So I went to my 5 month check-up to the doc. I thought I was doing right, to my dismayed I actually gained weight instead of losing, darnit. I go to the gym faithfully and do treadmill or elliptical for 30 mins, have resistance tubes for toning arms and legs. Changed to low carb, more protein, very low sugar, and Greek yogurt or non-fat yogurt to make smoothies with skim milk, and protein powder that I bought. Last time I saw him I told about the smoothies with fruit, mainly berries. He said any kind of fruit has sugar. I have cut down on cereal considerably because the doc said most of cereals have wheat flour and I told him I was buying wheat breads for eons. He asked how many slices I eat, and said...maybe 2 a day. I always that your suppose to have some grain in diet. I only cook chicken...boneless and skin;less and dont fry at all. I usually do stir fry with oriental vegetables or baked.
Here' the thing, what he said (sometimes I question his theories) he said that the wheat flour interferes with the insulin. Well, I didnt know that and I'm not change topo vegan, because that's what people do at some diets, no wheat. Also I do take thyroid pill since I was a kid and my labs are fine in that department. I know that people stereotype that condition and there answer is "oh, it's your thyroid". It's not a factor if I am doing everything right. So, this time i almost pleaded if he do something or suggest something. He looked at the puter and said, ok I will try this and this might work.
He prescribed Lovastatin and he claimed it was a diet pill. My son came with me to get my prescriptions and he asked the pharmacist if that pill was a diet pill. They both claimed it was NOT. His face was of confusion and I said.....that's what he ordered. I looked under name and it said it lower cholesterol along with with a good diet. We didnt even talked cholesterol in the office, I told him I hardly use fat in diet. The conclusion I have after this is......WHAAT.? Who is right or wrong here.
I love ice cream or frozen yogurt in the summer better than other desserts. I usually opt for the low carb kind but it's very costly these days. I perused the internet for look for recipes that do NOT need heavy cream or eggs. Even frozen yogurt recipes and there's myriad of recipes, which to someone like me, it's daunting. I am asking if anyone out there has a ice cream machine and are they good for the job.
I saw recipes that do NOT need ice cream maker and have many steps to them. I saw one that uses canned evaporated milk, powdered sugar and you refrigerate the milk one day ahead, then then you whip and whip till peaks form. Add the sugar and freeze in a storage container in take it out every hour to whip the concoction again. Do this each hour for 4 hours. Seems like a chore to get ice cream. I saw frozen yogurt recipes that uses nonfat or lowfat yogurt , real fine sugar, lemon juice and whatever kind of fruit you want. They didn't have as many steps.
I am asking if anyone out there has a ice cream machine and are they good for the job.
I love cereals and but majority of them alot of carbs. I look for low sugar cereal also, anything under 10 gm is good.. Oh, I also need cereal with high fiber (don't suggest All Bran...please). Anything else that has low carb and high fiber. I am asking the impossible probably. I am not a egg eater but I might re-think my breakfast since eggs are good source of protein. So, I use to have toast in the morning, whole wheat but all the studies I see everywhere say limit your bread. I sometime get the Special K with the berries when its on sale but its not a good source of fiber.
Also I reading about how some fruit are loaded with sugar, more than the others. I don't buy bananas anymore because anywhere on the web I am seeing the ads that say that bananas are loaded with sugar and starch. If I get fruit I can get just berries. Another thing they listed pineapple as a high sugar fruit. Who knew that fact.
I started to eat for the better; buy non-fat Greek yogurt when I shop (quart of it). I will buy frozen fruit and make smoothie with yogurt almost every morning. My goal is to cut alot of carbs in my diet and I used to eat cereal in the morning and I look labels all the time and most cereals have lot of carbs, even the fiber rich ones. I have noticed that with cutting on some carbs and eating yogurt, peanut butter or nuts I am constipated. Once in a awhile I have to take gentle laxative on night time so I will go the next day. I also taking more water, I keep a gallon of water in the fridge and drink with my water bottle, I refill it a few times a day, so I thought it (water) would regulate me no matter what. I took two laxatives last and I did have relief this morning, but.....only one time. I am drinking more water so i will go alot more but it hasn't happened. Should I back off on the yogurt, peanut butter, and or nuts for a while.
You know when a year starts, everyone pitches their diet on TV or online. In this site there were about 4 or different diets I saw, I cant recall all of them but they all work differently. The ones in mind I saw is the Meditarean diet (whatever it spells), DASH diet, Weight Watchers, and then there is a few diet books. One is called Eat It to Beat it..... comprised all about foods that you can eat to banish belly fat. Then I saw the book called, The Shred...different diet one that promises 4 inches or 2 sizes down in a certain amount of time.
With all these different diets out there, I wonder if anyone has tried anyone of the above diets I mentioned or read the books. I look at labels on food whenever I shop, i watch the fat grams, carb, gms of sugar and etc but I want different opinions and ask if anyone tried the diets. Are there menus on WEBMD for the diets they list.
I do take a multivitamin every day for woman over 50 but I have read either on the news or TV that the jury is still out regarding taking them. Some say that if you get enough nutrition, you dont need them. If you look at the labels, they list vitamins, minerals from A-Z practically. My thinking was that no amount of food you ingest in a day has all those vitamins. I mean, I don't think they add weight, or they. I have taking them regularly for a long time. And women over 50 like me they are essential. What do you think about them.
I am just like everyone that want to change their diets, exercise, etc. for the good. When I shop I usually buy the bag of chicken breasst, boneless and skinless. I cook them every way except fried. I am also on a strict budget so I when I shop I try to be thrifty. I like the bags of spinach leaves in the produce section. I find out that I can make several salads from one bag of spinach. I add my own things like red onion, tomatoes and cucumbers. Those are the few produce items that Ii buy because some are high. My question to anyone or everyone is what do you think about frozen veggies vs. fresh. I have to admit that sometimes i rush through the store and dont pay attention to that. What is more budget friendly; frozen or fresh..??
Additionally, when I buy pasta I buy the whole wheat kind and make my sauce which usually is tomatoe paste, diced tomatoes and add my spices. I am trying to limit alot carbs and sugar and then I was I dismayed when I saw a segment of Dr. Oz's show when they had a diet person and he says that any pastas turn into sugar and add the pounds. When I heard that, I was very distraught because i thought I doing something good buying whole wheat pasta. What is your take on this. I dont buy pasta alot, sometimes I buy it once or twice a month.
I started doing this DVD again that I forgot about and I am doing it everyday because it's so energizing. I got a subscriptions to Women's health 1 year ago and they had this DVD on sale Amy' Dixon Total Workout in Ten. I can get cardio workout, lower body workout and upper body workout. The only thing I had to get dumbbells, 3-5 lbs for each arm. I know the DVD says Total Workout in 10. Thats only if you want one section of the DVD. The cardio warm up made heart going, and I was sweating halfway. It's not strenous which I love it suits me fine. Here is the DVD and some clips of it. I feel my muscles working throughout the day. I highly recommend it to anyone.
I was looking for the link for the program you mentioned.."food and fitness program" and I couldnt find the link. You say its the best program you did. The only thing is you have to eat the food in the program. What if you are not that hungry, and just eat some of the foods...?? Does it give you recipes or list of foods you should eat.
I am no expert because I have my own questions about diets and food. I also want to lose about 30 lb because i went to the docs office and was discouraged about my weight and not be able to lose weight. I am not diabetic though. I vented to him that I am goin to the gym, watching my diet, was makiing smoothies in the morning nearly every day. He told this to me.."stop making those smoothies". All the fruit in them are loaded with sugar. Immediately i stopped the smoothies and am foregoing the fruit for time being until I see some progress. I started to look at all food labels when I shop to see the sugars in food. This is no real gauge, but i am trying to buy foods that are under 10 gms (this is what I read somewhere).
I also go the gym and and have exercise dvds that I do. I am making alot of salads with spinach with cucumbers and tomatoes. I only buy chicken breasts, boneless and skinless when I shop. I can get a bag of frozen breasts and that bag will last a long time since I live alone and take a fews breasts a time and cook them any way way but fried. Those are some of things that I am doing to watch the diet and also I drink alot of iced green tea, which is good anyway. I have a ice tea maker and buy flavored Lipton in the bags. I hope I gave you some insight and support.