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11/17/09 10:47 P

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Christine, it sounds like you have a lot of great advise from our team so far. Protein is one of the most satisfying macronutrients, so by having a portion of protein and a complex carb (fruits & veggies) or high fiber serving along with it you'll find your appetite will be satisfied longer, and as you continue to fill your meals this way, you won't crave the simple carbs as much. Here are a couple ideas I like to use:

1/2 - 3/4 c. cottage cheese w/3 Natural Ry-Krisp crackers

Nonfat yougurt or Milk with 1/2 c. Fiber One cereal

1 or 2 string cheese w/Large Apple (or favorite fruit)

Protein shake made w/banana, strawberries, etc.

Protein bars (with at least 10-15 grams protein) for quick and easy on the run snacks

Hope this will give you a few more ideas to stay on plan and find your way towards success!

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11/17/09 5:47 P

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Cindy, that's the only way I know to deal with it, too, keep trying!!

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11/17/09 2:42 P

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When I continually fall short in one category, I make it my priority the next day or for how long I need to to rebalance things. I seem to be continually short on my protein so I plan my protein first and then put the other stuff with it.

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10/3/09 8:39 P

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It's a real juggling act to get all the ranges to fall into line at once. Peanuts are excellent but they are high in fat. Granted, it's better fat than some other fats, but it's still two grams of fat per peanut. At Mardi Gras it is not uncommon for us to open a bag while we sit along the parade route, mingling with the crowd, waiting for the parade to start, munching on bags of roasted peanuts. I could kill a whole bag at one parade. Yikes! I WON'T be doing that next Mardi Gras! lol

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10/3/09 10:01 A

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good article on carbs

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10/3/09 8:43 A

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Good for you Christine. I'm actually doing an almost no carb diet right now to wean me away from all things salty and sandwichy. I used to dream of mashed potatoes. Anyway, I started doing less than 10 grams a day on 9-27 and will do it for no more than one month. It may not be healthy - I know it is controversial - but I continue to lose weight, am always fulllll, and the cravings have stopped. When I resume eating normally again, my emphasis will be healthy proteins, lots of veggies, 2 fruits only, and small portions of healthy grains like quinoa and brown rice.

I so appreciate the variety God made for us in His creation.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16


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10/3/09 8:31 A

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Way to go Christine! I, too, am following this tips. I need to add more protein as well as cutting down the carbs. I know we will be successful. -- Lou

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10/3/09 8:24 A

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Thanks Missy, those are some good ideas. I definitely need to rev up the veggie intake. I agree with you regarding baby carrots, there doesn't seem to be much taste. Also thanks for the information on the Edamame beans, I'm more likely to eat snow peas since I grew up with them, but I may have to give them a try sometime :)
Since my original post, I have given up my granola bars and my carb intake has lowered some. Despite that though, I appreciate all the snack tips because I need to find alternatives to the granola bars and trail mix that I like. I have to measure the trail mix out, or I eat too much and then it's a temptation, so I try not to have it in the house.
I have discovered peanuts in the shell work pretty well since they are not chocolate, one of my downfalls, I count out about 17 which is about an ounce and happily shell away and snack. My biggest addiction is Cocoa Cola classic, I absolutely love it but I've replaced it with Diet Sunkist and it helps since it doesn't taste diet to me. Now, I'm working on adding more water into my diet.
Thanks again for all the tips from everyone. They are truly appreciated, and they are helping.
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10/2/09 10:26 P

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Christine, try to add some raw veggies. I chomp on celery and carrots every day (not baby carrots because they are tasteless compared to whole carrots). Maybe incorporate a salad a day into your meal plan with low cal/low fat dressing. Try putting veggies into chicken stock or seafood stock with a bit of whole grain pasta. That's very filling and also gets your veggies in each day. Keep us posted. Together we'll find something that works for you!

I'm now educated, Greg, but I don't like snowpeas a whole lot so I don't think I'd like the flavor of this at all. Lou, I'm pasting this here for your benefit, my friend!

Edamame is a preparation of baby soybeans in the pod commonly found in Japan, China and Korea. The pods are boiled in water together with condiments such as salt, and served whole.

Outside East Asia, the dish is most often found in Japanese restaurants and some Chinese restaurants, but has also found popularity elsewhere as a healthful food item.



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10/1/09 9:01 P

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\.Boy, that sounds like healthy stuff to me. I like Lou's idea of pairing it with a protein for hunger satiation. cheese with the apple, peanut butter on the banana Of you list, the Fiber One things seem the least healthy since they are processed and have all that sugar stuff.

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10/1/09 8:22 A

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Good morning everyone, thank you all for your help. I've been tracking my food, and I'm finding that I'm eating a lot of fruit (grapes, bananas, and apples), granola bars (fiber one),and having a daily protein shake. I'm noticing that I don't eat a lot of veggies, and those that I do, are usually high in carbs, peas and carrots.
Greg I've never heard of those nuts before, are they high in calories? I love nuts, but am working on my portion sizes since I usually eat too many.
Missy, I do struggle with the hunger factor and like you said, it has to taste good too.
Thank you all for your tips and any others that you leave. The weight loss/better health journey can be really rocky, but it is a lot smoother and easier with supportive friends. emoticon emoticon

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10/1/09 6:47 A

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One thing that may help is to eat protein when you eat carbs. That's generally suggested for snacks. Say a piece of fruit and an ounce of cheese. Maybe this offset will eventually help cut down on the unneeded carbs. Let us know how you do.

Oh, and I'm with Missy on learning about the beans. :)

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9/30/09 6:51 P

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Christine, if you can find high fiber foods and low density calories, that may help you to overcome the carb habit. It's all a matter of choices. I'm so glad Greg asked the question he did. There ARE alternatives. Tell us what you're eating and we'll do our best to find alternatives to, number one, fill your belly so you are NOT hungry and, two, (and being from New Orleans, this one is very important to me) make your taste buds throw a party at the same time! For me, being full AND happy are vital. Otherwise, I'd be dropping my healthier habits like hot potatoes (no pun intended). lol We're here for you!

As an aside, Greg, I'm going to Google edamame beans since I've never heard of them!

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9/29/09 10:52 P

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well msmeadowdown....what a lovely problem that would be for most of us. do you do healthy grains like quinoa nd brown rice?

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I am having the opposite problem, I cant seem to get enough carbs even tho I eat fruit & veggies all day. Seems when I add my carbs at end of day never reach my goal.

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i'M pretty sure I don't know wht I am talking bout, but I think it depends if your carbs are coming from healthy natural things like fruits and beans - which are wonderful for you, or from processed foods like chips and crackers and cakes and white flour and white sugar things. Those are not good for anyone.

If you are mostly into the latter, you can try substituting the healthy carbs for the useless ones...
carrots for chips
beans and small quantities of nuts for something else.
I've discovered I like hummus on celery and since it is from beans it is way high in carbs but healthy. Maybe if you tell us WHAT specifically you are eating we can have some ideas.

AND GOOD FOR YOU FOR THINKING BOUT WHAT YOU PUT IN YOUR BODY!!!

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Well I eat edamame beans as a snack. I really don't have a problem with crabs. What do you like to eat? Maybe we can find an alternative to what you snack on.
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May God richly bless you!

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Hello, I am fairly new to the SP family, but have noticed a trend in my eating habits from tracking my food. I am consuming way too many carbs, usually over 300, too high. I am at risk for type 2 diabetes and continually eating this way will only hinder both my weight and health.
I would appreciate getting tips and ideas regarding healthy low-carb snacks. What do you snack on that is low in carbs?
Thanks so much in advance for everyone's help.
Christine

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