Please stop infiltrating everyone and their mother's posts with an AD to buy into to a fad diet plan for God knows how much money! It's not very helpful AND I don't believe it's allowed by WebMd!View Thread
It's a good thing to minimize the calories when going out to eat at sit-down restaurants. It's a good thing to be concerned about restaurant fare, as a lot of it can be unhealthy. But it's not okay to be obsessed about it.
For instance, I went on vacation recently and didn't think too much about calories...and I maintained my weight! I focused on eating healthy foods, because I want to have the energy to do things all day long. So, for instance, on one day, I had steel cut oatmeal with raisins for breakfast, a huge serving of guacamole and chips for lunch, I brought a bunch of almonds and cashews to snack on throughout the day, and I had vegan Indian food for dinner (samosa, channa masala, aloo gobi, and rice). (I'm vegan, by the way, if you hadn't noticed the meal plan!)
I focused on health and vitality as opposed to calories and fat, etc. And like you, I don't eat sweets, soda, fast food, etc, either! And I don't have any issues with my weight! Unlike you, I'm super short, 5'0" and weigh 100lbs!
No, you shouldn't be worried about your weight or what you eat! You're at a perfect weight (you could probably be in the 160s and be fine), and it's good you realize that your weight can normally fluctuate 5 or so pounds...some people obsess about staying at the exact weight, which can add unnecessary stress to their lives!
You shouldn't worry because worry and guilt are just going to bog you down. Too much guilt in your life could create a complex, and you could go down the path of binging or developing a really bad relationship with food.
You really don't need to worry about what you eat...you avoid grease, butter, salt, additives, and sweets! Every once in a while seems to be okay and is working for you based on your weight.
Don't feel guilty if you indulge yourself every once in a while...that's the only way to maintain a healthy view of food--not feeling guilt, that is. Basically, don't beat yourself up! Keep eating a diet of nutritious foods, so if you do treat yourself to a treat every once in a while, you won't feel bad because you eat a generally great diet.
And savor the treat...don't think of the sugar or fat or calories. A small, reasonable treat on occasion is not going to make you fat. Yes, a half carton of ice cream every night will, but a few small cookies once or twice a month won't!View Thread
Forgot to mention that you can add a side of homemade baked fries (sweet potato or regular) for 110-120 calories.
Just cut up a potato into fries, spray a light coating of olive oil or coconut oil spray (find it at Trader Joes) onto a baking sheet, place the fries on it in a single layer, spray them real quick and add a light sprinkle of salt, and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, turning fries once (ovens vary).
So you can enjoy my eggplant/bean/tomato dish, a side of homemade fries, and even throw in a sweet, ripe nectarine or peach for 50 calories...and you have yourself a nutritious, super filling--possibly vegan if you don't use real mozzarella--dinner and dessert for about (or less than) 475 calories!View Thread
Forgot to mention that I also haven't touched gluten in years due to an intolerance...so I guess I forgot to mention it because it's not even part of my life!
So besides the occasional edemame or tofu, I'm pretty much--inadvertently--following the Virgin Diet and I feel great, haven't been sick in forever (besides one verrry minor cold last winter that lasted for 6 days total), and I have tons of energy...and no weight problems anymore (after giving up sugar, as mentioned above!). So give it a shot for health reasons, and keep us posted on how you and your wife are doing!View Thread
I DO know about the Virgin diet from the PBS show, and although I don't believe in fad diets, I can see some good things about this diet. Most of the foods she mentions to avoid are inflammatory to most, if not all people, so your health will actually improve. Not sure if the weight will magically come off, though!
I already don't eat dairy and eggs because I'm vegan. Peanuts and corn do cause an inflammatory response in me (acne), so I avoid them.
I cut out sugar and artificial sweeteners two years ago, and this alone I feel helped with weight loss!If you just cut out one thing, make it this!!! Believe it or not, cutting out sugar can help with your emotional eating and depression.
And finally, I don't really eat a lot of soy...I'll have it every once in a while. Not sure if I believe that soy can make you fat!
So, bottom line, cutting these out won't hurt and can only help as far as your overall health is concerned...and weight loss might follow...as long as you replace these things to avoid with lots of fruit, veggies, whole grains, lean protein, and healthy fats. If things work out and you're losing weight and getting healthy, then turn this fad diet into a lifestyle change and follow it the rest of your life! For me, I never plan on returning to a life of sugar...I was addicted...and now I'm free!View Thread
Here's a list of things to try that may help (they get more "extreme" I suppose you could say, as you go down the list!) :
1. Get a food scale and measuring cups and spoons if you don't already have them. Then, use them religiously. This will help with portion size.
2. Drink 8 or more cups of non-caffienated liquids per day...water is a metabolism booster and can shed those pounds of water that your body is holding onto if you're dehydrated.
3. Add weight training/resistance training to your workout. Keep walking, and add other fun things to your workout, like dancing or aerobics.
4. Learn more about and adopt a low glycemic diet. In a nutshell, eat a diet rich in complex carbohydrates, lean protein, and healthy fats. If you reach for something high glycemic, such as candy, have it after a low glycemic meal. Never eat high glycemic foods alone on an empty stomach (pretzels, rice cake, nonfat milk, nonfat processed foods, slice of bread, etc).
5. Cut out most, if not all, processed foods from your life. Enjoy them every once in a while if you want, but after getting rid of processed breads, cereals, and snacks from your life, you might not ever crave or want them again! Get fresh bread every once in a while from the bakery if you want bread (contrary to popular belief, you don't need bread to survive! I haven't had bread all year, and I'm alive and well!)...ditch breakfast cereals and have oatmeal made from scratch instead...make fruit your only go-to dessert or snack. Get your whole grain servings by eating quinoa and brown rice...or experiment with other whole grains that you can make from scratch!
6. Become a vegan, or part time vegan! Read up on it and see if it's for you. I'm not a super strict vegan (I'll have a cookie made with butter every once in a blue moon, that's about it!), but I've been for the past year, so feel free to ask me any questions. Basically, if you can lower your dairy and meat consumption and increase your servings of fruit and veggies per day, plus include a serving or two of beans...that's just what your body might need to lose weight! Good luck!
P.S. Read the recipe I just posted and if you like it, have it for dinner on most/some nights for the next few months and see if you lose weight...it's about 300 calories for a huge serving!View Thread
Retrain your taste buds! Get all those super sweet things out of your home, cabinets, fridge, etc...and stock up on apples, dates, cantaloupe and other melons, etc. Maur1216, you know your taste buds are retrained when an apple tastes super sweet, and a couple of dates are super yummy with a few nuts stuffed in them.View Thread
If you've overindulged or are just looking to enjoy a low calorie dinner that's really delicious and super filling, try this! I inadvertently lost a couple pounds by having this for dinner the past couple months. By the way, it's vegan, but can be modified!
Preptime: 5 minutes Cooktime: 10 minutes or less!
6 oz cubed eggplant (40 calories)
1/2 cup canned crushed tomatoes (you can use your favorite marinara sauce) (approx 30 calories for the crushed tomato; not sure about marinara)
1/2 cup or your favorite cooked beans (I like garbanzo or white beans) (approx 120 calories)
A handful of kale is optional (10 calories)
Half a red, orange, or yellow pepper, thinly sliced is optional, too...I don't like green! (15 calories)
1/4 cup of Daiya or other brand shredded vegan mozzarella (90 calories) You can use regular skim shredded mozzarella for comparable calories.
Oregano and/or other spices
Add crushed tomato to a pan on medium/low heat. No unnecessary oil is needed.
If you wish to add the sliced peppers, now is the time. Cook for a few minutes. Then...
Add cubed eggplant.
Add cooked beans.
Add oregano and other spices of your choice. Also add a bit of salt (I sprinkle on a bit of Morton Lite Salt). If you like black pepper, go for it and sprinkle some on, too.
Cover and cook for a few minutes. Stir occasionally.
If you want to add the kale, do so now (adding it too early can overcook it). Then cover and cook for a few more minutes, stirring occasionally.
In the last minute or two, add the mozzarella and cook until it melts.
Voila! Dinner is served! Put it into a bowl and see how huge your dinner is!
If you used all of the above ingredients, your dinner was just 305 calories! If you didn't use the peppers, kale, mozzerella, etc, subtract accordingly.
No oil is used, so if things start to look a little dry during cooking and is sticking a bit, add a smidge of water...and be sure to stir occasionally to prevent sticking.
I like the eggplant to be soft, but not translucent. When it becomes translucent, it seems to be a bit overcooked.
Also, the kale should be wilted and bright green when done...if it's dark and mushy, it's overcooked.
Experiment with different Italian sauces! I prefer crushed tomatoes because there's no garlic in it, which happens to give me really bad breath, like, worse than other people! Seriously.