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Curious?

Posted in family, south beach diet with tags , , on June 3, 2008 by erin

I know you are all dying to know how the South Beach Diet is going. Right? I thought I would give your inquiring minds a little update. I’m pretty much on phase three of his plan, following his guidelines on how to take it into the rest of my life. I hardly have a sugar craving anymore and I feel so much better. I’m not sure if there has been a change in weight or inches in certain places yet but I’m hoping with continued healthy eating I will notice something.  I have noticed my muscles are slightly more pronounced.  That’s exciting.  I am eating a ton of veggies (even for snacks!) and lean protein. I bought a box of graham crackers last week and haven’t even opened the box! Not because I am restraining myself but because I don’t even think about them. I even noticed my digestive system seems to appreciate the change. I give myself one day a week to have a free for all and usually by the end of the day I feel so crappy I’m ready to get back on the wagon.

The best news is I talked to my mom about this diet and now she and my dad are in the throes of week one. My mom does not need to lose weight but she certainly needs to change her eating habits. She is even a worse sugar-aholic than I. But my dad. Yeah, he could stand to lose A LOT! He’s tried in the past and usually loses weight quickly but it piles back on just as quick. I really hope he can find something he can stick to and not just a diet but a life style, a change in eating forever. I’m so afraid he won’t be around to watch Petunia grow up. On top of his poor eating habits he gets zero exercise. He has bad knees and can hardly walk and now he needs a machine to help him sleep (sleep apnea). He’s in trouble. I pray something will open his eyes and drive him to take better care of himself. Maybe Mr. South Beach is just what he needs, that or getting on The Biggest Loser.

Pass the veggies……

Posted in bathing suit season, eating healthy, famous people, flab flab and more flab, food, losing weight, south beach diet with tags on May 16, 2008 by erin

It’s not as bad as I thought. I did it. I stepped on the scale and I only need to drop about 10 lbs. (of pure flab). I even measured my waist, thighs and hips to see if I lose inches. I plan on spending a lot of time at the pool this summer with Petunia and I really don’t want to be concerned with my figure. I’m not looking for a figure like the MILF (not me, personally) Heidi Klum but if the Lord wants me to look like her I would not argue.

So I made the shopping list for the next week and guess what’s on there? A crap load of vegetables, meat, some cheese (low-fat) and eggs. That’s pretty much it.

Ever hear of a glycemic index? A food’s glycemix index is the amount that it increases your blood sugar compared to the amount that the same quantity of white bread would increase it. The foods with lower numbers will cause your blood sugar to rise then fall more slowly then the high numbers. Low-glycemic foods will satisfy your hunger longer and minimize your food cravings better. I took a peak at this glycemic index in the book. Um yeah, pretty much everything I eat has a really high GI. Like 95 and above. See, I told you I had a sugar problem.

So for now no fruit, no graham crackers, no angel food cake, no cookies and no Twizzlers. Even my beloved Cheerios isn’t a great choice. Wow, this Dr. is no fun at all.

My husband said he would do the SB diet with me and then everyday he comes up with another reason why it will be a challenge for him. Excuses, excuses, excuses. Guess he’s not as dedicated as I.

We’ll see how dedicated I’ll be come Monday evening, heck Monday morning for that matter. I do get ricotta cheese with a sugar substitute for dessert, I mean seriously, what’s better than that? Oh, and of course sugar-free jello.

I just keep thinking, it’s only two weeks. That’s nothing. Then of course I can’t go back to the way I ate before. No. That would undo all the good I did. I’ll have to lay off my favorites for a while and eat them sparingly. I think it’s a good eye opener to my poor eating habits. So thank you South Beach. And maybe this year I won’t hate myself in a bathing suit.

South Beach, I need help!

Posted in eating healthy, flab flab and more flab, losing weight, south beach diet with tags on May 12, 2008 by erin

I’m struggling with a weighty issue. Actually it is weight, too much of it in certain areas (not enough in others but that’s another post). My extra pounds rest around my hips, butt and thighs and it is really starting to bug me. I don’t want or need to lose a ton at the most 20. Should be pretty easy to accomplish but I’m struggling.

I exercise and I know about nutrition and healthy eating. I have a degree in Nutrition for Pete’s sake. I know. But do I put my knowledge into practice? No. We eat fairly healthy in our home but we could do better. More veggies, less cheese, more fruit, more lean protein, more whole grains and much less sugar (put down those Twizzlers!). I eat dessert every day and I don’t think that’s all bad-maybe (?). I feel if I deprive myself I would over indulge and I certainly don’t want that. I need help with motivation and inspiration.

I hate diets and refuse to “diet”. It’s not healthy or maintainable. But I again I need something to inspire me and to give me meal ideas: super healthy and packed with nutrition meal ideas. So I chose the South Beach Diet. To me it is the healthiest most realistic “diet” but really it teaches/reinforces healthy eating. My brain needs a refresher and it needs to know I can live without sugar.

The plan goes a little like this: Phase One (two weeks): no pasta, bread, rice, potatoes or baked goods (this is what I pretty much live on now no wonder I have a poundage issues) no sugar of course (yikes!) not even fruit. After the first couple of days “they” say the cravings should disappear. I sure hope so or life isn’t going to be so great around here. “They” say after this two week period I should be down 8-13 pounds with most of the weight coming off the midsection. Perfect. If this thing works I will be happy not only to have less flab hanging around but change the way my body thinks I should be eating aka craving sugar 24/7.

Phase two(until goal weight is reached) : introduce all the bread, pasta, rice, sugar and fruit back into meals but with moderation and I might find I don’t even want that sugar any more. Continue to lose 1 to 2 pounds a week until the goal weight is reached. One to two pounds a week is a perfectly realistic weight loss goal for most and it sounds great to me.

Phase three is stage that lasts the rest of my life. Now my body chemistry is altered and doesn’t need those stinking Twizzlers every day. And maybe I won’t need dessert every night too, wouldn’t that be great!

Here’s the caveat. I just went grocery shopping today (of course) so I’m starting this……wait for it…..next Monday (or whenever I go back to the store sometime next week). Don’t all “diets” start on Monday? At least I’ll be able to finish those Twizzlers and the chocolate milk I got for free from our local dairy (scrumptous). I’ll keep you all posted. Oh, and I have to have the courage to step on the scale so I know where I’m starting from.

 

Safeway Makeover

Posted in holiday, the hood, traveling with tags , , on February 29, 2008 by erin

I’ve deliberated over the last several weeks about where to do my grocery shopping. I’m a one stop shop kind of person-I want to get all my food in one place. I can barely make it to one store so there’s no going here for lunch meat and here for bread and here for milk. Over the last month I pondered and experimented with various stores. My all time fav, is Whole Foods but it can get a little spend-y even when I’m trying to be careful and let’s face it money isn’t growing on trees around here. I really like Sunflower Market too but the one closest to me is small so it lacks selection. My next choice is Safeway but I get frustrated with their lack of organic food and the store has a lot left to be desired in terms of atmosphere. This is why Whole Foods does so well, in part due to the atmosphere, who wouldn’t want to shop there? It’s beautiful! The people behind the marketing are genius and make me want to buy everything.

Today as I am getting ready for company (my parents) which means we get a night out! And don’t have to pay a sitter! I decided I would pop over to Safeway to pick up a few items we needed for the weekend. Milk, TP, Kleenex (can’t kick this cold) puffs for Petunia to snack on, Cadbury mini eggs (delish!) etc. Which brings me to the topic of Easter; it’s only February and here I am already talking about Easter. It’s early this year just like the time change is also early, like in two (?) weeks early. We will be celebrating Easter in Europe and that means we probably won’t really celebrate. I find it hard to celebrate a holiday when away from home anyway but I am bummed that P won’t have her first Easter dress. I see them in the store front windows and they are to die for cute but there’s no point. I’m not going to haul it all over just so she can wear it once and to what a coffee shop in Paris, okay, that might be pretty cute actually. But no I won’t spend el dinero on one this year. It will give us something to look forward to next yr.

We’ve never been ones to attend church while traveling in a foreign country. Actually, it might be pretty cool experiencing a service inside an old cathedral we just haven’t done it. Honestly, I have a hard time remembering what day it is while traveling. This year we are traveling with my husband’s brother (I’ll call him N for simplicity) and family who are strict Lutherans. My guess is N won’t allow his family to miss church Sunday morn. I’m hoping I don’t have to follow his rules seeing as how I’m not his kid and all and also I don’t like to be told what to do. I love my church here in our town and we try to go as often as we can but it doesn’t thrill me to attend just any church to say we went to church today. I don’t think God works that way. I think He’s cool with missing a service once in a while even if once in a while is haven’t been since the 90’s. Believe me, He’s cool with that.

Isn’t it bad etiquette to talk about religion? Does that apply to blogs too?

Anyhoo….I digress

Back to the topic at hand, the neighborhood Safeway. I think I’ve mentioned this before but I live in what I would call a yuppie neighborhood only it’s yuppie on certain blocks and on others a little sketchy and the Safeway is NOT on one of the yuppie parts! Every other Safeway in this town has had a big makeover. They are gleaming with their stainless steel signs, wider aisles, brighter lights, fancy shelving and LOADS OF ORGANIC AND HEALTH FOOD CHOICES! As I pull into the parking lot, I notice there is a bit of construction and my makeover antenna goes up, could it be?? Our ghetto neighborhood Safeway is finally, finally getting its much needed remodel. It’s true; I saw the stunning transformation myself. I really hope with this change I can do all my shopping here and still buy healthy organic food. Only time will tell. But don’t worry Whole Foods executives; I don’t think I can kick my Whole Foods habit completely.

 

Diet Myths-Debunked

Posted in food with tags , on January 31, 2008 by erin

I am a sucker for any article/information regarding Nutrition. It’s what I majored in in college, it’s one of my passions. And although I haven’t used my schooling (much to my disappointment and not for lack of trying) in the “real world” I devour any information I can get my hands on. I happened upon a great article about popular diet myths and why they are in fact myths. Now it’s been a long time since college and I have found I get wrapped up in the whirlwind of “fad diet myths” but as I was reading this article it was like I was back in nutrition class sitting in the second row (it was a small class-there were only two rows so I’m not a brown noser!) looking at the overhead (an overhead projector-do you remember those things?-geeze I’m old). So anyway, I’m sitting there once again in my running outfit with my timbuk2 commuter bag and my Starbucks travel mug filled to the brim with delicious black coffee and learning all about nutrition. Ahh, the memories.

Reading this article reinforced what I learned so long ago and made me realize again why I love nutrition so. The article I found is in the February issue of Real Simple and the diets myths are these:

  1. Don’t eat afer 8pm
  2. Eating small, frequent meals boosts your metabolism
  3. Pasta makes you fat
  4. Coffee can help you lose weight
  5. Milk can help you lose weight
  6. Going on a diet is the best way to lose weight
  7. Eating protein and carbs at different meals will help you lose weight
  8. To lose weight, you need to cut calories drastically
  9. Diet foods help you diet
  10. Eating makes you fat.

Maybe you already knew this, maybe not. If you don’t already have this copy of Real Simple and are dying to know why these are myths leave me a comment and I will get back to you, or you can pick up your very own copy for $4.00 or something at just about any store. I feel healthier just reading this and it’s reiterates my motto “everything in moderation”. Except maybe chocolate. 🙂
Happy Eating!

Yoga and Tokyo Joes

Posted in food, yoga with tags , on January 14, 2008 by erin

I have found my Sunday night ritual.
Yoga then take out from Tokyo Joes.
If you have never eaten there I HIGHLY suggest it.
Healthy, Fast and YUM! I think they are only in CO though.
So when you visit, eat here.

In a completely seperate thought: While in yoga class last night, after doing bridge pose 4X, our instructor asked us if our hearts were more open. I took this to mean more than just physically. Metaphorically, was my heart more open? Interesting thought. Something I need to work on each day. My heart, is it more open?