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2/29/20 9:25 A

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Glad to hear you're making progress, Perry!

Edited by: POINDEXTRA at: 2/29/2020 (09:25)
Maintenance is as much work as losing, but it has the advantage of allowing us to do it in cuter clothes - BESSHAILE

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2/28/20 10:40 P

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Glittercurls, I, too, do not remember you. How long ago were you here? I just joined this team a little over 4 years ago. Like you, I had some medical issues in the past few years that caused me to put some weight back on. Also, like you, I have panicked recently and decided to go back to the gym to get more exercise since extremely low-calories doesn't work for me. I went to a gastroenterologist last month, and she helped me a lot. Still, the weight is an issue. Jeanknee is right; you have to find a delicate balance in what works for you. I think you've received some outstanding ideas here. I do know that prune juice did not help me with constipation. However, high fiber does. Also, I quit taking a medication that was actually for the reverse condition (IBS-D instead of IBS-C). I'm to have semi-annual blood work soon for my thyroid, which I suspect could be part of the culprit for my recent weight gain. When I first saw the endocrinologist a few years ago, he's the one who diagnosed me with a bad heart murmur. Subsequently, I saw a cardiologist shortly after, and then was monitored for a year and a half. Finally, I had open-heart surgery last March to replace the aortic valve. I went through cardio-rehab successfully. I'm going to go back to the same place but pay out of pocket (not an exorbitant amount) to get a better, well-rounded workout instead of just one thing. I love walking outdoors, but allergies are starting to make that a bit challenging. I wish you the best! emoticon emoticon Feel free to add me to your friends list.

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2/19/20 5:41 A

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This group is fabulous, because it is supportive and informative!
I've always had a low-sodium lifestyle, even as a child. It's nice to have one thing to not worry about.
My meds are definitely causing the problem. The good news is that they are temporary.
Thank you ALL for great ideas to work with!

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2/17/20 11:35 A

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Welcome back!

I suspect I may be a new face to you. Forgive me, if I've forgotten you!

Like POINDEXTRA, oatmeal does not serve my body. I don't care how healthy folks say it is ... that it has a low glycemic index ... blah, blah, blah. Eating oatmeal sets my body up for an autoimmune reaction. Period.

Know that our food tolerances can change over time. So, something that may have served us well for years may change.

I have a hypothyroid condition, am environmentally sensitive, have been diagnosed with 2 rare conditions in the past year, am currently unable to tolerate exertion (physical, mental, emotional) and still managing to maintain my weight.

Diabetes runs rampant on both side of the familial house. I am not and have never tested pre-diabetic. I have learned in recent years that my body does not tolerate grains and legumes. So, my carb intake is essentially in the same region as yours: 90g - 120g. But, I am absolutely not physically active!

If macronutrient breakdown is what you watch and you're curious mine is roughly: 50% fat, 30% carbs, 20% protein. Protein target is 60g - 80g per day which is a challenge for me. These guidelines for me have evolved over years with trial and error and the support of a Doctor of Chiropractic that's double board certified in Clinical Nutrition.

I am also an intermittent faster: 2 - 3 square per day, no snacking, and typically about 16 hours between dinner and breakfast.

We're all different. I trust that you have a sense regarding what supports your body best.

Jeanne
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Current Goal Weight, 120

"Believe me, your body has the ability to restore itself to perfect health, once you eliminate the foods and other forces that prevent it from healing." ~ Steven R. Gundry, MD

"I'd like to dispel once and for all the myth that any single diet approach works for every individual." ~ Peter J. D'Adamo, ND


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2/16/20 7:39 P

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Welcome back!
My experience may be atypical, but oatmeal makes me very constipated. And of course, all of that sh*** in the body takes up weight. I also recently discovered that Clarinex made my constipation so bad I had to increase my magnsium sipplement and add Miralax to my regimen. My allergist switched me to nasal antihistamines and steroids instead, and my body seems to be deflating, but very slowly. If constipation is what you're trying to treat with oatmeal and prune juice, I recommend checking the side effects for any meds your taking, even if you've been on them for e a while. You never know what you'll discover!

Maintenance is as much work as losing, but it has the advantage of allowing us to do it in cuter clothes - BESSHAILE

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2/16/20 7:33 P

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First of all- Deep breaths!

Now, let's discuss some facts- Fat loss comes from reduced calories. Period. It does not matter the source- if your calorie intake is below your caloric output you will lose weight. I have lost weight doing lower carb, also, but it is because in reducing my carbs I reduced my calories. So please don't worry that the carbs alone are causing fat gain- It is your overall caloric intake.

Fact 2- Carbohydrates in the liver and blood cause the body to hold more water. A gram of carbs can hold up to 3 grams of water. Consequently, if your caloric level is not up but your carbohydrate level is, you could see a (fluctuating) rise in scale weight. This is nothing to worry about- It's just water. It will come and go.

So deep breaths! I doubt you have gained 5 pounds of fat. :-)

Now a question: Do you have to eat your oatmeal and drink your prune juice at particular times of day? Can you have both in the morning? If this is the case, I'd suggest you do so, then have a lower amount of carbs for lunch and very few after that. This will allow your body to burn through those carbohydrates during the day (especially if you exercise!), and see a drop in scale weight in the mornings BEFORE you eat your breakfast again the next day. This is, as we all know, the most accurate time of day to weigh, anyhow.

If you have to intake both of these at different times of day, I would recommend keeping carbs low otherwise.

Also, keep in mind that excessive sodium combined with carbohydrates can do a double-whammy on your fluid-retention potential. I wouldn't recommend going low sodium (bleh!)- Just don't go overboard.

I hope this helps!

Nancy Anne

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2/16/20 6:09 P

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Great Idea, Thanks!

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2/16/20 4:42 P

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One of the things I've done to limit carbs is to make all the Sauces over pasta I usually made, but the last 10 minutes of cooking I dump a bag of frozen riced cauliflower into the sauce. It turns the dish into more of a stew - but all those same favorite flavors are still there. This works with Curried Chicken, Beef Stroganoff, Spaghetti sauce. I do this for my diabetic DH who is on an extremely low carb diet.

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2/16/20 3:42 P

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Thanks! I guess I just needed to hear some supportive voices. I'll start ramping up the protein, remove carbs, and stop worrying. It never helps. Thanks again everyone!

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2/16/20 3:03 P

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I’m a big fan of intermittent fasting and full fasting. Since you are not diabetic, it might be worth experimenting with this to shake things up and drop those extra pounds. I have found this to be invaluable with my maintenance efforts.

Don

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2/16/20 1:18 P

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Thanks everyone, it's nice to "see familiar faces"!
To maintain I have been doing well with 100-120 carbs daily. My food tracker is set for 135-185, which is about 45 per meal with and without a snack of the same, which was recommended for diabetes somewhere at some point. I am pretty active, so I was able to slip in treats during the holiday season, and tolerate less exercise during a hospital stay without any weight gain. Now This! Thanks for replying even though I have been gone. You folks understand!

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2/16/20 12:33 P

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I remember you too and welcome back. I am sorry I really cant give you any advise but hopefully someone can help. I would not be ps iced by five pounds but I certainly would pay attention.


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From my friend Besshale.....maintenance is as much work as losing but we get to do it in cuter clothes.


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I eat by exchanges. One exchange of oatmeal is 3/4 oz dry, I get 6 exchanges from the bread group per day. Prune juice (or any other juice) is 1/2 cup per exchange, I get 2 fruits per day. It will be tough to limit the range of your other daily choices but it's doable.

The exchange plan was created by the American Diabetic Association a few decades ago, and WW used it for about 20 years. It requires weighing and measuring everything, so eliminates all packaged foods and makes eating out difficult, which is why it went out of style. But it still works.

I remember your name, welcome back. I hope you can stick around and find some help. Some people wouldn't be horrified by 5 pounds, but I sure would. I understand your panic, I hope you can find ease.

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2/16/20 12:14 P

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how many carbs are you trying to stick to?

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2/16/20 12:04 P

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Hello! I've been gone for a while, because I have been doing great. Thanks largely to all of the help during the years I was active in this group developing good habits! Recently I've developed a condition that requires me to have oatmeal and prune juice daily, which drives up my carb intake. My carbs need to be at a "losing weight" level in order to maintain, and I am okay with that. I've been trying to cut out even more to balance the extra ones now, and it is not working. I am terrified. Back in the day I lost quite a bit of weight with Sparkpeople. My goal is to not get the family custom of diabetes. I have gained five pounds, 5 POUNDS! My pants are snug. Did I mention I am terrified?!

By the way, I didn't mention that I am pre-diabetic, my sugar is low, I'm hungry, and I feel lousy. What in the world do I do?

Edited by: GLITTERCURLS at: 2/16/2020 (12:12)
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