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PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2007 11:37 pm
by Dinna
Great tool! Thanks :)

PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2007 12:04 pm
by Dinna
Today:
Breakfast: 1 banana, 1/2 cup of oatmeal, tbsp flax seeds, tbsp raisins, skim milk.
Lunch: Scrambled eggs (1 whole egg + 3 egg whites), tbsp olive oil, spinach + small avocado.
Snacks: 1 date, 10 almonds, 4 pieces of dark chocolate, a pear.
Dinner: Baked root crops (parsnip, potato, sweet potato, carrot + mushrooms).

Calories: 1428
Protein: 65 grams, 19 %
Carbs: 171 grams, 41 %
Fat: 62 grams, 40 %

PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2007 5:22 pm
by naples378
Your eating is looking good, if you can cut the chocolate it would be better. Reply tp your question. I doing this for both to lose wieght (fat) an be in better overall condition. The diet has always been the hardest part for me. I have done pretty good so far for me, some cheats here and there but plan on staying strict. Its not bad to reward yourself once in awhile, in my opinion, it keeps me from going overboard when I do have some cravings. Keep up the good work. Today was another not so good day , had some cake for a birthday and have my daughters tomorrow.

PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2007 10:56 am
by Dinna
Yeah the diet is the hardest part for me too. The chocolate prevents me from eating other junk food though so I believe that this might be the best choice for me for now :)
Today was not the best day for me either.

Breakfast: 1 kiwi, 1 banana, 1/2 cup oatmeal, tbsp flax seed, skim milk.
Snack: 1 pear
Lunch: 2 pieces of brown bread + 1 piece of toast with liver paté, pickles, 2 tomatos and mushrooms.
Snacks: glass of milk, a cookie, 4 pieces of dark chocolate, 1 banana.
Dinner: 2 hotdogs (ketchup, mustard, pickles, onions).

Calories: 2000 (my goal is to eat 1500 calories a day :roll: ).
Fat: 68 grams, 30 %
Carbs: 272 grams, 54 %
Proteins: 80 grams, 16 %

PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2007 1:14 pm
by Admin
if you eat 1500 you may slow you metabolism which would be counter productive, I would suggest you start around 2k but try to get you carbs down to around 10-20g per meal 30-60 a day until you reach your desired weight. If you can do it for 2 weeks it will get easy and you will lose about 10 lb a month. Then after you get where you want to be and your insulin sensitivity is in a reasonable place you can slowly reintroduce more carbs. You can still have your chocolate when you need it just not more than 20g of carbs total per meal.

If you want use this http://zonebasics.com/BFCalculator.htm to calculate your lbm and I can tell you your cal requirement better you can pm me if you want.

Remember if you ate 5000 calories a day from only fat you would not gain a pound because you need insulin to store fat that is why type 1 diabetics literally starve to death without insulin regardless of what they eat.

Good luck

PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2007 4:08 am
by Dinna
Hey Kevin, thanks for the advice :)
I can't get the calculator to work. I have tried typing in the measures, height and weight but it doesn't seem to work...?
2k.. does that mean 2000 calories a day? :oops:
I think the most important thing for me is to learn how to eat sensibly and basically take it one step at a time. I feel like I've already come a long way with my eating habits (my diet used to be very unhealthy :roll: ). Personally I'm not sure that staying under 60 grams of carbs a day is that realistic for me to do because of my problems with meat which is what this diet is basically all about. I'm still going to try and eat more protein bc I know that I need to, but it's harder than I thought bc I don't like the meat. I think my only options are eggs and protein powder. I already tried going on diets before and basically eating a lot of foods I didn't like and I just ended up gaining all the lost weight back because I couldn't stick to it. So I promised myself not to do that this time. I appreciate the advice though :) And I'm still going to work on eating fewer carbs bc it's frustrating that I still don't see any results on the scale. Just not sure that 60 grams a day is a realistic goal.

PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2007 8:23 am
by Admin
Just a suggestion do whatever works for you I think you have already made some good strides forward, keep up the good work!

Cheers

PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2007 9:36 am
by Dinna
Thanks :) I appreciate suggestions!
I've been away for the weekend and also not been at home much the past two days, and consequently my eating has been pretty bad. Getting back on track today though.

Breakfast: Oatmeal, a banana, tbsp flax seeds, tbsp raisins + skim milk.
Lunch: Scrambled eggs (1 whole egg + 3 egg whites) with peas, 2 tomatos, a small cucumber and an avocado.
Dinner: Easy solution: Mixed oatmeal and all bran with skim milk and raisins.
Snacks: Chocolate protein shake, a banana, 2 dried dates, 10 almonds.

Calories: 1678
Fat: 48 grams, 25 %.
Carbs: 216 grams, 51 %.
Proteins: 103 grams, 24 %.

PostPosted: Wed Sep 26, 2007 9:56 am
by Dinna
Today:
Breakfast: a banana, oatmeal, flax seeds, raisins and skim milk.
Lunch: Smoothie: blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, whey protein and rice milk. 1/2 avocado.
Dinner: Baked root crops and duck breast.
Snacks: 4 pieces of dark chocolate, a banana, 3 dried dates and almonds.

Sweet tooth

PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2007 5:52 am
by DanB
Dinna,

I don't know if you're looking for advice still about your sweet tooth, but what I do is have small piece (about 1/2 oz.) of very dark chocolate. I like the 82% cacao chocolate by Sharffen Berger because it has very little sugar, but unlike most very high cacao bars, it's not overly bitter. It's not going to mess with your carb intake and cacao is said to have healthy phytochemical properties like red wine.

But don't succumb to the garden variety chocolate at the supermarket; most of it is overwhelmingly sugar and sometimes other junk.

Dan

PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2007 8:07 am
by Dinna
Hi Dan!
Thanks for the advice :) Any advice on what to do with a sweet tooth is always welcome bc that's always been my biggest problem :)
I live in Denmark so I don't know the brand you mentioned. However, I also only have very dark chocolate, 85 % cacao. I always get this organic brand so I know it's good quality. I think it's really satisfying but sometimes I still overdo it a little. I'm working on it though :)

PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2007 8:12 am
by Dinna
Today:

Breakfast: A grapefruit and glass of fresh apple juice.
Lunch: Smoothie: Raspberries, strawberries, lemon peel, rice milk and whey protein.
Dinner: 3 small homemade hotdogs with ketchup :oops:
Snack: A banana.

I've been sick the past week so haven't been eating as much as I should. But trying to get back on track.

Where's the beef?

PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2007 2:08 pm
by DanB
Dinna,

Your diet is your business, but looking at your posts, you seem to be eating far too little fat and protein in my opinion. You might find your cravings of various sorts subsiding with more satisfying food with great staying power.

I'd include eggs regularly in your breakfast line up and nuts more often for snacks. If you're not a vegetarian, then more meat and fish throughout.

Just my two cents.

Dan

P.S. Sharffen Berger is an American company. If you're eating 85% cacao chocolate, you're not going to consume too much sugar. Just keep it to small portions once or twice a day.

PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2007 1:42 am
by Dinna
Hi Dan! Thanks for the advice! I don't agree with you completely bc I feel like I've implemented a lot of protein in my diet, I eat plenty of eggs or egg whites and have smoothies with protein powder pretty much every day. I'm not really a vegetarian but I'm not a fan of meat either and I don't want to be eating stuff that I dislike. I know that according to the paleo diet I might not be getting enough protein, but I'm just doing what I feel is best for me :)
Dinna

Real food

PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2007 6:26 am
by DanB
Dinna,

I guess at heart I'm a fan of real food, and I don't count protein powders as real food. I would never eat or drink them because I get plenty of protein from meat, fish, and eggs.

If you're not a big fan of meat, how about fish? You live in Denmark, right? You guys should have great cold water fish available year round. I also see no reason to not eat whole eggs. Forget what you've heard about the dangers of egg yolks; it's nonsense, and thoroughly repudiated by many studies.

I'm not really paleo in my diet either. I still eat some dairy and legumes. Legumes pack a great nutritional punch (esp. B vitamins), are slow to be absorbed as a starch, and are nice for variety. Their protease inhibitors have to be neutralized by soaking and thorough cooking, but that's easy enough. They do come with a serious dose of carbs, so one has to watch portions. I especially like them in soup, couple with home-made chicken stock, some meat, and lots of veggies.

Dan