and 3 times as long int he kitchen. I cook for the whole week and freeze the meat dishes. Then buy the salad stuff twice a week. Keep up the good work. They say that you feel great once you get over the cravings. I have never kicked the cravings, but the low carb candy bars keep me from being cranky

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    I can sympathize about the carb counting. What a hassle! As a diabetic with high blood pressure, I am always hearing the medical types telling me to lose weight. Even a "small" loss, 5% to 10% of your current weight is supposed to help you manage or even reverse those. We'll see.......

    I got talked into a weight loss/exercise program at my local hospital. The nutrionist got me carb counting. The exercise program has also helped. I've only lost 8 or 9 pounds, but I am really starting to see results in building muscle. The double chin was the first to go! I can also tell that I have arms and neck and shoulders. The rolls are beginning to tighten up toward becoming curves. I just wish I only had a few pounds to lose, but I'm at least trying.

    As for the diabetic diet, reliable info can be found all over the web if you start out with these:

    http://www.diabetes.org/main/application/commercewf

    http://www.diabetes.ca/Section_Main/welcome.asp

    http://diabetes.about.com/

    http://ndep.nih.gov/

    I'd add more links, but I'm afraid to lose this reply! More later.

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    Even though I don't really "believe" in it, I did the Atkins induction for three weeks just to force myself to eat more protein (I'm a total carboholic). My real goal was to learn to eat more protein so that I would build muscle more easily. I've been especially concerned about eating right since breaking my wrist the second time (just to aid the healing process).

    I lost 7 pounds and felt so much better, that I just gradually added back in fruits and vegetables. Right now I'm not following anyone's program, just making sensible choices like someone here said. I cut out the refined sugars and non-complex carbs, and I'm really slimming out and feeling fab.

    Tonight I had decided that I would eat a small amount of Ben & Jerry's Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream (which was sort of my problem in the first place), and I found that I didn't actually enjoy it! Hmmm ... that's never happened before. Long may it last.

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    Hi Cinderella,

    Once, long ago, I tried the Atkins diet. You're right - you can't help but lose weight. Unfortunately, since I have a kidney disease, so much protein could damage my kidneys and kidney function. And all those veggies are hard on my digestive system. I've got my fiber limit and my body punishes me if I go over.

    But I found that I really need those carbs. Life without bread and rice and potato, etc. seemed unbearable. Plus, going into the ketone acidosis, which is the weight loser in Atkins, makes me grouchy and grumpy and sleepy (and maybe some of the other dwarfs).

    Now that I am older and taking a longer view, I also realize that I absolutely must have the occasional dose of Ben and Jerry's or other goodies, usually containing chocolate. Which will kill you faster? Some goodies or a miserable existence! No choice necessary.....

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    Johio - sorry to hear about your kidney probs and the litany of dwarfs. At least you didn't become Itchy, Oozy, Weepy, or Smelly (I believe they were the dwarfs' second cousins).

    But you said it -- life is for living, and there are some things out there that I'm not willing to give up forever. I do thank dear departed Dr. Atkins for helping me to drastically cut back on the severe overload of carbs that were previously my diet. I was totally out of control, and somehow being able to cut them out almost completely made me realize that it doesn't have to be all or nothing at all. So even if it wasn't the healthiest food plan, it did put me back on the right track. Now I'm experimenting as to what the right balance of proteins/carbs/fats, etc. is for me. At times, I feel like I'm going to need a PhD. in nutrition!

    But in my case, if it helps my skating, then it becomes part of my lifestyle. Are you a current or previous skater?

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    Jo, thanks for the sites. I couldn't get the first one but saved the one with the list. Now I just need to find time to read it. I have a kidney disease and high blood pressure too. I really need to do something. Thanks again. Grgranny

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